27 July 2017
Latham & Watkins hosted a senior-level summit, “Reaching Outward: Emerging Trends in China Tech,” which brought together entrepreneurs and senior executives from the worlds of technology, venture capital and finance, business, government and academia to discuss major trends in Shenzhen—the epicenter of China’s innovative technology sector. The high-profile event featured panel discussions covering a range of technology topics including: innovation in payment systems; autonomous vehicles; human genomics and life sciences; artificial intelligence and global trends.
“The worldwide focus on Shenzhen has brought a surge in inbound and outbound investment. Shenzhen has proven itself to be an undisputed world leader for technology and engineering innovation. The talent and investment is in place for Shenzhen to build on its successes and deliver major breakthroughs across a number of sectors in years to come,” said Yilong Du, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Beijing office and a speaker at the summit.
“As computing power increases, the pace of change is accelerating. China tech is at an inflection point: if you are a venture capitalist, entrepreneur or multinational business, the resources in Shenzhen make it one of the most exciting places on the planet,” added Luke Bergstrom, global Co-chair of Latham's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and a corporate partner in the firm's Silicon Valley office, who also served as a panelist at the event.
Frank Sun, a corporate partner in Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office and speaker at the summit, said: “The drive, dynamism and ambition in Shenzhen is palpable. The start-up scene in the region will be a key driver of the Chinese and global economy in years to come.”
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