Latest Updates on HKEX Listing Rules and Hong Kong Corporate Governance Practices
In Hong Kong, we have entered an era of Corporate Governance where it is believed that balancing short-term performance with sustainability, transparency and good governance can lead to long-term success for both issuers and investors. Listed issuers are expected to uphold good corporate governance ("CG") whilst generating sustainable shareholder value and meeting their obligations.
On 10 Dec 2021, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) published conclusions to its consultation on Review of the Corporate Governance Code (CG Code) and Related Listing Rules (Consultation Conclusions), which made certain amendments to the Listing Rules in the areas of culture, board independence and refreshment, diversity, communications with shareholders, and ESG. The amended Listing Rules and CG Code has come into effect on 1 January 2022, and the requirements under the new CG Code apply to CG reports for financial year commencing on or after 1 January 2022. The Exchange also publishes a new set of guidance (Corporate Governance Guide for Boards and Directors) to assist issuers' compliance with the new requirements.
Venue: Online via zoom
Fee: Free for HKIRA members ; $100 for non-member
Accreditation: 1.5 CPD hour (by request)
- Online registration only. Deadline: 25 July 2022.
- Speakers are in alphabetical order of last name
- HKIRA will confirm availability by email notification. HKIRA reserves the right to final say in registration discrepancies.
- For online attendees, the link to the webinar will be sent to the registered email when closer to the event date.
- Registration is non-cancellable and non-refundable.
Dr. Davy Wu
The Department of Accountancy and Law and an associate director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy
Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr. Davy Wu is a senior lecturer of the Department of Accountancy and Law, and an associate director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy of Hong Kong Baptist University. He is a joint director of Professional Diploma in Insolvency for the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also serving a listed company as an independent non-executive director.
Dr Look Guy
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director
Sa Sa International Holdings Limited
Dr Look is the Chief Financial Officer and executive director of the Company, and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and member of the Risk Management Committee of the Company. Dr Look has over 35 years of experience in local and overseas financial and general management. Prior to joining Sa Sa in March 2002, he was the Chief Financial Officer and an executive director of Tom.com Limited (renamed TOM Group Ltd.). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and received a degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa from the University of Birmingham, England. Dr Look is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Dr Look is a member of the Executive Committee and the Chairman of the New Retail Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and a fellow member and a member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Investor Relations Association.
Head of Policy and Secretariat Services, Listing Division
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Ms. Katherine Ng is a Managing Director and the Head of Policy and Secretariat Services of the Listing Division at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited ("HKEX"). Prior to joining HKEX in 2013, Ms. Ng had served as Political Assistant to the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong Government, worked in an international investment bank and an international law firm in Hong Kong and London. Ms. Ng holds a Master of Arts in Law from Trinity College, University of Cambridge and is a qualified lawyer in both Hong Kong and England & Wales. Ms. Ng is currently a Director of Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute ("HKSI"), an Advisor to Our Hong Kong Foundation, a Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong, a fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance and a Member of the Sustainability Committee of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She was the Chairman of HKSI from December 2018 to December 2021.
ESG & Climate Client Coverage Lead for Corporate, MSCI
Shelley Yu, CFA is ESG & Climate Client Coverage Lead for Corporate at MSCI. Prior to joining MSCI, Shelley worked at both buy and sell side, initially at Goldman Sachs London in a variety of investment banking roles before moving into the buy-side working for hedge fund and asset management firm Schroders. Her latest role was with HSBC where she worked for 9 years and spearheaded key strategic initiatives including Allocate to China, China Sustainability, China Belt & Road and Euro-Asia Business Corridors. Shelley is a CFA Charterholder, holds a 1st class honours degree in Financial Economics and is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Shelley is an active member of a number of Women in Banking & Finance groups and has taken roles such as Committee Chair. She was also the Chairperson of HSBC China Connect and has been ranked #32 in the FT/Yahoo Finance Empower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2019.
Mr. Maxwell Chan
Partner of ONC Lawyers
Maxwell is a partner of ONC Lawyers. Maxwell is a qualified solicitor of Hong Kong and English and Wales. Maxwell's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and advising on corporate governance as well as general compliance of listed companies. He has been advising a number of listed companies on different types of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, secondary fundraising by way of placing, rights issue and issuance of convertible securities, general offer related matters, capital restructuring, resumption of trading as well as compliance of the listing rules and securities laws.