Jurisdictions and Regions

The IPBA accepts members from any country in the world.

We realize that as international lawyers, you may live in one country but are licensed there and/or in other jurisdictions. We consider the country in which you live to be your "country", and the country or countries in which you are licensed to be your "jurisdiction(s)".

Any jurisdiction with 25 or more members is eligible to elect a leader known as a Jurisdictional Council Member (JCM), who is in charge of membership issues for that jurisdiction. Currently, the following jurisdictions have a JCM:

Australia        Canada China France
Germany Hong Kong India Indonesia
Japan Korea Malaysia New Zealand
Pakistan The Philippines Singapore Switzerland
Taiwan Thailand United Kingdom United States


An At-Large Council Member is elected either to support the JCM, or to support IPBA members in a jurisdiction or region without a leader. The following jurisdictions or regions have an At-Large Council Member:

China                Europe India
Latin America Osaka USA

In addition, Regional Coordinators are recommended for appointment by the IPBA President to support and promote membership in a larger geographical area. The following regions have Regional Coordinators:

Australasia & Southwestern Pacific Islands Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands Middle East


Contact the local or regional representative if you have any questions about IPBA members, or want to get involved in IPBA activities in that area!


Michael Butler

81 Flinders Street
Adelaide, SA, South Australia, Australia


Australia has 21 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Sean Muggah

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
1200 Waterfront Centre200 Burrard Street, P.O. Box 48600
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Canada has 21 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Junlu Jiang

King & Wood Mallesons
18th Floor, East Tower, World Financial Center, No.1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District
Beijing, N/A, China

 +86 10 5878 5588
 +86 10 5878 5577
At-Large Council Member

Xin Yue Shi

20/F, China Resources Building 8Jianguomenbei Avenue
Beijing, CHINA, China


China has 72 members
(as of June 23, 2020)




我很高兴成为Jurisdictional Council Member的一员。




Hello everyone!

I come from China. I am a partner from King & Wood Mallesons. I specialize in employment and social insurance laws.

I am very happy to become a Jurisdictional Council Member.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.

Jiang Junlu







Wolters Kluwers' China: 4th Annual International Arbitration, Compliance and Competition Law Summit - Nov 15, 2018 Beijing

IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore - April 25-27, 2019

Xin Yue (Henry) Shi






Frederic Dal Vecchio

87, avenue Charles de Gaulle
NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, Hauts-de-Seine, France


France has 23 members
(as of June 23, 2020)



Sebastian G. Kuehl

Huth Dietrich Hahn Partnerschaftsgesellschaft
Neuer Jungfernstieg 17
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


Germany has 39 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Myles Seto

5/F Alexandra House,18 Chater Road,Central
N/A, N/A, Hong Kong

 2825 9211
 2810 0431

Hong Kong has 56 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Shweta Bharti

405A&B, 4th Floor, Gate No. 3, Saket District Centre, Saket

 +91-11-4352 0001
At-Large Council Member

Manjula Chawla

Phoenix Legal
Phoenix House, 254 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III
New Delhi, Delhi, India

 +91 11 49830000
 +91 11 49830099

India has 70 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Looking forward to my tenure as the JCM for India jurisdiction and work towards increasing the Indian footprint at the IPBA and also ensure that there is maximization of visibility of IPBA and its activities across relevant domestic events.

Shweta Bharti
January 1, 2020

Kurniawan Tanzil

SHIFT Counsellors at Law
Treasury Tower 10th Floor, District 8 - SCBD Lot 28, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta 12190, Indonesia
Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia

 +62 21 50300880
 +62 21 50300830

Indonesia has 30 members
(as of June 23, 2020)

JCM, Japan

Kenichi Masuda

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Otemachi Park Building,
1-1-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan

At-Large Council Member, Osaka

Kazuhiro Kobayashi

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
27F Nakanoshima Festival Tower
2-3-18 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku
Osaka, Osaka, Japan


Japan has 227 members
(as of June 23, 2020)



Jihn U. Rhi

Rhi & Partners
Suite 205, Trade Tower. 511
Yeongdong-daero, Kangnam-gu
Seoul, ., Korea, Republic of


Korea has 35 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Tunku Farik

Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong
Unit 5-03, 5th Floor Straits Trading Building 2 Lebuh Pasar Besar
50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territories, Malaysia

 60-3-2697 0355
 60-3-2693 8060

Malaysia has 38 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


SELAMAT DATANG and Welcome to the Jurisdictional page for Malaysia.

As the Jurisdictional Council Member (JCM) for Malaysia, I will be keeping in touch with all of you to update you on developments in the IPBA and please feel free to contact me should you have any queries on the IPBA.

As you know, the IPBA is the second largest bar association in the World consisting mainly of business lawyers. Being a member is important for you to enjoy connections throughout Pacific region and the rest of the World with IPBA members from other countries.

I can vouch for a fact, having been an IPBA member since 2006, that the friends you make at the IPBA are for life given the friendly nature of the members and the useful business contacts to enhance your legal practice.

As such, I would like to encourage current members to get their colleagues and friends in the legal fraternity and in-house counsel to be IPBA members in order to enjoy the camaraderie and wealth of business connections.

I would like to remind the Malaysian members who have not kept their membership subscriptions up to date to please remit the same immediately.

I hosted an IPBA Malaysian members get together at the Royal Selangor Club on 20 February 2020, which was well attended, fortunately before the COVID-19 lockdown.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the 30th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai from 18-21 April 2021!

Terima kasih and warm regards

Tunku Farik
JCM for Malaysia
Email: tunkufarik@atfw.com.my


Michael Shanahan

Tompkins Wake
P. O. Box 2543
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

 +64 07 839 4771
 +64 7 839 4913

New Zealand has 17 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Mohammad Abdur Rahman

Vellani & Vellani
148, 18th East Street, Phase I, Defence Officers' Housing Authority
Karachi , Sindh , Pakistan

 +92 (21) 35801000
 +92 (21) 3580-2120

Pakistan has 32 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Rocky Reyes

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
SSHG Law Centre 105 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Philippines


The Philippines has 43 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Yee Leong Chong

Allen & Gledhill LLP
One Marina Boulevard#28-00
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

 65-6890 7188
 65-6302 3415

Singapore has 93 members
(as of June 23, 2020)

Urs Zenhäusern

Baker & McKenzie Zurich
Holbeinstrasse 30
Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


Switzerland has 40 members
(as of June 23, 2020)

Maxine Chiang

Chiang & Partners Attorneys-at-Law
501, 5F., No. 88, Sec. 2, Zhongxiao E. Rd.
Taipei, Zhong Zheng Dist., Taiwan


Taiwan has 56 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Punjaporn Kosolkitiwong

Dej-Udom & Associates Ltd.
Charn Issara Tower 9/F 942/142-3 Rama IV Road
Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand


Thailand has 22 members
(as of June 23, 2020)



Alexander Gunning QC

One Essex Court
One Essex Court
London, London, United Kingdom


United Kingdom has 45 members
(as of June 23, 2020)


Jeffrey L. Snyder

Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States

At-Large Council Member

Michael Chu

444 West Lake Street

CHICAGO, Illinois, United States


United States has 64 members
(as of June 23, 2020)

Welcome to the Jurisdictional page for the United States.

As the Jurisdictional Council Member for the United States, it’s my job to encourage all of you to get and stay involved in IPBA activities.
Members from the United States play an important role in the IPBA and serve on many committees.
We welcome you to join and to get involved. I am proud to have been a member of the IPBA for many years, and I consider the IPBA vital to my practice of international trade law in Washington, DC (and a lot of fun).

We can pair new members with long term members who can provide ideas on getting involved and seizing the benefits of IPBA membership.
The key step is to join a Committee and get involved in the Committee activities, which include everything from preparing panels for the Annual Conferences (next up, Singapore in 2019) or the mid-year meeting (next up, Thailand),
or any number of regional conferences (like our recent event in Los Angeles).  

If you have any questions about how to get more involved in the IPBA and how to make the most of your membership, please let me know. 
We need you to be actively engaged. We need each of you to recruit a new member from the United States, to help with regional events (send me any ideas for topics, areas of your expertise, what you would like to speak on, which committees are of interest).

Net Le

Unit 3, Level 21, Bitexco Financial Tower, No.2 Hai Trieu Street, District 1
Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

 84 28 3821 2357
 84 28 3910 3733

Vietnam has 26 members
(as of June 23, 2020)

Regional Coordinator


Steven E Howard

Fiskars Japan Co. Ltd.
Kowa Nibancho Bldg. 4F, 11-19, NibanchoChiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


Hawaii has 11 members
(as of June 23, 2020)

At-Large Council Member


Gerhard Wegen

Gleiss Lutz
Lautenschlagerstrasse 21
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 49-711-85 50 96

Number of members in Europe: 

Austria 4Belgium 5Denmark 2France 23Germany 39
Italy 20Kazakhstan 2Luxembourg 4Malta 1Netherlands 11
Poland 4Russian Federation 19Spain 7Sweden 2Switzerland 40
Ukraine 2United Kingdom 45      

(as of June 23, 2020)


Dear IPBA Members from Europe,

I welcome you all in my capacity as At-Large Council Member Europe of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. I was re-elected in that function from 2020 to 2023. Previously, I joined the IPBA in 1996 and have been Vice-Chair and Chair for many years of the Banking, Finance and Securities Committee. I then served two three-year terms as Jurisdictional Council Member Germany.

Presently, the following European jurisdictions qualify to have a Jurisdictional Council Member (JCM) in the IPBA Council due to having more than 25 members in their respective jurisdiction:

France          Germany          Switzerland          United Kingdom

These jurisdictions have their own JCM to whom you may turn in the first instance. I would be looking very much in particular after the other jurisdictions, not yet represented with a JCM in the IPBA Council. We have put particular efforts into building a respective membership in Russia, but then also in Benelux and more recently in Italy. In these jurisdictions we have approximately 15 to 20 members each and I would very much hope to hit the target number of 25 respectively soon. Europe would encompass in this sense Russia, but also Turkey and Israel in addition to Continental Europe and the British Isles.

However, we also want to build up membership particularly in other regions, such as Scandinavia, Central Europe, South-East Europe, Central Asia and Spain/Portugal. For all the European countries, Asia is of utmost importance, and with the many cultural ties for centuries we should be able to form better relationships in political, cultural and economic perspective.

The IPBA is the leading international lawyers’ association in the Asia-Pacific region. Although its focus is on Asia, there are also significant memberships in Europe, in North and South America and somewhat developing in Africa. The IPBA offers a broad range of possibilities to get actively involved in the areas of interest to the individual lawyer from across the world with some 20 expert committees by arranging regional conferences, one large annual conference and some special events all over the world. The IPBA also teams up with international lawyers’ associations such as IBA, arbitration centers, expert organizations and publishing houses. The European membership is now at 230. Overall, the overall membership comes up to 1265.

If you have questions regarding the IPBA, never hesitate to turn to the Jurisdictional Council Member in your jurisdiction, and/or to contact me directly.

I hope to see you soon in person. Stay safe.

Gerhard Wegen


Planned events

Joint even with the Vienna International Arbitration Center

Dates: February 12-13, 2021
Location: Vienna
This event will bring together lawyers from Asia and Europe, who can then stay on to attend the Vienna Arbitration Days, held February 21-22, 2021. Details of the program will be announced soon!


At-Large Council Member


Rafael Vergara

Isidora Goyenechea 2800, piso 43 Las Condes
Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile


Number of members in Latin America:

Argentina 3Brazil 13Chile 7
Colombia 2Mexico 1Peru 5
Uruguay 2    

(as of June 23, 2020)



Regional Coordinator


Neil Andrew Russ

Russ + Associates
Level 15, 36 Kitchener Street
Auckland, NZL, New Zealand

 64 9 972 0184

Number of members in Australasia and Southwestern Pacific Islands:

Australia 21          Fiji 1          New Zealand 17

(as of June 23, 2020)


Regional Coordinator


Ali Al Hashimi

Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel
Level 21, ROLEX Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates


Number of members in the Middle East:

Bahrain 1 Iran 1 Kuwait 1
Turkey 2United Arab Emirates 11  

(as of June 23, 2020)