SFC Further Guidance on Suitability Obligation

Following the regulatory changes in 2016 that increased suitability requirements on licensed persons when soliciting or recommending investment products to clients, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has on 23 December 2016 issued two sets of Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) to clarify and provide further guidance to the industry on meeting the suitability obligation.

The first set of FAQs on Triggering of Suitability Obligations clarifies the circumstances under which the suitability obligation would apply.  The second set of FAQs on Compliance with Suitability Obligations by Licensed or Registered Persons provides further guidance on the SFC’s expectations on satisfying the suitability obligation.

Please refer to our legal update for further information: SFC Further Guidance on Suitability Obligation