Event Details

**In-person ticket sales have now stopped to allow time to order catering. You can still register to attend online, thank you.**

What's next for Hong Kong's role as an international financial center in the digital world?

Your BLCC is very excited to organize this exclusive talk for our business communities, particularly those active in banking, investment, asset management and trading.

From H-share listings to global leader in IPOs, from Stock Connect to Bond Connect, Charles Li shares his perspectives and lessons learned from his career as an international leader bringing innovations to Asia's and Hong Kong's financial markets.

A view on what is the next big opportunity for Hong Kong as a global connector amid the Chinese economy's ongoing digital transformation. In particular, how Charles's new venture, Micro Connect, and its new investment model will enable unprecedented global participation in China's small businesses, enabling Hong Kong to continue delivering financial markets innovation within the existing regulatory and operational framework.

This is a hybrid event, meaning attendees will have the option to register for either in-person or online attendance. In-person tickets will be limited in quantity.

Please note that in-person attendees will need to use the LeaveHomeSafe app upon arriving at the venue. Masks will need to be worn and social distancing regulations must be adhered to. Being vaccinated is not mandatory for attendance.


  • Charles Li (Founder of Micro Connect)

    Charles Li

    Founder of Micro Connect


    Charles is Founder & Chairman of Micro Connect, an investment platform connecting global capital with a large number of quality small businesses in China.

    He was most recently Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”) from January 2010 to December 2020. During this time, he orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX's history, including the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange in 2012, the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect cross-border trading scheme in 2014, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect in 2016, Bond Connect in 2017, and the Listing Reforms in 2018.

    Prior to joining HKEX in 2009, Charles served as Chairman of JP Morgan China from 2003 to 2009 and worked at Merrill Lynch from 1994 to 2003, where he served as President of Merrill Lynch China from 1999 to 2003. Earlier in his career, Charles practiced law at Brown & Wood and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.
    Charles also serves on the Board of MarketAxess Holdings Inc. and the Board of Trustees of Asia Business Council.

    Charles received a BA in English Literature from Xiamen University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Alabama and a JD from Columbia Law School.

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  • Stephen Phillips (Director General of Invest Hong Kong)

    Stephen Phillips

    Director General of Invest Hong Kong


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Reception & networking
Doors open at noon and in-person guests are welcome to join in for registration & networking.
Please scan the LeaveHomeSafeApp & keep your mask on.
12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
Words of Welcome
12:35 PM - 1:45 PM
Main talk and Q&A with Charles Li
Charles delivers his keynote and invites our guests to ask any questions.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Networking & Goodbyes
Guests can network and upon leaving pick up their complimentary lunch box.
Due to the social distancing regulations, please do not consume the lunch at the venue; please keep you mask on.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Wrapping up the venue


Invest Hong Kong Office

24/F, Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Dr, Central
Hong Kong SAR (China)

If you have any questions please contact Robin Heemskerk

Contact Organizer

+852 69252537

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