Foreign Investment in China: From Starting Up to Winding Up

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October 4, 2016
Harvard Law School, Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall 308
Affiliate event

This brown bag panel discussion is co-sponsored by The Harvard Law School East Asian Legal Studies Program, The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and The Harvard Asia Law Society.

About Sabine Stricker-Kellerer:

Sabine Stricker-Kellerer is Senior China Counsel of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the firm’s Munich office. She advises European clients on their business activities in China. She has over 30 years experience in advising on the establishment and restructuring of foreign investment projects in China, including a variety of legal aspects, such as technology licensing and dispute resolution.

In 1985 she was the first European lawyer to set up a presence for a continental European law firm in China. Today, she divides her time between China and Europe. She is Chairman of the Foreign Trade Committee of the German Minister of Economics (Außenwirtschaftsbeirat) and member of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum and the German Japanese Forum. She is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SIAC), the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) et al.

Sabine was born in Frankfurt in 1956 and received her legal education at the universities of Munich, Geneva and at Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1983). She speaks German, English, French and Mandarin.

About Professor Charles Booth:

Professor Booth (BA, Yale University, 1981, summa cum laude; JD Harvard Law School, 1984, cum laude) is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i and the Founding Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL). He taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2005, where he also served as the Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) from 2000-2005.

Prof. Booth’s primary research interests are comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law, Hong Kong and Chinese insolvency law reform, and the development of insolvency and commercial law infrastructures in Asia. He has authored/co-authored more than 60 publications, which have been published in 11 jurisdictions. He co-authored: A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010); the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (3rd ed, 2015); and the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010; 3rd ed, forthcoming 2016).

Prof. Booth is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute. He has served as a consultant on insolvency and commercial law reform projects for many international organizations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the EBRD, the OECD, the ABA-UNDP, the IDLO, the International Republican Institute, and the International Insolvency Institute. He has contributed to law reform projects in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Vanuatu, and in Europe and Asia generally. He co-authored a report for the EBRD evaluating its Legal Transition Programme; co-authored the Study on Alternatives for the Debt Restructuring of Enterprises in China, the Report on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons, and the Comparative Survey of International Commercial Enforcement & Insolvency Practices for the World Bank; led the drafting efforts of corporate insolvency and cross-border insolvency laws enacted in Vanuatu; and assisted the Mongolian Judiciary with the drafting of an insolvency handbook. He is also the Chair of the Investor Rights in Insolvency Sub-Group for an Asia-Pacific Financial Forum/Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council project and a Co-Director of the Professional Diploma in Insolvency Course organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). In June 2016, he delivered the keynote on ASEAN Cross-Border Insolvency to ASEAN representatives in Bangkok. He has recently been appointed by the World Bank as the Mid-Term Evaluator for the Vietnam Debt Resolution Project.