Delegation to Asian Financial Forum and business matching in Hong Kong – 15 to 20 Jan 2017

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Expat Advisors Community is leading this year official delegation for the Hong Kong Trade and Development Corporation (HKTDC)  to the 2017 Asian Financial Forum taking the baton from David Thomas, Think Global, delegation leader for the last seven years. 

You can view past delegate testimonials from January 2015 here and January 2016 here.

Why Asia Now

Many firms in Asia are looking to enter the Australian financial services market, seeking to understand our highly regulated environment, and partner or joint venture with Australian businesses.

The 2017 delegate program has been designed to educate, inspire and provide business matching opportunities with local industry participants and investors.

Delegates including fund managers, property, legal, accounting, advisory and those seeking funding and partnership opportunities from Chinese investors, will be able to showcase their services with through a range of formal and informal business matching and networking opportunities.

Delegation Program Overview

Welcome Cocktail Event – Sunday evening 15th January

Join local industry and VIP guests in a relaxed environment to get to know fellow delegates and prepare for the week’s activities.

Asian Financial Forum – Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th    “Asia: driving change, innovation and connectivity

BenankeDuring this two-day global business forum, held at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center, delegates will hear from high calibre speakers including industry leaders, government and regulators on the evolution and opportunities in the region.

Day one includes speakers from the International Monetary Fund, S & P Global Ratings, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Iran, China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund and China UnionPay.

Day two sees topical and sector specific workshops such as:

  • Payment technology and cyber security
  • Health Insurance and Technology
  • Insurance and Actuarial Regulatory Developments
  • Infrastructure Financing
  • Private Investment and Wealth Management
  • ASEAN and Middle East investment outlook
  • China-India economic partnership and integration

Download the AFF 2017 brochure here and view the AFF 2016 highlights video here.

Business Matching and Networking Opportunities


  • AFF Deal Flow  – submit your project or areas of interest for one-on-one facilitated business matching with potential investors and services professionals
    • Priority sectors for projects and deals are Food & Agriculture, Fintech, Manufacturing and Clean Technology and Digital Technology
    • Sector-specific networking to facilitate opportunities and exchange market intelligence.
  • AFF App – to start connecting with forum attendees and arranging meetings
  • Mission business matching – partner arrangement to facilitate your project with potential investors
  • Financial Advisory Services Zone – consult with Hong Kong experts and professionals, including representatives from HKEx, investment and commercial banks, accounting and legal firms
  • Cocktail Reception – networking event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Asian Financial Forum.

You can view the official AFF website here

Tailored business matching and workshops for mission delegates – Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th January
  • Wednesday morning – meet local industry participants including financial advisors, accountants, lawyers and other connections with interest in Australian business opportunities
  • Thursday morning – delegates showcase their capabilities to local industry and investors across a range of sectors including Australian property projects
  • Thursday afternoon  – visit to Cyberport for latest insights on fintec and financial services disruption.

International Finance Week

International Financial Week (IFW) is a series of high-level events, anchored by the AFF, to maximise opportunities for networking and intelligence gathering. Other programs of interest during IFW include:

  • 2017 Family Office Solutions Showcase – 18th & 19th January

For those interested in the evolution of the Family Office, delegates are able to participate in this two-day conference exploring the latest trends and exchanging insightful ideas. which will include: Tycoons in Asia and the prospects for Family Offices, the role of Hong Kong,  latest co-investment trends, succession planning and best practices round-table discussions.

Topics include Tycoons in Asia and the prospects for Family Offices, the role of Hong Kong,  latest co-investment trends, succession planning and best practices round-table discussions. There will also be a showcase of solutions for family offices including Corporate Finance, Family Governance, Direct Investment, Private Equity and Real Estate.

By special arrangement, delegates will be able to meet with conference speakers one-on-one to discuss their business interests.  

  • StartMeUp Hong Kong Festival – 16th to 20th January

Delving into the future of entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation, the StartMeUp Hong Kong festival will feature keynotes, interactive how-to-sessions, hackathons, powerful lessons from seasoned founders and investors plus much more. Sessions of interest to delegates include:

  • Venture Forum – Tuesday 5-8pm to be inspired by innovative ideas and business models
  • Healthtec Asia – Friday 9-6 pm for the digital start-up of our generation
  • Private Briefing  – Friday morning for delegates at the InvestHK office with Rob Findlay from Next Money.

See more on the StartMeUp Festival here.

Networking and Social Events for our Australian delegation
  • Tuesday evening – Austcham Hong Kong & NZ Chamber, Mix at Six networking event
  • Wednesday evening  – box at the Hong Kong races at Sha Tin with AustCham charity The Hub children and youth centre.
  • Friday lunch – celebrate Australia Day at the Shangri-La with Auscham Hong Kong keynote event, followed by networking drinks

Bring the family

Your partner and children can join you in Hong Kong and enjoy the vibrancy and sightseeing such as The Peak, Stanley markets, the Big Budha, and Ocean Park Aberdeen.

Booking Details

Delegate Fee is $3,500 (plus GST) and $3,000 (plus GST) for additional delegates from the same company.  Payment of the initial deposit of $1,200 (plus GST) will commence the Delegate Preparation process, with the balance due by 15th December 2016. Registrations after 15th December are $4,000 (plus GST). Note the Delegate Fee does not cover flights and accommodation.

Complete the on-line Registration process to secure your place for the 2017 Australian Financial Services and Business Delegation. 

Delegate Preparation

Upon payment of the deposit, delegates will receive a personal consultation with Stacey Martin, delegation leader to discuss your business and objectives for the mission.

This includes capability flyer for the Delegation Booklet, LinkedIn profile review, and making relevant introductions where appropriate in Hong Kong.

For more information, you can contact Stacey Martin on 0413 127 677 or email

About Us

Expat Advisors Community is a network for professionals with internationally connected clients. Founder Stacey Martin has a background in financial services and wealth management and brings together those looking for strategic partnerships in the Aus-China space.  


Shawn Yang – guiding attendees through race day

shawn-yangShawn Yang is the founder of TAN.MA Culture Media. ‘TAN.MA’  the first bi-lingual magazine that brings the splendor and majesty of Australian racing culture to the local Chinese community. TAN.MA is envisaged as a conduit to connect Australia’s prosperous racing market to the China’s high-potential target market.

Involved in the inaugural Chinese Festival of Racing, which attracted over 500 VIPs in 2016, Shawn has been endeavoring to work with each of the key sections in the Australian racing industry, including trainers, breeders and businesses.

Shawn dabbled in the racing realm in 2010, and served as one of the only three Chinese racing broadcast engineer in Sky Racing (TABCORP). His duties include streaming global live races and customer relationship management for Chinese clients.

The focus for TAN.MA is to drive positive momentum of thoroughbred racing in the Chinese community.

Melbourne Cup Business Party – 2016

We are delighted to have Sean Yang assisting with the races on Tuesday 1st November our Aus-China networking event at Doltone House, Hyde Park. You can view the event details here or go directly to the booking form here.


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

 Hong Kong_Symphony of Lights

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: 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.


ASR SME Mentoring Program – Smarketing: how to align sales and marketing – Wednesday 12th October

Drawing on the Australian Services Roundtable’s 15 years of experience in enabling Australian service firms to grow nationally and internationally, the brightest stars in Australia’s SME sector are joining together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth. 

Inaugural Roundtable held in September 2016


Guest speaker Matt Hingerty, CEO of Barton Deakin Government Relations,
shared with the group the process of government including engagement, education nd the importance of industry bodies.

Also making it easy to explain the intangible benefits of the services sector through the services sector through case studies and stories.ding relationships with government.

Read more here.

Invitation for October 2016 Roundtable

peter-strokorbThis month’s session will focus on practical steps for marketing a new service.

ASR SME Peer Mentor Peter Strohkorb will lead the discussion for consultants and business owners on the issues to consider when launching a new service to the market.

He will take the group through his step by step process before inviting a couple of attendees to share their new offerings and provide valuable tips and advice.

Peter has over 15 years business experience in both Sales and Marketing Executive roles with a range of well-known international brands.


Date:         Wednesday 12th October 2016

Time:         7.30am for light breakfast with 8.00am start to 9.30am

Venue:      Sydney Stock Exchange, Level 41, 259 George St, Sydney

Cost:          Complimentary for ASR members, $150 plus GST to join the SME Mentoring Program (includes ASR membership).

To join the Mentoring Program and register for this event click below: 

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Remember to bring plenty of business cards and come prepared to introduce yourself, your services business, and if you have a new offering you would like discussed as part of the group mentoring with Peter. 

Thanks to our venue partner, the Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX).

About Australian Services Roundtable

As the voice of professional services, Australian Services Roundtable aims to secure Australia’s place in the global economy. In addition to advocating free trade and bilateral agreements, ASR seeks to facilitate international services trade and investment channels.

Members include professional service industries, SMEs, and micro-multinationals across the financial sector, education, health and the environment, tourism, culture, technology and business services.

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