CGA hosts forum on “Belt and Road: Risks and Rewards”

CGA and TransAsia Lawyers successfully co-hosted a forum at the 8th China Overseas Investment Fair (COIFAIR) on 20 October 2016, drawing senior diplomats and executives to the lecture hall of the Beijing Exhibition Center.

The forum addressed the political, financial, environmental, visa-related and other forms of risk to which Chinese enterprises should pay close attention when investing abroad, particularly in the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) region.

The event was proudly sponsored by the Reignwood Group, Fragomen Worldwide, China Multilateral Investment Advisors Limited, Kroll and Crowe Horwath.

Distinguished speakers included:

  • Jesse T H Chang, Managing Partner, TransAsia Lawyers & Founder & CEO, ChinaGoAbroad
  • Zheng Xiaoping, Director, China Multilateral Investment Advisors Limited on“Tools serving the OBOR —Political Risk Insurance, Green Infrastructure Finance Accreditation”
  • Nadine Goldfoot, Partner, Fragomen Worldwide on “The Importance of Human Resources-related Compliance”
  • Violet Ho, Senior Managing Director, Greater China - Investigations and Disputes, Kroll, on “How to Navigate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Review Process”
  • YangchewOoi, Managing Director, Crowe Horwath Global Risk Consulting, on “Managing "China Go Abroad" Risks”
  • He Zhenwei, Secretary General, China Overseas Development Association
  • H.E.Zsolt Csutora, Deputy Minister of State for the Opening to the East, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
  • H.E. Soegeng Rahardjo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the People’s Republic of China
  • Rabko Yuri Pavlovich, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Belarus in China
  • Michael Yamashita, Renowned international National Geographic photographer

Forum Highlights

CGA is proud to have recently brokered the sale of National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita’s iconic Silk Road Collection to the Reignwood Group.

Mr. Yamashita was invited as a special guest to share his experiences creating the Collection, a record of the peoples and countries he encountered while travelling in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Zheng He.

In his opening address, Jesse T H Chang praised the successes to date of the OBOR initiative, while emphasizing its fundamental risks. He urged Chinese investors to “do their homework” before investing abroad.


Zheng Xiaoping discussed the topics of political risk insurance and green infrastructure accreditation, explaining their particular relevance to OBOR investors (view the speech).


Nadine Goldfoot described the critical importance of human resources-related compliance for transnational businesses (view the speech).


Violet Ho shared the best practices for passing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review process: being “proactive”, “transparent” and “collaborative”.


Yangchew Ooi offered practical advice on managing the 3 main risks facing Chinese investors: missed opportunities, uncertain outcome and adverse events (view the speech).


Panel Discussion

Jesse Chang (far left) and Zheng Xiaoping (far right) chaired a panel discussion with H.E. Soegeng Rahardjo, H.E Zsolt Csutora, He Zhenwei and Rabko Yuri Pavlovich, on the opportunities and key issues to consider for Chinese investment in their respective countries.

Michael Yamashita, the only living photographer to have journeyed in the footsteps of both Marco Polo and Admiral Zheng He, concluded the forum with images and anecdotes from his travels.

The forum received overwhelmingly positive feedback. We would like to thank our generous sponsors, speakers and friends for their kind support and participation.

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