Coinciding with the annual Asian Financial Forum (AFF), the International Financial Week (IFW) brings together a series of events addressing a host of topics facing the global financial and business communities.

Capitalising on Hong Kong’s position as a leading international financial centre and business hub, last year's IFW attracted more than 4,400 participants to take part in a total of 14 events. The IFW in 2016, starting from 14 January, will examine topical issues such as Asian private equity, fundraising, alternative investment, financial technology as well as regional trends and development.

Come enjoy this rewarding week of financial and investment intelligence, insight and networking!

List of Events

14-15 January 2016
Seventh Annual International Conference on the Chinese Economy in Hong Kong - "The Growing Influence of China in the World Economy"

Venue: 5601, 56/F, Two IFC, Central, Hong Kong
Enquiry: Ms Selina Cheung
Tel: (852) 2878 1976


15 January 2016
Green Bond Financing – Alternative Form of Capital Raising

Capital Raising - Gearing up for Green Bonds

Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Venue: 8th Floor, Prince’s Building, Hong Kong
Registration Fee: Complimentary
Language: English
Tel: (852) 2889 9944 (Miriam Yee – HKIoD)
(852) 2978 8150 (Loren Tang – KPMG)

18-19 January 2016 Asian Financial Forum 2016 (AFF 2016)

The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) brings together some of the most influential members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia. In 2015, over 100 internationally respected leaders in government, financial and business sectors gathered for groundbreaking discussions about opportunities and challenges facing Asia.

The eighth AFF attracted more than 2,600 participants from 39 countries and regions, about 85% of them were CEOs and senior decision makers. More than 500 journalists and media representatives attended the forum.

The next AFF, under the theme of “Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth”, will take place, 18-19 January 2016, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Time: 09:00 - 18:00
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China Location
Registration Fee: Standard Fee US$ 1,100 / HK$ 8,600
Language: English
(Supported by simultaneous interpretation in Putonghua and Cantonese)
Tel: (852) 1830 668


18 January 2016
Asian Fund Passporting Schemes Breakfast

The topic will be on the three Asian fund passporting schemes - the ASEAN Collective Investment Scheme (CIS) Framework, Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) and the Asia Region Funds Passport (ARFP). A panel discussion by the key regulators of these three schemes will be held, with buffet breakfast and networking opportunities for participants available at the event.

This event is intended to attract a maximum of 100 participants including key regulators, buy side, sell side and relevant market influencers, initially by invitation-only to ASIFMA Asset Management members, and then marketed to a wider audience including members of ASIFMA, AFF participants and representatives of regulators.
Time: 07:15 - 08:45
Venue: Pool House, 11/F, Grand Hyatt (1 Harbour Road, Wanchai)
Registration Fee: Discounted admission fee of HKD150 for members of ASIFMA, AFF participants and representatives of regulators (original price at HKD250). Refund of the admission fee will be made to attending regulators after they attend the event.
Language: English
Enquiry: Whitney Zhong
Tel: (852) 2531 6533


18 January 2016
Shareholder Engagement Forum

The seminar intends to address the trend of shareholder engagement development with the significant role the corporate secretary plays in communications between investors and corporations
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: Hong Kong Club
Registration Fee: Members/AFF Participants: $400
Non-members: $500
Language: English
Enquiry: Ms Rachel Yue
Tel: (852) 2830 6058


18 January 2016
The Reflexive Relationship between Intellectual Property (IP) and Business Value

As we move into a more knowledge-driven age, the success of companies depends on their ability to successfully commercialize IP yet to do so requires an appreciation and understanding of the reflexive relationship between the value of a business and it’s IP, as one cannot succeed without the other.

You will have the unique opportunity to gain insight into this important relationship from one of the elite few who appreciates and truly understands it.

During the evening you will learn that IP is not merely a legal right but that it must be treated as an asset with a unique characteristics unlike, for example, real estate or industrial plant and machinery.
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Venue: Qin Han Room, The Dynasty Club
7/F, South West Tower,
Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road,
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Registration Fee: HK$600 per person for PBEC Members and Friends; IIPCC Members and AFF Delegates
Language: English
Enquiry: Louisa Yuen
Tel: (852) 2815 6550


19 January 2016
Global Investment Summit

Time: 14:30 - 17:15
Venue: Hall 5FG, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China


19 January 2016
CPA Australia Cocktail Celebration – 130 Years of Influence and 60 Years in Hong Kong

This cocktail reception celebrates CPA Australia’s 130th global anniversary and 60 years in Hong Kong. CPA Australia’s milestones and achievements will be mentioned in the reception.

The guests to the reception will be c-level executives, senior members and government officials.

Confirmed Guests of Honour at the moment: Dr David Li – Chairman and Chief Executive of the Bank of East Asia Limited
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
11th Floor, The Pool House
1 Harbour Road
(Tel: 2588 1234)
Registration Fee: Member: Free of charge
Non-member/ AFF participant: HK$300
Language: English
Enquiry: Ms Jess Lam
Tel: (852) 2891 3312


20-21 January 2016
2016 Family Office Solutions Showcase

Event gathers family office key decision makers, practitioners, veterans and solutions providers exploring the latest trend and exchanging insightful ideas. Key agenda:
  • Tycoons in Asia & Prospect of Family Offices , the Role of Hong Kong
  • Be Lean & Vigilant - How Family Office manage cost & data security
  • Industry Landscape and Latest Co-investment Trend
  • The Myth of Virtual Family Offices
  • Family Office Best Practices Round Table
  • Family Office Solutions Showcase: Corporate Finance, Succession, Family Governance, Direct Investment : Private Equity, Real Estate
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: 35/F One Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Language: English and Mandarin
Event Website:
Registration Fee: Members – Free
AFF Participants – Free
Non Members – RMB 800
Join Lunch Delegate – RMB 2000
Enquiry and Tel: Office (852) 3499 3851
Mr. Kelvin Tche (852) 9048 9435
Ms. Joann Ma (852) 9095 2338


20 January 2016
Asia Private Equity Forum 2016

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China
Tel: (852) 2167 7518


20 January 2016
Visit Programme to Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd

Tel: (852) 1830 668

20 January 2016
To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

Whether confronted with a credible whistle-blower, a government subpoena or dawn raid, problematic findings from an internal investigation or potentially damaging media allegations, companies face a variety of scenarios where they need to make quick decisions on whether to disclose and cooperate with government regulators. Yet managing the inconsistent and sometimes incompatible expectations of authorities in multiple jurisdictions can make it a tricky balancing act to maximise the opportunities to gain cooperation credit, leniency and discounts.

Full, early (uninformed) confession is not always the best way, despite some expectations that it be a minimum first step. For instance, US regulator’s stated expectations to come in, voluntarily disclose and hand everything over -perhaps before you have even had an opportunity to brief and steer your own Board on the issues and risks -- is an unpalatable proposition for most organizations.

With a number of recent developments in regulator expectations around the globe, Baker & McKenzie partners will contrast elements of the DOJ Yates memo, the SFO's recent speech on DPAs, the FCA rules as well as the perspectives of Asian regulators to provide practical guidance as to the best way forward for organizations dealing with these cross-border dilemmas.
Time: 17:00 - Registration
17:30 - HKIoD Opening Remarks
17:45 - Baker & McKenzie Presentation
19:00 - Cocktails
Venue: Baker & McKenzie
14/F Hutchison House
10 Harcourt Road
Hong Kong
Registration Fee: Complimentary
Language: English
Enquiry: Anand Ramaswamy
Tel: (852) 2846 1882


20 January 2016
CAIA Association Networking Evening

Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Venue: Fringe Dairy, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Registration Fee: Complimentary
Enquiry: Wendy Leung, Events, Candidate & Member Relations Manager, Asia Pacific
Tel: (852) 3655 0568


21 January 2016
AIMA in Asia 2016 “Advancing Asia’s Perspective”

‘AIMA in ASIA’ 2016 is our regional flagship full day event and is held in Hong Kong as part of HK’s ‘International Financial Week’. Introduced in 2015, our first ‘AIMA in ASIA’ brought together nearly 300 industry leaders from around the region. Scheduled at the start of the year, our event differentiates itself by addressing the key regulatory, policy and operational focus areas anticipated for APAC managers in the coming year; this year's event features:
  • Opening keynote Professor KC Chan, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Hong Kong
  • Full-day agenda featuring sessions on:
    • Regulatory and Fiscal Themes anticipated for 2016;
    • Media, Communications and Reputation Management;
    • Managing CSAs and Conflicts of Interest;
    • Corporate Governance Reform in Asia’s Capital Markets;
    • Conducting Investment Due Diligence in APAC Jurisdictions;
    • China’s Asset Management Industry: Opportunities and Internationalisation.
Time: 08:30 – 18:00
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Language: English (supported by simultaneous interpretation in Putonghua)
Registration Fee:
  • Standard Rate: 5,000HKD
  • AIMA Member (Corporate):
    1. One free ticket for each member firm
    2. Additional ticket for each member firm is 1,250HKD
    3. Supporting Organization/AFF Participants: 25% off the standard fee: 3,750HKD
Tel: (852) 2526 0211


21 January 2016
Hongkong-London Forum

With a burgeoning tech cluster in Hong Kong, the convergence of world-leading financial services, tech and creative industries in London and record levels of VC investment flowing into London startups, the opportunities in London for Hong Kong startups have never been greater.

We are now inviting senior executives and investors from London and HK to discuss:
  • why the London tech ecosystem is the best place to scale up and globalise your business
  • how London became the global fintech capital and what opportunities it offers
  • how a large pool of international, talented innovators and entrepreneurs are driving the boom in the digital economy from London.
Gain insights from leading entrepreneurs, investors and advisers from the London and Hong Kong tech ecosystems including:
  • Janos Barberis, Founder, Fintech HK
  • Claire Cockerton, London Tech Ambassador, Founder, CEO and Chairwoman of ENTIQ, Founder and Ambassador of Innovate Finance and Co-Creator, Strategic Adviser and Ambassador to Level39
  • Thomas DeLuca, CEO, AMP Credit Technologies
  • Herman Lam, CEO, Cyberport
  • Kevin Mak, CEO, Ironfly
  • Gavin Poole, London Tech Ambassador, CEO, Here East
  • Simon Squibb, CEO, Nest VC
Time: 09:30 - 13:30
Venue: Training Room, Level 3, Core F, Cyberport 3
Registration Fee: Free Admission
Language: English
Enquiry: Mimi Zhang, (86) 21 60321512,


21 January 2016
EMPEA Fundraising Masterclass

Time: 10:30 - 18:00
Venue: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Office,
21/F, AIA Central, 1 Connaught Rd Central,
Hong Kong
Registration Fee: EMPEA and HKVCA Members: Free
Non-Members of EMPEA and HKVCA: USD$495
AFF Participants: Please contact EMPEA for discount
Language: English
Enquiry: Emily Sandhause and Kim Bennett
Tel: 1.202.524.6111


21 January 2016
Differences of Property Development Financing between Mainland China and Hong Kong


Owing to recent PRC Central Government’s tight control over financing to the real property development and the high-speed real estate development in Mainland China, the real property development financing in Mainland China is required to be structured in compliance with a number of critical regulations and laws and may come across a number of practicable issues relating to the security and operation risks.

Upon the completion of this program, participants are expected to learn how to structure the real property development financing in Mainland China and identify the differences of security and operation risks in comparison with real property financing in Hong Kong and provide a quick guide to the key considerations in some common financing structures involving real property development financing between Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Venue: 3/F Guangdong Investment Tower,
148 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan
(Sheung Wan MTR Station Exit C)
Registration Fee: HK$900 (HKIB Individual Member/ AFF Participant)
HK$1,000 (Staff of HKIB Corporate Member)
HK$1,100 (Non-member)
Language: Cantonese
(supplemented with English materials)
Tel: (852) 2153 7877 / (852) 2153 7865