Event - 04 October 2022

Hawksford Hosts: The Expert Series

‘Hawksford Hosts: The Expert Series' are hybrid events designed to present specialised advice from legal, tax, and accounting corporate professionals in APAC countries, and to discuss topics complementing the interests of global businesses and investors.

Thanks to the support of regional and international experts, this series provides attendees with the opportunity to explore and discuss technical topics and identify business expansion solutions.

Topic: Australia's business outlook

Date: Tuesday 4 October 2022 

Time: 6pm to 7pm (SGT)

Location: Online

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Focusing on Australia’s business outlook, this online event offers knowledge and insights from guest speakers from the Australian government, Invest Victoria, Investment New South Wales, MinterEllison and Globalization Partners.

MinterEllison’s 2022 Private Capital Report reflects the optimism of private capital dealmakers about the year ahead, with 42% citing Australia as their top market when looking for Asia Pacific opportunities and77% expecting an increase in investments in Australia.

Join us for this event to hear from our expert speakers, as they discuss hot topics such as, the business outlook in Australia, investing in Victoria and New South Wales, hiring top talent and how best to scale your recruitment efforts.

Agenda (SGT):

6pm – 6.05pm: Opening by Dario Acconci, Managing Director – Business Development, Asia, Hawksford

6.05pm – 6.15pm: ‘Why Melbourne for tech companies?’ by Sharifah Khairunnisa, Senior Investment Manager, Invest Victoria

Victoria is fast becoming a hotbed for start-ups and is now home to many innovative companies from Southeast Asia such as Homage, NCS and Bukalapak. In the session, we will discuss:

  • How companies can tap into the services of Invest Victoria to scale into the state
  • Opportunities in Victoria and Melbourne for start-ups
  • Talent attraction 

6.15pm – 6.25pm: ‘New South Wales (NSW) ecosystem and capabilities’ by Janice Goh, Trade and Investment Director, Singapore, Investment New South Wales

Investment NSW reinforces NSW’s position as a safe and attractive place for business. This is where the best of industry innovation, trade and tourismmeet to grow investment and jobs in NSW. In the session, we will discuss:

  • How companies can tap into the services of Investment NSW to establish and scale there opportunities in NSW and Sydney for companies

6.25pm – 6.35pm: ‘Australia inbound investment’ by Jeremy Blackshaw, Managing Partner – International, MinterEllison, Australia

This session will focus on industry sectors and a recently released Private Capital Report from MinterEllison, including:

  • The continued resilience of Australia’s private capital market
  • The main market sectors and industries attracting foreign investment and industries likely to benefit from an increase in demand as the borders re-open
  • Other areas of opportunity that exist (including distressed debt) and the role that debt funds will play in the Australian market
  • Likely implications of rising energy prices, inflation and the withdrawal of emergency financial support measures, despite investor optimism

6.35pm – 6.45pm: ‘Going global compliantly: how to hire top talent in Australia’ by Graham Lim, Senior Partner Manager for ASEAN, Globalization Partners

This session will discuss how to navigate recruitment challenges and will provide valuable insights on:

  • What you need to know before hiring in Australia
  • How to hire remote talent compliantly
  • How to leverage technology for your global growth efforts.

6.45pm – 7pm: Q&A

7pm: Closing and conclusion by Dario Acconci, Managing Director – Business Development, Asia, Hawksford

About the speakers:

Dario Acconci

Dario Acconci

Managing Director – Business Development, Asia, Hawksford

Dario is Hawksford’s Managing Director for Singapore and South East Asia. He also manages a strategic portfolio of clients in China and Hong Kong.

Dario started his career in Hong Kong in 2003 working for an international law firm. He has extensive experience in assisting foreign investments into China, Hong Kong and South East Asia, advising clients in connection to various aspects ranging from corporate, commercial to labour law.

Sharifah Khairunnisa

Sharifah Khairunnisa

Senior Investment Manager, Invest Victoria

Invest Victoria is the investment facilitation government agency of the State of Victoria in Australia. Sharifah works with Southeast Asian companies to connect them to commercial opportunities in Victoria and Melbourne. In this session, Sharifah will share how companies can tap into the services of Invest Victoria to expand and scale into Victoria and share recent case studies of companies from Asia that have anchored themselves in Victoria. 

Janice Goh

Janice Goh

NSW Trade and Investment Director

Janice is the Trade & Investment Director for Investment NSW based in Singapore. She was previously with Austrade Singapore as a sector lead for Food and Agribusiness, where she facilitated the trade and investment agenda under the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Before that, she was an Assistant Director at Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry, supporting Singapore's policy and industry development initiatives.

Jeremy Blackshaw

Jeremy Blackshaw

Managing Partner – International, MinterEllison

Jeremy is MinterEllison's International Managing Partner based in Melbourne, Australia. He has overall responsibility for the firm's relationship with foreign clients, networks and correspondent firms. Jeremy also has an extensive corporate practice, advising in multiple jurisdictions across industry sectors including energy, infrastructure, financial services, health and consumer brands.

In addition, Jeremy is also a Board member of the World Law Group and a Director of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a sought after speaker and regularly presents on legal issues at both domestic and global forums.

Graham Lim

Graham Lim

Senior Partner Manager for ASEAN, Globalization Partners 

Graham began his career in the borderless digital age, Graham has pivoted his career and education in multiple directions, accumulating a diverse range of experiences. 

Originally a law school graduate from Monash University in Australia, he decided against following in his Singaporean family’s legacy of lawyering. Graham now sits at the intersection of his two passions: People and Technology - in leading Commercial Partnerships for ASEAN with the world’s leading global employment platform, Globalization Partners.

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