On 15 March 2019, China passed a new Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) that takes effect on 1 January 2020, which, when combined with a slimmed-down Negative List, and pre-market access national treatment outside of it, attempts to increase market access, prohibit forced transfers of technology, and consolidate existing rules relating to foreign direct investment (which are currently vehicle-specific), to offer a more level playing field overall for foreign investors in China.
Please join us on 20 June 2019 (Session 1 – 10:00 a.m. BST & Session 2 – 4:00 p.m. BST) for an insightful discussion on where the opportunities (and challenges) for international investors lie, and when to time your investment in light of China’s rapidly evolving regulatory environment. Our panel will discuss IP protection and technology transfers under the new FIL, as well as the following corporate and regulatory issues:
- The current state of relations between China and the U.S., and the opportunities presented as a result of the trade conflict.
- “Made in China 2025” – China’s strategic plan to become a dominant force in global high-tech manufacturing by 2025.
- Shortening of the “Negative List” – a list of sectors in China that are restricted to foreign investors – and the further opening up of the financial and technology sectors, as well as tax and financial incentives aimed at attracting foreign investors.
- A practical assessment of China’s new FIL – how it will change the nature of doing business in China, and what will happen to existing joint ventures, which operate under different governance rules.
- Employment issues in connection with your investments in China.
For the full overview and registration, please access the invitation on HoganLovells.com here