Edward Lai is currently Chief Executive Officer of BOA International Securities Limited. Previously, he held senior executive positions in multi-billion-dollar financial companies over the past twenty-seven years. In 2020, Edward was nominated for the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) Australia China Alumni of the Year Award. This prestigious award celebrates all-round distinction in work, life and community service.
Edward served as the Corporate Treasurer in KGI Securities Limited from 2005 to 2008. He had handled 300 IPO financing cases amounting to HK$800 billion, which led KGI Securities to become the “most funds raised” institution in Hong Kong. In addition, he successfully lined up ten sizeable banks to provide several thousand million of US$ credit facilities for business development. Edward also designed an innovative treasury system to maximize cost savings and reduce operation risk. As a result, it produced higher-than-market revenue gains, which increased from US$8 million to US$37 million and delivered triple EBITA growth.
From 2008 to 2012, he was a Regional Head in JP Morgan, supervising over 100 staff located in 13 Asia countries. During this period, he participated in one of the most significant M&A projects in the World (Bears Stream acquisition).
Edward was the Chief Executive Officer in CIS Securities Asset Management from 2015 to 2018, managing HK$10 billion of assets. He streamlined the company’s operation module to maximize cost savings and efficiency, that delivered triple EBITA growth.