John Van Verre had been stationed in London since 2011, after he first joined HSBC Securities Services in Singapore.
Hong Kong has accelerated its goal to become the next global fund hub through a number of investment access programmes with China.
Asian acquisition follows hot on the heels of US deal to widen firm’s geographic footprint.
Bond Connect will be established as trading link between Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Deal will enable China-focused fund manager to access HK-Swiss scheme.
Authorities in Hong Kong and Australia have signed an agreement to foster innovation in Asia.
While initiatives like Mutual Recognition of Funds will help help Hong Kong become an international fund hub, the industry should not expect rapid results.
A majority of surveyed asset managers believe that Hong Kong will emerge as a leading cross-border fund destination.
Monday was the first day of operations for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect trading link but activity was subdued in comparison to the launch of its Shanghai equivalent.
The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect trading link received approval from the Chinese government in August and will now launch on 5 December following regulatory approval.