In 2015, Chinese consumers spent close to 4 trillion yuan ($589.61 Billion) buying goods online. China’s web sales surpassed U.S. in 2013, making it by far the world’s largest e-commerce market. The major drivers in China’s e-commerce boom have been cross-border sales, mobile sales, and e-commerce in villages.
To better understand e-commerce in China and the disruptive nature of market players, we are bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. Please join us on August 29th at 6:30PM for this enlightening panel discussion. We welcome Ken Ma (via teleconference) of Tmall Global, Richard Cant of Dezan Shira, and Joe Dehner of Frost Brown Todd to share their experiences and insights in looking ahead and navigating the prosperous e-commerce channels of China and beyond.
About Tmall. Tmall is China’s premier B2C online retail market, operated by the Chinese e-commerce giant The Alibaba Group. It achieved 200 billion RMB ($32 Billion) gross merchandise volume in 2012 offering products from more than 70,000 merchants. Many multinational brands, such as Nike, Gap, Levi’s, Lacoste, Microsoft, Sony, P&G, Nestle, Toys-R-Us, etc., operate flagship stores on Tmall.
Ken Ma – Director of Int’l Development, Tmall Global (Alibaba Group)
Ken has 10+ years global e-commerce business experience in China. He help developed over 100 top international brands for Tmall.com and is currently the head of Tmall’s international business development team for cross border e-commerce. Prior to Tmall, he managed Alibaba’s markets in Indonesia, Brazil and Japan, and had developed the company’s markets in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Richard Cant – North American Director, Dezan Shira & Associates (Boston)
Richard guides North American individuals and companies through the process of establishing, maintaining, and expanding their businesses in China. His areas of practice include: corporate accounting and compliance, establishing businesses in China and Hong Kong, due diligence and M&A, and taxation planning and structuring. Prior to Dezan Shira & Associates, Richard was an Australian lawyer and Certified Public Accountant, and was also a partner at Ernst & Young Australia. He has worked in business and commercial consulting both in Australia and China for the past 20 years.
Joe Dehner – Member, Frost Brown Todd
Joe chairs this 500+-attorney law firm’s International Services Group. He advises global businesses from large to small on a broad variety of business matters, including data privacy, product and services distribution, multinational business structures, compliance, tax and other issues. He has advised U.S., Chinese and other businesses on e-commerce matters since the start of the digital age.
Moderated by Jin Kong, G4C Chairman 2016-17.