A Recap on Hong Kong Tax System and The Latest Updates by Oldham, Li & Nie
OLN’s partner Anna Chan, and associate, Victor Ng were invited by the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association to present on the topic of “A Recap on Hong Kong Tax System and The Latest Updates” on 16 March 2017.
Over a 3-course lunch, more than 50 attendees were given a precise recap of the Hong Kong tax system and the latest tax developments on BEPS, AEOI and CTC, which are some of the hottest topics at the moment.
Inaugural Real Estate Round Table Session
On Friday, 4 November, the inaugural real estate round table session kicked off with a candid discussion concerning the legal and practical issues related to hotel management and development contracts. Gordon Chan from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts chaired the session and was joined by Kieren Berry, Group Counsel from Mandarin Oriental and Iain Seow, Senior Legal Counsel from Shangri-la Asia Limited. Members from the real estate sector and other industries joined. Valuable views were exchanged during the discussion. The Real Estate Industry Focus Group in HKCCA is dedicated to bring members with more insights of the industry. More pictures here!
On 25 October, HKCCA financial services industry group met for dinner and an informal discussion about hot topics affecting the industry. A broad range of Hong Kong’s financial services was represented at the dinner, from both the sell-side - local and international investment banks and private banks – and the buy-side – private equity and hedge funds, as well as industry associations.
Fintech emerged as the topic that stimulated the most discussion, with its challenges and impacts on the workplace and regulators throughout Asia. The discussion also moved to the SFC and HKEx Joint Consultation Paper on listing regulation, a topic which made those who had been about to leave sit back down to engage in the debate.
The Executive Committee of the HKCCA is delighted to announce an agreement with Vantage Asia where for a limited time, HKCCA Members will enjoy an exclusive online access to all Vantage Asia publications.
Please click here to learn more about this offer.
On Friday 9 September, the Executive Committee of the HKCCA was delighted to be invited to The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2016. Ms Lin SHI, President of the HKCCA, awarded the HKCCA Award Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year to CK Hutchison.
M. Jonathan Ross, HKCCA Director, presented the Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year Award to Linklaters.
M. Andrew Olson, HKCCA Director, presented the Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year Award to Deacons.
Please click here to access the pictures of this evening.
Another year has passed and so very quickly. At HKCCA, we continue to strive to bring the in-house community together through various events. This year, in addition to meeting each other at lunchtime seminars, members have played badminton together, raced in the Southern District Beach Run, traded war stories with the Bar Council, gone on weekend hikes, and heard inspiring stories of former lawyers who pursued their dreams in other fields. We continued to present our perennially popular series, and one of my favorites, Meet the GC. Former HKCCA ExCo member and GC of MTR, Gill Meller, told us about her interview with Mohamed Al-Fayed. Brett Graham, GC of Morgan Stanley Asia, told us to let personal life intrude on work since work intrudes on personal life. I’m going to adopt that perspective! Finally, Edith Shih, GC of CK Hutchison Holdings, demonstrated how talent, education, hard work and a little luck can go an extremely long way in building a career.
If you’ve visited our website lately, you’ll notice that we revamped it. We now have an internship tab where members can post internships at their companies. We are publicising our website to several universities to give law students access to in-house counsel opportunities. One of our members received over 70 applications, so please visit our website and post your internships. When the fall term starts, we will also be launching our mentorship program with two universities so that our members can mentor law students.
For the upcoming year, we look to further expand our social offerings. HKCCA will be teaming up with Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers Limited (a/k/a FIDA) to give our members (both women and men) access to some of FIDA’s exclusive events. FIDA is an association of female lawyers in Hong Kong who are law students, in-house or in private practice. FIDA is run by a committee of volunteers, just like HKCCA, and organises a number of charity as well as social events. We will also be organising another joint event with the Bar Council. Through HKCCA, we hope our members will be able to better connect with the greater Hong Kong legal community.
Lastly, we value your comments and participation. To better serve you, we have designed a short survey to better gauge events that you may be interested in. Please find this 5 minutes survey here: http://survey.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cYgUbHcaF0nJVlP .
With your input, HKCCA can more effectively focus our resources to bring you the opportunities and events that impact you most.
The HKCCA has grown from a handful of members when first started in 2003 to nearly 800 strong today. In addition to tremendous membership growth, the Association has accomplished much, including bringing to members more than 60 seminars, general counsel series and other special events in 2015, delivering potentially over 50 CPD/CLE points per year. HKCCA members also receive discounts to third party legal conferences, access to excellent resources including the daily HKCCA Newsstand and seminar materials, as well as networking events to help connect you with others who uniquely share your experience as in-house counsel. None of this would happen without the voluntary time and selfless dedication of the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the HKCCA.
With some ExCo members retiring, we are now looking for a few new members to join ExCo. With HKCCA’s AGM coming up soon, the Committee is calling for expressions of interest from members who would like to join ExCo, and help the Association to keep growing and serving the needs of its members.
If you are interested in serving on ExCo, please send us a brief e-mail telling us about you, your background, and how you could contribute to HKCCA. Eligible candidates will be invited to meet with ExCo and candidacies and biographical information will be distributed to members for a vote during the next Annual General Meeting to be held on 31 May 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our administrator, Sandrine at email@example.com who will put you in touch with a current Exco member. Our constitutional and governance documents and information about current ExCo members are available on the HKCCA website at www.hkcca.net.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 6 May 2016.
We look forward to hearing from YOU!
Executive Committee – HKCCA
HELP BUILD AND SERVE YOUR PROFESSIONAL IN-HOUSE ASSOCIATION IN HONG KONG
The CPD year may have ended, but HKCCA is still busy organizing seminars and networking events. Our well-received ‘Meet the GC’ series, which has so far featured Tim Steinert of Alibaba, Stephen Maloy, the former APR GC of GE, and will feature Gill Meller of MTR (and a former ExCo member of the HKCCA), really showed us that members are interested in hearing personal stories from prominent General Counsel. In response, we are launching a new series called ‘Leveraging the Law.’
Careers don’t develop linearly these days. Even legal careers are much more fluid than they used to be when choices lay primarily between private practice and in-house positions. More often, lawyers are leveraging their legal backgrounds to pursue alternative careers in the business, politics, public policy and as entrepreneurs, to name a few examples. Departing from a traditional legal career can be daunting, but these lawyers took a chance and took their careers to the next level in a different field. For anyone who has contemplated breaking out of the legal world, this is a valuable opportunity to get to know people who did, with tremendous success.
We are proud to kick-off the ‘Leveraging the Law’ series with Su-Mei Thompson. Su-Mei practiced corporate law at Linklaters and is now the CEO of The Women’s Foundation, one of the leading non-profit organizations in Hong Kong. You’ve probably read about her story, now hear how she translated her vision into TWF, the challenges she faced and how her skills as a lawyer served her. I first heard Su-Mei speak at TEDxWanchai and I can say that she is truly inspirational.
Click here to sign up for the event next Monday evening. In addition to a great networking opportunity, perhaps you’ll hear something to help you find your true calling.
I learned about the HKCCA from a colleague shortly after going in-house about eight years ago. After attending a lunch seminar, I joined, if only to maintain my accreditation. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be more than that. It provided me a forum to meet and engage with fellow in-house lawyers and to forge ties and friendships. And of course, to maintain my accreditation!
In the eight years since, I’ve witnessed the growth and dynamism of the Association. Its membership has more than doubled and it is still the only in-house association actually run by in-house lawyers. The HKCCA Executive Committee is dedicated, diverse and committed to serve the needs of the in-house lawyer. I joined the Executive Committee five years ago as Treasurer , and became President in June, taking over from Jasmine Karimi , whose significant contributions have helped to raise the profile of the Association, while being attuned to our members’ needs. And those needs have been changing with the expansion of our roles.
Today, in-house lawyers are expected to be more than subject matter experts in a particular field. We are stepping up to the role of trusted advisor in our organizations and participating in risk management, regulatory and compliance matters, in addition to giving legal advice. In our more highly regulated and interconnected world, our knowledge of global regulations that affect our companies must be broader and we must be ever wary of the prevalence and permanence of social media. To reflect the changing landscape, HKCCA has responded by offering soft skills workshops, partnering with media companies as well as law firms to host seminars, coordinating with our sister organizations regionally and globally to learn from and share experiences and most recently, organizing meet the GC events and half day conferences.
I hope that you have taken advantage of our events. If there are events you’d like to see more of or specific topics you want to learn more about, do not hesitate to contact any of the ExCo members. We strive engage with our members more to ensure that we are addressing your concerns, and providing you an important platform to network with your in-house peers. Given all the choices available to our members, we hope that you will keep making us your number one destination to get information and develop skills to help you grow in your career.