Eye on IPBA

Eye on IPBA Issue #29, October 2016




Issue #29 October 2016

The IPBA Secretariat
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Topics: IPBA Membership News • IPBA Committee News •
IPBA Mid-Year Council Meeting and Regional Conference in Brussels Report • 
Auckland 2017  •
IPBA Local and Regional Events • IPBA-Supported Events

Dear [[first_name]] [[last_name]] Esq.,
Hello from the IPBA on this final day of October!
This month was one of contrasting celebrations around the world: in some countries, the darkness of Halloween was playfully celebrated, while in others the light of Diwali was celebrated. We hope that you enjoyed the month in the way you wished!
With only two months left in the year, soon we will be entering into year-end holiday celebrations. During this time, there is still much to do, and IPBA is actively holding events and engaging in other matters. Read on below for the latest news.

IPBA Membership News

  • IPBA membership is now over 1,600! We are getting closer to our goal of 1,800 members, but we still have a long road ahead. Thank you to all of you who have reocmmended the IPBA to your collegues and business associates. Remember that any new members who join now can enjoy membership until December 31, 2017.
  • Thank you to those members who have contacted the IPBA Secretariat expressing an interest to participate in the teleconference to officially approve the audited financial report for 2015. (The unaudited report was approved at the Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on April 16, and now it is necessary to approve the audited report in order to comply with Singapore law.) Contact the IPBA Secretariat if you'd like to attend the call to be held on Friday, November 18, 16:00 Japan Time. We will send dial-in information and more details to all of those who register to participate ahead of time. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Membership renewal season will begin in November. We will send out notices by e-mail and a paper invoice to all members whose memberships expire at the end of this year.
  • Submissions for the IPBA Journal, both articles and Members' Notes, are accepted until November 10th. Contact the Publications Committee with any questions.

IPBA Committee News

New U.S. Law Bans Imports Made Using Forced Labor

At the recent mid-year Council meeting in Brussels, Committee chairs discussed the programs their committees are developing for the upcoming annual meeting in Auckland.  These updates truly show that the IPBA membership will have a great selection of interesting programs!  In the coming months committees will likely be sharing advance information about their programs.  This month, the International Trade Committee shares an Auckland programming update below.

International Trade, Corey Norton, Chair

Members of the International Trade Committee are looking forward to Auckland and are hard at work developing programs that reflect current and thought-provoking trade topics. The following is the current proposed line-up of co-sponsored and stand-alone programs!

  1. Wine, Cheese, and the High Life: Trade Barriers, Geographical Indications, and Other Challenges to Free Trade in Coveted Agricultural Products – Led by Raj Bhala
  2. Free Trade in Services – Or Not?:  Efforts and Difficulties to Liberalize Trade in Services – Led by Raj Bhala
  3. Clean Trade – Anti-Bribery and Corruption Risk and the International Supply Chain – Led by Annette Hughes and the Anti-Corruption Committee
  4. Connecting and Converging Transfer Pricing, Customs Duty & BEPS – It’s Not Getting Any Easier! – Led by Jeff Snyder and the Tax Committee
  5. TPP and the impact on international trade (supply chain, trade agreements) – Co-sponsored with CBICTrade and the Environmental Goods Agreement – Led by Paolo Vergano and the Environment Committee

IPBA Mid-Year Council Meeting and Regional Conference in Brussels

The IPBA MId-Year Council Meeting and Regional Conference in Brussels was a success! The vast majority of Council members attended the requisite internal meetings October 7-9, and a large number of delegates joined the Regional Conference on October 10. Some photos are shown here, and you can read more about it in the December issue of the IPBA Journal, too.


L: The IPBA Officers discussed policies and finances of the association.

R: The Committee Chairs reported on program planning for Auckland 2017.


L: Membership leaders discussed issues in their jurisdictions and regions of responsibility.

R: The Council enjoyed dinner in Antwerp.


L and R: IPBA Regional Seminar

"Government's role and regulatory tools in cross-border transactions between Asia Pacific and Europe"


The IPBA Secretariat staff is available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM Japan time. We will be away from the office on the following national holidays in November: Thursday, November 3rd for "Culture Day", and Wednesday, November 23rd, for "Labor Thanksgiving Day". We apologize for any inconvenience, and will attend to matters as usual on all other days.

27th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Auckland: 
Connectivity & Convergence
April 6-9, 2017

The Early Bird Rate ends February 1st! Register now on the conference web site.

  • Only 156 days to go until the first day of the conference!
  • The deadline for Early Bird registration rates is February 1st. Register by then to get the cheapest rate available!
  • You need your IPBA membership ID number in order to register at the "IPBA Member" rates. You can find your number 24/7 on your personal profile on the IPBA web site by logging in to the Member Only section; it's displayed right next to your photo. This is also a good way to check and make sure you actually have uploaded your photo to your profile!
  • Hotel reservations should be made by February 27th in order to secure the best rates negotiated for conference delegates.

IPBA Local and Regional Events

IPBA East Asia Forum
November 10-11
Seoul, Korea

Compliance - The Comparative Perspective
November 28
Paris, France

Registration is now open for this event! You can register online by clicking HERE. Click on the image below for details and a paper registration form.


An international panel of legal counsel from Germany, England (UK), France, and Japan will discuss the various issues involved and give insights on how to deal with them.

IPBA-Supported Events

Dates Organizer Event Venue
November 9 Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards Hong Kong
November 14-15 American Conference Institute 5th Asia-Pacific Summit on Anti-corruption Singapore
November 16 Kluwer Law International Beijing: Second Annual Global Competition Forum Beijing, China
November 17 Kluwer Law International Beijing: Second Annual International Arbitration Summit Beijing, China
November 24 Kluwer Law International Hong Kong: Sixth Annual International Arbitration Summit Hong Kong
December 6-7 Duxes 2nd Anti-Corruption Compliance EMEA Summit 2016 Dubai, UAE
December 6-9 Duxes 4th Anti-Corruption Compliance Asia-Pacific Summit 2016 Hong Kong

Check the IPBA web site for more events! IPBA members can enjoy discounted registration rates for these events.

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