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Matthew Lawson, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Matthew Lawson Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited 

Mr Lawson joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer in 2016. HSH is a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is the owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels and other luxury commercial and residential properties in Asia, the US and Europe. As CFO, Mr Lawson is responsible for all aspects of Group Finance including Financial Control and Reporting, Group Treasury, Group Tax, Investor Relations and Risk Management, as well as overseeing the Group's Information Technology, Research & Technology and Capital Projects teams.

Over the course of his career Mr Lawson has had extensive experience with hospitality and real estate transactions, investments and financing, including joint venture negotiations and structuring. He began his career with Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance in Sydney in 1998 and subsequently joined Deutsche Bank AG in Sydney in 2001 where he worked across Equity Capital Markets and Real Estate Investment Banking. Mr Lawson joined JPMorgan in Asia in 2006, where he held senior positions in Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to his departure he was Managing Director and Head of JPMorgan's Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging investment banking practice in Asia. He holds a Bachelor of International Business Relations from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Queensland. Mr Lawson has also completed various postgraduate studies in China, including at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. Mr Lawson is also a Director of the Hong Kong Foundation for Charities Ltd.