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3rd Annual China Overseas Investment Fair

09 November 2011

Beijing: The 3rd annual China Overseas Investment Fair (Fair) was held on 8th and 9th November. The Fair is the largest event of its kind in China and aims to promote overseas investment by PRC entities as well as to provide a platform for officials, investors and professionals to network regarding outbound investments from China. More than 1,100 Chinese enterprises and governmental agencies attended the Fair.

TransAsia assisted the Fair’s host, the China Industrial Overseas Development and Planning Association under the NDRC (Association), to organize a forum entitled “Investing in Australian and Canadian Listed Companies: A New Path for Resources/Property Acquisitions in Africa”. Speakers included:

  • Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy; Minister for Tourism of Australi
  • Hon Dr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade and Investment of Nigeria
  • Hon John S Dawkins AO, Director of GRA Asia; Former Senior Minister of Finance & Trade of Australia
  • Guo Lian, President of the Shanghai branch of China Development Bank
  • Egizio Bianchin, Vice Chair and the Global Co-Head of BMO Capital Markets
  • Laura Wu, Ernst & Young
  • Andrew Choy, Ernst & Young
  • John Tivey, partner, Freehills International Lawyers
  • Justin Little, partner, Freehills International Lawyers
  • Gemey Visscher, partner, Freehills International Lawyers
  • Michael Amm, partner, Torys LLP
  • Philip Brown, partner, Torys LLP
  • Ron Deyholos, partner, Torys LLP

The seminar focused on investments into Africa via ASX and TSX listed companies, key aspects of M&A transactions involving African assets, regulatory and legal issues, and tax considerations relating to investments in Australia.  It was attended by over 100 SOEs delegates, government representatives and other industry players.  

In addition to hosting the sub-forum, TransAsia also launched a unique online platform ChinaGoAbroad ( The site is dedicated to the exchange of information about outbound investment from China and features actual investment opportunities, practical guidelines to doing business in foreign jurisdictions, and access to leading service providers and governmental agencies.

For more information regarding the Fair, please click here.