Anyone at a law firm can apply for a free delegate ticket to the LegalTech Asia Technology Summit, taking place in Hong Kong on March 4–5. If you work in legal technology anywhere in the Asia-Pacific then you will want to be there.
The faculty list is here, and this is the agenda. Both are broadly-based, as one would expect from a joint ILTA and ALM venture, covering information management, data privacy, project management, emerging technologies and a wide range of other subjects of importance to those practising law in the region.
I am involved in two sessions. On Day One I am moderating a panel on data privacy laws with Scott Thiel, Foreign Regional Consultant for DLA Piper Hong Kong and Richard Williams of Deloitte, both of whom have extensive hands-on and practical experience of dealing with data privacy. My role, apart from making sure that we contain this enormous topic within 90 minutes, is to talk about the changing relationship between the US and other jurisdictions, including the EU as well as AsiaPac.
I am also involved in the first session on Day 2 on a panel whose title is Asia and eDiscovery – Unlocking the Mystery. My co-panellists are Jonathan Crompton of Dechert, Torsten Duwenhorst of Ernst & Young and Browning Marean of DLA Piper US. This is billed as a “Primer on the why, when and how of eDiscovery” and has the express intention of encouraging discussion with the participants on “their pain-points and curiosities”.
I wrote about Hong Kong in my article A Hong Kong eDiscovery snapshot in the company of Epiq Systems. Civil litigation suffers from what might politely be called “a growing lack of interest” on the part of Hong Kong judges. That is no impediment to eDiscovery growth in a region where arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution is growing and where different concepts of data privacy is a serious brake on trade, particularly with China. eDiscovery is more than a business process and legal in this context, but an important component in international business.
This is not just an eDiscovery show, as I have said. I am very much looking forward to being there on what, I suspect, will not be my only Asia-Pacific trip this year. As I said in opening, entry is free to those from law firms – register here.