Asialaw Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Summit 2019 - Speakers May 30 2019, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong


Speakers who attended the Asia-Pacific In-house Counsel Summit 2019:

Shaun Ansell

head of legal and compliance, Asia Pacific
GPB Financial Services

Shaun Ansell is currently Head of Legal and Compliance Asia Pacific for GPB Financial Services, a 100% subsidiary of Gazprombank based in Hong Kong since June 2016. Before this, he was managing director and the designated compliance officer (DCO) for the Asia Pacific region for Moodys. His geographic responsibility included Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Singapore, PRC, South Korea and India and he was based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Moody's, Ansell was the managing director and head of legal and compliance for Mizuho Securities Asia for five years. Ansell spent his years with Mizuho working out of their Hong Kong location.

Geoffrey Atkins

Ropes & Gray

Rajiv Biswas

Asia Pacific chief economist
HIS Markit

Rajiv Biswas is Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist at IHS Markit.
Biswas previously worked as Director for South-East Asia for The Economist Group. His previous experience includes working for UBS as Executive Director for Asia-Pacific Country Risk and for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an international economist. He has also worked for an international organization, the Commonwealth Secretariat, as a senior economist in the International Capital Markets Department. Biswas’s experience also includes working as a consultant for the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank.

Biswas is a graduate of the London School of Economics, for the B.Sc.Econ.Hons. in Economics, and received his M.Sc. and D.I.C. from Imperial College at London University. Biswas has published widely on a range of economic, trade and investment-related topics, with over 100 published articles. He frequently speaks at international conferences on the global and Asia-Pacific economies, including at World Economic Forum and Euromoney events as well as at United Nations conferences. He regularly appears on international TV programs, including for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNN and Al Jazeera TV.

Johnny Chan

head of legal
China Merchants Securities International

Johnny Chan is the Managing Director & Chief Legal and Compliance Officer (“CLCO”) of China Merchants Securities International Company Limited (“CMS”), the international arm of China Merchants Securities Co., Ltd., (#6099) one of the top-tier Chinese investment banks with a total number of 10,000 staff providing premier and comprehensive financial products and services.
As the CLCO, Chan is responsible for CMS’ business and overall legal and compliance affairs in CMS’ Hong Kong and overseas offices (including offices in the UK, Korea and Singapore), as well as their standards and practices and compliance. These responsibilities include managing CMS' legal and company secretarial team of lawyers and paralegals across the region and working with all levels of the organization and business teams to oversee business deals, contracts, compliance, corporate governance, anti- money laundering and all legal matters.
Before joining CMS, Chan was the Senior Legal Counsel of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (Hong Kong) where he managed and responsible for the legal affairs of ABN AMRO’s clearing, global markets, prime brokerage and stock borrowing and lending activities in the region. Before that, Chan was the Legal Counsel of CITIC Securities International Co., Ltd. (now CITIC CLSA Securities) for about 4 years.
Chan's practice focuses on advising on issues relating to regulatory and compliance matters, corporate governance, internal control, anti-money laundering, SFC and regulatory investigations, corporate litigation, cybersecurity, data security and privacy law, corporate finance, cross-border M&A, private equity investment, asset management as well as equities and derivatives transactions.

Sophia Chan Yap PK

chief investment officer
Trackmore Ventures

Sophia Chan-Yap PK is an energetic tech and business savvy Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Leader and Team Player with over 20 years of solid international experience solving problems and creating value. At university, Chan-Yap was given the Dean’s award for top of the year in Intellectual Property; at international law firm Baker & McKenzie, she was thriving as a rising star in the IP and China Practice Group; venturing deep in the business world as an in-house lawyer at General Electric group, she was being fast-track promoted to take on various portfolio (Private Equity, IT & Healthcare) and regional and leadership roles including as APAC Technology Counsel, APAC Counselfor GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, APAC Senior Counsel(Compliance & Litigation) for GE Healthcare, Chairman of GE Volunteers & Chairman of GE Women’s Network, before being head-hunted to join a new PE firm as General Counsel & Senior Vice-President to build and create, and subsequently as Senior Vice-President, Asia Pacific General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Global Deputy Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Chairman of CBRE Women’s Networkand member of the Asia Pacific Strategic Group leadership teamat CBRE Group serving as global 100 most senior executive in the world’s largest real estate company where Chan-Yap built award winning regional legal & compliance teams and infrastructure as well as global compliance programs, data analytics platforms and creatively turning her team as a key differentiator in originating new business models and bringing clients and revenue to the business. Chan-Yap also dealt frequently with regulators including data privacy commissioners, etc. After CBRE, she answered her calling and passion to utilize her skills, experience and network to serve the broader community and the next generation as CEO of Path of Victors(Hong Kong’s first international business reality show with a core vision to raise Hong Kong entrepreneurship to a whole new level) and Chief Investment Officer of Trackmore Ventures (bringing together entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capital funds, family offices, industrialists, trade associations, professionals and visionaries with the aim to raise the next billion dollar unicorns and help aspiring entrepreneurs).

Sou Chiam

head of regulatory affairs, Asia Pacific

Sou Chiam is the HSBC Head of Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific. She read Law at Cambridge University and is a Barrister-at-law in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She is a Mediator and Arbitrator with extensive Compliance and Risk experience. She is Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong and taught Administrative Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was instrumental in the drafting of the Mediation Ordinance for Hong Kong. As inaugural CEO, she set up the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre for the Hong Kong Government, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Securities and Futures Commission. She was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Investor and Financial Education Council (formerly Investor Education Centre). She was Head of Human Rights Policy at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Head of Legal at New Zealand Funds Management Limited. As Senior Crown Counsel in the Commercial Crimes Unit of the Hong Kong Attorney General’s Chambers, she prosecuted various leading cases and represented the Hong Kong Government at the Privy Council.

Raymond Goh

group general counsel, international
China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong

Raymond is the Group General Counsel, International, of China Travel Service (Holdings) Hong Kong Limited with oversight of the legal and enterprise risk management aspects of the Group’s principal investments, strategic initiatives and subsidiaries around the world.

He and his team have received several industry awards over the years, and was recently recognized in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist for China and Hong Kong (2017).

Prior to joining CTS, he spent more than 18 years in various management, corporate development and legal and compliance roles with leading Chinese conglomerates, a bulge bracket investment bank, and in private practice with Wall Street and Magic Circle law firms where he focused on capital markets transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, strategic initiatives and principal investments across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Raymond is a graduate of Columbia Law School and The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives.

Ben Hamilton

head of legal, Asia

Ben is the Head of Legal, Asia for ANZ Bank, based in Hong Kong. In his role Ben is responsible for the provision of legal advice for all aspects of ANZ’s operations throughout Asia and the Middle East. He manages a team of lawyers spread through China, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, Vietnam and Cambodia as well as the regional hubs, Hong Kong and Singapore. His coverage also includes ANZ’s businesses in Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and the Middle East.

Ben took up his current role in May of 2012 having originally joined ANZ on secondment in November 2011. Ben double-hats as the Head of Legal, Hong Kong and was also the Head of Compliance, Hong Kong for one year.

Ben completed his studies at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia and started work as a lawyer in the City of London. He worked in the Melbourne and Hong Kong offices of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) for over 6 years and had two stints at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, before a brief return to private practice in Australia.

Ben is a member of ANZ’s International Leadership Team, oversees the region’s Company Secretarial functions and works closely with the Compliance, Partnerships and Strategy teams as well as the regional CEOs.

Kyung Taek Jung

managing partner
Kim & Chang

K.T. Jung is the managing partner of Kim & Chang. He serves as a member of the firm’s management committee and the Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and Antitrust & Competition Practice.
Jung practices in a wide ranging areas of corporate law with focus on mergers and acquisitions and antitrust/competition law. He has extensive experience in the corporate aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, including corporate restructurings, private equity transactions, and joint venture transactions. His expertise in antitrust/competition law spans over 35 years and involves many of the most prominent cases that have come to define antitrust/competition law in Korea. In part due to the depth of his knowledge and experience, Jung is highly regarded by clients and peers alike and is regularly sought out by the Korean Fair Trade Commission to advise on policy matters. He also advises clients in IT, pharmaceutical, energy, and automobile industries.
Jung has consistently been recommended as a leading lawyer by major international legal publications such as Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.
Jung is the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Korea Advisory Board and serves as the Chairman of the Antitrust Committee of the Seoul Bar Association.

Deborah Kaplan

litigation counsel
Morgan Stanley

Deborah Kaplan is Litigation Counsel, Asia Pacific for Morgan Stanley, where she handles contentious matters for all the Firm’s business units across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley five years ago, Kaplan worked at Avon Products, Inc., where she was a member of the Litigation team in New York, handling significant litigations and regulatory matters. Before joining Avon, Kaplan worked at Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York within the Litigation and White Collar Crime group. Deborah earned her BA from Columbia University and JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Yogesh Kumar

heald legal and compliance Asia Pacific
Apex Fund Services

Yogesh Kumar has diverse professional experience across financial markets. His recent experiences relate to regulatory compliance, legal and operations in multiple jurisdictions with focus on anti-money laundering compliance, legal and com sec operations. Earlier on in his career, he has managed listing operations, started and supervised broking operations, designed workflows for legal and compliance functions, launched in-house funds, conducted due diligence etc.

Prior to Apex Fund Services, Kumar has worked with Amicorp Group heading Legal and Compliance functions for its multi-jurisdiction trust, com sec and fund administration business. Before that he was capital markets SME with HCL Technologies Limited and advised NasdaqOMX and others on Indian capital markets regulatory regime. He has also worked with National Stock Exchange of India Limited where he advised corporates on initial and follow-on listing of securities. He has worked with stock-brokers handling their legal and compliance functions to operations.

Kumar holds Law degree from University of Delhi, India and also the post graduate degree in Business Administration with specialization in Financial Instruments and Markets from University at Buffalo, NY, USA.

Hester Leung

associate general counsel

Hester Leung is HSBC’s Associate General Counsel and Regional Head of the Global Internal Investigations Group, Asia-Pacific. She joined HSBC in 2014 and oversees the significant investigations of the bank in the Asia-Pacific region, with expertise ranging from white-collar and financial crimes-related matters including bribery and corruption, sanctions, money-laundering to market manipulation and whistleblowing cases. Prior to joining HSBC, she was an Executive Director at the Litigation team of Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, focusing on litigation, contentious regulatory matters and internal investigations in the Asia-Pacific region. She started her career with Herbert Smith and worked in the Litigation Department. Her experience includes: advising investment banks and individuals in financial services regulatory investigations by the HK Securities and Futures Commission in connection with insider trading and market misconduct; advising individuals on the cross-border implications of insider dealing proceedings brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission; represented a prominent former senior civil servant in relation to his judicial review application.

Iris Li

legal counsel

Iris Li is the Legal Counsel at the International Dispute Resolution team of Alibaba Group. She is responsible for offshore litigations and arbitrations of Alibaba Group with a focus on intellectual property disputes. Iris has more than 10-year experience in IP litigations and has been admitted to practice in China and the New York State. Before joining Alibaba, Iris has worked for various leading law firms in the Mainland China and Hong Kong including King & Wood Mallesons and Deacons.

Lesli Ligorner

Morgan Lewis

K. Lesli Ligorner has more than 20 years of experience serving clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, with more than 10 of those years spent on the ground in China. She has been advising a broad range of financial services; telecommunications, media, and technology; life sciences; and general manufacturing clients on the full suite of employment issues in China, including involving hiring and termination, establishment and enforcement of company policies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and local anticorruption compliance, and discrimination and harassment policies, training, and investigations.
Ligorner leads the labor and employment practice in mainland China and handles cross-border employment matters and internal investigations across the Asia-Pacific region.
She also advises on global mobility and immigration, employment and anticorruption due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, leaves of absence, wage and hour laws, intellectual property protection, and unionization and collective bargaining.

Micky Lo

chief information risk officer
BNY Mellon

Micky Lo joined BNY Mellon in July 2013 as Chief Technology Risk Officer APAC. He is leading the regional team with the mission to enable business solutions while proactively protecting BNY Mellon from information risks in a balanced control environment. He oversees and govern the implementation of the bank wide information risk roadmap in the region with particular focus on IT regulatory compliance

He has over 30 years of IT experience in Financial Service Industry that spans across a diversified IT management disciplines including regional and location management, IT and security architecture, distributed computing engineering, technology infrastructure operation, outsourcing/in-sourcing management, IT risk management and technology audit.

Before joining BNY Mellon, Micky was the Head of IT Security APAC and Head of Technology Greater China for Deutsche Bank. Micky has held various management positions in IT management, IT Security/Risk management and Audit with JPMorgan and Citibank.

Micky serves as an industry advisor of the Bachelor of Management Science and Information Management Programme of Hang Seng Management College.

Micky received a Bachelor of Mathematic degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Susan Lo

Lee & Li

Susan Lo continues to advise clients on compliance with personal data protection laws and cyber security on a regular basis and provides compliance trainings to clients from time to time. Lo is also specialized in M&A, joint venture, spin-off, and restructuring matters and has represented numerous international and local companies and private equity funds to participate in investment, tender offer, and restructuring projects in different industries (e.g., high-tech, pharmaceutical, and financial industries).

Stanley Lui

legal director, APAC
TI Automotive

Stanley Lui is TI Automotive’s Legal Director for the APAC region, mainly dealing with the legal and risk aspects in both the selling and manufacturing fronts. Between 2015 and 2018, he served as the Head of Legal and Compliance for the APAC of Hilti (construction material manufacturer); one of his key functions is formulating and directing compliance programs. Prior to that, Stanley worked five and a half years at Nobel Biocare – a medical device manufacturer – as its General Counsel for APAC where he was responsible for procuring legal, compliance and risk related advice to various business functions. Stanley has also worked for the Fire and Security unit of United Technology Corporation (2007 to 2009) and local apparel retailer G2000 (2005 to 2007).

Sabrina Maguire

head of Legal
Sun Hung Kai & Co

Sabrina Maguire is the Head of Legal for Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited, a Hong Kong-listed investment firm with businesses in structured and specialty finance, public investments, private equity and consumer credit.

Prior to that, she served as Executive Counsel, Investigations for General Electric, conducting investigations in Asia into improper payment (FCPA), fraud and competition concerns. In her earlier role with GE, she served as General Counsel for GE Capital in Southeast Asia and Greater China, managing the legal team for a business with multiple lines and products: sponsor finance (leveraged or acquisition finance) and other cash-flow financing, asset-backed lending (secured by assets as diverse as accounts receivable, marine vessels and corporate aircraft), securitizations, trade finance, equipment leasing, private equity and NPL portfolio acquisition and resolution.

Prior to joining GE Capital in June 2008, she was a finance partner with Latham & Watkins. While in private practice, she represented multi-national and PRC banks, investment banks, export-import banks and multilateral finance institutions and sponsors in project finance and leveraged and structured finance transactions, primarily in the energy sector.

Andy Meehan

executive director, legal and compliance
Morgan Stanley

Andy Meehan leads the Asia legal advisory team for Morgan Stanley’s Global Financial Crimes division. Meehan advises Morgan Stanley’s Asia-based entities on anti-corruption, global economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws and regulations as they impact Morgan Stanley’s business operations, transactions, and clients. He is also is an experienced litigator, having previously focused his practice on representing clients involved in civil and criminal enforcement matters brought by the U.S. government, many of which involved the financial services industry.

Prior to launching his legal career, Meehan was a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he specialized in the detection and investigation of financial crimes, industrial espionage, and counterintelligence operations.

Agustin Montilla

senior partner

Andrew Morentz

director, regional privacy officer, APAC
Royal Bank of Canada

Andrew Morentz is the Director, Regional Privacy Officer, APAC for Royal Bank of Canada, based in Hong Kong and is RBC’s data protection lead for Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining RBC, he was the Asia-Pacific privacy lead for a publicly-traded information services company, and a lawyer in private practice with Paul Hastings and Telecommunications Law Professionals, where he focused on telecoms, technology, and privacy. Morentz has also worked in the technology and U.S.-China policy fields, and has lived and worked in mainland China and Korea. Morentz received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hugo Ngaw

group general counsel

Priscilla Piergoelam

seneior legal counsel

Priscilla Piergoelam is Senior Legal Counsel, Field Legal at SAP Hong Kong. In this role, Piergoelam has a local and a regional responsibility. While, leading all the transactional work for SAP’s Hong Kong business, Piergoelam supports the Cybersecurity and Data Protection team within SAP for the Greater China Region. Piergoelam works closely with the Cybersecurity and Data Protection team to help make SAP solutions secure and compliant with cybersecurity and data related regulations across all lines-of-business within SAP. In particular, this includes supporting and growing SAP’s business through enabling customers to become Intelligent Enterprises, using SAP technology such as Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT, Analytics and mobile solutions. Piergoelam is a European trained lawyer with exposure to the GDPR and has an LLM from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Piergoelam joined SAP in 2015 and recently transferred from the Europe to Hong Kong.

Jamie Prudhomme

compliance manager & BSA/AML officer

Jamie Prudhomme joined Flywire in 2015 and serves as Flywire’s BSA/AML Officer & Compliance Manager, working to protect Flywire and its clients from financial crime. Prior to joining Flywire, Prudhomme worked as a consultant in anti-money laundering and financial crime for over eight years at Deloitte and KPMG. Prudhomme also has a background in preventing credit card fraud, having previously worked as a fraud analyst at Prudhomme is CAMS certified and is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Anna Shek

senior legal counsel

Anna Shek is the Senior Legal Counsel at the Corporate and International Legal Team of Tencent. Shek is responsible for the Hong Kong Listing Rules compliance and corporate governance matters at the group level and has expanded her expertise to fintech and financial regulatory areas since she joined Tencent in 2016. She is in charge of the legal affairs of WeChat Pay’s mobile payment business in Malaysia and provides regulatory advice for various business groups in relation to payment and securities related products globally. Before her current role, Shek was a corporate lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer specialising in M&A and Listing Rules compliance.

Brian Tang

maanging director

Silvia Wong

regional legal counsel

Silvia Wong is the Regional Legal Counsel, Asia for AEGON, a multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands. She read law at the University of Hong Kong and obtained her Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge. Silvia joined AEGON in 2015 from Slaughter and May. In her current role, Wong advises AEGON’s operations across Asia including its joint ventures, venture capital and asset management arms, with a particular focus on AEGON’s digital and strategic initiatives in the region.

Lawrence Yee

head of legal and compliance
China Renaissance Securities

Lawrence Yee is the Group Head of Compliance and Head of Hong Kong Legal of China Renaissance Holdings Limited, where he joined in 2016 as head of legal and compliance of China Renaissance Securities (HK) Ltd and later the chief operating officer, before taking on the current role when China Renaissance was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2018. He has over 20 years of legal, regulatory and compliance experience having acted in multiple positions at private-practice, corporate in-house legal, and regulatory compliance of financial institutions. Prior to joining China Renaissance, Yee was the Asia head of investment banking and research compliance at J.P. Morgan, and earlier he was a director of global markets compliance at HSBC, as well as the legal counsel of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. Yee is a solicitor of the Hong Kong SAR.

Raina Yeung

assistant privacy commissioner
Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data

Raina Yeung is Assistant Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (Legal, Policy & Research) of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (PCPD).

In her capacity as APC (LPR), Yeung oversees the Legal Section as well as the Policy and Research Section of PCPD. Her key responsibilities include overseeing the research and the formulation of policies in connection with protection of personal data, and providing management support and legal advice to the Privacy Commissioner in the discharge of his functions and exercise of his powers.

Prior to joining PCPD, Yeung held management positions in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. She served as the Assistant Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL). Ms. Yeung was the Deputy Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Shanghai Disney Resort during the initial construction stage of the project.

Before joining HKDL, Yeung has worked for various leading law firms in Hong Kong including Deacons and Johnson Stokes & Master.

Samuel Yim

senior foreign attorney
Kim & Chang

Samuel Yim is a senior foreign attorney at Kim & Chang’s fintech practice where he focuses on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters. He regularly represents token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges, funds, token marketers and broker-dealers, global investment banks, asset managers, and others in the space. He has advised foreign and domestic clients on major industry defining matters such as, among others, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and reverse ICOs, token private placements, the establishment or acquisition of cryptocurrency exchanges, and cryptocurrency arbitrage.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Yim worked at Allen & Overy LLP and served in the US Army. Yim received a BS from the United States Military Academy and a JD Georgetown University Law Center. He received the Fulbright Fellowship and studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea where he was also an adjunct professor at Yonsei University Law School. He is admitted to the New York bar.

Carli Yung

head of litigation and employment

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