CELIS Announcement: CFIS 24 Save-the-date & More Exciting News

Dear CELIS Community,

We would like to share with you some exciting news and updates around the CELIS Institute. The date and venue for CFIS 24 have been confirmed (I.), and in preparation for the conference we are looking for master and PhD students to join the orga team as Conference Sherpas (II.). We are also proud to announce the appointment of John Kabealo as Senior Advisor to the Institute (III) and the establishment of the CELIS German Chapter (IV). We are also introducing a streamlined and updated membership system for CELIS to ensure the high calibre of the CELIS community.

CFIS 24: Save the Date – Paris, 16-18 October 2024

The CELIS Forum on Investment Screening (CFIS) is the flagship event of the CELIS Institute and will be held for the 6th time this year. CFIS is Europe’s first and foremost forum to discuss questions on investment screening and economic security. CFIS is Europe’s first and foremost forum for the discussion of investment screening and economic security issues. This year’s CFIS will be held in Paris from 16 to 18 October 2024.

CFIS 24 will be held under the patronage of H.E. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Finance, Industry and Digital Economy of France.

Thought leaders in investment control and economic security from Europe, the US and beyond will discuss current practical challenges and influential ideas to outline geo-economic strategies for Europe. Participants are invited to form our  trusted community of high-level economic security experts from business, government and academia.   If you are interested in joining or sponsoring the event, find out more here and stay tuned for upcoming updates and news!

Join the Team behind CFIS 24

For the organisation of CFIS 24 we are looking for four (4) to eight (8) students to work remotely and on-site. As a member of the orga team, you will be tasked with preparing one of the high-level panels. If you are a student, ideally a Masters or PhD student, in law, economics or political science with an interest in international relations, please apply. We will give you an insight into geo-economics and investment control, and put you in touch with key decision-makers and experts from around the world.

Find the detailed job description and application instructions here.

John Kabealo joins us as Senior Advisor on US and Transatlantic questions

The CELIS Institute is proud to announce the appointment of John Kabealo, Founder of Kabealo Law PLLC, as Senior Advisor to the Institute. John is an internationally highly renowned and sought after attorney and advisor on issues relating to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). John’s expertise and experience will be a strong asset in widening the CELIS Institute’s outreach to the US and deepen its transatlantic partnership.

Launch of CELIS German Chapter at BDI Conference

This week, the first BDI and CELIS German Chapter Investment Screening Conference took place in cooperation with BLOMSTEIN and Hogan Lovells. High-ranking panellists, ranging from members of the German Bundestag, to senior regulators from the EU and Germany to experts from private practice, as well as members of the judiciary met in Berlin. They discussed the current practical challenges and possible strategies for the upcoming reform of the German and European investment screening regulations.

The discussions highlighted the need to balance security interests while preserving an open economy build on free competition. The new proposal for an updated EU Screening Regulation will bring minimum harmonisation in the field – which was largely welcomed -with major implications for national screening regimes.

The conference also marks the launch of the CELIS German Chapter, chaired by Professor Lena Hornkohl and Dr Leonard von Rummel. This adds a valuable platform to the CELIS Institute: Our continuous and trustful dialogue between policymakers, the investment community and academia is now extended to the national level. The CELIS German Chapter aims to develop best practices across all stakeholder groups for a robust and effective investment screening framework in Germany that balances economic and security interests.

CELIS Introduces New Membership Models

The CELIS Institute aims to build and foster a trusted community of economic security (law) experts. To further its mission, the Institute is introducing a new membership model. The new membership model is designed to ensure the highest standards and excellence in our economic security community. To become part of the CELIS network, individuals must demonstrate sufficient experience in the field. Depending on their experience, CELIS members will be able to contribute to CELIS projects and receive priority invitations to  CELIS events.

We are also introducing a free-of-charge model for young professionals and students as part of our CELIS NOW initiative.

If you would like to be involved in the activities and events of the CELIS Institute and get in touch with the leading experts, join us as a CELIS Affiliate or Fellow.

Find a detailed overview here.



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