News & Messages

February 10, 2020

The IPBA Officers have been monitoring the concerns of our members as well as travel and governmental restrictions caused by the unpredictable novel coronavirus.

Although the Officers intended to make a decision regarding conference viability on February 17th, circumstances have dictated that a decision must be made sooner rather than later.

After very thorough analysis and careful consideration, it was determined that in the best interest of our members, the IPBA 30th Annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai will be postponed from its original schedule of April 20-23, 2020 to October 18-21, 2020.

The order of events of the current schedule as it appears on the current conference web site will remain the same.

Delegates who have registered for the conference already will automatically be registered for the new dates under their same registered conditions. Contact the conference organizer if there are any changes to be made (delegates@ipba2020.com).

The conference organizer will contact the hotels for arrangements.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was to take place on April 23 will now be held on June 7, 2020, in Jakarta.

Further details of both meetings will be sent to all IPBA members in the coming days.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation regarding this difficult decision taken under unprecedented circumstances.

We look forward to your continued support.


Francis Xavier, IPBA President
Li Zhiqiang (Jack Li), IPBA President-Elect

IPBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020

The Thirtieth Annual General Meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association will be held in conjunction with the 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference as follows.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Time: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Venue: Hotel Mulia
Jakarta, Indonesia

PURPOSE

  1. To receive and consider, and if thought fit, approve and adopt the Financial Statements of the Association for the financial year ended 31 December 2019;
  2. To elect a Vice-President, Memberhip Committee Vice-Chair, Deputy Committee Coordinator,  Publications Committee Vice-Chair, Deputy Webmaster, Jurisdictional Council Members, At-Large Council Members, and to appoint a Regional Coordinator (see below for details);
  3. To note that Mr. Francis Xavier will be retiring as Director at this Annual General Meeting when his term as President ends (see Note 1);
  4. To appoint the Vice-President, Mr. Richard Briggs, as a Director of the Association pursuant to Article XI.3 (see Note 1);
  5. To appoint an auditor of the Company, and to authorize the Directors to fix their remuneration;
  6. To approve and adopt the report of the Constitution Review Committee, which will be distributed for review to IPBA members prior to the Annual Meeting and Conference, and to amend the Constitution of the Association as set out in the report of the Constitution Review Committee;
  7. To elect, by a majority of the Members present from Russia, a Council Member for Russia, provided that Russia has at least 25 Members that are duly qualified lawyers in good standing and have paid their dues within the time period determined by the Council; and
  8. To conduct other business as determined by the Officers, Council, and Members for which due notice has been given.

Michael Burian
Secretary-General

Note 1: Article XI.3 of the IPBA Constitution provides that: The President, the President-Elect, the Vice-President and the Secretary-General shall be named as Directors of the Association. If none of these Officers is a resident of Singapore, the Officers may at any time appoint a Singapore resident (provided he/she is willing to act) to be a director of the Association ("Resident Director") for such term as may be agreed by the Officers. The Resident Director shall be eligible to stand for reappointment for multiple terms in the event that there continues to be no Resident Director from amongst the Officers. The Officers may at any time remove the Resident Director or appoint another individual from amongst the Members as the Resident Director. The Resident Director need not be an Officer but must be a Member and he/she shall be entitled to hold any other position within Council while he/she is serving as Resident Director. The Resident Director in his/her capacity as a director of the Association shall only act in accordance with the authority of the Officers.

 

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

At the Mid-Year Council Meeting held in Milan, Italy on October 13, 2019, the following persons were duly nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the IPBA Council:

Officers

Vice-President Richard Briggs
Hadef & Partners; Dubai
Deputy Committee Coordinator Eriko Hayashi
ERI Law Firm; Osaka
Membership Committee Vice-Chair Melva Valdez
Bello Veldez Caluya and Fernandez; Manila
Publications Committee Vice-Chair James Jung
College of Law; Sydney
Deputy Webmaster Riccardo Cajola
Cajola & Associati; Milan

Jurisdictional Council Members, 2020-2023 (3-year term)

Hong Kong: Myles Seto; Deacons; Hong Kong (renewal of term)
India: Shweta Bharti; Hammurabi & Solomon Partners; New Delhi
Indonesia: Kurniawan Tanzil; Makarim & Taira S.; Jakarta
Korea: Jihn U Rhi; Rhi & Partners; Seoul (renewal of term)
Malaysia: Tunku Farik; Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong; Kuala Lumpur
(renewal of term)
Singapore: Chong Yee Leong; Allen & Gledhill LLP; Singapore (renewal of term)
Switzerland:  Urs Zenhäusern; Baker & McKenzie Zurich; Zurich
Vietnam: Net Le; LNT Partners; Ho Chi Minh (renewal of term)

At-Large Council Members, 2020-2023 (3-year term)

Europe: Gerhard Wegen; Gleiss Lutz; Stuttgart (renewal of term)
Latin America: Rafael Vergara; Carey; Santiago (renewal of term)
USA: Michael Chu; McDermott Will & Emery; Chicago*

The following was appointed by the President and endorsed by the Nominating Committee:

Regional Coordinator, 2020-2022 (2-year term)

Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands: Steven Howard; Sony Corp.; Tokyo*

*These positions are changed as follows:

  1.  "Regional Coordinator, North America" to become "At-Large Council Member, USA".
  2.  "At-Large Council Member, Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands" to become "Regional Coordinator, Hawaii & Northern Pacific Islands".

Additional nominations for Officers, Deputy Officers, and Jurisdictional and At-Large Council Members may be submitted to the Secretary-General, subject to the following requirements:

  1. Each nomination must be signed by more than 10% of the Members, no more than 50% of whom shall represent two Jurisdictions; or in the case of Jurisdictional Council Members, nominations must be signed by more than 10% of Members from that Jurisdiction;
  2. Members so nominated must verify their acceptance of the nominations; and
  3. Nominations must be lodged with the Secretary-General at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

The IPBA is incorporated in Singapore, Company Registration Number: 201526931R

 

 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE OF IPBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

The Twenty-Ninth Annual General Meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference as follows.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Venue: Raffles City Convention Center, Fairmont Ballroom
Singapore

PURPOSE

  1. To receive and consider, and if thought fit, approve and adopt the Financial Statements of the Association for the financial year ended 31 December 2018;
  2. To elect a Vice-President, Deputy Secretary-General, Deputy Program Coordinator, Jurisdictional Council Members, an At-Large Council Member, and to appoint Regional Coordinators (see below for details);
  3. To note that Mr. Perry Pe will be retiring as Director at this Annual General Meeting when his term as President ends (see Note 1);
  4. To appoint the Vice-President, Ms. Miyuki Ishiguro, as a Director of the Association pursuant to Article XI.3 (see Note 1);
  5. To appoint an auditor of the Company, and to authorize the Directors to fix their remuneration; and
  6. To conduct other business as determined by the Officers, Council, and Members for which due notice has been given.

Caroline Berube
Secretary-General
 

Note 1: Article XI.3 of the IPBA Constitution provides that: The President, the President-Elect, the Vice-President and the Secretary-General shall be named as Directors of the Association. If none of these Officers is a resident of Singapore, the Officers may at any time appoint a Singapore resident (provided he/she is willing to act) to be a director of the Association ("Resident Director") for such term as may be agreed by the Officers. The Resident Director shall be eligible to stand for reappointment for multiple terms in the event that there continues to be no Resident Director from amongst the Officers. The Officers may at any time remove the Resident Director or appoint another individual from amongst the Members as the Resident Director. The Resident Director need not be an Officer but must be a Member and he/she shall be entitled to hold any other position within Council while he/she is serving as Resident Director. The Resident Director in his/her capacity as a director of the Association shall only act in accordance with the authority of the Officers.

 

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

At the Mid-Year Council Meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on November 4, 2018, the following persons were duly nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the IPBA Council:

Officers

Vice-President Miyuki Ishiguro
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Tokyo
Deputy Secretary-General Yong-Jae Chang
Lee & Ko; Seoul
Deputy Program Coordinator Jan Peeters
Stibbe; Brussels

Jurisdictional Council Members, 2019-2022 (3-year term)

France: Frederic Dal Vecchio; FDV Avocat; Neuilly-Sur-Seine
Germany: Sebastial Kuehl; Huth Dietrich Hahn Partnerschaftsgesellschaft; Hamburg
(renewal of term)
New Zealand: Michael Shanahan; Anderson Creagh Lai Limited; Auckland
Philippines: Rocky Reyes; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan; Manila 
(renewal of term)
Thailand: Punjaporn Kosolkitiwong; Dej-Udom & Associates; Bangkok
(renewal of term)

At-Large Council Member, 2019-2022 (3-year term)

India: Manjula Chawla; Phoenix Legal; New Delhi

The following were appointed by the President and endorsed by the Nominating Committee:

Regional Coordinators, 2019-2021 (2-year term)

Australasia & Southwestern Pacific Islands Neil Russ; Buddle Findlay; Auckland
(renewal of term)
Middle East Ali Al Hashimi; Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel; Dubai
(renewal of term)

Additional nominations for Officers, Deputy Officers, and Jurisdictional and At-Large Council Members may be submitted to the Secretary-General, subject to the following requirements:

  1. Each nomination must be signed by more than 10% of the Members, no more than 50% of whom shall represent two Jurisdictions; or in the case of Jurisdictional Council Members, nominations must be signed by more than 10% of Members from that Jurisdiction;
  2. Members so nominated must verify their acceptance of the nominations; and
  3. Nominations must be lodged with the Secretary-General at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

The IPBA is incorporated in Singapore, Company Registration Number: 201526931R

 

 

 

Mr. William A. Scott, then IPBA President (now Immediate Past President), gave a speech at the Plenary Session at the 25th Annual Meeting and Conference in Hong Kong. The text of that speech is presented here.
 

Twenty-five years ago, nine brave men dared to challenge the leadership of an established Asia-based lawyer’s association that they felt had veered from the principles they followed. From all around the world, these nine mavericks gathered at the country home of Nosei Miyake in Katsuura, Japan. They came together in friendship foremost, but also with the bold intent of creating a new association that would be different than any other. An association that would be first and foremost a democracy; not dominated by one individual, jurisdiction, or law firm; an association that would provide an environment in which the members are joined in friendship, fellowship, sensitivity to each other’s ideas, and opportunities for expression; that would create a forum for members to get together, exchange views, and make friends; and that would promote the rule of law. They met several times in the coming months, at their own personal expense, to exchange ideas on how to make their vision a reality. Their passion, this “Spirit of Katsuura”, was the driving force that could not be stopped.

As word spread, more and more lawyers contributed to the effort, even though there was no official association yet. Just one short year later, in May 1991, 500 lawyers came together in Tokyo to mark the first conference of this fledgling association, thus establishing the Inter-Pacific Bar Association as a force to be reckoned with in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Since then, the IPBA has seen 24 Presidents, nine Secretaries-General, dozens of other Officers, hundreds of Council Members, and thousands of members. The diversity of legal experience, life experience, and cultural experience that each member brings to the IPBA solidifies the philosophy that was the founding members’ wish. The players may change, but the Spirit of Katsuura remains.

It’s natural to reminisce about the past on a milestone anniversary such as this, our 25th, but it is also a good time to look forward to the future. This conference’s theme of “Vision for the Future” is appropriate, then. As the IPBA looks to its own future, the leadership is considering the changes necessary for us to make to keep up with the changing world around us. In 25 years, the IPBA Constitution has been amended only once, in 2006. The changes we are proposing have the aim to benefit you, our members, by strengthening the administrative structure and protecting the leadership so that they can serve you more effectively. Whatever changes may be in store for the IPBA, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the “Spirit of Katsuura”.

We can congratulate ourselves on making the IPBA the preeminent legal association in the Asia-Pacific Region. The IPBA is sometimes compared to other legal organizations, but we truly do stand on our own. More and more, other associations are asking to collaborate with us, knowing the reputation that our name carries. We are not a large organization in terms of member numbers, nor do we strive to be. We are an association of quality rather than quantity.

Together, we can ensure that the IPBA will continue to be a key player in the region for the next 25 years, and for many more years to come.