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IPBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017


The Twenty-Seventh Annual General Meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference as follows.

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Place: SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre
Auckland, New Zealand


  1. To approve the financial statements of the Association for the year ended 31 December 2016;
  2. To elect a Vice-President, Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Program Coordinator, Deputy Program Coordinator, Jurisdictional Council Members, At-Large Council Members, and to appoint Regional Coordinators (see below for details);
  3. To note that Mr. Dhinesh Bhaskaran will be retiring as Director at this Annual General Meeting when his term as President ends (see Note 1);
  4. To note that Ms. Miyuki Ishiguro will be retiring as Director at this Annual General Meeting when her term as Secretary-General ends (see Note 1);
  5. To appoint the Vice President, Mr. Francis Xavier, as a Director of the Association pursuant to Article XI.3 (see Note 1);
  6. To appoint the Secretary-General, Ms. Caroline Berube, as Director of the Association pursuant to Article XI.3 (see Note 1);
  7. To note the resignation of Mr. Yap Wai Ming, as Resident Director of the Association upon the appointment of Francis Xavier as a Director who will qualify as Resident Director;
  8. To re-appoint RSM Chio Lim as auditors of the Company, and to authorize the Directors to fix their remuneration; and
  9. To conduct other business as determined by the Officers, Council, and Members for which due notice has been given.

Miyuki Ishiguro

Note 1: Article XI.3 of the IPBA Constitution provides that: The President, the President-Elect, the Vice President and the Secretary-General shall be named as Directors of the Association. If none of these Officers is a resident of Singapore, the Officers may at any time appoint a Singapore resident (provided he/she is willing to act) to be a director of the Association ("Resident Director") for such term as may be agreed by the Officers. The Resident Director shall be eligible to stand for reappointment for multiple terms in the event that there continues to be no Resident Director from amongst the Officers. The Officers may at any time remove the Resident Director or appoint another individual from amongst the Members as the Resident Director. The Resident Director need not be an Officer but must be a Member and he/she shall be entitled to hold any other position within Council while he/she is serving as Resident Director. The Resident Director in his/her capacity as a director of the Association shall only act in accordance with the authority of the Officers.



At the Mid-Year Council Meeting held in Brussels, Belgium on October 9, 2016, the following persons were duly nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the IPBA Council:


Vice President: Francis Xavier
Rajah & Tann LLP; Singapore
Secretary-General: Caroline Berube
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC; Guangzhou
Deputy Secretary-General: Michael Burian
Gleiss Lutz; Stuttgart
Program Coordinator: Jose Cochingyan III
Cochingyan & Peralta Law Office; Manila
Deputy Program Coordinator: Shin Jae Kim
TozziniFreire Advogados; São Paulo

Jurisdictional Council Members, 2017-2020 (3-year term)

China: Zhi Qiang (Jack) Li; Jin Mao Partners, Shanghai
Hong Kong: Myles Seto; Deacons, Hong Kong
India: Atul Dua; Seth Dua & Associates, New Delhi
Indonesia: Emalia Achmadi; Soemadipradja and Taher, Jakarta
Korea: Jihn U Rhi; Rhi & Partners, Seoul
Malaysia: Tunku Farik; Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong, Kuala Lumpur
Singapore: Chong Yee Leong; Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore
Switzerland: Bernhard Meyer; MME Legal AG, Zurich (renewal)
UK: Jonathan Warne; Nabarro LLP, London (renewal)
Vietnam: Net Le; LNT & PARTNERS, Ho Chi Minh (new jurisdiction)

At-Large Council Member, 2017-2020 (3-year term)

Latin America: Rafael Vergara; Carey y Cia, Santiago
Hawaii & Pacific Islands: Steven Howard; Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Tokyo
Europe: Gerhard Wegen; Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
      (changed from Regional Coordinator)

The following were appointed by the President and endorsed by the Nominating Committee:

Regional Coordinators, 2017-2019 (2-year term)

Western Pacific: Neil Russ; Buddle Findlay, Auckland
Middle East: Ali Al Hashimi; Global Advocates and Legal Consultants, Dubai

Additional nominations for Officers, Deputy Officers, and Jurisdictional and At-Large Council Members may be submitted to the Secretary-General, subject to the following requirements:

  1. Each nomination must be signed by more than 10% of the Members, no more than 50% of whom shall represent two Jurisdictions; or in the case of Jurisdictional Council Members, nominations must be signed by more than 10% of Members from that Jurisdiction;
  2. Members so nominated must verify their acceptance of the nominations; and
  3. Nominations must be lodged with the Secretary-General at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

The IPBA is incorporated in Singapore, Company Registration Number: 201526931R