SVCA Talk - Investing in Myanmar: Opportunities & Pitfalls

September 07, 2016 September 07, 2016
11:30AM - 2:00PM FTI Office | 8 Shenton Way, AXA Tower #12-02 Singapore 068811



Romain Caillaud, Senior Director
FTI Consulting

Romain Caillaud is a Senior Director in the Global Risk and Investigations practice of FTI Consulting and is based in Singapore. Mr. Caillaud specialises in Southeast Asia and Myanmar where he has conducted and coordinated numerous political, regulatory and business risks assessments as well as due diligence investigations for financial institutions and law firms. He has provided strategic counsel to multinational clients in the telecoms, oil & gas and beverage sectors, on the compliance and reputation risks associated with their investments in Myanmar. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Caillaud was a Managing Director with a Southeast Asia focused corporate advisory firm specialising in government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis. Mr. Caillaud was responsible for the setup and management of the Yangon office of the firm. He established a network of high-level government and business contacts in Myanmar and developed the company’s portfolio of clients across Southeast Asia. In parallel, Mr. Caillaud was President of the French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Caillaud was also a Research Manager with Myanmar’s largest market research, socio-economic and business insight consultancy. Mr. Caillaud was responsible for the design and delivery of research projects such as impact assessments for the oil & gas industry and social studies for international aid organisations.

Prior to joining the corporate sector, Mr. Caillaud spent periods as a Parliamentary Assistant in the French Senate and as an Analyst with the French Embassy in Myanmar, the French Ministry of Defence and the Cambodian Ministry of Justice. Mr. Caillaud is fluent in French, English and Burmese.


Genevieve Heng, Director & Co-Founder
Anthem Asia Ltd

Genevieve Heng, co-founder of Anthem Asia, is an experienced finance and investment professional with a career in private equity and investment banking spanning nearly 20 years. Ms. Heng was a senior member of CLSA Capital Partner’s pan-Asian private equity firm for 13 years. Ms. Heng has worked on investment transactions in India, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Myanmar. She has been instrumental in sourcing and directing investments into mid-market public and private companies, leading the value-add, monitoring and divestment phases. Her experience also includes mergers & acquisition, joint ventures, listings, due diligence, portfolio monitoring, structuring and valuation, financial and strategic planning, investor relations and serving as a director on company boards. She has advised and managed private equity funds.

Ms. Heng holds an MBA from the London Business School. She is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Chartered Financial Analyst.


Robert San Pe, Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Robert San Pe is an equity partner (co-owner) of leading international law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He is of Anglo-Myanmar heritage and served as senior adviser on legal affairs to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for more than three years. In that role he advised on a wide range of issues from constitutional amendment to reform of the judiciary to rebuilding the legal profession. He has spoken at numerous Myanmar events hosted by, among others, Chatham House, the Economist, the US Council on Foreign Relations and Wilton Park (an agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office). Mr Pe continues to provide high level strategic advice to the new administration on rebuilding the country’s legal institutions and strengthening rule of law. Mr. Pe’s legal practice focuses on international commercial dispute resolution and he has handled high-value international arbitrations in Hong Kong, London and Singapore. He also accepts appointment as arbitrator on a selective basis and has decided multiple disputes arising from private equity investments in Asia. More recently he has also started to counsel foreign companies on investing in Myanmar.

Mr. Pe is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in his fields of practice. Chambers Asia Pacific describes him as “much in demand” and “well prepared, creative and highly effective”. Legal 500 Asia Pacific notes that he is “highly respected” and “a major figure in Asia-based arbitrations”. Benchmark Asia-Pacific indicates that “top arbitrators rave about him.” He gained his M.B.A. from the London Business School in 2002 and his LL.B. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1990.


Thiri Thant Mon, Co-Founder and Managing Director

Thiri Thant Mon is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Sandanila, a partnership committed to bringing investment capital into Myanmar. Thiri is a native of Yangon and was educated in Myanmar, the US and the UK. She was the Head of Corporate Development at Yoma Strategic Holdings until August 2015. Before returning to her home country in 2013, she was an experienced investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London, specialising in raising multi-billion debt financings and large-scale interest rate hedging for large European financial institutions. She started her career with Capital One in the US in 2000 and managed the credit risk forecasting function for Capital One’s UK and European businesses.

Thiri holds a degree in Economics from William & Mary in the US and a MBA from the London Business School in the UK.





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