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TerraLex 2008 Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

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 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
April 3 – 6, 2008

Appropriate Attire
The dress code for the business program in Kuala Lumpur is business casual.  No suits, jackets, or ties are required.  Thursday and Saturday evening activities will be smart casual, for men: jackets and ties optional.  For women: pantsuits, dresses or other similar attire.  On Friday evening cocktail attire is appropriate, for men: jackets and ties required.  For women: pantsuits, dresses or other similar attire.  Please note that women are advised to dress conservatively (longer skirts, long pants, shirts and blouses with short or long sleeves) out of respect for the Malaysian people.

For Tours:  Totally casual - comfortable walking shoes, nice jeans/casual sportswear, and tee shirts.  Be comfortable. See Social Program Description and Tour Registration Form for further information.


8:00 AM

Golf will be available at the Tropicana Golf & Country Club (subject to sufficient interest)
Golf participants meet in the hotel lobby

Please see Social Program for available delegate and guest tours to Putrajaya and the Batu Caves.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Conference Registration

7:15 PM

Meet in hotel lobby for optional dinner: Restoran Seri Melayu offers local culture and culinary delights, all under one roof.  Dine amidst the ambiance of a traditional Malay kampong house and embark on a vibrant culinary journey.  Known for its variety and the quality of its food, as well as a its unique cultural performance, this will truly be a timeless dining experience.  Please see Registration Form to register.

FRIDAY, April 4

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Conference Registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Accompanying Guests: Breakfast get together at the hotel And
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Please see Social Program for available guest tours to Putrajaya and the Batu Caves

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM

Welcome by TerraLex Chairman and Host Firm
- Charles McCallum, Warner Norcross & Judd, USA - Michigan, TerraLex Chairman
- Azmi Mohd Ali, Azmi & Associates, Malaysia

8:40 AM –9:15 AM

TerraLex Update
- Charles McCallum, Warner Norcross & Judd, USA - Michigan, TerraLex Chairman
- Jacqui Kiviat, TerraLex, Executive Director

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Brief history of Malaysia and its legal system, along with a look at how these things affect the country’s business climate.
From its origins in the 15th century Sultanate of Melaka, to Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, Malaysia has been a center of trade and commerce for centuries.  As a result, modern Malaysia is a country that embraces openness, diversity, and modernity.  Its legal system is a mix of British Common Law with Islamic and local laws.  It is a democracy whose liberal economic policies have made it one of the world’s fastest growing economies.  Malaysia has successfully transitioned from being largely an exporter of primary resources to being considered a newly industrialized state.

- David A. Martland, Nixon Peabody LLP, USA – Massachusetts
- Mr. Rasheed Khan, Senior Counsel, Azmi & Associates (formerly General Counsel for Shell Malaysia)
- Mr. Gopala Krishnan Sundaram, Legal Advisor/Assistant Governor, Central Bank Malaysia

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Coffee Break

 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Globalization of Islamic Banking and Finance
Islamic banking has the same purpose as conventional banking (profit) except that it operates in accordance with the rules of Islamic law.  Modern Islamic banking was introduced about 40 years ago and since then has become increasingly important worldwide.  It provides an alternate yet parallel system, to the conventional financial system for practicing Muslims.  This session will trace the growth of Islamic banking and finance and put into context its role in the modern global financial system

- Datuk Vaseehar Hassan Abdul Razack, Chairman, Unicorn International Islamic Bank Bhd, Malaysia (subsidiary of Bahrain’s Unicorn Investment Bank)

- Dato’ K. Mohammad Salman Younis, Managing Director, Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Berhad
- Abu Bakr Yasin Taylor, Boutique Finance Owner
- Encik Wan Abdul Rahim Kamil, Advisor, Islamic Capital Market, Malaysia Securities Commission
 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM  Cultural Aspects of Doing Business in South East Asia
South East Asia is an economic grouping and geographic region, with a population of approximately 600 million people.  It is currently one of the largest economic blocks in the world.  Inhabited by diverse groups of people, it encompasses different cultures, religions, and languages.  This session will focus on the diversity, but also on what unifies the people of South East Asia, as well as the cultural aspects of doing business in the region.

- Serina Abdul Samad, Azmi & Associates, Malaysia
- Jacques Pickering, Pickering Pacific – Singapore
- Mike Doyle, Seri Manop & Doyle, Thailand

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM The Vietnam Perspective
Vietnam to many, conjures up images of war, political strife and many other turbulent memories of the 60s and 70s.  However since 1986, when Vietnam adopted the Doi moi (open door) policy which focused on the reformation of the national economy, Vietnam has become a symbol of more inspiring endeavors and is currently one of the fastest growing economies in Asia.  With Vietnam’s recent accession to the WTO, such interest has reached fever pitch.  Yet, Vietnam is still largely unknown to many investors in terms of the legal and corporate structures available to protect the investors’ capital and interests.  In this session, you will hear from Ms. Nguyen Thi Choi, of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Malaysia, as well as from Kelvin Chia Partnership, who have been advising foreign investors in Vietnam for over 15 years, and will share with you information on the legal and corporate structures that are currently in place to protect the foreign investor.
- Arni Ariffin, Azmi & Associates, Malaysia

Vietnam – The New Dragon of Asia?
- Nguyem Thi Choi, Economic Counselor, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam - Malaysia

Lifting the Vietnam Veil: De-mystifying doing business in Vietnam
- Benjamin Yap, Kelvin Chia Partnership, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Coffee Break 

3:00 PM – 3.45 PM  Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Alternative Business Modeling for Law Firms
- Gary Gilbertson, Chairman/Founder, Synergy Group, USA – Minnesota (1979 US recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award)
 3:45 PM – 4.30 PM  Strategies for Growth and Branding for Law Firms
We’ll cover a combination of marketing, media and technology as key to being successful in the information age.  During this session we’ll discuss how to use a variety of tools and skills to build your practice, common misconceptions about technology, and culture and the Internet.

- Azlan Sulaiman, Azmi & Associates, Malaysia

- Bernhard Schutte, Chairman and CEO, EBM, Malaysia
- Jack F. Krellé, Chairman, Jack F. Krellé Consulting, Malaysia

6:00 PM

Meet in the Lobby to walk to Host Firm

6:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Host Firm Open House & Reception

7.00 PM

Group Photography Session at the lobby of office block of Azmi & Associates

 7:15 PM – 10:00 PM Host Firm Reception and Dinner
Malaysian Petroleum Club (MPC) Level 41, Tower 2 Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC)
The Malaysian Petroleum Club, located at the Sky-Bridge of the Petronas Twin Towers, is the most prestigious spot in the country.  This beautifully decorated venue is located on the Tower 2 side of the Sky-Bridge and provides diners breathtaking views of the city.
(Dress Code: Shirt with necktie) (The bus will drop the participants at the Ramlee Mall and the participants will walk through the Suria KLCC Mall to MPC.  After the dinner, the bus will wait the participants at Traders Hotel, for those who wish to walk through the park)
 10:00 PM Free Evening Activity
Guided night stroll at KLCC Park
Karaoke Session (optional)

Saturday, April 5

 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Cross selling and enhancing TerraLex business in Asia – Strategy discussion amongst TerraLex members
Our Asia-Pacific Regional Vice Chairs will lead an interactive session with four breakouts focusing on areas of interest to the region.
- Jay K. Lee, Yoon Yang Kim Shin & Yu, Korea
- Victor Yang, Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson, Hong Kong
 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Client Feedback Programmes – How do you make them work for your firm?
Why is client relationship management is at the top of the management agenda for law firms, and why will it remain there?
In this session, we will examine how the ‘client voice’ if properly used can enhance a firm’s cross-selling opportunities, attract new clients and ultimately grow fees and top line revenues.
A framework will be provided to help marketing and business development teams benchmark their client feedback approach against the activities of others.
- Derek Benton, Director of International Operations, Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbel

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Coffee Break 

 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Emergence of Asia’s State Sovereign Funds and Multi National Corporations and Their Impact Worldwide
State sovereign funds are familiar and important investment groups in Asia. With long histories, they have played important strategic and constructive  roles in their home jurisdictions, regionally and globally. They serve many function combining profit motive like western private equity funds, industrial development goals like community/industrial development banks, venture risk players like venture capitalists, project finance like infrastructure investors, philanthropic community development supporters like NPO/NGO’s. Recently, they have become more visible on the global stage as Asian sovereign foreign exchange reserves grow and  investment opportunities appear from global financial and realty crisis or Asian national strategic priorities and imperatives. Come learn about what these key players are thinking and doing.

- Nicholas V. Chen, Pamir Law Group, Taiwan
Panel Speakers:

- Encik Hisham Hamdan, Executive Vice President, Group Strategy and Business Development, Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia
- Till Vestring, Partner, Bain & Company, Singapore
- Daniel Huang, Midea Conditioners, China

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch (Buffet)

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Kuala Lumpur City Tour (optional to all delegates, including guests) Tour old and new Kuala Lumpur, including photo stops at the King’s Palace and the National Mosque. Please see the Social Program.

7:00 PM

Meet in the Lobby for transportation to dinner

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

TerraLex Dinner at Carcosa Seri Negara Considered to be the most historic colonial hotel in Kuala Lumpur, it encompasses two handsome, richly appointed colonial mansions: Carcosa, 103 years old; and Seri Negara, which opened its doors in 1913. Both originally served as genteel residences for only the most senior of colonial civil servants in British Malaya; from governors to British High Commissioners.  The dining room at Carcosa is an expert example of understated luxury, and the chef’s French-style cooking is sublime.

Sunday, April 6

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tour to Melaka (optional) Cultural and Historic Museums, historic buildings from the Dutch and Portuguese settlements, antiques shopping and more.  Please see the Social Program   for details and the Social Program Registration Form to register