Foreign Investment Law in China - Change of Direction?

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On 19 January 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China issued a draft Foreign Investment Law for public consultation. The content of the draft marks a significant move to relax and modernise regulations on foreign investment, especially the establishment and acquisition of companies in China and streamline the current fragmented regulatory framework.


If the draft is passed, a market entry permit for foreign investors will only be necessary if the foreign businesses is operating in industries identified as “restricted” or “prohibited” as set out in a so called „negative list“. A similar practice has already been tested in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone by the Chinese Government.

On the other hand, the scope of regulated foreign investment activity will be significantly extended. Cases in which a foreign owned entity effectively controls a Chinese owned entity through an elaborate series of contracts will be regulated.


Furthermore, Chinese authorities reserve the right to review national security impact of a foreign investment, where foreign investment infringes upon, or may infringe upon national security.


In his presentation, Dr. Kessler will provide an overview of the new draft and discuss the impact on foreign companies in China.


Speaker: Herr RA Dr. Florian Kessler


Language: German


Fees: Members: RMB 100  |  Non-Members: RMB 200


Place: German Chamber of Commerce, Unit 0818, Landmark Tower II, 8 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, 100004 Beijing, 北京市朝阳区东三环北路8号, 亮马河大厦2座0818室, 中国德国商会, 100004


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