Forging ahead to achieve our mission 不忘初心,砥砺前行

Forging ahead to achieve our mission 不忘初心,砥砺前行

Kenneth Jiang FCIS FCS(PE), Chief Representative, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries Beijing Representative Office, reviews the work of the Institute on the Mainland in the past year in serving listed companies, promoting corporate governance and...
IPO governance: new guidance

IPO governance: new guidance

A new guidance note, published by the Institute’s Securities Law and Regulation Interest Group, gives practical guidance on IPO due diligence and the role of company secretaries in helping companies to transition from the private to the public realm. The right...
What ESG reporting brings to the table

What ESG reporting brings to the table

David Graham, Chief Regulatory Officer and Head of Listing at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, and a speaker at the CGC 2016, offers some thoughts on what environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting can bring to the table for the Stock Exchange of Hong...
Proposed listing regulation reforms

Proposed listing regulation reforms

In June, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX) jointly issued a consultation on proposed enhancements to the existing structure for listing regulation in Hong Kong. Brian Ho, Executive Director; and Megan Tang,...
Professional ethics

Professional ethics

Should ethical considerations take precedence over legal requirements? How should professionals address conflicts of interest situations encountered in their work? Dr Brian Lo FCIS FCS, Vice-President and Company Secretary APT Satellite Holdings Ltd, takes a look at...
Cross-border transfers of data

Cross-border transfers of data

Gupinder Assi, Counsel; and Kristi Swartz, Managing Partner, Hong Kong; Bryan Cave, look at due diligence measures organisations in Hong Kong should consider ahead of the implementation of Section 33 of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance which imposes restrictions...
CSJ September 2016 (pdf version)

CSJ September 2016 (pdf version)

Corporate Governance Conference 2016 – Special Edition Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full edition....
Charities governance

Charities governance

Corporate governance is just as necessary for charities as it is for their profit-making peers. CSj gets some best practice advice for charities in Hong Kong and looks at the prospects for regulatory reform in this sector. Earlier this year, one of the largest and...
The charity doctor

The charity doctor

In addition to being a former legal counsel to the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Michelle Chow, Consultant, Withers, is one of Hong Kong’s top advisers for charities and trusts, and regularly lectures on philanthropy and charity law issues. It’s not by chance,...
ESG reporting: preparing for the new regime

ESG reporting: preparing for the new regime

CSj takes a look at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s proposed ‘upgrade’ of its Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide. Mandatory requirements for companies to report on their environmental and social impacts have become a standard...
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance is due to come into force early in 2016. Zoe Chan So Yuen FCS FCIS, Solicitor, examines how companies can make use of the new law in corporate contract management. Many commercial projects, no matter what their size,...
The new Companies Ordinance: issues relating to directors

The new Companies Ordinance: issues relating to directors

Hong Kong’s compliance landscape changed dramatically in March this year with the implementation of the new Companies Ordinance. Ada Chung, Registrar of Companies, highlights the major changes brought in by the new law in an area of particular relevance to...
Market mentor

Market mentor

Regulation is not only about enforcement, argues Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Chairman Carlson Tong. In an interview with CSj, he talks about the SFC’s new emphasis on guiding, as well as policing, the market. How would you describe the general...
The new Companies Ordinance

The new Companies Ordinance

This month we launch a new column dedicated to answering your questions on key regulatory and governance issues. In this first Q&A in the series, Wendy Yung, Executive Director and Company Secretary of Hysan Development Company, and a panellist in session three...
CSj September 2014 (pdf version)

CSj September 2014 (pdf version)

Corporate Governance Conference 2014 – Special edition. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
How to grow your career

How to grow your career

There are many routes into the Chartered Secretarial profession, but whatever route you take there are a number of key skills you will need to acquire. This month, senior Chartered Secretaries in Hong Kong give tips on how to reach the top of your chosen profession....
AGMs 2013: a post-season review

AGMs 2013: a post-season review

It’s the end of another busy AGM season, particularly notable this year for a marked increase in ‘against’ votes for some Hong Kong and mainland China-based companies, and for the 29 meetings valiantly held close to a black rain storm in Hong Kong. Lucy...
ESG reporting: your guide

ESG reporting: your guide

Roy Lo, Deputy Managing Partner, SHINEWING (HK) CPA Ltd, and Gloria So, Manager, SHINEWING Risk Services Ltd, give a brief guide to environmental, social and governance reporting. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting is currently a major issue in the...

New Companies Ordinance: your questions answered

The implementation of the new Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) early next year will have many compliance implications for company secretaries in Hong Kong. Ted Tyler, Stefan Lo and Natalie Wong, the Companies Ordinance Rewrite Team, Department of Justice, answer some...
Tablets for tyrannosaurs?

Tablets for tyrannosaurs?

Are Hong Kong boards behind the curve when it comes to adopting the latest board support technology? Phillip Baldwin, Head – Hong Kong/ China, ICSA Boardroom Apps Ltd, investigates. Hong Kong is a dynamic, push ahead, go-getting economic mini- powerhouse with a...
Stakeholder relationship officers — coming to your company?

Stakeholder relationship officers — coming to your company?

The company secretary is particularly well-placed to carry out the function of a corporate stakeholder relationship officer (CSRO), argues Professor Mervyn King SC, Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council. Companies operate in a completely changed...

Ask the Expert September 2013

Q: Do financial institutions in Hong Kong need to comply with FATCA? A: FATCA is a piece of US tax legislation designed to track US nationals who may be avoiding tax liabilities by holding assets (including shares) overseas. The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...
Borrower beware – The unwritten rules of legislative copying

Borrower beware – The unwritten rules of legislative copying

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...
The new Companies Ordinance – Getting a head-start

The new Companies Ordinance – Getting a head-start

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...
Conference preview

Conference preview

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,...

A crisis of values?

Andrew Sheng, President of the Fung Global Institute and Chief Adviser to the China Banking Regulatory Commission, is one of Asia’s most respected commentators on global finance and corporate governance. As guest speaker at the HKICS’ latest Members’ Luncheon...
Real-time disclosure – Is Hong Kong ready?

Real-time disclosure – Is Hong Kong ready?

The Securities and Futures (Amendment) Ordinance, enacted earlier this year, requires listed companies to disclose price-sensitive information ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ to the public. One rather significant ‘practical’ impediment to speedy...
A reminder

A reminder

Consistent with the objectives of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, this communication is a reminder of some of the salient responsibilities and attributes of a company secretary of a private company incorporated in Hong Kong Residency qualification If...

Ask the expert September 2012

Q: What are Hong Kong Depositary Receipts and how are they different to normal listed securities? A: Hong Kong Depositary Receipts (HDRs) are securities that are listed and traded on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. HDRs offer an alternative mechanism for foreign...
CSj September 2012 (pdf version)

CSj September 2012 (pdf version)

Cut and paste? – The hazards of legislative borrowing. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...