INTERVIEW: Laura Cha, chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Author: Karry Lai | Published: 5 Sep 2018

In the latest in the series of IFLR interview, we talk to Laura Cha, chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) about her career journey, the need to increase women on boards and recent changes to the listing regime in Hong Kong. From one pioneering role to the next, Cha has demonstrated that while trying new things can be risky, each risk taken has also meant opening doors to new opportunities. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s also an idea that she continues to instill at HKEx.

Cha started off her career as a private practice lawyer in the US and Hong Kong and went on to work at Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) for 10 years, taking up the role of deputy chairman from 1998 to 2001. This was followed by the role of vice chairman at the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) from 2001 to 2004. She...