Afterwork Seminar: China’s New Norm - the Reality, the Opportunities and the Risks
Afterwork Seminar: China’s New Norm – the Reality, the Opportunities and the Risks

The Italian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, is glad to invite you to this interesting seminar.

The ongoing US-China trade war is on the news almost every day. The stakes have dramatically increased during the last few months. Obviously, even before President Trump started his trade battle with China last year, many western companies operating in China were already struggling and facing difficulties when navigating the various hurdles and barriers in place. Regulatory barriers immediately come to mind, but the various cultural and commercial challenges shouldn’t be underestimated either.

During this dinner seminar, we aim to give the audience some better insights and updates into the reality of doing business in today’s China, as well as some meaningful examples from various companies that have succeeded in identifying the risks/opportunities and tailoring their businesses accordingly when entering/growing in China.

The panel discussion will not only focus on the above topics but also cover other questions during the evening. Such as: How do you expect the Trade War to impact your company? How do you see Hong Kong’s role, with its recent eye-catching protest events, evolve and influence your business? What is your outlook for China for 2020 and beyond? By the end of the night, you should have the latest insights on how to operate in China.




Arnout Van Rijn, Chief Investment Officer Asia Pacific at Robeco Hong Kong Ltd

Arnout van Rijn is CIO Asia Pacific as well as Fund Manager of Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities and Robeco Asian Stars Equities. Arnout has over 25 years of experience in the asset management industry. From inception in 1994 until 2000, he was Fund Manager of Robeco Emerging Markets Equities. He held several positions in Robeco’s Equities Investments Department covering European, Asian and American markets. Arnout holds a master’s degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Arnout was awarded as “CIO of the Year in Asia” in 2015 by Asia Asset Management and the “most consistent fund manager” in 2013.


Victor Abad, Managing Director of ING Wholesale Banking

Victor was appointed Head of Multinational Clients Coverage, Asia-Pacific in July 2016. He has over 21 years of banking experience which started in ING in Spain. In his previous role, Victor headed the Asia Desk (based in Amsterdam) for five years and was responsible for connecting Asia and Europe. He was also instrumental in some major deals for Asia outbound such as the financing of ChemChina’s acquisitions of Syngenta and Pirelli, the first high yield bond for Motherson or Indorama’s acquisitions in The Netherlands and Spain. Victor received his MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business. He has been a Professor of Emerging Markets Finance at CUNEF University in Madrid for 7 years.


Maarten Bijl, Chief Executive Officer at SHV Energy China

Maarten Bijl serves as the CEO of Guangzhou head quartered SHV Energy China since July 2016. SHV Energy is a family-owned multinational that consists of a group of specialized energy companies that provide people and businesses with decentralized personalized energy solutions and services (LPG, LNG, Biofuels). Maarten has served on the board of the European Chamber of South China since April 2019. Before coming to China, Maarten worked in different countries in strategy, commercial and general management roles. He started his career in 2003 at TNT Express on the commercial side of global supply chains, which took him to China for the first time in 2004. Maarten holds an MSc in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Delft and an Executive MBA degree in RSM business school.


Roland Hinterkoerner, Strategy Consultant at Expertise Asia Limited

Roland has worked in banking for 26 years and started his career at Deutsche Bank where he was involved in equity, fixed income, and derivative areas, mostly in Japan. He then held senior positions at UBS and BNP Paribas in London before joining the Royal Bank of Scotland to help build the debt capital market franchise for corporate clients in Europe. In 2008, Roland relocated to Hong Kong and as Managing Director spearheaded the bank’s effort in Corporate Financings and Advisory for conglomerates across the Asia Pacific. Post his institutional banking career Roland started his own online financial publishing activity called Expertise Asia in 2016, a daily blog that is widely read in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. This endeavour has been focusing on communicating analysis as well as thought-provoking and controversial opinions on the global financial system and current affairs. In addition, he took up a role as partner at Orfi Capital, a Hong Kong-based fund manager specializing in liquid credit investments. Roland holds a degree in business administration and international politics from Johannes Kepler University in Austria and Syracuse University in New York.


Sjoerd den Daas, Strategy Consultant at Expertise Asia Limited

Sjoerd den Daas is the East Asia correspondent for Dutch public broadcaster NOS, based in Beijing. He covers a wide range of topics, from the Sino-American tech-war to the repression of ethnic minorities in the western province of Xinjiang and the Belt and Road. Aiming to provide a broad audience with a window on China, helping to navigate through the complex environment of China’s new normal. Mr. Den Daas previously worked for the Dutch Financial Daily and RTL and has been working in China since 2015.



Hong Kong Bankers Club
43 & 44/F, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark
12-16 Des Voeux Road Central
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong


November 21 2019, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Member: 650
Non-Member: 880
(including Chinese dinner and drinks)





Afterwork Seminar: China’s New Norm - the Reality, the Opportunities and the Risks

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