2017 AmCham Events Series: The Trump Era

Past Events:

Decoding Trump: How the President's Words Impact Asian Businesses

Date: June 7 2017
Time: 8:00am-9:30am

As the Trump administration begins to enact some of its campaign promises and reverse others, the changing geopolitical environment could have a profound impact on businesses in Asia.

Corporate leaders in the region are now faced with a variety of new questions about how to operate successfully:

  • What is the new outlook for Trump’s policies on trade, cross-border deals and multi-market business efforts?
  • Given his reversals on China’s currency, will Trump also backtrack on his more hawkish rhetoric regarding China? What will be the economic impact on businesses in the region?
  • Can we also expect reversals around key taxation policy, FDI and offshore capital?
  • Will bilateralism be a net positive or negative for Asia businesses, particularly in Japan and Korea?


  • Stephen Labaton, President, North America at Finsbury


Trump's Technology Policy and its Potential Impact On the Technology Industry in the US and Worldwide

Date: May 24 2017
Time: 12:00nn-1:45pm

The outlook of the US technology industry under the new Trump administration has been one of the most discussed topics after the election. The uncertainty in regulations, policy directions and the government’s views on some of the sensitive issues shadowing the sector has caused concerns and anxiety among the tech insiders as well as members of the general public across the country.

What role do the Americans expect the tech industry to play under the new administration? How confident are they about the future of the industry over the next four years? Are they worried that the US might lose its world-leading position in innovation and technology development to other regions and countries?


  • Rowan Benecke, Global Chair, Worldwide Technology Practice at Burson-Marsteller


Operation Regulation Rollback

Date: May 10 2017
Time: 12:00nn-2:00pm

“We are absolutely destroying these horrible regulations that have been placed on your heads.”

These are words to business executives from U.S. President Donald Trump, summing up his intention to unwind back a host of financial regulations passed by Congress in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

So far the administration is taking aim at the wide ranging Dodd Frank Act, along with reversing a policy requiring a broker to act in a client’s best interest rather than seeking the highest profits for themselves.

Will Trump succeed? What does this mean for financial institutions and investors in Asia?

AmCham’s expert panel will provide you with fresh insights.


  • Tara Joseph, President at The American Chamber of Commerce in HK
  • Tatman R. Savio, Partner/ Regulatory Lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Daniel Ryan, Financial Services Advisory Leader at PwC
  • Gautam Verma, Head of Market Development, Enterprise Capabilities, Asia at Thomson Reuters



Date: May 8 2017
Time: 2:30-5:00pm



  • 美國駐香港領事館代表將從2017年「選擇美國投資峰會」看對美投資未來新趨勢
  • 全球最大的風險咨詢管理公司化險咨詢(Control Risks) 代表將與參會者分享在實戰中,他們如何幫助企業了解、應對、和防範對美投資過程中出現的主要風險,幫助中國企業實現收益最大化
  • 貝克麥堅時律師事務所華盛頓辦公室合夥人將揭開美國海外投資委員會的神秘面紗,以及解析美國新政府的國際貿易政策;運用法規等專業手段,助力中國企業成功投資美國


  • 金鈴, 大中華區和東北亞政府事務總監 at Control Risks
  • Rod Hunter, 華盛頓辦事處合夥人 at Baker McKenzie
  • Sylwia A. Lis, 華盛頓辦事處合夥人 at Baker McKenzie


From security to regulation, global citizens are trying to figure out what the new administration in Washington will mean for them. 

An expert in global securities and markets, Mark Bergman, is in town to share his insight on the current dynamics in Washington and possible scenarios over the coming months in relation to trade, foreign policy and domestic policy.


From surprises to predictions, trade policies in the Trump Era have been keeping the audience busy to make forecasts and manage expectations. As President Trump has begun to implement his policy program, there are many questions that companies need answers to – including the US approach to two of its key trading partners, China and Japan, as well as the overall US approach to the Asia-Pacific, both economically and geopolitically. What will be the reactions of governments in the region to these new policies and atmospherics? And how should businesses position themselves? What role does Hong Kong play?

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Trump's Impact on US Corporate Taxation (Feb 23)
Trump's Corporate Tax: What Does It Mean For Business In Hong Kong.

There is much speculation about how President Elect Donald Trump (and at the time of this meeting, President Donald Trump) will revamp the US tax system. While at the time of this writing there is little clarity on the issue, there are signals and directions. We will have a panel of US tax practitioners discussing some of the prevailing views of what those changes will be, and how they will impact businesses selling to the US. In addition to the taxation of businesses in the US, we will look at the impact on the global supply chain and discuss what steps you may wish to consider.


  • Ivan Strunin, Managing Director, U.S. Tax Services, Deloitte Asia Pacific International Core of Excellence
  • Peter Guang Chen, Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm


[SPOTLIGHT SESSION] Dire straits: Anticipating change and maintaining stability in a new era of US-China Relations (Feb 16)

In an event soon after U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural address, this discussion features leading global public policy thought leaders offering insight into the future of China and U.S. relations in a new era of leadership. Just a few weeks after taking office, what can the global citizens of the world anticipate from this untraditional policy maker? Professor Geng Xiao and Professor Richard Hu explore these questions and more, to highlight the opportunities and uncertainties in China-US relations in a new era of political leadership.


  • Richard Hu, Head of Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
  • Geng Xiao, Professor of Practice in Finance and Public Policy, University of Hong Kong
  • John Burns, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong (Moderator)