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GLOBAL LAW EXPERTS ANNUAL AWARDS

GLOBAL LAW EXPERTS ANNUAL AWARDS 2018

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Welcome to the Global Law Experts (GLE) Annual Awards 2018 publication GLE is one of the world’s leading online resources for locating specialist legal advisers for the services required by businesses, investors and individuals. The website has shown double-digit user growth month-on-month since inception, and approximately 115,000 users currently benefit from www.globallawexperts.com. Increasingly, the site is a valuable tool for business leaders, in-house counsel, high-net-worth individuals, operations directors, investors, accountants, banks and the general population looking for quality legal advice in all corners of the world and in more than 250 practice areas. In order to select our winners, we undertook an extensive nomination and research process, creating a shortlist of firms that are deemed experts within their chosen specialisms. During an initial recommendation stage, we received responses from business directors, in-house counsel, independent firms, high-networth individuals, bar associations, visitors to the GLE website and LinkedIn users. These recommendations were combined with our independent research to create the finished shortlist for each country and practice area. The shortlisted firms were then judged on client testimonials, case studies, legal ranking and published material, as well as the performance and standing of the teams’ individual attorneys. Editor: John Martin awards-editor@globallawexperts.com www.globallawexperts.com 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. 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.

We have broken down the winners by region, country and practice area. Many of the firms selected offer a multitude of services and have provided a firm summary to this effect; meanwhile, some have chosen to profile their expertise regarding their winning category – providing details of their casework and some up-to-date industry commentary. Our Listings section contains the details of additional winners from around the world. Further, the Index at the back of this edition makes it easy for our readers to locate the entries for all of our winners.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients. CONTENTS: Europe Winners

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The Americas Winners

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Asia & Oceania Winners

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Africa & the Middle East Winners

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Listings

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According to a recent European Commission white paper on the future of Europe, Europe is now at the cutting edge of innovation. The Eurozone, also known as the euro area, is currently a monetary union of 19 of the 28 European Union (EU) member states, which have adopted the euro as their sole legal tender, although the other nine members of the Union continue to use their own national currencies. While no further accession to the EU is expected in the short term, the prospect itself is a powerful tool to project stability along Europe’s borders. The EU works actively with its neighbourhood, whether in the east or in the south. From its strengthened partnership with Ukraine, to a wide-ranging cooperation with its African partners, Europe’s role as a positive international force is more vital than ever before. In addition, unemployment continues to fall and is now around pre-crisis levels. In the EU, unemployment is set to continue to decline, from 7.6% in 2017 to 7.1% in 2018 and 6.7% in 2019. Unemployment in the euro area is forecast to fall from 9.1% in 2017 to 8.4% in 2018 and 7.9% in 2019. The number of people in work in the region is now at its highest since the introduction of the euro – though some labourmarket slack remains. Both the general government deficit-to-GDP ratio and the gross debt-to-GDP ratio are expected to fall in 2018 too, 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. Uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook remains elevated. External risks are linked, for instance, to future US economic and trade policy and broader geopolitical tensions, as well as Brexit. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, noted: “Investment is rising, and public finances are improving, with the deficit in the euro

area set to drop to just 0.7% of GDP this year. The biggest risk to this rosy outlook is protectionism, which must not become the new normal – that would only hurt those of our citizens we most need to protect.” According to FocusEconomics, the UK economy appears to have picked up steam in Q2, but growth was nonetheless mediocre. Monthly GDP data for April and May shows that the economy was supported by a solid expansion in the services sector, particularly wholesale and retail trade. However, the report states

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this was at least partly due to a prolonged period of good weather boosting consumer spending. The strong performance of the services sector appears to have carried over to June, with the services PMI reaching its highest level since Q4 2017. The labour market paints a mixed picture: although the employment rate is at an all-time high, wage growth dipped in March–May. Coupled with pessimistic consumer sentiment, this suggested the recent upturn in consumer spending may not last. On the political front, the cabinet finally agreed on a common Brexit stance in early July. However, domestic political stability has subsequently decreased, and the EU is likely to have some objections to the government’s plans for future trading. Available data from the same source suggests that the Central and Eastern European (CEE) economy lost some steam through the first half of the year, slowing somewhat from last year’s breakneck

growth spurt. Ahead of preliminary estimates for Q2, leading data hints that regional growth moderated through June on weaker external demand stemming from this year’s slowdown in the Eurozone. That said, the thriving domestic economy that galvanised the region’s 4.4% annual expansion in Q1 appears to have kept pace in recent months, despite running up against labour shortages. Moreover, an investment boom has been noted across much of the region, supported by cheap financing and greater absorption of EU structural funds. As it stands, FocusEconomics places second-quarter growth of the CEE economy at 4.1% yearon-year. Meanwhile, back at his 2017 State of the European Union address, President Juncker unveiled a roadmap detailing the main steps towards a more unified, stronger and more democratic Union. Building on this, national leaders met in Tallinn, Estonia, and agreed

on a Leaders’ Agenda: a list of the most pressing issues and challenges for which solutions should be found, ahead of the European elections in 2019. On 9 May, 2019, at a summit in Sibiu, Romania, national leaders are expected to mark the culmination of this process with a renewed commitment to an EU that delivers on the most pertinent issues today. Last but not least, according to FocusEconomics, incoming data for the economy of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) suggests that regional growth fared healthily in Q2, after a sharp climb in Q1. Regional GDP is expected to have grown 1.9% annually in Q2 – unchanged from the 1.9% expansion recorded in the previous quarter. Higher oil prices, rising wages and a healthy labour market are supporting a recovery in Russia’s economy.

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Debello Law / Consumer Law Firm of the Year in England..........................................................................................8.

Merrick Solicitors / Divorce Law Firm of the Year in England......................................................................................8.

Anglo French Law / French Property Law Firm of the Year in England........................................................................9.

36 Stone, part of 36 Group / Individual - Shipping Litigation Barrister of the Year in England......................................9.

Parfitt Cresswell / Regional - Private Client Law Firm of the Year in England............................................................. 10.

Derriennic Associés / Computer Law Firm of the Year in France............................................................................... 10.

Cabinet Chaillot / Editors’ Choice - Chemistry Patents Law Firm of the Year in France..............................................11.

LexDellmeier IP Law Firm / Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Germany..................................................11.

MGR Rechtsanwälte / International Construction Projects Law Firm of the Year in Germany .................................12.

Risvas & Associates Law Firm / Boutique - Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Greece.........................................12.

MacGuill & Company / International Crime Law Firm of the Year in Ireland..............................................................13.

Lavelle Solicitors / Medical Negligence Law Firm of the Year in Ireland....................................................................13.

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Fava & Associati Law Firm / Employment Law Firm of the Year in Italy....................................................................14.

GN Treuhand Anstalt / Companies & Trusts Advisory Firm of the Year in Liechtenstein............................................14.

RJ GAITO Law Firm / Client Choice - Private Equity Law Firm of the Year in Luxembourg.......................................15.

Lextrust Law Firm / Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year in Luxembourg...........................................................15.

MENS LEGIS LAW FIRM / Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year in Macedonia..........................................................16.

Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A. / Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year in Poland.................................................17.

POLSERVICE / Trademark Advisory Firm of the Year in Poland..................................................................................18.

A Tax International: Financial Consulting / Tax Advisory Firm of the Year in Slovenia.................................................18.

SCHILLER Abogados & Rechtsanwälte / Employment Law Firm of the Year in Spain.............................................19.

HERRERO & ASOCIADOS, S.L. / Intellectual Property Advisory Firm of the Year in Spain.......................................19.

Reichlin Hess AG / Crypto Law Firm of the Year in Switzerland................................................................................20.

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CONSUMER LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Debello Law Dean Dunham Senior Partner, Solicitor-Advocate Tel: +44 (0)20 3 137 7126 dean@dunhamgroup.co.uk www.debellolaw.co.uk

Debello Law is led by Dean Dunham, who is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities and commentators in consumer law. In recognition of this, Debello Law was named Consumer Law Firm of the year 2018, by the premier lawyer guide ‘Global Law Experts’. Dean is the consumer law expert/ commentator for Trinity Mirror and LBC radio. Debello Law also has an enviable reputation for representing celebrities and high-net-worth individuals on media and family law matters. In addition, the corporate/commercial team is well known for representing clients in relation to acquisitions, disposals and other commercial matters. For our high-profile clients, we are recognised as leaders in the field at protecting valuable reputations and managing what is broadcast and published about them. A unique selling point of Debello Law is that we are solicitor-advocates, meaning that we can cover all aspects of our clients’ litigation needs, including court advocacy.

Services – Consumer Law Led by leading consumer rights lawyer, Dean Dunham, our consumer law team advises both consumers and businesses on a wide range of consumer law matters. Services – Corporate/Commercial Law Our corporate/commercial team advises on a wide range of matters, ranging from business sale and purchases, investments, shareholder matters to GDPR. Services – Private Client Law Led by experienced private client lawyer Edel McMahon, our private client team deals with a wide range of private client matters, ranging from divorce, child law matters, ancillary relief, wills and probate to equity disputes. Head office: 33rd Floor Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3DP, England

DIVORCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND

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FRENCH PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Anglo French Law is a dedicated firm dealing exclusively with French property law, legally qualified on both sides of the channel. We offer independent bilingual, bicultural legal advice tailored to your needs as a private client or as a UK solicitors firm regarding family law matters, including French real estate, probate with French assets, or if you are a deputy for the court of protection conveyancing. We have and continue to act for a number of clients across the spectrum of Legal 500 and city firms seeking assistance with these and other matters. Our comprehensive service provides in-depth written reports at every stage of your transaction and delivers the highest level of specialist expertise. We aim to provide efficient solutions to both potential difficulty and new opportunity alike. Practice areas Buying/selling French property Debt enforcement French succession law Registration of charges French probate Tax beneficial structures French company formation Divorce with French assets

5 Waterloo Square Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4DR 28 Throgmorton Street London EC2N 2AN Bureau de liaison 57 rue d’Amsterdam 75008 Paris France DX Newcastle U Tyne 61002 Tel: (0)333 335 67 67 Tel: 0033(0) 1 76 66 05 26 Fax: +44 (0)844 357 6764 info@anglofrenchlaw.co.uk www.anglofrenchlaw.co.uk

INDIVIDUAL - SHIPPING LITIGATION BARRISTER OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND 36 Stone, part of 36 Group Vasanti Selvaratnam QC Queen’s Counsel Tel: +44 207 440 6900; +44 207 421 8000 vselvaratnam@36stone.co.uk www.36group.co.uk/members/vs The 36 Group, of which 36 Stone is an integral part, is well known for its commitment to excellence and diversity as well as having an international outlook with members practising in India, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Middle East. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is a senior QC practising in all aspects of shipping, both wet and dry, as well as international commercial arbitration and commercial court litigation. Shipping and international trade has been her particular area of specialism since starting practice in 1984, and the colleagues with whom she practises at 36 Stone are also specialist experts in this field. Ms Selvaratnam provides advisory and advocacy services across the entire range of her practice, as well as being available for appointment as an arbitrator both in the UK and abroad under the rules of all the major institutions. Ms Selvaratnam has been in full-time practice at the Bar of England and Wales since 1984, and has been consistently rated for her shipping and arbitration practice in all of the major guides. Recent testimonials include the following: “The outstanding Vasanti Selvaratnam QC impresses peers with her sophisticated advocacy abilities and deep expertise in commodity disputes […] Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is an accomplished litigator who is hugely knowledgeable when it comes to both wet and dry shipping disputes.” – Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2018

“She gives 100% for her clients and is prepared to fight every corner […] She is wonderful. She has the best grasp of detail of any leader that I’ve come across. She is incredible, hands-on and good to work with.” – Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018 Ms Selvaratnam heads the education sub-committee of the London Shipping Law Centre, which is a body that disseminates legal and practical knowledge for members of the shipping industry. She is also a member of the BMLA, a supporting member of the LMAA, and regularly arbitrates shipping disputes under LMAA Rules. Moreover, she is a member of the ICC, COMBAR and the LCIA. Ms Selvaratnam noted: “The cases I have been involved in in the last 12-18 months concern (a) a string of shipbuilding disputes where the buyers by whom I was instructed established the existence of a fundamental design defect entitling them to reject the vessel. This led to settlement of the follow-on disputes; (b) I am instructed by Clyde and Co in the first collision action to reach the Court of Appeal in 15 years on the important issue of whether the crossing rules apply in the approaches to a narrow channel. The issue has great significance for safety. I also successfully argued one of the first cases before the English Court to uphold the enforceability as a matter of English law of a clause requiring good-faith friendly discussions before commencement of arbitration.”

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REGIONAL - PRIVATE CLIENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Parfitt Cresswell Teresa J. Payne Managing Partner Tel: +44 1753 271640 teresa.payne@parfittcresswell.com www.parfittcresswell.com Managing partner Teresa J. Payne joined Parfitt Cresswell in September 2007 after a number of years at a Bromley-based firm, where she became a Partner and was Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation Services. Ms. Payne specialises in law firm management and development, and deals with all aspects of the Firm’s legal compliance and client services. She also heads the Private Client Services which includes Wills, Probate, Trust & Tax Planning, Home Buyer Services, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Services and Employment. The demands on businesses are wide-ranging and often require specialist knowledge, experience and skill to obtain successful outcomes. By getting to know your business we aim to become a valuable member of your team. We always aim to exceed your expectations and go that step further. Charity Law We understand that if you are responsible for the direction and management of your charity you are fundamentally concerned with: enhancing your income, controlling your costs, reducing your risks, and improving your regulatory compliance. By conducting a thorough review of your charity, we are confident that we can assist you in making significant improvements to your financial, risk management and regulatory responsibilities. Commercial Property With a wealth of experience in this sector, we combine constructive, realistic advice with a comprehensive service covering all aspects of commercial property projects and transactions. We can act for private or corporate land owners, property developers and builders – dealing with the legal and financial aspects of building, buying, selling, leasing or sub-letting of shops, offices.

Corporate & Commercial Services Our specialist skills and experience can pave the way to helping you start a business, obtain finance agreements, draw up and agree contracts, buy and sell a business or put shareholder and partnership agreements in place. We can also ensure your copyright or intellectual property rights are protected. At the opposite end of the scale we can supply debt recovery services or deal with insolvency issues. Employment Law Our experienced and dedicated team can advise on the most up-to-date position and how current and new legislation affects your business; including advice on TUPE obligations. We can also act on your behalf to defend claims made by employees or negotiate terms for contracts. Intellectual Property Counterfeit and pirated goods are corrosive to profits, to production, to people – whatever your brand, whichever your market, wherever it is. Here at Parfitt Cresswell, we are skilled and acknowledged experts in combating counterfeiting and piracy. We offer an economic, rapid and effective scheme to prevent imitation products from entering the UK or EU markets. Licensing Applying for and obtaining alcohol or entertainment licences is a timeconsuming and, occasionally, frustrating process. Our team offers a comprehensive service which includes advice on the correct form or licence application required for submission to the local authority. We can prepare and submit your application, appear before the Licensing Committee on your behalf, and deal with any subsequent refusals, appeals and resubmissions, where necessary.

COMPUTER LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FRANCE Derriennic Associés Mr Pierre-Yves MARGNOUX Partner Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 03 14 94 pymargnoux@derriennic.com www.derriennic.com With a recognized expertise for 30 years, Derriennic Associés has built its success on a “tailor-made” approach combining rigor, involvement, creativity and pragmatism. Our firm, made up of lawyers who are experts in new technologies, has always been and continues to be a pioneer in this niche sector. Whether for large accounts or smaller economic operators, we offer each of our customers the best solutions, by building long-term relationships based on constant commitment and constant monitoring. Computer Contracts – Complex Contracts IT and telecom projects represent important issues for the company, whether it wants to implement a new solution for its own needs, or whether it is responsible for doing so on behalf of a client company. The development, drafting and negotiation of a quality contract helps to control the risks of the project, the balance of the parties’ commitment levels and the means required to guarantee its success. Independently of the specialties developed by each of them, the lawyers of Derriennic Associés have all been trained in this “common core”, which constitutes one of the bases of our activity of advices in the new technologies: the writing and the negotiation of IT contracts, from the simplest to the most complex, in both French and English. Our approach to the subject mixes operational pragmatism and editorial rigor. In this sense, we do not develop a contract “to please us as lawyers”, but rather seek the operational effectiveness of this

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tool. We are constantly guided by the search for a robust, effective, long-term solution to issues. Our primary goal is to secure the commitments of our customers while controlling consulting costs, and ensure a fast processing of requests at a consistent quality level. With an in-depth knowledge of the subject and industry players as well as a long experience in both IT consulting and litigation, Derriennic Associés is called upon every day to assist its clients in drafting and negotiating contractual arrangements of all types, particularly in the banking, stock exchange, insurance, transport, tourism, industry (automotive, electricity, publishing, smart cards), energy distribution, military electronics or public order. Our clients are private law actors such as publishers, integrators, service companies and key accounts, as well as public entities. The team dealing with this activity is made up of François-Pierre Lani, Pierre-Yves Margnoux, Georges Jenselme, Alexandre Fievee, Géraldine Pacaut, Alice Robert; Aurélien Kaous, Clara Payan, Marie Sevin, Camille Rod, Gaétan Dufoulon, Chloé Kurfürst, Jules De Perthuis, and Maxime Cordier. Pierre-Yves Margnoux Holding a DEA of business law, Pierre-Yves Margnoux made his debut in the Legal Department of an important French software group. He accompanied the creation and growth of Derriennic partners since 1993. Its fields of intervention cover both litigation in new technologies, copyright and unfair competition, as well as counsel and negotiations of complex contracts.


EDITORS’ CHOICE - CHEMISTRY PATENTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FRANCE Cabinet Chaillot Julie Desrois Manager, French & European Patent and Trademark Attorney Tel: +33 141 19 27 77 jdesrois@chaillot.com www.chaillot.com Cabinet Chaillot is a French IP boutique handling prosecution of patents, trademarks and designs, in France and in Europe. Our expertise for patents includes prior art searches using Orbit(R) patent search software, drafting patent applications, prosecution of patent applications as well as freedom to operate searches, invalidity searches, opposition proceedings before EPO, both for the patent proprietor and as opponent, and assisting a lawyer during litigation of patents. We also assist our clients with licensing in and licensing out IP rights, valuation of IP rights, and contracts relating to IP rights (assignment, licence, consortiums…) and take charge of all registrations regarding these assignments before all offices. We also have an in-house translation team specialized in translating patents in our technical fields to ensure a good translation of patent documents. Our team comprises 11 engineers, 4 of which are specialized in chemistry. Among the 11 engineers, we have 4 French and European representatives, 2 of which are specialized in chemistry. We have 8 offices in France, one of which is in Paris. We have technical expertise in all technical fields, from chemistry to mechanics, electronics, telecoms, biology, with for all technical fields a team of at least one French and European representative and another engineer who handle each case. We handle all chemistry files, in all sub-domains of chemistry: organic chemistry, non-organic chemistry, polymers, catalysts, ceramics, materials, cosmetics…

We have a large expertise in drafting patent applications in the chemistry domain, adapting our drafting to the practice of main patent offices (USPTO, EPO, CIPO, JPTO). We are used to working with large companies, small- and medium-sized companies and individuals, and therefore know to smoothly adapt our work to any organization. Our expertise before EPO also includes appeal proceedings, with drafting of grounds for appeal, attending to opposition proceedings before EPO, both during examination and opposition proceedings. We also have a great experience of opposition proceedings before EPO, working on opposition cases for large companies. We therefore have experience to draft grounds for opposition, searches for an opposition, attending oral proceedings, handling appeals in opposition. Still concerning European patents, we have associates in all European patent designation, extension and validation countries to validate granted European patents in all these countries, being a one-stop shop for patent proprietors who wish to validate granted European patents, with competitive prices for translations for countries which require a translation for validation. Finally, we developed an in-house renewal fee system allowing us to monitor and pay renewal fees in any country, with competitive prices for monitoring and paying renewal fees. When required by national law, we maintain a network of foreign correspondents to help us pay renewal fees that our system handles.

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INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY MGR Rechtsanwälte Manfred G. Müller Senior Partner Tel: +49 (0)69 75 60 78-0 mueller@mgr-law.com www.mgr-law.com Based in Frankfurt, MGR Rechtsanwälte is a law firm specialised in construction and real estate law, business criminal law and banking law. Our clients are national and international corporations, companies and banks, medium-sized companies and individuals. We advise and represent our clients at home and abroad, in and out of court. In addition, we act as arbitrators and mediators as well as in the field of business criminal law as defense lawyers. We opted for specialisation because we believe that the complexity of difficult and complex issues and legal issues requires focusing on individual areas of law. We have a high level of technical competence and experience in the areas of law we have selected and advise our clients comprehensively and comprehensively in this spectrum. In addition to our many years of professional experience, we are characterised by our high quality standards, our personal commitment and short and direct communication channels. It is important for us to work together with our clients in a spirit of trust and to jointly define a strategy for the individual case. Construction and Real Estate Law In the area of ​​construction and real estate law, we advise and represent our clients in the areas of private construction law, public procurement law, architects’ law and real estate law. A special focus is on advice on construction projects with a foreign perspective (international construction, international mandates). Our consulting spectrum ranges from the design, negotiation and conclusion of contracts, usage and service agreements, to the construction-related consulting and supplementary management, to the enforcement or defense against claims for defects. We advise architects and engineers. We support builders and construction companies in all fields of building construction, civil engineering, special equipment and plant construction.

Senior partner Manfred G. Müller’s practice areas include: • Construction and real estate law (in particular international construction projects) • Procurement law • Banking law • Arbitration • Mediation • Construction accompanying legal advice as well as procedural representation in building disputes • Arbitrator in national and international arbitration proceedings His memberships include: • German Lawyers Association • German Society for Construction Law • Association of the Institute for Construction Management of the TU Darmstadt eV • Society for African Law • Society for Arab Law • International Bar Association • LCIA • ICC Publications: • Heiermann / Müller / Franke, “Commentary on VOB / A-SKR”, Bauverlag Wiesbaden / Berlin, 1994 • Greeve / Müller, “The criminal relevance of non-payment of the security deposit on a blocked account in accordance with § 17 VOB / B”, NZBau 2000, 239 • Numerous publications in the journals “Construction Law”, “Public Procurement Law” and “Construction Industry”

BOUTIQUE - IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GREECE Risvas & Associates Law Firm Alexander N Risvas Partner Tel: (+30) 2106462352 a.risvas@risvaslaw.gr www.risvaslaw.gr Risvas & Associates Law Firm has more than 35 years of law practice and is a widely recognised and awarded law firm based in Athens, Greece – advising international investors and private clients on every aspect of law. Today, the firm handles a wide range of disputes before all levels of courts and arbitration tribunals representing numerous clients ranging from individuals to private entities, multinational companies and state-owned entities. Key to this service has been the firm’s prestigious legal team, staffed by experienced and highly reputable lawyers. As a qualified member of the Investment Migration Council, Risvas & Associates is on hand to assist investors in obtaining the Greek (EU) Residence Permit through real estate acquisition, providing them all the technical knowhow and local knowledge required to foster smooth transitions. Attorney-at-Law Alexander Risvas has been a partner at Risvas & Associates since 2009. His experience includes, among other work, advising on legal issues of international and Greek law, investment migration law, company law, property law and claims. He focuses on the management of business interests of multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals conducting business or holding assets in Greece, and he advises international and domestic clients on local and international business transactions, including real estate issues, commercial cooperation agreements and commercial lease agreements. He also holds a postgraduate degree (LL.M.) from the University College London (UCL) and is a member of the Athens Bar Association as well as the International Bar Association and the International Migration Council (IMC). He speaks Greek, English, French and Italian.

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Mr Risvas noted: “The key to our success lies in the skill and experience of our people. Risvas & Associates has created an extensive worldwide network of more than 100 external partners, attorneys, associates, law firms and other advisers. “Crucially, Risvas & Associates is staffed by experienced and highly reputable lawyers, specialised in many areas of domestic and international law, notaries and financial advisers.” Immigration Law In the area of Immigration, Risvas & Associates specialises in Residence and Citizenship by either Acquisition of Property or Investment Programmes. Law 4521/2014 of the Greek Parliament offers permits and access to the Schengen zone to non-EU citizens and their family members who buy property in Greece. The law firm offers a complete package of services. These include: • Property search and price negotiation • Bank account opening • TIN issuance • Legal assistance throughout the whole procedure • Application for the permit (it is part of the firm’s services to handle all of the necessary paperwork on the applicant’s behalf) • Post-sale services (tax report, utility bills management, maintenance, cleaning, rental, etc)


INTERNATIONAL CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN IRELAND MacGuill & Company James MacGuill Principal Tel: +353 18787022 / +353 429334026 james.macguill@macguill.ie www.macguill.ie MacGuill & Company is an Irish-based international firm specialising in public law both civil and criminal, including fraud, money laundering, terrorism, tax crime, human rights, inquests, public inquiries, victim representation and professional regulation. Operating in Ireland, the firm provides a diverse range of legal services and engages the appropriate external expertise. The firm also has a well-established reputation in the international legal field including appearances before European and international tribunals. The firm’s Principal, James MacGuill has over 30 years’ litigation experience in all Irish Courts, and represents Clients before Courts of the European Union and ECtHR. His practise includes domestic and international cases, both within and outside the European Union. James has been involved in The Law Society of Ireland and has chaired many of its committees including Criminal Law, Human Rights, Professional Indemnity Insurance and Finance. He is presently chair of the Anti Money Laundering Task Force. He served as President of the Law Society in 2007-2008. James has been a nominee to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) since 2008. He is chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the CCBE, having also been a nominee to the Justice Forum. He has served on many Government bodies on legal issues including working groups/taskforces on Legal Aid, Jurisdiction of the Criminal Courts, National Crime Forum, Interviewing of Suspects, and the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. He is a member of the recently

established Legal Services Regulatory Authority, the new over-arching statutory body responsible for all legal practitioners in Ireland. All lawyers in the firm participate in international conferences particularly on the themes of EU Criminal Law, a rapidly expanding field. James has made many presentations to the EU Commissioner, the Commission and committees of the European Parliament on measures during the legislative phase which measures are now part of the law and affecting the outcome of cases before the courts. In cooperation with our European colleagues we are in a strong position to advise our clients in respect of these newly developing measures. Our expertise in that regard is at least the equal of much larger firms because our experience has been more practical at the coalface of policy development. The biggest legal challenge for 2018 and 2019 is to address the legal uncertainties arising from the current Brexit negotiations. We are monitoring developments in our particular fields of interest very closely and aim to be in a position to provide up-to-date advice on a legal landscape that is changing fundamentally. We represent a broad range of clients when their legal needs fall within our area of interest rather than seeking to provide for all Clients’ legal needs which simply would not be prudent for a focused specialist firm such as ours. Our modest size ensures that individual client’s needs are addressed by a focused team which can ensure a swift response and maximum flexibility, without top-heavy administration costs.

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN IRELAND Lavelle Solicitors Avril Scally Partner Tel: +353 1 644 5800 ascally@lavellesolicitors.ie www.lavellesolicitors.ie Lavelle offers a quality legal service to companies and public bodies doing business in Ireland. We provide legal advice across the breadth of the business sector and bring a commercial approach to all of our work. Our client base includes banking and financial institutions, global asset management companies, State bodies and multi-national corporations. We put the needs of our clients centre-stage and are client-focused. Understanding, anticipating and satisfying our clients’ individual legal needs is, for us, a priority. Our approach means that we are consistent in the standard of excellence we bring to our service and flexible enough to build into each relationship value that is meaningful for each client. This commitment, combined with our in-depth knowledge and experience in each of their industries, allows us to deliver the highest level of service. We understand how daunting the prospect of pursuing a medical negligence claim can be, particularly when you are recovering from your injuries. We are committed to providing you with a personalised legal service aimed at relieving as much stress as possible. You can be confident that you would have the very best of legal advisors with a solid reputation of pursuing medical negligence claims. We will spend the time needed to put together the evidence and understand your issues and what you hope to achieve from pursuing a medical negligence claim. Our award-winning Medical Negligence Solicitors team, led by Partner, Avril Scally, comprises a specialised group of solicitors who work daily in this area. Our professional team of medical

negligence solicitors will keep you updated throughout your claim and will always be available to discuss any concerns that you may have in relation to your case. Avril Scally is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Lavelle and Head of the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Department. Avril is a highly experienced litigation Solicitor and specialises in the areas of Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation, Professional Negligence and Class Actions. Avril’s recent experience includes: representing women who underwent symphysiotomies; acting for breast cancer patients who experienced a delay in diagnosis and also patients who were misdiagnosed by hospitals in Portlaoise, Louth and Dublin; representing clients at the Hepatitis C Tribunal, set up to compensate patients who had been infected with Hepatitis C as a result of contaminated blood products; specialist in cerebral palsy, Erbs palsy and child deafness medical negligence cases; representing clients in the High Court in a number of personal injury cases, including Road Traffic Accidents, accidents at work, public liability claims and occupier liability claims. Qualifications and Memberships: LLB (Hons) 1997; Diploma in Commercial Litigation from The Law Society of Ireland (2008); Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland (2003); Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (2008); Member of AVMA (Action Against Medical Accidents); Member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers); Member of the Litigation Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ITALY Fava & Associati Law Firm Gabriele Fava Founding & Name Partner Tel: +39 02 55196406 segreteria@favalex.it www.favalex.it Fava & Associati Law Firm is one of the most successful Italian firms specialized in Employment Law. More specifically, the Law Firm operates in the strategic and operational management of restructurings and transfers of going concerns, with a solid expertise in managing consultation and negotiations with the unions.

Each engagement letter, taking into account the specific skills required, will identify a team of professionals capable of providing a quick and effective response. The team so identified will ensure full availability and will support clients effectively, constantly updating them through face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and so on.

Fava & Associati further assists its clients in cases related to contract, bankruptcy and corporate law, as well as data protection.

The firm’s lawyers are used to provide support in English, German and Japanese and, thanks to the worldwide network of partner law firms, Fava & Associati is able to provide full and multilingual support.

Gabriele Fava is the founder of the law firm. Recognized by the market as one of the top experts in the Italian labor law landscape, he is appreciated for his distinctive ability to provide quality legal assistance acting as a strategic partner for the client. He currently holds several offices and memberships within private and institutional bodies. Gabriele Fava is also the author of several publications and columnist for IlSole24Ore. It is the primary objective of the Law Firm and its lawyers to provide highly specialized care and personalized solutions to the specific needs of its clients’ business. Since its foundation in 2003, the Firm has assisted Italian and multinational leading firms in several industries (Banking, Finance, Food & Beverage, Construction, Trade, Automotive & Spare parts, Media). Fava & Associati also regularly advises Senior Executives and Members of Boards of Directors.

The Law Firm also provides an updating service on major legislative and jurisprudential innovations on a regular basis. Moreover, thanks to its long-lasting experience on the field, Fava & Associati has, throughout the years, built solid relationships with representatives of the major national Trade Unions and Employers’ Associations – as well as with the staff of the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Economic Development.

The Law Firm also provides an updating service on major legislative and jurisprudential innovations on a regular basis.

COMPANIES & TRUSTS ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN LIECHTENSTEIN GN Treuhand Anstalt Andreas Nigg Director Tel: +423 239 32 32 andreas.nigg@gntreuhand.com www.gntreuhand.com With its headquarters in Vaduz, GN Treuhand Anstalt offers comprehensive and independent consulting services for all financial matters from tax consulting to accounting and auditing services, as well as forming and managing domestic and foreign corporations, foundations and trusts. GN Treuhand’s staff members have years of experience in the area of succession planning and asset protection, and offer consultations in compiling testaments to succession plans through domestic and foreign foundations and trusts. The firm also has more than 30 years’ experience in the formation and management of complex structures, and its partners can refer to a broad international network of specialists to ensure that its clients receive well-informed, tailormade solutions. This is aided by the partners’ affiliation with a diverse array of prestigious organisations and networks, including STEP, EXPERTsuisse, as well as Global Law Experts. Andreas Nigg, director, commented: “As GN Treuhand is a small fiduciary / trust management company, we are able to make certain that our employees are all well-educated corporate law experts, fiduciary and trust specialists, auditors and accounting experts. It is our ongoing aim to treat every client individually. Besides German and English, our staff also speak Russian, French and Italian.” Mr Nigg added: “It is not about one big success in business. I think every client meeting, in which we are able to provide a solution for the client’s need, is in itself a significant success.

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I, personally, did pass the Executive Master in European and international Business Law of the University of St Gallen, in 2018. This is a very sophisticated and interesting law education for lawyers and non-lawyers. It is a flying classroom, and the classes took place in different cities in Europe, the US and Asia. My master’s thesis concerned traditional structures and investment funds in Liechtenstein in the environment of the increasing amount of double taxation treaties.” GN Treuhand has many new projects in the pipeline, and it is the partners’ continuing aim to consistently increase the quality of its service offering for its clients, both domestic and international. As a globally active trust corporation based in Vaduz, GN Treuhand has provided clients in Liechtenstein and abroad with a wide spectrum of services since 1986. The firm’s client base is spread all over the world, and is comprised of: Private Client: wealthy individual or families, who are looking for a solution regarding their assets to preserve their wealth and/or wish to plan the succession of their wealth. Or individuals, who are looking for a jurisdiction to organise their holdings/holding company. Companies / Multinational Entities: companies that wish to establish their business in Liechtenstein or Europe. GN Treuhand can support clients in forming and organising their European headquarters in Liechtenstein. In addition, the firm can establish and manage top holdings or intra-group finance holding/companies in Liechtenstein.


CLIENT CHOICE - PRIVATE EQUITY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN LUXEMBOURG RJ GAITO Law Firm Ronnen J. Gaito Founding Member Tel: +352 20 600 333 gaito@rjgaito.com www.rjgaito.com RJ GAITO’s wide range of significant of experience covers transactions in: Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions; Venture Capital; Private Equity; Implementation of Tax Structures and Group Reorganizations, Banking and Finance Transactions; Financial Services; Capital Markets; Asset Management; Establishment of Regulated and Unregulated Investment Funds; International Investment Solutions as well as post-transactional Cross-Border Dispute Resolution. The firm is experienced in the sectors of Communications Technology and Software Licensing; FinTech, Clean-Tech, E-commerce and Data Privacy; Life Science; Real Estate; Regulatory & Procurement; Supply Chain Matters; Outsourcing Transactions; Retail and with significant expertise in the Diamond and Luxury Good Industry. Our firm prides itself on stating that the firm specializes in international clientele. Our firm has partners qualified to practice in Luxembourg, England and Wales and the State of New York. Our partner, Mr. Ronnen J. Gaito, is the current Luxembourg Chapter Chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served as a board member of various corporations. Transactional Practice – We have advised extensively on venture capital and high-growth technology companies as well as the creation of stock option plans for such companies, international joint ventures, corporate and financial transactions, whether in the form of debt or equity or a combination thereof. We have substantial experience in international debt and equity offerings in the context of multinationals, listed investment companies and private equity funds executing their direct investments or co-investment via Luxembourg. We have extensive experience with US, Canadian, Brazilian and Israeli issuers, having gained such experience with bond, trust and security documentation in English and Hebrew.

We are uniquely positioned in the Luxembourg market with extensive experience in drafting and negotiating complex English documentation such as licensing, corporate documentation, debt and convertible debt instruments and ISDA documentation. Post-Transactional Approach – In order to optimize protection for our clients’ position, our practice offers advisory and dispute resolution services locally and cross-border. Our approach is to make pre-transactional litigation risk assessment and, when required, provide post-transactional contentious and regulatory advice for private investors, institutional and corporate clients that require assistance in respect to contractual, commercial or shareholders’ disputes. Such experience was gained in the Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions in the transactional and litigation spheres. Our firm has provided regulatory counsel for business establishment, and post-transactional dispute resolution services to e-commerce companies, software suppliers as well as having advised investors in Luxembourg vehicles on their contractual and shareholders’ rights. In conjunction with our international transactional practice and profound understanding of our clients’ business, we are well positioned to provide our clients with continuous support for their international transactions and business continuity. RJ GAITO’s collaborators incorporate essential legal skills combined with a commitment to achieving your deal, project or case successfully. We regularly act as local Luxembourg counsel for US, Canadian, Brazilian, Israeli, Scandinavian and UK law firms in connection with various finance and corporate transactions taking place in or via the Luxembourg financial market.

INVESTMENT FUNDS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN LUXEMBOURG Lextrust Law Firm Jonathan Burger Partner Investment Funds and Financial Law Tel: +352 27 21 411 burger@lextrust.lu www.lextrust.lu

Lextrust Law Firm is a Luxembourg niche law firm focused on investment funds, corporate, tax and finance laws, capable of handling sophisticated legal matters with a high level of tailor-made services. The firm was created with the ambition of setting new benchmarks in the Luxembourg legal market to provide the highest quality in a creative and dynamic environment. With over EUR 4,000 billion in net assets under management (AuM) at January 1st, 2018, Luxembourg is Europe’s number 1 investment fund centre and the world’s leading hub for global fund distribution. The continuing development of the Grand-Duchy as a centre of financial and investment fund services has led to a unique concentration of specialist service providers. This unparalleled blend of expertise in the areas of fund administration, management and distribution enables Luxembourg to offer fund promoters and investors an extraordinarily wide range of investment products. Since its inception, Lextrust has developed an extensive and growing investment management practice and serves the whole investment management value chain. The firm specialises in a wide range of regulated investment funds with a focus on Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs), including a specific expertise on private equity and real estate investments. Jonathan Burger is the partner having founding the investment funds practice of Lextrust. He combines his strong tax expertise of international tax structuring with the creation and organisation of Luxembourg regulated investment funds, including UCITS,

Specialised Investment Funds (SIFs) and Reserved Alternative Investment Funds (RAIFs), advising domestic and international fund promoters, distributors, investment bankers, asset managers, depositary banks, central administrations and other agents providing fund-related services. Before founding Lextrust, Jonathan was working in international law firms established in Luxembourg, including one of the “Magic Circle” law firms. Jonathan is also actively involved in the tax structuring of corporates, financial institutions and asset managers across a broad spectrum of matters including international tax planning, fund structuring, M&A mandates, private banking and wealth management. Over the last years, he has frequently advised fund promoters and asset managers on the launching of Alternative Investment Funds structures such as SIFs and RAIFs platforms with a wide range of alternative investment strategies, including amongst others debt funds and credit funds, long-short equity, long-only, contrarian, real estate, renewable energies, physical gold, forestry assets, etc. His recent handling matters include: launching of a Reserved Alternative Investment Fund for a US fund promoter (2018); set-up and launching of a Luxembourg management company of UCITS (2018); restructuring of an AIF-SIF master-feeder structure for a US fund promoter (2017); restructuring of several UCITS master-feeder structures for a UK fund promoter (2017); acting as legal advisor of a UK merchant bank in relation with SICARs (2018 and 2017); acting as legal advisor for several Luxembourg UCITS; and launching of an umbrella AIF-SIF structure for a Luxembourg fund promoter (2017).

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MOST TRUSTED LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MACEDONIA MENS LEGIS LAW FIRM Ljubica Ruben Founding Partner Tel: +389 2 3126 462 ljubica.ruben@menslegis.com.mk www.menslegis.com.mk MENS LEGIS is the first law firm in Macedonia, established in 1995 with headquarters in Skopje. MENS LEGIS is a firm with a proven success and experience record having provided in-depth services within the traditional areas of law as well as staying current with the changing Macedonian legal environment. The firm is specialized in FDI, M&A, legal due diligence, banking and finance, mining, energy and infrastructure projects, corporate and business law, competition and antitrust, labour law, etc. Since 2000, MENS LEGIS Law Firm is known to have played a significant role in the big-ticket transactions and projects in Macedonia. Some of these projects include: privatization of the Macedonian telecommunications operator; legal due diligence in the privatization of the Macedonian state energy company; privatization of the state thermal power plant; development of the biggest copper and gold property in Macedonia; acquisition of the biggest tobacco factory in Macedonia; acquisition in the insurance business, etc. The firm’s team is prepared to address the unique and increasing needs of national and international clients through personalized services. MENS LEGIS is committed to the principles of integrity and confidentially to provide prompt and reliable services to its clients. MENS LEGIS’s culture does not promote

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one-time relationships with clients as MENS LEGIS’s approach is designed to create long-term relationships based on trust. MENS LEGIS commits senior-level attention to each client throughout the assignment and beyond, and has built a strong reputation for integrity while generating outstanding results for its clients. In many projects, the firm has engaged in risk advisory for the clients. MENS LEGIS is regular contributor to many international magazines and projects such as the World Bank’s Doing Business, IFRL, and others. The European Times for 2016 and 2017 has rated MENS LEGIS as a world-class law firm, essential partner for investors in Macedonia. MENS LEGIS has participated in many first-of-a-kind projects in Macedonia, and has given substantial contributions to modifications of the Macedonian regulatory framework in order to improve the legal environment to do business in Macedonia. Among the recent successfully finished projects of MENS LEGIS is the finalization of the exit option of one of the biggest players on the Macedonian telecommunications market. The plan for the future of the firm is to maintain the position on the market and expand the activities. The firm believes that the anticipated EU and NATO accession of Macedonia will enable investment opportunities in the country and, therefore, increase the investment activity.


CORPORATE FINANCE ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN POLAND Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A.

Wojciech Pątkiewicz Managing Partner, President

Andrzej Sykulski Managing Partner, Chairman

Ryszard Czerwiński Managing Partner, Vice President

Tel: +48 22 330 11 11 wojciech.patkiewicz@trigon.pl www.trigon.pl

Tel: +48 22 330 11 11 andrzej.sykulski@trigon.pl www.trigon.pl

Tel: +48 22 330 11 11 ryszard.czerwinski@trigon.pl www.trigon.pl

Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A. is an independent Polish financial group combining the competences of a leading investment banking company, a brokerage house and the Investment Fund Company. We have been operating in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989. Our company was created by over 120 high-class professionals: brokers, investment advisors, merger and acquisition experts, as well as experts in the areas of equity, debt markets and generalized corporate finance. We also have a professional team managing customer assets. We have been associated with the Polish capital market from the very beginning. We participated in the privatization and distribution of the “First Five” shares of companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. We carried out the largest privatization and investment projects in Central Europe. We advised on transactions for a total of over USD 19 billion. Wojciech Pątkiewicz Managing Partner, President of Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A. In 2003, he was the Vice-President of Elektrim – one of the largest Polish conglomerates, a former board member of the PG Interim Holding and the Vice President of Press Publishing Your STYL – the publisher of the leading lifestyle magazine for women. For two years he was an advisor to the board of Gdynia Shipyard – the largest European shipbuilding group. In Śl. ZPC Hanka served as the Vice-President for Development and Finance. Chairman of the Supervisory Board and coowner of Central Properties – producer of Mazowszanka mineral water. Deputy Director at the MeesPierson EurAmerica investment bank – currently ABN AMRO. He started his professional career as a Consultant in Central Europe Trust – a British consulting company. Wojciech Pątkiewicz is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and a number of postgraduate studies in finance and business. Andrzej Sykulski Managing Partner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A. Managing Partner of Trigon Dom Maklerski, in which he manages the activity of investment banking. He advised on the largest transactions on the Polish capital market, including on the acquisition of Polkomtel by Spartan Capital

Holdings. He has extensive experience in conducting M&A transactions and in the area of ​​corporate finance both in Poland and abroad. In his career he was the President of the Management Board and the Managing Director of BNP Paribas Corporate Finance Polska. He was a co-founder and a member of the board of the investment bank MC Concordia. Andrzej Sykulski also held the position of the Vice President of the Press Publishing Board of Your STYL as well as the Vice President and CFO of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa – the largest Polish mobile telephony operator ERA GSM. A member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Andrzej Sykulski is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also a graduate of post-graduate studies at the University of California and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business (MBA). Ryszard Czerwiński Managing Partner, Vice President of Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A. He joined the TRIGON team in 2010 after 16 years of his career at Dom Maklerski BZWBK, in which he went through his entire professional career from a broker to the company’s vice-president. During this time, he dealt with the product strategy, supervision over sales departments and preparation of large capital transactions. He was a member of the supervisory board of BZWBK AIB TFI ARKA. Ryszard Czerwiński as co-author of the acquisition of CSFB Polska led to the construction of one of the best institutional sales departments in Poland – according to the FORBES ranking among Polish fund managers in 2008 – 1st place, in 2009 – 2nd place. Ryszard Czerwiński has participated in the largest privatizations in Poland – PKN Orlen, TPSA, Ruch, Zelmer, ENEA. He is a Partner and Vice President and Operational Director of Trigon Dom Maklerski. Ryszard Czerwiński graduated from Physics at the Adam Mickiewicz University and Banking at the University of Economics in Poznań.

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TRADEMARK ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN POLAND POLSERVICE Andrzej Ponikiewski President of the Board Tel: +48 22 44 74 600 ip@polservice.com.pl www.polservice.com.pl POLSERVICE is one of the biggest patent and trademark attorneys firms in Poland. The firm has been operating on the market since 1964 and currently employs nearly 40 Polish as well as European patent and trademark attorneys specialised in various areas of technology, law and economy, and teams of experienced lawyers and professional translators. Areas of Practice POLSERVICE provides a variety of services in all fields of industrial and intellectual property protection for companies and individual clients from all over the world. The main fields of activity include: patents, utility models and industrial designs; trademarks, trade names, geographical indications; Internet domain names; patent and trademark searches; new plant varieties; copyrights and combating unfair competition; licence agreements and exclusive rights transfer; litigation, enforcement and dispute resolution; anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy actions; and monitoring and payment of renewal fees. POLSERVICE attorneys represent clients before the Polish Patent Office, the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), as well as before civil, administrative and arbitration courts. They also cooperate with Customs and prosecution authorities. International Experience POLSERVICE is proud of representing more than 2,650 clients from more than 70 countries, being both worldwide corporations and local SMEs. Additionally, POLSERVICE has been cooperating with the most renowned patent and trademark firms in all European countries, the USA, Canada, South and Central America, Asia, Australia and Africa, which enables the firm to provide efficient legal protection for its clients all over the world. In each case the firm looks for the best solution to satisfy its clients. An individual and creative approach to all tasks, supported by profound legal and technical knowledge, has earned POLSERVICE the trust of the clients.

POLSERVICE and its attorneys are members of many international organizations gathering companies and individuals dealing with intellectual property protection: AIPPI, INTA, ECTA, LESI, UNION, MARQUES and EPI. The firm’s attorneys, apart from fulfilling their everyday duties, attend numerous meetings, conferences and trainings held in Poland and abroad, also as lecturers or moderators. As a result of their continuous involvement, many of the firm’s attorneys serve as leaders of these organizations or their respective committees. POLSERVICE is also involved in a range of pro bono activities supporting, among others, the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation. Both Polish and international IP magazines rank POLSERVICE as one of the top trademark and patent firms in Poland. Awards and Distinctions Firm of the Year 2016: Granted the “IP Firm of the Year”title by Managing Intellectual Property. IAM 1000: Granted “The World’s Leading Patent Professionals – Patent 1000 Recommended Firm 2018” title by Intellectual Asset Management. WTR 1000: Granted “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals – Recommended Firm 2018” title by World Trademark Review. IP STARS: Top Tier Firm 2018. Recommended Firm by Global Law Experts Managing Intellectual Property Listed among the best Polish companies in the years 2006 – 2018. Gratitude from the Polish Patent Office: for joint efforts to protect industrial property and development of innovation.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SPAIN SCHILLER Abogados & Rechtsanwälte Prof. Dr. Donato E. Tagliavia Partner Tel: +34 914179780 d.tagliavia@schillerabogados.com www.schillerabogados.com SCHILLER Abogados & Rechtsanwälte is an international law firm with more than 30 years of experience, always at the service of our clients. We are lawyers of different nationalities, cultures and with diverse legal and linguistic backgrounds. This enables us to achieve a great sensitivity towards the interests of those clients with an international and global orientation. We offer competent, efficient and complete legal and economic advice, especially to companies. Our services are focused on clients established in Spain, Germany and other German-speaking countries, as well as in France, Italy, United Kingdom, USA and Japan. We are aware of the obvious and close relationship between employment issues and the profitability of a business. We provide a wealth of labor legal experience capable of detecting problems before they arise, which allows us to devise a strategy which minimizes such problems and helps guarantee the viability of the business venture. Since many years ago, we provide the labor legal resources that Companies need to resolve occasional employment problems or to ensure permanent legal advisory services. The legal advice that we provide covers all areas of employment, social welfare and workplace safety law. We also have an extensive expertise in Capital Companies consulting in regards to

their executive Directors’ and Managers’ contracting in order to minimize the risks of possible labor claims against the companies, their parent firms or the economic group to which they belong. We are experienced in handling proceedings before the Employment Administration and in all levels of employment court proceedings, including those before the Constitutional Court. SCHILLER Abogados also offers advice in many fields of law, advertising and marketing, business law, corporate law, family business, international succession law, litigation, real estate law, tax law, unfair competition. You can find more information about our team and our areas of practice on our website www.schillerabogados.com For any questions or queries we are available at our email madrid@schillerabogados.com and our phone number +34 914179780. Languages: English, German and Spanish.

The legal advice that we provide covers all areas of employment, social welfare and workplace safety law.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SPAIN HERRERO & ASOCIADOS, S.L. Mario Carpintero Managing Partner Tel: +34 91 522 74 20 info@herrero.es www.herreroyasociados.com Mr. Carpintero is a lawyer and Office-accredited IP Agent, as well as a renowned expert in strategic consulting for large portfolios, some of which are owned by major Spanish corporations. Mr. Carpintero commenced his professional career in a major IP firm. Quite a few years later he joined HERRERO & ASOCIADOS, becoming the head of the Trade Mark Department soon after. Additionally, Mr. Carpintero gives lectures in universities, chambers of commerce and trade centers and has provided in-house training on Intellectual Property at large companies. Among other publications, he is coauthor of “Factbook – Propiedad Industrial” edited by Thomson Aranzadi. HERRERO & ASOCIADOS is a worldwide recognized law firm and one of Spain’s leaders in the IP legal sector. H&A provides a complete IP service range, including Trademarks, Patents, Industrial Designs, Domain Names, Litigation, Privacy & Data protection, Copyright, Trademark Clearinghouse, Unfair Competition and Specialized “in house” IP training. H&A offers services in related and non-traditional fields as well, such as Cloud Services, IT & New Media Law, Technology Transfer, Patent Box, and Valuation of Intangible Assets. The skills of H&A’s professionals are strongly complemented by the development and use of new technologies, one of the firm’s most notable priorities. More than 150 professionals working in IP constitute the global team of H&A: IP agents, lawyers, engineers, chemists, biologists and other specialized staff.

Since 1982, the firm has continually grown and is now present in the 11 most important industrial cities of Spain. At the international level, HERRERO & ASOCIADOS has successfully established a network of offices in ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, MEXICO and PORTUGAL, seizing the opportunity of the cultural and linguistic ties shared with these countries, as well as with the rest of LATIN AMERICA. H&A’s highly specialized departments and professionals provide a technically unique service to clients interested in expanding into or reassuring their position within this vibrant market. In particular, by setting up the “One-Stop-Shopping-Model”, the firm offers centralized IP services for all countries in Latin America by means of its Latin American Department in the Headquarters in Madrid. As a result, cases and information can be easily channeled and managed without repeated structures, increasing time efficiency and reducing costs. Furthermore, H&A intends to gradually open more offices in Latin America. HERRERO & ASOCIADOS follows the specific philosophy of combining the strength and manpower of a large-scale law firm with personal consulting: i.e. one contact person for every client. Therefore, every client deals with a specific person on whom that client relies and who may be contacted at any time. That person shall be the client’s interlocutor and shall have full information on that client. H&A can directly assist clients in multiple languages, i.a. in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French and Russian.

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CRYPTO LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SWITZERLAND Reichlin Hess AG

Paul Thalmann Partner

Christian Maeder Partner (01/01/19)

Tel: +41 41 720 10 70 paul.thalmann@reichlinhess.ch christian.maeder@reichlinhess.ch www.reichlinhess.ch

Reichlin Hess AG supports clients with all kinds of blockchain, crypto or FinTech projects from a Swiss regulatory, legal and tax perspective. In particular, the firm advises on structuring and strategic questions of FinTech companies, compliance of innovative business models with regulatory requirements, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) or Token Generating Events (TGEs). Paul Thalmann, partner, noted: “We support several clients with artificial intelligence projects and the implementation of such projects in accordance with Swiss regulations. We support blockchain projects and ICOs in connection with digital payment solutions, crypto currency exchanges, crypto bot investment advice, mobile gaming, digitalisation of art, online retailers or solar power providers. We also support early-stage start-ups and wellestablished financial institutions.” Mr Thalmann added: “We have built up a network of investment advisers, banks, marketing, IT and AML/KYC service providers to be able to offer the full range of services required to undertake a successful ICO or to successfully implement a blockchain project. To this end, we regularly publish news on our website to provide clients with the updates they need to remain compliant with the applicable regulatory requirements. As we are based in the socalled ‘Crypto Valley’ in Zug, we are also a member of the Crypto Valley Association.

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All of the firm’s lawyers have been trained in the US or UK. Due to its location in a small, export-orientated country like Switzerland, it places great emphasis on its aim that clients should benefit from this substantial experience – by providing advice that encompasses an international context. Christian Maeder, partner (01/01/19), also commented: “We are a comparably small but innovative and agile law firm that understands and meets the challenge of change. Due to our long history of more than 30 years in Zug, we have built up specialised teams that are dedicated to support new and innovative businesses from a Swiss legal, regulatory and tax perspective.” As regards some of the complexities the firm faces, Mr Maeder added: “Key challenges under Swiss law are related to the fact that the legal rights incorporated in tokens are assignable. We have identified a creative way to tackle these legal issues based on the law for Swiss partnership structures as well as Swiss property law.” Today, Reichlin Hess’s core client base is comprised of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups in particular in the crypto area, as well as larger multinational Swiss-based groups, Swiss subsidiaries of multinational enterprises and high-net-worth individuals/families. Its recent successes include obtaining a tax ruling on the income tax treatment of an ICO regarding an asset token and, in cooperation with select providers with substantial know-how and experience in the respective fields, the firm has developed productive and practicable processes to ensure and maintain compliance with AML regulations and FINMA directives.


The Americas Winners The latest data from FocusEconomics suggests that the Central America and Caribbean economy improved in Q2, 2018, as early-year trends in industrial activity and remittance inflows became clearer. Regional growth seems to be back on track following a subdued start to the year, and is estimated to have come in at a decidedly positive 2.3% year-on-year. Although second-quarter national accounts data has yet to be released for the majority of the region’s economies (by the time the GLE Annual Awards went to press), leading metrics suggest an upturn across its major economies. In the Dominican Republic, the region’s standout performer, growth surged in Q2 as duty-free manufacturing zones facilitated a rapid increase in output. At the same time, a buoyant tourism sector – bolstered by a booming US economy – continued to underpin employment gains and construction activity. In both Guatemala and Costa Rica, leading data suggests similar trends were at play in the quarter. In addition, available data (from FocusEconomics) suggests that Latin America’s economic momentum held up in Q2, despite political turbulence in key economies and an uncertain economic backdrop. Regional GDP (excluding Venezuela) is expected to have expanded 2.0% annually in Q2, higher than Q1’s 1.9% increase. Higher commodity prices supported growth in commodity-exporting countries, while healthy consumption is expected to have strengthened activity in Mexico. On the political front, Brazil’s upcoming October general elections are in the spotlight as clear candidates emerge. In July, a five-party centrist bloc united behind Brazilian Social Democracy party candidate Geraldo Alckmin, who is seen by many as being the most market-friendly candidate.

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While growth is staging a recovery in the Colombian economy, available data indicates a moderate rate of expansion thus far. Compared to Q1, however, Q2 data has been more promising: growth in the industrial sector surged, and retail sales accelerated in April– May amid a fall in the average rate of unemployment. In addition, Peru has seen political turbulence in recent months due to a judicial scandal, which could undermine political stability. The same source (FocusEconomics) notes that the US economy looks poised to have recorded its best performance in more than three years in Q2, fueled to a notable degree by recent tax cuts and strong consumer dynamics. However, growth may have reached its peak, as mounting trade concerns heighten risks to the outlook. Average retail sales growth in Q2 reached a six-year high, supported by robust consumer confidence and an improving labour market throughout the quarter – with labour participation rising in June. Meanwhile, the near-term outlook for the US economy is one of strong growth and job creation, according to the IMF. Unemployment is nearing levels not seen in 50 years, and growth is set to accelerate, aided by a fiscal stimulus, a recovery of private investment and supportive financial conditions. These positive outturns have supported and been reinforced by a favourable external environment. The balance of evidence suggests that the US economy is beyond full employment.

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A slow but steady rise in wage and price inflation is expected, as labour and product markets tighten. Core PCE inflation is expected to rise modestly above 2% by mid-year. Wages have been growing broadly in line with relatively weak labour productivity growth, leaving unit labour costs virtually unchanged over the past two years. In the next several months, wages and unit labour costs are anticipated to increase at a modest pace. Despite good near-term prospects, a number of vulnerabilities are being built up. The planned expansion in the federal deficit at this stage of the cycle could trigger a faster-than-expected rise in inflation. This would be accompanied by a more rapid rise in interest rates that could increase market volatility both in the US and abroad. There is a risk of a marked reversal of capital flows, particularly from emerging markets with weaker macroeconomic fundamentals. The net effect of US budget and tax policy choices will exacerbate an already unsustainable upward dynamic in the public debt, and leave few budget resources available to invest in a range of urgently needed supply-side reforms (including infrastructure

spending). It will also contribute to a rise in global imbalances. These risks are compounded by recent actions by the US to impose tariffs on imports. Consultations focused on policies need to address these risks, rebuild fiscal space, preserve financial stability, support lowand middle-income households, incentivise work, and raise medium-term living standards. IMF directors have welcomed the strong performance of the US economy, with accelerating growth, low unemployment and muted inflation. They also welcomed the favourable nearterm outlook and the prospect of marking the longest economic expansion in its recorded history. However, they also observed heightened policy uncertainty and medium-term vulnerabilities, including rising public debt, trade tensions and income inequality. They stressed that developments and policy actions in the US have significant implications for the rest of the world – and encouraged the authorities to take that into consideration in their policy decisions.


THE AMERICAS CONTENTS

A&F | Allende • Ferrante | Abogados / Boutique - Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Argentina............................25.

ParrisWhittaker / Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas........................................................25.

Regent Law Professional Corporation / Boutique - Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year in Canada............26.

Consumer Law Group P.C. / Editors’ Choice - Class Action Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Canada.....................26.

Manríquez, Benavides Abogados / Economic Crime Law Firm of the Year in Chile...................................................27.

De La Maza y Cia / Property Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Chile........................................................................28.

Noriega + Escobedo / Competition Law Firm of the Year in Mexico.........................................................................29.

Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera / Client Choice - Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Peru.............29.

GrahamThompson / Admiralty and Shipping Law Firm of the Year in Turks and Caicos Islands / Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Turks and Caicos Islands / Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Turks and Caicos Islands.......................................................................................................................30.

Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery / Editors’ Choice - Construction Defect Disputes Law Firm of the Year in California, US........................................................................................................................30.

Dias Law Firm, Inc. / Agricultural Law Firm of the Year in California, US................................................................... 31.

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Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys / Medium-Sized - Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year in California, US..........................................................................................................................................................32.

Walters Law Group / Individual - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year.....................................................................32.

Cummings & Lockwood / Trust & Estate Law Firm of the Year in Florida, US..........................................................33.

Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC / Client Choice - Medical Malpractice Law Firm of the Year in Maryland, US.....33.

Backus, Carranza & Burden / Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Nevada, US....................................................34.

MR VALUATION CONSULTING, LLC / Business Valuations Provider of the Year in New Jersey, US.......................34.

Jones Law Group, LLC / Health Care Law Firm of the Year in Ohio, US...................................................................35.

Drummond Law, PLLC / Banking and Finance Law Firm of the Year in Oklahoma, US............................................35.

NastLaw LLC / Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania, US................................................................36.

Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph, PLLC / Boutique IP Advisory Firm of the Year in Texas, US...............36.

PIERCE & O’Neill, LLP / Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year in Texas, US.........................................37.

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BOUTIQUE - COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ARGENTINA A&F | Allende • Ferrante | Abogados Lisandro Allende Managing Partner Tel: +54 11 5263 8101 lallende@allendeferrante.com www.allendeferrante.com A&F | Allende • Ferrante | Abogados (hereinafter “A&F”) is an Argentine business law firm founded in 2014, as a spin-off of a bigger firm. The two founding members, Lisandro Allende and Gustavo Ferrante, have been working together for three decades, sharing pride for successful work and loyalty of clients. The firm acts for international and local companies in various industries: infrastructure, agribusiness, fertilizer, food and drinks producers, automotive sector, real estate, industrial engineering, services, oil and gas, renewables, energy, pharmaceuticals, software and computer services, banks and other financial institutions. Major public and private companies and government departments are clients of the firm. Pro bono is a strong practice as well. It has 20 lawyers, 35 staff. Senior Partner Lisandro Allende practices in the areas of Corporate Law. Mergers and Acquisitions; Contracts; Arbitration and Litigation. In addition to the areas mentioned above, A&F is an acknowledged leader in the market in the fields of company and commercial laws; high-profile debt restructuring processes, antitrust and telecommunication regulations; labor law; industrial and intellectual property; international wealth planning; compliance; and natural resources and energy law. It also has a large experience in litigation handing all forms of commercial disputes. As such, the firm acts as a local counsel for international public and private corporations,

investments banks and financial institutions, governments and international bodies. It has handled a number of high-profile projects for its clients. These include advising Telefonica in the sale of a National TV channel and its net of regional channels ($400 million), and advising Agrium Inc. (now Nutrien) in the acquisition of fertilizers manufacture and wholesale companies in the LatAm region for approximately $100 million. A&F advises Voith Hydro Gmbh and its international branches on all contracts relating to the $1.0 billion repair and reinstallation of 20 turbines at the Hydroelectric Plant of Yacyreta, in the border with Paraguay. A&F advises local companies in restructuring and regrouping (mergers and similar operations, joint ventures), acquisitions, takeover bids, public offers of exchange, stock exchange listings and other equity transactions. Partner Mariana Miglino acted on behalf of top-tier international beverages companies regarding their investments in Argentina. She has also acted for a Brazilian-based international company in the acquisition of an Argentina subsidiary in the industry of friction material and auto parts products. She advises on tax and contract law to international companies aimed at offering international wealth planning services to Argentina residents. Partner Rodrigo Alegria has advised key corporate clients in relation to their mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in Argentina in the insurance industry, oil and gas, and chemical companies.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THE BAHAMAS ParrisWhittaker Jacy Whittaker Partner Tel: +1-242-352-6110 jw@parriswhittaker.com www.parriswhittaker.com For Jacy Whittaker, the key to winning cases is being abundantly overprepared. Jacy gears up for war on everything. The litigator never walks into a courtroom without more research, more evidence, and more potential angles than warranted. This over-preparation allows him to think on his feet, building confidence – and the court’s regard – through each winning application, writ, submission, and hearing. Rather than being exhausted by sheer volume, the youthful lawyer becomes even more invigorated. After all, he lives to argue – and win. Jacy enrolled in law school (University of Buckingham, and later Inns of Court School of Law), then joined Callenders & Co., where he worked side-by-side with a legendary Queens Counsel on multiple matters – including one of the Bahamas’ most monumental matters. Six years later, he and partner Arthur K. Parris, Jr. left to form ParrisWhittaker. Jacy has since added commercial transactions, probate law, admiralty law, and corporate structuring, re-structuring, and formation to his list of capabilities. He acts as local counsel for a handful of international companies. In addition to his practice, Jacy is one of the most active members of the Grand Bahama business community. He is director, advisor, or committee chair for numerous boards, including the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Freeport Law Society, and Salvation Army. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Bahamas Bar Association and a member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Bar.

PRACTICE AREAS Commercial, Civil & Trust Litigation; Estates, Probates, Wills and Trusts; Shipping and Aircraft Estates Litigation; Shareholder Disputes; Condominium Association Litigation and Disputes; Fatal Accident Claims; Personal Injury Litigation; Medical Negligence; Construction Disputes and Litigation; Property Disputes and Litigation; Employment and Immigration; Company Law; Share Purchase Agreements; Commercial/Contractual Disputes; Contentious Probate Issues; Professional Negligence; Insurance Litigation; Vessel Lease Agreements; Maritime Disputes and Litigation; Joint Venture Agreements; Ebusiness & Ecommerce Law; GBPA License Applications; Government Relations; Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Trade Names. QUALIFICATIONS - Inns of Court School of Law, 2005 - University of Buckingham, LLB (Hons), 2004 MEMBERSHIPS - England & Wales, Barrister (2005) - The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law (2007) - American Bar Association, Associate Member (2007) - Ontario Bar Association, Associate Member (2008) - Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (“BVI”) (2013) INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS - Council Member, Bahamas Bar Association - Advisory Board, The Salvation Army - Member, Rotary International (Grand Bahama Sunrise) - Past Director, Freeport Law Society

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BOUTIQUE - CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CANADA Regent Law Professional Corporation Justin R. Fogarty Chairman Tel: +1 416 840 8991 justin.fogarty@regentlaw.ca www.regentlaw.ca Regent Law is a Toronto-based law firm with an Ottawa office comprised of a team of seasoned commercial litigation lawyers and savvy business counsel. Given our court room experience, we know first-hand how strategies need to be developed and implemented at the front-end to avert litigation and formal restructuring proceedings. Regent’s clients come from a broad spectrum of businesses in the commercial and technology sectors. Regent is also poised to offer private international commercial law, trade law, competition law, and general procurement counsel advisory services to guide clients through the maze of domestic and foreign government export regulations. The firm was founded in 2012. It was borne out of an innovative need for a new legal paradigm. Regent’s founders created a boutique law firm to address the business needs of a distinct market niche in Canada. Regent’s vision represented a marked shift away or evolution from the business model of traditional law firms. Since Regent’s inception, the firm was focused exclusively on executing its vision. In 2018 Regent Law announced its joint alliance with Burstall LLP, Calgary’s premier boutique corporate law firm, to create a new ‘national’ boutique business law firm to serve sophisticated clients and entrepreneurs across Canada. This association reflects an alignment of the same business philosophies of lawyer accessibility, personal client contact towards developing individual relationships, low overhead, and customized solutions

in delivering high-quality legal advice backed by a comprehensive portfolio of business legal services. Regent’s demonstrated success, as evident from its alignment with Burstall LLP, was the logical next step in its journey from the vision its founders first developed in 2012. Businesses across the country have selected Regent Law to equip them with the tools to confront potential risks within the intricate web of the corporate world. Our expert advice ensures companies take on risk and mitigation measures to protect their interests while continuing to advance toward their success. Justin R. Fogarty is Chairman of Regent Law and one of the founding partners. He is one of Canada’s leading lawyers specializing 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. Justin has an LL.M. in financial services regulation and has acted for many of Canada’s major financial institutions and U.S. lenders.

EDITORS’ CHOICE - CLASS ACTION LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CANADA

Consumer Law Group P.C. Jeff Orenstein Attorney, Founder and Principal Tel: +1 (888) 909-7863 jorenstein@clg.org www.clg.org CONSUMER LAW GROUP is a law firm with offices in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario. Established in 2010, CLG is actively engaged in complex litigation, with an emphasis on consumer protection, antitrust, drugs and product liability class actions. Consumer Law Group’s experience and capabilities in these fields are based upon the diverse talents of its attorneys, who have vast experience and are deeply involved in numerous class action lawsuits. CLG has worked in collaboration with several class action firms across Canada and the United States in cases with a national and international scope. Consumer Law Group is committed to practicing law with integrity and in an ethical, professional, and cohesive manner. CLG also strives to be good corporate citizens and to operate with a sense of global responsibility. To date, Consumer Law Group has recovered millions of dollars for its clients by holding large corporations responsible for their actions.

JEFF ORENSTEIN is the founder of the firm. He is a member of the Barreau du Quebec and the Law Society of Ontario. His practice is devoted primarily to plaintiff’s class action work. He has experience with virtually all aspects of class action litigation. He is lead counsel in multiple national and provincial class actions. Mr. Orenstein has appeared numerous times before the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Quebec, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Quebec Court, the Quebec Labour Relations Commission and Arbitration Boards. He is a frequent speaker at class action conferences in both Canada and the U.S. and serves on numerous boards and committees of legal, professional, and non-profit organizations. With more than 150 reported cases in 2 provinces, he has helped shape jurisprudence in the Canadian landscape. Mr. Orenstein is regularly interviewed by media outlets in Canada, the U.S. and internationally about his cases, as well as other legal matters of interest to the public.

CLG has worked in collaboration with several class action firms across Canada and the United States in cases with a national and international scope.

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ECONOMIC CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CHILE Manríquez, Benavides Abogados Juan Carlos Manríquez Senior Partner Tel: +56 2 24896000 jcmanriquez@mbcia.cl www.mbcia.cl Manríquez, Benavides Abogados is an independent Chilean law firm, founded in 1991 by the prominent Chilean lawyers, Juan Carlos Manríquez Rosales and Sandra Benavides Schiller. With 25 years of experience in the legal practice, Manríquez, Benavides Abogados is a Chilean boutique law firm specializing in white collar crimes, tax fraud, environment criminal cases, political finances issues, custom, civil commercial matters and international criminal affairs, like cooperation or extradition proceedings. Last year, the office was distinguished with its incorporation as the first chilean legal firm member at Data Privacy Rules, the Global Professional Network in privacy and data protection systems, with headquarters in Ohio, US. The office – located in Santiago and Valparaíso in the center of Chile – employs eight lawyers, temporal associates and expert advisors. All of them litigate before the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Court Of Appeals and ordinary and arbitration tribunals, as well as before the administrative authorities. Among the qualities that their clients recognize in the office is the closer relationship of confidence that their members and associates develop with them, and also the effectiveness that they have in responding to the requirements imposed by modern accusatory litigation and trial practice.

All of the lawyers that work in the office have an outstanding professional experience and academic background, both in recognized national and international law schools. Maybe that’s why when asked how Manríquez, Benavides Abogados is distinguished from its competitors, specifically in its economic crime department, Mr. Juan Carlos Manríquez noted that their formula is always being creative: “In complex cases of economic crimes, we are always refining our skills in domestic and high courts, using creativity and advanced knowledge. As an example, we were innovators in the application of integrated blocks of rights and harmonization processes between Common Law and Civil Law to give efficient solutions in different areas of the law practice. In Chile or in international jurisdictions, our goal with clients is giving them efficient solutions.” Among the clients of Manríquez, Benavides Abogados are national and foreign banks, public and private mining companies, port companies, national universities, energy and services companies, city halls government, farmers and exporters, national and international prestigious colleges, P&I Clubs, ship agencies, shipping companies and insurers. Their client base includes Codelco Chile, EPV, RVC, the Chilean Association of Gambling Casinos, the Chilean National Association of Notaries, ministries, and the National Congress of Chile.

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PROPERTY LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CHILE De La Maza y Cia Ricardo De La Maza Michelson-Boschaner Director

Carlos Castro Castro Chief Litigation Partner

Alejandro Hasbun Ramírez Senior Associate

Tel: +56 2 24339550 rdelamaza@delamazaycia.cl www.delamazaycia.cl

Tel: +56 2 24339550 ccastro@delamazaycia.cl www.delamazaycia.cl

Tel: +56 2 24339550 ahasbunhym@delamazaycia.cl www.delamazaycia.cl

De La Maza y Cia is a prestigious body of professionals with in-depth experience in the study and application of law. The firm is made up of lawyers and other professionals, who carried out their studies in recognised universities in the country and abroad, and who have trained extensively to respond satisfactorily to the diverse requirements of their clients. Founded in 1998 from the union of three offices of lawyers, De La Maza y Cia’s aim has always been to provide comprehensive coverage to the needs of its widereaching client base. After 20 years developing a culture of constant concern for the business of its clients, De La Maza y Cia’s lawyers are understandably passionate about their work, offering creative and high-quality legal services. Their unrivalled approach encompasses business-generating, innovative strategies designed to circumvent, minimise and control the risks involved with an all-encompassing vision, from an economic and legal point of view. The team possesses a high level of knowledge in diverse branches of law, which, together with its experience, professionalism and flexibility, allows it to add value to any business. In a competitive world in which demands are growing, De La Maza y Cia assumes the commitment to provide support and advice in a personalised manner and works to build lasting relationships with its clients. Today, De La Maza y Cia specialises in legal consulting and counsel pertaining to the acquisition, management, profitability and disposal of real estate assets involved in many key areas of economic activity, as well as the defence of property rights in administrative and judicial procedures. Its clients are primarily infrastructure construction and real estate development companies, but they also serve education, health, telecommunications, food distribution, commercial, mining equipment suppliers, and energyproducing corporations in permanent growth and expansion. The firm´s director, Mr Ricardo De La Maza, received his lawyer title from the University of Chile and has a master’s degree in Private Law from the same university, specialising in real estate law and atypical contracts. He was Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil law of the University of Chile for 15 years and has extensive experience in litigation related to property rights. He is currently a member of the Residential Rent Commission of the Chilean Construction Chamber, and a board member of various health and real estate project development corporations.

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The team possesses a high level of knowledge in diverse branches of law. Mr De La Maza noted: “De La Maza y Cia seeks to add value with a 360° purview. In a competitive world with growing challenges, we propose effective and innovative solutions that can identify, minimise and control the risks of any clients’ business and maximise its advantages. One of the main legal issues involved in exercising property rights in Chile is the growing administrative regulation of its practice, which goes beyond even the legal or constitutional concerns, extending to – for example – expropriation orders as well as restrictions or modifications to the execution conditions of construction permits previously granted, or ‘typical zone’ declarations of the neighbourhoods such projects are located in.” He added that the firm’s successes of 2018 so far include: “The successful end – at the Supreme Court – of a farm expropriation procedure, where we obtained a 50% higher compensation than initially offered; and the implementation of the entire legal support pack for the development, operation and financing of one of the first residential buildings intended in a 100% lease business, an emerging business in Chile. These results have ratified us as one of the leading expert firms handling expropriations as well as the increased requirements related to new real estate leases for businesses, which are now enforced by funds, banks and insurance companies.” In the coming 12 months, the firm plans to expand its physical facilities and professional staff by 20% in the areas of litigation, administrative and environmental law, as well as implementing new technology to enhance and strengthen its agreements with European and Latin American law firms. The firm’s prestigous lawyers also include Carlos Castro Castro, a lawyer from the University of Chile with a degree in Commercial Engineering. At De La Maza y Cia, he is the Head of Litigation and Arbitration in the areas of Civil, Commercial and Labour Law. Alejandro Hasbun Ramírez, lawyer, has a master’s in Tax Management and Management from University of Chile with a diploma in tax reform from the Adolfo Ibáñez University, having also studied ‘Introduction to English Law’ at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He offers extensive experience in the educational sector, as well as in telecommunications, real estate and tax matters.


COMPETITION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MEXICO Noriega + Escobedo Luis Monterrubio Partner Tel: +52 55 52 84 33 33 lmonterrubio@nye.com.mx www.nye.com.mx Noriega + Escobedo is one of the leading law firms in Mexico and has been in practice since 1934, offering a wide range of legal services to both Mexican and foreign clients. Noriega + Escobedo’s long tradition has not prevented the firm from evolving or being at the forefront in all the fields of legal practice relating to the business activities of its clients. Noriega + Escobedo is proud of the role it has played in opening up the Mexican economy to the world by acting as a driving force regarding foreign investment and privatisation processes in Mexico, and for acting as legal counsellors to numerous federal and local governmental agencies. The firm has also played a leading role in the negotiation and implementation of private joint-venture investments, mergers and acquisitions in various sectors of the economy and has participated in the drafting of bills and in the application of laws and regulations involving all the industrial and economic sectors of the country. Noriega + Escobedo has at all times had a distinguished legal team of professionals, each one with ample experience in his or her field, many of them having completed studies at the postgraduate level and being involved in academic activities at the main universities of the country. The firm’s involvement with the most transcendental national matters has been a constant attraction for many of the most prestigious and recognised Mexican attorneys who have also held prominent political, academic or judiciary positions.

Noriega + Escobedo has specialised, from the very creation of the Federal Commission of Economic Competition, in providing counsel to various companies for them to comply with the laws governing monopolistic practices, concentrations and free market access. It has defended its clients’ interests before this commission and in the federal courts in cases involving investigation proceedings and the imposition of sanctions. The firm has acted as counsel to major soft-drink companies in investigation proceedings relating to monopolistic practices and in matters regarding concentrations for companies doing business in the entertainment sector. Luis Monterrubio graduated from the law school of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and was admitted to the practice of law in 1989, and completed graduate studies in arbitration and international trade. He joined Noriega + Escobedo in 1987 and has been a partner since 1995. His practice has focused mainly on the areas of economic competition, tax law, civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as on alternative dispute resolution. Mr Monterrubio has been a guest lecturer at various universities on topics relating to business management and commercial contracts, among them The University of the Americas and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He has also acted as legal counsel in the implementation of the mediation programs of the American Bar Association, and also as counsel to USAID.

CLIENT CHOICE - CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PERU Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera Mauricio Olaya Principal partner and Head of the M&A and Corporate Law Practice Group Tel: +51 1 6117000 ext 6138 molaya@munizlaw.com www.munizlaw.com Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera, founded in 1981, has considerable professional experience and is the largest law office in Peru. The firm offers solid commitment and long-term relationships with its clients in order to become familiarised with their business objectives and offer the necessary professional support, coupled with experience, creativity and common sense. Mr Mauricio Olaya is the head of this practice and is seen as a top M&A lawyer and a ‘deal maker’ in the local market, according to clients and the most prestigious legal guides. In recent years, he has handled the most important deals closed in Peru (Corporación Lindley, Intralot, Supermercados Wong, Maestro, Inkafarma, HSBC, La Curacao, Cosapi Data, etc.). He noted: “Our team has vast experience in M&A, which makes it the best-equipped team to handle complexities within transactions. Also, the firm was the first, and probably still the only one, with a quality control and customer services department.” According to TTR (Transactional Track Record), a prestigious company focused on tracking M&A transactions carried out around the globe, Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera closed out 2017 as a leader in the Peruvian legal market, in terms of both value and number of deals. Since 2007, year-by-year, the firm has been involved in not less than 25% to 30% of the most important M&A transactions, such as the acquisition by Arca Continental

of a controlling stake in Corporación Lindley for US$ 760 million; the acquisition of Grupo de Supermercados Wong by the Chilean Cencosud for US$ 500 million; the acquisition of HSBC Bank in Peru by the Gilinski Group from Colombia for US$ 400 million; and the acquisition of Inkafarma by Intercorp for US$ 350 million. Mr Olaya added: “Our firm works closely with companies involved in a wide spectrum of industries, such as aviation, banking, education, energy, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, telecommunications, utilities, among others. Continuing with its strategy of being a partner to clients and a one-stop-shop for all their needs, the firm has permanently expanded its offering by proposing and implementing more diverse legal products. “We are also a member of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), an organisation that groups together more than 32 of the most important Pacific Rim law offices, and have joined: Interact Law, a network of independent law firms; the Ibero-American Compliance Practice group; as well as Alianza Lationamericana contra la Piratería y la Falsificación (Latin American Alliance against Piracy and Counterfeiting). Recently, our firm has endorsed the UN Global Compact. Although international firms have continued to arrive in Peru, we are committed to remain independent – developing relationships of trust with clients and firms based on a high standard of customer service and excellence.”

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ADMIRALTY AND SHIPPING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS / COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS / DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

GrahamThompson Stephen M. Wilson, QC Partner Tel: +1 649-339-4130 sw@gtclaw.com www.grahamthompson.com GrahamThompson, one of the pre-eminent law firms in The Bahamas since 1950, expanded to Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in 2012. The firm advises leading domestic and international institutions, corporations, law firms and private clients, with an outstanding reputation for achieving the desired outcome. Since expanding to Turks and Caicos, GrahamThompson (GT) has earned an outstanding reputation for achieving desired outcomes for its clients. The firm’s highly experienced litigation team has been described as “fantastic advocates... articulate, well-researched and prepared”. Its vibrant real estate group specialises in second home acquisitions, as well as providing a sophisticated range of focused legal support during each phase of real property. GT prides itself on its unique combination of expert legal skills and real-world experience in working out effective solutions to complex problems. With 65 years’ continuous history and a firstrate balance between seasoned practitioners and dynamic young lawyers, GT is excellence-driven in every way, and accordingly, well known as a leading Bahamian law firm. Producing and sustaining a satisfied clientele drawn locally and from across five continents is the common focal point of the firm’s efforts. Integrity, hard work, understanding the “bigger picture” that frames the specific legal needs of clients, creativity, rigorous

ethical restraint in the charging of fees, and uncompromising loyalty to the client, are key ingredients of the GT ethos. The firm, well known as the largest commercial law firm in the Bahamas, has successfully expanded from its main downtown Nassau location in recent years to better serve its broad range of corporate and private clients. In 2000, the Freeport, Grand Bahama office was opened, followed by the launching of licensed affiliate GTC Corporate Services in 2001, and the Lyford Cay, New Providence office in 2011. In December 2012, GT expanded to Providenciales, in The Turks and Caicos Islands, where it already enjoys a reputation as one of the leading firms for civil and commercial litigation, and more recently, for transactional real estate matters. The firm has built up an enviable reputation both domestically and globally in a variety of important legal disciplines. Its attorneys are sought after by leaders in the real property, resort development, banking and capital markets sectors. The firm is well regarded for its expertise in trust and estate planning, commercial matters, civil litigation, family law, securitisation, employment and immigration matters. The firm is consistently ranked a tier-one law firm by the leading international ratings publications, including CHAMBERS & PARTNERS, IFLR 1000, and CITY WEALTH LEADERS LIST, among others. Currently, two of the firm’s partners have been appointed QC (Queen’s Counsel).

EDITORS’ CHOICE - CONSTRUCTION DEFECT DISPUTES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CALIFORNIA, US Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery W. Barton Weitzenberg Senior Partner Tel: +1 707 542-5050 bweitzen@abbeylaw.com www.abbeylaw.com The attorneys at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery have outstanding academic backgrounds, extensive experience and strong community involvement. We have assembled a great team of professionals to serve your legal needs.

continuing legal education organizations such as CEB and the Rutter Group as well as bar associations and trial lawyer associations such as the Consumer Attorneys of California. He is an instructor of law at the Stanford University Trial Advocacy Program and is a professor of law at the Redwood Empire School of Law.

Our attorneys are all active participants in the community. These commitments range from prestigious legal groups to government service to volunteer organizations. They are admitted to practice in both State and Federal Courts throughout California.

Bart has won some of the most remarkable personal injury/wrongful death verdicts and settlements in the history of Sonoma County. Bart has represented the owners of virtually every conceivable type of building with regard to virtually every conceivable type of construction defect. Bart has a strong background in Common Interest Development Law and has represented homeowners’ associations with regard to a variety of issues including construction defect claims. Bart has also represented the Santa Rosa Junior College and various school districts with regard to their construction defect claims.

W. Barton (Bart) Weitzenberg and his law firm have won more large recoveries for his clients than any other attorney in the history of Sonoma County. Bart was voted by his peers as a Super Lawyer of Northern California. He has also been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He has received the highest possible rating by the only national peer review rating service. He has also received the Sonoma County Bar Association’s higest award for professional and community achievement. Bart specializes in construction defect cases and personal injury/ wrongful death cases. Bart has devoted more than 35 years to representing individuals in their claims against insurance companies and large corporations. Bart has been the president of and/or an active member of many local and state consumer legal rights organizations. He has been selected as a member of many of the most prestigious law associations in the country, including the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Inns of Court. He has taught the law for most of the leading mandatory

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Bart has presided over jury and court trials as a Judge Pro-Tem of the Sonoma County Superior Court and has acted as an agreed arbitrator and mediator in a variety of cases. Please contact the law offices of Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery for a free initial consultation. Affiliations Include: • American Board of Trial Advocates • Northern California Super Lawyer • Best Lawyers in America • Consumer Attorneys of California • Association of Trial Lawyers of America • Professor of Law – Trial Practice, Empire College of Law • The State Bar of California


AGRICULTURAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CALIFORNIA, US DIAS LAW FIRM, INC. Tel: +1 559 585 7330 michael@diaslaw.com

502 W. Grangeville Blvd

www.diaslaw.com

Hanford, CA 93230

Dias Law Firm, Inc. is a team of professionals that keeps integrity, honesty and dedication at the forefront of all decisions and actions made on behalf of the clients they serve. With an excellent reputation within the San Joaquin Valley agricultural community, Dias Law Firm, Inc. has been recognized in the practice area of Agricultural Law. Business transactional law and civil litigation are strong areas that play a role into successful Agricultural Law. Michael A. Dias, founder and principal owner, has deep roots in agriculture and the Central Valley of California. Michael genuinely cares for the San Joaquin Valley because the Valley is where he was born and raised. Having spent long and tiring days working on his family’s dairy farm, Michael understands the true commitment it takes to succeed in agriculture and the agricultural industry. This is what drives his passion for Agricultural Law and desire to assist all phases of the agricultural community. The clients are diverse, ranging from both small and large farmers, complex farming entities producing various types of crops, agricultural processors, agricultural marketing firms, manufacturers of agricultural equipment, just to name a few of the firm’s industrial agribusiness clients. What started back in 1996 was not just another law office, but an idea of what legal services should be offered to the agricultural community. The notion included a top-notch team of professionals, whom Michael picked to work together to provide the best experience and results possible in each particular case. The team consists of individuals who come from diverse backgrounds, which deepens the breadth of knowledge and expertise to serve the agricultural community. This has all added up to remarkable results for the clients. Dias Law Firm, Inc. possesses a wealth of knowledge on how the law assists, promotes and protects its clients. Their team consists of 7 full-time attorneys and 2 attorneys serving ‘of counsel’. Each attorney understands and holds great respect for those in the agricultural industry and each of them strive so that each agricultural client can have optimum performance within their industry, while not tripping over complicated rules, regulations and ordinances for which California is world-famous. The clients of Dias Law Firm, Inc. have access to a team of legal experts so that they may engage in their chosen business activities without fear of failure or rule violation. Each member of Dias Law Firm, Inc. is committed to

helping their agricultural clients, so they can trust and rely on legal matters. This allows them to focus on what they do best. Agricultural Business. California has begun the construction of the first High-Speed Rail system in the United States. The 77-billion-dollar project will connect Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and as far south as San Diego, when it is completed. The first of 20 sections is being built in Fresno County and Kings County, tearing up agricultural companies of every type including farms, dairies and other businesses, many of whom are clients of Dias Law Firm, Inc. The firm has defended these eminent domain actions and has obtained amazing results for their clients. An attorney with Dias Law Firm, Inc., Steven E. Alfieris states, “Eminent Domain actions are more than a calculation of ‘just compensation’, as we must deal with real people affected by these condemnation actions.” “They must live and operate their businesses after the train has been built.” Michael adds, “When your land’s value is multiple family generations of memories and business development, and 20-year-old walnut trees, it’s not something that is easy to let go of.” This is where Dias Law Firm has stepped in to help the All-American local farmers and agricultural business owners of all types. Each client has rights, and that’s what Dias Law Firm, Inc. stands for. Dias Law Firm, Inc. supports farming organizations and is active in the community, including supporting youth in 4-H programs, Future Farmers of America and other worthwhile organizations. What sets Dias Law Firm, Inc. apart from competitors is that owner Michael Dias is alongside the rest of the agriculture community throughout the county. Michael farms wine grapes, almonds and walnuts. Each attorney at Dias Law Firm, Inc. has a true understanding of Agricultural Law and the many issues that may arise. They can legitimately speak from experience, and that’s what makes the attorney/client relationship more personable and sincere. Dias Law Firm, Inc. has handled agricultural law matters in virtually all areas of agricultural production, which has included processors, manufacturers, marketing firms, farmers and dairymen located both in and out of California and also worldwide.

From LEFT to RIGHT Michael A. Dias, Jonette M. Montgomery, John C. Umscheid, Sarah M. Hacker, Ella R. Floresca, Steven E. Alfieris, Alicia D. Wrest, Jimmy J. Rodriguez, and David M. Lange (not shown).

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MEDIUM-SIZED - PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CALIFORNIA, US Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Brian D Chase Managing Partner Tel: +1-800-561-4887 marketing@bestattorney.com www.bestattorney.com Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys represents injured plaintiffs in California. For more than 40 years, the firm has been the premiere choice by plaintiffs and referring attorneys alike, for its dedication and compassion to helping the injured seek fair compensation. Founded by John Bisnar in 1978, Bisnar Chase’s award-winning attorneys have found continued courtroom success since then, representing thousands and earning a reputation as one of California’s toughest injury law firms in the process. Moreover, Bisnar Chase has been named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Orange County Business Journal every year since 2012. What this means is that the Bisnar Chase team has a great working environment, and is highly engaged and motivated. It is Mr Bisnar’s belief that a well taken care of, highly engaged and motivated team of employees working in a co-operative team environment will result in superior representation and great results for the clients. Today, the firm consists of six attorneys divided into four litigation teams. Each litigation team is led by an experienced personal injury trial lawyer and includes a combination of paralegals and legal assistants. Managing partner Brian Chase has spent decades trying to make the world a safer place. He is a national auto defect lawyer specialising in catastrophic injuries and has won more than

US$350 million for his clients with an exceptional 96% success rate. Mr Chase is also the author of ‘Still Unsafe at Any Speed’, a book about the underbelly of the automotive industry, and is a national speaker and trial lawyer. Mr Chase noted: “Bisnar Chase specialises in catastrophic injuries mostly caused by auto defects and defective products. We are known nationally as one of the most successful auto defect firms in the country, and we are continually working to make the rules and regulations of the auto industry more stringent to help avoid deadly auto defects in the first place. Another area we focus on is self-driving cars and the dangers associated with them, as at this stage, our highways should certainly not be a test track for driverless cars.” In 2018, Bisnar Chase was named not only Law Firm of the Year, but also one of the Best Places to Work for the seventh consecutive year. The firm continues to grow its practice and expand its practice areas. Referring to the firm’s client base, Mr Chase added: “A typical client for Bisnar Chase is never typical because we represent such an array of injuries from serious to catastrophic to wrongful death to employee rights violations. We have a vast service offering, encompassing car accidents, dog bites, auto defects, premises liability, defective products, wrongful death, employment law, elder abuse and brain injury.”

INDIVIDUAL - FIRST AMENDMENT LAWYER OF THE YEAR Walters Law Group Lawrence G. Walters Managing Partner Tel: +1 407.975.9150 larry@firstamendment.com www.firstamendment.com Lawrence G. Walters heads up the Walters Law Group, an ‘AV’-rated (preeminent) law firm concentrating in Internet Law, Intellectual Property, Gaming, and First Amendment Law.

has been recognized as one of the Top 100 News Makers by the media industry group, Xbiz, and was included in the top 10% in the ‘Best of the Bar’ competition, through a poll conducted by the Orlando Business Journal.

Mr. Walters has developed a passion for protecting civil liberties; in particular, online speech and expression. He has devoted over 25 years to defending constitutional rights and protecting artistic freedom. Mr. Walters is an accomplished civil rights advocate, a widely published author, and a well-known public speaker. He frequently represents the online entertainment community, as well as other more traditional industries. Larry has practiced law since 1988, and is often consulted as a national expert on legal issues pertaining to Free Speech and the Internet. He regularly contributes to television news programs on networks such as NBC, ABC, PBS, BBC, CBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN. His high-profile cases are often followed by the print and online media, having been covered in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Playboy, ABA Journal, Orlando Sentinel, etc.

Mr. Walters’ First Amendment law practice dates back to the late ‘80s, when he defended numerous small video stores in Florida against a government censorship campaign. In 1997, he formed the Florida Bar’s First Amendment Law Committee, which he chaired for over a decade. He represents hundreds of website operators across the globe in connection with the regulation and protection of online media. Mr. Walters regularly deals with issues relating to online advertising, Internet gaming, free speech concerns, DMCA Safe Harbor, Section 2257 compliance, copyright/trademark infringement, mobile applications, Bitcoin operations, and other cutting-edge practice areas. Walters Law Group handles cases involving constitutional and commercial issues such as civil rights litigation, licensing and zoning suits, intellectual property claims, domain name disputes, appeals, and white-collar criminal defense. Larry often finds himself embroiled in precedent-setting cases in the fields of online gaming, adult entertainment, social networking, and advertising law. He has initiated over 100 federal law suits, and defended over 30 criminal obscenity cases during his career.

Among his many civic and community activities, he has served as Chair of the Legal Panel of the ACLU, Central Chapter, and is a founding member of the Advisory Council for U.C.F. Legal Studies Department. Larry also acts as General Counsel to the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, based in Washington, DC, and serves on the Advisory Council to the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection. He has established and directed numerous non-profit associations and trade groups, including the Internet Freedom Association, the Jacksonville Property Rights Association and the Association of Coastal Property Owners. His efforts in helping fight online child exploitation earned him the Annual Service Recognition Award from the ASACP. Mr. Walters

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In addition to practicing law, Larry has developed various software devices to assist the online entertainment community with legal compliance, including the patented BirthDateVerifier; an online age verification tool. More recently, he launched mobile applications such as Quick2257 to assist with federal records keeping requirements, and QuickDMCA, to simplify online copyright enforcement.


TRUST & ESTATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FLORIDA, US Cummings & Lockwood David M. Halpen Principal Tel: +1 561.214.8508 dhalpen@cl-law.com www.cl-law.com For more than 100 years, Cummings & Lockwood’s commitment to professional excellence, partner-level attention and responsive client service have made this preeminent law firm the firm of choice for clients who depend on top-quality legal representation to meet their complex personal and business needs. We combine the best talent, the latest technology, outstanding service and competitive fees to deliver exceptional value and legal work. As a result, we continue to earn the confidence, trust and respect of our clients, who include many of the nation’s most well-known individuals, families, businesses, financial institutions and charitable organizations.

serve as a bridge between generations – ensuring that our clients’ values, wishes and goals are maintained.

David M. Halpen is Principal-in-Charge of the Palm Beach Gardens office of Cummings & Lockwood. David has more than 20 years of broad-based legal experience in trusts and estates planning, estate settlement, trust administration, business succession planning, and U.S. and international tax planning for a variety of high-net-worth clients.

Cummings & Lockwood’s trusts and estates attorneys assist clients with the development of their Wills, which provide for the distribution of property upon their death. Wills vary in complexity and can be used to achieve a wide range of personal, family and tax objectives. A “Simple Will” provides for the outright distribution of assets, while a “Testamentary Trust Will” creates one or more trusts upon death.

Prior to joining Cummings & Lockwood, he was a shareholder with Dunwody, White & Landon in their Naples and Palm Beach Offices. Cummings & Lockwood’s Trusts and Estates practice is one of the oldest and most skilled practice groups of its kind in the country serving the needs of high-net-worth individuals, their families, businesses and charitable organizations. Several families in Connecticut and Florida that were among the Firm’s first clients are still Cummings & Lockwood clients today. Generations later, we represent descendants who reside in every part of the world. We are proud to

We are particularly well-qualified to serve the needs of entrepreneurs, as we are able to coordinate personal and business planning when designing tax-efficient estate plans that deal with the succession of business ownership, intellectual property, environmental liabilities and other business issues in ways that benefit the family and the business. In sum, we offer the experience that can be achieved through a group of attorneys practicing together, without forfeiting the personal service that has been our trademark as trusted family advisors. Wills and Trusts

Alternatively, if probate assets are left to a preexisting inter vivos trust created during lifetime, the Will is known as a “Pour Over Will” and the receiving trust is often referred to as a “Revocable Living Trust.” The purpose of these preexisting inter vivos trusts or those created by a Will is to ensure continued property management, divorce and creditor protection for the surviving family members, protection of an heir from his or her own irresponsibility, provisions for charities, and/or minimization of taxes.

CLIENT CHOICE - MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MARYLAND, US Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC Henry Dugan Senior Partner Tel: +1 410 308 1600 hdugan@medicalneg.com www.medicalneg.com A national litigation law firm, we are a team of dedicated attorneys devoted to the goal of protecting the legal rights of the victims of birth trauma and birth injury malpractice, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and abuse, and the negligent operation of motor vehicles. Understanding, caring and compassion are the hallmarks of our representation. We never lose sight of the fact that our clients have usually suffered a grievous tragedy – the death of a loved one, a brain injury to their baby, the abuse of a beloved parent or grandparent. Successfully righting a wrong and obtaining just compensation for malpractice or negligence requires a complete understanding of the critical facts and a thoroughly researched case. We start by listening carefully to our clients with the compassion they deserve. But compassion alone is not enough. We back up our representation with a team of expert professionals to aid us in reviewing and investigating the facts of even the most complex medical malpractice or negligence cases. Our success leads to a special relationship with our clients – one that achieves results; one that leads to justice. United by our passion to achieve justice for victims of malpractice and negligence and their families, our attorneys

zealously advocate for victims’ rights. We are members of and have held leadership positions in the Maryland Association of Justice, the Maryland State Bar Association, and The American Association for Justice. The firm is a qualified member of Primerus, an organization of select law firms recognized for professionalism, integrity and adherence to the highest legal ethical standards. With a long and impressive history of achieving substantial recoveries for our clients and their families, we take pride in knowing that our efforts have resulted in just and fair compensation for their injuries, pain, and suffering. Financial recovery in the wake of tragic losses helps to secure for our clients the care, treatment, and services required to allow them to get back on track and maximize their quality of life. Righting the wrongs done to our clients – to achieve for them some fair measure of justice – is our paramount goal, in every case.

Our success leads to a special relationship with our clients – one that achieves results; one that leads to justice.

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CIVIL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NEVADA, US

Backus, Carranza & Burden Our Experience. Your Victory. The lawyers and legal staff at Backus, Carranza & Burden have major civil litigation experience extending over 45 years in the fields of construction, health care, real estate, professional liability, business, premise liability, and product liability. We are renowned for our competence in handling complex legal matters. Our firm is rated by Martindale Hubbell as an AV-Preeminent Law Firm. Mr. Backus has achieved numerous distinctions, including being recognized as a Superlawyer for Nevada and the Mountain States and being inducted into the trial lawyer honorary society of Litigation Counsel of America. The law firm is ranked as one of Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report. When you ask other lawyers of our reputation – which we invite you to do – you will most likely get very positive comments about us. We have been involved in handling some of the largest and most complex cases in the United States. We have successfully represented very large international businesses and local Nevadans. We pride ourselves in our ability to represent our clients in tough cases.

Leland Eugene Backus President Tel: +17028725555 gbackus@backuslaw.com www.backuslaw.com

BUSINESS VALUATIONS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR IN NEW JERSEY, US MR Valuation Consulting, LLC Mark Rodriguez, ASA, MRICS Managing Partner Tel: +1 732 780 6000 mrv@mrvaluation.com www.mrvaluation.com • Independent valuation consulting firm • Over 90 years of experience with comprehensive knowledge of complex valuation matters and special purpose properties • Multicultural team of professionals comprised of accredited valuation consultants, designated appraisers, and business valuation analysts who possess degrees in engineering, finance, and business • Designations and memberships with: American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RCIS), Appraisal Institute (AI), among other prestigious organizations in the industry • Direct design, construction, and engineering experience of utilities, electric generation, industrial, and commercial facilities • Compliance with USPAP, Accounting Standards Codification (ASC/FAS), IRS tax reporting & International Valuation Standards, including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) • Our work products regularly withstand scrutiny from regulatory bodies, auditors, accounting firms, financial institutions, investors, and triers of fact CLIENTS From small- and medium-sized closely held businesses to large public multinational corporations, to state and local government agencies, we serve a diverse clientele.

OUR SERVICES • Valuation • Business Valuation - Special Purpose Properties - Real Estate • Cost Segregation • Appraisal - Real Estate - Machinery & Equipment

• Consulting - Natural Disaster Business Interruptions - Appraisal Review • Dispute Resolution - Litigation Support - Expert Testimony - Rebuttal Testimony

INDUSTRIES & SECTORS We serve a broad spectrum of industries and market sectors, including: Energy & Utilities (including nuclear and renewables), Transmission & Distribution, Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater, Pulp & Paper, Healthcare, Education, Construction, Real Estate, Financial, Legal, Hospitality & Gaming, Entertainment & Leisure, Aerospace, Food & Beverage, Retail, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Automotive, Chemical, Transportation & Distribution, Technology & Telecommunications, Media & Journalism. From mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, management planning, financial reporting, tax planning and compliance, property tax, bankruptcy and restructuring, insurance, financing and refinancing, to litigation and dispute resolutions, our services provide the confidence and support that you need.

Personalized services focused on quality, reliability and experience

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HEALTH CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN OHIO, US Jones Law Group, LLC Eric A. Jones J.D, M.B.A Partner Tel: +1 614 545-9998 ejones@joneslg.com www.joneslg.com Jones Law Group is a full-service law firm that provides exceptional legal counsel to clients throughout Ohio. We have earned a reputation for excellence by working closely with our clients to understand their needs and help them achieve their goals. We combine the personalized attention of a boutique firm with the strength and breadth of services of a large firm. Practice areas in which we have a high level of expertise include healthcare law, Social Security disability, state employee disability, workers’ compensation, personal injury, nursing home abuse & neglect, employment & COBRA claims, contracts, credentialing, professional license defense, and debt collection. Many lawyers take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to clients’ cases, but at Jones Law Group, we take pride in investing significant time and energy into each and every case. We offer personalized services to fit your particular situation and meet your day-to-day and emerging needs in a timely, cost-effective manner. We invite you to learn more about our results-oriented approach and get to know our team of dedicated professionals in Columbus, Ohio. Eric A. Jones has extensive legal experience and experience within the healthcare industry. Eric served as an executive of a managed care company where he was responsible for provider contracting, provider appeals, and provider relations. He was also Vice President for an Ohio hospital, where

he was responsible for physician and patient relations. Additionally, Eric was the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Managed Care for O.D.J.F.S., where his responsibilities included designing, implementing, and regulating the statewide expansion of Medicaid Managed Care. Eric was also legal assistant to the general counsel of the Ohio State Medical Association. Eric is a recipient of the Capital University Law School G.O.L.D. award. The G.O.L.D. Award is given annually to a Capital University Law School JD “Graduate of the Last Decade”, who has made significant achievements as an attorney and has made notable contributions to the legal profession and/ or the Law School. Eric is proud to serve as a Board Member of the OhioHealth Foundation and as a member of the Community Board of COSI. Eric earned his bachelor degree from Ohio University (B.S., 1995) and continued his higher education by receiving both his Master of Business Administration and his law degree from Capital University (M.B.A., and J.D. order of curia, 1998).

Many lawyers take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to clients’ cases, but at Jones Law Group, we take pride in investing significant time and energy into each and every case.

BANKING AND FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN OKLAHOMA, US Drummond Law, PLLC Gentner F. Drummond Principal Attorney Tel: +1 918 749-7378 gfd@drumlaw.com www.drumlaw.com Known through northeastern Oklahoma as the leading banking law firm, Drummond Law, PLLC, has provided unmatched legal advocacy to our clients since 1971. Established in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the firm is dedicated to our corporate and consumer clients who are seeking legal assistance with their banking, employment law, litigation and corporate defense needs. We also provide comprehensive representation in cases involving estate planning, probate, real estate, oil and gas and domestic relations. Our team of highly trained lawyers offer a remarkable 150+ years of combined legal experience in varied, complex areas of law. Our team of Oklahoma banking lawyers is led by principal attorney Gentner F. Drummond. Our group provides proven legal advice and representation to chief executive officers, chief lending officers and chief financial officers and other banking clients. Currently, our firm serves as general counsel to five banks throughout the state and represents an additional seven banks in Oklahoma. Our firm is also engaged as insurance defense counsel to state and federal banks throughout the U.S. Drummond Law, PLLC, is committed to helping you with all your banking needs, including: • Transactional Banking: mergers, acquisitions, loan documentation, loan policies, and corporate governance policies. • Banking Litigation: lender liability, foreclosures, replevins, collection actions. Serving on numerous banking boards for several years as a director or general counsel, Gentner F. Drummond has valuable insight to those very real needs of financial institutions. He has seen how those banks address problems regarding loans and management issues. As a result, our firm understands what makes banks succeed and fail. We recognize the shortfalls of transactional products because we have both defended and prosecuted those cases. This knowledge, paired with our varied and extensive experience forming, selling and buying banks, has helped shape our firm and ultimately achieve our status as a principal banking law firm in Oklahoma.

Gentner F. Drummond - Areas of Practice • Banking • Business Litigation • Employment Law • All Aspects of Transactional Law Bar Admissions • Oklahoma • U.S. Supreme Court • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma Honors and Awards • Super Lawyer • Distinguished Flying Cross, 1991 Professional Associations and Memberships • Tulsa, Osage and Pawnee Counties Bar Associations, Assistant District Attorney, 1995 – Present • Oklahoma Bar Association, Member • American Bar Association, Member Pro Bono Activities • Boy Scouts of America • American Red Cross • Oklahoma State University Foundation • Tulsa Historical Society • Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Gardens

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PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PENNSYLVANIA, US NastLaw LLC Dianne M. Nast, Esquire Founder Tel: +1 215-923-9300 dnast@nastlaw.com www.nastlaw.com Dianne M. Nast is a magna cum laude graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. She is the founder and senior member of NastLaw LLC in Philadelphia. For almost 20 years, she was a senior shareholder with the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Nast & Graf, P.C. (now Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C.), and then a senior shareholder at RodaNast, P.C. from 1995 to 2012. Ms. Nast, an active member of the bar for over four decades, has extensive experience in complex litigation. She has a reputation for working cooperatively with co-counsel and facilitating resolution of disagreement. Ms. Nast holds an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating. She has been selected to be listed in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Antitrust Law, Mass Tort Litigation, Class Actions, Personal Injury Lawyer) since 2003. The National Law Journal has selected Ms. Nast as one of the nation’s top-50 women litigators. Ms. Nast has also been repeatedly selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of Philadelphia’s Best Complex Litigation Lawyers. She has been named as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Fifty Women Lawyers. She has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2002. She appears in numerous Who’s Who publications. Ms. Nast is listed in Chambers US. Judge Edward Becker, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, appointed Ms. Nast to serve as a member of the 15-member Third Circuit Task Force on Selection of Class Counsel. The Task Force issued a report, Selection of Class Counsel, 208 F.R.D. 340 (2002), which has been cited more than 100 times in court opinions.

Ms. Nast was also selected by The American Law Institute to serve on ALI’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation Project. Ms. Nast has served as Lawyer Chair of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a member of the Historical Society of the Third Circuit, and chaired the Circuit’s Centennial Celebration. Ms. Nast is a current member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Nast is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedona Conference, and a member of the American Antitrust Institute and the Public Justice Foundation. Ms. Nast is a member of the American Bar Association Litigation Section, where she has served on the Task Force on State Justice Initiatives, the Task Force on the State of the Justice System, and the Task Force on Strategic Planning. She has participated as a panelist on programs at the Judicial Conferences of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits. She frequently serves as a faculty member or panelist on legal educational programs. Ms. Nast has been named as Lead Counsel or an Executive Committee member in scores of Consumer, Antitrust and Products Liability cases, most recently as co-Lead Counsel in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Litigation, MDL 2724 (E.D. Pa.), currently one of the largest MDLs in the United States.

BOUTIQUE IP ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TEXAS, US Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph, PLLC Guy E Matthews Owner Tel: +1 713-355-4200 gmatthews@matthewsfirm.com www.matthewsfirm.com Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph, PLLC is an IP firm that was founded to serve two distinct, but related, disciplines in law: the establishment and protection of IP rights and the enforcement of those rights through litigation. Furthering those core disciplines, the firm provides highly specialised services focused on: prosecuting domestic and international patents and trademarks; patentability, invalidity and infringement opinions; and IP licensing and commercialisation through its IP Prosecution section, while its Litigation section focuses on complex litigation related to IP rights and business torts. The firm litigates a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including cases involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, as well as commercial disputes and business torts. In 1972, Mr Matthews formed The Matthews Firm, focusing on the prosecution and litigation of IP matters for its clients. Today, the firm, known as Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph, still focuses on providing those same services for its clients. Mr Matthews is a member of the State Bar of Texas, with admission to practise before the USPTO, the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Southern and Eastern District Courts of Texas, and is a member of numerous legal and professional organisations. Mr Matthews noted: “Our firm hires and trains IP attorneys and support staff, which has allowed us to sustain our reputation

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as one of the best IP boutique law firms for prosecution and litigation services. In doing so, we continue to enjoy long-standing relationships with many of our clients.” Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph has dealt with several key legal issues associated with the current practice of patent prosecution and litigation, including the determination of patentable subject matter related to computer functionality, Inter Partes Review (IPR) of patents, and change in venue regarding litigation cases. In addition, the firm has established, re-established, and/or changed laws relating to, for example, constitutional and prudential standing in patent infringement cases, damages in breaching contractual relationships, establishing contractual relationships by way of email communications, grounds for disqualifying patent counsel, and several areas of practice before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board at the USPTO – the effort of which continues today by tackling these issues as they arise in the course of the firm’s practice. Mr Matthews added: “Clients include small to large corporations and businesses, as well as many individual inventors, all specialising in the oil and gas, energy and medical industries. This year, the firm has received several favourable settlements, in addition to several favourable IPR outcomes, which have strengthened our reputation. As a result of these outcomes, we are receiving additional work from our existing clients, as well as work from new clients, who are calling our office to discuss their new or ongoing cases.”


ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TEXAS, US PIERCE & O’NEILL, LLP Selected as a “GO-TO Law Firm” for its Work in Litigation by In-House Law Departments at Fortune 500® Companies PIERCE & O’NEILL, LLP Selected by Global Law Experts, a Premier Guide to Leading Lawyers Around the World, as The Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year In Texas For 2013 PIERCE & O’NEILL, LLP Receives Houston Metropolitan and National Rankings U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Oil & Gas Law | Commercial Litigation | Natural Resources PIERCE & O’NEILL, LLP Recognized by its Peers as One of the Nation’s Top Law Firms

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Asia & Oceania Winners According to FocusEconomics, an advance estimate of GDP growth for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) suggests that the region’s economy continued to power ahead in the second quarter of 2018, largely brushing aside rising trade concerns and tightening financial conditions. GDP is estimated to have expanded 5.2% in the second quarter on an annual basis, down from the previous quarter’s 5.4% figure. Preliminary data also showed that Singapore’s economy continued to advance at a healthy pace, powered by ongoing strong growth in high-tech manufacturing subsectors, such as electronics and biomedicine. This impressive performance was most likely bolstered by resilient growth in key trading partners. Services also pushed ahead primarily due to the finance, insurance, retail and wholesale sub-sectors – although construction recorded a notable year-on-year contraction. Economic dynamics in Vietnam were also positive in the second quarter, building on rising growth figures in Q1. In the January–June period, the economy was propelled by industry, construction and services, while the agricultural sector grew at a more moderate pace. Surging FDI inflows (possibly driven by rising Chinese labour costs, US-China trade tensions and an improved business environment) are also aiding the economy’s performance – as well as helping it move up the value chain. 38

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While conclusive Q2 GDP data for ASEAN’s remaining economies is still outstanding at the time of going to press, available signs are mainly positive. On the political front, the new Malaysian government has suspended several key Chinese infrastructure projects, worth billions of dollars, over concerns about the Asian giant’s growing influence in the country. FocusEconomics also reports that the East and South Asian (ESA) economies continue to defy any threat of a sharp economic slowdown, and preliminary data for Q2 suggests that the region’s stellar growth trajectory was broadly steady. Benign inflation figures and large foreign reserves allowed central banks to maintain relatively accommodative monetary policies, despite ongoing moneytightening in the US. To give another perspective: Asia is expected to grow by around 5.5% in 2018’s final figures according to the IMF – accounting for nearly twothirds of global growth – and the

region remains the world’s most dynamic by a significant margin. However, despite this optimistic outlook, policymakers are urged to remain vigilant. While risks around the forecast are balanced right now, they are still skewed firmly to the downside over the medium term. Key risks include further market corrections, a shift toward protectionist policies, and an increase in geopolitical tensions. Meanwhile, growth in developing East Asia and Pacific (EAP) is expected to remain strong and climb to 6.3% in 2018, according to the latest World Bank economic report on the region. Prospects for a continued broad-based global recovery (and robust domestic demand) underpin this positive view. However, emerging risks to stability and sustained growth demand close attention. Enhancing Potential, the April 2018 edition of the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Economic Update, underscores that even with favourable prospects, policymakers in the region will be well advised to recognise and


deal with emerging challenges. Attending to the short-term risks associated with a fasterthan-expected rise in interest rates in advanced economies, and possible escalation of trade tensions, will require tighter monetary policy and larger fiscal buffers. To raise growth in the months and years ahead, boosting public and private investment, productivity growth and human capital will be vital. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, commented that “Robust growth has underpinned the region’s tremendous gains in reducing extreme poverty. To build on this success – and improve prospects for the large share of the population who remain economically insecure – will require sustaining growth over the longer term. Policymakers need to focus on addressing risks to economic stability, while taking steps to enhance longerterm growth potential.” After growing more quickly than anticipated last year, China is expected to slow moderately to 6.5% in 2018 as its economy continues to rebalance away from investment and towards domestic consumption, with policies that focus more on slowing credit expansion and improving the quality of growth. With the exception of China, growth in developing EAP is expected to remain stable in 2018 at 5.4%, reflecting continued robust domestic and external demand. Growth in Indonesia and Thailand is expected to strengthen in 2018, with improved prospects for investment and private consumption. Sudhir Shetty, World Bank Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, stated: “There are challenges for

policymakers in the short and medium term. Addressing these challenges will require measures to dampen the possible impacts of a more rapid pace of monetary policy tightening in advanced economies, as well as to enhance longer-term growth prospects in the face of policy uncertainty, particularly around global trade.” In order to address growth prospects across the wider region in the medium term, countries might need to find new ways of raising their long-term potential growth. This may include a combination of measures designed to: improve public spending and infrastructure provisions, deepen trade integration and improve trade facilitation, implement reforms to enhance competitiveness, as well as build human capital. Improving competitiveness will no doubt be crucial for most countries in the region – as they endeavour to make adjustments vis-à-vis continual changes in the manufacturing and technological landscapes. GLE Awards 2018

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Nyman Gibson Miralis / International White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year in Australia..................................... 41.

CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office / Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in China................................... 41.

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe / Shipping Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in India....................................42.

ANGARA ABELLO CONCEPCION REGALA & CRUZ LAW OFFICES (ACCRALAW) / Labour & Employment Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines................................................................................43.

HARIDASS HO & PARTNERS / Admiralty Law Firm of the Year in Singapore...........................................................44.

Salem Ibrahim LLC / Boutique Aviation Law Firm of the Year in Singapore..............................................................45.

Salem Ibrahim LLC / Boutique Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Singapore............................................46.

Salem Ibrahim LLC / Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore..................................................................47.

Deep & Far / Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Taiwan............................................................................48.

Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF – Hong Duc) / Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Vietnam / Energy Law Firm of the Year in Vietnam / Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Vietnam...........................................48.

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INTERNATIONAL WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA Nyman Gibson Miralis Dennis Miralis Partner, Defence Lawyer Tel: +61 2 9264 8884 dm@ngm.com.au www.ngm.com.au 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. White Collar Crime Experts Nyman Gibson Miralis are experts in assisting companies and individuals the subject of white collar and corporate crime investigations. We specialise in matters such as complex fraud, domestic bribery and foreign bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, taxation offences, money laundering and other dishonesty-related offences which may be prosecuted by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Commonwealth DPP (CDPP), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the State Police and Australian Federal Police (AFP). Our lawyers have expert knowledge of the substantive laws under which these agencies operate, and the practice and procedure of investigations and prosecutions. Complex white collar crime investigations are becoming increasingly international. They often raise issues concerning which jurisdiction the offence was committed in, which laws will apply to the investigation and prosecution and what are the legal rights of those being investigated. We have acted and advised in white collar criminal investigations involving the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Cambodia, Cyprus, Russia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Europe, where there has been an Australian connection.

Nyman Gibson Miralis has been involved in some of the most significant criminal litigation relating to cross-border white collar crime in Australia and provide strategic advice for both domestic and international white collar crime investigations, including responding to regulators, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. Leaders in the field of International Criminal Law in Australia With the prevalence of international crime and increasing cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of different countries, individual rights have the potential to be threatened in multiple jurisdictions. We are experienced in dealing with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in a person’s home country, and providing advice and representation concerning mutual assistance requests and extradition. We have represented and advised persons with respect to extradition concerning the USA, South Africa, Europe, England, Russia, Asia and Mexico. This requires a full working knowledge of how Interpol operates. Some countries will arrest a person on the basis that Interpol has issued a ‘red notice’. The system is open to abuse, especially by countries that don’t have extradition treaties. We have a proven track record of having Interpol red notices successfully removed. Nyman Gibson Miralis has developed close relationships with like-minded lawyers in other countries and has been involved in cases concerning the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Crown Prosecution Service of the United Kingdom.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CHINA

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SHIPPING ARBITRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN INDIA Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe Shardul Thacker Partner Tel: +912262166300 / +9122044960 / +912262 3191 shardul.thacker@mullaandmulla.com www.mullaandmulla.com

Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe is one of India’s leading full-service law firms, proudly acting as Indian legal Counsel to numerous multinational companies, several large Indian corporates and a number of Fortune 500 Companies. The firm’s in-depth knowledge and sound understanding of commercial and market realities enables it to provide relevant legal solutions of real commercial value. With one of the strongest litigation and dispute resolution practices, the firm advises on managing litigation risk and facilitates negotiations to resolve disputes, thus resulting in the least possible adverse effect to the client’s business. The firm’s Dispute Resolution practice represents large Indian corporates, who, for example, charter in vessels for the import of coal and the export of steel. These aggregate to 150/200 charters annually. Documentation, advice on disputes with shippers, disponent owners and strategising solutions by way of negotiation and settlement or arbitration is an important aspect of this practice. Partner Shardul Thacker’s experience in the legal profession began with his career as a litigator, with his first major arbitration representing a leading Indian insurance company, as well as defending a significant claim from a fire incident in a paper mill. Mr Thacker noted: “My success in establishing arson in this case resulted in my being engaged in the marine insurance matters. This inducted me into shipping practice. The underwriter was exposed to huge marine insurance claims made by 35 Indian importers, who had insured their shipments from Singapore valued at several million dollars. All of these shipments were made in two vessels, which sank within proximity of three days. Interestingly, the Singapore consignors were found to be connected.” According to Mr Thacker, the Indian Council of Arbitration has, for several decades, been nominated in all charterparties executed by Transchart, the government wing for cargo imported by Food Trading Corporation; the Fertilizer Trading Corporation; and the State Trading Corporation. He has also represented foreign shipowners/ disponent owners in numerous arbitrations for claims relating to demurrage, balance freight, among other areas. Mr Thacker currently heads the Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe’s Shipping, Offshore Logistics Practice Group. Since India’s globalisation, his practice has increased in cross-border shipping arbitrations before the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), SIAC, LMAA, as well as adhoc arbitrations in London and Singapore.

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“Notably, India is predominantly a country of charterers and not shipowners, since 96% of India’s Exim trade is on foreign flag vessels,” said Mr Thacker. “I represent major Indian corporates, who charter foreign flag vessels for importation of coal, cement, LPG and export of steel, etc, and represent them in shipping arbitration matters.” Today, the firm is distinguished from its competitors in the following ways: • Knowledge and understanding of current market situations, particularly in shipping, oil & gas, commodities and transport industries, which gives clients the comfort of receiving legal and real commercial solutions. In addition this assists in formulating strategy in maritime arbitrations; • Shipping being cyclical, all stakeholders in a shipping venture going into a crisis would attempt to transfer risks to others to minimise their exposure. Hence accessibility at all times and providing quality timely solutions is a key distinguishing feature. Such disputes lead to arbitration, and if the risks are ringfenced, clients are in a better position to assert their claims / defend before the Tribunal. So far in 2018, the firm has handled four major adhoc arbitrations under offshore construction contracts, for international contractors against ONGC. These related to designing, procuring and constructing new rigid and flexible pipelines with an approximate length of 77.35 km in the Bombay High area with claims of more than USD 350 million. Mr Thacker explained: “In execution of this project, claimants had chartered large marine spreads comprising pipe-laying barges, anchor handlers, survey vessels, etc. All arbitrations ran parallel before different tribunals of retired Supreme Court / High Court Judges. There were 12 heads of claim involving complicated questions of facts and law. International experts gave evidence from the UK and Australia, tendering forensic delay analysis. This was given recognition in the international market – both in the offshore construction industry and also offshore logistics of vessels involved in the marine spread. “In the coming months, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe plans to consolidate, via in-depth training of team members within this practice group. By working internationally, we are afforded the opportunity of instructing maritime law firms predominantly in Singapore, Dubai and London where required for an opinion under English or Singapore law, and also in relation to international maritime arbitrations. This results in a relationship based on reciprocity, with a client base who is respectful of our legal advice and strength – hence consistently engaging us in relation to domestic as well as international disputes in their shipping contracts.”


LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THE PHILIPPINES


BOUTIQUE ADMIRALTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE

Haridass Ho & Partners Haridass Ho & Partners is a medium-sized firm with a niche practice in the fields of Admiralty, Shipping and International Trade whilst handling a broad spectrum of legal services. Haridass Ho & Partners believe in the importance of personalised service and solicitor-client relationship, which are vital building blocks in the successful completion of any instructions. The firm aims to provide speedy cost efficient legal advice and solutions to problems. With this in mind, the firm is structured to allow for the formation of project groups to undertake specific matters and instructions in a variety of areas of practice. This system of grouping allows for multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers to render collective expertise to a particular project or matter if there is a need for this approach. PRACTICE AREAS:

• Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

• Vessel Sale & Purchase

• Admiralty, Commercial & Corporate Litigation

• Real Estate/Conveyancing

CONTACT DETAILS: Haridass Ajaib

+65 6230 1100

haridass@hhp.com.sg

Yoga Sharmini Y +65 6230 1117

sharmini@hhp.com.sg

Thomas Tan

+65 6230 1110

thomas.tan@hhp.com.sg

Subashini N

+65 6230 1122

subashini@hhp.com.sg

Augustine Liew

+65 6230 1111

augustine.liew@hhp.com.sg

Mohd Haireez

+65 6230 1131

mohd.haireez@hhp.com.sg

V Hariharan

+65 6230 1114

hariharan@hhp.com.sg

Christine Yeo

+65 6230 1101

christine.yeo@hhp.com.sg

Haridass Ho & Partners ADVOCATES & SOLICITORS | COMMISSIONERS FOR OATHS | NOTARIES PUBLIC 24 RAFFLES PLACE, #18-00 CLIFFORD CENTRE, SINGAPORE 048621 TEL: +65 6533 2323 | FAX: +65 6533 7029 | www.hhp.com.sg

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BOUTIQUE AVIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE

Legal and Commercial Support to Clients on an International Scale… This law corporation incorporated the firm of Salem Ibrahim & Partners, which was founded in 1997. We have an enhanced arbitration, aviation, dispute resolution, matrimonial and business transaction practice. Our mission is counsel and strategy with good results.

Philosophy Our philosophy is best described in the framed Chinese calligraphy hanging on the walls of our offices:

Salem Ibrahim, the Managing Director, is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and is also a Barrister of England and Wales. A senior lawyer at the Singapore Bar, he is also appointed Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths in Singapore. Prior to practicing law, he spent 15 years in commerce and industry. He brings from this background skills to achieve commercial solutions for clients. He has strong domain knowledge in financial transactions, information technology, a wide range of business transactions, property transactions, insolvency, logistics and cross-border transactions. In aviation, he gives legal and commercial support to clients on an international scale, purchase and financing of commercial aircraft and private jets, aircraft operations and leasing. He holds a pilot’s licence. He is able to draw from this skill and knowledge for aviation litigation. In dispute resolution, he represents clients in civil and commercial crime, arbitration, building construction, insolvency, family, insurance, medical negligence, defamation, intellectual property and Islamic law cases. He appears at all levels of court and has led in landmark cases.

Aviation Law • general and civil aviation • sale & purchase • mortgage & finance • leasing • charters

• fractional ownership • aircraft registration • litigation • aviation law offences • insurance disputes

Salem Ibrahim LLC 10 Anson Road #15-19 International Plaza Singapore 079903 Tel: +(65) 6226 1233 Fax: +(65) 6226 0988 Email: firm@salemlaw.org.sg Web: www.salemlaw.org.sg

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BOUTIQUE DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE

Strong Domain Knowledge in a Wide Range of Transactions…

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This law corporation incorporated the firm of Salem Ibrahim & Partners, which was founded in 1997. We have an enhanced arbitration, aviation, dispute resolution, matrimonial and business transaction practice. Our mission is counsel and strategy with good results.

Philosophy Our philosophy is best described in the framed Chinese calligraphy hanging on the walls of our offices:

Salem Ibrahim, the Managing Director, is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and is also a Barrister of England and Wales. A senior lawyer at the Singapore Bar, he is also appointed Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths in Singapore. Prior to practicing law, he spent 15 years in commerce and industry. He brings from this background skills to achieve commercial solutions for clients. He has strong domain knowledge in financial transactions, information technology, a wide range of business transactions, property transactions, insolvency, logistics and cross-border transactions. In aviation, he gives legal and commercial support to clients on an international scale, purchase and financing of commercial aircraft and private jets, aircraft operations and leasing. He holds a pilot’s licence. He is able to draw from this skill and knowledge for aviation litigation. In dispute resolution, he represents clients in civil and commercial crime, arbitration, building construction, insolvency, family, insurance, medical negligence, defamation, intellectual property and Islamic law cases. He appears at all levels of court and has led in landmark cases.

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• commercial disputes

• land disputes

• company disputes

• disciplinary inquiries

• partnerships disputes

Salem Ibrahim LLC 10 Anson Road #15-19 International Plaza Singapore 079903 Tel: +(65) 6226 1233 Fax: +(65) 6226 0988 Email: firm@salemlaw.org.sg Web: www.salemlaw.org.sg


BOUTIQUE FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE

Counsel and Strategy with Good Results… This law corporation incorporated the firm of Salem Ibrahim & Partners, which was founded in 1997. We have an enhanced arbitration, aviation, dispute resolution, matrimonial and business transaction practice. Our mission is counsel and strategy with good results.

Philosophy Our philosophy is best described in the framed Chinese calligraphy hanging on the walls of our offices:

Salem Ibrahim, the Managing Director, is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and is also a Barrister of England and Wales. A senior lawyer at the Singapore Bar, he is also appointed Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths in Singapore. Prior to practicing law, he spent 15 years in commerce and industry. He brings from this background skills to achieve commercial solutions for clients. He has strong domain knowledge in financial transactions, information technology, a wide range of business transactions, property transactions, insolvency, logistics and cross-border transactions. In aviation, he gives legal and commercial support to clients on an international scale, purchase and financing of commercial aircraft and private jets, aircraft operations and leasing. He holds a pilot’s licence. He is able to draw from this skill and knowledge for aviation litigation. In dispute resolution, he represents clients in civil and commercial crime, arbitration, building construction, insolvency, family, insurance, medical negligence, defamation, intellectual property and Islamic law cases. He appears at all levels of court and has led in landmark cases.

Family Law • divorce • legal separation

• custody • adoption

• maintenance

Salem Ibrahim LLC 10 Anson Road #15-19 International Plaza Singapore 079903 Tel: +(65) 6226 1233 Fax: +(65) 6226 0988 Email: firm@salemlaw.org.sg Web: www.salemlaw.org.sg

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TAIWAN

COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN VIETNAM / ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN VIETNAM / REAL ESTATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN VIETNAM Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF – Hong Duc) Dang Duong Anh Managing Partner Tel: +84 24 3934 8530 anh@vilaf.com.vn www.vilaf.com.vn Formed during the dawn of Vietnam’s foreign investment laws, VILAF has had 25 years working alongside the development of Vietnam’s system of business and investment laws. The firm, with its team of senior lawyers, offers a high level of insight regarding the interpretation and implementation of Vietnamese laws in general and business and investment laws in particular. Managing Partner Dang Duong Anh stated: “VILAF is a fullservice law firm. We have been consistently ranked as a firsttier law firm by many reputable legal directories such as Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000, ALB, AsiaLaw, etc. in almost all major areas of practice, including Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Projects & Energy, Dispute Resolution and Real Property.” “In order to broaden our legal network, we are also affiliated with many professional organisations, such as American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham), Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (InCham), International Bar Association (IBA), Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA), Global Law Experts, Leaders in Law, The Lawyer Network, Five Star Law, Legal’s Finest, LegalComprehensive, etc...” Mr Duong Anh further added. The firm is distinguished from its competitors by being especially client-focused and solutions-orientated. With the credo ‘Be the Best

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of the Best’, VILAF lawyers cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers. They are not only qualified to practise law in other countries, including UK, US, Korea and the Philippines, but also have extensive international legal practice experience. They endeavour to prioritise Good Education, High Level of Experience, Professionalism, Loyalty and High Responsibility. Over the years, VILAF has been dedicated to long-term, prestigious clients, such as Marubeni Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, GE, SCG, VinaCapital, CapitaLand, Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, BNP Paribas, Citibank, etc… In the past 12 months alone, in the Capital Markets sector, VILAF has closed a series of international placements and listing deals with offer values up to US$1.4 billion. In addition, the firm has seen significant success in its energy work – such as closing the 10-year-long Nghi Son 2 BOT power project; refinancing the Mong Duong 2 BOT power project; and the financing of the Nam Dinh 1 BOT power project and a series of joint ventures in renewable energy, such as the Hong Phong 1A, Hong Phong 1B and Hong Phong 3A solar projects, the Bac Lieu wind farm and the Soc Trang wind farm. Mr Duong Anh concluded: “We are planning to expand our firm to offshores, and sending our next generation lawyers to work and be educated internationally. Meanwhile, as the 4.0 Revolution has already passed our threshold, we are updating and adapting to apply the latest high-tech developments into our daily work.”


Africa & the Middle East Winners Back 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 4.3% in 2018’s final data. Meanwhile, the economy of the Middle East is extremely diverse, although perhaps best known for oil production and export. In recent years, many of the countries in the region have undergone new initiatives to diversify their economies. 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 aim of improving the region’s economic infrastructure consistently through the implementation of long-term goals. Since then, an estimate prepared by FocusEconomics showed that economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region strengthened in the period of April–June, 2018. According to FocusEconomics, the MENA economy rose an aggregated 2.8% year-on-year in Q2, which marked an improvement over Q1’s 2.5% expansion, and represented the strongest rate in over one year. The acceleration mostly reflected stronger growth among oil-exporting countries, as crude oil prices in the quarter were approximately 50% higher than the level observed in the same period in 2017. Indeed, forecasts compiled by FocusEconomics reveal

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Elsewhere on the continent, economic activity will pick up in some metals exporters as mining production and investment rise. Among nonresource-intensive countries, solid growth, supported by infrastructure investment, will continue in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), led by Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.

that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (a group that encompasses Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) were behind Q2’s acceleration, with aggregated growth jumping from 1.6% in Q1 to 2.2% in Q2. Along with the rise in oil prices, GCC countries benefited from the recovery in non-oil activities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE – which were hit in the previous quarter by the introduction of a value added tax in January. Economic dynamics, meanwhile, softened among oil-importing nations in Q2, reflecting higher oilimport bills, although political unrest perhaps dented economic activity in some countries such as Jordan and Morocco. On a positive note, still-strong growth among the region’s main trading partners, such as the euro area and the US, supported the external sector. Israel continued to perform well too – due to rising wages and an accommodative monetary policy. The economy of Egypt continued to benefit from economic reforms in the April–June period. By comparison, Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is projected to reach 3.1% in 2018’s final figures, and to average 3.6% in 2019–20 according to Africa’s Pulse, a biannual analysis of the state of African economies conducted by the World Bank. These growth forecasts are based upon expectations that oil and metal prices will remain stable, and that governments in the region will implement reforms to boost investment. Albert G Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region, stated: “Growth has rebounded in Sub-Saharan Africa, but not fast enough. We are still far from pre-crisis growth levels. African Governments must speed up and deepen macroeconomic and structural reforms to achieve high and sustained levels of growth.”

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Punam Chuhan-Pole, World Bank Lead Economist, commented: “For many African countries, the economic recovery is vulnerable to fluctuations in commodity prices and production. This underscores the need for countries to build resilience by pushing diversification strategies to the top of the policy agenda.” Also in the region, public debt relative to GDP is rising, and the composition of debt has changed since countries have shifted away from traditional concessional sources of financing towards more market-based ones. The analysis conducted by Africa’s Pulse particularly highlights the role of innovation in accelerating electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa – and its resulting implications of achieving inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction. The data reveals that achieving universal electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa requires combination of solutions involving the national grid. As a final insight: the World Bank Group’s latest Middle East and North Africa Economic Monitor forecasts regional growth to increase to 3.1% in 2018, up from 2% in 2017. This increase in growth is expected to be driven by a beneficial global economic environment and stability in the oil market at heightened prices, among other factors. Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Region, explained: “Now is the time to focus on creating more jobs and economic opportunities […] The positive outlook is an opportunity to speed up reforms for a renewed private sector as an engine of growth and job creation.” Rabah Arezki, World Bank Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa Region, added: “While stabilisation policies have helped economies adjust in recent years, we need much faster growth to absorb the hundreds of millions of young people who will enter the labour market in the coming decades.”


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Rajai K. W. Dajani & Associates Law Firm / Associated Legal Advisors / Business Formation Law Firm of the Year in Jordan..................................................................................................52.

UGGC Avocats / Competition Law Firm of the Year in Morocco...............................................................................52.

B.B. Dan-Habu & Co / Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Nigeria..........................................................................53.

Paul Usoro & Co / Transport Law Firm of the Year in Nigeria.....................................................................................54.

Mohammed Ibrahim Law Firm / Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Oman..............................................................54.

GENI & KEBE / Client Choice - Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Senegal...........................................................55.

EL AJERI LAWYERS / International Transactions Law Firm of the Year in Tunisia.....................................................55.

DUBE-BANDA, NZARAYAPENGA & PARTNERS / Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Zimbabwe......................56.

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BUSINESS FORMATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN JORDAN Rajai K. W. Dajani & Associates Law Firm / Associated Legal Advisors Yousef S. Khalilieh Managing Partner Tel: +962 6 5680 111 ykhalilieh@dajanilaw.com www.dajanilaw.com Rajai K. W. Dajani & Associates Law Firm was founded in 1990 by attorney Rajai K. W. Dajani in Amman, Jordan. Since then, the firm has emerged as a leading consulting firm that continues to expand and gain comprehensive expertise in all areas of the law. The firm has a motivated and highly experienced team with a broad range of skills that cover a spread of sectors, such as Criminal, General Civil and Commercial Practices, Construction, Foreign Investment, Franchise and Distribution, Arbitration and International Trade. Our team has the local and international knowledge and expertise that serves as the clients’ gateway to Jordanian business and investment. Rajai K. W. Dajani & Associates’ areas of expertise cover Agency Distributorship and Corporate; Commercial and Transactions; Insurance and Maritime; Intellectual Property and Information Technology; International Litigation and Arbitration; Mergers and Acquisitions; Real Estate and Qualified Industrial Zone Projects; Public; Private sector and Privatization and other Transactions, Telecommunications and Information Technology. Moreover, we have professional memberships at the International Court of Arbitration, Jordan Bar Association, International Bar Association, International Chamber of Commerce. Our vision is to continue providing legal services to international standards in a commercial and responsive manner. Today, our market-leading presence and experience makes us the first

choice among the leading national and international corporate and financial institutions looking for Jordanian legal advice. Indeed, we remain committed to developing areas of legal services in Jordan that have not reached the same standards as transactional practices require. We maintain a working relationship with top law firms worldwide. Our members, paralegals and counsels provide a range of services to industry leaders operating in Jordan and they reflected success in the quality of the legal services rendered to clients. The team fully understands the needs of its clients, enhancing its ability to provide clear, efficient and prompt advice based on a real understanding of the issues raised and both local and international laws and regulations. The firm was appointed as counsellor by Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd. (KOSPO) in several high-profile wind power projects to build, develop, design, construct, own, operate and maintain a wind farm facility of 49.5 MW at Tafila. The firm provided a full range of legal services which included, among others, advising, developing and refining the legal aspects of and the implementation of the appropriate ownership and organization structure for the project company (including the formation of the project company, preparing the Memorandum and Articles of Association, by-laws etc.; registration of the company; all local licenses and filings etc.); advising on the application for obtaining licenses, permits, approvals; drafting land lease agreements and reviewing and advising on the Government Guarantee Agreement.

COMPETITION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MOROCCO UGGC Avocats Corinne Khayat Partner Tel: +33 1 56 69 70 00 c.khayat@uggc.com www.uggc.com Corinne Khayat has been a partner of UGGC Avocats since 2000, where she co-heads the Competition Law department. UGGC Avocats is a French leading independent law firm with offices in three geopolitical zones (Europe, Africa and Asia) and more than 100 lawyers. In particular, the Casablanca office, created in 2002, has since become one of the foremost international law firms in Morocco. The team of the Casablanca office consists of 15 Moroccan and French lawyers operating in Arabic, English and French who offer international standard services meeting the level of quality required by Moroccan and international clients. UGGC Avocats has also set up an “Africa Desk”, comprising lawyers working from the Paris office and perfectly knowledgeable about issues of Moroccan law, so that French and European clients have a contact close-at-hand in Paris. Corinne Khayat advises clients in all areas of Moroccan competition law (antitrust regulation, abuses of dominance etc.) and regularly handles merger control proceedings before the Moroccan competition authorities.

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Corinne Khayat advises clients in all areas of Moroccan competition law and regularly handles merger control proceedings before the Moroccan competition authorities. She assists Moroccan and foreign clients, mostly large- and medium-size companies active in various sectors such as luxury, chemical and building materials industries. She also handles cases as a correspondent for many foreign law firms. She is the contributor of the Morocco chapters of ‘Getting The Deal Through – Merger Control’, ‘Getting The Deal Through – Dominance’, and the ‘Merger Control Review’. Corinne Khayat also represents her clients before the French and European competition authorities and advises in French and EU competition law. Corinne Khayat has been a professor of European Union competition law at the Institut Catholique and a lecturer in competition law at the University Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne. She is a member of APDC (Association of the Practitioners of Competition Law) and a regular speaker at the competition law commission of the UIA (International Union of Lawyers).


COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NIGERIA B.B. Dan-Habu & Co B.B. Dan-Habu Chief Counsel Tel: +234 (80) 86505638 chiefcounsel@bbdanhabuco.com www.bbdanhabuco.com

B.B. Dan-Habu & Co is a firm that ranks amongst Nigeria’s leading Commercial Law Firms and serves companies, governments, Nigerian and foreign investors, international firms, and financial institutions. Established in 1986 by B.B. Dan-Habu Esq, the firm has in almost three decades handled several complex commercial transactions and developed an enviable portfolio of clients and international experience. Today, it is known for its continuous provision of proficient, innovative, competent and timely solutions. Over the years, the firm has worked alongside some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on bigticket transactions, and its advisers remain committed to constantly challenging themselves to develop new and original ways of thinking through even the most complex challenges that their clients may face.

Corporate/Commercial Law B.B. Dan-Habu & Co specialises in complex Corporate, Commercial and Financial Transactions. The firm provides advisory services, innovative agreements and legal assistance to international and domestic corporations, national and international financial institutions.

Mr. B.B. Dan-Habu, the Chief Counsel and founding partner, has more than 30 years’ post-call experience and specialises in various areas of the firm’s core competencies with expertise in corporate/commercial transactions and domestic and cross-border dispute resolution and litigation. He has diverse experience in both the public and private sector.

Immigration & Labour The firm provides legal assistance in the setting up of Companies and Corporate entities in Nigeria, advices on compliance with immigration and Labour Law regulation and assists international and domestic corporations in obtaining immigration facilities such as permits, visas, expatriate quotas etc. that may be required for their operation in Nigeria. They have built longstanding working relationships with the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), Nigerian Investment and Promotion Commission (NIPC) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and are proficiently experienced in labour and employment issues.

He has worked as State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice (1985 – 1986); Member, Ministerial Committee for the Review of Nigeria’s Mineral Laws and Regulations; and Member, Tribunal of Inquiry into the Civil Disturbances in Lagos State (2000 – 2001). He participated in the Review and the Drafting of the Agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Global Minerals on the Nigerian Minerals Appraisal Monetization Program (‘’NIMAPOP’’). He sits on the Board of several financial institutions, banks and foreign companies. He is also a registered Capital Market Solicitor and member of several professional bodies and associations, including the Nigerian Bar Association. He is actively involved in litigation and continually participates in continuing proficiency advancement by attending various courses at home and abroad, including Harvard Law School, Boston; The Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton, UK; and Clark Atlanta University, USA.

Intellectual Property Finance & Valuation Consultancy The Intellectual Property Finance consulting unit is comprised of staff with practical experience of intellectual property law and financial matters. They provide a broad range of professional services which are traditionally not offered by IP firms such as strategic and tailored advice on IP rights, IP valuation and appraisal, IP asset-based lending, M&A support & due diligence, determination of royalty rates and licensing strategies. Litigation & ADR The firm has extensive skill and experience in handling multifaceted and complex disputes in courts of all levels. Where appropriate for a successful outcome, they encourage and offer various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) solutions such as Negotiation, Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration.

Over the years, the firm has worked alongside some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on big-ticket transactions.

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TRANSPORT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NIGERIA Paul Usoro & Co Mfon Ekong Usoro Managing Partner Tel: +234 (1) 271 4841 mfon.usoro@paulusoro.com www.paulusoro.com Established in 1985, Paul Usoro & Co is a full-service firm providing premium quality legal services to leading companies, financial institutions, public agencies, sector-specific regulatory authorities, governments and high-net-worth individuals, in and outside Nigeria. Our team of legal experts is widely respected for its deep insights, professionalism and ability to provide innovative, client-oriented and cost-effective business solutions for our clients. The hallmark of our practice continues to be the provision of tailor-made solutions to all our clients’ business needs. With about 36 full-time lawyers and projected expansion, PUC is one of Nigeria`s leading corporate legal firms. We recruit and develop the best and brightest legal minds in the industry and place great emphasis on constant honing of our lawyers` skills. Therefore, we encourage and fund structured skills development programmes for them including management and business development trainings, postgraduate degrees and short courses and programmes in relevant specialised fields of practice. The Firm is made up of five partners and about 32 associates. As a group, PUC lawyers pool together more than 100 years of practice strength in general commercial legal practice as well as the specialised practice areas such as Advocacy and ADR, Banking and Finance, Communications, Capital Markets, Energy, Environmental Law and Transport Law. The transport industry is significant in the emergence and sustenance of an efficient economy and market growth. This realisation is driving the multibillion-dollar public and private-sector-led investments in the transport sector in Nigeria, across Africa and other emerging markets.

With the planned investment of US$2.9 trillion in infrastructure development in Nigeria in the next 30 years, a large chunk of which is dedicated to the transport sector and projected regional transport networks including the Trans-African Highway, the transport sector in Africa is set to witness tremendous developments. With the pressure of development and the underpinning policy, legal and regulatory frameworks come fresh legal issues and challenges. Taking advantage of the new opportunities offered by these developments would require a deep knowledge of the applicable legal regimes, a clear understanding of the market, deft handling of the regulatory structures and issues, and certainly, innovative legal solutions. This is what we offer our clients in the transport sector. We provide the full spectrum of services to our clients in the air, marine, rail and road transport and logistics services subsectors. Through our regulatory, legislative and transactional work and experience in both public and private sectors, our clients benefit from both the industry insight and innovative legal solutions that will help them meet challenges and connect seamlessly with their objectives. We have been responsible for some of the most important marine transport legislations and policies, both nationally and regionally. We have handled significant transactions in the aviation and maritime sectors, advising governments, financiers, carriers, service providers and concessionaires. Our team is led by a highly qualified specialist, Mfon Usoro, who is not only internationally recognised for her expertise in the transport sector but has also pioneered, in an executive capacity, some of the national and regional maritime bodies and authorities. She is ably supported by Adetola Bucknor-Taiwo, who is also a Partner in PUC.

CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN OMAN Mohammed Ibrahim Law Firm Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Al Zadjali Chairman Tel: +968 244 87 600 info@mohammedibrahim.net www.mohammedibrahim.net Mohammed Ibrahim Law Firm is a leading legal office in the Sultanate of Oman, with branches in Muscat and Sohar. In the past 12 years, the firm’s multinational team of resident lawyers and legal consultants has built a successful track record, particularly in its Corporate section. Today, the firm is active in crafting business-centered legal solutions that respond to each client’s bespoke needs, with a commitment to achieving their goals in light of integrated creative strategies. Its legal representation is top-ranked in Oman across a wide spectrum of industry sectors and practice areas, such as Corporate, Commercial, Contracts, Banking and Finance, International Trade, Foreign Investment, Insurance, Employment, Maritime, Construction and Engineering Contracts, International Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection, Information Technology, and Electricity. The firm also deals with Criminal and Family/Sharia matters. Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Al Zadjali, chairman, noted: “I am an Omani lawyer, graduated in Masters of Law and PhD in Criminal Law from Egypt. I am affiliated with domestic and global legal networks, such as the International Bar Association and the Turkish-Arab Legal Organization. In 2014, I was elected President of the Omani Lawyers Association, and successfully re-elected this year. “Our legal team counts influential practitioners, who offer a deep knowledge of Omani legal specificities combined with international standards. We regularly publish articles with legal advice for Omanis and expats residing in the country, in large newspapers, such as the Times of Oman.”

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According to Dr Al Zadjali, Mohammed Ibrahim Law Firm is distinguished from its competitors in that the majority of its corporate clients, who commenced their journey with the firm, have stayed for the duration. Dr Al Zadjali commented: “For us, this is the strongest proof of their appreciation towards our services and of the trustful relations that we build with our clients.” The most frequent legal issues that the firm advises on include capital increase, agency agreements, dealing with change of corporate partners, providing legal solutions pertaining to set-up difficulties, and establishing new corporate entities and various types of structures. Dr Al Zadjali added: “As per the market structure in Oman, our corporate work maintains a strong international dimension, which helps to widen the horizons of our thinking. We advise corporates of all sizes, from small local companies to large international groups present in the Sultanate. We have been part of the judicial development witnessed in the country, and during this process, we have gained the trust of a large number of companies and institutions that play a vital role in the economic and social development of Oman. “Our objectives for the coming months are to expand our business by becoming a privileged partner to clients developing large-scale industrial projects in the country, as well as further improving the quality of the services we provide – for example, through the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, software and systems.”


CLIENT CHOICE - COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SENEGAL GENI & KEBE Mouhamed Kebe Managing Partner Tel: +221 338 211 916 mhkebe@gsklaw.sn www.gsklaw.sn GENI & KEBE was founded in 1912, providing legal advice for foreign embassies and companies doing business in Senegal. Over 100 years on, the firm remains one of the top choices for local and foreign companies, governments and non-government institutions as well as individuals wishing to conduct business in Africa. Our ability to serve clients with excellence is a result of the passion and dedication of our team. Our lawyers hold qualifications from leading universities, including Essex (United Kingdom), Seattle (USA), Washington (USA), Lausanne (Switzerland), Sorbonne (France), Montréal (Canada), Rhodes (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia), Brazzaville (Congo), UCAD (Senegal), Saint-Louis (Senegal), and Bourguiba (Senegal). We have lived and worked internationally, so we appreciate the foreign perspective, but we are also home-grown, so we know the local business and government environments intimately. Chambers Global acknowledges us as ”one of Senegal’s premier firms thanks to its international approach and high standard of work”.

Publications by our lawyers on a number of areas of OHADA, and more broadly on international law – including Energy and Mining Law, International Arbitration, Litigation and Business Crime – attest to our place as a leading authority in the region. We feel privileged to be working in the legal sector in such an interesting part of the world, and we give back to this community through our pro bono work and training of young men and women who will be the lawyers of tomorrow. In collaboration with affiliate firms, we provide a full spectrum of commercial legal services across 14 West and Central African countries. We are also the local partner of choice for many of the top-tier law firms in Europe, USA and Asia, responding to clients’ needs with clear, commercially astute and timely advice on their transactions in Africa. Welcome to GENI & KEBE.

Our ability to serve clients with excellence is a result of the passion and dedication of our team.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TUNISIA EL AJERI LAWYERS Mohamed Lotfi El Ajeri Managing Partner Tel: +216 71 288 251 / +216 71 287 738 mlelajeri@eal.tn www.elajerilawyers.com Primary area of expertise: Business Law Secondary areas of expertise: Litigation & Arbitration Attorney at the Court of Cassation, Mediator trained in Mediation, Arbitrator. He is specialised in all matters related to Business Law, Corporate, M&A, Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration. Mohamed Lotfi El Ajeri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Paris Nord (1995); of a Master’s Degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Paris Nord (1996) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Law from the University of Paris Nord (1997). He also attended courses in preparation of the International Legal Studies Certificate at the University Paris II, Institute of Higher International Studies. Mohamed Lotfi El Ajeri manages one of the most known law firms in Tunisia and North Africa, an official partner of DLA Piper. He is endowed with skills in all the fields of business law, notably in company law,

commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, technologies law, intellectual property, labour law, dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation, tax law, private international law, foreign investments, public market law, telecommunication law, pharmaceutical law, banking law, environment law, competition & distribution etc. He works with a multidisciplinary team specialised in tax consultancy, accountancy consultancy, engineering consultancy and technical aid consultancy. He is well positioned to manage international transactions and litigation matters involving multijurisdictional issues in several legal systems around the world and to act on multi-jurisdictional internal and external investigations. He regularly advises financial institutions and international companies on internal and external investigations. He is globally active with offices and highly skilled practitioners in Africa, Europe, the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Lotfi El Ajeri has a very strong international network in assisting multinational companies in multi-jurisdictional investigations by various regulators and prosecutors.

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CIVIL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ZIMBABWE DUBE-BANDA, NZARAYAPENGA & PARTNERS Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga Managing Partner Tel: +263 24 2335995 mnz@dbnattorneys.com admin@dbnattorneys.com

Base Country: Zimbabwe (3 Branches). Geographical Reach: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Israel, Germany, China, India Fields of Expertise • Corporate Law and Advisory • Energy • Investment Law • Mining Law • Project Management • Infrastructural Law • Development Advisory Dube-Banda, Nzarayapenga & Partners is a Zimbabweanbased legal practice with a wide service portfolio. The firm is a multidisciplinary practice with a strong focus on Corporate and Investment Law. The firm has previously won accolades in the field of civil litigation from ACQ Global and Corporate INTL.

DBN Attorneys Head Office Tel: +263 24 2335995 +263 24 2302540 +263 24 2339350 www.dbnattorneys.com

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The firm has concluded multiple transactions in the mergers and acquisitions and investment arena for international companies investing in Zimbabwe. We have advised multiple entities listed on the international exchanges such as NYSE, JSE, DFM, LSE, ESE, FSE and others. In the field of energy, the firm is currently leading advisory to 2 IPPs with a combined total value of 55 mw. Our efforts will contribute immensely to universal access to energy at national level. Also as trends in the use of internet for businesses surges, the firm offers its clients cyber law advisory services unique to their needs. We have a team of highly skilled lawyers who have qualifications in computer technologies to assist corporates, government institutions and legal persons in a wholesome manner. We have a published commentary on Zimbabwe’s cyber legislation that has been received by various government departments. The firm’s philosophy is centred on diligence, accurate legal advice, innovative solutions to complex matters, quick turnaround on deliverables and integrity.


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EUROPE EDITORS’ CHOICE - CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRIA Kerres | Partners Dr Christoph Kerres, LLM Partner Tel: +43 (1) 516 60 office@kerres.at www.kerres.at

INDIVIDUAL - DATA PROTECTION LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRIA SCWP Schindhelm, Austria Dr. Michael M. Pachinger Partner Avocat inscrit (Paris), Abogado inscrito (Valencia) Tel: +43 664 3407334 m.pachinger@scwp.com at.schindhelm.com

TRADEMARK LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRIA schmid-ip Dr. Katharina Schmid Owner | Attorney at Law Tel: +43 (0)1 535 57 44 10 trademarks@schmid-ip.at www.schmid-ip.at

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN BULGARIA PAVLOV & CO Vasil Pavlov Managing Partner Tel: +359 2 980 07 27 office@pavlov-law.com www.pavlov-law.com

TRADEMARK LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN BULGARIA J. Varbanov & partners Iliana Muhibian Partner, Head of Trademark Department Tel: +359 2 986 51 96 ilmuhibian@jvpatents.com www.jvpatents.com

BUSINESS REGISTRATION & BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CYPRUS EVAGORAS ANASTASIOU & ASSOCIATES LLC – Advocates & Legal Consultants Michalis Anastasiou Partner Tel: +357-25582999 michalis@anastasioulaw.com www.anastasioulaw.com

CONTRACT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CYPRUS Haris Kalogirou & Co LLC Haris Kalogirou Managing Partner Tel: +357 – 26 220808 info@kalogiroulaw.com www.kalogiroulaw.com

IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CYPRUS L PAPAPHILIPPOU & CO LLC ADVOCATES & LEGAL CONSULTANTS Leandros Papaphilippou Managing Partner Tel: +35722271000 info@papaphilippou.eu www.papaphilippou.eu

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MEDIA LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CYPRUS Christos Patsalides L.L.C. Christos Patsalides Managing Partner Tel: +357 22677677 christos.patsalides@patsalides.com.cy www.patsalides.com.cy

COMMUNICATIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Preiskel & Co LLP Daniel Preiskel Senior Partner Tel: +44 (0)20 7332 5656 / +44 (0)7770 347 713 (Mobile) dpreiskel@preiskel.com www.preiskel.com

CONTRACT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND EM Law Neil Williamson Director Tel: +44 (0) 20 3637 6374 neil.williamson@emlaw.co.uk www.emlaw.co.uk

DESIGN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Briffa Margaret Briffa Managing Partner Tel: +44 (0) 207 288 6003 margaret@briffa.com www.briffa.com

INDIVIDUAL - AVIATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Themis Advisory Joanna Kolatsis Director Tel: +44 (0)7768 695 797 joanna@themis-advisory.co.uk www.themis-advisory.co.uk

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INDIVIDUAL - FOOD SAFETY EXPERT WITNESS OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Moonlight Environmental Ltd Belinda Stuart-Moonlight Managing Director Tel: +44 1303 210004 office@me-ltd.biz www.moonlightenvironmental.co.uk

INDIVIDUAL - ORTHOPAEDIC THERAPY EXPERT WITNESS OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND RSW Medico-Legal Ltd Mr R Scott-Watson BSc Mb BS LLB CUEW DDAM FRCS(Ed) Orthopaedic Trauma Medicolegal Consultant Tel: +440384441126 rswmedicolegal@gmail.com Sec: carolcouzens@ymail.com

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INDIVIDUAL - PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Sackers Michaela Berry Partner Tel: +44(0)20 7615 9546 michaela.berry@sackers.com www.sackers.com

INTERNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP CONSULTING FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND CS Global Partners Micha Emmett CEO Tel: +44 (0) 207 318 4343 www.csglobalpartners.com

PRIVACY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Taylor Hampton Solicitors Limited Daniel Taylor Partner Tel: +44 207 427 5970 daniel.taylor@taylorhampton.co.uk www.taylorhampton.co.uk

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WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ENGLAND Rahman Ravelli Aziz Rahman Senior Partner Tel: +44 (0)203 947 1539 aziz.rahman@rahmanravelli.co.uk www.rahmanravelli.co.uk

AGRICULTURE SECTOR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FRANCE RACINE Samuel Crevel Partner Tel: +33 1 44 82 43 00 screvel@racine.eu www.racine.eu

DATA PRIVACY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FRANCE EY, SOCIETE D’AVOCATS – Paris – France Fabrice NAFTALSKI Partner / Attorney at Law Tel: +33 (0)1 5561 1005 / +33 (0)6 0770 8758 fabrice.naftalski@ey-avocats.com www.ey.com

INDIVIDUAL - EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN FRANCE Shearman & Sterling LLP Sami Toutounji Partner and Head of the firm’s Paris Governance, Compensation and Employee Shareholding practice Tel: +33 1 53 89 70 62 stoutounji@shearman.com www.shearman.com

MID-MARKET M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FRANCE Jeantet Thierry Brun Partner Tel: +33 1 45 05 80 08 tbrun@jeantet.fr www.jeantet.fr

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BOUTIQUE - ELECTRONIC PATENTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY Gramm, Lins & Partner Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB Hans Joachim Gerstein, LL.M. Managing Partner, Patent Attorney Tel: +49-511-51 51 20-0 gerstein@grammpatent.de www.grammpatent.de

COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY GRP Rainer LLP Michael Rainer Managing Partner Tel: +49 221 2722750 info@grprainer.com www.grprainer.com/en

COMPETITION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY HAVER & MAILÄNDER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB Ulrich Schnelle Managing Partner Tel: +49 (0) 711-227 44-27 us@haver-mailaender.de www.haver-mailaender.de

CORPORATE INSOLVENCY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY HEINRICHSMEYER § HÖLDER Andreas Hölder Senior Partner Tel: +49 5241 9202 0 hoelder@rechtsberatung-gt.de www.rechtsberatung-gt.de

CROSS-BORDER LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY Jacob Associates Sylvia Jacob Managing Partner Tel: +49 (0)89 33040707 ja@jacoblaw.com www.jacoblaw.com

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY HAVER & MAILÄNDER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB Ulrich Schnelle Managing Partner Tel: +49 (0) 711-227 44-27 us@haver-mailaender.de www.haver-mailaender.de

READERS’ CHOICE - TRADEMARK LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY SAMSON & PARTNER Michael Turi Partner Tel: +49 89 2919820 turi@samson-partner.de www.samson-partner.de

YACHT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN GERMANY CPS Schließmann Wirtschaftsanwälte - TheYachtAttorney Prof. Dr. Christoph Ph. Schließmann Founder and Owner of CPS Tel: +49/69/663779-0 mail@der-yacht-anwalt.de www.der-yacht-anwalt.de

INDIVIDUAL - INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN GREECE

Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners Spyros G. Alexandris Partner Tel: +30 2103318170 s.alexandris@bahagram.com www.bahagram.com

PHARMACEUTICAL SECTOR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN HUNGARY KNP LAW Nagy Koppany Varga and Partners Kornelia Nagy-Koppany Managing Partner Tel: +36 (1) 3029050 knplaw@knplaw.com www.knplaw.com

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DATA PRIVACY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ITALY EY Law Italy – Studio Legale Tributario

www.ey.com/it/it/services/tax/law

Luigi Neirotti Leader of the Practice

Alessandra Pietroletti Deputy Leader of the Practice

Tel: +39 335 736 1483 luigi.neirotti@it.ey.com

Tel: +39 334 655 0870 alessandra.pietroletti@it.ey.com

FOOD LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ITALY Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale Giorgio Rusconi – Food, Drugs, Cosmetics & Medical Device Lawyer Managing Partner Tel: +39 02 77735 1 giorgio.rusconi@mondinirusconi.it www.mondinirusconi.com

PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ITALY Studio Legale Fabiano Nicola Fabiano Partner Tel: +39.347.3358418 info@fabiano.law www.fabiano.law

RETAIL SECTOR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ITALY BUSSOLETTI NUZZO & ASSOCIATI Raffaele Torino Equity Partner Tel: +39 0647825044 raffaele.torino@bnassociati.it www.bnassociati.it

WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ITALY Fornari e Associati Giuseppe Fornari Founding Partner Tel: +39 02 54107954 g.fornari@fornarieassociati.com www.fornarieassociati.com

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INDUSTRY CHOICE - REAL ESTATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN LATVIA Spigulis & Kukainis Mr. Matiss Kukainis Partner – Licensed in the United States and Latvia Tel: +371 2839 0346 matiss@ska.lv www.ska.lv

CROSS-BORDER FUND DISTRIBUTION FIRM OF THE YEAR IN LUXEMBOURG ACOLIN Mr. Viktor Fischer Deputy CEO Tel: +41 44 396 96 44 viktor.fischer@acolin.com www.acolin.com

SPORTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MONACO DL Corporate & Regulatory Remi Delforge Founding Partner Tel: +377 97 98 76 16 remid@delforgelaw.com www.delforgelaw.com

BOUTIQUE COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PORTUGAL Ana Bruno & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL Dra. Ana Bruno Founding Partner Tel: +351 21 371 33 50 ana.bruno@anabruno.pt www.anabruno.pt

INDUSTRY CHOICE - LABOUR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PORTUGAL ABPA ADVOGADOS António Borges Pires Managing Partner Tel: +351212454262 abp@abpa.pt www.abpa.pt

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CORPORATE DISPUTES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN RUSSIA «Padva&Epshtein» Law firm LLC Pavel Gerasimov Partner, CEO, Ph. D. in law Tel: +7 (495) 748-80-80 mos@padva-epshtein.ru www.padva-epshtein.ru

MEDIA AND INTERNET LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SLOVENIA Law office Petek, Ltd. Marko Petek, PhD Founding Partner Tel: +3861 436 43 80 info@op-petek.si www.op-petek.si

CRIMINAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SPAIN King & Wood Mallesons Alfredo Guerrero Partner Tel: +34 91 426 00 50 alfredo.guerrero@eu.kwm.com www.kwm.com

COMMODITIES TRADING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SWITZERLAND GTLaw Gilles Thieffry Partner Tel: +41225929495 gilles.thieffry@gtlaw.ch www.gtlaw.ch

TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SWITZERLAND AFSCHRIFT Law firm Pr. Thierry AFSCHRIFT Founding and Managing Partner Tel: +41 22 593 48 30 (Geneva); +41 79 544 80 78 (Fribourg) avocats@afschrift.ch www.afschrift.ch

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BOUTIQUE IP FIRM OF THE YEAR IN TURKEY PARAGON CONSULTANCY & TRADE INCORPORATED Mrs. Hulya Cayli Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Founder Tel: +90 312 442 22 91 hulya.cayli@paragon.com.tr www.paragon.com.tr/about-us

INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN UKRAINE Sergii Koziakov & Partners Law Firm Nataliia Isakhanova Partner, Attorney at Law, Ph.D. (International Law) Tel: +380 (44) 5904828 n.isakhanova@kievbarrister.com www.kievbarrister.com

THE AMERICAS OIL & GAS SECTOR TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN BRAZIL André Teixeira & Associados André Teixeira Senior Partner Tel: +(55 21) 2203-0330 andre.teixeira@at.adv.br www.at.adv.br

EDITORS’ CHOICE - DEFAMATION LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CANADA Rueters LLP Robert Rueter Managing Partner Tel: +1 (416) 869-3363 robert.rueter@ruetersllp.com www.ruetersllp.com

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CHILE Abdala & Cia. Ricardo Abdala Hirane Founder and Managing Partner Tel: +56 2 2460 80 50 ricardo@abdala.cl www.abdala.cl

CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ECUADOR Almeida Guzmán & Asociados Diego Almeida-Guzman Senior Partner Tel: (+593) 22928115 dalmeida@almeidaguzman.com www.almeidaguzman.com

TRADE & CUSTOMS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ECUADOR COBO Abogados Antonio Cobo Senior Partner Tel: +593 2 2223238 antoniojosecobo@coboabogados.com www.coboabogados.com

BUSINESS CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MEXICO PORTOS ABOGADOS S.C. José Manuel Portos Ubierna Director Partner Tel: +(5255) 55 75 64 23; 55 75 62 89; 52 54 84 69; 55 75 94 10 portos@portos.mx www.portos.mx

DATA PROTECTION LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN MEXICO JURÍDICANH, S.C. Dr. Carlos Narváez-Hasfura Managing Partner Tel: +52 (55) 1000 0627 cnarvaezh@juridicanh.com www.juridicanh.com

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TRANSFER PRICING ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MEXICO Salles Sainz Grant Thornton Ricardo Suárez David Partner in charge of the Transfer Pricing practice Tel: +52 (55) 54246500 ricardo.suarez@mx.gt.com www.grantthornton.mx

AUDIT & ASSURANCE SERVICES ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PERU AQUIJE CHUNG & ASOCIADOS CPA. Juan Aquije Managing Partner Tel: (+51) – 1 – 3725437 Cell: (+51) – 1 – 950155288 jgaquije@achung.com.pe www.achung.com.pe

CORPORATE COMPLIANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PERU DIAZ PALAO & SILES Abogados César Díaz Palao Senior Partner Tel: +511 628 3228 cdiazpalao@dpsabogados.com www.dpsabogados.com

READERS’ CHOICE - CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PUERTO RICO Reichard & Escalera LLC - Attorneys and Counsellors at Law Héctor Reichard Partner and Co-Chair of Corporate Department Tel: +1-787-777-8801 reichard@reichardescalera.com www.reichardescalera.com

WATER RIGHTS LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CALIFORNIA, US Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP Kimberly Arouh Shareholder & San Diego Office Head Tel: +1-619-685-1961 kimberly.arouh@bipc.com www.bipc.com

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REAL ESTATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN FLORIDA, US LIBERIS LAW FIRM Charles S Liberis President Tel: +1 850 438 9647 cliberis@liberislaw.com www.liberislaw.com

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NEBRASKA, US Berry Law Firm John S Berry, Jr CEO Tel: +1 (402) 466-8444 john@jsberrylaw.com www.jsberrylaw.com

BANKING & FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NEW YORK, US Otterbourg P.C. David W. Morse Partner Tel: +1.212.905.3641 dmorse@otterbourg.com www.otterbourg.com

CONSTRUCTION EXPERT WITNESS OF THE YEAR IN PENNSYLVANIA, US Berkeley Research Group, LLC Robert J. Lewis, P.E., MAE, PMP Director Tel: +1-412-235-4062 RLewis@ThinkBRG.com www.ThinkBRG.com

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ASIA & OCEANIA BOUTIQUE - WORKPLACE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA National Workplace Lawyers Jason Donnelly Partner Tel: +61 2 9233 3989 jason.donnelly@nwlawyers.com.au www.nationalworkplacelawyers.com.au

FAMILY MEDIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA Watts McCray Lawyers Justin Dowd Director Tel: +61 2 9283 5877 jdowd@wattsmccray.com.au www.wattsmccray.com.au

INDIVIDUAL - CHINA MARKET ENTRY LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA Norman Waterhouse Richard Kimber Head of Department Tel: +61 8 8210 1213 rkimber@normans.com.au www.normans.com.au

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA Steven James Lawyers & Advisers Steven Spyros Principal Tel: +61 2 8226 8704 steven@sjlaw.com.au www.sjlaw.com.au

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SME LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA AMK Law Matthew Karakoulakis Principal Solicitor Bcom, LLB (Hons) Tel: +61 3 8564 8474 matthewk@amklaw.com.au www.amklaw.com.au

FOREIGN INVESTMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CAMBODIA MAR & Associates​

Attorney at Law Mr. MAR Samborana​ Managing Partner Tel: +855 (0)12 943 676; +855 (0)17 617 376 borana@mar-associates.com www.mar-associates.com​

LOGISTICS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN CHINA Shanghai Kai-Rong Law Firm Yu-Lai Jin Managing Partner Tel: +86 21 5396 1065 jinyulai@skrlf.com www.skrlf.com

CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN HONG KONG Chow King & Associates Eugene Chow Principal Tel: +852 2838-1878 eugene@chowking-visas.com www.chowking-visas.com

COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN INDIA LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA Ramni Taneja Sole Practitioner Tel: +91 11 4155 2051 ramni@ramnitaneja.com www.ramnitaneja.com

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CONSTITUTIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN INDIA LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA Ramni Taneja Sole Practitioner Tel: +91 11 4155 2051 ramni@ramnitaneja.com www.ramnitaneja.com

LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA

INDIVIDUAL - INSOLVENCY LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN INDIA Kesar Dass B. & Associates

Sumant Batra Managing Partner & Head – Insolvency & Secured Transactions Practice Tel: +91 11 24319971 Mob: +91 98100 28892 sumant.batra@kesardass.org www.kesardass.org

CLIENT CHOICE - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN INDONESIA Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto Stefanus Haryanto Managing Partner Tel: (+62 21) 520-8270 stef@akhh.com www.akhh.com

IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN JAPAN M. Ide & Co. Masatake Ide Partner Tel: +81-3-3263-7749 officei0p@midepat.com www.midepat.com

PHARMACEUTICALS & LIFE SCIENCES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN JAPAN M. Ide & Co. Masatake Ide Partner Tel: +81-3-3263-7749 officei0p@midepat.com www.midepat.com

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IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN KOREA Lees & Co. Doo Hee LEE Partner Tel: +82 2 2183 0050 Fax: +82 2 2183 0060 lhipo@leespat.com www.leespat.com

AUDIT ACCOUNTANCY FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MALAYSIA KC Chia & Noor, Chartered Accountants KC Chia CA(M), CPA(M), FCCA, MBA, FTII Managing Partner Tel: +603-21420201 admin@kcn.my www.kcn.my

SHIPPING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN MALAYSIA Ariff & Co Ms. Wan Hilwanie Ariff Partner Tel: +60 340235555 wanhilwanie@ariffco.com.my www.ariffco.com.my

FRANCHISE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NEW ZEALAND Goodwin Turner Commercial Lawyers Scott Goodwin Director Tel: +64 9 973 7350 scott@goodwinturner.co.nz www.goodwinturner.co.nz

SPECIALIST IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN NEW ZEALAND Pacific Legal Ltd Richard Small Principal Tel: +64 9 666 0440 Richard.Small@pacificlegal.co.nz www.pacificlegal.co.nz

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CORPORATE FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN PAKISTAN HaidermotaBNR & Co Khozem Haidermota Senior Partner Tel: +92 (0) 21 111 520 000 khozem@hmcobnr.com www.hmcobnr.com

BEST SYARIAH LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE ABDUL RAHMAN LAW CORPORATION Abdul Rahman Bin Mohd Hanipah Managing Director Tel: +65 6240 6901 rahman@arlc.com.sg www.arlc.com.sg

BOUTIQUE COMPLEX MATRIMONIAL DISPUTES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE

Wong & Yian LLC Wong Kum Fu Vincent Director Tel: +65 6557 4500 vincent.wong@wongyian.com.sg www.wongyian.com.sg

BOUTIQUE IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SINGAPORE Francine Tan Law Corporation Francine Tan Managing Director Tel: +65 62241230 ftan@francinetan.com www.francinetan.com

BOUTIQUE LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THAILAND James and Partners Law Offices Nakrit Sawettanan Managing Partner admin@lawyer-thailand.com / thai.attorney@hotmail.com www.jamesandpartners.com / www.lawyer-thailand.com

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BOUTIQUE VISA AND IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THAILAND James and Partners Law Offices Nakrit Sawettanan Managing Partner admin@lawyer-thailand.com / thai.attorney@hotmail.com www.jamesandpartners.com / www.lawyer-thailand.com

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THAILAND PUGNATORIUS Ltd. Dr. Ulrich Eder Managing Director Tel: +6623021410 lawyers@pugnatorius.com www.pugnatorius.com

PHARMACEUTICALS & LIFE SCIENCES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THAILAND DOMNERN SOMGIAT & BOONMA LAW OFFICE COMPANY LTD. Ms. Prabjote Busdee Partner Tel: +662 639 1955 (26 lines) prabjote@dsb.co.th / mail@dsb.co.th www.dsb.co.th

REGIONAL PROPERTY & REAL ESTATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THAILAND Hawryluk Legal Advisors Co., Ltd. Michelle Hawryluk – Director Nujaree Chomchey – Senior Lawyer Tel: +66(0)76 510111 info@hawryluklegal.com www.hawryluklegal.com

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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST ARBITRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN EGYPT Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm Dr. Tarek F. Riad Managing Partner Tel: +202 2795 4795 tarek.riad@krr-law.com www.krr-law.com

TECHNOLOGY SECTOR TRANSACTIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN ISRAEL Karin Horev & Co., Law Firm Karin Horev Managing Partner Tel: +972-3-6240110; +972-544588002 karin@horevlaw.com www.karinhorev-law.co.il

CLIENT CHOICE - MARINE AND CARGO SURVEYING FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SOUTH AFRICA

Patterson & Associates (Pty) Ltd Mike Patterson Managing Director Tel: +27 31 765 5757 marine@pattersonandassociates.co.za / mike@pattersonandassociates.co.za www.pattersonandassociates.co.za

PATTERSON & ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD

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ADR AND ARBITRATIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN SYRIA Khaddour Law Office Hussein Khaddour Partner Tel: +963 11 231 68 83 h.khaddour@khaddourco.com www.khaddourco.com

KHADDOUR LAW OFFICE

LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR IN THE UAE ALI ALKHAJEH ADVOCATES & LEGAL CONSULTANT Ali Saif Alkhajeh Founder Tel: +971 2 4483344 ali@alialkhajeh.ae www.alialkhajeh.ae

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«Padva&Epshtein» Law firm LLC..............................................................................................................................66. 36 Stone, part of 36 Group...........................................................................................................................................9. A A Tax International: Financial Consulting....................................................................................................................18. A&F | Allende • Ferrante | Abogados.........................................................................................................................25. Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery.......................................................................................................................30. Abdala & Cia...............................................................................................................................................................68. ABDUL RAHMAN LAW CORPORATION..................................................................................................................75. ABPA ADVOGADOS...................................................................................................................................................65. ACOLIN......................................................................................................................................................................65. Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto.........................................................................................................................73. AFSCHRIFT Law firm.................................................................................................................................................66. ALI ALKHAJEH ADVOCATES & LEGAL CONSULTANT............................................................................................78. Almeida Guzmán & Asociados...................................................................................................................................68. AMK Law...................................................................................................................................................................72. Ana Bruno & Associados Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL......................................................................................65. André Teixeira & Associados.......................................................................................................................................67. ANGARA ABELLO CONCEPCION REGALA & CRUZ LAW OFFICES (ACCRALAW)...............................................43. Anglo French Law........................................................................................................................................................9. AQUIJE CHUNG & ASOCIADOS...............................................................................................................................69. Ariff & Co....................................................................................................................................................................74. GLE Awards 2018

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B B.B. Dan-Habu & Co...................................................................................................................................................53. Backus, Carranza & Burden.......................................................................................................................................34. Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners....................................................................................................................................63. Berkeley Research Group, LLC..................................................................................................................................70. Berry Law Firm...........................................................................................................................................................70. Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys.....................................................................................................................32. Briffa...........................................................................................................................................................................59. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP............................................................................................................................69. BUSSOLETTI NUZZO & ASSOCIATI..........................................................................................................................64. C Cabinet Chaillot...........................................................................................................................................................11. CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office...................................................................................................................... 41. Chow King & Associates............................................................................................................................................72. Christos Patsalides L.L.C...........................................................................................................................................59. COBO Abogados........................................................................................................................................................68. Consumer Law Group P.C..........................................................................................................................................26. CPS Schließmann Wirtschaftsanwälte - TheYachtAttorney........................................................................................63. CS Global Partners.....................................................................................................................................................60. Cummings & Lockwood............................................................................................................................................33. D De La Maza y Cia........................................................................................................................................................28. 80

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A–Z INDEX Debello Law.................................................................................................................................................................8. Deep & Far.................................................................................................................................................................48. Derriennic Associés................................................................................................................................................... 10. Dias Law Firm, Inc..................................................................................................................................................... 31. DIAZ PALAO & SILES Abogados...............................................................................................................................69. DL Corporate & Regulatory........................................................................................................................................65. DOMNERN SOMGIAT & BOONMA LAW OFFICE COMPANY LTD.........................................................................76. Drummond Law, PLLC...............................................................................................................................................35. DUBE-BANDA, NZARAYAPENGA & PARTNERS.......................................................................................................56. Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC.............................................................................................................................33. E EL AJERI LAWYERS..................................................................................................................................................55. EM Law......................................................................................................................................................................59. EVAGORAS ANASTASIOU & ASSOCIATES LLC – Advocates & Legal Consultants.................................................58. EY Law Italy – Studio Legale Tributario......................................................................................................................64. EY, SOCIETE D’AVOCATS – Paris – France................................................................................................................ 61. F Fava & Associati Law Firm.........................................................................................................................................14. Fornari e Associati......................................................................................................................................................64. Francine Tan Law Corporation....................................................................................................................................75. G GENI & KEBE.............................................................................................................................................................55. GN Treuhand Anstalt...................................................................................................................................................14. GLE Awards 2018

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A–Z INDEX Goodwin Turner Commercial Lawyers.......................................................................................................................74. GrahamThompson.....................................................................................................................................................30. Gramm, Lins & Partner Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB................................................................................62. GRP Rainer LLP..........................................................................................................................................................62. GTLaw........................................................................................................................................................................66. H HaidermotaBNR & Co................................................................................................................................................75. HARIDASS HO & PARTNERS....................................................................................................................................44. Haris Kalogirou & Co LLC...........................................................................................................................................58. HAVER & MAILÄNDER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB..............................................................................62., 63. Hawryluk Legal Advisors Co., Ltd..............................................................................................................................76. HEINRICHSMEYER § HÖLDER.................................................................................................................................62. HERRERO & ASOCIADOS, S.L..................................................................................................................................19. J J. Varbanov & partners...............................................................................................................................................58. Jacob Associates........................................................................................................................................................62. James and Partners Law Offices.........................................................................................................................75, 76. Jeantet....................................................................................................................................................................... 61. Jones Law Group, LLC..............................................................................................................................................35. JURÍDICANH, S.C......................................................................................................................................................68. K Karin Horev & Co., Law Firm......................................................................................................................................77. KC Chia & Noor, Chartered Accountants...................................................................................................................74. 82

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A–Z INDEX Kerres | Partners..........................................................................................................................................................57. Kesar Dass B. & Associates.......................................................................................................................................73. Khaddour Law Office.................................................................................................................................................78. King & Wood Mallesons.............................................................................................................................................66. KNP LAW Nagy Koppany Varga and Partners............................................................................................................63. Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm..............................................................................................................................77. L L PAPAPHILIPPOU & CO LLC ADVOCATES & LEGAL CONSULTANTS..................................................................58. Lavelle Solicitors.........................................................................................................................................................13. LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA......................................................................................................................72., 73. Law office Petek, Ltd.................................................................................................................................................66. Lees & Co..................................................................................................................................................................74. LexDellmeier IP Law Firm...........................................................................................................................................11. Lextrust Law Firm......................................................................................................................................................15. LIBERIS LAW FIRM...................................................................................................................................................70. M M. Ide & Co................................................................................................................................................................73. MacGuill & Company.................................................................................................................................................13. Manríquez, Benavides Abogados...............................................................................................................................27. MAR & Associates.....................................................................................................................................................72. Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph, PLLC..................................................................................................36. MENS LEGIS LAW FIRM...........................................................................................................................................16. Merrick Solicitors..........................................................................................................................................................8. GLE Awards 2018

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A–Z INDEX MGR Rechtsanwälte..................................................................................................................................................12. Mohammed Ibrahim Law Firm..................................................................................................................................54. Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale.................................................................................................................................64. Moonlight Environmental Ltd....................................................................................................................................60. MR VALUATION CONSULTING, LLC.........................................................................................................................34. Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe.....................................................................................................................42. Muñiz, Olaya, Meléndez, Castro, Ono & Herrera......................................................................................................29. N NastLaw LLC..............................................................................................................................................................36. National Workplace Lawyers...................................................................................................................................... 71. Noriega + Escobedo..................................................................................................................................................29. Norman Waterhouse.................................................................................................................................................. 71. Nyman Gibson Miralis................................................................................................................................................ 41. O Otterbourg P.C............................................................................................................................................................70. P Pacific Legal Ltd.........................................................................................................................................................74. «Padva&Epshtein» Law firm LLC..............................................................................................................................66. PARAGON CONSULTANCY & TRADE INCORPORATED...........................................................................................67. Parfitt Cresswell......................................................................................................................................................... 10. ParrisWhittaker...........................................................................................................................................................25. Patterson & Associates (Pty) Ltd................................................................................................................................77. Paul Usoro & Co.........................................................................................................................................................54. 84

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A–Z INDEX PAVLOV & CO............................................................................................................................................................58. Petek, Ltd., Law office...............................................................................................................................................66. PIERCE & O’Neill, LLP................................................................................................................................................37. POLSERVICE..............................................................................................................................................................18. PORTOS ABOGADOS S.C.........................................................................................................................................68. Preiskel & Co LLP......................................................................................................................................................59. PUGNATORIUS Ltd....................................................................................................................................................76. R RACINE...................................................................................................................................................................... 61. Rahman Ravelli........................................................................................................................................................... 61. Rajai K. W. Dajani & Associates Law Firm / Associated Legal Advisors....................................................................52. RAMNI TANEJA, LAW OFFICE OF.....................................................................................................................72., 73. Regent Law Professional Corporation.......................................................................................................................26. Reichard & Escalera LLC Attorneys and Counsellors at Law....................................................................................69. Reichlin Hess AG.......................................................................................................................................................20. Risvas & Associates Law Firm...................................................................................................................................12. RJ GAITO Law Firm...................................................................................................................................................15. RSW Medico-Legal Ltd..............................................................................................................................................60. Rueters LLP............................................................................................................................................................... 67. S Sackers.......................................................................................................................................................................60. Salem Ibrahim LLC....................................................................................................................................... 45., 46., 47. Salles Sainz Grant Thornton........................................................................................................................................69. GLE Awards 2018

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A–Z INDEX SAMSON & PARTNER............................................................................................................................................... 63. SCHILLER Abogados & Rechtsanwälte..................................................................................................................... 19. schmid-ip.....................................................................................................................................................................57. SCWP Schindhelm, Austria.........................................................................................................................................57. Sergii Koziakov & Partners Law Firm..........................................................................................................................67. Shanghai Kai-Rong Law Firm..................................................................................................................................... 72. Shearman & Sterling LLP............................................................................................................................................61. Spigulis & Kukainis..................................................................................................................................................... 65. Steven James Lawyers & Advisers............................................................................................................................71. Studio Legale Fabiano................................................................................................................................................ 64. T Taylor Hampton Solicitors Limited............................................................................................................................. 60. Themis Advisory......................................................................................................................................................... 59. Trigon Dom Maklerski S.A........................................................................................................................................... 17. U UGGC Avocats........................................................................................................................................................... 52. V Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF – Hong Duc)................................................................................................ 48. W Walters Law Group.................................................................................................................................................... 32. Watts McCray Lawyers...............................................................................................................................................71. Wong & Yian LLC....................................................................................................................................................... 75.

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