Events

Stanford University, “Strategies for Sustainability – Essentials for Business: Put Theory into Practice”, Young Global Leaders (“YGL”) Executive Education Module, September 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, completed the Stanford University YGL executive course focusing on sustainability put into business practice. Directed by YGL 2010, Professor of Practice Julia Novy and Professor Pamela Matson, this one-and-only online course launched at the conclusion of the YGL Annual Summit in August 2020. You can learn more about the program at https://globalimpact.stanford.edu/online-course/essentials-business-put-theory-practice and the YGL at https://www.younggloballeaders.org/.

 

 

Our Managing Partner, Caroline Berube, a proud Canadian, was even prouder to see how our multi-cultural HJM Asia Law and Co team embraced this year’s virtual 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Run (www.terryfoxrunsg.com), in aid of supporting approved cancer research projects in Singapore. Our Guangzhou HJM also looks forward to join the China Terry Fox run soon!

 

 

IBA Legal Business Development Global Virtual Summit – “The Magic of Collaboration in Law Firms” on September 3rd, 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was delighted to talk and share her Asian experience about the importance of collaboration among law firms to succeed together. Organised by the International Bar Association (IBA), the Legal Business Development (LBD) Global Virtual Summit ran on September 2nd and 3rd, 2020. Caroline thanks Itzik Amiel (Founder & CEO, THE SWITCH, Vice-Chair of the Law Firm Management Committee, Business Development & Marketing subcommittee, IBA) for inviting her to speak at the summit. As legal experts become more and more specialised, we do need a wider set of professionals to work together to meet clients’ needs. Caroline’s ‘take-away’ for all: Building a strong network is important, so start every day, step-by-step, consistently, to connect with competent and reliable people. Collaboration is here to stay! Click to watch: https://summit.legalbusinessdevelopment.online/talks/the-magic-of-collaboration-in-law-firms/?ah=4qLSFd0G#

 

 

EEXPO.SG – Made in Africa, virtual conference on August 26th, 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law with an Asia Africa desk,  truly believes in Africa Asia business and she attended the “Made in AFRICA” virtual conference which brought together six African countries, represented by respective embassies and high commissions in Singapore: Angola, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  The conference was organised by Olam International, supported by Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Business Federation, and hosted by Sun Media Pte. Ltd.  Notable speeches are from H.E. Mohamed Ahmed Fathi Abulkheir (Ambassador of Egypt), H.E. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye (High Commissioner of Rwanda) and H.E. Modise Casalis Mokitlane (High Commissioner of South Africa). Caroline thanks Nigel Ritson (also board member with Caroline of the South African Chamber of Commerce  www.sacham.sg ) for the invitation. Please click here (https://www.facebook.com/eexposg/posts/654407498522773) for a recording of the event.

 

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Investigating Misconduct in Foreign Jurisdictions – Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Asia Pacific (APAC) webinar on August 26th, 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law is back as a presenter for this topic today, this time targeted for APAC audience, at a webinar organised by the International Legal Affairs Network (ILAN) of the ACC and sponsored by the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.  Together with her fellow panellists, Edward F. Borden, Jr. (Practice Group Leader at Earp Cohn PC) and Dominic Wai (Partner at ONC Lawyers, HK), Caroline discussed fact patterns for the USA, China and Singapore, including local laws, cultural challenges, issues covering confidentiality and disclosure, evidence preservation and forensics, employment law and logistics. Caroline thanks Chris Dawe (Vice President of Services and Associate General Counsel, Primerus) for his kind coordination.

 

YGL Annual Summit 2020, The Forum of Young Global Leaders (an initiative of the World Economic Forum): The Great Reset, August 17th to August 20th, 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law was among 700 YGLs from nearly 100 countries to participate in the inaugural digital Annual Summit The Summit created the realisation that Young Global Leaders have the power to rebuild the post-Covid-19 new reality and reshape humanity. The Summit’s daily theme over the four days was: Inspire, Ideate, Connect and Empower. Caroline took part in the Action Labs, Community Moments and Interactive Plenaries. She listened to speakers, including Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed and Nobel Prize Winner YGL Michael Kremer at the opening plenary. Caroline believes that no matter where we are, together, we can make a difference!  Click www.younggloballeaders.org to know more about YGL.

 

Dobson Cup (Powered by National Bank) – McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship – Innovation Driven Enterprise Track Finals –July 30th, 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law was delighted to have listened to 8 amazing dynamic groups of young entrepreneurs about their innovation driven companies, together with 7 other judges having various PE, tech, finance, legal experience. Congrats to all founders… Please check the website of their companies: AIM Colours (https://aimcolours.com/), GreenKeepers, Hydrolux (http://hydrolux.ca), LockBox, Neophyto Foods (https://www.neophytofoods.com), Off The Grid (https://getoffthegrid.ca),  RailVision Analytics (https://railvision.ca) and TRAQC (https://traqc.systems). Caroline wishes to thank Marie-Josee Lamothe, Academic Director for the McGill Dobson Centre (https://www.mcgill.ca/dobson/) and her team (Melanie Lane, Michaela Deneva & Gabrielle Pochiet) to have involved Caroline in this great event. It is totally in line with Caroline’s value as an entrepreneur herself over various businesses in the last 20 years and her entrepreneurship foundation dedicated to entrepreneurs between 16 and 25 years old, YoungE3 (www.younge3.com)!

 

“Doing Business in China” – Chicago Bar Association webcast, May 8th, 2020

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, had a wonderful time speaking on the CBA webcast and wishes to thank John Sciaccotta (Aronberg Goldgehn), Angie Cruz (Manager of Office Services & Events Coordinator, CBA), and Ricardo Isla (Technical manager, CBA). This CLE topic covered pitfalls to avoid when doing business in China in protecting IPs and negotiating contracts emphasizing on practical aspects to optimize the protection of U.S. investors’ interests in China.  Caroline opened her presentation with ‘Intellectual property in China’, followed by ‘How to assess a distributor or manufacturer?’ and ‘Entering into a contract with a Chinese party’, all very relevant to today’s considerations for doing business in China, coupled with real case studies! More information at this link: https://www.chicagobar.org/ChicagoBar/CBA/Events/cba_Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=C15320W

 

Business Immigration: Work permit for Foreign Talents to/from Asia and the USA/Canada: Association of Corporate Counsel/Primerus held on March 12th, 2020 (Webinar)

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner and Katina Hunter-Sutcliffe, Senior Associate, were speaker on the quick hit program of the Association of Corporate Counsel International Legal Affairs Network (ACC ILAN), sponsored by The International Society of Primerus Law Firms, which was held via a webinar on March 12th, 2020. Joined by Mr. Felix Tin (Consultant at ONC Lawyers), Ms. Katina Hunter Sutcliffe (Senior Associate at HJM Asia Law & Co), Ms. Yee Mei Chow (Associate at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers), Caroline and fellow presenters shared important issues regarding hiring foreign talents in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, US/Canada, and Australia, respectively. Katina covered work permits options for Asian talent going to the USA and Canada for training at the headquarter of their employers and Caroline covered work permits required when sending foreign talent to China and Singapore. Special thanks to Kelsey Amick from Primerus for coordinating the presentations.

 

CANS CNY Reunion Dinner 2020, on February 4th, 2020 in Singapore

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, reconnected with fellow McGillians in conjunction with the Chinese New Year of the Rat 2020.  She was happy that HJM sponsored a HJM table at the McGill Reunion Dinner proudly presented by the Canadian Alumni Network Singapore (CAN.SG). Set at the majestic Tanglin Club, Caroline had so much fun tossing the “Yu Sheng” ushering the new year with good luck, health and wealth for all!

 

CANsg Christmas Party Soirée 2, on December 13th, 2019 in Singapore

“Christmas Party In The Sky, Soirée 2” was the theme of the Christmas party hosted by the Canadian Alumni Network Singapore held at the Marina Bay Sands Club 55.  Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, is happy that HJM was one of the sponsors to this exclusive party 55 levels above the iconic Marina Bay Sands!  It was also the first joint event with the Australian Alumni Singapore and Gentlewomen’s Club Singapore.  Bravo to comrade Michael Chan (President of CANsg and McGill alumni) for a successful party marking a fantastic end to the year 2019.

 

 

 

CanCham Christmas Networking Party, on December 11th, 2019 in Singapore

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was proud that HJM was the main event sponsor of the Christmas Party organised by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Singapore!  It was a wonderful evening with fellow CanCham members entertained with live performances by the Canadian International School Band, “Support the Good Cause”, back by popular demand! Special thanks to Chelsea Guy, Executive Director of CanCham, who dressed in holiday glam. HJM Singapore team enjoyed the event and it was such a great way to kickstart Christmas celebrations!

 

Asia/Africa: South Africa Trade Mission: Business Sharing Session on November 26th, 2019 in Singapore

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, gave a business briefing about company set up, intellectual property, contract terms and key aspects of employment law to 18 participating South African companies on the trade mission hosted by the South Africa High Commission, Singapore. The trade mission was held on November 26th/27th, 2019 at the Carlton Hotel Singapore to promote South Africa as one of the most sophisticated, diverse and promising trade and investment destinations for Singaporean companies. Special thanks to Sean Pike (Counsellor: Political, High Commission of the Republic of South Africa) and Gavin Storrier (President of South African Chamber of Commerce Singapore) for inviting our firm to give this seminar.

 

 

Teaching “Tech Law/Intellectual Property in Asia” to LL.M. students in the Internet Technology Program, Bocconi University, on December 2nd and 3rd, 2019 in Italy

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, had the honour to share real-life practical cases on Asia tech law and Intellectual Property with Bocconi’s specialized masters program students. The course prepares young lawyers to tackle the intricate and ever-changing environment where the law and the digital world meet. To Caroline, it is a delight to see so much interests shown by the students! Caroline thanks Laurent Manderieux (Director of the LL.M. program, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Law Department at Bocconi University) to have invited her this year again to teach at Bocconi University. Click here for more information about the course: https://www.unibocconi.eu/wps/wcm/connect/d80e74ae-daff-43c4-8ad1-2af29029aefd/Brochure+LLM+ITL+2021.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=n0qHPML

 

Scotiabank Panel Discussion held on November 21st, 2019 (Singapore): Gaining Ground ~ Real Insights from Real Leaders

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law was speaking on the panel titled “Gaining Ground – Real Insights from Real Leaders” at the Scotiabank’s Diversity & Inclusion Gender committee event held in Singapore on November 21st, 2019.  The event was graced by the presence of Her Excellency, Nancy Lynn McDonald (Canada’s High Commissioner to Singapore). The panel was moderated by Mr. Craig Marran (Managing Director, Head of Originations, Scotiabank). Together with a panel of inspiring female leaders, Caroline, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Lalitha Biddulph (Head of Global Technology Infrastructure at J.P. Morgan) and Mrs. Vandna Dawar Ramchandani (Regional Head of Talent Acquisition, Corporate Philanthropy and Engagement at Bloomberg), shared their experience on today’s business environment and industry trends and discussed how to promote gender balance in the workplace.

 

Belgian Economic Mission to China – Official Signing Ceremony held on November 18th, 2019 in Beijing

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law was invited to an MoU signing ceremony during the Belgian Economic Mission to the People’s Republic of China, presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Representative of His Majesty the King, held in Beijing on November 18th, 2019.  The MoU was between the European Data Protection Office of Belgium, represented by Ms. Jane Murphy, founder and chair of the board and HJM Asia Law with the objective to raise awareness about GDPR in Asia and to explore opportunities to develop and support activities and services related to the application of GDPR to Asian companies.  With a delegate of more than 600 participants, it was truly a very special event.  If you are interested to learn more, you may click on this link courtesy of the Kingdom of Belgium.

 

Seminar on “Intellectual Property: Legal concepts and best practices for aerospace companies doing business in Canada and Asia” held on November 14th, 2019 in Montréal, Canada

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law had the privilege to present on the topic of “Intellectual Property: Legal concepts and best practices for aerospace companies doing business in Canada and Asia” at the IP Seminar jointly organised by Aéro Montréal and Export Québec. Caroline had the pleasure to be joined by Xavier Genest, Intellectual Property Advisor of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), who gave a presentation from a Canadian perspective.  Caroline and Xavier spoke about trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial designs and copyright, and explained how the protection of products by IP rights can give an advantage over competitors with case studies.

 

“Export Leader” prize-giving award ceremony at the gala of the World Summit of Women in the Manufacturing Industry (“4.0 au féminin”) on November 14th, 2019 in Montréal, Canada

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was invited to present the prize “Export Leader”! Mélissa Harvey from Zorah Biocosmétiques, Amel Bouazza from Kanzy Mediapharm and Anais Jane Tsang from Maison Marie Saint Pierre, represented three amazing Canadian companies exporting all over the world and short listed for the award “Export Leader” at the “4.0 au féminin” World Summit of Women in the Manufacturing Industry organised by Saadia Lahekal in November in Montréal! Caroline, an entrepreneur herself and having grown up in Québec and heard about Marie Saint Pierre as a fashion designer by many amazing women for 30 years truly enjoyed giving the prize “Export Leader” to Maison Marie Saint Pierre, represented by Anais Jane Tsang.

“Exports” at the “4.0 au féminin” (or Women in Industry 4.0) at the World Summit of Women in the Manufacturing Industry on November 14th, 2019 in Montréal, Québec

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of  HJM Asia Law, was a speaker during the World Summit of Women in the Manufacturing Industry. Caroline was one of the speakers during the panel titled “Exports” with Daphnée Tousignant Maurice (International Services and Factoring Development Director at Desjardins), Marie-France Houde (Regional Director of Montérégie and Estrie at Export Development Canada (EDC)) and Diane Diotte (Coordinator of the Office of Development of Businesses in Growth (BDEC) at the Network of Businesswomen of Quebec (RFAQ). Anne-Solene Rioult (President of Les Facilitatrices) moderated the panel about the practical business, finance and legal aspects of exports.

World Summit “4.0 au féminin” in Montreal, November 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law reflects on the last two months of 2019 before officially starting 2020….and can’t wait to continue similar engagements in the new decade.  HJM had the pleasure to be one of the sponsors of “4.0 au féminin” held in Montreal from November 14th to November 16th, 2019, a World Summit of Women in the Manufacturing Industry!  All in line with HJM and Caroline’s personal values to encourage female leaders and female entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry – we know it is not always easy!! Also the reason we set up www.younge3.com – a fund to encourage, amongst others, young female entrepreneurs.

This amazing world summit was organised by Saadia Lahekal… a woman passionate in helping manufacturing companies in North America, Europe and Africa to be more global. Congrats Saadia!

ACC Annual Meeting 2019: “International Licensing Agreements: A Deep Dive”

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law was speaking on the panel titled “International Licensing Agreements: A Deep Dive” at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA from October 27th to October 30th, 2019.  This is the place where in-house counsels connect and elevate their expertise with the latest on current legal issues, as well as benefit from trailblazing education and CLE/CPD credits.

 

As companies’ operations have become more global and business partners are located overseas, it is critical to understand the differences between the applicable US law and the law of the jurisdiction in which the business counterpart is located.  The panel session focused on licensing agreements involving parties in the United States, the European Union, and Asia, and covered business culture and negotiation styles, differences in types of intellectual property rights, license grant provisions, tax considerations, government approvals/registration requirements, antitrust issues, and dispute resolution.  Click here for a complete 2019 ACC program schedule and conference information.

 

Aero Montreal, “Asia Day: enjoy a growing market – lessons learnt, new business opportunities”, Montreal, October 18th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was one of the speakers with Carl Gravel on the panel titled “Best business models in Asia: Experts on Legal and Financing Strategy” organized by Aero Montreal together with Quebec Government about doing business in Asia, especially in China. Details of the full program can be viewed (in French):

 

https://www.aeromontreal.ca/journee-asie-profitez-marche-pleine-croissance-lecons-apprises-nouvelles-occasions-affairesen_en.html?details=1

HJM Asia Law Women Luncheon fall 2019, Singapore, October 2nd, 2019

HJM Asia Law proudly pursued the women lunch tradition and hosted its women’s fall edition lunch on October 2nd, 2019.  We invited a group of more than thirty (30) women with various backgrounds and expertise to this event celebrating women leadership and business successes. This was another great network opportunity and forum to share each other’s accomplishments and achievements. We featured two female entrepreneur success: founder Virginia Brumby of Survival Chic (www.survivalchic.com) and products created by Lyn Marsteller, founder of Purse Perfector (www.purseperfector.com).   HJM’s team is already planning the 2020 edition!

 

HJM Asia Law & Co LLC was one of the sponsors of the China Working Group Cocktail Reception held in Seoul on September 25th, 2019 during the IBA Annual Conference.

International Bar Association, Annual Conference, Seoul September 22nd, to 27th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law and Asia Pacific Regional Forum Liaison Officer co-chaired with David Liu from JunHe the session titled “Belt and Road: opportunities, challenges and trends” having a great panel including Eric Jiang from Jurisino Law Group (China), Rusmaini Lenggogeni from Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (Indonesia), Kurmangazy Talzhanov from Integrites (Kazakhstan) and Enrico Toti from NCTM Studio Legale (Italy). The session was presented by the Asia Pacific Regional Forum of the International Bar Association. Details of the full program can be viewed:

https://www.int-bar.org/Conferences/conf840/binary/Seoul-2019-final-programme.pdf

 

Canadian Alumni in Indonesia, Canada Immigration Seminar, Jakarta, September 7th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, and Katina Hunter-Sutcliffe, Senior Associate (Business Mobility & Immigration) of HJM Asia Law, spoke on “Immigration to Canada” hosted by the Canadian Alumni in Indonesia (“Calindo”).

 

McGill Singapore Alumni Networking Happy Hour, Singapore, September 5th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law and President of the Singapore McGill Alumni, attended the McGill Singapore Alumni Networking Happy Hour event, sponsored by Drunken Farmer on September 5th, 2019. The event brought McGill Canadian Alumni based in Singapore and on business trips in Singapore together. It was a good occasion to exchange impressions and experiences with the different attendees from different industries. The next networking event will be on Thursday, October 10th, 2019.

 

 

 

Canada Immigration Seminar, Jakarta, September 7th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, and Katina Hunter-Sutcliffe, Senior Associate in Business Mobility & Immigration of HJM Asia Law, will be speakers at the “Canada Immigration Seminar” hosted by the Canadian Alumni in Indonesia (“Calindo”) tomorrow. Details of the program and registration can be viewed:

https://calindo.eventsmart.com/events/canada-immigration-seminar/

McGill Singapore Alumni Networking Happy Hour, Singapore, August 16th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law and former alumna, attended the first McGill Singapore Alumni Networking Happy Hour event after the summer break, sponsored Drunken Farmer. The event was a huge success and brought former McGIll Canadian Alumni based in Singapore and was a good occasion to exchange impressions and experiences with the different attendees.

 

2019 Primerus Northeast Regional Meeting, Diversity/Inclusion Panel Presentation, New York, June 11th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, participated as a panellist together with Amber Vincent from Alyn-Weiss & Associates, Ruth Ferguson, Chief Human Resources Officer at the Related Companies, Sara Lacombe, Leadership & Career Transition Coach, and Ripa Rashid, Managing Director, Inclusion Matters, Diversity Best Practices at Working Mother at a session on “Diversity/Inclusion”, moderated by Scott Grubin from Barton. They discussed about diversity and inclusion meaning in the legal profession and about recruiting and retention of diverse candidates/employees’ strategies. You can find more information about the event on the following link:

https://www.primerus.com/2019-primerus-northeast-regional-meeting.htm

House of Rose Professional, 2019 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky – The Success and Leadership Summit for Women”, Singapore, September 2nd, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law and Secretary of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (“CanCham”), had the privilege to represent CanCham, together with Marlene Han, member of the executive committee of the Cancham and Chelsea Guy, executive director of the Cancham, at the “2019 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky – The Success and Leadership Summit for Women” organized by House of Rose Professional. The event is one of the world’s most admired “women in leadership” forums. Break the ceiling touch the sky has evolved since 2015 as a key accelerator of global gender diversity in the workplace, enabling women leaders (and male champions for diversity) to learn, network and achieve via the sharing of best practices on success, diversity and leadership. You can find more information:

https://houseofroseprofessional.com/btctts-world-tour-2019/singapore/

Barton, Business in 2019 is Global and the Only Constant is Change – The Legal & Regulatory Landscape of Transactions Across Border, New York, June 10th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia law, participated as a panellist together with James Guadiana and William Newman from Barton, Waqas Shahid from Ankura Consulting and Terence Steward from Stewart & Stewart on the session “Business in 2019 is Global and the Only Constant is Change – The Legal & Regulatory Landscape of Transactions Across Border”, moderated by Kenneth Rashbaum, Partner at Barton. The speakers discussed about practical drafting and negotiation tips and risk management considerations including local laws, treaties, trade agreements, tax concerns, US oversight of foreign investment, privacy and cybersecurity concerns and anti-corruption laws. You can find more information about the event on the following link:

https://www.bartonesq.com/barton-presents-business-in-2019-is-global-and-the-only-constant-is-change-the-legal-regulatory-landscape-of-transactions-across-borders-on-june-10th/

 

The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago – « IP Protection in China: How to Keep It from Being An Oxymoron », Chicago, June 5th, 2019

Caroline Berube, managing partner of HJM Asia Law & Co, was a speaker on « IP Protection in China: How to Keep It from Being An Oxymoron » organized by The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, Caroline spoke about the myths and realities of IP protection in China and provided practical business examples and strategies to members of the ITAGC. You can find more information

http://calendar.itagc.org/docs/ITAGC_Calendar_11150.pdf

Nashville (Tennessee): a busy growing business city!

Caroline Berube, managing partner of HJM Asia Law & Co,  was on a very dynamic panel on June 7th, 2019 organised by the Global Chamber of Commerce, International Commerce on Strategic Navigation of Law, Culture & Ethics to Benefit Tennessee Businesses. Together with Tate Parker, Sales Vice President, Southern Region, Coface North America, Jack Shelton, Spicer Rudstrom, Amos Smith, Executive Director, Nashville Global Chamber, Brian Church, Founder, Experience Global and President, Journey Advisory Group, Terry Stewart, Stewart & Stewart, Jay Harvill, Senior Vice President, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC, and moderated by Marc Dedman, Partner of Spicer Rudstrom, we discussed international contracts, risk mitigation provisions for cross border contracts, responding to the impact on commerce arising due to disparate local, national, and supranational laws, treaties and Conventions and cultures. Marc Dedman and Terry Stewart are also Primerus members (www.primerus.com). You can find more information about the event on the following link:

https://www.globalchamber.org/events/2019/06/07/collaborator/bna-international-commerce-strategic-navigation-of-law-culture-ethics-for-benefit-to-tennessee-business/

American Conference Institute: Forum on Anti-Corruption compliance, “The US-China Trade War’s and Your Business in SE Asia: Industry Decision-Makers Discuss High Stakes Cyber and Anti-Trust Challenges”, Washington DC, July 24th and 25th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia law, was on a panel with Richard C. Smith, Partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and Corey L. Norton, Group Counsel for Responsible Sourcing at Thai Union Group PCL, speaking about “The US-China Trade War’s and Your Business in SE Asia: Industry Decision-Makers Discuss High Stakes Cyber and Anti-Trust Challenges”, organized by the American Conference Institute on Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets. Caroline, Richard and Corey spoke about the US-China War and the corruption risks in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. You can find more information on the following link: https://www.americanconference.com/anti-corruption-compliance-for-high-risk-markets/agenda/the-us-china-trade-wars-and-your-business-in-se-asia-industry-decision-makers-discuss-high-stakes-cyber-and-anti-trust-challenges/

The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, IP Protection in China: How to keep it from being an oxymoron, Chicago, June 5th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was a speaker at the luncheon program “IP Protection in China: How to keep it from being an oxymoron” organized by The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, about IP protection for U.S. companies. She talked about the myths and realities of IP protection in China and provided practical business examples and strategies to protect brands, domain names, patents, and copyrights in China. You can find more information about the event on the following link:
http://calendar.itagc.org/docs/ITAGC_Calendar_11150.pdf

Canada China Business Council, Navigating Intellectual Property in China, Montreal, May 21st, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, together with Jean-François Lépine, Director of Quebec Representation in China, participated as a panellist on the session “Navigating Intellectual Property in China”  they explained, the different aspects of IP in China, restrictions, rights and pitfalls to avoid when dealing with trademarks, patents, copyrights in China from a corporate perspective. You can find more information about the event on the following link:

https://ccbc.com/event/210519_montreal/?instance_id=372

Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) “Employment – Hiring and Transferring of Employee” webinar sponsored by Primerus, May 9th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was the speaker on the “Employment – Hiring and Transferring of Employee, a China perspective” webinar organized by the ACC and sponsored by Primerus. Caroline focussed on China compliance from a HR perspective. Participants learned about legal issues employers needs to be aware when hiring Chinese or foreigners in China. You can find more information about the webinar:

https://acc.inreachce.com/Details/Information/0ca41480-2805-42f4-a864-3ec86ab7ffe4

 

Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”) Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore, April 25th to 27th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law and Secretary General of IPBA, had a wonderful conference having  the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as key note speaker at the Plenary Session and the Chief Justice of Singapore Sundaresh Menon also gave a speech at the Gala Dinner and Caroline was lucky enough to sit at the same table!

 

Caroline, appointed as Secretary General of the IPBA from April 2017 to April 2019, handed over the role of Secretary General to Michael Burian on April 27th at the IPBA AGM. You can find more information about the conference and organisation on the following link: https://ipba2019.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Fox Run, Singapore March 31st, 2019

HJM Asia Law Singapore office was pleased to support the Terry Fox Run on March 31st in Singapore. Each year, many people in Singapore honor Terry’s legacy by supporting his noble cause of raising funds for cancer research by joining the Terry Fox Run Singapore – an inclusive fun run event that brings all supporters of this cause together to raise funds for cancer research conducted in Singapore. HJM team in Singapore participated in the annual Terry Fox Run. It is an annual tradition for HJM’s staff to participate in the run. You can find more information about Terry Fox Singapore https://www.terryfoxrunsg.com/

 

 

Caroline Berube, Canadian based in Asia, author of the book “Doing Business in China” and Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law was pleased to support Commonwealth Day 2019. The event was held at the historical colonial Eden Hall, British High Commissioner’s Residence in Singapore. Other major supporters included Prudential UK and Dyson. The evening was well attended by over 300 guests and officials from Singapore and other Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.

HJM Asia Law Women Luncheon 2019, Singapore, March 22nd, 2019

“International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. … After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8th became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations!” HJM Asia Law proudly pursued the tradition and hosted its annual women’s lunch on March 22nd, 2019. This year, HJM invited a group of more than 35 professional women coming from 25 different countries and with various backgrounds and expertise. We celebrated women leadership and business successes of this amazing group! This was another great network opportunity and forum to share each other’s accomplishments and achievements. 

Legal Environment for doing Business in China, Executive Program 2019, Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, March 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, is teaching a 10 hour “Legal Environment for Doing Business in Asia” class at the Sorbonne ASSAS Law School, Asia Campus for Executive. Caroline has over 20 years of experience working in China and is well versed in ways of doing business China. She is covering topics such as the new legal framework in China, contracts, corporate structures, employment law and IP in China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Canada Night at the Races 2019 in Singapore, February 22nd, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, hosted 20 guests at the annual Canada Night at the Races at the end of February 2019. HJM Asia Law had its own HJM Asia Cup! Canada Night at the Races is an event organised by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and held at the Singapore Turf Club annually. Canada Night at the Races is one of the biggest Canadian events in Singapore and once again, it was a huge success with about 250 Canadian, local and expat attendees.

Canadian Alumni Singapore, #Plastikophobia: Driving Environment & Social Impact Conversations to Action, Singapore, March 9th, 2019

HJM Asia Law is proud to be one of the supporting partners of the #Plastikophobia: Driving Environment & Social Impact Conversations to Action”, featuring Benjamin Von Wong,  a McGill graduate, is an event organized by the Canadian Alumni Singapore. Benjamin Von Wong has been making waves around the world with his epic photography, hyper-realistic art style and innovative concepts, specifically designed to go viral and drive conversations. Ben will be launching #PLASTIKOPHOBIA, his first exhibition in Singapore to mark World Wildlife Day, and raise awareness of the scale and severity of the problem of plastics in our oceans, and inspire visitors to take action to combat this threat to our planet. You can find more information about the event on the following link: https://www.canalumsg.com/events-1/plastikophobia-driving-environment-social-impact-conversations-to-action

Canadian Alumni Singapore, Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner, Singapore, February 11th, 2019

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, and author of the book “Doing Business in China” has agreed to be one of the main sponsors of the Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner, organized by the Canadian Alumni Singapore. The Canadian Alumni Singapore (CA-S) was formed by a volunteer group of Colombo Plan scholars in 1979. It is managed by an elected Executive Committee with guidance from a Board of Advisors. The High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore was invited to serve as Vice-Chair in the founding Board of Advisors, a tradition which continues today.

Bocconi University – LL.M. in Law of Internet Technology: “Intellectual Property in Asia”, Milan, October 4th, 2018

Teaching “Intellectual Property in Asia” at Bocconi University in Milan was a great experience for our Managing Partner, Caroline Berube, who presented an intensive one day session on the nuances of IP issues in Asia to enthusiastic LL.M. Technology & Law students.

Reception with the Prime Minister of Canada in Singapore, November 13th, 2018

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was privileged to attend a reception hosted by Her Excellency Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada in Singapore, at her official residence, on the occasion of the visit to Singapore by The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. Caroline is seen here presenting the Prime Minister with a copy of her new book “Guide pratique pour faire des affaires en Chine” (published by Lexis Nexis in English too and titled “Doing Business in China”).

Young Global Leaders collaborate on world energy challenges

New energy challenges? Caroline Berube attended the Young Global Leaders at Princeton University and was one of the 30 participants together with Sofana Dahlan, another YGL from Saudi Arabia. Please click the link to read about Sofana’s proposal using a traditional solution from her home in Saudi Arabia
https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/08/02/young-global-leaders-collaborate-world-energy-challenges

Africa Singapore Business Forum 2018, August 28th and August 29th, 2018

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, attended Africa Singapore Business Forum 2018, organized by Enterprise Singapore. The Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia. The forum exposed the critical issues and identify opportunities in key sectors, including real estate, manufacturing, digital technology, oil and gas, and financing. There were more than 500 business leaders from Africa and Singapore. More details about the program: https://gems.gevme.com/africa-singapore-business-forum-asbf-2018

Canadian Alumni Singapore Chinese New Year Dinner 2018, Singapore, January 31st, 2018

Caroline Berube, Managing Partner and Kelly Vouvoussiras, Partner of HJM Asia Law, hosted a McGill Alumni Table at the Canadian Alumni Singapore (CAS) Chinese New Year dinner held at The Glass House at the Fort Canning Hotel. The event was a huge success and brought Canadian Alumni and clients based in Singapore to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog!

 

One Belt, One Road: What is happening – Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”) Regional Conference, London, November 13th, 2017.

The IPBA held a full day conference in London after its mid-year council meeting in London at CMS London office. Caroline Bérubé, the managing partner of HJM Asia Law and also Secretary General of the IPBA, participated as speaker on the panel called “Opportunities ahead? Anticipating challenges for infrastructure projects on the Belt and Road Initiative”. You can view more information on the conference here:

https://ipba.org/media/fck/files/2017/IPBA%20Mid-Year%20Regional%20Conference%202017%20REV.pdf

Singapore-China Trade & Investment Forum, Singapore, 11th to 13th November, 2017

Michelle Ye, the compliance associate of HJM Asia Law, attended the  “Singapore-China Trade & Investment Forum” organized by the Singapore Business Federation and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in Singapore. Spearheaded by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), the Belt and Road Initiative (“BRI”) Connect Platform consisted of a series of business matching and networking events. Michelle represented HJM amongst approximately 80 top business leaders from various industries across China, including logistics & transportation, finance, ICT, hospitality and tourism.

International Bar Association, Asia Pacific Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, Hong Kong, 2nd to 3rd November, 2017

Caroline Bérubé, the managing partner of HJM Asia Law and Co-Chair of the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum, moderated the session, “Key lessons in post-merger integration”, where panellists including General Counsel and private practice lawyers with a wealth of experience in Asia shared their transactional experience and advice on post-merger integration. https://www.int-bar.org/Conferences/conf831/binary/Hong%20Kong%20M&A%202017%20programme.pdf

International Association of Accountants, Auditors and Tax Consultants, Annual General Meeting, Singapore, 12th to 14th October, 2017

HJM Asia Law, as a member of IBLC and its alliance with IECnet since 2015, was represented by Francisco Colomer Baldo from HJM Asia Law Singapore office. Francisco attended the IECnet Annual General Meeting in Singapore. It was a great opportunity to meet other international lawyers, accountants and tax advisors.

International Bar Association Annual Conference, the legal profession’s largest international event, Sydney, Australia, 8th to 13th October, 2017

Caroline Bérubé, the managing partner of HJM Asia Law and Co-Chair of IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum, participated as speaker in the session, “Is Europe ready for increased levels of Chinese investment?” where she examined investment considerations from a Chinese perspective. You can find more information about the event on the following link:

https://www.ibanet.org/Conferences/Sydney2017.aspx

Ms. Bérubé, also participated as a speaker on the roundtable  “The future of trade agreements: have they been ‘Trumped’?” The roundtable discussion focused on the challenges to, and developments in: 1) the TPP, 2) Brexit, 3) NAFTA, 4) Mercosur and Latin America, 5) Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and 6) the WTO. You can view the entire interview here:

https://www.int-bar.org/Conferences/conf673/ProgrammeSearch/Results/Detail.cfm?FunctionGuid=EB6FAA93-AEC2-43AF-9EE5-6CEB321DEEBD&Search=ListSessionsByDay

 

International Business Law Consortium, Annual General Meeting, Cincinnati, 7th to 10th September, 2017

Caroline Bérubé, the managing partner of HJM Asia Law, attended the IBLC Annual General Meeting in Cincinnati.  You can find more information about the event on the following link: http://iblc.com/meeting.php?Start=2017-09-07

China 13th Five Year Plan & Foreign Investment Environment Roundtable, Beijing, August 31st, 2017

Michelle Ye, the compliance associate of HJM Asia Law China office, attended the “China 13th Five Year Plan & Foreign Investment Environment Roundtable” organized by Global Intelligence Communications in Beijing, China. The roundtable talked about the latest legislative and policy development of 13th Five Year Plan, investment models and approached in the new foreign investment landscape in China.

The International Bar Association held its 3rd Annual “Investing in Africa” Conference in Paris, France on June 22nd to 23rd, 2017.

Convinced that the next big wave is Asia in Africa, HJM managing partner, Caroline Berube, spoke at the session : “Opportunities and Challenges for Investors and how advisors can assist” sharing her experience about Chinese, Singaporean and other Asian investors doing business in Africa.
The panel was composed of investors and advisors offering insight on best advices for corporate clients seeking opportunities on the African continent emphasizing also on the diversity of the continent on which Caroline agreed given her knowledge of the Asia Pacific region and its diverse cultural and economic diversity similar to Africa. Panellists were very diversified, knowledgeable on the topic as well as international coming from China, the USA, South Africa, Switzerland and Belgium.

You can view the conference programme here
https://www.int-bar.org/Conferences/conf792/binary/Paris%20Investing%20in%20Africa%202017%20programme.pdf

Association of Corporate Counsel “Due Diligence for Worldwide Clients – An Overview” webinar sponsored by Primerus, June 8th, 2017

Caroline Berube was one of the two panellists on the “Due Diligence for Worldwide Clients” webinar organized by the ACC.  Participants learnt about the trends on due diligence in China, India and various Asian jurisdictions.  Regulatory and compliance considerations were discussed, as well as challenges, pitfalls and risks.  Speakers’ information and the presentation can be found here: http://webcasts.acc.com/detail.php?id=181100&_ga=2.7231861.671885858.1497255196-419488349.1497255196.

HJM Asia Law Women Luncheon 2017, Singapore, May 30th, 2017

HJM Asia Law proudly pursued the tradition and hosted its annual women’s lunch on May 30th, 2017.  This year, HJM invited a group of more than forty (40) women with various backgrounds and expertise to this event, which celebrates women leadership and business successes.  This was another great network opportunity and forum to share each other’s accomplishments and achievements.  HJM’s team is already planning the 2018 edition!

International Bar Association Mid-Year Meetings, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 23rd to 27th, 2017

As Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Forum and China Working Group of the IBA, Caroline Berube attended the IBA Mid-Year Meetings in Belfast where she participated in various Officers’ and Council meetings.  You can find more information about the IBA and the APF on their website: https://www.ibanet.org/Regional_Fora/Regional_Fora/Asia_Pacific_Forum/Default.aspx.

Canadian Alumni Singapore Inter-University Annual Bowling Championship, Singapore, May 13th, 2017

This year, HJM Asia Law’s team participated to the Canadian Alumni Singapore Inter-University Bowling Championship, which took place at SuperBowl, SAFRA Toa Payoh.  Despite not being crowned champions, our team had a lot of fun and will come back stronger next year!

McGill MBA International Study Trip, Singapore, April 18th to 28th, 2017

On the occasion of McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management, MBA International Study Trip 2017 to Singapore, Caroline Berube was a speaker on the topic “The Ins and Outs of Doing Business in Singapore and South-East Asia – a Legal Insider’s Perspective”, which session took place on April 23rd, 2017.  Caroline also attended the networking reception organized by the High Commission of Canada to Singapore, to meet with MBA students, on April 26th, 2017.  As President of the McGill alumni, it is always with great pleasure that Caroline participates in events involving McGill students.

Inter-Pacific Bar Association 27th Annual Meeting and Conference “Connectivity & Convergence”, Auckland, April 6th to 9th, 2017

Caroline Berube, the managing partner of HJM Asia Law, attended the IPBA Annual Meeting which took place in Auckland in April 2017.  On that occasion, it is with great excitement that Caroline Berube was appointed Secretary-General from 2017 to 2019.  Caroline was also a speaker at the Cross-Border Investment Committee (CIBC) session on “Drafting cross-border contracts”.  You can view more information on the conference here: http://www.ipba2017.com/.

New Zealand International Social Media Association Launch, Wellington, April 3rd, 2017

As one of ISMA’s Board Members, Caroline Berube attended ISMA launch successfully held and organised by Scott Moran from Duncan Cotteril in Wellington, New Zealand.  ISMA is a not-for-profit membership organisation whose goal is to identify and resolve the global legal issues arising out of social media.  ISMA is dedicated to harmonising legislation and policies on an international scale to advance, protect and balance the rights of businesses and individuals.  More launches to be announced soon in other countries!

Sorbonne-ASSAS International Law School – LL.M. International Business Law 2017 Winter Short Program, March 14th to 16th, 2017

Caroline Berube had the privilege to teach a wonderful class for 10.5 hours during the 2017 Winter Short Program at the Sorbonne Assas International Law School, Singapore Campus. The class had three very interactive sessions  with Master students, Private Practitioners and General Counsels on “Doing Business in China” covering the Chinese legal system, IP laws, labour laws, corporate law and commercial contracts in China while providing concrete insights with case studies and the approach of the Chinese market by overseas investors.  Details of the program can be viewed here.

Primerus Asia Pacific Client Seminar 2017, Hong Kong, March 1st and 2nd, 2017 – Employment Law in Asia– Strategies for Protecting Your Greatest Asset

Moderating a session on hiring and firing staff in Asia using a comparative approach with my panellists Edward Sun from Hengtai Law Offices in Shanghai, LiPu Lee from Formosan Brothers in Taiwan, and Suwit Suwan from Navinlaw LLC Primerus in Thailand was interesting and done in a very interactive way including input and questions from some of the 60 attendees involved in legal practices in Hong Kong.  This session was part of the program organised by Primerus, society of world’s top independent boutique law firms. The program was held in conjunction with the Association of Corporate Counsel International Legal Affairs Committee in Hong Kong. The full program of the seminar can be viewed here.

International Bar Association, 5th Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference, Mumbai, February 15th to 17th, 2017

Caroline Berube had the honour to be on a panel with great moderators Walid Azzam, from Hadef & Partners in  Dubai, United Arab Emirates and also Officer of the Arab Regional Forum and Vivek Vashi from Bharucha & Partners, Mumbai, India who kept our session titled “Dispute resolution clauses in commercial agreements in Asia”  very interactive and engaging with the audience. Caroline’s co-panellists were very interesting and knowledgeable on the topic.  Dinesh Dhillon fromAllen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore, Pranav Mago from the  Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Mumbai, India, Sherina Petit from Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London, England and Akhil Prasad from Boeing International Corporation India Private Ltd., Delhi, India; Vice Chair, Corporate Counsel Forum made this panel experience enjoyable and a real learning experience,

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As co-chair of the Asia Pacific Forum of the International Bar Association, Caroline attended our 5th Asia conference titled “Resilient Asia – Fighting Global Headwinds” held in Mumbai. We had a few hundred of attendees from more than 30 countries. Our Indian officers from the APF did a great job at organising it! The full programme of the event can be viewed here.

 

Sorbonne-ASSAS International Law School, LL.M. International Business Law 2016-2017 Intellectual Property in Asia, December 2016

Teaching “Intellectual Property in Asia” to the class of Sorbonne-ASSAS International Law School, LL.M. International Business Law 2016-2017 in December 2016 was again a great experience for our Managing Partner, Caroline Berube. She is a Canadian New York/Singapore attorney who has been based in Asia and handling corporate/ commercial law with technology companies from all over the world dealing with their IP matters in the Asia Pacific region for more than 18 years. She has built up a well-respected  level of expertise and is especially well-regarded for her practical advice on technology transfer, IP special vehicles and IP matters in Asian countries.

Interlegal General Assembly Meeting, Barcelona, October 23rd, 2016

Caroline Berube, the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law as the Chairperson of the Corporate Group of Interlegal, was a speaker at the Interlegal General Assembly Meeting held in Barcelona. The session focussed on 10 key points in a M&A Technology Transaction in China. Interlegal with its significant presence caters to full range of corporate services, completed by knowledge of business, customs and local culture within each country and held its annual meeting with EURA Audit, a group of accounting firms from all over the world. More information on the event can be viewed here.

International Bar Association, 2nd Annual M&A in the Technology Sector Conference 2016, Tel Aviv, October 28th/29th, 2016

The conference was jointly presented by the IBA Corporate and M&A Law Committee and the IBA Technology Law committee. Caroline Berube, given her experience in IP, her position as Officer of the Intellectual Property Committee and her corporate law experience, spoke at a session titled “Due Diligence in Technology transactions, with a focus on privacy and big data issues”. The session focused on end to end execution of IP transactions and challenges in cross-border asset transactions. The full programme of the event can be viewed here.

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal Webinar on “Intellectual Property in China”, Training Event, November 2016

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal organised a webinar on subject “Intellectual Property in China”. Caroline Bérubé, the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, was the key speaker during the webinar. Caroline has been a regular speaker at many international conferences in North America, Europe and Asia on corporate and commercial law, employment and IP matters in Asia, with a strong focus on China and South East Asia. The webinar principally focussed on intellectual property rights, and thereby protect yourself and your company, particularly in a constantly evolving new environment in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on China. The details on this webinar can be viewed here.