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Kim Larkin

Hong Kong

Kim is involved primarily in advising clients in relation to Hong Kong’s regulatory regime under the Companies Ordinance, the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance, the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Listing Rules and the Codes on Takeovers, Mergers and Share Buy-backs. Her practice areas include advising in relation to applications to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, applications to be licensed by the SFC under the SFO and on-going regulatory compliance.

Kim is particularly interested in regulatory change aimed at ensuring Hong Kong’s continued development as an international financial centre and the prime gateway for the flow of investment between Mainland China and the rest of the world. Hong Kong stands to benefit enormously from China’s continued opening up. It will therefore be extremely interesting to see how Hong Kong’s laws and regulatory regime adapt to enable Hong Kong to capitalise on the liberalisation occurring in the Mainland market. It is with that in mind that Kim became interested in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Concept Paper on Weighted Voting Rights which sought views on whether the Listing Rules should be changed to allow the listing of companies, like Alibaba Group, whose governance structures give certain persons voting or other rights disproportionate to their shareholders. Kim was involved in responding to the Concept Paper on behalf of various Hong Kong sponsor and securities firms.