Wednesday, 18 October 2017, Hong Kong

Overview

Global Investigations Review is pleased to announce a major one day international conference to be held in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

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Chairs

Martin Rogers

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mr. Rogers is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, based in Hong Kong. He is regarded as one of the market’s leading litigation and financial services regulatory lawyers with over 25 years’ experience in Asia, advising on complex litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white collar crime matters, with extensive experience advising leading corporates, the financial services industry and government bodies. Mr. Rogers is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by the foremost legal directories, including Chambers Asia-PacificIFLR1000 and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Kyle Wombolt

Herbert Smith Freehills

Kyle is the global head of the corporate crime and investigations practice. Based in Hong Kong, he has more than a decade of experience in Asia, and has led investigations and compliance projects in more than 40 countries. Kyle focuses on multi-jurisdictional regulatory and criminal securities, anti-corruption, fraud and accounting investigations, as well as trade and sanctions issues involving multinational and major regional corporates. 

Keynotes

Wesley Wong SC

Solicitor General, Hong Kong Department of Justice

Wesley Wong SC is responsible for the development of legal policy, advising the Secretary for Justice on a wide range of complex and sensitive legal issues and overseeing the department's legislative programme. Wong has served in different divisions of the department for 22 years and has been a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions since 2011. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2013.

Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Martin Rogers, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills

9.40: Keynote address

Wesley Wong SC, Solicitor General, Hong Kong Department of Justice

10.10: Session one: Enforcement against Tax Evaders: What does it mean for Asia's Financial Centres?

US enforcement officials are looking for tax evaders with greater intent than ever before, and in some new jurisdictions. Asia in particular is feeling the brunt, on the heels of the "Panama Papers", the 1MDB matter, and now the US "Swiss Bank Programme" is concluded. This in turn has ramifications for banks in the regions, their employees, their clients and the lawyers who represent both. This panel will explore that ripple effect. To what extent does the pursuit of an individual customer for tax evasion trigger a host of problems for banks, and is there anything they can do to minimise the backwash?

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • How are banks exposed if their depositors are evading taxes?
  • What are the potential ramifications for individuals within the bank?
  • Are there money laundering implications?
  • How do data privacy laws alter tax-enforcement actions?
  • What is the extent of cooperation between various tax enforcement authorities? How do mutual legal assistance treaties come into play?
  • As counsel to a bank facing this problem, what are the key strategic decisions you face?

Moderators:
Martin Rogers, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills

Panel:
Mark Johnson, Debevoise & Plimpton 
Mark Lin, Hogan Lovells

11.15: Coffee break

11.45: Session two: GIR Live Question Time

A panel of leading names will discuss hot topics submitted by the moderator and our audience.

Topics they're likely to discuss include:

  • The local anti-corruption enforcement landscape - how has it changed in recent years and why?
  • The extent of cooperation between authorities in Hong Kong and China.
  • Is Hong Kong's legal environment influenced by China or vice versa?
  • Hong Kong's Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance - five year's after enactment what has been its impact?
  • Corporate versus individual criminal liability - what is Hong Kong's position and how has it changed?

Moderators:
Martin Rogers, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills

Panel:
Jonathan Midgley, Haldanes 
Catherine McBride, Deutsche Bank 
Gabriel Wong, BDO

12.50: Chairs' closing remarks

Martin Rogers, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills

13.00: Close of conference

Venue

Hong Kong

Testimonials

  • “Great chairs with in depth experience”

    Wanying Bin

    Mayer Brown LLP

  • “Excellent networking opportunities provided by the conference.”

    Charlie Goldschmid

    Marc Jacobs International

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $375 8 September 2017
Early $475 6 October 2017
Standard $575 18 October 2017

 

In-house/governmental
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