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The InterPacific Bar Association ("IPBA") is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or otherwise have a strong interest in, the AsiaPacific Region (sometimes referred to as the "Region"). It was established in April 1991 at an organizing conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from countries within the AsiaPacific
Region. Since then, it has grown to become the preeminent legal association in this Region, with membership drawn from throughout the world, and currently has over 1500 members from over 65 jurisdictions worldwide.
About the European Conference
The topic of the conference will focus on the new special international commercial courts being envisioned to be created and/or soon to be in operation in several European countries in response to Brexit. France, Belgium and Germany are the main European countries involved along with the Netherlands. Singapore already has this type of international court in full operation with Singaporean and foreign judges. Speakers from all of these jurisdictions will discuss the particulars of such courts in their respective jurisdictions and compare their respective practices.
Registration & Coffee
Welcome & Introduction
Singapore 2019 Annual Conference PresentationSessions’ Chair: Cedric Guyot,
Partner, CMS DeBackerSpeakers:
- Jan Peeters, Partner, Stibbe
- Gerhard Wegen, Partner, Gleiss Lutz
- Francis Xavier, Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore
Session 1: Netherlands Overview
Duco J. Oranje,
President, Netherlands Commercial Court of Appeal
Session 2: Germany OverviewHeike Hummelmeier,
Chief Justice at the Regional Court (Landgericht) of Hamburg
Session 3 : France Overview
Ioana KnollTudor, Local Partner, Jeantet
Session 4: Belgium OverviewNicolas Résimont,
Session 5: Singapore Overview
Partner, Rajah & Tann
Panel session: RoundTable Discussion & Comparison. Followed by Q&A
Moderator: Cedric Guyot, Partner, CMS DeBacker
- Duco J. Oranje, President, Netherlands Commercial Court of Appeal
- Heike Hummelmeier, Chief Justice at the Regional Court (Landgericht) of Hamburg
- Ioana KnollTudor, Local Partner, Jeantet
- Francis Xavier, Partner, Rajah & Tann
- Nicolas Résimont, Partner, Stibbe
Koen Geens, Minister of Justice
Closing remarks by the Conference Chair
Dinner at De Warande (paying)
Thursday 22 November 2018
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Stibbe, Central Plaza, 13th floor, Loksumstraat 25 rue de Loxum, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 533 52 11
All working sessions and conference material will be in English
How to register?
Please confirm your registration online before 8 November 2018.
Participation in the conference is free of charge, with the kind support of the law firms Huth Dietrich Hahn and Stibbe. Please note that seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Registration fee & payment
If you want to join us for the conference dinner at the Warande in the evening, you can indicate this on your registration form a fee of EUR 125 per person will be due. The fee is to be paid to Stibbe, Loksumstraat 25 rue de Loxum in 1000 Brussels in Belgium. Please transfer the total amount in euro payable (net of all expenses) into Stibbe's bank account with ING Belgique SA in Brussels before 12 November 2018.
IBAN: BE02 3100 8844 0040
Swift: BBRU BE BB010
Please mention “Dinner IPBA Brussels 2018 + [Name of the attendee]" upon paying.
After we have received your payment, you will receive a confirmation by email. If you haven’t received
confirmation, please contact Sofie Van Yperzeele.
Fee rates hotels
Please find hereunder a selection of hotels we recommend in case you wish to extend your stay in Brussels after the conference.
- The Dominican