OrionW Ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 - TMT Category

OrionW, a Singapore-based boutique law firm, has been ranked as one of the leading firms in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 Edition in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) category. The firm received similar recognition from The Legal 500 in the 2017 and 2018 Editions.

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MAS Proposes Pre-Defined FinTech Sandboxes with Fast-Track Approvals

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) began a public consultation on 14 November 2018 on its proposal to offer fast-track sandbox approvals for innovative FinTech services that satisfy certain pre-defined criteria.

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MAS Issues Robo-Adviser Guidelines

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued new guidelines for firms offering digital advisory services. Digital advisers - also referred to as 'robo-advisers' - provide advice on investment products by giving clients direct access to algorithmically-driven automated tools with limited or no interaction with human advisers.

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MAS Proposes Changes to the Recognised Market Operators Regime

On 22 May 2018, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) began a consultation to seek public feedback on its proposed changes to the Recognised Market Operators (RMOs) regime. The proposed changes are intended to advance MAS's objective to drive innovation in financial services, whilst protecting investors' interests.

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Singapore Issues Trade-Based AML/CFT Best Practice Papers

On 14 May 2018, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Industry Partnership of Singapore issued two papers, namely Best Practices for Countering Trade Based Money Laundering (the TBML Paper) and Legal Persons - Misuse Typologies and Best Practices (the Legal Persons Paper). The papers set out best practices for financial institutions to combat trade-based money laundering and the misuse of legal entities for illegal activities. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Industry Partnership of Singapore was formed in April 2017 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force as a government-industry partnership to strengthen Singapore's resilience against financial crime.

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