29 February 2020

Brian Yeung

an independent contributor and consultant
  • Hong Kong is one of the best places for Russian startups to raise funds, says Yota Devices' Vladislav Martynov. Photo: HKEJ

    REX Global-Yota Devices deal pushed under revised plan

    - Apr 22, 2016 6:21pm
    REX Global Entertainment Holdings (00164.HK), a Hong Kong-based company that mainly focuses on leisure, tourism and entertainment-related businesses, has entered into a new deal in relation to the acquisition of a stake in Russia’s Yota Devices. The...
  • Yerbol Shormanov, deputy chairman of the management board of Astana Expo 2017, said a Smart Grid system will be used in the construction of the Expo Village. Photo: Astana Expo 2017

    Astana Expo 2017 to revitalize Kazakhstan’s energy sector

    - Apr 19, 2016 12:01pm
    Kazakhstan is an undisputed oil and gas giant, producing about 80 million tons of oil and natural-gas condensate every year. But now, the Central Asian nation has a new vision for the future: green economy. As early as...
  • Hengqin is expected to help expand the appeal of Macau as a travel and entertainment destination. Photo: AomenTV / Ossolinski Holdings

    Hengqin: Beacon of hope for China’s Vegas?

    - Feb 13, 2016 8:02am
    Macau, which overtook the Las Vegas strip to become the world’s biggest gambling hub in 2006, has been experiencing year-on-year declines in casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) over the past 20 months. Against the backdrop of...
  • Consul General Alexander Kozlov is on a mission to boost economic cooperation and other ties between Russia and Hong Kong. Photo: Russian Consulate General

    Russia seeks to revive ties with Hong Kong

    - Feb 10, 2016 8:01am
    Alexander Kozlov started his diplomatic career in the old Soviet Union in 1988. Now, he is the newly appointed consul general to Hong Kong and he is on a special mission for Russia — reviving ties...
  • Sir James Mirrlees says that, lacking details, 'One Belt, One Road' is more like a slogan, but even slogans can be powerful. Photos: Xinhua, CUHK

    ‘One Belt, One Road’ – hype or reality?

    - Dec 25, 2015 8:02am
    There have been frequent media references to China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) economic initiative, and it has become one of the top media buzzwords in China and abroad. OBOR, an idea coined by President Xi...
  • Evgeny Gavrilenkov (inset), chief economist of Sberbank CIB, believes a weak ruble could make the Russian market more compelling to both domestic and foreign investors. Photo: Brian Yeung

    A Russian take on ruble’s decline and yuan’s rise

    - Dec 12, 2015 8:04am
    The Russian ruble, dubbed “the worst performing currency” last year, almost lost half of its value against US dollar in the past 12 months. As of Dec. 7, the ruble had fallen to 69 against US$1...
  • Tigre de Cristal, the first casino to open in Russia’s Primorye gaming zone, is said to have got off to a solid start. Photo: Brian Yeung

    Vladivostok gambling zone: Opportunities and challenges

    - Dec 4, 2015 7:01am
    In 2009, Russia declared gambling illegal except in four (later expanded to five) integrated entertainment zones, including one near Vladivostok. Six years later, the Primorye gaming zone saw its first integrated casino resort, Tigre de Cristal,...
  • Moscow's deputy mayor Marat Khusnullin (left) believes “every market is cyclical” but Andrei Sharonov, dean of the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, said Russia did not learn its lesson from the previous crises. Photo: Brian Yeung

    Should investors bet on Russia amid the economic crisis?

    - Nov 21, 2015 8:01am
    Contrary to industry forecasts that Russian recession will continue, President Vladimir Putin was quoted by Reuters last month saying that “Russia may have reached the peak of an economic crisis”. Last year Russia’s net capital outflow...
  • Chinese artist Yu Chen created Red Babies Series No. 5 in 2011 (left). T'ang Haywen's 1985 water-ink painting is shown at right. Photos: Artcurial

    How to trade the new golden age of art

    - Nov 18, 2015 6:02am
    The 2008 financial crisis prompted investors to include alternative investment in their portfolio to diversify risk. As a platform for alternative investment, the art market is experiencing a new golden age previously thought impossible. According to the European Fine...
  • Yoshitomo Nara's "No Means No" (left) was sold at auction for HK$2.2 million in October.  The Blue Lotus (right) by Belgian cartoonist Hergé fetched US$1.24 million. Photos: Bonhams, Actcurial

    What’s hot and what’s not in art

    - Nov 18, 2015 6:01am
    This is shaping up to be another banner year for art. Sales in the global art market hit a record €51 billion (HK$427 billion), according to this year’s European Fine Art Foundation Art Market Report. However,...
  • Andrea Eng, the first runner-up in the Miss Canada pageant in 1978, later represented the country as Miss Canada at Miss Universe in Mexico. She made her fortune as a property broker. Photos: Paul Joseph, Robert Kwong

    From Miss Canada to global property queen

    - Nov 14, 2015 8:02am
    “Many people believe a beauty pageant is all about ‘beauty’, but I think intelligence carries more weight than beauty,” said Andrea Eng (伍慧芬), Canada’s first Chinese representative at a global pageant, Miss Universe in 1978. Never...
  • Unlike other countries, Russia has never ceased developing its nuclear power industry. Photo: Manezh Exhibition Hall

    Nuclear power renaissance: the Russian experience

    - Oct 24, 2015 8:06am
    Nuclear was once seen as “technology of the past”, but currently there are 68 reactors under construction and as many as 322 nuclear reactors have been proposed for construction in the future. To date, there are...
  • Eddie Astanin, chairman of the executive board of National Settlement Depository, says the crisis in China will not influence Russia’s attitude toward the Chinese market  from a long-term perspective. Photo: EJ Insight

    Why Russia remains upbeat on its partnership with China

    - Sep 12, 2015 8:00am
    The inaugural Eastern Economic Forum, attended by more than 1,000 investors from 24 countries including China in Vladivostok this month, shows the momentum of Russia’s pivot to Asia. China is an important strategic partner for Russia, with which...
  • Internet of Things is the next Industrial Revolution, says Rob van Kranenburg, founder of the IoT Council in the Netherlands. Photo: YouTube

    Internet of Things: a game changer for cities?

    - Sep 10, 2015 4:24pm
    Internet of Things (IoT), a terminology that describes objects interconnected through sensors, wireless networks and other technologies, is being touted as a game-changer for the future development of cities. By 2020, the number of connected things...
  • So-called 'global nomads' should not be confused with  expats, according to experts. The former voluntarily choose to advance their careers and skills on an international level across multiple countries. Photo: Reuters

    What young ‘global nomads’ should consider when working abroad

    - Aug 29, 2015 8:08am
    Overseas academic programs and internships have become popular in recent years, allowing students to experience different cultures and develop their cross-cultural competencies. There is an emerging generation of young “global nomads” who are eager to travel and...
  • Delta Group's Bruce Langereis says 'Chinese buyers' have been in Vancouver for a long time, given the huge proportion of ethnic Chinese in the city's population. Photo: EJ Insight

    ‘Chinese invasion’ of Vancouver real estate: What’s the truth?

    - Aug 22, 2015 8:07am
    In recent times, Vancouver has emerged as a popular destination for overseas property investors, especially those from mainland China. Nearly one-third of buyers in Vancouver had some connection to China, Dan Scarrow of real-estate company Macdonald...
  • Undersecretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui says  providing start-up funds for eligible social enterprises is a form of social investment. Photo: HKEJ

    Social entrepreneurship: How far Hong Kong has come

    - Jul 18, 2015 8:00am
    Social entrepreneurship is seen as an innovative way to tackle social problems with so-called “social enterprises”. Since 2001, the Hong Kong government has set up a range of funds to support social entrepreneurship. Among these are...
  • China poses some challenges for overseas graduates, but the opportunities are vast for those willing to take the risk. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is China a land of opportunity for HK graduates?

    - Jun 27, 2015 8:00am
    As an academic year ends and a bunch of fresh graduates enter the job market in Hong Kong, there is a significant change in the attitude of the youth on the prospect of working in the...
  • Hong Kong must build on its strengths and evolve into a hub for new financial technologies, say experts. Photo: Bloomberg

    How Hong Kong can become a world FinTech hub

    - Jun 13, 2015 8:00am
    As the rise of financial technology is being touted as a game-changer for the world’s financial industry, many cities are aspiring to become global FinTech hubs. Hong Kong is no exception. In March, the government announced...
  • A worker walks past Broadway Macau, being developed by Galaxy Entertainment, in Macau’s Cotai area. Casinos are betting that new facilities will help stem a decline in industry revenues. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is the gaming sector reaching the tipping point for recovery?

    - May 18, 2015 4:11pm
    Macau’s casino industry will see new projects coming on stream in the Cotai area even as gaming revenues in city have dropped for the eleventh straight month. Galaxy Entertainment, for instance, will launch its Galaxy Macau...