Helen Lee was born in Hong Kong and was educated in Hong Kong and Australia. She graduated with a L.L B. (Hons) and P.C.LL. from the University of Hong Kong. She also received a Postgraduate Certificate in Australian Constitutional Law from the University of Adelaide. Furthermore, she completed and passed with Distinction the International Advanced Certificate of Compliance from the International Compliance Association in conjunction with the University of Manchester. She qualified as a barrister in Hong Kong and is also qualified to practise law in Australia.
Helen had wanted to be a lawyer ever since she was very young and she attained her goal when she was called to the Bar in Hong Kong. Subsequently, she was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia, then as a solicitor in New South Wales and then as a legal practitioner in the High Court of Australia in Canberra.
On a business trip to Hong Kong, Helen decided on a whim to apply for a position with the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”), namely, as counsel in their Legal Services Division. She was surprised when she was asked to attend an interview and even more surprised when she was offered the job. This was her first experience in an in-house role. The initial contract offered to her was for 30 months and so she reassured her sceptical parents in Australia that she would stay in Hong Kong for that period of time only. Little did she know that she would be offered a permanent contract after only one year and that she would be working in Hong Kong for twenty years plus thereafter!
After a few years with the SFC, Helen went on to various legal and compliance roles with two investment banks, a retail bank and three corporate wholesale banks. In between, she also worked for two years for the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority in its early days when the MPF Scheme was first established. Throughout her career thus far, Helen has gained considerable experience not only with facing and handling local regulators but also with other regulators in the Asia Pacific region, including MAS in Singapore, JFSA in Japan, CBRC in the PRC and APRA in Australia.
Helen enjoys being active in the Australian community in Hong Kong. Having served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Chinese Association of Hong Kong (“ACAHK”) for more than ten years, she was elected to become President of the ACAHK from 2014 to 2018. She is currently the Immediate Past President and a Committee member of the ACAHK. She also sits as a Governor of the Board of the Australian International School of Hong Kong. She is also one of the founding members of the South Australia Club, Hong Kong Chapter.
Helen is a full member of the Hong Kong Bar Association and a member of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association, as well as a full member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute. She retains her membership of the Law Society of South Australia as an overseas member.
Helen is comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, as she has worked mainly for international firms and can speak Cantonese and English fluently and German, Italian and Spanish less fluently. She is a passionate lover of the arts and takes great pleasure in classical music, opera, films and books. Her other interests cover, but are not limited to, gemmology and wine. In that connection, she has completed the course for the Fellowship of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (“FGA”) and has attained Level 3 of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (“WSET”) of the UK. She believes in the importance of lifelong learning and the constant broadening pf one’s perspectives and in sharing her experiences and views with anyone who feel the same.
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