The FT and RSG Consulting are bringing their innovation event to Singapore. Based on the research and insights derived from the research and editorial for the FT Innovative Lawyers reports, they will gather together top legal innovators from the Asia Pacific region for a one-day meeting. The Singapore Forum will focus on innovation in talent management, processes and data strategies. We will end the day with an interactive workshop for delegates on how to link innovation to purpose.
FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Forum Singapore
Chee Kin Lam
Chee Kin Lam
Chee Kin Lam is accountable for the team that manages the legal and regulatory risk of DBS Bank Ltd across legal entities, segments and geographies. Prior to joining, he held various legal and compliance portfolios in Standard Chartered Bank, JPMorgan, Rajah & Tann and Allen & Gledhill, including a stint as Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia for JPMorgan.
A lawyer by profession, he has particular expertise in financial services regulation, and financial markets product and business structuring. Currently, however, he is focusing on the impact of digitisation, and the evolution of frameworks that will be necessary to cope with digitisation and data, together with second-order issues such as how criminal activity will also evolve, and how legal and compliance departments can benefit from analytics and AI.
Chee Kin currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Singapore Management University School of Law, the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and the Data Protection Advisory Committee of Singapore. In 2015, Chee Kin was recognised as a Distinguished Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance in the field of compliance.
Susannah Lindenfield is Blackstone’s General Counsel for Asia Pacific. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms, managing over $450 billion. Ms Lindenfield is responsible for legal and regulatory affairs in the region, including investments made by Blackstone’s private equity, real estate and tactical opportunities funds.
Prior to joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms Lindenfield served as counsel to KBC Financial Products covering the Asian fund of funds, the hedge fund derivatives and convertible bonds businesses. She began her legal career as a lawyer at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton where she advised on a variety of leveraged finance, restructuring and cross-border M&A Transactions.
Ms Lindenfield received an LLB in English and French Law from King’s College London, a maîtrise en droit privé from the Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne and an LLM in comparative law from McGill University in Montreal. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as an attorney in New York State.
Naosuke Fujita is Goldman Sachs’ Managing Director and General Counsel for Japan, and oversees the legal coverage of all the firm’s business in Japan. He is a member of Goldman Sachs Japan’s executive committee. Previously Naosuke was in private practice for 16 years as partner with the Japanese firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and the Tokyo Offices of US law firms Paul Hastings and O’Melveny & Myers.
At work Naosuke is an MD ally of the Japan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network and is an active sponsor of legal pro bono opportunities including partnering with outside law firms on LGBT initiatives, refugee issues and support for small and medium enterprises. In 2017, Naosuke received the Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award from the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, and also won the prize for Most Innovative General Counsel in the FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards. In 2018, he was named as a role model in the FT General Counsel Special Report for his significant involvement in pro-bono work in support of LGBT rights.
Naosuke is a graduate of Waseda University Law School and earned an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School.
As Deputy General Counsel for Airbnb, Darrell Chan leads the legal teams in APAC and China and is responsible for driving the legal strategy of the company in the region. Darrell brings over 15 years of legal and commercial experience, particularly in the consumer, tech and media space.
Prior to joining Airbnb, Darrell served as Vice-President for Corporate Legal and Public Regulatory Affairs at Discovery Communications, and as Head of Legal at Expedia Asia. At both Discovery and Expedia, he was responsible for legal, public policy and compliance.
Darrell was named by Asian Legal Business as one of "Forty Under Forty" outstanding legal professionals in 2017, and was listed by Legal 500 in its GC Powerlist for South East Asia.
Rebecca Chew has over 25 years of experience in dispute resolution. She has an active practice and deep expertise in advising on regional and cross-border issues. She has been involved in several innovative cases that span multiple jurisdictions.
Rebecca has been named as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Client Choice–International Guide. She also won an individual award for Best in Dispute Resolution at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017.
Rebecca’s rapid rise at Rajah & Tann Singapore is a reflection of a progressive law firm. She joined in 1992 as an associate and was made partner just four years later. In 2009, the firm’s management team, headed by Sundaresh Menon (the present Chief Justice of Singapore), invited her to be Human Resource partner, taking charge of talent attraction, management and retention initiatives as well as succession planning. In 2016, Rebecca was appointed Deputy Managing Partner.
In 2018, Rajah & Tann Singapore won a national Tripartite Alliance Award for Work-Life Excellence, the only law firm to be honoured that year. It is the fifth time in the last decade that Rajah & Tann Singapore has won this award, which is given to exemplary organisations that have implemented fair, responsible and progressive employment practices. The Work-Life Excellence category commends companies with strategies that maximise employee and business performance while helping them manage their work-life harmony.
Gladys Chun is the General Counsel of Lazada Group, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. As the GC, Gladys leads the Legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretarial department for Lazada Group and is responsible for all legal, compliance, company secretarial matters across all countries where Lazada has a local presence, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China. She supports management by providing strategic guidance in commercial strategies and risk management across various business units including Lazada (B2C platform), Lazada e-Logistics (fulfilment and logistics business) and helloPay (payments business).
Gladys started her career in corporate/commercial and tax practice before moving in-house into retail, franchising and now, technology. She and her team have won several awards, including the Innovation in Driving Value (In-House) prize in the 2018 FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards.
Andrew Cooke is Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Asia, based out of Singapore. In his role, Andrew has responsibility for a team of digital transformation and industry attorneys as well as government affairs professionals, delivering world class support across the varied Asian markets. Andrew has been deeply involved in leading Microsoft’s efforts across Asia in relation to cloud computing and digital transformation. Andrew has been with Microsoft since 2007, initially providing legal support for the Australian and New Zealand operations before moving to Singapore in 2012. Prior to joining Microsoft, Andrew worked in private practice in London and Singapore before moving to in-house legal roles in Banking and Information Technology. Andrew holds degrees in Economics from the University of Sydney and Law from the Australian National University (ANU).
Georgia Dawson is Freshfields’ Asia Managing Partner and a dispute resolution partner. Georgia’s recent work has focused on internal and regulatory investigations, joint venture disputes, contentious restructurings, banking litigation and compliance advisory projects. Her experience covers a broad range of disputes in the banking and financial services, government, energy and telecommunications sectors.
Georgia is recognised as a leading lawyer by numerous legal publications, including Chambers and IFLR1000. She is also profiled in the top 100 lawyers in GIR’s Women in Investigations Special 2015 and was the winner of the Best in Dispute Resolution award at the IFLR Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2013. She was also recognised by the Financial Times as an OUTstanding LGBT & Ally Executive in 2018.
Georgia is admitted to practice in Hong Kong, England & Wales, and New South Wales, and she is a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore. She holds a first-class degree in Law and a degree in Government and History from the University of Sydney, and a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University, where she studied as a Chevening scholar.
Bidyut Dumra has over 15 years of professional experience in multinational organisations, with senior-management positions in media, entertainment, telecommunications, automotive, utility and aviation across markets such as Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand and Vietnam.
His current role at DBS focuses on building and delivering ecosystems, partnerships, digital strategy and innovation. These involve setting principles and standards, identifying opportunities, training and applying design-thinking and agile, rapid prototyping, structuring and financing products, implementing and operationalising systems, managing change and running programmes to invoke a culture of creativity and innovation across the bank.
Parallel to his corporate career, Bidyut has co-founded and partnered in diverse ventures including a film distribution and production company, an international film festival, a boutique technology consultancy, an arts programme, retail lifestyle products and baby clothes. It was this diversity in experience, entrepreneurial instinct and evangelistic passion for agility and design that led him to take on an innovation-driven role at DBS Bank.
Bidyut graduated with a Master’s in Business Management from Victoria University in Melbourne.
Rein Graat practiced law with an international law firm in London and Amsterdam before taking on different legal roles at ABN AMRO. He concluded this period as General Counsel Netherlands, before moving to ING in 2008. At ING, Rein has been in global legal, commercial, and strategy roles that took him from Amsterdam to London to Singapore.
Since 2015, Rein has been General Counsel Asia-Pacific for ING. In this role he supports ING to meet the ever-changing needs of internal, retail and wholesale customers as they adapt to the fast-changing regulatory, business and market environment in which they operate, enabling them to stay a step ahead.
Rein is an adaptive strategic leader who is motivated by diversity, innovation and regulation to catalyse growth of businesses and empowerment of diverse multicultural teams, looking at the bigger picture and complex situations as an opportunity to create alpha.
Rein’s leadership in his general counsel roles has been recognised through numerous awards for him and his teams.
As a senior advisor at Yulchon, Carl Im drives Yulchon’s digital strategy, based on the firm’s principles of “content-driven marketing” and “your business your way”. Carl’s own company, iolex.com (internet of law), makes intelligence applications for augmenting legal services. As the founder and CEO, he has developed and patented an algorithmic approach to corporate compliance risk management. His work at Yulchon is published under the eYulchon label.
The eYulchon team recently delivered the first Universal Compliance Engine, which empowers in-house compliance and legal officers to produce, completely on their own, mobile compliance apps for firm-wide use. Under the Universal Compliance Engine paradigm, a compliance officer can modify a policy, drag-and-drop it, download the new compliance app, see it in action, and modify it again, closing the gap between the policy and practice of compliance.
Carl combines over 20 years of sales and trading experience in fixed income, has a doctorate in Physics from Stanford University, and was a member of the Caltech Putnam team. His background as an academic, banker and entrepreneur has contributed to unique perspectives and approaches that have won numerous awards. Yulchon won the prize for most innovative law firm in the 2018 FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, and was also recognised for Innovation in New Products and Services and Innovation in Dispute Resolution.
Lee Suet-Fern is a Director of Morgan Lewis Stamford and a partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, a leading global law firm, where she is a member of the board and Chair of the firm’s International Leadership Team.
Her extensive professional work experience has been focused on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, and corporate finance. She has been involved in many significant corporate transactions in Singapore and the region and has received numerous awards for her professional work.
Suet-Fern has extensive experience on the boards of public listed companies. Currently, she sits on the board of global healthcare company Sanofi, and Rothschild & Co. She also sits on the board of the World Justice Project, an organisation working to advance the rule of law around the world.
Suet-Fern graduated with a double first in Law from Cambridge University and is a Barrister-at-Law at Gray's Inn London.
Sandeep Kapoor is the Director - Legal at Sequoia Capital India. He started his career as in-house counsel and has also worked in law firms, serving in the Delhi offices of Vaish & Associates and Luthra & Luthra Law. Before joining Sequoia Capital in 2010, as Sequoia’s first legal hire globally, Sandeep worked at Intel where he was the General Counsel South Asia for Intel Technology and Senior Attorney South Asia for Intel Capital.
In addition to heading the compliance function for Sequoia Capital in South East Asia, Sandeep runs the legal team responsible for Sequoia’s India and South East Asia portfolio, where he oversees legal transaction management, restructuring and exit support. He is the principal interface for Sequoia India’s portfolio of more than 150 companies and to date, he has worked on more than 800 investment rounds including fresh investments, follow on rounds and exits.
Sandeep has a deep passion for legal technology and the efficiencies it offers the legal profession. He actively monitors worldwide developments in Legal-Tech and Fintech and has created numerous technology tools that have reduced complexity and accelerated the on-boarding, compliance and approval of legal transactions. Sandeep’s achievements in Legal-Tech were recognised in the 2018 Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, with Sequoia Capital India winning Best In-House Legal Team in the Technology and Data category.
Sandeep received his Law degree from the University of Delhi, and is a qualified company secretary, as well as a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administration, UK, the ABA Section of International Law and the International Bar Association.
Cyril Shroff is the Managing Partner of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and was previously Managing Partner of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.
With over 37 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate law, securities markets, banking, infrastructure and others, Mr Shroff is regarded and has been consistently rated as India’s top corporate, banking and project finance lawyer by several international surveys, including those conducted by IFLR, Euromoney, Chambers Global, Asia Legal 500 and Asia Law. He is consistently ranked as a “star practitioner” in India by Chambers Global and often regarded as the “M&A King of India”.
Mr Shroff was a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)’s Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance and the SEBI Committee on Insider Trading. He is currently a member of the first Apex Advisory Committee of the IMC International ADR Centre, an advisory member of the Finance Planning Standard Board of India, an advisory board member of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA), and a task force member of the Society of Insolvency Practitioners of India.
Mr Shroff is a member of the Media Legal Defence Initiative International Advisory Board. He is also involved in various committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry, including the National Council on Corporate Governance, the National Committee on Capital Markets, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Commodities Markets, Financial Investors and Regulatory Affairs.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Study of the Legal Profession established by the Harvard Law School, and also a member of the Advisory Board of Krea University.
Jamil Anderlini is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015. He oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong, Mr Anderlini is an award-winning journalist and published author. He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. After a decade and a half working as an editor and journalist in China, he has cultivated a deep knowledge of the political and economic situation in that country. He regularly contributes commentary for other media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC and A1-Jazeera. He also selectively accepts speaking engagements with corporations, financial institutions, universities, government departments and agencies. Mr Anderlini joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsible for China coverage at the FT. Mr Anderlini has won numerous reporting prizes, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2010, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Other prizes include a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for both Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review. He is the author of the e-book The Bo Xilai Scandal, published by Penguin and Financial Times in 2012.
Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.
Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.
Agenda - 28th Mar
8:00amRegistration and Breakfast
8:30amCountry Briefing Sessions
9:35amSession One: Doing Business in Asia Pacific
An interview with a leading lawyer and a leading company General Counsel on the complexities of doing business across Asia Pacific. How do lawyers help clients navigate vastly different legal systems, markets at varying stages of development, and distinct business cultures? What implications does a more integrated ASEAN or broader Asian economic region have for lawyers and business?
Format: Interview by Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times
10:45amSession Two: Innovation in Talent Management
Singapore and many other jurisdictions in South East Asia boast better gender diversity statistics than many other legal markets in the world. Does having this gender balance promote better decision-making and more innovation? Are legal workplaces in the region happier environments? In this session, leading general counsel and private practice partners share how they have managed to tap into the potential of their people and empower a diverse workforce to improve productivity. We will also focus on how to derive the best performance from both lawyers and non-legally trained business professionals who increasingly play an important role in law firms and law departments in the region.
Format: Panel discussion
11:45amSession Three: Smart Working
Often seen as the least sexy type of innovation, lawyers working in-house and in private practice can transform their working lives, departments and firms through a root and branch review of legal processes. Many law firms and legal departments have successfully adopted the process approaches of the engineering sector such as lean six sigma. The latest trend is to look to software developers and adopt agile or kaizen techniques. The goal is to increase speed and efficiency of outputs and enhance team working. In this session, presenters will share examples of the best techniques they have used to transform the legal process.
Format: PechaKucha presentations and audience discussion
12:30pmLunch and Collaboration Award Presentations
We will invite five teams shortlisted for the Collaboration Award to present a collaborative project where they have created significant outcomes for business. Teams can include any combination of in-house legal teams, company departments, law firms, other legal services providers, and technology vendors. This will be judged by forum delegates and the winning team will be announced at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in Hong Kong on 2nd May 2019. The entries will be written up in the FT special report that is published with the Awards.
2:00pmSession Four: Winning Tech and Data Strategies
Many in the legal profession jump onto the latest artificial intelligence technology, seeing in the new software products all manner of solutions. However, there is a growing realisation that without a robust data strategy, most AI software is useless. But developing a data strategy can be a challenge for lawyers where the data is unstructured, difficult to capture and often protected by privilege. Here we invite presenters to share a challenge they face in implementing technology and data solutions. Delegates will then be invited to ask questions to define and explore these challenges, share experiences and pose ideas.
Format: Fishbowl dialogues
3:00pmSession Five: Lawyers and Purpose
Purpose-led organisations are more attractive places to work and over the long-term, they outperform their competitors financially. But how does this translate to the legal industry? How can a law firm define its purpose and re-inspire its people and clients? Within a corporation, how can corporate lawyers rethink their purpose and use their positions to positively impact not only their businesses, but the broader profession, economy or society?
Format: TED-style presentations
4:00pmSession Six: Purpose Workshops
Why is it essential for lawyers to innovate? After 13 years of publishing the FT Innovative Lawyer reports globally, we see that highly motivated lawyers are more likely to innovate. Tapping into a lawyer’s capacity for innovation can make for a happier workforce and loyal clients. But in the routine of everyday work, where many lawyers still measure themselves by hours spent on a task, tapping into that capacity is a challenge. More importantly, motivation can be lost. Devised by RSG Consulting from its unique research into how lawyers innovate, these workshops will help delegates re-discover how a sense of purpose aligned to an organisation’s values can create realisable innovation agendas. They will receive the know-how to take this exercise back to their organisations to repeat with colleagues. The workshops also provide a powerful way to make lasting relationships with other forum delegates.
5:20pmNetworking Drinks and Canapes
Presented By (1)
The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 940,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.
Content Partner (1)
RSG Consulting is a research and strategy consultancy, founded in 2001. It specialises in working for professional service firms, with a special focus on ranking and assessing lawyers that dates back to the early 90s. RSG carries out commissioned and independent research on topics that include innovation, the development and future of the profession and emerging legal markets. It helps law firms and legal departments differentiate themselves, through innovation, brand or strategy projects. It came up with the idea behind the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and is the FT’s research partner on the reports and awards globally. All research is conducted by senior consultants, who are also regular public speakers at partners’ conferences, to in-house legal departments, and are business coaches. RSG created and curates the Innovative GC Club, offers innovation benchmarks to both private practice and in-house legal departments, and has created a unique development programme to help lawyers tap into their creativity. RSG’s CEO Reena SenGupta was responsible for creating the ranking methodologies that underpin the Chambers & Partners guides and turning the Chambers rankings into world-class assessments of law firms in the mid-nineties.
Strategic Partners (2)
The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) is a promotion and development agency for Singapore’s legal industry. Its vision is to make Singapore the legal hub of Asia. SAL is led by a Senate headed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, and comprising the Attorney-General, the Supreme Court Bench and key leaders of the various branches of the legal profession. It has more than 12,000 members, including the Bench, all persons who are called as advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court (i.e. the Bar) or appointed as Legal Service Officers, corporate counsel, faculty members of the three local law schools and foreign lawyers in Singapore
The Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP) is Singapore’s initiative to drive innovation amongst law firms, legal departments and legal tech startups, to create a vibrant legal technology ecosystem in Singapore. FLIP brings together stakeholders from the courts, businesses, government and academia to collaborate on developing new models for the delivery of legal services in the future economy. FLIP is the flagship programme run by SAL Ventures, a subsidiary of SAL established to support the growth of “future law” enterprises through innovation initiatives.
Silver Sponsor (1)
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas takes forward the legacy of the 102-year old erstwhile Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. Tracing its professional lineage to 1917, the Firm of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is the largest full-service law firm in India, with over 700 lawyers, including 120 partners, and offices in India’s key business centres at Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad.
The firm was recently awarded “India: National Law Firm of the Year” at the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2018 and “Most Innovative Firm of the Year” at IFLR Asia Awards 2018. Also, “India Deal Firm of the Year” by ALB SE Asia Law Awards, 2016 & 2015. Ranked no. 1 amongst India’s top 40 law firms in 2015 as per RSG India report and topped recent league tables namely Bloomberg, Merger Market, Dealogic, Thomson Reuters.