FDI into China: An update and discussion on the legal, regulatory and practical opportunities and challenges

  • When:
    Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 8:30am - 10:00am
  • Where:
    British Chamber Shanghai - We suggest that you enter the ZhangYuan community from the north gate on Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu)., 上海英国商会 (建议从泰兴路上的张园入口进入)
    No.9, Sub-lane 56, Lane 590, Weihai Lu, Shanghai
  • Price:
    RMB 150 including light breakfast, tea & coffee. Members only.

Congresses, Catalogues, Negative Lists and beyond. Numerous reforms to China’s inbound foreign investment regime have been seen in 2017 and further reforms have been called for by overseas governments and other stakeholders. Whether your sector is automotives, financial services, leisure or real estate, changes to China’s approval and registration requirements have evidenced a further opening up of the world’s second largest economy. However, this has all been against a back-drop of heightened capital controls, stricter cybersecurity measures and other rules that have added to the challenge and complexity of this growing market.

Alex Roberts, Managing Associate at Linklaters LLP, and Wandy Chan, Head of East China of TMF Group, will share some opening insights from their respective firms’ roles in assisting foreign clients coming into or expanding their businesses in the Chinese market.  Attendees are welcome to join the discussion on the reforms to the investment environment in China. 

Running order:

  • 8.30-8.45am Registration & Networking
  • 8.45-9.30am Presentation
  • 9.30-9.45am Q&A and Open Floor Discussion
  • 9.45-10.00am Networking 

Location of the British Chamber Shanghai Office - we suggest that you enter the ZhangYuan community from the north gate on Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu)

New office map - Jun

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100.  

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged a walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available.

Speaker Introduction

Alex Roberts

Managing Associate - Shanghai, Linklaters LLP

Alex Roberts is a Managing Associate of Linklaters Shanghai, specialising in cross-border public and private M&A transactions. He also advises clients on private equity governance structures and general company law and regulatory issues.

Alex has rich experience in sectors like auto, manufacturing, financial service, real estate, etc. His matter experience includes advising:

  • The Hertz Corporation on its US$236m investment in China Auto Rental Holdings Limited, the largest car rental company in China;
  • A large UK-based retail and supermarket chain and leading global investment bank on digital encryption issues in China, including enforcement penalties
  • A leading Singaporean provider of modern logistics facilities on establishing a proposed Hong Kong joint venture structure to hold interests in logistics real estate in China
  • Novartis on the China aspects of its £11bn global three-part transaction with GSK to acquire GSK’s oncology portfolio, create a consumer healthcare joint venture, and sell its non-influenza vaccines business
  • A large UK-based telecoms group on cybersecurity and communications interception issues in China
  • A UK-headquartered global film studio on its service contracts in China

Wandy Chan

Head of East China, TMF Group

Wandy heads the client services team for TMF Group East China Region. She has over 18 years of experience in auditing, finance and consulting. She established the national client account management team and strategy, and is responsible for China corporate client services, focusing on operational excellence, costing, innovation of services and relationship management.

Wandy joined TMF Group as a client account manager in 2006 and has worked in TMF Group’s Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore offices. Her key accounts include Bloomberg, Red Hat, Apple, Baccarat, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, SEB, Aviva, Digital Real Estate, Commerz Real, Global Collect, Booking.com, Swisshotel, Fairmont Hotel Management, Porsche China, TODs China, Knight Frank and PSD Group. 

Wandy is fluent in both English and Mandarin. 

Event contact

Joanna Zhang
+86 21 6218 5022