From a large number of candidates, the following ten Scholars were selected to attend the IPBA 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong. Individual reports of their experience at the conference can be found just underneath their names.
ZHENG HUI NG (Charlie) (MALAYSIA)
Charlie's report on the 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong
Charlie graduated from the National University of Malaysia (known as Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) with Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Charlie completed few university programmes abroad in Charles University, Czech Republic (2011), Peking University, China (2012) and Southwest University of Political Science and Law, China (2014) respectively. His areas of expertise include foreign direct investment, joint ventures, mergers and acquisition, corporate commercial matters and real estate-related transactions.
Charlie is actively involved in the Trade in Legal Services Committee as well as in the Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee under the Malaysian Bar. Charlie has been recently appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow for China-ASEAN Legal Research Centre. Charlie is currently leading the International Corporate Department in the Firm.
Charlie has been selected as the MS Lin Scholar for 2015.
PHO SOTHEAPHAL (PHAL) (CAMBODIA)
Phal is the Managing Partner and a Founder of SP & Partners. He has been admitted to Cambodia’s Bar Association in 2012, but his legal career dates back to year 2000 starting from being a legal assistant to a parliamentary legal researcher and key person for legal and international affairs and to a senior legal advisor at an international investment and legal advisory firm before joining SP & Partners in March 2015.
Phal has also been appointed as a (Civil Law) Notary Public and is the Managing Partner of Nitei Niron Notary Public, with the following roles in particular: composing/authenticating contracts, agreements, and legal instruments; providing professional legal advice; making certified copies of documents; and composing/authenticating wills/testaments and other authentic deeds.
Firmly adhering to international standards and possessing strong local insight and experience, Phal has been advising investors and other clients for more than seven years actively. His focused practice covers banking and finance, merger and acquisition, real estate, telecommunications, intellectual property, and labour.
Phal holds a Master’s Degree (LL.M) from the National University of Singapore (2004) and a Bachelor of Laws from local Norton University of Cambodia (2000).
He has written textbooks on property and labour laws and has commenced writing a glossary of legal terms in Khmer and English.
Phal has been selected as a Scholar in the Lawyers from Developing Countries category.
KHAMPHAENG PHOCHANTHILATH (LAO PDR)
Kamphaeng has more than 8 years of legal experience working on foreign direct investment, corporate and commercial with the following responsibilities: liaised with the Government of Lao PDR to conduct legal research regarding policies, laws and regulations; assisted on notarization and registration of legal documents; assisted with company establishment, representative office licensing, and other regulatory and licensing requirements for foreign investments; assisted in trademark registrations; coordinated projects between investors and government authorities; assisted in the conduct of legal due diligence and land due diligence. On the other hand, she also maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures, preparing payroll, controlling correspondence, designing filing systems, designs and implements office policies by establishing standards and procedures, measuring results against standards, making necessary adjustments, assigning and monitoring clerical functions,maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, participating in professional societies and establish and maintain human resources reflecting salary increases, deductions and other benefits.
National University of Laos – Faculty of Law and Political Science, Lao PDR; Bachelor of Laws
Pakpasack Technical School – Business Administration, Lao PDR; Diploma
Khamphaeng has been selected as a Scholar in the Lawyers from Developing Countries category.
BUI TIEN LONG (VIETNAM)
Bui Tien Long is a qualified lawyer with more than 6 year of practicing law in foreign and local law firms in Vietnam. Mr. Bui started his legal career at Vision & Associate, the top-tier law firm in the country, and then Fidal Franceskinj and Chazard, a French law firm after the two year master program in Korea. Prior to joining ZICOlaw Vietnam, Mr. Bui pursued his career as an associate in Phuoc and Partners Law Firm for nearly two years.
Mr. Bui has extensive experience in handling foreign direct investment, corporate and commercial issues, construction, real estate business, and litigation. Mr. Bui had two years working for the world’s second largest and well-known advertising agency (Ogilvy & Mather) and fast-moving consumer goods(Unilever) as in-house counsel, dealing with all kinds of advertising contracts, advertising matters, intellectual property, and commercial disputes with clients and suppliers.
Earning him a Master of Law (LL.M) at Transnational Law and Business University in Seoul, Korea (TLBU), Mr. Bui has extended knowledge of international law and cross-border law practitioner networking in the ASEAN region and China. In addition to the law practice, Mr. Bui wrote about International Public Procurement – Vietnam Chapter published in 2014 by Thomson Reuters. He has been actively participated in PhD project with an Australia tax lecturer in RMIT Vietnam. Mr. Bui can speak English, French, and Vietnamese.
Bui Tien has been selected as a Scholar in the Lawyers from Developing Countries category.
DISKET ANGMO (INDIA)
Disket is a corporate lawyer and her main focus area is commercial laws involving acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, intellectual property law, employment laws and general corporate advisory matters. She has advised clients on diverse matters involving foreign investment in various sectors like defence, healthcare, retail, telecommunication, information technology and other service industries.
Her experience also includes advising clients on various intellectual property law issues and has represented clients in arbitration and various general civil and intellectual property litigation at the Bombay High Court. She has been involved in various legal diligences. She has also been involved in drafting various legal documents, applications for approvals and reporting with the Reserve Bank of India, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board and the Company Court.
Before joining her present place of work, she worked at Khaitan & Co, Mumbai, one of India’s leading law firms. After a stint of about two years at Khaitan & Co, Disket moved out with Vaishali Sharma who was a Partner at Khaitan & Co, to join Agram Legal Consultants, which is a start-up law firm, founded by Vaishali Sharma.
Disket co-authored a chapter for the book titled “Patent Transactions in the Life Sciences: A Global Guide to Agreements in the Sector”, published by Globe Law and Business in 2014.
She presented a paper titled, “Airports in the 21st Century: Legal Issues and Concerns” at the National Aero-Space Conference held on 28 March 2009.
Disket has been selected as a Scholar in the Young Lawyers category.
KHIN SOE HTAIK (MYANMAR)
I am Ms. Khin Soe Htaik from Yangon, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Regarding with my academic outstanding, I’ve got Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) in 2007, Master of Laws (LL.M) in 2010 and Master of Research (M.Res) in 2011 from Dagon University of Myanmar. In addition, I’m still doing my doctoral research specialized on Public International Law at Yangon University.
For my career life, before I got my Master Degree, I worked in Yatanarpon Teleport, one of the biggest communication companies in Myanmar, as an executive staff. Then I served as a tutor at Department of Law, Dagon University under the authority of Ministry of Education. At the beginning of 2013, I’ve worked as a Junior Lawyer at TMI Associates of Japan (Myanmar Office). In TMI Associates, I’ve learned a lot about commercial matters, such as incorporation. I’ve resigned from TMI in December 2014 so that my Doctoral Research to be focused than before. Apart from this, now I’m doing as a freelance legal consultant and practicing the litigation cases before the Court to be an Advocate.
There are very rare litigation lawyers who can speak fluently English in our legal society. So my ambition is very simple, I’d like to be a lawyer who can communicate international legal societies and disseminate the knowledge to our legal society. I believe that my experiences as IPBA scholar can persuade other Myanmar young lawyers to participate or try to get such a great opportunity.
Khin Soe Htaik has been selected as a Scholar in the Lawyers from Developing Countries category.
PATRICIA CRISTINA TAN NGOCHUA (PHILIPPINES)
Patricia is a senior associate at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De los Angeles (Romulo), a top ranking Philippine law firm. Her practice focuses on general corporate matters as well as the more specialized fields of corporate law. She has been involved in securities, capital markets, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, energy and infrastructure projects, mining, and telecommunications related transactions over the course of her practice. She has advised and represented several publicly listed companies, multinational firms, financial institutions, domestic and foreign investors in the aforementioned practice areas.
Patricia received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law in 2007 where she graduated class valedictorian. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2008. In 2012, she received her Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Corporation Law from the New York University School of Law (NYU). Thereafter, she was granted a fellowship by NYU and placed with the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland, as an International Finance and Development Fellow. She then trained with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto LLP, a Japanerse Big Four firm. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2014.
Patricia has been selected as a Scholar in the Young Lawyers category.
PAVITHRA NAVARATHNE (SRI LANKA)
Pavithra Navarathne is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She started her career as a legal assistant in F.J. & G. de Saram, Attorneys-at-Law, a leading law firm in Sri Lanka which is also the oldest law firm in the country. Pavithra is presently a Senior Associate of the firm.
She is attached to the corporate law division of the firm and she handles wide variety of corporate and commercial work with a particular emphasis on taxation and transfer pricing, capital markets, construction, investment, mergers and acquisitions, project financing, banking and employment law.
Pavithra has advised many multinational clients and law firms as well as leading corporates in Sri Lanka. She has been part of legal teams acting for several international investors including a recent large-scale investment in the banking sector in Sri Lanka. She has also advised on several major infrastructure development projects undertaken by the private sector and is actively involved in many cross-border transactions of the firm. Pavithra has published articles in local and international publications including the IPBA Law journal. She is currently a member of the editorial committee of the ‘Junior Bar Law Journal 2015’ to be published by the Junior Bar Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
Pavithra has been selected as a Scholar in the Young Lawyers category.
MARIA ABE (RUSSIA)
Maria Abe graduated from the Moscow State University, Law Faculty in 2006 and in 2011 became Ph.D. in Law. In 2010-2011 she studied in Waseda University (Law Faculty) of Tokyo, Japan as a researcher student.
Maria started legal career working as in-house lawyer and worked in Russian trade company and in one of the largest and well-known retail French company where participated in numerous projects related to the support of the company’s business activity in Russia.
In 2013 Maria joined ALRUD Law Firm where now she provides legal services in commercial, contract, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, regulatory and other branches of law. During her career in ALRUD she was involved in legal consulting of foreign clients, including projects of Japanese and other Eastern enterprises. Maria has experience in legal support of foreign start-up projects, adaptation of the global policy to the requirements of Russian legislation and advising on various type of commercial transactions.
In September 2013 she took part in two-week internship in well-known Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
Maria speaks Russian (native), Japanese and English.
Maria has been selected as a Scholar in the Young Lawyer category.
KAROLINA SCHIFFTER (POLAND)
Advocate. Senior associate, head of the firm's immigration practice. She also advises in other areas of HR law. Graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Karolina holds the Master of German and Polish law degree. She took part in European and French law workshop and lectures at Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis in Nice. Before joining the firm, for five years Karolina had been a member of the Employment Law Department of Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. She also had internships in law firms in Germany. Karolina publishes articles in the most prominent daily newspapers such as "Rzeczpospolita", "Gazeta Prawna", as well as in legal magazines such as “Monitor Prawa Pracy” (“Labour Law Digest”). She is also regularly invited to television programmes as an employment law expert.
Karolina has been selected as a Scholar in the Young Lawyer category.