The Shanghai Financial Court's 2018-2023 Work Report, released in August 2023, highlights its handling of a significant number of financial cases, including securities disputes and financial contract disputes, with a total value of more than CNY1.1 trillion (USD152.19 billion), and provides insights into the court's role in the context of Shanghai's status as an international financial center.
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In May 2023, the Shanghai Financial Court (SFC) concluded China’s first civil compensation case for fraudulent asset-backed securities (ABS) issuance (See Postal Saving Bank of China Co., Ltd v. Kunshan Meijite Dengdu Management Co., Ltd et al. (2020) Hu 74 Min Chu No. 1801).
As China tightens its financial regulation, Chinese courts have taken the initiative to participate in financial regulation by hearing finance-related cases over the last five years.
In December 2021, Shanghai Financial Court recognized and enforced a SIAC award for the first time, involving the impact of Chinese sanctions on international commercial arbitration.
In April 2021, China's Supreme Court revised the 2018 Provisions on Jurisdiction of Shanghai Financial Court, based on which the SFC's jurisdiction now extends to, among others, independent guarantee disputes and bank clearing contract disputes.
On 4 Jan. 2021, Shanghai Financial Court, for the first time, applied the Civil Code in a case concerning financial loan contract disputes.