CUHK LAW formed this Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) in 2010 to support and facilitate research in all areas of law affecting commerce and business dealings, including the fields of banking law, capital markets, commercial law, contract law, corporate law, investment law, intellectual property, securities regulation, international trade law, tax law, and any other economically focused area of law in which a member of the CUHK LAW addresses his or her research. 

CFRED is currently led by Prof. Jyh-An Lee serving as the Executive Director.

CFRED aims at knowledge transfer and has organized over 20 conferences, 13 workshops and 110 seminars. Through these events, CFRED invites scholars, regulators and practitioners from around the world to share their findings, as well as professional knowledge with the public.

In 2017, CFRED has reorganised from its focus on event management to a research project focus with its first research project in the area where newer technology overlaps with law. Currently, the topics receiving the most attention are referred to as FinTech, RegTech and LawTech. Essentially, we will investigate applications of data analytics, machine learning and distributed ledger technology (aka ‘blockchain’) as means to improve regulation, understand legal development and expand the possibilities of automated legal transactions (aka ‘smart contracts’).

CFRED actively seeks affiliations and collaborations with leading research centres and institutes located worldwide that pursue aims similar or complementary to its own, whether those centres or institutes be in universities, the public sector or privately managed. In particular, CFRED aims to have solid links in each of four economic areas: China, Asia generally, Europe and North America.  

Executive Director

Prof. Jyh-An LEE

Advisory Board (In alphabetical order)

Dr. Michael AITKEN, AM

Founder of SMARTS;
Founder and former CEO of Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA);
Lead Expert, Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC)

Prof. John ARMOUR

Professor of Law and Finance, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Prof. Douglas W. ARNER

Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Project Coordinator of a major five-year project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”;
Co-Director, Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law

Prof. Andreas CAHN

Dresdner Bank Foundation Professorship, Executive Director, Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Ms. Bonnie Y. CHAN

Partner, Corporate Department Davis Polk & Wardwell

Prof. Pizhao CHE (車丕照)

Professor of Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Mr. Frank FINE

Director, EC Competition Law Advocates, Brussels

Mr. Stefan GANNON, JP

Commissioner, Resolution Office, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Prof. Brian Y. HSIEH (謝易宏)

Co-founder and Director, Ivory Group Investment;
Adjunct Professor of Law and Business, National Taiwan University

Prof. Jianbo LOU (樓建波)

Associate Professor, Beijing University;
Fellow, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, University of London;
Of Counsel, Lehman, Lee & Xu, Beijing

Dr. Shan LI (李山)

Executive President, Institute for Governance Studies, Tsinghua University;
Chairman, Chinastone Capital Management; Co-founder, Soufun.com

Prof. John LOWRY

Emeritus Professor of Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London;
Honorary Fellow, Monash University

Mr. Anthony NEOH, SC, JP

CSRC International Advisory Board

Dr. Eric PAN

Director, Office of International Affairs, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Prof. Anselmo REYES

Professor of Legal Practice, University of Hong Kong

Mr. Martin ROGERS

Partner, Litigation Department, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Prof. Man Cho Anthony SO (蘇文藻)

Associate Professor, Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Prof. Wen Yeu, Wallace WANG(王文宇)

Professor and Director, Center for Corporate and Financial Law, College of Law, National Taiwan University


Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Dr. Jun YAO (姚軍)

Chief Counsel, Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd

Dr. Fung YIM, JP (閻峰)

Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited

Prof. Naigen ZHANG (張乃根)

Professor and Director, Centre of International Law, School of Law, Fudan University;
Director, Center for Intellectual Property, Fudan University

Affiliated Faculty (In alphabetical order)

Prof. Anatole BOUTEProfessor

Prof. Steven GALLAGHERProfessional Consultant

Prof. Stephen HALL

Prof. Robin HUANG

Prof. Jyh-An LEE

Prof. Dicky TSANG
曾勁峰教授Associate Professor

Prof. Lutz-Christian WOLFF 鄔楓教授Dean, Faculty of Law
Wei Lun Professor of Law

Prof. Chao XI

  Distinguished Fellows (In alphabetical order)

Mr. Zhenghui LI (李正輝)

China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC);
Head of the Center for Legal Studies at the China Institute of Finance and Capital Markets (CIFCM)

Prof. Steven L. SCHWARCZ

Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business, Duke University

Dr. William WONG, S.C. (王鳴峰)

Non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission;
Member of the Bar Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association;
Chairman of the China Practice Development Committee;
Member of the Appeal Tribunal of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers;
Vice Chairman of the Board of Review of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue

Prof. Charles M. YABLON

Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Senior Fellows (In alphabetical order)

Dr. Bin CHEN (陳彬)

Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Research Institute of Shenzhen Stock Exchange;
Visiting Professor of Guangdong University of Finance;
Postgraduate Supervisor of the Shanghai International Studies University;
Arbitrator, Shenzhen Arbitration Commission

Prof. Hailong LI

Associate Professor of Law, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics College of Law

Mr. Laurence LI

Barrister-at-law, Temple Chambers

Prof. (Assist) Mahdi H. Miraz, CEng

Department of Information and Communication Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Xiamen University (Malaysia Branch)

Mr. Kingsley ONG (王世偉)

Partner, Eversheds and Secretary-General of Asia Pacific Structured Finance Association(APSA)

Dr. Sarah WILSON

Senior Lecturer, York Law School

Fellows (in alphabetical order)

Mrs. Anne CARVER


Ms. Juan CHEN

Mr. Paul CHEUK (卓威豪)

Dr. Jedrej GORSKI

Mr. Gavin LIN

Dr. Antoine MARTIN


Mr. Qinghang ZHAO

Support Staff

Ms. Bonnie LEUNG (梁斯詠)

Project Coordinator (Research Centres), Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • The Benefits of Free Trade and Investment The European Union and Australasia
    24 June 2016 at the Graduate Law Centre, CUHK, Central




              • Anatomy of a Financial Centre: A systemic analysis of Hong Kong’s legal and regulatory framework for its securities market
                Public Policy Research Project funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong

              • The Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-Based Research Project, “Enhancing the Future of Hong Kong as a Leading International Financial Centre. ”
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