Breakfast Seminar: “Risks to Foreign Firms in Asia – 2016 Asia Risk Assessment by Steve Vickers”

Host / Sponsor: European Chamber
Event Time: Wed 16-March-2016 8:00 AM To 9:45 AM
Venue: Victoria Suite, 1/F, Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Hong Kong (hosted by Steve Vickers)
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Date & Time: 16 March 2016, 8:00am to 9:45am
Venue: Victoria Suite, 1/F, Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Hong Kong (hosted by Steve Vickers)
Fee: HKD 380 for members of a European National Chamber; HKD 450 for non-member

(Limited seats, first-come; first-served basis)

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Steve Vickers on behalf of the European Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the following breakfast seminar Risks to Foreign Firms in Asia – 2016 Asia Risk Assessment” with the guest speaker Steve Vickers, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Steve Vickers and Associates Limited (“SVA”).

The presentation outlines risks of particular concern to foreign investors and business leaders. He will specifically address China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Myanmar and a section on Terrorism.

Some key conclusion will include: 

  • China: An expanding anti-corruption campaign, intensified political division and a slowing economy raise risks for foreign businesses operating in China in 2016.
  • Hong Kong: A deeply polarised political environment, a weaker economy prompting a probable fall in property prices, and a failure to innovate will erode standards in 2016.
  • Macau: The central Chinese government in 2015 formally withdrew its acquiescence to outflows of capital through Macau, causing a decline in revenues and an increase in investigations, transforming the commercial climate.
  • Taiwan: Presidential elections in January will result in a new government in Taiwan less friendly to China, leading to tensions and a weaker economy.
  • Indonesia: Investors in Indonesia will face increased political uncertainty and economic weakness, although the outlook should not worsen dramatically.
  • Japan: Japanese politics should prove relatively stable in 2016, even though the economy is not reviving as hoped and a continued shift towards a more assertive defence policy may add to regional tensions.
  • Myanmar: Myanmar should continue its transition in 2016, with the National League for Democracy (“NLD”) taking office, albeit in partnership with the army.
  • Thailand: The political environment is growing more complex as the military tightens control ahead of the passing of the King, presenting risks in 2016.
  • Vietnam: Vietnam faces a leadership change in 2016, meaning a new team will handle the South China Sea dispute and an improving economy. That said, the collective nature of its systems suggests that policies will not vary wildly.
  • Terrorism in Asia: Terrorism remains a concern in the Asia-Pacific region, with traditional venues at risk, as well as China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region and the Malay-speaking world.

About the speaker

steve_vickers Steve Vickers is the CEO of Steve Vickers & Associates (“SVA”) ( and has over 40 years experience in Asia.

SVA is a specialist risk mitigation, corporate intelligence and risk consulting company. The company serves financial institutions, private equity funds, corporations, high net-worth individuals and insurance companies and underwriters around the world.

Steve is an acknowledged expert on political and security issues in Asia Pacific. For the past 22 years in the private sector, Steve has conducted consulting, corporate security and crisis containment assignments.

He previously spent 18 years with the former Royal Hong Kong Police and commanded its Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

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If you are unable to register online, please email Mr. Alfred Tsang ( your details (name, job title, company name, email, direct number/ mobile, membership of chamber of commerce, contact person email, and direct number/ mobile) to register. [Please state N/A if you are not a member of any European national chamber]


Full payment of the aforementioned fee shall be arranged by 11 March, 2016 via one of the methods listed in the link below:

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– Registration Deadline: 11 March 2016. The organizer reserves the right to decline any application.
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