Past Events

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Sara Mao, Director for Christie’s Education in Asia

Mapping the Art World: The Art Ecosystem

Rapid growth in the global art market on the past two decades is driving interest in this complex and fascinating sector. Sara Mao, Director for Christie’s Education in Asia, gave an overview of the art world ecosystem and provided her insights into the current trends at a chamber roundtable event.

She introduced participants to the history of the global market in art as it evolved over the past few hundred years, with the focus shifting from patrons to the artist. Mao also provided her insights into the ecosystem today, including the roles of artists, dealers, collectors, auction houses and museums, as well as the strong potential in the rapidly developing Chinese art market.

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David Dodwell, Executive Director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, shared his expertise.

APEC in a Changing Global Landscape

The ongoing trade dispute between Mainland China and the United States has created challenges for many Asian economies and set the tone for the upcoming APEC summit in Chile, which will take place in mid-November. At a Chamber luncheon on 18 October, David Dodwell, Executive Director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, shared his expertise on how the recent setbacks resulting from the trade war had jeopardized the economic progress made in Asia over the past four decades, and also discussed what was being done in APEC to try to reverse them.

VIPs at the Night of the Opera

A Night at the Opera

The Chamber’s Young Executives Club celebrated its fifth anniversary in style at the Conrad on Friday night with a Gala Dinner themed “A Night at the Opera,” organized in partnership with Opera Hong Kong and Hong Kong String Orchestra. Besides mesmerizing live performances from word-renowned tenor Warren Mok and other talented artistes, attendees also enjoyed the Best-Dressed Awards, silent auction and goodie bags to take home at the end of a wonderful night!

Bradley Harker, U.S. Chief Commercial Consul in Hong Kong met with Steve Wong, Chairman of Americas Committee in Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Trade and Investment Opportunities

Bradley Harker, U.S. Chief Commercial Consul in Hong Kong, spoke at the Americas Committee about the trade and investment in the United States on 17 October. He said that foreign direct investment (FDI) by Mainland China companies into the U.S. had declined as a result of the Sino-U.S. trade tensions. However, he said that although the value of investment had declined, overall the number of projects had remained level, reflecting that smaller investments, especially in the health, biotech, education and automobile sectors, were replacing the mega projects.

Members learned about some of the attractions of the BVI

Destination BVI – Where Global Business Solutions and Dispute Resolution Meet

Members learned about some of the attractions of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) for businesses at a roundtable luncheon on 17 October. Charlie Clayton-Payne, Partner (Banking and Finance) at Harneys, a law firm that advises on BVI and other offshore locations, discussed the benefits of using entities in BVI to facilitate financial transactions in the Greater China and Asia-Pacific regions, such as its well-established legal framework and political neutrality.

He was joined by Francois Lassalle, CEO of BVI International Arbitration Centre. Lassalle explained that BVI has a number of attractions as a seat for resolving international commercial disputes, including flexibility in panel choice and offering a choice of governing law different from the seat of arbitration.

Charles Clayton-Payne, HarneysFrancois Lassalle, BVI International Arbitration CentrePodcast
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