Women in Law Hong Kong benefits from the expertise, guidance and insights of senior leaders in the legal and diversity space in Hong Kong. Key advisors commit to acting as a ready resource for WILHK, driving WILHK’s initiatives and focus areas on an annual basis.
Partner - Norton Rose Fulbright
Etelka is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright where she leads the financial services regulatory practice in Hong Kong. She has been based in Hong Kong for 12 years and focusses on advising international financial institutions, investment funds, intermediaries, insurers and FinTech companies on compliance with regulatory laws. Given her previous experience as Senior Counsel to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, she is particularly familiar with financial services regulation, licensing and authorization issues, banking and intermediaries supervision and conduct matters, compliance and cross-border regulatory issues, as well as legal issues relating to the development of the financial infrastructure of Hong Kong. In addition, Etelka leads the FinTech practice in North Asia and is the Asia lead of the firm’s Global Payments Practice.
She is an active supporter of D&I initiatives internally as well as in the wider legal community, and takes a keen interest in helping younger lawyers develop their careers. She was a founding member of WILHK and chaired the Asia-wide Women in Business Network at her previous law firm. She is currently the sponsor partner of the Hong Kong women’s network at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel - Airwallex
Jeanette Chan is the Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at Airwallex, a global financial technology company that offers integrated solutions to businesses for cross-border transactions. Jeanette leads Airwallex’s compliance and legal teams globally to support the company’s continued global expansion and new product development. Prior to Airwallex, Jeanette was the Managing Partner and Head of the Asia Communications and Technology Practice at leading international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she has worked for more than 30 years. Jeanette joined Paul Weiss in 1986 and initially worked in its Hong Kong, New York, Beijing and Shanghai offices. In 1992, she relocated to Hong Kong to take on the position of APAC senior international legal adviser at Cable & Wireless and in 1994, she re-joined Paul Weiss as a leader in the firm’s regional practice. Jeanette has extensive experience representing multinational and regional corporations, financial institutions, private equity funds and sponsors in their investments and operations in the region. She has been recognised as one of the world’s leading PRC law practitioners by influential business and legal organisations and publications, particularly in the communications, media and technology industries.
Partner - Allen & Overy
Fiona Cumming is a partner at Allen & Overy advising financial institutions, sponsors and corporates on a range of domestic and international banking and finance transactions. Having been based in Hong Kong since 2008 she is passionate about her role as a senior female leader both internally at A&O and externally in the wider community. She plays an active role in the Diversity & Inclusion agenda through a number of initiatives including: chairing the D&I Gender sub-committee (focused on engaging the office in the gender equality conversation); acting as the sponsor of female talent programmes in the region; participating in internal panel discussions about how to succeed as a female lawyer; supporting female associates to develop their careers to their full potential and attending internal and external events focused on gender equality.
Managing Director, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer - CLSA
Jaclyn joined CLSA (which is a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Securities ) in 2014 as Managing Director, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of CLSA. She currently oversees both Legal and Compliance globally, and is a member of CLSA’s Executive Committee, reporting directly to the CEO and Chairman of CLSA. She has over 20 years experience working in Asia (primarily in M&A, debt and equity capital markets).
Prior to joining CLSA, Jaclyn worked at Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong for eight years covering the entire Asia-Pacific region. Jaclyn joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 as in-house lawyer in the Legal & Compliance Department in Hong Kong covering GCM/IBD Legal. From 2009 until she left, she was promoted to Managing Director, COO and Chief Risk Officer of Morgan Stanley Global Capital Markets Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jaclyn was an international corporate lawyer at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy focusing on private M&A and Capital Markets in Asia Pacific.
She currently serves as director or advisor for several Nonprofit Organizations, including: YMCA Hong Kong, Light of Hope Asia Foundation in China, SOW Asia, Mind HK and International Care Ministries in the Philippines. She is also a member of AngelInvest Group, which invests in start ups in Asia.
She graduated magna cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in Economics) and received her Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994. She is a member of the New York State Bar. She also graduated from Stanford University’s Executive Program in 2013.
She was the Winner of Euromoney’s Female In-House Lawyer of the Year 2017; Winner of Asia Legal Business Hong Kong In-House Lawyer of the Year 2009; and Finalist for CLSA’s Legal In-House Team of the Year 2017
She has written and published a fiction novel called “High Hopes” and is currently working on a non-fiction novel called “Sisterhood in the Workplace”
Partner and China Chairman - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Teresa is Freshfields’ China Chairman and a founding partner of Freshfields’ renowned Asia equity capital markets practice. Over her 25 years as a partner, Teresa has helped numerous Chinese state-owned, privately-owned and international companies with their most high-profile or ‘first of a kind’ securities transactions, including IPOs for the 'big four' banks. She has an equally impressive track record in public and private M&A transactions, takeovers and reverse takeovers, and China outbound transactions in many industries and sectors.
Amongst her many public service appointments, Teresa was the first woman to chair the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Listing Committee and initiated the disclosure of board diversity policies by Hong Kong listed companies. Teresa also served as a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). Currently, she is a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation and one of the Deputy Chairs of the SFC’s Takeovers Panel.
Teresa is a founding member of The 30% Club in Hong Kong and is an active supporter of The Women’s Foundation (TWF). She participated in TWF’s “Flipping the Script” video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWHDeNno2bI) to raise awareness of gender bias and to promote board diversity. She was recognised in the 2017 Financial Times / HERoes ‘10 Global Champions of Women in Business’ list.
Teresa holds a first class Master’s degree in law from Jesus College, Cambridge, England.
CEO - The Women's Foundation
Fiona joined The Women’s Foundation as CEO in September 2017, combining her senior leadership experience with a passion for TWF’s mission to serve marginalised women and girls in Hong Kong. A former lawyer and Hang Seng Index company secretary, Fiona has lived in Hong Kong for nearly two decades having cultivated a career as a senior legal professional and adviser to a number of leading corporations in Hong Kong and around Asia including PCCW, AIA, AIG, Aviva, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery as well as SMEs, start ups and non-profit organisations.
She is the Co-Founder of Room to Read's Hong Kong Chapter and helped establish the Regional Programme office in New Delhi, India. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau and was Founder and Chair of its Women in Business Network. She is also is a Non-Executive Director of Aesop Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2015, Fiona won the People’s Choice Award for the Advancement of Women in Business at the Austcham-Westpac Australia China Business Awards.
Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow (FCIS) of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Australia and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and sits on AICD’s Hong Kong Committee.
Partner - Bird & Bird
Pattie is a partner in Bird & Bird's International Employment Group, based in Hong Kong with a broad international employment practice. She is head of the Bird & Bird Asia-Pacific Employment team and she is also an elected member of the Bird & Bird LLP Board since June 2018.
Her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues providing a 'one stop shop' for her international clients. Pattie advises a wide range of clients on the full spectrum of employment issues including high profile disputes and strategic advice. In addition, she has extensive experience advising on PRC law and is one of the few non-Chinese lawyers with detailed knowledge of local PRC employment law.
Pattie contributes to numerous publications and books including the textbook 'Hong Kong Employment Law - A Practical Guide' which is now in its fifth edition. She also writes regularly for the South China Morning Post on a diverse range of topical issues across Asia.
Executive Director and Senior Counsel - Goldman Sachs
Stephanie Sheng is executive director and senior counsel at Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC in the Business Intelligence Group, advising the Asia Pacific investment banking, merchant banking and securities divisions on anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions regulations across a range of corporate transactions, as well being responsible for internal investigations in the region. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Stephanie was counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, specializing in US securities laws, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and FCPA investigations across Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Partner - Mayer Brown
Hong Tran is a partner of Mayer Brown and is a Co-Firm Practice Leader of the global Employment and Benefits Group. He advises employers on compliance with employment, discrimination and privacy legislation. He also advises on strategic labour force issues including the structure of employment relationships; risk management in the employment and discrimination context; the introduction of changes to employment arrangements; the handling of union relations; and recruitment, disciplinary and termination issues. He is experienced in handling employment disputes, discrimination and privacy complaints/issues. He represents employers engaged in legal proceedings at the various court levels from the Labour Tribunal through to the Court of Final Appeal. He also advises employers in responding to investigations by the Labour Department, Equal Opportunities Commission and the Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Privacy.
He has been ranked as Band 1 lawyer in employment Hong Kong Law by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017-2021) and a "Leading individual" in employment law by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015-2021). He has been recognised by Who's Who Legal (2015) as being among the world's leading lawyers for employment and labour practice in Hong Kong. He was named as one of the "pre-eminent practitioners in the world" and "one of the world's leading lawyers" by Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers (2011). He was also named a Leading Asia Law Labour & Employment Lawyer by the Asia Law & Practice Survey (2008).
Hong has contributed to leading employment and discrimination law textbooks "Chitty on Contracts, Hong Kong Specific Contracts" Chapter 7, "Employment Law and Practice in Hong Kong" Chapters 3 & 5 and "Discrimination Law and Practice in Hong Kong" Chapters 4 and 7 (and Co-General Editor).
Hong is co-Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong People Forum and a member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Manpower Committee. He Chairs Mayer Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Asia.