IPBA 2021

“Crypto: Are Cryptocurrencies a Boon or Bane to Energy Consumption?”

Organised by: Energy alongside Technology, Media & Telecommunications Committee
Session abstract will be available shortly.

Moderators

Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira
Counsel
, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Miriam is a registered foreign lawyer in Japan licensed in both the Philippines and the State of New York. Since joining Oh-Ebashi in 2008, she has been involved in multiple transactions in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. She regularly deals with contractual, intellectual property, antitrust, fintech, banking and other regulatory issues in cross-border transactions, investments and dispute resolution mainly involving Japanese companies. Together with local lawyers, she also supports foreign companies in investing and doing business in Japan.

Miriam is also actively involved in educational activities. She co-chaired the diversity-themed global conference of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) in Tokyo in 2019, and is on the advisory board of an advocacy forum called Change Makers Japan. She writes and speaks about cross-border transactions, international dispute resolution, Philippine law and compliance matters. She also organizes talks on topics concerning international arbitration and mediation.

Apart from NYSBA, she is a member of several organizations, including the Women in Business Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Women Business Lawyers Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and ArbitralWomen.

Gmeleen Tomboc
Vice President
, Credit Suisse

Gmeleen has worked in leading law firms in Singapore (Sidley Austin), Tokyo (Yanagida & Partners) and Manila (Baker McKenzie and Poblador Bautista & Reyes). Gmeleen has acted as Asia General Counsel (on secondment) of The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy company, advising on the development and financing of power projects in Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. She is co-chair of the IPBA’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and co-chair for Singapore of the Harvard Law School Women’s Association.

Speakers

Aaron Kamath
Leader - Technology and Int’l Commercial Laws
, Nishith Desai Associates
Bangalore

Aaron advises clients on complex cross-border transactions including technology deals, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, legal and regulatory matters & commercial transactions across various sectors, with special focus on IT, digital media, e-commerce, retail and fin-tech. He advises a number of multi-national corporations on various legal and regulatory aspects including privacy-related compliances and documentation; IP structuring, strategy and prosecution. He has also done extensive research and assisted clients in relation to disruptive technologies including blockchain, AI, IoT, cloud computing, ed-tech.

Aaron has played a key role in the firm’s regulatory and policy initiatives, and representations to the Indian Government. He has been invited for numerous speaking engagements, workshops and seminars. He regularly writes thought leadership and research articles and papers for internationally acclaimed publications and has also been quoted by both internationally and domestically renowned publications.

Aaron is qualified to practice law in India and is enrolled as an Advocate with the Karnataka State Bar Council. He is a member of the TMT Committee at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and winner of the IPBA Annual Scholarship for Young Lawyers 2019.

Abadi Abi Tisnadisastra
Partner
, Akset Law
Jakarta

Principal practice areas/industry focus: Corporate and M&A, Financial Services, Fintech and IT, Telco and Media.

Biodata: Mr. Tisnadisastra is one of the founding partners of AKSET law. His practice covers a broad range of corporate areas, including M&A, restructuring, joint ventures and financing. He has been recently involved in numerous acquisitions and investments in companies from a broad range of industries, including banking, financial services, information technology and financial technology (P2P lending and payments). He also advises foreign investors on operations, corporate governance and legal compliance, advising them, whether at the outset of their investment or in connection with the compliant functioning of their ongoing businesses.

Abi is recognized for his in-depth knowledge on financial services and information technology, having advised on many transactions of multinational financial institutions and investors in consolidating operations in Indonesia. Given his IT background, he is frequently involved in Information Technology and Telecommunications deals, advising investors on operations and opportunities in Indonesia. Abi’s technology clients include NTT, Google, Sony, and Indonesian unicorns, such as Go-jek Group, Tokopedia, and Traveloka.

Mr. Tisnadisastra has also been recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in Indonesia, including by the Chambers Asia, AsiaLaw, Legal500 and Asia Business Law Journal 2021: The A-List: Indonesia’s Top 100 Lawyers.

Prashant Irudayaraj
Vice President, Research and Development
, ZebPay

Prashanth runs the R&D group at Zebpay, which is focused on applying distributed ledger technology to our most pressing challenges. Prior to this he helped launch Keep Network, a privacy focused decentralized protocol for public blockchains, and has been in the crypto space since 2015. He has also helped accelerate the transition to sustainable transport at Tesla, and was a member of the Georgia Tech Research Institute faculty where he worked on renewable energy projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chua Tju Liang
Director, Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets, Drew & Napier
, General Counsel, Ethereum Foundation

CHUA Tju Liang is a Director at top Singapore law firm Drew & Napier, where he leads the Blockchain & Digital Assets practice. With an extensive knowledge of the ever-evolving legal and regulatory landscape of blockchain, distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies, Tju Liang advises funds, exchanges, strategic investors and blockchain startups. In addition, Tju Liang also serves as the global General Counsel of the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit organisation that promotes and supports the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem.

Tju Liang has been recognized as an “Up and Coming Individual” by Chambers Global, a “Rising Star Lawyer” by IFLR 1000, and a “Recommended Lawyer” by Asia Pacific Legal 500. He speaks fluent business Mandarin, having previously been based in China for over 7 years as a partner of a top US law firm.

David Quest
Member
, 3VB

David is a leading commercial silk, specialising in banking, finance and investment, commercial and financial fraud, technology and computing (including fintech, blockchain and cryptoassets), insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence, as well as general commercial litigation.

He is a skilled advocate and a formidable cross-examiner, with extensive major trial experience both in court and arbitration, and a particular facility for handling complex financial and technical material. Many of his cases have an international element and he is very experienced in the conflicts of jurisdiction, conflicts of law, and cross-border enforcement issues that are often raised in such work. He is frequently involved in offshore litigation, particularly in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.