China’s Data Laws and its Impacts to Businesses in Mainland China

22 Feb 2022

Almost half a year on from the launch of the Data Security Law and a few months since the Personal Information Protection Law went live in China, what do these laws – alongside the Cybersecurity Law announced in 2017 – mean for cross-border business between China and Australia?

This ACBC roundtable discussion will analyse these implications for cross-border financial companies, broader trading entities, or any Australian enterprise which has operations in China.

It will start with a structured outline of the legal environment and the implication of the changes, followed by case study analyses of how companies are adapting to the changes. There will then be a Q&A session where attendees can raise specific question with the panellists.



Ian Oades, Stramark Capital Group

Ian has recently returned to Australia after living for nearly 25 years in Shanghai, working in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking arena. He is the chair of the ACBC’s Financial Services Sub-Committee, and fluent in China’s business environment, and Mandarin Chinese.

Alex Roberts, Counsel Shanghai, Linklaters

Alex is a counsel in our Linklaters’ mainland China team, based in Shanghai, and is one of the lead lawyers in our Tech sector group in Asia.

He advises financial institutions, corporates, financial sponsors and funds in cross-border M&A and other commercial transactions, covering a wide range of sectors, such as TMT, financial services and healthcare. He frequently advises on company and commercial law issues as well as technology and data transfer arrangements relating to PRC cybersecurity and data protection.

Toby Graham, General Manager China, SW

As the General Manager China for ShineWing Australia, Toby plays a critical role in connecting clients to real opportunity and resources in China and Asia more broadly.