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Hong Kong: Back to Business

Date: 1 March 2024

Venue: Hong Kong

Hong Kong is Back to Business!

Be sure to attend this timely and important one-day conference with panels from around the world.

Registration fee: HKD 1,500 for IPBA Members • HKD 1,800 for non-members

The registration fee includes acocktail networking event on February 29th and the full-day Conference on March 1st.

Enter a drawing to receive a free roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong from Cathay Pacific!

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Preliminary Program

9:00 to 9:15

Welcome Remarks
Fred Kan, IPBA Jurisdictional Council Member for Hong Kong

9:15 to 9:45

Opening Speech
Dr. The Hon. Geoffrey Ma, GBM, KC, SC, Former Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal

9:45 to 10:00
Olivia Kung, IPBA Publications Committee Vice-Chair

10:00 to 11:00

Positioning Hong Kong as a Family Office Hub
Moderator: Eunice Tan, Equiom
Speakers: Jeremy Lam (Deacons), Richard Grasby (Appleby), Daphne Duan (Invest HK)

In this panel session, experts weigh in on Hong Kong's attractiveness as a destination for family offices, how it holds up against other family office hubs and the trends they observe working with families interested in establishing a Hong Kong connection.

11:00 to 11:30 

Coffee Networking

11:30 to 12:30 

How to return international arbitration to being cheap and quick
Moderator: Denis Brock, O'Melveny
Speakers: Mariel Dimsey (CMS), Joanne Lau (HKIAC), Ben Bury (Gammon), Cameron Hassal (Clifford Chance)

Arbitration espouses that its advantages over municipal litigation include that it is cheaper and quicker. However, those attributes have been eroded: why is that, and how can they be restored?

12:30 to 14:00 

Speech by AIA on Green Finance

14:00 to 15:00 

Mobilising Capacity for Green Finance & Sustainability
Moderator: Vivien Teu, Dentons
Speakers: Karen Chan (Standard Chartered Bank), Brian Tang (LITE Lab), Ricco Zhang (International Capital Markets Association)

Hong Kong’s steps to further enhance and deepen sustainable finance includes introducing world-class regulation in alignment with global standards, capacity building, data enhancement and technology innovation. The goal is to grow dynamic, trusted markets to mobilise capital to support net-zero transition.  This panel will consider how the practice of green finance is evolving, opportunities leveraging Hong Kong’s strength as an international financial centre and the role of lawyers.

15:00 to 15:30 

Coffee Networking

15:30 to 16:30 

Corporate rescue and getting back to business
Moderator: Cos Borrelli, Kroll
Speakers: Dan Anderson (Freshfields), John Marsden (Mayer Brown), Eva Sit SC (Temple Chambers)  

How Hong Kong has cemented its position, through legislative reform, cross border arrangements and jurisprudence as Asia’s leading financial and debt restructuring hub.

16:30 to 16:45 

Closing Remarks
Jose Cochingyan, IPBA Secretary-General

Conference Venue: Hotel Alexandra
Networking Cocktails will be held on February 29th at The Hong Kong Club.