Eversheds Sutherland hosted a panel discussion ‘Key things you need to know about Legal Tech in 2020 and how they change your lives’ on 15 January 2020.
Rhys McWhirter, Of Counsel of Eversheds Sutherland, moderated the panel which included Duncan Watt, Of Counsel of Eversheds Sutherland, Mardi Wilson, Head of Legal Resourcing of Konexo, Erika Evasdottir, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Origin x Capital and Sebastian Ko, Co-Founder of DHB Global covering key legal technology trends in 2020 with live demos.
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On 11 December, Skadden partner Christopher Betts and Counsel Anthony Pang presented to HKACC members an hour long seminar on the topic of "The Impact of the Updated Rules on Backdoor Listings on M&A Transactions in Hong Kong". The seminar covered the timeline of the changes to the rules, the various tests applied to issuers' businesses, and the intended and unintended consequences of the updates on acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings. This was well attended by our members.
Due to the popularity of this previous event, it was repeated on November 26th and well attended by our members. The speaker Peter Fenyves from St James Place again gave a very informative presentation on Will Writing and Estate Planning. The presentation provided an overview and refresher on will and estate planning in Hong Kong and stressed the importance of having a will in place and the best practice approach to dealing with assets outside of Hong Kong.
On Tuesday 12th November, DLA Piper hosted a seminar 'Walking the Tightrope' with Partner & Head of Employment, Helen Colquhoun and Senior Associate, David Smail discussed the implications of the Hong Kong protests for employers across the region. This interactive session covered many aspects including social media and reputational concerns, workplace tension and the impact of staff relationships, disciplinary considerations, economic issues - such as unpaid leave and redundancies and looking to the future. The session was very well attended, with over 45 delegates from over 30 companies.
On November 11th, FTI Consulting hosted a seminar "In-House Counsel: An Integral part of Cybersecurity". This panel discussion composed of four speakers, Anthony Ferrante, Global Head of Cybersecurity at FTI Consulting, Anna Gamvros, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Lanx, Senior Legal Counsel and Privacy and Cybersecurity Lead at Klook Travel Technology Limited and Sandeep Jadav, Senior Managing Director and the Regional Lead for Technology in Asia at FTI Consulting
Matt Roberts, a Corporate & Funds Partner from Maples Group, gave a presentation to our members on "The Current State of Economic Substance Requirements in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands" at back to back sessions that were held on 30th and 31st October 2019 consecutively. This topical and popular seminar attracted more than 40 members who were keen to hear about the latest developments in this area and what affected stakeholders should be doing now in order to deal with Cayman and BVI economic substance requirements.