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Webinar: Understanding the Brunei Regulatory & Business Framework arising from COVID-19


About this webinar

As part of the Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) webinar series, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) brings insights into the COVID-19 pandemic in Brunei. The event will provide participants with a brief overview of the laws and regulations issued to implement measures and restrictions to and the existing business framework in Brunei because of the COVID-19 health crisis. The webinar will also discuss how COVID-19 affects work-life, especially from an HR and management standpoint.


Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) in its original form was initiated in 2009 at the first regional corporate counsel conference (organised by SCCA in Singapore) with signatories being the SCCA, Indonesia Corporate Counsel Association (IndonesiaCCA), Association of Corporate Lawyers Sri Lanka (ACLSL) and In house Counsel Forum – Korea (IHCF).

In 2011, APCCA was formally launched at the third such conference (organised by the IndonesiaCCA in Jakarta ) with the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Legal Management Council of Philippines (LMCP) and Indian Corporate Counsel Association (IndiaCCA) joining the alliance. APCCA partners SCCA, MCCA, IndonesiaCCA, IndiaCCA and LMCP are also part of the In-House Counsel Worldwide (ICW).

Webinar speakers

Dr Colin Ong

Dr Colin Ong is Queen’s Counsel at 36 Stone (London); Chartered Arbitrator and Counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore); and senior partner at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services (Brunei). He is a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple (2010). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and holds a PhD, an LLM, a DiplCArb, LLB (Hons), FCIArb, FMIArb, and FSIArb. He has been in practice since 1992 and has broad specialist experience across a wide spectrum of banking law and commercial law practices.

He is regularly instructed by banks, major investment companies; regional investors, SWFs and major law firms on diverse projects including commodities; cross-border structured finance transactions; energy projects; power-purchase agreements; infrastructure projects; ISDA Master Agreements and IT projects. He is experienced in infrastructure projects, energy disputes(coal mining/oil & gas/petrochemicals), industrial plants, licence agreements, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, and ports, procurement contracts, power plants, technology transfer, urban development and wind farms.

Haji Darryl

Haji Darryl has been working in the financial services industry overseas as a legal advisor since 2004 and has held several positions in management. He is currently the General Counsel at Standard Insurance Sdn Bhd. Previously he was the Deputy General Manager at Takaful Brunei Am Sdn Bhd (TBA) heading core operations comprising of the Legal & Casualty Claims departments, Material Damage Claims departments and Underwriting & Retakaful departments.

Prior to this, he headed Syarikat Takaful Brunei Darussalam Sdn Bhd’s (STBD) Corporate and Legal Compliance where he oversaw the merger in 2010. He is currently the Secretary and legal adviser to the Brunei Insurance and Takaful Association (BITA) and the Honorary Secretary to the Brunei Australian Alumni Association (BAAA). He is also currently the appointed representative for the Insurance and Takaful industry in the Brunei National Road Safety Council committed to maintaining the highest level of road safety for Brunei Darussalam.

Opening address – Reza P. Topobroto

Reza P. Topobroto started his legal career as a practice lawyer in 997, after moving to several law firms he had a chance promoted as a Senior Associate in Roosdiono & Partners.  In 2005, he shifted careers to corporate counsel by joining Procter & Gamble as Country Legal Lead. In 2008, Reza was appointed as the Head of Legal for Mondelez (p.k.a Kraft Foods).  In 2012 he joined Microsoft as Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs in charge for Indonesia.  After 7 years in Microsoft, he moved to Indosat Ooredoo in 2019, becoming Senior Legal Advisor to CEO.

Moderator – Anil Changaroth

Mediator (accredited in South Asia), Arbitrator (Fellows of the Chartered, Singapore and Philippines Institutes of Arbitrators and Adjudicator (with AIAC Malaysia); and trained in International Treaty Arbitration, is an Advocate & Solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public of Singapore, a Solicitor of England and Wales (2009); qualified as Barrister Middle Temple of England & Wales (1993) and also holds a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration, Kings College London & National University of Singapore (2006).

Further information

Siti Mahmud
Commercial and Prosperity Manager
British High Commission, Brunei
Telephone: +673 2362251
Email: Siti.Mahmud@fco.gov.uk

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