Asia-Europe Law and Business Symposium

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This Symposium builds on the cooperation between the French Embassy in Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law to facilitate exchange between legal leaders in Europe and Asia on both the law of business and the business of law. The Symposium aims to promote a greater awareness of civil and common law systems and their implications for doing business in Europe, Asia and beyond. The sessions in this year's Symposium continue to reflect on the commonalities and distinctiveness between the two legal systems to highlight their complementary natures. Areas of focus for the law of business this year include data protection and enforcement of foreign judgments.

 

As gateways to the major economic blocs of their respective regions, and with France at the helm of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, France and Singapore are well-placed to play a leadership role in facilitating greater dialogue, setting standards of excellence and deepening co-operation between the two regions in the areas of cross-border data transfer, legal thought leadership, legal certainty and legal innovation.

 

For the Asian and European legal communities, it is a time of significant opportunity to facilitate legal convergence on issues of law that have an impact on the ease of doing business in and with Asia, and particularly ASEAN. The increasing global nature of legal services in cross-border trade and business is also having an impact on the role of and demands on law firms and other legal services providers.

Join public and private sector leaders as we deepen dialogue and understanding, and share best practices across Asia and Europe, for how we can begin to converge on areas of law and legal business transformation as to bring about better business certainty and fresh opportunities for cross-pollination and innovation in the legal sphere.

Join us, and our Knowledge Partners, as we explore comparative perspectives on the following:

Date

Time

Topic

26 May 2022

2:00 – 2:15pm

(online)

WELCOME REMARKS

French Ambassador His Excellency Marc Abensour

 

2:15 – 2:30pm

(online)

OPENING REMARKS

The Honourable Justice Aedit Abdullah, Supreme Court of Singapore

 

2.30 - 4.00pm (online)

BALANCING CONSENT AND OTHER LEGAL BASES IN PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION LAWS: PATHWAYS TO CONVERGENCE IN EUROPE AND ASIA

 

The convergence of personal data protection laws and the development of international cooperation in this area are recurring objectives of public and private stakeholders around the globe. Convergence aims to facilitate cross-border operations relying on personal data processing and data flows, to optimize compliance efforts and the allocation of internal resources to better defend the interests and rights of individuals and to facilitate regulatory cooperation in this increasingly complex domain.

A major theme in this regard is that of repositioning the role of consent in data protection laws as a growing number of stakeholders work to remedy the negative effects of the excessive role given to "Click to consent" mechanisms. Many lessons can be learned in this regard from the GDPR in Europe, the PDPA in Singapore, the PIPL in China and the process of drafting the Data Protection Bill of India. This session will be an opportunity to hear top experts present their respective legal systems and to identify the commonalities that could establish convergence actions on these issues between Europe and Asia.

 

Moderator:

Dr Clarisse Girot, Honorary Senior Fellow, Asian Business Law Institute

 

Panellists:

  • Associate Professor Pierre-Emmanuel Audit, Paris-Panthéon-Assas University
  • Mr David N. Alfred, Director & Co-Head, Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Drew & Napier LLC
  • Ms Sherry Gong, Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Ms Pallavi Bedi, Senior Policy Officer, The Centre for Internet and Society, India

 

 

4.30 - 6.00pm (online)

PRINCIPLES FOR THE RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN JUDGMENTS

 

The proliferation of cross-border trade means more and more commercial transactions involve parties situated in different parts of the world. When such transactions go sour and parties resort to court litigations, there is an increasing prospect of the winning party having to enforce its judgment in a jurisdiction other than where the judgment is obtained. This session looks at the regimes for foreign judgments recognition and enforcement in Asia and Europe, discusses the challenges practitioners face in real life, and asks whether signing international conventions is the panacea and whether an European-style harmonised regime is possible in the Asia-Pacific.

 

Moderator:

Ms Sabine d'Angély Lavail, Legal VP TotalEnergies Singapore and Head of Legal Marketing & Services Asia-Pacific Middle East, TotalEnergies

 

Panellists:

  • Associate Professor Adeline Chong Swee Ling, Singapore Management University, Yong PungHowSchoolofLaw
  • Mr Olivier Monange, Attorney at Law -Arbitrator, DS AVOCATS
  • Mr Fransiscus Rodyanto, Partner, SSEK Legal Consultants

 

27 May 2022

 2.30 - 4.00pm
(online)

LEADERSHIP IN A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY -INSIGHTS FROM LEGAL LEADERS IN ASIA AND EUROPE

 

Over the past two years, how we live and work has changed in unprecedented ways. Beyond the impact that the pandemic has had on the pace and extent of digitalisation, attitudes towards modes of working, professional aspirations and expectations of businesses to conduct themselves in sustainable ways have shifted. Increased geopolitical uncertainties have added to the complexity. In all of this, what have been some of the consequences faced by law firms and legal departments? How are legal leaders navigating these consequences and equipping their people and wider organisation to be able to respond to challenges and opportunities with agility? We hear from senior legal leaders of law firms and legal departments from Asia and Europe as they examine with real-life examples, the characteristics of leadership needed in a time of uncertainty to manage change and navigate complexity.

 

Moderator:

Prof. Philip Anderson, Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD

 

Panellists:

  • Ms Anna Wyrzykowska, President, International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Mr Kia Meng Loh, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Partner, Dentons Rodyk
  • Mr Ahmad Fikri Assegaf, Senior Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
  • Ms Julie Couturier, President, Paris Bar Association
  • Mr Salim Moollan QC, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers

 

 

4.30 - 6.00pm
(online)

ENVOLVING BUSINESS MODELS: WHAT DOES ADDING-VALUE TO THE CLIENT MEAN FOR BUSINESS OF LAW?

 

Legal Services as a sector has been dominated for hundreds of years by a guild-like approach from the ways in which we have developed our legal talent to the expertise-centric value proposition that we have offered to our clients. Arguably, this model of legal services delivery is a default in civil law and common law jurisdictions. In this session, legal leaders from both systems share insights to the ways in which the business of law is evolving, particularly from a business model standpoint. What kinds of 'new law' models of business exist? What is the impact of 'alternative' legal service providers on the legal services landscape? And what kinds of value propositions are being offered to enhance the competitive advantage of legal services providers from the traditional to the non-traditional? Finally, in what ways are legal business innovation being encouraged and what are some key takeaways from these approaches? Join us in this candid discussion about how we create and communicate value for clients as an interconnected global legal industry -especially in cross-border legal business between Asia and Europe.

 

Moderator:

Mr Azman Jafaar, Managing Partner, RHTLawAsia LLP

 

Panellists:

  • Mr Jacques Bouyssou, Secretary General, Paris Place de Droit
  • Ms Hanim Hamzah, Regional Managing Partner, ZICOlaw
  • Dr Paul Weingarten, Partner, Rödl & Partner
  • Ms Isabel Parker, Executive Director, Digital Legal Exchange and author of "Successful Digital Transformation in Law firms: A Question of Culture"
  • Mr Thierry Aballéa, Avocat/Attorney at Law, Paris Bar and Ewen Law

 

 

6:00 – 6:15pm

(online)

 

CLOSING REMARKS BY

  • Mr Rama Tiwari, Chief Executive, Singapore Academy of Law
  • French Ambassador His Excellency Marc Abensour
 

6.15 PM

END OF DAY 2

 

 7.00 - 8.00pm

(in person)

Networking Cocktail hosted at the French Embassy (by invitation)

 

 

 

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