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The Business Briefing Series is designed to meet the needs of our corporate members.  The functions are held throughout the year featuring notable guest speakers, who speak on current issues connected with the Australia-Japan relationship. Speakers are drawn from government, business, sport, trade unions, education and other areas.

Business Briefings take place either as a breakfast, luncheon, or early evening gathering, at a central city location. They provide excellent networking opportunities for individual and corporate members, and their guests, and are an ideal way of keeping up to date with relevant Japan-related issues.

Japan-Australia M&A Year in Review Seminar 2019 report

Early February 2020, the AJSV was delighted to join Ashurst in delivering the annual Japan-Australia M&A Year in Review Seminar 2019.

Reflecting on a significant year for the Japan-Australia trade and investment relationship, Japan ranked as the largest investor into Australia by deal value (A$30.59 billion), and the second largest by deal number behind the US. Japanese investment into Australia has remained resilient despite a global downturn in M&A activity associated with the US-China trade war, geopolitical uncertainties, and increasing regulatory oversight.

The discussion focused on the importance of developing trust and understanding between commercial partners as critical to the successful implementation of post-merger integration strategies, which continues to be a key theme for Japanese investors in the Australian market.

The panel was moderated by Natsuko Ogawa (Partner, Ashurst), who was joined by Celeste Koravos (Legal Counsel, Mitsui & Co.), Liam Eldon (Senior Investment Manager – Japan & Korea, Invest Victoria), James Sherlock (Group General Manager People, Programmed), Asami Koike (International Wellness Blogger, Shapes and Sounds), and Yoshimasa Sawa (Lawyer, Ashurst).

The seminar was supported by the Australian-Japan Society of Victoria, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Melbourne), and the AJBCC-JABCC Future Leaders' Program.


Upcoming Business Briefings

 *Women in Leadership 

Enhancing opportunities in Australia-Japan working environments

Representing cross sector experience in business, government and academia, our panelists will share and discuss some of the unique leadership challenges that women face in Australian-Japanese working environments.

The conversation will include practical tips on leadership, sponsoring and influencing, and what support is available to aspiring women leaders to assist with career mobility with a focus on the Australia-Japan space. The discussion will also canvas the important role played by male champions of change.  Please click HERE for details 

Gender equality benefits all and is everyone's responsibility.

Date: 16 March 2020

Time: 4.30 pm arrival for a 5.00 pm start until 7 pm (light refreshments will be served)

Venue: Ashurst, Level 26, 181 William Street, Melbourne

RSVP: CLICK HERE registrations closes Thursday 12 March  

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