27 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JULY 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM ROUNDTABLE across Asia Pacific, the hospitality sector has faced many unique circumstances and unprecedented challenges, often under new rules and changed mindsets. This has placed an increased workload on the legal department as the trusted advisors to the business to help guide them through these unique challenges whilst considering different stakeholders, options, and remedies. Our role as in-house legal counsel is to help the business grow sustainably, with integrity and an eye to balancing risk. As the hospitality industry continues its strong recovery, we are providing support to the business to grow the number of hotels, as well as get the existing properties already in the network back online and operating smoothly and aligned with existing contracts. “We need the ability to provide solutions to cope with the so-called BANI (brittle, anxious, nonlinear, and incomprehensible) world. My way is to foster a culture of continuous learning in our team. Besides, the following principles shall always be kept in mind: integrity, openness, innovation and seeking win-win.” — Iota Hou, Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels