About the Congress

Innovation is very much a word that’s bandied around at the moment. For the General Counsel and the external lawyer, innovation is not just technological disruption, but it involves a whole gamut of industry changes, often driven by global forces beyond one’s control….for example, the continuing importance of China as a key trade and investment partner for companies and governments in Australasia, the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, potential trade protection by the Trump administration. In the legal sector, the advent of alternative legal service providers and online litigation have given more choices to the in-house counsel, budgetary & competitive pressures driving one to consolidate one’s external lawyer panel, optimizing legal spend.

To help the General Counsel and his or her in-house team manage with both industry and technological disruptions, meet new challenges and changes ahead, Clariden Global is proud to present The Australasia-Pacific General Counsel-Bar Global Congress 2017 this August 2017, a woodsy gathering of top legal minds and corporate counsels from many countries in the Australasia-Pacific region.

With a nameplate line-up of top speakers comprising experienced and up-and-coming General Counsels & legal experts, this Congress provides an unprecedented, value-added 360-degree discussion platform to assist the legal community to chart new strategies, meet these new challenges head-on.

Join our Comeback-from-Disruption discussion this August and face a challenging and exciting future for Australasia’s corporate counsels, with imagination and courage!

Why Join This Conference

6 Powerful Reasons to Attend Australasia-Pacific General Counsel-Bar Global Congress 2017


  1. Learn from the Best and Top-Notch General Counsels & Legal Minds from the Australasia-Pacific marketplace in forging ahead in their craft and adapting to new scenarios

  2. Align your critical role as Company Secretary to the leadership direction of your CEO and new initiatives by your Board, doing the maximum, given the minimum

  3. Leverage on good legal advice, optimize your legal spend, profit from the best of both worlds of Biglaw and NewLaw

  4. Establish a realistic but effective change management program to keep up with industry and technological disruptions

  5. Utilize the latest legal technologies to improve your productivity and effectiveness

  6. Adopt the best practices from successful in-house departments and external counsels who are ahead in embracing change and innovation in their work processes and workplaces

Featured Speakers

Sarah Thornton
Group General Counsel & Group Company Secretary
Brisbane Airport Corporation
“Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year 2016”

Claire Bibby
SVP Legal & General Counsel
Brookfield

Lori Middlehurst
Head, APAC Legal (Employment), VMWare & Vice President
Association of Corporate Counsels (Australia, NSW)

Caroline Beaumont
General Counsel & Executive Director
Coca Cola Amatil

David Field
Chief Legal Counsel
Canon Australia

Lisa Tsen
General Counsel
Amcor Asia Pacific

Victor Li
General Counsel
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Richard Donaldson
General Counsel
Pilbara Ports Authority

Companies Expected at the Congress

  • 9 NEWS
  • Accolade Wines
  • ANZ Bank
  • Asaleo Care
  • Auckland Transport
  • BASF
  • Bendigo Bank
  • BHP Billiton
  • BT
  • Chubb Insurance
  • CPB Contractors
  • Fortescue Metals
  • Healthscope
  • Insurance Australia Group
  • Kellogg Co
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • NAB
  • Nestle
  • Network Ten
  • NEWS
  • Oceana Gold
  • Oilsearch
  • Orion Health
  • QBE Insurance
  • SBS
  • Siemens
  • Spark
  • Telstra
  • Vodafone
  • Wesfarmers
  • Western Power
  • Woolworths
  • Zurich Financial