HKIRA E-Newsletter
November 2017  



Shareholder Activism: what should IROs prepare?

In the midst of the hot discussion of weighted voting rights, and the growing trend of activist shareholder involving in Hong Kong listed companies, to senior executives and IROs, shareholder activism may be a popular topic.

Recently, Chairman Dr. Eva Chan joined Mr. Sherman Yan of ONC Lawyers in an interview on Metro Finance (FM104) to share their observation of recent market trend and discussion in Hong Kong, particularly in the interaction of listed companies and investors. Eva shared, "As mostly the Hong Kong listed companies are family controlled, the management is usually the representative of major shareholders. Nevertheless, under the governance regulation at the moment, retail investors or some call minority shareholders have the same right as major shareholders. Any existing or potential investors can contact the IR officer to learn more about the business strategies and future development."

Eva emphasized, "We encourage communication between investors and the listed company. Through direct conversation and comprehension of company's direction, misunderstandings can be avoided. Engagement and thorough study are important for every investment."
Dr. Eva Chan (left) and Mr. Sherman Yan (right) were interviewed by Johnny Zhu (middle) of Metro Broadcast.

Sherman elaborated, "In the upcoming conference we jointly organized, we have professionals from Europe and US to share their experience from investors and legal perspective, as well as local regulators, listco executives and academia for an all-rounded discussion. We attempt to provoke positive conversation so benefits of various parties could be addressed."
 "The Dynamics of Shareholder Engagement and Activism in Hong Kong" Conference on Nov 10
Metro Finance "財富Sunday" on 29 Oct 2017
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Walking into Stock Connect ListCo

Introduced in the September newsletter, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), under the support of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) and HKIRA, has launched an “Inside Stock Connect Companies” Open Day program. The first open day was a successful visit to Logan Property (3380.HK).

The program kick-started in October 2017, with 11 companies from the Properties & Construction sector signed up. Over 10,000 votes received from Mainland investors across 5 online platforms. Apart from Logan Property, China Merchants (978.HK) and LVGEM China (95.HK) are selected to be visited in November and December 2017.

On 26 Oct, 35 investors joined representatives of SZSE and HKEX to Logan's headquarter in Shenzhen. Visitors were pleased to have the chance to meet and communicate with the CFO and a Director in person.
Investors were introduced to Logan's latest project in Shenzhen.

Mr. Zhuo Bin Lai, CFO & Executive Director of Logan Property, welcomed all visitors and presented the recent business updates.

Call 2117 1846 if you want to learn more about this program for your SZ-HK Stock Connect Southbound company.
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Next CIR Examination:
4 December 2017
Complete a fruitful year of 2017 by achieving the Certificate of Investor Relations! This internationally recognized qualification is worthy to possess. The syllabus is constructed comprehensively for IR professional development. You can sit for the examination by self-study and an optional full-day revision class. >> More details
Next intake enrollment NOW OPEN
Module 1: Theory and Practice of Investor Relations
Sat, 9 & 16 Dec 2017 (total 15 hours)
Module 2: Finance Essentials for Investor Relations
Module  3:  Corporate Governance and Ethics in Investor Relations 


Shareholder Activism Conference | Nov 10
"The Dynamics of Shareholder Engagement & Activism in Hong Kong" Conference
Topics that matter to your profession
10 Nov @ Conrad Hong Kong
6 CPD hours
HK$1,800 / HK$1,620 for members
Special "1+1 package"
ListCo members can bring non-member friends at $1,800 for two
Agenda, details & registration
IR Networking (sponsored by Euroland IR)
IR Networking
Sponsored by Euroland IR
28 Nov @ Club Chow, Sheung Wan    
Free admission
This event is complimentary for listed companies and by invitation.
Details & registration
IR Symposium 2017
IR Symposium 2017
Don't miss this annual highlight - Mark your calendar now!
11 December 2017


Business Wire "Meet the Media"
Business Wire "Meet the Media"
8 Nov 2017 | The Hub
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格隆滙 (Gelonghui) Overseas Investment Summit Carnival
格隆滙 (Gelonghui) Overseas Investment Summit Carnival
8 Nov 2017 | The Langham, Shenzhen
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AIA Tax and Regulation Conference 2017
AIA Tax and Regulation Conference 2017
18 Nov 2017 | PolyU West Kowloon Campus
Discount for HKIRA members
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RICS Business Valuation Conference 2017
RICS Business Valuation Conference 2017
1 Dec 2017 | Conrad Hong Kong
Discount for HKIRA members
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Asian Financial Forum 2018
Asian Financial Forum 2018
15-16 Jan 2018 | HKCEC
40% off for HKIRA members!
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Members Luncheon on 5 Sep 2017
5 September 2017
Co-host Event: IR Wisdom Summit 2017 in Beijing
11 September 2017
Co-host Event: IR Wisdom Summit 2017 in HK
13 September 2017
Seminar "Debt IR - Opportunities and challenges of debt issuance under the increasing yield environment"
26 September 2017
Seminar "Trend on ESG reporting - Hong Kong Listed Companies"
13 October 2017
EQS Oktoberfest 2017
 26 October 2017
Supporting Event: Inside Stock Connect ListCo
26 October 2017 @ Shenzhen
Supporting Event: Listed Enterprises 2017
Supporting Event: Listed Enterprises 2017
30 October 2017

Executive Committee

  • Dr. Eva Chan (Chairman)
  • Mr. Randy Hung (Vice-Chairman)
  • Ms. Tiffany Cheung (Treasurer)
  • Ms. Winnie Fan
  • Ms. Nina Zhan
  • Mr. Eric Yau


Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a professional association comprising IR practitioners and corporate executives responsible for communications between corporate management and the investment community. Established in 2008, HKIRA advocates the setting of international standards in IR education, promotes best IR practices and strives to meet the professional development needs of those interested in pursuing the investor relations profession. HKIRA is dedicated to advancing the practice of IR as well as the professional competency and status of our members. To date, HKIRA has over 650 members and most of them are working for companies primarily listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. HKIRA's membership profile covers a wide spectrum of professions from IR, finance, accounting, company secretarial to corporate investment roles. It consists of executives at various stages of their career, including the top executives from the IR professional and also the C-level management of listed companies.

Advisory Board

Prof. Louis Cheng, Professor of Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr. Osbert Kho, CEO, Limited
Dr. Guy Look, CFO and Executive Director, Sa Sa International Holdings Limited
Mr. Marcus Sultzer, International Managing Director, EQS Group AG
Mr. Andrew Weir, Regional Senior Partner, Hong Kong,  KPMG
Dr. Kelvin Wong, Executive Director & Deputy Managing Director , COSCO SHIPPING Ports Ltd.

Chairman of Sub-Committee

Education Dr. Eva Chan
Marketing & Promotion Mr. Randy Hung
Events Ms. Tiffany Cheung
Membership Ms. Nina Zhan
Partnership Mr. Stephan Yao

2017 IR Panel Members List

Ms. Lisa Lai China Telecom Corporation Ltd.
Ms. Danita On Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd.
Mr. Angus Guthrie CLP Holdings Limited
Mr. Johnson Choi Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.
Mr. Hugh Pye HSBC Holdings plc
Mr. Gary Ng Lenovo Group Limited
Ms. Alison Law Li & Fung Limited
Mr. Eric Yau Link Asset Management Ltd.
Mr. Aldous Chiu New World Development
Ms. Tiffany Cheung Sa Sa Int'l Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Edwin Hui Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd.
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