IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2017

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





Speakers at the 2017 IFLR Asia M&A Forum included:

Jeffrey Wilson

Houlihan Lokey

Jeffrey Wilson oversees the Corporate Finance practice in Houlihan Lokey’s Hong Kong Office where he leads the M&A advisory and Financial Sponsors coverage practices. His recent engagements include the sale of Bocom, a leading security integration business in Shanghai, and the sale of Honiton, an owner and operator of wind farms in Inner Mongolia. He also advised on the sale of Alaska Milk, the largest listed dairy company in the Philippines, and advised Sino Forest Corp. on the debt-for-equity conversion of US$1.8 billion of convertible and senior notes.
Before joining Houlihan Lokey’s Asia-Pacific team, 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, 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.
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.

Raymond Goh

Raymond Goh
director, global investments
Anbang International

Raymond is the Director, Global Investments, of Anbang Asset Management (Hong Kong) Co. Limited with oversight of Anbang Insurance Group LLC’s strategic and principal investments around the world. His recent transactions include the acquisition of a landmark real estate property in New York and a financial institution listed on the Korea Stock Exchange.
Prior to that, he was in-house counsel with a leading bulge bracket investment bank where he focuses on capital markets transactions (debt and equity), cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic initiatives and principal investments in Asia. He was also formerly in private practice with one of the Magic Circle law firms and has worked in New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
His past transactional experience includes several landmark transactions which were awarded the Restructuring Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year and China Deal of the Year by various a graduate of Columbia Law School and is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Yong Kai Wong

managing director and head of legal and 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.
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.
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.

Alexander Shaik

Alexander Shaik
general counsel and an equity partner
ADM Capital

Alexander Shaik is General Counsel and an Equity Partner of ADM Capital.
He has over 15 years legal and commercial experience working on corporate and structured finance transactions. Shaik has been involved in innovative capital markets transactions in most Asia jurisdictions, including China, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Japan, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia and New Zealand.
Before joining ADM Capital, hewas employed in the Hong Kong office of  the US law firm, Sidley Austin, and he has also worked with the Tokyo office of UK magic circle firm, Allen & Overy.
Shaik’s role as General Counsel involves supervising legal, regulatory and transactional issues arising in respect of the ADM Capital Group’s investments in Asia and Europe, and covering ADM Capital’s seven offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Istanbul, Almaty, Kiev, Moscow and London.


Eric Solberg

chairman & chief executive officer
EXS Capital

Eric Solberg is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the EXS Capital Group, an independent investment firm dedicated to Asia founded in 2007. He has been involved in the Asian private equity industry for over 25 years; as an investor, investment banker and entrepreneur, he has driven private equity through several full business cycles with success.
EXS Capital originates, structures, advises and co-invests with global institutional and high net worth investors in Asian opportunities. Out of these opportunities, EXS Capital has led and closed nine privately negotiated deals representing several hundred million of invested capital, so far all producing a positive return for both investors and management.  One of the most successful transactions to date has been the 2013 investment into SonKim Land, an up-and-coming Vietnamese real estate development company. The deal won “Best Private Placement in Vietnam 2013-2014” at the M&A Forum, organized by the Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment.  He is a Director on SonKim Land’s board and advises the company on strategy and capital.
Until he resigned in June 2007 to start EXS Capital, Solberg was Managing Director and Partner of CVC International Asia, Citigroup’s proprietary private equity group for Emerging Markets. During his time at CVCI, he led the investor consortium for and sat on the board of Shui On Land, the Chinese real estate developer that developed Xintiandi (新天地) in Shanghai, now listed on the HKSE. He also was the founding Chairman of Asia Broadcast Satellite, now one of the region’s leading private operators. Prior to CVCI, he was the founder and CEO of the Strategic Capital Group, a boutique Asian private equity and venture capital firm with 170 staff, where he advised on the funding and expansion of the Harbin Brewery Group, later sold to Anheuser-Busch for US$800 million. Eric started his career in finance at Wasserstein Perella & Co in New York. He graduated from Harvard College and speaks Japanese.

Jake Williams

Madison Pacific

Jake has over 40 years of financial services experience and is an industry leader in corporate credit, restructuring and recovery. In his current role, he is Chairman of the Madison Pacific Group - premier independent provider of an extensive range of trustee and escrow agency, custodial, directorship and company secretarial services in a wide variety of special situations, such as restructurings, distressed transactions, complex workouts and enforcements throughout Asia Pacific, as well as investing and asset management in distressed, illiquid and other special situations. Prior to that he was Deputy Group Chief Risk Officer of Standard Chartered Bank. Jake sat on the Board of Directors of the SCB's subsidiaries in China, Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia and was responsible for the approvals and oversight of Standard Chartered’s largest and most complex transactions and counterparty exposures. In addition to being involved in major credit approvals, he headed up risk due diligence and integration for acquisitions and supervised Standard Chartered’s impaired credit portfolio and major troubled exposures. Jake was also previously Group Head of Special Assets Management, the corporate restructuring and workout division, and functioned as the Bank’s “designated trouble shooter“.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Jake held a variety of senior management positions at Citicorp/Citibank and Westpac Banking Corporation in various countries.


Solomon Osagie

chief legal counsel
TSYS International

Dr Solomon Osagie manages the legal team at TSYS International. A leading General Counsel ranked in the FT top 25 GC rankings, he was named in the Hot Lawyer rankings for 2016 and also received a nomination at the UK Diversity Awards.
With a number of citations including lawyer of the year, General Counsel of the Year and Innovative GC, he is acknowledged as an expert in consumer finance, banking and regulatory services.
He was a partner in private practice and then held senior roles in Industry. Before his appointment at TSYS International, he was Global Switch Group General Counsel until 2007.
He was appointed to the Law Society’s Company Law Committee in 2011 and sits on several advisory boards including Acritas, GOAL, The Lawyer Financial Services Forum and the Brussels GC Advisory Board. In 2014, he was invited to join the Westminster Policy Forum on Legal Education and Training in the UK. He is also a member of the Lafferty Brexit Council and the International Payments Council.
He speaks and writes regularly about regulatory matters in the financial services sector and has been influential in the commentary on data protection, privacy issues and strategic management in Europe generally.


Johnny Cheung

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general counsel
Generali Asia

Johnny Cheung is general counsel for Generali Asia, leading all legal, corporate and compliance affairs in the region. He has over 20 years of experience in the banking and finance sector, having worked across M&A transactions and strategic corporate and commercial affairs in Asia. Prior to joining Generali, he was chief legal & compliance officer at the Bank of Montreal Financial Group, based in Beijing, China. He has also held the positions of Asia Pacific regional general counsel for AZA Group and counselor to the AIG China Chairman. He is licensed to practice law in Canada, England & Wales and Hong Kong. In addition to a BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD in France, he also holds a BA and Master of Laws from the University of Oxford and London School of Economics, respectively. 

Henry Lee

managing partner
Hendale Capital

Henry Lee has close to 30 years’ experience as an investor, fund manager, corporate financier, and fund allocator in global and Asian markets.  His extensive experience encompasses private and public investments, hedge funds, private equity and venture funds, managing asset management companies and family office operations.
In 1996, Mr. Lee founded Hendale Asia, one of the first Asian-based multi-strategy alternative funds, after being a Principal at the Bass family office in Texas for 6 years.  Hendale now specializes in direct private investments in globally.  More recently, Mr. Lee was the CIO of Nan Fung – a large private real estate and investment conglomerate, where he managed a large diversified investment portfolio in excess of several billion USD.  Prior to that, between 2003 and 2008, he managed large portfolios for the Asia operation of Sandell, a large global hedge fund and was an Executive Director of UBS Global Asset Management responsible for hedge fund allocations globally based in Hong Kong.  He started his career as an investment banker at CS First Boston in New York and London in 1987.
His community work and directorships include being an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of Xian, the leading local bank in Xian city, and a 2nd term member of the Xian China Peoples’ Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC).  He is active in community and alumni affairs and holds various directorships and posts in organizations such as the HK Cancer Fund and the Mongolian Chamber and Mongolia Club (HK).
He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English.  Born and raised in Asia, America and Africa, Mr. Lee is a citizen of Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Dominic Gyngell

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general counsel

Dominic Gyngell is the General Counsel at Speedcast, an Australian-listed global satellite communications provider, and is responsible for all legal, governance, compliance and regulatory work globally. Prior to Speedcast, he was with BT for 14 years, most recently serving as their General Counsel for Asia, Middle East and Africa. Heoriginally joined BT in London where he was the head of BT’s Major Transactions team, focusing on large scale, complex commercial and corporate transactions around the globe.

He was born in Canberra and studied at the ANU before working in Sydney at Minter Ellison, an Australian law firm. 

Brian Li

general counsel
FountainVest Partners

Brian Lee is the general counsel of FountainVest Partners, a leading China-focused private equity firm.  FountainVest's investments are long term oriented, and targets high growth industry leaders in China in the healthcare, consumer, media & lifestyle, industrials and other sectors. FountainVest works closely with management teams to create value in the areas of strategy, operations, finance, industry consolidation and governance. 
Prior to joining FountainVest, he was working in the Hong Kong office of a well-known offshore law firm.    His legal experience includes (i) corporate finance and corporate restructuring matters such as fund raising transactions for venture and private equity investments, mezzanine and pre-IPO financing, IPOs on global stock exchanges such as Hong Kong, Nasdaq, NYSE, China A-share and London, note and bond issuances of listed and unlisted entities, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers and privatizations, backdoor listings and company reorganizations and (ii) fund-related matters such as the structuring and establishment of offshore private equity and venture investment funds.  Brian had also previously worked in the investment banking and legal fields in Singapore and as a venture capitalist in Shanghai focused on China-related investments. 
Brian’s received his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Bristol.

William Zhang

William Zhang
head and legal director of international department
Anbang International

William (Wenyu) Zhang is the Head and Legal Director of International Department of the Board of Directors Office of Anbang Insurance Group. He leads an international team of legal and corporate governance professionals in supporting the Group’s global expansion including corporate governance matters, M&A activities and post-deal restructuring in the jurisdictions of Asia, Europe and North America.
Prior to joining Anbang Insurance Group, William was a partner in an international law firm’s Shanghai office and provided legal services including M&A, outbound investment, corporate, tax, post-deal integration and compliance services to various international and domestic clients. Prior to that, he worked as a tax professional for one of the Big-Four international accounting firms in its Hong Kong and mainland offices.
William is admitted to practice in the New York State and the California State.  He is also a China lawyer.  He holds the qualifications of China Certified Public Accountant, Certified International Investment Analyst and the US Certified Management Accountant. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

Hugo Ngaw

Hugo Ngaw
group legal counsel
Convoy Global Holdings

Hugo Ngaw is Group Legal Counsel of Convoy Global Holdings Limited (HK stock code: 1019).  Hugo did bachelor and master degrees in laws in City University of Hong Kong and People’s University of China.  He worked in HK and USA law firms and was legal counsel in another HK-listed financial group and a HK-listed movie company.  He was company secretary of a HK-listed telecommunication components manufacturing company.

Han Li

general counsel
Shanda Group

Han Li is the General Counsel of Shanda Group, an investment holding company based in Singapore. She joined Shanda in September 2011 and has served as Shanda’s General Counsel since then. Prior to that, Li spent six years in the Hong Kong office of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She advised major investment banks on Wall Street as underwriters or placement agents in all forms of capital market transactions including primary and secondary equity offering, high yield bond offering, hybrid securities financing, senior debt offering, and equity and credit derivatives. Li also advised large corporations in various M&A transactions including mergers, stock/asset sale or purchase and PIPE transactions.
Li received her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar. She received her LL.B. from Fudan University (Honored Graduate) and LL.M. from Peking University.
She is admitted to practice in the state of New York and Hong Kong

Marc Mezey

Marc Mezey
principal counsel, Asia
International Finance Corporation

Marc Mezey, a US national, is Principal Legal Counsel in the Hong Kong office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Mezey has primary lawyer responsibility for new, portfolio, and special operations projects and clients in the East Asia and Pacific region and provides advice and support to investment and advisory colleagues located in the region.  Since joining the IFC in January 2008, Mezey’s projects have included the structuring and execution of loans, equity and quasi-equity investments, private equity investments, structured finance products, project finance projects and public-private partnerships.  Mr. Mezey joined IFC after a successful career in private practice.  Most recently, he practiced with Cleary Gottlieb in their Hong Kong, London, Washington and Brussels offices between 1999 and 2008.  Varied practice focused on corporate, transactional and regulatory matters, including international financings and business transactions.  Mezey graduated with a JD degree from the Columbia University School of Law and a BA degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

Kapil Kirpalani

chief compliance officer, Asia Pacific

Kapil Kirpalani joined KKR in 2017 as Chief Compliance Officer for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining KKR, he was at HarbourVest Partners, where he was responsible for the firm’s legal and compliance program across Asia. Earlier, he was with Ortus Capital Management and Pacific Harbor Capital (a Citigroup affiliate) where he covered a broad range of businesses including currency trading and special situations, debt & equity investments. He holds an LL.B.(with honors), an LL.M. and has completed further business studies at the University of Cambridge.


Vanina de Verneuil

Vanina de Verneuil
global general counsel, RCOM Enterprise & Global Cloud Xchange
Reliance Communications

Vanina de Verneuil is the Global General Counsel of Reliance Communication Enterprise and Global Cloud Xchange.  Reliance Communication is one of India's top telecommunication companies and Global Cloud Xchange is Reliance's international telecom/IT arm.   She is the head of legal and is responsible for global corporate and legal affairs and manages a team of 10 attorneys based in India, Europe and the United States.   She has over 10 years of experience representing corporate and financial institutions on a variety of capital markets and M&A transactions. She has led award-winning transactions in the government sector as well as for social media and OTT organizations. She has broad-based legal experience in transactions in the Americas, Europe and Asia and is also fluent and has worked in Spanish, French, English, Mandarin and Portuguese.
Prior to her role as General Counsel, she was a senior corporate lawyer at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
She received her J.D. from NYU Law, her B.A. from Duke University and completed Wharton Business School’s Executive Education in Strategy and General Management.  She also obtained a diploma in European Legal Studies from the University of Paris X in Paris, France.

Yan Li

assistant general counsel - M&A

Andrew Huang

managing director
Goldman Sachs

Pius Chong

managing director, head of transaction management, global banking Asia Pacific

Pius Chong is a Managing Director and Head of Transaction Management, Global Markets for Asia-Pacific. He has responsibility for managing the execution of the full range of international and domestic debt financings arranged by HSBC in the Asia-Pacific region.
Chong is a qualified solicitor in the UK and Hong Kong. He has been involved in the execution of some of the region’s most high profile, groundbreaking and award winning transactions for sovereigns, quasi sovereigns, multilateral institutions, financial institutions and corporates. Under his leadership, the team was named Team of the Year for Debt and Equity Linked by IFLR for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012.
Chong received the outstanding achievement award for 2011 from IFLR. Pius is the co-chairman of the credit markets committee of the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and coconvenor of the Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Association (APSA). He also chairs the documentation committee of the Asia Pacific Loan Markets Association (APLMA). Pius is involved in the development of debt capital markets and product innovation, and in this respect, he is the convenor of the working group on the development of Islamic Finance in Hong Kong for the Treasury Market Association (TMA).
He has also served as the chairman of the debt capital markets committee of the Singapore Investment Banking Association (SIBA).


Anthony Root

Senior advisor
Moelis & Company

Anthony Root is a Senior Advisor at Moelis & Company in Hong Kong. He  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.   He has led deals in every major country across Asia.

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.

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.

Gianluigi Lucchini

managing partner
LVC Asia Pacific

•        EY Italy, Hong Kong MED desk, Italy Leader (2016 – present)
•        Quadrivio Capital SGR, Italian Private Equity Firm with >1.3b AuM, Partner and Head of Hong Kong desk (2013 – present)
•        LVC Asia Pacific Ltd, investment banking boutique based in Hong Kong, focused on cross border M&A, Founder and CEO (2013 – present)
•        Garnell, investment banking boutique based in Milan, focused on cross border M&A, Founder and CEO  (2004-2013)
•        Venture Capital and Private Equity investor in Milan, Italy (2001-2004)
•        Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) and SDA Bocconi Business School, M&A Adjunct Professor, Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions (2001-present)

Thomas Ochensberger

Asia compliance director
CVC Capital Partners 

Thomas Ochensberger is the Asia Compliance Director of CVC Capital Partners. He joined CVC in 2015 and is responsible for the oversight and management of the APAC Region’s compliance program. Prior to joining CVC, he worked in Morgan Stanley’s Firm Management Department in Hong Kong where he was responsible for new product approval governance and strategic initiatives across their Asia offices. He joined Morgan Stanley in their London office in 2010 in the Operational Risk Department and relocated to Hong Kong in 2012. He also worked in compliance roles at Lehman Brothers Asset Management, Bank of New York Mellon and Insight Investment in London.

Paul Chow

Davis Polk


Ezra Borut

Debevoise & Plimpton

Ezra Borut is a corporate partner based in Debevoise’s Tokyo office. He is qualified in New York and registered with the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association as gaikokuho jimu bengoshi.
Borut is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy and Natural Resources Groups. His practice ranges from multinational joint ventures to complex corporate restructurings to U.S. domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining the firm’s Tokyo office, he served on the firm’s Management Committee for three years and served as Deputy Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department and co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
Borut was an intern in the law firm of Nishimura & Partners (now Nishimura & Asahi) in Tokyo from June to December 1998, where he participated in joint venture and cross-border transactions. Mr. Borut joined Debevoise in 1996. He received his B.A. cum laude from Yale University in 1991, where he majored in East Asian Studies with a Japanese concentration. He received his J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1996, where he served as a Topic Access Editor on the Law Review.
Borut is a recipient of the Lawyers Alliance for New York 2013 Cornerstone Award and sits on the Pro Bono Committee.


Kevin Qian

Founding partner and managing partner
MWE China Law

Kevin Qian, a founding partner and managing partner of MWE China Law Offices, advises companies on their direct investments in China.
He has represented hundreds of multinationals and Fortune 500 companies on matters that include investments into a joint venture company or establishing a wholly owned company, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, and strategic alliances. He has experience in a wide range of industries and areas, from manufacturing, energy and chemicals, to health care, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and commercial retail.
He also heads MWE China’s private client practice group, with an extraordinary focus on clients’ specific, unique objectives, and has extensive experience in serving high-net worth individuals and families in taxation, wealth transfer, estate and business planning, and divorce matters.

Shaun Z. Wu

Kobre & Kim 

Shaun Wu is a China outbound disputes lawyer who acts as lead counsel in high-stakes joint venture disputes, international arbitration and cross-border litigation proceedings, and internal investigations.  He leads on China-related matters and has extensive experience representing clients across Asia. Most recently, Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 recognized that “Shaun Wu is praised for his handling of China-related matters and ‘does an excellent job conveying the case across cultural and linguistic barriers.’”
He has acted in a wide range of China-foreign joint venture disputes involving governments, state-owned enterprises, multinational corporations, and individuals, including litigation and arbitration under the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, and other rules. Such matters include many project, infrastructure, telecommunications, media, technology, energy, oil and gas, financial services, and commercial disputes.

Vasu B. Muthyala

Kobre & Kim

Vasu Muthyala is a U.S. trained lawyer based in Hong Kong and focuses on international government investigations, and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on anti-corruption/FCPA, U.S. Sanctions, and securities fraud. Mr. Muthyala’s work and international experience with matters relating to cross-border government investigations have garnered awards from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Global Investigations Review and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and other print media. Before working with clients in Asia, Mr. Muthyala spent over a decade with the U.S. Government at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a senior prosecutor in the Fraud and Public Corruption section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, Mr. Muthyala was also a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, focusing on financial crimes relating to the financial crises and economic recovery efforts. As an enforcement attorney at the SEC, Mr. Muthyala investigated and litigated cases arising under U.S. securities laws. While at the SEC, Mr. Muthyala provided training in Mumbai to members of the Securities Exchange Board of India, National Stock Exchange of India, and the Mumbai Stock Exchange through a U.S. sponsored Capital Markets Training Program.


Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington
Mintz Group

Michael Harrington is a Director in the Mintz Group’s Hong Kong office. Prior to joining the firm’s team in Asia, he worked for several years in the Mintz Group’s international due diligence and investigations group in the Washington and New York offices. Harrington has managed hundreds of cases ranging from FCPA/anti-corruption due diligence to cross-border investigations throughout Asia and worldwide. He specializes in intelligence and fact-gathering for sensitive investigations and has conducted fieldwork in several countries across Asia, such as China, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines and the Maldives. In addition to working in Asia, Michael has conducted due diligence of third-party agents across several sectors throughout Turkey, the Middle East and Africa, and researched the backgrounds and relationships of international aid recipients. Prior to joining the Mintz Group, he worked for multiple non-governmental organizations and educational institutions in Turkey, Argentina and Washington, D.C.


Harsh Pais

Harsh Pais

Harsh Pais is a partner in Trilegal’s corporate practice, with a focus on M&A. In the course of his practice, Pais advises corporations and institutions extensively on cross border acquisitions (involving public and private targets) and joint ventures.
Pais also advises on transactions in regulated sectors such as telecom and financial services.
He has been ranked as a leading lawyer for M&A and PE in India by Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000, and RSG.
He has past experience at a major international law firm in New York and is additionally qualified in the UK and New York.














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