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Digital transformation is not only about technology, it is about bringing together the power of technology with a culture that embraces the change and demands placed on the organizations by its customers. It enables the organization to continually transform and innovate to simultaneously drive and respond to the shifting demands of the market. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, a new wave of smart technologies is changing how we approach everyday activities, from finance to transportation to healthcare to purchasing goods and communicating, to name a few. Companies face a myriad of complexities in various stages of change and an increasing pressure toward sustainability of every facet of their operations. Simply put, smart living is the future.

Baker McKenzie is a law firm that understands the transformation life cycle and can guide you every step of the way. We are well positioned to assist clients from adoption or use of smart technologies, managing and protecting aggregate data, compliance with regulations, mitigation of broader business risks to handling various transactional requirements, and managing employment mobility and gearing them into the workforce of the future – to enable good and sustainable governance of the company.

In this session at the 2020 Singapore Fintech Festival,  held on 10 December 2020, the Asia Pacific Employment Group provided an overview of our approach to dealing with digital transformation, focusing the discussion on modern workforce, including identifying the risks and challenges in establishing a virtual and flexible workforce and providing guidance as to how these challenges can be met. In particular, our team draws out from the recent experiences of employers in conducting business with their workforce in isolation.


Celeste Ang is a principal in Baker McKenzie's Singapore office. Celeste Ang’s practice encompasses corporate litigation and arbitration, both domestic and cross-border. She also has significant experience advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues in the context of investigations, and on a wide range of employment and employment-related issues. Celeste is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific in the areas of litigation and employment and by Chambers Global in the area of litigation. She is described as "very smart, very innovative - a good example of someone who thinks outside the box" and "very technically competent, very thorough and very responsive" by clients.


Michael has more than 15 years' experience as an employment law and industrial relations lawyer, acting for clients in a range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, media and entertainment, information technology and professional services. He has developed and published compliance programs and best practice policies locally and within Asia Pacific. He is the author and a developer of CCH’s Employment Contracts Manager, a software package that builds and tailors smart employment contracts. He has also authored a large number of chapters in every edition of CCH’s Australian Master Human Resources Guide. Articles written by Michael on employment law topics have appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, CFO Magazine, Human Capital, Lawyers Weekly, Human Resources, and CCH’s Employment Law Bulletin. He has also spoken at events arranged by the College of Law, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and various professional associations. He wrote and produced “Dismissal Impossible,” a training video on unfair dismissal and sexual harassment, for the Australian Stock Exchange. Michael regularly conducts employment-related litigation before State and Federal courts and industrial tribunals at an original and appellate level.


Ms. Wong is a Special Counsel in the Employment team in Baker McKenzie Hong Kong. She is known for her knowledge of employment and labour related laws. She has advised numerous clients across multiple industries such as consumer goods & retail, information technology, pharmaceutical, insurance, and banking and finance, on various employment issues.