Speaker Series

Please find below the information for our upcoming Speaker Series events. Detailed information will follow. Please check back frequently for updates!

Davis LLP: The Current Trends, Challenges and Rewards of the Practice of Law in Japan

: Monday, March 14th, 2011, at 6:30 pm
Where: 1501 McGill College Avenue, Suite 1400

APLAM, in conjunction with the Quebec-Asia Law and Business Association (QALBA) invites you to a panel discussion and cocktail with Davis LLP on the current trends, challenges and rewards of law practice in the Japanese and Asian context. Davis is the first and only Canadian law firm with an office in Japan, and one of the first non-Quebec based law firms to establish a practice in Montreal. Two reputed lawyers in Japanese affairs, and a former ambassador to Japan and Korea, have graciously agreed to speak with us. Join us for this rare opportunity!

The Panel Participants

Me Michiko Hara is a corporate and commercial lawyer who has extensively lectured and written on various legal topics. She co-founded the law firm Hara Rothschild, a full service boutique that serviced the unique needs of Japanese corporations, entrepreneurs and individuals doing business in Canada and elsewhere. In February 1997, Hara Rothschild merged with Davis LLP.

Me Doug Buchanan was National Managing Partner of Davis LLP for two terms, 1995-98 and 2004-07. He is one of the leading lawyers in Canada in the areas of banking, corporate and M&A, project finance and project development, and apparently has also managed the Japanese National Hockey Team.

Mr Don Campbell is Senior Strategy Advisor at Davis. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of CAE Inc, Ambassador to Japan and Korea, Deputy Foreign Minister and Deputy International Trade Minister. He also supervised the negotiation of NAFTA.

Please RSVP for this event via aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Cleared for take off: Ogilvy Renault joins legal giant Norton Rose LLP

: February 1st, 2011, at 6 pm
Where: Moot Court, NCDH

You've all heard, talked and read about it... In 2011 Ogilvy Renault will become the first Canadian law firm to go global through a major international merger. What does it mean? Hear it from the source. Managing partner Me Jean Bertrand and Me Nicholas Labrecque, Chair of the Student Committee, will discuss the merger and its implication for YOU and the Canadian legal landscape.

Come see for yourself!

Please RSVP for this event via aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Le 1er février de 18h00-19h00 dans la salle Moot Court (NCDH 100), APLAM vous invite à venir discuter avec Me. Jean Bertrand, Associé-directeur du bureau Ogilvy Renault à Montreal, et Me. Nicolas Labrecque, responsable du Comité des étudiants, des implications qu'aura cette fusion pour les étudiants et le paysage juridique canadien.

Vous avez certainement tous entendu parlé de la décision d'Ogilvy Renault de se joindre à Norton Rose et de devenir le premier cabinet d'avocats canadien à faire partie d'un réseau véritablement mondial. Nous vous invitons maintenant en grand nombre pour découvrir ce que ceci signifie pour vous comme étudiants en droit et future avocats.

Nous prévoyons le remplissage de la salle à la capacité alors veuillez s'il vous plaît réserver votre place: aplam.mcgill@gmail.com



Date: Monday, November 22, 2010

Time: 12:30-14:00 pm

Location: NCDH room 201

How to Launch an International Career

With 68 offices in 40 countries worldwide, Baker & McKenzie LLP is one of the premier international law firms in North America and Asia. It has had a presence for over 45 years in the Asia Pacific and currently boasts 14 offices across major Asian cities.

Mr Christopher Aide and Ms Tara Randell are seasoned recruiters from Baker & McKenzie LLP's Toronto office. Mr Aide is a Intellectual Property Partner who has worked in Baker & McKenzie's Frankfurt office and has been called to the bar in Ontario as well as England and Wales. Ms Randell is the Manager of Human Resources & Recruitment who has experience with the needs and requirements of both the Baker & McKenzie Toronto and London offices. They will discuss how students can position themselves to enter the international stream and address questions of mobility between global law firms.

Here is the recording of the event! https://connect.mcgill.ca/p36703128/

Au plaisir de vous y voir!


*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Douglas W. Arner

Professor at the Faculty of Law at McGill University,

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: NCDH room 102


Professor Arner is Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law and a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. He will be a Visiting Scholar at McGill University until January 2011. Professor Arner has published widely in the area of global financial law and regulation and has served as a consultant with, among others, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Professeur Arner est Directeur du Asian Institute of International Financial Law à la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Hong Kong. Il occupera le poste de chercheur invité à McGill jusqu'en janvier 2011. Professeur Arner a publié de nombreux ouvrages dans le domaine du droit financier mondial et de la réglementation financière. Il a également occupé le travail de consultant au sein, entre autres, de la Banque mondiale, la Banque asiatique de développement, et la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement.L'Association du droit de l'Asie Pacifique à McGill (ADAPM) et le Junior Hong Kong Canada Business Association vous invitent à une discussion au sujet de l'évaluation de la monnaie chinoise et des répercussions d'une réglementation de la monnaie chinoise sur l'économie mondiale. La présentation se tiendra en anglais.

Here is the recording of the event! https://connect.mcgill.ca/p50249827/

Au plaisir de vous y voir!


*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

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Martine Vanasse

Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel,

Asia Legal Department, Hong Kong

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Date: Friday, October 15, 2010

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: NCDH room 312

From Montreal to London to Singapore to Hong Hong, Martine Vanasse has done it all. Beginning her legal career with 9 years in a top Montreal firm, Martine took her career to an international level when she accepted an offer from Clifford Chance in London. In 2000, Martine moved to Clifford Chance's Singapore office as a Senior Associate where she worked for 5 years covering South East Asia and South Asia.

Martine qualified as a lawyer with the Quebec Bar and as a solicitor with the Law Society of England and Wales. She speaks fluent English and French, conversational Bahasa Indonesia, and Spanish.

Today as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong, Martine oversees corporate lending, leveraged finance, acquisition finance, project finance, equipment leasing and other wholesale lending in Asia Pacific.

Join us to hear how you too can take your career to an international level!

Au plaisir de vous y voir!


*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Caroline Bérubé

HJM Asia Law & Co LLC (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore)

Date: Wednesday, September 29 2010

Time: 5:45-7:00 pm

Location: NCDH room 312

Do you dream of being an international lawyer? Are you interested in living and working abroad in Asia? Come hear from a McGill alum who does just that!

Caroline Bérubé is a well-respected international lawyer living and working in mainland China. She began her legal career in Singapore working for a French law firm that subsequently was bought out by a British law firm. During that period, she represented international corporate clients and banks in asset-financing and M&A cross-border transactions, travelling to various Asian countries in the course of her work. In 2002, she joined a Chinese law firm specializing in corporate law.

Presently, Caroline Bérubé focuses on Chinese corporate law and commercial practice, an area in which she has built up well-respected expertise amongst many European, Asian and North American clients. Caroline is especially well-regarded for advising clients on the Asian legal structure of their companies, based on her solid understanding of the pitfalls and advantages of most Asian jurisdictions. ??Caroline has advised clients in various industries such as manufacturing, energy (oil, gas and mining), technology and services.

Come take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear from Caroline Bérubé in person.

Au plaisir de vous y voir!


*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Mr. Christopher Aide

Baker & McKenzie LLP's Toronto

Date: Monday, February 8, 2010

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: New Chancellor Day Hall, Room 204

Attention all jetsetters! Calling all international law aficionados! 

Looking to practice law internationally or to work in international law? Have some questions about the difference? Avez-vous des questions sur comment faire pour pouvoir travailler sur les dossiers internationaux? Qu'est-ce qu'il faut faire pour se trouver un emploi à l'étranger? 

APLAM is proud to present Mr Christopher Aide from Baker & McKenzie LLP's Toronto office. As a global firm with 67 offices in 39 offices worldwide, Baker & McKenzie is uniquely placed to counsel students on starting an international career. 

Mr Aide is a partner with the Firm's Toronto office who has also worked for a number of years in Baker & McKenzie’s Frankfurt practice and has been called to the bar in Ontario, England and Wales. As a seasoned recruiter for the firm's Toronto office and himself an internationally-experienced and qualified practitioner in intellectual property, Mr Aide, has counselled numerous students (a number of them from McGill!) on what forms an "international" career can look like and what steps to take to build one. 

Join us next Monday from 12.30-1.30 in rm 204 to soak in some of Mr Aide's pearls of wisdom. 

Au plaisir de vous y voir!


*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Honorable Martin Cauchon, Head of Gowlings’ National China Group 

Title of lecture: TBA

Date: Delayed, to be announced

Time: Delayed, to be announced

Location: Delayed, to be announced

Format: Lecture and meet-and-greet lunch

*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com.

Fasken Martineau’s Asia Pacific Practice Group

Title of lecture: The Importance of Being Earnest / L'importance d'Etre Constant

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Time: 5:00PM (We will be meeting at 4:30PM at the Nahum Gelber Law Library Entrance to walk to Fasken's office together.)


Fasken Martineau

The Stock Exchange Tower

Suite 3700

800 Victoria Square

Montréal, QC H4Z 1E9

Format: Panel discussion and cocktail

Dress: Business attire

Poster: English / French

*If you will be attending this event, please RSVP by email to aplam.mcgill@gmail.com. Remember to include if you will be meeting us at the Nahum Gelber Law Library entrance or at Fasken. Thank you!