Osaka Bar Association Visits Hong Kong

Japan and Hong Kong are close trading partners. It is Hong Kong’s fourth-largest export market and fifth-largest source of imports. Many Japanese companies have also set up their regional headquarters or regional offices in Hong Kong to oversee their business activities in Mainland China and other Asian economies.

The Law Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Osaka Bar Association (“OBA”) in October 2014. Since then, both organisations have been working jointly on ways to foster collaboration among our respective members.

Led by Vice President of the OBA, a delegation of 12 members visited Hong Kong on 2 and 3 May. Riding on this opportunity, the Law Society and OBA jointly organised a half-day seminar entitled “Doing Business in Hong Kong and Japan” on 3 May. Representatives from the Law Society, OBA, the Consul General of Japan in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry were invited to exchange market intelligence on doing business in Hong Kong and Japan, particularly in Osaka.

The Law Society will continue to work closely with other overseas organisations to provide a platform for information exchanges, to explore business opportunities as well as to enhance the professional level of the legal profession between jurisdictions.

Vice-Presidents Melissa Pang (right) and Amirali Nasir (left); and Mr Takehisa Hamada, Vice President of OBA (second from right) presented a souvenir to Mr Kuninori Matsuda, Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (second from left).

The panel speakers shared their insights on doing business in Hong Kong and Japan. The seminar was well-attended by around 70 participants.