Pearl Liu

Pearl Liu

Stories by Pearl Liu

Kermit the Accountant: It's Not Easy Being Green

Whenever we at CFO Innovation write about environmental and sustainability issues and the emerging green economy, readership numbers are often not that large. Are finance professionals not interested at all in these issues?   They are interested, insists Gordon Hewitt, Sustainability Advisor, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Turnarounds: How a CFO Helped Engineer a TV Miracle

In nearly three decades since he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s in accounting from the University of Hawaii, Edmond Cheng Fong Ting has held finance posts in a grand total of 12 companies.

When the Finance Boss Is the 'Child of the Owner'

Chen Zhao Nian is responsible for the daily management and operations of Hong Kong-listed Chu Kong Petroleum and Natural Gas Pipe Holdings, China’s largest manufacturer of longitudinal submerged arc welded (LSAW) steel pipes for energy companies. Her formal title is Executive Director, but her remit can be described as those of the COO.

Salaries in 2013: How to Set Realistic Expectations

“Some people we’ve talked to in Hong Kong expect a salary increase in the lower two digits,” says Eunice Ng, Director of recruitment company Avanza Consulting. “Some even want a 20% increase. But the reality is not like that.

Taxes in China and Asia: What to Expect in 2013

What are the tax issues in China and other countries in Asia in 2013? “There’s one thing many people are looking at, and that is the Vodafone case in India,” says LS Goh, a Partner at Big Four accounting firm PwC.

Corporate Taxes: How to Survive China's Transitions

As Partner at Big Four accounting firm PwC, LS Goh has been providing clients with her expertise in China tax consulting and business advisory since 1994. She has seen the withdrawal of special tax treatment for foreign-invested enterprises, the lowering of the corporate income tax rate to 25% after 17 years, and the gradual shift from business tax to value-added tax.

Lessons Learned: When the Consumer Revolution Stalls

Every time Chinese athletes stepped on the podium at the 2012 London Olympics to collect the 88 medals they won, Fujian-based ANTA Sports Products swelled with pride.   The Hong Kong-listed company had outbid rivals Adidas and Li Ning to become the exclusive sportswear sponsor of the Chinese delegation.