Expat Advisors Community – network for professionals with internationally connected clients

Stacey Martin – Strategic Connector

I believe networking is the key to success in today’s busy world, even more so in China where guanxi 关系 is the foundation for building trusted relationships.

Being interested in what clients and business partners are looking to achieve, and drawing on my financial services expertise and extensive network across Australia and Asia, it is a privilege to be able to connect relevant expertise and add value for those looking do build business relationships between China and Australia.

If you are an SME wanting to engage with China, are interested in the Significant Investor Visa migration program, or are looking for the right professional to assist with advice for international business opportunities you can contact Stacey Martin here.


  • Collaborate – discussion forums for professionals with international clients, including accountants, lawyers, bankers, wealth managers and cultural consultants. Includes special interest groups for the Significant Investor Visa  program for migration agents, investment specialists and venture capital managers.

Check out discussion forums here.

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  • Connect – introductions to industry experts and professionals to provide advice and support for clients with cross-jurisdictional requirements

Check out community members here.


  • Co-ordinate – for Significant Investor Visa (SIV) applicants, bringing together migration, banking, investment, tax and legal specialists to make the move to Australia as smooth as possible

Check out SIV booklet here.


  • Communicate – coaching and mentoring  community members, facilitation  of delegations from China and conference speaking and MC at Aus-China events

Check out conference speaking here.

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  • Curate –  blog on China-related insights and articles  distributed regular community eNews and LinkedIn Group

Check out past eNews here.

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  • Co-create – strategy development, business facilitation, business matching, cultural insights and expertise on doing business with China

Check out  doing business with China here.

  • Co-operate – strategic partners include:

AAEC logoAustralia Asia Executive Center – cross-cultural network for business leaders and industry specialists pursuing expansion across Asia-Pacific

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Australian Services Roundtable – peak body for international trade agreements and mentoring services SME’s for internationalization

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AccessCN – strategic marketing and PR to help companies successfully transition into the Chinese market

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Austcham Hong Kong – the largest Australian business community outside of Australia – includes Finance, Legal and Tax group

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Basis Point – provides business intelligence and networking opportunities for participants in the investment and financial markets in Australia and Asia

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Dearin & Associates – international business consultancy accessing opportunities and capital in fast-growing international markets, expanding from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to China

HKTDC_logo for affHong Kong Trade and Development Council – helps Hong Kong’s SMEs connect with business clients and partners around the world.

HKTDC is the organiser of the annual Asian Financial Forum

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InvestHK – assists Australian and New Zealand companies to set up in Hong Kong and promotes Hong Kong as the gateway to China


NiHao Global – provides independent interpretation, translation, research and recruitment services on the ground in China with local business knowledge and experience.

Migration alliance logo_squareMigration Alliance – membership organisation leading the Migration advice profession through the provision of expert advice to government and consumers


Silk Road Consulting – assists Australian SME’s to access the Chinese market and facilitates Chinese companies seeking strategic partners, as well as high net worth individuals seeing investment opportunities in Australia.

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SME Association of Australia – supports a diverse range of SMEs,  business owners and entrepreneurs from start-ups to small and medium enterprises.

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Sumo SIV – provides a flexible investment platform for Significant Investor Visa migration and a range concierge services for VIP clients.


think global logoThink Global Consulting – facilitates business and investment between Asia and Australia leveraging networks and relationships in both developed and emerging markets.

Check out partner events here.

Connect with Us

If you are a professional working with international clients and are interested in collaborating with like-minded and passionate individuals, you can contact Expat Advisors Community founder Stacey Martin here to enquire about becoming part of our network.

For SMEs wanting to engage with China contact us to see how our network can short-cut your journey for success.

Today is a working day in China – would never happen in Australia!


I arrived in Shanghai yesterday, Saturday 20th January, to attend the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) Shanghai Australia Day Roast 2017, my second Aussie celebration coming from the AustCham Hong Kong Australian Day Lunch at the Island Shangri-La on Friday.

Australia Day_ShanghaiThe afternoon in Shanghai at the Kadadu Restaurant was fantastic with the local expat community coming together to mark Australia’s national day with an Aussie BBQ and Pavlova competition.

Being winter in China, everyone was rugged up with day temperatures around 5 degrees, unlike Australia’s sweltering summer of up to 40 degrees.Aussie produce

The band played Australian classics and you could feel the patriotism during Waltzing Matilda.  There was also a showcase of product and services including some Aussie produce as well as a good old meat raffle and the silent auction.

China’s travel exodus for the seven-day holiday

Today (Sunday) is a work day in China, with staff heading into offices. The Lunar calendar determines the date of Chinese New Year and for 2017 falls a bit earlier next Saturday 28th January. Being a weekend, there is a holiday in lieu, plus the three public holidays, the weekend and “borrowing” from working today will essentially provide seven consecutive days off!

This would never happen in Australia or many other countries with the weekend being sacrosanct and just extra leave being taken to extend the holiday break!

Chinese New Year is a quiet time in Chinese cities with a mass exodus of people returning home to families, many in the country, creating a huge travel exodus. Most of the shops and restaurants will be closed although tourist attractions will still be open. This Friday evening, new years eve, is family time and I am fortunate to be staying with locals, looking forward to my first time to experience on the ground

Chinese New Year in Sydney

My hometown of Sydney holds the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside China. There is a range of exciting initiatives being planned around the harbour, city and suburbs with the Sydney Opera House already lit up in red.


With the celebrations continuing on until February 12, am looking forward to being back to enjoy a range of functions and events with Australia China Business Council (ACBC), Hong Kong Trade and Development Corporation (HKTDC) during the year of The Rooster.

Let’s all Celebrate

For me, having grown up in Melbourne the start of the party season is the first Tuesday in November with the Melbourne Cup a great opportunity to get together with friends and business colleagues to celebrate the race that stops the nation!

Our party season generally ends with Australia Day, however now as an Aus-China Consultant, the celebrations continue to mid-February!  From Christmas to the western New Years even on 31st December and Chinese New Year these celebrations provides wonderful opportunities to build relationships and enjoy the richness of our multicultural society.

Stacey Martin is the Founder of Advisors Community network for professionals with internationally connected clients. She has been in Hong Kong on behalf of HKTDC leading the 2017 Australian delegation to the Asian Financial Forum, part of International Finance Week. If you are interested in being part of the 2018 mission, including a range of tailored networking events and business introductions you can express your interest here. 

What does the 2017 year of The Fire Rooster hold?

CNY with blueChinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important holiday for Chinese around the world. The date is determined by the lunar calendar which is based on the moon’s orbit around the earth and Chinese New Year always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice.
The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s year of birth year has a profound influence on personality and destiny. Chinese astrology deals with divining sciences of wuxing or the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal, wood), Yin and Yang, Chi, and the cycles of time.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster, starting from January 28th, and ending on February 15th, 2018.


People born in the Year of Rooster according to Chinese zodiac have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome and prefer to dress up.

In daily life, they seldom rely on others. However, they might be enthusiastic about something quickly, but soon be impassive. Thus, they need to have enough faiths and patience to insist on one thing.

  • Strengths – independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respect, quick minded
  • Weaknesses – impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish
Five Types of Rooster

It is theorised that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac sign and elements, the five being Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth.

Type of Rooster Year of Birth Characteristics
Wood Rooster 1945, 2005 Energetic, overconfident, tender, and unstable
Fire Rooster 1957, 2017 Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work
Earth Rooster 1909, 1969 Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular with their friends
Gold Rooster 1921, 1981 Determined, brave, perseverant, and hardworking
Water Rooster 1933, 1993 Smart, quick-witted, tenderhearted, and compassionate

See 2017 Predictions for Roosters of Different Elements.

Traditional Customs

The celebrations are synonymous with “Spring Festival” (春节 or chūn jié). Chinese families travel long distances and brave the crowds to get to their hometowns known as the “Spring movement” or Chunyun (春运). During the holiday period, firecrackers are lit, drums can be heard on the streets, red lanterns glow at night, and children are given red envelopes with money inside.

Many cities around the world also hold New Year parades complete with a dragon and lion dance, and the Lantern Festival on the 15th day. Food is an important component of New Year celebrations with traditional foods including nian gao or sweet sticky rice cake and savoury dumplings, which are round and symbolize never-ending wealth.

What is your Chinese Zodiac sign?

Your year of birth determines your zodiac sign and there are 12 signs. When someone asks you your sign, it may not just be for determining characteristics and compatibility, then can also work out your age!

To work out your sign go to the calculator here.

Aussie delegates enjoy a relaxing drink ahead of AFF

 Allan Stqacey Vincent A crisp Sunday evening in Hong Kong saw Australian delegates and supporters network over drinks and canapés at The Envoy hotel terrace at The Pottinger Hotel.

NetworkingDelegate Vincent Lim from Sumo Group also had his local and Australian colleagues in town ahead of a trip into mainland China this week.

Steve and StqaceySteve Newnham, Oakham Grove is representing a number of boutique fund managers as well as some investor ready projects which are listed on the Australian AFF Delegate page of Open Sesame Asia, founded by Adam Goern.

We were delighted to welcome special guests Allen Kwok form Victorian Government Business Office, as well as Rodney Heng from The Hub who will be sharing more about the charities work at the Races evening on Wednesday – still tickets available here.

For more on the Australian delegation activities during the week, or to download the delegate profile booklet go to the link here.


INVITATION: Hong Kong Trust Company in Australia – breakfast Tuesday 18th October

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When visiting Hong Kong recently preparing for our delegation to the Asian Financial Forum in January 2017 I spent some time with Carolyn Bulter from The Hong Kong Trust Company. We are delighted to extend an invitation to their “Hong Kong Link: Australia and China” events – Business Opportunities for Australian Firms
Carolyn Butler, The Hong Kong Trust Company
Carolyn Butler, The Hong Kong Trust Company

Ken Deayton, Founder & Director, Callan Anderson – Executive Director and Carolyn Butler – Director and CEO will be in Sydney 17th to 19th October and Melbourne 21st, 24th and 25th October.

This is a great opportunity to hear directly from in-market participants on how a special administrative region such as Hong Kong can help convert opportunities with the growth in mainland China into commercially viable results and get the most out of any business ventures.

The team will cover issues dealing with the regulatory constraints and compliance requirements including:

  • Capital raising structures
  • Protecting your assets through trusts and other structures
  • Ensuring the optimal on-shore and offshore structures for tax and trade efficiency

And how to build relationships with local governments, clients and industry experts.

Event Details

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Time:      7.30am for  8.00am to 9.30am followed by networking

Venue:    Langham Hotel, 89-113 Kent St Sydney NSW 2000

RSVP:      Email: events@hongkongtrustco.com or contact Stacey Martin in Sydney on 0413 127 677

For more information, you can download the Sydney invitation and flyer “Hong Kong Link – Australia & China 2016” here.

About The Hong Kong Trust Company Group

 As a registered Trust Company in Hong Kong they provide professional trusteeship and fiduciary services, fund and private equity structures and administration and a full range of corporate, accounting and tax compliance services for individuals, family offices, intermediaries and corporations. 

These structures and services provide for the protection and administration of international wealth planning, estate management and tax efficiency and can assist with the establishment of PRC entities.