Incoming Asia Pacific Regional Managing PartnerClifford Chance
Connie Heng is currently Clifford Chance’s Head of Capital Markets in Asia Pacific and in November 2020, will be the firm’s newly-appointed Regional Managing Partner for Asia Pacific. During her 20-plus year career, she has helped many Hong Kong and Chinese issuers with their securities offerings in the international debt capital markets and has advised on many landmark transactions. Connie has also represented the firm at the World Economic Forum in Davos since 2012. In addition, she is an active supporter of inclusion and gender issues, founding the Firm’s first women’s network in the region and is on the board of the Karen Leung Foundation, the only Hong Kong charity focused on the prevention of gynaecological cancers. She holds a BA in law from the National University of Singapore and lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two young daughters.
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Director, AEI Legal LLC
She believes that every company is or will be a tech company, that software (including SaaS) has already eaten the world. Her work in mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and equity capital markets have been recognised in the Legal 500 and the IFLR 1000. AEI Legal has been named, amongst other accolades, a Singapore Law Firm to Watch and a Notable Firm for Private Equity. The firm advises on both domestic and cross-border deals throughout the corporate life-cycle, from start-ups to growth companies to industry leaders.
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Managing DirectorTaylor Vinters Via
Ying is the managing director of Taylor Vinters Via LLC (“TVV”), one of the leading Intellectual Property (“IP”) and Technology Media and Telecoms (“TMT”) law practices in Singapore which support businesses driving the innovation economy in Asia, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpins them.
Ying is highly sought after for her expertise in managing the legal issues facing companies at the forefront of technology. Her clients come from various industries and her practice areas of interest are Intellectual Property Law, Technology Media Telecommunications Law (particularly in areas of SaaS, DLT/blockchain, FinTech, AgriTech), Commercial Law, Corporate issues and Fund raising and Employment matters.
Ying is the only female named by Legal 500 as a leading individual for TMT from 2016 to 2020 and the only female noted by Chambers & Partners for IP litigation in 2017 and 2018. Ying was named one of Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal. She was also named one of the world’s top ten cryptocurrency experts in the world by The Cryptocurrency Magazine, which received 2000 nominations.
Senior Partner Tan Kok Quan Partnership
Widely recognised as one of Singapore’s leading disputes practitioners by independent legal directories such as Chambers and The Legal 500, Paul has acted as lead counsel in some of the country’s most important and high-profile cases in recent years. In addition, Paul writes on a wide variety of dispute resolution related topics and has contributed to important Singapore publications for litigators.
Paul also has a speciality in insolvency and restructuring work, and has advised Singapore’s leading accounting firms and financial institutions in numerous well-publicised insolvencies.
Executive Director, Head of Experience Strategy, Transformation Group, DBS
Mark and his team of Designers and Design Thinkers focus their efforts on creating amazing solutions and experiences for DBS customers and employees by championing cutting-edge design, design-thinking and research techniques across the bank and its partners.
Prior to DBS, Mark was a Strategy Director for R/GA in Shanghai, a global innovation and advertising agency, working with brands such as Nike, Beats by Dre, Old Navy and others, but is more interested hearing about you.
Head, Group Legal, Business Compliance and Secretariat, DBS
Debbie oversees the legal and business compliance risk of DBS in Singapore and the region.
A lawyer by profession, she started her journey with DBS with a focus on financial services regulation, and financial markets product and business structuring.
Buoyed by the transformation within DBS and the pace of development in legal and reg tech, Debbie and her team of legal and compliance professionals seek continually to innovate and transform the in-house legal and compliance support.
Chief Executive OfficerHalialabs
Mr Tan Sian Lip has an IT Career spanning 33 year and three continents, ranging over areas like eGov solutioning & consulting to R&D in AI and blockchain, from core banking systems to regulatory guidelines for security in mobile banking & payments.
Partner Major, Lindsey & Africa
Olivia Seet is a Partner in our Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Practice. In her role, she partners with multinational corporations and financial services clients to assist them in filling critical and strategic positions within their organizations. She has a strong track record of placing general counsel, first Asia-Pacific counsel, first China counsel and senior compliance counsel for multinational companies and financial institutions.
Olivia has worked in a variety of markets throughout Asia Pacific and understands the concerns, challenges and strategic goals of her clients. She shares her extensive market knowledge with her clients and candidates, giving them a more comprehensive understanding of the corporate legal function in Asia Pacific and a realistic view of the legal talent and opportunities available in the market. Her ultimate goal is to connect people together and to help her clients and candidates find professional success.
Managing Director Major, Lindsey & Africa
Ash Raivadera is Managing Director, South Asia in the Partner Practice Group, establishing our Singapore office in 2016. He works closely with his colleagues throughout the region and world to present and identify more opportunities with major international laws firms. With a focus on senior-level search, Ash works closely with his Associate Practice Group colleagues in Hong Kong to help firms in Singapore fill their more junior needs as well.
As a father of three girls, Ash, along with his wife, spends most of his spare time ferrying the kids to ballet, netball, music and drama classes. Ash is also a keen cricketer, still playing the veterans version of the game, which is much slower than it used to be.
Ash is an English-qualified solicitor who spent five years in London law firms before heading to Singapore. He moved to Singapore in 1999, where he embarked on a career in legal recruitment with an Asian-based executive search firm. In January 2001, he joined the Singapore office of global recruitment specialist Robert Walters, where he helped establish and run the legal recruitment desk for Southeast Asia. From there, he moved to global legal recruitment specialist Hughes-Castell as a senior consultant and business development manager in 2003, leaving them at the end of 2005 to establish his own firm, ATR Associates Pte Ltd.
He has extensive experience assisting international law firms, banks and international corporations in various industry sectors. In more recent years, Ash worked on counsel and partner placements with international law firms in Singapore and Southeast Asia, providing strategic advice and detailed market analysis to global, regional and local heads.
Director, Strategic Partnerships86Links
Megan Meng is one of the Founding Members at 86Links—a B2B Airbnb platform and business services marketplace. She is also the Chief Content Creator at 86insider (a spin-off from 86Links), a digital newsletter that brings readers insights to China’s business environment, digital economy, and business etiquette.
Prior to joining 86Links, Megan took on the Senior Officer role at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the leading government agency that undertakes investment promotion and industry development to enhance Singapore’s position as a global center for business, innovation and talent. She worked closely with Asian and European Internet and software companies and start-ups, such as Alibaba and SAP, on their Southeast Asian strategies and their investments into Singapore.
Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
CEO & Co-FounderCheckbox.ai
Evan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Checkbox, the leading drag and drop platform for legal automation. After building an award winning business in the education industry, Evan went on to build enterprise software company Checkbox, and have helped many leaders in enterprises, law firms, and organisations transform the delivery of services through no code application development. Evan’s work on Checkbox and the company’s impact on the legaltech industry has earned 12+ local and international awards, and has earned him a place on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.
VP, Internation BuisinessLitera
Abhijat Saraswat is the VP of International Business at Litera. In his role, he has helped some of the most prestigious and largest international firms gain access to legal solutions that help their lawyers create higher quality work, faster.
Abhijat was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2015. Abhijat has worked for a number of large multi-national corporations across a range of sectors, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science and Neuroscience from the University of Keele, UK.
As a legal technologist, Abhijat frequently attends and speaks at conferences and trade shows, and he is the host of the popular Fringe Legal Podcast.
SVP – DXC Global Operations LeadUnitedLex/DXC
Paul Lanzone is the Global Operations Lead for the DXC Account responsible for the delivery of the world’s largest legal outsourcing’s transformation. Prior to this, he was VP ASIA legal, WW Transactions Governance and Technology at DXC and VP, Associate General Counsel Asia Pacific & Japan for HP Enterprise Services.
His current role builds on his experience as Executive Director, Global Head of Legal Projects and Information Technology for UBS Investment Bank in London where he was responsible for the timely and efficient delivery of all legal projects for the Bank (worth over 235M USD). Paul joined EDS in the UK in 2009 as a senior lawyer specializing in large outsourcing deals. With HP, he led the large deal team working on complex ITO deals and matters across EMEA before moving to Australia as Managing Counsel for the ANZ region.
Having practiced information technology law for over 22 years, both in-house and within private practice, Paul has held senior legal positions at Baker & McKenzie, Pinsent Masons and Virgin Mobile Australia as its General Counsel. He has dealt with a range of large customer and supplier IT agreements and related advice.
Co-FounderLetters of the Law
Amelia graduated with a double degree in Law and Liberal Arts from the National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College in 2018 and has since been exploring how tech transforms the way we live and work. Seeking to build a better narrative about the role of tech in transforming the legal industry, Amelia co-founded LawTech.Asia together with a team of law students and law graduates in 2016 and worked at legaltech startups Zegal and Luminance. By day, Amelia works on the national digital identity programme at the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO). By night, Amelia works on side projects such as Letters of the Law, which aims to promote positivity within the legal fraternity through the power of story.
Chief Executive OfficerStructureFlow
I spent the early part of my career as a corporate lawyer at Slaughter and May and Farrer & Co in London.
I consider myself a visual thinker and often used diagrams in practice so in 2017 I decided to start StructureFlow to help lawyers unlock the benefits of visualisation.
DirectorWorld Intellectual Property Organization
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Chief Transformation & Innovation Officer (Judiciary)Supreme Court of Singapore
As Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary) at the Supreme Court, Ken Hwee looks after the transformation, digitalisation, innovation and technology plans of the Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts.
Before taking on this role, Ken Hwee was the Chief Prosecutor at the Financial and Technology Crime Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. FTCD handles white-collar cases in Singapore, including cheating, criminal breach of trust, corruption, cybercrime, money-laundering and terrorism financing, and Securities and Futures Act and Companies Act offences.
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Deputy Executive DirectorAsian Business Law Institute
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Director, Corporate & FinanceDrew & Napier
David is a senior data protection, cybersecurity and technology lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising on a broad range of matters relating to digital technology, telecommunications and the Internet. He has significant experience advising on data protection, public policy, legislation, regulatory enforcement and international relations. His experience includes working in General Counsel or equivalent positions for over 10 years’ and he is familiar with corporate governance, legal risk management and development and management of the in-house legal function.
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Justice Accelerator Fund SpecialistHague Institute for Innovation of Law
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CounselEden Law Corporation
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General Counsel, Assistance Services Worldwide and Chief Privacy OfficerAsia Pacific, International SOS
Lorraine Lee is the General Counsel, Assistance Services Worldwide & Chief Privacy Officer, Asia Pacific, at International SOS. Lorraine helps business stakeholders with practical, innovative solutions in legal and data privacy matters.
A dual Singapore and UK-qualified lawyer with 26 years’ track record, she started her career in private practice at Wong Partnership and Rajah & Tann in real estate and corporate/ capital markets, before moving into an in-house counsel position at Keppel Corporation, Hilton Hotels Corporation and now, at International SOS, for the past 11 years.
On Data Privacy – Lorraine is one of the founding committee members of AsiaDPO, the first and only self-organising, peer-to-peer group to represent an active community of data protection officers (DPOs) in Asia.
On Diversity & Inclusion – She is a big champion of diversity & inclusion, co-chairing the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council at International SOS in 2019.
Giving back to the community is important to Lorraine. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Lorraine set up a non-profit, Live on Purpose, to leverage technology and innovation to bring people who want to help & people with needs together, through a mobile app. Watch this space!
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Tahlia Gordon was the inaugural Research & Projects Manager at the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC) in Sydney, Australia. As Research and Projects Manager Tahlia was responsible for managing the OLSC research projects, education and publication portfolios. Tahlia was the editor of the OLSC bi-monthly newsletter Without Prejudice and the Annual Report and all papers emanating from the OLSC. Tahlia also lectured regularly to the profession, students and the general public on ethics, regulation and professionalism.
Prior to joining the OLSC, Tahlia was the Executive Director of the Legal Profession Advisory Council in Sydney and Policy Officer at the NSW Bar Association. Tahlia has also worked at the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York.
At present Tahlia lectures in legal ethics at the University of Sydney, is the co-director of a boutique consultancy called Creative Consequences, and is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales.
Senior FellowAsian Business Law Institute
Clarisse is a Senior Fellow and Data Privacy Project Lead at the Singapore-based Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI). The project a unique initiative covering 14 Asian jurisdictions that aims at facilitating the convergence of data privacy laws in Asia, with an initial focus on the regulation of international data flows. The project is run with the support of some of the most renowned data protection experts in the Asia region, supra-national organisations, as well data protection regulators and ministries with data protection responsibilities from across the region.
Before relocating to Singapore Clarisse acted as Counsellor to the President of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and prior to that role she was Head of CNIL’s department of European and International Affairs. In October 2018 she was appointed as a Board Member of the Data Protection Authority of Jersey.
Clarisse graduated from the Universities of Paris (Law, 1993) and Oxford (M.Jur., 1994) and holds a Ph.D. in comparative law from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands (cum laude, 2001).
Information on ABLI’s Data Privacy Project is available at https://abli.asia/PROJECTS/Data-Privacy-Project.
Offering Leader and General Manager for Analytics and SecurityDXC Technology
Abdallah Zabian is the Offering Leader and General Manager for Analytics and Security at DXC Technology in Asia, responsible for leading the company’s analytics and security offerings in the region to create value for our customers through advanced solutions and services that combine industry and technology expertise. Prior to this, he held the role of General Manager, Enterprise Security Services for Middle East & Africa at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise Services business (HPE ES) – which merged with Computer Science Corporation to create DXC Technology in April 2017. Abdallah has been in the industry for the last 19 years, holding numerous leadership roles in the United States, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has also led several practices in the security industry, in the fields of Consulting, Managed Security Services as well as Advisory. This combined experience gives him a unique global view on security, as well as the ability to look at security holistically, across multiple domains and industries.
Research Associate, Centre for AI and Data Governance
Singapore Management University School of Law
Nydia Remolina is a Research Associate at the SMU Centre for AI and Data Governance and Adjunct Professor of Financial Regulation at Singapore Management University. She holds a Master of the Science of Law from Stanford University and has been working in the financial services industry for more than 10 years and in academia as a lecturer and researcher. Her main areas of work and academic research include financial regulation, capital markets, securities regulation and fintech. She has delivered lectures at several institutions in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and she has been invited to speak about fintech and financial regulation at various international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
Nydia has been Senior Advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Foreign Attornet at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (New York Office)
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Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance
Professor Mark Findlay is a Professor of Law at Singapore Management University, and Director of its Centre for AI and Data Governance, where he is a Professorial Research Fellow In addition, he has honorary Chairs at the Australian National University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of New South Wales, as well as being an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, and an Honorary Fellow of the Law School, University of Edinburgh. Professor Findlay is the author of 29 monographs and collections and over 150 refereed articles and book chapters. He has held Chairs in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Ireland. or over 20 years he was at the University of Sydney as the Chair in Criminal Justice, the Director of the Institute of Criminology. Most recent publications include ‘Law’s Regulatory Relevance’ (https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/law-s-regulatory-relevance ) and ‘Principled International Criminal Justice: Lessons from tort law’ (https://www.routledge.com/Principled-International-Criminal-Justice-Lessons-from-Tort-Law/Findlay-Chuah-Hui-Ying/p/book/9780815367000. Currently he is working on COVID-19 regulatory issues represented in the following discussion papers. More material by Professor Findlay is available on the CAIDG website.
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Co-Founder Case.one Inc
Technology entrepreneur & UI/UX Design Expert. The developer of Robotic Legal Process Automation Tools. The author of the algorithm for predicting the outcome of court cases. Founder of the first virtual law firm 2nd.law. Since 2010 his company has been automating the Russian arbitration system. Co-founder of Case.one Inc, a legal tech startup based in California that has developed .one Software Suite — 2nd Generation Web-Based Software Covers all Legal Needs. All-in-one eco-system helps attorneys work on litigation, exchange information, manage time and billing, create invoices, and monitor ongoing tasks from wherever they work. Alex aims to disrupt the global legal market and make justice more accessible to all through education and technology innovations.
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Alex Pelevin is a serial Tech Entrepreneur & UI/UX Design Expert. He founded the international company, specializing in the Development of Robotic Legal Process Automation Tools for legal departments and the court system.
Today access to justice could be seen as customer service. It took Case.one team 10 years to overcome the lawyers’ skepticism and rigid bureaucracy for the sake of building the biggest public justice service in the biggest country in the world.
Dawn Tan co-hosts Singapore Tonight, CNA’s flagship primetime local news bulletin, and Money Mind, a weekly investment magazine programme.
Her media career began when she and several enterprising friends started London’s first free bilingual magazine as Editor during her university years. She has more than 18 years’ experience as a writer, and worked for Euromoney in Britain, before returning to Singapore to join The Business Times at Singapore Press Holdings.
In her years with CNA, Dawn has anchored coverage of key national events including a LIVE interview show with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Ask the Prime Minister in 2014. Dawn also helmed CNA’s LIVE coverage of the Swearing-In Ceremony for Singapore’s 8th President in 2017. She most recently co-anchored Singapore’s General Elections results show in 2020.
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Senior Associate Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Desmond is a senior associate in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Desmond’s area of practice primarily focuses on technology, privacy and cybersecurity laws. He has advised many companies in complex IT transactions (e.g. data centre services agreement, hosting services agreement, open digital platform agreements). Desmond has also advised and represented several companies in high-profile data breach cases. He is a member of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Law Reform Sub-Committee.
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Chairman EmeritusSeyfarth Shaw LLP
Mr. Poor is Chair Emeritus of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He served as Chair of the firm from 2001 – 2016, leading the transformation of Seyfarth into an international law firm at the forefront of innovation.
In recognition of his work to redefine legal service delivery, Poor was named the 2011 Legal Innovator of the Year by the Financial Times, as well as one of Law360’s Most Innovative Managing Partners in 2012. Seyfarth was recently named “2017 Firm of the Year” by ILTA for its work in robotics.
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Student PresidentNUS Faculty of Law
Zane is a third-year LLB undergraduate in the NUS Faculty of Law. He is also the President of alt+Law, a pioneering legal-tech student club in NUS Law that serves to bridge the gap between formal legal education and the rapidly shifting demands of the legal industry. He also heads the Secretariat team in the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA).
Zane has always been obsessed with technology, business and challenging the status quo. He now channels these passions through his active involvement in Singapore’s burgeoning legal-tech sector. To him, it is the sweet spot between entrepreneurship, positive social impact and innovation in the legal industry.
CEO & Co-FounderClarilis
James is CEO and co-founder of Clarilis, an intelligent document automation platform. Before Clarilis, James was a corporate tax lawyer at Slaughter and May. He also founded one of the first Alternative Business Structure (ABS) law firms.
The market leading CLARILIS™ document automation platform offers huge opportunities to drive operational efficiencies and enhance service delivery for law firms and in-house legal teams, not just in time saved in the drafting process, but also in terms of quality, consistency and risk mitigation.
Clarilis’ PSL-led automation team is dedicated to the implementation of automation projects. The unique combination of the CLARILIS™ platform and the experience of the Clarilis team allows Clarilis to implement and deliver fully managed automation projects that provide a solid ROI.
Global LeadClifford Chance Create and Innovation
April is an experienced lawyer who has spent the last decade working on transforming global law firms through roles in innovation and business change, technology, risk and knowledge. April’s keen interest in disruption, technology and legal operations has been instrumental in delivering a range of practical solutions to improve legal processes, drive best practice and deliver client driven products.
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Managing DirectorAldersgate Group of Companies
Jim is the Managing Director of the Aldersgate Group of Companies that are indirectly owned by DLA Piper. This company houses DLA Piper’s radical change businesses including litigation funding, management consulting solutions, AI risk management tool and an asset tokenisation platform. Prior to this, Jim was the Managing Partner of DLA Piper in Australia.
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Founder and CEOEvisort, Inc
Jerry Ting is Founder & CEO of Evisort, an AI-powered contract analytics platform backed by Microsoft that automates contract review and management for enterprises like Brooks Brothers, Fujitsu, Cox Communications, and TravelZoo. Prior to founding Evisort, Ting had professional experiences in banking, consulting, law, and tech sales at Credit Suisse, the Boston Consulting Group, Fried Frank, and Yelp. Ting is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the University of Southern California. He is also a member of the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list as well as the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list
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MLex is an independent media organization providing exclusive market insight, analysis and commentary on regulatory risk. Our customers, the world’s leading law firms, corporations, advisory firms and regulators, rely on MLex to ensure they are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities posed by regulatory change as well as mitigate the risks. With a track record of uncovering regulatory risk before it breaks in other news outlets, we offer up-to-the-minute coverage of regulatory threats and opportunities from the perspectives of M&A, antitrust / competition, trade, financial crime and digital privacy & security, as well as sector-specific regulation across tech, media, telecom, energy and financial services.
DirectorDispute Resolution & Information Technology, Chief Technology Officer, Drew & Napier LLC
Rakesh Kirpalani is the Chief Technology Officer at Drew & Napier LLC and leads the Dispute Resolution & Information Technology team (DrewTech). The DrewTech team has extensive experience in dealing with issues where risk and technology interface, including risk management and disputes in connection with information technology infrastructure and electronic evidence. These include cloud computing contracts, Business Applications as a Service (BAaas) contracts, wide-area network deployment contracts and over-the-top platform deployment contracts as well as data breach pre-emption and response, the Cybersecurity Act, Personal Data Protection Act and breaches of end-user/employee confidentiality obligations.
With his legal and technical knowledge, Rakesh simplifies these issues for clients, judges and arbitrators. He has advised various multi-national corporations, multi-jurisdictional private equity funds and listed companies in Singapore and other jurisdictions.
In recognition of Rakesh being a thought leader in the legal and technology space, LawTech.Asia has appointed him as an Industry Reviewer for its Associate Authorship Programme, where he will mentor local undergraduates to develop the knowledge in the domains of law and technology.
Rakesh also has an active practice in commercial dispute resolution and litigation, in particular shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, economic torts, employment disputes, and disputes concerning breaches of confidentiality
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ChairpersonAsia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association
Josh chairs the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (https://alita.legal), the premier pan-regional platform on legal innovation and technology. Josh also co-founded LawTech.Asia (https://.lawtech.asia), a virtual publication that drives thought leadership on law and technology in Asia.
Josh is also the Legal Policy Manager for AI Governance in the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore. Prior to this, Josh was an Assistant Director of the Legal Policy Division in Singapore’s Ministry of Law. He also practiced as an international arbitration lawyer in Lee & Lee.
In 2019, Josh was identified by Asia Law Portal as one of Asia’s Top 30 Persons to Watch in the business of law. He was also featured in a chapter of a book, “The New Age Lawyers”, published by Loreal’s General Counsel Anna Lozynski, in September 2019.
Josh is also a part of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Working Committee on Robotics and AI, a Research Fellow for SMU’s Centre for AI and Data Governance, and a committee member of the Legal Technology Committee of the Singapore Computer Society.
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Major, Lindsey & Africa is the world’s leading legal search firm. The firm, founded in 1982, offers a range of specialized legal recruiting and advisory services to meet the ever-changing needs of law firms and legal departments and to support the career aspirations of talented lawyers and legal and compliance professionals. With more than 25 offices and 200-plus search consultants around the world, Major, Lindsey & Africa uses its market knowledge and experience to partner with organizations to fulfill their legal talent needs and provide solutions to increase team efficiency and effectiveness. Major, Lindsey & Africa is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions. To learn more about Major, Lindsey & Africa, visit www.mlaglobal.com.
Dazychain was founded by Yarris to solve a problem – how to organise in-house legal services so that lawyers can be more fulfilled in their professional lives. In-house lawyers have to do more with less, and generally without the technology that the private firms enjoy. Our ambition was to build a platform to streamline legal operations, just for in-house, not for firms. We want to give in-house lawyers their own platform which they can conform to their own way of working. We want Dazychain to free lawyers to be their best, to reduce the mundane work and to put their efforts where they can make most impact for their organisations. Dazychain is transforming life for in-house counsel, bringing all the main legal ops tools onto the one platform, enabling the in-house to show the strategic importance of what they do, and streamlining the way they practice law. Dazychain organises legal operations so that in-house lawyers are free to be their best.
Luminance is the leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession, with over 250 customers in more than 50 countries. Luminance’s machine learning technology reads and forms an understanding of documents, helping lawyers to perform the most thorough and rapid document reviews across practice areas including due diligence, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance reviews, property portfolio analysis and eDiscovery. Luminance has offices in London, Cambridge, New York and Singapore.
Billions of hours – and pounds – are wasted on contract drafting each year. The result is lower margins for law firms, and poor contracting speed for businesses. Clarilis gives the greatest return on your lawyers by enabling faster, more accurate drafting than manual methods and existing document automation platforms – particularly when it comes to complex documents. Time to a first draft on any legal document is typically reduced by 90%. Clarilis also de-risks the drafting process and enables drafting to be delegated to more junior members of your team. Our intelligent drafting platform is different and excels at complex automation. It understands legal documents, with a rules-based approach to drafting, layout conventions, and many other rules of construction. This makes drafting automation using Clarilis far more straightforward and structured than with other document automation platforms, which are general purpose in their approach. We also recognise that transactions and other legal matters often involve multiple documents. Clarilis focuses on modelling an entire matter, rather than automating one document at a time. This highly structured approach can be used to draft entire suites of complex documents with ease, and has the flexibility to evolve with automation projects over time. Time to real value is accelerated by our results-focussed methodology, through the combination of our intelligent drafting platform and lawyer-led customer team. Your drafting automation projects are delivered on time, for a fixed fee, with a solid ROI for both law firms and in-house legal. Clarilis. The intelligent drafting platform.
Director, OTP Law Corporation
Seng Siew has over 30 years practice experience in litigation and commercial transactions, concentrating mainly on technology related matters. In addition to legal practice experience, he was CEO of a technology start-up (2000-2003) and Senior Director of the Technology Cluster, Singapore Academy of Law (2008-2011). In these positions, he gained practical experience in managing IT projects and running a start-up. The experience helps him understand the dynamics involved in technology joint ventures and businesses, how they can be successes and how things can go badly wrong.
Assistant Manager, Business TransformationRajah & Tann Singapore LLP
An experienced digital and operational transformation leader, Dave Yuen has worked with leading international and regional law firms to drive and lead key transformation and innovation initiatives across multiple countries and regions. He is passionate about technology and enjoys exploring new and innovative solutions to business and operational needs of the legal industry. He currently works closely with senior leadership to progress key projects, re-engineer processes and to digitalise service offerings using LegalTech platforms.
Executive DirectorThe Community Justice Centre
Mr Leonard Lee has been at the helm of the Community Justice Centre since its fledging years in 2013. He has held various leadership roles at the non-profit sector over the past sixteen years. He was a scholar with a Masters’ degree with the Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences focusing on Tri-Sector Collaboration. The program was held in partnership with top US thinktank, the Brookings Institute, Washington DC. He is currently into the final stages of dissertation in his doctorate degree that focuses on technology adoption. As economic, cultural and social barriers to the justice system continues, the access to justice will remain a challenge. Under his leadership and strong beliefs, the Community Justice Centre has exemplified that by forming strong collaborative partnerships and drawing on the unique strengths of difference sectors, the CJC has closed this gap through its unique socio-legal approach.
Lead Idea Tracer, Idea Tracing
Rachel is a Corporate M&A lawyer with a keen interest in venture funding, start-ups and innovation. She graduated from King’s College, London in 2013 with First Class Hons (LLB) and has obtained two diplomas from the Harvard Business Online School on Finance and Innovation modules. She sits on the Corporate Committee and the CPD Committee of The Law Society of Singapore.
Rachel is also Lead Idea Tracer for APAC, spearheading Idea Tracing’s expansion in the region.
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Co-Founder, Idea Tracing
Alex is the co-founder of Idea Tracing and strong believer in the power of a technology. He is driven to understand the what, the why and the how of the world around him, especially if it involves new technologies.
By day, Alex is a lawyer specialised in global privacy and data protection compliance programmes. As night falls, you can find him networking around London, learning new skills or thinking about what the next big thing might be!
As cofounder of Legalese.com, Alexis spends her day exorcising legal demons and unlearning her bad habits. Legalese is a LegalTech startup that is developing a domain-specific language for computational law. By applying computer science to contract drafting, generation, and management, Legalese aims to eventually replace contract-drafting lawyers with contract-drafting software. She continues doing that in her other day job as Industry Director at the SMU Centre for Computational Law where she works with an all-star team to make computational law a reality.
Roch is the co-founder of Idea Tracing, a creative powerhouse and in the business of forging new possibilities. He is fascinated by the nature of leadership and the interplay between relentless pursuit of perfection and managing creativity and innovation in the legal profession.
By day, Roch is a media and technology lawyer at an international law firm. As night falls, you can find him break-dancing, selling art and helping run the Polish City Club in London.
Global Operations Lead, DXC
Paul Lanzone is the Global Operations Lead for the DXC Account responsible for the delivery of the world’s largest legal outsourcing’s transformation. Prior to this, he was VP ASIA legal, WW Transactions Governance and Technology at DXC building on his role as VP, Associate General Counsel Asia Pacific & Japan for HP Enterprise Services.
His current role builds on his experience as Executive Director, Global Head of Legal Projects and Information Technology for UBS Investment Bank in London where he was responsible for the timely and efficient delivery of all legal projects for the Bank (worth over 235M USD).
Vice-President for International Affairs Association of Law Students of the Philippines
Josef James Gara is the Vice-President for International Affairs of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines.
Speaking at State of Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific 2020 – Country Chapters
Founder & CEO Vakil Search
Hrishikesh graduated from the National Law School, Bangalore and founded vakilsearch.com, India’s largest platform for professional services. The company has risen to become the national leader in various legal, tax and compliance services, relying on back-end automation and cutting edge machine learning and AI-powered automation. Hrishikesh is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30, Asia in 2017.
Senior Director, Legal Development & Chief Legal CounselSingapore Academy of Law
Sriram Chakravarthi is a Senior Director and the Chief Legal Counsel at the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL).
As Chief Legal Counsel, Sriram is responsible for SAL’s legal and statutory compliance. As Senior Director (Legal Development), Sriram is responsible for spearheading SAL’s efforts in promoting the international profile of Singapore law and Singapore as a legal solutions hub.
Prior to joining SAL, Sriram was an equity partner in the corporate finance practice of a leading Singapore law firm and was instrumental in growing the firm’s regional practice.
Sriram holds bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Law and obtained a Master of Laws degree from Tulane University, USA. He completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2017.
Moderating at Technology & Talent Management in a Time of COVID19
Malavika Jayaram, Assistant Professor & Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Singapore Management University School of Law
Malavika is an Assistant Professor (Practice) and Lee Kong Chian Fellow at the SMU School of Law, Singapore. She is also the Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. A technology lawyer for over 15 years, she practised law at Allen & Overy, and was Vice President and Technology Counsel at Citigroup, both in London. A graduate of Northwestern University, she taught India’s first course on information technology and law in 1997. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and has had fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Technology & Society, Brazil. She was a member of the High-level Expert Advisory Group to the OECD project, “Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being”, and the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.
Speaking at Applying Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence in Regulatory Reform
Corporate Law PartnerAquinas Law
Joshua is currently a corporate law partner at Aquinas Law. He began his practice at an award-winning boutique law firm, and later took on in-house legal counsel roles for the exposure to different business environments and to gain insight into the perspective of clients. Joshua’s choice to be a corporate and commercial lawyer stems from his deep interest in business, and he has built his practice around giving practical commercial solutions to a wide range of clients, with a focus on Startups and SMEs.
Frederick Goddard is an Account Manager at Luminance and supports customers with their adoption and strategic planning for implementing the platform. With an international client base, Frederick is responsible for helping users to get the most out of Luminance by carrying out training sessions and offering support on how to use Luminance’s technology to implement time and cost efficiencies across document review processes.
Co-Founder and DirectorBizibody Technology and Litigation Edge
Prior to venturing into legal technology and litigation support, Serena was in private practice for over 12 years, was the managing partner of Khattar Wong & Partner’s Hong Kong Office, and specialized in corporate and real estate law. Her goal is to help lawyers harness technology, so that they can run great law practices, that is, practices which are sustainable, profitable, enjoyable and do good work. She believes that technology is the solution to meeting the demand for faster, better and lower cost delivery of legal services. To this end, she has embarked on technology projects to automate standardized processes, increase efficiency, and, increasingly, create new business models and new ways of delivering legal services.
Serena works closely with the Law Society of Singapore, Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Judiciary. She has also contributed to the design and delivery of practice management courses at the Temasek Business School and the Law Society of Singapore, and has developed, and delivered a module on legal technology for the Singapore Academy of Law LIFTED framework.
Digital Technologist and Training ConsultantThe British Council
Amin Neghavati is a leading digital technologist and L&D specialist currently based in Singapore with more than two decades of experience working in global contexts.
He is enthusiastic about the future of learning, future skills and preparing people to live and work with emerging technologies.
Senior Counsel, Intellectual PropertyMastercard (Asia/ Pacific)
James Collison joined Mastercard in 2017 and supports the company in all IP-related matters in the Asia-Pacific region, including the management of Mastercard’s patent program.
James has worked in Asia since 2004, focusing primarily on Southeast Asia and China. Before moving to Singapore, he lived and worked in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. He was admitted to the California Bar as an attorney after obtaining his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also qualified as a patent attorney in Singapore and the United States.
James’ prior patent experience has focused primarily on computer-implemented inventions, network applications, and electronic devices. Having worked both at international law firms and as in-house counsel for multinational companies, he has extensive experience advising on a wide range of IP matters, including joint development research activities, technology-focused transactions, and trade secret protection programs.
Chief Executive OfficerAstana International Financial Centre Business Connect Ltd.
James Martin is the CEO of AIFC Business Connect, based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
AIFC Business Connect drives business development and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) creation within the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), the regional financial hub for Kazakhstan, Central Asia and neighbouring regions – the Middle East and China
AIFC’s jurisdiction is based on the principles, norms and precedents of the law of England and Wales and standards applied by the world’s leading financial centres.
Mr. Martin joined AIFC as Deputy CEO in June 2019, and previously worked at Nasdaq for over 15 years, based in Europe and the Middle East, focusing on business development, sales and consultancy. Prior to this, he worked in the finance sector in London and the US, on asset management, securities lending and custody banking.
AIFC focuses on facilitating investment into Kazakhstan and contributing to the sustainable economic development of the region, focusing on the core pillars of Capital Markets, Asset Management, Private Banking, Islamic Finance & Fintech.
ChairmanAIFC LegalTech Advisory Council
Mark is Chairman of the AIFC’s LawTech Advisory Council; Chairman of The Metis Institute; co-Founder of the Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab at Oxford University; a visiting fellow at Oxford University; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Expert Network.
He is also the Immediate Past President of the International Association for Court Administration; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Legal Action Network; a member of the Commercial Dispute Resolution Taskforce, part of the UK Government’s ‘LawTech Delivery Panel’; a visiting professor at the Shanghai University for Political Science and Law; advisor to the Boards of Resolve Disputes Online, Jur.io and Pheonix Advisors; a member of The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice focussed on addressing UN SDG 16.3; a Professional Associate with Outer Temple Chambers; and a member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Minister for CultureCommunity and Youth and Second Minister for Law
Mr Edwin Tong SC was appointed Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law on 27 July 2020. Prior to this, he served as the Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health from 1 July 2018 to 26 July 2020.
At the Ministry of Law, he focuses on the development and promotion of Singapore’s legal and dispute resolution sector. He also handles wide-ranging aspects of law reform, including intellectual property, corporate restructuring and insolvency, and legal aid.
Before taking office, Mr Tong spent his entire working life at Allen & Gledhill LLP, one of the largest law practices in Singapore, where he practised extensively in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and international arbitration. In that time, he was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, and a member of the Exco. He was widely acknowledged to be a leading lawyer of the Singapore Bar, and was consistently cited and recommended for his expertise in dispute resolution and as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in various leading international legal publications. In recognition of his advocacy skills, professional standing and extensive knowledge of the law, he was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015.
Mr Tong was educated at St Joseph’s Institution, Raffles Junior College and later read law at the National University of Singapore.
Executive DirectorDigital Legal Exchange
Reena serves as the Digital Legal Exchange’s Executive Director. She is the founder and CEO of RSG Consulting, a research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With over 20 years experience of business in the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession.
Speaking at Digital Transformation Journeys: The Unvarnished Lessons
Speaking at Virtual Networking Café: Digital Legal Exchange Virtual Networking session
The Global Legal Post is a leading online service providing news, comment and analysis on business law with a focus on strategy, innovation and key legal developments. It is sister title to The Robotics Law Journal, which covers the fields of robotics, AI and automation. Associated brands include The Luxury Law Alliance – the world’s first connected network for luxury lawyers – The Luxury Law Summit series of events and the Law Firm Marketing Summit. We also offer bespoke roundtables, webinars and research.
Founded in 2016 and described as Asia’s leading law and technology review, LawTech.Asia is a virtual publication which has become synonymous with the growth of the law and technology ecosystem in Asia. With its values of relevance, credibility and neutrality, LawTech.Asia has contributed extensively to industry thought leadership, such as by writing a comprehensive overview study of the legal technology ecosystem in Singapore, as well as industry development through its Associate Authorship programme and Internship Portal.
LawTech.Asia has been recognised by the Commonwealth, the Singapore Academy of Law, and Asia Law Portal, among others, for its contributions to legal innovation and the business of law. In 2019, LawTech.Asia’s founders were also identified as key players to watch in the business of law in Asia.
As part of its strategic media partnership with the Singapore Academy of Law, LawTech.Asia aims to inspire discourse within the legal tech community at TechLaw.Fest 2020 as its media partner for the third year running.
To read about LawTech.Asia’s latest contributions to thought leadership in law and technology, please visit www.lawtech.asia
CounselWhite & Case
Aditya Singh is a counsel at White & Case where he focuses on international arbitration matters and white collar investigations. He acts as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and advises companies in corporate governance, internal investigations and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters.
Qualified to practice law in New York, England & Wales and India, Aditya has worked in the Singapore, New York, and London offices of White & Case.
Aditya is an Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Singapore, where he teaches a course on international dispute resolution. He was recently recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in Commercial Arbitration by Expert Guide (2020), and is listed as a recognised practitioner by Chambers Global (2020), Legal 500 (2020) and Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019).
Aditya holds law degrees from the Yale Law School and NALSAR. At Yale, Aditya was a Myres McDougal Scholar and served as Senior Editor of The Yale Journal of International Law and Editor of The Yale Law & Policy Review. Before joining private practice, Aditya was a Student Empirical Research Fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession, and a Grotius Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School.
Lecturer, Department of Administrative Law, Faculty of LawUniversitas Gadjah Mada
Agathon is an assistant lecturer at the Department of Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia. His interest lies in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), business law, health & medical law, and administrative law. He is a registered associate member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.
Agathon obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree majoring in Business Law with Cum Laude from Faculty of Law UGM in May 2019. Before his graduation, he was an intern at the Executive Office of the President of Republic of Indonesia in 2018. Right after his graduation, he joined Roosdiono & Partners Law Firm (Member of ZICO Law). After finishing his training period, he decided to serve as a full-time assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Law UGM. Since then, he has been focusing his research on social issues related to administrative law and health & medical law. Along with his colleagues, he is starting a youth researchers community for the marginal group’s economic, law, and political issues in Indonesia namely ARJUNA (Association of Researchers on Justice for the Marginal Group).
During his bachelor study, he represented Indonesia in many prestigious ADR competitions, such as The International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Competition in Paris, and awarded as the Best Negotiator and Champion for the International Dispute Negotiation Competition in 2017. Before his graduation, he established the first student-based ADR community in Indonesia, ATHENS UGM (Alternative Dispute Resolution Enhancement Society Universitas Gadjah Mada) based in Faculty of Law UGM.
PartnerVertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India
Carmen Yuen joined Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India in 2014. She has served many years in Singapore’s government-backed venture capital initiatives including EDB Investments and Spring SEEDS Capital where she worked closely with many startup companies in Singapore. She currently serves on the Board of TickledMedia (dba TheAsianParent.com) and Turnkey Lender. Carmen received her BBA from Simon Fraser University.
FounderTech&Law – Israel
Adv. Zohar Fisher is one of the leading veteran strategy consultants in the field of Legal Marketing and Legal Tech in the Israeli legal market, and has experience and well know reputation of more than a decade in the legal business development field.
Adv. Fisher acquired unprecedented professional experience and knowledge while closely and personally accompanying dozens of law firms in Israel and abroad. He assisted these firms in a range of processes, including branding campaigns, legal tech, marketing, legal operations, organizational structures, business and social media development.
The extensive expertise he has gained, as well as his wide professional knowledge, have positioned Zohar as a sought-after lecturer in his field. He often coordinates and delivers lectures in various forums including conferences of the Bar Association, continuing leading legal education programs and law firm management programs as well as teaching students at various universities.
Zohar is the founder of Robus and Tech&Law (Israel), which provides strategic consulting, marketing and branding field in the Israeli legal market.
Speaking at Legal Innovation Opportunities in Emerging Markets
Head of Asia, Talent and Learning SolutionsLinkedIn
Frank Koo is the Head of Asia at LinkedIn and is responsible for LinkedIn’s Talent and Learning business. Frank’s organization supports companies in talent acquisition, development and retention through LinkedIn platform and solutions
Prior to LinkedIn, Frank was the Chief Operating Officer of BE Education. He has also held leadership roles in Pearson Education where he was President of Learning Solutions in APAC, and Oracle where he was Managing Director for Singapore and South Asia Growth Economies.
Speaking at Technology & Talent Management in a Time of COVID19
WHO WE ARE
Litigation Edge was founded in February 2011 to support the growing electronic discovery needs of Singapore law firms.
We took our 40 years of combined experience in litigation support, data discovery, and legal practice to develop a boutique litigation support consultancy that has played a pioneering role in paper-lessing evidence management from Discovery to the Hearing.
We serve law practices of all sizes, from the largest law firms to plaintiffs in person. Our clients include Singapore’s largest law firms and international arbitration law firms.
Based in Singapore, Litigation Edge has the resources, experience and capabilities to support litigation and arbitrations across Asia and beyond. We have successfully managed and undertaken projects across Asia, including Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indo-China, Japan and India.
WHAT WE DO
Today, Litigation Edge provides a spectrum of litigation technology and support services in 3 main areas:
From evidence collection to discovery, from trial preparation to closing submissions, we provide technology tools that make it possible for law firms to eliminate costs related to traditional paper processes and logistics, and to harness the strategic benefits of working electronically, using search, tags, metadata, analytics, automation and AI.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
We are driven by a mission to provide technology tools and services that:
ALITA is a regional platform connecting communities to facilitate cross-border collaboration in the space of legal innovation and technology, and promote the sharing of knowledge. Our mission is three-fold:
1.Promote the development and use of legal technology, as well as to advance thought leadership and education in the fields of legal innovation and technology;
2.Aid the efforts of national legal technology associations and provide guidance and expertise in the creation and operation of local legal technology associations; and
3.Enhance connections, collaboration and coordination between legal technology associations, regulators, law firms, technology companies and legal technology interest groups across the Asia-Pacific to generate opportunities for our stakeholders.
ALITA’s membership base comprises 150 member organisations from over 20 jurisdictions (and growing). They include global law firms, leading technology companies, legal tech enterprises, academic institutions and civic-society entities.
At TechLaw.Fest, ALITA will be launching the 2020 SOLIA Report, the world’s first ALITA Legal Tech Observatory, and Asia’s first Legal Innovation Strategy Toolkit. We will also be conducting an open ideation project, the “Aspirations for Legal Innovation and Technology” (ALITe), to harness the power of group insights to determine the common aspirations and hopes for legal innovation and technology in the Asia Pacific. Look out for your chance to participate!
IndexalawChief Executive Officer
Evandri happy legal researcher, IP Lawyer, and development consultant.
Evandri, co-Found Indexalaw, Legal Analytic that helps legal professionals and government to digest more accurate data. Evandri also co-founds Azura Marine Indonesia an Electrical Propulsion that brings zero-carbon to our ocean.
Evandri also a consultant for Indonesia Attorney General Office with a focus area of Digitalization – Internal Procedure and Restorative Justice issue. Prior to this, Evandri was part of Legal Team of National Desk Cyber in Coordinating Ministry of Law, Politic, and Security. He also practiced as an IP – Startup Lawyer.
Evandri had experience in policymaking for multiple state agencies with a range topic of Judiciary Digitalization, Access to Justice, Small Medium Enterprises, Financial Technology, Digital Identity, and Cyber Security.
Evandri also part of Indonesia Regtech – Legaltech Association as Vice Chairman and co-found changemaker initiative Ordinary People Achieving Impact.
E-Litigation in process of Indonesia Judicial Transformation
Discussion about Indonesia Judicial Transformation through E-Litigation platform that brought by Indonesia Supreme Court that brings Online Cases Process and how this will bring greater leap in Indonesia Justice System.
As part of Clifford Chance first’s innovation lab, Create+65, Shanice identifies and defines new growth strategies and opportunities for the Firm, partnering technology vendors and start-ups to design and deliver legaltech products. She has a Masters in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and a background in forming strategic Sino-British partnerships in the field of Venture Capital.
Chief Executive OfficerKryon
Harel is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the technology ecosystem, most recently as an investor and advisor for startups and VC’s. Currently, Harel is the CEO of Kryon, a leading provider of intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions.
He has held several leadership positions including AVG Israel Country Manager (acquired by Avast for $1.3B. Prior to AVG Harel led Como (Conduit Mobile), a fast-growing mobile app maker platform. Prior to Como, he founded a visionary startup in the collectibles area, Collcs Ltd., and before that managed an engineering group at Microsoft & Gteko (acquired by Microsoft) ILDC.
LinkedInTalent Development Specialist
Carol Chuah head’s up the public sector Talent Development strategy across Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong for LinkedIn, helping organizations to transform digital learning & employee engagement. Prior to LinkedIn she’s spent over a decade in the FinTech industry, sharing a passion for building community, evangelizing technology, and bringing the best out of people.
Co-FounderAnsa Search Pte Ltd
Helen is a Director and co-Founder of Ansa Search. With 15 years of recruitment experience, Helen has carved a niche in advising senior hires up to C-suite, notably with a strong focus in Compliance and Risk.
With her recruitment specialism and knowledge of market insights, she is adept in advising professionals in their career advancements. She partners both MNCs and boutique organizations, to deliver effective recruitment solutions and acquire the best talent for their teams. Leveraging on her strong placement track record and deep understanding of the market she specialises in, Helen is reputed as a trusted recruitment adviser.
Helen has amassed a vast network of contacts. She enjoys meeting people to build meaningful relationships and valuable connections in the professional circle.
Shulin is an Executive Search Consultant, with a speciality in Legal Recruitment. 10 years ago, she made a career switch to the HR industry, after leaving her first job as a lawyer with Allen & Gledhill. Presently, she’s one of the co-founders of ANSA Search – a specialist Search firm.
She devotes most of her time to helping her clients (ranging from MNCs, Corporates, Banks, Law Firms and Start-ups) in their talent acquisition strategies and providing advice on how they can best retain their top talent. Notably, she’s helped build out entire teams in many organizations and continues to provide advisory and consultancy services to clients, after making successful placements.
When Shulin’s not helping her clients, she speaks at universities, schools and volunteers with associations which are dedicated to the development of the next generation of professionals.
Chief Executive OfficerRajah & Tann Cybersecurity
Onn Chee is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer of Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity and Technical Director of Rajah & Tann Technologies. His areas of expertise include information leakage protection, web/cloud security and security strategy. Onn Chee is also one of the co-inventors for at least six international PCT patent rights (http://www.wipo.int), besides several US, EU and Singapore patents.
Managing DirectorMajor, Lindsey & Africa/ Landon Advisory Services
Duc V. Trang is a Managing Director with Major, Lindsey & Africa, a global advisory and executive search firm exclusively focused on the legal sector. Duc advises law firms and in-house legal departments on the design and implementation of transformation projects to achieve sustainable strategic value and profitable growth. Duc brings a unique combination of almost three decades of experience as general counsel, global law firm attorney, author, business leader, educator, executive coach and consultant. He has worked in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and recently published the highly acclaimed book, Architecture of Deals: Strategies for Transactional Lawyering, which focuses on innovation in legal education and training. Duc previously was adjunct professor of law at National University of Singapore and Central European University, and is a graduate of Columbia Law School and UC Berkeley.
Partner, Head of TMT Practice Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Rajesh Sreenivasan heads the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore, and also the founder & Director of Rajah & Tann Technologies. He has been at the forefront of legal, regulatory and policy matters relating to technology, cybersecurity, data protection, telecommunications, electronic commerce, cloud computing, digital forensics and digital media in the region. Rajesh has been working together with R&T’s Financial Regulatory practice addressing the burgeoning area of FinTech in legal and regulatory work spanning across Initial Coin Offerings to Virtual currency regulatory issues. Rajesh is also on the AI Tech committee with IMDA and on the Board of the SMU National Centre for AI and Data Governance.
Secretary and Senior AdvisorAlibaba
Tim Steinert has almost 30 years of experience as an international lawyer and manager working in greater China, most recently as General Counsel at Alibaba Group Holding Limited. Alibaba currently is China’s largest and one of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization. In fiscal year 2020, Alibaba had over US$71 billion in revenue and about 726 million in annual active consumers on its platforms. It employs over 100,000 people across China and around the world.
Mr. Steinert stepped back from the General Counsel position at Alibaba this year, after almost 13 years leading its legal department. He remains as Secretary and Senior Advisor. During his time as General Counsel at Alibaba, Mr. Steinert built the legal team from 35 to 350 people (not including Ant Financial’s legal team), making it one of the largest and most influential legal departments in Asia. During this time, Mr. Steinert helped the company expand into many new businesses and through a wide range of corporate transactions, including its NYSE IPO in 2014 (until recently the largest IPO on record) and subsequent Hong Kong secondary listing.
Before joining Alibaba, Mr. Steinert was a partner at Fresh¬fields Bruck¬haus Deringer in Hong Kong, where he focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and IPOs from 1999-2007. Mr. Steinert began his career in cor¬porate law as an associate at Coudert Broth¬ers in Bei¬jing and New York from 1989-1994, followed by a similar five-year posi¬tion in Davis Polk’s New York and Hong Kong offices.
Mr. Steinert serves on the board of trustees of St. Paul’s School (Concord, N.H.), on the board of trustees of Princeton in Asia, on the Columbia University World Projects President’s Council, on the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, on the Listed Company Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange and on the Singapore Infocom Media Development Authority Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Steinert graduated from Yale with a B.A., cum laude, in history in 1983 and re¬ceived a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1989. He is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong and New York State. He and his wife Lixia Zhang and two teenage children call Hong Kong their home.
Mr. Steinert is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Speaking at Global Challenges at the Intersection of Business, Law and Technology
Assistant General Counsel Singtel
Dipa Swaminathan is a Harvard educated lawyer and an Assistant General Counsel of Singtel. In addition to her internal client facing work at Singtel, Dipa heads up the legal technology special interest group at Singtel and organised the Global Legal Hackathon a couple of years ago along with FLIP. Prior to Singtel, Dipa was in private practice for several years with White & Case and other firms. Dipa is qualified in New York, England & Wales and India. In her personal capacity, Dipa runs an initiative for migrant workers called ItsRainingRaincoats and is a recipient of the President’s Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy.
Manager, Legal ServicesQuislex
Vivek Khanwalkar is a Manager, Legal Services with QuisLex. He has managed numerous high-volume, complex document reviews, including several large antitrust litigations and regulatory investigations, and has substantial experience working on reviews in the financial services and insurance industries as well as on contract management projects in the technology industry.
Vivek also manages deployment of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) solutions on large document reviews to save cost and speed up timelines for his clients, in addition to managing legal operations support and legal spend initiatives for several global companies. In the legal operations space Vivek oversees matter management and legal spend solutions providing end-to-end support from matter creation and vendor engagement through to invoice review, processing, and payment. His teams also provide spend analytics, legal cost metrics, and MI reporting to in-house counsel to make better and more informed decisions.
Vivek graduated with honors from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Information Systems, and earned his J.D. at Temple University with a focus on international law. Vivek works at QuisLex’s Hyderabad, India office and enjoys volunteering and exploring India and Southeast Asia with his family.
Speaking at Essential Legal Operations Mythbusting
APAC CIO Outlook is a print magazine that aims to provide a platform for CIOs, CTOs, and other senior-level IT buyers and decision-makers along with CXOs of solution providers to share their experiences, wisdom, and advice with enterprise IT community of APAC countries. We promote our unique ‘learn from our peers approach’ in the Asia Pacific region. From enterprise applications to the leading trends in big data, Mobin the meantime ill computing, security and the Cloud, APAC CIO Outlook delivers practical, actionable information from senior practitioners in the trenches. We leverage our extensive peer-to-peer network, among leading technology executives, to bring their experience and the best practices to other members of the CIO community in Asia Pacific countries. We also identify and profile emerging companies providing cutting edge solutions to enterprises in APAC.
ACC Singapore is your passport to connecting with the global community of in-house counsel. In Singapore, we offer local resources and connections with a global vision. We provide a local network for Association of Corporate Counsel members in the region, expanding the reach of ACC’s 45,000 members around the world employed by over 10,000 organisations. Working closely with its global Chapters in the US, Australia, India, China, Hong Kong, Middle East, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Europe, ACC Singapore holds interesting and creative monthly events and socials. ACC Singapore members have access to quality educational and networking events, regional publications and resources, as well as insight and best practices from the global in-house profession.
Website: ACC Singapore
Connectivity is imperative today and to in-house lawyers it is paradigm in their day to day projects and tasks, to make sensible and important resolutions to the organization they serve, they are in a constant need to be in the know-how. At the SCCA. we aim to serve the needs of just that. Currently, the SCCA reaches out to over 3000 in-house counsel in Singapore and continues to grow its network and connections in the region and around the world with counsel ranging from 10,000 in APAC to 100,000 around the world. After three and half years of research using smart technology and building strong influences on social media platforms, the SCCA now plays a pivotal role in bringing the right connections and conversations to its deserving members right here in Singapore. The association continues to strive for excellence and ensures its folks, that the ideal community, connections and corporations are working closely with SCCA to benefit its growing pool. SCCA’s 2020 vision, is to extend these efforts and credibility via means of support to the needs of in-house lawyers around the world through its close-knit global alliances. It prides in building reputable training programs, toolkit, competency frameworks and skills required by domestic and regional corporate lawyers and will continue to be committed in this endeavour.
Rajah and Tann
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is one of the largest full service law firms in Singapore with over 360 lawyers, providing a vast pool of talented and well regarded lawyers dedicated to delivering the highest standards of service across all our practice areas. Our Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice is one of the most established and respected practices in its field in the Asia Pacific region. With clients ranging from state governments and statutory boards to multinational corporations in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software sectors, we’ve been involved in many of the largest and most complex IT and telecommunications projects of recent years. Our strategic alliances with leading local firms across South East Asia led to the launch in 2014 of Rajah & Tann Asia, a network of 800 fee earners. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, we have the reach and the resources to deliver excellent service to clients in the region, including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Our geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. Further, as the Singapore member firm of the Lex Mundi Network, we are able to offer our clients access to excellent legal support in more than 100 countries around the globe. Rajah & Tann Technologies offers technology-enabled legal solutions including electronic discovery (e-discovery) & digital forensics, cybersecurity, data breach readiness and response, contract management and other LegalTech services, to clients and the member firms of the Rajah & Tann Asia network.
Technology law requires an interdisciplinary skillset. In addition to knowing the law, technology lawyers need are most effective when they are also futurists, blending technical knowledge, creativity, and imagination to understand the potential impact that emerging technologies might have now and in the future – including how they relate to regulatory frameworks and public policy concerns. The lighting pace of technological advancement means we now live in a period of rapid change and uncertainty. But BR Law Corporation celebrates a culture of prevailing against the odds, and for over 30 years our people have forged a reputation for championing our clients’ interests. Speak with our interdisciplinary technology law team to find out how we can help you prevail in these challenging times.
CEO and Founder Legal Mosaic
Executive Chairman Digital Legal Exchange
Mark is a global thought leader and innovator in the legal industry. He is the CEO of Legal Mosaic (www.legalmosaic.com) a legal business consultancy; regular contributor to Forbes where he has a column on the global legal marketplace; and sought-after international speaker. He and Richard Susskind have teamed up on “The Uncertain Decade,” a series of live digital events on different legal industry topics.
Mark serves as the Executive Chairman of the Digital Legal Exchange (DLEX), a global nonprofit learning/training institute, digital research and thought leadership repository, and community. DLEX is designed to accelerate digital transformation in the legal function and ensure the legal industry can keep pace with its corporate counterparts.
Mark was appointed by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) in 2018 to serve as its inaugural LIFTED “Catalyst-in-Residence” and concurrently serves as the General Editor of the forthcoming LIFTED Global Partner white paper on future legal skills. He has been a Distinguished Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center and at Northwestern University Pritzker College of law and presently teaches at Bucerius (Germany), IE Spain), and the College of Law (Australia). His Legal Mosaic blog was recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the 50 outstanding worldwide legal blogs in their inaugural “Web 100.” He also serves as an Intelligence Fellow for ALM.
Speaking at The Future of The Legal World – A session in The Uncertain Decade series powered by Legal Geek
Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Professor Richard Susskind, OBE is an independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. The world’s most cited author on the future of legal services, he has written ten books, translated into 15 languages, including The Future of Law (1996), The End of Lawyers? (2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013), and Online Courts and the Future of Justice (2019).
He has been invited to speak in over 60 countries. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. In the 1980s, he wrote his doctorate on artificial intelligence and the law at Oxford.
John is the Co-Founder of Quant LegalTech Pte Ltd., a seed-funded start-up, headquartered in Singapore with development operations in India, that automates legal compliance and builds a suite of legal-tech solutions. Previously, he was Associate General Counsel at Intel Corporation where he worked for 19 years and prior to that, as a partner of a regional law firm, serving in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
John is a passionate advocate for legal-tech and compliance and was the recipient of Intel’s inaugural Worldwide Excellence Award for Significant Impact, Proactive Thinking and Leadership in Ethics. From his corporate experience and subsequent consulting gigs, he became fascinated by the opportunities to leverage technology, not just by automating legal tasks but by creating technology that could influence behavior, embed a culture of compliance and drive tone from the top. Needless to say, this is not easy and required him to start at home, hence; Quant LegalTech’s Mission Statement includes Mining the Untapped Synergies of Engineering & law.
He holds LL.B, M.Sc (Hons) degrees from the University of Canterbury and has been working and learning about Asia for more than 30 years.
Speaking at Tomorrow’s Legal Products Designed Today
DLEX Faculty Advisor
PhD in Legal Marketing. MBA. Consultant at AlterWork and Faculty Advisor at Digital Legal Exchange. Legal innovator and former lawyer.
VP of Transformation, APAC LEWIS
With more than 15 years of experience, Fairil drives LEWIS remit for transformation in APAC alongside the senior management team. He is charged with the pivotal expansion of the agency’s APAC operations, as well as consulting and retooling marketing experiences for clients.
Fairil comes with both horizontal and vertical experience in consumer/user experience, marketing and digital. His breadth of knowledge spans content, channels, platforms and technology allowing him to cover perspectives from all sides.
His client experience in consumer, technology and professional services include BMW, Owlet, Social Bakers and Sophos.
Deputy Chief Executive& Chief Digital Officer Singapore Academy of Law
Mr Rama Tiwari is appointed SAL’s Deputy Chief Executive on 1 August 2020 and will assume the positon of Chief Executive in February next year.
Mr Tiwari, 48, read law at Queen Mary University of London and also holds an MSc in Information Technology. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of Singapore’s Supreme Court in 1999, after which he joined private practice, specialising in IT and intellectual property issues. Mr Tiwari brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the private sector, where he held senior positions as vice-president in a bank and as a global sales lead for a US technology company. He also served as legal counsel for the latter.
He joined SAL in July 2019 as its Chief Digital Officer and was tasked to lead its digital transformation. He is also the Executive Director of SAL Ventures, a subsidiary responsible for the development of a legal tech ecosystem.
Having spent time in practice and in-house, Mr Tiwari possesses an invaluable understanding of the profession. His extensive regional and global experience in the technology industry puts him in a good stead to lead SAL and assist the profession at a time when the legal profession is increasingly being internationalised and impacted by technology.
Moderating at Tomorrow’s Legal Products Designed Today
Co-founder and DirectorHook Tangaza
Alison Hook is a co-founder and director of Hook Tangaza, a research and advisory firm serving regulators, innovators and disruptors in the legal sector globally. She is also the convenor of the Conference of International Legal Regulators, chair of the International Bar Association’s Trade in Legal Services Committee, and a member of the Astana International Financial Centre’s Advisory Panel on legal regulation. She is a co-founder of the Africa Law and Tech Network and advises the legal industry on lawtech. Prior to setting up Hook Tangaza, she was Director of International at the Law Society of England and Wales. She gained an undergraduate law degree in economics and politics from the University of Edinburgh, a Masters in economics from Warwick University and an MBA and LLB from the Open University.
Moderating at Comparative Perspectives on Emerging Regulatory Issues Post-COVID19
Hukumonline.com is established by a group of reputable legal observers at the beginning of Indonesia’s reform era, the company was set-up to educate and enlighten the public about Indonesia’s legal world. For two decades, Hukumonline.com has become the country’s most complete, integrated, and trusted legal products and services.
Hukumonline.com offers access to a wide spectrum of legal analysis and regulation translations with a reliable, mobile-friendly search engine that supports legal practitioner in legal research, named Hukumonline Pro. To discover our valuable insights on Hukumonline Pro, visit pro.hukumonline.com
Associate ProfessorBeijing Institute of Technology Law School
Dr. Yanqing Hong is the Associate Professor at the Law School, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. He focuses on data protection, cross-boarder data flow and cybersecurity related legal issues. He now leads the standardization project on personal data protection under the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China, and acts as deputy head of the drafting task force for Guidelines for Data Cross-Border Transfer Security Assessment. He regularly participates in the bilateral or multilateral dialogues on cyber related issues, such as China-EU Digital Economy and Cybersecurity Expert Working Group which is organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China and DG Connect of the EU Commission. Before joining Peking University, he worked in the Cyberspace Administration of China on issues relating to international cooperation and cybersecurity. He received his Ph.D. in Law from the School of Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of LawBerkeley Law School
Pamela Samuelson has been teaching at Berkeley Law School since 1996. She has written and spoken extensively on the challenges that information technologies and digital networks pose for existing intellectual property regimes. She is chair of the board of two nonprofit organizations: the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Authors Alliance.
Professor of LawSingapore Management University
Pey Woan is Professor of Law and Vice-Provost (Faculty Affairs) at Singapore Management University. She has published widely in company, contract and tort law in both local and international leading journals, and has contributed to local textbooks such as The Law of Torts in Singapore and The Law of Contract in Singapore. Her works have been cited frequently by the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal. Pey Woan graduated with from King’s College London and subsequently obtained the Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University.
Head of Intellectual Property PracticeAllen & Gledhill LLP
Dr Stanley Lai, SC is a dispute resolution partner, and heads the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice.
Stanley specialises in all forms of IP litigation and information technology disputes. He maintains a strong advisory practice for IP/data management and cybersecurity, serving a broad spectrum of clients. He also represents clients in investigations that are undertaken by the Personal Data Protection Commission and advises clients on IP and regulatory issues in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.
Stanley is currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Stanley is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre IP Panel and Singapore Copyright Tribunal. He has published extensively on IP and information technology law, including the book entitled “The Copyright Protection of Computer Software in the United Kingdom”. He also serves as a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. He is a member of the IP panel of arbitrators within the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. In 2010, Stanley was appointed Senior Counsel and regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He was also awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) at the Singapore National Day Awards 2020.
Moderating at Frontier Issues in Intellectual Property
Associate Professor Seoul National University, School of Law; SNU AI Policy Initiative
Yong is an Associate Professor at Seoul National University, School of Law. He is also the Co-Director of the SNU AI Policy Initiative at SNU’s Center for Law and Economics. His areas of specialty include antitrust & competition, consumer protection, information technology law, privacy and data protection law. Yong graduated from Seoul National University, College of Law, and obtained his S.J.D. at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining academia, Yong practiced law at Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea. Yong currently serves as the Managing Director of the Korean Association of Economic Law.
Speaking at Rethinking Database Rights and Data Ownership in an AI World
Professor of Management StudiesSaïd Business School, University of Oxford
Head of Business Development (Asia Pacific) Pinsent Masons LLP
Debra leads the business development activities in the Asia Pacific region for international law firm Pinsent Masons. She is also a Board Director of the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA). Debra has spent her entire career leading high performing teams in the Asia Pacific region for global law firms. She is passionate about delivering true value and ensuring a firm’s business development efforts are meaningful and effective for its clients.
Debra spent 10 years studying and working in Tokyo, Japan, and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Master of Laws from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Moderating at Avengers … Assembled – The Value of a Multi-disciplinary Legal Operations Team
In 2011, Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas University launched an ambitious internationalisation programme, notably through the creation of several campuses throughout the world, branded « Sorbonne-Assas International Law School » in Dubai, Paris, Mauritius and Singapore. Sorbonne-Assas International Law School aims at preparing the future financial and legal directors, managers of holdings or big companies, or their counsels, to their positions.
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Donna is an AI-assistant, that replaces the robot within the lawyer, by making legal contract reviews, error-proof, productive and fun. Available as an easy to download Microsoft Word add-in, Donna helps lawyers spot over 100+ typical contract oversights, and makes sure that relevant contract information is always available in context. We encourage anyone that works with contracts to give Donna a try, by taking advantage of our 14 free trial.
Assistant Professor of LawSingapore Management University, School of Law
Jerrold researches law, technology, and computational methods at SMU Law and teaches the law of torts. He is formally-trained in law (LLB, NUS; LLM, Harvard) and economics (BSocSci, NUS) and a self-taught programmer. His published works and ongoing projects revolve around how technology, particularly AI and analytics, might, and should, be used both to analyse law and deliver legal services at scale. Jerrold believes that technology won’t replace lawyers, but that lawyers who use technology well will replace those who can’t.
Moderating at State of Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific 2020 – Country Chapters
Acting Chief ExecutiveHer Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service
Kevin had a varied early career in operational, policy and private office posts in the Department of Social Security, Cabinet Office and Department for Work & Pensions. This led on to roles in the Department for Constitutional Affairs where he oversaw change and restructuring across the Department including leading programmes to create Her Majesty’s Courts Service, and the Tribunals Service, as well as the project to create the Ministry of Justice.
He was then Chief Executive of the Tribunals Service until the creation of Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), when he became a board member, initially as Director of Civil, Family and Tribunals and then as Courts and Tribunals Development Director.
In May 2016 he was appointed Interim Chief Executive of HMCTS and in December 2017 became Deputy Chief Executive, continuing as Courts and Tribunals Development Director.
Kevin was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours 2018 for services to the administration of justice.
Kevin moved on to become Operations Director in March 2020, and whilst retaining his Deputy Chief Executive position, also took on responsibility for HMCTS’s operational response to the coranavirus pandemic. Most recently, in August 2020, he became Acting Chief Executive of HMCTS.
Speaking at Strategies for Enhancing and Scaling Access to Justice Through Technology
CEOFinancial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre (FIDReC)
Ms Eunice Chua has more than 13 years’ experience in mediating, managing and adjudicating disputes. Prior to her appointment as CEO of FIDReC, Ms Chua was an Assistant Professor at the Singapore Management University School of Law. She remains a Research Fellow of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy at the School.
Ms Chua has served as a Justices’ Law Clerk and an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore. While at the Supreme Court, she concurrently held appointments as a Magistrate of the State Courts and Assistant Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre. She was also the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore International Mediation Centre and played a key role in its initial set up.
Law and Economics StudentNational University of Singapore
Jonathan is a final-year law and economics undergraduate at NUS and has a passion for all things finance, law, and tech. He is looking forward to a career in financial services law and believes that the marriage of law and technology will feature heavily in the legal profession of the future. Jonathan picked up coding in his spare time and has worked with several tech startups and law firms to better understand the industry and market for tech in law. He is keen to explore the application of technology to enhance productivity of legal practitioners and to lower cost and improve access to justice for clients. Most importantly, he hopes that legal tech will empower lawyers like him to go home earlier on Fridays.
PartnerRajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Khelvin is a Partner with Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Commercial Litigation group. He is a tenacious litigator who appears regularly in contentious hearings before the Singapore Courts. He finds effective, commercial, and cost-efficient solutions for his clients.
Khelvin’s practice has a particular focus on complex and cross-border commercial disputes, including matters relating to B2B disputes, directors’ duties, shareholder agreements, and minority oppression. He appears as lead counsel at all levels of the Supreme Court of Singapore and the State Courts of Singapore. He is also active in international arbitration, having handled arbitrations in Singapore (involving foreign parties including Japanese, Indonesian, Indian, and Malaysian parties), Vietnam and New York.
Khelvin is passionate about oral advocacy. He is a Member of the Advocacy Committee (a Standing Committee under the Law Society of Singapore) and an Advocacy Tutor for the Part B Course conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (required for those who wish to be admitted to the Singapore Bar). He believes that the ability to communicate effectively is not an innate talent, but can be learnt, and that remote advocacy and persuasion are here to stay.
Co-Founder & Technology StrategistLitigation Edge
Brad Mixner is the (co)founder of two legal technology consultancies, Litigation Edge (Singapore) and Mixner Consulting Group (United States), where he applies his twenty years of professional service, technology, and client engagement experience to develop innovative solutions for companies, firms, and agencies. In addition, Brad has successfully delivered complex litigation support, electronic discovery, due diligence, and investigation projects across Asia, Europe, and North America.
Known as an industry thought leader, Brad has achieved recognition for his knowledge in such key subjects as cross border discovery, cloud computing, data privacy, and data analytics. He contributes his two decades of experience and “lessons learned” to articles, blog posts, and speaking engagements, including two Singapore events prior to TechLaw.Fest 2020:
Speaker, “Legal Research, Document Review and Knowledge Management Tools”
LEGAL TECH PRIMER SESSION – What works for you?
Panelist, “Electronic Discovery Law and Practice in Singapore, UK & US”
2011 International Conference on Electronic Litigation
Brad is based in Cleveland, Ohio, US and has mastered remote collaboration to bridge time zones.
Chief Executive OfficerMoaah
Yun Sil is graduate of LSE law school and legally trained in a leading international law firm in Singapore with experience in energy, construction, trading and commercial contracts disputes. Yun Sil is CEO of Moaah, a DLT and machine learning based data exchange software for regulatory compliance and asset exchange using smart contracts.
Nigel is currently a Product Manager at Xendit, a B2B fintech startup headquartered in Jakarta. His responsibilities include collaborating with his engineering team to build payments products for businesses, and working with Visa, MasterCard, banks and other stakeholders to drive online payment volumes in SEA.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2015, and thereafter was in Allen & Gledhill’s litigation practice under Edwin Tong SC until 2018.
He still spends most of the working day hammering away at a keyboard, but has swapped out MS Office for G Suite, elite3E for JIRA, and AEICs for APIs.
Principal – Innovation & StrategyAlpha Creates
Eric is a Principal at Alpha Creates, an innovation, strategy and technology consulting firm that specialises in the legal industry in the APAC region. He is also engaged in building grassroots LegalTech and legal innovation movement through the formation of ASEAN LegalTech Association and Legal Hackers Melbourne.
Chief Executive OfficerCodelex Legaltech
I am a former lawyer and CEO of Codelex Legaltech, a legaltech startup established in Singapore and Mongolia. Before joining Codelex, I worked for one of the most prominent law firms in Mongolia. Since started working in the legaltech industry, I started to believe in legaltech’s potential to transform the legal industry for the better.
Manager, Criminal Legal Aid SchemeLaw Society Pro Bono Services
Juyuan was called to the Singapore Bar in 2014, and thereafter practiced primarily in “Community Law” as he strongly believes in helping vulnerable individuals in navigating the justice system. Using his experience as a Programme Manager for a national legal tech initiative and a Business Development Manager at a local legal tech company, Juyuan now manages the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme – the only scheme in Singapore that provides legal aid and representation to financially disadvantaged accused persons facing non-capital offences.
Assistant Manager, Community, Outreach & CommunicationsLaw Society Pro Bono Services
Regana has been working for over 18 years. After 6 years of working in the social service industry, she went on to work in various sectors in different capacities from managing volunteers to setting up a research center at NUS Faculty of Law. A firm believer of access to justice for all and legal education, Regana oversees the Community, Outreach and Communications , where our law awareness programme reach out to over 8000 people yearly.
Faith is ranked as one of 24 leading corporate lawyers in Singapore by asialaw Profiles.
She runs boutique corporate law firm, fsLAW, which is ranked for its Corporate & M&A, Private Equity and Capital Markets deals by asialaw Profiles and IFLR1000.
Faith has over 20 years’ experience helping clients on corporate and commercial deals, completing transactions with a combined value exceeding US$30 billion.
In addition to setting up fsLAW, Faith set up a legal department as the first General Counsel of a pharmaceutical business and has worked in top corporate law firms in Sydney and London.
Faith returned to Singapore after many years abroad so that her children could have the shot at learning Mandarin that Faith fumbled in her earlier years.
fsLAW has an evolving remote working routine aimed at ensuring a responsive and thorough client service while minimising its impact on other aspects of the fsLAW team’s lives.
fsLAW works on deals on a traditional project-by-project basis. It also provides retainer counsel services, blending in-house counsel and private practice delivery models.
LecturerSingapore University of Social Sciences
Tris has been a lecturer with the Singapore University of Social Sciences since 2019. After 9 years in the Singapore Civil Service – where he worked for the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office and the Ministry of Law – his love for digesting esoteric topics of law into simpler concepts brought him into the world of academia. Over the past year, Tris has taught Equity and Trusts, conducted the first run of the Legal Clerkship Program and will be teaching Constitutional Law in the July semester. View Details
Chief Transformation and Innovation OfficerSingapore Judiciary
As Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary) at the Supreme Court, Ken Hwee is in charge of the transformation, digitalisation, innovation and technology plans of the Judiciary. He will seek to further improve the systems that we already have, and deploy relevant cutting-edge systems to keep the Courts, and the legal profession, at the forefront of legal technology. Ken Hwee has been heavily involved in technology initiatives in Singapore since the mid-1990s.
Before this deployment, Ken Hwee was the Chief Prosecutor of the (then) Financial and Technology Crime Division (FTCD) of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. FTCD handles white-collar cases in Singapore, including cheating, criminal breach of trust, corruption, cybercrime, money-laundering and terrorism financing, and Securities and Futures Act and Companies Act offences. FTCD also made use of AI-assisted evidence review technology. Ken Hwee was also personally involved in major initiatives including the introduction of video recorded interviews for certain offences, and deferred prosecution agreements.
Group Head, Legal Compliance and SecretariatDBS
Chee Kin oversees the legal and regulatory risk of DBS across legal entities, segments and geographies. A lawyer by profession, he has particular expertise in financial services regulation, and financial markets product and business structuring.
Chee Kin has held legal and compliance portfolios in Standard Chartered, Rajah & Tann, Allen & Gledhill and J.P. Morgan. He also had a stint as Chief Operating Officer for Southeast Asia at J.P Morgan.
Currently, Chee Kin is a member of the Advisory Board to the Singapore Management University School of Law, the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law, Data Protection Advisory Committee of Singapore.
DirectorCentre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi
Smitha Krishna Prasad is a Director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG), where she leads the Centre’s programmatic portfolio. Her research interests relate to international and domestic laws on privacy, data protection, and surveillance with a focus on sectors where the intersection of law, policy and technology has an increased impact on the right to privacy. She also works on issues of law and artificial intelligence, anti-trust and digital technologies, and the expansion of tech regulation through economic policies.
Speaking at Applying Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems in Regulatory Reform
Co-Head Nakhoda Asia
Managing AssociateLinklaters Nakhoda
Hsiang Low is Co-Head of Linklaters Nakhoda-Asia, overseeing its operations and strategy across the APAC region to develop and deploy cutting-edge technological legal solutions. He has experience identifying key opportunities and developing technology products that drive efficiencies and enable data-based insights for better commercial decision-making in various markets and sectors around the world, combining a unique offering of legal experience and technological expertise. Most recently, Hsiang has led the roll-out of ISDA Create across the Asia-Pacific region, our industry-leading derivatives documentation platform that has been built in partnership with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). The platform enables users to create, negotiate and execute documents while capturing and storing their structured data for downstreaming into operational systems. Since its launch in January 2019, more than 60 institutions globally are on the live version of ISDA Create.
Hsiang is also a Managing Associate and has experience in London and Hong Kong across a broad range of structured finance transactions, derivatives, securitisations and loan portfolio acquisitions. He has acted for originators, corporates, lead managers, bank lenders and other credit providers on a range of public and private transactions.
Hsiang is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.
Executive Vice President Digital EngineeringLuxoft
Sam is a dynamic global business leader, technology executive & CIO who is passionate about leveraging technology to realize business value and high performance in digital and data driven companies.
A former Life Sciences CIO, Sam now leads the Digital Analytics & Engineering division of Luxoft – a DXC. Technology Company. His global team provide world leading analytics and engineering services across the entire application development and digital transformation spectrum covering all disciplines from Digital Strategy, Design & Build through to Scale & Support. Sam has great exposure to a broad range of global enterprises and industries and has an informed perspective on ‘what is possible’ and how legal executives and their teams can take a leading role in driving the digital transformations of their companies.
Executive DirectorLITE Lab @HKU, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
BRIAN W TANG is an innovator, educator and ecosystem builder who has worked in the confluence of regulation, technology and finance in Hong Kong, New York, Silicon Valley and Australia. After a career at global investment bank Credit Suisse and Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, Brian founded ACMI and is founding executive director of LITE Lab@HKU, an interdisciplinary and experiential programme that fosters law, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship (LITE) at Hong Kong University’s Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science.
Brian is a globally recognized author, speaker and authority in:
• Fintech/ Regtech – Co-chair of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong’s Regtech Committee; Co-founder of APAC Regtech Network; Principal lecturer for the world’s largest FinTech MOOC with more than 75,000 learners worldwide on edX; organiser of World Regtech Summit
• Lawtech – Steering Committee Member of Asia Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA); Organiser of LegalRegtechHack in conjunction with Global Legal Hackathon Hong Kong
• AI governance – Member of IEEE’s Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Policy Committee and SMU-Microsoft Asian Dialogue on AI Governance
Brian is also co-author of Wiley’s fintech series including The FinTech Book, The RegTech Book , The LegalTech Book and The AI Book
Speaking at Applying Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence in Regulatory Reform
Assistant Chief Executive and Deputy CommissionerInfocomm Media Development Authority
Yeong Zee Kin is Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and Deputy Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) In his capacity as Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group), Zee Kin oversees IMDA’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry development strategy. This is one of four frontier technology areas IMDA has identified for its transformational potential for a Digital Economy. The other three are cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, and immersive media. In his role as an AI and data analytics champion, Zee Kin’s work includes developing forward-thinking governance on AI and data, driving a pipeline of AI talent, promoting industry adoption of AI and data analytics, as well as building specific AI and data science capabilities in Singapore. As the Deputy Commissioner of PDPC, Zee Kin oversees the administering and enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (2012). His key responsibilities include managing the formulation and implementation of policies relating to the protection of personal data, as well as the issuing of enforcement directions for organizational actions. He also spearheads the public and sector-specific educational and outreach activities, to raise both awareness and compliance in organizations and individuals in personal data protection.
General Counsel TechnologyBT Group
Faculty AdvisorDigital Legal Exchange
Chris Fowler is General Counsel BT Technology at BT Group plc which is the part of BT responsible for the design, delivery and management of BT’s fixed and mobile network infrastructure, its research and development unit as well as its internal IT. The Technology legal team comprises a commercial team, network property team, the group wide Intellectual property team and the security & investigatory Powers legal team. Chris is also a Director of BT’s joint venture MBNL Limited which is responsible for deploying mobile infrastructure in the UK. Previously Chris was the COO for BT Legal Governance & Compliance and was responsible for defining and implementing BT Legal’s operating model, managing its overall budget as well as the central operations team. Chris has also served as the General Counsel for Commercial and responsible for the commercial lawyers across BT’s enterprise trading divisions in the UK. Prior to joining BT Chris worked in the legal departments of Experian and Volkswagen Audi Group
Executive Vice President, Head Group Legal & Regulatory Compliance OCBC Bank
Appointed General Counsel and Head of Group Legal and Regulatory Compliance in September 2010 and Executive Vice-President on 1 June 2015. Loretta oversees the full spectrum of legal and regulatory risks, including anti-money laundering, across OCBC Bank and its subsidiaries, and provides advice on regulatory risks and legal issues involved in decisions to management, so that management can make informed strategic choices within an acceptable legal and regulatory risk profile. Loretta has over 19 years of legal and regulatory experience in banking and finance. Loretta was conferred the IBF Distinguished Fellow award in 2016. The IBF Distinguished Fellow is a significant role model who serves as a beacon of excellence for the financial industry. Loretta was also conferred the Outstanding Singapore Chief Legal Officer Award in 2017 by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.
Speaking at Essential Legal Operations Mythbusting
Professor of Law and Founder LawWithoutWalls, University of Miami (& Guest Faculty Harvard Law School Exec Ed)
Lead Faculty Advisor Digital Legal Exchange
Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of the top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele DeStefano is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program and at IE School of Law. She is the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of more than 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to hone new skillsets and create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology. Recently, Michele helped co-create and spearhead the development of the Digital Legal Exchange, a non-profit designed to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. DeStefano researches, writes, and speaks about creative problem solving, collaboration, culture change, and innovation in law. Her latest books include Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law and New Suits: Appetite for Disruption.
Moderating at Finding Blue Ocean for Legal Technologies
Director Justice AcceleratorHague Institute for Innovation of Law
Regional Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, CELA AsiaMicrosoft Operations Pte Ltd
Antony Cook is Microsoft’s Regional Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) for Asia. Antony leads a multi-disciplinary team of 110 professionals that are responsible for providing legal and compliance support to business groups operating in the region; industry, community and government affairs counsel to Microsoft’s in-country operations; and support for digital security, intellectual property and data protection issues.
Speaking at Global Perspectives on Tackling AI Governance
Mark Parsons is a technology and telecoms (TMT) partner at Hogan Lovells. Based in Hong Kong, his practice covers the full range of commercial and regulatory work in TMT and in other business sectors that depend on technology to generate business and manage operations. Mark is known for delivering pragmatic, holistic advice, and has a strong awareness of international practices and a focus on business value.
Mark is one of Asia-Pacific region’s leading legal advisors on data protection and cyber security regulation. He advises clients on all aspects of compliance, from developing policies and procedures and implementing notifications and consents, to evaluating and implementing data sharing and data processing arrangements, conducting privacy impact assessments and managing data breaches and incident response. Mark is serving his third term as a member of the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data’s Standing Committee on Technological Developments.
In addition to a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Mark has an engineering degree, having specialized in computer process modelling and simulation before attending law school.
Senior ConsultantDigital Legal Exchange
Yasmin Lambert is the Senior Consultant at Digital Legal Exchange and a co-owner of RSG Consulting. She joined the company in 2008 where she has been immersed in the FT Innovative Lawyers programme, RSG-India and many of the other thought-leadership projects RSG undertakes. She designed the qualitative and quantitative analytical frameworks used to measure value in legal services, to evaluate company board composition, and to assess emerging market law firms. She is a regular contributor to the FT Innovative Lawyer reports and frequently speaks on the subject of innovation in the legal profession. Prior to joining RSG, Yasmin worked on a project to develop self-regulation for the further education sector in the UK and spent five years working in the IT industry in Australia with Siemens, Fujitsu, and the Health Technology division of the NSW Department of Health. Yasmin studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Sydney, is a trained business coach and has taught on the IE Business School Lawyers Management Programme.
Moderating at Digital Transformation Journeys: The Unvarnished Lessons
Managing Director & Head of Legal Asia PacificScotiabank
Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal – Asia Pacific Region for Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank’s businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank’s businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank’s internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 – 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 – 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 – 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 – 2014.
FounderSingapore Legal Advice
Yuk Lun graduated from Singapore Management University School of Law and founded SingaporeLegalAdvice.com. SingaporeLegalAdvice.com has become the leading one-stop legal platform for individuals and businesses in Singapore with innovations in legal services.
Agile CoachPALO IT
An accomplished Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) with excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, Venetia has successfully collaborated with both internal and external teams. She is skilled in Scrum, Agile Methodologies, Agile Project Management, Stakeholder Management, and Requirements Gathering. Passionate about what she does, Venetia powers through her job with efficiency and enthusiasm.
Enterprise Agile CoachPALO IT
As an Enterprise Agile Coach, Sylvain has worked with established companies and startups across diverse industries, ranging from banking and telecommunications to government agencies. Sylvain has successfully trained, coached and mentored over 1,000 people across 3 continents from all levels of the corporate ladder. By helping companies win the race by adopting Agile, his clients become more innovative, more resilient and are better equipped to attract and retain talent. More broadly, Sylvain is passionate about growing conscious organizations & leaders that define the future of work and make a positive impact on individuals, communities and the planet.
Law studentSingapore Management University
Shukrina is a final year law student at the Singapore Management University. She is the co-founder and legal design director of Legal Kaki, a student-led initiative that aims to improve access to justice in Singapore through legal tech solutions. Legal Kaki has recently partnered with the Singapore Academy of Law on an access to justice project, and will be launching it at this year’s TechLaw.Fest. Legal Kaki consists of Abhyuday Samadder (IT Director), Joey Chung (Branding Director), and Sambhavi Rajangam (Public Relations Director).
Head of Rule of Law and Emerging MarketsLexisNexis
As Head of Rule of Law and Emerging Markets for LexisNexis Southeast Asia, Hannah puts together and manages the organisation’s rule of law initiatives in the region, working in partnership with key stakeholders in both the public and private sectors, and with civil society. These projects leverage LexisNexis’ core capabilities in harnessing technology to develop, manage and distribute legal content and data, and her focus is on helping justice-sector government departments effectively adopt technology to enhance capacity. Between projects, she moonlights by supporting the core LexisNexis business in developing products and market strategies for the region. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Hannah was a corporate lawyer in Myanmar from 2010 to 2017 with two Singapore law firms, during which she had the privilege of observing the country’s exciting transition up close. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations, and obtained a Masters in Asia Pacific Policy Studies while reading law, all from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Hannah is called to New York State Bar and the Singapore Bar, and is also a mediator accredited by the Singapore Mediation Centre. She’s keenly interested in exploring the impact technology has on both the legal industry and on society generally, particularly in the context of Southeast Asia. She loves writing and speaking on these topics and engaging in discussions on what a fairer and more effective world might look like, and how it could be constructed from this corner of the world. She’s just started on what feels like a Tolkien-esque journey, but if you’d like to connect, drop her an email at email@example.com or a direct message via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/hannahlimjy.
Fabio Cendão is founder and partner of Faria, Cendão & Maia Advogados (Fcmlaw) a Brazilian innovative law firm focused on the startups ecosystem. More recently, he created the first spin off from his law firm, the Legalhack, a Brazilian company focused on legal innovation projects and education, which assists and coordinates Legal Hackathons initiatives, B2B/B2C courses, Legal Design and Visual Law consultancy, and other initiatives. He was also the creator of Legal Canvas for Startups Methodology and founded the Legal Hackers Rio’s chapter. Fabio was one of the 2018 Brazilian representatives of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), a program of the US Department of State to enhance Latin American and Caribbean ventures. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law (UFRJ), LLM in Corporate Law (IBMEC), and a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property and Innovation (INPI). Fabio is a Brazilian reference on entrepreneurial education and participates in global initiatives as an investor, teacher, lecturer, mentor, and evaluator of startup projects and programs.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel DXC Technology
Bill Deckelman is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of DXC Technology Company, a global IT services provider. Deckelman has led the digital transformation of DXC’s legal and contracting organizations since 2017, including a first-of-kind global managed services partnership with UnitedLex. He is co-founder and a faculty member of the newly launched Digital Legal Exchange, a global institute of leading thinkers and doers from academia, business, government, technology and law committed to accelerating digital transformation. A frequent speaker on legal digital transformation and international law aspects of cyber security, Deckelman holds an LLM, with Distinction, in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center and is enrolled in the executive LLM program in International Business Law at LSE Law, the London School of Economics.
Founder and Managing PartnerAlgo Legal
Sandeep Kapoor is Founder and Managing Partner of Algo Legal and comes with over 20 years of experience in Investment laws, M&A, Capital Markets and Technology Law. Sandeep leads a team of over 50+ lawyers, across Algo offices in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, that is highly proficient in advising innovators and investors across private equity, venture capital, technology, and other internet-related business sectors.
Sandeep’s vision for Algo Legal stemmed from his deep passion to find simple solutions for complicated legal issues through the adoption of technology and the efficiencies it brings to the legal profession. He has participated in creation of numerous tools that have reduced complexity and accelerated the on-boarding, negotiations, completion, and approval of investment process. As an early adopter of technology, he made significant contribution in transformation of in-house practice of the legal function in India. His mission for Algo Legal is to leverage technology and drive innovation to provide a client-centric experience and distinct value-add.
Prior to Algo Legal, Sandeep spent 9 years at Sequoia Capital, where he was Sequoia’s first legal hire globally. He left Sequoia in 2019 as Director – Legal for South East Asia. His experience spans over 1,500 investment rounds, including fresh investments, follow on rounds and exits across multiple jurisdictions. Before Sequoia, Sandeep worked with Intel where he was the General Counsel South Asia for Intel Technology and Senior Attorney South Asia for Intel Capital. Sandeep has been featured in Legal500’s GC PowerList India and has been the recipient of the Best In-House Legal Team at the Financial Times Legal Awards 2018. Sandeep has also been recognised as one of the Innovative Leaders in Financial Time’s Asia-Pacific Awards 2020.
Sandeep has been an active participant in the legal tech ecosystem, in addition to being a regular speaker and panellist at notable events on topics relating to law and technology, he is a Mentor and an Investor Committee Member at Techstars – which is a global platform for investment and innovation. Sandeep has active representations as a Board Member in a diverse range of fast-growing technology companies and is an angle investor himself. He is also a mentor at The Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP), an initiative in collaboration with the Singapore Academy of Law.
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Colin Rule is CEO of Mediate.com. In 2011 Colin co-founded Modria.com, an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) provider based in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2017. From 2017 to 2020 Colin served as Vice President of ODR at Tyler. From 2003 to 2011 Colin was Director of ODR for eBay and PayPal. Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business and co-author of The New Handshake: ODR and the Future of Consumer Protection. He serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute and the PeaceTech Lab at the United States Institute of Peace. He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. Colin co-founded Online Resolution, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, in 1999 and served as its CEO and President. Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, DC and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.
ChairCivil Resolution Tribunal, Canada
Shannon Salter is the Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal resolving small claims, condominium disputes, and motor vehicle accident disputes. She is also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics and professional regulation. She earned her BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto. Ms. Salter was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation at a large Vancouver firm. She has served as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, and on the College of Registered Nurses of BC. Ms. Salter is currently a director of the BC Financial Services Authority, a Law Society of British Columbia disciplinary hearing panel member, board member of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), and a director of Lexum. She is a co-author of the BC Administrative Decision Maker’s Manual, as well as a number of legal journal articles. In 2017, Ms. Salter was named one of the 25 Top Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, and was previously recognized as one of Canada’s New Law Pioneers by the Canadian Bar Association and an Access to Justice All-Star by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSLAP). She received the Adam Albright award for outstanding teaching by an adjunct professor in 2016. Ms. Salter is also a fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts and a visiting professor at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre in Victoria University in Melbourne. Ms. Salter is a frequent speaker at international conferences on online dispute resolution, administrative law, legal education, and the future of law and technology.
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Managing PartnerRajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Patrick is the Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, one of the largest law firms in Singapore. He is also Vice-Chairman of Rajah & Tann Asia, a network of Southeast Asian law firms, with 800 fee earners. Patrick has 30 years private practice experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, with deep expertise in corporate debt restructuring and insolvency. The high profile cases he has handled included acting for Lehman Brothers liquidators in Singapore, Nortel Networks and Swiber Holdings. He is a Fellow at the American College of Bankruptcy (the only Singaporean, and one of the few Asians). He is also a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Directors and an independent director of the Singapore Deposit Insurance Company, and was previously an independent director at SMRT Holdings Ltd and Esplanade Theatres. Patrick is highly regarded as a market leading lawyer internationally in legal publications such as IFLR, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders Global Elite and Chambers.
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General CounselLazada Group
As the General Counsel of Lazada Group, Gladys Chun leads the Legal and Compliance department, and is responsible for all such matters across the countries in which Lazada Group has a local presence.
Gladys started her career in the corporate, commercial and tax practice at Baker McKenzie before moving in-house into retail, franchising and now technology. As the Group continues to expand, Gladys provides both the management team and relevant business units with strategic guidance in commercial and risk management.
Over the years, Gladys’ leadership, initiative and legal expertise has earned her an extensive list of regional and global accolades. These include the Financial Times’ Most Innovative General Counsel Asia-Pacific 2019 award, the inaugural Chief Legal Officer award, MNC Category, at SCCA 2017, and and In-House Counsel of Distinction at Asia Legal Awards 2017.
Partner – General ManagerOon & Bazul
Malik is a Partner, General Manager and Head of Business Development at Oon & Bazul, a leading independent Singapore law firm. Malik is an Economics and Management graduate from Singapore and New Zealand. He also possesses a post graduate diploma in International Marketing from a leading Australian university.
Prior to his appointment as General Manager and Head of Business Development at Oon & Bazul, Malik enjoyed a stellar management and business development career at organisations like Microsoft, CPA Australia, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Energy Market Authority of Singapore, a statutory board of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He was also extensively involved in jurisdictions like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong where he either had responsibility for the local team or spent a period of time living in these countries. In particular, he has a strong background in the energy sector, both upstream and downstream, having been a Senior Principal Analyst in the Industry Development arm of the Energy Market Authority where he worked on attracting leading energy organisations from around the world to test bed and commercialise their technologies in Singapore. Later as Director, he was responsible for the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), a gathering of 20,000 energy experts, 7 exhibitions/conferences and an energy summit which brought together energy ministers from ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand.
Here at Oon & Bazul, Malik manages a team of 12 professionals who assist him in the financial, information technology, human resources, marketing and business development functions of the firm. One of his key responsibilities is ensuring that the firm recruits and retains the best talent in the legal industry. He also plays an active role in ensuring that clients’ needs are met in their interactions with the firm and remaining a one point of contact for clients who have multiple relationships in the firm. Malik is also responsible for the digitisation of the firm and ensuring that the latest technologies are evaluated and implemented for the firm. In his role as business development lead, he works with the Managing Partner to directly identify clients to target across a range of industries, develop and implement business development strategies and lead the engagement process. He is also actively involved in the resourcing of matters and ensuring that clients get the best lawyers possible to manage their matters.
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Legal Operations Team
Oon & Bazul
Founded in 2002, Oon & Bazul is one of Singapore’s fastest growing law firms as recognised by Asian Legal Business. The firm is a large leading commercial practice and our lawyers are known for their ability to deliver high quality work as well as their commitment to helping clients achieve success.
Outside of Singapore, the firm’s Asian Expertise starts with our Malaysian associate firm, TS Oon & Partners in Kuala Lumpur, with whom we work closely on matters in Malaysia and involving Malaysian law. Apart from Malaysia, our strategy is to work with the best lawyers throughout Asia without exclusive tie-ups, to ensure that we can always engage the most suitable professionals in the required practice area regardless of which firms they come from. Apart from English, our lawyers are also fluent in several languages including Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Tamil, Japanese and Korean so as to bridge language and cultural barriers in major non-English speaking Asian countries.
The firm has a sterling international law practice dealing with matters across continents which has led our lawyers to be particularly adept at coordinating matters involving multiple jurisdictions. We have also developed an extensive informal network of law firms whom we have worked with over the years. Our clientele includes sovereign states, Fortune Global 500 corporations, large multinational corporations, financial institutions and high networth individuals.
Partner Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates
Alice is Head of Technology and Innovation at Katende , Ssempebwa & co Advocates, and an award winning lawyer, international speaker and author. She has over 16 years’ experience and specializes in Technology and the law with a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence , Blockchain, Crypto currencies, Fintechs , Cyberlaw and Data Protection. She represents some of the largest Fintechs and Blockchain Technology based businesses which are reshaping the mode of doing business in Africa. Alice’s background is in PPP’s, Infrastructure projects, Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions.
Team Leader – Legal Innovation Hub (Africa)
Chairperson – Uganda Legal Tech Network
Co-Founder – Kampala Legal Hackers
Board Member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Uganda National Social Security Fund.
Cybersecurity expert for the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch.
Faculty Advisor- Digital Legal Exchange ( A Global training institute for leaders in a digital world)
Principal Solicitor Bratby Law
Bratby Law is an English legal boutique providing legal, regulatory and transactional advice in the telecoms, digital and data sectors.
Rob Bratby has over 25 years of experience as a telecoms, digital and data lawyer. He has worked for the UK telecoms regulator, in-house at a leading European telecoms carrier as well as leading City and US law firms in London and Singapore.
Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer on LawHarvard Law School
Dr. Ron A. Dolin is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law’s Center on the Legal Profession. Dr. Dolin teaches a course on the impact of legal technology on the practice of law. He is currently co-editing and authoring chapters in a forthcoming book on legal informatics to be published by Cambridge University Press, expected in early 2018.
Dr. Dolin’s areas of research include developing and analyzing legal quality metrics: definition, implementation, and assessment of the metrics; impact of standardized quality benchmarks and testing methodology on the legal system, including in-house selection and management of outside counsel, increasing access to justice, legal technology startups and general competition, latent middle-class market, and UPL regulations.
Dr. Dolin received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years, he left for graduate work, obtaining a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. Ron was one of the first 100 employees at Google, and left after several years to get a law degree. He is a licensed attorney in CA.
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Founding PartnerMelissa Lim & Associates
Melissa Lim is the Founding Partner of Melissa Lim & Associates. She has advised on disputes arising from commercial transactions and has been counsel to parties involved in the e-commerce and FinTech industry. Her work includes advisory, corporate/commercial transactions, investments, and dispute resolution.
Melissa has also been very active in Legal Tech. Her law firm runs on cloud-based solutions for effective communication with clients and efficient document management, allowing law firm members to work efficiently.
A Legal Tech advocate, Melissa co-founded LawTech Malaysia to organise Malaysia’s first legal tech hackathon in 2018 and events to connect key stakeholders. She then led a team in 2019 for Malaysia’s first legal tech summit and second legal tech hackathon.
Attorney Assist Segment LeaderLegalZoom.com
Chas Rampenthal currently serves as the Segment Leader for LegalZoom’s Attorney Assist Segment. In this role, Chas is working to connect LegalZoom customers with the legal advice that many of them need. Prior to this role, Chas was LegalZoom’s General Counsel (since 2003), managing the Company’s legal functions, including corporate transactions, litigation, regulatory, intellectual property, government relations, ethics and compliance. As an outspoken advocate of transformation in the legal industry, Chas inspires increased access through technology and new business models. During his time at LegalZoom, Chas wrote a regular column for Inc. Magazine Online, and co-hosted Legally Bound – a call-in Los Angeles talk radio program. Prior to joining LegalZoom, Chas worked with a wide variety of technology and emerging companies to help them manage transactions such as venture capital financing, mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. Chas is a member of the CA and MA bars, and is qualified as a solicitor in the U.K. Chas earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and math studies summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University and his JD from the University of Southern California. Prior to his legal career, Chas served honorably in the United States Navy as an officer and naval aviator
Associate ProfessorAustralian National University
Jolyon Ford is Associate Dean of the ANU College of Law in Canberra. His research covers various aspects of the regulation of responsible business and investment activity, including the relative role of legal and non-legal frameworks in the governance of responsible and trustworthy AI.
Regional HeadHague Institute for Innovation of Law
Odun is Regional Head, West Africa for the Justice Accelerator of the Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law (HiiL).
She is also Co-founder at DIYlaw, a leading and award-winning legal technology startup in Africa; and Co-founder at TLP Advisory Africa a venture law practice where she represents venture builders and their funders.
She used to work in investment banking and her educational background includes a masters in law and business administration both from Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law and Kellogg School of Management respectively.
She is a mentor at Google for Startups Africa, FATE Foundation, Ventures Platform and the World Bank’s XL Africa programme.
She seats on the Boards of several non-profits including Ventures Platform Startup Foundation, through which supports entrepreneurs and innovators who create solutions to Africa’s most urgent problems; Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, which is focused on improving primary school education for less affluent children in Nigeria; Edustart Global Foundation which provides entrepreneurship education to cultivate high-growth entrepreneurs in Nigeria; and The Justice Reform Project, a coalition that promotes transparency and efficiency in the Nigerian justice system. She also seats on the Advisory Board for Business Day’s Legal Business publication.
She is a foodie, loves colours and colouring, poetry, the theatre, travelling, and writing.
Associate DirectorBR Law Corporation
Dharma undertakes non-contentious commercial and advisory work, with a particular focus on matters involving intellectual property, technology, personal data, and commercial contracts.
Dharma has assisted a full range of client profiles from individuals and start-ups to multinational corporations, and is active across a variety of industries involving emerging technologies, including agriculture and agri-tech, blockchain and smart contracts, finance and fintech, hospitality and travel tech, retail and online retail including SaaS, and smart-buildings, in addition to traditional technology services. Dharma also works with venture and private equity companies, and startups in the emerging technologies spaces.
Dharma writes numerous articles on technology and personal data protection, and has been published in the Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, and Lexis Practical Guidance. In 2019 and 2020, Dharma advised on blockchain and smart contracts in relation to the Singapore arm of a global regulatory research project by the European Commission Directorate-General For Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). The report was published by the Publications Office of the European Union.
Dharma serves on the Law Society of Singapore’s Information Technology Committee.
Legal Operations Lead, AsiaHerbert Smith Freehills
Vivien is a Legal Operations Lead at Herbert Smith Freehills supporting the transactional teams and client solutions in Asia. She has been based in Singapore for over 6 years and has in-depth knowledge of both private practice and in-house legal operations.
Passionate about finding efficiencies, Vivien has implemented various business transformation projects across the firm’s network, including piloting new technology to improve client service delivery, and embedding legal project management structures in legal teams. She also has hands-on experience project managing large transactions and supporting implementation of strategic projects.
Vivien has also supported the delivery of significant transformation projects at a leading international in-house client team, including the setup of their in-house Legal Operations function.
A strong advocate for design thinking techniques to understand the root of the problems, Vivien works with teams to apply these skills to design solutions which meet their needs, and align to the organisation’s priorities and goals.
LLB (Hons) / BA (Media and Communications),SCRUM Fundamentals Certified, Human-Centred Design Accreditation (LUMAS Institute), Admitted in Victoria
Chief Operating Officer, Group Legal,UBS
Dr. Thomas Barothy, Managing Director, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Group Legal at UBS. His main responsibilities focus on strategy development and implementation, cost management, outside counsel management, risk management and technology innovation / automation. He works for UBS since more than 20 years in various roles.
Attorney and Legal Designer
Before recently relocating to Singapore, Lixian Hantover was Senior Counsel and a legal designer at IDEO LP, a global design and innovation firm. Lixian served as a bridge between IDEO’s designers and business teams and the diverse group of international IDEO clients. She has conducted workshops on design thinking and legal innovation for legal departments and law firms around the world. Prior to joining IDEO, she worked as a Technology Transaction Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati with a focus on representing early stage start-ups.
Before graduating from UCLA School of Law, Lixian worked in film and media both in the United States and in China (and bartended at a hidden whiskey bar in Beijing). In her spare time, Lixian is an award winning songwriter and musician, a student of traditional folk ballads, and a lifelong film buff.
Chief ExecutiveHer Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service
Susan Acland-Hood joined HMCTS as Chief Executive in November 2016. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the courts and tribunals in England and Wales (and reserved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland). She is also responsible for the £1bn reform programme which will upgrade the best justice system in the world using modern technology and ways of working.
Susan was previously the Director of Enterprise and Growth at HM Treasury where she was responsible for policies on productivity, growth, business, infrastructure, exports, competition and markets, and for energy and transport spending. Before that, she spent two years as Director of Education Funding at the Department for Education, overseeing the comprehensive reform of the capital programme. Susan has also worked extensively on home affairs and justice policy, both at Number 10 and in the Home Office. She has also had senior roles in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and in the Social Exclusion Unit.
Executive DirectorSingapore Mediation Centre
A lawyer by training, Jiun Ean was appointed by the Singapore Mediation Centre as its Executive Director in July 2019. Since then, he has led SMC’s transformation journey towards becoming a digital-based organisation offering products for the new online economy, in which Online Dispute Resolution will play a key role. He has also been deeply involved in SAL’s own digital transformation journey. Prior to joining SMC, Jiun Ean worked in the Ministry of Law in the area of legal policy work, with a particular focus on developing the international dispute resolution industry in Singapore. He led the team which conceptualised and developed Maxwell Chambers, Asia’s first integrated international dispute resolution facility. Following the launch of Maxwell Chambers, Jiun Ean helmed the company as its Chief Executive for five years, before moving on to other projects.
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Assistant Professor of Law and Information Systems (Practice)Singapore Management University, School of Law
Assistant Professor (Practice) Lim How Khang holds cross-appointments with the School of Law and the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University (SMU).
Trained in both Computer Science and in Law, he is the Programme Director for SMU’s Bachelor of Science (Computing & Law), a unique inter-disciplinary degree jointly offered by both schools and designed to train digital technology professionals who have a solid foundation in law and regulation.
He is also the Director for the Centre for Computational Law (CCLAW) which is undertaking research under a major grant awarded by the National Research Foundation Singapore to develop a set of open source technologies for legal and logical reasoning.
As part of SMU’s efforts to produce future-ready lawyers, he currently teaches the course “LAW 4004 Digital Intelligence for Lawyers” at SMU to introduce law students to fundamental computing concepts, emerging technologies and legal technology software development.
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Associate Managing DirectorKroll
James McLeary is an associate managing director in the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in Hong Kong. James joins Kroll after a distinguished career spanning 25 years as an accomplished and results-driven chief information security officer (CISO). He has extensive international experience, including 19 years in Asia Pacific, in global risk governance, risk management, IT strategy and leadership, cyber threat incident response and IT and data security.
He is a modern CISO with a strong risk and technical background, who has exemplary crisis management skills and cyber response capabilities. In his new role, James will lead Kroll’s Virtual CISO (vCISO) engagements in Asia Pacific by establishing technology risk frameworks and governance and boosting cyber security maturity across organizations.
After moving to Thailand in 2011, James helped shape and mature the technology risk and cyber security industry in the local financial services market. As one of the first CISOs in the Thai industry, he managed complex security incidents and security operations.
Before joining Kroll, James worked at TMB Bank in Bangkok as Group Head of Information Security Office and Executive Vice President. In this role, he was responsible for administering IT security, physical security and business continuity, and fraud monitoring. James successfully led incident response against one of the largest targeted cyberattacks in Asia Pacific history. His previous experience includes those at Siam Commercial Bank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Barclays Wealth Management, GE and Mitel Telecom.
He holds an MSc/PGDIP in software engineering and technology from University of Stirling in Scotland and a B.A. in business information technology from University of West Scotland/University of Extremadura Spain. Additionally, James is an Ethical Cyber Hacker, is CISSP Certified, is C-CISO Certified and is a Certified Information Security Auditor. He’s also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (CSSMBB). Recently he obtained ISACA Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer.
Head of InnovationCyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Komal Gupta heads Innovation at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. She has extensive experience in building and delivering Alternate Legal Services across jurisdictions, industries and practice areas. She drives innovation from the front and has been instrumental in driving the culture of innovation and leading in-house initiatives like Vichaar – the Ideation week, implementation of AI and ML enabled technologies in the practice of law and founding and managing Prarambh – India’s first legal tech incubator. Komal is also a member of the Advisory Board of Asia – Pacific Legal Innovation & Technology Association (ALITA). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australasian Legal
Practice Management Association (ALPMA) is the peak professional and association membership body for law firm leaders and managers within Australasia. With around 800 members across Australasia ALPMA members typically lead their firms in all facets of business management including, but not limited to, strategic direction, finance, business development, HR, technology, operations and marketing. ALPMA supports members by providing key L&D resources including thought leadership to members across these disciplines and by providing a network of likeminded professionals to connect.
Co-Chair Law Reform Subcommittee on Robotics and AILaw Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law
Charles Lim Aeng Cheng is the Principal Senior State Counsel in the Legislation Division of the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers. He was formerly the Chief Knowledge Officer and the Parliamentary Counsel. Charles is co-chair of the Law Reform Committee’s Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee which produced a series of reports on the Impact of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence on the Law. He is one of the co-founders of LawNet and served on the Advisory Council on Impact of New Media on Society (AIMS), National Internet Advisory Committee (NIAC) and the Commonwealth Expert Working Group on Legal Aspects of IT and the Related Law of Evidence (London).
Charles read law at Trinity College, Cambridge University from 1976-1979 on an overseas merit scholarship and was called to the English Bar in 1980 (Middle Temple). He completed the Graduate School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University in 1996. He has written several books and numerous articles on tax law, cyber-law and biomedical law. He was conferred the IT Leader Award by the Singapore Computer Society in 1999, the Singapore Academy of Law Merit Award in 2008 and the National Day Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2010.
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Ben Tidswell is the Global Chairman of Ashurst, based in London. He was first elected to that role in 2013, at the point of merger of Ashurst and Blake Dawson to create a 400 partner, 1,800 lawyer international firm with 29 offices in 18 countries. Ben chairs the Ashurst Board, with specific responsibility for the strategic direction, governance and culture of the firm. He spends much of his time meeting with clients to better understand their needs and to ensure that Ashurst is meeting those needs as they evolve. As a result, he has been closely involved with the development of Ashurst’s New Law capabilities, from the setting up of its Glasgow operation in 2014 to the range of digital, efficient delivery and consulting services now offered by the firm. He also continues to practice as a senior partner in Ashurst’s disputes team, with particular expertise in regulatory matters.
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Legal DirectorSensetime International
Paul is currently the Legal Director for SenseTime International, one of the world’s most valuable AI and computer vision companies. His work is now mainly focused on supporting the company’s trajectory of global growth and expansion.
Prior to joining SenseTime, he had a broad globe-spanning commercial legal career dealing with a variety of matters ranging from Egyptian city projects to professional services in SEA.
Qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Manager, he is passionate about digital proficiency for legal professionals and a keen watcher of the technological trends upending life as we know it in the 21st century. He is a big science fiction fan.
DXC Technology helps our customers across the entire enterprise technology stack with differentiated industry solutions. We modernize IT, optimize data architectures, and make everything secure, scalable and orchestrated across public, private and hybrid clouds.
We combine years of experience running mission-critical systems with the latest digital innovations to deliver better business outcomes and new levels of performance, competitiveness and experiences for our customers and their stakeholders.
DXC invests in three key drivers of growth: People, Customers and Operational Execution.
The company’s global scale, talent and innovation platforms serve 6,000 private and public-sector customers in 70 countries.
DXC’s extensive partner network helps drive collaboration and leverage technology independence. The company has established more than 200 industry-leading global Partner Network relationships, including 15 strategic partners: Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Dell Technologies, Google Cloud, HCL, HP, HPE, IBM, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Oracle, PwC, SAP, ServiceNow and VMwareDXC Technology is a Fortune 500 company and represented in the S&P 500 Index. The company works to create greater value for clients, partners and shareholders, and to present growth opportunities for its people. DXC Technology is ranked among the world’s best corporate citizens.
For more information, visit https://www.dxc.technology/asia and explore THRIVE, DXC’s digital destination for changemakers and innovators.
The Digital Legal Exchange’s (DLEX) mission is to inspire, prepare and embolden general counsel to become leaders in a digitized world and change the value proposition of the legal industry.
Set up by a team of legal industry thought leaders and practitioners, DLEX is a non-profit global institute of leading thinkers and doers from business, technology, law, government, and academia committed to accelerating digital transformation.
Digital transformation is more than using technology better, making processes more efficient or doing the same work virtually. It means re-thinking the business model, changing culture, and taking bolds steps. DLEX’s community shares practical learnings to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders who can add commercial value.
Through bespoke workshops, DLEX brings together general counsel and their business colleagues to align their digital strategies and enhance revenue generation for their businesses. By synthesizing the thinking of its global faculty, it provides accessible and practical know-how about digital transformation. DLEX creates a space for its members to collaborate in real-time and be frank about their challenges, ideas and best practices.
For more information, please visit https://www.dlex.org/
Managing DirectorSequoia Capital India
Abheek is a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital India, based in Singapore. He focuses on range of sectors, including fintech, education and consumer internet, across Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining Sequoia, he was a product manager at Facebook in Menlo Park, where he led teams building various advertising products for the company. Previously Abheek was co-founder and CEO of Tagtile, a technology startup in San Francisco that was acquired at Facebook.
Abheek has a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Delhi, an MSCS from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Stanford University.
Professor of Information and Communications Law Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. His publications include Media Law and Practice (2009), Free and Open Source Software (2013), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2nd ed., 2016) and Telecommunications Law and Regulation (5th ed., 2018). Ian has been a visiting professor at the universities of Texas, Melbourne and KU Leuven. Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, European Commission, Council of Europe, Commonwealth and UNCTAD, as well as numerous individual states. Ian was a ‘expert nationaux détaché’ to the European Commission (1995-96); Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-09); on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (2010-12); the Press Complaints Commission (2009-14), a member of the RUSI Independent Surveillance Review (2014-15) and is a member of the Code Adjudication Panel at the Phone-paid Services Authority (2016- ). Ian is a member of the Commission’s Expert Group to support the application of the GDPR. Ian is a solicitor and Of Counsel to Baker McKenzie. Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative and is a principal investigator on the Cloud Legal Project.
Established in 1967, the Law Society of Singapore is a body established under the Legal Profession Act. It carries out various statutory functions prescribed under the Legal Profession Act, including maintaining and improving the standards of conduct and learning of the legal profession in Singapore, the facilitation of the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the legal profession, and protecting and assisting the public in all matters ancillary or incidental to the law. For more information, visit us at https://www.lawsociety.org.sg/
CanLII is a non-profit organization that has been engaged by the law societies of Canada through the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to establish, operate, maintain and provide to the law societies a website dedicated to providing continuous access to a virtual library of Canadian legal information. CanLII’s goal is to make Canadian law accessible on the internet. For more information, please visit https://www.canlii.org
Director of Programs and Partnerships Canadian Legal Information Institute
Sarah Sutherland is the director of programs and partnerships at CanLII. She works on advancing CanLII’s strategic priorities of providing access to law, identifying ways to close legal information gaps across Canada, and building a collection of open access commentary. She is interested in developing a community vision on how to use legal information and technological solutions in ways that leverage emerging opportunities to build useful tools and improve the ways people work.
Senior Assistant Director Office of Transformation & Innovation (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore
Alex is currently a Senior Assistant Director with the Office of Transformation and Innovation (Judiciary), working on transformation projects to bring the Judiciary into the 21st century. This includes technology and digital transformation, business process re-engineering, and creation of a innovation culture. Alex is also the co-head of Supreme Court’s Innovation and Digitalisation Committee.
Prior to this appointment, Alex was a prosecutor with the Financial and Technology Crime Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He was also concurrently appointed to Technology Crime Unit, and headed up the Technology workstream of the Attorney-General’s Chambers Strategic Review Group.
Moderating at Innovating Access to Justice Beyond Access to Information
Partner, Global and APAC Legal Managed Services Leader Ernst & Young
John is a Partner and the Global and APAC Legal Managed Services Leader at EY based in Singapore. He has over 20 years of legal industry experience and a particular expertise in the changing nature of legal services delivery. He has observed the industry from many angles including Big Law, a legal start-up and now at EY. John has worked and lived in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York and has worked with some of the largest companies in the world on legal department transformation. This has included advice on talent strategies, process improvement, technology and legal managed services.
Speaking at Essential Legal Operations Mythbusting
Corporate Partner and Global Co-Head of Innovation Linklaters Singapore
Sophie specialises in mergers and acquisitions across Southeast Asia.
Sophie leads the firm’s Singapore corporate practice that has been consistently ranked Band 1 in leading legal directories for more than the last decade. She is also recognised as a Band 1 Leading Lawyer and was named Legal Innovator of the Year by Financial Times in 2017.
As one of the firm’s Global Co-Heads of Innovation, Sophie actively promotes a culture of innovation and the use of legal technology in the firm. Sophie plays an integral part in the firm’s development of various AI-powered legal technologies. One such technology is the award-winning MatterExplorer which streamlines legal operations by significantly reducing the search time for the firm’s 750,000 legal documents and archives globally from hours to seconds.
Sophie is on the Board of Advisors of the Law School of the Singapore Management University and on the board of SAL Ventures, a subsidiary of the Singapore Academy of Law, set up to support the development of “Future Law” related enterprises.
Sophie is passionate about developing talent and finding new ways of working (with technology or otherwise) to help lawyers manage the demands of an exacting profession.
Moderating at Essential Legal Operations Mythbusting
The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (cloc.org) is non-profit, global group of professionals dedicated to improving the business of law. We are dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizations create positive change in the industry that helps us all be more effective.
We drive change through education, idea sharing, and the generation of new standards and innovations. Our members and leaders include some of the foremost legal operations innovators. As a true member-driven organization, we emphasize partnership with all parts of the legal ecosystem. Our community connects passionate, forward-thinking, creative people with professional relationships that help them lead their organizations to succeed. Our success is our community’s success.
Our opportunities to drive change that serves our community requires a diversity of skills and perspectives that engage our community’s entire ecosystem. This includes in-house counsel, law firms, service providers, technology providers, and academics. The power of the CLOC community helps us offer solutions and approaches that drive change that impacts the legal industry.
The Singapore Management University (SMU) Centre for Computational Law (CCLAW) conducts applied research in the intersection between technology and law with the goal of improving legal and regulatory services and increasing access to justice. Its flagship Research Programme in Computational Law is supported by a S$15M grant awarded by the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF). The Programme will research and develop open source technologies for ‘smart’ contracts and ‘smart’ statutes, starting with the design and implementation of a domain-specific programming language (DSL) that allows for contracts, laws, rules, and business process logic – basically, everything that makes up “law” – to be expressed in code. This paves the way for ‘smart’ contracts and statutes that can be reliably executed by computers to enable precise and accurate performance and compliance. The eventual industry-adoption of the DSL will facilitate the delivery of more efficient legal and regulatory services through digital systems, and will broaden access to justice. For more information, please visit https://cclaw.smu.edu.sg.
Co-Founder and Chief Product OfficerCasetext
Pablo Arredondo is a co-founder of Casetext and a fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Pablo is a member of both the California and New York Bar and, prior to putting his shoulder to legal technology, represented leading technology companies in patent litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Pablo and his colleagues at Casetext were awarded the American Association of Law Libraries’ “New Product of the Year” for 2017 for the development of CARA, a research tool that harnessing information encoded in legal pleadings and briefs and leverages that information to create tailored, context-sensitive legal research. Pablo’s work at Stanford identifying and algorithmically harvesting patterns in judicial opinions led to the creation of a massive searchable database of concise case summaries and black letter law. Pablo is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Law School.
DirectorGoogle Research India
Dr. Manish Gupta is the Director of Google Research India. He holds an additional appointment as Infosys Foundation Chair Professor at IIIT Bangalore. Previously, Manish has led VideoKen, a video technology startup, and the research centers for Xerox and IBM in India. As a Senior Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, Manish led the team developing system software for the Blue Gene/L supercomputer. IBM was awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Blue Gene by US President Barack Obama in 2009. Manish holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has co-authored about 75 papers, with more than 7,000 citations in Google Scholar (and an h-index of 46), and has been granted 19 US patents. While at IBM, Manish received two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, an Outstanding Innovation Award and the Lou Gerstner Team Award for Client Excellence. Manish is a Fellow of ACM and the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Delhi.
Director of Legal Operations, Google LLC
President, CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium)
Mary Shen O’Carroll is Director of the Legal Operations at Google, where she is responsible for overseeing key aspects of financial performance management, outside counsel management, systems/tools, and internal operations.
During her tenure at Google, Mary has been recognized by Financial Times in 2019 as a top Legal Intrapreneur, by ABA as 2018 Women of Legal Tech, by Fastcase as a Fastcase 50 award winner in 2017, by the American Bar Association as Legal Rebel in 2016, and by LegalTech News as Legal Department Operations Director of the Year in 2016.
Prior to joining Google, Mary served as Profitability Manager for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Earlier, Mary was an investment banker and a strategic management consultant.
Mary is also a passionate leader pushing forward disruptive technology and processes designed to change the future of the legal industry. To support that agenda, she is President of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), a global community of experts focused on redefining the business of law. By helping legal operations professionals collaborate with each other and with other industry players, including law firms, technology providers, and law schools, CLOC seeks to improve the
delivery of legal services.
Co-Founder Cosmic Café
Steven Liew is co-founder of Cosmic Cafe, a private investment and advisory firm that focuses on technology companies. Steven was previously a corporate lawyer working in the intellectual property rights, dispute resolution and public policy sectors. He graduated from National University of Singapore Law Faculty.
Member Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee
Beverly graduated from Singapore Management University and became a member of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee in 2017. She is primarily interested in self-driving cars and their legal implications.
Principal Investigator Singapore Management University Centre for Computational Law
Wong Meng Weng is a programmer, entrepreneur, and investor. He works in Haskell, Prolog, and Typescript. He has founded startups in Silicon Valley and in Singapore, where he also co-founded Hackerspace.sg and JFDI.Asia, Southeast Asia’s first startup accelerator. A few years ago he was involved as a client in a multi-million-dollar family dispute which provided an educational introduction to legal services. To better understand legal innovation, he subsequently served visiting fellowships at Harvard’s Berkman–Klein Center for Internet & Society, at Stanford’s CodeX Center for Legal Informatics, and at Ca’Foscari University of Venice. He also studied applied computer science at the University of Pennsylvania, business administration at NUS, and industry cluster development at reap.MIT.edu. In 2017 he served on a subcommittee of the Committee on the Future Economy (2017). Concurrently with co-founding the venture-funded startup Legalese.com together with Alexis Chun, he now serves as Principal Investigator at Singapore Management University’s School of Law’s Centre for Computational Law’s Research Programme in Computational Law.
Speaking at What Computational Law Can Do For You ((Technical Knowledge Needed)
Senior Partner Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Gilbert Leong is a Senior Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice group.
Gilbert is a pioneer in the technology area for IT law, data protection and computer misuse. He serves as trusted counsel to regulators in Singapore, large financial institutions, outsource service providers and large buyers of IT systems and IT services.
He has also been counsel to parties involved in the telecommunication industry. In particular, he has advised on disputes arising as between telecommunication licensees, application for licenses, market access and infrastructural issues. Gilbert has also been very active in the field of data privacy/protection matters, having written and spoken widely on the area. Currently, he is also a member of the Sub-Committee on AI & Robotics of the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.
In addition to his legal qualifications, Gilbert also holds a Certificate in Computer Programming and Information Processing from the City & Guilds of London Institute. Gilbert has authored numerous articles and given speeches on a variety of intellectual property rights, technology issues and electronic commerce.
Gilbert was also a member of several technology-focused think tanks in Singapore.
Speaking at Developing an Ethical Framework for AI
Dean and Professor National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
Professor Simon Chesterman is Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law. Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Professor Chesterman’s teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po. From 2006-2011, he was Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme. Prior to joining NYU, he was a Senior Associate at the International Peace Academy and Director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He has previously worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Professor Chesterman is the author or editor of seventeen books, including Law and Practice of the United Nations (with Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone, OUP, 2016); One Nation Under Surveillance (OUP, 2011); You, The People (OUP, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? (OUP, 2001). He is a recognized authority on international law, whose work has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority – including the rules and institutions of global governance, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, the changing role of intelligence agencies, and the emerging role of artificial intelligence and big data. He also writes on legal education and higher education more generally.
Moderating at Global Perspectives on Tackling AI Governance
Deputy Research Director, Law Reform Singapore Academy of Law
Simon is the Deputy Research Director, Law Reform at the Singapore Academy of Law. He is responsible for overseeing the publication of the SAL Law Reform Committee’s reports and recommendations for law reform in Singapore, and the Committee’s engagement with counterpart law reform agencies overseas. Prior to joining SAL, Simon was the Director of Policy & International at the UK competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority, where he led the strategic development of the CMA’s investigation policies and its international relationships. Earlier in his career, Simon spent seven years as an Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.
Moderating at Why, Robot? Liability for AI system failures
Managing Director & Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat DBS Bank Ltd
Chee Kin is accountable for the team which manages the legal and regulatory risk of DBS across legal entities, segments and geographies. Prior to joining, he held various legal and compliance portfolios in Standard Chartered Bank, JPMorgan, Rajah & Tann and Allen & Gledhill, including a stint as Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia for JPMorgan. A lawyer by profession, he has particular expertise in financial services regulation, and financial markets product and business structuring. Currently, however, he is focusing on the impact of digitisation, and the evolution of frameworks that will be necessary to cope with digitisation and data, together with second-order issues such as how criminal activity will also evolve, and how legal and compliance departments can benefit from analytics and AI.
Chee Kin currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Singapore Management University School of Law, the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and the Data Protection Advisory Committee of Singapore. In 2015, Chee Kin was recognised as a Distinguished Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance in the field of compliance.
Moderating at The Empire Strikes Back – Law Firms’ Strategic Response to Disruption
Joint Managing Partner TSMP Law Corporation
One of the founders of TSMP Law Corporation, Stefanie Yuen Thio heads its transactional practice, which include mergers & acquisitions, regulatory, advisory, capital markets, corporate/commercial transactions and investments. She is acknowledged as a leading professional by important legal journals such as the IFLR1000 and Chambers in her fields of expertise.
In practice for more than 20 years, Stefanie was appointed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to the Corporate Governance Council to review the Code of Corporate Governance in 2017 and was a member of the Singapore Governance and Transparency Index (SGTI) Advisory Panel between 2016 and 2018. The outspoken commentator has also been quoted by the press on regulatory matters; recent ones include the Darco take-private, Wirecard fraud and quarterly reporting. Her commentaries, such as those on regulations of alternative asset classes and SGX’s new delisting rules, often appear in Singapore’s leading broadsheet The Business Times. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio’s Business Matters, where she shares the Singapore lens on global current affairs.
A strong believer that the law firms need to embrace the industry’s digital disruption or face irrelevance – a sea change made even more pressing during Covid-19 – Stefanie pushes for cloud-based solutions to automate back-end processes at the firm, while retaining a high-touch approach to managing clients. The law firm of the future is one that provides bespoke solutions to clients with complex needs, she argues, while those that churn out standard contracts will be replaced by AI.
TSMP Law Corporation focuses on high-end transactional and dispute work, and was named Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2016, Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2017 and Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year 2018 and 2019 in the ALB SE Asia Law Awards.