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Asian Investment Conference 2021

Charles Li

Former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

Charles Li

Charles Li is Former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX). Mr. Li retired from HKEX at the start of 2021 after serving as Chief Executive for more than ten years.

During his tenure at HKEX, Mr. Li orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX’s history – including the 2012 acquisition of the London Metal Exchange, which provided HKEX’s first commodities contracts, as well as the launch of Central Counterparty Over-the-Counter Clear in 2013.

He also helped cement Hong Kong’s role as a conduit for the outside world to invest in China with the launch of the Stock Connect trading link between the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges in 2014. This created a new opening for international investors to gain exposure to China’s domestic market. It was followed by a similar link with the Shenzhen stock exchange, as well as a bond market equivalent.

Prior to HKEX, Mr. Li served as Chairman for JPMorgan China and was responsible for all of JPMorgan’s businesses in China. From 1994 to 2003, he worked at Merrill Lynch China and served as President from 1999 to 2003. Prior to this, he practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Brown & Wood.

Mr. Li was an offshore oil worker in the North China Sea and then an editor-reporter for China Daily before leaving China for further studies.