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Post Globalization: Hong Kong - Opportunities and Challenges

May 24th, 2023

10:00 – 11:00 (MEZ)

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You can now watch the webinar replay by clicking here.

Since 2019, the world has changed in ways none of us could have predicted. Protests in Hong Kong, the pandemic, and the war in Ukraine are increasingly shifting and regionalizing the balance of economic power.

The world is changing and Hong Kong with it. What role will Hong Kong play in this regionalized world? Is there still a difference between doing business in Hong Kong and Shanghai or Shenzhen? Or is Hong Kong more than ever an important gateway to China, where it is increasingly difficult for Western companies to do business. Is it possible that Singapore will replace Hong Kong as the most important regional international hub in the long term?

Target group: Managing directors and board members with an interest in Hong Kong as a business location, persons responsible for Hong Kong and/or China business, specialists and executives (market development, expatriation, export, finance)

Event language: English

This webinar includes :

  • Hong Kong and its motto: One country – two systems.
  • Hong Kong’s uniqueness compared to China and Singapore
  • Hong Kong as part of the GBA
  • Free trade agreements – an overview
  • Market entry strategies – Which is the “right” one for your company?
  • Case studies – How companies do business in Hong Kong


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As the Business Manager of Altios Greater China, Irene Tchedre is responsible for assisting foreign companies to establish, maintain and expand business activities in Hong Kong/China’s complex environment. With more than 10 years of professional experience, she has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the challenges and peculiarities of the Chinese market.

Irene Tchedre has a deep understanding of Chinese business culture and can help her clients build successful relationships with local partners and implement long-term business goals.

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Marius Heickmann has more than 7 years of experience in internationalization consulting and cross-border project management. He successfully supports companies based in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in their global market expansion. As Business Development Manager at Maier Vidorno Altios, he is based in Cologne and is part of our outbound team there.

At the University of Bonn, Heickmann successfully completed his studies in Asian Studies with a focus on business & society, especially in India and Southeast Asia. Every year he accompanies about 30 projects of our customers from various industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, automotive, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electronics and automation.


As Head of Consulate and Chamber Engagement, Transport and Industrial at InvestHK, KC Lam is responsible for building networks with foreign consulates and chambers in Hong Kong. His team provides assistance and various services to the foreign business community in the city, helping to attract foreign direct investment.

Prior to joining InvestHK, KC Lam worked in the field of environmental technology and in commercial and technical roles at a major airline in Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bristol and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cranfield University.

Hannes Farlock has spent most of his professional career in international markets, promoting and developing business relationships. Prior to his role in Hong Kong, he was Managing Director of DEinternational at the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Abroad in Moscow.

Prior to joining the global network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK), Mr. Farlock worked in Belarus, Ukraine and Germany, including business development in the IT and start-up sectors, as well as in the former TACIS program of the European Commission.

Mr. Farlock studied management in Austria and Lithuania and Russian and Eurasian studies in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is currently enrolled in an Executive Diploma program in Organizational Leadership at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Event partners

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German Industry and Commerce Ltd (GIC) is the delegation of German business in Hong Kong. Since 1987, GIC has been the first point of contact for German companies with business interests in Hong Kong and the region, as well as for local companies with investment or expansion plans in Germany. As one of 150 AHK locations worldwide under the umbrella of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), GIC has a mandate from the German government to promote German foreign trade, together with the German Consulate General and the representative office of Germany Trade & Invest. GIC is private sector oriented, neutral and independent.

InvestHK‘s vision is to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as a leading international business hub in Asia. InvestHK’s mission is to attract and retain foreign direct investment, which is of strategic importance to Hong Kong’s economic development.

Hong Kong: new business perspective world's strictest pandemic rules are lifted.

October 27th, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 (MEZ).

Good news. Business travel to Hong Kong is about to get a whole lot easier. Since September 26th, the hotel quarantine has been lifted. Business activities in Hong Kong are expected to return to normal soon. Foreign investors also see this as a major step towards the Chinese borders also being reopened in the near future.

What does this mean for your business in Hong Kong and China? It may be time to rethink your China strategy.

Update your knowledge of the Chinese market and use this seminar as an impetus to review and, if necessary, adapt or even completely change your local sales approach.

Target group: Market entrants, but mainly companies that have been active in China for many years.

Event language: English


This webinar includes :

10:00 – Breaking news from Hong Kong with possible implications for future business in Hong Kong/China

10:05 – General Business Outlook for 2022

10:10 – Hong Kong’s perspective as a leading Global Business Hub

10:25 – Questions and Answers


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Zoe-Linlin ZHU is the Business & Investment Director of ALTIOS China.

She has more than 10 years of professional experience in multinational corporations.

Before joining ALTIOS, Zoe Linlin ZHU was mainly responsible for sourcing/production.

During the 3 years she ran her own consulting firm, she assisted international companies in handling various projects in China.

Her deep understanding of running a business helped her a lot in managing international projects and negotiating with different people and cultures in the future.

ZHU graduated in “Communication, Entrepreneurship and Business Development” from Lyon-III University and Institut Commercial Lyonnais in France.

Maja Kovačević Coupé

Maja Kovačević Coupé is a Business Development and Account Manager at Altios Hong Kong.

She has spent almost 15 years first studying, then working in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

Maja Kovačević Coupé has a solid knowledge and understanding of Chinese business etiquette and culture.

For the last few years, Maja has been closely following the situation in Hong Kong and its business environment. She would like to share recent evolutions and highlight why Hong Kong remains an important bridge between East and West.


To better plan the webinar, please register no later than October 26th, 2022. Register here.

The participation is free of charge.

Altios, accompanied by Polish Investment & Trade Agency, organized a webinar on Vietnam as a destination for Polish companies.

April 2022

Click on the link below to watch the replay of this webinar:

Vietnam has become a new attractive destination for global investors. Despite the pandemic hard hit, Vietnam finished its 2021 with a 2.58% GDP growth and around 31 B USD of Foreign Direct Investment.

What are Vietnam’s strengths? How can it attract international investors? How to work with Vietnamese partners? Which are critical points for doing business in Vietnam?

The webinar took place on March 17th, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

January 2022

Altios, accompanied by Delta Electronics Singapore and UOB, is organizing a webinar on the impact of Agritech beyong Singapore.

Click on the link below to watch the replay of this webinar:

Governments around the world have realized the importance of creating sustainable food sources internally. Technology & innovation shall be the main driver.

Join us for a webinar & fireside chat with the industry experts on the landscape of Agritech beyond Singapore, support in market connectivity for your regional expansion and a case study on integrating technology into sustainable farming

Agenda :

4:00 p.m – Landscape of Agritech in the region, Altios
4:10 p.m – Drivers of transformation in Asia food & agriculture sector, UOB
4:20 p.m – Case study on smart plant & building automation solution, Delta Electronics Singapore
4:30 p.m – Fireside Chat
4:45 p.m – Q&A

The webinar took place on January 20th, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Global Business Month

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Speed up your international business

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28.09.21 - 21.10.2021

Online throughout the month

Event language: English


Participating companies


Klaus Maier,
Bruno Mascart
Group Managing
Southeast Asia – Singapore
Boris Lechevalier
Group Managing
Europe – London
Klaus Maier
Group Managing
India – New Delhi
Bertrand Girard
Managing Partner North America – New York
Gael Sabbagh
Partners – Global
Growth Strategy
Europe – Paris
Alexandre Kaplan
Manager –
Corporate Finance
Europe – Paris
Arnoul d’ARSCHOT

Arnoul d’ARSCHOT
Project Manager
Southeast Asia – Singapore

Isabelle Combe
Managing Director
North America – Montreal
Morgane Pinault
Manager – Global
HR Solutions
Europe – Paris
François Lamotte
Europe – Paris
Mirko Mottino
Managing Partner
Europe – Turin & Milan
Didier Koch
Managing Partner
South America – São Paulo
Margaux Loustalan
Managing Director
South America – Mexico City
Thomas Breitinger
Vice President – DACH
Europe – Cologne
Hugues Naudet
Director –Strategy
Europe – Paris
Reinhard Bührer
Head of Marketing & Sales
Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG

Target group

Anyone who sells international products or services worldwide.

With Kind Support

Altios, in partnership with Crédit Agricole, is organizing a webinar and individual meetings for Polish companies interested in the Indian market.

August 2021

For many years, India has been perceived as one of the most promising global markets – in part due to its 1.4 billion-strong population, high-growth economy, and political stability.

Recent forecasts show that India is quickly recovering from the economic crisis of 2020. The question arises whether it is the right moment to do business with the world’s largest democracy.

Experts from ALTIOS and Crédit Agricole will discuss the specificities of the Indian market and how you can take advantage of them to expand or set up in this prospective market!
A company that successfully launched operations in India will also share its experience.

Key themes of discussion:

  • Macroeconomics/Business outlook
  • Analysis of key factors for market entrance/expansion in India
  • How to search for the best partner or the ideal business developer
  • Presence and solutions of Crédit Agricole in India

Are you interested in the Indian market and want some specific advice?

Do not hesitate to register for our B2B meeting. Our experts will provide you with all the information you are looking for!

The webinar will be held on August 26th, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
All subjects will be presented in English.


  • Sophie WIEVIORKA, Asia Economist, Group Economic Research, Crédit Agricole S.A.
  • Klaus MAIER, Altios Group Managing Partner
  • Madhav RAINA-THAPAN, VP Business Development, Altios India
  • Shishir PUNDLIK, Executive Director and HeadMNC Coverage, North & West India Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank India

Testimonials from successful companies in Poland:

▶️ You can either register to the webinar or a B2B meeting alone, or to both these events: Register now

Webinar Organizers: Altios Polska Sp. z o.o., Altios International and Credit Agricole Bank Polska S.A., are your personal data controllers and will process data to conduct the webinar and B2B meetings.

Detailed information regarding the processing of personal data by Credit Agricole Bank Polska S.A. is available on:

Detailed information regarding the processing of personal data by Altios Polska Sp. z o.o. and Altios International is available on:

The Embassy of the United States in France and SelectUSA, in partnership with ALTIOS, invited companies to a webinar last Tuesday, May 4th, dedicated to the opportunities of setting up business in the United States.

May 2021

Click on the link below to watch the replay of this webinar (be aware that this webinar is almost fully in French):

Some key data to know :

  • Direct investment by French companies in the United States is a major component of their development in the American market.
  • The American subsidiaries of French companies employ more than 700,000 people in the United States and rank France 4th among foreign countries for the number of direct jobs created in the United States.
  • French companies are very active in the United States in high technology, but also in many other fields.
  • The United States offers an extremely favorable environment for companies, with a highly skilled workforce, very competitive investment tax incentives, very efficient infrastructure and supply chain networks, and an excellent platform for investing in all markets of the American continent, North, Central and South.


  • Scott Pozil – Commercial Affairs Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in France for Western and Southern Europe
  • Patrick Ferron – Managing Partner Group ALTIOS International USA


  • Brian Aggeler, Chargé d’affaires, ad interim – Embassy of the United States of America Paris, France.

SelectUSA Program & SelectUSA Summit 2021:

  • Ryan Wallace – Senior International Investment Specialist, SelectUSA – U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration

Testimonials from successful companies in the United States:

  • Michel Durrieu General Manager International & CEO North America HUTTOPIA (10 mn)

Legal aspects of setting up in the United States :


  • Patrick Ferron – Managing Partner Group ALTIOS International USA

Acknowledgements & Conclusions:

  • Scott Pozil – Commercial Affairs Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in France for Western and Southern Europe
  • Patrick Ferron – Managing Partner Group ALTIOS International USA

▶️ Watch testimonials from French companies that have successfully established and expanded in the U.S. market: 

To learn more about the SelectUSA Virtual Summit dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment in the United States June 7-11, 2021:

Do you have a project? Contact our teams!

Altios Italia and Crédit Agricole Italia banking group were pleased to invite companies to their online event "INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: tools and strategies for growing abroad", which was held on May, 5th, and 6th, 2021.

May 2021

The online seminar held on May, 5th, was followed by B2B meetings, enabling companies from all sectors to discuss projects or issues with active experts in major world markets.

Click on the link to watch the replay of our Italian webinar:

November 12th, 2020

European countries are facing a new round of shutdowns and restrictions in mobility due to an increase of Covid-19 cases, and borders are once again closed. Despite the local shutdowns, however, staying globally relevant is becoming increasingly important for companies.

In this challenging context, many French companies are scrambling to hire talents in their target markets in order to sustain their growth and build upon their initial investments.

ALTIOS along with our global partner M+V offered you the opportunity to participate in a dedicated webinar on key HR issues such as the recruitment and management of international talents, drawing from key experiences with European clients in India.

? November 12th, 2020

Lockdown 2020: How to hire and manage international talents?
Focus on India

▶️ Access to the Replay

Watch and share the experience of local experts:

June 19th, 2020

To deepen your knowledge of the Chinese market and discuss specific projects or problems with experts operating there, Altios and Crédit Agricole Italia, with the partnership of Sopexa, organized a webinar and experts talks:

? last June 11th, 9.00 – 10.00 CEST

You are an Italian company willing to develop your activity or set up in China?

▶️ Watch the video replay: