About 500 corporate executives, legal counsel and business leaders attended the first CBLJ Forum, hosted by Vantage Asia, the publisher of India Business Law Journal and China Business Law Journal, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing on 3 April.
The forum, which carried the theme “Seizing business opportunities and managing legal risks”, was also streamed live on a special SINA webpage. The event was supported by Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) and strategically partnered by SINA Finance and SINA Fawen.
Keynote speaker and observer in the field of humanities and finance, Qin Shuo, headed a list of nearly 30 speakers from different companies and academic circles.
Chen Fuyong, deputy secretary-general of the BAC, extended his congratulations to China Business Law Journal for hosting the forum. In his speech Chen said arbitration was the cutting edge in dispute resolution, as it was not subject to geographical areas and different levels of jurisdiction.
Deng Qingxu, senior vice president of SINA.com, stated in his speech that SINA Finance had witnessed the rise of China’s commercial society in the past 20 years, during which time legal awareness had greatly improved. “Legal risks are challenges that deserve the attention of every market player,” said Deng.
After the opening speeches, Qin, who is also founder of Chin@Moments and the Commercial Civilization Research Centre of China, gave his keynote address on “In-depth globalization and compliance issues”. Qin stressed the growing importance of laws in China’s economic “new normal”, and pointed out that Chinese companies needed to enhance their understanding of compliance on their path to becoming global companies. “The other side of risk for Chinese companies is the global opportunity. [Chinese companies] should think in global terms to create global enterprises,” he concluded.
Panel discussions followed, with four sessions in the morning and seven sessions, split between two halls, in the afternoon.
The response from counsel to the packed programme was positive. “I would say that the issues discussed on the forum are also issues we paid great attention to in the past six or 12 months. These issues have a direct impact on our work,” said Bi Liyan, deputy general manager of the legal division at China Minmetals Corporation.
“The profiles of the guest speakers are excellent, and all fit the theme very well. They are professionals with credibility,” said Yen Chen, legal director and securities affairs representative at Meten International Education Group.
“I want to say that, thanks to China Business Law Journal’s wide networking, [the forum] involves a very diversified audience that includes leading local law firms and arbitration institutions, and some top in-house legal counsel as well,” said Victor Shen, the chief legal counsel at Henkel Greater China and Korea. “By such diversification, I am quite sure that attendees will have a lot of takeaways.”
Kelley Fong, publisher of China Business Law Journal, described the event as “a grand gathering of key business law stakeholders, which would not have been so successful without the full support of all our readers and friends”.
“The continuous positive feedback we have had from in-house counsel and other participants at the forum has been most encouraging, and has given us the impetus to continue to arrange other events in future.” For more information about the forum, please visit vantageasia.com/forum (in Chinese).