Back-to-Business Program Series 2023 | Tokyo

Globalization Reshaped: A New Paradigm Emerges

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White & Case Tokyo Annual “Back-to-Business” Program Series 2023

The workings of the globalized economy that shaped our worldview and informed our strategies, has been steadily shifting since the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis. Whereas a relatively open form of globalization fostered cross-border flows of goods, services, capital, people, and data, there is now concern that the world is on a path towards a division between two distinctly different camps. Reality is likely, however, to be more nuanced. A close analysis undertaken by our firm of new legal frameworks around the world reveals that a world of "clubs" and "fences" is emerging. Clubs form among countries within sectors that harmonize their regulations. The result is business activity for these sectors that is more predictable and generally smooth. Fences, on the other hand, are erected when regulatory barriers are adopted that tend to slow or block business activity. Collectively, these changes mark a significant shift in the way regulation impacts global interconnectedness, with important implications for global businesses.

Geopolitical factors are driving business decisions more than has been the case for decades. Restrictions on inbound and outbound investments are increasing, with a view to fostering economic and national security, and the implications are obvious for technology companies. At the same time, some countries are forging closer relationships to decrease costs and ensure access to resources for like-minded members.

We hope you will join us for thought-provoking sessions which describe how globalization is being reshaped.

Japan Seminar Series

Monday, September 25, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. JST
SEMINAR 1: New Fences Create Challenges for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. JST
SEMINAR 2: The Clubs and Fences of Competition Law: A Global Cartel of Regulators or a Web of Diverging Views?

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. JST
SEMINAR 3: Caught on the Fence: Japanese Companies and the Evolving Economic Sanctions and Export Control Environment

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. JST
SEMINAR 4: New AI Regulatory Landscape in the US and EU: What Is Happening and What Is Coming Next?

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. JST
SEMINAR 5: Navigating the World of Clubs and Fences: Securing Japan’s Energy-Related Supply Chain


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Main Conference Room, White & Case, Tokyo office

Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 26th Floor,1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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  • English and Japanese
  • Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided

Additional Information

  • There is no charge to attend the seminar
  • Seminar topics and speakers are subject to change without notice
  • This event is closed to media and other law firm personnel
  • Virtual option or recording will not be available for this event

For inquires, please contact White & Case Tokyo Relations.

The discussion will draw on a recent White & Case report, A world of clubs and fences: Changing regulation and the remaking of globalization.