CrossChat Live! 2018: Sino - American Trade War: How are you affected?
CrossChat Live! 2018: Sino - American Trade War: How are you affected?
When: 18:00 h - 20:30 h, Thu 22 November 2018
Where: Intercontinental Saigon
Category: Events


We are pleased to announce that the Singapore Business Group HCMC (SBG), will be organising the CrossChat Live! 2018: Sino - American Trade War: How are you affected? on Thursday, 22nd November 2018.

The recent trade war between the two world largest economies - China and the United States are being followed closely by many countries including Vietnam.

Beginning of January 2018 U.S imposed a 30% tariff on solar panel made in China. This news can somehow be a good news to Vietnam’s solar project Investor which can be beneficial with many good deals from this trade war. Have you ever wondered if there will be more opportunities for Vietnam in the midst of this trade war? There has already been talks of FDIs in China contemplating to pull out and re-invest somewhere else. Will Vietnam be the preferred location for these relocating investments?

Responding to the trade war declaration, China has also devalued her ‘Yuan’. Will that result in Chinese dumping their goods into Vietnam? Will it in turn affect Vietnam exports to China? How is it going to affect YOU?

With so many uncertainties hanging in the air as to the outcome of the hotly watched trade war while we are approaching the end of 2018, SBG is pleased to announce that we will be organizing our signature event CrossChat Live! 2018 with the discussion theme SINO – AMERICAN TRADE WAR: HOW ARE YOU AFFECTED. Staying true to our tradition of CrossChat, we will be inviting experts from various industries to participate in a lively discussion.

If you want to know more and will also like to share with us your views of where this trade war will be heading, join us by registering your attendance:

The details of the event are as follows:


Date    Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Time:     6.00PM – 8.30PM (event registration starts at 5.30PM)

Venue Intercontinental Saigon, Level 2, Ballroom 1

             Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

Participation fee: FREE ENTRANCE for members of SBG and the co-hosts (valid membership card is required)

                              For Non-members: VND 200,000 per participant

Complimentary canapé for all participants. Attendees will pay for their own drinks.



Norman Lim has been in Vietnam since 2007. He has previously head two Fortune 500 MNCs, spearheading their businesses in Vietnam from scratch. With his vast Green field experience, he is now working for Metkraft Ltd (a Fisher Barton company) as their President with responsibility over their manufacturing operations and to expand their commercial footprint in Asia Pacific. He has joined SBG Exco as an Executive Member since 2008 and took rein of the chair in 2012. He has worked relentlessly with his team of Exco to bring value and more business focus activities to our members. He is also very active in CSR activities. As a PADI certified Master Instructor, he has been an active marine life conservationist in his previous tour of work in Brunei. And now he has taken over the baton to continue raising Education Funds (an SBG initiative) to help poor but deserving students in and around Ho Chi Minh City to continue their studies.



Mr. Dinh Duc Quang has more than 17 years of experience in the banking and finance sector at global and local banks operating in Vietnam.

He held senior management roles such as Trading Head, Global Markets at HSBC Vietnam and Deputy CEO cum Head of Treasury, Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank.

Mr. Dinh Duc Quang holds an MBA degree from University of Bolton, UK. He has joined UOB Vietnam since June 2017 and is currently Head of Global Markets, UOB Vietnam.

Stephen Wyatt is Country Head of Jones Lang LaSalle Vietnam and is responsible for overall operations of the Company.

Joining the industry in London in 1996, Stephen has over 20 years’ experience with various international real estate consultancies. He has broad and diverse experience in managing businesses, investment transactions, leasing and development consultancy covering three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Stephen worked in London for 11 years from 1996 to 2007 with Cushman & Wakefield and Knight Frank. In 2004, Stephen was promoted to Partner with Knight Frank. In 2007, Stephen moved to manage the Knight Frank business in Botswana, Africa. In June 2010 – August 2013, he was appointed as Managing Director of Knight Frank, Vietnam.

Mr. Nguyen has over 20 years of international executive experience working in Canada, the United States, and Vietnam.

Mr. Nguyen’s career includes working at the Big 4 firms for 12 years and 8 years in Finance Director and CFO roles. Mr. Nguyen is currently the Country Head of TMF Group in Vietnam.

Mr. Bui Le Anh Hieu is the Corporate Development Director for the Long Hau Corporation, a developer with a large scale industrial park south of Ho Chi Minh and development land in the Da Nang Hi-tech Park. Mr. Hieu has been promoting FDI at Long Hau for over 6 years.

Mr. Hieu got his start in the manufacturing world by interpreting Japanese, English and Vietnamese for manufacturers in Vietnam. He continues to foster amicable relations between Vietnam and numerous national and international entities throughout the world. Those include private enterprises and governmental agencies from Japan, Singapore, the USA, Europe and others.


Seck Yee Chung leads the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions, TMT, and Healthcare Practices in Vietnam.

He has dealt with a wide range of investment projects and M&A deals, and advised and assisted on corporate, commercial and regulatory compliance matters. This includes foreign investment, market access and licensing, private and public M&A, securities, commercial contracts, competition and anti-corruption compliance, data privacy and security. His work covers a diverse range of industries, from manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, technology, transportation and logistics, to consumer goods, food and agriculture and property.

Chamber Asia (from 2010 to 2018) rank him as a leading lawyer in the field of Corporate M&A and TMT in Vietnam. He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Corporate and M&A practice in Vietnam by IFLR1000 (from 2015 to 2018) and recommended lawyer in the Corporate/M&A, TMT practices in Vietnam by Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015/2016.


Elias is APL’s Head of Commercial for the Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar Cluster.

Elias was APL’s Regional Director for SE Asia/Oceania (2016-2017) based in Singapore and served as APL’s Managing Director in Vietnam (2011-2015) and Sri Lanka (2007-2011). Elias was a Board Member of Vietnam International Container Terminal (VICT) from 2011 till 2016. 

Elias is a Singapore citizen. He holds a Post Graduate Degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Elias resides in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.



Advance registration is required. RSVP by Wednesday, 21st November 2018 to assure your slot.  SBG Secretariat will drop you an email within 72 hours to confirm your registration.

Due to limited seating, kindly register only if your attendance is guaranteed. Any cancellation must be made 24 hours prior the event, otherwise no-show fee will be charged (VND 200,000/ per person).

Should you need any clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Lorene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel No. +84 28 6685 5370/71.

Intercontinental Saigon
Corner Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd, District 1
Contact information
SBG Secrectariats
(+84 28) 6685 5370 – 6685 5371