"Working in Foreign Jurisdictions : How and Why"
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association offered qualified lawyers and interns in Hong Kong the opportunity to attend a panel discussion on the topic of “Working in Foreign Jurisdictions: How & Why”.
Our presenters were distinguished members of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association who will share their knowledge of what it takes to make the transition from the practice of law in one jurisdiction to another. Our speakers covered legal practice in the UK, the UAE, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia and New Zealand.
The presentation took place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 14:00-16:00 at the offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, 21/F AIA Central 1 Connaught Road Central.
Susan Munro is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP based in the firm’s Beijing office. Ms. Munro has advised financial institutions, multinational companies and investment funds on China-related business and investment matters for more than 15 years.
Ms. Munro was educated in England and Hong Kong. After graduating in Chinese, she pursued post-graduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai as a British Council Scholar and is fluent in Putonghua (Mandarin). She trained at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, and was called to the Bar of England & Wales and to the Bar of the Hong Kong SAR, where she practiced as a barrister in the Hong Kong courts. She is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and is licensed by the PRC Ministry of Justice as a Registered Foreign Lawyer.
She regularly assists clients with China market entry and exit strategies, mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments. Ms. Munro also has deep experience of the Chinese labor and employment environment and also has extensive experience advising on protection of intellectual property in China and enforcement of IPR. In addition, Ms. Munro has conducted numerous China-related Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and SEC investigations in China and throughout South East Asia and has been active in Hong Kong and China-related arbitrations for several years.
Richard is a recognized leader in commercial dispute resolution in the UAE and has practiced contentious business law in the UAE for most of his career. His areas of specialization are in the litigation and arbitration fields, particularly with referecne to maritime, trade, and insurance law in the United Arab Emirated and the Middle East area.
Prior to working at Hadef, Richard trained with Clifford Chance in London and Dubai, later joining another UAE law firm as partner. He graduated from the University of Warwick (LLB) and the Collge of Law, Guildford (United Kingdom).
Richard is a member of the Law Society and a Practicing Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and also a member of the International Bar Association and World Jurist Association. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the BA Maritime Committee and member of the ICC Fraud Net network for the UAE.
Mariko Nakagawa is a partner in Rodyk & Davidson LLP's Corporate Practice Group and is the key contact person of the firm’s Japan Desk.
Mariko graduated with an LLB from Chuo University in 1994 and an LLM from Chuo University Graduate School in 1996. She further pursued a Master’s degree in law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia. She graduated in 2004 and was subsequently admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales, Australia. In the same year, she commenced her legal practice as a foreign lawyer in Singapore.
Mariko’s areas of practice encompass a broad spectrum ranging from general corporate and commercial law, corporate finance, employment, international trade, cross border M&As, dispute resolution and intellectual property. Mariko also has experience in foreign investment matters in the region, especially in Vietnam. She resided in Ho Chi Minh City from 2011 to 2012 and assisted Japanese companies in their outbound investments in Vietnam. This includes advising on the regulatory and licensing requirements for foreign investors, corporate structure, joint venture agreements, cross border trade, securities and finance, employment, real estate, and share purchases and acquisitions.
In addition, Mariko regularly contributes papers in Japanese to the local Japanese publications and speaks at the seminars for Japanese expatriates in Singapore.
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James is qualified to practise law in New Zealand and NSW, Australia. He earned is BA, LLB, MA (Hons), and LLM (Hons) degrees from the University of Auckland. As an Associate Director of Asia-Pacific at the College of Law Australia and New Zealand, his work focuses on the post-admission legal education and training for lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region.
James is also an experienced finance and securities lawyer, and was an IPBA Scholar at the 23rd IPBA Conference in Seoul.
In line with the purpose of the IPBA to contribute towards the development of the legal profession in the Pacific and Asian regions, the Legal Development & Training Committee, or LDTC, was established in November of 2001 as an informal committee of the IPBA, with the following objectives:
In May of 2002, at the IPBA's 12th Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Hong Kong, LDTC introduced its first training programs. In 2004, with the appointment of IPBA's first director of Legal Development & Training, LDTC in its Training Plan committed to provide annually at least four (4) low-cost but top quality training programs for members and non-members alike.
In 2008, the LDTC was recognized as a regular committee of the IPBA and as such, it will continue to pursue the objectives for which it was originally established.
In coming up with relevant training programs, the LDTC has worked closely with both members and non-members of the countries chosen to host its training programs. This is in order to ensure that the needs and expectations of the host country audience are properly addressed and met. LDTC believes in providing practical tips, tools and techniques to its audience that can immediately be applied into practice after the training event. The committee hopes to raise funds to support its training programs.
LDTC welcomes any comments and suggestions from members and non-members regarding future training programs of LDTC. It also encourages individuals desirous of raising the bar of the legal profession in the Asia-Pacific region to join its ranks as members, so that he and she may actively contribute to the advancement of the legal profession.