Asia-Pacific Counsel Awards


The Asia-Pacific Counsel Roundtable is an exclusive invitation-only event being held at the China Club, Hong Kong, on the afternoon of March 23 2017, directly before the Asia-Pacific Counsel Awards gala dinner.

2017 Topic: Managing legal and compliance risks in a global business environment

The expansion of business across borders presents challenges such as the need to understand multiple diverse and even contradictory regulations and cultural environments. Exponentially intensified regulation – driven by persistent corporate scandals, loss of public confidence and political pressures on regulators – is shaping the current corporate landscape. One immediate consequence has been the rise of compliance as a corporate priority. Today, business growth and compliance are inseparable.

Roundtable participants will discuss:

  • The most concerning aspects of emerging and enduring global compliance risks relating to:
    • Data privacy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Whistleblowing
    • Anti-corruption and bribery
  • Risk management processes and tools that organisations need to assess and mitigate risk
  • Detemining your organisation’s level of risk tolerance
  • Assessing, mitigating and managing reputational and regulatory risk
  • Compliance roles and responsibilities: legal versus compliance (versus other risk-focussed departments)
  • Best practices for developong and implementing an effective global compliance programme
  • Board of directors and audit committee reporting – who, when and how?


The roundtable will run from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and will be structured as a frank and informal closed-door session where the group can discuss and share their views. At 6:30pm we will adjourn for the Asia-Pacific Counsel Awards cocktail reception, to be followed by the dinner and awards presentation. Each part of the day will be held in a different venue within the atmospheric China Club, at the top of the historic Old Bank Of China Building in the heart of Central, Hong Kong. The rationale behind the event is to bring together a select audience of leading senior in-house counsel to learn, discuss and network in a relaxed, yet dynamic, forum.


Henry Shi JunHe LLP (Lex Mundi member firm for China)

Henry Shi has a broad corporate, compliance and antitrust practice with particular experience in inbound and outbound M&A, corporate compliance and cartel investigation work. He has developed specialist expertise in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure, agriculture and internet sectors. He also serves as an ombudsman for multinational companies in their compliance matters throughout China.
Mr Shi is a lecturer at the China University of Geosciences in mining and investment law and has been a faculty member at the Multilaw Academy since 2009. He is an executive editor of the firm’s journal. Mr Shi graduated with an LLB from Peking University Law School in 2002, and also studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, obtaining an LLM in European law in 2003.

Chester Toh Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP (Lex Mundi member firm for Singapore)

Chester Toh is head of Rajah & Tann Singapore’s integrated regulatory practice. He advises multinational companies on regional regulatory compliance in the areas of antitrust and data privacy. Having previously worked in London, Hong Kong and Beijing, he has accumulated years of experience providing advice on the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions, including merger control requirements. At the same time, Mr Toh co-heads the firm’s Myanmar practice and was instrumental in establishing the firm’s presence in Myanmar in 2012. He has advised on a number of landmark transactions in Myanmar and is now regularly called on to provide regulatory risk assessment for companies seeking to enter this frontier market.


Spaces are limited, so please confirm your participation as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact: Bryce Leung
Tel: +852 2529 8898