A governance calling

A governance calling

Ahead of a proposed name change for The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (the Institute), CSj takes a look at the evolution of the company secretarial role and what the future might hold for members of the governance profession in Hong Kong. Later this...
The road ahead

The road ahead

The winner of the HKICS Prize 2020, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Ada Chung Lai-ling FCG FCS, highlights some key regulatory and governance issues practitioners need to pay close attention to now and in the years ahead. Thanks for giving us this interview....
Climate change and finance – What’s next for global regulators?

Climate change and finance – What’s next for global regulators?

Ashley Alder SBS JP, Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Futures Commission, and Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), highlights the convergence of a number of initiatives to create a harmonised, global reporting framework for...
New guidance notes

New guidance notes

CSj highlights the latest additions to the guidance note series of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (the Institute), providing guidance on digital transformation, competition compliance and the disclosure of inside information. The Institute’s seven...
New HKEX consultation proposals

New HKEX consultation proposals

CSj looks at a new consultation issued by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX) seeking public feedback on proposals to enhance and streamline the listing regime for overseas issuers. In a new public consultation, published on 31 March 2021, Hong Kong Exchanges...
Appealing arbitral awards on questions of law

Appealing arbitral awards on questions of law

Kwok Kit Cheung, Partner, Deacons, looks at a recent case in the Court of First Instance that highlights the high thresholds relevant to obtaining leave to appeal against an arbitral award in Hong Kong. In the recent case of MC v SC, HCCT 17/2020, a main contractor...
Careers in Governance – Willa Chan ACG ACS

Careers in Governance – Willa Chan ACG ACS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘I am a Hong Kong-qualified fund formation lawyer. I advise fund managers and sponsors on structuring, establishing and launching their funds with various investment strategies, and on their ongoing compliance matters. I...
Careers in Governance – Edmond Chiu FCG FCS(PE)

Careers in Governance – Edmond Chiu FCG FCS(PE)

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘I am currently the Executive Director of the Corporate Services Division of Vistra Hong Kong. Vistra Hong Kong is the headquarters of the Vistra Group, which employs some 4,600 professionals. It has a physical presence...
CSj April 2021 (pdf version)

CSj April 2021 (pdf version)

A governance calling – Repositioning the profession Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Gender diversity on Hong Kong boards: taking the next step

Gender diversity on Hong Kong boards: taking the next step

Over a decade of increasing regulatory requirements and lobbying by advocacy groups has failed to significantly improve the gender diversity of Hong Kong boards. A new report published by The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries proposes a way to upgrade the...
Digitalisation of the AGM – The lessons of the 2020 AGM season

Digitalisation of the AGM – The lessons of the 2020 AGM season

Gabriele Limonta, Sales Manager, North Asia at Lumi Global, argues that the format for annual general meetings (AGMs) is changing, and while virtual meeting technology is fit for purpose, regulatory requirements have largely failed to keep pace with rapid...
Ransomware: prevention and response

Ransomware: prevention and response

Donna Wacker, Partner, and William Wong, Consultant, Clifford Chance, examine the increased risk of ransomware attacks, and provide guidance on preventing and preparing for such an attack, as well as how to mitigate any damage. Ransomware attacks have drastically...
Careers in Governance – Kenny Luo FCG FCS

Careers in Governance – Kenny Luo FCG FCS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘I serve as the Board Secretary and Company Secretary of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Holdings Ltd (BOCHK). In addition to BOCHK being the Bank of China Ltd (BOC) headquarters for its ASEAN operations, BOCHK is the second...
Careers in Governance – Flora Wong ACG ACS

Careers in Governance – Flora Wong ACG ACS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘As a governance professional working for a German automaker in Hong Kong, I am responsible for reviews of guidelines and process flows to advise business units on process improvements, to ensure compliance at the local...
CSj March 2021 (pdf version)

CSj March 2021 (pdf version)

Gender diversity – An action plan for boards Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Artificial intelligence and ethics

Artificial intelligence and ethics

The potential of artificial intelligence is enormous, but Dr Jag Kundi, a Hong Kong-based scholar-practitioner active in the FinTech space, warns that without thorough ethical oversight, this new tool could have unintended, disastrous consequences. Artificial...
Reset and refocus – Redefining business for the post-Covid recovery

Reset and refocus – Redefining business for the post-Covid recovery

In her Guest of Honour speech at the Institute’s Online Annual Celebration 2021, Laura Cha GBM GBS JP, Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX), argued that governance professionals are playing a pivotal role in redefining how businesses are run in the...
At long last: Hong Kong’s very own corporate rescue procedure

At long last: Hong Kong’s very own corporate rescue procedure

Evelyn Chan, Partner, and Adriel Wong, Paralegal, Gall, look at the government’s latest proposals to formally implement a statutory corporate rescue procedure and insolvent trading provisions in Hong Kong. The idea of reforming Hong Kong’s corporate rescue regime was...
New guidance on qualification requirements for company secretaries

New guidance on qualification requirements for company secretaries

Angel Wong, Partner, and Maxwell Chan, Senior Associate, ONC Lawyers, summarise a recent guidance letter on the qualification and experience requirements for company secretaries of Hong Kong listed companies. Introduction On 28 August 2020, The Stock Exchange of Hong...
Careers in Governance – Richard Ho FCG FCS

Careers in Governance – Richard Ho FCG FCS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘The majority of my career was spent in corporate banking. Most of my clients were large listed and non-listed companies from Hong Kong and the Mainland. One of my key responsibilities was to assess my clients’ corporate...
Careers in Governance – Michael Li ACG ACS

Careers in Governance – Michael Li ACG ACS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘I joined Nomura Asset Management Hong Kong Ltd in 2013, initially focusing on the firm’s regulatory compliance activities, but gradually my roles and responsibilities expanded to cover corporate governance and risk...
CSj February 2021 (pdf version)

CSj February 2021 (pdf version)

Artificial intelligence – an ethical perspective Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Future-proofing the governance professional

Future-proofing the governance professional

Since her re-election as President of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (the Institute) last month, Gillian Meller FCG FCS discusses the work of the Institute to prepare its members for their expanded roles as governance professionals. Could we start by...
Careers in Governance – Terry Ip FCG FCS

Careers in Governance – Terry Ip FCG FCS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘My work is focused on board advisory and share registry functions. My advisory role includes advising directors and officers of listed companies on director duties and other regulatory requirements. I also advise...
Careers in Governance – Agnes Cheuk ACG ACS

Careers in Governance – Agnes Cheuk ACG ACS

What is your role as a governance professional? ‘In the capacity of a governance professional, I am currently involved in designing and implementing the anti-money laundering compliance framework. As part of the first line of defence, I played a role implementing the...