14 - 16 October 2020
9.30am to 4.30pm
Asian Legal Business is proud to present the inaugural ALB Virtual In-House Legal Summit 2020. This virtual summit is designed to bring together leading senior-level corporate counsel, business leaders and private practice lawyers from all across Asia. At the summit you will get an opportunity to interact with the most brilliant minds in the region and keep up-to-date with the evolving legal landscape in the Asia Pacific region.
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Why You Should Attend
- FREE* passes to in-house counsel, “C” level management executives and business leaders with access to full-day sessions
- Unique networking opportunities with leading legal experts and peers
- In-depth panel discussion sessions with some of the most distinguished corporate counsel in the region
- VIP networking luncheon and refreshments
- Detailed speaker notes and presentation materials
Chief Legal Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, CEO, Company Secretaries, Country/General / Corporate / In House / Legal Counsels / Heads and Senior Professionals in charge of:
- Legal Affairs
- Company/ Contract Law
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Affairs
- Legal Risk Management
- Regulatory Affairs
- Commercial and Enforcement Counsel
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Speakers / Panelists
Syazana Yahya, Partner, Eugene Thuraisingam LLP.
Syazana is a Partner at Eugene Thuraisingam LLP. She handles international arbitrations for the firm’s network of clients in Southeast Asia and has dealt with disputes across various sectors including international trade, shipping and oil & gas. Syazana has also appeared at all levels of the Singapore court dealing with various commercial matters, particularly disputes with a cross-border element.
Syazana is also an established criminal practitioner, and has successfully handled high-profile serious and white-collar crimes. Many of these cases have served as legal precedents for future criminal cases.
Ray Huang, Head of Asia Offices and Principal Engineer, Exponent
Exponent is a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve engineering, science, regulatory, and business issues facing our clients.
Dr. Huang is the Head of Exponent’s Asia Offices and has worked in Europe, Asia and North America advising both industrial and legal clients in matters pertaining to product liability, intellectual property, trade secrets, technical due diligence, ITC investigations and commercial/insurance dispute resolution as consulting and testifying expert. He has extensive hands-on experience leading complex technical investigation and performing scientific and engineering analysis and testing for a wide range of tech applications.
Arvind Kamath, Partner, ALMT Legal, Senior Advocate, Karnataka High Court
Arvind Kamath obtained the degree of Bachelors of Law from JSS Law College, Mysore in 1992 and he topped the Mysore University. Thereafter, he obtained the degree of Masters of Law from National Law School, Bangalore. Arvind Kamath enrolled as an Advocate on 12th June 1993 and initially started his practice at the City Civil Courts at Bengaluru. During 1995-96 he made his debut at the High Court of Karnataka.
In 2000 he was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship by the British Council under which he underwent training in English and EU commercial and corporate laws. During his stay in UK, Arvind Kamath appeared and passed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test conducted by the Law Society of England & Wales, which entitles for an enrolment as the Solicitor of England & Wales.
Upon his return, MS Ramaiah Law College invited Arvind Kamath to be a guest faculty. At MS Ramaiah Law College he taught the LL.B. students for a period of 12 years in the field of law of taxation, drafting, pleading and conveyancing. In 2003 Arvind Kamath was appointed as an Assistant Editor of Indian Law Reports by the High Court of Karnataka.
Arvind Kamath integrated his practice with ALMT Legal and was appointed as one of its partners in 2007. Since then, he has headed the Dispute Resolution Practice of the firm. During the course of his practice, Arvind Kamath has appeared in a wide range of matters including civil, criminal, constitutional law, service law, family law and arbitration. He has represented organisations like the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, New Mangalore Port Trust, KPTCL, Bescom, etc.
Arvind Kamath was designated as a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Karnataka in November 2018. Having gained expertise on commercial disputes, he regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts in India.
Trisula Dewantara, Vice President of Legal/ General Counsel, Tokopedia
Trisula is the VP of Legal/General Counsel of Tokopedia.
Trisula started his career in private practices for several firms, and then decided to move in-house. The move taught Trisula how the legal world is implemented in the corporate practice, a lesson which he learnt very quickly and which allowed him to take on a number of in-house positions with companies such as Astra and Indosat.
He took a leap of faith back in 2017 and moved to Tokopedia to be in the midst of a company who was and continuously changing society for the better. Throughout his tenure in Tokopedia, Trisula continued to improve and hone the legal department’s skills and value to the business: ‘When I joined, the legal department that was comprised of high spirited young lawyers basically handled anything and everything in reaction mode. I started to specialise the work and recruit people who would act as mentors and a bridge between me and the more junior members of the team. I also introduced – as far as we can – automation, precedents and templates’. All to ensure legal department’s transformation to be a more trusted business partner, and correctly positioned to support Tokopedia’s growth. Among his main highlights with the company has been his work on fundraising events, which he learned first-hand that it took a specific set of skills beyond purely legal expertise.
Antonius Alexander Tigor SH., LL.M (London), Head of Digital Compliance – Legal Business Partner, Telkomsel
Head of Legal Business Partner - Digital, with extensive legal experience in corporate, commercial, digital data compliance, fintech, regulatory, litigation and dispute management matters gained with major and leading digital telecom company. Speaker at domestic and international forums. Policy adviser to stakeholder. Demonstrated record in applying legal skills to new industries and business lines gained from 11 years of in-house legal experience in the telecom, media, communication, technology, digital data and financial technology services.
Managing legal teams, in diverse expertise and skills, which provides full legal services in fast-paced digital environments to all business lines and support functions, including planning and transformation, marketing, digital data analytics, finance, IT, and procurement. Successful record of working in a matrix organisation and in advising business leaders, other senior business and function leaders.
Antonius helps Chambers and Partners (London) as a referee to identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. In 2019, Antonius got the 50 Top Legal Leader Award in the Asia Pacific Conference at Singapore and listed as an In-house Counsel of the Year in the Asian Legal Business by Thomson Reuters.
An Indonesia-qualified lawyer with a Masters of Laws degree from the Queen Mary, University of London. Chevening Scholar (British Government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office prestigious scholarship). A licensed (registered) Intellectual Property Consultant in the Ministry of Law and the Human Rights Republic of Indonesia.
Teguh W. Saputra, Head of Legal & Compliance – Indonesia, Head of Legal – Malaysia, Siemens Healthineers
Teguh W. Saputra is a Head of Legal & Compliance for Indonesia and Head of Legal for Malaysia at Siemens Healthineers, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to his current role he spent more than a decade in various senior in-house legal position in several multinational companies engaging in manufacturing, energy and healthcare businesses, both local and regional roles. He is a dynamic and competent professional with in-depth experiences and knowledge in various legal affairs with a positive attitude and able to offer practical solutions in the field of law. Teguh holds a Bachelor of Law from Indonusa Esa Unggul University and Magister of Law from University of Indonesia, both graduated with honors (cum laude).
Citta Prasidha, Southeast Asia Counsel, Becton Dickinson
Citta is the Southeast Asia Legal Counsel for Becton Dickinson (BD), a US-based medical technology company for over 4 years. She is sitting in Jakarta, but she oversees BD’s legal matters across all ASEAN countries plus a few other countries within the business team coverage. Her responsibilities span quite widely from reviewing contracts to sitting in E&C’s Grant Committee to approve external funding requests, from managing litigation cases handled by the company’s external counsels to participating in the Law Group’s IP team to give them insights on Southeast Asia. Also, lately BD globally has acquired a few companies to expand its product portfolio so this past few year, the team has been kept busy with some legal entity integration projects and transformation.
Prior to BD, Citta had a stint experience as a country counsel for an oil and gas company, and before that she spent over 7 years in law firms, the longest was with Baker McKenzie. During her law firm life, she mostly did commercial IP work and now she can broaden her horizon to pick up and learn new things from her in-house legal role from quality to tax, from conventional needles to sophisticated medical device instruments. Outside the office life, Citta is a mother of two bouncy but wonderful boys. In her free time, she usually practices yoga and takes care of her mini indoor and outdoor gardens.
John K. Arthur, LLB., BA., DipICArb, Barrister and Member of the Victorian Bar, FCIArb
John is a barrister at the Victorian Bar of over 30 years standing. An experienced advocate, his principal area of practice is general commercial litigation, including contract, sale of land, property, equity, professional negligence, corporations, insolvency, and succession.
John is particularly interested in alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, adjudication and mediation, although his primary focus are trials and appeals
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and ACICA and a President of the Australian branch of CIArb. John is empanelled on the AIAC. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.
John is a co-author of Lexis publications, Civil Procedure Victoria, Lexis Nexis and Australian Uniform Evidence and other publications. He has jointly authored a text-book on uniform evidence law and a chapter in International Arbitration Discourse and Practices in Asia (Ed. V K. Bhatia), Routledge, 2017. He has published and presented many papers in Australia as well as internationally on topics in varied areas of law and practice, including contract, sale of land, equity, practice and procedure, ADR and international arbitration.
Kay Pang, Senior Director & Associate General Counsel, Global Markets Compliance Officer (APJ, EMEA & LATAM), VMware
Kay Pang is an attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience in Ethics and Compliance, Commercial IT, Software, Cloud, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI), Corporate, Civil and Criminal Litigation.
Kay spent 8 years in private practice with Allen & Overy LLC, a London City law firm, and Drew & Napier LLC, the largest litigation firm in Singapore. Thereafter, Kay worked in Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for another 8 years where she headed the APJ commercial legal team supporting its Enterprise, Software and Cloud business units. After leaving HPE, Kay joined Cloudera Inc., a US Big Data, Machine Learning and AI company, where she led the APJ legal team through its listing in the NYSE, and supported all legal commercial, corporate, and compliance matters.
Kay joined VMware in November 2018 as the APJ Regional Compliance Officer. Kay’s portfolio has since expanded and she now takes the role as Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Global Markets Compliance Officer, overseeing compliance support in LATAM, EMEA and APJ. She is also part of VMware’s tiger team in the development of VMware’s AI Code of Ethics.
Benjamin Crilly, Director, Borrelli Walsh
Ben Crilly is a Director based in the Jakarta office. He has over 15 years’ experience specialising in the fields of restructuring and turnaround in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, PRC and Australia.
Ben has led engagements for such purposes as financial & operational restructuring and turnaround, cross border insolvencies, valuation & transaction advisory and capital raisings. He has worked across numerous industries, including mining and mining services, oil and gas, automotive, aged care, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, hotels and tourism, construction, energy and power, petrochemicals and property.
Prior to joining Borrelli Walsh, Ben was Senior Director at a specialist restructuring firm based in Singapore. Prior to that, he was the Investment Manager for a private equity fund based in Australia and an Associate Director in the Transactions and Restructuring team at a big 4 firm.
Ben is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Jason Kardachi, Managing Director, Borrelli Walsh
Jason Kardachi is a Managing Director based in the Singapore office and leads the firm’s restructuring, insolvency and forensic work in Singapore and South East Asia. Jason has led and managed complex debt restructurings and turnarounds, liquidations and receiverships and provided practical and commercial solutions to key stakeholders.
Jason is the founding member of the TMA Southeast Asia (“SEA”) chapter and is the first President of the regional TMA chapter. He was recently awarded the TMA International Chapter Impact Award 2019, and is the first practitioner outside of the United States to have received an Individual award since the launch of the TMA Awards in 1993. Before joining Borrelli Walsh, Jason was a Managing Partner of Teak Capital Partners, an advisory and investment firm focused on special situation and distressed investments across Asia Pacific.
Jason has 25 years of corporate advisory and restructuring experience in Asia Pacific, the last 19 of which have been in Hong Kong and Singapore, initially at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as Head of Special Situations Asia at HSBC.
Jason is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.
Wielmen Rumli, Director, Borrelli Walsh
Wielmen Rumli is a Director based in the Jakarta office. His experience covers restructuring, corporate finance and treasury banking.
With more than 14 years of corporate and banking experience, Wielmen has been involved in various restructuring matters, with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry. His recent assignments include the restructuring of Indonesian oil and gas companies and downstream servicing companies, and the acquisition of businesses / assets on behalf of a Chinese investment group.
Prior to joining Borrelli Walsh, Wielmen spent 5 years as the Head of Corporate Finance and Business Development for Geo Corporation, an oil and gas investment company in Indonesia. He oversaw the group treasury, corporate finance and M&A related activities. Before moving to Indonesia, Wielmen had 10 years of treasury banking experience in Australia.
Wielmen speaks fluent English and Bahasa Indonesia.
Anuj Shah, Partner, Khaitan & Co
Anuj Shah is a corporate partner who regularly represents corporations, financial institutions, private equity sponsors and sovereign wealth funds in a broad range of corporate matters and M&A transactions. Anuj also leads the insurance practice group at Khaitan & Co and regularly acts as a ‘trusted advisor’ to several Indian promoters on a wide range of corporate matters. As part of a secondment programme, Anuj has also worked in the London and New York office of a premier global law firm. Anuj has published numerous articles on diverse corporate law issues and is regularly ranked as a “recommended lawyer”, “notable practitioner” by leading publications such as Legal 500, RSG and IFLR.
Bharat Anand, Partner, Khaitan & Co
Bharat’s practice spans a range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions as well as being a strategic advisor on particularly complex or sensitive situations in India. He has a wide range of industry experience including financial services, insurance, renewable energy, telecom, information technology, manufacturing and consumer goods. He represents financial sponsors, founders and family offices on control deals, growth capital investments, joint ventures and exits. He has also advised Indian and foreign clients on disputes in India.
Bharat joined Khaitan & Co in 2009 with direct responsibility for the Firm’s Corporate and M&A practice in Delhi and as a member of the Firm’s National Executive Committee. Prior to joining Khaitan & Co, Bharat had a successful career at the London offices of Freshfields from 2001 until 2009.
Bharat plays an active role in leading industry associations in India. He is Co-Chair of FICCI’s Committee on Stressed Assets and a member of CII’s Committee on Transparency and Governance.
Vineet Aneja, Managing Partner, Head, Corporate, Commercial Practice, Clasis Law
Vineet is the Managing Partner as well as heads the Corporate Commercial Practice of Clasis Law. His professional journey as a lawyer began more than 23 years ago. Today, he has a plethora of experience across various practice areas - corporate commercial, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, employment, e-commerce, white-collar crimes, compliance, etc. Client feedback has highlighted the value his experience adds to both the legal and commercial sides of transactions.
He has been recognised and awarded for his excellence in corporate laws by many fora, few of which are :
- Recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” by Asialaw.
- Recognized as one of the Super 50 lawyers in India by ALB 2020.
- Recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in India, for consecutive years, by IBLJ’s A-List for the year 2019 & 2018.
- Recognized as one of the leading corporate transactional lawyer in India – 2019 by Acquisition International.
- Recognized as one of India’s most Trusted Corporate Lawyers by the ICCA in its 2018 publication of “The Vanguards – Trusted Corporate Lawyers”.
- Awarded for outstanding performance in Commercial Law by Advisory Excellence in the year 2018 and etc
L. Badri Narayanan, Executive Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
L. Badri Narayanan is an Executive Partner at the firm and practices in the areas of corporate, investment and tax laws. He advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, business transfer agreements (slump sales), joint ventures and share acquisitions, and has been involved in both domestic and cross-border transactions.
Badri advises on various issues involving consortiums and joint ventures such as contract manufacturing scenarios, valuation, secondment, royalties and license fee arrangements. He has advised and assisted various leading Indian and multinational corporations with transactions pertaining to joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings. Badri has advised some of the largest e-commerce companies on their India entry and operations, in order to comply with various Indian laws. He has drafted representations for changes in the laws relating to foreign direct investments (FDI) and tax laws relating to e-commerce. He also deals in gaming laws and structuring of gaming transactions relating to poker, fantasy games, lottery and other games from the regulatory and tax perspective.He has appeared before the Law Commission of India for amendments in the gaming laws and related tax laws on behalf of the Gaming Federation. He also regularly advises and represents companies in the auto, healthcare and pharma, shipping, liquor and financial sectors.
In tax, Badri has advised companies on various corporate tax, international tax and indirect taxes, particularly in relation to business transfers, joint ventures, merger, demerger, amalgamation, carry forward of losses, dividend distribution and capital gains arising out of direct and indirect transfer. He has also been involved in counseling companies on key issues concerning financial operations and supply chain. His broad experience also includes having represented parties before various fora in tax and commercial disputes.
He always had a keen interest in intellectual property laws and has drafted licensing agreements and technology transfer agreements. He is registered as a Patent Agent before the Indian Patent and Trademark office (PTO) and previously held Patent Attorney registration before the USPTO during his tenure in the USA. He also heads the digital initiative at the firm.
He is admitted to practice in India and New York.
Jaroslaw M. Jankowski, Lead Counsel Asia & Regional Compliance Officer Asia, Siemens Logistics
Jaroslaw has taken on in-house position in Siemens corporation in 2013, after 7 years of private practice in NY and UK based law firms. In 2015 he moved to Singapore, where he is responsible for all legal, data privacy & compliance matters in Asia of Siemens Logistics. From 2018 he leads the business & sales activities in Malaysia as Managing Director. Sharing legal, compliance and business roles is his big passion. Jaroslaw keeps balance in his life by teaching and practicing yoga in spare time.
Leah Samson-David, Senior Counsel, Philip Morris International
Leah has spent ten years with Philip Morris International in the Philippines, Switzerland, and now Malaysia. As the head of the Law team in Philip Morris Malaysia, Leah is primarily responsible for counseling the organization to enable growth of the business while managing risks to achieve PMI’s commitment of delivering a smoke-free future.
Diana Idris, Head of Legal, Indah Water Konsortium
As the Head of Legal, Diana is a core member of the senior management team and offers advice not just on law and related matters but helps shape discussion and debate around business issues.
Diana currently leads the legal affairs of Indah Water Konsortium, the Malaysian national wastewater and sanitation company. She oversees a pool of team providing timely legal advice on policy issues, collection, develop legal consensus solutions and promotes and defends the Company’s legal interest in numerous internal and external venues.
Diana has more than 15 years of high level legal and transaction experience in concessions, infrastructure, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, litigation, compliance and law department management. She has led legal operations and external counsel in Middle- East, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
Puspita Hendra Sari, Country Legal Counsel, 3M
Puspita Hendra Sari (Nita) is a Country Legal Counsel at 3M. Prior to 3M, she worked in a pharmaceutical industry and a multi-industry conglomerate group in Indonesia. She provides business-minded legal supports on translating global business development transactions, trade, intellectual property, data privacy, consumer protection, employment, litigation and also regulation advocacies. Being an in-house counsel requires her to be pragmatic, be a commercially savvy legal business partner with good sense of business acumen.
Admitted in Indonesia (PERADI holder), prior to her journey as in-house counsel, she was a practicing lawyer in both Jakarta and Singapore, namely Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro, Lubis Ganie Surowidjo and Colin Ng & Partners. Nita earned her bachelor degree from University of Indonesia and master degree from National University of Singapore.
Sandhya Vishal, Chief Counsel and Integrity Leader, Nielsen - South Asia
Sandhya joined Nielsen in March 2016 as the Chief Counsel and Integrity Leader for South Asia, after spending many years in banking and consulting. As an in house counsel of more than 18 years of experience, Sandhya brings together a collective strong experience of managing matters pertaining to legal, ethics and compliance, litigation and complex regulatory issues and Government relations to the forefront. As a result of the combined experience of having worked in a law firm, a Big 4 and a large financial institution, she is able to guide and advise businesses and management to grow and sustain in challenging environments.
As the Chief Counsel and Integrity Leader, Sandhya is also a part of Nielsen's South Asia Leadership Team. In her role, she brings in a confluence of best practices across legal, ethics and Integrity and policy-making to the forefront.
Sandhya supports the business in all legal matters, including policy creation and enforcement, government relations/affairs, privacy support, governance support, litigation support, M&A, Ombudsman and Compliance initiatives for South Asia. As an Integrity Leader for a large data company, she also manages the Ombudsman and Compliance program for South Asia.
Smrity Sudan ,Group Legal Head, UD Trading Group
Smrity Sudan is Group Legal Head at UD Trading Group, a Singapore-based metal trading group trading in ferrous and non-ferrous products with office presence in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Dubai. Smrity provides end to end support in legal and secretarial matters ranging from drafting commercial contracts, corporate structuring, arbitrations and litigations, compliances, mergers & acquisitions.
She is a commerce graduate and earned her bachelor’s degree in Law from University of Delhi, India. She is also an Associate Company Secretary with ICSI, India.
In India she was associated with major players in telecom and real estate sectors namely, Bharti Airtel and DLF. In 2011 she moved to Dubai and joined a well-known law firm as an Associate before joining UD Trading Group at Chairman’s office and has been with the Group since 2014. She migrated to New Zealand in 2018 to pursue her management degree and is now operating from Auckland and pursuing conversion for New Zealand Solicitor.
Yulia Askhadulina, Director – Compliance and Data Protection (CIPP/E), Minor International PLC
Yulia is an international lawyer with over 10 years of professional experience in South East Asia, she is a graduate of the Moscow State Law University (International Private Law) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LLM in International Law, with an emphasis on data privacy). Prior to joining Minor Hotels, Yulia worked for international law firms in Thailand and the Philippines, served as an in-house counsel for a prominent regional design and architecture firm.
At Minor, Yulia works on strengthening corporate controls to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, and as a certified privacy professional, she is overseeing the legal aspects of the data protection compliance program.
Piyanet Lailert, Head of Compliance and Legal, Daimler CV Thailand
Piyanet Lailert is Head of Compliance and Legal of Daimler Commercial Vehicles Thailand. In her function, she handles risks of Mercedes-Benz and Fuso portfolio. She bridges gap between control-function and operation-functions by guiding stakeholders through rules and policies for their better business transformation. Day by day, she aligns and balances all lengths goals by thinking ahead, providing preventive strategies to the involved parties, and consulting to the decision-makers.
Her background in legal started already when she got involved in family’s law firm since school time. By focusing on criminal law, she built her fundamental pillar of expert knowledge. To expand horizontally, she decided to build additional pillar in corporate field. From both aspects, she broadens her understanding of business risks interrelations.
Her understanding of stakeholders’ needs and behaviors were gathered throughout working in a global tech startup until a ramping up daughter-company of Daimler. Her experience in international industries with different markets and colleagues from counties across the globe let her gain intercultural competency, which is necessary for cross-cultural decisions. Nowadays, she is leading a passionate team that was built up by team spirit. Together, they are focusing on achieving the goal of “Protect the Company and Shape the Future”.
Pinyapa Somphong, Chief Legal Counsel, Evermore Co. Ltd
After graduating the International Trade and Commercial Law from Durham University, United Kingdom, Aime was practicing working as legal trainee with an international law firm in Barcelona, Spain, before moving back to Thailand in 2015, to start her career as a lawyer with an international law firm in Thailand.
Aime has extensive experience across the Asia-Pacific region in a broad range of areas including Foreign Direct Investment both offshore and onshore projects, commercial and corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and investment schemes and property management for both private companies and HNWIs clients.
Aime is currently a Chief Legal Officer of Evermore Co., Ltd., one of the fastest growing premier confectionary trading companies in Southeast Asia. She also sits on the boards as General Counsel for several financial and investment advisory private sectors in Thailand. Despite business and legal activities, Aime has also developed extensive experience with public speaking. She has been a keynote speaker in several legal conferences in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.
Lifen Tang, General Counsel, TransAsia Private Capital
Lifen Tang is General Counsel of TransAsia Private Capital, responsible for all legal aspects of the business. She provides senior management with advice on group strategy and its implementation, manages the legal function, and oversees the panel of external law firms. Prior to her current role, she was a Director and Head of the Banking and Finance practice at Ashurst ADTLaw, a formal law alliance between Ashurst, an international law firm headquartered in London, and ADTLaw, a Singapore law firm, in Singapore. She was a Senior Associate at Allen & Overy, a magic circle law firm headquartered in London, where she spent ten years as a banking and finance lawyer in London and Singapore. Prior to her tenure at Allen & Overy, she was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. She graduated from Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK with a BA and MA in Law. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, French and Cantonese.
Lisa Mather, VP, Chief International Counsel, PayPal
Lisa is Vice President, Chief International Counsel at PayPal. Based in Singapore, she works with a market-leading in-house global legal team known for its ‘unmatched navigation of complex international regulatory frameworks’. Lisa earlier served as Vice President, Division General Counsel, APAC at Colgate-Palmolive Company. Among her other positions during her 9 year tenure at Colgate, she served in various general counsel and specialist counsel positions, and worked with the company based in Australia, Europe, the United States and Asia. She began her career as a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, practising with major global law firms in both Sydney and Hong Kong. Lisa holds a MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science and Law (Honours) from Macquarie University.
Glenn Seah, Head Legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretariat, Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX)
Mr Glenn Seah is Managing Director and Head of Legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretariat, and a permanent invitee to the Executive Management Committee of Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX). SGX is an integrated securities and derivatives exchange group offering trading, clearing, settlement, depository and market data services for Asian and international financial and commodities products. Mr Seah is responsible for providing legal and compliance leadership and managing regulatory relationships on a global basis.
Mr Seah previously headed country and regional compliance roles for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore and South-East Asia. Mr Seah has also served in various roles in SGX, including Legal and Regulatory Policy, Staff Assistant to the CEO, and Head of Market Surveillance and Enforcement. Mr Seah was also a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for several years.
Mr Seah sits on the Board of Examiners for Financial Markets Regulation and Practice for the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) and in September 2017, he was recognized as an IBF Fellow, for his thought leadership and commitment to industry development. In Oct 2017, he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School.
Yosr Hamza, Director, Legal Counsel, Gartner Middle East
Yosr is a bilingual multi-award winning experienced legal counsel with both a private practice and in-house background. She is admitted to the Egyptian Bar.
During her career, Yosr held various positions in global international law firms in the region allowing her to gain significant regional experience in contracts, commercial, corporate, compliance, employment and a wide range of general legal areas. She is currently leading and managing the legal and compliance matters across the Middle East in Gartner. Embracing Gartner’s Principles of Independence and Objectivity, Yosr also supports the Gartner Office of the Ombudsman in the Middle East, a team that is established to openly and assertively address issues of analytical independence, accuracy and integrity. Yosr was the first locally based legal counsel in the region and has played a key part in establishing and developing Gartner’s legal team in the Middle East. With such experience, she also has broad experience in risk management, corporate governance and compliance. Yosr is passionate about the empowerment of women and further the advancement of women rights to achieve gender equity.
Shuva Mandal, Group General Counsel, Tata Sons
Shuva Mandal is Group General Counsel of Tata Sons, the principal investment holding company and promoter of the Tata Group. He is a member of the leadership team at Tata Sons.
In a career spanning two decades in India’s leading law firms and in the Tata’s, Shuva has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, shareholder & governance issues, PE investments and corporate litigations. His experience spans sectors such as commodities, auto, retail, financial services, aviation, media, healthcare, defence, energy, real-estate and public infrastructure.
He is a director on the boards of Tata group companies, member of the CII National Committee on Regulatory Affairs and the Lex Mundi Client Advisory Council. He is also involved in academic initiatives regarding the Indian Insolvency Code.
In 2020, the Chambers awarded him for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession : In-House Award’. In 2019, the Chambers also recognized Shuva in their lists - ‘the Most Influential General Counsel in India’ and the ‘GC Influencers - Global 100’. In 2019, the Financial Times, London rated him amongst the Top 20 Global General Counsels – the first Indian GC on the list. In 2015, Shuva was selected by The Economic Times - Spencer Stuart in the prestigious '40 under 40' list of India.
Stanley Park, Managing Director & Head of Legal – Asia Pacific, Scotiabank
Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal - Asia Pacific Region for Scotiabank's Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank's businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank's businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank's internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight.
Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 - 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 - 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 - 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 - 2014.
Stanley graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1985 and received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Stanley has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1994.
Jonathan Tay, Legal Counsel, Airbus
Jonathan has a keen interest in technology and started his career in private practice before moving to Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd where he focussed on technology contracts involving info-communication technology and cybersecurity. He regularly advised clients on commercial law issues that arose in the procurement and sale of hardware, software and technical services. Thereafter, he joined Airbus where he worked on developing the personal data protection compliance program for the regional headquarters in Singapore and advised clients on the sale of helicopters, spare parts and maintenance services. Jonathan graduated from King’s College London and was admitted to the Singapore bar.
Hazel Tang, Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Hazel Tang is the Counsel in charge of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration case management team in Singapore.
Before that, Hazel was the Centre Director of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), an arbitrator, and an accredited mediator in Singapore and Shanghai.
Hazel was also a Partner with a leading Singapore law firm with a regional presence, and was based in China for a period of time. Hazel’s experience covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work in the construction and infrastructure industry, and she has effectively represented clients in international arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation proceedings.
Corey Whiting, Legal Counsel, Head of Litigation, Kuok Singapore Limited Group
Corey is a legal counsel and the Head of Litigation for the Kuok Singapore Limited Group of companies, a conglomerate spanning the maritime, agriculture, real estate and data centre industries. In this role, Corey manages the Group's significant contentious matters. In addition, he supports the Group's internal investigations, regulatory and compliance functions. Prior to joining the Kuok Group, Corey was a litigation associate at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, in both New York and Hong Kong, where he specialized in international arbitration.
MA. Winnie Lardizabal-Morales, Deputy General Counsel, ENGIE Asia Pacific
Winnie is the Deputy General Counsel of ENGIE BU Asia-Pacific, a multinational electric utility company, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie, France. ENGIE is a global leader in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, renewable energy, natural gas, and client solutions. Prior to joining ENGIE, Winnie started as a senior associate in various top tier law firms in the Philippines. She then became the head of legal and compliance of CalEnergy/MidAmerican Asia-Pacific and thereafter assumed the role of General Counsel of Enfinity Asia-Pacific, both of which were engaged in the management, operation, maintenance, acquisition and development of renewable energy projects in Asia-Pacific. Winnie’s legal practice is primarily focused on corporate/commercial, tax, and power/energy law related matters.
Brian Tang, Managing Director, ACMI and Founding Executive Director, LITE Lab@HKU
Brian W Tang is an innovator, educator and ecosystem-builder who has worked in the confluence of law, technology and finance in Hong Kong, New York, Silicon Valley, and Australia.
Brian is managing director of ACMI and founding executive director of LITE Lab@HKU. He is also co-chair of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong’s Regtech Committee and co-founder of the APAC Regtech Network. Brian is also an author of The Fintech Book and The Regtech Book and judge for the Regulation Asia RegTech Awards for Excellence 2019.
Brian was previously at investment bank Credit Suisse and law firm Sullivan & Cromwell.
Ben Bowden, General Counsel, Assembly Payments
Ben Bowden is General Counsel of Assembly Payments. Headquartered in Singapore, Assembly is a leading Fintech from Australia and a joint venture partner of Standard Chartered Bank. By leveraging its technology and payments experience the partnership is scaling across new markets in APAC, EMEA and beyond to resolve payment complexity for businesses.
Prior to Assembly, Ben spent 12 years at Standard Chartered in various global roles across legal and compliance. Before that he was a lawyer at Linklaters.
Greg Tanner, Group General Counsel, International SOS
Greg is a lawyer admitted to practice in New York by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in England and Wales by the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales and in France by the Ordre des Avocats de Paris. Greg has practiced at two of the world’s largest law firms, Clifford Chance in London, Luxemburg and Singapore, and White & Case in New York, Singapore, Jakarta and Paris.
Greg subsequently headed the Legal Department in Asia Pacific for Informix Software, and then spent 12 years with DHL Worldwide Express. In his last position with DHL in Asia, Greg was the Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and a Member of the DHL Asia Pacific Management Board. Greg was assigned by DHL to Brussels and Bonn as Senior Vice President in charge of Global Organizational Effectiveness, which position he held until 2010 after which he joined International SOS in Singapore as their worldwide Group General Counsel. Greg currently manages a global team of over 45 professionals responsible for among other things, legal, contracts, compliance, data assurance, insurance, corporate secretarial, internal security and other risk management related matters.
Jasreen Singh, Group Legal Counsel, dwp International Limited
With 13 years of legal advisory experience, eight years of which have been spent in in-house role, Jasreen Singh has advised and represented on a wide range of complex legal issues relating to telecommunications, information technology, real estate and architecture and design. In her current role as general counsel to DWP, a leading design and architecture firm with offices in eight countries, she advises on wide spectrum of legal issues in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Geoffrey Burgess, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Geoffrey Burgess is a partner in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He has a broad international practice in Asia, Europe (including Russia), and Africa, with particular focus in the private equity, TMT, healthcare and aviation industries.
Mr. Burgess co-leads the India and Africa practice groups at Debevoise. He currently serves as Co-Chair of The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) Legal and Regulatory Committee. Mr. Burgess is a member of the London office’s pro bono committee and is a volunteer at law clinics for social entrepreneurship at unLtd and for disability benefits in Hammersmith & Fulham.
Mr. Burgess is consistently recommended in the major legal directories, including for his work in India and other emerging markets. India Business Law Journal notes that he is “highly regarded by Indian clients” and has named him to its “International A-List”, which recognises the top India-focussed lawyers at international firms. He is further recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, where he has been described as “highly accomplished and very innovative,” and is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK for work in emerging markets.
Raymond Goh, General Counsel, International, China Tourism Group
Raymond is the General Counsel, International, of China Tourism Group Corporation Limited with oversight of the legal and compliance, enterprise risk management, corporate governance and regulatory affairs of the Group’s international operations, principal investments and strategic initiatives around the world.
He has received various industry awards over the years, and was recognized as one of the most influential corporate counsels in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist for China and Hong Kong in 2017.
Prior to joining CTG, he spent more than 18 years in various senior management, corporate development and enterprise risk management roles with multinational diversified conglomerates, a leading investment bank, and in private practice with Magic Circle and Wall Street law firms where he focused on capital markets transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, technology and telecommunications, strategic acquisitions and initiatives, and principal investments across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Raymond is a graduate of Columbia Law School, New York and The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives.
Tanmay Amar, VP- Legal, Omidyar Network India
Tanmay leads the legal function at Omidyar Network India. He oversees investment and exit transactions from a legal and regulatory perspective, provides counsel to portfolio companies from time to time on their legal and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Tanmay was legal counsel at Sequoia Capital India, where he provided counsel on investments and exits, and portfolio compliance management.
Prior to that, he worked for L&L Partners and advised clients on private equity & strategic acquisitions, both from a buy side and sell side, and also advised clients on general corporate and regulatory matters.
Tanmay received his B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
Swetha Vijay, Head of Strategic Development, FLOW
Swetha has twelve years of mergers and acquisitions / investment banking experience in Singapore servicing Asia Pacific and global clients. She started off her career at DBS Bank and Deloitte. She most recently was a Director at ComCap LLC, an advisory firm headquartered in the US.
During her career, she has originated and executed various sell-side and buy-side transactions across sectors such as technology, telecommunications, consumer, oil & gas, real estate and financial services. She has also been involved in debt and convertible fund raising transactions especially in the TMT sector.
Swetha is currently the Head of Strategic Development for a Singapore headquartered ethical credit management company called Flow. At Flow, she is responsible for fund raising, investor relations and coordinating specific company-wide projects.
She graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India (MBA) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
Alexander Shaik, Partner / General Counsel, ADM Capital
Alexander Shaik is a Partner, General Counsel and observer to the Investment Advisory Committee. Alexander joined ADM Capital in 2005. Alexander has over 20 years of legal and commercial experience working on corporate and structured finance transactions. Alexander has been involved in innovative capital markets transactions in most Asian and European jurisdictions. Before joining ADM Capital, Alexander was employed in the Hong Kong office of the US law firm, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, and he has also worked with the Tokyo office of Allen & Overy. Alexander brings valuable structuring, regulatory and legal experience to the ADM Capital team. He received a BA (Hon.) in Law from The University of Melbourne and is admitted to practise in England and Australia.
Taral Ajmera, Senior Legal Counsel & Compliance Officer, Cleantech Solar
Taral Ajmera is leading Legal and Compliance division for Cleantech Solar – India, Asia’s largest solar developer. Ms. Ajmera offers a wealth of expertise in inbound & outbound capital structuring, crisis management, corporate governance, due-diligence, litigation and has navigated various complex fundraising transactions.
Ms. Ajmera has been instrumental in the framework creation of Cleantech policies and commercial agreements and advising the board on key legalities and strategic M&A’s during the period of swift growth. She has driven complex negotiations for 150+ Power Purchase Agreement with counterparties originating from myriad industries, reserving the regulatory and commercial intricacies of each business. Her efforts have resulted in increased client retention, resolution of disputes, and formation of several strategic alliances through JVs set up across India.
Ms. Ajmera is recognized as leading women in solar, featured by EQ Magazine in its “Women in Solar” magazine and by International Energy Agency (IEA) & Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) in its joint report as the top 1% women leaders in the solar industry and quoted her as one of the “strongest women leaders in Indian solar power sector”. She works as an industry representative for IEA and CEEW for various surveys, in 2020 CEEW issued a report named “Jobs, Growth, and Sustainability – A New Social Contract for India's Recovery” launched by Union Minister, features Ms. Ajmera’s recommendations. She has been a keynote speaker in prominent global M&A forum- IFLR.
Ms. Ajmera is certified in Energy Law and Management from NLSU (Bangalore). She received her Company Secretary from ICSI, LLB, and BCOM from Mumbai University.
Amber Gupta, Head Legal and Company Secretary, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance
Amber is presently working as Head - Legal & Company Secretary – Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited. Amber has a rich experience of 18 years in the field of legal, compliance and company secretarial functions encompassing Corporate laws, Capital markets, Insurance, Banking & NBFC regulations, IPR & IT Laws, Dispute resolution, Contract management, Board shareholders and Governance matters, with specialisation in financial services sector.
Amber in his current role provides legal advisory on key issues relating to insurance and corporate laws encompassing policyholders, business and operations related legal matters, transaction advisory. He led the various process improvements in the legal function with focus on digitization and embracing technology as tool for an effective legal risk mitigation and best practices in the area of litigation and dispute resolution, contract management and corporate secretarial matters. The legal & secretarial team is also an ISO 9001:2015 certified.
Under his leadership, the legal function has won various accolades – India and globally, lncluding Golden Peacock Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance by Institute of Directors at 19th Annual Convention in London 2019. The team also adjudged as Star team of the Year 2019 at 10th Annual ABG Annual Awards, award for functional excellence team at ABSLI Excellence Awards 2020, Winner Best use of technology by in-house legal department by The INDIA ECONOMIC & LAW SUMMIT & EXCELLENCE AWARDS, 2018, Winner Best in-house legal team 2018 (change management) at the prestigious Asia-Mena In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards 2018, HongKong, Winner Best Project & Process Excellence for Agreement and Contract Execution Aditya Birla Capital Inspiration Awards 2018, Best Insurance In- House Legal Team at the 6th Annual Indian Legal Awards 2017, Winner Functional Excellence Team – at Aditya Birla Financial Services Inspiration Awards 2016, Winner – Litigation Analytics – Excellence in Industry Application - Financial Services at Big Data & Analytics Award 2016.
Snigdha Nahar, General Counsel (Asia), Berkeley Energy
Snigdha Nahar has been working in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over ten years with her current role focussed on onsite distributed energy solutions developed by Berkeley Energy through its global Commercial and Industrial sub-division (BECIS). Her role involves coverage of legal, compliance, structural, transaction management, fund-raising and general management functions across various South-Asian and South-East Asian economies. She has extensive experience in transactions involving a variety of renewable energy technologies and contracting structures including projects, equity, debt and general corporate with a special emphasis on corporate PPA structures.
Prior to Berkeley Energy, she worked in magic circle law firms, Allen & Overy LLP and Clifford Chance LLP, across London and Singapore. She is a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and India) and has also completed her part-time MBA degree from NUS Business School in June 2020.
Elizabeth Beattie, North Asia Journalist, Asian Legal Business
Elizabeth Beattie is a journalist at Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong, where she covers the business of law for Asian Legal Business. Prior to this she lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand and has written for publications including the Guardian and the UK Sunday Telegraph.
Andi Y. Kadir, Partner, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Andi is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has extensively represented multinational corporations and local companies in domestic and international arbitration, complex litigation proceedings, court-sanctioned debt restructuring processes (PKPU), and bankruptcy/insolvency litigation. He has represented both lenders and companies in PKPU and bankruptcy/insolvency matters. He is also well experienced in employment litigation, corporate crimes, compliance and regulatory issues in the context of investigation, and administrative law disputes with government departments and agencies (including judicial review to annul the Government's regulations). He is named as Indonesian Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business Indonesian Law Awards (2017 and 2018).
Lambas Marasi Tua LG, Division Head, Corporate Banking, Permata Bank
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