Hong Kong Legal Services Forum • Guangzhou

The fifth Hong Kong Legal Services Forum was held in Guangzhou on 5 September. A record high of more than 1,200 representatives from the legal, political and business sectors from all over Guangdong province participated in the Forum themed “From Bay Area to International Arena”. The Forum discussed various topics including enterprises’ cross-border risk management when investing in the Greater Bay Area and exploring overseas markets, actively promoted Hong Kong’s role as a “deal maker” and “dispute resolver”, and the professional services such as international legal advice and dispute resolution services offered by Hong Kong legal professions to the Mainland enterprises.

Delegation from the Law Society participating in the Forum included President Melissa Pang, Vice President CM Chan, Immediate Past President Thomas So, Past President Ambrose Lam and others.

The Opening Ceremony of the Forum was officiated by Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng SC and Mr Li Chun-sheng, Vice-Governor of the Guangdong province. Chief Executive of the HKSAR Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivered a keynote speech at the luncheon, highlighting the importance of sound and professional legal services for the Greater Bay Area to “go global”. She remarked that laws of Hong Kong are well established and are familiar to the international business community, and that Hong Kong legal professionals are equipped with extensive experience and international perspective. She hopes Hong Kong can leverage these advantages to support and promote the development of the Greater Bay Area.

The Forum focuses on issues of concern to enterprises in the Greater Bay Area, including “Hong Kong as the Deal Maker: Cross-border Transactional Legal Services for Bay Area Enterprises‘ Going out’” and “Hong Kong as a Leading Centre for International Dispute Resolution Services in the Asia-Pacific region”. A mock arbitration was also held to demonstrate dispute resolution through arbitration.

On the day following the Forum, participants from Hong Kong legal sector visited the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and large enterprises in Shenzhen under the arrangement of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

President Melissa Pang led the Law Society delegation to participate in the Forum in Guangzhou.