Moderator: Irum Ahsan (Principal Counsel, Law and Policy Reform, Office of the General Counsel, Asian Development Bank)


Irum Ahsan completed her legal education from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining the Asian Development Bank (ADB), she practiced on contentious and non-contentious legal matters in Pakistan. In addition, Irum taught law at various prestigious institutions. At ADB, she is the Principal Counsel at the Office of the General Counsel where she leads the law and policy reform Program (LPR) with her projects focused on environmental and climate change adjudication and enforcement, legal literacy for women, corporate governance, energy laws, and regional cooperation. ADB’s LPR work is based on the premise that a functioning legal system – anchored by the Rule of Law is an essential component of sustainable development. Her work led to the establishment of the Asian Judges Network on Environment, the first such network in the world, 6+ green courts in Asia and Asia’s first Gender-Based Violence Case Court in Pakistan. Irum has also published her work in various journals and presented at several platforms. She is a member of ADB’s Governance, Gender, and Environment Thematic Groups. Irum is an active advocate for gender consciousness and for women’s rights and passionately steers the gender discussion in ADB. Her work leads to winning the 2018 Financial Times Most Innovative In-House Legal Team Award and Innovation in Rule of Law and Access to Justice Award.

Speaker: Briony Eales (Knowledge Management Specialist Consultant, Law and Policy Reform, Office of the General Counsel)


Briony Eales is an Australian law, policy, and reform lawyer. She is researching and writing about climate change litigation for judges in Asia and the Pacific as part of an ADB project to support judicial capacity for climate change and sustainable development. Briony is also working with ADB to advise Lao PDR on its climate change law and climate change strategy. On previous ADB projects, she advised on environmental prosecution, adjudication, dispute resolution, compliance, governance, and enforcement in Southeast Asian countries.

Briony has also advised private sector clients in Asia. She advised Xstrata plc on environmental and social compliance, resettlement, and indigenous peoples’ engagement on a project in the Philippines. In Australia, Briony worked as a solicitor in litigation, acting on behalf of public and private sector clients. She specialized in administrative law litigation and acted on behalf of government clients while working for the Australian Government Solicitor. While in private practice, she litigated matters on behalf of large insurers. Briony is passionate about justice for people and the planet.

Speaker: Gregorio Rafael P. Bueta (Legal and Policy Specialist, Asian Development Bank)


Grip is the expert Legal and Policy Consultant with the Asian Development Bank’s Law and Policy Reform Program. He has extensively worked with judiciaries and legal professionals across Asia on the environment and climate change law and adjudication, particularly in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Grip has also been involved in legal and regulatory reforms in South Asia in areas such as energy trade and corporate governance. Prior to joining ADB, he headed the Strategic Initiatives Management Office in the Office of the President of the Philippines focusing on environment and climate change related government policies and programs.


As a private legal practitioner and independent consultant from the Philippines, Grip is an advocate for environmental rights and justice, protection of biodiversity, promotion of human rights, development of good governance, and integrity in the public service. He has written several published works on environment and natural resources law and human rights. Grip has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme, the Philippine Judicial Academy, the Ateneo School of Government, the Council for the Welfare of Children, Ayala Corporation, the EcoWaste Coalition, and various NGOs and private companies.


Grip has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the same institution and was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Most Distinguished Award for his graduating class.

Speaker: Maria Cecilia T. Sicangco (Knowledge Management Specialist, Law and Policy Reform, Asian Development Bank)


Maria Cecilia T. Sicangco is an expert Knowledge Management Consultant under the Law and Policy Reform Program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Her work includes environmental law, climate change law and policy in Asia-Pacific, women’s legal literacy and access to justice in Islamic countries, gender sensitization, and energy and water sector regulation in Southeast Asia and small-island developing states in the Pacific.


Prior to joining ADB, Cecille was a Fellow at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), an international organization headquartered in Rome, Italy. She had also served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and had begun her professional legal career in SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan, the largest full-service law firm in the Philippines.


Cecille holds a Bachelor of Applied Economics and Accountancy double degree (cum laude) from De La Salle University and a Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude, salutatorian) from the University of the Philippines. Thereafter, she pursued a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies degree from New York University where she was the Starr Foundation Global Scholar, Hauser Scholar, and Thomas M. Franck Scholar in International Law. She is qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor at Law in the State of New York (United States of America) and the Republic of the Philippines.

Moderator: Gordon Hughes (Davies Collison Cave Law, Australia)


Dr. Gordon Hughes AM is a partner at Davies Collison Cave, an Australian intellectual property firm, and is based in Melbourne. He is a former president of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Council of Australia and LAWASIA and a former chair of the Law Council’s International Law Section. He is currently chair of the South Pacific Lawyers Association, and also LAWASIA’s Business Law Section.

Dr. Hughes has authored or co-authored eight legal texts, including texts on technology law, data protection, and trade secrets. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Law Awards in 2004 and various honorary life memberships of Australian and international professional associations. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2011.

In 2017, Dr. Hughes was awarded an Order of Australia “for significant service to the law, to professional organizations and to international affairs and legal practice in the Asia-Pacific region”.

Speaker: Rose Marie M. King (Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Philippines)


Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez is a senior partner of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, the country’s largest law firm, and helps lead the firm’s Telecoms-Media-Technology (TMT) practice. She regularly advises companies in various industries (including IT, media, banking, retail, BPO, and service sectors) on data privacy matters. She and her team provide legal support in impact assessments and audits, compliance, preparation and review of policies, data sharing agreements and other privacy law related documentation, registration with the National Privacy Commission, dealing with data security breaches, and general advice, She has been cited in the 2018 IFLR Guide as a highly regarded financial and corporate lawyer, and ranked in the 2019 Chambers Asia Pacific guide. She has also been named as a leading individual in TMT in the 2018 Asia Pacific Legal 500. She is a lecturer at the UP College of Law.

Speaker: Adlin Abdul Majid (Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Malaysia)


Adlin has a proven background in technology, media, and telecommunications, having spent close to a decade with a Malaysian government agency advising on a range of local, regional, and international information and communications technology issues, and developing the legal and regulatory framework for the nation’s MSC Malaysia status. She is among a select group of lawyers in Malaysia with a focus on all aspects of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010. Adlin also has an ILO Client’s Choice Award to her name, proving the level of commitment and attention she provides to her clients.

Speaker: Marie Cherylle Z. Hular (Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo, Philippines)


Marie Cherylle Z. Hular is a contract and due diligence expert. She is actively involved in rendering corporate services and regulatory and compliance work with the Securities and Exchange Commission and has served as Corporate Secretary of a group of companies engaged in the food and beverage industry with numerous branches in Metro Manila.  She has likewise advised companies on requirements on initial public offerings (IPO) and pre-IPO restructuring and assisted listed companies on compliance with their disclosure requirements with regulatory bodies.

Ms. Hular worked in Singapore for two years handling regulatory compliance requirements of companies based in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and BVI, which supplements her current practice in assisting foreign corporations seeking to establish a presence in the Philippines. In addition, Ms. Hular has extensive experience in structuring joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions of businesses, along with estate planning and labor practice.

Speaker: Sunil Abeyaratne (Sri Lanka)


Mr. Abeyaratne enrolled as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1986. He obtained LL.M. (Commercial & Corporate Law) degree from Queen Mary University of London; MBA from Indira Gandhi National Open University, India; Diploma in Forensic Medicine, Science, and Toxicology from Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. He is a practicing Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka and a Justice of Peace & Unofficial Magistrate.

He is the author of the first ever ICT Law book published in Sri Lanka titled Introduction to Information and Communication Technology Law, He has written a number of articles related to ICT Law, e-Commerce, Criminal law and Writs for national and international law journals.

Moderator: Francis Lim (Angara Concepcion Cruz Regala & Abello , Philippines)


Francis Lim is a Senior Partner and a member of the Executive and Special Committees of the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW).

Lim is the former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the incumbent president of the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SharePHIL).  He is also the Chairman, National Competitiveness Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines, Chairman, Judicial System Working Group of the National Competitiveness Council, and a trustee of the CIBI Foundation, Inc., FINEX Research & Development Foundation, Inc. and the Judicial Reform Initiative, Inc., and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Speaker: Anand Raj (Shearn Delamore, Malaysia)


Anand regularly represents and advises MNCs, GLCs, foreign and Malaysian enterprises on Competition Law in industries as diverse as financial services, telecommunications and multimedia, pharmaceuticals, insurance, logistics, hospitality, FMCG, manufacturing, and the automotive sector, amongst others. He is actively engaged in conducting competition law audit and review exercises for clients and in reviewing documentation, practices, compliance and risk levels. Anand’s competition clients come from sectors as diverse as consumer goods and services, financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and manufacturing, and distribution. Much of the work for these clients has been general compliance work and investigation defense work. Anand regularly conducts training and workshops for clients and event organizers and is also active in providing feedback to the relevant authorities and agencies on issues relating to Competition Law in Malaysia.  Anand has successfully handled several competition law investigations resulting in closures without findings of infringement including for Giga Shipping and Nexus Mega Carriers, amongst others. Anand has been recognized as an “Expert” in the Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers from 2013 to 2017.

Speaker: Anastasia Skovpen (Russia, Lidings Law Office)


Anastasia Skovpen is an Associate in Lidings’ Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property practices. Has extensive expertise in representing clients in insurance disputes and bankruptcies, intellectual property disputes on trade dress and copyright protection issues. Anastasia also has a particular professional interest is fashion law.

Speaker: Krystal Lyn Uy (Director of Mergers and Acquisitions Office, Philippine Competition Commission)


Krystal has acquired her Juris Doctor Law from the University of the Philippines, College of Law. She finished 7th place in the 2011 Philippine Bar Examinations. She is currently the Director of Mergers and Acquisitions Office of the Philippine Competition Commission. Her previous work experiences are:

  • Technical Legal Assistant for Competition, Trade-Related Assistance for Development Project (TRADE) C-3, March 2015 to August 2016
  • Legal Consultant, Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the Chairman, December 2015 to August 2016
  • Legal Consultant, House of Representatives, Legal Affairs Division, March 2015 to June 2016 Of counsel, Ho and Uy Law Firm, March 2015 to August 2016
  • Senior Legal Manager, SM Prime Holdings, Inc., September 2012—March 2015
  • Junior Associate, Litigation Department, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz
  • (ACCRA) Law Firm, April 2011—August 2012
Speaker: Andika Edwin Pahlevi (Fidelity Law Office, Indonesia)


Andika is a corporate lawyer that specializes in corporate, foreign direct investment, and merger & acquisitions (M&A). He has experience advising corporate, financial investors and financial institutions on international M&A transactions, including private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, joint ventures and restructurings.

Andika is also a formal legal expert and special staff for House of Parliament of the Republic of Indonesia. He acquired his Bachelor of Law (SH or LL.B. (Hons) at Airlangga University in 2012. He acquired is LL.M. degree in International Business & Corporate Law at Lancaster University in 2014.

Moderator: Nilo T. Divina (Divina Law Office, Philippines)


Nilo T. Divina is a seasoned corporate and banking lawyer, with more than 30 years of experience. He established Divina Law in 2006 and has led its aggressive growth in a short span of time. Before he entered private law practice, Nilo was the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of one of the leading banks in the Philippines. He also served as the General Manager, Executive Adviser to the Board, and Corporate Secretary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. He sat as United Coconut Planters Bank’s board director and was the former co-general counsel of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.


Speaker: Jal Othman (Shook Lin & Bok, Malaysia)


Jal Othman is a partner in the corporate and commercial law practice group in Shook Lin & Bok, one of the oldest and largest law firm in Malaysia. Jal works with a team of approximately 20 lawyers advising on corporate and commercial deals, both for onshore and cross border clients. His portfolio of work includes advising on a wide range of corporate mergers and acquisitions, business disposal plans, internal company restructuring and joint ventures and other commercial collaborations. Jal’s involvement in the banking and finance practice group provides a firm footing in corporate finance and this effectively compliments his work in the corporate department.




Speaker: Shang Congcong (Zheijiang SuHao Law Firm, P.R.C)

Lawyer, Partner,LLM. Graduated from the Law School of the University of Macau. The vice-director of the international law Committee, Ningbo Lawyers Association. The director of the International Business Department of Zhejiang SuHao law firm. The member of the Lawasia, and the New York State Bar Association.Mr. Shang was awarded as the Leading Talent Lawyers in international law from All China Lawyers Association and the top 1000 lawyers in international law from the Ministry of Justice of China. Mr. Shang also was awarded the title of “Top” Lawyers of Ningbo.


Mr. Shang is good at international investment, merger and acquisition, arbitration and other legal businesses.


Speaker: Camilo S. Correa (Securties and Exchange Commission Office of the General Counsel, Philippines)


Camilo S. Correa is the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has been serving the Commission and its operating departments for more than seven (7) years.

As General Counsel, he oversees the handling of non-enforcement litigation such as appeals of SEC actions, rulings or decisions with the courts; and issues opinions by authority of the En banc. He is also in charge of hearing cases filed before the Commission En banc.

As the Commission’s legislative liaison, he shepherded the passage of the revised Corporation Code starting in 2013, through two Congresses (the 16th and 17th) and through two SEC chairpersons.

He is an accredited governmental expert by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) participating in the second cycle of the “Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Crime (UNCAC).”

Previously, before joining SEC, General Counsel Correa served as Graft Investigation & Prosecution Officer at the Office of the Ombudsman where he handled high-profile cases involving graft and corruption. He also served as Manager of the Human Resources Planning Department of Philippine National Oil Corporation-Energy Development Corporation (PNOC-EDC).

He obtained his law degree from Ateneo Law School where he was a Dean’s Lister, and earned his undergraduate degree in AB Psychology from the same university. He passed the Bar examinations of 1991 and placed 10th in the 2007 Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) exam.

He is also a holder of a Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) from the National Defense College of the Philippines.

GC Correa’s other interests is traditional and alternative modes of healing; he is a licensed Pranic or Energy Healer. He is also a big bike rider and practical shooter.

Moderator: Jeff Leong (Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, Malaysia)


Jeff is the senior partner of Messrs Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, Malaysia.

He is also actively serving with the Law Association for Asia and The Pacific (LAWASIA), the peak body for national bar associations and law societies in more than 40 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region as Chair of the Corporate, Securities & Investment Law and Co-Chair of the Belt And Road Initiative Standing Committees.

He leads a Special Projects team, structure and run complex M&A deals, resolve critical problems faced by clients such as crisis management, regulatory investigations, shareholder rights, and board tussles and advise founders, business owners and senior management on business transactions. With numerous IPOs and M&A deals over 30 years, He often consulted by clients in Shipping and Logistics, Technology and Digital Economy, Oil & Gas and other heavily regulated industries on complex, urgent and critical matters.

He is also leading the China Services Group and regional JLPW Belt and Road Services Group assisting Chinese companies investing and undertaking Belt and Road projects in Malaysia and other ASEAN countries.

Speaker: Anastasia Skovpen (Russia, Lidings Law Office)


Anastasia Skovpen is an Associate in Lidings’ Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property practices. Has extensive expertise in representing clients in insurance disputes and bankruptcies, intellectual property disputes on trade dress and copyright protection issues. Anastasia also has a particular professional interest is fashion law.

Speaker: Ong Koon Loong, Malaysia


Mr. Loong is a chartered member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Member of the Malaysian Institute of Internal Auditor and Certified Internal Auditor. He has 20 years of experience in External Audit, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Commercial Crime Investigation, Compliance and Fraud Investigation.

Speaker Jenny Yoon, (We & Partners, South Korea)


Su Kyung Jenny Yoon passed the bar examination and became a lawyer in 2015 after graduation of Inha Law School. She is a founding partner of one of the boutique Lawyers’ office in Seoul, Korea. She works for the External Affairs Office in Seoul Bar Association. As a lawyer, she has specialized in legal consultation for corporate, litigation and Chinese issues.

These days she focuses on blockchain industry. She has played an influential role for blockchain projects as a compliance/legal advisor and also covering the whole process of projects starting from giving legal advice on white paper to practice business. She worked as a secretary in the National Assembly in 2017 which exposed her diverse connections. At that time she did research on FinTech and financial services

Speaker: Lu Yang, (Beijing DHH Law Firm, China)


Lu Yang has provided legal services to a number of large Internet finance companies, financial institutions, and relevant government regulatory agencies. It mainly includes the “Huitou Network” (Beijing) under the China National Assets Department, the “People’s Letter” (Beijing) under the CITIC Group, the “Wanghe Fortune” (Beijing) under the private-owned Wangtai Group, and the “Long Ju Cai Hang” (Shanghai) under the JiuXiao Group and Internet Loan Homes selected a number of internet financial platform companies including the 2016 Top 100 P2P platforms “Small Rape” (Beijing), “Easy Loan 365” (Nanjing) and “Ai Xue Loan” (Hangzhou). In providing legal services she is highly praised and widely recognized by customers as a partner that customers can trust. At the same time, Lu Yang provides legal services for financial supervision departments, including the Beijing Shunyi District Financial Office and the Hangzhou Shangcheng Financial Office, providing advice on the legal supervision of Internet finance business.

Speaker: Yuri Suzuki, (Atsumi & Sakai, Japan)


Yuri Suzuki is a partner in the Tokyo based law firm Atsumi & Sakai, heading the firm’s FinTech Team. Ms. Suzuki deals with a wide range of banking, finance and capital markets issues, with a particular well-acknowledged reputation in regard to financial services regulation, loans, asset finance, and securitization. Given her strong technical skills and market knowledge in financial industry matters, she is also well regarded for her work on a wide variety cases on fintech issues, including payment services, crypto assets, ICOs, invoice trading, marketplace landing, crowdfunding, and APIs. Further, building on her FinTech experience, her coverage extends to InsurTech and PropTech. She is a secretariat member of the Fintech Association of Japan, a legal adviser of the Japan Blockchain Association and an adviser of the MUFG Digital Accelerator Program.

Moderator: Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña, Philippines


Joey Hofileña is the current Dean of the Ateneo Law School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the Ateneo de Manila in 1983 and proceeded to the Ateneo Law School where he completed his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987 as Class Valedictorian and recipient of the Evelio Javier Leadership Award. In 1990, he was conferred a Master of Laws degree by Harvard Law School.  One month after taking the November 1987 Bar Examinations (where he ranked 10th out of all successful examinees), Joey joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and was a partner thereat from 1996 through 2012, practicing within the firm’s Corporate department. He has also had stints as a foreign attorney at Johnson & Gibbs in Dallas, Texas and at McDermott, Will & Emery in New York City.

Aside from teaching full-time in ALS, Joey is a Visiting Professor for Commercial Law at Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s College of Law. He is also currently serving on the IBP Law Journal’s Editorial Board

Speaker: Judge Robert McDougall QC


Justice Robert McDougall is a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was appointed to the Court in August 2003, and since then has sat as a Judge in the Commercial and Technology & Construction Lists. He commenced practice at the Bar in 1975 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1990.

As Counsel, particularly since taking Silk, and as a judge of the Supreme Court, he has appeared in or presided over some of the most significant commercial and construction cases, in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia, of the last 25 years. Many of those cases have required the development and implementation of innovative case and documentary management techniques.

Speaker: Dato Nitin Nadkarni (Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill)


Nitin Nadkarni heads the Energy, Projects and Infrastructure, and International Arbitration Practice Group at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. He is Co-Chairman of Bar Council Sub-committee on Arbitration and Construction and is often described by global legal directories as a renowned figure in the Malaysian arbitration scene.

His practice covers a wide range of dispute resolution, including acting and advising on cross-border commercial and investor-state disputes. Over his 30 years’ experience, Nitin has been involved in cases against state-owned enterprises in all aspects of the construction, engineering, energy, and electricity sectors across the Middle East, North Africa, and even international arbitration hubs, such as Switzerland. He also regularly advises and acts in Malaysian Court proceedings at all higher court levels and has a large arbitration practice, primarily as counsel. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and is registered on the Asian International Arbitration Centre panels for arbitrators and mediators respectively.

Speaker: Dean Tranquil G.S Salvador III (Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles, Philippines)


Tranquil G.S. Salvador III is a partner who co-heads the Litigation & Arbitration, and Environment & Natural Resources departments. His practice focuses on litigation, arbitration, and natural resources.

Tranquil is involved in civil litigation, criminal litigation, natural resources, aviation, arbitration, labor, general corporate law, and other matters which include regulatory and transactions advice.

Tranquil is currently the holder of the Justice Jose Colayco Professorial Chair in Remedial Law in the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. He teaches Remedial Law review in a number of law schools in the Philippines, including the UP College of Law, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, and Centro Escolar University.

Speaker: Prashant Kumar, India


Prashant Kumar was President of LAWASIA from 2015-2017. A policy economist turned lawyer, Mr. Prashant Kumar specializes in constitutional law, commercial and civil matters, arbitration and intellectual property, as well as matters relating to information technology law, infrastructure agreements, public-private partnerships, and anti-dumping laws.

Mr Kumar’s law firm seconded three domain consultants to the Asian Development Bank-led project team to carry out IT reform in the Delhi judiciary as a pilot project in 2003-2005 and he actively engages in assisting infusion of technology in judicial systems on an informal basis.

He has taken a keen interest in using technology to carry out legal processes and his firm has developed and worked successfully IT based dispute resolution model for resolving mass auto loan disputes in which statements of claim and documentation is generated in a fully automated manner involving a range of legal and fact variations. Arbitrators are also made available award assist programme, which produces a template award which arbitrators can validate, improve and utilize as a base to pass an appropriate award.

Speaker: Robert Rhoda, (Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong)


Robert is Council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and a partner in Dentons Hong Kong LLP’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.

He specializes in international arbitration and cross border litigation, as well as various forms of alternative dispute resolution, with particular experience in the financial services, technology and energy sectors.

Robert has been involved in a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes, typically involving an international element, including contractual disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, private equity disputes and fraud.

As well as acting as counsel, Robert accepts arbitral appointments and is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) List of Arbitrators.

Robert is ranked as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and as a Recommended Lawyer for both Arbitration and Litigation by Legal 500 Hong Kong 2019.

Robert is also co-chair of the IPBA’s Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee.

Moderator: Judge Robert McDougall QC


Justice Robert McDougall is a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He was appointed to the Court in August 2003, and since then has sat as a Judge in the Commercial and Technology & Construction Lists. He commenced practice at the Bar in 1975 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1990.

As Counsel, particularly since taking Silk, and as a judge of the Supreme Court, he has appeared in or presided over some of the most significant commercial and construction cases, in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia, of the last 25 years. Many of those cases have required the development and implementation of innovative case and documentary management techniques.

Speaker: Sarbjit Singh Chopra (Duane Morris, Singapore)


Sarbjit Singh Chopra is Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, the Joint Law Venture between Duane Morris LLP and Selvam LLC. Mr. Singh is concurrently a Director of Selvam LLC, a Singapore law entity, where he heads the dispute resolution and construction practices. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. He has handled a wide range of cases from construction disputes to defamation suits. Mr. Chopra has been cited in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 edition as a recommended lawyer in Singapore Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Chopra has acted in numerous matters in the High Court and the Court of Appeal over the years. He has also undertaken substantial projects for various clients and these include involvement in tenders for structural projects (eg. The Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), telecommunication contracts and construction of power plants) and matters related to joint ventures. He has conducted numerous arbitration, mediation, adjudication, and Court proceedings.

Mr. Chopra was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law (Gray’s Inn) and has been in practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since 1984. He has successfully completed the course in arbitration law and practice conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Chopra can speak English, Malay and Punjabi.

Speaker: Kristin Charisse Siao ( V&A Law Office, Philippines)


Atty. KC Siao is a Partner of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department of Villaraza & Angangco, a leading full-service law firm based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She joined the Firm right after finishing her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law, and has been with the Firm for the past 10 years.

In her general corporate practice, Atty. Siao has advised and assisted clients on the full spectrum of legal issues in business concerns and in all aspects of regulatory compliance. As a CPA-Lawyer, Atty. Siao is also an expert in the field of Taxation – where she is able to provide her clients with adept advice on tax structuring and planning, transactional tax issues, as well as in tax audits and disputes. She is a member of the board of directors of the Tax Management Association of the Philippines and has given lectures on numerous tax matters in various forums.

Atty. Siao also specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, Property Development & Real Estate, E-Commerce and Private Clients.

Speaker: Masao Dan (TMI Associates, Japan)


Masao Dan’s practice areas include Franchising,  Asia Law, Response to Labor Tribunals and Formal Lawsuits, Commercial Litigation, Company Fraud Investigation, other International Practice, Corporate Governance, and Establishment and Operation of the Personnel System.

Speaker: Katrina V. Doble (V&A Law Office, Philippines)


Katrina V. Doble is a Junior Partner of the Intellectual Property Department of Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law).

Her over twelve (12) years of experience in intellectual property (“IP”) law has covered the full spectrum of IP practice. In recent years, she has focused on trademark law, IP commercialization and IP litigation. Due to her breadth of experience, she is heavily involved in the growth of V&A Law’s trademark prosecution practice, including the Firm’s current foray into domain name registration and audit involving the continuously expanding generic top-level domains (TLDs). She maintains the trademark portfolios of several of V&A Law’s largest clients, among which is the domestic trademark portfolio of the Philippines’ largest universal bank and the Philippine trademark portfolio of a luxury Swiss watchmaker.

Atty. Doble remains active in the Firm’s numerous IP litigation cases, putting to use her extensive experience in handling infringement and unfair competition cases before the regular courts, as well as inter partes cases before the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) to preserve and enforce the IP rights of the Firm’s clients. Some of these cases have even contributed to the building of Philippine jurisprudence on important issues for trademarks.

She also handles issues regarding IP commercialization and licensing which includes advice on regulatory matters for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, ethical advertising requirements, enforceability of technology transfer and licensing agreements and novel queries related to emerging internet and/or software-based industries.


She is a ranked lawyer for Intellectual Property in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide. In 2017, she was awarded Young Lawyer of the Year in the Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards.

Moderator: Michael T. Toledo (Philippines)


Mr. Michael T. Toledo, also known as Mike, serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Philex Mining Corp. and served as its Senior Vice President of Public and Regulatory Affairs since February 15, 2012. Mr. Toledo served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Philippine at Weber Shandwick Worldwide from 2006 to 2012. He served as Senior Vice-President, Corporate & Legal Affairs of the Fil-Estate Group of Companies, the Host of IYO ANG KATARUNGAN a Legal Public Service Program in IBC-13, the Host of Sports Special, Solar Sports, the News Anchor of the Big News in ABC Channel 5. He served as a senior associate in ACCRALAW. He served as Legal Consultant (Vice President) of the Government Service Insurance System. Mr. Toledo is a Presidential Spokesperson and at one time or another, Acting Press Secretary, Undersecretary and Assistant Press Secretary in the Office of the Press Secretary, Malacanang. He served as the Chairman of Pantranco North Express, Inc. He served as Independent Director of Information Capital Technology Ventures, Inc. Mr. Toledo served as Independent Director of LMG Chemicals Corp. since September 26, 2002. He served as Director of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority. He obtained his Master of Laws in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Major in Philosophy, Minor in Economics and Management) from the University of the Philippines.

Co-Moderator Zhang Tianyi (China)


Mr. Zhang Tianyi has been primarily focusing on areas of outbound investment, foreign investment in China, M&A, infrastructure construction, and international commercial arbitration since his practice, with expertise in laws of Southeast and South Asian Countries.

Mr. Zhang Tianyi was in charge of the establishment of the first Chinese law firm in Lao PDR‐ Baqian Law and Consultancy (Lao), and serves as the Director. Now he is leading an international team of lawyers to provide legal service to Chinese enterprises and citizens in Lao PDR, as well as several other neighboring Southeast and South Asian Countries.

Speaker: Professor Andre Palacios (Integrated Bar of the Philippines)


Mr. Palacios is the current Chairman of the International Law and International Affairs Committee of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He is also a lecturer in International Law at the University of the Philippines. We worked as Legal Expert in the Philippine Competition Policy Review for the Asian Development Bank. He was also previously appointed as Executive Director of the PPP Center of the Philippines.

Speaker: Davy Shan, Senior Partner, Beijing Yingke Law Firm, Guangzhou Office, China


Davy Shan, Senior Partner of Yingke Law Firm Guangzhou Office, which is one of the largest law firms in China, and has 47 offices all over the country and nearly 6000 lawyers and assistants. Mr. Shan is the Director of the International Legal Affairs Department and Director of Legal Pro bono Center of the firm.

Starting from studying law in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in 1999, which is one of the top law universities in China, Mr. Shan obtained his Bachelor’s degree of law in 2003 and obtained a Master’s Degree of Civil and Commercial Law in the same University. Besides, he has been a Doctor of Administrative Law in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law since 2012. Through more than ten years’ studying on laws, Mr. Shan has a good knowledge of different comprehensive laws and regulations of China, development of the legal system of China, and the court system of China.

During his more than ten years’ practice career, Mr Shan has been active and professional in legal services from disputes resolution to non-litigation areas, especially in civil, commercial and financial aspects, such as company governance, share transfer, dissolution, bankruptcy, liquidation, finance and investment, securities, private equity and so on.

Speaker: Su Min, Senior Asssociate, Beijing, Dentons China Offices, LLP, (Kunming)


Su Min is a senior associate in the Dentons energy practice. She graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with an LLB and did a master degree in International Trade Law with Newcastle University U.K. She is admitted as a lawyer in China.

Su Min’s main areas of practice encompass foreign investment oversea investment and infrastructure construction, with an emphasis on electric energy in South East Asia and South Asia. She is effectively bilingual in both English and Chinese and has advised various Chinese clients and companies.

Speaker: Ong Eu Jin (Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Malaysia)


Mr. Ong Eu Jin is a partner of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. Prior to joining the firm, he headed a subsidiary of a financial services group, holding the position of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director.

As a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department, Mr. Ong advises on various financing transactions including in relation to an acquisition of real estate, purchase of aircraft and project financing as well as capital markets exercises such as initial public offering (IPO), rights issue and bond issuance

Moderator: Prof. Serafin Salvador Jr. (University of the Philippines)


Serafin U. Salvador Jr.a distinguished tax lawyer, has over 30 years of experience in taxa­tion and was previously Head of the Tax Division of SGV & Co., formerly a member firm of Arthur Andersen and currently a member practice of Ernst & Young. He teaches Taxation at the Ateneo Law School and the UP College of Law. He also serves as a mem­ber of the UP Law Center Bar Exams Expert Committee in Taxation Law. He is a past Bar Examiner in Taxation Law and past president of the Tax Management Association of the Philippines. He has contributed to foreign publications, including the CCH Journal of Asia-Pacific Taxation, and was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. He also the Chairman and President of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. He attended the Graduate Tax Program at the Graduate School of Law, New York University. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at the Ateneo de Manila University and attended the TOP Management Program, Asian Institute of Management, and the Managing Multinational En­terprises at the INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the Universi­ty of the Philippines.

A. Understanding the nuances and practical application of tax treaties - - Speaker: Mr. Jason Tan (Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Malaysia)


Jason graduated from Cardiff University, the UK. He is a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

Jason’s main area of practice consists of trade remedies and customs law, particularly anti-dumping and safeguard duties. He has represented local manufacturers, importers and foreign exporters in various landmark trade remedy actions as well as litigation in Malaysia.

In addition, Jason advises clients on non-tariff trade barriers and export controls. Where Customs law is concerned, he routinely advises importers on Customs compliance, penalties, and prior disclosures as well as litigating in Customs disputes.

B. Transfer Pricing and BEPS - - Speaker: Lea Gracia V. Molina (Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo, Philippines)


Ms. Molina has 20 years of combined corporate, legal, international tax, and transfer pricing experience in the Philippines and Vietnam. She was a Transfer Pricing Senior Manager of a Big 4 accounting firm in Vietnam before leading the transfer pricing practice in the Philippines and Vietnam of a global boutique transfer pricing firm.

She has assisted clients in their transfer pricing needs, market entry strategies, and corporate restructuring in both the Philippines and Vietnam. She led local and regional transfer pricing projects (planning, documentation, and dispute resolution) for clients in various industries such as business process outsourcing, automotive, garments, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, oil and gas, logistics/freight forwarding services, insurance, banks, and financial institutions, among others. In addition, she has written tax and transfer pricing articles for local and international publications and has been invited as resource speaker on transfer pricing in various seminars and symposia in Vietnam and the Philippines.

C. Taxation in a Digitized Economy - - Speaker: Carina C. Laforteza (Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Philippines)


Carina C. Laforteza is a lawyer and a certified public accountant with extensive corporate and tax practice. Her specialization is in corporate work, specifically special projects, financing, tax, and corporate services. She is also currently involved in tax litigation and administrative proceedings.

Ms. Laforteza does mergers, acquisitions, and divestments (including the corporate structuring and financing aspects). She has advised clients in the aviation, food manufacturing, advertising, mass media, telecommunications, and money remittance industries. She has acted for the proponents of the MRT-3 project in connection with the implementation and financing of the project and securitization of the revenues. She assisted an international oil company in the establishment of gasoline stations in the Philippines.

Ms. Laforteza’s tax work ranges from tax structuring for both corporations (including how investments are to be made into, and repatriated from, the Philippines) and individuals (including tax planning) to tax compliance (including assisting clients in audits by the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue) to tax litigation (including petitions questioning the legality of revenue issuances and local tax ordinances), and tax-related arbitration. She has handled the tax aspects of infrastructure and construction projects, including giving advice on tax efficient project structures.