Eye on IPBA

Eye on IPBA Issue #11, April 2015



Issue #11 April 2015

The IPBA Secretariat
Roppongi Hills North Tower 7F
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:  IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference is Next Week! • Conference Highlights • IPBA Scholars 2015 • Visit the IPBA Secretariat Booth in Hong Kong • IPBA Changing of the Guard • IPBA Mid-Year Council Meeting and Regional Conference in Dubai

Dear Members,

Greetings from the IPBA!

The IPBA 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong starts in less than one week! Join us May 6-9 for what will certainly be an event to remember. Close to 1,000 delegates have already signed up, but it's never too late to register!

If you would like to register and need your IPBA Membership Number, you no longer have to wait for the Secretariat to reply to an e-mail. Just log on to the Member Only Section of the IPBA Web Site and choose "My Profile". The "ID" next to your photo and next to the "My Profile" heading is your IPBA Membership Number.

Some of the highlights of this year's conference include:

Plenary Session, May 7, 8:30-12:15: Divided into two parts, the first half entitled "Vision for the Future - the Playing Field" will feature business leaders who will explore how the economic/business/political/regulatory environment will look beyond 2015. In the second half, "Vision for the Future - the Legal Team", legal experts will offer insights into how the legal profession must respond and adapt in order to survive and prosper against this changing landscape.

IPBA Committee Sessions, May 8-9 from 8:30am: IPBA's 23 specialist committees have put together dozens of educational sessions that are sure to give you the insight and information you need to serve your clients. Over the course of three days, you can learn the latest information on topics such as Arbitration; Cross-Border Investment; Energy and Environmental Law; Immigration and Employment Law, and much more! Check the Conference programe HERE.

Speed Dating, May 6, 16:00-18:00: Exchanging business cards is so "yesterday". IPBA has its eye on the future with the very first IPBA Speed Dating event. Find your perfect professional match!

Gala Dinner, May 8, 18:30-23:00: the dress code is "black tie" or "national dress", so there will surely be some great people watching to be had. Oh, yes, and the dinner and entertainment will be superb, as the 25th Anniversary of the IPBA will be celebrated!

Annual General Meeting (AGM), May 9 10:30-12:00: All IPBA members are invited to attend this meeting, at which the IPBA Officers report on the activities of the association over the past year as well as announce plans for the upcoming year. This is a chance for members to make their voices heard, too, as anyone is welcome to step up to the microphone and make comments or ask questions of the Officers.

Don't forget to download the conference app, so you can get the latest updates on your handheld device throughout the conference!

IPBA Secretariat in Hong Kong

Due to attendance at the Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong, the IPBA Secretariat staff won't be available to answer the phone at the Secretariat. If you need to reach us from May 2nd through May 10th, please send us an e-mail to ipba@ipba.org. We will reply as soon as possible!

Or, if you're in Hong Kong, please stop by our booth in the Exhibition Hall! We would love to meet new members in person, as well as see our favorite members again.

We will be ready to verify if your membership is current in order to take advantage of the Special Early Bird rate to register for next year's Conference in Kuala Lumpur, too! The Kuala Lumpur 2016 booth will be positioned right next to the Secretariat.

IPBA Scholars 2015

This year, ten Scholars have been chosen from dozens of applicants to attend the Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong. You can read about their background and experience on the IPBA web site 2015 Hong Kong Scholars page.

Zheng Hui Ng (Charlie)

Pho Sotheaphal (Phal)
Khamphaeng Phochanthilath (Lao PDR) Bui Tien Long (Vietnam) Disket Angmo
Khin Soe Htaik (Myanmar) Patricia Cristina Tan Ngochua (Philippines) Pavithra Navarathne (Sri Lanka) Maria Abe (Russia) Karolina Schiffter (Poland)

Be sure to greet them at the IPBA New Member and Scholar Reception on May 6th from 16:30!

Willam A. Scott
IPBA President

It is a bittersweet time for the IPBA President and IPBA Secretary-General, as their terms are ending immediate after the AGM on May 9th. They will not leave us completely, though, as President William A. Scott will still be officially active in the IPBA leadership on the IPBA Nominating Committee for two more years; and Secretary-General Yap Wai Ming intends to stay through the proposed incorporation of the IPBA.

Read their final messages in the IPBA Journal March issue, and online (links under their respective photos).

After the Hong Kong Conference, Huen Wong will escalate from President-Elect to President, and Deputy Secretary-General Miyuki Ishiguro will become the Secretary General.

Yap Wai Ming
IPBA Secretary-General

IPBA Mid-Year Council Meeting and Regional Conference

The IPBA Council is busy year-round, working on behalf of IPBA members. During a long wekeend each fall, Council Members gather for a series of meetings, such as they do in the days prior to the start of the Annual Conference. Following their Mid-Year Council Meetings is a Regional Conference open to all IPBA members and non-members alike. This year, Host Committee Chair Richard Briggs of Hadef and Partners will be welcoming the Council to Dubai, UAE, October 23rd through 26th. Details will be posted on the IPBA web site as they are finalized.

Other news:

  • The IPBA and the Construction Industry Council of Hong Kong will be holding its annual Conference on Friday, June 12th at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre! More details will be announced soon.
  • More and more organizations are asking IPBA to support their events, indicating that IPBA is the organization to be associated with! You can find details of all IPBA events and those we support in the Events Calendar on the IPBA web site. IPBA-supported events coming up soon:

    May 12-14: HK Summit 2015: Bridging Cultures, Connecting Futures"
    May 19: Global Competition Review's "GCR Live IP & Antitrust Asia-Pacific"
    May 21: Kluwer Law International's "Global Competition Forum"
    May 25-26: marcus evans' "Cross Border Contracts & Arbitration"
    June 10: Kluwer Law International's "International Arbitration Summit"
    June 29-30: Singapore Academy of Law's "Technology & Law Conference 2015: The Future of Money & Data"

    Check the IPBA web site for details of these and other events!