Event - 30 May 2023

Webinar: Leveraging Yangtze River Delta for foreign direct investment after China’s reopening

To help foreign enterprises rebuild confidence and understand the status quo of the Chinese market, Hawksford has joined forces with China UK Business Development Centre to host an webinar.

About the event

The Yangtze River Delta (YRD), a coastal area centered around Shanghai, is an economic powerhouse of modern China. Composed of Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui, the Yangtze River Delta contributes nearly a quarter of China’s GDP with less than 4% of its land area. In 2021, the YRD accounted for 42% of China's foreign direct investment (FDI). In recent years, the central government has focused on further developing and integrating the region to elevate its competitiveness and standing in the global economy and facilitate more cooperation between China and the rest of the world.

Shanghai, the strategic centerpiece of the YRD region, is positioned as the principal entry point for talent, goods, technology and capital. It plays an essential role in the development and maintenance of the area’s technology ecosystems.

With China lifting the travel restrictions at the beginning of 2023, CEOs and key representatives of international companies have resumed business trips around the region. But have businesses returned to normal? Is China still what it was in 2019? What are the opportunities and challenges for foreign invested companies following China’s reopening?

To help foreign enterprises rebuild confidence and understand the status quo of the Chinese market, Hawksford has joined forces with China UK Business Development Centre to host an online webinar. Experts from Hawksford, Llinks Law Offices and Bank of China Shanghai Branch will share their insights following China’s reopening and discuss the role of the Yangzte River Delta for FDI.

Event details

  • Date: Tuesday 30 May 2023
  • Time: 9:00-10:30 am (UK time) / 4:00-5:30 pm (China time)
  • Location: Online* (GoToWebinar)
  • Language: English
  • Fee: Free of charge (registration is required)

*Remarks: The joining link will be sent to your email address after registration and one day prior to the webinar. Please use a valid email address for receiving the access link.

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9:00 – 9:10 am (UK time)

4:00 – 4:10 pm (China time)                                      

Welcome speech

Harry Jiang

Director, China UK Business Development Centre

9:10 – 9:25 am (UK time)

4:10 – 4:25 pm (China time)

Keynote speech I:

What does China’s reopening mean for foreign investors, especially in the Yangtze River Delta?

Fabio Stella

Commercial Director, Hawksford

9:25 – 9:40 am (UK time)

4:25 – 4:40 pm (China time)

Keynote speech II:

Understanding China’s Foreign Investment Law and the key considerations for M&A in the Yangtze River Delta

Yuhua Yang

Partner, Llinks Law Offices

9:40 – 9:55 am (UK time)

4:40 – 4:55 pm (China time)

Keynote speech III:

What do you need to know about financing and banking when doing business in the Yangtze River Delta?

Zaiyang Xu

Specialised Manager, Global Transaction Banking Department, Bank of China

9:55 – 10:25 am (UK time)

4:55 – 5:25 pm (China time)

Panel discussion



  • Winnie Seow, Asia Market Lead, Hawksford


  • Fabio Stella, Commercial Director, Hawksford
  • Yuhua Yang, Partner, Llinks Law Offices
  • Zaiyang Xu, Specialised Manager, Global Transaction Banking Department, Bank of China

10:25 – 10:30 am (UK time)

5:25 – 5:30 pm (China time)


Harry Jiang

Director, China UK Business Development Centre



Harry Jiang, Director, China UK Business Development Centre

Harry served in the Chinese government and British leading business promotion organization respectively. Before joining CUKBDC, Harry has 17 years’ experience in China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) as chief representative of regional office. Harry worked on 80+ market research for UK businesses entering China market and identified business opportunities. Harry also delivered full programmed services for over 30 UK business & government delegations visiting China and over 20 large size business events with both UK/China regional government, industries, and business communities. He also worked in the Chinese government department of foreign direct investment service to support European investment entering China in the sector of advanced engineering, professional services, education and ICT etc.

Fabio Stella, Commercial Director, Hawksford

Fabio graduated in International Law, business and politics before moving to China in 2012 for a course on intellectual property (IP) and foreign direct investment at Peking University. He started his career at the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce where he also acted as Board Director for two terms between 2017 and 2020. Part of Hawksford pool of professionals since 2013, Fabio now heads China's business development activities while acting as financial responsible person and company supervisor for several Chinese subsidiaries of global retail clients.

Winnie Seow, Asia Market Lead, Hawksford

Based in London, Winnie is responsible for helping UK businesses expand into China and the Southeast Asia region, while assisting Chinese and Southeast Asian companies with expanding into the UK. With more than ten years of experience in international expansion, Winnie has held different roles within the public and private sector, where she assisted multinational corporations and SMEs on their market entry and expansion needs. Winne has lived and worked in China and Southeast Asia and is fluent in English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien. She prides herself on her good understanding of cultural sensitivity and ways of working with clients in Asia.

Yuhua Yang, Partner, Llinks Law Offices

Ms. Yuhua YANG graduated from Peking University with an LL.B. degree and a BA (Econ). She received an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Yang has been focusing on cross-border international practice for more than 20 years, serving both Chinese and international clients in fields as diverse as general corporate and commercial, capital markets and corporate finance, M&A, foreign inbound investment, Chinese companies’ outbound investment, international trade, private equity and venture capital, IP strategy and general compliance. She has represented clients active in a number of different industries, including securities, investment and funds, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare and life sciences, energy, digital media, education, manufacturing, real estate, tourism and others.

Zaiyang Xu, Specialised Manager, Global Transaction Banking Department, Bank of China

Ms. Xu graduated from the University of Sydney and majored in finance. She has been engaged in foreign exchange management, international settlement and trade finance for more than ten years, especially specialised in cross-border Renminbi settlement and free trade zone financial services.



Hawksford is an international provider of Corporate, Private Client and Fund services. We are trusted to deliver efficient administration services to private and publicly listed companies, multinationals and SMEs, entrepreneurs and HNW individuals, global banks and intermediaries. Our clients are at the centre of everything we do. We help families to take care of their wealth, entrepreneurs to succeed, multinational companies to operate and transact, and funds to maximise their returns. We have a global presence with more than 500 professionals in key locations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia and the Americas – enabling us to provide global solutions to our clients.

China UK Business Development Centre (CUKBDC)

The leading UK professional service network across China offering practical support to UK and China businesses from professionals whose expertise totals over 100 years. CUKBDC is an advisory and service delivery organization focusing on business opportunities and bilateral trade between UK and China. CUKBDC provides insight and professional services for companies exploring and entering the market by services including market research, sales opportunity & partner identifying, event and delegations, GR advices, technology transferring, match making, market presence establishing, project landing & management.

Supporting organisers

Llinks Law Offices

Llinks Law Offices, a 25-year-old Chinese law firm headquartered in Shanghai with offices in Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and London which Yuhua Yang founded in 2017 and has managed since. At Llinks, the lawyers are trained to work to high international standards and have studied or have working experience in the West. One of Llinks’ strengths and values is to always go the extra mile for the clients and in a number of our core practice areas, it has been well recognised that Llinks ‘punches above its weight’. Llinks endeavours to provide the best tailor-made advice for the clients to achieve the best possible practical and effective solutions.

Bank of China

Bank of China is the bank with the longest continuous operation among Chinese banks. Formally established in February 1912, the Bank served consecutively as the country’s central bank, international exchange bank and specialised international trade bank. After 1949, drawing on its long history as the state-designated specialised foreign exchange and trade bank, the Bank became responsible for managing China’s foreign exchange operations and offering international trade settlement, overseas fund transfer and other non-trade foreign exchange services. Restructured into a wholly state-owned commercial bank in 1994, the Bank provides various financial services, and has developed into a large commercial bank delivering services in local and foreign currencies and featuring complete business varieties and strong strength. 

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