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Doing Business with ASEAN - Practical Insights for Viet Nam - In Person Event.

In collaboration with BNZ/Meredith Connell/Grant Thornton/ANZBC, we are delighted to bring you the second event in this series, focussing on doing business with ASEAN. Please join us on Wednesday 15 June at 5:30PM, for a special event - Doing Business with ASEAN, Practical Insights for Viet Nam, hosted at Grant Thornton House, Auckland CBD.

This event is the second of three hybrid events throughout the year offering attendees practical advice on 'how to' in three major ASEAN markets on three areas of operation – Banking, Legal, and Accounting, as well as a business perspective. This second event in the series will focus on Viet Nam.

We welcome four guest speakers to the panel :

  • Giles Cooper, Partner at Allens, based in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
  • Jennifer Wu, Head of Sales and Marketing and Deputy General Manager at Healthy Breath Ltd (MEO).
  • Greg Thompson, Partner at Grant Thornton.
  • Jason Reeves, Head of Export Business at BNZ.

Mahi Tangaere, Director West Dome Legal and ANZBC Vice Chair, will be the Moderator for the event.

The panel discussion will be followed by networking.

Register quickly for this one as numbers are strictly limited.

Registration starts from 5PM. Please arrive early as the event will start at 5:30PM sharp.

Masks are not mandatory, but are encouraged.

Special thanks to our venue host, Grant Thornton.


  • Giles Cooper (Partner at Allens)

    Giles Cooper

    Partner at Allens


    Giles is managing partner of Allens' Hanoi office and has over two decades’ experience advising investors in Vietnam in a wide range of business sectors. Giles has a particular focus on energy and infrastructure having acted on many nationally significant projects and been at the forefront of Vietnam's renewable energy boom, advising developers, lenders and both buy and sell side on numerous M&A transactions. Giles also serves as a Beachhead advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and, in that capacity, regularly guides New Zealand companies on Vietnam market entry matters. Giles qualified to practice law in New Zealand and is registered as a foreign lawyer with the Ministry of Justice in Vietnam. He is recognised as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 for Corporate and M&A in Vietnam and also as a Recommended Lawyer for Projects & Energy, Vietnam.

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  • Jennifer Wu (Head of Sales / Deputy General Manager at Healthy Breath Ltd (MEO))

    Jennifer Wu

    Head of Sales / Deputy General Manager at Healthy Breath Ltd (MEO)


    Jennifer is an experienced International Sales and Marketing expert with a demonstrated history of working in the luxury goods and health industry.

    Early in her career, she acquired the portfolio of China market manager - Luxury Goods at JR Watch Co, New Zealand's premium retailer of fine Swiss timepieces.
    Between 2015-17 she expanded the business, resulting in a 314% increase year on year, accounting for 80% of the business's multi-million dollar trade.

    In 2017, she took her passion for international acquisition to Healthy Breath Limited, creators of the MEO air mask, where she manages a worldwide portfolio of distributors and partners.

    Some notable pillars in her journey with MEO thus far include

    ⁃ Sales: A 200% revenue increase between 2018-2020
    ⁃ Market: Securing over 20 leading retail chains in China; 1000 locations in Korea, 2000 locations in Japan, 1000 locations in Thailand; 4000+ offline stores in Vietnam.
    ⁃ MEO is sold to over 95 countries, making it a truly international brand.
    ⁃ MEO was recognised as the official mask supplier for the NZ pavilion in EXPO Dubai;

    During her tenure, MEO has secured business partners in over 15 international markets, cementing the brand as one of New Zealand's most promising businesses, and recognisable products on the world stage. Today Jennifer serves as Deputy General Manager for MEO, proudly leading a team of experts passionate about taking NZ innovation to the world.

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  • Jason Reeves (Head of Export Business at BNZ)

    Jason Reeves

    Head of Export Business at BNZ


    Jason heads up the Bank of New Zealand’s (BNZ) engagement with the export community a key growth focus for the organization. Prior to this Jason was employed by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and held the positions of New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Japan based in Tokyo leading a business development team and more recently, International Coalitions Manager and Industry Sector Lead based in Auckland. Before joining NZTE Jason spent eight years at Fonterra in the Supply Chain and Global Sales Division with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Jason holds a BA (Japanese) from AUT and an MBA from Massey University and is highly excited about New Zealand’s trade prospects with ASEAN members.

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  • Greg Thompson (Partner at Grant Thornton)

    Greg Thompson

    Partner at Grant Thornton


    Greg is a Partner and leads the Business Advisory and Tax Services at Grant Thornton and represents the firm for tax matters in the Grant Thornton International network. Greg also leads our transfer pricing service, advising on cross border risks, structuring and strategies.
    Greg has over 35 years’ experience in tax consulting and has a wide range of expertise in domestic and international taxation. His clients cover a broad spectrum of businesses including those in the manufacturing, distribution, Maori business sector and film industries, and range from high-net-worth individuals, owner-operated business, Not for Profit organisations, listed entities, and multi-nationals.
    Critically, Greg believes it is important to place tax advice in the context of normal commercial transactions, and by understanding the rules a better outcome can be achieved.

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  • Mahi Tangaere (Director of West Dome Legal)

    Mahi Tangaere

    Director of West Dome Legal

    Mahi Tangaere has worked in diverse roles including Foreshore and Seabed negotiations, and in the education and immigration sectors for over 15 years.

    Mahi currently operates her own law firm, West Dome Legal and an education business NZeducateme.

    Mahi’s variety of administrative roles in her early career has provided her with a unique insight into New Zealand’s regulatory frameworks and educational landscape. This provided her with the insight to establish NZeducateme.

    NZeducateme traditionally operated in the student placement space. It is currently also working with overseas assessors to have the qualifications of New Zealand based hospitality workers assessed and awarded internationally recognized qualifications.

    Mahi’s law firm works, West Dome Legal, offers services exclusively in the area of immigration. Mahi works with a breadth of clients from Immigration Protection Tribunal Appeals to accredited employers and their staff. This has enabled Mahi to gain considerable insight into the communities and employers that she has works with.

    Mahi’s focus emphasizes that the core value systems of Maori and most Asian countries are similar or complimentary. This enables the development of business relationships for long term mutual benefit.

    Mahi has been on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council previously and is the current Vietnam Chapter Chair. Mahi is currently on the Board of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce and Taiwan New Zealand Trade Development. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Immigration Professionals and also a member of the Wellington Immigration and Refugee Law Committee.

    Mahi is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and enjoys a game of hockey.

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Doing Business with ASEAN, Practical Insights For Viet Nam - In-Person

Registration starts from 5PM.

Please arrive early as the event will start at 5:30PM sharp.

Standard Price Free


Grant Thornton House

152 Fanshawe Street
Auckland, New Zealand

If you have any questions please contact Louise Hill

Contact Organizer

+64 221027329

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