Opening up: Laura Cha, chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Author: | Published: 17 Oct 2018

In the latest in our 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 the number of 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 opened 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 a stint as vice chairman at the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)...