Family Offices Summit 2013

Family Offices Summit 2013

Tuesday November 5, 2013
9:00am – 5:00pm
The Peninsular Hotel, Hong Kong

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Asian Private Banker’s third annual Family Offices Summit was held at The Peninsula Hong Kong on Tuesday November 5, 2013. This year, the keynote addresses were delivered by Kenneth D. Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran during the 1980 hostage crisis, and Hyeonseo Lee, a North Korean defector and refugee. Telling stories of trials, tribulations, and triumph, both heroes captivated the annual gathering of family members, single family offices and multi-family offices in a day that focused on the past, present, and future complexities of the international community.

Shedding light on Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed film, Argo, Ken Taylor revealed the truth behind the Iran hostage crisis – how he actually helped the six Americans escape – and spoke on the inter-connectivity between the Middle-East and Asia. Hyeonseo Lee retold her own story of escape – a harrowing and daring journey from North Korea. Finding out that even the world outside the Hermit Kingdom is not safe for North Koreans, Hyeonseo started work on spreading awareness for refugees. She supports Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) a non-profit organisation that helps fund the rescue operations of her people.



Vincent Duhamel, CFA
Head of Asia, Lombard Odier

9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:25am Welcome and opening comments
Shruti Advani
Editor, Asian Private Banker

Mignonne Cheng
Chairman & CEO, Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas Wealth Management

9:30 – 10:15am Opening Keynote Address
My Journey from North Korea to Freedom

Hyeonseo left North Korea as a teenager and started a new life in China, a country that had always fascinated her growing up as she observed the stark contrast between the bright Chinese city lights and her dimly lit hometown. She quickly learned, however, that life as a North Korea refugee in China was fraught with danger. After narrowly escaping repatriation, she eventually decided to experience life in South Korea. Once again, Hyeonseo initially struggled to adjust to her new environment, but by studying hard and rapidly learning English, she has been able to engage people from around the world in her quest to help North Korean refugees and raise awareness about North Korean human rights issues. North Korean refugees in China, South Korea and elsewhere face a plethora of problems, including human rights violations, social isolation, financial woes and insufficient opportunities to advance themselves. By raising awareness of these issues and connecting North Korean refugees with supportive members of the international community, we can all make a real difference. Ultimately, Hyeonseo hopes to act as a bridge between North and South Koreans upon eventual reunification, which she firmly believes will happen in her lifetime.

Hyeonseo Lee
North Korean Defector & Refugee

10:15 – 11:00am In trusts we trust

In this session, we will examine two recent Supreme Court of England cases (Prest v. Petrodel Resources and Pitt v Holt) and the implications these cases have for trustees and trusts generally. We will also look at the regulation of trusts companies in Hong Kong and globally. This will be followed by an update on some key global regulatory changes which will affect family offices and high-networth individuals including representations, privacy and disclosure issues as a result of derivatives, trading reforms and the potential ramifications of the European Financial Transaction Tax and other European transaction taxes.

Helen Carty
Partner, London
Clifford Chance

Maxine Mossman
Partner, London
Clifford Chance

Paget Dare Bryan
Partner, Hong Kong
Clifford Chance

11:00 – 11:15am Coffee break
11:15 – 12:30am Shadow Banking: the real opportunities in China & India’s lending markets

On the ground, non-bank finance experience from Clearwater’s own credit platforms in China and India. The reality, the press and the opportunities.

Robert Petty
Managing Partner and Co-Founder,
Clearwater Capital Partners

12:30 – 1:15pm The 41,000 ft Advantage: Opportunities for Business Aviation in Asia
Presented by Asian Sky Group
Sponsored by Asian Sky Group,
Dassault Falcon & SEACOR Holdings Inc.

Max Buirski will discuss investment opportunities in business aviation in Asia and relate it to SEACOR Capital’s own experiences. Jeffrey Lowe will examine the advantages of using business aviation the diff erent types of aircraft and aviation solutions, the different ownership structures available and the overall investment required.

Max Buirski
Co-Founder & Director, Asian Sky Group

Jeffrey Lowe
General Manager, Asian Sky Group

1:15 – 2:30pm Luncheon
2:30 – 2:45pm The shifting of Asia/Middle-east Dynamics
2:45 – 3:30pm Closing Keynote Address
Ken Taylor
Ex-Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran
for Her Majesty’s Government in Canada
Officer of the Order of Canada
Recipient of the United States Congressional Gold Medal
3:30 – 5:00pm Coffee Break/Breakout session (4 roundtables)
a. Family members
b. SFO executives
c. MFO executives
d. Varied/mix
5:00pm Cocktail Reception


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