It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the ADVOC International Business Law Conference, which will be held in Bangkok during February 27-29, 2020.

The ADVOC International Business Law Conference is a client-driven, business-oriented legal forum to share expertise and know-how by leveraging on the legal expertise mainly within the ADVOC network although we welcome outside experts for diversity of points of view and experiences.

The upcoming Bangkok conference focuses on the current issue on everyone's mind: Doing business in the hostile environment of uncertainty and unpredictability as a result of the trade war, China's economic slowdown, the global recession and the ongoing Brexit saga, among other issues. The topics include cross-border M&A during global protectionism and global recession, including how the current unfavorable business environment affects investment in China and the rest of Asia.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to our great city of Bangkok!

Apisith John Sutham
Managing Partner
Apisith & Alliance Ltd.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee


8:00 - 8:30Registration (Counters will be closed at 08:30)

8:30 - 8:45 • Opening Session
Welcome remarks by the host firm and ADVOC Chairman

9:00 - 10:30 • 1 Bargain Hunting Time : Cross-Border M&A Amidst Rising Global Protectionism and Uncertain Geopolitical/Trade Environment

9:30 - 10:00 • Foreign investment in New Zealand – regulatory environment, the national interest and a case study of foreign investment in practice
Kate Telford/Erich Bachmann, Hesketh Henry

9:00 - 10:30 • Distressed M&A in the United States and the United Kingdom
Patrick Birney, Robinson + Cole Alan Bennett, Ashfords

10:00 - 10:30
• Impacts on in-bound cross-border M&A deals in selected Asian countries
Panel discussion facilitated by moderator – ADVOC lawyers
Moderator: Apisith John Sutham, Apisith & Alliance

Panelists from the following jurisdictions:
● China - Chelsea Li, Jincheng Tongda & Neal
● Indonesia - Marini Salaeman, Legisperitus
● Malaysia - Yoon Ming Sun, Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff (CCA)
● Thailand - Apisith John Sutham, Apisith & Alliance 

10:30 - 11:00 • Coffee Break & Networking 

11:00 - 12:30 • Are There Still Appetites for Private Investment After China’s Slowdown: Business and Legal Perspectives 

11:00 - 11:30 • Private equity and VC investment in Asia
Daniel Poller, Chairman, Payo Pte Ltd. (Formerly McKinsey Consultant & Senior Advisor to JP Morgan) 

11:30 - 12:30 • Finding value in Asian private companies : Business and legal perspectives
Panel discussion facilitated by moderator – ADVOC lawyers
Moderator: Apisith John Sutham, Apisith & Alliance

Panelists from the following jurisdictions:

● Malaysia - Yeat Soo Ching, Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff (CCA)
● India - Gautam Khaitan, O.P. Khaitan & Co.
● Australia - Andrew Corkhill, Cooper Grace Ward 

12:30 - 14:00 • Networking Lunch
Delegates, speakers and distinguished guests are invited to lunch at Goji Kitchen & Bar, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

14:00 - 14:30 • Global Private Investment : Trends & Outlook for Global Investment in Ports & Terminals
The presentation covers the growth and challenges of world maritime trade and container throughput, as well as the recent alliances and consolidations in the industry 
Connie Chen, Colin Biggers & Paisley

14:30 - 15:45 • From Made in China to Made in Southeast Asia : Moving out of China and into SE Asia?

14:30 - 15:00
 • Sharing on Chinese ODI into ASEAN - Opportunities and challenges
Yuttana Saithai, Head of FDI Advisory, UOB (Thai)

15:00 - 15:45 • The Nuts-and-Bolts: Legal and regulatory issues in relocating from China to Cambodia and CLMV
Richard Kimber, Norman Waterhouse 

15:45 - 16:15 • Coffee Break & Networking

16:15 - 17:00 • Settling Dispute in Times of Crisis: Minimizing Dispute Related Costs while Maximizing Enforcement Chances
Though times of crisis tend to be a boon for disputes lawyers, costs related to disputes can in and of themselves be yet another crisis faced by struggling businesses. The Speakers will address issues related to costs that can be controlled, such as the possibility of a mediated settlement, evidentiary rules, selected seats of arbitration, and costs related to enforcement and collection.

Tony Andriotis, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Tokyo Office
Invited speaker from Thai Arbitration Center (THAC)
Apisith John Sutham (Moderator) 

17:00 - 17:15 • Closing Ceremony

Highlighted Program

► Managing Supply Chain Disruption With/Through Contractual Arrangement

► From Made in China to Made in Southeast Asia : Slow Shift from China to Southeast Asia

► Bargain Hunting Time : Distressed M&A

► Private Equity in Asia : Losing Appetite for Private Equity After China’s Slowdown?

► Global Private Investment : Trends & Outlook for global investment in Ports & Terminals

Excluding 7% VAT
  • Accommodation on
    27 - 28 February 2020
  • Meeting Packages
  • All Inclusive Dinner
  • Half-Day Tour
  • Airport Transfer
Young lawyer
Excluding 7% VAT
  • Accommodation on
    27 - 28 February 2020
  • Meeting Packages
  • All Inclusive Dinner
  • Half-Day Tour
  • Airport Transfer
Accompanying person
Excluding 7% VAT
  • Workshop & Lunch on
    28 February 2020
  • All Inclusive Dinner
  • Half-Day Tour
  • Airport Transfer

Airport transfer is included in the Meeting Package.

Please provide us your flight schedule detail in the registration form.  If your flight changes after you have submitted your registration, please inform us of the change/new flight information at info@advoc2020.com

For the departure flight, we recommend you to leave for the airport at least 4.00 hrs. prior to the departure time for international flight, and 3.00 hrs. for domestic flight.

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Bangkok, Thailand
CHECK-IN at 15:00, CHECK-OUT at 12:00

Located along Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok, surrounded by several of the city’s most vibrant shopping, business and entertainment districts, this iconic property boasts 1,388 rooms and suites. Extensive convention and meeting facilities, able to cater to large meeting groups or events of over 1,000 persons, and an array of diverse dining and recreational facilities will ensure that this property is a destination in itself. Modern design, state-of-the-art technology and authentic experiences are aligned to challenge the status quo and address the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s discerning travelers. The close proximity to BTS Skytrain Station Phrom Phong, as well as the EM District lifestyle malls, enable mobility and easy access to some of the city’s hotspots.