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The Dynamics of Shareholder Engagement and Shareholder Activism in Hong Kong Conference

10 November 2017 (Friday)
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Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (“HKIRA”)
ONC Lawyers (“ONC”)
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong
Lower Lobby, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong (map)
Outline: This full-day Conference will be a joint effort of HKIRA and ONC Lawyers, bringing together bright minds to give talks and discussions on shareholder engagement and activism, sharing views and experience from various perspectives including investors, asset managers, listed companies, regulators and academia, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter. Please click here to find the purpose of this conference.
09:00 Registration
09:30 Welcome and Opening Speeches
-   Dr. Eva Chan, Chairman, HKIRA
-   Mr. Sherman Yan, Managing Partner, ONC Lawyers
09:40 From Engagement to Activism – a Hong Kong Case Study
-   Ms. Pru Bennett, Director, BlackRock
10:00 Shareholder Activism in Hong Kong – a Legal Perspective
-   Mr. Sherman Yan, Managing Partner, ONC Lawyers
10:15 Panel Discussion 1: Shareholder engagement and activism – Views from Investor Relations officers, Listco management, Regulators and Investors
-   Dr. Eva Chan, Chairman, HKIRA
-   Mr. Derek Cheung, Executive Director & CEO, New Century Asset Management Limited
-   Mr. Ronnie Lim, Senior Engagement Specialist, Active Ownership, Robeco Hong Kong Limited
-   Mr. Hugh Pye, Head of Investor Relations, Asia-Pacific, HSBC Holdings plc
-   Ms. Megan Tang, Senior Director, Corporate Finance, SFC
10:55 Coffee Break
11:10 Loan-to-own for Foreign Investors in Debt-Equity Swap Change of Control Ownership Conversion Strategies in the PRC (Non-Performing-Loans and distressed/defaulting Corporate Bonds)
-   Dr. Ami de Chapeaurouge, Partner, de Chapeaurouge + Partners, Frankfurt/New York
-   Mr. Jeff Chen, Partner, Dentons Hong Kong
11:35 Criteria for Activist Investing Outside the U.S.: An Investment must be worthwhile in view of the added challenges encountered in Europe and Asia
-   Mr. Stephen Fraidin, Vice Chairman, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.
12:00 Minority Shareholder Protection Comparison Delaware and Hong Kong against the Backdrop of Hong Kong Campaign Experience
-   Mr. Steve Wolosky, Partner, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, New York
-   Mr. Seth Fischer, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Oasis Management Ltd.
12:25 Defense Developments in the U.S. and abroad, including Hong Kong / China Campaign Experience
-   Mr. William D. Anderson, Jr., Senior Managing Director, Global Head, Strategic Shareholder Advisory Business, Evercore L.L.C., New York
-   Mr. Scott Spieth, Managing Director, Corporate Advisory Business, Evercore New York
12:50 Lunch
13:50 If only INEDs were independent
-   Mr. David Webb, Deputy Chairman, SFC Takeovers and Mergers Panel
14:10 Panel Discussion 2: Shareholder activism - an offshore angle on practice and suggested reform
-   Dr. Ami de Chapeaurouge, Partner, de Chapeaurouge + Partners, Frankfurt/New York
-   Mr. Timothy Haynes, Partner, Walkers
-   Mr. Ian Mann, Partner, Harneys
-   Mr. Oliver Payne, Partner, Ogier
-   Mr. William Wong SC, Barrister-at-law, Des Voeux Chambers
14:50 Coffee Break
15:05 Panel Discussion 3: Emerging Thematic Areas of Investor Engagement for the Next 5+ Years (Cybersecurity, Tech Disruption, Board Quality / Diversity, Climate Change)
-   Mr. Dominic Wai, Partner, ONC Lawyers
-   Ms. Emily Chew, Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, Manulife Asset Management (Hong Kong) Ltd.
-   Ms. Susan Finder, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, School of Transnational Law, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
-   Mr. Shinbo Won, Director, BlackRock
15:45 The Available Tools for Achieving Shareholder Activism in Hong Kong
-   Mr. Warren Lee, Managing Director, Yu Ming Group
16:10 Panel Discussion 4: Developments in Hong Kong Shareholder Engagement and Activism
-   Mr. Huen Wong, Consultant, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Hong Kong
-   Prof. Louis Cheng, Professor of Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
-   Mr. Peter Guy, Columnist, SCMP
-   Mr. David Webb, Deputy Chairman, SFC Takeovers and Mergers Panel
-   Mr. Frank Wong, First Class Management
16:40 CMB campaign sharing
-   Mr. Kin Chan, Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Argyle Street Management Limited
17:00 Event closed

*Showing confirmed speakers only; time and topic subject to change.
Language: English
Fee: HK$1,800 (incl. refreshments, lunch and coffee breaks)
HK$1,620 for members of HKIRA and supporting organizations

Special "1+1 package" for HKIRA members*
HK$1,800 for 1 Full/Corporate Member (ListCo) + 1 non-member working in listed company
Accreditation: 6 CPD points accreditation from the Law Society of Hong Kong is being applied for.
6 CPD hours accredited by HKIRA by request upon registration.
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  • Online registration via HKIRA website only.
  • Registration deadline: 3 November, 2017 / 7 November, 2017 for online payment
  • For the "1+1 package", (i) both registrants must be working in listed companies; (ii) the two registrants cannot both be HKIRA members; (iii) both registrants must show up or arrange a replacement of Listco personnel to show up; and (iv) the registration must be done by Full/Corporate Member (Listed Company) (see membership class:
  • Once a registration is accepted, a notification email will be sent.
  • Seat will be confirmed upon full payment of the event fee and receipt of the registration form on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Registrations are non-cancellable and fees are non-refundable. We will guarantee your seat upon your booking, thus payment is required even if you cannot attend the event after all.
  • Admission to the event is allowed only when a copy of the confirmation notice is presented.
  • CPD accreditation by HKIRA is only available by request upon online registration. Attendees should make the request given their full name. Attendees should be present for the entire event, and collect their certificates at the registration desk at the end of the event. Postal and administration charge may apply for any request of certificate collection afterwards.
  • The organizers reserve the right to alter the contents, speaker(s), attendance priority or otherwise of this event, or cancel this event.