Past Events
 

These are all recent events that EuroCham or its partners have organised.

FSBC Rides Again
6-8PM

EuroCham’s Financial Services Business Council rides again!

Celebrate with us on Wednesday 11th September at Santorini Taverna in Wan Chai! Enjoy two hours of delicious greek food, drinks, and a free flow of soft drinks!

To register, contact Hugo Groenewold at hugo.groenewold@eurocham.com.hk.

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Breakfast Event: Steve Vickers on Implications for Foreign Business
8AM - 10AM

BREAKFAST EVENT

In this presentation Steve Vickers will give a frank, impartial and unvarnished assessment of what is really going on and the possible outcomes.

In light of the increasing tensions and rising incidences of volatility and violence, Steve will give practical advice to MNC’s and other businesses based in Hong Kong as to measures to mitigate their risk.

Steve Vickers is the founder and CEO of Steve Vickers & Associates (www.stevevickersassociates.com), a specialist risk mitigation, corporate intelligence and security consulting company.  Steve has over 40 years’ experience in Asia in both government and the private sectors.

Steve is an acknowledged expert on political and security issues in Asia Pacific and is a frequent commentator on political risk and crisis management/containment issues. His opinion on risk and security issues is regularly sought by the international media and he has lectured widely in Asia, North America and Europe.

For the past 22 years in the private sector, Steve has conducted numerous sensitive- business intelligence assignments, crisis containment issues and other high risk issues facing international corporations.

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

He is a member of the International Institute of Security.

 

This is a no media event

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Supporting Event: HKB International Business Awards 2019
6:30 - 10:00pm

Hong Kong Business is now open for nominations for the International Business Awards! Multinational companies with global headquarters outside Hong Kong are eligible to apply.

 

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Breakfast Seminar on Legal F&B Landscape in China
9:00 - 10:30 AM

Baker & McKenzie and The European Chamber of Commerce in HK would like to invite you to a seminar with the topic focused on the legal landscape of the food & beverage industry in China, led by Mr Andrew Sim.

Andrew is currently an Intellectual Property (“IP”) partner based in China. He is the Office Lead for Consumer Goods and Retail in Baker McKenzie Beijing Office and heads the Food and Beverage Industry practice group, advising on all F&B related legal issues. Andrew primarily focuses on IP protection and enforcement in China, and is well versed in directing anti-counterfeiting operations and other commercial IP issues. Feel free to read more about Andrew’s comprehensive biography on Baker McKenzie website (https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/people/s/sim-andrew).

SEMINAR DETAILS:

Date 3 July (Wednesday)
Time 9 – 9:30AM Registration

9:30 – 10AM Presentation

Venue Baker & McKenzie
14th Floor, One Taikoo Place
979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
Cost Free of charge
Speaker Andrew Sim, Partner, Baker McKenzie (Beijing, PRC)
Agenda Businesses in the food and beverage industry are well aware of the market potential in China. The rise of e-commerce, the tightening of food related regulations along with tough competition can be quite a challenge for food brands.  Andrew Sim, Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP who leads the China Food and Beverage practice will share his industry insights and cover current issues including:

  • the F&B business landscape in China
  • legal and regulatory framework
  • advertising and labelling requirements
  • the rise of professional anti-counterfeit fighters/professional consumers
  • key IP trends and developments

If interested, please register using the following link: https://eurochamhk.typeform.com/to/JTKiuk and for further questions contact Núria Sau at nuria.sau@eurocham.com.hk

*Unfortunately, staff from other competitive law firms are NOT allowed to attend the seminar due to Baker McKenzie’s polices.

 

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Supporting Event: Bridge Seminar
Hong Kong: 4.00-6.00 pm; Sweden: 10.00 am-12.00 noon

The Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden (HKCCSE) and Partners invite you to participate in a live dialogue between Hong Kong and Sweden on the 5th of June between 4.00-6.00 pm (10.00 am-12.00 noon in Lund, South Sweden) at KPMG, Hysan place. The seminar will be happening at both locations Sweden and Hong Kong) simultaneously.

It will be focusing on The Greater Bay Area and comparing it with the Oresund Region – 16 km Bridge opened in 2000 to link Sweden and Denmark. A main objective from Hong Kong point-of-view is to inspire and attract more companies from Oresund Region to establish themselves in Hong Kong and benefit from the exciting new opportunities in The Greater Bay Area.

For more information, please refer to the link: https://lnkd.in/dqhKfbi or contact

 

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EuroCham & BEC’s Breakfast Seminar on GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
3 June 2019, 8:30 – 11:00 AM

The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Business Environment Council are proud to announce their upcoming breakfast seminar on GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS, taking place on 3 June 2019 at the BEC Office in Kowloon Tong.

The event will present an overview of four leading green building rating systems that are defining sustainability in build spaces today in Hong Kong and most commonly used in Europe. Each speaker will present an overview of the system, and provide personal insight into the application of each within a Hong Kong context. The rating systems covered will be LEED (from USA), BEAM (from Hong Kong), WELL (from USA), and Passivhause (from Germany). The presentations will be followed by lively discussions with audience engagement on the challenges and opportunities facing the green bulling industry in Hong Kong.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Alessandro Bisagni (Founder & President, BEE Incorporations)
  • Ms. Anne Jacobs (Head – Industry Team Construction Asia Pacific, BASF)
  • Mr. Rumen Yordanov (Director, Asian European Engineering Ltd.)
  • Mr. Stefan Krummeck (Principal Director, Farrells Ltd.)
  • Panellist: Ir. C.F. Leung (Director – Operations, Business Environment Council)
  • MC: Mr. Simon Ng (Director – Policy and Research, Business Environment Council)
  • Moderator: Mr. Tom Uiterwaal (CEO, Reconergy Ltd.)

Cost: HK$250 for members (Chambers of Commerce & BEC) / HK$350 for non-members

To save your seat use our online registration form and for further inquiries contact nuria.sau@eurocham.com.hk.

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Supporting Event: ASIFMA Compliance and Legal 2019
29-30 May 2019

This inaugural Asian conference for compliance and legal that is designed by the industry for the industry where the industry (sell-side, buy-side, regulators, law firms, consultants and media) can come together once a year to meet and discuss important issues impacting this area.

CPT/CPD Points: Upon request, ASIFMA will provide a Proof of Attendance Letter for you to apply for relevant training hours (CPT/CPD) according to your own job requirement. Please note delegates are required to sign in and sign out at the reception desk on-site.

For more details and registration, please visit the website link. Follow the event on Twitter/LinkedIn at #ASIFMAComplianceLegal2019.

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Supporting Event: MECC 6th Gala Dinner 2019
24 May 2019 (Friday), 7:00pm Cocktail Reception / 7:30pm Gala Dinner


The Macau European Chamber of Commerce will hold its 6th Gala Dinner on 24th May 2019, at Grand Lisboa Hotel. And we are delighted if you could join the annual not-to-be missed event.

Dr Ambrose So, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SJM, Ambassador Carmen Cano, Head of European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, Ambassador Paulo Cunha Alves, Consul General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong, and Mr. Alexandre Giorgini, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macao will be at the Gala, along with a whole host of Consular guests and VIPs.

Prestigious companies, top business people and entrepreneurs from European-based chambers and blue-chip companies, the People’s Republic of China and Macau SAR, are enabled of Macau’s key networking opportunity at the Gala.

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Supporting Event: Breakfast Seminar – China Unplugged
Friday, 17 May 2019 at 8:30 - 10:00am
At this breakfast event with KPMG, Mr. Joerg Wuttke, Chairman of the Business at OECD (BIAC) China Expert Group, will share his insights into the latest development trends in the business environment in China.
The China Expert Group is a task force that supports China-OECD co-operation by providing expertise and guidance to the benefit of all businesses operating inside and outside of China. The Group focuses on five key areas: competition between private and state-owned enterprises; market access; corporate governance; responsible business conduct; and green growth.

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Connected Cities: Building Smarter, More Liveable Cities for a Sustainable Future
26 April 2019, 8:30 – 10:00 AM

From Europe to Asia, motivations for smart city development are shifting – from excitement over what digital technologies have to offer to a more thoughtful consideration of how these technologies can be put to work to improve the lives of citizens. To ensure a sustainable future, cities must put liveability at the heart of development and investment plans.

To track citizens’ opinions on top priorities for smart city development going forward, KPMG China, in association with CLP Holdings, JOS, Siemens, Smart City Consortium and Wilson Group, recently launched a new report entitled Connected Cities: Citizen insights across Asia Pacific.

The report features findings from a survey of 4,192 residents in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore, seeking residents’ opinions on the development areas most important to them as well as what benefits they expect as their cities become ‘smarter’. Key focus areas include transportation and mobility, building a future-focused workforce, living environment, healthcare, energy and resources and the impact of technology.

During this morning’s talk, a KPMG Partner, Marcos Chow will share our Connected Cities report highlights, followed by a panel discussion on the following topics:

  • The current state of smart city development in the five cities surveyed as well as key differentiators and best practices
  • Hong Kong’s progress in six areas: smart mobility, smart living, smart environment, smart people, smart government and smart economy, as well as next steps
  • How can we apply technology to improve Hong Kong’s living environment and better manage the city’s energy and resources to build a more sustainable future
  • Other recent trends in smart city development

 

Panellists:

  • Mr. Austin Bryan, Senior Director, CLP Holdings Ltd.
  • Mr. Clube Ng, Founding Co-Chairman, Connected City Alliance
  • Mr. Marcos Chow, Partner, IT Advisory, KPMG
  • Ms. Sabine Reppert, CEO, Deon Digital Hong Kong Ltd.
  • Mr. Tony Wong, Assistant Government Chief Information Officer, HKSAR Government
  • Ms. Waltraut Ritter, Managing Director, Knowledge Dialogues
  • Moderator: Mr. Tom Uiterwall, CEO, Reconergy Ltd.

 

Cost: HK$250 for members / HK$350 for non-members

For registrations, please contact Joana Martins at joana.martins@eurocham.com.hk.

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Supporting Event: South China Position Paper Launch Networking Dinner – Guangzhou
16:00 - 20:00

Dear members and friends,

 The European Chamber is delighted to invite you to the launch of the European Business in ChinaSouth China Position Paper 2019/2020 at 16:00 on Wednesday 10th April 2019.

The launch will be followed by a great networking!

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Supporting Event: ASIFMA Tech & Ops Conference
2-3 April 2019

This inaugural Asian conference for technology and operations is designed by the industry for the industry where key stakeholders including sell-side, buy-side, regulators, law firms, consultants and media will come together to meet, identify and discuss tech & ops related shared challenges and bring market participants together to help solve these issues.

CPT/CPD Points: Upon request, ASIFMA will provide a Proof of Attendance Letter for you to apply for relevant training hours (CPT/CPD) according to your own job requirement. Please note delegates are required to sign in and sign out at the reception desk onsite.

For more details and registration, please visit the website link. Follow the event on Twitter/LinkedIn at #ASIFMATechOps2019.

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Supporting Event: The European Business in China Awards Gala 2019
15 March 2019, 18:00 - 22:00

The European Business in China Award 2019 promises a gala night of luxury dining, world-class after-dinner speaker and Award presentations at the Hilton Hotel Futian. Hundreds of the region’s top leaders in business and government come together to recognize and celebrate the 2019 European Business in China Award finalists and winners.

Ticket price includes entry, 4 courses dinner (starter, main course, dessert, and coffee) and wine followed by the evening business Award presentations with MC and speeches during the evening.

Please follow our microsite for more information. http://awardsgala.europeanchamber.com.cn/

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Virtual Banking in the race for HK customer
12 February 2019 (Tue), 8am - 9:30am

The licensing of virtual banks by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority is likely regarded as a turning point in the market. With virtual banking becoming a reality, how are new entrants differentiating themselves? And how will incumbents respond in the race for the customers in Hong Kong and the region at large?

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, in collaboration with the European Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Deloitte invite you to the conference to discuss the impact of virtual banking in Hong Kong and potentially the region.

The conference brings the fresh insights from the frontier of virtual banking in Hong Kong featuring Deniz Güven, CEO, Virtual Bank by Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong; Brit Blakeney, Innovation and Ecosystems Head, DBS; and Lapman Lee, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte China.

Register today at this link.

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Supporting Event: The Connected Cities Conference
24 January (Thur) from 8:30am - 5:30pm

KPMG is excited to invite you to join their event and learn more about how Smart Cities around the world are finding innovative solutions on city living.

The Connected Cities will be showcasing innovations for the next generation of city living. They will be featuring examples of a number of smart cities and technologies from around the world including IoT and Data Analytics to enhance a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability.

For further information, agenda, speakers bio and registration, please visit this website.

For event inquiries, please contact KPMG at: marketservices.hk@kpmg.com

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Building an Open Ecosystem for Smart City Developments in Hong Kong and Europe
January 23 (Wed) from 12noon - 2pm

The Information and Communication Technology Business Council (ICTBC) of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong would like to cordially invite you to our event “Building an Open Ecosystem for Smart City Developments in Hong Kong and Europe” discussing Smart City Data Infrastructures.

Event details:

Admission: The event is free of charge. No registration needed. First come first served.

Registration: RSVP on the event website!

Sandwiches and beverages (coffee, tea and water) will be offered.

Join us to learn and discuss about data infrastructures for future cities!

Smart cities are data-driven cities. Developing open data infrastructures is important to include all stakeholders in the community working on smart city applications, solutions and governance.

  • How can open software and open standards support smart city development?
  • What are the experiences for public and private partners working with open platforms?
  • How can open urban data (open and bi data) be used to create new services and insights?
  • What are the pros and cons of global open standards?

We have invited local and international experts for this discussion, among others from the independent open community FIWARE whose members are committed to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors.

 

This event is supported by:

 

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Supporting Event: Joint Chamber Fireside Chat: Embracing Difference – The Future of STEM is Diverse and Inclusive
22 January 2019 (Tue), 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Irish and German Chambers of Commerce Hong Kong are delighted to co-host this event, a fireside chat with Ann O’Dea. Ann is Founder of Inspirefest, the leading global conference for diversity in STEM and CEO of SiliconRepublic.com. Ann is an international speaker on innovation, future of work & diversity. She was named by Huffington Post as a “Trailblazing Woman” and recently presented at the UN’s Global Forum on Innovation and Technology for Sustainability.
Cost: Free of Charge (Priority booking to members)

Drinks and canapes will be served.

For further information and registration, please visit this Website.

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Accelerating Hong Kong’s Green Finance Agenda
8 January 2019(Tue), 8:00 – 9:30 am

Julia Charlton on behalf of the Financial Services Business Council (FSBC) invites you to join a breakfast briefing on “Accelerating Hong Kong’s Green Finance Agenda”.

Since 2016, “green finance” has been receiving growing emphasis in the policy agenda of the Hong Kong government and is covered almost daily in the media. But what does this mean in practice for Hong Kong’s financial services businesses ? What should Hong Kong be trying to achieve out of green finance and what is the best way to get there ?

One strategy for pushing the agenda, which FSBC has been championing since 2017, would be the establishment of a Green Investment Bank in Hong Kong, a specialist financial institution to scale up private investment in green infrastructure. As Hong Kong considers its evolving role in the region, in particular, its efforts to support Belt and Road development, this move could have a significant impact on the ground.

Our panel will discuss FSBC’s Green Investment Bank concept, including presentation of its most recent briefing paper on “Driving Private Financing for Green Industries in Hong Kong -The Catalytic Role of a Green Investment Bank” (authored by Alexandra Tracy, Founder and President of Hoi Ping Ventures), as well as other strategies and initiatives for accelerating progress on green finance in Hong Kong.

Date: 8 January 2019
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Venue: Harcourt Suite, 1/F, The Hong Kong Club

1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

Ticket: $200/person
Dress code: Business Attire

For reservation, please contact Yanqing Jia – fsbc@eurocham.com.hk

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Supporting Event: The Annual Celebrate Finland Gala
15 December (Sat) from 7PM - 02:00AM 16 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the Finnish business community in Hong Kong by participating in their upcoming event: The Annual Celebrate Finland Gala to be held at the American Club in Stanley on 15 (Sat) December from 7PM – 02:00AM 16 December.

Exclusive price: 1,400HKD

Corporate table: 17,000HKD

To register and for more information, please visit the event website.

For more information on corporate tables please contact the Finnish Chamber at gitta@finncham.com.hk

Sponsor a Young Professional! Buy a ticket for a student or young professional to give them a memorable opportunity to network with the Finnish business community and get the Gala experience.

Sign up and enjoy an Exquisite 3-Course Gourmet Dinner!

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Friday, 20 September 2019
The Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre (HKBEDC) has jointly organised thematic seminars with various professional bodies and trade organisations to promote good governance and professional ethics in the business sector.Read more...
Monday, 16 September 2019
An intern is needed to assist EuroCham’s Business Councils with research work and formulating position papers for advocacy purposes as well as arranging events and activities related to the Councils’ work.Read more...
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
A big thank you to everyone that joined EuroCham's Financial Services Business Council networking event yesterday evening, 11th of September at Santorini in Wan Chai. It was an evening of amazing Greek food, drinks and interesting conversations. See you at the next event!Read more...
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
EuroCham looks back on a successful breakfast event with a full house at the FCC this morning 10th October. A very special thanks goes to Steve Vickers for his captivating and insightful presentation, and thank you to the team of Steve Vickers & Associates for their great support. Thank you to all who joined us for lively active engagement and for making this event possible. Stay tuned for upcoming events!Read more...
Friday, 6 September 2019
EuroCham happily introduces Daphne Tso and Hugo Groenewold - our two new interns. We are looking forward to working with you!Read more...
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong wishes to express its serious concern on the political impasse over unresolved issues. The business climate in Hong Kong appears to be inevitably affected and the Chamber, whilst firmly condemning the recent violence, hopes that a peaceful solution is found, in the interest of everyone, as soon as possible. The Chamber and its Member Chambers will continue to monitor the situation.Read more...
Thursday, 21 March 2019
EuroCham supported the “Single Use Plastics” workshop organized by EU Office in partnership with BEC on 21st March which gathered some 70 especially invited industry leaders, government officials, opinion leaders, NGOs and more. Read more...

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Monday, 30 April 2018
As 1 May 2018, EU citizens living or travelling outside the European Union will be able to better benefit from consular protection
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Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Preliminary OECD figures show that Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the European Union and its Member States has reached €75.7 billion in 2017. With this, the European Union and its Member States continue to be the world's leading donor of development assistance.
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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
The European Commission President and the European Parliament President welcome the reappointment of Li Keqiang as Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Representatives from the European Parliament and the Council reached yesterday evening a provisional agreement on the Regulation for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data from new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), i.e. lorries, buses and coaches. This is the first ever EU legislation focusing on the CO2 emissions from these vehicles.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018
The Commission proposed an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to tackle non-performing loans in Europe, capitalising on the significant progress already made in reducing risks in the banking sector.
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018
The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by EU Member States today on new transparency rules for intermediaries - such as tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.
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Wednesday, 7 March 2018
The analysis presented in today's Country Reports shows that the economic recovery, together with the reforms carried out in many parts of Europe, has contributed to improving the labour market and social context in Europe. Unemployment is at a ten-year low and almost back to pre-crisis levels, investment is picking up and public finances continue to improve. The share of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion has decreased to pre-crisis levels. However, remaining vulnerabilities, such as the high level of public and private debt, need to be overcome to safeguard the sustainability and inclusiveness of the current economic growth.
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Thursday, 1 March 2018
The Commission put forward an Intellectual Property package, including guidance on the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. It will also continue to work on the establishment of Memoranda of Understanding with different intermediaries to find concrete solutions for the removal of counterfeited goods online.
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Thursday, 1 March 2018
You, as business leaders, also have choices to make in a context of uncertainty. The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. That is the only certainty we have at this stage. It is therefore important that all businesses analyse their exposure to the UK and are ready to adapt their logistics, supply chains and contracts. Of course, the transition period currently under negotiation would give you more time to adapt. However, certainty about the transition will only come at the end of the process, with the ratification of the withdrawal agreement by both sides –probably early next year.
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