Our Partners in China
Garden Investment is a Joint Venture between David Thomas, Vanessa Xing and Garden Travel, one of China’s largest and most prestigious international travel agencies based in Guangzhou. Garden Travel is a wholly owned subsidiary of KWG Property Holding Limited, a HK listed investment holding company, which engages in the investment, development, management, and sale of real estate properties in China. The company operates through Property Development, Property Investment, Hotel Operation, and Property Management segments. Its properties portfolio include mid to high-end residential properties, serviced apartments, villas, office buildings, hotels, and shopping malls located in Guangzhou, Foshan, Nanning, Hainan, Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Chengdu, Beijing, and Tianjin.
The CEO of KWG, Mr. Jian Tao Kong, is a key influencer in our JV activities and is well connected to many other leading groups and senior and influential connections throughout China in property development, insurance, financial services and other key sectors.
Our Executive Chairman and CEO, Ms Li Guijie, is an established and successful entrepreneur based in Guangdong. She is the CEO of Guangzhou Garden Travel Ticketing Service Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Tutuju Scenic Area Investment and Management Co., Ltd. and Guangdong Youtu Travel Information Technology Co., Ltd. and has extensive experience and remarkable insights into the investment, tourism and real estate sectors gained over more than two decades
Hawkesbury Investment Holding Pty Ltd is an Australian private company owned jointly by David Thomas, Vanessa Xing and their business partners in China, David, and Grace Wang, who own and operate a large and successful law practice in Guangzhou, known as Huazhijie Lawyers.
Huazhijie lawyers are one of the largest and best known legal practices in Guangdong Province in southern China. With over 100 lawyers, and long established connections throughout the region, their clients mainly operate in the banking, property construction and M&A sectors. As a result, as well as advising some of the largest and best known banks and property developers on commercial transactions, they provide conveyancing services to over 70% of the high net worth individuals who acquire properties in Guangzhou.
David Wen, principal of HuaZhiJie Law Firm in Guangzhou, has extensive networks and contacts in the banking and property sectors. He is highly respected for his business acumen, legal expertise and long established connections within the Guangdong business community, including the Banks (notably CCB) and large property groups in Guangdong Province
The combination of Think Global and Huazhijie Lawyers provides a unique and effective platform for Australian and Chinese businesses to work together to tap into the longstanding expertise, connections and reputations that exist on both sides of the joint venture.
On the Australian side, clients of Think Global access high level and long established connections with some of the largest SOEs in Guangzhou, including the major Banks and Property Groups, aswell as a large pool of high net worth investors with an interest in investing overseas. They also have access to our large office in Guangzhou, our 50 seat seminar room for small and medium scale events, and our local team of legal professionals and operations managers.
On the Chinese side, clients of Huazhijie have access to Think Global’s platform of SMEs and investment projects in Australia, aswell as local connections, client relationships and professional advisers. In the short time since Hawkesbury was launched in 2015, a number of high net worth clients have already visited Australia, over 20 apartments have been acquired, a large $20m JV deal into Melbourne real estate has been concluded and an alliance of building materials suppliers seeking to do business in Australia has been established.
The Australia China SME Association (ACSME) reflects the growing importance and priority in both China and Australia to promote, support and stimulate the private sector, notably the growth of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) including the most dynamic and innovative technologies, innovation and entrepreneurs available in both countries.
ACSME acts as a bridge between leading SMEs in both countries, creating opportunities for relationship-building, business-matching and to showcase innovative ideas, new technology and progressive companies on both sides of the Australia-China relationship.
Over the past 12 months, ACSME has run a series of highly focused, targeted and successful events and roundtable forums to bring together leading SMEs on both sides, each with a specific industry focus. Some of the industries which have already been identified as being of high interest and importance include healthcare, tourism, education, agriculture, events and real estate sectors.
ACSME has signed collaboration agreements with other Associations in China, including the Guangdong SME Association, and receives delegations in Australia organised by China Construction Bank (CCB) and other major groups. ACSME’s influence and reputation is widely recognised as an important platform for Chinese SMEs to do business and invest in Australia.
ACSME and the Guangdong SME Association were instrumental in establishing and launching the Australia China Building Materials Alliance at the HQ of China Construction Bank in Guangzhou in September 2017.