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Tuesday 10 October (1930 - 2230)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 10 October (1930 - 2230)

Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL) (Lead)

Tuesday 10 October (1930 - 2230)

Private Client Tax Committee (Lead)
Taxation Section (Lead)
Taxes Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 10 October (2000 - 2230)

Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 10 October (2000 - 2230)

International Trade and Customs Law Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 10 October (2000 - 2230)

Media Law Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 10 October (2030 - 2230)

Real Estate Section (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (0800 - 0930)

Arbitration Committee (Lead)

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A breakfast meeting of the Arbitration Committee will take place to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Wednesday 11 October (0800 - 0930)

Corporate Counsel Forum (Lead)

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The Corporate Counsel breakfast is a closed event for in-house counsel only.

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Wednesday 11 October (0800 - 0930)

Family Law Committee (Lead)

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A breakfast meeting of the Family Law Committee will take place to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Wednesday 11 October (0800 - 0930)

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This session will explore the role of bar associations to improve access to justice. Speakers from across the world will share their experience of their bar associations to improve access to justice in and outside their countries. The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) has endeavoured to improve access to justice. For example, the JFBA has financially supported the establishment of law offices in areas suffering from a shortage of attorneys. The JFBA also provides funds for certain cases, including cases brought by foreign nationals without resident status, which have not been covered by publicly funded legal aid. Recently, the JFBA has started to introduce an appropriate attorney of a bar association to any insured person who has purchased legal expenses insurance from an insurance company under an agreement with the JFBA. The JFBA has also worked to improve access to justice outside Japan. For example, the JFBA has organised the Access to Justice Conference in Asia four times in the past: the most recent was in Cambodia.

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Wednesday 11 October (0800 - 0930)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)

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If you are a managing partner or have a role/interest in law firm management, this is your opportunity to hear directly from four leaders of global and national law firms who are instrumental in the development and execution of the growth strategies for their firms. This breakfast will take the form of an interactive roundtable discussion. As well as hearing about their personal experiences and insights, you will have the opportunity to exchange views with the expert panel and meet with fellow practitioners facing similar challenges in law firm management.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1045)

Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)

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The panel will include leading practitioners who participated in structuring and executing certain deals, and intends to focus on hostile transactions. It will offer a lively insight into some of the key legal issues, deal terms and process involved in the transaction.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1045)

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This session will examine the legal and practical issues that are presented by the use of water recycling for potable water and other reuse as a response to drought and other water shortages.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee (Lead)
Asia Pacific Regional Forum

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A brand is what business does; reputation is what people remember (Ted Rubin) Is bad company corrupting a good moral clause? Protection and control of names, trademarks and image rights are crucial in the sports and entertainment industries. They have high monetary value and there is also an enormous appeal to the collective imagination. If your clients have an image worth exploiting or an event to sponsor, then don’t miss this interactive session on the protection and exploitation of image rights. Get an insider’s view from industry influencers Nike and Halston on the day-to-day issues they are experiencing, contracting with brand ambassadors or licensing image rights. Hear the challenges facing a national sports governing body with first-hand anecdotes from the Australian Rugby Union, and receive invaluable guidance from legal experts in the field who will discuss several examples from both a legal and economic point of view, branding a sports team, athlete, rock band and actor, and dealing with the related license strategies You may even learn how to keep on the right side of morality with new challenges on moral clauses and interesting case studies from around the globe. This will be a lively session looking at sport, music and all-round entertainment, the people who make it happen and the type of case studies you just couldn’t make up.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

Immigration and Nationality Law Committee (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee

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Trends and developments in dual citizenship: which countries allow it and which don’t?

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

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Drafters of complex construction contracts (and other commercial agreements) often insert clauses that shift risks from one party to another, and this panel will explore different ways in which some of these clauses are enforced in common law and civil law jurisdictions. Examples include, but are not limited to, clauses relating to changes, delays, differing site conditions, claim notice and indemnity. The session will be useful both to construction practitioners and anyone drafting or arbitrating/litigating complex commercial contracts in the global marketplace.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

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Legal opinions are regularly issued in multiple jurisdictions in financial transactions, but no two jurisdictions necessarily take the same approach to them or understand them the same way. Recipients of legal opinions expect an accurate, precise and reliable legal instrument, which presupposes that everybody involved has the same understanding of the what, why and how. This panel will discuss issues and pitfalls in issuing cross-border opinions and will explore possible ways to address them.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

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Cities are beginning to invest in stronger, more resilient and flexible technology infrastructure. Whether the purpose is to improve local authorities’ engagement with their communities, from waste collection to social care or even shared economy platforms, the need for connectivity is pervasive. The internet of things plays, and will continue to play, an increasingly important role within our cities as they move to a higher level of sensory equipment being retrofitted into our buildings and the space around us. Whether projects are undertaken in the Middle East, Europe or Asia, one factor has been key to their successful planning and execution: a highly integrated telecoms and fibre network that is future-proofed to deal with the ever-increasing demands technology and society will place on it. Smart cities enhance quality of life through the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) within the infrastructure framework. On successful implementation, smart cities will not only boost commercial and capital investments but will be the best approach for reducing the tremendous strain on present day infrastructure. The success of large-scale projects – and the delivery of the expected output for citizens – therefore rely on the successful planning of authorities and, where relevant, the adoption of the appropriate regulations likely to foster innovation and development, in particular in relation to the sourcing and roll-out of appropriate ICT services. Whereas, at a local scale, issues arising out of cities’ transformation may be focusing on funding, financing, planning and procurement, more global and regulatory issues arise once clear development policies are devised, in particular in: relation to; (1) spectrum management and allocation (2) fostering competition on the market (especially where operators do not all have the same network footprint); and (3) guiding future users, authorities and other city stakeholders in handling the vast amount of data they will necessarily collect and process. Using the current examples of smart city projects around the world, and building on the conclusions that may be drawn from those, this session will explore in further detail why communication law concerns have a core impact in successfully developing smart cities and paving the way for businesses to invest in and contribute to the community.

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Wednesday 11 October (0930 - 1230)

Anti-Corruption Committee (Lead)
Asia Pacific Regional Forum
Professional Ethics Committee

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This annual and very popular session will review the current trends and developments in anti-corruption policy, investigations and enforcement from around the world in an engaging roundtable dialogue with world experts. The session will review current and future trends in anti-corruption laws, enforcement and prosecutions.

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