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China's Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Implications for the Gulf

King & Spalding cordially invites you to attend a workshop focusing on the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative and the opportunities and implications it presents for the Gulf region. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Mimi Zou, who is the Fangda Fellow in Chinese Commercial Law and the first academic appointment in Chinese law at the University of Oxford.

The workshop is targeted at local and international companies wishing to understand how they can participate in Belt and Road Initiative projects, as well as Chinese companies wishing to understand how they can best structure Belt and Road Initiative projects in the Gulf for success.

Dr. Zou’s areas of expertise are in Chinese and comparative contract law, employment law, and commercial dispute resolution, with over 50 publications in international journals, books, and professional magazines. Prior to her appointment at Oxford, Dr. Zou held academic positions at Columbia Law School, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Sydney. Dr. Zou has also been a visitor at a number of leading Chinese universities and research institutes, including Tsinghua University, Renmin University, Peking University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China University of Political Science and Law, Zhejiang University, and Southwest University of Political Science and Law.

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was launched by President Xi in 2013. The name “Belt and Road” evokes historic silk road and maritime trade routes that connected Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Today these global trade routes cover more than 65 countries, half of the world’s population, and about one-third of global GDP. More than $1 trillion has been committed by China on BRI projects.

The event will cover:

  • Objectives of the BRI
  • Key sectors benefiting from BRI
  • Chinese approach to foreign investment and risk appetite
  • China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)’s guidelines on outbound investment
  • Risk management and dispute resolution on BRI projects
  • Examples of how Gulf-based companies have seized on opportunities presented by Chinese investment
  • Structuring Chinese investment and joint ventures in the Gulf

For questions, please contact Nancy Mokarem at or  +971 4 377 9915.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Event Details

Date: January 13, 2019

Time: 8:30 am (GMT+4)

Location: Al Fattan Currency House
Tower 2, Level 24
Dubai International Financial Centre
United Arab Emirates

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