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National Executive Committee Members 2016-2017

Tuanh Nguyen President
William Lye, OAM
Vice President
Barton Wu Secretary
Divesh Patel
Treasurer
Kingsley Liu
NSW Branch President
Edmond Park
NSW Branch Secretary
Zubair Mian
Victoria Branch President
Kerry TruongVictoria Branch Secretary
Peter LeWA Branch President
Belinda Wong
WA Branch Secretary
Molina Asthana
Executive Committee Member
Brydon Wang Executive Committee Member
Sining Wang Executive Committee Member
Tim Wong
Executive Committee Member
Reynah Tang
Ex-Officio, Immediate Past President

 

Tuanh Nguyen, President

Tuanh is the National President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. She is heavily involved in promoting the objectives of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, which is the first Australian law association of its kind, focused on promoting Asian cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession.

Tuanh is also a Director in PwC Legal's Melbourne office. She specialises in advising Australian and international clients on initial and secondary equity capital raisings (acting as counsel for issuers and underwriters/lead managers), ASX listings, securities regulation (including ASX listing rule and corporate governance matters).

She also has over a decade of experience advising and assisting Australian and off-shore clients on private and public mergers and acquisitions, including public company takeovers, schemes and defences, private equity transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.


William Lye OAM, Vice President

William is a barrister practising in commercial law, corporations and securities, intellectual property, and alternative dispute resolution. He is also an Accredited Mediator, and a Victorian Bar appointed Conciliator. 

William is actively involved in education, philanthropy, and the wider community in various roles as:

  • Chair of the Asia Practice section of the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria; 
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors;
  • Member of Swinburne Law School External Advisory Committee;
  • Member of the MEI Course Advisory Committee at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship;
  • Sessional Instructor at Leo Cussen Institute;
  • Chief Examiner and Sessional Lecturer at Monash University Law Faculty Juris Doctor degree on Contract Law;
  • Adjunct Fellow within the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre;
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School; 
  • Honorary Legal Advisor, Chinese Community Council of Australia (Victorian Chapter);
  • Australia Day Ambassador for Victoria; 
  • Victorian Advisory Board Member, Starlight Children's Foundation;
  • Founding Supporter, Asian Australian Foundation;
  • Principal Representative in Australia for the World Chinese Economic Summit.

William is the holder of the Order of Australia Medal for service to the law, to business, and to the promotion of cultural diversity.


Barton Wu, Secretary

Barton is a Lawyer in the Legal Policy Department of the Law Institute of Victoria. In his current role, he coordinates submissions to government bodies, manages various LIV Practice Sections and Committees, assists in developing practice support materials and education programs for legal practitioners, and advises the LIV Executive on property, environmental, international and government law and law reform.


Divesh Patel, Treasurer

Divesh is a Senior Associate in the Sydney office of Johnson Winter & Slattery in its Corporate group, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, capital raisings, private equity, restructurings, joint ventures and commercial transactions.

He advises a wide variety of clients including local and international listed and private companies and private equity sponsors across a broad range of industries on domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate transactions and listings on ASX.

Divesh is dual qualified in Australia and South Africa. Prior to joining Johnson Winter & Slattery, Divesh practised in the Sydney office of a global law firm for a number of years and in South Africa at a top-tier law firm for four years.

He mentors lawyers under the AALA Mentoring Program and also mentors and coaches a number of lawyers at Johnson Winter & Slattery.


Kingsley Liu, NSW Branch President

Kingsley was the co-founder in 2006 and has been the managing principal of Peoples Solicitors Pty Ltd since 2010. The firm specializes in most types of litigation and legal services across all sectors including human rights. 

Kingsley is a co-convener of the Asian Australian Alliance which develops common advocacy issues for the Asian communities in NSW and now other states and operates a number of forums: Women's Forum, Student Leadership, Project 18C (racial discrimination legislation campaign), ARuRA (LGBTI) and Community Leader Forums. 

During the 1970s, Kingsley had been previously a mechanical engineer and investment banker in Asia, North America and UK. He returned to Australia and setup its first Asian ASX stock-broking firm in 1988. Kingsley was a candidate in the last State election, is preselected in the coming Federal election and is involved in Western Sydney community issues including that of diversity. 

Kingsley is passionate and committed on the development the goals of AALA in NSW. 


Edmond Park, NSW Branch Secretary


Edmond is a Senior Associate in Commercial Litigation at Clayton Utz. He is a leading litigation lawyer serving ASX-listed corporates and institutional clients.  He has acted in number of complex and cutting-edge matters in the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.  He is renowned for his cross-section of expertise including: financial services, tax litigation and dispute resolution.  Edmond has been involved in numerous high-profile financial services disputes and regulatory investigations which have seen him advise on strategic and novel solutions. 

Edmond is a Senior Associate in Commercial Litigation at Clayton Utz. He is a leading litigation lawyer serving ASX-listed corporates and institutional clients.  He has acted in number of complex and cutting-edge matters in the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.  He is renowned for his cross-section of expertise including: financial services, tax litigation and dispute resolution.  Edmond has been involved in numerous high-profile financial services disputes and regulatory investigations which have seen him advise on strategic and novel solutions.

Before embarking on private practice, Edmond was a Researcher to the Chief Judge at Common Law (Justice McClellan, now a Judge of Appeal) and other judges of the Common Law Division in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Edmond has been named by The Legal 500 as a "Next Generation Lawyer" for Dispute Resolution in Australia.

Edmond is one of the founding members of the NSW Branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.


 

Zubair Mian, Victoria Branch President

Admitted in 1986 after graduating from Melbourne University in 1985, Zubair Mian is the Principal and owner of Mian Phillips & Co, a boutique suburban practice established in 1988, currently in Surrey Hills and practicing in commercial litigation, Property, Wills, Probate and estate Planning. Zubair is the President of the Eastern Suburbs Law Association (ESLA) which represents solicitors working or living East of Melbourne CBD. The northern boundaries are the Eastern Freeway, Thompson's Road, Warrandyte Road and Kangaroo Ground – St Andrews Road. It has over (1700) one thousand seven hundred members. 

Zubair previously served on the ESLA committee for a number of years as committee member, assistant treasurer and Vice President. Zubair is registered mentor with the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and AALA mentoring programs and has been informally mentoring young lawyers in private practice since 1995. Zubair is a Councillor and Board member of Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) having been re-elected in 2015 for a further term of three (3) years, commencing 1 January 2016.


Kerry Truong, Victoria Branch Secretary

Kerry is a lawyer at McManus & Co and has been with the firm since 2007, initially supporting the practice in all types of matters, most notably in property law/conveyancing and family law.  In 2013, she completed her Juris Doctor (JD) degree.


Kerry practises in property law/conveyancing, family law and commercial/business law.  She particularly enjoys the challenge of resolving complex administrative disputes in which she can apply her research skills and eye for detail. Kerry comes from a family of restaurateurs and uses her understanding of business to ensure no important aspect of a commercial transaction is overlooked.



Molina Asthana, Executive Committee Member

Molina is a Principal Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO). Molina's areas of expertise include commercial law, tendering and procurement and contract management. Her previous experience includes working in Mergers & Acquisitions at Minter Ellison and in Banking & Finance at Clayton Utz. Prior to this, Molina practiced law in India for seven years. She is also a director on the board of three Australian NGOs working on significant community issues.

Molina is on the board of four NGOs working mostly on issues affecting the South Asian Communities in Australia. Molina also speaks on SBS Hindi radio regularly on legal issues of interest to Indians living in Australia and also writes in Indian newspapers on these issues. Further she has contributing to the development of laws in India. She has been consulted on the drafting of the privacy laws in India and has been acknowledged as an expert in the report accompanying the draft Indian Financial Consumer Protection Code, for her assistance in the drafting of the legislation.

She is also the President of the Victorian Chapter of the International Law Association and the Deputy Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. She received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence - Service Delivery for Community Services 2014. She also received the Young Executive of the Year Award Female and the Person of the Year Award which was given to her by Hon. John Howard at the Indian Executive Awards 2013. Molina has profiled in the Top 50 of the Indian community in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013. She is also an AFL Multicultural Ambassador.


Brydon Wang, Executive Committee Member

Brydon Wang is a Technology and Construction lawyer with Allens and is passionate about smart city technology, infrastructure delivery and new ways people can come together to live, work and play. He has a previous career in architecture and co-edited a book on Large Floating Structures, exploring environmentally-sustainable technologies that allow cities to expand onto adjacent water bodies. Prior to coming to the law, he worked as a Project Manager and Contracts Administrator in the construction industry in both public and private sectors. 

Brydon has a strong interest in diversity and inclusion within the legal industry, and was instrumental in developing the strategy and submission for Allens for the Australian Workplace Equality Index for 2015 and 2016 where Allens emerged as the top law firm in Workplace Equality. His membership on the AALA Executive Committee continues his work in this space.

Brydon is an active legal tweeter with a significant following on Twitter, and is involved in encouraging lawyers to develop their digital profiles and become both brand ambassadors for their law firms and for the Australian legal community on the global stage. He was on the executive committee of the NSW Young Lawyers Communication, Entertainment and Technology Committee. Brydon has experience working in Singapore, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney


Sining Wang, Committee Member

Sining Wang is a solicitor with Tisher Liner FC Law, practicing in commercial litigation. He acts for a diverse range of clients including local SMEs, national corporations, insurers, and overseas entities that trade with Australia. He is based in Melbourne but handles litigious matters in all Australian jurisdictions.

Sining is also a committee member of the Australia China Association for Scientists and Entrepreneurs and a mentor under the AALA mentoring program. He is one of the youngest people to have been admitted to practice law in Victoria, having commenced his law degree at the University of Melbourne at the age of fifteen. Sining speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.


Tim Wong, Committee Member

Tim Wong is General Counsel Australia/New Zealand & Company Secretary of Luxottica Group. With net sales of more than Euro 9 billion in 2015, around 78,000 employees and a strong global presence, Luxottica Group is a market leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and distribution of fashion, luxury, sports and performance eyewear.

Prior to that he was Group General Counsel Asia Pacific & Company Secretary of George Weston Foods Limited (GWF)/Associated British Foods plc (ABF). GWF is one of Australia and New Zealand's largest food manufacturers. ABF is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £12.8bn, 124,000 employees and operations in 48 countries across Europe, southern Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

He started his career at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia's largest national law firms where he was a corporate advisory partner for over four years in Melbourne and Perth.



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