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Session Speakers & Moderators

Dr Martin Abend | The German Federal Bar (GERMANY)

Dr Martin Abend, born in Heilbronn, studied law at the universities of Heidelberg, Lausanne, Geneva and completed his studies at Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 1989. He obtained a Doctor of Law de-gree from the University Heidelberg in 1994. His doctoral dissertation was on inter-national contract law. In 1993 he was admitted to the Saxony Bar. Since 1997 he works as self-employed lawyer in the law firm Abend & Hausö in Dresden in particu-lar in the fields of company law, commercial law, international contract law as well as architectural and engineering contract law.

In 1999 he became member of the Board of the Saxony Bar and held the office of President of the Bar from 2007 to March 2015. Since 1996 Martin Abend is a mem-ber of the Committee of European Affairs of the German Federal Bar. In 2011 he was elected Vice President of the German Federal Bar.

Mr Sunil DB Abeyaratne | Bar Association of Sri Lanka (SRI LANKA)

Sunil D.B. Abeyaratne (Justice of Peace and Unofficial Magistrate) enrolled as an Attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1986. He holds LL.M (Queen Mary College of University of London), MBA (Indira Gandhi National Open University) and Diploma in Forensic Medicine, Science and Toxicology (Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo). He is a PRIME graduate (International trainer) of Junior Chamber International.

He is a practicing Attorney-at-Law in the fields of civil, commercial and criminal law and a Commercial Arbitrator. He is a visiting lecturer and examiner of Sri Lanka Law College, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine of University of Colombo, Department of Law of University of Peradeniya and Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), APIIT Law School and NIBM on ICT Law and related subjects. He is also a lecturer and examiner of the Institute for development of Commercial Laws & Practices (ICLP) and the Arbitration Centre of Kandy (TACK) on Construction and Arbitration Law.

He has been appointed as a researcher of China-South Asia Law Research Centre, Yunnan University, Kunming. He addressed on law relating to Electronic funds Transferring in China and other countries at the Conference organised by All China Law Society and addressed at the training program of regional lawyers held in Kunming in 2017. He will be a speaker of the Belt and Road session at the forthcoming LAWASIA Business Law Conference in Manila, March 2019.

He was instrumental to strengthen relationship between LAWASIA and BASL organising LAWASIA ICT Law Conference 2008 and LAWASIA Business Law Conference 2010 in Colombo heading the organising committees of BASL. He served as LAWASIA Vice President (2015-2016), Exco member (2010 – 2015), Country Councillor / Alternate Councillor (2006-2010) and Acting Country Councillor last year. Sunil headed the sessions committee of the POLA Summit held in Colombo, 2017 and represented the President, BASL at the POLA Conference held in August 2018, Canberra.

Sunil has presented over 100 conference & seminar papers at National and International Conferences including LAWASIA annual, IT Law and Employment Law Conferences, 800th Anniversary celebration of Magna Carta (representing LAWASIA), IBA Conferences and contributed many articles to leading local and international law journals and to the Sri Lankan press on ICT law, Intellectual Property Rights and employment law. He authored the book titled “Introduction to ICT Law”. He is the Chief Editor of “the Business Lawyer” Law and Management annual journal and Compiler of ICT Law Hand Book of BASL (2019).

Currently, he holds the positions of Co-Chair of Data Protection, Communication and Technology Committee and Secretary of the Employment Law Committee of LAWASIA, Bar Council member of BASL, and Exco member of Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka as the Representative of law.

He is also the chairman of the Arbitration Centre of Kandy, the Institute of Legal and Management Studies in Sri Lanka and ICT Lawyers’ Guild of Sri Lanka. He was the Secretary of the BASL (2006-2008) and member of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education in Sri Lanka.

Dr Pinky Anand | Office of Additional Solicitor General of India (INDIA)

Dr Pinky Anand is a designated Senior Advocate and incumbent Additional Solicitor General of India. A Doctorate of Law, graduate of the Harvard Law School and an Inlaks scholar, Honorary Professor at Amity Law School, she is the second woman in India holding this high Constitutional Law office.

Dr Anand is the Alternate Country Councillor (India) of LAWASIA and the Chair of ADR Committee (Business Law Section, LAWASIA). She is the Vice President of Bar Association of India and Incharge International Relations Bar Association of India (IBA, Lawasia, UIA, CLA, IPBA). She represented LAWASIA as Observer to 66th UNCITRAL Conference on Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) at New York in February, 2017 and was a speaker at UNCITRAL Flagship Conference in Incheon, Korea 2016. Dr Anand handles international and domestic major arbitrations in India.

Dr Anand has led India in several international forums including BRICS Legal Forum in Brazil, China and lastly in India. As an International Member of BRICS Legal Forum Steering Committee, she was Delegation Member of MOU signing between the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Bar Association of India January 2017; Speaker at ICH conference at Harvard Kennedy School 2017. Speaker at ICH conference at Harvard Business School 2017. Delivered lecture at HLS Cambridge 2017 on “Judicial Review–Judicial Activism – Judicial Restraint”.

A versatile multifaceted person, social activist, and a leading lawyer in diverse fields, Dr Anand’s accomplishments extend from legal expertise to media to politics to social activities. She has worked tirelessly for the cause of social development and has achieved numerous milestones including development of ADR, development of the country, right of free speech, eradication of malpractices or the protection of children. The causes espoused by her have led us towards milestone changes in the legal fabric. She has been honoured with several awards for excellence in law.

Mr Cristiano Bacchini | Bmlex - Bacchini Mazzitelli Law Firm (ITALY)

Cristiano Bacchini is an Italian lawyer member of the Milan Bar admitted before the Italian Supreme Court and senior partner of the law firm BMLEX. Cristiano is also registered Italian and European Trademark and Design Attorney admitted before UIBM and EUIPO as well as Registered Trademark Attorney before the Patent and Trademark Office of the Republic of Saint Marin. Since 2007 he is trainer and lecturer at qualifying courses for Italian trademark attorneys organized by CONVEY Intelligence & Knowledge of Turin. Since 2013 he is lecturer in seminars relating to chemical and pharmaceutical patents organized by University of Milan. He is member of LES (Licensing Executive Society) and Executive Committee member of the Italian Group of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Protection) Since 2017 is lecturer at the Luiss University in Rome in Food Law (LLM). Since 2015 is member of the International Standing Committee on Design of AIPPI International and member of the International Relations Committee of the Milan Bar (CRINT). Since 2017 is member of the Law firm Committee of INTA (International Trademark Association), Vice President of the European Law Society and member of the IP Practice in Europe Committee of AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Organization). Cristiano is Author and Contributing Author of publications concerning IP among which “Design Rights – Functionality and Scope of Protection”, Kluwer Law International, 2017, and “Tribunale unificato dei Brevetti e brevetto unitario – UPC and Unitary Patent”, Wolters Kluwer 2019.

Mr Bernard Banks | Gibson Sheat Lawyers (NEW ZEALAND)

Bernard is a part time Consultant at Gibson Sheat Lawyers, in Wellington, New Zealand and a former Partner and Consultant at Kiely Thompson Caisley in Auckland and Wellington. His current role focuses on immigration law and he has previously worked in both employment and immigration law in practice.

Bernard consults on issues of employment law and labour market regulation and reform in the Asia Pacific region. In recent years, this has included project roles for international organisations in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Fiji.

Bernard regularly travels to South East Asia, particularly Malaysia and Vietnam, and he greatly enjoys his professional relationships with employment law colleagues in the region.
He is Chair of LAWASIA’s Employment Law Committee and has been at the centre of the Committee’s activities in the Asia Pacific region for many years.

Bernard is an Executive Committee member of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council and serves as the Council’s Laos Chapter Chair.

He is a co-author of Mazengarb’s Employment Law text book and a joint editor of the Employment Law Bulletin. He has presented papers on labour law, immigration law and related issues at numerous conferences in New Zealand and overseas.

Ms Chanakarn Boonyasith | Siam City Law Offices Limited (THAILAND)

Chanakarn Boonyasith specialises in commercial law, labour & employment law and commercial contracts. As well as attaining her first law degree (LLB) from Chulalongkorn University (with first class honour), she obtained her Masters (LLM) from University College London (with merit and LLM Bentham Scholarship). She began her legal training in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, litigation, banking and finance, as well as securities law with the Bangkok office of the global law firm White & Case (now Weerawong C&P Ltd).

Highly efficient and committed to her practice, she advises multinational clients on matters of private and public transactions from a wide range of industries, such as insurance, resorts and hotels, transportation, department stores, warehouses, airlines, universities and the renewable energy sector. Well prepared to implement client’s needs, particularly regarding commercial contracts and labour law matters with a focus on current situations, she supports domestic and international clients with timely and up-to-date advice.
Chanakarn is a qualified Notarial Services Attorney. At present, she is a member of the Thai Bar Association, Lawyers Council of Thailand, International Bar Association (IBA), German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Furthermore, Chanakarn has been a guest speaker on Thai employment law and Thai personal data protection law in various domestic and international events. She is also a part-time lecturer for a few universities in Thailand and a regular contributor to a number of domestic and international law journals.

Mr Tim D Castle FCIArb | Barrister (AUSTRALIA)

Tim D Castle has over 20 years experience at the Australian Bar, working in a broad range of commercial matters at the trial and appellate level. Recent cases have included disputes in relation to contracts, joint ventures, banker and customer claims, insurance contracts, marine cargo claims, franchising and insolvency. Tim has also worked in recent years as a Senior Executive at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, a law firm partner and an in-house counsel, having commenced legal practice as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), has been Chair of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia, Deputy Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s International Law Section and is the immediate past Chair of the Australian Bar Association’s International Committee. Tim is also Chair of the UNCITRAL Committee of LAWASIA and has a keen interest in cross-border insolvency.

Mr Nick Chan, MH | Squire Patton Boggs (HONG KONG SAR)

Nick Chan, recipient of a Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Government, is a Technology Lawyer with a deep technical background, having a computer science degree and studied Artificial Intelligence. He served in-house at two Fortune 100 technology companies AT&T and Cisco Systems where he had regional responsibilities. Nick is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a top ten most global law firm with 47 offices in 20 countries.

Nick is the Chairman of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre, a joint community LawTech effort to provide better and more cost-efficient access to justice by adopting and deploying the latest technology and solid legal knowledge.

Nick is devoted to advance the Rule of Law, innovation, technology, education and the broader community, serving as Legal Aid Services Council member, Law Society Council Member and Vice Chairman of InnoTech Committee and Belt and Road Committee, as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Council Member, Vice Chairman of Knowledge Transfer Committee and IPO Industrial Fellowship Enrichment Program Fellow, and as Chairman and committee member for several Hong Kong Government appeal boards, as committee member serving on academic boards at CityU and HKU, and serves on the Entrepreneurship Programme Management Committee for PolyU. Nick also serves as advisory committee member of the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Venture Fund.

Mr Pierre Chan | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Pierre Chan’s practice focuses on Hong Kong and regional tax advisory, tax dispute resolution and succession planning. He advises multinational companies, financial institutions, insurance companies as well as investment and pension funds with respect to their income tax and stamp duty issues, as well as tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions. He also advises wealthy families in relation to their succession planning as well as the legal and tax issues arising from their businesses.

Over the years, Mr. Chan has advised and represented taxpayers in relation to various major tax disputes in Hong Kong. He also advises charitable institutions with respect to their establishment and governance.

Mr Niten Chauhan | JPC Law (UNITED KINGDOM)

Niten Chauhan is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department and Head of Insolvency and Restructuring at JPC Law. Prior to becoming a solicitor he worked with a multinational firm of accountants and a global investment bank before choosing to qualify as a lawyer.

The valuable financial experience he gained prior to entering the legal profession coupled with his strong legal acumen led him to a career in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution with a particular specialism in Corporate Insolvency matters from liquidations to administrations.

In turn, Niten has acted for a multitude of clients, both foreign and domestic with cases having varied from matters in the County Courts to the High Court as well as the Court of Appeal.

In 2012, he successfully obtained a substantial Security of Costs Order against the petitioning party in a complex shareholders’ dispute which went on to be reported case handed down by the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales.

In 2013, Niten was asked to advise a bridging lender who had fallen victim to a significant property fraud. Despite the fraudster’s conveyancers purporting not to have done anything wrong his keen eye for detail uncovered flaws in their arguments which lead to a swift and substantial settlement for his client.

In turn, Niten was approached a property development company who had similarly been defrauded as part of a fraudulent transaction. Since 2014, Niten has represented P&P Property Limited in their multi-million pound claim against both the solicitors acting for the fraudster and the estate agents that introduced him to them. In 2018, Niten succeeded in obtaining judgement from the Court of Appeal and, in turn, recovered the defrauded monies, consequential damages and costs for his innocent client.

Therefore, whether clients need a focused and methodical approach to urgently obtain a worldwide freezing order or the pragmatism and understanding to help reach a settlement in a case which has been litigated for years, Niten has utilised his commercial strengths and many more qualities in order to achieve successful outcomes for them.

Furthermore, as a the firm’s International Partner he has travelled to many countries, learning about their varied legal systems and, in turn, been instructed on a wide range of work for clients based in different jurisdictions, particularly cases of international arbitration and mediation.

As a result he is often invited to speak at overseas seminars, particularly LAWASIA where he has chaired both the Insolvency and Restructuring session and the Dispute Resolution session and is now a member of the Asia-Euro Business Law group providing key updates on the opportunities for the two regions to work closer together.

Niten also takes the time to help develop the next generation of legal professionals by giving seminars, leading panel discussions and judging Annual Moot Competitions.

He is also a keen promoter of diversity within the legal profession having been a former executive member of the Society of Asian Lawyers. In turn, he was pivotal in organising business and networking events, including the Society’s Annual Ball and continues to this day to help raise significant funds for charitable causes around the world.

Ms Vena Cheng | Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (HONG KONG SAR)

Vena Cheng is a senior consultant in Akin Gump’s litigation practice. She focuses on white collar and government defense and dispute resolution.

Over the past decade, Vena has advised major Chinese and foreign companies on a wide variety of internal investigations, white collar criminal defense and antitrust matters, as well as complex commercial disputes. Vena has extensive experience assisting companies facing regulatory scrutiny under various U.S. and Hong Kong laws. She has conducted internal investigations and defended U.S. and Asian companies in enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ relating to conduct in Asia.

Vena has also assisted many clients in due diligence for transactions relating to acquisitions of Asian companies. She has a deep understanding of practices across a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, medical devices and pharmaceutical and technology.

Mr Rajan Chettiar | Rajan Chettiar LLC (SINGAPORE)

After having qualified as a barrister-at-law in England and admitted to the Singapore Bar in March 1997, Rajan Chettiar worked in one of the oldest and prestigious law firms in Singapore. Having caught the entrepreneur bug and a strong desire to use his legal skills to assist individuals, he then set up the firm of Rajan Chettiar & Co in 2003 which specialises in all aspects of family and personal laws. He is currently the Managing Director of Rajan Chettiar LLC.

He is an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and a Court appointed volunteer mediator of the State Courts and Family Justice Courts in Singapore. He mediates civil, criminal and family matters. He also runs one of the first private mediation company in Singapore, Resolvers Pte Ltd which offers mediation services to assist parties to resolve their matters through mediation instead of resorting to litigation.

He is one of the first collaborative lawyers in Singapore and handled the first collaborative family law case in Singapore in early 2013. He is appointed as a Child Representative by the Family Justice Courts to assist the Court on complex child custody and access cases. He is a trained Parent Coordinator and a Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) Certified Mediator. He is also qualified to mediate cross border family disputes.

In 2016, he was recognised as an Outstanding Volunteer (Advocate and Solicitor category) by the State Courts in Singapore. He has also been recognized for his contributions to the Law Society of Singapore on 2 occasions.

He has been appointed to be a director of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals in the United States of America. He is the second Asian to serve on the Board.

An active member of the Law Society of Singapore, he was a past member of the Council of the Law Society of Singapore and currently serves in it is various committees.

He is regularly featured in the local newspapers, radio and television in Singapore on family related issues. A prolific writer, he writes a monthly column in the Singapore Law Gazette.

Ms Christina Choi | Securities and Futures Commission (HONG KONG SAR)

Ms Choi is a member of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). She is also an Executive Director with responsibility for the Investment Products Division, which is responsible for authorising and supervising collective investment schemes and other investment products as well as for the development and implementation of the SFC’s asset management strategy and policies.

Ms Choi has been with the SFC for over 10 years. She has extensive regulatory knowledge and experience in the policies and requirements for investment products both in Hong Kong and internationally. She played a lead role in the design and launch of various mutual recognition of funds (MRF) arrangements between Hong Kong and other jurisdictions, in particular the ground-breaking MRF arrangements with Mainland China.

Prior to joining the SFC, Ms Choi practised as a solicitor in Hong Kong and was a partner of the Corporate Group of the international law firm, Clifford Chance.

Ms Choi chairs the Products Advisory Committee and the Committee on Real Estate Investment Trusts. She also sits on the SFC (HKEC Listing) Committee and the Executive Committee. She is also a member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Financial Services Advisory Committee and Asian Financial Forum Steering Committee.

Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy | Supreme Court of Singapore (SINGAPORE)

Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy was appointed a Judicial Commissioner in 2012 and a Judge in 2013. His docket concentrates on domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters, commercial and contractual disputes, company law, trusts and arbitration. Before his appointment to the bench in 2012, he practised for 20 years as an advocate at the commercial bar in Singapore.

Dato’ Dr Cyrus V Das | Cyrus Das Advocates & Solicitors (MALAYSIA)

Dato’ Cyrus Das (LLB (Hons); Ph.D is a senior legal practitioner at the Malaysian Bar. He was Past President, Malaysian Bar Council from 1997 to 1999, and is presently Honorary Life President, Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA). He is a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators; Adjunct Professor of Law, HELP University Kuala Lumpur. He is the immediate Past President of the MSLSSL.

Mr John Davidson | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

John Davison is a solicitor admitted in Queensland, England and Wales and Hong Kong. He joined the Registrar General’s Department of the Hong Kong Government in 1972 and worked mostly in the land division of the department.

He joined private practice in Hong Kong in 1987 and is a partner of Kao, Lee & Yip specializing in land development, Buildings Ordinance practice and town planning.

He was a member of the Town Planning Board from 1990 to 1998. He is the Chairman of the Land Use, Planning and Environment Law Committee of the Law Society and has taken part in several projects studying the Government’s land and building development procedures.

Mr Simon Davis | The Law Society of England and Wales (UK)

Simon Davis is a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP London and the President of the Law Society of England and Wales. He is a former President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, Member of the Council of the Law Society, Committee Member of the City of London Law Society, Member of the Court of Appeal Mediation Panel and an accredited CEDR mediator.

Simon deals with the full range of problems likely to cross the desk of an in-house lawyer at financial institutions and corporates, including post-acquisition claims, directors’ duties, dealing with regulators, parliamentary committee hearings, shareholder disputes, joint venture issues, internal and external investigations, breaches of confidence and defamation.

Mr David De Alwis | Aitken Partners (AUSTRALIA)

David De Alwis is a Senior Associate in the Family Law team at Aitken Partners – a mid-tier full-service law firm based in Melbourne, Australia.

Since commencing his career as a Family Lawyer, David has acted in cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction providing private representation (assisting the State Central Authority) for both the left behind parent and also representing parents who seek to argue that the provisions of the Convention do not apply.

David’s work has involved children from South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Belgium and Sri Lanka. David has a strong interest in the workings and operations of the Convention and how it interacts with local laws across signatory countries. Of particular interest to David are the mechanisms available for the return of children taken to non-convention countries, the two largest being India and the Peoples Republic of China.

David otherwise practices in all aspects of complex family law with a focus on cross-border and intercultural relationships

Outside of work, David has a keen interest in travel and cricket

Mr Pieter de Ridder | Mayer Brown (SINGAPORE)

Pieter de Ridder is the Managing Partner of Mayer Brown’s Singapore office and a member of the firm’s Global Tax Transactions and Consulting Group where he represents Asia. Pieter was previously based in Indonesia and Hong Kong and has been based in Singapore since 1996, advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work. His practice focuses on advising on tax efficient structures with respect to direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity, supply chain, intellectual property and real property structures into or from Asia. He is an accredited tax adviser by the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Practitioners.

Education
• Tax Academy of Singapore, Accredited Tax Adviser on Income Tax (SIATP)
• University of Leiden, LLB, LLM

Activities
• Vice President, Executive Committee, International Fiscal Association Singapore
• Member, Board of Editors, Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin of the Bureau of Fiscal Documentation

Ms Tracy Diamond | Castalia Compliance Limited (UK/HONG KONG SAR)

Tracy Diamond is a financial services industry professional with 20+ years experience. She is a Qualified Lawyer in England and Wales and has global experience based in London, Switzerland and Hong Kong as the Head of Compliance for private equity and banking firms.

She is founder and CEO of Castalia Compliance Limited, a wholly independent compliance and legal consultancy firm based in Hong Kong focusing on European regulation to the Asian market. She advises firms on risk management and mitigation, corporate governance and compliance – creating compliance programmes to meet relevant regulations, implementing strategic changes to further efficiencies and delivery of training. She is a regular contributor to private equity industry publications on changes in regulation, the rise of regulatory technology and the evolving compliance industry. Recent work includes advising firms on European data protection laws with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), trading venue terms as a result of MiFID II and the increased emphasis on personal liability for company officers through the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR). She was shortlisted as Compliance Officer of the Year at the 2018 Women in Compliance Awards.

Additionally, she is a supporter of diversity throughout the legal and finance professions and she has held chairwoman positions in Boards tackling the issue on gender diversity and is a Research Director for the Social Mobility Business Partnership.

Dr James Ding | Department of Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HONG KONG SAR)

Dr James Ding is a Principal Government Counsel and the Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. He advises the government on various public and private international law issues, and participates in international negotiations. He has published on different subjects of international law and international cooperation and has given various presentations at international and regional law conferences, including more recently, the UNCITRAL 50th Anniversary Congress and the 2nd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit in 2017, various APEC workshops in 2018 and the UNCITRAL Public-Private Partnerships Conference in January 2019.

Dr Ding has also held positions in different international bodies. He was seconded to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) in the Netherlands from 2001-2002. He was a member of the Drafting Committee for the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance in 2007 and an independent expert of the UNESCO-UNIDROIT Expert Committee on States’ Ownership on Cultural Heritage from 2010-2011. He was the Chair of the HCCH Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention in 2016 and the Chair of the HCCH Working Group on the Authentication of Documents Generated by Supranational and Intergovernmental Organisations in 2017. He is also currently the Chair of the APEC Economic Committee.

He obtained LL.B. (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong, LL.M. from Kyushu University, Japan (under the Japanese Government Monbusho scholarship) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. He became a barrister in Hong Kong in 1997 and joined the Department of Justice in 1999. He also taught on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong between 1998 and 1999.

Mr Shyam Divan | The Bar Association of India (INDIA)

Mr Shyam Divan is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. His areas of practice cover most branches of civil litigation including banking, securities law, arbitration, administrative law and environmental law. He has appeared for citizens’ groups in a host of civil liberties and constitutional cases. He represented the petitioners seeking the right to privacy and in the case of decriminalizing homosexuality in India.

Mr Divan is the co-author of Environmental Law and Policy in India (2nd Edition, 2001, Oxford) and has more recently authored a chapter on Public Interest Litigation in Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (2016, Oxford) as well as a chapter on Civil Liberties and Biometrics in Dissent on Aadhaar (2019, Orient Blackswan).

Mr Divan is Co-Chair of the Human Rights Section at LAWASIA as well as the Vice-President of LAWASIA and The Bar Association of India.

Mr Philip Dykes SC | Hong Kong Bar Association (HONG KONG SAR)

Philip studied English Language & Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford but decided to become a barrister in 1975, his last year at university. He joined Lincoln’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 1977. After pupillage in Manchester, he joined chambers there and practised on the Northern Circuit for seven years. He had a general common law practice.

In 1985 Philip joined the Attorney General’s Chambers in Hong Kong as a Crown Counsel. After a spell as a prosecutor he moved to the Legal Policy Division, which served the Solicitor General and Attorney General.

In 1989 Philip was appointed an Assistant Solicitor General with special responsibilities for producing a Bill of Rights. In the next two years Philip worked with the drafting team that eventually produced the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance. He also advised policy branches and government departments on the likely impact of the new law.

He was for a time part of the Hong Kong government contingent on the British side in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group. He was also a member of the United Kingdom
delegation reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 1991 on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as it applied to Hong Kong.

Philip left government service at the end of 1991 and went into private practice. He was one of the last barristers to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997. He served on the Bar Council for many years and became its Chairman in 2005 and served for 2 years. He was elected Chairman for the third time in January 2018 and the fourth time in January 2019.

Philip has developed a practice in constitutional and administrative law. He has appeared for both applicants and respondents in judicial review proceedings, including cases before the Privy Council before 1997 and the Court of Final Appeal after then. Philip has an established practice in immigration law, appearing first for Vietnamese refugees and asylum seekers in the early 1990’s and then later for Mainlanders seeking to establish their status as permanent residents under the Basic Law. More recently he has been involved in several cases concerning persons who have claimed protection against refoulement under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Philip has appeared in cases concerning mutual legal assistance, including extradition matters. He has also handled election cases ranging from petition cases to constitutional challenges on restrictions on voting and standing for election. Philip also undertakes disciplinary cases and other regulatory work. He appears occasionally in the Court of Appeal and Court of First Instance in criminal appeals.

Mr Warren Ganesh | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Warren works as a Senior Consultant in private practice for the law firm RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) in Hong Kong. He qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1998 (currently, in practice) and in England & Wales in 1990 (currently, not in practice). Before his present position, Warren worked for two international law firms in Hong Kong and taught post-graduate law students.

Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Warren spent extended periods of time working on high profile multi-jurisdictional disputes in places such as London, Abu Dhabi and Bombay. He has travelled extensively and has lived and worked in various different jurisdictions.

Besides being a commercial disputes resolution lawyer, Warren writes extensively on various regulatory and compliance issues, including anti-money laundering trends in Hong Kong. He also writes extensively about legal professional privilege.

Warren is a Council Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and a member of the Editorial Board of the Hong Kong Lawyer (the official journal of the Law Society of Hong Kong). He has served on numerous professional committees since 2005. Warren’s views are his own and, as a moderator or panellist, he does not purport speak on behalf of anyone else.

Mr Saroj K Ghimre | Supreme Court of Nepal (NEPAL)

Saroj K. Ghimire is an Attorney at Law at Supreme Court of Nepal. He is also the Treasurer of Supreme Court Bar Association and Managing Partner at Himalayan Lawyers & Associates. He holds dual LL.M from India and UK and is an Asst. Prof of Law at Tribhuvan University for constitutional law and commercial law. Mr Ghimire has instrumental experience law practitioner, researcher, academic, speaker and resource person in the constitutional matters including rule of law, human rights and PIL. He has conducted multiple trainings and presented papers all over the country for lawyers, politicians, academic and members of First and Second Constituent Assemblies during constitution making process of Nepal. He has excellent track records of reviewing bills, policies delegated legislations, rules and regulations, advising on legislation drafting, writing commentaries on various legal matters including constitution and administrative laws. Mr Ghimire was also privileged to be part in the advising lawyers’ team to advise the former President of Nepal, the Chief Ministers and the Committee of federal parliament on constitutional, legislation and delegated legislations.

Mr Ghimire has been the Speaker on constitutional and human conferences including Annual Conference of International Bar Associations (IBA) in Sydney, Annual Conference of IBA in Seoul, LAWASIA in its 1st Human Rights Conference in India, 2nd China-South Asia Legal Forum in China, SAARC Law Conference and LAWASIA Conference in Kathmandu apart from National and Provincial Conferences on constitution, law and development and human, and human rights. Mr Ghimire has delivered guest lectures at the Universities of various jurisdiction including India, USA, China and UK on various constitutional and investment matters. He has also attended training and legal courses in China, Sweden, Myanmar, Thailand and India. He also contributes articles in the law journals and has been interviewed by national in international journals on constitutional matters. He was also the Secretary for the Constitutional Law Committees of Nepal Bar Association (NBA) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and now holds the position of Member Secretary for the International Bar Relation Committee of NBA and Committee for Global Relation and Professional Development of SCBA. Me Ghimire is also the Conference In-Charge for the ‘2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference’ to be hosted by Supreme Court Bar Association in Kathmandu, Nepal in the year 2020.

Dr Asanga Gunawansa | Colombo Law Alliance / Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre (SRI LANKA)

Dr. Asanga Gunawansa holds a Ph.D. in law from the National University of Singapore and an LL.M in International Economic Law from University of Warwick, England. He is an Attorney–at‐ Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, with over 26 years of experience as a lawyer. He is currently heading the Colombo law Alliance, a Law Chamber in Colombo Sri Lanka, which specialises in legal aspects of Project Financing, Public Private Partnerships, Public procurement Law, Construction Law, Environmental Law and Arbitration. Dr. Gunawansa is also the Chairman of the Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre. He is an Adjunct associate Professor of the University of Moratuwa and a Member of the Board of Studies of the Council of Legal Education. He is an Honorary Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka, Chamber of Construction Industry, and the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects.

Outside Sri Lanka, Dr. Gunawansa is an Advisor to the Green Climate Fund, South Korea and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law of the National University of Singapore, and an International Researcher attached to the Institute of Water Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. He is also an Arbitrator with the Asian Arbitration Centre, Malaysia, Thailand Arbitration Centre, SAARC Arbitration Council and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration China.

In the past, Dr. Gunawansa had worked for the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Amma, Westbank and Gaza. During the period 2007 – 2012 he taught construction law, water law and environmental law at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Gunawansa has published several book including the Case Book Series on Asia Pacific Construction Law published by Lexis and many of his articles have been published in international and local peer reviewed and professional journals.

Prof Yasushi Higashizawa | Meijigakuin University, Graduate School of Law (JAPAN)

Prof Yasushi Higashizawa, an attorney at law admitted in Japan, States of New York and California, USA, is a partner of the Nishi Tokyo Kyodo Law Offices (Tokyo) and a professor of the Meiji Gakuin University (Tokyo). He has been actively engaged in human rights advocacy at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA).

Prof Higashizawa serves as a Co-Chair of the Human Rights Section of the LAWASIA as well as a Counselor to the President of the Union Internationale des Avocats. He also served, among others, as a chair of the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) of the JFBA, a Council Member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBA-HRI) and a ExCo. Member of the International Criminal Bar (ICB). Major areas of his practice and study include international criminal law, business and human rights, refugee law and protection of legal profession.

Mr Dennis Ho | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Dennis Chi Kuen Ho is a solicitor, a mediator and a part-time lecturer. He practices Family Laws for over 30 years. He is the Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Family Proceedings Court Users’ Committee of the Judiciary of Hong Kong. He has given lectures and talks on Family Laws for over 20 years to lawyers, social workers and students. He was a part-time lecturer for Family Laws to Juris Doctorates in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Juris Doctorates in the Hong Kong City University. He is an adjunct professor to the Hong Kong Shue Yan University since 2010 and adjunct professor to the Hong Kong City University for 2017 – 2019. He is a member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Experts’ Group on cross-border recognition and enforcement of agreements in family disputes involving children since August 2015. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, this is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries. He is also one of the first group of trained practitioners for Collaborative Practice in Hong Kong, another Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve family disputes and he is a trained Parent Coordinator.

Mr Stephan A Hofer | GHR Rechtsanwälte AG (SWITZERLAND)

Stephan Hofer joined GHR Rechtsanwälte AG in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as legal counsel at Carnegie Fund Services Ltd. in Geneva and at UBS Fund Management (Switzerland) Ltd. in Basel.

Stephan Hofer advises national and international clients on corporate and commercial law, includ-ing food safety law, in M&A transactions (particularly restructuring, acquisitions, mergers and settlement) as well as on data protection matters. Furthermore, he advises financial intermediar-ies as well as HNWIs on banking and collective investment scheme matters and supports on the incorporation of private investment vehicles.

Mr Hofer studied at the University of Bern (MLaw 2011). Since 2013 he admitted as an Attorney-at-Law and since 2015 he finished his education as a Swiss Fund and Asset Management Officer (SFAMO).

Dr Brian, Hsiang-Yang Hsieh | Formosa Transnational (TAIWAN)

Dr Brian, Hsiang-Yang Hsieh is a partner of Formosa Transnational, one of the largest firms in Taiwan. Dr Hsieh is a member the firm’s Department of Law and Technology. He focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property, constitutional law, administrative law, data protection, competition, as well as media and entertainment law.

Dr Hsieh is an information privacy expert. He addressed information privacy and data protection issues in depth in his J.S.D. dissertation. Dr Hsieh has been teaching constitutional law and administrative law in academic institutions for years. He has been invited to give speech and lectures on data protection issues; one of his recent speech was titled “Global Trends and Local Developments in Data Protection: GDPR vs. CCPA.”

Dr Hsieh is an experienced litigator in the intellectual property field. In 2016, he successfully obtained from the IP Court a verdict in a trade secret misappropriation case, where the IP Court awarded to his client an enhanced damage of approximately US$ 50.7 million. That verdict was one of the highest damage award on the IP Court’s record. In addition, Dr. Hsieh helped one of his clients to bring an IP law issue before Taiwan’s Constitutional Court, which granted a decision addressing the organization and operation of Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Court.

Dr Hsieh also practices administrative law. He has counseled on and handled a wide range of regulatory and administrative law matters for many global companies in the industries of technologies, e-commerce, online platform, etc. In 2018, he represented an online platform in lawsuit proceedings against regulator’s massive penalties and eventually obtained favorable rulings from the Administrative Supreme Court. Dr Hsieh has been teaching administrative law in academic institutions for years.

Dr Hsieh is an active member of Taiwan Criminal Defense Attorney Association, which is dedicated to reforming Taiwan’s criminal procedure system and to training and developing younger lawyers’ advocacy skills. Dr Hsieh has been lecturing sessions in direct/cross examination.

Mr Ningning (Henry) Huang | Shanghai Bar Association (CHINA)

Mr Huang has rich experience in the following areas: cross-border investment and financing, M&A, financial service innovation, commercial dispute settlement. His services include the structural design of cross-border investment, management of onshore and offshore M&A; financial services, in particular, the services relating to innovation and financial regulatory compliance He is also an expert in corporate and commercial dispute settlement.

Professional Experience
-Mr Huang used to work as senior executive for American International Group (AIG) and AIA Insurance Co., Ltd. (AIA), and has in-depth knowledge and practical experiences on the internal control and corporate structural matters of multinational companies.
-Mr Huang has an extensive range of clients, including large-scale state owned enterprises, listed companies, multinational companies, financial institutions, private owned enterprises and etc.
-Mr Huang had extensive experiences in leading the onshore and offshore legal teams to complete deals and transactions with complicated structures.
-Mr Huang has in-depth knowledge on the Free Trade Zone issues in China. He also coordinates Grandall’s Belt & Road related legal services.

Mr Stephen Hung | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Mr Stephen Hung has been a member of Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong (“the Law Society”) since 2003. Mr Hung was elected as President of the Law Society from August 2014 to May 2016. Mr Hung holds the office of Past President at present. He is currently the Chairman of the Law Society’s Legal Education Committee.

As a representative of the Law Society, Mr Hung serves on the PCLL Academic Board of the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and City University of Hong Kong and Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission.

In his own capacity, Mr Hung serves on the Higher Rights Assessment Board, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, the Law Reform Commission, Sub-committee on Causing or Allowing the Death of a Child, the Communications Authority, the Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme Vetting Committee, the Lump Sum Grant Steering Committee, and the Financial Reporting Council.

Mr Hung is an Adjunct Professor of Law of Hong Kong Shue Yan University and the Law School of Beijing Normal University. A Visiting Professor of the Faculty of International Law of China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. He is also a Part-time Lecturer in Criminal Advocacy of the University of Hong Kong.

Mr Hung was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1995. He is currently a Partner of Messrs. Li & Partners.

Ms Keiko Imazato | Mugita Law Office (JAPAN)

Keiko Imazato is an attorney admitted in 1988 in Japan and in 1998 in the State of New York, graduated from Kyoto University (BA) and George Washington University (LLM). She is a litigator in the field of international family disputes including 1980 Hague Convention cases and international divorce and custody cases, as well as an expert witness in relocation cases outside Japan. She is the chair of Hague Convention Committee of Tokyo Bar Association and a member of Family Law Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

She is one of the leaders in Japan introducing mediation and collaborative practice in the field of cross-border family disputes, working as mediator/conciliator for various institutions such as Tokyo Summary Court, Tokyo Bar Association ADR Center, MiKK (Germany), Singapore International Mediation Centre, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. She is working as a Certified Trust Practitioner and member of a Civil Trust Centre.

Mr Shigehiko Ishimoto | Mori Hamada&Matsumoto (JAPAN)

Shigehiko Ishimoto, an attorney-at-law admitted in Japan (1994) and New York (2001), is a partner of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, one of the leading law firms in Japan. As a core member of the firm’s China and Asia Practice Group and Trade law Practice Group, and chief representative of its Shanghai office, he has been dealing with a large number of investment and transaction cases related to China and other East Asian jurisdictions, and also has abundant experience in advising Japanese trade law issues to Japanese and foreign companies.

Education: University of Tokyo( LL. B. 1992), New York University School of Law (LL. M. International Legal Studies, 2000), with Hughes Hubbard & Reed (New York, 2000).

Mr Shreyas Jayasimha | Aarna Law (INDIA)

Shreyas is the Founding Partner of Aarna Law. His key practice areas include dispute resolution, white collar crimes, and aviation, among others. A Chevening Scholar from the University of Warwick, his expertise lies varied fields such as intellectual property law, regulatory investigations, company law. Shreyas’ impressive list of achievements include being listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration from 2010 to 2017. Shreyas was also selected as the only India-based practitioner by ICC FraudNet, Paris. In 2014, Shreyas was awarded Lawyer of the Year for Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and the Under 40 Rising Star in 2016. Shreyas has also sat as arbitrator in the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and International Court of Arbitration (ICC). Further, he has been a speaker at numerous arbitration seminars in London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore to name a few.

Mr Min Jiang | All China Lawyers Association (CHINA)

Vice President and Spokesperson of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA), Director of the Committee of Legal Counsel of ACLA, arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center) and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, member of the 4th and 5th Committee of Acquisition and Reorganization of L is ted Companies of CSRC (China Securities Regulatory Commission).

Mr Camille Jojo | Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Camille has over 35 years of litigation and arbitration experience in Hong Kong and Asia and has been granted higher rights of audience enabling him to appear before the High Court and Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. He has served on the Law Society Insolvency Law Reform Committee since 1996 and qualified as an arbitrator in 1997. Camille regularly advises on high profile insolvency litigation and restructuring cases, and is frequently invited to speak at Insolvency events, alongside other distinguished practitioners and individuals in the insolvency community.

Camille also handles a wide range of corporate litigation covering a myriad of joint venture, shareholder and contractual disputes; financial disputes; contentious trust and probate cases, regulatory investigations; administrative law and professional negligence cases.

He was recently named Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2018 by ALB Hong Kong Law Awards.

Mr Will Jones | Sayer & Jones (AUSTRALIA)

Will is an Australian qualified Lawyer, working exclusively in Family Law. Between 2005 – 2010 Will worked for the English firm Dentons – the world’s largest law firm – having been based principally in the Middle East and Japan.

Following his return to Australia, Will shifted the focus of his practice to Family Law exclusively. His robust and comprehensive regulatory skill set, developed abroad, when combined with his empathetic and sensitive nature, sees Will perfectly placed to assist parties in the completion of their Family Law financial settlement.

Having developed his technical abilities in cross-border commercial practice, Will is particularly strong on advising clients on the division of relationship asset pools that are complex in their structure. This includes those involving trusts (being family trusts, unit trusts and associated corporate vehicles) and commercial assets. Will chooses to not ignore the reality of trusts/corporate structuring when advising clients on their Family Law rights and obligations.

He looks for ways to maintain the sanctity of business/commercial assets whilst ensuring the financial relationship between a separating couple is brought to an end. He is relentless in his pursuit of identifying assets and/or protecting them. At the same time, he is quick to advise when that exercise is superfluous to a party’s needs and will only serve to increase levels of acrimony and costs. This forthright and deliberate approach provides clients with comfort knowing they will receive/retain their full Family Law financial entitlement. He aims to be systematic and strategic in ensuring this takes place as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Given his background in drafting commercial agreements, Will has a unique and complete competency in drafting Binding Financial Agreements (“BFAs”). He sees BFAs as a real opportunity to give certainty to individuals, their families and any third party business partners by quarantining family assets/commercial interests/Trust assets against a relationship breakdown. Will also understands a BFA’s capacity to be utilised to protect a party’s inheritance entitlements and promote their succession planning objectives. Will has a particular experience in this complex area of law. He is currently advising: (i) families participating in succession planning by securing the family business assets and trust assets from any separation events involving children and grandchildren, who now have fundamental roles in the business ownership structure and operations; and (ii) participants in new commercial enterprises by securing the relevant business assets from being captured as ‘relationship property’ should a shareholder/participant separate from their personal relationship.

A lateral thinker, Will has also forged a reputation assisting third parties entrenched in Family Law disputes including not for profit organisations; business partners of separating couples; and Trustees in Bankruptcy.

As an extension to his capacity to advise parties on their Family Law property entitlements, Will also assists his clients in finalising the parenting arrangements for children of a relationship that has come to an end. He does this carefully and with due consideration to the sensitivities involved with lawyers having to assist parties in determining the ongoing arrangements for their children’s care. He ensures that an appropriate level of diligence and strategy is applied to protecting his clients’ rights on parenting matters. He takes whatever steps are necessary to achieve a client’s objectives in this regard.

Mr Ryan Il Kang | Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (KOREA)

Il KANG is a partner in Bae, Kim and Lee LLC’s Antitrust team. His practice focuses on competition law, intellectual property rights, merger and acquisition and telecommunications, media & technology.

Since he joined Bae, Kim and Lee LLC in 2006, he has represented domestic and foreign clients in a wide variety of industries in connection with market dominance, cartel matters, merger and acquisition, unfair trade activities, litigation, counselling and compliance before the Korean Fair Trade Commission and various foreign competition authorities. Recently he has also defended substantive investigation involving license agreements of intellectual property rights and antitrust issues in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices industries.

He has delivered lectures on competition law in the master of intellectual property course of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and is a frequent speaker at diverse institutes. He regularly writes articles on competition issues and participated in writing the legal publication, “Fair Transaction Act in Large distribution Industry, cases and theories, with lawyers in Bae, Kim and Lee LLC’s Antitrust team.

Mr Wonsoon Kim | Lawfirm Jipyong LLC (KOREA)

WonSoon Kim is an associate with the Seoul office of Jipyong LLC and is a member of Jipyong’s Finance & Securities Practice Group. He represents companies in various industries and stages of development, from pre-incorporation planning and entity formation to debt or equity financing, and through the M&A or IPO process.

His practice focuses on representing financial institutions, corporate clients and private equity sponsors in connection with private equity investments, project finance, structured finance transactions, and the formation and restructuring of credit facilities. He also represents public and private clients on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters and regulatory compliance. He also has experience in securities offerings and Fintech(Financial Technology).

He is a Certified Securities Investment Advisor and Derivatives Investment Advisor. He is also an active member of the Association of Capital Market Law and he currently serves as the Assistant Administrator of the Association of Capital Market Law.

He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Commercial Law at Seoul National University School of Law. He received his JD from Seoul National University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Berkeley (awarded Highest Distinction which is equivalent to Summa Cum Laude). Prior to his undergraduate, he graduated from Korean Minjok Leadership Academy. He also worked as an undergraduate researcher at a UC Berkeley Professor DellaVigna’s Behavioral Economics Team for one and a half year.

On top of that, he had always had a deep interest in constitutional law and research on legislative issues. His research interests are in the areas of basic right, the constitution and the free market economy, democratic and peaceful unification of Korea, commercial law and capital market law, particularly legal currency and cryptocurrency issue. His works on constitutional law and behavioral economics have been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Below is the list of his publications.

① A Study of Occupational Freedom in the German and Korean Constitutions and Examination of the Constitutionality of the Korean Law School’s Admission System, KLRI Journal of Law and Legislation, Volume 8, No 2, Korea Legislation Research Institute (Dec. 2018)
② An Examination of the problem in the interpretation and application of the National Security Act presented in the court’s decisions, Constitutional Law and Unification Law, Volume 11, Constitutional Law and Unification Law Center (Jun. 2018)
③ ´Measuring the Non-Observed Economy: A Survey-Based Study of Demand in the Korean Prostitution Market, Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, 26(1), UC Berkeley (2013)

He is located in the firm’s Seoul office and can be reached at wskim@jipyong.com or at (82) 10-9664-2696.

Mr S Saravana Kumar | Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)

Saravana has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes. Praised for his ability to “think outside the box” and “innovative approach” in interpreting the law, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 acknowledged Saravana for being “dynamic, efficient and helpful”. Meanwhile, Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 commented that clients have remarked, “His tax knowledge is very in-depth and he is fast at responding.”

Saravana is an Adjunct Professor with Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and chairs the Taxation Section of LAWASIA.

Ms Olivia Kung | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Olivia is a co-founder of Wellington Legal.

Olivia is an experienced litigation solicitor who has worked in London and Hong Kong. She enjoys the buzz of litigation and her practice focuses on contentious work.

She has acted for both Plaintiffs and Defendants in litigation matters covering a wide variety of areas including complex property ownership disputes, director and shareholder disputes, oral and written contract disputes, fraud cases, injunction proceedings, debt recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy.

Olivia is also experienced in personal injury and fatal accident claims and she is an editor for Wolters Kluwer’s PrimeLaw Hong Kong Tort Cases.
She is a Fellow member of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and has acted as counsel in arbitration.

Olivia graduated with a law degree (LL.B)(Hons) from Queen Mary University of London and completed her Legal Practice Course (LPC) from the University of Exeter. She qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2003 and Hong Kong in 2012.

Prior to establishing Wellington Legal, Olivia worked for several top tier firms in the UK, a leading law firm in Hong Kong and as Legal Counsel for a listed financial company.

Furthermore, she is the Chair of the Women Business Lawyers Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and a regular speaker at international conferences addressing topical issues.

Dr Trisha Leahy, BBS | Hong Kong Sports Institute (HONG KONG SAR)

Trisha Leahy, PhD, JD BBS is the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Dr Leahy has also previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport, and was awarded the Australia Medal for services to Olympic sport in 2000. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission’s expert consultative group on the prevention of abuse in sport from 2007-2016. She was also a member of a UNICEF expert working group advising on research and policy to prevent violence against children in sport from 2007-2009. She was the Founding Co-chair, and is a Board Member of Safe Sport International, a UK- registered NGO focused on safeguarding in sport. From 2015 to 2017, Dr Leahy was a Board member of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, an international, USA- based organisation focusing on the development of women’s leadership around the world.

Dr Leahy served on the Hong Kong SAR Government’s Women’s Commission from 2011-2017; the Equal Opportunities Commission from 2013-2019, where she was the Convener of the Legal and Complaints Committee from 2017-2019; is currently a Member of the Hotel, Catering and Tourism, Board of the Vocational Training Council; and of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee’s Education Panel, for the 2020 Research Assessment Exercise. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr Leahy was awarded the HKSAR Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) in 2014 for her services to the community and to sport.

Mr David Lee | University Of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

David S. Lee is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong where he works in the areas of business ethics, fintech, and corporate law and governance. A recipient of multiple teaching awards, he teaches courses for undergraduate, executive education, and a variety of master’s degree programs.

Combining his interests in ethics and fintech, David is a co-instructor for a first of its kind massive online open course hosted by edX, titled Fintech Ethics and Risks, which has over 6,000 students registered globally.

He is a co-author of the first Asia focused business ethics textbook, Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, An Asia Edition (Cengage Learning Asia, 2019). His interviews and commentary on topics related to corporate governance, fintech, and the Korean peninsula have been featured in media outlets like Arirang TV, Handelsblatt, Le Temps, Nikkei Asian Review, NK News, The Korea Times, and South China Morning Post.

Prior to academia, David worked in investment management in London and Hong Kong. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and also has experience as a lawyer.

David sits on the board of BOD Tech Ventures and actively advises start-ups (many in the fintech space) as well as mature companies on strategic, investment, and governance related matters.

David is a Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, a POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center, and a Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellow. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum where he was formerly a Young Leader and a non-resident James A. Kelly Fellow.

David earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, his M.A. from Harvard University, and his B.A., from Brigham Young University.

Mr John Lee | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Y.C. Lee is a solicitor admitted in England and Wales and Hong Kong SAR, China. He currently runs a legal practice, Messrs. Lee, which includes extensive experience in ADR, litigation and other legal services.

He sits as an international arbitrator and mediator regarding major commercial matters and is a member of the disciplinary tribunal. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the HK Institute of Arbitrators. He is on the Law Society Arbitration Committee and the Arbitrators Panel (discover more at: www.hklawsoc.org.hk/pub_e/ars/arbitrator.asp).

He is also a multiple Boston marathon qualifier, and is captain of the Law Society’s distance running team.

A regular speaker for the HK Academy of Law, his repertoire includes risk management, practice management and other legal and business areas. As a member of the part-time tutor team, he delivered 100s of accredited training sessions for lawyers in private practice, goverment and commerce. On the Working Group, he is contributing to next edition of Solicitors’ Guide to Professional Conduct.

The goal is to help lawyers gain insight into the relevant practice areas, develop professional skills and contribute to the legal profession’s efforts to mitigate practice risks and claims experience.

As a co-representative of the 2019 LAWASIA Conference, he welcomes the chance to support the profession’s most proactive effort to date on international alternative dispute resolution and risk management. With a dynamic platform to share better practice experience with fellow practitioners, the ADR session is expected to be one of the highlights of the international event and talk of the town! To enhance the “risk radar”, delegates may share relevant thoughts in advance – please email secretariat or speaker(s).

Mr Lester Lee | Competition Commission (HONG KONG SAR)

Lester Lee is the Head (Litigation) of the Legal Division at Competition Commission (Hong Kong). In this capacity, Lester oversees the conduct of all enforcement action before the Competition Tribunal and any consequential appeals. He is also responsible for the search warrants applications before the Court of First Instance, including appearing as advocate for the Commission.

Lester is currently involved in all of the active litigation before the Competition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal including: Commission v Nutanix Hong Kong Ltd [2019] HKCT 2; and Commission v W. Hing Construction Co. Ltd [2019] 3 HKLRD 46 of which the “liability judgment” was recently handed down in May this year.

Prior to joining the Commission, Lester was a barrister at private practice specialising in Land and Trade Marks litigation. In addition to his Bachelors of Law from Durham University (St Aidan’s College), Lester also holds a Master of Laws in Human Rights from The University of Hong Kong, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from Kings College London.

Mr Soonsung Lee | Yoon LLC (KOREA)

Soonsung Lee is an Associate lawyer of Law firm Yoon, a member of the young lawyers’ committee of LAWASIA. His current clients are primarily domestic companies and citizens located in Seoul and Gyeonggi province and his work focuses mainly on civil law suits.

Before practicing as a lawyer, Soonsung Lee worked for Toray industries for three years as a sales manager, selling specialized films mostly to Samsung and LG, and also worked temporarily for Mercer to work on a Toyota HR reform project.

Soonsung Lee graduated from Korea University in 2011, majoring in International studies, after finishing exchange program at Waseda University. He became a lawyer in 2017 right after he graduated from a Law school. He did his internship at Jipyong LLC during the law school years. He also finished a job training at Logos Law LLC. Hanoi office while staying in Hanoi, Vietnam for five weeks.

Mr Jeff Leong | Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong (MALAYSIA)

Jeff is the senior partner of Messrs Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, Malaysia.

He is also actively serving with the Law Association for Asia and The Pacific (LAWASIA), the peak body for national bar associations and law societies in more than 40 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region as Chair of the Corporate, Securities & Investment Law and Co-Chair of the Belt And Road Initiative Standing Committees.

He lead a Special Projects team, structure and run complex M&A deals, resolve critical problems faced by clients such as crisis management, regulatory investigations, shareholder fights and board tussles and advise founders, business owners and senior management on business transactions. With numerous IPOs and M&A deals over 30 years, He often consulted by clients in Shipping and Logistics, Technology and Digital Economy, Oil & Gas and other heavily regulated industries on complex, urgent and critical matters.

He is also leading the China Services Group and regional JLPW Belt and Road Services Group assisting Chinese companies investing and undertaking Belt and Road projects in Malaysia and other ASEAN countries.

Mr Gang Li | Guangdong Lawyers Association (CHINA)

Position
Principle Lawyer

Focus on
Contract Law, Corporate Law, Finance Law and International Law

Academics
Bachelor in International Law
Graduated from East China University of Politics and Law in 2000

Positions in other institution
Secretary of committee of foreign affair including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Guangdong Bar Assocation,
Member of committee in bankrupt and liquidation, Guangzhou Bar Association
Arbitrator listed in Guangzhou Arbitration Commission
Mediator registered in Kingpound Law Firm mediation office

Practice
Joined in GFE Law Office in July 2000.
Practice as a registered lawyer in April 2002.
Joined in Kingpound Law Firm in July 2007.

Experience
acted as legal consultant for Guangdong Province Government, Administration of China International SME Fair, Guangzhou Municipal Facility Construction Investment Group Ltd.Co(“GMFCIG”), Guangzhou Development Group Ltd. Co(“GDG”), VTRON Investment Ltd. Co, International Flavors & Fragrances Limited.
Acted as legal adviser in the projects of IPO on Hong Kong or Singapore including Chitaly Holdings Limited.
Acted as legal adviser in the project of private offer of share by GDG in Shanghai Exchange Market.
Acted as legal adviser in the project of public offer of bond by GMFCIG in Shanghai Exchange Market.
Acted as legal adviser in the project of acquisition of share in Digital China in the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market by GMFCIG.
Acted as legal adviser in the project of acquisition of assets of China Metal Recycling Holding Ltd. Co. In China.

Ms Elaine Lo | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Elaine Lo is the Hong Kong Senior Partner of Jingtian & Gongcheng LLP(競天公誠律師事務所有限法律責任合夥). She previously served as the Hong Kong Senior Partner and Asia Chair of Mayer Brown JSM (孖士打律師行), and on Mayer Brown’s Global Management Committee from January 2008 to May 2016. Elaine is a corporate lawyer who focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, structuring joint ventures, infrastructure project financing and corporate restructuring. She has extensive experience in acting for government authorities, project sponsors, lenders and equity participants in project finance deals. She advises banks and financial institutions on M&A, asset and project finance.

Elaine was named “Managing Partner of the Year” by Asian Legal Business Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2015.

Elaine actively participates in public service. She has been appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to various government advisory and statutory bodies, including:
• the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the Executive Council and the Legislature, and Officials under the Political Appointment System of the HKSAR
• the Independent Commission on Remuneration for Members of the District Councils of the HKSAR
• the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service of the HKSAR
• the Women’s Commission
• the Urban Renewal Authority Board

Elaine is admitted to practise in Hong Kong, England, Australia and Singapore, and is also a China Appointed Attesting Officer.

Mr Vernon Loh | Department of Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HONG KONG SAR)

Mr Vernon Loh holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from The University of Hong Kong, and was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2006. He joined the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in 2010, and is currently serving as Senior Government Counsel in the Human Rights Unit of the Legal Policy Division of the Department of Justice. He is responsible for providing advice to Government departments and bureaux on human rights law. This includes advising them on whether their legislative proposals, policies and practices are consistent with the human rights and discrimination law of Hong Kong, advising them on human rights challenges in litigation against the Government, and assisting them in complying with the international human rights treaties that are applicable to Hong Kong. He has, as part of the Hong Kong delegation, attended United Nations meetings on the HKSAR’s periodic reports in relation to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Prof Jingbo Lu | River Delta Law Firm (CHINA)

Jason Lu, the founding partner and director of River Delta Law Firm, is a renowned labor and employment law expert in China. Jason Lu is a forerunner and pioneer in the labor law service area in China mainland.

Jason Lu has founded the first professional online labor law service platform www.laodongfa.com; he has initiated the first HR periodical Laborlaw China; he has also launched the first APP software Laborlaw China for HR service. Jason Lu has been a perennial legal consultant for hundreds of multinational corporations, foreign-funded enterprises, state-owned enterprises and private enterprises as well. He has provided labor law training for thousands of enterprises ever since he began to practice labor law. Jason Lu’s outstanding performance in labor law has brought him a good reputation among the peers and it has helped establishing his status as a benchmark figure in the area of labor law service in mainland China.

Mr Andre Maniam SC | Wongpartnership LLP (SINGAPORE)

Andre Maniam, Senior Counsel, heads the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group at WongPartnership LLP. His main areas of practice involve litigation and arbitration across a wide range of matters including commercial and corporate disputes, cross-border trade and insolvency, and construction.

Andre acts as counsel in arbitrations under the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and UNCITRAL rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the SIAC, the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RAC at RIMA). For a decade, he was also one of the referees under the Industrial Relations Act of Singapore.

A Contributing Editor of the Singapore “White Book” (Singapore Civil Procedure), Andre also reviewed articles on Singapore law for the launch of the official Singapore Law website (www.singaporelaw.sg). He is the co-author of the chapter on Interlocutory Applications in the book Civil Litigation in Singapore, and the chapter on Discovery in the book Law and Practice of Commercial Litigation in Singapore.

Andre is the co-chair of the World Law Group’s Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Practice Group for the Asia-Pacific region. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Singapore’s Professional Conduct Council; and a member of the Professional Values Chapter of the Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”) Professional Affairs Committee and the SAL Annual Lecture sub-committee. He has been a member of the Singapore International Commercial Court’s Rules Sub-Committee, and the Advisory Board of the School of Law of Singapore Management University.

He graduated from NUS as the top student in his year, and was a Justices’ Law Clerk before entering private practice. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in major legal publications including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 and Asialaw Profiles.

Justice Brigitte Markovic | Federal Court of Australia (AUSTRALIA)

The Hon Brigitte Sandra Markovic was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 24 August 2015.

From 1988 to 2015, Justice Markovic practised as a solicitor at a national Australian law firm. She was appointed a partner in 1997 and for a period of 4 years (2010 to 2014) was national managing partner of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department. As a solicitor and partner, Justice Markovic practised in the areas of insolvency, corporations including in relation to regulatory inquiries, commercial and administrative law for a range of clients including in a number of high profile insolvencies and significant proceedings in the superior courts in Australia.

Justice Markovic graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1988 with degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

Mr Fumiaki Matsuoka | Atsumi & Sakai (JAPAN)

Fumiaki Matsuoka is a partner at Atsumi &Sakai, a multi-award-winning independent full-service Tokyo law firm.

His main areas of practice are data protection, corporate law and tax law. In particular, he supports multinational companies in regard to compliance with data protection laws in various countries, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Japanese data protection laws, as well as relevant laws and regulations in other regions such as Asia and the United States.

He graduated from Kyoto University (LL.B.) in 2005. He worked for Daiichi Law Office, P.C. from 2006 to 2011, handling mainly corporate cases, including M&A cases for Japanese listed companies. From 2011 to 2014, he served as an Appeals Judge for the National Tax Tribunal and dealt with disputes related to Japanese national taxes. He also earned an LL.M. from the University of Southern California in 2015 and a tax LL.M. from the Boston University School of Law in 2016.

He published, on the Japanese data protection authority’s website, an article entitled “Research Study on Recent Trends of Data Protection Acts in Other Countries,” Personal Information Protection Commission (2018) [Co-author, Japanese]. https://www.ppc.go.jp/files/pdf/201803_shogaikoku.pdf

He has significant experience as a speaker, including, among others, these experiences:
-Panelist at the conference entitled “When and how to comply with the GDPR? What is the biggest enforcement risk for Japanese companies under the GDPR? What is the solution for it? – Big Law Firms’ and GDPR Specialists’ Perspectives,” at the event entitled “Symposium on Pressing Matters: The Global Frontline of Privacy Protection Discussed by Top of European Regulators,” hosted by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. and Bird & Bird LLP, International Privacy and Data Protection Group, November 21, 2018.
-Presentation entitled “Regulations relating to Personal Information Protection in Countries in Asia, and Other Countries Outside Japan, ,” at the seminar entitled “EY Privacy Seminar 2018 – Protection and Use of Personal Data in Globalization and Digitalization,” hosted by EY Advisory & Consulting Co., Ltd., November 27, 2018.

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

Robert graduated with Honours in Arts in 1967, and with Honours in Law in 1971. He practiced as a solicitor from 1972 to 1974 and commenced practice at the bar in 1975. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.

Robert’s major practice areas at the bar included insurance law, construction law, equity and commercial law and trade practices litigation. He appeared in some of the most significant commercial and construction disputes heard over the years 1990 to 2003.

Robert was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in August 2003. He sat primarily in the Commercial List, hearing and deciding many major commercial and construction cases. He retired from the Court in January 2019 and has returned to private practice as an Arbitrator, Referee and Mediator, principally in the areas of commercial and construction law.

Robert holds the position of Adjunct Professor, School of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. He has lectured in equity and commercial law. He has delivered numerous papers on a wide variety of topics, ranging from court architecture and design to expert evidence, at national and international conferences. A list of those papers may be found on the Supreme Court’s website.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore as the top student in his year. He was a Justices’ Law Clerk in the Singapore Supreme Court before entering private practice.

Mr Anthony Miller | Miller Sockhill Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)

Anthony is an Australian qualified business lawyer who acts for business people ranging from sole traders to publicly listed companies. Anthony’s practice advises clients on structuring, compliance, transactional and litigation matters involving a raft of different types of business clients.

A particular focus of Anthony’s practice in recent years is professional sports people and sporting organisations. Anthony sits on the committee of a number of sporting clubs and organisations and has a large client base in the horse racing industry. A particular passion of Anthony’s is the protection of professional sports people from overzealous governing bodies and striving for a fairer system for those in the business of sport.

Mr Dennis Miralis | Nyman Gibson Miralis (AUSTRALIA)

Dennis Miralis is a leading Australian defence lawyer who specialises in international criminal law, with a focus on complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and criminal prosecutions. His areas of expertise include anti-money laundering, proceeds of crime, worldwide freezing orders, bribery and corruption, global tax investigations, cybercrime, national security law, Interpol Red Notices, extradition and mutual legal assistance law.
Dennis advises individuals and companies under investigation for economic crimes both locally and internationally. He has extensive experience in dealing with all major international investigative and regulatory agencies, including the DOJ, SFO, FBI, IRS and the SEC. Dennis has significant experience in all matters involving investigations and prosecutions by the AFP, ASIC, ACIC, AUSTRAC, ATO, the CDPP and all state agencies including the NSW Police State Crime Command and NSWDPP. Dennis also specialises in matters involving the New South Wales Crime Commission, Independent Commission Against Corruption and Royal Commissions.

Anti-Money Laundering Expertise
Dennis has conducted some of the largest and most complex criminal defence cases in Australia in the areas of money laundering and proceeds of crime.
Dennis co-authored the Australian chapter of the Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2019, focusing on the rise of ‘borderless crimes’ such as money laundering and Australia’s increasingly global approach to investigations.
Dennis also co-authored the APAC Overview chapter of the 2019 International Comparative Legal Guide to Anti Money Laundering, and was a Panellist at the ‘Tackling Money Laundering Risks in the Real Estate Sector’ session at the recent Transparency International biennial conference in Melbourne.
Dennis has Certificates in Anti-Money Laundering Foundations, Sanctions Compliance, Counter-Terrorist Financing and Cyber-enabled crime from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), and was awarded a Certificate of Attendance from the The Hague Academy of International Law – Advanced Course on International Law and Economic Crime (with a focus on corporate crime, money laundering, bribery and corporate compliance).
In 2018, Doyles Guide named Dennis a Leading Australian Criminal Defence Lawyer, and Nyman Gibson Miralis a First Tier Criminal Defence Law Firm.
In 2019, Lexology named Dennis a Legal Influencer for Corporate – Cross-border.

Mr DP Naban | Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)

A highly experienced practitioner, Naban enjoys a strong reputation in the market. He offers a broad practice including litigation and advisory work. Clients note that “his litigation, advocacy and cross-examination skills are par excellence”. He co-led the team acting for Petronas in an appeal regarding taxpayers’ interest income.

One of two senior partners of the firm, Naban is a highly-acclaimed Band 1 tax lawyer, as ranked by Chambers Asia. He has appeared in some of Malaysia’s most significant recent tax disputes, where clients describe him as “outstanding” and recommend him for his “superb” advocacy skills.

A client remarked to the Legal 500 that, “Despite many years at the Bar, [Naban] still exudes a fresh and tireless enthusiasm for the law, which translates to immaculate service”.

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

Mr Ong Eu Jin is a partner of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. Prior to joining the firm, he headed a subsidiary of a financial services group, holding the position of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director.

As a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, Mr Ong advises on various financing transactions including in relation to acquisition of real estate, purchase of aircraft and project financing as well as capital markets exercises such as initial public offering (IPO), rights issue and bond issuance.

Mr Simon Peh | Hong Kong Independent Comission Against Corruption (HONG KONG SAR)

Mr PEH joined the Hong Kong Immigration Department as an Immigration Officer in April 1978 after graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He studied public policy and administration at the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley in 1991-92. He attended the Royal College of Defence in London in 2001 and was awarded a Master Degree in International Relations by the King’s College London. He was promoted to Director of Immigration in April 2008 after serving various branches in the Department. He retired from the Immigration Department in March 2011 and proceeded onto his pre-retirement leave.

On 1 July 2012, Mr PEH was appointed by the Central People’s Government, People’s Republic of China, as Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Mr PEH was awarded the Immigration Distinguished Services Medal and the Silver Bauhinia Star Medal by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2006 and 2011 respectively.

Mr Marcus Pollard | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Marcus Pollard is a Counsel in Linklaters’ Asia Antitrust & Competition practice advising companies on a wide range of Asian and global competition law issues.

In Hong Kong and wider Asia market, Marcus has a unique range of antitrust experiences and regulatory insights. Marcus recently spent two years at the Hong Kong Competition Commission. During that time, Marcus assisted the Commission in the drafting of its Guidelines, and the MoU with the Communications Authority. He was appointed as the first liaison officer between the Commission and OFCA.

Since re-joining Linklaters he has advised
• a respondent in the first enforcement proceedings before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal and Court of Appeal; and
• multinational clients on ongoing confidential cartel, RPM and abuse of dominance investigations under the Hong Kong Competition Ordinance.

In 2019, Marcus was recognized as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Chambers Asia. He attracts strong praise from clients, who describe him as a “rising star with a wide breadth of experience”, valuing his “client-centric approach” and the “commercially sensible advice”.

Prior to moving to Asia, Marcus was based in Brussels and worked on a range of global cartel and antitrust matters – including investigations with complex remedy/commitment processes. Marcus has a wide experience of merger control in several industries, including the financial services, healthcare, IT, telecommunications, food & beverage, and retail sectors.

Mr Lilamani Poudel | Nepal Bar Association (NEPAL)

Lilamani Poudel is the Secretary General of Nepal Bar Association and practices law at Supreme Court of Nepal as an Advocate. Mr Poudel has 20 years continuous legal practice experience and conducts research activities in various discipline of laws including human rights, access to justice and fair trial. He has represented in various high-profile cases in the Supreme Court of Nepal on constitutional and human rights matters including PIL. His long-term involvement as freelancer in PIL matters and advocacy for human rights and rule of law is instrumental among the legal fraternity and justice system and was actively involved in advocacy and trainings on constitutional laws in the constitution making process of Nepal from Nepal Bar Association. He has been in various port folios of Nepal Bar Associations and other Bar Associations of Nepal and his very popular law practitioner and bar leader. Among his various engagements, his leading role from the Nepal Bar Association in standing against the government to defy unconstitutional movement of the then King in the democratic movement of Nepal is highly acknowledged by the legal and political fraternity. As the Secretary General of Nepal Bar Association, he has introduced various training and workshop programs for the lawyers to develop their professional capacity in the area of constitutional law, human rights and rule of law.

Mr Saurabh Prakash (INDIA)

Saurabh Prakash is a law graduate from Delhi University and a practicing advocate since 1987. Prior thereto he acquired a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and then worked as a software engineer with Tata Burroughs Ltd. (which later merged into Tata Consultancy Services which is the biggest IT consultancy services company in India). During this period, he worked on projects at the World Bank in Washington DC and Yale Corporation at Flemington, New Jersey. While at Law College he was the Vice President and then the President of the Students’ body. He specializes in employment law, software (development, licensing, escrow, distribution, manpower etc.), civil construction, power and shipping contracts. He advises his clients and handles litigation in relation to such matters both before courts and at arbitrations. He has also acted as an arbitrator in civil disputes.

Mr Anand Raj | Shearn Delamore & Co (MALAYSIA)

Anand Raj was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1996 and was admitted as a partner of Shearn Delamore & Co. in 2003.

Anand regularly represents and advises MNCs, GLCs, foreign and Malaysian enterprises on Competition Law in industries as diverse as financial services, telecommunications and multimedia, pharmaceuticals, insurance, logistics, hospitality, FMCG, manufacturing and the automotive sector, amongst others. He is actively engaged in conducting competition law audit and review exercises, trainings, and workshops for clients and event organisers. Anand has successfully handled several competition law investigations resulting in closures without findings of infringement, and also represents several clients in respect of on-going investigation defence cases. He is also active in providing feedback to the relevant authorities and agencies on issues relating to Competition Law in Malaysia.

For his work in this field Anand has been recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific as being a Band 1 Leading Individual for Antitrust in 2015 – 2018, a “Leading Lawyer” in Competition & Antitrust between 2015 – 2018, and an “Expert” by the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers from 2013 – 2018. Anand is the inaugural chair of LAWASIA’s Antitrust Committee and is also the Co-Chair of The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA’s) Competition Law Committee.

His Firm, Shearn Delamore & Co.’s Competition and Anti-trust practice group is recognized by the Global Competition Review in 2017 and 2018 as being an “Elite” firm and by Asialaw Profiles as an “Outstanding Firm” in 2017 and 2018.

Anand also has vast experiences in tax law. In 2017, Anand was named Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year by the International Tax Review and has been recognized as a Band 1 Leading Individual by Chambers Asia Pacific for Tax between 2011 – 2018. He has also been recognized as a Tax Controversy Practice Leader by the International Tax Review from 2013 – 2017 and as an “Expert” in the Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers between 2016 – 2018.

Dr Derek Ritzmann | Economic Partners (HONG KONG SAR)

Dr Derek Ritzmann is an Economic Expert at Economics Partners, working across the Asia-Pacific region based in Hong Kong.

Dr Ritzmann has been practicing as an economist for over 20 years and specializes in the economics of competition, regulation, and arbitration. He has worked on a wide range of competition and regulation matters as an economist in both the private and public sectors, including many mergers, anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance cases, and economic regulation.

Dr Ritzmann spent over a decade as a senior economist at competition and regulatory agencies and consequently has significant expertise in dealing with agencies on such matters. He was the first Chief Economist of the Hong Kong Competition Commission, in the Chief Economist Team at the European Commission’s Competition Directorate, and the Principal Economist (for both competition and telecommunications regulation) at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Most recently, he headed the Asia-Pacific practice based in Hong Kong of a large economic consulting firm; previously, he worked in private practice as an economist at two leading consulting firms in Europe and as a competition lawyer in Australia.

He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal Directory as a Competition Economist and is a recent winner of a Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and is a qualified lawyer in the USA, the UK, and Australia.

Mr Tao Shan | Guangdong Etr Law Firm (CHINA)

Davy Shan, Senior Partner of ETR Law Firm, which is the largest local law firm in South China, and has more than 600 lawyers in the headquarter located in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province.

Starting from studying law in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in 1999, which is one of the top law universities in China, Mr Shan obtained his Bachelor’s degree of law in 2003 and obtained a Master’s Degree of Civil and Commercial Law in the same University. Besides, he has been a Doctor of Administrative Law in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law since 2012. Through more than ten years’ studying on laws, Mr Shan has a good knowledge of different comprehensive laws and regulations of China, development of legal system of China, and court system of China.

During his more than ten years’ practice career, Mr Shan has been active and professional in legal services from disputes resolution to non-litigation areas, especially in civil, commercial and financial aspects, such as company governance, share transfer, dissolution, bankruptcy, liquidation, finance and investment, securities, private equity and so on.

Due to his outstanding performance, he has been enrolled in many national talent pools including National Lawyers Association’s Foreign Legal Affairs Leadership Talents, China Ministry of Justice “National Directory of Thousand Foreign-related Lawyers” and the “Belt and Road” cross-border lawyers pool of China Ministry of Justice and the National Lawyers Association.

He has also participated and graduated in several international professional training courses and activities held in the UK (BPP University)and the USA (Temple University) and sponsored by China Lawyer Association.

As the Director of Legal Pro Bono Center of Yingke Guangzhou Office, Mr Shan has organised and participated in many activities of legal assistance to commonweal organisations and those vulnerable people and group for public interest and responsibilities.

Mr Mohammad Akram Sheikh | Akram Sheikh Law Associates / Supreme Court of Pakistan (PAKISTAN)

Mr Sheikh, a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan is a fierce advocate of human rights in Pakistan.

Mr Sheikh in his illustrious career spanning more than 45 years, has served as an elected member of the Pakistan Bar Council and Council Member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association. He was the head of the Pakistani delegation to the 49th United Nations Sub Commission on ‘Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities’ held at Geneva in 1997. Having served as the country president of the Union International des Advocates, Mr Sheikh is also a founder president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

Mr Sheikh has an extensive practice spanning over more than four and a half decades in civil, revenue, criminal, commercial, international and constitutional matters. He has the largest number of reported judgments in various jurisdictions from Commercial International Agreements on Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Clauses, Constitutional and other areas of Private International Law.

Mr Sheikh has been involved in a large number of cases of great constitutional significance in Pakistan including the Dissolution of the National Assembly case, challenge to the 18th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2010, and the reinstatement of the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Iftkhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Mr Sheikh has authored Protection of Pakistan Act 2013 and has been the Lead Counsel in most of the cases involving terrorism or the legislation relating to Terrorist Activates Act.

In 2012, Mr Sheikh successfully represented Mr Mansoor Ijaz before the “Memogate” Commission, which was the first fact finding Commission of its kind in Pakistan’s judicial history with a direct mandate from the Supreme Court of Pakistan using video link for recording evidence of Mansoor Ijaz, the only witness carrying messages to the US Security Chief from the President of Pakistan. Hence, pioneered the use of internet, digital and modern technology for purposes of recording evidence in Pakistan.

In 1989, Mr Sheikh conducted the first case of floor crossing (political defections) before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

During 1988-1990, Mr Sheikh successfully acted before the Supreme Court in a famous case pertaining to “determination of the powers & relations between the Federal Government & the Province of the Punjab”.

In 1983, he successfully defended Safia Bibi, a visually impaired rape victim. Her case has revolutionized Muslim laws on rape and criminal evidence in Pakistan and the case continues to be taught in law schools across the world.

Mr Jay Shim | Lee & Ko (KOREA)

With 30 years of working experiences in U.S., Europe, Russia and Korea, Jay Shim co-leads the tax practice at Lee & Ko and advises clients on tax advisory, tax audits, tax appeals and tax litigation matters. Jay also works closely with the firm’s corporate practice on international infrastructure projects and early-stage natural resources development projects and has expertise in the areas of overseas investment, energy and natural resources, and offshore fund formation.

For over 15 years, Mr Shim has been recognized as a “leading individual” in Chambers Asia, “influential figure” in Tax Directors Handbook, “highly acclaimed” tax expert in The Asia Pacific Legal 500, “among 850 lawyers selected” in Who’s Who Legal, “winner” in Client Choice 2015, “External Counsel of the Year 2013” by Asian-Mena Counsel, and “leading tax expert” in the Comprehensive Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Firms.

In addition, Mr Shim has served on several expert panels established by the National Tax Services and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on matters dealing with procedures and policies affecting foreign companies doing business in Korea and foreign owned Korean companies, including assisting the Ministry of Strategy and Finance draft tax laws and regulations relating to controlled foreign corporation, advance tax treaty clearance, partnership taxation and transfer pricing.

Mr Shim is a member of the International Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He also serves as Co-Chair, Taxation Committee, American Chamber of Commerce Korea.

Ms Hin Han Shum | Squire Patton Boggs (HONG KONG SAR)

Hin Han has experience in mergers and acquisitions, company start-ups, and company restructuring. Her secondment at a securities firm has also allowed her to better cater for the commercial and practical needs of businesses. Keeping abreast of technological developments, she has advised clients on cybersecurity matters and legal matters relating to new technological tools clients are considering for building their businesses. Having served as a legal representative in various litigation proceedings and being an accredited general mediator, Hin Han is familiar with the common fundamental issues which disputes arise from and can apply her understanding of those into the contract drafting stages, to pre-empt or minimise potential disputes and to avoid pitfalls.

Hin Han also has experience with handling a range of criminal cases, including white collar criminal cases, both as a legal representative to defendants and to clients in reporting cases to authorities. She is also on the panel as a prosecutor on fiat for the Department of Justice.

Hin Han was a representative of Hong Kong for the International Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee.

Hin Han publishes widely on topics including blockchain, artificial intelligence, anti-money laundering rules, data privacy, and labour and discrimination matters. She was also an author with LexisNexis for data privacy practical guidance content, and has contributed to the Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Business Registration Ordinance (Cap 310) (3rd edition, published by LexisNexis), and to the Butterworths Hong Kong Partnership Handbook (2nd edition, published by LexisNexis).

She has been a speaker at international conferences on topics such as “Artificial Intelligence: Chatbots and the Lawyer”, exploring Artificial Intelligence developments and how they relate to businesses and the legal industry, and on family law and prenuptial agreements. She also has been a speaker in various Law Society of Hong Kong events, and continuing professional development courses on topics such as criminal law, privacy and cybercrime, blockchain and compliance. She currently is a trainer for the risk management courses such as data privacy and cybersecurity for Hong Kong lawyers.

Ms Maria Concepcion Simundac | Villaraza & Angangco (PHILIPPINES)

Ms Maria Concepcion P Simundac is a Partner of Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), a full-service firm and one of the leading law firms in the Philippines. She specializes in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Power & Energy, Construction & Real Estate Transactions, Infrastructure, and Transportation & Public Utilities.

Ms Simundac regularly advises foreign investors on various regulations relating to foreign direct investments in the Philippines and structuring of cross border transactions, particularly in the areas of construction, power & energy, infrastructure, government procurement and public and private partnerships (PPP). She provides various legal services in relation to development, construction and operation of complex multi-billion peso energy, infrastructure or real estate developments. She also assists clients from preparation and submission of bid documents to various government agencies up to award of contracts. She has experience with joint ventures with government instrumentalities, local governments and government-owned and controlled corporations.
Ms Simundac also performs due diligence investigations in relation to acquisitions, mergers, and initial public offerings. She highlights to clients crucial points and potential exposures of transactions and guides clients in eliminating or minimizing risks. She advises on, drafts and negotiates transaction documents, such as memoranda of agreement, share or asset purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, lease contracts, management agreements, credit facility arrangements and other bespoke contracts. She likewise assists clients engaged in highly regulated industries on navigating Philippine regulatory compliance.
Ms Simundac has been heavily involved in major investments in the Philippines of top private Chinese companies and Chinese State-Owned Entities in line with the One Belt One Road and the Build Build Build Program.
Ms Simundac currently holds positions of director and corporate secretary in various multi-national, domestic and non-profit corporations across industries where she gains in-depth understanding of the needs of clients, enabling her to provide practical and timely legal advice on various business issues and concerns.
Ms Simundac is named as one of The Philippines Top 100 Lawyers (The A-List) by Asia Business Law Journal for 2018 and 2019. Clients praised her for being a “fast, expeditious lawyer who reacts promptly in providing solutions to issues and challenges faced within a constrained time environment” and were “impressed by her expertise and quick response”.

Asian Legal Business also recognized Ms Simundac as one of “The Next Generation of Asia’s Lawyers: 40 Under 40”. The list recognizes lawyers under the age of 40 in the Asia Region “who have worked on some of the most significant deals and disputes in the past year and who have earned accolades from their peers, superiors and clients”. Ms Simundac was commended by a client for “allowing [them] to successfully navigate the challenges of business”.

Ms Simundac obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University where she graduated with honors and was among the top of her class. Ms Simundac received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics also from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Dr Thomas So | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Dr Thomas S. T. So served as a Council Member of The Law Society of Hong Kong from May 2005 to May 2019. He was Vice-President of the Law Society since May 2013, and was elected as President from June 2016 to May 2018. Dr So has also acted as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Compliance, Standing Committee on Practitioners Affairs, Greater China Legal Affairs Committee and Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of Belt and Road Committee and Greater Bay Area Working Group.

Dr So is a partner at Mayer Brown advising on property-related, libel and media related litigation work, as well as cross-border litigation and arbitration in the PRC. Dr So is also a solicitor advocate having rights to appear in the higher courts in Hong Kong. He obtained his LL.B degree from University of Hull (1985), LL.M degree in International Commercial Law from University of Hong Kong (1993), LL.B degree at China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing (1997), and Doctor of Laws from Tsinghua University, Beijing (2005).

Dr So is admitted to practise in Hong Kong (1988), England & Wales (1991), Australia – ACT (1991), Australia – High Court (1991), Singapore (1993) and the People’s Republic of China (2009), and is also a China-Appointed Attesting Officer (2003).

Mr Brian Speers | Commonwealth Lawyers Association (UNITED KINGDOM)

Brian is one of the most experienced legal mediators in Northern Ireland.

In 2010 – 11 he served as President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. He is now Treasurer of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

He has devised and teaches the ADR and mediation training programme for solicitors, barristers and judges run by the Institute of Professional Legal studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the Chair of the Solicitors Mediation Service administered by the Law Society.

He is a long-time member of the Education Committee and has undertaken vocational training review for qualification as a solicitor in Northern Ireland.

In 2011 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Disputes Resolution, at University of Ulster, at the Graduate School of Law.

Brian is a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) and at the CLA Conference in Livingstone, Zambia, 2019 was elected President of the CLA.

Speaking engagements :

Fordham University, New York, Dispute Resolution Conference, June 2011.
“The role of experts in mediation” at the International Bar Association Annual Meeting 2012 in Dublin in October.
“Mediation as a gateway to Court” Cape Town, Commonwealth Lawyers Conference, April 2013
“Mediation across the Commonwealth” Mediation Conference Belfast May 2014
Mediation Panel Chair Commonwealth Lawyers Conference Glasgow April 2015
“Mediation in Society” Fordham University, New York, May 2015
Mediation Training for the Law Society of Namibia, Windhoek, February 2016
“Mediation and the Courts” Commonwealth Lawyers Conference Melbourne March 2017
“Mediation – a commonwealth perspective” SADCLA Gabarone Botswana
“Trial by ordeal to Conciliation” Livingstone Zambia, April 2019
“Mediation- a commonwealth perspective” Belfast, June 2019

Brian has been interviewed on various print and broadcast media about mediation and has written extensively about mediation particularly in the journal of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. He has contributed the chapter on Mediation in Northern Ireland for a book – Mediation in the EU He was on the Mediation sub Committee for the Review of Civil Justice in Northern Ireland conducted by Lord Justice Gillen and was the UK nominated mediation expert to the CCBE (Bar Associations across Europe) for their publication of a guide to mediation for lawyers.

Brian is an experienced solicitor and mediator. These include disputes involving professional negligence, construction disputes, matrimonial, partnerships, shareholders, commercial contracts, product liability, sports clubs, intellectual property and defamation and have involved private individuals, corporations and Government departments throughout Northern Ireland, in the Republic of Ireland and in Great Britain.

Mr Ray Steinwall | UNSW Law School (AUSTRALIA)

Ray Steinwall is one of Australia’s leading lawyers on competition, consumer law and regulation.

Ray is a solicitor of the High Court of Australia, General Counsel of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor, Law Faculty University of New South Wales. He is also a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia and Editor of the Competition and Consumer Law Journal published by LexisNexis.

Ray was appointed a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal between 2008 and 2018 and a member of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council which undertook several reviews for the federal government. Previously he was Principal Policy Adviser with The Cabinet Office of New South Wales where he was responsible for the State’s implementation of the National Competition Policy and an associate of a number of national law firms.

Ray was appointed by the federal government to undertake a review of statutory implied conditions and warranties and a review of statutory unconscionable conduct and the franchising code of conduct which resulted in legislative reform.

He has over twenty five years’ experience providing legal, policy advice and training to business and governments in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Ray has published numerous books, articles and opinions in the field of competition law, consumer law and regulation. His other areas of interest include the development of competition and consumer law in the Asia Pacific, cultural diversity and public policy.

Mr Paul Sugden | Monash University (AUSTRALIA)

Paul Sugden is a lecturer of the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University. He completed a BA and LLB (Qld), and completed a Master of Laws at Queen Mary College, University of London. He has practices in the United Kingdom and Australia, both in the private and public arenas. He practiced in commercial law specialising in intellectual property joint ventures. His field of research is issues in intellectual property, particularly the issues of copyright piracy, protection of fashion and remedial issues. He was the legal columnist for 16 years on legal issues affecting textile artists for the Australian Form of Textile Arts.

Mr Ronald Sum | Addleshaw Goddard LLP (HONG KONG SAR)

Ronald Sum is a Partner in the Hong Kong office of Addleshaw Goddard (Hong Kong) LLP. He concentrates his practice in all areas of dispute resolution, specializing in China related matters, cross border disputes, complex commercial disputes, regulatory bodies investigations, transportation, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, product liability and product recall, including arbitration, litigation, mediation and investigations.

Ronald is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and Australia. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the immediate past chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce: Arbitration and ADR Sub-Committee. He is also the council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He is on the panel of arbitrators of various institutions and has acted both as counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings including the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, THAC, LMAA, GAFTA/FOSFA etc. Ronald has conducted arbitration in Hong Kong, China, London, United States, Australia and Singapore. Ronald is also an accredited mediator of HKMAAL, CIETAC and the Law Society of Hong Kong. Ronald has recently be appointed as an Investor State Mediator under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Ronald is on the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration and the Hong Kong Steering Committee on Mediation.

Ronald’s experience on dispute resolution includes complex commercial litigation, export credit insurance and letters of credit disputes, shareholders and minority shareholders disputes, charterparty disputes, defending and pursuing cargo claims, acting for and against logistics companies and liability insurers in various types of claims regarding policy liability, representing shipowners and P&I Clubs in collision cases and representing banks and trading companies and shipowners on various forms of trading disputes, defamation involving cross border jurisdictions.

Ms Yuri Suzuki | Atsumi & Sakai (JAPAN)

Yuri Suzuki is a partner in the Tokyo based law firm Atsumi & Sakai, heading the firm’s Fintech Team. She deals with a wide range of banking, finance and capital markets issues, with a particular well acknowledged reputation in regard with financial services regulation, loans, asset finance and securitization. Given her strong technical skills and market knowledge in financial industry matters, she is also well regarded for her work on a wide variety cases on Fintech issues, including payment services, crypto assets, ICO/STO, factoring, marketplace lending, crowdfunding, APIs and trusted personal data management system.

Ms Suzuki is currently a secretariat member of the Fintech Association of Japan and serves as a legal advisor to the Japan Blockchain Association. She has assisted domestic and overseas startups as an advisor to the MUFG Digital Accelerator Program and a supporter of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Accelerator Programs. She is an auditor of The Organization of Global Financial City Tokyo (branded as FinCity.Tokyo), the newly established promotional body founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in conjunction with private business, including major financial institutions, in order to promote and to continuously upgrade Tokyo’s financial ecosystem.

She has been active in international exchange activities as vice chair of the International Committee of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association for many years.

Ms Winnie Tam SC | Des Voeux Chambers (HONG KONG SAR)

Winnie Tam SC is a Senior Counsel of the Hong Kong Bar, appointed by the Chief Justice in 2006. She is also a barrister of England and Wales, and admitted as solicitor and advocate in Singapore and the Australian Capital Territory.

She was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association (2015 – 2017). In 2015, she was appointed a Recorder of the Court of First Instance, High Court of the Hong Kong SAR. In 2016, she was honoured as an Overseas Bencher of the Middle Temple Society.

Winnie’s legal practice is in international arbitration and civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on joint venture disputes and intellectual property. She is fully bilingual in Chinese and English, and has an excellent command of Putonghua and written Chinese.

Winnie is one of the leading IP Barristers in the region. She has consistently been ranked in the top tier in Asia by peer reviews including in WWL Trademarks, Chambers Global and Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific.

Winnie is a panel arbitrator of a number of established arbitral institutions, and is a frequent speaker in major international arbitration events. She was a member of the working group of the Department of Justice on the arbitrability of intellectual property rights, and currently serves on the nomination committee of the Council of HKIAC. In arbitration practice, Winnie has been appointed presiding arbitrator and co-arbitrator in arbitrations governed by various rules including UNCITRAL, HKIAC, SCIA and ICC rules.

In addition to her legal practice, Winnie also serves as the Chairman of Hong Kong’s Communications Authority, overseeing public and licensing issues in the broadcasting and telecommunication industry, and as Chairman of the Hong Kong Advocacy Training Council. In 2018, she was awarded the title one of “The World’s Outstanding Chinese” by the International Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Zi Li Tay | Zico Law (VIETNAM)

Zi Li is a partner in ZICO Law Vietnam and at 28 years old, is the youngest partner in the ZICO Law network. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Zi Li regularly advises on a range of cross border corporate and commercial transactions including joint venture projects, shareholders agreements, takeovers and mergers, and foreign investments into Vietnam. One of the notable recent transaction that Zi Li advised on is AAPICO Hitech Public Company Limited’s joint venture on auto body stamping and welding with VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company, a subsidiary of Vingroup, which is the largest conglomerate in Vietnam.

Zi Li has extensive experience in advising foreign and local sponsors, lenders, borrowers and issuers in banking transactions, project financing transactions and debt capital markets transactions, both conventional and Islamic.

Zi Li regularly delivers presentations to international audiences, having recently presented at the IPBA in Manila on Islamic Finance. He also conducts in-house training sessions for financial institutions such as HSBC and CIMB.

Zi Li joined Zaid Ibrahim & Co in 2011 as a Trainee Associate and was retained in the Debt Capital Markets & Structured Finance department in 2012. He was made a co-executive partner of ZICO Law Vietnam in 2018.

Mrs Nishadi Thennakoon | Central Bank Of Sri Lanka (SRI LANKA)

Nishadi Thennakoon is an Attorney-at-Law and a Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. She works as the Chief of Staff of the Governor’s Secretariat of the Central Bank as well. Nishadi has worked as a Senior Assistant Director of the Supervision Department of the Central Bank and as a senior Assistant Controller of the Exchange Control Department of the Central Bank. She has been serving as a regular resource person of the Centre for Banking Studies in Sri Lanka. Nishadi Thennakoon attained a LL.B. with honors from the University of Colombo and LL.M in Banking and Finance Law from the Queen Mary, University of London. She has authored several articles on financial regulation and economic development. Nishadi has attended a number of trainings in foreign countries in the field of banking, supervision and combating money laundering and resolution of financial institutions.

Prof Ignacio Tirado | UNIDROIT (ITALY)

Professor Ignacio Tirado was appointed Secretary-General by the Governing Council at its 97th session, and officially took office on 27 August 2018. A national of Spain, Professor Tirado (Commercial, Corporate and Insolvency Law, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain) holds a PhD from the Universities of Bologna and Autónoma de Madrid and an LLM from the University of London. Professor Tirado has been a Senior Legal Consultant at the World Bank’s Legal Vice-Presidency and Financial Sector Practice for almost nine years, having also consulted for the IMF on insolvency related matters as well as for the Asian Development Bank on commercial legal reform.

Amongst other accolades to his professional experience, Professor Tirado is a founding member of the European Banking Institute, Director of the International Insolvency Institute and an International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Mr Charles To | Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries (HONG KONG SAR)

Charles To is a Partner of Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries. Charles has a diversified practice covering commercial, corporate, entertainment, licensing, intellectual property, advertising, data privacy, e-commerce, employment, and general commercial matters in the TMT industry.

Before joining Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries, Charles had extensive practical in-house experience where he served as Senior Legal Counsel for Tencent’s Technology Transactions Group and Fox Networks’ APAC Senior Legal Counsel where he was responsible for advising the businesses’ international commercialization of its services and platforms, covering music, video OTT, mobile games, advertising, social media, and cloud technology. Charles was also recognized as a five-star employee by Tencent, a highly distinguished recognition.

In addition to Charles’ engineering background, he is also pursuing his Kellogg-HKUST EMBA (ranked 1st globally by Financial Times). With both a technical and business background, Charles is often praised for being able to understand complex business models, identity potential legal pitfalls and provide timely and practical advice.

Charles also worked at Squire Patton Boggs and Clyde & Co where he gained substantive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, employment and various intellectual property matters. In addition to handling corporate matters for Fortune 500 companies and technology startups, Charles advised clients in the media, life sciences, telecommunications and retail sectors on a wide range of issues including regulatory matters, data privacy, employment intellectual property and potential disputes. He also assisted his clients with their day-to-day commercial needs in contract drafting and negotiation.

Charles also published widely and had been invited as a speaker on issues relating to intellectual property, data privacy, cyber security, employment, and life science by various organizations including the Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association, APSCo, Law Society of Hong Kong and LAWASIA.

He currently serves as a committee member of the InnoTech Committee and the Employment Law Committee and as deputy leader of the Intellectual Property Vetting Group for the “Sing Tao Legal Mailbox” of the Law Society of Hong Kong. Charles is also a Civil Celebrant of Marriages.

Charles speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Mr Kunchou Tsai | Taipei Bar Association (TAIWAN)

Mr Kunchou Tsai, Esq., the Director of Taipei Bar Association, has been licensed in Taiwan and engaged in legal career for decades. He specializes in FinTech, financial regulations, corporate finance, securities trading, international investment and arbitration. He received his LLM degrees from University College London and U.C. Berkeley, USA. In recent years, he focuses on the resolution of financial investment disputes, such as TRF and other complicated high-risk derivative products. He also assisted the Taiwan Bar Association and Chinese Arbitration Association in the design of relevant arbitration mechanisms. Mr Tsai is appointed as the arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) for his expertise in international M&A, banking and finance. He has detailed knowledge into FinTech and Blockchain fields and actively participates the FinTech industry and blockchain ecosystem.

Mr Tsai is the founder and managing partner of Enlighten Law Group, a Leading Firm of Legal 500 Asia-Pacific in Banking and Finance Practice. He is recommended as a prominent lawyer and especially endorsed in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency fields. He is often invited to give speeches on such topics, including the annual conferences of International Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong. Besides the role at Taipei Bar Association, he is also chaired as the vice chairman of Financial and Economic Law Committee and convener of Fintech Taskforce at Taiwan Bar Association. In addition, he is a lecturer at Chinese Arbitration Association, for derivatives and cryptocurrency dispute resolution, and University of Hong Kong China Business School, for Digital Legal, Policy and Ethics Issues.

Ms Lani Victoria Vinas | SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTOS (JAPAN)

Laarni Victoria Quidoles Vinas is a triple-qualified (Attorney-at-Law Philippines and New York and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in England and Wales) Senior Attorney working in SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO Law Firm, one of the most prominent Intellectual Property firms in Japan. She became one of the youngest recipient to receive the Naga City Government, Leon SA Aureus Award for the Legal Category, which she received for her legal service earlier this year.

She finished her bachelor’s degree, with a scholarship in Ateneo de Manila University and thereafter obtained her Juris Doctor from University of the Philippines. She completed a diploma course in Advance Study of Comparative Patent Laws (Japan, Europe and US Patent Laws) and Advance Study of US Intellectual Property Laws in Osaka Institute of Technology and was also one of the select participants for the WIPO Intensive Summer School Program in Singapore.

Ms Vinas have been invited and given various trainings to inventors, paralegals and lawyers regarding different Intellectual Property issues including, among others, cross-border transactions and licensing, prosecution matters and post-grant challenges.

Ms Vinas manages a team of attorneys from different jurisdictions to provide integrated strategy on IP enforcement. She also has a demonstrated history of working on food, pharmaceutical and healthcare matters, providing transactional and regulatory advice to various multi-national companies. In the course of her work, she was one of the lawyers named in the Japanese Business Law Journal, the 2016 Lawyers Guide. She was acknowledged in an article in the Horitsu Jiho Journal, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal journal in Japan, for her contribution on an article regarding the Hatch-Waxman Act, a United States federal law on the manufacture of generic drugs by the pharmaceutical industries.

Mr Henning von Zanthier | VON ZANTHIER & SCHULZ (GERMANY)

Founding Partner of VON ZANTHIER & SCHULZ with offices in Berlin, Germany and Poznań, Poland.

Following his legal studies in Germany and France, Henning von Zanthier obtained the LL.M. degree at Tulane University in the United States in 1989. In 1991, he was admitted to the Berlin bar and started working at a large international law firm. He founded the law firm “VON ZANTHIER & SCHULZ” in Berlin in 1992, with its focus on business law. In 1995, he established the first German linked law firm in Poznań, Poland. In 2003, he was the first member as a foreign lawyer at the Poznań Bar. He is the first non-Polish lawyer who has also been fully admitted to the chamber in Poznań. He lectured on Polish law at the Free University of Berlin between 2004 – 2007. He focuses on corporate law, commercial law and Polish renewable energy law. Henning von Zanthier was the chairman of the Polish-German Association of Legal Experts between 1993 and 1998. He is one of the founders and current president of the League of Lawyers – an association of medium-sized business law firms from Asia and Europe. He has authored a number of articles on Polish-German Business. He regularly gives lectures on this subject for various institutions. He also lectures at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań on UN Convention on International Sales of Goods (CISG). His law firm has also clients from China, Japan and India, who invest in Germany or Poland. He is member of LAWASIA since 2006 and was a constant speaker in the M&A subcommitte (2006-2012). Since 2016 he is the Chairman of the Asia-Europe Subcommittee.

Languages: German, English, Polish, French

Mr Juta Wada | Japan Federation Of Bar Associations (JAPAN)

I, Juta Wada, am an attorney at law in Japan.

I manage my own law office in which I hire three employees, including an attorney.

What I deal with in relation to my job includes Environmental Law, Corporation Law, Family Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Debt Collection and any other kinds of law in general.

Currently, I am dealing with a case in which we contend that a kind of levy imposed on renewable energy businesses which plan to newly enter the existing electricity system is illegal, and a case in which we try to ban construction of a coal-fired power plant which will emits a lot of CO2 and other harmful substances.

Because I studied two master courses, which are environmental law in the US in English and human rights in Costa Rica in Spanish, I often deal with cases relating to foreign countries other than Japan, using English and/or Spanish ability.

Furthermore, I, as a member of Environmental Protection Committee of Japan Federation of Bar Associations, have investigated on policies on global warming, including how a corporation’s emission of Green House Gases shall be regulated and how a corporation should act for the future global environment, and made many opinion letters to Japanese government and Japan Business Federation.

I graduated from the Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan, Faculty of Law at University of Tokyo, in addition to the above tow master courses.

Ms Kathryn Weaver | Lewis Silkin (HONG KONG SAR)

Kathryn is head of Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong office and has extensive experience of advising multinational employers in the Asia Pacific region on international employment law matters acting for FTSE 100 companies, household-name brands, gig economy clients and start-ups. She is dual-qualified ion England & Wales and Hong Kong and advises on the full range of employment issues in Hong Kong, including complicated terminations, negotiated separation agreements, restrictive covenant disputes and litigation, defending claims in the labour tribunal and courts, discrimination issues, grievances and disciplinaries, performance issues, sickness absence, redundancies and restructuring, and data privacy.

Kathryn also undertakes a broad range of employment-related work across Asia Pacific, such as implementing partnership programmes, coordinating global employee handbook reviews and the drafting of template employment documents, overseeing litigation, coordinating multi-country data privacy projects and cross-border restructuring, carrying out disciplinary and grievance investigations, and advising on senior ex-pat relocation packages.

Mr Richard Wee | Richard Wee Chambers (MALAYSIA)

Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of London in 1996, completed the Certificate in Legal Practice in 1998 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1999. Believing in professional development, Richard continues to acquire new skills and knowledge. He holds a certificate in Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals, awarded by the Singapore Mediation Centre (2011), a certificate of attendance for the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre workshop (2014) awarded by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) (now known as the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)) and a certificate from the Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SEARADO) (2018) for Result Management for Anti-Doping. In 2016, Richard obtained the Certificate of Sports Arbitration from AIAC, a qualification which is a preparatory step towards appointment as a Sports Arbitrator.

Richard is a well-known advocate for the expansion and improvement of sports law and esports law in Malaysia. He co-founded the Sports Law Association of Malaysia (SLAM) in 2016, organised several annual Sports Law Conferences, conducted many training & seminars all over Malaysia, and is an invited speaker at Universities and Colleges on that area of law. Richard has featured on more than one occasion on BFM (Business FM) Radio to speak about, amongst other things, Sports and esports matters. He has also appeared in international television giving interviews about his experience with Everton Football Club. In July 2019, Richard was appointed to FIFA’s National Dispute Resolution Chambers (NDRC) for Football Association of Malaysia, where he sits in the Appeal Committee. Despite his busy practice, Richard has found time to pen a chapter about Malaysia’s Sports Law for the Encyclopedia of Sports Law (the chapter is scheduled to be published by end 2019). Together with Lesley Lim, Bryan Boo, Saphna Ravichandran and Vincent Lim, Richard co-authored that said chapter.

Mr Brian Williamson | Williamsonbarwick (AUSTRALIA)

Brian undertakes all aspect of Industrial Relations and Employment Law for employers and has done so for over 30 years.

Brian graduated as a solicitor in 1981 and received his Master of Commerce Degree from Deakin University, Victoria, in 1992. Since then, he has qualified as an Accredited Specialist in Industrial Relations and Employment Law (1994) and received an Advanced Diploma (Mastering the Boardroom) from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009.

Before founding WilliamsonLegal in 2010 (now called WilliamsonBarwick from 1 July 2016 to celebrate Adrian Barwick coming into equity), Brian was the Managing Director of another specialist workplace relations law firm, which he founded in 2003.

Prior to that Brian was the Founding Chairperson for the National Workplace Relations Practice Group of a major Australian legal practice.
Brian has a particular interest in strategic management and brings this focus to his clients, when dealing with their Workplace, Industrial Relations and Employment Law issues. Brian also undertakes senior staff training for clients.

Brian’s long standing Accredited Specialist standing has been acknowledged in 2014 by The Law Society of New South Wales with its 20 year anniversary award.

Ms Jennifer Windsor | The Law Society of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)

Jennifer is the 2019 President of New South Wales Young Lawyers.

New South Wales (NSW) Young Lawyers represents solicitors and barristers under the age of 36 or in their first 5 years of practice in addition to law students at all levels.

NSW Young Lawyers is a network of volunteers supported by the Law Society of NSW. With more than 15,000 members, it is the Australia’s largest body of young lawyers, newly practising lawyers and law students.

NSW Young Lawyers supports practitioners in the early stages of their career development, giving them the opportunity to contribute to the profession and the community through professional development, networking, pro bono, mentoring and wellbeing initiatives. Connecting an extensive network of volunteers through its 15 committees and numerous working groups, every year NSW Young Lawyers produce many outstanding publications and law reform submissions and deliver educational and networking experiences for members across the State.

Jennifer will become a Councillor of the Law Society of NSW in late 2019 and continue on in the leadership team of NSW Young Lawyers as the Immediate Past President.

Jennifer also practises at Clayton Utz in Sydney, Australia. Jennifer practises in a broad range of areas including public and administrative law, and has extensive experience in dispute resolution, litigation, inquests and Royal Commissions.

Ms Cecilia Wong | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Mrs Cecilia Wong has been serving as a Council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong since 2000. She is the Chairlady Risk Management Education Committee and Mediation Committee of the Law Society. Her other public services include as the member of the Duty Lawyer Service Council, Chairlady of Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited, Chairlady of the Appeal Tribunal Panel, Building Ordinance (Cap.123) and non-executive Director of the Urban Renewal Authority etc.

Mrs Wong is a partner of Kevin Ng & Co., and has experience of over 20 years as a solicitor in private practice and is competent in matrimonial law, criminal and civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, probate, commercial and corporate law. She is a fellow Arbitrator of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and Arbitrator on the Law Society of Hong Kong Panel.

She actively participates in promoting the use of mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong and has enormous experience in mediation and arbitration on various matters.

She was appointed as a member of the Chief Justice’s Working Party on mediation, member of Secretary for Justice’s Steering Committee on Mediation, and had been appointed as a mediator in the Shenzhen Qianhai Cooperation Zone People’s Court. She took part in drafting of the Mediation Ordinance in Hong Kong.

Mr Huen Wong, BBS, JP | The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Mr Huen Wong is the Chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Mr Wong is also the Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, The Law Society of Hong Kong as well as the Inter Pacific Bar Association. Mr Wong is currently the Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal and a Deputy Chairman of Board of Review (Inland Revenue). He is a member of Appeal Tribunal of The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers and a member of the Appeal Board on Public Meetings and Processions. Mr Wong is the Honorary Adviser of Hong Kong Business Accountants Association and Financial Reporting Council as well as the Chairman of Disciplinary Committee of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre. He is a director of Hong Kong Aviation Security Company Limited and Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited.

Mr Wong was admitted to practise as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales. He was a senior Crown Counsel at the Legal Department of the Hong Kong Government. He then became the managing partner of a leading London and New York law firms. He is currently the Principal of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in China.

Mr Wong is an active arbitrator and mediator being a member of the panel of arbitrators of various Chinese and International Arbitration Institutes. He is also an accredited mediator and a Special Adviser of the Hong Kong Mediation Centre. Mr Wong has extensive knowledge of corporate and commercial law and his practice areas include a broad range of fields such as investments, shareholder’s disputes, merger and acquisition, securities and capital markets, building and construction projects.

Ms Louise Wong | International Association of Young Lawyers (HONG KONG SAR)

Louise is a dual qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Hong Kong. She works as a litigation associate in a local law firm in Hong Kong. Prior to her current role, Louise spent over 5 years practising as an immigration lawyer at an independent charity in England where she headed the Immigration Department.

During her time practising in England, Louise was the recipient of the “Most Promising New-Comer” Award at the Pearl Awards Ceremony in London that recognises achievements of outstanding individuals from the Chinese community in the UK.

Louise continues to be actively engaged in serving her community in Hong Kong. In April this year, she was appointed as a member of the Appeal Panel (Housing) of the Transport and Housing Bureau and from October, an Adjudicator of the Immigration Tribunal of the Security Bureau.

Louise has particular interests in initiatives which enhance the professional and personal development of young lawyers and those which facilitate mutual understanding and cross-border cooperation among foreign lawyers and their professional bodies with Hong Kong. She sits on three committees of the Law Society of Hong Kong (“LSHK”): the Standing Committee of External Affairs, the International Legal Affairs Committee, and the Young Solicitors’ Group.

Louise is currently the LSHK’s Office Bearer for the International Association of Young Lawyers (“AIJA”) and further holds dual roles as AIJA’s Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator and Hong Kong Contact Person.

Mr Stephen Wong | Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (HONG KONG SAR)

Mr Stephen Wong joined the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Hong Kong Government as a Crown Counsel in 1986. In 1991, he was seconded to the UN Human Rights Committee based in Geneva. In 1992, he became the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions. From 1996 to 2014, he assumed the offices of Deputy Solicitor-General; Founding Director of Berlin Economic and Trade Office; and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, responsible for human rights (including reporting to UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies); cross-boundary legal affairs; Constitutional law issues; legal policies; economic and trade affairs (Central and Eastern Europe) and law reform. His fields of legal practice also include commercial law, arbitration law, intellectual property and criminal law. He is also active in the community work, having been appointed as an adjunct professor of the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong; advocacy examiner of the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; a director of the City Contemporary Dance Company and a scout leader. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong, also holding an LLM from the London School of Economics. He also pursued management courses at Harvard and Wharton, USA.

Mr Wong was appointed as the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong in August 2015, having been in private practice as a barrister-at-law, specialising in public law. On top of overseeing a fair enforcement of data protection law, he has since been allocating additional resources in education and publicity, and engaging the related industry with a view to strengthening the culture of respecting others’ personal data privacy by complementing legal compliance with data ethics, as well as maintaining a proper balance between free flow of information and data protection without unduly compromising ICT and economic development.

Mr Baohu Yin | China Legal Exchange Centre (CHINA)

Yin Baohu currently serves as Director General of China Legal Exchange Center. He is also the Secretary General of the Law Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits and a part-time research fellow at Law School of Tsinghua University.

Mr Yin has Personal academic research fields and concerns include jurisprudence, international human rights law and law for relations across the Taiwan Straits.

In 2014, Yin Baohu presided over the China Law Society’s research on Legal Risks and Strategies for Economic and Trade Investment in Five Central Asian Countries, and has been well published on the websites of China Law Society and China News Review among others.

Mr Yin was elected to LAWASIA’s Executive Committee by Council in September 2017.

Ms Adelaide Yu | Rouse (HONG KONG SAR)

Adelaide Yu is a partner of Rouse Legal Hong Kong.

Adelaide’s practice covers all areas of IP, including contentious and non-contentious matters. She is particularly skilled and experienced in the enforcement and protection of IP, including trademarks, copyright, patents, and registered designs in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in handling China-Hong Kong related infringement cases. For China, she advises on IP enforcement strategies and has considerable experience in handling IP litigation, administrative and criminal raids and customs seizures.

Adelaide also has substantive experience in advising clients on data protection issues.

Adelaide has been recognized internationally as a leading IP lawyer and was recommended by World Trade Mark Review (2010-2018), Legal 500 (2010-2018) and Managing Intellectual Property (2014-2018).

Ms Yunyan Zhang | Jincheng Tongda & Neal Law Firm (CHINA)

Ms Yunyan Zhang is a recognized expert in the field of commercial dispute resolution, with extensive experience in M&A, securities, and capital markets. She has received numerous advanced degrees in relevant topics including Law, English, Business Administration and Finance, helping enable her to provide clients with comprehensive legal advice that efficiently integrates and maximizes the business and legal interests of her clients. With more than 20 years’ professional experience, Ms Zhang has successfully represented thousands of cases. Her clients include numerous government agencies, large state-owned enterprises and Fortune 500 enterprises. Ms Zhang serves as a professional mediator for the China Chamber of International Commerce Mediation Center, serves as Yale Sinovation Fellows,and also serves as an arbitrator for the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and the Singapore International Mediation Center, and as country representative for “the Belt and Road” to Sri Lanka and Lithuania. At the same time, Ms Zhang Honored with ALB “2019 Client Choice Top 20” Award.

Ms Zhang enjoys extensive professional affiliations. Among other noteworthy examples, she is a member of All-China Youth Federation and has served three terms as a member of the Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of Anhui Province. An award-winning attorney, Ms Zhang, has earned numerous important honors, including the prestigious “Individual Third-class Merit for Lawyers,” awarded by the PRC Ministry of Justice, recognition as “China International Legal Professional” by the All China Lawyers Association, and being honored with selection as a finalist for the 2017 China “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” award by the highly-regarded China Law & Practice magazine. In addition, a project hosted by Ms Zhang was entered into 2018 Selected International Cases, chiefly edited by All China Lawyers Association and published by Law Press, becoming one of “the first ten classic international legal services cases in Shanghai.”

ALB, owned by Thomson Reuters, is a leading legal industry publication which focusses on developments in the Asia-Pacific and Mideast regions. Winners of the “Client Choice Top 20 Award” were selected from hundreds of nominations from leading in-house legal counsels and business professionals.

“She is, without a doubt, an excellent business partner with comprehensive knowledge, strong ability, devoted attitude and high efficiency, such that she can always surprise her clients” said one of Ms Zhang’s clients.

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