NTU Alumni Hong Kong Ambassador:
Chris Tang (Legal Practice Course 1997)
I loved my year in Nottingham. I made lifelong friends and the quality of life, both as a student and a professional, is incredible. It’s an honour and a privilege to represent the university and it gives me the chance to reacquaint with old friends and make new ones. As an Alumni Ambassador for the next year I aim to be a focal point to people in Hong Kong in promoting the university and creating a dynamic network to help people achieve those aims. The reach of NTU can be felt far beyond its own shores. If you plug into this network and actively participate you will connect to an incredibly powerful business network.
Visit the Hong Kong group page for details of how to join Chris Tang and other members of the NTU Alumni Hong Kong group.
Position: Managing Director, Star Anise legal recruitment
Your company's main business: Legal and compliance recruitment
What does your current role involve? I act for international law firms and multi-national companies to seek and recruit high performing and exceptional lawyers and compliance professionals in Hong Kong and other major legal and financial hubs in Asia.
How has your career developed since leaving Nottingham Trent? I trained and qualified as a UK Corporate M&A lawyer with major UK law firms, progressing to director level before I moved to Hong Kong and co-founding Star Anise with my business partner and sister, Annie, in early 2010.
How has your experience at Nottingham Trent shaped or helped you in your career? Being a city centre-based campus I loved the proximity and convenience of everything, from meeting friends, to the shopping and the vibrant nightlife. Nothing was too far away. And being located in the Midlands, it wasn’t too far from major destinations across England and Wales. I studied the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the Law School, which has first class modern facilities and for many years has been at the forefront of practical legal education.
How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent? From the first letter I received welcoming me on to the LPC, to the induction week when first joining the Law School, I found the information about living in and settling into life in Nottingham welcoming and plentiful. It had a real 'big corporate' feel to it in an educational setting.
What has been the highlight of your career or personal achievements to date? Having a successful career as a corporate lawyer in England for over 10 years with high profile and prestigious law firms, working with legal leaders in their field, and acting for a broad range of entrepreneurs and institutional clients, then starting up a new business in a different industry (recruitment) in a different country (Hong Kong) and succeeding.
What are your plans for the future? Growing my business further and exploring ways to 'give back to the community'. Part of fulfilling the second objective is to give back to the university that gave so much for me.