1. Mark, who are you?
I am a Managing Partner at Tulla Group, a private advisory and investment group owned and operated by the Maloney Family. We specialise in 3 main areas being Critical Resources, Finance and Social & Wellness. In addition I am Chairman, NED, Advisor and Mentor to a number of Entrepreneurs and Executives across a range of business stages. I am also Chairman of the University of Technology Sydney’s Entrepreneur Leaders Advisory Board.
2. Why have you invested in SE Asia?
We have invested in SE Asia because of the network, growth opportunities and new markets its offers our Australian businesses. We also see a presence in Singapore enhancing our access to capital for future growth of these businesses.
3. What is your main advice for an investor investing in South East Asia?
I would advise to take your time and take it slowly. Its important to understand the dynamics of the region and be well acquainted with your investing partners before you jump in. We spent 5 years visiting the region before we did anything of significance.
4. Could you explain the role of your lawyers in this expansion?
Our lawyers are critical in making sure we are protected legally in the many agreements and contracts we need to have in place to effect our business in South East Asia. In addition being on top of the governance required in each area is a high priority for us. Lasty and most importantly they have been great at enhancing our network in the region and introducing us to new sources of business.
5. What could be the consequences of Covid-19 on investments in SE Asia?
I think longer term the opportunities in SE Asia are going to be great as foreign companies diversify their risk away from China and transfer operations to different countries in SE Asia. This will have a significant positive impact on their economies.