China & APAC Investment Seminar

26 June 2019

16:00 - 19:15

Bird & Bird LLP
Marienstrasse 15
60329 Frankfurt am Main

We are happy to invite you to our joint seminar with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) on key topics of the current trade and investment landscape between Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The current global trade and investment landscape is being disrupted by the growing economic rivalry between China and the United States. As a result, the economic ties between Europe and Asia-Pacific are getting even closer than before. Australia and EU countries such as Germany are adjusting their trade relationships to cope with the new realities. What does this mean for German businesses operating internationally?

We will look at three headline topics which are impacting business opportunities for European companies in Asia-Pacific, namely China's reaction to decreasing inbound investments, second global supply chain planning and third post-election changes to the energy landscape in Australia.

While China is changing its rules for foreign investors to access the market with the enactment of the brand-new Foreign Investment Law, its attractiveness as a global supply chain hub is coming under pressure as U.S. and European multinational companies are looking elsewhere for manufacturing capabilities. At the same time, rapid digitalisation of supply chain management means that many companies have to fundamentally restructure their supply chains.

Last year Australia had become the second most attractive country in Asia for renewable energy investment and 5th overall, thanks to the record sums committed to large-scale wind and solar, as well as rooftop installations. With the federal election behind it the investment landscape is likely to become clearer.

The seminar will be of interest to anyone interested in the current changes to the trade and investment landscape in Asia-Pacific.

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The programme


Registration and welcome coffee


China’s new investment law
Overview of Chinese legal framework, trade and investment between Germany and China, details of the new law and outlook

John Shi, Partner, Bird & Bird Beijing


Rising Changes in Supply Chain Management
Diversifying supply countries from China to e.g. Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand and the digitalisation of supply chain management

Sven-Michael Werner, Partner, Bird & Bird Shanghai
Sven-Erik Heun, Partner, Bird & Bird Frankfurt


Energy Investment Landscape in Australia
A view on post-election energy policy and the likely effect on investment into Australia

Lyle Abel and Anthony Latimer, Partners, Bird & Bird Australia and Ken Cheung, Partner, Bird & Bird Singapore


Panel discussion – Bringing it all together

  • Holger Lösch, Deputy Director General Executive Board, BDI - The Voice of German Industry
  • Alexandra Voss, Executive Director, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Representatives from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission
  • Bird & Bird Partners


Drinks and Networking


Event Speakers