Inter-Pacific Bar Association
26th Annual Meeting & Conference
13th - 16th April 2016 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!

  Selamat Datang!

It is my privilege and pleasure to invite you to attend the 26th Annual Meeting & Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April, 2016 for the first time in almost 20 years.

The theme of the Conference, ‘Diverse Challenges, Global Solutions’, centres on the international flavor and global nature of business transactions, which has been the catalyst for the increasing prevalence of international norms and laws and the opening up of jurisdictions with respect to trade, business and the practice of law. In this regard, the Conference will explore the way in which deals are structured and issues anticipated and resolved in the light of different systems, cultures and laws in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The timing of the Conference in 2016 also coincides with the Malaysian Government’s efforts to liberalise and globalise the legal services market, and will therefore present a tremendous opportunity for delegates.

Founded in the 1870s, Kuala Lumpur has grown into a city of historical, architectural, cultural, financial and economic significance. The Conference will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, next to the spectacular Petronas Twin Towers, and is expected to draw 1,000 delegates from around the world. I warmly welcome all of you to experience first-hand our renowned hospitality. Malaysia, as a melting pot of cultures and traditions, has much to offer in its diversity, wide-ranging tourist attractions and unrivalled local cuisine which promises an explosion of tastes, sights and smells.

I look forward to welcoming you in Kuala Lumpur next year!

Dhinesh Bhaskaran
Chair of the Organising Committee
26th Annual Meeting & Conference 2016
Kuala Lumpur

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Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker 
The Keynote Speaker will be His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah, the Ruler of the State of Perak, Malaysia.
Plenary 1 Panellists
Keynote Speaker
HE Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo
Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Roberto Azevêdo is the 6th Director-General of the WTO. His appointment took effect on 1 September 2013 for a four-year term. During his time as Director-General, Ambassador Azevêdo has overseen two successful WTO Ministerial Conferences – in Bali in 2013 and Nairobi in 2015 – which delivered a series of significant outcomes in support of growth and development.

Ambassador Azevêdo holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia and joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1984. His first diplomatic posting was to Washington in 1988. He subsequently served in Montevideo and in Geneva. In 2001, he was named head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s Dispute Settlement Unit where he remained until 2005. During his tenure he acted as chief litigator in many WTO disputes. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technological Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Brasilia. In that capacity he was also Brazil's chief trade negotiator for the Doha Round and other WTO issues.

In 2008 Ambassador Azevêdo was appointed Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO and other International Economic Organisations in Geneva. He is married to Ambassador Maria Azevêdo. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.
Plenary 1 Panellists 
Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak
Chairman of CIMB Group – A Regional Banking Group
 Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
Chairman, AirAsia X and Former Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia
Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes
Co-founder and Group CEO of AirAsia, Malaysia– Voted the World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier
 H.E. Vicki Treadell
HE Vicki Treadell CMG, MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia
Dato’ Mohammad Faiz Azmi
Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia

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Delegate List

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Women Business Lawyers’ Reception

Do not miss the Women Business Lawyers' Reception

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