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The Dangerous Stamp Duty Debate: Redux
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The Dangerous Stamp Duty Debate: Redux

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kkong and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong present The Dangerous Stamp Duty, Part 2 in which panelists will present their opinions and solutions on the double stamp duty (DSD).

13/05/2014
When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: KPMG Office
8/F, Prince's Building
10 Chater Road
Central
Hong Kong
Contact: Amanda Ho


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About the Event:     

The temperature is rising on the Stamp Duty debate (Amendment) Bill 2013 (the “Double Stamp Duty” / “DSD”). The government has dug in as criticisms abound. Is there a way out for Hong Kong?  Our expert panelists will debate the merits of bouquets and brickbats that have been levied by this targeted taxation. The DSD’s latest state of affairs, potential outcome and ambiguities will be discussed.  This debate is being jointly presented by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
                                                                                         
Distinguished Panelists Include:
  • The Hon Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, GBS, JP  : Member of the Legislative Council, representing the Industrial (First) functional constituency and the chairman of House Committee
  • Louis Loong: Secretary General, The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong
  • Timothy J. Peirson-Smith: Managing Director of Executive Counsel Limited
  • Hon Abraham Shek Lai-him, GBS, JP: Member of the Legislative Council for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representing real estate and construction functional constituency
  • David M. Webb: Founder, Webb-site.com
  • Moderator: Andrew Work: Chief Executive Officer, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Harbour Times
See CanChamHK's Position on the Double Stamp Duty here
 
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Panelists     
The Hon Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, GBS, JP  
Member of the Legislative Council, representing the Industrial (First) functional constituency and the chairman of House Committee

Mr. Andrew Leung is the chairman of Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong.  He is a member of the Legislative Council, representing the Industrial (First) functional constituency and the chairman of House Committee. He is also the Honorary Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, and the Textile Council of Hong Kong. He is a council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a member of the Economic Development Commission, the Deputy Chairman of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, a Non-executive Director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority and a Director of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited.   
Louis Loong
Secretary General, The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Louis received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong. He started his career in banking where he acquired extensive experience in both the Hong Kong and overseas markets.
 
Louis was appointed Secretary General of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong in 1999.
 
Committing a great deal of his spare time to community service, Louis sits on the Elderly Services Advisory Committee of the Salvation Army, and the Hospital Governing Committee of Kowloon Hospital and Hong Kong Eye Hospital.  He is also the immediate past Chairman of the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF. 
Timothy J. Peirson-Smith
Managing Director of Executive Counsel Limited

Timothy J. Peirson-Smith is the Managing Director of Executive Counsel Limited, a Hong Kong-based communication consultancy, which he founded over 10 years ago and is proudly an SME. Timothy has pro-bono, chaired the think tank of the British Chamber of Commerce's, the Business Policy Unit since 2007, and is an elected member of the British Chamber's Commerce General Committee.
Hon  Abraham  Shek Lai-him, GBS, JP
Member of the Legislative Council for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representing real estate and construction functional constituency
 
Mr. Shek has extensive experience in the property development field. He served as the Chief Executive of Land Development Corporation from 1987 to 2000.  He is a Member of the Court of The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology,  a Member of the Council and a Member of the Court of The University of Hong Kong. He has been a Member of the Legislative Council for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representing real estate and construction functional constituency since 2000. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1995, was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2007 and the Golden Bauhinia Star in 2013. He is a director of the HK Mortgage Corporation Ltd. Mr. Shek graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor of Arts and has  a Diploma in Education as well.
David M. Webb
Founder, Webb-site.com

A Hong Kong resident since 1991, former investment banker David Webb retired in 1998 to focus on his investments in HK-listed small-caps and to establish Webb-site.com, a non-profit platform for better corporate and economic governance in Hong Kong, which now has over 20,000 subscribers to its free newsletter. The site includes Webb-site Reports, with news, analysis and opinions on HK affairs, and Webb-site Who’s Who, a database on HK organisations and people, including Webb-site Total Returns on all HK-listed stocks since 1994 and all directors and advisers of HK-listed companies since 1990, all free.
 
He has been a member of Hong Kong’s Takeovers and Mergers Panel since 2001 (a Deputy Chairman since 2013), and was an elected independent director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd from 2003 to 2008 when he resigned over corporate governance issues. He was a best-selling author of games and books for the first generation of home computers. He is an Oxford maths graduate, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (2005-2011), and former Chairman of Hong Kong Mensa.
Moderator: Andrew Work
Chief Executive Officer, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Harbour Times

He has 25 years of experience at the intersection of business, media and politics. He was the Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, he founded The Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong’s first independent economic public policy think tank. Today it is a recognized voice influencing public policy debate and the public’s thinking on Hong Kong’s future. He has also worked with The Economist Group, Penton Media and Manager Media Group. He worked with The Honourable Tom Siddon’s office on Parliament Hill in his native Canada and began his political engagement at the age of 16.

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