Sunday, April 26th – Program for Professionals

The “new normal” for China’s economy, according to President Xi, will be marked by slower speed, higher quality and more innovation. Key reforms will focus on striking a new balance between government and the market. Will these developments serve to stem the tide of Chinese companies seeking acquisitions abroad, or accelerate the trend? What new opportunities—and pitfalls—will be created for those seeking to invest into China?

At the Duke International Finance Forum: Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions you will learn from some of the most insightful and experienced leaders in business, finance, law and government about what it takes to succeed in making strategic investments into and out of China, and how those success factors might change in the era of the “new normal.”

Convened at the stunning new Duke Kunshan University campus, top experts and decision-makers from China, the region and the US will share case studies and lessons learned, within a multidisciplinary framework that integrates policy, law, finance, corporate governance and culture.

April 26, Program for Professionals

9:30am – 10:15am

Opening Keynote

David Rubenstein
DKU Advisory Board Member

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group,DKU Advisory Board member

Lessons from 17 years of Investing in China, and Helping China Invest in the Rest of the World

10:15am – 11:30am

Panel #1: When Chinese Money Invests Abroad: Legal, Regulatory, Cultural & Political Challenges

  • He Linbo, Senior Managing Director of PE, China Investment Corporation
  • Yang Guohua, Former Deputy Director General, Department of Treaty and Law, MOFCOM
  • He Dongdong, Vice Chairman and President of SANY Heavy Industry
  • Liu Hong, Former General Manager of UBS Securities Co. Ltd.
  • Jiping Zhang, Corporate Partner (Beijing Office), HaiWen & Partners

Moderator: Gao Xiqing , Former Vice Chairman and President, China Investment Corporation, DKU Advisory Board member

11:30 – 12:00

Mid-day Keynote

Dhanin Chearavanont
DKU Advisory Board Member

Chairman, C.P. Group

Lessons from investing in China and abroad

12:00am – 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm

Panel #2: China’s Growing Middle Class: Investment opportunities generated by the “consumption economy”

Moderator: Prof.John de Figueiredo, Duke University Law School

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Coffee Break

2:45pm – 4:00 pm

Panel #3 The Role of Innovation: How innovation in technology and finance can accelerate outbound and inbound investment in China

  • Jeffrey Li, Vice General Manager, Tencent Mergers & Acquisitions
  • David Zhang, Senior corporate partner, Kirkland & Ellis Hong Kong
  • Zou Fei, Director, BYD Ltd. and President Synergie Capital Group
  • Jonathan Zhu, Managing Director, Bain Capital

Moderator: Prof.David Robinson, Fuqua School of Business

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Afternoon Keynote

Guo Guangchang

Chairman, Fosun Group

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Closing Keynote

Gao Xiqing
DKU Advisory Board Member

Former Vice Chairman and President, China Investment Corporation

The Road Ahead for Cross Border M&A: Critical legal, regulatory and economic reforms that will accelerate high-quality growth for China

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception

* These invited speakers have indicated their interest, but have not yet confirmed their participation.


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