Our Speakers  (in order of conference)

Mr. Kenneth Luk

Director, Enforcement Division,
Securities and Futures Commission

Mr. Kenneth Luk is a Director of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Futures Commission.  He joined the SFC in 1998 and has over 12 years of experience in securities regulation and enforcement.  He currently heads a team of investigators responsible for investigating affairs of listed companies and securities related offences and preparing cases for legal proceedings.  

Mr. Luk’s background is in Economics and law.  He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics.  He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1997 and the Bar of Hong Kong the following year.

Mr. Eric Cheng

Senior Director, Enforcement Division
Securities and Futures Commission

Mr. Eric Cheng received his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1982.  He joined the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong in March 2002 as a senior director and the head of the Surveillance Department after spending twenty years in the private sector.  Mr. Cheng acquired extensive broking and trading experience in foreign exchange, fund management, securities and derivative instruments through holding senior positions in financial institutions like the HSBC group and the Citicorp.  At the relevant period, he sat on various subcommittees of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange Limited.  Between 2000 and 2001, Mr Cheng served as an Executive Director of a Hong Kong listed company.  As part of his portfolio in the SFC, Mr. Cheng has given expert opinions in a number of market misconduct cases heard in the Magistrates’ Court, Insider Dealing Tribunal and the Securities and Futures Appeal Panel.

Richards Butler
Mr. David Morrison

Richards Butler in association with Reed Smith LLP

Mr. Morrison is Head of Richards Butler's Corporate and Securities Litigation Practice.  He has over 20 years' experience in acting both for and against Regulators in the securities industry in Hong Kong and recently acted for The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited in its successful defence of high profile judicial review proceedings brought by New World Development Company Limited.

In 2003, Mr. Morrison negotiated the first "US SEC type" financial settlement of a securities regulatory complaint with Hong Kong's SFC and has acted in numerous securities prosecutions and insider dealing cases, most notably successfully defending Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau in The Chinese Estates Holdings Limited Insider Dealing Inquiry.

In addition, Mr. Morrison handles contentious takeovers and mergers, board room disputes, fraud and white collar crime.

Mr. Chris Leahy

Managing Director Greater China & South East Asia

Chris Leahy has a particular focus on the financial services industry where he brings significant experience following a successful 23-year career as an investment banker, CFO, consultant and journalist.

Chris has extensive experience advising clients within the corporate, asset management and investment banking sectors on all matters relating to pre-transaction and post-transaction due diligence, regulatory compliance and corporate governance.  Chris has led a number of Kroll’s most significant fraud investigations and anti-corruption initiatives in Southeast Asia and Greater China.  These have included large internal and external fraud investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act inquiries and due diligence as well as government-related corruption eradication programs.

In addition, Chris is an authority on corporate governance in Asia and has consulted on governance issues and trends with the Asian Corporate Governance Association for the last six years. He is a monthly contributor to ACGA bulletins on governance events throughout the region and a regular keynote speaker and panelist at corporate governance conferences and seminars.  Chris is a member of the Centre for Corporate and Investor Responsibility Scientific Panel for Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University.

Department of Justice
Mr. Richard Grant Turnbull

Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Commercial Fraud
Department of Justice

Richard Turnbull is currently Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in the Commercial Crime Unit of the Department of Justice, Hong Kong.  He heads the Commercial Crime Unit which advises and prosecutes major commercial crime, copyright infringement and computer crime cases.

Richard holds a Masters degree in law from Sydney University, Australia as well as a Masters in law from Cambridge University, England.  He is admitted to practice in Australia ( Sydney and New South Wales) , USA ( New York) , the UK and Hong Kong.  

Mr. Andrew Powner

Managing Partner

Mr. Powner is the Managing partner of Haldanes.  He is a Member of the Law Reform Commission Sub-Committee reviewing sexual offences, (including the current proposal for a sex offenders register), as well as a Member of the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee.

Mr. Powner is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong.  Since 1993 he has practiced in Hong Kong specializing in criminal litigation.  He has defended many large scale commercial crime cases involving "white collar" crime and fraud.  He frequently conducts trials in the Magistrates and District Courts, and has developed a strong practice in criminal defence work.  Mr. Powner also has considerable experience in dealing with cases brought by the ICAC and CCB.