You’re after a career change into a new part of the finance sector in Hong Kong, or you want to discover upcoming vacancies at your dream employer.
Either way, you will need to expand your network of contacts in the city and get to know more people who might end up hiring you.
Fortunately, Hong Kong frequently plays host to financial conferences which provide perfect opportunities for networking. Here’s a selection of upcoming events:
What: One of the major conferences in Asia private banking, it focuses not just on technical investment strategies, but on the wider challenges facing the sector. “Is the industry understaffed in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong and Singapore – and how is it faring on its ‘don't hire to promote policy?’”.
Why network here: Some seriously big names will be in attendance, including François Monnet, head of Greater China private banking at Credit Suisse, and Ronald Lee, head of Asian private wealth management at Goldman Sachs.
When: 11 May 2016
What: The ‘week’ kicks off with a day focused on exchange traded funds and concludes with two days of programmes addressing “the most important topics of concern for the region’s institutional investors”.
Why network here: Arguably the most important conference for the Asia asset management sector, this is your chance to meet “investors from the region’s top funds, renowned academics and the most successful asset managers”.
When: 24 - 26 May 2016
What: A merger of a “geeky-funky” start-up event and a traditional banking conference, topics on the agenda include the “future of fintech in Asia” and “investing in fintech: lessons from VCs”.
Why network here: Stay on for the “fintech after party” and ask entrepreneurs, investors, and bankers whether it’s really worth quitting finance for a start-up.
When: 30 May 2016
What: An event for wealth managers wanting to learn new techniques for engaging and retaining global clients, and for complying with a changing regulatory environment.
Why network here: Although its topics are highly technical, the conference also promises plenty of “networking opportunities, which include three course luncheons and an early evening reception”.
When: 15 - 16 June 2016
What: A high-level look at how market turbulence and other challenges (think, robo-advisors) will affect Asia’s investment industry. “Which sectors and markets offer shelter from the storm?”
Why network here: Hobnob with senior people from rival firms who may one day hire you – the event draws hundreds of attendees from across the sector. Speakers include Kevin Anderson, head of investments Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors.
When: 16 June 2016
What: An event designed to help private bankers navigate the complexities of dealing with wealthy mainland clients – from RMB further internationalisation to cross-border asset allocation.
Why network here: It won’t just be people from the big private banks in attendance – if you’re planning to move to a family office, that industry will also be well represented.
When: 23 - 24 June 2016
What: It’s run by students from the London School of Economics, is in its eighth year, and draws senior speakers from Asia’s investment banking sector.
Why network here: This is a prime opportunity for ambitious students aiming for investment banking jobs to network amongst themselves and with experienced industry professionals. Past events have attracted more than 300 students from about 50 top global universities.
When: 5 – 6 September 2016
What: Get the latest insights on the big issues facing private equity and venture capital professionals both in Asia and across the globe.
Why network here: You won’t find more PE people under one roof in Asia – more than 1,000 of them are set to show up. Networking opportunities include: “the AVCJ networking lounge, networking breaks and lunches, the gala cocktail reception and gala dinner”.
When: 15 - 17 November 2016
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