We would like to cordially invite you to attend a Training & networking event, hosted by Baker & McKenzie, Novartis, Tilleke & Gibbins, Judical Academy and VBLC on 14 December 2018 in HCMC. The agenda will include topics such as Doing Business in Vietnam, What In-House Lawyers Need from External Counsel, Going Big on Data & Digital, Intellectual Property, and Building a Successful Legal Practice in Vietnam & Internationally. Full agenda and speaker bios provided below.

TIME: 8.00 am – 6.30 pm
DATE: Friday, 14th December 2018
VENUE: Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue, Ben Nghe ward, district 1, HCMC
FEE: Free

Please make your registration no later than Thursday, 13th December 2018 to Ms. Yen Nguyen via email yen.nguyen@vblc.com.vn , or 0973.603.942.


Time Subject Presenter(s)
8.00 – 8.30 Coffee & Registration of Participants All
8.30 – 8.45   Welcome Address Vu Dzung  Member of Executive Board of the Vietnam Business Lawyers Club Partner, YKVN, Vietnam
8.45 – 9.00 Opening Remarks Yee Chung Seck  Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Vietnam
9.00 – 9.45 Novartis – Reimagining Medicine Roeland Roelofs  Novartis Country President, Vietnam Co-chair EuroCham PharmaGroup, Vietnam
9.45 – 10.30 Doing Business in Vietnam

  • Market access
  • Licensing
  • Distribution
Yee Chung Seck  Partner, Baker & McKenzie, VietnamVu Minh Ha  Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, Vietnam
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break All
10.45 – 11.30 Developing a Successful Legal Career

  • The General Counsel perspective; what in-house legal teams want from their external counsel
John Kuckelman  Novartis General Counsel & Head Legal, Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa, SingaporeFred Burke  Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie, VietnamKenwon Kim  Novartis Head Legal, Asia Cluster, KoreaCristopher Landrito  Novartis Asia Pacific Legal and Compliance Head, Singapore
11.30 – 12.15 Excellence in Execution

  • What business leaders expect from their lawyers


Roeland Roelofs  Novartis Country President, Vietnam Co-chair EuroCham PharmaGroup, VietnamHong Ha  Novartis, Oncology General Manager VietnamRod Ward General Director Roche Diagnostics VietnamMathieu Fitoussi  Chief Executive Officer Servier Vietnam
12.15 – 13.15 Networking Lunch Break All
13.15 – 14.00 Risk Identification & Management

  • Anti-corruption
  • Labor code
  • Internal control and reporting
Ben Kaye-Smith  Novartis Global Head, Integrity & Compliance Risk Review & Prevention, SwitzerlandVu Minh Ha  Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, VietnamYee Chung Seck  Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Vietnam
14.30 – 15.00 Dispute Resolution

  • Governing law
  • Contractual provisions – Common law vs Vietnamese Civil Law
Quach Minh Tri  Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Vietnam
15.00 – 15.45 Going Big on Digital & Data

  • Effect of Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Big Data on the future of the legal services industry and the pharma industry
Emilia Law  Novartis Head Legal Technical Operations, Asia Pacific Africa Cluster, SingaporeVivian Osayande  Novartis Pharma AG Head Legal, Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa Operations, Switzerland
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee Break All
16.00 – 17.30 Intellectual Property

  • Enforcement of IPRs in the Pharma Sector

Round Table Discussion

  • Fostering Innovation through IP
Dr. Nguyen Huu Huyen  Acting Director of International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Justice, VietnamMinh Tri  Partner, Baker & McKenzie, VietnamLoc Xuan Le  Principal, Tilleke & Gibbins, VietnamThomas Treutler  Partner & Managing Director, Tilleke & Gibbins, Vietnam
17.30 – 19.30 Networking Drinks & Canapé All


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