Trade Wars, Brexit and the Belt & Road Strategy: How Can Companies Adapt to a Rapidly Changing Business Landscape?

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Trade Wars, Brexit and the Belt & Road Strategy: How Can Companies Adapt to a Rapidly Changing Business Landscape?

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China and the US are locked in an escalating economic dispute, with tariffs and investment restrictions threatening to alter the operating environment and disrupt global supply chains. Meanwhile, as the United Kingdom negotiates its exit from the European Union, the Chinese government is reshaping its Belt and Road strategy in Asia and Africa.

In this environment, it can be challenging to move forward with confidence. How can companies adapt and increase resiliency in the midst of this uncertainty?

Jon Shames of EY’s Geostrategic Business Group will explore this and more with Andrew Gilholm, Principal and Director of the analysis practice for Greater China and North Asia for Control Risks, and Adrian Ball, EY’s Global Trade leader for APAC.


About the speakers

Jon Shames is based in New York City and leads EY’s Geostrategic Business Group, which has been formed to assist companies in understanding the business implications of geopolitical disruption in the world today.  Under Jon’s guidance, the group is tapping into EY’s vast network of subject matter experts on global matters to provide clients with innovative, actionable guidance on opportunities and risks in markets around the world. 

Jon has more than 30 years of experience working with global companies. He has spent his career problem-solving with clients and has witnessed the increasing influence geopolitical issues play in individual boardroom decisions. Jon also has a strong background in the private equity sector and has worked with some of the largest global private equity funds. He recently served as EY Americas Private Equity Leader and was a member of the global private equity leadership team.


Adrian Ball is based in Singapore and is currently the Asia Pacific Leader for Indirect Taxes. Previously, he was the ASEAN Tax Managing Partner for EY.  Adrian has lived and worked in Asia Pacific as a tax advisor for 25 years.  Adrian has worked with a wide range of industries throughout the Asia Pacific region, addressing international trade issues.  He has advised companies on issues related to market access as well as on trade controversy.

He has worked extensively with regulators throughout the Asia Pacific region on tax, trade and regulatory matters.

He represented the private sector at government forums throughout Asia and is a regular speaker at conferences. Currently involved in representation for business in matters related to the ASEAN Economic Community.  He was previously an official with H.M. Customs and Excise, now HMRC.


Andrew Gilholm is a Principal and Director of the analysis practice for Greater China and North Asia for Control Risks.  In this role, he oversees coverage of political, regulatory and security issues across the region.  Andrew has worked in the political risk industry focusing on China and Korea for 17 years, mainly based in the region since 2001.

Before joining Control Risks, Andrew work as an Asia-Pacific analyst at the political and economic consultancy Oxford Analytica, a communications specialist at Microsoft China and East Asia analyst at a firm advising insurance sector clients on political risk.  He has worked in China for most of the period since 2001 and served in postings in Control Risks’ London, Singapore and Seoul offices.

Andrew’s comments, analysis or op-eds have appears in media and journals including China Economic Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Affairs, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Time Magazine, and in broadcasts by the BBC, Bloomberg and CNBC.


Ticket includes full hot English breakfast buffet.

Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans, sandals and sports shoes are not permitted. To see the full list of club rules on dresscode, please click here.

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Trade Wars, Brexit and the Belt & Road Strategy: How Can Companies Adapt to a Rapidly Changing Business Landscape?

Thu, October 25, 2018
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Jon Shames, Geostrategic Business Group, EY


Adrian Ball, Asia Pacific Leader, Indirect Taxes, EY


Andrew Gilholm, Principal & Director, Greater China & North Asia, Control Risks

Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central. Hosted by Andrew Seaton
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