The Future of M&A: The Business and People Imperative

The Future of M&A: The Business and People Imperative


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Jessica Pyman, Partner, Control Risks

Lim Yau Boon, Senior Partner, Disruption Management, Asia Pacific, Lim-Loges & Masters

Maarten Kelder, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Zuellig Pharma


Lelia Lim-Loges, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific, Lim-Loges & Masters

COVID-19 has altered the economic landscape beyond ordinary predictions or comprehension. With an imminent deep global recession and numerous unknowns, organisations in Asia are tackling complicated change management challenges. COVID-19 is clearly a Black Swan event, forcing companies to take a sharper view on strategy and growth potential against the backdrop of uncertainties. The emergence of distress assets and under-valued businesses has certainly accelerated Merger & Acquisitions (M&A) as a possible anti-fragile strategy to pivot into the new norm, among others.

This Webinar will help companies and leaders to understand

  • Current M&A landscape and challenges
  • M&A strategies and considerations to thrive in the new world
  •  Drivers for the new norm and development of a new paradigm to be ‘future-ready’
  •  "Move the Needle" considerations in the new norm


 The 40-minute webinar will be followed by a 20-minute Q&A with the speakers.


Details on how to join this webinar will be sent via email within 24 hours of the webinar start time.



About the speakers

Jessica is Control Risks’ Regional Head of Business Intelligence in Asia Pacific. With teams located in Hong Kong, Shanghai, India, Singapore, South Korea, and Sydney, she is responsible for all aspects of business intelligence services delivered in the region. Jessica is experienced in advising clients on managing deal-related corruption and integrity risks throughout Asia Pacific, across all sectors. She has a particular expertise in using business intelligence to support fraud investigations, litigation and for tracing and recovering assets.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Jessica was a partner at US corporate investigations firm Mintz Group, where she set up the Hong Kong office, their first in Asia, and worked for over seven years building its presence in the region. Previously, she was regional director of research at Kroll.


Yau Boon has more than 25 years experience in strategy, planning, marketing, operation and business management, across multiple industries in the Asia Pacific, and led marketing & strategy in IBM, SAP and Motorola from 2000-2015, He also co-founded several startups from 1993-2018, and serves as an adjunct lecturer in Singapore Institute of Management. He specializes in design thinking, business strategy and transformation, and disruption management. Prior to his latest entrepreneurial ventures, he was the Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, for SAP Asia Pacific.

Yau Boon graduated from School of Architecture, National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Arts and holds an MBA (International Business) from Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University. He is also the first IBM Certified Professional in marketing, by Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, and was trained in Design Thinking at Hasso Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking, University of Potsdam, Germany.

Yau Boon’s understanding of business technology, coupled with his vast experience in business strategy and expertise in driving transformation and innovation via design thinking, has placed him in a unique position to help enterprises rethink, reinvent and reposition for the future.


Maarten works alongside Zuellig Pharma’s CEO to drive the company’s growth & transformation strategy, M&A, partnerships and relations with corporate stakeholders. A major component of Maarten’s role is driving ZP’s digitisation journey, including investing & collaborating with digital health startups that have strategic synergies with Zuellig Pharma.

Maarten joined Zuellig Pharma’s Executive Management Team in 2015, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in strategy development for MNCs and Asian companies. Prior to Zuellig Pharma, Maarten was managing director & lead partner (Asia) at Monitor Deloitte, one of the leading global strategy consultancies. Maarten’s career has spread across 4 continents, and over 20 years in Asia. 

Maarten graduated with a BSC and MSC degrees from the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands and holds an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the USA.  


About the Moderator

Lelia has been leading C-suite searches across Asia Pacific since 1997 and is the principal founder for Lim-Loges & Masters. She spent almost 13 years with Korn/Ferry International in its Global Industrial and Consumer Practices and just recently served at Kincannon & Reed, a global recruitment firm, as its Managing Partner Asia Pacific. 

Lelia’s particular strengths are in managing transformations in Asian multinational companies through its people and focusing on helping companies through Transition Management, Executive Search and Disruption Management. Lelia is a regular speaker at private and public events.



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  • Non-Member: HK$140


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6/30/2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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