2020 APAC Online Annual LC Survey | Asia-Pacific | 7 CPDs

2020 APAC Online Annual LC Survey | Asia-Pacific | 7 CPDs

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2020 APAC Online Annual LC Survey
23-24 July 2020

We invite you to join us for the 2020 APAC Online Annual LC Survey to be held online on July 23-24 from 09:00-13:00 HKT/SGT both days.

** Approved for 7 CPD/PDUs for CDCS, CSDG, CSCF and CTFC holders **

Sponsors include JPMorgan, IHS Markit, Eversheds, China Systems, the Association of Banks in Singapore, Coastline Solutions, and Documentary Credit World.

For 30 consecutive years, IIBLP has brought together the top minds in international banking law, practice, and policy for this unique educational conference. This year due to COVID-19, we will be holding this event virtually over two half-day mornings. 

Who Should Attend

• Banking Staff - including trade operations staff and management,
  any staff included in trade transactions.
• Risk & Compliance Personnel 
• In-house Counsel
• Lawyers outside of banking institutions dealing regularly with trade transactions
• Corporate - Sales, services, FinTech, and industries involved in trade finance
• Government Personnel dealing with regional or global concerns in cross
  border finance
What to Expect
• A Dynamic & Instructional environment

• Predictions and advice from the world’s top operational, technical and legal experts
• Gain understanding of future trends as they impact your daily operational work
• A unique cross section of technical, legal, operations, and compliance with a focus  on solutions for practical implementation.

Additional Resources
    Invited Speakers

    Mike Avidon - USA

    Chi Hoong Chang - Singapore

    Angelia Chia - Singapore

    Nesarul Hoque - Bangladesh

    Saibo Jin - China

    Robert Koh - HK

    Matt Kozakowski - USA

    Byron McKinney - UK

    Ashish Madan - India

    K. Nizardeen - UAE

    Vin O'Brien - Ireland

    Samuel Santiago - HK

    Gabriel Sham - Singapore

    Chee Seng Soh - Singapore

    Louise Taylor-Digby - Singapore

    Andrew Tam - HK

    Kian Sing Toh - Singapore

    Joe Yap - Singapore

    Tat Yeen Yap - Singapore

    Michael Yau - HK

    Sammy Yu - HK

    Antony Yung - HK

    Abdulkader Bazara - UAE

    Khalil Matar - Saudi Arabia

    Lorna Strong - UK

    Day 1: July 23

    Thursday, 23 July

    09:00 - 09:10 │ Welcome & Introduction to Day 1

    Welcome Remarks: Michael BYRNE (IIBLP)


    09:10 - 09:50 │ The Global Trade Environment
    • Key Messages from ICC Global Trade Finance Survey 2020
    • Impact of COVID-19 on the Evolution of Trade
    • Risk Mitigation: Aversion to Open Account and an Opportunity for LCs
    Moderator: Vin O'BRIEN (China Systems)
    Panelists: Abdulkader BAZARA (Creative Trade Solutions FZE); Nesarul HOQUE (Mutual Trust Bank); Jun XU (Bank of China, Jiangsu Branch)

    09:50 - 10:30 │ An Independent Look at Force Majeure and Closure
    • What ICC Got Right in Its Guidance Paper on Force Majeure
    • Which rules work best for Standbys in event of Force Majeure Closures
    • Force Majeure in the Courts – What Can be Learned from the Indian Decisions
    Moderator: Sam SANTIAGO (BofA)
    Panelists: Michael AVIDON (Moses & Singer); Angelia CHIA (Mayer Brown); Ashish MADAN (Adam Smith Assoc); Lorna STRONG (HSBC)

    10:30 - 10:40 │ Virtual Coffee Break

    10:40 - 11:30 │ Commercial LC Cases and Legal Considerations
    Rabobank v. Yong Yu Global Pte Ltd. [Hong Kong]
    Natixis Funding Corp. v. GenOn Mid-Atlantic [USA]
    Xing FA (Hong Kong) Importer & Exporter Ltd. v. Sungsan Int'l Co. [HK]
    Moderator: SOH Chee Seng (ABS)
    Panelists: CHANG, Chi Hoong (HSBC); Angelia CHIA (Mayer Brown); JIN Saibo (Beijing Jincheng Tongda & Neal); Sam SANTIAGO (BofA); TOH Kian Sing (Rajah & Tann)

    11:30 - 12:10 │ Confronting LC Practice Controversies
    • Simple Documentary Credit Formats: Will Guidance Reach and Resonate with Applicants & Beneficiaries?
    • Compelling ICC Opinions from Spring 2020
    • Dating of Insurance Documents
    Moderator: SOH Chee Seng (ABS)
    Panelists: Khalil MATAR (Alinma Bank); Gabriel SHAM (Consultant)

    12:10 - 12:20 │ Virtual Coffee Break

    12:20 - 13:00 │ Document Delivery
    • Did We Need an ICC Interpretation of Article 35 of UCP600?
    • Are Letters of Indemnity Essential When Original Paper Transport Documents are Delayed?
    • Are Photocopy Bills of Lading Acceptable?
    Moderator: Vin O’BRIEN (China Systems)
    Panelists: YAP Tat Yeen (Société Générale)

      Confirmed Speakers in yellow
            Day 2: July 24

            Friday, 24 July

            09:00 - 09:05 │ Welcome & Introduction to Day 2

            09:05 - 09:40 │ SWIFT
            • SWIFT’s Role in Digitisation Effort
            • Ramifications of Cat 7 Changes Deferred to 2021
            • SWIFT KYC Registry
            Moderator: Louise TAYLOR-DIGBY (SWIFT)

            09:40 - 10:20 │ Digitalisation of Trade – The Future is Now!
            • Blockchain for Trade: Accelerating to Action & Fintech Solutions
            • Has eUCP’s Time Arrived?
            • Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions (URDTT): Status Report on Drafting Process
            • ICC Digital Trade Standards Initiative
            • Electronic Negotiable Instruments: The ITFA Approach
            • A Fresh Look at the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)
            Moderator: Vin O’BRIEN (China Systems)
            Panelists: Robert KOH (HSBC); K. NIZARDEEN (EXCO Member, ICC); YAP Tat Yeen (Société Générale)

            10:20 - 10:30 │ Virtual Coffee Break

            10:30 - 11:10 │ Demand Guarantee & Standby Briefing
            • International Standard Demand Guarantee Practice (ISDGP): Status Report
            • Assessing Auto-Extension Clauses
            • Commercial Standbys – Is It Their Time to Shine?
            Moderator: TBD
            Panelists: CHANG, Chi Hoong (HSBC); Gabriel SHAM (Consultant); Andrew TAM (ANZ)

            11:10 - 11:50 │ Guarantee & Standby Cases
            Bintai Kindenko Pte Ltd. v. Samsung C&T Corp. [Singapore]
            Lexon Insurance Co. v. FDIC [USA]
            Marquette Transportation Finance, LLC v. Soleil Chartered Bank [USA]
            Moderator: SOH Chee Seng (ABS)
            Panelists: Angelia CHIA (Mayer Brown); JIN Saibo (Beijing Jincheng Tongda & Neal); Sam SANTIAGO (BofA)

            11:50 - 12:00 │ Virtual Coffee Break

            12:00 - 12:50 │ Trade Based Financial Crime Compliance & Sanctions
            • Sanctions Clauses: A Bad Situation Getting Worse?
            • COVID-Related Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks – FATF’s Response
            • OFAC: Illicit Shipping and Sanctions Evasion Practices – Time to Track Vessels?
            • Technology and Fighting Financial Crime
            Moderator: YAP Tat Yeen (Société Générale)
            Panelists: Khalil MATAR (Alinma Bank); Byron MCKINNEY (IHS Markit); Vin O’BRIEN (China Systems); Sammy YU (JPMorgan); Antony YUNG (Howse Williams Bowers)

            12:50 - 13:00 │ Summary of Critical Issues & Closing Remarks

              Confirmed Speakers in yellow

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