IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2017

March 1-2, 2017, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong





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8.15 Registration

9.10 Welcome from IPBA and IFLR

Wilson Chu
, conference chair, IPBA, partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Brian Yap
, Asia editor, IFLR 

9.20 Chinese outbound M&A: challenges and opportunities

  • How the M&A market in China drove activity in 2016
  • What are the key drivers behind the growth in outbound M&A?
  • Resolving regulatory and financing challenges companies may have to face when investing out of China including actions by CFIUS
  • Political and economic impacts on transactions, deals and ventures in the region
  • Top sectors and industries: current and future

Brian Snyder, counsel, Davis Polk (chair)
Paul Chow, partner, Davis Polk
Yan Li
, assistant general counsel – M&A, Tencent
Andrew Huang
, managing director, Goldman Sachs

10.10 Networking and coffee break

10.30 Hot topics in healthcare transactions

  • Healthcare investment landscape in the year to come
  • Key M&A concepts, structures and considerations you should be aware of
  • Specific deal issues in healthcare transactions including use of contingent consideration and rep & warranty insurance
  • Compliance and enforcement issues, including anti-corruption
  • Shareholder activism in healthcare deals

William Chua, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton (chair)
Frank Yu, CEO, Ally Bridge Group
Raymond Goh
, director, global investments, Anbang Asset Management (Hong Kong)
Ezra Borut
, partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Philip Rohlik
, international counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton

11.25 FOCUS: India

  • What foreign investors should be aware of when structuring M&A deals in the region
  • Review: deal flow for the past 12 months
  • Hot sectors in the M&A space in India
  • Outlook: how legal and regulatory changes will impact deals in 2016-2017
  • Navigating issues around the tax regime in India 

Michael Harrington, director, Mintz Group (chair)
Vanina de Verneuil, global general counsel, RCOM Enterprise & Global Cloud Xchange – Reliance Communications
Vasu B. Muthyala
, partner, Kobre & Kim
Sachil Dagur
, head, Asia Pacific, FI, trade & corporate relationships, Axis Bank

12.15 Best practices in resolving Asian M&A disputes

  • What to do if your deal goes wrong
  • When resolving M&A-related disputes, which jurisdiction makes the most sense?
  • Shareholder disputes and deadlock provisions
  • Using ADR to resolve cross border disputes in commercial transactions
  • Trends in cross-border litigation- Hong Kong and beyond

Shaun Wu, partner, Kobre & Kim (chair)
Pius Chong, managing director, advisory, global banking Asia Pacific, HSBC
Harsh Pais
, partner, Trilegal
Alex Shaik
, partner and general counsel, ADM Capital

13.15 Networking lunch

14.10 FOCUS: Vietnam

  • Major M&A trends in Vietnam and the forecast for 2017
  • Sectors leading the M&A wave in Vietnam: retail, consumer and real estate
  • What to be aware of when doing business in Vietnam: a guide for foreign investors
  • Notable M&A deals in Vietnam in 2016
  • An update on the legal frameworks boosting M&A : New Investment Law and New Enterprise Law
  • Outlook on the new EU VN Free Trade Agreement

Oliver Massmann, partner, Duanne Morris (Vietnam) (chair)
Hugo Ngaw, group legal counsel, Convoy Global Holdings
Marc Mezey
, principal legal counsel, International Finance Corporation

15.00 Networking and coffee break

15.15 Know before you go – United States edition: the Chinese bidder’s guide to successfully launching and executing outbound acquisitions

  • Crafting and delivering the “serious” unsolicited offer
  • Best practices to overcome credibility and experience gaps increasingly faced by “off the radar” Chinese bidders
Strategies to bridge the gap between “Chinese M&A practice” and “US M&A practice”
  • Techniques to win over skeptical western management teams

Wilson Chu, partner, McDermott Will and Emery (chair)
Han Li, group general counsel, Shanda
William Zhang
, legal director, Anbang Asset Management
Kevin Qian, partner, McDermott Will and Emery

16.10 The art of distressed M&A

  • What are some of the opportunities and challenges arising out of investing in China?
  • Capturing opportunity in the distressed M&A space in Asia: energy and infrastructure
  • Techniques for restructuring the struggling company
  • How do different jurisdictions deal with distressed situations?

Anthony Root, senior advisor, Moelis & Company (chair)
Alex Shaik, partner and general counsel, ADM Capital
Yong Kai Wong
, managing director and head of legal and compliance, CITIC Capital

17.00 Chair’s closing remarks


8.15 Registration

9.00 Opening remarks

9.10 The impact of tech M&A in the region

  • Identifying the key drivers and trends behind tech M&A deals in Asia
  • How to tell if a potential target is complying with data privacy
  • Cross-border considerations regarding technology transfers, cyber-security and compliance issues
  • Deal activity in cloud sharing market, cloud computing
  • A look at recent China TMT deals – for example, the Alibaba- Youku Tudou merger

Joseph Tong, director, Sailing Capital (chair)
Dominic Gyngell, general counsel, Speedcast
Judith Crosbie-Chen, associate general counsel, Asia Pacific, Elekta
Sandrine Hilaire
, managing director, Mei Hua Consultancy

10.10 Finding opportunities in Asia-outbound M&A into Europe

  • What are some of the key drivers behind the growth of Chinese outbound M&A into Europe?
  • How to deal with regulatory issues such as merger control
  • Minimising major concerns behind European targets
  • Looking forward: will Chinese banks become a larger influence?
  • Best practices in tax-efficient structures

Paul Strecker, partner, Shearman & Sterling (chair)
Richard Winter, CEO, Quam Capital
Jeffrey Wilson
, director, Houlihan Lokey
Lee Edwards
, partner, Shearman & Sterling
Gianluigi Lucchini
, managing partner, LVC Asia Pacific
Bryane Michael
, senior fellow, HKU

11.10 Networking and coffee break

11.30 Getting Ready for an M&A exit

  • Mastering a successful auction process: what works in Asia may not work in the West… and vice versa
  • Multinationals exiting China: Potential busts that may arise?
  • Key differences between a private equity seller and an entrepreneurial seller (especially the Asian-family owned business)
  • What fiduciary duties come into play?
  • Crafting and implementing drag-along rights
  • Getting the target’s house in order

Wilson Chu, partner, McDermott Will and Emery (chair)
Vincent Chan, senior managing director and head of Asia, Samena Capital Hong Kong
Weimin Chen
, managing director, Houlihan Lokey
Brian Lee
, general counsel, FountainVest Partners
Henry Lee
, managing partner, Hendale Capital
Joanna Lin
, associate, McDermott Will and Emery

12.30 Networking lunch

13.30 How to succeed in post-merger integration

  • Strategies for a successful post M&A integration
  • Handling sensitive data and technologies
  • Handling cross-border issues
  • Dealing with employment issues and workforce incentives
  • Compliance, governance and regulatory issues

Sophia Chan-Yap PK, chief investment officer, Trackmore Ventures (chair)
Solomon Osagie, chief legal counsel, TSYS International
Lisa Mather
, general counsel, Asia Pacific, Colgate Palmolive
Joe Zhou
, managing director and head of legal department, CICC
Dominic Gyngell
, general counsel, Speedcast

14.30 Navigating corruption risk, due diligence andenforcement in Asia

  • How to conduct proper M&A due diligence when choosing targets
  • What are some strategies for effective anti-corruption due diligence?
  • Dealing with increased multi-jurisdictional enforcement
  • What do be aware of when implementing anti-money laundering measures in China
  • Case review and enforcement resolutions of 2016
Kapil Kirpalani, chief compliance officer, Asia Pacific, KKR (chair) 
Johnny Cheung, regional general counsel, Generali
Tom Ochensberger
, compliance director, Asia, CVC Capital Partners
Jake Williams, chairman, Madison Pacific
Eric Solberg
, CEO, EXS Capital

15.30 Networking and coffee break

16.00 Close of conference














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