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Identifying and Mitigating Risks in Southeast Asian Investments

An EMPEA Professional Development Webcast with Kroll Advisory Solutions

With U.S. GDP growth projected at a sluggish 2% for 2013 and the Eurozone struggling to gain growth at all, it is no wonder that developing Asian markets are attracting so much investor interest. In fact, while China is projected to achieve 8% growth next year, Southeast Asia is expected to post GDP growth of 7%. In addition, impending potential ASEAN Free Trade agreements should further boost growth. The region includes a unique mix of countries with a host of opportunities that have equally distinct risk profiles.

Join EMPEA and Kroll Advisory Solutions for a Professional Development Webcast exploring the nuances of four Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.  Key topics discussed include:

  • Most interesting PE opportunities by country and sector;
  • Trends in exiting opportunities;
  • Degree of transparency within each jurisdiction and how to better navigate within this context;
  • Political risk and how to mitigate; and,
  • Reputational and commercial risks specific to the region.

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Panelists include

Melvin Glapion (Moderator)
Managing Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions

Melvin Glapion is a Managing Director in Kroll’s London office. He has over 16 years of M&A, corporate strategy and financial analysis experience, leading multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams in conducting cross-border market entry, due diligence and competitive intelligence engagements. He has worked on a broad range of engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa, including projects in Zimbabwe, Senegal, DRC and Nigeria.

Jane Brett
Investment Specialist, Capital Markets and Financial Sectors Division, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank

Ms. S. Jane Brett is an Investment Officer in the Asian Development Bank’s Capital Markets and Financial Sectors division, which lends to and invests in financial institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Her responsibilities include executing investments into private equity funds, and helping to monitor, via board and advisory committee presence, ADB’s portfolio of 42 funds, representing over $600 million of commitments, across Asian emerging markets.

Ms. Brett previously worked in structured finance credit ratings services at Standard & Poor’s where she rated US, UK, and emerging market credit-linked notes and asset-backed securities, and in investment banking at Provident Group where she participated in the origination, execution and placement of secured and unsecured debt financing for non-investment grade companies in the US and Latin America. She has a BA from Michigan State University and a Master of Emerging Markets Finance from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.

Douglas Clayton
Chief Executive Officer, Leopard Capital

Douglas Clayton founded Leopard Capital in 2007, and has over 26 years experience in emerging markets investments. As a senior executive at CLSA Securities, Indosuez WI Carr Securities, and Kerry Securities, he managed investment teams in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, New York City, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile. In 1999 Douglas founded Abacus Equity Partners which arranged and participated in several of Thailand’s most successful private equity investments. He serves as Technical Advisor to the Director-General of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Cambodia, and Trustee of the Center for Khmer Studies. Douglas holds an MM from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University and a BA (History) from Cornell University.

David Do
Managing Director, VI (Vietnam Investments) Group

David Do is a Managing Director at VI Group, a Vietnam focused Private Equity firm with $250 Million under management. VI Group has investments in IT, financial services, manufacturing, logistics, media as well as travel and hospitality sectors.

David was previously a General Manager at Microsoft where he led Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investments, Joint Ventures and Post-Merger Integration. His operating experience includes managing global retail, telecom, media, payments sectors for Microsoft’s services businesses and well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors of MSNBC, CNBC, ninemsn and several companies in China, Australia, Mexico and the Middle East.

Prior to working at Microsoft, David was a member of the Founding Team at EachNet, the leading Chinese e-commerce firm which was acquired by eBay. David has also worked at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and JP Morgan.

David has an MBA from Harvard University. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems, Accounting) from the University of New South Wales.

Jason Wright
Associate Managing Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions

Jason Wright is an Associate Managing Director in Kroll’s Southeast Asia Business Intelligence practice based in Singapore. Jason joined Kroll in 2005 as a Director in the Milan office and was relocated to London in 2009, in which he focused on UK private equity clients and has led on various multi-jurisdictional assignments, frequently involving Asia.


Mar 19 2013