Executive Program 2015 – Legal Environment for doing Business in China


TUESDAY 24th March 2015 to Thursday 26th March 2015
From 9:00am to 12:30pm

Venue: INSEAD – 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue, Singapore 138676

  • Over the past forty years, Chinese laws and legal institutions have developed quickly while in the meantime China was living deep economic, political and social reforms.
  • This course will first explore the impact of the recent and current economic and political context on the legal framework for doing business in China.
  • Then the course will develop an overview of the PRC legal system.
  • In a third part, the lecture will expose the range of legal vehicles available for foreign investors wishing to enter the Chinese market. In this part, a specific emphasis will be made on the practices recommended to optimize the protection of overseas investors’ interests in China, depending on the legal structure, and on specific issues relating to the management of foreign direct entities (shareholders’ control, investment strategy, financing, shareholders’ and managers’ liability).
  • Based on concrete examples, this course will be of interest to students looking to better understand the legal framework of setting up legal entities in China. The objective will be to give the audience a practical view of which entity can be set up in China and within which limits/ framework/ and constraints.
  • The course will also cover the general framework of the labor PRC law and social protection of workers in China. A specific focus on the rights and duties of employees/employers will be made.
  • The lecture will end by giving an overview of the Intellectual Property protection by the Chinese system.


DAY 1: Thursday 24th March 2015

Registration 8:30am – 9:00am
Legal Environment for Business in China – Part 1
  • Legal system and Justice in China
  • The legal framework for doing business in China
Tea break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Speaker : Nathalie Boue 10:50 am – 12:30 pm
  • Labour law
  • The IPR protection
  • Q&A


DAY 2: Wednesday 25th March 2015

Legal Environment for Business in China – Part 2 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Presentation of the PRC Contracts Law
  • Commercial Contracts in China
Tea break 10:30 am – 10:45am
Speaker : Nathalie Boue 10:50 am – 12:30pm
  • Signing a commercial contract in China : General rules
  • Commercial contracts concluded between a foreign party and a Chinese party.
  • Q&A


DAY 3: Thursday 26th March 2015

Legal Environment for Business in China – Part 3 9:00am – 10:30am
  • The legal framework of Corporate law in China
  • The different types of entities
Tea break 10:30 am – 10:45am
Tea break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Speaker : Nathalie Boue 10:50 am – 12:30pm
  • Organization and management of foreign invested companies
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Q&A



Nathalie Boué: business lawyer with more than 15 years of expertise in French, Chinese and Japanese laws.

She holds Master’s Degree from University Paris II in Corporate and Tax Law (1993), Industrial Property Law (1994) and a “Magistere” of Business and Tax Law (1993).

After graduating from ESSEC business school in 1996 and being admitted to the “Paris Bar” in 1997 as “Avocat a la Cour”, Nathalie practiced law in France during 10 years in the French law firm Casanova & Associés (Paris), where she used to advise French and European companies on distribution French law matters and business law matters. She gained also an intensive experience as a litigator on economic criminal law matters in front of the French courts.

Since 2007, Nathalie Boué is based in Asia.
There she advised foreign companies on Chinese law and Chinese practices, gaining extensive experience on a wide range of legal issues, including competition law, distribution, IP and labor law.

Ms. Boué helped foreign companies set up legal entities and negotiated and drafted many kinds of commercial and corporate cross-border transactions. As a member of the Board of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (CCIFC) from 2008 to 2010, she was actively involved in the local business community in Shanghai.

She has advised French and Japanese companies on all range of legal matters and notably on international mobility issues, cross-border transactions and doing legal business in Asia.

Nathalie Boué has frequently lectured in China, France, Spain and Japan on the legal environment in China over the last six years.

Thought her lectures, Nathalie Boué always focuses on giving concrete insights on the Chinese practices and the approach of the Chinese market by overseas investors.



Dates Length Location Tuition Fees*
TUESDAY 24th March 2015 to Thursday 26 March 2015 Total 10 hours INSEAD
SG$ 600 /per person

The participants are advised to arrive the evening before as the programme begins early in the morning.


CPD Accreditation

  • CPD points: 9 Public CPD Points.
  • Practice area: Corporate / Commercial.
  • Training category: General.

Attendance Policy

Participants who wish to claim CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. Participants are reminded to sign in on arrival and sign out at the conclusion of each day of the event in the manner required by the organiser. Participants must not be absent for each day of the event for more than 15 minutes. No points may be claimed for attending only Day 1, Day 2 or Day 3. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity.

Please refer to www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.



Please contact us at +65 6799 5500 Ext 209 or + 65 9326 7406 |
Email to rania.soppelsa@sorbonne-assas-ils.org.

Download our Registration Form  Executive Program 2015 – Legal Environment for doing Business in China and send it completed to:
Rania Soppelsa
1 Ayer Rajah, Singapore 138676 Tel: (65) 6799 5500 Ext 209 (65) 9326 7406

Short Program – March 11th to March 27th, 2015

The Sorbonne International Law School short program is a 3-week academic program giving the students an in-depth and concrete knowledge on international business transactions law.

This short courses program allows students to get familiar with International Business Law major topics and acquire a theoretical and practical understanding through lectures, case study group work and other exercises.

The Sorbonne Assas International Law School Singapore campus is located in INSEAD Business School campus, easy access, and relaxed environment.
The short program is also an opportunity to discover the city of Singapore.



The courses offered by the program include:

• States and International Trade Law

Syllabus: main principles and rules of international trade law: international contracts and BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer Contracts); public-private international partnerships; litigation related to State contracts.
Objectives and skills targeted: Acquiring in depth knowledge of legal mechanisms governing international public-private partnerships.

• Mergers and Acquisitions

Syllabus: The various forms of companies and concentrations between enterprises. The rules governing mergers and acquisitions in an international environment.
Objectives and skills targeted: Acquiring the capacity to identify the different types of business mergers and to identify the most efficient legal structure.


Syllabus: Presentation of the legal environment for doing business in China and introduction to the Chinese legal system; IP laws and labour laws; corporate law and M&A; commercial contracts in China.
Concrete insights on the legal practices in China and the approach of the Chinese market by overseas investors. Acquire concrete knowledge of the legal environment for doing business in China and the legal framework for setting up an entity, operating a business, recruiting staff, acquiring a company, negotiating and concluding a commercial contract with a Chinese counterpart.



Stéphane Braconnier

Stéphane Braconnier

Professor of Law- Paris Panthéon-Assas University (Sorbonne Alliance)

Stéphane Braconnier manages the Master program in "Economic Public Law". He is also Dean of Sorbonne-Assas International Law School - Asia, set up in Singapore in 2011.

He holds undisputed expertise in several fields of Public Business law: Public Procurement law, outsourcing of public activities, Public-Private Partnerships, Energy and Public Competition law.

He is the author of numerous publications on these subjects and has frequently moderated seminars and training sessions in both France and abroad.

He is expert for the European Commission, the European Parliament and for the Commission of "Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest-Africaine".

Laurent Convert

Laurent Convert

Associate Professor

Laurent Convert is associate Professor at Paris II University (Panthéon- Assas). He worked as a lawyer in London and Madrid, and made a work of research on comparative Company Law. His interest in the international field leads him to lecture regularly in deferent continents.

He is part of several international programs in which he provides courses in International and European Business Law to students coming from the USA (Northern Illinois University - NIU). He also provides courses of Business law and Company Law to students coming from China (University of Nankai).

Nathalie Boué

Nathalie Boué

Business lawyer

Nathalie Boué is an adjunct teacher of Chinese business law at Temple University in Tokyo (Japan) and Sorbonne Assas International Law School (Singapore campus).

Since 2007, Nathalie Boué is based in Asia. As a member of the Board of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (CCIFC) from 2008 to 2010 and a practising lawyer, she was actively involved in the local business community in Shanghai and was a frequent speaker on legal issues related to doing legal business in China and international mobility issues.

Through her experiences in law firms in China (Shanghai) and Japan (Tokyo), she has gained extensive expertise in advising foreign companies on investing in Asia, Chinese business law matters and corporate cross-border transactions.


This course deals mainly with practical case studies and certain key subjects.


Any student following our short program will fully enjoy all the facilities of our campus: situated within Singapore’s knowledge hub, the campus has since grown and covers an area of some 20,000 square metres with eight amphitheatres, numerous teaching rooms and discussion areas, an auditorium, full wireless Internet access, a 24-hour library and fitness facility.


Participants are required to have reasonable good level of speaking English as the program will be conducted in English.


A Certificate in International Business Law will be issued at the end of the Short Program for all the participants.


We will organize a visit of Singapore; we will take you on Singapore City Gallery where you will discover the story of the nation’s planning efforts, physical transformation – past, present and future.
A visit of one of the international organizations based in Singapore, or any institution, bank, law firm, or corporation to give you a much better understanding of Singapore and the Supreme Court of Singapore.


Registration is open for everyone with master level or LLB, executives or legal practitioners
Short program schedule:
from March 11th (Wednesday), to March 27th (Friday), 2015

Program fees: 3,200 Euros, including courses, documentation for courses and case studies, participation to incentive events, housing during the whole period of time of the short program (18 nights in twin rooms or 2 bedrooms apartment).

  • Option 1: 3 200 Euros with housing (18 nights in twin rooms or 2 bedrooms apartment)
  • Option 2: 2 500 Euros without housing

Does not include: airfare & travel expenses in and outside Singapore, extra nights, return tickets from field trip. destinations, insurance, meals and other living expenses.

More information and application: rania.soppelsa@sorbonne-assas-ils.org