|Date||Thursday, 8 April 2010|
|Time||8:00 am - 9:30 am (Guests to be seated by 7:50 am)|
|Venue||State Room at Valley Wing
3rd Floor, Shangri-La Hotel
|Admission||By invitation only|
NUS Business School Dean Bernard Yeung and CAMRI hosted a breakfast forum at the Shangri-La on April 8, 2010 that was also attended by NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan. Our breakfast speaker is Mr. Anthony Neoh, and the title of his talk is "Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, complementary roles as financial centers?" Mr. Neoh will also be happy to discuss and take questions on prudent securities regulation and oversight in the post-crisis world, China's capital market reforms and development, and its securities and futures regulation development.
Mr. Neoh is a senior member of the Hong Kong Bar, active in civil appellate and international litigation and arbitration cases. He is a Chinese National and a permanent resident of the HKSAR. He was Chief Advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission ("CSRC") from September 1998 to June 2004 at the personal invitation of former Premier Zhu Rongji. He remains a member of the International Advisory Board of the CSRC. He was Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission from 1995 to 1998. He was elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) from 1996 - 1998. Prior to his appointment to the Chair of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission he was in private legal practice, which he began in 1979, after 13 years in the Hong Kong Civil Service. His late appointment with the Hong Kong Government was as an Assistant Director of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. In private legal practice, he practiced trial and appellate advocacy in the Hong Kong Courts and until 1997, in the Privy Council in London. From 1984 to 1986, he was in active practice as a member of the California Bar, specialising in international financial transactions, and was briefly associated with the law firm Pilsbury Winthrop.
From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Neoh was a member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Council and its Listing Committee, and chaired its Disciplinary Committee and Debt Securities Group, and the Legal Committee of the Hong Kong and China Listing Working Group. He also served on many public boards and committees and was a leading board member of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. From 2004 to 2008, he was Chairman of the Planning Committee established to set up the Law School (now Faculty of Law) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Law School is now established with over 1000 students. He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty and an executive committee member of the Council of the Chinese University. From 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2008, he was a member of the Hong Kong SAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. In this capacity, he has participated in many fundamental interpretations of the Basic Law of Hong Kong.
He is also appointed Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Hon. Legal Advisor to the Shenzhen Municipal Government, and Senior Economic Advisor to the Fujian and Tianjin governments and from October 2001 to December 2005, he was Senior Advisor to the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Board, which is a non-executive position. He is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China and Shenhua Energy Holdings Limited (listed in the HK Stock Exchange).
Mr. Neoh was appointed Queen's Counsel in April 1990. A law graduate of London University, he was called to the English Bar by Gray's Inn in 1976. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Law School on 1990/91 and for September 2001 - May 2002, he was Visiting Professor from Practice at the Harvard Law School. In academic year 2004, he was appointed Nomura Visiting Professor of International Finance from Practice by the Harvard Law School, an appointment he was unable to take up due to other pressing engagements in Hong Kong. He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003. He also holds many adjunct, honorary and visiting professional appointments in universities in the Mainland of China and the Hong Kong SAR of China. In 2009, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities Institute and an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in legal and financial history and regulation of financial markets and the financial services.