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SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge 2021

SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge 2021

Venue : ZOOM

Event Start Date : Saturday 31 July 2021

Event End Date : Saturday 31 July 2021

Event Start Time : 09:00 am

Event End Time : 01:00 pm

Registration Start Date : Monday 29 March 2021

Registration End Date : Friday 28 May 2021

UPDATES

22nd July 2021

Congratulations again to the Finalists teams! If you would like to watch them online in action on 31 July 2021 9am-1pm, please register HERE. This year’s Finals is open to audience from the public.

We would like to thank our Finals Judges - Andrew Ong (Head of Legal & Compliance - KONE), Daniel Chia (Head of Human Resources - Samsung Electronics) and Koh Juat Muay (President - Institute of Public Relations of Singapore). For more details, please scroll below.

 

19th July 2021

We thank all of the participants in their participation in this year’s Challenge. Not only did we receive an unprecedented number of submissions, the judges were particularly impressed by the precise legal analysis and innovative solutions offered by a significant number of participants.

Congratulations to the following six teams (in no particular order) for making it to the Finals of this year’s Challenge:

  • Group 1: Adrina Ang Lina, Kavya Anand, Kendra Thaddaeus Tang, Kenishia Chang Qing Hui.
  • Group 2: Clarice Tan Jia Ying, Fatin Syuhadah Bte Selamat, Georgina Teo Wei Ting, Lim Xiang.
  • Group 3: Ajay Nair, Hwang Yu Liang Zephan, Muhammad Syazwan Bin Ramli, Yang Jing Ying Kesia
  • Group 4: Andrea Danielle Lee, Crystal Chew Tong En, Elton Ching Xiangwei, Valerie Wong Le Yee.
  • Group 5: Alden Wordsworth Ng, Megan Tay Wern Ee, Samuel Wee Liong Chye, Sushanth Thirthapad Babu.
  • Group 6: Grace Anastasia Lim Si Min, Kara Kang Mei Hui, Poon Chong Ming, Wong Liang Yeong Samuel.

We would also like to say a big thank you to the following in-house lawyers for judging the preliminary round of this year's Challenge. This event would not have been possible without them generously sharing their time and expertise - Abigail Tan, Alex Liam, Ashwin Mathialagan, Benson Lim, Cara Sim, Ezra Tay, Hong Yanci, Gerald Tan, Jaroslaw Jankowski, Jerrick Lim, Lai Feng Jun, Lee Ailing, Lee Hui Yi, Samson Leo and Teo Ting Wei.

 

22nd June 2021

Team leaders should have received a copy of the answers to the Clarifications and a copy of the slides from the Workshop. Please remember to e-mail your Submissions to secretariat@scca.org.sg by 30 June 2021 1pm. Good luck!

 

17th June 2021

Team leaders should have received an e-mail containing the link to the form with instructions on how to submit their clarificatory questions. Deadline to submit your questions (if any) is 17 June 2021 11.59pm.

 

9th June 2021

Team leaders should have received the Participant's Pack and an e-mail with the registration link for the workshop. A gentle reminder that each participant (and not only the team leader) must register for the workshop so that they can receive their individual link to access the workshop. Please complete your registration for the workshop by this Friday (11 June 2021).

 

2nd June 2021

Registrations have closed. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your overwhelming support. If you have not received a confirmation on your registration, please reach out to secretariat@scca.org.sg 

 

31st May 2021

We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore, the finalist teams will have the opportunity to have a Cross Disciplinary Consultation with public relations students from the IPRS Student Chapters. Please see below for more details.

 

28th May 2021

This is the last call for registrations! Registration closes on 1 June 2021. Thanks to LexisNexis and the senior legal leaders, winners will stand to win attractive prizes and the opportunity to have a one-hour coffee chat with a senior legal leader. Please see below for more details.

The participant's pack which includes the rules and case scenario will be released to the team leaders on 4 June 2021 12pm. As all communications will be with the team leaders, please regularly check your e-mails (including the junk/spam folders) and this event page for updates.

 

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UPCOMING ACTIVITY

 

SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge 2021 – Finals

Date/Time: 31st July 2021 (Saturday), 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM SGT

REGISTER HERE

We would like to thank our Finals judges (ie the “board of directors”) for their valuable time and expertise.

 

Andrew Ong is the Head of Legal & Compliance for Asia Pacific in KONE. He is responsible for KONE’s regional legal and compliance matters and is also part of KONE’s Asia Pacific Management Team. Prior to joining KONE, Andrew was previously heading the global legal function in a unit of a leading European telecommunication company and used to live in Finland. He obtained his LLB from the National University of Singapore.

 

Daniel describes himself as a non-conventional HR practitioner having switched from a professional technical career to now a strong HR advocate for the past 10 years. Currently he heads the HR function for Samsung Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd overseeing the overall HR aspects for the organization. Having worked at various MNCs, he understands the cultural differences between organizations and their values. As a strong believer in Coaching, mentoring, talent management and leadership, he aspires to make a difference and impact for others by unlocking their full potential.

 

Juat has more than 20 years of management experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She was the chief executive of a non-profit organisation set up to develop cultural diplomacy between countries. Prior roles include: managing director and regional chief executive of an award winning public relations agency; director of marcom for an arts management company; centre director for an arts space that promotes Singapore artists/art history; and search director for a global executive search firm.

Her passion is in organisational well-being where people and process are in harmony. Her expertise is in positive communications, people development and performance coaching.  She developed “8lueprint (2019)” - a concise approach to corporate and communications planning and published a tool-book titled “One Dish Wonder: A Simple Recipe To Manage Communications Risks (2011)”. She is an Accredited Member of the Institute of Public Relations Singapore and holds a Masters in Organisational Leadership (Monash University) and a Bachelor in Arts in Literature & Language (National University of Singapore). She is a Masters Solutions Focused Practitioner and holds a Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology.

 

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OVERVIEW

The SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge, Singapore’s first ever in-house counsel competition for law students, is back for its second-run in 2021! Following a highly successful inaugural competition that saw over 160 participants from 5 schools, participants will again assume the role of a General Counsel in a realistic simulation of the work done by in-house counsels every day.

This year, participants will be asked to provide advice on issues related to employees’ usage of social media and the implementation of a social media policy in a world where there is increasingly a less clear divide between work and the personal.

If you have any queries, please e-mail probono@scca.org.sg

 

KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • 29th March 2021: Registrations are open
  • 1st June 2021: Registration deadline
  • 19th June 2021: Participant’s workshop (Online)
  • 30th June 2021: Submission deadline
  • 20th July 2021: Announcement of finalists
  • 24th July 2021: Cross Disciplinary Consultation (for Finalist teams only)
  • 31st July 2021: Finals

  

Cross Disciplinary Consultation – “GC” meets “Corporate Communications Head”

Being a good in-house counsel is more than just being a technical expert in law, it also requires you to have cross-disciplinary knowledge of different areas. Your advice not only has to be legally sound, it also has to be commercially workable.

This year, we are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore, the finalist teams will have the opportunity to have a Cross Disciplinary Consultation with public relations students from the IPRS Student Chapters.

 

In the case scenario, the CEO of the fictional F&B conglomerate will ask the General Counsel (i.e finalist law team) to run his advice and social media policy by the Corporate Communications Head (i.e IPRS Student Chapter student) for his views on 24 July 2021. This is a valuable platform for the finalist teams and IPRS Student Chapter students to learn PR and legal concepts from each other in a realistic case scenario. More details will be directly released to the finalist teams.

 

AWARDS

SCCA Legal Eagle Challenge has 4 awards:

  • Winning Team - $800 cash prize kindly sponsored by LexisNexis
  • Most Innovative Team
  • Most Business Savvy Team
  • Best Communicator (individual) - $200 cash prize kindly sponsored by LexisNexis

The above awardees will be given the rare opportunity to have 1-hour coffee chat sessions with a senior legal leader to find out more about the in-house profession and to learn what it takes to become an in-house counsel.

 

Special thanks to the following Senior Legal Leaders

Charles Lim is the General Counsel (Managing Director) at GIC, where he oversees the Legal and Compliance department. Prior to GIC, Charles was in private practice with Rajah and Tann and Jones Day before moving to Credit Suisse where he was the Head of Legal and Compliance. Charles graduated from NUS Law School and did his masters in law in the University of Oxford. Charles is a Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) and an Advisory Board member of the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law. Charles was conferred the Singapore Chief Legal Officer Award in 2019 by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.

Mr. Choo Wei Pin is Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of Razer and is responsible for Razer's global legal activities including intellectual property, corporate secretarial matters and regulatory compliance. He has been Company Secretary of the Company since July 2015. Mr. Choo was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore in May 1998 and has more than 18 years of experience as a legal practitioner. Mr. Choo has served in leadership roles in-house with companies in the real estate and telecommunications sectors. Before going in-house, he was a Partner with a leading law firm in Singapore. Mr. Choo graduated from the University of Leicester with a bachelor's degree in law in May 1996 and completed the Master of Business Administration program at The Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2002.

Evan Koh is Director, Legal at the Singapore Tourism Board, where he and his team provide legal support to STB in funding, land management, promotional activities, technology initiatives and regulatory matters, including efforts to regulate, rejuvenate and safely re-open the Tourism sector amidst the global pandemic. Prior to STB, Evan was with the Legal Services Division of the Ministry of Manpower. Evan graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2000.

Mr. Tan is Group General Counsel; Chief Sustainability Officer; Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs; and Company Secretary since April 2016. He is responsible for legal, compliance, company secretarial, sustainability matters, communications, and public affairs at the Group level. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of MINDSET, a registered charity of Jardine Matheson in Singapore. Before joining the Group, he was Group General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary for UTAC Holdings Ltd. Prior to that, he has over 20 years of private practice and in- house legal experience with Allen & Gledhill, DLA Piper, Siemens and Motorola. He was also President of Motorola Singapore for five years. He is a Board Member of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Tan has an LLB (Honors) from the National University of Singapore. He is a senior Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and a senior Solicitor of England & Wales. He also completed the Senior Executive Management Program at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and the Driving Strategic Innovation Program conducted by MIT’s Sloan School of Management and IMD.

Mark Tan is General Counsel of GLP. Mark is responsible for oversight of all legal matters, including fund raising, acquisitions and disposals and other significant transactions and compliance, risk management and governance. Mark also oversees the Group’s global information technology platform and infrastructure. Prior to joining GLP, Mark was previously at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Singapore where he represented underwriters, issuers and private equity sponsors on debt and equity offerings. Previously, Mark also worked at Goldman Sachs and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mark received his Juris Doctor Honors from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science, Economics Minor from the University of Waterloo. He is based in Singapore.

As General Counsel, Mr. Paul Yuen heads the Legal Department, which oversees legal matters in MAS and supports all departments in discharging the functions of MAS. This includes advising on issues emanating from MAS’ role as a central bank and financial regulator. Before assuming the role of General Counsel, Mr. Paul Yuen was Executive Director of the Market Conduct Department and Corporate Finance & Consumer Department, where he oversaw capital markets issues relating to corporate finance, market misconduct enforcement and consumer interests. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer at the Institute of Banking and Finance and Head of Strategic Development Division in the Development Group in MAS. Mr. Yuen graduated from the National University of Singapore and is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Rebecca Orme is an Australian expat living in Singapore, having also lived and worked in New York City. After starting her role at FedEx Express in Singapore in 2014, she was appointed the Managing Director of the South East Asia Legal team in June 2017, just a few months before her third child was born. She was previously Senior Legal Counsel and Vice President of GfK Custom Research based in New York, Before seeing the light and moving in-house, Rebecca worked in private practice for leading Australian and New York law firms.

Rebecca is a certified organizational coach and is one of the founding coaches of the FedEx coaching faculty. She is also an experienced mentor. Rebecca is passionate about the rise and retention of professional women in the workplace, driven from her experience in law firms where most women leave after having children and where there are few women in leadership positions.

 


2021 Cross Disciplinary Consultation Partner

Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (“IPRS”) was established in 1970 as a non-profit organisation and is the only accrediting body for Public Relations practitioners in Singapore. The Institute’s objective is to establish growth for Singapore’s PR industry through knowledge acquisitions, networking and exchanging of new ideas. The Institute continually strives to be the leading regional PR organisation that will not only elevate the profession but also set industry standards and increase public recognition of this profession. Recognising the importance of nurturing the next generation of communications practitioners, the IPRS established Student Chapters with tertiary institutions to create opportunities for students and IPRS members to share their experiences.

For more information, visit www.iprs.org.sg

 

Our Partner for 2021

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of information and analytics that enable professionals in legal, corporate, government and non-profit organizations to improve decision-making and achieve better business outcomes. We are a part of RELX Group, serving customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide. Our information network contains 3 petabytes of legal and news data with 65 billion documents. That’s 150 times the size of Wikipedia and doubling every three years. 

For over 100 years, LexisNexis has delivered best-in-class legal content, data and analytics from the leading minds in the profession. Across the globe, we combine content, technology and analytics to advance the rule of law and shape a more just world where all are equal under the law.

For more information, please visit here.

 

Our Beneficiary Charity for 2021

Willing Hearts is a secular, non-racial, non-religious, non-partisan, and non-affiliated charity. It was founded in 2003 with the mission of serving the underprivileged, the needy and the marginalized members of our society and with the principle of "Citizens helping fellow citizens). Willing Hearts delivers more than 10,000 free meals, 7 days a week across Singapore. Beneficiaries includes elderly (many living alone), chronically sick, and low-income and underprivileged families. During this COVID-19 pandemic, Willing Hearts has also assisted migrant workers, foreign students stranded in Singapore, and the homeless.

Please visit here for more information.

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