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TerraLex Meeting in Melbourne, Australia

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The TerraLex Asia Pacific Regional Meeting which was held in Melbourne, the city which grew from a fledging settlement into a modern commercial and financial centre as Australia’s second largest city, from 31 March to 2 April 2016. The event, which was attended by over 30 representatives from law firms in 16 jurisdictions across Asia Pacific, was hosted by a leading Australian law firm, namely Lander & Rogers, comprising of more than 500 lawyers and staff which operates nationally from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali, attended the event on behalf of the Firm. As most of our clients are already aware, Azmi & Associates is the only Malaysian member of TerraLex, one of the world’s leading international legal networks with approximately 17,000 attorneys in over 100 countries worldwide.

The TerraLex meeting commenced with the delegates having casual dinner at Epocha, a restaurant set in a stunning Victorian Terrace on the edge of Melbourne’s Central Business District. On the next day, the event was followed by country and project overviews where each firm were invited to speak on one significant cross-border project to showcase to the delegates. After the short break, Colin Beattie from Somerset Consulting had delivered a talk on “The Science of Collaboration”. Mr. Beattie emphasized on the importance of networking. He further elaborated that to achieve mutual benefit and attaina win-win situation, we must balance between priority, trust and tools. Only when the collaboration is a real priority then it is destined to realise its potential.

In between the forum and meetings, networking lunch and afternoon tea were held as an avenue for the delegates to further get to know their counterparts from other jurisdictions, with the view of mutually representing clients in cross-border transaction as well as sharing on practical issues and solutions. The last speaker on the last day was the Federal Minister for Energy & Resources of Australia, Hon Josh Frydenberg and he spoke on Australia’s economic growth and investment opportunity for foreign investors. Apart from the meetings and presentation, the delegates were brought around the city and visited some of the renowned tourist attractions.

The delegates were given the chance to watch a football match between Essendon against Melbourne, a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria and City Walking Tour. On their last night in Melbourne, all delegates attended dinner at The GrilllFlorentinos, an Italian fine-dining restaurant adorned with Renaissance murals. All in all, the Terralex meeting was a great opportunity for the delegates to connect and reconnect with colleagues from around the world, to explore crossborder business prospects and to learn from each other on doing things more efficiently.