GC magazine editor Alex Speirs moderated the first panel discussion of the day, entitled ‘Recalibrating the global trade compass’.
Panellists Deborah Elms, head of the Asian Trade Centre, Damian Chalmers, professor at the National University of Singapore, and Veronica Lai, general counsel at Starhub, looked at the implications of the turbulent past year and what shifting geo-political relationships mean for the global economy, and more importantly for those in attendance, for South East Asia.
The second panel session, ‘Regionalisation and localisation in ASEAN: challenges and lessons learned’, was moderated by Alexander McMyn, a partner in Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee’s Singapore banking practice. He was joined on the panel by Samantha Campbell, who manages Hogan Lovells’ Vietnam practice, and Locknie Hsu, a professor of law from Singapore Management University School of Law.
This discussion focused on the new balance between the power of a global platform and the benefits of regional, or even local, focus and some of the legal implications that it would have on corporates operating in ASEAN.