As part of its centenary celebrations, The Bank of East Asia (“BEA”) hosted a cocktail reception in London on 4th April, 2019 to celebrate the Bank’s achievements with its business partners, customers, and friends in the United Kingdom (“UK”).
Held at BEA’s London Branch, the Bank’s UK flagship, the cocktail reception was officiated by Alderman Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Mr. Liu Xiaoming, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Welcoming the guests at the reception were Dr. David K.P. Li, BEA’s Chairman & Chief Executive, Mr. Adrian M.K. Li and Mr. Brian M.B. Li, who both serve as Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive at BEA, and other senior executives of the Bank.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Li said, ‘’Since 1990, London has been the centre of our UK operation, with the support of our Birmingham Branch and Manchester Branch, which were opened in 1997 and 2013 respectively. Three years ago, the Bank’s commitment to London and the UK was reinforced, with the revitalisation of the London Branch. We offer our clients a full range of banking services and connection to our global network including branches throughout China. At the same time, we assist many clients from China to explore investment opportunities in the UK‘’. Dr. Li added that BEA is confident that this two-way flow of business between China and the UK will continue to grow and prosper for many years to come.
Speaking at the reception, Alderman Peter Estlin said, ‘’There are many opportunities for the next hundred years of London–Hong Kong and UK–China partnerships. In the 21st century, the pace of change continues to accelerate, making our long-standing and trusted friendships more needed than ever before.’’
In his speech, Mr. Liu Xiaoming said, ‘’Through entrepreneurship, innovation, and brand-building, The Bank of East Asia has grown to be a global financial services group based in Hong Kong. I hope and believe that, in the next 100 years, The Bank of East Asia will turn more chances into good fortune, make more contributions to China-UK financial cooperation, and deliver more golden fruits to the China-UK Golden Era. ’’