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Legal Operations – the what, why and how!

  • 18 Sep 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • 38th Floor Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
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The Executive Committee of ACC Hong Kong invites you to the following presentation, hosted by KorumLegal and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).


A light breakfast and drinks (coffee, tea, juice) will be provided. No CPD points are available for this event.

TOPIC: Legal Operations – the what, why and how!

The world is being enabled by invisible technology.  From AI in our smart phones to design thinking, invisible technology and seamless operations make complicated  interactions intuitive and require no training.  This is the power of technology.  It enables us to create processes that are so efficient, they are completed without any recognition of how they are accomplished or how difficult they are.

Legal services are knowledge-based services and the way lawyers work is evolving.  A legal department can and should have seamless operations…

Cue:  Legal Operations!

Legal Operations is the discipline focused on evolving the practice of law to match modern expectations and modern business models.  Legal Operations is a relatively new term for the legal world, but it is becoming a very real and necessary part of legal functions.  The dream of having an efficient and tech enabled legal department is now a reality…. Imagine!

KorumLegal and HKIAC invite you to hear from four General Counsel, who will talk about how legal operations are being adopted and leveraged in Hong Kong, to drive innovation, efficiency and cost savings in leading legal departments.


Wesley Pang
Managing Counsel, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Wesley Pang is a Managing Counsel of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He was formerly a Senior Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he worked in the firm’s New York office, from 2008-2010, as a member of the Litigation Group, and as a member of the International Arbitration Group in Paris and London from 2010-2017. His practice focused on cross-border litigation and government regulatory investigations, as well as commercial and investor-State arbitrations. He has served as a Co-Vice Chair of the International Investment & Development Committee of the ABA Section of International Law (2016-2017), and holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law, as well as an LLB and BSc. from King’s College London. He is admitted to practice law in New York.


Bill Novomisle

Managing Consultant, Process & Technology, KorumLegal

Bill is a senior litigator turned legal operations specialist with over 8 years’ experience in legal innovation roles. Bill has worked for both in-house departments and law firms across Hong Kong, China (Shanghai), India, Canada, and the USA designing and implementing various process and technology based initiatives. His clients span a wide variety of industries including TMT, heavy equipment manufacturing, consumer goods and financial services.  Bill has a keen interest in the transformation of the legal profession and elevating the role that lawyers’ play in the strategy and operations of their corporate clients.


Bernard Tan
Chief Legal Counsel, SAP Data and Cybersecurity

Bernard is Chief Legal Counsel for Data and Cybersecurity at SAP. Prior to this role, he was Assistant General Counsel for SAP Greater China region. One of his main responsibilities was to help transform and grow SAP Greater China’s business through enabling customers to become Intelligent Enterprises, using SAP technology such as Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT, Analytics and mobile solutions. In addition, Bernard was also the SAP Greater China’s Data Protection and Privacy Officer, and manages privacy and cybersecurity matters for the region. Recently, Bernard’s role has changed to co-managing data and cybersecurity matters for SAP globally. Bernard has been a technology lawyer for two decades and has been admitted to practice in England and Wales, Hong Kong and Singapore. Besides his law degree, Bernard has an LLM (LST) degree from Stanford Law School and an MSc (e-Business) degree from the NUS Business School.

Fiona Phillips
HSBC Regional Head Of RBWM Legal, Asia Pacific and Co-Head of HSBC’s Digital Legal Programme

Fiona is the Regional Head of HSBC’s Retail Banking and Wealth Management Legal Team for Asia Pacific, as well as Co-head of the Bank’s Digital Legal Programme. Fiona has worked in Hong Kong, Dubai, Amsterdam and London. Originally training at Freshfields as a restructuring and insolvency lawyer, Fiona is now a Fintech enthusiast, passionate about consumer protection and a plain language terms advocate. Fiona also speaks English and German.  

Lauren Ellison
Supervising Counsel, Telstra Enterprise International

Lauren is Supervising Counsel at Telstra, the global telecommunications company founded in Australia. Lauren leads a team in Hong Kong and supports Telstra's international enterprise and services business unit in Asia, manages the international corporate secretarial function, as well as their Asia corporate development/M+A team. The team were winners of In-House Legal Team of the Year - TMT 2018 and Asia In-House Team of the Year 2018 at the In-House Community Counsels of the Year awards.

Originally from Scotland where she qualified, prior to her career with Telstra and her move to Asia, Lauren qualified in England and Wales and spent 7 years working for a boutique law firm in London specializing in M+A and mid-market European private equity transactions, principally acting for a cohort of private equity fund clients.

Lauren is a member of Telstra's International Diversity and Inclusion Counsel, Brilliant Connected Women network and Telstra's Legal Innovation Forum. Leveraging her passion for innovation in the legal services industry, Lauren more recently founded the Hong Kong Chapter of CLOC, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

Karin Trantallis
Assistant General Counsel, APAC, Marriott International

Karin Trantallis is the Assistant General Counsel at Marriott International, Inc., based here in Hong Kong.  She oversees a team of attorneys and legal professionals who assists with Marriott’s development and operations in the Asia Pacific region.  Formerly a corporate attorney with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Karin is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong, Australia, and England and Wales.


VENUE:  HKIAC, 38th Floor Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
DATE:  Tuesday, 18 September 2018 
TIME:  8:30 for coffee, 9:00 - 10:00 for presentation 
RSVP:  Please register your attendance online no later than Friday, 14 September. If you register but are then unable to attend, please email events@hkcca.net and tell us so that other members on any waitlist may attend. If you have any suggestions for topics or speakers for future ACC Hong Kong events, please let us know at events@hkcca.net. 

Please note this event is exclusively for ACC Hong Kong members. If you are not an ACC Hong Kong member but you want to attend this presentation, 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 ACC Hong Kong Secretariat on events@hkcca.net or (852) 2516 7007.
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