A Hong Kong based lawyer has been acknowledged for his work over the last decade in supporting Scottish businesses looking to expand in to Asia.
Vincent Connor, a partner and infrastructure specialist at Pinsent Masons, has been inducted in to the GlobalScot Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts.
GlobalScot is an international network of 650 entrepreneurial and business leaders who are dedicated to supporting ambitious Scottish companies.
Working in partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI) and Scottish Enterprise, the network is active in more than 50 countries, helping companies prepare for market entry, in forging new relationships and with introductions to potential partners, customers and suppliers.
During her recent visit to the former British colony, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon presented the Glasgow-born lawyer with a certificate welcoming him in to the Hall of Fame.
She said: “It was a real honour to induct Vincent Connor into the GlobalScot Hall of Fame in recognition of the great work he has carried out over a number of years to promote Scotland internationally, particularly in Hong Kong.
“The GlobalScot network is one of Scotland’s greatest assets in promoting trade and investment opportunities and Vincent’s work for the network has been outstanding.”
Vincent moved to Hong Kong in 2007 with his wife Gillian Johnston (also a lawyer) when an opportunity arose to take over as Pinsent Masons’ Head of Office, which is part of a 250-strong team of specialists in Singapore, China and Australia.
Pinsent Masons traces its roots back to Glasgow in 1769 through its merger with McGrigors in 2012.
On receiving the award, Mr Connor said: “I’m thrilled to be inducted into the GlobalScot Hall of Fame and it was particularly special to receive this honour from the First Minister, here in Hong Kong.
“When a Scottish business is seeking to get started in Hong Kong or to explore Asia, or China in particular, there is a number of considerations they will need to have in mind, and GlobalScot is there to help them navigate the challenges and to make the most of the opportunities offered.
In the last 10 years he has assisted businesses in the technology, bio-fuels, design and construction, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors.
He is also a trustee of the Saltire Foundation, which supports high-flying Scottish graduates in securing international work experience opportunities, and he chairs a council of Scottish business people in Hong Kong which works closely with Entrepreneurial Scotland to help build up a sustainable flow of Saltire Scholars to Asia.