The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and Roland Berger are delighted to invite you to the launch of the European Business in China – Business Confidence Survey 2017, on 13 June in Shenzhen.

The Business Confidence Survey 2017 brings together the input of over 500 senior representatives of the European Chamber’s member companies to provide an annual overview of their performance and outlook from within the Chinese market. Some of the key findings of the report include the following:

1.Revenues and earnings before interest and taxes improved, without any marked increase in optimism about the long-term business outlook.

2.The top regulatory barriers faced by European business remain the same, and there is a lack of confidence that this situation will improve over the next five years.

3.European companies are very positive about President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign and the incremental improvements to China’s IPR protection regime.

4.There is a disproportionate enforcement of environmental legislation against foreign-invested enterprises, state-owned enterprises and Chinese privately-owned enterprises.

5.European companies report increased competition from Chinese privately-owned companies as their capacity for innovation increases.

6.The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment must be completed to give European business the confidence it needs to ramp up investment in China.


08:30 – 09:00  Networking and registration

09:00 – 09:05  Welcome remarks by Francine Hadjisotiriou, General Manager,
European Chamber, South China Chapter

09:05 – 09:15  Introduction speech by Invest Shenzhen Director of Investment Promotion,
Rambo Lan

09:15- 09:25   Business Confidence Survey methodology by Alain Le Couédic,
Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Greater China
罗兰贝格国际管理咨询公司合伙人Alain Le Couédic 先生将阐述商业信心调

09:25 – 09:50  Business Confidence Survey key findings presentation by George
Lau, Board Chair, South China Chapter and the European Chamber
Vice President.

09:50 – 10:35  Panel discussion with member company representatives operating in
South China

10:35 – 10:45  Closing remarks

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We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Event Speakers

Mr. George Lau Chairman, South China Board, European Chamber; General Manager, TÜV Rheinland Greater China Products Accreditation and Certification

George Lau, General Manager of Products Accreditation and Certification Greater China, is responsible for Brand Protection at TÜV Rheinland, where he has worked for 10 years. Since 2011, Lau has held exchanges for authorities, e.g. AQSIQ, Shanghai Institute of Administrative Law, Hamburg Business Development Corporation, and manufacturers (e.g. Lenovo, Supor etc.) regarding EU certification regulations, risk management, receiving unanimous recognition. Previously, Lau worked as an analyst for ZTE Corporation. As a result of his performance regarding African market development – fulfilling Chinese central government’s mission – he was promoted directly to Assistant to the CEO. Since 2004, Lau has been studying the Chinese Communist Party, Chinese-foreign cultural differences, socialism with Chinese characteristics etc., to explore strategies of foreign companies in China. He believes that such knowledge is indispensable for multinationals developing in China. Lau is a German Chinese who immigrated to Germany at the age of 5. He is fluent in German, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French and graduated from Konstanz University with magister juris in 2003.

Mr. Alain Le Couédic Partner at Roland Berger Greater China

Alain Le Couédic is a Partner at Roland Berger Greater China. He leads Roland Berger’s Greater China Financial Services practice, and co-leads its Asia FS practice. Alain has over 22 years of professional consulting experience. For the past 19 years, he has been based in Hong Kong. During this time, Alain has helped clients solve issues related to strategy, organization, operations, merger & acquisitions, and private equity investments. His track record includes successful assignments for both multinational and local clients in the retail banking, corporate & investment banking, private banking & wealth management, asset management, insurance and securities industries. He is also an expert on organization topics – organization design, organization effectiveness and efficiency. Prior to joining Roland Berger, Alain was a Partner and Managing Director of another leading international consulting firm in their Financial Institutions Practice, and also led that firm’s organization practice in Greater China. Prior to this, Alain worked as a consultant at a global consulting firm in its New York and Hong Kong offices. Alain holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York) and an MS (Ingénieur degree) from AgroParisTech (Paris).

Mr. David Collins Chief Operating Officer, China Manufacturing Consultants, the European Chamber Manufacturing Forum chair

David Collins is the Consulting Director at China Manufacturing Consultants. David has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience in the automobile, electronics, aerospace, furniture, and chemical industries. David has held increasingly responsible positions with international assignments for General Motors, Chrysler, as well as Foxconn (in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and China). Before devoting his time to consulting, David returned Foxconn’s Mexico factory to profitability, improved morale greatly and achieved best quality in the division. Other notable assignments included managing a $4.1 billion car plant, building and launching 3 manufacturing facilities in different countries, and applying the world’s first waterborne paint process in a car plant.

Mr. Benoit Stos Chair, Finance & Taxation Working Group; Managing Partner at Mazars

Benoit has eighteen years of experience with Mazars including fourteen in China. He set up Mazars Guangzhou office in September 2006. This office counts now 50 people. As managing partner of the office, Benoit supervises Audit, Outsourcing and Tax activities. He notably works on projects in the main cities of Southern China. He is also working on the development of the Shenzhen office (currently 100 people) following the merger between Mazars and Zhongshen Zhonghuan in January 2016. Following this merger, Mazars counts now more than 2000 professionals in China (out of 18,000 worldwide).

Mr. Stephen O’Regan Chair, SME Forum; Senior Associate in the International Business Advisory department at Dezan Shira & Associates

Stephen comes from Cork, Ireland. He received his Law Degree from University College Cork before moving to China to pursue his Postgraduate in Chinese Business & Language. He has lived in China since 2011. Stephen currently oversees Dezan Shira operations in Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta. His main responsibilities involve client advisory, partner maintenance and business development. His editorial resonsibilities ranges from writing the monthly South China Briefing, which talks about recent business related news in the PRD and article writing for Dezan Shira & Associates. He has first hand experience with the Chinese legal system having worked in a local Guangzhou law firm for 2 years. During this time he gained valuable knowledge on Chinese legal procedures and issues. His main areas of focus during this time was contract law, corporate establishment and foreign direct investment.

Mr. Pekka Laiho Country Manager at OptoFidelity; Board member, Finnish Business Council Guangdong

Pekka is the Country Manager of OptoFidelity, a Finnish high-tech SME focused on test automation, robotics and machine vision systems. Pekka is responsible of OptoFidelity’s daily business and operations in Mainland China where he has lived for five years. He has Master of Science degree in Automation Engineering from Tampere University of Technology and has also conducted business administration and economic studies in Renmin University of China. As a board member of Finnish Business Council Guangdong, Pekka represents and promotes Finnish enterprises and business community in South China region. Pekka speaks fluent Chinese, English and Finnish, and is obsessed with local start-up culture, ice hockey and golf.