01 February 2013
Latham & Watkins, in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai Economic Council, hosted a series of conferences exploring the growing business ties between China and the Middle East on the New Silk Road. The conferences were attended by senior executives from multinational and Chinese companies, banks, private equity and venture capital, as well as entrepreneurs and representatives of government bodies.
The New Silk Road events covered a range of topics, including: market forces fueling cross-border trade and investment activity between China and the Middle East; expectations for the further strengthening of this bilateral economic relationship; an analysis of the market conditions and regulatory considerations for raising capital and investing in the Middle East; strategic sectors most likely to benefit from closer business ties and cooperation between the two regions; China’s role in the Middle East’s massive infrastructure build out; and the Middle East’s growing focus on alternative energy.
The conferences featured a roster of business leaders and leading academics, including keynote speaker Jeff Singer, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, and guest speakers Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi, the Director of the Macroeconomics Research & Forecasting Department at the Dubai Economic Counsel, and Dr. Fan Gang, who serves as the Director of China’s National Economic Research Institute and as Secretary General of the China Reform Foundation, among other senior industry positions.
Reflecting on the 2012 New Silk Road conferences, Bryant Edwards, a corporate partner in Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office, said: “This is an exciting time for businesses and investors in these two dynamic markets, and the high degree of interest in our conferences underscore this. The abundant and diverse opportunities for cross-border trade and investment are staggering. Bilateral trade between these two regions is especially important for the growth of the global economy.”
Watch an executive summary of the 2012 New Silk Road conferences:
In addition, watch a series of videos with panelists and speakers on some of the hot button issues discussed at the conferences: