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Innovation, Legal

FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Forum Singapore

Connecting the legal ecosystem

Singapore |
Speakers include:
Justice Lee  Seiu Kin

Justice Lee Seiu Kin

Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Chee Kin Lam

Chee Kin Lam

DBS Bank

Naosuke Fujita

Naosuke Fujita

Goldman Sachs


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 create better alignment between client and lawyers

fallback Add to my Calendar 03/28/2019 08:00:0003/28/2019 19:00:00trueFT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Forum SingaporeThe 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 create better alignment between client and lawyersFT/RSG-Innovative-Lawyers-Forum-Singapore8210ca74b3d33848a44a556943b26b4eMM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (24)

Justice Lee  Seiu Kin

Justice Lee Seiu Kin

High Court Judge
Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Justice Lee was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court in April 2006, after having served as a Judicial Commissioner and as Second Solicitor-General in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.  Justice Lee headed the development of the eLitigation System of the Singapore judiciary that was launched in 2013. He chairs the recently formed Legal Technology Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law which is charged with leading the exploitation of Infocomm technology in the legal sector.  His involvement in the legal IT area goes back to 1990 when, as State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, he was appointed project director of LawNet. In that and other capacities, he helped to steer the development of LawNet from a database of Singapore Statutes to its present day form as a virtual law library for legal practitioners in Singapore containing the written and case law of Singapore and judgments of the courts of England and other Commonwealth countries.

Chee Kin Lam

Chee Kin Lam

Managing Director and Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat
DBS Bank

Chee Kin is accountable for the team which manages the legal and regulatory risk of DBS across legal entities, segments and geographies. 

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.

Naosuke Fujita

Naosuke Fujita

Managing Director and General Counsel, Japan
Goldman Sachs

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.

Gladys Chun

Gladys Chun

General Counsel and Head of Government Affairs
Lazada Group

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.

Darrell Chan

Darrell Chan

Deputy General Counsel

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

Rebecca Chew

Deputy Managing Partner
Rajah & Tann Singapore

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.

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Assistant General Counsel and Regional Director - Legal, Industry and Government Affairs
Microsoft Asia

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

Georgia Dawson

Asia Regional Managing Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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

Bidyut Dumra

Executive Director and Head of Innovation
DBS Bank

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

Rein Graat

Managing Director and General Counsel, Asia Pacific

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.

Hayden Flinn

Hayden Flinn

Co-Chief Executive
King & Wood Mallesons, Hong Kong

Hayden Flinn is the Co-Chief Executive of King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong office, a member of KWM’s International Management Committee and a practising partner for cross-border M&A and funds. Hayden focuses on driving the firm’s strategic growth, enhancing client offerings across Hong Kong and Asia, as well as contributing to the development of Hong Kong’s legal landscape. Admitted to practice in Hong Kong and NSW, Australia, Hayden has worked in Hong Kong for nearly 20 years. He has advised on a wide variety of matters in the Asia Pacific region across jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, India and the People’s Republic of China. He is a leading investment funds lawyer recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. Hayden has particular expertise in infrastructure and property funds.

Carl Im

Carl Im

Senior Advisor Yulchon and Founder and CEO Iolex Limted

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, (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.

Katrina Johnson

Katrina Johnson

Associate General Counsel and Head of Legal, Asia Pacific

Katrina Johnson has over 15 years of specialist in-house legal experience within technology companies, including executive leadership and board member roles. She joined Uber in April 2015, after spending 12 years with the eBay/PayPal group of companies in Australia and the US. She now leads Uber’s Asia Pacific Legal team (which includes markets such as India, Japan, Greater China, Korea and Australia, among others) and is a member of Uber's Asia Pacific Regional Leadership team.

Outside of Uber, Katrina is a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit and Risk Management Committees of two publicly listed companies: Trade Me Group Limited (ASX: TME) and Straker Translations Limited (ASX: STG). She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, a joint initiative with the University of New South Wales.

Katrina was named General Counsel of the Year at the 2017 Australian Law Awards and General Counsel of the Year at the 2017 Women in Law Awards. Her team has also won numerous awards throughout the Asia Pacific region, including In-house Team of the Year (TMT) at the 2018 Asia Legal Awards.

Alison Lympany

Alison Lympany

Head of Legal Operations, Transactions
Herbert Smith Freehills

Alison Lympany leads a global team of legal operations managers working in Herbert Smith Freehills' transactional practice groups. She began her career as a finance and real estate lawyer, practising in both London and Australia (including a period in-house), before transitioning into the firm's Legal Operations team in 2014.

She has been based in Hong Kong for four years, working with clients from a broad range of sectors across Asia. Alison’s team draws on the complementary disciplines of design thinking, process improvement and project management to create solutions that deliver tangible behavioural change.

Leveraging her background in transactional work, together with deep cross-cultural experience, Alison works directly with a number of the firm’s core clients to develop and embed bespoke processes and products aligned to their unique business requirements and commercial objectives. Alison also has a keen interest in working with data, particularly to underpin strategic design and decision making.

Shuva Mandal

Shuva Mandal

Group General Counsel
Tata Sons

Shuva Mandal is Group General Counsel of Tata Sons, the principal investment holding company and promoter of the Tata Group. In a career spanning about two decades in India’s leading law firms and in the Tata’s, Shuva has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, shareholder & governance issues, PE investments and corporate litigations. He has been included in transactions across India, Asia, Europe & North America. His experience spans sectors that major operating Tata companies are active in today – steel, mining, retail, financial services, aviation, media, consumer goods and automobiles. He is a director on the boards of Tata group companies and a member of the CII National Committee on Regulatory Affairs and the Lex Mundi Client Advisory Council. He is also involved in academic initiatives regarding the Indian Insolvency Code. Shuva has been recommended as a top M&A / corporate lawyer in India. Since 2011, he has been consistently ranked by Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Legal 500 as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer in India. In 2015, Shuva was selected by The Economic Times - Spencer Stuart in the prestigious '40 under 40' list of India. In 2019, the Chambers recognized Shuva in its list of ‘the Most Influential General Counsel in India.’ Shuva completed his BA, LLB (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru in 2000. He is admitted to practice law in Maharashtra and Goa, India.

Sandeep Kapoor

Sandeep Kapoor

Director - Legal
Sequoia Capital India

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. 

Matt  Takeshi Komatsu

Matt Takeshi Komatsu

Co-representative Partner
MHM Singapore

Matt Takeshi Komatsu is a Co-representative Partner of MHM Singapore since 2012. He focuses his practice on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, formation of joint ventures and corporate law.

After studying in the US, he worked with Alston & Bird, Atlanta. Between 2006 and 2009, he was seconded to the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, where he worked on amendments to the Japanese Companies Act and the research of corporate laws in various jurisdictions. His expertise in the corporate law area enables him to advise on a wide-range of corporate governance issues involving Asian companies and to handle M&A transactions in multiple jurisdictions.

Matt has received top Best Lawyers rankings from “The Best Lawyers in Japan” every year since 2013. He sits on the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s Cross Border Investment Committee as Vice Chair.

Matt is a graduate of the Kyoto University and earned an LL.M from the University of Chicago Law School. He is admitted to practice in Japan and New York, and is a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore holding a Foreign Practitioner Certificate

Yasmin Lambert

Yasmin Lambert

Senior Consultant & Partner
RSG Consulting

Yasmin Lambert is the Senior Consultant and a co-owner of RSG Consulting. She joined the company in 2008 where she has been immersed in the FT Innovative Lawyers programme, RSG-India and many of the other thought-leadership projects RSG undertakes. She designed the qualitative and quantitative analytical frameworks used to measure value in legal services, to evaluate company board composition, and to assess emerging market law firms. She is a regular contributor to the FT Innovative Lawyer reports and frequently speaks on the subject of innovation in the legal profession. Prior to joining RSG, Yasmin worked on a project to develop self-regulation for the further education sector in the UK and spent five years working in the IT industry in Australia with Siemens, Fujitsu, and the Health Technology division of the NSW Department of Health. Yasmin studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Sydney, is a trained business coach and has taught on the IE Business School Lawyers Management Programme.

Thierry  Lintermans

Thierry Lintermans

Associate General Counsel, Growth Markets

Thierry Lintermans is the Associate General Counsel for Growth Markets – Accenture and is based in Singapore since 2011.

He is responsible to coordinate the contracting legal support that is provided by the legal department to the Accenture operating entities in APAC, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

He started his career in 1994 as a lawyer with a Belgo-Dutch law firm based in Brussels, providing advice in commercial and banking law. During this time, he also had exposure to IT/IP matters. In 1997, he worked with the Arthur Andersen law firm network and was advising clients in IT as well as in M&A matters.

In 2001, he joined Accenture as Legal Director of the Belgian and Luxembourg practices. Whilst in this role, He worked across various client portfolios and operating groups such as Financial Services in the Benelux, France & Nordic countries, Health and Public Services and Communication Media and Telecom operating group in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Pearlyn Phau

Pearlyn Phau

Deputy Group Head of Consumer Banking and Wealth Management
DBS Bank

Pearlyn Phau is the Deputy Group Head of Consumer Banking and Wealth Management at DBS bank. With over 20 years of banking experience, she oversees the overall business performance of DBS's six consumer markets including the key functions of product, marketing, digital and customer experience. She joined DBS in 2003, and has held leadership positions in Wealth Management, digital channels and was also the Country Head for Consumer Banking, Wealth Management in Hong Kong. Prior to DBS, Pearlyn held senior positions at Citibank. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics degree (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Cyril Shroff

Cyril Shroff

Managing Partner
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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.

Suhas Tuljapurkar

Suhas Tuljapurkar

Managing Partner

Suhas Tuljapurkar is a practicing lawyer with over 37 years of experience.  He is one of the leading lawyers of India in the field of Corporate Governance, Compliance, Ethics and Legal Strategies.  Suhas is renowned for application of game theory to litigation strategies. Suhas is authorised to practice law in India as a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.  Having worked as in-house lawyer in various diversified businesses and his experience with Corporate sector and law firms, makes Suhas one of the sought-after business lawyers.

Suhas has founded, supported and developed successful enterprises such as Legasis Services Private Limited, Legasis Consulting Services Private Limited, Comply Global Pte., (Singapore Headquartered Compliance Company).

Lee Suet-Fern

Lee Suet-Fern

Director, Morgan Lewis Stamford, and Partner
Morgan Lewis & Bockius

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.

Yeong Zee Kin

Yeong Zee Kin

Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore and Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission

Yeong Zee Kin is Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and Deputy Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).

In his capacity as ACE (Data Innovation and Protection Group), Zee Kin oversees IMDA’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry development strategy. This is one of four frontier technology areas IMDA has identified for its transformational potential for a Digital Economy. The other three are cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, and immersive media. In his role as an AI and data analytics champion, Zee Kin’s work includes developing forward-thinking governance on AI and data, driving a pipeline of AI talent, promoting industry adoption of AI and data analytics, as well as building specific AI and data science capabilities in Singapore.

As the Deputy Commissioner of PDPC, Zee Kin oversees the administering and enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (2012). His key responsibilities include managing the formulation and implementation of policies relating to the protection of personal data, as well as the issuing of enforcement directions for organisational actions. He also spearheads the public and sector-specific educational and outreach activities, to raise both awareness and compliance in organisations and individuals in personal data protection.


Chairs (2)

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor
Financial Times

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 Al-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 responsiblilty 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

Reena SenGupta

Chief Executive Officer
RSG Consulting

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.

Workshop Leaders (14)

Vivien Clancy

Vivien Clancy

Legal Operations Manager
Herbert Smith Freehills

Vivien is the Legal Operations Manager for Herbert Smith Freehills' Corporate teams across Asia. She has diverse experience as a private practice corporate lawyer in Australia and Singapore, in-house senior legal counsel for a FTSE-listed MNC and in-house legal and operations manager for a digital healthcare start-up.

Passionate about finding efficiencies, Vivien has implemented various business transformation projects across the firm's network, including piloting new technology to improve client service delivery, introducing Alternative Legal Services into workflows to reduce costs, and embedding legal project management structures in legal teams. She also has hands-on experience project managing large transactions from her legal experience and now on several large cross-border transactions in Corporate.

Vivien is a strong advocate for workshopping solutions across teams and business units to align priorities and goals, and educating as a core aspect of any change management project.

Christian  Greissinger

Christian Greissinger

General Counsel Asia- Australia
Siemens Division Smart Grid

Christian Griessinger, started his career at the international law firm Lovells (now HoganLovells) in Munich specialising in IT, data protection, sports law and outsourcing projects. Following a secondment at a large US e-commerce corporation, Christian joined the legal department of Siemens AG in Munich (2007) and since then has worked for Siemens in different functions and countries: In 2009 Christian moved to Casablanca (Morocco) and had the unique chance to set-up a legal department for Siemens in North-West-Central Africa as Cluster General Counsel. After three years in that position, Christian returned to Germany and was appointed as General Counsel for the Siemens Division Smart Grid based in Nuremberg. In 2017 Christian has moved to Singapore and since then works as the General Counsel for the Asia-Australia region.

Christian has studied in Wuerzburg (Germany) and London, holds a doctorate degree in law and was admitted to the bar in Germany (2002). Before his law studies, Christian served his compulsory community service in a mental hospital for 18 months. Christian is married and has 3 children, is a passionate skier, tennis player and soccer fan.

Tony Grundy

Tony Grundy

Of Counsel

Tony Grundy is an international finance and corporate lawyer with over 35 years experience advising clients located in many jurisdictions throughout the world including, in Asia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He has practiced as a lawyer in Asia for more than 25 years in total; from 1987 to 1994 and 1997 to the present.

Jon Kenton

Jon Kenton

Head of Consulting APAC

Jon Kenton leads our Consulting practice in the APAC region and is an experienced operational leader and change agent. He has 20 years of experience in highly demanding legal and financial services institutions in the UK, USA and Australia for blue chip organisations such as Corrs Chambers Westgarth, NAB, Royal Bank of Scotland and now Elevate Services. As Chief Operating Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Jon was responsible for the Firm’s strategy and change programs. Jon led delivery of a number of strategic operational improvements including leading the Firm’s legal project management agenda and launch of a flexible legal resourcing solution for clients, Orbit (the first Australian firm to offer such a model).

Jon’s roots are in Technology which saw him named Private Sector CIO of the year by the AFR’s MIS Magazine.  The combination of technology and business experience means Jon can recognise the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapidly changing legal technology environment.  Given his broader operational leadership experience, Jon helps clients make necessary strategic change happen in a sustainable way which fits well with Elevate’s innovative yet pragmatic approach. Jon is based in Melbourne, Australia

Alison  Laird

Alison Laird

Head of Innovation and Project Delivery (APAC)
Pinsent Masons

Alison Laird has spent the last decade working with BigLaw questioning the status quo and encouraging people to think outside of the legal box to deliver 'different'. As an intrapreneur, she uses a clever combination of people, process and technology, collaborating with lawyers, business professionals and clients to develop bespoke and creative solutions.

Alison is also Chair of the Chief Innovation Officers Forum which brings together like-minded professionals driving change within their organisation providing a platform to share resources and experiences on the innovation journey - the good, the bad, the ugly - along with professional development opportunities.

With more than 15 years working abroad in Beirut, Dubai and London, Alison is now based in Australia bringing her unique perspective to the legal profession as Head of Innovation and Project Delivery Asia Pacific, for global law firm Pinsent Masons. Alison holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Michael  Lawson

Michael Lawson

Founding Partner Singapore Office

Michael Lawson is one of the founding partners of KWM’s Singapore office, and is a Projects and M&A partner with particular expertise in the energy, resources, infrastructure, life sciences and telecommunications sectors. He is an expert on all aspects of the LNG supply chain and has broad experience in major projects, project financing, joint ventures, common infrastructure usage arrangements, acquisitions and divestments, utilities regulation, commercial contracts, corporate restructuring and equity capital markets. He also regularly assists clients with the full spectrum of corporate, M&A and projects work, including acquisitions, divestments, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in Australia and South East Asia.

Nathaniel  Mangunsong

Nathaniel Mangunsong

Group General Counsel

Nathaniel Mangunsong is the Group General Counsel of GO-JEK. GO-JEK is an on-demand app company with operations in 50 cities in Indonesia which include among others ride-sharing and payments. He led the legal department focusing on products dealing with corporate commercial, dispute, compliance, and regulatory issues. He received a Sarjana Hukum (Bachelor degree equivalent) in Business Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia and a Master of Law (LLM) degree in Corporation from the New York University School of Law. He is admitted as an Indonesian advocate and a member of the Indonesian Bar Association (PERADI).

Andrew  Ong

Andrew Ong

Head of Legal APAC

Andrew Ong SC is the Head of Legal for Asia Pacific at KONE. He is responsible for KONE’s regional legal and compliance matters and is also part of its Leadership Team. He was previously heading the global legal function in a unit of a leading European telecommunication company and used to live in Finland. He obtained his LLB from the National University of Singapore and is currently actively involved in the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA).

Andrew is passionate about elevators, escalators and his family. He’s also serving as a Deacon in church and teaches in Sunday School. 

Ruetveij Pandya

Ruetveij Pandya

Partner- General Corporate Practice Mumbai
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Ruetveij Pandya is a partner with the General Corporate Practice at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ Mumbai office. He has extensively worked as transactional counsel in a law firm and as an in-house counsel in the global financial services industry over the past 16 years. He specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, transaction & business structuring and has a rich experience in the financings and the international capital markets space.

Prior to joining the firm, Ruetveij was an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel with J.P. Morgan, where he provided cross-jurisdictional legal coverage to J.P. Morgan’s global private equity and principal investments groups as well as its investment banking franchise. Ruetveij has worked closely with banking and management teams in a variety of situations and has contributed towards the formulation of several innovative and novel structures, strategies and solutions. He also brings with him a rather unique experience of overseeing complete investment cycles and exits. He has also been recognised as a Notable Practitioner in the IFLR1000 ratings. Ruetvig graduated from the Government Law College, Mumbai in 2002.

Mike Polson

Mike Polson

Ashurst Advance

Mike Polson is Co-Head of Ashurst Advance, the firm's "NewLaw" legal operations delivery platform created to provide innovative and cost-effective legal services. In addition, Mike is Managing Partner of Ashurst's alternative legal services and business services office in Glasgow which has grown to over 350 staff in just over five years.

Mike was previously a senior corporate partner with a leading Scottish firm and joined Ashurst in the lead-up to the opening of the new Glasgow office. He is a regular commentator on the future of legal services, in particular, the way in which innovative resourcing, process and technology solutions are changing the legal service delivery market.

Lee Suet-Fern

Lee Suet-Fern

Director, Morgan Lewis Stamford, and Partner
Morgan Lewis & Bockius

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.

Charles Thornhill

Charles Thornhill

Head of Business Development
Linklaters, NE & SE Asia

Charles Thornhill is a business development and marketing professional experienced in establishing and leading high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams in Asia and the UK. He is heavily involved in innovation within the legal sector and has a particular focus on industry collaborations and client engagement. Charles believes that real innovation is driven through company culture and has developed innovative business development and marketing frameworks to support cultural and mind-set change. 

Charles has worked in the legal sector for over 15 years and has been based in Singapore for the last six years. Prior to working in the legal sector Charles worked in the real estate division of Sotheby’s.

Nick Tomlinson

Nick Tomlinson

General Counsel, APAC
Dentsu Aegis Network

Nick Tomlinson


For more than 10 years, Nick Tomlinson has been General Counsel, Asia Pacific of Dentsu Aegis Network, a global marketing services group owned by Dentsu, Inc., one of the world’s largest marketing and advertising groups.  He leads the Asia Pacific legal and compliance team of more than 35 professionals from the regional headquarters in Singapore.  Prior to working for Dentsu Aegis Network, Nick was General Counsel and Director of Corporate Development for Reach, a global telecommunications joint venture in Hong Kong between Hong Kong’s PCCW and Australia’s Telstra.  In total, Nick has been working in Asia for more than 20 years.  Nick is a New Zealander who started his legal career at Bell Gully, New Zealand’s largest law firm, before joining Vodafone in New Zealand as in-house counsel, prior to moving to Hong Kong.  

Suhas Tuljapurkar

Suhas Tuljapurkar

Managing Partner

Suhas Tuljapurkar is a practicing lawyer with over 37 years of experience.  He is one of the leading lawyers of India in the field of Corporate Governance, Compliance, Ethics and Legal Strategies.  Suhas is renowned for application of game theory to litigation strategies. Suhas is authorised to practice law in India as a member of Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.  Having worked as in-house lawyer in various diversified businesses and his experience with Corporate sector and law firms, makes Suhas one of the sought-after business lawyers.

Suhas has founded, supported and developed successful enterprises such as Legasis Services Private Limited, Legasis Consulting Services Private Limited, Comply Global Pte., (Singapore Headquartered Compliance Company).


Agenda - 28th Mar

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30am
    Country Briefing Sessions

    Matt Takeshi Komatsu, Co-representative Partner, MHM Singapore

    Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner, Cyril Amarch and Mangaldas

    Lee Suet-Fern, Director, Morgan Lewis Stamford, and PartnerMorgan Lewis & Bockius 

    Yong Kai Wong, Head of Special Projects and Co-General Counsel, CITIC Capital

    Moderated by:Yasmin Lambert, Senior Consultant, RSG Consulting

  • 9:20am
    Welcome Remarks

    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

    Bidyut Dumra, Executive Director and Head of Innovation, DBS Bank

  • 9:30am
    Opening Address

    Justice Lee Seiu Kin, High Court Judge, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and Head, Legal Technology Cluster, Singapore Academy of Law

  • 9:40am
    Session One: The Big Interview- Doing Business in Asia Pacific

    How can lawyers best help their clients navigate markets at different stages of development, and different cultures to do business across the region? 

    Hayden Flinn, Co-Chief Executive (Hong Kong), King & Wood Mallesons 

    Shuva Mandal, Group General Counsel, Tata Sons

    Pearlyn Phau, Deputy Group Head of Consumer Banking Group and Wealth Management, DBS Bank

    Interviewed by: Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:25am
    Coffee Break
  • 10:40am
    Purpose 'TED' Talk

    How can corporate lawyers rethink their purpose to have an impact on their business, industry, profession or society? How can the legal ecosystem work together the help solve broader social challenges?

    Naosuke Fujita, Managing Director and General Counsel, Japan, Goldman Sachs

  • 11:00am
    Session Two: Innovation in Talent Management

    Singapore, and South East Asia in general, boasts far 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? Here, leading general counsel and law firm leaders share how they have managed to tap into the potential of their people and empower their workforces to improve engagement and 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.

    Rebecca Chew, Deputy Managing Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore 

    Georgia Dawson, Asia Regional Managing Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

    Chee Kin Lam, Managing Director and Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat, DBS Bank 

    Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner, Cyril Amarchand & Mangaldas

    Moderated by Reena Sengupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

  • 12:00pm
    Coffee Break
  • 12:15pm
    Session 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: 4x PechaKucha presentations and audience discussion

    Gladys Chun, General Counsel and Head of Government Affairs, Lazada Group
    Rein Graat, Managing Director and General Counsel, Asia Pacific, ING
    Carl Im, Advisor Yulchon and Founder and CEO Iolex Limted
    Sandeep Kapoor, Director - Legal, Sequoia Capital India

    Moderated by: Alison Lympany, Head of Legal Operations, Transactions, Herbert Smith Freehills

  • 1:00pm
  • 1:45pm
    Collaboration Award Presentations over Coffee

    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. 

    Presentation 1: Eversheds-Sutherland

    Presentation 2: Herbert Smith Freehills, Data61, IBM and King & Wood Mallesons

    Presentation 3: NeotaLogic

    Presentation 4: Norton Rose Fulbright

    Presentation 5: Unilever and Thomson Reuters

    Chaired by Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:15pm
    Session 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.

    Introductory Presentations:

    Suhas Tuljapurkar, Managing Partner, Legasis

    Yeong Zee Kin, Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group), Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore and Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission

    Carousel Conversations

    Darrell Chan, Deputy General Counsel, Airbnb

    Andrew Cooke, Assistant General Counsel and Regional and Director - Legal, Industry and Government Affairs, Microsoft Asia 

    Katrina Johnson, Associate General Counsel and Head of Legal, Asia Pacific, Uber

    Thierry Lintermans, Associate General Counsel APAC & Growth Markets, Accenture

    Moderated by:
    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting
    Yasmin Lambert, Partner and Senior Consultant, RSG Consulting

  • 3:30pm
    Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm
    Transformation and Rethinking Client Needs 'TED' talk

    Bidyut Dumra, Executive Director and Head of Innovation, DBS Bank 

  • 4:05pm
    Session Five: Client-Lawyer Alignment Workshops

    Format: Break-out groups

    One of RSG’s insights derived from its 13 years researching the FT Innovative Lawyers programme is the extent to which law firms and their clients are disconnected around what they believe constitutes value and “good” service experience in legal services. Partners tend to value their legal inputs (expertise) while clients value the commercial outputs. The clients tend to give more weight to non-legal related skills and behaviours such as project management or visible empathy. RSG will share insight on the client-lawyer disconnect and differing perceptions of value across the spectrum of service qualities. The presentation will identify areas of opportunity where there could be better alignment which will be the focus of the subsequent breakout sessions. 

    Workshop Leaders:

    Vivien Clancy, Legal Operations Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Christian Greissinger, General Counsel Asia-Australia Region, Siemens Smart Grid

    Tony Grundy, Of Counsel, MHM

    Jon Kenton, Head of Consulting APAC, Elevate

    Alison Laird, Head of Innovation and Project Delivery APAC, Pinsent Masons

    Michael Lawson, Founding Partner (Singapore Office), KWM

    Nathaniel Mangunsong, Group General Counsel, GO-JEK

    Andrew Ong, Head of Legal APAC, KONE

    Ruetveij Pandya, Partner- General Corporate Practice Mumbai, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

    Mike Polson, Co-Head, Ashurst Advance

    Lee Suet-Fern, Director, Morgan Lewis Stamford, and Partner Morgan Lewis & Bockius

    Charles Thornhill, Head of Business Development, Linklaters NE & SE Asia

    Nick Tomlinson, General Counsel (APAC), Dentsu Aegis Network

    Suhas Tuljapurkar, Managing Partner, Legasis

    Session Facilitators:

    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

    Yasmin Lambert, Partner and Senior Consultant, RSG Consulting

  • 5:25pm
    Closing Remarks

    Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Networking Drinks and Canapes


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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 has a record paying readership of one million, 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 was set up in 2001 by Reena SenGupta, the ex-Publishing Director of Chambers and Partners and the creator of the Chambers rankings and research methodology in the mid-nineties.
Initially, the company focused on client relationship management projects, working for the magic circle law firms and top US firms. In the course of that work, RSG realised that the profession was on the brink of tumultuous change and founded a ranking of lawyers on innovation which became the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme.
Today, RSG is a leading innovation agency for lawyers and works with law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies to help them innovate and build a culture of innovation. It has a unique position in the legal market globally as a connector and its networks of lawyers, built up over 25 years, are unrivalled.  It works in emerging markets such as India to help drive up standards of professionalism and client care. All its work is underpinned by robust research and it has been the author of many thought-leadership studies over the past 18 years.

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.

Country Sponsor (2)

Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of over 2,400 lawyers in 27 locations around the world works with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage for our clients.

As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia, King & Wood Mallesons helps clients open doors and unlock opportunities as they look to Asian markets to unleash their full potential. Combining an unrivalled depth of expertise and breadth of relationships in our core markets, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.

We take a partnership approach in working with clients, focusing not just on what they want, but how they want it. Always pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, we are reshaping the legal market and challenging our clients to think differently about what a law firm can be.


Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) is one of the largest full service Tokyo headquartered international law firms. MHM has over 500 lawyers and 500 support staff (including patent attorneys, licensed tax accountants, judicial scriveners, legal assistants and translators). The firm’s senior lawyers include a number of highly respected practitioners and leaders from the Japanese and international legal community, including prominent law professors from the
University of Tokyo and a former Prosecutor-General from the Public Prosecutors Office. MHM also has experienced lawyers qualified in the US, England and Wales, Germany, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The firm has a strong presence in Asia with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok (Chandler MHM), Yangon and Ho Chi Minh City.  MHM also has domestic offices in Fukuoka, Osaka and Nagoya.

Session Sponsor (2)

Operating from 27 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape. It provides premium quality, full-service legal advice on dispute resolution, projects and transactions to many of the world’s most important organisations. The firm has expertise across industry sectors, including banks, consumer products, energy, financial buyers, infrastructure and transport, mining, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, real estate, TMT, and manufacturing and industrials.

With a 30-year history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

Legasis stands for Legal Systems and Integrated Solutions and is supported by Legasis Partners, an Indian multi-practice boutique law firm. With a view to focus on 'Fusion of Lawyering and Information Technology’, Legasis was incorporated in March 2006.  For over a decade Legasis has been a leading player in providing IT enabled legal support solutions with a suite of 18 products and solutions. Legasis has been a niche player with its focus on Compliance, Ethics, Intellectual Property, Contracts and Litigation. Legasis is a BSE Marketplace partner and India’s leader in Compliance Solutions. Its solutions powers up 24% of the marketcap of BSE listed companies. Legasis caters to clients ranging from retailers to airlines; nuclear plants to power distribution and manufacturing to e-commerce, pharmaceuticals to BFSI, institutional clients like NSE, NSDL, ARAI among other, and also PSUs like Cochin Shipyard, Numaligarh Refinery. Legasis boasts of a vast and diverse clientele, that is spread across jurisdictions and domains, including some of the very big names in their respective industries, like Tata, Adani, Godrej, Relian ADAG, to name a few. Legasis, as a part of its CSR initiative, has recently introduced an online portal for pro-bono general legal advisory and litigation through a network of ethical lawyers spread across India. Legasis comprises of experienced workforce in the form of Lawyers, Company Secretaries and IT Professionals who work tirelessly under the guidance of a strong leadership to carry on its mission.

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