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Hans Vriens is the founding partner of Vriens & Partners, based in Singapore, and is a leading expert on Asia's political developments, having lived and worked in the region for the last 19 years. He has been counsel to chief executives and board members on market entry strategy, regulatory issues and sensitive issues across Asia. He is particularly experienced in Southeast Asia, China and India. Vriens & Partners is the only premier boutique advisory services firm headquartered in Singapore that assists multinational companies, governments and not-for-profits organisations with counsel on key political developments and public policy issues around Asia.
Before establishing Vriens & Partners Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide, overseeing the firm's expansion in Southeast Asia. Prior to this was their head for the Indonesia practice for six years. Before joining APCO in April 1998, he worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. He previously practiced law at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily.
Hans frequently provides background briefings to visiting executives to help them understand political, economic, cultural and business developments in the region. He is able to provide a unique and frank analysis thanks to many research and consultancy projects he led for leading multinationals and governments around Asia over the last 11 years. He has is also often asked to chair strategy sessions to help companies think through their strategic options in Asia. Hans has considerable experience with Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, China and India.
He is a regular commentator on Asia issues on CNBC and Bloomberg. He has published many articles about Asia in the Asian Wall Street Journal, Asia Inc, the Jakarta Post and other regional publications.
He graduated from law school in civil and constitutional law at Groningen University in the Netherlands and his post-graduate studies were in Italy at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
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