WHAT IS FLAG?                                                                                                          THE...
WHAT IS THE ROUNDTABLE SERIES?                                                                             FLAG MEMBERS BE...
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ATTENDEE PROFILES                                                       EXPERT, CHAIR AND HOST PROFILESJAMES KYNGE, EXPERT...
ATTENDEE PROFILES                                                               OTHER ATTENDEESCLIVE BENFORD, KPMG ADVISOR...
ATTENDEE PROFILES                                                               OTHER ATTENDEESNASOUL GOPAL, SMITH & WILLI...
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ATTENDEE PROFILES                                                                     OTHER ATTENDEESCLAIRE ZHANG, STANDAR...
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  2. 2. WHAT IS FLAG? THE CONTENT OF FLAG:» FLAG is the pan-Asian network. It exists to WHAT FLAG DOES create and connect Asia-focused business, FLAGintelligence: policy and charity leaders. It abides by the a private social FLAGship: network to help a global online values of Community, Diversity, members find publication Understanding, Ethics and Ambition. and share contacts and and the voice of the FLAG FLAG’s vision is to develop an knowledge community international network of interconnected FLAG branches Mentoring Events: scheme: Panel Series,» FLAG was founded in October 2011 and Roundtable matching members with has quickly grown to a mailing list Series and senior figures Showcase membership of over 300. In Q1 2013 Series in their field FLAG will launch its formal membership scheme, together with FLAGintelligence, a private social network for members to exchange contacts and information across FLAG branches, FLAGship, a global online A publication and the voice of the FLAG Community A Club for community, and a mentoring scheme for members members to to interact and have fun in a share civilised way» FLAG is run by a Steering Committee of nine British and Asian professionals and entrepreneurs, and supported by an Advisory Panel of five, including Sir David John KCMG, former Chairman of BSI A Stage for A Source of members to Wisdom for Group, Balfour Beatty and Premier Oil, shine and members to and Florian Pollner, Partner at McKinsey & perform learn Co in Zurich and co-founder of McKinsey’s Centre for Asian Leadership (MCAL) in THE ESSENCE OF FLAG: Singapore WHAT FLAG IS
  3. 3. WHAT IS THE ROUNDTABLE SERIES? FLAG MEMBERS BENEFIT FROM:» The Roundtable Series brings together a » CUTTING-EDGE INTELLIGENCE small group of members with shared » CULTURAL INSIGHT experience to discuss a topic of common » HIGH-QUALITY NETWORKING interest under the guidance of a leading expert» FLAG’s members benefit from the Roundtable by receiving: MEMBER MEMBER (i) from the expert, cutting-edge intelligence and deep insight into the topic of discussion; and (ii) from each other, a diverse range of professional experience and cultural perspectives. MEMBER MEMBER The small group size and selective attendance maximises the networking and learning value of the Roundtable» The Roundtable takes the form of an opening brief by the expert, followed by MEMBER MEMBER Q&A and opening to a discussion between the members which is overseen by the expert and a chair, who may one MEMBER of FLAG’s Co-Chairs or a Director. The discussion is followed by refreshments during which members can continue the discussion informally, and network with the expert and each other
  4. 4. ROUNDTABLE FORMATSUMMARY» The Roundtable took place at the London offices of Allen & Overy LLP, a leading international law firm, between James Kynge, Editor of the Financial Time’s China Confidential*, representatives of Allen & Overy and 20 FLAG members. including several members of the Steering Committee. The event was chaired by Henry Tugendhat, FLAG Director» The Roundtable began with a briefing by Mr Kynge on the informal financial sector in China, that is, non-bank lending including private funds such as hedge funds and private equity, and underground banks or blackmarket lending. Mr Kynge explained that the growth in this sector is being driven by the need of Chinese SMEs to obtain finance, and their difficulty in obtaining finance from state-backed banks which typically only back state-owned enterprises. This imbalance between supply and demand for SME credit is symptomatic of China’s imbalanced, investment-led economy, which is in the process of correction. Mr Kynge explained that whilst many of these informal lenders are unregistered, but there are also increasing numbers falling into a grey area where individual groups have approvals granted by the relevant authorities, but their institution is still not officially recognised on a wider scale» Mr Kynge’s briefing was followed by a 20 minute question and answer session, progressed to a discussion between Mr Kynge and the assembled members, and ended with networking drinks*China Confidential is an integrated research service from the Financial Times that provides premium, exclusive analysis and predictionson China investment themes. It taps Chinese sources from the grassroots to the political elite to forecast key trends and issues
  5. 5. ATTENDEE PROFILES EXPERT, CHAIR AND HOST PROFILESJAMES KYNGE, EXPERT HENRY TUGENDHAT, CHAIR (FLAG DIRECTOR)» James is the Editor of China Confidential, a » Henry is a Director of FLAG and is currently doing his research service of the Financial Times. He is a master’s in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He was previously working recipient of several awards. His first book China in Beijing as projects director of an NGO called BRICKS, Shakes The World: A Titans Rise and Troubled after 6 months research assistance on Chinese foreign Future - and the Challenge for America describes policy at the EU. He has a strong interest in poverty the development of China as a superpower - it alleviation and its role in international politics, and has has been translated into 19 languages and won written for various UK, US and China-based publications. the 2006 FT and Goldman Sachs Business Book He speaks fluent French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese of the Year Award HUI ZHENG, HOST» James spent over two decades as a journalist in Asia, initially for Reuters and then as China » Hui is an Associate at Allen & Overy’s London office and Bureau Chief for the Financial Times between Coordinator of its London China Group. He is a native Chinese speaker and is qualified in England & Wales and 1998 and 2005. He covered many of the events the PRC. He has a wide range experience in both Asia and during this time - including the Japanese the UK and has contributed three chapters to Chinese deflation, the Tianmen Square massacre, the rise Business Law (Hart Publishing & Druckerei C.H Beck 2010) to nationhood of the five former Soviet central and the China chapter for Neate and Godfrey: Bank union Asian republics in the early 1990s, the Confidentiality, 5th Edition (Bloomsbury Professional Asian financial crisis of 1997, and China’s reform 2011). Hui is currently combining his career with a PhD in International Financial & Insolvency Law at Durham and opening since 1998 University» James speaks fluent Mandarin and is a regular SUSANNA CHEN, HOST commentator on Chinese and Asian issues for » Susanna is an Associate in the Corporate Department of media outlets including NPR, CNN and the BBC. Allen & Overy LLP, London, covering both general He lives in Beijing and is married with three corporate, M&A and Equity Capital Markets. She is also a children member of Allen & Overy’s China Group and is a native Chinese speaker
  6. 6. ATTENDEE PROFILES OTHER ATTENDEESCLIVE BENFORD, KPMG ADVISORY SAMUEL GAO, ESCP (FLAG DIRECTOR)» Clive is an Assistant Manager in KPMG’s Restructuring » Samuel is a Director of FLAG and is currently studying for department. He has been involved in a range of business a master’s degree in Marketing and Creativity at ESCP reviews, distressed sales, debt restructurings and Europe. Sam read economics at the London School of administrations including the recent special Economics after his high school education at Malvern administration of MF Global UK. He hopes to complete a College and Tianjin Nankai School. He is experienced in secondment in China in 2013 and to have more strategic planning, business development and CRM. He professional involvement with China as the Chinese banks has an unusual passion for traditional Chinese philosophy, and businesses start to increase their outward Beijing Opera and Qin, the seven-string Chinese zeither. investment. In the meantime he is helping to launch the Samuel speaks Mandarin and English, and is working on Midlands’ first China-UK business forum this summer his French (not just for the food and wine)ANKIT CHHABRA, ALLEN & OVERY (FLAG CO-CHAIR) DAVID GARIDAN, GARIDAN GLOBAL» Ankit is Co-chair of FLAG and an Associate in the Corporate department at Allen & Overy LLP, London. He is a practising Solicitor of England & Wales and is also entitled to practice in the State of New York (USA) and in India. Ankit is currently a member of the New York NOT AVAILABLE State Bar Association. Ankit regularly represents clients with business interests in various Asian markets. Ankit is fluent in English and Hindi and speaks basic PunjabiFI DINH, BARCLAYS CORPORATE MARC GEDDES, DEXION CAPITAL» Fi is an Analyst at Barclays Corporate in its Change » Marc works at Dexion Capital in London, broking Management Department. She is currently working on alternative investment funds - hedge funds, fund of Barclays global expansion strategy and various hedge funds, infrastructure and private equity funds. He infrastructure improvement projects. She graduated in graduated from Edinburgh University having read Political Public Relations and worked for Bell Pottinger Economic History. He then went to Beijing University for Group on their Nation Branding accounts before taking up one year to study Chinese (Mandarin), and continues to her current role. Coming to the UK alone at the age of 15 do so today from Vietnam, Fi has been fascinated by international opportunities and how different countries foster different business cultures
  7. 7. ATTENDEE PROFILES OTHER ATTENDEESNASOUL GOPAL, SMITH & WILLIAMSON BARNABY JONES, M&G CAPITAL» Nasoul is a Manager in the Competition and Regulatory Department at Smith & Williamson, which he joined in 2004 after 10 years working at a Big Four firm. Nasoul has also worked on a number of audit, DD and compliance engagements. He has experience of dealing with the NOT AVAILABLE Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on a number of confidential matters, and has presented on competition matters in Beijing in January 2012ASSIM HUSSAIN, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS ROWAN LOVEGROVE-FIELDEN, DELOITTE» Asim is currently studying towards an MSc on China at the » Rowan is an Associate working with Deloitte’s China London School of Economics and has previously Services Group for Investment Management and Private completed a BA in Economics and a BSc in Biology at the Equity. She has a background in Economics and spent 2 University of Waterloo in Canada. He has also passed the years in Beijing studying Mandarin and later working at CFA level 1 exam and the Canadian Securities Course. His the European Chamber of Commerce. While there she past experiences include entrepreneurship where he was involved in Government Affairs, and conducted a helped raise $142,000 in Canada, US, France, and study on investment in China by foreign firms. Rowan Singapore for his own medical device company and hopes to return to China in the near future investment banking where he helped a TSX listed technology company finance a $32 million acquisitionNEIL (INOUE) NOBUHIKO, CANON EUROPE STEVEN LUK, OXFORD UNIVERSITY SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL» Neil read economics at university in Japan before » Steven is a current MBA student studying at Oxford obtained his MBA in the UK. He works for Canon and is in University’s Said Business School with a focus in Finance charge of marketing and product planning for Canon’s and Business Development. Prior to his study, he worked European copier business. Whilst he hasn’t worked in the for 4 years as an Investment Management Corporate financial sector before, he is keen to understand Chinese Controller in Goldman Sachs in New York City. With family finance more from an industry perspective, as China is heritage from Shanghai, Steven was born in Hong Kong one of the most interesting and growing markets for but grew up in Queens, NY. He received his B.S. degree in Canon’s copier business Management from the School of Management of Binghamton University. Steven wishes to work in Shanghai or Hong Kong post his MBA study
  8. 8. ATTENDEE PROFILES OTHER ATTENDEESEUNICE NG, EUROWEEK MANDEEP SINGH, BC PARTNERS» Eunice is an SSA markets reporter at Euroweek, » Mandeep is an Associate in the Executive Team of BC specializing in MTNs and CP. Previously, she read for a Partners, a large buy-out Private Equity fund, currently Bachelors degree in Civil Law at Oxford, and before then a investing its ninth fund of just under $9bn. He works Masters in Law and Accounting and a first class Bachelor cross-sector but originates Energy (Oil & Gas and of Law Degree at the London School of Economics. From Renewables) transactions and his portfolio business is Hong Kong, Eunice is particularly interested in the Foxtons. BC Partners has traditionally invested in Europe development of finance in China and hope to one day and the United States but has recently been considering report from that region. She is also very interested in investing in emerging markets. Before BC Partners, financial literacy and demystifying what is an important Mandeep was a strategy consultant at OC&C, after part of the economy to people outside of the industry graduating from Cambridge University (2003-2007)JAMES PATTERSON-WATERSTON, BURO HAPPOLD TIANFAN WANG, LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL» James is a consultant on strategy, urban planning and » Tianfan is currently reading for a Masters in Management development at Happold Consulting, currently working at London Business School, and is due to become an on projects in China. Prior to joining Happold Consulting investment analyst at Bertelsmann Asia Investments. He he worked both for Arup and KPMG on master planning has a strong interest in TMT venture capital investment in and project finance projects in East Asia. He is currently a China. Before starting his professional career, Tianfan researcher focusing on development in western China at Wang explored a number of social entrepreneurship the University of Cambridge, where he is also affiliated to projects including micro finance volunteering in Africa the Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies Unit and three social enterprises in China. Before his master study, Tianfan completed internships at Bain & Company, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and ExxonMobilHARRY QUEENBOROUGH, ERNST & YOUNG HIROKAZU YOSHII, MCKINSEY & CO (FLAG DIRECTOR)» Harry is a co-founder and Director of the China-Britain » Hiro is currently interning at the Research Department Youth Association, a non-profit network connecting young and the International Office of the Conservative Party in professionals between Britain and China with branches in London, on secondment from McKinsey & Co in Japan. He London, Beijing, Oxford and Shanghai. He currently read Mathematics at the University of Tokyo, and directs a panel discussion series in partnership with the afterwards worked for McKinsey in Japan and Germany China-Britain Business Council. Harry works as a for five years before going to Columbia University and consultant within Ernst & Young’s global strategy team in then the LSE to take an MPA, during which time he London and has spent one and a half years between Hong interned with the Research, Development and Evaluation Kong, Beijing and Nanjing working with a leading private Commission (R.D.E.C.) of Taiwan, and also ran a consulting Chinese investment bank and studying Chinese project for the Scrutiny Unit at the House of Commons
  9. 9. ATTENDEE PROFILES OTHER ATTENDEESCLAIRE ZHANG, STANDARD CHARTERED» Claire is based in London and has been covering China relations at Standard Chartered plc since 2010. Prior to her current assignment she was based in China, working as an Executive Assistant and Business Planning Manager to the office of Lance Browne, Vice Chairman of Standard NOT AVAILABLE Chartered in China
  10. 10. MEMBER FEEDBACKPOSITIVE» Excellent venue and catering» Interesting presentation by a knowledgeable, high-profile speaker» Quality networking with diverse and relevant group of membersCONSTRUCTIVE» Needs to be more discussion between members – too much Q&A with expert» Long table setup not conducive to a “roundtable” discussion» Difficult to network with expert afterwards – had to leave earlySTEERING COMMITTEE RESPONSE» Reduce length of speaker’s briefing and Q&A, focus on discussion time» Arrange seating in circle/horseshoe shape to facilitate interaction» Confirm with speaker in advance that either (i) able to stay for networking; or (ii) happy to be introduced to members afterwards