Attending the recent ACC event on reinventing legal departments with new technology are (left to right): Hayden Gordine (Taylor Root); David Lamb (Hongkong Land group counsel) and Deon Wong, senior director of ACC Asia-Pacific.

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ACC Hong Kong held several events recently exploring issues including areas of business risk related to modern slavery, reinventing legal teams with technology, initial coin offerings and transitioning your career to legal academia.

On 7 December a presentation entitled “Global regulatory perspectives on initial coin offerings: structuring and execution” was held by Latham & Watkins counsel Simon Hawkins.

Women attend a third session of the Women in Law and Business Series organized by ACC Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers.
Women attend a third session of the Women in Law and Business Series organized by ACC Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers.

Hawkins’ subjects covered included: When are tokens securities; Securities law implications when tokens are securities; Structuring and executing a coin or token offering; and Secondary market trading considerations.

Hawkins heads the firm’s Financial Regulatory Group in Asia and is a member of the firm’s global FinTech Group.

On 12 December a lunch presentation event entitled “The new Apology Ordinance and case law regarding multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses” was held at the Lippo Centre’s Tower Two. The topic was followed by insights into the role of a Notary Public in Hong Kong under the Notaries Ordinance.

The first speaker was Damien Laracy, from event sponsors Hill Dickinson, who has practised law since 1990, and in Hong Kong since 1995, specializing in commercial litigation and arbitration. The second speaker from Hill Dickinson was Anthony Jex, consultant and notary public, specializing in corporate and commercial law.

On 21 November, ACC Hong Kong held a members-only presentation on modern slavery and its impact on business, in conjunction with Baker McKenzie and the non-profit Mekong Club.

To make sense of this emerging business risk, Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club, presented an update on the current state of human slavery and its relationship to business. Friedman’s talk explored: the changing human trafficking paradigm; the relationship between human trafficking and slavery; global trends and patterns; the impact of this problem on the private sector; the changing obligations within a range of business circles; and a summary of what can be done to address them.

Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience, and was previously regional project manager in Thailand at UNIAP, an inter-agency co-ordinating body that linked the UN system with governments and civil groups in China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

On 30 November, ACC Hong Kong’s Technology, Media and Telecommunication Industry (TMT) sub-committee held an event on the topic of reinventing in-house legal departments with legal technology, sponsored by Stephenson Harwood and Conventus Law.

The event coincided with Conventus Law’s inaugural informal drinks evening and featured speakers Titus Rahiri, director at Korum Legal, and Paul Westover, partner at Stephenson Harwood.

Rahiri is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in private practice and as a general counsel across Australasia, Europe and Asia. Westover specializes in advising on complex commercial agreements in a range of industries including supply chain and technology.

On 29 November, ACC Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), held a third session of their Women in Law and Business Series, sponsored by Slaughter and May, looking at international lawyers who have transitioned into a career in academia in Hong Kong.

Speakers included Farzana Aslam, a principal lecturer with the Faculty of Law at University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, Aslam practised at the London Bar for seven years before joining Goldman Sachs in 2001 as their principal in-house employment counsel for the Asia-Pacific region.

Also presenting was Chantal Hébert, part-time teacher at French International School Hong Kong with a Master of Education from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Laws from the University of London, and a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Education from the Université de Moncton.

Looking forward, ACC Hong Kong has an event planned in conjunction with ONC Lawyers entitled “Managing data breach” on 9 January 2018, which aims to explain in-house counsel what they are expected to do, and can do, when a data breach incident occurs that affects the company’s data.

Topics covered will include: Managing a data breach; Types of data and data breach; Causes of breach; Criminal and civil recourses and liabilities; Dealing with law enforcement agencies and regulators; and Ten things in-house counsel should be doing before a data breach occurs; followed by a Q&A session.

ONC’s speaker, partner Dominic Wai, focuses on advising clients on matters relating to cybersecurity, data security and privacy law issues, anti-corruption, white-collar crime, law enforcement, regulatory and compliance matters in Hong Kong, including advice on anti-money laundering. Members can visit events@hkcca.net to register.