UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

HKU Real Estate and Construction Executive Talks Series

HKU Real Estate and Construction Executive Talks Series
Date:
24-Nov-2021
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue:
To be held virtually via Zoom
Title:
Could HK SPAC be considered as a vehicle for merging with a real estate company or investment fund possessing a portfolio of rental income properties?
Speaker(s):
Prof. Patrick Kwok,
Mr. Claudius Tsang

The Talk
The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) has just completed a public consultation about a proposed listing framework for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC).  With reference to the recent acquisition of WeWork through SPAC vehicles, two veteran financial experts, Prof. Patrick Kwok of HKU, and Mr. Claudius Tsang of A SPAC (Holdings) Ltd., will share their views on a question posted to them, which is the same as the topic of this talk, “Could HK SPAC be considered as a vehicle for merging with a real estate company or investment fund possessing a portfolio of rental income properties?”

About the speaker

Prof. Patrick Kwok, Adjunct Professor, Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU
BSc (London); MSc (CUL); PgDS (HKU); ACIB; FRICS

Prof. Kwok is an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU. He has worked in the international banking field for more than a decade with postings in London, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore as well as Hong Kong. He has over 30 years of experience in the finance and business management areas which include responsibilities in the corporate investment, finance and treasury and project tender and land acquisition activities whilst serving as a board member of a leading local real estate developer, also with involvement in group re-organisation, privatisation proposals and corporate acquisitions. Prof. Kwok is also a board member of a company managing a leading publicly listed REIT, and had previously been a Part-time Lecturer for the MBA programme of HKU.

Mr. Claudius Tsang, CEO, A SPAC (Holdings) Group Corp.
BEng (CUHK), LLB (Tsinghua), MBA (Chicago Booth), CFA

Mr. Claudius Tsang is CEO and Chairman of Model Performance Acquisition Corp., and CEO of A SPAC (Holdings) Group Corp.  He has over 20 years of experience in capital markets, with a strong track record of success in private equity, M&A transactions and PIPE investments with a focus on Greater China and other emerging markets. Mr. Tsang was co-head of private equity, North Asia of Templeton Asset Management Ltd and a partner of Templeton Private Equity Partners, a leading global emerging markets private equity firm that is part of Franklin Templeton Investments. His role encompassed overseeing the analysis and evaluation of opportunities for strategic equity investment in Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mr. Tsang has served as a director of the CFA Society of Hong Kong from 2013 to 2021.

Organizers

Department of Real Estate and Construction

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