Teresa Ko

Teresa Ko

JP, BBS, Senior Partner, Hong Kong and China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Described as ‘an icon in the industry’, Teresa Ko is an eminent legal adviser and a market leader in corporate, capital markets and governance work in Hong Kong.

Teresa currently serves as Co-Vice Chair of the IFRS Foundation. She chairs its Due Process Oversight Committee and is a member of its Nomination Committee. She has been involved in the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) as a member of the Steering Committee.

As the first female to chair the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Listing Committee in 2009-2012, Teresa continues to serve as one of four Co-Chairmen of the Listing Review Committee. She was a Non-Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong from 2012-2018 and is currently a Deputy Chairman of its Takeovers and Mergers Panel.

Over more than 30 years of experience, Teresa has represented numerous unique or “first of its kind” Hong Kong listings of Chinese and international companies, including advising on eight out of the ten largest IPOs ever in Hong Kong. She also has an impressive record on public and private M&A transactions and advises on joint ventures and restructuring matters.

Recently, she was featured in the HERoesWomen Role Model Lists 2021 for the fourth consecutive year and in Forbes’ ‘Asia’s Power Businesswomen’ list 2021.