Rethinking Independent Non-Executive Directorships in Hong Kong (8 Oct 2015)

The HKU Faculty of Law’s Asian Institute of International Financial Law and the CUHK Faculty of Law’s Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development organized a Seminar:

Rethinking Independent Non-Executive
Directorships in Hong Kong

Chee Keong LOW
Associate Professor in Corporate Law, CUHK Business School
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Thursday, 8 October 2015
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong

Academic studies are at best ambiguous in terms of the contributions that independent non-executive directors (‘INEDs’) make towards the performance of the companies on which board they serve and indeed of the quality of their monitoring of executive management. With this in mind, can one unequivocally say that the INED is truly independent and would be able to represent the interests of all the shareholders of the company? This seminar set out a framework for rethinking the appointment and the role of INEDs within an environment which is dominated by controlling shareholders.

Chee Keong LOW (‘CK’) is an Associate Professor in Corporate Law at CUHK Business School with research interests in issues pertaining to corporate governance and the regulatory framework of capital markets. His research, which has published in journals in Australasia, Europe and the United States of America, is supported by private sector grants from Ernst & Young, Noble Group, Sino Group and Tricor Services.

An Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, CK is a member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal as well as the Process Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council in Hong Kong. He was previously a member of the Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong from May 2006 to July 2010; the Financial Reporting Review Panel from July 2007 to July 2013 and served as a Director of the Asian Institute of Finance in Malaysia for three years through April 2012.

Ernst & Young, Noble Group, Sino Group and Tricor Services