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AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Emerging Markets: Examining Trends
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AABANY Co-Sponsors: Chinese Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Emerging Markets: Examining Trends


When: 05/09/2019
6:00 pm
Where: New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th St
New York, New York  10036
United States
Phone: 212-382-6663


We encourage all interested AABANY members to attend this event at which Asia Practice Committee Co-Chairs Alex Yong Hao and Jian Wu will be speaking on the panel.

 Chinese state and private sector companies are investing in emerging markets across various sectors, including energy, transportation, real estate and manufacturing. The scale of these projects within Africa are impacting the economic development of the continent, particularly in regards to energy and infrastructure. Because the investments differ from country to country and between state and private companies, as well as from U.S. and European investment, there is no single Chinese story within a continent of over 50 countries. Join the NYC Bar Association in conjunction with the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice as we examine trends in Africa with Chinese energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets. The Vance Center’s Power Africa and African Legal Fellows will provide an overview of major transactions in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, followed by a panel discussion among Chinese and Nigerian lawyers on the practical issues that arise in these large scale investment projects.


Alex Hao is a Partner at the firm JunHe’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Strategy Committee. Alex has significant experience in corporate, M&A, finance and FDI matters involving China. He also advises US clients on complying with China’s rapidly developing laws in areas such as anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security.

Jian Wu is an international lawyer at Kobre & Kim who represents clients in cross-border matters involving commercial disputes and investigations, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China. Jian has particular experience with multijurisdictional investigations involving allegations of fraud, bribery and money laundering. Chinwe Esimai is Citi’s Managing Director-Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer and is responsible for global AB&C governance, policy maintenance and communication, risk assessment, advisory-related activities, training, and risk-based due diligence on third parties.

Lotanna Nwodo is a Vance Center Power Africa Legal Fellow, and comes from Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria) where he worked in capital markets/mergers & acquisitions. He is admitted to practice in Nigeria and has an LL.B from the University of Nigeria and an LL.M from Harvard Law School. Lotanna is an international Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice’s ‘African Legal’ & ‘Power Africa’ Fellows:

Ejemen Ofoman comes from Olaniwun Ajayi LP (Nigeria) where she advised on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects. She is admitted to both the Nigerian and New York State bars and has LL.B from UCL and LL.M from Cornell Law School. Ejemen is an international Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sucliffe LLP.

Belinda Ongong'a comes from Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney LLP) where she specialized in general corporate and commercial practice. She is admitted to practice in Kenya and has an LLB from Kenyatta University School of Law and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Belinda is an international Associate at Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer.

Njabulo Hlophe comes from Werksmans Attorneys (South Africa) where he worked on mergers & acquisitions. He is admitted to practice in South Africa and has LL.B and certificates in Advanced Company Law from University of the Witwatersrand. Njabulo is an international Associate at Kirkland & Ellis.


Toochi Ngwangwat is an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis who focuses on international trade. She has lived and worked in China and West Africa and is admitted to the NY bar.


NYCBA Members, please register at: ey=AFR050919

For Non-Members, the fee is $15. For questions, please call 212-382-6663.

*The views expressed during this event do not necessarily reflect that of the organizations represented or the views of the panel speakers or African Legal Fellows’ law firms, domestically or abroad. 

Co-sponsored by: Asian American Bar Association of New York

Sponsored by: NY City Bar Association African Affairs Committee (Chair, Victoria Safran) NY City Bar Association Asian Affairs Committee (Chair, Juan Wu) NY City Bar Association Project Finance Committee (Chair, Ricardo S. Martinez) NY City Bar Association Energy Committee (Chair, Rossalyn K. Quaye) Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice (Executive Chair, Edwin S. Maynard)


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