Seminar 6: Should Hong Kong loosen listing rules and regulations to attract more IPOs?
Tuesday, 21 November 2017, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm


Albert Ng
Chairman, China; Managing Partner, Greater China; Member of The Global Executive

Mr Albert Ng is the chairman of EY China and managing partner of EY Greater China. He oversees all business functions of EY in Greater China, managing 26 offices and over 15,000 employees in the region. Mr Ng is a member of the Global Executive, EY’s highest global management body.

Mr Ng is an advisor on accounting matters to the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, advisor to the International Business Leader‘s Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai as well as economic advisor to a number of cities in China..

Mr Ng is the president of the Hong Kong China Chamber of Commerce and an advisor of the Hong Kong Business Accountants Association. He also sits on the advisory board for the School of Accountancy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr Ng is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with first class honors in 1981 and his Master of Business Administration degree in 1988.


Julia Charlton
Principal Partner

Ms Julia Charlton is a Hong Kong and English solicitor and has practised in Hong Kong for over thirty years. Ms Charlton is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate finance, including funds, IPOs, private equity and venture capital. Recently she has advised on a number of ICOs and blockchain token offerings, some with funds structures. She is a Mandarin speaker and vastly experienced in private equity investment in the PRC, advising European, US and Hong Kong-based funds on investment in a range of sectors. Ms Charlton has worked with companies in the mining and minerals sectors on a range of deals. She is a member of Hong Kong Stock Exchange Listing Committee and the Securities and Futures Commission’s Takeovers and Mergers Panel and currently holds a number of other appointments including the chairman of the Financial Services Business Council of the Hong Kong European Chamber of Commerce.


David P. W. Lau
Managing Director, Head of Global Investment Banking, Hong Kong
J.P. Morgan

Mr David Lau heads the Hong Kong investment banking operation at J.P. Morgan, responsible for the bank’s global investment banking strategy for Hong Kong clients. He is also the head of Hong Kong IPO transactions at J.P. Morgan. He joined J.P. Morgan in 1995 and is based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr Lau worked in private equity. He also worked at both the listing division of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission between 2002 and 2004, where he was responsible for approving listing applications and formulating capital market policies. He is also an associate member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Mr Lau graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics. 


Gary Ngan
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Gary Ngan has been the chief financial officer of Meitu since June 2015. He is primarily responsible for the overall financial strategy, investor relations and company secretarial matters of the group. With his key contributions, Meitu’s listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange accomplished the biggest initial share sale by a technology company in Hong Kong since 2007.

Between 2012 and 2015, Mr Ngan held the positions of chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Forgame, a mobile games and web game company listed in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was the director and head of Hong Kong and China Internet Research at UBS AG, where he worked from 2006 to 2012.

Mr Ngan earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2010.


Richard Harris (Moderator)
, South China Morning Post

Mr Richard Harris has pioneered Asian investment management at senior levels for large global and regional companies, such as JP Morgan (then Jardine Fleming), Citi, BNY Mellon and several startups over the last 35 years. He is the CEO of Port Shelter Investment Management, which consults to public and private Institutions, boards and family offices – and has substantial regulatory, board and China experience.

Mr Harris is a prolific thinker and writer and has a weekly column in the South China Morning Post.  He has also published in the Financial Times, the Straits Times, and the China Daily. He is a presenter of Radio Television Hong Kong’s “Money Talk”; and a regular guest host on CNBC Asia and Europe, and Bloomberg.

Mr Harris holds a first class honour degree from King’s College London, a Master degree in Engineering Geology from Imperial College, London and a Master degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He holds further certificates from Peking and Stanford Universities.