Chief Executive Officer
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Charles Li has served as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) since 2010. In this role, 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, Bond Connect and other cooperation.
Li’s career in financial services spans over 20 years. Before joining HKEX, he was Chairman of J.P. Morgan China, prior to which he was President of Merrill Lynch China. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1994, he practiced law in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Brown & Wood. Before moving to the U.S. for his studies, Li had worked as an offshore oil worker in the North China Sea, and as a newspaper editor-reporter for China Daily from 1984-86.
Li obtained a BA degree in English literature from Xiamen University of China in 1984, a MA degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1988, and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1991.