Home' A Plus Magazine : Dec 2012 Contents Benny Tong
"People in the U.K.
are more focused
hours... But, I don't
think the workload
in Asia is much
more than in the
t 34, Roy Leung is one
of the younger partners
at KPMG in Hong Kong.
Rather than keeping a low
profile and deferring to se-
nior colleagues, he finds himself often knock-
ing on their doors.
Leung says such an "open door" culture
has enabled him to learn a lot in his relatively
short time at the firm. "We don't really have
barriers," he says. "Just knock on the door
and the more you consult, the more confi-
dent you are with your decision and the clos-
er you will be to your colleagues."
A member of the Hong Kong Institute of
CPAs, Leung's career is illustrative of the
sometimes rapid ascent that young accoun-
tants can make.
With hard work, accounting firms of-
fer young CPAs some of the most promising
career paths of any in Hong Kong. Large ac-
counting firms are always top of the list of
the world's best employers, according to dif-
ferent global surveys.
Leung joined KPMG straight after gradu-
ating from the London School of Economics
in 2000. A decade later he was promoted to
partner, specializing in providing audit and
assurance ser vices to clients that are listed
or preparing for an initial public offering.
He has since been involved in IPO proj-
ects for companies overseas including in
South Africa and Russia.
"I think it's really good not just to work with
them through the phone or email, but to be in
their offices, get to know their culture and
learn what their best practices are and then
bring those things to Hong Kong," he adds.
Long hours are unavoidable for those in
the profession and generally in Hong Kong.
However, while it is hard work, Leung says
those busy periods and peak seasons are
important. "You get the first deep learning
curve out of it, so after completing every en-
gagement you always feel that you have de-
veloped yourself to a certain extent," he says.
With auditors usually working in teams,
Leung finds himself constantly working
with people of a similar age group. To him,
this makes ploughing through work after
regular office hours much more tolerable.
"You can work in a less challenging work-
place, but you won't get as much as I got over
the past 12 years."
The career advancement of bright young
CPAs has led to many to work abroad. Benny
Tong, 31, is one, currently working at Price-
22 December 2012
PHOTO: CARL JASON PIDLAOAN
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