IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2015- Speakers

March 10&11 2015- JW Marriott Hong Kong

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Confimed speakers for IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2015 include:

Anthony Root

senior advisor
Moelis & Company

Anthony Root is a Senior Advisor at Moelis & Company in Hong Kong. Mr. Root has over 30 years of experience advising corporations, financial investors and global banks on public and private M&A and financings, private equity, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Before joining Moelis & Company, he was Asia Managing Partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy from 2001 until 2013. Mr. Root has led deals in every major country across Asia.

Mr. Root’s private equity and M&A experience includes working with Affinity Capital, Avenue Capital, Baring Private Equity, CDH, Citigroup Group Venture Capital, Citadel, Citic Private Equity, CIC, Crescent Point, Darby, DE Shaw, EQT, Farallon Capital, GIC, Goldman Sachs PIA and SSG, HONY, JPM Principal Investment, Morgan Stanley infrastructure, real estate and PE funds, Mount Kellett, Nomura principal group, Northstar, Oaktree, Olympus Capital, Sequoia, TPG, Unitas, Telecom Venture Group and Warburg Pincus. Mr. Root played a lead role in many landmark strategic M&A transactions in China, including the creation of CICC, the merger of China Netcom and China Unicom, $8 billion strategic stakes in China Construction Bank and Bank of China, and outbound deals such as State Grid’s $2 billion investment in Brazil.

Mr. Root’s capital markets experience covers IPOs and other equity offerings in United States, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. He helped pioneer high yield in Asia and worked on the inaugural high yield deals from most countries in Asia.

Mr. Root’s restructuring experience spans multiple cyclical downturns in the 1980s in the US and the Asian financial crisis and global financial crisis in Asia. He has regularly advised distress investors and distressed companies in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, India and Indonesia finding creative solutions that work both commercially and legally.

Andrew Meehan

director, AML sanctions APAC
Credit Suisse

Andy Soh

international counsel
Debevoise & Plimpton

Andy Y. Soh is an International Counsel in the Hong Kong office of leading international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. He specializes in complex commercial disputes (litigation and arbitration) and internal investigations. Mr. Soh has practiced as a litigator in New York and Singapore, and has represented some of the most prominent financial institutions and corporates in business critical disputes and investigations in Asia and in the U.S. Mr. Soh also speaks Mandarin, and has considerable experience handling investigations and other matters in Mainland China.

Brian Scott

Herbert Smith Freehills

Brian Scott is partner in Herbert Smith Freehills' Singapore office. Brian is a leading lawyer for corporate transactions and energy and resources related matters in Indonesia. He has experience in a broad range of transactions and listed company deals in Indonesia. Brian has been with the firm based in South east Asia for more than 10 years, including 7 years seconded to Jakarta. Since relocating to Singapore, Brian continues as a key part of the Herbert Smith Freehills team focused on international client work in Indonesia working alongside Herbert Smith Freehills' associated Jakarta firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung.

Chen Lau

managing director
JLA Asia

Chen started his career in corporate restructuring with Arthur Andersen Hong Kong in 1996 and subsequently moved to a specialist insolvency firm during which time he was seconded to the Standard Chartered Bank’s corporate finance team. In 2004, Chen joined Deutsche Bank’s Special Situations Group in Beijing from 2004 to 2007. Chen currently heads the JLA Asia’s Beijing office.

Chen has been involved with many financial restructuring and interim/ crisis management assignments in Greater China. His works include leading a team to restructure a Hong Kong listed automobile parts company with production facilities in China, restructuring the largest concrete batching plant in Guangzhou, orderly winding-down a money lender in Hong Kong with loans and property portfolio in Greater China and a high end menswear retail chain in Hong Kong, and co-ordinating the transition management of the largest independent property managing company in Hong Kong.

In respect of a recent restructuring matter, Chen was engaged as a restructuring advisor by a printing company. The company had experienced liquidity problems due to the aggressive diversification of its business products. Chen led his team to conduct a series of analysis of the financial position and performance of the company and prepared a detailed restructuring proposal including raising new capital. Without the restructuring, the company will be forced into liquidation and the loss to creditors will be over 90% of the debt. While under the current proposal, the repayment during the first year will be over 10%.

Chen has also been participated in many sell side advisory matters, including a potential sale of an office furniture manufacturer to a US listed Company, a luxury products packaging company, and sale of manufacturing companies in China.

He has also involved in forensic accounting matters including investigation of a Hong Kong listed company on accounting frauds and shareholders disputes.

Chen is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

Darwin Lau

regional conflict officer
Morgan Stanley

Deborah Kaplan

anti-corruption counsel – Asia Pacific
Morgan Stanley

Deborah Kaplan is Anti-Corruption Group Counsel (Asia Pacific) for Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, where she advises the firm’s various business units on anti-corruption matters, including transactional diligence and investigations. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Deborah worked in the Litigation Group at Avon Products, Inc. in New York, where she focused on FCPA-related matters and other significant litigations.

Before joining Avon, Deborah worked at Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York, where her practice focused on white collar crime and regulatory inquiries and investigations, including work on behalf of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation Trustee for the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Derek Leung

associate general counsel
Deutsche Bank

Derek Leung is the co-head of the corporate banking and securities division within the legal department for the Asia-Pacific region. He is responsible for the legal teams that cover the fixed income and equities businesses. Derek has over 15 years experience in banking and finance and has been involved in many of the key structured and acquisition finance trades for Deutsche Bank.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Derek was a lawyer in private practice with several magic circle law firms.

Eric Solberg

founder and CEO
EXS Capital

Eric Solberg is the Founder and CEO of the EXS Capital Group, an independent investment firm dedicated to Asia. Eric has been involved in the Asian private equity industry since 1991. Founded in 2007, EXS Capital is engaged in two separate businesses: Private Equity and Wealth Management. The Private Equity group originates, structures, advises and co-invests with global institutional and high net worth investors in Asian opportunities. As an investor, investment banker and entrepreneur, he has invested, advised and raised investor capital through several full business cycles with success. In April 2013, EXS Capital, led by Eric, successfully raised ~US$37m mezzanine financing from Asian high net worth investors into Son Kim Land, a leading real estate development and investment company in Vietnam. Prior to founding EXS, Eric was Managing Director and Partner of CVC International Asia, Citigroup’s proprietary private equity group for Emerging Markets. During his time at CVCI, Eric led the investor consortium for Shui On Land, the Chinese real estate developer that developed Xintiandi (新天地) in Shanghai, now listed on the HKSE; and was the founding Chairman of Asia Broadcast Satellite, now one of the region’s leading private operators. Eric started his career in finance at Wasserstein Perella & Co in New York. He graduated from Harvard college and speaks Japanese.

Greg Liu

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Based in Beijing, Greg Liu has worked on a variety of cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions in Greater China, including representations of private equity funds and strategic investors on inbound investments in China, representations of private equity funds and special committees on take-private and PIPE transactions, and representations of Chinese companies on outbound investments, licensing, joint ventures and initial public offerings.

Jacqueline Petts

head of legal – Asia
Silverlake Group

Ms. Jacqueline Petts is the Head of Legal, Asia of Silver Lake. She has been based in Hong Kong since early 2011, prior to which she worked in Silver Lake’s London, New York and Menlo Park offices. Prior to joining Silver Lake in 2007, Ms. Petts practiced as an associate for a number of years at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP in London. While at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ms. Petts advised on a broad range of corporate and finance matters and was seconded to the corporate transactions team at Barclays Bank PLC.

Prior to working at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ms. Petts worked in the London and Hong Kong offices of Simmons & Simmons during which time she was also seconded to UBS. Ms. Petts holds a B.A. and M.A. in jurisprudence from Magdalen College, Oxford and is qualified to practice law in England and Wales and New York. Ms. Petts is a member of the Technical Committee of HKVCA.

Jack Lange

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Based in Hong Kong, Jack Lange is a leading practitioner in the fields of mergers and acquisitions and private equity in Asia. Jack regularly represents major private equity funds in connection with precedent-setting transactions in the Asian region. He also serves on the Board of Governors of AmCham Hong Kong.

James Bidlake

executive director and head of investment banking legal – Asia
Morgan Stanley

Jeffrey Wilson

head of Asia Pacific M&A
Houlihan Lokey Asia

Mr. Wilson is a Director in Houlihan Lokey's Hong Kong office and he leads corporate finance for the region. His recent engagements include the sale of LTK, a China-based subsidiary of Belden, Inc., the sale of a majority stake in Alaska Milk, the largest listed dairy company in the Philippines, advising the Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of Chemspec International on an offer to take the company private, and advising Sino Forest Corporation on the debt for equity conversion of US$1.8 billion of convertible and senior notes.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey’s Asia-Pacific team, Mr. Wilson worked in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York, where he was involved in various mandates, including private and public sellside and buyside transactions. His engagements included the sale of H.B. Mellott Estate to Lafarge and the sale of HCC Industries to Ametek.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Wilson worked in the corporate development group of Crown Castle International, where he executed U.S. and European telecommunication-related acquisitions. He also worked for Arthur Andersen, where his clients included energy, distribution, and real estate companies.

Mr. Wilson holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Accounting from Trinity University. He received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Wilson is a Certified Public Accountant.

Joe Chang

CEO and managing director
Lincoln International

Joe has over 15 years of experience in financial services, working with publicly companies, private equity firms, and leading private companies on cross-border acquisitions and IPO. He is the China CEO of Lincoln International and is active in advising Chinese companies outbound acquisitions. Prior to joining Lincoln, Joe was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and head of investment banking of Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities.

Joe holds an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Princeton University and an M.A. in Economics from Kyoto University.

John Mann

K&L Gates

John Mann is a partner in K&L Gates’ Melbourne office. He is a leading transactional lawyer who focuses on negotiated and unregulated M&A and private equity including due diligence (both vendor and buy-side), acquisitions and sales of shares and assets, private equity (including MBO/MBIs), joint ventures (incorporated, partnerships, unit trusts, etc), structures and restructures and regulatory issues. He also provides general corporate and commercial legal advice to a wide range of key corporate clients.

Jonathan McCullagh

managing director

Kapil Kirpalani

vice president – legal and compliance officer

Kapil Kirpalani joined HarbourVest in 2014, with responsibility for the Firm’s Asia compliance program and assisting with legal and compliance matters relating to the Firm’s global operations and products.

He joined HarbourVest from Ortus Capital Management, where he served as Legal Counsel and was a member of the Management Committee. He advised largely on issues related to the US Investment Advisers Act and CFTC rules, EU regulatory issues, ISDA, clearing house and general swap rules, and enhanced policies on SFC compliance.

Prior to this, Kapil spent over six years at Pacific Harbor Capital (a Citigroup affiliate) where he helped build a substantial Asian debt trading and investment business with several billion dollars invested. Kapil was Director, Legal and Chief Compliance Officer, and his practice focused primarily on investment funds, secured trade and bridge finance, and acquisition financing. He also helped develop key risk management controls for the firm across eight regional offices. Earlier, he served as a Court Marshall for the late Hon. Mr. Justice Gall in the High Court of Hong Kong before moving into private practice, gaining experience in various areas of corporate activity.

Kapil holds an LL.B. in Law from the University of Durham, an LL.M. in Corporate Law from Nottingham Law School and has completed further studies at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Kiran Sanghera


Kiran Sanghera is counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and handles the administration of commercial arbitrations, including the appointment of arbitrators, under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules involving parties from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Kiran is also responsible for promoting the HKIAC’s dispute resolution services and Hong Kong arbitration in Latin America, and has coordinated and participated in seminars in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

Prior to joining the HKIAC, Kiran spent time in arbitral institutions in Europe, in both Paris and The Hague, where she gained experience in the administration international arbitrations. Kiran has been admitted as a solicitor of The Senior Courts of England and Wales and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Kyle Wombalt

Herbert Smith Freehills

Kyle is the global head of Herbert Smith Freehills' corporate crime and investigations practice. Based in Hong Kong, he has over 15 years' experience in Asia and has led investigations and compliance projects in more than 40 countries around the world. Kyle focuses on multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption, regulatory, fraud and accounting investigations, as well as trade and sanctions issues involving multinational and major regional corporates. He has extensive experience in dealing with government agencies and regulators in the key jurisdictions in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Kyle regularly acts for multinational and regional corporates, investment banks and other financial institutions on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. He also advises clients on the potential corruption risks associated with a wide range of transactions, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and joint venture relationships.

A regular speaker at industry and other events, Kyle is a frequent contributor to leading commercial and legal journals, where he writes on regional and global efforts to fight corruption.

Kyle is admitted in Hong Kong, California and New York and is a registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales. He speaks English and is conversational in Mandarin.

Leading Individual: Corporate Investigations/Anti-corruption - China/Hong Kong

Chambers Asia Pacific 2012-2015

Mario Ignacio Artaza

chief representative – Asia Pacific
Banco Security

Mario Ignacio Artaza is the Chief Representative of the only representative office of a Chilean Bank in Hong Kong, Banco Security. Artaza studied journalism in Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica and attained his Masters in International Relations at the Universidad de Chile. After graduating from the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy, he was part of the Chile-Canada Free Trade Agreement negotiation team. Between 1997-2002, he was stationed in Singapore where he was seconded to the APEC Secretariat. He was a member of the core team responsible for the substantive agenda of the APEC Chile 2004 Year. He served as Director of the Commercial Office of Chile´s Embassy in Beijing from 2005-2010, coordinating the negotiation and implementation of the Chile-China FTA. He was also head of the Asia and Oceania Department in the General Directorate for International Economic Relations (FTA negotiation process with Malaysia, Vietnam and Trans Pacific Partnership process), before being posted as Consul General of Chile in Hong Kong between 2010 and 2014 where he coordinated the negotiation of the Chile-Hong Kong, China FTA.

Marc Townsend

managing director
CBRE (Vietnam)

Marc arrived in Asia in 1988 and has lived in Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam since 2003 covering property sales & marketing, investment sales and development consultancy throughout South East Asia.

Presently, as a Managing Director for CBRE Vietnam with a staff of over 175 professionals, Marc oversees all CBRE Vietnam business activities. He is an active speaker on Vietnam’s real estate market on topic such as Residential, Office for lease, Investment and Development throughout South East Asia.

Prior to working for CBRE Vietnam, Marc worked for Vigers (HK) Limited, Regus and Rockwell Land. Marc is the Vice Chairman for Amcham HCMC. Marc started his career as an officer in the Royal Marines and has five daughters.

Oliver Massmann

Duane Morris (Vietnam)

Oliver Massmann practices in the area of corporate international taxation and on power/water projects, matters related to oil and gas companies and telecoms, privatization and equitization, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial matters for multinational clients in relation to investment and doing business in Vietnam.

Mr. Massmann is the only foreign lawyer as Member to the Supervisory Board of PetroVietnam Insurance Corporation, Vietnam's largest industrial insurer.

Mr. Massmann is currently working on several investment projects as well as taxation matters and advising the Ministry of Electrical Power on building the power generation infrastructure in Myanmar.

Mr. Massmann is registered Arbitrator of the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (The VIAC). He is the only foreign lawyer in Vietnam who is presenting to the National Assembly of Vietnam in Vietnamese language and teaching International law in Vietnamese language at the Ministry of Justice in Hanoi.

Mr. Massmann is a 1994 graduate of Bochum Law University, first state exam and Ministry of Justice, Duesseldorf Germany, second state exam 1997. He is holding a LLM degree in international taxation from St. Thomas University Florida- United State of America. He is admitted to the Bar Association in Berlin and a licensed foreign lawyer in Vietnam.

Philip Rohlik

Debevoise & Plimpton

Philip Rohlik is an International Counsel in the Shanghai office of leading international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. He focuses on international investigations, securities law and dispute resolution. Mr Rohlik has represented U.S. and multinational companies from a range of sectors in connection with complex white collar litigation, regulatory investigations, domestic and international arbitration and domestic litigation. Mr. Rohlik also regularly counsels corporate clients on regulatory issues arising in the course of their business around the globe or in connection with M&A transactions.

Rahul Kotwal

managing director

Rahul is a Managing Director and the Head of Leveraged Capital Markets, Asia and Special Situations Group, Asia Pacific. Rahul has worked in London, New York and Hong Kong in high yield, distressed and illiquid credit for over 13 years, raising nearly USD 90 billion in debt financing for clients globally.

He was part of the team that established the leveraged finance group at UBS in New York and was a founding member of the leveraged finance group for UBS in Asia in 2005.

After his leveraged finance experience Rahul moved to the distressed debt trading desk in New York, initially as an analyst and subsequently as the distressed bond and CDS trader covering Financials, Retail, Real Estate, Ethanol and General Industrials. He has also served on various creditor committees and led activist creditor groups and restructurings.

In 2009 Rahul helped establish the Special Situations Group in the Americas before moving back to Asia to set up the group in APAC as well as take over the Leveraged Capital Markets business for Asia.

Rahul has a MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College in London.

Richard Winters

Quam Capital

Richard is Deputy Chairman of Quam Limited, a Main Board listed financial services group, and Chief Executive Officer of Quam Capital, the corporate finance business of the group.

He is Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Financial Markets Committee.He is a member of the Securities and Futures Commission Advisory Committee, Takeovers and Mergers Panel and Takeovers Appeal Committee and was member of the Stock Exchange Listing Committee member from 2007 to 2013.

Richard is non-executive director of Law Debenture Trust (Asia) Limited, Concrete Canvas Technology and an executive member of the Outwardbound Trust of Hong Kong.
He is also a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Securities Institute and Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Born in England in 1952, Richard graduated from Edinburgh University with B. Commerce Hons. (2.1) and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in 1980.

After periods with Deloittes in Nairobi and Edinburgh, he arrived in Hong Kong in 1985 to work as a manager in the Corporate Advisory Service Department of Ernst & Whinney. In 1987 he joined Standard Chartered, where he worked for 12 years, to become Managing Director, Investment Banking in charge of North East Asia. In January 2000, he joined Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance Limited as Managing Director, with responsibilities to establish and develop their corporate finance capability.

Siew Kam Boon

K&L Gates

Siew Kam Boon is a partner in K&L Gates’ Singapore office with significant experience in M&A and private equity transactions across Asia. She represents private equity and venture capital funds, special situations groups, sovereign wealth funds and corporate clients on transactions across various sectors including natural resources, healthcare, technology, media and consumables. She also advises on a variety of cross border transactional and related corporate matters.

Sophia Yap

deputy chief ethics & compliance officer – global

Sophia PK Yap has 20+ years of experience gained from Real Estate (as lender, legal advisor, manager, investor and service professional), Healthcare and High-Value Brand industries.

As CBRE Group’s Global Deputy Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, PK is responsible for CBRE’s Global Anti-Corruption Program. PK serves on the Asia Pacific Strategic Group where she works directly with the APAC CEO, Executive Chairman and other regional CEOs and business leaders to provide risk management advice on the implementation of strategic tactical business plans and objectives as well as best practices and process improvements for the company. As Co-Chairman & Founder of the CBRE Women’s Network in Hong Kong, PK helps to promote diversity and talent development. In her prior role as Asia Pacific General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at CBRE, PK established the legal and compliance team in Asia Pacific which was rated in the Financial Times as a "Standout" in the FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014 Awards.

Prior to joining CBRE, PK served as General Counsel and in business role as Senior Vice-President of a private equity fund; and held various roles at General Electric as APAC Senior Counsel - Compliance & Litigation, APAC Counsel - GE Medical Systems Information Technologies and APAC Technology Counsel at GE Healthcare. At GE, PK served in leadership roles as Chairman of GE Women’s Network and Chairman of GE Volunteers covering North Asia. PK was a Commercial & Intellectual Property Counsel with Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong and she also previously worked as a banker at Adelaide Bank and the ANZ Banking Group in Australia. P.K. is Green Belt certified in Six Sigma.

Stefano Micheli

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

Stefano practises areas of corporate law, with particular focus on M&A. His extensive experience includes leveraged buyouts, acquisitions and asset disposals of assets and lines of business, joint ventures, and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions of public and private entities. He also has significant experience in advising insurers on regulatory matters, including product structuring, corporate transactions, and relations with the regulators.

Stefano’s experience in cross-border M&A transactions extends to China. In the past few years he has been involved in a number of China-related projects, including advising Shanghai Electric Corporation on its investment in Ansaldo Energia, assisting Weichai Powers Corp with its acquisition of the Ferretti group, supporting ICBC with the opening of its Milan branch, advising Guodong Construction Group on its attempted acquisition of assets from the Trombini Group, advising Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Corp. Ltd on its attempted acquisition of an Italian car components group, and assisting Vitality Textile Ltd on a joint venture with an Italian fabric manufacturer.

Stefano also regularly lectures on corporate and M&A matters and has appeared as a guest speaker at the CESL (China-European Union School of Law) in both Beijing and Shanghai.

Stuart Valentine

international counsel
Debevoise & Plimpton

Thomas Hugger

Asia Frontier Investments

Thomas Hugger is the Founder and CEO of Asia Frontier Capital Limited and is based in Hong Kong. Asia Frontier Capital currently manages two funds: AFC Asia Frontier Fund, which invests in listed stocks from countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and the AFC Vietnam Fund which invests in listed Vietnamese stocks. He has been investing in Asian and African Frontier Markets since 1993. Thomas is the former Managing Partner, CFO & COO of Leopard Capital who launched in 2008 a Private Equity Fund in Cambodia; and was previously a Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management at LGT Bank in Hong Kong and has spent totally 27 years in private banking where he specialized in managing portfolios of listed and unlisted equities. He also held senior investment positions at Bank Julius Baer in Zurich and Hong Kong. Mr. Hugger was also the founding shareholder of one of the largest brokerage company today in Bangladesh. He is a Certified Financial Investment Analyst (CFIA) and Investment Adviser (Switzerland) and a Certified European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS) Financial Analyst.

Tommy Tong

Herbert Smith Freehills

Tommy Tong is a Partner in the Greater China Corporate Group of Herbert Smith Freehills. He advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, specialising in public and private M&A, private equity and equity capital markets transactions. Tommy has advised numerous international and domestic corporates, financial institutions and private equity funds in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and regulatory compliance matters. He also has substantial experience in advising issuers, sponsors and underwriters in relation to international offerings of securities and their listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Umberto Nicodano

Bonelli Erede Pap-palardo

Umberto Nicodano is a partner in the Milan office of the Italy-based international law firm Bonelli Erede Pap-palardo. He is a member of the firm’s Partners Executive Committee and was Managing Partner from 2001 to 2007.

He focuses on M&A transactions involving listed and unlisted companies. His clients are often English and American private equity funds, and the industrial sectors in which he operates mostly include the automotive, fashion, banking and insurance industries. He has considerable experience in managing complex transactions both in the negotiation and coordination of work groups active in the same transactions.

Umberto sits on the board of several listed and unlisted companies. Among others, he is non-executive chairman of Valentino Fashion Group and of a life insurance company belonging to a major international group. He has had prior experience working as an in-house counsellor for Univac, a division of the Sperry Rand Corporation, in its Milan, Philadelphia, London and Rome offices.

Velisarios Kattoulas

chief executive
Poseidon Group

Velisarios Kattoulas is chief executive of the Poseidon Group, a transaction services and advisory firm he founded in Tokyo in 2007. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, and has offices in Singapore and New York. Poseidon offers diligence, compliance, strategic consulting and deal origination services to clients worldwide but with a special focus on Asia. Poseidon's clients have more than USD500 billion in assets under management and administration, and they include leading investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporates. Prior to founding Poseidon, Velisarios was a foreign correspondent in Asia at the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek and Time, an analyst at Robert Fleming in London, and an advisor to a leading investment bank in Tokyo.

Wayne Bannon

general counsel
The Carlyle Group

Wayne Bannon is General Counsel for The Carlyle Group in Asia. The Carlyle Group opened its first office in Asia in 1998 and now has eight offices with four separate investment teams encompassing investments across the Asia Pacific region in buyout, real estate and growth capital. Mr. Bannon worked for a number of years in Tokyo for a US Investment Bank and prior to that position Mr. Bannon worked in the London, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices of an international law firm.

William Hay

general counsel
Baring Private Equity Asia

Wilson Chu

K&L Gates

Yongkai Wong

managing director and head of legal & compliance
CITIC Capital

Yong Kai Wong is the Head of Legal and Compliance and is also the Company Secretary. He is responsible for overall legal and execution coverage for CITIC Capital’s investment activities, as well as all aspects of CITIC Capital’s general corporate, company secretarial and legal functions.

Mr. Wong has over 10 years of experience in alternative investments with broad experience across US, Europe and Asia Pacific in a whole range of transactions ranging from complex debt financings/restructurings, capital markets, structured/securitised products, corporate M&A transactions including corporate real estate/special situations, private equity and hedge fund formations. Prior to joining CITIC Capital, he worked as the Associate General Counsel for APG Asset Management Asia, one of the world’s largest institutional investors with an AUM over EUR300billion under management. Prior to that, he has worked in various reputable international law firms in the U.S., London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Mr. Wong has dual qualifications in law and finance. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an LL.M. (First Class Honors) from the University of Cambridge.


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