Wednesday 4th March 2020

The Future of Money is Digital: Hong Kong’s role in China’s payments transformation

In October 2019, President Xi said the country needs to “seize the opportunity” afforded by blockchain technology which will have a wide array of applications in China. Hong Kong has over the last few years been actively engaged in the opportunities and ongoing development within China, as well as looking to develop its own homegrown tech transformation. For example, over the last year Hong Kong has granted a number of virtual banking licences designed to speed up disruption and innovation in this world financial centre. This seminar aims to explore what is going on within Hong Kong’s tech transformation, what those applications would be for China and how they would come through Hong Kong to China and other world economies as we continue to be challenged by the future of money in a rapidly changing world.

The seminar will also explore China’s role in the international monetary framework, how Hong Kong can serve as an intermediary, testing ground and launch pad for companies offering services to the global markets, how crypto-currencies will impact on the global financial model and whether this digital revolution will make us more secure or more vulnerable?

Please join us to hear the invaluable insights from our panel on these fundamental areas of development.

Confirmed panellists:

Simon Gleeson, Partner, Financial Regulation Group, Clifford Chance LLP

Samantha Ward, Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Clifford Chance LLP

Geoffrey Yu, Head of UK Investment Office, UBS

Thursday 21st November 2019

Chinese Fine Wine: decidedly not an oxymoron







The inaugural HKS Business Network Chinese-wine tasting evening was held on Thu 21st November from 6.30pm (for 7pm) at the historic Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, W1C 1ES.

The aim of the evening was to indulge in some good old HK-style networking while challenging pre-conceived or out-dated perceptions of Chinese wine.

The Head Chef, Wesley Smalley, himself originally a HK boy, kindly created a series of delicious canapés to complement each wine.

Panda Fine Wines showcased the following superb Chinese wines together with Wesley’s inspired canapés:

  • 2014 Martin Longyan — Spiced Venison Tatare
  • 2016 Tiansai Chardonnay Reserve — Tuna Tataki
  • 2014 Rongzi Red Label Marselan — Short Rib of Beef with Soy & Sherry Molasses
  • 2015 Martin Cabernet Gernischt — Lamb Sheek Kebab, Mint Chutney
  • 2015 Jia Bei Lan 2015 — Confit Duck Bon Bon, Blackberry Hoi Sin
  • 2013 Cailonglin Gold Label —  Apple Tarte Tatin, Colston Bassett Stilton

Each wine has its own incredible story including the innovative methods of protecting the vines and grapes from more extreme weather than other wine-growing regions, how some of China’s billionaires have poached top wine-makers from the likes of Chateau Petrus and how China’s wine industry is rapidly changing away from the poor quality wines of the past to the beautiful world class wines of today.


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