Oct 7, 9.00 AM
China has quickly evolved from being a sourcing destination to being the world’s strongest sustainable growth market. China’s economy is the second-largest in the world, and the country is currently experiencing rapid changes in demographics and spending power.
With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, British businesses are fighting to expand into other markets as they face an unknown future with Europe. Likewise, where British wages have stagnated, China’s burgeoning population of middle-class consumers is growing, alongside its proportion of ultra-rich citizens.
Exciting new sectors and opportunities are opening up on the Chinese market, but ‘scaling the wall of opportunity’ comes with its own unique set of challenges. Finding the right business partners is key in navigating cultural attitudes, government touchpoints and stakeholders.
At Envestors we’ve spent the last 3 years building relationships on-the-ground in China to help high-growth companies take advantage of the opportunities there.
To illustrate what British companies can expect when operating in China, we’re organizing a live event, for which we’ve assembled a panel of guests with first-hand experience in operating on and expanding to the Chinese market.
We will discuss:
- Why UK companies should consider China
- How to successfully secure strategic Chinese investment and M&A partners
- Understanding the importance of support available from provincial government organisations, including grants and incentives
- Incorporation and joint ventures in China
- Protecting IP in joint ventures in China
- AgPlus: Expanding into China – a UK company’s perspective and journey
This digital event takes place on Wednesday, October 7.
Bin YU – Director of the Fintech department of Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd., Responsible Person – Shenzhen Stock Exchange Investment Platform
Bin YU leads a cross-border matchmaking platform (V-Next) for growth finance and aims to bridge global innovation with Chinese capital and know-how. The platform is dedicated to building a global ecosystem of innovation, which has covered 41 countries so far and has attracted more than 20,600 Chinese institutional investors and 2,500+ listed Chinese corporations.
Nick Beckett – Managing Partner of CMS Beijing, Managing Director of Lau, Horton & Wise LLP in Association with CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP and Head of Asia-Pacific IP
Nick has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of intellectual property, regulatory and commercial matters. He manages a team of dedicated sector specialists covering Life Sciences & Healthcare, Energy, TMC and Financial Institutions across the Asia-Pacific region. Nick is also a Solicitor-Advocate of the English Courts and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong.
Mark Hedley – Regional Director, Great London, and Sector Lead for Technology at the China-Britain Business Council
Mark works with UK tech start-ups on their China go-to-market strategies and advises Chinese investors looking for a presence on the UK market. In his previous position in a Shanghai-based consulting firm, he has helped a range of clients with opportunity assessment and market validation, on-the-ground business development, corporate structuring, and licensing agreements.
Christopher Getley – Chairman, AgPlus Diagnostics
AgPlus Diagnostics has developed a diagnostic technology platform that satisfies the market requirement of a fully connected, rapid quantitative PoC test for use across a wide range of clinical applications. The company successfully attracted Chinese investment and also set up a joint venture with its Chinese partner in Suzhou, China. Christopher has over 25 years of experience at senior level in financial services and now is the chairman of AgPlus Diagnostics.
Chloe Zhang – VC, head of UK at G5 Capital
G5 Capital is a corporate venture capital of Jiangong Real Estate Group. Before joining G5, Chloe was Managing Partner at a Silicon Valley based angel investment firm and co-founder of the firm’s Shanghai-based accelerator. Previously, Chloe was a partner at Dark Horse Group, running global strategy and international business growth.
This digital event takes place on Wednesday 7th October, at 9.00am.