IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.8, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Startups and business lawyers: global perspectives and future challenges

Tuesday 10 October (1430 - 1730)

Room C4.8, Convention Centre, Level 4


Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)
Closely Held Companies Committee


This session will introduce experiences in establishing new companies and startups around the globe, and discuss winning combinations between entrepreneurs and business lawyers, covering the topic of how lawyers can use an entrepreneur mindset to practice law. This session will also show the successful experience of lawyers in launching startups, introduce challenges the lawyers have faced and overcome, and foresee future challenges. In the first part of this session, two groups, including lawyers and clients, will learn how the lawyer supported the client to establish business from the client’s perspective and what was key in providing such a service from the lawyer’s perspective. In the second part of the session, the speakers will discuss winning combinations between entrepreneurs and business lawyers.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Alexia Eskinazi LPA-CGR avocats, Paris, France; Conference Coordinator, Young Lawyers' Committee
Makoto Hirasawa Hirasawa International Law Office, Tokyo, Japan; Co-Chair, Young Lawyers' Committee


Hen Gabay Follow[the]Seed, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marco Rizzi Bratschi AG, Zürich, Switzerland; Conference Coordinator, Closely Held Companies Committee
Darren Sommers KHQ Lawyers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Pranav Srivastava Phoenix Legal, New Delhi, Delhi, India; National Representatives Officer, Young Lawyers' Committee