The Road to AEC & Mekong Region 2015 and Beyond: Key Legal, Tax & Business Aspects for Investment

Information updates on legal, tax issues & key commercial insights for investors/business operators to tap new investment opportunities in the AEC market including CLMV.  LNT & Partners is proud to inform you that Mr. Hong Bui, partner at LNT will speak at “The Road to AEC & Mekong Region 2015 and Beyond: Key Legal, Tax & Business Aspects for Investment” conference.

The year 2015 marks an important milestone for ASEAN on its journey towards deeper economic integration through the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). With the fast approaching deadline, businesses and those representing them in the ten ASEAN countries need be prepared for the free flow of goods and services as well as the unavoidable movement of labor and the challenges facing market integration. Organizations are also facing a whole lot of challenges in regulations and taxation to comply with new rules and taxation system.

Asia Business Connect  is organizing “The Road to AEC & Mekong Region 2015 and Beyond: Key Legal, Tax & Business Aspects for Investment” conference in Bangkok. The conference will provide first-hand information updates & key business/commercial insights for those investors/business operators planning to tap new investment opportunities (or those already operated in but need to acquire latest insights & business strategies) in the AEC market. In particular, investment aspects for expanding into the Mekong region (CLMV countries) will be addressed. Participants will exchange views and discuss important and timely with top notch authorities, legal & tax experts and high-profile business leaders from Thailand and in the region.

LNT & Partners is proud to inform you that Mr. Hong Bui, partner at LNT will speak at the conference. Mr. Bui is famous for his knowledge in M&A, foreign investment and Vietnam corporate matters. He has aided foreign investors in their commercial objectives in all aspects of investment in Vietnam, and is familiar with establishing businesses and contractual arrangements, asset or company acquisitions, private equity matters and business restructurings. His representation will feature the legal environment and investment opportunities in Vietnam:

WHAT ARE THE KEY CONTRACTS IN THE REGION FOR COMPANIES GROWING THEIR BUSINESS IN VIETNAM

  • Recent legal developments and Vietnam’s inbound incentives legislation
  • Negotiating key legal issues in cross-border
  • Major legal risks in implementation and management of cross-border

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Investment promotion and facilitation in the AEC: key challenges for Thailand to invest in the region
  • Land ownership and usage laws & restrictions impacting foreign businesses in CLMV
  • Special Key Take-Away that you cannot miss
    • Myanmar’s year in ASEAN – potential opportunities and risks consideration
    • Key consideration on ‘legal’ issues for investment in Philippines
    • What are the key contracts in the region for companies growing their business in Vietnam
  • Targeting and selecting the right business partners in CLMV: key issues to be considered and recommended actions

If you have any queries about this event, please call +66(0)2714 1616 (Automatic line), Hotline: +66(0)87 029 3939 or contact us online info@asiabusiness-connect.com.

BBGV Breakfast Seminar: Law on Investment 2015 in Action

Event details

The BBGV is hosting a Breakfast Seminar about: Law on Investment 2015 in Action.

LNT & Partners proudly supports and speaks at this event.

Please join Mr Tuan, Deputy Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Dr Net from LNT & Partners as they provide information on the new provision in the investment law; how it can affect your business structure and discuss whether the new provisions provide an improved investment climate for foreign owned companies.

Date and Time: Friday 14th August 2015, from 7:30AM to 9:00AM

Venue: Cat Ba Room, InterContinental Asiana Saigon, HCMC

The new Law on Investment became effective in July 2015, purported to make landscape reform to Vietnam business environment for foreign investors. How this new law will affect the business in practice and benefit your business? How would current projects already invested in Vietnam co-op with the new law? What would be the procedure for foreign investors to establish or acquire a company in Vietnam? How about the HS Code requirement in the Investment Registration Certificate?

These Questions will be answered by Mr Quach Ngoc Tuan, Deputy Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and Dr Le Net, partner at LNT & Partners.

Entrance Fees: – BBGV Members: VND 500,000 – Non-members: VND 600,000

RSVP to Nga at nga.nguyen@bbgv.org or call 08 3829 8430

Reservations not cancelled within 48 hours of the event will be charged as will no-shows and invoiced.

About the Speakers

Mr Quach Ngoc Tuan

Mr Quach Ngoc Tuan is the Deputy Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).  He was the key person in the drafting committee of the Law on Investment, as well as the Decree implementing the new Law on Investment. Before joining MPI, Mr Tuan worked at the People’s Court of Ninh Binh Province.

Dr Le Net

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Le Net is a partner at LNT & Partners, in charge of infrastructure, international arbitration and financial services. He has more 18 years of experience, and was a leading counsel in ICC arbitrations and awarded Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by the Ministry of Justice’s Law Journal.  Net was behind many complex cross-border infrastructure, M&A, banking and finance transactions.  Net is also an arbitrator of Vietnam International Arbitration Centre, and a member of Vietnam Bar Federation’s National Council.

Net co-founded LNT & Partners, one of the major leading Vietnam law firms, being the only Vietnam law firm ranked in FT 25 Innovative Lawyers 2015 by Financial Times, and Vietnam Deal Firm of the Year in 2014 by ALB Thomson Reuters.

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Vietnam M&A Forum 2015

Ending the first phase 2008 – 2013, Vietnam has witnessed a wave of M&A, recognized as the first wave. The first wave took place in the context of fluctuations in the stock market, the efforts of enterprises to restructure and survive the global crisis. During this period, M&A in Vietnam grew five-fold from US $ 1 billion to $ 5 billion.

Starting in 2014, the market began to pick up the new wave, known as the second wave occurred in 5 years from 2014 to 2018: the commitment of equitization of large state-owned enterprises; the rise of the private sector companies, the interest of foreign capital flows for investment opportunities and M&A activities in Vietnam.

In 2015, after a year starting in the new wave, the business began to have specific strategies. For domestic enterprises namely “Countdown to the next market boom”. Analysts pointed out that if we do not attract foreign investment, the equitization plans of state enterprises in Vietnam will face many difficulties. Therefore, finding funds are particularly important problem. Within each business, attracting capital and gathering resources for M&A are also very important, only a handful of businesses have performed well such as Masan, Pan Pacific. Besides finding the capital, choose the opportunity to now the focus will be discussed in the forum of this M&A in 2015. In this stage, potential M&A opportunities in Vietnam are huge: Opportunities from the company are in demand selling to restructure; program opportunities from equitization of State Enterprises. However, among the number of potential opportunities, only a few of them that can bring great value to the business.

Forum M&A Vietnam 2015 will take the time to assess the trend of M&A in the vibrant sector today such as banks – financial, food and FMCG, technology and commerce, ecommerce. Besides, the issues of strategy and M&A techniques will also be discussed and shared like boom growth strategy Breakthrough, valuation in M&A.

In the framework of the Vietnam M&A Forum 2015 will be held with key activities include: Exhibition and Promotion of Investment, voting typical M&A deals and Banquet-Gala Dinner in GEM Center, HCMC 06/08/2015.

For Ticket, please click HERE

Speakers

Speakers and Panel at this year Vietnam M&A forum are Policy Makers, M&A Experts from all areas related to M&A. Especially, Mr. Hong Bui, Co-head of M&A practice from LNT & Partners will join the Panel in session 1: Policy Dialogue. With his intensive experience in handling legal side of M&A deals, he’ll definitely bring interesting points of view to the discussion.

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Agenda | VIETNAM M&A FORUM 2015

 MORNING SESSION DEALMAKERS PRIVATE MEETING

Time: 9h00 – 12h00

AFTERNOON SESSION

13:00- 14:00             Register

14:00- 14:30             Opening session –      Welcome Speech: Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan – Vietnam Investment’s Editor-in-Chief, Head of the Organizing Committee of the Vietnam M&A Forum 2015. –      Speech by Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning & Investment.  

14:30- 15:30             TOPIC 1: POLICY DIALOGUE

–      Policy changes in recent time: New Amendment to the Investment Law and Law on Enterprise which will come into effect soon on 1 July 2015; and the Government’s policy to open room for foreign investors in many sectors. These issues will hold great interest from investment companies in Vietnam and at abroad and will be raised on the Forum this year.

Panelist:

  • Mr. Vu Bang – President, The State Securities Commission Of Vietnam (or Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long – Vice President)
  • Mr Nguyen Huu Nghia, Chief Supervisor of the SBV
  • Mr Dang Quyet Tien,Deputy Head of Corporate Finance – Ministry of Finance
  • Mr Phan Duc Hieu, Head of Business Environment and Competitiveness Department, CIEM
  • Mr. Seck Yee Chung, Partner, Baker & Mckenzie
  • Representative from Deloitte Vietnam
  • Mr. Bui Ngoc Hong, Partner, LNT & Partners
  • Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan (Vietnam Investment Review’s Editor-in-chief, Moderator)

 15:30 – 16:00           Networking Break  

16:00 – 17:15:         TOPIC 2: PROSPECT OF NEW CAPITAL FLOW AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE M&A MARKET BOOM

–      Looking back on the movement of M&A capital flows into Vietnam for the last time and assess future prospect.  –      Regarding the recent policy changes (opening room, relaxing business conditions in the New Investment Law and the Lawon Enterprise…), is there a possibility for M&A market boom  in Vietnam in the following time? Evaluation of the M&A capital inflows from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, other ASEAN countries, the US and Europe?

–      Assessment of opportunities of the equitization progress when the Vietnamese government decided to open room andstrongly promote the divestment in new sectors such as seaports, airports, large-scale state-owned enterprises. What are the quality deals for international investors?  

Panelist:

  • Mr. John Ditty, Chairman, KPMG Vietnam
  • Mr.Masataka SamYoshida, Senior Managing Director, RECOF Corporation
  • Mr. Paul DiGiacomo, Managing Director, BDA Partner HongKong
  • Mr. Nguyen Vinh Tran, General Director of Jen Capital
  • Mr. Nhu Đinh Hoa, General Director, BVSC
  • Ms.Dang Pham Minh Loan, Deputy Managing Director, VinaCapital (Coordinator).

17:15– 18:30             TOPIC3: M&A EXPERIENCES AND STRATEGIES IN VIETNAM

–      Sharing experience from successful deals in Vietnam.

–      What is strategy to develop the company and expand market in Vietnam. 

–      Experience on how to optimize the selling and buying business

–      Experience on negotiating with foreign partners

–      Build and Develop business for sale, a new trend and business opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises.

Panelist:

  • Mr. Stephane Gripon, Director of Mondelez Kinh Do
  • Mr. Chu Chee Kwang, General Manager of Nam Long Ltd, Co
  • Mr. Katsumi Mizuno, Director, General Manager, Overseas Business Division, Business Planning Dept., Credit Saison
  • Mr Johan Nyvene, CEO HSC
  • Mr Le Kim Hoa, Vice CEO, BIDV
  • Representative from the company which has been involved in the M&A deal in Vietnam
  • Dr. Nguyen Cong Ai, Deputy General Manager of KPMG Vietnam (Moderator)

18:30- 19:00             Cocktail & Networking

19:00 – 21.00           Gala Dinner & Deal Awards  

 

For Ticket, please click HERE

Source: http://mavietnamforum.com/sukien/chuong-trinh-hoi-thao.html

ASEAN Tax/Thai Tax Summit 2015

ASEAN Tax/Thai Tax Summit 2015
Opportunities & Challenges from Tax Changes for Outbound & Inbound Investment

 

Keep abreast of the latest tax issues and policies in Thailand & key AEC countries to enhance competitiveness and managing tax risks for AEC integration

As a result of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the ASEAN region is set to see a freer movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labor and capital among its member countries. We will need to make sure that all relevant regional regulatory frameworks, including the area of regional tax integration arrangements, will be sufficiently suitable and appropriate for facilitating the single market and other regional economic goals.

This year’s conference on ASEAN Tax/Thai Tax Summit 2015 will highlight all the key potential implications to explore the challenges and opportunities including latest government policy & scenarios on tax restructuring to enhance competitiveness and preparation for AEC, effective tax planning strategies for AEC 2015 and their impact on businesses.  In addition, this ASEAN Tax/Thai Tax Summit 2015 will update on customs & international trade & FTA, cross-border tax dispute settlement, cross-border transactions and tax risk management, corporate taxation, Board of Investment (BOI) tax holidays, recent changes in transfer pricing, indirect tax, anti-tax avoidance, VAT, CLMV key tax updates and much more.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Net Le from LNT & Partners will join the panel speaker of ASEAN Tax/Thai Tax Summit 2015 and give a presentation on the session: “Insights into the Workings of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule”, on following main points:

  • New anti-avoidance rules around ASEAN and how they affect tax planning
  • Anti-avoidance principles – Evolution
  • Assessing and comparing the recent trends in the area of GAARs
  • Key lesson learned and case examples

Attendees will get the most comprehensive updates on key tax updates for both AEC and Thailand.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Date: 25-26 June 2015
  • Time: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Venue: The Landmark Hotel Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110

For more information and registration, please Go to the event’s website

Pleas click here for the eBrochure_Conference on ASEAN Tax-Thai Tax Summit 2015.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hear outstanding case study on “Cross-border transactions & tax risk management”
  • Tax updates/discussions toward AEC integration in 2015
  • Gathering Thailand’s tax authorities and top tax experts
  • Find out the latest tax developments in countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia
  • Executive roundtable discussion “Emerging taxation issues for ASEAN countries and impacts of regional integration on taxation”
  • Insights into the workings of the general anti-avoidance rule
  • Case Study: Cross Border Transactions and Investment in Cambodia

For online registration: http://www.asiabusiness-connect.com/On-line-Registration.html 

ALB SE Asia In-house Legal Summit 2015, 27 May, Singapore

The 12th Annual In-House Legal Summit, organized by Asian Legal Business, Thomson Reuters, will take place on the 27th of May at the Carlton Hotel, Singapore.

This summit will focus on key areas of interests for in-house legal practitioners from across the region, and will offer a great opportunity to learn from and network with key in-house and external legal experts.

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With over 150 senior in-house and C-suite representatives, this full-day summit will address major concerns of in-house counsels, including:

  • What are the best investment strategies for both Vietnam and Myanmar, and what should you be concerned about?
  • How you can manage the in-house legal department as a high-performing business, and stay ahead of the curve
  • What are the key issues to be aware of regarding legal and compliance ethics in the region?
  • What are the next steps for in-house legal teams to take when considering forthcoming ASEAN Integration?
  • How can the use of technology help drive the function of an in-house legal team.

Particularly, Managing Partner of LNT & Partners, Ms. Quyen Hoang, will join this year’s conference as a Moderator for the session: Managing the legal department as a high performing business- how in-house counsel can stay ahead of the curve” with a focus on:

  • Improving interactions with external counsels
  • How in-house teams can be innovative in their roles, and what innovation means for an in-house lawyer
  • Transforming from a legal advisor to a business strategist
  • Career progression options and advice for the In-House Counsel

Moderator: Nguyen Ha Quyen Hoang – Managing Partner – LNT & Partners (Vietnam)

Speakers:

  • James Lau-Company Secretary & Chief Legal Officer – NatSteel Holdings Pte Ltd.;
  • Rebecca Tai – Head of Legal- Ezion Holdings Limited;
  • Stanley Park – MD/Head of Legal APAC – Scotiabank Global Banking & Markets;
  • Jonathan A. C. Wise – Executive Director Head of Legal, Singapore & SE Asia – Nomura Singapore Limited

In-house legal experts and C-suite individuals are cordially invited to attend this important legal and regulatory update session, please REGISTER HERE

For the full agenda of the event, please CLICK HERE.

By Vietnam Law Insight.

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Understanding State-Owned Enterprises in China and Vietnam

In April 2015, leading lawyers, academics, and policy-makers will come together at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for an in-depth look at recent legal developments in Asia and their relevance to the Americas.

The inaugural Asia Desk Forum will provide a unique opportunity for private and public sector lawyers with an Asian dimension to the practice to extend and deepen their knowledge of cutting-edge legal issues through a series of workshops, panels, and lectures, led by those who know Asia best.

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The Forum will consist of an Asian Law Academy, aimed at early-career lawyers, and a main Conference Program, organized around issues of acute relevance to Asian legal practice, such as international arbitration in Asia, doing business in India, recent developments in China and ASEAN, energy law, corporate social responsibility, and Latin America-Asia legal relations.

Understanding State-Owned Enterprises in China and Vietnam

Dr. Tuan Nguyen, one of partners at LNT & Partners, is to address the legal professional and academics with respect to the state-owned enterprises in Vietnam in plenary session. Dr. Nguyen is to focus on legal, political and economic context in which State-owned enterprises operate as well as recent efforts to reform and regulate them in China and Vietnam. The session will also discuss how these efforts may impact the Americas, particularly on a business level.

The rise of state capitalism has been attracting the attention of lawyers, economists, business leaders, and policy-makers, and state-owned enterprises are often the focus of this attention. This session examines the legal, political, and economic context in which these companies operate as well as recent efforts to reform and regulate them. This session will also consider the implications of state-owned enterprises for businesses in the Americas that are looking to invest in or work with partners in China and Vietnam.

Panelists:

For more informaion, please visit Asia Desk Forum