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Hong Kong, a cosmopolitan city and a tropical paradise, will welcome you to the AIJA Half-Year Conference in May 2019. Strategically located at the heart of Asia, Hong Kong has built its reputation as one of the leading global financial centres and a gateway to the endless opportunities in China. This Conference will feature three distinct seminars: 'How to Raise Money from International Perspectives' (organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission), 'Tax: a Dream, not a Nightmare' (organised by the Tax Law Commission) and 'Business and Private Clients in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities' (organised by the International Private Clients and Family Law Commission).
The three seminars will include speakers from AIJA as well as high profile external speakers, including in-house counsel.

How to Raise Money from International Perspectives

The Conference will use the dramatic backdrop of the historical trading city and cutting edge global financial centre that is Hong Kong to explore the latest on how companies find and raise capital (public and private) at home and abroad and will provide an overview of the legal frameworks developing across the world to raise funds efficiently while ensuring the protection of stakeholders.

Tax: a Dream, not a Nightmare

The dreams of the rapidly changing financial industry create ongoing challenges for creative tax planning, classification and compliance. The Conference will explore the cutting-edge developments in cross-border tax planning to keep dreams alive and look into important compliance considerations to avoid any nightmares.

Business and private clients in Asia: challenges and opportunities

Hong Kong is an attractive international destination for businesses and private individuals. But what are the considerations for anyone facing an inheritance dispute? What mechanisms exist for asset protection in divorce proceedings? What structuring opportunities are there for individuals with international wealth? What are impacts of the growing money laundering legal framework for Hong Kong as a financial centre? Join our experts from all over the globe to discuss these issues through illustrative case studies.

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COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

AIJA is striving to offer continuous professional development opportunities also during its main events. 2 coaching options will be offered to all attendees during the AIJA Half-Year conference from 22 to 25 May in Hong Kong. Check out here to register to the proposed coaching sessions. Number of places are limited. Allocation of slots will be made on a first come first served basis.

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Commercial Fraud
  • International Business Law
  • International Private Clients and Family Law
  • Tax Law

Sponsors

Programme

How to Raise Money from an International Perspective

15:30 - 18:30

18:00 - 19:00

19:00 - 22:00

07:00 - 08:00

08:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 09:15

Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
Jennifer Maxwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
Xavier Costa, Roca Junyent, Spain & President of AIJA
Melissa Pang, President of the Hong Kong Law Society
09:15 - 10:30

A panel discussion between tax lawyers and securities/financing lawyers.
Moderator:
Jessica Kemp, Travers Smith LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Arne Friese, Dissmann Orth, Germany
Clemens Schindler, Schindler Attorneys, Austria
Bethan Waters, Farrer & Co LLP, United Kingdom
Gulong Ren, Anjie Law Firm, China

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

Keynote and panel discussion on the current state of the private equity sector.
Moderator:
Jennifer Maxwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers: 
Alex Carbonell, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Spain
Marc Hauser, Ritterhaus, Germany
Thierry Barbey, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Frank Zhou, Jun He, China

12:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:00

Two keynotes and panel discussion on the options and alternatives to raising money in a private M&A setup as opposed to public M&A. Restrictions and governmental approvals in cross-border financing.
Moderator: 
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland
Speakers:
Marco Gardino, R&P Legal - Studio Associato, Italy
Christian Sauer, Franklin Société d'Avocats, France
Manav Raheja, J. Sagar Associates, India
Sameer Sibal, Jerome Merchant + Partners, India
Marc van der Velden, Buren, The Netherlands
Carlos Li, PhD law candidate - Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
15:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:15

Round table discussions (an overview of current alternative financing trends including cryptocurrency and crowd-sourced funding).
Moderator:
Danielle Roman, Mourant, Hong Kong 
Speakers:

Musheer Ahmed, Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jill Wong, Howse Williams, Hong Kong
Joachim Kundert Jensen, DLA, Denmark 
Urszula McCormack, King & Wood Mallesons, Hong Kong
16:15 - 17:00

Keynote and panel discussion to discuss areas where market practice differs significantly between different jurisdictions.
Moderator:
Anthony MacPherson, Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Martin Imhof, Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek, Germany
Zi Li Tay, Zicolaw, Vietman

17:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:20

18:30 - 20:00

20:00 - 22:00

08:00 - 17:00

09:15 - 10:00

Three keynotes i.e., lawyers from emerging markets will discuss their local jurisdiction vis-à-vis financings to help broaden the conference participants’ understanding of new markets.
Moderator:
Bethan Waters, Farrer & Co LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Charles Payton-Clayne, Harneys, Hong Kong
Karim Noueihed, Noueihed Law Firm, Lebanon
Charles Wang, Mishcon de Reya, United Kingdom
10:00 - 10:45

Speakers:
Jesper Schonbeck, Vinge, Sweden
Jacky Sin, Slaughter & May, Hong Kong
10:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:45

Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field – especially for the region of Hong Kong, this session will touch on the basics of the freedom of speech and its inexact, elastic scope as debated around the world
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
Christian Presoly, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein

Speakers:
Elsie Leung, Attorney at law, Former Secretary of Justice and Congress Delegate, Hong Kong 
Ronny Tong, Attorney at law, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and Former Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong 
Mark Daly, Attorney at law, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong
12:45 - 14:00

12:45 - 14:00

14:00 - 17:00

18:45 - 19:30

19:30 - 01:00

10:00 - 11:00

10:45 - 11:15

11:00 - 13:00

15:00 - 16:00

19:00

Tax: a Dream, not a Nightmare

15:30 - 18:30

18:00 - 19:00

19:00 - 22:00

07:00 - 08:00

08:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 09:15

Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
Jennifer Maxwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
Xavier Costa, Roca Junyent, Spain & President of AIJA
Melissa Pang, President of the Hong Kong Law Society
09:15 - 10:30

A panel discussion between tax lawyers and securities/financing lawyers.
Moderator:
Jessica Kemp, Travers Smith LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Arne Friese, Dissmann Orth, Germany
Clemens Schindler, Schindler Attorneys, Austria
Bethan Waters, Farrer & Co LLP, United Kingdom

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

Panel discussion on major developments and trends in global tax planning, including impact of BEPS, U.S. tax reform, and MLI on multinational planning.
Chair:
Ali Kanani, Bonnard Lawson International,  Switzerland
Speakers:
Barry McGettrick, Matheson Solicitors, Ireland
Alessandro Foti, De Berti Jacchia, Italy
Silvio Cilia, Corrieri Cilia Legal, Malta
12:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:00

Panel discussion on recent tax developments in major APAC jurisdictions.
Chair:
Ryan Myint, Penningtons Manches LLP,  United Kingdom
Speakers:
Emma Shen, Bonnard Lawson International, China
Cheng Chen, Kellerhals Carrard, China
Shipra Padhi, Nishith Desai, India
Kristin Charisse Siao, Villaraza & Angangco, Philippines
Patricia Woo, Squire Patton Boggs, Hong Kong
14:00 - 15:00

Panel discussion on major trends and tax considerations for structuring crossborder businesses in the APAC region.
15:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:15

Panel discussion exploring opportunities and pitfalls with globally mobile HNW individuals.
Chair: 
Guadalupe Diaz Sunico, Lener, Spain
Speakers: 
Wim Vermeulen, Cazimir, Belgium
Alberto Brazzalotto, Maisto e Associati, Italy
Will Johnson, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, USA
Frederick Bjorn, Payne Hicks Beach, United Kingdom
16:15 - 17:00

Panel discussion on tax planning in an era of increased transparency from the perspective of GAARs, CFC regimes, thin capitalisation rules and treaty antiabuse.
Chair:
Jose Aguilar Shea, Squire Patton Boggs, Spain
Speakers:
Gertjan Verachtert, Sansen International Tax Lawyers, Belgium
Grace Lin, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, China
Marco Masi, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Italy

17:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:20

18:30 - 20:00

20:00 - 22:00

08:00 - 17:00

09:15 - 10:00

Roundtable discussions exploring the ethical considerations in international tax planning, and the changing landscape with respect to professional liability.
Chair:
Matthew Cullen, UBP Investment Advisors,  Switzerland
Speakers:
Marielle Boezelman, Hertoghs advocaten, The Netherlands
Eva Stadler, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte, Austria
Pietro Mastellone, Studio Legale Mastellone, Italy
Nicolas Duboille, Sumerson Partners, France
10:00 - 10:45

Keynote and panel discussions regarding planning and compliance considerations for cryptocurrency and cross-border transactions involving digital goods and services.
Chair:
Maddy Gowlett, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Meyyappan Nagappan, Nishit Desai, India
Clemens Willvonseder, Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte, Austria
Emily Possfelt, Sweden

10:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:45

Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field – especially for the region of Hong Kong, this session will touch on the basics of the freedom of speech and its inexact, elastic scope as debated around the world
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
Christian Presoly, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein

Speakers:
Elsie Leung, Attorney at law, Former Secretary of Justice and Congress Delegate, Hong Kong 
Ronny Tong, Attorney at law, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and Former Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong 
Mark Daly, Attorney at law, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong
12:45 - 14:00

12:45 - 14:00

14:00 - 17:00

18:45 - 19:30

19:30 - 01:00

10:00 - 11:00

10:45 - 11:15

11:00 - 13:00

15:00 - 16:00

19:00

Business and private clients in Asia: challenges and opportunities

15:30 - 18:30

18:00 - 19:00

19:00 - 22:00

07:00 - 08:00

08:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 09:15

Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey , Switzerland & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
Jennifer Maxwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, United Kingdom & Co-Chair of the Organising Committee
Xavier Costa, Roca Junyent, Spain & President of AIJA
Melissa Pang, President of the Hong Kong Law Society
09:15 - 10:30

A case study addressing validity of wills, forced heirship, mental capacity and powers granted in this context. An illustration to demonstrate that dedicated and specific planning is required to avoid adverse surprises in post-death litigation.
Chair:
Aurélie Conrad Hari, Bär & Karrer, Switzerland
Speakers:
Wen Ni Aw, Wong Partnership, Singapore
Emma Holland, Stewarts, United Kingdom
Jeffrey Lee, Charles Russel Speechlys, Hong Kong


10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

A comparative analysis of civil law and common law perspectives (Hong Kong, UK, Macau, Portugal and France)
with the support of    

Chair:
Veronica Dindo, Lawlab Studio Legale , Italy
Speakers:
Bérangère Diot, Cadiou&Barbe, France
Joana Alves Cardoso
, Jac Lawyers, Macau
Caroline McNalley, Gall, Hong Kong
John Davies, Farrer & co, United Kingdom
12:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:00

A discussion about typical distinctions between both systems with tips and tricks.
Chair:
Arnoldo Lacayo, Sequor Law, USA
Speakers:
Ian De Witt, Tanner De Witt, Hong Kong
Guillermo Bayas Fernandez, Ejarque Abogados, Spain
Eleni Polycarpou, Withers, United Kingdom
Daniel Chia, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Singapore
15:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:15

Panel discussion exploring opportunities and pitfalls with globally mobile HNW individuals.
Chair:
Guadalupe Diaz Sunico, Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira SLP, Spain
Speakers:
Wim Vermeulen, Cazimir, Belgium
Alberto Brazzalotto, Maisto e Associati, Italy
Will Johnson, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, USA
Frederick Bjorn, Payne Hicks Beach, United Kingdom
16:15 - 17:00

Perspectives from BVI, HK, France, India and UK.
Chair:
Alessia Paoletto, Withers, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Nancy Chien, Bedell Cristin, Jersey
Jessica L. Staton, Butler Snow Hong Kong LLP, Hong Kong
Fouad Sayegh, Walder Wyss, Switzerland 

17:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 18:20

18:30 - 20:00

20:00 - 22:00

08:00 - 17:00

09:15 - 10:00

Panel discussion exploring hot topics related to the growing AML duties for financial intermediaries, their extra-territorial scope and the liability for their violation.
Moderator:
Pierre-Yves Samson, SOFFAL, France
Speakers: 
Clara Poglia, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Moses W. Park, Liberty Chambers, Hong Kong
Hiroaki Takagi, Nishimura & Asahi, Japan
Daniel Albert, Daniel & Wong, Malaysia


10:00 - 10:45

in particular at a transnational level
What are the tools available for each State and/or private victim to recover assets, including through mutual assistance in criminal/administrative/civil matters?
Moderator:
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young and Keidan, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Antonia Mottironi, Monfrini Bitton Klein, Switzerland
Charlotte Tregunna, Peters and Peters, United Kingdom
Heidi Chui, Stevenson, Wong and Co., Hong Kong
Hiroyuki Kanae, Anderson Mori Tomotsune, Japan

10:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:45

Joined by esteemed speakers with extensive knowledge and expertise within the field – especially for the region of Hong Kong, this session will touch on the basics of the freedom of speech and its inexact, elastic scope as debated around the world
Moderators:
Gülsüm Aslan, Loyens & Loeff N.V., The Netherlands
Christian Presoly, Attorney at law, Liechtenstein

Speakers:
Elsie Leung, Attorney at law, Former Secretary of Justice and Congress Delegate, Hong Kong 
Ronny Tong, Attorney at law, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association and Former Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong 
Mark Daly, Attorney at law, Daly & Associates, Hong Kong
12:45 - 14:00

12:45 - 14:00

14:00 - 17:00

18:45 - 19:30

19:30 - 01:00

10:00 - 11:00

10:45 - 11:15

11:00 - 13:00

15:00 - 16:00

19:00

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Full registration is not anymore possible but seats are available for the Academic Programme (any seminar) and the Welcome Reception. In order to register with this category, please contact directly roberto.raneri@aija.org

Conference Venue

KERRY HOTEL*****

 With pride of place on Kowloon’s vibrant waterfront, at the heart of Hung Hom Bay, Kerry Hotel is an urban lifestyle resort offering guests unique dining concepts, extraordinary spaces and spectacular harbour views.  The first Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong boasts the largest hotel meeting, event and catering facilities in the city and is only steps away from Tsim Sha Tsui East shopping district. With the new Whampoa MTR Station on its doorstep, the hotel is seamlessly connected to the rest of Hong Kong via underground train, ferry, bus, taxi and hotel limousine services. 

Learn more on the Kerry Hotel location and services here: Kerry Hotel factsheet

38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon - Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2252 5888
E-mail: khhk@thekerryhotels.com / Website

Metro station: Whampoa MTR Station

For directions & practical information to get to the Kerry Hotel, click here

Accommodation Booking

KERRY HOTEL*****

A block of bedrooms has been pre-booked at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants:  

 Room Category  

Single Room Rate

Double / Twin Room Rate 

Deluxe City View Room (average 42m2)

(Accommodation + Wi-Fi + Daily Buffet Breakfast)

HK$ 1,950*

(+/- EUR 208) 

HK$ 2,050

(+/- EUR 231)

 *except for the night on 21/05 at HK$2,150 (+/- EUR 243) for the single room rate 

 The Daily Room Rates quoted above are:
·       Subject to ten percent (10%) service charge per room per night.
·       Inclusive of complimentary local call access.
·       Inclusive of complimentary in-room wired internet and Wi-Fi access.
And include:
·       Complimentary mini-bar upon arrival (excluded liquor and wines).
·       Complimentary use of the 24-hour gym.
·       Complimentary use of changing rooms with Stream, sauna and Jacuzzi.
·       Complimentary use of the hotel outdoor heated swimming pool.
·       Group rates apply to 3 days pre or post of the Group’s stay, Room confirmation subject to hotel availability.

RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN: Click here to the on-line booking page at AIJA preferential rates. 

Booking deadline: 7 May 2019 - subject to availability at the time of the booking

 

 

Organising Committee

Aurélie CONRAD HARI Bär & Karrer AG (SWITZERLAND)
Matthew CULLEN Credit Suisse AG (SWITZERLAND)
Bruno GUARNIERI Farroco Abreu Advogados (BRAZIL)
Nicolas HERREN Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd (SWITZERLAND)
Aliasghar KANANI BONNARD LAWSON International Law Firm (SWITZERLAND)
Camille Ka-ying LEUNG Camille Ka-ying LEUNG (BELGIUM)
Alan LO Suite 2703 Chambers (HONG KONG)
Moritz MAURER Niederer Kraft Frey Ltd (SWITZERLAND)
Jennifer MAXWELL Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)
Bethan WATERS Farrer & Co (UNITED KINGDOM)
Louise WONG The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)

Sponsors

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