Singapore Mid Year Conference 2014

The 2nd ATTA Mid-Year Conference took place on Friday 13 June 2014 at AmCham with Pre-Conference Cocktails the night before at The Tower Club.  The popularity of the event was such that it was a full house with delegates enjoying an impressive line up of speakers.

For photos of the Conference click here.

 Speakers Presentations

Mark Matthews
The Political & Economic Outlook for Asia in 2H 2014 - Some Risks

Stuart Witchell
 Conducting Effective Due Diligence in Asia

 Sebastien Lamy
 Key Issues in Managing Change in Family Businesses in SE Asia

 Clinton Ang
 Successfully Leading a Family-owned Business to Transformational Growth - The Case of Cornerstone Wines

 Constant van Aerschot
 Turnaround: A Defining Moment to Introduce Sustainability in a Company's P&L?

 Dr Steven Tucker
 How Healthcare Technology is Changing our World - A Peek into Some Disruptive Changes

Here is the full agenda for the day.



Mid-Year Conference 2014

After an introduction by ATTA Chairman, Russell Brown, Managing Partner of LehmanBrown, Mark Matthews, Head of Research - Asia, Bank Julius Baer provided the delegates with a most informative insight into his bullish views on the Asian markets with a particular focus on China, India and Thailand.

Stuart Witchell, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting discussed some of the commonly seen fraud issues in Asia and shared case studies of fraudulent matters he had been involved in.  Of note was the need to not just rely on the books and documents presented but to go and physically look at the sites and people involved.


Sebastien Lamy, Partner, Bain & Company SE Asia talked about the key issues in managing change in family businesses in SE Asia, noting how this area was particularly fertile ground for private equity investors in the region and how family-owned businesses tend to over perform when compared to non-family owned businesses.  Continuing with the theme of family businesses, Clinton Ang, Managing Director, Hock Tong Bee Pte Ltd, gave a truly fascinating insight into the history of Cornerstone Wines, the issues the company had addressed over three generations and how he had worked to transform it into the modern and successful business it is today.

Dr Steven Tucker of Tucker Medical talked about how health tracking will usually result in a change of lifestyle and showed a mind-blowing catalogue of technological inventions that can monitor a person's medical data for tracking purposes.

To round off the morning's sessions, Constant van Aerschot, Executive Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development, Singapore, discussed how sustainability could lengthen the upside curve of a business cycle and how it can help in transformations.  He talked about  how social and environmental reports published by some banks are used to assist with investment decisions and provided thought-provoking case studies of how MNCs have undertaken environmental P&Ls to drive their medium- to long-term strategies to their significant advantage.


With thanks to AmCham for the use of their conference facilities, to Nina Koh of FTI Consulting for her administrative support and to Salman Bokhari for putting the Conference together.  In particular, ATTA is grateful to FTI Consulting for their sponsorship of the event.

Pre-Conference Cocktails

The night before the Conference, Cocktails were held at The Tower Club which was generously sponsored by FTI Consulting.  In addition to meeting the delegates ahead of the Conference, it was an opportunity for ATTA to express their gratitude to FTI Consulting for their support and a token of thanks was presented to Stuart Witchell by Russell Brown.


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