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Engie International Dispute Resolution Centre Baker Hostler Murphy Battista LLP Hawryluk Legal Kowalik Law Firm Deep & Far Attorneys-at-law Lamont Pridmore Ferretti Firm Grant Thornton Samson & Partner Katz Group LLC Lexial Bmatanga RSW Moosman Advisers Adrian Ashton Julius & Creasy Law Firm Mayer-Nagy Pinto, Ruiz, Del Valle

International Energy and Natural Resource Adviser of the Year Mediation Company of the Year - UK IP Lawyer of the Year – New York Class Action & Commercial Litigation Adviser of the Year Immigration Law Firm of the Year - Thailand Immigration Law Adviser of the Year IP Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan Accountants of the Year - UK International Business Legal Adviser of the Year - Italy Financial Advisers of the Year - Channel Islands Patent Law Firm of the Year - Germany IP Law Firm of the Year - USA Business Law Firm of the Year - Belgium IP Lawyers of the Year - Africa Medico-Legal Adviser of the Year - England Wealth & Family Advisers of the Year Enterprise Consultant of the Year Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Sri Lanka Law Firm of the Year - Hungary Law Firm of the Year - Spain

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Hotels - Hilton Addis Ababa Hotels - Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Hotels - Domes of Elounda - Ledra Hotels Hotels - Four Seasons Chiang Mai Hotels - Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort Hotels - Katikies Hotel Hotels - Palacio Belmonte Lisboa Hotels - Ritz Carlton Shanghai Hotels - Taj Cape Town

Hotel of the Year – Ethiopia Hotel of the Year – New York Exclusive Resort of the Year - Greece Hotel Brand of the Year - Thailand Exclusive Resort of the Year - Maldives Luxury Escape of the Year - Greece Hotel of the Year - Portugal Luxury Hotel of the Year - Shanghai, China Luxury Hotel of the Year – South Africa

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Deutsche Bank DB Climate Change Advisors


We all have an investment in fighting climate change. As one of the world’s foremost climate change investors, Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division is a leader in ideas, research and investment strategies that enable our clients to identify and channel capital towards companies that will help the world to mitigate and adapt to the shifting climate. The financial potential is significant — the environmental rewards incalculable. www.dbcca.com

DB Climate Change Advisors is the brand name for the institutional climate change investment division of Deutsche Asset Management, the asset management arm of Deutsche Bank AG. I018636 (08/10). The services described in this advertisement are provided by Deutsche Bank AG or by its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in accordance with appropriate local legislation and regulation. © 2010 Deutsche Bank AG.


Nicole Iseppi Senior Executive Adviser & Associate Director – Strategy & Market Development, Global Generation ENGIE www.engie.com nicole.iseppi@engie.com

It is not often the international energy and natural resource industry come across a professional who in their career to date has had such a depth of unique, high calibre and leading international experience as Nicole and she says she “still has a lot more she would like to be part of, contribute too and achieve within the sector.” Nicole Iseppi has been with ENGIE since the beginning of 2010 and is in the function of a Senior Executive Adviser and also Associate Director of Strategy & Economic Development for Global Centralised Generation. Nicole is the only professional in the international energy infrastructure industry to date, who has worked directly in-house as a senior executive adviser to and also senior strategic and legal adviser in both (i) the world’s largest IPP global energy company - ENGIE and (ii) one of the world’s largest project finance lenders - Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). She assists and advises such leading international companies in the successful delivery of their respective infrastructure and asset related interests, strategies and investments. Prior to joining ENGIE, Nicole was also mandated to act as the adviser for establishing and implementing, on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Finance and JBIC - Japan Carbon Finance, Ltd (a new financial institution created to support low Co2 infrastructure projects). Nicole has had the privilege and rare opportunity to have advised, negotiated and managed during

her career to date, the successful execution and delivery of many energy and financing global ‘Deals of the Year’. Her experience, knowledge and lessons learnt, are highly respected and recognised in the industry by both her professional peers and clients. Having had substantial experience in the strategic formulation, business development, financing

Paris Agreement, which promotes increased deployment of global renewables and the tools needed to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. TWI aims to animate a high-level dialogue between public and private sector stakeholders in an open, innovative and collaborative environment. Nicole was also appointed by the industry to act as the CoLeader for the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) and TWI ‘Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative’, which promotes for the firsttime standardising contracts and core risk profiles, to streamline and accelerate global solar development. She is invited as a regular speaker at various global energy and sustainable finance conferences, including was asked to deliver the keynote address at the “Global Solar Leaders’ Summit” (2017) and spoke as an industry expert at the “G20 - Global Infrastructure Meeting” (2018).

and operational phases of energy infrastructure projects, in particular within Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and European regions for the past 19+ years, Nicole was appointed at the beginning of 2016 to the management committee and as the Project & Legal Director of Terrawatt Initiative (TWI). TWI is a global independent non-profit foundation created out of COP21

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Nicole has also been appointed by her industry peers to various other industry advisory committees, including as a committee member of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) (i) Global Power Law Committee and (ii) Strategy Management Committee for Global Energy, Environment, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Law reforms; was made a Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Energy (AIE); appointed to the Global Leaders’ Network Advisory Committee for Monash University and is a member of the


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Industry Advisory Council Board of Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI). Nicole has had the honor of also being awarded, various global and regional awards by her energy and finance industry peers, including most recently – Global Energy & Natural Resource Adviser of the Year 2018; Named in Global Game Changers Index 2018; Named in CEO & Executive Europe Index Awards 2018; Global Energy Adviser of the Year 2017 & 2018 by Global 100 Index List and was a finalist for the “Rising Star – Global Energy Award” by S&P Platts Global Awards 2018.

Nicole is a passionate problem solver and a strong supporter and advocate of promoting innovation and industry collaboration, as we globally transition to a robust low carbon economy. ENGIE logotype_solid_BLUE_CMYK 14/04/2015

Information about the Company

24, rue Salomon de Rothschild - 92288 Suresnes - FRANCE Tél. : +33 (0)1 57 32 87 00 / Fax : +33 (0)1 57 32 87 87 Web : www.carrenoir.com

ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the business of electricity, natural gas and energy services. It develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable

energy, climate-change mitigation & adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: C100% renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide, with operations in 70 countries around the globe.

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MEDIATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR - UK Michel Kallipetis QC Independent Mediators Limited 0207 127 9223 www.independentmediators.co.uk imoffice@independentmediators.co.uk Independent Mediators, Wrest Park Enterprise Centre, 52 Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HS

Biography With 40 years’ experience as a practising barrister in the field of general commercial, professional negligence and employment work, and 15 years sitting as a deputy High Court Judge in Queen’s Bench, Chancery Division and TCC, Michel is equipped to mediate most civil and commercial disputes. A full-time mediator for the last twelve years, Michel undertakes a wide variety of mediations in almost all areas of business and law both in the UK and internationally. He is recognised in the legal directories as an expert in his field. Who’s Who Legal named him Mediator of the Year in 2017 and again in 2020 and placed him among a small number of Thought Leaders in mediation across the world. He is a distinguished fellow and president-elect of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM). He was the first Chairman of the Bar Council ADR Committee, a member of the working party which drafted the EU Code of Practice for Mediators, and gave expert opinion to JURI, the legal service committee of the European Parliament, prior to its adopting the European ADR Directive. He is on the Singapore Mediation Centre’s International Panel of Mediators, was appointed to the Hong Kong HKIAC Accredited Mediator Panel and was one of the first CIArb Mediation Fellows in 2008. He was an appointed Observer for IAM and CIArb to the UNCITRAL Working Group working on the now Singapore Convention. Michel is a founder member of Independent Mediators Ltd.

Michel is regularly asked to give seminars and mediation advocacy training in the UK and worldwide.

The Firm Independent Mediators manages the practices of ten of Europe’s leading full-time civil and commercial mediators. The mediators joined forces to form a dedicated mediation ‘chambers’ which offered a new model for independent mediation practice. In brief • The business was launched in 2007 and now comprises ten fulltime commercial mediators, two of whom are well-known commercial negligence silks and eight former solicitors. • The Mediators have undertaken more than 6,000 mediations since launch. • Between them the mediators have undertaken more than 8,750 mediations during their careers. • IM mediators have worked with parties from over 85 countries, as mediators, mediation advisers to governments and companies and in delivering mediation training. They are acknowledged as leading mediators in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In addition all have been welcomed into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. They all feature in the international directory Who’s Who Legal: Mediation, which recognises the world’s leading commercial mediators. Three of our mediators feature in a list of those selected by Who’s Who Legal as ‘Global Elite

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Thought Leaders’ in mediation. Recognition of our standing in the international mediation sector was cemented when Who’s Who Legal awarded Independent Mediators ‘Mediation Firm of the Year’ in 2019 and again in 2020 and Bill Marsh was awarded Mediator of the Year in 2019 and Michel Kallipetis QC in 2020. Our mediators mediate a wide range of commercial disputes in almost every sector of business and law. Values range from tens of thousands to multi-billion pounds and are between parties from all walks of life and all over the world, including companies both public and private, national governments, public bodies/ authorities and group actions. The mediators regularly travel all over the UK and internationally for mediations as well as mediating online. The mediators are self-employed and independent, and share a central service to administer all their mediations, offering clients the advantages of: • A single contact point for all ten mediators – no need to call each mediator separately. • Instant diary availability and mediation bookings. • Harmonised documentation and fees – with complete transparency on all fees. • A standard mediation agreement and timetable for submission of papers. The structure ensures maximum convenience and speed for clients with minimum overheads. Our aim is to make the process of appointing a mediator as straightforward as possible.


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IP LAWYER OF THE YEAR – NEW YORK Robert B.G. Horowitz, Esq. Partner BakerHostetler 212 589-4240 www.bakerlaw.com rhorowitz@bakerlaw.com 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10111, USA

Biography Robert (“Red”) Horowitz, a Chambers-rated lawyer, concentrates his practice on intellectual property law with a focus on trademark counseling, prosecution and litigation, copyright issues, trade secrets and counseling about patent infringement matters for hedge funds. With more than four decades of experience, Red fully understands his clients’ needs and concerns and delivers quick service to resolve problems and enable clients to quickly make well-informed decisions. Since 2002, Red has been listed in the Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners and is named in the 2012 through 2019 editions of World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. He also was listed in Best of the Best USA, 2015 through 2019 editions. Red’s proficiency in the area of trademark law has given him the opportunity to lecture at bar associations and foreign intellectual property law associations, as well as present an online CLE course in trademark

law. He also has written and lectured about the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which became law in May 2016.

The Firm BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, its nearly 1,000 attorneys litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth. BakerHostetler has six core practice groups: Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. BakerHostetler’s attorneys have broad knowledge and experience

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in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality. The firm distinguishes itself through its commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, it is determined to surpass our clients’ expectations. BakerHostetler was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and highquality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where it works. It has consistently nurtured a collegial approach among its lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. BakerHostetler is committed to the continuous development of its people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.


CLASS ACTION & COMMERCIAL LITIGATION ADVISER OF THE YEAR - CANADA Angela Bespflug Lawyer Murphy Battista LLP (604) 683-9621 www.murphybattista.com bespflug@murphybattista.com #2020 – 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4N7 Angela has been class counsel in a number of high profile national class actions, with combined settlement values totalling over $800 million. She has been recognized by the Federal Court of Canada as “a leading practitioner» in the field of class actions, and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020 by Canadian Lawyer magazine. Angela was also recognized by Global Law Experts 2021, Who’s Who, and Advisory Excellence for her work in class actions and commercial litigation. Angela was lead litigation counsel on a class action brought against the RCMP on behalf of female workers who had been subjected to sexual harassment,

discrimination, and assault in the RCMP workplace. Despite the legal and logistical challenges associated with this complex action, Ms. Bespflug successfully negotiated a settlement with an estimated value of $100 million, which was approved by the Federal Court. The action was innovative and paved the way for class proceedings to be used as vehicles for addressing systemic sexual misconduct. Angela was also class counsel in several class actions centred on Indigenous rights, including the Sixties Scoop class action, the Indigenous Boarding Homes class action and the Indigenous Hospitals class action. And she was counsel on motion

for Gowling WLG at their fee approval hearing in the Indigenous Day Schools class action litigation, where they were awarded a $55M fee. Angela is actively pursuing numerous class actions that seek to push the current boundaries of the law, including actions focused on commercial wrongs, pension calculation errors, privacy breaches, veterans’ rights, sexual misconduct, and Indigenous rights. Angela is an author on the subject of class actions and a regular presenter at conferences on emerging areas of the law.

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IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - THAILAND Ms.Nujaree Chomchey Lawyer Hawryluk Legal Advisors Co.,Ltd. + 66 (0) 89 979 84 66 www.hawryluklegal.com , www.thailandelitevisas.com nujaree@hawryluklegal.com 77/77 Unit 6 D, Moo 5, Rasada, Muang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand 83000

Property & Real Estate Transactions

Corporate & Accounting

• Our firm chooses an individualize

base, Hawryluk Legal Advisors is a leading provider in Southern Thailand for transactional corporate & commercial matters.

• Hawryluk Legal Advisors are

• We can cover all areas of

Thailand Elite Member

approach to each property transaction.

• Whether your looking at

purchasing or selling a Villa, Condominium or Hotel, our team of legal experts are happy to sit down to discuss the dynamics of a transaction, tax considerations, and contract structure.

• Our services include: Property

Due Diligence, Zoning, By Law & Regulation Survey, Contract Drafting & Negotiation, Resort Development & Construction, Finance & Restructuring, Registration & Transfer of Ownership, and Tax Advice & Planning

• With an extensive foreign client

corporate structures, setup and acquisitions, including by not limited to; foreign investment, Board of Investors, Foreign Business Licenses, Representative Offices, Joint ventures, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Corporate Set ups, Corporate Restructuring, Taxation and Corporate Finance.

Visa & Immigration • Hawryluk Legal Advisors has

a wealth of experience in assisting Foreign Nationals to Thailand with relocation into the Kingdom. Our team of experts can assist Foreigners with compliance to Thai Immigration Laws.

• We offer clients a streamlined

visa process for Retirement Visa, Business Visas, Dependant Visas, and Investment Visas in the Kingdom of Thailand.

Criminal & Litigation Matters able to assist in select criminal and litigation matters. Please contact us directly to inquire.

• This visa basically means that

investors can may 2 MB and get a 20 year visa into thailand.

Other Services • Wills & Estates • Adoption • Prenuptial Agreement • Divorce & Financial Settlement Agreement

• Legalization of a Parent • Power of Attorney & Notarization • Marriage Registration

• We can process and help clients

obtain Thailand Elite Visas which can allow clients to stay in Thailand for 5 to 20 year periods, with additional benefits such as airport fast track, and government concierge personnel.

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Aleksandra Kowalik Solicitor of England and Wales SRA 670430, Barrister of Poland no 848 Aleksandra Kowalik Tel: 0208 899 7426 www.kowaliklaw.com aleksandra@kowaliklaw.com Chiswick Business Park, Building 3, 566 Chiswick High Road, W4 5YA, London, UK

Education Nicolas Copernicus University in Poland – Master of law (2000 – 2005) Judicial trainee- Regional Court in Torun, Prosecution Service and District Court in Toruń, Graduated with judicial exam in 2009.

Biography Dual qualified criminal defence lawyer- solicitor of England and Wales and a barrister of Poland. Aleksandra has been practising law in the UK since 2013 specialising in helping both UK nationals and Polish citizens either living or working in the UK. Her work has led to several significant achievements, including many individual award wins from leading Legal

publications, joining Justitia as an Associate in April 2017 and being called to the Bar in Poland in 2009. She is also a member of the Regional Bar Council in Bydgoszcz and has created an impressive international network of experts and barristers who she can call upon to aid her clients.

Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum.

Aleksandra is one of the UK’s most sought after Polish speaking lawyers working in the UK today, specialising in criminal law and procedure including international criminal co-operation and mutual assistance, deportation and extradition under the European Arrest Warrant, asylum and unlawful detention principally between the UK and Poland. Graduate of judicial training in Poland. A member of the European Criminal Bar Association and

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Privately, family and friends orientated, muay thai amateur fighter loving animals and ancient art.

Other Practice Areas Criminal Defence Extraditions Deportations Contractual law EAW Unlawful Detention Tax fraud

The Firm Founded in 1992 by esteemed Polish lawyer and barrister Andrzej Kowalik, the firm provides legal services to a range of private clients, businesses and


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corporate entities across Europe, with the majority of their clients based in the UK or Poland. The firm has two main offices, one situated in London, run by awardwinning criminal defence lawyer Alexandra Kowalik, and the other in Świecie, Poland, which is still under the stewardship of Andrzej Kowalik. The locations of the firm and the large international network of advisors and experts has given the firm the ability to operate on a scale that suits the client’s needs, whether that be with a localised criminal problem, a tax issue or cross-border matters throughout Europe giving the firm true international pedigree. We value our clients. The firm is well known for its commitment to clients. Our expert team of

lawyers always provide quality service at a competitive price. Our reputation is built upon our expertise. We prepare for each client’s case meticulously and with a level of commitment that is unsurpassed. We put the maximum effort and resource into every one of our cases no matter if you’re an individual or a large corporation. We exclusively act for private clients. This means that you will receive our personal attention from our highly qualified solicitors from the first call to the conclusion of your legal problem. In addition to our experienced solicitors, we also retain specialist barristers at every level, including Barristers and QC’s, who are available to provide expert advice and assistance from start to finish.

Aleksandra specialises in helping Polish and UK citizens with a variety of legal issues including all criminal law problems, European Arrest Warrants, Extradition, Vehicle Seizures, economic affairs, civil matters and much more. The high success rate of the firm across the spectrum of its legal services has seen a multitude of award wins and the solicitors within the firm feature in several prestigious publications. The firm prides itself on offering the highest quality legal counsel to anyone who may need their assistance. This adherence to their clients has led to Aleksandra Kowalik fast becoming one of the top criminal law firms in the UK and Poland.

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Yu-Li Tsai Partner Patent Attorney Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law 886-2-25856688 http://www.deepnfar.com.tw email@deepnfar.com.tw/yltsai@deepnfar.com.tw 13th Floor, 27, Sec. 3, Chung San N. Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Biography Mr. Tsai, a patent attorney graduated in 2008 from Department of Electrical Engineering of National Taiwan University (NTUEE), which is the best engineering school in Taiwan. Out of the interest of communication system, he immediately had attended in the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (GICE) of NTU since his graduation from NTUEE and has received his master’s degree in 2010 after 2-year’s research. During his research life in GICE, he also started to get involved in knowledge and skills of patentrelated matters for taking the bar examination for Patent Attorneys. He has passed the exam and received the qualification of patent attorney in 2009. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Tsai

attended Law School of University of New Hampshire, also known as Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, to study IP Law and graduated in the summer of 2013. Right after the graduation, he had an opportunity to work for InterDigital, Inc. in Delaware for a period of 2 months. In September 2013, he also passed the U.S. Patent Registration Examination. In December 2015, he also passes the Chinese Patent Agent Examination. Currently, Mr. Tsai is working for Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law as a patent attorney.

The Firm Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws with a focus on the practice in separate or in combination of all aspects of

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intellectual property rights (IPRs) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and/or licensing, counseling, litigation and/or transaction thereof. Deep & Far prosecutes worldwide patent matters for local clients. For international or foreign clients, Deep & Far prosecutes patent matters mainly in Taiwan, significantly in China & Hong Kong, and with minor representation in Macau, Singapore, Korea & Japan. The patent attorneys and patent engineers in Deep & Far normally hold outstanding and advanced degrees and are generally graduated from the top three universities in this country. Our prominent staffs are dedicated to provide the best quality service in IPRs in this


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country. As a proof, about one half of top 100 incorporations in this country have experiences of seeking patented their techniques, but more than one fifth of the top 100 incorporations has ever used services of this firm. Furthermore, Hi-Tech companies in the science-based industrial park located at Hsin Chu had ever played the most important role in booming the economy of this country. About one half of them has experiences in seeking patented their techniques, and out of more than 50% of the patentexperienced companies in that park have ever entrusted their IPR works to this firm. Certainly, we must also represent international giants, e.g. InterDigital, MPS, Schott Glas, Toyo Ink, Motorola, Cypress, Armani…

It is our philosophy to provide competent legal services that other firm cannot comparably provide. The necessitated ensuing problem is how we can so provide? Deep & Far so achieve by selecting, edifying and nurturing peoples who have the following personalities: learned in expertise, morally earnest and sincerely behaved in mind and strictly disciplined between give and take. It is well-believed that such properties are key factors for peoples to properly and competently behave themselves. By the perseverance that we only do what and only perform works which enable this firm to be deep and far, Deep and Far can then equate the reality with its name.

Deep & Far has been successful in courts. For example, by the 90年 度判字第751 號decision rendered by Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), it is made clear that an invalidating party still potentially has legal interests on an expired patent. By the 98 年度行專訴字第45號 decision rendered by the IP Court (IPC), it is made clear that the applicant can move the features disclosed in the descriptions to be included in the claim when the application is invalidated based on newly located prior art, which practices have been incorporated into the Examination Guidelines. More information regarding this firm could be found from the website above-identified.

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ACCOUNTANTS OF THE YEAR - UK Graham Lamont Chief Executive Lamont Pridmore 01228 520118 www.lamontpridmore.co.uk Graham@lamontpridmore.co.uk Arkle House, 31 Lonsdale Street, Carlisle, CA1 1BJ

The Firm Lamont Pridmore is a multiaward-winning family-run firm of Chartered Accountants, Tax and Business Advisers with three partners, 55 staff and eight offices across Cumbria. Formed in 1894 its traditional family values remain at the forefront of everything it does as a firm. Its full framework of values includes integrity, honesty, reliability, loyalty, respect, quality, excellence, value for money, focus, enthusiasm, passion and innovation. Combining these traditional values with a forward-thinking, innovative approach to the constantly evolving demands of the modern business world, Lamont Pridmore focuses on the future rather than the past and starts where many other firms finish. As a firm it prides itself on adding significant value to their clients’ businesses and in 2015/16 the value added was 3.3 times the fees charged. This demonstrates real value for money, which sets the

firm apart from its competitors; both locally and nationally. Unlike firms who focus only on the transaction, Lamont Pridmore’s team spends time building successful, long-term relationships with their clients; growing with them and helping them achieve their business/personal goals. Lamont Pridmore has a proven track record of helping clients achieve their objectives, in many cases maximising the value of businesses or helping owners to invest their wealth wisely. Asset & Wealth Management now accounts for around 20% of the firm’s business - an area which continues to grow year-on-year. Lamont Pridmore has launched a number of new specialist services in recent years, including: online accounting, private client service, tax planning for landlords & property businesses, R&D tax claims, auto-enrolment, family business and owner-managed business. The firm continues to develop its outsourced financial director service which has proved extremely popular amongst small to medium-size business and organisations.

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The firms latest offering comes in the form of a new boutique service, which service provides a wide range of added value services, which concentrate not only on the traditional business services, but also go into greater detail – focusing on proactive tax planning ahead of major transactions and financial year end, profit improvement days, increasing the value of businesses and creating a detailed 10-year life wealth plan for clients. Lamont Pridmore inspires and develops its people and clients, helping them fulfil their fullpotential, we focus on the future not the past, delivering exceptional measurable-added-value-services to their clients and helping them to: • Increase their profits • Reduce their tax-bill • Invest their wealth wisely Looking ahead, the firm is exploring new ways of enhancing its services through the use of technology so that it can focus less on compliance and provide additional value added advisory services to its growing list of clients, both in Cumbria and across the UK.


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LEGAL ADVISER OF THE YEAR - ITALY Daniele Ferretti Managing Attorney Ferretti Firm +39 0572 092613 www.ferrettifirm.com dferretti@ferrettifirm.com Via Benedetto Cairoli, 46 – 51016 Montecatini Terme (Pistoia) Italy

Education Daniele Ferretti was born in Montecatini Terme, Italy, on February 20, 1976. After graduating from the University of Florence, School of Law, he was awarded several scholarships from national and international universities and training institutions (including Hamline University, School of Law, Libera Università Carlo Cattaneo and ISPI School). Along with an award received from Louis F. Del Duca, professor emeritus of law, he obtained a Master’s degree in Economics and Corporate Law, postgraduate certificates in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration, an Advanced Diploma in Chinese Business and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Law from the Penn State University, School of Law.

Biography Daniele Ferretti is the founder and managing attorney of Ferretti Firm. He counsels clients on a wide range of domestic and international areas, including dispute avoidance & resolution processes, business contracts, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private investment, corporate reorganizations and cross-border transactions. His practice focuses particularly on corporate, shareholder & derivative disputes, product liability claims, business and commercial disputes, risk management and cross-border fraud and EPC disputes. Mr. Ferretti is a trusted advisor to clients encompassing both privately held and publicly traded companies, start-up and fast-growth businesses. He represents companies in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail and e-commerce,

fashion, hospitality, cosmetics, furniture, technology and finance. Further, he routinely acts as outside general counsel to U.S. affiliates of foreign enterprises, advising management on corporate governance and all legal matters arising from their operations, including immigration and business contracts. Mr. Ferretti was admitted as attorneyat-law in Italy in 2005 and was called to the bar in New York in 2009. In 2012, he was appointed as an officer of the Product Law and Advertising Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), where he currently serves as Co-Vice Chair. In recognition for his brilliant legal career, he is frequently engaged in lectures at seminars, conferences and workshops promoted by the main associations of Italian entrepreneurs, consulates and consulting companies. Mr. Ferretti is also an accomplished writer on dispute resolution topics, including on comparative approaches to arbitration law and international debt collection.

Other Practice Areas • Corporate and Finance • Asset Management and Private Investment

• Intellectual Property and Technology

• Estates, Trusts and Private Clients

• International Business & Trade • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

• Insolvency and Restructuring • Global Mobility & Employment

The Firm Ferretti Firm is a multi-awarded and notable boutique law firm recognized by prominent business and legal publications. In addition to a strong ADR practice, the firm represents and works on corporate and finance matters, asset management and private investment, intellectual property and technology, estates, trusts and private clients, international business and trade, insolvency and restructuring. Ferretti Firm fosters a culture based on providing prompt, high-quality, and consistently valuable legal services in a complex business environment. The driving force behind the firm is a shared commitment to demonstrate its founding values and principles, based on providing a responsive, forward thinking, pragmatic, multi-disciplinary, cost effective, independent and bespoke service. Each professional brings the best to every engagement, operating ethically and with integrity. The firm works closely with its clients, understanding their business, anticipating their needs and crafting tailor-made solutions on each engagement. The skills in mastering emerging legal trends and achieving creative and complete solutions throughout the dispute resolution process, has enabled the firm to develop a long-term relationship with its clients. The firm’s ultimate goal is to enable businesses to accelerate growth and obtain competitive edge in the global market, protecting and maximizing the value of their assets.

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Cyril Swale Director Grant Thornton Limited +44 (0)1481 753416 https://www.grantthorntonci.com cyril.swale@gt-ci.com PO Box 13, Lefebvre House, Lefebvre Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3TF

Biography Cyril leads the Guernsey office responsible for 60 people in the day to day running of the business. Prior to this he was Head of Audit for the Channel Islands and has been a Director at Grant Thornton since 2007. His client portfolio consists regulated financial services entities (funds, insurance, fiduciary), real estate and trading businesses, operating in various sectors. He is experienced auditing group structures that cross international

boundaries and has a number of clients listed on the LSE, AIM and TISE. Cyril was instrumental in developing asset management client base, focusing on alternative asset class investment funds and fund managers. Cyril also has experience auditing non-financial services clients in the exploration and mining, real estate, recycling and consumer product sectors. As well as specializing in financial service audit, asset management, insurance, fiduciary, IFRS, UK GAAP, advisory.

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As part of his role he sits on the management team, responsible for strategy and leads initiatives to grow the firm’s advisory services in the areas of cyber security, transactional advisory and corporate finance. In addition to his leadership roles he is also the audit engagement leader (ResponsibleIndividual) on a large number of financial service clients predominately in the asset management, insurance and fiduciary sectors.


FINANCIAL ADVISERS OF THE YEAR - CHANNEL ISLANDS Ben Rhodes Director Grant Thornton Limited +44 (0)1481 753431 https://www.grantthorntonci.com ben.rhodes@gt-ci.com PO Box 13, Lefebvre House, Lefebvre Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3TF

Education Ben is a Chartered Accountant, UK qualified and licensed Insolvency Practitioner, Certified Fraud Examiner and qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. In 2018, Ben successfully completed the INSOL International Global Insolvency Practice Course on cross-border insolvency, becoming a Fellow of INSOL International, and the only practitioner in the Channel Islands to be both a Fellow of INSOL International and a UK Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

Biography Ben is a Director in Grant Thornton Channel Islands’ Recovery & Reorganisation and Forensic Investigation Services departments Ben has worked in the areas of insolvency, restructuring and forensic investigations since 2003, beginning his career in London before moving to the Channel Islands. In that time, Ben has helped countless directors, creditors and other stakeholders, in insolvency and restructuring related matters. Ben regularly takes contentious and noncontentious appointments as

Liquidator or Administrator, in Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney; plus other offshore jurisdictions in conjunction with Grant Thornton International. Ben also leads the Grant Thornton Channel Islands Forensic Investigation Services department and conducts forensic investigations both locally and internationally. Ben’s career highlights include a 12 month secondment to the London head office of a UK clearing bank, working within their restructuring department; and a secondment to the States of Guernsey where he advised on the proposed reform of Guernsey’s insolvency law. He continues to advise the States on this area.

The Firm Grant Thornton Limited is a leading Channel Island practice with offices in Guernsey and Jersey with combined staffing strength of approximately 100 people. We are the Channel Island member of Grant Thornton International, one of the world’s leading international organisations of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms. Grant Thornton International is not a worldwide partnership. Services are

delivered independently by the member firms and as a member firm within Grant Thornton International we have access to member and correspondent firms in over 130 countries, offering client’s specialist local knowledge supported by international expertise and methodologies. We have been offering practical and strategic advice to all the key sectors in the Channel Islands for many years, and work closely with our clients to understand the specific issues that they face, as is evident in the many long standing client relationships that we have developed. Our range of services in the Channel Islands include: • Accounting • Recovery and Reorganisation • Outsourced Accounting and Payroll • Private Client • Tax • Audit and Assurance

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DB Climate Change Advisors is the brand name for the institutional climate change investment division of Deutsche Asset Management, the asset management arm of Deutsche Bank AG. I018636 (08/10). The services described in this advertisement are provided by Deutsche Bank AG or by its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in accordance with appropriate local legislation and regulation. © 2010 Deutsche Bank AG.

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PATENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - GERMANY Alexander Münster-Horstkotte Partner Samson & Partner +49 89 2919820 www.samson-partner.de muenster@samson-partner.de Widenmayerstr. 6, D-80538 Munich, Germany Samson & Partner (now Samson & Partner Patentanwälte mbB) was founded by Friedrich R. von Samson-Himmelstjerna in 1983. Since then it has grown to a midsized patent law firm. Our vast experience in implementing patents and trademarks benefits our clients right from the outset, i.e. during the procurement of intellectual property rights. Each patent lawyer in our team brings with them a comprehensive wealth of expertise through their technical university studies, their special training in patent law and their work experience. Added to this is our ongoing continuing education, because what drives us are our future achievements rather than our past ones. Our teaching roles in technical seminars, numerous publications as well as our training of new talent also show that we gladly go that extra step, which naturally also benefits our clients. Patent attorneys who want to be successful have to have more than just a good grasp of the law. They must be able to understand, evaluate and define what is to be protected down to the smallest detail. An accurate description of the patent attorneys at Samson & Partner. They are physicists, computer scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and chemists. All under one roof, the team at Samson & Partner have certainly found the right formula to be successful in what they do.

The world of the inventions and patents is as various as the technical areas we cover: • Applied physics (such as semiconductors, supraconductors, laser technology, optics, opto-electronics, sensors, biophysics) • Information and communication technology (such as software, multimedia, networks, telecommunication, business processes, hardware) • Electro-technology (such as electronics, integrated circuits, control engineering, feedback technology, electric drives, electro-communication technology) • Mechanics and process engineering (such as vehicles, aeroplanes, machines, medical technology, weapons, building industry, printing) • Chemistry and biochemistry (such as inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmaceutics, immunology, protein chemistry, molecular biology, genetic engineering) We work in all areas of intellectual property law - national, European and world-wide: • Assessment of protectablility and drafting of intellectual property applications, such as patents, utility models, trademarks, designs

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• Procurement of protection rights through the responsible authorities • Defence of intellectual property rights against attacks by third parties, e.g. against objections, contradictions, nullity and cancelation actions • Enforcement against infringers, through infringement analysis, warning and infringement indictment • We also support companies concerned with intellectual property rights of competitors, for example through clearance and violation analyses, removal of questionable patent rights by objection, nullity and cancelation actions, defence in infringement procedures • Advice on licensing, transmission, partnership and secrecy contracts, due diligence, intellectual property law strategies, intellectual property law evaluation


IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - USA Julie A. Katz Owner and Principal Katz Group LLC 312-857-3101 katzgroupllc.com julie@katzgroupllc.com 1711 N. Hermitage Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60622 -- USA

Biography Julie has over 30 years of experience in the intellectual property arena, working closely with clients on both litigation and prosecution across numerous technologies, industries and consumer markets. Her practice is focused on aligning her clients’ intellectual property portfolio with their overall business strategy by identifying, protecting and maximizing their IP rights. Julie also has earned knowledge and experience protecting trademarks and copyrights through the US Customs and Border protection system to stop counterfeits and parallel imports from entering the US. Julie’s cannabis practice represents businesses and individuals at every level of the cannabis supply chain. She assists her cannabisrelated clients in understanding and assessing the federal and state regulatory framework for cannabis, and guides businesses through applications for brand protection and licensing. Julie is a caring and trusted advisor for her clients. With a deep understanding of IP law and enforcement strategies, and a history of successful litigation outcomes on highprofile infringement cases, Julie has earned the tactical and nuanced insight that allows her to rigorously protect her clients’ business interests. She fully considers client needs when it comes to fees as well, using a menu of fixed fees for services, based on complexity rather than the time increment billing preferred by many law firms. This approach minimizes budget

uncertainties for her clients, allowing better fiscal planning for the legal services she provides. In both transactional practice and in litigation, Julie believes that her fixed fee structure serves to increase and optimize the important flow of communication between she and her clients.

Other Practice Areas • IP Audits • Litigation • Licensing and Investigations • e-Discovery • U.S. Customs • Copyright Protection • Trademark • Trade Dress and Trade Secret Protection • Domain Name Disputes and Acquisition • Patent Infringement Litigation

Information about the Firm In the area of contentious trademark disputes, Ms. Katz has won 100s of proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has also won many victories for trademark owners through ICANN’s domain name dispute resolution procedures. Julie’s broad trademark litigation experience extends from toys to kitchen appliances; copyright litigation concerning video game rights, computer software and toys; patent litigation involving antibiotics, hard disk drive motors, and audio equipment. She also has extensive experience litigating Hatch-Waxman Act/ ANDA patent infringement actions involving prescription pharmaceutical drugs, including successfully invalidating the patent on Floxin Otic® (ofloxacin) (Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. v. Apotex, Inc. et al., 501 F.3d 1254 (Fed. Cir. 2007). Ms. Katz also works closely with clients to protect trade secrets through preemptive litigation strategies and copyright registration where appropriate.

• Alternative Dispute Resolution • International IP Portfolio Management & Consulting and USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings • Strategic Branding & Rebranding • Cannabis

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BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - BELGIUM Emmanuel Ruchat Partner Lexial +32 2 880 79 52 www.lexial.eu lexial@lexial.eu Chaussée de Louvain 467, 1030 Brussels

Biography He started his career with a top-tier law firm, practising life insurance law, especially group insurance which then led him to develop a legal approach to human resources and employment law. Since then, he has developed a particular expertise in Belgian and French immigration, criminal, business, political and labour law. He specializes in the international and European application of these fields. Emmanuel has authored a number of articles about these topics. In 2005 and 2007 he published a book on professional immigration, Les cadres étrangers [Foreign Executives] (Kluwer). In 2003 he founded Lexial Val d’Europe, a not-for-profit group that examines

issues related to international mobility. He taught international human resources law at the Institut d’administration des entreprises (IAE) in Lille. He is a member of the Swiss Business Council for Belgium and Luxemburg.

The Firm Lexial was created in a spirit of innovation and with the desire to implement a distinctly modern approach to the practice of law. Lexial’s innovative geographical footprint allows the firm to serve clients from offices in Brussels, Paris and Geneva dealing with European and international legal issues. The firm focuses on specific areas of law. In addition to a selection of

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traditional legal services offered in criminal, political, business and employment law, the firm has developed a specialised practice in international and European business immigration law. The firm possesses proven expertise in the area of international mobility, expatriate issues and professional immigration, and can advise clients on specific matters including work permits, professional cards, citizenship and residence permits in Belgium, France and Switzerland. Within this framework, we have developed strong relationships with Middle Eastern countries, in particular Gulf States (UAE, Kuwait and Qatar), Russia as well as most countries in Asia, South America and North America.


IP LAWYERS OF THE YEAR - AFRICA Brenda Matanga Managing Attorney BMatanga IP Attorneys +263 242 791 296 www.bmatanga.com brenda@bmatanga.com 15 Downie Avenue, Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe

Biography BRENDA MATANGA BMATANGA IP ATTORNEYS HEAD OF PRACTICE & LEAD IP COUNSEL Brenda Matanga is the head of the practice and Lead IP Counsel. She holds a Bachelor of Law Honours Degree (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law (LLM) from the University of Turin (Italy) in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). She has extensive experience in commercial practice and has over the years distinguished herself as an intellectual property law specialist Attorney. Brenda has advised and assisted global companies in IP prosecution, strategy and dispute resolution. As a leading IP champion in Zimbabwe and Africa at large, she has helped shape the industry’s growth and actively empowers start-ups with dedicated IP services. Through her distinguished status as a former President of the Zimbabwe Institute of Patents and Trademarks Agents (ZIPTA) and current role as Chairperson of the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) Working Group( which is amending the organisation’s legal instruments), Brenda is in the front line of advocating and spearheading necessary legislative reforms in IP laws in Zimbabwe and the continent at large. She is currently Councillor of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, which

is the governing body for the legal profession in Zimbabwe. Miss Matanga is a member of International Trademarks Association (INTA) where she has served as a committee member for the «Unreal Campaign» and currently serves in the Brands for a Better Society committee. Brenda is an alumnus of University of Turin, the IP Global Exchange (Europe) and is also part of the steering committee of the World IP Forum. Having established herself as a leading and reliable IP voice in the region, international recognition for her contributions in the sector has followed. Among other eminent accolades Miss Matanga has attained, the following are to be found: • Most Influential Woman in IP 2018-Zimbabwe • Top 50 Emerging IP Players Award 2019-The IPR Gorilla • Listed by Courtroom Mail as one of the 30 most influential female Law Firm founders (2020)

The Firm BMatanga IP Attorneys is a commercial practice with a strong bias towards intellectual property situated in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Our main focus is to cater for our client’s business interests in the African region, particularly in Southern Africa, who require having their commercial transactions taken care of, their intellectual property registered, managed, protected and or otherwise enforced. We also provide the

appropriate representation, advice and assistance in all matters commercial and quasi legal. Our commitment is to ensure that all our client’s needs are solved expertly, efficiently, and expediently. We are defined by our astuteness and professionalism. Established in 2010, we pride ourselves in represented various global companies locally including a number of Fortune 500 companies. Ours is an energetic team of competent and dynamic attorneys with strong academic backgrounds from the world’s most prominent tertiary institutions and with a huge wealth of experience in the various specialist areas of the law. We are a firm that has an international outlook so we seek to establish synergies with firms in various parts of the word in order to cater for our clients with a global presence thereby providing globally applicable solutions to our clients. Not only do we solve legal problems, we seek to develop effective strategies that enhance our clients’ competitive edge on the market. We think of the future, build potential and strive for long lasting relationships. To our name are the following accolades: Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Zimbabwe: 2016-Corporate International Global Awards 2016

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MEDICO-LEGAL ADVISER OF THE YEAR - ENGLAND Mr R Scott-Watson Director/ Consultant Expert in Orthopaedic Trauma RSW Medico-Legal Limited 01384441126 https://rswmedicolegal.forensicandexpertwitness.co.uk/ CarolCouzens@ymail.com (Secretary) 7A Heath Lane, Oldswinford, Stourbridge, DY8 1RF

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Dr. Kurt Moosmann Principal/CEO Moosmann Advisors AG +41 44 252 1921 www.moosmannadvisors.com kmo@moosmannad.com Dufourstrasse 90, 8008 Zurich

Finding the Balance in Family and Business Going into business with family is not always as easy as you wish; often business ventures fixate on the potential possibility of heated family arguments and ignore focusing on how future generations will continue to revenue capital for the years to come. We speak with Dr Kurt Moosmann on the key features when dealing with family owned business enterprises and the importance of human capital. This insightful interview reveals the best way to maintain inter-generational wealth.

What is an «Homme d’Affaires» and what services do you offer? As James E. Hughes Jr. once correctly stated, a Hommes d’Affaires serves families as a benchmark for the applied level of sophistication in relation to their governance structures and development plans1. In other words, the Homme d’Affaires aims to create a bespoke decision making process which shall be governed by the core values of the individual family, and that is guided by the long-term objective of multi-generational stewardship. The true essence, in my opinion, lies in the profound sense for trust, responsibility and scrutiny that guides such trusted adviser in safeguarding the family’s current private and business interests, whilst building bridges for the future generations to adopt existing governance systems, yet leaving enough flexibility for them to adjust the structures to the ever-changing needs and external factors. At Moosmann Advisors (MA) we typically cater to business owning families, family offices and entrepreneurs with multi-jurisdictional backgrounds. We are foremost passionate about preserving and growing a family’s human, social

and financial capital. By applying the profound experience gained from many years of dealing with complex family situations, we team-up with our clients to develop their appropriate family governance framework, that addresses the family’s vision and their corresponding values; this is followed by the creation of tailored plans that address the concurrence of various interest levels, e.g. family, ownership and business. The plans are embedded in a set of rules, structures and processes which shall enable sound decision making and support the framework of the corporate governance. We firmly believe that a sound family governance must be aligned with mostly pre-existing corporate governance frameworks. Only by blending the two governance systems the stakeholders will be able to enhance their long-term economic value. Complementary to both systems, it’s often forgotten, that in order to establish a sound family governance structure, one has to understand the persons’ financial demands on the respective business profits. Understanding the individuals’ fears, wishes and responsibilities is paramount for building a solid foundation which can stand the test of time.

What are the key features in dealing with family owned business enterprises? Why is the Human Capital component so important? Business owning families are often overwhelmed with the complexities associated with growing their businesses in a sustainable manner. These complexities tend to become even more challenging when several generations and/or multiple jurisdictions are involved. Irrespective of their genuine understanding for the business, they are often inexperienced in defining, structuring and implementing the

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proper processes needed to grow or transfer the family’s business to the next generation. There are inherent conflicts between the various interests of a family and the tasks of the related business which need to be addressed. Moreover, principals often underestimate the disruption that a generational transition brings along. The associated risks can easily lead to value erosion or even business failure. Often these business risks are adversely affected by the lack of the principal’s willingness to deal with a timely transition of business to the next generation or to competent non-family members. Hence, the interdependencies between the three features: family, ownership and business, are crucial and stand at the forefront of all discussions. Finding the right balance among the different, likely contradicting needs and thereafter, creating the right systems for the family, the owners and the business respectively, will enable the constitution of various implementation plans that ultimately culminate in a lifecycle plan. To make it even more challenging, such a transformation process is often coupled with the need for capital, and thus we facilitate patient capital from other family owning businesses or family offices to provide for long-term secured funding. This is one of the prevailing reasons why only 3% of all business owning families have been able to make it to the 4th generation and beyond. With regard to human capital it is interesting that to most people wealth is often associated with the amount of assets they own. As Gary S. Becker once nicely alluded to: “such tangible forms of capital are not the only type of capital (…) economists regard expenditures on education, training, medical care, and so on as investments in human capital. They are called human capital because people cannot be separated from their knowledge, skills, health, or values in


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Moosmann Advisors the way they can be separated from their financial and physical assets.”2 When dealing with business owning families, the human capital includes the proprietary knowledge the family has gained over the years and possibly generations which have defined and made their business enterprise successful. In this context, the capital is closely connected to the “ins and outs” of doing business, the specific expertise and technical know-how, the important network of relationships with customers, creditors and regulators, etc. Enabling the next generation to become more sensitive towards these kinds of aspects at an early stage, will enhance his or her understanding of the business and the responsibilities associated with ownership, and fundamentally improve the chances for a sustainable transition of business interests to the future generation.

In dealing with families predominantly from North America, Asia and Europe - What complications do you experience in family businesses operating internationally? Irrespective of whether I work with families in Europe or elsewhere, fundamentally it is and will always remain a people’s business. Hence the needs and wishes are often similar, but when it comes to execution and implementation, structures and strategies differ. This is largely driven by the different cultures and legal frameworks the clients are subjected to. For example, depending on whether the family is resident in a commonlaw country or bound to the laws and regulations of a civil-law country, the estate planning tools or testamentary dispositions may vary. Corporate structures, financing schemes and ownership structures need to be chosen prudently, and anticipated tax

consequences need to be well thought through. Especially when dealing with foreign asset holding structures or evaluating foreign investment opportunities, clients tend to continue operating under the same mind-set, thus often paying too little attention to regional conditions; but the proverb “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” strongly prevails. Thus, seeking advice and possibly partnering with local families and family businesses in foreign places in which you want to do business, is in my opinion, an absolute prerequisite. At MA, we collaborate with seasoned professionals and other family enterprises on various continents to provide locally adjusted corporate development and generational transition solutions.

What issues arise and do you often deal with, in relation to inter-generational wealth transition? In theory, the long-term preservation of family wealth is a question of human behaviour. Setting the right framework, or governance, will therefore successfully re-energise each new incoming family member and thus mitigate the threat of entropy. But to successfully preserve its wealth, a family must form a social compact among its members reflecting its shared values, and each successive generation must reaffirm and readopt that social compact. A family must also agree on creating a transparent system of representative governance through which it actively practices its values and each successive generation must, once again, reaffirm its participation in that system of governance. Understanding that inheriting wealth and responsibility is often considered burdensome, rather than a blessing. Young family members who are sought for future management functions

within the family enterprise must be accompanied and well-trained before taking on leadership roles. In many cases undergoing an apprenticeship in a foreign company, prior of entering the family business, will help sharpen the level of sensitivity and enhance the understanding for general business processes. There are a number of wellrecognised next-generation seminars and conferences where younger family members gradually acquaint themselves with the key value drivers of businesses at large. But irrespective of how early young family members become aware of their future role within the respective family business enterprise, engaging them at an early stage is never wrong, and will allow the principal to evaluate the learning aptitude and individual skills well in advance of any factual transition. As mentioned above, one of the biggest problems arises from the mere fact that generational transitions are rarely well-planned in advance. Often CEOs or Chairmen of family owned businesses start thinking about succession strategies or possible successors when they will no longer be in the position to fully execute on the transition. Multi-generational stewardship entails the definition that you ought to plan the transition early enough, so that the company is handed over in a better shape than it was handed to you by your predecessors. This bares the responsibility to transfer the human capital - proprietary to any one business - at a stage where the future successors can still process the information with the assistance of the current leadership. In my opinion, accomplishing a sound transition constitutes the ultimate test for any one entrepreneur who wants to be remembered for having dealt with all stages of true entrepreneurship.

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Adrian Ashton Independent Consultant and Adviser Adrian Ashton (+44) 07786 492313 www.adrianashton.co.uk adrian.ashton2@gmail.com 6 White Hart Fold, Todmorden OL14 7BD

Education Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and the RSA Accredited to level 6 as a business advisor, and level 5 as an enterprise coach and mentor; Certificated to the SFEDI national standards for enterprise support (including additional elements relating to social enterprise); BA (Hons) Business

Biography Although Adrian is structured as a sole trader, he has developed a CPD and quality assurance framework around his practice that has gained the interest of a number of standard setting bodies – these comprise approaches that include: always seeking to work through intermediaries to enhance his accountability and transparency; benchmarking his performance and impacts against peers and competitors; and annually publishing a report on the economic, social, environmental, and community impacts he has created over the year that is correlated to the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals.

a consistently high level of appreciation by learners and participants. This is especially with regards to the growth in their reported knowledge and confidence in subject areas afterwards. Additionally, during 2020, people on on-line courses he created have subsequently shared that they did not expect the experience to be as positive and engaging as it was, and that they can’t imagine wanting to return to class-room based learning sessions in the future as a result. He also invites feedback regularly from clients, collaborators, and peers, using an adapted

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360-degree feedback model: these highlight that he is valued by many for his ability to help them grasp and engage with concepts and planning practices they had previously felt too complex or incomprehensible; that his ‘web’ of network contacts means he is easily able to help people find others that they are needing to speak with about any matter; and his ‘playful’ approach is greatly appreciated. As a micro-business himself, Adrian has always sought to support fellow enterprises through sharing his time on a pro bono basis; offering his time to campaigns and events such as #MicrobizMattersDay; and actively seeking to further conversations about wider issues that may adversely affect smaller businesses such as his. This is through his researching, publishing, and promoting think pieces at his own cost to provoke conversation amongst different groups. These approaches and habits have led to his being offered Fellowships of both the RSA and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. And during the spring of 2020, Adrian was directly approached by several national Colleges, Foundations, and business support bodies, to support them not only recreate their programmes and offers to be delivered exclusively on-line, but also to help them best


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consider what types of support they should be offering, in light of the global pandemic. This led to his being invited to be a key note speaker at an on-line conference during the summer of that year organised by NESTA, and drafting a white paper reflecting on his experiences and insights gained that attracted interest from several countries and leaders of organisations in education, philanthropy, charity, policy, and business.

enterprises, and charities. He has also developed enterprise education and business start-up programmes with a number of universities, including some with global dimensions as part of his support to an international MBA programme. However, despite the profile of such projects and clients, he has also innovated new hyper-local approaches to startup support, including #BeerMentoring; and advocating for local libraries to play greater roles in acting as catalysts for local economic growth and resilience.

Other Practice Areas • Planning and feasibility studies for enterprises of all types • Development of enterprise education programmes (both extra-curricular, and linked to existing degree courses) • Developing approaches to creating, reporting, and managing, impact • Governance for Boards and senior management teams: exploring issues of culture, leadership, succession, values, and performance • Legal structures, and assisting enterprises and groups to fully harness the potential that their adopted incorporated form offers them

The Firm Before becoming established as a consultancy practice in 2005, Adrian held a number of

management and leadership roles across different sectors. Within those positions he developed research and evidence-based approaches that not only saw him gain reputations with several national sector bodies, but also subsequently saw him feted him with a number of international awards for business development and enterprise support. Having been commissioned to work on projects of national policy importance by government departments in health and justice, he has been influential in shaping the landscape and eco systems for small businesses, social

His approach of preferring to remain as a sole trader, rather than incorporate, means that feels he can remain most agile with clients. It also allows him to further manifest his values relating to accountability, and concern for others (with regards to not having access to tax limitation options on his earnings). And whilst not being incorporated would otherwise mean that he can offer less transparency with regards to publicly available accounts and Directors reports, he openly publishes an annual report that goes beyond what would otherwise be demanded by regulatory bodies’ requirements.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - SRI LANKA Ms Anomi Wanigasekera Partner Julius & Creasy 94-11-2336277 www.juliusandcreasy.com anomi@juliusandcreasy.lk 371, R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka Julius & Creasy is one of the oldest civil law firms in Sri Lanka. Founded in 1879, the Firm has established itself on rich tradition and the highest professional principles. The wealth of expertise and experience in a wide range of specialized fields of Law enables Julius & Creasy to offer innovative legal and business solutions to a diverse, sophisticated and highprofile clientele. The Firm’s strong reputation for excellence in legal services and professional staff has allowed it to build a vast national and international client base including multinational companies, financial institutions, public and private sector companies and traditional private clientele. Major cross-border assignments for international clients has added to our vast experience and expanded our global reach. Julius & Creasy offers an extensive range of full legal services in the fields of Corporate, Commercial,

Banking, Insurance, Tax, Property and Construction, Intellectual Property, IT, Telecommunications, Infrastructure, Shipping, Maritime and Admiralty, Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Employment Law Our firm from its inception has been involved in intellectual property work. We advice on all aspects of Intellectual Property. Our work relates to both contentious and non-contentious matters. We file a large number of trademark applications for overseas clients being instructed by our associates in several countries including UK, European Union, USA, India, Singapore, Hongkong, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. We are also involved in registering overseas trademarks of well known exporters of Sri Lankan products In contentious matters we represent clients both at the

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National Intellectual Property Office in opposition proceedings and in infringement proceedings before Courts, Infringement proceedings are instituted in the Commercial High Court and where necessary criminal proceedings are also instituted in the Magistrate’s Court. Although our practice is to a great extent trademarks, we have substantial portfolio of patents as well. A large part of this portfolio is related to PCT applications filed in Sri Lanka, We also file number of design applications for overseas clients in Sri Lanka and for Sri Lankan clients overseas through our associates in various countries. We also have trained staff and do Patent drafting on behalf of our clients in Sri Lanka and overseas. We also advise on copyright issues including reviewing of copyright agreements and advise publishers. We engage ourselves in IP due diligence work and also file applications for registration at the Sri Lanka Customs.


LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - HUNGARY Dr. Petra Mayer-Nagy Attorney-at-law, Insolvency lawyer Lajer Law Firm +3613543640 www.lajer.net nagy.petra@lajer.net H-1054 Budapest, Széchenyi rakpart 8.

Biography Petra is a specialist for insolvency and banking law. After working for three years at a licensed insolvency practitioner (liquidator) company, where she was dealing with liquidation and administration proceedings in depth, Petra joined Lajer Law Firm in 2007. She gained experience and knowledge in many fields of the law during her years as a junior lawyer, focusing on banking & finance, corporate, insolvency and real estate law. Petra is leading the corporate finance team of the firm, advising companies from abroad range of industries in Hungarian, German and English from ‘cradle to grave’, on all manner of finance, real estate, commercial and corporate matters. Her clients include start-ups and well-established enterprises, companies’ groups, finance and credit institutions. Her team represents debtors and creditors in insolvency and administrative proceedings, acting often as crisis manager. She has trial experience in civil and commercial litigation, successfully representing the plaintiffs also in wrongful trading cases.

The Firm We are an open-minded and lighthearted, but an effective law firm without any compromise. Lajer Law Firm is based in Budapest with a focus on insolvency law, banking and finance, corporate law, dispute resolution and real

estate law. We offer full service in our main areas of practice not only in non-contentious matters, but we also assist clients in enforcing their rights through litigation or arbitration. Our greatest success is to support our clients with our knowledge in their secure and efficient operation and business success. Our team is customer-oriented and thus always open and ready to seek complex, tailor-made solutions to meet our clients’ expectations to the fullest, based on our knowledge and experience. In addition, our core values are also to think “out-of-the-box” while staying easy-going and approachable to clients. We are aware of the diversity of our clients’ needs. We are ready and able to serve multinational companies, small or mid-sized Hungarian ventures as well as private individuals. Our lawyers work together as an efficient team, always closely cooperating with each other and third-party specialists. This ensures our clients’ access to a broader base of knowledge and experience, and our continuous availability. During our activity, we also consider other legal systems and the European and international trends. This might be the reason for our open-mindedness for innovations that sometimes result in even extraordinary and unorthodox legal solutions as well. Our lawyers have many years of banking law practice. The members of our Law firm prepared and reviewed numerous times the whole documentation

(credit and collateral contracts) of numerous individual finance matters on behalf of national and foreign credit institutions, lenders and borrowers in Hungarian, German and English. We advised credit institution on the payment moratorium introduced in spring 2020 because of the COVID-19 virus; we elaborated the processes for the application of the moratorium. We have wide experience in corporate law matters regarding the entire course of operation of business companies, especially in electronic registration, due diligence, M&A transactions. The real estate team of the firm advises clients on real estate transactions, providing support from the purchasing through building to selling or leasing the newly built or renovated premises. We also support the clients when they intend to acquire real estates in a liquidation or enforcement proceedings. Litigation and arbitration are one of our main focuses, and our colleagues represented clients in numerous cases successfully before local and county courts, before courts of appeal and before the Hungarian Supreme Court as well. We are proud to mention that some of such lawsuits have also been published in professional legal periodicals due to their complex and innovative nature. We are a member of the GermanHungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

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LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - SPAIN Jose Juan Pinto President Pinto Ruiz & Del Valle +34 93 241 30 20 https://www.pintoruizdelvalle.com pintosala@pintoruizdelvalle.com calle Beethoven, 13, floor 7, 08021 Barcelona, Spain Pinto Ruiz & Del Valle resulted from the alliance of two historical law firms: Bufete Pinto Ruiz (founded in 1903), cited in Barcelona and specialised in civil and corporate law and Del Valle Abogados (founded in 1910), cited in Madrid and specialised

in industrial and intellectual property law. We are an independent and multidisciplinary firm which has been providing advice and representation to our clients in every legal sector for over 20 years, both nationally and internationally.

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Our team is composed of more than 50 professionals who work in our offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Majorca. Our main aim is to provide our clients with a high quality, agile, honest comprehensive service, and to constantly ensure their interests.


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LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR - AFRICA Stillwaters Law Firm Tel: +234 (0) 1 454 7179; +234 (0) 906 000 5769 Fax: +234 (0) 1 460 5470 https://stillwaterslaw.com info@stillwaterslaw.com; admin@stillwaterslaw.com 2nd Floor, 11, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, P. O. Box 56161 Ikoyi 101008, Lagos, Nigeria STILLWATERS LAW FIRM is a multiple award winning and leading law firm in Africa. Over the years, the firm has acquired an enviable reputation for rendering efficient, time conscious and high quality professional and innovative representations in intellectual property law; media, entertainment, technology and sport laws and litigation. It has been ranked several times by reputable ranking directories such

as IFLR 500, Chambers, WTR and NIPM. Practice representative clients includes over 600 foreign and local multinationals, private entities, public quoted companies, financial institutions, industries, small and medium size businesses and individual entrepreneurs. The intellectual depth and experience of the firm ensures its capability to adapt to the clients’

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objectives and complexities in transactions. We value continuing education as a means to keeping abreast with today’s challenges and also complement with a comprehensive law library, use of modern technology-wherein several in-house software have been developed, relationship with international law firms and member’s frequent participations at conferences, seminars and workshops worldwide.


International Hotel Network Our hotel section ,The International Hotel Network (IHN), ensures that corporate needs outside of the working environment are also met. We profile only the finest hospitality establishments from around the world, and allow our users to easily book their stay using our site. Our aim is to provide the global business community with access to hotels that meet their requirements be it for leisure, business or a special occasion.

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Country: Ethiopia | Location (City): Addis Ababa | Hotel Name: Hilton Addis Ababa Welcome to Hilton Addis AbabaYour urban Oasis where business meets pleasure. Hilton Addis Ababa is a preferred venue for a wide choice of larger and smaller meetings, conferences and exhibitions. Specialized over many years on all kinds of outside catering. Great place to relax from the urban noises of the big city, private parking with huge leisure facilities. Increasingly popular amongst the young, trendy and the famous. Discover for yourself the origins of so much history and culture, still vibrantly alive in a landscape of dramatic beauty.

Hilton Addis Ababa, a classic hotel set on 15 acres of lush foliage is located in a hub of international diplomacy, just 15 minutes from Bole International Airport. The hotel is also close to UN Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union and many other popular attractions. It is ideal for long term apartment rentals with various facilities including ample parking space. Enjoy the geo-thermal outdoor swimming pool, squash court and an 18-hole minigolf course. This makes Hilton Addis Ababa, the perfect choice for business and leisure travellers. This landmark hotel offers spacious guest rooms, fine dining and our warm, professional service to ensure a memorable stay.

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Hotel Dining Hilton Addis Ababa has three dining restaurants and two bars, serving traditional local cuisine and international fare. Choose from varieties of dishes showcasing diverse styles and tastes from around the World. Kaffa House: - Local specialties for all day meals. Open from 6:00 - 23:00 Lobby Bar: - snacks and cocktails open from 10:00 until midnight. Gazebo- Restaurant on the Park- open from 10:00 until 23:00 IL forno Restaurant: - Italian cuisine Open from 18:00.


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Hotel Leisure Personalized fitness center for a balanced lifestyle, featuring cardio and strength training equipment. Naturally heated geothermal out-door swimming pool, four professional 4 floodlit tennis courts and scenic outdoor grounds, squash court, playground, volleyball and basketball grounds, spa, beauty salon and barber shop, Supermarket and Souvenir Shop, travel agency, car hire and exchange bureau. Hotel Business Services Business centre Designed for productivity and

comfort, our advanced business centre offers: • Wireless internet • Wired and wireless private work station • Colour copying up to A3 • Scanning • Faxing • PDF printing from flash disk • Binding • Laminating

all suites featured a separate living room and two bathrooms. 286 Hilton guest room with view 33 Executive Rooms 22 suits 31 Apartments

Hotel Rooms All 372 guest rooms, suites and apartments offer majestic view of mountains, gardens and the city. Guest room amenities include balcony, work desk, HD TV and coffee maker, while

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Country: United States of America | Location (City): New York| Hotel Name: Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park Get the most out of your next New York City vacation or business trip. When it comes to hotels in Brooklyn, ours offers premium value for your money.

The Hotel Our eco-friendly Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park hotel offers you innumerable opportunities to explore greater New York City’s many offerings with contemporary architecture, friendly associates, and delightful affordability. We offer convenience to mass transit, with the N, R, and D NYC subway lines nearby, putting you within reach of must-see New York destinations. Our services

and location in the heart of New York’s bustling Brooklyn borough allow you to easily navigate around our iconic city, with onsite parking and local and airport transportation available upon request for a nominal fee.

The Restaurant Open daily for light meals, snacks, coffee and cocktails, our on-site Constantine Restaurant & Bar is convenient and classy. Whether you plan to sip a glass of wine with colleagues and friends, or find some quiet time to catch up on e-mail over a mug of herbal tea, you can do it in style at our Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park hotel.

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The Area There are so many things to see and do just steps from our door. Take in a show, cheer on your favorite sports team, or go on a shopping spree. If you prefer to venture out into Manhattan, the hotel is only two stops from Downtown Manhattan on any of the nearby express subway lines. There are also several local businesses in the area, making our hotel the perfect place to work and play.

Hotel Business Services Our 70 well-appointed guest rooms feature a host of convenient amenities for the modern business traveller,


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including work desk, ergonomic chair and free Wi-Fi. Stop by the Business Center for your complimentary printing needs.

accommodations, you are in store for top quality service and worldclass amenities – the best available in Brooklyn.

Hotel Rooms

Telephone: 718-972-0900

At the end of a day touring Brooklyn, retreat to our guest rooms and enjoy upscale amenities that include plush bedding, bathrobe, and mini-refrigerator, as well as a coffee/tea maker, and ergonomic work station for those late night work sessions. Whether you select one of our Executive rooms with Manhattan views, including peeks at the Freedom Tower and Empire State Building, or our standard upscale

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Country: Greece | Location (City): Elounda Lassithi Crete Elounda is a destination that continues to be the secret holiday hideout of the most elite members of the international jet set since the 1970’s. It is surrounded by mountains in a secluded bay of crystal waters on the island of Crete and was originally chosen by Greek Hoteliers as the most blessed spot in Greece. Elounda has the most stunning views and desirable climate in the country with 7 months a year of perfect temperatures, summer breezes and sunshine… guaranteed! Part of the Elounda myth, is the Venetian Castle on the Island of Spinalonga, the setting for Victoria Hislop’s bestselling novel “The Island”. Domes of Elounda is set on the most privileged hill, isolated from

the other resorts and with the closest breathtaking views of the Venetian castle and the sea.

an abundance of living space, privacy and extraordinary service.

Elounda Reinvented

Domes of Elounda all Suites and Villas Spa Resort offers guests the true Mediterranean experience, connecting luxury to natural environment and local culture. This is a new alternative luxury one isn’t afraid to touch, one you can live in, and one with extraordinary character that allows you to remain in sync with the landscape of Greece while enjoying world class accommodation. Our staff is always there when your client needs them and is dedicated to uphold our motto: “There’s nothing we can’t do for our guests”.

Domes of Elounda is the realized dream of Ledra Hotels, an organization that operates several hotels in the area. This is the newest luxury resort in the region and by introducing the ultraluxe facilities reinvented Elounda’s lost principal of exclusivity. The food, the culture, the architecture is all brought to life in the form of a luxury resort that consists only of suites and villas. The essence of the concept is to provide a small number of exclusive guests with all the amenities of a resort while offering

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A Human Approach To Luxury


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Hotel Name: Domes of Elounda all Suites and Villas Boutique Beach Resort

Truly Authentic Architecture And Design

Minimally interfering with the natural habitat and harmonically blended with their surroundings, the domed structures emerge from the ground, respecting its natural contours and creating a Mediterranean settlement on a hillside of flower gardens, stone pathways, and olive groves. Each suite and villa finds its roots in architecture from Greece, Carpath and Syria, borrowing features such as domed and pyramidal ceilings that cool rooms capturing sea breezes, and create organically shaped living spaces at a human scale. Mild earth tones are found throughout, embellished

with works of art from internationally recognized art houses as well as one of a kind pieces from local artists.

Distances

75km from Heraklion airport (largest airport in Crete) 1.5km from the village of Plaka and 2.5kms from attractions in the village of Elounda 12km from Agios Nikolaos and 45km from nearest golf course 80km from Archaeological site of Knossos Telephone: Head offices & Reservations: (+30) 2310 810 624 Email: info@domesofelounda.com Website: www.domesofelounda.com

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Country: Thailand | Location (City): Chiang Mai Golden Triangle (Chiang Rai) Koh Samui (Suratthani) Two sophisticated resorts – one nestled in a lush valley, the other secluded on an island shore – and an incomparable tented camp. Sample each individually, or combine two or three unique views of Thailand into a once-in-a-lifetime journey. As different as they are, our three Thai properties welcome you with the same Four Seasons spirit, highlighting thoughtful service and exceptional quality.

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is an away-from-it-all hillside resort set

amid the stunningly beautiful Gulf of Siam. Spacious Pool villas nestle tropical gardens, conserved coconut groves, and the glorious amphitheatre of sky, sea and exotic island. Explore the forest spa. Dine delectably at hillcrest or beachside. Glide through the 50-metre Infinity Swimming Pool. Sit back and relax at CoCoRum bar, boasting authentic and extensive collection of rums in Thailand. Sip something special as you survey the exotic ambiance and savour the exquisite cuisine and music of Latin America. Splash in the private bay. Encounter a pristine world of white sand beaches, vibrant reefs, rainforest and sunshine.

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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Nestling the majestic Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai features refined local Lanna Kingdom culture and contemporary designerenriched Pavilions with stunning views of terraced rice fields and misty mountains beyond. Minutes from the historic city of Chiang Mai, the resort is a perfect springboard for discovering the Northern region’s most glittering heritage sites and colourful contemporary life. Explore the resort’s lush tropical grounds to discover intriguing insights into the exotic local flora and fauna. Tick off atmospheric ancestral shrines, rice


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Hotel Name: Four Seasons Resorts Thailand fields and beloved water buffaloes. Discover local flavours and original cocktails, especially those created by world-renown mixologist Javier de la Muelas. Add another talent to your repertoire at the resort’s acclaimed Thai cooking school and feel the world from different perspectives at The Spa.

active adults cover every detail, from elephant mahout training to riverside drinks in the stilt-top bar.

FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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Enjoy an escape shared by a select few within just 15 luxurious tented accommodations. Amid Thailand’s exotic bamboo jungles, and reachable only by river boat, these all-inclusive two- or three-night adventures for

Telephone: 66 53 298 181 (Chiang Mai) 66 53 910 200 (Golden Triangle) 66 77 243 000 (Koh Samui) contactus.chiangmai@fourseasons.com contactus.goldentriangle@fourseasons.com contactus.kohsamui@fourseasons.com

Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/chiangmai/ http://www.fourseasons.com/ goldentriangle/ http://www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui/

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Country: The Maldives | Location (City): Rangali Island | Hotel Name: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Barefoot luxury meets unpretentious style here. Home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and an extensive coral reef, it was recently voted the “Best Luxury Resort in the Maldives”. Reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight, this spectacular resort offers three resort experiences on two islands and is home to 11 restaurants and bars including: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, 101 of the world’s best cheeses, the underground Wine Cellar and 20,000 bottles of fine wines. For relaxation, there are two spas, an extensive range of excursions, diving and watersports– including a submarine – a vibrant coral reef and the world’s most perfect beaches

Barefoot luxury meets unpretentious style at the spectacular Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and an extensive coral reef, it’s been awarded “The Best Water Villas in the World”, “The Best Suites in the World” and “Best Spa Resort in the Maldives” among other accolades. Reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight, this luxury resort offers three different resort experiences on two islands: guests can enjoy the typical get-away-from-it-all Maldivian hideaway on tiny Rangali Island while also having access to the facilities of the larger and livelier main island which is linked to it by a 500m bridge.

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The third resort experience is at the Spa Retreat, an over-water destination spa that operates as a resort-within-aresort set 100m off the tip of the main island. Accommodation varies from 50 romantic water villas on Rangali Island and 79 contemporary beach villas tucked away amongst tropical greenery on the main island to 21 stunning over-water villas at the Spa Retrea. No matter where they stay, guests can enjoy all the resort’s facilities in full, which includes 11 restaurants and bars, two spas, two pools and unique experiences such as manta watching


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at night, turtle conservation, dolphinspotting excursions and snorkeling with whale sharks. A gastronomist’s dream, the resort is the home to world-class dining such as Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the only all-glass undersea restaurant in the world, Japanese-inspired dishes under the stars at Koko Grill, 101 of the world’s best cheeses in the Cheese Bar or visit The Wine Cellar for degustation wine dinners hosted by our chef and sommelier. Over 20,000 bottles of fine wines, from rare vintages to new discoveries, ensure that every meal becomes a feast for the senses.

For relaxation, guests can find bliss in the resort’s two spas, enjoy an extensive range of excursions, diving and watersports options – including a submarine – snorkel the resort’s vibrant coral reef which is just steps from the beach or simply celebrate the art of doing nothing in a million different ways on the world’s most perfect beaches. Telephone: +960 6680629 Email: Mlehi.maldives@conradhotels.com Website: www.conradmaldives.com

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Country: Greece | Location (City): Oia, Santorini | Hotel Name: The Katikies Hotel Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, the Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparallel services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment in Oia Santorini, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury. A Santorini legend and leading hotel in Greece, the Katikies Hotel is synonymous with many unrivalled characteristics. Awe inspiring Caldera views, sublime Santorini sunsets and perfectly manicured pink bougainvilleas provide the magnificent backdrop for this perennially gleaming, glistening white

Santorini luxury hotel that spills down the cliffs of the magical Caldera. With a history as spectacular as its free form fantasy architectural formation of stairs, bridges, cubist cottages, infinity pools and Caldera views, the Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini has garnered the reputation of the Grande dame of Caldera luxury hotels. Gorgeous luxury rooms in this Caldera hotel are both pristine and welcoming where magical private terraces hover over the most unforgettable of views. Perched on the Caldera cliffs, 300 feet above the azure waters of the Aegean, Katikies The Hotel in Oia Santorini provides an experience of unparalleled romance and prestigious luxury.

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Hotel Dining The Katikies Hotel has come to be known as the luxurious jewel of Santorini hotels, boasting some of the most elegant dining in Greece. The Kirini pool restaurant and celebrated pool bar reflect all that is art and magic in the remarkable avant garde Santorini restaurant culinary scene that wholly characterizes the Katikies Hotel. In addition, The Katikies Dinner Restaurant, with its four tables suspended on a secret rooftop veranda on the volcano rim, offers one of the most sumptuous and romantic dining experiences in the world.


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Hotel Leisure The K – CLUB, the hotel’s concierge service, instils a sense of comfort, creates enriching experiences and offers exclusive access. Whether it is art or culture, food or drink, a spa treatment, exploring the island on a «caique» or a night out, the K-Club brings you nothing but the best. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is there to help with all of our guests needs, no matter how extraordinary or demanding they may be.

Hotel Rooms

Luxurious romantic and mysterious grandeur describe each of the 27 rooms and suites that artfully combine

the classical with the contemporary. Well proportioned characteristics imbued by romantic Santorini white - washed walls, touching powder blue textiles and lovingly handpicked Greek antiques, match the traditionally beamed ceilings. Each one of the suites combines gentle references to the past with today’s cosseting technology. Elegant symmetry, simplicity and harmonious refreshed palettes adorn throughout this luxury accommodation where bold white bathrooms have been interpreted using the finest natural materials, striking marble that reflects both cleanliness and purity in spaces dedicated to sleep and contemplation.

Telephone: 0030 22860 72380 Email: info@katikies.com Website: http://www.katikieshotelsantorini.com/

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Country: Portugal | Location (City): Lisbon | Hotel Name: Palacio Belmonte At the Belmonte there is no crowd, no noise, no chocolate on the pillow, no television, just fresh air, space, light, your own laughter and music. For an experience beyond compare, far back to our roots, to our childhood, to fantasy, let Palácio Belmonte be your house while discovering the wonderland of Portugal. Palacio Belmonte offers 10 suites, all different, all unique, some with terraces, winter garden or built in a roman tower with 360º view or in a Muslim one on top of a 40 meters high rock , all equipped with fully modern bathrooms, natural ventilation, a Mediterranean garden and black marble swimming pool to relax, read or dream. House of the Earl of Belmonte, Cabral and the Marquis of Atalaia for the past 500 years, the Belmonte is a stunning sculpture, a 2197 years synthesis of

Portuguese history. It became a few years ago the House of a Landscape Collector. He then decided to open his House to a very few for whom, luxury is synonymous of encountering one’s emotions. Palácio Belmonte prides itself on delivering memorable unique customized experiences for those who choose to stay with us. For this reason Palácio Belmonte suggest experiences that can be personalized for you, either it be a fabulous sunset in a yacht on the Tejo River, a private tour to unique architectural features of old Lisbon, your own private Fado singer, a special day out with wine, olive oil tastings and Lusitano horses in the Alentejo or maybe a dinner at the unique local “Tascas” in which you will experience the real authentic Portuguese hospitality. The Belmonte is the most veiled secret in Lisbon… and definitely a place to experience! History, Architecture,

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Culture, Sustainable Development… here you will not find a standard accommodation but a single life option! While receiving the highest level of service, you will be merged by this deep philosophy of wellbeing, exclusivity, simplicity, natural comfort, intimacy and introspection. Palácio Belmonte is a real alternative way of life… come join us!

A resume of The Belmonte: The Belmonte is about light, privacy, beautiful landscapes. An attitude and a lifestyle. A house for whom, luxury is synonymous of encountering one’s emotions. Ten suites, on 3700 sqm, 7 terraces, books, art, chimneys, piano, infinity pool. A very discreet, attentive and imaginative team to show you the best.


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Accommodations

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Each of the 10 exquisite suites is an original masterpiece with individual character, blending historic architectural features with the utmost comfort in contemporary design. Visitors are immersed in culture – within the suites, guests discover the remnants of Roman and Moorish towers, and distinctive, blue and white XVIII century’s portuguese tiles (azulejos) that recall stories of adventure and romance. Each suite is named for a Portuguese writer, artist, philosopher, adventurer, inventor or ecologist. Many have beautiful terraces or verandas overlooking the River Tagus, the inviting city of old Lisbon below or the palace’s striking swimming pool. Suites range in size from 29 sq meters to more than 162 sq meters

Palacio Belmonte, the most acclaimed and historic “hotel” in old Lisbon, seats majestically atop one of the city’s renowned seven hills, adjacent to the picturesque Castelo de São Jorge. Surrounded by winding, cobblestone streets, Palacio Belmonte overlooks the Alfama district’s medieval churches and the Tagus River, affording breathtaking views of the redroofed valley and lush gardens below. Here, history and modern luxury blend seamlessly to create an aura of peace and exclusivity, where thoughtful service assures a gracious experience, reminiscent of Portugal’s storied past.

Address: Pateo Dom Fradique 14 1100-624 Lisbon, Portugal Telephone: + 351 21 881 66 00 Fax: +351 21 881 66 09 Email: office@palaciobelmonte.com Website: www.palaciobelmonte.com

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Country: China | Location (City): Shanghai | Hotel Name: The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Immerse yourself in the energy of the city’s financial and commercial epicenter when you stay at The RitzCarlton Shanghai, Pudong. Ideally located on Century Avenue, in the heart of the Lujiazui finance and trade zone, our hotel is just moments from popular Shanghai destinations, such as The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar, and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

Hotel Information The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is Shanghai’s ultimate destination for uncompromising style and luxury.

Positioned in Pudong’s social and commercial hub at the top of Shanghai ifc with views over the Bund, the hotel is designed by world famous Richard Farnell and is situated on the top 18 floors of the ultra-modern, 58-story Tower 1 of Shanghai ifc in the heart of the city’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, offering luxury commercial, residential and retail space.

Hotel Dining Three-meal Italian restaurant Scena with interactive open kitchen. Chinese restaurant Jin Xuan featuring 8 private dining rooms for special occasions. Rooftop Restaurant & Bar Flair serving stylish Asian dishes and overlooking

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The Bund. Aura Lounge and Jazz Bar offering tea, light meals, signature Afternoon Teas and varieties of wines. Aroma is the ideal meeting point for gourmet coffee, refreshing beverages and light fare.

Hotel Leisure 24-hour Fitness Studio, pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and dry sauna on the 53rd floor, featuring uninterrupted views of the Bund. The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, offering a variety of beauty treatments and rejuvenating therapies in 10 treatment rooms. The exquisite collection of treatments represents complete care, personalization and the ultimate in luxury.


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Hotel Business Services More than 2,600 sq m/ 27,300 sq ft of meeting and conference space. 1.135 sq m/ 12.200 sq ft Grand Ballroom divisible into three salons. Four multipurpose function rooms and two boardrooms.

Hotel Rooms 285 guest rooms including 52 suites. There are 53 Ritz-Carlton Club rooms and The Ritz-Carlton Club Level features a separate Club lounge which offers five complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and evening, and a dedicated concierge staff. An array of luxurious

amenities including twice-daily housekeeping attention with evening turndown service and 24-hour inroom dining. Telephone: 86 21 20201888 Email: joy.deng@ritzcarlton.com Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ Properties/ShanghaiPudong/Default. htm

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Country: South Africa | Location (City): Cape Town| Hotel Name: Taj Cape Town Taj Cape Town welcomes guests to the vibrant heart of one of the world’s most scenic and desirable cities, Cape Town. Taj Cape Town is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, later the Board of Executors (BOE), it successfully combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new. This five-star hotel is ideally located in the centre of historic Cape Town at the entrance to the famous pedestrian precinct, St George’s Mall. Its prime location ensures that Taj Cape Town

is perfectly situated for those looking to discover authentic Cape Town; and its blend of fascinating history, exotic culture, soulful art, lively entertainment and delectable cuisine. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World Taj Cape Town is a luxury hotel set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town. Occupying two historic buildings, it retains the architecture and many meticulously restored interior features of the original South African Reserve Bank and the old BoE building – formerly the Temple Chambers, built in 1890. Seventeen new storeys house

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suites, guestrooms and residences with magnificent views of the Mother City and the iconic Table Mountain. Taj’s doors open to a precinct that includes the national and provincial parliaments, Government Avenue leading through the 350-year-old Company Gardens from St George’s Cathedral, the cosmopolitan crafts of St George’s Mall and Greenmarket Square and a diversity of culture, art, entertainment and cuisine. Taj Cape Town’s 176 exceptional rooms and suites offer an oasis-like retreat from the lively bustle of the city centre. The historic structure of Taj Cape Town is home to the exquisite


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Heritage Rooms and Suites, Tower Rooms and Suites, The Presidential Suite and the Taj Club. The rooms combine old-world quality and modern amenities. As well as the gamut of facilities that guests would expect in a luxury hotel room such as a mini-bar, safe, voicemail and international plug sockets, standard features include high-speed wireless internet, an iPod docking station and charger, an internet-enabled television and a work station with a multi-media hub so laptops can be interfaced with the television.

out on St George’s Cathedral, the Company Gardens and the Provincial Legislature, houses the banqueting and meeting rooms. Telephone: +27 21 819 2000 Email: willie.williams@tajhotels.com Website: www.tajhotels.com

The first floor of the BoE building, with its large sash windows looking

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