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The landscape for China's cross-border investment is facing unparalleled disruption:

  • Domestically, strict lockdown measures and travel restrictions due to the government's zero-Covid approach are impacting companies' operations and investment plans. And we are also seeing a series of policy and regulatory developments geared towards achieving the goals outlined under 'Xi Jinping Thought', including with respect to environmental sustainability, the 'dual circulation strategy' and 'common prosperity.'
  • Externally, protectionism continues advancing, while tensions between China and other nations have escalated over issues such as technology and economic security. Some foreign governments are taking actions to diminish their dependence on the Chinese market and increase the resilience of their domestic value chains. And they are also restricting foreign investments in sectors considered 'critical' for national security

Despite this, it is undeniable that the Chinese market continues to be a top investment priority for foreign MNCs; and authorities have been releasing measures to further open-up the market. Also, while China's overseas investment has been impacted by the increasingly challenging external environment, it appears to be doing better than before, driven by an acceleration in outbound M&A transactions and investments along the 'Belt and Road.'

Given all this, what is the likely trajectory that China's cross-border investment will take going forward? Which are the sectors and areas that will drive opportunities? And what are the challenges that both Chinese and foreign companies are facing?

Please join us for a breakfast briefing where Benjamin Crawford, Partner at international law firm Allen & Overy, will help us explore these questions and talk about the key developments impacting the investment opportunities for foreign MNCs in China and for Chinese MNCs looking to 'go out'. 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
Presentation & Q&A
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Coffee Break
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM


  • Benjamin Crawford (Partner at Allen & Overy LLP, Beijing Office)

    Benjamin Crawford

    Partner at Allen & Overy LLP, Beijing Office

    Benjamin’s practice is focused on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and complex shareholder and commercial arrangements across a number of industries, with extensive experience advising Chinese companies and investment funds on their global outbound transactions and multinational corporates on their Chinese inbound investments. He advises across a number of sectors, though has developed significant experience advising on transactions involving the financial services, TMT and ENR sectors.

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  • Darren Xia (Head of International Capital, North Asia at JLL Beijing)

    Darren Xia

    Head of International Capital, North Asia at JLL Beijing

    Darren Xia is an Executive Director based in Beijing and Head of International Capital North Asia, International Capital Markets. Darren’s role focuses on identifying and fostering relationships with new and existing sources of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese capital, including sovereign wealth funds, state owned enterprises, developers and high net worth individuals. He also facilitates the movement of new inter-regional capital into North Asia from the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

    Darren has 18 years global commercial real estate experience, particularly in investment transactions, structuring and joint venture partnerships. Before JLL, he held various investment roles at Australand, a major Australian listed REIT and subsidiary of CapitaLand, Westpac Institutional Bank and Lend Lease.

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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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