Hong Kong Stock Exchange appoints first GC

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Group (HKEX) has appointed former Société Générale Asia Pacific legal chief as its new group general counsel.

HKEX, which operates the Hong Kong stock exchange – one of the world’s most active boards for IPOs and listings – has hired Ferheen Mahomed as group general counsel.

The role has been newly created following an internal reorganisation at HKEX.

Previously, its legal function was led by head of legal services and chief counsel Christine Wong, who oversaw the group’s £1.4bn acquisition of the London Metal Exchange (LME) in 2012. She joined the group from Linklaters’ Hong Kong office in 2010 where she was a consultant.

Mahomed was most recently executive vice president of business development at Pacific Century Group, an Asia-based private investment group. Before that, she served as group general counsel of Hong Kong investment bank CLSA and general counsel for Asia Pacific of SocGen.

In her new role at HKEX, Mahomed will head the group’s legal services department and oversee the group’s legal function, including the teams at the London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear. She will report to HKEX chief executive Charles Li and work closely with the group’s chief regulatory officer and head of listing, David Graham.

Prior to going in-house, Mahomed also worked at Slaughter and May in Hong Kong and London. She is dual qualified in Hong Kong as well as in England and Wales.

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