IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2016 - Agenda

March 2-3 2016 - Hong Kong

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This year's final agenda at the Asia M&A Forum:

Day 1 (Wednesday March 2 2016)

8.15 Registration

9.10 Welcome note from IFLR and IPBA
Wilson Chu,
conference chair IPBA, partner, McDermott Will & Emery Tom Young, managing editor, IFLR  

9.20 Best practices in addressing corruption risk

  • How has anti-corruption policies changed the climate
  • Tips: conducting proper M&A due diligence
  • Case review of past 12 months
  • Dealing with increased multi-jurisdictional enforcement

William Chua, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton  (chair)
Mark Johnson, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Thomas Ochensberger, compliance director, Asia, CVC Capital Partners 
Johnny Cheung
, regional general counsel, Generali  
Steven Yeo
, general counsel, Asia, Manulife

10.10 Networking and coffee break

10.30 The art and science of post-merger integration

  • Best practices in development of transition strategy
  • Employee retention and incentives
  • Clean teams and other (pre-closing) approaches to handling competitively sensitive data

Andrew Martin, partner, Baker & McKenzie (chair) 
Grace Tso, special counsel, Baker & McKenzie
Angie Au-Yong,
regional general counsel - International, Citrix Systems
Anthony Lo, legal counsel, Great China & Trauson, Stryker Pacific Limited

11.25 Tech M&A: Key issues in today's convergence-driven TMT market

  • Negotiating definitive acquisition provisions unique to acquiring technology-rich targets
  • IP diligence challenges and best practices
  • Dealing with divergent interests among preferred and ordinary classes of shares
  • Fiduciary duties and conflicts of interests of VC Board designees

Shaun Wu, principal, Kobre & Kim (chair)
Craig Menden, partner, Cooley
Joseph Tong
, director, Sailing Capital
Dominic Gyngell, general counsel, Speedcast

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Vietnam and TPP: A new wave of M&A

  • Major M&A trends in Vietnam for 2016
  • Free Trade Agreements and The Trans-Pacific Partnership and their effects on foreign investment into the region
  • Effects and developments of the Investment Law and Enterprise Law, including new investment incentive procedures, business registration simplifications, scrapping of ownership limits and provisions regulating M&A for foreign investors

Oliver Massmann, partner, Duane Morris (Vietnam) (Chair)
Alex Shaik, partner and general counsel, ADM Capital
Jessica Pyman,
managing director, Mintz Group

14.10 Distressed M&A: Leveraging opportunity in a down market

  • Buying opportunities arising out of China slowdown and downturn in energy and natural resources sectors
  • Techniques for restructuring the floundering company
  • Special issues in investing in a distressed Chinese company

David Ereira, Partner, Paul Hastings (chair)
Marcus Paciocco, managing director, FTI Consulting
Yong Kai Wong, managing director, head of legal & compliance, CITIC Capital 
Douglas Freeman,
Partner, Paul Hastings

15.00 Networking and coffee break

15.15 Developments in Asia-outbound M&A into Europe

  • General trends investing into Europe
  • Best practices in tax efficient structures
  • Diligence and disclosure practices impacting buyer protections
  • Dealing with labour and social protections
  • Dealing with EU and patchwork of local merger control, national security and other regulatory constraints

Jiang Xiao, partner, Fangda Partners (chair)
Stefano Micheli, partner, BonelliErede
Richard Winter
, CEO, Quam Capital  
Raymond Goh, director, global investments, Anbang Asset Investment  
Martin Rock, director, M&A advisory, Commerzbank AG 
Moses Tjhin,
director business development Asia Pacific, TMF Group

16.10 Privacy and data security issues in M&A deals

  • Cybersecurity's emergence as a core business issue that must be managed as part of the deal making process.
  • Theft of R&D, intellectual property and employee and customer data, financial fraud and reputational damage and other common risks.
  • Understanding key considerations in seller cyber liability
  • Structuring considerations, cultural considerations and corruption concerns for cross borders deals
  • Use of cyber-insurance and other measures to manage risk

Sophia Chan-Yap P.K, Chief Investment Officer, Trackmore Ventures (chair)
Angie Au-Yong, general counsel, Citrix Systems
Nick Chan,
partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Craig Emery,
general counsel, Telstra
Solomon Osagie,
chief legal counsel, TSYS International

17.00 Chair's closing remarks


Day 2 (Thursday March 3 2016)

8.15 Registration

9.00 Opening remarks from IFLR
Brian Yap,
Asia reporter, IFLR

9.10 Trending considerations in outbound deal making by Chinese buyers

  • New outbound incentives
  • SOE versus private firm special issues
  • Favored industries: current and future
  • Governance challenges
  • Impact of capital controls
  • Best practices in tax efficient structures

Nima Amini, partner, O'Melveny & Myers (chair)
Ke Geng, partner, O'Melveny & Myers
Joe Zhou, executive director, CICC
Weimin Chen
, managing director, Houlihan Lokey  
Hanwai Khor, managing director and deputy general counsel, ICBCI

10.10 Representation and warranty insurance: The deal counsel's guide

  • RWI as a strategic tool to win competitive auctions
  • Trends in pricing and coverage
  • Key issues to be negotiated

Wilson Chu, partner, McDermott Will & Emery (chair)
Michael Turnbull, APAC regional head, mergers & acquisitions insurance, AIG
William Seccombe
, regional director, financial lines group mergers & acquisitions, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Asia 

11.10 Networking and coffee break 

FOCUS: India M&A

  • Opportunities to invest into India due to liberalized FDI rules
  • Analysing the legal trend for establishing and operating joint ventures
  • Tech landscape: growth of e-commerce
  • How to overcome or prevent post-acquisition teething problems

Kevin Wilkey, head of Asia legal, Metlife
Aditya Kurian,
counsel and head of India region, HKIAC 
Mohit Saraf,
partner, Luthra & Luthra
Karun Bansal,
counsel, Consulate General of India, Hong Kong and Macau

12.30 Networking Lunch  

13.30 Shareholder activism: Opportunities for Asia's M&A Players

  • Asia cases:
    • Nobel
    • Eros International/Knight Assets
    • Samsung/Elliott Associates
    • Fanuc/Third Point
  • What has happened in Asia in the last one-to-two years?
  • How shareholder activism in Asia is different from US (prevalence of family businesses, shareholder compliance, cultural etiquettes and the like)
  • Strategies to develop a proactive defense playbook

Bao Chen, partner, Fangda Partners
Pru Bennett
, director, head of Asia Pacific corporate governance and responsible investment, Blackrock
Michael Duignan, senior director, corporate finance, Securities and Futures Commission

14.30 Fair game: Crackdown on antitrust practises

  • Review of new regimes: India, Hong Kong
  • Untangling the competition regime web: cross border issues
  • The extent of extraterritorial reach in antitrust litigation, cartel investigations and merger control

Clara Ingen-Housz, partner, Linklaters (chair)
Christopher To, executive director, Construction Industry Council
Kelvin Kwok, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong Barrister-at-Law, Des Voeux Chambers 
Peggy C Y Leung,
senior counsel, regional head of competition law ASP, HSBC

15.10 Networking and coffee break

16.00 Close of conference












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