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/

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (25)

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
Downloads 759 (39,468)
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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
Downloads 467 (73,725)

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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

5.

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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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 322 (113,489)
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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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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
Downloads 219 (167,917)
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class action rights, weighted voting rights, listed companies, shareholder 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
Downloads 211 (173,113)
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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

11.

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
Downloads 180 (201,023)
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corporate governance, HKEX, listing rules, HKICPA, regulatory agencies, enforcement, SFC

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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
Downloads 142 (244,033)

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securities and futures ordinance, SFO, CITIC, SFC, securities and futures commission, information, transparency, listing rules

15.

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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Inhabiting Different Realities: Incrementalism, Paradigms and the New Prospect

AIIFL Working Paper No. 35, 2020
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 18 Aug 2020
Syren Johnstone
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
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crypto-assets, digital assets, virtual assets, ecosystem, incrementalism, taxonomy, new technology, blockchain, DLT, securities regulation

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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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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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Joint Submission to HKEX's July 2020 Consultation Paper on Paperless Listing

AIIFL Working Paper No. 36, 2020, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/052
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 22 Oct 2020 Last Revised: 04 Dec 2020
Syren Johnstone and Frederick J. Long
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and Olympus Capital Asia, Hong Kong
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HKEX, Corporate Governance, ESG, Environment, Listing Regime, Prospectus, Electronic Listing Regime, HKICPA, MMO, Alibaba

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Applying 'Deep ESG' to Asian Private Equity

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20430795.2021.1879562
Posted: 21 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 17 Apr 2021
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

22.

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