BREXIT: how will the UK's departure from the EU impact the China/UK trade and investment relationship?

  • When:
    Thursday, 11 January 2018, 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Where:
    Garden Pavilion, 5/F, Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai , 上海新天地安达仕酒店 5楼花园亭台轩
    88 Songshan Road, Shanghai
  • Price:
    RMB 280 including buffet lunch, coffee & tea. Members only.

The Chamber's Financial Services Focus Group invites members to its 2018's very first, as well as half-yearly trade and investment event.  A panel of experts will discuss the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the UK's trading relationship with China.

On 15 December in Brussels, the 27 EU leaders have formally agreed to start the second phase of Brexit negotiations in the new year (2018), mainly centered around a transition period, trade talks and security co-operation.  Almost one day after, another news on David Cameron to lead £750m UK-China investment initiative was announced, seeing UK to improve transport links between China and its trading partners. 

At the event, moderated by Susan Munro, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a panel of experts will discuss the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the UK's trading relationship with China, including what could replace EU treaties, how long it will take to put new arrangements in place and the potential impact on existing trading relationships with Chinese partners. The panelists will go on to focus on Chinese investments in the UK and UK investments in China. Panelists will also discuss how the new UK-EU dynamic could impact UK investment decisions by Chinese financial institutions and companies, and whether the divorce will impact potential UK investments in China. The panelists are:

  • Mary Boyd, Director, Economist Shanghai
  • Zhou Xin, Editor and General Manager, Yicai Global               
  • Tong Sun, Transformation Director, Arcadis China

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

Susan Munro

Managing Partner, China, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Susan Munro is a partner of law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP and head of the firm’s Beijing office.  She has advised financial institutions, multinational companies and investment funds on China-related business and investment matters for more than 18 years.  She regularly assists clients with China market entry and exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments.

Tong SUN (孙桐)

Transformation Director, Arcadis China

A dynamic and bilingual UK-trained chartered civil engineer specialising in P&L management and business development with EMBA degree obtained from Judge Business School at University of Cambridge.

Having worked in UK for eleven years and China for five years holding management positions within both major consulting and contracting organisations for sixteen years, Tong is experienced in managing all project stages from inception to final hand over upon completion of construction phase.

Tong is currently holding the Transformation Director position in Arcadis China, an Amsterdam stock exchange market listed international multi-disciplinary company. Tong has been an Executive Board Member of British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai by election since May 2015.

From 2010 to 2011 and 2015 to 2016, Tong was seconded to UK government department, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Based in British Embassy, Tong actively promoted British expertise in China, in particular in the infrastructure sector, bridging the two business worlds.

Event contact

Joanna Zhang