On 1th June 2018, the ACLE annual conference together with European investment and M&A seminar was held in Frankfurt am Main/Germany. The conference was addressed by Mr. Hui ZHAO, Partner with King & Wood Mallesons Frankfurt office (President of ACLE), and presided over by Dr. Yifan ZHU from Noerr LLP (Director of ACLE). Nearly 50 guests, including lawyers from different European countries of the association, represent-atives of Chinese companies, financial institutions, M&A advisors and accounting firms in Germany have participated in this event.
The main topic of this conference is the latest regulations and hot issues of the recent de-velopment of EU foreign investment review. During the conference, Dr. Jia DING from GÖRG in Germany, Dr. Shaohui ZHANG from Dentons in Luxemburg, Mr. Junyi BAI from Dentons in Italy, Dr. Xinyu HU from CMS in France, Ms. Lin XU from NautaDutilh in the Netherlands, Ms. Xueyin ZHANG from Sherrads in England, shared their professional knowledge respectively on the foreign investment review rules in various major European countries with relevant case study, then analysed the characteristics, status and trends of investment activities in Europe. In addition to the legal part, Dr. Junyang SHAO, managing director of FOSUN Fashion Group, Mr. Wei WANG, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Frankfurt office, Mr. Peng LI, Vice-General Manager of ICBC Frankfurt Branch, Mr. Jingning ZHANG, Secretary General of LD Legal Union, and Mr. Sheng YE, Partner of Eura-sian Consulting shared their experience and expertise from different aspects regarding the corporate integration after M&A, retrospect and prospect of M&A between China and Germany, the M&A financing of Chinese enterprises in Germany, the cooperation oppor-tunities under the “Belt and Road Initiative” and new trends of the M&A market.
This ACLE annual conference has not only enhanced connection and cooperation as well as information and resource exchange among the Chinese lawyers themselves in Europe, but also intensified communication and dialogue between ACLE members, investment bankers, M&A advisors, auditors, other legal associations and Chinese companies in Eu-rope, which has on the one hand promoted the establishment of an European legal ser-vice platform for Chinese clients; on the other hand, it has enabled the European lawyers to have a comprehensive understanding of the current European investment environment and the latest policy, which has also laid a solid foundation for the further cooperation be-tween China and Europe under the “Belt and Road Initiative”.