Conference Programme

DAY 1: 5 September 2019

Programme is open to registered delegates only and subjected to change without notice.


  • Time: 0900-0915
    Conference Opening Remarks
    Mr K Shanmugam
    Minister for Home Affairs and
    Minister for Law
  • Time: 0915-1015
    Opening Keynote
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee
    Inventor of the World Wide Web & TIME’s 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century
  • Time: 1015-1045
    Teabreak (for Conference delegates only)

  • Time: 1045-1200
    Panel Discussion 1: Data and Commerce
    Moderator: Mr Yeong Zee Kin, Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission
    1. Mr Antony Cook, Regional Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Microsoft Asia
    2. Mr Luis Gonzalez, APAC Managing Director, Element AI
    3. Mr Ken Chia, Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
    4. Mr Ahmad Fikri Assegaf, Co-founder and Senior Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
    5. Mr Danny Gilligan, Co-founder & Acting CEO, Data Republic

    This panel will discuss the legal and regulatory issues that can stand in the way of making use of data for innovation, beginning with the distinction between non-personal and personal data. What are the implications of recent developments like the EU regulation on the free flow of non-personal data? What are the challenges of the secondary uses of personal data and how can they be addressed? What are the anticipated developments in e-privacy regulations and how they relate to the need for transparency and disclosure, and consumer control? The discussion will also cover anticipated developments in the areas of data portability and promoting trusted data sharing frameworks in the context of enabling competition in services.
  • Time: 1215-1330
    Panel Discussion 2: Data and the Legal Ecosystem
    Moderator: Mr Lam Chee Kin, Managing Director and Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat, DBS
    1. Mr Paul Yuen, General Counsel, MAS
    2. Mr Brandon Daniels, President of Global Technology Markets, Exiger
    3. Mr James Jarvis, Head of Product Design & Delivery, Thomson Reuters
    4. Ms Priya Bains, Head of Product, Luminance
    5. Ms Sophie Mathur, Partner, Linklaters

    Legal services and the justice system rely heavily on vast amounts of sensitive data. Legal technologies harnessing big data analytics and machine learning are seeking to change the nature of legal work. What are some of these technologies and what are the benefits and risks? Will these technologies impact the composition of the legal ecosystem? How are various jurisdictions enabling the digital transformation of their legal ecosystem to harness such technologies – in terms of platforms, techniques, and skillsets?
  • Time: 1330-1430
    Lunch (for Conference delegates only)

  • Time: 1430-1600
    [Track 1] Deep Dive Seminar: AI Governance
    Moderator: Prof Simon Chesterman, Dean, Faculty of Law, NUS
    1. Ms Arianne Jimenez, Privacy and Public Policy Manager, Facebook
    2. Mr Abhishek Chatterjee, Founder and CEO, Tookitaki
    3. Mr Marcus Bartley Johns, Regional Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Microsoft Asia
    4. Mr Jeffery Lee, Regional Head of Legal & Compliance, Data, Intellectual Property, Technology & Operations, Support Units, DBS
    5. Ms Evelyn Goh, Director, Policy, Tech & Trustmark, PDPC

    Should the regulation of AI take the form of legislation or softer options like voluntary frameworks and standards? What are the issues around the regulation of decisions that are made autonomously or that are augmented by AI? What does the internal corporate governance of how autonomous decisions are made look like and what is the corporate responsibility and liability for such decisions? This session will also examine how processes are designed to ensure that decisions are made appropriately, data governance and traceability of training and input data and how they affect explainability, and how transparency (whether directly or through the supply chain) can be a boon to increasing consumer confidence.

    [Track 2] A Review of the State of Legal Innovation in the Asia Pacific
    Moderator: Mr Paul Neo, Executive Director, SAL Ventures
    1. Mr Jerrold Soh, Lecturer, SMU School of Law (live from Cambridge, MA)
    2. Mr Anton Pronin, LegalTech Director, Skolkovo Foundation (live from Moscow)
    3. Mr Karthik Mahalingam
    4. Mr Brian Tang, Founding Executive Director, Hong Kong University LITE Programme (live from Hong Kong)
    5. Mr Maurice Rabb, Founder, (live from Tokyo)
    6. Mr Rajesh Sreenivasen, Head of TMT Practice, Rajah & Tann LLP

    This panel will discuss the State of Legal Innovation in the Asia Pacific (SOLIA) and dive into the key findings of the 2019 SOLIA report (with four new countries and four law firm case studies added to the inaugural edition launched at Stanford's CodeX in April). Developments and trends in legal education, regulatory frameworks, business models, technologies and dispute resolution will be discussed from the lens of innovation. Panellists will share their views on the opportunities across the various APAC markets for law firms and startups seeking to enter or expand their legal tech businesses.
  • Time: 1600-1630
    Teabreak (for Conference delegates only)

  • Time: 1630-1800
    [Track 1] Innovation Journey Case Studies for Law Firms
    Moderator: Mr Pontus Siren, Partner, Innosight
    1. Mr Bas Boris Visser, Global Head of Innovation and Business Change - Partner, Clifford Chance
    2. Ms Komal Gupta, Head of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    3. Ms Rocio Perez, Global Director, Client Solutions Innovation & Engagement, Dentons Rodyk
    4. Ms Kimberley Davies, Head of Discovery, Luminance
    5. Mr Tae Royle, Head of Legal Technology, Ashurst

    Law firms and legal businesses are evolving in response to technology and business model disruptions. But while 'innovation' and 'disruption' are buzzwords used frequently, they provide little indication of what to do and how to do it. This session will feature case studies of law firms and legal businesses which are adopting, adapting and even creating technologies, and the ups and downs of their innovation journeys.

    [Track 2] Firehose Seminar: Comparative Regulatory Approaches
    Moderator: Associate Professor Chen Siyuan, SMU School of Law
    1. Mr Damian Pang, Deputy Chief Fintech Officer, MAS
    2. Mr Jeremy Lim, Partner (Health & Life Sciences), Oliver Wyman
    3. Mr Yip Weng, VP, Legal, Razer

    How are various industries responding to the opportunities and challenges of technological adaptation and disruption? This session discusses how different industries and different jurisdictions are adopting a variety of stances and approaches towards technology adoption and innovation. What are the implications of these for the legal industry and what lessons can we learn from them?

    This session will include a live segment with the International Conference of Legal Regulators held in Edinburgh, Scotland, which will discuss the “Changing Nature of Regulation in Tech-led World”. On the panel are:
    1. Mr David Lee, Chair of the ICLR conference and panel moderator
    2. Ms Anna Bradley, Chair, Solicitors Regulation Authority
    3. Professor Emilios Avgouleas, Professor of International Banking Law and Finance, University of Edinburgh
  • Time: 1800
    End of Day 1