Research Handbook on Asian Financial Law
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Research Handbook on Asian Financial Law

Edited by Douglas W. Arner, Wai Yee Wan, Andrew Godwin, Wei Shen and Evan Gibson

This comprehensive Research Handbook provides an in-depth analysis of the different financial law approaches, legal systems and trends throughout Asia. It considers how reforms following the crises have been critical for the development and growth of the region and explores a broad range of post-crisis financial regulatory issues. This timely book also examines how inconsistent and divergent approaches to financial market regulation are curtailing the region’s potential.
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Chapter 7: Regulation of derivatives in Asia: when technology meets financial engineering

Christopher Chen


This chapter introduces the current state of derivatives market regulation in Asia following the global financial crisis. It focuses on Singapore and Hong Kong, the two largest international financial centres in the region. Singapore and Hong Kong have adopted international regulatory reforms, including mandatory trade reporting, centralized clearing, exchange trading requirements and the initial margin rule. The implementation has varied greatly because reporting requirements and initial margin rules have been implemented whereas clearing and trading requirements are waiting for full implementation. The arrival of financial technology may help Asian regulators oversee derivatives markets, by improving cross-border information sharing, reporting or collateral management. The combination of financial technology and derivative techniques may bring new markets for physical and futures trading. This may offer many opportunities in Asia and potential regulatory issues in the future that are worth monitoring to find global solutions.

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