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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a historic marshalling of capital and a remarkable geopolitical foray into establishing and strengthening multinational trade corridors. It continues to evolve and expand with more than 130 countries now reported to have signed BRI agreements, including Central America and the Pacific, far beyond the traditional Silk Road routes.

With over US $440 billion of funding provided so far by Chinese financial institutions into BRI projects, it’s an enterprise unlike anything seen on this scale for decades. It holds tremendous opportunities for business. Yet, seizing these opportunities requires a strong understanding of the economic, cultural and regulatory conditions of regional markets.

With 29 offices along the Belt and Road — more than any other law firm — and the award-winning Baker McKenzie FenXun Platform in China, we can help local companies and multinationals make the right connections and unlock the world’s most ambitious global development initiatives.

Mapping the landscape for BRI Investments

Now in its 6th year, the BRI initiative is constantly evolving. Looking ahead to the next ten years, the 2020s could be a golden era for emerging market infrastructure investment. Find out how key factors such as a significant recession, increasing nationalism, aggressive competition and barriers to multilateral funding shape the BRI investment landscape.

In partnership with Silk Road Associates, we analyze five vastly different scenarios of possible development for BRI investments in the coming decade in the BRI and Beyond Forecast and show you prime countries and regions for investment in the BRI Investment Hotspots.

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BRI & Beyond Forecast

Assessing five vastly different scenarios of possible development for BRI investments in the coming decade.

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BRI Investment Hotspots

Exploring the countries and regions primed for BRI investment based on our forecast.

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Navigating the Twists and Turns of BRI

Our lawyers discuss the intricacies of the BRI evolution; focusing on why risk management is currently a top priority in the face of changing investment and deal structures, geopolitical circumstances and new Chinese policies.

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Focus on ASEAN Infrastructure Investment

Southeast Asia is a prime target for BRI developers and other infrastructure developer nations, with transport projects set to dominate.

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New routes and strategic partnerships for BRI beyond 2020

Get a sneak peek at the early analysis of new BRI trade routes, investment and lending. Find out more about strategic partnerships along the BRI, from project finance and private equity to JVs and M&As. These key findings are released ahead of a new report, researched by the Economist Corporate Network and commissioned by Baker McKenzie.

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Bee Chun Boo is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions group and practices mainly in the areas of M&A, venture capital and private equity. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie’s Beijing office in 2007, Ms. Boo served as a partner in the Firm’s Singapore office. She is listed as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000 in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and project finance.

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Martin David is a principal in the Finance and Projects Practice Group at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow and heads the Projects practice in Asia and Singapore.

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Paul Teo leads Baker McKenzie's Arbitration Practice in Greater China. He handles disputes related to corporate and commercial transactions, energy, mining and resources, infrastructure and construction, offshore and marine, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he jointly led a top-tier global law firm's international arbitration practice in Southeast Asia. Paul is regularly appointed as arbitrator. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and is listed on the Presidential Panel of Arbitrators of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he serves on the panels of many leading arbitral institutions.

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Mark Lim heads the Finance & Projects Practice Group of Wong & Partners. He has been hailed for his work in Islamic finance, debt capital markets, loans and regulatory work by established legal directories including Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 and Asia Pacific Legal 500. Mr. Lim was named a leading lawyer for capital markets, banking and project finance by IFLR1000 from 2011 to 2016. Asia Pacific Legal 500 has ranked him as a Leading Lawyer for banking and finance from 2011 to 2016. According to Chambers Asia Pacific, clients commend him for being "very responsive and commercially minded" and "very sound - someone who you want on your side in negotiations." Mr. Lim is one of the Malaysian External Counsel of Year, as voted by the In House Community of Asian MENA Counsel in 2013 and 2016.

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Stanley Jia is the chief representative of the Beijing office of Baker McKenzie. He has extensive experience working on foreign indirect investment projects in China, particularly those involving the energy, oil & gas and automotive sectors. Mr. Jia is ranked among the leading lawyers for corporate/ M&A in China by Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also listed among the top lawyers for projects and energy in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and for project finance in IFLR 1000.

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Filip Boras is an Austrian- and New York-qualified lawyer who leads the arbitration practice in the Vienna office. He frequently handles international arbitration cases related to Southeastern Europe and is recognized by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution in Central & Eastern Europe. He is the Co-Chair of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and executive committee member of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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Omar Momany is a partner in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla and is the is head of the UAE Corporate/M&A practice and focuses his practice on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, joint ventures, commercial matters and corporate/shareholders' disputes in the UAE and throughout the region. Omar has over 15 years of experience in the Middle East and has acted for local and regional corporates and financial institutions, governments and regulatory bodies, multinationals, family businesses and royal houses. He is bilingual in Arabic and English.

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Steve Abraham is a partner in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London and serves as the firm's Dispute Resolution chair for the EMEA region. Steve has a particular focus on international arbitration and ADR in the energy, mining and infrastructure projects, often involving projects in Africa, the Middle East and CIS countries. In addition to acting in commercial disputes Steve advises in relation to investment treaty issues and in relation to risk and project management issues during the course of projects. The current edition of Chambers & Partners describes Steve as "an impressive lawyer" who is "nice to deal with". Previous editions have described him as "superb", "very knowledgeable in construction" and "really strong on large-scale infrastructure and mining work", and commented that "his teamwork is great". He is also included in Legal 500's newly published International Arbitration Powerlist and as a leading practitioner in Euromoney's Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration. Steve writes and speaks regularly on international arbitration and construction law issues.

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Mohamed Ghannam heads the Firm's Banking & Finance and Energy, Mining & Infrastructure practice groups in Cairo. He is consistently ranked in the top tier for banking and finance by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 EMEA for his project finance and cross-border finance practice.