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  • 29 Mar 2019 11:30 AM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    Bird & Bird's third annual conference for members of ACC took place on 19 March.  This year's hot topic was "Understanding the basics and implications of the new 5G technology".  At its simplest 5G is the next generation of mobile technology. It's what your phone and tablet will use in the future and it will replace the current 4G technology that you are likely using today.  Importantly the implications of 5G connectivity go well beyond telecommunications and will be felt in many other sectors including transportation, energy, healthcare, media, entertainment and sport.  Bird & Bird, are at a unique position to combine deep industry expertise in these sectors with an understanding of the transformative nature of 5G connectivity and the opportunities and challenges involved in deploying it.

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section and do not hesitate to contact Bird & Bird should you have any queries.


  • 27 Mar 2019 9:38 AM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    On 14 February 2019, ACC Hong Kong and Rhouse co-hosted a seminar presented by Chad Dowle to look at some of the recent developments in regulation in the advertising and digital sphere across greater China and south east Asia, along with a preview of what is coming in the near future.  This session aimed to give in-house counsel, not only a good overview of changes to the framework, but also some practical tips in turning these risks into opportunities.

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section.


  • 13 Mar 2019 4:26 PM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    On 28 February 2019, ACC Hong Kong and DLA Piper co-hosted a seminar presented by Helen Colquhoun and Johnny Choi to consider issues and challenges for an organisation faced with the need to terminate the employment of senior executives.  Key areas included considering restrictive covenants and concerns around confidentiality. Over 50 members from some of Hong Kong's top companies attended this seminar.

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section.

  • 21 Feb 2019 4:32 PM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    On 29 January 2019, ACC Hong Kong and DLA Piper co-hosted a seminar on how can in-house counsel do pro bono work in Hong Kong presented by Annette Bain and Annette Beashel. They presented on the regulatory requirements applying to pro bono services in Hong Kong, professional rules and obligations, establishing an in-house pro bono program and models of in-house pro bono services in Hong Kong and overseas.

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section.


  • 01 Feb 2019 3:21 PM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    On 23 January 2019, ACC Hong Kong and Stephenson Harwood co-hosted a seminar on implied contractual terms, to members of the Association. Speakers Richard Wilmot and Andrew Carpenter presented on how and when the law might imply terms into a contract for reasons of business efficacy and to reflect parties’ true intentions. They examined the two tests developed by the common law– namely the ‘officious bystander’ and the ‘business efficacy’ tests – to determine whether (and what) terms are to be implied in various situations.

    The seminar further covered some recent case law developments regarding judicial recognition of the doctrine in the UK and Hong Kong, as well as some of the different ways that implied terms can be restricted in contracts. About 80 participants attended the seminar and acquired practical knowledge on this developing field of contract law.

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section.

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  • 17 Jan 2019 10:49 AM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    On 16 January 2019,  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner hosted a seminar on Legal Technology Innovations to members of the ACC Hong Kong. Speakers Neville Eisenberg and Bruce Braude drawing on their experience of working with clients in the UK and US explored some of the approaches and technologies that are being increasingly adopted by General Counsel.

    Opening by introducing the current legal landscape the speakers discussed what are the key priorities for in house teams, the growing adoption of legal technology and the core importance of data analytics.  The sessions closed with two real life case studies taken from Cantilever, BCLP’s new consulting service which provides services for contract systems, technology, legal operations and litigation management along with document and decision-making automation applications.   

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section.


  • 14 Jan 2019 11:13 AM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)
    On 8 January 2019, a seminar on “Corporate Insolvency Law and Practice - Basic Principles and Updates” was held by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong at the offices of ONC Lawyers. Mr Ludwig Ng of ONC Lawyers, author of Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (4th ed, Lexis and Nexis), provided a succinct and insightful overview of Hong Kong corporate insolvency law and practice.  Mr. Ng highlighted areas of insolvency law which are of particular concerns to the commercial lawyers such as the impact of winding-up on prior transactions and the personal liabilities of directors and employees in insolvency. The seminar was well-received and subscribed by over 80 members.

    Members can find slides of the presentation on the Resources section: Seminar Materials.

  • 10 Jan 2019 4:08 PM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 45,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, has advised the Hong Kong Law Society (HKLS) against changes to the Foreign Lawyers Registration Rules (FLRR). The proposed amendments would change the ratio of Hong Kong solicitors to foreign-qualified lawyers in a Hong Kong firm from 1:1 to a minimum of 2:1.

    The HKLS first ordered a 1:1 ratio in 1994, shortly before Hong Kong’s return to China. The new proposal also limits foreign lawyers to advising on the laws of the jurisdiction in which they are licensed. Foreign lawyers in Hong Kong have always been restricted from addressing Hong Kong law unless advised and supervised by a Hong Kong solicitor.

    HKLS invited ACC’s Hong Kong chapter to comment on the proposed amendments.

    “The proposed rules will restrict the ability of in-house counsel to retain multi-jurisdictional teams to meet their legal needs,” said Mary Blatch, associate general counsel and senior director of advocacy at ACC. “They will effectively keep lawyers from practicing across international borders. ACC has a history of opposing such restrictions.”

    About 1,500 foreign lawyers work in Hong Kong, 15 percent of staff in local firms. Many of them are from Anglophone, common law countries, and are thus indispensable in matters related to the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, crucial jurisdictions for Hong Kong’s business community. Hong Kong firms would have two years to adjust to the revised ratio.

    “ACC members in Hong Kong work for sophisticated companies, and in-house counsel operating in the city are in the best position to assess their own legal needs,” said Lin Shi, president of ACC Hong Kong. “While loopholes in the existing regulations for foreign lawyers should be addressed. narrowing the number of foreign lawyers and their practice areas will only hurt the corporate legal market in Hong Kong without resolving the underlying issue.”

    Well over a dozen American and UK firms active in Hong Kong have issued similar statements, including warnings of potential migration from Hong Kong to Singapore, where the mandatory ratio of native to foreign-qualified counsel is 1:1.

  • 12 Dec 2018 1:26 PM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)

    The December 2018 issue of the magazine, ACC Docket Asia, is now available.

    Please click here to find the full magazine.

  • 06 Dec 2018 11:22 AM | Event team ACC Hong Kong (Administrator)
    On Tuesday, 20 November, ACC Hong Kong hosted a very special fireside chat with our patron, Justice Joseph Fok at the offices of Kirkland & Ellis.  Justice Fok shared his background, how he came to be called to the bar, gender balance in the judiciary and his view on judicial independence.   He used a recent case and methodically explained the decisions at each level of the judiciary and the basis for upholding and overturning opinions of the lower court.  Members were brimming with questions on jurisprudence and surprised Justice Fok with their interest in the work of the Court of Final Appeal and the processes by which the judges come to make our decisions. 

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