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The Rise of FinTech and its Impact on the Financial Services Industry in Hong Kong and Asia
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When: 24/11/2015
6:30 PM - 8 PM
Where: CanChamHK Boardroom
1301 Kinwick Centre
32 Hollywood Road
Hong Kong
Contact: Gloria Meng

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Hosted by the Financial Committees of CanChamHK and AmChamHK

Admission:$200 HKD Members, $300 HKD Non-Members
About the Event:
The FinTech landscape has evolved spectacularly in recent months in Asia with the launch of dozens of new FinTech start-ups looking at empowering and disrupting the broader financial services industry. Due to its abundance of banking and financial talent as well as availability of investment capital and tech talent in China, many are predicting that Hong Kong may become one of the global FinTech hubs in the next decade.

During this event organized by the Financial Services Committees of CanCham and AmCham, we will discuss the FinTech landscape in Hong Kong and Asia with a focus on the following topics:
· What is the FinTech start-up and industry landscape in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia?
  • How Hong Kong is strategically positioned to become a FinTech centre?
  • What type of FinTech start-ups are being launched in Hong Kong?
  • What are the biggest hurdles for FinTech start-ups in Hong Kong?
  • What is the FinTech regulatory framework in Hong Kong compared to the rest of Asia?
  • Who are the FinTech investors in Hong Kong?
  • Janos Barberis, Founder,
  • James Lloyd, Head of Strategy & Corporate Development, AMP Credit Technologies
  • Lawrence Morgan, Chief Operating Officer, NEST Hong Kong
  • Alister Musgrave, Managing Director & Founder,
Henri Arslanian, Head of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships, APrivacy

This event is co-hosted with
About the Speaker
Janos Barberis
Janos Barberis’ expertise regards the new regulatory considerations generated by the development of the FinTech Sector. He founded FinTech HK, which he established to spur Hong Kong's FinTech eco-system. This led him to produce Hong Kong’s first FinTech report viewed over 17’000 times. He was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (at The University of Hong Kong) specifically focusing on developing regional Fintech regulatory frameworks. In parallel, Janos sits on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) FinTech Committee.

Previously, Janos was an Associate at a prospective UK retail bank, Lintel, helping it to secure a banking license from the PRA & FCA. His role follows a specialist interest developed over 7 years, in financial systems and their stability. Notably, Janos proposed to reform the Chinese shadow banking sector by developing P2P lending channels.

Janos holds an LLM in Corporate and Financial Law (HKU) as well as a BSc in Economics & Finance and LLB in Law (UK). Having been awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship, he will be a forthcoming PhD candidate at HKU Law School working on strategies to enhance Hong Kong’s financial centre status by designing the adequate regulatory framework.
James Lloyd
Head of Strategy & Corporate Development, AMP Credit Technologies

James is a financial technology executive focused on bridging the divide between financial services incumbents and emerging ‘fintech’ providers – with a particular focus on payments, remittances, and ‘alternative’ finance. He is currently Head of Strategy & Corporate Development at AMP Credit Technologies, an alternative finance platform provider enabling banks to profitably offer short-term unsecured loans to under-served small businesses. Prior to AMP, James was responsible for product strategy and delivery at a bootstrapped European online payment gateway that was subsequently acquired. Prior to that, he worked in the Strategy & Operations team of a global consultancy. James is an active participant in the fintech ecosystem in Asia: as a seed investor, startup mentor, and conference speaker. He holds an MA and MSc Econ, both first class honours.
Lawrence Morgan
Chief Operating Officer, NEST Hong Kong

Both as an entrepreneur and startup investor, Lawrence has built businesses across a range of sectors including property, media, finance, marketing and manufacturing. Happiest when solving strategic business challenges, Lawrence is an advisor to startups, governments and multi-national corporates on developing the global startup ecosystem.

Lawrence is committed and passionate about helping businesses achieve rapid growth, providing mentorship to a wide range of startups (holding board directorships at over 20 companies), advising corporates on implementing innovation and sharing his experiences as a panelist at global startup events.

As a mentor, Lawrence focuses on strategic planning, managing for growth, legal and risk management. His renowned attention to detail and ‘structured logic’ methodology has led him to become a well-established investor and advisor.

Previously an entrepreneur himself, Lawrence founded, built up and successfully exited a number of companies in Asia across the property and lifestyle sectors.

Lawrence was formerly a credit trader at JPMorgan for over 10 years in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Alister Musgrave
Managing Director & Founder,

AlisterMusgrave is a Managing Director and Co-Founder at CompareAsia Group which recently raised US $4 0mn from Goldman Sachs, Jardine Pacific, Route 66, Nova Founders Capital and internet entrepreneurs Mark Pincus (Zynga founder) and Owen van Natta (former Facebook COO). CompareAsia Group is the leading independent online comparison platform for banking and insurance products in Asia, and Alister runs, CompareAsia Group's Hong Kong division which he founded in 2013.Before Alister worked in Equity Sales and Equity Derivative Sales Trading at Morgan Stanley in London for four years. Alister is originally from Ireland, and holds and MSc in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Henri Arslanian

Head of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships, APrivacy

Henri Arslanian is the Head of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships at APrivacy, an award winning FinTech start-up based in Hong Kong and Canada, where he leads the corporate development efforts of the firm.

As an active and passionate member of the Hong Kong FinTech community, Henri is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University’s School of Economics and Finance where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech course in Asia. He is also an adviser to Fintech.HK as well as a FinTech mentor at the start-up incubator NEST.

He previously spent many years with the UBS Investment Bank Capital Consulting team in Hong Kong, where he assisted finance entrepreneurs with every aspect of setting-up their own fund in Asia. Admitted to the Bar in both New York and Quebec, Henri started his career as a financial markets and corporate lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong, where he advised financial institutions, family offices, venture capital and hedge funds.

Henri is a regular speaker globally on the topic of FinTech, hedge funds and Asian financial markets and and currently sits on a number of other finance, academic, civil society and FinTech related boards and advisory boards, including as co-Chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Hong Kong.

Fluent in English, French, Armenian, Spanish and conversational in Mandarin Chinese, Henri has been awarded many honors over the years including the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence and was named as one of the global "20 Rising Stars under 40" by the Armenian Bar Association.

Henri holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University, a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University, a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean's List of Excellence).

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