BritCham Webinar | Fighting Against the Unknowns [26 Feb]

Fighting Against the Unknowns:

What Shall Business Do to Resume

Operation and Plan for Recovery

Wed, 26 Feb, 4pm-5:30pm

This is a Webinar Session. Free of Charge. Open to All.

It has been over a month since the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. After this extended Chinese New Year holiday, more businesses are slowly returning to work. Many companies have established crisis management teams and now have the basics under control. However, due to many unknowns, what do companies need to be prepared for in the short, medium and long term to get back to ‘normal’?

To help our members get through this difficult and critical period, the British Chamber Shanghai invites a risk management professional, employment law and finance & tax experts, as well as business peers to share insights and experience in this live webinar.  

Kent Kedl, Partner and Head of Greater China and North Asia at Control Risks will analyse the broader economic impact and longer-term implications of the coronavirus outbreak. Kent will also shed light on what companies need to do to ensure the continuity of their operations and to achieve a rapid commercial and operational recovery.

Following Kent, Annie Li, an employment law expert from Chen & Co. Law Firm, will advise on major problems related to the resumption of work that employers and HRs are most concerned about, from HR and employment law perspective. John Wang, Partner at KPMG will lead audiences to understand government’s tax and finance policies for supporting the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic and how could business leverage these preferential policies.

We also invite Peak Scientific’s China Director, Chris Harvey to share with audience what measures his company have implemented to resume operation.

Please submit any questions you would like our speakers to advise on

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This webinar is on the record and British Chamber member companies can request a recording.

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About the speakers:

Kent Kedl, Partner and Head of Greater China and North Asia, Control Risk

Kent Kedl is a Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He has worked in Asia since the early 1980s.

Kent has consulted with multi-national and Asian corporations on a range of risk and strategy issues, such as M&A and organic growth strategy, crisis management and operational business controls, and strategic and organisational development programs. Kent has particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer products sectors.

Annie Li, Senior Associate, Employment Law, Chen & Co. Law Firm

Annie is the senior associate from the employment team of Chen & Co. Law Firm, which is the alliance law of EY in China. She has more than 9 years of experience in employment law practice and is familiar with both the legal requirements and practical solutions in China. She is experienced in handling the drafting of various employment documents, advises on all aspects of employment law, social security and issues related to trade union and collective bargaining as well as assists with labor dispute resolution. She had assisted multinational clients across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, finance, IT, pharmaceutical, marketing research and retail, etc.

John Wang, Senior Partner (Hangzhou), Tax Partner,  KPMG

In 1996, John had joined the Chongqing State Tax Bueau, focusing on tax inspection and tax administration concerning foreign affairs.

In 2003, John has awarded the scholarship of Chevening and studied abroad.

In December 2004, John has joined in the tax department of KPMG Shanghai Office, providing tax, custom and foreign exchange services for variable industries, which includes IPO services, tax due diligence services and tax advisory and tax planning services.

John has profound understanding of China value-added tax reform, and has assisted clients to deal with the tax reform.

Chris Harvey, Director China, Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd

Chris has been living and working in China for 14 years now. He initially moved to Beijing to help setup operations for a British Manufacturer in the electronics industry, and moved to Shanghai in 2007 with sales and technical responsibility for the Far East.  In 2012, Chris joined Peak Scientific Instruments Limited, tasked with exploring the market for Peak’s Scottish manufactured Gas Generators in China. Today, Peak has almost 3000 Chinese laboratories using Peak’s products, along with a growing base of industrial customers with turnkey on-site nitrogen generation from Peak. In 2016, Peak Scientific was the proud winner of the British Business Awards 2016, Best New Exporter to China Award. 


Wed, 26 Feb, 4pm – 5:30pm

Provisional Running Order

4-4:02pm Opening remarks

4:02-4.30pm Presentation by Kent Kedl from Control Risks

4:30-4.50pm Presentation by Annie Li from Chen & Co. Law Firm

4:50-5.10pm Presentation by John Wang from KPMG

5.10-5:20pm Chris Harvey from Peak Scientific shares on-going experience

5:20-5:30pm Q&A, closing remarks


Free of Charge. Open to All.

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