CGA Monthly Bulletin - Chinese New Year Edition (Jan - Feb 2019)

Date: Jan 2019
Spring Festival’s Greeting
Featured Events
Starting a business and a life in Germany
30 Jan (Online)
Germany is considered an attractive country for foreign direct investment. Among its strengths for attracting foreign investment are its strategic location in the centre of Europe, political stability, highly developed infrastructure, strong manufacturing, advanced technology and know-how. Germany has been and continues to be a favorite investment destination for Chinese investors in Europe, who enjoy the ease of doing business, openness to global commerce and sound business regulatory environment in Germany.
Ecovis Beijing has been advising Chinese companies and individuals for their business and operations in Germany/Europe since 2012. It offers a broad range of services in law, tax, accounting, audit, investment, visa, immigration and data security.
For details and registration, please click here.
Applying Blockchains to Financial Services
27 Feb (Kuala Lumpur)
As the price of crypto-currencies continue to fall and countless token values hit zero, it’s important to focus on the innovation taking place behind the scenes. In this event, we will not only explore the fundamental principles of data storage and network effects but will also look at how distributed ledgers are evolving, from layer two solutions and the introduction of new consensus protocols to the evolution of tokens and how they have outgrown their utility as security assets and stablecoins take centre stage. We will also take a closer look at use-cases that are benefiting from blockchains by exploring the business processes involved in implementing these new and emerging technologies.
For details and registration, please click here.
Climate Bonds 2019 Annual Conference & Awards
05-07 Mar (London)
The global Climate Bonds Conference is a must-attend event for anyone looking to play a role in shaping and implementing the green finance agenda across the globe.
In this Conference, we will discuss:
insights into the current challenges facing green bonds and the relevant solutions
appreciation of the role of regulation in taking green bond issuance to the next level
confidence in your ability to make a contribution, based on practice-based insights from your early-adopter peers.
For details and registration, please click here.
Electrifying Vietnam Energy Plans
28-29 Mar ( Ho Chi Minh City)
The objective of the Electrify Vietnam 2019 (EVN2019) is to provide an interactive platform for potential investors and key players of the industry from over 25 countries. Attendees will have a unique chance to get updated on the new directions, investment policies and market potential of the energy and power sector in Vietnam. Strategies and insights to support the National Power Development Plan will also be discussed in order to fulfill the demand of 515Twh in 2030.
For details and registration, please click here.
Annual Investment Meeting 2019
08-10 Apr (Dubai)
The Annual Investment Meeting is the world's leading and most established gathering of the international investment community, leading academics and experts showcasing up-to-date information, strategies and knowledge on attracting foreign direct investment.
The event offers a truly knowledge-based forum with cutting edge information on the latest developments in foreign direct investment and related issues. It serves as an unique platform to meet, network and exchange experiences as well as to explore business opportunities and sign cooperation agreements and partnerships.
For details and registration, please click here.
New Expert
Patrick L. Schmidt(Legal)
Patrick Schmidt is Counsel to the Washington D.C. law firm of Hills Stern & Morley LLP (HSM). Patrick has extensive experience in providing legal advice on project development, cross-border financing, natural resource development and technical assistance in emerging markets.
Patrick has vast experience in corporate, legislative and policy matters. His principal focus is on advising foreign companies and governments on the development and financing of transportation, technology, energy and real estate projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
New Ambassador
Carlos Pinto (Portugal)
Carlos Pinto holds 3 degrees: a law degree, a postgraduate degree in public law and management as well as a degree in trade and industry.
He holds the titles of Commander of Merit Order of Portual, Chevalier dans l’ Ordre National de La Légion D’Honneur of France and Honorary Member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.
New Members
Headquartered in Shanghai Lingang Industrial Park, Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group Corp Ltd is an internationally known drilling engineering contractor and manufacturer of petroleum drilling equipment.
Winter Carvalho Advogados & Consultores is a Brazilian law firm that provides legal advice and consultancy in all areas to companies of different industries as well as to individuals. As of 2019, Winter Carvalho Advogados & Consultores has agreed to be CGA's country partner for BrazilGoAbroad
ProColombia is the entity in charge of promoting tourism, foreign investment, non-mining energy exports and the image of Colombia.
Through its regional and international network, it offers comprehensive support and advice to clients and provides services or instruments aimed at design and execution of their internationalization strategy for purposes of generating, developing and carrying out business opportunities.
Ecovis Beijing is the biggest German accounting firm in China and a trusted partner of German, Austrian and Irish embassies and chambers of commerce in China. Their consulting focus and core competence lie in the areas of tax consultation, accounting and legal advice. Ecovis Beijing offers an unique combination of services in legal, fiscal, managerial and administrative issues.
Content Highlights
How does geopolitical dynamics affect future China overseas investment?
Ernst & Young
The survey found that infrastructure, TMT and financial services will be the three target sectors when Chinese companies invest overseas in the next few years. The finding is essentially in line with China’s macro policy trends of the Belt and Road Initiative and internationalization of the Renminbi. Meanwhile, although there are geopolitical dynamics and uncertainties in Europe and North America, they are still the top two target areas for overseas investment by Chinese enterprises in the future. Europe and North America have many leading companies, industries, technologies and innovations that will continue to attract Chinese companies to invest and integrate profoundly into internationalization.
The Sino-US trade dispute has been escalating over the past year. The Trump administration's attitude toward economic and trade issues such as free trade is also uncertain. In the context of global geopolitical dynamics, over 60% of respondents believe that the issue will not affect their investment in the US. Given that many industries in the US have the technology, market and management experience that appeal to Chinese enterprises’ need for transformation and upgrading, the effects of the trade dispute on investors are yet to be observed.
PPP in MENA: A budget constraint remedy
Arabia Monitor
Fiscal consolidation as well as the need for infrastructure development and improvement in healthcare and education across MENA means that PPP schemes are becoming more popular. MENA’s new regulatory landscapes such as Dubai's 2015 law demonstrate commitment to PPP and to meeting the demand for improved infrastructure and public services for its rapidly increasing population. Obtaining and maintaining government approvals, and compliance with licensing, employment, tender and procurement laws have historically been costly challenges to PPP investors.
PPP initiatives will help the private sector find financial solutions for their projects, reducing the pressure on public spending. reMost of the newly announced PPPs across the region are in real estate, construction and infrastructure.
There is significant opportunity for Islamic Finance to support the development of PPP projects, given that Islamic banks have tended to fare better than their conventional counterparts in the global financial crisis. The development of suitable Islamic Finance structures is already well advanced.
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