More often than not, we hear discussions about China that present it as a uniform block or focus mostly on the national initiatives. However, the truth is that each region and its cities have their own unique economic and regulatory ecosystem, with its own challenges and opportunities for foreign, and more concretely European, businesses. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China is well-aware of the importance of these features that differentiate Chinese regions. This is why in recent years it has compiled the recommendations of European businesses operating in the cities where the Chamber is present, and it presented them in its local Position Papers.
Join us for a discussion on the business environment for European companies in the Shanghai, Shenyang and Nanjing areas with the EUCCC representatives.
We invite Carlo D’Andrea, Marine Chen and Jacob Gunter from the EUCCC – European Union Chamber of Commerce in China to discuss.
Mr. D’Andrea is an Italian attorney at law, present in Asia since 2005. After beginning his career in one of the leading law firms in Shanghai, Mr. D’Andrea has been heading his International Boutique Law & Consulting Firm, “D’Andrea & Partners Legal Counsel” since 2013 as Managing Partner. The firm is specialized in supplying consultancy to European companies that want to do business in China and to Chinese companies which plan to invest in Europe. Mr. D’Andrea is also Chairman of the Board of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China – Shanghai Chapter and National Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China since 2017.
Ms. Chen joined the EUCCC in 2015 and has since then worked on building up a platform of Advocacy, Business Intelligence and Community in Northeast China, and has been responsible for the implementation of strategies in the region. She gave a great contribution to the launch of the 2017/2018 Shenyang Position paper by the EUCCC Shenyang Chapter, which had a huge impact on the development of the region. Previous to joining EUCCC, Ms. Chen worked as Professor of English Literature in Liaoning University.
Mr. Gunter is Policy and Communications Coordinator at EUCCC. In this position, he leads on researching and drafting of publications and contributes to media engagement. He holds a dual master’s degree in International studies with a focus on China from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and Nanjing University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International business from the University of Denver. Mr. Gunter has over six years of experience in China and has lived in Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing and Yuyao, a small city in Zhejiang Province.