GBA webinar

Event - 04 August 2020

Hawksford is organising a webinar with Zhong Lun Law Firm

The Greater Bay Area (“GBA”) is a Chinese Government initiative aimed at promoting closer cooperation and economic integration between 11 cities of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) among which Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou will serve as core hubs for driving economic growth.

In May 2020, the People’s Bank of China and financial regulators have unveiled a plan to further open up and accelerate the development of the GBA into one of the world’s largest economic regions. In terms of scope, the GBA will be comparable to the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Tokyo Area and New York Metropolitan Area and will represent one of the largest urban areas both in terms of size and population. It represents 12% of China’s national economy (equivalent to US$ 1.4 trillion), generated by only 5% of the country's population.

The Greater Bay Area brings unique opportunities for technology companies. Join Hawksford and Zhong Lun Law firm for our upcoming webinar to discuss the business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and to learn more about this initiative.

China’s Greater Bay Area – the next Silicon Valley

Co-organised with:

 Zhong Lun Law Firm

Topics include:

  • Business opportunities for tech companies in the China’s Greater Bay Area
  • IP protection, Data protection, and network security for tech companies
  • Tax and accounting procedures
  • Supporting measures and incentives

Event details

Date:  Tuesday, 4 August 2020 
Time:  – 5pm CST (China time) 
Location:  Online webinar 

To join us for the webinar, please click the button to register.

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Our Speakers

Francesca Scortichini, Associate Director of Account Management, China, Hawksford

Francesca has considerable experience in advising Italian and international clients, from trading, retail and industrial companies on investments in China and Asian area. Francesca joined Hawksford Shanghai office in June 2014. Prior to joining Hawksford she worked as tax consultant in Italian CPA firms and in the asset management department of International leading investment bank. Francesca graduated in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan in 2004 and is a professional Chartered Accountant in Italy.

Dario Marotta, Associate, China, Hawksford

Dario obtained his Master degree in Industrial Economics from North-western University (China). He is fluent in Mandarin, heads Hawksford Guangzhou and Shenzhen offices having been with Hawksford Guangzhou since 2016 where he’s part of the steering committee of the Network of Young Italian Professionals in China.

Kent Woo, Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Kent Woo is a Partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm Guangzhou Office, where he heads its premier international trade and investment team. Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Kent and has over 20 years of experience providing legal advice and services to international companies doing business in or with China. Kent’s expertise includes corporate and commercial law, foreign direct investment, mergers & acquisitions, labor & employment, intellectual property, compliance & investigations, criminal defense, and litigation & arbitration. His clients are mainly multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises from various countries and regions around the world, including from Europe, the United States, India, Israel, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Matthew Warr, Legal Consultant, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Matthew Warr is a Legal Consultant at Zhong Lun Guangzhou Office. Matthew has a wealth of experience providing legal advice and services to international companies investing in or trading with China, and like Kent his expertise lies in the abovementioned areas. His clients mainly comprise companies from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and South East Asia. Matthew is also a Board Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) South China, is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin), and has lived in China for more than a decade.

Quentin Bottasso, Legal Consultant, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Quentin Bottasso is a Legal Consultant at Zhong Lun Guangzhou Office with a strong focus on advising international companies on the Chinese legal and regulatory system. Quentin has deep expertise and experience with regard to various aspects of Chinese law, particularly contract, labor and commercial law, and his ability to understand his clients’ expectations and requirements makes him a valuable partner for those conducting business activities in China. His clientele are composed of mostly European companies in the industrial, sourcing, manufacturing, and wine industries. He is fluent in English and French and professionally proficient in Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian.

About Hawksford

Hawksford is a leading provider of company formation, providing administration services and business support from small to medium-sized to large companies in Asia and Europe. We have more than 200 multilingual professionals in Asia and 450 globally, who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, English, German, Spanish, Czech and Italian, based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Jersey and Milan. Our people are experienced and highly qualified.

About Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun Law Firm is a market leading, full service Chinese law firm. Since its founding in 1993, Zhong Lun has become one of the largest law firms in China, with 340+ partners and 2,100+ lawyers and professionals, including both recognized leaders in the Chinese legal profession and experienced senior lawyers from top international law firms.

Zhong Lun offers legal services across 28 core practice areas, and has a network of 11 domestic offices in mainland China in the leading centres of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Chongqing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Nanjing and Haikou as well as an office in the international gateway city of Hong Kong. Zhong Lun also has international offices in Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Almaty, and maintains cooperative relationships with leading law firms in numerous countries and territories around the world for both inbound and outbound China-related matters. Zhong Lun is therefore well-positioned to provide clients with high quality legal services across a wide range of industries and sectors not only in China, but also in more than 90 jurisdictions around the world.

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