Martin SabineChairman of the Board of Directors of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Somerley Capital Limited
Mr. Sabine is responsible for overseeing our business development, cultivating long-term client relationship, introducing new clients and projects, monitoring industry developments and liaising with team heads and members on specific transactions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford in July 1969. He was awarded a Thouron Scholarship to attend the Wharton Graduate School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in that year. He received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business and was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma honour society in April 1971.
After graduation, Mr. Sabine worked in the financial field in London before coming to Hong Kong in 1977. After working in the corporate finance department of Wardley Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited until 1983, latterly as a director, he set up Somerley International Limited in 1983. Since that time, Somerley International Limited and now Somerley Capital Limited have developed into one of the most active firms in the corporate finance advisory field in Hong Kong. Mr. Sabine is chairman of the Board of Directors of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Somerley Capital Limited and is their ultimate controlling shareholder.
Mr. Sabine has written a book on corporate finance (which is called Corporate Finance: Flotations, Equity Issues and Acquisitions), which has been translated into Chinese, Italian and Spanish. Mr. Sabine is a member of the Takeovers Panel and a fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.
Jamie CheungExecutive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Vice President of Somerley Capital Limited
Mr. Cheung joined Somerley International Limited in March 1996 as assistant manager. He has served as vice president of Somerley Capital Limited since July 2014, responsible for formulating business and corporate strategies and project origination.
Mr. Cheung obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales in April 1993 and obtained from the Australian Graduate School of Management the degree of Master of Business Administration in July 2004. Mr. Cheung has been a member of CPA Australia since April 1996.
Prior to joining Somerley International Limited, Mr. Cheung worked in the audit department of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, an international accounting firm, as an accountant between January 1993 and March 1996. During the period between September 2003 and May 2005, Mr. Cheung left Somerley International Limited and worked in Cazenove Asia Limited in the corporate finance department, involved in its corporate finance advisory services, before rejoining Somerley International Limited in May 2005.
Kenneth ChowExecutive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Managing Director of Somerley Capital Limited
Mr. Chow joined Somerley International Limited in May 2006 as director, and has served as managing director since February 2010, responsible for supervising and leading execution of corporate finance projects.
Mr. Chow graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting in April 1993. He has been a fellow member of the HKICPA since May 2016 and was qualified as a member of CPA Australia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in March 1996 and March 1997 respectively.
Prior to joining Somerley International Limited, Mr. Chow worked in Haitong International Capital Limited (formerly known as Taifook Capital Limited) for over six years between November 1999 and April 2006, with the last position as director. Mr. Chow also worked in the Listing Division from 1997 to 1999 and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu from 1993 to 1996.
Erik ChengIndependent Non-executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited
Mr. Cheng is currently the proprietor of Erik Cheng & Co., a certified public accountant practice in Hong Kong. Mr. Cheng obtained a Master of Science (Economics) degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics in August 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Accounting from the University of Kent in July 1983. He has been a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the HKICPA since August 1998 and January 1999 respectively, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada since November 1990.
Mr. Cheng had worked at Coopers and Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd.) in London between 1984 and 1987 and Swiss Bank Corporation (now known as UBS AG) in Toronto between 1989 and 1992, and held senior management positions in a number of Hong Kong listed companies. Mr. Cheng is an independent non-executive director of a number of listed companies on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
Jeremy James HiggsIndependent Non-executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited
Mr. Higgs is the principal founder and managing director of Environmental Investment Services Asia Limited, incorporated in 2009 as Hong Kong’s first independent funds management company specialising in equity investment in the Asian environmental sector. He is also the portfolio manager of the Green Dragon Fund, launched in 2006 and pioneering investments in the emerging low carbon goods and services sector of the Asia Pacific region, having a special focus on China.
Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. Higgs was the managing director at Bowen Capital Management Limited where he launched the Green Dragon Fund. Other positions held in his investment career include general manager and director of IG International Ltd. between 1999 to 2001, managing director of Carlson Investment Management Far East Ltd. between 1993 to 1999, and director of Indosuez Asia Investment Services Limited, between 1987 to 1993. Mr. Higgs is a Trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong.
Francis YuenIndependent Non-executive Director of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited
Mr. Yuen is currently a director of Saning Consultants Limited, a consultancy company. He was the managing director of Union Registrars Limited from 2004 to 2014. Prior to this, he had been a director and company secretary of South China Holdings Limited, the businesses of which included diversified financial services in securities and commodities brokerage, manufacturing, media and travel services, from 1989 to 2003. He had also served in Sun Hung Kai Securities Limited, a leading Hong Kong securities brokerage and financial service company, from 1979 to 1989, where he headed the secretarial and share registration departments. He has been a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, the United Kingdom since August 1994 and April 1989 respectively.