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APAC SwedCham Webinar: Investment Protection in Asia

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APAC SwedCham Webinar: Investment Protection in Asia
APAC SwedCham Webinar: Investment Protection in Asia

Date and Venue

21 Sept 2023, 07:30 – 8:30


About the event

Investment Protection in Asia – what every business should know

The SweCham Team is pleased to invite you to join our upcoming APAC SwedCham webinar on Thursday, 21 September 2023, with Mr. Jakob Ragnwaldh, Partner at law firm Mannheimer Swartling.

When your company makes investments in other countries, does it consider foreign investor treaty protections? These may be crucial both to whether you actually go ahead with your investment as well as how you make your investment.

Foreign investments are not only protected by contracts and national law but can also be protected by international law, such as bilateral investment treaties (BITs). There are approximately 3,000 BITs in existence worldwide, with more than 1,000 estimated to have been concluded by Asian countries. Companies making cross-border investments, however, are rarely aware that BITs exist, let alone what protection these treaties may give them. Investment protection can extend to a wide range of assets, such as shareholdings, debt instruments, contractual and intellectual property rights, licenses and permits, and tangible and intangible property. BITs, therefore, may provide an additional important layer of legal protection to your company’s investments in Asia and beyond.

SweCham is delighted to have Mr Jakob Ragnwaldh , Partner at law firm Mannheimer Swartling , with us for this virtual knowledge session where he will explain some real fundamentals for investing internationally.  This talk will give you an introduction to investment protection treaties in Asia, explaining both what they are and how they work, the level of protection generally provided to investors, and how a company can structure its investment to use them.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2023

Time: 07:30 – 08:30 (Thailand Time)

Online: Links will be sent to participants before the event starts

Ticket: Free

Access: SweCham Members only

Remark: This webinar is open to SweCham members only.  If you would like to become a member, please send a query to, and we will send you more information about member benefits!


07:30 – 08:15     Presentation by Mr Jakob Ragnwaldh , Partner at Mannheimer Swartling

08:15 – 08:30     Q&A

About the Speaker

Mr Jakob Ragnwaldh is a partner in Mannheimer Swartling’s Dispute Resolution practice group, focusing on international arbitration and investor-state disputes based in Singapore. In 2016-2020, he acted as the firm’s resident partner in Hong Kong.

Mr Ragnwaldh served for 12 years as a member of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (2010-2021), the last six of which as Vice-Chair. In 2015-2016, he chaired the work of the SCC Rules Revision Committee, resulting in the current SCC Arbitration Rules. He is the co-author of the only English commentary on the SCC Arbitration Rules (Kluwer) and the former Chairperson of the Executive Board of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA). He is a Board member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Mr Ragnwaldh has represented clients in well over 100 arbitrations before arbitral tribunals both in Sweden and abroad, including arbitrations under the auspices of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC). He also regularly represents clients in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Mr Ragnwaldh has acted in cases involving the application of many different laws, including Swedish, Russian, Chinese, Hong Kong, English, French, German, Swiss, Latvian, US, Ukrainian, Saudi, Estonian, Italian, Korean and Albanian law.

He represents clients in investment treaty arbitrations under applicable treaties and public international law and regularly advises clients on investment protection and international law matters. Mr Ragnwaldh frequently speaks at seminars and conferences in the field of international arbitration.

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