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Novartis helping develop next generation of lawyers

Released at: 19:40, 17/12/2018

Novartis helping develop next generation of lawyers

Photo: Khanh Chi (VET)

Group co-organizes training to develop legal talent in Asia.

by Hong Nhung

Fostering connections within the legal community in the region, including Vietnamese and international law firms as well as in-house legal teams, was the major purpose of the Next Generation Legal Pro-Bono Training & Networking event with the theme “Connect, Aspire & Reshape”, which was held a few days ago in Ho Chi Minh City.

Co-organized by Novartis, the pilot event aspired to provide impactful and valuable training through educational legal sessions with some focus on the pharma/life sciences industry. The event also served as a venue to share knowledge and experience to help lawyers achieve professional excellence.

“Through the Next Generation Legal Pro-Bono Training & Networking Event, Novartis aims to develop the next generation of legal experts by stimulating dialogue and learning on important business and legal topics among lawyers,” said Mr. John Kuckelman, General Counsel & Head of Legal, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMA Region).

“By holding this event, Novartis is demonstrating in a concrete way its philosophy of giving back to society while achieving the key priorities of all partners,” said Mr. Alexis Serlin, Head of Asia Cluster at Novartis AG.

“Novartis organized the event to help develop the next generation of lawyers, give back to society, and establish capability-based partnerships to solve challenges inside and outside of healthcare,” said Mr. Roeland Roelofs, Country Head at Novartis Vietnam.

A total of 80 Vietnamese lawyers attended the event and earned continuing legal education (CLE) credits. Topics included doing business in Vietnam, how Novartis is reimagining medicine, intellectual property enforcement, competition law trends, general counsel perspectives on what in-house lawyers need from external counsel, risk identification and management, dispute resolution, going big on data and digital, and building a successful legal practice in Vietnam.

Novartis co-organized the event in partnership with prestigious local and international law firms. Established in 2015, the Vietnam Business Lawyers Club (VBLC) has over 90 members who are experts in commercial law and international trade. The VBLC brings with it the support of the Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice and the Vietnam Bar Federation.

Among the law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading regional firm in Southeast Asia, with 150 lawyers and consultants in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and Yangon. Baker McKenzie, meanwhile, is the largest law firm in the US and the second-largest international law firm in the world, with 13,000 employees in 78 offices across 46 countries.

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