In the fifth instalment of Crossing Borders, a global business and legal issues podcast produced by Baker McKenzie in collaboration with AsiaToday International, the show examines the growth of Vietnam as a market for business.  Vietnamese officials declared in early August their fast-growing economy would gain another 6.7% this year alone.

How can businesses tap into the huge opportunities on offer in relation to doing business in and with Vietnam?  And what are the risks? To answer these questions, veteran business journalist, Leon Gettler spoke to Fred Burke, the Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Vietnam and Andy Ho, the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of VinaCapital Group, who oversees the Capital Markets, Private Equity, Fixed Income and Venture Capital Investment teams.

The Crossing Borders podcast explores issues surrounding trade and investment in Asia Pacific, and attracts an increasingly broad and diverse audience of those in the legal, business and academic communities. Past topics have included: Supply Chain Transparency; Is India the next big thing?; Cross-border M&A Trends in the Asia Pacific Region; and Insolvency World Congress 2017.

Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Chair, Gary Seib stated:

Gaining insights from industry insiders into key business issues across the region is hugely valuable.

"The Crossing Border series provides this, and also tangibly demonstrates our collaborative approach to advising businesses on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and other legal matters."

Past external guests have included - ANZ's Head of Global Supply Chain, Vivek Gupta; Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade & Investment Commission, John Madew; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Executive Director, Jonathan Wallace; M&A and Financial Sponsors Research at Dealogic, Chunshek Chan; ANZ Bank's In house Counsel, Miles Grant; and FTI Consulting’s Senior Managing Director, John Batchelor.

Past Baker McKenzie lawyers who have been interviewed on the show included: Ashok Lalwani, Head of Baker McKenzie’s Global India Practice; former Partner and Head of the firm's Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions Group, David Fleming; Partner and Head of the Australian firm's  Restructuring & Insolvency Practice, Maria O’Brien; and Special Counsel, Sunil Rao. 

Listen and subscribe to upcoming and past episodes through iTunes and SoundCloud. The broadcasts have also been featured on ANZ's BlueNotes website.

The number of downloads for the podcast continues to grow, to date reaching around 500 Baker McKenzie clients and other listeners for an individual episode.

Baker McKenzie was recently named, for the eighth consecutive year, the world's strongest law firm brand in the 2017 Acritas Global Law Firm Brand Index with an overall score of 100 - extending the firm's lead from last year, as well as retaking its positon as the strongest legal brand in Asia Pacific.

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