Think Global “Invest in Australia” mission to Hong Kong, featuring SIV and Expat events – Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd January, 2016

Invest In Australia - premium position to connect with up to 2,000 conference delegates at the Asian Financial Forum.
Invest In Australia – premium position to connect with up to 2,000 conference delegates at the Asian Financial Forum.
The Asian Financial Forum (AFF) hosted by Hong Kong Trade & Development Council (HKTDC) attracts some of the most influential members of the global financial and business communities from around the world. The Think Global mission is the official delegation from Australia and the “Invest in Australia” stand attracts  attendees from around the world interested in connecting with Australian businesses and service providers. 

“Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth”

As the theme for the two-day forum in Hong Kong, there will be in-depth discussions and exchanges on topical issues shaping global business and finance. Prominent financial and business leaders from around the world analyse recent developments and share their visions for the future. These include:

Ben Bernanke

  • Dr Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman of The Federal Reserve System (2006-2014)
  • Olivier Guersent, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union of European Commission
  • Professor Liu Mingkang, Former Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission

There will be insights from regulators including the Dubai Financial Services Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority, as well as economists from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and the Nomura Research Institute.

Global Political leaders include the Deputy Minister for Finance in Sweden, Minister of Finance in Luxembourg, Vice Minister for Finance in Thailand. Also speakers from local and global corporations include China Everbright, Dalian Wanda Group, China Investment Corporation, HSBC, BNP Paribas, China Construction Bank, Jardine Matheson,  Ayala Corporation, and Nestlé S.A.

AFF Deal Flow 

Day two is a great opportunity to participate in formal networking . orgainised by HKTDC and the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

Max Bardella, DBW Group, Think Global delegate at 2015 AFF Deal Flow Matching
Max Bardella, DBW Group, Think Global delegate at 2015 AFF Deal Flow Matching

By submitting your business interests as part of the registration process, they will connect you with potential business partners, influencers, project owners and investors.

There are also project showcases and round-table networking for industry experts to share the latest trends and exchange business suggestions.

Day trip to Zhuhai and Macau, China – Wednesday 20th January

For those that haven’t been to Mainland China, this is a  unique opportunity to learn about the business environment from a local perspective and establish business and investment connections in one of the richest cities in the Pearl River Delta Region.


This will include a visit to the free trade zone, followed by lunch with local networks.

The delegation will then head to Macau in the afternoon to present a seminar for local expats followed by networking drinks arranged by Austcham Macau.

Expat Seminar in Macau – Wednesday 20th January at 4.30 pm followed by drinks

Macau has a broad range of expats – not just from Australia but other jurisdictions as well. Many of the issues facing expats are already well known, however this seminar will provide an opportunity for mission delegates to share insights with the local expat community on topics such as visa issues, wealth strategies, tax impacts and Australian property market trends and planning for repatriation.

Those in Macau, Guangzhou and Hong Kong who work with expats or are expats themselves can book to attend this event through the link below:  

Eventbrite - Expat Advisors Seminar and Drinks

“Demystifying Venture Capital” – Significant Investor Visa showcase and seminar – Thursday 21st January at 9.15 am to 1.00 pm, hosted by King & Wood Mallesons

This special event delivered by mission delegates is designed to showcase Australian Venture Capital (VC) managers to a local audience of migration agents, advisors and potential SIV applicants.

Following the investment rule changes to the SIV stream in July, many potential investment migrants are understandably concerned about the mandated Venture Capital component. The ‘Demystifying Venture Capital’ event will provide a unique opportunity for to hear about Australia’s venture capital sector.

Leading a co-ordinated and solutions-oriented approach, with representatives from the NSW government, migration industry and wealth and funds management, this will be a great opportunity for delegates to meet, network and develop connections with Hong Kong migration agents, professional advisors and their clients.

For more details including speaker line-up go to the link here.

Migration agents, advisors and those considering migrating to Australia can book to attend this event through the link below:  

Eventbrite - 'Demystifying Venture Capital' Event

Local forums hosted by King & Wood Mallesons, Thursday 21st January at 2 pm – 5 pm, followed by networking drinks until 6.30 pm

The Funds Management Business in Asia

Stewart Aldcroft from Citi,  will provide his annual overview on the funds management in Asia Pac, key players including sovereign wealth funds, composition of the HNW market and where the opportunities are across the region.

For background, check out Stewart’s presentation from the 2014 forum here. 

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement – Opportunities for the Services Sector

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement(ChAFTA), which has taken effect on 20 December 2015, lays an historic foundation for the next phase of Australia’s successful economic relationship with China.

Organised by Austrade this interactive seminar for Australian and Hong Kong-based companies, will provide an update and the latest developments around ChAFTA for financial services, health services and aged care, architectural and professional services.

Speakers will discuss what ChAFTA means for services companies based in Hong Kong and how Australian and Hong Kong companies can take advantage of ChAFTA and the upcoming benefits for services sector?

  • Stuart Fuller, Global Managing Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Carol Allen, CEO, Sapphire International
  • David Thomas, CEO, Think Global
  • James Rickward, Executive General Manager International,
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Sebastian Leotta, Director – Private Equity, KPMG
  • Prof. Richard Petty, Chairman, AustCham Hong Kong & Macau

Register via email:   

Austcham Australia Day Lunch – Friday 22nd January at 12 pm onwards

AustCham_logo3Australia Day is of course a big celebration for the expat community and this year there is expected to be 300 guests at the Island Shangri-La with special guest speaker Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC.

Mark Donaldson VC is a remarkable young man who has lived life to the full from a very early age. On 2 September 2008 in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split second decision that would change his life. His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Australian Victoria Cross for Gallantry – the ultimate symbol of heroism.

Mark Donaldson VC knows what it takes to lead, to take responsibility for personal and team success,  and how crucial effective communication is to the success of any plan. Mark knows what makes an effective team, how critical it is for leaders to be agile in their decision making, and how important resilience is in both the planning and implementation phases of an operation. In his world, lives depend on it.  He is a man who makes Australia very proud.

The lunch will be followed by drinks and networking at the Lobster Bar.

About your Mission leaders

David Thomas has more than 20 years experience helping Australian financial services and other companies engage with businesses in China. David and Katya Dobinson are well placed to help you make the most of the opportunities for your business.

Think Global - delegate booklet

Your profile will be included in the dual language delegate booklet which is a great promotional tool. There is also access to assistance with other marking material including translation into simplified Chinese.

This year, Stacey Martin, arguably Australia’s most prominent SIV specialist and founder of Expat Advisors Community, will be co-coordinating two special events during the mission designed to showcase Australia’s financial services capabilities for professionals working with Significant Investor Visa (SIV) applicants and globally mobile clients.  These events will add to the potential business opportunities, broaden the range of connections and deepen the overall experience of the Mission. 

Stacey will also be holding a forum on the 5th January in Sydney to provide delegates with practical networking strategies to use on the ground. Others interested can join via teleconference.

For more information download the  Invest in Australia 2016 Flyer or contact Katya Dobinson on +612 9267 1488 or via email.

Dominique-Hogan Doran, Financial Services Barrister, Bevan Roberts, Succession Plus, Kathy Stannard, Ord Minnett and Stacey Martin, NAB Private Wealth at 2014 AFF networking evening.
Dominique-Hogan Doran, Financial Services Barrister, Bevan Roberts, Succession Plus, Kathy Stannard, Ord Minnett and Stacey Martin, NAB Private Wealth at 2014 AFF networking evening.

“I have just returned from the Think Global delegation to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong organised by David Thomas and his team. I was amazed how many people across Hong Kong, China and other regions know David and speak so highly of his work in bringing people together to do business.

I have attended many conferences over the years, but being part of a group with David’s leadership provided insights and contacts beyond what one could hope to achieve as a single delegate. The last day was the highlight where David brought together local market participants to share views on asset management and the advice industry.

I highly recommend David’s trips which provide significant value add, not to mention the business friendships and connections from fellow participants. Extremely worthwhile.”

Stacey Martin, Senior Wealth Adviser, NAB Private Wealth – January 2013