Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Global Trade Impact And Implications: A View From Singapore, China And Vietnam.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - International Trade

17 February 2021

Duane Morris & Selvam will hold a webinar, "Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Global Trade Impact and Implications: A View from Singapore, China and Vietnam," on Tuesday, 2 March 2021 at:

8:30 a.m. (Yangon)
9:00 a.m. (Hanoi, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientiane)
10:00 a.m. (Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Shanghai, Singapore)
11:00 a.m. (Seoul, Tokyo)
1:00 p.m. (Sydney)
3:00 p.m. (Wellington)

and on Monday, 1 March 2021 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (U.S. EST)

Program (Singapore Time)

10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks - Eduardo Ramos-Gómez, Managing Partner

10:05 a.m. The RCEP Outlook for Singapore - Matthew Poh, Associate, and Evan Teoh, Associate

10:25 a.m. The RCEP Outlook for China - Irene Bao, Associate

10:45 a.m. The RCEP Outlook for Vietnam - Pham Bach Duong, Special Counsel

11:05 a.m. Q&A Moderated by Eduardo Ramos-Gomez, Managing Partner

11:30 a.m. End of Webinar

The webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Meeting ID & password will be provided upon registration.


About the Program

The RCEP was signed on November 15, 2020, by 15 countries—10 members of ASEAN, as well as its dialogue partners South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand—to establish a mutually beneficial economic partnership in order to facilitate the expansion of regional and global trade and investment.

The RCEP forms the world’s largest trading bloc, accounting for about 30 percent of the global gross domestic product and a third of the world population (2.1 billion people). The RCEP is considered the largest free trade agreement in history, larger than both the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the European Union.

This webinar will discuss the implications of RCEP and how businesses can prepare and benefit from the opportunities in relation to Singapore, China and Vietnam.

Photo of Attorney Eduardo Ramos-Gomez

Eduardo Ramos-Gómez

Photo of Attorney Bach Duong Pham

Back Duong PHam

Photo of Attorney Matthew Poh

Matthew Poh

Photo of Attorney Evan Teoh

Evan Teoh

Photo of Attorney Irene Bao

Irene Bao


Eduardo Ramos-Gómez, Managing Partner, Duane Morris & Selvam

Eduardo Ramos-Gómez has practiced international and corporate law for more than 30 years, advising multinational and foreign companies in Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America on cross-border direct foreign investment, project development and project finance. He formerly served as Mexico's ambassador to Singapore, Negara Brunei Darussalam and the Union of Myanmar.


Bach Duong Pham, Special Counsel (Vietnam)

Bach Duong Pham is special counsel in Duane Morris' Hanoi office. Mr. Pham has more than 10 years' experience in advising clients in relation to banking and finance transactions as well as corporate matters in Vietnam. He has a strong track record in loans and trade finance involving international companies operating in Vietnam, as well as Vietnamese state-owned enterprises and private borrowers. Mr. Pham has in-depth experience of Vietnamese securities issuances, custody services and derivative products, as well as the corporate aspects of transactions involving credit institutions. He also worked on many large and first-of-its-kind M&A transactions in Vietnam. Mr. Pham is a graduate of the Sorbonne University in Paris and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is admitted to the Paris Bar (Avocat à la Cour d’Appel de Paris). He speaks native Vietnamese and is fully fluent in English, French and Russian.

Matthew Poh, Associate (Singapore)

Matthew Poh practices in the area of corporate law and has advised on a broad range of commercial transactions involving in particular, cross border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity. Mr. Poh has assisted clients in a broad range of industries spanning technology and media; banking and finance; pharmaceuticals; energy; oil & gas; education; and manufacturing and logistics with their investments/divestments in key markets including India, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. Mr. Poh received his Bachelor of Law, Second Class Honours (Upper), from the National University of Singapore and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Evan Teoh, Associate (Singapore)

Evan Teoh Ye Oon is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group of Selvam LLC. He advises on a broad range of commercial transactions involving in particular, domestic or cross border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity investments, and distribution and supply agreements. His area of practice also includes employment law. Evan has assisted clients spanning a wide range of industries, such as banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, fintech, and oil & gas, primarily in Asian markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Mr. Teoh received his Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) from Singapore Management University and is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Irene Bao, Associate (Shanghai)

Irene Bao Rong is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, employment matters and corporate advisory work. She regularly advises clients across a wide spectrum of industries in relation to corporate matters, governance and compliance issues, commercial, immigration, employment and intellectual property related matters. She regularly assists foreign entities to set up presences in China and also advises Chinese clients on overseas transactions. Ms. Bao is a graduate of the National University of Singapore. She is admitted to the Bar of the People's Republic of China. Ms. Bao speaks fluent English and is also a native Mandarin and Shanghainese speaker.


For further information, please contact:


Evan Teoh Ye Oon ,Associate,Duane Morris & Selvam

[email protected]