Managing China – Investments and Risks

Managing China – Investments and Risks

Venue : ZOOM

Event Start Date : Wednesday 18 August 2021

Event End Date : Wednesday 18 August 2021

Event Start Time : 02:00 pm

Event End Time : 03:15 pm

Registration Start Date : Thursday 22 July 2021

Registration End Date : Tuesday 17 August 2021

Event Overview:

As joint economic collaborations between China and Singapore continue to develop and China sets its sights to grow into the world’s largest economy, opportunities abound for Singapore companies looking to venture into China and the wider region to capture that growth. While riding on these opportunities, what are the risks that companies need to be aware of and manage when investing in China, even more so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?


Join Bird & Bird partners Marcus Chow, John Shi, Ying Wang and Rieko Michishita at this live webinar where they will provide Singapore businesses a pocket guide to navigating the various risks involved as well as share practical tips when doing business in/with China.

This webinar is sponsored by Bird & Bird and jointly organised with the SCCA.

Discussion Points:

  • A new era for China Investments – Opportunities and Corporate Risks
    • New Foreign Investment Law and China’s New Negative List
    • Cooperation and conflict with a Chinese partner
    • Reputation Risks in a Hyper-Connected World
  • PRC Data Security Law taking effect on 1 September 2021
    • Overview of key changes and their impact on businesses
  • China Employment Law Essentials
    • Overview of the employment legal context in China
    • Major employment risks in China
    • Key tips for employers to minimise the risks
  • Protecting your Intellectual Property (IP) assets in China
    • Overview of China IP rights landscape
    • Typical IP issues that foreign companies encounter
    • IP strategies - What the legal counsel should do?



John is the Chief Representative of Bird & Bird's Beijing office and a Partner in the Corporate team. He has been based in China for over 20 years specialising in foreign direct investment, cross-border M&A and corporate and regulatory matters. John has extensive experience in representing multinational companies on their investments in China, covering all aspects of foreign direct investment, M&A and across all types of corporate structures and operational issues in China. He represents clients across a number of key industries, including: industrial, financial services, oil and gas, publishing and media, mining, manufacturing, aviation, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. John also regularly works with global colleagues in advising Chinese companies (including many well-known state-owned enterprises), on their offshore investments across jurisdictions such as: Germany, Russia, Australia, USA, UK and Singapore.


Marcus is a Partner in the Corporate team at Bird & Bird ATMD in Singapore. With close to 20 years of experience in a range of corporate work across various sectors, including inbound investments from elsewhere into Singapore and the region, he has developed deep expertise around mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and equity capital markets. He has extensive experience advising buyers and sellers in M&A transactions in both private and public markets, private equity and venture capital investments and exits. Marcus also specialises in equity capital markets where he has broad experience in advising local and international corporates, including start-ups, on fundraising through initial public offerings (IPOs), private placements, rights and warrants issues, Private Investment in Public Equity (PIPE) offerings and take-private transactions for companies on the Singapore Exchange. He has been involved in outbound IPOs on other key international stock exchanges including NYSE, HKSE, ASX and Bursa Malaysia.


Rieko is a Partner in Bird & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group in Beijing where she provides tri-lingual advice on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, working particularly closely with Japanese clients. Having lived in China for over 25 years, she has acquired deep insights into the handling of legal matters in the PRC. Over the years, she has managed IP portfolios for global clients across numerous industries including licensing, gaming, publishing, retail, technology, electronics and engineering. Rieko has extensive experience in coordinating IP disputes including patents, copyrights, trade marks, trade secrets and unfair competition in China. She leads the anti-counterfeiting practice in China and works closely with regional partners and specialists in the Asia Pacific region on cross-border matters. Spending a significant amount of her time in Japan, she hosts regular training seminars for Japanese clients and key organisations such as JIPA and JETRO in Japan, China and Hong Kong.


Ying Wang is a Partner in Bird & Bird’s International HR Services Group in Shanghai, where she heads its Employment practice for China and advises international and domestic clients on contentious and non-contentious employment issues. With nearly 20 years of experience across the full range of employment issues, she specialises in PRC labour and social insurance regulatory matters, mass layoffs, labour disputes, M&A-related matters, cross-border employment, and day-to-day corporate labour issues. In addition, she was appointed as a part-time arbitrator of the Shanghai Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee in 2004 and advises on labour arbitration and litigation. Her clients include multinational companies and Fortune 500 companies in sectors such as banking, FMCG, retail, luxury, IT and automotive. Ying Wang also advises start-ups and newly-established Foreign Invested Enterprises (FIEs) on matters including M&A and restructuring. She is a member of the Shanghai Labour Law Association.

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