Day 1 | May 23, 2023
08:00AM onwards Distribution of Passes & Registration
8:30 AM- 09:00 AM Welcome and Introduction
Azam Ghani - Founder and Executive Director,WLF
09:00 AM-10:45AM Session 1 : ESG, SDGs and sustainability for law firms
Description "ESG considerations evaluate a company's impact on the environment, society, and stakeholders, and how it is governed. Law firms can reduce their own ESG impact and advise clients on ESG-related legal issues. The SDGs are 17 UN goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring peace and prosperity. Law firms can assist clients in navigating these goals and advising on related laws. Sustainability focuses on the long-term viability of human and natural systems. Attornies can promote sustainability by reducing their own impact, advising on sustainable finance/investment, and helping the transition to a low-carbon economy. By integrating ESG, SDGs, and sustainability into operations and advice, law firms can support a more sustainable future. "
Moderator                     TBA
panelist Lily Tsen, General Counsel , Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific,Singapore
Dr. Nicolas Celis , Senior Associate , FieldFisher, Belgium
10:45 AM-11:00AM Networking Break
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Session 2: ADR In Singapore Developments And Trends
Description "In recent years, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has gained increased popularity in Singapore as a means of resolving disputes. This is due in part to the government's efforts to promote ADR as a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional court proceedings. The most famous ADR methods are Mediation, Arbitration, Conciliation, Negotiation, Transaction Overall, the developments and trends in ADR in Singapore reflect a growing recognition of the benefits of resolving disputes outside of the traditional court system. With its favorable legal environment and growing reputation as a hub for ADR, Singapore is well-positioned to continue to play a leading role in the development of ADR in Asia. "
Moderator TBA
12:15 PM-01:30 PM Session 3: The Legal Era of Metaverse, NFT and Blockchain
Description The legal era of metaverse, NFT, and blockchain refers to the increasing use of these technologies in the legal industry. Metaverse is a virtual world, NFTs are unique digital assets, and blockchain is a decentralized ledger tech. These technologies challenge traditional property and ownership concepts and present legal challenges and opportunities. Law firms play a crucial role in shaping the legal landscape of metaverse, NFTs, and blockchain in this rapidly evolving field.
Moderator TBA
panelist Anita Liang , IPR Director , Inventec Appliances Corp.,China
01: 30 PM -02: 30 PM Group Photo and Lunck Break
02:30 PM - 03:45 PM Session 4: 2023 Outlook : Foreign investment and M&A
Description The outlook for 2023 foreign investment and M&A is expected to be positive, driven by a global economic recovery from COVID-19 and low interest rates making it easier to finance M&A deals. Regional trends, such as increased interest in technology in Asia .Law firms can play a crucial role in advising clients on these transactions and ensuring they comply with relevant laws and regulations.
Moderator Magita Hari Mogan,Malayasia,Darryl, Edward & Co.
panelist Charlie Warren,Partner,Control Risks,Singapore
Heena Jaysinghani ,Founder, Heena Jaysinghani And Co , India
Phung Anh Tuan, Managing Partner, VCI Legal, Vietnam
03:45PM - 04:00PM Networking Break
04:00PM - 05:15PM Session 5: Economic sanctions & International Arbitration
Description "Economic sanctions are a tool used by governments and international organizations to restrict trade, financial transactions, and other economic activities with specific countries or entities. International arbitration is a process for resolving disputes between parties from different countries, which typically involves an independent third-party arbitrator. International arbitration is often used as an alternative to traditional court litigation, and is seen as a faster, more flexible, and less expensive way to resolve disputes. Law firms play a critical role in advising clients on both economic sanctions and international arbitration, helping them to understand and comply with relevant regulations, and to resolve disputes in an efficient and effective manner. "
Moderator TBA
Panelist Usama Munir,Associate, SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants,UAE
ZHOU Yarui ,Partner, Tahota Law Firm , China
Magita Hari Mogan, Malayasia,Darryl, Edward & Co.
05:15 PM -06:30 PM Session 6: The Future of Lawyers: Legal Tech, AI & Big Data
Descriptiopn " The future of the legal profession is being shaped by the rapidly evolving fields of legal technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data. Legal tech refers to the use of technology to improve and streamline legal processes. AI is being used to automate routine tasks, such as contract analysis and legal research, and to provide predictive insights. Big data refers to the vast amounts of data that are generated and collected, and its analysis can provide valuable insights and support decision-making in the legal industry. The increasing use of technology and data in the legal industry also presents new legal and ethical challenges. Overall, the future of lawyers will be shaped by legal tech, AI, and big data, and law firms must be proactive in adapting to these changes to remain relevant and successful in the years to come. "
Moderator TAMARRA SEQUEIRA, Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co. | India
Panelist Shahan Karimi , Associate Partner , Haidermota & Co , Pakistan
Rishi Ganiswaran , Head of Legal (Technology) and Chief Privacy Officer , Yinson, Singapore
Eugenie Michalopoulos, General Counsel , Blueoptima
Aaron Purser , General Council, Catalyst , Singapore
Chauwei Yak , CEO , GAO Capial . Singapore

This Session is Full

Day 2 | May 24, 2023
09:30 AM -10:45 AM Session 1: RCEP and its impact on Global Economy
Description The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a free trade agreement between 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. The agreement was signed in November 2020 and aims to reduce trade barriers, increase economic integration, and boost the flow of goods, services, and investment among the member countries. The RCEP is expected to have a significant impact on the global economy as it covers nearly a third of the world's population and accounts for approximately 30% of global gross domestic product (GDP). The elimination of tariffs on goods and services and the harmonization of regulations are expected to increase trade and investment among the member countries, leading to greater economic growth and job creation.
10: 45 AM-11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Session 2: Current developments in M&A and FDI in Asia
Description Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are two important indicators of the level of economic activity and the level of confidence in a region's In terms of M&A, the Asia-Pacific region has seen a rise in cross-border deals, particularly in the technology and consumer sectors. The region's largest economies, such as China and India, are also seeing a growing number of domestic M&A deals, as companies look to expand their market reach and increase competitiveness.
Moderator TBA
12:15 PM - 01:30 PM Session 3: Biometric Data, Data Protection and the Right to Privacy
Description "Biometric data refers to unique biological characteristics, such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scans, that can be used to identify an individual. In recent years, the use of biometric data has become increasingly widespread, particularly in the fields of security, law enforcement, and consumer technology. Data protection laws aim to regulate the collection, storage, and use of personal data, including biometric data. These laws typically require organizations to obtain an individual's informed consent before collecting their biometric data and to implement appropriate security measures to protect the data from unauthorized access or use. The right to privacy, which is recognized in many countries as a fundamental human right, requires that individuals have control over their personal information and that it is used in a manner that respects their dignity and autonomy. The use of biometric data must therefore be balanced against the right to privacy and the need to protect individuals' personal information. In conclusion, while biometric data can provide significant benefits, it is important to ensure that its use is governed by robust data protection and privacy laws to ensure that individuals' rights are protected. "
Moderator TBA
panelist TAMARRA SEQUEIRA, Principal Associate, Khaitan & Co.,India
Satchitanandan Vedha Ratnam, Partner, Preakas & Partners,Malaysia
Sabarish Prashanth Shivadass , Partner,Shivadass & Shivadass,India
01:30 PM- 02:30 PM Lunch break
02:30PM - 03:45PM Session 4: Role of corporate counsel in managing cross-border litigation and arbitration disputes
Description The role of corporate counsel in managing cross-border litigation and arbitration disputes is crucial for companies operating in multiple countries. Corporate counsels are responsible for advising companies on legal and regulatory issues and protecting their interests in cross-border disputes.When a company is involved in cross-border litigation or arbitration, the corporate counsel is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to resolve the dispute effectively and efficiently. This may involve coordinating with local counsel in different jurisdictions, negotiating with opposing parties, and representing the company in court or in arbitration proceedings.
Moderator TBA
panelist Henrietta Newton Martin , Adjunct Lecturer , United Nations , UAE
Prashanth Varadarajan, Region Counsel – India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka , HP Inc. India
NUR SYAFINAZ VANI, Partner , RDS Advocates & Solicitors , Malaysia
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM Networking Break
04:00 - 05:15PM Session5: Data Protection and Compliance : GDPR, CCPA and other data privacy acts
Description Data protection and compliance refer to the legal and regulatory framework that governs the collection, storage, and use of personal data. In recent years, there has been an increasing concern over the privacy of personal data and the need to protect it from unauthorized access or use. To address these concerns, a number of data privacy acts have been enacted in different countries and regions, including the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the United States, and the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) in Singapore.
Moderator Sabarish Prashanth Shivadass , Partner,Shivadass & Shivadass,India
panelist Sébastien Christophe Lacroix , Senior Legal Counsel, Data Privacy, APAC , Cocacola, Singapore
Rishi Ganiswaran , Head of Legal (Technology) and Chief Privacy Officer , Yinson, Singapore
Ginny Rautray ,RAUTRAY & CO. , India
05:15 PM - 06:30 PM Session 6: Counsels Perspective : Building cyber-resilient organisations for Future
Description "From a counsel's perspective, building a cyber-resilient organization for the future involves taking a holistic approach to addressing the various legal and regulatory risks associated with cyber threats. This involves developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that covers all aspects of an organization's operations, from its data protection policies to its incident response plans. One of the key steps in building a cyber-resilient organization is to conduct a thorough risk assessment, which involves identifying the organization's assets, vulnerabilities, and threats, and determining the measures that need to be put in place to protect these assets. Another important aspect is to implement robust data protection policies and practices, such as encryption and access controls, to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access or theft. This may also involve regularly reviewing and updating these policies to ensure that they remain effective in light of the changing threat landscape."
Moderator TBA
panelist Lily Tsen, General Counsel , Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific,Singapore
06:30PM Onwards Closing Note

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