In honour of their 30th anniversary, Zhonglun law firm is supporting this timely programme on the future of global business. Over the last two decades, China has been the largest and most reliable source of global growth, accounting for some 25% of global GDP growth during that time. It remains an attractive and consequential market for international business and Chinese firms are now increasingly going global. But the damage wrought by the pandemic, global disruptions, and China's adherence to zero-covid through most of 2022 accelerated its inevitable slowdown. And the growth outlook for China remains more complicated with consumer and investor confidence not fully restored and questions about whether we'll see the economic reforms to ensure China's long-term competitiveness. Meanwhile, global business is more concerned with risk resilience than ever before. Conversations among policymakers and corporate leaders alike have shifted from talk of decoupling to de-risking. China is simply too central for decoupling, so the focus now is reducing economic vulnerability with the least possible damage to trade and investment.
Join us for a lively evening considering what this means for the future of global business, both for foreign firms in China, Chinese firms operating abroad, and more.
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Audry (Hong) Li has been a partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm since 2006. She co-heads the firm's Cross-border Investment/M&A practice group and also sits on the panel of arbitrators of major arbitration institutions including CIETAC,SHIAC and SCIA.
Audry is a leading corporate lawyer with international reputation and highly ranked as a Leading Individual in Corporate/M&A in China by international legal media including Chambers & Partners Global/Asia Pacific and Legal 500 consecutively from 2008 through 2023. She was appreciated as “a leading authority in the market” and “a spectacular practitioner” with “complete understanding of local market and excellent business sense and innovation in transactions”. She was selected as a “Top Woman Lawyer of Shanghai” by Shanghai Bar Association in 2011 and a “Top 15 Woman Lawyer in China” by Asia Legal Business in 2012.
Audry focuses her practice on serving multi-national companies as their “trusted adviser” on long-term basis and has a reputation of being able to find pragmatic solutions for complex and challenging transactions and adding value to clients. Her clients are large multinational companies such as Koch Industries Inc. (including INVISTA, Georgia Pacific, Koch Engineered Solutions，Koch Supply & Trading), Soft Bank Vision Found II, I Square Capital, Allison Transmission, Mason, Halma International, SIG Combibloc and Metall Zug AG .
Audry’s recent notable transactions include advising 1) SIG Combibloc AG on its US$335 million acquisition of a leading industry player’s Asia Pacific Fresh operations; 2) Soft Bank Vision Fund II as a lead investor on more than a dozen of large financing investment projects in Chinese companies of various high tech sectors; 3) Barrick Gold Corporation on the strategic cooperation & US$ 960m sale of Veladero Mine to Shandong Gold Group and US$ 600m cross investment projects between the two companies; 4) Booking.com on becoming the first foreign company to operate independent e-commerce business with intangible goods in China and 5) Christie’s International on becoming the first international fine art auction house to operate independently in China (Shanghai)
Audry has a LL.M. from New York University School of Law, a LL.M. from Wuhan University School of Law, and B.A. and graduate diploma from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Prior to her private practice, Audry worked for 7 years at the legal department of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and CIETAC. Audry was a Global Adjunct Professor in NYU Law School in the Shanghai program, a fellow of Young Leaders Forum of National Committee on US-China Relations and a Asia 21 Young Leader of Asia Society. She also speaks and writes on PRC law topics including co-authored the Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions in China for Foreign Investors on behalf of China Ministry of Commerce as a China–Germany governmental cooperative project in 2015.
Yue Su is the Principal Economist of Access China/Asia at The Economist Intelligence Unit. She is a frequent guest in national and international media, providing critical insight into China’s economic trends and fast changing policy environment.
Yue leads The EIU’s China research team, which provides economic and political coverage of China and has a strong client-facing element, both in terms of interacting with global clients looking at China and Chinese clients looking for a global perspective.
Yue joined the EIU in 2013. She has deep knowledge of China's economic data and policy environment, and has played an instrumental role in shaping our forecasts and analysis for China at both the national and sub-national level. She also drives, for example, our recent successful calls on China's GDP growth in the Covid-19 era and leads our coverage interpreting policies such as “common prosperity”, China’s 14th Five Year Plan etc. Yue has focused her research on subjects including China’s demographic trends, regional and industrial economics, infrastructure and Chinese ODI/Belt and Road Initiative. During her time at The EIU she has contributed to several special reports, including the China Going Global Investment Index (2015 & 2017), Prospects and challenges on China’s "One Belt, One Road”: a risk assessment report and China’s supply-side structural reforms: progress and outlook. She has also acted as a consultant or advisor on several commissioned studies in the infrastructure field, such as on public-private partnerships in China and Asia. Yue holds a doctorate in political economy from the Chinese Academy of Governance. Her research focused on the aid effectiveness of multilateral development banks and analysed the factors that might disrupt the investment returns of infrastructure projects. Before joining The EIU she worked as a local government civil servant in China. Yue holds a Masters of Economics from The University of Hong Kong.
Head, China Office at United Nations Global Compact
Ms. Meng Liu is the Head of Liaison Office in China of the United Nations Global Compact. She joined the United Nations Headquarters in 2007 at the Executive Office of the Secretary General. Previously, Ms. Liu worked for the Asia Foundation and World Resources Institute, and was a fellow on Asian public policy with Harvard Kennedy School. Book author of “Responsibility Changes the World-UN Global Compact Leading Business Revolution Worldwide”.
In 2015, Ms. Liu has been honored as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and nominated as the YGL Chair for China in 2021. She sits on Global Future Council on Frontier Risks along with a panel of leading global experts since 2020. Ms. Liu is highly committed to public welfare: besides her professional work, she also assumes the role of Industry Mentor at Tsinghua University Schwarzman College and China University of Political Science and Law.
Kai Guo, China Finance 40 Member. Before joining CF40, Dr. Guo was an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC and then worked at the People’s Bank of China in various capacities, including in the monetary policy department and the international department. Dr. Guo holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Harvard University. His main research areas include the Chinese economy and its macroeconomic policies as well as international finance. Dr. Guo is the author of three popular Chinese economics books and multiple academic papers in various English and Chinese journals.
China Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client engagement across China.
Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and CSR. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.
Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.