Expansion decision: HC Securities and Investment

Ali H. Choucri (D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
Anne Dietterich (D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
Victoria Gillern (D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
Julia Ivy (D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)

Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies

ISSN: 2045-0621

Publication date: 2 November 2018


Learning outcomes

Expected learning outcomes: To respond to the case question, students would analyze macro- and microeconomic differences to determine HC Securities’ preferred global strategy and appropriate market entry mode. The case demonstrates how instability in a local market, in this case Egypt, can force a company to go global. It also demonstrates how two superficially similar markets, Singapore and Hong Kong, provide different opportunities for HC Securities and require different global strategies: Singapore provides a jumping-off point to its predominantly Muslim neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia, whereas Hong Kong gives access to China and could provide a new customer base of Asian investors willing to invest in Africa and the Middle East.

Case overview/synopsis

Brief overview of the case: The case introduces the Egyptian investment company HC Securities, which is facing challenges related to Egypt’s political instability and economic slowdown. HC Securities’ CEO, Mr. Choucri, feels expansion to one of the Asia-Pacific countries could help with the company’s growth and stability. He identifies Hong Kong and Singapore as the most compelling locations because of their sophisticated economies and growth potential in the investments industry. This case provides information about each market, allowing students to respond to the question “What should Choucri do to assure a market-based solution for his company?”

Complexity academic level

Student level and proposed courses: The case is appropriate for use in undergraduate courses in international business or strategic management.

Supplementary materials

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Subject code

International Business.



Choucri, A., Dietterich, A., Gillern, V. and Ivy, J. (2018), "Expansion decision: HC Securities and Investment", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 8 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-02-2018-0033

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