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

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:


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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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.