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Doing Business with Asia: Developments in Trade, IP, Investment and Dispute Settlement

Date: Sept 20, 2018 Los Angeles

Venue: Los Angeles, California

The first event to be held in Los Angeles since our Annual Meeting and Conference in 2008!


The offices of Crowell & Moring, LLP
515 Flower Street - City Green
Los Angeles, California 90071-2201

Contacts: Jeffrey Snyder:
Corey Norton:


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IPBA North American Regional Conference
Doing Business with Asia: Developments in Trade, IP, Investment and Dispute Settlement

Language: English

An event to showcase the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)  to lawyers in the US, with a focus on the hot issues for 2018, including international trade under the “new rules” of the Trump Administration.

The sessions are designed to address the important matters facing international business in Asia, with speakers from key IPBA jurisdictions, led by IPBA Committee members, including the Corporate Counsel Committee.   IPBA Leadership, including those involved in future annual conferences has been invited and will discuss plans for upcoming events in Singapore, China, and Japan, among others.



Conference Begins

Light Lunch Provided

Welcome & Keynote

Trading Under Trump – Is It All About New Restrictions and Lost Opportunities?
(Panelists will canvass the use of measures (232, remedies), trade policies and negotiations, and non-tariff measures (e.g. corporate social responsibility, labor standards, anti-slavery, currency manipulation.)

New Concerns In IP
Protecting Your Intellectual Property In China And Other Key Markets; High/New Technology focus – China 2025?

Identifying and Fighting Corruption – Experiences from Local and Regional Counsel.
(Panelists will use case studies and discuss the web of interrelated statutes in the US and elsewhere that extend the reach of anti-corruption legislation into Asia and elsewhere.)

Foreign Investments – Localized Pitfalls and Strategies and Regulatory Approaches and Thresholds for Foreign Investment Review, Regulation, Approval. 
(Focus on both China and elsewhere in Asia.)

Disputes!  Recent Considerations in Navigating Arbitration.
(Panelists will discuss recent bilateral investment treaty decisions of interest, jurisdictional issues, and trends in dispute resolution as they impact doing business in Asia.)

Open Session – Q&A


California Wine Reception


Conference Concludes


Scheduled Speakers

Speakers will include representatives of IPBA leadership, past and present, and delegates from many jurisdictions, keynote presentations, and California lawyers on a variety of topics.

Keynote speakers from business:

Wylie Strout, GC Laserfiche 
Drew Boortz, US GC of Nexon (invited)

Speakers will also include:

Robert Rhoda                                     IPBA Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee Co-chair
Bird & Bird, Hong Kong
Kshama Loya Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai
Prof. Robert E. Lutz  
Paul E. Treusch  Distinguished Professor of International Legal Studies
Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles
Imam Hossain
Head of Chamber, Investment & Development-Consultancy/Litigation/Arbitration (IDCLA), Bangladesh
Jack Li  Vice President, IPBA
Founding Partner Jin Mao Partners, Shanghai
Taisuke Kimoto Partner, Pillsbury, Los Angeles
José Cochingyan, III IPBA Council, Program Coordinator
Managing Partner, Cochingyan & Partners Law Offices, Manila
Neerav Merchant  Majmudar & Partners, Mumbai
Candice Kim Greenberg Traurig, Los Angeles
Charlie McMahon McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago
Derek Hahn Crowell & Moring, California
Jean Chow-Callam Senior Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation FTI Consulting Global


IPBA Leadership representatives include:

Gerry Libby IPBA Past President
Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Los Angeles
José Cochingyan, III IPBA Council, Program Coordinator
Managing Partner, Cochingyan & Partners Law Offices, Manila
Jack Li Vice President IPBA
Founding Partner, Jin Mao Partners, Shanghai
Michael Chu IPBA Regional Coordinator – North America
Varya Simpson Deputy Webmaster, San Francisco
Ngosong Fonkem IPBA Next Generation Committee
Senior Advisor, Addison-Clifton, LLC, Milwaukee

Planning Committee and additional speakers:

Corey Norton, Group Counsel for Responsible Sourcing at Thai Union Group PCL, Chair, IPBA Membership Committee; Michael Chu, McDermott Will & Emery, Chicago, Regional Coordinator – North America; Jesse Goldman, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, Co-Chair, International Trade Committee; Jeff Snyder, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC and Brussels, Jurisdictional Council Member, United States