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In recent years domestic banks in China have turned more cautious towards lending to the real estate sector and bank loans have become increasingly difficult to obtain. As a result, more developers are seeking alternative sources of financing to fund their growth and expansion. One option is to raise debt through the shadow banking market. The shadow banking system in China encompasses a collection of non-bank financial intermediaries which provide services similar to commercial banks but are not subject to the banking regulations. There are a wide range of intermediaries including underground banks, microcredit companies, off-balance sheet loans for domestic banks, private equity funds and trust products. Though the largest shadow banking markets are the United States and United Kingdom, China's shadow banking system has been growing at a tremendous rate. Recording an increase of 42% in 2012 alone, it is currently estimated to account for as much as US$ 3.5-5 trillion equivalent to 26% - 55% of the country's GDP. With this in mind, will there be more default cases in the Chinese residential markets? How will this impact the overall real estate market? Will this create a knock-on effect on the already slowing economy in China? Please join our lunchtime event to explore these issues and more.

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Have you ever noticed companies with websites that say "As seen on..." and then list publications where they've been featured? Have you ever wondered "How did they get featured in those publications?" Have you ever wanted to get your company featured in top tier publications so you could also enjoy the credibility that comes from being seen as an expert and the publicity that follows being featured in an article? Then come listen as marketing expert Joshua Steimle explains how you can manage your own public relations outreach and get written up in well known publications.

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According to Community Business' latest research, there is only 9.6% women on the boards of Hong Kong's top companies. Despite much momentum globally on this and HKEx recently introducing a code provision on board diversity for listed companies, the pace of change in Hong Kong has been disappointing. Another disturbing finding is that the number of female executive directorships on the Hang Seng Index has not increased since 2009, which indicates that companies are not creating a pipeline for women to reach the very top. Community Business considers this to be a business issue that companies need to understand, rather than positioned as a women's issue.

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Due to the competitiveness of the talent market, hiring and retaining the best people is often seen as one of the top challenges faced by SMEs in Hong Kong.

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Hosted by the Communications & Marketing Committee The growth of Digital and the need for Innovation raise questions on talent profile, organization and culture. In this session Natascha Jacobovits de Szeged will discuss the following questions: 1) What are the competencies and characteristics of successful digital leaders 2) How do we bring innovation into our organisation 3) What are the organizational considerations as we invest in digital 4) How do we integrate new talent for success and what implications to our culture

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WOI 2016 - Awards Presentations

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Teresa Ko, Partner, Hong Kong Office and China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director, Airport Operations, Airport Authority Hong Kong Sammi Cho, Chief Executive Hong Kong Branch, and Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific Region, BNY Mellon Marybeth Hays, Chief Merchandising, Marketing & Supply Chain Officer, Walmart China Christina Ma, Head of Greater China Equity Sales, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC Daphne Yiu, PhD, Professor and Chairperson Department of Management, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Anne O’Riordan, Senior Managing Director – Global Life Sciences Accenture (Moderator)

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Joanna Bowers, Director, Cheeky Monkey Productions Asia Ltd. Kathleen Ferrier, Co-Founder, Bright Hong Kong Shalini Mahtani, MBE, Founder, The Zubin Foundation and HospitalAdvisor Vanina de Verneuil, General Counsel, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) & Global Cloud Xchange Alia Eyres, CEO, Mother’s Choice (Moderator)

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Divya Ahluwalia, Templar Advisors Rina Hiranand, Strategy Director, social@Ogilvy Hong Kong (Facilitator) Helene Liu, Executive Director, The Beauty Group (Introducer)