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KWM Belt & Road Center for International Cooperation and Facilitation

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a shortened form of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was first unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to advocate international cooperation and development. 

Since its introduction, the BRI has yielded fruitful outcomes, embracing 65 countries and beyond along the BRI routes in areas including energy, transportation, information, infrastructure, finance, manufacturing, and services. The launch of numerous projects under the BRI makes the initiative a multi-win solution for China and those countries to engage in global cooperation, improve global economic governance, promote common development and prosperity worldwide and push for the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

In March 2019, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) established the Belt & Road Center for International Cooperation and Facilitation (BRCICF). As a leading international law firm deeply rooted in China, we are able to leverage our international diversification advantages and innovative model in legal services, and build a comprehensive professional service platform combining legal services, think tank researches, consultation services, and international cooperation. BRCICF aims at connecting the government and enterprises, and providing high-level professional services to both Chinese and foreign participants who want to explore the opportunities brought by the BRI.

With extensive experience in Asia, Europe, America, Australia and Africa, KWM lawyers are not only familiar with the local legal regulatory environment in various jurisdictions, but also understand international market practice and practical operation procedure. During the last a few years, KWM has provided legal services for over one thousand BRI projects, and engaged in the crucial infrastructure and energy projects in the six major economic corridors. With a unified global platform and an extensive network of lawyers in the countries along the BRI, KWM has the ability to help clients identify the risks and challenges of the BRI projects and provide competitive and practical business solutions.

Partnering with you along the Belt and Road

Want to explore the opportunities the BRI brings for your business? We have leveraged our expertise to bring you a comprehensive professional service platform to help.

Drafting a Disputes Resolution Clause? Hong Kong’s unique advantages

Paul Starr, Partner and Practice Leader HK DR/Infrastructure and Joint Coordinator International Arbitration Team, discusses the benefits of the new Interim Measures Arrangement launched in October 2019 and his involvement in the first-ever asset preservation order from the new Shanghai Financial Court under that Arrangement for a Hong Kong arbitration.

Hayden Flinn talks Belt and Road to local Hong Kong TV Channel TVB

Education systems vary across different countries as do legal systems. Hong Kong follows a common law system while many countries along the Belt and Road follow a civil law or Islamic law structure. Although Hong Kong is renowned for its excellent professional services, does it mean there is no role for Hong Kong to play in this area?

Belt and Road Practical Guide: How to resolve disputes on the Belt and Road

Ten recommendations on how to resolve disputes on China's Belt and Road including modification of the contract DR clause.

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Belt and Road Practical Guide: Advantages for investors of a competitive tender process and common issues with concession arrangements

Concession arrangements and the benefits of tendering for investors in Belt and Road countries.

Belt and Road Practical Guide: How to get your money back? Asset preservation in Hong Kong

Businesses can protect legal interests in Hong Kong while taking advantage of new investment opportunities and commercial activities.

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Belt and Road Practical Guide: Outbound investment - Managing risks and exiting with grace

Chinese investors have to be mindful of the steps and available legal protections to mitigate risks whilst making outbound investments.

Belt and Road Practical Guide: Third Party Funding

In this publication, we provide our practical overview of Third Party Funding's relevance to the arbitrations which will inevitably arise from BRI projects and practical takeaways on how to use TPF.

Law and Practice under the Belt & Road Initiative II

In this report we presents further in-depth analysis of legal risk identification, evaluation, and control throughout Belt & Road projects

Crossing Borders: Exploring China's Belt and Road Initiative

We explore the impact of China's Belt and Road initiative on international arbitration.

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KWM successfully hosted the Inauguration Ceremony of BRCICF and the Belt & Road Forum

On March 3, 2019, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) successfully held the Inauguration Ceremony of KWM Belt & Road Center for International Cooperation and Facilitation (BRCICF) and the “Belt & Road” Forum

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