This January, 6 St. James' Hall's Dominique Hogan-Doran joined the Australian Delegation to the Asian Financial Forum, hosted by the Hong Kong Trade & Development Council. Attended by over 2400 delegates, the AFF brings together some of the most influential members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends in the dynamic markets of Asia. Among the delegation was John Brogden, Financial Services Council CEO and SME Association of Australia CEO Caroline Hong (pictured with Dominique).
Dominique was also hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, co-sponsored by the Australian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong, to discuss the opportunities and challenges for investment going out of China into Australia.
Together with Australia's Deputy Consul General and Senior Austrade Commissioner Dan Tebbutt and Westpac's Head of Portfolio Investment Asia, Bruce Towart, our panel discussion ranged over issues as various as the role and perceptions of our Foreign Investment Review Board, the growth of Chinese listings on the ASX, the prospects for a China/Australia Free Trade Agreement and the take up of Significant Investor Visas.
A special thank you to AmCham's Financial Services Committee Chair Brock Wilson, Vice President at Credit Suisse Hong Kong, and Dominique's former research assistant, Ming-Lai Cheung, now AmCham's Director of Government Relations, for their work in organising the event.
Another highlight of the week was attending the Pacific Basin Economic Council dinner with Australia's Deputy Consul General for Hong Kong and Senior Trade Commissioner Dan Tebbutt. The evening's guest speaker was Professor Michael Enright, a leading expert on competitiveness, regional economic development, and international business strategy. The PBEC has now shared his remarks from what was a lively and informative session.
Mid week, Dominique and Hayden Flinn, a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons again addressed the myriad of legal and regulatory issues facing China’s outbound investment into Australia at the Australasian Financial Forum.
1 February 2014