Syren Johnstone

Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

Executive Director of the LLM (Compliance & Regulation) Programme

Faculty of Law, Pokfulam Road

Pokfulam

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

http://www.law.hku.hk/academic_staff/syren-johnstone/

Asian Institute of International Financial Law

Fellow

Faculty of Law, Pokfulam Road

Pokfulam

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

http://www.law.hku.hk/academic_staff/syren-johnstone/

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Scholarly Papers (24)

1.

The Global Financial Crisis and the Future of Financial Regulation in Hong Kong

AIIFL Working Paper No. 4
Number of pages: 98 Posted: 26 Feb 2009
The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law, affiliation not provided to SSRN, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
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Global financial crisis, Hong Kong, financial regulation, regulatory structure, Lehman Brothers

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A Viral Warning for Change. COVID-19 Versus the Red Cross: Better Solutions Via Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/005
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 03 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 20 Mar 2020
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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COVID-19, coronavirus, Blockchain, Blockchain+, Artificial intelligence, charities

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Regulating Cryptographic Consensus Technology: Oxymoron or Necessity?

Number of pages: 41 Posted: 02 Nov 2018
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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blockchain, crypto, cryptocurency, consensus, securities regulation, policy development, securities law, Securities Act 1933, DLT, immutability, taxonomy, distributed ledger technology

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Requisites for Development of a Regulated Secondary Market in Digital Assets

AIIFL Working Paper No. 33, April 2019 , University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/037
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 17 May 2019 Last Revised: 17 Sep 2019
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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crypto, cryptocurrency, cryptoexchange, SEC, SFC, FCA, digital asset, virtual asset, exchange regulation, securities regulation, ICO, STO, initial coin offering, securities token offering

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Moving Forward on Listing Reform

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017/033, AIIFL Working Paper No. 22, October 2017
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 25 Oct 2017 Last Revised: 16 Dec 2017
Syren Johnstone, Nigel Davis and Douglas W. Arner
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
Downloads 296 (110,182)
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listing reform, stock exchange, hong kong, sfc, securities and futures commission,weighted voting rights,dual class shares, WVR,securities regulation, HKEX, hongkong exchanges and clearing limited

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Equity Crowdfunding: Caveat Emptor?

International Financial Law Review, May 2016, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016/023
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2016
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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fintech, crowfunding, equity crowdfunding, investor protection, regulation

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IPO Sponsors and Prospectus Liability: The Bridge Too Far?

Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) Working Paper No. 17
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 06 Jul 2016
Syren Johnstone, Antonio M. Da Roza and Nigel Davis
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law and University of Hong Kong
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IPO, initial public offering, sponsor, underwriter, hong kong, prospectus, public offer, securities law, financial regulation

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Regulator Accountability

International Financial Law Review, May 2009, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016/021
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2016
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law and Asian Institute of International Financial Law
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regulatory architecture, regulator accountability, minibonds, lehman brothers, investor protection

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A Principles-Based Response to the Proposed Reform of the Governance Structure for Listing Regulation in Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016/036
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 11 Nov 2016 Last Revised: 13 Dec 2016
Syren Johnstone, Nigel Davis and Douglas W. Arner
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
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Hong Kong, listing regulation, securities offerings, IOSCO Principles, listing reform, listing rules, securities and futures commission, SFC, Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Exchange, HKEX

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Class Actions and Weighted Voting Rights – A Flawed Debate?

International Financial Law Review, May 2015, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016/022
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2016
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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class action rights, weighted voting rights, listed companies, shareholder protection

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ICO Utility Tokens and the Relevance of Securities Law

Hong Kong Lawyer, March 2018, pp30-33
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 24 Aug 2018
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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ICO, Utility Token, Cryptocurrency, Securities Regulation, SEC, SFC, Abraham Lincoln

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A Red Flag for Hong Kong Credit Ratings

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016/025
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 22 Jul 2016 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2016
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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Transparency of Information in the Market: The Citic Case Before the Market Misconduct Tribunal

Hong Kong Lawyer, Forthcoming, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017/014
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 24 Jul 2017 Last Revised: 07 Sep 2017
Syren Johnstone and Nigel Davis
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong
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securities and futures ordinance, SFO, CITIC, SFC, securities and futures commission, information, transparency, listing rules

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How Can Blockchain and Other Consensus Driven Cryptographic Technology be Regulated?

Number of pages: 6 Posted: 07 Nov 2018 Last Revised: 09 Nov 2018
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchange regulation, securities regulation, secondary market, dlt, distributed ledger technology, policy development, bitcoin

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Report on Improving Corporate Governance in Hong Kong - A Comparative Based Study

Number of pages: 281 Posted: 27 Sep 2018
Syren Johnstone and Say Hak Goo
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
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corporate governance, HKEX, listing rules, HKICPA, regulatory agencies, enforcement, SFC

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'Deep ESG': A Holistic Validation Methodology for Asian Private Equity

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/021
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 21 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 28 May 2020
Frederick J. Long and Syren Johnstone
Olympus Capital Asia, Hong Kong and Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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Private Equity, Asia, ESG, Environmental, Social, Governance, SDG, Sustainable Development Goals, Deep ESG, Sustainable Investment, Impact Investment, Sustainability

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Does Hong Kong Remain an Equivalent Jurisdiction for the EU Credit Rating Regime?

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017/005
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 10 Apr 2017 Last Revised: 02 Jun 2017
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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credit rating regulation, Hong Kong, EU equivalence, Moody’s

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A Red Flag for the Licensing Regime (A Postscript to ‘A Red Flag for Hong Kong Credit Ratings’)

AIIFL Working Paper No. 29
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 04 Aug 2018 Last Revised: 09 Aug 2018
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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SFC, Moody’s, Credit Ratings, Regulatory Discipline, Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s Paperless Prospectus Law

Hong Kong Lawyer, January 2020, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/004
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 11 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 05 Mar 2020
Syren Johnstone and Frederick J. Long
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and Olympus Capital Asia, Hong Kong
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ESG, Environment, Governance, HKEX, Alibaba, Listed Company, Hong Kong, Prospectus Law

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Regulating Cryptoexchanges

Hong Kong Lawyer, August 2019, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/003
Posted: 11 Feb 2020 Last Revised: 05 Mar 2020
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

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Crypto, Cryptocurrency, Cryptoexchange, SEC, SFC, FCA, Digital Asset, Virtual Asset, Exchange Regulation, Securities Regulation, ICO, STO, Initial Coin Offering, Securities Token Offering

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Alibaba, HKEX & ESG: Missed Leadership Opportunities

International Financial Law Review, 10 December 2019, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/119
Posted: 10 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2020
Syren Johnstone and Frederick J. Long
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and Olympus Capital Asia, Hong Kong

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Alibaba, ESG, environmental law, HKEX, hong kong exchange

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Credit Ratings: The Moody's Case

Hong Kong Law Journal 47(1) 193-219, 2017, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017/009
Posted: 18 May 2017 Last Revised: 26 Jul 2017
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

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credit rating regulation, Hong Kong, Moody's, SFAT, Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, SFC, Securities and Futures Commission

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Deconstructing Sponsor Prospectus Liability

Hong Kong Law Journal 46(1) 13, 2016 , University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016/024
Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last Revised: 19 May 2017
Syren Johnstone, Antonio M. Da Roza and Nigel Davis
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law and University of Hong Kong

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sponsor, prospectus, initial public offering, IPO, regulation

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Inhabiting different realities: incrementalism, paradigms and the New Prospect

Number of pages: 49
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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crypto, digital assets, ecosystem, incrementalism, taxonomy, new technology