Foreign Investment Risk Forum 2018

Date: 30 Oct 2018
Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

Our inaugural Foreign Investment Risk Forum in Beijing brings together leading legal and regulatory experts for a discussion no the ongoing and escalating trade war between the US and China and how deal makers can develop a strategy to avoid unnecessary and costly risks. Key topics of discussion spread across three exclusive panels will include:

  • The future of US-China business relations
  • What CFIUS reform means for Chinese investors
  • Evolving FDI regimes in the EU and other major global markets


8:30 Registration with welcome refreshment

9:00 Opening remarks

9:05 Panel Discussion

Traversing trade winds: The future of US-China business relations

As trade tensions increase between Washington and Beijing, how will China react to this changed environment? Given the disparity in potential tariffs open to China, will there be an asymmetrical regulatory response from China and how might this affect foreign companies operating in the country?

Additional questions and points for discussion include:

  • Outside of tariffs on US goods, what other regulatory options are available to China as it responds to US trade sanctions?
  • How will the restructuring of China’s merger control regime affect deals requiring approval in China?
  • How will China use its existing national security regime going forward?
  • What sectors or technologies should cross border deal makers pay particular attention to?

9:50 Q&A session

10:05 Panel Discussion

Navigating hostile waters: What does CFIUS reform mean for Chinese investors?

Recent legislation on foreign investment rules has shed some light on specific changes to the CFIUS process. However, the next 18 months will likely see US regulators rewrite the rulebook on how Washington reviews foreign investment from a national security perspective, creating further challenges for Chinese and other offshore investors.

Additional questions and points for discussion include:

  • What are the most important changes to the CFIUS process dealmakers need to know?
  • What sectors/areas require a new approach by investors?
  • What alternative strategies should Chinese investors consider in the US?

10:50 Q&A session

11:05 Networking coffee break

11:20 Panel Discussion

A changing landscape: Evolving FDI regimes in the EU and across the globe Protectionism is on the rise. From Brussels to Berlin to London, governments are reassessing how foreign investment is screened. This panel will discuss the changes underway and how they may impact Chinese investors. Additional questions and points for discussion include:

  • How “national security” has evolved to mean “national interest” and what asset classes now present higher risk?
  • In light of current and proposed regulatory changes in Europe, which countries are more attractive for Chinese investors?
  • What role do cultural issues such as language and negotiation style play in the success or failure of cross-border deals?
  • How can investors best structure their deals to successfully navigate these regimes?

12:05 Q&A session

12:20 Closing remarks

12:25 Networking buffet lunch

13:30 Event ends

(simultaneous interpretation between English and Simplified Chinese will be provided)

Price: Free to attend

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