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When: 23 - 24 April 2019
Where: Singapore
World Services Group and TSMP welcomed 70 WSG members at the WSG 2019 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting, held in Singapore on 23 - 24 April 2019 in conjunction with the IPBA Annual Conference. The program featured guest speakers, case studies and representative panel perspectives. There were several opportunities to network among the Asia Pacific regions and across the WSG network.

Guest Speakers, Moderators and Panelists
in order of appearance
Wednesday, 24 April


1. WSG Women's Group Breakfast Roundtable

This meeting brought together the female members of WSG at the WSG 2019 Asia Pacific regional meeting during which the proposed topic “Client Development” was discussed. This meeting served as an opportunity for WSG’s diverse female partners to: share client development strategies; best practices, and note pitfalls in developing and sustaining strong client relationships.

2. Introduction

Past & Current IPBA Presidents welcomed WSG Members to Singapore and shared their insight on the IPBA's structure, evolution and future path.


Guest Speaker
Perry L. Pe
Senior Partner President
Romulo IPBA

Guest Speaker
Denis McNamara
Consultant Past President
Lowndes IPBA

3. Welcome

Guest Speaker
Shen Yi SC Thio
Joint Managing Partner
TSMP Law Corporation

Joint Managing Partner, THIO Shen Yi, SC, offered a brief introduction and insightful look at the legal and business environment in in Singapore, and how this has created opportunities for clients and lawyers in the region and beyond.

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4. Fireside Chat

Shareholder Activism, Cross-Border Deals and Corporate Law & Governance Regulation
This Fireside chat looked at how shareholder activists have been propelled to explore new geographies to uncover new targets, and new and attractive potential shareholders. This panel further discussed the influence of small shareholders, institutional shareholders, stakeholders, exchanges and regulators to ensure and promote a fair and transparent market; and whether regulation, litigation, media warfare, moral suasion solutions should be considered.

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Shen Yi SC Thio
Joint Managing Partner
TSMP Law Corporation

Guest Speaker
Boon Gin Tan

5. Panel Discussion

Adam Handley

A Tectonic Shift in Global Trade: Belt and Road Initiative Infrastructure Development, Uncertainties & Its New Opportunities for Mergers and Acquisitions
At a time when most of the world is following their own nationalist impulses, it would seem the Asia Pacific Region is witnessing a boom for mergers and acquisitions, and domestic and cross-border deals, for now at least. Notably, China is seemingly embracing a globalist approach through its Belt and Road Initiative, BRI--ambitious, and aiming to influence economic growth in many countries across Eurasia, the South Pacific, West Africa, and even Latin America, the BRI stands to forge strategic business partnerships; enhance trade, economics and cultural exchanges. Our panel discusses the current state of M&A market across Asia Pacific, uncertainties at home and globally; the rising regulatory changes; technology and consumer influences; ongoing trade and tariff negotiations, and shared hurdles in delivering deals successfully.


6. Guest Speaker Presentation

Guest Speaker
Ranajit Dam
ASEAN Regional Editor
Thomson Reuters

Innovation & Disruption: The Big Four’s Expanded Services Rock the Global Legal Landscape & What Can the Asia Pacific Region Expect
Managing Editor of Thomson Reuters’ Legal Media Group, Ranajit Dam explored the Big 4’s existential threat to the legal landscape across Asia and the global implications.

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