From left to right: Hong Kong Bar Association member Osmond Lam, ACC Hong Kong chairman Lin Shi, and barrister and event speaker Russell Coleman

Hong Kong

The Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong has maintained a lively schedule for members recently, with topics ranging from e-sport to legal aspects of divorce proceedings.

On 27 March, Hogan Lovells partner Eugene Low and associate Arthur Ng presented lively lunch discussion on the increasingly popular e-sport phenomenon.

With Asia being at the forefront of the market and taking e-sport competition to the next level with the announcement of a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, the speakers discussed how companies can gear up to seize the opportunities of a market that is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

If IP issues, gaming law, sponsorship/merchandising (exclusivity and territory), governance and disputes were all topics touched upon. Andrew Olson, chair of the ACC Hong Kong seminars committee and general counsel of Prada, opened the event attended by more than 40 ACC members.

On 22 March, Davis Polk hosted a half-day seminar to ACC Hong Kong members on “Risk management in the fast lane – TMT legal issues for 2018”.

Partners Martin Rogers, Patrick Sinclair, and Miranda So were joined by counsel and associates from Davis Polk’s Asia offices to discuss hot issues in TMT, including “The latest in FinTech regulation in Hong Kong and beyond”, “Compliance and enforcement red flags in the TMT Sector” and “Practical tips, negotiating points and pitfalls in TMT investments”.

On 14 March 2018, members heard from Hong Kong Barrister Russell Coleman on the varieties and vagaries of divorce: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Together with members of the Hong Kong Bar Association, ACC Hong Kong members were provided an insight into the entertaining and serious sides of marriages from a legal perspective. Attendees were also given an overview of the legal and practical aspects of practising family law in Hong Kong and were offered advice on navigating through the challenges in this area of law.

Other recent events held by ACC Hong Kong included:

  • On 15 March K&L Gates co-hosted a lunch seminar titled “Hong Kong or New York: How a listing venue can affect your fortune”;
  • On 13 March Catrina Lam of Des Voeux Chambers, Proskauer litigation partner David Chu, and Paul Harris QC from London’s Monkton Chambers delivered an evening seminar on the topic of “Know your competition risks and protect your goals”.
  • On 6 March Pillsbury’s Hong Kong office hosted a lunch seminar on “Introduction to insurance coverage disputes”; and
  • On 1 March W K To & Co hosted a CPD seminar on “Introduction and practical tips on Mareva injunction”.