Business BVI Asia, Business BVI

Creating The Future:
Leveraging Our Asia Relationships + Technology

Business BVI ASIA’s third Annual Asia Regional Conference will take place on October 18, 2016 in Hong Kong. The conference is the only annual BVI specific conference of its kind in Asia.

Since its inauguration in 2014, the conference annually gathers the leaders at the highest level of the BVI Government, the Regulator, BVI Finance, BVI House Asia, corporates and senior level BVI focused practitioners operating in Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific (APAC) Region for inspiring candid high-level conversations on the critical issues and innovations shaping the future of financial services in the BVI.

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Business BVI Asia, Business BVI
Elise Donovan
Wayne Yang
Lorna Smith
martin Carwford
Lorna Smith
Brodrick Pen
Carson Wen
Eetu Kuneinen
Carson Wen

Additional speakers to be announced

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Bank of Asia


Bank of Asia


Bank of Asia


Bank of Asia Mourant Conyers

Supporting Sponsor

Bank of Asia
Business BVI Asia, Business BVI

October 17, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Hosted by BVI House Asia, Central Plaza

October 18, 2015 | 9:00 - 16:20

9:00AM - 9:20AM
Collection of Badges - Coffee & Tea

9:20AM - 9:30AM
Russell Harrigan
Managing Editor
Business BVI Asia

9:30AM - 10:00AM
Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, MHA
Premier and Minister for Finance
British Virgin Islands


10:00AM – 11:00AM
PANEL DISCUSSION- Raising Our Gaze: Leveraging Our Asia Relationships to Drive Future Growth.

What are the prospects on the road to substance? Where are the bespoke opportunities? What products and services will drive future demand? Are there moonshots that we should be considering?

Key leaders of the offshore sector discuss why Asia (including India) is the engine that will drive future growth.

Moderated By:

Niaz Khan
Managing Director
DMS Governance LTD., Hong Kong


Martin Crawford
VISTRA Group, Hong Kong

Richard Hall
Conyers Dill & Pearman, Hong Kong

Wayne Yang
Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management
Bank of Asia

Kristian Wilson
Bedell Cristin (Singapore) LLP

Frances Woo
Managing Partner
Appleby, Hong Kong

11:00AM - 11:25AM

11:30AM - 1200PM
Banking- Time For Action: Enter The Bank Of Asia

Bank of Asia ("BoA") has been established in the British Virgin Islands ("BVI") to address the need for BVI and other offshore companies in getting bank accounts opened and other banking needs satisfied as well as the growing offshore banking needs of a large, underserved universe of Chinese and other Asian high net worth individuals (HNWI) and their related offshore business companies.

Wayne Yang
Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management
Bank of Asia

12:00PM - 12:50PM
China Watch – What Happens In China Does Not Stay In China

What are the implications for the offshore sector as China shifts its FDI from the developing world to the United States and other advanced Western economies? Opportunity or dark clouds?What role will China’s Belt & Road Initiative plays in this growth?

Moderated By:

Paul Christopher
Managing Partner
Mourant Ozannes, Hong Kong


Carson Wen
Of Counsel
Jones Day

Alastair Campbell
Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking Advisory
Bank of Asia

“For almost 40 years, the US-China economic relationship has been defined by rapidly growing bilateral trade, and it is only recently that Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States has begun to make a strong mark. These investments are likely to grow significantly, establishing another important and often beneficial economic linkage that, at its best, will support and even create American jobs.

Indeed, cross-border direct investments generally flowed from the United States to China rather than the other way around. And these were largely one-way US corporate investments designed to help them enter and compete in the China market.

But that is now changing. China’s outbound direct investment globally has been increasing for a number of years and, where much of this investment once went to Africa and Latin America, for example, it is now increasingly directed at advanced Western economies. That has meant that Chinese direct investment in the US market is ramping up rapidly from a low base.”

Hank M. Paulson, Jr.
Founder and Chairman,
Paulson Institute and
Former Secretary of the US Treasury

“Also called One Belt, One Road, the B&R is a massive undertaking that will shape Eurasia’s future. It will extend from the Pacific to the heart of Europe, stimulate some $4 trillion in investment over the next three decades, and draw in countries that account for 70 percent of the world’s energy reserves. So far, however,the United States has either fruitlessly attempted to undermine the initiative or avoided engaging with it altogether. That is the wrong course. Washington should instead cautiously back the many aspects of the B&R that advance U.S. interests and oppose those that don’t. The United States does not have to choose between securing its global position and supporting economic growth in Asia: selectively backing the B&R would help achieve both goals.”

China’s Infrastructure Play –
Why Washington Should Accept the New Silk Road
By Gal Luft
Foreign Affairs, September/October 2016 Issue

12:50PM - 1:50PM


1:50PM - 2:20AM
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Anyone? A Progress Report On The Establishment Of The BVIIAC.

A Conversation Between:

John Beechey
Chairman of the Board
BVI International Arbitration Centre

Russell Harrigan
Managing Editor & Chief Content Officer
Business BVI

2:20PM – 2:50PM
Heads Up: Legislation Pipeline & McKinsey Decisions Implemented

Presented By:

Lorna Smith, OBE
Interim Executive Director
BVI Finance

2:50PM – 3:20PM
Brexit & The BVI – ‘Brexit Means Brexit’ - Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, Or Brexit Over Easy?
“The stakes are considerable. Britain ships nearly half its exports to other European Union members. The giants of global banking have turned London into a financial center rivaling New York, using hubs here to extend their reach across the rest of the European market. Investment has poured into Britain from around the world, as major manufacturers have set up factories so they can sell their wares across Europe Union without incurring tariffs, meaning that Britain’s economic prospects are now tethered to the vagaries of domestic politics in 27 other countries.” NY Times October 7, 2016

Are We In Or Out? What Are The Implications & Opportunities?

Presented By:

Russell Crumpler
Managing Director, Advisory

3:20PM - 3:50PM
Regulatory Focus: The Global Transparency Agenda – Are We Keeping Up?
The global taxation and transparency space as prescribed by the OECD, the G20 etc., is frenetic with BEPS, CRS, UBO et al. What is the BVI strategy to meeting and adherring to the demands emanating from these multiple regimes driving the new world order? How will the BVI platform be structured? Are we ready to satisfy the automatic exchange and access to UBO information? Will the new platform be sufficiently robust to withstand breaches, hacking and other attempts aimed at its compromise? Will the BVI maintain “privacy and confidentiality of its structures” which is highly valued in Asia?

A Conversation Between:

Neil Smith
Financial Secretary
Government of the British Virgin Islands

Elise Donovan
BVI House Asia, Hong Kong


AFTERNOON CONVERSATION: Leap Frogging The Future Via Technology

3:50AM - 4:20PM
In The Industries of the Future
Ross shows us what changes are coming in the next ten years, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter. He examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future, including robotics, cybersecurity, the commercialization of genomics, the next step for big data, and the coming impact of digital technology on money and markets.

FROM: Industries of the Future, by Alec Ross

How Is Technology Shaping The Future of the Offshore Sector?

A Conversation Between:

Barbara Meynert
Chair of the Task Force on Digital Economy
of the UN Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific

Eetu Kuneinen
VP of Technology Strategy
Bank of Asia

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