Accounting & Finance Finance and Compliance
Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law is designed to give you a sophisticated understanding of the legal and regulatory framework for the local and international financial sector, by taking an integrated approach to finance and law. Financial institutions need leaders who have extensive knowledge relating to the legal issues in international finance and banking.
This PGDFL creates a new kind of financial services professional: graduates who are trained in both finance and law. You will develop an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of relevant legal and financial contexts and combines a highly analytic academic core with applications informed by current practice.
Programme Aims and Objectives
This dual-discipline programme is specially geared towards the integrated study of finance and law The programme aims to emphasize the importance of the inter-relationship between law and financial services, and provides an assessment of their interplay in the structure and operations of financial markets. On completion of the programme, students should be able to critically assess the function of law and corporate financing in the protection and management of financial risks, apply essential quantitative techniques to analyse financial risks and gain wide insights in a globalised financial environment.
PGDFL graduates having developed finance and legal skills can lead to very successful and lucrative careers. You will be well prepared for working in the financial services sector or as a regulator with responsibility for financial institutions. Graduates can gain employment in leadership positions in both foreign and domestic financial industries. Hiring organizations include law firms, the government, financial institutions, corporations and non-governmental organizations.
This programme would appeal to graduates and professionals aspiring to enhance their existing career in financial services. Practitioners engaged in legal and compliance work are also welcomed to study this programme.
To complete this programme, students are required to study a total of 5 modules, with 2 modules from the law stream, plus 3 further modules chosen from the finance stream. Students are encouraged to study 2 modules per semester, if they wish to complete the programme in one year.
The Modules are:
Law Stream (choose 2 modules)
Legal Institutions and Business Law *
Contemporary Legal Challenges in the Business Environment
Current Issues in Finance Law
* Compulsory for candidates without prior equivalent qualifications.
Finance Stream (choose 3 modules)
- Introduction to Finance *
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Markets and Regulatory Framework
- Investment and Venture Capital
- Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance
* Compulsory for candidates without prior equivalent qualifications.
Mr. Law is Director of New Spring Capital, a SFC licensed entity that specializes in corporate finance advisory work as well as providing Sponsorship, an activity regulated by the SFC Hong Kong, for companies seeking IPO in Hong Kong. He is also Managing Director, TIC Associates, a professional firm that provides corporate training and advisory services in corporate governance, risk management, M&A, leadership, due diligence and corporate finance. Prior to joining TIC Associates, he was General Manager, Finance, Hong Kong Productivity Council, the largest consulting company in Hong Kong. As head of Finance, he handles the overall financial management functions as well as the establishment and development of the PRC JVs and WFOEs. In his 30 years of finance and operational experience, Mr. Law has dealt with IPO (Australia), fund raising (USA and Hong Kong), venture capital investment (PRC), M&As’, business development in Asia Pacific region including the PRC.
Chief Data Scientist, Strategic Data Science Limited
Dr. Lam Yat-fai is the Chief Data Scientist of Strategic Data Science Limited and the Adjunct Professor of Finance, City University of Hong Kong. He graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a Doctor of Business Administration degree and holds the CFA, CAIA, CAMS, CFE, FRM, PRM, MCSE and MCNE professional designations, specializing in the areas of machine learning, cryptocurrencies and anti-money laundering. Before becoming a financial technologist, Dr. LAM worked for bank regulator, international bank and sovereign wealth fund.
Dr. Ringo Chan has extensive experience in programme development and administrative management of both full-time and part-time programmes ranging from sub-degree to Master degree level in business and finance. He obtained his EdD from the University of Leicester. With more than 12 years of teaching experience, he has specialised in teaching investment management, global financial markets and behavioural finance. He is a financial writer at China Daily and serves as the member of advisory group of Investor Education Centre, mentor of the University of Hong Kong and honorary flight lieutenant of the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps. His current academic research focuses on lifelong education, educational psychology and financial management. His articles have published in journals such as Active Learning in Higher Education and International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning.
Mr Augustine Chan is the Executive Director and Compliance Counsel of CICC Group in Hong Kong overseeing the international regulatory legal and compliance matters of the group. He is a co-author of the leading legal publication Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents in the “Financial Services (Hong Kong)” volume and is also penning a second legal publication. Prior to joining CICC, Augustine worked in the HKSAR Government as Director of the Financial Services Development Council, in which he led various Government and financial industry new policies and initiatives to improve the financial market in Hong Kong. Mr Chan also worked 7 years in the Hong Kong financial market regulators (including the Securities and Futures Commission and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) and practiced as a solicitor in various international law firms in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Australia, specialising in capital market, private equity and corporate regulatory matters. He is also a lawyer by trade and policy-maker by training, one of the most seasoned financial regulatory compliance professionals in the industry.
Joanne is a ten year qualified corporate commercial lawyer with wide range of exposures in compliance, commercial transactions, and initial public offering (IPO) aspects. She is experienced in compliance aspect in legal practice and the nature of her clients are sizeable mainland-related listed companies and financial institutions across a multitude of industries including commercial banks, real estate, property management, electronic appliances, education, food and beverage, provider of enterprise software and services designed for MSEs, advising them on the development and implementation of their international expansion strategies and the corresponding re-engineering of their business.
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- Minimum of 12-18 months and a maximum of 4 years
Legal Institutions and Business Law
- Sources of law
- Legal System of Hong Kong
- Legal reasoning and precedent doctrine
- Setting up business entities, agency and partnership law
- Fundamentals of Contract Law
- Elements of Contracts and their Essential features
- Vitiating factors, Breach of contract and Remedies
- Tort of Negligence
- Tort Law, Examples of Torts and the development of negligence in particular
- General principles of Tort Liability and Vicarious liability
- Negligence, Duty of care, Breach of Duty and Causation,
- Statutory Torts, Nuisance
- Defences - Remedies and Risk Management
- Law in Capitalization, financing, capital re-construction and liquidation
Contemporary Legal Challenges in the Business Environment
- The changing business landscapes due to technology and social trends.
- Social media and legal implications for business
- Legal considerations regarding freelancers (Independent contractor- employee relationship)
- Race, gender, and sexual orientation and the law
- Anti-corruption and bribery in Hong Kong
- Use of data, security and privacy
- Climate change and the law
- Vulnerable adults and aging population
Current Issues in Finance Law
- Regulatory environments and role of regulators e.g. Australia royal commission, HKMA, MAS)
- Corporate governance, corporate culture and whistleblowing e.g. Barclays whistleblower, Tipper X)
- Financial crime, money laundering, fraud, sanctioned countries e.g. China IPOs, 1MDB)
- The power of information (confidentiality, banking secrecy, personal data (incl EU directive), info security, market manipulation e.g. JP Morgan princelings, LIBOR, rogue traders)
- Fintech (digital banking, crypto currency, bitcoin etc.)
- Conflict of interest, suitability, mis-selling, KYC, cross border, AEI, US Person, remuneration of bankers.
- The role of banks, pawnbroking, shadow banking, crowd funding, shariah financing.
Introduction to Finance
- Finance & The Finance Systems
- Concept of Time Value of Money, Annuity & Perpetuities
- Financial Analysis
- Cost of Capital
- Investment Appraisal – Capital Budgeting
- Risk and Portfolio Management
- Efficiency of Capital Market
- Interest Rates and Bond Valuation
- Equity Markets and Stock Valuation
- Corporate Finance & Role of Financial Management
- Investment Principles and Capital Budgeting Decisions
- Choice of Capital Structure
- Information Asymmetries & Agency Cost
- Dividend Policy
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Long-term Financing
- Options, Futures and Corporate Finance
- Case Studies
Financial Markets and Regulatory Framework
- Structure, Role & Mechanism of Financial Markets (money market, capital market, equity market & Foreign Exchange market)
- Types & Role of Financial institutions/Participants in Hong Kong
- Types of Financial Instruments in Hong Kong Financial Markets – Securities, Options and Futures
- Regulatory Overview of Hong Kong Financial Industry - Role & functions of Securities and Futures Comission (“SFC”), Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”), Hong Kong Securities Institute (“HKSI”) and Hong Kong Exchanges (“HKEx”) as well as principles of relevant Hong Kong Law and the Companies Ordinance
- Scope of Securities and Futures Commission Ordinance (“SFO”) and Banking Ordinance
- Market Misconduct, Improper Trading Practices and Compliance
- Future Development of Hong Kong Financial Markets
Investment and Venture Capital
- Overview of Alternative Investments
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Role of Venture Capitalist and types of Venture Capital
- Business Planning
- Fund Raising: Venture Capital Fund Operations
- Deal Structuring
- Investing: Valuation Techniques
- Post Investment Management – oversee and manage the firm after fund injection
- Exiting: Potential Exit Strategies
- New Frontier: Recent Development in Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Other types of Alternative Investments (hedge funds, real estate, mortgage-backed securities)
- Case Studies
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance
- Elements of Anti-Money Laundering compliance
- Building an effective Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/CTF) risk management system
- Suspicious Transaction Monitoring and Reporting
- Application of the risk-based approach
- Law Enforcement Investigations
- Managing stakeholders effectively
May 2023 Intake - Tentative timetable
To be advised
Admiralty Centre / United Centre (next to Admiralty MTR station)
HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus (at Causeway Bay)
- Fortress Tower (near Fortress MTR station)
2023/2024 Tentative Schedule
* Compulsory Module for Non-finance or Non-law candidates.
The above tentative timetable may be subject to change without prior notice.
Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.
If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:
i. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
ii. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
iii. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
iv. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
v. equivalent qualifications.
Applicants who hold the Advanced Diploma for Legal Executives (Graduate Level) would be eligible for entry.
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.
HK$200 non-refundableCourse Fee
- HK$7,100 per Finance module
HK$10,500 per Law module
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Introduction to Finance (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07419-4||FEES $7,100||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Corporate Finance (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07420-8||FEES $7,100||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Quantitative Methods for Finance (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07421-6||FEES $6,600||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Financial Markets and Regulatory Framework (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07422-4||FEES $7,100||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Investment and Venture Capital (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07423-2||FEES $7,100||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Legal Institutions and Business Law (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07424-0||FEES $10,500||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Corporate Governance (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07425-9||FEES $10,500||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Current Issues in Finance Law (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law Programme)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z07426-7||FEES $10,500||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Compliance (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law)|
|COURSE CODE 23Z10330-5||FEES $7,100||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
|Contemporary Legal Challenges in the Business Environment (Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law)|
|COURSE CODE 33Z13492A||FEES $10,500||ENQUIRY 2867-8312|
Continuing Education Fund
More information of application procedures: https://hkuspace.hku.hk/cef/application-procedures
|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
|Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Law
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Submit the following documents in person to HKU SPACE enrolment counters.
- Application Form and a crossed cheque for HK$200 application fee (Non-refundable) payable to “HKU SPACE”.
- Certified photo copies of full educational certificates and transcripts (please produce originals of the documents for certification upon admission at SPACE Learning Centre);
- Testimonials or other documentary proof of the applicant’s working experience for non-standard admission requirements;
- A recent photo of the applicant.
After screening the documents, Programme Team will inform student by email for paying the course fee.
- After receiving the Enrolment form from Programme Team, please submit the Enrolment form and a crossed cheque payable to “HKU SPACE” to enrolment counter. Credit card (VISA / Master) payment are also acceptable at enrolment counter.
- Please issue separated cheques or credit card payment slips to enroll each individual module.
- Course fee should be paid by semester.
- An application form without copies of supporting documents WILL NOT be processed. You will be required to produce originals of the documents for certification upon admission to the programme. Payment for application fee and course fee by credit card (VISA / Master) are also acceptable.
- Applicants are required to provide a HKID card for admission assessments and student records. Applicants will be asked to present HKID for verification if applying in person at enrolment counters or to attach a copy of HKID if applying by post.
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- Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances, subject to the School's discretion.
- In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries of the relevant subject area for details.
- Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of $120 will be levied on approved transfers.
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- Classes are expected to be held at HKU SPACE learning centers. The health and safety of our students is our top priority. If the situation in Hong Kong requires. HKU SPACE reserves the right to move some classes to other locations, including online teaching platforms.