YCW LN: The future of law and the Belt and Road Initiative — what next?
with Cecilia Xu Lindsey (Barrister and Arbitrator, 9 Stone Buildings); Peter Lu (Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP); Dr Julien Chaisse (Professor, City University of Hong Kong)
Saturday 20 March 2020
• 12pm (London)
• 1pm (Berlin & Brussels)
• 8pm (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore)
Access via a virtual conference platform – details in an Eventbrite email shortly before the event
Law (and the work of lawyers) permeate throughout the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in all its guises. From the new commercial courts in Xi’an to the legal agreements underpinning infrastructure investments and loans, lawyers play their own distinctive role in shaping the BRI. So, what exactly do law and lawyers all do for the BRI – and to what effect? How has their work and the field of law changed as the BRI has evolved over the past eight years?
YCW London is delighted to host in conversation Cecilia Xu Lindsey, Peter Lu and Dr Julien Chaisse who all work closely at the intersection of law and the BRI.
Cecilia Xu Lindsey
Cecilia is a Barrister and Arbitrator, practising at 9 Stone Buildings barristers’ chambers in London.
Her specialisms include Commercial Law (contract, sale of goods, e-commerce, sports law); Company Law, Fraud and Economic Crimes; Financial Services and Banking Law; Insurance/Re-Insurance; and International Law (international trade, international banking, FDI and investment treaty). She is also a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments as Arbitrator.
Many of Cecilia’s caseloads have international aspect and relate to foreign jurisdictions such as China, the Caribbean, Isle of Man, Europe, Africa and New York.
According to the Bar Council’s records, Cecilia is the first female Chinese national (including people from Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland of China) who was issued with a practising certificate to practise in the independent Bar of England and Wales. She regularly gives talks on English legal topics and also has the honour of welcoming visiting delegations from overseas (particularly the Far East) for professional collaboration and exchanges.
Peter Lu is a Partner at Baker McKenzie’s M&A Corporate Practice in London, and leads the Firm’s China Practice in the UK. He is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
Peter focuses on complex, cross-border M&A transactions, representing both public and private companies, with a focus on M&A, restructuring, joint ventures, directors’ duties, disputes in board, governance matters and crisis management. Peter advises clients across a wide range of industries, including consumer, energy, infrastructure, transportation, financial institutions and professional services.
Peter’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, Royal Chartered companies and funds such as Bank of China, China Taiping Insurance, China Telecom, China Hailiang Group, the British Standard Institution, Hisense International, and China-Africa Development Fund.
Peter teaches M&A and governance courses at Peking University, Tsinghua University and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC). He is also a committee member of the Institute of Directors (City branch), the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders. As a frequent speaker on corporate, China and China business matters, Peter has been invited to testify on UK/China trade issues before UK Parliament’s trade committee in 2019, and has been invited to discuss the UK’s National Security and Investment Bill before Parliament in 2020.
Dr. Julien Chaisse
Dr. Julien Chaisse is Professor at the School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is an award-winning scholar and has lately received the 10th Smith-Lowenfeld Prize from the International Arbitration Club of New York. Dr. Chaisse is a world-renowned expert in international economic law (trade, investment, and tax), cyberlaw, and international dispute resolution. His work has not only been highly recognized by academics but has also been cited by international courts/tribunals and U.S. Courts. As a leading scholar in his fields, Dr. Chaisse sits on the editorial boards of several high-impact journals of international economic law. He also currently serves as Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Law Review.
In addition to his academic life, Dr. Chaisse is a senior arbitrator, some of whose adjudications have even been reported in the international press. He is also frequently called upon to serve as an expert witness in international trade/investment litigation and arbitration, to advise international organizations, governments, law firms, and private investors on private/public international law issues ((e.g. concessions contracts, special economic zones, investment structuring, state and international organization immunities, and WTO accession), and to assist more than 20 jurisdictions in drafting the relevant legislation.