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AmCham Intellectual Property Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Aug 5, 2014 (Tue) - 12:30pm

AmCham Trade & Investment Committee Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Trade & Investment Committee

Aug 6, 2014 (Wed) - 12:30pm

Breakfast & Learn Workshop: Understanding Your Strengths – Using the MBTI® Instrument

Mr. Robin Ball, founder and Managing Director, MDS Ltd

Aug 7, 2014 (Thu) - 8:00am

Mid Year Employment Outlook - (current trends in employment market in Hong Kong, outlook for rest of the year plus trends in compensation levels)

Kirstin MacLaren, Director - Financial Services and Human Resources at Michael Page

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Aug 8, 2014 (Fri) - 12:00pm

Monthly Networking Drinks

Aug 11, 2014 (Mon) - 6:30pm

Same Same but Different - Putting Purpose into Practice in Asia

Jonathan Sanchez
Co-Founder, STAND

Hosted By the Communications & Marketing Committee

Aug 12, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

Manufacturing operations in Vietnam After the Anti-Chinese Riots

Lane Aldred
Security Director Hong Kong, International SOS and Control Risks

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Aug 12, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

Talent Retention & Engagement – Differentiating through Employee Benefits

Cedric Luah, Director, Client Development, Group Corporate Solutions, AIA Group

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Aug 19, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

Lunch & Learn Workshop: The Twitter Pitch: Updating the Elevator Pitch in the digital age

Ms. Linda Garrett, Managing Director, Garrett Global

Aug 20, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

Taxes and the Economy – Executive Briefing Luncheon with Dr. Arthur B. Laffer

Dr. Arthur B. Laffer
Founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates and Laffer Investments

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Aug 20, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

AmCham Human Capital Conference Planning Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Aug 21, 2014 (Thu) - 8:30am

AmCham China Business Committee Second Half Planning Meeting (AmCham Members Only)

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Aug 22, 2014 (Fri) - 11:00am

What’s new in Qianhai?

* Peter Tao Peng, Section Chief of Business Promotion, Qianhai Authority
* Peter Kung, Senior Partner, Southern China, KPMG

Hosted By the China Business Committee

Aug 22, 2014 (Fri) - 12:00pm

Into the East: Exploring the US Pivot to Asia

David Carden
Former US Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and
Partner-in-Charge of Asia, JONES DAY® - One Firm WorldwideSM

Hosted By the Apparel & Footwear Committee

Aug 26, 2014 (Tue) - 8:00am

The New PRC Trademark Law - What Does this Mean For Your Business?

*Benjamin Choi, Partner - IP & TMT Group, Mayer Brown JSM
*Alan Chiu, Partner - IP & TMT Group, Mayer Brown JSM

Hosted By the Intellectual Property Committee

Aug 26, 2014 (Tue) - 12:00pm

The 56th InterCham Young Professionals Cocktail

Aug 26, 2014 (Tue) - 6:30pm

BEPS – A New Era in International Tax: Action 6 – Preventing Treaty Abuse

* Wade R. Wagatsuma, Principal-In-Charge (US Tax), KPMG China
* Chris Xing, Tax Partner, KPMG China
* John Kondos, Tax Partner, KPMG China
* Justin Pearce, Senior Tax Advisor, KPMG China

Hosted By the Taxation Committee

Aug 27, 2014 (Wed) - 12:00pm

AmCham HK Business Leadership Delegation to Shenzhen

Aug 28, 2014 (Thu) - 8:00am

Real Estate Transparency & Global Investment Flows in 2014

*David Green-Morgan, Global Capital Markets Research Director, JLL
*Alistair Meadows, Head, International Capital Group, Asia Pacific, JLL

Hosted By the Real Estate Committee

Aug 28, 2014 (Thu) - 12:30pm

“Cracking the Code” Gender Research Programme 2013, 30% Club UK

*Sean Dineen, Managing Consultant and Head, YSC Hong Kong
*Dr. Claire Garner, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant

Hosted By the Human Capital Committee

Aug 29, 2014 (Fri) - 12:00pm

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EVENT DETAILS

AmCham China Conference - Managing in a Maturing China

8:00am Registration/ Coffee/ Sponsors’ Exhibitions
8:20am – 3:30pm Conference(Lunch included, 12:15pm-2:00pm)
 
Hosted by the China Affairs Group
 
AmCham’s annual China Conference is structured to provide practical, near-term insights and assessments for effective business development in Hong Kong and China.

After more than 30 years of rapid growth, China is a maturing economy. The business climate for foreign MNCs and SMEs operating in China – both old timers and new-to-market companies – face worrisome challenges from rising costs coupled with intensifying competition from domestic businesses. Nevertheless, China’s continuing urbanization, emerging middle class, aging population, and recent adjustments in various social policies offer huge potential for business growth. In this changing environment, how can foreign businesses maintain their competitiveness in China and adapt to the new market circumstances to win consumers? In addition, what role can Hong Kong play in this historic transformation of China’s business environment, particularly in services?

 
Gain insights on these and related issues at this exceptional one-day event. Take the opportunity to learn from and interact with senior business executives, policy makers and other experts through two keynote speeches and five highly interactive panels.
 
The conference flyer is attached HERE for registration purposes.
To view more / agenda for reference, please visit www.amcham.org.hk/China-Conference.html

PROGRAM (For speakers' bio, please click on their names)
Opening Keynote (8:40am - 9:25am)
Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now; Former Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce and Former US Ambassador to Singapore
  
Luncheon Keynote: A Conversation with Jing Ulrich (1:15pm - 2:00pm)
Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Tara Joseph, Editor-in-Charge, Reuters TV, Asia (Moderator)

Panel I: China’s Mass Urbanization: Get with the Flow, or Fail (9:30am - 10:30am)
China is undergoing an unprecedented urbanization. With more than 700 million people living in the cities already, another 150 million are expected to move from the countryside to cities over the next decade. Along with urbanization, the middle class is booming, the population is aging, and the current social benefit system needs substantial reform. Does Hong Kong have a role to play in these areas? As China tries to manage this historic transformation, what are the opportunities for foreign firms to assist? How can existing foreign businesses maintain their competitiveness in China and adapt to the new market circumstances to win consumers?
 
Peter Levesque, Chief Commercial Officer, Modern Terminals Ltd. (Moderator)
Michael A. Jones, Vice President, Global Business Development, General Electric
Michael Klibaner, Regional Director & Head of Research - Greater China, JLL
Jay Walder, CEO, MTR Corporation


Three Concurrent Breakout Sessions(Panels II – IV, 11:00am-12:15pm. Please refer to booking form for selection):

Panel II: Government Hand-Outs or the Invisible Hand?
For two decades China has been trying to shift from a planned economy to a market economy, but government still plays a major role in the market. The recent CPC Third Plenum announced that market will be the decisive factor in economy. What does that mean for SOEs as well as private and foreign businesses? What are the opportunities and challenges? If the economy slows down, will the government still let the market rule?
 
Robert Grieves, Chairman & CEO, Hamilton Advisors Limited (Moderator)
Brian Murray, Group Chief Economist, Investment Department, AIA Group Limited
William Overholt, President, Fung Global Institute
Yu Liming, Vice President, China Merchants Group

Panel III: Lead or Follow? HK’s Role in PRD Integration
The greater PRD area offers great potential for Hong Kong business development and social/economic integration, especially in services. How can Hong Kong help drive world-class developments in the planned PRD Free Trade Area, maximizing new transportation links between Hong Kong and PRD? Will Hong Kong be a leader or a follower in this regional integration? How can the Hong Kong government and the business community best ensure a strong role for Hong Kong in PRD development and economic maturation? 

Seth Peterson, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles (Moderator)
Colin Browne, VP and Managing Director of Asia Sourcing, VF Asia Ltd.
Ben Simpfendorfer, Founder and Managing Director, Silk Road Associates
Alan Turley, Vice President - International Affairs, APAC, FedEx Express
 
Panel IV: China E-Commerce: the Most Important Business Battleground in the World
China e-commerce is at the intersection of the two most important business trends in the world today: the rise of the Chinese consumer and the rise of e-commerce.  Not only are these two trends shaping China’s economy, China e-commerce is increasingly setting the pace for the world.  The good news is international companies are increasingly able to compete and win in this strategic space.  Find out how your company can develop an effective China e-commerce strategy.
 
Josh Goldman, Global Leader, Digital Shopping Measurement, Nielsen (Moderator)
Sujith Abraham, Group Vice President, Asia Pacific Strategy & Sales Department, Oracle
Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now
Thibault Villet, CEO, Glamour Sales China

Panel V: China’s Financial Reforms: Over-hyped or the Real Thing? (2:00pm - 3:15pm)
China appears to be speeding up its financial reforms and new measures are being floated in Qianhai and in the new Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. As China's foreign exchange reserves continue to climb and booming internet financing brings unprecedented competition on traditional financing, are financial reforms over-hyped or will there be real traction? What needs closest watching? What could impact risk assessment most for foreign businesses invested in Mainland China and Hong Kong? 
 
Beth Smits, Head of Public Affairs & Communications, Asia Pacific, SWIFT (Moderator)
Simon Gleave, Regional Head, Financial Services, KPMG
Robert Kung, China Country Executive and Head of Global Client Management, BNY Mellon
Anthony Neoh, Former Chief Advisor, China Securities Regulatory Commission
 

Supporting Organizations will benefit from AmCham member rates. For the supporting organizations registering through AmCham, please click on the “flyer” , complete the form and check the “Supporting Organization Rate”, and fax it to Beverly Yau, AmCham at +(852) 3753-1202.

Sponsorship form is attached HERE. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Mary Simpson at 2530-6922 / msimpson@amcham.org.hk
 
For more information about program details, please contact William Lin at 2530-6915 / wlin@amcham.org.hk or Cynthia O at 2530-6928 / cyo@amcham.org.hk

The conference flyer is attached HERE for registration purposes.
 
To view more / agenda for reference, please visit www.amcham.org.hk/China-Conference.html

 

SPEAKER

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
*Frank Lavin, CEO and Founder, Export Now; Former Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce and Former US Ambassador to Singapore (Opening Keynote)
*Jing Ulrich, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Luncheon Keynote)

REGISTRATION

Date: May 9, 2014

Time: 08:00am - 03:30pm

Fees:
Member: HK$1,580
Non-member: HK$1,880
Corporate table: HK$20,000

Venue:
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Grand Ballroom, Level 2
8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
[MAP]

Inquiries:
Ms. Beverly Yau
Email: byau@amcham.org.hk
Subject line: "Date of event /Speaker(s) name or event title"

Media registration at 8:15am. For media inquiries, please email to publicaffairs@amcham.org.hk


Media: Open to Media

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Terms and Conditions

* Presentation materials will be distributed to MEMBER ATTENDEES only.

* To ensure that we capture all your online registrations on time before the event, the online booking system will be deactivated 48 hours prior to the event

* An email confirmation will be sent to the registered participant's email. Online bookings will generate an automated confirmation via e-mail.

* Membership is on an individual basis. Non-members can only attend at non-member price.

* All cancellations must be notified in writing at least two working days prior to the event, or six working days prior to the conference. No-shows will be charged.

* Faxed or mailed booking forms received without payment (check/cash) will be considered void, unless valid credit card details are given as guarantee.

* When Typhoon 8 (or above) or Black Rainstorm Signal is hoisted, all events will be cancelled.