Let’s Keep Talking about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Recorded On: 04/11/2023
This panel is brought to you by the DE&I Subcommittee on the Law Firm Committee.
Our speakers will have an informal discussion on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) issues that continue to come up in the development of their careers and practice. Our accomplished female speakers are leaders within their law firms, and they will effectively address concerns and how to create and cultivate a more inclusive work environment for everyone.
Moderator: Frank Liu, Partner, Shanghai Pacific Legal
Speakers: Sun Hong, Head of Shanghai, Norton Rose Fulbright
Farmida Bi, CBE, Chair, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright
Frank Liu (Moderator)
Shanghai Pacific Legal
With 20 years of experience, Frank Liu is a senior IP lawyer who heads the Intellectual Property practice of Shanghai Pacific Legal. Frank specializes in offering a full range of services to clients including IPR registration, protection, management, and dealing with infringement issues as well as working with clients on creating an end-to-end IP strategy. His clients include a significant number of Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporates as well as domestic PRC corporations from a wide range of sectors. He has acted for clients in over a hundred litigation and arbitration cases in China, many of which secured favorable awards. Frank worked in an intermediate level Chinese Court for five years from 1996 prior to his entering private practice in 2002.
Head of Shanghai
Norton Rose Fulbright
Sun Hong is a corporate lawyer based in Shanghai, where she is head of office. Sun has more than 20 years' experience in China-related corporate and regulatory matters. She represents clients in cross-border transactions including foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial projects involving PRC assets or entities across a wide spectrum of sectors. In addition, Sun has in-depth insight into the legal system of China and the regulatory and compliance risks encountered by multinationals doing business in China. She is particularly experienced in dealing with China's financial regulations and has advised clients on both transactions and specific regulatory issues. Sun qualified in China in 1999. She spent four years in the legal affairs office of a local government and five years with a PRC local law firm before joining the firm in June 2006. In 2003 and 2004 Sun received training in the UK and HK under the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers. She is recognized for capabilities and experience by Acritas and The Legal 500.
CBE, Chair, Europe, Middle East and Asia
Norton Rose Fulbright
Farmida Bi CBE has been our EMEA chair since May 2018. Her priorities are supporting Norton Rose Fulbright's vision of providing exceptional client service and fostering a culture of inclusivity and connectivity across the firm's 50+ offices worldwide. Farmida has continued to work in her own practice of debt capital markets and Islamic finance, and she has a particular interest in the role Islamic finance, as a form of ethical finance, can play in unlocking funding for ESG initiatives designed to promote the UN Social Development Goals. Recognized in the 'Hall of Fame' for both debt capital markets and Islamic finance in The Legal 500 UK 2022, Farmida's leadership and practice have also been acknowledged with awards such as the Financial News 'Fifty Most Influential Lawyers 2022', 'Top 20 Most Influential in Legal Services 2021' and '100 Most Influential Women in European Finance' from 2019-2021; the HERoes Top 100 Role Model List 2022, 2020 and 2019; The Lawyer's 'Hot 100 Leaders 2019'; the 'Outstanding Practitioner Award 2019' at the Euromoney: Europe Women in Business Law Awards; 'Finance Team of the Year 2018' at the Legal Business Awards; and the Financial Times '100 Innovative Lawyers Europe 2018'. In addition to her work at Norton Rose Fulbright, Farmida is also Chair of Trustees for the Barbican Centre Trust (which raises funding for the Barbican, the largest performing arts center in Europe) and for the Patchwork Foundation (a charity that promotes engagement in politics and civil society for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds). Farmida was recognized for her services to the law and to charity by the UK's HM The Queen in the 2020 Birthday Honors by being made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). She is a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 1992, and as a New York attorney in 1999.