Charles Li has served as Chief Executive of HKEX since 2010.
In this role, Mr Li has orchestrated some of the most significant
strategic initiatives in HKEX’s history, including the expansion into
fixed income, currency and commodities through the acquisition of
the London Metal Exchange in 2012 and the launch of OTC Clear
in 2013, as well as enhanced mutual market access with Mainland
China through Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Connect Programmes
and other cooperation.
Mr Li’s career in financial services spans over 20 years. Before joining
HKEX, he was Chairman of JP Morgan China, prior to which he was
President of Merrill Lynch China. Before joining Merrill Lynch in
1994, Li practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell
and Brown & Wood.
Before moving to the US for his studies, Mr Li had worked as an
offshoreoil worker in the North China Sea, and as a newspaper
editor-reporter for China Daily from 1984-86.
Mr Li obtained a BA degree in English literature from Xiamen
University of China in 1984, an MA degree in journalism from the
University of Alabama in 1988, and a JD degree from Columbia
University School of Law in 1991.