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Insurance, Investment and Asset Management

FT China Insurance Summit

Reshaping a resurgent industry

Beijing |
Speakers include:
Cathy Chen

Cathy Chen

Peak Reinsurance

Iain  Forrester

Iain Forrester

Aviva Investors

Peter Fu

Peter Fu

Taikang Online P&C Insurance

Overview

After a period of slowing down, China’s insurance industry is on the upswing again. Measures announced last year to liberalise the country’s US$40 trillion financial sector included plans to raise caps on foreign ownership in China’s life insurers and other financial entities, eventually scrapping limits entirely. While expansion of market shares for foreign players is a long way off, China’s insurance industry already has seen significant change since 2017. Recent “New Measures” enhance curbs on shareholdings in insurance companies. And in a streamlining exercise, regulators for the banking and insurance sectors have merged, purportedly to clarify responsibilities and end cross-regulation glitches.

To control wayward elements in the industry, more stringent regulatory policies have been imposed on asset liability management (ALM), corporate governance, solvency and accounting standards, among other aspects – testing domestic insurers, asset managers and other financial institutions. How they adapt to this changing environment will determine their future operations, profitability and ambitions.

Digital technology is another potent force moulding the insurance industry, driving companies to innovate in products and services – to the benefit of customers. For China’s technology giants, this is a huge domestic opportunity where they would clearly lead foreign rivals. How will they retain their edge? How can insurers raise their competitive ability in this strict environment?

The FT China Insurance Summit: Reshaping a resurgent industry is the second in the series. It will bring together leading insurers, asset managers and technology experts from China and overseas to discuss the best strategies to compete in the digital era, and benefit from a planned easing of the financial sector, even as much-needed curbs are imposed on unruly elements in the insurance industry.

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Speakers (13)

Cathy Chen

Cathy Chen

Chief Financial Officer
Peak Reinsurance

Cathy Chen is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Peak Reinsurance, responsible for overseeing the company’s financial and operational management. She has more than 10 years of accounting and financial experience in both the insurance and reinsurance industries, and has solid
knowledge of related regulations. Prior to joining Peak Re, Ms Chen was Chief Representative for Lloyd’s Beijing representation office, responsible for promoting the Lloyd’s brand and for enhancing the organisation’s government relations in China. Before that, she was the CFO for Swiss Re’s China operation; she successfully established and maintained good relationships with government authorities, including the China Insurance Regulatory Commission and State Administration for Foreign Exchange, as well as local and state tax bureaux. Ms Chen holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Fellowship.

Iain  Forrester

Iain Forrester

Head of Insurance Investment Strategy
Aviva Investors

Iain Forrester is Head of Insurance Investment Strategy for Aviva Investors. He is responsible for developing Aviva Investors’ solutions business for global insurance companies, delivering outcome-oriented investment strategies that meet the complex needs of insurers. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Mr Forrester was an Investment Director in the Insurance Solutions team at Standard Life investments, with responsibility for developing investment propositions for global insurance clients. Previously at Standard Life, he held senior leadership roles where he focused on investment strategy and asset-liability management. Mr Forrester is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Peter Fu

Peter Fu

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Vice-President
Taikang Online P&C Insurance

Peter Fu is Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Risk Officer and Vice-President with Taikang Online P&C Insurance. He has previously worked in HP, Compaq and Oracle, as well as other foreign- listed companies and large local corporations, as Vice-President, Finance and CFO, Greater China. He has more than 24 years’ working experience in finance & accounting, investment, financing, tax, internal control, strategic finance, financial modelling, business analysis, AR and AP management, cash-flow management, and other related accounting and finance topics. Mr Fu has been a lecturer, instructor, consultant and speaker for several well-known organisations, independently conducting seminars, training courses and consulting projects. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Finance & Accounting from Renmin University in China, and an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool in the UK.

Mehdi Guissi

Mehdi Guissi

Head of European Bespoke Solutions
Legal & General Investment Management

Mehdi Guissi is Head of European Bespoke Solutions for Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). He is responsible for creating strategic partnerships and structuring bespoke portfolio management services for European insurance, pension schemes and other financial clients. Mr Guissi joined LGIM in January 2017 from Lombard Odier IM, where he was head of Insurance and Pension Solutions. His team was responsible for advising insurers, banks and pension schemes and providing them tailor-made solutions meeting specific outcomes related to business and economic risk, accounting and regulatory capital. Previously, Mr Guissi provided balance-sheet management advice to European financial institutions at Citigroup Global Markets and Lehman Brothers. He graduated from ENSAE ParisTech Grande Ecole (Masters’ degree in statistics and finance) and ESCP Europe Grande Ecole (Masters’ degree in business).

Jia  Jingwei

Jia Jingwei

Chief Executive Officer
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions China

Jia Jingwei is the Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions China. He has been with Swiss Re for more than 15 years and has held various senior positions in many key markets. In 2013 Mr Jia took the role of Head of Corporate Development Asia-Pacific in Swiss Re International SE. He was later appointed Special Project Manager in charge of the acquisition of RSA China and the establishment of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in China following the acquisition. Prior to his role as Head of Corporate Development, Mr Jia worked across critical functions, including business development and underwriting for the Swiss Re reinsurance business unit in Armonk in the US, Beijing and London. He obtained his Master’s degree in Management and Regulation of Risk at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003.  He earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation in 2006.

Alex Kimura

Alex Kimura

Chief Strategy Officer
Aviva Asia

Alex Kimura is the Chief Strategy Officer of Aviva Asia since September 2014. His current responsibilities include Strategy, Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions, Digital, Marketing and Transformation for Asia. Mr Kimura brings with him a wealth of strategc and operating expertise and experience in the financial services industry and the Asian markets. Prior to Aviva, he held several senior management positions within the AXA Group. Since 2000, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Officer of AXA Japan and then, moved on to AXA's Group office in Paris in 2006 where he led AXA's transformation and development activities across the Asia Pacific region.

Before joining AXA, Mr Kimura was a Director at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked mainly in the US and Asia on insurance and financial services strategy, private equity transactions and cross border mergers and acquisitions. Mr Kimura also worked for many years in the investment banking industry at Morgan Stanley in Asia and the US. He holds a MBA degree from Columbia University in Finance and International Business with Distinction and Stanford University’s Executive Leadership Program.

Luan  Chengxiao

Luan Chengxiao

General Manager, Strategy & Innovation Department
Huatai Insurance Group

Luan Chengxiao is General Manager, Strategy & Innovation Department, with the Huatai Insurance Group. He has a comprehensive understanding of an insurance company's value chain, and has worked in the insurance industry for about 20 years. During this period, Mr Luan worked in operations (with New China Life Insurance), sales management (Skandia Life Insurance), general management of an insurance broker (Soderberg & Partners) and management consulting for the insurance industry (IBM). Mr Luan holds the qualifications of FLMI, PMP, Chinese Lawyer and an Insurance Broker certificate. He graduated from the Central University of Finance and Economics with a Master’s degree in Risk Management & Insurance Actuarial.

Jon-Tzen Ng

Jon-Tzen Ng

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Ping An Technology

Jon-Tzen Ng is the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Ping An Technology. He focuses on corporate strategy, FinTech incubation and open innovation. He is also responsible for the strategy consulting practice and Experience Design Centre, and supports the Group’s technology innovation and R&D agenda. Previously, Mr Ng was Executive Director and Head of Digital & Innovation at Standard Chartered Bank, where he led the FinTech strategic development and engagement with the ecosystem of start-ups and partners. He was instrumental in the setting-up and launch of the first homegrown FinTech accelerator in Hong Kong, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the SuperCharger FinTech accelerator programme.

Edwin Northover

Edwin Northover

Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton

Edwin Northover is an Asia-based partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr Northover has a broad cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions practice, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and distribution agreements in the insurance industry. Since moving to our Hong Kong office in 2012, he has worked on several of the most significant insurance M&A transactions in Asia. He also has extensive private equity experience, having worked on a number of strategic and co-investments. Mr Northover joined Debevoise in 2007 and was based in our London office prior to his move to Asia. He is qualified in both England and Wales, and Hong Kong. During 2013, Mr Northover spent six months on secondment to the Mergers and Acquisitions team of a multinational insurance company in Paris. In 2015, he spent a period in the Financial Institutions Group of our New York office. Mr Northover graduated in 2001 with a Double First Class Honours degree in
Modern History from Merton College, University of Oxford. He went on to study at BPP Law School, London (2002-3). Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr Northover was an associate in the Corporate/M&A group of a leading international law firm. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2006 and Hong Kong in 2013.
 

Paul Sandhu

Paul Sandhu

Head of Investment Solutions
Conning Asia Pacific

Paul Sandhu is the 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 Honours Bachelors 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 stars evolution into black holes by solving Einstein’s equations using numerical techniques. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Steven Shi

Steven Shi

President & CEO
Union P&C Insurance Company

Steven Shi is President and CEO of Union P&C Insurance. He has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry in China, with expertise in digital insurance and business innovation. Mr Shi has held a variety of senior positions at the People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) and Huatai P&C Insurance, where he led the e-commerce department. Earlier, he served as post-graduate tutor at the University of International Business and Economics, visiting professor in the Insurance Lecture Forum held by the Insurance Association of China, as well as a vital member of the “thousands of people expert group plan” organised by the association.

Tian Fengzhan

Tian Fengzhan

Vice General Manager and Chief Data Scientist, Big Data Technology Center
Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation

Tian Fengzhan joined Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation in 2015 as Vice General Manager and Chief Data Scientist in the Big Data Technology Center, and since October 2017, also holds the concurrent post of Chief Data Officer of Sunshine Surety Co Ltd. He is a senior member of the China Computer Federation and a reviewer of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) projects. Prior to this, Mr Tian was a Senior Architect at Intel IT Labs, where he led global R&D projects in Machine Learning, Data Mining, Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics. From 2007 to 2008 he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Tsinghua University and was selected as a Beijing Nova in 2006.

Wayne Xu

Wayne Xu

Chief Operating Officer, ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance and Chief Executive Officer,
ZhongAn Technologies International Group

Wayne Xu is Chief Operating Officer (COO), ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ZhongAn Technologies International Group. He is responsible for overseeing products and international business at the company. He joined ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance as COO in January 2014, and became CEO of ZhongAn Technologies International Group in January 2018 after its establishment. Mr Xu has expertise in strategy and operations, and strives to implement a culture of innovation to generate ideas for Internet product development and to develop international business for ZhongAn. He has more than 10 years of experience in Internet product development and management. Prior to joining ZhongAn, Mr Xu was a founding member of Google China’s product management team. He holds a
Master of Business Administration degree from Tsinghua University, as well as a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

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Don Weinland

Don Weinland

Asia Financial Correspondent
Financial Times

Don Weinland is the Financial Times’ Asia Financial Correspondent, covering mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity from Hong Kong, with an emphasis on China. His beat also includes banking and insurance in the region as well as China’s financial sector. Mr Weinland joined the FT in 2016 and has spent more than a decade living and working in Asia. He speaks and reads Mandarin fluently. Prior to joining the FT, he was the China Banking Correspondent at the South China Morning Post. He has also lived and reported from places such as Shanghai and Phnom Penh, where he was the business editor of the Phnom Penh Post.

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell

Beijing Bureau Chief
Financial Times

Tom Mitchell was appointed Beijing Bureau Chief of the Financial Times in March 2016. He was previously Beijing Correspondent for three years. Prior to that, Mr Mitchell was the FT’s Deputy News Editor, based in London, and the South China Correspondent, based in Hong Kong. A graduate of Duke University and former Fulbright scholar, Mr Mitchell has lived and worked in mainland China and Hong Kong since 1992. He began his journalism career with the Economist Intelligence Unit, a subsidiary of the London based Economist Group, in 1996. In 2000, he began a three-year posting as Guangzhou Bureau Chief for the South China Morning Post, becoming the first Western newspaper correspondent to be based in South China since 1949. He returned to Hong Kong in 2003 and served another three years as the Post’s Deputy Business Editor before joining the FT in 2006. In 2007, Mr Mitchell was part of the group of FT journalists who won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for ‘Scoop of the Year’, for breaking the news on China intervening to block the sale of PCCW to foreign investors.

Moderator (1)

Wang Feng

Wang Feng

Editor-in-Chief
FTChinese.com

Wang Feng is Editor-in-Chief of FTChinese.com. He has 20 years of experience in the media industry, joining the Financial Times in his current position in April 2015. Previously, he had worked for three years as Online Editor at the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in Hong Kong, in charge of the English-language website scmp.com. He built an online editorial team after the site’s relaunch in 2012, and led the team to win multiple SOPA and Asian Media Awards. Before SCMP, Mr Wang was with Thomson Reuters in Beijing for five years, first as founding editor of Reuters China Website (cn.reuters.com), and then as Editor-in-Charge of Reuters Chinese News Service. Before Reuters, he had worked at various Chinese news organizations, including three years as senior writer and International Editor at Caijing Magazine. Mr Wang holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Agenda - 21st Jun

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    FT chair’s opening remarks

    Tom Mitchell, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening keynote: Financial liberalisation, tighter rules

    China’s insurance industry should get a fillip once proposed measures to open up the country’s US$40 trillion financial sector go into effect. The plan to raise ceilings on foreign ownership in China’s life insurers and other financial entities will change the dynamics of investment and competition in the industry, especially for domestic companies. Alongside the announced financial liberalisation, China’s regulators are tightening rules on compliance and equity to control wayward elements in the industry. Have their efforts been successful? What is the current state of play in the insurance industry, and the prognosis for the next three years? What impact will a robust insurance industry have on the overall economy?

    Moderator:
    Tom Mitchell, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Keynote: New rules, new impact
  • 9:40am
    Dialogue: New rules, new impact

    Regulatory changes since 2017 are aimed at curbing wayward insurers in China. The introduction of phase two of the China Risk Orientated Solvency System or C-ROSS is directed at strengthening coordination of a new solvency supervisory regime. Meanwhile, changes in International Financial Reporting Standards will determine how insurers and other corporates account for their financial assets and liabilities. How are these new rules currently affecting China’s insurance industry? What is their impact foreseen over the next three years? What are the potential implications for investment strategies that have been optimised against existing solvency and accounting constraints?

    Iain Forrester, Head of Insurance Investment Strategy, Aviva Investors

    Moderator:
    Tom Mitchell, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    In conversation with…

    A senior executive from an asset management firm looks at trends in insurance investment, and how to find the best solutions for insurers in China.

    Moderator:
    Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    A closer look: Where to put your money

    Two experts look at the best products, services and strategies to target in a changing regulatory environment. What will be the impact of tighter rules on these investment initiatives?

    Moderator:
    Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:20am
    Viewpoint: Gauging appetite for portfolio risk

    Given the surprising shifts in the economic climate, how are insurance firms positioning their portfolio management and ALM strategies? Has the appetite for portfolio risk increased? If so, what are the underlying reasons and the implications for investment strategies? How are regulatory changes and capital requirements in China influencing decisions on asset allocation?

    Peter Fu, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Vice-President, Taikang Online P&C Insurance
    Paul Sandhu, Head of Investment Solutions, Conning Asia-Pacific

    Moderator:
    Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:40am
    Panel discussion: Managing assets and liabilities in a volatile, uncertain market

    Recent regulatory measures aim to enhance oversight on how insurers manage their assets and liabilities. The procedures, which include an investment-grading system and third-party assessments of insurance firms’ capabilities, will also apply to branches of foreign insurance companies in China. The rules are part of the government’s attempt to corral unduly aggressive and unruly elements in the industry, in order to establish a healthy process for ALM and stabilise the country’s financial markets. What more does the government need to do? How should insurers prepare for the implementation of the rules? To what extent will the new regulations affect foreign players, given the proposed liberalisation of the financial markets? How can insurers develop an effective ALM strategy in this changing economic and regulatory environment? What are the opportunities and challenges of ALM strategies in China? 

    Moderator:
    Tom Mitchell, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    In the horizon: Learning from Taiwan

    As a major insurance market in Asia with a high penetration rate, Taiwan has experience in finding the best strategies for growth, managing assets and liabilities, generating returns on investment, and fulfilling consumer expectations. For insurers, Taiwan’s framework of checks and balances can provide a useful guideline on how to ensure high standards of compliance and remain vigilant against malpractices in the industry. 

    Moderator:
    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief, FTChinese.com

  • 12:50pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    China’s Belt and Road scheme: What it means for investors and insurers

    Demand for insurance policies is likely to increase when work begins on infrastructure projects linked to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. How can investors and asset managers capitalise on this infrastructure boom?

    Benjamin Cavender, Principal, China Market Research Group
    Jia Jingwei, CEO, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions China

    Moderator:
    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief, FTChinese.com

  • 2:20pm
    Sector focus: Life insurance

    The Chinese government’s continuing regulation of life-insurance products is not only stabilising this sector but also is benefitting firms that are less exposed to risky products. The opportunity in tapping the vast number of uninsured, however, is attracting fresh rivals, including affiliates of the big technology giants. Where should be the greatest focus and innovation: annuity, pensions, and age-related protection products? To what extent will the shifting shape of the life-insurance sector lead to greater consolidation and more takeovers in the industry? How have tightening regulatory norms affected insurers and consumers?

    Robert Chen, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Taiping Life Insurance Company
    Luan Chengxiao, General Manager, Strategy and Innovation, Huatai Insurance Group
    Edwin Northover, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

    Moderator:
    Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    Sector focus: Healthcare insurance

    China’s promise of basic healthcare for its people by 2020 faces formidable challenges: creaking healthcare infrastructure and inadequate funds, among them. Although the public medical insurance system is being revamped, official finances are in short supply. Private medical insurance has taken some pressure off the government, but continues to be hampered by red tape and is expensive. Can public-private partnerships be the answer to finance public healthcare? Can private healthcare insurance result in better quality healthcare and health personnel in China? What regulatory challenges do private health insurers face? 

    Moderator:
    Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Networking break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel discussion: Bits and bytes – investing in insurance in the digital era

    China is at the forefront of insurtech in the world. Digital technology is innovating processes and products in the insurance value chain in the country. It is helping both established players and newcomers to better identify customer needs, and to tailor services accordingly. This is improving customer experiences and, subsequently, expectations. The enhanced understanding of customer needs is enabling insurers to delve deeper through technology into conventional areas of insurance, such as health, or to introduce new insurance products using Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and other technologies. How can enhanced investment help insurtech companies to ramp up? What do investors see as the best strategies for growth in the next stage of digitalisation of insurance? How can it widen engagement with China’s next generation of customers? What are some of the regulatory challenges? How are firms addressing critical issues of data privacy and security?

    Alex Kimura, Chief Strategy Officer, Aviva Asia
    Steven Shi, President, Union P&C Insurance Company
    Tian Fengzhan, Vice General Manager and Chief Data Scientist, Big Data Technology Center, Sunshine Insurance Group Corporation
    Wayne Xu, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy General Manager, ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Company

    Moderator:
    Wang Feng, Editor-in- Chief, FTChinese.com

  • 4:30pm
    A closer look: Case study – using digital technology to reach consumers

    Jon-Tzen Ng, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, PingAn Technology

    Moderator:
    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief, FTChinese.com

  • 4:50pm
    FT Interview: What’s worrying the CEO?

    A senior executive from a leading insurance firm in China examines the key trends influencing the insurance sector in the country, and looks at the best way forward. How are the government’s new rules for the financial markets – and the insurance industry in particular – going to affect development? What does the CEO see as the main opportunities and challenges?

    Moderator:
    Tom Mitchell, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Key takeaways from the experts

    Results of audience polling through the day on key issues discussed. (Set of upto 10 questions). FT and experts extrapolate on the poll findings, and use them to point the way forward.

    Moderators:
    Tom Mitchell, Beijing Bureau Chief, Financial Times
    Wang Feng, Editor-in-Chief, FTChinese.com

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks

    Don Weinland, Asia Financial Correspondent, Financial Times

Who attends

The FT China Insurance Summit will bring together CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, Chief Customer Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Heads of Business Strategy, Heads of Research & Development, VP Marketing & Sales, Heads & VP Business Development, CMOs, etc. and other senior-level executives in the following sectors:

  • Property & Casualty Insurance Companies
  • Life Insurance Companies
  • Reinsurance Companies
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Pension Funds/ Sovereign Wealth Funds/ Hedge Funds
  • Asset/ Investment Managers
  • Banks
  • Credit Rating Companies
  • Legal and Consultancy Firms
  • Technology and Research Providers
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Why attend

  • Listen to reliable opinions on the latest trends in the insurance industry, and how these will affect investment
  • Gain insights into how insurers should prepare for the implementation of new regulatory policies and the proposed liberalisation of the financial markets
  • Get advice from insurance leaders on the opportunities and challenges in the industry
  • Learn about others’ experiences through case studies and interviews
  • Understand how digital technology is having a significant impact on the insurance industry
  • Network with prominent figures from Chinese and international insurance companies, as well as industry experts from investment management and consultancy firms
  • Hear investment experts explore the most effective asset liability management strategies in a changing economic and regulatory environment
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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.

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Founding Partners (2)

Conning is a leading global investment management firm with a long history of serving the insurance industry. Conning supports institutional investors with investment solutions, asset management offerings and risk analytics and consulting services. Conning manages more than $121 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, risk analytics tools and investment solutions helps insurance clients achieve their financial goals through customized business and investment strategies. Conning provides clients with innovative solutions, leveraging its global capabilities, investment experience, proprietary research and risk management technology.

*As of December 31, 2017, represents the combined global assets under management for the affiliated firms under Conning Holdings Limited, and Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd. ("SITE"). 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 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$3.88 billion. Primary subsidiaries 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 close to 13 million customers through nearly 730 business offices 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 aspire to be the most trustworthy and reliable financial holding company and to be a leading financial institution in the Asia-Pacific region.

Platinum Sponsor (1)

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) is one of Europe’s largest asset managers and a major global investor, with total assets under management of $1,235.5 billion*. We work with a wide range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors. Throughout the past 45 years we have built our business through understanding what matters most to our clients and transforming this insight into valuable, accessible investment products and solutions. We provide investment expertise across the full spectrum of asset classes including fixed income, equities, multi-asset, commercial property and cash. Our capabilities range from index-tracking and active strategies to liquidity management and liability-based risk management solutions.

*as at 30 June 2017, including derivative positions. These figures include assets managed by LGIMA, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

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Aviva Investors is a global asset manager with expertise in fixed income, equity, multi-asset and alternative investments. We are the investment arm of Aviva plc, one of the largest insurers in the UK, which can trace its origins in the London insurance market back more than 300 years. Aviva plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Our investment intelligence spans major markets, where we currently invest over $472bn on behalf of our customers. This gives us the size and scale to successfully seek out opportunities that will deliver specific investor outcomes.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Insurance Group brings more than 35 years of industry experience to provide premier legal advice on complex transactions, high-stakes disputes and challenging regulatory engagements. The firm has a long history in Asia, regularly working with major insurers on matters that grow, reshape or refocus their business.

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The Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers is an approved body of insurance brokers to implement self-regulation of insurance brokers in Hong Kong. We aim to ensure the highest level of professional conduct among our members and to provide the community with a class of insurance brokers whom they can rely upon. Also as a professional association, we speak collectively for our members and act to safeguard their common interests. We have a membership of around 290 corporate brokers. It comprises a cross section of large and small companies with both local and international background. There are around 4,000 persons registered with CIB in their capacity of either Chief Executives or Technical Representatives of our members.

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FTChinese is the Financial Times' Chinese language website, providing unrivalled news and information to China's top business executives and decision makers. The FT’s international team of journalists has access to senior corporate executives and politicians both in China and around the world, making it a must read for China's business leaders. FTChinese has over 2.5 million registered users and is also available via iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle platforms. The FTChinese MBA iPad App, a creative education tool with tailored training courses using FT content, was chosen by Apple for the App Store China’s “Best of 2012”. The FTIntelligence, a new research service, monitors and analyses trends and changes in China's consumer markets.

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China Zhejiang Investment & Trade Symposium is an annually comprehensive foreign economic and trade exchange hosted by People's Government of Zhejiang Province, and it has been held for 18 consecutive terms since the first session in 1999. Till now it has formed a domestic large-scale exhibition covering investment and negotiation, trade exhibition, conference and forum, introduction and exchange of talents.
 
The 19th ZJITS Opening Forum , co-organized by Zhejiang Department of Commerce and Financial Times Group, will concentrate on The Opportunities for Zhejiang—Reshaping the World Economy and invite government representatives from important economy entities, pioneer leaders of innovative economy, famous economists from both domestic and abroad, business leaders of transnational corporations, representatives of China entrepreneurs and people in investment field to Zhejiang to discuss in the frame of Hangzhou Consensus under the circumstances of facing profound changes and significant transition of the growth power of world economy, and try to promote innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive economy.

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. 

ET Net News Agency was founded in 1994, it is one of the major business units in Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET) Group (HK Listed Code:00423). ET Net is the major vendor at Banking and Finance Sectors including real-time financial news and quotes. ET Net has been recognized as a market leader in financial service industry.  

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