2016 Corporate Counsel Forum Beijing
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20 September 2016
8:30 amRegistration and breakfast
Upon arrival please head straight to the registration, collect your conference documentation and name badge. Within the conference documentation you will find FAQ's for the day, the agenda, a registration list, as well as speaker, sponsor and our partner profiles.
9:30 amWelcome and opening remarks
Katherine Jo, editor, China Law & Practice
9:40 amThe modern general counsel – creating value as advisor, leader, innovator and advocate

The role of the general counsel has evolved dramatically over the last four decades. Going in-house then was considered the “easy option”. Today some of the most coveted legal roles are those of General Counsel, with the expertise and talent of in-house teams rivalling their law firm counterparts. However one distinction and advantage will never change.  As in-house counsel you have the opportunity to really “know your client”. While law firm practitioners can also come to know their clients very well over time, their access is not the same, and their role is different. Our keynote speaker will share her perspectives on the multiple roles of the modern general counsel, and provide some strategic tips on how to create value and be a stand-out lawyer wherever you are on your in-house journey. 

Sharyn Ch'ang, global counsel, PricewaterhouseCoopers

10:15 amA global tsunami of regulatory uncertainty: Strategy vs tactics for the China based legal team

In a world of continued uncertainty, effective global regulatory compliance requires a balanced approach. But while you may have a plan for everything, is this enough? Our expert panelists will look at some of the key global regulatory updates and trends that you cannot avoid, providing you with the ‘top tips’ to take back to the office.

Moderator: Jeanette Chan, managing partner - China practice, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 
Ada Jin Wang, general legal counsel & regional compliance officer, TUV Rheinland
Richard Pu, deputy general counsel, Tencent

11:05 amRefreshment break
11:30 amM&A war stories & best practice – How to succeed in closing the deal

Hardball negotiation tactics that backfire, costly legal battles that could have been avoided and disagreements over poorly worded contracts are just part of some of the well-known negotiation tactics that have gone very wrong. Our expert panelists will start by sharing some war stories of how not to negotiate. You will walk away with concise strategic advice for you to share with your team and board on the art of negotiation for a crucial M&A deal.

Moderator: Ben Qi, partner, Jin Mao Partners
Tina Dekker
, vice president, general counsel, McDonald’s China
Joseph Nan,
 head of legal China, Louis Dreyfus 

12:15 pmThe international general counsel

General counsel is more than a cost center for compliance and contracts; it is a partnership between the legal and business sides of a company. Negotiating the terms and conditions of a deal, structuring offerings to satisfy your and your clients’ risk-profiles, and seeing around corners are all essential functions of an in-house  legal department. Understanding the rules in your field and jurisdiction, as well as the expectations, culture and behavior of your counter-parties are essential skills for fulfilling those functions, especially in an international playing field. Our speaker will relate his experiences working in US and China, in online media and information services, and from start ups to maturity, providing key learning's and observations from his journey.

Aric Lavinthal, vice president, general counsel, GBI
12:45 pmLunch & networking
1:40 pmThe GC’s guide to HR and employment

As many MNCs run several plants and employ mass workers they are liable for, our experts will provide advice on hiring, terminating, setting employee handbooks/codes and training. Even with national labor laws in place, implementing them largely depends on where you are located, for foreign companies maintaining good relationships with the local labor bureaus is a must. Our ultimate general counsel's guide to HR and employment will leave you walking away fully equipped.

Sunny Yi, general counsel, Adidas Group – Greater China
Huandong Gao, vice president legal & general counsel, Walmart eCommerce & Yihaodian
Basil Zhao, general counsel, China, Chemours
Fei Liang, operations legal & compliance counsel, Baker Hughes - North Asia

2:25 pmForeign direct investment – What GC’s need to know

This panel will explore the current landscape for foreign direct investment in China, and discuss the latest development in FDI regulations (including the amendments to the foreign investment laws that will become effective on October 1, 2016), the proposed MOFCOM filing rules, negative list, foreign exchange regulations and AML merger review.

Moderator: Xiaoyu Greg Liu, partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Judie Ng Shortell, partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Joe Chen, partner, JunHe
Andrew Eitingon, vice president, legal & business affairs, Universal Parks & Resorts

3:10 pmClosing comments
Katherine Jo, editor, China Law & Practice