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2018 Global Law Experts (GLE) Handbook 2018

Finding the right Expert for your business solution


Welcome to the 2018 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 2018 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.

CONTENTS Europe

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The Americas

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Asia & Oceania

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Africa & The Middle East

154

Index

193 Editor: Richard Adams richardadams@globallawexperts.com www.globallawexperts.com

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.

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Europe

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Europe’s GDP growth is projected to remain at approximately 1.75% for 2017 (final data not yet available at the time of going to print) and 2018, according to the latest OECD insight. Domestic demand will continue to lead the recovery, benefiting from accommodative monetary policy, and more recently, from welcome, mildly expansionary fiscal policy. Exports are projected to strengthen, but at a moderate pace, in line with global growth. The unemployment rate will continue to decline, but will remain high at approximately 9%. Inflation will pick up on the back of higher energy prices and narrowing slack, but will remain below the European Central Bank’s (ECB) target. The OECD noted that monetary policy should remain supportive until inflation is more clearly and durably rising towards the ECB target. Several countries have fiscal space that should be used to support demand, concentrating on measures that would raise longterm growth, notably public investment. Boosting private investment will require structural reforms to enhance competition and reduce barriers in services and product markets, lower the still-high level of non-performing loans in many countries, and foster non-bank financing. Confidence in the monetary union would also gain from further progress to complete the banking union. The OECD also indicated that capacity of the euro area to adjust to trade shocks would be enhanced by strengthening re-training, guidance and jobsearch support for displaced workers. Increasing the focus of education policies on life-long learning

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would also be useful. In addition, promoting R&D, upgrading workers’ skills and fostering a greater use of digital technologies would be beneficial in helping businesses to be more competitive. The eurozone started the third quarter of 2017 on a solid footing, as demonstrated by PMI® survey data, though the rate of growth remained slightly below the recent highs in both manufacturing and services, and inflationary pressures cooled further. Commenting on the data, Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at IHS Markit, said: “The July fall in the PMI indicates that the eurozone’s recent growth spurt lost momentum for a second successive month, but still remained impressive. “The survey data is historically consistent with GDP rising at a quarterly rate of 0.6%, cooling slightly from a pace of over 0.7% signalled for the second quarter.


“The slowing pace of economic growth signalled by the surveys and the accompanying easing of price pressures adds to the belief that ECB policymakers will be in no rush to taper policy, and will leave all options open until the central bank sees a clearer picture of the sustainability of the upturn. “It’s too early to know for sure whether the economy has merely hit a speed bump or whether the upturn is already starting to fade. The evidence so far points to the former, with the economy hitting bottlenecks due to the speed of the recent upturn. “Forward-looking indicators, such as new order inflows, remain elevated, suggesting robust growth will be sustained in coming months. Job creation is consequently booming as companies seek to expand capacity in line with growing demand. “However, even with employment growing at one of the fastest rates seen over the past decade, the survey is still showing backlogs of uncompleted orders rising at a rate close to a six-year high. Manufacturing suppliers’ lead times also lengthened to the greatest extent for over six years as demand exceeded supply for many inputs. These are symptoms of a booming rather than an ailing economy.”

Steady Growth Ahead In its Spring Forecast, the European Commission noted that the European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. The commission expects this to continue at a largely steady pace over the next couple of years. The commission noted that inflation has risen significantly in recent months, primarily due to oil price increases. However, core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and unprocessed food prices, has remained relatively stable and substantially below its long-term average. Inflation in the euro area is forecast to rise from 0.2% in 2016 to 1.6% in 2017’s final data, before returning to 1.3% in 2018 as the effect of rising oil prices fades away. Private consumption, the main growth driver in recent years, expanded at its fastest pace in 10 years in 2016 but is set to moderate soon as inflation partly erodes gains in the purchasing power of households. As inflation is expected to ease during 2018, private consumption should pick up again slightly. Investment is expected to expand fairly steadily but remains hampered by the modest growth outlook and the need to continue deleveraging in some sectors. A number of factors support a gradual pick-up, such as rising capacity utilisation rates, corporate profitability and attractive financing conditions, also through the Investment Plan for Europe. Unemployment continues its downward trend, but it remains high in many countries. In the euro area, it is expected to fall to 9.4% in 2017’s conclusive, year-end data and 8.9% in 2018, its lowest level since the start of 2009. This is thanks to rising domestic demand, structural reforms and other government policies in certain countries which encourage robust job creation. The trend in the EU as a whole is expected to be similar, with unemployment forecast to fall to 8.0% for 2017 and 7.7% for 2018, the lowest since late 2008. Both the general government deficit-to-GDP ratio and the gross debt-to-GDP ratio are expected to see a drop for 2017 and 2018’s final figures, in both the euro area and the EU. Lower interest payments and public sector wage moderation should ensure that deficits continue to decline, albeit at a slower pace than in recent years. In the euro area, the government deficit to-GDP ratio is forecast to decline from 1.5% of GDP in 2016 to 1.4% in 2017 and 1.3% in 2018, while in the EU, the ratio is expected to drop from 1.7% in 2016 to 1.6% in 2017 and 1.5% in 2018. The debt-to-GDP ratio of the euro area is forecast to fall from 91.3% in 2016 to 90.3% in 2017 and 89.0% in 2018, while the ratio in the EU as a whole is forecast to fall from 85.1% in 2016 to 84.8% in 2017 and 83.6% in 2018.

Elevated Uncertainty The uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook remains elevated. Overall, risks have become more balanced than in the winter; however, they remain tilted to the downside. External risks are linked, for example, to future US economic and trade policy and broader geopolitical tensions. China’s economic adjustment, the health of the banking sector in Europe, and the upcoming negotiations with the UK on the country’s pending exit from the EU are also considered as possible downside risks in the forecast.

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Europe Contents Albania – Shuke Law...................................................................................................... 13

Armenia – Z.Manoukyan & Partners............................................................................... 14

Belgium – Law Square – Karin Winters.......................................................................... 15

Belgium – Law Square – Ine Lejeune............................................................................. 16

Bulgaria – Tabakov, Tabakova & Partners...................................................................... 17

Cyprus – Soteris Pittas & Co LLC................................................................................... 18

Cyprus – Tornaritis Law Firm.......................................................................................... 19

Cyprus – D.D. Fidelity Associates Limited..................................................................... 20

Cyprus – Christos Patsalides Corporate Management Ltd............................................ 21

Denmark – Buch Advokatfirma, I/S................................................................................ 22

England – The 36 Group................................................................................................ 23 GLE 6


England – Ash Norton Solicitors..................................................................................... 24

England – Silver Shemmings Ash LLP........................................................................... 25

England – EM Law.......................................................................................................... 26

England – Hunton & Williams......................................................................................... 27

England – Colin David Russ t/a CDR............................................................................. 28

England – Lloyd Platt & Co............................................................................................. 29

England – Nestor............................................................................................................ 30

England – Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.................................................... 31

England – MPR Solicitors LLP – Abdullah Al-Yunusi...................................................... 32

England – MPR Solicitors LLP – Seema Parikh.............................................................. 33

England – D2 Legal Technology LLP............................................................................. 34 GLE 7


Europe Contents England – 4 Pump Court................................................................................................ 35

England – Constantine Law............................................................................................ 36

England – St Philips Chambers...................................................................................... 37

Finland – Railas Attorneys Ltd........................................................................................ 38

France – ELKRIEF AVOCATS......................................................................................... 39

France – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP............................................................... 40

France – Galion Société d’Avocats................................................................................ 41

France – Frenkel & Associés.......................................................................................... 42

Germany – SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte...................................................................... 43

Germany – Rechtsanwalt Wamser................................................................................. 44

Germany – Uexküll & Stolberg....................................................................................... 45 GLE 8


Germany – Maiwald Patentanwaltsgesellschaft GmbH................................................. 46

Germany – KLIEMT.HR LAWYERS................................................................................. 47

Germany – ROIDER IP LAW FIRM................................................................................. 48

Germany – Lexdellmeier Intellectual Property Law Firm................................................ 49

Germany – Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP............................................................. 50

Germany – Sandmann Klinger Michaelis Bär................................................................ 51

Germany – LLR Legerlotz Laschet & Partner mbB........................................................ 52

Germany – Park Wirtschaftsstrafrecht............................................................................ 53

Greece – Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners....................................................................... 54

Greece – Anyfanti & Partners Law Firm......................................................................... 55

Ireland – Caroline Preston Strategic Dispute Resolution................................................ 56 GLE 9


Europe Contents Ireland – Conways Solicitors.......................................................................................... 57

Italy – Studio Legale Isolabella – Francesco Isolabella................................................. 58

Italy – Studio Legale Isolabella – Luigi Isolabella........................................................... 59

Italy – Studio dell’avvocato Cristina Rossello gia’ studio avv. prof. Ariberto Mignoli E Associato................................................................ 60

Italy – Studio Biscozzi Nobili Legale Tributario.............................................................. 61

Liechtenstein – Kaiser Partner....................................................................................... 62

Lithuania – Stašaitis & Partners Law Office.................................................................... 63

Luxembourg – Wies & Hertzog...................................................................................... 64

Luxembourg – Etude Antinori......................................................................................... 65

Malta – EMD Advocates................................................................................................. 66 GLE 10


Netherlands – Lawslinked Tax & Legal Services............................................................ 67

Netherlands – Signify.................................................................................................... 68

Poland – Olejnik Kancelaria Radców Prawnych Spółka Partnerska.............................. 69

Portugal – SPASS........................................................................................................... 70

Portugal – A.G. DA CUNHA FERREIRA LDA................................................................. 71

Portugal – Bernardino, Resende E Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.......... 72

Romania – Iordache Partners......................................................................................... 73

Romania – Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu...................... 74

Russia – CDR. Litigation Boutique................................................................................. 75

Russia – Vasiliev Klein Usov LLC................................................................................... 76

Scotland – James & George Collie LLP......................................................................... 77 GLE 11


Europe Contents Switzerland – Nievergelt & Partner Advokatur und Notariat AG.................................... 78

Switzerland – GHM Partners AG.................................................................................... 79

Switzerland – GTLaw...................................................................................................... 80

Switzerland – Eversheds Sutherland Ltd........................................................................ 81

Switzerland – Law Office François Ott........................................................................... 82

Switzerland – Deschenaux Hornblower & Partners, LLP............................................... 83

Turkey – AKT Law Office................................................................................................ 84

Turkey – MTN Law Firm.................................................................................................. 85

UK – Bonaccord............................................................................................................. 86

Ukraine – Aleksey Pukha & Partners.............................................................................. 87

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ALBANIA – CORPORATE LAW

SHUKE LAW

Shuke Law firm is a full service multi disciplinary law firm founded on July 2009 by founding and managing Partner Adv. Enyal Shuke, an experienced Albanian Attorney (15 years’ post-qualification experience). Adv. Enyal Shuke, in the years prior founding Shuke Law (1998 - June 2009) has acquired significant international experience and has been working as head office of reputable foreign and international law firms such as Brosio, Casati e Assocciati; Allen & Overy and Wolf Theiss. During these years Adv. Enyal Shuke has proven her professionalism and integrity, by earning her clients full trust and loyalty and therefore ensuring a solid base for the start of her own law firm, Shuke Law. The areas of activity of Shuke Law include but are not limited to: Commercial and Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; Contract Law; Administrative Law; Public Procurement; Concessions; Privatizations; Real Estate; Energy; Employment; Project Finance; Litigation & Arbitration.

Enyal Shuke Founding and Managing Partner enyal.shuke@shukelaw.com “Mustafa Matohiti” Str., Building No. 7/2, Suite 1/3, Tirana Albania Tel/Fax: +355 4 2241479 www.shukelaw.com

You can rely on Shuke Law firm to be particularly adept at providing you and your business with local insights and support in managing any international legal aspects of your business. The Partner, Enyal Shuke, is awarded by Chambers &Partners Europe 2009, as Band 1 Leading Lawyer, in the Corporate/Commercial & Dispute Resolution practice areas. She is particularly in tune to the needs of the clients and has provided extensive legal counsel with a wide range of international business endeavors. Her experience and guidance can help the business establish itself and grow in today’s highly competitive environment. Chambers & Partners quotes a client who reported that they: “feel totally confident in her, as she is an incredibly perceptive and accomplished lawyer”. Some of the major clients of Shuke Law include: • Coca-Cola Bottling Shqiperia, relation to different legal matters (corporate, real estate issues, regulatory and related litigation) related with their activity in Albania. • Marie Tecnimont S.p.A in relation to different legal matters (corporate, real estate/ construction issues, related litigation) related with the project of construction of a combined cycle thermos power plant for the public energy generation company “KESH Sh.A”; • Acted as legal expert regarding Albanian law matters in international arbitrations related to the protection of foreign investment (i.e. ICSID Arbitration Case No. ARB/15/28 and ICC Arbitration Case No. 20564/EMT/GR) • Air BP Limited, on some aspects of its investment in Kosovo and on in re to the legal aspect of their contract of refueling of aircrafts in Prishtina International Airport.

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ARMENIA – PATENT LAW

Z.MANOUKYAN & PARTNERS

“Z.Manoukyan & Partners” Ltd. is a Patent Attorney Office founded in 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Independence of the Republic of Armenia. The founder (Hovhannes Manoukyan) was the first patent attorney in RA. Throughout the years, along with professional experience the company has acquired many partners all around the world and has been successfully cooperating with large companies from USA, Switzerland, Germany, China etc. Our goal is to find optimal solutions for the clients’ problems.

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Zaruhi Manoukyan Director Tel: +374 91-210737 trademark@manoukyan.com Spendiaryan Street 6 apt. 10 Yerevan 0002, Armenia Tel: +374 10-534090


BELGIUM – CORPORATE LAW

LAW SQUARE

Karin Winters is the Managing Partner of Law Square and specialises in M&A, corporate law and structuring, business contracts, intellectual property etc. Over the past 20 years, Karin has assisted numerous Belgian and international clients in the setting-up, (re)structuring and handling of their corporate and financial organisation and their commercial activities. She has been involved in various international acquisitions and assisted numerous clients in the setting-up and (re)structuring of their corporate and commercial organisation and activities. Her involvement included the structuring of the transactions, the financing thereof, advising on all aspects of Belgian corporate and commercial law, the drafting and negotiation of transaction documentation, the drafting of all types of business and financing contracts, and the setting up of IP and distribution structures (including the drafting of the license agreements, contract R&D agreements, service contracts), etc.

Karin Winters Partner, Corporate Commercial & M&A Advocaat/Avocat Tel: +32 2 7107404 karin.winters@lawsquare.be Woluwedal 20 1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe Belgium Tel: +32 2 710 73 68 Fax: +32 2 710 78 99 www.lawsquare.be

Thanks to her extensive experience in working with specialists in various areas (tax, accounting, HR, etc.) in the context of international projects, she has gained a substantial understanding of issues related to foreign legal systems and other disciplines. She has been a coordinator and member of various international project teams on a regular basis. Karin is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

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BELGIUM – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

LAW SQUARE

A Partner at Law Square – which has a privileged relationship with the PwC Network, Ine Lejeune is Head of the Tax – Policy, Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice. Ine provides litigation and dispute resolution services across different taxes focusing on the EU and international law aspects (and the interaction with Belgian/National laws). Topics are broad ranging: dawn raids, data mining, exchange of information, anti-avoidance, protection of taxpayers by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, fraud investigations, missing trader fraud, fixed establishments, financial services, gaming Tax, refusal of VAT deduction, nonTax remedies,...). She has assisted with tax disputes and procedures before national courts in Belgium (Tax Courts, the Belgian Constitutional Court, Supreme Court). She has been or is involved in litigations in other Member States (Italy, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia, Romania, the UK, Ireland and Lithuania) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (e.g. on issues such as fixed establishment, discount vouchers, transportation charges...). Ine assists clients in tax audits and negotiates settlements with the administrative authorities. She supports clients in developing a litigation strategy on the basis of national legislation, EU law and the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of the European Court of Human Rights. Ine lectured at the Antwerp University (UFSIA) from 1996 to 2004 and lectures at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtshaftsuniversität Wien) since 2010 in the LLM International Tax Law on the VAT/GST – A global comparison. Ine has also been a guest lecturer on many occasions at universities in Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and Austria. She had speaking engagements at events organised by the OECD, the Tax Executive Institute (TEI), PwC, the European Commission, EU Member States, Industry Associations and Conference Organisers (see Annex on Presentations 2015-2016). Ine has successfully filed complaints with the European Commission resulting in infraction procedures and changes in national legislations resolving litigations. Over a period of 33 years, Ine has built up extensive experience in (tax) policy services for private sector clients and private sector business groups/associations as well as for the European Commission (as the Global Relationship Partner at PwC for the EU Institutions and the expert responsible for more than 36 studies on taxation/VAT/customs and excise provided to DG TAXUD, the European Parliament and OLAF), Belgium (e.g. VAT grouping and other topics such as the feasibility of SAF-T,...), other EU Member States and non-EU countries (UAE secondment for a two-year project, the Gulf Cooperation Council, China and India).

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Ine Lejeune Partner Tax Policy – Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Advocaat/Avocat Tel: +32 2 7107805 ine.lejeune@lawsquare.be Woluwedal 20, 1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe Belgium Tel: +32 2 710 73 68 Fax: +32 2 710 78 99 www.lawsquare.be


BULGARIA – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

TABAKOV, TABAKOVA & PARTNERS

Milena Tabakova is the managing partner of Tabakov, Tabakova & Partners (TTP). Her practice areas include intellectual property, competition law, international law, antitrust, arbitration, and commercial law. She is a member of the Sofia Bar Association, Association of Industrial Property Representatives, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and the European Communities Trade Mark Association. The Firm TTP provides a full range of IP services, as well as services in related fields, such as competition, consumer protection and unfair trade practices. We have strong expertise and solid experience in IP rights prosecution and licensing, as well as IP advice, including: • Similarities search and legal advice before filing of trademarks and designs • Preparation, filing and prosecution of national trade mark and industrial design applications, EU trade mark and Community design applications and international trademark and design applications before the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria (BPO), the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) • Preparation, filing of and representation in opposition and cancellation proceedings before BPO and EUIPO • Preparation, filing of and representation in appeal proceedings before BPO, the Boards of Appeal of EUIPO and the Court of Justice of the EU • Monitoring of trademarks for identical/similar rights • Preparation, filing and prosecution of patent and utility model applications before BPO and representation in the relevant proceedings • Preparation, filing and prosecution of applications for registration of geographical indications and representation in the relevant proceedings • Provision of legal opinions on copyright and related rights matters and representation in contract negotiations and infringement issues • Investigation and legal advice on trademark and design infringements, including seizure of counterfeit goods, gathering the required evidence, enforcement of border control measures • Appeals, statements, answers and representation in administrative and court procedures related to IP rights • Drafting of assignment, license and franchise agreements • Recordal of transfers, assignments, licenses, renewals and other changes • Participation in the drafting of IP laws and regulations • Review and preparation of legal opinions on marketing campaigns and advertising activities • Preparation, filing of and representation before the Commission for protection of competition and the Consumer protection commission in proceedings relating to misleading advertising, imitations and unfair trade practices • Appeals, statements, answers and representation in court procedures related to marketing campaigns and advertising activities

Milena Tabakova Managing Partner Tel: +3592 9630286 m.tabakova@interlex-bg.com Ami Boue Str. 18 entr.3 Bulgaria Tel: +3592 9630266 Fax: +3592 9630276 www.ttplaw.bg

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CYPRUS – M&A LAW

SOTERIS PITTAS

SOTERIS PITTAS & CO LLC is a boutique law firm, focusing on the areas of law related to business activity and dedicated to providing its clients with outstanding, highly personalised, legal representation. The lawyers and associates of the firm with their combined skills-set and knowledge can provide comprehensive legal solutions according to the clients’ particular business needs, requirements and objectives. We are committed to representing our clients at all stages of disputes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation, in order to secure just compensation and legal vindication. Our corporate and M&A departments provide full-fledged support ranging from formation of companies world-wide to legal support in complex corporate, commercial and finance transactions. The firm has close links and strong associations with reputable audit firms, private equity managers, and fiduciaries in Cyprus, Russia and the former CIS countries. We thank our clients for selecting our firm to represent them, and we will continue to work hard to provide them with top quality legal representation with the personal touch characteristic of a boutique law firm.

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Soteris Pittas Managing Partner Tel: + 357 25 028460 spittas@pittaslegal.com Soteris Pittas & Co LLC 10 Chrysanthou Mylona Magnus House, 3030 Limassol Cyprus Fax: +357 25 028460 www.pittaslegal.com


CYPRUS – REAL ESTATE LAW

TORNARITIS LAW FIRM

Criton G. Tornaritis is the managing partner of Tornaritis Law Firm, a leading Cypriot law firm which provides local and international clients a sophisticated, premier-quality work product in high-stakes legal services. Mr Tornaritis noted: “From its founding in 1924 to its present-day status as a leading law firm, Tornaritis Law Firm has demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence in the practice of law, public service and a civil society. Our practice and character are deeply rooted in the firm’s history, as exemplified in these historical profiles of our lawyers and services. “Our breadth of experience enables us to offer a wide range of skills to suit the individual needs and demands of each one of our clients. We conduct our work with a high degree of professionalism and dedication, and provide an expert, sensitive service for all of our clients.

Criton G Tornaritis Managing Partner 16 Stasikratous, 1065, Cyprus Tel: +357 22456056 Fax: +357 22664056 criton@tornaritislaw.com www.tornaritislaw.com

“The firm has a uniquely flexible and entrepreneurial culture that fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law is not enough. We understand our clients’ business objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with the ‘big picture’.” Mr Tornaritis believes that the firm has earned a reputation for being trusted business advisers, and that it demonstrates its value every day in the successful results it achieves. “Reflecting the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit with associated offices around the world, we are ready to help you wherever your business takes you,” he added. The firm’s aim is to provide quality legal services to clients around the world operating under the highest ethical standards with the principles of time and costefficiency in mind. Tornaritis Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services to individuals and businesses engaged in the acquisition, construction, development, financing, leasing, ownership and management of property. It offers up-to-date legal advice on new and revised real estate laws, regulations and policies, and is well equipped to assist clients with all aspects of their property matters, including reviewing, revising and amending contracts, reviewing and preparing all closing documents to ensure clear title as well as representing clients at both residential and commercial real estate closings. The team includes creative tax lawyers who interpret real estate laws to offer advantageous solutions to clients, always taking into consideration relevant tax implications and concerns.

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CYPRUS – TAX PLANNING LAW

D.D. FIDELITY ASSOCIATES LIMITED

D.D. Fidelity Associates Limited is a member of Fidelity Group – an independent corporate and fiduciary services provider, working with private individuals and families, corporates and professional firms. The firm’s range of services is constantly evolving, driven by its clients’ expanding needs and the changing environment. It offers bespoke solutions in the following areas: structural, tax and estate planning and optimisation; corporate services (formation, management and administration); family office functions; legal services – advice, drafting and analysis of corporate documents; and Cyprus citizenship / immigration. A solid foundation of the firm’s professionals counting more than 20 years of experience in the industry and its culture of dynamism and collaboration enables it to offer tailor-made solutions of any scope and complexity. The firm provides bespoke services of the highest quality to a carefully chosen client base and develops long-term relationships with clients and business partners on the basis of openness, fairness and integrity. It is always looking ahead to ensure its clients are prepared for whatever future brings. D.D. Fidelity Associates Limited’s team of highly qualified professionals is always there to support and guide clients through any situation or environment. With a diversity of backgrounds including banking, law and fiduciary services, the team ensures that its solutions are sound in every aspect. Through a carefully selected network of partners in key jurisdictions, the firm is able to offer its clients a truly global reach. It sets up and manages structures involving key onshore locations – Cyprus, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Dubai, Andorra – as well as established offshore centres – BVI, Cayman Islands, Marshall Islands, Seychelles, Panama, Belize. The firm’s business services include: • Structural and tax planning and optimisation • Planning, establishment, holding and management of companies and complex corporate structures • Incorporation and ongoing management of various investment vehicles (including private funds) • Nominee shareholderships, directorships, protectorships for Trusts and Foundations, supervision of the establishment of foundations and trusts • Insurance consulting and optimisation • Legal services • Drafting and analysis of the full suite of corporate documents • Fiduciary activities, mail and tax domiciles • Assistance with (tax) residence issues • Data and data transfer security • Immigration/citizenship (Cyprus)

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27, Spyrou Kyprianou Ave. EY House, Mesa Geitonia, 4003, Limassol Cyprus Tel: +357 25 818 930 Fax: +357 25 738 803 www.fidelity-associates.com


CYPRUS – TAX PLANNING LAW

CHRISTOS PATSALIDES CORPORATE MANAGEMENT LTD

Christos Patsalides was born in Nicosia. He graduated from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Law Department) in 1991 with merit, and obtained postgraduate qualifications LL.M.s, one from the University of Southampton in Shipping Law, and another one from the University College London, in Shipping and Company Law in 1993.

Christos Patsalides Founder christos.patsalides@ patsalides.com.cy

‘The Tender of Bills of Lading under Letters of Credit’, is one of Christos Patsalides publications. He was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 1995. In 1996, Christos Patsalides, founded Christos Patsalides and Associates Law Firm which through the years became a reputable limited liability law firm, under the name Christos Patsalides L.L.C. with 20 employees. In 2003, together with a group of advocates, Christos Patsalides founded THEMIS LEGAL STUDIES INSTITUTE, a non profitable organisation for the continuous education of legal professionals, of which he was the vice-president for many years. He served as the Vice - President of the Licensing Authority for two years. He has been elected as the President of the Board of Directors of Sigma TV, a few months ago. His main areas of practice are: Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Media Law, Shipping Law, Tax and International Tax Planning Law, Contract Law, Banks and Investment Firms Regulation.

31 Evagoras Avenue Evagoras Building Suite 34, 1066 Nicosia, Cyprus Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25617 1311 Nicosia, Cyprus Tel: +357 22677677 Fax: +357 22674422 www.patsalides.com.cy

Christos Patsalides is fluent in Greek and English. Christos Patsalides L.L.C and Christos Patsalides Corporate Management Ltd Christos Patsalides L.L.C was founded in Nicosia in 1996 by its founding partner Christos Patsalides. The firm is situated in the centre of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, a short distance away from the District Court of Nicosia, the Supreme Court, and several other important public services. The firm has its main office in Nicosia but has associates in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos covering the whole range of Cyprus and it is continually expanding its operations. Constantinos Kokkinoftas became a partner in 2002 and Avgoustinos Tsarkatzis in 2009. Christos Patsalides L.L.C and its affiliate company, Christos Patsalides Corporate Management Ltd employ experienced and accomplished lawyers, accounting and tax consultants with advanced studies and great legal training in their field of expertise. Our good reputation stands on our morals, principles, professionalism and our ability to adapt to the client’s needs from various backgrounds, be it the world of domestic or international business, civil disputes or criminal court proceedings. The firm has a broad practice, offering a full range of quality services to its international clients, with the resources and experience to advise them on transactions and projects domestically and internationally.

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DENMARK – FAMILY LAW

BUCH ADVOKATFIRMA, I/S

Susanne Vestergaard Andersen graduated from the University of Aarhus, Denmark with a Law degree in 1996, and has worked, un-interrupted, as a lawyer since then. Ms Andersen passed the bar for both local courts, the national court and the national supreme court. She was appointed by the Danish authorities as a professional guardian and as a lawyer in connection with legally enforced adoptions, and appointed by the Ministry of Justice as a court mediator. She attends various law courses every year in order to ensure the highest standards and knowledge level. Ms Andersen has specialised in private law for 20+ years, and has developed her competences to encompass general private law, such as the buying and selling of real estate, wills, divorces, inheritance cases, marital agreements, cases involving children, personal injury cases/claims, and economic conflicts. Furthermore, she has specialised in conflict/court mediation – both in terms of client mediation outside court, and in terms of mediation where the courts forward cases in which opposing parties need to come to an agreement. She has a solid foundation and experience in court work over the last 20+ years. Ms Andersen is very well educated and specialised in her area of expertise, based on many years in the same field. Her work is characterised by persistence and a no nonsense approach. She is able to take a holistic view on conflicts/opposing opinions, thus uncovering both clients’ needs, and subsequently mediating for settlements and satisfactory win-win results for both parties. She works with private clients from all of Denmark.

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Susanne Vestergaard Andersen Supreme Court Lawyer, Partner / Owner and Court Mediator sva@buch-advokatfirma.dk Hansborggade 30, 3 - DK - 6100, Haderslev Denmark Tel: +45 7453 5251 www.buch-advokatfirma.dk


ENGLAND – ART LAW

THE 36 GROUP

Jessica Franses is a commercial Barrister specialising in Art Law, representing, advising and assisting on high-value transactions, involving Fine art, Contemporary art, Classic or Historic cars and rare jewellery. In particular, Jessica deals with private collections, both in the UK and internationally. Jessica advises and assists art galleries, dealers, agents, collectors, art buyers, art sellers, international lawyers, professional advisers, museums, artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers. Her work involves: • Contract drafting (from sales contracts, agent agreements, artist–agent agreements to exhibition loan agreements); • Advising and negotiating transactions; • Advice on provenance, good title and due diligence; and • Litigation advice. Jessica is a sector-based lawyer and has had wide exposure and experience with the main issues that arise in art sales involving fine art: from problems with provenance and due diligence, problems at auction, title issues, cultural heritage issues, restitution issues, national treasure laws, export and import licence issues, negligence, misrepresentation or negligent misstatement by experts, dealers and auctioneers, fraud and fakes, wills, trusts and tax issues. On the contemporary art side, she reviews and drafts artist–agent agreements, artist commission agreements, exhibition loan agreements, assists artists and galleries with IP & copyright issues, Artist Resale Rights, publishing and licensing agreements for artwork prints, reproductions and showcasing art on websites. She also advises on issues concerning the specifications of the artworks, such as longevity and durability of the art and also issues concerning insurance claims for loaned or transported artworks that may be lost or damaged in transit, storage or through display in inappropriate climatic conditions. She works with a small Specialist Art Law Team and brings in other relevant experts or professional advisers, such as tax law specialists, accountants, valuers, appraisers, art dealers, art historians, forensic scientists and shippers to ensure her clients receive specialist advice. Jessica is a founding member of the Art Due Diligence Group, a company designed to help clients with a stream-lined due diligence service for art transactions. Work Undertaken • Commercial transactions / sale of goods • Breaches of contract • Disputes over ownership or value of artworks • Museum & gallery loan agreements • Damage to goods • Auctioneer’s negligence – negligent misstatement/misrepresentation • Claims in conversion / liens over property

Jessica Franses Barrister jfranses@36civil.co.uk 36 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4JH Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 8000 / +44 (0)20 7421 8030 Fax: +44 (0)20 7421 8035 clerks@36civil.co.uk www.36civil.co.uk

• Restitution & Cultural heritage issues • Issues concerning the export or import of goods • Artist Resale Rights • Intellectual property, branding and copyright • Criminal law – theft, damage, fakes & forgeries • Wills, trusts & probate issues

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ENGLAND – CITIZENSHIP LAW

ASH NORTON SOLICITORS

Priti Patel has over 20 years of legal experience in UK immigration and nationality law. She began her legal career with a firm in London as an immigration case worker dealing with a range of immigration matters including Asylum and Human rights. Priti has over six years of experience in advocacy before the Immigration Courts, then known as the Appellate Authority, dealing with entry clearance visa appeals, asylum and human rights. She later joined a three partner north London practice where she developed an immigration department and was the immigration supervisor for legal aid. Priti developed a significant private corporate client base and made partner in the firm. Priti later set up Ash Norton Solicitors in 2004. Priti’s clients are from a range of industry sectors, including health care, hospitality, IT, telecommunications, construction education and charities. Priti manages a thriving private client practice which advises on matters across a wide range of UK Immigration law including High Net worth investors, tier 1, 2, 4 & 5 of the Point Based System. Priti specialises in license sponsorship applications, compliance and HR. She is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales; the Immigration Law Practitioners Association since 1993, and the International Bar Association. Priti contributes to various publications including hospitality and HR corporate publications, as well as Asian and Thai media. She provides in-house training to corporate clients’ HR departments and is a speaker at various events. Ash Norton Solicitors Ash Norton Solicitors provide immigration solutions to individuals in the UK and international businesses for all their immigration matters including employing staff from overseas and progressing all their applications efficiently and swiftly. Ash Norton is a leading independent London immigration law firm specialising in business immigration to the UK and individual immigration to the UK. It is a private law firm, working alongside top London immigration barristers, solicitors, highly trained legal assistants and support staff, and Consultants – all of whom are committed to the needs of the firm’s UK and international clients. With over 20 years of experience in the field of immigration law, the firm provides legal representation to business executives, private and public companies, investors and individuals on complex and contentious immigration matters. Its immigration solicitors offer a comprehensive service for corporate and individual clients covering the full range of applications to enter or remain in the UK including visas for the UK and all applications under the Points-Based System.

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Priti Patel Founder priti@ashnorton-solicitors.com Westworld, Suite 7, Level 5, Westgate, Ealing, W5 1DT, London England Tel: +44-20 8997 1345 www.ashnorton-solicitors.com


ENGLAND – CONSTRUCTION LAW

SILVER SHEMMINGS ASH LLP

Ryland is dual qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate (Civil Courts Higher Rights) and has many years of legal experience in the construction industry in the UK and internationally. The focus of his work is now contentious. Ryland is an experienced advocate and lead representative in adjudication, arbitration, commercial litigation and other ADR tribunals. Prior to being called to the Bar in England, Ryland was a paralegal in commercial and civil litigation firms. He then worked in-house for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Taiwan for four years on the Taiwan High Speed Railway Project. In 2008 Ryland returned to the UK and joined consultancy firm Alway Associates as a Director (now part of the Costain Group) and is now Managing Partner with solicitors Silver Shemmings Ash LLP based in the City of London.

Ryland Ash Managing Partner rylandash@silverllp.com 11 – 13 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2ST UK Tel: +44 207 167 6602 Fax: +44 207 248 0161 www.silverllp.com

Dispute Resolution Ryland has acted on a wide variety of construction, building, rail and civil engineering projects involving the investigation, management and successful resolution of contractual and commercial disputes. He is experienced, both as a party representative and advocate in all forms of dispute resolution. Adjudication – Lead Representative and Advocate Ryland has acted as lead representative and advocate in over 100 adjudications. He has carved a niche in adjudication on behalf of Employers, Developers, Contractors and Sub-Contractors. His work includes contractual and common law advice, representation at hearings and drafting of claims, counterclaims and defences. Contractual Advice Ryland regularly advises clients upon the myriad of issues that can impact upon a project throughout its lifecycle, from pre-contract to post-completion. This advice includes ongoing strategic and commercial advice during and after the engineering and construction process. He has significant experience in the vetting, drafting and negotiation of a range of construction and engineering contracts (including the JCT, NEC and FIDIC suite of contracts) and in the drafting and reviewing of main contracts, sub-contracts, bonds, guarantees and collateral warranties. Seminars and Training Ryland regularly presents seminars and lectures to the public, local authorities, construction companies of all sizes, consultancies, banks and other lawyers. He also provides educational internationally on a range of construction law subjects and on a variety of standard forms of construction and engineering contracts.

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ENGLAND – CONTRACT LAW

EM LAW

Neil Williamson is a corporate and commercial lawyer and the founder of EM Law. Neil qualified at Halliwells in 2001 and then joined the corporate department at Solomon Taylor & Shaw specialising in the multi-million pound sale and purchase of private companies and the structuring of joint ventures and shareholder agreements. In 2003 Neil joined a firm that focused on helping French businesses invest in the UK and, in addition to advising on corporate matters, he also represented technology, communication and website development businesses advising on a wide range of software and data supply contracts. In 2005 Neil joined Marriott Davies Yapp LLP where he continued to advise on a broad range of commercial and technology contracts mainly for clients delivering projects to reform and modernise government ministries and state sector entities in the emerging and frontier markets. Neil’s work involved extensive travel in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2013 he founded EM Law. Neil’s work is now split between helping clients operate overseas and helping local and overseas investors do business in the UK. Neil’s diverse experience enables him to help clients with a wide range of matters and to offer clients a creative and commercial approach to their challenges. Examples of his work: • supporting a software consultancy with its supply contracts, licensing arrangements and general commercial matters • advising a software supplier on the delivery of a project to a US state authority • advising a software supplier on the supply of services to various banks in Ghana • advising several suppliers in the aid-funded business sector on all aspects of their business both in the UK and overseas including advising them on compliance issues and putting in place and negotiating a wide range of contracts • helping a telecommunications provider with its cloud-based supply contracts, licensing arrangements, business acquisitions and general commercial matters • general legal support for all aspects of the business of a well-known student snowsports tour operator • drafting contracts for the supply of goods and services for a variety of start-ups and SMEs • supporting clients with the buying and selling of private companies by share purchase and asset purchase • supporting clients in the retail and beauty industry receiving equity investment • advising an oil exploration business with a production sharing agreement for a deal in the Middle East

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Neil Williamson Director neil.williamson@emlaw.co.uk EM Law 12-13 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SB UK Tel: +44 (0) 203 637 6374 www.emlaw.co.uk


ENGLAND – DATA PROTECTION LAW

HUNTON & WILLIAMS

Rosemary Jay is a senior consultant attorney at Hunton & Williams. Her practice focuses on EU and UK data protection issues. Ms Jay joined from Pinsent Masons LLP where she was head of the Information Law Practice. Prior to that she was the head of the Legal Office of the Data Protection Registrar (now the Information Commissioner) for 12 years. She has practiced in privacy law for 30 years and is recognised as one of the top lawyers in the area of data protection in the UK, with Chambers and Partners recognising her as being a top ranked practitioner from the start of its data protection rankings to the present. She advises and provides training on high-level privacy, data protection and confidentiality issues. Her practice covers all areas of information law. She has extensive experience advising on the UK Freedom of Information regime. Her clients include public bodies, multinationals and private organisations. She has advised non-EU states on the adoption and drafting of privacy laws.

Rosemary Jay Senior Consultant Attorney Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 5753 rjay@hunton.com 30 St Mary Axe, London, UK, EC3A 8EP Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 5700 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7220 5772 www.hunton.com

Ms Jay is author of Sweet & Maxwell’s Data Protection Law & Practice, (4th edition 2012) and A Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (February 2017), a contributing editor to The White Book on data protection and a former editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy. She has worked with the Council of Europe, the European Commission on privacy issues in Europe and the Commonwealth Secretariat in West Africa. Rosemary speaks frequently at conferences and is a regular contributor to journals, conferences and workshops, as well as participating on a number of advisory committees in the area of privacy and data protection. Relevant Experience Carrying out numerous compliance reviews and programs for a wide range of clients; advising major multi-nationals on data transfer outside the EEA; conducting international privacy compliance exercises for global clients; drafting privacy laws and instruments for non-EU jurisdictions and advising on and handling major data breach incidents. Hunton & Williams Hunton & Williams’ privacy and cybersecurity practice helps companies manage data and mitigate risks at every step of the information life cycle. The privacy and cybersecurity practice is a leader in its field and the firm has been ranked by Computerworld magazine as the top law firm globally for privacy and data security in all of its surveys. Chambers and Partners also rate Hunton & Williams as the top privacy and data security practice in its Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers USA and Chambers UK guides.

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ENGLAND – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

COLIN DAVID RUSS T/A CDR

Colin Russ is considered a leader in his field being ranked highly in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500: Chambers and Partners • “calm, engaging, businesslike style” • “excellent legal and personal skills” • “he can persuade very difficult parties to come to the table and engage” • “excellent at challenging parties to look at the weaknesses of their case to drive forward a settlement” Legal 500 • “an exceptional mediator with a knack for building rapport” • “one of the best mediators in the country” • “a client ‘favourite’ and a popular choice with many of the larger firms” • “he manages to blend an easy-going style with forensic attention to detail” Colin Russ is an experienced, independent commercial mediator having conducted well in excess of 1000 mediations. He has established an excellent reputation for the successful resolution of disputes relating to professional negligence, commercial contracts and shareholder/partnership disputes as well as disputes arising from intellectual property rights and employment law. He has also led many successful mediations relating to real estate including 27 hours of unbroken mediation to conclude the settlement of a multi-party property dispute, which had been litigated for the previous 15 years. Colin is highly experienced in the financial services sector and has mediated numerous disputes arising out of interest hedging products and other derivatives as well a high value pension and investment disputes including issues arising out of different jurisdictions. His clients include many of the UK’s leading law firms and he has considerable expertise in high value multi-party mediations, involving complex multi-issue disputes. Colin has undertaken mediations for the majority of the top 50 law firms in the UK and increasingly so, the top 10 firms within this band. His repeat business accounts for some 80-85% of all mediations attended, and his settlement rate on the day remains well above the industry average. Originally qualified as a lawyer, Colin practiced as a commercial litigation lawyer for over 20 years, ultimately as Head of Litigation at the Birmingham Office of global law firm DLA Piper. After his interest in the mediation process grew, Colin gained his Mediator Accreditation from CEDR and left DLA (as it then was) to set up his mediation practice. Over the last 16 years Colin has built up a thriving, independent commercial mediation business both in the UK and overseas.

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Colin Russ Owner & Managing Partner colin@colindavidruss.com 4 Woodside Gardens, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1SF United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)7816 782 434 www.colindavidruss.com


ENGLAND – FAMILY LAW

LLOYD PLATT & CO

Lloyd Platt & Co Divorce, Criminal and Matrimonial Solicitors opened in 1992 specialising in all areas of family law dealing mainly with divorce, finances and cases concerning the children of the family. Since that time the practice has been involved in several leading and ground breaking divorce and cohabitation cases, and continues to campaign about many important family issues. The firm prides itself on giving sensible legal advice as well as being dependable, approachable and always willing to go the extra mile to get the very best outcome for a client. Vanessa Lloyd Platt, the director of Lloyd Platt & Co regularly appears as an expert on many news and current affairs programmes both nationally and internationally. She regularly appears on BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and ITV discussing ground-breaking matrimonial cases and the implications of celebrity cases. In addition, Vanessa can be heard regularly on national radio programmes up and down the country discussing relationship, divorce and other issues. In 2009 Lloyd Platt & Co invented the divorce voucher creating a worldwide first and global phenomenon. This was followed by the Pre-Nup Voucher shortly after. In October 2013 Vanessa was voted Family Law Commenter of the Year and following this firm has won several other prestigious awards, including: • 2014 Lawyer of the Year Corporate Livewire UK Divorce Law Vanessa Lloyd Platt • 2014 ACQ Global UK Leading Divorce Firm of the Year • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015 Divorce Firm of the Year • ACQ Global Awards 2016 UK Gamechanger of the Year Vanessa Lloyd Platt • M&A Today Global 2016 Winner Law Firm of the Year Divorce Law United Kingdom • Wealth Finance 2016 Business Awards Best Family & Divorce Law Firm 2016 UK • ACQ Global Awards 2016 England Family Law Firm of the Year Lawyer • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Global Leading Lawyer 2017 Divorce Law Firm of the Year UK • ACQ Global Awards 2017 UK Divorce Lawyer of the Year Vanessa Lloyd Platt and many more. In September 2014, the firm invented the world’s first Pet-Nup i.e. Deed of Agreement for pet owners in the event of a relationship breakdown which has attracted international acclaim. Each of the solicitors has their own speciality which adds to the strength of the practice. This covers complex company matters, finance and children, criminal and matrimonial elements and complex financial matters including reopening financial settlements and seeking hidden assets.

Vanessa Lloyd Platt Director lloydplatt@divorcesolicitors.com 3rd Floor, Elscot House, Arcadia Avenue, London N3 2JU United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)208 343 2998 Fax: +44 (0)208 343 4950 www.divorcesolicitors.com

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ENGLAND – FINANCIAL INVESTMENT EXPERT WITNESS

NESTOR

Before joining Nestor, Nick Leech enjoyed a successful career spanning 20 years within the financial services sector. Mr Leech started out with a blue chip bank before taking three years out to obtain a Law Degree. He resumed his banking career before assuming an instrumental role in the launch and development of the Manchester franchise of a national IFA brokerage. Since then, he has gone on to develop relationships within the professional service sector and maintains good working relationships with a number of key influencers. Progressing to senior management and shareholder status with his previous employer, Mr Leech also brings a high level of business acumen and knowledge from which Nestor’s development continues to benefit. His expertise crosses a number of disciplines including individual and corporate planning – mainly for higher net worth clients. He has also been involved in developing investment strategies for the personal injury marketplace and regularly provides expert advice to the Court on periodical payments as well as the Court of Protection regarding Trusts and investment management plans for protected beneficiaries. A regular contributor of articles, Mr Leech also presents seminars to the legal profession. He thrives on successful relationships with claimant and defendant legal teams and has obtained optimum financial packages for his clients. Reliable, forward thinking and pragmatic in his approach, Mr Leech is widely regarded as being at the forefront in his areas of expertise. Nestor Nestor is a team of experienced, Independent Financial Advisers working with a wide range of clients throughout the UK. The firm specialises in providing services to personal injury and clinical negligence legal practitioners and their clients. Many years’ experience in the personal injury field has established Nestor as the ‘expert of choice’ in pre-settlement issues and post-settlement awards. As a result, Nestor is an indispensable partner to many lawyers acting for personal injury claimants nationwide. Pre-settlement, the firm offers expert witness services to assist in this complex area, addressing intricate issues such as Periodical Payments versus Lump Sum Analysis, Welfare Benefits and Tax Planning. Post-settlement, Nestor advises lawyers and accountants on Personal Injury Trusts, Wealth Management and Trustee Investment, in addition to offering services to protected parties and Deputies. Nestor also provides a wide range of more conventional financial advice for individual and corporate clients. As an owner-managed business, all of the firm’s instructions are overseen by a director.

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Nick Leech Director nick.leech@nestor.co.uk Controlled House Waterfold Business Park Rochdale Road Bury BL9 7BR DX 20511 Bury Tel: +44 (0) 161 763 4800 Fax: +44 (0) 161 763 4809 www.nestor.co.uk


ENGLAND – FRAUD LAW

EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND (INTERNATIONAL) LLP

Neill Blundell is a leading lawyer in the sphere of cross-border corporate crime, and Head of the Corporate Crime & Investigations Group. He advises banks, corporations and individuals on issues around fraud, corruption, bribery, unfair trading, money laundering, sanctions, extradition, market abuse and regulatory matters. Neill also advises on contract law and civil recovery of losses in the context of fraud, dishonesty, and misrepresentation. He is admitted as a Solicitor Advocate in England & Wales and has rights of audience in all criminal courts in England & Wales. He is also admitted in the Republic of Ireland. Neill advises clients on internal investigations and responses to allegations of unethical or illegal conduct within their business. A particular focus is alleged breaches of the Bribery Act 2010, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Enterprise Act 2002, and the Fraud Act 2006. This includes inquiries and prosecutions commenced by UK agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police and other police forces. Neill has also advised clients on investigations initiated by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the integrity units of multilateral development banks, and prosecutors from France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.

Neill Blundell Partner, Head of Corporate Crime and Investigations Group Tel: +44 (0)20 7919 4533 neillblundell@ eversheds-sutherland.com One Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7497 9797 Fax: +44(0)20 7919 4919 www.eversheds-sutherland.com

Neill has been instructed on some of the highest profile investigations and prosecutors around LIBOR, FX and foreign bribery. Given the sensitive nature of his practice, Neill usually acts for his clients on a confidential basis. His clients are typically industry leaders and global corporations from across the financial services, energy, engineering, professional services and aerospace sectors. Neill also advises clients on how to recognise and mitigate the risks of fraud, bribery, corruption and financial crime. He manages the development of systems and controls, with a particular emphasis on achieving “adequate procedures” for managing bribery risk. Leading media outlets such as the BBC (Newsnight, BBC World, and BBC 1), CNN, Channel 4 News, Sky News, and Jazz FM have invited Neill to speak on bribery, fraud and corporate crime topics. Neill regularly publishes articles on his areas of expertise, and has been quoted in the Financial Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, and The Independent.

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ENGLAND – FRAUD LAW

MPR SOLICITORS LLP

MPR Solicitors is a boutique law firm offering specialist tailored services to meet your individual needs. The firm’s clients see the firm as the people they want to call, rather than the people they have to call. Formed in 2001, MPR Solicitors soon established itself as a niche firm specialising in Criminal Defence, White Collar Crime and Fraud. Building on its reputation for client care and innovative legal solutions, the firm has expanded its areas of practice under the dynamic direction of its current managing partner, Abdullah Al-Yunusi. Mr Al-Yunusi noted: “Our solicitors aim to provide the best legal solutions and advice with the highest level of service for our clients. The firm serves a wide base of clients including businesses, company directors, sole traders, corporations, governments, overseas nationals and private individuals.” MPR Solicitors operates as a unified and cross-disciplinary law firm, utilising specialist teams dedicated to serve the various needs of our clients. While there is no shortage of law firms in the London area, MPR’s practice is built on three fundamentals: quality, service and value. Moreover, MPR Solicitors is the solicitors of choice for anybody accused of any serious fraud, including an allegation of a conspiracy to defraud. Often more serious fraud cases are charged as a conspiracy to defraud. Clients will often panic at the mere word of “conspiracy”. However, a conspiracy is not necessarily something to worry about. Sometimes a conspiracy is easier to defend as there are a number of pitfalls for the prosecution in this type of prosecution. Mr Al-Yunusi added: “Sometimes, complex investigations in complex fraud cases can take a long time to investigate and prosecute. Our expert fraud defence solicitors and lawyers are highly experienced in cases of: VAT fraud, MTIC fraud, carousel fraud, diversion fraud, banking fraud, boiler room fraud, Ponzi fraud, mortgage fraud, fraudulent trading and credit card fraud.” Mr Al-Yunusi brings a wealth of experience to the MPR team. He is an experienced lawyer and trial advocate as well being a litigator and can therefore prepare a case from the very early stages. Since being called to the Bar in 1994, he has developed his experience and practice in defending in serious and complex trials and has acted in a number of high-profile cases. He has extensive experience in allegations of serious fraud, money laundering murder and drug trafficking.

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Abdullah Al-Yunusi Senior/Managing Partner – Barrister 8 Red Lion Court, Alexandra Road, 3535 Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 1JS Tel: +44 (0)20 3824 8080 Fax: +44 (0)20 3824 8081 law@mprsolicitors.co.uk www.mprsolicitors.co.uk


ENGLAND – FRAUD LAW

MPR SOLICITORS LLP

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

Seema Parikh Partner Tel: + 44 (0) 203 824 8080 + 44 (0) 7958 597888 seema@mprsolicitors.co.uk 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) law@mprsolicitors.co.uk www.mprsolicitors.co.uk

• 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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ENGLAND – GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION LAW

D2 LEGAL TECHNOLOGY LLP

Akber Datoo is the founder and managing partner of the legal data consultancy, D2 Legal Technology (D2LT), advising firms on the use of technology to unlock business value through legal change. D2LT provides thought leadership and advises firms on the use of legaltech, through document generation, storage, search, machine learning and AI tools to achieve business optimisation and regulatory compliance. Founded in November 2011, Akber has grown the firm to some seventy consultants across the UK and US. GDPR The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018, replacing the 1998 Data Protection Act. The explosion of new technologies, communication platforms, social media, vendors, suppliers and cross border dataflows presents a very different set of challenges to the protection of data subject rights. The GDPR responds to this challenge and heralds a new era of data protection and privacy, seeking to facilitate a single digital market. It introduces a data centric model for business compliance that for many organisations will require a complete overhaul of the way personal data is collected, processed and stored. It fundamentally needs senior management and key stakeholders’ buy-in across all business functions. D2LT’s GDPR Impact Assessment and Remediation Service helps businesses understand their data landscape whilst putting in place best practice regarding data governance. It provides an excellent opportunity to better understand data held, its purpose and value to optimise business operations. We work across multiple industries, including charities, medical, PR and banking. Awards and Recognition • D2LT - Winner of the ‘Data, Knowledge and Intelligence’ category, and ranked ‘Standout’ in the ‘Collaboration’ category (Financial Times, 2017). • Top ten “Innovative Lawyers in Europe” (Financial Times, 2016) • D2LT - ranked as “standout” for Innovation in New [Legal Business] Models (Financial Times, 2016) • Appointed to the England & Wales Law Society’s Technology & Law Reference Group (2016-current) Expertise D2LT are experts in technology, data protection/privacy and capital markets regulation, such as Basel III, CRD IV, Liquidity Reporting, BCBS239, CASS, QFC/BRRD and Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives. Education First class honours – Computer Science, Cambridge University (1997-2000) Admitted to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales (2007) Selected Publications • Legal Data for Banking: Business Optimisation and Regulatory Compliance - Wiley (Expected April 2018) • The Fintech Book – FinTech Solutions in Complex Contracts Optimisation - Wiley (Apr 2016) • Legal Data Management: Taking a holistic approach to data governance - Banking & Finance Expert Guide (Feb 2016)

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Akber Datoo Partner akber@d2legaltech.com Level 39 One Canada Square Canary Wharf London E14 5AB UK Tel: +44 (0)203 070 2266 / +44 (0)7859 033727 www.d2legaltech.com


ENGLAND – INSOLVENCY LITIGATION

4 PUMP COURT

Qualifications Law, First Class (University of Cambridge) CEDR Accredited Mediator

Anthony Trace QC Full-time Mediator atrace@4pumpcourt.com

London School of Mediation-accredited Mediator Civil Mediation Council-registered mediator Memberships Member of COMBAR Member of Chancery Bar Association Member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) Member of Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association (CFLA) Member of Insolvency Lawyers Association Member of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) Member of Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA Cayman)

4 Pump Court, Temple London EC4Y 7AN DX 303 LDE England Tel: +44 (0)20 7842 5555 Fax: +44 (0)20 7583 2036 clerks@4pumpcourt.com www.4pumpcourt.com

Awards Anthony has received many awards throughout his career, but the most recent include: Commercial litigation Silk of the Year at the inaugural Legal 500 Awards Banking Barrister of the Year 2016 Finance Monthly Awards Insolvency and Corporate Barrister of the Year 2017 Lawyer Monthly Awards Practice Anthony is a hugely experienced barrister who practised at the Bar for 35 years, 19 of them as a QC. He appeared in many of the most complex and high-profile cases across his areas of expertise and was ranked in Chambers & Partners directory as a leading silk in eight practice areas. Anthony is now working as a full-time commercial mediator doing both facilitative mediations and evaluative mediations (e.g. early neutral evaluation). Anthony is accredited by CEDR and by the London School of Mediation, who have accredited him as a mediator to international standards. Anthony’s decision to pursue a career as a full-time mediator follows his belief that mediation will become an increasingly important part of the dispute resolution process in the coming decade. The rising keenness of the Courts on alternative dispute resolution means that the parties will more and more be obliged to engage seriously in the mediation process at an early stage if they wish to avoid cost consequences and other sanctions. Anthony brings to his mediation practice the legal expertise, experience of litigation tactics, and sound commercial sense, that he has acquired over his long career as a barrister. Not only has Anthony practised in the UK but also in other jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the US, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Cyprus, Russia, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Bahrain, China, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Dominica, Iceland, the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man.

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ENGLAND – LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

CONSTANTINE LAW

Constantine Law was founded by John Hayes, one of London’s leading employment lawyers. John advises UK corporates in the financial services, employment agencies, retail and construction sectors. He is also one of London’s leading solicitors in restrictive covenant disputes. John has a very solutions orientated and commercial approach. John’s client base is entrepreneurial and this prompted him to set up Constantine Law. He has previously headed the London employment team of a large national law firm. John has particular expertise in business protection and works closely with some of the leading barristers in the field to protect his client’s commercial interests. He has great experience in the arena of a-typical working, including consultancy agreements, IR35, CIS and the tax implications of each. He works closely with leading accountants to provide joined-up solutions for his clients. John is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the leading Irish entrepreneurial organisation, the Irish International Business Network (IIBN). He is also an active member of the Institute of Directors (IOD). John is a contributor to the Huffington Post and appears regularly on news media including the LBC and Television. He is a regular contributor to leading trade magazines on employment matters. John is married to Ceri, with three children, Joseph, Theo and Aoife. He is a member of the Hampstead Triathlon Club and raises money through Olympic distance triathlons. His other main passions are public affairs (standing in the 1997 General Election) and London’s cultural scene.

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John Hayes Principal Tel: +44 (0)7769 137 176 (Mobile) john.hayes@constantinelaw.co.uk The Clubhouse, 8 St James’ Square, London SW1Y 4JU UK Tel: +44 (0)203 696 8230 www.constantinelaw.co.uk


ENGLAND – PUBLIC LAW

ST PHILIPS CHAMBERS

Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn, in 1984, and prior to joining St Philips Chambers, in November 2011, Dr Mirza Ahmad excelled in his 26 years career in local government and is nationally recognised as a top performing lawyer. He has also been a Member of the General Council of the Bar for England & Wales since 1995 (save for 1998).

Mirza Ahmad, LLD (Hon) Barrister mahmad@st-philips.com

Mirza practices from St Philips Chambers in London (at 4 Field Court, Gray’s Inn, WC1E 6HB), Birmingham (at 55 Temple Row) and in Leeds (41 Park Square). He is also authorised to take direct instructions from members of the public under the Bar’s Public Access Rules.

London: 4 Field Court, Gray’s Inn, WC1R 5EF Tel: +44 (0) 207 440 6900

Mirza is nationally recognised as an expert in local authority law and employment law. From 2000 to 2011, he was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Director of Governance of Birmingham City Council, with leadership over 800+ staff. He is also the General Editor of two legal encyclopaedia publications: Lexis Nexis “Local Authority Employment Law, Practice and Procedure” (since 2009); and Butterworth’s “Knight’s Guide to Public Procurement Law and Practice” (2007-2014). In addition to Public & Administrative Law, Mirza has a thriving private practice, which includes giving advice and appearing regularly, as an accomplished advocate, before civil courts/tribunals, appeal courts /tribunals and employment tribunals, as follows:Employment Law – for Claimants and Respondents, alike (including experience of being instructed by multiple claimants and respondents) in relation to complex multiday trials dealing with, for example, dismissals, discrimination (race, sex, disability, harassment and victimisation), redundancies, restrictive covenants and TUPE;

Birmingham: 55 Temple Row, B2 5LS Tel: +44 (0) 0121 246 2036 Leeds: 41 Park Square, LS1 2NP Tel: +44 (0) 113 244 6691 www.st-philips.com

Land and Property – commercial disputes for Claimants and Defendants, alike, in relation to, for example, multi-million Pound partnerships, company and joint venture disputes; Personal Injuries, Clinical & Medical Negligence – for Claimants (in relation to / against doctors, dentists and hospitals) and for Claimants / Defendants alike in relation to Road Traffic Accidents (including fraud allegations) and Employer / Public Liability claims; Direct Public Access – members of the public can save lots of money and time by coming direct to authorised barristers without going through a solicitors firm. Mirza is duly authorised to provide expert advice and/or representation to members of the public in relation to all of the above areas of work. Professional bodies – Mirza is registered under the Bar’s Direct Public Access Rules to assist members of the public and has, therefore, undertaken a number of cases involving members of professional bodies who have disputes with or who seek the Judicial Review / Appeal of professional body decision-making.

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FINLAND – CONTRACT LAW

RAILAS ATTORNEYS LTD.

Dr Lauri Railas joined the private legal practice over 10 years ago after having previously worked as a lawyer in the field of insurance, mostly marine insurance, as the Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce national committee in Finland, as the Secretary of Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI) and as an EU official in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, where Lauri worked in the Legal Service and in the Sectoral DG responsible for the Internal Market legislation. After returning to Finland some 15 years ago, Lauri prepared and defended, in 2004, his doctoral dissertation on the digitisation in international trade law (http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-51-3693-0). Lauri joined a big law firm and practiced in the field of competition and European law, technology law and dispute resolution. A few years ago, Lauri established his own law firm. Lauri’s practice consists of both consultative assignments and dispute resolution. The legal fields represented are contract law in general, sale of goods and services, also at the distance, agency and distribution, insurance, transport, competition, public procurement and digitisation. Lauri acts from time to time as an arbitrator and is the statutory Average Adjuster in Finland responsible for general average adjustment and dispute settlement in the field of marine insurance. Lauri has lectured in almost 20 countries and published texts in eight. Lauri speaks many languages fluently and, also, currently teaches in three universities in two countries.

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Dr Lauri Railas Owner +358 50 560 6604 lauri@railas.fi Railas Attorneys Ltd Salomonkatu 5 C, 00100 Helsinki Finland Tel/Fax: +358 (0)207 348 654 www.railas.fi


FRANCE – COPYRIGHT LAW

ELKRIEF AVOCATS

ELKRIEF AVOCATS’ main activity is Media Law in Counselling and Litigation. The firm’s expertise also includes Business Law and Social Law attached to the sector in particular. To this end, it maintains strong partnerships with specialised colleagues and accountants. Founding lawyer Danielle Elkrief’s method is to use teamwork, ensuring close and lasting relationships with clients. The handling of legal issues is placed under the essential beam of the impact and the economic security of the project and/or pre-litigation and/or litigation envisaged. In this very active field, where the legislator is struggling to keep up with the unprecedented evolution of technology, and where case law is flourishing and for which community and international law are important, an important legal watch is reserved for examining each case to promote better anticipation of risks and issues. The firm’s offering: AUDIOVISUAL AND CINEMA LAW PRODUCTION • Drafting and negotiation of national and international coproduction contracts; • Legal management of an audiovisual production (fiction, entertainment, advertising, long and short films...) with regard to all stakeholders such as the authors, (option contracts / assignment of rights), artists-interpreters (contract of engagement and transfer of rights), presenters, teams and technical service providers, partners (sponsors, brands...), filming authorisations...; • Relations and files of CNC aids, regions...; • Aid for the preparation and setting up of financing operations, SOFICA; • Chains contracts, operators, distributors, partners (sponsors, regions ...); • Brand content; • Litigation related thereto. AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES / BROADCASTERS / OPERATORS / PLATFORMS • Legal relations with producers; • CSA’s Conventionnement and Regulations; • Advice and disputes relating to the management of the neighbouring rights of the television services editor; • Litigation (administrative law, law of collective procedures ...) relating to the issuance of broadcasting licences; • Contracts negotiations, and pre-litigation management and litigation cable operators; • Contracts / litigation collective management societies; • Contracts and litigation advertising; • Product placement regulation / illicit advertising. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, DATABASES AND COMPUTING LAW • Contracts Creation and Protection Web sites, • Status of the Publisher (Editor) / FAI / Suppliers of Accommodation (Hosting), • Protection and Contentious Management Database, • Contracts Computing, • Elaboration personal General terms of use and Data protection policy under French law, • and Dispute relative to it. COUNSELLING AND LITIGATION IP / IT Lawyer in Media Law for more than 20 years, consulting and litigation in the field of Media, Information Technology and more generally Intellectual Property and Industrial Property, Business Law and Social Law attached to the sector, for the benefit of leading institutions in the sector.

Danielle Elkrief Founding Lawyer 69, Rue de Rennes, 75006 PARIS, Tel: +1.44.39.03.45 Fax: +1.44.39.95.51 contact@elkrief-avocats.com www.elkrief-avocats.com

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FRANCE – INSURANCE & REINSURANCE LAW

KRAMER LEVIN NAFTALIS & FRANKEL LLP

Reid Feldman advises clients in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; insurance and reinsurance matters, including coverage issues, treaties, alternative risk transfer and regulatory matters; financial and banking matters, including corporate finance, structured finance, fiduciaries and trust structures; advice to individual clients and family offices; and litigation and arbitration, including litigation on financial matters, commercial disputes, insolvencies, and insurance/ reinsurance claims and arbitrations. Education: J.D., Yale Law School (member of Yale Law Journal); M.Litt., Oxford University, England; B.A., Columbia University. Bar Admissions: Paris (France); District of Columbia. Professional Affiliations: • American Bar Association: Mergers & Acquisitions Committee (Chair, European Private Target M&A Deal Points Study; International Business Law Committee (Chair, European Subcommittee); • Comité Français de l’Arbitrage • Board of Advisors, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law Languages: French; English. Rankings for Reid Feldman: a strong reputation (forte notoriété) in acquisition finance; with a highly regarded practice (pratique réputée) in M&A, in insurance/reinsurance litigation as well as in insurance/reinsurance regulatory, securitisation and structured finance (Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit 2016); 4* band (max 5*) in specialty litigation, including construction and insurance (Option Droit & Affaires (2016); a ‘high-caliber’ lawyer (Legal500 Paris 2013). Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Kramer Levin acts on insurance and reinsurance matters, in France, elsewhere in Europe and in the US, in respect of: • structuring and distribution of insurance/reinsurance products and reinsurance treaties; • transactions (including M&A) and strategic investments; • alternative risk transfer (including ILS); • regulatory and compliance issues (such as licensing of insurers and reinsurers, portfolio transfers, Solvency II, issues impacting intermediaries and regulatory proceedings); • data protection/ big data; and • claims, litigation and arbitration (including reinsurance arbitration).

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Reid Feldman Partner Tel: +33 (0)1 44 09 46 03 Fax: +33 (0)1 44 09 46 01 rfeldman@kramerlevin.com 47, avenue Hoche Paris 75008, France Tel: +33 (0)1 44 09 46 00 Fax: +33 (0)1 44 09 46 01 www.kramerlevin.com


FRANCE – LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

GALION SOCIÉTÉ D’AVOCATS

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: +33.1.76.77.33.00 lionel.paraire@galionavocats.com 11 bis rue de Moscou 75008 Paris France Tel: +33.1.76.77.33.00 Fax: +33.1.76.77.33.01 www.galion-avocats.com

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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FRANCE – TAX LAW

FRENKEL & ASSOCIÉS

Frenkel & Associés is a Paris-based law firm created in 2003 which is recognised for its high level of expertise, and combines extensive experience in negotiation with the tax authorities with an imaginative approach to litigation. It regularly wins cases before the administrative and judicial courts (including criminal courts), and recently before the French Constitutional Court, since the entry into force of the priority preliminary ruling on constitutionality matters. For instance, on 30th September 2016, the firm obtained from the Conseil Constitutionnel a declaration of unconstitutionality regarding the provisions limiting exemption from the additional Corporation Tax (IS) contribution of 3% on dividends and distributions to fiscally consolidated groups. This decision represents a key milestone in the publicised litigation that has arisen in French during the last months concerning the 3% contribution. Clients range from individuals to large companies, all of whom recognise that the firm’s small structure is a guarantee of confidentiality and fast response times, which it combines with an intimate knowledge of the tax system and an ability to devise pragmatic solutions. The leading partner, Alain Frenkel has worked with a number of different firms throughout his career. As well as negotiating settlements, Alain Frenkel has used his considerable expertise to win many landmark cases recognised as significantly improving the protection of taxpayers. Specialised publications regularly rank him amongst the top tax litigators. He has a Doctorate in law and is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris. He has a wide experience in teaching tax law and has also contributed to various conferences about tax audits and litigation, tax incentives, international taxation... He is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and Vice-President of the IACF (Institute of Tax Lawyers). Marc Pelletier is the second partner, and also a tax law Professor at Paris VIII University. He is a member of the IACF and plays an active role in its “Tax inspection and litigation” committee. Marc has lectured on a great variety of subjects including VAT, international and European tax law and tax litigation. His rigorous and imaginative approach to this latter field - both academic and pragmatic - has helped Frenkel & Associés win particularly complex cases. He is a recognised authority regarding constitutional review of tax legislation. He very often contributes to Droit fiscal, a legal journal for which he writes an annual column about constitutional tax law and is a regular speaker at tax-related seminars and conferences.

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Alain Frenkel Leading Partner a.frenkel@taxlex.com 140, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008, Paris France Tel: +33 1.42.25.88.88 Fax: +33 1.42.25.88.44 www.frenkel-associes.fr


GERMANY – CORPORATE LAW

SKW SCHWARZ RECHTSANWÄLTE

No false friends. Making strategic decisions requires reliable and experienced partners. This applies to corporate law issues as much as it does to M&A, start-up or family businesses, investors or large corporations. SKW Schwarz has long-standing experience in legally designing important strategic decisions. Corporate law The firm advises companies of all sizes, whether corporations or partnerships, including medium-sized, often family-owned, businesses in all fields of corporate law. Primarily, this includes: • Advice on organisational structure (corporate governance); • Contractual agreements with executive bodies (general managers, members of executive, supervisory, and advisory boards); • D&O liability; • Equity and debt financing (capital increases, shareholder loans); • Cash pools; • Preparing and holding of shareholder and general meetings; • Group law; • Transactions under reorganisation law (mergers, spin-offs, change of legal form); • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships; • Matters of capital market law and restructuring. In addition, the firm advises its clients on all corporate compliance issues (preventative advice, including by drafting guidelines and training materials, and advice on handling compliance violations). SKW Schwarz’s work also focuses on representing clients in disputes, both before ordinary courts and in arbitral proceedings, for example in shareholder disputes or shareholder actions. Mergers & Acquisitions When it comes to M&A, SKW Schwarz covers such topics as corporate acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, and the acquisition and sale of majority and minority interests. Additionally, its practice group has extensive experience in advising founders, start-ups, private equity and venture capital investors, and funds. Ranging from seed funding to growth financing (including co-investment or mezzanine investments) up to the exit. In these areas, the firm accompanies clients during the entire transaction: structuring, conception, drafting and negotiating contracts, closing, and post-acquisition design. Specifically, the advice includes: • Due diligence and legal risk management; • Acquisition structuring and financing; • Drafting and negotiating the contractual documentation (including corporate acquisition contracts, participation agreements, joint venture agreements, or shareholder agreements);

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz Partner s.wallwitz@skwschwarz.de SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Wittelsbacherplatz 1, 80333 Munich Tel: +49 (0)89 2 86 40 - 0 Fax: +49 (0)89 2 80 94 - 32 muenchen@skwschwarz.de www.skwschwarz.de

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GERMANY – CRIMINAL LAW

RECHTSANWALT WAMSER

Ingo Klaus Wamser founded the law firm “Rechtsanwalt Wamser“ in 2005 as the youngest holder of a bar admission in Germany at this time. Legal activities are focused on domestic and international criminal law as well as cross-border litigation cases of high complexity and are carried out within the scope of the juridical possibilities throughout whole Europe. Other branches of law and subjects are offered through a network of proven experts. Beside the classical activity as a lawyer Mr Wamser works as a lecturer on the law of the sea at Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria and on the field of private security companies. He has been a member of a delegation at the International Maritime Organization and is still a permanent legal advisor to military and private security forces. Mr Wamser is entitled to practice in criminal cases before all German courts, within certain limits in Austria, at the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon at The Hague. Classic criminal cases are handled with experience as well as transnational investigations, cases of alleged terrorism financing and organised crimes. Mr Wamser speaks German and English. Basic knowledge exists in French and Italian. Due to his expertise and high standards in professional ethics Ingo Klaus Wamser worked as a legal expert for cases regarding lawyer’s remuneration for the Munich bar authority and in 2015 he was appointed as a judge at the Anwaltsgericht Muenchen for cases of counsel’s misconduct by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice. Mr Wamser is the author of various articles on criminal and maritime law and of a book on the counsel’s disciplinary proceedings at the International Criminal Court. He is co-author of a commentary on the German Federal Lawyers’ Act.

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


GERMANY – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

UEXKÜLL & STOLBERG

Bernd Christian Janssen was admitted as a European Patent Attorney in 1998 and to the bar of German Patent Attorneys in 1997. He works in the chemistry team and in the trademark team at Uexküll & Stolberg in Hamburg. His activities include drafting of patent applications, patent prosecution and litigation, including nullity and infringement proceedings, with the main emphasis on prosecution, oppositions and appeals before the European patent office. Chemistry (including polymer chemistry) and pharmacy are the industries he specialises in. Bernd Christian Janssen’s activities also include trademark prosecution and oppositions before the German Patent and Trademark Office and before the Office of Harmnization in the Internal Market of the EU. Bernd Christian Janssen graduated with a diploma in chemistry from the University of Heidelberg and obtained a doctorate in chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Heidelberg in 1994, where he worked with Gottfried Huttner in the field of organometallic chemistry. He joined Uexküll & Stolberg in 1994 as a trainee to become a German and European patent attorney followed by training at the District Court in Hamburg, the German Patent and Trademark Office, and the Federal tent Court in Munich. Bernd Christian Janssen became a German patent attorney in 1997 and a European patent attorney in 1998, and gained experience in US patent practice by working at a patent law firm in Chicago, IL and at the patent departments of ExxonMobil in Florham Park, NJ and Baytown, TX in 1998. Bernd Christian Janssen acquired the Master of Laws in European Intellectual Property in 2009.

Dr Bernd Christian Janssen, LL.M. European Patent Attorney janssen@uex.de Beselerstraße 4 22607 Hamburg Germany Tel: +49 40 899 65 40 www.uex.de

Associations • Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte e.V. • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR) • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI) • German Brazilian Judicial Association (DBJV) • German Brazilian Association Languages German, English, Spanish, Portuguese Uexküll & Stolberg As a renowned Intellectual Property boutique, Uexküll & Stolberg is committed to creating, maintaining and defending its clients intellectual property rights. The firm represents its clients before the relevant intellectual property offices and courts, in Germany, in Europe and on an international level. For this reason, the firm has built up and can rely on a large network of foreign associate attorneys which serves to best defend its clients’ interests abroad.

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GERMANY – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

MAIWALD PATENTANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Marco Stief joined Maiwald in 2009 and heads the legal department with a total of 12 lawyers. His expertise spans all aspects of intellectual property law, although the main focus of his work is patent litigation and IP/IT related agreements. Marco has extensive experience in international and national patent infringement litigation and disputes arising from technology agreements. In addition, he advises companies with regard to design law, unfair competition law, employee inventions law and unauthorised disclosures of confidential data. He regularly advises companies on complex national and international IP transactions and a wide range of technology contracts. Legal500 recommends Marco Stief as “pragmatic, fast, results-oriented and always with the highest professional standards”. Who’s Who lists him as “Leading Patent Lawyer” and he is winner of the Client Choice Award 2015/2016 for patent law. WirtschaftsWoche (10/15) recommends him as one of the best lawyers for patent law in Germany. He has been named successively, for several years, as one of the 300 “World’s Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and as one of the 1000 “World’s Leading IP Litigators”. The JUVE Handbook lists him as a “frequently recommended attorney” who is particularly valued by clients for his pragmatic approach. Marco teaches industrial property law at the University of Dresden and pharmaceutical law and contract law at the University of Marburg. He is the author of numerous expert papers as well as being co-author of the “Handbuch des Patentrechts” (Handbook of Patent Law), published in both German and English and co-author and editor of the “Vertragshandbuch Pharma und Life Sciences” (Handbook of Pharmaceutical Contracts), as well as the handbook “Supplementary Protection Certificates”. Prior to joining Maiwald, Marco was an attorney-at-law at Clifford Chance (Düsseldorf office) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Düsseldorf, London, Munich offices) and Global Director Legal for the Fresenius Group (Bad Homburg). Marco studied law at the Universities of Bayreuth and Tübingen. He graduated among the top 1 percent of his class. During his academic career, Marco received scholarships for outstanding academic achievements from Fulbright International (Fulbright Scholar), Rotary International (Ambassadorial Scholarship), the German Federal Parliament and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Having completed postgraduate studies in law at the prestigious University of Chicago, USA, he was awarded the title Master of Laws (LL.M.).

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Marco Stief, LL.M. Partner, Head of Legal Department stief@maiwald.eu Elisenstr. 3, 80335 Munich Germany Tel: +49 (0)89 747 266 0 Fax: +49 (0)89 776 424 www.maiwald.eu


GERMANY – INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYMENT & LABOUR LAW

KLIEMT.HR LAWYERS

KLIEMT.HR Lawyers is one of Germany’s leading employment law boutiques. The firm’s main office is in Düsseldorf. There are other offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. With its large team of about 70 attorneys, all of whom work exclusively in employment law, KLIEMT.HR Lawyers provides legal advice throughout Germany. The firm’s clients are companies in all sectors, above all in the metal industry and the chemical industry, in trade, IT and the media, and also banks and insurance companies, non-profit organisations, ministries and public authorities. The firm’s clients also include boards of directors, managing directors and professional sportspersons. KLIEMT.HR Lawyers guarantees that first-class advisers are available at all times and that clients receive ongoing personal service. KLIEMT.HR Lawyers is a member of Ius Laboris, a global alliance of leading law firms specialising in employment law. Ius Laboris has over 2,500 attorneys in 44 member law firms and approximately 60 associated law firms, enabling it to offer global employment-law and labour-law services in almost 100 countries.

RA Prof. Dr. Michael Kliemt Attorney/Certified Employment Law Specialist Tel: +49 (0) 211 88288-115 michael.kliemt@kliemt.de Speditionstraße 21 D-40221, Düsseldorf Germany Tel: +49 (0) 211 88288-0 Fax: +49 (0) 211 88288-200 www.kliemt.de

Prof. Michael Kliemt, Attorney/Certified Employment Law Specialist, was a partner in the international commercial law firm Clifford Chance in Düsseldorf until 2002, where he was the head of the employment law department. Before that he was a partner in Wessing (now Taylor Wessing), and also in charge of employment law. He worked as an academic researcher in the departments of two famous employment law scholars, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. P.Hanau Köln and Prof. Dr. U.Preis. Prof. Kliemt advises German and international companies throughout Germany on all questions of employment law. His areas of specialisation include acting as an employment law consultant during corporate acquisitions and restructuring (including negotiations on redundancy schemes, proceeding before conciliation bodies (Einigungsstellen), collective agreement negotiations, spin-offs, due diligence) right through until post-merger integration. He also specialises in occupational pension plans, including the harmonisation of pension schemes, conducting test cases and the spin-off of pension liabilities for corporate accounting purposes. Prof. Kliemt is an expert on the legal problems of internet use at work and on questions of anti-discrimination and equal treatment. He is a well-known speaker and the author of a large number of specialist publications. For many years he has lectured on employment law at the Universität des Saarlandes. Prof. Kliemt speaks German and English. He is a member of: German Employment Courts Association; German-Japanese Employment Law Association e.V. DAV Certified Employment Law Specialists Working Group.

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GERMANY – INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN PATENT LAW

ROIDER IP LAW FIRM

Stephan Roider is European Patent Attorney representing clients in various intellectual property matters, in particular in European and International patent prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings. Stephan Roider is founder of ROIDER IP, an aspiring European patent law firm established in 2013. He has an impressive track record of more than 10 years working in the field of intellectual property and possesses a technical degree in physics and industry experience due to his work for technology companies. This combination of highly qualified legal and technical expertise allows him to understand his clients’ objectives and provide focused intellectual property services for achieving them. Field of Activity ROIDER IP is focused on providing cost efficient and high quality intellectual property services, in particular drafting and filing European and International patent applications. The firm supports and accompanies its clients through every stage of patenting European patents – from drafting the application to defending or attacking a European patent in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office. Clients The clients of ROIDER IP are domestic and foreign companies involved in all fields of technology and ranging in the size from small start-ups to mediumsized and large multinational companies, as well as research institutions and individuals. Many of the firm’s clients said that Stephan Roider works closely with them in order to provide proactive suggestions for obtaining more valuable intellectual property rights and establishing a strong IP strategy. Technical Focus The technical focus of ROIDER IP lies in the fields of general mechanics, general mechanical engineering, medical engineering, aeronautical engineering, optics, electrical engineering, semiconductor technology as well as information and telecommunication technology.

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Stephan Roider European Patent Attorney Founding Partner patent@roider-ip.de Pfarrer-Erhard-Weg 19 82008 Unterhaching Germany Tel: +49 89 2371 0616 Fax: +49 89 2371 0615 www.roider-ip.de


GERMANY – LICENSING LAW

LEXDELLMEIER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM

Alexandra Dellmeier is an Attorney at Law, Certified IP Attorney and Founder of LexDellmeier who also worked and lived in the United States for a total of six years. Alexandra is specialised in the fields of licensing, trademark, design, competition and copyright law and has over 18 years of experience in the field of IP.

Alexandra Dellmeier Founder, Attorney at Law and Certified IP Attorney

Prior to founding LexDellmeier in May 2009, Alexandra was a partner at a renowned patent and law firm in Germany. Before that she headed as VP and in-house counsel the art licensing sector of the legal department of MM Merchandising Munich GmbH / ArtMerchandising & Media AG, a well-known and one of the largest merchandising and licensing agencies in Germany. Alexandra now manages major trademark, design and copyright portfolios at LexDellmeier from a wide variety of industries, including media, merchandising, film, automobile, pharmaceutical, clothing, food, e-commerce, computer hardware and software. Besides counselling clients in identifying, clearing, evaluating and protecting IP portfolios she is responsible for the legal and strategic planning of their licensing activities throughout Europe.

Nymphenburger Str. 23 80335 Munich Germany Tel: +49 89 55 87 987 0 Fax: +49 89 55 87 987 20 info@lexdellmeier.com www.lexdellmeier.com

LexDellmeier Experienced – Innovative – Client-oriented – LexDellmeier offers innovative and creative in-depth IP counselling in Germany and throughout Europe. The attorneysat-law at LexDellmeier IP Law Firm offer first-class expertise in the fields of trademark, design and copyright law, as well as licensing and IP related unfair competition law. The range of the firm’s activities reaches from prosecution, appeals, and revocation/ nullity proceedings to litigation before the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European General Court (GC), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and all German courts. The firm represents large and medium sized corporations, as well as individuals based in Europe, the Americas and Asia. It has thus developed an international network of associates with whom it cooperates on a worldwide basis in the field of IP prosecution and litigation. Strategic thinking, planning and protecting IP rights beyond country borders are of major importance in this globalised world and are the basis of its clients’ success. The firm takes pride in planning, creating, maintaining and reviewing its clients’ IP portfolios. And, if IP rights are ever violated or challenged, the client has with LexDellmeier a coordinated team of experts that can handle complex litigation to defend and enforce a company’s valuable IP rights. Knowledge – Power – Success – LexDellmeier believes that knowledge is power – the basis of its clients’ success.

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GERMANY – PATENT LAW

DR. MEYER-DULHEUER & PARTNERS LLP

Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP is a multi-award-winning and certified patent and law firm based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. We advise our clients in all areas of intellectual property (IP). We represent clients throughout Germany and Europe as well as internationally in the areas of patent law, trade mark law, employee invention, copyright law, protection strategies, patent applications, searches, non-disclosure agreements, patent infringement, trade mark infringements and injunctive relief and litigation. In line with our increasingly international orientation, we focus on the European, USbased and Asian market. In Europe, the Brexit offers many uncertainties, especially in patent and trademark law, and thus also many opportunities for our law firm. We want to help as an experienced partner for German and European patents. On our website itself we intensify our IP information in a high quality. Our IP-Blog is filled with up to five articles a week about newest lawsuits and decisions around patent and trade mark law. We invite to our IP information, easily of access by registering for our weekly newsletter. Moreover we are one of the few law firms that have their focus on “Employee’s Inventions”. An employee who makes an invention during his working time has made a so-called employee invention or service invention. A drop of bitterness: An invention that is created during working hours in the company belongs to the employer for the time being. However, the employee is entitled to compensation for the fact that the employer can use the invention for himself/herself. We want to help both: the employer as well as the companies. We are recognised experts and experienced IP law. We are delighted to announce that Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP was announced as winner at the 2017 Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards in the category: IP Law Firm of the Year in Germany. Being featured as leading IP Law firm is a great honour to our attorneys and provides evidence of our expertise in Employees’ Inventions, Trademark Law, Design Law and Trademark & Product Piracy.

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Dr Tim Meyer-Dulheuer Franklinstraße 61 -63, 60486 Frankfurt, Germany info@legal-patent.com Tel: +49 (0) 69 / 606 278 - 0 www.legal-patent.com


GERMANY – PUBLIC LAW

SANDMANN KLINGER MICHAELIS BÄR

Leonard Baer offers advice and representation to developers and investors, as well as private property owners, in all issues regarding property ownership. For more than 13 years, Leonard has advised and represented clients in the field of real estate law with a special focus on public building and planning law. His expertise includes: • Comprehensive advice regarding building permits and plant licenses • Public planning law • Administrative procedural law

Leonard Baer LL.M. info@rechtsanwalt-baer.de Schillerstraße 26, 60313 Frankfurt am Main Germany Tel: +49 69 210 287 0 Fax: +49 69 210 287 10 www.rae-sandmann.de

• Representation in opposition proceedings and disputes with authorities concerning building permits • Neighbour disputes and trials concerning emissions, boundary disagreements, building projects on neighbouring plots etc. • Negotiating of urban design contracts • Private construction law • Architecture and engineering law. Leonard studied at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Since his accreditation as a lawyer in 2002 he has been working at several international law firms and has been focusing on public law and real estate law. In 2003 he completed his Master of Law degree (LL.M.) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, working on the subject Resource Management Law. Since 2011, Leonard works as an independent lawyer. He is associated with the law firm Sandmann Klinger Michaelis Bär (www.rae-sandmann.de). The bar association of Frankfurt am Main has authorised Leonard to use the title “Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht”, which means certified specialist lawyer of administrative law. Leonard is a lecturer at the VWA (Academy for Administration and Economy) in the field of property economics.

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GERMANY – TRADEMARK LAW

LLR LEGERLOTZ LASCHET & PARTNER MBB

Dr Moritz Vohwinkel studied Law in Bonn and has been a lawyer since 2000 and is a certified specialist lawyer for Intellectual Property law. He has many years of experience and comprehensive expertise in intellectual property law focussing particularly on trade mark and design law, unfair competition and advertising law, international licensing law and press law. In addition, Dr Vohwinkel is particularly appreciated as an expert for trademark litigation and for strategic development and management of trade mark and design portfolios. Dr Vohwinkel is co-author of one of the most actual and notable trademark commentaries “Kur/v. Bomhard/Albrecht”. The Firm LLR was founded in 2006. The firm’s founding partners had previously worked in major commercial law firms as partners for many years. The firm provides personal and practice-oriented expert legal advice. Due to the team’s long standing experience, it is well aware of the fact that any assessment must not be based on legal aspects only but that each individual case must be considered as a whole to work out an optimised and cost-efficient solution. This requires trustful communication with its clients as well as a solid knowledge of their companies and business. One of the firm’s guidelines is to always communicate any advice and finding in a clear and well comprehensible way. The team wants its clients to have a pleasant, frank and straightforward personal contact with the firm. The same is true for its internal relationships. This creates an atmosphere which further encourages the firm’s staff to show a great deal of commitment and creativity when working for its clients. Intellectual Property Personal intellectual creations are intangible assets which are worth being protected against imitation and piracy. Being properly protected, they may be effectively and consistently exploited or transferred or licences may be granted therein. LLR assists in obtaining IP protection. The firm also provides efficient assistance in enforcing existing IP rights against interference by unauthorised third parties and in defending such rights against third party attacks. LLR has great expertise in drafting IP licensing agreements.

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Dr Moritz Vohwinkel Rechtsanwalt Tel: +49 221 55400-170 Fax: +49 221 55400-192 moritz.vohwinkel@llr.de LLR Legerlotz Laschet & Partner mbB Mevissenstraße 15, 50668 Köln Germany www.llr.de


GERMANY – WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW

PARK WIRTSCHAFTSSTRAFRECHT

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 eggers@park-wirtschaftsstrafrecht.de Rheinlanddamm 199, 44139 Dortmund Germany Tel: +49 (231) 95 80 68 - 0 Fax: +49 (231) 95 80 68 - 99 kanzlei@park-wirtschaftsstrafrecht.de www.park-wirtschaftsstrafrecht.de

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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GREECE – BANKING & FINANCE LAW

BAHAS, GRAMATIDIS & PARTNERS

Marios Bahas, senior partner, leads Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners’ banking and finance practice and has been the principal legal advisor of a large number of global clients. He served as the general counsel of the Bank of Central Greece and Egnatia Bank before its merger to become Marfin Egnatia Bank. He currently serves as legal advisor of Attica Bank. He regularly advises on complex financial transactions and issues involving capital markets legislation. Marios is the co-author of the books of Neate and Godfrey on “Bank Confidentiality” and “Money Laundering” published by Bloomsbury Publishing. The Firm Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services. At the core of the firm’s practice is the representation of corporations, government agencies, financial institutions, investment banks and funds, nonprofit entities and individuals in complex financial and corporate transactions and litigation. The firm is headquartered in the city of Athens and has associated offices in 38 countries. The firm’s scientific personnel is very experienced in all areas of law and specialised in key sectors of interest to the business community in Greece and abroad. It systematically handles issues relating to banking and finance law. The firm’s work in the banking field includes: - Serving as the general counsel of the Bank of Central Greece and Egnatia Bank (before its merger to become Marfin Egnatia Bank). Currently it serves as legal advisor to Attica Bank. Regularly advises on complex financial transactions and issues involving capital markets legislation. - Leading and coordinating the team of legal advisors of Attica Bank SA on a complex and pioneer transaction involving the securitisation of the bank’s NPL portfolio (value of approximately €1.3 billion) and the assignment of the servicing of same. In particular, the bank transferred a portfolio of defaulted loans to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which in turn issued €525 million senior notes and €806.2 million junior notes, all subscribed by the bank. At the same time, the SPV assigned the management of this portfolio for 10 years to the company Thea Artemis SA, a loan servicing company that the bank had recently established. The bank agreed with a multinational investor led by Aldridge EDC Specialty Finance to sell 80% of the shares of Thea Artemis SA and the above junior notes for €70 million. The sale has been approved by the Bank of Greece, whereupon the investor (through Thea Artemis SA) has already undertaken the management of the securitised portfolio.

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Marios Bahas Lawyer - Partner m.bahas@bahagram.com 26 Filellinon Street 105 58 Athens Greece Tel: +30 210 33 18 170 Fax: +30 210 33 18 171 www.bahgram.com


GREECE – ESTATE PLANNING LAW

ANYFANTI & PARTNERS LAW FIRM

Abroad Law – Anyfanti & Partners Law Firm The law firm advises a variety of clients in diverse areas of law. With a true business understanding our Greek lawyers and our network of attorneys can provide pragmatic solutions to businesses and individuals for their most challenging assignments. The firm was founded by Vasiliki Anyfanti and it operates throughout Greece and abroad through a network of carefully selected associates. There is absolutely no need for our clients to travel to Greece in order to take care of their Greek legal matters. The offices of Abroad Law are located in the heart of Athens. Mrs Anyfanti has developed an acknowledged expertise in the area of Greek Citizenship, Immigration, Property Management, Real Estate, Inheritance and Family Law. She regularly assists national teams, their staff and players from the United States and Canada, and also entrusted council of high net worth companies.

Vasiliki Anyfanti Managing Director +30 6972051063 anyfanti@abroadlaw.com Mavrommateon 39 - Athens Greece Tel: +30 -2130226779 Fax: +30 - 2130226779 www.abroadlaw.com

The firm is composed of experienced lawyers who have a reputable professional expertise in four fields of activity, recognised nationally and abroad. Each pole of expertise is managed by Mrs Vasiliki Anyfanti. A fundamental principle of the firm is that at the heart of exceptional client service is knowing what your client needs. High professionalism We keep our clients constantly and entirely apprised on the development of their Greek estate case making sure that they fully understand the Greek, legal and procedural issues. All documents and reports are drafted in English. We respond to our clients’ inquiries very promptly. We are passionate about our work and our main objective is to create lasting relationships with our clients, and therefore we are keen to go the extra mile to accomplish this task. Vasiliki’s academic legal qualifications include an LLB from the University of Thessaloniki. Vasiliki is member of Athens Bar. For more details follow below sites www.abroadlaw.com LinkedIn Profile: Abroad Law

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IRELAND – MEDIATION

CAROLINE PRESTON STRATEGIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Caroline Preston has been a successful litigation lawyer for more than 30 years and was head of the Litigation Department of A&L Goodbody for seven of them. She has a reputation for applying tough and effective strategies for her clients. Ms Preston has always been solution-driven and has also prioritised her clients’ interests at the core of her work. She has seen first-hand that litigation can be a clumsy tool to resolve disputes and an expensive one. On becoming an accredited mediator in 2002, she became a passionate believer in this process. In 2008, on retiring as a partner, she studied for and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies in Trinity College Dublin, her old alma mater. She is convinced that, when implemented effectively, mediation can both resolve difficulties between parties in practical terms and bring financial and emotional closure to the issues between them. Ms Preston understands the importance of maintaining relationships, both business and personal and she has mediated disputes where positive trading contracts have been saved, family businesses rescued, and personal slights and grievances addressed. She has the skill and experience to identify the blockage – often not the obvious one, which has been the deterrent to solution. She successfully encourages the parties to explore imaginative alternative proposals in helping them to reach agreement. Ms Preston’s extensive legal experience is clearly a valuable tool in her work as a mediator; however, it is her professional, firm and empathetic approach that marks her work in this field. She qualified as a solicitor in 1980, having studied History and Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin, as well as Law at the Incorporated Law Society. She was privileged to be appointed solicitor to the Attorney General in 1994, the first woman to hold this prestigious post. Moreover, she has an extensive knowledge and experience of governance issues facing boards and management. She has advised on boardroom and shareholder disputes, directors’ fiduciary duties and responsibilities and corporate risk strategy and planning. She has dealt with difficult issues arising with joint ventures, employment matters, product liability and cross-border disputes. Last but not least, Ms Preston is a founding member and past President of the International Women’s Forum of Ireland, an organisation of pre-eminent women which furthers dynamic leadership, leverages global access and maximises opportunities for women to exert their influence.

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Caroline Preston Founding Partner 701 Longboat Quay South, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2 Tel: +353 86 2577939 info@carolinepreston.ie www.carolinepreston.ie


IRELAND – SHIPPING & MARITIME LAW

CONWAYS SOLICITORS

Conways Solicitors is a young and energetic firm based in the heart of Cork City. Managing partner Dermot Conway noted: “We pride ourselves on providing an efficient and informed service in a clear and approachable manner for our clients. All initial consultations are on a no-fee basis without obligation toward the office. We will try and accommodate the client as best we can as to when suits the client to meet with us.” Dermot Conway is a graduate of University College Cork, Ireland and holds two degrees; Commerce (BComm) and Law (BCL). He qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has specialised in maritime law since that time. He has represented clients in every court in Ireland in relation to maritime matters.

Dermot Conway Managing Partner conwaydermot@conways.ie Conway House, 35 South Terrace, Cork, Ireland Tel: +353 21 490 10 00 Mobile: +353 87 679 34 78 reception@conways.ie www.conways.ie

Furthermore, he is a member of the Irish Maritime Law Association. His areas of practise include the defence of sea fishing trawlers that are detained for sea fishing offences, Salvage, dumping at sea legislation, insurance claims, collisions at sea and ship arrest and release for contract debt and dispute. He also advises on the merchant shipping acts as well as acting locally for P&I Clubs.

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ITALY – INVESTIGATIONS LAW

STUDIO LEGALE ISOLABELLA

Francesco Isolabella is a criminal lawyer and partner in the law firm Studio Legale Isolabella, 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. 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 organised by Il Sole 24 ore, in the program of Specialisation in Financial Markets Law of the Università degli Studi of Milano, as well as in the Second Level Master in Corporate Criminal Law at the Università Cattolica of Milano. Mr Isolabella is also a member of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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Francesco Isolabella Partner Via Fontana 4, Milano 20122 Italy Tel: +39 025992101 Fax: +39 0255181791 segreteria@studioisolabella.it


ITALY – INVESTIGATIONS LAW

STUDIO LEGALE ISOLABELLA

Luigi Isolabella is a criminal lawyer and a partner in the law firm Studio Legale Isolabella, which was founded by his father Lodovico in the seventies, and specialises 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).

Luigi Isolabella Partner Via Fontana 4, Milano 20122 Italy Tel: +39 025992101 Fax: +39 0255181791 segreteria@studioisolabella.it

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 organised 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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ITALY – SECURITIES LAW

STUDIO DELL’AVVOCATO CRISTINA ROSSELLO GIA’ STUDIO AVV. PROF. ARIBERTO MIGNOLI E ASSOCIATO

A graduate with highest honours at the University of Genoa, and special mention and recommendation for publication in the Annals of the Faculty, Cristina Rossello practices law at her offices based in Milan, Rome and Brussels, and is qualified to plead before the supreme courts.

Avvocato Cristina Rossello Titolare c.rossello@ studiolegalerossellogiamignoli.it

An expert in corporate, banking and securities law, she assists publicly traded companies as well as family-owned businesses, sits on a number of boards of arbitrators, and also has general experience in the field of broadcasting rights and publishing. She has handled responsibilities of temporary receivership and judicial administration for seized and sequestered assets (Judicial Officer Specialist Training AFAG, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) as well as acted as Company Administrator.

Via San Tomaso N .10 - Milano Italy Tel: +39-02.864.602.05 Fax: +39-02.805.38.36 www.cristinarossello.it

She is also interested in sports law, with institutional posts for the Italian National Olympic Committee. She has authored books and written publications appearing in civil law, commercial law and business management journals, and has contributed to a number of business newspapers. She continues to take part in the preliminary work of legislative reforms in the fields of civil, commercial, company and sports law on behalf of various commissions of the two Houses of Parliament. She holds positions in banking groups, family-owned businesses and multinational enterprises. She is member of the editorial committee of commercial law journals and of the scientific committee of leading national associations of family-owned businesses and independent experts. Member and representative of the major associations endorsing women’s contribution to the economy, she is the founder, promoter and president of Progetto Donne e Futuro. Member and representative of art and cultural foundations, she is deeply committed to the promotion and study of historical documents and ancient books, and also of archaeological findings of particular relevance. She is very active in social activities, and has spearheaded various solidarity projects to aid the elderly, women in distress and the poor. Her acknowledgements include: “Alfabeto delle Primedonne di Milano” Award for excellence and ethics in business management under the letter “B” (Business) category (2011); FIDAPA BPW Italy (2011) “Donna in Carriera Savona Award” for “her trustworthiness and outstanding legal skills, a shining example of commitment and excellence” (2011). She was selected as one of the Top 70 “Ready for Board Women” by the Professional Women’s Association and one of the Top 165 “Ready for Board Women” by the European Professional Women’s Association.

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ITALY – TAX LITIGATION

STUDIO BISCOZZI NOBILI LEGALE TRIBUTARIO

Bio Graduated in Law cum laude in 1984 at Messina University. Enrolled in the Register of Lawyers since 1989, qualified for representation before the Supreme Court since 2001. Joined the firm in 1992, Partner since 1998. Expertise Tax litigation. Assistance during the pre-litigation phase. Advice on direct and indirect taxation. Appointed as “permanent visitor” in the tax committee of Confindustria (Italian entrepreneurs association) from 2012 to 2014.

Eugenio Briguglio Partner, Lawyer eugenio.briguglio@slta.it Corso Europa, 2 – 20122 Milano Italy Tel: +39 02 7636931 Fax: +39 02 780146 www.slta.it

Formerly honorary vice-prosecutor in Milan from 1989 until 1991. Speaker in seminars, author of many articles and publications, teacher in postgraduation courses on tax matters. Languages Italian, English.

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LIECHTENSTEIN – WEALTH MANAGEMENT

KAISER PARTNER

Domenic Zinsli is the Head of Trust Services at Kaiser Partner. His expertise includes: Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Succession Planning, and Residency and Citizenship. He focuses on: Switzerland and South Africa. Kaiser Partner Kaiser Partner is an award-winning, family-owned wealth management group and private bank that combines tradition with a modern, forward-looking business model. Its roots are strong and stretch back to 1931. With a head office in Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein, and offices in Zollikon, Switzerland, Kaiser Partner brings together a leading trustee firm, a private bank specialising in asset management, an investment advisor registered with the SEC, the US stock market regulator, and a family office for clients looking for holistic services that put their family interests at the forefront. Kaiser Partner helps its clients protect, manage and grow their wealth so that ultimately this wealth can deliver the greatest possible benefits – for the clients themselves, for their families and for the communities in which they live and invest. The firm’s multifaceted expertise lets it provide comprehensive, knowledgeable advice and support to private individuals and families on all issues relating to their wealth. It develops tailor-made strategies and solutions to help clients protect and grow their wealth in a rapidly changing world and to deal with asset protection and succession issues in a way that puts the interests of the family at the center. The firm is supported in its endeavors by an ever-expanding international network of experts in a wide variety of disciplines. The firm’s core competences include: Fiduciary: • Creating international holding structures • Establishment and management of trusts, foundations and companies in Liechtenstein and other countries • Developing and supporting succession solutions Family Services: • Family seminars and retreats on wealth issues Banking: • Investment concepts; strategic and tactical asset allocation • Advice on wealth planning • Asset management • Services for professional financial services providers and institutions • Investing in charitable and social causes Reporting: • Wealth analysis and wealth “health check” • Consolidated asset reporting, covering financial assets at different custodian banks and physical assets such as real estate, art and classic cars

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lic. iur. Domenic Zinsli Head Trust Services Pflugstrasse 10/12 Postfach 538 9490 Vaduz Liechtenstein Tel: +423 236 57 57 Fax: +423 236 55 49 www.kaiserpartner.com


LITHUANIA – LITIGATION

STAŠAITIS & PARTNERS LAW OFFICE

Stašaitis & Partners Law Office was founded in 2009 to provide legal services for businesses and individuals seeking trustworthy and quick legal advice and representation for a competitive price. The firm is known for being experienced and highly qualified in litigation, corporate law, finance and tax law, transport law, contract law, labour and employment law, industrial and intellectual property law, real estate and constructions law, immigration and refugee law, pharmacy and medicine law, sport law, criminal law, public procurement matters, family and succession matters, property and obligations law, bankruptcy and restructuring law, tort law, personal injury and insurance matters, and personal cases. Stašaitis & Partners Law Office represents clients in pre-trial processes, negotiations, trials, alternative dispute processes, courts and arbitrations in Lithuania and abroad. We prepare necessary documents for trial proceedings, deductions, claims, tactics and strategies to solve the dispute. Also, we work with social projects, conferences and seminars, pro bono legal services to start-up business, etc.

Mindaugas Šeškauskis Advocate/ Attorney-at-law/Partner Tel: +370 674 12141 m.seskauskis@stasaitis.lt info@stasaitis.lt Maironio g. 40-1, LT-44248, Kaunas Lithuania Tel: +370 37 207987 Fax: +370 37 207987 www.stasaitis.lt

Stašaitis & Partners Law Office provides various legal services for clients from Lithuania and foreign countries through its offices in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. In our work we constantly try to understand and satisfy every need of our clients and professionally solve their problems in the best and most acceptable way. Constant collaboration with the clients helps us properly carry out our professional duties and achieve optimal result together. We guarantee our clients total confidentiality and loyalty. We speak in Lithuanian, English, Russian, French, and Polish. Our team is available to work from distance using modern technologies, so you can contact with us at any time in the most suitable way for you. More information about us, our team or our contacts can be requested by email – info@stasaitis.lt – or by phone – +370 37 207987.

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LUXEMBOURG – IMMIGRATION LAW

WIES & HERTZOG

Wies & Hertzog is located in the heart of the city of Luxembourg, offering a wide range of legal services to a wide range of clients. The firm’s goal is to fulfil consultancy, assistance and defence missions for both natural and legal persons in all spheres of public and private law. Its experts maintain thorough knowledge of modern procedures, contracts and any other commitment to third parties. The knowledge of applicable laws, the latest changes made and their interpretation by the Courts and Tribunals is essential to decide the opportunity and the chances of success of any legal action that you propose to carry out. Associate lawyer Frank Wies also provides assistance in negotiations and/or transactions by seeking – he notes – “the solutions best suited to your situation, and, if necessary, to draft the acts by which you engage, whether in your daily life (residential leases, credits…) or in your professional activity (contracts and acts of commerce …). A defence before all jurisdictions (civil, criminal, administrative or social), in first instance and on appeal, whether as a victim or defendant, whether you are attracted to a jurisdiction or you want to introduce yourself an action.” Frank Wies – CV • He graduated in law from the University of Liège (B) in June 1998 and took further courses in Luxembourg law until he was sworn in at the Bar in Diekirch in April 1999; • He first worked in the firm URBANY until March 2002, to establish himself after that date; • In addition to his professional activities, he is involved in the promotion and defence of human rights at Amnesty International Luxembourg and Lëtzebuerger Flüchtlingsrot; • Elected member of the Council of the Bar Association of Luxembourg for the 2013 – 2014 judicial year; • He also acts as an adviser to various associations, has hosted the programme “Recht zu Lëtzebuerg” on public radio (FM 100.7) and acts as a lecturer for the national school of firefighters; • Maître WIES will correspond with you in Luxembourgish, German, French and English; • His areas of expertise: administrative law, foreigners’ law, criminal law, civil law, commercial law, labour law.

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Frank Wies Associate Lawyer frank.wies@barreau.lu 11, rue Jean Pierre Beicht L-1226 Luxembourg Limpertsberg Tel: +352 26 48 29 25 Fax: +352 26 48 26 35 wies@wh.lu www.w-h.lu


LUXEMBOURG – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

ETUDE ANTINORI

Christophe Antinori was admitted to the Luxembourg bar in 1997 after he graduated from Nancy University (France) (DESS Droit des Affaires et Fiscalité – DJCE Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d’Entreprise - 1995) and after he was nominated Laureate of the Faculty (1991). Christophe is the founder and the managing partner of Etude Antinori since 2002 and is specialised in international business law, real estate, cross-borders reorganisations and corporate transactions (PE, M&A). Etude Antinori Etude Antinori is an independent law firm located in Luxembourg, focusing on domestic and international business law.

Christophe Antinori Founder and Managing Partner cantinori@antinori.lu 30 Grand Rue, L-1660 Luxembourg Tel: +352 27 20 47 - 1 Fax: +352 27 20 47 47 www.antinori.lu

The ambition of Etude Antinori is to provide dependable and fully-integrated services to meet its institutional, corporate and private clients’ needs on time, pragmatically and confidentially, and then to build long-term relationships, based on mutual confidence, tailor-made solutions and shared values. Etude Antinori assists Luxemburgish and foreign companies, individuals and entrepreneurs in developing and implementing their objectives and strategies. The firm works closely with its clients to offer comprehensive services range from day-to-day legal assistance to the handling of complex national and international transactions and the development of innovative legal structures. Based in Luxembourg but also operating internationally, Etude Antinori works closely with a well-developed network of foreign correspondence lawyers and experts chosen through a careful selection process.

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MALTA – CORPORATE LAW

EMD ADVOCATES

Dr Louise Ellul Cachia Caruana is a partner at EMD Advocates. She previously held the position of a senior consultant with the same firm. Prior to joining EMD, Louise held the position of head of the Legal Department of one of the Big Four consultancy firms in Malta. Louise is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Malta Financial Services Authority. She specialises in corporate law, trusts and foundations, tax law and employment law and oversees the corporate law and advisory services departments of the Firm. Over the years Louise has assisted several corporate clients with their corporate, tax and employment legal requirements, and has also assisted clients wishing to establish Maltese trusts and foundations. Louise has also provided ongoing legal support to clients, in relation to, inter alia, contractual arrangements, data protection, and property conveyance. She has also assisted with corporate reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions both locally and internationally and has been involved in a number of due diligence projects in relation to the indirect/direct acquisition of interests in Maltese assets. Louise is a Moderator and Examiner of the Trust Foundation Certificate run by Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and is Senior/Visiting Lecturer within the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. Memberships • Chamber of Advocates (Malta) • Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (Malta) • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) [Executive Committee Member between 2006-2012) • Finance Malta (corporate member) Academic Record • Masters in Financial Services in 1998 from the University of Malta • Doctor of Laws in 1993 • Diploma of Notary Public of Malta in 1991 Languages Fluent in English, Italian and Maltese.

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Dr Louise Ellul Cachia Caruana Partner +356 22030000 lellulcachiacaruana@emd.com.mt Vaults 13-15, Valletta Waterfront, Floriana, FRN 1914 Malta Tel: +356 22030000 Fax: +356 21237277 www.emd.com.mt


NETHERLANDS – INHERITANCE LAW

LAWSLINKED TAX & LEGAL SERVICES

LawsLinked Legal & Tax services is an independent Dutch law firm that provides high-quality legal services in the field of (inter)national corporate law, M&A, real estate/rental law, commercial law, (inter) national inheritance law, commercial contracts, employment law, (inter) national tax law, corporate tax compliance and litigation. Because of the variety of advisers within LawsLinked as well as the cooperation with other lawyers, tax specialists and civil law notaries, LawsLinked is able to advise you in all the aforementioned areas. With a strong focus on the solutions of complex tax & legal issues, LawsLinked advises Dutch and international corporate and private clients by offering practical and prompt advice and services. We make the complex simple for our clients by constantly pushing back frontiers and aiming for innovation. LawsLinked has the experience and resources to advise on and manage matters of an international dimension and of high technical complexity.

Esther Maarsen Co-founder Partner maarsen@lawslinked.nl Kabelweg 57 1014 BA Amsterdam Netherlands Tel: +31 20 369 70 40 Fax: +31 20 360 70 41 www.lawslinked.nl

LawsLinked considers not only the strict legal issues, but also the tax and accounting implications for the client’s business. We combine our legal, tax, interpersonal and strategic expertise into unique solutions for our clients’ needs. Your contact person: Esther Maarsen-Neumann speaks German (mother tongue), Dutch and English and focusses on national as well as international cases of inheritance law, as well as business, contract and real estate law. She is a Dutch business lawyer, certified specialist lawyer in inheritance law, acting for both commercial and private clients. By combining commercial, and real estate law with inheritance law, she is able to put disputes about complex (international) estates and wealth structures in a wider context in order to find solutions that prevent the conflict from escalating. As a specialist trial lawyer, Esther often works together with tax specialists in order to initiate Dutch trial proceedings and/or manage cases of complex or international legal wealth disputes. This combination of knowledge and experience provides for an efficient trial strategy without losing sight of the underlying source of the dispute. Esther Maarsen is a member of national and international associations: NOvA (Dutch Bar Association), OvAA (Amsterdam Bar Association), AIJA (International Association for Young Lawyers), DNHK (German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce, DNRV (German Dutch Lawyers Association), DNJK (German Dutch Lawyers Conference). LawsLinked also handles cases as a correspondent for many foreign law firms. Please feel free to contact LawsLinked for any information you may need: we are happy to assist you.

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NETHERLANDS – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

SIGNIFY

Peter is an intellectual property prosecution specialist in the broadest sense. Experienced in portfolio management as well as all legal matters surrounding soft IP, he is extremely well-versed in Benelux and European opposition proceedings, IP due diligence, trademark searching and trademark enforcement. For his foreign clients, he also handles a considerable amount of customs matters and general IP infringement cases. Peter has been responsible for the IP portfolios of some of the largest and most well-known brands in the field of multimedia & entertainment, FMCG and fashion industries. This experience has given him a unique business insight, which has proven invaluable when assisting his diverse clients in setting-up new and wellbalanced IP portfolios. Working for these global brands has also given him the chance to become an expert in design law and on all other legal issues relating to the protection of design and packaging. By his clients and peers, Peter is described as an attorney who is both highly knowledgeable and very approachable. His business clients especially like how he is able to use his extensive experience to build IP rights which deliver the best return on investment for their companies. As a self-described “IP-aficionado”, Peter is a prolific writer on all matters IP and he enjoys teaching on the subject of EUIPO Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings as a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Further teaching experience includes tutorships at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, the Dutch Bar Association Education Program and the professional training program for Benelux trademark and design attorneys (BBMM). Before establishing Signify, Peter was a senior partner at a one of the Netherland’s largest trademark and patent agencies. Peter is fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of German and French. He is a certified Benelux and European Trademark Attorney and an active member of various professional organisations, such as BMM, the International Trademark Association (INTA), AIPPI and the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG).

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Peter van der Wees Partner peter@signifyip.com Prof. J.H. Bavincklaan 2 1183 AT Amstelveen the Netherlands (Benelux) Tel: +31 20 223 8804 Fax: +31 20 223 8781 www.signifyip.com


POLAND – COMMERCIAL LAW

OLEJNIK KANCELARIA RADCÓW PRAWNYCH SPÓŁKA PARTNERSKA

Marcin Olejnik, attorney-at-law since 2002, has co-operated with leading international advisory companies and large Polish law firms, including entities associated with KPMG and PwC and independent law offices. Mr Olejnik has extensive experience in advising on corporate, contract, labour and real estate law issues. He has advised on a number of commercial transactions. Previously, for several years, he provided advisory services on many complicated projects to PKN ORLEN S.A., the biggest Polish energy company, including transactional and corporate matters. He has participated in many mergers and acquisitions, investment transactions and complex negotiations. He was the leader of a team of legal experts during one of the largest Polish foreign investments so far. He has advised on privatisations, complex transactions, labour law issues, real estate, IT&IP, international arbitrations and mediations of considerable value and served as a member of supervisory boards. He was previously a member of the Foreign Committee at the Warsaw Association of Attorneys-at-law. He was co-author for the section related to Poland of “Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation” edited by prof. Cameron, published by Oxford University. He is fluent in English. The Firm Olejnik Legal specialises in commercial law. It offers comprehensive legal services to large, medium and small business entities pursuing business activity in Poland and abroad, in particular in the areas of commercial, corporate, M&A, civil, labour, real estate, personal data protection, and IT/IP laws. We cooperate with entrepreneurs representing various sectors, including energy, real estate, construction, telecommunications, insurance, commerce, media, food, manufacturing, and transport. We provide comprehensive advice on day-to-day activity and various types of investment projects and transactions. Based on long-standing experience, we assist our clients in commercial negotiations and in drafting contracts. We represent clients in court proceedings. We make our solutions simple, effective and comprehensible for our clients. We deal with legal issues pragmatically, solving assigned tasks quickly and comprehensively. Each project is handled by lawyers ensuring the best professional services under supervision of the partners. Our team of professionals has a long-term experience in provision of services to entrepreneurs in different fields of law, all our lawyers have previously cooperated with law firms or Polish and international companies. We offer individually tailored solutions and prepare thoroughly reviewed strategies based on meticulous legal analysis and our long-standing experience. We keep all information confidential and ensure that tasks assigned to us are fully protected. We arrive at effective, safe and the most optimum solutions for our clients, protecting their interests in a comprehensive way.

Marcin Olejnik Partner marcin.olejnik@oplegal.pl ul. Młynarska 7, 01-205 Warsaw, Poland Tel: +48 22 834 75 30 Fax: +48 22 620 00 96 www.oplegal.pl

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PORTUGAL – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

SPASS

Miguel dos Santos Pereira is a partner at SPASS, a Portuguese law firm with its head office in Lisbon. The firm is formed by a working team based on counsiglieri services, upholding values as trust and secrecy, in any entrusted matter or business. All the entrusted work, on the practice areas, is carefully developed by the working team, with all the devotion and availability to the clients. Miguel dos Santos Pereira is frequently invited to comment on justice issues on television and in the main Portuguese newspapers. The firm’s services include: Public and Environment - Administrative and Public Procurement - Legal Advise of the Central and Local Administration - Projects - Infrastructures, Energy and Natural Resources - European Union Business Planning and Monitoring - Incorporation of Companies, By-Laws, Shareholders Agreements and Start-ups - Business Transactions - Management Consulting - Competition - Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Patents - Privacy and Data Protection Human and Labour Resources - Hiring and Termination of Employment - Disciplinary Process and Dismissal Challenges - Follow-up of Individual and Collective Work Relationships - Social Responsibility Audits Legal and Financial Restructuring of People and Companies - Insolvency and Special Revitalization Plan (PER) - Recovery and Claiming of Credits - Criminal Responsibility of Directors - Creditors Counselling

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Litigation and Arbitration - Civil responsibility - Medical Malpractice - Economic Crimes - Penal - Corporate - Banking and Insurance - Labour - Administrative - Taxation - Audit Office - Environmental - Counter-National - Civil - Family and Inheritance - Arbitration Real Estate, Fiscal, Foreigners and Acquisition of Nationality - Advice on Acquisition of Real Estate - Urbanism - Construction - Investment Vehicles - Tax Consulting - Advising Foreigners and Nationality Acquisition Processes

Miguel dos Santos Pereira Partner mp@spass.pt Edifício Premium Infante Santo Rua Cova da Moura, n.º 2 - 2º Direito 1350-117 Lisboa Portugal Tel: +351 211 313 450 Fax: +351 211 313 459 www.spass.pt www.facebook.com/ spassadvogados www.linkedin.com/ company/5061375


PORTUGAL – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

A.G. DA CUNHA FERREIRA, LDA

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.

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

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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PORTUGAL – REAL ESTATE LAW

BERNARDINO, RESENDE E ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, RL

@Telmo Miller Bernardino, Resende E Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L. (BR Law Firm), began its activity on the 20th September 1999 with a resolve to create a world class Portuguese boutique law firm. Today we are known for the provision of legal services of recognised merit and excellence, innovation capacity, cost-effective and well-timed solutions. Our law firm wishes to ensure a service of excellence, independence, and high concern with the matters entrusted to us, with the main objective of anticipating and optimising our client’s needs. Quality, Unity and Integrity: those principles describe our culture and personality both internally and externally, the way we work and what we stand for. We undertake work for public and private companies, foreign investors, financial institutions, foreign law firms and international consultancy firms. Our lawyers are often called upon to serve as resource persons at local and international seminars/workshops and as public and private sector office holders and advisers. BR Law Firm within its business across borders, created the concept of BR Alliance aimed to provide domestic and foreign clients with legal services of excellence, integrated and tailored to their needs, for that reason promoting international partnerships and alliances with lawyers and law firms abroad. BR Law Firm provides legal services in Real Estate Law. It’s a complex and sophisticated world, where client’s needs a legal team that can offer strategic transactional support in all that concerns the market of real estate, from a simple operation as the purchase and sale of property, leasing or advising in other property legal rights, due diligences, assisting in the licensing of various real estate projects, commercial or industrial, financing, real estate investment funds, portfolio deals, planning and construction, retail, urban rehabilitation and tourism. We are one of the Portuguese law firms with the experience, skill and depth of resources necessary to deliver a high-level of service to real estate sector participants, in Portugal or anywhere in the world. Knowledge doesn’t have frontiers. Our law firm also provides legal services in Banking, Commercial Law, Tax, International Trade, Corporate and M&A, Restructuring and Insolvency, Employment Law, Immigration and Foreign Citizens Law, Aviation Law, Sports Law, Public Law, Telecommunications and Information Technology. We also have a tested and dependable track record in Civil and Commercial Litigation. Our ethical standards, thoroughness, tradition and innovation are shared and experienced by the whole team.

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Estêvão Augusto Bernardino Founding Partner and Lawyer eab@bernardinoresende.com Rua Carlos Testa, 1 – 6º C, 1050-046 Lisboa Portugal Tel: +351 213 174 742 Fax: +351 213 174 743 info@bernardinoresende.com www.bernardinoresende.com


ROMANIA – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

IORDACHE PARTNERS

Iordache Partners has built a solid reputation as a cutting edge international business practice, equally comfortable in punching above its weight in international transactions, as well as pursuing impactful public interest work. We advise in all matters commercial, especially business structuring and international contracting. The way we see it is that lawyers are partners, conversing fluently in the language of business, adopting entirely the project for which they provide support. So we root for new business, support good ideas and promote intelligent choices. We provide “bottom-line” analyses of litigious questions, risk assessments and help with pre-trial interaction, court representation and enforcement. On top of decades of experience with Romanian court representation at all levels of jurisdiction and the European Court of Human Rights, we are proud to have helped clients in international arbitration and mediation proceedings under the aegis of various of arbitral institutions as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

Adrian Iordache Managing Partner Tel: +40 880 908 adrian@iordache.partners 3 Bucharest, 21 Calea Mosilor, 4 floor, zip code 030141 Romania Tel: +40 374 616 161 Fax: +40 374 676 767 www.iordache.partners

Mr Adrian Iordache – Managing Partner – is a leading business lawyer with in-depth experience in research and representation in business and commercial law, corporate financing, and transactional structuring. He has a solid aviation transactional portfolio, catering to the local Romanian and wider European market. His arbitration experience consists in counsel for claimant and respondent in several arbitration disputes and mediations under ICC, CCIR, ICSID, CEDR, or ad-hoc rules in construction, aviation, insurance-reinsurance and general contract law disputes under both continental and common law substantive rules. He is fully licenced to practice by New York State, Bucharest Bar and England and Wales Bar as a Solicitor. Alexandru Iordache is the Dean and Founder of the firm, with decades of legal experience in Romania. Before joining the Bar in 1992, he was in law enforcement, so he’s seen both sides of the ‘barricade’. His experience stretches from general litigation, to tax and to white collar crime. Raluca Danes – Lawyer – is a bright young lawyer with frighteningly solid technical skills. She’s into commercial disputes and business law in general, as well as many and diverse pro bono and public interest projects. Razvan Stan – Lawyer – spearheads our litigation practice with his tactical vision and unbeatable court presence. He boasts having seen it all in Romanian courts, from human rights disputes to complex tax litigations.

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ROMANIA – WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW

MARES / DANILESCU / MARES IN ASSOCIATION WITH DAN LUPASCU

Mihai Mares is one of the founders and the Managing Partner of Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu. Prior to this position, he was the Managing Partner in Romania for the international law firm, Garrigues and of counsel to the Romanian law firm, Musat & Asociatii. His practice focuses exclusively on criminal defence for senior executives, entrepreneurs, major industrial groups, financial institutions and large international and domestic companies. His practice covers a wide range of matters involving accounting, financial, securities and tax fraud; bribery, antitrust and environmental violations. In addition to this he advises clients in internal investigations and audits involving money laundering, fraud and similar corporate misconduct. In international criminal law, Mihai acts in international corruption, the freezing of assets, multi-jurisdictional investigations, and in extradition. As a PhD Candidate in criminal procedures from the Legal Institute of the Romanian Academy and described by Legal 500 as “an energetic legal brain”, Mihai is recognised for the depth of his experience in white collar criminal defence by various directories. “Internationally oriented firm’ Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu is ‘very professional, experienced, efficient and creative’. Mihai Mares, ‘one of the top white-collar crime lawyers in Romania’, has ‘in-depth knowledge and experience in business crime trials”. – The Legal 500 (2016) Mihai publishes articles and studies related to criminal law and criminal procedure law on a regular basis and participates in different international and national conferences related to white-collar criminal matters. Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu was founded in 2011 in Bucharest by a select group of senior attorneys with a solid track record in managing both international and local law firms. Since then, the firm has excelled due to the contribution of a dedicated team of 15 lawyers who are highly specialised in various areas of business and criminal cases. Hence, Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu is now, in both Romania and the region, a unique market-leading law firm. It has expertise in major commercial and industrial activities on the Romanian market. Hand in hand, covering both criminal and business law, the firm’s lawyers know the realities of the industries they work in, and can thus give the most applicable and pragmatic advice.

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Mihai Mares Managing Partner Tel: (+4) 0722 256 803 mihai.mares@mares.ro 55-55 bis Carol I Blvd, 2nd District, Bucharest 020915 Romania Tel: (+4) 0314 378 324 Fax: (+4) 0314 378 327 www.mares.ro


RUSSIA – LITIGATION

CDR. LITIGATION BOUTIQUE

Doing Business in Russia Services: CDR. Litigation Boutique’s licensed advocates help its clients to: • register companies (LLC, JSC) in Russia;

• get temporary residence permits;

• win arbitration or commercial litigation cases;

• rent a land for their company;

• start and finish criminal cases; • get any licences they need; • prepare any agreements they need; • open bank accounts; • rent company offices; • prepare labour contracts; • get work permits;

• choose their taxation scheme; • prepare accounting reports; • prepare SHA; • create joint venture companies;

Dmitry Romanenko Advocate rdmu@litigationboutique.ru Leningradskaya 29, Moscow Russia Tel: +7-968-902-79-73 www.litigationboutique.ru

• conduct due diligence procedures; • buy commodities; • find partners; • find staff; • form companies in Russia

Arbitration in Russia ICAC arbitration is CDR. Litigation Boutique’s main area of practice. The firm handles the following matters at the ICAC Russia: • disputes arising from contractual or other civil-law relationships in the course of foreign trade and other forms of international economic affairs, provided that the place of business of at least one of the parties is situated abroad; • disputes arising between enterprises with foreign investment, international associations and organisations set up in the territory of the Russian Federation, disputes between their participants and, their disputes with other subjects of law of the Russian Federation. The firm also provides the following additional services at the ICAC Russia: • recognition and enforcement of the ICAC Russia decision; • preparation of the review of the ICAC Russia practice.

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RUSSIA – VENTURE CAPITAL LAW

VASILIEV KLEIN USOV LLC

Artem Usov joined Vasiliev Klein Usov in 2017. He practices Russian law in the areas of corporate and business structuring, dispute resolution, taxation, and labour matters and assists international companies in finding legal advantages in the areas of his expertise. Being one of the name partners of the firm, Mr Usov adds a unique approach to solving clients’ issues and accommodating clients’ needs. For more than 10 years, he has worked as a partner at Hellevig, Klein & Usov and Awara Law. He was one of the co-founders of Hellevig, Klein & Usov in 2005. Mr Usov is an expert in structuring complex venture capital transactions including, inter alia, establishing corporate structures and contract arrangements for start-up projects and advising his clients on exit strategies and providing comprehensive legal support in mergers and acquisitions. Mr Usov’s educational background is from New York University School of Law and Tax Academy of the Russian Federation. He is a frequent speaker at events and also is an author of legal articles and books. He is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English. Vasiliev Klein Usov Vasiliev Klein Usov provides Western-compliant legal advice that empowers clients to achieve their business goals and maximise shareholder value. The firm strives to help clients understand in the first instance their company’s business needs and try to provide a customised legal road map that is at the same time most cost effective both in legal consulting terms as well as business resources; while meeting global and local compliance laws and norms. The firm advises on all the aspects of VC investment and exit strategies. It assists companies with: legal due diligences, technical due diligences, financial audits (through its partner companies), drafting relevant term sheets, shareholders’ agreements, share purchase agreements, closing documents, etc., and relevant filings. The firm is the successor of Podolsky, Vasiliev & Klein and was created after Mr Usov joined the firm in 2017. Vasiliev Klein Usov serves the Russian cities of Moscow (Headquarters), St Petersburg and Chelyabinsk; and the Israeli city of Rehovot. The firm’s lawyers have been practicing Russian law since 1995 and know what it is like to work in Russia’s fast changing legal climate and with diversified clients’ needs. The firm operates in close cooperation with Alinga Group. It is also a member of the international association of law firms IBLC.

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Artem Usov Partner Tel: +7 903 968 3720 artem.usov@vkulaw.com Victoria Plaza Business Complex, 6, Baumanskaya St., bldg. 2, office 910, Moscow, 105005, Russia Tel: +7 495 988 2171 Fax: +7 495 988 2171 www.vkulaw.com


SCOTLAND – LICENSING LAW

JAMES & GEORGE COLLIE LLP

Tony Dawson, Senior Partner, deals with a wide range of legal matters encompassing Private Client, Commercial Property, Licensing and Employment as well as overseas property transactions. Educated at Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen University, Tony, a former holder of the Scottish and British University Badminton Titles, was capped for Scotland at all levels at that sport and represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in 1978. He also won many North East tennis titles during his tennis career and represented Scotland at that sport in France. A keen athlete, he completed 26 marathons which goes a long way to explain his two metal hips and aged knees! He is well known in North East Business and sporting circles having held various public appointments over the years, including founder Chairman of Aberdeen Sports Council, Chairman of Aberdeen Petroleum Sports and Country Club, Chairman of the Russell Anderson Testimonial Committee, Chairman of the Chris Anderson Advisory Trust, Director of the UCAN Urology Cancer Charity, Chairman of Friends of Duthie Park, current Vice Chairman of Sport Aberdeen as well as a former advisor to Sports Scotland on several different sports.

Anthony J Dawson Senior Partner a.dawson@jgcollie.co.uk 1 East Craibstone Street Aberdeen, Scotland AB11 6YQ Tel: +44 (0) 1224 581581 Fax: +44 (0) 1224 580119

In 2007, his sporting achievements were recognised by his selection into the Aberdeen Sporting Hall of Fame. He also features in the book of Aberdeen’s Greatest Sportsmen titled “Granite Legends Aberdeen Sporting Heroes”. In 2008, he was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Liquor Licensing Law. He is past President of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen and a current Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen. Licensing Law James & George Collie can offer specialised advice on all matters connected with liquor licensing. The firm is well placed to do so boasting the only two practitioners in the North East of Scotland accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as specialists in liquor licensing law. Tony Dawson has over 35 years’ experience whilst Janet Hood, a consultant to the firm, is one of the most highly regarded licensing lawyers in Scotland. Together, they deal with a large percentage of all liquor licensing applications in and around the Aberdeen area. Both lawyers, who hold seminars and conference talks, are also available to provide prompt, sound, practical and expert advice on licensing law.

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SWITZERLAND – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

NIEVERGELT & PARTNER ADVOKATUR UND NOTARIAT AG

Andrea-Franco Stöhr’s work mainly focusses on real estate transactions and domestic / international civil litigation. Moreover, Andrea-Franco Stöhr advices private clients inter alia on the acquisition of real estate in relation to the Federal Act on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Non-Residents (“Lex Koller”) and the Secondary Residence Act, as well as with residential planning, including residence permits and lump-sum taxation. The latter entails advising and representing UHNW- and HNW-clients. Born in 1982, Andrea-Franco Stöhr was educated at the Lucerne University of Law (Master of Law 2010) and at Columbia Law School New York (LL.M. 2015) with focus on real estate transactions and civil litigation. Before joining Nievergelt & Partner Andrea-Franco Stöhr worked for one of Switzerland’s leading corporate law firms in Zürich. Andrea-Franco Stöhr speaks German, English, Italian and Romanch. He is registered with the Graubünden Bar Registry and is admitted before all courts in Switzerland.

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Practice Areas

Private Client

Real Estate

Civil Litigation

Construction Law

Administrative Law

MLaw, LL.M. Andrea-Franco Stöhr Partner andrea-franco.stoehr nievergeltundpartner.ch Via dal Bagn 22, 7500 St. Moritz Switzerland Tel: +41 851 09 10 Fax: +41 851 09 11 www.nievergeltundpartner.ch


SWITZERLAND – CIVIL LAW

GHM PARTNERS AG

Oliver Habke’s services include advising a wide spectrum of international and domestic companies in matters involving company law, trade, and stock exchange law and in contractual, employment and debt collection issues as well as in compliance matters. He also assists private individuals in various matters of civil law. Oliver Habke works with matters involving the Swiss Collective Investment Act and assists a broad range of companies in M&A transactions. He provides his clients with Notarisation and Legalisation services in Civil law and handles their litigation matters. Oliver Habke studied law at the University of Zürich, where he graduated and received his license (lic. iur.) in 2001. From 2001 through 2002, Oliver Habke worked at a law firm primarily specialising in contract, sport and notarisation law. From 2002 through late 2003, he worked at the law firm specialised in company and construction law. He became a certified Attorney at Law and licensed Notary Public in 2004.

Oliver Habke Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Partner oliver.habke@ghm-partners.com Poststrasse 24, CH-6300 Zug Switzerland Tel: +41 41 500 41 10 Fax: +41 41 500 41 11 www.ghm-partners.com

Oliver Habke began working in major Swiss law firm in 2004. Since 2010, he was partner with the Zug-based senior partner of this major Swiss law firm. Oliver Habke joined GHM Partners AG as a partner in 2014. Oliver Habke is a German native speaker and is fluent in English and French. Memberships

• Zug Bar Association

• SAV (Swiss Bar Association)

• Registered attorney for the Zug Canton

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SWITZERLAND – COMMODITIES TRADING LAW

GTLAW

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. 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. Non-executive director of several companies (listed and unlisted) in the commodities sector.

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Gilles Thieffry Founding Partner Tel: +41 (0) 22 592 94 95 gilles.thieffry@gtlaw.ch 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 www.gtlaw.ch


SWITZERLAND – INSURANCE & REINSURANCE LAW

EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND LTD.

Peter Haas is a founding partner of Eversheds Sutherland in Switzerland and managing partner since September 2013. His practice areas are national and international litigation as well as employment and contract law. Peter has a particular expertise in insurance and liability matters. He is the head of the insurance team (including social insurance) at Eversheds Sutherland Switzerland. His prior experience includes several years as an in-house counsel in the claims department of one of the largest Swiss insurance companies as well as an associate attorney in a business law firm. Peter studied Law at the University of Berne and was admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 1994. He holds an LL.M. in European law, private international law and arbitration from the University of Essex (UK).

Peter Haas Managing Partner Tel: +41 31 328 75 30 peter.haas@ eversheds-sutherland.ch Schwanengasse 1 3001 Berne Switzerland Tel: +41 31 328 75 75 Fax: +41 31 328 75 76 www.eversheds-sutherland.com

Peter is a member of the executive board of the Bar Association of the Canton of Berne and a member of the Swiss Bar Association. He is a member of the IBA’s insurance committee, its negligence and damages as well as its litigation committee. He is also a member of the Swiss Society of Civil Liability and Insurance Law and its committee AIDA Swiss Chapter and the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC).

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SWITZERLAND – INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW

LAW OFFICE FRANÇOIS OTT

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 francoisott@etudeott.ch

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 francoisott@etudeott.ch www.cmr-services.ch

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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SWITZERLAND – VENTURE CAPITAL LAW

DESCHENAUX HORNBLOWER & PARTNERS, LLP

Marc Deschenaux is a world renowned specialist in Corporate Finance from private offerings to Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s), in project financings and in governmental loans. He raised privately and publicly equities and debts for companies internationally. He was involved in 169 Initial Public Offerings and more than 240 private offerings. Marc Deschenaux also organised several government loans and the first cancellation of a national debt in the history. He also financed various types of operations, from import/export transactions to Real Estate Investment Trusts and organised governments loans. Associations & Accomplishments: Member of the Swiss Society of Jurists; Member of Swiss Society of International Law; Member of the International Experts Order; Member of the International Organization of Experts (Ordinex); Member of the International Association of Economic Law; Treasurer of the International Court of Mediation &Arbitration; Member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers; Lifetime Member of the Geneva Law & Legislation Society; Member of the Association of International Business Lawyers; Member of the Circle of Business Leaders; Member of Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association; Former Member of the Aero Club of Geneva and of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association; Former President of the World Traders Association; Member of the St. James Association; Former House Counsel of the Tobacco Manufacturers Association; Former Member of the NASD North American Securities Dealers Association Series 7 & Series 24;

Marc Deschenaux Founder & Managing Partner Tel: +41 78 924.95.94 marc@deschenaux.com Rue Kléberg, 14 – 1201 Geneva Switzerland Tel: +41 22 510.25.00 Fax: +41 22 510.25.01 www.deschenaux.com

Author of the books «Finance World», «Start», «Capital». Education: Bachelor of Laws; Master of Laws in Economic Law and Certificate of Transnational Law, PhD Candidate, Computer Science Engineering Degree; Securities & Commodities Trader Certificates – General Securities Principal. Languages: Fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Basic knowledge of Arabic and Japanese. Career Steps: Founder & Managing Partner Deschenaux Hornblower & Partners LLP (2014-); Founder & Managing Partner Deschenaux & Partners (2010- 2014); Jurist of Counsel, Schwab Flaherty & Associés (2008-2010) Founder, Business Process Institute, Inc. (2004-2006); Chairman, Union Traders Group (20042004); Chairman, Investraders Corporation (2000-2004); President, CD World Corporation (1995-2000); President, Hotel Access International (1991- 1994); President (Europe), Hotel Express International (1990-1991); President, Publimodel S.A. (1988-1990); President, Beat Perfumes S.A. (1988-1990); Financial Manager, Blue Investment S.A. (1986-1988).

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TURKEY – COMMERCIAL LAW / MARITIME LAW

AKT LAW FIRM

AKT Law Firm AKT has been providing qualified legal services since the firm’s establishment in 2000 by the founding partners 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 the AKT team have a 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 at the highest standards. AKT is the sole Turkish member of the Warwick Legal Network, a prominent international association of law firms specialised 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 Email: info@aktlaw.com Web: www.aktlaw.com


TURKEY – CONTRACT LAW

MTN LAW FIRM

Umut Metin is the managing partner of MTN Law Firm located in İstanbul, Turkey. MTN Law is well known with providing legal services in a wide range of areas. Mr Metin is the Vice President of Global Business Lawyers Alliance (GBL) based in Paris and has been practising law for more than 15 years. He specialises in national-international corporate and commercial law, international commercial arbitration, contract law and mediation. Mr Metin offers distinguished consulting services to his clients not only for governing their companies but also directing them at the stage of mergers and acquisitions, conversion of the company, etc.

Umut Metin Partner umutmetin@mtnhukuk.com EGS Business Park B1 Blok Kat:12 No:387 PK. 34149 Yeşilköy/İstanbul Turkey Tel: +90(212) 426 25 62 Fax: +90(212) 426 25 61 www.mtnhukuk.com

Mr Metin has the capacity to conduct all the aforesaid process with his large specialiesed team. He also advises multinationals on their investments in Turkey. Mr Metin has been involved in various cross-border transactions regarding energy, finance, real estate, mergers & acquisitions and etc. Therefore, he received “The Best International Lawyer Commercial Law” award from UK based IAE association, in 2016. Mr Metin is also one of thr first mediators in Turkey. He is publicly known for mediation services which he provides in different areas such as commercial law, bankruptcy law and etc. Education Background • Kadir Has University, Faculty of Law, PhD, İstanbul, Turkey, 2017 (in progress). • Cardiff University, Faculty of Law, LL.M., Cardiff, United Kingdom, 2003. • Marmara University, Faculty of Management, MBA,İstanbul, 2004. • Atatürk University, Faculty of Law, Bachelor’s Degree, Erzincan, 2001. Mr Metin is fluent in German, English and Turkish.

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UK – PHARMACEUTICALS & LIFE SCIENCES LAW

BONACCORD

Patricia Barclay is a life science lawyer and the founder of Bonaccord, an award winning law firm focussed on supporting the scientific community throughout the UK and beyond. The firm’s clients benefit from Patricia’s extensive network and pragmatic, commercially aware counsel. She held senior positions in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry for nearly 20 years serving as General Counsel of Vernalis plc, The Ferring Group and Solvay Pharmaceuticals, as well as Senior Corporate Counsel at Pfizer Inc. Patricia has been involved in decision making at the highest level, has extensive board level experience and many years working in multicultural environments.. During her career Patricia has been deeply involved in the life science sector including: pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, cosmetic, animal health and food science. She has also worked with specialty chemical and engineering companies and more recently the space industry. She’s worked in these sectors on a wide variety of issues and contracts globally including: negotiating complex licensing and cooperation agreements, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, intellectual property management, public affairs, and establishing and developing internal services and departments. She’s also sat on industry committees and represented industry interests to law makers and taken part in policy reviews. She is Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) healthcare and life science committee. American Bar Association In 2010 Patricia became the first Scottish solicitor to be awarded a fellowship from the American Bar Association. This honour recognises service excellence and technical ability, and she is currently one of only a handful of lawyers in the UK to be so honoured. Commercial Mediation Services Patricia’s corporate experience means she understands the stresses and strains within business, and she is an effective commercial mediator. Business people often feel more comfortable discussing their issues with someone with an industrial background and she is particularly interested in the resolution of intellectual property and manufacturing disputes. Patricia has undertaken training with the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution in New York, Pepperdine University of California and Core in Scotland. She is a former chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Mediation Techniques Committee and edited and co-authored a book on the subject for the Association. She is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Mediators Beyond Borders, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) mediation panel. She is involved in training mediation advocates through the IBA for IMI accreditation. Legal and Business Skills Training Patricia designs and teaches in-house training programmes in legal and business skills for commercial clients, professional bodies and academic organisations – undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. She is an active business mentor.

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Patricia Barclay Founder patricia@bonaccord.eu 31 Merchiston Park Edinburgh EH10 4PW Scotland Tel: (+44) 131 202 6527 www.bonaccord.eu


UKRAINE – CORPORATE LAW

ALEKSEY PUKHA AND PARTNERS

Aleksey Pukha and Partners Company is one of the leading Ukrainian law firms with worldwide business contacts. Company details are included in all official State Registries. The headquarters of the company is located in Kyiv, in the heart of Ukrainian business. The company is one of the most reputable organisations and professional associations, which include the Court of Arbitration, the Taxpayers Association of Ukraine, the Union of Lawyers of Ukraine, the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Ukrainian Bar Association. Aleksey Pukha is the managing partner of the company and the head of the Commission in Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and member of the Commission in International Chamber of Commerce and NGO Public Private Partnership Development Platform.

Aleksey Pukha Managing Partner 21, Ioanna Pavla II, St., office 416, Kiev, Ukraine, 01042 Tel: +38 (044) 528 30 94 Fax: +38 (044) 528 30 54 office@puhaipartnery.com.ua www.puhaipartnery.com.ua/en/

Aleksey Pukha and Partners Company cooperates with USAID, the World Bank Group and IDLO within international research projects. Every day the Company provides legal services to international companies and individuals in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and North Africa. Annually, the company contracts with clients worldwide and from all continents. The total volume of company transactions for 2015 amounted to more than 100 million USD. The quality of the services by Aleksey Pukha and Partners is supported by customer feedback. The company is recommended as a trustworthy partner by worldwide international firms and transnational corporations such as McDonald’s restaurant chain (USA), WIS Trading distributor (UK), Ipca Pharmaceutical Company (India), CLAAS manufacturer of agricultural machinery (Germany), USAID Agency for International Development (USA) and Word Bank Group (USA). Aleksey Pukha and the Partners Company follows high standards of legal services and has vast experience in a wide range of industries and legal practices including agriculture, pharmaceutics, real estate and construction, media and communication, insurance, intellectual property, banking and finance, capital market, trade, energy and natural resources, automotive, oil and gas industry, hotel and restaurant industry, metallurgical industry, primary industry, transport, chemical and sport industry, public private partnership. The company also provides services for private clients on family law, surrogacy, adoption, divorce, representation and protection of interests, business decisions, contracts, real estate, migration, inheritance, taxation, licensing and criminal and civil law. Aleksey Pukha and Partners is among the top 100 of the best law firms in the world and is an annual participant in the international rankings such as Chambers Global, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal Awards, Legal 500, Global Law Experts, Monthly Legal Awards 500, ICFM Global Award Winners, DealMarkers Law Awards, ICFM 250 Leading Firms, Lawyers World Country Awards, InterContinental Finance & Law, Global 100.

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The Americas

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The US economy went through a temporary growth dip in the early part of 2017, but momentum has picked up, and the economy is expected to grow at 2.1% for 2017’s final figures (not yet available at the time of going to print) as well as for 2018 – modestly above potential, supported by solid consumption growth and a rebound in investment. According to the latest OECD data, economic growth is projected to pick up for 2017 and 2018 on the whole, as headwinds from past exchange rate appreciations abate, and support from fiscal policy begins to appear. Consumer spending will benefit from continued, though slowing, employment gains, and, as the labour market tightens, stronger wage growth. With inflation nearing its target and unemployment edging down further, monetary policy stimulus has begun to be withdrawn gradually. As growth picks up, further interest rate rises are projected to contain inflationary pressures and reduce the risk of financialmarket distortions. Reducing the size of the central bank’s balance sheet will soon become appropriate. The Administration and Congress are formulating plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending. The present projection assumes no spending increase at the federal level, but a tax reform is projected, which will support consumer spending and investment in 2018. The United States is an important participant in global value chains, and foreign trade has become a more important driver of economic activity. Together with technical change, this has brought many benefits to consumers, though in certain areas, job losses have contributed to persistent unemployment and poverty, while displaced workers who find new jobs may need to take a significant pay cut. In comparison with other OECD countries, the United States devotes relatively few resources to helping workers retrain or find new employment. The successful experience of some states in harnessing vocational training suggests that more can be done to improve employment opportunities. Meanwhile, labour market indicators suggest that the economy could be effectively at full employment. Inflation has remained subdued and, indeed, has weakened moderately in recent months. Wage indicators have shown a modest acceleration. Over the next 12–18 months personal consumer expenditure (PCE) inflation is expected to slowly rise above 2%, before returning to the Federal Reserve’s medium-term target of 2%. There are two-sided risks to the growth outlook. A medium-term path of fiscal consolidation, such as the expenditure-based consolidation proposed in the budget, would address medium-term fiscal imbalances but result in a growth rate that is below staff’s baseline. On the upside, spending reductions could be less ambitious, and tax reforms could lower federal revenues, providing stimulus to the economy

and raising near-term growth. Over the longer term, and despite the ongoing expansion, the US faces a confluence of forces that may weigh on the prospects for continued gains in economic wellbeing. Secular structural shifts are occurring on multiple fronts, including technological change that is reshaping the labour market, low productivity growth, rising skills premia, and an aging population. If left unchecked, these forces will continue to drag down both potential and actual growth, diminish gains in living standards, and worsen poverty. IMF Executive Directors commended the strong performance of the US economy, including a rebound in growth, improved consumer confidence, low unemployment, and steady job increases. At the same time, they noted that the favourable near‑term outlook is clouded by important medium-term challenges, including rising public debt, potential growth below historical averages, declining labour force participation, and income growth that is not broadly shared.

Latin American and Caribbean Economic Prospects Improve The economic outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean is improving, driven by a stronger global economy, improved fiscal positions, lower inflationary pressures, and better prospects for Argentina and Brazil, according to the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) 2017 Macroeconomic Report. “Since our [2016] report, there have been several positive developments as the region shifts to a pattern of better policies,” said IDB Chief Economist José Juan Ruiz. “Tax reform efforts in some countries have been successful in achieving more equity while improving efficiency. Monetary policies in larger economies have kept inflation in check, and we estimate the external adjustment process is close to completion in most countries.” However, the combination of potential negative US trade and financial shocks, even with the US economy growing, could trim a full 0.4% from the region’s projected 2% annual growth rate for the 2017-2019 period. The report uses the IMF’s three-year projections as a baseline, and then estimates how external impacts could add or subtract to the region’s growth. The shock from the US economy is not evenly distributed. Mexico could see its three-year potential growth rate cut by 0.8%, reducing its annual rate from 2.2% to 1.4%. The Southern Cone and the Andean region would each see their GDP annual growth rate

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reduced by 0.4%. The shocks would be transmitted through a combination of interest rate hikes, global trade frictions and impacts on commodity prices.

about 2% of GDP over five years. Tax reforms could increase fiscal revenues by 1.2% of GDP. Expenditures are expected to be trimmed by 0.8%.

At the same time, the performance of both Argentina and Brazil has a significant impact on the region. Given the inter-connectedness of these economies, a $20 billion combined gain or loss in GDP of South America’s biggest economies would add or cut about $70 billion of GDP to the entire region for the three-year period.

In the past, external shocks led to higher inflation. This trend has reversed, the report noted, with lower inflation amid more stable commodity prices and rising exports. With imports as a percentage of overall output declining, current account deficits have dropped to medium- or long-term averages.

Improved Fiscal and Monetary Outlooks An examination of the fiscal budgets of 22 countries estimates a primary fiscal deficit of 0.8% of GDP for the region, though there the reality varies from one country to another. Still, 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that are pursuing plans for fiscal consolidation are aiming to achieve an adjustment of

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“The region is turning the corner after suffering negative growth in the last two years,” noted Andrew Powell, the report’s coordinator and the senior economic adviser of the IDB. “While Latin America and the Caribbean is on surer footing than it was a year ago, going forward it faces big challenges to bring the kind of growth its citizens demand. This will require a continued focus on reforms to improve productivity – and a deepening of regional trade integration.”


The Americas Contents Argentina – Kaplan Abogados....................................................................................... 94

Bolivia – Salazar, Salazar & Associates......................................................................... 95

Brazil – Cabral Gomes & Thronicke Law Firm................................................................ 96

Brazil – Couto Silva Advogados..................................................................................... 97

Canada – Regent Law.................................................................................................... 98

Canada – YLaw Group................................................................................................... 99

Canada – Zagazeta Garcia LLP – Elka Zagazeta........................................................ 100

Canada – Zagazeta Garcia LLP – Maria Norka Zagazeta Garcia............................... 101

Cuba – CLAIM S.A....................................................................................................... 102

Dominican Republic – Legal Consulting...................................................................... 103

Jamaica – Clayton Morgan & Company....................................................................... 104 GLE 91


The Americas Contents Mexico – Aramburu Saldívar y Vázquez Abogados..................................................... 105

Mexico – Dumont Bergman Bider & Co. S.C............................................................... 106

Mexico – Counselors International Abogados............................................................. 107

Mexico – Jáuregui y Del Valle...................................................................................... 108

Paraguay – FERNÁNDEZ ZACUR – GABINETE JURÍDICO......................................... 109

Peru – Osterling Abogados.......................................................................................... 110

Peru – Estudio Colmenares & Asociados..................................................................... 111

Peru – Pierola & Asociados.......................................................................................... 112

California, US – Winthrop Couchot Golubow Hollander, LLP....................................... 113

California, US – Bergman Dacey Goldsmith................................................................ 114

Florida, US – Chalos & Co, P.C. - International Law Firm............................................. 115 GLE 92


Illinois, US – Texas, US................................................................................................. 116

Illinois, US – FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW................................................................. 117

New Jersey, US – Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC.................................. 118

New York, US – Goldstein Law Firm, PLLC.................................................................. 119

New York, US – Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP.......................................................... 120

New York, US – Florida, US.......................................................................................... 121

Oklahoma, US – Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC............................................. 122

Texas, US – Braumiller Law Group PLLC..................................................................... 123

Washington DC, US – The Federal Practice Group..................................................... 124

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ARGENTINA – CONTRACT LAW

KAPLAN ABOGADOS

Carlos Gabriel Kaplan – founding partner of Kaplan Abogados, lawyer and intellectual property attorney. Mr Kaplan represents technology startups, high growth companies and investors on international structuring and corporate transactions. Kaplan Abogados counts with a leading team of lawyers specialised in the following areas: corporate law, intellectual property, contracts, litigation, and labour law. Kaplan Abogados acts as an external legal department focusing on creating value through tailor-made solutions at all stages of business development, and by building long term relationships with its clients. Mr Kaplan graduated from Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he studied Business Law. He received a Master of Laws (LLM) degree oriented towards Technology Transactions from Duke University and an LLM in International Taxation from the University of Florida. Kaplan also holds a diploma in computer science from ORT Technical Institute. He is regularly invited to speak on entrepreneurship and technology law by academic, governmental and business organisations. In Argentina, he practiced law with Altmark & Brenna and Marval O’Farrell & Mairal until moving to Silicon Valley, where he joined Fenwick & West and KPMG. From these professional service firms assisted the world leaders in structuring their global operations. Mr Kaplan also acted as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington DC, on infrastructure finance operations in South America. His entrepreneurial experience as a co-founder of a successful internet service provider adds value to his legal advice.

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Carlos Gabriel Kaplan Partner carloskaplan@ kaplanabogados.com Bonpland 2363. Of. 203, Palermo C1425FWE, Ciudad de Buenos Aires Argentina Tel: +54-11-5235-3003 Fax: +54-114375-4462 www.kaplanabogados.com


BOLIVIA – INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE LAW

SALAZAR, SALAZAR & ASSOCIATES

Fernando Salazar-Paredes is a Bolivian lawyer and scholar, Senior Partner and founder of the prestigious law firm “Salazar, Salazar & Associates”, with offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Sucre. He is also a successful entrepreneur. He was born in December 18, 1943 in La Paz, Bolivia. He attended the German School of La Paz and Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. His academic training belongs to the School of Law, Political and Social Sciences of the State University of La Paz (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés). With a polyphasetic personality, Mr Salazar-Paredes is also a seasoned diplomat, university professor, journalist and politician. He is considered one of the most prominent and concerned internationalists of Bolivia. He was for many terms a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Prior to his law practice, Fernando Salazar-Paredes had an extensive government career as member of the Bolivian Foreign Service having achieved the important posts of Ambassador Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the Organization of American States in Washington D. C. and to the United Nations Organization in New York. While serving his government he also performed the important functions of Minister of Economic Integration and Minister of Labour. He was elected Member of Parliament for a four year term.

Fernando Salazar-Paredes Founder fernando@salazarbolivia.com La Paz, Calle 15, esq. Francisco Javier Iriarte, No. 5 (Achumani) Tel: +591 2 279 6282 Bolivia infolapaz@salazarbolivia.com Santa Cruz Av. San Martín (Leigue Castedo), #27, Edificio Aranjuaz, Piso 5, Equipetrol Tel: +591 750 00334 Bolivia infosantacruz@salazarbolivia.com

As an international civil servant, he served as UNDP Resident Representative, at different levels, in Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and Dominican Republic. He also was UNESCO Representative in Mexico and UNIDO Regional Advisor in Technical Cooperation for the Andean Countries. Mr Salazar-Paredes has been consultant for UNDP and UNDCP and other international organisations and, as such, has travelled extensively in Latin America and Asia. Full professor of “International Private Law” at the School of Law of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres, the most influential university of Bolivia and of “Foreign Policy” in the School of Political Sciences of the same university, Mr Salazar Paredes has published more than ten books on international affairs. He was also teacher at the Catholic University of Bolivia and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He currently also teaches postgraduate courses at the Universidad Andina “Simon Bolivar”. In the private sector, he has been member of the boards of many of the largest Bolivian enterprises in the electrical, hydrocarbons, telecommunications and transport sector.

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BRAZIL – LITIGATION

CABRAL GOMES & THRONICKE LAW FIRM

Cabral Gomes & Thronicke has a strong presence in State and Federal Courts of all Brazilian Regions as well as in higher courts (Supreme Court and High Court of Justice).

Danny Fabrício Cabral Gomes Partner

With offices in Campo Grande-MS, Dourados-MS and Vitória-ES, the firm is home to highly talented and creative professionals with continuing legal education in Brazil and abroad, who are wholly committed to the success of their valued client base. To this end, the firm has developed creative and effective solutions to a wide range of legal needs, from simple and routine to the most complex and sophisticated, and works to anticipate opportunities as well as issues ahead of time.

Rua Manoel INÁCIO de Souza, 2145, CEP 79021-190 Tel: +55 (67) 3025-2500 danny@cabralgomes.adv.br www.cabralgomes.adv.br

In addition, Cabral Gomes & Thronicke is a member of Redejur – Corporate Law Firms Association, an organisation that currently has 38 offices in Brazil and 11 overseas offices covering more than 900 lawyers, and aims to offer associated with the necessary support for the smooth operation of business law. Partner Danny Fabrício Cabral Gomes noted: “We believe that the greatest asset of the office is the talent of its lawyers and the relationship developed with their customers. Since its founding in 2001, Cabral Gomes & Thronicke has represented interests of hundreds of domestic and foreign clients in litigation and commercial operations of high complexity and value in almost all the national territory and abroad. Its mission is to create strong and lasting bonds with customers by providing them the best legal and business solutions for success, creating value and satisfaction for customers and for the office.” Danny Fabrício Cabral Gomes – CV Degree in Law from the Catholic University Dom Bosco-UCDB (1994); MBA in Business Law from the Getúlio Vargas-FGV (2006); participant of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (2010); scholarship from Harvard Business School in the course Building Ventures in Latin America (2005); scholarship from the Rotary Foundation in Brazil-Israel Group Study Exchange Program (1996) and the OAS scholarship Organization of American States in its International Law Course (1995). Affiliated to the Bar Association of Brazil; the International Bar Association; the Association of Lawyers of São Paulo; the TMA Turnaround Management Association and AIDA International Association of Insurance Law. Practice areas: Litigation Complex Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax and Estate Planning and Reorganization. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

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BRAZIL – M&A LAW

COUTO SILVA ADVOGADOS

Alexandre Couto Silva represents clients in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, specially related to M&A transactions; Corporate and Tax Law, Real Estate M&A and Project Finance. Mr Couto Silva advises publicly and closely held corporations; he is an expert in mergers and acquisitions, sales of control (negotiated and hostile) and sales of minority stakes; he advises controlling shareholders and business owners in structuring group of companies; he assists investors and operational partners in developing new ventures. He also represents clients in matters under the jurisdiction of the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) and the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) and advises on compliance with regulations issued by the National Monetary Council (CMN), CVM and BCB. Mr Couto Silva obtained his law degree from UFMG – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1993. Later, he obtained his master’s degree in 1998, and then his doctor’s degree in 2006, both from UFMG – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He also took part in Harvard’s Law School Programs, PON, PIL and Leadership in Law Firm – Executive Program. He has authored two books and several articles and has co-authored several legal articles published in Brazil and in the US. Besides his solid academic background and deep expertise in corporate law, Mr Couto Silva understands that the focus must be to apply the legal expertise, effectively and creatively, in solving business problems, creating value for the clients. Mr Couto Silva’s typical client is one that wants a hands-on lawyer and a tailor-made solution for its problems. His clientele is mostly pension funds, financial institutions, investment funds, with businesses sprawling across several industries, such as energy, oil, gas, mining, steel, technology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, beverage, maritime shipping, logistics, entertainment, and retail. His recent notable work includes advising MEK on arbitration regarding the sale of the controlling stake of MEK to Hatch; Odebrecht Ambiental on the acquisition of shares by FI-FGTS and Funcef; and Energisa on the sale of shares held by Gipar to FIP da Serra. Mr Couto Silva was awarded by Chambers Latin America as individual law leader in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and he was also awarded by Chambers Global as individual leader in 2009. He was also awarded by Latin Lawyer in Latin America 2006, 2010 and 2011. Mr Couto Silva leads a team of very specialised attorneys, who are ready to provide solutions to complex legal problems. With his professional experience and in-depth academic knowledge, he is capable of finding the right answers even for the most intricate issues.

Alexandre Couto Silva Founding Partner alexandre@coutosilva.com.br Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, n. 1235, 4th floor, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro/RJ Brazil Tel: +55 21 2529-0650 Fax: +55 21 2529-0660 www.coutosilva.com.br

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CANADA – CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW

REGENT LAW

Justin R. Fogarty is Chairman of Regent Law and one of the founding partners. He is one of Canada’s leading lawyers specialising in corporate governance, banking, commercial litigation, insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring, and cross-border fraud litigation. Justin has practised as a partner with several prestigious Canadian (international) law firms before establishing Regent Law. He has many reported cases in all branches of law, where he has shown his innovative approach to solving complex problems. A prolific author and past editor of the National Insolvency Review, Justin has published numerous articles and is the author of the Canadian chapter in International Insolvency: Jurisdictional Comparisons (J. William Boone, Ed.) and in Debt Restructuring: An Alternative to Insolvency Proceedings, European Lawyer Reference. He is a recent contributor to the Book on Debt Structuring to be published by European Lawyer. He has also been recognised in Chambers Global, Martindale-Hubbell and International Who’s Who Legal. He is a past board member of the Canadian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. In addition to his writings, he has been an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is the past director of the TMA, a member of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute’s Board of Directors, as well as sitting on the executive committee of the same name. He is also currently a member of numerous private and public company boards. In addition to his legal practice, Justin is currently and Honorary Colonel with the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Mother’s Own) and was past Commissioner of the Ontario Racing Commission. He has been named Executive Vice-President of Waygar Capital a 300-million-dollar distressed debt fund in Canada dedicated in part to funding companies in the defence and security industries. Justin has an LL.M. in financial services regulation and has acted for many of Canada’s major financial institutions and US lenders. Justin’s thesis was on the necessity to deregulate to allow for greater competition in internet banking. He has been active in many areas of technology and in issues around the business and political implements of cyber security. Achievements: Founder of Regent Law (November 2014); Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty the Queen through the offices of the Governor General of Canada (May 2012); awarded the Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (August 2011); Chief of the Land Staff Commendation (June 2010); named an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, 33rd Regiment, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals by the Government of Canada (March 2010).

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Justin R. Fogarty Chairman Tel: +1 416 840 8991 justin.fogarty@regentlaw.ca 372 Bay St., Suite 901 Toronto, Ontario M5H 2W9 Tel: +1 416-214-4209 Fax: +1 416-943-6270 www.regentlaw.ca


CANADA – FAMILY LAW

YLAW GROUP

YLaw Group is an award-winning Vancouver family law firm that focuses exclusively on family law and its latest trends. YLaw’s family and divorce lawyers have been voted as the top family lawyers in Vancouver through multiple platforms. YLaw does not follow old modules. Its experts question every aspect of family law before following it and see whether they can change it for the better. They have a modern and progressive approach to law, its practice and how their firm is run. Hiring a Vancouver family lawyer at YLaw means you have hired all of the firm’s lawyers because they have morning meetings at which they discuss all of their cases and together come up with the best strategy to resolve each case. Leena Yousefi, the founder of YLaw, has won more than 90% of her cases from 2014 to present and ensures all the lawyers at YLaw follow the highest standards of quality and service when it comes to family law.

Leena Yousefi Founder & Family Lawyer leena@ylaw.ca 410-1122 Mainland Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1 Tel: +1 604-974-YLAW / +1 604-974-9529 Fax: +1 604-974-9527 info@ylaw.ca www.ylaw.ca

YLaw has been voted as the Top Vancouver Family Law firm in Vancouver by Top Choice Awards. At YLaw, the primary focus is settlement and saving money for all clients. Voted as the #1 top rated Vancouver Family Lawyer in BC , Ms Yousefi has been the successful counsel on several ground breaking cases in British Columbia, including winning precedent-setting cases on child abduction , property division, spousal support, child custody, child alienation and child support in BC. Provincial and Supreme Court Judges have commended Ms Yousefi on her outstanding and clear representation in court, with one commenting on her submissions as “thorough and clear” and another, thanking her for her “professionalism”, “able submissions” and the way she conducted herself at acrimonious and tenacious trials. YLaw and Ms Yousefi have won the following awards: • #1 Top Rated Divorce Lawyer in BC by Lawyerratingz, • #4 Best Family Law Blog in the World by Blog FeedSpot, 2017, • Best Family Law Firm of Vancouver in 2015 by Top Choice Awards, • Best in Class by Lawyerist, • Best in Class by IMA awards, • Gold Winner by the Marcom awards, • Platinum Winner of the AVA awards, • Gold Winner, W3 Awards.

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CANADA – FAMILY LAW

ZAGAZETA GARCIA LLP

Zagazeta Garcia LLP has experienced family, immigration and real estate lawyers located in Mississauga, Ontario. Our firm provides affordable and effective legal services to clients in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas. We assist our clients in all aspects of family law, including but not limited to uncontested divorces, contested divorce, and equalisation of property after marriage breakdown and child custody issues. We will inform you of your rights and responsibilities with respect to child support and spousal support. Our firm will effectively advocate for you in enforcement hearings with the Family Responsibility Office and in variation proceedings at the Ontario Court and Superior Court level. The lawyers in our firm are fluent in Spanish and provide Spanish speaking clients with the ability to discuss their legal issues in their native language without the necessity of a translator.

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Elka Zagazeta Garcia Barrister and Solicitor and Partner at the firm elka@zglawyers.com 33 City Centre Drive, Suite 602, Mississauga, Ontario Canada Tel: +1-905-232-0398 Fax: +1-905-232-3898 www.mississaugadivorcelawyer.ca


CANADA – IMMIGRATION LAW

ZAGAZETA GARCIA LLP

Experienced Canadian/US Immigration lawyers specialising in all types of immigration cases, including Canadian immigration applications such as permanent resident, express entry, entrepreneurs, investors, and family sponsorships; applications for temporary residence including Canadian work permits, student visas and permits, visitor visas, humanitarian and compassionate applications and other applications such as citizenship applications. Our firm provides the full range of Canadian immigration appeal and litigation services, such as judicial review before the Federal Court of Canada, citizenship appeals, and immigration appeals to the Immigration and Refugee Board. Our firm also provides US immigration services, such us first preference family petitions, US waivers, re-entry permits, and naturalisation applications. We advise individual and corporate clients on various matters including North American Free Trade (TN) visas, treaty investor (E-1) and treaty trader (E-1) visas as well as specialty occupation (H-1B) and intra-company transferee (L-1) visas for executives and specialised knowledge personnel.

Maria Norka Zagazeta Garcia Barrister and Solicitor and Partner at the firm norka@zglawyers.com 33 City Centre Drive, Suite 602, Mississauga, Ontario Canada Tel: +1-905-232-0398 Fax: +1-905-232-3898 www.mississaugadivorcelawyer.ca

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CUBA – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

CLAIM S.A

We are a specialised 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.

Lamparilla No.2 Lonja del Comercio Oficina G, Habana Vieja La Habana, Cuba

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. Vision To be a world-class organisation, 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 specialised 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 recognised ethic, giving our clients security, confidentiality, effectiveness and reliability.

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Tel: (+53) 78011443 Fax: (+53) 78011746 comercial@claim.com.cu www.claim-sa.com


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – AVIATION LAW

LEGAL CONSULTING

The firm was founded in 2014 as an innovative mid-size law firm, serving our clients with a personal and close approach, committed to presenting quality answers to our clients, and doing so with the highest ethical standards. This has allowed us to develop a consistent portfolio of clients, both locally and internationally. Our firm is comprised of a specialised group of lawyers in various practice areas and can also offer assistance worldwide through our working relationship with international law firms associations. Our main areas of practices are Airport and Aviation Law and Corporate Law. We represent and have represented major airlines and airports, both nationals and internationals.

Santiago MejĂ­a Ortiz Partner Tel: +1 (809) 919-6359 smo@legalconsulting.do Eduardo Vicioso 19, Torre Romance, Suite S1, Bella Vista, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Tel: +1(809) 535-2487 www.legalconsulting.do

But we also practice Intellectual Property, Contracts, Legal Audits and Due Diligences, Litigation (Criminal, Civil, Commercial, Labour and Administrative), Alternate Dispute Resolutions, Debt Collection, ONG and organisations, Real State, Administrative Law and Governments Relations and Immigration.

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JAMAICA – REAL ESTATE LAW

CLAYTON MORGAN & COMPANY

Clayton Morgan is the managing partner of Clayton Morgan & Company. He established the firm in 1976 after being called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London and admitted to the Bar in Jamaica. During his career at the Bar he has represented hundreds of clients before the several courts and tribunals in Jamaica at the highest levels. His current areas of practice are focussed on real estate and commercial transactions. His experience in working with real estate developers in obtaining land development approvals, registered titles, mortgages and transfers of land spans several years. His practice is not only focused on high net worth clients and projects but also on small and medium range income earners and projects. Mr Morgan has, during his legal career, been involved in several professional and business activities. He is a co-founder and the first managing director of the Montego Bay Legal Aid Clinic and a former secretary and chairman of the Western Regional Rent Assessment Board. He has also been a member and director of the Urban Development Corporation, The Police Services Commission, Parish Council Services Commission, the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and the Montego Bay Cooperative Credit Union Limited. He is currently a Director of Palm View Guest House Limited, Skyborne Limited, The St. James Police Civic Committee, a founding Trustee of Cornwall College Trust, and the founding Editor of “EQUITY” the quarterly newsletter of The Cornwall Bar Association. Mr Morgan holds membership in several local and overseas professional organisations, namely: The Jamaican Bar Association, The Cornwall Bar Association, The International Bar Association and The American Bar Association (Associate). He was a vice president of The Jamaican Bar Association (2000-2003), president of The Cornwall Bar Association (2002-2004 and 2006–2008), and a member of The General Legal Council and its Disciplinary Committee (2004-2009). Mr Morgan’s notable work includes: • Representing vendors in the sale of lands to RIU Hotels for the construction of RIU Montego Bay Hotel, one of the largest all-inclusive and five-star hotels in Jamaica; • Representing a joint venture developer in the construction of Mango Walk Country Club, Montego Bay consisting of 258 upscale town houses valued at over US$900m; • Representing a developer in the construction of Whitter Village, one of the largest shopping centres in Jamaica valued at over US$800m; and • Representing Cool Oasis Jamaica in the acquisition of several petrol stations across Western Jamaica.

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Clayton Morgan Managing Partner claymoco@cwjamaica.com 59 Church Street, P.O. Box 1428, Montego Bay, St. James Jamaica W.I. Tel: +1 (876) 952-1800; +1 (876) 971-0389; +1 (876) 979-1733; Fax: +1 (876) 952-1514 www.claytonmorganandco.com


MEXICO – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

ARAMBURU SALDÍVAR Y VÁZQUEZ ABOGADOS

Arámburu, Saldívar y Vázquez is a highly specialised law firm in constitutional litigation in Mexico, focused mainly on the amparo trial and constitutional advisory, widely recognised in the national legal environment, both for its results in the defence of interests of its clients as well as the way in which its actions and defences are raised. The firm has extensive experience in judgements of constitutional protection and advice on issues related to competition, telecommunications, mining, pharmaceutical, energy among other areas of administrative law, and it achieved successful results in the use of constitutionality control mechanisms derived from the synergy with other offices specialised in various areas. It has been involved in cases related to exchange and market investigations, as well as illegal concentrations. Additionally, Arámburu, Saldívar y Vázquez is one of the few firms in Mexico with a litigation practice specialised in advice on amparo in a complex regulatory framework. The firm is specialised in providing a niche and bespoke service, differentiating it significantly from the larger firms with their “one size fits all” approach. This is where Arámburu, Saldívar y Vázquez’s strength lies – in taking care of every issue and detail, providing the best personalised care and attention for each client.

Antonio Arámburu Mejía Managing Partner aramburu@aara.com.mx Mexico City: Paseo de los Tamarindos, No. 90, Tower II, Floor 19, Col. Bosques de las Lomas, CP 05120, Mexico DF Tel: +52 55 1327-8943 / +52 (998) 802 12 87 aara@aara.com.mx www.aara.com.mx

Managing partner Antonio Arámburu Mejía noted: “It has been achieved through our writings and activity before District Courts, Collegiate Courts and the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, to revolutionise the criteria in matters of legal interest, authority for the purposes of the amparo, suspension and other issues regarding amparo and generate new constructions on legal concepts to adapt them to each case that our clients raise, which has not only conceived successes in the matter in question but has had an effect within the areas in which our activity is developed. “Our services have characterised the firm as a unique office in constitutional engineering that offers services in constitutional litigation , highly specialised in all areas of constitutional law, including the preparation and processing of strategic and direct amparo proceedings. “This experience in constitutional litigation is mainly focused on representing the interests of the client in front of the action of the governmental authorities that affect diverse economic sectors, through an area specialised in the attention of all types of controversies before the activity of the state – in the three spheres of government: federal, state and municipal.”

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MEXICO – COPYRIGHT LAW

DUMONT BERGMAN BIDER & CO. S.C.

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C. (Dumont) 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 specialised 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 specialised and has been recognised 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 specialised 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 Dumont offers its clients.

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Laura Collada Managing Partner lcollada@dumont.com.mx Av. Insurgentes Sur 1898-Pent Office 21, Col. Florida, C.P. 01030, Mexico City Mexico Tel: +52-55 5322-6230 Fax: +52-55 5661-3550 mail@dumont.com.mx www.dumont.mx


MEXICO – ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

COUNSELORS INTERNATIONAL ABOGADOS

Born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, on February 1, 1961; admitted, 1986, Mexico. Education: Universidad Panamericana Law School, Mexico City (J.D; Postgraduate Studies in Corporate, Tax, Energy, Corporate, Social Responsibility and Environmental Law); Harvard Law School (PIL and Negotiations, 1997, 2001 and 2017) Member of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Section, Mexican Committee and Environmental Committee. International Bar Association (IBA) Environmental Committee. U.S.-Mexico Bar Association. Co-Chair, 2000-2001. Member of El Paso Industrial Development Council, Economic Development of Ciudad Juarez Maquiladora Association. Certified by the Direction General of Ecology and Urban Development of the State of Chihuahua as Environmental Consultant. Participant in the National Program for the Training of Environmental Consultants, recognised and registered in the Ministry of Environment. Member of the International Attorneys Environmental Network. Has written articles and participated as speaker in several seminars on Environmental, Safety & Hygiene Issues and How To Do Business in the Republic of Mexico. Professor, PostGraduate Studies of Environmental Law, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. He has been practicing environmental occupational health and safety and corporate law for the past 32 years. Sergio has represented foreign and domestic companies before the Mexican federal, state and municipal environmental, occupational health and safety authorities in areas related to environmental impact, air, water, hazardous waste, high-risk activities, import and export of hazardous materials and waste, permitting, radioactive, environmental audits, waste management plans, administrative litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.

Bustamante Acuña Sergio B. Partner sbustamante@counselors.com.mx Paseo Triunfo de la Republica 3340 Segundo Piso, Edificio Atlantis Col. Partido Escobedo Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua México 32330 Tel: +52 (656) 227-0300 Fax: +52 (656) 618-3001 www.counselors.com.mx

Sergio also has broad experience in dealing with health and safety matters, remediation of contaminated sites, due diligence and compliance matters, and environmental aspects of real estate transactions, which includes the Export Maquila Industry (IMMEX) located through all of Mexico and specifically in the border with the US. Languages: Spanish and English. Practice Areas: Environmental Health and Safety Law; Foreign Investments; In-Bond Maquiladoras; Real Estate Law; Administrative Law. Counselors International Abogados Counselors International Abogados (Counselors) was created in order to offer legal counsel and representation to foreign and domestic individuals and companies who wish to invest or to expand their business in Mexico. The firm is the result of the merger of three law firms which operated in several areas of the country. Today the firm has offices in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico City, Queretaro and correspondents in the major cities. The firm’s lawyers have more than 30 years of experience in the legal representation of important Mexican and foreign companies in their daily transactions, courts of law and different government offices.

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MEXICO – INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW

JÁUREGUI Y DEL VALLE

Luis Gerardo Del Valle Torres (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Attorney at Law, Magna Cum Laude, 1999; University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, Master of Commercial Law, British-Chevening Scolarship, 2001; New York University, School of Law, Master in International Tax Law, 2002) joined the law firm in July 2013 and is the Managing Partner of Jáuregui y Del Valle, S.C. Mr Del Valle is a member of the Cambridge Overseas Trust, International Fiscal Association, the Mexican Bar Association (Barra Mexicana, Colegio de Abogados), the College of Professors and Researchers of Tax Law and Public Finance (Colegio de Profesores e Investigadores de Derecho Fiscal y Finanzas Públicas) and the National Association of Corporate Counsels (Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa). Mr Del Valle received from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México authorities the Eduardo García Maynez and Gabino Barreda medals for obtaining the highest academic achievement in his class. He has also been awarded with the first place in the National Contest of Administrative Justice organised by the Federal Tribunal of Tax and Administrative Justice (Tribunal Federal de Justicia Fiscal y Administrativa). Mr Del Valle has written articles on tax law, tax litigation and amparo proceedings and is the author of “The Mexican Federal Tax System.- Its review under Economic and Legal Principles” (Sistema Fiscal Federal Mexicano.- Su Revisión ante los Principios Jurídicos y Económicos) edited by the Federal Tribunal of Tax and Administrative Justice. Languages: Spanish, English and French.

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Luis Gerardo Del Valle Torres Managing Director Tel: +5255 9126 1588 lvalle@jaureguiydelvalle.com Torre Arcos Bosques l, Paseo de los Tamarindos No. 400-B Floors 8 and 9 Bosques de las Lomas. C.P. 05120 México, D.F. Mexico Tel: +5255 5267 4500 Fax: +5255.5258.0351 www.jaureguiydelvalle.com


PARAGUAY – WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW

FERNÁNDEZ ZACUR – GABINETE JURÍDICO

The legal firm FERNÁNDEZ ZACUR – GABINETE JURÍDICO provides counselling and litigation services in the Republic of Paraguay. The firm is specialised 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 (OUTSTANDING Master’s Thesis) 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). Diplomaed in Compliance from Thompson Reuters Training (Santiago - Chile). 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). He has taught postgraduate courses and written for several specialised publications.

José Miguel Fernández Zacur Senior Partner info@fernandezzacur-abogados. com.py 14 de Mayo N° 1.552. Ciudad de Asunción Paraguay Tel: (+59521) 393-406 Fax: (+59521) 393-406 www.fernandezzacur-abogados. com.py

Despite our sustained growth, supported by an outstanding percentage of successes, we maintain the style of a typical family firm, which guarantees a personalised treatment, discretion and the utmost diligence.

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PERU – INSURANCE & REINSURANCE LAW

OSTERLING ABOGADOS

Enrique is leading partner of Osterling Abogados, in which he has worked throughout his entire career. He heads both Insurance & Reinsurance and Corporate Law departments. He focusses in commercial, corporate and civil law. He is highly regarded for his capabilities in civil litigation and arbitration matters and he is a notorious arbitrator. He is a renowned leader in insurance and reinsurance matters in Peru and is described as “a brilliant lawyer who is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector” (Chambers LaTam). He is regularly appointed in significant, technical and complex civil, commercial, insurance and reinsurance disputes. He is prized both for his strength as an attorney and as an arbitrator, involved in insurance and reinsurance disputes of the highest order. Enrique represents a wide portfolio of domestic and foreign companies from different sectors, such as industry, energy, insurance and banking. Clients praise the value of his deep understanding of the regulations, practices and trends of the market. In spite of the complexity of the Peruvian insurance market, Enrique masters every commercial and regulatory aspect of this field, with a particular focus on industrial, construction (CAR), professional liability and cargo policies. He advises most of the leading companies operating in the Peruvian insurance sector, as well as the main brokers, adjusters and policy holders. He has strong ability handling complex claims and disputes concerning coverage matters, misinterpretation of policies and liability risks (tort, professional liability, D&O, E&O), having handled claims for over US$1.5 billion to date. His practice includes designing, drafting and interpretation of policies, contracts and agreements for the insurance industry and regulatory affairs. For all these reasons, Enrique is a pacesetter for the main players in the domestic insurance market and for international firms searching for first-level counseling in Peru. He is a frequent speaker in conferences and seminars relating to the insurance and arbitration sectors. He has over 25 years of experience handling judicial disputes and national and international arbitrations. Enrique has been appointed as arbitrator in over 150 arbitral proceedings held before the International Chamber of Commerce, Arbitration Centre of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima, the Centre for Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and the Arbitration Centre of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), among others. As an attorney, he has advised local and foreign clients in a large number of negotiations, arbitrations and alternative conflicts resolution mechanisms.

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Enrique Ferrando Gamarra Senior Partner Tel: +51.611.8282 (Ext. 238) eferrando@osterlingfirm.com Av. Santo Toribio 143, Piso 3 – San Isidro, Lima Perú Tel: +51.611.8282 Fax: +51.611.8284 www.osterlingfirm.com


PERU – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

ESTUDIO COLMENARES & ASOCIADOS

Luis Gayoso Frayssinet is the general manager at Estudio Colmenares & Asociados. He has more than 20 years of experience attending foreign cases in automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical areas as well as fashion food and liquor industries. He is an active member of INTA (designs committee), FICPI, ECTA, AIPLA and AIPPI. Estudio Colmenares & Asociados distinguishes itself through its immediate response, online applications, and high level of professional ethics. The firm primarily works with clients from Europe. However, it receives consultations from all over the world about searches and general advice, as well as possible infringement cases and possible oppositions. The firm maintains strong relationships with is clients as they speak the same IP language. Estudio Colmenares & Asociados works closely with the attorneys in charge of Puma, Ferrari, BMW, Mattel, Lego, Armani, Coach, Novartis, Henkel and many others. It grants pro-bono patent protection to non profit organisations, such as the International Potato Center and the agriculturists to protect their genetic resources. The firm has been nominated for the 2017 Peruvian IP Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property. The firm’s notable work includes: Oppositions - ROLEX SA vs. CRUZ MEDINA (Resolution N° 1565-2017/CSD-INDECOPI dated June 9, 2016) (Final Resolution acquiesced) - ROBERT BOSCH GMBH vs. CUBAS SILVA (Resolution 1446-2017/CSD-INDECOPI dated June 1, 2017) (Final Resolution acquiesced) Complaints - Resolution 4494-2016/TPI-INDECOPI in compliance with the judgment (December 1, 2016) after winning the case FERRARI S.p.A Actions for Infringement of Rights - FERRARI S.P.A. vs. D’YOVIS IMPORT EXPORT S.A.C. (Resolution N° 2714-2017/CSDINDECOPI dated September 14, 2017) - BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT vs. TOYOHASHI IMPORT & EXPORT S.A.C. (Resolution N° 2803-2017/CSD-INDECOPI dated August 4, 2017) Patent of Invention Matters - Resolution 1663-2017/DIN-INDECOPI granting a patent of invention (August 22, 2017) for the patent “HETEROCYCLIC DERIVATIVES FUSED AS S1P MODULATORS” - Resolution 2091-2016/DIN-INDECOPI granting the patent of invention (December 27, 2016) for “COMPOSITION OF VACCINE COMPRISING INACTIVATED COMPLETE RABIES VIRUS AND A STABILIZER RECIPIENT” Industrial Designs - September of 2017: HONDA MOTOR CO, LTD. obtains protection of its various industrial designs for vehicles (bumpers, headlights, grilles) with their corresponding registrations. - September 2017: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC. gets protection of its various industrial designs (various electronic and wireless devices as well as connector and processor) with their corresponding registrations. National and International Protection of University Estudio Colmenares advises the Universidad Catolica del Peru and has achieved that their innovative creations are nationally and internationally protected.

Luis Gayoso Frayssinet Partner luigf@colmenares.com.pe Bolognesi 125, floor 9 Miraflores. Lima 18 Peru Tel: 511 4444326 Fax: 511 4444102 www.colmenares.com.pe

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PERU – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

PIEROLA & ASOCIADOS

Pierola & Asociados was founded in 1975, specialising 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. The firm is also involved in the fields of domain names dispute resolution and arbitration, licensing and infringement actions. 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. Jose de Pierola is the Senior Partner of Pierola & Asociados. Member of the Lima Bar Association, the Peruvian Intellectual Property Association, American Bar Association (ABA), Alava (Spain) Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), Inter American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI), European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA). Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, including patent and trade mark prosecution, oppositions, appeals, cancellation actions, nullity actions, infringement actions at the Peruvian Trade Mark Office; legal actions at the Peruvian Courts; General Practice. Languages: Spanish, English and French.

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Jose de Pierola Senior Partner mail@pierola-asociados.com pe.linkedin.com/in/ josedepierola Manuel Almenara 265 P.O. Box 18-0715, Lima 18 Peru Tel: (+511) 447-2454 Fax: (+511) 447-2450 estudio@pierola.com.pe www.pierola-asociados.com


CALIFORNIA, US – BANKRUPTCY LAW

WINTHROP COUCHOT GOLUBOW HOLLANDER, LLP

Richard H. Golubow is a founder and the managing partner of Winthrop Couchot Golubow Hollander, LLP (WCGH). For more than three decades, the lawyers at WCGH have been recognised by their peers and the judiciary as leaders in their practice, which is exclusively devoted to complex bankruptcy, insolvency and financial restructuring. Mr Golubow devotes his practice to and has extensive experience in the areas of financial restructuring, insolvency law, complex bankruptcy and business reorganisations and related litigation liquidations, out-of-court workouts, acquisitions and sales of distressed assets, Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 foreclosure sales, general assignments for the benefit of creditors, and receiverships. Mr Golubow has also been retained and designated as a bankruptcy law expert on several occasions. Mr Golubow has a diverse client base that includes representation of debtors, creditors, creditor committees, trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, receivers and asset purchasers. Mr Golubow has extensive experience that spans a wide range of industries including retail, consulting, manufacturing, distribution, importing, construction, entertainment, education, religious and other non-profit institutions, fitness, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, financial services, real estate, automotive, agriculture, golf and country club, biotech, transportation, telecommunications and internet businesses, and multi-level marketing. Mr Golubow has been honoured as the recipient of bankruptcy or financial restructuring attorney of the year awards by several leading international financial publications, including a 2017 “Deal of the Year” Award by M&A Advisor. He holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for legal ability and ethical standards and has been selected as a “Super Lawyer”, including a “Top 50: 2017 Orange County Super Lawyer” based on peer recognition and professional achievement. The awards collectively recognise success and excellence, expertise, service, achievement and innovation as chosen by industry peers. Mr Golubow is a member of the International Network of Boutique and Independent 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 fullservice law firms. Mr Golubow is a frequent speaker, panellist, moderator and author on a wide range of bankruptcy and financial restructuring topics for several professional organisations and publications including the American Bankruptcy Institute, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the California Receivers Forum, Financier Worldwide Magazine and Corporate LiveWire Magazine. Mr Golubow served as judicial law clerk to the Honourable John J. Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Santa Ana Division.

Richard H. Golubow Founder and Managing Partner Tel: +1 949 720 4135 Fax: +1 949 720 4136 rgolubow@wcghlaw.com 660 Newport Center Drive Suite 400 Newport Beach, California 92660-5946 US Tel: +1 949 720 4100 www.wcghlaw.com

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CALIFORNIA, US – COMMERCIAL LAW

BERGMAN DACEY GOLDSMITH

Gregory M. Bergman entered the practice of law in 1975. Mr Bergman engages in complex trials and appeals in the areas of commercial, business, environmental, eminent domain/land use, construction, labour and employment, real property, attorney fee disputes, and insurance litigation. Mr Bergman has tried numerous cases to the court and jury in all levels of the State and the Federal Court systems in California. Mr Bergman writes and lectures on various issues, including trial preparation, defending damages, use of experts, misuse of electronic media, attorney fee dispute resolution, environmental, insurance, risk management, professional liability, use of temporary workers, and preparing clients and lawyers for trial. Mr Bergman is a member of: • the American Board of Trial Advocates (www.abota.org) • Best Lawyers 2018 (www.bestlawyers.com) • the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) (www.litcounsel.org) • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (www.americanbarfoundation.org) • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (www.abtl.org) • American Inns of Court (www.innsofcourt.org) He is the Past Chair and one of the founders of the LCA’s International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. This Institute was formed in 2012. Mr Bergman is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, all Federal Courts in California, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Claims. Mr Bergman is a member of several federal, state, and local bar associations. A firm with a plan – a plan that businesses can count on Succeeding in business requires a plan. That is why clients with a wide range of legal needs rely on the seasoned and business-savvy attorneys of Bergman Dacey Goldsmith. Our attorneys have advised Fortune 500 companies, businesses, individuals, and public entities. We set the standard when it comes to crafting a precise and effective plan of action. All of our attorneys have experience in litigation. Our litigation expertise includes commercial and business disputes, labour and employment defence, construction, environmental, public entity representation, appeals/writs, and insurance, as well as cutting-edge preventative risk counselling and appropriate dispute resolution. Our firm also offers clients global support through our membership in Mackrell International, an award-winning network of independent law firms throughout the world.

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Gregory M. Bergman Senior Shareholder gbergman@bdgfirm.com 10880 Wilshire Boulevard, #900 Los Angeles, California 90024 US Tel: +1-310-470-6110 Fax: +1-210-474-0931 www.bdgfirm.com


FLORIDA, US – ADMIRALTY & MARITIME LAW

CHALOS & CO, P.C. - INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM

Michelle Otero Valdés is a partner in the Miami office of Chalos & Co, P.C. Ms Valdés has been practicing admiralty and maritime law since 1994 and is board certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar since 2007. Ms Valdés has been counsel in several high profile cases and, as a previous Account Executive of Thomas Miller (Miami) Inc., Managers for the United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Ltd. and The United Kingdom Freight Demurrage and Defense Association Limited, is recognised for her in-depth knowledge of marine insurance and casualty matters. Ms Valdés has authored numerous published articles involving marine insurance, coverage topics, international litigation and arbitration, casualty contingency planning and is regularly asked to speak at conferences throughout the world on a variety of topics of interest to the maritime industry. Ms Valdés is also a blogger, radio commentator and acknowledged expert in all facets of admiralty and maritime law. Her recognition in the industry along with her Spanish-speaking skills has led Ms Valdés to a multinational practice, representing clients throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain. Ms Valdés is experienced in all facets of civil litigation, with primary emphasis in admiralty and maritime law, including, but not limited to, collisions, allisions, groundings, emergency casualty response, maritime attachments and arrests, marine pollution claims under OPA90 and CLC Conventions, defence of maritime death and injury claims, passenger and crew claims, marine casualty investigations, P&I and FDD matters, H&M claims, claims coverage evaluation, salvage and SCOPIC matters, cargo claims and recoveries, charter party disputes, Marpol and environmental matters, general liability defence, freight forwarders/NVOCC liability claims, the defence of marinas and shipyards and the negotiation and drafting of maritime-related contracts, including marine loan documents, purchase and sale agreements, charter parties, yacht purchase/ sale agreements, chartering, and registration of domestic and foreign vessels, shipbuilding contracts, crew agreements, corporate non-compete/non-disclosure agreements and a host of other international commercial transactions and agreements. Ms Valdés is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and before the courts in the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and before the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Firm Chalos & Co. is a globally recognised law firm dedicated to servicing its client’s needs wherever and whenever necessary. The firm’s lawyers are available on a 24/7 basis. In today’s competitive and complex global economy, the firm insists that each of its clients receive individualised service and the necessary expertise required for them to achieve success.

Michelle Otero Valdés Partner mov@chaloslaw.com 2030 S. Douglas Road, Suite 117, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 US Tel: +1 305 377 3700 Fax: +1 866 702 4577 www.chaloslaw.com

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ILLINOIS, US – IMMIGRATION LAW

THE DWORSKY LAW FIRM

Ashley D. Dworsky, the principal and founder of the Dworsky Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois, chose immigration law because it enables him to help people who are truly in need. Having emigrated from South Africa to Chicago in 1999, Ashley has personally experienced the anxiety and stress associated with immigration and understands how such a lifechanging event can be stressful for families. The Dworsky Law Firm was the 2016 Global Awards Winner of Corporate LiveWire Magazine. The firm also recently won the ACQ5 Global awards – Best US immigration law firm – for 2017. Education Ashley received his law degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in. Prior to his arrival in the United States, Ashley served as an Advocate (Barrister) to the High Court of South Africa – a highly prestigious role as Advocates make up less than one percent of all attorneys in South Africa. While practicing as an Advocate, Ashley successfully argued cases in both the High Courts in South Africa and the South African Constitutional Court; a number of cases he successfully argued were reported in the South African law reports. Due to his impressive accomplishments, Ashley received a Green Card based on the EB-1 category of Extraordinary Ability and came to the United States. He has been admitted to the State Bars of Illinois and New York, the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, The South African Bar and the United States Supreme Court. Service Together with his colleagues, Ashley handles all areas of immigration law, with an emphasis on business and family immigration. He has extensive experience working with the relevant government agencies such as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, United States Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Labor. His firm also assists corporations in securing work permits for US nationals assigned in Europe, Asia and Africa – Ashley develops customised strategies for corporations in regard to their specific immigration needs and requirements. In addition, he specialises in finding the most cost-effective way to move foreign nationals to the US and outbound US nationals to other countries. Ashley conducts seminars on Business Immigration Law, including the H1B Visa and Intra-company transfer visas. The client’s best interest will always be Ashley’s top priority as can be seen from the testimonials of clients on the testimonials page of the website.

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Ashley D. Dworsky Founder ashley@dworskylaw.com 790 W. Frontage Road, Suite 323 Northfield, IL 60093 US Tel: +1 847-441-4188 Fax: +1 847-441-4189 www.dworskylaw.com


ILLINOIS, US – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

FLENER IP LAW

Zareefa is a managing partner at FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW and has extensive experience managing international patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas. She has also been highly successful in obtaining company goals in M&A deals including preparing, revising and negotiating intellectual property related agreements. Zareefa regularly provides thorough and effective counselling and assistance to companies in their due diligence efforts. Her science background is attractive to her clients not only from a technical expertise perspective, but also because it demonstrates her dedication to all of her commitments. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a double major in Psychology, and received her Master of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago, With Distinction, an accolade which had never before been awarded to a graduate student. She was in the laboratory doing hands on research also for almost ten years before becoming a patent (intellectual property) attorney. Her research and scientific experience is in two particularly explosive areas: HIV transmission and pathology, and mapping of the human genome. Her masters project involved mapping of the distal short arm of human chromosome 21, from the rDNA to the telomere, and she graduated with High Distinction. She is well published in the field of HIV pathology in such journals as the American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Immunology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Zareefa Flener Partner zflener@fleneriplaw.com 77 West Washington Street, Suite 800, Chicago IL 60602, US Tel: +1-312-724-8874 Fax: +1-312-724-7395 www.fleneriplaw.com

Prior to founding the women owned firm, FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW, Zareefa practiced at a prestigious international intellectual property firm for almost ten years. She was voted in as the first female partner in one of the offices. Her dedication and responsiveness to her clients sets her apart from others and just one of the reasons for her honourable recognition and accolades from the international community. She is well regarded by her clients and her peers, worldwide, for her attention to, and assistance with, international patent portfolios ranging from the electrical, to the mechanical, to the pharma, to the biotech, to the design arts, just to mention a few. She has most recently been recognised in Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star in Illinois and in the United States as a whole, and one of the Top 250 Women in IP. Zareefa continues to work with a broad range of technology not the least of which is stem cells, virology, immunology, biochemical processes, cell culture, and laboratory instrument related inventions, among others. Her firm also prepares and prosecutes applications in technology areas of design, mechanical, biochemistry, business methods, electrical and medical devices; manages international trademark portfolios; and have extensive experience with opposition work in the US.

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NEW JERSEY, US – CRIMINAL LAW

LAW OFFICES OF THOMAS CARROLL BLAUVELT, LLC

You Can’t Afford Not to Hire an Attorney If you’ve been charged with a crime, your future is on the line. You could be facing prison time and large fines. Your driver’s licence may be suspended or revoked, and your insurance rates could skyrocket. More importantly, your ability to earn a living could be permanently damaged. With this much at stake, you can’t afford to not hire a criminal defense lawyer. A Full-Service Criminal Defence Firm Thomas Carroll Blauvelt’s criminal defence representation is comprehensive. He can help you resolve any matter, including: • Drunk driving charges, traffic tickets and other moving violations, including representation at DMV hearings • Drug offences, including possession and distribution • Theft crimes such as shoplifting and credit card theft • Assault and domestic violence charges • Juvenile offences Experienced. Respected. Results You Can Trust The Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt is about protecting your rights in municipal and criminal courts across New Jersey. Mr Blauvelt has been licensed to practice in both New Jersey and New York for more than two decades. In that time, he has helped thousands of people successfully resolve their traffic and criminal matters and earned the sincere respect of his colleagues in the legal community. Moreover, as a former municipal prosecutor, Mr Blauvelt understands how the other side thinks and what it does to prepare. As a former public defender, he understands the need to provide exceptional but affordable representation. He knows the law, and his representation is thorough and complete. He is often asked to give lectures at law schools and teach continuing education classes on municipal law. Hands-On Representation | Affordable Fees At Mr Blauvelt’s law firm, he looks to build lasting relationships with all clients. It all starts from day one when you meet with him directly, whether in person, by phone, over FaceTime, or via email. He offers affordable fees for every situation. “My 18-year-old son was facing DWI, reckless driving, resisting arrest and assorted other charges. Mr Blauvelt got everything reduced to essentially a parking ticket. No points or loss of licence. He was absolutely wonderful in allaying our anxieties and was astonishingly prompt in returning emails, even after hours. His fee was so reasonable, and I would recommend him to anyone facing a serious driving-related charge.” - Ellen, a former DUI client.

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Thomas Carroll Blauvelt Attorney at Law 9 Auer Court Suite E, Second Floor East Brunswick, NJ 08816 24/7 Hotline: +1-877-676-7729 tcb@tcbllc.com www.njticketslawyer.com Offices By Appointment Only In: Woodbridge, Fort Lee, Jersey City, Bridgewater, Piscataway, Morristown, and Hamilton


NEW YORK, US – FRANCHISE LAW

GOLDSTEIN LAW FIRM, PLLC

Goldstein Law Firm is one of only four national franchise law firms in the country that represents exclusively franchisees and dealers. Jeff Goldstein’s practice covers prolific and myriad commercial complex litigation matters, and Jeff is regularly sought out by franchisees and dealers from foreign countries (e.g., UAE, South America, United Kingdom) to represent them in disputes with United States franchisors and suppliers. Mr Goldstein is recognised as one of the top franchise litigators for franchisees and dealers, and has extensive experience in representing clients in state and federal courts in cases involving fraud allegations, FTC violations, RICO claims, antitrust conspiracies, encroachment, unfair trade practices, violations of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unreasonable restrictive covenants not-tocompete, and wrongful terminations. Mr Goldstein also has an active practice in state and federal appeals cases as well as mediations and arbitrations.

Jeff Goldstein Founding Partner jgoldstein@goldlawgroup.com 1629 K St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006 US Tel: +1 202-293-3947 Fax: +1 202-315-2514 www.goldlawgroup.com

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr Goldstein’s franchise attorney practice includes counselling and advising clients in negotiating settlements in franchise, dealer and distribution disputes. Mr Goldstein has represented clients across the United States in almost every leading franchise system, with a specialisation in hotel and restaurant franchises. After graduating from law school, Jeff began his career at the Federal Trade Commission, where he was Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition. After leaving the federal government, Jeff joined the Antitrust Litigation Departments of two of the largest corporate law firms in the world, Skadden, Arps and Morgan, Lewis in Washington, DC. Jeff then moved to Philadelphia where he was a Partner at Spector, Gadon Rosen, a litigation boutique in downtown Philadelphia. Mr Goldstein also has served as counsel to many national independent franchisee associations. In addition, Jeff Goldstein has served as an expert witness in several federal court franchise cases, and served as an exclusive member of a panel of franchise legal experts advising academics and businessmen including investment bankers. Mr Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with dual degrees in Philosophy and Economics in 1979. In 1983, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law, where he also simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Economics. Jeff Goldstein regularly writes scholarly articles on distribution, economics and franchising, and has taught law at George Washington University Business School and Boston University as adjunct faculty.

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NEW YORK, US – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

GIBNEY ANTHONY AND FLAHERTY LLP

Brian Brokate is head of Gibney’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He assists clients in enforcement to combat trademark and copyright infringement. Mr Brokate focuses on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy and handles all stages of civil anti-counterfeiting and infringement litigation. He is also experienced in assisting in state and federal criminal actions. Mr Brokate is an Advisory Member of the Board of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. (IACC). He is the Treasurer of the New York Task Force, a coalition of brand owners affected by counterfeiting. Mr Brokate is also a member of the International Trademark Association where he serves on the AntiCounterfeiting Committee. Recognised as an industry leader, Mr Brokate is frequently quoted in industry pieces on trends in IP law. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles and publications and speaks before industry and trade associations on intellectual property law matters. Gibney’s Intellectual Property Practice Group has over 35 years of experience securing and protecting its clients’ intellectual property in the United States and abroad. From registration to litigation to corporate transactions, Gibney performs the services needed to obtain, maintain and protect intellectual property rights. Gibney’s IP clients span a wide spectrum of industries, including luxury watches, luxury goods, fashion and design, toys, cosmetics, software, sports and entertainment. Gibney specialises in anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy matters. The Intellectual Property Practice Group’s attorneys are well-versed in trademark and copyright litigation and on representing clients in federal and state claims regarding infringement, counterfeiting, licensing, trade dress, unfair competition, dilution, false advertising, false designation of origin and rights of publicity. Gibney handles all other aspects of intellectual property litigation, such as ex parte injunctive relief, including civil seizures, temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, declaratory judgments, trials and appeals. Other services include all internet related matters such as domain name protection, cybersquatting, development and compliance in website creation, and various aspects of corporate and commercial law. As a full-service law firm, Gibney can assists clients with a full range of legal needs. In addition to Intellectual Property, other practice areas include: Corporate; Emerging Business; Immigration; Labor & Employment; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Private Client; Real Estate; and Tax & Employee Benefits.

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Brian Brokate Partner bbrokate@gibney.com 665 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 US Tel: 1+ (212) 688-5151 Fax: 1+ (212) 688-8315 www.gibney.com


NEW YORK, US – INVESTIGATIONS LAW

NAVIGANT

Ellen Zimiles is a managing director and head of Navigant’s global investigations and compliance practice as well as the Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment leader. She has more than 30 years of litigation and investigation experience involving many high-profile money laundering, fraud, and forfeiture cases. As a leading authority on Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Zimiles has been quoted in several publications, including American Banker, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Also an internationally recognised expert in antimoney laundering (AML) program development, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, fraud control, and public corruption matters, she has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams, developing remediation programs, and serving as regulatory liaison. As an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York for more than 10 years, Zimiles served in the civil and criminal divisions and was chief of the forfeiture unit for more than six years. In recognition for her contributions as a federal prosecutor, Zimiles received the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Integrity Award.

Ellen Zimiles Managing Director Financial Services Advisory and Compliance Segment Leader Tel: +1.212.554.2602 ellen.zimiles@navigant.com 685 Third Avenue 14th Floor New York, NY 10017 United States Tel: +1.646.227.4200 Fax: +1.646.227.4299 www.navigant.com

Prior to joining Navigant, Zimiles was CEO and co-founder of Daylight Forensic & Advisory, an international consulting firm funded by private equity that was acquired by Navigant in 2010. Daylight specialised in financial crime, anti-bribery and corruption investigations, and compliance, as well as monitoring. Legal & Risk Solutions Navigant collaborates with clients to create and execute proven strategies when everything is on the line. The firm’s experts provide counsel, support, and solutions for business professionals who manage risk, including outside counsel, general counsel, compliance officers, internal auditors, members of the C-suite and corporate boards. Its solutions empower consistent financial and operating performance by managing adverse situations, addressing business issues and aggressively controlling risk. And in the face of increasingly complex regulations and high-stakes global conflicts, the firm is vigilant in helping its clients protect against losses, liability and volatility. Investigations Navigant combines deep investigation consulting skills, forensic accounting expertise, and industry experience to help companies effectively respond to inquiries and navigate compliance. The firm brings together former law enforcement officials, prosecutors and regulators, forensic accountants, computer forensics specialists, litigation support professionals, and industry experts to support companies and their legal counsel.

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OKLAHOMA, US – ESTATE PLANNING LAW

DONNA J. JACKSON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC

Donna J. Jackson is a nationally-recognised attorney, authority, speaker and educator in estate planning. Ms Jackson is a CPA and hold a Masters Degree (L.L.M.) in Elder Law. With over 28 years of legal experience, she mostly practices in estate planning with an emphasis on Medicaid, VA Benefits, and special needs planning, including revocable, irrevocable and special needs trusts, wills, durable power of attorneys, and living wills. Additionally, Donna’s practice includes taxes, probates, and business organisations. Attorney Jackson is an animal lover – as seen by the office’s Chief Canine Officer (C.C.O.), Rico, who is Donna’s newest and smallest dog. Her three other fur babies are a bit bigger and rarely make it to the office but she loves them just the same. Donna currently serves on the board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; she’s on numerous committees of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and many others. She has been a keynote speaker for the Oklahoma Bar Association, Strafford, and the National Business Institute (NBI). She was honoured as one of the 2011-2015 Five Star Wealth Managers in Estate Planning in the Oklahoma Magazine. The Firm Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC is a law firm dedicated to providing the best estate planning services including revocable, irrevocable, special needs, (d)(4)(A), veteran asset protection, and Medicaid asset protection trusts that are customised to fit every client’s needs. The firm is comprised of attorneys who work together to put together the best estate plan for clients and their families. Its team of lawyers, who all have different strengths and backgrounds, will collaborate to get the results clients seek. Whether clients are single, married, have children, or have fur children, the firm’s goal is to make sure their surviving spouse, surviving children, and/or surviving animals are provided for as they see fit. This can be done with an array of estate planning techniques.

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Donna J. Jackson Partner, Owner 10404 Vineyard Blvd, Ste E Oklahoma City, OK 73120 US Tel: +1 (405) 840-1874 donnajacksonlaw@outlook.com www.okcestatelawyer.com


TEXAS, US – INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW

BRAUMILLER LAW GROUP PLLC

Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 26 years of experience, she is widely recognised as a leading authority in customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance. She has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analysing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.

Adrienne Braumiller Partner adrienne@braumillerlaw.com 5220 Spring Valley Road Suite 200 Dallas, Texas 75254 US Tel: +1 214.348.9306 Fax: +1 214.217.9303 www.braumillerlaw.com

In addition, Adrienne has made presentations as a distinguished lecturer for such groups as the American Association of Exporters and Importers, the International Compliance Professionals Association, the American Conference Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, and the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones. She is also a frequent speaker at government-sponsored events, such as the Department of Energy’s International Nonproliferation Export Control Program (INECP), which hosts industry/government seminars on strategic trade management in various countries around the world. She was recently selected by Chambers in 2017 for USA and Global recognition as a Leader in her field of International Trade and Customs. This was the third year in a row that Chambers has recognised Adrienne. (The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world.)

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WASHINGTON DC, US – LITIGATION LAW

THE FEDERAL PRACTICE GROUP

Eric S. Montalvo, a founding partner of The Federal Practice Group, has earned an international reputation as an aggressive, thorough and respected trial attorney familiar with the overwhelming nature of complex litigation and associated media strategies. Mr Montalvo currently maintains a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. Mr Montalvo has been recognised as a national leader in military law. Mr Montalvo, a “Mustang,” retired from active duty after serving 21 years in the United States Marine Corps which included combat tours during Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, deployments to Afghanistan and duties which ranged from prosecution, defence, command advisor, representing the US Department of Justice as a Special Assistant to the US Attorney for Parris Island before the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and service before the Military Commissions. Mr Montalvo focuses his practice on complex litigations matters, government contracts, military law, and international dispute resolution. His firm focuses on the unique bodies of law that the US Federal Government has created. Mr Montalvo undertakes work in Afghanistan and abroad, navigating language and cultural barriers, interpreting complex international law and unprecedented issues, working directly with members of Congress, foreign embassies, foreign governmental ministries, Department of Justice attorneys, and President Obama’s Guantanamo Bay Task Force and Detainee Review team. After graduating with honours with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Carolina, Eric Montalvo received his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law with honours. While pursuing his law degree, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honourable Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro and interned with the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, the Camden Public Defender’s Office and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He also participated in Temple University’s study abroad program in Greece, where he focused his studies on international law. Education

Memberships

• J.D. with Honours, Temple Beasley School of Law

• Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC

• B.S. with Honours, University of South Carolina

• ABA Military Pro Bono Project

Practice Areas

• DC Bar Volunteer Pro Bono Mediation Counsel

• Government Contracting • White Collar Defense • Professional Liability • Military Law • International Law • Cross Border Transactions

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• Army Navy Club

• Virginia Bar Association Veteran’s Legal Assistance Program

Eric S. Montalvo Founding Partner 1750 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20006 US Tel: +1 202-808-3145 Fax: +1 (888) 899-6053 www.fedpractice.com


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According to the APEC Regional Trends Analysis, recent trade and growth data offer positive signs for Asia-Pacific economies, but greater coordinated action to address the unintended effects of globalisation will be needed to sustain it and deliver the benefits more widely and equitably to the region’s people. The reports forecasts 3.8% growth for the 21 APEC economies in 2017 (final data) and 2018, as well as 3.7% in 2019. This is up from 3.5% in 2016 and marginally higher than global growth projections. The improved economic outlook for the APEC region, which accounts for half of global trade and 60% of world GDP, is supported by a recovery in its trade performance. APEC economies’ merchandise exports contracted 4.1% in 2016, down from 8.7% the previous year and in line with a rebound in world trade. Senior Officials are focused on the next steps for market integration and trade in the region. This includes the development of measures to better position labour forces and businesses to take advantage of new economic opportunities it creates, as well as help those displaced by competitive and technological change. The report underscores the need for trade-related adjustments including lifelong access to skills training, temporary support for households affected by structural unemployment, and access to credit and digital networks to enable start-ups and small-business participation in international production and supply chains. It also calls for the introduction of rules-based trade policies that promote secure market access and limit destabilising trade distortions, as well as voluntary policy declarations in areas such as labour and environmental standards to ensure fair competition.

Governance and Fiscal Management Effective governance and improved fiscal management are essential to sustaining robust economic growth and improving its quality, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its annual flagship report. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 highlights that despite a broadly positive economic outlook for 2017 on the whole, Asia-Pacific economies are vulnerable to rising global uncertainty and trade protectionism. The region’s developing economies are projected to grow at 5.0 and 5.1% in 2017 and 2018, respectively, up from 4.9% in 2016, according to the survey. Economic conditions are broadly stable in China, and higher value-added sectors are gradually replacing excess capacity sectors as drivers of output and employment. The continued softening of economic growth in China, projected at 6.5% in 2017 against 6.7% in 2016, reflects ongoing deleveraging and restructuring efforts to boost output in the medium term. Growth in India is forecast at 7.1% for now as re-monetisation restores consumption, and infrastructure spending

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increases. Relatively higher oil prices are projected to lift economic growth in the Russian Federation by 1.1% in 2017 after 2016’s contraction of 0.2%. The projected moderate Asia-Pacific economic growth faces risks from rising protectionism and global uncertainty. The survey estimates that a steeperthan-anticipated increase in these factors could reduce average regional growth in 2017 by up to 1.2 percentage points. Launching the Survey in Bangkok, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr Shamshad Akhtar emphasised that better governance for effective mobilisation and use of fiscal resources is critical to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The survey highlights the importance of effective governance and fiscal management, given the high demands on fiscal policy to address the diverse challenges to sustainable development. For instance, economic expansion has been accompanied by rising income inequality with inadequate creation of decent jobs in the region, which trails the world in social protection coverage. Developing Asia-Pacific economies also use twice as many resources per dollar of GDP as the rest of the world. To address these challenges, the survey calls for effective governance, in particular a proactive fiscal policy through productive investments in such areas as infrastructure, social protection and resource efficiency. Effective governance can, for example, improve health outcomes in the Pacific, promote economic diversification in North and Central Asia and the creation of decent jobs in South and South-West Asia, reduce development gaps in South-East Asia and accelerate ecological innovation in East and North-East Asia.


The survey recommends that structural reforms could complement fiscal policy and help increase potential output. It notes that governments provide an enabling environment of policies, institutions and public services that helps factor and product markets to work efficiently. The survey evaluates governance quality by analysing data on rule of law, regulatory quality, control of corruption and government effectiveness. A marginal improvement of institutional quality is observed in the Asia-Pacific region, primarily from gains in East and North-East Asia and in landlocked, developing countries, particularly in North and Central Asia. The survey finds that when institutions are weak, inequalities tend to increase, and the pace of poverty reduction declines. The quality of governance also affects environmental outcomes, as reflected for instance in varying capacities to make and apply environmental rules and safeguards as well as initiate ecological innovation and technological transfer. The quality of governance also impacts revenue mobilisation, as willingness to pay taxes is influenced by public perception of government expenditure efficiency. The survey further highlights the importance of transparency and accountability for better governance, and advocates for the production and dissemination of key fiscal data and development of capacity to monitor, evaluate and audit policies as essential to effective governance.

OECD: China – Economic Forecast Summary Economic growth is projected to hold up in 2017 (final figures) and 2018, partly thanks to the impact of earlier fiscal and monetary stimulus. Infrastructure investment is picking up on the back of regional development initiatives, including the Belt and Road and the BeijingHebei-Tianjin Corridor. Real estate investment will remain buoyant notwithstanding measures to restrict demand. Private investment growth has bottomed out, and consumption growth will remain stable, underpinned by continued strong job creation. Recovering global demand will spur exports, but surging tourism imports will limit the effect on the current account balance. In terms of low inflation, monetary policy is appropriately geared to focus on financial risks, which have mounted. Fiscal policy will remain supportive but should prioritise social inclusion more. Productivityenhancing reforms, such as further reducing the costs of doing business, phasing out the implicit guarantees enjoyed by state-owned enterprises and improving corporate governance frameworks, are necessary to keep up the pace of convergence in income per capita to the advanced economies. Integration into global value chains was instrumental in China’s significant economic growth in recent decades. Moving to higher value-added production calls for improvements in the quality and relevance of innovation, and, as lower-skilled jobs move to lowercost countries in the region, for upskilling.

OECD: Japan – Economic Forecast Summary Economic growth is projected to edge up to 1.4% by the time 2017’s final data is available, assisted by stronger international trade in Asia and fiscal stimulus. Although fiscal support is expected to fade in 2018, labour and capacity shortages and record-high corporate profits will support employment and business investment, keeping growth close to 1%. Headline inflation will reach 1% by end-2017, due to ongoing monetary easing. The primary deficit in 2018 is projected to remain well above the government’s benchmark of 1% of GDP, leading to a further rise in the ratio of government debt to GDP. To sustain confidence in Japan’s public finances, setting out and implementing a more detailed consolidation path, including gradual increases in the consumption tax rate, is a priority. Continued structural reforms to boost productivity and employment, especially of women, are important to support inclusive growth. More expedient growth is essential to halting and reversing the run-up in the public debt ratio. Japan has become increasingly integrated in global value chains, especially in Asia. The benefits of international trade are concentrated in large firms, as few small- and medium-sized enterprises export, therefore contributing to the large labour productivity gap between large and small firms. Although the number of SMEs that export is rising gradually, policies to assist SMEs enter international markets would support inclusive growth. Reducing the high level of support to farmers, in part by lowering trade barriers, would also deepen Japan’s integration in the global economy.

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Australia – List G Barristers.......................................................................................... 132

Australia – Nyman Gibson Miralis................................................................................ 133

Australia – Baybridge Lawyers..................................................................................... 134

Australia – Walker Law Group...................................................................................... 135

China – DeHeng Law Offices....................................................................................... 136

China – Shandong Jointide Law Firm.......................................................................... 137

Hong Kong – 20 Essex Street Chambers..................................................................... 138

Hong Kong – Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries..................................... 139 GLE 128


India – Law Office of Ramni Taneja.............................................................................. 140

India – Sim & San, Attorneys At Law............................................................................ 141

India – Economic Laws Practice (ELP)........................................................................ 142

India – Anand and Anand............................................................................................ 143

India – J. Sagar Associates.......................................................................................... 144

Indonesia – SSEK Legal Consultants........................................................................... 145

Indonesia – Indrawan Darsyah Santoso – Eric Pratama Santoso................................ 146

Indonesia – Indrawan Darsyah Santoso – Immanuel A. Indrawan............................... 147

Malaysia – Deol & Gill, Advocates & Solicitors............................................................ 148 GLE 129


Asia & Oceania Contents New Zealand – Barristers.Comm................................................................................. 149

Pakistan – Yousaf Amanat & Associates...................................................................... 150

Philippines – Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)................................................................................... 151

Singapore – Ella Cheong LLC...................................................................................... 152

Vietnam – Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF – Hong Duc).................................. 153

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AUSTRALIA – CIVIL LITIGATION

9 WINDEYER CHAMBERS

9 Windeyer Chambers was established in 1984. Over the last 33 years, the Chambers has built a reputation for flexibility, adaptability and reliability. Its 16 barristers strive to provide a high-quality service, promptly and at fee levels that are tailored to the commercial pressures that are faced by all clients. The firm’s barristers recognise that clients need and deserve a high level of customer service, and aim to provide a high level of accessibility. They acknowledge that the relationship between barrister and solicitor is often one that requires a level of professional chemistry, and so they try to facilitate this when both referring and accepting work. If a barrister is unavailable to assist with a request, be it a court matter or advice work, 9 Windeyer Chambers will provide a suitable replacement or have a suitable suggestion tailored to your need. The firm will never leave you without representation or advice at the last minute; it will only recommend a barrister who is relevantly qualified – always providing professional service, second to none. Already well regarded as one of Sydney’s premier common law and insurance floors, the firm’s members also have specialist expertise in commercial, equity, bankruptcy and criminal law. Specialties:

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Personal Injury

Contracts

Insurance

Class Actions

Criminal Law

Negligence

Family Provision

Commercial

Equity

Common Law

Daniel Petrushnko Barrister www.9windeyer.com.au Level 9, 225 Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia Tel: +61 2 9231 3644 Fax: +61 2 9235 3783 dpetrushnko@ windeyerchambers.com.au www.windeyerchambers.com.au

Daniel Petrushnko Daniel Petrushnko graduated from Western Sydney University and was called to the Bar in 2009. Prior to the Bar, Mr Petrushnko worked in private practice and also as a judge’s associate in the District Court of NSW in both its civil and criminal jurisdictions. His criminal law practice sees him both defending and prosecuting serious indictable matters at both the state and federal level. He appears in all levels of the criminal justice process from committal proceedings, bail applications, jury trials, sentencing and appeals. In his civil practice, Mr Petrushnko appears for the both plaintiff and defendants in common law matters. He is also on the panel of insurers and regularly appears in NCAT and in administrative/discrimination matters in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia. Mr Petrushnko is also a casual academic at the University of Technology Sydney, teaching Criminal Law, Evidence and Ethics.

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AUSTRALIA – COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

LIST G BARRISTERS

The Hon Peter Heerey AM QC graduated with degrees in Law (First Class Honours) and Arts from the University of Tasmania. After four years as a solicitor he commenced practice at the Victorian Bar in 1967. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985 and a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1990. He served on the Court until retirement in 2009. On the Court his work at both trial and appellate level involved commercial law (intellectual property, competition law, corporate and contractual disputes) and public law (judicial review of administrative decisions, taxation etc). While on the Court he also served as: • President of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal, a panel of Federal Court and State and Territory Supreme Court Judges which hears appeals from Courts Martial and Defence Force Magistrates • Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal Since retirement from the Court he has returned to the Victorian Bar practising in advice, arbitration and mediation. In 2015 Mr Heerey was appointed by the Federal Minister for Employment to enquire into and report whether there was a reasonable basis for both Houses of Parliament to consider requesting the Governor-General to remove a Vice-President of the Fair Work Commission on the grounds of proved misbehaviour and incapacity. After provision of Mr Heerey’s report to the Minister, the Vice-President resigned. Also since retirement Mr Heerey has served a term as Chair of the Australian Electoral Commission, the body responsible for the conduct of Federal elections in Australia. Mr Heerey chairs the Advisory Board for the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property at the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Competition Law Program at the University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania. He has published papers in Australian and Overseas professional and academic journals in the areas of corporations law, defamation, expert evidence, intellectual property, law and literature and Federation history and a collection Excursions in the Law (Federation Press, 2014) and an autobiography Can You See the Mountain? (Hybrid Publishers, 2017). In 2012 Mr Heerey was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation.

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Hon Peter Heerey AM QC +61 3 9225 7121 pheerey@vicbar.com.au 205 William Street, VIC 3000 Australia Tel: +61 3 9225 8558 Fax: +61 3 9225 8668 www.listgbarristers.com.au


AUSTRALIA – CRIMINAL LAW

NYMAN GIBSON MIRALIS

Phillip is one of Australia’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Having over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law his practice now focuses solely on serious, complex, and international crime. Serious and Complex Crime With his vast experience and skill as a criminal defence lawyer and accredited criminal law specialist, Phillip can manage and advise on the most complex cases. Phillip has acted in many significant drug matters including the largest ever importation of drugs in Australia, high profile murder trials and numerous complex fraud matters. International / Transnational Crime Due to the transnational nature of a number of crimes, many investigations now involve overseas law enforcement bodies and require an ability to work on an international scale. Phillip has advised on cases involving China, US, United Kingdom, Sweden, Czech Republic, South Korea, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand. These cases often involve assets forfeiture and multiple jurisdictions. This work includes the following: • International money laundering • Royal Commissions • International bribery

• Transnational crime

• New South Wales Crime Commission (NSWCC)

• Cyber crime

• Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)

• Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters

• Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

Phillip Gibson Partner, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist pg@ngm.com.au Level 9, 299 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Tel: +61 2 9264 8884 Fax: +61 2 9264 9797 www.ngm.com.au

• Extradition law • National Security law • Proceeds of Crime law

Phillip appears in all courts in Australia and travels extensively outside Australia to facilitate the defence of his clients in international / transnational matters. Company Profile Nyman Gibson Miralis (NGM) is an international award winning criminal defence law firm based in Sydney, Australia. For over 50 years it has been leading the market in all aspects of general, complex and international crime and is widely recognised for its involvement in some of Australia’s most significant criminal cases. Nyman Gibson Miralis’ international law practice focuses on white collar and corporate crime, transnational financial crime, bribery and corruption, international money laundering, cybercrime, international asset freezing and/or forfeiture, extradition and mutual assistance law. NGM strategically advises and appears in matters where transnational cross border investigations and prosecutions are being conducted in parallel jurisdictions, involving some of the largest law enforcement agencies and financial regulators world-wide. NGM acts in complex crimes such as murders, sexual assaults, drug importations and frauds and are acknowledged experts in general crime, drink driving and traffic law (including license appeals). The firm has specialist capabilities in Crime Commissions, Royal Commissions and ICAC inquiries as well as a niche practice in civil proceedings against the Police for malicious prosecution.

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AUSTRALIA – FRANCHISE LAW

BAYBRIDGE LAWYERS

Marwan Kojok, is the Managing Partner of premier franchise firm Baybridge Lawyers where he specialises in emerging and mature franchise systems and franchise litigation matters. Marwan has consistently been recognised by International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, working closely with many international brands and firms across the globe. With over 20 years’ experience assisting franchisors manage their legal affairs along with assisting in the development of their networks, protecting and enforcing their Intellectual Property and maintaining their brand goodwill. He is a regular contributor to the franchise sector and author of many articles for Australian, New Zealand and North American franchise publications. Having worked with many small to large organisations, he has developed a reputation for being a trusted advisor in all facets of his clients businesses. As a result he has been involved in many mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs and capital raisings to assist his clients achieve their objectives. Marwan has worked with the Australian and other international governments on international trade agreements and acquisitions of intellectual property rights. Baybridge Lawyers offer the following services: franchise set ups, franchise transactions and compliance, attending to sale contracts of businesses and assets, intellectual property protection and enforcement, dispute resolution and litigation, corporate transactions including preparation of partnership, joint venture and shareholder arrangements.

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Marwan Kojok Managing Partner marwan.kojok@baybridge.com.au Level 1, 109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Tel: +61 2 9232 3511 Fax: +61 2 9223 4625 www.baybridge.com.au


AUSTRALIA – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW

WALKER LAW GROUP

Steve Walker established the Walker Law Group in order to provide innovative, efficient and responsive legal services to his clients. Steve is an accredited specialist in personal injury law and has acted for individuals against giant insurance companies for the past decade. He has run over 6300 successful insurance claims which translates into $486 million for his clients. He is a lawyer that is passionate and knows how to stand up and fight insurance companies. He knows the ins and outs of the workers compensation scheme because he deals with it every day. He knows the insurance companies and the tactics they use to minimise compensation payouts because he used to work for them. And he puts this knowledge to the best possible use, maximising client’s compensation payouts. Steve is frequently referred clients by other lawyers, by not-for-profit organisations and former clients and has stood on the personal injury committee of the Law Society of NSW.

Steve Walker Founder & Managing Director swalker@walkerlawgroup.com.au Level 1, 22 Darley Road Manly NSW Australia Tel: +61 02 8046 9700 Fax: +61 02 9977 4423 www.walkerlawgroup.com.au

Qualifications • Master of Laws from the University of Sydney • Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law (NSW) • Admitted in NSW • Member Law Society of NSW • Member Australian Lawyers Alliance Walker Law Group Steve established Walker Law Group in order to provide innovative, efficient and responsive legal services to his clients. It is a boutique law firm offering a range of legal services including advice in compensation law and personal injury law. Bound by innovation, not tradition, the firm continues to redefine the way it practices law. It strives to deliver the highest quality legal work and service to clients. Workers Compensation Law Walker Law Group knows the ins and outs of the Workers Compensation Scheme, because the firm deals with it every day. It knows the insurance companies and the tactics they use to minimise compensation payouts. The firm puts this knowledge to the best possible use – maximising its client’s compensation payouts. There is no cost to clients for the firm’s workers compensation representation as legal fees are covered by the Government of NSW. For over 20 years Walker Law Group have been helping clients protect their rights and receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

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CHINA – CORPORATE LAW

DEHENG LAW OFFICES

Mr Jia Hui (Harrison Jia) is a Partner of DeHeng Law Offices. He practices mainly in the fields of M&A and insurance. Mr Jia is a Master of Law of both NYU and CUPL, and qualified to practice in New York State and China. Mr Jia is an admitted lawyer in the field of international investment legal affairs before the Ministry of Commerce of PRC. He is also the Chairman Assistant of BNRSC, Deputy Secretary of New Energy International Development Federation, Member of the Insurance Committee of the Beijing Lawyer Association, Representative of the Chief Lawyer Counsel of the China Insurance Association, and Member of the Legal and Compliance Committee of the China Insurance Asset Management Association. In the field of cross-border investments and M&A, Mr Jia Hui advised Nokia (China) Investment Company on its legal matters in China, advised US CRS Company on its inbound investment issues, advised Korea Posco (China) Investment Company on its inbound investments, advised a Turkish company to establish a JV in China, advised Danfoss on its M&A on a target with subsidiaries in China, advised China Overseas Development Association as its legal counsel, advised Sinoma International on its acquisition of a German company – Hazemag, advised China Gold Group on its outbound acquisition transaction in Canada, advised CNPCI on its acquisition of a TSX listed Canadian company with assets in Libya, Canada and France, and advised China Development Bank on the project financing on a gold mining project in Kyrgyzstan. In the field of insurance, Mr Jia Hui advised PICC, Shanghai Insurance Exchange, and China Life Reinsurance Company Ltd. as their legal counsel, advised Great Wall Wealth Asset Management Co., Ltd. on its compliance manual project, advised China National Heavy Duty Trunk Group Co., Ltd.(CNHTC) to establish an insurance broker company, advised Swire Pacific for its commercial liability insurance claim dispute with Chubb Insurance (China) Company, and advised Zurich on the liabilities of a director of a foreign funded cooperative company under a D&O policy. Mr Jia Hui has published two books: “Legal Risks Prevention for Chinese Enterprises to Make Outbound Investments” (January 2013, China Law Press) and “Have you violated the rules? Compliance Handbook for Insurance Institutions” (January 2011, People’s Daily Press of China).

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Jia Hui (Harrison Jia) Partner Tel: +86 139 1091 2175 jiahui@dehenglaw.com 12/F Tower B, Focus Place 19 Finance Street, Beijing China Tel: +86 10 5268 2888 Fax: +86 10 5268 2999 www.dehenglaw.com


CHINA – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW

SHANDONG JOINTIDE LAW FIRM

Main Service Fields: Corporate and project counsel, Dispose of finance NPA, Commercial dispute litigation and arbitration, Corporate equity and assets M&A, the establishment and operation of foreign-funded enterprises, International trade, Overseas M&A, Human resource management and labour dispute resolution, the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in China courts, etc. Professional Experience: Lawyer REN has provided services of the establishment of joint ventures, credit investigation, investment, M&A, commercial litigation and arbitration, and other legal service for a number of European, American and Australian companies, banks and individuals, etc. He has served as the general counsel for many large-scaled enterprises and government departments, like Inspur Group Co., Ltd, China Dasheng Group, Shandong Hi-speed Group, Shandong Rural Credit Cooperatives Association, Shandong Polytechnic, Bank of Beijing, Jinan Investment & Promotion Bureau, etc. In addition to providing legal advice, contract reviewing, legal training, due diligence of major projects, commercial negotiation and other business daily legal consultancy services, Lawyer REN has also acted in many of the major, difficult and complicated cases of commercial disputes, and successfully represented numerous of cases that have great impact among China Supreme People’s Court and Shandong High People’s court. Education Background and Practice Experience: - Major in International economic law, Ocean University of China - Master of Law, Shandong University

Leon REN Senior Partner & Deputy Director & Member of Executive Committee Tel: +86-531-66590829 lawyer_renliang@hotmail.com 10/F, Building #1, Shuntai Square, No.2000 Shunhua Rd, Gaoxin District, Ji’nan, 250101 China Tel: +86-531-66598015 Fax: +86-531-66590906 www.jointide.cn

- MBA, Missouri State University USA - Began practicing in 2004, with rich professional knowledge & practicing experience. Social Position and Social Honours: - Member of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA) - Member of Banking Business Committee of Shandong Province Bar Association - Deputy director of law firm management steering committee of Jinan Bar Association - Member of International Business Committee of Jinan Bar Association - Member of Jinan Youth Federation (Political and Legal Circle) - Outstanding lawyer of Jinan Working Language: English, Chinese Jointide Profile: Jointide, founded in 1988, is a comprehensive law firm with headquarter in Jinan. In nearly three decades of professional practice, Jointide has been growing up together with 2000+ enterprises and 300+ local government agencies, and has achieved its local strength and global touch. Benefitting from the leading network platform, 570+ attorneys across 11 branch offices could combine excellent legal insight and profound professional knowledge to deliver seamless support for international and domestic clients in today’s intense competitive environment. By virtue of standardised management and service, with diligence and profession, Jointide has grown into an internationalising regional leading law firm. Jointide sincerely hope to cooperate with you to create infinite achievements!

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HONG KONG – ARBITRATION

20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS

Michael Moser is an international arbitrator and attorney-at-law with substantial experience in Asia. He has special expertise in disputes between multinational corporations and Asian parties involving direct investments, technology licensing, oil and gas transactions, major projects, and mergers and acquisitions. A member of the New York Bar, he holds degrees from the Harvard Law School (J.D.) and Columbia University (Ph.D. with distinction). Prior to his retirement from the firm in 2006, Mr Moser was China Managing Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Mr Moser is currently an arbitrator member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London and Singapore. He is based in Hong Kong. He is Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, a member of the Board of Directors of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a member of the Court of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and a former member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Board. Mr Moser has resided in Asia for more than 30 years. He has acted as arbitrator, mediator or counsel in more than 300 international proceedings conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and institutional rules, including those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the AAA/ICDR, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and others. Recent arbitral appointments include: chairman in an ICSID-administered arbitration in Paris with the Honorable Yves Fortier QC and Toby Landau QC (co-arbitrators); chairman in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore involving a dispute pertaining to coalbed methane deposits in mainland China; chairman in an ICC arbitration in Singapore involving oil and gas deposits in Indonesia; and co-arbitrator in an arbitration at The Hague under a BIT between an Asian government and a European corporation. Mr Moser has been widely recognised for his work with entries in the leading professional directories including Who’s Who in the World, The World’s Leading Lawyers, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. Who’s Who Legal 2014 described Mr Moser as “a really brilliant arbitrator”. Mr Moser is also the author or editor of numerous articles and books on Chinese legal topics, including: Asia Arbitration Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Hong Kong Arbitration: A User’s Guide (CCH/Kluwer, 2008).

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Michael Moser Arbitrator +852 2168 0807 clerks@20essexst.com www.20essexst.com 20 Essex Street, London WC2R 3AL UK Tel: +852 2168 0807 Fax: +44 20 7842 1200 mmoser@20essexst.com www.michaelmoser.com


HONG KONG – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

ELLA CHEONG & ALAN CHIU, SOLICITORS & NOTARIES

Ella Cheong is the founder and the Senior Partner of Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries, a full service firm but with particular emphasis on IP matters. She is now concentrating on all legal issues, including enforcement of IPRs and commercial-related IP issues (e.g. preparing of or reviewing agreements ensuring adequate protection for IPRs in agreements for licensing, franchising, employment, manufacturing, agency and distributorships), as well as litigious issues (including cancellations and oppositions of TMs) but not prosecution of patents, designs and TMs in HK, CN and Macao. Her HK partner Alan Chiu specialises in IP litigation and e-commerce and other commercial issues, for both HK and CN. With the expanded team they are now a full-service firm, and able to handle most legal issues, including commercial, litigation, conveyancing, etc., but with particular emphasis on IP issues, and in fact give IP support to other local law firms which do not have their own IP departments.

Ella Cheong Senior Partner ella.cheong@ellalan.com 26/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong China Tel: +852 3752 3867 Fax: +852 3752 3850 www.ellalan.com

Ella is a Notary Public and Alan is a Chinese Attesting Officer, thus, between them, the firm can certify documents for use in every country of the world. Ella also founded the agency firm of Ella Cheong (HK/ BJ) (recently sold). Additionally, she founded at the invitation of the Singapore Government, the Singapore firm of Ella Cheong LLC and a supporting office of Ella Cheong IP Services Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. Ella is featured annually in numerous IP publications, such as IP Luminaries, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of Professionals, Who’s Who – including International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, Trademark Lawyers, Patent Lawyers & Business Lawyers, Asia Law & Practice as a leading professional and practitioner, The Best of the Best (listed as one of the world’s top 20 trademark law practitioners), Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Global Law Experts. She was a former Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and is a Roll of Honour of Hong Kong Law Society. She was a Founding President of the HK Group of APAA and received the APAA Enduring Award. She is a Life Founder Member of AAA. She was a past member of the Board of Directors of INTA and received the INTA President’s Award. She was a former Chair of the Group of AIPPI and is a Member of Honour with the Award of Merit. She was the first Asian Council Member of FICPI and received the Member of Honour.

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INDIA – COMMERCIAL LAW

LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA

LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA Ramni Taneja, a citizen of India, is educated in Mumbai, India, and London, England. She enrolled as an Advocate on 17th October 1980, on the Roll of the Bar Council of Maharashtra, [Mumbai], India; subsequently transferred to the Bar Council of Delhi, India, on 20th October 1997. On 3rd March 1997, she was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, [now known as the Senior Courts of England and Wales]. In 1999, she was appointed as a Notary by the Government of India, New Delhi, India. Since 1997, Ramni Taneja practises in New Delhi, India, as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi, apart from various other tribunals and courts in Delhi and in India. From 1980 till 1982 she trained as an Advocate with Little & Co., Advocates and Solicitors, Mumbai, India; she headed the office of Little & Co., Advocates, in New Delhi, India, from 2002 till 2006. From 1983 till 1997, Ramni Taneja was licensed and practised as a Legal Consultant with A.R. Hilal & Associates, Advocates and Legal Consultants, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her law firm, Law Office of Ramni Taneja, began in New Delhi, India in August 2006. Ramni Taneja completed her school education in the United Kingdom [UK] at Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster, London, England, UK, as a consequence of which she obtained the University of London, General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Levels and Advanced Levels, between 1972-1974. She obtained her BA Honours [First Class Honours] Degree in English Literature [Major] French Literature [Subsidiary] in 1977 from Elphinstone College, University of Bombay, India. She obtained her LLB Degree [First Class] in 1980 from Government Law College, University of Bombay, India. She was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Françaises Modernes in 1975 by l’Alliance Française, Paris, France, [Mention Tres Honorable: i.e. Distinction] and was ranked first in the examination in 1975 in India and Asia. Ramni Taneja is the author of Foreign Direct Investment and Globalisation, published by Eastern Book Company, 2014. She has written legal articles that have been published in international and Indian legal journals on various legal issues. Ramni Taneja’s areas of legal practice covering litigation and transactional legal work are: all areas of commercial law, civil law, corporate law, constitutional law and criminal law.

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Ramni Taneja Advocate Tel: +91 11 4155 2051 ramni@ramnitaneja.com A-34 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024 India Tel: +91 11 4155 2051; 4155 2052 Fax: +91 11 4155 2053 www.ramnitaneja.com


INDIA – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

SIM AND SAN, ATTORNEYS AT LAW

Mohit has been a litigator since July 2007. Mohit started his professional career as an associate counsel in the chambers of Mr Amarjit Singh Chandhiok (Senior Advocate & ex-Additional Solicitor General of India). Subsequently, Mohit joined the commercial and general dispute resolution team of Jyoti Sagar Associates (JSA). In the end of June 2008, Mohit joined Sim & San, Attorneys At Law again in the commercial and general dispute resolution team. Mohit appears primarily before the Delhi High Court, Supreme Court of India, International and Domestic Arbitral Tribunals, Intellectual Property Tribunals, Consumer Tribunals, Competition Commission of India, Competition Appellate Tribunal, Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal, amongst others.

Mohit Goel Partner mohit@simandsan.com 176, Ashoka Enclave – 3 Sector – 35, Faridabad Haryana - 121003 India Tel: +919811014738 www.simandsan.com

In close to 11 years of practice, Mohit has carved a niche for himself in Civil Commercial litigation, IP litigation (including trade mark, patent, copyright, design and geographical indication), Telecom and Broadcasting regulatory litigation, Information Technology Law, Competition law and Drug regulatory laws. Mohit has also been part of at least a dozen landmark decisions passed by the Supreme Court of India, the most prominent of them being the decision passed in Eastern Book Company v. D.B. Modak which led to a shift in the test applied to determine the originality of copyright works in India. Mohit has represented Indian and Chinese mobile brands such as Gionee against Ericsson in Standard Essential Patent litigation before the Delhi High Court and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. He has also represented telecom antennae patent owners in high stake patent infringement litigation before the Delhi High Court. Mohit is also the Counsel for Farmers Association of the State Government of Madhya Pradesh in the ongoing Basmati GI litigation before the Madras High Court, the Delhi High Court, the IPAB and the GI Registry. Mohit has been part of many landmark decision passed by the Delhi High Court, such as the one passed in Bright Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. v. Bizcraft which led to settling the process of the disposal of cases by way of “Summary Judgement”. Mohit, drawing from his experience in Civil Commercial litigation, has spearheaded high profile international as well as domestic arbitrations and has been able to advise clients on complex issues of commercial and international law, with ease. Just recently he led the firm in a major international arbitral dispute involving its client (who is a giant in the apparel industry) and assisted the Madras High Court in laying down law for the first time on the issue of arbitrability of IP disputes in the case of Lifestyle Equities C.V. v. QDSeatoman Designs Pvt. Ltd.

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INDIA – INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW

ECONOMIC LAWS PRACTICE (ELP)

Sanjay Notani represents domestic manufacturers, foreign exporters, governments trade associations and importers in administrative and appellate litigation to obtain trade remedial reliefs from unfairly traded imports in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duty proceedings initiated inbound, outbound and disputes arising from Free Trade Agreements (“FTA’s”)/Regional Trade Agreements (“RTA’s”). He also provides trade advice on various FTA’s/RTA’s being negotiated and signed by India including WTO Disputes. This includes analysis of all the matters that make up an import or export declaration including valuation, classification, country of origin, marking and labelling, qualification for the relevant Free Trade Program/Agreement and Free Trade zone issues. He helps clients respond to customs notices, conduct internal compliance reviews, pursue customs rulings and providing advice on issues such as regulatory barriers. Sanjay’s expertise lies in advising various multinational companies on import and export control as well as licensing issues, specifically the dual use of goods and technologies regulations maintained by the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of External Affairs and other allied Ministries. He has worked across various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, textiles, telecom, energy, and consumer products. Sanjay is a member of the Bar Association of the Supreme Court of India and Maharashtra and Goa, he is also the member of the American Bar Association, CITBA and other renowned legal organisations. Sanjay has been recommended for his expertise in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013 to 2017, Chambers Global 2015 to 2017 and Legal500 2015 to 2017. He has also been identified as a Leading Expert by Who’s Who Legal Trade & Customs 2015 to 2017. Sanjay has been recognised as a specialist for International Trade in India by the B.R.I.C. Expert Guide 2013. He featured in the WorldECR 2016 Awards (June 2016 issue of the magazine) for export controls and sanctions expertise. Sanjay has been elected to the ABA Committee 2107 as well as being selected as Vice Chair for the IPBA 2017. He has been featured as “Thought Leaders - Trade & Customs 2017” in Who’s Who Legal. In a notable case, Sanjay represented PTT Phenol Co. Ltd. (Thailand), Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (Japan), Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Japan), Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) before the Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (‘DGAD’) in two anti-dumping investigations covering 1. Phenol and 2. Acetone, to prove that there was no likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and injury. These investigations were critical from a perspective of the Domestic Producers looking to limit all sources of imports and thereby being trade-protectionist.

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Sanjay Notani Partner, Co-head of International Trade & Customs Policy sanjaynotani@elp-in.com 109A, Dalamal Towers, Free Press Journal Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021 India Tel: +9122-66367000 Fax: +9122-66367172 www.elplaw.in


INDIA – IP LITIGATION

ANAND AND ANAND

Binny Kalra is a senior partner at Anand and Anand. She has worked with and managed large teams and complex portfolios. She has also worked extensively with international teams in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Her in-depth experience of intellectual property comes from dealing with high volumes of litigation in the Courts in a broad range of IP issues for over 27 years and seeing the shifting contours of the IP landscape in India. Her experience spans conventional IP subjects and other areas, such as moral rights, breach of contracts, misuse of confidential information and trade secrets, protection of well-known trademarks, trade dress and non-conventional trademarks, product disparagement, etc. She currently focuses on advising clients on strategy to handle IP challenges and disputes with an astute perspective of the peculiarities of Indian markets and uniqueness of the legal terrain, and a clear cut understanding of business objectives. She sets realistic expectations while finding solutions that achieve optimal results for preservation, strengthening and enforcement of the client’s rights.

Binny Kalra Senior Partner binny@anandandanand.com First Channel Building, Plot 17A, Sector-16A, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301 India Tel: +91 120 4059300 Fax: +91 120 4243056 www.anandandanand.com

Ms Kalra is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). She- has co-authored the Country Chapter on IP Litigation in “International Intellectual Property Litigation” (Sweet & Maxwell) and an upcoming book project on Copyright by a reputed international publishing house. She has been recognised as a leading lawyer by Asialaw Leading Lawyers and by Asia IP Expert Profiles in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She features in Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2017, and has been recognised in Expert Guide’s Women in Business Law for Intellectual Property 2014, 2015 and 2017. Ms. Kalra is the exclusive IP Litigation expert in India in Global Law Experts.

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INDIA – M&A LAW

J. SAGAR ASSOCIATES

Practice Areas • Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity • General Corporate Commercial • Anti-Corruption, Compliance & Investigation Key Experience Rupinder specialises in General Corporate Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, and Anti-Corruption practice areas. She has extensive experience in corporate commercial matters, corporate restructurings, business transfers in the form of slump sales and assets sales, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions across various industry sectors such as FMCG, real estate and construction, services, hospitality, technology, pharmaceutical, IT/ ITes, manufacturing, retail etc. She also advises on all aspects of companies law, foreign exchange control laws, employment, information technology and data privacy. She regularly advises on anti–corruption, fraud and compliance issues, and related investigations and assists clients with anti-corruption workshops / trainings including postacquisition / integration issues. Before joining JSA, she worked with Baker & McKenzie law firm and has been practicing law for more than 19 years. She has advised various Fortune 500 companies and some of the recent transactions are noted below: • Advised a private equity fund in a joint venture with a leading retail development organisation to acquire three retail assets in India for about US$300 million; • Advised a Thai listed entity with its investment in an Indian entity engaged in manufacturing of automotive components; • Advised a cosmetic major in establishing a joint venture with an Indian retail company for manufacture and sale of its cosmetic products in India; • Advised an IT/ITes entity engaged in the business of providing cyber security solutions in connection with a global business acquisition; • Advised an Indian entity engaged in the business of developing and operating solar power projects with a private equity investment by a leading energy finance company; • Advised a US based leading e-commerce entity in connection with the internal restructuring of its business in India; • Advised a European company in its acquisition of majority shareholding in a company engaged in the business of organising art fairs; • Advised a Swiss company in its acquisition of an Indian entity engaged in engineering consultancy services in transportation, buildings and environment; and • Advised a media company based out of Switzerland in the sale of business of their Indian joint venture entity.

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Ms Rupinder Malik Partner Tel: +91 8800593838 rupinder.malik@jsalaw.com Sandstone Crest, Opposite Park Plaza Hotel, Sushant Lok -1, Gurugram, Haryana, India Tel: +91 124 439 0736 Fax: +91 124 439 0617 www.jsalaw.com


INDONESIA – BANKING & FINANCE LAW

SSEK LEGAL CONSULTANTS

Darrell R. Johnson has lived in Indonesia for 40 years. His expertise includes insurance law, Indonesian finance, banking and capital markets law, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and commercial law.

Darrell R. Johnson Senior Foreign Adviser darrelljohnson@ssek.com

A 1966 honours graduate in political science from the University of Southern California and Cambridge University, Darrell earned a JD from Stanford Law School in 1969. While at Stanford, he was on the board of editors of the Stanford Law Review and chairman of the International Law Society. He is a member of the State Bar of California and has been admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and the Federal District Court (Central District) of California.

Mayapada Tower 14th Floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 28, Jakarta, 12920 Indonesia Tel: +62 21 521 2038 / 2953 2000 Fax: +62 21 521 2039 www.ssek.com

Darrell is described as a “vastly experienced practitioner valued by blue-chip clients as an excellent gateway between the international and Indonesian legal spheres” (Chambers & Partners). Darrell’s recent projects include advising an international internet company on financing for start-up companies in Indonesia, and representing an international insurance company in the acquisition of an Indonesian services company. His clients in the insurance sector have included Dai-ichi Life Insurance, AIG, AIA, Allianz, Prudential, Aetna, ACE and MetLife. Darrell has served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. In 1997, Darrell was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association and is a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute. He was the founding member of the Board of Advisers for and the principal coordinator of the ELIPS Project, Indonesia’s commercial law reform project from 1992–1996, the largest single country effort of its kind in the world. Darrell has been selected by IFLR1000 as a leading M&A lawyer, by Legal 500 as a leading banking and finance, energy and project finance lawyer, and by Asia Law & Practice as a leading practitioner in the areas of banking, capital markets, insurance and reinsurance, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance. He has been cited by Chambers & Partners as a leading practitioner in the areas of banking and finance, M&A, and projects and natural resources.

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INDONESIA – M&A LAW

INDRAWAN DARSYAH SANTOSO

Eric is one of the Partners leading the Corporate & Securities practice at the firm Indrawan Darsyah Santoso (IDS). His extensive knowledge of a broad range of business sectors – coupled with his breadth of experience – give him an in-depth understanding of various legal issues normally dealt with when doing business in Indonesia.

Eric Pratama Santoso Partner Tel: +62 816 850219 esantoso@idsattorneys.com

Eric regularly acts as Indonesian counsel in a multitude of M&A transactions, representing either side of parties in acquisition transactions, joint ventures as well as being lead counsel in merger and restructuring arrangements. He is mostly known for his skills in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, entrusted by clients to take the forefront in often challenging and time-pressured transactions. He understands that clients want clear advice – however complex the issues – and that prompt response and direct accessibility are most valued. Clients also benefit from Eric’s responsiveness and unerring eye for detail.

Sona Topas Tower 15th Floor, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 26, Jakarta 12920 Indonesia Tel: +62 212506737 Fax: +62 212506738 www.idsattorneys.com

With his creditable experience in dealing with cross-border transactions and multiple jurisdictions, he is adept in identifying the issues at hand and offer practical solutions, tailor-made to each client’s unique needs and long-term objectives. Through his active participation from the early stage of due diligence to the drafting of transaction documents, he consistently aims to make sure that the clients are fully informed of the risks involved in order to eventually make sound business decision. Eric has counselled clients in a variety of M&A matters, such as foreign shareholding restrictions, direct or indirect change of control, employment benefits triggered by change of ownership, closing conditions, representations & warranties, escrow/holdback arrangement, intellectual property ownership, limitation of liability, indemnification, governmental and third party consents, non-competes, non-solicits and choice of dispute resolution forum. Eric advises clients on a wide range of corporate work in different sectors, covering domestic and cross-border transactions and sector-specific advisory work. His client portfolio includes multinationals, brand owners, private equity businesses, and financial investors. He graduated from University of Indonesia and immediately started his career in 2007 at Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR), one of the most prominent law firms in Indonesia and made his way up the ladder before deciding to co-found IDS in 2013. He is a member of Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI) and Indonesian Association of Capital Market Legal Consultants (HKHPM). Eric is a native speaker of Bahasa Indonesia and fluent in English.

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INDONESIA – SHIPPING LITIGATION

INDRAWAN DARSYAH SANTOSO

Immanuel A. Indrawan is a partner of Indrawan Darsyah Santoso (IDS) who oversees commercial dispute resolution practice within the firm. One of his key practices is maritime and shipping litigation. He acted for ship owners, cargo owners, charterers, shipyards, insurers, and P&I clubs in both “dry” and “wet” contentious matters ranging from accidents, wreck removal, ship arrests, marine pollution, cargo claims, and marine insurance claims. Immanuel has substantial experience in handling maritime and shipping disputes. Some notable matters he has been involved in include acting for a leading P&I club based in London, UK, in a dispute against local NGOs concerning marine pollution in relation to wreck removal of a car carrier vessel. He successfully defended a ship owner in a collision case by establishing a fact that the fault was not in the ship owner. He also successfully acted for a ship owner in negotiating settlement with a jetty contractor in another collision case.

Immanuel A. Indrawan Partner iindrawan@idsattorneys.com Sona Topas Tower 15th Floor, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 26, Jakarta 12920 Indonesia Tel: +62 212506737 Fax: +62 212506738 www.idsattorneys.com

He is also a frequent counsel of choice for foreign law firms looking to instruct Indonesian counsels in maritime and shipping disputes. Immanuel read law at the University of Indonesia and graduated in 2003. He was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Dutch Government to study at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he attained a Master of Laws in 2007. Later in 2009, he was granted a scholarship to attend a summer course on private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law. He started his career as a pupil in 2004 at a prominent litigation law firm in Jakarta, Indonesia. Before he co-founded IDS, he joined one of the largest law firms in Indonesia where he helped to establish dispute resolution practice of that firm. Immanuel was admitted to practice in 2007. He is a member of Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI), Association of Indonesian Receiver and Administrator (AKPI), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and International Bar Association (IBA). Immanuel puts substantial interests in academic area. He was invited as a guest lecturer on maritime and shipping law practice at Airlangga University in 2016. His article titled ‘Ship Arrest in Indonesia and Cross-Border Maritime Dispute’ was published in the Indonesian Journal of International Law (2017) Vol. 14 No. 4. Immanuel is a native speaker of Bahasa Indonesia and fluent in English.

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MALAYSIA – COMMERCIAL LAW

DEOL & GILL, ADVOCATES & SOLICITORS

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. We provide legal services across a broad spectrum of specialist and specialised areas, including: • Mergers & Acquisitions • Corporate Reorganisations & Corporate Restructurings • Venture Capital & Private Equity Investments & Divestments • Telecommunications, Multimedia, Information & Communication Technology • Intellectual Property • Infrastructure & Energy Projects • Banking & Finance • Legal Due Diligence Audits & Investigations • Dispute Resolution / Litigation / Arbitration / Mediation • Real Estate Transactions • Residential & Commercial Property Development Projects • Corporate Advisory & Corporate Governance 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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Sathish Ramachandran Partner Tel: +6.03.20959980 Email: sathish@deolgill.com Suite 19-03-03, 3rd Floor, Wisma Tune No. 19, Lorong Dungun 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +6.03.20959980 Fax: +60.3.20959881 Website: www.deolgill.com


NEW ZEALAND – CORPORATE TAX LAW

BARRISTERS.COMM

David McLay is a very experienced lawyer specialising in tax, trust and charity law. He has 35 years of tax advisory, transactional, disputes and litigation work initially as a tax solicitor (with Bell Gully, including 17 years as a partner) and now as a barrister. That tax work has included a lot of mergers and acquisitions, banking transactions, petroleum exploration, and goods and services tax (GST), to mention a few areas of cutting-edge analysis. He has appeared frequently for clients at Parliamentary Select Committees. He was appointed by the Minister of Revenue as Chair of the Rewrite Advisory Panel, which analysed submissions about legislative drafting errors. He has written extensively on tax topics in New Zealand. David has litigated many tax cases, including notable cases (in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council) on the taxation of capital gains, GST, and the timing of the derivation of income. He has also appeared in a few criminal matters for taxpayers prosecuted by Inland Revenue.

David McLay Barrister Tel: +64 4 914 1054 d.mclay@barristerscomm.com L.7, 101 Lambton Quay, Wellington New Zealand Tel: +64 4 914 1050 Fax: +64 4 473 3179 www.barristerscomm.com

David is a well-recognised trusts lawyer and advises extensively in the use of New Zealand foreign trusts. He also has an extensive practice advising and acting for charities, including many court appearances. David McLay has spoken at conferences in the USA, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia, as well as more frequently within New Zealand.

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PAKISTAN – CORPORATE LAW

YOUSAF AMANAT & ASSOCIATES

Yousaf Amanat & Associates Mr Amanat has over 12 years of experience in the field of corporate law and litigation. He holds an LLM in Commercial Law from University of Cardiff. The firm he heads regularly advises mining companies, oil & gas companies, donor agencies, telecom companies, banks and government agencies. Mr Amanat heads a six-member team of lawyers including a practitioner of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The firm is headquartered in Islamabad with a branch office in Karachi and KPK. The firm is presently doing a lot of legal work for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. In addition to law, the firm also has experts on matters of tax. Areas of corporate law that Mr Yousaf Amanat has particular expertise in include, labour and employment law, sexual harassment, company law and intellectual property law. Mr Amanat is particularly known for his fast turn around time and value for money. The firm has recently also been featured in the Legal 500 segment for Pakistan.

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Yousaf Amanat Partner Tel: +923335616133 yousaf@yaa.com.pk Head Office: 435, Street 01, F-11/1, Islamabad Branch Office: KARACHI – # 211, Second Floor, Panorama Centre No.1, Fatima Jinnah Road, Saddar, Karachi Tel: +9221 3563 8283 Branch Office: KOHAT – KHYBER PAKHTOONKHWA, KCB I/19-B, Faqir Afzal Colony, O.T.S Road, Kohat, KPK, Pakistan


PHILIPPINES – LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

ANGARA ABELLO CONCEPCION REGALA & CRUZ LAW OFFICES (ACCRALAW)

Emerico O. De Guzman is the Managing Partner of ACCRALAW. He was the Head of the firm’s Labour and Employment Department from 2008 until his election as Managing Partner in February 2014. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and his Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of the Philippines.

Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman Managing Partner Tel: (+632) 8308010 eodeguzman@accralaw.com

He attended the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas, US. Mr De Guzman served as a member of the Board and Chairperson of the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) for four years. He became President of PMAP for the year 2006. He was then designated Champion for Competitive Human Resources of the National Competitiveness Council. He was also in the Board of Directors (1997-2000) of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (Makati Chapter). He was the Managing Editor of the IBP Journal for 2003-2005. He was elected as the President of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA) for the year 2014-2015.

22nd Floor ACCRALAW Tower 2nd Avenue Cor. 30th Street Bonifacio Global City Taguig City, Metro Manila 1635 Philippines Tel: (+632) 8308000 Fax: (+632) 4037007/4037009 www.accralaw.com

He is recognised by Chambers Asia, Asialaw Profiles and Asia Pacific Legal 500, as a Leading Individual in Philippine Employment Law practice. In 2011, he was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Employment and Immigration Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). In July 2011, Mr De Guzman was appointed as a member, representing Employers, of the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC). Mr De Guzman’s practice areas include Employment Law, Labour Relations and Litigation involving employment related issues. He is also advising several of the top multinational corporations in a variety of industries (manufacturing, semiconductor, offshoring and outsourcing, hotels and healthcare) with their labour and employment concerns. He has been assisting clients with their contracting arrangements as well as in the conduct of compliance audits and restructuring programs, in designing the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, in the resolution of labour relations issues, disciplinary cases and termination disputes, and the conduct of seminars on employment law. He is the Philippine Chapter author of: the International Bar Association’s Handbook on Global Recruiting, Screening, Testing and Interviewing Criteria, published by Wolters Kluwer; the Guide to International Employment and Labor Law published by Littler Mendelson LLP; the International Survey on Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law published by the American Bar Association; and Getting the Deal Through’s Outsourcing 2016 published by Law Business Research Ltd.

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SINGAPORE – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

ELLA CHEONG LLC

ELLA CHEONG LLC, a SINGAPORE law firm, was founded by ELLA CHEONG and SOH KAR LIANG, and marks Ella’s continued participation in the Asian legal fraternity since her initiation into practice in Singapore at the invitation of the Singapore Government. The core practice areas of Ella Cheong LLC cover patents, TMs and designs prosecution particularly in the 10 ASEAN countries (i.e. Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Brunei), corporate and commercial transactions, dispute resolution, consultancy and training. The professionals of the practice have diverse academic backgrounds ranging from engineering to chemistry to the social sciences and have been delivering effective legal solutions to a wide range of set-ups (including individuals, small businesses and large corporations alike), across a broad spectrum of industries for over 20 years. Some of them regularly serve in leadership roles in INTA, APAA and ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (please visit http://www.ellacheong.asia/people/ for full professional team profiles).

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Soh Kar Liang Managing Director mail@ellacheong.asia 300 Beach Road The Concourse #31-04/05 Singapore 199555 Singapore Tel: +65 66925500 Fax: +65 62980818 www.ellacheong.asia


VIETNAM – FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT LAW

VIETNAM INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM (VILAF – HONG DUC)

While being named in the International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers from 2013 to 2015, Nguyen Quang Hung is also recommended as a leading lawyer in Vietnam by various international legal magazines, such as IFLR 1000, Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and ALB. In three years 2015, 2016 and 2017, Hung is recommended as a Leading Lawyer in Banking and Finance by AsiaLaw. Recently, IFLR 1000 recognises him as a leading lawyer in Financial and Corporate law from 2016 to 2018. Chambers & Partners 2013 version stated that Hung is praised by clients as ‘excellent across the board’. As a highly respected commercial and banking lawyer, Nguyen Quang Hung was nominated by one overseas interviewee as “someone we’d choose for financings in Vietnam.” (Chambers & Partners 2016). Hung’s practice includes foreign direct investment, banking, capital markets and project finance.

Nguyen Quang Hung Partner Tel: +84 989 340 924 hung@vilaf.com.vn 6F, HCO Building, 44B Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam Tel: +84 24 3934 8530 Fax: +84 24 3934 8531 www.vilaf.com.vn

Significant transactions that he has advised on include: the financing in an amount of nearly US$800 million by a group of Korean financial institutions of the Keangnam Landmark Tower in Hanoi, the tallest building in Vietnam; the first domestic syndication in a total amount of US$225 million by Vietnamese banks, led by PetroVietnam Finance Corporation (PVFC), for an offshore investment project in the energy sector; the recent issue of US$200 million high-yield bonds listed on the SGX-ST by Vingroup JSC; the issue of bonds with warrants (the first of its kind in Vietnam) with a value of US$100 million by FPT Corporation; and various other bond issues by large Vietnamese corporations such as Vietnam Coal-Minerals Industries Group, Song Da Corporation and Hoa Phat JSC. Hung is also the contact lawyer advising on day-to-day operation issues and syndicated and bilateral financing of bank clients such as Citibank NA, Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd, Bank of Tokyo and Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Deutsch Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, and Standard Chartered Bank. He assisted in developing model transactional contracts and security documents for several of the banks mentioned above and other large domestic banks. Practice Areas: Banking and Capital Markets, Corporate, Commercial.

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Africa & The Middle East

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African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017. In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak global recovery and adverse weather conditions, which impacted on agriculture production in some regions. However, it is expected to rebound to 3.4% in 2017’s final data, and 4.3% in 2018. This assumes that as commodity prices recover, the world economy will be strengthened and domestic macroeconomic reforms are entrenched. In fact, there are promising developments across the continent. Africa’s growth increasingly relies on domestic sources, as shown by dynamic private and government consumption, which combined, accounted for 60% of growth in 2016. This growth also coincides with progress in human development: 18 African countries had achieved medium to high levels of human development by 2015. Finally, foreign direct investment, attracted by the continent’s emerging markets and fast urbanisation, stood at US$56.5 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach US$57 billion when 2017’s final data is available. Such investment has diversified away from the natural resources sector to construction, financial services, manufacturing, transport, electricity, and information and communication technology. Abebe Shimeles, acting director of the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department at the African Development Bank, noted: “Although economic headwinds experienced in the last two years appear to have altered the ‘Africa rising’ narrative, we firmly believe that the continent remains resilient, with non-resource dependent economies sustaining higher growth for much longer spells. With dynamic private sectors, entrepreneurial spirit and vast resources, Africa has the potential to grow even faster and more inclusively.”

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, regional director for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme, commented: “The key to successful development in Africa is to nurture the emerging culture of entrepreneurship, to use the famous words of Hernando De Soto, ‘el otro sendero’ (the other path) for development – a path that can unleash high-octane creativity and transform opportunities into phenomenal realisations.”

Opportunities for Middle East on the Horizon 2016 was probably the low point for oil exporters in the Middle East. According to PwC economists, economic prospects for the region should show improvements once we receive final and conclusive data for 2017, bolstered by stronger oil prices throughout the year. The monthly Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs) support this outlook, with all showing an ongoing upswing in January to April 2017, indicating better growth prospects ahead. Still, however, oil prices still remain well below break-even levels for most oil exporters, and fiscal reform and deficit financing will continue to be key policy priorities beyond 2017.

Yet, progress remains uneven. African governments need to push their agenda for job creation with more ambitious and tailored policies. Despite a decade of progress, 54% of the population in 46 African countries are nonetheless still trapped in poverty across multiple dimensions – health, education and living standards. Demands for better employment opportunities are the major reason behind continued public protests, having motivated a third of all public demonstrations between 2014 and 2016 – albeit in a context of decreasing levels of civil unrest. With the size of the workforce likely to increase by 910 million between 2010 and 2050, creating more and better jobs will remain the core challenge for African policy-makers.

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PwC stressed three key challenges for the region’s economies. First, low oil prices resulted in large fiscal deficits for oil producing countries that now need to be reined in. GCC governments collectively registered a deficit of around -11 .1 % of GDP in 2016, ranging from an estimated -3.6 % in Kuwait to a burdensome -20 .6 % for Oman Second, fiscal reforms are hard to do and even harder to sustain: energy subsidies were cut across the board (resulting in a GCC average of 2.8% inflation); popular backlash against rising petrol prices has caused some governments to reconsider this policy, and yet many more difficult reforms are in the pipeline And finally, the issue of hidden costs for oil-importing countries manifested in sizable structural deficits in countries such as Egypt and indirectly, negatively affecting countries that heavily rely on remittances and exports from the GCC. Whilst this environment creates challenges for business, such as managing new taxes, the report identified a growing number of opportunities, particularly as the major Gulf economies look for alternative sources of financing. This includes the debt markets and privatisation initiatives.

Richard Boxshall, PwC Middle East’s economist, echoed the positive sentiment for the region’s economic outlook: “The flurry of activity in debt markets, privatisation and PPPs has only just got started and should generate interesting business opportunities in the next few years. Investors can expect to see GCC economies make increasing use of international debt markets and to work harder to attract foreign direct investment in the next few years.” He added: “Foreign investors will want to see that governments have credible and committed plans to control the public finances. Introduction of VAT and excise tax in the GCC is an early opportunity for GCC governments to signal to international investors their commitment to fiscal reforms.” The issue also highlights the growth potential of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, viewed by PwC as “pockets of opportunity” in the region.

OECD Data – UAE Development Co-operation In 2015, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) total net ODA reached USD 4.4 billion, representing a decrease in real terms of 4% over 2014. The ratio of ODA as a share of GNI also fell in 2015 to 1.18%, down from 1.26% in 2014. Data shows that ODA reached USD 4.1 billion in 2016 (1.12% of GNI). The decrease is mostly explained by a USD 56 million drop in ODA to North Africa, mostly to Egypt but also to Morocco. The UAE nevertheless remained well above the United Nations’ ODA/GNItarget for economically advanced countries of 0.7%. In 2015, the UAE provided its bilateral co-operation mainly to Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan. The main sectors of the UAE’s bilateral disbursements were programme assistance, economic infrastructure (energy and transport) and humanitarian aid. The UAE provides its bilateral programme mostly in the form of grants. Multilateral ODA accounted for 1% of the country’s total ODA in 2015, provided primarily through the United Nations (75%). Notably, the UAE is a participant in the Development Assistance Committee. Up until its merger with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2016, the former Ministry of International Co-operation and Development, created in 2013, maintained overall responsibility for setting policy, geographical and sectoral priorities; identifying modalities and mechanisms for foreign aid distribution and implementation; and documenting aid flows. In December 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation launched the UAE’s new development co-operation strategy for 2017-21 (Government of the United Arab Emirates, 2016), with the ultimate and ongoing goal of improving the region’s economic infrastructure consistently through the implementation of long-term measures.

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Africa & The Middle East Contents

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Benin – Law Firm Charles Badou & Partners................................................................160

Cameroon – Onambele-Anchang & Associates Law....................................................161

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Thambwe Mwamba & Associes........................162

Egypt – Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm...................................................................163

Ghana – S&H Group......................................................................................................164

Ghana – ShawbellConsulting........................................................................................165

Israel – Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office - Uzi Pinchai........................................166

Israel – Yehuda Raveh & Co..........................................................................................167

Israel – Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office - Eric Wachstock.................................168

Israel – Arye Leybovich & Co Law Offices – International Tax......................................169

Israel – AYR - Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co...............................................170 GLE 157


Africa & The Middle East Contents Israel – Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office – Ziv Pinchasi......................................171

Israel – Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office – Eli Hunter Zrihan...............................172

Israel – Arye Leybovich & Co Law Offices – Trusts & Wealth Management.................173

Kenya – Kairu Mbuthia & Kiingati Advocates................................................................174

Kenya – Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates................................................................175

Kenya – Viva Africa Consulting LLP..............................................................................176

Mauritius – Wortels Lexus..............................................................................................177

Namibia – Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Magano Erkana......................................178

Namibia – Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Patrick Kauta..........................................179

Namibia – Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Andre Swanepoel...................................180

Nigeria – Bayo Ojo & Co...............................................................................................181 GLE 158


Rwanda – Lex Chambers..............................................................................................182

Seychelles – Georges & Co Attorneys..........................................................................183

South Africa – Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc..................................................................184

Tanzania – GALATI LAW CHAMBERS...........................................................................185

Tanzania – IMMMA Advocates......................................................................................186

Tunisia – Labib Law Firm...............................................................................................187

UAE – ENGIE.................................................................................................................188

UAE – Kennedys Law LLP.............................................................................................189

UAE – Herbert Smith Freehills LLP................................................................................190

Zambia – Ellis & Co.......................................................................................................191

Zambia – Corpus Legal Practitioners............................................................................192 GLE 159


BENIN – ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW

LAW FIRM CHARLES BADOU & PARTNERS

The Law Firm Charles Badou & Partners was founded in 2005, and currently consists of Mr Charles Badou, a trainee lawyer. It is furthermore made up of five associate jurists, all holders of master’s degrees in law and specialists of private law. Young and dynamic, they cover the field of business law. The firm also provides technical support regarding to secretariat and accounting; it also has a high number of support staff, drivers, couriers and guardians. They all work together to ensure a highly beneficial work environment, also facilitating the processing of customers and secure files. Its professional and academic backgrounds allow it to assist and effectively defend its clients as individuals and companies, in various areas of the law. The firm intervenes in these main specialties: • Business Law; • Maritime; • Intellectual, Industrial, and Artistic Property Law. Other domains include: • Oil Law; • Electricity Law. Moreover, Mr Charles Badou holds: • Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures specialised in Business Law and Taxation; • Diploma of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Democracy; • Diploma in Common Law Business Law from Jean Moulin University 3 (France); • A PhD in Intellectual and Industrial Property Law.

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Charles Badou Trainee Lawyer cabbadouchar@yahoo.fr Lot 1108 Wologuèdè-Cotonou, 3rd Street on the left after Cotonou Town Hall towards Sainte-Rita, 4th house on the right, Marie-Christine Building Tel: +229 21 32 69 33 / 95 96 00 18 Fax: +229 21 32 69 32 contact@cabinetbadou.com www.cabinetbadou.com


CAMEROON – CORPORATE LAW

ONAMBELE-ANCHANG & ASSOCIATES LAW

The firm was founded by Joseph Antoine Onambele, 25 years ago; he was later joined by Mary Concilia Anchang. As founding and managing partners, they have, through their dedication and hard work, built an international bilingual and bi-jurial law firm, based in Yaoundé Cameroon. Onambele-Anchang & Associates Law (OAA Law) is proud to be the first bilingual Law firm in the country practising in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. OAA law is a full-service corporate law firm that serve clients in a diverse range of industries and has, over the years, represented clients in matters that include litigation, mergers and acquisition, telecommunications, mining, real estate, finance, corporate Law, project finance and intellectual property. Due to its broadbased corporate capabilities, OAA Law delivers high-quality and highly efficient services to its clients.

Joseph Antoine Onambele Managing Partner Rosa Park Ave, Opposite the Saudi Arabian Embassy Tel: (+237) 222-209-776 Fax: (+237) 222-215-341 jaonambele@hotmail.com www.oaalaw.cm/en

The firm’s practice over the years has grown to include coverage of the CEMAC region and globally. OAA Law senior partner Joseph Antoine Onambele has been the regional secretary in Africa for International Lawyers Association (UIA Union International des Avocats) and also past president of the International Chamber of Commerce based in Yaoundé Cameroon for three years. Partner Mary Concilia Anchang was first female judge in the International Court of Arbitration. OAA Law is a renaissance law firm, with experienced and well-travelled attorneys, who have worked for clients across the globe. OAA Law is a pioneer law firm in intellectual property, corporate law and mining law in the region. Ms Onambele is globally recognised as one of the leading lawyers in Cameroon and the CEMAC region. Over the past 25 years, Mr Onambele has represented some of the world’s leading companies in all aspects of corporate law and has obtained clearance of numerous mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. His extensive experience in international law equips him to advise on all aspects of the structuring, negotiation and documentation of deals, including the structuring of financings to take into account the legal requirements of the relevant jurisdictions. OAA Law’s corporate governance practice is client- and result-orientated. Its attorneys are experienced in all aspects of governance and compliance, and counsel and represent public and private companies, also advising clients on formation of new entities and restructuring of existing entities to include corporate formalities and administrative issues and tax.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – COMMERCIAL LAW

THAMBWE MWAMBA & ASSOCIES

THAMBWE MWAMBA & ASSOCIES

Degree in Law, with a specialisation in Private and Judicial Law from the University of Lubumbashi. Lawyer at the Bar of Kinshasa/Gombe (1998). Member of the Bar Council of Kinshasa/Gombe from 2011 to 2015. Member of the International Criminal Bar. Has had training in: OHADA; Hydrocarbons; Public Procurement; and Insurance, among others. Senior Executive of Thambwe-Mwamba & Associates Law Firm

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Liliane Mubanga Senior Executive mubanga@thambwe.com Avenue Kabasele Tshiamala 8225 Modern Paradise 3eme etage Gombe DRC Tel: (+243) 081 814 6445 Fax: (+243) 081 710 0018


EGYPT – ARBITRATION

KOSHERI, RASHED & RIAD LAW FIRM

Dr Tarek F. Riad, the Managing Partner of Kosheri, Rashed & Riad, was a member of the Supreme Arbitration Committee of the Ministry of Oil and Gas. In May 2011, Dr Riad was appointed as a member of the Consultative Council, responsible for preparing draft laws for the Egyptian Council of Ministries. Kosheri, Rashed and Riad represented the Kuwaiti government in arbitration between the Kuwaiti government and the Aminoil Company. The value of the dispute was US $2.5bn. Dr Riad is also a member of the board of trustees and the chairman of the Executive Committee of Dubai International Arbitration Centre, in addition Council member of the ICC World Business Law Institute Scientific Council, an alternate member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, a designated member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators, Prof. of Commercial Law at the GUC.

Tarek F. Riad Managing Partner tarek.riad@krr-law.com 16 A, Maamal El Sokkar st., Garden City, Cairo 11451 Egypt Tel: +202 2795 4795 Fax: +202 2795 8521 www.krr-law.com

K, R and R is highly active in the fields of Arbitration and Litigation. The partners of K, R and R including Dr Kosheri and Dr Riad had acted as chairman of arbitral tribunals, arbitrators, counsel and experts on Egyptian Law in numerous arbitrations in front of ICC, Cairo Regional Centre, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, Abu Dhabi International Arbitration Centre and the ICSID. The firm has represented and currently represents numerous clients in the field of arbitration including Siemens, the Egyptian Government, the Government of Kuwait, Transocean, Josef Meissner GmbH, Misr Insurance, Nicholson Manufacturing Company (Seattle), Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company, Telemedia Egypt, Organization for Industrial and Mining Projects, Engineering Consulting Office, Egyptian Media Production City, Morrison Knudsen International Inc, Contrack International Inc, ‌ etc. Dr Riad has an LLB from Cairo Law School (1980) and an LLM (1982) and SJD (1985) from Harvard Law School. He has also been a member of the Egyptian Bar since 1982 and New York Bar since 1985 The firm was chosen by Chambers and Partners as Leading Law Firm in Dispute Resolution in Egypt in 2016; chosen by Global Law Experts Legal Awards as the Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Egypt in 2017; chosen by Lawyer International Legal 100 as the Egyptian Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in 2017; chosen by The Lawyer International Global Awards as Arbitration Law firm of the year in Egypt in 2017 and was chosen by Corporate INTL Legal Awards as Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in Egypt in 2017.

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GHANA – COMMERCIAL LAW

S&H GROUP

Established in 2007, S&H Group Limited is a boutique law firm dedicated to providing clients with pragmatic and innovative legal and business solutions that are tailored to their needs and expectations. Beyond simply focusing on results, we strive to achieve complete client satisfaction through our commitment to excellence in all areas of legal representation in the most efficient and timely manner. This uncompromising pursuit of excellence is achieved through key service initiatives, reinforced by on-theground knowledge. This is in addition to a dynamic, professional and agile skills base with extensive local and international experience. We offer the full range of corporate and commercial legal services with special focus on Construction, Energy, Estate and Property Law practice. We have an excellent reputation in Residential and Commercial Conveyancing across the country. We are big enough to be able to provide a full range of legal support services, yet still small enough to be able to offer a personal, tailored and partner-led service. Practise Areas • Corporate & Commercial Law • Land Law & Conveyancing: • Equity & Succession Law • Litigation / Court Practice: • Real Estate Brokerage Sheila Darkwa As founder of the firm, Sheila is a seasoned lawyer with over 15 years of extensive experience in the financial, real estate and energy sectors. Her hands-on experience in construction and her personal business acumen brings a unique commercial perspective to legal advice. In addition, she sits on several boards in the power and real estate sectors. Sheila also sits on the Committee for Women and Minor’s Rights of the Ghana Bar Association and places a lot of emphasis on charity work culminating into her establishment of an NGO focused on child education and women upliftment and empowerment known as the Helena Quist Memorial Foundation. She was a senior associate with Minka-Premo & Co responsible for the firm’s Credit and Recoveries Department where she excelled in leading the team in many successful recoveries for financial institutions in particular. Her particular areas of practice are commercial transactions related to construction, real estate and power.

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Sheila Darkwa Managing Partner Tel: +233 244 381366 sheila@sandhgroup.com No.113 Archer Street, Abelenkpe Accra Ghana Tel: +233 302 775111 Fax: +233 302 775058 www.sandhgroup.cpm


GHANA – OIL & GAS LAW

SHAWBELLCONSULTING

ShawbellConsulting was established in 2002 to provide legal and management consultancy services to oil and gas, mining, financial services, government, NGOs, etc. Winner of three Oil and Gas Legal Consultancy awards in Ghana in 2015 and 2016, the firm was founded to capitalise on the combined record of accomplishment and expertise garnered by its people over more than five decades. ShawbellConsulting has since provided high-quality professional services to numerous clients and is pleased of its success record in the execution of its client assignments. “In fact, we are proud that our work has been consistently commended by the clients we serve,” commented Phyllis Christian, CEO and managing partner. The law practice of ShawbellConsulting was established to offer legal and business advisory services to mainly international investors in Ghana, and has particularly supported many organisations operating within the oil and gas sector in Ghana. The firm’s cross-sectoral work over the years has assisted it in its ability to thoroughly understand and assist investors to navigate the local business and regulatory terrain. Its experts apply their knowledge, international standards and a global mindset to provide client solutions. They are set up to provide legal advisory, in-country representation, licences and permits, due diligence, transaction advisory, research and other professional services to clients overseas and locally.

Phyllis M Christian CEO and Managing Partner pchristian@shawbellghana.com DTD 76, Cantonments Post Office, P.O. Box KIA 9022, Airport, Accra, Ghana Tel: +233 (0) 302 774112; 767498 Fax: +233 (0) 20 8149262; +233 (0) 302 767609 (Ghana Institute of Consulting); +233 (0) 302 767599 www.shawbellconsulting.com

They have served a number of global corporations and their local representatives, such as Afex International, Transocean, Amazon.com, Tap Oil, Maersk International, Meridian Port Services. Ms Christian is the Managing Partner of the firm and CEO of its consultancy practice, and was listed as a leading practitioner in the 2015 International Who’s Who of Corporate and Energy Lawyers. She is a seasoned lawyer and business advisory consultant with 36 years’ local and international expertise in the provision of legal and other professional services in Ghana and other countries. She has extensive experience serving international investors in Ghana and has also provided professional services to nearly all government ministries, departments and agencies in Ghana. She is thoroughly familiar with the energy, oil and gas, financial services, mining and minerals, judicial, health, roads, railways, and ports transportation infrastructure, and local government sectors in Ghana, among others. She has served on the boards of directors of industrial, consultancy, nongovernmental and financial services institutions and has been an adviser to the Ghana Infrastructure Investments Fund. Having qualified as a lawyer in 1981, she is a senior member of the Ghana Bar and a solicitor of the Superior Courts of Judicature of Ghana and notary public. Additionally, she holds post-graduate qualifications in International Law & Business from the City University of London and has obtained other continuing educational credentials.

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ISRAEL – COMMERCIAL LAW

MICHAEL HUNTER & PARTNERS LAW OFFICE

Uzi Pinchasi’s practice focuses on commercial, corporate, private equity, hi-tech, trusts and estates. Uzi routinely represents entrepreneurs from the stage of the development and marketing of a project for commercial use and/or office space and/or residential units, handling all of the legal aspects relating to the project, commencing with the acquisition of rights in the land through the completion of all registration requirements. He negotiates commercial agreements ranging from distribution, licensing and OEM agreements to financing agreements on behalf of corporate clients, advises corporate clients with respect to all of their day-to-day activities and attends clients’ board meetings, advising in connection with corporate governance matters. In addition, he advises foreign-and Israeli-based clients with respect to their estate, tax planning and wealth management needs, including voluntary disclosures in Israel and abroad. Moreover, Uzi has vast experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, private equity and related corporate matters – and has further experience in technology transactions, including distribution and marketing, as well as other commercial matters. He further represents investors and companies in connection with transactions such as acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, establishment of limited partnerships and international real estate syndications. Education • UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA, Haifa, Israel Graduated November 2000 with honours Languages Fluent in English and Hebrew Commercial Law The experienced staff of the firm’s commercial department helps its worldwide clientele achieve their business goals and effectively conduct their business. Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office offers the full gamut of commercial law services to its international and Israeli clients, whether they are hi-tech or low-tech, large corporates with in-house legal departments or individual angel investors. All of the firm’s clients have learned to rely on the legal and strategic advice the members of its commercial department are able to offer them as a result of the expertise, market knowledge and vision of its lawyers. The services of the firm’s commercial department include: • Joint Venture and Partnership Agreements • Commercial Agreements • Shareholder Agreements • Bank Financing Agreements • Mezzanine Loan Financing Agreements

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Uzi Pinchasi Partner uzip@lawmhn.com 46 Rothschild Blvd., Alrov Tower 2nd floor, Tel-Aviv 6688312 Israel Tel: +972 03.566.5665 Fax: +972 03.566.2566 www.lawmhn.com


ISRAEL – CORPORATE LAW

YEHUDA RAVEH & CO

Yehuda Raveh & Co is among the leading commercial law firms in Israel. The firm provides multi-disciplinary legal services in all areas of commercial law, based on deep industry experience spanning over half a century of practice. Established in 1974, the firm is renowned for its full-service approach and comprehensive understanding of the legal and commercial issues facing business leaders today. With ongoing commitment to legal excellence and uncompromising professionalism, this skilled team of attorneys has handled some of the largest infrastructure, real estate and construction projects in the history of the State of Israel, demanding the most complicated financing and banking solutions, and has provided expert legal services for many of the country’s leading, high-profile companies and large nonprofit organisations. With main offices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Yehuda Raveh & Co undertakes to serve clients with creative, responsive, and comprehensive solutions for complex legal challenges in Israel and across international borders. With provision of day-to-day legal counsel for leading Israeli corporations, as well as professional legal guidance through large-scale projects, the firm has earned recognition in commercial practice, having been consistently ranked by various publications, including the Legal 500, as one of Israel’s leading commercial law firms. It handles a wide range of cases, including the structuring of complex cross-border transactions for domestic and multi-national corporations, and analyses of strategic needs to provide a superior legal solution. The Commercial team has developed a reputation as a proactive, results-orientated specialist – offering full-scale legal services and liaising with the legal teams of the firm’s other practice areas. Meanwhile, partner Yehuda Glatt’s experience spans more than 25 years and covers a wide range of practice areas, including tenders, project financing, BOT/PFI projects, licensing & concessions for technology and hi-tech companies, M&A, real estate, infrastructure, labour law, intellectual property and communications. Specialising in local and international transactions, Mr Glatt is renowned as a leading legal adviser in project financing and complex tenders, serving a broad client base. His longstanding career began with internships in Israel’s Supreme Court and with the former Head of the Israel Bar Association. He regularly lectures on labour law at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Education Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B., 1984 Bar Ilan University, LL.M. (cum laude), 2005 Bar Admission Israel, 1985 Languages Hebrew, English

Yehuda Glatt Partner glatt@yraveh.co.il 26 Usishkin St. P.O.Box 7722, Jerusalem Tel: +972.2.563.5232 Fax: +972.2.561.7101 lawfirm@yraveh.co.il www.yraveh.co.il

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ISRAEL – CORPORATE LAW

MICHAEL HUNTER & PARTNERS LAW OFFICE

Eric Wachstock’s practice focuses on corporate, commercial, private equity, hi-tech, trusts and estates. Eric regularly represents investors and companies in connection with transactions such as acquisitions, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, establishment of limited partnerships and international real estate syndications. In addition, Eric regularly negotiates commercial agreements ranging from distribution, licensing and OEM agreements to financing agreements on behalf of corporate clients, advises corporate clients with respect to all of their day-to-day activities and regularly attends clients’ board meetings, advising in connection with corporate governance matters. Eric also routinely advises foreign- and Israeli-based clients with respect to their estate, tax planning and wealth management needs, including voluntary disclosures in Israel and abroad. Prior to joining the firm, Eric was first an articled clerk and then an associate at Yigal Arnon & Co. from 1998 through 2005, where his practice focused on corporate, commercial and securities work. Education • The Hebrew University Of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel LL.B.
Faculty of Law – Graduated in 1998 • Queens College, New York, New York
 Philosophy Department (September 1993 – May 1994) • Dean’s List • Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
 One Year Program for Foreign Students (September 1992 – June 1993) Languages Fluent in English and Hebrew Corporate Law With its accomplished corporate law department and experienced staff, Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office helps its worldwide clientele achieve their business goals and effectively conduct their business. Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office offers a wide spectrum of corporate law services to its international and Israeli clients, who run the gamut from hi-tech to low-tech and large corporates to individual angel investors, all of whom can rely on the firm’s expertise, market knowledge and vision to receive advice as to best industry practices as well as a pragmatic approach coupled with creative solutions. In addition to advising clients in their day to day activities, the firm’s corporate services include: • M&A Transactions • Private Placements • Private Equity • Interaction with Boards of Directors • Corporate Formations of Companies and Partnerships

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Eric Wachstock Partner ericw@lawmhn.com 46 Rothschild Blvd., Alrov Tower 2nd floor, Tel-Aviv 6688312 Israel Tel: +972 03.566.5665 Fax: +972 03.566.2566 www.lawmhn.com


ISRAEL – INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW

ARYE LEYBOVICH & CO LAW OFFICES

Arye Leybovich & Co Law Offices has established itself as one of the prominent and leading law firms in Israel representing clients in the field of taxation and cross-border investments, and is one of the only firms in Israel with a specialty in the practice of trusts and estates and asset management for private clients. Advocate Arye Leybovich’s clients include leading energy companies in Israel, foreign gas and oil companies, public and private companies, diamond dealers, shipping companies, building contractors, banks, stock market investors, international investment banks, Israeli and foreign cellular network operators, traders, companies operating in the field of defence as well as African provincial governors.

Arye Leybovich Advocate Moshe Aviv Tower, 7 Jabotinsky St. Ramat Gan Tel: +972-77-7051717 Fax: +972-3-5426655 office@atax.co.il www.atax.co.il

The firm’s attorneys are reputed for their professional skills and their proficiency in all areas of taxation, including their knowledge of all new and updated legislation and case law in the area of Tax. The firm is headed by Dr Leybovich, who has written a substantial portion of the primary existing professional literature in numerous areas of taxation, including international tax, trust taxation and Value Added Tax, as well as hundreds of articles which have been published in legal professional journals and the written press, all of which have evolved to form the fundamental basis of literature in the specialty of taxation. Dr Leybovich is a supervisor and lecturer for seminars held by the Israel Bar Association, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel, the Chamber of Tax Advisors in Israel and other private entities, and is the alternate Chairman of the Tax Committee and Vice Chairman of the Trust Committee of the Israeli Bar Association in Tel Aviv. Arye Leybovich & Co provides complex tax consulting and planning to clients in Israel and abroad, and specialises in consulting and legal representation before the Israeli tax authorities, including in tax assessment hearings, and the Israeli courts. The firm counsels clients on a broad spectrum of tax-related matters, including domestic and international taxation of companies and individuals; international tax planning utilising both offshore and onshore principles; the effect of tax treaties; direct taxation (income tax); land taxation and indirect taxation (Value Added Tax, purchase tax and customs); pre-rulings; taxation upon mergers and corporate restructuring; corporate taxation; taxation matters underlying employee stock options in Israel and the US (ESPP & ISO/ESOP); taxation of hi-tech companies and their employees and employers, including tax advice with respect to relocations, trusts, and quasi-trust entities (establishments and foundations); and real estate investment trusts (REIT).

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ISRAEL – M&A LAW

AYR - AMAR REITER JEANNE SHOCHATOVITCH & CO.

Yoav Caspi is a founding partner of AYR and heads its Corporate and Commercial department. Yoav’s practice focuses on hi-tech, corporate law, mergers & acquisition, venture capital investments, banking and finance. Yoav has a rich and extensive experience in the corporate field, and has executed and accompanied major and well-known business transactions in the Israeli market. Yoav’s broad knowledge of the law and profound understanding of business needs make him widely known and appreciated in his areas of expertise. During recent years, Yoav was responsible for many merger & acquisition transactions, including accompanying the American-French conglomerate Vivendi’s entry into the Israeli market through the acquisition of several Israeli companies. Yoav led the complicated purchasing process of Israel Discount Bank (“IDB”) by the BronfmanSchron Group, including the negotiation with the Israeli government (which sold its holdings in the bank), and obtaining all necessary regulatory permits in Israel and in several other countries around the world. Yoav also guided IDB in the implementation of the new regulations in the Israeli capital-market, including the representation of IDB in all the sale transactions of all of its mutual funds and pension funds (for an aggregate sum of over NIS 1.5 billion), and advised financial institutes regarding their entrance to the field of pension consulting. Yoav has played a key role in several high profiled, complicated (and of large sums) finance deals that took place in Israel. Among others, in recent years, Yoav led the USD 990 million public offering of Caesar Stone, owned by Kibbutz Sdot Yam, on the Nasdaq Capital Market, a financing transaction for the largest residential real estate project in Israel by Gindi Tel Aviv, financed in an aggregated sum of NIS 3 billion which is one of the largest financing transactions made in Israel, and completed the re-finance of Kavim Public Transportation, Israel’s second-largest public transportation, in the amount of over NIS 700 million to enable the expansion of its operations and activities. Yoav represents foreign companies in their investments in Israel, Israeli companies and investors operating overseas, all in collaboration with leading law firms around the world. Yoav has close working relations with various banks and investment houses in Israel and vast in-depth knowledge in the investment management area (mutual funds, pension and provident funds, portfolio management, investment advice and investment marketing, underwriting and stock exchange membership). Yoav has been personally recommended for his work and accomplishments in the fields of Corporate and M&A, Hi-tech, start-ups and venture capital, Banking and Finance in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017 rankings.

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Yoav Caspi Partner yoavc@ayr.co.il Champion Tower, 39-40 Floor, 30 Sheshet Hayamin Rd., Bnei Brak 51200261 Israel Tel: +972-3-6019601 Fax: +972-3-6019602 www.ayr.co.il/en


ISRAEL – REAL ESTATE LAW

MICHAEL HUNTER & PARTNERS LAW OFFICE

Ziv Pinchasi’s practice focuses on all aspects of real estate transactions, including residential and commercial projects, the purchase of sites for offices, residential and commercial purposes, the purchase and sale of income-generating real estate assets, purchase groups, Urban Renewal Projects such as “Pinuy – Binuy,” and National Outline Plan 38 (“Tama 38”) with its amendments, and financing and mezzanine transactions for real estate projects. Ziv represents real estate companies and entrepreneurs in complex transactions in Israel, as well as foreign investors in their local activities. Ziv has a special expertise in large-scale real estate transactions, including real estate entrepreneurship, complex financing, investments and purchase groups for residential and commercial projects. As such, he advises on all aspects of initiating and establishing residential and commercial projects, including planning the outline of the acquisition; financing the acquisition and establishing the project; and managing negotiations and finalising agreements with contractors, service providers and financial institutions. In addition, Ziv has considerable expertise on various corporate and commercial matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, private equity, corporate financing transactions as well as general corporate matters. Ziv is fluent in English and, as such, also handles international transactions, the agreements for which he negotiates and drafts on behalf of an international clientele or in cases of an overseas counterparty.

Ziv Pinchasi Partner zpinchasi@lawmhn.com 46 Rothschild Blvd., Alrov Tower 2nd floor, Tel-Aviv 6688312 Israel Tel: +972 03.566.5665 Fax: +972 03.566.2566 www.lawmhn.com

Education • Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel LLB, Faculty of Law – Graduated 2003
 Languages Fluent in Hebrew and English Real Estate Law Michael Hunter & Partners is one of Israel’s premier offices for legal real estate services. The firm’s real estate department offers wide-ranging experience and expertise representing its clients in complex and varied real estate projects, including representing contractors, private developers, purchase groups and financial corporations and, of course, in the representation of its private clients for all their real estate investments. Israel’s dynamic real estate sector is filled with opportunities for corporations, contractors and private investors alike. Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office provides its clients with cutting-edge legal advice that allows them to execute their real estate activities in the best and most efficient manner possible given Israel’s unique real estate legal framework.

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ISRAEL – REAL ESTATE LAW

MICHAEL HUNTER & PARTNERS LAW OFFICE

Eli Hunter Zrihan represents real estate companies and entrepreneurs in complex transactions in Israel, as well as foreign investors in their local activities. He has a special expertise in large-scale real estate transactions, including real estate entrepreneurship, complex financing, investments and purchase groups for residential and commercial projects.

Eli Hunter Zrihan Partner ezrihan@lawmhn.com

As such, he advises on all aspects of initiating and establishing residential and commercial projects, including the purchase of sites for offices, residential and commercial purposes, the purchase and sale of income-generating real estate assets, purchase groups, and financing and mezzanine transactions for real estate projects. He is skilled in planning the outline of the acquisition; financing the acquisition and establishing the project; and managing negotiations as well as finalising agreements with contractors, service providers and financial institutions. In addition, Eli specialises in private real estate transactions in Israel, and the management and financing of such transactions. Moreover, he provides assistance in the fields of multi-national family asset protection, trust laws, the establishment and administration of trusts, international taxation, trust taxation in accordance with Israeli tax rules, and family wealth preservation/management.

46 Rothschild Blvd., Alrov Tower 2nd floor, Tel-Aviv 6688312 Israel Tel: +972 03.566.5665 Fax: +972 03.566.2566 www.lawmhn.com

Education • THE ACADEMIC CENTER OF LAW AND SCIENCE, Sha’arei Mishpat Law School, Israel LL.B – Graduated in 2004 Languages Fluent in English and Hebrew Real Estate Law Michael Hunter & Partners is one of Israel’s premier offices for legal real estate services. The firm’s real estate department offers wide-ranging experience and expertise representing its clients in complex and varied real estate projects, including representing contractors, private developers, purchase groups and financial corporations and, of course, in the representation of its private clients for all their real estate investments. Israel’s dynamic real estate sector is filled with opportunities for corporations, contractors and private investors alike. Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office provides its clients with cutting-edge legal advice that allows them to execute their real estate activities in the best and most efficient manner possible given Israel’s unique real estate legal framework. The firm accompanies its clients from the stage of due diligence and acquisition, through the taxation procedures, receiving the right financing, the conclusion of agreements with various entities required (including consultants, contractors and financial institutions), representation with respect to sale agreements to third parties and up to the final registration of the property.

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ISRAEL – TRUSTS & WEALTH MANAGEMENT LAW

ARYE LEYBOVICH & CO LAW OFFICES

Arye Leybovich & Co Law Offices has established itself as one of the prominent and leading law firms in Israel representing clients in the field of taxation and cross-border investments, and is one of the only firms in Israel with a specialty in the practice of trusts and estates and asset management for private clients. Advocate Arye Leybovich’s clients include leading energy companies in Israel, foreign gas and oil companies, public and private companies, diamond dealers, shipping companies, building contractors, banks, stock market investors, international investment banks, Israeli and foreign cellular network operators, traders, companies operating in the field of defence as well as African provincial governors.

Arye Leybovich Advocate Moshe Aviv Tower, 7 Jabotinsky St. Ramat Gan Tel: +972-77-7051717 Fax: +972-3-5426655 office@atax.co.il www.atax.co.il

In 2006, the area of Trusts underwent a dramatic transformation. The new addition of complex, material criterion, which require relevant knowledge of the foreign laws of diverse countries, such as Panama, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, British Virgin Islands, in addition to the requirement of comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of Israeli and international taxation, has become a “trap” which few are capable of manoeuvring, and has created numerous “tax accidents”. Dr Leybovich is considered to be an expert with an international reputation in the areas of trusts and trust taxation, and has been invited by various countries to advise diverse clients in Israel and throughout the world on such matters. Dr Leybovich’s clients in this area include high-level politicians in countries such as Russia, the former Soviet Union and members of the Saudi monarchy, in addition to high-net-worth Jews in Israel and the world. Since 2006, Dr Leybovich, through the use of foreign companies in foreign-domiciled countries, has established numerous trusts with assets aggregating in the billions of dollars. The firm also provides comprehensive service packages in the field of asset and/ or estate planning and the formation of trusts and quasi-trust entities for business purposes, tax-planning purposes and as instruments for managing assets in the present and future (and after death), for individuals or families, including an evaluation of worldwide tax aspects, including estate taxes. Such services are provided in addition to the registration of wills and estate planning. Among other services, the firm establishes the trust or corporate entity to serve as a quasi-trustee, examines the tax aspects relating to such matter, drafts the necessary bylaws and/or trust deeds, while placing an emphasis on carrying out the will of the grantor of the trust and implementing the objectives of the grantor by managing the trust by means of foreign trustees.

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KENYA – COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

KAIRU MBUTHIA & KIINGATI ADVOCATES

Kairu Mbuthia & Kiingati Advocates is a medium-sized law firm based in Nairobi, Kenya, providing effective and competitive legal services to a wide network of individuals and corporates. The firm has a dedicated Commercial and Conveyance Department with immense experience in financing and property transactions. The department includes experts in Commercial Law, Banking and Finance, Company Law and Land Law. Managing partner Kiingati Ndirangu noted: “We also have a Litigation Department with tremendous hands-on experience in large and complex commercial litigation cases, debt recovery, employment disputes, intellectual property rights disputes and various other commercial and civil disputes.” Kiingati Ndirangu – CV Kiingati is the Managing Partner as well as the person in charge of the Dispute Resolution practice at Kairu Mbuthia & Kiingati Advocates. He has over 15 years experience. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration and an active member of the Kenyan branch. He has a very good practical business approach that enables him to effectively and quickly resolve disputes. He has been retained by several multinationals and high ranking individuals to provide advisory and dispute resolution services. Key highlights • Acted for a multinational in a land dispute where the multinational sought to set up a manufacturing plant but some residents were opposed to it. The dispute that was filed in court that takes many years was amicably resolved in less than three months paving way for the construction of the plant. • Represented a blue chip company in respect of a Commercial Paper Program dispute with the Capital Markets Authority; an Investment Bank. The dispute was resolved favourably for the blue chip company; • Represented a Premium Rates Service Provider and music artist in challenging the constitutionality of provisions of the Kenya Copyright Act resulting in the declaration of a section as unconstitutional; • Represented a hospital in a dispute relating to establishment of a hospital. • Acted for a multinational in a judicial review application where the Applicant sought to challenge the decision of County Government to levy charges. • Provided legal advisory services to various multinationals and an NGO on legal compliance with Kenyan Labour matters and provided legal advisory services to a multinational on restructuring and redundancy; • Represented various hospitals on various disputes with patients including HIV related claims; • Providing advisory and dispute resolutions services to various multinational companies engaged in infrastructural development in the country including the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Malaba.

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Kiingati Ndirangu Managing Partner Paresia Centre, 1st Floor Ngong Road, Opposite Uchumi Hyper, P.O. Box 6574-00100, Nairobi Tel: +254 (0)722646646 kiingati@kmkadvocates.com www.kmkadvocates.com


KENYA – CORPORATE LAW

KIPTINNESS & ODHIAMBO ASSOCIATES

Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates (K&O Associates) is a premier regional law practice providing specialist legal advisory services and representation in selected specialisations of Corporate & Finance; Technology, Media & Telecommunications; Energy & Infrastructure Projects; Administrative Processes, Intellectual Property and Tax. The firm has invested in training, experience and focus in gaining in-depth understanding of its clients’ businesses whether they are in Financial Services Technology, Energy, Telecommunications, Media or Real Estate in order to advise on their toughest commercial challenges. Moreover, K&O Associates seeks to be the preferred counsel of its clients by its expert legal advice and its capacity to deliver on most complex transactions. Its clients rely on its ability to get on the same wavelength as them by investing time to understand their business and the world that they operate in. In addition, K&O Associates is a member of Praelegal, a leading global legal and consulting network of more than 130 independent law firms all around the world and which is rapidly growing. According to managing partner Crispine Odhiambo, while in Kenya, clients of Praelegal benefit from K&O Associates’ dedicated focus on its sectors, as the firm wholly understanding the challenges faced by its clients, and tunes its services in accordance with their bespoke requirements. This is born of a long-term view of Praelegal’s legal approach in understanding the distinct demands that each client faces. K&O Associates collaborates with Praelegal’s network of international partners to provide seamless cross-border solutions for our clients. Mr Odhiambo is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with wide experience in projects advisory work in Kenya and the East African Region. He has been involved in various infrastructure and energy projects in the region, including feasibility studies, transaction structuring advisory, drafting PPP contracts, providing advice on legal and regulatory issues for the project development, project financing and advising on related implementation issues. He has led a number of high-level negotiations and stakeholder engagements in development of legal and regulatory frameworks for infrastructure development. In the corporate realm, K&O Associates deals with work that involves thinking flexibly and a keen understanding of its client base, which encompasses national and multinational corporations, governments and regulatory bodies and private funds and financial institutions. Mr Odhiambo’s experience covers a broad range of M&A transactions, public or private and complex cross-border – all the while acknowledging that the proliferation of codes, guidance and legislation brings with it challenges and opportunities for companies, their directors and their investors.

Crispine Odhiambo Managing Partner crispine@koassociates.co.ke 4th Avenue Towers, 14th Floor North Wing, 4th Ngong Avenue Tel: +254 (0) 20 2713977 info@koassociates.co.ke www.koassociates.co.ke

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KENYA – TAX LAW

VIVA AFRICA CONSULTING LLP

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 emwachinga@vivaafricallp.com 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 www.vivaafricallp.com


MAURITIUS – BANKING & FINANCE LAW

WORTELS LEXUS

Siv Potayya graduated from the University of Aix-En-Provence and was admitted to the Mauritian Bar in 1991. He founded Wortels Lexus in June 2010 after 13 years with a previous partner. Siv has worked at the Mauritius Commercial Bank for 14 years and got to familiarize himself with Banking laws. The drafting of various documents pertaining to securities at the bank led him to the writing of several books, the most recent, published in 2008, being “Guide to Decisions of the Supreme Court of Mauritius affecting Banking (1861 - 2007)” with a foreword by the Chief Justice of Mauritius. The book entitled “Manuel de droit bancaire mauricien” recently launched by the MCB Ltd has largely made reference thereto. Siv previously work at the Chambers of late Sir Gaetan Duval Q.C., Mauritius (19811983); as an officer in the Recovery Department of Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, Port Louis (1983-1988); and as an in house lawyer, senior executive officer and assistant to the manager at the Legal Department of Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, Mauritius (1988-1996). His other relevant experience includes: • Pupillage at Doughty Street Chambers, London, from October to December 1990; • Training Course at Lloyd’s Bank Legal Department, London, from January to February 1991; • Standing as a candidate for the Labour Party in the 2000 General Elections in constituency No.13; • Former member of the Politburo of the Mauritius Labour Party; • Former chairman of the Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care, a parastatal body under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life; • Former active member of the Rotary International; • Part of Board of Investment of Mauritius delegation and delivered a Speech at (CILPS) China International Luxury Properties Show 2007; • Former director and chairman of the State Investment Trust Property Development Ltd, a csubsidiary of the Sugar Investment Trust under the aegis of the Ministry of Agro Industry & Food Security; • Former member of the Independent Review Panel May 2014 to March 2015; • Part time lecturer at the University of Mauritius on Law relating to Financial Services, Legal Aspects of Finance, Matrimonial Regimes and Security Interests; and • Part time lecturer at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce on banking law, labour law and law relating to ICT. He is a member of the Mauritius Bar Association, International Bar Association, Inter Pacific Bar Association, and a fellow member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors.

Siv Potayya Founder sivpotayya@wortelslexus.com Suite 603, Level 6, Sterling Tower, La Poudriere Street, Port Louis Mauritius Tel: +230 245 6400 Fax. +230 245 6004 www.wortelslexus.com

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NAMIBIA – COMMERCIAL LAW

DR WEDER, KAUTA & HOVEKA INC.

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 obtained her LLB degree from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 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 the Republics of Namibia and South Africa. She has 13 years of experience. Her core areas of expertise are in banking, corporate and finance law. She commenced and completed a two year article period at the law firm Ledwaba Mazwai Attorneys’ in Pretoria, South Africa. After her admission in April 2004, she continued to work at Ledwaba Mazwai Attorney’s as a Professional Assistant. Magano relocated to Namibia in 2005 and commenced at Standard Bank Namibia as a Legal Adviser. She established a Legal Department where previously there had been none and was a member of the executive committee. She provided legal services to the entire organisation including its associate companies Stanfin, Stanlib and Liberty Life with main focus on banking regulatory issues, credit law, corporate law, labour law and advising on forensic investigations. Ms Erkana also drafted and reviewed a variety of contracts within the lending, investments and procurement spheres, and reviewed policies on business and corporate market segments. She also served as a director on Namclear, Stanfin, Stanlib and Liberty Life boards. Ms Erkana moved to Dr Weder, Kauta and Hoveka (“WKH”) in July 2016 after having established a legal department. She left a dynamic team of competent legal personnel and had set up various processes and databases to effectively manage legal risk and provide the necessary legal support. She has proceeded to establish a commercial department at WKH. She has received substantial training in Mergers, Acquisitions and Structured Finance; Specialised Contracts, Advanced Loan Documentation (special focus on Loan Market Association documentation); Corporate Finance; Project Finance; Public Private Partnerships and completed a two month secondment at Norton Rose Fulbright at their London offices.

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Magano Erkana Director Tel: +264 61 275 652 erkana@wkh-law.com WKH House, Jan Jonker Road, Ausspannplatz, P.O. Box 864/822, Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264 61 27 555 0 Fax: +264 61 22 05 33 info@wkh-law.com www.wkh-law.com


NAMIBIA – LITIGATION

DR WEDER, KAUTA & HOVEKA INC.

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 previously dealt in large commercial transactions and now predominantly focuses on litigation, arbitration management with a specialisation in Competition law. Mr Kauta has broad legal background with more than 20 years’ experience in civil, corporate, criminal, insurance, and commercial law. He is a unique combination of high tech training and experience in business, competition, 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. Patrick 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 kauta@wkh-law.com WKH House, Jan Jonker Road, Ausspannplatz, P.O. Box 864/822, Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264 61 27 555 0 Fax: +264 61 22 05 33 info@wkh-law.com www.wkh-law.com

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. Amongst his most prominent clients that he served are the Namibian Competition Commission (NCC), Roads Authority of Namibia, Standard Bank Namibia and Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA). Apart from his legal work, Mr Kauta is the Chairperson of Namcor Board, Betula Nigra Investments (Pty) Ltd, Chairman of the Namibia Premier League and is an executive member of the Namibia Football Association. He also serves as Director at Old Mutual Short Term Insurance Company (Namibia) and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (Namibia).

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NAMIBIA – PROPERTY LAW

DR WEDER, KAUTA & HOVEKA INC.

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 38 years’ experience in the legal fraternity, Mr Swanepoel specialises in Conveyancing, Corporate, and Commercial Law with specific emphasis on Property Law and Real Estate. As a senior Conveyancer and Notary Public, Mr Swanepoel has been and still is instrumental in advising on the facilitation of property Developments, Commercial Retail, Commercial and Residential Developments. He is also qualified to administer deceased and insolvent estates. He 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 in 1980. Mr Swanepoel is also admitted as a practising Conveyancer and Notary Public since then. He is a former member of the Law Society’s Standing Committee on Conveyancing and a former member of the Committee which was instrumental in the transfer of Walvis Bay Deeds to Namibia when Walvis Bay became part of Namibia. He was also instrumental in the drafting and promulgation of the new sectional Titles Act as an expert in the Sectional Title environment. He has vast experience and expertise in the structuring and implementation of large property developments including township establishments, sectional title developments 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. Mr Swanepoel has on numerous occasions been nominated by various institutions as one of the leading commercial and Real Estate lawyers in Namibia. He is a non-executive Director of the Board of Oryx Properties. He was previously on the Board of Bank Windhoek Holdings.

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André Swanepoel Director Tel: +264 61 275 551/ +26461 275 552 swanepoel@wkh-law.com 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 info@wkh-law.com www.wkh-law.com


NIGERIA – CORPORATE LAW

BAYO OJO & CO

Bayo Ojo & Co has existed for 29 years and is today recognised both locally and internationally as a dynamic law firm with an unwavering commitment to integrity, professionalism and delivery of services with skills of distinction and innovative approach to meet the needs of different clients. The firm enjoys a reputation of adding value to transactions by advising on the structure, merits and strategy of such transactions and using its network of local and international contacts to recognise and identify opportunities for its clients. Changing times require adaptation of skills and the introduction of new services; therefore, the firm is constantly restructuring and repositioning its abilities and resources to ensure that it is able to furnish clients with the widest range of quality skills and services. Services Arbitration: The company handles all kinds of dispute resolution including the various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation particularly in the corporate, commercial, industrial, construction and financial disciplines. Litigation: This department concentrates essentially on civil and commercial litigation in the High courts, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and it is able to offer a full range of services in this area. The department is under the direct supervision of the principal partner and managing partner who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (the equivalent of Queens counsel in England).

Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN LL.B., LL.M (Lond), BL. Dip. ICArb. FCIArb., Chartered Arbitrator Principal Partner cabayoojo@aol.com 4th Floor, ITF Building, 6, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja Nigeria Tel: +234-9-2917712 Fax: +234-9-5232317 info@bayoojoandco.org www.bayoojoandco.org

Commercial Law: Corporate, Commercial and Financial Services constitute a major part of Bayo Ojo & Co’s practice. As a law firm its advisers have been involved in several corporate and financial transactions within and outside Nigeria. The aforementioned advisers regularly advise international and domestic corporations, banks, financial institutions light- and heavyweight industrial firms, state-owned enterprises and government departments. Intellectual Property: Last but not least, within the firm’s IP practice, its primary focus is to provide clients with an efficient and cost-effective service in creating and maintaining a competitive edge using intellectual property rights, the most well known of which are trademarks , patents and registered designs. Bayo Ojo & Co’s qualified patent and trademark attorneys are highly regarded and experienced in this field – and are well equipped to advise clients on how best to protect their businesses , inventions and particular trade styles against unlawful copying.

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RWANDA – COMMERCIAL LAW

LEX CHAMBERS

Lex Chambers is one of the Rwanda’s leading law firms based in the country’s capital city of Kigali. It serves its clients with unrivaled legal services in transaction, corporate and litigation. Lex Chambers, works closely with its clients to provide the best practical solutions that deliver their desired outcomes. It is a full service law firm with expertise in commercial, transactions, and commercial & employment litigations. Transactions include floatation and acquisition of companies, mergers and de-mergers, liquidation and insolvency, licensing, local and international trade transactions, procurement of goods and services, civil matters such as litigation, corporate restructuring claims, professional negligence, property conveyance, unfair competition, construction, financial fraud, expropriation, taxation, and employment. The firm also handles criminal cases for its corporate clients. Being in a services industry, the firm works with each client throughout the engagement to ensure that its staffing, strategy, and procedures are designed to yield satisfying results for the client. It negotiates and facilitates transactions for clients, including mergers and acquisitions. Commercial Law The firm has negotiated and prepared commercial contracts relating to supply, agency, and distribution, manufacture of goods and provision of services. The firm has rendered advice to clients on trade practices and consumer protection. The firm has also negotiated and concluded several transactions for the sale, disposal and purchase of commercial assets such as commercial land, buildings, machinery and equipment. The firm also provides corporate and commercial legal services to local and international businesses. The firm drafts documents and negotiates sophisticated commercial transactions including but not limited to: • Floatation and acquisition of companies; mergers and de-mergers; shareholder arrangements; corporate finance and statutory corporate compliance and joint ventures • Liquidation and insolvency • Licensing • Local and international trade transactions • Procurement of goods and services • Company secretary & company director

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Isaac Bizumuremyi Managing Partner Tel: +250 788 300 983 isaac@lexchambers.attorney KG4 #52, Kimironko Kigali City P. O. Box 6265 Kigali Rwanda Tel: +250 733300983 www.lexchambers.attorney


SEYCHELLES – COMMERCIAL LAW

GEORGES & CO ATTORNEYS

Mr Georges has a law firm with his wife Annette called “Georges & Co”, and he specialises in civil law, particularly property and commercial disputes. During COMESA’s 18th summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Seychelles’ delegation to the summit was headed by Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure. Mr Georges was elected as one of the 12 judges to the Court of Justice during the meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the organisation in Khartoum, Sudan, where the Court of Justice is permanently based. The court meets on an ad-hoc basis when there are legal cases related to the interpretation and application of the COMESA Treaty to be heard. Both the public and private sectors within the COMESA region may take their international trade disputes to the Court of Justice for resolution and settlement.

Bernard Georges Partner Suite F26, Eden Plaza, Eden Island, Mahe P.O. Box 153, Seychelles Tel: +248 422 4280 beegee@seychelles.net www.seychelles.net

This is the first time a Seychellois has ever been appointed to the Court of Justice. Mr Georges’ term of office will be for five years. According to a press release from the Office of the President, Seychelles President James Michel sent a letter of congratulations to the new judge, stating: “Your appointment to the Bench of COMESA is a well-deserved recognition of your professional qualities as a legal practitioner and an endorsement of the confidence that our neighbours and partners on the African continent place in you and in Seychelles. It brings immense pride and satisfaction to Seychelles, as well as added visibility to our country.” Mr Georges became well-known in Seychelles for his legal radio programme on the local Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation’s SBC Radio beginning in 1993, explaining the law to laymen in a very simple way. Mr Georges has also worked on two prominent cases: defending local construction company Vijay Construction in a civil suit brought before the Supreme Court by the engineering firm that managed a five-star Savoy Hotel project, as well as representing Multichoice Africa against Intelvision, a local cable TV provider in a longstanding dispute over distribution rights. Mr Georges was also a prominent opposition politician who was a member of the Seychelles National Assembly for the Seychelles National Party (SNP) from 2007 to 2011 as a representative of the district of Les Mamelles, a suburb of the Seychelles capital, Victoria. Source: www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/2661/ Seychelles+lawyer+Bernard+Georges +appointed+judge+in+COMESA+Court+of+Justice

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SOUTH AFRICA – COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

KNOWLES HUSAIN LINDSAY INC

Knowles Husain Lindsay (“KHL”) is a dynamic firm of innovative and highly skilled lawyers that brings a combination of creativity and sound technical advice to all its engagements, while maintaining total integrity. This makes KHL a choice firm of attorneys that gives its clients the best strategic advantage. KHL is the only South African member of ALFA International, the premier and oldest global network of independent law firms, with 145 member firms allocated across seventy countries. Proficient in all aspects of dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, insurance, engineering, construction, labour, business rescue, insolvency, regulatory and property law, KHL has established a preeminent reputation for innovation, excellence and success. One of its founding directors is Mohamed Junaid Husain. Mohamed has been an attorney for almost 35 years and has represented, advised and acted for large local and international blue-chip corporations. He is held in high esteem within the profession and has been endorsed as a recommended lawyer in dispute resolution by PLC Which Lawyer and was rated as “Lawyer of the Year 2018” in the litigation category by Best Lawyers. He practises in the areas of Banking, Broadcasting, Business, Competition, Constitutional Law, and in Corporate and Commercial litigation. Amongst his many accomplishments, Mohamed: • has served the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) for almost 20 years and was its former President • has served in leadership positions in the Law Societies of South Africa • has delivered papers on topical legal issues in a number of foreign jurisdictions • has served as an acting judge of the Johannesburg High Court • is a non-executive director on the Boards of Barclays Bank South Africa Group Limited and Absa Bank Limited • is the Chairman of JSE listed Andudela Investment Holdings Limited

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Mohamed Junaid Husain Founding Director 4th Floor The Forum 2 Maude Street Sandton, 2196 Johannesburg P.O. Box 782687 Sandton, 2146 South Africa Docex 42 Sandton Square Tel: +27 11 669 6000 Fax: +27 11 669 6299 www.khl.co.za


TANZANIA – ARBITRATION

GALATI LAW CHAMBERS

GALATI LAW CHAMBERS (GLC) was established in April 1997 as a firm specialising in Corporate Law, Banking, Security documentation, Labour Laws, company formation, Intellectual properties, Litigation, Receiverships, Revenue laws and to act as consultants in Privatisation of Parastatal Organisations. GLC is a firm of six full-time lawyers managed by Mr Silwani Galati Mwantembe, who noted: “We have a vision to be the leading legal services provider in the region serving business organisations, individuals, non-profit organisations and governmental organisations. We are committed towards this, as evidenced by our values.” GLC VALUES • Professionalism • Integrity • Confidentiality • Honesty Silwani Mwantembe LL.B (Hons) Mr Mwantembe received his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1991; thereafter, he joined the office of the Attorney General for one year working as a State Attorney Trainee up to January 1992. Between 1992 and mid 1995, Mr Mwantembe worked with Tanzania Legal Corporation (TLC) as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the TLC Mwanza Zonal office. During his employment with TLC, Mr Mwantembe handled litigation assignments for a number of clients, like the then National Bank of Commerce (NBC), Co-operative and Rural Development Bank (CRDB), Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL), the then Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO), just to mention a few. Between 1995 and early 1997, Mr Mwantembe worked with a law firm known as Maajar, Rwechungura & Kameja Advocates based in Dar-es- Salaam, where he was responsible for preparation and perfection of different kinds of legal documents such as court pleadings, mortgages, debentures and legal opinions. Mr Mwantembe was, at different periods, a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Financial Management (IFM) Dar es Salaam, giving lecturers on law subjects to students pursuing certificate and diploma courses under the London-based Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB). He was also occasionally giving lecturers on the General Legal Principles of Insurance, Revenue laws and the law of contract generally. Mr Mwantembe is an active member of various professional organisations like the Tanganyika Law Society and East African Law Society and he is a life member of Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU). He is assisted by Geofrey Kange Bigila, Marina Mashimba, George Mwaisondola, Gwakisa Gervas Nsojo and Davis Kaijanabo Muzahula.

Silwani Galati Mwantembe Managing Partner glc@mwanza-online.com Exim Bank Building, 3rd Floor, Kenyatta Road, P.O. Box, 11317, Mwanza Tel: +255 028 - 2502894; +255 0754 - 277737 Fax: +255 028 - 2502440 info@galatilaw.org www.galatilaw.org

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TANZANIA – BANKING & FINANCE LAW

IMMMA ADVOCATES

Sadock is the Managing Partner, one of the founding partners and head of the Banking and Finance practice at IMMMA. Sadock has been consistently voted as leading lawyer by IFLR’s and Chambers and Partners Global. Sadock has an extensive background in the banking and finance sector having work at the Bank of Tanzania (BOT) as legal counsel for seven years. Sadock has participated in various assignments, including the drafting of legislation for the liberalisation of the banking sector, restructuring of the Bank of Tanzania Act and the enforcement of compliance by banks and financial institutions to the provisions of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act. Sadock’s expertise includes transactional banking, corporate finance, debt capital markets, restructuring and receiverships and banking regulatory and compliance. He regularly represents banking institutions, both domestic and international, in secured and unsecured lending transactions including syndicated lending, project finance, personal property security, derivatives and equity finance. Sadock is also an expert on drafting all phases of commercial loan documentation including loan facility agreements, mortgages, debentures, assignments, guarantees and indemnities and security sharing agreements. Sadock holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Dar es Salaam and he is an active member of Tanganyika law Society, East African Law Society and International Bar Association. Firm’s Profile IMMMA Advocates is part of DLA Piper Group, an alliance of legal practices, with offices in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Zanzibar. IMMMA is among the top three corporate law firms in Tanzania. It has at the moment seven partners, 16 practicing advocates, two associate trainees and one legal officer. IMMMA specialises in the following practices • Corporate and Commercial (including Mergers and Acquisitions) • Employment, Immigration and Intellectual Property (IP) • Banking, Finance and Real Estate • Dispute Resolution I.e. Litigation & Arbitration; • Tax; and • Project and Infrastructure – i.e. energy, PPP, Mining, Telecom, Oil and Gas Market Recognition IMMMA’s work has not gone unnoticed and the firm has received several international recognitions as a leading business law firm. Below is a highlight of some of these recognitions: IMMMA is ranked in • Band 2 in the General Business law by the Chambers Global (2017). • Tier 1 in Project Development and Tier 2 in Financial and corporate by the IFLR 1000 (2018). • First Tier in Legal market overview by the Legal 500 (2017).

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Sadock Magai Managing Partner Tel: +255 754 210218 magai@immma.co.tz IMMMA House, Plot No 357, UNITED NATION Road Upanga, Tanzania Tel: +255 22 2111622 /2120469 /2120401 /2120483 Fax: +255 22 2111621 www.immma.co.tz


TUNISIA – CORPORATE LAW

LABIB LAW FIRM

Labib Law Firm is an integrated full-service and independent firm founded in 2008 in Tunis, Tunisia which provides cross-jurisdictional legal advice that genuinely reflects what ‘global’ means for our clients. We have been at the forefront of transactions in Tunisia for a number of years. A particular feature of our firm is that we have a real understanding of our clients’ needs, members of our firm having worked both for – and within – governmental agencies, international organisations and international law firms. We believe that this gives us a sensitivity to the mix of legal, economic, political and public relations issues which our clients face and the broader context in which they operate. Our law firm is comprised of lawyers whom are graduates from Tunisian, French and US law schools who are fluent speakers of Arabic, French, Italian and English. Our experience of working in Tunisia encompasses many different sectors and all types of transactions including dispute resolution, public-private partnerships & project financing, extractive industries, capital markets, M&A, communication technologies & media law, arbitration & commercial litigation, international trade, investment regulation, and intellectual property.

Yacine Labib Partner Tel: +216 23 24 25 10 yacine.labib@labib-law.com 67 Avenue Alain Savary, Cité Jardins2, Bloc B, Bureau N°4, 5ème étage, 1002 Tunis Tunisia Tel: +216 71 84 06 13 Fax: +216 71 84 06 18 www.labib-law.com

Yacine Labib is a lawyer admitted to Tunis Bar. He practices as a litigator and corporate/ business lawyer providing general corporate and commercial advice to a wide range of companies and public sector organisations. These last years, he specifically focused his activity on corporate re-structuring issues, litigation and ADR, negotiation and drafting of international contracts, joint-ventures, banking and finance, intellectual property, regulatory law, information and technology law as well as international criminal law. On the international level, Yacine Labib worked as legal counsel at the African Development Bank as well as at the Milan Chamber of Arbitration. He is frequently asked to intervene as a speaker in international conferences on international investment and commercial laws in Tunisia and the MENA region. He is regularly assisting international corporations for the development of their activities in the MENA region. His working languages are Arabic, English, French and Italian.

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UAE – ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW

ENGIE

Nicole Iseppi is the only professional in the international legal and energy industry to date, who has worked directly in-house as a senior adviser in both the world’s largest IPP global energy company - ENGIE (formerly known as GDF Suez) and also one of the world’s largest project finance lenders - Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). She assists and advises such leading international companies in the successful delivery of their respective energy related interests, strategies and infrastructure investments. Nicole’s career to date specialises in providing a complete advisory & project management form of service, in relation to global energy infrastructure projects. She has had substantial experience in the strategic formulation, structuring, financing, execution and operational phases of energy infrastructure projects within the IPP, IWPP, Renewable Energy and also the LNG sectors of Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and European regions for the past 17+ years and has been working with ENGIE since 2010. Since the beginning of 2016, Nicole has now been acting as the Associate Director of Strategy for the Global Centralised Generation business of ENGIE. As a result of Nicole’s international energy and legal experience, she was also appointed in 2016 to the management committee of, and as Project Director & Legal Director for the global solar Terrawatt Initiative (TWI). TWI is a global independent non-profit foundation launched out of COP21, which promotes solar development. Nicole also co-leads the TWI and the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) “Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative’, which promotes standardising contracts to streamline the global development of solar projects. Nicole has worked in the past as a foreign legal practitioner in Japan and has the professional qualifications as a Solicitor in England & Wales, Practitioner of the High Court of Australia and a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. She is a regular speaker at various global finance & energy infrastructure conferences and was appointed by her peers as an official member of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Power Law Committee. Nicole has also been awarded by her peers as (i) the “Global Energy Adviser of the Year - 2017” by the Global 100 Index (which recognises the leading individuals and companies around the globe in all sectors); (ii) “Global Female Energy Lawyer of the Year - 2017” by Legal Monthly Magazine Women International Awards and (iii) “Leading Female U.A.E Energy Adviser of the Year – 2017”by International Finance Acquisition Magazine.”

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Nicole Iseppi Associate Director – Global Centralised Generation nicole.iseppi@engie.com Business Central Towers - B, 50th Floor, Media City, Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 66235, Dubai United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 4570777 www.engie.com


UAE – INSURANCE & REINSURANCE LAW

KENNEDYS LAW LLP

Simon Isgar has 14 years extensive experience in representing international insurers and international intermediaries in the medical and life insurance markets globally. He is a specialist in international health regulation and health insurance law. Mr Isgar advises on international regulatory issues with medical and life insurers including policy wordings, meeting with foreign regulators, interpreting foreign regulations and laws applicable to foreign insurers and agents and general international compliance matters. He advises insurance intermediaries on placement of risks and products in foreign markets including underwriting agents and brokers. Mr Isgar also advises in corporate and regulatory healthcare and represents a number of medical providers in the Middle East region. Mr Isgar is experienced in corporate insurance transactional work including setting up international insurers, and agents in foreign markets through local incorporation, reinsurance arrangements and partnering with local licenced insurer in all lines of insurance - specifically life and health. Mr Isgar has advised the largest UK Life Insurance Company in respect of its distribution of insurance products in the Middle East region including advising on the regulatory aspects and drafting the required transactional legal documents. Mr Isgar also represents some of the largest global health insurers and Managing General Agents. He is recognised as a leading legal expert in the International Private Medical Insurance market. He is also experienced in: general corporate and commercial law in the UAE, including company formation and foreign restructuring of minority ownership including experience in UAE courts with Notary Republic; UAE labour law & DIFC Employment, with experience in drafting and review of employment agreements and general advisory; and dispute resolution in insurance and commercial matters – DIFC employment law representation – High Rights of Audience (England & Wales). Mr Isgar’s clients include insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries (brokers, underwriting agents and IFAs), third party medical claim administrators, medical providers (clinics and hospitals), media, PR companies and local UAE trading companies in the Middle East. He is a member of the Emirates Insurance Association, Employed Barrister Association, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, the Employment Lawyers Association, and the Bar Council of England and Wales. Kennedys Kennedys is a growing international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. The firm has some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. Its team handles both contentious and non-contentious legal services for many industries including: insurance and reinsurance, aviation, banking and finance, construction and engineering, healthcare, life sciences, public sector, rail, real estate, retail, shipping and international trade, sport and leisure, transport and logistics, and travel and tourism.

Simon Isgar Partner Tel: +971 4 350 3691 simon.isgar@kennedyslaw.com Office 1101 Conrad Tower Sheikh Zayed Road PO Box 212620 Dubai United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 350 3600 Fax: +971 4 350 3699 www.kennedyslaw.com

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UAE – M&A LAW

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS LLP

Zubair Mir is the Middle East Managing Partner and Head of the Herbert Smith Freehills Middle East corporate practice. He has a wealth of experience advising clients with M&A, private equity, asset management and investment fund formation. Zubair regularly works with boards of financial institutions, private equity houses, asset managers and sovereign wealth funds on a broad range of complex, cross-border corporate transactions.

Zubair Mir Managing Partner, Middle East Tel: +971 4 428 6303 zubair.mir@hsf.com

He has been based in the Middle East since December 2000, having previously worked in London and Melbourne.

Dubai International Financial Centre, Gate Village 7, Level 4 PO Box 506631 Dubai UAE Tel: +971 4 428 6300 Fax: +971 4 365 3171

Zubair has been consistently named as one of the world’s leading corporate finance and investment funds lawyers annually for the last 10 years by various international legal directories including Legal 500, Chambers Global and The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers. Private Equity International named him as one of the ‘30 Most Influential Lawyers in Global Private Equity’ in their most recent global list. Zubair’s experience includes advising: • ENGIE on its successful bid to acquire a 40% equity stake in DFM-listed National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) from Mubadala Investment Company for AED 2.8 billion • BMA International on the auction sale of its 100% stake in Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 GEANT hypermarket and supermarket stores in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait (and four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain), to Majid Al Futtaim Holding • Investcorp Bank on the structuring and establishment of the Investcorp Gulf Opportunity Fund I and Investcorp Islamic Gulf Opportunity Fund I, seeking to raise in aggregate US$1 billion in the Middle East and North Africa region • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation on its US$2.65 billion acquisition of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited and its US$2.89 billion acquisition of Egypt’s third mobile operator licence Herbert Smith Freehills Operating from over 26 offices across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. We provide many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure, technology and financial services. The firm has advised on Middle East transactions for over 40 years and today its multidisciplinary team acts for international and regional clients conducting business throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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ZAMBIA – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

ELLIS & CO.

ELLIS & CO. Legal Practitioners & Notaries Bonaventure Chibamba Mutale joined Ellis & Co., in 1977. He graduated from the University of Zambia with Bachelor of Laws Degree - (LLB) with Honours in 1975. He was admitted to the Zambian Bar on 30th December, 1976 and to the Inner Bar in 1998. He is an Advocate of the High Court and the Supreme Court of Zambia and was elevated to State Counsel in 1998. Bonaventure Chibamba Mutale is a member of the Law Association of Zambia and American Bar Association. He is a former Attorney General of Zambia – (19972002) with considerable experience in a broad range of legal areas. He is the head of the firm’s intellectual property, commercial and civil litigation departments. His main practice areas include; civil, criminal litigation and constitutional law. He has handled many high profile cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court.

Bonaventure Chibamba Mutale, SC. Partner Philip Ellis House 8 Tito Road, Rhodes Park P. O. Box 31902, Lusaka Zambia Tel: +260-211-252709 / 252809 Fax: +260-211-260031 ellisip@iconnect.zm elisanco@iconnect.zm

In collaboration with Messrs. Clifford Chance one of the UK’s leading firms of solicitors, Bonaventure Chibamba Mutale superintended the negotiations for the privatisation of Zambia’s largest mining conglomerate - ZCCM Ltd., in 2000. March to April 2001 - Bonaventure Chibamba Mutale was Head of Zambia’s Delegation to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights. December 2001 - Presented and defended Zambia’s first report to UN Committee on Human Rights under the UN Convention of Civil and Political Rights. September to December 2001 - In collaboration with the firm of London Solicitors (Messrs. Evershed Solicitors) represented the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Limited in Mediation over a dispute on the sale of cobalt. March 2003 to 2009 - Was Chairman of the University of Zambia Staff Tribunal which adjudicates upon all disciplinary matters involving Lecturers and Professional Staff of the University of Zambia.

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ZAMBIA – M&A LAW

CORPUS LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

Sharon Sakuwaha specialises in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and private equity work. She has 14 years of experience and her M&A experience includes both public and private, having advised clients such as General Cable, Cargill, Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc, ZCCM-IH Plc and BP Plc. Some of her recent M&A transactions include advising General Cable on the divestiture of its majority stake in Metal Fabricators of Zambia (Zamefa Plc); and advising Cargill in its USD 25.7 million acquisition of Zamanita, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zambeef Products Plc. Sharon also extensively writes on M&A notably, she authored the Zambia chapter of: 2018 International Comparative Legal Guides to: Private Equity; 2018 International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers and Acquisitions; and 2017 edition Getting the Deal Through: Merger & Acquisitions. Getting the Deal Through works with many of the best lawyers and law firms in the world to bring together a unique legal information resource, written by experts on each subject area, in every significant jurisdiction. Sharon Sakuwaha is ranked as Highly Regarded with respect to Mergers and Acquisitions by IFLR1000 2018, a guide to the world’s leading financial law firms and lawyers, and is ranked in Band 3 of Leading Lawyers in 2017 Chambers Global guide with respect to General Business Law Corpus Legal Practitioners In M&A, Corpus Legal Practitioners mainly advises on: private equity deals; corporate strategic acquisitions and divestitures; spinoffs; asset sale transactions; joint ventures; corporate restructuring; cross-border transactions; and going private transactions. The firm distinguishes itself in this area by taking time to understand its client’s objectives, business and industry. It understands the nuances of industry specific regulations which allows it to identify risks at an early stage. Further, the firm recognises that no two transactions are alike, thus, with knowledge built up from years of working with clients across industries, it provides expertise based on local know-how to help clients understand and assess their options for executing their transactions. Corpus Legal Practitioners handles a variety of transactions for clients ranging from multinationals and other corporations, investment banks, private equity firms, to smaller impact investors. It also advises public investment companies on deals across a broad range of industry sectors. The firm’s notable clients include: Prudential PLC, Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC, Cargill, General Cable, and Industrial Development Corporation Limited. The firm recently acted as advisor to Prudential PLC with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange in respect of its USD15 million acquisition of Professional Life Assurance Zambia Limited (PLAZ).

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Sharon Sakuwaha Partner – Mergers & Acquisitions Tel: +2602 11 372300 Extension: 2314 ssakuwaha@corpus.co.zm Elunda II, Ground Floor Stand No. 4648, Addis Ababa Rbt, Rhodespark P. O. Box 32115, Lusaka Zambia Tel: +2602 11 372300 Fax: +2602 11 372323


Index

TITLE

# 20 Essex Street Chambers – Hong Kong........................................................................................ 138

4 Pump Court – England................................................................................................................... 35

9 Windeyer Chambers – Australia.................................................................................................... 131

A A.G. DA CUNHA FERREIRA LDA – Portugal...................................................................................... 71

AKT Law Office – Turkey.................................................................................................................... 84

Aleksey Pukha & Partners – Ukraine.................................................................................................. 87

Anand and Anand – India................................................................................................................ 143

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) – Philippines......................... 151

Anyfanti & Partners Law Firm – Greece.............................................................................................. 55

Aramburu Saldívar y Vázquez Abogados – Mexico.......................................................................... 105

Arye Leybovich & Co Law Offices – International Tax – Israel........................................................... 169 GLE 193


Index Arye Leybovich & Co Law Offices – Trusts & Wealth Management – Israel....................................... 173

Ash Norton Solicitors – England........................................................................................................ 24

AYR - Amar Reiter Jeanne Shochatovitch & Co. – Israel.................................................................. 170

B Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners – Greece ............................................................................................ 54

Barristers.Comm – New Zealand..................................................................................................... 149

Baybridge Lawyers – Australia......................................................................................................... 134

Bayo Ojo & Co – Nigeria.................................................................................................................. 181

Bergman Dacey Goldsmith – California, US..................................................................................... 114

Bernardino, Resende E Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L. – Portugal................................. 72

Bonaccord – UK................................................................................................................................ 86

Braumiller Law Group PLLC – Texas, US......................................................................................... 123

Buch Advokatfirma, I/S – Denmark.................................................................................................... 22 GLE 194


C Cabral Gomes & Thronicke Law Firm – Brazil.................................................................................... 96

Caroline Preston Strategic Dispute Resolution – Ireland..................................................................... 56

CDR. Litigation Boutique – Russia..................................................................................................... 75

Chalos & Co, P.C. - International Law Firm – Florida, US.................................................................. 115

Christos Patsalides Corporate Management Ltd – Cyprus................................................................. 21

CLAIM S.A – Cuba.......................................................................................................................... 102

Clayton Morgan & Company – Jamaica........................................................................................... 104

Colin David Russ t/a CDR – England................................................................................................. 28

Constantine Law – England............................................................................................................... 36

Conways Solicitors – Ireland.............................................................................................................. 57

Corpus Legal Practitioners – Zambia............................................................................................... 192

Counselors International Abogados – Mexico.................................................................................. 107

Couto Silva Advogados – Brazil......................................................................................................... 97 GLE 195


Index D D.D. Fidelity Associates Limited – Cyprus.......................................................................................... 20

D2 Legal Technology LLP – England.................................................................................................. 34

DeHeng Law Offices – China........................................................................................................... 136

Deol & Gill, Advocates & Solicitors – Malaysia.................................................................................. 148

Deschenaux Hornblower & Partners, LLP – Switzerland.................................................................... 83

Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC – Oklahoma, US.................................................................. 122

Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Magano Erkana – Namibia........................................................... 178

Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Patrick Kauta – Namibia............................................................... 179

Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Inc. – Andre Swanepoel – Namibia........................................................ 180

Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP – Germany.................................................................................. 50

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co. S.C. – Mexico.................................................................................. 106 GLE 196


E Economic Laws Practice (ELP) – India............................................................................................. 142

ELKRIEF AVOCATS – France............................................................................................................. 39

Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries – Hong Kong........................................................... 139

Ella Cheong LLC – Singapore.......................................................................................................... 152

Ellis & Co. – Zambia......................................................................................................................... 191

EM Law – England............................................................................................................................. 26

EMD Advocates – Malta.................................................................................................................... 66

ENGIE – UAE................................................................................................................................... 188

Estudio Colmenares & Asociados – Peru......................................................................................... 111

Etude Antinori – Luxembourg............................................................................................................ 65

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP – England........................................................................... 31

Eversheds Sutherland Ltd. – Switzerland........................................................................................... 81 GLE 197


Index F FERNÁNDEZ ZACUR – GABINETE JURÍDICO – Paraguay.............................................................. 109

FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW – Illinois, US..................................................................................... 117

Frenkel & Associés – France.............................................................................................................. 42

G GALATI LAW CHAMBERS – Tanzania.............................................................................................. 185

Galion Société d’Avocats – France.................................................................................................... 41

Georges & Co Attorneys – Seychelles.............................................................................................. 183

GHM Partners AG – Switzerland........................................................................................................ 79

Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP – New York, US.............................................................................. 120

Goldstein Law Firm, PLLC – New York, US...................................................................................... 119

GTLaw – Switzerland......................................................................................................................... 80 GLE 198


H Herbert Smith Freehills LLP – UAE................................................................................................... 190

Hunton & Williams – England............................................................................................................. 27

I IMMMA Advocates – Tanzania......................................................................................................... 186

Indrawan Darsyah Santoso – Immanuel A. Indrawan – Indonesia..................................................... 147

Indrawan Darsyah Santoso – Eric Pratama Santoso – Indonesia...................................................... 146

Iordache Partners – Romania............................................................................................................. 73

J J. Sagar Associates – India.............................................................................................................. 144

James & George Collie LLP – Scotland............................................................................................. 77

Jáuregui y Del Valle – Mexico........................................................................................................... 108 GLE 199


Index K Kairu Mbuthia & Kiingati Advocates – Kenya.................................................................................... 174

Kaiser Partner – Liechtenstein........................................................................................................... 62

Kaplan Abogados – Argentina........................................................................................................... 94

Kennedys Law LLP – UAE............................................................................................................... 189

Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates – Kenya.................................................................................... 175

KLIEMT.HR LAWYERS – Germany.................................................................................................... 47

Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc – South Africa..................................................................................... 184

Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm – Egypt....................................................................................... 163

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP – France.................................................................................... 40

L Labib Law Firm – Tunisia................................................................................................................. 187

Law Firm Charles Badou & Partners – Benin.................................................................................... 160 GLE 200


Law Office François Ott – Switzerland................................................................................................ 82

Law Office of Ramni Taneja – India.................................................................................................. 140

Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC – New Jersey, US....................................................... 118

Law Square – Ine Lejeune – Belgium................................................................................................. 16

Law Square – Karin Winters – Belgium.............................................................................................. 15

Lawslinked Tax & Legal Services – Netherlands................................................................................. 67

Legal Consulting – Dominican Republic........................................................................................... 103

Lex Chambers – Rwanda................................................................................................................ 182

Lexdellmeier Intellectual Property Law Firm – Germany...................................................................... 49

List G Barristers – Australia.............................................................................................................. 132

Lloyd Platt & Co. – England............................................................................................................... 29

LLR Legerlotz Laschet & Partner mbB – Germany............................................................................. 52 GLE 201


Index M Maiwald Patentanwaltsgesellschaft GmbH – Germany...................................................................... 46

Mares / Danilescu / Mares in association with Dan Lupascu – Romania............................................. 74

Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office - Uzi Pinchai – Israel............................................................. 166

Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office - Ziv Pinchasi – Israel............................................................ 171

Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office - Eric Wachstock – Israel...................................................... 168

Michael Hunter & Partners Law Office - Eli Hunter Zrihan – Israel..................................................... 172

MPR Solicitors LLP - Abdullah Al-Yunusi – England........................................................................... 32

MPR Solicitors LLP - Seema Parikh – England.................................................................................. 33

MTN Law Firm – Turkey..................................................................................................................... 85

N Navigant – New York, US................................................................................................................. 121

Nestor – England............................................................................................................................... 30 GLE 202


Nievergelt & Partner Advokatur und Notariat AG – Switzerland......................................................... 78

Nyman Gibson Miralis – Australia..................................................................................................... 133

O Olejnik Kancelaria Radców Prawnych Spółka Partnerska – Poland.................................................... 69

Onambele-Anchang & Associates Law – Cameroon........................................................................ 161

Osterling Abogados – Peru.............................................................................................................. 110

P Park Wirtschaftsstrafrecht – Germany................................................................................................ 53

Pierola & Asociados – Peru.............................................................................................................. 112

R Railas Attorneys Ltd. – Finland........................................................................................................... 38

Rechtsanwalt Wamser – Germany..................................................................................................... 44 GLE 203


Index Regent Law – Canada....................................................................................................................... 98

ROIDER IP LAW FIRM – Germany..................................................................................................... 48

S S&H Group – Ghana........................................................................................................................ 164

Salazar, Salazar & Associates – Bolivia.............................................................................................. 95

Sandmann Klinger Michaelis Bär – Germany..................................................................................... 51

Shandong Jointide Law Firm – China............................................................................................... 137

ShawbellConsulting – Ghana........................................................................................................... 165

Shuke Law – Albania......................................................................................................................... 13

Signify – Netherlands......................................................................................................................... 68

Silver Shemmings Ash LLP – England............................................................................................... 25

Sim & San, Attorneys At Law – India................................................................................................ 141

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte – Germany.......................................................................................... 43 GLE 204


Soteris Pittas & Co LLC – Cyprus...................................................................................................... 18

SPASS – Portugal.............................................................................................................................. 70

SSEK Legal Consultants – Indonesia............................................................................................... 145

St Philips Chambers – England......................................................................................................... 37

Stašaitis & Partners Law Office – Lithuania........................................................................................ 63

Studio Biscozzi Nobili Legale Tributario – Italy.................................................................................... 61

Studio dell’avvocato Cristina Rossello gia’ studio avv. prof. Ariberto Mignoli E Associato – Italy......... 60

Studio Legale Isolabella - Francesco Isolabella – Italy......................................................................... 58

Studio Legale Isolabella - Luigi Isolabella – Italy.................................................................................. 59

T Tabakov, Tabakova & Partners – Bulgaria........................................................................................... 17

Thambwe Mwamba & Associes – Democratic Republic of the Congo............................................. 162

The 36 Group – England.................................................................................................................... 23 GLE 205


Index The Dworsky Law Firm – Illinois, US................................................................................................ 116

The Federal Practice Group – Washington DC, US.......................................................................... 124

Tornaritis Law Firm – Cyprus.............................................................................................................. 19

U Uexküll & Stolberg – Germany........................................................................................................... 45

V Vasiliev Klein Usov LLC – Russia........................................................................................................ 76

Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF – Hong Duc) – Vietnam........................................................ 153

Viva Africa Consulting LLP – Kenya................................................................................................. 176

W Walker Law Group – Australia.......................................................................................................... 135

Wies & Hertzog – Luxembourg.......................................................................................................... 64 GLE 206


Winthrop Couchot Golubow Hollander, LLP – California, US............................................................ 113

Wortels Lexus – Mauritius................................................................................................................ 177

Y Yehuda Raveh & Co – Israel............................................................................................................. 167

YLaw Group – Canada...................................................................................................................... 99

Yousaf Amanat & Associates – Pakistan.......................................................................................... 150

Z Z.Manoukyan & Partners – Armenia................................................................................................... 14

Zagazeta Garcia LLP – Maria Norka Zagazeta Garcia – Canada...................................................... 101

Zagazeta Garcia LLP – Elka Zagazeta – Canada.............................................................................. 100

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