Member Updates


: Robert Koepp, founder & principal of Geoeconomix joins PBEC

Robert Koepp is the founder and principal of Los Angeles based Geoeconomix, an independent source for insights into the economics moving global markets, driving technology, and influencing government power. Web: An internationally active commentator, writer, and media producer, Rob founded Geoeconomix following years of global experience in analysis and thought leadership in the fields of economics, finance, business strategy, and public policy. In addition to his work at Geoeconomix, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Hong Kong-based…


: PBEC Vietnam Corporate Member: VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity (VOF) Commentary: Michael Kokalari, Chief Economist

‘There are a few reasons to believe that the impact of Covid-19 on Vietnam’s economic growth in 2020 will be worse than most expect, due to its impact on the country’s tourism sector, and on its manufacturing sector,’ Kokalari said. He pointed out the sectors accounted for roughly 12% and 20% of Vietnam’s GDP respectively and around two fifths of Vietnam’s manufacturing inputs come from China, resulting in heavy disruption. ‘That said, Covid-19 (like the trade war) will ultimately be…


: PBEC HK Corporate Member: Shun Tak Holdings

Singapore’s Perennial Real Estate Holdings has broken through a virus-induced lull in the investment market to notch the Southeast Asian financial hub’s biggest property sale so far in 2020. Shun Tak Holdings acquires Partner’s remaining 30% stake after Renovation


: PBEC Malaysia Corporate Member: MacroKiosk

Whilst this article is a few months old from PBEC Malaysia Corp Member Macrokiosk, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Datuk Henry Goh Executive Chairman of MacroKiosk in Malaysia last month on the side-lines of the Top Glove hosted PBEC Malaysia roundtable meeting on March 16th 2020. Whilst the lockdown was literally just coming into affect in Malaysia at that time, he was feeling quite bullish on achieving and perhaps exceeding their companies 2020 revenue forecasts. With large…


: PBEC Member DL Family Office acquires DL Holdings Group Limited

PBEC Member DL Family Office announced that they have successfully acquired DL Holdings Group Limited listed on the Main Board of the HK Stock Exchange. They completed the acquisition of the controlling stake and mandatory unconditional cash offer (the “Offer”) of DL Holdings Group Limited (formerly known as Season Pacific Holdings Limited) (Stock Code: 1709) (“DL Holdings”), which shares are listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. HW advised on the financing of the Offer. The…


: President & CEO Kazuo Oguri of NTP Holdings Limited joins PBEC

“NTP” stands for Nice to People, and it expresses their desire to provide “nice things” to their customers and local communities in which they operate. They currently have 14 Group companies and more 340  business locations in Japan (Aichi). The NTP Group serves customers as a total life-support partner in a wide range of business domains including vehicle sales(Toyota, Lexus,VW, Volvo, Porsche),  rental and lease, housing, marines, and system development.  


: CEO Peter J. Crewe of AIA International Limited joins PBEC

AIA Group was established in 1919 and began its operations in Hong Kong in 1931. AIA Hong Kong & Macau is committed to playing a leading role in driving the economic and social development of Hong Kong and across the Asia-Pacific region, fulfilling its commitment to the economy and community, helping people live healthier, longer, better lives.


: Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman and Founder OF Top Glove Corporation Bhd joins PBEC

Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Top Glove Corporation Bhd, the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves with 26% of the global market share. Under his visionary stewardship, the company which was established in 1991, was listed on Bursa Malaysia (the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) in 2001 and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in 2016. Top Glove operates 43 factories across Malaysia, Thailand and China with a total of 687 glove production lines and a…


: Shunsuke Wariishi of PwC Indonesia joins PBEC

Shunsuke Wariishi is an Advisor and Japanese Leader of Japanese Business Desk of PwC Indonesia. Since he joined in PwC Indonesia in 2009, he have assisted many Japanese clients to establish company, perform M&A, solve tax dispute cases., implement carve- out, in collaboration with local experts at the Firm. He had also worked for SMBC for 10 years, including 3 years in Shanghai branch. In addition, he had worked for JICA Indonesia and JICA Myanmar for 4 years and formulated…


: Frontier Markets Evangelist and Fintech Angel Yoshiyuki Oba joins PBEC

Yoshi has 30 years of experience in SME financial architecture and SME strategic & financial advisory in Japan and 15 frontier/emerging economies. He is the Founder & Former Managing Director of Crossborder Japan (Tokyo & Singapore). Prior to this, he worked for Japan Finance Corporation (JFC), Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting (MURC), Tokyo Small and Medium Business Investment & Consultation (SBIC), and Japan Economic Research Institute (JERI). Currently, Yoshi is an angel investor &/or advisor…