Association for Chinese Lawyers in Europe, A.s.b.l
2024 ACLE Annual Conference CBAIA - The Future of AI, Law and Investment
2024-04-25 22:04:29

Date: Fri, 3rd May 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 21:30 pm

Location: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX

For our upcoming ACLE Annual Conference, we are thrilled to partner with the China-Britain Artificial Intelligence Association (CBAIA). The CBAIA is a non-profit organisation, artificial intelligence community and the foremost Chinese technology exchange and incubation sharing platform in the United Kingdom.

The Annual Conference is scheduled for May 3rd 2024, at the Sheraton Grand on London’s prestigious Park Lane from 9:00 am to 18:00 pm (Ticket A) or 9:00 am –21:30 pm (Ticket B). This special event aims to provide a platform for Chinese companies in the United Kingdom, Chinese lawyers practicing in Europe, and other corporate service providers to connect, share resources, and foster business relationships.

Confirmed participants include top-tier lawyers from ACLE, professionals, and researchers from the CBAIA, as well as renowned Chinese companies in the United Kingdom. Many of these companies are state-owned or private listed entities spanning critical sectors such as finance, technology, chemicals, telecommunications, and IT.

We would like to extend a warm invitation for you to join our Annual Conference and explore opportunities with the world's fastest-growing economy. Please note that attendance is not free. We offer two ticket options:      


9:00 am – 9:30 am – Welcome and Opening Speech

We are honoured to commence the conference with opening remarks from esteemed guests:

-      The Honourable Lord Daniel Brennan from the House of Lords

-      Qun Gu, President of ACLE

-      Zhikai Xie, representing CBAIA



9:00 am – 9:30 am – Registration/Reception

Signature & Photo opportunities

9:30am – 10:00am Welcome and Opening Speech

We are honoured to commence the conference with opening remarks from esteemed guests:

- The Honourable Lord Daniel Brennan KC from the House of Lords

-      Mikaël Laurans, Head of International, the Law Society

-      Qun Gu, President of Association for Chinese Lawyers in Europe (‘ACLE’)

-      Zhikai Xie, representing China-Britan Artificial Intelligence Association (‘CBAIA’)

Section I: AI and Legal Tech in UK, EU and China

Keynote Speech:

10:00 am – 10:15 am – How AI Will Transform the Practice of Law

This is presented by Jean-Paul da Costa, Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial department at Sherrards Solicitors LLP, alongside Laurel (Xueying) Zhang, Legal Director and Head of The China and Southeast Asia Group at Sherrards.

Sherrards is a Commercial Law firm based in the City of London providing a range of services both domestically and internationally much of which is in the Fintech space.

10:15 am – 10:30 am – Unleashing AI’s Disruptive Force: Transforming SaaS in the New Service – Centric Economy

This is presented by Yi Guo, Head of AIGC, Alibaba.

10:30 am – 10:40 am – TikTok in Europe and UK
This is presented by Ningxin Wu, TikTok

10:40 am – 10:55 am – Application of Generative AI in Legal and Business Services

This is brought to you by Jing Duan, Managing Director and Meng Zhao, Partner of Dumela B.V.

Dumela B.V. is a business consulting company specialised in cross-border business services, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

10:55 am – 11:20 am – Prospects for Co-Operation in European Cross-Border Investment and Financial and Legal Services.

This is presented by Xuan Zhou of Vice President, Guangdong Lawyers Association (‘GDLA’).

Followed by: New Trends of International Financial Institutions Business Development in China.

Presented by Liang Zhou of Guangdong Lawyers Association (‘GDLA’).

Section II: AI and Financial Services

Keynote Speech:

11:20 am – 11:40 am - Trustworthy AI for Legal Applications

This is presented by Eva Zhang, UK CEO on behalf of Ant Group.

The Ant Group is an affiliate company of the Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group. Their vision is to create future-ready digital infrastructure for the service industry and to bring small and beautiful changes to the world.

11:40 am – 12:10 pm – Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges from the Financial Sector in the United Kingdom in 2024

The panel consists of:

-      Eva Zhang, presenting on behalf of Ant Group

-      Jinming Hu, presenting on behalf of Guotai Junan Securities

-      Wei Zhang, presenting on behalf of Guangfa Securities

-      Bank of China, with the panel member to be confirmed

Keynote Speech:

12:10 pm – 12:30 pm - Speech presented by Eric Hilgendorf.

Eric Hilgendorf is a German professor of Law and Legal Philosopher. He is one of Germany's most influential scholars in the field of criminal law, specialising in IT law and AI.

12:30 - 14:00 pm: Standing Lunch Buffet

Section III: AI and China Outbound Investments Keynote Speech:

14:00 pm - 14:15 pm – Introduction of Cambridge Ecosystem and How to combine AI into business

This is presented by Zhuocun LIN, UK General Manager of Turholding Group (‘Tuspark’ aka ‘Qidi’)

Tusholding Group is a prestigious and advanced high-tech enterprise.

14:15 pm – 14:30 pm - Taxes in Europe & AI Companies

This is brought to you by Bas Jorisse, Tax Partner of Archipel, Netherlands

Archipel provides expert legal advice to domestic and international clients. Their main areas of expertise are international contracts and cross-border litigation and arbitration, operating worldwide with a particular focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

14:30 pm - 14:45 pm - National Security and Investment Act 2021 and its Impact on Cross-Border M&A

This is presented by Paul Hardman, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is a leading full-service UK law firm, providing legal services to businesses, organisations, government departments, families, and people throughout life and in business.

14:45 pm - 15:00 pm – The capabilities of AI computing infrastructure for Chinese enterprises overseas expansion

This is presented by Charlie Cao, CEO, China Telecom Europe

China Telecom Corporation Limited is a Chinese telecommunications company. It is one of the red chip listed companies of state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation.

15:00 pm - 15:15 pm – Energy transition, Carbon capture and Hydrogen at Honeywell

This is presented by Carlos da Neves, Western Europe Regional Director, Honeywell

Honeywell International Inc. is an American publicly traded, multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It primarily operates in four areas

of business: aerospace, building automation, performance materials and technologies, and safety and productivity solutions.

Keynote Speech

15:15 pm - 15:30 pm - Statutory Mergers in Switzerland.

This is presented by Shu Zhang of Bar & Karrer AG Zurich.

Bär & Karrer is a leading Swiss law firm with more than 200 lawyers. The famous transaction of the acquisition of Credit Suisse by USB was conducted by them.

15:30 pm – 15:45 pm – What do we consider when investing in UK/EU

This is presented by Jingmin Yan, President of Association of Chinese Insurance Professionals UK (‘ACIP’) and Director of GlobePay.

Jingmin is also a senior manager at China Taiping Insurance UK.

China Taiping Insurance is a one of the largest Chinese insurance conglomerate.

16:00 pm -16:15 pm – ESG Considerations for Chinese Enterprises Outbound Investment

This is presented by Yang Yu of Llinks.

Llinks is a leading Chinese law firm with a nationwide and international practice that focuses on legal services for businesses.

16:15 pm -16:30 pm – How do we invest in AI? This is presented by Andy Sui, CEO, Everst Global PLC

Everst Global PLC is a London Stock Exchange Main Board listed trading company having an interest in investing into AI industry.

16:30 pm -16:45 pm – How to make global business easier with AI This is presented by Isable Yee, Director, Ebury

Ebury is a financial services company, specialising in international cash management solutions including cross-border payments, FX risk management, and business lending.

16:45 pm - 17:00 pm - End Speech and Introduction of ACLE and Introduction of AI Association

Gu Qun, ACLE President and Zhikai Xie, AI Association President closing.

Group photo opportunities will be available here.


17:00 pm - 18:30 pm - Reception Drink and Networking (Bar will be open at this time for guests to buy drinks) Guests can use this time to get changed for Gala Dinner (Lady’s changing room is at ground floor)

18:30 pm - Call in for Gala Dinner

7:00 pm - 21:30 pm - For those with Ticket B: Join us for a delicious three course seated Black Tie Gala Dinner with a music performance and networking opportunities. 

Who is ACLE?

We are the Association for Chinese Lawyers in Europe (ACLE), a non-profit association legally registered in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ACLE builds a double platform for Chinese lawyers practising in Europe to communicate with Chinese outbound investors in all European countries.

Who is CBAIA?

China-Britain Artificial Intelligence Association (CBAIA) is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of establishing a platform and a community where UK-based Chinese Artificial Intelligence professionals and researchers can share industrial and academic resources and knowledge. CBAIA was founded in 2018 and has 700+ experienced and well-connected fellows and mem bers.
Qiaochu Wang, an MPhil graduate in Education (Arts, Creativity and Education) from the University of Cambridge, is a multi-platform reading and sharing blogger known as "@ 翘楚同学." She is the owner of the trademarked brand "Qiaochu Reading" and is listed in Baidu Encyclopaedia’s Notable People section. With over 200,000 followers across social platforms, Qiaochu is a top-tier content creator in the knowledge domain on Bilibili and a prominent V-blogger in the reading and writing field on Weibo. She has been a contestant on CCTV, a TEDx speaker, and has been featured in mainstream media.

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