Event Overview


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Following the resounding success of the first Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in Hong Kong last year, we are thrilled to announce the 2nd AIJA Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in Phuket, Thailand, on 27 September 2024.

Under the provisional theme "Bridging the Gap: Navigating Business in Asia", this event is tailored for international young lawyers based in, or with interests in, the Asia Pacific region. It promises a day brimming with cutting-edge insights and expert perspectives. Prepare to be inspired by our keynote speaker, a distinguished figure with extensive experience spanning Europe and Asia, who will set the stage for a day of enriching panel discussions.

Explore a range of topics, including the future of foreign investments in South-East Asia, cross-border dispute resolution strategies, and the nuances of personal branding across cultures. Join us for unparalleled networking opportunities against the backdrop of Phuket's stunning scenery. Mark your calendar for an event designed to elevate your professional journey. Stay tuned for more details about the full programme – coming soon!


AIJA Asia Pacific regional meeting

08:30 - 09:00

09:00 - 09:10

On the main theme: “Bridging the Gap: how to successfully navigate business in Asia”
09:10 - 09:45

09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:15

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the ASEAN reached $224 billion in 2022, the highest level ever recorded, and accounting for 17% of global FDI capital. The globalisation of value chains has contributed to the shifting of the global economic centre towards the Asia-Pacific region, sparking increased interest from American and European companies to invest in South East Asia.

In light of the dynamic environment surrounding foreign investment in South East Asia, our engaging panel led by legal experts from various Asian jurisdictions including Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam, will delve into the current trends and future of foreign investment in the region. They will address common challenges faced by foreign investors in the region, explore current investment incentives, explain the investment process and discuss post investment considerations.  

Join us for this panel to stay updated on foreign investment trends in South East Asia and gain a deeper understanding of the evolving investment landscape in the region.


  • Yuka Nakanishi, Atsumi & Sakai, Japan
  • Thanyaluck Thongrompo, Kudun and Partners, Thailand
  • Tse Chuan Loong, Allen & Gledhill, Indonesia
  • Kyle Lee, Wong Partnership, Singapore
  • Diep Hoang, Dilinh Legal, Vietnam 
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

Join us for “Sailing Through Challenges: Common Cross-border Issues and Best Dispute Resolution Strategies in APAC,” where we'll navigate the complexities of cross-border disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. Our distinguished panel of legal experts will share real-world insights into the most common types of disputes that arise from cross-border transactions, highlighting industry-specific challenges and recent trends.

We'll dive into practical strategies for preventing disputes, focusing on effective contract drafting and pre-litigation risk management. Our speakers will also explore the most effective dispute resolution mechanisms in their jurisdictions, discussing the benefits and obstacles of various approaches. With engaging case studies and lively discussions, this session promises to provide you with the tools and knowledge to handle cross-border disputes with confidence. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and strategies from leading experts in the field to enhance your understanding of dispute resolution in the APAC region.

  • Louise Wong,  Messrs. B. Mak & Co. Solicitors, Hong Kong
  • Yuankai Lin, RPC, Singapore 
  • Karah Howard, Pinsent Masons, Hong Kong
  • Earl Rivera-Dolera, Frasers, Vietnam 
  • Emi Rowse, Kudun and Partners, Thailand 
13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:30

In this session, personal leadership coach, Ruth Kappelgaard, will provide training on how to build the skill set and competences you need to “make life happen” as opposed to “let life happen”. The starting place is to build self-awareness. Get tips and tools on how to build self-awareness and lead yourself and career forward.

Ruth is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and has facilitated numerous professional development workshops. She is Danish and has been based in Bangkok, Thailand for 6 years.
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:15

  • Sebastian Blasius, GMX, Singapore
  • Cheng Kwee Chua, iManage
  • Emmanuelle Chua, eBram
  • Azmul Haque, Collyer Law LLC, Singapore
17:15 - 17:30

17:45 - 19:45

Fees & General Info

AIJA Members
AIJA Member - On or before September 27
For all
Local lawyers - On or before September 27
Non AIJA Member & others - On or before September 27

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

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If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

Prepare your stay

AIJA pre-blocked rooms at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa at a group preferential rate. Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability on the required date(s).

AIJA Group Rates:

Deluxe Garden View Room

  • Single occupancy: THB 4,000
  • Double THB 4,400

Booking conditions:

  • Rates are quoted in Thai Baht, per room, per night inclusive of 10% service charge and 8.7% prevailing taxes
  • Rates are inclusive of breakfast buffet in the main breakfast restaurant and in room internet
  • Check-in time is 3:00 PM
    To guarantee rooms for check-ins prior to regular check-in time, rooms are requested to be booked one night prior to arrival. Guests arriving before 3:00 PM can store their luggage with the hotel’s bellman services
  • Checkout time is 12:00 NOON
    Check-out after regular check-out time will be charged 50% of the agreed group rates in this contract for that particular room type which is requesting the late check-out up to 4:00 PM. Late check-out after 4:00 PM will be charged a one night charge (100%)


Please click on the below link to proceed with your reservation:


  • The rooms booking will be charged upon making reservation via provided credit card of each individual guest on reservation link on full amount of total room charge.
  • Cancellations or shorten stay after room booking via reservation link will be charged for whole period of stay
  • For any reserved rooms vacated prior to the scheduled departure date, there will be a full revenue assessment to the individual folio, according to the Client’s instructions, for the amount lost due to the early check-out
  • No shows will be charged for the full stay

Organising Committee

Emi ROWSE (IGUSA) Kudun and Partners Co., Ltd. (Head Office) (THAILAND)
Thanyaluck THONGROMPO Kudun and Partners (THAILAND)
Louise WONG Messrs. B. Mak & Co., Solicitors (HONG KONG)


Become a sponsor

Partnership with AIJA as a sponsor provides the best networking opportunities in a relaxed business environment.
If you have any questions, contact us on ‘Become a sponsor’ and check for more opportunities.

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Your data will be managed by AIJA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:

  • For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
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  • In order to communicate information messages from AIJA.

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Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years.

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