ACC Hong Kong appoints new leaders Kukreja and Oreel

ACC Hong Kong appoints new leaders Kukreja and Oreel
From left: Aedzer Oreel, Kat Kukreja

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong has named Kat Kukreja and Aedzer Oreel as the president and vice president, respectively. Kukreja succeeded Sharyn Ch’ang, chief innovation director of NewLaw at PwC Hong Kong, who stepped down shortly after taking up the role in June this year.

“The past few years have presented various challenges to legal practitioners in the city and we are hopeful that, as Hong Kong opens up, there will be more opportunities to foster member engagement and drive member outreach,” Kukreja told Asia Business Law Journal.

“In addition to this, a key area of focus for the board is to keep our members up to date on legal developments, both in Hong Kong and in the broader Asia-Pacific region.”

Kukreja, who is also a co-chair of the blockchain committee of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, is a consultant in policy and regulatory affairs to the Emerging Payments Association Asia and a legal consultant through the global legal resourcing platform Lawyers on Demand in financial services and fintech sectors.

Oreel is lead counsel, labour and employment (Asia-Pacific) at chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell. He was the first employment counsel for the company in Europe and Asia, working out of Rotterdam, before moving to Hong Kong in 2019.

Kukreja and Oreel will be supported by Bernard Tan as general secretary and Eddie Bao as treasurer. Tan is chief counsel, integrated regulatory office at a German multinational software company SAP. Bao is senior legal counsel and director at SS&C Technologies, an American multinational software and consulting services company.

“We now have a competent new team of officers and we feel confident that – together with our board of directors – we can provide value for our members going forward,” Kukreja added.