SFC Welcomes the Appointments of Mr Alan Linning as Executive Director (Enforcement) and Mrs Alexa Lam as Executive Director (Intermediaries and Investment Products)

31 Aug 2001

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) welcomes the appointments by the Financial Secretary of Mr Alan Linning and Mrs Alexa Lam as Executive Director (Enforcement) and Executive Director (Intermediaries and Investment Products) of the SFC respectively.

Having joined the international law firm Baker & McKenzie in 1989, Mr Linning is now the firm's International Partner and the Co-Head of Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has over 16 years of legal experience in commercial litigation, corporate disputes and regulatory matters involving corporate and government entities in Hong Kong and around the world. SFC Acting Chairman Mr Mark Dickens welcomed Mr Linning's appointment. "Mr Linning's extensive experience as a commercial litigator and his indepth understanding of the financial markets will enable him to contribute strongly to the SFC's enforcement work," Mr Dickens said.

Mr Linning will succeed Mr Paul Bailey as head of the Enforcement Division effective 1 November 2001. Mr Dickens thanked Mr Bailey, who has been with the SFC since its inception, for his contribution in establishing and building up the SFC's enforcement function over the whole of the Commission's first 12 years.

Mrs Alexa Lam will replace Mr Andrew Procter, who will leave the Commission later this year, as head of the Intermediaries and Investment Products Division. Mrs Lam is currently an Executive Director and the Chief Counsel of the SFC. Mr Dickens said: "With her significant involvement in the Securities and Futures Bill and substantial experience in corporate and securities law, we have every confidence that Mrs Lam can make a strong contribution to the regulation of financial intermediaries and investment products."

Mr Dickens also expressed appreciation of Mr Procter's contribution to the Commission. Mr Procter has played a key role in regulating Hong Kong's financial intermediaries and its fund management industry as well as contributing to the international work of the SFC.

The SFC will conduct an open recruitment exercise to find a suitable candidate for the post vacated by Mrs Lam, which will be re-titled Executive Director (Corporate Affairs), to assume the responsibilities in relation to internal coordination, external affairs, corporate strategies, finance and administration and other support services.

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