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IPBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

The IPBA Secretariat
Roppongi Hills North Tower 7F, 6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
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The Twenty-Eighth Annual General Meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference as follows.

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 4:00PM to 5:30PM
Place: Shangri-La at The Fort
Bonifacio Global City, Manila, Philippines


  1. To receive and consider, and if thought fit, approve and adopt the Financial Statements of the Association for the financial year ended 31 December 2017;
  2. To elect a Vice-President, a Membership Committee Vice-Chair, a Deputy Committee Coordinator, a Publications Committee Vice-Chair, Jurisdictional Council Members, At-Large Council Members, and to appoint a Regional Coordinator (see below for details);
  3. To note that Mr. Denis McNamara will be retiring as Director at this Annual General Meeting when his term as President ends (see Note 1);
  4. To appoint the Vice-President, Mr. Li Zhiqiang, as a Director of the Association pursuant to Article XI.3 (see Note 1);
  5. To re-appoint RSM Chio Lim as auditors of the Company, and to authorize the Directors to fix their remuneration; and
  6. To conduct other business as determined by the Officers, Council, and Members for which due notice has been given.

Caroline Berube

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 London on November 12, 2017, the following persons were duly nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the IPBA Council:


Vice-President Li Zhiqiang (Jack Li)
Jin Mao Partners; Shanghai
Membership Committee Vice-Chair Corey Norton
Trade Pacific Law; Washington, D.C.
Deputy Committee Coordinator Jonathan Warne
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP; London
Publications Committee Vice-Chair Priti Suri
PSA, Legal Counsellors; New Delhi

Jurisdictional Council Members, 2018-2021 (3-year term)

Australia: Michael Butler; Finlaysons; Adelaide
Canada: Sean Muggah; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Vancouver
China: Jiang Junlu; King & Wood Mallesons; Beijing
Japan: Kenichi Masuda; Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Tokyo
Pakistan: Mohammad Abdur Rahman; Vellani & Vellani; Karachi
Taiwan: Maxine Chiang; Chiang & Lee Attorneys-at-Law; Taipei
UK: Alex Gunning; 4 Pump Court; London
USA: Jeffrey Snyder; Crowell & Moring LLP; Washington, D.C.

At-Large Council Members, 2018-2021 (3-year term)

China: Xinyue (Henry) Shi; JunHe LLP; Beijing
Osaka: Kazuhiro Kobayashi; Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners; Osaka

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

Regional Coordinator, 2018-2020 (2-year term)

North America Michael Chu; McDermott Will & Emery; Chicago, IL

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