The workshop will be led by Bird & Bird partner Christian Kessel, who co-heads Bird & Bird's International Automotive Sector Group. Christian Kessel is a widely acknowledged expert on legal issues in the automotive supply chain with 20 years of experience advising automotive suppliers in this area. The workshop will focus on contract law issues in the automotive supply chain in China and will discuss in particular general purchasing terms of OEMs.

Key topics include:

  • Handling of OEM's purchasing documents;
  • Drafting Issues;
  • Issues with clauses commonly used in purchasing terms of Chinese and Foreign OEMs;
  • Termination rights;
  • Terms of delivery;
  • Terms of payment;
  • Jurisdiction Clause;
  • Product Recall
  • Q & A


1:30 PM - 2 PM
Registration and networking
2 PM - 4 PM
Workshop and Q&A


  • Dr. Christian Kessel

    Dr. Christian Kessel

    Dr. Kessel is a partner in Bird&Bird Frankfurt office, from where he leads their German as well as international Automotive Group and co-heads their offshore wind team.

    Dr. Kessel has broad experience in advising clients on commercial contracts, distribution law and corporate matters with special expertise in the automotive industry as well as the offshore wind industry.

    In the automotive industry Dr. Kessel exclusively acts for suppliers in all supply chain matters and represents them in particular with regard to the serial delivery of parts to the car manufacturers (OEMs) and their purchases from other suppliers. Besides drafting of contracts Dr. Kessel specializes in providing legal support to suppliers in case of recalls or field actions by OEMs as well as the enforcement of suppliers' rights vis-à-vis their contractual partners (customers).

    As regards the offshore projects, Dr. Kessel has been involved in some of the most high-profile and high-volume transactions in Germany over the last few years.

    His key practice areas include drafting, reviewing, advising and negotiating complex commercial contracts, Energy, Procurement and Construction (EPC) project contracts, standard agreements required by B2B and B2C clients and advising on warranty and liability issues.

    He also advises on distribution law, insolvency law and corporate law, specifically in joint ventures and corporate re-organisations and restructurings.

    Apart from giving regular presentations and speeches on topics related to automotive industry matters, offshore wind and general standard terms, Dr. Kessel is the author of several articles on commercial and distribution law published in books and legal magazines in Germany and England.

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*Spotlight Sessions are sponsored marketing events. Event sponsors have the right to cancel registrations at any time and to determine who may attend the session.  

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To register for this event, please RSVP online. For more information, please contact Zoe Zhang at (+86 21) 6279-7119 ext. 5667 or email zoe.zhang@amcham-shanghai.org.

Interested in introducing your products or services to AmCham Shanghai members through Spotlight Session? Please contact Zoe Zhang at (+86 21) 6279-7119 ext. 5667 or email zoe.zhang@amcham-shanghai.org for detailed information.

What is a Spotlight Session? A Spotlight Session is a promotional platform for companies to introduce products and services to interested AmCham Shanghai members. The sessions are conveniently held at AmCham Shanghai's offices and attendance is FREE.


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