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Global Law Experts (GLE) Handbook 2017

Global Law Experts


2017 Finding the right Expert for your business solution

Welcome to the 2017 Global Law Experts (GLE) Handbook.

The Handbook is designed to serve as a valuable reference tool – allowing CEOs, business owners, funders and corporate finance professionals to source some of the foremost legal experts from around the world. For ease of reference, we have separated the handbook into four regional sections: Europe, The Americas, Asia & Oceania, and Africa & The Middle East. At the back of the publication you will find an alphabetical index of the firms involved. We hope that the 2017 GLE Handbook proves useful, and helps our readers gain access to global legal advisers in a number of specialist practice areas. Reprints & Permissions All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any manner or by any means without the prior permission of the publisher.



The Americas


Asia & Oceania


Africa & The Middle East



188 Editor: Richard Adams

Disclaimer While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the contents, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors and claims made by third parties.




Economic growth in Europe is expected to continue at a moderate pace, as recent labour market gains and rising private consumption are being counterbalanced by a number of hindrances to growth and the weakening of supportive factors. In its autumn forecast, the European Commission expects GDP growth in the euro area at 1.7% in 2016, 1.5% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018 (Spring forecast: 2016: 1.6%, 2017: 1.8%). GDP growth in the EU as a whole should follow a similar pattern and is forecast at 1.8% this year, 1.6% in 2017 and 1.8% in 2018 (Spring forecast: 2016:1.8%, 2017: 1.9%). Private consumption is set to remain the primary engine of growth through to 2018, supported by expectations for employment to continue growing and wages to pick up slightly. Borrowing costs remain supportive to growth due to exceptionally accommodative monetary policy. The euro area aggregate budget deficit is set to continue to edge down, while the fiscal stance is projected to remain non-restrictive. Investment is set to continue increasing. However, political uncertainty, slow growth outside the EU and weak global trade weigh on growth prospects. There is also still a risk that the economy’s weak performance in recent years could hold back growth, and persistent slack points to the possibility of faster growth without undue inflationary pressures. Moreover, in the coming years, the European economy will no longer be able to rely on the exceptional support it has been receiving from external factors, such as falling oil prices and currency depreciation.


Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, said: “EU economies have proven to be resilient. We expect all Member States economies to grow next year. In the light of increased global uncertainty, it is now even more important to pursue sound and prudent macroeconomic and budgetary policies. At the same time it is vital to address inequalities in our societies, so that no-one feels left behind.” Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “European growth will hold up in 2017 against a more challenging backdrop than in the spring. The pace of job creation, boosted by recent reforms in many countries, decreasing public deficits in the euro area, a pick-up in investment and more dynamic EU-intra trade are particularly encouraging. In these volatile and uncertain times, no effort must be spared to safeguard and strengthen this recovery – and ensure that all sections of society feel its benefits.”

All Member States to benefit from the current recovery While the trend of widely differing economic performance continues, EU GDP is now higher than before the crisis and GDP in some Member States stands more than 10% above its trough. Over the forecast period, economic activity in all Member States is set to increase further but to remain uneven.

Investment to rebound in 2018 in part thanks to EU co-funding Having suffered from low demand growth and expectations of weak potential growth, ongoing corporate debt reduction in some Member States and heightened uncertainty, the investment environment is finally brightening and investment is expected to pick up in 2018. Projects financed under the Investment Plan for Europe, as well as - in some Member States projects co-financed with EU funds from the 2014-2020 programming period, should increasingly support

private and public investment as they enter their implementation phase. Overall, investment is forecast to grow by 3.3% this year, 3.1% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018.

A relatively job-rich recovery Employment in the euro area and the EU is expected to grow by 1.4% this year, faster than at any time since 2008, though slack remains in the labour market. Job creation is set to continue benefiting from domestic demand-led growth, moderate wage growth, as well as fiscal policy measures and structural reforms in some Member States. Employment growth is forecast to remain relatively solid, though slightly moderating in 2017 and 2018. Even though the labour force is expected to grow faster this year due to increased participation rates and the gradual integration of refugees in the labour market, unemployment in the euro area is expected to decline relatively fast, from 10.1% in 2016 to 9.7% next year and 9.2% in 2018. The trend is expected to be the same for the EU as a whole, with unemployment set to fall from 8.6% this year to 8.3% next year and 7.9% in 2018. For the euro area, this is the lowest level since 2009. It compares to a 2013 peak of 12%, but remains well above the 7.5% low reached in 2007.

Inflation to pick up from a very low level, driven by energy prices Inflation in the euro area was very low in the first half of the year due to falling oil prices, but started to pick up in the third quarter as the impact of past price decreases began to wear off. Inflation should now climb moderately above 1%, as oil prices are assumed to rise. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, is expected to rise gradually amid higher wage growth and a further narrowing of the output gap. Overall, inflation in the euro area is expected to rise from 0.3% in 2016 to 1.4% in both 2017 and 2018. In the EU, inflation is forecast to rise from 0.3% this year to 1.6% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018.

Public finances to continue improving Both the aggregate public deficit and the government debt-to-GDP ratio of the euro area are expected to continue declining over the forecast horizon of 20172018. The public deficit for the euro area is expected to fall from 1.8% of GDP this year to 1.5% in both 2017 and 2018. This is a result of lower social transfers in line with falling unemployment, wage bill moderation in the public sector and low interest rates, which make debtservicing cheaper. The debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to fall from 91.6% in 2016 to 89.4% in 2018.

Little export support expected from global growth Global GDP growth fell further in recent months and is now expected at 3.2% this year, its lowest since 2009. As growth in emerging markets and the United States is expected to strengthen, however, the global growth rate (excluding the EU) is expected to pick up modestly. The current weakness of global trade outside the EU is weighing on euro area exports despite the resilience of intra-euro area trade. World trade, which has been exceptionally fragile this year, is expected to grow more slowly than GDP in 2016 before rising back in line with GDP growth in 2017 and exceeding it slightly in 2018. Imports are expected to grow faster than exports in the euro area. The euro area’s current account surplus is forecast to decline over the forecast horizon.

Downside risks to the forecast have risen Risks to the forecast have risen in recent months and are clearly tilted to the downside, including as a result of the UK ‘leave’ vote, which has raised uncertainty and can be seen as an indicator of heightened policy risks in the current volatile political environment. External risks, such as uncertain economic trends in China and the risk of aggravating geopolitical conflicts have also risen.


Europe Contents

Belgium – Ardent Advocaten


Bulgaria – Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm


Cyprus – Solsidus Law


Cyprus – Prountzos & Prountzos LLC


Czech Republic – Advokátní kancelář Rytikov & Utěšený Legal s.r.o. 17


England – Anthony Gold Solicitors


England – Travers Smith LLP


England – S.H.& Associates IP Ltd


England – ABR Solicitors


England – 2 Bedford Row


England – Dawson Cornwell Solicitors


England – MPR Solicitors LLP


France – UGGC Avocats


France – GAST Avocats


France – Galion


France – Cabinet PALMIER & ASSOCIÉS


Germany – Rechtsanwälte M&P Dr. Matzen & Partner mbB


Germany – Rbi Rechtsanwalts GmbH


Germany – Rechtsanwalt Ingo Klaus Wamser


Germany – Maikowski & Ninnemann Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB


Germany – Horak. Attorneys at law


Germany – Lungerich · Lenz · Schuhmacher Rechtsanwälte

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Germany – Brödermann Jahn Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH


Germany – Prüfer & Partner GbR


Germany – Memminger LLP


Germany – Gerken Rechtsanwälte


Germany – PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht


Greece – Stylianou & Stylianou law office




Hungary – Kölcsényi & Némethi Law Firm


Hungary – SBGK Patent and Law Offices


Italy – Mariconda e Associati - Studio Legale


Italy – Accomply


Italy – PRAXI Intellectual Property S.p.A.


Italy – Studio Legale Isolabella – Francesco Isolabella


Italy – Studio Legale Isolabella – Luigi Isolabella


Italy – Trevisan & Cuonzo


Italy – Militerni & Associati


Italy – GLP Intellectual Property Office


Italy – Mazzoni Regoli Cariello Pagni Studio Legale Associato


Italy – Prosperetti & Associati


Jersey – Sinels Advocates


Luxembourg – Vistra


Luxembourg – WIES & HERTZOG

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Malta – Mamo TCV Advocates – Andrew Muscat


Malta – WH Partners


Malta – Mamo TCV Advocates – David Tonna


Malta – PKF Malta


Monaco – Etude Marquet


Netherlands – Jones Day


Poland – Modrzejewski i Wspólnicy sp.k.


Portugal – A.G. da Cunha Ferreira, Lda


Portugal – Ghidoni de Pina - Advogados Associados


Romania – Cabinet M Oproiu


Russia – BARSHCHEVSKY & PARTNERS – Anastasia Rastorgueva


Russia – BARSHCHEVSKY & PARTNERS – Samvel Karakhanian


Russia – BARSHCHEVSKY & PARTNERS – Pavel Khlyustov


Russia – Sojuzpatent


Spain – Velasco & Co. Abogados


Spain – SWAN Partners


Sweden – Advokatbyrån Omnia AB




Switzerland – Goldblum and Partners


Switzerland – advokatur kümin


Switzerland – GT Law


Switzerland – Etude de Me Guillaume Martin-Chico

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Switzerland – OTT, François, Law office François OTT


Switzerland – Kaiser Odermatt & Partner


Switzerland – bellpark legal ltd.


Turkey – AKT Law Office


Turkey – Karako Law Office


Turkey – Köksal & Partners Avukatlık Ortaklığı 84

Turkey – STC Law Office-Av. Samet OZTURK – Kenan Güler


Turkey – STC Law Office-Av. Samet OZTURK – Sebahattin Koçaş 86

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Turkey – STC Law Office-Av. Samet OZTURK – Samet Öztürk


Ukraine – Gorodissky & Partners


Ukraine – Zavadetskyi Advocates




Filip Duwaerts was admitted to the Antwerp bar in 1993 and to the Turnhout bar in 2013 after he graduated from Antwerp University (Belgium) (1991) and after he got a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in maritime law at Southampton University (UK) (1993). Filip is a partner at Ardent Advocaten since 1997 and has specialised in general commercial law (including contracts, agency and distribution), construction law, IP (trademarks) and corporate law (including M&A and Corporate Litigation). During his career Filip has been involved in negotiations and contract drafting in a wide variety of transactions (sales, agency, distribution, share purchases, asset deals,‌) on a national and an international level as well as in litigation and arbitration in these fields. As he has always been involved in international legal matters, Filip was elected as a member of the board of directors of Cicero, League of International Lawyers, an international network representing law firms in more than 40 jurisdictions. He is a fluent speaker of Dutch, English, French and German. Ardent Advocaten is a medium sized Belgian law firm in Antwerp and Herentals, mainly focusing on legal services to business clients : a wide range of services is offered, varying from social and labour law, general commercial law, corporate law, M & A, market practices, finance, banking, tourism, real estate,‌ to insolvency and creditor protection schemes.

Filip Duwaerts Partner Tel: +32/(0) Ardent Antwerpen : Prins Boudewijnlaan 177-179 B-2610 WILRIJK, Belgium Tel: +32/(0)3.458.26.33 Fax: +32/(0)3.457.98.85 Ardent Herentals : Atealaan 1A B-2270 HERENTHOUT, Belgium Tel: +32/(0) Fax: +32/(0)

Some of the partners are very well reputed speakers at congresses and meetings (focussing o.a. on liability issues with real estate professionals): they are authors in several magazines and assist professional bodies in real estate and tourism. Ardent Advocaten also offers the services of litigators, accredited mediators and bankruptcy receivers, nominated by the Commercial Court in Antwerp.

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Practice Areas: Dimitrina has more than 20 years of experience in the following practice areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate & Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Banking & Finance, Liquidation & Bankruptcy.

Dimitrina Yancheva Partner Tel: +359 2 90 30 300

Professional experience: Dimitrina advises mainly foreign investors upon setting up their business or their expansion to Bulgaria. She is experienced in performing due diligence reviews, in structuring different types of M&A deals and in leading them to successful accomplishment. Dimitrina is in charge of negotiating complex contractual schemes: business cooperation agreements, shareholder agreements, management buy-outs, non-competition agreements, etc. She advises real estate investors in Bulgaria on all aspects of acquisition and disposal with real estates, spatial development and construction, among which a project for acquisition of over 400 decares agricultural land and its spatial regulation and a number of residential and industrial buildings developments. Dimitrina provides consultations on the activity and registration of financial institutions and provides assistance for project financing from negotiation of financing terms to establishment of the collaterals and their realization.


Education and qualifications: 1998 – Master in International Relations, Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski 1999 – Master in Law, Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski 2001 – Admitted to the Sofia Bar Association 2006 – Attorney-at-law at Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm 2010 – Partner at Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm Before joining Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm Dimitrina worked with Ernst & Young AFA OOD and AFA OOD as attorney-at-law. Language skills: English, French and Russian Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm is a progressively developing legal practice having its office in Sofia, Bulgaria, focused in the following practice areas: Corporate & Commercial; Mergers & Acquisitions; Banking & Finance; Real Estate & Construction; Employment & Social Security; Personal Data Protection; Pharmaceutical Law; Competition Law, Energy Law; Public Procurement; Litigation & Arbitration; Liquidation & Bankruptcy. Why to choose Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm? The clients appreciate our fast response, our individual approach and the businessoriented solutions we offer. We consider not only the strictly legal issues, but also the tax and accounting implications for the client’s business. We have set up team work rules and procedures which ensure consistent, comprehensive, effective and precise performance of each legal engagement. We apply the international good practices of consulting work and contribute our creativity and knowledge in order to help our clients to bring their business ideas into action.

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119, Oborishte Street, Sofia 1505 Tel: +359 2 90 30 300 Fax: + 359 2 94 33 707



Stella’s experience extends to leading corporate teams that perform miracles. This has proven highly useful to leading international law firms with demanding deadlines to meet and complicated transactions in need of dedicated, partner-level attention. As a servant of the law, Stella specialises in corporate tax, commercial, banking and finance and trusts law.

Stella Koukounis Partner Tel: +357 99 415708

In recent years and initially as a means to servicing her corporate clients, Stella was introduced to and later on became specialised advisor for relocations and dual citizenships of wealthy entrepreneurs and their families. Stella is entrusted counsel to high net worth individuals.

Corner Makariou & Ayias Elenis 36, Galaxias Commercial Centre, Block B, 4th Floor Office 404, 1061, Nicosia Cyprus Tel: +357 22 007700 Fax: +357 22 261888

Her long-tested corporate practice leading cross-border, high-profile transactions have earned Stella a reputation for business as well as her legal acumen. Stella was awarded the coveted ILO Client Choice Award for Corporate Tax in Cyprus for 2015, in a ceremony in London and has been recommended by clients in Legal500 for giving “top quality legal advice in a time-efficient manner”. Stella is an active member of the Companies Committee of the Cyprus Bar Association, dedicated to offering an influential perspective on reforms to key legislation including the Cyprus companies and Fiduciaries law aimed at modernizing the applicable legal framework. In addition to her regular contributions to global legal and ta publications, Stella is a featured speaker at international legal conferences and events. Stella’s academic legal qualifications include an LLB from the University of Sheffield, and an LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law) from University College London. Stella is a Barrister of England and Wales, member of Lincoln’s Inn.

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Charalambos was born in 1978. Educated at the University of Bristol from which he received an LLB in 2001. He continued his education and professional training at the Inns of Courts School of Law, London where he successfully completed the Bar Vocational Course and received the professional title of Barrister – at – Law. He is a Member of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 2003. He has also received a diploma in Professional Legal Skills from City University. He was admitted as a member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2005 and started practicing in the same year. Charalambos is the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Department, the Financial Services Department, and Energy Law Department. He is also heavily involved in the international tax planning. The Firm The firm was founded by Charalambos G. Prountzos in 2010 and it operates throughout the island and abroad through a network of carefully selected associates. The offices of the firm are located in the heart of the commercial center of Nicosia in a state of the art technological and business environment. The legal work and management duties in the firm are separated in an effort to dedicate maximum time by advocates on legal matters. Thus, the general management and staff supervision of the firm is carried out by George C. Prountzos, father of Charalambos G. Prountzos, a registered advocate since 1972 with vast managerial experience coming from 30 years of work in high management positions at, inter alia, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior Affairs. The underlying vision of the firm is to operate as a highly specialized, contemporary commercial, corporate and financial law boutique. The management of the firm feels that expanding their practice will enable them to provide a more comprehensive and concentrated service to their clients so they have proceeded with the addition of senior and junior associate lawyers. The firm’s policy is to have a high ratio of partners to support staff. As a result it can offer every client the services of a partner in relation to every matter, either on a day to day basis or in a supervisory role. The firm’s main fields of services are Company and Commercial Law, International Business Transactions, Energy Law, Public, Constitutional and Administrative Law, General litigation, Finance, Banking and Competition Law and Financial Services Law.

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Charalambos G. Prountzos Managing Partner 15 Themistokli Dervi Street Margarita House 5th Floor office 502 1066, Nicosia Cyprus Tel: +357 22 669 699 Fax: +357 22 669 650



Rytikov & Utěšený Legal s.r.o. is a Czech law firm which was founded in 2015 by its two partners, Mgr. Viktor Rytikov and JUDr. Pavel Utěšený. Both partners have long and broad experience in providing legal services in many different areas of law. Ten years before founding the firm they worked in two leading Czech law firms. Rytikov & Utěšený Legal’s registered office is in Prague. However it provides legal services to its clients throughout the Czech Republic. When necessary it cooperates closely with selected notaries, executors, auditors, experts and interpreters. This cooperation also extends beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. The Law Firm provides comprehensive legal advice to Czech and foreign entities. Legal services are provided to the firm’s clients in Czech, Russian, English and French. Legal services are provided in other languages through interpreters. The firm’s clients are natural persons and business corporations, other legal entities and public administration bodies.

Mgr. Viktor Rytikov Partner Tel: +420 722 779 981 Náměstí Míru 341/15, Vinohrady, 120 00 Praha 2 Czech Republic Tel: +420 212 246 782

Mgr. Viktor Rytikov is partner and managing director of the firm. In his practice Mgr. Viktor Rytikov focuses in particular on defence in criminal proceedings, representation in civil court proceedings, arbitration proceedings, civil law, commercial law and foreign law pursuant to the Aliens Act in the Czech Republic. In 2007 Mgr. Viktor Rytikov was appointed by the Regional Court in Ostrava as a court interpreter in Russian pursuant to Act No. 36/1967 Coll. Since 2012 he has been registered on the special list of arbitrators maintained by the Ministry of Justice pursuant to Act No. 216/1994 Coll., who can be appointed by arbitration clause to arbitrate disputes from consumer contracts.

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Dr Jock Mackenzie is a dual qualified medical doctor and solicitor, and a partner in the clinical negligence department at Anthony Gold. He qualified as a doctor at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 1990 and practised as a full-time hospital physician for nearly five years before deciding to retrain as a solicitor to specialise in clinical negligence work. Jock obtained his Civil Higher Rights of Audience in November 2013. Jock has a broad clinical negligence practice but, due to his background as a hospital physician, he has a particular interest and expertise in cases involving complex medicine and rare medical conditions; brain injury (both adult and child, including birth injuries); neurological, neurosurgical and spinal injuries; emergency and intensive care; and general internal medicine. He also has significant experience of treatment in the private sector, especially cases involving foreign nationals being treated in UK private hospitals, fatal injuries caused by medical care and post-operative treatment cases. Examples of Jock’s more recent successfully concluded multimillion pound cases include an adult in PVS (persistent vegetative state) due to anaesthetic care, a foreign national businessman with profound physical injuries due to delay in diagnosis of peritonitis, cerebral palsy due to severe brain damage from hypoxia shortly after birth and significant brain damage due to delay in treating a misplaced endotracheal tube on ITU. Other recently concluded cases are: post-partum haemorrhage; inappropriate treatment of significant finger injury causing long-term deformity and reduced hand function and delay in diagnosis of respiratory tuberculosis. His current work includes inappropriate removal of a central venous catheter, anaesthetic accident during hip surgery, cauda equina syndrome cases and cases involving side-effects of Parkinson’s disease treatment. Jock has considerable experience in acting for clients who are resident abroad, including in the U.S., the Middle East (in particular Kuwait), India and Europe, especially clients who come to England specifically for specialist private medical treatment. Jock has been the author of the Solicitors’ Journal updates in clinical negligence law since 2007. He has been the author of the funding chapter in Kemp and Kemp since 2013 and contributes articles to the Personal Injury Law Journal and Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal. Professional Memberships: AvMA Clinical Negligence Referral Panel; Solicitors Regulation Authority Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme; Senior Litigator of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); General Medical Council (GMC); Medical Protection Society (MPS); Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA).

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Dr Jock Mackenzie Partner, Solicitor Advocate (Civil) Tel: +44 (0) 20 7940 4060 The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QN England Tel: +44 (0) 20 7940 4060 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7378 8025



Tom is head of the Commercial, IP and Technology Department at City law firm Travers Smith. He advises on a wide variety of commercial agreements (such as agency, distribution, supply of goods and/or services, outsourcing, franchising, sponsorship and marketing) and all aspects of trading law. He acts for clients across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, retail, leisure, media and business support services. Deals on which Tom has recently been involved include advising: • Gist, one of the UK’s leading logistics providers, on a £3.5 billion, 12 year outsourcing agreement with Marks & Spencer (covering all its food products worldwide) • Benson Elliott Capital Management on the renegotiation of a joint venture relating to a £500 million property development in South East England and a joint venture for expansion into the commercial property market in Eastern Europe and France • Shepherd Neame, the UK’s oldest brewer, on its exclusive brewing and distribution arrangement with Asahi Super Dry lager in the UK

Tom Purton Partner Head of the Commercial, IP and Technology Department Tel: +44 (0)20 7295 3277 10 Snow Hill, London EC1A 2AL England Tel: +44 (0)20 7295 3000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7295 3500

• Pinewood Studios on its joint ventures in China and the USA to develop film studios and other media interests in those jurisdictions • McColl’s, the UK’s largest independent neighbourhood retailer, on its businesscritical supply and distribution arrangements with Palmer & Harvey and NISA • LK Bennett on its exclusive arrangements with partners wishing to open retail concession franchises under the LK Bennett name in the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon and Qatar • Office Space in Town, the serviced office business, in relation to its joint venture with Kai Long for 3 serviced offices in the City of London • Oikos on its agreement with BP for the storage and transportation of fuel at its storage facility at Canvey Island • CLS Bank on its arrangements with major clearing houses, including LCH Clearnet, in relation to its payment instruction settlement service for cleared derivative contracts • Finlay Flowers and Horticultural on its product development and supply arrangements with Mitsui for its Kenyan green tea growing and production operations. Tom is rated by the Legal Directories as one of the leading commercial lawyers in the UK, ‘with a tremendous depth of knowledge’. He is described as being “very commercially astute” and a “very good strategic thinker” who “focuses on the points with a calm authority.” Tom is also described as a “tough negotiator with excellent technical ability” and “a very experienced commercial lawyer who proactively delivers very sensible solutions to difficult and complex questions, with an acute sensitivity to client needs”. Tom is a member of the Commercial Law Committee of the City of London Law Society.

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S.H. & Associates was founded by Sarah Hadland in 2015. Having practised for 20 years, Sarah has acquired a significant reputation in intellectual property law, with a focus on design rights, trade marks, copyright and confidentiality. She is listed in both Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading individual who “continues to command the respect of peers and clients. One client enthused: “It’s great to have someone like Sarah – you can have complete faith in everything you need to have faith in: her judgement, her acumen and her ability to get a good result.” [Chambers]. The firm acts for a number of high profile clients from small businesses and individuals to multi-nationals including Gü Desserts, Ty Inc. (the makers of Beanie Babies), Urban Outfitters and Next Retail. Clients are drawn from a range of sectors including: fabric and clothing designers, food manufacturers, software developers, scientific enterprises, authors and financial services providers. S.H. & Associates advises on dispute resolution concerning intellectual property rights including disputes concerning the misuse of designs and copyright works, computer software, and trade marks. Clients have said that Sarah Hadland “seems to know instinctively when to fight and when to settle” (ILO client choice awards 2013). The firm also advises on criminal matters such as counterfeiting and HMRC seizures and the management and registration of IP rights including trade mark and design right portfolio management. On the non-contentious side, the firm assists clients in the negotiation and drafting of agreements including development, maintenance and licensing of software; global licensing of intellectual property rights; and publishing and merchandising contracts. S.H. & Associates is dedicated to understanding its client’s businesses, and to providing solutions which are proportionate and relevant to the business’ commercial imperatives. Ms Hadland qualified at Bird & Bird and worked at Eversheds in London for 10 years before moving to Reading as Head of IP at Pitmans and Boyes Turner.

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Sarah Hadland Director Blenheim Cottage Stoke Row Rd, Kingwood Henley on Thames RG9 5NG UK Tel: + 44 (0)1491 628669



Rob Rode is a nationally recognised criminal defence solicitor. An acknowledged specialist fraud and regulatory defence solicitor, he is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”. Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud Panel set up by the Legal Services Commission. He is a Higher Court Advocate, undertaking fraud defence, regulatory defence, defence of tax/VAT fraud, motoring and general criminal matters, with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a certain panache”. Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined ABR Solicitors in 1998 becoming a partner in 2002. He is Chairman of the Serious Fraud Association, and a member of SAHCA, CLSA and the International Criminal Bar and a member of the Leeds criminal duty solicitor defence scheme.

Rob Rode Partner Britannia Chambers 4 Oxford Place Leeds, LS1 3AX England Tel: +44 (0) 333 600 9222

Chambers UK 2013 states that Rob Rode is called “a tour de force – an ambitious, energetic and thorough lawyer.” He is known for his work in the defence of business crime allegations. “He is a national figure, a leader in the field in Leeds and nationally. A power broker who is held in extremely high regard,” reports the Bar. ABR Solicitors ABR Solicitors is of the leading criminal practices in the country. This highly regarded team has a longstanding reputation in all matters connected with criminal law. The leading criminal practice in Yorkshire, ABR Solicitors, is ranked in the top four practices nationwide and the top three in the North West. The criminal law practice is going from strength to strength handling numerous high profile and complex cases all over the country. A highly regarded team of criminal defence solicitors; fraud and proceeds of crime act are recognised as a particular area of expertise. In Chambers UK 2013 sources said the ABR Solicitors team is noted for its work in complex and very high cost cases, and its practice is recognised nationwide. “The firm gives the highest possible level in terms of quality of instructions and legal ability.” The “team has real courage in the cases it takes”. We prepare all cases thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. As described by Chambers we “keep on digging”.

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Michael Wolkind is a QC practicing from chambers at 2 Bedford Row. He was called to the Bar in 1976 and took Silk in 1999. He has always specialised in criminal law defence and has vast experience and considerable success in all areas of serious crime. He has acted in innumerable murder trials including contract killings, gangland killings, domestic and householder self-defence. He won the appeal of the farmer Tony Martin who shot a burglar at his isolated home. He acted in the only case in English Legal history where a jury acquitted a man who had changed his plea to guilty in front of them. He had been charged with the murder of his brother in tragic circumstances and the Judge’s ruling compelled a plea of guilty to manslaughter. The jury simply refused to accept this plea having heard Michael expose the real story of events leading to the incident. He has acted in a number of notorious terrorist matters. He represented the main defendant in the 7/7 conspiracy and acted in the 21/7 appeal. In sex offence trials in recent years he has secured the acquittal for the girlfriend of the pedophile Ian Watkins and the retrial acquittal of a police officer who had been convicted of rape. This summer in quick succession he succeeded in a long Sex Ring trial, his defendant being accused of the gravest offences amongst all the defendants, and the acquittal of a father accused of abusing his young daughter over many years. Michael represented the Greenpeace protestors who abseiled down the Kingsnorth nuclear power station. His successful “climate change defence” was named one of the “Ideas of the Year” by the New York Times. His work these days is largely Direct Public Access although of course he will work with solicitors when appropriate.

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Michael Wolkind QC Barrister Tel: +44 (0)20 7440 8888 2 Bedford Row London WC1R 4 BU



Described by sources as “a leader in the field, not just nationally but internationally”, Dawson Cornwell is a forward thinking, niche family law firm. In the 2016 edition of Chambers, the firm was described as being “…one of the few family law firms that can boast true expertise in international disputes…” The firm has been specialising in family law since 1972. It has a mix of experienced partners with over 30 years qualification and a team of young, dedicated lawyers. The family law team is headed by 9 partners, leading specialised financial and children departments, which work together providing its clients with a bespoke service. The financial department advises on pre and post-nuptial agreements, separation, co-habitation, civil partnerships, divorce and financial settlements, regularly handling cases involving family businesses, off shore trusts and hidden assets. The partners include “major player in London” Rhiannon Lewis, “superb all round lawyer” Kate Allen, “quick thinking, smart and thoughtful” Russell Bywater, mediator Jeremy Abramson and “brilliant lawyer” Charlotte Conner.

Rhiannon Lewis Partner 15 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4QT United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7242 2556 Fax: +44 (0)20 7831 0478

Clients are also able to take advantage of the firm’s alternative dispute resolution services. Kate Allen is an experienced and active collaborative lawyer. Jeremy Abraham is a highly experienced mediator with “a keen intelligence”. The children law department represents the firm’s clients in domestic and international custody disputes, child abduction and relocation cases. It is headed up by the renowned Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) who is acknowledged by sources as “one of the leading matrimonial lawyers of our time” along with “very experienced” dual-qualified Carolina Marin Pedreno and “very calm and organised” Zoe Fleetwood. The department has a reputation second to none. The team is uniquely qualified to assist global clients with its extensive links to lawyers and other professionals all around the world. Their department is at the cutting edge of children law and, year on year, they have more reported cases, changing the face of family law, than any other family law firm. It is the only firm in the country with a specialised and established forced marriage and abandoned spouse practice. The firm has lawyers who are cross-qualified in other jurisdictions or are fluent in other languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Seema Parikh is Managing Partner at MPR solicitors, a boutique firm specialising in Serious Fraud and Complex Crime. The firm is based in London and has clients in the UK and overseas. Seema advises individuals, corporates, SMEs at all stages of the criminal process including critical pre-charge advice which has often led to the avoidance of court proceedings altogether. Seema has extensive experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional cases and in mutual legal assistance to meet the demands posed by the globalised nature of fraud and complex crime prosecutions and investigations. Her recent cases include defending in a bribery and corruption prosecution by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in an alleged conspiracy to rig energy contracts in the oil and gas industry worth £70 million. She is currently instructed on a large-scale investigation into regulatory breaches both in the UK and in a well-known Caribbean tax haven. She also heads the Firm’s HNW Department which deals exclusively with individuals and their families and associates relating to all manners of discreet legal advice and ancillary services. The Department has amongst its clients company directors, HNW overseas clients, UK celebrities, professionals and diplomats. The firm’s expertise extends to civil fraud claims both in the UK and overseas running parallel to potential or existing regulatory and criminal proceedings. It can also commence and run Private Prosecutions against individuals and corporate directors which can often be more cost effective than the traditional civil litigation route. The firm’s expertise includes the following areas of Fraud work and Money Laundering/ Regulatory work: • • • • • • •

White Collar Crime Fraud civil and criminal VAT fraud and MTIC Fraud Market manipulation Disqualified directors Insider dealing Sanctions Compliance Advice

• Conspiracy to cheat the public purse/ conspiracy to defraud • Defending SFO and FCA prosecutions • Banking Fraud • Complex Confiscation proceedings • Asset recovery • Fraud

Seema Parikh is widely recognised as an expert in defending serious fraud and complex crime including cyber fraud, money laundering and confiscation proceedings. The firm advises and defends cases involving advising on the investigation and prosecution of white collar crimes such as bribery and corruption, tax fraud, false accounting, commodities and currency frauds, bank fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, cybercrime and other alleged fraudulent activity. The firm can also support companies and organisations that have been the victims of fraud or misconduct perpetrated by directors, employees, business associates, customers and others. The firm can act swiftly and operates a 24/7 service for any eventuality including dawn raids. It can rapidly assemble a multi-disciplinary team to manage a crisis situation and control damage limitation. Seema Parikh is featured in SuperLawyers and the Firm is featured in the Legal 500.

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Seema Parikh Partner Tel: + 44 (0) 203 824 8080 + 44 (0) 7958 597888 Head Office: 8 Red Lion Court Alexandra Road, Hounslow Middlesex TW3 1JS Also at: 1 Fetter Lane London EC4A 1BR by appointment Tel: +44 (0) 203 824 8080 (24/7)



Corinne Khayat has been a partner of UGGC Avocats since 2000, where she co-heads the Competition Law department. UGGC Avocats is a French leading independent law firm with offices in three geopolitical zones (Europe, Africa and Asia) and more than 100 lawyers.

Corinne Khayat Partner Tel: +33 1 56 69 70 00

Corinne Khayat regularly represents her clients before the French and European courts and competition authorities and advises in all areas of French and EU competition law: merger control, antitrust regulation (cartel investigations, competition audits, compliance programs…), abuses of dominance, state aids. She has particular experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures to the French Competition Authority.

47 rue de Monceau 75008 Paris Tel: +33 1 56 69 70 00 Fax: +33 1 56 69 70 71

Corinne Khayat assists French and foreign clients, mostly large and medium size companies active in various sectors such as food, pharmaceutical, luxury (cosmetics, perfumes) and building materials industries. She also handles cases as a correspondent for many foreign law firms. Moreover, Corinne Khayat regularly advises clients about Moroccan competition law and has handled several merger control proceedings in various sectors including food packaging, building materials and automotive industries. She is the contributor of the Morocco chapters of ‘Getting The Deal Through – Merger Control’, ‘Getting The Deal Through – Dominance’ and the ‘Merger Control Review’. UGGC Avocats is recommended for its EU, competition and distribution law activities by the ‘Legal 500 Paris’ Guide in its 2015/2016 edition and is highly recommended by Décideurs magazine (Leaders League) in its 2016 ranking of the best law firms in France for ‘Litigation & Arbitration – Antitrust’, ‘Litigation & Arbitration – Distribution law & restrictive practices’ and ‘Litigation & Arbitration – Franchise’. Corinne Khayat has been a professor of European Union competition law at the Institut Catholique and a lecturer in competition law at the University Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne. She is a member of APDC (Association of the Practitioners of Competition Law) and a regular speaker at the competition law commission of the UIA (International Union of Lawyers).

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Franchising, Arbitration, Innovation, Startups, Contracts, Litigation, Distribution, Licensing, Negotiation, Commercial Leases, E-commerce, Competition, Trademarks, International Expansion, Corporate, Investment, Mediation and all kinds of ADR... These are just some of GAST Avocats’ areas of expertise. Franchise law firm of the year 2016 in France (GLE). Olivia GAST is included in the Who’s Who Legal. GAST Avocats benefits from 35+ years of experience in Franchising and supports all types of networks by all distribution modes (franchise and assimilated, master franchise, selective retail, etc) at every stage of their development, in France and abroad, thanks to the expertise of our bilingual lawyers and our partnerships with other countries, including the US. The firm develops innovating solutions such as electronic FDD which was nominated for 2015’s French Lawyers innovation price. In this capacity, the firm works in conjunction with notable experts – some involving software endeavors pertaining to CSR steering, such as digital publishing of virtual documents. Olivia GAST is a regular writer and speaker in various international franchise associations of which the firm is a member, including the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and International Franchise Association. The firm maintains partnerships with several foreign law firms in countries such as the USA with a desk in Washington, D.C.: Germany, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Russia and many others.

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Olivia Gast Managing Partner Tel: +33 1 45 02 21 00 4 rue Aumont Thiéville 75 017 Paris, France Tel: +33 1 45 02 21 00 Fax: +33 1 45 02 21 02



Galion is an independent French business law firm dealing exclusively with labour and employment law and specialising in advice, litigation and dispute resolution. Galion advises French and international clients, comprising companies of various sizes (small & medium sized, public companies, subsidiaries of multinational groups) in the industrial, banking, insurance, luxury, new technologies, telecommunication and medical sectors. Galion has the experience and resources to advise on and manage matters of an international dimension and of high technical complexity. The firm is organised in a versatile and efficient way, and has built close professional ties with lawyers acting in complementary fields of law or in other jurisdictions. In addition, Galion often works with human resources advisors and management consultants, auditors, and strategic advisors.

Lionel PARAIRE Founding and Managing Partner Tel: + 11 bis rue de Moscou 75008 Paris France Tel: + Fax: +

Lionel Paraire, founding partner of the firm, has practiced for more than 17 years within large English, American and French firms renowned for litigation and dispute resolution, where he worked on large scale, and often complex projects. Mr Paraire has been Senior Lecturer at the University of Paris XII in Labour Law and European Labour Law. He is currently senior lecturer at the University of Montpellier I (DJCE and Certificate of Special Studies in Labour Law), where he teaches employment litigation. Mr Paraire has developed an acknowledged expertise in the area of individual employment relations and (high risk) litigation and dispute resolution. He regularly assists companies with restructuring and the labour and employment law aspects of corporate transactions. He extends his activity towards Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a mediator and collaborative lawyer. Moreover, he has written numerous articles for specialised press (Jurisprudence sociale Lamy, RF Social, l’Entreprise, l’Usine Nouvelle) and the national press (La Tribune). Mr Paraire frequently takes part in conferences on varied subjects of labour and employment law and provides training for his clients. Mr Paraire is a member of various national and international associations: Avosial (Association of French Employment Lawyers Association); ANDJCE (Association Nationale des Diplômés Juriste Conseil d’Entreprise); AFPDC (Association Française des Praticiens de Droit Collaboratif); IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals); EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association); and IBA (International Bar Association).

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Who Are We? Palmier-Brault Associés is a French law firm specializing in public procurement and in particular in law of public contracts. The firm is made up of experienced and reactive lawyers, able to deal with the most complex issues in short timeframes, providing solutions adapted to the needs of its customers. Their particular expertise makes it possible to ensure legal security of decision-making and to provide assistance of very high quality both in advice and litigation. Mr Palmier holds a Certificate of Specialization in public law and is a member of the Commission for the Exercise of the Law of the National Council of French Bars as an expert in public procurement. Policies of Expertise The firm Palmier-Brault Associés is composed of experienced lawyers who have a reputable professional expertise in four fields of activity, recognized nationally and internationally. Each pole of expertise is managed by Mr Palmier or by Mr Brault in partnership with three senior collaborators for optimal responsiveness and customer support. Accompanying Foreign Companies to Respond to Public Litigation Contracts Palmier-Brault Associés lawyers regularly intervene to support foreign companies wishing to develop their activities in France by helping them to respond to calls for tenders and win public contracts, to draw up practical and operational guides for the constitution of files Candidates and offers and accompany them throughout the proceedings. Public Procurement Under the direction of Mr Palmier and Mr Brault, the firm’s lawyers have developed a recognized expertise in public procurement law. The firm regularly intervenes both in terms of advice and litigation in order to legally secure complex contractual arrangements and procurement procedures but also to defend the interests of companies before the administrative courts, whether at the procurement stage or the execution of public procurement. Pre-contractual Reference Mr Palmier has developed a real pre-contractual expertise, which has made the firm’s reputation. The firm handles on average 20 cases of pre-contractual recourse per year, both in demand, for candidates who are evicted and for defense, for contracting authorities and contracting entities. This nationally recognized expertise also makes it possible to provide pragmatic and adapted advice to legally secure the procedures and the contractual arrangements. Delegations of Public Service Under the direction of Mr Palmier and then Mr Brault, the firm has developed a recognized know-how in project engineering and has a perfect mastery of public concession contracts that can be concluded both for the needs of the organisation of Public services for local authorities and for the development of their public domain (concessions to operate seaports, school transport, sanitation, district heating, casinos).

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Sébastien Palmier Founder & Managing Partner sebastien.palmier@ 5, Place du 18 Juin 1940 75006 Paris France Tel: +33 1 42 22 09 18 Fax: +33 1 42 22 10 03



M&P Dr. Matzen & Partner M&P has been established in 2003 by three corporate lawyers who until then had worked in highly renowned international law firms in Germany. Nowadays, 14 lawyers advise in the following practice areas: • Corporate / M&A

• Corporate Compliance

• Restructuring and Insolvency Law

• IT and Data Protection Law

• Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Law

• Commercial Contracts

• Labour Law

• Competition Law

• Dispute Resolution / Commercial Litigation

• Property Law • Renewable Energy Law

With a strong focus on the solution of complex legal issues, M&P is advisor to German and international corporate clients, organizations and entrepreneurs, who appreciate the lean structures of our firm.

Dr. Arne Vogel Rechtsanwalt / Lawyer Tel: +49 40 808048 28 +49 163 4801632 (Cellphone) Neuer Wall 55, 20354 Hamburg Germany Tel: +49 40 808048 0 Fax: +49 40 808048 4

Since our business clients often need creative solutions that cannot be found in your legal textbook, at M&P we strongly believe that it takes more than just excellent knowledge of law to be an excellent legal advisor. Therefore, all of us at M&P strive to broaden our horizons and gain experience “out of office”. M&P lawyers, for example, are lecturers for insolvency law and M&A law at universities in Hamburg and Lower Saxony, regularly hold lectures on current legal issues for clients and organizations or run their own businesses. It is our goal to accompany our clients in complex transactions as well as in exceptionally challenging legal situations and to be a reliable partner for them. Many of our clients reward our philosophy with long-lasting client-relationships. In 2016, M&P was announced winner of the Corporate Livewire Global Award in the Category Company Formations in Germany. Your contact person: Dr. Arne Vogel Dr. Arne Vogel studied law at the University of Kiel, Germany and at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. After graduating, he worked as scientific assistant at the business law department of Kiel University and gained a doctoral degree in law on the liability of executive and non-executive directors of stock corporations. After his admission to the bar in 2008, Arne worked as a lawyer in the international Corporate Law / M&A department of one of the biggest international law firms. In 2014 he joined M&P, where he now advises in the fields of Corporate Law / M&A and Restructuring and Insolvency Law. He has broad experience with national and international transactions ranging from EUR 100,000 to EUR 320 Mio. Besides being a passionate lawyer, Arne is member of the examining board for chartered accountants (Wirtschaftsprüfer) in Hamburg, worked as co-author for the World Bank’s “Doing Business” Handbook and regularly holds lectures and publishes articles on current legal issues.

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rbi provides legal advice mainly in the fields of IT- and commercial law, technology related law (including internet and software law), IP and copyright law and data privacy law. rbi puts its focus on industry and medium-sized companies that are internationally active in the area of new technologies, internet and cloud services, software manufacturing and distribution, manufacturing of electronic devices and semiconductor products and in the automotive area. rbi provides its services similar to an outsourced legal department to these companies, providing precise, reliable and quick responses to all legal issues or issues having legal implications which these clients may have in this area. rbi drafts business agreements of all kinds for its clients, supports procurement and distribution processes of these clients, provides contract management services and, if necessary, institutes legal proceedings before German courts on behalf of its clients. rbi is a team of eight experienced German lawyers some of whom have a legal department background, and have established an international network of law firms of similar size, focus and quality to co-operate with upon client´s request. rbi is a recommended partner of the German federal organization of corporate counsels (BUJ - Bundesverband der Unternehmensjuristen).

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Arno Lohmanns Partner Tel: +49/(0)89/5527550-11 WĂźrmtalstr. 119 81375 Munich Germany Tel: +49/(0)89/5527550-0 Fax: +49/(0)89/5527550-29



Ingo Klaus Wamser was born in 1979 in Passau. After a longer stay abroad he studied from 1998 to 2002 law at the University of Passau before he was admitted to the bar in 2005 as the youngest holder of a bar admission at this time. Legal activities are focused on criminal defence and representation of clients in international and cross-border litigation. Mr. Wamser is a member of the International Bar Association and is admitted to practice not only in Germany but also at the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Ingo Klaus Wamser Founding Partner Brunngasse 29 D-94032, Passau Germany Tel: +49 (8 51) 4 90 88 69 Fax: +49 (8 51) 4 90 94 74

Mr. Wamser speaks German and English. Basic knowledge exists in French and Italian. After two years as a volunteer board member of the Munich Bar Mr. Wamser was appointed as a counsel’s disciplinary judge by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice in 2015 due to his hugh expertise in legal fees and remuneration issues and experience in cases of professional misconduct. He was awarded the title of a “Fachanwalt für Strafrecht” (Certified Criminal Law Specialist) by the Munich Bar. Besides the classic work as a court room lawyer Mr. Wamser is a lecturer on international law and marine mining regulations at the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria and he is the vice chairman of the assessment board of the Lower Bavarian Chamber of Commerce for professionals in the security industry. He is author of various articles on criminal law and shipping related topics and the author of the International Criminal Court’s Disciplinary Handbook.

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Curriculum Vitae: • studies in physics in Berlin und Paris (École Normale Supérieure) • doctoral degree at the FU Berlin (1993), research in the field of magnetism and superconductors and femtosecond-spectroscopy, more than one dozen publications in referied international academic journals und multiple presentations • patent attorney (since 1998), partner at Maikowski & Ninnemann (since 1999) Activities: • German, European and international patent applications (in particular automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, measurement technology, software and semiconductor techniques) • national and international trademark law • litigation of patents, utility models and trademarks • preparation of license and cooperation agreements • counselling in the employee’s invention law Engagement: • treasurer general of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) • member of the board of the German national group of the AIPPI • regular participation and lead of international academic committees of the AIPPI • since 2002 regular lectures about patent law at the FU Berlin Languages: • German • English • French

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Gunnar Baumgärtel Patentanwalt, European Patent and Trademark Attorney, LL.M. baumgaertel@ Kurfürstendamm 54-55 D-10707 Berlin Germany Tel: +49 (0)30 881 8181 Fax: +49 (0)30 882 5823



Horak Attorneys-at-Law advise middle-sized and large companies, economic institutions and corporations of different sizes governed by public law as well as private clients in almost all areas of national and international commercial and private law with an emphasis in intellectual property law. Furthermore, they are experts in legal questions relating to construction and investment planning proceedings in the public sector, environmental law, including eco-auditing and environmental tolerance. Michael Horak is Attorney and Consultant Engineer; he studied law and electrical engineering in Stuttgart, Erlangen and Hanover and then graduated in electrical engineering in 1994. After his second state legal examination (internationally recognized as a degree in law), co-operate with many law offices, while specializing in England in “European Management and Employment Law” (Master of Law). Since 2003, he is partner at the Law Firm Horak. Mr Horak is admitted to Local Court and Regional Court of Hanover, to the Regional Appeal Court of Celle, licensed to practice in German local and regional courts, with the exception of matters for a civil court; not to mention that he is representative of the German patent and trademark department, of the Federal Patent Court, European office for Harmonization for trademarks, such as the International Bureau of WIPO, Domain-name arbitration court and numerous other offices and courts. The main practice areas of Horak´s Law Firm regards: intellectual property law, administrative and constitutional law, antitrust law, banking law, commercial law, contracting law, contract law, energy law, IT law, land and real estate law, landlord and tenant law, law of associations, law of succession, law on competition and advertisement, law relating to food production and distribution and to medical preparations / pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs, m&a, online law, penal law, telecommunications, media and copyright law. Additionally, Horak Attorneys-at-law are qualified specialist with a wide experience in design, trademark and patent law. They mostly work with trademark registrations in Germany (attorneys fee from 175 EUR), Europe (attorneys fee from 279 EUR) and worldwide (attorneys fee from 345 EUR). The price of a Patent registration is around 990 EUR (attorneys fee) in Germany and 2990 EUR (attorneys fee) in Europe. As far as concerned the costs of other consultations, it is possible to find all the relative information on the websites. Horak Attorneys-at-law spacious business premises meet the requirements of a modern company: they offer a pleasant atmosphere for trustworthy client´s consultancy. They obviously have an excellent team and modern technical organizations, always working to keep their standards high.

Michael Horak Partner Georgstr. 48, 30159 Hannover Germany Tel +49.511/357356-0 Fax +49.511/357356-29

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Dr Rouven Bodenheimer specialises in conflict resolution and renders advice on corporate law and construction law in particular. Besides civil court proceedings he has been involved in numerous arbitration cases governed both institutionally (DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitration. He has garnered significant experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in various arbitration proceedings both domestically and internationally. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving difficult technical issues and complex commercial aspects. His expertise lies in fields as diverse as infrastructure, energy, construction and intricate financial transactions. Upon completing his formal legal education, Dr Bodenheimer published a doctoral thesis on a trade law topic in a comparative perspective under German and English law and obtained an additional Master’s degree in business mediation. Dr Bodenheimer has lectured mediation and international arbitration at the joint Master’s programme of two prestigious German universities. Dr Bodenheimer regularly publishes articles, book reviews and book contributions in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution. In May 2014 Dr Bodenheimer was appointed co-chair of the DIS40, the under-40 member organisation of the German Institution for Arbitration, as well as being an active member of the International Bar Assocation’s arbitration committee and within that a peer-appointed founding member of the steering committee of the under-40 arbitration group. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Dr Bodenheimer speaks German, English, Dutch and French. Lungerich Lenz Schuhmacher Over the past 12 years, our law firm in the Rheinauhafen, Cologne has become well established as one of the most respected and progressive commercial medium sized legal practices in central Germany. It offers a full range of commercial law services to its broad client base, ranging from small family run enterprises to large publicly quoted companies, utilities, financial institutions and venture capitalists and including public sector organisations as well as private individuals. The partners pride themselves on a wholehearted commitment to client care and take an innovative, proactive approach to legal problem-solving which has led to many longstanding and successful client relationships. In 2012 the firm opened a new office in Frankfurt am Main in order to better serve its client base in Germany´s 2nd largest metropolitan area. Frankfurt am Main is an international centre for finance, commerce, culture, transport, education and tourism and therefore an important step in the firm´s growth programme.

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Dr Rouven Bodenheimer Partner Rheinauhafen Agrippinawerft 22 50678, Cologne Germany Tel: +49 221 130816 0 Fax: +49 221 130816 20



Trained in three jurisdictions, Eckart Brödermann has worked on crossborder contracts, has shaped international transactions and has played a role in international arbitrations around the globe for 30 years. As counsel to companies, he has negotiated dozens of cross-border contracts, including complex construction, international joint ventures, company sales and cross border investments. He has advised international organizations and foreign companies reaching out to Europe and beyond, e.g. by setting up the legal structure for worldwide distribution and sales activities including contracts and the founding of companies in foreign jurisdictions. He has advised German industry reaching out to international markets, e.g., as lead external counsel by negotiating a complex multi-billion Euro contract with the Algerian state. He has orchestrated investments from Asia to Asia and to the Americas, from the US to the UK, or from Russia to Asia. His legal work related to more than 20 industries including construction (cars, plants, ships, offshore structures), cosmetics, defence, energy (oil & gas, wind, biogas, solar), food (coffee), health, IT, machines, media (books), pharmaceuticals, real estate, satellite, telecommunication, textile, transportation, sports (sponsoring and marketing).

Eckart Brödermann Partner Tel: +49 (0)40 37 09 05 - 20 eckart.broedermann@ ABC-Straße 15 20354 Hamburg Germany Tel: +49 (0)40 - 37 09 05 - 0 Fax: +49 (0)40 - 37 09 05 - 55

Eckart has been involved in arbitration since 1983 (inter alia on an arbitration case pending at the Iran Claims Tribunal in the oil & gas sector). In recent years, he has concentrated his professional life on arbitration, an area of law in which he has been writing and teaching for many years. He has played a role in over 50 arbitrations in various capacities (and relating to 14 different sets of arbitration rules). In ca. 20 arbitrations relating to over 10 different industries, he has sat as arbitrator, including chairmanship in an ICC arbitration (Berlin) and a CIETAC arbitration (Shanghai). He works in English, French, German and Italian. Recent Experience as Arbitrator • 2016 – Chairman in a corporate law DIS (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, the German Institute for Arbitration) arbitration (German law) • 2016 – Chairman in a foreign related DIS arbitration (post M&A dispute; multi-million USD-dispute) • 2015/16 – Co-Arbitrator in an international DIS arbitration (post M&A dispute; multi-million USD-dispute) • 2015/16 – Co-Arbitrator in a German DIS arbitration (Distribution Law) • 2014/15 – Co-Arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration regarding a dispute between shareholders (settled by an Award on Agreed Terms)

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Andreas Oser has been working in the IP field since 1991, became German and European Patent Attorney in 1995 and is managing partner at Prüfer & Partner since 2002. In addition, he completed an LL.M. degree in International Intellectual Property Laws at the University of Hagen. After graduation (diploma) in chemistry at the University of Freiburg i. Brsg., he made Ph.D. and postdoc research at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry. Areas of Expertise as Patent Attorney: • pharmaceuticals and SPCs, life science, chemistry and biotechnology • biological materials, DNA-related inventions and vaccines • therapeutic and diagnostic methods • medical products and targeted drug release Activities: • Patent prosecution (drafting, examination) • High number of opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office • Patent litigation: Patent infringement proceedings before German courts, nullity proceedings up to the highest instance, the Federal Supreme Court; also covering coordinated and complex EU-wide litigation activities • Infringement and validity opinions, freedom-to-operate (FTO) analyses, due diligence Andreas Oser was and is involved in many pharma litigation cases related to important drug products, including for example clopidogrel, bortezomib, telmisartan/HCTZ, alogliptin, aripiprazole, various AIDS medicaments, apremilast, and others. Publications: • A. Oser in GRUR Int 1998, 648 (=IIC 30, 1-18 (1999)): “Patenting (Partial-)Gene Sequences” • A. Oser, PATENTS & LICENSING 1998, 30: “EU Directive on Legal Protection of Biotech Inventions” • A. Oser & S. Bavec, AIPPI Japan 2004 (Vol. 49 No. 7), 503: “Biotech Inventions in Europe” • A. Oser in GRUR Int 2006, 539 (=IIC 37, 520-550 (2006)): “European Patent Litigation Agreement - Admissibility and Future of a Patent Dispute Regulation in Europe” • Author or co-author of 10 scientific publications Working languages are English, German and French About Prüfer & Partner mbB: With nearly 100 members, including 22 German and European patent attorneys and lawyers, Prüfer & Partner mbB is one of the renowned IP law firms in Europe and Germany. The firm’s field of expertise and activity mainly covers protection as well as enforcement and defence of inventions in all technical fields. As a one-step service, it also advises and supports its clients in other legal matters, with a focus on all IP-related rights and aspects.

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Andreas Oser, Ph.D., LL.M. Managing Partner Sohnckestrasse 12 D-81479 Munich Germany Tel: +49 89 69 39 210 Fax: +49 89 64 22 238



Dr. Peter Memminger, LL.M. (Miami), IDP (INSEAD) Peter Memminger is founding partner of Memminger LLP, which focuses on high-end Private Equity and M&A work for domestic and international funds, corporates and family offices. Prior to that he was equity partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and was responsible, among others, for building its corporate team in Frankfurt. He is Regional Ambassador for INSEAD’s International Directors program in Germany. Primary Focus & Experience

Peter Memminger Partner

Bleichstrasse 64-66 60313 Frankfurt am Main Tel: +49.69.667.781.521

Mr. Memminger focuses on mergers & acquisitions (including distressed situations) and public takeovers with a particular emphasis on private equity transactions, and is also involved in outsourcing transactions. Further, he frequently advises on corporate reorganisations, litigations and arbitrations. Selected case studies: • C+S Botschen and Acton Capital Partners on the sale of as well as Theresa Warenvertrieb to Neiman Marcus Group. • Loyalty Partner and its shareholders on its sale to American Express. • Vitruvian Partners on its investment in Linimed/Fazmed. • Lafayette Capital Partners on its acquisition of insolvent Wessel-Werke and similar transactions. • Avenso AG and its shareholders on the investment of EQT in the company. Meanwhile, current rankings in directories as JUVE, Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR and Best Lawyers recognise Peter Memminger as a prominent lawyer for M&A and private equity. He is also a regular lecturer on M&A-related topics, and acts as visiting lecturer on international law and M&A.

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Ulrich Gerken is a business lawyer, certified specialist lawyer in tax and certified specialist lawyer in inheritance laws, acting for both commercial and private clients. He established the law firm GERKEN Rechtsanwälte in Hamburg in 1994. Prior to this, he worked for the company Arthur Andersen, in Frankfurt. Born 1963, he studied business economics at University of Hamburg and laws, his specialist area being tax law. During his legal clerkship and prior to his second exam in law, he completed stations in accounting auditing, specialised in auditing corporate accounts and corporate books, worked for certified public accountants, and also completed stations in field tax auditing working for the tax office. He passed his examinations with distinction and was admitted to the German Bar in 1991. Mr Gerken is noted for his depth of knowledge and has extensive experience in consultancy and litigation in tax, bank, inheritance and economic laws. He has given various conference speeches, particularly focused on tax and inheritance law for Allianz, UNICEF, Nord / LB, Jyske Bank, Sparda-Bank, Dresdner Bank, M.A.N., Axel Springer, graduates of European Business School, various estate agencies and financial service providers, as well as tax advisers. In addition, as an entrepreneurial expert he was interviewed by Süddeutsche Zeitung, DIE WELT, Manager Magazine, Capital, Hamburger Abendblatt and BELLEVUE, among others. Since 2010, Mr Gerken has been the elected auditor for financial compliance matters of the Law Society of Hanseatic City of Hamburg. He is also the appointed arbiter of the Hanseatic Bar Association for disputes between lawyers, and sits on the board of a number of foundations. Further, Mr Gerken is a member of the Institute for Inheritance Law; the German Society for Inheritance Law and Succession; the working committees of the German Bar Association in Tax Law and Inheritance Law; the advisory board of the magazine ‘ZErb’ for Tax and Inheritance Law; the German Institution of Arbitration; the Union of Tax Payers, Hamburg; the Hanseatic Bar Association; the Hanseatic Law Society; and the German Society for Tax Law

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Ulrich Gerken Partner/Lawyer Certified Specialist Lawyer – Tax Law Certified Specialist Lawyer – Inheritance Law Tel: +49 (0) 40 32 54 70-0 Die Kanzlei Hermannstraße 10 D- 20095 Hamburg Germany Tel: +49 (0)40 32 54 70-0 Fax: +49 (0)40 32 54 70-15



Tobias Eggers focusses on national as well as international cases of corruption, competition law and anti-trust law and finance related offences. He leads the practice group Compliance at PARK and has wide experience in advising multinational companies on setting up valid compliance measures. In 2011 he was awarded the qualification “Certified Lawyer in Criminal Law”. Teaching criminal law at Osnabrück University is as important to him as being actively involved in the scientific discussion in his field. Tobias Eggers studied Law at the Universities of Münster and Dundee. When admitted to the bar in 2007 he worked at one of the leading law firms in the Ruhr region. In 2011 he joined PARK and is now one of the partners of the Firm. He is a member of the German Bar Association, the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Association of German Defence Lawyers, and of Wistev (Association on White Collar Criminal Law).

Dr. Tobias Eggers Partner Tel: +49 (231) 95 80 68 - 12 Fax: +49 (231) 95 80 68 - 25 Rheinlanddamm 199, 44139 Dortmund Germany Tel: +49 (231) 95 80 68 - 0 Fax: +49 (231) 95 80 68 - 99

JUVE considers him an increasingly “recommended lawyer” in his field (“highly experienced practitioner who quickly finds solutions for complex problems”, “highly competent”, “excellent strategist”). The German publication “Kanzleien in Deutschland” (Guide about important Law Firms in Germany): “more and more present in the German market”, ““widely recognised expert”. PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht As a boutique law firm specialising in white collar criminal defence, PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht is able to help clients in all criminal matters that may arise in a business context. In doing so, the firm utilises its broad experience gained over years of advising businesses on questions involving criminal law as well as defending management employees and entrepreneurs alike. PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht takes an integrated approach in the representation of its clients’ business interests. That means that the firm looks not only at its clients’ requests from a criminal law point of view, but works toward a solution together with its clients that is individually and pragmatically suited to their needs: that includes their business situation as well as their personal situation. Should questions arise that demand an interdisciplinary approach to find a solution, the firm is able to utilise its excellent network of high profile professionals in legal advice, tax consultancy and auditing to find the best solution for its client. The firm works in teams because it realises that the best results for complex tasks are achieved by cooperating with experts in each specific field involved.

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Stelios Stylianou, senior partner of Stylianou & Stylianou, has been practising aviation law for the past 42 years. His firm has acted for major airlines and aviation insurers in all fields of aviation including, but not limited to, air accidents, passenger and cargo claims, litigation of aviation disputes and settlement negotiations. Among other matters, the firm has been involved in litigation and settlement negotiations in respect of claims arising from: the Swissair accident at Athens airport (1979); the EgyptAir aircraft hijacking on a flight from Athens (1985); the Olympic Airways accident at Samos Island (1989); the Greek Dassault Falcon 900 accident near Bucharest (1999); the EKAB/Helitalia helicopter accidents (2001 and 2002); the fatal air accident of Helios B737-300 near Athens (14 August 2005); the fatal accident of a Greek Army Chinook helicopter (11 September 2004); the crash of an Olympic Aviation Schweizer helicopter near Athens (22 April 2008); the crash of a Bell 206B helicopter in the area of Crete Island (5 August 2010), the crash of an Apache military helicopter near Athens (30 July 2010) and the Tatarstan Airlines accident of B737-53A in Kazan, Russia on 17 November 2013. Stelios Stylianou has been a member of the Bar Association of Piraeus since 1972 and is admitted before all courts of Greece, including the Greek Supreme Court (Areopagus) and the Council of State (the supreme administrative court of Greece). The firm’s aviation law team comprises Dina Dousca-Stylianou, Mara Stylianou, Ariana Stylianou and Petros Blessios. Stylianou & Stylianou have legal correspondents in all major Greek cities and in the Republic of Cyprus. They are also liaising with well-known aviation law firms worldwide.

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Stelios Stylianou Senior Partner 6, Bouboulinas & Filonos Streets 6th Floor, Piraeus 185 35 Greece Tel : +30 210 411 7421 +30 210 411 9750 Fax: +30 210 417 1922



VERA ALEXANDROPOULOU LAW FIRM is a dynamic firm that prides itself on offering practical and prompt legal advice and services of unparalleled quality. We consider all our clients to be unique, with their particular business concerns and exhibit the same standard of professional commitment to all. With their combined skills and knowledge, the firm’s lawyers are well versed in providing a range of comprehensive legal services. These range from helping to navigate the Greek business environment and regulatory landscape to explaining the complexities of crossborder transactions including tax rules, foreign exchange and regulatory requirements. Drawing upon our unique blend of local, national and international experience, we strive to meet the needs of both established local companies and foreign new investors and institutions. We aim to provide a value for money service throughout, offering our clients high quality legal services as a team that continuously develops its expertise, in order to maintain its esteemed standard of client satisfaction. Areas of expertise include but are not limited to Energy, Shipping and Transportation and Investment Mechanisms/Funds.

Vera Alexandropoulou Founding Partner Tel: +30 694 6502 135 vera.alexandropoulou@ 2, Kapodistriou Street 18531 Piraeus Greece Tel: +30 210422 0023 +30 210412 1980 Fax: +30 210422 0029

Energy Renewable energy (wind farms, photovoltaic plants, hydroelectric projects, biomass) is increasingly at the forefront of investors’ interest, particularly in Greece. The sector, however, is highly regulated and, as such, requires extensive knowledge. The firm provides advice on the legal and regulatory framework as well as the commercial legal issues of projects. Our involvement is zealous in each stage of a project’s life-cycle, from inception (procurement and risk management), to implementation for clients - domestic or foreign, institutional or not to follow-up, well after an energy project has been built and is operational. Spectrum of serviced clients: owners, contractors, developers, operators, engineers and suppliers. We draft and negotiate procurement, engineering and construction agreements, operations and maintenance (O&M) agreements connection, sale or insurance contracts and handle all negotiations with third parties and the Authorities. Our close cooperation with research analysts and engineers allows us to better understand any financial, commercial and technical issues and find the legal formulas to address any issues that come up before, during, and after the construction stage of a project. Vera Alexandropoulou Vera Alexandropoulou is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the University of Athens and has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Heidelberg and Harvard University. She established Alexandropoulou Law Firm in 2005. Vera has acquired significant experience in sectors including commercial and corporate law, energy, banking and finance and real estate.

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Enlisted in the official Hungarian registry of certified family law mediators. Specialized in cases involving non-Hungarian clients having family legal issues under Hungarian jurisdiction. Graduated at the Janus Pannonius University of Pecs, Hungary. Experienced lawyer in Family Law, founder and partner at the Kolcsenyi & Nemethi Lawfirm. Member of the Hungarian and the Budapest Bar Association. Former lecturer at the Eotvos Lorand University Faculty of Social Sciences. Practice area embraces a wide range of marital and divorce law related matters. Out of personal conviction primarily focuses on child custody and visitation issues by providing attentive representation to clients facing contested divorce, as well as to those able to seek a more amicable settling through uncontested divorce. • International Academy of Family Lawyers – fellow member • EIPA EUROMED Justice III Cross Border Family Conflicts lecturer • 2016 Global Awards Winner Divorce Law Hungary • Academy of Lawyers, Budapest Bar Association – head of family law division • European Judicial Network – HBA expert delegate Languages Spoken: English, Hungarian Practice Areas: Adoption, Appeals, Child Care/Public Law, Child Custody/ Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony

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Dr. Soma Kölcsényi Partner 1137 Budapest Radnóti M. u. 40. Hungary Tel: +3617870316 +3630 8616465 Fax: +361 7002778



Education • 1994 Graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of Babes-Bolyai University of Kolozsvár, Section of Organic Chemical Technologies • 1997 Accomplished a PhD-course in field of chemical process control at Pannon University, Veszprém, obtained PhD degree in 2000 • 2001 - 2002 Attendance and successfully completion of the Euro-Sead Course conducted by The Academy of Education of FICPI in Palermo and in Sorrento • 2002 - 2003 Attendance and successfully completion of the Higher degree Intellectual Property Course conducted by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office in Budapest Professional experience

Dr. Árpád BÓDIZS Chemical Engineer Partner 1062-Budapest Andrássy út 113 Hungary Tel: +36-1-4611000 Fax: +36-1-4611099

• 1994 - 1998 involved in research (areas of interest: design of model-based predictive controllers, especially in case of nonlinear systems) and taking part in teaching students as a PhD candidate at Pannon University, Veszprém • 1998 - 1999 involved in software development (Honeywell’s process automation system) in the chemical industry (MOL Százhalombatta, Petrochemia Plock (Poland). Process Automation Center, Brussels (B)) • Since 1999 working for SBGK Patent and Law Offices • 2003 passed the patent attorney examination, member of the SBGK Patent and Law Offices since then, being representative of Hungarian and European Patent matters • Since 2004 member of the Hungarian Chamber of Patent Attorneys. Memberships and positions • Hungarian Chamber of Patent Attorney • Hungarian Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright • Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO (epi) Spoken languages • Hungarian • English • German

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Luciano Castelli, founding member of the Mariconda e Associati Law Firm, has more than a decade’s experience in dispute resolution, acquired by assisting multinational and Italian companies, especially in the field of civil and commercial law. He has followed large national disputes and is often appointed arbitrator by both arbitration panels and institutional bodies (i.e. Chamber of Arbitration of Milan, Association of Chartered Accountants of Milan, and Court of Milan). Since September 2009 he has been a Private Law Expert at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and he has been studying for a PhD in Civil Procedural Law at the Università degli Studi of Milan since December 2011. Before starting to collaborate with Avv. Prof. Vincenzo Mariconda in 2009, he worked in the Gramellini e Leonelli Law Firm. Prior to this, he worked in the legal department and the asset management department, South American division, of the Geneva branch of the Safdié Bank (formerly Multi-Commercial Bank). Since 2012 he has worked regularly with the Ipsoa Group – Wolters Kluwer, in the journal “I Contratti Online” (articles 1719-1822) and has updated the Annotated Civil Code by Guido Alpa and Vincenzo Mariconda (articles 2643-2807). Education and Training • Università degli Studi of Milan (Law Degree) • Geneva Business School (Course of Finance - Gestion de Patrimoine) • Università degli Studi of Milan (postgraduate course on Financial Market Law) • Università degli Studi of Milan (postgraduate course on Company Law) Mariconda e Associati Mariconda e Associati is a boutique law firm, established as a professional association in December 2013, specialising in the resolution of disputes before judicial courts and arbitral bodies. The association was established by Avv. Prof. Vincenzo Mariconda, who until the end of the 1980s was involved in the largest national disputes and arbitrations regarding corporate and contractual matters, and by his closest associates. The Law Firm focuses on the resolution of civil, banking and corporate disputes, providing legal assistance before the courts of law and in arbitration proceedings. The association avails itself of the collaboration of 13 professionals. Avv. Prof. Vincenzo Mariconda has been named as one of the leaders in the sector of dispute resolution in The Legal 500 law firm directory and has been called “one of the greatest geniuses in civil law” in the Chambers Europe guide.

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Luciano Castelli Founding Partner luciano.castelli@ 20122 Milano - Via Cerva 8 Italy Tel: +39 02795212 Fax: +39 02784514



ACCOMPLY is committed to constantly contribute to the actual success of individual clients and the related companies. Our lawyers and tax advisors analyse a case and provide the tools necessary to achieve the specific goals, perfectly in line with the assignment. With offices in New York, Milan, Rome, London and Paris, ACCOMPLY enjoys a privileged, solid network. We can work together with professional counsellors of all the relevant industries throughout the world. Intellectual Property As a founder member of the European Union, Italy is at the forefront of European IPR developments and has some of the most modern and up-to-date intellectual property practices in the world. Recent innovations include introducing new measures to combat counterfeiting, protection for internet-related intellectual property, merging and simplifying patent and trademark rules, and the advent of online filing options for claims.

Salvatore di Salvatore Founding Partner Via Soperga, n. 2 20121 Milano Italy Tel: +39 02 62 69 53 09 Fax: +39 02 29 00 67 86

In this context, ACCOMPLY advises clients on all aspects of IP law as well as help clients protect their copyrights and trademarks, handle domain name disputes, and prosecute patents that relate to technical and business processes, software, and hardware. We provide strategic IP advice and representation throughout the life cycle of a product or service, from research and development, marketing, and licensing to the enforcement of relevant rights. Copyright, Trademarks, Patents & Design ACCOMPLY provides advices on intellectual property law, focusing on Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Design areas including professional services to private and public businesses for their intellectual property matter in Italy and worldwide. Our practice includes all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, design, including counselling, assignment and licensing providing a full range of contentious and non-contentious legal advice. We help our clients, register, protect and capitalize on their intellectual property. We work with our client to help them handle their acquisition of intellectual property rights and the enforcement of those rights. We advise on all aspects of branding from assisting at concept phase, copyright and database ownership as well as infringement matters. We also draft assignment and licensing agreements to support co-branding and similar ventures. Copyright protected works of authorship include literary works, motion pictures, musical works, sound recordings, software, data bases, architectural works, and drawings amongst others. Key services of ACCOMPLY include: Trademark, copyright and design protection advice, commercial advice including drafting commercial agreements. The firm is dedicated to protecting the ideas and innovations that drive businesses around the worldwide. We also represent clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce and domain name.

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Part of the Praxi Group (, with expertise and specialization in various fields and with 50 years’ experience and 250 employees, Praxi Intellectual Property S.p.A. is a consolidated, reliable, dynamic and enterprising intellectual property consultancy. Our clients receive global support, protection and enforcement of their rights through our offices located in some of the main Italian cities: Turin, Milan, Rome, Verona, Genoa and Padua, from which we are able to adapt our services to each client’s needs. We are proud to be a team of experienced professionals and paralegals, who provide specialist advice and assistance in a timely fashion in all IP areas: availability searches, drafting, filing, prosecution of patents, designs, trademarks, software protection, copyright protection as well as due diligence, evaluation of intangible assets, strategic consultancy services for managing companies’ IP portfolios IP infringement and validity opinions, anti-infringement and anticounterfeiting surveillance services, technical assistance in criminal and civil IP litigation cases. We take the time to study the needs of our national and international clients - be they individuals, start-up companies or large corporations - in order to provide solid, practical and forward-looking advice on all aspects of intellectual property in Italy, the EU and beyond. Please feel free to contact our team for any information you may need: we will be happy to help!

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Irma Spagnulo Senior Trademark Attorney & Community Design Attorney Tel: +39 06 39749985 Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 3 Torino, Italy Tel: +39 0116696030 Fax: +39 6502182



Francesco Isolabella is a criminal lawyer with the Isolabella Law Firm, which was founded by his father Lodovico in the seventies, and specialises in white-collar criminal law. Over the years, Mr Isolabella has represented clients in numerous trials involving financial, bank, bankruptcy, tax and environmental crimes. Mr Isolabella also gained significant experience in corporate criminal and administrative liability, representing companies before different Authorities, conducting internal investigations and providing advice to his corporate clients on compliance with Italian Law.

Francesco Isolabella Via Fontana 4 - Milano 20122 Italy Tel: +39 025992101 Fax: +39 0255181791

Mr Isolabella frequently lectures as a keynote speaker at conferences and seminars specifically on criminal liability of individuals and administrative liability of companies. Mr Isolabella is a teacher in the Corporate Law Master program organized by Il Sole 24 ore, in the program of Specialization in Financial Markets Law of the UniversitĂ degli Studi of Milano, as well as in the Second Level Master in Corporate Criminal Law at the UniversitĂ  Cattolica of Milano. Mr Isolabella is also a member of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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Luigi Isolabella is a criminal lawyer with the Isolabella Law Firm, which was founded by his father Lodovico in the seventies, and specializes in white-collar criminal law. In this area of expertise, Mr Isolabella has defended clients in numerous proceedings involving charges of false reporting, market manipulation, accounting fraud, bribery, corruption, malfeasance, receipt and illegal exportation of cultural assets. Over the years, Mr Isolabella has also developed a significant expertise in medical malpractice, representing hospital executives, individual doctors and hospitals as a whole. He has frequently provided advice on compliance with workplace safety and corporate liability requirements (under Legislative Decree n. 231/2001). Mr Isolabella has participated and lectured as a keynote speaker at conferences and seminars about crimes against the Public Administration, corporate crimes, tax crimes and crimes specific to medical malpractice. Mr Isolabella is a professor in the Corporate Law Master Program organized by the SOLE 24 Ore, as well as in the Medical Liability Master Program held at the University of Milano. He has published numerous articles and books on the subject of medical malpractice.

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Luigi Isolabella Via Fontana 4 - Milano 20122 Italy Tel: +39 025992101 Fax: +39 0255181791



Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati, established in 1993, is one of the leading Italian law firms with offices in Milan, Rome, Parma and Bari. Its clients include many of the most technologically advanced and innovative businesses in the world. The firm offers a complete range of commercial services and specialises in key industrial sectors including electronics, chemical, automotive, food and nutrition, energy, life sciences, telecommunications, media and information technology. The practice is acclaimed internationally for its success in commercial, intellectual property and product liability litigation and thanks to their globally minded approach to complex cross border litigation the firm is well suited to high calibre ‘must-win’ disputes. In the last decade the firm has become the Italian hub for transactional IP, carrying out high profile IP driven M & A’s

Gabriel Cuonzo Co-founding Partner Via Brera, 6, Milan Italy Tel: +39 02 86463313 Fax: +39 02 86463892

Gabriel Cuonzo is co-founder of Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati and is one of the most well known and reputed Italian lawyers on an international level. With over 30 years of courtroom experience, he has represented many multinational companies before the Italian courts in a large number of high-profile cases with an international dimension. Gabriel is an experienced commercial lawyer who is often involved in complex, mostly IP-driven international transactions and is widely regarded as a leading figure in pharmaceutical litigation and regulatory matters. Gabriel has particular expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and he has a superb reputation for cutting edge multi-jurisdictional IP litigation. Affiliations & Publications Gabriel is a frequent speaker at international conferences and author of many publications in Italian, English and German law journals in the field of intellectual property and international commercial law. He is a member of AIPPI, IBA, GRUR and INTA. Awards & Recognitions • “an exp erienc ed lit ig at or w ho p rovid es g ood s t rat eg ic ad vic e and is g reatin c ourt ” WTR,1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2016 (Ranked Gold Band - Individual) • “A b road and s t rat eg ic ap p roac h,enc om p as s ing lit ig at ion,lob b y ing and st rat eg ic t hinking ” Chambers and Partners Europe 2015. Main Clients include: Amgen, Astrazeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, Beidersdorf, Philips SPS, Unilever, Yamaha, BMW, Porsche, Briggs and Stratton, General Electric, St.Jude Medical.

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I have worked at Militerni & Associates for more than 10 years, managing autonomously the cases before the main Italian Courts, writing acts and opinions and participating in its hearings. The firm has entrusted me with the responsibility of major customers such as a leading company in Italy and abroad in the production of cement and the like, a leader in the production of engine management systems for motor vehicles, a fuel distribution company, and a heating and cooling energy company. Also I manage autonomously a recent assignment received by the Lombard to the inherent construction of the court administration and judicial proceedings related to real estate. The assignment includes the weekly presence at Customer’s offices, retrieval during office hours and the constant updating of the positions entrusted with an intense activity contentious in every stage and level of any judgments. I collaborate in the drafting of articles commenting on judgments, published in the firm’s newsletter. I collaborated in the writing of the Guide “The housing plan in the Campania Region”, “The Participation Questions in Gare for the Public Works Contract Supplies and Services”, “Project Financing” and “The New Rules On Procurement: the d. decree law 20 March 2010 n. 53” published by Militerni & Associates. Education and Qualification In 2011 I obtained a law degree from the Catholic University of Milan University with the thesis “the right to resistance in contemporary constitutions”. From September 2003 to December 2004, I attended the annual and intensive course at the Catholic University of Milan for the exam forensic qualification. Since January 2006, following the license to practice law obtained at the Appellate Court of Brescia. Since March 2005, I started my collaboration with Militerni & Associates dealing with litigation activities, civil law, bankruptcy and debt collection. Militerni & Associates The firm was founded in 1991 with a commercial orientation and gradually established itself in the market of legal advice and assistance to businesses and public bodies. The Mission of the law firm is to engage customers through the study and deep knowledge of the markets where it operates, ongoing talks, periodic visits, ready to answer questions and capillary presence on the territory. The corporate department is composed of partners Militerni Innocenzo, Militerni Massimo and Giovanni Cinque, confidential and reliable customer investing collaborators and growing youngsters who collaborate to continuous innovation, guaranteeing a complete service.

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Annalisa Chiappini Member Via Maurizio Gonzaga, 7 – 20123 Milano Italy Tel: +39 02 8056043 Fax: +39 02 86984254



The Legal Department of GLP is headed by the managing partner Davide Luigi Petraz, who has an international experience. Mr. Petraz started his career after an L.L.M in Washington DC. Actually he is a Italian lawyer, a European, Italian and San Marino patent, design and trademark attorney.

Davide L. Petraz Co-Managing Partner Tel: +39 0432 506388

Since 1967 GLP has grown by word-of-mouth marketing among satisfied Clients which share our top commitment to deliver high-quality services and develop long-term partnerships. We believe that partnerships ensure our Clients’ satisfaction and ours, they allow us to understand their real needs, their industry and market, to counsel them on the real world with the most efficient solutions to enable them to share the widest range of opportunities.

Main office: Via L. Manara 13 20122 Milan ITALY Other offices: Viale Europa Unita 171 33100 Udine ITALY

Clients describe us as “having a very deep knowledge – both technical and legal – and being effective, efficient, flexible, available and pleasant”. We are a quality top-ranked firm in Europe and in Italy, always innovating our approach and looking at each success as a starting point.

Via XXVIII Luglio 187 47893 Borgo Maggiore SAN MARINO

Via Martiri dei Lager 65 06128 Perugia ITALY

We are extremely committed in always providing the best practice. We work in an international market with multi-sized Clients and we strive to use this to spice our approach up with all the best flavours we experience or develop over time. Most of our team has decades of experience in the IP field, from counseling to drafting applications, oppositions, contracts, legal and technical opinions. We draft and prosecute patent, trademark and design applications all around the world, with the full awareness of the complexity of our work and the full responsibility of the trust our Clients place in us. We have developed our own anti-counterfeiting system to monitor the web, from market places to social networks, and our IT team is able to meet and exceed every Client’s expectation. We push our team to communicate and to compare approaches and points of view. Our knowledge counts over 100,000 cases, and when it comes to each Client, the “C” is in capital letter.

Kantstrasse 14 8044 Zürich SWITZERLAND Tel: +39 02 5412 0878 Fax: +39 02 5412 1214

Mr. Petraz is Member of the List of Neutrals of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. He is also Member of EPI, Member of Executive Board of AIPPI Italy and Member of ECTA, INTA, APPA and LES, AIDB. The firm is also associated with AISL, AICCS, ASSOCIPI, FICPI, INDICAM, SISPI. We now have offices in Udine, Milan, Republic of San Marino, Perugia and Zürich.

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Experience Summary Matteo Bazzani is a Corporate & Restructuring lawyer in Milan, Italy, Partner at Mazzoni Regoli Cariello Pagni Studio Legale and Contract Professor of Bankruptcy Law at the Catholic University of Milan. He has significant experience in offering wide-range assistance in matters relating to insolvency, reorganization, restructuring, bankruptcy litigation and corporate finance. He assists distressed companies in a wide range of industries including automotive, food & beverage, retail, energy, manufacturing and travel in connection with the restructuring planning, the preparation and filing of in-court reorganizations, the negotiation and closing of debt restructuring agreements and out-of-court workouts. He provides legal advice to Italian and foreign players interested in the acquisition or in the financing of distressed enterprises in the context of either out-of-court and in-court restructuring procedures or liquidation procedures. He represents private equity funds, investment banks and borrowers in a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. He also represents both onshore and offshore creditors either in bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings in Italy or in cross-border insolvencies. He has also developed significant experience in the field of M&A, corporate and commercial law, national and international contracts. Qualifications • Member of the Italian Bar • Member and Officer of the Insolvency Section of the International Bar Association and coeditor of the IBA Insolvency Section’s journal, Insolvency and Restructuring International • Contract Professor of Bankruptcy Law at the Catholic University of Milan • Contract Professor of Commercial Law at the Catholic University of Milan (2011-2015) • Ph.D. Commercial Law and International Commercial Law, Catholic University of Milan RECENT ARTICLES AND SPEECHES Matteo Bazzani has published many articles and contributions in the field of restructuring and corporate law and often acts as speaker at international conference on matters pertaining to restructuring and insolvency procedures, including: • Author of Italy and EU Considerations on Financing Company Group Restructurings, in Financing Company Group Restructurings edited by Baer-O’Flynn, Oxford University Press, 2015 (co-author: Alberto Mazzoni) • Speaker at 22nd Annual Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference, Milan, May 2016, presented by IBA Insolvency Section: Rags to riches. . .to rags? The rising number of struggling businesses in the fashion, retail and textile industries. Distressed transactions and other solutions. • Speaker at European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Roundtable on asset segregation and investor protection in the event of insolvency, Paris, September 2016. • Author of Restructuring and Insolvency in Italy: overview, 2016, available at:

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Matteo Bazzani Partner; Via Manzoni 12 20121 Milan Italy Tel: (+39) 02 76025707 Fax: (+39) 02 76025734



Prosperetti e associati is a small but specialized firm dedicated to a small number of specific industry-focused practice areas grouping very experienced professionals in the respective areas. The firm is able to assist its Clients in matters of communications, media and IT Law (TMT), antitrust, privacy, intellectual property and employment/social security. Particular attention is dedicated to startup companies operating in technology/internet markets and seeking legal assistance/advisory with dedicated services tailored to their needs. The Firm was founded in 1957 and has ever since preserved a solid reputation with its name partners over the years called to very important institutional roles and academic lecturing. In 2015 former partner Prof. Giulio Prosperetti was elected as judge of the Italian Constitutional Court and current name partner, Prof. Eugenio Prosperetti has served on the Digital Agenda Advisory Board of the current Italian Government.

Eugenio Prosperetti Partner Tel: +39-06-8775-7782 e.prosperetti@ Via Gerolamo Belloni 88 – 00191 Rome Italy Tel: +39-06-36304109 Fax: +39-06-36301896

The Firm has pioneered cases which led to new regulatory developments, such as the introduction of FULL-MVNO virtual mobile operators in Italy (first authorization was issued to one of our Clients), virtual SIM cards, hybrid set top boxes, interactive digital terrestrial television services, lawful ride sharing services, architectural design websites, digital identity transactions, instant payment services, etc. The Firm advises national and multinational Clients, leaders in the respective fields for regulatory advice, internal compliance and contentious matters both in front of Courts and independent regulatory authorities. The Firm is also able to liaise with partner Firms to act in front of EU Institutions and/or provide integrated advice on multi-national matters. Vis-à-vis larger firms the Client of our “studio” will reach a very direct interaction with the responsible attorney who will take care of the issue with a one-stop- shop method, with the Firm being able to provide a substantial advice also on ancillary matters such as IP, antitrust, employment and privacy related aspects without referring to other colleagues and with a single customized fee arrangement. Mr. Eugenio Prosperetti teaches Legal Aspects of IT in LUISS University Law School of Rome. He has over 15 years experience as a lawyer in international and national firms advising corporate clients on TMT, IT and antitrust issues. He is the author of books and articles on the subjects of digital copyright, digital media, privacy and information technology law. He speaks fluent English and working French.

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Qualifications • Barrister - England and Wales (1984) • Jersey Advocate (1987) • Attorney-at-Law - Anguilla (2002) • Rights of Audience and to Conduct Litigation - Dubai (2008) Upon qualifying as a Jersey Advocate in 1987, Philip established Philip Sinel & Co. Areas of Practice • Commercial Litigation • Trust Law • Professional and medical negligence • Banking and Financial Services • Fraud • Private client Advocate Philip Sinel is regularly invited to speak at conferences in relation to various aspects of Jersey Law. Memberships • Jersey Law Society • Jersey Family Law Society • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists • Institute of Directors • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners • Chancery Bar Association of England and Wales (overseas member) • Insolvency Lawyers’ Association (overseas member) Languages • English • French Philip Sinel & Co We are one of Jersey’s premier law firms and celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2012. With a reputation for high standards of service, accessible and responsive lawyers, and our results driven approach, we are chosen regularly to represent high profile clients in complex cases. We have an international client base advising financial institutions, investment banks, trust companies and high net worth individuals throughout Jersey, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia and the Caribbean. Our lawyers and Jersey Advocates advise on contentious and non-contentious matters including trusts, corporate & commercial, restructuring & insolvency, banking & financial services, employment law, matrimonial matters and more. We were nominated as Offshore Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2010, the only Jersey law firm outside the ‘larger offshore firms’ to have been listed. Philip Sinel (Senior Partner) is one of the most highly regarded Advocates in Jersey. We have advised on, and won, many of the biggest litigation cases in Jersey, including Alhamrani, Cantrade Private Bank, Grupo Torres and more.

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Philip Sinel Senior Partner Charles House, PO Box 595 Charles Street, St Helier JE4 9XE Jersey Tel: +44 (0)1534 620500 Fax: +44(0)1534 722411



Professional Qualification With a master’s degree in Law (LL.M. / TEP), Wim began his career in a private equity house, where, over the course of five years, he gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He lectured in corporate and real estate law at a Belgian business school for seven years, and was also a member of the Belgian Bar Association as an attorney-at-law for ten years. Wim joined Vistra in 2010 as partner and he currently heads up the Luxembourg office as the Country Managing Director.

Wim Ritz Country Managing Director Tel: +352 422 229 252 14, rue Edward Steichen L-2540 Luxembourg Tel: +352 422 229 252

His everyday responsibilities include a supervisory and business development role for the maintenance of Luxembourg KPI’s. Moreover, Wim assists and guides clients through the life-cycle of their crossborder investments. Furthermore he is a lecturer at the University of Luxembourg on “International Structuring and Estate Planning” within the “Wealth Management Master Program.

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Founded in 2009 by lawyers with different backgrounds, skills and experiences, the mission of our firm is to provide advisory, assistance and legal representation services to both individuals and legal entities in all areas of public and private law. Our main areas of practice are: • Criminal law • Labor law • Commercial litigation and counsel • Immigration law • Civil litigation and counsel As a member of an international debt collection network and corresponding with several international law firms, we are also able to provide to our clients with the possibility to assure legal representation in any European country while the direction of the litigation remains centralized inside our firm. For more details, please refer to our website

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Frank Wies Founding Partner 11, rue Jean Pierre Beicht L-1226 Luxembourg Tel: +352 / 26 48 29 25 Fax: +352/26 48 26 35



Mamo TCV Advocates is one of the largest leading legal practices in Malta. Malta is fast becoming the “jurisdiction of choice” for many international players and our aim is to continue to provide the highest quality of legal services and support to our local and international client base by building specialist industry knowledge to help our clients achieve their goals. With the expansion of the firm’s international-related work and with the gain in its reputation throughout the local and international legal community, the firm has strengthened its major departments with the recruitment of a number of senior associates with specialisations in relative areas of practice. Furthermore, following a recent merger with another local law firm (Tortell & Associates), the firm’s team has grown rapidly and presently exceeds eighty members between lawyers, paralegal and support staff. We are regularly retained by a number of clients, including private and institutional investors, financial institutions, governments and public authorities, on a wide range of matters with special focus on company law issues, mergers and takeovers, investment services, aviation and shipping, intellectual property, employment, expatriates and permanent residence, banking and finance, insurance, structuring and setting up of funds, intellectual property, syndicated loans and refinancing facilities, securitization and insurance-linked securities, immigration matters, cross-border transactions, litigation and general commercial matters. The firm is also the preferred correspondent in Malta for various leading international law firms based in Europe, particularly those operating out of the UK.

Prof Andrew Muscat Managing Partner Palazzo Pietro Stiges, 103 Strait Street, Valletta VLT 1436, Malta Tel: +356 25403000 Fax: +356 21244291/ +356 21231298

Our in-house commercial law team has extensive experience of advising on domestic and international transactions. In fact, along the years, we have worked closely with the local and international business community on a wide range of corporate deals or standalone transactions. The tasks would include contract drafting and negotiations with respect to provision of services, lease of immovable property, distribution, franchise or agency appointments, technology licensing, joint ventures and partnerships, conveyancing of property, shareholder arrangements, and sale/purchase of business assets. The diversity of the work ranges across all types of industries and sectors. The team is geared to provide timely and detailed advice to our clients and works in synergy with the other inhouse units when it comes across legal issues such as employment, corporate, litigation, data protection and intellectual property, which would be related or ancillary to the transaction in question.

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Olga Finkel is widely regarded and respected for her knowledge of gambling and technology law. She founded WH Law in 2006 which has progressed to become WH Partners. Olga provides advice on strategic, commercial and regulatory matters to businesses in the Gaming, ICT, Financial Services and Real Estate industries. She is primarily involved in advising companies related to telecoms, software development, e-gaming, e-payments and e-money institutions, e-marketing, and e-auctions, among others. Her specialisation, backed by extensive experience, includes regulatory frameworks of telecoms, gambling, e-gambling, e-banking, e-signatures and e-commerce, technology transactions (procurement, outsourcing and transfer), software licensing, privacy and data security, cybercrime, intellectual property (including trademarks, copyright, databases, patents), contractual relationships in the technology field, consumer-facing matters, as well as issues arising out of cross-border nature of ICT-related businesses and transactions. Olga is also active in related areas of expertise, such as competition (antitrust) and corporate transactions (M&A). Olga holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta as well as a Master of Science degree in IT and Economics from the Academy of Economics, Kharkov, Ukraine. She was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2001 and is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates. She is also a member of Society for Computers and Law (UK), of the International Technology Law Association (based in the US), as well as a member of the law council of advisers of the Gerson Lehrman Group, of the International Masters of Gaming Law and of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys. Olga is listed by Who’s Who Legal as a leading IT lawyer as well as a leading Sports & Entertainment lawyer globally. She is ranked by Chambers & Partners Global as a leading Gaming & Gambling lawyer. She is also listed as a Malta Corporate/Commercial Foreign Expert for Ukraine; and Ukraine Corporate/M&A Foreign Expert Based in Malta by the same guide. Olga has also been listed as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 guide. Olga is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta and she practises law in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Maltese. In her spare time, Olga enjoys the company of her daughters, dancing salsa, reading, playing piano and running marathons.

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Olga Finkel Partner Level 5, Quantum House 75 Abate Rigord Street Ta’ Xbiex XBX1120 Malta Tel: +356 20925100 Fax: +356 20925902



TCV Management & Trusts Services Limited is an established licensed financial services provider by the Malta Financial Service Authority under the Trusts and Trustees Act to provide legal professional and tailor-made services through its authorized Approved Agents. It offers a holistic service to its clients related to Personal Tax, Corporate Governance & Administration and Fiduciary services with the purpose to ease the relocation process to Malta. With people needing more flexibility, on both a personal and business level, many are opting for a more dynamic approach to living. Malta’s strategic location and its EU Membership continues to attract business investment interest to the island and offers stronger direct travel links with the world’s major financial centers and preferred destinations. Malta is an ideal location to travel, live and set up one’s life and business, having an all-year round favorable climate and a friendly diverse population, becoming ever more so international.

Dr. David Tonna Senior Partner Palazzo Pietro Stiges, 103 Strait Street, Valletta VLT 1436, Malta Tel: +356 25403000 Fax: +356 21244291/ +356 21231298

An appreciation for any individual’s unique needs and ideas is key to any tailored solution, helping ensure that our service surpasses our client’s expectation. TCV Management & Trusts Services Limited offers specialised service, particularly related to: • Maltese Citizenship by Investment i. Malta Individual Investor Programme • Residential or Special Status permit acquisition ii. Malta Visa and Residence Programme iii. The Residence Programme iv. Global Residence Programme v. Highly Qualified Individuals Scheme vi. Malta Retirement Programme • Work Permit Acquisition • Taxation Advisory and Management • Real Estate Acquisition (sale or rental) - Conveyancing Services • Trusts and Foundations • Company Formation and Administration • Asset Management (maritime and aviation)

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Marilyn Mifsud (Dr) M.A. (Fin. Serv.) LL.D (Melit.) Marilyn graduated doctor of laws in 2012 (Melit.), after having written a thesis on the collective rights industry in Malta as related to owners of music, royalties and copyright. She subsequently read a Master in Financial Services (Melit.) and wrote a thesis on the Relevance of Limiting Limited Liability with A Special Focus on Corporate Group Behaviour. Marilyn joined the PKF team as in-house legal and presently heads the Legal department. In her role, she manages the various day to day client corporate and advisory needs ranging from corporate re-structuring to efficient tax planning, residency and migration matters. Additionally, she is also well-versed with works stemming from public procurement projects wherein she has served under various roles including those of Legal Expert and Project Manager. Marilyn also represents the firm at international forums, conferences and business missions where she has attended as both delegate and speaker, covering various topics but with a special focus on the niche that is citizenship by investment. She also makes regular contributions through her writings on various esteemed publications both local and international, on areas spurning current financial and economic interest. She is a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners in Malta (IFSP) and the Malta Chamber of Advocates. PKF MALTA PKF is an international organisation with over 400 offices, operating in 150 countries across five regions. We specialise in Audit & Assurance, tax, advisory services and internal audit insurance. Your reliable Service Provider in Malta for: • Audit & Assurance • Accreditation Agent: Malta Individual Investor Program • Company Formation • Business Advisory • Aircraft & yacht registrations • Corporate and Taxation Advice • Surveys, Statistics & Mathematics • Trustee & Fiduciary Services

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Dr Marilyn Mifsud Business Associate Tel: +356 21 484 373 +356 21 493 041 35, Mannarino Road, Birkirkara, BKR9080 Malta Tel: +356 21 484 373 Block 12, Office 2/1 Tigne Place, Tigne Street Sliema, SLM3137 Malta Tel: +356 21 335 715



L’Étude MARQUET, a Monaco-based law firm, operates in the Principality of Monaco in the field of litigation and transactions. We are providing advice on Monaco law, business law, welfare law, criminal law and civil law, especially in real estate and banking.

Alexis Marquet Partner

Mr Alexis Marquet, Defence lawyer at the Court of Appea of Monaco, and Bâtonnier de l’Ordre des Avocats (governing body for the legal profession) of Monaco, along with the entire team of the Étude MARQUET, have worked, since 1999, in a context that is as much international as it is local, united by a shared vision rooted in values which are both ontological and contemporary.

“Le Montaigne” 7-9 Avenue de Grande Bretagne 98000 Monaco Monte-Carlo Monaco Tel: +377 93 50 60 44 Fax: +377 93 15 93 57

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Johan Kleyn focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies in both negotiated and contested transactions. He is a corporate litigator and boardroom counselor on strategic issues and in crisis situations. Johan has developed a strong reputation for his strategic skills in takeover situations and acts for acquirors and targets. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, he was involved in the takeover battles of Rodamco North America, ABN AMRO, DIM, Fairstar, and Cryo Save. Johan is author of numerous articles on corporate law issues for various legal magazines, including Fusie & Overname (a Dutch M&A magazine). He also lectures frequently at law institutes and is a frequent speaker at conferences on corporate topics. He has been described by Chambers as “a very creative driving force” and has been recognized as one of the three leading lawyers in the Netherlands in many editions of Mergers & Acquisitions. Johan is a member of the board of trustees of the M&A program at the Amsterdam University Law Centre and also serves on the board of a number of listed and unlisted companies and nonprofit foundations. Areas of Focus • M&A • Capital Markets • Private Equity • Global Disputes Education • New York University (LL.M. 1979) • King’s College London (Young European Lawyers Course, 1978) • Universiteit Utrecht (Law Degree in Private Law 1976) Jones Day All law firms seek to serve clients effectively. Some do it more consistently than others. Jones Day ranked highly in the BTI Consulting Group’s 2016 “Client Service A-Team” ranking, which identifies the top 30 law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. Jones Day earned Best of the Best status in 12 key activities, including Commitment to Help, Understands the Client’s Business, Deals with Unexpected Change, and Innovative Approach, among others. Jones Day has also ranked in the Top 10 every year since 2000 in the Corporate Board Member/FTI Consulting annual survey of the best corporate law firms. These are just two indications that our focus on serving our clients’ needs, and not on the financial metrics that are so commonly used today to measure law firm performance, is recognized by our clients, who reward us with more opportunities to help them meet their interests.

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Johan Kleyn Of Counsel Tel: +31.20.305.4200 Concertgebouwplein 20 1071 LN Amsterdam Netherlands Tel: +31.20.3054200 Fax: +31.20.3054201



Modrzejewski i Wspรณlnicy sp.k.

Dr Jerzy Modrzejewski graduated with honors from the Warsaw University and in 1987 was awarded Ph.D title. Since 1984 he is entered in the register of legal advisers kept by the Warsaw Bar Association. Dr Modrzejewski is a founder and a partner in Modrzejewski i Wspรณlnicy sp.k. law office in Warsaw and an associate professor at the Warsaw University, Faculty of Law and Administration. He specializes in commercial law issues and is author of numerous publications and articles in the field of companies and commercial law as well as civil law. He participates as an arbitrator in numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings (ICC, Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw). Mr. Modrzejewski speaks Polish, English and French.

Jerzy Modrzejewski Attorney-at-Law Al. Stanรณw Zjednoczonych 61 A 04-028 Warszawa Poland Tel: +48 022 516 2600 / 022 516 2606 Fax: +48 022 516 2601

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A.G. DA CUNHA FERREIRA LDA is an Intellectual Property Office the services of which aim at the maintenance, the surveillance and the defence of the Intellectual Property rights. These rights are namely, Patents of Invention, Utility Models or Designs, Trademarks and other distinctive commercial signs, Copyright, Designations of Origin and Geographical Indications, New Plant Varieties and Domain Names. We provide a wide and varied range of Intellectual Property services based on the most modern technologies. We provide services to our clients in 52 countries, through specialised correspondents. We have a very significant number of clients working with our office for more than a hundred years. Our long experience of over more 136 years justifies our clients continued trust. A.G. da Cunha Ferreira has been indicated by the publication MANAGING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, as one of the three best Intellectual Property Offices in Portugal, being considered as one of the Top Tier and is also considered as a PME leader on a Portuguese level. We are members of several domestic and international organizations related to Intellectual Property.

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Luis Miguel da Cunha Ferreira Manager Avenida 5 de Outubro, 146, 7th Floor, 1050-061 Lisboa Portugal Tel: +351 213241530 Fax: + 351 213422446



Francisco Alves Dias is currently enrolled in both Portuguese and East Timor bar association. Having left behind six years of work with the Portuguese carrier EuroAtlantic Airways - Transportes Aéreos, S.A., he dedicates his work to Aviation, Transport and International Commerce matters. He has also developed a strong experience in general labour law. Work Experience - He holds a decade long experience in the Aeronautical industry and has, in that time, supported air carriers in all sort of regulatory and finantial matters, from aircraft lease and registration to licensing and permits requests. He has also supported third countries in the negotiation of Air Service Bilateral Agreements with the Portuguese government and maintains an academical active life, teaching Air Law at ISEC’s Airline Management course and having several articles published in the field, not only in Portugal but also in the Netherlands. He was named Portuguese representative for the International Air Carriers Assotiation and is currently a member of the European Air Lawyers Association.

Francisco Alves Dias Advogado Av. 5 de Outubro, 176, 5º Esq. 1050-063 Lisbon Portugal Tel: +351 21 793 11 43 Fax: +351 21 793 11 44

Education - Law degree (Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 2003). Postgraduate Studies in Tax Law (Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 2005). LL.M. in Air and Space Law (Leiden University, Nederlands, 2008). Phd researcher in Transport Public Policy (ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute, 2014). Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. Areas of Expertise: Transport and Tourism; European and International Trade Law; Labour and Employment

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Margareta Oproiu, Patent and Trademark Attorney is the managing partner at Cabinet M Oproiu, Bucharest, Romania. She founded the firm in 1995 with Raluca Vasilescu. Margareta became a registered patent and trademark attorney in 1992, and has been a European patent attorney since 2003 and a European trademark attorney since 2007. Her practice focuses on examination, opposition and appeal procedures, including infringement. Oproiu has represented clients in the physics, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Margareta’s competitive edge is in patent matters, in particular when it comes to pharmaceutical patents. She has acquired over the years considerable experience in handling sensitive matters, such as supplementary protection certificate, data exclusivity or complicated patent infringement or cancellation cases for pharmaceutical patents. In 2015 she represented a large pharmaceutical company in a case related to various supplementary protection certificates, case that was the first of its kind to be heard before Romanian courts. Margareta is a member of the Romanian Chamber of Patent and Trademark Attorneys, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Agents (FICPI), the Institute of Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) and ECTA. She is particularly active in FICPI, where where she managed the creation of Romanian Section- officially recognised in 2016. Margareta currently writes articles in various magazines, her favourite subjects being of course, patents.

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Margareta Oproiu Partner Popa Savu 42, Ground Floor Suite No.1 Romania Tel: +4021 260 28 33/34 Fax: +4021 260 2835/36



Anastasia Rastorgueva is a practising lawyer and a Partner of the Moscow law firm Barshchevsky & Partners which was the first private law firm to be established in Russia. The firm was created in 1990 by the lawyer Mikhail Barshchevsky, who now serves as the Russian government plenipotentiary in the country’s Constitutional and Supreme Courts. Barshchevsky & Partners ranks among Russia’s top law firms, providing high-quality assistance to companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies and individuals. Anastasia graduated from the Academy of the National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. She has more than 8 years experience working as a lawyer.

Anastasia Rastorgueva Partner Tel: +7 (926) 213 22 11 Moscow, Ruzheyniy Lane 3 Russia Tel/Fax: +7 (495) 755 93 63

In her work at Barshchevsky & Partners, Anastasia provides clients with pre-trial legal assistance and mediation services, represents clients in litigation and offers full support in the preparation of legal documents. She has successfully represented clients in Russia’s Constitutional Court and Supreme Court. Anastasia’s main specialization is family law, and she is also highly competent in the spheres of inheritance, intellectual property and civil law, as well as the defence of reputation. In her family law practice, Anastasia provides legal assistance in the execution of pre-nuptial agreements, property settlement agreements, parenting agreements, and represents clients in challenges to the transactions entered into by either spouse, disputes on division of marital property, alimony, custody, etc. Anastasia has written many expert articles for scientific and practical publications, and also writes columns on a regular basis. Her principal themes are: - Exclusive rights to intellectual property and equivalents, which have been acquired by spouses when married; - Division of property between spouses; - Settlement agreements regarding marital property. Anastasia frequently comments on news items for top Russian business and trade media and serves as a guest legal expert on radio and television. Further information: Anastasia Rastorgueva speaks English well enough.

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Samvel Karakhanian is a practising lawyer, Doctor of Law, and the President and Partner of the Moscow law firm Barshchevsky & Partners. The firm was the first to be established in Russia. It was founded in 1990 by the lawyer Mikhail Barshchevsky, who now serves as the Russian government plenipotentiary in the country’s Constitutional and Supreme Courts. Samvel’s core competency is criminal law. He handles a large number of criminal cases, defending prominent business people who stand accused of business and economic crimes. Samvel also has extensive experience in litigation, business dispute resolution, arbitration and legal support to companies in tax, corporate and financial law. At various times, he has represented the interests of the Russian Government, the Presidential Administration, Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development, as well as many large companies including Gazprom, Aeroflot, Bosco di Ciliegi, Sukhoi (aircraft holding company) , “UES of Russia” RJSC, GUM, East Line, Optifood, AIG Insurance and many other companies. Barshchevsky & Partners has won many prestigious awards under Samvel Karakhanian’s leadership, including the Russian Law Company of the Year award. In December 2016, Russia’s principal rating for legal firms,, placed Barshchevsky & Partners among the best firms in three categories: criminal law and procedure, arbitration and dispute resolution. Samvel’s personal achievements include such awards as Person of the Year 2009 (for his contribution to the legal support of economic freedoms) and Person of the Year 2014 (in the law category), as well as the International Order of St. Constantine the Great and a Certificate of Honour of the President of Russia. Samvel Karakhanian has published a number of articles, monographs and has authored or co-authored over 20 books. One of his most recent works, Psychological Torture in Russia and Abroad, is the first systematic study of psychological torture to have been written in Russia.

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Samvel Karakhanian President Moscow, Ruzheyniy Lane 3 Russia Tel: + 7 (495) 755 93 63



Pavel Khlyustov is a practising lawyer and partner of the Moscow law firm Barshchevsky & Partners which was the first private law firm to be established in Russia. The firm was created in 1990 by the lawyer Mikhail Barshchevsky, who now serves as the Russian government plenipotentiary in the country’s Constitutional and Supreme Courts. Barshchevsky & Partners is one of a few top-tier Russian law firms, offering high-quality legal assistance to individuals, corporates and government agencies. Pavel graduated from the Kutafin Moscow State Law University and was awarded the degree of doctoral candidate of legal science for his thesis “Repo contracts in Russian civil law”.

Pavel Khlyustov Partner Moscow, Ruzheyniy Lane 3 Russia Tel/Fax: +7 (495) 755 93 63

Pavel represents clients in complex litigation in the spheres of banking, contract, company, property, securities and insolvency (bankruptcy) law. He has successfully represented major Russian companies and multinationals, government agencies, and celebrities. His professional achievements include numerous victories in cases brought to the Russian Supreme Court and the Supreme Commercial Court. Several of his cases have set precedents for the practice of Russian courts. Pavel also prepares expert opinions for key business media, speaks at specialist conferences and master classes and is the author of many articles in leading scientific publications as well as three books: Encyclopaedia of legal positions of the Russian Supreme Commercial Court and the Judicial Chamber on Economic Disputes of the Supreme Court in rei vindicatio actions (2015); Repo contracts: civil law research (2013); Repo contracts in civil law (2012).

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• Master’s degree of Lomonosov Moscow State, mathematician; • Degree of the Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property, patent specialist; • Master’s degree of the Institute of economics, finance and law, lawyer; • Trademark & Patent Attorney of the Russian Federation (inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, appellations of origin of goods); • Worked more than fifteen years in major international law firms; • Practiced in the area of intellectual property law. Practice focuses on trade mark filing and prosecution, trade mark oppositions and enforcement, licensing and opinion work, and commercial transactions involving intellectual property assets. Practical experience in field of trademarks in Russia and abroad including representation of the interests of the clients in administrative bodies and courts; • Member of INTA; • With Sojuzpatent since 2010; • Language - English. Sojuzpatent Sojuzpatent is the oldest IP law firm on the territory of the former USSR. It is a leader in providing services covering all areas of intellectual property protection, including inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks (service marks), appellations of origin of goods, selection achievements, domain names, software, data bases, and integratedcircuit layouts. Currently the personnel of Sojuzpatent consists of about 170 qualified specialists, including more than 50 registered Russian and Eurasian patent attorneys and litigation lawyers. Our patent attorneys’ expertise covers all fields of science and technology. Most specialists working at Sojuzpatent have prior experience in the patent and litigation sphere as former employees of the Russian Patent and Trademark Office, including the Chamber for Patent Disputes and other official and judicial bodies, science institutes and the patent departments of large industrial enterprises. Our attorneys and litigation lawyers work closely together during the prosecution, which results in the patent’s high stability (the success rate in defending patents obtained by Sojuzpatent amounts to 97% while the market average does not exceed 70%). The firm uses a docketing system developed exclusively for Sojuzpatent by a major national IT company. It allows for our specific business processes, growing operations volumes, as well as record keeping requirements. The software permits us to interface seamlessly with our major clients’ IT system communication protocols. Sojuzpatent has remained the national group headquarters of the International Association for Industrial Property Protection (AIPPI) since the date of its inception in 1965.

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Tatiana V. Petrova Head of Trademark department 13 Bldg. 5 Myasnitskaya St. 101000 Moscow Russia Tel: +7 (495) 221 8880; +7 (495) 221 8881 Fax: +7 (495) 221 8885; +7 (495) 221 8886



The firm ranks in the upper levels of shipping, transport and logistics, insurance and international trade. Velasco & Co´s shipping practice handles every aspect of maritime law, including arrest of vessels, charter party, carriage of goods, claims relating to sea passenger transport, pollution, collisions, salvage, ship finance, work-out, piracy, inter alia. The firm has a strong reputation in advicing in the shipping and transport aspects related to project cargo. The Firm´s transport and logistics law practice handles claims deriving from losses, breakdown and/or delays; claims relating to the CMR Convention; claims related to multimodal transport; railway; hazardous goods; move and postal transport; financing, leasing, renting and sale of vehicles fleet and rolling stock; advising and negotiations for logistics contracts as well as their drafting; affairs relating to logistics claim subcontracting; goods and warehouse insurance, corporate cooperation between operators.

Alicia Velasco Managing Partner velasco@ Príncipe de Vergara 45 1º (Plaza Marqués de Salamanca) 28001 MADRID Spain Tel: +34 91 563 78 86* Fax: +34 91 563 83 10

The firm´s second cornerstone practice is insurance and reinsurance. The Client base encompasses all manner of insurance buyers, as well as many of the most discriminating insurance and reinsurance companies. The firm´s long history of working with the world´s insurance markets has led Velasco & Co. into advising on the many facets of its core sectors (aviation, energy and infrastructure, business and finance, commercial disputes, international trade.). While shipping, transport, logistics, insurance and trade represent its mainstay practices, the firm casts a wide net and also serves Clients in aviation, commercial disputes, litigation, recovery of debts, banking and finance, real state and D&O liability insurance. The Firm has a well recogniced department of recovery of debts, which is well known for its excellent results. The Firm has also a crisis department that is able to act inmediately as soon as any emergency occurs, such aircraft accidents, collisions, pollution, salvage… Moreover, Velasco & Co´s reputation in disputes, and particularly international crossborder disputes, is outstanding. The Firm is admitted to act before any Spanish Courts up to the Supreme Court and handles matters anywhere in Spain, including Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and the Spanish offshore Cities. Velasco & Co. provides advice to a wide range of businesses, ranging from international corporations to smaller companies, sole traders and individuals. Name Partner Alicia Velasco is the key figure.

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Jose is a wide career-minded tax lawyer with an aptitude for creative problem solving and analysis with attention to detail. He is dedicated and results-driven with a highly successful background in the achievement of enhancement through the creation and execution of successful tax and legal cross-border strategies, and he is experienced in working with leading teams. Jose possesses excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial internal and external relationships. During his professional career in KPMG and PwC, working as experienced Senior Manager, and obviously now in SWAN Partners as a Tax Leading Partner, Jose is in charge of motivating and training a successful and productive team, and thrives in highly pressurized and challenging working environments. He has a deep expertise in the following fields: • Current laws and regulations applying to cross-border M&A, including different ways to structure a merger or acquisition, potential tax consequences and transaction funding, with a comparison between potential advantages/ disadvantages of asset vs. share purchase, for instance. • National and multi-jurisdictional tax due diligence for acquirers and vendors, identifying what the tax exposure is on a deal and how it may be mitigated with clear focus on risk assessment. • Advice on the tax consequences of individual acquisitions, joint ventures and divestments in order to help design tax-efficient deal structures. • Assistance in forecasting post-deal tax liabilities in business models. • Post-transaction integration tax advice, which helps the clients reconcile their own tax positions and those of the acquired business. • Foreign tax credit advice. • Cross-border structured finance tax advice. • Compliance and planning assistance in relation to international trade and customs issues. • Advice on global indirect taxes. • Transfer pricing assistance, including valuations and other economic analysis. Jose has achieved a wide expertise in several fields and sectors like Retail & Consumer, Transport & Logistics, Entertainment & Media, IT and Telecommunications, Banking & Finance, among others.

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Jose Oltra Tax Partner C/ Colón, 20 – 6º - 12 (46004) Valencia Spain Tel: (+34) 96 334 89 83



Mrs Bjorstrand took her law degree at Uppsala University year 2001. She has also studied law at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Mrs Bjorstrand has worked in both the Administrative Court and the District Court before starting work as a lawyer in 2004. She has become certified by the Swedish Bar Association as an “Advokat” (specially certified Lawyer) in year 2007. In year 2009 she started her own Law firm. Mrs Bjorstrand is specialized in Family Law, including Inheritance Law, Property Division and Child Custody cases. She is specialized in Swedish internal law as well as international law and can provide help in all these matters.

Pia Bjorstrand Partner, Expert in Family Law Järnag 6 A Sweden Tel: +46-8-550 300 62 Fax: +46-8-554 407 10

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John Hane has worked with commercial law since 1992, became a member of the Swedish Bar Association in 1995 and joined Foyen in 1998 where he became partner 2001. John is specialised in public procurement and construction and is engaged on regular basis as advisor in large infrastructure projects within the construction industry, primarily on behalf of public entities and authorities. He has specifically been involved as advisor in a vast number of partnering projects within the construction industry. His practise includes advice of all aspects and phases of a public procurement of construction projects including litigation if needed. John has acted as co-writer (together with co partner Per Ola Bergqvist) of one book (a practical guide of how to procure construction projects) and one research report published by the Swedish Competition Authority (regarding increased innovation in the procurement of construction projects) and has written a large number of articles on the same subject in judicial magazines and other media. Practice areas Public procurement, Construction Background • Foyen Advokatfirma 1998– • Ormonde Goldie Law Firm 1992-1997 • Assistant judge, Svea Court of Appeal 1990-1992 • Law clerk, Stockholm County Administrative Court and Nacka District Court 1988-1990 Education Graduated Stockholm University 1988 Languages Swedish and English Legal community Member of Swedish Bar Association

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John Hane Partner, Lawyer Tel: +46 8-506 184 30 +46 733-22 84 30 Regeringsgatan 52 Box 7229, 103 89 Stockholm Sweden Tel: +46 8 506 184 00 Fax: +46 8 506 184 70



Goldblum and Partners is a law firm with a special focus on corporate law, tax law, mergers & acquisitions, IPRs, restructuring, and foreigners’ rights. Goldblum & Partners stands for a team of highly qualified professionals, with lawyers, tax consultants and auditors on hand to advise on all legal and tax matters. Goldblum and Partners provides services in Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany and Austria for mid-sized and large international businesses related to support of investments, acquisition or property rights, compliance verification of contract and other obligations under national and international law, advice and clarification on tax matters. Goldblum and Partners has gained extensive over the eight years and has integrated it into comprehensive and competent solutions to address the problem of existing and prospective clients.

Dmitrii Pichugin Managing Partner Tel: +41 44 51 52 530 Baarerstrasse 139, 6300 Zug Switzerland Tel: +41 44 51 52 590 Fax: +41 44 51 52 594

Corporate law is one of the key practices at Goldblum and Partners. Its expertise allows to mitigate the risks and find tailor-made legal solutions. The company offers the clients both business-as-usual and strategic support. The lawyers of Goldblum and Partners have exceptional technical skills and extensive experience gained from multijurisdictional projects. Goldblum and Partners has developed hands-on expertise in supporting investment projects and establishing businesses, mostly related to international trade in commodities and raw materials. Goldblum and partners has vast experience in handling projects related to M&A transactions. The firm offers a full range of services, including due diligence, structuring advice and overall transactional support (from “term sheet” to closing). The company also offers standard fixed-fee services, such as company registration, tax advice, or trade operations structuring, making it easy for you to plan your budget. The company works on individual solutions, which are used in different situations, not only locally but also internationally. International legal rankings regularly mention Goldblum and Partners and its lawyers in their publications, thus confirming the outstanding experience and credentials. For more information about services and the terms, please go to the relevant website section. Areas of Practice: Corporate and M&A, Company Formation, Shelf Companies, Company Liquidation, Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Construction, Intellectual Property and Hi-tech, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Labor, Bankruptcy. Languages: English, German, Russian, Ukrainian.

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Education: University of Zurich Law School (lic.iur. 1994), Attorney (Admission to the bar 2000), Notary (2011), and: LL.M. at Steinbeis University, Berlin (grad. March 2017) Experience: Legal Department of major Swiss bank, Legal and Compliance Officer in important Finance Corporation, Head Legal Department of major Civil Engineering Agency, Attorney in Business Law Office headed by Swiss Senator, former Legal Counsellor of JCI Switzerland. Practice Areas: International Litigation including arbitration, banking and finance, liability and insurance, information technology, energy sector, aviation, international trade, distribution systems, representation in economic offences cases. Memberships: Swiss Bar Association, local Bar Associations (Zurich and Schwyz) “advokatur kümin“ in Zurich specializes since 2006 in Swiss and international law. Our law firm is characterized by many years of continuous experience in business law. We deal with complex legal matters of our demanding Swiss and international clients in an innovative, time and cost efficient manner. Clients profit from our expertise in selected business sectors including energy, banking and finance, information technology, insurance and liability, aviation, international trade and distribution systems. We act as an external legal department for various medium-sized enterprises that entrust us with their legal projects and other issues. As an independent law firm, we regularly work with a network of specialised attorneys as well as other experts in Switzerland and abroad, with whom we achieve optimal results for your business goals. All internal and external services are coordinated and managed in a responsive and flexible manner. In addition to our knowledge of different legal systems, we appreciate the variety of the cultures in which we practise. Our working languages are English, German, French and Portuguese.

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Hanspeter Kümin lic.iur. Attorney at Law Dufourstrasse 147, P.O. Box CH-8034 Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)43 818 50 50 Fax: +41 (0)43 818 50 85



Gilles Thieffry is an international finance and business lawyer with 30 years experience. He has been a partner in major law firms and is a specialist in structured finance and commodity finance, with experience in the oil industry. He is an independent non-executive director of companies (both listed and not listed) and has recognised academic achievements. QUALIFICATIONS • Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales • Attorney and counselor at Law, New York bar • Avocat au Barreau de Genève • Avocat à la Cour, Ordre des Avocats de Paris PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Partner and founding partner (2007 to date) - GTLaw Partner (2004 to 2007) - Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, Geneva, Switzerland - Partner specialised in finance. Practice covers commodity finance, structured finance and M&A. Non executive director (2014 to date) - AT Holdings PTE Ltd. Non- executive Director (2004 to 2005) – Nelson Resources Limited, Bermuda, active in Kazakhstan - Non-executive director of Nelson Resources, a listed independent oil company (Toronto and London), active in Kazakhstan. Served as chairman of the committee of independent directors that negotiated with Lukoil (major Russian oil company) the take-over of Nelson Resources Non- executive Director (2006 to present) - RMG The Risk Management Group (Suisse) SA. Non-executive director of this medium size company specialised in capital markets advice to local authorities and SMEs in Europe. Head of the Legal Department, Member of the Executive Committee (2002 to 2004) BNP Paribas, Geneva, Switzerland. Partner, Global head of Capital markets. (2001 to 2002) - Andersen Legal, London, UK - Joined to create the global capital markets practice of Andersen Legal, part of Arthur Andersen. As a result of Enron, Andersen Legal was disbanded in the UK in June 2002. Partner, Head of ISG (1995 to 2001) - Norton Rose, London, UK - Partner. Established this top 20 City law firm in capital markets, derivatives and securitisation. Head of Legal Department (1992 to 1995) - BNP Capital Markets Limited, London, UK Head of legal department in charge of documenting the activities of BNP Capital Markets. Counsel (1992 to 1992) - EBRD, London, UK - Lawyer in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). Director (1988 to 1992) - UBS Phillips & Drew, London, UK - Director and deputy-head of the Corporate Finance transaction management team. Officer (1987 to 1988) - Credit Suisse First Boston, London, UK - Joined the transaction management team as a lawyer.

Gilles Thieffry Founding Partner Tel: +41 (0) 22 592 94 95 4, rue de la Scie - CP 3799 CH - 1211 Geneva 3 Switzerland Tel: +41 (0) 22 592 94 96 Fax: +41 (0) 22 594 8585

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Guillaume Martin-Chico pursued his academic education in the fields of law (Licence en droit at the University of Geneva) and finance (Sloan Msc, London Business School)

Guillaume Martin-Chico Avocat

His working languages are French, Spanish and English. The law practice of Guillaume Martin-Chico is varied, and includes among others family issues (divorce, inheritance and protective custody (tutelles)), legal proceedings relating to contracts law (including but not limited to employment and real estate contracts), commercial and business law as well as debt collection. He is also active in matters of criminal law, more specifically in matters of economic and financial crime: abuse of law, money laundering, fraud and securities violations both within Switzerland and within the framework of International legal cooperation. He is familiar with Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Extradition Treaties. In his search for solutions rather than abstract legal constructions, Guillaume Martin-Chico tries to find concrete and practical answers suitable for the effective needs of his clients, within a budget established in advance in close cooperation with the clients.

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7, Rue Albert Gos 1206 Genève Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)22 346 20 20 Fax: +41 (0)22 346 20 04



François Ott gained his license of law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Neuchâtel in 1974. After obtaining his patent of lawyer at the end of 1975, he completed a training course in The Marine Insurance Company Ltd in London in 1976. During this period he studied Transport Law.

François Ott Avocat Tel: +41 32 724 11 24

Mr Ott was admitted to the Bar of Neuchâtel in 1977. He was a part-time judge for 25 years. He has professional experience in the fields of: marine claims; settlement and recoveries from carries; International Trade Law (The Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods, Incoterms, etc); Conventions for the carriage of goods (CMR Convention for carriage by road, Uniform Rules concerning the contract of International Carriage of goods by rail, Hague-Visby Rules, Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules, Multimodal Transport of goods); Swiss Civil Law; Swiss contracts; and motor accident liability.

Faubourg de l’Hôpital 13 CH-2001 Neuchâtel Post office box 2270 Switzerland Tel: +41 32 724 11 24

Mr Ott is a member of professional associations, such as Ordre des Avocats Neuchâtelois and Fédération Suisse des Avocats. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He published a book titled “The International Trade of Goods (Le Commerce International des Marchandises)” in 2010 (Schulthess Editions Romandes). Mr Ott obtained a Diploma of Advanced Studies at Haute Ecole de Gestion (School of Business Administration) at Geneva in 2015 in the field of Risk Management in Enterprises.

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Kaiser Odermatt & Partner is a fast growing Swiss law firm, entrusted with major corporate and commercial transactions, the representation in legal proceedings and complex advisory mandates by domestic and international clients. The qualification and motivation of the employees ensures the highest level of quality and the willingness to perform above expectations. Recent clients include banks, insurers, food & beverage companies, carriers, unions & associations, factoring companies, rental & leasing providers, manufacturers & suppliers, mail order companies and the public sector (communities, hospitals, water & energy service provider). Patrik Odermatt, Chairman of the Board, has a broad experience in litigation proceedings. He regularly represents domestic and foreign clients before Authorities, Judges and Courts of First Instance, Courts of Appeals and the Federal Supreme Court. Patrik Odermatt has been involved in several leading cases, with substantial effect on the interpretation of existing law. He is admitted to all courts of Switzerland. Further on, he has a strong focus on creditor protection. He is a board member of one of the leading Swiss Debt Collection Companies and board member of the Swiss Collection Association.

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Patrik Odermatt Partner Baarerstrasse 12, 6300 Zug Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)41 729 15 00 Fax: +41 (0)41 729 15 15



Giovanni Gaggini advises mainly in the following legal fields: • Civil Liability and Insurance Law • Transport Law

Giovanni Gaggini LL.M.

• Intellectual Property Law, incl. Unfair Competition • Entertainment Law, incl. Copyrights His transportation law background goes back to his activity at one of the largest Swiss commercial law firms where, amongst other air law cases, he was heavily involved in the air crash case over the Lake of Constance in 2001. Since then he has handled many transportation cases on air and road. Among others, he is a member of SPEDLOGSWISS, and ASDA. He is also the legal advisor of SRE SwissRapide Ltd., a Swiss company that supplies expertise and services in all phases of potential Maglev rail projects, as well as in the board of Ammann Group, a world leading company in asphalt and concrete plants and for road construction equipment.

Ausstellungsstrasse 41 P.O.Box 1516, Zurich Switzerland Tel: +41 43 204 0090 Fax: +41 43 204 0099

Languages German, English, French and Italian Education • University of Virginia (LL.M.), USA – May 2002 • Bar admission – December 1997 • Zurich University (lic.iur), Switzerland – December 1993 bellpark legal ltd. bellpark legal ltd. is a team of experienced lawyers and stands for first-class, efficient and solution-oriented advice. The firm considers itself an innovative service company and places great value on personal and long-term relationships with its clients. Nationally and internationally, it is well connected. In cooperation with foreign law firms and consulting companies, the firm can provide clients with competent advice beyond its national borders. The firm’s team are multilingual and can advise clients in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. bellpark legal ltd. offers a wide range of legal advice in the area of commercial law. The firm supports clients in negotiations and represent them before authorities and in courts. It offers advice to both individuals and businesses, particularly SMEs. It is important to the firm not only to find legally viable solutions to complex legal problems, but also, at all times, to keep the client’s economic objectives in mind. In relation to transportation law, bellpark legal ltd. advises clients on contractual matters, customs matters as well as on liability issues as well as representing them in dispute resolution, arbitration or civil court proceedings and before the relevant customs authorities. The firm’s strengths includes its quick and efficient response time, its cost effectiveness, and its good national and international network Its clients include small and midsize companies/forwarding agents, from Switzerland and abroad.

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AKT Law Office AKT has been providing qualified legal services since the firm’s establishment in 2000 by Mr. Melih Aji, Mr. M. Cem Kaspi and Mr. Rona Kaspi. In the beginning of 2013, with the merging of Mrs. Serra Aksakal and Mr. Ercan Demir and moving to its new offices, the firm increased the high quality service concept to maximum. Members of AKT team have broad range of skills and experience focused to deliver fast and effective service to Clients. With the trust-based relations established over the years, AKT is able to provide multi-jurisdictional service in highest standards. AKT is the sole Turkish member of the Warwick Legal Network, a prominent international association of law firms specialized in commercial law. Mr. Rona Kaspi and Mr. M. Cem Kaspi, partners of AKT, are the Turkish special agents of the Marshall Islands Registry which is one of the leading and most reputable international registries in the shipping market.

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Cumhuriyet Cad. Dörtler Apt. No:42 K:2 34367 Elmadağ Şişli İstanbul Turkey Tel: +90 212 251 19 00 Fax: +90 212 251 19 01



Gülnihal Gözde Çelik was born in 1988 in Ankara. She obtained her LL.B. at Marmara University Law Faculty in 2010 and She was admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association in 2011. She joined the Karako Law Firm in 2014. Ms Çelik has 5 years of experience within her profession. She speaks English and German. Her practice areas include: Company Law; International Business Law; International Contracts; Aircraft Lease and Purchase Agreement; Commercial and Civil Law; International Business; Foreign Investment and Joint Ventures; Real Estate; Mergers and Acquisitions; Intellectual Properties; Competition Law; Labor Law; Litigation; Public and Private International Matters; Arbitration and Mediation.

Gülnihal Gözde Çelik Associate Attorney Tel: +90 535 929 22 70 Fulya Mah. Mevlut Pehlivan Sok. Multinet Plaza No:12 K:2 Şişli-İstanbul Turkey Tel: +90 212 347 71 50-53 pbx Fax: +90 212 347 70 83

She can offer her clients qualified and satisfactory service in these areas. Her typical clients are local and international corporate firms. Ms Çelik believes that the respect that she has and the passion that she feels for her profession distinguish her from her competitors. She lists her main strengths as punctuality, dedication and powerful communication skills.

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Gürkan Özocak, LL.M., began his law studies at Bilkent University in Ankara. After that, he received master’s degree from Ankara University in Department of Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law with his thesis on “Criminal Attempt”. In addition, he took a specilization certificate on Sports Law from Sports Law Institute of Turkey.

Att. Gürkan Özocak Partner

Gürkan has expertise especially in Criminal Law, Sports Law, IP and IT Law, also cybercrimes and information security as a part of criminal and criminal procedure law. His many articles have been published in fields such as criminal law, digital evidences, cyber crimes and sports law. He is still a Ph.D. candidate at Ankara University in Department of Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law and preparing a Ph.D. thesis. Besides his membership of İstanbul Bar Association, he is also member of Turkish Criminal Law Association (TCHD), Informatics Association of Turkey (TBD) and Sports Law Institute of Turkey. He has advanced level of English and intermediate level of Italian.

Burhaniye Abdullahağa Caddesi, No: 106, Beylerbeyi Üsküdar, İstanbul Turkey Tel: +902167001833 Fax: +902167001834

The Firm Köksal&Partners, the official title of Köksal-Özdamar-Özocak Attorney Partnership, is entitled to represent natural persons and legal entities against all kinds of judicial and administrative authorities and against other natural persons and legal entities depending on Attorneyship Law. Köksal&Partners, with a legal team of 20 persons including the interns and 2 administrative staff, takes pride in being able to solve its clients’ legal problems and assist them in the fields of especially IT law, intellectual and property law, online reputation management, protection of personal data, criminal law, administrative law, labor law and corporate law within the context of litigation, legal consultancy and education. Köksal&Partners provides the best service to its clients from its three offices in İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir. Publications: • “The Convention on Cybercrimes and its Effect on Turkish Law”

• “Digital Games, Multimedia Creations and Legal Problems”

• “Computer Forensics and Digital Evidences”

• “Types of Crimes that Commited in Social Media”

• “Impossible Crime in Turkish Criminal Law”

• “DDoS Attacks and Criminal Liability”

• “E-ticket System in Sports Events within the Context of Protection of Personal Data”

• “Detection and Collection of Digital Evidences in Criminal Procedure”

• “IPv6, Security Vulnerability and Current Legal Problems”

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• “The Examination of Political Power With Humour in Turkey: Freedom of Speech and Caricature”



I have been working in Customs Consulting services since 1987. After being granted Assistant Customs Consultant Certificate on 1988 I obtained Customs Consultant Certificate on 1993. I have gained multi-national experience after establishing and operating number of branches within Europe for a large logistics service provider. I established my own company in 1999 and still the Chairman of Güler Dinamik Customs Consultancy Inc. I have been providing training services within numerous Chambers of Commerce and to number of leading companies. In addition to series of training courses I received on International Trade, I studied the Certified International Trade Advisor program within Institute of Export of UK and was granted with the title of MIEx and CITA (Certified International Trade Advisor). I also hold Certificate of Professional Competence in International Transport Management together with Certificate of Professional Competence in International Trade. I finished my postgraduate degree on International Trade in Istanbul University of Commerce and currently a Ph.D. student in the same University on International Trade. I am currently providing one-stop consulting solutions on import and export, customs legislation, investment projects in Turkey, IPR solutions and international trade while providing support for UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) programs, run in Istanbul.

Kenan Güler, PhD Candidate, MIEx (CITA) Consultant at STC Chairman of GÜLER&DİNAMİK Customs Consultancy Inc. kenan.guler@gulerdinamik. Büyükdere Caddesi No:127 Astoria Kuleleri A Blok 19. Kat Daire: 1903 34394 Esentepe-Şişli Turkey Tel: +90 212 215 27 05 Fax: +90 212 215 27 05

I attended G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting-2015, which was held in İstanbul. I also participated in UN Global 10th Principle Anniversary organized under the auspices of United Nations, which was held in New York. My company received TRACE Anti-Bribery Certificate. Furthermore, my company was selected as example of “Success Story” by OECD at the end of the examination of compliance level with “Ethics and Compliance Programme”, “FCPA”, “UK Bribery Act”, “The standards of combatting against anti-corruption” and “Internet Audit and Control Mechanism” within the scope of Anti-Corruption Working Study. My company’s “Guler Dinamik Success Story” was published as sample case under the heading “Integritybuilding experience of Guler Dinamik Customs Consultancy Inc.” in “ “Business Integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, OECD 2016” .

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Following his graduation from the Economics and Finance Department of the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University, in 1977, served as Customs Investigator and Chief Investigator in the Turkish Customs between 1978 and 1990. He received his master’s degree in Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, N.Y.U., in 1990 and then worked in administrative positions as a Head of Department in the Directorate General of Customs and as a Deputy Director General of EU and External Relations after the establishment of the Under-secretariat of Customs.

Sebahattin Koçaş Consultant at STC, Director General and Partner at SEB International Customs & Trade Consultancy Ltd. sebahattin.kocas

During his service, taking into account that the EU-Turkey customs union was approaching, he reactivated the EU-Turkey Customs Cooperation Committee which was not meeting since 1983 due to political reasons, he translated the Community Customs Code which is the basis of Turkish Customs Code in force today, and worked as the rapporteur of the Commission who prepared the draft customs code. Meanwhile, he represented Turkey in the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Büyükdere Caddesi No:127 Astoria Kuleleri A Blok 19. Kat Daire: 1903 34394 Esentepe-Şişli Turkey Tel: +90 212 215 27 05 Fax: +90 212 215 27 05

He served in the Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate of the WCO as a Technical Officer from 1994 to 2002 and afterwards, in the Turkish Under-secretariat of Customs as the acting Director General of EU and External Relations in 2003 and 2004. He was reappointed in the Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate of the WCO in 2004 and worked as Senior Technical Officer and acting Deputy Director, during which he followed a WCO capacity building workshop, conducted nearly 30 national or regional technical assistance and training programs in WCO member countries and was accredited by the Secretary General of the WCO as a WCO Harmonized System Expert Trainer. He came back to Turkey in 2014 and retired from public service after more than 36 years of experience. He is director general and partner of SEB International Customs & Trade Consultancy Ltd. He continues his international actıvities as a Trainer in the WCO capacity building workshops and as a Tariff Consultant in the World Bank projects.

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He graduated from Ankara University School of Law in 1998. Following his graduation, he joined the Customs Investigation and Inspection Board, where he served as Customs Investigator and then Chief Customs and Trade Investigator for many years. During his government service, he carried out post audits of foreign trade transactions and contracts of large scale companies to ensure compliance with Customs, foreign trade and other related laws and regulations. He conducted inquiries and investigations related to many cases of corruption, bribery, tax evasions, money laundering, forgery, embezzlement and smuggling. He participated in cross-border investigations for customs valuation, tariff and origin issues. He also took part in international anti-dumping investigations carried out by the European Anti-Fraud Office. He spent a sabbatical year in England to carry out a professional research on Product Safety and its regulations in the European Union and its implementations specifically in the UK.

Att. Samet Öztürk, LL.M., MCIARB Owner of the Firm Büyükdere Caddesi No:127 Astoria Kuleleri A Blok 19. Kat Daire: 1903 34394 Esentepe-Şişli Turkey Tel: +90 212 215 27 05 Fax: +90 212 215 27 05

He received his first LL.M. degree, focused on international commercial law, from Vanderbilt Law School, USA. He has another LL.M. degree in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary Law School, University of London, where he studied as UK Government Chevening Scholar. He completed diploma programme in International Commercial Arbitration from Washington College of Law, American University. He graduated from French Customs Official Training Programme at French National School of Customs. He passed trademark representative/attorney examination carried out by Turkish Patent Institute. Following his government service, he decided to follow his career in private sector as a lawyer. He launched his own law firm, STC law firm. He is also legal counsel and partner at SEB trade & customs consultancy firm. He provides legal advice and represents his clients for all the aspects of trade & customs law. He also conducts sensitive investigations and audits mostly on behalf of multinational or foreign clients for trade & customs related issues. He is a member of İstanbul Bar Association. He is an MCIARB (Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators). He is admitted as trademark attorney by Turkish Patent Institute. He is also qualified as customs broker.

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Nina Moshynska is a Ukrainian patent and trademark attorney. In 2000 she co-founded Gorodissky & Partners (Ukraine); since then, she has been a managing partner of the firm. Ms. Moshynska counsels clients in all matters relating to the protection of IP rights – including copyright, patents, utility models, designs and trademarks – and has a history of successfully protecting clients’ rights in courts of law. Ms. Moshynska graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic University and the Central Institute of Intellectual Property (Moscow). As a deputy director of the Ukrainian Patent Office Research Centre she contributed to the drafting of the legislative framework for IP rights protection in Ukraine. Ms. Moshynska has been trained at the World Intellectual Property Organisation and in 1994 she was a member of the Ukrainian governmental delegation which signed the Trademark Law Treaty in Geneva. Ms. Moshynska co-founded and is now a member of the Ukrainian Patent Attorney Association, of which she was the first president. She also has contributed to numerous local and foreign specialised publications. Recognitions • Ranked among the best Ukrainian IP lawyers by Best Lawyers since 2009 • Recommended as one of the best Ukrainian trademark experts in The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers 2011 • Recognised as a leading practitioner in the Ukrainian IP industry and an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property since 2014 • Recognised for her broad practice that encompasses patents, design and trademarks in the WTR 1000 2014-2016 • Recognised as a patent leader in Ukraine by WIPR Leaders 2016 • Recognised as the best IP protection expert in Ukraine by Global Law Experts and Corporate INTL Membership • Ukrainian Association of Patent Attorneys (Co-founder, First President) • AIPPI • LESI • INTA • MARQUES

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Nina Moshynska Managing Partner 25 Chornovola Street Office 227, Kyiv 01135 Ukraine Tel: +380 (44) 278-4958 Fax: +380 (44) 279-6896



Zavadetskyi Advocates is a Dispute Resolution, Business Crime and Legal Risk Control boutique that was founded by advocate Oleksandr Zavadetskyi in 2009, following years of work in multinational corporations. Along with their main area of specialization, lawyers of the firm advise and act in a broad range of commercial and regulatory matters. The core of the firm’s clientele are large international companies such as ING Bank, Sisecam Group, OTP Bank, Citigroup, AXA Insurance, ZTE Corporation, British American Tobacco, etc. Advocates of the firm also assist individuals, first of all in the sphere of criminal defence, and help clients both from Ukraine and abroad.

Oleksandr Zavadetskyi Partner oleksandr.zavadetskyi@ 01054, Kyiv 27 Gogolyvska str. Ukraine Tel: +380504169258

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The Americas

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There is cautious optimism for accelerating US and global economic growth in 2017, according to BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, with improving corporate fundamentals, modest stock gains and higher yields on expectations of fiscal stimulus and regulatory policy easing. Full-on optimism is tempered by the rippling effects of rising inflation, a stronger dollar, weak credit markets, uncertain commodity pricing, and gamechanging political events that raise the potential for big market swings. “The outcomes of Brexit and the US election have brought fundamental change, which equates to investor opportunity,” said Candace Browning, head of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. “If investors choose asset classes, sectors and stocks carefully, they can meaningfully outperform the market. 2017 could be the year of the active investor.” At the annual presentation of BofA Merrill Lynch’s Year Ahead Outlook held in New York, analysts from the top-ranked global research firm summarised their market views and the significant themes that will dominate in the year ahead. Topping their list is the political ground shift, reflective of a contagious backlash to globalisation. Spreading populist influence, starting with Brexit, followed by the election of Donald Trump and now looming over the eurozone, raises questions about trade policies that would affect government debt levels, rates, commodity prices and economic growth rates, particularly in emerging markets.

The overarching anti-globalisation theme sets the tone of a new economic and investment cycle now underway. Against this backdrop, the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research team made the following 10 macro calls for the year ahead. 1. S&P 500: A 2017 year-end target for the S&P 500 Index is pegged at 2300, which assumes a 5% gain for the year and earnings growth of 9%, or a 2017 earnings per share forecast of $129. The case for a traditional, euphoria-driven endof-bull-market rally could put the S&P 500 as high as 2700, in line with historic norms of 20% or greater annual returns. A bearish scenario, in the event of recessionary returns, could put the S&P as low as 1600. 2. US and global economic growth: Modest but accelerating. Nominal growth in the US could rise from 3% to 4%, with a real GDP gain of 2%. Slower growth is expected in the first half of the year, picking up in the second half once fiscal stimulus measures kick in. In the rest of the world, nominal growth could near 7%, with a real economic gain of 3.4%, up from 3.0% in 2016. We expect global growth, however, will be driven by supply versus the demand side of the economy. 3. Inflation: The party has started. Core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) inflation in the US is expected to increase to 1.9% by the end of next year, approaching if not overshooting the Fed’s 2% target. Although the inflation party started elsewhere in the world, Europe didn’t get an invitation. The eurozone 10-year/20-year inflation break-even has jumped recently, nearing the European Central Bank’s “below but close to 2%” target, yet the ECB could disappoint by tapering prematurely or not extending quantitative easing beyond next March.

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4. Rates: Monetary easing gives way to fiscal easing. The history of populism is one of fiscal largesse. US rates have backed up quickly after the election, driven largely by a repricing of inflation expectations. With long-term inflation break-evens closing on their historical averages, we think the next phase of the rates move will be led by the belly of the curve and real interest rates. The market expectation for Fed hikes in the coming years has sufficient room to increase relative to the current projections in our view. 5. Foreign Exchange: Globalisation of antiglobalisation. While the US fixed income sell-off is likely to continue spilling over into other bond markets, yield differentials are still likely to move in favour of the USD. In our view, long positions in emerging markets remain crowded, liquidity conditions are poor, and downside risks remain in a strong dollar environment. USD/JPY will likely be the main foreign exchange beneficiary of US fiscal expansion, given its high sensitivity to rates and the Bank of Japan’s 10-year JGB yield target. We see continued CNY depreciation with a strong dollar, adding pressure on China to weaken its currency to loosen financial conditions, while increased trade tensions could further pressure the currency. 6. Emerging Markets: Hold on tight. Modest economic growth of 4.7% is expected in emerging markets, up from 4.1%, which is better than in the US and the rest of the developed world. India is expected to lead, with GDP rising 7.6%, while China’s bellwether economy expands by 6.6%. Overall, emerging Asia should grow by 6.2%, and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) should rise 1.9%. Latin America should rebound with growth of 1.5%, after a drop in 2016. US rates will likely cast a shadow over emerging markets debt, with returns of about 2.6% for external debt and 0.7% for local debt. We expect Mexico and China to be under the spotlight as potential trade and currency wars keep investors on edge, yet Mexico could be the surprise beneficiary of increased US infrastructure spending. 7. Metals and Mined Commodities: Coal and steel rise while gold loses lustre. Mined commodities rallied as markets rebalanced in 2016, and the global macroeconomic environment should remain supportive, barring trade battles. We anticipate possible volatility in steel prices – a potential antiglobalisation trade – on factors driven not by supply and demand, but by raw material input costs. We have raised our forecast for steel-making coal to $215/t for 2017 from a prior $140/t. Gold may fall to $1,200/oz. by mid-2017. Our 2017 price forecast of $18.21 for silver reflects our view that the worst for silver may be behind it. 8. Energy: OPEC resets the bar. For the first time in eight years, OPEC agreed to cut crude oil production, marking a turning point in the price war at the centre of cartel politics. As a result, our 2017 forecasts are unchanged, leaving WTI crude oil at $59 a barrel and Brent to average $61 a barrel. Pricing forecasts embed a sequential 500,000 barrel-per-day increase in US crude production, raising domestic output to 9.2 million barrels a day by the end of 2017.

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9. Credit: Farewell to utopia. After an extraordinary year for credit investors, total returns in 2017 will likely be a sobering 3.5% to 4.5% for US highgrade bonds and 4% to 5% for US high yield. Still, our preferred asset class is US high-grade, where the drop-off in supply could be very bullish. On the other hand, high-grade corporate spread maturity curves may super-flatten as global credit investors sell shorter maturities and buy the long end. A modest 20 bps of spread tightening in 2017, generating a healthy 3 to 4% excess and 3.5 to 4.5% total returns, is expected. Corporate balance sheets are improving in the US as earnings headwinds dissipate. Thirty-year corporate bonds could generate total returns of 8% to 9% in 2017. 10. Big rotation in global investment strategy: Domestically and globally, investments and policies that have done well in a low-rate, low-growth world have reached their peak. Long-term winners could be supplanted in 2017. Expect inflation rather than deflation; Main Street to prevail over Wall Street; fiscal winners to beat out zero-interest winners; and real assets to triumph over financial assets.

New growth engines for Latin America Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) GDP will shrink by between 0.9% and 1% in 2016, according to the latest estimates, the second consecutive year of negative growth and a rate of contraction the region has not seen since the early 1980s. According to the Latin American Economic Outlook 2017, the region should recover in 2017, but with modest GDP growth of between 1.5% and 2%, below expected growth in advanced economies. According to the report, jointly produced by the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and the Development Bank for Latin America (CAF), this prolonged economic deceleration could jeopardise the continent’s socioeconomic progress. Seven million Latin Americans became poor in 2015, and 25 to 30 million vulnerable Latin Americans risk falling back into poverty in the next two years. Although these outcomes are not delinked from the global economic environment, they also have their own country and regional dynamics. The three organisations call for investing in youth through better education, improved skills and entrepreneurship opportunities to ignite economic growth and build a solid basis for long-term progress. “Young adults make up a quarter of the population in Latin America. The ability to harness this demographic dividend of 163 million people aged between 15 and 29 is crucial. Allowing young people, including girls, to fulfil their full potential is the best investment for the future of Latin America. In a context of increased school enrolment, empowering youth who are eager to work while ensuring their talents match labour market demands and structures is a smart way to create inclusive growth. It will also help achieve productivity gains while reducing inequalities,” said OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, Gabriela Ramos, while launching the Outlook at the 25th Ibero-American Summit in Cartagena.

The Americas Contents

Barbados – Meridian Law


Brazil – Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques


Brazil – Moraes Pitombo Advogados


Brazil – Lext Intellectual Property – Mauricio de Souza Tavares


Brazil – Lext Intellectual Property – Kris Williamson


Brazil – Sidera Consult


BVI – Litwak & Partners


Canada – Donovan & Company


Canada – Roulston Chow Law Office


Cayman Islands – Litwak & Partners

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Chile – EELaw


Chile – Horvitz & Horvitz Abogados


Chile – Del Río & Cía. Abogados


Colombia – Velez Benedetti Abogados Consultores


Costa Rica – GM Attorneys


Costa Rica – Bufete Carro


Cuba – Claim Sa


Dominican Republic – De Camps, Vásquez & Valera


Ecuador – Larrea, Ortiz & Cía. Sociedad de Abogados


Ecuador – Estudio Jurídico Prado


Mexico – Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. Abogados


Mexico – Dumont Bergman Bider


Mexico – Aarón Estrada Legal


Mexico – Isla Del Campo


Panama – Pardini & Asociados


Paraguay – Fernández Zacur – Gabinete Jurídico


Peru – Osterling Abogados


Peru – Pierola & Asociados


US Virgin Islands – Marjorie Rawls Roberts, PC


California, US – Winthrop Couchot

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California, US – Allen Barron


New Jersey, US – Coughlin Duffy


New York, US – Marc Jacobson, P.C.


Pennsylvania, US – Remick Cabott Law Offices


South Carolina, US – Collins and Lacy


Texas, US – VB Attorneys


Washington DC, US – Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. – International Arbitration


Washington DC, US – Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C . – International Dispute Resolution


Washington DC, US – Hogan Lovells




Meridian Law is a boutique commercial law firm in the Caribbean. Based in Barbados with global reach through it legal networks, the firm’s focus areas of practice are primarily corporate, commercial and international finance and tax law, providing legal services to private clients and both local and international corporate clients in all sectors.

Dawn A. Williams Principal, Founder

Our services include advising on structuring, company and entity formations mainly for international business, employment and labour law issues, Tax- both international and domestic tax, immigration, trusts, special purpose vehicles, Intellectual Property, real estate transactions, debt and equity financing, restructurings, cross border and securities transactions, with our lawyers working together in cross-disciplinary groups.

Ashton House, Strathclyde St. Michael, BB 11077 Barbados, West Indies Tel: + (246) 431-6677 Fax: + (246) 435-0607

We provide consulting services to companies in various industries looking to do business or doing business in Barbados and in the Caribbean at various stages of their development whether it be at concept, start-up, cost-benefit analysis, or post start-up stage. To ensure the success of our clients’ business we provide practical, forward-thinking and a strategic approach to the law when faced with their issues and concerns. Our network both local and regional allows us to facilitate and find solutions for our clients’ problems. Our Goal: To provide our clients – local, regional and international – with the best and cost efficient service in a timely manner. The firm exists to help our clients achieve their goals and solve their problems by performing effective, challenging and innovative legal work in a cost efficient manner on their behalf, with financial results that will permit our clients to advance and flourish. Core Values • Excellence and Integrity We provide the highest quality of legal service to our clients, while observing the highest standards of integrity and ethics at all times. • Cooperation and Individual Respect We work in a friendly and mutually supportive manner, and treat each other with respect, trust and dignity. • Enthusiasm and Commitment We bring enthusiasm, innovation, entrepreneurial zeal and commitment to advancing the welfare of the firm and our clients.

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Bachelor, master and professor doctor in public law, with two books and a lot of articles published, Marcos A. Perez has been a lawyer for more than 25 years, with intense activity in various spheres of administrative and constitutional law. Regulated sectors such as telecommunications, transportation, energy, etc., public administration contracts, complex contracts, concessions, public-private partnerships, among others are the main focus of activity of this professional. He is a founding partner of the Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques law firm, which has been among the most admired law firms in Brazil in the last 15 years and was honored as a number one firm on public law in Brazil nowadays. The intense and varied activities as a lawyer adds to the academic dedication, as a professor doctor of administrative law at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo.

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Marcos Augusto Perez Founding Partner Av. Paulista 287, 7° andar 01311-000 São Paulo SP Brazil Tel: (+55 11) 3068-4700 Fax: (+55 11) 3068-4749



Antonio Sérgio Altieri de Moraes Pitombo, business crime lawyer and founder of the law firm Moraes Pitombo Advogados, graduated from the University of São Paulo Law School in 1993, and specialised in civil procedural law at the Centre for University Extension in 1994. He gained a master’s degree in penal law from the University of São Paulo Law School in 2000 (thesis, The typification of previous crime in money-laundering offence) and concluded his doctoral studies in penal law at the University of São Paulo Law School in 2007 with the thesis The typification of criminal organisations. He has a PhD from Coimbra University, in 2013. Mr Pitombo is renowned in his field as an exceptional business crime lawyer who has tried numerous high-profile cases and has represented corporations and individuals in federal or state matters for the past 15 years. He is the author of “Money laundering: the typification of previous crime” (Revista dos Tribunais, 2003); and “Criminal organisation: the new legal type perspective” (Revista dos Tribunais, 2009). He also edited Special Criminal Courts: interpretation and criticism (Malheiros, 1997), and “Comments on the Companies’ Recovery and Bankruptcy Law” (Revista dos Tribunais, 2005). He is a member of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences; the Manoel Pedro Pimentel Institute, part of the Department of Penal Law, Criminology and Forensic Medicine at the University of São Paulo Law School; the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers; and the International Association of Penal Law. Moraes Pitombo Advogados Moraes Pitombo Advogados defends the interests of its clients in Brazil and abroad in partnership with several foreign offices. In the last ten years, the firm has worked in the main cases of note in the country with successful results and demonstrated the differentiated quality of its legal work.

Antonio Sérgio Altieri de Moraes Pitombo Founder São Paulo - Alameda Vicente Pinzon, 51 - 1º andar 04547-130 Tel: +55 11 3047 3131 Rio de Janeiro – Rua da Assembleia, nº 10, conj. 3520 – Centro – CEP 20011-000 – Tel: +55 21 3974-6250 Brasilia – Setor de Autarquias Sul quadra 01, bloco N.SL901/902/903, Ed. Terrabrasilis – CEP – 70070-10 Tel: +55 61 3322-7690 Brazil Fax: +55 11 3047 3141

The firm was structured to exclusively serve two areas of law, with distinct teams that can interact and organize to ensure full defence before the state and large corporations. The desired differential has always been and remains technical and legal excellence combined with the preparation of the best strategy to protect individual values, essential for each client. All service rendering is carried out, in an individualised and specific manner for the case, in the continuous search to guarantee the recognition of the client’s rights by the judges and courts.

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Mauricio de Souza Tavares is a Brazilian national and qualified lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property Law. He is married and his son is currently studying Computer Sciences at UFF-RJ. His work experience includes several years with established firms such as Tavares Intellectual Property in Rio de Janeiro and Advocacia Pietro Ariboni in São Paulo. He also was also General Manager for Avantiq do Brasil, a subsidiary of IQS Avantiq, a trademark search company based in Luxembourg. Initially he graduated in Marketing from ESPM but them went on to study Law at Universidade Estácio de Sá, in Rio de Janeiro. His marketing qualification assists in adding a more business orientated flavour to legal remedies and issues which is well liked by his many clients. He is a full member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), and International Trademark Association (INTA). In 2013 he made a somewhat radical decision to open his own boutique law firm with his business partner where he currently practices. He offers a broad range of IP services principally in the areas of registration and protection of trademarks, patents, software and copyright; licensing contracts including transferring technology and rendering technical services; as well as protection of domain names, trade secrets and rights of image. The firm’s current client portfolios include Volkswagen/Bugatti, Audi/Lamborghini, Sony, Sega, Aegis Group, Tencent Holdings, The Financial Times, Laura Ashley Limited, DTS, Inc. and Chelsea Football Club Limited. With extensive experience in trademark searching, having worked for some of the largest multinationals in the world, he has developed a strategic approach to trademark protection based on wide-ranging knowledge. His previous close contact with the Marketing and Strategic Planning areas of these companies has spawned a top level relationship with these professionals. He speaks at conferences and events for many Brazilian Associations, such as SEBRAE (an organization specialized in advising and counselling small and medium sized companies), ABA (Brazilian Advertising Association), ABF (Brazilian Franchising Association), and also has much experience as an in-house speaker for local and international firms and clients. For a time, he was also an Intellectual Property lecturer in several Brazilian Business Schools, such as IBMEC in Rio de Janeiro and Estação Business School in Curitiba. Currently he is a participating member of the Building Bridges Committee, with the INTA – International Trademark Association, and has authored several articles on Intellectual Property for Marketing and Business websites.

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Mauricio de Souza Tavares Partner Rua Gavião Peixoto, 124 603/604, Icarai – Niteroi – RJ – 24230-101Brazil Tel: +55 21 3254-7588



Kris Williamson is a dual qualified lawyer (Member of the Bar of England/ Wales; Member of the Brazilian Bar Association in Rio de Janeiro), who has lived in Brazil for the last 20 years with his wife who is Brazilian and his adult sons. Fluent in both English and Portuguese his specialism is Intellectual Property Law in Brazil with his work experience including several years with the firms of Advocacia Pietro Ariboni, located in São Paulo, and Daniel Advogados in Rio de Janeiro where he became a partner. Born in Germany on a British Military base during a time when the world was even more divided, Kris was educated in England and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Leicester University and a Law Degree from the University of London. He has a Post-Graduate qualification in Intellectual Property from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. Interestingly he did not begin to practice law until he moved to Brazil, his previous occupation being a police officer with the London Metropolitan Police.

Kris Williamson Partner Rua Gavião Peixoto, 124 603/604, Icarai – Niteroi – RJ – 24230-101 Brazil Tel: +55 21 3254-7588

Three years ago he decided to open his own boutique law firm with his business partner where he currently practices. He offers a broad range of IP services principally in the areas of registration and protection of trademarks, patents, software and copyright; licensing contracts including transferring technology and rendering technical services; as well as protection of domain names, trade secrets and rights of image. The firm’s current client portfolios include Volkswagen, Audi/ Lamborghini, Tencent Holdings, The Financial Times, Laura Ashley Limited, DTS, Inc. and Chelsea Football Club Limited. Notably he represented a well-known American clothing company to acquire a trademark portfolio owned by a Brazilian company permitting the entry into Brazil of a line sporting clothing and equipment; secured a domain name from Brazilian Company for a well-known American sailing company; licensed the copyright of a charitable organization in the UK for use by a well-known fast food company in Brazil; and negotiated a worldwide Coexistence Agreement with a Panamanian company ending legal proceedings for trademark infringement on behalf of an American Engineering company. Past speaking engagements have been with ITMA (Institute of Trademark Attorneys), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) as well as webinars. He is a member of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), INTA and ITMA and has contributed to journals such as World Trademark Review, Copyright World, and World IP Review.

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Carolina Ures is a founding partner and international trade practitioner at Sidera Consult, a multinational and multidisciplinary consulting firm focused on trade law, economics and policy, headquartered in Sao Paulo (Brazil), and with offices in Brasilia (Brazil), Campinas (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Johannesburg (South Africa). With over 25 years of experience, Carolina has provided highly-effective solutions to governments, producers, importers, exporters and associations on market access and expansion, government interface, strategic business promotion, trade remedy cases, as well as on all matters regarding international trade. She has been practicing international law since 1995, and exclusively international trade law since 2000. During her long-standing work on trade negotiations, both in the international and the national arenas, Carolina has deepened her understanding of trade law and policy, and developed a unique and dedicated client-focused approach. Her experience includes representation of companies before different government institutions that regulate and apply international trade laws and other related matters. Carolina also defended the interests of clients in several different jurisdictions, including Brazil, Europe, Asia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina and United States. She has regularly provided reports for policy and strategy recommendation on political trade debates. In addition, she has done a great amount of work in capacity building for law reforms and implementation of trade commitments for governments and trade blocs, relating to association agreements, WTO Accessions, trade enhancement programs, European Commission projects, phytosanitary and sanitary measures, legislative drafting techniques and review, governmental communication optimization and regional integration. She has also assisted the Brazilian Mission in Geneva and the European Commission on various international trade matters. Since early 2016, Carolina is presiding the International Trade and Investments Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Britcham) in Brazil. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Law and Policy from the University of Barcelona (Spain), postgraduate degrees in International Trade Law by the Institut des Hautes Etudes Geneva (Switzerland) and in Law & Economics by Fundação Getulio Vargas Sao Paulo (Brazil). She gained her Bachelor of Law at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Carolina is the author of various chapters in different international law publications, and she was invited to held numerous lectures around the world in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

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Carolina Ures Founding Partner and Trade Law Expert Av. 9 de Julho, 4939, cj. 101 Torre Europa São Paulo – SP 01407-200 Brazil Tel: +55 11 3168 0650



Martin Litwak is an award-winning investment funds and private client lawyer with almost two decades of experience in the international markets. His professional practice concentrates on representing investment funds, financial institutions, trust companies, family offices and HNW families and individuals based throughout Latin America, helping them to establish and administer a wide array of investment and estate planning structures. Mr. Litwak has also been very active in other areas of practice such as cross border mergers and acquisitions, structured and project finance transactions, exchange of tax information and tax amnesties. Prior to founding Litwak & Partners, the offshore law firm with the most coverage in Latin America, Mr. Litwak practiced in Argentina, the British Virgin Islands and Uruguay. Mr. Litwak has authored and co-authored several legal articles published in Latin America, the United Kingdom and the United States and is a frequent speaker at regional and international conferences and seminars. He is also a frequent media collaborator, has writen for legal publications and journals on a wide variety of issues in the investment funds and wealth management industries. Mr. Litwak is an active member of the American Bar Association (International Section) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (where he serves as chair of the South America branch). He is also the head of the “Team BVI LatAm”, a board of advisors to BVI Finance and a director of the Hedge Fund Association for Argentina and Uruguay.

Martin Litwak Managing Partner Tel: +1 786 238 6647 martin.litwak@ Ruta 8, km 17.500. Edificio Beta 4, oficina 106 (headquarters) Uruguay Other offices: Miami, Lima, Buenos Aires and the BVI Tel/Fax: +598 2518 3448

Mr. Litwak obtained his law degree cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1998. A few years later he was admitted as a lawyer both in England and Wales and the British Virgin Islands. He also holds a Master’s degree in Finance from UCEMA (Argentina). During his extensive career, Mr. Litwak was recognized by prestigious publications such as Who’s Who Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, Euromoney and IFLR1000.

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Allan Donovan was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1989 and worked for the next seven years in a prominent Vancouver litigation boutique. In 1996, he founded Donovan & Company – now one of the leading aboriginal law firms in British Columbia. Donovan & Company practises exclusively in the area of Aboriginal Law. The firm represents First Nations in litigation, negotiations, governance, strategic planning, and corporate commercial issues. Allan Donovan’s work consists primarily of Aboriginal litigation, specific claims, and assisting First Nations in their negotiations with government and industry. Allan Donovan has represented First Nations in litigation at all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared as counsel before the Indian Claims Commission and the Specific Claims Tribunal. Allan served as a law clerk for Madam Justice Wilson at the Supreme Court of Canada. LLM (Cambridge), LLB (Calgary), MA (Toronto), BA (Manitoba). Allan Donovan has published numerous articles addressing various aspects of Aboriginal law. Allan and his wife, Mona, established the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to the enhancement of educational opportunities for children in Nicaragua. Allan is recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as “Most Frequently Recommended” and one of the Leading Practitioners in the area of Aboriginal Law. He was voted as one of the leading lawyers in Canada in the area of Aboriginal Law in a peer-reviewed survey published in the inaugural edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada published in June 2006 and every year since.

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Allan Donovan Founder 6th Floor, 73 Water Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1A1 Canada Tel: +1 (604) 688-4272 Fax: +1 (604) 688-4282



David Chow is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where he studied both Philosophy and Law. As a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy he had the opportunity to teach both Ethics and Elementary Formal Logic. David’s legal career began in 2002 with the Office of the Attorney General of Alberta. As a Crown Prosecutor he assumed the day-to-day conduct of criminal trials. In addition to prosecuting cases while employed with Alberta Justice, he participated in teaching classes in criminal law at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (S.A.I.T.). In 2005 David departed the Crow Prosecutor’s Office, joining the office of Patrick C. Fagan, Q.C.. The firm eventually became Fagan & Chow and over the years transformed into Roulston Chow, where David practiced with Tonii Roulston, Andrea Urquhart, Robin McIntyre and others. David was the senior lawyer at Roulston Chow, where he remained until 2015. In 2015 David changed offices, moving from his quiet Beltline office into Calgary’s downtown core. Today David practices at KPMC Barrister’s Chambers, the law offices of Kay Patel Mahoney Chow.

Prominent Professional Building Suite 212 4616 Valiant Drive N.W. Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0X9 Canada Tel: +1 (403) 452-8018 Fax: +1 (403) 452-8019

With over a decade of experience defending criminal cases, David Chow has defended the entire spectrum of criminal charges, including drug trafficking, conspiracy, possession for the purpose of trafficking, impaired driving, criminal negligence, all driving cases involving death or bodily injury, kidnapping, theft, fraud, all property offences and serious crimes of violence including manslaughter and murder. David Chow strongly believes in the importance of protecting our right to live in a free and democratic society. In his view, truly valuing Constitutional principles requires an acute appreciation of the core values underlying Canada’s system of criminal justice. In his view, the presumption of innocence, proof beyond a reasonable doubt and civil liberty must be assiduously protected. Evidence of David’s devotion is highlighted by numerous hard-fought success; many of which that can be located in various legal databases, including LexisNexis Quicklaw, Carswell, CanLii and Westlaw. David Chow is not merely a Calgary criminal lawyer, he is a Calgary impaired driving lawyer and Calgary drug lawyer. He routinely appears in Calgary Provincial Court, Calgary Provincial circuit points, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal. David has also appeared at the British Columbia Provincial Court, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Martin Litwak is an award-winning investment funds and private client lawyer with almost two decades of experience in the international markets. His professional practice concentrates on representing investment funds, financial institutions, trust companies, family offices and HNW families and individuals based throughout Latin America, helping them to establish and administer a wide array of investment and estate planning structures. Mr. Litwak has also been very active in other areas of practice such as cross border mergers and acquisitions, structured and project finance transactions, exchange of tax information and tax amnesties. Prior to founding Litwak & Partners, the offshore law firm with the most coverage in Latin America, Mr. Litwak practiced in Argentina, the British Virgin Islands and Uruguay. Mr. Litwak has authored and co-authored several legal articles published in Latin America, the United Kingdom and the United States and is a frequent speaker at regional and international conferences and seminars. He is also a frequent media collaborator, has writen for legal publications and journals on a wide variety of issues in the investment funds and wealth management industries. Mr. Litwak is an active member of the American Bar Association (International Section) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (where he serves as chair of the South America branch). He is also the head of the “Team BVI LatAm”, a board of advisors to BVI Finance and a director of the Hedge Fund Association for Argentina and Uruguay. Mr. Litwak obtained his law degree cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1998. A few years later he was admitted as a lawyer both in England and Wales and the British Virgin Islands. He also holds a Master’s degree in Finance from UCEMA (Argentina). During his extensive career, Mr. Litwak was recognized by prestigious publications such as Who’s Who Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, Euromoney and IFLR1000.

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Martin Litwak Managing Partner Tel: +1 786 238 6647 martin.litwak@ Ruta 8, km 17.500. Edificio Beta 4, oficina 106 (headquarters) Uruguay Other offices: Miami, Lima, Buenos Aires and the BVI Tel/Fax: +598 2518 3448



Since its inception, EELAW has pioneered in Chile a highly specialized approach to legal services focused on environmental legal topics. A diverse group of important companies and entrepreneurs have put their trust on us, with very sensitive issues and legal disputes, that we have successfully managed applying Chilean environmental law and regulations with innovation and responsibility as the cornerstones of our work. The firm has a team of environmental lawyers trained in the best universities, with advanced studies and experience in different areas of environmental law, a fact that allows us to deliver a personalized service to each of our clients. With most of our clients establishing long-term business relations with us.

Paulina Riquelme Founding Partner Tel: +56 9 9999 2251 Av. Apoquindo 3910, Piso 7 Las Condes, RM Chile 7550029 Tel: +56 22 207 7896

Given the always evolving nature of environmental law and the multiple legal changes in Chile, EELAW has been in the forefront of all these changes, applying brand new criteria with very successful results in different interventions with the authorities representing its clients’ interests. This year in particular, EELAW expanded its range of services, acting as main advisors to relevant Chilean business associations, and in international forums such as the Minamata Convention and Paris COP 21, without ever leaving its core mission to provide the highest quality of environmental legal assistance to top-level clients in Mining, Environmental Regulations, Auditing and Compliance. Paulina Riquelme, our founding partner and team leader, has devoted her career to the practice of Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Mining, Energy, and both domestic and international environmental regulations development. She herself has received multiple awards and has been ranked in highly prestigious legal publications. This year in particular, Ms. Riquelme was appointed and became a member of a Presidential Commission for the study and reform of the Chilean Environmental Impact Assessment Service. Also this year, she consolidated her involvement with high-level institutions as demonstrated by the work performed on behalf of the private sector (relevant Chilean business associations) in international forums at the Paris COP 21 and at the Seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC 7) of the Minamata Convention in Jordan. Ms. Riquelme leads a diverse team of professionals and takes part on almost every aspect of the tasks and requests from her clients, old and new, all of who have recognized her experience and legal talent.

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Horvitz & Horvitz was founded in 1964 by Mr. Gustavo Horvitz. Since then, both the prestige and reputation our law firm has earned in the national legal scope are based on our vast experience, high quality standards on the rendered legal services, complete and utter compliance with the professional ethics, and the efficiency with which we fulfil the professional assignments entrusted to us. In light of our seriousness, experience, dedication, and to the fact that we are a multidisciplinary team of an efficient size, we are able to offer and deliver our clients a personalized and integral service, with the due respect for the ethical principles that govern the exercise of the profession. The practice and performance of the lawyers of our law firm is focused both on the prevention of judicial conflicts as well as on the resolution of the same, in such areas like: • Family: Divorce, Alimony, Child support, Custody, visitation rights, Hague Convention procedures and mediation. Also, Domestic violence and Senior cases. • Commercial: mainly in two areas: - Insolvency procedures. Transnational procedures. - Family business advising and Estate planning. • Civil: Contracts, Foreign investment and complex cases litigation. • Arbitrations: Civil and commercial. Divisions. • Negotiations: Extrajudicial Agreements, Sale of Economic Units and business restructures. • Pro-bono: Our law firm is committed with the Pro-bono work, rendering legal services to persons of scarce resources and sectors in social risk, specially minors. Daniela Horvitz is the only Chilean lawyer accepted by and fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She also belongs to the American Bar Association (ABA) International section, Union International D’avocats (UIA), IBIDIFAM and is founder and former President of the Chilean Bar Association of Family Lawyers.

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Daniela Horvitz Lennon Abogado Downtown office: Huérfanos 770 Of 2304Santiago Tel: (+56-2) 26320719 26712791 West area office: Av. Raúl Labbé 12.613 Of 323Lo Barnechea Tel: (+56-2) 29574254



Pablo leads the DEL RÍO & CÍA. Tax and Family Offices practice group. He has vast experience advising corporate reorganizations, corporate governance of family owned companies, investment funds and consultancy in tax and corporate matters in general, for companies and natural persons, in Chile and overseas. He also advises our clients in tax-related administrative and judicial proceedings. He joined the Firm as partner in 2011. He was previously with Barros & Errázuriz (2006-2011) and with Del Río & Co. (2003-2006). Pablo is a professor of Tax Law at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, from which he obtained an MBA in 2014. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Tax Law from Universidad de Chile (2005-2006).

Pablo Andrés Ramírez Molina Partner Avenida Nueva Tajamar 481 Torre Sur, Oficina 1101 Chile Tel: +56 2 27847400

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Ricardo Velez Benedetti is a lawyer specialized in negotiation and tax law. Expert in international negotiation. Advisor of Companies and Foreign Investor in Corporate Law, Immigration Law and Real Estate. Former diplomat of the Permanent Mission of Colombia to UN in Geneva – Switzerland. Languages: Spanish, English and French. VELEZBENEDETTI VELEZBENEDETTI Lawyers & Consultants is focused on providing legal services with efficiency and integrity in the following areas: Real Estate, Commercial and Business law, Civil Law, Labor Law, Tax Law, Customs Law, Registration of Investments (Exchange regime). Immigration Law. Intellectual Property Law (registration of trademarks). Financial Advisory Services. Advisory Services in Franchise. Having more than 26 years of experience as lawyers and consultants, we provide our services with total confidence and with a commitment of each member of this organization to satisfy the needs of our clients. We have expanded our services counting on solid alliances with correspondent attorneys and law firms in the following cities in the Republic of Colombia: Bogotå, Barranquilla, Monteria, Santa Marta, San Andres Island, Armenia, Cali, and internationally through strategic alliances with Law Firms and International consultants in various cities of the world. We can provide our services in Spanish, English and French. VELEZ BENEDETTI is a Law firm composed of specialized attorneys and consultants, founded in 1986, mainly focused on providing integral legal advice to Foreign and National Investors in various areas.The law firm provide its services through an interdisciplinary team of professionals, with a commitment to satisfy the needs of our clients in an efficient, personalized and reliable manner. Aware of the international dimension of business, the firm has legal agents and correspondents in the main cities of Colombia and various cities worldwide in order to provide ideal service to an multinational clientele. We also provide integral real estate advisory through our Company INMOBROKERS. We counted on the necessary human and technical resource to give proper advice to our clients in the area of real estate purchases.

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Ricardo Velez Benedetti Partner Tel: (+57 5) 664 5071 664 2144 Fax: (+57 5) 664 0140



Ivan Granados is an Attorney and Notary Public who specialises in Real Estate, Corporate & Tax law. He also provides legal counsel and advisory for intellectual property, immigration (residences applications) and nearshoring matters in Costa Rica. A majority of his clients are business builders and a great number of them are foreign investors including private individuals, companies and enterprises, which require legal advisory. In 1999, Mr Granados obtained his law degree at the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA) in San Jose, Costa Rica. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, and during that same year he was appointed Notary Public by the Supreme Court of Costa Rica. He holds a Minor in Economics, awarded also by the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA). In 2008, Mr Granados was awarded a dual Master’s degree (LL.M) in Tax and Business Law from the University of International Cooperation (UCI), San Jose, Costa Rica. Mr Granados is also a Conciliator, diploma awarded by Ulacit University and the Minister of Justice and Peace for completing 80 hours of extensive coursework. Professionally, Mr Granados has worked in both the public and private sectors. He began his career by holding legal advisory positions within the Costa Rican Government including: the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Costa Rica; the Parliament of Costa Rica; Minister of Justice; INS (National Insurance Company), among other institutions. As a guest lecturer, Mr Granados has spoken at seminars, meetings, and consortiums internationally representing UACA University, as well as the Government of Costa Rica. In 2004, Mr. Granados entered private practice at GM Attorneys, a distinguished boutique law firm, which for over three decades has provided counsel and personalised services for a broad range of legal parameters with the highest ethical and professional quality standards. The firm’s mission is to become another of its clients’ business allies.

Ivan Granados Managing Partner San José Tel: +506 2253-0661 Flamingo Beach Tel: +506 2654-4367 Tamarindo Tel: +506 2653-2155 Fax: +506 2234-9898 LinkedIn: company/gm-attorneys Facebook: GM-Attorneys583146068539273/?fref=ts

Since 2014 both Mr. Granados and GM Attorneys have been honoured as “Lawyer of the Year”, “Law Firm of the Year”, and also profiled as “Costa Rica - Corporate & Real Estate Expert” by ACQ5 and Global Law Experts (GLE) among other top legal directories and specialised websites and magazines. For us at GM Attorneys: Simplicity, Clarity and Precision are indeed assets, that along with, our Credibility, Reliability, Trust, Expertise and record of sound judgment allows us to provide and share the best legal advisory with the highest ethical and professional quality standards.

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Senior Partner of Bufete Carro y Asociados, Rocio Carro Hernรกndez is a lawyer with more than 25 years working with Labour and Employment Law. She obtained her law degree at the University of Costa Rica and then completed her studi di perfezionamento post-laurem in diritto del lavoro at the Universitรก Degli Studi di Pisa, Italy. At the beginning of her career she was appointed Labour Judge and consultant for the International Labour Organization, opportunities that gave her a broad national and international experience, and allowed her to publish a considerable number of academic publications. She was Substitute Magistrate of the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice for twelve years. She has also worked as a professor of Labor Relations at the Central American Superior Institute, the University of Costa Rica and University La Salle. For more than twenty years she has practiced the profession as a corporate lawyer and is currently the Secretary of the Costarrican Asociation of Labour Law.

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Rocio Carro Hernรกndez Dra. Ebenezer Building, 98A Street 35th Avenue, Rohmoser Costa Rica Tel: +506 229 08 571 Fax: +506 2290-6934



We are a specialized consultancy in Intellectual Property whose aim is the representation and advice to third parties on issues related to the acquisition, maintenance, counseling, protection and defense of their rights in industrial property and copyright. Mission Meet the need of legal or natural persons which are nationals or foreign, related to consulting, acquisition, maintenance and protection of intellectual property rights in Cuba and abroad.

Lamparilla No.2 Lonja del Comercio Oficina G, Habana Vieja La Habana, Cuba Tel: (+53) 78011443 Fax: (+53) 78011746

Vision To be a world-class organization, particularly in the US market, by strengthening the competitive position obtained by the quality and speed of response to our clients. We have a multidisciplinary team of highly competent and qualified specialists, from different technical fields with emphasis in the areas of Biotechnology and Pharmacy, among others, and lawyers specialized in IP, who offer the best technical and legal expertise related to all matters concerning the protection of Intellectual Property. Our Services We offer between our major services the representation, searching, registration requests, renewal and recordals, licensing, of all the modalities related with Intellectual Property. Major Modalities

• Industrial Models

• Trademarks

• Utility Models

• Inventions

• Copyright

We guarantee our clients a quality service, working with efficient staff and resources and effective technologies to respond immediately to each of their requests for services related with the Intellectual Property aspects. In addition to their professional qualifications, in particular, our specialists hold a recognized ethic, giving our clients security, confidentiality, effectiveness and reliability.

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De Camps | Vásquez | Valera is a full services law firm that emerges for the purposes of satisfying the growing demand for specialized legal services in the Dominican Republic. At our firm we strive to achieve the best possible results within cost-effective solutions. Our support is directed to create value in our client’s business and cases, offering personal attention from our Partners and staff, while accomplishing the highest levels of quality and efficiency in all services regardless of their scope and complexity. We provide full professional support for all of our client’s needs in areas such as energy and renewable energy law, tourism, foreign investment, industrial property, labor law, financial services and trusts, commercial law, civil law, constitutional and administrative law, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, corporate transactions, taxation and tax incentives. Partner Miguel Valera Montero leads our tax law practice. Mr. Valera graduated summa cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre & Maestra and, as a J. William Fulbright Scholarship recipient, holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Houston Law Center. With a law practice extending over a decade in some of the country’s top law firms and as in-house counsel for a worldwide recognized tourist resort and luxury real estate destination, he has specialized his practice in Taxation, Constitutional law, Administrative law, Corporate Law, Contracts, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is the author and coauthor of several books, papers and articles on constitutional law, administrative law and taxation. Mr. Valera is also an arbitrator for the Center of Alternative Conflicts Resolution of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic tax legislation is complex and the tax authorities are rigorous in their supervision and application. Our tax law practice is focused in providing our clients with expert legal assistance in order to mitigate their legal exposure by allowing our clients to take fully informed decisions and by assuming the complete defense of our client’s interests before the Tax Authorities, the Administrative Courts or the Constitutional Court. Choosing De Camps | Vásquez | Valera as your law firm in the Dominican Republic will provide you with a team that combines experience, work code ethics, value adding support and result oriented actions; all of which makes us a mandatory reference when seeking legal assistance and the go-to firm to confidently entrust your most sensitive cases.

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Miguel Valera Montero Partner Gustavo Mejía Ricart No. 100 Torre Empresarial MM Suite 201 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Tel: +1 809-567-8444 +1 809-567-8440 Fax: +1 809-567-8200



Practice Area: Municipal Law, Land Management, Corporate Law About Andrés Ortiz: • Lawyer and Jurisprudence Doctor by Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil. • Companies Legal Advisor. • Land Management Professor. • Master’s Degree in Corporate Law by Universidad de Navarra. • Postgraduate specialization in commercial companies: Corporate governance and control. About the firm:

Andrés Emilio Ortiz Herbener President Tel: +593 4 2075100 ext. 680 GUAYAS / GUAYAQUIL / AV. PEDRO MENENDEZ GILBERT PUERTO SANTA ANA EDIFICIO TORREON PISO 1 OFICINA 103 ECUADOR Tel: +593 4 2075100 Fax: +593 4 2075405

LARREA, ORTIZ & CIA SOCIEDAD DE ABOGADOS. We are known to provide a complete and efficient legal advice to our clients, such as obtaining local permits, preparation of claims, complaints and requests to the Central and Sectional Public Administration. Additionally, our firm provides professional services specialized on legal counselling. We provide legal services in Administrative Law and Public Procurement Legislation, Corporate Law, Labor Law, Tax, Judicial, Arbitration and Civil Law

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Estudio Jurídico Prado provides a service with the highest levels of quality and efficiency to its clients in different areas of law. We are driven to be the best solution to avoid litigation to our customers, and in case of having them provide the best possible alternatives in order to achieve the goal outlined. This is why we have an excellent team, highly trained, committed and oriented to the success of our clients, as well as with a vast experience, which allows us to ensure that we are the best alternative in the market. Mission Estudio Jurídico Prado provides a comprehensive service to protect the interests of its clients, basing its efficiency on the experience and specialized knowledge of its human capital, as well as on the application of its ethical, professional and respectful principles to all parties related to your activity. The value proposition we deliver to our customers is based on quality of service, confidentiality, timeliness in achieving results, application of fair prices and above all the maintenance of a relationship of trust and mutual respect. Intellectual Property The firm has the professional infrastructure to deal with cases of intellectual property, providing advice and sponsorship in the registration and custody in Ecuador of trademarks and services, trade names and slogans, invention patents, industrial designs, commercial and industrial secrets, and internet domain names.

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Xavier Pesantes Román Director Intellectual Property Avenue Francisco de Orellana and Amazonas, Quito Ecuador Tel: +593 2-223-2068



Rodrigo Núñez Sarrapy is a member of González Calvillo’s Corporate Finance Practice Group. Mr. Nuñez has broad experience in corporate and banking finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He also specializes in real estate investments, privatizations and general corporate matters. Mr. Núñez regularly advises financial institutions, issuers, private equity funds, real estate investment funds and developers in connection with domestic and cross-border transactions. Mr. Núñez is also Secretary of the Board of Directors of various public and privately held companies. Admission Mexico (1997) Education and experience Mr. Nuñez-Sarrapy obtained a J.D. degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in 1995. He was a founding partner at Cortés y Núñez Sarrapy, S.C. from 2004 to 2011, and a foreign associate at the New York office of Shearman & Sterling LLP from 2000 to 2001.

Rodrigo Núñez Sarrapy Partner Montes Urales 632 Floor 3 Lomas de Chapultepec 11000, Mexico City Mexico Tel: + (5255) 5202-7622

Languages Spanish and English Representative Legal Matters • Represented Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos in the structuring and inception of a Master Trust Agreement jointly with the National Infrastructure Fund (Fonadin-Banobras) for the development and construction of the Valle San Pedro sustainable housing development (DUIS), located in the municipalities of Tijuana and Tecate, Baja California, for a total amount of US$300 million. • Represented Nexxus Capital in its joint venture with Walton Street Capital and Grupo Chartwell for the development and operation of touristic hotels and hospitality projects in Mexico (including among others, the management and operation of Hilton Hotels). • Represented the controlling shareholders of Industrias Innopack, in the sale of their stake in the company for a total amount of US$210 million. • Represented the trust division of Banco JP Morgan México in the first cross-border securitization of mortgage-receivables conducted by Hipotecaria Su Casita for an aggregate amount of $253 Million. • Represented the trust division of Banco JP Morgan México in the international offering of asset-backed Notes conducted by Aeroinvest, controlling company of Grupo Aeroportuario Centro-Norte, for a total amount of US$210 million. • Represented The Bank of New York Mellon México in the transfer of the trust portfolio and the fiduciary operations of Banco JP Morgan México. Professional Associations and Memberships • lustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados • Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados • Instituto Mexicano de la Mediación

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Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C. (DBB) is a Mexican Intellectual Property firm. The practice includes all aspects of intellectual property such as obtaining, registering and protecting inventions, distinctive signs; copyright, franchising and licensing, information technologies and data protection issues. We also have extensive expertise in litigation, anti-counterfeiting, regulatory law and related commercial law. While taking our clients’ commercial situation into consideration, we provide high quality services that are tailor-made to fit the needs of our clients around the world. Our long life as an IP law firm enables us to work in a unique and specialized way per our clients’ needs. We are one of the very few firms in Mexico that perform indepth examination of patent applications. This service allows us to deliver the best possible advice while prosecuting the applications and avoiding the issuance of office actions, since we can foresee the amendments that will be required by the Mexican Patent Office (IMPI) in all technical fields. Our trademark team is highly specialized and has been recognized several times for their outstanding work. We have great expertise in classification issues, strategies and prosecution, which has been applied to trademarks related to the pharmaceutical; fashion and luxury, healthcare, technology and electronics industries. We have succeeded in understanding the twists and turns of the recently implemented Madrid System, which doesn’t always work smoothly with our domestic regulations. Our litigation and contentious department offers a market leading expertise in trademarks, patents and copyrights issues. We handle transactional matters, patent, trademark and copyright litigation, as well as unfair competition cases, which also includes a team of lawyers specialized in constitutional appeals, damages and remedies. Consistent with our commitment to technology, efficiency and the highest quality service, the firm is ISO 9001:2008 certified and we have implemented the PATRIX® HELPWARE System. We take pride in building strong business relationships as well as personal with our clients. We are devoted to delivering top-of-the-line legal services and achieving client satisfaction. Many of our clients have remained with us for more than forty or fifty years. That alone says something about the quality and care that DBB offers its clients.

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Laura Collada Managing Partner Av. Insurgentes Sur 1898Pent Office 21, Col. Florida C.P. 01030, Mexico City Mexico Tel: (+52-55) 5322-6230 Fax: (+52-55) 5661-3550



Aarón Estrada obtained a law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He later obtained a Diploma degree in the field of Intellectual Property from the same school. Previous to establishing the firm æ AARON ESTRADA LEGAL, Aaron worked in Intellectual Property boutique law firms and the Intellectual Property area of a major law firm. Mr. Estrada’s expertise is in intellectual property litigation (drafting of briefs and consultation). He also handles the prosecution of patents, industrial designs, trademarks and copyright protection. His clients include Intellectual Property firms established in the United States, India and China. He also advises startups in the protection of their intellectual property assets.

Aarón Estrada Founder Cerro del Cubilete 7 Colonia Campestre Churubusco D.F., C.P. 04200 Delegación Coyoacán Mexico Tel: (+52) 55 7037 – 2155

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Gloria G. Isla is Partner and Founder of Isla del Campo, SC in Mexico City. She specializes in all areas of intellectual property including prosecution, maintenance and enforcement. Gloria has been heavily involved in major licensing and technology transfer negotiations and has successfully represented her clients in intellectual property litigation in Mexico involving copyright and trademark infringement. She has actively participated in preparing corporate policies and manuals to satisfy her client’s intellectual property needs. She has expanded the areas of interest in Isla del Campo, SC to include Valuation of Intellectual Property rights, Privacy Law and Health Registrations and Compliance. She manages Intellectual Property portfolios for Mexican and international clients. She has Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She was awarded a scholarship to obtain her master’s Degree in Intellectual Property at the prestigious Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law) in Concord, NH USA, where she was some years later appointed to be on the Board of Trustees for 7 years. For most of her career, Gloria’s area of practice has been in intellectual property and licensing and technology transfer. Gloria worked in two big firms before starting her own firm Isla del Campo, SC for the last 9 years. She is affiliated and very active in INTA; Licensing Executives Society International, Les Mexico Ac, AIPPI, AMPPI, ASIPI and the Mexican Bar Association. “Through all my years of practice I have learned different business models and at this stage I am delighted in having direct contact with the potential clients and understanding their overall needs not only regarding intellectual property” she said. “Knowing and understanding their needs then I can bring in the best attorney/ engineering/administrative or consultant to resolve them. Nowadays I am more like a facilitator. I will always have the best professional for my client’s need regardless of the area of law they require for the best development or their businesses.” Gloria´s main strength acquired through her professional life is that she hears the problems and solves them if they are solvable if not honestly advises the clients of the pros and cons never lying or pretending. Through the years she has been regarded as a rainmaker. She has credibility.

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Gloria G. Isla Senior Partner Periférico Sur 3449-5A, Col. San Jerónimo Lidice CP 10200, Ciudad de México Mexico Tel: (+5255) 5668-9297 Fax: (+5255) 1520-1725 dial 108



Born in Panama, Republic of Panama, January 12, 1963; admitted to the bar, 1986, Panama. Education • University of Panama (Licenciate in Law and Political Sciences, 1986). • Magdalen College (University of Oxford. 1986-1987), affiliated as research student at Jesus College, under Prof. RM Goode supervision (sept. 1988-june 1989). • University of San Diego (1987-1988). • Queen Mary College (University of London, 1988-1989). Seminars • Pacific Admiralty, San Francisco (USA), 1992-2000. • Lloyd’s Practical Maritime Studies, Course on Charterparties London, 1993. • Beaumont Garnault International Aviation Conference, London 1994-2014. • Joint Venture and Strategic Alliances, Course New York Bar, 1999. • Jesus College, Offshore Institute Seminar, 1998. Published Works & Lectures • “Contract of Reinsurance”, Thesis, 1987; • “Responsibilities of Flag Countries according to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea”, University of San Diego, 1988; • “Piracy and Unfair Competition at Colon Free Zone”, University of San Diego, 1988; • “Panama Maritime Procedural Law”, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, 1991; • “Fiscal Advantages of Law 8 of 1994”, • “Regulating Tourism Investment in Panama”, 1994; • “Maritime Injunctions in Panama”, The Panama Admiralty Law Report 2002; • “Anatomy of a Ship Arrest in Panama”, The Panama Admiralty Law Report, Jan 2002; • “Panama enacts new Tourism Law: Law 431 of 2012”,The Panama Legal Report, July 2013; • “Canada Panama Free Trade Agreement”, The Panama Legal Report, June, 2014 • Panama Adopts New Legislation to Supress Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Massive Weapons Proliferation , The Panama Legal Report, August, 2015; Member • Panama Bar Association • Panama Maritime Law Association • British Chamber of Commerce • American Chamber of Commerce

Juan José Espino Partner Plaza 2000 Tower 10th Floor, 50th Avenue Panama Tel: +507-223-7222 Fax: + 507-223-7535

Areas of Experience • Maritime • Aviation • Foreign Investments • Company

Representative Experience • Representing reinsurers and airlines in several claims, including aviation accidents • Representing marine industry and mega yacht owners • Organization of several marine transportation companies in Panama • Organization and advised of several Hotels & Resorts projects • Several Tourism Services companies Awards & Recognition • Who’s Who Legal Central America 2016: Transport

Languages Spanish and English.

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The Legal Firm FERNÁNDEZ ZACUR – GABINETE JURÍDICO provides counseling and litigation services in the Republic of Paraguay. The firm is specialized in Criminal Corporate Law and Corporate Law. However, we have developed a multidisciplinary project focused on the integral solution of legal problems. JOSÉ MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ ZACUR is a Lawyer who graduated from the Catholic University Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Asunción - Paraguay) with an OUTSTANDING grade point average and a Doctor in Law (SUMMA CUM LAUDE). Master in International Criminal Economic Law at the University of Granada (Granada - Spain). Postgraduate in Criminal Economic Law at University of Nordeste (Corrientes - Argentina). Diplomaed in Criminal Economic Law from the Association of Judges of Paraguay. Specialist in Criminal Law at University of Belgrano (Buenos Aires - Argentina) with a DISTINCTION and at University of Pacífico (Asunción - Paraguay). Postgraduate in Deepened Criminal Law at University of Cuenca del Plata (Corrientes - Argentina). Diplomaed in Oral Litigation from American University (Asunción - Paraguay). Graduate from the School of Criminal Science and German Criminal Dogmatic at the University of Göttingen (Göttingen - Germany), from the Spanish Trial Skills Academy at the California Western School of Law (San Diego - United States of America) and the Extension Course in Criminal Corporate Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre - Brazil). Former professor of Forensic Linguistics at University of Integración de las Américas (Asunción Paraguay). Former professor of Oral and Written Communication with emphasis in Legal Oratory and Forensic Drafting at the Catholic University Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Asunción - Paraguay). Despite our sustained growth, supported by an outstanding percentage of successes, we maintain the style of a typical family firm, which guarantees a personalized treatment, discretion and the utmost diligence.

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José Miguel Fernández Zacur Senior Partner 14 de Mayo N° 1.552 Ciudad de Asunción Paraguay Tel: (+59521) 393-406 Fax: (+59521) 393-406



Enrique Ferrando’s practice is concentrated in commercial, corporate and civil law, as well as in arbitration. In particular, he focuses his practice in counseling insurance and reinsurance matters, corporate disputes and civil and commercial litigation. His clients are mainly large national and international companies from different sectors, such as industry, energy, insurance, reinsurance and banking. Enrique’s practice is aimed at providing advice to corporate clients on strategies and “exit solutions” to be applied in conflicts, contracts and complex negotiations. His experience also includes corporate counseling related to the insurance and reinsurance business. He has acted as arbitrator and as attorney in several of the most important arbitration cases. Enrique has represented national and foreign clients in numerous negotiations, arbitration proceedings and alternative conflict settlement solutions in Peru, continental Europe and the United Kingdom.

Enrique Ferrando Gamarra Senior Partner Tel: +51.611.8282 (Ext. 238) Av. Santo Toribio 143 Piso 3 – San Isidro, Lima Peru Tel: +51.611.8282 Fax: +51.611.8284

An important part of Enrique’s work concentrates on representing clients through complex disputes in connection to civil, corporate and insurance conflicts. With regard to insurance and reinsurance, he has broad experience in coverage matters and in handling, monitoring and coordinating complex claims, especially those concerning significant insurance claims and disputes on industrial, CAR (Contractors’ All Risk) aviation and maritime transportation issues, as well as liability risks (tort, professional liability, Directors and Officers - D&O, Errors and Omissions - E&O), having handled claims for over US$ 900 million to date. His practice includes the design, drafting, preparation and interpretation of policies, contracts and agreements for the insurance industry and regulatory affairs. His professional practice also covers Government insurance contracts and the management and operation of these policies, as well as comprehensive advice on all kinds of litigation concerning the insurance and reinsurance market. He lectures regularly in conferences and seminars related to the insurance sector and arbitrations. Enrique is frequently appointed as arbitrator. He has been recognized by the British publication Chambers Latin America, of Chambers and Partners Legal Publishers, for his work as arbitrator and as pioneer in the development of the environmental law in Peru.

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Pierola & Asociados was founded in 1975, specializing in intellectual property in all legal areas related to trade marks, slogans, trade names, well-known trade marks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyrights, unfair competition and litigation, as well as foreign investment and general practice. Currently the firm is actively involved in the fields of domain names dispute resolution and arbitration, licensing and infringement actions.

Jose de Pierola Senior Partner josedepierola

Pierola & Asociados is an important leading law firm in Peru with more than 40 years of experience in intellectual property, a high level of service in all areas of practice. The firm has correspondents and clients in many countries around the world.

Manuel Almenara 265 PO Box 18-0715, Lima 18 Peru Tel: (+511) 447-2454 Fax: (+511) 447-2450

Jose de Pierola is the Senior Partner of Pierola & Asociados. Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, corporate Law, General Law, Arbitration, Domain Name Dispute Resolution. Languages: Spanish, English and French.

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Marjorie Rawls Roberts specializes in the areas of tax, investment, and offshore funds. Previously, Ms. Roberts was in private practice in London and Washington, DC with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (1981-1985), served as an attorneyadvisor in the US Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy in Washington, DC (1985-1988), was Chief Counsel to the US Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (1988-1995), and was General Counsel, Vice President, and Director for Globalvest Management Company, LP, a St. Thomas-based investment company managing approximately $1 billion in investments in Latin America and Russia through offshore funds (1995-1999). Ms. Roberts attended the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College with High Honors in History (B.A. 1977). She holds law degrees from Harvard University (J.D. 1980) and Cambridge University (LL.B. 1981). At Harvard University she served as Developments Editor of the Harvard Journal of International Law and as Editor-InChief of the Harvard Law Record (newspaper). She was awarded a Frank Knox Memorial Scholarship by Harvard University to study at Cambridge University.

Marjorie Rawls Roberts Partner One Hibiscus Alley, 5093 Dronningens Gade, Ste. 1, St. Thomas, VI 00802 US Virgin Islands Tel: +1 340-776-7235 Fax: +1 340-776-7951

Ms. Roberts has written a number of articles on international taxation, investment issues, and offshore and mutual funds and has spoken at conferences on Taxation in Central America and the Caribbean, Virgin Islands Investment Law, Captive Insurance Companies, International Estate Planning, Foreign Sales Corporations, Offshore and Mutual Funds, and Utilization of Offshore Centers. She is also the US Virgin Islands correspondent for Tax Notes International and on the Board of Advisors for the Council on International Tax Education (CITE) and the International Tax News, Trusts and Trustees, Offshore Investment, and Insurance Tax Review. Ms. Roberts is admitted to practice law in California, Washington, D.C., the US Virgin Islands, and before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Roberts is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been appointed by U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Charles W. Turnbull to serve on the Virgin Islands Tax Study Commission, where she has been elected Co-Chair. Marjorie Rawls Roberts, P.C. Marjorie Rawls Roberts, P.C. was established in 1999 to focus on the tax and business issues facing individuals and entities in the US Virgin Islands. The firm provides an array of services in the area of tax law, including US Virgin Islands, international, US, and Central American tax planning, representation before the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service, estate planning, and establishment and operation of US Virgin Islands exempt international insurers and exempt companies.

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Richard H Golubow is a founding member and the managing shareholder of Winthrop Couchot Professional Corporation, a premier bankruptcy law firm established in 1995 and located in Newport Beach, California. Devoting his practice to the areas of financial restructuring, insolvency law, complex bankruptcy and business reorganisations, litigation, liquidations and acquisitions, Mr Golubow’s clients include debtors, creditors, creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, receivers and asset purchasers in a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, distribution, importing, construction, entertainment, education, non-profit institutions, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, automotive, golf and country club, biotech, transportation, telecommunications and Internet businesses. He has achieved an ‘AV Preeminent’ (5 out of 5) Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition, generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary for legal ability and ethical standards. He is also rated “superb” (10 out of 10) by the leading independent attorney rating service, AVVO, and has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of practising attorneys in Southern California. Mr Golubow is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), an invitation only network of lawyers from single-discipline boutique law firms with the highest level of knowledge, experience, reputation and credentials comparable or superior to what can be found at the highest-ranking full-service law firms. Mr Golubow has lectured, written about, or been interviewed on varied insolvency related topics including: as a panellist, Bankruptcy in the Americas Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine, September 2015; as a panellist, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Annual Review 2015, Financier Worldwide Magazine, June 2015; as an author, Use of the Common Interest Doctrine in Bankruptcy Cases, Corporate LiveWire Bankruptcy & Restructuring Expert Guide, March/April 2015; as a guest interviewed on Your Money Talks radio show, host Jerry Slusiewicz, a Bloomberg radio affiliated program, January 5, 2015 about corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring; as a moderator, Comparative Analysis of Receiverships, Bankruptcies and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, California Receivers Forum Loyola VI Conference, January 23, 2015; as a panellist, Bankruptcy in the Americas Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine, September 2014; as a guest interviewed on Commercial Real Estate Radio ( about Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy – What You Need to Know, on April 4, 2014 and Investing in Distressed Real Property in Bankruptcy, on February 13, 2014; as a panellist, ‘But I Thought We Were Safe: Are Priority Claims and Legacy Employee Liabilities at Risk in a 363 Sale?’ at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference in December 2013; and as a panellist, ‘War of the Roses, The Impact of Divorce Proceedings on Business and Personal Bankruptcy Cases’ at the California Bankruptcy Forum’s 25th Annual Insolvency Conference in May 2013. Prior to entering private practice, Mr Golubow served as judicial law clerk and judicial extern to the Honourable John J Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division.

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Richard H Golubow Founding Member Tel: +1 949 720 4135 660 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 Tel: +1 949 720 4135



Starting out in public accounting, Ms. Allen has worked as a tax professional/director in CPA firms as well as in private industry. In addition, she has held positions of CFO/legal counsel for varying companies including software, engineering, medical device, service sectors, manufacturing, and social media. With a BS in Accounting, MBA, JD and LLM in tax, Ms. Allen’s experience and education combines three essential areas for all business to uniquely solve issues arising before them, that of accounting, tax and law. Her professional memberships include the California Bar Association, the San Diego Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Our firm provides accounting services for financial statement preparation and review, tax compliance ranging from individual income tax preparation to complex corporate, partnership, trust and estate tax returns as well as domestic and international tax planning to ensure tax minimized strategies for our clients.

Janathan Allen Principal Tel: +1-858-376-1501 16745 West Bernardo Drive Suite 260, San Diego CA 92127 USA Tel: +1-858-376-1501 Fax: +1-858-376-1410

We distinguish ourselves because of the diversity of services provided by our technical staff and viewing client and business issues from more than one perspective. We are able to identify multiple problems that could potentially arise if associated issues and substantive areas are not addressed simultaneously. We provide a range of comprehensive services for our clients in an integrated, cost effective manner. Typical clients can be high-net worth individuals, small businesses or multi million dollar corporations with complex business issues. We have assisted clients worldwide and on every continent in creating solutions to their international and domestic transactional, tax and legal issues.

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Suzanne Cocco Midlige is the managing partner of Coughlin Duffy and a member of the insurance and reinsurance services group. Prior to election to managing partner Ms Midlige served as the practice group leader for the insurance and reinsurance services group from 2000 to 2012. Ms. Midlige’s practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international insurers and reinsurers in litigated and non-litigated matters. Ms. Midlige has extensive experience representing multi-national companies involved in transnational disputes. She also concentrates on the representation of companies embroiled in commercial and antitrust disputes. Ms Midlige has extensive experience representing the interests of insurers and reinsurers in disputes relating to financial institutions, director & office disputes, asbestos, pollution, and health hazards. Ms Midlige recently acted for multinational reinsurers in a series of corporate malfeasance claims and failed tax strategy claims, as well as coordinating counsel for a multinational reinsurer in relation to subprime and credit exposures. Ms Midlige has significant experience with asbestos coverage disputes, including the area of asbestos bankruptcy litigation. Significant cases include acting as counsel to fifty multinational insurers in a complex insurance and antitrust dispute involving US and Australian asbestos claims, as well as counsel to European insurers in asbestos coverage litigation filed in the US and London. Ms Midlige works closely with insurers in relation to the development and implementation of models to allocate losses across complex insurance programs, and in evaluating future loss projections and in developing burn rate analyses. Ms Midlige was named as a leading attorney by the Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ms Midlige was selected for inclusion in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Ms Midlige was recently elected to the American College of Coverage and Extra – Contractual Counsel. She is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of the Association for Professional Insurance Women, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), ARIAS, and the New Jersey, International and American Bar Associations where she serves as co-chair of the London Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation. Ms Midlige served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William G Bassler, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey for the 1991-1992 Term.

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Coughlin Duffy Managing Partner Tel: +1 (973) 631-6006 350 Mount Kemble Avenue, P.O. Box 1917, Morristown, NJ 07962 US Tel: +1 (973) 267-0058 Fax: +1 (973) 267-6442



Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in NYC, Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film.

Marc Jacobson Owner

In the music area, he represented the estates of George & Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and important songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Shakira, James Brown and Holland-Dozier-Holland. He represented the digital jukebox industry in its negotiations for performing rights, as well as the Cheer and Spirit industry regarding its use of music. He handles sophisticated music publishing and recording transactions, as well as negotiations to license the use of music by non-traditional music users.

150 East 58 Street, 34 Floor, New York, NY 10155 USA Tel: +1-212-245-8955 Fax: +1-646-807-4599

Jacobson also handles all legal aspects of filmed entertainment for a variety of films. He worked on “Conviction” with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, “Texasville,” with Jeff Bridges and Cybil Shepard and “All’s Fair” with George Segal and Sally Kellerman, “Back in The Day,” with Alec Baldwin and Anabella Sciorria,” Born to Lead: The Sal Aneuse Story,” “Inversion,” and others. He is or has served as Executive Producer for “Roadrunner,” “Leaves of the Tree” and “Hostage.” He is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts & Sports Law, testified before Congress and WIPO regarding the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School. He speaks regularly at bar association and other events about issues related to his practice. He has received many awards relating to his abilities as an attorney. He is licensed to practice law in New York, California (inactive) and Florida.

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Lloyd Z. Remick, Esquire is an attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of entertainment, sports, hospitality and communications law. He is also President of Zane Management, Inc., a Philadelphia based sports, entertainment and communications consulting and management firm. Mr. Remick represents several award winning recording artists, writers, and producers, as well as a number of television, radio, and entertainment personalities. In addition, he represented and managed the late Grammy Award winning Grover Washington, Jr. for over 20 years. Mr. Remick is a registered contract adviser with the National Football League Players’ Association and the NCAA. He has also represented athletes in variety of other sports, including basketball, baseball, ice-skating, crew, boxing, soccer, and track and field. Mr. Remick received his B.S. from Wharton School in 1959, his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1962, and a L.L.M. in tax law from Villanova School of Law in 1984. Professor Remick teaches entertainment and sports law at Temple University School of Law and “The Legal Aspects of Hospitality and Tourism” at the Temple University School of Hospitality and Tourism. He also guest lectures at various organizations and universities throughout the country on a host of entertainment, sports, hospitality, and business related topics. Professor Remick co-wrote Keeping Out the Little Guy: An Older Contract Advisor’s Concern, a Younger Contract Advisor’s Lament, 12 Vill. Sports & Ent. L.J. 1, and The Personal Manager in the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 3 U. Miami Ent. & Sports L. Rev. 57. Attorney Remick was general counsel for Sunoco Welcome America, Philadelphia’s annual ten-day Fourth of July celebration, for over a decade. He was also legal counsel for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the City Representative’s Office, “We the People 2000”, and the Fight Against Drugs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the use of drugs in the sports industry. Mr. Remick is a member of a number of associations and clubs, serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Maxwell Football Club, and served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Music Foundation and Philadelphia Bar Association. He also spent six years as a Hearing Member and Chairperson for the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mr. Remick was voted one of the “best, brightest, wiliest, winningest, most tenacious and efficacious attorneys” as well as “Best Entertainment and Sports Attorney in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine in 1999. Elected to Super Lawyers for Entertainment and Sports Law 2005 – 2016. Elected International Entertainment Lawyer Of The Year 2012-2016. Elected Best Lawyers In America 2007-2016.

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Lloyd Z. Remick, Esquire Partner One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, 56th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103 US Tel: +1 (215) 575-3803 Fax: +1 (215) 575-3801



Peter H. Dworjanyn, Collins & Lacy, PC shareholder, is the chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group and founding author of the South Carolina Insurance Law Blog. His practice encompasses a broad variety of insurance coverage and litigation issues, from coverage advice to litigation of coverage and extra-contractual claims. Pete is experienced in many coverage areas, including but not limited to, General Liability, Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, Excess vs. Primary, Property Life, Health and Disability, Occupational Accident, Commercial Auto and Trucking. Pete also represents insurers in disability, occupational accident, and workers’ compensation claims, particularly with regard to coverage issues and serious injuries. He has consistently been named a South Carolina Super Lawyer® (2013-2016) and a Best Lawyer in America® (2010-2017), two of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Greater Columbia Business Monthly has recognized Pete as one of the “Midlands Legal Elite” in the area of insurance coverage.

Peter H. Dworjanyn Shareholder 1330 Lady Street, 6th Floor Columbia, SC 29201 US Tel: +1 (803) 256-2660 Fax: +1 (803) 771-4484

Prior to working at Collins & Lacy, Pete served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julius H. Baggett, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, worked as an Assistant Solicitor in the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and practiced at another law firm, where he gained exposure to a variety of legal issues. For Pete’s complete bio, please see our website:

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We are a personal injury firm that has helped thousands of people hold corporations and individuals accountable for unsafe practices that harm and kill innocent people. Our hard work has resulted in us being lead counsel on multiple high-profile personal injury and wrongful death cases, one of which was when we had the honor of representing half the crew of the Maersk Alabama in order to change maritime law to protect mariners from Somali piracy. We have obtained record verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, including a $17.72 million verdict for the family of an ironworker who died when the Baylor University football stadium project was planned for speed rather than safety. We strive to make people’s lives better every single day. Since our firm opened its doors in 2004, we have helped over a thousand people get the help they needed to recover from their injuries and get the compensation they deserve. Fighting a big corporation or insurance company can seem like an impossible task on your own. We have the experience and know-how to take on these companies and win. While our main office is located in Houston, Texas, we practice all over the world. We help people who have suffered catastrophic injuries or lost loved ones due to negligence - whether from a car or truck wreck, a work injury, or a defective or dangerous product. Our goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve in the shortest amount of time possible.

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Brian Beckcom Founding Partner 6363 Woodway Dr. #400 Houston, Tx 77057 USA Tel: +1 877 724 7800 Fax: +1 713 224 7801



Charles H. Camp is an international lawyer representing foreign and domestic clients in international litigation, arbitration, negotiation and international debt recovery. Mr. Camp has collected significant sums from debtors based in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Netherlands Antilles and the United States. He has earned the loyalty of international and domestic clients who depend on his skill, creative problem-solving techniques and unique ability to track down and collect hidden assets. Mr. Camp has earned a reputation for extraordinary service and value to select domestic and international clients that include sovereigns, financial institutions, major companies and individuals. Mr. Camp is included in listings of Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World. After practicing law at large international law firms in D.C. and elsewhere for twenty years, Charles H. Camp opened the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. in 2001. The firm focuses exclusively on the complex and highly specialized area of international dispute resolution, including transnational litigation, international arbitration practice, and international debt recovery. Utilizing his extensive legal experience, Mr. Camp provides extraordinary service and value to select domestic and international clients that include sovereigns, financial institutions, major companies and individuals.

Charles H. Camp Founding Partner Tel: +1 301-461-0283 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W., Suite 115G, Washington D.C. 20007 US Tel: +1 202-457-7786 Fax: +1 202-457-7788

Mr. Camp founded the firm on his belief that whoever has the best information wins. Mr. Camp is dedicated to obtaining the best information by utilizing a network of contacts, including former U.S. and foreign intelligence officers, to discover avenues of debt recovery and deeply hidden assets. Combining his investigative resources with a creative, out-of-the-box problem-solving approach to cases, Mr. Camp recovers debts where others have failed. Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. This year, the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. is celebrating 15 years of effective, personalized representation in complex, international matters. From our founding in 2001 by Mr. Camp after practicing law at large international law firms for over twenty years, the firm has earned the respect and trust of clients and peers alike as a formidable boutique practice in international arbitration and litigation as well as global debt recovery. The firm has been repeatedly selected as a Forbes Legal Black Book elite law firm in the area of international law. The Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. focuses exclusively on the complex and highly specialized area of international dispute resolution, including transnational litigation, international arbitration practice, and international debt recovery. Since opening an international law firm, Mr. Camp and his team have put his unique skill set to work to collect significant sums owed to foreign and domestic clients by major companies and wealthy individuals worldwide, including several members of a Middle Eastern ruling family.

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Charles H. Camp is an international lawyer representing foreign and domestic clients in international litigation, arbitration, negotiation and international debt recovery. Mr. Camp has collected significant sums from debtors based in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Netherlands Antilles and the United States. He has earned the loyalty of international and domestic clients who depend on his skill, creative problem-solving techniques and unique ability to track down and collect hidden assets. Mr. Camp has earned a reputation for extraordinary service and value to select domestic and international clients that include sovereigns, financial institutions, major companies and individuals. Mr. Camp is included in listings of Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World. After practicing law at large international law firms in D.C. and elsewhere for twenty years, Charles H. Camp opened the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. in 2001. The firm focuses exclusively on the complex and highly specialized area of international dispute resolution, including transnational litigation, international arbitration practice, and international debt recovery. Utilizing his extensive legal experience, Mr. Camp provides extraordinary service and value to select domestic and international clients that include sovereigns, financial institutions, major companies and individuals. Mr. Camp founded the firm on his belief that whoever has the best information wins. Mr. Camp is dedicated to obtaining the best information by utilizing a network of contacts, including former U.S. and foreign intelligence officers, to discover avenues of debt recovery and deeply hidden assets. Combining his investigative resources with a creative, out-of-the-box problem-solving approach to cases, Mr. Camp recovers debts where others have failed. Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. This year, the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. is celebrating 15 years of effective, personalized representation in complex, international matters. From our founding in 2001 by Mr. Camp after practicing law at large international law firms for over twenty years, the firm has earned the respect and trust of clients and peers alike as a formidable boutique practice in international arbitration and litigation as well as global debt recovery. The firm has been repeatedly selected as a Forbes Legal Black Book elite law firm in the area of international law. The Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. focuses exclusively on the complex and highly specialized area of international dispute resolution, including transnational litigation, international arbitration practice, and international debt recovery. Since opening an international law firm, Mr. Camp and his team have put his unique skill set to work to collect significant sums owed to foreign and domestic clients by major companies and wealthy individuals worldwide, including several members of a Middle Eastern ruling family.

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Charles H. Camp Founding Partner Tel: +1 301-461-0283 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W., Suite 115G, Washington D.C. 20007 US Tel: +1 202-457-7786 Fax: +1 202-457-7788



Bet-the-company litigation calls for a unique combination of skills, experience, and track record. Ty Cobb, a long-time leader at Hogan Lovells, has been widely recognized as one of the premier white collar, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, and congressional investigations lawyers in the world. Clients managing crises, allegations of corruption, and other critical matters turn to Ty to guide them. In 2015, Super Lawyers observed that Ty is “the big gun on whom powerful people rely. ‘Ty Cobb gets results the old-fashioned way,’ says Robert Weber, former general counsel for IBM. ‘He gets his fingernails dirty doing the hard work, he is relentless and he deeply cares about his client. Plus, he’s afraid of nothing.’” As Chambers & Partners notes, Ty is “tremendously responsive” with “phenomenal trial lawyer instinct.” A former federal prosecutor, Ty is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is regularly profiled in Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in the World, International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. In April 2015, he was again recognized by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” Also in 2015, Super Lawyers honored him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C. Ty was an early inductee in the Ethisphere Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have helped to advance corporate ethics and compliance.

Ty Cobb Partner Tel: +1 202 637 6437 Columbia Square 555 Thirteenth Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004 United States Tel: +1 202 637 5600 Fax: +1 202 637 5910

Because of his corporate governance and crisis management experience, public companies, special committees of boards of directors, audit committees, and senior executives in “bet-the-company” cases turn to Ty as an advocate and advisor. Ty’s wide-ranging enforcement, bribery, and corruption practice has taken him to more than 33 countries and 44 states. Because of the high profile and potential consequences of many of his representations, he has appeared on “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” CNN, and FOX in the service of his clients. Hogan Lovells Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, we can help. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells.

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Growth in developing East Asia and Pacific is expected to remain resilient over the next three years, according to a new World Bank report. However, the region still faces significant risks to growth, and countries need to take measures to reduce financial and fiscal vulnerabilities. Over the longer term, the report recommends that countries address constraints to sustained and inclusive growth, including by filling infrastructure gaps, reducing malnutrition and promoting financial inclusion. The newly released East Asia and Pacific Economic Update expects China to continue its gradual transition to slower, but more sustainable, growth, from 6.7% this year to 6.5% in 2017 and 6.3% in 2018. In the rest of the region, growth is projected to remain stable at 4.8% this year, and rise to 5% in 2017 and 5.1% in 2018. Overall, developing East Asia is expected to grow at 5.8% in 2016 and 5.7% in 2017-2018. “The outlook for developing East Asia and Pacific remains positive, with weakness in global growth and external demand offset by robust domestic consumption and investment,” said Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific. “The long-term challenge is to sustain growth and make it more inclusive, including by shrinking gaps in income and access to public services, especially in China; improving infrastructure across the rest of the region; reducing persistent child malnutrition; and harnessing the potential of technology to stimulate financial inclusion.” The report offers a comprehensive analysis of the outlook for East Asia and Pacific against a challenging

global backdrop, including sluggish growth in advanced economies, subdued prospects in most developing economies and stagnant global trade. The report expects domestic demand to remain robust across much of the region. Continued low commodity prices will benefit commodity importers and keep inflation low across most of the region. In China, growth will moderate as the economy continues to rebalance toward consumption, services and higher-value-added activities, and as excess industrial capacity is reduced. Nevertheless, tighter labor markets will support continued growth in incomes and private consumption. Among other large economies, prospects are strongest in the Philippines, where growth is expected to accelerate to 6.4% this year, and Vietnam, where growth this year will be dented by the severe drought, but will recover to 6.3% in 2017. In Indonesia, growth will increase steadily, from 4.8% in 2015 to 5.5% in 2018, the report says, contingent on a pickup in public investment and the success of efforts to improve the investment climate and increase revenues. In Malaysia, however, growth will fall, to 4.2% in 2016 from 5% last year, because of weak global demand for oil and manufactured exports. Among the smaller economies, the growth outlook has deteriorated markedly in some commodity exporters. In Mongolia, the economy is projected to grow only 0.1 percent, down from 2.3% in 2015, on weakening mineral exports and efforts to control debt. Papua New Guinea will see its economic growth at 2.4% in 2016, down from 6.8% in 2015, because of declining prices and output for copper and liquefied natural gas. By contrast, growth will remain buoyant in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

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“Despite the favorable prospects, the region’s growth is subject to significant risks. A sharp global financial tightening, a further slowdown in world growth or a faster-than-anticipated slowdown in China would test East Asia’s resilience,” said Sudhir Shetty, Chief Economist of the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Region. “These uncertainties make it critical for policymakers to reduce financial and fiscal imbalances that have built up in recent years.” Immediate priorities include advancing reforms in its corporate sector and bringing credit growth under control in China; reducing the buildup of domestic and external financial risks in the other large economies; maintaining fiscal buffers and broadening revenue sources across the region, particularly for commodity producers; and addressing risks to fiscal sustainability in Mongolia and Timor-Leste. Over the longer term, the report highlights four areas where policy measures can promote inclusive growth. First, it recommends that China build on its past success in reducing poverty by improving access to basic public services for the rural population, and for the still growing number of migrants to the cities. Second, other countries in the region need to fill infrastructure gaps by rebalancing public expenditure, increasing public-private cooperation and improving the efficiency of public investment management. Third, the report urges policymakers to address widespread malnutrition. High levels of childhood undernutrition persist in many countries, even relatively affluent ones, and lead to health and cognitive deficits that are difficult to reverse. The report recommends coordinated measures across a range of areas, including early childhood development programs and micronutrient interventions. Finally, the report recommends that countries harness the potential of technology in transforming financial services and increasing financial inclusion. The region is technologically advanced, with a high level of mobile phone penetration, but lags in access to financial services. To reap the gains from financial innovation, countries will need to strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks and enhance consumer protection.

Export Sector Supporting Australia’s Growth The Australian economy will grow at 2.9% in 2016, the latest KPMG Quarterly Economic Outlook forecasts. KPMG also predicts global growth will be 3.0% and 3.3% for 2016 and 2017 respectively, slightly lower than the IMF forecasts of 3.1% and 3.4 percent. The report argues that the Brexit vote has increased global uncertainty and impeded the fledgling recovery in the world economy. Brendan Rynne, KPMG Australia Chief Economist, said: “Our forecast of 2.9% domestic growth suggests relatively soft growth for the June 2016 quarter. Despite the end of the resources boom, it is the export sector which is still supporting Australia’s growth, with mining production generating economic benefits from a volume, and slight price, perspective, and services also contributing positively to our trade balance.”

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Other key points from the report: • Declining business investment continues to be a drag on economic growth, and is anticipated to do so well into FY18. • State Government debt, including unfunded superannuation liabilities, is growing faster than either Commonwealth Government or Local Government debt. • While the economy is improving, the report observes that employment growth is not occurring at a rate strong enough to make a major impact on Australia’s unemployment levels. KPMG anticipates unemployment rates will settle between mid-5% and 6% for the medium term. • In addition to a ‘sticky’ unemployment rate, there also remains a significant number of people who are working less than they would like. The under-utilisation rate of employed people is now at its highest level since the ABS survey began in 1978. However, there is a marked skew in these results, with young workers aged 16-24 years recording under-utilisation between 2 to 3 times higher than older workers. Brendan Rynne said: ”The Australian labour market has been much weaker in the first half of 2016, with only 43,000 new jobs generated in the six months to June, and the number of full time employed people declined by nearly 19,000. This is where policymakers need to focus their attention.” He added: “Globally, economic growth is subdued, and now it looks like 2016 will record the lowest level of growth since the GFC. We were starting to see signs of fragile improvement in emerging markets and developing economies, and Brazil and Russia were beginning to return to positive growth sooner than previously expected. But the spectre of the UK leaving the European Union has now increased global uncertainty.”

Respectable growth outlook for New Zealand despite global surprises Despite a dramatic global economic backdrop, the growth outlook for the New Zealand economy remains very respectable, according to the latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecasts. ASB Chief Economist Nick Tuffley says the global economy has been volatile and full of diverse surprises over 2016. “New Zealand and the global economy has weathered China’s New Year equity meltdown, blowtorches applied to European banks and the surprise Brexit vote,” Mr Tuffley says. New Zealand economic growth is forecast to improve, boosted by migration, construction and non-dairy exports. “Interest rates are extremely low and set to stay that way into 2018,” Mr Tuffley says “Migration inflows remain strong and will support growth, while the strength of the housing market and construction is rippling out to many regions. At the same time, exports are faring well generally, with one recent standout being the kiwifruit sector’s record exports.”

Asia & Oceania Contents

Australia – Fifth Floor Selborne Chambers


Australia – Banco Chambers


Australia – Immigration Solutions Lawyers


Australia – Taussig Cherrie Fildes


Australia – Visatec Legal


Australia – Omond & Co.


Australia – MacMillan Trademarks


Australia – Bespoke


Bangladesh – Rahman’s Chambers


Bangladesh – Tanjib Alam & Associates


India – RNClegal Rajinder Narain & Co.

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India – Vishal Kalra


Indonesia – LUCAS, S.H. & PARTNERS


Indonesia – Batavia Patentservis Asia


Malaysia – Deol & Gill, Advocates & Solicitors


Nepal – Jurist And Company Pvt. Ltd.


New Zealand – Maberly & Co


Singapore – Nicholas & Tan Partnership LLP


Singapore – Gurbani & Co


Thailand – Dej-Udom & Associates


Vietnam – Bross & Partners




F M Douglas QC Fifth Floor Selborne Chambers

Mr Douglas throughout his career has had an extensive practice in all areas of commercial and public law including constitutional law, corporate insolvency, insurance, intellectual property and professional indemnity. He has practiced widely in the appellate jurisdictions of all Australian States and Territories and in the High Court. He has a particular interest in Arbitration and Mediation and has been appointed as counsel and arbitrator both in Australia and overseas, in a wide range of matters. Principal areas of practice: Administrative Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate; Arbitration; Building; Construction and Technology Commercial Law; Competition and Consumer; Constitutional Law; Construction and Technology; Corporations and Securities; Equity; Insurance and Reinsurance; Intellectual Property; Public Law; Trade Practices; Trusts. Selected Cases as a Junior: • Commonwealth of Australia v State of Tasmania (the Tasmanian Dams case) (1983) 158 CLR 1, as junior to R J Ellicott QC and AM Glceson QC for Tasmania • Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Drug Trafficking through the Bahamas (1983-1984) as junior to R J Ellicott QC Moorgate Tobacco Co Ltd v Philip Morris Ltd (1984) 156 CLR 414 as junior to R S Alexander QC of the London Bar

Francis Douglas QC Tel: +61 2 8067 5534 Fax: +61 2 9235 2342 douglasqc@ 174 Phillip Street Sydney NSW 2000 DX 341 Sydney Australia Tel: +61 (02) 9235 1155 Fax: +61 (02) 9235 2342

• Since taking silk in 1988 Mr Douglas has appeared in the High Court and other intermediate appellate courts on numerous occasions. He was for a very short period a Justice of the Court of Appeal in Fiji and the Supreme Court of that country (see Qarase v Bainimarama [2009] FJCA 9: 9 April 2009) Recent matters in which Mr Douglas has been briefed include: • As Senior Counsel for AEGP Australia Ltd v Armour Ltd [2016] SC 153 (contractual dispute as to specific performance of an agreement between two Oil and Gas companies • As Senior Counsel for the franchisors of Pizza Hut in a class action against Pizza Hut [2016] FCA 43 • As Senior Counsel for the applicant in proceedings in the Federal Court against Christies and others in relation to the sale at auction of forged artworks (McBride v Christie’s and ors [2014] NSWSC 1729. • As Senior Counsel for the applicant in proceedings in the Federal Court arising out of the Cascade Coal scandal Addenbrooke v Duncan [2015] FCA 793 • As Senior Counsel for the appellant in Carslow Castle Pty Ltd trading as Greenhill Capital Partners v Aztec Resources Ltd [2014] NSWCA 123 (liability to payment of a success fcc) • As Senior Counsel for the claimant in an arbitration before the Hon Ian Callinan AC concerning the value of a substantial parcel of subdivisional land in Brisbane, Queensland [2014]-[2016]

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Banco Chambers Ruth Higgins appears, principally as lead counsel, in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies (Volkswagen, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolworths) energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia), media companies, (Today FM, Seven), and government instrumentalities, including the ACCC, NCC, ASIC and APRA. She has appeared at various enquirers including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquiry, at private and public hearings of the ICAC and as counsel for Macquarie Generation at the Special Commission of Enquiry into Electricity Transactions. Ruth is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal, a director of the Bar Association of NSW and a pool member of the Dispute Resolution Panel appointed under the National Electricity Rules. Ruth won the Glasgow University medal in law, completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (1997) and a Visiting Fellow at new College Oxford (2016). Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004), three collections of essays co-edited with Justin Gleeson SC and a forthcoming monograph, Law’s Candour (all through Federation Press). Ruth has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 (currently, Litigation, ADR, and Bet-the-Company Litigation) and Chambers Global since 2011 (currently Bar, Dispute Resolution, Band 1). She is presently ranked as a preeminent barrister in the Doyle’s Guide for commercial litigation (NSW and Australia) and competition law, and as a leading barrister in insolvency law. She has won various other awards, including the inaugural Sheahan Lock Partners Junior Barrister Award, at the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, and several related awards through Lawyers Monthly UK, including awards for constitutional law in 2014, and for competition law and banking and finance law in 2015.

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Ruth C A Higgins Barrister Level 9, Chifley Tower 2 Chifley Square Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia Tel: +612 9376 0602 Fax: +61 2 9335 3542



Immigration Solution Lawyers Immigration Solutions Lawyers is a leading immigration law firm headed by Managing Director and Principal Lawyer, Anne O’Donoghue. Immigration law is a fast-paced, dynamic and complex area of law that can be difficult to understand. As such, it is crucial to seek help from a firm that has experience and is practiced at anticipating future changes that might affect clients. Immigration Solutions combines experience and creativity to provide expert advice on immigration matters and prides itself on being an innovative and dedicated law firm. Anne O’Donoghue Anne O’Donoghue is an accredited Immigration Law Specialist and Registered Migration Agent with over 23 years of experience. Anne was the founding Vice President of the Migration Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia (LCA), currently holds the position of Executive Treasurer of the International Law Section of the LCA and is a member of the Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee of the NSW Law Society. Anne is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Anne O’Donoghue Managing Director and Principal Lawyer anne@immigrationsolutions. Suite 1304, World Tower 87-89 Liverpool Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia Tel: +61 (2) 9264 6432 Fax: +61 (2) 9264 6437 www.immigrationsolutions.

Anne has extensive involvement with the development of Immigration Law internationally. Anne is Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Immigration and Nationality law committee, the Secretary of the Immigration Commission of Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), an associate of the American Bar Association – International Section and a non-resident member of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section. Anne is very committed to championing the importance of Australian immigration lawyers gaining recognition in the global market and the internationalisation of their practices. With her international standing, Anne has been involved in numerous conferences including Co-Chairing ‘a review of international immigration service providers: compare and contrast the difference between lawyers and other immigration service providers globally. Who can provide immigration advice and services’ at the 2016 IBA Conference in Washington. Anne has been recognised as an advocate for women in business and for her work as an active leader in the field of Immigration Law. Anne has accrued many accolades and in 2016 alone Anne has won the Immigration Law Firm of the Year Australia in the Finance Monthly Global Awards, Immigration Law Firm of the year by Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards, a Global Award in the Corporate International Global International Awards and has been listed on the “International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers” for six consecutive years 2011-2016.

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Paul Fildes is a Prinicpal of Taussig Cherrie Fildes, a leading boutique law firm specialising in all aspects of family and defacto relationship law. Taussig Cherrie Fildes is one of the largest firms that practices exclusively in the area of family law, amongst the most prominent in Australia, and one of only two Victorian family law firms ranked as “first tier”. The firm provides a number of legal services regarding property settlements and protection of assets, spousal maintenance, injunctions and personal protection orders, divorce, child support, paternity disputes, mediation and complex financial matters. Paul is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and has been practising exclusively in family law since 1983. He has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Family Law and is a trained Family Law arbitrator and mediator. He is also a trained collaborative lawyer. Paul has been ranked as one of Victoria’s leading family lawyers by Doyle’s Guide for Melbourne 2017. Paul specialises in large scale family property litigation, international relocation cases, complex Financial Agreements (domestic and international), defacto property disputes and tax effective settlements. Paul is a presenter of Case Watch on the Television Education Network which produces educational presentations and material for lawyers. He has published a number of papers and comments on current family law issues. Paul also presents numerous seminars to various professional bodies on a wide variety of family law issues, with an emphasis on complex financial matters. Paul is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and was a former Chair and Executive member of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. He was previously the Victorian Solicitor Representative of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and a former Chair of the FLS National Biennial Family Law Conference. Paul was also on the Board at Relationships Australia (Vic) between 1990 and 2000.

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Paul Fildes Principal Level 3, 530 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia Tel: +61 3 9605 1700



Adewale has over 18 years of legal practice experience including over 12 years in Australian Immigration Law. He is also well experienced in Business Law, Practice & Procedure. Adewale holds a Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Honours) degree and has also completed Master of Public International Law at the University of Melbourne in 1999. He then attended the College of Law, Sydney for his practical legal training and has been an Australian lawyer following his admission as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2002. He was appointed a Public Notary for Victoria by the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2016. Adewale is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries. Adewale mentors couple of Juris Doctor’s students annually for Melbourne University Law School for the past few years. Visatec Legal – Services IMMIGRATION, VISAS & CITIZENSHIP • Employer Sponsored Visas

• Student Visas

• Skilled Migration Visas

• Visa Refusals, Cancellation & Deportation

• Business and Investment Visas

• Australian Citizenship application

Adewale Oladejo LL.B (Hons) MPIL (Melb), GDLP (Syd) FANZCN Principal Lawyer & Notary Public St Kilda Rd Towers 1 Queens Road MELBOURNE VIC 3004 Australia Tel: +61 3 8672 3158

• Partner and Family Visas APPEALS & FEDERAL COURT LITIGATION • Visa Cancellation and Deportation • Review applications to AAT (General Division) • Review applications to AAT (Migration Division)

• Ministerial Intervention Unit (MIU) Requests

• Review applications to AAT (Refugee Division)

• Submissions to DIBP for Visa Cancellation Notices (NOICC)

NOTARIAL SERVICES • Notarisation of documents for use overseas

• Authentication or an Apostille from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

• Drafting and Notarization of Consent to Travel Documents

• Notarial Certificates of Law & Good standing

• Affidavits for Estate matters, Courts cases

• Administration of oaths for the giving of evidence

• Wills & Probate and Litigation worldwide • Notarisation of Company and Trade Mark documents

• Noting and protesting bills of exchange

BUSINESS LAW • Company, Business & ABN Registrations

• ASIC, Land & Federal court searches

• Partnership Agreements

• Employment contracts & HR Policies

• Trade Mark Applications

• Shareholders Agreements

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Omond & Co was established some 15 years ago to provide specialist legal services in Australia to businesses in the alcoholic beverage space. The firm was founded by James Omond, who already had significant experience and expertise in the area through his in-house roles in the industry. While running the firm, James has also held many senior industry positions (including serving as VicePresident of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, and a founding director of Wine Victoria), and has frequently been recognized in industry publications and awards. The firm represents producers of all sizes, from small craft brewers and winemakers through to undertaking all of the Australian trade mark prosecution work for the Pernod Ricard group’s spirits and wine businesses, as well as advising various government and industry bodies on legal matters, and servicing the Australian needs of many overseas law firms and trademark attorneys. The firm also provides most of the commercial legal requirements (e.g. mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, agency and distribution, liquor licensing, etc) required by businesses operating in these areas. In the last 12 months, the firm has acted in two major pieces of intellectual property litigation in the Australian beverage sphere – acting for Australia’s second-largest independent brewer, Stone & Wood, in a passing off case to protect its “Pacific Ale” brand (now on appeal), and for the producers of Jacob’s Creek in a trade mark infringement case involving “The Signature” and “Jacob’s Creek Reserve Barossa Signature”. Other recent work has seen the firm act for the vendors in the sale of significant wine companies, including Innocent Bystander, Hollick Wines, Logan Wines and the former Red Hill Estate, as well as acting for the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia in successfully challenging the right of the European Commission to register “Prosecco” as a geographical indication. James has presented many papers at specialist industry conferences (such as the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and International Wine Law Association), and contributed the Labelling chapter to Global Wine Regulation (2014, Thomson Reuters). He also is a member of the Geographical Indications Committee of the International Trademark Attorney Association (INTA). Omond & Co is set apart from other firms by both its in-depth knowledge of the industries in which it operates and its contacts within those industries, and by the deep relationships it develops with its clients. The firm has an innate understanding of how business works, that can only come from having worked for as well as with industry participants, with its structure and experience allowing it to represent clients across the spectrum.

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James Omond Principal Tel: +61 413 882 562 15B Merton Street, Albert Park, Victoria, 3206 Australia Tel: +61 3 9682 6688 Fax: +61 3 8610 1236



MacMillan Trademark Attorneys. Australian trademark attorneys for the world’s leading brands. An established trademark practice, providing expert advice in all areas of Australian trademarks and intellectual property (IP). Protection of trademarks at a single total flat fee for organisations from all over the world is what they do best. There are no surprises, no double handling of files or charges per minute of time! They take care of the entire process and in conjunction with extensive expertise use a plain English approach to simplify the complex legislative and regulatory regimes required to obtain protection.

Tom Rinder Managing Director/ Trademark Attorney Level 13, 200 Queen Street Melbourne Australia Tel: +61 1300 761 356

They have a high success rate and proven results to efficiently and effectively protect any business. Through a 100% commitment to delivering on the promises made, the firms’ mantra is achieved, which is to provide industry leading service at the best value for money in their jurisdiction. Director of trademarks, Tom Rinder is a trademarks attorney, an elected fellow of IPTA (Institute of Australian Patent and Trademark Attorneys), the peak body in the jurisdiction, a member of INTA (International Trademark Association) and IPSANZ (Intellectual Property of Australia and New Zealand) and has 15 years of experience in the IP industry. Tom is the most senior practitioner who will review each new matter, so you know you will get the right advice. Engage MacMillan Trademarks and you will receive advice from a registered trademark attorney adept in the intricacies of Australian trademark law to ensure complete protection of your trademark. There are no charges for providing preliminary information on any case, so for any intellectual property matters in Australia, contact them today and experience their award winning expertise.

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Jeremy Szwider is a founder and principal of Bespoke, a full serviced law firm providing expert legal services across the business arena. Jeremy is widely recognised as an expert in intellectual property in Australia. He is an awardwinning IP lawyer who has specialised in this field for over 18 years. During this time, Jeremy has been instrumental in leading various intellectual property departments and managing large trade mark portfolios. He has also published various articles on the topic and has a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (with a focus on trade marks and internet law). Specialisation Jeremy and his intellectual property team at Bespoke pride themselves on their expertise in the area of trade marks and offer a one-stop-shop for reliable advice on trade mark: • issues; • management; • enforcement; • exploitation and commercialisation. Advising on a range of trade mark issues, Jeremy works closely with clients to develop, manage and implement trade mark protection and enforcement strategies to leverage its brands and ensure they have the necessary registrations and protection in place. Jeremy is renowned for his innovative, commercially focused and practical advice to help protect and manage trade mark portfolios. This includes trade mark application drafting, prosecution and registration of trade marks in Australia or overseas. He is experienced in managing large global trade mark portfolios across the globe. Jeremy’s trade mark services range from filing and prosecuting trade mark applications through to assignments and licensing, searching and watching, infringement and validity, portfolio management and renewals, due diligence, dispute resolution and commercialisation advice. Jeremy adopts a revolutionary approach to legal services. His trade mark practice does away with fixed overheads, bureaucratic traditional firm processes and inflexible fee agreements. In its place, Jeremy provides tailored trade mark support, all on a fixed price basis. He describes his clients as “entrepreneurial, business and tech savvy, innovative, growth businesses”. With Jeremy heading Bespoke’s Intellectual Property department it won LiveWire Awards (Intellectual Property) in both 2015 and 2016; was a finalist at the 2015 Lawyer’s Weekly Australian Law Awards (boutique law firm of the year); and was a finalist at the 2015 Australasian Law Awards (boutique law firm of the year). Jeremy was also a finalist at the Lawyer’s Weekly Box Breaker of the Year Award.

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Jeremy Szwider Principal Tel: +61418 988 212 Level 7 Rialto South Tower 525 Collins Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia Tel: +613 9020 4436



Legal qualifications: Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London (2003) Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh - Associate Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (ASIArb) Education: Bar Vocation Course, the College of Law, London, UK - Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), University of London, UK (2002) - Higher Secondary Certificate(HSC), Dhaka College, Dhaka. - Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dhaka Residential Model College, Dhaka. Membership: Member, Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association - Member, Dhaka Bar Association - Member, Election Appellate Board, Leatherex Footwear & Manufacturer’s Association of Bangladesh - Member, Election Appellate Board, Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI). - Member, Barristers’ Association of Bangladesh

Mohammed Forrukh Rahman Head of Chambers 3rd floor, F-100, School Road Mohakhali C/A, Gulshan Dhaka.1212 Bangladesh Tel: (+8802)9852821 Fax: (+8802)8835936

Reported/notable cases/arbitration/assignments Litigation: Writ Petition No. 6016-2008: Anwar Cement Limited vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 40CLC(HCD) 2011 [Landmark decision on publication of the name of the Guarantor in the CIB report] - Writ Petition No. 2528-2005: Amjad Hossain vs. Bangladesh Bank reported in 41CLC(HCD)2012 [Landmark decision on Post-decision hearing as compliance of natural justice] - FMA 205-2009: Rahul Computex vs. Fahami Apparels Ltd [Staying the operation of Letter of Credit] - Writ Petition No. 2076 to 2090 of 2009: Abdul Hai & others vs Govt [service matter: Right of absorption in DPDC] - Admiralty suit no. 41 of 2011 (Marodi Service S.A.S vs. MV. Swift Cro.] - Writ Petition No. 3701-08: Crown Melamine Ind. Ltd vs. VAT Appellate Tribunal [imposition of VAT] - Writ Petition No. 3512-09: Energy Prima vs. BPDB [Cancellation of Exemption for Power Plant] - First Appeal No. 181-2010: Ayub Ali vs. Dr Moosa Bin Shamser [Eviction of Tenant] - Company Mater no. 117 of 2009: UBICO vs. Basic Dredging Company Limited ( suit for minority protection) - Complaint Case No. 695 of 2012 for Letter of Credit Fraud/misappropriation of property - Money suit Arbitration: Summit Power Limited vs. BPDB (100±10% MW HFO fired power project at Saidpur, Nilphamari) & arbitration application to high court. - Summit Power Limited vs. BPDB (50±10% MW HFO fired power project at Shantahar, Noagaon) & arbitration application to high court - ICC arbitration: Smith Cogeneration (BD) Ltd. vs. BPDB and GOB [Barge Mounted Power Plant] Languages: Bengali; English; Hindi Specialist Fields / Area of Practice: Administrative, Arbitration, Banking, Constitutional, Commercial, Construction, Corporate, Finance, International Trade, Power & Energy, Securities, Shipping, VAT/customs/Tax.

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Tanjib Alam and Associates Barrister-at-Law of Hon’ble Society of Lincolns’ Inn, LL.B (Hon’s), University of London. She has completed post-graduate diploma in law at the City University, London. She is a member of the International Barrister’s Association. Sumaiya had been working in City Lord Ltd, a reputed real estate firm in London during her stay in England. Her areas of work include drafting/execution and preparation of contracts, labour law, environment law, banking law, arbitration claims, real estate, vetting of contracts, employment and service agreements etc. Tanjib Alam and Associates Tanjib Alam and Associates located at the heart of the capital in Kawran Bazar, which is seen to be the hub of professional business in Dhaka. Considering the hectic traffic congestion of the city, having an office at the heart makes huge difference in terms of prompt delivery of service. The young yet dynamic and strong litigation team of Tanjib Alam and Associates is headed by Barrister Tanjib-ul Alam. It was founded in 2009 by Mr. Tanjib, who had previously worked at Dr. Kamal Hossain and Associates in 1997 until June, 2009. During this long 12 years of legal practice as an Associate and Senior Associate he handled brief with diverse dimensions involving investors from almost all over the world and clients from the leading corporate houses in Bangladesh. In November 2009 TAA was founded as an entrepreneurial and innovative law firm which focused on providing clients with the highest levels of service and expertise whilst operating in a commercial, practical and cost-effective manner to ensure clients obtain timely results. Able to provide clients with levels of expertise and knowledge rarely found outside the major international and large national practices, TAA approach is business-like, focused and results oriented. Our lawyers are professional but approachable, passionate but pragmatic, commercial but personable. Our services include Company/Commercial, Banking, Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution/Litigation, Employment, Sports Law and Intellectual Property/ IT. We have a large number of foreign based clients. All benefit from receiving advice which is relevant, timely and cost effective. Where required we work closely with a genuine network of foreign firms to ensure our clients get the best and most appropriate level of service. The Associates at Tanjib Alam and Associates have earned the reputation of being the symbol of bright legal profession. All the associates have the experience of working in UK, where they had their education.

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Sumaiya Aziz Barrister-at-Law BSEC Bhaban (Level-11) 102 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue Karwan Kazar, Dhaka-1215 Bangladesh Tel: +88 02-8182940-42 Fax: +88 02-8189239



Ravi NATH has 24 years of experience in Aviation related Laws including Aircraft equipment and facility financing, regulatory & litigation. He served as the Chair of the Aviation Committee of the International Bar Association, and is the Editor/Author of various Books and Papers on Aviation Laws. He regularly advises on major Aviation Transactions and issues. Clients include the main manufacturers, leading Banks and Financial Institutions and Lessors. Some of these are Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier, Citibank, ABN Amro, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, GECAS, ILFC, Aircastle, Airlease and Aercap. His practice includes Government regulations, companies, cross-border financing and securitization. During the last ten years he has advised on transaction in excess of US $ 15 billion. The Legal 500 stated thus: “Ravi Nath’s esteemed reputation as an aviation expert puts clear blue water between Rajinder Narain & Co. and its rivals…” Who’s Who Legal 2013 has identified world’s ten highly reputed Aviation Lawyers. Mr. Nath is one of them. He is a frequent speaker at various conferences. He serves on the Legal Advisory Panel of Aviation Working Group.

Ravi Nath, Esq. Partner; Attorney-at-Law Advocate Supreme Court of India Maulseri House 7, Kapashera Estate New Delhi - 110 037 India Tel: +91 11 4122 5000 Fax: +91 11 4122 5001

Indian Business Law Journal, based on a survey carried out jointly with Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) has classified Mr. Nath in the “A-List of Indian Lawyers” during October 2016. The Bar Association of India has conferred its highest honour on him. He was invited along with India’s Finance Minister, Mr. P. Chidambaram and Mr. Nariman, President Bar Association to be a co-author on a book relating to legal aspects of Doing Business in India. He is a Partner at one of India’s oldest legal firm. Two of firm’s partners were Chief Justices of the Delhi High Court and one a President of The High Court Bar Association. Mr. Nath was the President of Inter Pacific Bar Association in 2004. Education: B.Com.(Hons.), LL.B., Intl. & Comp. Laws (King’s College London) PIL (Harvard). Work experience at: Sinclair Roche & Temperley, London. Personal: Lives in New Delhi along with family.

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VISHAL KALRA Vishal Kalra is a practicing Advocate and an acknowledged expert in the area of domestic, international tax and transfer pricing. Actively involved for over 15 years in advising Indian and foreign companies in domestic & international tax and transfer pricing litigation / advisory. Member of Delhi High Court Bar Association, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, International Fiscal Association and The Chambers of Tax Consultants. Vishal has handled various high profile litigation cases before the High Courts. Actively involved in representing Shell / Vodafone share issuance matter before the Bombay High Court. The issue involved was complex and first of its kind in the last decade, ever since, the introduction of TP provisions in India. Represented various taxpayers before the Delhi High Court and the Tax Court involving the highly debated tax issue relating to transfer pricing adjustment for creation / development of marketing intangibles by the Indian subsidiaries. Actively involved in handling tax disputes for various MNCs, in ITeS, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Electronics and FMCG before High Courts and various Benches of the Tax Court. Argued / represented over 100 cases before various judicial foras. Vishal is also handling applications for MNCs before the Authority for Advance Rulings. He is an eminent speaker on tax laws and an avid author & his articles are continuously published in various prominent magazines, journals, websites etc.

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Vishal Kalra Lawyer Tel: +91 97110 33111



Oscar Sagita is our Partner and head of Bankruptcy & Restructuring Department. Prior to joining Law Firm LUCAS, S.H. & PARTNERS, Oscar Sagita had worked in several law firms in Jakarta focusing on Bankruptcy cases. He acted as the Creditor on Suspension of Payment (PKPU) for a well known textile and insurance company. Moreover, Oscar Sagita was one of the attorneys in the case involving Central Bank Liquidating Aid. Currently his area of practice revolves around Civil & Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Criminal Law. Oscar Sagita is a licensed Receiver and Administrator and currently serves as vice of secretary general I of Indonesian Receiver and Administrator Association. Oscar Sagita has taught several short courses on Company Law & Contract Law. Additionally, Oscar Sagita has also received training on Anti Monopoly and Indonesian Civil or Criminal Procedure. Area of Practice • Bankruptcy & Suspension of Payment

• Employment Law

• Civil & Commercial Litigation

• Immigration Law

• Criminal Law

Oscar Sagita Managing Partner World Trade Centre 5 14th Floor Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 29-31, Jakarta 12920 Indonesia Tel: +62 21 526 1043 Fax: +62 21 526 4563

• Human Rights

• Company Law

• Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

• Business Law

• Foundation or Organization

• Commercial Law

• Mining Law

• Competition Law

• Insurance Law

• Investments

• Telecommunications & IT

• Capital Market

• Administrative Law

• Land & Real Estates Law

• Family Law

Bar Qualification • Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI) • Receiver and Administrator Association (IKAPI) Education Bachelor of Law, Airlangga University, 2000

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Formerly known as Batavia Patent Agent, beginning mid 2016 the firm operates under the new name Batavia Patentservis Asia, still with abbreviation BPA. The “rebranding” includes the new expanded name, Batavia Patentservis Asia, as an implementation of our global reach, but the firm’s logo “BPA” is maintained to preserve the company’s tradition, spirit, value and focus since its establishment in 1993. As of 2012, Kusno Hadi Kuncoro (Managing Partner) manages the firm. His significant experience in managing IP during previous terms with prominent IP firms, also the team’s capability as IP Attorneys in trouble shooting hard IP cases, have exerted all the firm’s strength and versatility toward clients’ needs and satisfaction. The firm’s main areas of expertise includes filing, prosecution, management and consulting of patent, trademark and industrial design. Industrial sectors served include Pharma, Biotech, Chemical, Materials, Petroleum, Mining, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, IT, etc. Mr. Kuncoro has considerable IP and technological experiences since 1994, with his main strength in patent, industrial design and trademark. Prior to joining BPA, he was the expert member and then Head of Patent Group of AMR Partnership [formerly AMROOS & Partners] (2004-2011). Before that, he started his career as assistant to the Production Manager of a national pharmaceutical industry and then spent 9 years as Operational and Technical Manager in an engineering firm with international affiliations. He attended various IP courses/seminars, domestic and overseas, among others: JPAA Seminar, Jakarta 2015; JPO/IPR Training for Patent Expert, Tokyo, Japan, 2013; EPO/FICPI-SEAD Patent Drafting Course (sandwiched), Bangkok, 2009. He enjoyed various technical/engineering courses since 1994-2003 in the field of oil-gas, process technologies, petrochemistry, laboratory instruments, high pressure equipment; domestically and overseas (European countries & USA). Currently he is a Board member of the country’s IP Attorneys organization (AKHKI). At the international level, he is member of APAA (Asian Patent Attorneys Association) since 2004, Emerging IP Committee Member (2009-2015), then Patent Committee Member (2016-2019) of the Indonesian Group of APAA. Beside annual events of those organizations where the firm is a member party, he also attended FICPI and AIPPI meetings. Professional Membership: • AKHKI (The Indonesian Intellectual Property Attorneys Association) • APAA (Asian Patent Attorneys Association) • INTA (International Trademark Association) • AIPF (Association of Intellectual Property Firms) • IIPAA (Indonesia Intellectual Property Alumni Association) / IP Friends

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Kusno Hadi Kuncoro Managing Partner Kartika Chandra Office Tower, 4th Floor Suite 409 Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav. 18-20, Jakarta 12930 Indonesia Tel: +62-21-5202342 Fax: +62-21-5202343



The reputation of Deol & Gill, Advocates & Solicitors, is built on its ability to harness the wealth of experience of its Partners and Associates and to deliver pragmatic legal advice and solutions to corporate and commercial issues in an approach that is both time and cost effective and personalised. The Firm provides a combination of experience and specialist legal advice and continually endeavours to provide an effective and qualitative standard of work and to deliver prompt and efficient personal service to each of its clients. Further, the Firm is able to offer fully integrated legal services rooted in the strengths of its team members and its strategic alliances. The cornerstone of Deol & Gill’s operations is in building long-term and productive relationships with each of its clients. In today’s ever-evolving economy, the Firm’s professionals recognise that mere legal skills are insufficient to meet the requirements of clients. Synergised with the Firm’s legal expertise is commercial awareness and pragmatism coupled with transactional sense and sensibility, which enhances its ability to relate to clients’ business needs. Deol & Gill was established in 2000. We are a pioneer in providing specialist legal advisory services in the Malaysian private equity and venture capital space. We have a proud and proven track record of providing high quality commercially oriented advice. Our core principle is to assist our client achieve their desired objectives consistent with their business plans, policies and goals. Our value proposition is that we are results-oriented and our services are sought by client both to facilitate and enable the results to be achieved at a competitive value. Our expertise allows us to offer clients bespoke solutions.

Sathish Ramachandran Partner Tel: +6.03.2095 9980 Suite 19-03-03, 3rd Floor Wisma Tune No. 19 Lorong Dungun 50490 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Tel: +6.03.2095 9980 Fax: +60.3.2095 9881

We provide legal services across a broad spectrum of specialist and specialised areas, including: • Mergers & Acquisitions

• Banking & Finance

• Corporate Reorganisations & Corporate Restructurings

• Legal Due Diligence Audits & Investigations

• Venture Capital & Private Equity Investments & Divestments

• Dispute Resolution / Litigation / Arbitration / Mediation

• Telecommunications, Multimedia, Information & Communication Technology

• Real Estate Transactions

• Intellectual Property

• Corporate Advisory & Corporate Governance

• Infrastructure & Energy Projects

• Residential & Commercial Property Development Projects

Deol & Gill is listed on The Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) as a recommended Malaysian law firm for: • Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions • Information Technology and Telecommunication • Projects and Energy The Legal 500 is the world’s largest legal referral guide for established commercial law firms located in a particular jurisdiction.

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Mr. Sushil Kumar Pant is the lead lawyer of Jurist & Company (Pvt.) Ltd, a general Practice law firm of Kathmandu, Nepal. He served as the Attorney General of the Kingdom of Nepal from 2003-2004. Senior Advocate Pant graduated from Nepal Law Campus and commenced his legal career. He later obtained a Master’s Degree in Comparative Law from Delhi University. In the process of further enhancing his academic credentials, he attended the South Western Legal Foundation at the University of Texas, Dallas, USA in 1988 and later obtained an L.L.M degree from Columbia University in the city of New York, USA in 1990. He also served as Associate Professor in Nepal Law Campus for a little over two decades before he took an early retirement from Tribhuvan University. He was also recognized as a certified graduate from the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in 2005 for the completion of the executive course. He is now engaged in his Legal Practice in different capacities such as legal advisor of Nepal Film Development Company Ltd, Legal Advisor of Himalayan Bank, Bank of Kathmandu, Alliance Insurance Company Ltd, Hotel Radisson, Global Bank, Kumari Bank, Simrik Air, Colgate Nepal, Kantipur Publication (leading English and Nepali national daily) and other various trading houses, semi-governmental undertakings, travel agents and international agencies. His student life was full of glorious academic achievements embellished with a host of extracurricular activities which are reflected by the following: • Certificate of Merit and Silver Medal from the Faculty of Law, the University of Delhi, for standing second in order of Merit in M.C.L., 2nd Term-1980. • Certificate of Merit from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, for standing first in M.C.L., 4th Term-1981. • Other awards for standing 1st & 2nd in games such as Table Tennis, Volleyball and Best Actor, Best Play Award in One Act Play. • He has been associated with and served the following influential positions such as: • Associate Member of Nepal Bar Association since 1978. • Executive Member of Supreme Court Bar, Kathmandu, Nepal from 1979, 1980 and 1983. • Executive Member of Nepal Bar Association, Kathmandu, 1992. • Chairman of Lawyer’s Club Kathmandu, 1992. • Nepal America Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1995. He is the founder board member of Til Ganga Eye Center, a NGO operating a fully fledged eye hospital and Intra Ocular Lens Manufacturing Plant. He has traveled extensively in different Countries such as: India, UK, France, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, China including Autonomous Region of China (Tibet), Germany, USA, Latin America and South East Asia.

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Sushil Kumar Pant Lead Lawyer Charter Tower, Gyaneshwor P.O. Box 2023, Kathmandu Nepal Tel: (+977-1) 4443004 4443005, 4443006 Fax: (+977-1) 4415476



Maberly & Co is a specialist commercial and corporate law firm. We are experts in commercial contracting, outsourcing, procurement and M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors including financial services, telecommunications, energy and infrastructure. Maberly & Co is a law firm that focuses on excellence, delivering top quality work product and client service, while retaining our personality and making our work enjoyable, for us and our clients. Clients come to us for our excellent work, our technical legal expertise and the appeal of our culture. Our approach is commercial and results-focused. Our work is thorough and detailconscious, but we won’t waste your time on legal issues that have no meaning for your business. We are committed to working flexibly to provide tailored solutions to our clients’ problems, and pride ourselves on fresh, innovative thinking. We are effective and pragmatic negotiators, focusing on our clients’ strategic long terms needs without losing sight of the short term imperatives of getting the deal done.

Corin Maberly Partner Tel: +64 9 300 6102 +64 21 650 601 Level 10, AIG Building 41 Shortland St Auckland New Zealand Tel: +64 9 300 6102

Our team are all senior, highly experienced commercial and corporate lawyers. We share insight and experience in a generous and collaborative way, both internally as a team and with our clients. Working together, we are agile, flexible and able to offer you exceptional access to senior legal resource at cost-effective rates. We have stripped away unnecessary law firm overheads, passing the resulting cost savings directly on to our clients. Diversity across our team is important to us. We have a deliberate strategy to achieve gender diversity in the partnership and every member of our team benefits from flexible working arrangements (including part-time, job share and fixed hours arrangements), enabling us all to enjoy family and other life outside of work in balance with our professional commitments. We believe this helps make us better lawyers, is more reflective of the world we live in and adds a key dimension to the quality and breadth of our advice to clients.

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Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Wolverhampton University, United Kingdom in 1996. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple in 1997 and called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1999. Nicholas has more than 16 years of experience in the legal arena. After completing his pupilage at Allen & Gledhill (now Allen & Gledhill LLP) in 1998, he practised with various law firms, including niche practice J Koh & Co and specialist maritime and insurance firm Ang & Partners. Prior to starting his own practice Nicholas & Co in 2007, he was a Principal in the litigation and arbitration chambers of Michael Hwang, S.C. Apart from general commercial practice as an advocate and solicitor (both advisory and contentious) and his arbitration practice, Nicholas has made a name for himself as a specialist litigator in the field of commercial crime and shareholder disputes. He is described by The Business Times as a “young corporate litigator” who “has made quite a name for himself defending some big corporate crime cases”. Nicholas was involved in several high profile “white collar” criminal cases which attracted widespread media interest and intense public scrutiny. Nicholas has acted for one of the former church leaders of the City Harvest Church in one of the longest criminal trials in Singapore. Another case was when Nicholas defended the former Chief Executive Officer of a public company listed on the Singapore stock exchange against criminal charges brought under the Securities and Futures Act, the Companies Act and the Penal Code in relation to losses amounting to US$550 million arising from oil options, futures and derivative trading undertaken by the company. This case was the biggest commercial crime case in Singapore since the collapse of British merchant bank Barings in 1995. Nicholas also successfully acted for a former Member of Parliament in relation to charges brought for alleged breaches of the Companies Act, a case which involved a question of law of unusual difficulty and which resulted in a landmark High Court judgment. Nicholas has also been involved in several contentious and high profile boardroom and shareholder disputes. In addition to the area of shareholder disputes, Nicholas advises on a variety of company law issues including directors’ duties. He also has particular expertise in minority oppression actions.

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Nicholas Narayanan Managing Partner Tel: (+65) 6224 3234 80 Raffles Place #43-03 UOB Plaza I Singapore 048624 Singapore Tel: (+65) 6224 7275 Fax: (+65) 6224 1891



Graduated from the University of London in 1979 with Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and obtained a Master of Laws in Shipping and Insurance in 1981. Called as a Barrister-at-Laws of Lincoln’s Inn, England in 1980. Admitted as Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore 1982. Worked in a leading bank and a leading international shipping company for 5 years before deciding to pursue a career in law. Worked in barriester’s chambers and a firm of London Solicitors from 1980 to 1982. Partner of Prakash, Gurbani & Chong from 1983 to May 1989. Co-founder and partner of the firm. Handles admiralty and shipping, marine and general insurance, carriage, international trade, and commercial litigation. Accredited arbitrator on the panel of:

Richard Kuek Director/Lawyer Tel: +65-63367727 +65-96713927 78 Shenton Way #31-02 Singapore 079120 Tel: +65-63367727 Fax: +65-63360110

• Singapore International Arbitration Centre • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration • Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC) • Formerly accredited Arbitrator on the panel of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Member of: • Singapore Academy of Law • Law Society of Singapore • Insurance Law Association of Singapore • Maritime Law Association of Singapore • Member of Complaints & Disciplinary Panel, Public Accountants & Disciplinary Panel, ACRA (March 2013 to March 2017) • Marine Committee Member of General Insurance Association of Singapore

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Dr. Poondej Krairit is the Head of the Intellectual Property Department at Dej-Udom & Associates Attorneys-at-Law and is an expert in IP matters. He has a strong background in electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, and all information technology related areas. He is a post-graduate of Boston University and holds a PhD in Computers and Engineering Management. He specializes in the drafting of patent specifications and applications and the prosecution of trademarks. Dr. Krairit is ranked as one of the leading individuals for trademark prosecution and strategy in Thailand by the 2016 World Trademark Review 1000 and for patent prosecution by the 2016 Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000. The firm’s IP team has also garnered international recognition for intellectual property work in regional reviews by the Legal 500 and Managing IP’s IP Stars for 2016. He is currently a council member of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA) and serves on the Committee for the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT) and the Committee for the Intellectual Property Promotion Association of Thailand (IPPAT). At Dej-Udom & Associates, the Intellectual Property Department works closely with domestic and international clients to protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights and handles all IP aspects for Thailand including filing, licensing, renewal, enforcement, and prosecution of Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents, Domain Names, Trade Secrets, and Geographical Indicators, and also oversees IP registrations and other IP matters in all ASEAN countries through its affiliates. The firm’s IP client base includes a wide range of well-known global brands and companies. Additionally, Dej-Udom & Associates’ Litigation Department offers expert legal advice on civil and criminal Intellectual Property cases under Thai law, and the firm has close working relationships with the police, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, and the Department of Special Investigations in the Ministry of Justice. Dej-Udom & Associates Attorneys-at-Law is an independent law firm in Bangkok, Thailand, and since its establishment in 1986, the firm has flourished and grown into a full service law firm that offers partner-led counsel in the practice areas of Litigation, Immigration & Employment, Intellectual Property, Corporate Matters, Taxation, and Financial Markets and Investment. Dej-Udom & Associates vigorously pursues being a law firm of choice for foreign multinationals and investors, listed companies, and Thai enterprises on matters ranging from crossborder investment and trade to intellectual property and the formation of all kinds of juristic entities.

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Poondej Krairit, PhD. Senior Partner Head of IP Department Tel: +(66) 2233 0055 Charn Issara Tower I 9/Fl 942/142-3 Rama IV Road Bangkok, 10500 Thailand Tel: +(66) 2233 0055 Fax: +(66) 2236 6681



Le Quang Vinh is founding and senior partner of the firm and is also a registered Patent, Design, Trademark and Copyright Agent before National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) and Copyright Office of Vietnam (COV). With 17 years of IP practice including intensive experience accumulated during his holding key positions in three prestigious IP local law firms, Vinh has advised and prosecuted thousands of cases or applications of both international and domestic companies those who seek protection of their trademarks, industrial designs and patents in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and other countries Thanks to his non-stop effort and dedication, he has been honored as one of the leading lawyers for three consecutive years 2014-2016 by the Asia Law Profiles. Currently, he was selected as one of two researchers by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) to conduct a comprehensive study on how to effectively protect well-known mark in Vietnam within the cooperation project between MoST and INTA for a period of 2015-2017. He is regularly invited by MUTRAP, JICA, MoST and Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) as speaker or moderator presenting feasible solutions for better enforcing IPRs including domain name disputes in Vietnam. In addition, he was also chosen to hold a 2012 INTA academic roundtable “Overlapping Protection of 3D Marks, Industrial Design and Copyrights” in Hanoi Firm Overview Le Quang Vinh is one of five founding partners of Bross & Partners, a leading and award-winning Vietnamese IP and law firm. Bross & Partners, a registered Patent, Design, Trademark and Copyright Agent before National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) and Copyright Office of Vietnam (COV), has been advising and/or representing both domestic and international clients regarding both contentious and non-contentious IPR matters not only in Vietnam but also some foreign countries in a trustworthy and cost-effective manner.

Le Quang Vinh Senior Partner Tel: (+84) 903 287 057 Hanoi Capital Office (principal): Unit 1602A, 16th Floor, Charm Vit Tower, 117 Tran Duy Hung street, Trung Hoa ward, Cau Giay district, Hanoi, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Office (branch): Suite 501, 5th Floor HYAT Building 31A Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street Da Kao ward, District 1 Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Tel: (+84) 4 3555 3466 Fax: (+84) 4 3555 3499

Since its establishment of 2008, IP practice of Bross & Partners has been developing successively and continuously ranked top tier annually by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, AsiaLaw Profiles, Asian Legal Business and World Trademark Review. Our clients consist of both domestic and foreign ones operating on a wide range from global companies to start-up including those listed in Fortune 500, Forbes Magazine’s ‘Asia’s 200 best under 1 billion’ list, companies in the ‘Top 500 Vietnamese Largest Private Enterprises (VNR500)’ list.

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Against the backdrop of a slowing global economy, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is expected to grow at an average of 2.3% this year, half a percentage point lower than last year, according to the latest issue of the World Bank’s MENA Economic Monitor. Low oil prices, which are expected to be in the $50-60 a barrel range through the end of the decade, have dampened growth among the region’s oil exporters, especially the Gulf countries, which are forecast to grow at only 1.6% in 2016. Regional growth is expected to improve slightly to 3.1 and 3.5% over the next two years, as governments across the region continue to undertake reforms and diversify their economies away from oil. Four of the developing oil exporters—Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya—are mired in civil war or violent conflict. MENA’s oil importers, who would normally

benefit from low oil prices, are also growing slowly (2.6% on average) because of spillovers from wars in neighbouring countries or the effects of terrorist attacks on tourism and investor confidence. “This year appears to be one of the toughest for the region in a while,” says Shanta Devarajan, World Bank Chief Economist of the MENA Region. “Whereas previously we used to speak of two groups of countries in the region, each growing at different speeds, we are now seeing all countries growing at more or less the same, slow pace, albeit for different reasons.” Recognising that the rise of violent extremism has contributed to the region’s poor economic performance—not to mention to the death, destruction and human suffering caused by civil wars and conflicts—the report looks at the underlying economic and social determinants of this phenomenon. According to the report, policies that promote job creation not only benefit young people seeking jobs, but may also help thwart the spread of violent extremism and its attendant effects on national and regional economic growth.

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“Applying an economic perspective, the report finds that the lack of inclusion in many forms is a major driver of radicalisation,” says Quy-Toan Do, Lead author of the study and Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

Urbanisation critical for Africa How Africa urbanises will be critical to the continent’s future growth and development, according to the African Economic Outlook 2016 released at the African Development Bank Group’s 51st Annual Meetings. Africa’s economic performance held firm in 2015 amid global headwinds and regional shocks. The continent remained the second fastest growing economic region after East Asia. According to the report’s prudent forecast, the continent’s average growth is expected at 3.7% in 2016 and pick up to 4.5% in 2017, provided the world economy strengthens and commodity prices gradually recover. In 2015, net financial flows to Africa were estimated at USD 208 billion, 1.8% lower than in 2014 due to a contraction in investment. At USD 56 billion in 2015, however, official development assistance increased by 4%; and remittances remain the most stable and important single source of external finance at USD 64 billion in 2015. “African countries, which include top worldwide growth champions, have shown remarkable resilience in the face of global economic adversity. Turning Africa’s steady resilience into better lives for Africans requires strong policy action to promote faster and more inclusive growth,” stated Abebe Shimeles, Acting Director, Development Research Department, at the African Development Bank. The continent is urbanising at a historically rapid pace coupled with an unprecedented demographic boom: the population living in cities has doubled from 1995 to 472 million in 2015. This phenomenon is unlike what other regions, such as Asia, experienced and is currently accompanied by slow structural transformation, says the report’s special thematic chapter. According to the authors, lack of urban planning leads to costly urban sprawl. In Accra, Ghana, for example, the population nearly doubled between 1991 and 2000, increasing from 1.3 million to 2.5 million inhabitants at an average annual growth rate of 7.2%. During the same period, the built up area of Accra tripled, increasing from 10 thousand hectares to 32 thousand hectares by an average annual rate of 12.8%. Urbanisation is a megatrend transforming African societies profoundly. Two-thirds of the investments in urban infrastructure until 2050 have yet to be made. The scope is large for new, wide-ranging urban policies to turn African cities and towns into engines of growth and sustainable development for the continent as a whole. If harnessed by adequate policies, urbanisation can help advance economic development through higher agricultural productivity, industrialisation, services stimulated by the growth of the middle class, and foreign direct investment in urban corridors. It also can promote social development through safer and inclusive urban housing and robust social safety nets. Finally, it can further sound environmental management by addressing the effects of climate change as well

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as the scarcity of water and other natural resources, controlling air pollution, developing clean cost-efficient public transportation systems, improving waste collection, and increasing access to energy. “Africa’s ongoing, multi-faceted urban transition and the densification it produces offer new opportunities for improving economic and social development while protecting the environment in a holistic manner. These openings can be better harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – especially SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities – and the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. “The benefits could accrue for both urban and rural dwellers, provided governments adopt an integrated approach,” he added.

Sobering outlook for South Africa According to the IMF, South Africa has made impressive economic and social progress in the past two decades. Yet, deep-rooted structural problems—infrastructure bottlenecks, skill mismatches, and harmful insideroutsider dynamics—are holding back growth and exacerbating unemployment and inequality. South Africa’s vulnerabilities are elevated. Despite a large currency depreciation and notwithstanding some correction, South Africa’s current account deficit remains among the highest in emerging markets. A combination of rising government debt, albeit at a slower rate, low growth, financially-weak state-owned enterprises, and spending pressures has increased vulnerabilities in the real and fiscal sectors. Most private corporations’ balance sheets remain strong, but financial indicators signal some deterioration ahead. Headline inflation at 6.1% in May 2016 was above the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) 3–6% band, mostly due to base effects of fuel prices and rising food prices caused by drought. Monetary and fiscal policy are on a tightening course. The SARB raised the policy rate by 50bps in 2015 and 75bps in 2016 to 7%, citing rising inflation and elevated risks. The 2016 budget envisaged significant deficit reduction for the years 2016 to 2017. The outlook is sobering with considerable downside risks. Growth is projected to slow to 0.1% in 2016, with a weak recovery envisaged from 2017 (1.1%), approaching 2–2½% in the outer years, as shocks dissipate and new power plants are completed. The unemployment rate could rise further over the medium term. The current account deficit is forecast to narrow slightly in 2016, but rise to 4¾% of GDP in 2017–18 on weaker terms of trade. Inflation is projected at 6.7% in 2016 before easing to 5.6% by end-2017. Downside risks dominate and stem mainly from linkages with China, heightened global financial volatility, and domestic politics and policies that are perceived to harm confidence. Shocks could be amplified by linkages between capital flows, the sovereign, and the financial sector, especially if combined with sovereign credit rating downgrades to speculative grade. On the upside, the recent dialogue between social partners could catalyse reform implementation and invigorate growth.

Africa & The Middle East Contents Cameroon – Ndikum Law Offices


Egypt – Youssef Hafez


Ghana – Mercer & Company


Iran – Open Iran Limited


Israel – Naomi Assia & Co Law Office


Kenya – Viva Africa Consulting LLP


Kenya – Nyamogo & Nyamogo Advocates


Mauritius – L & P Law Partners


Namibia – Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Patrick Kauta


Namibia – Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – André Swanepoel


Namibia – Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Morgano Erkana

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Nigeria – Brooke Chambers


Nigeria – Rockville & Co


Oman – Al Alawi & Co., Advocates & Legal Consultants


Saudi Arabia – AlSulaim AlAwaji & Partners


South Africa – Clarks Attorneys


South Africa – De Beer Attorneys


UAE – Meyer-Reumann & Partners


UAE – Jabir Al Ansari Advocates


Uganda – Shonubi, Musoke & Co. Advocates






Mr Ndikum is the founder and managing partner of Ndikum Law Offices. He is a barrister-at-law in England and Wales, called from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London and a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Cameroon, called from the Court of Appeal, Douala, Cameroon, Africa. Mr. Philip Ndikum is experienced in all aspects of banking and financial regulation, maritime, aviation, corporate, commercial and OHADA law. Education • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M Banking and Financial Regulation 2004, Honours • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Barrister-At-Law, England and Wales • Inns of Court School of Law and Institute of Law - City University, Bar Vocational Course (BVC)and Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills 2003 • William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctorate (J.D.) 2001, Honours • Metropolitan State University,Financial Accounting Programme 2001 • University of Minnesota Law School, LL.M. 1999, with Distinction(Graduated Top 10% of class, Founder of the University of Minnesota LL.M. Association, Graduate and Research Assistant) • University of Bedfordshire School of Law, LL.B. 1998, Honours (Graduated Top 10% of class) • International Human Rights Programme Strasbourg, Diploma in International Human Rights and Jurisprudence 1996, with Distinction • Ėcole Nationale D’Aviation Civile/AirParis, France, 1980 • Cameroon Protestant College Bali (commonly called Bali College or CPC), Bali, Cameroon • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, ABA, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Minnesota Black Lawyers Association, Phi Delta Phi, Lions Club and Rotary Club International and London Court of International Arbitration. Memberships The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, ABA, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Minnesota Black Lawyers Association, Phi Delta Phi, Lions Club and Rotary Club International and London Court of International Arbitration. Publications • Focus on Emerging & Developing Economies’ (2005, Trafford Publishing, USA) • ‘Four Volume Encyclopaedia of International Aviation Law’ (2014, Trafford Publishing, USA) - First and Second Editions Languages • English (Fluent) • French (Fluent)

Philip Forsang Ndikum Managing Partner Ndikum House, Banlieue Douala Bonamoussadi, Rue Tekokam, Douala Cameroon Tel: +237 23 37 15 37; +237 67 50 91 542

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YHO, Youssef Hafez Co. was established in 1993. The firm concerns itself with intellectual property which is a legal field that refers to creations of the mind such as musical, literary, and artistic works; inventions; and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, and related rights. Under intellectual property law, the holder of one of these abstract “properties� has certain exclusive rights to the creative work.

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Hoda Youssef Hafez Executive Director 48 Hamdy St. Elzaher District, Cairo Egypt Tel: +(202) 25915243 25936268, 25883530 Fax: +(202) 25923421



At Mercer & Company we are committed to providing quality prompt and professional legal advisory services to our clients from various countries around the globe that seek or need legal services in Ghana. We offer a broad range of legal services primarily in Corporate and Commercial practice and have developed particular expertise in areas such as: • Corporate and Commercial • Investment and International Trade • Property and Real Estate • Employment and labour • Power, Energy and Natural Resources • Banking and Finance • Litigation and Dispute Resolution • Infrastructure and Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects • Africa Business Practice We work with efficiency and confidentiality while demonstrating our ability to build trusted and lasting relationships with our clients across the globe. MEMBERSHIP AFFILIATE • Ghana Bar Association • Law Society of England & Wales • AEA International Lawyers Network • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators INDUSTRY FOCUS Working daily in a broad scope of industries enables our Attorneys to readily apply their knowledge of the law to the business context of our Client’s specific industry. Mercer & Company provides a comprehensive collection of industry – focused legal service to clients in a wide range of sectors, including: 1. Banking and Finance 2. Insurance 3. Charitable Foundations/Non Profit Organisations 4. Chemicals/ Pharmaceuticals 5. Energy and Utilities 6. Manufacturing 7. Maritime 8. Oil and Gas 9. Property 10. Government Business

Andrew Mercer Lead Attorney 4th Floor Heritage Tower 6th Avenue Ridge Ambassadorial Enclave, Ridge West Accra, Ghana Tel: +233 243 91 9938/ 020 222 3121 www.mercerandcompany

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Open Iran Group is formed and directed by Dr Siamak Goudarzi, an international lawyer and his team of legal and business consultants who have assisted many international companies to expand into Iran. Many Iranian companies have also achieved their goals in internationalization through Open Iran Group. We are a global business consulting group that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. We help our clients make lasting improvements to their expansion and realize their most important goals. Over the years, we’ve built a group uniquely equipped to this task. Having worked as a judge in Iran for many years, Dr Goudarzi lived in the UK for over a decade where he specialized in International Business Law, formed and managed ILBS, International Legal and Business Solution Group in the UK. Now back to Iran, he is an international lawyer, senior partner of Afarin Law Firm in Iran and CEO of Open Iran Group. The group under his management is now concentrating on bringing international businesses to Iran, introducing investment opportunities to foreign companies, and assisting them in securing contracts. At the same time, Open Iran Group assists Iranian companies and organizations, including trade related government agencies to attract investment and technology to Iran. Anita Papp, Co- Founder and International Director of Open Iran Group is an international director with many years of experience in executive business management. She manages and develops relationships with international partners as well as providing our Iranian clients with all the trade related information whenever they became interested to import European products or equipment. Being a European professional living and working in Iran, and having a master degree in transnational studies, she leads strategies of costumer care and services so that they match those expected by our clients. She also advises international companies on cultural aspects of doing international business in Iran. Shawn H. Shamloo, COO / International Business Consultant is a top-notch International Consultant with proven years of experience in international sales/ marketing functions and proven track record of building high net worth accounts in global markets; Shawn, with his team of consultants in Iran and abroad manages client relationships and task management across multiple functions, including sales, purchasing, marketing and finance; He creates and executes business strategy to penetrate the local, regional and international market and introduces new clients to the firm in order to meet annual revenue goals.

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Dr Siamak Goudarzi, PhD Law CEO Operation Office: 25, First Floor Arikeh Iranian Business Complex Farahzadi Bulvar Shahrake Gharb Tehran, Iran Tel: +98 (21) 22351171 +98 ( 21) 22351161 Fax: +98 (21) 89777020 Executive Office: Farokh Tower 1 Farrokh Street 7th Floor, Number 707 Zaferaniye, Tehran, Iran Tel: +98 ( 21) 22425147 Fax: +98 (21) 89777020 Registered Address: Open Iran Limited 483 Green Lanes London, N13 4BS



Naomi Assia Law Office and Patent Attorneys is one of the leading high-tech and intellectual property law firms in Israel. Since its establishment in 1987, the firm has earned an international reputation for catering to the overall needs of traditional high-tech, biotech, start-up, and venture companies in a wide range of legal matters. Our firm’s expertise includes Information Technology Law (IT) and interfaces with other disciplines of the law, such as Intellectual Property Law (IP – trademark, patent, design and copyright law), Commercial Law, Cyber Law, Computer & Internet Law . The Firm has handled a multitude of Information Technology & Intellectual Property matters, gaining unparalleled experience. The Firm offers clients a comprehensive analysis of their objectives, applying our knowledge and experience to find innovative and cost-effective solutions. In this respect, we view ourselves in the same light as many of the companies who seek our advice - solution providers. The Firm’s expertise goes beyond the private sector to include working with the Chief Scientist of Israel, the Israel Commissioner of Privacy, the Israel Commissioner of Patents, Designs & Trademarks and drafting Israeli government contracts. Our attorneys and technical advisors apply their unique practical understanding of science and the law to the business needs of our clients. Our vision of the firm is a commitment to professionalism and excellence and providing high quality legal services to our clients. About Nomi Assia, Adv. Expertise: International Technology and Internet Law, Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, Corporate and Commercial Law. Bar Information: Israel Bar Association, 1981 Membership: • Chairperson of the Israeli branch for the Association Litteraire et Artistique International (ALAI); • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA); • Member of Languages: Hebrew, English Education: Tel Aviv University School of Law, (LL.B), 1977 Activities: • 1988-2007 – Lead the revision of the the Copyright Law to include software in the Law; • 1995 – Amendment of the Protection of Privacy Law, Copyrights Law and Computer Law; • 2001 – Involved in the phrasing of the Electronic Signature Law; • Moderator at the International conference of in Amsterdam, November 2004, Paris 2014, etc.; • Moderator at the International Conference of Privacy Law in Cambridge July 2004; • 2013 – Present – Vice-Chair for the Dispute Resolution Committee of

Naomi Assia, Adv. Founder 32 Habarzel St. Ramat - Hachayal Tel - Aviv 69710 Israel Tel: +972 3 6444808 Fax: +972 3 6444818

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Viva Africa Consulting LLP (VACL) is a specialised legal and financial tax advisory firm providing tax advice in personal, business and investment matters. VACL comprises of some of the leading experts in East African taxation, all of whom have gained their experience from many years of practice with a ‘big four’ professional firm. Our professionals are widely acknowledged as being amongst the leading tax and business advisors in the region having developed reputations as reliable providers of high quality, value adding and practical tax advice in their various specialist areas. Our combined specialisation in legal and financial outlook enables us to seamlessly provide advice and solutions as well as enables us assist our clients in implementing the advice provided. Through the years, VACL professionals have gained the experience in tax, legal and financial matters in the region to include Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia. Through our associates in Africa, we are also in a position to assist in tax, legal and financial matters in the rest of Africa. Our core focus revolves around the areas of advisory and consulting with particular emphasis in: • Mergers & acquisitions • Tax planning and risk management • Transaction advisory, structuring and support • Transfer pricing • Strategic planning, including risk and opportunity evaluation and implementation • Tax investigations and dispute management • Tax recovery Edward Mwachinga is a lawyer specializing in tax and is one of the founding partners of Viva Africa Consulting LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Laws degree (with merit) from the University of London; he is also a member of the Law society of Kenya and the East African Law Society Prior to founding Viva Africa in 2009, he worked as a tax consultant at various levels with Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers for a combined period of eight years. Mr Mwachinga has been involved in providing advice on tax legislation, principles and practice for a variety of clients. As additional responsibility Mr Mwachinga is involved through a World Bank group project in advising various governments in East Africa in their tax reform initiatives.

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Edward Mwachinga, LLB (Hons), LLM Partner Tel: +254 737 605 836 Kiganjo House, 3rd Floor, Rose Avenue, Off Lenana/Denis Pritt Road P.O. Box 50719 – 00200 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254(20) 246 5567, 269 9936



Managing Partner Nyamodi Ochieng Nyamogo has a rich history of handling legal matters pertaining to telecommunication projects in Kenya funded by the World Bank,Europen Investment Bank ,Japanese OECF and the USAID-funded Zambian 2nd Mobile Radio Telephony tenders. As an International Telecommunications Union(ITU) legal expert he was involved in drafting the ITU Constitution and Convention ,The African Green Paper which explores themes related to the overall restructuring of the telecommunications sector in Africa in the 21st century. He was also involved in the drafting of the legal instruments establishing the Regional African Satellite Communications Organization (RASCOM), Abidjan, and the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI), Nairobi. Areas of practice (including but not limited to): • Civil and Criminal Litigation

• Transportation law(sea, land and air)

• Commercial law

• Insurance and Personal Injury

• Telecommunications law

• Conveyance and Property Law

• Corporate law

• Alternative Disputes Resolution

Nyamodi Ochieng Nyamogo Managing Partner Transnational Plaza Suite 418 Fourth Floor Mama Ngina Street Kenya Tel: +254 20 221 7313 / +254 71 383 9998

• Investment Law and Government Contracts Professional Associations • Law Society of Kenya • East African Law Society • Commonwealth Lawyers Association • International Bar Association • Legal Network Alliance (LNA) ,London • African Business & legal Expertise(ABLE), Paris) NYAMOGO & NYAMOGO ADVOCATES NYAMOGO & NYAMOGO ADVOCATES was registered in 1994. Since its inception in 1994 Nyamogo & Nyamogo Advocates has continued to provide quality legal services to a growing and satisfied clientele. Over the 20+ years of our existence we have handled several matters in our areas of specialization, that is, Commercial/Conveyancing, Civil/ Criminal Litigation and Debt Collection. Information Communication & Telecommunications (ICT) Law In Telecommunications law, we have an in-depth understanding of the commercial and technological aspects of the telecommunications industry and continually monitor the market. We offer our clients pragmatic and sector-specific legal advice in order to successfully meet the challenges of today’s rapidly developing international telecommunications industry.

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Khushal Lobine is the Director and Lead Partner of the law firm L&P Law Partners Ltd registered in Mauritius. Certifications

Khushal Lobine Director and Lead Partner Tel:+230 57661925

Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Education • The Honourable Society of the Lincolns’ Inn 1997 • Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd – Bar Vocational Course, International Law and Legal Studies • The University of Wolverhampton – LLB (Hons), International Law and Legal Studies Languages English and French L & P Law Partners L & P Law Partners is both a transactional and litigation law firm. Its lawyers and partners have a diverse practice, covering all areas of civil, corporate, industrial, administrative, taxation and international law and are regularly called upon to advise clients involved in financial services activities such as banking, insurance and investment. The services of its lawyers are also often retained by companies based in France and Luxembourg and other European countries which have got business interests and investments in Mauritius and Africa. L & P Law Partners has an important practice in Maritime Law as well. It regularly advises ship owners, cargo owners, charterers, insurers and other interested third parties. It regularly deals with legal issues arising out of or connected to salvage, towage, limitation of liability, bills of lading, charter parties, maritime claims and lien, ship mortgages and ship registrations.

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Chambers, 4th Floor Chancery House Port-Louis, 11411 Mauritius Tel: +230 2085499 Fax:+230 213 0925



Patrick Kauta is a named, founding and senior Director at Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. He obtained his Baccalaureus Juris (B Juris) from the University of Durban-Westville and his LLB degree from the University of Natal in Durban South Africa. Mr Kauta was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of Namibia in 1997. He was also admitted as Supreme Court Counsel and Notary Public. Mr Kauta was also called to serve as an Acting Judge in the Namibian Judiciary for three terms. He deals in large commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration management which entails the negotiating, drafting and reviewing of contracts. Patrick Kauta has broad legal background with more than 19 years’ experience in civil, corporate, criminal, insurance and commercial law. He is a unique combination of high tech training and experience in business and transactional law and he is a persuasive individual possessing strong negotiating skills, and a history of successful litigation. He has demonstrated experience in managing outside counsel in litigation matters in hundreds of cases. Mr Kauta is resourceful with the keen ability to assess all issues to adequately protect clients and complete projects producing professional results while adhering to rigid deadlines.

Patrick Kauta Director Tel: +264 61 275 574/ +264 61 275591 WKH House, Jan Jonker Road, Ausspannplatz, P.O. Box 864/822, Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264 61 27 555 0 Fax: +264 61 23 88 02

Apart from his legal work, Mr Kauta is the Chairperson of Namcor Board and Betula Nigra Investments (Pty) Ltd. He also serves as Director at OMSIC AND OMLAC. Mr Kauta articled at Muller and Brand whilst employed at TransNamib as an Industrial Relations Officer. Thereafter he joined the Ministry of Justice as Legal Aid Counsel. He then joined Conradie & Damaseb as Professional Assistant before establishing his own firm, Kauta Basson & Kamuhanga Inc. The partners of Dr Weder, Kruger & Hartmann and the directors of Kauta, Basson & Kamuhanga Incorporated merged on 1 September 2006 and commenced to practice as legal practitioners under the name and style of Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Incorporated. Mr Kauta is a member of the Law Society of Namibia and served as President of the Namibia Law Association. He is keen on assisting young candidate attorneys and has been training them personally at the firm. He further served as a lecturer for the Law Faculty of the University of Namibia and Justice Training Centre. Mr Kauta has successfully legally served the Roads Authority of Namibia, The Namibian Competition Commission (NCC) and Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA).

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André Swanepoel is a founding and senior Director at Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. a Namibian law firm that prides itself on client satisfaction and quality legal services. Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka’s unique professional ethos is derived from a combined period of over 67 years of experience in Namibia. Mr Swanepoel, one of the founders of the firm obtained a B-Comm (law) Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in the Republic of South Africa. He then went on to obtain an LLB Degree at the same University. With 34 years’ experience in the legal fraternity Mr Swanepoel has experience in Public Prosecution, Conveyancing, Commercial Law and specializes in Property Law such as the facilitation of property developments and projects and facilitating commercial and retail developments and the Administration of deceased and insolvent estates. Mr Swanepoel completed his articles of clerkship at the Windhoek Government Attorney’s office and was subsequently admitted as an Attorney. He was then employed at the former Dr Weder, Kruger & Hartmann, and became a partner of the said firm. Mr Swanepoel was then admitted as a qualified Conveyancer and Notary Public. Mr Swanepoel is a former member of the Law Society’s Standing Committee on Conveyancing and a former member of the Committee which was instrumental to the transfer of Walvis Bay Deeds to Namibia when Walvis Bay became part of Namibia. Mr Swanepoel has vast experience in the structuring and implementation of large property developments including: township establishments, large subdivisions, bonds and transfers. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Retirement Village in Namibia and is responsible for the first registration of various Golf Estates and related transactions. Mr Swanepoel has expertise in the structuring of Leasehold Schemes, inter vivos Trusts, Mining Law, drafting of Prospecting Agreements and advising on Mining and Mineral Rights. His extensive work for the firm involves the drafting and structuring of all agreements and transactions related to new developments like Zivelli, Omeya, Sungate, Elisenheim and private Townships Osona, Heritage Hill and Etosha Village. This charismatic individual who’s both influential and well versed is a non-executive Director of the Board of Oryx Properties. He was previously on the Board of Bank Windhoek Holdings. Mr Swanepoel is currently the Managing Director of Aru Game Lodges (Pty) Ltd which operate trophy hunting and game farms in Namibia.

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André Swanepoel Director Tel: +264 61 275 551/ +26461 275 552 WKH House, Jan Jonker Road, Ausspannplatz, P.O. Box 864/822, Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264 61 27 555 0 Fax: +264 61 23 88 02



Magano Erkana is a Director at Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc., a leading law firm in Namibia. She obtained an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Waterford Kamhlaba (a member of the United World Colleges), Mbabane, Swaziland. She then proceeded to obtain her LLB degree from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, in the Republic of South Africa. Her excellence landed her on the Dean’s Merit List for three consecutive years and resultantly became a member of the Golden Key Honour Society. Ms Erkana is an attorney admitted in both Namibia and the Republic of South Africa. She has 12 years of experience. Her core areas of expertise are in banking, corporate and finance law. Ms Erkana commenced and completed a two-year article period at the law firm Ledwaba Mazwai Attorneys’ in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. After her admission in April 2004, she continued to work at Ledwaba Mazwai Attorney’s as a Professional Assistant. She relocated to Namibia and commenced at Standard Bank Namibia as a Legal Adviser. She established a Legal Department at Standard Bank. She provided services to the entire organization including its associate companies Stanfin, Stanlib and Liberty Life. During her tenure there she provided legal advice on a full spectrum of areas of law such as banking regulatory issues, credit law, corporate law, labour law and advising on forensic investigations. Ms Erkana also drafted contracts and reviewed policies on business and corporate market segments. She further reviewed amendments in legislation and new legislation. Ms Erkana provided legal support on various projects, amending or implementing new products, services, processes and systems.

Magano Erkana Director Tel: +264 61 275 652 / +264 61 275 WKH House, Jan Jonker Road, Ausspannplatz, P.O. Box 864/822, Windhoek Namibia Tel: +264 61 27 555 0 Fax: +264 61 23 88 02

Ms Erkana was a member of the executive committee of Standard Bank and received substantial training in Mergers, Acquisitions and Structured Finance, Contract, Advanced Loan Documentation (facilitated by EuroMoney Legal Training) and completed 2 months at Norton Rose Fulbright at their London offices. Ms Erkana moved to Dr Weder, Kauta and Hoveka in July 2016 after having established a legal department where previously there had been none. She left a dynamic team of six competent legal personnel. And had set up various processes and databases and to effectively manage legal risk and provide the necessary legal support. She portrays dedication, diligence and is result-oriented which attracted her to join the team at Dr Weder Kauta and Hoveka, a law firm well known in for its strength and commitment in the diverse experience of its professional staff, priding itself in staff who appreciate the clients’ need for quality legal services. Ms Erkana is currently establishing Apart from her legal work, Ms Erkana has served as director of Stanfin (Pty) Ltd, Namclear, Liberty Life, Stanlib and Standard Bank Namibia Unit Trust Management Company.

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A lawyer with over 24 years post call experience is from Benue State. He holds Diploma in Law, LLB, B.L. & LLM degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Lagos. He is member of Nigerian Bar Association and several International Bar and Law Associations. He is also a market consultant registered with Securities & Exchange Commission. He is also Notary Public appointed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria. As a legal scholar, writer and researcher, Mr. Adoga has published several legal articles in local and foreign law journals. Brooke Chambers Brooke Chambers is a Nigerian law firm established for the purpose of rendering legal services and having two law offices situated in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Practice Areas Our scope of legal practice broadly covers business and investment law, maritime and admiralty law, financial services law, natural resources law, infrastructure law, human resources law and general litigation practice. Mission Statement We are established for the primary purpose of rendering quality legal services to clients at the highest professional standards. Our primary jurisdiction of practice is Nigeria. However, we also handle cross border matters involving Nigerian law in foreign jurisdictions or foreign clients under Nigerian law. Our legal consultancy services covers legal advocacy, legal advisory services, and legal consultancy services, research, legislative advocacy etc. Our litigation practice covers civil, criminal, constitutional, local and cross border outsourced legal matters etc. Clients We render legal services to individuals, companies, partnerships, public limited companies, trustees, government departments and agencies, international development agencies etc.

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Onjefu Adoga Esq. Principal Partner Olatunji House No. 299 Ikorodu Road Anthony, Lagos Nigeria Tel: +234-1-7671183 +234-1-4721449



Dayo Peters B.A (English Lang. Studies) LLB. BL. MCIArb Oil exploration in the coast of Nigeria is highly dependent on navigation by waterways and with the promulgation of the Cabotage and Local content laws; a wholly indigenous Shipping Industry is on the verge of emergence for which financing is key. Dayo advises indigenous and foreigner clients on overcoming the challenges of this emergence. Dayo heads the firm’s Vessel Financing Transactions Practice, advising financing partners on various issues including but not limited to: international and cross border financing of newly built and /or second hand Vessels, Sale and Purchase of Vessels, flagging/flag administration in Nigeria and several other major Ship Registries across the world, Maritime Insurance and various other Vessel financing related matters. We have also worked with and continue to maintains a close relationship with a wide network of international law firms and lawyers based in jurisdictions with major ship registries.

Dayo Peters Managing Partner Tel: +234 (01) 2770701 Mobile: +234.(0)803 3014437 The Rock Tower, (4th Floor) The Rock Drive off C& I Leasing Drive Central Business District Lekki Phase I, Lagos Nigeria Tel: +234.(01) 2700041 2770702

Dayo has also advised (private & corporate) individuals (foreigners and indigenous) on, various and diverse commercial relationships and ventures including: the establishment of business entities in Nigeria, regulatory and compliance issues, acquisition and divestment of interests, setting up and advising on structures for financing transactions. With Dayo’s keen eye on details, he has undertaken extensive due diligence investigations over subject matters/targets and generates relevant documentation as required for these transactions. As Managing Partner, Dayo is a key contributor to all other aspects of the firm’s practice. Notary Public for the Federal Republic of Nigeria - October 2012 Member - Nigerian Maritime Law Association, Nigerian Bar Association. Member - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigerian Branch).

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Al Alawi & Co is a full service law firm with a broad spectrum of clients including major multinational and national corporations, private businesses, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and government agencies. In meeting the diverse goals and expectations of our diverse client base, we provide creative, timely and practical legal solutions in an effective manner. We deliver consistently high quality advice, with a keen understanding of the commercial environment in which our clients operate. Our team is comprised of lawyers who have practiced in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, with international as well as regional and domestic law firms. Consequently, we provide the best of both worlds: “in-country value” combined with international competence & responsiveness. Our key practice areas include:

• International Trade

• Mergers & Acquisition

• Intellectual Property

• Aviation & Transport

• Joint Ventures

• Banking & Finance

• Litigation

• Capital Markets

• Mining

• Corporate & Commercial

• Partnership & Franchise

• Dispute Resolution

• Property & Real Estate

• Employment & Immigration

• Tax

• Energy & Environment

• Shipping & Ship Finance

• Infrastructure & Project

• Telecommunication & Technology

Ali Khamis Al Alawi is the Founder and Senior Partner of the firm. He originally established his individual legal practice in 1982. Today, Al Alawi & Co. is one of the largest independent law firms headquartered in Muscat, with a focus on the GCC region and beyond. In major business transactions, high-stakes litigation, and other matters, we are committed to achieving our clients’ objectives effectively and efficiently. Our approach to problem-solving starts with a thorough understanding of our clients’ objectives and leads to solutions tailored to our clients’ legal and commercial needs.

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Ali Khamis Al Alawi Founder & Senior Partner Tel: +968 99332241 Al Alawi Law Firm Building Bldg No. 785, Way No. 2708 Qurum 29, PO Box 3746 PC 112, Muscat Sultanate of Oman Tel: +968 24 699 761/2 Fax: +968 24 699 763



Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Al Sulaim served as Secretary General of the Arbitration Secretariat in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Al Sulaim obtained his legal degree from King Saud University. Mr. Al Sulaim has a wide range of experience in the legal aspects of establishing and maintaining businesses in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al Sulaim also represents clients in various dispute resolution proceedings both in Saudi Arabia and abroad. Mr. Al Sulaim is an active member of the Union Internationale des Avocats and is a past National Vice-President for Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al Sulaim is also a member of the Board Directors of the Saudi Arbitration Committee. Al Sulaim Al Awaji and Partners Law Firm Al Sulaim Al Awaji and Partners Law Firm was established in 1991 by Osama M. Al Sulaim and Ghassan I. Al Awaji with the purpose of providing legal advice relating to commercial and corporate transactions, representation and advocacy before governmental agencies, counseling and representation in connection with intellectual property matters and representation to clients in litigation, arbitrations and other dispute settlement proceedings. A&A provides counseling to both foreign and domestic entities, including publicly and privately held companies, financial institutions and individuals.

Osama Mohammad Al Sulaim Tel: +966 (11) 4628866 ext. 229 P.O.Box 26668, Riyadh 11496 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Tel: +966-11-462-8866 Fax: +966-11-462-9001

Al Sulaim Al Awaji & Partners Law Firm acts in association with Taylor Wessing. Taylor Wessing is the collective name for an international legal practice, operating as one firm but established as separate and distinct legal entities. Due to the ever increasing complexity of our client’s requirements and in order to achieve the firm’s expansion goals, the firm focused on having a widespread global presence empowered by its international relationships. The firm provides world class services in all legal disciplines, including project finance, mergers and acquisitions, conflict resolution, restructuring and intellectual property. Litigation and Arbitration A&A lawyers are also frequently called upon to act as party arbitrators and to chair of arbitral tribunals in the Kingdom. A&A also advises Saudi clients on significant litigation matters in the United States. The Firm represents clients in all types of dispute resolution proceedings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including litigation before Saudi courts as well as specialized governmental tribunals. A&A lawyers have also represented clients before Saudi arbitral tribunals as well as in arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Arab Association for International Arbitration, NASD Dispute Resolution and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

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Clarks Attorneys is a highly specialised firm practising exclusively in fam ily and p ers onallaw . The high degree of the firm’s specialisation affords our clients outstanding professional expertise as well as a particular understanding of and sensitivity towards our clients’ needs. The firm strives to keep up with the complex and rapidly changing and evolving area of family law in South Africa and around the world. Other than having extensive experience in dealing with those areas usually associated with family law, such as divorce, parental rights and responsibilities, maintenance and adoption, we specialise particularly in cases with an international angle, including international child abduction and Hague Convention cases, and foreign divorces for South Africans living outside South Africa. We also specialise in mediation, antenuptial contracts, co-habitation, same sex relationships, paternity, curatorship applications, relocation matters and international maintenance cases. The outcome of clients’ marriages, divorces, maintenance disputes, residence and contact disputes, and international relocations affects every other area of their lives, and the futures of both themselves and their children. We therefore believe in managing clients’ cases in partnership with them and, where necessary, a multidisciplinary team of experts. We work closely with several psychologists and social workers who specialise in the effects of divorce on children and on the parties themselves, and also have excellent professional relationships with several specialised advocates, forensic accountants, property valuers, maintenance court experts, tracing agents and private investigators. We have a wealth of experience in handling divorces for high net worth individuals, which are essentially commercial in nature, and we are well known for our high degree of discretion in all our matters, including those for very high profile clients. The firm’s managing director, Beverley Clark, is a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and as such has links to specialist family lawyers throughout the world. She is the Chairperson of the Gauteng Family Law Forum, and is on the national steering committee of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. She has co-authored a book on the international relocation of children, has presented papers at numerous conferences, and is often interviewed on television and radio as a specialist in this field.

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Beverley Clark Director Block A2, 34 Impala Road, Chislehurston, Sandton, 2196 South Africa Tel: +27 11 783 1066 Fax: +27 11 783 2040



Elaine Bergenthuin is the Managing Partner at De Beer Attorneys. De Beer Attorneys is a South African law firm specializing in all aspects of Intellectual Property law including patents, trademarks, registered design rights and copyright in South Africa and throughout the African continent. Elaine has a wealth of experience in both prosecution and litigation of all forms of intellectual property. She is a qualified electronic engineer, a registered South African Patent Attorney and an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She has over 11 years of experience in the legal industry, both locally and abroad. Elaine spent a number of years working at a leading firm of Chartered and European patent attorneys in London, who specialize in obtaining patent protection for software, business methods and related technologies. Here she was instrumental in securing patent protection for the technology developments of large multi-national companies such as Samsung Technologies, Hewlett Packard and Good Technology (patent portfolio sold to Apple Inc.). During this time she also assisted in securing a US$68 million win for Good Technology in the European leg of its multi-national patent litigation dispute with Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry). During this time Elaine completed post-graduate studies in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary, University of London.

Elaine Bergenthuin Managing Partner Tel: +27 (0) 21 286 1489 The Business Centre, Nicol Grove Office Park, c/o William Nicol Drive & Leslie Avenue Fourways, Johannesburg 2191 South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 11 513 3540 Fax: +27 (0) 11 513 3086

She has also acted on behalf of industry leaders in the ICT and telecommunication sectors in South Africa with regard to their intellectual property requirements including successfully representing clients in patent and trademark related matters before the High Court of South Africa. Elaine also has a detailed commercial acumen having applied her skills in the commercial sphere as an in-house legal advisor for a large multi-national company for a number of years. Elaine therefore has the unique ability to combine her in-depth, international skills and experience in intellectual property law to the commercial considerations of local companies. During 2016, Elaine was also shortlisted for the Female Managing Partner of the year award in respect of the prestigious Africa Law Digest Awards.

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Meyer-Reumann & Partners (M&P) looks back on a long experience in the Middle East. In 1989 the predecessor firm of “Meyer-Reumann Legal Consultancy” was founded with a license of the ruler of Dubai without a local sponsor. M&P was registered as a law firm in Dubai in 2008 in partnership of the German lawyers Rolf Meyer-Reumann and Elena Schildgen. M&P provides legal services for the entire Middle East (Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, U.A.E. and Yemen), covering mainly the commercial, real estate, corporate and investment law of the Middle East, but also family and inheritance law, as well as global brands and patent applications in the languages German, English and Arabic. Elena Schildgen (Senior Partner Lawyer) Elena Schildgen (graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Passau, Germany in 1988, joined M&P in 1991 and became a Partner in 1995) advises clients on all commercial matters related to countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), specializing in distributorships and commercial agencies disputes in all GCC-Countries, the foundation of regional offices, and limited liability companies of foreign companies within the U.A.E. • Registered with the DIFC- Wills & Probate Registry in the Register of Wills Draftsmen: /register-of will-draftsmen/ • Specialized in the following fields: family law, inheritance law and labour law • Advising clients on trademark registrations for all GCC-Countries • Coordinating legal procedures at German courts concerning company law, family law and labour law • Drafting, reviewing, amending and negotiating commercial and corporate contracts; including commercial agency and distributer agreements • Developing and setting up of corporate structures and regional sales organizations • Advising international corporate clients on setting up of companies in the United Arab Emirates including the Free Zones • Advising clients on multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring, such as carve outs, mergers and acquisitions Mrs. Schildgen published various articles on different legal topics of the Gulf countries in “Middle East Executive Report” (MEER) and “Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft” (RIW).

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Mrs. Elena Schildgen Senior Partner Lawyer Tel: +971 50 6449026 World Trade Center, Level 13 P.O. Box 9353, Dubai United Arab Emirates Phone: +971 4 3317 110 Fax: +971 4 3313 832



JABIR AL ANSARI has more than 10 years of litigation experience in the region. We are prominent practitioners in litigation and complex disputes. Our team regularly appears in local and federal courts across the United Arab Emirates and Dubai International Financial Centre. We are also a member of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre. Our primary areas of expertise are Commercial and Maritime Law, however, we provide legal services including research, advice and opinions on all aspects relevant to the difficulties our clients face. We litigate disputes in Aviation, Corporate, Construction, Company and Business Taxation, Insurance and also Projects, Employment, Finance, Fraud and Insolvency, Hospitality, Media & Entertainment, Real Estate, Technology are some of our practice areas. We offer our clients A-Z resolutions on their legal needs by providing consultation for legal information and advices, consultation to review documents and preparation, drafting any type of document required, representing clients in negotiations and other third party services. Our distinctive feature is being the only local law firm which is specialized in Commercial and Maritime Law in the UAE. Our presence is focused in Sharjah and Fujairah offices within the UAE although we have the ability to represent clients in all of the 7 Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah. Relying on our local knowledge and expertise of the Middle East Region and the UAE laws in particular, we have a wide range of assistance to our clients in commercial arrangements required by their business operations considering the nature of the business and the legal risks. We are experts on handling complex industry-specific disputes as they arise and in providing sound commercial advice and reviewing the standard form agreements as well as drafting to prevent future disputes. Some of our Commercial Law practice areas are Intellectual Property, Joint Ventures,, E-commerce, Procurement, TMT, Agency and Distribution agreements, Logistics, Carriage contracts, Licensing, Technical and Management agreements, Sale of Goods contracts.

Jabir Al Ansari Managing Partner Tel: +97150 6254546 SHARJAH OFFICE: Bin Owais Building 3rd Floor Suite 307A, Clock Tower R/A Al Zahra Street Sharjah United Arab Emirates Tel: +9716 5627300 Fax: +9716 5627400 FUJAIRAH OFFICE: Al Awadi Tower Office No:606 Hamed Bin Abdullah Street Fujairah United Arab Emirates Tel: +9719 2230440 Fax: +9719 2230550

Furthermore, our internationally specialized lawyers in Maritime Law have distinguished us in expanding our capabilities in order to provide high quality service to our clients on matters related to Ship Finance, Shipbuilding, Ship Arrest, Purchase and Sale, Ship Management and Agency issues, Shipping Litigation, Arbitration, disputes arising out and in connection with Charterparties, Cargo Claims, Bunker Claims, Marine Insurance matters, Casualty claims, Salvage and towage disputes, and Personal injury claims, as well as dispute resolution in the Oil & Gas sector by resolving the matters in reasonable time that can be easily enforceable. The Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the United Arab Emirates therefore we give our clients the chance to resolve the matters faster and more effectively from our Fujairah office.

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Noah practices in all fields of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. His expertise also covers matters of project finance and banking, capital markets and debt securities, property law, aviation law, energy, infrastructure projects, telecommunications, debt recovery, general litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is the Managing Partner of the firm, but also maintains an active practice in the corporate and commercial department of the firm. In addition to his corporate practice he is equally an active litigator with several landmark precedent setting decisions under his belt. Notwithstanding that Noah remains proactive in pursuing practical and cost saving solutions for clients through emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, mediation or negotiation. He is presently recognized by most global law rankings including Chambers Global and IFLR1000 as one of the country’s leading lawyers in corporate and commercial law matters. Noah serves as a Board Director or Company Secretary to some noteworthy and high net worth companies and provides guidance on corporate governance. Noah is an active member of the International Bar Association, the Uganda Law Society and the East African Law Society. Shonubi, Musoke and Company Advocates celebrates 30 years in 2017 a notable achievement in the Ugandan legal services market. The firm has steadily grown into one of the largest firms in the country with specialty in all fields of corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, legal consulting, as well as energy & infrastructure practice ranging from non-contentious transactional work to highly complex litigation. It is currently staffed by twenty-five (25) honest legal professionals making it a hub for legal diversity and speciality. Our expertise in the above fields has seen the company attract work from reputable entities like the IFC, China Development Bank Corporation, the Import Export Bank of China, FMO, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Nedbank, ABSA, Infraco, Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development, USAID, BTC-CTB, IFAD, Google, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, IATA, MTN, Umeme, Baker Hughes, Alliance One International to mention but a few. The firm has continuously been rated as a leading law firm in Uganda by Chambers and Partners, and by the IFLR 1000 directory of leading Energy and financial law firms. The 2017 IFLR1000 rankings accorded the firm the highest possible Tier 1 classification in both the Energy & Infrastructure, and Financial & Corporate categories; whilst Chambers and Partners has accredited it as a Band 1 General Business Law Firm.

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Noah Edwin Mwesigwa Managing Partner Tel: +256 752 694005 nmwesigwa@ SM Chambers, Plot 14 Hannington Road, P.O Box 3213, Kampala Uganda Tel: +256414233114/ +256 414 233204 Fax: +256 4124 130388



Base Country: Zimbabwe Geographical Reach: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Israel, Germany, China, India

Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga Managing Partner;

Fields of Expertise: • Corporate Law and Advisory • Investment Law • Mining Law • Project Management

19 Windsor Close, Mount Pleasant, Harare Zimbabwe Tel: +263 4 335 995; 339 350 Fax: +263 4 302 540

• Infrastructural • Developmental Advisory Dube-Banda, Nzarayapenga & Partners is a dynamic corporate law firm that is based in Zimbabwe. The firm is a multidisciplinary firm with a strong focus on Corporate and Investment law and has also won accolades in the field of Civil Litigation from ACQ Global and Corporate Intl. We have concluded multiple transactions in the Mergers and Acquisitions and investment arena for international companies investing in Zimbabwe. We have advised multiple entities listed on the international exchanges such as the NYSE, JSE, DFM, LSE, ESE, FSE to mention a few. Our philosophy is centered around these pillars; diligence, accurate legal advice, innovative solutions to complex matters, quick turnaround on deliverables. Our mission is to contribute to regional wealth through identifying and implementing strategies for global investment and Africa’s economic growth. This philosophy has enabled us to continually add value to the various clients we represent and has enabled us to continue to set new dimensions to our practice. Firm Highlights The firm has had the privilege of taking part in many projects valued in the millions, in United States Dollars currency, for economic development in the Southern African Region. These include investments in Infrastructure and land development, Road infrastructure, technological advancement, energy and alternative energy projects, mining and mineral management.

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# 2 Bedford Row – England


A A.G. da Cunha Ferreira, Lda – Portugal Aarón Estrada Legal – Mexico

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ABR Solicitors – England


Accomply – Italy


Advokatbyrån Omnia AB – Sweden


Advokátní kancelář Rytikov & Utěšený Legal s.r.o. – Czech Republic


advokatur kümin – Switzerland


AKT Law Office – Turkey


Al Alawi & Co., Advocates & Legal Consultants – Oman


Allen Barron – US, California


AlSulaim AlAwaji & Partners – Saudi Arabia


Anthony Gold Solicitors – England


Ardent Advocaten – Belgium


B Banco Chambers – Australia


BARSHCHEVSKY & PARTNERS – Anastasia Rastorgueva – Russia


BARSHCHEVSKY & PARTNERS – Samvel Karakhanian – Russia


BARSHCHEVSKY & PARTNERS – Pavel Khlyustov – Russia


Batavia Patentservis Asia – Indonesia bellpark legal ltd. – Switzerland Bespoke – Australia Brödermann Jahn Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH – Germany

154 81 148 35

Brooke Chambers – Nigeria


Bross & Partners – Vietnam


Bufete Carro – Costa Rica


C Cabinet M Oproiu – Romania


Cabinet PALMIER & ASSOCIÉS – France


Claim Sa – Cuba

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Clarks Attorneys – South Africa


Collins and Lacy – US, South Carolina


Coughlin Duffy – US, New Jersey


D Dawson Cornwell Solicitors – England De Beer Attorneys – South Africa


De Camps, Vásquez & Valera – Dominican Republic


Dej-Udom & Associates – Thailand


Del Río & Cía. Abogados – Chile


Deol & Gill, Advocates & Solicitors – Malaysia


Dimitrova & Partners Law Firm – Bulgaria

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Donovan & Company – Canada


Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Patrick Kauta – Namibia


Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – André Swanepoel – Namibia


Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Morgano Erkana – Namibia




Dumont Bergman Bider – Mexico


E EELaw – Chile


Estudio Jurídico Prado – Ecuador


Etude de Me Guillaume Martin-Chico – Switzerland


Etude Marquet – Monaco


F Fernández Zacur – Gabinete Jurídico – Paraguay


Fifth Floor Selborne Chambers – Australia




G Galion – France


GAST Avocats – France


Gerken Rechtsanwälte – Germany


Ghidoni de Pina - Advogados Associados – Portugal


GLP Intellectual Property Office – Italy


GM Attorneys – Costa Rica Goldblum and Partners – Switzerland

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Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C. Abogados – Mexico


Gorodissky & Partners – Ukraine


GT Law – Switzerland


Gurbani & Co – Singapore


H Hogan Lovells – US, Washington D.C.


Horak. Attorneys at law – Germany


Horvitz & Horvitz Abogados – Chile


I Immigration Solutions Lawyers – Australia


Isla Del Campo – Mexico


J Jabir Al Ansari Advocates – UAE Jones Day – Netherlands Jurist And Company Pvt. Ltd. – Nepal GLE 192

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K Kaiser Odermatt & Partner – Switzerland


Karako Law Office – Turkey


Köksal & Partners Avukatlık Ortaklığı – Turkey 84 Kölcsényi & Némethi Law Firm – Hungary


L L & P Law Partners – Mauritius


Larrea, Ortiz & Cía. Sociedad de Abogados – Ecuador


Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. – International Arbitration – US, Washington D.C.


Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, P.C. – International Dispute Resolution – US, Washington D.C. 134 Lext Intellectual Property – Mauricio de Souza Tavares – Brazil


Lext Intellectual Property – Kris Williamson – Brazil


Litwak & Partners – BVI


Litwak & Partners – Cayman Islands


LUCAS, S.H. & PARTNERS – Indonesia


Lungerich · Lenz · Schuhmacher Rechtsanwälte – Germany

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M Maberly & Co – New Zealand


MacMillan Trademarks – Australia


Maikowski & Ninnemann Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB – Germany


Mamo TCV Advocates – Andrew Muscat – Malta


Mamo TCV Advocates – David Tonna – Malta


Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques – Brazil


Marc Jacobson, P.C. – US, New York Mariconda e Associati – Studio Legale – Italy Marjorie Rawls Roberts, PC – US Virgin Islands

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Mazzoni Regoli Cariello Pagni Studio Legale Associato – Italy


Memminger LLP – Germany


Mercer & Company – Ghana


Meridian Law – Barbados Meyer-Reumann & Partners – UAE

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Militerni & Associati – Italy


Modrzejewski i Wspólnicy sp.k. – Poland


Moraes Pitombo Advogados – Brazil


MPR Solicitors LLP – England


N Naomi Assia & Co Law Office – Israel


Ndikum Law Offices – Cameroon


Nicholas & Tan Partnership LLP – Singapore


Nyamogo & Nyamogo Advocates – Kenya


O Omond & Co. – Australia


Open Iran Limited – Iran


Osterling Abogados – Peru


OTT, François, Law office François OTT – Switzerland


P Pardini & Asociados – Panama PARK Wirtschaftsstrafrecht – Germany Pierola & Asociados – Peru

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PKF Malta – Malta


PRAXI Intellectual Property S.p.A. – Italy


Prosperetti & Associati – Italy

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Prountzos & Prountzos Llc – Cyprus


Prüfer & Partner GbR – Germany


R Rahman’s Chambers – Bangladesh


Rbi Rechtsanwalts GmbH – Germany


Rechtsanwalt Ingo Klaus Wamser – Germany


Rechtsanwälte M&P Dr. Matzen & Partner mbB – Germany


Remick Cabott Law Offices – US, Pennsylvania


RNClegal Rajinder Narain & Co. – India


Rockville & Co – Nigeria


Roulston Chow Law Office – Canada


S S.H.& Associates IP Ltd – England


SBGK Patent and Law Offices – Hungary


Shonubi, Musoke & Co. Advocates – Uganda


Sidera Consult | Market Access & Expansion – Brazil


Sinels Advocates – Jersey GLE 196


Sojuzpatent – Russia


Solsidus Law – Cyprus


STC Law Office-Av. Samet OZTURK – Kenan Güler – Turkey 85 STC Law Office-Av. Samet OZTURK – Sebahattin Koçaş – Turkey 86 STC Law Office-Av. Samet OZTURK – Samet Öztürk – Turkey


Studio Legale Isolabella – Francesco Isolabella – Italy


Studio Legale Isolabella – Luigi Isolabella – Italy


Stylianou & Stylianou law office – Greece


SWAN Partners – Spain


T Tanjib Alam & Associates – Bangladesh


Taussig Cherrie Fildes – Australia


Travers Smith LLP – England


Trevisan & Cuonzo – Italy


U UGGC Avocats – France

25 GLE 197


V VB Attorneys – US, Texas Velasco & Co. Abogados – Spain

132 71

Velez Benedetti Abogados Consultores – Colombia




Visatec Legal – Australia


Vishal Kalra – India


Vistra – Luxembourg


Viva Africa Consulting LLP – Kenya 172

W WH Partners – Malta


WIES & HERTZOG – Luxembourg


Winthrop Couchot – US, California 126

Y Youssef Hafez – Egypt


Z Zavadetskyi Advocates – Ukraine GLE 198


GLE 199

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