On October 18, 2018, Morrison & Foerster successfully held the “A Path to Prosperity: Belt & Road Initiative Reshapes Chinese Outbound Investment Amid U.S.-China Trade Tensions” seminar at the Bvlgari Hotel in Beijing.
About 40 non-MoFo attendees, with representatives from leading companies, investment funds, and investment banks discussed Chinese companies’ new investment opportunities in the “Belt and Road” countries amid U.S.-China trade tensions.
The seminar started with the discussion of “American and European regulation of foreign investment – trends and challenges for Chinese investors," which was followed by other topics including “Geopolitical risks and anti-corruption issues in Belt & Road countries” and “BRI investment hot spots: South East Asia, South Asia, and Israel.” The final topic in the seminar was “Opportunities, risks, and risk mitigation in investing in BRI countries,” where panelists from companies, sovereign wealth funds, and investment banks shared their in-depth insights and personal experience.
MoFo speakers included: Beijing managing partner Paul McKenzie; M&A partners Chuan Sun, Sherry Yin, Shirin Tang, Amit Kataria; and of counsel Yi Chen.
Distinguished guest speakers included: Ms. Hannah Cao, General Counsel with Silk Road Fund; Ms. Fei Liang, General Counsel with Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company; Ms. Dan Wu and Ms. Jiaxin Zhang, Executive Directors, Investment Banking Department with CICC; and Mr. Yifei Zhang, Beijing General Manager with Control Risks.
In addition, the seminar attracted wide media attention. Attendees included reporters from China Financial Times, China Daily, China Securities Journal, 21st Century Business Herald, The Economic Observer, Caixin Media, Tencent News, Jiemian.cn and Financial News.
After the event, MoFo partner Chuan Sun was quoted on the front page of China Daily in a story headlined “US Treasury Rules Worry Investors.”
China Financial News released an article, “Increased Uncertainties in China Outbound Investment, Investment Opportunities Highlighted along ‘Belt and Road’ Countries,” sharing MoFo partners’ views on a number of topics such as the U.S. and EU strengthened foreign investment controls, Southeast Asia as an investment hotspot, and Sino-Indian cooperation. The article was quoted later by China Belt & Road Portal’s official WeChat account.
Shanghai Securities News quoted MoFo in its report titled “Foreign law firm: Singapore becomes a hot spot of the ‘One Belt One Road’ for Chinese enterprises to invest,” which was later quoted by China Belt & Road Portal’s official website.
Caixin Media published a special report titled “Morrison & Foerster: U.S. Expands Overseas Investment, Chinese Investors Hold Off.”
The Economic Observer’s online website, also quoted MoFo partners in a report titled “Outbound Investment Into The U.S. To See Tighter Control Against A Slew Of New Regulations From DC.”