Eye on IPBA

March 2019




Issue #58 March 2019

The IPBA Secretariat
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IPBA March Events Report • IPBA Membership News
29th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore 2019 News
IPBA Events 2019 • IPBA-Supported Events 2019

Dear [[first_name]] [[last_name]] Esq.,

In Japan, March is the end of the fiscal year for some companies as well as the end of the school year for all students. Graduation ceremonies are held at kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high school, as well as universities. These ceremonies signify the end of an era for the students, as well as a new beginning as they prepare for the next step in their lives from April 1st. You can feel the happiness and excitement in the air!

In a way, some of our Officers and other Council members will soon be "graduating" from their roles in the IPBA when their terms end after the Annual Conference in Sinagpore. Some are continuing on to higher "education" by escalting from a deputy position to a main officer position, or by taking on new roles on the IPBA Council. Many dedicated leaders from past years are still very active in the IPBA, and we anticipate the same kind of enthusiasm from our exiting and transitioning leaders this year, too.

IPBA Events Report

The IPBA was very busy this month, with two big events:

March 9: IPBA 2nd Mekong Regional Forum
As the first IPBA event to be held in Myanmar, this was truly a historic event, which brought in over 50 delegates from around the world.


March 20: IPBA and Pinsent Masons "Negotiated Justice" Breakfast Seminar
Speakers from France, the UK, Switzerland, and Singapore discussed current legal events in each jurisdiction, as well as compliance issues such as self-reporting, criminal liability of officers, and international prosecution cooperation. More than 20 delegates attended. Organized by Jeffrey Holt, JCM for France, pictured with the panelists, seated on the right in the photo on the left. A full report will be posted to the IPBA web site soon.


In addition, the very popular annual joint event IFLR/IPBA Asia M&A Forum was held March 6-7 in Hong Kong.

IPBA Membership News

  • March 31st is the absolute, final cut-off date to pay your membership dues for 2019! Contact the IPBA Secretariat if you have questions about your membership.
  • Your IPBA membership must be valid for 2019 in order to enjoy the discounted IPBA member rates for the Annual Conference in Singapore, so be sure your membership dues are up to date!

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

Technology, Business and Law - Global Perspectives

Only 25 days until the Conference!

  • Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has graciously agreed to attend the Opening Ceremony on April 25th! It is a true honor to have him at our conference.
  • There will be a big announcement about the IPBA made at the Opening Ceremony. The only way to find out what exciting news we have is to come to the conference!
  • 15 CPD SILE points are available for the conference sessions! Check the conference web site for details.

IPBA Events 2019

June 19 Latin American Arbitration Day Madrid, Spain
July 4 New Asian Investment Issues - The Lawyer's View
Australia - New Zealand Regional Event
Sydney, Australia
September 5 North America, Asia and the Law in International Business: Rules of the Road in 2019 and Beyond Chicago, Illinois, USA
October 14 The Evolution of Protectionism and M&A: Circulation of Investment, People, and Services Milan, Italy
November 13-14 5th IPBA Arbitration Day Osaka, Japan
November 21 IPBA 5th East Asia Regional Forum Beijing, China

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IPBA-Supported Events 2019

April 11 ALB's SE Asia Law Awards Singapore
May 14-18 8th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2019 St. Petersburg, Russia
May 22-25 AIJA Half-Year Conference Hong Kong
May 23 Legal Plus Events' Singapore: Annual International Arbitration, Compliance and Competition Law Summit Singapore
July 4 Legal Plus Events' Hong Kong: 8th Annual International Arbitration, Regulatory & Competition Law Summit Hong Kong


More details can be found on the IPBA web site!

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