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Sintetica S.A.

Best Pharmaceutical Company - Switzerland

3C Excellis Europe, Excellis Health Solutions Best Specialised Pharma Consultancy Company & Pharma Serialisation Expert of the Year 2017 – Europe

Ladulaas Clinical Trials Best Nordic Clinical Trials Company Sweden

Boxx, Global Expat Solutions Best Global Workforce Mobility Specialist 2017 Belgium


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Editor's Introduction

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Winner's Index

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Asia

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Europe

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North America

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Editor in Chief Richard Baker 2nd Floor Quayside Tower 252 - 260 Broad Street Birmingham West Midlands B1 2HF United Kingdom +44 (0)20 3291 3493

The information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources the proprietor’s believe to be correct. However, no legal liability can be accepted for any errors. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior consent of the publisher.

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Welcome to Global 100 – 2017 Welcome to the 2017, Global 100, consisting of the World’s leading firms and individuals, with votes received from our global readers, in over 163 countries worldwide. The purpose of the Global 100 is to provide the readership with a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialisation. The Global 100 does not follow the usual process followed by many others. It follows a very specific, very comprehensive process, not commonly used elsewhere in the industry. Following the closure of the process, which follows a very strict format of self-submission and thirdparty nomination, firms are shortlisted and selected as winners. For each category awarded a proprietary method of analysis ranks winners based on their domestic and international work. This ranking method produces a list of shortlisted firms, based on a very comprehensive set of criteria. Once all votes have been received, a panel of judges review the votes within each category. The judging process assesses the following considerations; The strategic nature of work conducted. The complexity of work conducted. The scale of work conducted. Whether the work conducted was done in a timely manner, and within budget. Any ground-breaking or innovative processes used during completion of conducted work. The judging process focuses strongly on the complexity and strategic significance of work conducted. The above criteria underline’s the importance of the recognition each winner is receiving as a Global 100 winning organisation, firm or individual. In summary, the Global 100 program provides a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary team’s and distinguished organisations. We would like to extend our congratulations to all the Global 100 – 2017 winners.

Richard Baker Editor in Chief

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ASIA Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm CK GROUP E Fund Management (HK) Co., Limited Hart Bernstien Hotel Versailles Dubai Saveco WiSH Aesthetic Surgery Clinic Karanjawala & Company Genome Diagnostics PVT Ltd LMA Ebrahim Hosain Zamakhchary & Co META-HOUSE PHNOM PENH

Law Firm of the Year - M&A, Banking & Finance, Taxation and Real Estate Company of the Year RMB Asset Manager of the Year & Best Fixed Income Fund (Since Inception): E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund Best Experiential Marketing & Sales Development Company Award for Excellence in Accommodation Best High-End Hypermarket 2017 - MENA Most Innovative Specialist in Breast Augmentation Litigation Law Firm of the Year - India Recognised Leader in Molecular Diagnostics - India Law Firm of the Year - Pakistan Corporate Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Saudi Arabia Best Contemporary Arts Centre 2017 - South East Asia

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EUROPE 3C Excellis Europe , Excellis Health Solutions   4A Law A&B General (UK) Limited Accura Advokatpartnerselskab Adena Fire Safety Services Ltd AdEPT Telecom plc Agap International sarl AKT LAW OFFICE Bech-Bruun Bouygues E&S UK Limited Boxx, global expat solutions Case Productions Clarivate Analytics COMO Metropolitan London CyberColloids Ltd D&D Leasing UK Ltd Emergency Fire & Safety Ltd Ernst & Young Fairhurst Menuhin and Co Ltd Ladulaas Clinical Trials Meritec Limited Peek Architecture + Design Ltd Sintetica S.A. Specialist Building Products Limited Strand Hanson Limited VDT Direct Ltd M.T.M d.m.c Ltd PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Bureau Van Dijk Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP GOAStudio La Villa Hotel Norman Bookkeeping & Payroll Ltd myletz.com Synseal Extrusions Limited London International Corporation Ltd Esquivel Advogados The Chambers of John Ross QC Dreyfus & associés  Sturgeon Ventures LLP

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Best Specialised Pharma Consultancy Company & Pharma 24 Serialisation Expert of the Year 2017 – Europe Best Immigration Law Service 2017 25 Best UK/Thailand Money Transfer Service 2017 26 Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year 27 Best Independent Fire Safety Services Company 28 Best Communication & Technology Solutions Provider of the Year 29 Best Seafood Export Company 2017 30 Maritime Law Firm of the Year 34 Individual - State Aid Lawyer of the Year 35 Zeb Ahmed - Bouygues Energies & Services 36 Deputy Managing Director of the Year Best Global Workforce Mobility Specialist 2017 38 Best Full Service Production Company 2017 40 Best Brand Protection Company 2017 41 Best Luxury Hotel 2017 - West London 42 Most Innovative Hydrocolloid R&D Company 2017 & 43 Excellence Award for Nutrition Research 2017 - County Cork Best for SME Equipment Finance - UK 44 Safety Training Consultancy of the Year (Marine & Offshore) 45 Individual - Mining & Metals Sector Adviser of the Year 46 Best General Practice Law Firm - South East 47 Best Nordic Clinical Trials Company - Sweden 48 Best Business Solutions IT Company - UK 50 Best Woman-Run Architecture Firm & Award for Excellence in Interior Design 52 Best Pharmaceutical Company Best Composite Decking Manufacturer 2017 54 Best Adviser - Small and Mid-Cap Public Market M&A 58 Best Cloud Security Software: Webeye CMS 60 Best Conference & Event Destination Management Company - Cyprus & Greece 64 ‘Tax Firm of the Year - Portugal’ and ‘Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year - Portugal’. M&A Solutions Provider of the Year ( Legal ) - UK Transfer Pricing Solutions Provider of the Year – UK Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year/Leading Independent Financial Advisory of the Year - UK Best Residential Architecture Firm - London, UK Best Luxury Hotel 2017 - Piedmont, Italy Bookkeeper of the Year - West Midlands, UK Best Multi Lingual Estate Agency & Award for Excellence in Customer Service - London & Home Counties Best Window Systems Manufacturer – UK Regional Company of the Year (Manufacturing) – UK Best Bespoke Asset Management Service 2017 - South East UK Projects Law Firm of the Year in Portugal Professional Negligence Barrister of the Year in England Editors Choice - Trademark Law Firm of the Year - France Venture Capitalist of the Year - UK

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Timagenis Law Firm Lloyd Platt & Co. Quantum Immigration LLP John Mehrzad - Littleton Volume Limited Pechenard & Associés UK College of Personal Development, Ltd Dr. Moritz Hüsch, LL.M. - Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale CHRISTOS PATSALIDES LLC Mark Lumley - Shulmans LLP The Independent Tax & Forensic Services LLP CAPSTAN CAPITAL PARTNERS LLP Wilsons Conservation Building Products Vladimir Penkov - Penkov, Markov & Partners talkhealth Partnership Ltd Richard Kemp - Kemp IT Law Doherty Stobbs

Client Choice - Maritime Law Firm of the Year – Greece Law Firm of the Year - Divorce Law - UK Boutique Law Firm of the Year (Immigration) - UK Sports Law Barrister of the Year – UK Cognitive Computing Company of the Year 2017 & Award for Excellence - UK Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year - France Best NLP Training & Coaching Organisation & Award for Excellence in Leadership Management - UK Best for Intellectual Property, IT Law, IT Outsourcing and Media Law - Germany Boutique - Food Law Firm of the Year in Italy International Tax Planning Law Firm of the Year - Cyprus Data Protection Lawyer of the Year - UK Best for Tax Risk Management & Client Choice Award: Best for Code of Practice 9 Investigations - UK Award for Excellence in Alternative Capital Raising Services - London Best Architectural Salvage Yard 2017 - UK & Ireland Foreign Investment Lawyer of the Year in Bulgaria Leading Online Social Healthcare Community of the Year - UK IT Lawyer of the Year in the United Kingdom Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Expert Firm of the Year - UK

NORTH AMERICA 4Life Research USA, LLC Changes Salon & Spa GOLDSTEIN Law Firm, PLLC Kehrer Bielan Research & Consulting Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. S. Anderson Prof. Law Corp. Third Friday Group, LLC EnvAerospace, Inc. HHC Services, Inc. Rosa Twyman - Regulatory Law Chambers Carolyn’s Model and Talent Agency Otterbourg P.C. Rogerson Law Group Immigration Solutions LLC Remick Cabott Law Offices Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys Perform Air International, Inc.  Nationwide Retirement Institute Lips by JKA DAVID W. CHODIKOFF - Miller Thomson LLP Handler Thayer, LLP

70 Best Health & Fitness Supplement Provider 71 Best Spa & Wellness Centre 72 Franchise Law Firm of the Year 73 Best Research & Consulting Firm for the Financial Services Industry 74 Best Lawyer of the Year in Electrical & Mechanical Patent Prosecution 75 Employment and Labour Lawyer of the Year 76 Best Market Neutral Hedge Fund (Since Inception): Third Friday Total Return Fund L.P & Best Investment Advsiory Firm 2017 Global 100 - Excellence Award - Firm of the Year (Nanostructured Coating) - Canada Safety Engineer Expert of the Year - USA Regulatory Lawyer of the Year - Canada Best Woman-Run Model & Talent Agency - Canada Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year - New York Client Choice - Asset Protection Law Firm of the Year - Canada Best Immigration Attorney & Best for Employment-Based Immigration Visas (Green Cards) Massachusetts Law Firm of the Year - Entertainment, Sports and Media Law - United States of America Best Personal Injury Law Firm - Nevada Most Influential Aviation Overhaul Company President & Most Client-Focused Aircraft Component Repair Company - Arizona Award for Innovation in Retirement Challenges - USA Best for Health & Beauty Services - Canada Tax Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Canada Large Tier - Estate Law Firm of the Year - Illinois, USA

SOUTH AMERICA Barrios Montenegro Abogados Gilberto de Castro Moreira Jr. Lautenschlager Romeiro Iwamizu Advogados William Heuseler - Itaú Private Bank Juan Pablo Cappello - Private Advising Group P.A. Dennemeyer SA

Communications Law Firm of the Year - Colombia Tax Lawyer of the Year in Brazil Private Client Lawyer of the Year - Brazil Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year - Latin America Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Brazil

OCEANIA & GLOBAL Kroton Educacional S.A. Maroba Custom Computer Creations MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Best CFO of the Year – Brazil and Best Private Education Company of the Year CEO of the Year in Retirement Care Best Custom-Built Computing Hardware - New South Wales, Australia Trademarks - Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

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ASIA Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year - M&A, Banking & Finance, Taxation and Real Estate

CK GROUP

Company of the Year

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E Fund Management (HK) Co., Limited

RMB Asset Manager of the Year & Best Fixed Income Fund (Since Inception):

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E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund

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Hart Bernstien

Best Experiential Marketing & Sales Development Company

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Hotel Versailles Dubai

Award for Excellence in Accommodation

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Saveco

Best High-End Hypermarket 2017 - MENA

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WiSH Aesthetic Surgery Clinic

Most Innovative Specialist in Breast Augmentation

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Asia Law Firm of the Year - M&A, Banking & Finance, Taxation and Real Estate

Abou Jaoude & Associates (AJA) has established itself as a leading legal practice mirroring the very best in the industry and maintains its position and market reputation as the single largest multi-practice law firm in Lebanon, with a talented team of 9-partners and 40 expert attorneys distinguished by an in-depth specialization and a sharp understanding of the commercial as well as the legal aspect of clients’ businesses. AJA has earned its prominent standing with a practice centered on high value corporate, M&A, banking, finance, capital markets, telecoms, real estate, tax and project finance transactions. The Firm handles major local and cross-border deals and is renowned for advising on complex transactions of first impression in the region. The Firm’s recent representative experience includes the largest-ever asset backed issuance in Lebanon through the securitization of a large real estate portfolio, the acquisition of a listed bank in Europe, the acquisition of a real estate company through the issuance of convertible bonds for the development of a first-of-its-kind wellness resort, a multi-million cross-border syndicated facility, several private placements and major acquisitions, and the pioneer conversion of a financial company into an investment bank. The Firm also represents commercial banks on issuances of preferred shares, and advises foreign clients on cross-

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border banking matters, marketing of collective investment schemes and online money remittances. A large number of the firm’s clients maintain a strong international presence throughout the MENA region, Europe and the US, and rely on the Firm’s wide resources for all their legal needs. AJA enjoys privileged working relations with a number of top-tier correspondents in various jurisdictions, and is a member of the Geneva Group International (GGI) global multidisciplinary network, allowing the Firm to offer businesses in need of legal assistance in any country easy access to global advice. The Firm is also a member of the International Bar Association. The Firm has been recognized as a market leader by reputable global legal directories, including The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and IFLR. The Firm is regularly selected to advise on government-led legal reform initiatives aimed at enhancing the investment climate in Lebanon. Address:

Tel: Fax: Email:

OMT Building, 266 Sami El Solh Ave., P.O.Box 116-5079, Beirut, Lebanon +961 1 395555 +961 1 384064 c.aboujaoude@ajalawfirm.com

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Asia Company of the Year

India

ESTABLISHED 2010 100s and 1000s of Satisfied public, governmental and private clients A TRUSTED NAME

CK’S VISION DR. KARAN ISRANI

THE MAN WITH A VISION As the fastest growing name in the world of civil construction, finishing & MEP work, CK has established a strong presence in the Indian real estate market. The Group is founded on a vision which seeks to usher in a better tomorrow by providing quality services on time and on budget. Led by experienced and energetic staff and guided by the dreams of million, we have endeavoured to commit ourselves to providing comprehensive solutions to all our valued customers across the Real Estate Industry; solutions that combine highend technology, design and aesthetics and meet customer aspirations and expectations through superior standards of performance and service. The aim for CK as a Group is to be a professional and responsive corporate entity, which positively transforms the quality of life of society at large. Together with our partners and associates, we have developed acres and acres of quality structures. With CK Construction, CK Decors and CK Foundation; Our unwavering commitment to improvement and Innovation continues in the form of several signature projects currently underway.

WHO WE ARE

CK Group - the fastest growing name in the world of real estate, touches your life in myriad ways. Residences, Bungalows, Commercial Buildings, Corporate Offices, Hospitals, Hotel, and Restaurants, the CK masterpieces and its experience illuminate every corner of life and lifestyle. As a brand, it has won the trust of its clients and customers. But CK refuses to rest on achievements accrued over the years of its existence. For CK is growing. Established in 2010, CK Group’s growth curve is exhilarating, and is on the upswing in the field of Civil Engineering, Project Planning, Design & Construction Management services. There’s never been a better time to be part of CK’s astonishing foray into the future.

We aspire to be the Company of choice for our clients, while continuing to be the most trusted name in the industry. We shall deliver superior value to all our clients through extraordinary and imaginative spaces created out of deep customer focus and insight.

CK’S MISSION

We are committed to be at the top - in service, in results and in customer satisfaction. Our Core mission is to be result-oriented and not word-oriented.

CK’S COMMITMENT

to delivering quality services on time and on budget is evident throughout the life of each project we do. Our work processes are geared toward identifying and understanding client requirements, allowing us to provide high quality engineering deliverables that are properly tailored to the client’s specifications and delivered on-time and on-budget.

CK VALUES

For its clients, CK Group is synonymous with great quality, punctuality, true value for money and service that always satisfies. Now, as CK evolves along with the vibrant energy of modern India, it embraces new colours of change and of optimism. Committed to being a part of India’s astonishing progress, the founding values of CK Group reflect its renewed dynamism and long-standing vision.

CONTACT US Address: CK GROUP Plot No. 5, Tower B, 6th Floor Sector 127, Noida-201301 Tel: 0120 - 4567666 Email: Info@ckgroupindia.com

Dr. Karan Israni

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Asia RMB Asset Manager of the Year & Best Fixed Income Fund (Since Inception): E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund

E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd (“E Fund HK”) was officially established in 2008 and is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong to conduct Type 1 (Dealing in Securities), Type 4 (Advising on Securities) and Type 9 (Asset Management) regulated activities. As the sole international business platform of E Fund, E Fund HK provides bilateral and cross-border asset management services in equities, fixed income and alternative investments for investors all over the world. E Fund HK has an established presence in Hong Kong for many years and has since listed a number of mutual funds, private equity funds and ETFs in Hong Kong, Europe and the US. Its award-winning products have been recognized by leading institutions such as Morningstar, Lipper, AsianInvestor and Benchmark for their strong performances relative to peers. E Fund, the parent company of E Fund HK, was founded in 2001 and headquartered in Guangzhou. It has branch offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and subsidiaries including E Fund HK and E Fund Asset Management Co., Ltd. E Fund has grown tremendously to become one of the largest fund

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management corporations in China with total assets under management about USD 164 billion as of June 30, 2017 (including E Fund HK and China subsidiaries). It is licensed to cover a full spectrum of asset management services in China including, public funds, national social security fund, corporate annuities, discretionary accounts, QDII, QFII and RQFII. E Fund passed the independent verification of the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) in August 2014, signifying an important step forward to become more internationalized with unified performance reporting. Capitalizing the investment and research ability of E Fund, E Fund HK maintains three investment research teams, each specializing in RQFII/QFII, international and alternative investment. Integrated with E Fund’s global expansion strategies, E Fund HK is committed to providing quality asset management services for onshore and offshore investors in Greater China and US ADR markets. Via the construction of a global-facing asset allocation platform, E Fund HK serves as a window to investors in China for asset allocation exposures all over the world.

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Asia RMB Asset Manager of the Year & Best Fixed Income Fund (Since Inception): E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund

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Company Awards 2017

HKEX's 4th Annual RMB Fixed Income and Currency Conference 2017 Key Business Partner in FIC Market - E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd

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Lipper Fund Awards 2017 Bond China Yuan (3 Years) - E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund (Class A)

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Metro Finance – 6th Annual RMB Business Outstanding Awards 2017 Excellence in Asset Management Services ***** - E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd

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The Chinese Asset Managers Association of Hong Kong HKCAMA and Bloomberg Offshore China Fund Awards 2016 Best Alternative Manager Award - E Fund Management (HK)

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BENCHMARK Fund of the Year Awards 2016 Best-In-Class Onshore RMB Bond fund - E Fund RMB Fixed Income A Best-In-Class Onshore RMB Bond fund - E Fund RMB Mainland China Bond Best-In-Class Onshore RMB Bond fund - E Fund Citi Chinese Government Bond 5-10 Years Outstanding Achiever in RMB Fixed Income - E Fund Management (HK)

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Bloomberg Businessweek/Chinese - Top Fund Awards 2016 Outstanding Performer – RMB Bond - E Fund Citi Chinese Govt Bond 5-10 Yrs ETF

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Asian Investor Asset Management Awards 2016 Best Fund House of the Year (China offshore) - E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd

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Wealth & Finance Alternative Investment Awards 2016 RMB Asset Manager of the Year – China – E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd Best Fixed Income Fund (since Inception) - E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund

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Lipper Fund Awards 2016 Bond China Yuan (3 Years) - E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund (Class A)

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Asia Asset Management Best of the Best Awards 2015 Best China Fund House (HK) - E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd

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Hexun’s 13th China’s Financial Annual Champion Awards Best Fund House - E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd

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BENCHMARK Fund of the Year Awards 2015 Outstanding Achiever – RMB Fixed Income – E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd BEST – IN - CLASS – RMB Bond – E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund (Class A)

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The Chinese Asset Managers Association of Hong Kong HKCAMA and Bloomberg Offshore China Fund Awards 2015 Best Total Return – Mutual Funds Greater China Fixed Income – E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund Most International Recognized HKCAMA Member – E Fund Management (HK) Co, Ltd Most Successful New Comer – E Fund Management (HK) Co., Ltd

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Bloomberg Businessweek/Chinese - Top Fund Awards 2015 Best Performer – RMB Bond – E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund (Class A & Class I) Outstanding Performer – RMB Bond – E Fund Citi Chinese Govt Bond 5-10 Yrs ETF

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Asian Investor Asset Management Awards 2015 Best Chinese Domestic Fixed Income (Onshore) – E Fund RMB Fixed Income Fund

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ETF.com Awards 2014 Best New Equity ETF 2014 - ETFS-E Fund MSCI China A GO UCITS ETF Most Innovative Bond ETF - KraneShares E Fund China Commercial Paper ETF

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Asia Asset Management Best of the Best Awards 2013 Best New ETF in Asia – E Fund CES China 120 Index ETF Best New ETF in Hong Kong – E Fund CES China 120 Index ETF

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Asia Asset Management Best of the Best Awards 2012 Hong Kong – Best RQFII Manager

**** Winning for six consecutive years

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Asia Best Experiential Marketing & Sales Development Company

At Hart Bernstien, we are experienced in delivering bespoke brand activation campaigns that cuts through the noise and turns shoppers into buyers. We achieve this by creating a positive experience that changes consumer behavior and encourages them to connect with your brand. We find that this approach makes people feel unique, valued and inspires them to discover more about a brand, leading to long lasting relationships for our clients. Our services: • Concept creation with full execution • Field marketing • Market audit • POSM design & production • Corporate & private events

Address:

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Hart Bernstien Marketing Management, Office 1002 & 1006 Burj al Salam Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 102884, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. +971 4 298 0881 +971 4 298 0890 info@hbmm.ae www.hb-me.com

Dubai

We provide full service marketing solutions to brands across the Middle East and Levant for the last 14 years. From fully understanding your brand proposition to plotting out creative concepts and solutions to bring your brand to life through our qualified, creative and highly proficient marketing professionals. With our dedication to our clients’ growth. We’ve worked with a range of clients across a broad spectrum of industries, from FMCG to Beauty. We have a passion for delivering great results for our clients and helping them navigate the everchanging marketing landscape.

HB Social Media Address & Links Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hartbernstien01/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/6392131 Twitter - https://twitter.com/HartBernstienME Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hartbernstien/

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Asia Award for Excellence in Accommodation

Dubai

Following the total refurbishment of the 85 Rooms and Suites and rebranding of the Hotel to Versailles by Raviz, the Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has given it a four star classification. Centrally located in the commercial and business area of Al Rigga in Deira, the hotel has a boutique feel to its rooms, public areas and restaurants. With bright shades to give the public spaces a sense of brightness round-the–clock, Versailles Hotel by Raviz is now the trendsetter in quality accommodation and unparalleled services in Dubai.

VERSAILLES HOTEL By RAVIZ What started as a dream in 2006, when Chairman, Dr. Ravi Pillai acquired a two star property – Versailles Hotel and transformed it into a three star Hotel to enter the Hospitality business, has now been transformed into a Hotel Group with three hotels in Dubai and five five-star Hotels in Kerala, India.

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Asia Award for Excellence in Accommodation

Dubai

The 85 Rooms and Suites have been aesthetically designed keeping the needs of both business travelers and tourists to Dubai. Runner up of the inaugural Dubai Green Awards in 2010, Versailles Hotel By Raviz has been adopting green practices in all the areas of hotel operations. It is the endeavor of the hotel to give a cleaner world for the next generation by using green practices.

The Hotel has a fully equipped Gymnasium and a roof-top Outdoor Swimming Pool to keep guests refreshed.

The Hotel has an excellent multicuisine, All Day Dining restaurant, Flavours by Palm Court that is open round-the-clock to provide the guests the finest International Cuisine. To tickle the taste –buds of both inhouse guests and Dubai residents, the fine dining Oriental Restaurant serves far –eastern delicacies for lunch & dinner.

The Versailles by Raviz Hotel believes in providing guest services that are both personalized and beyond compare - because we believe when our guests choose us, they do so because “With Us, You are Always at Home”

The Zodiac Room caters to Conferences and Social Events for Dubai Corporate and residents.

The Seven Senses Spa & Wellness Centre located on the Second Floor soothes frayed nerves with trained masseuses from India, Thailand and Philippines.

Email: Tel: Fax: Website:

vhinfo@versailleshotel.ae +97142277880 +9714227725 www.vavizhotels.com

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Asia Best High-End Hypermarket 2017 - MENA

Saveco has been established in 2013 by Mrs. Noor Al-Qatami to encompass brick & mortar stores and online-ordering services. Saveco is an all-inclusive-one-stop mega store within the State of Kuwait, and soon to be within the gulf region. Their retail stores offer a vast range of products and services. Under the pioneering leadership of the parent company, along with top caliber Managers and dedicated employees, Saveco immediately flourished, and played a major role in becoming the leading market in organic and specialty products. The product variety includes top quality supermarket goods, home accessories, electronics, home appliances, fashion apparel, accessories and toys. Saveco is a destination store as it has something for everyone in the family. It has a toy store and play area for kids.

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Saveco has opened its doors to customers on March 10, 2014 through the opening of its Al-Rai branch (13,500 square meters flagship store) that has paved the path towards the launching of Saveco Aswaq AlQurain branch, another large flagship store, and Wholesome Foods by Saveco store in Salmiya in the year 2016. In 2017, they opened Saveco To Go in Ahmadi Hospital and Kuwait University, Shuwaikh. Furthermore, the success impact has enabled us to acquire another prime location on a total area of 36,000 square meters in Salmiya, Salem Al-Mubarak Street in another prime residential city of Kuwait’s highly dense populated areas, with projected sales exceeding 80,000,000 KWD annually for all branches by the year 2018. Saveco’s initial target market when the company was found is to attract the Mid

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Asia Best High-End Hypermarket 2017 - MENA

Kuwait do not compare themselves with local standards, but with international standards. Saveco standards of hygiene are higher than hospitals in Kuwait, as they are applying strict regulations to monitor and follow up the overall building and ambient conditions. They are proud to say that their customers and suppliers have continuously stated that they have exceptional quality, and they are even more proud that they are a Kuwaiti concept.

to High level income Kuwaitis. The majority of their customer base now are Kuwaitis, equivalent to 80% of their customer base, but they do have a range of middle income expatriate customers equivalent to 20%. This data was extracted from their database, and from Leading Banks marketing research database. On promotion days - Mondays and weekends, their customer base changes drastically to include Mid to Low income consumers. It is with great pleasure that Saveco has been awarded as the Best High-End Hypermarket 2017-MENA-Kuwait Award as they always strive to differentiate ourselves from their competitors. Under the leadership of their very hardworking and passionate CEO, Noor Al Qatami, the team is constantly doing its best to be innovative. A manifestation of their success is clearly proven through the immense impact they have had in the market within three years of launching Saveco. Saveco has raised the bar within the grocery and hypermarket industries with its provided services, quality of products, and competitive prices.

Saveco have a very aggressive growth plan which is detailed in the projected ďŹ nancial plan. With its clear vision and fueled with its escalating annual revenues, Saveco is constructively following its targeted business plan. Saveco has large potential and demand to expand within Kuwait and internationally. There are current plans to open two to three stores in the next two years both inside and outside the State of Kuwait. Within the span of 41 months from 10th March 2014, Saveco has become a house hold name in Kuwait. Saveco has raised the eyebrows of its competitors and has gain the attention of international players. Saveco is a youth run company, but they compete like the big firms.

Saveco’s vision is to strive to become the leading hypermarket in the region by providing excellent customer service, diversity of quality products and a one-stop shopping experience for all through satisfying customers’ demands and needs and be worthy of their loyalty. The quality of their service and store is premium and is rare to find in the Middle East. Saveco built their stores in Kuwait as a Kuwaiti idea and entity. They have produced their own protocols and store manuals, and they are proud to say that they have received ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 22000:2005 certification and they are HACCP certified. Saveco

Mrs. Noor Faisal Nasar Al Qatami, Chief Executive Officer Address: Phone: Email: Website:

SAVECO, Retail - Supermarket 4th Ring Road, Al Rai, Block 1, Building 18A, Nurseries Area, Kuwait +965 1821050 nalqatami@saveco.com www.saveco.com

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Asia Most Innovative Specialist in Breast Augmentation

Wish Aesthetic Surgery Clinic is a clinic that specializes in all types of plastic and reconstructive surgeries. Our medical team and hospital facilities were established by Dr. Chia-jung Chuan (MD) in 2004. In 2015, the clinic expanded and moved to its current location. The new facilities have an area of over seven thousand square meters and is located in the heart of Taipei’s eastern commercial area. The new clinic’s interior design is a break from tradition. We were awarded the “2017 If Design Award” for the contemporary art gallery in the clinic. The hospital has two operating rooms for surgeries requiring general anesthesia and one operating room for surgeries that only need local anesthesia. All of our hospital equipment and materials are the newest. We strive to exceed the standards established by other clinics and to guarantee the safety of our clients. Our clinic’s Director, Dr. Chuang, is a master boardcertificated plastic surgeon in Taiwan. He has over fifteen years of experience as a plastic surgeon, expertise in breast surgery and rhinoplasty as well as upper- and lower-eyelid surgery, facial plastic surgery, facelifts, facial bone reduction and body sculpturing. Dr. Chuang is known domestically and internationally for his superior technical abilities. Our clinic’s Assistant Director, Dr. Fa-chang Chen (MD), is an expert anesthesiologist. He is responsible for ensuring that anesthesia is administered to our patients safely. Our clinic has five experienced operating room nurses to assist Dr. Chuang and to care for patients after the surgery has been completed. Our clinic is known for a strong customer service department led by our Manager, Ms. Shu-ming Huang. Working with the consultant and outpatient department nurses, Ms. Shu-ming Huang has cultivated a strong service team that is able to meet the various requirements and expectations of our clients. Our goal is to bring out the natural beauty of our clients and to harmonize this natural beauty using cosmetic surgery. Thus, before an operation, clients meet with Dr. Chuang for consultation. Dr. Chuang is responsible for all of the surgeries done at our clinic. This is to avoid inconsistency and the possible need for a surgical revision. We take great care in the planning stages of a surgical operation so as to

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provide a wide-range of services and to guarantee the consistency of our surgeon’s work. Dr. Chuang, our anesthesiologist and our team of nurses work together to ensure that our clients’ needs are met during surgical operations. Dr. Chuang explains, “Our pre-surgery consultations take into consideration the proportions and characteristics of a client’s body parts. The body part receiving surgery must be considered in relation to the client’s entire body. In this way, a surgery can effectively harmonize the beauty of a client’s body.” Born in Taiwan, Dr. Chuang is an exceptionally renowned plastic surgeon. He has received plaudits from domestic clients as well as many international clients. Of particular significance is Dr. Chuang’s famous breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Chuang uses the most advanced endoscopic assistance technology in this surgical operation so as to guarantee safety, minimize pain and minimize required recovery time. As such, Dr. Chuang’s breast augmentation surgery has received a great deal of positive recognition. He has provided breast augmentation surgery services to over 2,500 clients to date. Dr. Chuang is also adept in various forms of hybrid rhinoplasty (i.e. nasal implants, bone reductions, septal- ear- or costal-cartilage grafting, dermalfat grafting, and composite-grafting). Using these techniques, Dr. Chuang is able to customize the rhinoplasty procedure to the individual needs of each client. He is not restricted by a client’s original nose structure. He is also equipped to provide revision surgery to clients that have received rhinoplasty at another clinic. He can remedy the imperfections left from a prior surgery. To this day, Dr. Chuang has performed rhinoplasties for over three thousand customers. So as to allow clients overseas to understand our surgical services, Wish Aesthetic Surgery Clinic established an English website. This website provides important surgery-related information to clients that are not located in Taiwan. Our website also has a free 3-D simulation application that allows clients overseas to consider what they will look like after a particular surgery. This

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online simulation application has reduced the uncertainties of plastic surgery. We also have a strong social media presence. We have professional accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. We update our status and content frequently. No matter where our clients are located, they can always contact us! Outside of the online services that we have designed for our customers, Dr. Chuang has also created a set of teaching videos that focus on his rich experience as a plastic surgeon. He established an online education program that can be accessed at the URL www. learningplasticsurgery.com. This website allows plastic surgeons and non-plastic surgeons to observe how plastic surgery procedures are completed. Other than reducing the learning curve of aspiring cosmetic surgeons, this website can also help surgeons to avoid making mistakes. Dr. Chuang’s hope is to establish this website as a new educational platform for cosmetic surgeons. As medical-related regulations in Taiwan have become more stringent, we have had to come up with new ways to advertise our services. We constantly update the content on our website so as to increase the transparency of our operations, while still respecting the privacy rights of our clients. In this way, we can advertise our services while conforming to government regulations. In addition, the cosmetic surgery market has grown ever more complex. In recent years many nonplastic surgeons have opened practices. This has significantly increased the market competition. Clinics have, thus, been forced to merge or downsize their operations so as to cope with the fractured clientele-base. Fortunately, the adept skills of the doctors at Wish Aesthetic Surgery Clinic received widespread praise and approval very early on. Dr. Chuang’s visions for investment and operation have allowed our hospital to steer clear of the negative forces ailing some clinics in the market, and to increase its operational capacity in 2015 so as to best face the competition and challenges ahead!

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So as to ensure that clients are satisfied, our excellent surgeons must be supported by a strong service team. Thus, in addition to offering one of the best plastic surgeons, we are also determined to train the best customer service team. At present, Manager Huang manages the customer service department. She has twelve years of experience as a consultant and is a master of aesthetics and ratios. Oftentimes Manager Huang will provide clients with appropriate recommendations and support efficient communications between Dr. Chuang and his clients. Furthermore, our head nurse, Ms. Yang, has over ten years of experience as a nurse. She is in charge of ensuring that our team of nurses works in a coordinated fashion at every stage of the procedure, from the operation room to outpatient services. Our team of nurses supports the work of Dr. Chuang and help to provide services superior to our competitors! In the coming year, we will focus on expanding to provide services to ethnically-Chinese clients living in Europe, the United States, and Asia. The superior skills of our surgeon, paired with our Englishspeaking service team that can communicate with almost all ethnically-Chinese clients, will allow Wish Aesthetic Surgery Clinic to become the firstchoice for ethnically-Chinese clients around the world. Thus, we will actively work together with our government to promote medical tourism and to search for proper medical tourism agents. We will work with other businesses in the service sector so as to strengthen cosmetic surgery tourism in Taiwan, and we will increase our exposure to potential clients via search engines like Google and Yahoo. We hope to attract more foreign clients to our exceptionally high-quality cosmetic surgery services!

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EUROPE 3C Excellis Europe , Excellis Health Solutions  

Best Specialised Pharma Consultancy Company & Pharma

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Serialisation Expert of the Year 2017 – Europe 4A Law

Best Immigration Law Service 2017

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A&B General (UK) Limited

Best UK/Thailand Money Transfer Service 2017

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Accura Advokatpartnerselskab

Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year

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Adena Fire Safety Services Ltd

Best Independent Fire Safety Services Company

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AdEPT Telecom plc

Best Communication & Technology Solutions Provider of the Year

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Agap International sarl

Best Seafood Export Company 2017

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AKT LAW OFFICE

Maritime Law Firm of the Year

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Bech-Bruun

Individual - State Aid Lawyer of the Year

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Bouygues E&S UK Limited

Zeb Ahmed - Bouygues Energies & Services -

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Deputy Managing Director of the Year Boxx, global expat solutions

Best Global Workforce Mobility Specialist 2017

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Case Productions

Best Full Service Production Company 2017

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Clarivate Analytics

Best Brand Protection Company 2017

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COMO Metropolitan London

Best Luxury Hotel 2017 - West London

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CyberColloids Ltd

Most Innovative Hydrocolloid R&D Company 2017 & Excellence Award for

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Nutrition Research 2017 - County Cork

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D&D Leasing UK Ltd

Best for SME Equipment Finance - UK

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Emergency Fire & Safety Ltd

Safety Training Consultancy of the Year (Marine & Offshore)

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Ernst & Young

Individual - Mining & Metals Sector Adviser of the Year

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Fairhurst Menuhin and Co Ltd

Best General Practice Law Firm - South East

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Ladulaas Clinical Trials

Best Nordic Clinical Trials Company - Sweden

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Meritec Limited

Best Business Solutions IT Company - UK

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Peek Architecture + Design Ltd

Best Woman-Run Architecture Firm & Award for Excellence in Interior Design

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Sintetica S.A.

Best Pharmaceutical Company

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Specialist Building Products Limited

Best Composite Decking Manufacturer 2017

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Strand Hanson Limited

Best Adviser - Small and Mid-Cap Public Market M&A

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VDT Direct Ltd

Best Cloud Security Software: Webeye CMS

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Europe Best Immigration Law Service 2017

UK can be contacted via email, telephone, text messaging, Skype, messenger as well as the traditional face to face meetings.

4A LAW, is a unique and innovative leading practice specialising in a very niche market. 4A LAW provide legal services to corporate and private clients, both nationally and internationally. Vijesna Rohit, Founding Director outlines the firm’s focus on providing clients with the highest standards of service and how it achieves its award-winning world-class reputation. Outstanding Service - A Winning Formula “Here at 4A LAW, we work extremely hard to ensure that you our clients, receive a truly exceptional and outstanding level of service that is second to none. Our lawyers have witnessed the extensive developments in the sector and of successfully helping clients win their cases.” A Refreshing No-Nonsense Approach Our clients trust us because of our refreshing no-nonsense straight-talking, jargon-free speak. We help you the client to understand the implication of your legal case. We explain things in a way that is clear, concise and always put you the client first, without any prejudice or discrimination. Irrespective of the part of the world our clients might reside, they can still have access to our services. We

These factors help us to ensure that our clients receive the very highest standard of exceptional client care and always feel supported throughout the legal process. The firm’s commitment to excellence means that it has created three core values which it operates by at all times, as Vijesna explains. “To ensure excellence for our clients, our core values remain firmly intact. The first is trust; a relationship based on trust will enable both client and adviser to deal with the case effectively and efficiently. The second, is understanding the needs and goals of the client to provide the best course of action. Finally, we aim to provide a world-class service as we have experienced and skilled lawyers who think outside the box so we are able to provide clients with the service they deserve. Finally I take this opportunity to thank all our clients over the years, for continuing to instruct us for help, because ultimately, that is what has earned us our reputation. That is what has led to our being named the best immigration firm of the year. Company: Contact: Email: Tel: Website:

4A LAW Vijesna Rohit info@4alaw.com +44(0)3300 88 10 18 www.4alaw.com

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Europe Best UK/Thailand Money Transfer Service 2017

A & B GENERAL (UK) LIMITED: A & B General UK Ltd, the foreign exchange broker under trading name ‘ABFX’, based in London UK since 2009. Has seen growth by 346% per year and begin crown award ‘The Best Money Transfer UK-Thailand’ in 2013-2017. We have full authorised firm with Financial Conduct Authority under the payment services regulations 2009 (API) and HM revenue & Customs. We started our business in a small room from ideas of “saving money on FX on THAI BAHT for Thai people” abroad. We offer the lowest fee and give you a higher exchange rate when compared to major money exchange shops and UK high-street banks. We developed a better services and system under our own language to provide the best service for Thai people in the UK. Since starting, the company has grown from a tiny unknown company to a most admired and talked about UK-Thailand FX Broker. We goes across the world to set up USA branch in Illinois under Bank Regulations in the United States in both the Federal and State levels providing FX services between Thailand and USA. One of the most exciting steps to serving Thai population is exceeding 300,000. We have grown to be No.1 UK-Thailand FX Broker Company with the total market share of 53.25% and more than 2 billion

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THAI Baht of total transferred value in 2014. We continued expanded our business across Europe and expect to open our first European agent in Stockholm, Sweden early 2017. Finansinspektionen (FI), a finance division in Swedish Ministry of Finance has opened their arms and let us starts the business there. Moreover we have also been granted a licence from Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin), a German financial regulatory authority to operate our business in Germany and we expect to serve some of the over 100,000 Thai people there. What our next step? We will not only provide a money transfer anymore. But we willing become banking provider for anyone who lived in Europe regions in 2018. CEO: Chakree Chankana said, I so proud to begin the name of Thailand has accepted in FX Markets. Although we are very new in this field but as the value has been proven of our harmony symbol. I have to thankful to our operation team, marketing team and Chief Communicates as the main of manages.

CEO Chakree Chankana

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Europe Outsourcing Law Firm of the Year

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Europe Best Independent Fire Safety Services Company

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0845 6432 999 www.adenafire.co.uk Adena Fire Safety Services In 2006 Gary Critch - Managing Director of Adena Fire and a Watch Manager in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service - was given an opportunity to conduct Fire Risk Assessments on an ad hoc basis for a local Fire Protection company. Five years later and the business was no longer ‘ad hoc’! Adena Fire Safety Services Limited was then formed, and his wife Jacqui then decided to give up her job as an Account Director for a Marketing Promotions agency in the West End, to concentrate on managing and building the company. Eleven years later, and we are proud of our business which is based on consistently delighting our Clients and Partners. Adena Fire has grown year-on-year ever since. We believe this is a testament to the high levels of service and expertise provided to our clients. As well as working for our own clients, Adena Fire ‘white labels’ it’s services to a number of other Fire Protection and Security companies, and has conducted over four thousand Fire Risk Assessments since its inception. So, although you may not have heard our name, you may already have used our services. And although our clients are at the heart of everything we do, we also have selfish reasons for our continued investment in making our business the best it can be … our three sons and creating some certainty for them in a very uncertain future.

Why Adena Fire? Our USP is that all of our services are conducted by our fantastic team of recently retired or currently serving Fire and Rescue Service professionals. The firefighters we employ have all gained a sound and thorough knowledge of fire safety guidance and legislation, as well as a wealth of operational experience on how fires start and behave during their Fire Service careers. Of course, these personnel also undertake continued professional development via the relevant private sector industry training courses.

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And when our clients are looking for tailored advice on their fire safety, we are able to provide bespoke Consultancy services, such as for changes of use to building and new build design– so that educated decisions are made before any changes are adopted - saving the client time and money by ensuring compliance from the outset.

Fire Safety Training.

Our fire safety trainers have all been instructors within the Fire Service, and have obtained adult teaching qualifications. Again, we believe this helps make them great fire safety trainers – able to engage their audiences and ensure that they really understand the importance of fire safety in their workplace. Often using our live fire simulators to give delegates hands-on experience of putting out fires.

Dry and Wet Riser Testing and Maintenance.

And finally, when testing dry or wet risers, using Fire Service professionals can’t be beaten. No training courses can replace the hands-on experience and knowledge serving firefighters have gained when using these fixed fire protection systems to actually put fires out. Consequently, this allows our engineers to understand exactly what problems may occur and how to rectify them. It also allows them to make sound evidence-based judgments in what problems need to be rectified and what faults have no bearing on the operational effectiveness of the riser, once again saving clients needless repair costs or allowing us to come up with the most cost-effective solution to rectify the fault. All of our services are conducted to the required British Standards and ensure our clients are ultimately compliant with the relevant legislation, such as the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We are enjoying continuing to see our business flourish and would like to thank our clients, Partners and staff for helping us to grow our business.

Fire Risk Assessments.

When our assessors undertake Fire Risk Assessments for our clients, we are able to provide them with informed advice. Our experience and understanding of fire means that we make certain that our recommendations are for the most cost-effective solutions to be adopted – rather than basing our advice on stringent technical guidance alone. All Assessments are conducted using the gold standard Colin Todd and Associates – PAS79 methodology.

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Jacqui Critch Address: Tel: Mob: Email: Website:

Adena Fire Safety Services Limited 1 Atlas Works, Foundry Lane, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex CO6 2TE 0845 6432 999 or 01787 220471 07805 421336 jacqui@adenafire.co.uk www.adenafire.co.uk

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Proud to be a member of the

GLOBAL 100 BEST COMMUNICATIONS and TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS companies www.adept-telecom.co.uk

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Europe Best Seafood Export Company 2017

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Best Seafood Export Company

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AGAP International is an innovative export firm specialising in the transportation of seafood to clients around the world. We profiled the firm and spoke to Antonio Bertelli to try and find out more about it and examine what it is that makes the firm so successful. Established in 1998, since the beginning, the goal of AGAP has always been to be a major leader in the worldwide seafood trading, setting together all the major fish producers, in order to give to the final customers a whole service combined of its expertise and knowledge all at once. The firm has exported and imported out of several countries with a branch in Xiamen, China, since 2001. ESAP CHINA also has a partnership in USA and is a shareholder of one of the most reputed companies in the food service (PANAPESCAUSA), whilst also maintaining several trading relationships with some of the major international seafood groups in the world. Recently, the company is increasingly financing and developing the trading in and out of the new growing markets, which are recently approaching to the frozen fish importation. Antonio tells us how it feels to have won this awards and explains how developments such as this have helped drive the firm to the success it enjoys today. “When we first found out that we were awarded this prestigious accolade, I think everyone here at AGAP as surprised. Our goal

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has always been to achieve the results and the targets with a low profile which marked up our policy in recent years. I hope this award is the results of all the efforts made always playing seriously and firmly.” For the firm to be successful, the team at the company and their staff must all work towards achieving the same mission. Antonio outlines the firm’s overall mission and the steps that it takes in order to achieve this. “AGAP, like all the companies within the rest of the group, has always been looking to step into the future, trying to anticipate the moves

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of the market and the competitors, always focusing on the big and quick changes that our market particularly has been facing in the last 25 years. The result was that AGAP was growing every year, consolidating the turn over and the profitability.”

that Europe is lacking a mutual policy. There are tough competitors spread all across the globe and Antonio feel that European legislation is holding back some of the companies in Europe as they cannot be as aggressive as those around the world.

Antonio goes on to explain what it is that marks the firm out as the best possible option for clients. He relates us to the firm structure of the company and notes how this has always held strong, even during the market crisis. Strategically thinking, the firm is quick on its feet and this helps entice the best business and clients, as this paramount throughout the global industry.

“Essentially, Europe is lacking a mutual policy and it is facing the tough competitions on the raw material by the aggressive new entries like China/South Africa and Far Eastern countries. The European legislation is not helping the companies to front this aggression on the raw meat and is making us to lose purchase power with world suppliers who can choose and decide whether to sell their products elsewhere.”

“To ensure continued success, AGAP’s structure has always been light and flexible to the changes and strong even during the market crisis. The quick moves and decisions have been strategical and probably the ones which differentiate the group mostly by the competitors. The market now is a global market and the customers everywhere are looking for a good and quick information, serious back up and support and consistent supplying.” Within the export industry, Antonio describes some of the trends that he and the firm have been noticing. He is particularly keen to note

Being based in the Mediterranean offers the firm many exciting benefits. Antonio outlines which specific benefits there are to the company, predominantly the fact that it is a solid market and so consumption is usually steady. Alongside the opportunities, there are also many negatives, as Antonio bemoans the lack of investment within the region as there has not been a significant increase in consumption. “The market we are in is a mature market so it is conservative but solid. It means that traditionally our consumption in general is

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Antonio discusses what the future has in store for AGAP, mentioning some of the future projects which the firm has lined up. He discusses how it is planning to grow, taking it slow and steady and encouraging the younger staff to speak up and provide fresh ideas. “To continue to grow slowly but firmly, inserting in the group young forces with new ideas and trying to select together the new projects/ ideas which might come out by our different views and see together how to develop them. We always like the idea that each new company is like a baby and we love to see it grows successfully during the years.”

consistent. If companies are able to give a fair and good service, then it can guarantee the future for your company. At the moment, the drawback is that we did not have a significant increase in the consumption at least in the last 10 years and the trend is not encouraging to new investments in this area.” The internal culture within the firm is one of a family feel, as Antonio explains. Staff work together and share ideas with each other, all aiming to work towards the same goals and achieve the same targets. Not just content with team building exercises within the work environment, Antonio describes how staff occasionally participate in training materials in various locations. “Overall, I would say our company, like many other several small size companies, is more like a family than a multinational sized company. Management at the firm are always sharing information with all the staff which will help them to provide the right service to clients and transfer the philosophy of the team. We do believe in team building and the only way to achieve it is to share time and feelings with all the collaborators as much as we can. This can be done during office hours but also with stages in nice locations once in a while.”

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Finally, as with all markets, there are many advances and upcoming developments which the company will have to adapt around in order for it to continue to be successful. Antonio details the specific developments which could affect AGAP but also benefit them. The main aim for Antonio is to reduce costs whilst also remaining competitive against the aggressive companies from across the globe. “Overall, we foresee that, in the future, the finished products will take the space of the raw material as well as the wholesalers will leave the ground to the food service companies; this is the only chance to remain strategical and attractive for the suppliers around the world. AGAP International’s costs in general are still very high and the new challenge will be to decrease the internal costs and remain competitive against the overseas companies.”

Contact Details Company: Contact: Email: Address: Tel: Website:

AGAP International SARL Antonio Bertelli agapint@monaco.mc 15, rue Princesse Antoinette - Palais Hirondelle, MC 98000, Monaco 00 377 97708866 agapint.com

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Worldwide Business Review Recognises AGAP International SARL in the 2017 Mediterranean Enterprise Awards Winners United Kingdom, 2017- Worldwide Business Review Magazine has awarded AGAP International SARL ‘Best Seafood Export Company 2017’ in the 2017 Mediterranean Enterprise Awards. Established in 1998, since the beginning the goal of AGAP has always been to be a major leader in the worldwide seafood trading, setting together all the major fish producers, in order to give to the final customers a whole service combined of its expertise and knowledge all at once. The 2017 Mediterranean Enterprise Awards are here to celebrate the best in the region. Businesses in the respected nations surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, are having to adapt to a volatile economic and political situation. Despite this, enterprises throughout the region are investing and prospering and Worldwide Business Review want to recognise these outstanding individuals and companies. Discussing the awards, Edward Kemplen, Awards Coordinator, commented: “It has been a genuine pleasure to showcase the hard work and dedication of these innovative and dynamic business, across this vast and vital region. Congratulations to AGAP International SARL and best of luck for the future.”

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About Worldwide Business Review Magazine Globally there are many regulations, legislations and challenges facing companies as they try to offer the very highest standards to their clients whilst maintaining profitability and success. As such, leveraging the insight and contacts it has from being part of the publishing company AI Global Media, Worldwide Business Review aims to provide insight, information and comment on the world’s leading businesses and the individuals driving them. Free to subscribe to, the publication offers a dedicated newsletter, an ever evolving website and a series of awards designed to showcase the hard work and commitment of businesses from every market and every region. Keeping pace with the ever changing corporate landscape around the world, Worldwide Business Review dedicated editorial team work diligently to provide the latest news and updates, drawing on their network of contacts from across the globe who span every major industry and sector, providing comment and insight which is invaluable. About AGAP International SARL AGAP International is an innovative export firm specialising in the transportation of seafood to clients around the world. To find out more please visit their website: agapint.com

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit www.wwb-review.com

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Europe Maritime Law Firm of the Year

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

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Address: Cumhuriyet Cad. Dörtler Apt. No:42 K:2 34367 Elmadağ, Şişli İstanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 212 251 19 00 Fax: +90 212 251 19 01 Email: info@aktlaw.com Web: www.aktlaw.com

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Europe Individual - State Aid Lawyer of the Year

About Michael Honoré Michael Honoré, LL.M. (Bruges) is partner at one of Denmark’s leading law firms, BechBruun, with approx. 270 lawyers and a strong international profile. Michael heads BechBruun’s State aid department. Michael renders advice to Danish and international corporations, organisations and public sector bodies, including public authorities. Michael has mainly provided State aid advice within the fields of public infrastructure; transportation (rail, air and sea transport); national programs on research, development and innovation (RD&I); regional development (including EU structural funds); agriculture; energy; broadcasting; waste management; environmental measures; payment services and pension schemes; information and telecoms technology (ICT). Michael is regularly involved in State aid cases before the European Commission and before the European Courts, acting on behalf of e.g. the Danish rail incumbent (DSB) and Viasat/ Modern Times Group in high-profile state aid cases. Before joining Bech-Bruun, in 2000-2001, Michael was an associate at the law firms Liedekerke, Siméon, Wessing, Houthoff (Brussels) and Ashursts (Brussels). In 20022005, Michael worked as legal secretary (référendaire) at the chambers of President Bo Vesterdorf, at the General Court of the European Union. For the past 12 years, Michael has been the co-author of several books on State aid and has published a wide range of State aid articles both in Danish and European law journals.

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In 2014 and 2015, Michael was managing editor of the European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) and is today member of its editorial board. In addition, Michael is a frequent speaker at international conferences on State aid. Michael is also co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Danish Association of State Aid Law. Education Admitted to the Danish Bar, 2006 Master of Laws (Copenhagen), 2001 LLM (Bruges), 2000 Diploma in Business Language (French), 1999 Languages Danish (native) English (fluent) French (fluent) Swedish (proficient) Norwegian (proficient) Italian (good understanding) German (good understanding) Main publications and speeches Kindly visit www.bechbruun.com/en/employees/mih

Michael Honoré Partner Tel: Mobile: Email:

+45 72 27 33 76 +45 25 26 33 76 mih@bechbruun.com

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Europe Zeb Ahmed - Bouygues Energies & Services Deputy Managing Director of the Year

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Europe Best Global Workforce Mobility Specialist 2017

About Boxx global expat solutions Boxx global expat solutions is the fastest growing global mobility services provider in the Benelux. We are privately-owned. Our independency reflects our working philosophy. Our vision and concept are built on delivering and coordinating integrated Mobility Services on a global scale. We offer these services for multinational businesses, ranging from coordination of vendor support, immigration advice and compliance, HR advice and development of global mobility policies to tax consulting and compliance: providing expertise and capacity to fully streamline, coordinate and execute mobility management on a global scale.

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Boxx offers clients global reach via a unique business model. FRAME is our self built international network of workforce mobility specialists, comprising more than 300 partner companies in almost 100 countries. A robust framework which we have built with our heads and hearts. This working model allows us to combine speed of service with in-depth local knowledge anywhere on the planet. This results in unmatched quality of service against a competitive price. To further enhance the chain, Boxx has four knowledge and management hubs in Achel, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Boston. Providing supreme services, pro-active solutions and ROI for clients, is what defines our work ethics.

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+32 11 55 99 10 info@boxx-expat.com www.boxx-expat.com

THE WORLD IS THE GREATEST PLACE TO WORK The ongoing globalization shall lead to more and more people working abroad on a daily, weekly basis or for longer period of time. At the same time organizations will, as a result of the never-ending increasing competition, innovation and complexity of global mobility processes, focus more on their core business. This calls for an integrated, proven, effective approach of a limitless, dedicated and passionate partner in global mobility, while still being able to give personal attention that employees deserve: Boxx. BOXX IS COMMITTED TO: Providing the best global mobility experience Having a true connection with our clients Growing with our clients and their assignees Achieving results Developing long term strategic partnerships

DEDICATED SPECIALIST

SINCERE ATTENTION

INDEPENDENCE

FULL RANGE INTEGRATED

LONG TERM PARTNERSHIP PERSONAL & PRAGMATIC

NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST NO COMPROMISES

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Europe Best Full Service Production Company 2017

Case Productions is an international production company with offices in Dubai, Los Angeles, Istanbul and London. We specialize in producing top-notch sports coverage around the globe, tailoring our services to the needs of the client. We offer live streaming and live broadcast, highlights shows, web clips, news content and distribution. We are proud to have produced and distributed our shows to the likes of Sky Sports, OSN and Fox Sports to name a few. In a nutshell we’re a one-stop shop for those looking to get their sports event filmed and broadcast to the world. Not only that; we’re at ease filming the most extreme sports stunts ever caught on camera. But don’t take our word for it; let our 26 year track record do the talking. Here’s a selection of our work: • Official Production House to the Dubai Autodrome • Official Production House to the World Kiteboarding League • Official Production House to the F1H2O World Inshore Powerboat Championships • Official Production House to the Aquabike Pro World Championship

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‘Case have been integral in putting our championship on the map! Their coverage is excellent as is their distribution.’ – Danny Galiart, Founder of World Kiteboarding League ‘We’ve a long history with Case Productions yet they still push boundaries, keeping our coverage thrilling and cutting edge’ – Nigel Quilter, Media Manager F1H2O Powerboat Championships ‘We’ve worked with many production agencies over the years and I have to say you guys are right up there with the best. The schedule, not to mention the conditions, were tough but that didn’t dampen your team spirit or professionalism, you’ve a great team!’ – Marcus Prosser, Red Bull Relations Manager

Email:

Selim Kemahli, Managing Director +44 7448045469 (UK) +90 5322952853 (Turkey) Selim@caseproductions.com

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Gemma Care, Business Development Director +44 7783719877 gemma.care@caseproductions.com

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• Official Production House to the Class1 Offshore Powerboat Championship • Produced the first ever air show in Sri Lanka with legendary pilot Peter Besenyei • Collaborated on several record breaking projects with Red Bull Racing Team • Produced the highest altitude BASE jump from Mount Everest for Red Bull ‘We’ve worked with Case Productions several times, they’re outstanding and produce the best quality media.’ – Hannah Rogers, Manager to Ryan Doyle - Red Bull Parkour Athlete

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Europe Best Brand Protection Company 2017

MarkMonitor, online brand protection expert MarkMonitor®, a Clarivate Analytics flagship brand, leads the online brand establishment and protection industry with dedicated solutions that deliver better returns on investment. The company is well established, with an excellent reputation that has been earned over almost two decades of operation. MarkMonitor offers: •

Ground-breaking innovations for greater visibility into infringements

Comprehensive coverage of every channel

Data-driven domain strategies for the corporate portfolio

A long history of success with the farthestreaching solutions

Powerful marketplace, government and industry alliances

Top-rated customer service

With a firm focus on helping brands protect their IP, reputations, revenue and customers online, MarkMonitor provides advanced technology and expertise. Serving more than 1,300 customers, in more than 50 countries, MarkMonitor also counts more than 50% of Fortune500 companies, 10/10 of the most trafficked companies and four out of five Top Tech businesses as customers. As the digital world has expanded, in terms of reach, usage and channels, the threat landscape has grown, too. Brands face new risks due to the Web’s anonymity, global reach and shifting consumption patterns for digital content, goods and services. As a result, there is a lot more ground to cover and threats to consider.

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put, the company helps brands take the battle to where it is needed most — on the customer front. By focusing efforts on where consumers shop online, MarkMonitor helps brands identify and remove the most visible instances of infringement as quickly as possible. By prioritising this — while also ensuring that all remaining visible sites on search engine results, online marketplaces and elsewhere are legitimate — brand owners protect both their reputations and their consumers. Solutions Over the years MarkMonitor has developed a portfolio of innovative solutions designed to stay ahead of these issues and ensure brands are fully able to protect themselves. These include those solutions aimed at both establishing and protecting brands. The brand protection portfolio covers the entire spectrum of threats, and includes: •

Anti-counterfeiting, IP Protection, and partner compliance Protecting brand integrity and revenues by helping companies enforce against counterfeiters. This is strengthened by the company’s partnerships with marketplaces across the globe and an international team.

Anti-piracy Helping brands protect their digital content and live-event streaming content from piracy.

Anti-fraud Providing anti-phishing and anti-malware solutions, as well as tools to protect brands from cyber threats in the Dark Web.

Domain Management Helping brands efficiently and safely manage corporate domain portfolios, through domain consulting and TLD advisory services.

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Chrissie Jamieson VP Marketing MarkMonitor Friars House 160 Blackfriars Road London, SE1 8EZ Chrissie Jamieson +44 (0) 1978 528 370 chrissie.jamieson@markmonitor.com

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Europe Best Luxury Hotel 2017 - West London

A London luxury hotel in the city’s Belgravia district, COMO The Halkin promises an elegant and discreet environment. Widely regarded by loyal regulars as a home away from home, you can expect faultless service, awardwinning cuisine and Asian-inflected style. All 41 contemporary suites and rooms allow for both easy downtime and efficient work. The relaxed aesthetic of the cossetting, light-filled spaces instils a calm, cool, contemporary atmosphere to this original London boutique hotel As with all COMO Hotels and Resorts, cuisine is a key element of the experience at COMO The Halkin - an essential address for luxury dining in London. Michelin-starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is a unique collaboration between Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012 – along

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with her father Juan Mari Arzak. Ametsa’s approach is rooted in the traditions of ‘New Basque Cuisine’, pairing the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain’s Basque region with modern, surprising twists featuring locallysourced and organic produce from land and sea. The restaurant’s interior was designed by London-based Ab Rogers Design, who took inspiration from the raw aesthetic of the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, which holds three Michelin-stars. COMO The Halkin brings a uniquely personal approach to event planning, a philosophy that is rare even among the best conference venues in central London. Our event space is distinctively designed, providing careful service, gourmet cuisines and the most upto-date presentation technology. We offer a polished professional experience for any meetings and conferences, whatever your requirements. As a top London boutique hotel, COMO The Halkin offers a crisp gym, personal training, yoga instruction and jogging access to Hyde Park. In-room COMO Shambhala spa treatments can be easily arranged, or a visit to COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at our nearby sister hotel, COMO Metropolitan London. Contact details Tel: Email: Web:

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+44 (0) 20 7333 1000 thehalkin@comohotels.com www.comohotels.com/thehalkin

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Europe Most Innovative Hydrocolloid R&D Company 2017 & Excellence Award for Nutrition Research 2017 - County Cork

CyberColloids is a unique organisation devoted to bringing texture innovation to the food industry thus enabling companies to cost effectively add value through R&D. The company is seen as an established centre of excellence, especially in polysaccharide chemistry, with a global reach and a successful participant in EU funded research. We are an Irish based SME with staff also in the UK. Delivering innovative solutions for cost effective texture remains a core focus but we see the world of food texture and the way we think changing. The food industry is being driven towards the use of more natural, inherently healthy and less processed food ingredients. They are also having to face the challenges of resource efficiency and minimisation of waste. As such we are now working with a wide variety of plant and seaweed derived materials, including byproducts and “waste” from food processing as well as new or underutilised wholefood biomass resources. The idea is to develop new functional food fibres and ingredients for use as fat replacers, water binders and novel gelling agents that are label friendly. We have a range of simplistic but intelligent processing methodologies that can be applied to most polysaccharide rich biomass resources. 

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To date we have worked with different biomasses: citrus, sugarbeet, seaweed, carrot, potato, apple and others. CyberColloids believe that functional fibres with a clean label offer an innovative approach whilst delivering solutions for texture and stability issues. We have been able to demonstrate the functionality of these new ingredients in many different food applications. We work with raw material suppliers, processors and end users of food texture ingredients from SMEs through to large international companies. By bringing industry, business and technology together we have delivered solutions for processing and production issues of varying size and complexity. We are different in that we take an independent, business-led approach and have the ability to bridge the gap between laboratory and factory. These strengths set us apart from our competitors, drive our business success and also make us an attractive industrial partner. Ross Campbell Business Director Mob: Tel: Email:

CyberColloids +353 876178263 +353 214375773 Ross@cybercolloids.net

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Europe Best for SME Equipment Finance - UK

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exit strategy on the asset we are lending against and a sufficient down payment to make up the difference. And most importantly, being willing to take a risk to lend into what is almost always an unfavorable market. “While the term Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) has become popular in the last decade, the true definition of SME, those business classes which reside in the subprime and near prime categories, still remain on the outer fringes of finance society and we feel it’s our mission to ensure we can provide them with ample finance to attain their dreams and success in this, and any market place”, says Dost. With over twenty years in asset finance and leasing experience Rev. Dr. K. Bill Dost, President and Managing Director of the D&D Leasing Group of Companies has an extensive understanding of funding small ticket transactions. Starting D&D Leasing in Canada and expanding it to the United Kingdom has given both D&D Leasing and Dost a unique perspective on the marketplace and where to focus the energies of the company itself. To that end D&D Leasing has found itself focusing on the Small Ticket transactions, those generally seen to range between £1000 GBP and £250,000 GBP for a niche class of customer. These customers, often classified as near prime, subprime or difficult to bank, are the class of customer D&D Leasing encounters every day. The corner shop, the owneroperator, the small business, the start up operation. Not quite ready to be banked and yet still in need of financing; whether it’s a computer, a set of desks, manufacturing equipment or even loans, D&D Leasing is there to help support these often, but not necessarily, early start operations. Dost recognized the need for financing those operations that couldn’t seek bank assistance, due either to past poor credit performance or no credit history in his native Canada when he started the original operation back in 2000. Prior to incepting D&D Leasing he noted that “the prime or blue chip customer really had no trouble finding finance, however, if you had bruised credit it would be a very difficult road to seek out finance, most companies would turn you away, or require egregious down payment schedules from you, we simply wanted to be different, we wanted to provide finance to anyone who could prove they had a shot at making it, but just needed a hand up, so we set out to do so.” The key to the business is to ensure a stable rate of return for our investors and our company as a whole, while still ensuring we have an understanding of the

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Today, D&D Leasing is established in markets in Canada, the United Kingdom and is planning an opening in the United States. While their original market of business to business clients has expanded to include consumer vehicles and commercial loans as well, they are still at their core a subprime and near prime lender, who are just as comfortable providing a £2500 pound finance for a computer as they a £100,000 pound finance for a tractor trailer. The real key to who they want to service is that small business and entrepreneurial sector. In fact if you take a quick scan of their website it clearly states their mission statement: Changing the lives of one million entrepreneurs. At the heart of it Dost says it best, “help the entrepreneurs succeed, and they spur the economy to grow. Recognition like this, only helps that happen.” For more on D&D Leasing; UK Address:

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LU. Studio 404, The Lightbulb, 1 Filament Walk, London, SW18 4GQ +44 (0)203 769 6518

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Europe Safety Training Consultancy of the Year (Marine & Offshore)

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MD: Kevin Howlette Emergency Fire & Safety Ltd 15 Lower Woodlands, Ballycarry, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 9JB Tel: 07730929207 Email: info@emergencyfire.co.uk

EFS Ltd specialises in Emergency Stand-by Services, Training and consultancy for the Power Generation, off shore (Oil Rigs), Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical industries. We cover all stand-by rescue for Harland and Wolff, AES, Brenntag, NIE, ESB and many more. We provide full-time emergency rescue as well as specialist rescue teams and consultancy support. We have over 35 Rescue specialists and with this team we have managed

Our specialist areas are: • Paramedics • Confined Space Specialists • Emergency Trauma Specialists • Fire & Rescue • Water Rescue • Hazmat • Height Rescue • First Aid .and with Drone Piloting for Survey, Search & Recue Capability

• More than 80,000 confined space man entries • More than 50 shutdown projects. • 300,000 Authorised gas freed spaces • Trained over 4000 candidates in high level courses • IOSH Confined Space Medium Risk Courses were launched in May 2015

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Europe Individual - Mining & Metals Sector Adviser of the Year

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industry-focused knowledge and experience. Whatever the industry, EY global network of professionals can provide clients with highly responsive advice that meets their assurance, tax, transaction and advisory needs, thanks to its sectorial approach. EY World Excellence Center teams for Mining and metals (Global Mining & Metals) is composed by professionals that help clients to exploit their full potential. Based in Sydney, our teams work with more than 2300 experts distributed among 144 countries, offering tailored solutions to the issues/challenges the mining and metals market faces.

Christian first joined EY in January 1990 as part of the executive management team for EY Offices in Guinea where he specialized in Mining & Metals Industry. Today, he leads very diverse and global EY clients’ teams (regionally and worldwide) on audit and advisory missions for “mining & metals” public and private companies as well as for governments. He possesses a wide experience on the emerging markets, particularly Africa, where he spent years as “Country Managing Partner” in several countries. Therefore he leads the coordination of EY Western Europe & Maghreb / Africa for diverse initiatives taking place in between both geographical regions. He is considered as one of the most experimented associate within EY Global network, with more than 26 years of service. He started his career as an engineer, making him a strong knowledgeable proposal force. Every day, EY engages itself to play an active role to build a better world, for its teams, clients, and society as a whole. EY’s Global Mining & Metals network is where people and ideas come together to help mining and metals companies meet the issues of today and anticipate those of tomorrow by developing solutions to meet those challenges. To achieve client’s potential, they need fast, easy access to the information and people that can help them make the right decisions. That’s why EY invested in dedicated Global Industry Centers around the world – centers that serve as virtual hubs for sharing

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The key challenges faced by EY clients are: Fraud Auditing, Managing transition after merger and acquisition and fund raising, portfolio reduction, economical risks due to price volatility, resource nationalism, IFRS regulations, globalization and dealing with emerging mining markets. Our clients range from industry leaders to small active businesses (exploration) looking for high level expertise. In the past 12 months, our “Mining & Metals” teams, led by Christian Mion, achieved several missions: they were involved in the restructuration of both the Punjab mining market and the Kosovar mining conglomerate after nationalization of Trepca Mines. They also accompany several governments in their reflections on mining industry in their country as well as set some action plans. Christian is a regular lecturer for international events such as “Annual Investing in Africa Conference” organized by the International BAR Association among others.

Christian Mion Senior Partner EMEIA Advisory Mining Leader Member of the EY Global Mining Team Tel: Email: Website:

+33 1 46 93 65 47 christian.mion@fr.ey.com www.ey.com/fr

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Europe Best General Practice Law Firm - South East

Fairhurst Menuhin and Co is a high street firm of solicitors that seeks to offer services to local residents in the way that firms used to offer legal solutions many years ago using house calls, personal relationships and face to face counselling. In a bygone era, the local “family solicitor” would be a trusted friend, an advisor, a generalist and second opinion on matters ranging from the drawing up of a will, the sale of a home or mediation of a family dispute. With the evolution of specialised professional service, online discounted template solutions and even grocery store 2 page wills forms. This has resulted in the erosion of the intimate yet professional relationship between solicitor and client. Along with this decline was the loss of the respect and trust solicitors used to command in society. It has also reduced client solicitor relationships to shorter term “product deals” rather than continuous Peace of Mind relationships. Understanding that the actual benefit provided by a legal advisor/solicitor was peace of mind and the comfort that “we are in safe hands” this erosion of trust undermined the essential value of the local solicitor.

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A number of larger firms have decided to withdraw from their local high street based operations and “moved out of town” to offer more standardised services to a larger less local and less personal clientele. Offering a full suite of legal services including Crime, Commercial and Residential property, Company Law, Family Law and Private Client Fairhurst Menuhin also provides mediation and employment advice to its clients. In 5 short years the firm has developed long standing bonds of trust with local clients in Haverhill, Newmarket Saffron Walden and Sudbury. Already a sizeable portion of its clientele is from repeat clients. Word of mouth and personal testimony serves as the best foundation for long term prosperity for the firm.

Paul Fairhurst Partner Fairhurst Menuhin & Co Tel: Email: Web:

+44 1799526 849 info@fmc-solicitors.com www.fmc-solicitors.com

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Europe Best Nordic Clinical Trials Company - Sweden

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The 10 year Anniversary, Clinical Trial Centre in Borås, Sweden The award-winning clinical trial centre, Ladulaas Kliniska Studier in Borås has during their 10 years, conducted nearly 80 studies since the start in 2007. It’s a privately owned independent clinic conducting trials for big international pharma and medtech companies, prestigious universities, and CROs, from around the world. ”We’re conducting studies on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutrient solutions, with the number of participants ranging from just a couple up to 150,” says Katarina Berndtsson Blom, licensed physician, CEO and founder of Ladulaas Kliniska Studier in Borås, which she started in 2007.

”Winning a prize is a quality stamp, which makes it easier for us to get new assignments. Our greatest challenge, however, is to find enough participants for each study. In Sweden, there might not be enough people with rare indications. For common indications, like diabetes and COPD, the patients may already be on such good therapies that they don’t qualify for that reason.”

In recent years, the clinic has been awarded a number of international prizes, acknowledging the high-quality data they deliver to the sponsors and their good care of study participants.

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A Good Place for Clinical Trials That said, it has turned out that Borås is a good place for conducting clinical trials. ”With a population of 100,000 it’s neither too small nor too big, which means that when we advertise in local media we usually get a good response rate. We also have many recurrent participants,” says Katarina Berndtsson Blom, who thinks it’s exciting to be at the forefront of new medical drug development. ”In 2007-2008, we for instance started to test the new diabetes drugs that are now reaching the market worldwide and during a 5 year period we had the new antikoagulants NOAK for trial that are now replacing Warfarine. And,

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we’re currently conducting long term followup studies on a vaccine for shingles.” Ladulaas Kliniska Studier has had four audits from pharmaceutical companies and one inspection from Läkemedelsverket (the Medical Products Agency), all of whom have given the clinic high ratings. ”The inspector from Läkemedelsverket said that our “Good Clinical Practice” GCP is so beautiful that it made him want to cry. You can hardly get a higher grade than that,” concludes a proud Katarina Berndtsson Blom. Contact: Email: Website:

Ladulaas Clinical Trials, www.ladulaaskliniken.se info@ladulaaskliniken.se

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Europe Best Woman-Run Architecture Firm & Award for Excellence in Interior Design

PEEK Architecture + Design is a vibrant, design focused, architecture and interior design practice, founded by chartered Architect and Bartlett graduate, Georgina Turvey. We invited Georgina to share the secrets behind her success. Established in 2006, PEEK has developed predominantly through referrals, many who are now long-term clients. Based in Central London, the firm maintains a varied client base, from families and homeowners to developers. Projects include homes, developments and commercial properties, ranging from large city houses and apartments, to extensions, basements, roof conversions, refurbishments and interiors. Clear procedures and effective communication has proved fundamental in achieving successful scheme. PEEK’s role is to take a project through initial sketches and permissions, to costing, construction detailing and interior fit out.

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the last 10 years have had the privilege of working with a loyal client base who have entrusted me with some great projects. Our practise executes everything from planning and feasibility, detailed construction design, interior design and bespoke furniture, mostly in prime London locations, although in the last couple of years we have been following our clients as they make the big move out of the city, so are working on some fantastic country residences now too. Construction is a male dominated industry, and occasionally at initial meetings I get a kind of hesitation from other consultants and contractors, especially when I am positioned as the lead consultant on some of our larger jobs.

Georgina, who founded the practice, discusses her own personal experience and how she draws on this when working on projects for her valued clients. “I was educated at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, and my transformative time there under the guidance of my tutors, Paul Monaghan and Simon Allford (from the celebrated firm AHMM) can probably be compared to a kind of amazing, architectural bootcamp. “During my years in education, I continued to work throughout, 1 or 2 days a week. The extra contacts and experience I gained in this time, were invaluable for setting out on my own very early on, and after completing my chartership, I started my own firm soon after. I have not looked back since, and in

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UK interiors are getting less whimsical or ‘themed’, and are striving to keep things integrated and true to the architecture they inhabit. This means that hopefully they will remain installed for many years. It breaks my heart when you see skips throughout London, full of brand new kitchens and slabs of marble. “As such, most of the sources I draw upon, have a hint of the nostalgic about them. Paulo Mendes Da Rocha and his use of ceramics, concrete and glazing is incredible. Richard Neutra, my all time favourite, has always inspired me with his classic 40’s and 50’s houses, like the Kaufman House, and his use of clean lines and natural materials. I strive to create timeless and classic compositions like these.” Looking to the future, Georgina foresees many great developments for PEEK Architecture + Design as the company looks to build upon its current success and grow even further over the months and years to come.

Construction is a collaborative process, so I overcome any preconceptions by being open and positive, and in no time at all mutual respect is established in all directions. “Owing to my architectural background, my interior design style is driven by the function and form of a space and how light, circulation and sight lines are influenced. When this is established, I apply fresh colour palettes, natural materials and textures, with the aim of retaining a common thread throughout a scheme. My projects tend to have industrial elements mixed with classic features. Period properties in London form the basis for the majority of our work, and it is important to me to stay true to the original architecture.” Having operated in the market for so many years, Georgina has a strong insight into the latest trends in interior design which she is happy to share with us. “Within the wider interior design disciplines,

“Currently we are developing some bespoke furniture pieces, light fittings and designs for ironmongery. When carrying out extensive research we frequently find that certain products simply do not exist, and as such it would be great to create a line of products which reflect our practise’s developing style and meet the ever evolving needs of our clients.”

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Peek Architecture & Design Ltd Georgina Turvey georgina@peekarchitecture.co.uk Noland House, 12-13 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 8QB, UK 020 7734 3094 www.peekarchitecture.co.uk

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Europe Best Pharmaceutical Company

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The global growth based upon respect A successful story in the pharmaceutical industry Sintetica is a Swiss pharmaceutical company delivering injectable anaesthetics and analgesics to patients worldwide, through innovative science and excellence in development, production and marketing. Pasquale Mitidieri, Global Markets Corporate Director, tells us more about Sintetica’s growth, following their Awards as Best Pharmaceutical Company of the year 2017 - Switzerland.

Established 1921 in Switzerland, Sintetica have sites based in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and United Kingdom, with the headquarters in Mendrisio, Switzerland. With 230 people employed in Europe with an average of 41-year coming from 25 different countries in the world. Sintetica’s focus is primarily on local anaesthesia and pain relief. “Local anaesthesia and pain relief are two areas in which we have been the market leader for many years in Switzerland. Moreover, we are also seeking to develop

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a leadership position in the growing field of neuromodulation” as Pasquale explains. Beginning 2012, we established the global division, which was the first international corporate structure. The global division was tasked with pursuing international growth under two distinct models, being a B2B licensing strategy and somewhat later a B2C strategy in select markets. “Under the B2B model, we sought to license out our top brands to partners with whom

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we shared values. Foremost among these values is that people and relationships, including business relationships, come first, and thus Sintetica seeks to build business by finding partners with whom we can share our values. As such, all our partners must meet strict ethical criteria and share our innovation driven ‘quality without compromise’ value proposition. This was the most critical and difficult challenge we have faced since beginning our internationalization efforts, however I am proud to say that we have been very successful”

pain management and neuromodulation. As such, we move forward with passion and competence in the full respect of people and the environment. All our efforts and resources are focused to become leader in these fields by developing novel medicine and better treatment options for physicians and patients worldwide.

Today, we have submitted more than 300 product registrations in over 100 different countries via the network of partners we have built over the last five years. The first phase of expansion covered North, Central and South America, South East Asia, and the Pacific. Many of these registrations have yet to come through, but so far we have seen strong growth in the US, and some good returns in the Pacific. YOY growth is largely exceeding 70%, consolidating the impressive growth stream of the last years.

Global division is therefore focusing on high speed robust partner selection and affiliation in every country of the world. It is determined to offer a dynamic portfolio of selected branded medicines, developed to answer unmet clinical needs, to build sustainable and long lasting alliances.

“We are fully committed to innovate therapies and drugs in local anaesthesia,

“To achieve this leadership by innovation in the context of global growth, we consider strategic partnering and business development the key factors”.

Recently, Sintetica found success in Global 100 Awards 2017 as Best Pharmaceutical Company - Switzerland “It’s an incredible joy first and it represents a tangible reward to the huge efforts and strong ambition of Sintetica to move

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from a small Swiss excellence to a leading global company. This award makes all 230 employees of Sintetica proud and honored of the work done. At the basis of this amazing international success are our values and principles” Pasquale says. When discussing what differentiates Sintetica from competitors, marking them out as the best possible option for their partners, Pasquale reflects on how the culture of Sintetica and all the strategic choices are firmly based on respect. “Respect is the core value of the company and it permeates across every employee. The concept of respect is divided into three welldefined directions. It is expressed in relation to its employees, enhancing the different characteristics of each one. Whether for work or as an individual, through activities which create a pleasant environment in which to work and express themselves. This same concept is also expressed towards the patients using Sintetica drugs worldwide, providing them with the highest quality products and investing in innovation to imagine the best care solutions for the future. Consequently, it materializes towards its global partners, showing them loyalty, absolute ethics and both operational and development support of advanced go to market strategies. The convergence of these three welldefined areas make up the Sintetica Value Proposition. It is a distinctive and strategic element of their own identity in the wide world panorama of the pharmaceutical industry. Five years ago, at the time of the foundation of the Global Division, we decided that was the time to change the rules of the game by starting massively the registration of IT Baclofen in all countries of the world, not only in the fortunate ones. IT Baclofen is the drug at the base of the intrathecal therapy and is the state of the art in the neuromodulation therapy: IT Baclofen is a life changer.

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This molecule allows, i.e., paraplegic patients to significantly improve their life conditions. “As a first and still the only one in the actual pharmaceutical business panorama, we decided to register and bring this molecule to less fortunate countries of the world, giving to patients in need of it and to their families new horizons. This intense global drug registration process takes a lot of time and Company resources, specially where the therapy is not well known and established” said Pasquale. It’s also our precise responsibility both ethical and social to make this drug available where still not and to contribute to make life of the patients in need of this therapy consistently better” confirmed Augusto Mitidieri, Corporate CEO of Sintetica. Sintetica, thanks to their own global partners network, has already registered and made available IT Baclofen in more than 30 countries while other 80 registrations are running and close to be finalized around the world. Respecting people is the way we trust to became worldwide leader in the neuromodulation therapy. Therefore, Sintetica does not only export drugs of the highest quality throughout the world, but also the complex of their own values.

Pasquale Mitidieri, Global Markets Corporate Director Company: Address: Tel: Email: Wesite:

Sintetica S.A. Via Penate 5, 6850 Mendrisio, Switzerland +41 (0)91 640 42 50 pmitidieri@sintetica.com www.sintetica.com

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Europe Best Composite Decking Manufacturer 2017

Ecodek, part of the Epwin Group of companies, manufactures an innovative board system made entirely from ethically sourced hardwood waste and recycled high density polyethylene. Established in 2002, Ecodek have been manufacturing composite decking and fencing since 2004. As the UK’s market leader in Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) decking materials, the firm manufactured approximately 1 million linear metres of decking in 2016, consuming 3200 tonnes of recycled wood and plastic. In addition, Ecodek have achieved “carbon negative” status for the production of its composite decking system. A life-cycle assessment programme, undertaken by the BioComposites Centre of Bangor University, considered production of the decking on a cradle to factory gate basis, accounting for all significant materials, transport, energy use and packaging inputs. Results showed that production of ecodek® actually had a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding to it – hence carbon negative - a huge achievement in modern manufacturing and one that clearly illustrates the company’s environmental credentials.

solutions to problems. With unrivalled expertise in extrusion tooling, Ecodek can customise and create to any design or specification. Thanks to its vast range of products and client focused approach, Ecodek is the market choice for high end residential developments in London where the majority of apartments feature a balcony. ecodek® material can be found across much of the redevelopment zones in London such as Greenwich Peninsula, Elephant and Castle, Nine Elms and Fulham Wharf. Offering ecodek® in bespoke lengths to suit each project, the company can ensure that waste is kept to a minimum on site. Any material that is redundant on site can be bought back by Ecodek to be ground up and fed straight back into new material as ecodek® is 100% recyclable. The boards are fast to install as they are supplied straight and true with no knots. The material requires only very minimum maintenance and no staining, so no risk of dripping through to balconies below, plus nothing the leach onto rendered walls, as is common with timber balconies.

This important achievement, believed to be a first for a UK based polymer company, and follows years of painstaking development of its design, manufacturing and distribution processes.

Based in North Wales on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, Ecodek is at the heart of a thriving hub of industry where things seem to be booming. There is a good variety of engineering other ancillary services on the doorstep. The firm attracts the very best talent on the market, helping it to ensure that clients receive the very highest standard of customer service.

The company works with a wide range of clients including house builders such as Barratt Homes, Telford Homes, Redrow PLC; leisure parks such as Butlins and Centerparcs, and many schools across the UK as well as supplying ecodek® a variety of locations across the globe.

Ecodek strives to be the UK’s Number 1 WPC manufacturer and to lead the way through innovative use of materials whilst maintain carbon negative product credentials. To achieve this, looking ahead the company’s focus will be on continuing to and using R&D to drive innovation.

As suppliers to the Construction Sector, delivering a supply solution is the firm’s aim. Their USPs include bespoke lengths, a quick response to customer demand and solid technical advice. With a dedicated resource on site, the R&D team excel in creating sustainable answers for the lifestyle challenges of today and the future. The Ecodek Technical Team have direct input with architects and specifiers, who need support and

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Contact Details Company: Contact: Email: Address: Tel: Website:

Ecodek Felicity Hodgkinson Felicity.Hodgkinson@ecodek.co.uk Unit 13 Abenbury Way, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL13 9UZ, UK 01978 667 840 www.ecodek.co.uk

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Europe Best Adviser - Small and Mid-Cap Public Market M&A

An Overview of Strand Hanson Strand Hanson, founded in 1993, is one of London’s foremost, long standing, independent advisoryled boutiques, acting for public and private midcap companies in both developed and emerging markets. Strand Hanson is headquartered in London, with additional offices in Cape Town, Accra and Buenos Aires. We operate a full-service modern merchant banking model, offering clear and impartial corporate finance advice, including M&A and Strategic Advisory, Equity Advisory and Debt Advisory/Restructuring services to both retained clients and on a transaction specific basis. We also originate investment opportunities through our highly experienced global network and, as a merchant bank, make direct investments from our balance sheet into selective assets and client companies, identified as having high growth potential and where we can add value through our local expertise and global structuring experience. In this area, we have a particular focus on direct investments into developing markets in Asia, South America and Africa, particularly in Natural Resources and TMT. As a wholly management owned and controlled company, led by CEO, Simon Raggett, and a senior team with significant expertise and extensive track records gleaned from a range of Tier 1 investment banks and boutiques, clients have access to a highly qualified, flexible and creative team providing

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bespoke, timely, innovative financial and strategic advice across all products and sectors at a highly competitive rate. As a full-service merchant bank, holding a Sponsor Licence for the LSE’s Main Market (both Standard and Premium Segments), a Nominated Adviser (Nomad) Licence for the AIM market and authorised as a NEX Exchange Corporate Adviser for the NEX market, we are able to advise on whichever route is in our client’s best interests, with no bias towards any particular market. In addition, our highly experienced, dedicated M&A team are both UK and Irish Takeover Code qualified advisers and one of the most active participants in UK and Irish public company M&A, offering a comprehensive range of services and advising on some of the most complex transactions in the small to mid-cap market. The M&A Team, led by ex-Merrill Lynch banker, Stuart Faulkner, undertakes transactions for all public market participants, but has a particular expertise in hostile/bearhug/defences and acting for private equity bidders in PTP transactions. In addition, the team is experienced in advising shareholder activists seeking to force change on plcs, including requisitioning hostile General Meetings and direct approaches to target shareholders. Strand Hanson is largely sector agnostic, and we have wide-ranging knowledge and experience of working with companies across a broad

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range of sectors and geographies, believing that the fundamental principles of high quality, robust financial advice apply across all industries. However, we have particular expertise in the Natural Resources Sector (Oil & Gas, Mining, Renewable Energy and associated support services) where we are the joint No. 1 and No. 3 ranked Nomad to AIM companies on the LSE in the Oil & Gas and Mining arenas respectively. Regardless of the nature of the transaction, it is our policy to work closely with management, throughout the deal process and beyond, to fulfil the client’s objectives and engender a long lasting and deep relationship. This successful approach has led to Strand Hanson consistently being recognised as one of the most active advisers to high growth companies quoted on, or applying to join, the AIM market. The majority of the team is based at our London head office in Mayfair, but we also maintain three overseas offices, as detailed below:

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ground in South Africa, with whom they can efficiently operate. Our Cape Town office is run by Warren Pearce, a South African national, who has worked at Strand Hanson for over 14 years and has a strong track record in both originating and executing African mandates. In addition, our Chairman, Lord (Anthony) St John of Bletso, has a strong historical involvement in Africa and developing African businesses and his connections across Africa, as well as his deep expertise of the funding market, particularly NGOs and similar initiatives, have proven invaluable to many of our clients. Since the establishment of our African office in December 2008, we are proud to have advised on transactions in 27 African countries, and to have made direct investments in more than a dozen African countries - a trend that, due to our African expertise and enviable level of cross continent access, we see developing strongly in the short to medium term.

Ghana South Africa Strand Hanson is the leading Nominated Adviser to companies on AIM that have operations in Africa. We are the only one of our peer group to have a dedicated full-service office in South Africa, based in Cape Town, to ensure that our clients have access to an advisory and coverage team on the

In 2017, we established a presence in Ghana with Rory Harding, an experienced business development professional, with extensive natural resource experience and African expertise, leading the team.

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Argentina In 2016, we established a presence in Argentina to open up opportunities across South America. Miles Lewis manages operations in Buenos Aires, having joined Strand Hanson to initiate our expansion into Latin America, where he combines our established expertise in emerging markets with his understanding of local risk, and his comprehensive business network and access.

Recent Signature Transactions Prospect Co., Ltd. In November 2016, Strand Hanson was appointed by Prospect Co., Ltd. (“Prospect” or the “Company”) to act as Joint Financial Adviser and Rule 3 Adviser, alongside Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (Corporate Advisory department), an investment banking arm of Mizuho Financial Group, as Joint Financial Adviser, in relation to the Company’s recommended all-share offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of The Prospect Japan Fund Limited (“TPJF”) under the provisions of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. This was the first ever all Japanese equity offer for a UK listed, Code company. The recommended share-for-share exchange offer was implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement (the “Scheme”) at a ratio of 2.5 New Prospect Shares in exchange for each TPJF Share, valuing the entire issued share capital of TPJF at approximately US$146.6m, a premium

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of approximately 68 per cent. to the middle market closing price of a TPJF Share prior to the start of the offer period. The offer successfully completed on 27 July 2017, upon the Scheme becoming effective, with 88.06 per cent. of votes cast in favour at the requisite Court Meeting to approve the Scheme. The transaction included various unique elements, including devising bespoke and unprecedented settlement mechanics to comply both with the relevant provisions of the Takeover Code and all Japanese legal and regulatory requirements, as well as a unique combination of legal undertakings and postoffer intention statements (under the Takeover Code) for the benefit of the new (ex TPJF) shareholders of Prospect whereby certain information and participation rights are to be provided in English in a protected form for a five year period post completion. Strand Hanson is delighted to have led such a precedent setting M&A transaction, which once again demonstrates the innovative creative approach the M&A team at Strand Hanson brings to challenging transactions.

FIH Group PLC In March 2017, Strand Hanson was appointed to act as Joint Financial Adviser, alongside WH Ireland Ltd., to provide advice to the independent directors of FIH Group PLC (“FIH” or the “Company”), an international services

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group which owns essential services businesses in the UK and the Falkland Islands, in relation to the recommended £37.3m cash offer for FIH by Staunton Holdings Limited and a subsequent successful defence against an unsolicited, hostile, competing approach from Dolphin Fund Ltd., an Argentinian-controlled potential offeror. This successful defence combined Takeover Code, legal, economic and political analysis and strategy (given the Falkland Islanders’ sensitivities with regard to Argentina), which had to be brought together seamlessly in order to construct a robust defence plan.

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Address: Strand Hanson Limited 26 Mount Row Mayfair London W1K 3SQ www.strandhanson.co.uk

Simon Raggett, Chief Executive Tel: Email:

+44 (0)20 7409 3494 simonraggett@strandhanson.co.uk

Harwood Private Equity Strand Hanson is the long-standing preferred Financial Adviser to Harwood Private Equity (“Harwood”), part of the Harwood Capital Management Group, a leading activist investor in UK lower mid-market companies. Strand Hanson has advised Harwood on numerous corporate transactions, since its formation in 2003 (and its predecessor firm, prior to a management buyout), including three sizeable PTP deals within the past two years, namely the recommended £28.4m contractual cash offer for Journey Group Plc, the recommended £62.9m cash offer by way of scheme of arrangement for Source BioScience plc with an unlisted securities alternative, and the recommended £40.1m cash offer by way of scheme of arrangement for Essenden plc.

Stuart Faulkner, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Tel: Email:

+44 (0)20 7409 3494 stuartfaulkner@strandhanson.co.uk

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to an unprecedented number -ofUK back-up systems Best Cloud Security Software: webeyeCMS

What is webeyeCMS and why you need it?

webeyeCMS is a cloud platform that tells you immediately and directly if an alarm has been triggered and is the benchmark for fast, dependable alarm delivery - critical to protect lives and property. webeyeCMS sits in the cloud between the alarm hardware and sends alarm notifications to your own computer or mobile device. For a low monthly fee you can have the world’s best automated alarm receiving platform*.

to ensure you receive the alert. webeyeCMS is fully audited so you know when and who has answered the alert. Given that many alarms could potentially be life-threatening it could also be foolish to just rely on “Send and Forget” type technologies such as email or SMS. Monitored security that puts you in control. webeyeCMS works in the same way as a monitoring station but uses industry leading automation to call and alert you directly, so it is you who can identity if it really is an intruder. The system will keep trying until you acknowledge the call. Key features

If it is vital that you need to know an alarm has been triggered, you need webeyeCMS. Webeye works with several hardware integration partners to offer complete security solutions to businesses of any size or location. Until now it has been expensive to buy reliable and trustworthy alarm delivery because you have had to pay for ever more people to sit behind a screen at a monitoring station to inform you of any alarm. webeyeCMS now gives you option to pay only a small monthly fee to receive an intelligent system that automatically handles and processes alarms via the cloud then delivers alerts and/or short videos directly to your own, or to any number of colleagues or friends mobile device or computer. The system incorporates the patented PADARC (Progressive Alarm Delivery And Alarm Response Confirmation) with unprecedented checks and balances which sets the industry benchmark for failsafe alarm delivery. Should any part of the delivery fail it is programmed to bypass the fault and move

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Alerts and video Depending on which system you choose. webeyeCMS sends a notification and short video clip of any intrusion directly to your smart phone or browser. You can also choose as many colleagues, family or friends as you like to receive your alerts. The world’s fastest response Speed is of the essence to catch the criminal. For example, with our residential system, an alert only takes 3 seconds to reach your smart phone if an alarm is triggered. Cloud storage All events are stored and video events can be viewed for up to 6 years if required. Full monitoring 24/7, 365 days a year We’ve fully automated the alarm receipt, alarm handling and alerting process, usually the role of manned monitoring stations. We are not limited by human alarm operator capability because we’re able to escalate notifications to an infinite number of recipients simultaneously and immediately. Full audit trail webeyeCMS keeps a record of any alarm notification. Your alarm history can be

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Best Cloud Security Software: webeyeCMS - UK accessed through either the browser or from your mobile. The browser version has a full audit trail because it not only tells you when an alarm was sent but also who viewed it.

No dedicated receiving equipment Notifications are received on your own computer or download the free app to receive on your mobile device.

Unique webeyeCMS is the world’s first fully automated and managed professional monitoring solution using patented cloud-based automation.

What our customers say:

Reliable Large multi-national companies now benefit from webeyeCMS. Testament to the reliability and efficiency of the system. In the years we’ve been developing and operating webeyeCMS we’ve never had a total system failure. Build your business with webeyeCMS Webeye is suitable for security in any business sector because of the unique way it escalates alarm notifications and its inherent robustness meaning the system is infinitely scalable. Security professionals must use their time effectively as possible to maximise revenues and maintain excellent security. Webeye allows you to work smarter and will keep you at the forefront of technological developments. It is far cheaper than a manned monitoring station and should not be confused with the unreliability and weak security of a self-monitored app. For total security and reassurance in the commercial or residential sector webeye is the complete package.

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Securitas are pleased to announce the integration of webeye into Securitas Central Station. Webeye enhances our alarm handling capability with rapid guard response. Jeremy Williamson VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & OPERATIONS | SECURITAS USA Our alarm handling capabilities are expanding with increasing confidence because we’ve incorporated webeye cloud based monitoring in our control center. The guys at webeyeCMS have done a great job to deliver the most dependable alarm delivery service. Carl Mott PRESIDENT | CENTRAL MONITORING SYSTEMS INC. The product set is best in class and the support, service and technical know-how is as good as we have ever experienced from any vendor in 40+ y ears of doing business.

No expensive infrastructure Just integrate into a webeyeCMS enabled sensor activated security system.

Christopher McGurk VICE PRESIDENT, SALES | UNIVERSAL ATLANTIC SYSTEMS, INC.

No software required All the amazing stuff sits on the cloud.

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www.webeyecms.com 0115 714 9990 sales@vdomain.co.uk

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NORTH AMERICA 4Life Research USA, LLC

Best Health & Fitness Supplement Provider

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Changes Salon & Spa

Best Spa & Wellness Centre

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GOLDSTEIN Law Firm, PLLC

Franchise Law Firm of the Year

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Kehrer Bielan Research & Consulting

Best Research & Consulting Firm for the Financial Services Industry

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Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

Best Lawyer of the Year in Electrical & Mechanical Patent Prosecution

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S. Anderson Prof. Law Corp.

Employment and Labour Lawyer of the Year

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Third Friday Group, LLC

Best Market Neutral Hedge Fund (Since Inception): Third Friday

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Total Return Fund L.P & Best Investment Advsiory Firm 2017

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North America Best Spa & Wellness Centre

Established in 1994, Changes Salon & Spa is one of Saskatoon’s most luxurious and largest full-service salon and spa for women, men and children, Changes is open 7 days a week to allow flexibility and convenience for the clients when booking appointments either in person or online to ensure a stress-free experience. Changes have also been offering permanent make-up procedures for over 25 years. Promoting a healthier self-confidence and improved life style. Since its inception Changes Salon and Spa is committed to provide the clients with exceptional services with specially trained professionals while utilizing top quality products. Changes Salon and Spa has thrived in the Saskatoon community, Changes also knows that the best way to grow and improve a business is to always believe in the success of your own salon and spa. By using forward thinking, looking inwards and building with

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confidence, Changes Salon and Spa has outlasted many of its competitors. With the hiring of cutting edge employees, using updated technology, commitment to our customers, our loyalty program and always striving for excellence in customer relations Changes Salon and Spa and will stand proud for many years to come. There are now more than 246,000 people who call Saskatoon home and that number will continue to grow during the next 25 years. This is all due to the growing strength of the city, province and their economies. Changes will be there and to continue to grow right alongside Saskatoon.

Address: Website:

Changes Salon & Spa 110-3501 8th St. E Saskatoon Sask www.changeshair.com

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North America Franchise Law Firm of the Year

Goldstein Law Firm is one of only four national franchise law firms in the country that represents exclusively franchisees and dealers. Jeff Goldstein’s practice covers prolific and myriad commercial complex litigation matters, and Jeff is regularly sought out by franchisees and dealers from foreign countries (e.g., UAE, South America, United Kingdom) to represent them in disputes with United States franchisors and suppliers. Mr Goldstein is recognised as one of the top franchise litigators for franchisees and dealers, and has extensive experience in representing clients in state and federal courts in cases involving fraud allegations, FTC violations, RICO claims, antitrust conspiracies, encroachment, unfair trade practices, violations of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unreasonable restrictive covenants not-to-compete, and wrongful terminations. Mr Goldstein also has an active practice in state and federal appeals cases as well as mediations and arbitrations. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr Goldstein’s franchise attorney practice includes counselling and advising clients in negotiating settlements in franchise, dealer and distribution disputes. Mr Goldstein has represented clients across the United States in almost every leading franchise system, with a specialisation in hotel and restaurant franchises. After graduating from law school, Jeff began his career at the Federal Trade Commission, where he was Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition. After leaving the federal

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government, Jeff joined the Antitrust Litigation Departments of two of the largest corporate law firms in the world, Skadden, Arps and Morgan, Lewis in Washington, DC. Jeff then moved to Philadelphia where he was a Partner at Spector, Gadon Rosen, a litigation boutique in downtown Philadelphia. Mr Goldstein also has served as counsel to many national independent franchisee associations. In addition, Jeff Goldstein has served as an expert witness in several federal court franchise cases, and served as an exclusive member of a panel of franchise legal experts advising academics and businessmen including investment bankers. Mr Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with dual degrees in Philosophy and Economics in 1979. In 1983, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law, where he also simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Economics. Jeff Goldstein regularly writes scholarly articles on distribution, economics and franchising, and has taught law at George Washington University Business School and Boston University as adjunct faculty.

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

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North America Best Lawyer of the Year in Electrical & Mechanical Patent Prosecution

Companies across the world depend on Oblon to help them establish, leverage and protect their intellectual property assets in the US and abroad. “Our prosecution practice is privileged to work with loyal and stable clients, with whom we’ve developed strong relationships over the years. We have also been successful at diversifying our client base over the past 5 years, including new clients in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East” said Philippe Signore, Ph.D. Dr. Signore is a partner and head of the electrical and mechanical patent prosecution group at Oblon. We’ve also invested in new talents in the latest technologies, including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, self-driving vehicles, and the latest telecommunication protocols. We’ve made significant investments in being paperless, and in an extremely robust and customized docketing system. Our administrative staff has developed excellent expertise over the years and is regularly praised by our clients. “Overall, our prosecution practice is time-tested as providing the best value to all our clients and we are confident that it will continue to be one of the best in the US” said Philippe Signore. Our patent professionals can work on different types of projects, such that they

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can select the ones that best fit their skills and interests, from interacting with inventors (often in non-English languages) to drafting new applications, to holding personal interviews with examiners (located 5 min from our office), to prosecuting complex legal issues (such as 35 USC 101), to drafting legal opinions, to participating in post grant proceedings and even being a team member on patent litigations. We’ve adapted to the market by providing creative fee arrangements and we’ve developed a “Smart Prosecution” program designed to obtain high-quality patents with fewer Office Actions than in conventional prosecution approaches. Services: Utility and Design Patent Drafting and Prosecution PTAB Proceedings Litigation Counseling & Strategic Advice IP Transactions Trademark & Design Contact: Address: Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. 1940 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Tel: +1 (703) 413-3000 Web: www.oblon.com

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North America Employment and Labour Lawyer of the Year

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Labour Rights Law Office Sebastien Anderson founded Labour Rights Law Office, an innovative virtual law firm in August 2013, which is one of the first virtual employment, labour law and human rights firms in Canada. Their leading-edge, web-based virtual environment allows them to reach both urban and rural clients from across Canada, which has had the net effect of increasing “access to justice.” They provide legal advice and representation to unions and their members in the private and public sectors, as well as the construction industry and unionized police officers. Labour Rights Law Office also offers confidential legal assistance to managers, excluded-employees, workers, and police officers in the non-unionized sector in all aspects of the employment relationships. Additionally, they give legal advice and representation to complainants, unions and respondent-employees involving claims of discrimination contrary to human rights legislation. They provide a broad range of professional legal services in matters before the BC, Alberta and Federal courts, as well as before a variety of administrative tribunals, including labour relations boards, human rights tribunals, and arbitration boards. Sebastien Anderson brings experience in a surprisingly broad range of intersecting fields of law including: accommodation of addictions, bankruptcy & insolvency, defamation, disability, torts, and police law, to name a few. In matters of Labour and Employment law they are able to provide their clients with timely legal advice via web conference in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. The only things their clients need is an email account and either a computer equipped with a web camera or a smartphone. If necessary, or if their clients prefer to meet in person, they can arrange an appointment to meet their clients in a business centre office or boardroom.

Their firm sends correspondence digitally and they share their digital files with their clients via a secure file-sharing facility. They send digital copies of their invoices, which clients can pay online conveniently using their credit or debt cards. Their firm’s model is also environmentally conscious, since none of their firm members have to drive a vehicle to commute to work, and all of their files are digital. At the same time, their lawyers enjoy “work-life-balance” provided by flexible hours of work andbeing able to work from home. They conduct conferences between their lawyers or firm meetings via webconference with only a few mouse clicks. As a means to increase lawyer self-sufficiency, and to minimize the demands placed on their administrative staff, they utilize automation provided by various applications. The success of their innovative approach to the delivery of legal services is demonstrated by the growth of their client-base across Canada and by the consistent gradual growth of our legal team. They have staff in both Alberta and British Columbia and would also like to expand within these provinces, as well as in other provinces. The firm’s team approach and Sebastien Anderson’s 35 years of labour relations experience enable them to find innovative solutions for employment issues.

Sebastien Anderson Company: Office: Toll Free: Toll Free Fax: Alberta Fax: Email:

Labour Rights Law Office Ext#222 604.475-0041 1.877.708-8350 1.877.700-8879 1.780.665-7427 º

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North America Best Market Neutral Hedge Fund (Since Inception): Third Friday Total Return Fund L.P & Best Investment Advsiory Firm 2017

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Third Friday The Third Friday Total Return Fund, L.P. celebrated its 10th anniversary in May 2017. Started as a family partnership, the Fund was opened to outside investors in late 2012 and has grown significantly in size over the last five years while maintaining its track record of high single digit returns with low volatility and strong risk metrics. The Fund has never experienced a losing year including in 2008 when most hedge funds suffered catastrophic losses. This is due to the fact that it is a genuine market neutral fund that generates returns in all market environments by selling at-the-money options straddles on the S&P 500 Index on a 3-month rolling basis and hedging them by purchasing out-of-the-money puts and calls on the index. The Fund does not use leverage and invests excess collateral in a portfolio of income generating securities including proprietary short-term trading of the SPDR ETF. The Fund focuses on preservation of capital and consistent execution of its options strategy to compound capital at high single digit rates of return over long periods of time. Despite the S&P 500’s epic run since the financial crisis, the Fund’s returns are fully competitive with the S&P 500 Index since inception. In addition to a U.S. partnership, there is also a Cayman Islands fund for non-U.S. investors.

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The Fund’s investor base consists of high net worth individuals, insurance companies, foundations and family offices. Third Friday Management, LLC is the manager of the fund and also publisher of the well-known investment newsletter The Credit Strategist written by fund manager Michael E. Lewitt. The firm is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Lewitt is known as one of the few market observers to have correctly forecast the 2001-2 and 2008 credit crises. He is the author of the well-regarded books The Death of Capital (2010) and The Committee to Destroy the World (2016).

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Kroton Educacional S.A.

Best CFO of the Year – Brazil and Best Private Education Company of the Year

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Maroba

CEO of the Year in Retirement Care

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Oceania & Global Best CFO of the Year – Brazil and Best Private Education Company of the Year

Kroton Profile Kroton is one of the largest private educational organizations worldwide, operating in Brazil for more than 50 years in basic and post-secondary education. It is listed in Bovespa stock exchange, with a market cap above R$ 30 billion , and 25 thousand employees. According to the Education at a Glance 2017, launched by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) in September 2017, only 15% of Brazilian students aged between 25 and 34 are in higher education. To contribute to the improvement of Brazilian education, Kroton’s educational standard aims to improve access of young people and adults to higher education, also providing an opportunity to increase the employability throughout Brazil. In post-secondary education, Kroton has 116 units of face to face education and 910 distancelearning graduation centers and serves nearly 1 million students.  The group believes that as far as more students graduate, less unequal, undemocratic and unfair the country becomes.

Business Administration from Catholic University of Portugal. The executive currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at Kroton, responsible for Planning and Control, Treasury, Tax & Accounting, Credit and Collections, Compliance, Procurement, Legal and IT. He is also responsible for M&A activities in the Company. He is also a Board member at Netshoes, a leading online sports and fashion company in Latin America and listed in NYSE. Before joining Kroton, he performed as a director at the private equity firm Advent International and at McKinsey & Company in São Paulo, New York and Lisbon offices. Frederico became Kroton´s executive in 2009 and led Kroton’s M&A process involving a total investment of more than R$10 billion, which included the acquisitions of Unopar, Uniasselvi, Iuni Educacional and Anhanguera Educacional. Since then, the group has grown exponentially from 44,000 students for over a million; from R$ 800 million to more than R$ 30 billion in market cap; from R$ 50 million to over R$ 2.4 billion in EBITDA and from R$ 12 million to R$ 2,0 billion in net income. All these achievements made Kroton one of the most successful companies in Brasil, and Mr. Frederico one of the most prominent CFOs in Latin America. He was awarded with several corporative governance recognitions including the best CFO of Latin America in education business by Institutional Investor for five years in a row (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

The educational company also has more than 672 associated schools in basic education throughout the country serving about 260 thousand students. As a social investment, Kroton maintains Pitágoras Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports educational projects in public institutions. The goal is to transfer management technology and train professionals to improve the performance of students in primary and secondary education benefiting more than 1 million students. In addition, the company has social responsibility projects in all in-class units, which in the last year have performed more than 1 million attendances.

Frederico Brito e Abreu – Vice President of rFinance / Chief Financial Office Frederico Brito e Abreu received an MBA from INSEAD, with an exchange program at Wharton Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in

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Oceania & Global CEO of the Year in Retirement Care

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VIV ALLANSON

CEO-MAROBA, PRESIDENT DIRECTOR - AGED & C O M M U N I T Y S E RV I C ES AS S O C I AT I O N O F N SW& A C T , DIRECTOR - GLOBAL AGEING NETWORK With an extensive background in leading well known organisations, including CEO of Maroba, a Director of the Hunter Business Chamber, Director of Aged & Community Services (both National & State Boards) and Director of International Association of Homes & Services for the Aged, Viv has devoted herself to caring for people in need her entire career. Recently winning the 2017 Global CEO Top 100 Award and accepting APAC Insiders 2016 CEO of the Year Award, Viv’s vision of leadership is always delivered from the heart. She is inspirational, charismatic, a shaker and mover and her main joy is raising up leaders and releasing them.

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Having a passion for people and a heart of gold, Viv started her career in the Public Health sector. She has not looked back since making the move into Aged Care in 1992 then joining Maroba in 1994 as the Director of Nursing. Once promoted to CEO in 2000 she has continued to lead Maroba as being regarded as an influencer within the region over the past 17 years. Using knowledge gained from Director positions within the Hunter Business Chamber and being elected onto the Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT Board of Directors, further promotes Viv’s circle of influence.

“Viv is an inspiring and fearless leader. She is visionary and has the ability to bring the vision to life in all her staff. Viv is a mentor and coach for many people in the aged care sector, tirelessly giving of herself to those in need. She has built Maroba into being a highly respected organisation that is thriving in a time of turmoil.”

Maroba is driven by Viv’s dreams and she creates solid results by developing strong relationships with Learning Institutes creating multidisciplinary teaching and learning environments within the facility. Maroba is developing into a real ‘teaching’ Aged Care Service. Reaching more dreams, Maroba is well known in the sector as an early adopter in technology and is always looking for innovative cost effective systems that will enhance resident outcomes & employee job satisfaction. Building relationships, keeping consistent and single minded is how Viv stays motivated. Surrounding herself with amazing people, including those in business & leadership roles who challenge and inspire her to never give-up. Having many years in the spotlight, speaking all over Australia and across several countries about leadership and sharing her personal experiences, triumphs and empowering her audience to swim upstream while everyone else is going down stream. She inspires everyone she meets, leaving people feeling confident and ready to embrace new challenges head on.

“Viv, what more can I say - it took me 10 minutes to read your achievements, but I already knew of your dedication to helping others, it has been a lifetime of work. You deserve all the credits you have achieved. Congratulations”

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