Sidney Yankson, CEO, Ghana Capital Partners
Panelist at AIX: Power and Renewables
Born and raised in London, Sidney completed his three-year LLB (Hons) in Law with University of London whilst working for a private wealth management company in Hong Kong. In 2007 Sidney received an academic award from the University of London. Sidney was one of the top students in his class and was ranked 1st out of 953 students worldwide in his first academic year, 4th out of 802 students in his second year and 4th out of 532 students in his final year. Sidney graduated in June 2009 and received his degree with upper second class honours. After completing his LLB, Sidney attended Boston University School of Law to read for his masters in law. Boston University School of Law awarded Sidney the title LLM scholar for his academic excellence. Sidney graduated from Boston University School of Law with the degree of LLM in American Law in May 2010. His GPA was 3.78 in the first semester and he graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.56. Sidney pursued a diverse range of subjects including Islamic law, CIA’s National Clandestine Service, private equity and public international law. Sidney has written and published a number of papers in such diverse areas as terrorist financing and the role of the United Nations in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Sidney completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws at The University of Hong Kong (“HKU”) in June 2011. During his time at HKU, Sidney was part of the HKU moot court team that competed at the 6th International Commercial Mediation competition in Paris. The team was awarded the Best Opening Statement out of the 57 teams in the competition. In terms of legal work experience, Sidney has completed a number of internships with leading solicitors and barristers in Hong Kong and as a judicial marshal at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal. Sidney commenced pupillage in Hong Kong in July 2011. Sidney was awarded the Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship in November 2011 and was admitted as a barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong in February 2012. Sidney has over 17 years experience in private banking and wealth management, and has clients in all the major finance centres, including Tokyo, New York, Singapore, London and Hong Kong. Sidney has worked for numerous international companies and banks and held many senior roles. These include senior international wealth manager at ING, private banker at Bank of Bermuda and associate partner at St. James’s Place.Sidney also has a BSc in physics from the University of Durham. Sidney is a keen sportsman and plays many sports including ice-hockey, royal tennis, soccer and snowboarding. Sidney has received university colours for both soccer and ice-hockey and is currently world ranked for royal tennis. Sidney is currently a practicing barrister-at-law with Garden Chambers in Hong Kong. Sidney recently annotated Cap. 615: Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance published by Sweet & Maxwell.