Malaysia Edition

Venue: Diamond Ballroom, EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Jln Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Date: 15 May 2024

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Engage with industry leaders. Shape your investment strategy. Navigate the evolving landscape.

Capital Markets and M&A Forum 2024: Malaysia Edition, convenes the nation’s most esteemed financial professionals, fostering connections and driving deal flow. Join us as we explore the pulse of the Malaysian market, delve into regional dynamics, and unlock promising opportunities for growth.
This exclusive event presents “off-the-record” keynotes and panel discussions led by renowned global industry figures. Gain invaluable insights on the current state and future outlook of Malaysia’s capital markets and M&A scene. Network with a curated group of corporate executives, investors, advisors, and experts, fostering valuable relationships and forging new partnerships. Discover innovative strategies, navigate emerging trends, and maximize your success in the dynamic financial landscape of Malaysia.


Time Event Speaker
9:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction to ARC Group Jesus Hoyos (Managing Partner, ARC Group)
10:10 - 11:10 Keynote:
Listing and Fundraising Alternatives for Malaysian Companies in the U.S. Capital Markets
Paul Chong (Venture Partner, ARC Group)
Coffee break
11:40 - 12:30 Panel Discussion:
Capitalizing on Change – Exploring Dynamic Strategies in traversing Capital Markets
Chris Zhao (Partner & CGO, Marcumasia)
Jonathan Chan (Managing Partner, Vigilant Assets)
Firdauz Edmin Bin Mokhtar (CEO, Saujana Petroleum Sdn Bhd)
Doris Wong (Director, Graphjet Technology)
Moderator: Nigel Wong (Vice President, ARC Group)
12:30 - 13:20 Panel Discussion:
Raising Pre-IPO Financing in Malaysia – Opportunities and Challenges
Datin Maznah Mahbob (Chairman, Singularity Ventures)
Professor M. Nazri (Founder & Group Chairman, AIV50)
Shareen Dato Abdul Ghani (MD and Founder, Sorga Innovation)
Elain Lockman (CEO & Co-Founder, Ata Plus Sdn Bhd)
Moderator: Paul Chong (Venture Partner, ARC Group)
14:20 - 15:10 Keynote:
M&A Evolution: A Keynote Exploration of Trends Shaping the Future
Valentin Ischer (Managing Director, ARC Group)
Coffee break
15:40 - 16:30 Panel Discussion:
The Role of Private Equity and Strategic Investors in M&A Activity
Valentin Ischer (Managing Director, ARC Group)
Kuok Yew Chen (Partner, Christopher & Lee Ong)
Fara Jaafar (Vice President, FinTech Association of Malaysia)
Daniel Karlsson (Managing Partner, ARC Group)
Moderator: Sergio Camarero (President, ARC Group)
16:30 - 17:00 Mingle and Networking


Sergio Camarero
(President, ARC Group)

With a distinguished career in the financial industry, Sergio has significantly contributed to ARC Group’s market prominence, orchestrating a multitude of successful deals and transactions. His forward-thinking strategies and keen business acumen have played a pivotal role in propelling the company’s projects, including over 20 SPAC IPOs with a cumulative transactional value nearing $3 billion and overall projects exceeding $10 billion. Sergio has been instrumental in key initiatives, such as facilitating the first listing of an Indonesian SME on the New York Stock Exchange and securing financing deals for Chinese companies entering the U.S. market. Under his leadership, ARC Group has fostered a culture of innovation and collaboration, positioning the company as a leader in the financial services industry.

Paul Chong
(Venture Partner, ARC Group)

Paul Chong, a seasoned professional with 30 years in investment banking and private equity, is a Venture Partner at ARC Group and Managing Partner of Knights Capital Partners. Renowned for leading numerous SPAC listings globally, he co-founded TNG FinTech Group, Asia’s largest FinTech firm. Previously, as CEO of Creat Fund Management Group, he managed Rothschild and Mitsubishi private equity funds. With a global career in financial centers like New York, London, and Hong Kong, Paul held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, UBS Investment Bank, and Credit Suisse DLJ. His expertise in capital raising is demonstrated through successful IPOs on major stock exchanges.

Nigel Wong

Nigel Wong
(Vice President, ARC Group)

Investment banking capital markets professional with over 10 years experience in cross boarder deals and advisory. Nigel’s expertise spans across APAC markets leading numerous mid-market transactions and capital market services concerning IPOs, SPACs, M&A advisory, follow-on offerings, and more. Nigel currently leads the capital markets deal advisory and execution practice out of Asia. The team specializes in creating liquidity opportunities for clients primarily through public markets. This includes traditional IPO’s, DeSPAC reverse mergers, and shell RTOs.

Valentin Ischer

Valentin Ischer
(Managing Director, ARC Group)

Valentin is the Managing Director of ARC Group’s M&A division. Prior to joining ARC, he served as an Executive Director at CIGP in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the investment banking activities of the group in Asia, notably leading various M&A, restructuring & capital raising transactions across multiple sectors and geographies. Prior to CIGP, Valentin honed his skills as an equity derivatives trader at Credit Suisse in Zurich.

Kuok Yew Chen

Kuok Yew Chen
(Partner, Christopher & Lee Ong)

Recently featured on The Legal 500 Asia Pacific TMT Hall of Fame, recognised as a Distinguished Practitioner for Corporate M&A by asialaw and ranked as a Tier 1 Corporate M&A Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Yew Chen is a corporate M&A lawyer with a specialisation in regulatory and trade, and technology, media and telecommunications laws. He regularly advises on cross border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications projects, trade, and general corporate and regulatory matters.

Fara Jaafar

Fara Jaafar
(Vice President, FinTech Association of Malaysia)

A seasoned professional with extensive experience in the financial services industry. She has held key leadership roles in both onshore and offshore financial centers. As the former CEO of Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC), she played a pivotal role in positioning Labuan IBFC as a competitive and attractive jurisdiction for captive insurance companies. Farah’s dedication to promoting Labuan’s financial ecosystem remains unwavering. Recently, she transitioned to become the Managing Director and Chief Communications Officer at Fusang Digital Asset Exchange, Asia’s first fully-regulated digital securities exchange. Her career has been marked by excellence, leadership, and a deep understanding of financial markets.

Chris Zhao
(Partner & CGO, Marcumasia)

Chris Zhao is a Partner at MarcumAsia’s Assurance Services with over ten years of experience. He specializes in auditing and compliance for companies seeking overseas financing, working with clients across various industries in the US, China, and Southeast Asia. His expertise includes anti-fraud frameworks and IT auditing.

Jonathan Chan
(Managing Partner, Vigilant Assets)

Jonathan Chan is a finance veteran with over 25 years of experience in banking and technology sectors. He currently leads Vigilant Assets and previously held senior positions at CLSA, Citibank, and Vickers Advisory Partners. Jonathan is also passionate about education. He founded Jules Corp, an EdTech social enterprise focused on equipping children with digital skills for future jobs. Jules’ “School of Fish” curriculum is the world’s first for preschools and is recognized by UNICEF for its contribution to early childhood digital literacy.

Firdauz Edmin Bin Mokhtar
(CEO, Saujana Petroleum Sdn Bhd)

Firdauz Edmin bin Mokhtar has an impressive track record in the energy industry. He held several key positions throughout his career, including Director of Corporate Affairs & Finance at Tidalmarine Engineering Sdn. Bhd., Head of Corporate Affairs at Chase Perdana Sdn. Bhd., and CFO & Vice President at Barakah Offshore Petroleum Bhd. His expertise spans financial management, corporate affairs, and strategic planning.

ARC Group professional

Doris Wong
(Director, Graphjet Technology)

Doris Wong Sing Ee has more than twenty-three years of experience in management across various industries, including advertising, property development, F&B, and oil & gas. She specializes in business development, strategic consultancy, and corporate advisory related to mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures. Her expertise extends across Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Datin Maznah Mahbob
(Chairman, Singularity Ventures)

Datin Maznah Mahbob boasts over 34 years in fund management. She currently leverages this experience as a Partner at Singularity Ventures Malaysia. Prior to this, she served as CEO of AmInvest, the fund management arm of AMMB Holdings Berhad, for 16 years. Recognized for her contributions, ISLAMICA 500 ranked her among the top 50 impacting the Islamic industry globally.

Professor M. Nazri
(Founder & Group Chairman, AIV50)

M Nazri Muhd is a pioneer in AI and analytics (over 20 years) across Asia-Pacific. He leads digital transformations and advises organizations globally through MyFinB and his AI innovation center. Renowned for building a global AI community and ranked the #1 Thought Leader in AI, Digital Transformation, and Predictive Analytics, his achievements include the Global Chamber 2020 Excellence Award and a Top 500 Islamic World Influencer recognition.

Shareen Dato Abdul Ghani
(MD and Founder, Sorga Innovation)

Shareen Shariza Dato’ Abdul Ghani is a sustainability and human capital expert. She founded Sorga Innovation, a boutique advisory firm focused on Sustainable Development, ESG, and talent strategies. Shareen has extensive experience in sustainability, leading the development of ESG policies and a valuation model for Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Prior to Sorga, she served as CEO of Talent Corporation Malaysia and Director of Corporate Responsibility at Khazanah.

Elain Lockman
(CEO & Co-Founder, Ata Plus Sdn Bhd)

A dynamic leader in equity crowdfunding (ECF). With a BSc in Actuarial Science and an MSc in Operational Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science, she has significantly shaped Malaysia’s regulated crowdfunding sector. Elain’s strategic insight as a business owner and industry player has been vital to Ata Plus’ growth. Her dedication to expanding capital access for startups and SMEs involves close collaboration with the Securities Commission (SC). As President of the Registered Digital Markets Association Malaysia, she emphasizes innovation, integrity, and gender diversity. Elain’s leadership is poised to further drive Ata Plus’ expansion and empower Malaysian entrepreneurs.

Jesus Hoyos
(Managing Partner, ARC Group)

Jesus Emilio Hoyos is a seasoned investor and business leader with a global mindset. As the Managing Partner at ARC Group Ventures, he oversees operations across the Americas, including the USA, Mexico, and Peru. His extensive experience in public and private offerings spans various industries, making him a valuable asset to the firm.

Daniel Karlsson

Daniel Karlsson
(Managing Partner, ARC Group)

A business development and strategy expert with 14+ years of experience in market expansion, financial risk management, and strategic sourcing. He currently leads ARC Group (SPAC/IPO advisory) and ARC Consulting (global management consultancy). Previously, he held leadership roles at Applied Value LLC (strategic consulting) and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China. His career began in asset management at Carnegie Investment Bank. His diverse experience positions him as a key figure in global business advisory and financial services.