Shareholder communications: the view from Southeast Asia

Shareholder communications: the view from Southeast Asia

A new report published by the Institute investigates the shareholder communications practices of listed companies in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Institute launched a research project two years ago to assess the importance given to...
The art of governance

The art of governance

The winner of the HKICS Prize 2017, Natalia Seng FCIS FCS(PE), Chief Executive Officer – China and Hong Kong, Tricor Group/Tricor Services Ltd, and Institute Past President, shares her thoughts on the art of governance and the future of the company secretary role....
Understanding ESG risk

Understanding ESG risk

Dr Glenn Frommer and Theodora Thunder, Principals, The Sustainability Partnership, offer advice to governance professionals on how to understand the drivers and processes used to manage ESG risk. Such an understanding is vital when it comes to successfully reporting...
The benefits of co-operation – New guidance from the SFC

The benefits of co-operation – New guidance from the SFC

Alan Linning, Susanne Harris and Sara Or, Partners at Mayer Brown JSM, assess the latest guidance from the Securities and Futures Commission on the benefits of co-operating in its investigation and enforcement proceedings. On 12 December 2017, the Securities and...
New guidance notes

New guidance notes

In July 2016, the Institute set up seven Interest Groups under the Technical Consultation Panel to produce guidance notes on key topics in governance and company secretarial practice. CSj reviews the latest additions to this series. Since its launch in 2016, the...
Transfer pricing:  the proposed regime

Transfer pricing: the proposed regime

Windson Li, Partner, and Shan Yu, Tax Consultant, DLA Piper, look at the key features of Hong Kong’s first comprehensive legislation designed to tackle transfer pricing and base erosion and profit shifting. The Hong Kong government gazetted an unprecedented tax...
Listing regulation in Hong Kong: the latest proposals

Listing regulation in Hong Kong: the latest proposals

CSj reviews the key points in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong consultation paper proposing new rules to expand Hong Kong’s listing regime to facilitate listings of companies from emerging and innovative sectors. The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd (the Exchange), a...
CSj April 2018 (pdf version)

CSj April 2018 (pdf version)

Shareholder communications – The view from SouthEast Asia Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full edition....
New governance standards for authorised insurers

New governance standards for authorised insurers

Tow Lu Lim and Sara Or, partners of Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong, assess the implications of the new guidance note issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) imposing more stringent corporate governance standards on authorised insurers in Hong Kong....
CSj April 2017 (pdf version)

CSj April 2017 (pdf version)

Accountability – Making it personal Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Responsible ownership

Responsible ownership

Christine Chow, Associate Director, Hermes EOS, Hermes Investment Management, takes a look at the benefits of a constructive dialogue between investors and companies. Have you ever wondered what happens to the mandatory provident fund contributions that are deducted...
The SFC's Principles of Responsible Ownership: a review

The SFC's Principles of Responsible Ownership: a review

CSj reviews the finalised draft of Hong Kong’s new investor code which seeks to provide guidance on how investors should fulfil their ownership responsibilities in relation to investments in Hong Kong listed companies. There is currently no guidance in Hong Kong...
Governance advocate

Governance advocate

CSj interviews the winner of the 2015 HKICS Prize – Anthony Rogers GSB QC JP FCIS FCS, former Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform. Congratulations on receiving the HKICS prize – can we start...
Keeping an open mind

Keeping an open mind

Most people associate the Chartered Secretarial qualification with the job of an in-house company secretary of a listed company, but the qualification can lead to many different career paths. In this first interview in our new ‘Career Paths’ series, James Wong,...
Are you sure  you want to  join a board?

Are you sure you want to join a board?

So you’ve been asked to join a board? You’ll surely do your own due diligence, but beware of a potentially dangerous threat: your own brain. I often ask senior executives and experienced directors if they want to join the board of a hypothetical company. I disguise...
Going paperless

Going paperless

Not gone paperless in the boardroom yet? Phillip Baldwin, Director ICSA Boardroom Apps (HK) Ltd, hopes to change your mind. There are many digital meeting solutions on the market, some better than others and a lot has been written about why companies should go...
Landmark decision expands insider dealing regime

Landmark decision expands insider dealing regime

Mark Johnson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, looks at the recent decision by the Court of First Instance in The Securities and Futures Commission v Young Bik Fung and Others which has expanded the insider dealing regime in Hong Kong. The Court of First Instance...
CSj April 2016 (pdf version)

CSj April 2016 (pdf version)

Responsible ownership – Why companies need engaged investors Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Risk awareness starts with the board

Risk awareness starts with the board

CSj takes a look at recent revisions to Hong Kong’s Corporate Governance Code designed, among other things, to clarify that the board has an ongoing responsibility to oversee companies’ risk management and internal control systems. If the global financial...

Where were the investors?

CSj looks at new proposals by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to encourage proactive engagement between investors and publicly listed companies in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, like many developed markets around the world, operates a disclosure-based regulatory...
The governance brand

The governance brand

Last year the Australian division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) changed its name to Governance Institute of Australia (GIA). CSj interviews Tim Sheehy, Chief Executive of the GIA, about the rationale behind the rebranding...
Jail term for  breach of the PDPO

Jail term for breach of the PDPO

For the first time since the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance came into force in 1996, an individual has received a jail sentence for breach of the Ordinance. The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO) protects the personal data of living individuals. Any person...
Get ahead of cybercrime  网络犯罪,未雨绸缪

Get ahead of cybercrime 网络犯罪,未雨绸缪

EY has been conducting a yearly Global Information Security Survey (GISS) for 17 years. The key observations and views from the latest survey are shared in this article. Cyber threats are increasing in their 2. levels of persistence, sophistication and organisation....
A confusion of hats?

A confusion of hats?

What does the new Companies Ordinance have to say about conflicts of interest? What should you do if your chairman has declared an interest in a matter under consideration by the board? Does the practice of ‘wearing different hats’, as a method of segregating an...
Rewriting Hong Kong's companies law

Rewriting Hong Kong's companies law

Gordon Jones FCIS FCS, former Registrar of Companies, gives CSj a behind-the-scenes account of the most ambitious and complex law reform process in Hong Kong’s recent history – the Companies Ordinance rewrite. Thanks for giving us this interview, what are your...
The new Companies Ordinance: your guide

The new Companies Ordinance: your guide

Ada Chung, Registrar of Companies, and Karen Ho, Deputy Principal Solicitor, Companies Ordinance Rewrite Team, Companies Registry, continue their series of articles looking at the major changes introduced by the new Companies Ordinance (Cap 622). In last month’s...
Fraud indicators for company secretaries

Fraud indicators for company secretaries

James Ratley, President and CEO of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, gives advice to company secretaries on understanding and identifying the red flags of potential fraud. Over the last several years, major global economic events have brought the concept...
Board diversity

Board diversity

Roy Lo, Deputy Managing Partner, Shinewing (HK) CPA Ltd, and Gloria So, Manager, Shinewing Risk Services Ltd, discuss ways to enhance corporate performance through board diversity. T here has been considerable discussion globally about the value of diversity on...

Ask the Expert April 2014

Q:  The workload for company secretaries seems to be increasing – how will utilising a board portal simplify and streamline our processes? A:  The role and level of responsibility held by company secretaries in Hong Kong is ever increasing. Similarly the workload of...
CSj April 2014 (pdf version)

CSj April 2014 (pdf version)

A confusion of hats? – Conflicts of interest and conflicts of roles. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
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...
No more paperwork? E-incorporation one year on

No more paperwork? E-incorporation one year on

Electronic incorporation has some obvious advantages over paperbased incorporation – it’s faster, more efficient and the whole process can be conducted from the serenity of your own laptop anywhere in the world, 24/ 7. So why, a year on from the Companies...
From concertos to compliance

From concertos to compliance

The new HKICS president, Edith Shih, is as comfortable singing operatic arias as she is discussing the latest issues confronting the Chartered Secretarial profession. In interview with CSj, she discusses her aspirations as president and recounts how a career in music...
Crossing Lo Wu Bridge

Crossing Lo Wu Bridge

There is only one way to really understand the PRC business environment and that is to live and work in mainland China. Zoe Chan So Yuen, Law Programme Director, HKU SPACE, looks at an increasingly popular option for gaining work experience in the PRC – secondment. A...
CSj April 2012 (pdf version)

CSj April 2012 (pdf version)

No more paperwork? – E-incorporation one year on. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...