The first week of June promises to be one of the most extraordinary in post-war British history, as prime minister Theresa May delivers a crunch vote on her Brexit withdrawal agreement — and it will also coincide with the In-House Community’s inaugural UK event, Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and the City of London.
The one-day seminar will take place on Monday, June 3 at the Law Society headquarters on Chancery Lane in London. The event is supported by the Law Society of England & Wales, the Institute of Directors, the American Bar Association and the Great Britain China Business Council and co-hosted by Llinks Law Offices, Major Lindsey Africa, Quinn Emanuel, Reed Smith, Winston & Strawn and Praxonomy.
The invite-only* conference will see specialists from Asia bringing the expertise you need to make business decisions in the world of opportunity outside of The City in an off-the-record/media-free environment.
With profound change comes opportunity. The Brexit saga has now provided a new perspective in the UK in general and the City in particular. Asia, the Middle East and Africa present the greatest business opportunities — and potentially the greatest legal risks. For example, London’s rush to become a major trading hub for the Chinese currency is paying off with trading volumes of the renminbi eclipsing those of sterling/euro for the first time.
Keynote speaker: Christina Blacklaws, president of the Law Society of England and Wales
Other confirmed speakers include:
- Sir William Blair, Chambers In London and Centre for Commercial Law at Queen Mary University
- Stefan Gannon, commissioner, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
- Mei Sim LaiOBE, chairman of the China Interest Group Institute of Directors (IoD)
- John McLean OBE, vice-chair for IoD
- Stephen Denyer, director of strategic relationships, Law Society of England & Wales
- Dr Justine Walker, director sanctions policy, UK Finance
- Robert Brown, American Bar Association
- Evangelos Apostolou, Major Lindsey Africa
- Michael Taylor, director, Cold Water Economics
- Charles Qin, managing partner, Llinks
- Patrick Zheng, partner, Llinks Law Offices
- Gautam Bhattacharyya, partner and India business team head, Reed Smith
- Brinton Scott, managing partner, Shanghai, Winston & Strawn
- Campbell Steedman, managing partner, Middle East, Winston & Strawn
- Kate Vernon, partner, Quinn Emanuel
- Sam Williamson, partner, Quinn Emanuel
- Stephen Mavroghenis, partner, Quinn Emanuel
- Xiao Liu, partner, Quinn Emanuel
- Patrick Dransfield, co-director, In-House Community
Incisive panel discussions and practical workshops will include high-level briefings on essential topics, including how to avoid disputes in China and what to do when you are in one; India investment opportunities and risks; Singapore; Hong Kong as a gateway to China; sanctions risks; regulatory issues and bank resolution; Asia economic prospects; the impact of China’s Belt & Road Initiative — and much more.
* The event will be attended by 80 peer senior in-house counsel, risk experts and company directors — places are strictly limited.