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After several years in the doldrums, Vietnam has once again become a top investment destination within ASEAN and is recording some of the region’s highest GDP growth rates.  Large FDI commitments are transforming the country’s export base, infrastructure and its consuming class. However, the majority of Vietnam’s ruling Politburo and Central Committee will be replaced next year during of the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam. What does this mean for Vietnam and investors?

On the 17th of September, EuroCham, in conjunction with Control Risks and the participation of Asia Counsel, was pleased to bring you another Breakfast Talk at the Fullerton Hotel. This edition focused on the developments within Vietnam as a rising economic vessel in ASEAN. A new panel of Control Risks experts was here to discuss the political power structures and leadership, the likely outcomes next year, and how these affect government policy, the investment landscape and operating environment. Meanwhile, specialists from Asia Counsel focused on recent law changes that were implemented in Vietnam. This led to a fulfilling discussion between participants and panelists.

The talk was moderated by Mr Andrew Naylor, EuroCham Board Member.

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Phil Johnson is a Managing Director at Control Risks and is based in Singapore. In this position, Phil is responsible for the project management of all investigative-related assignments, including business intelligence work, undertaken by Control Risks’ South-east Asian practice, which covers the ASEAN region.

Phil has extensive experience in dealing with, and solving, a wide-range of complex corporate problems in Asia, including financial fraud, employee malfeasance, corporate corruption, money-laundering and asset misappropriation.


Steve Norris is Control Risks’ Associate Director, with a focus on Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. He has completed numerous major consulting projects on these countries, including security-focused threat assessments of major industrial construction and resources investments in industrial zones or high-risk areas such as Mindanao, Papua and Aceh. He provides regular political, regulatory and security analysis for Control Risks’ subscription services and regular bespoke analysis for many multinational companies with large investments in these countries.

Christian Schaefer, Managing Partner at Asia Counsel, is an M&A and corporate / commercial lawyer, based in Vietnam for more than 10 years.



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Minh Duong, Partner at Asia Counsel, is a lawyer admitted to the New South Wales Supreme Court and High Court of Australia.  Minh is a registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam. He has over eight years of advising international and Vietnamese clients grow their businesses in Vietnam. He specialises in M&A, corporate and commercial, capital markets, securities law and banking & finance.

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Sponsors of the event:

Control Risks
asia counsel