We are delighted to announce the FT General Counsel Webinar series, curated by RSG. To launch the FT General Counsel report on 26th June 2020, the FT and RSG will host three regional webinars featuring interviews and discussion with some of the general counsel profiled in the FT report. We will listen to their views on how in-house lawyers can best use their influence at this time to help their companies emerge from the current crisis in a better position, sustainably and ethically. The webinars will answer the same questions from three regional perspectives: Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
FT General Counsel Webinar Asia-Pacific
2020 Visions - Navigating Uncertainty
The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels
Agenda - 26th Jun
Larry Bates, Chief Legal Officer, Panasonic
interviewed by Kana Inagaki, Tokyo Correspondent, Financial Times
Christobelle Liao, Group Director for Corporate and Legal, The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels
Mark Tan, General Counsel, GLP
Larry Bates, Chief Legal Officer, Panasonic
Moderator: Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting
1) Globalisation may be on the retreat. How do general counsel in multinational companies see this retreat and how do they advise their organisations to respond?
2) What do general counsel see as the key lessons from the pandemic?
3) How do general counsel see the pandemic changing the way businesses operate?
4) What should the general counsel’s role be in the business to help it tackle social inequality, diversity and inclusion issues?
5) Visions of the future: how do general counsel see the corporate legal function changing over the next five years?
Laurence (Larry) Bates is Director, Managing Executive Officer, General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Panasonic Corporation.
Larry joined Panasonic in 2018 and has overall responsibility for Panasonic’s legal affairs globally –including Japan – and oversees an organization of over 500 people. He is fluent in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
Larry was originally admitted to the New York Bar in 1987, starting his career with the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He has since spent the last three decades working in the legal profession in Japan, China and Hong Kong.
He previously spent 4 years at LIXIL Group Corporation in Tokyo as Senior Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer. At GE, where he spent 22 years of his career, he served in key legal leadership positions in Asia, including as General Counsel for each of GE Medical Systems Asia, GE Capital Japan and GE Japan.
Larry is a strong advocate for the interests of the international business community in Japan and served in various leadership positions at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, including six years as a member of the Board of Governors, and as President in 2013.
He received his BA from Yale University, with a dual major in Chinese Studies and Economics, and JD from Harvard Law School. He spent time at Tokyo University as a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Professional Research Grant and was a Yale-China Teaching Fellow at Wuhan University, China.
Mark Tan is General Counsel of GLP. He is responsible for oversight of all legal matters, including fundraising, acquisitions and disposals and other significant transactions and compliance, risk management and governance. Mark also oversees the group’s global information technology platform and infrastructure.
Prior to joining GLP, Mark was previously at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Singapore where he represented underwriters, issuers and private equity sponsors on debt and equity offerings. Previously, he also worked at Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Mark received his Juris Doctor Honors from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science, Economics Minor from the University of Waterloo. He is based in Singapore.
Christobelle Liao joined The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, Limited in 2002 and is currently the Group Director for Corporate and Legal. As a Group executive, she is a member of the Group Management Board which is the principal decision-making body of the listed group and drives the Group’s strategy. She has a multifaceted role and is responsible for general management on all corporate and legal matters. She also manages the group’s development of a new hotel in Istanbul as well as asset side management of new developments and a number of existing hotels. She supervises the legal department which provides strategic, legal and compliance advice to worldwide operations. She also leads insurance specialists in the provision of insurance services for the Group. As the Company Secretary, she is also responsible for driving corporate governance and developing internal controls and risk management framework for the Group. She is also a member of the Group Risk Committee, the Group Corporate Sustainability Committee.
Prior to joining The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, Limited in 2002, she worked in private practice as a mergers and acquisitions lawyers handling cross border and international transactions for 10 years. Christobelle is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong and England & Wales and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from London School of Economics. She is a Director of a number of the group’s entities.
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.
Kana Inagaki is a Tokyo Correspondent for Financial Times, and writes about Japanese businesses and technology. She joined the FT in 2014 after four years as a Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, where she covered the technology sector, M&A and markets. Prior to The Journal, Inagaki worked at Kyodo News, covering market and corporate news. She began her career at the Tokyo bureau of Associated Press, covering Japanese politics. She is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.
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