Nigel Rowley, Managing Partner at London and Surrey full-service law firm Mackrell Turner Garrett, has visited a number of cities in China to talk with Senior Officials, and business delegates about the opportunities for doing business in the UK.
As president of the London Chapter of the US China Global Investment & Trade Alliance (USCGITA), Nigel was part of a VIP delegation which visited Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
USCGITA was established to develop investment and commercial opportunities between China, the UK, the US and the rest of the world
On arrival in Shanghai, Nigel initially met with Loh Long Hsiang, Vice President of Standard Chartered Bank in China to discuss business opportunities. He then visited the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Shanghai in which he has a particular interest and expertise, and met with Haisong Wang, Vice General Manager of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Development Company Co Ltd for detailed discussions on the opportunities in the fast developing FTZ
In Beijing, he had several personal meetings with Ambassador Sun Zhenyu, Chairman of the China Society for World Trade Organisation, at the China World Trade Centre in Beijing to discuss mergers and acquisitions, opportunities and challenges; he also presented to a group of their members on the subject of investing in the UK.
This was followed by a personal meeting with President Zhang Yujing and Deputy Director Sheng Guofei, of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), before making a presentation to 100 of their members on “10 steps to successful investing in the UK.”
The trip concluded with a personal meeting in Hong Kong with Song Ya Ning, CEO of Agricultural Bank of China and several of his colleagues..
The visit provided a perfect opportunity to develop business opportunities between the UK and China using many unique contacts in the corporate and commercial sectors.
Speaking after the visit, Nigel said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to make another visit to this amazing country and meet very senior officials and senior businessmen to talk about opportunities to invest in the UK.
“Doing business in China is all about relationships and the ability to develop new, and strengthen existing relationships was truly excellent.
“As an internationally focused firm, we are very keen to develop new links in China and to assist Chinese Businesses looking to invest in the UK, both in business and in property.
“Chinese authorities are now taking refreshing and proactive steps to develop ties with Western economies, and as President of the USCGITA’s London Chapter I am keen to help facilitate trade and investment between the UK and China, utilising my extensive multi-jurisdictional expertise and contacts throughout the world via the Mackrell International network of lawyers.
“It was an honour to be given the opportunity to meet so many senior Chinese officials and businessmen.”