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After more than six months of planning amid challenging pandemic restrictions, the NextGen Hong Kong chapter was officially launched in November 2021 with more than 100 young professionals in attendance. After close to two years without in-person events, the launch party was a smashing success with entertainment provided by Hong Kong comedian, Vivek Mahbubani.

Hong Kong counsel, associates and trainees shined in the spotlight that evening, with our Asia Chair – Duncan Abate – who did the welcome honours. NextGen Hong Kong co-chairs Evelyn Lok and Jason Leung lead a committee that includes lawyers Cherie Leung, Cheryl Law, Michelle Yee, Xin Fang, Stephanie Lam, Joe Choy; and registered foreign lawyer Hsuen Chan.

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Following its inaugural launch in London over two years ago, NextGen has made its way to Asia with the extension of a Hong Kong chapter. Hong Kong is the latest addition to the NextGen global network, which now features in Germany, London and Paris.

On 30 April 2021, more than 70 Mayer Brown lawyers attended the internal virtual launch party, where committee members introduced the program and the upcoming plans. The external launch will take place in the second half of 2021.

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Ed Coats, medical doctor and adventurer, will share his insight on how to embrace challenging situations and withstand extreme pressure to build resilience and successfully adapt to change, both mentally and physically.

Ed will share his fascinating story of racing to the south pole with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle. Travelling over 470 miles across Antarctica, they skied for 16 hours each day in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius finishing in second place.

(Postponed due to COVID-19 – a new date will be confirmed in due course)

Henry Fraser, artist and best-selling author will be presenting on his journey, from his life changing accident to becoming an accomplished painter.

To celebrate the end of a busy year for the network, NextGen held their festive social at the Ten Bells Pub, Shoreditch.

NextGen Paris held their social network drinks at the Salons Hoche.

This panel session brought together industry leading senior representatives from across our clients and contacts, who shared their experiences of how they have moved up the career ladder. During the discussion, the panel focused and reflected on their journeys to leadership roles, the challenges they faced and the skills necessary to thrive on the pathway to senior positions.

  • Namrata Iyer, Chief Administrative Officer, Financial Risk, Global Risk, HSBC Group Management Services
  • Aron Gelbard, Co-founder and CEO, Bloom & Wild
  • Jeremy King, Founder and CEO, Attest
  • Mia Drennan, Founder, Co-chair and President, GLAS Consulting

The FORUM Young Corporate Lawyers is a series of events, in association with NextGen, that takes place twice a year in Frankfurt,  which offers corporate lawyers from various economic sectors an opportunity to receive professional training from engaging speakers and networking with peers. At this event Nicole and Lothar Leder, Triathletes, coaches and Ironman winners presented on “the art of never giving up” and explored the insightful parallels between high-performance sport and business.

At the NextGen Launch event in Paris, we were delighted to be joined by our keynote speaker,  Lieutenant Colonel Jean de Monicault. Lieutenant Colonel Jean de Monicault is currently serving with the French foreign legion and has spent the majority of his operational carrier has occurred during his time with 2eme régiment étranger de parachutistes (2REP) based in Calvi, Corsica. It is here where he has served with unrelenting quality as a platoon commander in a combat company, platoon commander of the Pathfinder platoon, company commander and finally as commander of the operations and instruction desk in Regimental Headquarters. He gave an inspirational account of his army career and how leadership, team work and collaboration play a big part in the roles he has undertaken.

Leon Taylor will explore how high performance principles can be transferred from sport to business. He will discuss the foundations for wellness, performance and mind-set, highlighting the importance of taking responsibility for your own personal wellbeing, whilst maximising your potential.

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At the NextGen Launch event, we were delighted to be joined by our keynote speaker, Priya Lakhani OBE, an entrepreneur, who gave a truly inspirational account of her entrepreneurial journey from her career in law through to the cutting edge of developing artificial intelligence in classrooms. Priya is a member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum and she is passionate about using her skills to educate the next generation of current and aspiring future business leaders.