HKA 2014 Past Events

Membership Christmas Lunch

The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, KT, GCMG
President of the Hong Kong Association

Date:    Wednesday 17th December 2014
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
Time:     12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost:      £75 per person

Lord WilsonThe Guest of honour at the Hong Kong Association Christmas Lunch will be The Lord Wilson, our President.

This has been a tumultous time for Hong Kong and Lord Wilson’s perceptions on the current situation and the future will be especially relevant and interesting.

Lord Wilson will be standing down from being President in the New Year and this will be a good way for the Association to express thanks to him.

Lord Wilson was the Governor of Hong Kong 1987-1992. As well as having an extremely distinguished diplomatic career, much of it associated with China and Hong Kong, he edited the China Quarterly 1968-74 and was Master of Peterhouse 2003 – 2008, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2008 – 2011, Lord High Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2010 – 2011, and Chancellor of Aberdeen University 1997 – 2012.

Membership Lunch

The Hon John Tsang Chun-wah, GMB, JP
The Financial Secretary, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Date:    Friday 31st October 2014
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
Time:     12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost:      £75 per person

P201206280236_photo_1038877The Chief Executive of Hong Kong has reluctantly decided that he has to stay in HK in the coming week in view of the changing domestic situation and has asked John Tsang, the Financial Secretary, to fulfill all his engagement in London. This includes the Hong Kong Association Lunch on the 31st October.

As the Financial Secretary (FS), John Tsang 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.

John Tsang knows London very well. He will be fully aware of the concerns in the UK over the domestic HK situation and will be particularly well equipped to answer questions from those attending.

The all-in cost of this event will be £75 per head; this will include the pre-lunch reception and a 2 course lunch with wine. No tickets will be issued. Dress will be lounge suits.

Membership Lunch

The Hon Rimsky Yuen, SC, JP
Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong SAR

Date:    Tuesday 14th October 2014
Venue: 34th Floor, Shangri-La Hotel, at the Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 2TU
Time:     12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost:      £75 per person (members), £85 per person (non members)

Rimsky YuenThe Guest of Honour for this lunch is the Secretary for Justice, who is paying a short visit to London to take part in a major Legal Symposium. Many members of the Association, are involved in legal services and related activities and the discussion will provide a very good opportunity to hear an authoritative view on the latest developments in Hong Kong.

The Secretary for Justice is the principal legal advisor to the Chief Executive and to the Hong Kong Government.

Rimsky Yuen was a barrister in private practice before being appointed Secretary for Justice in July 2012. He has also served as an arbitrator in international arbitrations and as a mediator in commercial disputes. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2003 and a Recorder of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2006. As Secretary for Justice, he is a member of the Executive Council. The Secretary for Justice is the defendant in all Civil actions bought against the Hong Kong Government.

The lunch will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, on the 34th floor of the Shard, with its panoramic views of London. The hotel has opened recently and we are delighted that it has joined the Association.

Enhancing Hong Kong’s Connectivity and Global Role

Keynote Speaker:     Professor Anthony Cheung, Secretary for Transport and Housing, Hong Kong SAR

Date: Thursday 25 September 2014
Venue: Linklaters, One Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ
Time: Seminar 12.30 – 1.45pm, Lunch and Reception 1.45pm – 2.30pm
Cost: Free

Official Photo (STH) (2)  This forum, which is being very kindly hosted by Corporate Member,  Linklaters, features a keynote address by one of Hong Kong’s most senior politicians and will look at Hong Kong’s connectivity and ‘’globalness’’, with special reference to its aviation hub, its port development and as an International Maritime Centre.

The forum will also address current wider issues in Hong Kong.

An expert panel will join in the discussion, and to answer any questions after the keynote speech.

Professor Anthony Cheung is the Secretary for Transport and Housing in Hong Kong. His responsibilities include not only all forms of transport, but also housing. His portfolio covers transport infrastructure, cityscape, aviation, shipping and logistics, property market and many other areas of real relevance for members. He was appointed Secretary for Transport and Housing on 1 July 2012, having been the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Before joining the Government, Professor Cheung also held a number of public service positions including non-official member of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Consumer Council, member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and Chairman of its Subsides Housing Committee. He is a product of LSE, University of Aston and The University of Hong Kong.

After the seminar there will be a light buffet lunch and reception: a good time to network and meet Professor Cheung and his team.

This should be an extremely relevant and good session. Thanks to the generous hospitality of Linklaters there will be no cost for attendance.



Hong Kong Association Membership Lunch

Ms Andrea Leadsom

Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Date:  Monday 12th May 2014
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost: £70 per person

Andrea Leadsom, Conservative MP

The Guest of honour at this lunch will now be Ms Andrea Leadsom, Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Ms Leadsom has taken over from Mr Sajid Javid, the responsibilities for banking and financial services, reform and regulation, financial stability, City competitiveness, financial conduct, the FCA and Asset Management.

Amongst her resulting areas of interest are foreign exchange reserves, the Internationalisation of the RMB, UK’s engagement with China on the Free Trade Zones and Chinese investment into the UK. It is a big portfolio, much of it directly relevant to members.

Andrea Leadsom has been Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire since 2010. After Warwick University, she worked for BZW, Barclays and then became Managing Director of De Putron Fund Management at the age of 34. She was Senior Investment Officer at Invesco Perpetual from 1999 for 10 years. She was appointed a member of the Treasury Select Committee in 2010 and became Economic Secretary when Sajid Javid was promoted to become Culture Secretary in April 2014. She has been recently to China.

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Hong Kong Association Membership Forum & Reception

Implications for London and Hong Kong of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Date:     Wednesday 16th April 2014
Venue:  Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London, SE1 2AF
Time:     Seminar 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Reception 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Cost:     Free to members of the Association and Hong Kong Society, £12 non members (admin fee)

Keynote Speaker:  Mr Gerry Grimstone, Chairman of Standard Life and Chairman of TheCityUK
Chairman:               Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London
Panel Speakers:
Mr Chris Davies, Now CEO International Europe, HSBC; former CEO China, HSBC
Dr Kent Deng, Associate Professor (Reader) in Economic History, LSE
Mr John Greenwood, Chief Economist, Invesco Perpetual Fund Management and member of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority

This forum, which is being very kindly hosted by Corporate Member, Ernst & Young LLP (EY), will look at the main principles of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, consider its merits and its disadvantages and then discuss the implications for two of the three global financial centres and particularly for Hong Kong which needs to work closely in partnership with Shanghai.

The scene will be set by the Chairman of TheCityUK, who is leading work on behalf of the UK on how the Free Trade Zone might develop. The panel will provide expertise and knowledge across a wide range of issues.

Gerry GrimnstoneGerry Grimstone was appointed Chairman of Standard Life in May 2007, having been deputy Chairman since March 2006.Mr Grimstone is also Chairman of TheCityUK. He held senior positions within the Department of Health and Social Security and HM Treasury until 1986 and spent 13 years with Schroders in London, Hong Kong and New York. He was Vice Chairman of Schroders’ worldwide investment banking activities from 1998 to 1999.


It should be an extremely relevant and good session. Thanks to the generous hospitality of EY there will be no cost to members of the HK Association. Those who represent non members will be asked to pay a £12 administrative fee.

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