A full agenda of events hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong recently in association with firms and consultants covered disputes, diligence and corporate governance with solid attendances from members.
Terence Wong, a partner based in Winston & Strawn’s Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, presented at a breakfast seminar on 28 June entitled “Same Bed Different Dreams”: How to handle joint venture disputes in the PRC, in which he discussed strategies on managing joint ventures and related disputes in China. As he explained, one of the strategies often adopted by international companies entering China is to form a joint venture with local Chinese companies. However, it is never easy to manage a joint venture in China, given the difference in background, culture, and ways of doing business.
Walkers hosted a seminar for members on 27 June entitled HK-listed, offshore-incorporated – Shareholders at war. Timothy Haynes (partner), Regina Fan (counsel) and Stuart D’Addona (senior associate) discussed shareholder and management disputes involving Hong Kong-listed, offshore-incorporated companies.
Citco Global Subsidiary Governance Services (GSGS) and Linklaters hosted a panel discussion for ACCHK members on 26 June entitled Corporate Governance: Are we behind the curve in Asia?
Moderator Javed Aboobakar, head of business development, Asia, with Citco facilitated this interesting session with panellists Craig Dally, a partner at Linklater, Robert-Jan Kokshoorn, co-head of GSGS, Citco, and Stanley Lui, head of legal and compliance at Hilti Asia, who shared their experience and insights in the Asian market, and on global trends.
Mintz Group Hong Kong hosted a breakfast seminar with ACC Hong Kong on 21 June entitled Building a background check – the A-Z of due diligence, which laid out how the scope of checks can be scaled to better suit a business’s requirements.
Jessica Pyman, a partner at Mintz Group Hong Kong, presented on how clients can choose the key components for the appropriate level of background check, how they can get best value from a third party provider, what circumstances require boots-on-the-ground beyond desktop inquiries, and how to avoid common potential pitfalls in conducting due diligence. The seminar was well attended.
Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong, in conjunction with Control Risks, hosted a presentation entitled Fraught with fraud – red flags and corporate governance for members of ACCHK on 20 June. Melissa Chim, a consultant at Simmons & Simmons, discussed the profile of the fraudster, the consequences of fraud, litigation and enforcement trends, and the importance of privilege in internal investigations. Co-speaker Mavis Tan, a senior partner of Control Risks, discussed recent fraud statistics, typical fraud schemes and investigation methodologies.