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  • 02 July 2019 22:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 4, 2019

    ATTA Beijing Round Table Dinner

    On July 2, 2017 several members of ATTA Beijing convened at the Capital Club for a round table dinner to discuss current trade issues, promotion of ATTA in Beijing, and forthcoming presentations to visiting EMBA groups and MBA programs this autumn.

    The general sense is that business  has become more difficult since the introduction of tariffs.  And also that the Huawei issue was more serious and broad based than some members understood.  This is not an issue going away easily and could affect several aspects of revenue and profitability in the next several months.

    Beijing members look forward to hearing about the 2019 ATTA annual conference and AGM.  We hope to see a recommended theme and set session ideas by late August.  This is usually a board responsibility, but Beijing members are happy to help.  We would like a conference this year, not just an AGM, to make a trip to Hong Kong worthwhile – or perhaps hold the conference in Shanghai.

    Members thought a conference dinner is appropriate, but should drop the Awards until the organization is much larger, or at least reduce the  categories to make the judging of awards easier to manage.

    The group discussed the new logo.  All felt the new logo was acceptable.  However, it was noted that the larger sizing makes it difficult to work with on power point presentations, and that perhaps it could be fine-tuned  to the same sizing of the original logo.  

    Bob Fonow announced his intention to run for an ATTA  board of directors position with special responsibility for representing  and developing ATTA opportunities  in North America in 2020.

    Attending:  Dwight Nordstrom, Lesli Ligorner, Russell Brown, Maria Wu, Bob Fonow. 
    Late regrets from Christoph Hezel and The Mintz Group.

    Bob Fonow

    ATTA Beijing. 

  • 06 September 2017 14:06 | Deleted user

    ATTA members convened at Beijings Capital Club on September 6, 2017, for a breakfast and discussion about opportunities for transformation and turnaround professionals in Chinas One Belt One Road Initiative, now including up to 60 countries. The general consensus is that Chinese state owned enterprises will get the major infrastructure contracts to build roads, ports, railways, etc., but each country will insist on operating and servicing the infrastructure once built.

    So ATTA members will have two types of opportunities:

    1. To advise national operating companies. This means understanding the operating and political dynamics of a vast array of countries from Cambodia to Iraq. Very few people have these skills, but many ATTA members have the breadth of management experience to advise on these operations.

    2. The second opportunity is to provide turnaround and transformation services to the specialized banks being established to provide OBOR funding, particularly in China. The new will banks need project support to assure that loans are being used effectively, and to optimize the possibility of an eventual return on investment, or at least a favorable political result. Many of these banks will hire large firms, but Chinese companies and banks are not known to warmly welcome the large fees imposed by larger accounting and turnaround firms, where even for relatively small deals, service charges and fees in the mid to high hundreds of thousands of dollars are charged. So, ATTA members have an opportunity.

    Both types of opportunities will be furthered by advertising ATTA into SOEs and the new OBOR investment banks, and building personal relationships in Beijing and Shanghai were the new OBOR banks are located. This opens up a variety of opportunities for individual practitioners, but also to individuals and mid-sized accounting and law firms partnering to compete, as China based companies and practitioners, against the large international entities.

    ATTA members interested in OBOR should watch the ATTA website for developments. OBOR is a sales opportunity. So we need to approach servicing OBOR as a major account sale, using well known tools to track the opportunities and win business.

    Bob Fonow 

  • 05 June 2017 15:49 | Deleted user

    ATTA's Beijing Chapter held the first in a series of working breakfast meetings on June 1, 2017, to discuss One Belt One Road opportunities. The meeting was organized by RGI's Bob Fonow and hosted in the Capital Club Library Room by Russell Brown, Chairman of Lehman Brown International Accountants.  A lively discussion of the issues led to a decision to continue to series with the next event to be held, again at the Capital Club, in late August, followed by ATTA presentations to Beijing Chambers and business groups in September 2017.

    Dwight Nordstrom, Chairman of PRI, an international entrepreneur and investor described the meeting as "interesting and important in getting turnaround and transformation managers into the deal flow and getting the right introductions with major Chinese and international companies."

    EY's Maria Wu, one of the founders of ATTA, also expressed her opinion that the event provided an excellent entry point into both One Belt One Road initiatives and insight into the new consolidation of Beijing-Tianjin and Hebei province.

    Bob Fonow responded by adding "that's the purpose of ATTA. We want our members to identify the opportunities, get engagements, and make some money. An investment in an ATTA membership is an investment in your future."

    Bob Fonow and Maria Wu

    Dwight Nordstrom (left) and Russell Brown (right)

  • 22 September 2015 16:08 | Anonymous

    The Beijing Chapter of ATTA met at Pudao Wines in Central Park in Beijing on 22 September 2015 to discuss several projected events.  Several prospective new members attended, including restructuring professionals and offshore attorneys from the British Virgin Islands recently relocated to Asia to provide closer customer services. 

    ATTA Chairman Russell Brown opened the session with remarks, noting the recent agreement between ATTA and the Institute for Turnaround for the availability of reciprocal membership.

    Russell also suggested that the Pudao events become a bi-monthly event through the year, with set dates, so anyone interested could plan in advance to attend.

  • 17 September 2014 07:35 | Anonymous
    On Wednesday, September 25, 2014 an audience of 35 Beijing executives and officials were delighted to receive recent AlixPartners market research on the transformation and turnaround business in China and Asia. The presentation in Beijing’s Capital Club was led by AlixPartners senior Asia partner, Mike Murphy.

    The talk covered a broad expanse of subjects including traditional turnaround issues, private equity, restructuring and HR issues. A Q&A followed the presentation with ATTA members offering questions about the possibilities for business in China’s western provinces, opportunities in the fast growing Beijing-Tianjin tech region, and a review of regional opportunities in Vietnam and Thailand.

    The meeting was opened with a presentation on ATTA by Russell Brown, the senior partner of Lehman Brown and forthcoming chair of ATTA. The venue was generously provided by LehmanBrown.

  • 19 May 2014 08:09 | Anonymous
    On 19 May 2014, the Beijing Chapter of ATTA gathered over dinner to discuss "The Role of a Non-Executive Director and How to be an Effective NED."

    The focus of the discussion was about what is an NED, and in particular the risks associated if such was a Chinese company. For instance, as an NED, was information freely available and what were the rights of an NED to access this. 

    In China there is not NED status, directors are either registered, and therefore legally directors, or not registered, and therefore in effect paid consultants or employees. The former legally have full access to information, the later only have access to what they are allowed access to. The former also though have all of the legal liability of being a registered director, in the same way as they would anywhere else in the world. Therefore, if the company did something wrong then they are liable, but the legal protection is less than in more developed countries. 

    The discussion then went on to focus on fraud and lack of transparency, and some recent news stories in China, with a conclusion that there is higher risk, and therefore anyone seeking to be an NED should do their due diligence first before accepting a registered position. The group felt that if the NED was at offshore, or out of China holding company level, then better protection could exist depending upon the jurisdiction and status of its legal system.
  • 13 September 2013 16:27 | Deleted user
    The third was held on 13 September 2013 and Lesli Ligorner, Partner, Simmons & Simmons, presented on "Turnaround and Transformation - the Human Resources Dimension". With HR issues in transformation and turnaround situations being the most sensitive and potentially disruptive issues faced by managers in China, Lesli provided insights into understanding the dynamics of distressed company management, the importance of HR in the success of restructuring, transformation and turnarounds and an understanding of legal and regulatory issues in China concerning corporate recovery and renewal.
  • 06 June 2013 16:26 | Deleted user
    The second was held on 6 June 2013 and ATTA Chairman, Adam Salzer, Managing Director of PwC Advisory Services Hong Kong provided his views on Managing Distressed Assets (and Companies): Tools, Techniques and Policies. Topics included an understanding of the dynamics of distressed company managements, tools used by turnaround and transformation managers in corporate renewal and an understanding of the challenges and realistic solutions concerning corporate turnaround and managing very rapid growth in China. Adam was joined by fellow ATTA Board Member, Bob Fonow, and the discussion was moderated by Chris Murck, President of AmCham China.
  • 16 April 2013 16:23 | Deleted user
    The first in a series of three seminars in the Restructuring, Transformation and Turnaround series was held on 16 April 2013 and covered whether the services offered by transformation, turnaround and restructuring firms are needed in China, or if the problems requiring these services are not being acknowledged or are hidden. Jim Dubow, managing director and co-head of Asia Alvarez and Marsal, led the presentation and was joined by ATTA Beijing Chapter co-heads Russell Brown, managing partner of LehmanBrown Limited, discussing business transformation in China and Bob Fonow of RGI Ltd., who spoke on turnarounds and fixes in China.
  • 17 October 2012 17:08 | Anonymous
    Beijing-based Board Members Bob Fonow and Russell Brown welcomed Beijing Members to informal drinks at Pudao Wines on 17 October 2012. Topics of conversation included: New Chinese leadership: can we expect accelerated reform, more transparency and opportunities for ATTA?
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