Political changes in Asia Pacific: What Do The Recent Elections Mean For General Counsel?

Political changes in Asia Pacific: What Do The Recent Elections Mean For General Counsel?
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Venue : LKC School of Business, SMU, Room 3.2, 50 Stamford Road Singapore 178899

Event Start Date : Wednesday 24 July 2019

Event End Date : Wednesday 24 July 2019

Event Start Time : 09:00 am

Event End Time : 11:00 am

Registration Start Date : Monday 17 June 2019

Registration End Date : Wednesday 24 July 2019

*This event is strictly for in-house counsel only

Event Overview

2019 has so far been marked by numerous elections in Asia Pacific, most notably India, Indonesia and Thailand, in addition to the Philippines and Australia. While the top leaders remain the same, the key underlying policies and stakeholders are anything but.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come back with a stronger mandate, seemingly giving him and his party a freer hand to pursue big ticket reforms. However, his administration will still have to continue engaging closely with regional parties and state governments to ensure that reforms introduced by it at the federal level are implemented by the states.

In Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been re-elected, but election results reveal a polarised nation divided along religious identity lines. Jokowi will likely focus on pro-Muslim policies to reunite the nation, and foreign businesses will have to adapt to this shift in policymaking if they want access to one of the world's largest Muslim markets.

In Thailand, junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha returns as the premier, but he will now lead a military-aligned government that needs to negotiate with opposition parties to pass bills in the parliament, which contrasts with the military dictatorship he had before.

With these changes, will it still be business as usual for foreign companies, or should multinational corporations – and their general counsel – take a closer look at what these new regimes could mean for them, and where they could potentially be vulnerable?

Join Andrew Macintosh, Partner at Control Risks, and our panel of country experts, Pratyush Rao – Associate Director & Lead Analyst for India, Harrison Cheng – Associate Director & Lead Analyst for Thailand, and Achmad Sukarsono – Senior Analyst & Lead Analyst for Indonesia, as they discuss the key changes following the elections, with a focus on shifts in policies and regulations, and how they can affect business operations and the role that general counsel play. They will also draw on their experiences and share case studies of how some companies have managed similar political changes. This will be a conversational and interactive panel session where the audience are welcome to ask questions and join the discussion.


Speaker Profiles

Andrew Macintosh


Control Risks

Andrew Macintosh is the Partner leading Control Risks’ Asia Pacific practices covering forensics and technology solutions, and is based in Singapore. Andrew leads a team which specialises in investigations, dispute support, forensic accounting, data analytics, eDiscovery and digital forensics.

Andrew has particular expertise in leading on matters involving internal and independent investigations for companies subject to investigation by authorities across multiple jurisdictions, and leads on large, complex matters involving technology and cyber-security issues.

Andrew has previously held a number of roles with Control Risks in Asia, working in offices in India, China and Australia. In these roles, he focused on the delivery of complex investigative, crisis management, integrity due diligence, business intelligence, litigation support and problem-solving projects for clients around the world. 

Before joining Control Risks, Andrew was an intelligence analyst, and then a senior technical officer for the New South Wales Crime Commission. While with the Commission, Andrew was involved in extensive investigations of organised domestic and international criminal activity.

Andrew holds bachelor’s degree in arts (politics and international relations) and master’s in international relations from the Macquarie University, Australia. He has completed the Charles Sturt University Investigators Course and holds Certificate III in Investigative Services and Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management. Andrew is certified to conduct mobile telephone forensics and general forensics equipment.


Pratyush Rao

Associate Director

Control Risks

Pratyush Rao is an Associate Director for India and South Asia. He provides research and analysis of political, security and regulatory developments in South Asia, and their implications for clients' commercial activities in the region. He is a regular contributor to Control Risks’ online platform CORE, and conducts bespoke consulting projects.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Pratyush worked for the British High Commission in New Delhi as a Senior Political Adviser and provided analysis and policy advice on issues pertaining to India-Pakistan relations. In addition to this, he also led the High Commission's political engagement work in the sensitive Indian-administered-Kashmir (IaK) region.

Pratyush has also worked for BBC Monitoring, the open-source intelligence wing of the BBC, where he tracked key developments spanning South and East Asia. He holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. He is fluent in three Indian languages including Hindi, Odia and Telugu.


Harrison Cheng

Associate Director

Control Risks

Harrison is an Associate Director based in Control Risks’ Singapore office. He provides analysis and research on Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore for Control Risks’ CORE service, as well as for in-depth bespoke reports.

Harrison has worked on projects such as pre-market entry assessments for foreign companies seeking to enter various sectors in Malaysia, which focused on political, regulatory, operational and security risks as well as identification of key stakeholders. He has also provided bespoke assessment of political drivers for regulatory developments and direct implications on a client's interests in a sector, as well as investigations on behalf of foreign companies operating in Malaysia and Thailand which faced or were concerned about threats of violence, regulatory harassment and political interference issued by local partners.

Harrison previously worked as a senior South-East Asia analyst at the Ministry of Defence in Singapore. Harrison holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor’s (Honours) degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.


Achmad Sukarsono

Senior Analyst

Control Risks

Achmad Sukarsono is based in Control Risks’ Singapore office and provides analysis on Indonesia and Malaysia for Control Risks’ CORE service, as well as more in-depth, bespoke consultancy support.

Achmad was previously a London-based Asia analyst at political risk consultancy Eurasia Group where his work included weekly monitoring briefs on Malaysian politics, advising Japanese clients on Indonesian politics through Tokyo road trips, assessments on the labour situation in Indonesia, mapping the alcohol debate in predominantly Muslim Indonesia and Malaysia for a food & beverage company and in-depth reports on the oil sector in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Before joining the political risk industry, Achmad worked as a Southeast Asia analyst for the International Crisis Group, a global think-tank on conflict issues for three years and as a Jakarta-based journalist for international news organisations for a decade. Achmad’s comments on Indonesia and Malaysia have appeared on Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

Achmad holds a Master of Arts degree in Global and Comparative Politics from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in International Relations from the University of Indonesia, where he joined the 1998 student movement that helped overthrow the Suharto authoritarian regime.  

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