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IPO Summit: The practical side of getting listed at the Yangon Stock Exchange

The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) is open. Underwriters have been appointed and there are an estimated 10-12 local companies looking to list soon.

This workshop focuses on the practical side of an IPO deal. How to negotiate with the Commission? How to best fix corporate or tax issues prior to listing? In other words, how to get your IPO deal through in reality?

Myanmar law firm VBD Loi assisting some of the first companies raising capital at the YSX, international law firm Milbank, underwriting firm KBZ Stirling Coleman Securities, financial services company RR Donnelley and international accounting firm BDO are joining forces to provide a half day seminar for anyone interested in this exciting new opportunity.


  • Practical experiences with pre-IPO due diligence
  • How to fix corporate and tax issues before listing?
  • Negotiating with the Commission
  • What are the listing criteria for the YSX?
  • What are the benefits of listing compared to other methods of raising capital?
  • What are the accounting requirements associated with listing on the YSX?
  • How to best manage the IPO information process


Edwin Vanderbruggen
Senior Partner

Edwin is the senior partner of VDB Loi and a leading foreign legal advisor living in Myanmar since 2012. A frequent advisor to the Government on transactions and privatizations in energy, transportation and telecom, he is widely recognized for his “vast knowledge” (Legal 500) and his ability “to get difficult things through the bureaucracy ” (Chambers, 2016). He advises international financial institutions on their largest Myanmar transactions, oil and gas supermajors, a greenfield multi- billion US$ telecom project and the Japanese Government on the Thilawa SEZ. He assisted two newly licensed foreign banks setup in Myanmar, acted for the sponsor of an 800MUS$ urban infrastructure PPP project and worked on 6 out of 7 power deals inked in 2016.

Yap Yeong Keen
Co-Head Equity Capital Markets
KBZ Stirling Coleman Securities Co., Ltd.

Mr Yap has over 10 years of equity capital markets experience with Stirling Coleman Capital Limited in Singapore, covering the South East Asia, North Asia and Australia markets, with particular focus in the Singapore and China markets. He has successfully completed over 20 equity capital markets transactions, including 6 IPOs as the appointed issue manager, with over USD280 million fund raised, and several corporate fund raising activities (both equity and debt instruments) for listed companies in Singapore and Australia. He possesses in-depth knowledge and experience in providing corporate finance advisory services for diverse transactions such as business / asset acquisitions and divestment of businesses, company takeovers and business privatization across industries.

Naomi Ishikawa
Milbank Singapore

Naomi Ishikawa is a partner in the Singapore office of Milbank and a member of the firm’s Securities Group. Her practice focuses primarily on cross-border securities offerings including equity offerings, privatizations, rights offerings, debt offerings and high yield offerings for companies located in the Asia-Pacific region. She has also participated in numerous mergers, acquisitions and investments in the region. Ms. Ishikawa’s clients include investment banks, private equity firms, governments and government-related companies and private companies. Naomi has extensive capital markets experience in Asia and works frequently on listings in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and elsewhere, as well as SEC-registered offerings in the United States. Representative transactions include the recent award-winning US$760 million Bharti Infratel IPO, the fi rst IPO in India’s telecommunications tower sector, US$1.2 billion Reliance Petroleum Limited IPO and other landmark transactions including prominent Indonesian privatizations through initial public offerings. Ms. Ishikawa is recognized as a leading capital markets lawyer in Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2006 and Chambers Asia – Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business since its inaugural issue in 2008.

Margaret Low
Senior Director of Sales
RR Donnelley Financial Services Group

Margaret Low is the Senior Director (Sales) responsible for the South-East Asian markets for the market leading Financial Communication Company, RR Donnelley. She has been with the industry for two decades, serving the needs of professionals from the banking and legal communities. She has specialized in the highly complex area of document management process for IPO, Debt and Equity related offerings. Her name will be familiar to many lawyers and bankers who have toiled, burning the midnight oil at ‘the printers’. She combines her fl air for strategic thinking with strong project management skills, tempered by her zeal and commitment in helping her clients achieve success, thereby forging long-term relationships.

Ng Swee Weng
Senior Advisor

Ng Swee Weng is a Senior Advisor at BDO Malaysia. Prior to joining BDO, Swee Weng was an Assurance Partner at KPMG Malaysia. Swee Weng has extensive experience in coordinating and managing complex assurance assignments and due diligence exercises. He has also been the reporting accountant on over 30 Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) exercises and innumerable Bond/Rights issues, involving Malaysian and foreign entities. Combining more than 35 years of experience in public accounting and consulting both in Malaysia and the USA, Swee Weng is a sought after speaker and presenter for specialized exclusive client events as well as public seminars for the profession. Known for his candid and practical observations combined with in-depth technical knowledge, his presentations included topics such as Listing on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, Mergers & Acquisitions, Success with Malaysian Exchange of Securities Dealing and Automated Quotation (Mesdaq) or now the ACE market, as well as the GST- Are you really ready? series. He was a Project Director at the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board, a board established under the Financial Reporting Act 1997 as an independent authority to develop and issue accounting and financial reporting standards in Malaysia.


May 25, 2016
2.00pm - 5.45pm
Shangri La Hotel