The Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure to invite you to a webinar focused on "I. New Era for Foreign Investment – Trends and New Challenges" and "II. Compliance in China: Ongoing Regulatory and Operational Challenges". This webinar will take place on 13 May 2020 at 10.30 am CET.
While China was unrolling the new Foreign Investment Law and implementation regulations to improve the overall business environment for foreign companies in the PRC, the Covid 19 virus struck in January of this year. Although China is on its road to recovery of its economic activities, some of its most important export markets are still in full or partial lockdown. In this climate of economic uncertainty, the trade war with the US and China’s policies and measures designed to support domestic industries and market leaders, appear to affect investment sentiment. And for foreign companies in China, ensuring their investments and operations comply with the evolving web of rules and regulations is a major challenge.
Tracy Wut, Vivian Wu and Harold van Kooten from Baker McKenzie FenXun will discuss the changing market trends and the latest legislative developments in China, as well as the ongoing regulatory and operational challenges from a compliance perspective.
10.30 - 10.35: Welcome and Introduction by Ms. Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director, Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce
10:35 - 11:15: 'A New Era for Foreign Investment and Compliance in China' by Tracy Wut, Partner; Vivian Wu, Partner; Harold van Kooten, Special Counsel, Baker Mckenzie FenXun
11:15 - 11:30: Q&A and final discussion
Ms. Wut is the head of the M&A practice group and the co-head of the Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Industry Group in China. She is experienced in mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investments in China. She regularly acts for clients in complex cross-border transactions, in particular in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sector, and navigates clients through various issues relating to investments in China.
Ms. Wut graduated from the University of Hong Kong with an LL.B. and P.C.LL.. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales.
Ms. Wut has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A and Life Sciences by Chambers Asia and M&A and private equity by IFLR1000.
Ms. Wu leads the our Regulatory & Compliance team in Beijing. Her practice focuses on China-related corporate regulatory and compliance matters, anti-corruption, data protection in particular. She has more than 10 years of experience in compliance investigations, due diligence, risk assessment and training, and has provided legal services to many multinational and domestic companies across various industries and sectors. Vivian was seconded to Baker McKenzie’s Washington DC office in 2014, where she worked closely with the firm’s North American Compliance and Investigations Practice Group on FCPA cases.
Ms. Wu graduated from the Renmin University of China with an LL.B. and an LL.M., Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne with a Postmaster Degree and Harvard Law School with an LL.M.. She is admitted to practice in PRC and New York.
Ms. Wu has been recognized as a leading Regulatory & Compliance lawyer in China by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2018 and 2019.
Harold van Kooten
Mr. van Kooten is the Project Director with Baker McKenzie Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on direct foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial issues in the PRC. Having spent the last 19 years working in Greater China, for consultancies, as in-house legal advisor for a multinational oil and gas company and for Baker McKenzie, he specializes in advising the energy sector.
Mr. van Kooten graduated from Leiden University with an LL.M. and an M.A. in Sinology. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.