I get up at 8.30am, but I don't like getting up. I'd prefer not to, really. I always have a shower in the morning whether I need it or not. Then I sit down with a cup of coffee and watch BBC World with my one-year-old daughter, Lara. I only get to see her in the morning because she's in bed by the time I get home. She likes to sit on my knee while I watch the news. Then I kiss Lara goodbye and leave her with Daisy, our wonderful and efficient helper. I call a taxi at 9.15am to get to work. I just bought a new car, but I never drive it. I am the chairman of the Sovereign Group, a company that provides advice on offshore tax arrangements. We have 26 offices around the world and I run the group. I am also a barrister, but I'm not practising in Hong Kong. When I get into our office, which is in the Kinwick Centre on Hollywood Road, there are usually about 200 new e-mails waiting for me. About 150 of them are tax-related - clients wanting advice and my other offices reporting in or wanting directions. The other 50 are Art Foundation-related matters. I first came up with the idea of the Sovereign Art Foundation 10 years ago in Spain. I've always been interested in art and I'm a collector. I'm actually just back from a trip to Spain and London. I bought three paintings by the lateTerry Frost. He's a famous artist - one of Britain's leading contemporary painters - so I'm quite pleased with those. We finally managed to start work on the foundation three years ago and launched it in 2003. It is a registered charity in Hong Kong that helps emerging artists and tries to promote Asian art, to raise public awareness and appreciation of it. In Europe, business and the arts go hand in hand because businesses know it's a good idea to support the arts and are very involved in all its forms. But I don't think that's the case in Asia, so I want to try to raise awareness and increase the involvement of businesses in art, and in doing so, raise money for charitable causes. The main way of doing that at the moment is through the Sovereign Art Foundation, where we encourage established artists to submit their work and attempt to win the Asian Art Prize, which includes a cheque for US$25,000. We were happy to announce well-known Hong Kong contemporary artist Tsang Kin-wah as the winner this year. We announced it at the opening of the finalist's art exhibition at the IFC Mall Atrium. The painting is called I Love You, and if you look closely you can see words like 'I love you' and 'money' in the painting. It's really quite special. There is also the Schoeni Prize of US$1,000, which is determined by public vote through our website [ www.sovereignartfoundation.com ]. The prize was named after my friend, Manfred Schoeni, who was murdered in the Philippines three days before the gala dinner last year. He was an art gallery owner and on the panel of art advisers, so we decided to name the prize after him. Simon Birch [a Hong Kong-based painter] won last year's prize. After I've finished checking my e-mails I have a daily meeting with our public relations officer, Tiffany, about the Art Foundation. I'm really busy now because I spend only six months of the year in Hong Kong and we're getting close to the dinner. So there's a lot to do. At 1pm I go for lunch and never come back. [He laughs.] No, I like to go to the Ladies' Recreation Club and play squash. Sometimes I might go out for lunch with a client, or I might order sushi into the office. Sometimes I don't eat. I'm also a professor at the St Thomas University law department in Miami and I teach a course in international and offshore planning. It's an online master's degree, but I'm not teaching at the moment. Occasionally I spend an hour or so replying to e-mails from my students, who're normally professional people from the industry. Our Europe offices start waking up from 4pm onwards, so after that it starts getting really busy. I prefer to meet clients after lunch, because I'm busy in the mornings dealing with e-mails and having meetings. I'm usually in the office until about 7pm or 8pm. If I didn't play squash at lunchtime, I'll play in the evening. Otherwise I'll have a drink with a client until about 9.30pm, generally somewhere nice in SoHo. If I'm not meeting clients I usually go to the Vodka Bar [on Old Bailey Street]. For dinner, it depends on what I feel like, but I usually have something fairly simple with a nice bottle of wine. I normally drink red wine, and I like Spanish, Australian or French. I mostly eat western food. I only have Chinese food occasionally. Or I'll go home for dinner and spend some time with my girlfriend, Susie. We launched the European Art Prize when I was in London earlier this month. We had a party to announce we were ready for submissions. I think we'll get better quality art in Europe because we've already been promised some of Britain's most lauded artists are going to enter, which is something we haven't had here. I'm very excited about that because we had to struggle to get a decent number of good quality artists entering the Asian competition. I think it was because, for some reason, they've been under the impression the prize is open mainly to students and emerging artists, but this isn't the case. In Europe, we adopted a different system: we approached art experts in 10 countries and asked them to nominate artists whom they think should enter and to approach them on our behalf. This is what we hope to do for the Asian one next year to try to get more established artists entering. For the competition, applicants submitted photographs of their artwork, out of which 30 were selected by a panel of judges. People will be able to bid for these paintings at the auction during our charity dinner on Friday.