“The Past and the Future of Foreign Investment in China”

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Date(s) - 03/04/2013
14.00 - 16.00

Porthania, University of Helsinki


The Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture warmly welcome you to participate in the guest lecture given by Dr Knut Pissler.

WHEN: Wednesday, 3rd April 2013 14:00-16:00
WHERE: Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki; Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), 5th floor, room P545

The Past and the Future of Foreign Investment in China
Dr. iur. Knut Benjamin Pissler

Foreign investment has been pouring into the People’s Republic of China since the proclaiming of the politics of “Reform and Opening” in 1978 and even more so after the accession of China to the WTO in 2001. However, the business vehicles for such an investment and the industry sectors selected by foreign investors have changed in recent years. This change has a diverse range of causes: Foreign investment is guided by Chinese authorities through a so called “Catalogue of Industry Guidelines for Foreign
Investment”, which was amended in 2012 and created new opportunities and challenges for foreign investors. Foreign investors have also accumulated experience during the last 30 years that has changed the way they structure their investment in China. Last but not least, the financial crisis beginning in 2007 certainly had an impact on foreign investment. How are investors today determining their entry strategy in the Chinese market, what are the business vehicles are used by foreign investors and where are the legal and practical problems in doing business in China? These questions are addressed in the lecture using statistical facts and examples drawn from the speaker’s personal experience.

Senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.
Lecturer on Chinese law at the University of Goettingen and at the University of Cologne.
Previous studies and positions: studies of law and sinology law in Wuerzburg and Hamburg. Language studies and research at the University of Nanjing. Research at the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies in Nanjing. Lecturer on Chinese law at the University of Hamburg. Guest lecturer on Chinese business law at the City University of Hong Kong.