Many thanks for attending our Exit Strategy – IPO vs M&A Forum.

The event was enjoyed by all those who attended on the day; commenting on how they welcomed the opportunity to meet in an informal & independent forum and learn about the pros and cons of exiting via an IPO or M&A and highlighting the key points for consideration for business owners when considering an IPO vs M&A

Special thanks to the British Embassy Manila, our guest speaker Mr Gary Cheng at Fortman Cline Capital Markets and our sponsors Crowe Clark Whitehill and Reed Smith; without their support, this event would not have been possible.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Makati Shangri-La Manila


Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines


T  63 2 813 8888







Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Makati Shangri-La Manila  






Welcome Address


Michael Moon

Trade and Investment Director

British Embassy Manila


Overview of the London Stock Exchange


Robin Stevens

Head of Capital Markets

Crowe Clark Whitehill


Presentations and Panel Discussion


Robin Stevens

Head of Capital Markets

Crowe Clark Whitehill


Matthew Gorman


Reed Smith


Gary Cheng

Managing Director

Fortman Cline Capital Market



Q&A Session



Forum Closes



Gary Cheng
Managing Director
Fortman Cline Capital Markets

Gary Cheng has nearly 25 years of corporate finance and capital markets experience.


Gary was formerly the President and CEO of Amalgamated Investment Bancorporation. He has extensive investment banking credentials, having been with J.P. Morgan in New York, Hong Kong and London.  He was Vice President and co-Head of J.P. Morgan’s Telecom/Media/Technology Investment Banking practice for Emerging Asia, a group he co-founded and helped build.


Gary finished his Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, England, in 1991.  He graduated from De La Salle University, Manila, in 1986 with a degree in Philosophy and Business Management.

Matthew Gorman

Matthew Gorman


Reed Smith

Matthew is a corporate partner based in Reed Smith’s Singapore office and a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group. He has extensive transactional experience across a range of corporate and commercial disciplines including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital markets and private equity and venture capital.


Matthew provides strategic advice to both private and public companies and his knowledge of complex financing issues and his experience in understanding clients’ objectives makes him a skilled advisor in sectors spanning, energy and resources, transportation and logistics, media, real estate and financial services.


Having worked in London for over 10 years before moving to Asia, Matthew has built up particular expertise in advising companies, financial institutions and intermediaries on transactions on the London Stock Exchange and its AIM market in particular. He also brings to any fund-raising transaction his thorough knowledge of the investment process and his understanding of Asian markets, cultures and corporate business styles.


Matthew’s extensive cross-border experience cover a wide range of jurisdictions throughout Asia and beyond – including Singapore, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Oman and Georgia.


Matthew is recognised by Chambers Asia 2015 as a Leading Individual in the Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets categories.


Robin Stevens
Partner, Corporate Finance
Crowe Clark Whitehill

Robin is a partner in our London office and heads our corporate finance team specialising in capital market transactions in China and South East Asia. He has extensive experience in corporate advisory and reporting assignments for emerging businesses including raising development capital, due diligence investigations, management buy outs, capital reconstructions, business valuations and pre-flotation planning.


Robin has been the assignment partner responsible for advising on many acquisitions by public and private companies, in the UK and overseas and for IPO’s on the main and secondary market involving companies in North America, China, S E Asia and China. In addition Robin has acted in connection with the IPO’s for companies operating in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong. He has been involved in advising clients on privatisation issues and undertaking international due diligence and valuation assignments”

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