IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.5, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Selected topics in cross-border transactions
Room C4.5, Convention Centre, Level 4


Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Asia Pacific Regional Forum


Part 1: Australia inbound M&A transactions – how to help your clients stay on top of things when investing down under Australia continues to see high levels of inbound M&A activity, with foreign investors searching for opportunities to invest and acquire in stable economic jurisdictions. So, what do your clients need to know when evaluating an acquisition down under? What does the economic and legal landscape look like for M&A transactions involving foreign investors? What regulatory requirements should they consider? What are the deal trends and key differences in market practice, deal structuring, execution and business culture in comparison with cross-border M&A into other major jurisdictions? These and additional issues, red flags and trends related to Australian inbound M&A transactions will be discussed by a distinguished, multijurisdictional panel. Part 2: Chinese investors on a shopping spree abroad The world has seen a steady rise in Chinese outbound investment, raising numerous legal issues in transactional practice. The new challenges the practioners have to deal with are, among others, Chinese investment control regulations, existing foreign trade control restrictions, most prominently in the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and certain EU Member States, and in light thereof, the creation of deal certainty for the counterparties to Chinese investors.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Nicola Charlston King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Young Lawyers' Committee Liaison Officer, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
William Y Chua Conference Coordinator Asia Pacific, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Lorenzo Olgiati Schellenberg Wittmer, Zürich, Switzerland; Conference Quality Officer, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain Hengeler Mueller, Munich, Germany; Treasurer, Corporate and M&A Law Committee


Karen Evans-Cullen PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Yoshinobu Fujimoto Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo, Japan
Scott Guan Zhong Lun Law Firm, Shanghai, China
Akil Hirani Majmudar & Partners, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Senior Vice Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Forum
Waldo D Jones Sullivan & Cromwell, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Adam McKissack Commonwealth Treasury, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
John Papanichola Slaughter and May, London, England; Regional Representative EMEA, Securities Law Committee
Ignacio Pesqueira Galicia Abogados, Mexico City, Mexico; Conference Coordinator South America, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Heinz Scharer Homburger AG, Zürich, Switzerland
Craig Semple Gilbert + Tobin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia