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Hong Kong conference ‘a resounding success’

Hong Kong, 23 October 2019: Colin Cohen has hailed last week’s Ally Law Asia Pacific Regional Meeting as “a resounding success” after Hong Kong welcomed a record number of delegates who enjoyed a packed programme of events.

The day-long conference, with the theme “Hong Kong: Legal Excellence, Business Vision”, was attended by almost 90% of member firms in the region while Ally Law firms from Europe and the Middle East were also represented.

“In terms of number of delegates, it was Ally Law’s biggest ever Asia Pacific Regional Meeting and our sincere thanks go to all the member firms who opted to attend despite Hong Kong’s well-documented current issues. Their unwavering support, together with a strong turnout of clients and guests, helped make the conference a resounding success,” said Colin, Senior Partner of host firm Boase Cohen & Collins and Chairman of Ally Law’s Expansion Committee.

“In hosting the conference, we planned an interesting and informative agenda that would be of relevance to all member firms. We had three discussion panels, focusing on family wealth protection, Hong Kong’s role as an attractive listing and fundraising venue, and the merits of arbitration versus litigation, and these featured a diverse range of speakers from Hong Kong and overseas.

“The feedback from delegates and clients about these sessions has been extremely positive and we are deeply appreciative of our speakers for giving up their time to share their thoughts and expertise.”

A highlight of the conference, held at the Conrad Hotel in Admiralty, was a lunchtime speech by Michael Hartmann, former Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, who gave a compelling address about the rule of law in Hong Kong and his experiences as a young trial lawyer in his native Zimbabwe.

The Closing Dinner was staged at the famous China Club, where guests heard a fascinating Q&A discussion between Colin and Legislative Councillor and barrister Dennis Kwok, who spoke at length about the Hong Kong protests and the effect they have had on the city.

Delegates who arrived early in Hong Kong were treated to an open-top tram ride through the city before a Welcome Dinner at Old Bailey restaurant in Tai Kwun, the historic former Central Police Headquarters which has been renovated into a centre for the arts, culture and dining. Those who stayed on after the conference enjoyed a yacht cruise from Hong Kong’s iconic harbour to Lamma Island for lunch.

Ally Law is a global legal services organisation comprising some 70 independent law firms in almost 50 jurisdictions and Boase Cohen & Collins is Hong Kong’s sole representative. The organisation holds an AGM in the first part of each year and three Regional Meetings, in the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), in the final quarter.

Colin added: “This year’s Asia Pacific Regional Meeting and the social activities around it showcased the many positive aspects of our vibrant city. I’m also delighted that every single member of our legal team, from Trainees through to Partners, played a part in hosting our guests and representing Boase Cohen & Collins and Hong Kong in the best possible light. My thanks go to everyone who made the week such a positive experience for our visitors.”

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Colin Cohen opens the conference with his Expansion Committee report while (below) panelists discuss family wealth protection and (bottom) Colin is pictured with keynote speaker Michael Hartmann.

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