2012


MARCH


  1. “Responding to the ’97 Asian Financial Crisis: The Development of Insolvency Infrastructures in China, Japan and Hong Kong”

  2. IAPBL Director, Professor Charles D. Booth

  3. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  4. In the aftermath of the ’97 Asian financial crisis, attention turned to insolvency law reform throughout the region. This talk compared the approaches of China, Japan and Hong Kong and will consider the extent to which these three jurisdictions have appropriate infrastructures in place.


FEBRUARY


  1. “Going to Law School and  Doing Business ‘Down Under’:  Australia and New Zealand”

  2. La Trobe University Professor of Commercial Law, Dr. Gordon Walker (Melbourne, Australia)

  3. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  4. Dr. Walker gave an informal presentation covering an array of key issues currently happening in the Australian and New Zealand region of the world.


  1. “Doing Business ‘Down Under’: Australia and New Zealand”

  2. Presented by IAPBL & Hawai‘i State Bar Association (HSBA) International Law Section

  3. La Trobe University Professor of Commercial Law, Dr. Gordon Walker (Melbourne, Australia)

  4. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


2011


NOVEMBER


  1. Fundamental Differences Between US and Continental European Corporate Governance Systems

  2. University of California Berkeley Center for Law Professor, Radu N. Catanã

  3. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  4. A Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar, Catanã covered many topics including the economic patterns and premises in the corporate governance systems, the orientation of the economies, approaches to shareholder protection and the role of shareholders, treatment of proxies and derivative actions, disclosure, and executive remuneration. Catanã also discussed the likelihood of some convergence in the systems.


2010


AUGUST


  1. Third Hawai'i Bankruptcy Workshop

  2. Big Island, Hawai'i 


  3. The open workshop educational format allowed open dialogue between presenters and attendees, and the triple track timeline allowed customization of attendees’ learning experience. Attendees could choose between Business, Consumer or International tracks. Half-day sessions allowed for fun optional events in the afternoons and extended refreshment breaks and evening networking events that allowed attendees to absorb the wonderful culture on the Hawaiian Islands with fellow attendees.


APRIL


  1. Asian-Pacific Law Student Research Panel

  2. Moderator:

  3. IAPBL Director, Professor Charles D. Booth

  4. Presenters:

  5. WSRL Student, Clement Mulalap (ʻ10):

  6. Constitutional Impact of Gender-Based Electoral Quota System in the Federated States of Micronesia

  7. WSRL Student, Brian MacKintosh (ʻ10)

  8. Impact of the Recession to the Recently Enacted Labor Laws in China

  9. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


JANUARY


  1. "Corporate Rescue in Hong Kong: The Government's 2009 Legislative Proposals"

  2. Cosponsored By IAPBL & The Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL)

  3. University of Hong Kong

  4. Hong Kong


  1. "Commercial Law Reform and Development in the South Pacific: Tonga, the Solomon Islands & Vanuatu"
    Moderator:

  2. IAPBL Director, Professor Charles D. Booth

  3. Speakers:

  4. East-West Center News Editor for Pacific Islands, Peter Wagner (Honolulu, Hawai‘i)

  5. La Trobe University Professor of Commercial Law, Dr. Gordon Walker (Melbourne, Australia)

  6. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


2009


NOVEMBER


  1. “Seizing Opportunities of the Current Market: Acquisitions, Mergers, Refinancings, Restructuring and Business Transitions”

  2. Co-Sponsored By IAPBL, The Pacific Asian Management Institute, The Center for International Business Education and Research, Sennet Capital, Case Lombardi & Pettit, and Hunter Wise Financial Group LLC

  3. IAPL Director, Professor Charles Booth

  4. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  5. Dealt with Pacific and Asian insolvency issues.


OCTOBER


  1. Advising Hanoi: Helping Shape Vietnam’s Bankruptcy Code

  2. Cosponsored By IAPBL & Hawaii Bankruptcy Roundtable

  3. Matsuo & Kosugi Counsel, Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi (Tokyo, Japan)

  4. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  1. “Recent Developments in Chinese Commercial Law: Dispute Resolution, Inbound and Outbound Investment, and Insolvency Law”

  2. New York City, New York


  3. While there are increasing opportunities for Chinese investors who seek new markets beyond their borders and for the foreign businesses that welcome Chinese capital, key legal and regulatory issues must be properly understood and addressed in order to maximize value and avoid pitfalls.


  4. Recent changes, future trends and successful strategies for managing the various challenges posed by Chinese outbound investment were discussed by our panel of internationally-recognized academicians, jurists, and practicing attorneys.

  5. "Riding out the Economic Doldrums: The Hong Kong Story"

  6. Cosponsored By IAPBL, The Center for Chinese Studies, the Pacific Asian Management Institute, & The Center for International Business Education and Research

  7. Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, Donald Tong

  8. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


JANUARY


  1. "Survive and Thrive in the Downturn: Staying Competitive and Understanding your Options"

  2. Moderators:

  3. IAPBL Director, Professor Charles Booth

  4. District of Hawaiʻi Bankruptcy Judge, Robert Faris

  5. Case Lombardi & Pettit Partner, Ted Pettit


2008


MARCH


  1. “The Shareholder Empowerment Debate: Lessons from News Corp's Exodus to Delaware”

  2. Sydney Law School Professor, Jennifer Hill


  1. “Corruption and Good Corporate Governance: Where's the Bottom Line?”

  2. Cosponsored By IAPBL, University of Hawaii Center for International Business Education (CIBER), Think Tech Hawaiʻi, & The Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association

  3. Speakers:

  4. Shidler College of Business Professor, Shirley J. Daniel

  5. Assistant General Counsel for the United States Department of Commerce, Barbara Fredericks

  6. International Law Practitioner, David F. Day (Honolulu, Hawai‘i)


  1. “The 2006 PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: A New Beginning”

  2. Cosponsored By IAPBL & The Asian Institute of International Financial Law

  3. University of Hong Kong

  4. Hong Kong


  5. Symposium on the new Chinese bankruptcy law; attracted over 60 participants and attendees, including some of the leading experts in the field.


JANUARY


  1. “Securities Regulation, Efficient Markets, and Behavioral Finance”

  2. La Trobe University Professor of Commercial Law, Dr. Gordon Walker (Melbourne, Australia)

  3. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


2007


OCTOBER


  1. “Venture Capital, Entrepreneurialism and Investment Opportunities in China”

  2. Cosponsored By IAPBL & The Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL)

  3. University of Hong Kong


APRIL


  1. “Asian-Pacific Corporate Insolvency Law: Cross-Border and Comparative Perspectives Symposium”

  2. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  1. The symposium involved discussions among leading academics, insolvency practitioners, judges, and government officials from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, Europe, and the Pacific-Asian on recent developments in Asian-Pacific corporate and cross-border insolvency law. There were approximately 30 speakers and commentators, with an additional 20 attendees including students from the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law and the Shidler College of Business. The two day symposium consisted of seven sessions covering liquidation, formal and out-of-court corporate restructuring, and cross-border insolvency in the Pacific-Asian region.


MARCH


  1. Settling Business Disputes with Chinese Entities: Seeking Truth from Facts”

  2. New York University School of Law Professor, Jerome A. Cohen (New York City, New York)

  3. Honolulu, Hawai‘i


  1. “Current Tax Developments Affecting Hong Kong as an International Financial Center”

  2. Cosponsored By IAPBL & The University of Hawai‘i Center for International Business Education (CIBER)

  3. University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Professor, Andrew Halkyard (Hong Kong)



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IABPL Activities


Across the Pacific and Asia, and specifically in Hawai‘i, IAPBL seeks to fulfill its mission through diverse activities designed to facilitate direct exchanges between the region’s academic, legal, and business communities. To date, the Institute has organized various international symposia to this end, along with numerous other engagements, including seminars, lectures, panel discussions and workshops. 


Below, a chronology of IAPBL’s activities is provided: