IFLR Southeast Asia Forum 2017


September 19, 2017, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore

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Tax issues to consider before doing business in India: a guide for foreign investors
  • How will India’s long-awaited GST affect overseas investors?
  • The India-Mauritius Tax Treaty and its effects on foreign investors
  • Demonetisation - its impact on taxation in India and what investors need to be aware of now
  • What special considerations in cross-border deals do foreign investors need to take into account?

Prospects for FDI into India: an overview

  • What are some of the opportunities and challenges faced by investors investing into India?
  • What does the relaxation of FDI norms for various sectors mean for investors?
  • Hot sectors and trends in the year to come
  • Regulatory and legal changes in the past 12 months and how this affects doing business in India

FOCUS: Indonesia

  • What’s new: an update on the legal and regulatory background in the past 12 months including changes to the bankruptcy, infrastructure and employment laws
  • M&A appetite in Indonesia and top sectors
  • An update on the foreign investment landscape including changes to the negative investment list
  • Best practices in Indonesian compliance/regulatory investigations

FOCUS: Vietnam

  • FDI update: ease of doing business in Vietnam and developments in investment laws, including increasing foreign ownership limits and potentially establishing special economic zones in the region
  • Proposed changes to M&A laws in Vietnam: how will this affect deal flow in the region?
  • Top sectors to look out for: real estate, manufacturing, tech
  • Corruption risk in Vietnam—what should businesses and investors be aware of?

M&A in Singapore and beyond: trends and practical tips

  • Investing in ASEAN: trends/legal updates/key jurisdictions
  • Cross-border deals and interest rates affecting the price of transactions in the region
  • Downbeat markets in China and India: how will this affect crossborder M&A in the region?
  • Developments and outlook for private equity deals in Southeast Asia
  • How to build a successful exit strategy in Southeast Asia
  • What do you do when a deal goes wrong?

An update on IPOs in the region: where should you list?

  • An update on the IPO situation across the APAC region
  • Listing venues in Singapore, Hong Kong and beyond: where to go for your company’s IPO?
  • Preparing your company for an IPO: what to consider
  • Alternative listing venues to watch

Developments in alternative dispute resolution

  • Expedited Procedure under the ICC, SIAC and HKIAC Rules: an update
  • Enforcement along the One Belt One Road initiative
  • Arbitration and mediation from a user’s perspective: preferences and factors that cause them to choose between one or the other
  • Developments in arbitration, litigation and mediation across the region, including the Mediation Bill and third party funding
  • Cross-border issues in handling insolvency and restructuring proceedings: effects of the new Singapore bankruptcy law

Data Security/data protection compliance in Singapore

  • How can companies achieve legal and risk compliance whilst balancing innovation?
  • Reforms in EU data protection rules– how may this affect laws in the region?
  • The role of the lawyer in light of disruptors threatening traditional business models
  • The impact of regtech/fintech on legal and compliance

Navigating compliance and anti-corruption rules in an increasingly complex business environment

  • Singapore regulatory crackdowns, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s money-laundering investigation
  • KYC and anti-money laundering updates in the region
  • Data-driven compliance and regulatory concerns, including compliance issues regarding data storage and retention
  • Anti-corruption enforcement- what are some practical tips on how to protect your company?



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