IPBA 2021

What do the ESG Financial Market Laws Mean for the Companies Seeking Financing/Capital or Wanting to Keep their Stock Attractive to Investors?

Organised by: Banking, Finance & Securites Committee
Session abstract will be available shortly.


Catrina Luchsinger
, Froriep Legal AG

Partner in the Swiss lawfirm Froriep Legal AG, based in the Zurich office, since 2007. Advises on regulatory issues and contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry and broad experience across acquisition and project-financing transactions, general corporate work and M&A in the banking sector. Has been working on Fintech and is advisor to Global Blockchain Business Council. Acts as board member for banks, security dealers and fund management companies.



Vinay Ahuja
Partner; Head of Regional Banking, Finance & Technology Practice Group, Indonesia Legal Practice, India Desk
, DFDL Legal & Tax

Vinay is a partner in the regional Banking & Finance Practice Group and is the Group Leader. He also serves as the head of the India Desk and as well as leading the firm’s Indonesia Practice. He is a fintech and technology specialist.

With 15 years of transactional and advisory experience, a decade of which has been spent in Southeast Asia with DFDL, Vinay has advised several domestic and international banks both lenders and borrowers, sponsors, private and institutional investors, insurance companies, development banks, governments, agencies and state owned enterprises in their domestic and cross-border finance transactions including commercial and institutional lending, acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, securitization and structured finance, derivatives, secured and unsecured transactions, and regulatory advice and compliance. He also leads on a number of key client relationships and is one of the firm’s B&F sector leaders.

He has also advised a vast spectrum of corporate and multinational clients on complex transactions in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Thailand relating to energy, infrastructure, mining, information technology, telecommunications, transport and logistics, and agriculture. Of late, he has been advising several clients operating in the realm of block chain and crypto currencies.

A regular speaker at various international industry conferences, seminars, and workshops, Vinay has also authored a number of articles and papers published in various newspapers, magazines and journals, including the IPBA Journal, Asian-MENA, ALB, and IBLJ.

Vinay has also been recognized as a ‘Distinguished Practitioner’ by Asia Law in 2020 and Thailand’s Top 100 Lawyer in 2019 by Asia Business Law Journal.  

Vivek Kathpalia
Advocate & Solicitor


Vivek Kathpalia is an advocate & Solicitor, licensed to practice in India. He has 22 years of experience. He has been based in Singapore as a foreign lawyer since 2007.

Don Waters
Partner/Co-Chair, Financial Services Group and Japan Country Desk
, McMillan LLP

Don Waters is a partner and co-chair of McMillan LLP’s Financial Services Group and the Japan Country Desk. His practice is focused on corporate debt finance and structured finance transactions, including cross-border debt financings, project finance and structured finance transactions. Don’s experience in corporate debt financing transactions includes leading domestic and cross-border debt financings, debtor-in-possession financings and infrastructure projects for financial institutions, borrowers, syndicates and private equity sponsors.  Don is named as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000 in Banking, Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitization.   Don is also recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in Banking and Finance Law and Structured Finance Law and in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Asset Based Lending and Banking & Financial Institutions.