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Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Cross-Border M&A and Investment in the New East/West World Order

Are we at the early stages of a cross-border race for scarce natural resources? What are the implications of the rise of the BRIC countries and the financial crisis for cross-border M&A and strategic investment? Will the overseas expansion of Chinese and other BRIC companies change the face of capitalism? How should American and European companies increase their footprint in Asia? How should protectionism and sovereign wealth funds be addressed?

These are some of the questions that will be posed at the third annual ‘International Symposium on Cross-Border Investment and M&A’ to be held at New York University, hosted by NYU’s Pollack Center for Law and Business on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. It will take place in Tishman Auditorium, located in Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South. The Symposium is being sponsored by the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border Investment and M&A (XBMA), a cooperative venture among New York University Stern School of Business, Peking University Guanghua School of Management, and Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. It follows the Institute’s inaugural symposium held in Beijing in June 2008, and its second symposium held at Cambridge University in October 2009.

Leading business figures from China and the West, senior government officials, legal and banking experts, and academics will be attending the event. They will discuss the underlying forces, constraints and developments that are shaping or hindering important cross-border transactions and investments. In light of the current financial crisis they will also focus on the related upsurge in state activity in the economic sector and economic nationalism.

Influential speakers at the event include...

  • Lawrence Abeln, Deputy Director of Cambridge Judge Business School & CEO of Cambridge Executive Education of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Dimitry Afanasiev, Chairman of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
  • William T. Allen, Nusbaum Professor of Law and Business of New York University School of Law and Stern School of Business
  • Roger C. Altman, Founder and Chairman of Evercore Partners
  • William R. Berkley, Chairman & CEO of W.R. Berkley Corporation
  • Nigel P.G. Boardman, Partner of Slaughter and May
  • George Brokaw, Managing Director of Perry Capital, LLC
  • Henry Cai, Chairman, Corporate Finance, Asia and Head of Corporate and Investment Bank in China of Deutsche Bank
  • Chen Dongsheng, Chairman & CEO of Taikang Life Insurance Co.
  • Baron David de Rothschild, Chairman of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited
  • Barry Diller, Chairman & CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • Ding Wei, Executive Chairman & Head of Investment Banking of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC)
  • Juan Luís Cebrián Echárri, CEO of Grupo Prisa SA
  • Adam O. Emmerich, Partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Eric J. Gleacher, Chairman & CEO of Gleacher & Company
  • Joshua J. Harris, President and Founding Partner of Apollo Management, LP
  • Robert Hingley, Managing Director and Co-Head of Financial Institutions Group of Lazard Ltd.
  • Henry R. Kravis, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Martin Lipton, Partner of Wachtell Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Dr. Sanghoon Lee, President of Doosan Corporation
  • Andrew Low, CEO of RedBridge Pacific
  • Ken Miller, Managing Partner of Keylink Capital International
  • Bruce D. Moore, Member of the Board of Directors of China Life Insurance Company
  • James J. Mulva, Chairman & CEO of ConocoPhillips
  • Richard H. Neiman, Superintendent of Banks, New York State Banking Department
  • Albert Ng, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young China
  • Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President & CEO of Harman International Industries
  • Robin Panovka, Partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Nayan Gregory Parekh, CEO of New Rhein Healthcare LLC
  • Leon Pasternak, Vice Chairman & Head of M&A (Australia) of Merrill Lynch Bank of America
  • Joseph R. Perella, Chairman & CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman & CEO of MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Inc.
  • Barry F. Schwartz, Vice Chairman of MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Inc.
  • David M. Solomon, Co-Head of Investment Banking Division & Member of Management Committee of Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Albert P.L. Stroucken, Chairman & CEO of Owens-Illinois, Inc.
  • Yo Takeuchi, CFO of Development Bank of Japan
  • Jeffrey Towson, Managing Partner of Saudi-China Investment Group
  • James Turley, Global Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young
  • Bharat Vasani, Group General Counsel of The Tata Group
  • Artem Volynets, First Deputy CEO of EN+ Group
  • Wang Kejin, Deputy Director-General of China Banking Regulatory Commission
  • Wang Ran, CEO of China eCapital Corporation
  • Peter Williamson, Professor of International Management of Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Wu Bin, U.S. Head of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd.
  • Franny Yao, Partner, Key Accounts & Government Relations (China) of Ernst & Young
  • Zhang Weiying, Dean of Peking University Guanghua School of Management
  • James H. Zukin, Senior Managing Director & Chairman of Asia of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin. 

A list of other business and government leaders in attendance can be found at, and the agenda for the program can be found at

Commenting on the theory underlying the Institute’s inception, Professor William T. Allen, Director of New York University Pollack Center for Law & Business and one of the Symposium’s organizers, said: “We are delighted to host this important summit. Cross-border investment flows, whether in the form of direct investment, mergers or acquisitions of interests in existing firms, provide an important element in making the world economy more efficient. A more efficient global economy can potentially help the citizens of all trading countries. Thus it is important that business people, officials and academics engage in direct talks to understand and eliminate any unnecessary or unproductive impediments to these flows. The Institute is our cross-border cooperative effort to provide an important platform for such conversations.”

Zhang Weiying, Dean of Peking University Guanghua School of Management and one of the founders of the XBMA Institute, commented: “Guanghua is proud to co-host the third annual XBMA symposium with NYU Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School. With more Chinese companies going global, the Chinese business leaders are keen to learn the best practices and trends in the cross-border M&A and investment market. We believe the XBMA Symposium provides a great platform for global leaders from government, business as well as academia to exchange views and learn from one another. Today, companies going global is not an end result in itself, often, a necessity to survive, sustain and succeed. I am confident that XBMA New York Symposium will carry on the success of the Beijing and Cambridge Symposium in 2008 and 2009.”

Professor Peter Williamson of Cambridge Judge Business School, stated: “Cambridge Judge Business School is delighted to be again co-hosting the third annual International Symposium on Cross-Border Investment and M&A, this time in New York. With cross-border M&A growing again post the financial crisis, especially in deals involving emerging markets, it is an opportune time to step back and re-assess fundamental questions such as the medium to long-term effects of the crisis on cross-border M&A and how greater involvement of companies from emerging markets, particularly on the buy side, might change the landscape. We are especially pleased to be welcoming back what is becoming a loyal following of senior executives who participated both in China and Cambridge, as well as a number of new contributors all of whom are influential figures in M&A globally.”

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About New York University’s Pollack Center for Law and Business

The NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business is a unique venture of both the Stern School of Business and the NYU School of Law dedicated to enhancing an interdisciplinary legal and business education for the academic community, as well as for experienced legal and business practitioners. The Center exists to enhance educational and research opportunities of NYU students and faculty as well as business and legal practitioners who share an interest in areas where the fields of law, finance, and economics intersect. These opportunities are encouraged through the Center's work and sponsorship of courses, seminars, conferences, and research endeavors.

About Guanghua School of Management, Beijing, China

As a leading business school in China, the Guanghua School of Management commits to provide the local and international business community with cutting-edge management knowledge and services. With Peking University’s heritage of innovation and social responsibility, our faculty continues to serve the nation with aspiration and dedication. We educate business leaders who make a difference to the world.

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Cambridge Judge Business School is internationally recognised as one of the leading providers of innovative, intellectually challenging and practical business management education across a portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and executive programmes. As a fully integrated department of a world renowned university, Cambridge Judge Business School hosts one of the largest concentrations of interdisciplinary business and management research activity in Europe. Built on an ethos of collaboration, the School is a unique place where policy makers, regulators, industry leaders, not for profit organisations, entrepreneurs and academics can meet, interact and share ideas. Cambridge Judge Business School delivers business education for the 21st Century networked economy, fostering collaborative leadership skills, developing communities of partners to meet the challenges of the new global business landscape. Ranked 17th in the 2009 FT Global Rankings of business schools, 30th in the 2010 Economist Intelligence Unit Global MBA Rankings, and 3rd in the 2009 Forbes Global Rankings for one year MBA programmes, the Cambridge MBA sits alongside the very best in the world.


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