In-House Agenda




KICA workshops are increasingly popular with members.
KICA workshops are increasingly popular with members.

The Korea In-house Counsel Association (KICA) organized a two-day annual workshop for its members at Kyoungwonjae, a Korean traditional house-style hotel in Songdo international business district from 26-27 November.

Highlights of the workshop include a special Korean traditional music performance by the National Gukak Centre, a special lecture by a famous scholar on Confucianism, panel discussions from successful in-house lawyers and, the association hopes, a lot of fun.

The KICA is the latest corporate counsel group to partner with Asia Business Law Journal. This professional association represents South Korean bar licensed attorneys who are working as in-house counsel at various companies and private/public institutions in South Korea.

The KICA currently has about 1,600 members and is a fast growing organization due to the rapidly increasing number of in-house counsel in South Korea.

The KICA started off as informal lunch gatherings of in-house counsel working around the Yeouido area in Seoul in 2006, and evolved into the Yeouido In-house Counsel Association (YICA) in 2009. In 2011, the KICA was founded by merging with two other in-house counsel groups, the Gangnam and Gangbuk In-house Counsel Associations.

KICA members invariably belong to different organizations but work to share values, vision, knowledge and human resources by enhancing professional and networking powers through academic and cultural events.

In addition to the steering committee, the association has five other committees: academic, culture, compliance, public interest committee and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

It also has five industry communities working in the fields of finance, construction and heavy industry, IT and services, manufacturing, and public and associations.

The KICA’s in-house counsel academy, which is held every year, provides the educational courses, skill-building seminars and interactive learning programmes for in-house counsel. A regular group workshop has been developed uniquely for the employers of the KICA’s members.



Members at October’s session on cross-border trade litigation.
Members at October’s session on cross-border trade litigation.

The Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association kicked off a new membership year commencing 1 September with an array of hot-topic seminars, with more similar events in the pipeline to see out the year.

Here’s a glimpse of the HKCCA’s final seminars, social events, industry roundtables and conferences for 2016:

• Big Data and Internet of Things, on 8 November, commissioned by Norton Rose Fulbright;

• The Hong Kong Fintech Landscape, on 17 November, sponsored by Hogan Lovells;

• FATCA, Asset Tracing and Shareholder Protection in the BVI, Bermuda and Cayman Courts, on 24 November, presented by Harneys;

• An update on the Hong Kong – Shenzhen Connect, on 30 November, sponsored and presented by Charltons Solicitors and Hong Kong Exchange and Clearings Limited; and

• The New Draft Foreign Investment Law of China How it Revolutionizes China’s Foreign Investment Regime, on 7 December, with Miao & Co and Han Kun Law Offices.

The HKCCA will be offering members new seminars and roundtables as soon as 11 January, 2017, with an overview of the General Data Protection in Europe and its impact for Hong Kong organizations, by Lewis Silkin.

In mid-October, Troutman Sanders hosted two well-attended sessions of their presentation on Cross-Border Trade Litigation. Ronald Sum, a partner of Troutman Sanders specializing in dispute resolution, delivered an engaging presentation.

On newsworthy topics, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Robert Ashworth, Richard Bird, John Choong, and Robert Kirkness held a panel discussion on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), including key
developments. Of particular interest were the political implications and forces behind the rise of the competing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and its differences with the TPPA.



joe_2893Hundreds of Singapore’s in-house counsel donned their finery to attend the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association’s (SCCA) Black Tie Gala at The Capella Sentosa on 4 November to celebrate the association’s 14th anniversary.

The event featured special guests including Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, Indranee Rajah.

SCCA president, Wong Taur-Jiun, spoke on the night about the changes occurring in the legal profession, including those with technology, and how the SCCA had revisited its raison d’être and decided “to be more than what we had been since our humble beginnings in 2002”.

As part of this philosophy, Wong said the SCCA had developed a “Competency Framework” for in-house counsel. The framework describes three categories of competency – legal, managerial and conduct – across three levels of seniority – individual contributor, head of department, and general counsel of an entire organization. This can be used a reference point for hiring, training and career development.

“Work on the framework continues. We have received very positive feedback from selected senior in-house counsel in hiring positions, human resource practitioners and members of the labour movement,” Wong told more than 260 gathered guests.

He said the SCCA was developing and curating relevant courses within the framework. On the legal front, several professors from the Law Faculty of the Singapore Management University have agreed to help develop full or half-day courses, in collaboration with law firms and senior in-house counsel. “These courses will be rigorous academically, realistic commercially, and relevant to the in-house community,” he said. “We hope to introduce these courses from Q1 of 2017.”

Wong also announced that the SCCA had entered into an MOU with Nanyang Business School to develop a bespoke business leadership course for mid to senior in-house counsel. The six-day course will prepare participants to be effective at senior management levels. “We are looking at the government to provide training subsidies. We aim to open this course for enrolment some time in 2017.”

The SCCA is also working with TMS Academy, the training arm for Temasek Group of companies, to adapt its Global Leaders course for the SCCA’s most senior members. “Strategic vision will be the prime objective,” said Wong. “We hope to make the first run, also in 2017, subject to availability of training subsidies. So this is the SCCA vision of becoming a Centre of Competence for the practice of law in-house. Not only for Singapore, but over time, for the whole of Asia.”

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, Indranee Rajah (centre), is flanked by SCCA president Wong Taur-Jiun (left), vice president Dharmendra Yadav, and other guests.
Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, Indranee Rajah (centre), is flanked by SCCA president Wong Taur-Jiun (left), vice president Dharmendra Yadav, and other guests.



acc_apacThe Australian in-house counsel sector converged on the nation’s capital, Canberra, in November for ACC Australia’s National Conference & In-House Lawyer Awards.

Attracting more than 300 in-house professionals, the specialized conference, which ran from 16-18 November, featured a programme covering a range of topics including cyber risks, legal leadership and global insights.

The programme was designed by in-house lawyers for in-house lawyers, and featured a number of the Asia-Pacific region’s top legal experts from leading organizations including AHPRA, AIA Australia, AMP Limited, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Australian Cyber Security Research Institute, Bauer Media, Brookfield, Coca-Cola, Carnival Australia, CSIRO, Macquarie Bank, McDonalds Australia, Novomodus, Peerpoint, Staples Australia, Thomson Reuters, Treasury Wine Estates, Westpac Group, and Xero.

Delegates created personalized programmes from over 25 tailored sessions from a range of keynotes, panel sessions and masterclasses, and gained new perspectives and valuable sector insights, along with a range of networking opportunities across the three days. A highlight of the event was the annual in-house lawyer awards dinner. This event celebrated the best of the Australian in-house legal profession and was the culmination of an annual awards programme that featured a number of categories including Government Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Lawyer of the Year, and Small Legal Team of the Year.



icca-agra-43The Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) hosted its Sixth Annual International Summit – ICCA Congress 2016 from 25-27 August at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi.

With a theme of Globalization of Legal Services, the summit was happy to have India’s Ministry of Commerce, the Services Export Promotion Council and the Ministry of Law and Justice as supporting partners.

The ICCA noted that India’s legal industry is maturing at a steady pace, and that it is in its best interests to observe, assimilate and absorb the know-how and best practices that have evolved across the world over the years.

The summit’s objective was to create opportunities for international law firm professionals and in-house counsel to interact over the course of three days, and participate in well moderated, structured panel discussions on relevant issues. There was also plenty of time for personal interaction on the conference sidelines.

Invited dignitaries included Suresh Chandra, the Indian government’s law secretary, Sudhagshu Pandey, joint secretary at the Department of Commerce, and Lalit Bhasin, the president of the Society of Indian law Firms.



The Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association’s (ICCA) frenetic pace of events continued into the last part of the year with successful workshops offering ICCA members and other participants a practical guide to specific legal topics, with insight from multiple perspectives.

To that end, a workshop on fraud investigation techniques, held in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners (DNFP), attracted a high degree of interest on 25 October.

The ICCA also sponsored the Indonesia & Southeast Asia 4th Annual International Arbitration Summit, held on 29 September 2016, and the Asian Legal Business In-House Summit 2016, held on 5 October 2016. Both events were held at Raffles Hotel Jakarta.

The association plans to continue on a theme of interesting events this year and into the next. On 15 September 2016, in response to member requests for a discussion on financial technology, the ICCA and KNK Advocates held a “Financial Technology 101” workshop.

And on 30 August 2016, the topic of logic for lawyers was up for debate at a workshop with one of Jakarta’s leading independent law firms, Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto (AKHH Lawyers). Subscription