The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association’s (SCCA) Annual Black Tie event proved to be its usual highlight on the social calendar for the legal community at the new Philippe Starck-designed JW Marriott, South Beach Hotel.
The Annual Black Tie 2017 was particularly momentous as it marked the 15th year of the SCCA and the introduction of the inaugural Singapore Chief Legal Officer Awards.
The Singapore CLO Awards seek to recognize the contribution of chief legal officers in Singapore to the work of their board of directors or senior management team of their organizations.
There were two categories in the inaugural awards: chief legal officer in a Singapore listed company; and chief legal officer of the Singapore regional office of a multinational company.
The winners of each category this year were: Loretta Yuen, general counsel and executive vice president, legal and compliance, at OCBC (Singapore Listed Company award); and Gladys Chun, general counsel at Lazada Group (Singapore Regional Office of a Multinational Company).
“The role of in-house lawyers has evolved from that of a lawyer providing strictly legal advice to a trusted adviser for all things,” said SCCA president Wong Taur-Jiun. “The best chief legal officers bring to the table broad-based, risk-oriented critical thinking that enhances board or senior management decision making.”
The event’s ballroom was filled with 280 lawyers and in-house counsel from a wide cross-section of Singapore industries.
Guests were treated to a bespoke menu carefully crafted by the executive chef of JW Marriott, Stefano Di Salvo, and a special selection of accompanying wines. Event hosts, award winner Gladys Chun and Christopher Chan of RedMart, kept the energy high for the evening. Guests were also entertained throughout the night by a string quartet and acoustic guitar renditions over dinner.
As the evening waned, enthusiastic guests moved from the ballroom to the adjacent Court Martial Bar to party the night away.