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“Chinese State Owned Enterprises and EU Merger Control”

The Institute of European Studies of Macau is going to organize a seminar on “Chinese State Owned Enterprises and EU Merger Control” on 25 February 2021 at 6:30pm at Rui Cunha Foundation.  IEEM has invited Dr. Alexandr Svetlicinii as the speaker for this seminar.

The seminar will analyze the specifics of corporate governance of China’s State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and their assessment under EU merger control, which is reflected in the EU Commission’s screening of the notified economic concentrations.

Guided by the current global policy and the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese SOEs have expanded their global presence considerably. Besides, driven by the need to acquire cutting edge technologies and other industrial policy considerations, they have engaged in a series of corporate acquisitions in Europe. The main objective of this seminar is to demonstrate the conceptual and regulatory challenges of applying traditional merger assessment tools in cases involving Chinese SOEs due to the specifics in their corporate governance and the regulatory framework under which they operate in China. It also explores the connection between the challenges experienced by the merger control regimes in the EU and the recent introduction of the EU foreign direct investment screening framework, followed by a proposal concerning foreign subsidies.

Dr. Alexandr Svetlicinii is Associate Professor at the University of Macau, Faculty of Law, where he also serves as Programme Coordinator for the Master of International Business Law. His primary areas of expertise cover competition law, international economic law and dispute settlement. One of the focus areas of his research at the University of Macau is legal cooperation among BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) in the global economic governance. Alexandr Svetlicinii is co-editor of The BRICS-Lawyers’ Guide to Global Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and co-author of The BRICS-

Lawyers’ Guide to BRICS Texts and Materials (BRICS-Lawyers, 2019). In 2020, Dr. Svetlicinii has published the monograph Chinese State Owned Enterprises and EU Merger Control (Routledge), supported by the Asia Europe Comparative

Studies Research Project – IEEM Academic Research Grant 2019 awarded by the Institute of European Studies of Macau.

The seminar will be held in English and Cantonese (with simultaneous interpretation).

For more information about the book, please visit the following website.


For further inquiries please call Ms. Beatrice Lam (+853 28 35 43 25/6) or e-mail beatrice@ieem.org.mo.

The Institute of European Studies of Macau