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Event Details

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is pleased to host its second biennial Hong Kong Business and Legal Summit with a focus on Africa. Together with the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO), this Summit will bring together business leaders and legal experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of investing in Africa. This theme is highly relevant as China's investments into Africa gather further momentum under the Belt and Road Initiative.


TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • The African-Asian century? The economic rise of the regional relationship
  • Overview of Africa's economic direction and investment opportunities
  • Chinese projects in Africa: The Chinese company perspective
  • Project finance in Africa-Asia deals: Who pays and what are the risks?
  • Getting the deal done: Africa-China dialogue on energy and infrastructure
  • Planning ahead: Effective strategies for mitigating risk


WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • In-house counsel, service professionals, corporate executives, government officers, senior management, transnational and dispute resolution practitioners.


CPD points pending approval.


REGISTRATION FEES:


  • In-house counsel - Free of charge
  • Members of HKIAC Users Council - HK$1,200
  • Members of supporting organisations (AALCO, HKGCC, AfricArb, AYA, AIIL, HKCEA, In-house Community (except in-house counsel), HKTDC) - HK$900
  • Non-members - HK$1,500

Agenda

9 AM

30 mins

Registration

9:30 AM

10 mins

Welcome Remarks
Sarah Grimmer

9:40 AM

20 mins

Keynote address
Kennedy Gastorn

10 AM

15 mins

The African-Asian Century? The economic rise of the regional relationship
Robert Koepp

10:15 AM

45 mins

Overview of Africa’s economic direction and investment opportunities
Amaka Anku, Nneka Chike-Obi and Robert Koepp

11 AM

15 mins

Refreshment Break

11:15 AM

45 mins

Chinese projects in Africa: The Chinese company perspective
Shouguo Jiang, Yan Zhang and Yongtian Wang

12 PM

30 mins

Project finance: Who pays and what are the risks? The view from the banks
Melisha Naidoo and Wesley Pang

12:30 PM

75 mins

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM

60 mins

Getting the deal done: Africa–China dialogue on energy and infrastructure
Stéphane Brabant, Claudia Santos Cruz, Charles Yao and Vincent Connor

2:45 PM

30 mins

Refreshment Break

3:15 PM

75 mins

Planning Ahead: Effective strategies for mitigating risk
Sarah Grimmer, Won Kidane, Jingyi Li Blank and A B Mahmoud

4:30 PM

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks
Wesley Wong

Confirmed speakers to date

  • Sarah Grimmer (Secretary-General at HKIAC)

    Sarah Grimmer

    Secretary-General at HKIAC

  • JL

    Jingyi Li Blank

    Managing Director, Head of Hong Kong at Mintz Group

  • Won Kidane (Principal at Addis Law Group)

    Won Kidane

    Principal at Addis Law Group

  • A B Mahmoud (Managing Partner at Dikko & Mahmoud)

    A B Mahmoud

    Managing Partner at Dikko & Mahmoud

  • Amaka Anku (Practice Head Africa at Eurasia Group)

    Amaka Anku

    Practice Head Africa at Eurasia Group

  • Stéphane Brabant (Global Co-chair of Africa Group, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills)

    Stéphane Brabant

    Global Co-chair of Africa Group, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

  • Nneka Chike-Obi (Principal at Acorus Capital)

    Nneka Chike-Obi

    Principal at Acorus Capital

  • Vincent Connor (Partner, Risk Advisory Services at Pinsent Masons)

    Vincent Connor

    Partner, Risk Advisory Services at Pinsent Masons

  • Kennedy Gastorn (Secretary-General at Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO))

    Kennedy Gastorn

    Secretary-General at Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO)

  • Shouguo Jiang (Vice-President at China International Water and Electricity Corporation (under China Three Gorges Corporation))

    Shouguo Jiang

    Vice-President at China International Water and Electricity Corporation (under China Three Gorges Corporation)

  • Robert Koepp (Director of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Robert Koepp

    Director of The Economist Corporate Network

  • Melisha Naidoo (Senior Professional Legal at New Development Bank)

    Melisha Naidoo

    Senior Professional Legal at New Development Bank

  • Wesley Pang (Managing Counsel at HKIAC)

    Wesley Pang

    Managing Counsel at HKIAC

  • Claudia Santos Cruz (Consultant at Morais Leitão (Lisbon) and HRA Advogados (Mozambique))

    Claudia Santos Cruz

    Consultant at Morais Leitão (Lisbon) and HRA Advogados (Mozambique)

  • YW

    Yongtian Wang

    General Manager, Africa Department at China International Water and Electricity Corporation (CWE)

  • Wesley Wong (Solicitor General at The Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)

    Wesley Wong

    Solicitor General at The Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • Charles Yao (Partner at Jingtian & Gongcheng)

    Charles Yao

    Partner at Jingtian & Gongcheng

  • Yan Zhang (Partner at Sidley Austin)

    Yan Zhang

    Partner at Sidley Austin

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