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Half-Day Conference: Digital Disruption and the Legal Landscape

  • 20 Jun 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Beef & Liberty, 3rd/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong


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The HKCCA’s Executive Committee invites you to the following Half-Day Conference, hosted by Bird & Bird at the industrial-chic venue Beef & Liberty, California Tower.

TOPIC: Digital Disruption and the legal landscape

Technology and the digital world heavily impact all aspects of our business and social lives. We live and work in an age where the adoption of technology is a must in order to merely keep up with the pack, let alone stay ahead. With this comes a set of legal challenges that businesses across all industries need to face, and adapt to, in order to survive.

Digital disruption through the advent of the Internet of Things, Uberization, FinTech, Artificial Intelligence and the cloud, to name but a few, have all impacted the legal landscape from the way traditional corporate deals are transacted and funded, through the protection and exploitation of IP, to data flows and retention as well as how people are now employed.


Time Presentation Speaker(s)
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 09:10 Employment in the gig economy

This seminar will focus on the workplace challenges and opportunities in the 21st century, in particular the growth of the gig economy. I will cover: the speed of technological change in the workplace and who is impacted; the increased role of robots and AI; the employment trends in response to the new workplace challenges; what organisations need to consider as part of their planning process ;and thoughts on mitigating legal risk.
Pattie Walsh
09:10 Break
09:15 - 09:55 Fintech disruption to fundraising

Initial coin offerings. They are happening elsewhere. They are coming to Hong Kong. This session will explain what is an initial coin offering, its potential uses, and the possible regulatory implications of an initial coin offering in Hong Kong.
Pádraig Walsh 
09:55 Break   
10:00 - 10:40 Are you ready for the next gold rush - data and database ownership issues?

With the rapid rise of big data and data analytics, companies begin to realise the value of the data and database they have. We are now seeing innovative use of the data. It is therefore no surprise that the age old issue of ownership of data and database resurfaces. In this seminar, Michelle and Clarice will look at:

(1) how law in Hong Kong and China addresses the ownership issue, contrasting of the approach taken in the EU; and

(2) key legal issues to look out for in M&A or commercial transactions where data and database is involved.

Michelle Chan & Clarice Yue
10:40 Coffee / Tea Break   
11:00 - 11:40 Protection and exploitation of IP in the digital world

The seminar will cover protection of digital IP assets and online anti-counterfeiting monitoring and enforcement tools.
Hank Leung 
11:40 Break   
11:45 - 12:25 Injunctions in the Digital Age

In this seminar Richard and Robert will explain:

· Injunctions: what are they and how do you get one?

· New forms of injunction which have evolved to meet the different challenges posed by the digital world

· The creative approach being taken by claimants to more traditional forms of injunction to maximise their value and efficacy.

Richard Keady & Robert Rhoda 
12:25 Q&A   
12:30 Networking lunch   


Pattie WALSH, Partner
Pattie is widely regarded as one of the leading employment lawyers in Asia.

Pádraig WALSH, Partner
Clients value Pádraig’s clear and pragmatic advice grounded in his deep understanding of his clients’ needs.

Michelle CHAN, Partner
Michelle is a leading telecoms and media lawyer, providing strategic, commercial advice to a number of major players in the region.

Clarice YUE, Of Counsel
Clarice is an experienced telecoms, media and technology lawyer with a strong data protection practice.

Richard KEADY, Partner
Richard has a wealth of experience in advising clients on disputes in the banking and financial services, insurance, TMT, energy, construction and professional services sectors.

Robert RHODA, Partner
Robert advises and acts for clients across Asia Pacific and further afield in the tech & comms, financial services and energy sectors in commercial litigation and international arbitration matters.

Hank Leung, Counsel
Hank has a broad range of experience in intellectual property and technology law. 

Read the speakers's bio here: 20062017_HKCCA_BirdBird - Speakers bios.pdf



Beef & Liberty, 3rd/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong (map)


Tuesday, 20 June 2017


8:00 AM for registration and light breakfast,
08:30 AM – 12:30 PM for presentations,
followed by a networking lunch


Please register your attendance online no later than Friday, 16 June 2017.

CPD: Hong Kong Law Society 3.5 CPD points have been accredited. California and New York Approved Jurisdiction policies may apply.

If you register but are then unable to attend, please tell us by emailing events@hkcca.net so that any waitlisted members may attend. Also, if you have any suggestions for topics or speakers for future HKCCA events, please let us know at events@hkcca.net.

This event is exclusively for HKCCA members. If you are not an HKCCA member but you want to attend this conference, you need to successfully apply for membership at www.hkcca.net and pay the membership fee before registering for the event. If you have any membership queries, please contact the HKCCA Secretariat on info@hkcca.net or (852) 2516 7007.

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