Ideas in Practice Seminar Series

09:00 - 16:00
One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA
Who can attend:
Directors and managers from UK businesses with a specific interest in Chinese politics, economics and business opportunities. Consultants with expertise in business with China are also welcome.
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China and Brexit: Let’s Talk Trade, Investment and Finance

Whatever the pros and cons of Brexit, the process of leaving the EU has given rise to a great deal of uncertainty for businesses. The situation looks set to continue as politicians grapple with both the outcome of the general election and the prospects for Brexit negotiations. The outcomes for international trade and business investment still remain very unclear. Whilst the economy has so far been resilient, post-Brexit forecasts are that business investment will fall and numerous employers, in particular banks and financial services, have already or are seriously considering moving jobs to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris or Dublin. 

But are there any gems of opportunity in the post-Brexit reality? What is the voice of business and international business experts on the imperatives for the UK? What stance might China take in the future as Britain cuts its ties with the EU? What hope does China represent in terms of business opportunities? Will Chinese investment (FDI) in the UK continue and gain momentum or will it be directed to other major European business centres?

Join Leeds University Business School at their London China-Brexit seminar and discussion forum to have your say on a topic vital for the future of the UK’s international trade, investment and finance.

Event format

9.00am Registration and refreshments
The morning session is aimed at corporate sector and policy engagement with academia
9.20am Welcome and introduction: Dr Giles Blackburne of behalf of Leeds University Business School
9.30am 'China UK M&A and impact of Brexit' Keynote speaker - Salmaan Khawaja, Corporate Finance Director, Grant Thornton.
10.00am 'Future London-China Collaborations: An Investment Perspective' Keynote speaker - Jeff Cao, Head of Asia Pacific, London & Partners
10.30am Q&A and discussion
10.45am Tea/coffee break
11.00am 'Can a weak UK government deliver a hard Brexit and what will happen next to Britain's relations with China?' Keynote speaker - Duncan Bartlett, journalist and public speaking coach, former BBC World Business presenter and Tokyo correspondent.
11.20am 'Uncertain times for international trade - implications & opportunities' Keynote speaker – Dennis Lin, China Desk Director, Santander UK, Corporate & Commercial.
11.50am Discussion Panel: ‘China and Brexit: implications and opportunities for business’ Speakers: Michelle Chen, Squire Patton Boggs, Jeremy Clegg, Leeds University Business School, Ben Digby, CBI International Director, Avi Nagel, China Business Advisor at China-Britain Business Council plus our keynote speakers
1.00pm Networking lunch
The afternoon session is more academically focused as a discussion session but any guests from the corporate or policymaking sectors that would like to stay are very welcome.
2.00pm Welcome and introduction: Dr Hinrich Voss on behalf of Leeds University Business School
2.10pm Round table discussion forum on business and research imperatives for the Brexit international trade deal. Topic introduction by Jan Knoerich, King's College London and Annie Wei, Leeds University Business School
3.00pm Tea/coffee break
3.10pm Continuation of discussions
4.00pm Close

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