The Legal & IPR committee has had an eventful 2016. For those of you who have missed it, here is our recap of the year! To make sure that you don’t miss any of our committee events this year, join our mailing list to receive personal invites.


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Legal 2016

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On Friday morning, the Legal and IPR Committee discussed about undeclared offshore accounts. Partner at Withers LLP Seth Cohen presented on the legal implications and changing dynamics of undeclared offshore accounts.  During the engaging discussion, Seth has also explained why the US Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service has shifted their focus beyond Switzerland.


October 2015:


Dynamics of Global Competition Law Enforcement, Daniel Colgan, DLA Piper

September 2015:


Independent Accommodation Providers


What This Could Mean for Singapore’s Hotel/Tourism Industry, Jia Jih Chai, Airbnb, Mark Meaney, Conrad Centennial Hotel, Bryan Tan, Pinsent Masons

June 2015:


New Investment and Enterprise Laws in Vietnam,


Brian Ng, Rajah & Tann

May 2015:


Navigating Your Route through Sanctions Regimes, Sarah Masters and Michael Collett, 20 Essex Street

February 2015:


A Look at Alternative Dispute Resolution in Singapore, Michael Lee, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Loong Seng Onn, Singapore Mediation Centre, Lim Seok Hui, Singapore International Arbitration Centre and Singapore International Mediation Centre, Chan Leng Sun, Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow


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The Legal Affairs and IPR Committee initiated our first Balestier Series event of 2016. On January 13, Singapore Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon described Singapore’s remarkable efforts to develop into a judicial hub that serves to encourage investment and commerce throughout the region. Hosted in the Supreme Court of Singapore, this session illuminated the full spectrum of dispute resolution options available here, including the newly inaugurated Singapore International Commercial Court.

With Singapore quickly becoming a world leader in Alternative Dispute Resolution, the committee hosted a panel presentation by leading ADR experts to share services and resources available to individuals and companies.


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Participating organizations included:

  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • The Singapore International Mediation Centre


We will regularly update the blog after interesting meetings and share upcoming events and interesting information related to legal affairs. We hope the information benefits you and we welcome your feedback on the new look.


Stay tuned and look out for our next blog post!


Nathan Bush

Nathan Bush

DLA Piper

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Legal and IPR Committee

The Legal Committee monitors significant legal developments in Singapore, Southeast Asia and the US affecting U.S. business interests in the region and Asian investments in the United States. The committee conducts seminars and speaker programs designed to increase awareness of major legal issues and also serves as a focus for the interests of Singaporean and international law firms practicing in Singapore and the region.
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