Exclusive invite-only event
Exclusive invite-only event
23 June 10:00 – 11:45 CEST
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is likely one of the most ambitious current development strategies. In Europe, opinions on BRI are mixed. The workshop aims at providing an overview on the sentiment and experience which participants from all around the world expressed in a survey done by CMS on BRI as well as on key issues, legal topics connected to BRI and opportunities for participation.
On 30 December 2020 the EU and China agreed to conclude their Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) which since then has been controversially discussed in European media. Facing increasing headwinds, most recently the European Parliament formally froze its ratification process. Little specific information has been provided on the CAI’s actual impact on and benefits for EU companies in China. The workshop will shed light on which new business opportunities they can expect from the CAI if it eventually becomes effective.
Finally, the workshop will also touch on current investment restrictions for EU companies in China and for Chinese outbound investment to EU.
Ulrike Glueck is a renowned China expert and one of the leading lawyers advising international companies on M&A transactions and restructuring projects in China. After practicing law in Germany for several years, Ulrike has been working on-site in China since 1998 and has over 20 years experience in China-related work. She has advised a large number of companies in various industry sectors in projects relating to M&A, foreign direct investment, and restructuring.
Ulrike is the client relationship partner for a large number of the firm’s key clients, in particular in industrial sectors such as manufacturing, machinery and engineering, automotive and TMC sectors.
As Managing Partner of Shanghai Office and Head of Corporate Practice Area Group and TMC Sector Group, Ulrike has led the team in China to win a series of awards at global, regional and country level. These include Leading Firm for Corporate and M&A in China: Foreign Firms by Legal 500 in 2017-2021, Notable Firm for M&A: Foreign Firms by IFLR1000 in 2017-2020, 2021 Leading Firm in TMT: Foreign Firms by Legal 500, 2021 Leading Firm in IP: Foreign Firms by Legal 500, 2021 Leading Firm in Antitrust and Competition: Foreign Firms by Legal 500, 2019 China Business Law Awards in Taxation by China Business Law Journal, 2020 Top 30 International Law Firms in China and Top 50 International Law Firms in Asia by Thomson Reuters Asian Legal Business. Ulrike has also been nominated as Dealmaker of the Year by Thomson Reuters Asian Legal Business in 2018-2020, and has been recognized as one of China’s Top 100 Lawyers by China Business Law Journal in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. In 2018, the Shanghai Municipal Government awarded her the Silver Magnolia Award for her contributions to the development of Shanghai.
Ulrike has been managing the firm’s Shanghai office since 2002.
Falk has been advising clients in corporate law, Chinese and international commercial law as well as dispute resolution since 2006. His clients comprise foreign companies and their Chinese subsidiaries in the sectors of consumer products, automotive, IT technology, lifesciences, machinery and equipment, textile and logistics.
Falk started practicing with CMS in Germany in 2006 and joined CMS in China in April 2007. Before that, he worked at the University of Freiburg as a teaching and research assistant at the Institute for German and International Civil Procedural Law for more than five years. He is also the lawyer of confidence of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing.
Jonathan Marsh has developed extensive experience over the past 29 years in international business transactions, with over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, involving long term projects with long investment horizons. He has deep knowledge of geopolitical and legal risk assessments. Recognized within his profession, Mr. Marsh serves in leadership roles in French and European professional associations. Jonathan Marsh currently serves as Deputy General Counsel of the Marketing Services Division of the Total S.A. Group legal department. In this role Mr. Marsh manages the legal activities performed by 170 in-house legal counsel in over 100 countries. He serves on the Group Legal Committee consisting of 10 General Counsel supervising the global team of 550 lawyers in the Total Group. Previously Mr. Marsh was International General Counsel from 2015 to 2017.
From 2002 to 2015, Mr. Marsh led the Mergers, Acquisitions and Finance Division of the Total S.A. Holding Group Legal Department.Mr. Marsh also served as Group US Counsel, supervising in particular relations with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Marsh also serves as President of the European Company Lawyers Association, as Vice President International Affairs and on the Board of Directors of the French In-house Counsel Association (Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprises – AFJE) as well as on the Management Committee of the French M&A Association (Association des Responsables de Fusions Acquisitions).
Mr. Marsh holds a Juris Doctor (Graduating cum laude and recipient of the Order of the Coif), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Economic Phases) and French from the University of Wisconsin ‐ Madison. Nominated by the French Prime Minister, Mr. Marsh participated in the 65thNational Session (2012-13) of the French Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale, a military training program focusing on geopolitical risks and strategies for high ranking military officers and private sector leaders.