This year’s WSG IBA Networking Luncheon is experiencing record registration with 120 members expected to attend and a 12% increase over last year’s participation. With international professionals coming together from across the WSG network, it’s a good time to ensure that your membership is optimized to make the most out of your attendance. From networking functions and luncheons to regional meetings, here are a few tips to make the most of your time – and membership:
1. Do your research
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for a networking event is to study the people who are attending. Take advantage of WSG’s event pages to see who’s attending and use key search functions to make connections with individuals by firm, region, areas of practice and industries. Also, don’t forget to make sure your own profile is up to date.
2. Join groups
By joining a WSG association, practice or industry group you’ll automatically receive invitations to events, be notified when articles and news are published and have more opportunities to build relationships with professionals across the network.
3. Utilize the WSG mobile site
When traveling, it remains important to stay in touch. Considering the responsive abilities of the WSG website across tablets and smart phones, access to professionals and expertise can be done on the go. Visit m.worldservicesgroup.com to get familiar with the WSG’s mobile capabilities.
4. Strike early and introduce yourself to someone new
The IBA Luncheon will offer a strategic networking opportunity before lunch is served. Consider reviewing the attendee list in advance to determine if there are professionals you want to connect with.
Make a point to branch out and put the depth and breadth of the membership to work for you.
5. Follow Up
Aside from utilizing email and social media, the WSG website is a great place to stay in touch with people you meet, and reinforce your network connections. With practice groups, industry groups and association groups, like the IBA, WSG provides the resources to support your valuable connections.
We look forward to welcoming over 120 international delegates to the IBA Luncheon with the goal of building relationships and increasing referrals and collaborations throughout the network.
The WSG 2014 Annual Meeting hosted by Deacons, being held in Hong Kong at the InterContinental Hotel is quickly approaching. We are very excited to feature our guest speaker, Mr. Tony Williams, Principal, Jomati Consultants LLP, the leading UK based international legal management consultancy. Mr. Williams will be speaking in regards to The Advance of Global Verein Firms - Threats and Opportunities. To what extent are the global verein structured firms a work in progress and what challenges do they face? Are they likely to succeed in meeting those challenges? What are the consequent threats and opportunities for independent firms?
Mr. Williams has more than thirty years’ experience in the legal profession, occupying senior management positions as well as direct client handling and fee earnings. Prior to establishing Jomati Consultants, Tony had almost 20 years’ experience at Clifford Chance as a corporate lawyer, his last role as Worldwide Managing Partner. As principal of Jomati Consultants, Tony has worked for a range of international and domestic firms in the UK, US and Continental Europe, Asia and Australia. His advice covers such matters as management succession, partner appraisal and remuneration, peer reviews, firm strategy and its implementation including business planning and the positioning of law firms in their market.
For more information visit the online program.
The 2014 WSG Asia Pacific Regional meeting was held in Shanghai, China and hosted by local firm Dacheng Law Offices. The meeting welcomed over 35 international professionals from 17 jurisdictions. The meeting consisted of panel discussions, valuable guest speaker presentations as well as several opportunities to network among the WSG Asia Pacific members. A Welcome dinner on Thursday night was held on the Huangpu River Cruise.
The special event held on Saturday was a Seminar & Tour of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the economic trade initiative created by the Chinese government to promote international investment from the financial and service sector industries.
According to the feedback received during the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting, Guest Speaker Vivian Jiang’s Presentation: “The Renaissance of Professional Firms in 2020 and Beyond” and Panel Discussion: "Offshore M&A in China" were the top rated presentations.
To the left we have YT Takenaka (Takenaka Partners LLC) and WSG Chairman Sergio Michelsen network during the welcome during the welcome cocktail reception. To the right we have Saturday participants studying the model layout of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone at an on-site exhibition hall.
For a full list of presentations and photos please visit the WSG 2014 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting Post Event Page.
This year WSG held the very first Meeting of the Americas joining North America, Latin America and the Caribbean into one meeting to create new integrated program sessions and networking opportunities. The meeting held in Miami welcomed over 84 WSG participants from over 49 different jurisdictions.
The entire event kicked off with an Anti-Corruption Roundtable of in-house counsel and experts. Topics included the foreign corruption practices act (FCPA), expert discussion on risk exposure, trends, policies, avoidance strategies and planning and compliance. In-house counsel from top multinationals were invited to attend the session followed by a reception and dinner for all those in attendance of the roundtable and the Americas Meeting.
The Americas Meeting program welcomed Timothy Ryan, Managing Director of Kroll, who apprised the group on recent cyber security events, and topics and changes being implemented in the ever changing world of technology. A panel on professional firm risk management included Eileen Garczynski, Senior V.P. & Partner of Ames & Gough, who participated with other WSG member expert panelists to discuss professional liability and crisis management. Judge Jennifer D. Bailey, Administrative Judge, Circuit Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, described the designation of Miami as an international centre for arbitration. These and all the participants and topics generated thought provoking discussion that established interest for more integrated meetings.
WSG 2104 Meeting of the Americas Participant reviews included:
Excellent Network Opportunities Great Idea Sharing of Knowledge of other practices (investment & Accounting). – Anonymous delegate, WSG 2014 Meeting of the Americas
I liked the Americas format and most attendees seem to agree. – Anonymous delegate, WSG 2014 Meeting of the Americas
Over 65 delegates gather for the 2014 Americas Anti-Corruption Roundtable on Thursday.
WSG delegates enjoy networking opportunities at the cocktail reception following the Roundtable discussion.
For a full list of presentations and photos please see the WSG 2014 Meeting of the Americas Post Event Page.