Linklaters attended Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

We were represented by Chairman Emeritus and Partner Robert Elliott, attended the prestigious Belt and Road Forum in Beijing - the only law firm to be invited. Leaders from about 20 countries representing Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America convened in a two day summit that began on Sunday.

Robert Elliott commented, “The Belt and Road initiative will transform China’s geographic neighbours to strategic economic partners and we believe cross-border transactions of this kind will become a core market for global law firms. The initiative offers companies unparalleled opportunities to tap into new markets and explore the potential of the Chinese Mainland, ASEAN region and over 60 countries along the Belt and Road. It is an honour to have received an invitation and to be the only law firm to be invited to the forum.”

Last year, we advised on over US$25 billion of closed Belt and Road project financings, including the Yamal LNG project in Russia which is the largest international project finance transaction with participation from Chinese banks, the Tangguh LNG project in Indonesia and the Jawa 7 IPP in Indonesia. It is currently advising on Belt and Road transactions in Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Germany, the Philippines, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

China hosted the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing on 14th-15th May 2017. BRF is organized by the Development Research Center of the State Council and the theme of this year’s Forum is "strengthening international cooperation and co-building the 'Belt and Road' for win-win development". President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony and host a round-table leaders' summit.