Independence of the company secretary

Independence of the company secretary

Company secretaries are both employees and officers of companies as well as being gatekeepers tasked with giving independent advice on regulatory and corporate governance matters. This month CSj looks at the unique position of the company secretary in the corporate...
In the public interest – John Brewer, HKICS Prize Winner 2012

In the public interest – John Brewer, HKICS Prize Winner 2012

The annual HKICS Prize celebrates the achievements of leaders of the Chartered Secretary profession. The 2012 prize was awarded to HKICS past president John Brewer FCIS FCS, who played a pivotal role in building up the profession in Hong Kong during critical phases of...
Privacy versus transparency?

Privacy versus transparency?

CSj takes a look at an issue which has become one of the most contested debates of the Companies Ordinance rewrite exercise – the proposal to withhold from public inspection the full identity numbers of directors and their residential addresses based on a perceived...
The limits of China's consumer revolution

The limits of China's consumer revolution

Zhang Monan, Fellow of the China Information Center and of the China Foundation for International Studies, argues that only by combining growing consumption with enhanced manufacturing will mainland China be able to develop a new comparative advantage, which is the...
New privacy laws for direct marketing – Are you in compliance?

New privacy laws for direct marketing – Are you in compliance?

It is essential to be aware of the new requirements under Part VIA of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance when collecting personal data from clients for direct marketing. Failure to comply may result in offences and civil liability. This article is intended to...

Ask the Expert April 2013

Q: We are considering moving to a board portal service, will this mean more or less work for the company secretarial team when it comes to the preparation of board materials? A: With an online board portal, you can reduce your board material preparation time from days...
CSj April 2013 (pdf version)

CSj April 2013 (pdf version)

In-house gatekeeper? – The independence challenge. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...