Working with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC): Maison Marou as a Case Study (invitation only)
We would like to invite you to join an exclusive, invite-only Breakfast Roundtable Discussion with Maria E. Goravanchi, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Managing Director for Lower Mekong. This is an opportunity to hear about DFC’s lending and investment practices, eligibility criteria, and priority areas for lending and sustainable finance in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
The event will include a case study of an AmCham member company, Maison Marou, which is currently in the finalization process for DFC financing. Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman Vincent Mourou will share his lessons learned in working with DFC. He will also discuss the impact this financing will have on Marou’s efforts to promote sustainability and climate change adaptation for its cacao farmer partners that play a key role in Marou’s award-winning Vietnamese chocolates.
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The DFC is America’s development finance institution. It partners with the private sector to finance market-based solutions for infrastructure development and other critical challenges in developing and emerging markets, across sectors, including climate and clean energy, healthcare, agribusiness, and technology, as well as small business and women entrepreneurs. DFC investments promote sustainable growth through adhering to high standards and respect for environment, human rights, and labor rights.
This event was coordinated by AmCham Vietnam’s Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) Committee, in coordination with the Capital Markets and Financial Services Committee.
Limited seating available. Please register now.
|9:00 AM||Welcome and brief introductions|
|9:05 AM||Presentation by Maria E. Goravanchi, Regional Managing Director, Lower Mekong, DFC|
|10:00 AM||Discussion Q&A moderated by Binh Le Vandekerckove, CEO, ASART|
|10:30 AM||Event ends|
|Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.|
|Maria E. Goravanchi
Regional Managing Director, Lower Mekong
Maria Goravanchi is a Managing Director at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s (DFC), formerly the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). As DFC’s regional representative based in Bangkok, she is responsible for business development in the Lower Mekong, specifically Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. Ms. Goravanchi brings 15 years of private and public sector finance experience in underwriting, structuring and negotiating investments in emerging and frontier-market nations. She is focused on providing both financing and insurance solutions for long-term investments that strengthen DFC contributions to international development in sectors such as energy, infrastructure and inclusive financial services. Prior to joining OPIC in 2008, she worked as a strategy consultant and project manager on cross-border transactions in emerging markets with IBM Business Consulting Services and Abt Associates. Ms. Goravanchi is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.
Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman, MAROU – Faiseurs de Chocolat
Binh Le Vandekerckove
Binh is the Founder and CEO of ASART Deal Advisory. She also serves as Vice Chair of AmCham Vietnam’s ESG and Capital Market & Financial Services Committees and leads the Subcommittee for Sustainable Finance.
For the last 14 years, Binh has been working with many prominent entrepreneurs, key stakeholders, and top executives of leading Vietnamese and multinational companies to deliver strategic projects and M&A transactions and for both sell-side and buy-side. She has a unique set of skills, track records, and combined experience and knowledge in M&A, finance, strategy, valuation, due diligence, structure, commercial performance, accounting, tax, legal, reporting, problem-solving, team managing, executive negotiation, organizational behaviors, government relations, and advocacy. Her current work is the optimal combination of these areas of expertise with an emphasis on new value creation and sustainable growth.Binh has assisted and advised 250+ companies for 120+ projects for clients who come from 15+ countries and 10+ industries with a total value of USD4.5+ billion.
Noticeable disclosed deals she has participated and advised include CVC Capital Partners invested in Phuong Chau Group, SCG bought Batico, Lafarge merged with Holcim, DHG Pharma and Mega LifeSciences, Puratos invested in Grand Place Chocolate, Warburg Pincus invested in Vingroup (Vincom), Warburg Pincus acquired a real estate portfolio from VinaCapital, and the liquidation of Indochina Capital, the first and largest foreign owned PE fund in Vietnam back then.
Binh holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from RMIT University. Before founding and leading ASART, she worked for KPMG and Lafarge.