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 - 9:30 AM
Registration
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Welcome Remarks
9:40 AM - 10 AM
Keynote address
10 AM - 10:15 AM
The African-Asian Century? The economic rise of the regional relationship
10:15 AM - 11 AM
Overview of Africa’s economic direction and investment opportunities
11 AM - 11:15 AM
Refreshment Break
11:15 AM - 12 PM
Chinese projects in Africa: The Chinese company perspective
12 PM - 12:30 PM
Project finance: Who pays and what are the risks? The view from the banks
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Networking Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Getting the deal done: Africa–China dialogue on energy and infrastructure
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Refreshment Break
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Planning Ahead: Effective strategies for mitigating risk
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Closing Remarks

Confirmed speakers to date

  • 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

Supporting Partners