Networking Breakfast & Seminar SME Strategies for Business in Asia -
Leveraging Hong Kong
May 23, 2011


Networking Breakfast & Seminar
SME Strategies for Business in Asia –
Leveraging Hong Kong

Gowlings, Gowlings and Henderson Room
160 Elgin Street, 26th Floor, Ottawa

Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

In Asia, foreign and local SMEs represent the majority of companies and are a significant economic force. Driving innovation and growth, this diverse group is expected to play a critical role in promoting healthy competition, and business collaboration. SMEs in Asia (local, and foreign with a local presence) represent a very significant opportunity, and are well positioned for growth worldwide.

But despite the markets in Asia becoming increasingly sophisticated and mature, setting up a successful operation there can be fraught with risk for companies of all sizes - particularly SME's and entrepreneurs.

This seminar will discuss opportunities and risks for SME's looking to set up in Asia, including:

  • where/how can SMEs can profitably set up;
  • preparation needed before entering markets in Asia;
  • maximizing opportunities through existing resources (particularly in Hong Kong), using established networks, partnerships, financing, infrastructure and legal considerations;
  • practical issues for importing and exporting; and
  • some case studies showing lessons learned (successful and not-so successful)

About the Speaker:

Richard Watson Mr. Richard Watson is the Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of the Amsterdam Trust Company (ATC). Established in 1893, ATC is a global fiduciary group serving capital markets, alternative investment funds, international business and private clients, located in 18 countries around the world today. Mr. Watson has been living and working in Hong Kong since 1997, and assists foreign entrepreneurs and companies with an eye on Asia to establish and grow their operations there.

Mr. Watson is a qualified trust and estate practitioner and has spent the last 24 years in general management and executive level operations, sales and marketing roles in Australia and Asia. His qualifications include a science degree, diploma in education, and M.B.A. (marketing and international trade).


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Registration and Fee:

This event is free for members and $15 (including HST) for non-members.

Please register in advance by Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by completing the registration form and returning to: or by fax: 613-241-7098.