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British Chamber of Commerce Singapore: Introduction
Nicole Wharfe
  • Nicole Wharfe (Business Services Director of British Chamber of Commerce)

    Nicole Wharfe

    Business Services Director of British Chamber of Commerce

    As an experienced Business Development, Marketing and Consultancy Professional, Nicole has worked across multiple sectors within the UK and Internationally. Prior to relocating to Singapore 4 years ago, she completed an International MBA at Bournemouth University, specialising in Business in Media incorporating Corporate Law.

    Nicole leads the Business Services of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore which incorporates the Trade and Membership Teams, providing support and consultancy for in coming organisations looking to export to Singapore and established businesses in Singapore respectively. Nicole specifically provides specialist Trade advice and support for the Education, Food & Beverage, Technology, Finance and Sport Sectors.

    Nicole was born in the UK but grew up overseas, predominantly in Swaziland; Also, Cóte D’Ivoire, Southern Sudan, Washington DC, St. Lucia and Botswana.

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Singapore Economic Development Board: Market Overview of The Singapore’s Healthcare & HealthTech Sector
Kimberly Khoo
  • Kimberly Khoo (Regional Director, Europe of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB))

    Kimberly Khoo

    Regional Director, Europe of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

    In her role as Regional Director (Europe), Kimberly oversees EDB’s engagements in United Kingdom and Ireland in the agri-food, consumer, healthcare and professional services sectors. She is also responsible for all industry sectors in Italy. Kimberly joined EDB in September 2015. Prior to this role, Kimberly was an account manager in the Consumer division within EDB for 2 years, where she partnered companies spanning across packaged food, household, personal care, and apparel sectors.

    Kimberly graduated with Bachelors of Business Management and Bachelors of Social Science (Political Science) from Singapore Management University. She is based in London.

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Asia Care Group: Beyond Singapore; Accessing opportunities in South East Asia
Thalia Georgiou
  • Thalia Georgiou (Managing Partner, Healthcare Advisory at Asia Care Group)

    Thalia Georgiou

    Managing Partner, Healthcare Advisory at Asia Care Group

    Thalia is the Managing Partner at Asia Care Group, and leads their work across APAC.

    Thalia focuses on healthcare financing engagements, including market access and pricing, the development of new insurance propositions and the use of novel mechanisms to ensure improved health outcomes, such as PPP’s and JV’s.

    Thalia has advised many of the Governments’ in the region on health reform, particularly in the context of achieving UHC.

    Thalia also advises multinationals and investors on commercial opportunities and approaches in the region, often helping bridge the gap between public and private systems. Prior to leading ACG, Thalia held a number of senior roles within the UK’s NHS. She spent almost a decade working in strategic management roles in NHS acute care hospitals, before moving into advisory positions.

    Thalia is currently Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce’s Health and Life Sciences committee for South East Asia, and Vice Chair for the parallel committee in Hong Kong.

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Pinsent Masons: Doing Business in Singapore
Nicholas Hanna
  • Nicholas Hanna (Partner at Pinsent Masons)

    Nicholas Hanna

    Partner at Pinsent Masons

    Recognized as one of Singapore’s Top 100 lawyers on Asia Business Law Journal’s The A-List, Nick has a particular focus on equity capital markets, private equity, joint ventures, Medtech, Fintech, initial coin offerings, mergers and acquisitions. He currently advises on numerous fund raises for companies seeking growth capital in particular. He also regularly advises multinational corporations with regards to regional investments in Asia.

    Additionally, Nick also advises on structuring private equity funds and other methods of alternative finance including private placements and convertible bonds.

    Nick acts for a broad range of industries including healthcare and life sciences.

    Prior to joining Pinsent Masons, Nick was practicing law in London for 11 years before coming to Asia as the head of Equity Capital Markets and co-head of Corporate in the Singapore office of a reputable international law firm. He has been working on transactions in Asia and living in the region for over a decade.

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Bird & Bird ATMD: Overview of IP in Singapore
Anan S. Sivananthan
  • Anan S. Sivananthan (Partner at Bird & Bird ATMD)

    Anan S. Sivananthan

    Partner at Bird & Bird ATMD

    I am a partner in our Intellectual Property Group in Singapore where my commercial insights into our clients' needs enables me to design and implement global patent monetisation strategies.

    With extensive experience in patent litigation, patent management and monetisation, trademark litigation and other high value IP dispute resolution matters, I am also experienced in managing anti-counterfeiting issues. Over the years, I have handled major patent lawsuits in Singapore and internationally across various sectors, specifically Technology and Life Sciences & Healthcare.

    I have also managed many trademark disputes in Singapore and internationally, including trademark lawsuits, oppositions/cancellations and anti-counterfeiting cases. Those matters span many sectors, including Technology, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Retail & Consumer, Hospitality and Entertainment.

    More recently, I have handled disputes in Singapore concerning Geographical Indications. I also managed design and copyright disputes, and manage IP commercialisation projects for clients (from due diligence to filing to exploitation).

    Before joining Bird & Bird in 2017, I was associate vice president at Creative Technology Ltd where I oversaw the company's legal matters on a global basis, with a focus on worldwide IP registration, litigation and enforcement, as well as all other contentious matters. I handled a number of patent lawsuits in the US (at the US International Trade Commission and in various District Courts), and in Europe. I also managed trademark disputes across the globe, including trademark lawsuits and oppositions/ cancellations in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Turkey, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. I also acted as an adviser to senior management on key legal moves and decisions, including the monetisation of the company's patent portfolio.

    I am a regular public speaker and panellist on IP issues including patent and trade mark litigation, brand management, counterfeiting, and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

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