Registration & networking


Buffet Lunch


Welcome by ALFI & HKEX


Update on Distribution: What’s the future of HK retail funds market?
Armin Choksey, Partner, Asset Management, PwC


Panel discussion: Distribution opportunities and challenges

Stewart Aldcroft,
Chairman, Cititrust Limited
King Au, CEO, Value Partners Group
Armin Choksey, Partner, Asset Management, PwC
Shen Eugenie, Managing Director – Asset Management Group, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)


Mifid II and its impact in Asia

Rosemarie Kriesel
, Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada, Investor and Treasury Services
George Mitton, Editor, Funds Global Asia
James O’Sullivan, Head of Securities Services for Hong Kong & Head of C&C Product Greater China and North Asia, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Tasos Zavitsanakis, Consulting Director, Advisory Services, PwC Hong Kong


Common Reporting Standard – How it impacts you?
Benara Anish, Senior Manager Financial Services Tax, EY Hong Kong


Coffee Break


Bond Connect update

Stéphane Karolczuk, Partner and the Head of the Hong Kong office, Arendt & Medernach
Barnaby Nelson, Head of Investors and Intermediaries, Transaction Banking, North East Asia and Greater China, Standard Chartered Bank
Tae Yoo, Managing Director, Head of Client Business Development & FIC Development, Global Markets Division, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited


Green Bonds

Charlotte Chen,
Senior Associate, Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Mo Ji, Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan, Amundi Hong Kong Limited
Ivy Lau, General Manager China Office, Climate Bonds Initiative
Stratos Pourzitakis, Head of Research, Asian Private Banker


Wrap-up: Associations fireside chat

Ching Yng Choi,
Asia representative office, Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI)
Caroline Higgins, Chair of TA & Distribution Forum Asia, ALFI
Sally Wong,
Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA)




Stewart Aldcroft, Chairman, Cititrust Limited, Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Citi Markets & Securities Services

Stewart Aldcroft is Chairman of Cititrust Limited (Cititrust) in Hong Kong.  He is also Managing Director and Asia Pacific Senior Advisor for Citi’s Investor Services business within Citi’s Markets & Securities Services, a business unit of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. Cititrust is the provider of trustee services to a number of Mandatory Provident Fund constituent funds, Approved Pooled Investment Funds, Exchange Traded Funds and SFC-authorised unit trusts in Hong Kong.  As Senior Advisor for Citi Investor Services, he assists the business to develop new initiatives and grow its client-base and reach across Asia Pacific, advising clients outside Asia on accessing the region. He also leads the production of “thought leadership” pieces relevant to the fund management industry. Stewart joined Citi in August 2011 and brings with him a wealth of experience from previous senior business development and leadership roles in managing traditional mutual funds, hedge and alternative investment funds, structured products and Exchange Traded Funds.  A veteran with deep knowledge of the Asia Pacific funds industry, Stewart has been based in Hong Kong since 1985.  He has been a full member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute since 1999 and has been a Type 9 Licensed Representative and Type 4 Responsible Officer under the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Stewart has over the years held various memberships with the Hong Kong Securities Institute Education and Seminars Committee, AIMA Hong Kong Education Committee and Chapter Executive Committee, as well as the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association Executive Committee.


Au, King Lun
King Lun Au, Chief Executive Officer, Value Partners Group Limited

Dr AU King Lun is Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Value Partners Group, responsible for the Group’s business and corporate affairs. He joined Value Partners in December 2016, bringing 30 years of industry experience and network in the Asian asset management industry to his role with the Group. Previously, Dr AU was CEO of Eastspring Investments (Hong Kong) Limited. He also served as CEO of BOCHK Asset Management Limited and held various senior management positions at other financial institutions including 11 years’ service with HSBC Global Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited. Dr AU was named CEO of the Year in Hong Kong by Asia Asset Management in 2012 and 2014. He was awarded the Medal of Honour (“MH”) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Hong Kong SAR”) for his valuable contributions to the securities and asset management industry in 2008. Currently, Dr AU sits on the Advisory Committee of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission and the Market Development Committee of the Financial Services Development Council (“FSDC”). From 2015 to 2016, Dr Au served as a member of FSDC. In addition, he was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute from 2006 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment
Funds Association in 2004/2005. Dr AU holds a CFA, and he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from Durham University.

Barnaby, Nelson
Nelson Barnaby, Regional Head of Securities Services, Greater China and North East Asia, Standard Chartered Bank


Barnaby Nelson is Regional Head of Securities Services, North East Asia and Greater China, for Transaction Bank at Standard Chartered.

In this role, he leads the end-to-end delivery of Standard Chartered Securities Services proposition in several of the Bank’s largest custody businesses across product development, sales, client servicing and operations.

Barnaby is also responsible for driving the business agenda amongst institutional investor and financial intermediary clients across North East Asia and Greater China, with a focus on supporting clients’ growth aspirations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Barnaby joined the bank from BNP Paribas, where he was Head of Client Development – Asia for the Securities Services division. Prior to this, he worked as Business Owner for Thomson Reuters’ information and market data feeds in Asia-Pacific.

Benara, Anish
Anish Benara, Senior Manager Financial Services Tax, EY Hong Kong

Anish is a Senior Manager with our Asia-Pacific International Tax Services Team based in Hong Kong which he joined in July 2015. He provides advice on international tax and operational tax matters in the Asia-Pacific region working with clients in the banking and capital markets industry. Prior to relocating to Hong Kong Anish spent 10 years with EY in the United Kingdom and India providing a range of tax advisory services to financial services clients. Anish advises on implementation of FATCA and CRS. He has also led various FATCA and CRS workshops for various clients across the Asia-Pacific region. Anish leads our Global Tax Reporting Solution offering for Asia Pacific and is involved in multiple engagements across the Asia Pacific. In addition to IRD in Hong Kong, he has also worked with authorities in Singapore and Mainland China on the development of CRS in these jurisdictions. Anish is also a regular speaker on Customer Tax Reporting matters at various industry forums and is aware of the key nuances / challenges faced by banking and insurance institutions. He has led almost all FTT engagements within the UK and has been a trusted advisor on FTT matters for a number of top tier multinational banks and broker dealers globally.

Chen, Charlotte
Charlotte Chen, Senior Associate, Elvinger Hoss Prussen

Charlotte Chen is a Counsel of the Hong Kong office of Elvinger Hoss Prussen. She focuses in the establishment and structuring of investment funds under the form of regulated or non-regulated vehicles. She also participates in acquisition and financing transactions through the use of a Luxembourg structure. She advises Asian asset managers and corporates in relation to the structuring of their Luxembourg investment fund operations and transactions.

She speaks Mandarin, French, English and Cantonese.

Ching Yng Choi
Ching Yng Choi, Head of the ALFI Asia Representative Office in Hong Kong, ALFI

Ching Yng Choi has been appointed in November 2010 to head the Asia representative office of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). Her role is to raise awareness of Luxembourg as a fund domicile, and to further promote the UCITS brand in Asia. She manages and leads working groups in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Where there are business developments, she will seek to bridge the East and the West. Ching started her professional career with General Electric in Brussels, Bergen-op-Zoom and Paris. She then moved to Luxembourg and joined MDO Services, the fund governance provider, where she was a risk manager. Ching has a commercial engineering degree from UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve.

Choksey, Armin
Armin, Choksey , Asian Investment Fund Centre & AWM Market Research Leader, PwC Singapore

Armin has worked in a multi-national asset management sphere. Starting his career in India then traveling across United States of America, Luxembourg, and now Singapore. Armin has over 17 years asset management industry experience starting off with audits of investment funds under US and International auditing standards, along with knowledge of Indian, Hong Kong, Canadian, US, Luxembourg and International Financial Reporting Standards relevant to funds industry.

Armin has now set up the asset management research institute and fund distribution hub for Asia Pacific under the Asian Investment Fund Centre of PwC in Singapore. His area of focus now is on market entry, trend analysis, though leadership, policy initiatives, funds set up and operational aspects of the asset management business.

Caroline Higgins, Chair of ALFI TA & Distribution Forum Asia, Northern Trust


Caroline Higgins is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust, responsible for Global Fund Services Asia, based in Hong Kong. This includes; the Investment Operations Outsourcing (IOO),  Fund Administration and Client Service teams responsible for servicing Northern Trust’s asset management clients in the Asian region.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2016, Caroline held senior leadership, product & client management positions within Asia, Europe and Australia. She was at Brown Brother Harriman (BBH) in Hong Kong, where she was the head of the Transfer Agency function across Asia, which included the deployment of the Global Service model. Prior to BBH, Caroline spent 9 years working for State Street in Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong in the local and off shore Fund Services business focused on client & operational excellence. In addition, she has worked with RBC Global Services, UBS Brinson and Citibank in Australia.

Caroline is the current Chairperson of the ALFI Asia TA & Distribution committee and holds a Type 1 License for the Securities and Futures Commission in HK. Caroline received a Diploma of Management from the Australian Institute of Management, Sydney.

Ji, Mo
Mo Ji, Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan, Amundi Hong Kong Limited

Ms Mo Ji is Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan of Amundi Hong Kong Limited.  She joins Amundi Hong Kong from Azentus Capital Management (prior Goldman Sachs Principle Strategies) where she was Global Chief Economist for over 4 years. Prior to that, Mo has worked at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong for 2 years on China economics, with Jun MA who is now Chief Economist of China’s central bank PBOC.

Academically, Mo has studied her Ph.D. at Columbia University, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics, and has helped Prof. Stiglitz in advising the Chinese government in the past 10 consecutive years (2005-2015). Mo also holds M.A. from Peking University and B.A. from Renmin University, both in International Economics.

Karolczuk, Stéphane
Stéphane Karolczuk, Partner and Head of the Hong Kong office, Arendt & Medernach

Stephane Karolczuk is a Partner and the Head of the Hong Kong office of Arendt & Medernach. Stephane advises clients based in the Asia Pacific region regarding their European projects and their Luxembourg legal and regulatory questions. As Partner in the Investment Management practice, Stephane advises international clients on all issues relating to Luxembourg investment funds (UCITS or other vehicles) including the structuring, setting-up and marketing of these funds (under UCITS or AIFMD), as well as strategies involving investments in the Asia Pacific region and questions relating to the distribution of funds in the region. Stephane also specialises in questions relating to the internationalisation of the RMB and the opening of the PRC capital markets (QFII, RQFII, Stock Connect, QDII, QDII2, QDIE, QDLP, etc.) from a Luxembourg perspective. In 2008, Stephane was seconded to Arendt & Medernach’s representative office in New York with a view to developing an Investment Management Helpdesk advising US clients in relation to Luxembourg investment funds questions. Stephane has taken part in the activities of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI), the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA), the Hong Kong Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (HKVCA) and he is regularly invited to speak on Luxembourg funds related topics at conferences in the region. Stephane graduated from the University of Brussels (Belgium) and the University of Ghent (Belgium). He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong as a Registered Foreign Lawyer, as well as in Luxembourg and Brussels.

Kriesel, Rosemarie
Rosemarie Kriesel, Managing Director, Global Client Coverage Hong Kong, RBC Investor & Treasury Services

Rosemarie joined RBC Investor and Treasury Services (I&TS) in August 2016 as Head of Coverage Hong Kong. She is responsible for both Global Client Coverage as well as Banks, Brokers and Exchanges activity from a relationship and sales perspective. Rosemarie has over 25 years’ experience in financial services across 3 continents and has worked in HK since 1993. Prior to joining Royal Bank of Canada’s I&TS, she spent 10 years at BNY Mellon, most recently as Head of Global Client Management and Country Executive for Hong Kong. Before joining BNY Mellon, Rosemarie worked for RBC Investor Services in HK (formerly Dexia) for 2 years and over 15 years with The Bank of Bermuda where she held various progressively responsible positions in the locations of Bermuda, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. Rosemarie began her professional career in Canada where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant working with one of the ‘big four’ Accounting firms as well as The Auditor General. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction).

Lau, Ivy
Ivy Lau , General Manager China Office, Climate Bonds Initiative

Ivy is the General Manager of Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) China Office, an international and investor-focused not-for-profit that works solely on mobilising the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions. Based in Beijing, her work at CBI focuses on market analysis on green bond issuance in China, researching policy proposals, as well as managing key partner relationships. Prior to joining CBI, she worked in a Washington DC-based policy research and advisory NGO, where she contributed to research projects on anti-money laundering and curtailment of illicit financial flows.  Ivy was formerly an award-winning Senior Banking Correspondent in Hong Kong Economic Journal, specialised in covering Asia financial sector, with focus on Chinese Banks and Insurers, China’s Capital Markets, RMB Internationalization as well as Financial System Reform. Ivy holds a MSc in Development Management from University College London, and a Master’s degree in Media and Communications from University of Sydney.

Mitton, George
George Mitton , Editor, Funds Global Asia

George Mitton has been editor of Funds Global Asia, a magazine for the asset management industry, since 2014. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked in business journalism for nine years, including a three-year posting in the Middle East. He has won a trophy in the State Street Institutional Press Awards for his work.

James O'Sullivan, Head of Securities Services for Hong Kong & Head of C&C Product Greater China and North Asia, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

James joined Standard Chartered Bank in early 2017 as Head of Securities Services Hong Kong and Head of Clearing and Custody Product for Greater China and North Asia.  James is responsible for driving the Securities Services business in Hong Kong and the development of clearing and custody products in the Greater China and North Asia region.  Prior to joining Standard Chartered, James spent 8 years at BNP Paribas Securities Services in a number of roles across Sales, Relationship Management and Product Management in London and Hong Kong and 6 years at Bank of New York.

Shen, Eugenie
Eugenie, Shen, Managing Director – Asset Management Group, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)

Eugenie is Managing Director and Head of Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)’s Asset Management Group which advocates the views and interests of Asia asset managers at local, regional and global levels. Eugenie is a U.S. trained lawyer with more than 30 years of private practice and in-house legal experience across a wide range of institutions, industries and jurisdictions spanning Asia, the United States, Europe and Latin America. As a former managing director and chief legal officer of PineBridge Investments (the former AIG Investments) in Asia ex-Japan and general counsel of Morningside Technologies, Eugenie has a wealth of experience in retail and private fund formations, distributions, investments, and investment advisory/management issues. Her other former positions include being head of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s China Listing Unit, vice president and senior associate counsel at Chase Manhattan Bank’s head office in New York and associate at Shearman & Sterling. Eugenie is a member of the New York Bar and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Stratos, Pourzitakis
Stratos Pourzitakis, Head of Research, Asian Private Banker

Mr Stratos Pourzitakis works as Head of Research at Asian Private Banker and he has been leading a series of research projects on private banking and wealth management. In parallel he is the principal investigator of a research grant offered by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Hong Kong that examines carbon trade and environmental taxation in East Asia. In the past, Mr. Pourzitakis worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Finance and he specialised in legal research as well as in financial analysis of companies under the Greek Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Pourzitakis holds a Master of International Public Policy from Osaka University and a PhD in Government & International Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University. His dissertation examined energy hedging in China and the EU. Mr. Pourzitakis has recently joined the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce with respect to a discussion white paper on how Hong Kong would benefit from a Green Investment Bank.

Yoo, Tae
Tae Yoo , Managing Director, Head of Relationship Management, Client and Marketing Services, HKEX

Tae Seok Clement Yoo serves as Managing Director in Client and Marketing Services at HKEX. His department is responsible for Client Relationship Management, including key relationships between HKEX and their intermediaries, global buyside, and custodians and trusts bank. Since joining HKEX in 2011, he was co-head of platform development & strategy and head of product& index development. Yoo has over 20 years of financial industry experience with 14 years at CME. Group in business development, sales and risk management in Chicago and Asia. Prior to CME, he worked at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (Sakura Dellsher, Inc.) and at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Chicago. Yoo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, MBA from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and GSAL program at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He has been named an inventor on nine U.S. patents on derivatives risk management applications.

Sally Wong, CEO, Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA)

Sally Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association, which is a non-profit-making organization that represents the asset management industry in Hong Kong.  She represents the industry in liaising with the authorities, legislators, media and other stakeholder groups to discuss issues that have implications to the Hong Kong mutual fund market and the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) Schemes market.  She also takes an active role in investor education and research initiatives.

Mrs. Wong is a member of the 8th Steering Committee on ChinaBond Indices Experts of the China Central Depository and Clearing Co., Ltd. and a core member of the China Ageing Finance Forum 50.  She is a Vice President of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (“HKGFA”) and is the Co-chair of ESG Disclosure and Integration Working Group under HKGFA.  She sits on the SFC Committee on Real Estate Investment Trusts and the SFC Public Shareholders Group.  In addition, she is a member of the MPF Guidelines Committee.  She sits on the Board of the International Investment Funds Association (

Tasos Zavitsanakis, Consulting Director, Advisory Services , PwC Hong Kong

Tasos is a Director with PwC’s Financial Services Risk and Capital Management practice in Hong Kong. Prior to that he spent 15 years in London, advising global investment banks in the interpretation and implementation of global regulations.

Tasos has strong experience in the domains of Market and Counterparty Credit Risk, Capital Management and Treasury and has delivered global large scale regulatory transformational projects working across Front Office, Risk, Finance and Compliance functions.

In his current role, he leads PwC’s Hong Kong service offering in the implementation of the MiFID 2 extraterritorial requirements.

Tasos holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College.

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