Event Details

Against a backdrop of increasing geopolitical volatility and fast-paced technological advancements, protecting data sovereignty has become front of mind for governments around the world: it is a matter of national security. This is leading to a series of regulations on how to collect, store, use and transfer data - especially across borders. These regulations are disrupting significantly the business landscape for multinationals, as shown by recent events.

In China, the release of the Cybersecurity Law in 2017 marked the beginning of a series of regulatory changes which accelerated over the past couple of years, driven by rising economic tensions with a number of nations, and which have given form to its data governance regime. This includes the Data Security Law, which will become effective on 1 September, and the Personal Information Protection Law, which is expected to be passed this year.

Going forward, what is the likely trajectory that the evolution of China's data governance regime will take, and what are the implications for business? How will this impact the investments and operations of Chinese and foreign companies in China? And what are the actions that they can take to mitigate disruption?

Please join us for a breakfast event where Barbara Li, Head of Corporate at Rui Bai Law Firm, will talk about and help us understand the business implications from the recent changes to China's data governance regime, and the actions companies can take to avoid a negative impact to their operations. Following this our Beijing Director will engage in a conversation with a panel of experts.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


8 AM - 8:45 AM
Breakfast & Network
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Keynote Speaker Presentation
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Coffee Break
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel Discussions & Q&A


  • Barbara Li (Head of Corporate at Rui Bai Law Firm)

    Barbara Li

    Head of Corporate at Rui Bai Law Firm

    Barbara Li is the Head of Corporate of Rui Bai Law Firm based in Beijing and also leads the TMT and FinTech practices. With almost three-decades’ solid experience working at the Beijing and London offices of leading international law firms as well as in-house role, Barbara brings a wealth of enormous expertise in advising international companies, financial institutions and Chinese businesses on doing business in China and globally.

    Barbara has a particular interest in TMT and FinTech sectors, with extensive experience advising international and Chinese companies, financial institutions, tech companies and PE funds on achieving data and cybersecurity compliance and managing risks related to digital transformation and deployment of emerging technologies such as AI, big data, cloud and blockchain. Barbara is widely recognized in Corporate, M&A, TMT and FinTech categories and she won the China Top TMT Lawyer Award 2020 ranked by Asian Legal Business.

    Barbara works closely with the industry and she is frequently invited to write and speak at reputable international and regional professional and industry conferences and events. She is ex-vice chair of the Cybersecurity Sub-Working Group of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.

    She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and also holds the PRC Bar Qualification Certificate. She is bilingual in English and Chinese.

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  • Alfredo Montufar-Helu (Beijing Director of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Alfredo Montufar-Helu

    Beijing Director of The Economist Corporate Network

    Alfredo is responsible for overseeing The Economist Corporate Network in Beijing. Based in China since 2013, he has focused on analysing the business implications of policy, economic and political developments for companies investing and operating in China, and in the broader Asian region. This with the aim of distilling complex issues and conveying clear takeaways on how to capture business opportunities and respond to emerging challenges.

    Before joining The Economist Corporate Network, Alfredo was Associate Director for KPMG's Global China Practice, where he led and contributed to numerous thought leadership projects, including flagship reports, customised business briefings, and policy proposals for Chinese authorities. He also played a large role in events programming and outreach, including leading the design and coordination of high-profile events aimed at senior executives. Prior to that, Alfredo worked for J Capital Research, Eurasia Group and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Alfredo has a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) from Georgetown University, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Mexico's Center of Research and Teaching in Economics (aka. CIDE).

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  • Other panelists to be confirmed

    Other panelists to be confirmed