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During the week of 2nd November we presented to a selection of leading Chinese law firms in Shenzhen on the benefits of the UK as corporate domicile and entry point for investment into the EU. This was a response to the increasing numbers of enquiries we have been fielding from China on UK companies and partnerships.
Following that, we travelled to Shanghai to participate in a seminar hosted by Jersey Finance. The key message from Jersey is simply one of quality and opportunity. Jersey is a highly regulated financial services centre with increasing experience, for example, in listing Chinese owned companies on the Hong Kong and other stock exchanges. With our own office in Jersey, it was encouraging to see Jersey Finance echoing our sentiments that Jersey represents an excellent gateway for investment into the United Kingdom, and as a safe centre to manage global investments of Chinese clients moving to the UK.
The following day we attended and exhibited at the biannual China Offshore conference. This event attracts around 450 local professionals and business owners over two days comprising debates and presentations on developments in the global offshore corporate and investment environment.
This year, there was plenty to discuss with increasing trust and transparency projects in most international finance centres and common reporting standards on the horizon. Immigration by investment remains a popular topic with both Cyprus and Malta presenting some compelling opportunities.
Jordans' stand attracted a lot of interest in the UK, possibly inevitable given that the event coincided with President Xi Jinping's visit to the UK and the increasing growth and optimism over China/UK trade. Our focus was very much as a hub for EU trade and trade and investment, and the very favourable corporate, partnerships and tax regimes in comparison with other EU countries.
Our final event, closing our China visit, continued with a UK theme, speaking on Saturday afternoon at "Destination UK", a seminar organised by DKLM Solicitors in London, Zhonglun W & D Law in Shanghai, and the China British Business Council. Our presentation to 50 delegates covered UK companies and partnerships and the implications of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act, was augmented by talks on the UK tax regime, education environment and property market.
Our conclusions from this activity? This is clearly an excellent time for UK/China relations and the UK is fast becoming the destination of choice for Chinese investors and families seeking to relocate for business and educational reasons.