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Corporate advisory role sharpens talents

Nike Lai
Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Corporate Governance
(full-time programme)

Intern at corporate advisory specialist Ascent Partners in Hong Kong

‘My engagement in this project allowed me to sharpen my skills in research and analysis. I have become more efficient in utilizing online search engines and MS Excel for analysis.’

Nike Lai

Corporate advisory role sharpens talents

An increasing number of enterprises and organisations in Hong Kong have started to recognise the significance of corporate governance, and seek to improve this aspect of their internal operation. Nike Lai was fortunate enough to land an internship placement at corporate advisory specialist Ascent Partners in Hong Kong. In there, she was immersed in practical working experience, focusing on matters that form the core of corporate governance. “I participated in a competition on environment and social governance reporting held by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and got the placement,” she says. “At Ascent Partners, I was part of a team working on a project measuring the social returns of non-governmental organisations. The project was overseen by a finance professor at other University in Hong Kong, and I have benefited from the professor’s guidance. I was involved in research, mainly looking at the website named WiseGiving and going through its list of NGOs that enjoy tax exemption. This served as the scope of our project, and then we pored over the financial reports of these NGOs and analysed the ratio of their programmes and administrative costs. My engagement in this project allowed me to sharpen my skills in research and analysis. I have become more efficient in utilizing online search engines and MS Excel for analysis.”

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In addition, Lai gained exposure to environment, social and governance reporting. “Guided by my senior, who is the head of the ESG division, I learned about how ESG reports were compiled for some listed companies in Hong Kong,” Lai notes, who now works as a part-time valuation partner at Ascent Partners. “Together with my teammates, I worked on presentations on my research findings in the presence of the company’s CEO and directors regularly. This is a great opportunity for us to hone our communication skills in a formal business setting and learn about proper business etiquette.”

(Source: Classified Post, SCMP)

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