Ashley Alder

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Ashley Alder
Occupation CEO
Employer Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission
Location Hong Kong

Ashley Alder is the chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). He was appointed in August 2011, effective October 1, 2011 for a three-year term.[1][2] He has led Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission for 11 years. He was granted a new three-year term in 2020 to steer the city’s financial services industry through the coronavirus pandemic.

In July 2022, the UK Financial Conduct Authority named Alder as its chair after criticism of how it handled a series of scandals. He will take over from interim chair Richard Lloyd in January 2023.[3]

Alder was appointed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong as a Justice of the Peace in 2014 and is a fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers. He was appointed as the chairman of the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in 2016 and is also the chairman of the IOSCO Asia Pacific Regional Committee.[4] [5]


Prior to his most recent appointment at the SFC, Alder was head of Asia and a senior partner for the international law firm Herbert Smith LLP.[6] He joined the firm in 1984 and became partner in 1994. His work at Herbert Smith focused on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, regulation and compliance. As a lawyer at Herbert Smith, Alder moved to Hong Kong from the UK in 1989, later becoming the head of the firm’s Asia region.

Alder has lived in Hong Kong for more than 20 years, serving as a board member and executive director of corporate finance at the SFC from 2001 to 2004 and rejoining Herbert Smith in November 2004 following the completion of his SFC term.


Alder attained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London in 1982 and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master of Laws degree in 1983.