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.
On October 29th Hogan Lovells hosted a seminar on Practical advice on resolving cross-border disputes involving Chinese entities - Common pitfalls and the latest developments in international arbitration. The Speakers where James Kwan, Zoe Dong and Seri Takahashi and this event was well attended by our members.
On October 22nd Latham & Watkins hosted a seminar on Smart Banking: Virtual Banks, Open APIs, Data & Ethics. The speakers included Simon Hawkins and Kieran Donovn. This event was well attended by our members.
On 10th October, Korum Legal hosted a panel discussion on the topical subject of digital transformation in legal departments. The diverse panel of General Counsels (GCs) shared their ongoing journey to digital transformation – the successes, the challenges and the learnings.
Danh Nguyen, General Manager & Managing Consultant for EMEA at KorumLegal, moderated the panel which included, Giselle Bates, Group General Counsel, Allegis Group, Darren Foo, Senior Counsel – APAC , FIS and Gill Meller, Legal and European Business Director, MTR Corporation Limited.
During this discussion, it was highlighted that the role of the GC hasn’t changed but the workload has. GCs now are faced with tight budgets and limited resources and so are expected to do more with less – a constant challenge for today’s GC. This is where digital transformation can help to solve this dilemma and bring about real improvements in terms of efficiency and productivity. If done properly, digital transformation of legal departments can help GCs to manage legal spend and other costs and resources more effectively and that’s what the journey is all about – identifying the roadblocks, assessing your internal processes and making the delivery of legal solutions seamless and more valuable for your clients.
This presentation was well attended by the members.
On October 15th, Speaker Peter Fenyves from St James Place 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. This event was well attended by our members and may be repeated in the coming months due to its popularity.