Program Schedule

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Thursday, April 11
Time Name Description Category
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registrations Open
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Conference Open & Welcome
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM Opening Keynote Speaker: Navigating the new geo-political and economic reality APAC is at the heart of the new geo-politics. Whatever your view on the current Great Power competition, we are in a new era as exemplified by the ongoing trade war between the US and China.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Morning Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM STREAM A1: Efficient managment of disputes in APAC The How To Guide to Contractual Disputes - avoidance and management across APAC

When parties are in negotiations, they are often under pressure from the business to conclude them in the shortest possible time to get on with the project at hand. These time pressures can have an adverse impact on the quality of the agreement produced.  Also as with many relationships, at the start of things, optimism is high and no one wants to think about what could go wrong further down the line. Yet, if things do go wrong and the relationship between the parties breaks down and they are unable to resolve issues amicably, the absence of a clear, legally enforceable agreement can create problems for both sides.

In this discussion, our panel will consider the lessons they have learnt from resolving disputes within APAC across their professional careers and share the practical dos and don'ts of negotiations and entering into binding agreements.  The panel will also discuss the real traps to look out for when a dispute is imminent and when a dispute has been formally commenced.  
Substantive Law
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM STREAM B1: ACC Value Champions Series – Legal leadership within the enterprise Our Value Champions (best of APAC and best of the world) have developed effective approaches which will assist you to drive change in your legal team. Law Department Management & Professional Skills
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM STREAM C1: Using technology to transform your legal department Artificial Intelligence (AI), natural language processors and other automation tools have been the subject of numerous articles, books, webinars, and panel discussions. Innovation & Legal Technology
11:30 AM - 12:30 AM STREAM A2: Anti-corruption enforcement and compliance update Businesses operating in the APAC region need to proactively scrutinize their activities and compliance programs, particularly in the light of the ongoing rise in aggressive enforcement by regulatory authorities into suspected non-compliance with anti-bribery and corruption regimes. Substantive Law
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM STREAM B2: Lean and mean: Metrics and best practices for small to medium sized legal depts It's challenging to transform small and medium-sized legal departments. In this session you will learn effective techniques to make it happen. Law Department Management & Professional Skills
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM STREAM C2: Your APAC briefing: cryptocurrency / initial coin offerings – Panel Discussion Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) - sure we all get it at some level – but in practical terms what is actually happening in APAC and what do I need to know to stay on top of this fast moving area? Innovation & Legal Technology
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM STREAM A3: Keeping your company safe - A practical approach to data privacy In line with rising concern about data privacy and cybersecurity as well as rising "localism", there is a regional trend of stricter enforcement and greater public awareness of a right to privacy and of companies responsibility to manage data safely and responsibly. Substantive Law
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM STREAM B3: Internal Investigation Workshop Whether you are investigating a sexual harassment issue or a regulatory infringement or a possible fraud there are common issues in preparation and management of the file. Law Department Management & Professional Skills
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM STREAM C3: Effective legal project management With the changing in-house legal landscape, legal departments have adopted non-legal industry approaches to project management. Agile, Six Sigma and Scrum are just some of the approaches which are being utilised by legal teams in this area. However, external and internal legal counsel may find it challenging to implement these concepts on a day-to-day basis. Innovation & Legal Technology
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM STREAM A4: M&A and cross-border investment in the new era Key trends in M&A and cross-border investment in the new era Substantive Law
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM STREAM B4: The 'how to' guide to becoming a GC Law Department Management & Professional Skills
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM STREAM C4: The big AI debate: Will your job be done in 10 years (or less!) by a robot? Two teams of technologists and traditionalists (Luddites?) will discuss this topic in an engaging and lively debate. Innovation & Legal Technology
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM Afternoon Break
4:15 PM - 5:05 PM Closing Keynote Speaker: Programming, Robots and Ethics Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms continue to advance. Ensuring that AI is legally compliant and ethical is one of the great issues for humankind – and for lawyers.
5:05 PM - 5:15 PM Conference Close
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lexology-ACC Asia Pacific Award Drinks  
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Lexology-ACC Asia Pacific Counsel Awards Dinner