HKA 2013 Past Events

Mr Boris Johnson
Mayor of London

Date:    Monday 9th December 2013
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time:   12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost:    £75 per person


The Guest of honour at this lunch will be The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson has served as Mayor of London since 2008. Initially a journalist, he became editor of The Spectator in 1999 and then served as the Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 until he resigned, on becoming Mayor. He was re-elected as Mayor in 2012.

Boris Johnson was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he read Classics. He was Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph from 1994 to 1999 and then editor of The Spectator until 2005. During his period as an MP, he became one of the most conspicuous politicians in the country, authoring books and making regular television appearances. He served on the opposition front bench, first as Shadow Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries and then for Higher Education.

The Mayor is the elected head of London’s strategic authority which exists to promote economic, social and environmental development and wealth creation. Among his direct responsibilities are the policing, travel, support and environmental facilities. The Mayor also has various other duties in relation to culture and tourism, including responsibility for Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.


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The Hon John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP
The Financial Secretary, Hong Kong SAR

Date:    Monday 18th November 2013
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time:   12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost:    £70 per person


The Guest of Honour at this lunch will be The Hon John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP.

As the Financial Secretary (FS), he oversees the formulation and implementation of all areas of financial, monetary, economic, trade and employment policy. He exercises control over the Exchange Fund, with the assistance of the Monetary Authority and is a member of the Executive Council.

Mr. Tsang studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a master degree in bilingual education from Boston State College and a MPA from the Kennedy school of government  at Harvard University.

He has been Assistant Director-General of Trade, Private Secretary to the  then Governor, Chris Patten and became, in July 1997, the Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London. Since then he has been Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology and Director of the Chief Executive’s Office. He became Financial Secretary in 2007.

To make a booking for this event, please click here to download the registration form. Alternatively contact or by telephone 020 7963 9447.  Member companies are particularly encouraged to bring tables of up to 10. Any staff of member companies can attend.

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The Crucial Role of Hong Kong’s legal and Dispute Resolution Services in making it a Global Centre for Finance and Commerce

Keynote Speaker:     Mr Rimsky Yuen, JP, Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong Government
Chairman:                   Mr Michael Thomas, Former Attorney General of Hong Kong
Panel Speakers:
Mr Sandy Bhogal, Partner, Mayer Brown International LLP
Mr Stephen Ball, Client Lead Partner, KPMG LLP
Mr Martin Barrow, Director, Matheson & Co Ltd
Mr John Greenwood, Chief Economist, Invesco Perpetual Fund Management Ltd
Mr Richard Power, Representing The Law Society (Partner, International Arbitration & Commercial Disputes at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP)

Date: Thursday 26th September 2013
Venue: Mayer Brown International LLP, 201 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3AF
Time: Seminar 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Reception and light finger buffet to 8.30pm

Rimsky Yuen

This forum, which is very kindly hosted by Corporate Member, Mayer Brown, will look at the strength of Hong Kong as a provider of legal and related services and thereby as a business multiplier in the region. Hong Kong’s continuing links with The Law Society in UK will be explored and thereby underline the potential for English Law to prosper through its close friendships in Hong Kong. The scene will be set by an economist’s overview of business strengths in Asia and rounded off by the views of a senior representative from a well known Hong Kong based company which has wide global investments..

Rimsky Yuen has been the Secretary for Justice since July 2012. He was a barrister in private practice before joining the Government of Hong Kong, specialising in commercial disputes. He became a Senior Counsellor in 2003 and a Recorder of The Court of First Instance of The High Court in 2006.

The Secretary for Justice, who is a member of The Executive Council, is the principal legal adviser to the Chief Executive, to the government and to individual government departments and agencies. Prior to July 1997, the post was that of The Attorney General.

Thanks to the generous hospitality of Mayer Brown International LLP there will be no cost to members of the HK Association and Society and to those specifically invited by them or by the HKETO. This will be an extremely useful and relevant session. Space is limited


A Business Development Forum on Hong Kong’s

West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) Development

Michael Lynch, CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong, will give the keynote address at a business forum being jointly organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Trade & Investment, the British Council, Hong Kong Association and HKETO. The forum will be attended, and also addressed, by The Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the FCO and Erica Ng, Director-General of the HKETO. It will be chaired by Adrian Greer, Chief Operating Office at the British Council.

Date:  Thursday 12 September 2013
Venue: Linklaters, One Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ
Time:  11.00am – 2.15pm
Buffet Lunch from 12.30pm – 2.00pm

The aim of this forum is to deliver an updating overview on the WKCD project and its cultural opportunities and to explore infrastructure opportunities arising from the delivery of the project.

Master-planning and early stage design of the multi-billion dollar WKCD project has already commenced. A full range of business development opportunities is available to Hong Kong and UK companies wishing to work together to deliver this future landmark project. Opportunities such as theatre planning, acoustics, exhibition design services, fundraising, digital media, audience and brand development are becoming equally as relevant as design and construction services. This is why WKCD has attracted high-level British business interest and governmental support by recognising the collaborative opportunities in this sector.

A buffet lunch is being generously provided by Linklaters.

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The Hon Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBS, JP
President of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong SAR

Date:     Thursday 13th June 2013
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time:   12.15pm Drinks, 12.45pm Lunch
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The guest of honour at this lunch will be The Hon Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBS, JP who will talk about Hong Kong’s final run-up to full democracy.

Mr Tsang is the current President of the Legislative Council of HKSAR and a member of National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He was the Founding Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB).

Mr Tsang was educated at St. Paul’s College and graduated from the University of Hong Kong. After a period of teaching, he became a full time politician in 1998.

Mr Tsang’s involvement in politics began in 1976, when he was appointed a member of the Guangdong provincial committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He became a member of the Conference’s national committee in 1993. Mr Tsang took an active part in the consultative activities when the Hong Kong Basic Law was drafted in the late 1980s and was subsequently appointed to the committee responsible for the preparatory work for the establishment of the Special Administrative Region.

Mr Tsang has been a member in a number of government committees, statutory bodies and education institutes, including the Commission on Strategic Development of the Central Policy Unit, Securities and Futures Commission, Airport Authority, and The Open University of Hong Kong.

He is in London for inter-parliamentary liaison and exchange.

Caroline Wilson

HM Consul General in Hong Kong

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Date:    Friday 17th May 2013
Venue: Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PX
Time:   12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch

Caroline Wilson, who has been Consul General in Hong Kong since September 2012, will brief members on her up to date perceptions of, and the current situation in, Hong Kong.

The business community has had nearly a year to adjust to the new new Administration in Hong Kong; the global economic and regional diplomatic situations have also evolved considerably in recent months. This will be a good chance for members to receive an authoritative update. There will be opportunities to ask questions after Ms Wilson’s initial talk.

Caroline Wilson’s first posting in the FCO was Beijing, where her portfolio included Hong Kong and where she participated in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group. She has served as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, in the office of the British Permanent Representative at the European Union, and as Director of UK Trade and Investment in Russia. She is a Barrister by training.

Hong Kong Association Membership Forum & Reception

Guest Speaker: The Hon Eddie Ng, Secretary for Education, Hong Kong SAR

Date: Monday 28th January 2013
Venue: SJ Berwin, 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE

Mr Eddie Ng, the third senior member of the new administration in Hong Kong to visit the UK since it was formed, will be in London 28th-30th January. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London and The Hong Kong Association are arranging a forum and discussion for him, very kindly hosted by SJ Berwin, active corporate member of the Association.

Mr Eddie Ng has been the Secretary for Education since 1 July 2012. He was Chairman of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) from September 2009 and, from 2006 to 2009, he served as Member of the HKEAA Council and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee of the HKEAA. He was Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) from 2002 to 2007 and was Chairman of Human Capital Management Consulting Ltd until July 2012.

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