Keynote Speaker -
Datuk Ahmad Hizzad Baharuddin,

Director-General of Labuan FSA / Director of Labuan IBFC

Datuk Ahmad Hizzad Baharuddin was appointed the Director-General of Labuan FSA on 3 October 2011. He currently serves as Director of Labuan IBFC Inc Sdn Bhd, Labuanfsa Inc Sdn Bhd, Pristine Era Sdn Bhd, Financial Park (L) Sdn Bhd and Labuan Corporation; and is a member of the Audit Committee of Labuan Corporation. Datuk Ahmad Hizzad is also a Board Member of the International Islamic Financial Market in Bahrain.Prior to his appointment in Labuan FSA, Datuk Ahmad Hizzad was the Director of the Islamic Banking and Takaful Department at the Central Bank of Malaysia. Since beginning his career in the bank in 1986, Datuk Ahmad Hizzad has served in various departments across the bank. He holds a Master in Business Administration from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Opening Address by Dato' Jude P. Benny
President, Advoc Asia, Senior Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP, Singapore

Dato’ Benny is one of the founding partners of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP. He founded the firm in 1988, and has since been the architect of the firm’s growth.The firm’s success is largely attributed to Dato’ Benny’s leadership. Over the years, he has developed the Firm’s shipping and admiralty practice into one of the largest in Singapore, and the first to have a global network covering Greece, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan and he has also guided the firm to the award of Best Shipping Practice in the first Asian Law Awards.As a reputable litigation lawyer, Dato’ Benny is consistently awarded personal accolades in legal circles. In 2005 Chambers Global described Jude Benny as “An old hand in the game, he knows every rule in the book, and may have written a few himself” and again, “..impressive and quick off the mark”. click for more

Tom Darbyshire (Conference Chairman)
Partner, Kott Gunning Lawyers, Australia

Tom joined Kott Gunning in 1997 and became a partner in 2002. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Managing Partner, and he resumed that role between October 2014 and March 2016.Tom has extensive experience as a litigator and has appeared as Counsel in all State and Federal Courts, with the exception of the High Court.Tom specialises in matters arising out of the Corporations Act, particularly in relation to directors’ duties, corporate governance and insolvency. He regularly advises individuals, directors of SMEs and large organisations on directors’ duties, governance issues, compliance and risk arising not only from the Corporations Act, but also in relation to the Privacy Act, Personal Property and Securities Act and the Australian Consumer Law. click for more


Cindy Goh (Session 1 Chair)
Cindy Goh, Partner – Cheang & Ariff – Malaysia

Cindy Goh graduated from International Islamic University of Malaysia with an Honours degree in law. Her legal education includes both Malaysian civil law and Islamic law. Before joining legal practice, Cindy was attached to the international audit firm, KPMG.Cindy is now the Head of the IP Department and a Litigation Partner in Cheang & Ariff. Her areas of specialization include IP, corporate litigation, commercial disputes, tax litigation, etc. Cindy was also involved in various overseas projects including arbitration proceedings and contract advisory services. Cindy is now the Chairperson of the IP Committee of the Malaysian Bar and a committee member in various IP organisations. Cindy has been described in Chambers Asia Pacific as a 'talented lawyer who wins praise for her strength in her work' and in Legal 500 as ‘always excellent – good with clients, realistic and quick to respond’ ... click for more

Dunstan de Souza (Session 2 Chair)
Managing Partner - Colin Biggers & Paisley – Australia

Colin Biggers & Paisley have been at the centre of Dunstan de Souza’s professional career since he joined the legal practice as a graduate solicitor in 1985. He became a partner in 1993, practising primarily in property development, and was subsequently made managing partner in 2007.Dunstan’s commitment to, and deep understanding of, the legal practice has enabled him to significantly build on its successes in recent years.Under Dunstan’s stewardship, Colin Biggers & Paisley have evolved into an elite legal practice, recognised for its top tier work, particularly in the specialisations of insurance, construction, property and commercial litigation. Over the past four years, Colin Biggers & Paisley's revenue growth has exceeded 40 per cent .. click for more

Erich Bachmann (Session 3 Chair)
Managing Partner - Hesketh Henry – New Zealand

Erich Bachmann is the firm's Managing Partner and works in the Corporate and Commercial team at Hesketh Henry. His principal areas of practice are corporate and commercial law, particularly in mergers and acquisitions and foreign investment.His experience also includes more than 25 years of drafting and reviewing business contracts both on a standalone basis or in the context of extensive legal due diligence investigations on behalf of local and international clients.He also has a special interest in advertising and marketing law. He has advised a variety of international clients through the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance where the firm is the New Zealand member ... click for more


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