This course is part of an on-going programme devised by the IBA’s Public and Professional Interest Division (PPID) to assist young lawyers and junior members of the profession with their understanding of the fundamentals of international legal practice.
The Fundamentals of International Legal Business Practice
Co-organised by the International Bar Association and Tokyo Bar Association
|0930 – 1800
20 November 2010
|Tokyo Bar Association
3rd Floor, Bar Building
A set of course materials will be made available to delegates.
The course will be conducted in English, with simultaneous translation into Japanese.
Registration fee is USD$55 and lunch will be offered to all participants.
Registration fee of USD$55 includes lunch and light reception
|0930 – 0945||Welcome and introduction
Jeffrey Blount Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Hong Kong SAR; Co-Chair, IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum
Kimitoshi Yabuki Yabuki Law Offices, Tokyo, Japan; Co-Chair, IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum
|0945 – 1100||
An introduction to international mergers and acquisitions
|1100 – 1115||Tea/coffee break|
|1115 – 1230||An introduction to international intellectual property
Richard Jarvis Davies Collison Cave Law, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
‘International intellectual property’ is an amalgam of multilateral and bilateral treaties and agreements that have the harmonisation of national intellectual property laws as their principal aim. This session will provide an introduction to some of the more important international intellectual property treaties and agreements. It will also broadly examine how successful the establishment of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the trend towards globalisation of trade with the attendant creation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and regional trade organisations, and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) have been in facilitating and influencing the simplification of intellectual property procedures and the harmonisation of national intellectual property laws. Some examples where there is presently significant divergence in substantive law and practice will be discussed.
|1230 – 1445||Lunch and roundtable discussion
Sanjiv Dagar Reed Elsevier, Gurgaon, India
Felix Ka-ho Ng Haldanes Solicitors & Notaries, Hong Kong SAR; Website Officer, IBA Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
Yuko Tanaka The Haruki and Tokyo-Marunouchi Law Offices, Tokyo, Japan
A roundtable discussion will be held to address common issues among young lawyers around the world. The young lawyers in the roundtable will discuss their experiences in their law firms/companies over the last couple of years – in these times of global financial crisis and its impact and the positive impact of the recovery in the Asia Pacific Region.
The discussion could cover topics such as career options, impact on remunerations, promotions, client/corporate counsel expectations in recessionary times, changes in fee structure, changes in nature of client assignments.
|1445 – 1600||Upstream dispute management and international arbitration
Lawrence Teh Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Singapore; Vice-Chair, IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum
- Explains why disputes are a by-product of commercial interaction, particularly in international contracts
- Contrasts international arbitration with the domestic court process
- Provides examples of arbitration clauses
- Deals with management of disputes before a dispute arises through both an understanding of how international arbitration works and through the effective drafting of arbitration clauses
|1600 – 1615||Tea/coffee break|
|1615 – 1745||
The internationalisation of merger and cartel law
With regard to cartels, this will include a presentation of the rules on collusive behaviour in the European Union, the United States of America and various Asian countries, including the practical aspect of immunity and leniency applications and coordination among antitrust regulators such as the European Commission, the JFTC, and the US DoJ. In the field of mergers, a main focus will be on transactions which involve Japanese companies (including the establishment of Joint Ventures) but nevertheless give rise to notification requirements in the EU and/or the USA. Besides questions of substance, procedural issues and administrative practices will be considered to identify the way from the first contact with the authority to successful clearance of the transaction
|1745 – 1800||Closing remarks
|1830 – 2030||Light reception at Hibiya Matsumotoro for delegates only|