Half-Year May Conference 2019

Hong Kong

22 - 25 May 2019


Hong Kong, a cosmopolitan city and a tropical paradise, will welcome you to the AIJA Half-Year Conference in May 2019. Strategically located at the heart of Asia, Hong Kong has built its reputation as one of the leading global financial centres and a gateway to the endless opportunities in China. This Conference will feature three distinct seminars: 'How to Raise Money from International Perspectives' (organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission), 'Tax: a Dream, not a Nightmare' (organised by the Tax Law Commission) and 'Business and Private Clients in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities' (organised by the International Private Clients and Family Law Commission).
The three seminars will include speakers from AIJA as well as high profile external speakers, including in-house counsel.

How to Raise Money from International Perspectives

The Conference will use the dramatic backdrop of the historical trading city and cutting edge global financial centre that is Hong Kong to explore the latest on how companies find and raise capital (public and private) at home and abroad and will provide an overview of the legal frameworks developing across the world to raise funds efficiently while ensuring the protection of stakeholders.

Tax: a Dream, not a Nightmare

The dreams of the rapidly changing financial industry create ongoing challenges for creative tax planning, classification and compliance. The Conference will explore the cutting-edge developments in cross-border tax planning to keep dreams alive and look into important compliance considerations to avoid any nightmares.

Business and private clients in Asia: challenges and opportunities

Hong Kong is an attractive international destination for businesses and private individuals. But what are the considerations for anyone facing an inheritance dispute? What mechanisms exist for asset protection in divorce proceedings? What structuring opportunities are there for individuals with international wealth? What are impacts of the growing money laundering legal framework for Hong Kong as a financial centre? Join our experts from all over the globe to discuss these issues through illustrative case studies.

Conference Supporting Organisation:

 

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

AIJA is striving to offer continuous professional development opportunities also during its main events. 2 coaching options will be offered to all attendees during the AIJA Half-Year conference from 22 to 25 May in Hong Kong. Check out here to register to the proposed coaching sessions. Number of places are limited. Allocation of slots will be made on a first come first served basis.


AIJA Commissions

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Commercial Fraud
  • International Business Law
  • International Private Clients and Family Law
  • Tax Law

Event fees

+ VAT if applicable<= 2019-03-12> 2019-03-12

AIJA Member < 35790,00  €940,00  €
AIJA Member >= 35840,00  €990,00  €
Non AIJA Member < 35890,00  €1040,00  €
Non AIJA Member >= 35940,00  €1090,00  €
In-House Counsel700,00  €700,00  €
Speaker790,00  €790,00  €
Local lawyers890,00  €890,00  €
Local lawyers Half-Day Pass - Thursday AM200,00  €200,00  €
Local lawyers Half-Day Pass - Thursday PM200,00  €200,00  €
Local lawyers Half-Day Pass - Friday AM200,00  €200,00  €

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Full programme

How to Raise Money from an International Perspective

Wednesday 22 May 2019

15:30 » 18:30
Registration & Welcome Desk
18:00 » 19:00
Transfer by bus to Hong Kong Jockey Club - Happy Valley Racecourse
19:00 » 22:00
Welcome Dining Cockail Reception @ Hong Kong Jockey Club - Happy Valley Racecourse

Thursday 23 May 2019

07:00 » 08:00
Human Rights Run
08:00 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome & Introduction to the Seminar
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
, Roca Junyent, Spain & President of AIJA
Melissa Pang, President of the Hong Kong Law Society
09:15 » 10:30

Joint Session: Tax Considerations and Cross-Border Financings
A panel discussion between tax lawyers and securities/financing lawyers.
Moderator:
, Travers Smith LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
, Dissmann Orth, Germany
, Schindler Attorneys, Austria
, Farrer & Co LLP, United Kingdom
Gulong Ren, Anjie Law Firm, China

10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:00

Best Practices in Private Equity Financings
Keynote and panel discussion on the current state of the private equity sector.
Moderator:
, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers: 
Alex Carbonell, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Spain
, Ritterhaus, Germany
, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Frank Zhou, Jun He, China

12:00 » 13:30
Lunch
13:30 » 15:00
Fundraising in the M&A Context: Public v Private
Two keynotes and panel discussion on the options and alternatives to raising money in a private M&A setup as opposed to public M&A. Restrictions and governmental approvals in cross-border financing.
Moderator: 
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland
Speakers:
, R&P Legal - Studio Associato, Italy
, Franklin Société d'Avocats, France
Manav Raheja, J. Sagar Associates, India
Sameer Sibal, Jerome Merchant + Partners, India
, Buren, The Netherlands
Carlos Li, PhD law candidate - Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
15:00 » 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 » 16:15
Alternative Financing Arrangements
Round table discussions (an overview of current alternative financing trends including cryptocurrency and crowd-sourced funding).
Moderator:
Danielle Roman, Mourant, Hong Kong 
Speakers:

Musheer Ahmed, Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jill Wong, Howse Williams, Hong Kong
, DLA, Denmark 
Urszula McCormack, King & Wood Mallesons, Hong Kong
16:15 » 17:00
Market Idiosyncrasies
Keynote and panel discussion to discuss areas where market practice differs significantly between different jurisdictions.
Moderator:
, Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom
Speakers:
, Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek, Germany
Zi Li Tay, Zicolaw, Vietman

17:00 » 17:30
First Timers' Welcome Presentation & Drink
17:30 » 18:20
Forum of the Commissions (FoC) meeting
18:30 » 20:00
Transfer by ferry boat to Lei Yue Mun fishing village & visit of the seafood market
20:00 » 22:00
'Eat like a Local' Dinner @ Sea King Restaurant - Lei Yue Mun fishing village

Friday 24 May 2019

08:00 » 17:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:15 » 10:00
Emerging Markets
Three keynotes i.e., lawyers from emerging markets will discuss their local jurisdiction vis-à-vis financings to help broaden the conference participants’ understanding of new markets.
Moderator:
, Farrer & Co LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Charles Payton-Clayne, Harneys, Hong Kong
Karim Noueihed, Noueihed Law Firm, Lebanon
Charles Wang, Mishcon de Reya, United Kingdom
10:00 » 10:45
Trends in Equity Capital Market Financings
Speakers:
Jesper Schonbeck, Vinge, Sweden
Jacky Sin, Slaughter & May, Hong Kong
10:45 » 11:00
Wrap up
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 12:45
Human Rights Committee Session: The future of freedom of speech around the world
Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field – especially for the region of Hong Kong, this session will touch on the basics of the freedom of speech and its inexact, elastic scope as debated around the world
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein

Speakers:
Elsie Leung, Attorney at law, Former Secretary of Justice and Congress Delegate, Hong Kong 
Ronny Tong, Attorney at law, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and Former Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong 
Mark Daly, Attorney at law, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
12:45 » 14:00
Membership Forum (MF) Lunch Meeting
14:00 » 17:00
Commission meetings
18:45 » 19:30
Transfer by bus to John Anthony Restaurant
19:30 » 01:00
Gala Dinner @ John Anthony Restaurant

Saturday 25 May 2019

10:00 » 11:00
Law Course Committee (LCC) Meeting
10:45 » 11:15
Coffee Break
11:00 » 13:00
Executive Committee (EC) Meeting
15:00 » 16:00
Optional tour: 1-hour harbour cruise on traditional junk boat Aqualuna
19:00
Optional Dinner

Tax: a Dream, not a Nightmare

Wednesday 22 May 2019

15:30 » 18:30
Registration & Welcome Desk
18:00 » 19:00
Transfer by bus to Hong Kong Jockey Club - Happy Valley Racecourse
19:00 » 22:00
Welcome Dining Cockail Reception @ Hong Kong Jockey Club - Happy Valley Racecourse

Thursday 23 May 2019

07:00 » 08:00
Human Rights Run
08:00 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome & Introduction to the Seminar
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
, Roca Junyent, Spain & President of AIJA
Melissa Pang, President of the Hong Kong Law Society
09:15 » 10:30

Joint Session: Tax Considerations and Cross-Border Financings
A panel discussion between tax lawyers and securities/financing lawyers.
Moderator:
, Travers Smith LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
, Dissmann Orth, Germany
, Schindler Attorneys, Austria
, Farrer & Co LLP, United Kingdom

10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:00
Trends in International Tax Planning
Panel discussion on major developments and trends in global tax planning, including impact of BEPS, U.S. tax reform, and MLI on multinational planning.
Chair:
Ali Kanani, Bonnard Lawson International,  Switzerland
Speakers:
Barry McGettrick, Matheson Solicitors, Ireland
, De Berti Jacchia, Italy
Silvio Cilia, Corrieri Cilia Legal, Malta
12:00 » 13:30
Lunch
13:30 » 14:00
Recent APAC Tax Developments
Panel discussion on recent tax developments in major APAC jurisdictions.
Chair:
, Penningtons Manches LLP,  United Kingdom
Speakers:
Emma Shen, Bonnard Lawson International, China
Cheng Chen, Kellerhals Carrard, China
, Nishith Desai, India
, Villaraza & Angangco, Philippines
Patricia Woo, Squire Patton Boggs, Hong Kong
14:00 » 15:00
APAC Inbound and Outbound Business Structuring
Panel discussion on major trends and tax considerations for structuring crossborder businesses in the APAC region.
15:00 » 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 » 16:15
Joint Session on Tax and Immigration Planning and Compliance for High Net Worth Individuals
Panel discussion exploring opportunities and pitfalls with globally mobile HNW individuals.
Chair: 
Guadalupe Diaz Sunico, Lener, Spain
Speakers: 
, Cazimir, Belgium
Alberto Brazzalotto, Maisto e Associati, Italy
, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, USA
Frederick Bjorn, Payne Hicks Beach, United Kingdom
16:15 » 17:00
Multinational Compliance Considerations
Panel discussion on tax planning in an era of increased transparency from the perspective of GAARs, CFC regimes, thin capitalisation rules and treaty antiabuse.
Chair:
Jose Aguilar Shea, Squire Patton Boggs, Spain
Speakers:
Gertjan Verachtert, Sansen International Tax Lawyers, Belgium
, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, China
Marco Masi, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Italy

17:00 » 17:30
First Timers' Welcome Presentation & Drink
17:30 » 18:20
Forum of the Commissions (FoC) meeting
18:30 » 20:00
Transfer by ferry boat to Lei Yue Mun fishing village & visit of the seafood market
20:00 » 22:00
'Eat like a Local' Dinner @ Sea King Restaurant - Lei Yue Mun fishing village

Friday 24 May 2019

08:00 » 17:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:15 » 10:00
Professional Liability and Ethics Considerations in International Tax Planning
Roundtable discussions exploring the ethical considerations in international tax planning, and the changing landscape with respect to professional liability.
Chair:
Matthew Cullen, UBP Investment Advisors,  Switzerland
Speakers:
Marielle Boezelman, Hertoghs advocaten, The Netherlands
, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte, Austria
, Studio Legale Mastellone, Italy
, Sumerson Partners, France
10:00 » 10:45
Tax Planning for the Digital Economy
Keynote and panel discussions regarding planning and compliance considerations for cryptocurrency and cross-border transactions involving digital goods and services.
Chair:
Maddy Gowlett, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Meyyappan Nagappan, Nishit Desai, India
Clemens Willvonseder, Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte, Austria
Emily Possfelt, Sweden

10:45 » 11:00
Wrap up
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 12:45
Human Rights Committee Session: The future of freedom of speech around the world
Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field – especially for the region of Hong Kong, this session will touch on the basics of the freedom of speech and its inexact, elastic scope as debated around the world
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein

Speakers:
Elsie Leung, Attorney at law, Former Secretary of Justice and Congress Delegate, Hong Kong 
Ronny Tong, Attorney at law, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and Former Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong 
Mark Daly, Attorney at law, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
12:45 » 14:00
Membership Forum (MF) Lunch Meeting
14:00 » 17:00
Commission meetings
18:45 » 19:30
Transfer by bus to John Anthony Restaurant
19:30 » 01:00
Gala Dinner @ John Anthony Restaurant

Saturday 25 May 2019

10:00 » 11:00
Law Course Committee (LCC) Meeting
10:45 » 11:15
Coffee Break
11:00 » 13:00
Executive Committee (EC) Meeting
15:00 » 16:00
Optional tour: 1-hour harbour cruise on traditional junk boat Aqualuna
19:00
Optional Dinner

Business and private clients in Asia: challenges and opportunities

Wednesday 22 May 2019

15:30 » 18:30
Registration & Welcome Desk
18:00 » 19:00
Transfer by bus to Hong Kong Jockey Club - Happy Valley Racecourse
19:00 » 22:00
Welcome Dining Cockail Reception @ Hong Kong Jockey Club - Happy Valley Racecourse

Thursday 23 May 2019

07:00 » 08:00
Human Rights Run
08:00 » 18:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome & Introduction to the Seminar
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
, Roca Junyent, Spain & President of AIJA
Melissa Pang, President of the Hong Kong Law Society
09:15 » 10:30
Conflict of Laws and Jurisdictions - Did I make the Right Choice, if Any?
A case study addressing validity of wills, forced heirship, mental capacity and powers granted in this context. An illustration to demonstrate that dedicated and specific planning is required to avoid adverse surprises in post-death litigation.
Chair:
Aurélie Conrad Hari, Bär & Karrer, Switzerland
Speakers:
Wen Ni Aw, Wong Partnership, Singapore
, Stewarts, United Kingdom
, Charles Russel Speechlys, Hong Kong


10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:00
Joint AIJA-UIA Session on International Divorce – Protecting Business Wealth in Litigation
A comparative analysis of civil law and common law perspectives (Hong Kong, UK, Macau, Portugal and France)
with the support of    

Chair:
, Lawlab Studio Legale , Italy
Speakers:
Bérangère Diot, Cadiou&Barbe, France
Joana Alves Cardoso
, Jac Lawyers, Macau
Caroline McNalley, Gall, Hong Kong
, Farrer & co, United Kingdom
12:00 » 13:30
Lunch
13:30 » 15:00
Litigation in EU vs Litigating in Asia - What should I be aware of?
A discussion about typical distinctions between both systems with tips and tricks.
Chair:
Arnoldo Lacayo, Sequor Law, USA
Speakers:
, Tanner de Witt, Hong Kong
Guillermo Bayas Fernandez, Ejarque Abogados, Spain
Eleni Polycarpou, Withers, United Kingdom
, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Singapore
15:00 » 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 » 16:15
Joint Session on Tax and Immigration Planning and Compliance for High Net Worth Individuals
Panel discussion exploring opportunities and pitfalls with globally mobile HNW individuals.
Chair:
Guadalupe Diaz Sunico, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira SLP, Spain
Speakers:
, Cazimir, Belgium
Alberto Brazzalotto, Maisto e Associati, Italy
, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, USA
Frederick Bjorn, Payne Hicks Beach, United Kingdom
16:15 » 17:00
Asian Interests – Wealth Planning and Immigration
Perspectives from BVI, HK, France, India and UK.
Chair:
Alessia Paoletto, Withers, United Kingdom
Speakers:
, Bedell Cristin, Jersey
David Lin, C P Lin & Co, Hong Kong
, Walder Wyss, Switzerland 

17:00 » 17:30
First Timers' Welcome Presentation & Drink
17:30 » 18:20
Forum of the Commissions (FoC) meeting
18:30 » 20:00
Transfer by ferry boat to Lei Yue Mun fishing village & visit of the seafood market
20:00 » 22:00
'Eat like a Local' Dinner @ Sea King Restaurant - Lei Yue Mun fishing village

Friday 24 May 2019

08:00 » 17:00
Registration & Welcome Desk
09:15 » 10:00
Growing Anti-Money Laundering legal framework in financial centres: who wants to be top of the class?
Panel discussion exploring hot topics related to the growing AML duties for financial intermediaries, their extra-territorial scope and the liability for their violation.
Moderator:
, SOFFAL, France
Speakers: 
Clara Poglia, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Moses W. Park, Liberty Chambers, Hong Kong
, Nishimura & Asahi, Japan
, Daniel & Wong, Malaysia


10:00 » 10:45
Recovery of assets stemming from criminal offences: States' various remedies vs personal protection of property,
in particular at a transnational level
What are the tools available for each State and/or private victim to recover assets, including through mutual assistance in criminal/administrative/civil matters?
Moderator:
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young and Keidan, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Antonia Mottironi, Monfrini Bitton Klein, Switzerland
, Peters and Peters, United Kingdom
Heidi Chui, Stevenson, Wong and Co., Hong Kong
, Anderson Mori Tomotsune, Japan

10:45 » 11:00
Wrap up
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 » 12:45
Human Rights Committee Session: The future of freedom of speech around the world
Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field – especially for the region of Hong Kong, this session will touch on the basics of the freedom of speech and its inexact, elastic scope as debated around the world
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein

Speakers:
Elsie Leung, Attorney at law, Former Secretary of Justice and Congress Delegate, Hong Kong 
Ronny Tong, Attorney at law, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and Former Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong 
Mark Daly, Attorney at law, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong
12:45 » 14:00
Lunch
12:45 » 14:00
Membership Forum (MF) Lunch Meeting
14:00 » 17:00
Commission meetings
18:45 » 19:30
Transfer by bus to John Anthony Restaurant
19:30 » 01:00
Gala Dinner @ John Anthony Restaurant

Saturday 25 May 2019

10:00 » 11:00
Law Course Committee (LCC) Meeting
10:45 » 11:15
Coffee Break
11:00 » 13:00
Executive Committee (EC) Meeting
15:00 » 16:00
Optional tour: 1-hour harbour cruise on traditional junk boat Aqualuna
19:00
Optional Dinner

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Practical information

Conference Venue

KERRY HOTEL*****

 With pride of place on Kowloon’s vibrant waterfront, at the heart of Hung Hom Bay, Kerry Hotel is an urban lifestyle resort offering guests unique dining concepts, extraordinary spaces and spectacular harbour views.  The first Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong boasts the largest hotel meeting, event and catering facilities in the city and is only steps away from Tsim Sha Tsui East shopping district. With the new Whampoa MTR Station on its doorstep, the hotel is seamlessly connected to the rest of Hong Kong via underground train, ferry, bus, taxi and hotel limousine services. 

Learn more on the Kerry Hotel location and services here: Kerry Hotel factsheet

38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon - Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2252 5888
E-mail: khhk@thekerryhotels.com / Website

Metro station: Whampoa MTR Station

For directions & practical information to get to the Kerry Hotel, click here

Accommodation Booking

KERRY HOTEL*****

A block of bedrooms has been pre-booked at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants:  

 Room Category  

Single Room Rate

Double / Twin Room Rate 

Deluxe City View Room (average 42m2)

(Accommodation + Wi-Fi + Daily Buffet Breakfast)

HK$ 1,950*

(+/- EUR 208) 

HK$ 2,050

(+/- EUR 231)

 *except for the night on 21/05 at HK$2,150 (+/- EUR 243) for the single room rate 

 The Daily Room Rates quoted above are:
·       Subject to ten percent (10%) service charge per room per night.
·       Inclusive of complimentary local call access.
·       Inclusive of complimentary in-room wired internet and Wi-Fi access.
And include:
·       Complimentary mini-bar upon arrival (excluded liquor and wines).
·       Complimentary use of the 24-hour gym.
·       Complimentary use of changing rooms with Stream, sauna and Jacuzzi.
·       Complimentary use of the hotel outdoor heated swimming pool.
·       Group rates apply to 3 days pre or post of the Group’s stay, Room confirmation subject to hotel availability.

RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN: Click here to the on-line booking page at AIJA preferential rates. 

Booking deadline: 7 May 2019 - subject to availability at the time of the booking

 

 

Organising Committee

Aurélie CONRAD HARI
Bär & Karrer AG (SWITZERLAND)

Matthew CULLEN
UBP Investment Advisors SA (SWITZERLAND)

Bruno GUARNIERI
Farroco Abreu Advogados (BRAZIL)

Nicolas HERREN
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd (SWITZERLAND)

Aliasghar KANANI
BONNARD LAWSON International Law Firm (SWITZERLAND)

Camille Ka-ying LEUNG
Cazimir BV/CVBA (BELGIUM)

Alan LO
Liberty Chambers (HONG KONG)

Moritz MAURER
Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd (SWITZERLAND)

Jennifer MAXWELL
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)

Bethan WATERS
Farrer & Co (UNITED KINGDOM)

Louise Kam Faye WONG
The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)

Minglei WU
Mingleilegal LLC (CHINA)