ACBC NSW Ask an Expert

19 Aug 2021

Meet with experts in our network to ask questions about the China market.

ACBC NSW is delighted to invite you to our first Ask an Expert event on 14 September. Experts with China-related expertise in law, accounting, shipping and marketing would each give their top tips for succeeding in the market, after which there will be breakout rooms where attendees could ask questions of experts.

This event will be a great opportunity for businesses outside Metropolitan Sydney to meet with experts and ask questions about the China market. Space is limited – register now to avoid disappointment!

Our Experts

E-Commerce and Marketing Expert: Gerard Robb, CEO, SinaPrise

Gerard brings to SinaPrise a distinct commercial background and acumen coupled with a high level of Asian cultural competence which will serve to position the business strategically.

Gerard has an extensive commercial background from founding a successful health and fitness business in Tokyo Japan to investment banking (JP Morgan) and integrated resorts (Crown LTD and The Star Entertainment Group) where his most recent project was the “Chinafication” of The Star Entertainment Group’s resorts.

Accounting and Market Entry Experts: Danny Armstrong, Managing Director, SW (ShineWing Australia); Toby Graham, General Manager China, SW (ShineWing Australia)

Danny Armstrong, Managing Director, SW (ShineWing Australia)
Danny’s career spans over 35 years and a number of senior roles in financial services, including living and working in Asia for 10 years. He is an expert on Asian markets and regularly advises Australian companies and exporters looking to expand into China on market approach, business structure and set up, due diligence on prospective partners and importantly, how to optimise their trade structures to ensure they get paid. Following five years as General Director and Country Head establishing the Commonwealth Bank in Vietnam, Danny spent five years as General Manager and Country Head licensing and establishing National Australia Bank on the China mainland. In both Vietnam and China, he served as a Director on the Board of their respective Australian Chambers of Commerce.

Toby Graham, General Manager China, SW (ShineWing Australia)
Toby plays a critical role in connecting clients in Australia to real opportunities and resources in China, and throughout Asia more broadly. For Australian businesses wishing to engage in China, Toby facilitates commercial opportunities and cross border trade and investment, and assists with strategy, due diligence, market research, market access, distribution, and localisation.
Toby is a Non-Executive Director on the Board for the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, and is Chair of the Finance, Investment and Tax Industry Committee. He holds a Master of Laws from Nanjing University, and speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese.

Shipping and Trade Expert: Ben Mihailovic, National China Development Manager, International Cargo Express

As the National China Development Manager for International Cargo Express, Ben helps businesses manage the complexities of importing from and exporting to China. With a focus on the China market, Ben has travelled extensively over the last 20 years, having spent time in cities such as Qingdao, Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Hong Kong. Ben’s objective throughout the pandemic has been to manage the changing shipping landscape by providing key insights into what is happening both locally and overseas.

Law Expert: Victor Zhang, Partner and Deputy Director, Shanghai Yishi Law Firm

Mr Zhang was graduated from East China University of Political Science and Law with a Bachelor’s degree in Law, and joined Yishi Law Firm in 2008. In 2009, he was designated by the firm to work in the Legislative Research Institute of Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress as a full-time researcher, and from 2010, Mr Zhang studied Australian law at the University of Sydney, worked at Holding Redlich and was subsequently admitted to practice as a solicitor in New South Wales.

Mr Zhang has extensive experience in the areas of construction and real estate, oversea investment, international trade and dispute resolution. He has advised Australian companies on various Chinese legal affairs such as arrangements of the business lifecycles and response to complex compliance investigations.