Co-Chair
Clare Corke

Co-Chair
Hideaki Roy
Umetsu

Asia Pacific Regional Forum

The Asia Pacific Forum offers fantastic opportunities to establish contact with legal experts in and outside of the region, practising in many different areas of law, and to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region.

About the Forum

In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to establish contact among lawyers within and outside the region, and with acknowledged experts on different areas of law, specialist Forum activities provide an unparalleled opportunity to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region. Members also benefit from excellent working relations with national Bars, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and LAWASIA.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

Update on Class Actions in Australia

Australia’s class action regime has been in effect for over 25 years and is generally considered to be a balanced and very well-functioning system. However, over the last few years, some issues arising have caused disruptions, costly satellite disputes and some very strong partisan political interventions. These issues were mostly around the involvement of third-party litigation funders and multiple law firms vying for the ‘prize’ of running competing class actions.

Released on Jul 09, 2021

Contractors Beware - Strict Compliance with Notice Requirements Following Maeda v Bauer

Whether or not a contractor or sub-contractor has complied with a contractual claim notification provision is often a highly contested issue in construction disputes given its potential to be determinative of the parties’ claims. The Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Maeda Corp v Bauer Hong Kong, which adopts arguably the strictest approach to claim notification provisions among common law jurisdictions, should therefore be of interest to contractors and sub-contractors operating under Hong Kong law and other common law governed construction contracts. This article provides an overview of the dispute before considering its practical implications for contractual drafting and the performance of construction contracts.

Released on Jul 06, 2021

Indian Competition Law: a Comprehensive Analysis of MSMEs and Bid Rigging

The Punjab Haryana and Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India (PHDCCI) held an illuminating webinar on ‘Competition Law – Recent Developments and Impacts’, on 3 March 2021, covering areas of competition law in India, new trends emerging and their effect on the market. The practices with respect to competition law among micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are not currently well understood and need to be looked at more closely to improve understanding and engender a better competitive climate in the Indian market.

Released on Jul 06, 2021

A Game Changer in the Indonesian Investment Realm

The Indonesian government is committed to a campaign to increase investment into Indonesia, by, among others, improving the ease of doing business by carefully planned initiatives aimed at reform in the investment climate. To prove its commitment, one significant breakthrough is through the issuance of an umbrella regulation, the so-called Omnibus Law, that cuts down on bureaucratic red tape and streamlines the investment process.

Released on Jul 06, 2021

Doing Business in Asia Pacific

September 2020: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum presents a comprehensive, innovative guide to doing business in the Asia Pacific, covering 11 jurisdictions and focusing on the common pitfalls and cultural differences of doing business throughout the region. This guide is an important tool for both investors and the legal profession when approaching certain critical aspects in Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

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Subcommittees and other groups

The Asia Pacific Regional Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

Film and media

China's economic future

Chief Economist at Deloitte China, Sitao Xu, on how China is transforming into a manufacturing and trading powerhouse to rival the United States.

US-China trade

President Obama's Trade Representative Michael Froman assesses America’s world trade priorities and the growing influence of China.