Changing Times, Changing Companies – The Truth about Designing a Successful Corporate Transformation

  • 19 June 2019
  • 14:30 - 17:20
  • European Chamber Shanghai Office, 333 Huai Hai Middle Road, Shui On Plaza, Shanghai, Floor 22, Unit 2204

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Changing Times, Changing Companies –
The Truth about Designing
a Successful Corporate Transformation

A Seminar co-hosted with the European Chamber in Shanghai

As the pace of change increases and the global business environment becomes ever more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, the world’s leading companies know they have to evolve and become agile or risk becoming irrelevant.  A 2014 Study from Constellation Research shows that since 2000, 52 percent of companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired, or ceased to exist.

Any corporate transformation—executing a new corporate strategy to achieve breakthrough performance, enabling a new executive leader to take charge, or integrating an acquisition—is fraught with challenges.

Transformations represent a reboot of a company, with the goal of achieving a dramatic improvement in performance and altering its future trajectory. Join this session organised by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association to understand the building blocks that are essential for a successful corporate transformation from operational, legal and employee engagement perspectives.


Welcome remarks by Ms Brigitte Wolff, Board Member of the Shanghai Chapter of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association (ATTA)
15:10 Case Studies: How to Motivate Key Employees During Transformation Processes? 
by Mr. T. T. Chen, Operating Partner, Taplow Group Consulting
15:30 How to Transform and Integrate a Large Private Company in China 
by French ExecutiveFrench MNC
15:50 Legal Considerations When Moving or Shutting Down Facilities 
by Ms. Ginger Zhou, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons
16:10 Options for Business Transformation by Mr. Michael Meagher,
Head of China M & A, American Industrial Acquisition Corporation
16:30 Panel Discussion
16:50 Q&A Session


Closing Remarks by Ms Brigitte Wolff, Board Member of the Shanghai Chapter of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association (ATTA)

*The details of some of the speakers above will be confidential until the event day. 

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Ms. Brigitte Wolff

President, EIM China
In 2015 I joined international Interim and Transition Management Agency E.I.M. Excellence in Management in their Shanghai office, being responsible for the China, ASEAN and Indian business. Under the set-up of Eight Dragons Limited - PE the investment and my advisory board mandates are executed. Before E.I.M. I joined World- renowned management consulting firm Booz & Company through its merger with ME, which later changed the name to PwC Strategy& With almost 18 years of China business experience as a consultant with focus on technology driven industries  such as machinery, automotive and chemistry ( e. g. Chemistry in automotive) and a true networker and door opener I now contribute to the success of E.I.M. in Asia. Before I worked for Management Engineers Consulting Company (ME) as MD and Legal Representative, as well as regional partner in operations and strategic consulting, after my company Abacus Corporation merged with ME in 2007. Since 2008 I also have served as a board member of the German Chamber in Shanghai.

I hold a Master of Engineering degree ( Diploma Engineer) from No 1 German University: TU Munich  

Mr. T. T. Chen

Operating Partner
T. T. Chen is a free-lance Operating Partner for private equity firms and multinationals. He specializes in interim general management and executive coaching. He has completed 10 interim GM/CEO assignments for portfolio companies for EQT Partners, CITIC Capital Partners and Blue Point Capital Partners, as well as for western MNCs and SMEs. He is in his 11th interim GM assignment. He has coached over 60 executives in Ford, TRW Automotive, Fonterra, Tyco Electronics, Associated British Food, GSK, Givaudan, Schaeffler, LVMH and Royal Caribbean. T. T. also has over 25 years of operations and technical experience in multinational companies, including 12 years of start-up and building industrial and consumer businesses for Avery Dennison in China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
T. T. is Co-Chair of Manufacturers Business Council of American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. T. T. is also Shanghai Chapter Lead for Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association.


Mr. Michael J. Meagher

APAC General Counsel & China Director of M&A of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC)
Michael J. Meagher is APAC General Counsel & China Director of M&A of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC)
AIAC has over 20 years’ experience in acquiring special situation businesses located in Asia, Europe and North America.
AIAC currently has 65 operating sites around the world, with annual revenues exceeding USD 2.3 billion
Michael previously worked for 10 years as Managing Director and head of Shanghai office of Alantra, an international investment banking firm.
Prior to that, he worked for 15 years as Partner and Head of International Practice Group of one of New England’s largest law firms.
Native English, fluent in oral and written Mandarin
JD and BA from Boston University

Mr. French Executive


French executive with solid track record in P&L and company turnaround management with more than 17 years of managerial experience in intercultural and challenging environments, last 8 years mission in China. Chairman & Managing Director of a US$500Mil company, result oriented and focused to succeed complex assignments and to build new and highly performing organizations.


Ms. Ginger Zhou

Legal Director
Ginger Zhou is a Legal Director based in the Shanghai office of Pinsent Masons. She speaks English and Chinese fluently.
After she completed her China law education in China, she studied in University of Manchester for international business law and obtained her LL.M. degree. She was qualified in the PRC. She joined Pinsent Masons in 2012. Before that, she had worked with a few Chinese and international law firms and bank.
Combined with her extensive practice, understanding of foreign culture, and command of local knowledge, she successfully assists overseas clients with their investments in mainland China, and advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues in relation to both the transactions and day-to-day business, and helps the clients to minimize the risk and costs of non-compliance. Her work experience with international law firms and international banks gives her sound knowledge and capability to provide blended advice on real estate, finance, employment and other corporate matters in foreign investment projects, relocation, business restructuring and liquidation projects.
Her clients cover various industries of real estate, manufacturing, trading and retailing, pharmaceutical and medical device, logistics, entertainment and chemicals.

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