Silk Road Associates is a strategy consultancy helping clients build their commercial footprint in China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Which China are we talking about?

Companies will need to take a more selective approach as they position for a China slowdown

Economists have reason to be bearish about China. But business owners and corporate executives equally have reason to be bullish as the country's best performing cities will continue to create compelling commercial opportunities. However, that will require an adjustment in strategy.

Protecting your IPR in Asia

IPR protection is about more litigation. Consumer education and market access are also critical

For many brand owners, fear of intellectual property rights (IPR) theft is a major concern when first entering Asia's markets. E-commerce has only complicated the challenges. But how companies educate and sell to their customers is critical to finding a sustainable solution.

China's forgotten sector

China’s agriculture sector kick-started reforms in the 1980s, but was then largely forgotten.

That’s a pity, as there are large productivity gains to be made there, not to mention profits. Private commercial farming is only just beginning but high profit-margins demonstrate that ‘know-how’ and land aggregation is critical, rather than the more usual overreliance on fertilizer and irrigation.

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Media Appearances
18 October 2013
Interview with Ben Simpfendorfer
17 September 2013
BBC World Service
Interview with Ben Simpfendorfer
9 May 2013
BBC World Service
Interview with Ben Simpfendorfer
9 May 2013
Financial Times
beyondbrics: Guest Post
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Speaking Events
20 March 2014
Hong Kong
4 March 2014
Hong Kong
Citywire Asia Conference
11 December 2013
Hong Kong
12 November 2013
Hong Kong
TZMI Congress
5 November 2013
Hong Kong
Latham & Watkins: Asia Restructuring
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