COVID-19: Impacts on Business in China & Key Legal Issues for Canadian Companies
Join us on March 26th 9:00 - 10:30 am to hear first-hand from some of mainland China and Hong Kong’s top legal and tax experts on critical legal issues and impacts faced by many international businesses in China because of the COVID-19 virus.
Whether you have concerns related to preventing and solving contractual disputes, struggle about your future corporate strategy in China or are curious about the tax breaks/incentives that the Chinese government has made available for business to apply, we encourage you to tune in.
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 am
A dial-in link to be provided to the registered audience 2 days prior to the event
Cost: Free Click to R.S.V.P
9:00 Welcome and Introduction
- Amy Willis, President of HKCBA Ottawa
- Tianpeng Wang, CEO of Trustiics
9:05 Market Observation – Mainland China
- Mikael Charette, Director of Trustiics
9:15 Market Observation – Hong Kong
- Paul Tang, Partner of White & Case LLP Hong Kong
9:30 – 10:15 Top mainland China and Hong Kong legal and tax experts on critical legal issues and impacts faced by many international businesses in China due to the COVID-19 virus
- 9:30 “Re-think your China Strategy - Pull-out or New Investment Opportunities?”
– Daniel Lee, Equity Partner of Jingtian & Gongcheng LLP Shanghai
- 9:45 "Dispute Resolution arising out of contract termination”
– Emilia Shi, Senior Partner of Dentons Shanghai
- 10:00 “Tax incentives businesses need to know”
– Pierre Wong, Managing Director of Integra Group Shanghai
10:15 Q & A Session
Trustiics, is a new member of HKCBA Ottawa. Trustiics.com is the world’s 1st online marketplace directly connecting international business with first-tiered English-speaking counsels in China. Trustiics is based in Ottawa with offices in Toronto, Shanghai and Beijing. They are a platform where international businesses and individuals such as ex-pats can access direct, convenient and affordable professional advisory services (legal, accounting, tax, finance and legal translation) provided by pre-vetted, well-trained English-speaking professionals from China. Three types of services are currently available through Trustiics.com: Legal/Accounting/Tax Consultation, Legal Document Translation, and Simple Legal-related Due Diligence.
Trustiics seeks to improve, through the use of information technology and the Internet, the efficiency of the legal and other professional services market for the benefit of international SMEs doing business in China and elsewhere. We want to break down geographic, linguistic and financial barriers for businesses looking for top-notch advisors.
As part of the HKCBA Ottawa Member benefits, members who sign up on Trustiics via HKCBA website will enjoy a 10% discount for all the services offered on the platform.
Tianpeng Wang, CEO, Trustiics & Partner, Mistral Venture Capital Partners
Tianpeng Wang is CEO and Co-founder of Trustiics. He is a U.S. and China trained lawyer with over 15 years in practice at some of the most renowned law firms in China and worldwide including Jingtian & Gongcheng, Clifford Chance, Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters. Tianpeng moved to Canada a few years ago to join his family and left his legal practice in 2016, the same year he became a partner at Mistral Venture Partners. Tianpeng co-founded Trustiics in 2019 together with his long time friend who is a veteran software architect.
Emilia Shi, Senior Partner, Dentons Shanghai
Emilia Shi, registered counsel on Trustiics and currently a senior partner of Dentons Shanghai Office and a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. Emilia was also a lead compliance officer for two Fortune 500 companies in Asia. Over the years, Emilia has advised many international businesses in their China-related business transactions and successfully represented and guided international businesses through dispute resolutions in China.
Paul Tang, Partner, White & Case LLP Hong Kong
Paul Tang, a Partner of the Hong Kong office of White & Case LLP, one of the most prestigious American Wall Street law firms. Paul is a registered foreign lawyer of the Hong Kong Law Society and is also a member of the New York State Bar and the England and Wales Bar. His expertise is in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and cross-border investments. Paul regularly advises global and Asia-based private equity sponsors in growth capital investments, buyouts, joint ventures, strategic M&A and dispositions across Asia and globally. He has extensive experience advising both multinational corporate clients on their strategic investments in China through Hong Kong as well as advising Chinese companies on their outbound M&A transactions.
Mikael Charette, Director, Trustiics Shanghai
Mikael Charette is a Director of Business Development of Trustiics. He is a Québec certified international business lawyer based in Shanghai, China. Mikael has over 15 years of global business experience and has been living in China for over a decade. He has significant experience doing cross-border transactions and investments in China, Canada, Europe, and the U.S. and was the managing partner in China of an international law firm from 2009 to 2015.
Daniel Lee, Equity Partner, Jingtian & Gongcheng Shanghai
Daniel Lee, is a registered counsel on Trustiics and currently an equity partner at Jingtian & Gongcheng Shanghai Office. Jingtian & Gongcheng is one of the most prestigious “red-circle” law firms in China. Daniel is a truly international lawyer with bar qualifications in New York, Taiwan and mainland China and holds law degrees from Taiwan National University and Harvard Law School. Daniel has over 20 years of practice experience with the world’s most renowned law firms in their Asian offices, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. He has advised dozens of international businesses in their China-related investment and business activities which also include business investments through Hong Kong.
Pierre Wong, Managing Director, Integra Group
Pierre Wong, registered counsel on Trustiics and currently the Managing Director of Integra Group. He has over 20 years of experience in external auditing, financial advisory and business consulting for foreign companies in China. Prior to joining Integra Group, he served in management positions as Head of Shanghai in KCS (now TMF), China Finance Director of CB Richard Ellis, as well as the Senior Manager of KPMG Shanghai office. Pierre has provided practical accounting and business advice to foreign companies over his past 14 years in China. Pierre holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Chartered Accountancy from the University of Waterloo. He is both a member of the Canadian Chartered Accountant and a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). He started his career with Mackenzie Financial, a well respected Mutual fund company in Toronto, Canada before moving to China in 2004. He can speak fluent Mandarin, English and Cantonese.
Amy Willis, MBA, CPA, CMA, President, Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Ottawa) and Director, Pinnacle Global
Amy is President of Hong Kong Canada Business Association - Ottawa and a Director with Pinnacle Global.
Amy has over 10 years’ experience in strategic planning and execution, finance and operations, and investment and partnership development in Canada and Asia. Having spent half of her life in China and the other half in Canada, she has first-hand knowledge of doing business in both China and Canada, including founding and scaling up a start-up to over 160 personnel in four years with the opening of a branch office in China. Her innovative entrepreneurial leadership and unbridled passion for making a real difference have earned her a proven record of success, which has been featured on CBC, CTV, Rogers TV, and in the Ottawa Citizen.
Amy is fluent in English and Mandarin. She received her MBA from Queen’s University and Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Ottawa. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA). Amy also serves on the Board of the Financial Management Institute of Canada (FMI IGF) - Capital Chapter.
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