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The Future of Consumer – Asia-Pacific Predictions

02 May 2022 | Insight
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Rampant digitisation, pressure on ESG, post-Covid upheaval – our video series tackles the big trends in the booming Asia-Pacific consumer sector

Consumer sector companies will not return to pre-pandemic settings – the changes to business models are here to stay. Supply chain reinvention. Online customer service. Remote working. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. All things digitization.

How fast consumer confidence recovers is different in each jurisdiction, and many countries are now using their recovery plans to push through climate action. And so too for consumer companies building customer trust (and shareholder value) through social capital initiatives.

In this series, our Asia Pacific Consumer Sector team will explore the key issues driving trends in 2022 and share their predictions on those that will have lasting impact for consumer sector companies.

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Managing and exiting distribution agreements

2 May 2022

James Allsop, Partner, Tokyo and Kathryn Sanger, Partner, Hong Kong

James and Kathryn discuss the key issues arising out of their recent experience of contentious termination and expiry of distribution agreements, including utilising escalation steps in dispute resolution clauses, self-help remedies, interim-measures and brand protection.

 

 

Data privacy in targeted advertising - Current regulatory challenges and future directions

6 April 2022

Peggy Chow, Of Counsel, Singapore and Kaman Tsoi, Special Counsel, Melbourne 

Peggy Chow and Kaman Tsoi discuss the latest regulatory trends and future directions including the use of third party tracing cookies, the overlap between privacy and competition, proposed new laws on targeted advertising and cookies in the EU, the US, Japan and Australia, facial recognition and less privacy intrusive alternatives such as contextual advertising and Google's new Topics API technology.

 

 

IP trends driving differentiation in Australia and China

1 April 2022

Peng Lei, Partner, Kewei, Shanghai and Emma Iles, Partner, Melbourne

Emma Iles and Peng Lei discuss recent intellectual property developments in Australia and China with an impact on the consumer sector including the availability of interlocutory injunctions, product distinction through competitor comparison, punitive damages and trends in the development of green consumer technologies. Emma and Peng share their insights, with a focus on the consequences for product differentiation.

 

 

The ESG focus driving landscape-changing consumer sector M&A

14 March 2022

Kam Jamshidi, Partner, Melbourne and Malika Chandrasegaran, Partner, Sydney

Kam Jamshidi and Malika Chandrasegaran discuss the rise in ESG consciousness and integration into the M&A process to manage risks whilst also driving consumer demand, with the energy transition providing valuable insights for consumer sector companies. Kam and Malika see four phases of ESG driven M&A including portfolio review, consolidation of ESG challenged businesses, private capital focussing more on ESG conscious investing and buyers of last resort.

 

 

Climate change and ESG litigation trends in the consumer sector 

9 March 2022

Mark Smyth, Partner, Sydney and Jojo Fan, Partner, Hong Kong

Mark Smyth and Jojo Fan discuss the rapidly increasing developments in climate change and ESG litigation globally including greenwashing, inadequate disclosure and challenges for manufacturing and governments. They share their insights on what the future of climate litigation may hold for the consumer sector.

 


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Managing and exiting distribution agreements

Data privacy in targeted advertising - Current regulatory challenges and future directions

IP trends driving differentiation in Australia and China

The ESG focus driving landscape-changing consumer sector M&A

Climate change and ESG litigation trends in the consumer sector 


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