MEET OUR PANELISTS
Partner and Head of Tax Asia-Pacific, Withers Worldwide
Eric heads Withers’ International Corporate Tax practice in Asia. Eric’s practice involves advising clients on international tax planning and corporate tax advisory matters and is recognised as a leading lawyer for tax advice involving international M&A, cross-border transactions and investments.He specialises in structuring Asia market investments (in- and outbound), and is an expert at using global tax treaties and planning techniques under local tax regimes (from investor tax jurisdiction to the local investment target tax jurisdiction) to achieve maximum tax efficiency for global businesses and investors. Eric has advised clients in over $50 billion of international corporate and private equity transactions, and Asia real estate and debt asset acquisitions.
Pieter de Ridder
Partner, Mayer Brown
A member of the Global Tax Transactions and Consulting Group, Pieter has over two decades of experience in Asia advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work.
Pieter regularly advises on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity, administrative actions and tax rulings, coordinating unilateral and bilateral advance pricing arrangements, tax incentive negotiations with investment authorities, maritime, structured finance, trade, contract manufacturing, shipping as well as regional property investment structuring. In Indonesia, he advises on direct investment and financing matters. He also regularly advises on investment and restructuring matters into India, including tax strategies vis-a-vis India’s General Anti Avoidance Rule, and his work involves advising on and coordinating tax matters for clients doing business in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines. He is a member of the Think Tank of advisers to an Indian law firm in connection with the proposed Indian Draft Corporate Tax Code legislation.
President & Chief Business Officer, PropertyGuru Pte Ltd
Hari is a seasoned commercial general manager. He brings with him more than 15 years of industry leadership, accelerating brand recognition, customer satisfaction, revenue growth and user growth strategies for technology and consumer internet organisations across Asia Pacific.
At PropertyGuru Group, Hari is in-charge of regional business growth initiatives, with Country Managers and Sales Organizations in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia directly reporting to him.
Before joining PropertyGuru Group, Hari was the Vice President & Managing Director, APAC & Japan at LinkedIn, where he led more than 1,000 employees across 10 offices. Prior to LinkedIn, he led the market entry for two hyper-growth Internet companies into Asia and has worked in leadership positions in companies such as Fox Interactive Media, Yahoo! and Cisco.
He sits on the board for U2opia Mobile, a privately-held mobile applications company and the Singapore chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a not-for-profit organisation focused on fostering entrepreneurship. Hari holds an MBA from INSEAD and an M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado.
Partner, Drew & Napier
Farhana heads the India desk and is a key director in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance Practice.
Farhana specialises in public and private M&A work with an emphasis on private equity and private funds and acquisition finance. She has extensive experience in all types of M&A structures, shareholder and joint venture arrangements, restructuring, structuring of investment funds, advising on portfolio management, exit strategies and financial regulatory advisory work.
Farhana has advised on and structured some of the biggest high-profile and award winning M&A deals in the region in recent years.
Founder, Crayon Data
Suresh Shankar is a big data and analytics evangelist, entrepreneur and innovator; he established his second start‐up, Crayon Data in Singapore in 2012. Suresh spent the first 15 years of his 30‐year career in sales, marketing, advertising, media and banking. His expertise in customer analytics was the foundation for RedPill Solutions, set up in 2000 in Singapore. Business leader IBM acquired RedPill Solutions in 2009. Suresh excels in spotting consumer and technology trends way ahead of time and loves working with sparky people, who see things as they think it should be, and not as they are; with daring clients who are willing to shape the future, together with courageous investors who are putting their monies behind his ideas in creating a new choice engine that will dominate the world.
Senior Director, Twitter
Maya Hari is the Senior Director, Product Strategy & Sales of Asia Pacific, Americas & Emerging Markets at Twitter. Maya’s focus at Twitter is to drive leadership and adoption of Twitter’s new technologies and products among brands, advertiser and agencies. She brings diverse business experience having led functions in Marketing, Sales, Business Development & Product Management.
Prior to Twitter, Maya spent over 15 years in the digital media, mobile and eCommerce industries across the US and in Asia Pacific region for brands such Samsung, Google, Microsoft & Cisco. She was also responsible for launching and bringing internet and mobile offerings for top tier publication titles such as Vogue, GQ and Condé Nast Traveller in Asia. Maya has an MBA from INSEAD and an MS in Engineering from Utah State University.
Partner, Withers Worldwide
Mahesh Kumar is a partner with the international law firm, Withers LLP. He is an international tax and globalization counsel and advises clients on structuring cross-border M&As, JVs, fund investments and technology transfers. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Fiscal Association, Singapore. Mahesh is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and is also actively involved in advising startups and high growth companies. He is well-published and regularly speaks at major conferences globally. He has also steered several thought leadership initiatives in international tax policy both in India and Singapore.