IFLR Southeast Asia Forum 2016 - Speakers

June 2 2016 - Fairmont Singapore

Confirmed speakers include:

Murli Ravi

Unicorn Venture Capital 

Murli Ravi is Co-founder at Unicorn Venture Capital. He has been involved with over 25 companies spanning a wide variety of industry sectors and stages of development across Singapore, India, Silicon Valley, New York and Australia. His roles have included being co-founder, board member, venture capitalist, founder advisor and operating executive, and he has seen companies from the earliest stages through to exit.

He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a Guest Lecturer at INSEAD and NUS Business School. Prior to venture capital, Murli was an investments professional at Temasek Holdings.

Murli has been quoted by media and conferences including Business Today, dmexco, Inc Magazine, Private Equity SE Asia, Startup Asia, Techcircle, Techventure, Terrapinn, Yourstory and others.

He has been on the Internet since the early 90s and is a self-taught (but sadly lapsed) Perl programmer. He also has some data science experience from early in his career. Murli has lived in Singapore, India, Taiwan, Malaysia and the US, and reads and speaks some Mandarin.

Nilesh Choudhary

CEO and executive director
Edelweiss Alternative Investment 

Nilesh Choudhary has over 11 years of experience in fund management, finance and business operations. He has been successful in building and scaling up the finance and operations teams, implementing financial systems and facilitating mergers, integrations and change management initiatives that have directly impacted company financials. Prior to joining Edelweiss, Nilesh worked at Milestone Capital Advisors, an alternative investment advisory firm in India, where he was responsible for core areas of finance, account, tax and regulatory compliance.
Nilesh has also been associated with SC Kabra & Co and Dosi & Jain, both reputed accounting firms in India. Nilesh is a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, India.

Lam Chee Kin

group head of compliance

Mr Lam is the Group Head of Compliance for DBS, and is a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience specializing in financial services regulation. Prior to joining DBS, he held various roles in Standard Chartered Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Rajah & Tann and Allen & Gledhill. Mr Lam also serves on the Disciplinary Committee of SGX, the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and the Data Protection Advisory Committee of Singapore.

Terence Teo

general counsel Asia-Pacific
Atlas Copco

Terence is a graduate of the National University of Singapore Law School Class of 1986.  He has nearly 30 years of experience as a legal professional in general practice, government service, and senior legal counsel positions in large corporations such as Thomson multimedia.  He joined the Edwards Group in 2006, and now holds the position of General Counsel, Asia Pacific of Atlas Copco, which acquired the Edwards Group in 2014.
Terence is responsible for the management of legal issues and risk management in Asia Pacific for Edwards and now Atlas Copco covering ASEAN, South Asia, Korea, Japan and until recently Greater China. He conducts regular training workshops on contract risk management, compliance with the Edwards Code of Conduct, the Atlas Copco Code of Business Practice, the UK Bribery Act, the FCPA, and the handling of dawn raids.  Terence is a keen student of military history, and continues to find valuable lessons to be learnt from past conflicts that apply in life and work.

Lum Kit-Wye

associate professor
NTU Nanyang Business School 

Lum Kit-Wye (LLB (Hons) NUS; LLM (NUS) is an Associate Professor at NTU’s Nanyang Business School and an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She was in private practice at a local law firm before joining the Nanyang Business School in 1994 where she teaches business law as well as negotiation and dispute resolution in the undergraduate and MBA programmes.

In 2002, she won NTU’s Teacher of the Year Award for the Nanyang Business School. She also won the Nanyang Business School Award for Teacher of the Division in 2002 and the Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. In 2015, she was given the Outstanding Court Volunteer (Open Category) Award for her contribution as a volunteer mediator at the State Courts. She publishes in local and international legal journals and is the author of Principles of Law for Engineers as well as co-author of Contract Law. She has also contributed to Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore, an authoritative reference work tailored
specifically for the Singapore legal profession.

She is an accredited Principal Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and also serves on the State Courts’ panel of volunteer mediators. She is an experienced trainer and has conducted conflict resolution workshops in Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia and Fiji.

Judith Gill QC

Allen & Overy

Judith Gill QC has been a partner of Allen & Overy LLP since 1992 and specialises in both international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. Judith's practice covers a broad range of commercial dealings and includes acting both for and against government entities. She has extensive experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration. Judith primarily acts as lead counsel and was only the second woman solicitor-advocate to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in England. She also sits as an arbitrator. In 2013 Judith was listed in the UK’s top 10 SuperLawyers and more recently was voted the “most highly regarded” figure in international arbitration in Who’s Who Legal 2016. She holds institutional appointments, including as President Elect and Director of the LCIA. Judith is also a former director of SIAC and a past Co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Judith is also joint author of the last four editions of the leading textbook "Russell on Arbitration" and has published widely on arbitration issues. Judith relocated to Singapore in 2015.

Keshav Dhakad

regional director of IP & digital crimes unit

Keshav Dhakad is the regional director of Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) for the Asia region. Based in Singapore, Keshav supervises the DCU Asia activities, initiatives and strategies relating to fighting malware crimes, tech-support scams & fraud, protecting children from sexual abuse, driving public-private partnerships on threat intelligence sharing and undertaking cyber security awareness and outreach. His virtual team in the region comprises of attorneys, legal managers, investigators, business analysts and support staff, a number exceeding 30. He is also the regional chairperson of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) Asia Committee. Keshav is a licensed attorney for the State of New York USA, since 2003 and has also been admitted to practice in India since 1999.

Stanley Park

managing director and head of legal Asia Pacific Scotiabank 

Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal - Asia Pacific Region for Scotiabank's Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank's businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank's businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank's internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight.
Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 - 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 - 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 - 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 - 2014.

Stanley graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1985 and received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Stanley has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1994.

Cameron Ford

corporate counsel
Rio Tinto

Cameron is presently corporate counsel with Rio Tinto in Singapore, practising in general corporate commercial law and disputes.  He was a partner in a law firm and then a barrister at the independent Bar in Australia, practising in commercial and administrative litigation. He later became Head of Dispute Resolution for four States for National Australia Bank. He was later special counsel with Downer Group in Australia and in Singapore. He was acting Head of Legal for Oyu Tolgoi LLC, a Rio Tinto company, in Mongolia for 6 months before returning to Singapore.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and a Fellow(Master) of the Association of Forensic & Advanced Valuation Executives.  He is on the arbitration panels of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

Cameron He obtained his LLB from the University of Queensland, LLM from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from NUS. He is presently completing a Master of Arts in Contemporary China at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Northern Territory Law Reports for over 10 years and the Executive Editor of the Northern Territory Law Journal since its inception in 2007.  He was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Capital Territory Law Reports, a State editor of both the Australian Insurance Law Bulletin and the seminal text Family Provision in Australia.  He has had a number of articles published in law journals and regularly writes notes of all Northern Territory Supreme Court decisions for the Law Society magazine and the NTLJ.  He has taught Civil Procedure at university and is a member of the Singapore Law Society’s Publications and ADR Committees.

Cameron has recently founded the Mongolian Academy of Law to train Mongolian lawyers in legal English, substantive legal subjects and professional skills for lawyers, and has established an international mentoring program linking Mongolian lawyers with lawyers in other countries.

Kevin Nash

deputy registrar

As Deputy Registrar of SIAC, Kevin assists the Registrar, Ms Tan Ai Leen, in the administration of cases filed with SIAC and the supervision of SIAC’s multinational Secretariat. In his previous role as Counsel at SIAC, Kevin administered more than 250 arbitrations under various institutional rules including the SIAC Rules and UNCITRAL Rules. He also handled numerous cases conducted under the Expedited Procedure and Emergency Arbitrator applications for urgent relief prior to the constitution of a tribunal
Kevin holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Kevin worked at one of Canada’s prominent ‘Seven Sister’ law firms and then went on to study an LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration at Stockholm University. He is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Jasmine Karimi

senior director and counsel, APAC

Jasmine Karimi is the Senior Director & Counsel, leading the legal function across Asia Pacific for Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), an international, rapidly growing, and the world’s leading DNA sequencing company (named MIT Technology Review’s “Smartest Company” in 2014).
A seasoned in-house professional, Jasmine has over 20 years of experience, across multiple jurisdictions (UK, Singapore, Canada and Hong Kong) and industries (including media, manufacturing, luxury retail and currently life sciences). Preceding her in-house career, Jasmine was a corporate and litigation lawyer at major law firms in Canada and Singapore. Her areas of expertise include Corporate, Commercial, Corporate Compliance, Anti-Corruption, Intellectual Property, Technology, Employment and Data Privacy laws.

Noted for excellence in public speaking and presentations, Jasmine is a frequently invited speaker at industry and professional forums globally. She has an LL.B. (Hons) from the U.K., and an LLM specializing in IP law from Canada. She is admitted to practice law in England & Wales, Singapore, Canada, and Hong Kong. Jasmine speaks several Asian based languages with a varying degree of fluency and is now learning German. She serves on a few boards, including the In-House Counsel Worldwide, SIAC Users Council and is the immediate past President of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (HKCCA).

Jasmine has been named as one of the 100 leading influential in-house lawyers in business in Asia in The Legal 500: Corporate Counsel 100 Asia 2014

Jigar Shah

managing principal
The BlueBox Group

Mr Shah is a seasoned dealmaker, finance and strategy leader with 18 years of proven track record in Private Equity, Investment Banking, Strategy Consulting and Executive Management across the USA, India and South East Asia.

Mr. Shah began his career as management consultant, auditor and advisor to company boards in ASEAN in the 1990s with Shah & Co, a reputed Chartered Accountancy firm based in Singapore. During this time he also lectured on various topics ranging from International Finance, Treasury Management, MIS Strategic Management at UK and Australian business schools based out of Singapore, as well as at the Singapore Accountancy Academy. At the Academy, he was a part of a three member team who designed and led a training program for 60,000 civil servants in Singapore.

In 2001, Mr. Shah moved to New York to expand the company where he took-up CFO roles for $400 million companies before turning his hand to private equity. His PE experience involved being a member of the investment committee and a board member on portfolio companies of the PE firm, assisting the organizations with growth and IPO plans.

In 2011, he started Bluebox Capital Pte Ltd, a Singapore based, emerging markets focused investment banking and cross border advisory group. Since then, Bluebox has successfully advised and facilitated over 20 cross border transactions as well as several successful capital market transactions. Mr Shah has been instrumental in Bluebox’s expansion into North Africa, Middle East and ASEAN.

Jyotirmoy Banerjee

assistant general counsel

Jyotirmoy Banerjee is Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the investment banking legal team in Asia covering ECM, DCM and M&A across the region. He has practiced as a lawyer at Shearman & Sterling and Lehman Brothers in NY, and O’Melveny & Myers and, most recently, Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. He studied law in the US and India and is licensed with the New York Bar and the Bar Council of Delhi. He is based in Singapore.

Nicholas Serwer

general counsel
Ancora Capital Management

Mr. Serwer is the General Counsel of Ancora Capital Management Pte. Ltd., Singapore, and PT Ancora Internasional Manajemen, Jakarta, Indonesia.  Ancora Capital Management Pte. Ltd. is a registered Singapore fund management company and is the investment manager of Ancora Fund II, L.P., a private equity fund investing in natural resources and consumer-related businesses, as well as special situations, primarily in Indonesia.  The Ancora group also invests in and develops real estate in Indonesia, includes an Indonesia Stock Exchange-listed company focusing on natural resources and related support services and has a foundation supporting education.

Mr. Serwer has been working in Singapore and Indonesia for over 20 years.  He is admitted to the bar in New York and Maryland and is also admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.

Monisha Kamdar

assistant general manager and head of legal
Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Singapore Branch

Monisha Kamdar is the Assistant General Manager and Head of Legal for Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Singapore and oversees the legal function for all of the Bank’s business in the entire APAC region (excluding China). 

Reporting to the CEO Asia Pacific of the Bank based in Singapore, she works alongside senior management and heads of departments providing legal support in all areas of transaction management for structured, mezzanine and trade finance transactions and also provides crucial support on workout matters, restructurings, litigation and risk management.  In addition, she advises on all new business initiatives in Asia and provides legal support to the board of management locally and in Austria. 
Monisha was the first legal hire for the Bank in Asia in October 2010 and was responsible for establishing the legal department and building it up, initially acting as sole general counsel in Asia (ex China).  She sits on the Bank’s Problem Loan Committee providing strategic legal and commercial advice on matters relating to recoveries and NPLs.  

Prior to this, Monisha was a senior attorney for 8 years at the Singapore office of Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s most prestigious US law firms.  She primarily focused on project development and financing transactions across the Asia Pacific region and advised developers, contractors, project lenders and underwriters in the power, petrochemical and shipping industries.  Earlier on in her career, she also represented clients in corporate and capital markets transactions. 

Glenn Seah

head of legal, compliance and company secretary
Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX)

Mr Glenn Seah is the Senior Vice President and Head of Legal, Compliance and the Company Secretary’s Office at the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), an integrated securities and derivatives exchange, clearing house and depository offering trading, clearing, settlement and depository services for Asian and international financial and commodities products.  Mr Seah is responsible for advising on legal matters, driving compliance and managing regulatory relationships on a global basis.

Mr Seah has deep experience in law enforcement and litigation, financial markets regulation and compliance.  He joined SGX in February 2012 from Standard Chartered Bank, where he was Regional Head, Wholesale Bank Compliance in Singapore and South-East Asia, covering corporate banking products from transaction banking to financial markets, corporate finance and private equity, and overseeing wholesale bank compliance in several Asia-Pacific countries.

Prior to Standard Chartered Bank, Mr Seah served in various roles in SGX, including Legal and Regulatory Policy, Staff Assistant to the CEO, and Head of Market Surveillance and Enforcement. Mr Seah was also a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for several years, covering a broad spectrum of criminal law, including trial and appellate work, cross-border mutual legal assistance and the revision of Singapore’s criminal laws and procedures.

Mr Seah holds a law degree from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

Daniel Kim

senior counsel
GE Capital International 

Daniel Kim is based in Singapore and is Senior Counsel with GE Capital International. Dan joined GE Capital in 2008 and has since been engaged in a number of strategic transactions across Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and India. Dan is also a joint venture expert. Prior to joining GE Capital was a foreign legal consultant in Seoul, Korea. Dan is qualified in the State of California and is an alum of the University of Southern California School of Law and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Hadi Cahyadi

managing partner and founder
Helios Capital

Hadi Cahyadi, who is specialized in Corporate Finance, is the Managing Partner of Helios Capital.
Helios Capital (www.helioscapitalasia.com) is a reputable boutique firm which focus in M&A, Capital Raising and Debt Restructuring.

He is one of the most active M&A players in Indonesia by number of projects. The M&A projects consist of divestment and acquisition of plantations, consumer products, F&B, life style center and restaurant, commodities, property, and infrastructure. He recently also represents some companies who is facing insolvency.
Hadi holds a Masters' degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Houston-Clear Lake, USA and a Masters' degree in Corporate Law (MCL) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia. His Bachelor degree in Accounting was obtained from Tarumanagara University, Indonesia.

His extensive professional experiences in international public accounting firms, including being trained in Melbourne with KPMG-Corporate Recovery.
Hadi began his career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen, Jakarta, in 1989. He later assumed managerial positions in some prominent firms namely KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte Touche. His last position was as Managing Partner at PBCapital, a Financial Advisory Services arm of PB&Co, a renowned tax consultant in Indonesia. Afterward he co-founded Helios Capital in 2009.

During his professional career, Hadi has served many Indonesian large corporations, such as PT Semen Indonesia Tbk. and Kompas Gramedia Group. In 2009, one of Hadi's project with PT Semen Indonesia Tbk. to perform capital raising for the construction of new cement plant and its power plant was awarded as 'Deal of the Year 2009' under Project Finance Category by Euromoney.

Currently, he also serves as Independent Commissioner of PT Lippo Cikarang Tbk, and PT. Indonesian Paradise Property Tbk.

Gundy Cahyadi

Economist (Indonesia, Thailand & Philippines) Economic and Currency Research, Group Research
DBS Bank

Gundy Cahyadi joined DBS in September 2013. He has more than 10 years of economic and financial market research experience in covering the Asia ex-Japan region.

Primarily an expert in Southeast-Asian economies, his analysis is highly sought after by financial institutions and corporate clients in their asset allocation decisions. In addition, he also contributes his views on public policies to various government institutions in the region. He is widely quoted in international newswires and the regional media.

Gundy graduated with an M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University, having completed his B.A in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.

Freddy Karyadi


Mr. Freddy Karyadi joined ABNR as senior associate in July 2007 and became a Partner on 1 January 2012. He read law at University of Indonesia (1998) and earned LL.M in International Tax at Leiden University (2002). He also graduated cum laude in 1997 from the Faculty of Economics of Trisakti University in Jakarta and obtained MBA degree from Peking University (2015). He has participated in various trainings and seminars in Indonesia and abroad. Prior to joining ABNR, he worked for a number of years in other prominent law firms in Jakarta. In 2010, he was seconded to Loyens & Loeffs, Amsterdam Office, a prominent Dutch law firm. His special practice areas are capital markets, M&A, investment, property, natural resources, tax, banking and project finance matters. He has represented international financial institutions, banks, private equity, venture capital, tech start-up, mining, and publicly listed companies.

He is a member of the editorial board of Derivatives and Financial Instrument Journal, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, the Netherlands and is the regional
correspondence for the Indonesia jurisdiction for Tax Notes International of Virginia, United States. He also contributes articles to International Financial Law Review, ICLG, Getting The Deal Through and acts as speaker in IBA and IPBA. He is also a tax attorney, chartered
accountant and licensed tax consultant. He receives awards from IFLR1000 and Asialaw IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) Profiles.

Bruce Legorburu

senior legal counsel, Asia Pacific
Fitch Group

Bruce Legorburu is Senior Legal Counsel – Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.  Bruce is responsible for Asia Pacific legal and regulatory matters for Fitch Group. 

Before re-joining Fitch in 2013, Bruce was a Partner with the law firm Squire Sanders (Perth, Australia). His practice focused on corporate and commercial law, with clients in both the private and public sectors.  Between 2003 and 2007, Bruce had worked as European Counsel for Fitch based in London supporting various business units in the EMEA region and acting as Regional Compliance Officer for EMEA & Asia Pacific.  Prior to that, Bruce worked in private practice, from 1996 to 2003, as a corporate, commercial & technology lawyer for the law firms Sidley Austin (London) and Clifford Chance (London).

Bruce earned a BA in Philosophy, from the University of Toronto, an LL.B from the University of Edinburgh and an LL.M from University College London.

Nizam Ismail

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing 

Nizam Ismail is a Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. He is also a Co-Founder of RHT Compliance Solutions, a dedicated financial services compliance consultancy/solutions provider.

He has 20 years of experience and expertise in financial services regulatory compliance and litigation.

He was Executive Director and Head of Compliance for Southeast Asia in Morgan Stanley Singapore. Nizam was also formerly Senior Vice President and Head of Compliance for Southeast Asia at Lehman Brothers Singapore, Executive Director (Legal and Compliance) in Nomura Singapore and Senior Legal Counsel of Citigroup (Corporate and Investment Bank). Nizam’s area of compliance coverage included markets, investment banking, corporate banking, private banking and asset management. Nizam’s product coverage included fixed income, equities, commodities, currency, rates, derivatives, futures, structured deposits.

Nizam spent six years as a regulator at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he was Deputy Director and Head of the Market Conduct Policy Division. There, Nizam worked on various policy reviews relating to the capital markets, including various policy reviews leading to the enactment of the Securities and Futures Act, the Financial Advisers Act, Trust Companies Act and the Business Trust Act. Nizam also conducted a review on the application of competition law on financial services. The policy reviews that Nizam oversaw at MAS included: revamp of regulatory framework on markets/recognized market operators, dual currency investments, credit card solitication rules, disclosure requirements for investment products, rationalisation of wholesale/retail investors, extra-territorial application, regulation of traded life/endowment policies, civil penalty regime for market misconduct, review of insider trading, licensing and business conduct issues, policies behind regulation capital markets intermediaries, and implementation of recommendations of Corporate Law and Regulatory Framework Committee (CLRFC).

Ben Gerber

head, data governance and strategy
DBS Bank

Ben Gerber is committed to enabling organizations to pursue new opportunities and next-generation products and services, while proactively managing risk, achieving regulatory requirements and ensuring solid privacy and security practices.  He bridges ideas and drives execution across business lines, technology, legal, compliance and risk management.

Ben Gerber is the Head of Data Governance and Strategy, Head of Privacy and Head of Security Strategy at DBS Bank. He enables the Bank to leverage data and new infrastructure models and leads efforts on data governance, compliance and ethics, information security, privacy / data protection, bank secrecy / client confidentiality and all data related legal and regulatory issues.
As the Global Privacy Officer at Standard Chartered, Ben Gerber developed and led their first global privacy function, addressing privacy, data protection, bank secrecy and related sharing, disclosure, cross-jurisdictional data transfer and data sovereignty across more than 70 countries.

Previously at The MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center chartered to work in the public interest, he was a trusted advisor on privacy strategy for U.S. executive branch agencies dealing with healthcare, financial regulation, taxation, defense, homeland security, and intelligence.

Prior to this, Ben Gerber was the Privacy Services Lead for IBM Global Business Services where he led multinational companies and government clients across the globe in developing and maintaining solid privacy and security practices.  This enabled clients to execute innovative business strategies, use new technologies and harness the power of data.  As the SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) & Cloud Security Lead for Financial Services he led financial institutions in adopting SOA and Cloud technology.  Leveraging SOA, he built solutions for enhancing security and privacy, including security as a service and controls for cross-border data flows.

Mark Wentz

VP and regional counsel
SAP Asia

Aldi Pagaruyung

Country Counsel - Indonesia, Vietnam & the Phillippines

Driving overall legal and compliance matters to the entire business and functions in the supported regions.  Part of leadership teams that develop overall strategies for the business and collaborates with regional and worldwide stakeholders on various international and cross-regional subjects. Joins HP Inc in 2013.  Previous experience includes in-house counsel for a mining/infrastructure company and a telecommunication company. Started professional career in 2002 as an Associate Lawyer in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Prakash Pillai

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore 

Prakash focuses on dispute resolution and international commercial arbitration. He has appeared before various arbitral tribunals, as well as the High Court and Court of Appeal of Singapore.

Prakash speaks regularly in conferences and seminars, focusing primarily on international arbitration. He has also been recognised as a leading lawyer for his expertise in international arbitration in leading journals such as the International Financial Law Review.

Prakash is the chairman of the Public and International Law Committee of the Law Society and vice-chairman of the Publications Committee. He was formerly an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore teaching Indian Business Law.

A barrister-at-law (Middle Temple - inactive) and an advocate and solicitor in Singapore, he worked in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a foreign service officer.

Prakash has recently been appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of Iceland in Singapore

Bui Ngoc Anh


With 16 years of practice and research, Ngoc Anh is a business lawyer with international expertise and local experience on M&A, foreign direct investment, corporate restructure, contract law, employment, market access, customs and WTO. He has advised clients on various complicated deals in a wide-range of heavily regulated industries, such as automobile, telecom, oil and gas, real estate, trade, securities, manufacturing and services in Vietnam.

Ngoc Anh concluded his doctoral degree, with distinction, on international trade law at Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. During his time in Washington D.C., he worked for Steptoe & Johnson law firm for one and a half year on international trade and foreign investment in Vietnam. Before his study in the US, Ngoc Anh worked for the USVTC in Hanoi on various technical assistance programs on Vietnam’s WTO accession negotiation and Vietnam’s implementation of the 2000 US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement.   

Dung Le

Indochina counsel
Kimberly Clark

Dung Le is currently Legal Counsel - Indochina; International Counsel - Asean for Kimberly-Clark. She has a broad legal background with more than 17 years working experiences and taking key roles including In-house Counsel, Compliance and Government Affair for international corporations including Unilever, British American Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline, and recently Intel before joining Kimberly-Clark.

Beside her main profession in legal services, Dung is also recognized as an experienced expert in compliance area, and was one of the first compliance officers in pharmaceutical industry. She was member in the core team to compose the Code of Conduct for pharma association.

She also plays key role in the companies as member in the Board of Management, Risk Management, and Leadership team to provide strategic legal and risk management advices.

Dung has wise knowledge about legal framework of investment and cooperation. She also has experiences in providing legal advices for setting up investment projects, M&A in Vietnam.

Dung is member of Bar Association of Ho Chi Minh City, and also visited lecturer of the Judicial Academy of Vietnam.

David Blanco

Assistant General Counsel, Asia Pacific
Monsanto Company

Vo Ha Duyen


Duyen has been a Partner at VILAF since January 2001 and worked with two American law firms in Ho Chi Minh City and Washington DC prior to joining VILAF.

She advised foreign investors, private equity funds, issuers and financial institutions in relation to equity investment, bond investment and debt instruments in private and public companies in Vietnam. Deals advised include amongst others KKR's investment in Masan Consumer, Mondelez International's acquisition of Kinh Do Corporation, Hoang Anh Gia Lai's international bond listing transaction and several bond restructuring transactions, Dragon Capital in an investment in a mining project, Bluescope Steel in relation to its Vietnam subsidiaries in a global M&A transaction, Shell in various M&A transactions in its downstream business in Vietnam, CPECC in the joint venture acquisition Jaks Hai Duong BOT Power Project, etc.

She also advised lenders in asset financing transactions, structured financing transactions, derivatives, project financing transactions, bonds, and other financing products. Deals advised include amongst others BNP Paribas's various financing transactions in Vietnam including a reserves-based lending transaction relating to an upstream petroleum project in Vietnam, SMBC, JBIC, BTMU and Citi in various financing transactions to finance energy or infrastructure projects in Vietnam, lenders in Phu My 2.2. BOT power project and Vung Ang 2 BOT Power Project.

Sectors she has advised include financial institutions, infrastructure, energy, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, real property, chemicals, retail, food & beverages, etc.

Duyen is a Fulbright alumni and was named in several editions of Marquis Who’s Who in the World.

Nicholas Serwer

General Counsel
Ancora Capital Management 

Mr. Serwer is the General Counsel of Ancora Capital Management Pte. Ltd., Singapore, and PT Ancora International, Jakarta, Indonesia. Ancora Capital Management Pte. Ltd., a registered Singapore fund management company, is the investment manager of Ancora Fund II, L.P., a private equity fund investing in natural resources and consumer-related businesses, as well as special situations, primarily in Indonesia. The Ancora group also includes an Indonesia Stock Exchange-listed company focusing on natural resources and related support services, a real estate investment and development group, a “friends and family” investment group and a foundation supporting education.

Mr. Serwer has been working in Asia for 20 years. He is admitted to the bar in New York and Maryland and is also admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.

Anna-Marie Slot


Anna-Marie is a partner in our finance practice based in Hong Kong and is head of the High Yield group. She has extensive experience acting for banks and other companies in a wide range of corporate finance and securities transactions, including high-yield debt offerings, tender offers, debt buybacks, refinancings and numerous securities transactions, such as Rule 144A and Regulation S debt and equity offerings, as well as mezzanine debt investments and senior credit facilities. Her practice also includes advising companies on US securities law matters.

Prior to joining Ashurst, Anna-Marie worked at a leading international law firm headquartered in the US. She has also worked in both New York and London for a major New York law firm.

Anna-Marie has been independently recognised for her expertise in China's high yield market by legal directories Chambers Asia.

She is admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong and to the New York State Bar.





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