Webinar – Trusts: an essential tool for business protection and talent retention


Live online Webinar on 22 April 2022

from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM HKT (UTC/GMT +8 hours)

Trusts offer business owners an important mechanism for both securing their legacy and for incentivising their employees. Creating a pre-IPO trust to protect your shareholding can help ensure your family’s long-term involvement in the business, while creating a trust to underpin an employee share option plan (ESOP) can strengthen corporate cohesion and help a business to lock in its best talent.

So, what type of trust is best for you and your business? And at what point in your business journey should you be considering a trust set-up?

Sovereign Trust (Hong Kong), in partnership with Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), will be holding an online Webinar on pre- and post-IPO trusts as an essential tool for your business. This will be an interactive session with lots of time for questions.

Elaine Liu, Head of Business Development – Capital Markets at Sovereign Trust (Hong Kong), will explain why, when and how you should set up a trust, with reference in particular to the following case studies:

  • Beijing-based online real-estate platform KE Holdings (NYSE: BEKE) (贝壳找房) – On the death of founder Zuo Hui last May, the firm’s largest shareholder, a company controlled via a pre-IPO trust of the Zuo family, transferred nearly 80% of voting rights to an affiliated entity to enable long-serving CEO Peng Yongdong and an executive director to access the family votes.
  • Shenzhen-based multinational technology and entertainment conglomerate Tencent Holdings (0700.HK) (腾讯控股) – Tencent implemented a pre-IPO ESOP in 2004 and has subsequently implemented a further four ESOPs after listing. ESOPs are an important tool for companies to bind high-end talents and ease cash pressure by replacing part of the remuneration and salary.

Please register for the online Webinar by clicking here 

We will send you a Teams’ link with joining instructions on the day before the webinar.

For more information please contact Sovereign Hong Kong
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