LOS ANGELES (March 5, 2008) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will open the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s 18th Annual Conference, themed “Many Borders, One World.™,” at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from April 27-30th , 2008. Mayor Villaraigosa will welcome the expected 800 attorneys from over 35 jurisdictions worldwide who will attend the conference to stay current on developments in business law and practice in the Asia-Pacific region and to enhance professional relationships with colleagues throughout that part of the world.

“We are honored to have Mayor Villaraigosa welcome the IPBA delegates and their guests to Los Angeles,” says Gerold Libby, 2008 Conference Chair and partner in the Los Angeles office of Holland & Knight, LLP. “He is an excellent ambassador for our great city and the ideal person to communicate the important role that Los Angeles plays as a hub for international trade.”

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The Los Angeles conference will offer 40 plenary and educational programs organized by the IPBA's 19 substantive law committees and the 2008 Conference Host Committee, which includes representatives from some of the world’s most respected law firms.

Alexander Cappello, Chairman and CEO of Cappello Capital Corp., will moderate the plenary panel, “The Future of the Asia-Pacific Economy: National Competition Versus Regional Integration.” Panelists include Robert A. Eckert, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Mattel, Inc., George Lee, Chairman, Founder and Managing Member of PMK, Inc. and SView LLC, William H. Overholt, Director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Daniel Tsai, Chairman and CEO of Fubon Financial Holding Co. Ltd., has also been invited to join the panel.

The Corporate Counsel Forum, presented in cooperation with the Association of Corporate Counsel and the IPBA will feature in-house counsel experts on international multi-jurisdiction practice (MJP). These legal experts will share ideas and experiences regarding cross-border legal practices for clients and the in-house and outside counsel who represent them.

“I believe the 2008 Conference will offer IPBA members an unsurpassed opportunity to learn about current legal developments in the Asia-Pacific region, to develop and enhance professional relationships, and to enjoy the traditional collegial friendship which is the hallmark of the IPBA,” says IPBA President Zongze Gao, a partner of King & Wood PRC Lawyers, China’s largest law firm.

The 2008 Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference is being produced by Pivotal Events (www.pivotalevents.com). For more information on this event, please visit www.ipba2008.com.

About the IPBA
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The IPBA was founded in April 1991 at an organizing conference in Tokyo attended by 500 lawyers from throughout Asia and the Pacific. Since then it has grown to become a preeminent organization in the area of law and business in the Asia-Pacific region, with a membership of more than 1500 lawyers from over 60 jurisdictions around the world. Supported by major bar associations, law societies and other organizations throughout Asia and the Pacific, the IPBA plays a significant role in fostering ties among members of the legal profession whose clients represent a predominant share of the world’s global brands.
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