The London Road: China Outbound Investment
London, November 2018
Quilter Cheviot billion Belt and Road Initiative (B&R) is expected to affect 68 countries, 65% of the world’s population and a third of global GDP. Over the next five years, China will be investing USD 150 billion in B&R countries and expects to import USD 2 trillion from them. Besides providing an update on China’s progress with B&R, the panel of speakers explored how London could benefit from this initiative. Speakers Jeff Cao, Head of International Partnerships, Royal Docks Team Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General, Institute of Export Avi Nagel, China-Britain Business Council The speakers shared their insights and perspectives, based on their practical experience, on how to promote UK export to China, enhance collaboration with China, and London’s roles in supporting China outbound investment.
Real Estate Investment from China: Developing the Way
Birmingham, October 2018
The panel of speakers consisted of:
Anthony McCourt of Court Collaboration (the No 1 company for Chinese importer of Development Capital in Greater Birmingham) talked about his work with investors from mainland China.
Paul Thomas, Chartered Engineer and Director at WSP’s Birmingham office gave an overview and identify key issues of building projects in the UK that WSP has been involved in over the last 3 years with Chinese developers.
David Zou, Grandway Law, Shanghai – BY LIVE VIDEO LINK provided a snapshot of what Chinese investors look for in a Project to invest in overseas.
Zo Hoida, BCBF & Browne Jacobson, looked at aspects of Chinese policy including the Belt & Road Initiative and the opportunities these present for investment into UK Regeneration projects.
The seminar and the panel discussion following the speakers was moderated by Bill Good, the President of BCBF.
Understanding and providing professional services to Chinese High Net Worth Individuals
London, June 2018
Chinese high net worth individuals are investing in the UK for both business and family reasons. Business M&As, properties, legal services, citizenship schemes and education services are always on their top list. To understand them well is the key to long term business success. On 21st June, ECBF together with Quilter Cheviot held an open discussion panel on ‘Understanding and providing professional services to Chinese High Net Worth Individuals’. The panel members, after introducing themselves, answered questions on what motivates these individuals, the ‘culture of yes and no’, the problems they face and how professional networks can best support them.
The panellists who are experts from the East and the West were:
Andrew Gavin, Senior Client Relationship Manager, Bank of China Private Banking Department
Cecilia Xu Lindsey, Barrister, Arbitrator, 9 Stone Buildings
Jonathan McCall, Investment Director and head of Tier 1, Quilter Cheviot
Lili Zhang, China Specialist, London Residential Development, Savills
Real Estate Investment and Opportunities from China
London, March 2018
The event on 21st March, hosted by Weightmans, consisted of a panel of professionals who shared their experience and expertise on real estate investment and opportunities from China.
Ben Raywood, Savills is responsible for sourcing data both in the investment and occupational markets. He provided a detailed overview and outlook of the Central London office market. His colleague, Lawrence Bowles gave an informative account of the residential market outlook in London.
Zo Hoida, Weightmans, has worked on property acquisitions and disposals, development, landlord and tenant, secured lending and social housing, as well as several major high profile regeneration projects and for Chinese investors on the purchase, redevelopment and management of investment property. She looked at aspects of Chinese policy including the Belt & Road Initiative and the opportunities these present for investment into UK Regeneration projects.
There was a video link with Alejandro Ripoll, a lawyer in Mexico, who shared his experience of working with Chinese clients on a huge regeneration project in Mexico.