In April 2015, Mazars in Singapore together with United Overseas Bank and RHTLaw Taylor Wessing conducted a market outreach roadshow in Europe (France and United Kingdom) on ‘Doing Business in Southeast Asia.’ The Singapore delegation held a series of market outreach seminars and roundtables in various cities including Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
The 2-week event was held in partnership with prominent public and private organisations like Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking and Business France in Paris, Chambre de Commerce et d'industrie de Lyon (CCI Lyon) in Lyon, Santander UK, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the UK ASEAN Business Council in United Kingdom.
In this event, the distinguished speakers and panelists discussed the vast opportunities for European businesses in the ASEAN region — Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and the Philippines. With the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by end-2015, the region will transform into a single market and production base with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and capital. With a population of over 600 million and investments into the region already surpassing the flow into China in 2013, signs are showing that ASEAN is ready to take over from China as the world’s leading production hub.
The challenges and practical know-hows of entering the ASEAN markets were also addressed during the seminars.
Growing your business abroad
Helping UK and European Companies Expand into Southeast Asia
Riding a New ASEAN Wave – What does an integrated ASEAN mean for your business
Doing business in ASEAN – Key considerations for your market entry
Protecting your business’ interest in ASEAN
Panel Discussion: Finding the right partner in South East Asia
Expert panel of Speakers:
Tah Wee Han, Partner, Mazars Singapore
Sam Cheong, Head of Group Foreign Direct Investment Advisory, UOB Group
Tan Choon Leng, Partner, RHT Law Taylor Wessing LLP Singapore
Michel Demuynck Managing Director, Head of Credit Agricole Group Liaison Desk, Asia Pacific
Marion Pelletier Head of International Affairs, Business France
John Williams, Head of the Breakthrough Programme, Santander UK
Richard Cuda, Director Strategic Banking Alliances, Santander UK
Ross Hunter, Executive Director, UK ASEAN Business Council
L-R: Tah Wee Han (Partner, Head of Consulting, Mazars Singapore), Tan Choon Leng (Partner, RHTLaw Talor Wessing LLP Singapore), Catherine Eydoux (Head of International Services, Credit Agricole), Sam Cheong (Executive Director, Head of Foreign Direct investment Advisory, UOB), Marion Pelletier (Head of International Affairs, Business France), Michel Demuynck (Managing Director, Head of Credit Agricole Group Liaison Desk, Asia Pacific)
Speakers & Panelists (L-R): Sam Cheong (Executive Director, Head of Foreign Direct investment Advisory, UOB), Ross Hunter (Executive Director, UK-ASEAN Business Council), H.E Mr. Sayakane Sisouvong (Ambassador of LAO PDR to UK), John Williams (Head of Breakthrough, Santander UK Plc), Tah Wee Han (Partner, Head of Consulting, Mazars Singapore), Tan Choon Leng (Partner, RHTLaw Talor Wessing LLP Singapore), Richard Cude (Director, Strategic Banking Alliances, Santandar UK Plc)
Wee Han Tah Director, Head of Management Consulting - Singapore