China's new Foreign Investment Law: fewer obstacles, and more opportunities for international investors

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. Meanwhile, as China's economy continues to slow, in large part due to its trade conflict with the United States, it has a need to bolster foreign direct investment and is looking to convey an impression that it is still open to business to all foreign investors. China has also seen a significant opening up of its markets in certain sectors, which apply to all foreign investors, including those from the U.S., and we have already begun to see a rise in foreign investment activity, including in the automobile and healthcare sectors, with foreign investors adding billions of dollars to their China investments.

China's new FIL and ambitious but controversial long-term strategies such as "Made in China 2025" mean potentially greater investment opportunities for international companies - particularly in high-tech manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare, consumer, real estate, and financial services.

Join Hogan Lovells 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.

What we will cover?

  • 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.
  • IP protection and technology transfers under the new FIL.
  • Employment issues in connection with your investments in China.

Who should join?

The event is relevant for organizations at all stages of doing business in mainland China, from complete newcomers seeking to invest for the first time to those wishing to expand their existing operations. The seminar will be conducted in English and held twice to allow participation from across the globe.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Click here to register for this webinar by 17 June 2019.

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