The Hong Kong Academy of Law

Hong Kong Academy of Law organised 35 seminars in March, 27 seminars in April, 34 seminars in May and 32 seminars in June.

A Conference on Insolvency Law and Practice was held on 9 March. It provided an update on the developments in insolvency law. Topics discussed included cross-border insolvency and choice of forum, legislative reforms on corporate rescue, litigation funding and acquisition of non-performing loans. 287 participants attended the seminar.

Apart from Mr. Justice Harris, Judge of the Court of the First Instance of the High Court, who was the Keynote Speaker, other speakers of the Conference included (in alphabetical order): Mr. Theron Alldis, Sourcing Asia of SC Lowy; Ms. Christina Cheung, Law Officer (Civil Law) of the Department of Justice ("DOJ"); Mr. Paul Forgue, Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal; Mr. Keith Ho, Chairman of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Law Society; Mr. Camille Jojo, Member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Law Society; Dr. Stefan Lo, Senior Assistant Law Officer (Civil Law) (Commercial) III (Acting) of the Civil Division, Commercial Unit of DOJ; Mr. Ian Mann, Head of Litigation & Insolvency Practice (HK) of Harneys; Ms. Phyllis McKenna, The Official Receiver of Official Receiver’s Office; Mr. Edward Middleton, Head of Restructuring Services, Deal Advisory of KPMG China and Asia Pacific; Ms. Melissa Pang, Vice-President of the Law Society; and Mr. Rupert Purser, Senior Advisor of Burford Capital. Mr. Ian De Witt, Member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Law Society and Mr. Victor Joffe, QC, Temple Chambers were moderators of the seminar.

Three seminars on “Hong Kong e-Legislation (“HKeL”)” were conducted in April and May. Ms. Karmen Kwok, Senior Government Counsel and Ms. Leonora Ip, Senior Assistant Law Draftsman from the Law Drafting Division of DOJ were the speakers. They demonstrated to the participants the different functions of HKeL, including those which are not available under the Bilingual Laws Information System. Two of the seminars were conducted in English and one was in Chinese. About 670 participants attended the three seminars.