The foreign investment regulation reform in China has been progressing significantly in recent years and a number of major steps have been taken. In September 2013, China opened a Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Shanghai and issued several versions of the negative list regulating foreign investment in the zone since then. In 2014 the Chinese government released the draft of the new Foreign Investment Law and the new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue was published this year. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Pilot FTZ extended to Pudong district and new FTZs have been approved for Guangdong,Tianjin and Fujian.
In addition, China has also been negotiating with the US and the EU for new investment treaties, which are expected to liberalise more industrial sectors for foreign investors.
In this context, the EU SME Centre and the European Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) will host a webinar to help European SMEs understand better how this reform will affect their business in China.
In this webinar, you will learn:
• General development of the foreign investment controls reform;
• Recently liberalised sectors in the FTZs and the new Foreign Investment Catalogue;
• Draft Foreign Investment Law: Good news and bad news;
• Shanghai FTZ: A success or a failure?
• New FTZs: Do they matter?
• The future EU – China investment agreement: What’s in it for me?
About the Speaker
Ronan Diot, Senior Associate, Norton Rose
Ronan is a corporate lawyer based in Beijing for the past eight years. His practice focuses on assisting foreign companies to do business in China and Chinese companies to do business overseas, with emphasis on cross-border mergers & acquisitions and regulatory aspects. Ronan is the Chair of the Legal & Competition Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.
You can find the recorded video on Youtube: