Securing data in a new cyber reality

Securing data in a new cyber reality

Building and executing a cybersecurity strategy rooted in identity and data access governance, argues Harry Wang, Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, will help companies devise effective means to protect data, detect threats and ultimately reduce the...
Governance and strategy

Governance and strategy

David Venus FCIS, International President, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), discusses how the ICSA and the profession globally is re-aligning itself to reflect the new focus of the corporate secretary role on governance and strategy.  ...
Zero tolerance – Getting tough on sexual harassment

Zero tolerance – Getting tough on sexual harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not harmless play but an offensive and unlawful act. Mohan Datwani FCIS FCS(PE), Senior Director and Head of Technical & Research of the Institute, and Member, Equal Opportunities Commission, highlights the need for...
Governance’s role in  future proofing  sustainability development

Governance’s role in future proofing sustainability development

Dr Glenn Frommer and Theodora Thunder, Principals, The Sustainability Partnership, offer advice on how governance can play a central role in shaping organisational sustainability. Using current corporate governance practices, we build supervisory systems that ensure...
Rising expectations / 任更重道更遠

Rising expectations / 任更重道更遠

Heightened expectations and liabilities for directors and senior executives working for companies in Hong Kong and Mainland China was the focus of the Institute’s latest Company Secretary/Board Secretary Roundtable meeting. The Institute holds five Company...
AML/CFT compliance update

AML/CFT compliance update

Company secretaries and governance professionals play an important role in maintaining best practice in anti–money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) compliance. Mohan Datwani FCIS FCS(PE), Senior Director and Head of Technical & Research of the...
CSj March 2018 (pdf version)

CSj March 2018 (pdf version)

Data Security – A governance-based approach Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Keeping Hong Kong ahead of the winding fintech curve

Keeping Hong Kong ahead of the winding fintech curve

Rapid technological advances are transforming international financial centres around the world. CSj looks at the challenge of disruption and opportunities to create new markets that will be the result of Hong Kong’s own fintech revolution. Given that financial...
How technology is changing the role of the corporate secretary

How technology is changing the role of the corporate secretary

Kirstin McCracken, Principal Associate/Consultant, Eversheds Hong Kong, looks at how new technological advances can be relied on to change the way that corporate secretaries more efficiently support their organisations, along with the challenges inherent in moving to...
Fintech –  a regulator's perspective

Fintech – a regulator's perspective

Bénédicte Nolens, Senior Director, Head of Risk & Strategy and Head of the Fintech Contact Point, Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), gives a regulator’s perspective on how technology is transforming the financial sector. In a recent article, Klaus...
Family legacy  and board dynamics – lessons from Tata

Family legacy and board dynamics – lessons from Tata

In the fallout from the very public fight for control of the Tata Group which ended with the ousting of its chair Cyrus Mistry in October last year, Dr Christine Chow, Associate Director, Hermes EOS, Hermes Investment Management, assesses some of the lessons that can...
A diverse career

A diverse career

The Chartered Secretarial qualification can lead to many different career paths. In this second interview in our ‘Career Paths’ series, Estella Ng Yi-kum ACIS ACS, Deputy Chairman, Executive Director, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Company...
The new Companies Ordinance: second anniversary review

The new Companies Ordinance: second anniversary review

It has been two years since the implementation of the new Companies Ordinance, Chapter 622 of the Laws of Hong Kong, on 3 March 2014. In this article, the Companies Registry reviews what the law has achieved for Hong Kong and highlights some of the more commonly...
A career considered

A career considered

At the end of last year, April Chan retired as Company Secretary of CLP Holdings. Her career took her to the top of the corporate secretarial profession as a former president of both the HKICS and the Corporate Secretaries International Association and as the company...
The Competition Ordinance – your questions answered

The Competition Ordinance – your questions answered

Since December 2015, businesses in Hong Kong have needed to ensure compliance with Hong Kong’s new Competition Ordinance. This month, the Competition Commission answers key questions about the Ordinance, the Commission’s enforcement priorities and how to...
Talking strategy

Talking strategy

CSj talks to the new HKICS President, Ivan Tam, about the way forward for the Institute and the profession in the years ahead. Thanks for giving us this interview. Could we start by discussing the strategic goals you will be working towards during your term as HKICS...
Concise and  precise: the art of taking minutes

Concise and precise: the art of taking minutes

This month we launch the first in a new series of articles looking at the practical skills and knowledge company secretaries need to acquire. Anthony Rogers GSB QC JP FCIS FCS, former Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong and a Senior Member of the HKICS,...
Company secretaries – know your duties

Company secretaries – know your duties

A recently concluded Market Misconduct Tribunal hearing highlighted the essential responsibilities and duties of company secretaries in Hong Kong. Mike Scales FCS FCIS, former Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Hong Kong Ltd,...
CSj March 2016 (pdf version)

CSj March 2016 (pdf version)

The new Companies Ordinance – Business as usual? Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Business review disclosure under the new Companies Ordinance

Business review disclosure under the new Companies Ordinance

The new Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) requires certain public companies and companies not qualified for simplified reporting to prepare a more comprehensive directors’ report which includes a business review. This article aims to highlight the disclosures required...
The new Companies Ordinance: one year on

The new Companies Ordinance: one year on

It has been a year since the new Companies Ordinance, Chapter 622 of the laws of Hong Kong, came into operation. In this article, the Companies Registry describes the transition to the new regime and highlights some of the more commonly raised issues arising from the...
Winning advice

Winning advice

The HKICS Prize is awarded annually to celebrate the achievements of leaders of the Chartered Secretarial profession. This month, the winner of this year’s HKICS Prize, former President of the Institute Neil McNamara FCIS FCS, talks about his role in building...
The compliance trap

The compliance trap

Is the regulatory process that started in the aftermath of the last financial crisis sowing the seeds of the next one? Gilles Hilary, Professor of Accounting and Control, INSEAD, warns against the dangers of overregulation. For years, financial innovation and...
The compliance trap – a response

The compliance trap – a response

In the preceding article of this month’s Viewpoint column, Gilles Hilary, Professor of Accounting and Control, INSEAD, warns against the dangers of overregulation. CSj invited Michael Duignan, Senior Director, Corporate Finance at the Securities and Futures...
CSj March 2015 (pdf version)

CSj March 2015 (pdf version)

The new Companies Ordinance: one year on. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Going scripless

Going scripless

Farewell to paper share certificates? Since the mid-1960s, jurisdictions around the world have been phasing out paper share certificates. Hong Kong has been slow to join this trend, but the government has now put forward a set of detailed proposals designed to...
How did we get here, where are we going?

How did we get here, where are we going?

CSj talks to this year’s winner of the HKICS Prize, former HKICS President Edwin Ing FCIS FCS, about the past and the future of the company secretarial role. Congratulations on winning the HKICS Prize – what are your feelings on receiving the prize? ‘I am very...
The new Companies Ordinance: your guide

The new Companies Ordinance: your guide

In this first of a series of articles by the Companies Registry looking at the reforms introduced by the new Companies Ordinance, Ada Chung, Registrar of Companies, and Karen Ho, Deputy Principal Solicitor, Companies Registry, highlight the major changes introduced to...
Deregulation  市場自由化

Deregulation 市場自由化

China experiments with a liberalised marketplace Since the global financial crisis, there has been a significant tightening of regulatory controls globally, particularly in the financial sector. In Mainland China, by contrast, the key theme is deregulation. The...

Ask the Expert March 2014

Q:  My company’s annual general meeting (AGM) is scheduled to be held in May. What practical suggestions do you have? A:  Good preparation is always the key to success.  Some practical suggestions for holding a successful AGM are set out below. Reserve a...
CSj March 2014 (pdf version)

CSj March 2014 (pdf version)

Going scripless – Farewell to paper share certificates? Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Preparing for your AGM

Preparing for your AGM

Lucy Newcombe, Corporate Communications Director at Computershare, takes you through the key planning steps for AGMs to be held in Hong Kong and mainland China, and provides a look at best practice both locally and around the globe, focusing in particular on the...
A new conversation

A new conversation

Few would dispute the need for an ongoing and active dialogue between those investing in a business as owners, and those tasked with running it. However, ‘ongoing’ and ‘active’ do not always apply to the conversation companies have with their...
Public governance

Public governance

In the second and final part of his article on public governance, Gordon Jones FCIS FCS, author and Hong Kong’s former Registrar of Companies, turns his attention to the governance of not-for-profit entities and public bodies. Initially, the corporate governance...

Ask the Expert March 2013

Q: Can an issuer make changes to an e-prospectus during the offer period, and if so, does it have to revise and print the paper prospectus? Also, does the issuer have to suspend the offer pending the correction and what is the procedure for the suspension? Does an...
CSj March 2013 (pdf version)

CSj March 2013 (pdf version)

A new conversation – Rethinking shareholder engagement. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Beast in the boardroom

Beast in the boardroom

Discreet tips for company secretaries on resolving boardroom conflicts. Directors like to think of themselves as entirely rational agents of the company’s interests and not at all subject to the emotional and cognitive biases that blight ordinary mortals. The...
Governance needs you

Governance needs you

The Stock Exchange’s latest revisions to the Corporate Governance Code and associated listing rules seek to ensure that company secretaries play an effective role in ensuring good corporate governance standards among Hong Kong’s listed companies. This...
Mentor or tormentor?

Mentor or tormentor?

The role of regulators in Hong Kong and the PRC The Institute’s latest China Corporate and Regulatory Update (CCRU) seminar, held in Shenzhen in January this year, demonstrated that regulators in the mainland and Hong Kong are increasingly keen to take up an...
How 'fair’ is fair value?

How 'fair’ is fair value?

Fair value accounting has come under a lot of criticism since the global financial crisis of 2008/ 2009 – how do you calculate the ‘fair’ value of an asset when no market exists for that asset? How accurate is an estimate of the ‘fair’ value likely to be...
The nationstate reborn

The nationstate reborn

Reports of the death of the nation-state, argues Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University, have been greatly exaggerated. One of our era’s foundational myths is that globalisation has condemned the nation-state to...
CSj March 2012 (pdf version)

CSj March 2012 (pdf version)

Beast in the boardroom – Boardroom disputes. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...