Cross-Border E-Commerce: The Chinese Market Just a Click Away?

  • Date
    11 May 2023
  • Beijing Time
    16:00 - 17:30
  • Brussels Time
    10:00 - 11:30
  • Location
    Beijing & Online
  • Venue
    Online: Zoom | Offline: European Chamber Beijing Office C405, Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区亮马桥路五十号,燕莎中心写字楼C405
  • Open to
    All European SMEs
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The e-commerce market in China has known a rapid and game-changing growth over the past decade. With e-commerce, enterprises can build a global commercial marketing system, implement operational strategies over the globe as well as strengthen interactions among industries beyond borders.

In effect, e-commerce allows businesses to enhance their global competitiveness. This is particularly important for small business or niche industries: e-commerce can help them to better understand market demand worldwide and promote cooperation with companies around the world.

In China, the dynamic e-commerce industry has become a more regulated field in recent years. To help European companies trade effectively on Chinese e-commerce platforms, the EU SME Centre and European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are inviting experts from DP Group to provide practical guidance on contractual considerations, cross-border selling procedures, IPR protection, as well as challenges and opportunities.

Participants will then hear a presentation from the leading e-commerce group Alibaba.com on how the group helps SMEs to go global, with successful stories from buyers and suppliers.

This event is free of charge and open to all small and medium-sized enterprises from EU Member States and countries participating in the Single Market Programme. It is also open to all members and partners of the European Chamber and EU SME Centre.

Agenda

16:00-16:10

Words of welcome
Introduction by Liam Jia, EU SME Centre Team Lead
Introduction by Kang Ke, Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications Forum, European Chamber

16:10-16:30

E-Commerce in China – Presentation by DP Group
Carlo Diego D’Andrea, Vice President, European Chamber; Founding Partner and Managing Director, D’Andrea & Partners
Riccardo Verzella, Senior Associate, D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel

16:30-16:50

Making it Easy to Buy and Sell Globally – Sharing by Alibaba.com
Emma Sun, EU Strategic Cooperation Manager, Alibaba.com

16:50-17:25

Panel discussion
Moderator
:
Kang Ke, Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications Forum, European Chamber

Panellists:

  • Carlo Diego D’Andrea, Vice President, European Chamber; Founding Partner and Managing Director, D’Andrea & Partners
  • Riccardo Verzella, Senior Associate, D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel
  • Jijay Shen, General Manager Europe, Alibaba.com
  • Jiali Pan, Director of Public Affairs, Globalization Office-International Cooperation, Alibaba Group
17:25-17:30

Concluding remarks

Speakers and Panellists
Carlo Diego D’Andrea
Vice President, European Chamber; Founding Partner and Managing Director, D’Andrea & Partners

Founder and Managing Partner of D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel, and Founder of DP Group.

Carlo Diego D’Andrea graduated in Law at the University of Teramo (Italy). He then obtained a Masters’ degree in Corporate Advisor at LUISS University in Rome and a Diploma in Chinese Studies at Nanjing Normal University and is a member of the Italian Bar Association.

Mr. D’Andrea arrived in China in 2005 and is fluent in Italian (mother tongue), English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. He mainly deals with cross-border mergers and acquisitions, assistance in ODI/FDI and intellectual property rights.

He is also acting as National Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and Chairman of the Shanghai Chapter.

Riccardo Verzella
Senior Associate, D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel

Riccardo Verzella, a qualified Italian lawyer, currently holds the position of Senior Associate at D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel, Shanghai Office. Since 2021, he has also been concurrently serving as a Lecturer in Italian Civil & Commercial Law at Nanjing University.

Riccardo Verzella graduated with honors in Law from the University of Teramo (Italy) and undertook a visiting student program at the Koguan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He continued his legal education by earning an LLM in Business & Company Law from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. With a professional journey spanning over 7 years, he specialises in cross-border issues, including Corporate/M&A, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and Labor Law, across China, Italy, and Vietnam.

Mr. Verzella is an expert of personal information protection compliance in China, specifically on the intricate landscape of cross-border transfers. He has also actively contributed as a speaker in various roundtables addressing Personal Information Protection compliance in China.

Jijay Shen
General Manager Europe, Alibaba.com

Jijay Shen serves as General Manager Europe of Alibaba.com, as part of Alibaba Group. Alibaba.com is the leading platform for global wholesale trade, helping millions of buyers and suppliers worldwide.

Previously, Jijay joined Huawei in 2005 and served as R&D Software Engineer, Solution Manager (MENA), Product and Solution Sales Director in Huawei Technologies Deutschland, Sales Director in Huawei Deutschland. Jijay has been CEO of Huawei Technologies Ireland and Chairman of Huawei Technologies Ireland Subsidiary board from 2016 -2020.

Jijay holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

Emma Sun
EU Strategic Cooperation Manager, Alibaba.com

Emma Sun has a bachelor degree in Banking and finance in University of International business and economics, together with an international MBA in marketing and strategy direction. She started career as a strategy consultant in KPMG, and had experience in JD finance international, with mainly collaboration with oversea banking partners. Currently she is in Alibaba group, functioning as EU strategic cooperation manager of Alibaba.com, mainly in charge of European B2B business strategic partnership and cooperation.

Kang Ke
Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications Forum, European Chamber

With 15 years of diverse marketing and communication experience in Fortune 500 multinationals, top professional firms, and media, Ms. Kang is working with the Marcom forum of European Chamber to build a communication community for sharing trendy insights in circle of marketers in China.

As the Marketing Head in an international tech company with a strong digital specialty, she works with media, clients, government departments and associations in the digitalization sector to seize opportunities in the China market, especially in the industry sectors of manufacture, finance, retail and so on.

Liam Jia
Team Lead, EU SME Centre

Liam is a versatile professional with the past 8 years advising European businesses on market access and business strategies to China. Solid working experience in project and operations management, financial and risk control in the EU context.

Experienced speaker and author of publications on a range of topics including the Environment sector, SME Digitalisation and F&B distribution. Great team player, generating positive influence on teammates.

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