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Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement between China and Canada

After 18 years of on again, off again, discussions, Canada and China finally signed a Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement on September 9, 2012. Proponents of the treaty, hailing it as a coup, and critics, seeing it as inadequate or even a sell out, debated the topic fiercely in Canada. Not unexpectedly, there was very little, if any, public discourse on it in China.

26/07/2013
When: Friday, July 26, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
1301 Kinwick Center
32 Hollywood Road
Central
Hong Kong
Contact: Amanda Ho


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After 18 years of on again, off again, discussions, Canada and China finally signed a Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement on September 9, 2012. Proponents of the treaty, hailing it as a coup, and critics, seeing it as inadequate or even a sell out, debated the topic fiercely in Canada. Not unexpectedly, there was very little, if any, public discourse on it in China. Some of the issues and questions, some more obvious than others, to be explored in this luncheon event include:

- What is a FIPPA?

- Why did the negotiation take so long?

- What protections and remedies does it offer Canadian investors in China and Chinese investors in Canada?

- What does Canada give up in exchange for protection of Canadians in China?

- Why the oppositions?

- What Hong Kong related issues might there be?

- What additional or less obvious implications might there be?


About the Speaker:

                                                                  
                                                                       Robert Kwauk

Bob has been responsible for Blakes Beijing office since 1998. He relocated from the Firm's Calgary office to establish its Beijing office at the time and assumed the role of its first office managing partner.

Bob's practice includes assisting Canadian and other international companies investing and doing business in China, and assisting Chinese enterprises, both state controlled and private sector, in their acquisitions and financing in or through Canada. He and his colleagues have, over the years, worked on transactions involving most of the prominent and well known Chinese companies, including just about all of the landmark or high profile transactions between China and Canada.

In addition to being a member of the national board of directors of the Canada-China Business Council for the last four years, Bob had also been a director of the Council in Beijing for the six years until 2006, three of which as the chairman of the board. He is the outgoing Chair of the Energy & Natural Resources Section of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association; a member of the board of CNPC-Alberta Petroleum Institute, a member of the Advisory Council of the Dean of University of Alberta Law School; and was a member of the China Law Advisory Board of Lexis Necis (a leading international legal publisher). He has been recognized by a number of other international publishers and legal organizations for his expertise in cross-border M&A and natural resources practices.

Before becoming a lawyer, Bob was briefly a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he performed various criminal and national security related functions. He grew up in Vancouver and received his LL.B. and MBA at the University of Alberta.


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