For decades the debate over the relative merits of the onetier versus the two-tier board structure has raged in academic papers, seminars, conferences and, yes, in boardrooms themselves. What is the answer to this dilemma? Corporate governance expert Dr YRK Reddy, who will be speaking in session one of the…

Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal (CFA) has allowed the appeals of two traders, quashing their convictions for creating a false or misleading appearance of active trading contrary to the market misconduct provisions of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO), and setting aside their sentences. This case brings welcome clarity…

CGC 2012 Special edition - Can a 17th century institution run a 21st century company? Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full edition.

Drafting a law is a complex and costly business so the temptation to borrow, lock stock and barrel, from overseas precedents is great. The principle here, however, should be 'borrower beware' because the history of the diffusion of law is littered with failed legal transplants. This month, CSj looks at…

This month CSj gives company secretaries a head-start in preparing for the new Companies Ordinance, gazetted last month, by highlighting the key areas where the new ordinance will impact company secretarial work in Hong Kong. Implementation of the new Companies Ordinance came a step closer last month with the publication…

Is the institution of the board of directors, which emanates from the 17th century, fit for purpose in today's dynamic and complex business environment? A prominent line-up of speakers at the Institute's eighth biennial corporate governance conference, will address this question and provide insights into the challenges facing the 21st-century…

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