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Conference Program

Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 7 November 2019.

CPD Accreditation for Hong Kong SAR delegates
A maximum of 14 CPD points will be awarded for attendance of the full programme

Please note that the conference will be held across two different venues: The JW Marriott Hotel and the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Monday, 4 November 2019
1400 – 1800 LAWASIA Executive Committee Meeting
ExCo Members only
 
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
1000 – 1600 Annual LAWASIA Council Meeting
LAWASIA Council Members only. This event is by direct invitation only.
1800 – 2130 Presidents’ Dinner
Invitation only
 
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
0830 – 1230 Registration
Ballroom Foyer, JW Marriott Hotel
0920 – 1030 Opening Ceremony
Ballroom, JW Marriott Hotel

1. Kick-off performance: Lion dance performance on stage

2. Speeches and group photos
(a)  Welcome Remarks by Ms Melissa Pang MH JP, President of The Law Society of Hong Kong
(b)  Welcome Remarks by Mr Christopher Leong, President of LAWASIA
(c)  Special Address by The Honourable Geoffrey Ma Tao-li GBM, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
(d)  Special Address by The Honourable Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah GBS SC JP, Secretary for Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

3. Launch of “LAWASIA Business & Human Rights: A Guide for  Lawyers in the Asia Pacific” by Mr Christopher Leong, President of LAWASIA

1030 – 1100 Morning Refreshments & Networking
Ballroom Foyer, JW Marriott Hotel
1100 – 1215 Plenary Session
Ballroom, JW Marriott Hotel

Topic:
“Upholding of or Pursuit for the Rule of Law in Challenging Times?”

Moderator
CM Chan
Vice-President, The Law Society of Hong Kong
HONG KONG SAR

Panellists
The Hon. Mr. Justice Russell Coleman
Judge, Court of First Instance of the High Court, High Court, Judiciary
HONG KONG SAR

Melissa Pang
President, The Law Society of Hong Kong
HONG KONG SAR

Shyam Divan
Vice-President, LAWASIA
INDIA

Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor
President, The Malaysian Bar
MALAYSIA

Simon Davis
President, The Law Society of England and Wales
UNITED KINGDOM

1300 – 1445 Lunch & Guest Speech
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
Note: One-way coach transfer from the JW Marriott Hotel to the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel will be provided.
1800 – 2200 Welcome Reception & LAWASIA Cup
Happy Valley Racecourse
Note: Delegates will be required to make their own arrangements to and from Happy Valley Racecourse
Thursday, 7 November 2019
0800 – 1700 Registration continues
Room S428, Level 4, HKCEC
0900 – 1030 ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Risk Management in Mediation and Arbitration for International and Cross-border Disputes
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC

Have you wondered how ADR – with its standardised (albeit well intended) rules and procedure – be better applied to increasingly complex and fact-specific cross-border disputes? How the seemingly rival demands of delivering an effective and efficient ADR service and complying with regulatory and professional conduct rules be reconciled? To discuss these concerns and how risk management1 plays a key role in any ADR practice, LAWASIA warmly invites you to this must-attend session.

Our distinguished panel will discuss risk identification, evaluation and mitigation in mediation and arbitration of international commercial disputes. Leading lawyers, mediators and arbitrators will share invaluable insights and tips as part of a proactive, holistic strategy to better manage common risks and conduct ADR, e.g.: confidentiality; privilege; conflicts of interest; independence and control; due diligence (e.g. AML); budgets; timetables; resources; third party funding context; and other conduct/practice pitfalls. After the session, delegates may expect to takeaway tactics to boost their ADR toolbox and practice. Indeed, risk comes from not knowing what you are doing2 !1. Maximising and minimising areas where we have some control over the outcome or where we have absolutely no control over the outcome, respectively (Peter L Bernstein, 2012)
2.Warren Buffett

Moderators
Mr Huen Wong, BBS, JP | Past President and Chairman of Arbitration Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr Gang Li | Secretary General of Foreign Affairs Committee, Guangdong Lawyers Association (CHINA)
Ms Xie Juan | Senior Partner and Director of International Business Department, BeijingYingke (Dongguan) Law Firm (CHINA)
Mr John Lee
| Member of Arbitration Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mrs Cecilia Wong
| Council Member and Chairlady of Mediation Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Lani Victoria Vinas
|
Managing Associate, SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO (JAPAN)

TAXATION
Taxing the Digital Economy: Where do we Stand now & What’s Next?
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

In March 2018, the OECD issued a preliminary report discussing the challenges of taxing the digital economy. Drawing strength from Action 1 of the BEPS report, this recent report studies the characteristics of digital businesses including its remote presence, reliance on intangibles and data, and heavy user participation. Having said this, the notion of how to tax the digital economy remains a difficult question for countries worldwide. Despite the urgency on the part of tax authorities wanting to tax the digital economy, there is still no common global on how to achieve this. The new business models that the digital economy creates remain elusive from the taxation net and this is partially contributed to the fact existing tax laws and framework are not suited to effectively tackle this.

With international pressure and interest in this area, this session aims to discuss how tax authorities in this region are preparing to address the question of taxing the digital economy, which has revolutionised the manner in which people today live and conduct their daily lives including businesses. This session will also analyse the unilateral approaches taken by some governments are effective or are these pure interim measures.

Moderator
Mr DP Naban | Senior Partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)

Speakers
Mr Min Jiang | Vice-President, All China Lawyers Association (CHINA)
Mr Pierre Chan | Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Jay Shim
| Partner, Lee & Ko (KOREA)
Mr S Saravana Kumar
| Partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Chair of LAWASIA Taxation Subcommittee
(MALAYSIA)
Mr Pieter de Ridder | Managing Partner, Mayer Brown (SINGAPORE)

ANTI-TRUST
Making Leniency Great Again – the Challenges of Cross-border Cartel Enforcement
Rooms S426 – S427, Level 4, HKCEC

Cartel enforcement by competition agencies across the region remains a priority. However, detection of anti-competitive conduct is increasingly becoming more challenging – as the benefits of immunity/ leniency programmes for companies and individuals no longer give sufficient bright-line incentives to cooperate with enforcement authorities. This panel will address the risks, benefits and incentives of leniency – and how both private sector and competition agencies view global trends and the impact on future enforcement.

Moderator
Mr Marcus Pollard | Member of Competition Law Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Ms Vena Cheng | Senior Consultant, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Lester Lee | Head (Litigation), Legal, Competition Commission (HONG KONG SAR)
Dr Derek Ritzmann | Economic Expert, Economic Partners (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Anand Raj | Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co
Chair of LAWASIA Anti-Trust and Competition Law Subcommittee
(MALAYSIA)
Mr Ryan Il Kang | Partner, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (KOREA)

1030 – 1100 Morning Refreshments & Networking
Foyer, Level 4, HKCEC
1100 – 1230 COMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY & DATA PROTECTION
The Extra-territorial Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Businesses in the Asia Pacific Region.
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC

Privacy / Data protection is really a battle between individualism and right to information. The European Union has introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, which is not only applicable to the European Economic Area (EEA), but also claims for applicability to third country data processors once EEA personal data is processed. The changes in the GDPR has also affected the enforcement of IP rights by brand-owners. This session will discuss when and how to comply with the GDPR, and enforcement risks for non EU or EEA processors under the GDPR. The session will also focus on the UK experience as an EU member and Switzerland’s experience of dealing with both Swiss national privacy law and GDPR as a non EU or EEA member state – as it is the case for Asian countries. Furthermore, this session will provide for inputs on how Japanese companies comply with GDPR in addition to the Japanese law maintaining good balance between GDPR and national privacy laws in Japan, on regulation of false information spreading on social networks with wilful agenda in Taiwan, and application of GDPR in countries under Belt and Road and Hong Kong.

Moderators
Mr Henning von Zanthier | Founding Partner, VON ZANTHIER & SCHULZ
Chair of LAWASIA Asia-Europe Subcommittee (GERMANY)
Mr Sunil DB Abeyaratne | Bar Association of Sri Lanka
Co-Chair of LAWASIA Communications, Technology & Data Protection Subcommittee (SRI LANKA)

Speakers
Dr Gordon Hughes AM | Principal, Davis Collison Cave
Chair of LAWASIA Business Law Section (AUSTRALIA)
Ms Li Xi | Partner and Director of International Business Department , Beijing Yingke (Fuzhou) Law Firm (CHINA)
Mr Stephen Wong
| Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Fumiaki Matsuoka | Partner, Atsumi & Sakai (JAPAN)
Mr Stephan Armin Hofer | Senior Associate, GHR Rechtsanwälte AG (SWITZERLAND)
Mr Niten Chauhan | Partner, JPC Law (UNITED KINGDOM)

SPORTS LAW
Sports Contracts Management and Sports Dispute Resolution
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

Sports law, like the special characteristics and dynamics of sports, continues to grow and evolve over the years. As sports emerge as a global industry, stakeholders such as governments, sporting bodies, clubs, agents, managers and players are gaining awareness over the potential of criminality and abuses. Stricter laws are called to deal with cases in relation to corruption, match fixing and doping. In this session, experts are invited to analyse how sports disputes are different from commercial disputes and discuss the projected changes in sports law and their implications towards the sports industry over the coming years.

Moderator
Mr Richard Wee | Managing Partner, Richard Wee Chambers (MALAYSIA)

Speakers
Dr Huarong Chen | Law Professor, Yuncheng University (CHINA)
Mr Colin Cohen
| Senior Partner, Boase Cohen & Collins (HONG KONG SAR)
Dr Trisha Leahy, BBS
| Chief Executive, Hong Kong Sports Institute (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Philana Poon | Executive Director, Legal and Compliance, The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Rui Botica Santos | Member, Macau Lawyers Association (MACAU SAR)

Commentator
Mr Anthony Miller | Director, Miller Sockhill Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)

UNCITRAL
Harmonised Regulation of E-Commerce in Asia and Current UNCITRAL Initiatives
Rooms S426 – S427, Level 4, HKCEC

This session will focus on the adoption and implementation of UNCITRAL’s e-Commerce Conventions and model laws, with particular emphasis upon the requirements of the revamped Trans Pacific Partnership and approaches within ASEAN to the regulation of electronic commerce.

Moderator
Mr Shreyas Jayasimha | Advocate, Aarna Law
Deputy Chair of LAWASIA UNCITRAL Section (INDIA)

Speakers
Dr James Ding | Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HONG KONG SAR)
Prof Ignacio Tirado | Secretary-General, UNIDROIT (ITALY)
Mr Wataru Nakajima | Miura & Partners (JAPAN)
Ms Athita Komindr | Head, UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (KOREA)

1230 – 1345 Lunch & Networking
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
1400 – 1530 BANKING & FINANCE
Fintech, Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC

Fintech is revolutionising financial services globally. It has changed the nature of commerce and end-user expectations for payments and financial services. With this rise of technology, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been increasingly used as means for capital raising and investment, while the nature of bank has also been changed in that “virtual” banks are now in reality.

Accompanying the potential to improve efficiency for funding and financial inclusion, frauds and hacking incidents are more prone to happen with these digital assets and new mode of doing business, as laws and regulations always trail behind technology developments.

In this session, speakers will discuss the opportunities and risks entailed in this continuing trend of fintech, what should be done by the market players and regulators in better protecting the interests of public and developing the related infrastructure.

Moderator
Mr Eu Jin Ong | Partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)

Speakers
Mr Charles To | Partner, Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Shyam Divan
| Senior Advocate, The Bar Association of India (INDIA)
Ms Yuri Suzuki | Senior Partner, Atsumi & Sakai (JAPAN)
Dr Asanga Gunawansa | Lead Counsel, Colombo Law Alliance / Chairman, Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre (SRI LANKA)
Mr Kunchou Tsai | Director, Taipei Bar Association (TAIWAN)

Commentators
Mr Ningning (Henry) Huang | Director of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Shanghai Bar Association (CHINA)
Mr David Lee | Senior Lecturer, University of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Legal Responsibility of Enterprises for Climate Change and its Consequences
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

Legal responsibilities and business risks of enterprises and their directors for the contribution and exposure of the enterprises’ activities, goods and services to climate change and its consequences
•Legal responsibilities and business risks of financiers of such enterprises
•Legal responsibilities and business risks of investors of such enterprises.

Moderator
Mr Christopher Tung | Partner, K&L Gates (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr Jinsong Tan | Yingke Law Firm (CHINA)
Mr John Davison
| Chairman of Land Use Planning and Environmental Law Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Kenji Fukuda | Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JAPAN)
Mr Juta Wada | Attorney at law, Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JAPAN)
Mr Shaimerden Chikanayev | Partner, Director of Banking and Finance Department, GRATA International (KAZAKHSTAN)

EMPLOYMENT LAW
Employees Protection: Sexual Harassment, Equality and Diversity
Rooms S426 – S427, Level 4, HKCEC

With the rise of the #MeToo movement and its overwhelming impact across the globe, the movement has awakened the world to the prevalence of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace. It has also given a voice to silenced women and raises concerns of gender equality.

Aside from the above, as we live in a world that comprises of people from different race, sexual orientations, family status etc., it is therefore vital for employers to take positive steps to ensure equality and diversity in the workplace in order to provide safe and level playing fields for all their employees.

In this session, speakers will discuss (1) how law in different jurisdictions handles issues relating to sexual harassment, equality and diversity in the workplace; (2) what employers can do to protect themselves from being caught in claims arising from these issues; (3) what employers should do if they encountered these issues; and (4) the way forward.

Moderator
Mr Bernard Banks | Consultant, Gibson Sheat Lawyers
Chair of LAWASIA Employment Law Committee (NEW ZEALAND)

Speakers
Mr Brian Williamson | Managing Director, Williamsonbarwick (AUSTRALIA)
Ms Olivia Kung | Member of International Legal Affairs Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Kathryn Weaver | Partner, Lewis Silkin (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Saurabh Prakash | Advocate (INDIA)

1530 – 1600 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
Foyer, Level 4, HKCEC
1600 – 1730 BELT & ROAD
Building A Community of Common Destiny: BRI Legal Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC

Since its inception in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has attracted a lot of attention and secured wide participation from the international community. To date, some 170 countries and international organisations have signed BRI cooperation documents. Pilot projects such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China-Laos Railway and Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway have steadily progressed. A few developed countries have expressed their interest in conducting mutually beneficial cooperation with China as well as with any third party. The Belt and Road Initiative is opening up even broader prospects for development.

As the Belt and Road Initiative develops, there is an increase in the number of disputes arising from various fields such as investment, trade, taxation, finance, land and labour, which entails an urgent need to improve legal services and international dispute settlement mechanisms and strengthen international cooperation in relevant fields.

This session will: (1) discuss major legal risks and problems faced in Belt and Road Projects; (2) explore different routes to develop and improve international dispute settlement mechanisms within Asian-Pacific region; (3) summarise the practice and experience of transnational legal service; (4) discuss the role of lawyers and law firms in legal advice and dispute resolution and potential for further collaboration.

Moderators
Mr Jeff Leong | Senior Partner, Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong
Co-Chair of LAWASIA One Belt One Road Subcommittee (CHINA)

Speakers
Ms Yunyan Zhang |  Senior Partner, Jincheng Tongda & Neal Law Firm (CHINA)
Dr Thomas So | Past President and Chairman of Belt and Road Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Ronald Sum | Partner, Commercial Litigation, Addleshaw Goddard LLP (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Shigehiko Ishimoto
| Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (JAPAN)
Mr Jeff Leong | Senior Partner, Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong
Co-Chair of LAWASIA One Belt One Road Subcommittee (MALAYSIA)

Commentator
Ms Huizhen Hao
| Founding Partner, Yingke Law Firm (CHINA)
Ms Maria Concepcion Simundac
 | Partner, Villaraza & Angangco (PHILIPPINES)

HUMAN RIGHTS
Human Rights Issues (including modern slavery) in the 21st Century Tackled at its Source
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

Through the implementation of International Covenants and constitutional instruments, every legal jurisdiction ensures that the human rights of their citizens and residents are protected. In the modern era of advanced technology, multi-dimensional connectivity, enormous wealth and new paradigms of innovation, human suffering continues to increase through poverty, lack of education, discrimination and slavery in all its forms. Speakers will consider the strengths, weaknesses and perspectives in their respective legal jurisdictions and provide possible solutions through local and international examples.

Moderator
Prof Yasushi Higashizawa | Meijigakuin University, Graduate School of Law
Co-Chair of LAWASIA Human Rights Section (JAPAN)

Speakers
Mr Arthur Moses SC | President, Law Council of Australia (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Philip Dykes SC | Chairman, Hong Kong Bar Association (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Vernon Loh
| Senior Assistant Solicitor General (Human Rights), Department of Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HONG KONG SAR)
Dr Manotar Tampubolon | Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Universitas Kristen Indonesia (INDONESIA)

Commentator
Mr Jeremy Dein QC | Criminal Barrister and Joint Head of Chambers, 25 Bedford Row (UNITED KINGDOM)

IN-HOUSE LAWYERS
Legal Professional Privilege in In-House Environment – Local and International Challenges
Rooms S426 – S427, Level 4, HKCEC

It is important that clients are able to share information freely with their lawyers. The principle of legal professional privilege (LPP) prevents such information from being used against the clients themselves subsequently.In-house lawyers’ communications are protected the same way as those of lawyers in private practice. However, the applicability of LPP may not be clear where in-house lawyers are seeking to retain privilege in documents, whilst they are performing roles of employees, legal advisers and business advisers.In this session, speakers will share their experiences from the perspective of in-house lawyers on the challenges encountered and pitfalls to avoid.

Moderator
Mr Warren Ganesh | Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Dr Luyang Wang | Legal Counsel, Beijing Founder Apabi Technology Limited (CHINA)
Mr Steven Allen | Group General Counsel and Head of M&As, CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Winifred Lo | Chief Legal Counsel, PCCW Group (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Sandra Wu | President, Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Simon Davis
| President, The Law Society of England and Wales (UK)

1930 – 2200 Gala Dinner
The Grand Stage • Western Market
Note: One-way coach transfers depart at 18:00, 18:15, 18:30 and 18:45 from HKCEC
Attendance by pre-purchased tickets only
 
Friday, 8 November 2019
0800 – 1700 Registration continues
Room S428, Level 4, HKCEC
0900 – 1030 LAW FIRM MANAGEMENT
Managing a Law Firm in an Era of Increased Competition
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC

This panel will discuss the strategies that law firm leaders can adopt, particularly in the mergers and acquisitions field, in the face of a return to the legal industry by law firms backed by the Big Four, and increased competition from alternative legal service providers. Competition can be tough, given that the new comers may provide a one-stop-shop package of legal and other professional services as opposed to the single dimensional legal services that traditional law firms provide.

Moderators
Ms Elaine Lo | Senior Partner, Jingtian & Gongcheng LLP
Chairlady of Practice Management Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr Fang Chen | Vice President, Guangdong Lawyers Association (CHINA)
Mr Xiaojun (Warren) Hua | Partner, JunHe (CHINA)
Mr Nick Chan | Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Victor Yang | Managing Partner, Yang Chan & Jamison (HONG KONG SAR)

FAMILY LAW
Law on Child Protection in a Cross-border Context
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

In the name of the child, parents and all connected parties are fighting for the best interest of the child in their perspective. Children are taken across the border away from their ordinary daily life at a time when they witness their own family breaking up. The 1980 Hague Convention established an international mechanism for signatories states to curb abduction of children without the consent of the other parent. How it works? What if the children are taken to non-signatories countries?

Other children are abducted from their parents for their personal gains. What legal protections are available for these children?

Moderator
Mr Dennis Ho | Chairman of Family Law Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr David De Alwis | Senior Associate, Aitken Partners (AUSTRALIA)
Ms Rita Ku | Messrs. Withers Solicitors (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Corinne Remedios | Barrister-at-law, 601 Dina House (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Keiko Imazato | Partner, Mugita Law Office (JAPAN)

CORPORATE SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT
Legal and Regulatory Regimes regarding Asset Management Practice
Rooms S426 – S427, Level 4, HKCEC

This session will introduce to practitioners’ various recent initiatives in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific to develop the asset management industry. For example, Hong Kong has introduced various initiatives such as the new legal framework for open-ended fund companies, enhancements to asset management regulation and point-of-sale transparency, as well as new guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms.

Moderator
Ms Julianne Doe | Dentons Hong Kong LLP (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr Tao Shan | Senior Partner, Guangdong Etr Law Firm (CHINA)
Ms Christina Choi | Executive Director of Investment Products, Securities and Futures Commission (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Saniya Perzadayeva | Managing Partner, Unicase Law Offices (KAZAKHSTAN)
Ms Tracy Diamond | Director, Castalia Compliance Limited (UK/HONG KONG SAR)

1030 – 1100 Morning Refreshments & Networking
Foyer, Level 4, HKCEC
1100 – 1230 INSOLVENCY
Reorganisation Alternatives for Cross-Border Insolvency in Asia
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC
Session sponsored by:Gold Session Sponsor

This session will examine existing Cross-Border Insolvency regimes in Asia, and contrast the approaches to reorganisation under Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korean and Australian law, particularly in light of the 2017 Singapore legislative amendments. It is hoped to draw upon Judicial speakers for this session.

Moderator
Mr Tim D Castle FCIArb | Barrister
Chair of LAWASIA UNCITRAL Committee (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
The Hon Justice Brigitte Markovic | Judge, Federal Court of Australia (AUSTRALIA)
The Hon Mr Justice Aarif Barma, JA | Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, Judiciary (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Camille Jojo
 | Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr John Marsden | Partner, Mayer Brown (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr William Wong SC, JP, Des Voeux Chambers (HONG KONG SAR)
The Hon Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy | Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore (SINGAPORE)

 

CRIMINAL LAW
Anti-corruption and Anti-money Laundering in the Asia Pacific Region: Trends in Policy, Practice and Technology
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

In recent years, more sophisticated ways have been deployed by the criminals in corruption or money-laundering activities, against the background of increasing international trades and rapid development of fintech.

Speakers in this session will give participants an overview of the latest developments on anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering in their home jurisdictions, including the current regulatory and law enforcement environment, and what to look out for. Speakers will also examine how regtech may help combat corruption and money-laundering.

Moderator
Mr Stephen Hung | Past President and Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr Dennis Miralis | Partner, Nyman Gibson Miralis (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Xavier Autain | French National Bar Council (FRANCE)
Mr Simon Peh, SBS, IDSM | Commissioner, Hong Kong Independent Comission Against Corruption (HONG KONG SAR)
Mrs Nishadi Thennakoon | Deputy Director, Central Bank Of Sri Lanka (SRI LANKA)

INTERNATIONAL MOOT COMPETITION
Final Round
Theatre 1, Level 1, HKCEC
1230 – 1345 Lunch & Networking
Concord & Oasis Rooms, Level 8, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
1400 – 1530 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Enforcement of IP Rights, with a Focus on Counterfeiting Activity in the Asian Region
Room S421, Level 4, HKCEC

The session will focus on:
Enforcing IP Rights in PRC – What options are available & what is most effective
Counterfeiting and Remedies – Is enforcement effective?
Litigation v Mediation – What is best for IP disputes
Domain Name Arbitration – Is the system still delivering effective results?

Moderator
Mr Paul Sugden | Lecturer, Monash University (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
Mr Paul Sugden | Lecturer, Monash University (AUSTRALIA)
Ms Winnie Tam SC | Chairman, Committee on Intellectual Property, Hong Kong Bar Association (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Adelaide Yu | Member of the Intellectual Property Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Cristiano Bacchini | Partner, Bmlex – Bacchini Mazzitelli Law Firm (ITALY)

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
The Importance of the Interpretation and Implementation of the Constitution in the Maintenance of the Rule of Law
Rooms S423 – S424, Level 4, HKCEC

A Constitution creates government and its various branches, apportioning appropriate functions and powers to each. It also establishes principles for protection of the rights of the citizens and forms a blue print for the values of its jurisdiction. The application of constitutional principles and the proper interpretation of the constitution by an independent judiciary ensure the maintenance of the Rule of Law. Speakers will illustrate through examples how the courts have interpreted the constitution in their respective jurisdictions and provide suggestions on possible interpretive principles that could be adopted to understand and apply the constitution to issues that may arise.

Moderator
Dato’ Dr Cyrus V Das | Proprietor, Cyrus Das Advocates & Solicitors
Chair of LAWASIA Constitutional & Rule of Law Committee (MALAYSIA)

Speakers
Dr Xiang Xu | Lecturer, Northwest University of Political Science and Law (CHINA)
Mr Shyam Divan | Senior Advocate, The Bar Association of India (INDIA)
Mr Wesley Wong Wai-Chung, SC, JP | Solicitor General, Department of Justice (HONG KONG SAR)
The Hon Ms Elsie Leung
| Former Secretary for Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Wonsoon Kim
| Attorney, Jipyong LLC (KOREA)

YOUNG LAWYERS
Masterminding the Future: Age of Millennials and Gen-Z Lawyers
Rooms S426 – S427, Level 4, HKCEC

Young lawyers representatives from different jurisdictions will share their thoughts and experiences with individual presentations, focusing on practical tips and techniques for the modern young lawyer to thrive in today’s competitive legal environment, in particular in relation to client management, use and/or understanding of technology within the law firm and exploration of future paths including partnership and in-house opportunities.

The session serves to inspire and equip young lawyers to decode the legal matrix and mastermind their own unique blueprint to their ideal legal career. Experienced practitioners are welcome to participate.

Moderator
Ms Jennifer Windsor | President of NSW Young Lawyers, The Law Society of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
Ms Hin Han Shum | Associate, Squire Patton Boggs (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Louise Wong | Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator and Contact Person for Hong Kong, International Association of Young Lawyers (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Soonsung Lee | Associate Lawyer, Yoon LLC (KOREA)
Mr Zi Li Tay
| Co-executive Partner, Zico Law (VIETNAM)

Commentator
The Hon Robert McDougall QC | 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers (AUSTRALIA)

1530 – 1600 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
Foyer, Level 4, HKCEC
1600 – 1700 Closing Ceremony
Theatre 1, Level 1, HKCEC

  • Summary Remarks
  • MOOT Awards
  • Announcement of 33rd LAWASIA Conference 2020
1700 End of Conference
HKCEC
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