IFLR Southeast Asia Forum 2016 - Agenda

June 2 2016 - Fairmont Singapore

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Coming up on this year's agenda:

8.15 Registration and breakfast

9.05 Welcome remarks from IFLR
Brian Yap,
Asia reporter, IFLR

9.10 Enforcement and managing disputes

  • Things to consider when managing cross-border disputes
  • Developments in arbitration, litigation and mediation across Southeast Asia
  • Singapore as a disputes hub: SICC and SIMC updates, including revised rules by the SIAC, and case studies

Prakash Pillai, partner, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore (chair)
Monisha Kamdar, assistant general manager and head of legal,
Raiffeisen Bank International
Kevin Nash
, deputy registrar, SIAC
Kit Wye Lum
, associate professor, NTU
Cameron Ford
, corporate counsel, Rio Tinto
Judith Gill QC
, partner, Allen & Overy

10.05 Vietnam : Investment trends and updates

  • Developments in Vietnam’s investment laws
  • The reformed privatisation programme and reduction in foreign ownership ceiling, privatisation of state-owned enterprises, pension funds and updated labour laws
  • Licensing in Vietnam
  • Inflow of Asean FDI to Vietnam – what are the effects?
  • The effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: easing business regulations and tariff reductions
  • Trade agreement between Vietnam and South Korea
  • Effects of the Enterprise Act

Bui Ngoc Anh, partner, Vilaf (chair)
Vo Ha Duyen partner, Vilaf
Dung Le, attorney, Intel
David Blanco
, assistant general counsel, Asia Pacific, Monsanto

10.55 Networking and coffee break

 M&A and private equity updates

  • Regional trends affecting deal making in 2016: the slowdown of China’s economy; Japanese investment; One Belt One Road initiative; and the AEC
  • Practical strategies: what to do when a deal goes wrong
  • Trending sectors: consumer; IT & tech; and healthcare
  • Cross-border M&A – what is driving growth in the region?
  • Doing a deal outside your region: how to navigate your way through negotiations and gain trust
  • Developments and outlook for private equity deals in Southeast Asia

Daniel Kim, senior counsel, GE Capital
Nicholas Serwer
, general counsel, Ancora Capital Management
Murli Ravi, co-founder, Unicorn Venture Capital
Chevlin Lee,
director, CITIC CLSA

 Why compliance adds value

  • Navigating the Monetary Authority of Singapore and similar institutions across SEA in light of increasingly intrusive regulatory regimes
  • The business case for compliance: why is it essential for companies of all sizes to have systems in place
  • Data-driven compliance: expanding beyond traditional compliance and antitrust
  • New fintech issues: RegTech/cybersecurity
  • Case studies-x of both good and bad compliance systems

Nizam Ismail, partner and head of regulatory practice, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing
Nilesh Choudhary
, CEO and executive director, Edelweiss
Alternative Investment
Lam Chee Kin
, group head of compliance, DBS
Jasmine Karimi
, senior director and counsel, APAC, Illumina
Terence Teo
, general counsel Asia-Pacific, Atlas Copco
Glenn Seah, head of legal, compliance and company secretary,
Singapore Exchange

12.55 Networking lunch

13.45 Indonesia : A foreign investment outlook

  • Navigating the foreign investment landscape in Indonesia: interpreting Indonesia’s Investment Negative List, alternative investment structures, REITs
  • Taxation and currency issues in investment
  • Challenges and opportunities surrounding the liquidity of the Indonesian market
  • Best practice in Indonesian compliance/regulatory investigations
  • What is the next big e-commerce sector?

Freddy Karyadi, partner, ABNR (chair)
Hadi Cahyadi, managing partner and founder, Helios Capital
Nicholas Serwer
, general counsel, Ancora Capital Management
Gundy Cahyadi, economist, DBS Bank

 High-yield bonds and capital market updates

  • The impact of further US Fed interest rate rises on Asia
  • The search for yield in frontier economies- accessing capital markets in emerging Asian countries
  • The development of India’s ‘masala’ bond market: following the footsteps of China
  • Liquidity risks in the Asian bond market
  • Concerns over the regulatory environment in relation to bonds

Anna-Marie Slot, partner, Ashurst (chair)
Jyotirmoy Banerjee, assistant general counsel, Bank of America
Merrill Lynch
Stanley Park
, managing director and head of legal Asia-Pacific,

15.25 Networking and coffee break

Data privacy: protecting your company and regulatory concerns

  • Updated data privacy laws in SEA, including Singapore, Malaysia and the draft Thailand personal data protection bill
  • Cybersecurity: what do you do if your company has been the target of an attack?
  • Data protection and regulatory concerns in Asean, including jurisdictional challenges, and compliance issues regarding data storage and retention
  • Regional data breaches: lessons learned and trends

Keshav Dhakad, regional director of IP & digital crimes unit,
Ben Gerber
, head, data governance & strategy, DBS Bank
Bruce Legorburu,
senior legal counsel, Asia Pacific, Fitch Ratings

16.35 Close of conference




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