IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2014- Agenda

February 25&26, 2014- Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

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Day One

8:15 Registration

8:50 Opening remarks:

Ashley Lee
, Asia reporter, IFLR
Wilson Chu, conference chair/partner, IPBA/K&L Gates

9:00 How take-private transactions have advanced China’s M&A

  • New deal structures introduced by take-privates
  • Litigation trends in take-private deals
  • Overcoming challenges regarding taking security in China
  • What to expect from future take-private transactions

Douglas Freeman, partner, Fried Frank (moderator)
Brian Lee, general counsel, FountainVest
Daniel O’Donnell, senior vice president, Houlihan Lokey Asia
Victor Chen
, partner, Fried Frank
Wayne Bannon
, managing director & general counsel Asia, The Carlyle Group

10:00 Opportunities in natural resources

  • Current trends in natural resources activities, including shale gas and oil
  • Updates on global M&A activity involving natural resources
  • Recent examples of Asian investment in LNG, LPG and other energy projects and the drivers for those investments
  • Roles of sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and others
  • What are the geopolitical impacts of shale gas in Asia and the future impact for China

Stephen D Davis, partner, Akin Gump (moderator)
Adi Karev, global head oil & gas, managing partner (AP)- energy & resources, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Andrew Abernethy, partner, Akin Gump
Garth Briffa
, manager legal- Asia, Santos
Tony Carango, head of oil and gas, Nomura
Andrew Abernthy, partner, Akin Gump

11:00 Coffee

11:20 What are the next steps in private equity

  • The rise of secondary PE funds and trade sales
  • A look at the latest PE activity in China and addressing the recent movements and concerns surrounding PE investment funds
  • Financing deals: VIEs, accounting issues and offshore alternatives
  • The role that Chinese PE firms have in US-listed ChinaCo take-privates
  • Private equity exits via IPOs in US, HK and PRC

Eric Solberg, CEO and co-founder, EXS Capital
Yong Kai Wong
, head of legal & compliance, CITIC Capital Holdings

12:10 Asia anti-corruption regimes

  • The development of anti-corruption regimes across Asia: how will the GlaxoSmithKline experience affect the confidence in the Chinese government enforcement capabilities?
  • Analysis on countries with stronger regimes than those specified by the UK Bribery Act or FCPA
  • Managing compliance procedures across borders
  • New corporate governance developments

Philip Rohlik, international counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton (moderator)
Sophia P K Yap, deputy chief ethics & compliance officer-Global, CBRE
Judith Crosbie-Chen
, associate general counsel, Logitech

13:20 Lunch

14:10 What’s in the M&A pipeline in India

  • Inbound and outbound M&A trends and new deal structures
  • Further legal reforms and liberalization in the M&A regime
  • The impact of the new Companies Act, 2013 on the M&A sphere
  • Emerging Tax Themes impacting M&A in India
  • Corporate governance

Cyril Shroff, managing partner, Amarchand Mangaldas (moderator)
Matthew Slater, managing director, Goldman Sachs
Nivedita Rao
, partner, Amarchnad Mangaldas
Peter Siembab, managing director and associate general counsel, global corporate and investment banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

15:00 Due diligence

  • Pre-acquisition diligence: assessing red flags and why they need to be done quickly
  • Post-acquisition diligence and ongoing compliance monitoring
  • Performing due diligence effectively in Asian markets: structuring break fees and establishing deal protection measures
  • What to watch out for: documentation and financial statements

Hongchuan Liu, partner, Broad & Bright (moderator)
Chuangchun Yuan, partner, Broad & Bright
Libin Zhang, head of legal M&A- Asia and Australia, Siemens (China)Paul Abfalter, general counsel, Telstra

16:00 Coffee

16:20 FOCUS: Southeast Asia M&A trends

  • Outbound and inbound trends in the region
  • Bids and offshore blocks: Are they causing Indonesia’s stock and currency to slow?
  • Compliance issues and working with complex company structures: how to navigate land transfers and land-use rights
  • Conducting adequate due diligence: avoiding corruption, fraud and bribery

James Ankers, director, Deutsche Bank
Mina Park
, banking and capital markets origination legal-Asia Pacific, Citi

17:10 Closing comments


Day Two

8:15 Registration

9:00 Opening remarks

Ashley Lee
, Asia reporter, International Financial Law Review

9:10 Trends in China outbound

  • More strategic deals ahead? Resumed interest in large buyout acquisitions of US assetsWhat to expect from privately-owned ChinaCo M&A
  • What to expect from privately-owned ChinaCo M&A
  • Regulatory reforms to eliminate outbound investment hurdles

Norman Zhong, partner, Fangda Partners (moderator)
Jeffrey Wilson, director, Houlihan Lokey Asia
Richard Winter
, CEO, Quam Capital
Chris Tse
, senior legal counsel, China Resources Enterprise Bernardine Lam, partner, Allen & Overy

10:10 FOCUS: Korea

  • Recent M&A trend driven by private equity
  • Investment vehicle for M&A and the Korean real estate market
  • Recent tax developmentoutbs relating to foreign investment

Sai Ree Yun, managing partner, Yulchon (moderator)
Daniel Tehyok Yi, senior foreign counsel, Yulchon
Goodwin Gaw
, managing principle, founder, Gaw Capital
Jin Kook Lee
, partner, Yulchon
Tony Chung, CEO, founding managing director, Dominus Investment

11:00 Coffee

11:20 Addressing deal completion risk

  • Negotiating Asia’s foreign investment approval regimes
  • Developments in M&A auctions: winning strategies, key negotiation points and provisions
  • Outlining the challenges for integrating outbound acquisitions: governing regulation, risk management and disputes
  • Preparing documentation: confidentiality agreements, standstill agreements and backdoor standstill agreements

Alice Chan, general counsel, Prudential
Yong Kai Wong
, head of legal and compliance, CITIC Capital Holdings
Bill Wang
, head of group listings, Standard Chartered

12:20 FOCUS: Myanmar M&A in the pipeline

  • The gradual opening up of the markets
  • Developments in regulation, legislation, enforcement and foreign investment: working with local law firms to conduct adequate due diligence
  • Deals and sanctions in Myanmar: issues surrounding enforceability and dispute resolution
  • Mining in Myanmar: the reasons why everyone is in acquisition mode?

Pedro Jose Fausto Bernardo, foreign consulting attorney, Kelvin Chia Yangon (moderator)
Chris (Thurane) Aung, director, Dagon International
Daw Mya Thuza, advisor, Myanmar Investment Commissio
Marvin Yeo, CFA, Frontier Investment & Development Partners
Cheah Swee Gim
, director, Kelvin Chia Yangon

13:10 Lunch

14:00 Competition regime developments in APAC

  • China’s anti-monopoly law: developments five years on
  • What cross-border M&A practitioners need to know about Mofcom’s merger review
  • What the NDRC’s increasingly visible enforcement regime means for foreign corporates
  • Competition-related regulatory risks outlined: Which buyer to sell to?
  • Preparing for a tie up and sophisticated deal structuring: how to avoid difficult hurdles in transaction planning

David Flavell, senior vice president, general counsel- AMEA, PepsicCo
Joshua Cole
, partner, King & Wood Mallesons (moderator)
Allan Lai, senior vice president & assistant general counsel, Citi

14:50 Taiwan: what structures do investors need to comply with?

  • Investment opportunities in Taiwan for foreign investors and investors from Mainland China?
  • What is fueling deal activity? Insight on the merger between Media Tek and Star?
  • Developing Taiwan as an offshore clearing center for RMB
  • Updates on Taiwan's recent regulatory changes
  • How effective will new regulations in helping generate new streams of investment into Taiwan?

James Chen, partner, Lee & Li (moderator)
Lawrence S. Liu, senior vice president, China Development Financial Holding Corporation
C.Y. Huang
, chairman and CEO, Taiwan M&A and Private Equity Council/FCC Partners
Robin Chang
, partner, Lee & Li

15:50 Coffee

16:10 Financing: Where are we now?

  • A comparison of strategic acquisition against financial strategy
  • What is affecting the liquidity and lending?
  • Tapping into the US pots of cash
  • Is offshore financing the best option?
  • Pension funds

Vijay Chander, executive director, ASIFMA

17:00 Close of conference


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