Rocky Tung is a director of capital markets policy for the Asia-Pacific region at CFA Institute. He is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for conducting research projects related to capital market structures in the region. He has over a decade of experience in economic and policy research, working closely with business leaders, government officials, academics and other stakeholders.
On 23 February, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) launched the second—and likely final—round of consultation before dual-class share (DCS) structures are expected to be introduced to the Hong Kong market later this year.
After some hiccups earlier this decade, talks of permitting the listing of companies with dual-class share (DCS) structures have gained traction in Hong Kong and Singapore, two major financial centers in Asia .
The EU's policing of its budget rules might actually encourage countries to breach its limits, writes Viktoria Dendrinou. Although the EU has reprimanded countries for breaking the Stability and Growth Pact, it has ultimately stopped short of imposing sanctions on offenders. Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (20 Jan.)
Italy's central bank expects the country's economy to grow by just 0.6% this year and 0.9% in 2020, according to its latest quarterly economic bulletin, down from earlier projections of 1% and 1.1%, respectively. Vincenzo Boccia, head of business lobby Confindustria, said the Italian government must do more to stimulate growth and cut the deficit. Yahoo (20 Jan.)
Ireland rejected a proposal by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a bilateral deal over its post-Brexit border with Northern Ireland. Instead, Ireland continues to support the Brexit deal agreed upon by the British government and the EU, said Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney. Politico (20 Jan.)
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