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On 23 February, The Legal 500 launched its first GC Powerlist in Southeast Asia. The reception, held at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore, brought together over 100 in-house lawyers from across the region.

The GC Powerlist is a publication designed to highlight the most influential and innovative general counsel in a market, involving a three month process of nominations, background research and interviews. Each individual has made a demonstrable impact on their team, company or industry through innovative approaches to their everyday work.

This instalment of the publication featured in-house lawyers from nine countries across Southeast Asia: Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

General counsel from a range of industries attended the event, flying from all over the region for the evening. Some notable international and domestic companies include: Microsoft, GSK, Singapore Press Holdings, Redmart, Facebook, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Emperador Distillers Telenor Myamar, Go-Jek, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Telekom Malaysia, Krungthai Bank, and many others. To view the full GC Powerlist: Southeast Asia, please follow this link.

After short introductions from The Legal 500 and the sponsor law firms, the guests listened to a key note speech from Jeff Bullwinkel, associate general counsel and director of corporate, external and legal affairs for Asia Pacific and Japan at Microsoft. Mr Bullwinkel gave his thoughts on trust and integrity, with a focus on both the opportunities in-house have to lead in this area and the challenges they face in doing so in the region.

The launch event was a resounding success, as demonstrated by some of the feedback that we received following the evening:

“It was a great evening and a terrific turnout of impressive people, only some of whom I knew. Many thanks for including me.”

“One of the better events I’ve been to in a long time.”

“It was an enjoyable event and a good opportunity to network with our peers.”