2017 Corporate Counsel Forum Singapore

Corporate Counsel Forum Singapore

 Thursday 23 November 2017

08:00         Registration 

09:00         Chairman Opening Remarks  

                    Stanley Parkmanaging director & head of legal APAC, Scotiabank 

                  Welly Tantonogeneral counsel, Honestbee 

9:10   Shaking up the industry: how tech savvy lawyers stay relevant and guide companies to success 

With a constantly evolving technological and digital world, the role of the General Counsel is increasingly being reshaped, and in-house counsel are having to put their creative and commercial hats on. This session will examine how General Counsel can enable innovation and have an impact on growing their company. 

This lively panel will discuss:
  • Technology trends and developments including perspective on ecommerce and the media 
  • Modern day deal making and partnerships, including speed, fundraising, collaborations and lawyers handling of commercial matters
  • How Lawyers add value to companies beyond just the law with particular discussion of Government Relations, Crisis Management and Communications, Media Relations, Coalition Building and the role of lawyers as Mediators and Networkers
  • Adapting to keep up with the demands of fast growing businesses in a dynamic landscape
  • Acquisitions and Exits (IPOs, ICOs, M/As) with particular discussion of the challenges, strategies and stages
  • Myth busting: How working in tech is different than what the media portrays it to be
Moderator: Deborah Im, deputy head of legal, APAC, Facebook

Christopher Chan, general counsel and head of government affairs, RedMart

Gladys Chun, general counsel, Lazada

Keemin Ngiam, director, Netflix

Wily Wan, assistant general counsel and legal director, APAC, Twitter

09:55   Please Don't Touch the Komodo Dragon…and other reasons why Compliance Culture is important 

Focusing on the role played by an organisational culture of compliance, this session will cover practical tips for embedding and testing anti-corruption programmes in SE Asia, including:

  • Adopt an Elephant – the secret ingredient for successful compliance
  • Pythons and Parrots – how to protect your business and its reputation against jurisdictional and other compliance threats in higher risk markets
  • Culture under the microscope:
                        - Engagement of senior management teams

                        - Resourcing challenges

                        - Form-filling and paper clip counts – what to avoid

  • Compliance Monitor (…Lizards?) – lessons from law enforcement and regulators

                        - How to test for a strong compliance culture and how this impacts in-house legal teams

                        - What are the lessons for conducting investigations

Neil McInnes, partner, Pinsent Masons Mpillay

10:35         Refreshment break and networking
11:00   Streamed Session OneSelect from the following: 

A:    Case Study: Investigations and Crisis Management - and how they are acid tests of an organisation's compliance programme

This session will combine perspectives from different fields of compliance – exploring anti-corruption, AML and tax issues, through an interactive hypothetical case study; as well as considering lessons from different business sectors.

Having considered Compliance Culture in the earlier plenary session, this streamed session will look at the practical tools at the disposal of general counsel, inhouse legal teams and other professionals responsible for conducting compliance-led fact-finding and investigations within their businesses in the region.

Neil McInnes, partner, corporate Crime & investigations, Pinsent Masons MPillay

Valerie Wu, partner, tax and private wealth, Pinsent Masons MPillay

Ashley Wright, partner, oil & gas, Pinsent Masons MPillay

B:    The next frontier: enhancing your legal department through technology 

We’ve talked about GCs become innovative and tech savy, but how can this infiltrate into your team? How can technology be used to enhance your department, outsourcing and efficiency? What benefits can AI and technology bring to your day to day? This interactive, workshop style session will discuss

  • How is Technology impacting delivery of services?
  • How can legal departments utilise Technology?
  • Artificial Intelligence in Contracting
  • Skills to look for when building your team
Christopher Buay, senior corporate counsel, APAC, Johnson Controls

Chek Tsang Foo, general counsel, Asia Pacific, Dimension Data 

C:    Leadership, building effective teams and making the jump

Having a strong, motivated and proactive team is key to any company’s success - building strong leaders within your team is even more essential. This session will examine various tools and strategies for developing your team and will assess how leaders can create and expand business capability. It will also consider how best to manage cross functional teams as well as the importance of incorporating diversity and inclusion. Finally the session leaders will look at the skills required for great leadership, concluding with how the General Counsel can move into the ultimate leading role of CEO. 

Rein Graat, general counsel, Asia Pacific, managing director, ING 

Diana The Hui Ling, chief counsel APAC, Middle East & Africa, Aon Hewitt

Welly Tantono, general counsel, Honestbee 

11:55   A case study from the frontline: terminating a difficult employee – from detection and investigation to termination 
For in-house, navigating the various employment laws of South East Asia is proving increasingly complex and challenging. This session will look at how best to handle this, including an examination of wrongful dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal. What must the employer prove when terminating an employee and what steps should be place to enable you to spot unethical conduct in the workplace. Finally the panel will end with a discussion on how to prepare for and conduct that difficult meeting. 

Deepak Acharyadirector and associate general counsel, Protector & Gamble 

Carlos Estrada, head of legal, compliance and special projects, Asia Pacific, Adecco Group

Thavakumar Kandiahpillai, group legal head, SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad

Stephen Trevis, managing director, legal, Barclays 

 12:40        Lunch and networking 

13:40   Preventing Cybercrime: stepping up your security strategy 

In this digital and technical world, companies are becoming increasingly at risk of cyber threats including hacking, fake content and data breaches. With an increase of risk comes an increase in regulation and companies are feeling the pressure to step up their cyber security.

  • What steps should you have in place to protect your company’s cyber?  
  • How far is the legal office accountable for cyber security?
  • Understanding regulator expectation and the steps that should be in place
  • Identifying and dealing with fake content, fraud and hacking
  • Are you prepared for a ransomware threat against your company?
  • Creating alertness and mindfulness to cybercrime in your employees

(Alagu) Alagappan Karuppia, head of information technology department & lead for digital transformation and products, Diners Club Singapore 

Stanley Parkmanaging director & head of legal APAC, Scotiabank 

Mary Jo Schrade, assistant general counsel and regional director, digital crimes unit, Microsoft Operations

Bjorn Siepmann, senior legal counsel, Asia Pacific, Visa 


14:25   Streamed session two 

Select from the following:

A:    Lessons from the headlines: handling data privacy leaks and data compliance

Data leaks are everywhere, companies are constantly at risk of their data being hacked and released to the world. How equipped are you to handle this crisis? What steps need to be in place and how can you ensure your data is protected? Key considerations of this interactive session will include:

  • Has IT taken over the privacy agenda?
  • Best practice: dealing with data leaks
  • Localisation of data v having data on the cloud
  • What is the right level of compliance
  • Crisis management considerations – planning for the worst 

Joy Fuyuno, regional senior counsel, digital transformation & privacy, Microsoft

Carol Seah, assistant general counsel, Singtel

Yi Lin Seng, senior general counsel, Mastercard

B:    Introducing a new framework for selecting a dispute resolution mechanism

This session will introduce a new framework for selecting a dispute resolution mechanism, looking at various mediation models and guidelines. Key topics this session will examine include: 

  • Assessing the wrongful use of litigation: when is litigation an appropriate response?
  • Handling cross border treaties: Dealing with a complicated political landscape 
  • Is mediation the best method for handling disputes? Examining the pros and cons
  • Managing Third party funding
  • How should corporate lawyers and litigators select a dispute resolution mechanism? 
  • Analysing the effectiveness of applying different types of dispute resolution to the same case 

Christopher Bloch, associate counsel, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Aloysius Goh, deputy CEO, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC)

Quentin Pak, director, Burford Capital

C:    Understanding Fintech: Is it relevant for General Counsel?

Financial technology is rapidly evolving and will take a huge role as Singapore moves to become a smart nation. But what does this evolution mean in real terms for General Counsel? How much impact will Fintech have on your day to day? This workshop style session will discuss: 

  • The benefits and risks of digital payments and a cashless world: Keeping your company relevant
  • Understanding the principles of blockchain
  • The enforceability of smart contracts
  • The software benefits of Fintech: filling functionality gaps
  • How technology is impacting on the role of the GC
  • Fintech and Compliance violations: the absence of detailed receipts versus generic descriptions

Felipe Daguila, Head of APAC Strategic Products and Partner Management at Google

Abraham A. Tachjian, director, digital banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Huifen Zheng, senior counsel, global processing, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, Mastercard

D:    What is public policy and why is it important for General Counsel?

Every link of a business’s value chain is affected by Government/ Regulatory as an external stakeholder. The public policy initiative operates at the intersection of law/ policy, regulators and business, where it becomes imperative to understand the direction of legislation/ government policies, their impact on business processes, adapt and evolve with changing compliance requirements, and get the right platform to raise concerns with decision makers. 

Present-day dynamics require organisations to build relationships with all stakeholders and participate in ethical policy evolution. Whether it is data privacy or disruptive technology, globalisation, anti trust among others....business is moving faster than and regulatory framework. Content & stakeholder mapping is therefore extremely critical in building the right consensus. GC s need to work closely with businesses and Government Affairs team to ensure right content & targeting right people, which is the core to any policy evolution. 

Akash Gupt, partner & leader - regulatory services, PWC India

15:20     Refreshment break 

15:40   What it means for the General Counsel to be a business partner today 
The role of the General Counsel is ever changing, and being a good lawyer isn't enough anymore. Now a GC has to consider risk, strategy, carry business skills and be a business partner to the CEO and board. How does this fit in today's world? What are the implications for in-house and the company? This panel of industry specialists will examine: 
  • Establishing trust and credibility as a foundation
  • Evaluating local behaviour and market practice
  • Growing business whilst wearing your legal and compliance hat
  • Facilitating & managing cross border trade
  • Thinking strategically whilst considering the law
  • A business leader with a law degree vs a lawyer in the business 

Moderator: Jasmine Karimisenior director and counsel APAC, Illumina

Patience Bin, general counsel and chief compliance officer, APAC, Avon 

Tony Dent, director, legal affairs - Asia Pacific, Harley-Davidson Motor Compan

Faz Hussen, general counsel & director, legal & government relations, McDonald's 

16:25   Keynote Q&A: Moving beyond the role of GC - do you have the key qualities and attributes needed to progress?
In this Q&A session, a top head-hunter will discuss what qualities and attributes CEOs and are looking for and what skills are necessary as GC’s transition to the next stage of their career. What are the traditional career paths and transition plans GC’s should have in mind, especially when considering multi-national companies not headquartered in Asia. How can GC’s ensure they have the attributes necessary to influence and take their place in the boardroom? We fully encourage audience participation in this interactive session. 
Sabrina Ho, managing director - legal & compliance recruitment specialist, KS Partners
Welly Tantonogeneral counsel, Honestbee 

17:00    End of conference