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TransAsia and Freehills Host Second Successful Conference on Chinese Investments in Australia

31 July 2009
Beijing: Following the success of the first conference in December 2007, TransAsia hosted in collaboration with Freehills and the China Industrial Overseas Development and Planning Association (CIODPA), "Invest in Australia - Beijing 2009" on Friday 31 July 2009. The invitation only symposium was officially endorsed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), and was supported by the Australian government.

The conference, focused on briefing PRC companies and SOEs on the various regulatory and political issues involved with investing in Australia, as well as sharing practical experiences and success stories.

Deputy Director General of the SAFE, Mr. Sun Lujun, the Australian Trade Commissioner in Beijing, Mr. David Dukes, and other senior officials and prominent executives spoke at the event, which was attended by over 100 senior business leaders and government representatives from both countries. Delegates agreed that the conference presented a unique opportunity to observe the growing importance of Sino-Australian relations, and receive practical insight into investment in Australia.

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Sun Lujun, Deputy Director General - Capital Account management Department, State Administration of Foreign Exchange
  • Mr. David Dukes, Trade Commissioner Beijing, Austrade
  • Mr. Bu Kangxiang, Deputy Director - Department of Foreign Capital and Overseas Investment, National Development and Reform Commission
  • Mr. Charles Brent, Commissioner to China, Invest Victoria
  • Mr. Xiong Yan, Chairman, China Beijing Equity Exchange
  • Mr. Geoff Brennan, Senior Advisor, Kreab Gavin Anderson
  • Mr. Ian Hutchinson, Director, Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Mr. Glenn Porritt, Executive Director and Head of Asia - Mergers and Acquisitions, ANZ Bank
  • Mr. Jonathan Bloch, Head of Natural Resources (W. Australia), ANZ Global Natural Resources
  • Mr. Gao Xiaoyu, Deputy General Manager, China Minmetals Non-Ferrous Metals Co. Ltd.
  • Mr. Leon Pasternak, Senior Partner, Corporate, Freehills
  • Mr. Justin Little, Partner, Energy & Resources, Freehills
  • Mr. Jesse T H Chang, Managing Partner, TransAsia Lawyers