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  • Wed

    Opportunities in Western Australia

    4.30pm to 7.30pm(registration required) 25th Floor, Meeting Room 1, Straits Trading Building, 9 Battery Road, Singapore 049910

    To register for the event click here

    Over the past several years, Western Australia (WA) has played a key role in the Australian economic growth through its resource, construction and agricultural sectors. This success story has been reinforced by WA’s valued recognition of investor contributions to the State economy. With many investment opportunities being created on the back of sustained economic growth, there are a variety of both large-scale and long-term projects for the next 40 years available to prospective investors.

    Companies that are keen to find out more on the available business and investment opportunities in WA are strongly encouraged to attend. Speakers from the private sector and government will provide first-hand insights and details on upcoming projects, as well as updates on the Business Innovation and Investment Programme.

    Proposed Programme (Information correct at time of print)

    4:30pm Registration (Participants to be seated by 4:55pm)
    5:00pm Introduction by Mr Eugene Lim, Senior Vice-President, Singapore Chamber of Commerce (Western Australia)
    5:10pm Setting up Business in Western Australia by Mr Leon Mok, Partner, Pitcher Partners
    5:30pm Commercial Property Opportunities in Western Australia by Mr Anthony Spinella, Managing Director, CNI Commercial Property Group
    5.50pm Policies and Guidelines for Western Australia State Nomination by Mr Bruno Delfante, Manager, Business Migration Centre Government of Western Australia
    6.10pm Significant Investor Visa Applications and doing business in Australia (key legal issues) by Matthew Hawtin, Partner, Steinepreis Paganin
    6:30pm Efficient Tax Planning – Getting it Right by Vikna Rajah, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
    6.50pm Refreshments and Networking
    7:30pm End

    Administrative Details

    1. Please register your interest by filling up the onlie form or email to or by Tues, 1 Dec 2015
    2. Due to limited spaces, priority will be accorded to Singapore companies with a keen interest in Western Australia.
    3. Confirmation will be sent to successful registrants and admittance will be allowed only upon presentation of confirmation.
    4. Please note that Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, others on behalf of the firm and third parties may be taking photographs and videos during this seminar. Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP may use such photos in its future marketing materials, publications or media.
    • Mr Leon Mok, Partner, Pitcher Partners

    Leon is an Executive Director and leads the Tax Division at Pitcher Partners Perth. Leon has over 16 years of tax consulting experience gained across a broad market spectrum.

    His own practice area focuses on corporate and international tax and comprises clients that are small cap-listed companies, large private companies as well as large multinationals across a variety of industries.

    Perth's significant economic growth over the past few years has provided many multinationals with the impetus to establish operations and undertake M&A transactions in Perth and the greater Asia Pacific region.  Providing tax advisory services to such businesses is a core pillar of Leon’s practice.

    • Mr Anthony Spinella, Managing Director, CNI Commercial Property Group

    Anthony Spinella is one of the state’s leading Commercial Property Directors and has over 20 years’ experience in property. Anthony is currently the Managing Director of CNI Commercial Property Group which he started in 2008 after identifying a niche in the market.

    He has managed commercial, retail and industrial properties of varying size and nature for a variety of private and institutional investors. Anthony has an in depth knowledge and experience of local market conditions and trends.

    Anthony's qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Degree (Marketing), a Diploma in Business (Real Estate) and he currently holds a Triennial Certificate. Anthony is a member of the Property Council of Australia and REIWA and sits on the commercial property management committee of the Property Council of Australia.

    CNI Commercial Property Group is a complete agency business specialising in Sales, Leasing, valuations, property management and project management. Our passion for continually expanding our knowledge base enables us to take a fresh and imaginative approach to everything we do to create success for our clients and our people.

      • Mr Bruno Delfante, Manager, Business Migration Centre Government of Western Australia

    Bruno is the Manager of the Business Migration Centre and Business Services at the Small Business Development Corporation in Western Australia.

    He has a background in finance and marketing and has held State and national marketing and sales management positions in the private sector and government

    Bruno manages the State Government's nominations for the Business Innovation and Investment Migration Program and the information and advisory services to establish and develop businesses in Western Australia.

    • Mr Matthew Hawtin, Partner Steinepreis Paganin

    Matthew graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment with the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).

    Matthew joined Steinepreis Paganin in January 2001 and was appointed as a Partner in July 2012. Matthew has a wide range of experience in commercial and corporate matters, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, mining and resources related matters, commercial drafting and compliance issues.

    Matthew also specialises in financial services, including all aspects of Australian Financial Services Licensing (AFSL) and managed investment schemes/funds (registered and unregistered). Matthew also has expertise in relation to the establishment of structures for Significant Investor Visa (SIV) applications.

    • Vikna Rajah, Partner,Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

    Vikna Rajah advises clients on all aspects of tax law, specialising in contentious disputes with IRAS and tax structuring. Prior to joining R&T, Vikna was a Senior Legal Specialist with IRAS where he advised the authority on income tax, goods and services tax, property tax, stamp duty and estate duty and appeared as lead counsel at all levels of the Singapore Courts including the Court of Appeal.

    He was part of a special committee advising IRAS on tax avoidance cases (section 33 ITA) and was also gazetted as a prosecutor where he had a 100% conviction rate. Vikna, who also holds an accounting degree, also acted as lead counsel before the Singapore Court of Appeal in the landmark case of ABU v. Comptroller of Income Tax [2015] SGCA 4, a case involving exchange of information between the tax authorities of Singapore and Japan.