In the latest in the series of IFLR interviewS, 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