Trusts law has been used in increasingly creative ways across the Asia-Pacific region to achieve family succession planning and commercial purposes. The internationalisation of trusts means that it is more important than ever for one to be aware of the developments in other jurisdictions and their associated legal issues. In this webinar, the speakers will address the contemporary uses of trusts across the region and the modern issues that they raise. The jurisdictions that will be discussed include Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and South Korea.
Ying Khai Liew is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. He teaches and researches private law, with a particular focus on the law of equity and trusts, contracts, remedies, and the law of assignment. He is the author of Rationalising Constructive Trusts (Hart Publishing 2017) and Guest on the Law of Assignment (currently in its fourth edition, Sweet & Maxwell 2021). Ying is also the General Editor of the Asia-Pacific Trusts Law book series with Hart Publishing. The first volume in the series (Theory and Practice in Context, co-edited with Matthew Harding) was published in 2021, and the second volume (Adaptation in Context, co-edited with Ying-Chieh Wu) is forthcoming in 2022. Ying is the Associate Director (Private Law) of the Asian Law Centre at the Melbourne Law School, and an editor of the Journal of Equity.
Lusina Ho is the Harold Hsiao-Wo Lee Professor in Trust and Equity at the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong. Her main research interests are in the law of trusts, equitable remedies, and comparative trusts. She is the author of Trust Law in China (Sweet & Maxwell Asia 2003), and has edited, amongst others, an essay collection entitled Trust Law in Asian Civil Law Jurisdictions: A Comparative Analysis (CUP 2013, with Rebecca Lee). She has published widely and her work has been cited in the highest appellate courts in common law jurisdictions.
Tang Hang Wu is a Professor at the Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University researching on property law, equity, trusts, and non-profit law. He has published widely, and his work has been relied on by all levels of the Singapore courts and other Commonwealth countries. Hang Wu leads the Trusts & Private Wealth desk at TSMP Law Corporation, a boutique law firm in Singapore, and has advised local and international law firms, high-net-worth individuals, the US Department of Justice, and banks and trust companies on trust law. Recent trust issues that he has advised on include trusts over crypto assets, gold bars, real estate, company shares, a sustainable development fund in Papua New Guinea, and offshore bank accounts.
Ying-Chieh Wu’s main teaching and research areas are property and trusts, and comparative private law. He received his LLB and LLM degrees from Korea University and holds MSt and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford. Before joining Seoul National University, he taught at National Taiwan University’s College of Law and at Singapore Management University’s School of Law. He has taught and written in English, Korean and Chinese. Among his articles are “Unlocking Three Requirements of Real Subrogation” in the Korean Journal of Civil Law (2011, written in Korean); “Breach of Trust: Remedies and Their Legal Foundations” in the National Taiwan University Law Journal (2015, written in Chinese); and “Trusts Reimagined: The Transplantation and Revolution of Trust Law in North East Asia” in the American Journal of Comparative Law (2020, written in English). He has also contributed to the books Trust Law in Asian Civil Law Jurisdictions: A Comparative Analysis (edited by Lusina Ho and Rebecca Lee, CUP, 2013) and Asia-Pacific Trusts Law: Adaptation in Context (co-edited), which will be published in 2022.
Lee Shih is a partner of the boutique litigation firm, Lim Chee Wee Partnership. His work focuses on commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery, and contentious insolvency. He is the sole Malaysian member of ICC FraudNet, an international network of leading civil asset recovery lawyers in each country. He is listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific for dispute resolution in Malaysia.
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