Date(s) - 31/03/2015
8:30 am - 10:30 am
New World Hotel Saigon
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What lies ahead for Vietnam?
Optimists project an upward trend of growth; an increasingly stable macro-economy and strength through integration with its ASEAN neighbors. Pessimists, on the other hand, dread another lackluster year in growth, a market lacking in confidence and increasingly predatory competition from its ASEAN neighbors. These are two discordant pictures of what lies ahead for Vietnam in 2015.
In this forum. DFDL calls attention to recent legal and tax policies introduced by the Vietnamese government aimed at stimulating growth and enhancing business environment in Vietnam. As a regional legal and tax firm, DFDL is also able to present the bigger picture including regional drivers of policy affecting Vietnam.
From both a legal and tax perspective, we also identify sobering realities, obstacles and limitations that may impede the country in achieving its goals.
As government pushes for more reforms, we examine opportunities that are opened up by new investment policies, the recent wave of further tax reforms. We also bear in mind the adjustments that are needed to be made by the business sector in their strategies to help them navigate through Vietnam’s legal and tax agenda for 2015.
|8:30 am||Registration and Refreshment|
|9:00 am||Welcome remark|
|10:30 am||Event Ends|
Cost: 500,000 vnd Members | 650,000 vnd Non-Members
BERNARD COBARRUBIAS – Tax Director, Vietnam
Bernard has over 12 years of tax and legal experience in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. He also handles Lao PDR and Cambodian tax engagements. Bernard specializes in international tax services with focus on cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions advisory and implementation. He also deals with local business tax advisory services, corporate structures and licensing, as well as regulatory and tax compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) degree from the University of the Philippines. He speaks English and Filipino.
TRAN THI VU HANH – Partner, Vietnam; Senior Legal Adviser
Hanh is a leading Vietnamese-qualified lawyer, with more than 14 years’ experience of advising leading multinational clients and financial institutions on complex corporate law matters in Vietnam and Cambodia. Before joining DFDL in 2006, Hanh worked at the European Commission in Vietnam where she was responsible for the legal aspects of the EC’s development projects in Vietnam, and prior to that she was the head of the corporate secretary division of KPMG Cambodia. Hanh advises clients predominantly on complex Project Finance, Real Estate and Corporate and Commercial matters. Some of the most significant transactions she has advised on include the largest real estate acquisition in 2011 in Cambodia, the Chinese state bank financing of USD 421 million as well as the refinancing to a telecom company in Cambodia, a major port project with project value worth approximately USD 300 million and, most recently, the acquisition of a stake in a Cambodian hydropower project by a major Chinese SOE. Hanh holds a Lawyer Certificate (Judicial Academy Institute of Vietnam), Master in International Business (University of Tours, France), Bachelor in Law (Hanoi National University) and a Bachelor in Foreign Languages ‒ French and English (Hanoi Foreign Language College). She speaks Vietnamese, French and English.