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NZ near top in IPBA conference registrations

02 February 2017

With 62 days to go until the 27th Inter-Pacific Bar Association conference begins at Auckland's SkyCity Conference Centre, New Zealanders are prominent in those who have registered.

The conference is being held in New Zealand for the second time in 25 years, from 6-9 April 2017 and is expected to attract lawyers from many countries. The last two conferences have averaged over 1,000 attendees.

The IPBA is an association of business and commercial lawyers with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Information on the special conference website shows that so far 514 lawyers have registered - with the deadline being 31 March. New Zealand is fourth-equal with Malaysia in the number of registrations, with 32.

Japan has the most registrations so far, with 65, followed by Singapore (40) and the United States (39). With almost two months left for registration, at least 43 countries will be represented at the conference.

Conference committee chair and IPBA president-elect Denis McNamara says the conference is a great opportunity for New Zealand lawyers to mix and mingle with lawyers from other countries and cultures.

"The IPBA is about developing friendships and associations, and I've made some great friendships over the years. We are also looking at quite an injection into the New Zealand economy," he says.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019