China’s New Foreign Investment Law: Challenge and Opportunity

  • When:
    Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 8:00am - 10:30am
  • Where:
    Crown Lounge, 5F, The Westin Bund Center Shanghai, 上海威斯汀大饭店,5楼皇冠厅
    88 Henan Zhong Lu
  • Price:
    RMB 250 including buffet breakfast. Members only.

The “Foreign Investment Law of the People's Republic of China” was adopted at the Second Session of the Thirteenth National People's Congress on 15 March 2019, rushed through drafting and acceptance in a manner rarely seen in recent legislative history. It instructs the State to adopt a system of national treatment applicable to all which do not fall into the so-called “negative list” and cancels the current market access mechanism. The Law is also meant to provide guidance in many areas of concern for foreign investors such as expropriation and compensation, intellectual property protection and technology transfer.

Coming into effect on 1 January 2020, the new Law will replace a number of current rules regulating foreign investment and governance structures in China. However, does the new Law achieve all that it has set out to achieve? Are there still issues? Do we require more clarification of the Law? Should we be engaging with the Chinese Government to further improve it?

Brought to you by British Chamber Shanghai's Legal and Financial Services Focus Groups, come along and listen to what legal expert and foreign corporate representative alike have to say.

Speaker & Moderator

  • Alex RobertsCounsel at Linklaters LLP and Co-Chair of British Chamber Shanghai's Legal Focus Group

The Panelists

  • Ioana Kraft, General Manager, Shanghai, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Ian Driscoll, Communications and Publications Director, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

Event Rundown

  • 8.00am-8.45am Registration and Networking (breakfast starts)
  • 8.45am-8.50am Opening Introduction
  • 8.50am-9.50am Presentation, Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 9.50am-10.30am Networking
  • 10:30am Event Ends




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Speaker Introduction

Alex Roberts

Counsel, Linklaters LLP

Alex Roberts is 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

Dr Ioana Kraft

General Manager, Shanghai, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

Ioana has served as General Manager of the Shanghai Chapter of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber) since October 2009. She is responsible for implementation and development of European Chamber objectives, visibility, membership and lobbying activities on a regional level in Shanghai and neighbouring regions. Ioana is also a member of the Management Committee of the European Chamber and involved in the overall strategic planning of European Chamber Government Affairs activities at national level, including annual Position Papers, Business Confidence Surveys and other Chamber publications.

Since 2004 she held different positions in the European Chamber including National Director, Government Affairs, responsible for overall planning and implementation of the Government Affairs strategy and Working Group administration at national level. She was also National Lead for the IPR Working Group of the Chamber and has managed two IPR-related EU Projects.

A German-qualified lawyer, Ioana practiced with a German law firm in Shanghai from 2003 and 2004 focussing on foreign direct investment, Insurance Law and IPR.

Ioana holds a PhD degree in law from Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, where she also worked from 1999 to 2003 as a Senior Research Assistant focussing on the areas of Civil Law, Insurance Law, Comparative Law, International Private Law and Labour Law.

From 1997 to 1998 she trained as a lawyer with the Essen District Court, Essen Labour Court in Germany and the German Embassy in Caracas/Venezuela

Ioana speaks English, German, French, Romanian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. 

Ian Driscoll

Publications and Communications Director, AmCham Shanghai

Previously, Ian worked as a freelance journalist and at Reuters. His writing appeared in the Weekend Financial Times, Financial Times, Euromoney publications, Private Equity International, and elsewhere. At AmCham he recently co-authored a paper on Shanghai’s ambitions to become a global financial center. 

Born in Singapore, he has lived in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York, Shanghai and Sydney. 

Event contact

Hilary Wu