Upcoming Events


Brisbane: 'Doing Business with China' Series Cultural and Business Practice

18 March 2015

ANZ, Level 20, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Qld, 4001

Date:     Wednesday. 18th March, 2015

Time:    9.00am for 9.30am to 1.30pm.  Light lunch provided

Venue:  ANZ Bank Board Room, Level 20, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane


The seminar aims to assist you and your staff to be better prepared for engaging with China.

  • Learn about cultural differences and commonalities 
  • Gain insights on how to build rapport, nurture relationships and win business.
  • Learn more about critical factors for developing marketing strategies and operating a business in China
  • Discuss issues that need to be considered when entering into a partnership/joint venture with a Chinese firm
  • Gain better understanding of business etiquette to help hone your business meeting skills.
  • Discuss the challenges of cross cultural negotiations and practical tips about resolving disputes that can save costs and preserve relationships.
  • Hear about the process of working with Governments in China
  • RMB is on its way to becoming a global currency - what does that mean to Australian businesses?  Learn about options to manage financial transactions in and out of China.

Guest Speaker:  Clinton Dines
Clinton has just returned to Brisbane after almost 36 years in the Greater China Region.  He graduated from  Griffith University and INSEAD in France.  Clinton arrived in China in 1979 and early in his career worked with Jardine Matheson Group, the Santa Fe Transport Group and Asia Securities Venture Capital. In 1988 he was recruited by BHP to be the senior country executive for China and stayed with the group for over 21 years, retiring as President of BHP Billiton China in 2009.  Clinton has specialised in establishing and managing foreign businesses in China.  He has developed and overseen teams executing strategic marketing, organizational change and business development across industries and regions in China.  Clinton is a fluent Mandarin speaker. He was a prime mover in the establishment of AUSTCHAM a Founding Governor of the Capital Club and a founding Member of the Oriental Mining Club Board in China. He was the only non?Chinese person invited to sit on the judging panel for the Beijing Olympic Medals and was the Attaché to the Australian Olympic Team for the Beijing Games.  He is a Non?Executive Director of  companies including Aurecon and North Queensland Airports and is a member of the Griffith University Council.

And ACBC Committee members who are experienced in doing business with China:

Michael Choi, Company Director
Michael is a director of various companies with over 25 years of experience in assisting Australian and Chinese companies trading and investing in Australia and China.  He is a qualified Australian trained professional Project Manager and Engineer with proven records in delivering projects on time and on budget. He is an experienced business owner and manager in strategic planning, process improvement, financial management, marketing and business development. He is also a respected facilitator in the political and community arena with leadership skills in stakeholder facilitation, consultation and management.   Michael was the first Asian-Australian to be elected into Queensland Parliament and held office for almost 12 years. He was the Assistant Minister for a number of portfolios including Mines and Energy, Natural Resources, Trade and Multicultural Affairs.

Jason Qi, Head of Client Solution and China Desk for ANZ QLD/NT.
Jason has over 10 years of experience as a senior banker in Australia and China with a strong focus on cross-border trade and investment deals in natural resources, infrastructure and agricultural industries. He has helped major Chinese SOEs with their banking and financing needs for their significant investments in Australia. He has also helped major Australian companies expand into China. He has a strong connection in the Chinese business community in Australia.

Christopher Hewitt, Senior Associate and Head of Brisbane Office, Moulis Legal
Christopher Hewitt leads Moulis Legal’s international investment practice, advising businesses on in-bound investment, and on out-bound investment into China and elsewhere in Asia. Christopher has extensive experience in advising and representing Australian businesses on commercial negotiations, corporate and commercial structuring, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and protection of intellectual property in China. Christopher has a Masters of Chinese commercial law from the East China University of Politics and Law (Shanghai) and the University of Sydney.
Cost:  Seats are strictly limited – book now to avoid disappointment

                  Member price -   $80   (plus GST)
                  Standard price - $130 (plus GST)  

RSVP:   COB 9 March 2015

Cancellations after the RSVP date are non-refundable; substitute permitted.


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