Jersey Finance has officially launched its  office in Hong Kong today (October 22, 2009) to support the promotion of Jersey as an international finance centre in the Asia Pacific region. 

The main role of the Hong Kong office is to act as a hub for Jersey Finance to communicate the breadth and depth of its financial services across the Asia Pacific region. It becomes a permanent base for Jersey’s finance industry to develop its contacts with leading financial intermediaries, regulators and Government officials both in Hong Kong and mainland China.
 
Zhaoan Li, Head of Jersey Finance’s Greater China Business Development will be based in the new Hong Kong office, which is located at Suite 46, 21st Floor, ICBC Tower, Citibank Plaza, Garden Road, Central. Zhaoan Li has previous experience in sales, marketing and management roles for leading international banks including UBS Investment Bank, Commerzbank and Bank of Boston in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
 
Geoff Cook, chief executive of Jersey Finance, commented:
 
“Hong Kong is regarded as a key global finance location and we are delighted that we now have a permanent presence to help spearhead our increasing participation in financial services in the region. Jersey Finance has visited the area since 2005 with delegations from Jersey and the opening of a formal office is a natural extension of those growing commercial links with the region.”
 
Rob Kirkby, Technical Director, Jersey Finance, added:
 
“We are also delighted to announce that, following close liaison with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Jersey companies have been approved in principle for future listings. This is excellent news for Jersey’s finance industry and a further significant step forward in our ability to attract new business from the region. The move by the Exchange authorities adds weight to Jersey’s reputation as a rigorously supervised, highly regarded jurisdiction and demonstrates how the market in Asia views the quality and robust nature of Jersey company law.”
 
Jersey’s finance industry provides comprehensive corporate listings and debt issuance services in the region. To date more than 25% of the 60 Chinese companies listed on AIM are incorporated in Jersey, and there are 86 businesses using Jersey companies for listing purposes on worldwide stock exchanges from London to New York, representing a combined market capitalisation of over £16 billion.
 
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For further information, please contact Zhaoan Li, Head of Jersey Finance’s Greater China Business Development, Jersey Finance Limited, on tel. +852 2273 5519 or e-mail zhaoan.li@jerseyfinance.je 
Or Adam Riddell, Crystal Public Relations, on tel. +44 (0) 1534 639505 or e-mail adam@crystalpr.co.uk