Eye on IPBA

Eye on IPBA Issue #9, February 2015



Issue #9 February 2015

The IPBA Secretariat
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6-2-31 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel +81 3-5786-6796 FAX +82-3-5786-6778
E-mail: ipba@ipba.org

Featured Topics: Membership News • Best Paper Prize • Recent Activities • Mid-Year Regional Conference in Dubai • Anywhere Pad is now Azeus Convene • Other News

Dear members,

Greetings from the IPBA!
Depending on where you are in the world, it is either starting to get warmer into spring or cooler into autumn. On a human level, the change of season can lead us to reassess our lives or surroundings, and spur us to make changes. This is true for a living association such as the IPBA, too! The leadership is constantly thinking of ways to improve member benefits and general policies that will help keep us healthy, and promote our growth and prosperity.
One way to hear more about the business of the association is to attend the Annual General Meeting on the last day of the Annual Conference. This year, the AGM will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 10:30am-12:00pm. You should have received an e-mail message, and will soon receive a letter in the mail, announcing the topics that will be discussed for ratification by IPBA members. In addition to the approval of nominees for IPBA Officer and other leadership positions, a major item to be presented in May is the incorporation of the IPBA, which has been discussed among the Council and other IPBA leadership for the past two years. We encourage all IPBA members to attend the AGM!

IPBA Membership News

Thank you to those of you who have already paid your dues for 2015! We accept payment for 2015 dues until March 31st. Remember that you need to have paid your dues for 2015 in order to take advantage of the cheapest registration rates for the IPBA 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong. Please do not hesitate to contact the IPBA Secretariat if you have any questions about your membership.

An incredible number of new members have joined IPBA in the past three months! Thank you to all of you who have recommended IPBA to your collegues and business associates. See who has joined us:

John Keeves, Johnson Winter & Slattery
Arpad Gered, Maybach Görg Lenneis & Partner
Sotheaphal Pho, Bassac Law
Matthew Kronby, Bennett Jones LLP
Lisa Chow, Beijing Yingke Law Firm
Lucas Jonsson, Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB Shanghai Representative Office
Gaby Smeenk, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. Shanghai Representative Office
Jen Zhai, Beijing Yingke Law Firm
Torsten Loercher, CMS Hasche Sigle
Björn Otto, CMS Hasche Sigle
Hong Kong
Nicholas Alexander Brown, Pinsent Masons
Nigel Francis, Addleshaw Goddard
Lianjun Li, Reed Smith Richards Butler
Thierry Lohest, Loyens & Loeff
Marco Nicolini, Chiomenti Studio Legale
Brett Stewien, Addleshaw Goddard
Vyapak  Desai, Nishith Desai Associate
Shourya Mandal, Fox Mandal
Rodney D. Ryder, Scriboard
Gaurav Saxena, Neeraj Associates
Ashwin Shanker, Chambers of George A Rebello
Disket Angmo Shunu, Agram Legal Consultants
Arif Abdillah Aldy, Aldy Wicaksono Pratama (ALWP)
Leoni Silitonga, Roosdiono & Partners
Takanori Abe, Abe & Partners
Hironobu Akatsuka, Kojima Law Offices
Ko Hanamizu, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Ayumu Iijima, Kitahama Partners
Nae Iijima, Dojima Law Office
Atsutoshi Maeda, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Ryosuke Naka, Kitahama Partners
Megumi Nakajima, TMI Associates
Shohei Tezuka, Higashimachi LPC
Jongsoo Yoon, Shin & Kim
Khamphaeng Phochanthilath, VNA Legal
Hean Leng Ang, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Dheeraj Bhar, Brijnandan Singh Bhar & Co
Chee Hoong Chia, Rahmat Lim & Partners
Khong Aik Gan, Gan Partnership
Kamraj Nayagam, Kadir Andri & Partners
Swee Kee Ng, Shearn Delamore & Co.
Zheng Hui (Charlie) Ng, Lee Sok Wah & Co.
David Chan Tong Ong, Chooi & Company
Min Lee Tan, Gan Partnership
Kai Chee Wan, Rahmat Lim & Partners

Khin Soe Htaik
New Zealand
Brian Paul Keene, Brian Paul Keene QC
Eloy Espiritu Bello IV, JG Law (Jimenez Gonzales Bello Valdez Caluya & Fernandez)
Patricia Cristina Tan Ngochua, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
Ma. Christina Reyes, Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices
Danielle-Anne Rubinos, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation
Mel Sumatra, Basa Delos Reyes Ybanez Macapagal & Sumatra Law Offices
Karolina Schiffter, Raczkowski & Wspólnicy
Maria Abe, ALRUD Law Firm
Eng Kiat Kenneth Cheow, Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Nobuo Fukui, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Singapore LLP
Jamie Harrison, Addleshaw Goddard
Denys Hickey, Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers
Warren Kim, Schaeffler (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Shuen Ann Glenda Lee, Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Elisabeth Leimbacher, Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd
Neil McInnes, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP
Ken Shimono, TMI Associates (Singapore) LLP
Brígida Galbete, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira SLP
Gregory A. Buxton, Winkler Partners
Christine Chen, Winkler Partners
Daniel Chen, Winkler Partners
Vincent Wang, Tsar & Tsai Law Firm
United Arab Emirates
Takamasa Makita, Clyde & Co LLP
United Kingdom
Ravi Aswani, Stone Chambers
Tom Coates, Lewis Silkin LLP
Alexander Gunning, 4 Pump Court
Tom Hibbert, RPC  (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP)
Peter Leaver, One Essex Court
Mark Lim, Lewis Silkin LLP
Iain Munro, 4 Pump Court
Simon Rainey QC, Quadrant Chambers
Chris Ross, RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP)
Adam Temple, 4 Pump Court
Jonathan Wood, RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP)
Philip Bruner, JAMS International
Seth Buckley, Carlsmith Ball LLP
Chris Cloutier, King & Spalding LLP
Sally Harpole, Independent Arbitrator
Tien Long Bui, ZICO Law Ltd.

We welcome you all to the IPBA and look forward to meeting you in person soon!

IPBA Best Paper Prize 2015

All IPBA members who register for the IPBA 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong are eligible to submit a paper to the Best Paper Prize 2015 competition! This is the fourth year of the competition, which gets more heated every year. Winners are presented with a certificate by the IPBA President at the Annual Conference, and the overall winning paper will be published in the IPBA Journal. See the regulations for entry on the IPBA web site.

Last year's winners: the overall winner was Sebastian Ko of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Hong Kong (left); and the Best Legal Analysis Winner was Sun Zhiquan of Beijing Liangbe Law Firm, Beijing (right).

Local Activities: Japan IPBA Member Get-together

On February 12th and 13th, IPBA Japan members in Tokyo and Osaka met in their respective regions to hear about the business of the association in 2014, and upcoming activities for 2015. Huen Wong and Annie Tsoi of the Hong Kong Annual Conference Host Committee also joined to give a talk on arbitration, and to explain more about the upcoming conference and the charms of Hong Kong. Afterwards, the delegates enjoyed a nice buffet and free-flowing beverages.

Huen and his team will be visiting other cities, such as Singapore and New Delhi, in the coming weeks and months leading to the conference.

Annie Tsoi speaks to the Japan IPBA members in Tokyo.








Richard Briggs
IPBA Regional Coordinator, Middle East
Hadef & Partners, Dubai

Regional Activities: IPBA Regional Conference in conjunction with the Mid-Year Council Meeting

On October 26th this year, the IPBA will hold a Regional Conference in Dubai, UAE. This is the very first time for IPBA to have an event in that important region of the world. The topic and speakers are yet to be decided, but be sure to save the date, and keep an eye on the Events Calendar of the IPBA web site for more details as they are finalized by the organizational team there, headed by IPBA Regional Coordinator for the Middle East, Richard Briggs.

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Other news:

  1. March 2-3: ABA Section of International Law's 2015 Asia Forum; Tokyo
  2. March 5-6: Global Competition Review's "GCR's Live 4th Annual Law Leaders Asia Pacific"; Singapore
  3. March 10-12: IFLR/IPBA Asia M&A Forum; Hong Kong
  4. March 12-13: Legal Era's "Legal Era Conclave 2015 India Awards on Business & Law"; New Delhi
  5. March 19-20: CIArb East Asia Branch's Centennial Celebration, "Century: Shaping the Future of Arbitration"; Hong Kong
  6. May 25-26: marcus evans' "Cross Border Contracts & Arbitration"; Kuala Lumpur