Cross-Border Investment

Mission Statement

The CBIC provides a networking forum for lawyers engaged in cross-border investment to exchange ideas, information and experience in order to advance their knowledge of the laws, practices and procedures affecting cross-border investment activities in and beyond the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to develop closer professional links.

The CBIC focuses on foreign investment and corporate laws and policies that are fundamental to the development of international commerce and which affect foreign direct investment (FDI) transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and the raising of capital across the Asia-Pacific region.

The CBIC deals with issues of interest to legal practitioners who face new challenges as the scope of the businesses of their local clients becomes more international. In many instances, FDI frequently results in the creation of a dynamic, long-term lawyer-client relationship in the context of changing economic and legal circumstances. Professional advisors dealing with novel legal issues require accurate current legal knowledge with the experience and ability to foresee future challenges.

Our Committee

The Cross-Border Investment Committee ("CBIC") is the largest and most active of all IPBA Committees with more than 500 members and more than a dozen active chairs and vice-chairs.

The CBIC's annual conference programs enjoy a high level of attendance by both in-house and corporate counsel and feature presentations by experienced counsel as well as experts from outside the legal profession. Such presentations facilitate a better understanding of the perspectives and expectation of in-house counsel, external counsel and the clients whom they advise.

The CBIC regularly cooperates with other IPBA committees in organizing sessions at the annual conferences and other programs and shares with thoe committees coverage of topics such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and a range of issues that affect all types of businesses.

The CBIC leadership always welcomes the active participation of its members and proposals for topics in forthcoming annual converences or other events.

Past Events

Auckland Conference, 2017
Differences between financial investors and strategic investors
Drafting cross-border contracts
Distressed M&A transactions
Small and medium size enterprises and cross-border transaction in the APEC region
Cross border transactions and environmental law compliances and concerns
International financial institutions and cross border projects
Shareholder agreements
Exit strategies
Competition law issues in M&A transactions

Kuala Lumpur Conference, 2016
Private Investments in Public Infrastructure In Asia
Minority Investments
Transactions Between North-East Asia and the ASEAN Countries
A Discussion of Current Issues in Islamic Finance
Control Over Outbound Investment
Warranty & Indemnity Insurance in M&A Transactions
Public Takeovers Regulation and Practice
Outside Directors and/or Independent Directors; Diversity in Corporate Governance
The Historic Iran Sanctions Deal – Reducing Risk for Asian Business
Investments and Investment Arbitration
Labour Law Issues in M&A Transactions
Art of Negotiations

Hong Kong Conference, 2015
The Future Cross Border Corporate Landscape
China’s Hong Kong Gate: A Vision for the Future of Hong Kong
Bilateral Investment Treaties and Investor Protection
Corporate Law Reform – User-Friendliness & Corporate Governance
State-owned Enterprises: Its Unique Features & Unique Challenges
Enhancing Deal Certainty in Cross-border Investments
M&A Auctions
Analyzing China’s Global Ambitions
Anti-corruption Due Diligence and Solutions in M&A Transactions
Deal Litigation: Trends and Tactics    

Synopses from Past Annual Conferences
Vancouver 2014
Seoul 2013
New Delhi 2012
IPBA-CIBC Annual Conference  2011~2006



Jan Bogaert

Central Plaza, Loksumstraat 25
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

 32 2 533 5402
 32 2 533 5110

Charandeep Kaur

311 B, DLF South Court, Saket
New Delhi, India

 91 11 4163 9393
 91 11 4163 9292



Haiyan (Sara) Zhang

Jiangsu Yiyou Tianyuan Law Firm
7F, CSSD Tower, No.15 Moon Bay RoadSuzhou Industrial Park
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

 86 512 68240861
 86 512 68253379

Areej Hamadah

Legal Challenges Group
Sharq B 8 Street, 153 Alsanee Tower, 11th Floor
Kuwait City, Kuwait, Kuwait


Chester Toh

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
9 Straits View #06-07 Marina One West Tower
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Ryo Kotoura

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Otemachi Park Building, 1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Anselm Christiansen

Gleiss Lutz
Lautenschlagerstrasse 21
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 +49 711 8997 300
 +49 711 855096

Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz

Demarest Advogados
Av. Pedroso de Moraes, 1201 Centro Cultural Ohtake
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

 55 11 3356 1547
 55 11 3356 1700

Heida Donegan

Princes Chambers
3 Princes Street
Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand

 64 21 898 932

Youn Nam Lee

Bae Kim & Lee
Centropolis B, 26 Ujeonggul-ro, Jongro-gu
Seoul, Seoul, Korea, Republic of

 82 2 3404 0687
 82 2 3404 0803

Fi Ling Quak

WongPartnership LLP
12 Marina Boulevard Level 28 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

 65 6416 8023

Marco Nicolini

Chiomenti Studio Legale
Via Giuseppe Verdi, 2
Milan, Italy

 39-2-7215 7224

Immediate Past Chairmen/Advisors


Frédéric Ruppert

FR Law - Avocat
35, rue du Général Foy
Paris, Ile de France, France

 +33 1 53 42 66 30
 +33 1 42 93 09 50

Sara Marchetta

Chiomenti - Italy
Via XXIV Maggio 43
Rome, Italy

 39 06 466221