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The Thirtieth Annual General Meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association will be held in conjunction with the 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference as follows.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Time: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Venue: Hotel Mulia
Jakarta, Indonesia


  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 2019;
  2. To elect a Vice-President, Memberhip Committee Vice-Chair, Deputy Committee Coordinator,  Publications Committee Vice-Chair, Deputy Webmaster, Jurisdictional Council Members, At-Large Council Members, and to appoint a Regional Coordinator (see below for details);
  3. To note that Mr. Francis Xavier 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. Richard Briggs, as a Director of the Association pursuant to Article XI.3 (see Note 1);
  5. To appoint an auditor of the Company, and to authorize the Directors to fix their remuneration;
  6. To approve and adopt the report of the Constitution Review Committee, which will be distributed for review to IPBA members prior to the Annual Meeting and Conference, and to amend the Constitution of the Association as set out in the report of the Constitution Review Committee;
  7. To elect, by a majority of the Members present from Russia, a Council Member for Russia, provided that Russia has at least 25 Members that are duly qualified lawyers in good standing and have paid their dues within the time period determined by the Council; and
  8. To conduct other business as determined by the Officers, Council, and Members for which due notice has been given.

Michael Burian

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 Milan, Italy on October 13, 2019, the following persons were duly nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the IPBA Council:


Vice-President Richard Briggs
Hadef & Partners; Dubai
Deputy Committee Coordinator Eriko Hayashi
ERI Law Firm; Osaka
Membership Committee Vice-Chair Melva Valdez
Bello Veldez Caluya and Fernandez; Manila
Publications Committee Vice-Chair James Jung
College of Law; Sydney
Deputy Webmaster Riccardo Cajola
Cajola & Associati; Milan

Jurisdictional Council Members, 2020-2023 (3-year term)

Hong Kong: Myles Seto; Deacons; Hong Kong (renewal of term)
India: Shweta Bharti; Hammurabi & Solomon Partners; New Delhi
Indonesia: Kurniawan Tanzil; Makarim & Taira S.; Jakarta
Korea: Jihn U Rhi; Rhi & Partners; Seoul (renewal of term)
Malaysia: Tunku Farik; Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong; Kuala Lumpur
(renewal of term)
Singapore: Chong Yee Leong; Allen & Gledhill LLP; Singapore (renewal of term)
Switzerland:  Urs Zenhäusern; Baker & McKenzie Zurich; Zurich
Vietnam: Net Le; LNT Partners; Ho Chi Minh (renewal of term)

At-Large Council Members, 2020-2023 (3-year term)

Europe: Gerhard Wegen; Gleiss Lutz; Stuttgart (renewal of term)
Latin America: Rafael Vergara; Carey; Santiago (renewal of term)
USA: Michael Chu; McDermott Will & Emery; Chicago*

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

Regional Coordinator, 2020-2022 (2-year term)

Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands: Steven Howard; Sony Corp.; Tokyo*

*These positions are changed as follows:

  1.  "Regional Coordinator, North America" to become "At-Large Council Member, USA".
  2.  "At-Large Council Member, Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands" to become "Regional Coordinator, Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands".

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