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Insurance

FT Asia Insurance Summit 2015

Maximising Profitability and Sustaining Long-Term Growth

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
John Leung

John Leung

Insurance Authority

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer

Deutsche Bank

Jaya Taylor

Jaya Taylor

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Overview

On 15th October 2015 more than 250 senior executives from leading insurers, investment managers and regulatory authorities gathered in Hong Kong for the second annual FT Asia Insurance Summit. Chaired by Jennifer Hughes, Asia Capital Markets Editor, Financial Times and Alistair Gray, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times, the event examined explore the complex economic, investment and regulatory challenges faced by insurers operating in the Asia region, and what insurers must do to tap into new pools of opportunity and realise higher levels of profitability and sustainable growth.
 
Portfolio allocation strategies for a low interest rate environment, assessing growth potential and entry strategies for emerging markets, the increasing importance of data, and various approaches to distribution models were analysed and discussed in detail during lively panels featuring senior executives from across the region and beyond. Highlights from the packed one-day agenda included a special keynote address from John Leung, Commissioner of Insurance, Hong Kong, as well as a pertinent macroeconomic update from Michael Spencer, Chief Economist and Head of Research Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank.

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Keynote Speakers (2)

John Leung

John Leung

CEO
Insurance Authority

John Chi-yan Leung is CEO of the Insurance Authority in Hong Kong having assumed the position of Commissioner of Insurance in August 2015 before the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance was then replaced by the independent Insurance Authority. Having joined the Hong Kong Government in September 1987, Mr Leung has served in various policy bureaus and departments, working mainly in policy areas including constitutional affairs, district administration, international trade and financial services. In December 2011, he was appointed Director, Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (Taiwan), responsible for promoting economic and trade cooperation, as well as cultural exchanges, between Hong Kong and Taiwan. From 2006 to 2011, Mr Leung was Deputy Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury (Financial Services), responsible for policies and legislation relating to company, trust, bankruptcy and accounting. Mr Leung received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree and a Master of Philosophy Degree from the University of Hong Kong. He has also attended courses at Oxford University, Tsinghua University (Beijing) and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD).

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer

Chief Economist and Head of Research, Asia Pacific
Deutsche Bank

Michael Spencer is Chief Economist and Head of Research, Asia Pacific, responsible for overseeing Deutsche Bank's equity, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities research throughout the region. Mr Spencer joined Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong in 1997 from the International Monetary Fund where he worked in the International Capital Markets division (1991-97), which pioneered the IMF's surveillance of capital markets and financial system soundness in all its member countries. He has published numerous articles on different aspects of financial economics in both academic and policy fora. He has a PhD and BA (Hons) from Queen's University, Canada and an MA from the University of Toronto. 

Speakers (22)

Jaya Taylor

Jaya Taylor

Regional Head of Legal & Compliance, Asia
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Jaya Taylor is the Regional Head of Legal & Compliance, Asia for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. She is responsible for the Legal and Compliance functions in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Ms Taylor is an  Advocate and Solicitor, called to the Singapore Bar with 11 years of  Legal and Compliance experience in the insurance industry and private practice. She holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology, a LL.B. (Hons) in Law, and a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law.

Sandy Begbie

Sandy Begbie

Chief Operations Officer
Standard Life

Sandy Begbie is responsible for the Group’s people, IT, communications and company secretariat functions alongside the Asia business (based in Hong Kong). He also has Group Executive accountability for the relationship with the Joint Venture Heng An Standard Life in China. He is also a member of KPMG’s P3 Client Advisory Board and Chairman of Career Ready Scottish Advisory Board (SAB). Mr Begbie joined Standard Life in May 2010 as the Group Transformation Director. He joined Standard Life from AEGON UK where he was HR Director – a role he also held whilst at Scottish Power. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles at RBS with responsibilities for areas including leadership, management and talent development, business change, organisational development and training and reward.

Woody Bradford

Woody Bradford

Chairman and CEO
Conning

Woody E. Bradford, CFA, is President and Chief Executive Officer at Conning. Prior to joining Conning 2010, Mr Bradford was an Operating Partner with Advent International, a global private equity firm. Previously, he spent 12 years at Putnam Investments where he had multiple roles, including Head of Corporate Development and Chief Operating Officer of Global Distribution. Mr Bradford is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and of the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Mr Bradford is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Food Bank and previously served as a member of the Supervisory Board of Quoniam Asset Management GmbH  Mr Bradford has over 21 years of industry experience.

Matt Cannock

Matt Cannock

Managing Director
Markel International Singapore

Matt Cannock has been Managing Director at Markel International Singapore since 2013. He joined Markel International Singapore in 2012 to develop the marine line in the Asia Pacific region. He continues to have an active role in the marine insurance market.

Prior to this, Mr Cannock joined one of the three (at that time) Lloyd’s Syndicates in Singapore in 2005, underwriting a portfolio of marine hull, marine cargo and marine liability risks. He was in an underwriting role previously with RSA Singapore where he was the Regional Marine Underwriting Manager.

Mr Cannock moved to Singapore in 2000 where he worked in insurance broking. He started his career in the insurance industry working for a firm of technical consultants after graduating with a Masters Degree in Marine Engineering.

David A Chan

David A Chan

Regional Head of Affinity and SME, Asia
Willis

David A. Chan is the Regional Head of Affinity and SME, Asia for Willis. He is responsible for the pan-Asia strategy and execution of market-leading Affinity, Worksite and SME solutions that help partners and clients to improve their profitability, differentiate their offer and increase customer loyalty. These programs are supported by innovative distribution and technology solutions.

Mr Chan has over twenty years of professional insurance and leadership experience with both international and national insurers in Asia and Australia with roles across marketing, underwriting and distribution. He also has experience in product development, operations and alternative distribution channels for consumer products through online portals.

He has worked with HLA in Malaysia, Lumley General Insurance and Guild Insurance in Australia and held regional roles at ACE and JLT, where he was the Managing Director of Thistle Asia (Affinity/SME), based in Singapore.

Mr Chan has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from Monash University, Australia. He is an Associate of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).

Sophia Cheng

Sophia Cheng

Chief Investment Officer
Cathay Financial Holding Company

Sophia Cheng is the Chief Investment Officer of Cathay Financial Holdings, and she also teaches in the Department of International Business of National Taiwan University. Ms Cheng has more than 20 years of experience in research and investment with the last position in sell side being the Chairman of Merrill Lynch Taiwan. Prior to joining Cathay Ms Cheng was the independent director of SinoPac Holdings and later SEVP of JihSun FHC where Ms Cheng led company strategy plan and supervised the group’s investment.

Ms Cheng is highly regarded by the government and is well known for her work in financial sector research and her proactive participation in forming government policies, including promoting banking reform and tax reform. Ms Cheng has been Government Affairs Consultant of Executive Yuan and Advisory Committee Member of National Development Council since 2012 and 2015, respectively. She also acts as the Fellow of Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association (APIAA) and Board of Director of the Taiwan M&A and Private Equity Council (MAPECT). Ms Cheng holds a Master’s of Science degree in finance-banking from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, USA, and a bachelor degree in Atmospheric Sciences from National Taiwan University.

Sanjay Datta

Sanjay Datta

Chief - Underwriting & Claims
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited

Sanjay Datta is Chief – Underwriting & Claims, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Corporation Limited, the largest private sector general insurance company in India.

With over 23 years of experience in General Insurance, Mr Datta was a part of the start up team at ICICI Lombard in 2001 and has since then grown the business into a market leadership position.

At ICICI Lombard, Mr Datta is responsible for underwriting, claims and business intelligence function. He heads customer service for all retail lines of business including health & motor. Mr Datta drives company’s foray for quality service delivery across all products.

Mr Datta was Divisional Manager in a reputed public sector General Insurance company where he worked for 14 years. Post liberalisation of the general insurance sector, he joined ICICI Lombard in 2001.

Mr Datta is a management graduate by virtue of his academic qualifications.

Matthias de Ferrieres

Matthias de Ferrieres

Managing Director
Stark Group Private Limited

Matthias de Ferrieres is the Managing Director of Stark Group Private Limited. The umbrella company of a group of start-ups, founded in 2014, aspires to accelerate the crucial transformation and digitalisation of the insurance industry in Asia with a particular focus on Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

Stark Group operates delivers disruptive yet easy to operate digital solutions, assimilating marketing experience to the slow-to-change insurance industry. The group of start-ups will assist organisations in developing customer-centric web apps for insurance acquisition, while commercialising a unique marketing distribution platform for insurance professionals in Asia, which will be ready to be deployed in February 2015.

Prior to this, Mr de Ferrieres spent 14 years at AXA Asia where he was Regional CMO and Head of Digital for the General Insurance side in Asia. He started at AXA as an actuary in 2001 before covering different management positions focusing on transforming the fast growing organisation.

Mr de Ferrieres is an economist with a business and legal background (Chicago University – Chicago Booth, Sydney University – Faculty of Law) and has over 15 years of experience in P&C insurance in South-East Asia.

Patrick Graham

Patrick Graham

CEO, Asia Pacific, Cigna International Markets
Cigna Corporation

Mr Graham joined Cigna in August 2011 as the Head of Sales and Business Development for the Health, Life and Accident division. He subsequently managed Cigna’s high growth markets in Indonesia and Thailand as well as overseeing the market entry into India. He has been in his current role since January 2015.

Prior to joining Cigna, Mr Graham was with GE Capital for 15 years in various leadership roles. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Card Services, a joint venture between GE and UK retailer Tesco. In this role Mr Graham led a team of 500 people distributing a range of finance, life and general insurance products to Tesco’s 10 million customers in Thailand. Prior to that, Mr Graham was responsible for starting up and running GE Capital’s European Captive Insurer as well as their Asian Insurance Operations across seven Asian markets.

Mr Graham has been based in Asia for 13 years between China, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand. He has a B.A. in History and Economics from University of London, QMW College and is fluent in English, French and Japanese.

Garry Hawker

Garry Hawker

Partner & Director of Strategic Research, Growth Markets
Mercer

Garry Hawker initially joined Mercer in New Zealand in September 1992 after having worked for seven years with another consulting firm. Prior to his transfer to Singapore in February 2000, Mr Hawker had been responsible for the management of Mercer's Investment Consulting business in New Zealand. In October 2007, he relocated to Shanghai to oversee the establishment and development of Mercer's Investment Consulting business in China. He returned to Singapore in August 2009.

Since his move to Asia, Mr Hawker’s major clients have included the national social security funds, central banks, and national reserve investment agencies of many Asian countries. In April 2008, in recognition of his client focus, he became the regional director for Sovereign Funds, a newly created role to help Mercer fill an increasing need to provide innovative investment solutions to large funds, particularly those in emerging capital markets. In January 2013, he was appointed to the role of Growth Markets director of Strategic Research. Mr Hawker also chairs the group that contributes to Mercer’s capital markets research and assumptions globally and is a member of the Global Policy and Global Strategic Research Committees, which are global committees within Mercer’s Investments business charged with bringing Mercer's best ideas to clients.

Mr Hawker is an actuary and an associate member of the CFA Institute. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Wim Hekstra

Wim Hekstra

CEO
Sun Life Hong Kong Limited

Wim Hekstra is a life insurance professional with 20 years of working experience. He has extensive networks in the industry in Hong Kong, Macau and China. Prior to joining Sun Life Financial in August 2013, Mr Hekstra has held various senior leadership roles in ING such as Head of Strategy for Asia, Head of their China operations as well as Co-Head for ING’s Hong Kong and Macau business. Prior to the life insurance industry, Mr Hekstra worked for 12 years in the fast moving consumer goods sector in general management, sales and finance roles. He was responsible for Heineken’s operation in Hong Kong and Macau before joining the life insurance industry.

Mr Hekstra holds a Master of Business Administration (Financial Sector) degree from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and is a graduate of NIMA A&B (Advanced Marketing Course). He also joined several executive programs at INSEAD and Wharton University.

Bruce Howe

Bruce Howe

Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific
QBE Insurance Asia Pacific

Bruce Howe joined QBE in May 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific. In his current role, Mr Howe is accountable for the strategy and operational business design of Asia Pacific whilst, as a Asia Pacific Executive Team member, sharing the accountability to ensure the delivery of the growth aspirations in Asia Pacific. Mr Howe sits on the Boards of all of QBE’s Asian operating entities.

Mr Howe has been involved in the insurance industry for more than 30 years. He is a veteran in mergers and acquisitions, operational and process review to unlock business growth potential, and improve profitability for both developed and new businesses. His extensive career has also covered reinsurance, risk management, actuarial management and governance.

Prior to joining QBE, Mr Howe was the Chief Executive Officer for the UK, Europe and the Middle East operations of HSBC Insurance. He has also worked extensively in Asia for more than 17 years as an executive and a consultant in both life and non-life insurance.

Alex Kimura

Alex Kimura

Chief Strategy Officer
Aviva Asia

Alex Kimura is Chief Strategy Officer at Aviva Asia. Appointed in 2014, his responsibilities include Strategy, Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Digital and Analytics, Corporate Responsibility and Transformation for Asia. Alex has a wealth of operating expertise and experience in the financial-services industry and Asian markets. A main focus has been digital innovation, where he spearheaded efforts to launch the Digital Garage and form a joint venture with Hillhouse and Tencent. Alex is also the current Chairman of the MAS Digital Innovation Roundtable. Prior to Aviva, he joined the AXA Group in 2000, and later in 2006 oversaw the Asia-Pacific region, reporting to the Group Chief Executive Officer. During this time, he was instrumental in major transactions and structuring activities across the region. Before joining AXA, Alex was at Bain, where he worked mainly in the US and Asia on insurance and financial-services strategy, private-equity transactions and cross-border M&As. Alex also worked for many years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in Asia and the US. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in Finance and International Business with Distinction, and has completed Stanford University's Executive Leadership Program.

Alice Law Shing-mui

Alice Law Shing-mui

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director
Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA)

Alice Law Shing-Mui is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director at the MPFA since 2012.   In her current role, Ms Law oversees the operations of three major functions – Supervision Division, Enforcement Division and Member Protection Division and has been spearheading a number of MPF reform projects.  Previously Ms Law had spent 14 years working in the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) most recently as Senior Director (Policy, China & Investment Products). She also spent some time working in overseas regulatory bodies including the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).  As a career regulator for over 18 years, Ms Law has pioneered a number of regulatory reforms to facilitate a wider product range such as ETFs, hedge funds and REITs to access the retail market and greater flexibility for MPF members to choose their funds through the implementation of the framework for Employees’ Choice Arrangement (or semi-portability). She had extensive experience in fostering closer cooperation between the Mainland China and Hong Kong securities and asset management markets. Ms Law is also a serving member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council of Asset Management and Insurance and a Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.  She was a partner in a Hong Kong law firm before joining the public sector in 1998.  She holds an LLB and PCLL from the University of Hong Kong and obtained her LLM degree in London in 1989.

Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes FTChinese.com, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a non-executive director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Moung Mo Lee

Moung Mo Lee

Managing Director, Analytics, Asia Pacific
A.M.Best Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd

Moung Mo Lee is the Managing Director of analytics at A.M.Best Asia-Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Mr Lee has been with A.M. Best since 2001. He is responsible for the analytics of A.M. Best’s ratings in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as the lead analyst for numerous companies in A.M. Best’s Asia-Pacific portfolio. 

Before joining A.M. Best, Mr Lee worked for Siemens AG and Hypo Bank in Germany.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Chung Ang University and his Master’s in Economics from Seoul National University. He speaks Korean, English and German.

Pravej Ongartsittigul

Pravej Ongartsittigul

Secretary General
Office of Insurance Commission (OIC), Thailand

Pravej Ongartsittigul currently serves as Secretary-General of The Office of Insurance Commission in Thailand. The Insurance Commission under the main missions of supervision and promotion toward the development of insurance business for its efficiency, transparency and reliability, and to protect the interest and benefits of the public at large.

Prior to joining the OIC in October 2011, Mr Ongartsittigul was the Senior Assistant Secretary-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) during 2005-2011. He also has experiences in banking business. He served as Senior Vice President, Principal, Branch Manager and Country Executive Officer at Bank of America, N.A.-Bangkok Branch, and served as Country Chief of Staff at JPMorgan Chase, Bangkok. He is also a US Chartered Bank Auditor and US Chartered Bank EDP Auditor.

Mr Ongartsittigul graduated with BA in Accounting from Chulalongkorn University in 1980, MBA in Decision Support Systems, and Finance from New Hampshire College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1985 and 1987, respectively.

David Piesse

David Piesse

Ambassador Asia Pacific
International Insurance Society (IIS)

David Piesse is the International Insurance Society Ambassador (IIS) for Asia Pacific reporting to New York Headquarters. The IIS promotes new strategies and advice from the insurance industry.

Mr Piesse is also the insurance advisory board member of Guardtime which is establishing standards in cloud computing security and cyber liability insurance. He is helping to establish the global insurance blueprint for the company and is involved in all aspects of cyber liability as an emerging risk. He is a frequent speaker at cyber conference worldwide.

Mr Piesse is the Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific for Ultimate Risk Solutions, an independent DFA Modeling company. He is charge of looking after the URS clients, marketing DFA in the region and providing business models for clients in reinsurance strategies, portfolio optimisation, surplus allocation, asset liability matching, catastrophe risk, market risk, operational and underwriting risk. He is looking to model the cyber risk with DFA as soon as becomes possible.

Mr Piesse is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the British Computer Society. He started his career in the London Market with Edward Lumley and Sons, Lloyds of London and then to the North American insurance market based in Canada. He worked with the United Nations as a consultant in risk management across five continents and settled in Asia for the last 25 years. He was Global Head of Insurance for SUN Microsystems based in Hong Kong before joining URS in the DFA role and advisory to Guardtime. He is also a pioneer in the microinsurance sector for financial inclusion in emerging markets. The combination of his current work results in correlated risk management.

Paul Sandhu

Paul Sandhu

Head of Investment Solutions
Conning Asia Pacific

Paul Sandhu is Head of Investment Solutions at Conning Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading Conning’s investment solutions business in the region through customised fund management and consulting. He started his career in the financial industry as an investment actuary at USAA in the US, where he created and managed many of the processes used for SAA/ALM/ERM and annuity pricing. In 2008, he joined Conning US where he worked closely with clients to help develop and implement their strategic Asset Allocation. In 2012, Mr Sandhu moved to Hong Kong to head the Investment Solutions team for Conning’s Asia business, where he manages a team of technical consultants and quantitative investment professionals to build customised investment solutions aligned with client objectives and adhering to local requirements. Mr Sandhu’s team is also responsible for developing and managing Quantitative Strategies utilising cutting-edge investment science such as machine learning and multi-factor investing. Mr Sandhu graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Science with a specialisation in Theoretical Physics. He focused his research on the theory of black holes, where he created and analysed simulations of a star’s evolution into black holes by solving Einstein’s equations using numerical techniques. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. 

Jota Shohtoku

Jota Shohtoku

Senior Vice President & Country Manager Hong Kong
Allied World

Jota Shohtoku is Vice President, Hong Kong Country Manager & Head of General Casualty (Asia Pacific) for Allied World Assurance Company Limited (Allied World). He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Hong Kong branch. In addition, he is responsible for the development of the casualty portfolio in the Asia Pacific region for the company including such product lines as primary casualty, excess casualty, umbrella liability, standalone products liability, products recall, and environmental impairment liability. The Asia Pacific region for Allied World consists of three branch offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. Prior to joining Allied World in May 2010, Mr Shohtoku held various underwriting and management positions at AIG/Chartis in the US and internationally. He first joined AIG Los Angeles in 2003 where he primarily underwrote environmental insurance for clients involved in complex real estate transactions, asset divestments, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. After being promoted to Regional Manager of the Los Angeles region’s environmental unit, he was then relocated to the New York home office of AIG where, as Product Line Manager, he was part of a team that managed the pollution legal liability product that generated US$250 million in gross written premiums annually. In January 2008, Mr Shohtoku was transferred to the international arm of AIG (then AIU) where he was tasked to develop the Environmental Impairment Liability market in Asia. In January 2009, he also took on the additional role of Deputy Liabilities Group Manager, where he was responsible for overseeing the casualty and crisis management portfolios of Chartis’ nine-country operations in Southeast Asia. He has underwritten a wide range of risks in the general casualty and specialty casualty sector during his career including oil and gas, energy, construction and manufacturing. He has served as a Panelist at the United Nations Environment Programme – 2010 Biodiversity Challenge Conference (Jakarta), an International Expert on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development’s (CCICED) Task Force on Economic Instruments for Energy Efficiency and the Environment in 2009, a Speaker at the Opportunity & Private Fund Forum on Urban Rejuvenation and Brownfields (Los Angeles) in 2006, and a Planning Committee Member for the LACBA Crocker Symposium on Real Estate Law and Business also in 2006. Mr Shohtoku earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) from the University of Edinburgh.

Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas

CEO of Global Corporate, Asia Pacific
Zurich Insurance

Keith Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Corporate in Asia Pacific at Zurich. He held a number of underwriting management roles since he began his career with Zurich in 1993. He previously held the position of Chief Underwriting Officer of Zurich’s Casualty Lines of insurance which includes general liability, workers compensation, accident & health, medical malpractice and environmental impairment liability. Prior to that position, he was the Chief Underwriting Officer Special Lines which included management liability, surety, E&O, political risk and trade credit. He is based in Hong Kong, China.

Prior to joining Zurich, he held various D&O underwriting positions since 1990. Mr Thomas has spoken at a number of industry management liability functions including RIMS, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Wyatt, ACI D&O Symposium, NYSE Corporate Board Member Magazine Director Summit and the Euro-Legal D&O conference and is considered an expert on the topic of management liability, specifically directors and officers liability.

Mr Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University.

Neil Wray

Neil Wray

Regional Managing Director (Asia)
Tokio Marine Kiln

Neil Wray has 26 years of insurance industry experience gained in the markets of London, Singapore and Hong Kong. During the previous 18 years he has been heavily involved in the research, start-up and organic development of Asian platforms for two of the largest groups operating in the Lloyd’s market. Mr Wray joined Tokio Marine Kiln in 2009 as Regional Managing Director for the Asia region. He is currently based in Singapore where he is responsible for the continuing strategic development of the group’s regional offices.

This has resulted in a significant build-out of the product and distribution offering on the Lloyd’s platform, focusing upon the corporate specialty and reinsurance treaty sectors. He also has responsibility for the on-going collaboration with other Tokio Marine Group companies in the region. Mr Wray’s career began in 1989 as a broker with the Sedgwick Group in London. In 1991 he joined Catlin Group where he spent the following 17 years, initially underwriting a portfolio of global property and onshore energy business at Lloyd’s. From 1997 to 1999 he played a key role in the research and development project for Catlin’s physical move into Asia. He relocated to Singapore in 2000 and then Hong Kong in 2006. Through to 2008 he was instrumental in the start-up, strategic development and overall management of Catlin’s Asian platform.

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Alistair  Gray

Alistair Gray

US Financial Correspondent
Financial Times

Alistair Gray is US Financial Correspondent at the Financial Times (FT) in New York. Previously, he served as Insurance Correspondent based in London. He joined the financial services team after three years as a reporter on the companies desk. Before that he covered markets in London and New York. Mr Gray joined the FT as a graduate trainee in 2007.

Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Hughes

Asia Capital Markets Editor
Financial Times

Jennifer Hughes is the FT's Asia Capital Markets Editor and has been based in Hong Kong since 2012. Before taking on her current role, she covered banking and finance in the region and ran the Lex column in Asia, providing daily views on corporate developments and market trends. Ms Hughes previously reported for the Financial Times in London and New York, covering currencies, capital markets, credit, derivatives, financial regulation, accounting and bank finance. She also regularly contributes columns on Asian markets and finance trends. Ms Hughes has a BA in History from the University of Exeter, and an MSc in Business and Journalism from Columbia University.

Why Attend?

  • Hear from regulatory authorities about the strategic changes taking place in the insurance industry in different markets
  • Find out from industry experts where and how Asian insurers should be investing their capital to generate strong long-term returns today
  • Discover more about leveraging customer data to tailor product offerings and distribution methods for different client segments
  • Gain insights from top specialists on how to engage your client base via online and mobile channels
  • Network with leading figures from local and international insurance companies, as well as industry experts from investment management and consultancy firms
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Agenda - 15th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am
    Welcome Address

    Angela Mackay, Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Regulatory Keynote

    John Leung, Commissioner of Insurance, Hong Kong

  • 9:35am
    Economic Keynote

    Michael Spencer, Chief Economist and Head of Research Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank

    Moderator: Jennifer Hughes, Asia Capital Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    Panel Discussion: Staying Ahead of Regulatory Developments

    Insurance supervision in Asia is evolving quickly and in line with international standards. What are the risk-based capital developments in the region, and what challenges do these rules pose for insurance companies? In China, many hurdles remain for foreign insurers and brokers looking to operate in this market. How are regulatory developments in China impacting the wider industry? How are regulators addressing ongoing issues of mis-selling and suitability within the insurance industry, and what are the implications for insurers in terms of their approach to product design and differentiation? What are the trends toward new standards of customer protection, commission regulations and transparency?

    Moung Mo Lee, Managing Director, Analytics, A.M. Best Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Pravej Ongartsittigul, Secretary General, Office of Insurance Commission (OIC), Thailand
    Paul Sandhu, Head of Risk and Capital Management Solutions Asia Pacific, CCAM
    Jaya Taylor, Regional Head of Legal and Compliance, Asia, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

    Moderator: Alistair Gray, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Networking Break
  • 11:25am
    Panel Discussion: Assessing Growth Potential in Emerging Markets

    Despite weaker growth in recent months, Asia’s emerging markets continue to attract global insurers keen to capitalise on increased wealth in the middle class and low penetration rates of insurance products and services. China and India are on everyone’s radar, as are many ASEAN markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. What are the opportunities these markets present and how can insurers exploit those pockets of growth? Across Asia, which markets are expected to grow at the fastest pace in the mid- to long-term? What are governments doing to encourage the introduction of insurance products to the uninsured, particularly those in rural areas? What are the key benefits of ASEAN integration from a distribution perspective? What are the risks insurers should consider when entering new markets?

    Sandy Begbie, COO, Head Asia & Emerging Markets, Standard Life
    Patrick Graham, CEO, Asia Pacific, Cigna International Markets of Cigna Corporation
    Bruce Howe, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific, QBE Insurance Asia Pacific
    Keith Thomas, CEO of Global Corporate, Asia Pacific, Zurich Insurance
    Neil Wray, Regional Managing Director (Asia), Tokio Marine Kiln

    Moderator: Jennifer Hughes, Asia Capital Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:35pm
    Introduction to Afternoon Sessions

    Jennifer Hughes, Asia Capital Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:45pm
    Panel Discussion: Operating in a Volatile Global Environment

    In September the US Federal Reserve made the decision to maintain its benchmark interest rate, unraised since 2006, based on concerns that the slowdown in China and other emerging economies is hindering global growth. The macroeconomic environment remains volatile and uncertain, presenting many challenges for the insurance industry. With China’s slowing growth, Japan’s economic woes and weakness in the eurozone, companies are delving
    deeper to maximise returns. How do low interest rates affect insurers? What are the optimal portfolio allocation solutions in a low-interest rate world? How can insurers future-proof their investment strategies? What are the challenges associated with asset/liability matching and mismatching? How can companies stay afloat in today’s increasingly complex environment?

    Sophia Cheng, Chief Investment Officer, Cathay Financial Holdings
    Woody Bradford, Chairman and CEO, Conning
    Garry Hawker, Partner and Director of Strategic Research, Growth Markets, Mercer
    Alice Law Shing-mui, Chief Operating Officer & Executive, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA)

    Moderator: Jennifer Hughes, Asia Capital Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Onstage Dialogue: Tapping Trends with Data-Driven Decisions

    Across emerging Asia, young, connected populations with increasing amounts of disposable income represent a big opportunity. Meanwhile, in certain markets, ageing populations are prompting the state to promote private pension arrangements, driving demand for more retirement products. How can insurers tap into these changing trends and demographics? What role can data play in helping insurers to develop solutions tailored to different customer needs? How can digital innovation help insurers to engage more closely with customers, and what untapped commercial opportunities can this unveil? With the insurance industry using vast amounts of customer data to inform decisions on a daily basis, cyber security and protection from theft are key priorities for insurers. What are the best ways to identify future risks and devise and implement effective defences or safeguards?

    Alex Kimura, Chief Strategy Officer, Aviva Asia
    David Piesse, Ambassador for Asia Pacific Region, International Insurance Society

    Moderator: Alistair Gray, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel Discussion: Diversifying Distribution Channels to Reach the Right Customers

    Establishing an effective distribution formula is crucial as insurers compete for business in an increasingly crowded market. Personal relationships between customers and advisers remain valuable, but Asian clients are becoming increasingly tech savvy and so offering multi-channel engagement via Internet, mobile and social platforms is essential. In China, online supermarkets are booming. Why were customers in China so quick to trust online platforms and services to purchase insurance? What are the challenges and regulatory hurdles associated with online insurance sales? Mis-selling by insurance agents remains a major issue for firms in this region. How are regulators clamping down on poor distribution practices and market conduct? What constitutes a winning digital distribution strategy?

    Matt Cannock, Managing Director, Markel International Singapore
    David A Chan, Regional Head of Affinity and SME, Asia, Willis
    Sanjay Datta, Chief - Underwriting & Claims, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited
    Matthias de Ferrieres, Managing Director, Stark Group Private Limited
    Wim Hekstra, CEO, Sun Life Hong Kong
    Jota Shohtoku, Senior Vice President & Country Manager Hong Kong, Allied World

    Moderator: Alistair Gray, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Closing Remarks

    Jennifer Hughes, Asia Capital Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Cocktail Reception

Who Attends?

The FT Asia Insurance Summit will bring together C-Suite, VP and Director-level professionals from insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers, asset and investment managers, consultancies, technology firms and law firms. Typical attendees include:

  • C-Suite, VP and Directors
  • Heads of Distribution
  • Head of Product
  • Digital / Online Specialists
  • Investment Managers

OUR PREVIOUS ATTENDEES INCLUDED:

  • ACE Insurance Limited
  • AIA Group
  • AIG Australia Limited
  • Allianz Global Investors
  • Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited
  • AXA
  • BNY Mellon Investment Management
  • Cathaylife Insurance co. Ltd.
  • CCAM
  • China Life
  • CIGNA
  • Citibank N.A.
  • Dah Sing Bank, Ltd.
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.
  • Hong Kong Federation of Insurers
  • Hong Kong Investment Funds Association
  • Hong Kong Life Insurance Limited
  • HSBC
  • ING Bank N.V.
  • JPMorgan
  • KPMG
  • Manulife International Limited
  • Nan Shan Life Insurance
  • Ping An
  • Prudential
  • Schroder Investment Management
  • Standard & Poor’s Rating Services
  • State Street Corporation
  • UBS Investment Research
  • Zurich Life Insurance Company Ltd
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Venue

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance Street, Central

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 3196 8888

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Organiser (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Platinum Sponsors (2)

Conning (www.conning.com) is a leading global investment management firm with a long history of serving the insurance industry. Conning supports institutional investors with asset management offerings, risk analytics and consulting services. Founded in 1912, Conning manages more than $137 billion* in global assets through its offices in Asia, Europe and North America.

Conning’s mission is to enhance the financial strength of its clients by delivering strong investment results, customized solutions, and exceptional service. The company's unique combination of asset management and risk analytics tools helps insurance clients achieve their financial goals through customized business and investment strategies.

*As of February 28, 2019, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited, Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. (“SITE”) and Global Evolution Fondsmæglerselskab A/S and its group of companies (the “Global Evolution Companies”). The Global Evolution Companies are affiliates of Conning. SITE reports internally into Conning Asia Pacific Limited, but is a separate legal entity under Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. which is the ultimate controlling parent of all Conning controlled entities.

To reflect the diversification and globalization of financial markets, and to provide more comprehensive services to our customers, Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. was established on December 31, 2001 with paid-in capital of US$4.52 billion. Primary subsidiaries under the flagship of Cathay Financial Holdings include Cathay Life Insurance, Cathay United Bank, Cathay Century Insurance, Cathay Securities, Cathay Securities Investment Trust and Cathay Venture, serving collectively over 13 million customers through a total of 725 office locations around Taiwan. Looking to the future, we will continue to seek suitable partners to further strengthen our operations. With a corporate culture that stresses integrity, trustworthiness and compliance, we will continue to integrate our products and services and leverage our extensive network of business locations and professional sales forces to provide our customers with convenient "one-stop shopping" and customized services. Based on our core principle of "sustainable management," we are committed to becoming the most trustworthy and reliable financial holding company and a leading financial institution in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Gold Sponsors (2)

Cigna is a global health service leader dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. We have sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and more than 89 million customer relationships throughout the world. Our more than 37,000 employees serve customers just about everywhere. Every day, our team works together with our customers in ways they find proactive, personal and empathetic. That spirit of true partnership goes deeper than paying claims, and is often life-changing — helping customers stay well, prevent sickness, obtain access to health care, recover from illness or injury, return to work and provide for their families. Worldwide, we offer our customers and their families peace of mind and a sense of security. We’re with them all the way, through the most critical points in their lives.

About QBE Asia Pacific

QBE Asia Pacific is part of the Emerging Markets Division of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the top 20 insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE Emerging Markets Division has a presence in 23 markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America.

QBE has a history of more than one century in Asia Pacific. Over the years, QBE Asia Pacific has developed a wealth of local knowledge and expertise in each of its operating markets in the region. It has also built very strong partnerships with professional insurance intermediaries. These give QBE Asia Pacific unparalleled advantages in understanding the environments in which its customers operate and the specific risks they face.

QBE believes Asia Pacific will play an even more important role in the future expansion of the Group, recognising the region as the growth engine. With a presence spanning 16 markets in the region, QBE Asia Pacific will continue to grow its business and presence through the provision of all major lines of general insurance cover for personal and commercial risks.

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Allegis Partners is a global provider of corporate talent solutions. We offer Board and C-suite retained search services, Executive recruitment, and expert talent assessment. Our seasoned search Consultants span the globe to provide our Corporate and Financial Services clients with local, regional and global talent acquisition strategies. With capabilities across the Asia Pacific region, we service our clients with proven retained search solutions, but with a boutique search firm approach unavailable through most traditional search firms. Our flexibility allows Allegis Partners to deliver truly bespoke service to our clients and not a one-size fits most methodology. Allegis Partners is part of United States-based Allegis Group, one of the world's largest and most accomplished staffing and recruitment organisations with access to more than 14,000 employees and 350 offices worldwide.

A.M. Best is a leading provider of ratings, financial data and news with a specialist focus on the worldwide insurance industry. Best’s Credit Ratings are recognised as the benchmark for assessing the financial strength of insurance-related organizations and the credit quality of their obligations.

• Established in the U.S. in 1899 and pioneered the concept of financial strength ratings in 1906

• Worldwide headquarters in New Jersey, U.S.; regional centres in London (serving Europe, Middle East and Africa), Hong Kong and Singapore (serving Asia Pacific and Oceania), and Mexico City (serving Latin America). Representative office located in Dubai (serving MENA, South & Central Asia)

• Full-service global ratings capabilities

• Over 3,500 ratings in over 80 countries worldwide

• Only international rating agency dedicated to the insurance industry

• World’s leading provider of insurer Financial Strength Ratings (FSRs) by company coverage

• Data and research covering over 16,000 (re)insurance companies worldwide

• Largest and most comprehensive insurance database providing unique insights by segment and line of business

At Mercer, we make a difference in the lives of more than 110 million people every day by advancing their health, wealth, and careers. We’re in the business of creating more secure and rewarding futures for our clients and their employees — whether we’re designing affordable health plans, assuring income for retirement, or aligning workers with workforce needs. Using analysis and insights as catalysts for change, we anticipate and understand the individual impact of business decisions, now and in the future. We see people’s current and future needs through a lens of innovation, and our holistic view, specialized expertise, and deep analytical rigor underpin each and every idea and solution we offer. For more than 70 years, we’ve turned our insights into actions, enabling people around the globe to live, work, and retire well. At Mercer, we say we Make Tomorrow, Today.

Mercer LLC and its separately incorporated operating entities around the world are part of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a publicly held company (ticker symbol: MMC) listed on the New York, Chicago, and London stock exchanges.

Robert Walters Plc is an award-winning business and one of the world's largest professional recruitment consultancies. The Hong Kong office specialises in placing candidates on a permanent or contract basis in the following specialities: accounting & finance, banking & financial services, human resources, information technology, legal & compliance, sales & marketing, secretarial & business support and supply chain, logistics & procurement. Established in 1985, the Group has built a global presence spanning 24 countries.

Founded in 1987, SNL Financial transformed bank analysis with our powerful interactive platform. Today we are the premier provider of data, news and analysis on the banking & insurance sectors. Our hallmark is data that is 100% accurate, timely and easy to use. SNL provides extensive coverage of over 26,000 banks and 5,000 insurers globally. More than 70 of the world’s central banks and financial regulators rely on SNL and we are the go-to source for thousands of financial institutions-focused professionals across commercial banking, investment banking, credit risk, investment management, management consulting, insurance companies and universities. SNL’s powerful tools are used to screen, analyse, monitor and report on the industry, institutions, peers and portfolios.

Supporting Partners (3)

The Hong Kong actuarial professional body was first formed in 1968 as the Actuarial Association of Hong Kong.  26 years later, its successor, the Actuarial Society of Hong Kong (ASHK) was duly incorporated in January 1994.  The ASHK is a membership organization for actuaries in the industries of insurance, consultancy, finance, education institutes and government.  Since 1999, the ASHK has become a full member of the International Actuarial Association. The ASHK is governed by an elected Council and regulates its members by setting certain Professional Standards and Actuarial Guidance Notes.

The Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (“HKIFA”) is a non-profit-making organization that represents the asset management industry in Hong Kong.  We have two major roles, namely consultation and education.   On consultation, we work closely with the authorities to relay the views of our members on issues that have implications for the asset management industry.  On education, we spearhead initiatives to enable Hong Kong people to understand more about the risk/return characteristics of mutual funds; and to use them effectively for retirement investment and other financial planning purposes.

The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts Limited (HKSFA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 by a group of CFA charterholders in Hong Kong. The Society currently has over 6,486 members and is one of the largest member societies of CFA Institute which has more than 146,000 members in 160 countries/territories. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of professional staff.

HKSFA shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising professional and ethical standard of financial analysts and investment practitioners through our continuing education events and advocacy effort. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for our members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators.

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In addition to being a global credit rating agency, AM Best is a publisher of (re)insurance industry references and resources, online and in print. AM Best's flagship publication, Best's Insurance Reports, is made up of detailed analytical reports on thousands of insurers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and across the rest of the world. AM Best's Financial Suite presents value-added data from insurers' financial statements. A respected source of original news reporting on the insurance industry, Best's Insurance News & Analysis is a comprehensive service that provides access to special reports, statistical studies, the BestWeek news wrap-up, Best's Review monthly magazine, and the BestDay daily news digest from the A.M. Best Company.

Asia Insurance Review (AIR), hailed by market leaders as the leading premier professional regional journal, is a strategic partner to the insurance industry.  It is continually committed to serving the insurance industry with information, technical and editorial content as well as daily on-the-spot updates, high quality technical conferences, reinsurance rendezvous and industry Awards to support the industry’s march towards higher standards and greater professionalism.

For 25 years, AIR has remained the official magazine of leading industry events in Asia including the East Asian Insurance Congress (EAIC), and the Singapore International Reinsurance Conference (SIRC), while being the Permanent Observer of the Asean Insurance Council. 

Global Banking & Finance Review is one of the world’s leading online and Print Magazine covering Global News, Videos, Analysis, Opinion, Reviews and Interviews from the world of Banking, Finance , Wealth Management, Trading, Business, Technology and much more. Read in over 200 different countries and ranked below 20,000 globally by Alexa across millions of websites. To find out more, visit us at

Published from Hong Kong, Insurance Asia News offers leading-edge commentary, opinion forming features and in-depth interviews for Asia’s insurance market. 

Across the areas of emerging risks, life, health, asset management, regulation, convergence etc., Insurance Asia News will provide an essential take on the news of the moment and where possible, interpret the news in terms of its impact for markets in the future.

There is a clear demand for objective, independent and authoritative analysis. At a time of immense market change, and through the convergence of the insurance and banking sectors, the editorial coverage provided by Insurance Asia News will be valued and trusted by our readers.

INSURANCE PHILIPPINES fills a need for a medium in the Philippine insurance industry that will discuss issues in order to foster better understanding and promote unity among people and groups comprising the industry.

Now on its 30th year, this pioneering insurance magazine in the Philippines, has distinguished itself as a chronicler of insurance events and developments in the country. It was the recipient of “Industry Partner Award” from the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association, citing its more than two decades “of being a reliable source of information on the non-life insurance industry and for providing an outlet for insurance companies to showcase their achievements and progress.”

Mergermarket is an independent Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) intelligence service with an unrivalled network of dedicated M&A journalists based in 65 locations across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and Africa. Unlike any other service of its kind, Mergermarket specializes in providing forward-looking origination and deal flow opportunities integrated with a comprehensive deals database – resulting in real revenues for clients.  Visitwww.mergermarket.com

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The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association was founded in 2002 and is the world leader in alternative investment education. The CAIA Association is best known for the CAIA Charter.  Earning the CAIA Charter is the gateway to becoming a member of the CAIA Association, a network of over 9,000 AI leaders located in nearly 90 countries. CAIA also offers the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program®, an online course that provides an introduction to alternative investing. CAIA is considered a leading authority on industry trends and developments worldwide.  
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Citigate Dewe Rogerson is a leading international financial communications consultancy, and has been in Asia Pacific for more than 25 years. With offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Shanghai, we are trusted advisors to major and emerging companies and to industry bodies - whenever clear and persuasive communication will make a difference.
We offer intelligent, tailored solutions delivered by a team of high-calibre people. Our sophisticated advisors bring their experience from journalism, investment banking, accountancy, financial analysis and other professional disciplines.
Our practice areas are transaction communications, investor relations and corporate communications.

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