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Issue #47 April 2018




Issue #47 April 2018

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

Topics: IPBA Membership News • IPBA Committee News IPBA Leadership Activities
29th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore 2019
IPBA Events 2018 • IPBA-Supported Events 2018

Dear [[first_name]] [[last_name]] Esq.,
Golden Greetings from the IPBA!

This week marks a series of national holidays in Japan known collectively as "Golden Week":

Sunday, April 29: Showa Day (observed on Monday, April 30)
Thursday, May 3: Constitution Day
Friday, May 4: Greenery Day
Saturday, May 5: Children's Day

Government and private offices, banks, and some small shops are closed on those days, but larger retail establishments are open as usual. After Golden Week there are no national holidays until July, so people take advantage of this long break to travel both domestically and overseas, with trains, planes, and buses sold out or over capacity; hotels are booked months in advance; and highways come to a standstill, with traffic jams of up to 40 kilometers! 

"Koi nobiri", or "carp streamers", decorate parks and rivers all across Japan in celebration of Children's Day.

The IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference used to be held during Golden Week to help the Japanese delegates avoid having to take too much time off from work. Nowadays, the conference is held as early as February and as late as May, in order to take advantage of comfortable weather conditions in the venue city, and to take into account everyone's busy travel schedules for attend other association events. Our next Annual Conference in Singapore will be held April 25-27, 2019. See more details below.
Please note the IPBA Secretariat's schedule during Golden Week:
Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused.

IPBA Membership News

  • We are now compiling data for the printed Membership Directory. It's your final chance to make sure that your contact information is updated! You can make the changes yourself by updating your online Member Profile, or send an e-mail to the IPBA Secretariat.

IPBA Committee News

In late May, the IPBA Nominating Committee will start their deliberations for Council positions for terms starting in 2019. This includes nominations for Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs. Although Vice-Chairs are not Council members, they fall under the same nomination policies as Chairs/Co-Chairs.

If you would like to be part of the IPBA committee leadership, be sure to contact the Chair/Co-Chair of the committee in which you are interested. The current committee leadership can be found on the IPBA web site.

The IPBA Scholarship Committee is now taking applications for the Scholarship Program for Singapore 2019!

There are two categories of Scholarship:

1. Young Lawyers
Lawyers in good standing aged 35 and under at the time of application.

2. Lawyers from Developing Countries
Lawyers from Laos, Cambodia,  Myanmar, Mongolia, Bangladesh, or the Pacific Islands.

More details can be found on the IPBA web site.

The deadline for Scholarship applications is October 31, 2018. Please pass on the application to anyone interested!

IPBA Leadership Activities

Vice-President Jack Li attended the opening ceremony for the Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC) in Osaka on April 26th. He reports that there were around 200 delegates, and the conference was a success. After that, he traveled with his colleague to Tokyo to for dinner with the Membership Committee Chair, Tatsu Nakayama and a lawyer from his firm, and the IPBA Secretariat.

President Perry Pe has a busy year lined up already, with planned attendance to the ABA Annual Meeting July 27-August 7, and the AIJA Annual Congress August 28-September 1. Perry and President-Elect Francis Xavier will attend the VIII St. Petersburg International Legal Forum next month.

Francis will soon be starting his promotional tour for the Singapore conference! Contact Francis or the IPBA Secretariat if you'd like to plan a Singapore 2019 promotional event in your jurisdiction.

29th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference
in Singapore
April 25-27, 2019

Technology, Business and Law - Global Perspectives

  • Register by July 31st to get the cheapest Early Bird rate, a 30% discount from the regular conference rate.
  • Register online at: https://ipba2019.org/
  • The conference venue is the Raffles City Convention Centre. 
  • Hotels include the Fairmont, Swisshôtel The Stamford, the Carlton and, of course, Raffles.

IPBA Events 2018

July 19 The World at Your Doorstep
IPBA Australian-New Zealand Regional Forum
Sydney, Australia
August 25 IPBA 2nd Indochina Regional Forum Yangon, Myanmar
September 20 Doing Business with Asia: Development in Trade, IP, Investment and Dispute Settlement Los Angeles, USA
September 28 LatAm Legal Views on Investment, Trade, Compliance & International Dispute Resolution Santiago, Chile
November 2-4 IPBA Mid-Year Council Meeting
(IPBA Council Members only)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
November 5 4th IPBA Arbitration Day Bangkok, Thailand
November 7 IPBA 4th East Asia Regional Forum Seoul, Korea
November 22 IPBA European Regional Conference: International Commercial Courts in Various European Jurisdictions & in Singapore Brussels, Belgium
January 24, 2019 IPBA Mid-East Regional Forum Dubai
February 28-March 1, 2019 Asia M&A Forum 2019 Hong Kong

IPBA-Supported Events 2018

May 15-19 St. Petersburg International Legal Forum
IPBA members get a 10% discount off the regular rate!
Use the promo code: IPBA 2018
St. Petersburg, Russia
May 22 ALB Japan Project Finance Conference Tokyo, Japan
June 13 ALB Japan Law Awards Tokyo, Japan
August 22 ALB Japan IP Forum Tokyo, Japan
September 6

Wolters Kluwer's Japan: 5th Annual International Arbitration, Compliance and Competition Law Summit

Tokyo, Japan
October 25 ALB Japan Corporate Compliance Forum Tokyo, Japan

More details can be found on the IPBA web site!

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