Global China Conversations #32

Handling data: What are the challenges for foreign companies in China?

06 Jun 2024


Data is the new currency. Their storage, use, and transfer are indispensable for many business models and indispensable in our modern world. Equally important is their protection against unauthorized access by third parties – be they private individuals or states. In relation to China, the data security law and the law for the protection of personal information, together with other forms of data regulation, cause a lot of concern among companies. Which forms of data exchange are now (still) permitted and what should be considered? How is the approach of Germany and Europe different from that of China? Given the developments in China, is there a need for more pragmatism and “less esotericism in data protection” also in Europe? In GCC #32, we will discuss these and other issues with our experienced experts. 


The event consists of different impulse lectures followed by a discussion.  

The Global China Conversation #32 will be held in German. 


Stephan Meyer

Stephan Meyer, Professor of Public Law at the Technische Hochschule Wildau since 2016. Habilitation at the University of Erfurt in 2010; awarded Venia Legendi: Public Law, Administrative Science and Legal Theory. Research focuses on innovation-friendly handling of technological risks, in particular artificial intelligence, data protection law and international public law. 

Sebastian Wiendieck

Sebastian Wiendieck is Head of the Legal Department of Rödl & Partner in China. He is based in Shanghai and is registered as a foreign lawyer there. Mr. Wiendieck has been living and working in China for over 15 years. Mr. Wiendieck advises and supports multinational and medium-sized companies, mainly from Germany, in their business activities and investments in China. He specializes in corporate law, foreign direct investment and mergers and acquisitions. 


Prof. Dr. Dietmar Baetge

Dietmar Baetge is Professor of International Commercial Law and Private Business Law at the Technical University of Wildau. He was a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg and a partner in a German-Greek law firm. His research interests include the interaction between competition policy and international trade policy.