On 12 May the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) entered into a co-operation agreement with the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong to foster collaboration in support of FinTech innovation. Under the agreement, the FCA and SFC will co-operate on information sharing and referrals of innovative firms seeking to enter one another’s markets.

The FCA signed a similar agreement with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in December 2016 (see previous post). This new announcement means that the FCA now has agreements with a number of key regulators in Hong Kong. The agreement follows the creation of the FCA’s Innovation Hub in 2014 and the SFC’s FinTech Contact Point in 2016.