The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a historic marshalling of capital and a remarkable geopolitical foray into establishing and strengthening multinational trade corridors. It continues to evolve and expand with more than 130 countries now reported to have signed BRI agreements, including Central America and the Pacific, far beyond the traditional Silk Road routes.

With over US $440 billion of funding provided so far by Chinese financial institutions into BRI projects, it’s an enterprise unlike anything seen on this scale for decades. It holds tremendous opportunities for business. Yet, seizing these opportunities requires a strong understanding of the economic, cultural and regulatory conditions of regional markets.

With 29 offices along the Belt and Road — more than any other law firm — and the award-winning Baker McKenzie FenXun Platform in China, we can help local companies and multinationals make the right connections and unlock the world’s most ambitious global development initiatives.

Mapping the landscape for BRI Investments

Now in its 6th year, the BRI initiative is constantly evolving. Looking ahead to the next ten years, the 2020s could be a golden era for emerging market infrastructure investment. Find out how key factors such as a significant recession, increasing nationalism, aggressive competition and barriers to multilateral funding shape the BRI investment landscape.

In partnership with Silk Road Associates, we analyze five vastly different scenarios of possible development for BRI investments in the coming decade in the BRI and Beyond Forecast and show you prime countries and regions for investment in the BRI Investment Hotspots.

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BRI & Beyond Forecast

Assessing five vastly different scenarios of possible development for BRI investments in the coming decade.


BRI Investment Hotspots

Exploring the countries and regions primed for BRI investment based on our forecast.


Navigating the Twists and Turns of BRI

Our lawyers discuss the intricacies of the BRI evolution; focusing on why risk management is currently a top priority in the face of changing investment and deal structures, geopolitical circumstances and new Chinese policies.


Focus on ASEAN Infrastructure Investment

Southeast Asia is a prime target for BRI developers and other infrastructure developer nations, with transport projects set to dominate.


New routes and strategic partnerships for BRI beyond 2020

Get a sneak peek at the early analysis of new BRI trade routes, investment and lending. Find out more about strategic partnerships along the BRI, from project finance and private equity to JVs and M&As. These key findings are released ahead of a new report, researched by the Economist Corporate Network and commissioned by Baker McKenzie.

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