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Exploring Current Trends and Strategies for Business in Southeast Asia

SouthEast Asia is a dynamic market which is group of 11 countries. The region is quick becoming the world’s most attractive destination for foreign investment. Greenfield investment and M&A activities have increased rapidly in the past five years. A lot of multinational companies are increasing the investments in this region due to the cost advantage and continuous opening policy.

Thus far, Singapore has been the preferred location as a safe heaven to invest through to SouthEast Asia. China, following the ‘One Belt, One Road’ plan, is becoming another big investor in Southeast Asia besides Japan and USA. For multinational companies, how to capture the potential direct investment, business opportunities and managing SouthEast Asian businesses to maximize long-term value is crucial to sustainability of these companies. In addition, understanding the differences in SouthEast Asian culture, legal, finance and being able to integrate with these elements are a key driver of success. –whether from an investment, M&A or business perspective. These pose very interesting topics and will be covered by professionals and businessmen alike who have deep experience in these areas. This year’s SouthEast Asia Business Summit 2018 will be held in Singapore. This conference is an exclusive event for the corporate executives from the global multinational corporations to learn the latest trends and regulations affecting general business activities and cross-border investment in SouthEast Asia and how to overcome some of these obstacles.

The event is also a valuable opportunity for business networking by exchanging the practical experience and lessons of direct investment, M&A, JV partnership in this region. Senior executives from MNCs, PE, VC and professional advisors for finance & tax, legal, management consulting, investment banking will join this year’s exciting event.

We are looking forward to your participation!


• Better understanding on policies, regulations, culture and business practices of these regions.
• Understanding the dynamics of the region.
• Learning from other companies’ practical experience and lessons, Developing your company’s business and investment objectives and strategy.
• Meeting with the world leading companies’ executives, Exchanging perspective, knowledge and expertise.
• Spend ONLY ONE DAY in this high level event and generating valuable new connections and business opportunities.


• CXO, Board of Director, Chairman
• Country Manager, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
• Professionals incharge of Investment & M&A • Government Affairs
• International Relations • Legal • FInance
• Tax • Business Development • Corporate Strategy
• Marketing • Supply Chain • Human Resource • Joint Ventures • Operations

Meet Our Speakers

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Lawrence Yip
Senior VP
Semb-corp Development
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Yang Yen Thaw
Managing Director
2iB Partners
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Richard Eu
Eu Yan Sang
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Raj Mishra
I-Deals Network

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Arthur Tay
Executive director and CEO
SUTL Enterprise
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Rick Marchese
Lares Loreno Private Capital
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Harsh Maheshwari
Associate Director
Grant Thornton
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Pratik Bose
Managing Partner
Indian Angel Network

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Sonny Yuen
Managing Director
JonDavidson Pte Ltd


0830-0930hrs Registration & Networking
0930-1000hrs Recognition of Sponsors and Opening Address
1000-1030hrs Macroeconomic Outlook in Southeast Asia Keynote Speech
1030-1110hrs Role of China in SEA.

-SEA Implications
-Opportunities and Strategies
-Singapore’s role as a strategic gateway
Panel Discussion I
1110-1150hrs Role of India in SEA

-SEA Implications
-Opportunities and Strategies
-Singapore’s role as a strategic gateway
Panel Discussion II

1150-1300hrs Luncheon
1300-1340hrs Scaling up and Internationalization in SouthEast Asia Panel Discussion III

1340-1420hrs Joint Ventures & M&A in Southeast Asia Presentation
1420-1450hrs Tea Break and Networking
1450-1530hrs One Belt One Road , AEC Implications for South East Asian Businesses. Panel Discussion IV
1530-1700hrs Doing Business in South East Asia Panel Discussion V

1700-1715hrs Closing Remarks

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Registration Details

  • VIP Pass

    USD 700

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  • Standard Fee

    USD 400

    On Spot Registeration

  • Early Bird Discount

    USD 250

    Valid for 1 or 2 delegates

  • Group Discount

    USD 200

    For Group of 3 or more


Bank A/C Details for -
Cheque,Cash & NEFT Payment

Account Name : I-Deals Network Pvt. Ltd.
Account Number : 629705016365
Branch Name : Mayur Vihar Branch
IFSC Code : ICIC0006297
Swift Details : ICICNBBCTS

In case of queries, please email us at register@i-dealsnetwork.com or Call / Whatsapp on +91 9650920078


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Lawrence is the CMO for Vietnam with dual appointment as Senior Vice President, Business Development, responsible for driving external marketing of the iconic and award-winning Vietnam Singapore Industrial Partk and Township in North, South and Central Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. He was formerly APAC Director for BD in Honeywell and had worked in TOTAL Oil, Kerry Properties/Shangri-la Group, Bilcare and Reed Elsevier, including several successful start-ups in Asia. He has diversified industry experience in real estate development, hotel & facilities management, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and general management. Lawrence holds a MSC degree in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde (UK), B.Sc degree in Phychology from University of Southern Queensland (Australia), Chartered Diploma in Marketing (UK and Advanced Diploma in Business Studies (Singapore).

Based out of Singapore, Yang Yen Thaw is a CoAggregator, M&A specialist, cross-border consultant, investor and an entrepreneurial lawyer. He is the Managing Director of 2iB Partners, a specialist M&A company that provides the full suite of services and pioneers the CoAggregation® model which is a deft combination of M&A with organic growth that helps SMEs scale up, internationalize and innovate their systems. He has worked as a corporate lawyer for 25 years in different jurisdictions. Apart from living and working in Singapore, India, Japan and Hong Kong, he was involved in mergers and acquisitions in companies based in US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and France. He has also assisted companies extensively in doing business in China

Richard Eu was appointed to the board as Chairman of the EYSI board on 1st of October 2017. As the steward of the Group, Richard leads the board in providing governance oversight, deliberating the Group’s strategic choices and providing independent counsel and advice to the Group CEO. Prior to this appointment, Richard served as the Group CEO of EYSI since 2002. Richard has been instrumental in transforming it into one of Asia’s largest TCM groups today. When he first joined Eu Yan Sang Holdings as General Manager in 1989, there were only six Eu Yan Sang outlets in Singapore and Malaysia. Under his leadership for over 28 years, the Group has successfully established itself in the broader market of natural wellness and has introduced TCM to new consumers with products and services to meet the needs of a modern lifestyle. Richard Eu was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 (Singapore) and represented Singapore at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of The Year 2012 award in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He was also recognised as the CEO of the year by the Singapore Corporate Awards 2010, for SGX-listed companies with a market capitalisation of under S$300 million. In 2016, he was lauded as the Brand Leader of the Year by InfluentialBrands. Prior to joining Eu Yan Sang, Richard, who holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the London University, UK, worked in merchant banking, investment management, stock broking, computer distribution, and venture capital. Richard actively participates in community projects and non-profit organisations. He serves as Chairman of the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore University of Social Sciences, and is on the board of Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Limited. He also sits on the boards of other companies

Raj Mishra is Founder and CEO of I-Deals Network. He has total experience of 14 years as an entrepreneur .Prior to I-Deals Network he was also involved in launching HR Startup. He has also worked in companies like Star Tv, Newscorp and FPSB India..He has mentored Startups and helped them in fundraising.He is also invited on panels of different Startup Events. He enjoys reading books and travelling is his passion. ‌

Arthur Tay is the executive director and CEO of SUTL Enterprise, as well as chairman and CEO of SUTL Group, a diversified leisure consumer groups and services conglomerate. Its first marina development, One°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove, has won numerous awards since opening in 2007. The One°15 brand has also expanded internationally, with marinas in Malaysia, the US and, soon, China. ‌

Rick is an experienced Wall Street and Silicon Valley investment banker based in Asia. Having completed over 50 transactions totaling over US$10 Billion and having covered a broad base of fundraising and M&A advisory assignments across the globe, he has worked with a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to advising start-ups. His industry experience covers chemicals, transportation, telecom, media, technology, retailing, consumer products, and security and defense industries. He is the founder of Lares Loreno Private Capital, a Singapore-based firm providing advisory and corporate finance services to small and medium-sized enterprises, family businesses and private equity investors. Rick is also a director with Fortress Group, a US-based fund placement agent and oversees their fund placement operations in Asia. Previously, Rick was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank in their Consumer Products and Retail Coverage Group in New York where he called on and worked with corporate and private equity clients globally. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Rick split his time between Merrill Lynch’s Consumer Products Group in New York and their Internet Technology Group in Silicon Valley, California where he led their Internet E-commerce investment banking group, raising capital and providing strategic advisory for companies looking to monetize or expand their existing internet businesses. ‌

Harsh joined Grant Thornton Singapore in April 2015. His profile includes corporate finance assignments and transaction support services including financial and operational due diligences, M&A, financial modelling, litigation support, NPL transactions and viability reviews in connection with acquisition and fundraising. ‌

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