PEOPLE
Encompassing experience and acumen
Martin Sabine

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Sabine is responsible for overseeing our business development, cultivating long-term client relationship, introducing new clients and projects, monitoring industry developments and liaising with team heads and members on specific transactions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford in July 1969. He was awarded a Thouron Scholarship to attend the Wharton Graduate School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in that year. He received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business and was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma honour society in April 1971.

After graduation, Mr. Sabine worked in the financial field in London before coming to Hong Kong in 1977. After working in the corporate finance department of Wardley Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited until 1983, latterly as a director, he set up Somerley International Limited in 1983. Since that time, Somerley International Limited and now Somerley Capital Limited have developed into one of the most active firms in the corporate finance advisory field in Hong Kong. Mr. Sabine is chairman of the Board of Directors of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Somerley Capital Limited and is their ultimate controlling shareholder.

Mr. Sabine has written a book on corporate finance (which is called Corporate Finance: Flotations, Equity Issues and Acquisitions), which has been translated into Chinese, Italian and Spanish. Mr. Sabine is a member of the Takeovers Panel and a fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.

Jamie Cheung

Executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Vice President of Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Cheung joined Somerley International Limited in March 1996 as assistant manager. He has served as vice president of Somerley Capital Limited since July 2014, responsible for formulating business and corporate strategies and project origination.

Mr. Cheung obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales in April 1993 and obtained from the Australian Graduate School of Management the degree of Master of Business Administration in July 2004. Mr. Cheung has been a member of CPA Australia since April 1996.

Prior to joining Somerley International Limited, Mr. Cheung worked in the audit department of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, an international accounting firm, as an accountant between January 1993 and March 1996. During the period between September 2003 and May 2005, Mr. Cheung left Somerley International Limited and worked in Cazenove Asia Limited in the corporate finance department, involved in its corporate finance advisory services, before rejoining Somerley International Limited in May 2005.

Kenneth Chow

Executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Managing Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Chow joined Somerley International Limited in May 2006 as director, and has served as managing director since February 2010, responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

Mr. Chow graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting in April 1993. He has been a fellow member of the HKICPA since May 2016 and was qualified as a member of CPA Australia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in March 1996 and March 1997 respectively.

Prior to joining Somerley International Limited, Mr. Chow worked in Haitong International Capital Limited (formerly known as Taifook Capital Limited) for over six years between November 1999 and April 2006, with the last position as director. Mr. Chow also worked in the Listing Division from 1997 to 1999 and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu from 1993 to 1996.

Erik Cheng

Independent Non-executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited

Mr. Cheng is currently the proprietor of Erik Cheng & Co., a certified public accountant practice in Hong Kong. Mr. Cheng obtained a Master of Science (Economics) degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics in August 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Accounting from the University of Kent in July 1983. He has been a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the HKICPA since August 1998 and January 1999 respectively, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada since November 1990.

Mr. Cheng had worked at Coopers and Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd.) in London between 1984 and 1987 and Swiss Bank Corporation (now known as UBS AG) in Toronto between 1989 and 1992, and held senior management positions in a number of Hong Kong listed companies. Mr. Cheng is an independent non-executive director of a number of listed companies on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

Jeremy James Higgs

Independent Non-executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited

Mr. Higgs is the principal founder and managing director of Environmental Investment Services Asia Limited, incorporated in 2009 as Hong Kong’s first independent funds management company specialising in equity investment in the Asian environmental sector. He is also the portfolio manager of the Green Dragon Fund, launched in 2006 and pioneering investments in the emerging low carbon goods and services sector of the Asia Pacific region, having a special focus on China.

Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Higgs was the managing director at Bowen Capital Management Limited where he launched the Green Dragon Fund. Other positions held in his investment career include general manager and director of IG International Ltd. between 1999 to 2001, managing director of Carlson Investment Management Far East Ltd. between 1993 to 1999, and director of Indosuez Asia Investment Services Limited, between 1987 to 1993. Mr. Higgs is a Trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong.

Francis Yuen

Independent Non-executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited

Mr. Yuen is currently a director of Saning Consultants Limited, a consultancy company. He was the managing director of Union Registrars Limited from 2004 to 2014. Prior to this, he had been a director and company secretary of South China Holdings Limited, the businesses of which included diversified financial services in securities and commodities brokerage, manufacturing, media and travel services, from 1989 to 2003. He had also served in Sun Hung Kai Securities Limited, a leading Hong Kong securities brokerage and financial service company, from 1979 to 1989, where he headed the secretarial and share registration departments. He has been a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, the United Kingdom since August 1994 and April 1989 respectively.

Danny Cheng (BBA, CFA, CPA, ACCA)

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Cheng joined Somerley International Limited as assistant manager in May 2005. He has served as a director of Somerley Capital Limited since February 2014. He is responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

Mr. Cheng graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2000. He has been an associate member of the HKICPA since December 2003 and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since January 2005. He has also been a Chartered Financial Analyst of the CFA Institute since September 2005.

From September 2000 to June 2002, Mr. Cheng worked in Arthur Andersen & Co, which was principally engaged in assurance and business advisory services, with last position as staff accountant and the main role of performing auditing of companies. From July 2002 to June 2004, he worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd., which was principally engaged in assurance and business advisory services, with last position as senior associate and the main role of in charge of group audits. From June 2004 to April 2005, he worked in Platinum Management Services Limited, which was principally engaged in corporate finance business, with last position as manager and the main role of execution of corporate finance projects.

David Ching (BComm, MBA, JD, CPA (Aust.), CFA)

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Ching joined Somerley International Limited as associate director in November 2007. He has served as director of Somerley Capital Limited since October 2013. He is responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne in January 1994, a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in May 2002 and a Juris Doctor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2015. He has been a member of CPA Australia since February 1998 and a Chartered Financial Analyst of the CFA Institute since September 2001.

Prior to joining Somerley International Limited, Mr. Ching worked as a vice president for BOCOM International (Asia) Limited from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Ching also worked in the Listing Division from 1997 to 2000.

Stephanie Chow (BComm, CPA (Aust.), CPA)

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Ms. Chow joined Somerley International Limited as manager in September 2007. She has acted as a director of Somerley Capital Limited since October 2015. She is responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

Ms. Chow graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Degree of Bachelor of Commerce in September 1998. She has been a Certified Practising Accountant of CPA Australia since February 2002 and an associate member of the HKICPA since April 2004.

From October 2002 to July 2006, Ms. Chow worked in Alvarez & Marsal Asia Limited, an international corporate advisory firm, with last position as senior accountant.

Jenny Leung (BA)

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Ms. Leung joined Somerley International Limited as director in March 2010. She has been a director of Somerley Capital Limited since October 2013. She is responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

Ms. Leung graduated from University of Birmingham with a Bachelor degree in Social Science in July 1992.

In the past, she held senior positions with a number of corporate finance advisory firms and brokerage house including Piper Jaffray Asia Ltd. (from 2006 to 2008 with last position as a principal) and Dao Heng Securities Limited (from 2000 to 2006 with last position as director of corporate finance). She handled various IPOs, M&A transactions and fund raising exercises.

Charles Ng (BSc, MSc (MBA))

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Ng joined Somerley International Limited as a director in September 2007 and was appointed as a director of Somerley Capital Limited in October 2013. He is responsible for supervising and leading the execution of corporate finance projects.

Mr. Ng obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University in England in June 1972 and a Master of Science degree in Business Studies from London Graduate School of Business Studies (University of London) in England in July 1974.

Mr. Ng is a fellow member of both the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors. Mr. Ng is also a non-executive director of Goldlion Holdings Limited (stock code: 533), a company listed on the Stock Exchange, and acts as a member of each of its audit, remuneration and nomination committees. In addition, Mr. Ng is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Mr. Ng has extensive experience in corporate finance and management and he has had extensive experience in reviewing and analysing in depth financial statements of public companies.

Lyan Tam (BBA, LLB)

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Ms. Tam joined Somerley International Limited as senior manager in June 2007. She has served as director of Somerley Capital Limited since October 2013. She is responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

Ms. Tam graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Integrated Business Administration in December 1999. Ms. Tam also obtained a Bachelor of Laws of University of London, United Kingdom, through long-distance learning in August 2007.

Ms. Tam has worked in various financial institutions involving in corporate finance. Prior to joining Somerley International Limited, Ms. Tam worked in RexCapital (Hong Kong) Limited from October 2004 to May 2007, with last position as senior manager – corporate finance.

John Wong (BBA, CFA, CPA)

Director of Somerley Capital Limited

Mr. Wong joined Somerley International Limited as manager in October 2007. He has acted as a director of Somerley Capital Limited since February 2014. He is responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.

Mr. Wong graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in December 2002. He has been a member of the HKICPA since September 2007, and a Chartered Financial Analyst of the CFA Institute since September 2009.

From September 2002 to July 2007, Mr. Wong worked in the audit and assurance division of KPMG, an international accounting firm, with last position as assistant manager.

Felix Chau (BA)

Associate Director

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Chau worked in the corporate finance department of Innoform Ashfield Capital Limited. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong.

Clifford Cheng (BBA, CPA)

Associate Director

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Cheng worked in the audit division of KPMG. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in Professional Accountancy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a member of HKICPA.

Andrew Cheung (MHKSI, ACA, MComm, BBA/BComm)

Associate Director

Mr. Cheung began his corporate finance career in Deloitte’s corporate finance departments in Australia and Singapore in 2007. Prior to joining Somerley in 2010, Mr. Cheung worked in the M&A department of KPMG Hong Kong. He holds dual Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Commerce (Accounting) from Macquarie University and a Master degree in Commerce (Funds Management) from the University of New South Wales. Mr. Cheung is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.

Donald Chung (BBA, LLM, CPA, ACA, FRM)

Associate Director

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Chung held senior positions in the corporate finance department of Chinese securities firms. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a master degree of Laws in Corporate and Financial Law, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. He holds CPA, ACA and FRM professional qualifications.

Jakob Hesse (BSc, MSc)

Associate Director

Mr. Hesse started his career at J.P. Morgan in London, before moving to the renewable energy investment banking group at Jefferies and joining Somerley in 2011. His extensive corporate finance advisory experience covers IPOs, public and private capital raises and cross-border transactions. Mr. Hesse holds a Bachelor degree from the Munich University of Technology and a Master degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Florence Ng (BBA, CPA)

Senior Manager

Prior to joining Somerley, Ms. Ng worked in Ernst & Young and in the corporate finance divisions of KBC Bank and Kingston Financial Group. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Hong Kong, and is a member of HKICPA.

Shellaam Suen (BBA, CPA)

Senior Manager

Prior to joining Somerley, Ms. Suen worked in the audit division of KPMG. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Professional Accountancy, and is a member of HKICPA.

Kent Wong (BA, CPA)

Senior Manager

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Wong worked in the audit division and capital markets group of KPMG. He graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor degree in Law and Business Studies, and is a member of HKICPA.

Joanne Lo (BBA, CPA)

Manager

Prior to joining Somerley, Ms. Lo worked in the audit division of KPMG. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Professional Accountancy, and is a member of HKICPA.

Andrew Wong (BBA, CPA)

Manager

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Wong worked in the audit division of KPMG. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (International Business and Global Management), and is a member of HKICPA.

Eric Wong (BBA, CPA)

Manager

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Wong worked in the audit division of Ernst & Young. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in (Accountancy), and is a member of HKICPA.

Chris Tam (BComm)

Executive

Prior to joining Somerley, Mr. Tam worked as an analyst in deal advisory division of KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

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