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Global China Conversations #7 How do investment screenings affect (Chinese) direct investment?

February 2022 @ 11:00 - 12:00

How do investment screenings affect (Chinese) direct investment?



Dr. Alexander Honrath, Head of the European China Desk of Eversheds Sutherlands
Dr. Joachim Pohl, OECD Investment Division

Time: 17.02.2022, 11.00 – 12:00

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For some years now, foreign direct investment in private companies has been subject to state control in many European countries. The screening of mergers and acquisitions above a certain size, in specific sectors, and often depending on the investor’s proximity to a foreign state, is officially justified on the grounds of protecting public order. In the public debate, the rapid increase of Chinese investments in Europe until 2016 is viewed as one of the main reasons for the introduction of investment screenings, the expansion of the number of controlled economic sectors, and the introduction of the new intra-European coordination. In the seventh Global China Conversation, our speakers analyze these developments detailed above and explain the importance of investment screenings in practice. We also discuss the consequences of investment audits on (Chinese) direct investments in European companies and undesirable side effects on the economy.



The event consists of different impulse lectures followed by a discussion.

Global China Conversation #7 will be held in German.



Dr. Alexander Honrath 

Alexander Honrath is Partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Munich, Head of the European China Desk of Eversheds Sutherlands, one of the largest law firms in the world. He is regularly advising Chinese clients on their take-overs of German companies and their expansion strategies in Europe. Among his Asian clients are large Chinese corporates, state-owned enterprises and governmental institutions. He is frequently invited on international conferences to speak about Sino-German transactions and IPOs and is in exchange with Chinese institutions. He is further involved in Asian-European capital markets transactions, e.g. he advised on the first IPO of a German company at the regulated market in Hong Kong. Prior to his engagement at Eversheds Sutherland, he worked as investment banker in two large banks in the capital market business.

Joachim Pohl

Dr. Joachim Pohl

Joachim Pohl is policy analyst in the OECD Investment Division. He joined the OECD in 2003. In his earlier roles in the Organisation’s Anti-Corruption Division, he analysed governance and anti-corruption policies in developing countries in Asia, monitored compliance under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, and coordinated the Asian Development Bank/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific.

Before joining the OECD, Mr. Pohl taught constitutional and administrative law at Humboldt University Berlin and MGLU Moscow. He holds a PhD in law from Humboldt-University and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Bordeaux.


Vera Eichenauer

Dr. Vera Eichenauer

Dr. Vera Eichenauer is an economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich. She is interested in economic policy and questions of international economic governance. Her current research includes Europe’s handling of China’s economic presence and influence through economic policy measures. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Heidelberg in 2016 and her master’s degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris.


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