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M&A Today

Global Awards 2015

Asia and The Middle East

M&A Today

2015 Afschrift Law Firm

Fulcrum Chambers Ltd

Tax Law Firm of the Year – Luxembourg

Chambers of the Year – Anti-Corruption - United Kingdom

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate Tax – Luxembourg Tax Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland

William C. Martucci – Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Arthur D. Little

Lawyer of the Year – Employment – United States of America

Management Consultancy Firm of the Year – Worldwide Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year – Worldwide

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2015 PAGE CONTENTS

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Editor’s Introduction

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Winner’s Index

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Africa

Asia and The Middle East

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Australasia

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Europe

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North America

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South America

Editor in Chief Richard Baker Advertising Manager David Wakefield KMH Media Patrick House, 5 Maney Corner, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1QL United Kingdom +44 (0)20 3291 3493

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Welcome to the M&A Today Global Awards 2015 The M&A Today Awards are recognised as the World’s most coveted and comprehensive awards programs, taking votes from over 163 countries globally, considered by many as the only awards dedicated to excellence on a truly global basis. By broadening the focus beyond advertising alone, the purpose of the Annual Awards is to lift the perception of creativity above clever headlines and provide the readership with a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialisation. The intellectual and emotional achievement of communication transcends the barriers of distance, language and culture. The Annual Awards programs extend over regional, national and international boundaries and reach out to the readers in an empirical, impartial and comprehensive way. It is a strict requirement for all M&A Today Awards programs to receive no less than 18% in votes from the global readership, currently in excess of 151,000. This policy is applied to further endorse the worthiness of the awards presented and any marketing carried out as a result of the awards process. As with each of the ten editions of M&A Today produced during the year, the M&A Today Global Awards 2015 provides the reader with in-depth analysis and coverage of the ever changing legal and financial landscape across the globe, whilst documenting those firms that are truly leaders within their specific areas of specialisation. In summary, in the current challenging times, the M&A Today Annual Awards programs provide a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams and distinguished organisations based on the simple principles of veracity, accuracy and insight. The M&A Today Global Awards 2015 edition has been divided into seven sections. Furthermore, you will find a full and comprehensive winners index towards the front of the supplement. We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the 2015 Global Awards winners.

Richard Baker Editor in Chief

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Africa A B & David

Law Firm of the Year – Construction & Engineering – Africa Law Firm of the Year – Corporate & Finance – Africa Law Firm of the Year – Public Procurement – Africa

Adams & Adams

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - South Africa Law Firm of the Year - Life Sciences - South Africa Law Firm of the Year - Patents and Trademarks - South Africa

Amie Bensouda & Co

Law Firm of the Year - The Gambia

Bheeroo Chambers

Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration and Litigation - Mauritius

Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys

Law Firm of the Year - Competition - South Africa Law Firm of the Year - M&A - South Africa Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Governance - South Africa

Centum Investment Company Ltd

Investment Business of the Year - East Africa

Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs

Law Firm of the Year - Energy - South Africa

Ernst & Young (Ethiopia) Plc

Advisory Firm of the Year - Ethiopia

Erriah Chambers

Tax, International Trusts and Business - Mauritius

FB Attorneys

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate and Commercial - Tanzania

Fluxmans Inc

Law Firm of the Year Litigation - South Africa

GENI & KEBE SCP D’ AVOCATS

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate and Commercial and M&A - Senegal

Ghellal & Mekerba

Lawyer of the Year - Project Finance - Algeria

Glyn Marais

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial - South Africa

Greenstone Equity Partners

Fund Placement Firm of the Year - Mena

Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Egypt

KPMG

Business Auditing - Firm of the Year - Zambia

MGRA & Associados, Lda.

Corporate & Finance - Mozambique Tax - Mozambique Real Estate & Intellectual Property - Mozambique Administrative - Mozambique EU - Mozambique

Nabil Farag Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year – Litigation - Egypt

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate - Egypt Law Firm of the Year – Shipping & Maritime - Egypt Law Firm of the Year – Banking & Finance - Egypt

Nortons Inc

Law Firm of the Year - Competition - South Africa

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation - South Africa

Rubeya & Co - Advocates

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Burundi

Shonubi, Musoke & Co Advocates

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Uganda Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Uganda Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Uganda Law Firm of the Year - Energy - Uganda Law Firm of the Year - Oil & Gas - Uganda Law Firm of the Year - Litigation & Arbitration - Uganda Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Uganda

Spoor & Fisher

Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - South Africa Full Service IP Law Firm of the Year - South Africa

Tabacks

Law Firm of the Year - M&A – South Africa

Tahoun Law Office

Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year - Egypt

Waweru Gatonye & Co. Advocates

International - Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - Kenya

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Advanz Fidelis Sdn Bhd

Advisory Practice of the Year - Intellectual Property and Patents - Malaysia

Akugur Law Office

Law Firm of the Year - Restructuring Projects - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Turkey

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Alem & Associates

Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year - Lebanon

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Full Service - Singapore Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year - Singapore

Amica Law LLC

Trademark Law Firm of the Year - Singapore

Amit, Pollak, Matalon & Co

IP Law Firm of the Year - Israel

Anand and Anand

Law Firm of the Year - Trademark Prosecution and Intellectual Property - India

AZB & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - India Competition and Insurance Law Firm of the Year - India Full Service Law Firm of the Year - India

Barnea & Co

Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Israel

Bezen & Partners Braddell Brothers LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Projects - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Energy & Infrastructure - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Litigation & Arbitration - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Litigation & Arbitration - Singapore

Dave & Girish & Co.

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Structured Finance - India

Davutoğlu Attorneys At Law

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

D H Law Associates

Law Firm of the Year - Foreign Direct Investment - India

Deep & Far

IP Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan

Desai & Diwanji

Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance and M&A - India

Dhall Law Chambers

Competition Law Firm of the Year - India

Edelman

Financial PR Firm of the Year - Indonesia

Doulah & Doulah

Law Firm of the Year - Bangladesh

Divina Law

Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year - The Philippines

ELIG Attorneys-at-Law

Law Firm of the Year - Antitrust - Turkey

Enfinium

Best Forex Broker & Forex Execution House - South East Asia

Esin Attorney Partnership

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Turkey

Formosa Transnational

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Taiwan

Gagrats

Law Firm of the Year - Tax - India

Gloria James-Civetta & Co

Family Law Firm of the Year - Singapore Lawyer of the Year - Singapore

GoldenGate

Arbitration Lawyer of the Year - China

Grata Law Firm

Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year - Republic of Kazakhstan

Greenstone Equity Partners

Fund Placement Firm of the Year - Mena

Group Law Firm

Project Finance Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

Habib Al Mulla & Company

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - United Arab Emirates

Haley & Co

Law Firm of the Year - Construction - Hong Kong

Harry Elias Partnership LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Family - Singapore

Hutabarat Halim & Rekan

Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year - Indonesia

Julius and Creasy

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - Republic of Sri Lanka

Juris Corp

Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year - Foreign Direct Investment - India

KAP Razikun Tarkosunaryo (KAP RTS)

Auditor of the Year - Indonesia

Karanjawala & Company

Litigation Law Firm of the Year - India Boutique Litigation Firm of the Year - India

KBH Kaanuun

Law Firm of the Year - Telecoms Law - United Arab Emirates

Kennedys

Most Trusted’ Law Firm of the Year - Employment - Hong Kong

Khaitan Sud & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - India

King & Wood Mallesons

Law Firm of the Year - Antitrust - China Law Firm of the Year - Competition - China

Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Egypt

KPMG Malaysia

Private Equity Advisory firm of the Year - Malaysia

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KPMG Turkey

Advisory Firm of the Year - Turkey

LCS & Partners

Private Equity Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan

Lee and Li - Leaven IPR Agency Ltd.

Law Firm of the Year - Patents - China

Lee, Tsai and Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan

Linkage & Mind LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Kazakhstan

LNT & Partners

Most Trusted’ Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Vietnam

Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo Luthi & Co

Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Competition and Antitrust - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Finance – Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Banking and Finance - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Capital Markets - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - Indonesia Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - Israel

Mehta & Mehta Associates

Boutique - Patents Law Firm of the Year - India

Mohsin Tayebaly & Co.

Islamic Finance Law Firm of the Year - Pakistan

Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Russia

Nabil Farag Law Firm Narasappa, Doraswamy & Raja

Law Firm of the Year – Litigation - Egypt Law Firm of the Year – Corporate - Egypt Law Firm of the Year – Shipping & Maritime - Egypt Law Firm of the Year – Banking & Finance - Egypt Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity – India

NYGT (Hong Kong) Limited

Private Client Advisory Firm of the Year - Hong Kong

Okabe & Yamaguchi

Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime - Japan

O.P. Khaitan & Co.

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate and Litigation - India

Oussi Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year - Syria

Pekin & Pekin

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

Phuoc & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Vietnam

Pollyanna Capital Partners

Firm of the Year - Mergers, Acquisitions & Disposals - Russia Firm of the Year - Debt Financing - Russia

Puno and Puno Law

Law Firm of the Year - Energy - Philippines

Rajani Associates

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial - India Law Firm of the Year - Property - India

Rajinder Narain & Co

Most Trusted’ Law Firm of the Year - Aviation - India

RIAALAW

Law Firm of the Year - Banking and Finance - Pakistan Law Firm of the Year - Competition - Pakistan Law Firm of the Year - Income Tax - Pakistan Law Firm of the Year - Construction - Pakistan Law Firm of the Year - Franchise - Pakistan

R. K. Dewan & Co.

Law Firm of the Year - Trademarks - India

MarQonsult IP

Intellectual Property - Malaysia

Sahra Petroleum Consulting

Advisory Firm of the Year - Oil & Gas - Yemen

Samuel Seow Law Corporation

Law Firm of the Year - Media & Entertainment - Singapore

Singhania & Co. LLP

Maritime Law Firm of the Year - India

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Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono Indonesian Law Firm of the Year for Labour and Employment

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Sovereign Corporate Services JLT

Company Formation Agent Firm of the Year - United Arab Emirates

Squire Sanders LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Mining - Russia

Strategic Public Relations Group Limited

Communications Consultancy of the Year - Hong Kong

Tahoun Law Office

Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year - Egypt

Tan Swee Im, P.Y. Hoh & Tai

Law Firm of the Year - Construction - Malaysia

ÜNLÜ & Co

Investment Bank of the Year - Turkey

Yehuda Raveh & Co

Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - Israel

Yuasa and Hara

Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year - Japan

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Australasia Champ Private Equity

Private Equity Firm of the Year - Australia

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Australia

DLA Piper

Law Firm of the Year - Dispute Resolution - Australia Law Firm of the Year - Insurance - Australia Law Firm of the Year - Risk - Australia

FTI Consulting

Communications Consultancy of the Year - Australia

Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd

Financial Advisory Firm of the Year - New Zealand Financial Advisory Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity, Competition and M&A - Australia

Lowndes Associates

Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Meredith Connell

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Property - New Zealand

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Lawyers

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Moulis Legal

Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Australia

Pacific Equity Partners

Australia - Private Equity Firm of the Year

Russell McVeagh

Law Firm of the Year - Competition - New Zealand

Europe A. A. Xenophontos & Associates Ltd

Full Service Advisory Firm of the Year - Cyprus

Acxit Capital Management GmbH

Boutique Merchant Banking Firm of the Year - Germany

Ad Astra per Aspera

Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year - Portugal (Clients’ Choice)

AECOM

Environmental Advisory Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Governance - Cyprus

Afschrift Law Firm

Tax Law Firm of the Year – Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year – Corporate Tax – Luxembourg Tax Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland

Akugur Law Office

Law Firm of the Year - Restructuring Projects - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Turkey

Alison Matthews Consulting Limited

Anti Money Laundering - Firm of the Year - UK

Aon M&A Solutions

Firm of the Year - M&A - Sweden

Arcadis

Management and Engineering Consultancy of the Year - The Netherlands

Argos Soditic

Private Equity Firm of the Year – Switzerland Private Equity Firm of the Year – France

Arthur D Little

Management Consultancy Firm of the Year - Worldwide Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Worldwide

Atfis

Financial Advisory Firm of the Year - France

Atrium Partners

Advisory Firm of the Year - Financial - Denmark

Avondale Corporate Limited

Mergers & Acquisitions - Advisor of the Year - UK

Awapatent AB

Denmark - Boutique Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Babbè

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Property - Guernsey

df-mp

Law Firm of the Year - Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences - Germany

Babić & Partners

Law Firm of the Year – Competition – Croatia

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Studio Professionale Associato Law Firm of the Year - Regulatory Communications - Italy a Baker & McKenzie Bencis Capital Partners

Private Equity Firm of the Year – Benelux

Buse Heberer Fromm Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB

Law Firm of the Year - Employment - Germany

Bergamin & Gielink pensioenrechtadvies B.V.

Law Firm of the Year - Pensions - Netherlands

Bezen & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Projects - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Energy & Infrastructure - Turkey

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Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions - Turkey Law Firm of the Year - Litigation & Arbitration - Turkey

Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Litigation - Austria

Böhret Lindstedt Sehmsdorf & Partner

Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital - Germany

Boller Langhammer Schubert KG

Full Service Law Firm of the Year in Austria

Bonn & Schmitt

Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Luxembourg

Bonn Steichen & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate and M&A - Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Luxembourg

CABINET BOUCHARA – Avocats

Law Firm of the Year - Trademarks - France

Bryan Cave

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - United Kingdom

Benedikt Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year – Start-ups – Austria

Cam Trade Marks & IP Services

Law Firm of the Year - Trademarks - United Kingdom

Caiado Guerreiro

Law Firm of the Year - Banking - Portugal

Capita Employee Benefits

Pensions Management - United Kingdom

Carlton Strategy Advisors

Advisory Firm of the Year - Commercial Due Diligence - United Kingdom

GRM Law

Anglo-German Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Catalyst Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Advisory firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Cermak a spol.

Czech Republic Patent Law Firm of the Year

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Consumer Products - Europe

CMS DeBacker Luxembourg

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year - Corporate & M&A - Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring - Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity - Luxembourg

Coller IP

Intellectual Property Management and Evaluation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Compass Rondelli Advisers

Advisory Firm of the Year - M&A - Italy

Connell Associates

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Litigation- United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year - Debt Recovery - United Kingdom

Cross Equity Partners AG

Mid-Market Private Equity Firm of the Year – Switzerland

Dalla Verità & Associati

Financial Planning Advisory Firm of the Year - Italy

Davutoğlu Attorneys At Law

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Dittmar & Indrenius

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Finance - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Capital Markets - Finland

Douglas Silas Solicitors

Education Lawyer of the Year - England

Drakopoulos Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate – Greece Law Firm of the Year – M&A – Greece Law Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property – Greece Law Firm of the Year – Corporate – Romania Law Firm of the Year – M&A – Romania Law Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property – Romania Law Firm of the Year – Corporate – Albania Law Firm of the Year – M&A – Albania Law Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property – Albania

DSM Di Stefano Moyse Avocats à la Cour

Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Luxembourg

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Advisory Firm of the Year - Corporate Restructuring - United Kingdom

EC3\Legal LLP

Insurance & Reinsurance - Law Firm of the Year - UK

ELIG Attorneys-at-Law

Law Firm of the Year - Antitrust - Turkey

elkington and fife LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property and Trademarks - United Kingdom

EMC Corporate Finance

SME Advisory Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Endrös-Baum Associés

Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year - France

Gürlich & Co. Advokátní Kancelář

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Transactions and Intellectual Property - Czech Republic

EOC Partners LLP

Boutique Firm of the Year - Corporate Finance - Sweden

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Eric Ericsson Advokat AB

Law Firm of the Year - Competition - Sweden

Esin Attorney Partnership

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Turkey

Esquivel Advogados

Projects Law Firm of the Year - Portugal

Eurofast Global Ltd

Regional Tax Firm of the Year - Cyprus

Eversheds

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Austria (Clients’ Choice) Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year - Latvia

EY Luxembourg

Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year - Luxembourg

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate Finance – Germany Law Firm of the Year - Insurance & Reinsurance - Germany Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Germany

Fulcrum Chambers LLP

Chambers of the Year - Anti-Corruption - United Kingdom

Translink Fusion Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC Gill Jennings & Every LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Employment – Cyprus Law Firm of the Year – Real Estate – Cyprus Law Firm of the Year – Banking & Finance – Cyprus Law Firm of the Year – Litigation – Cyprus Law Firm of the Year – Alternative Dispute Resolution – Cyprus Law Firm of the Year - Patent Protection - United Kingdom

GLI Finance Limited

Investment Funds - Firm of the Year - Guernsey

Hermann Rechtsanwälte, Wirtschaftsprüfer, Steuerberater

Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring - Germany

Graf & Pitkowitz

Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - Austria

Finance Law Firm of the Year

Graham Associates (International) Ltd

Advisory Firm of the Year - Taxation - United Kingdom

Grant Thornton

Advisory Firm of the Year - Taxation - Ireland

Grata Law Firm

Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year - Republic of Kazakhstan

Green Square Associates Limited

Firm of the Year - Corporate Finance - United Kingdom

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Mergers & Acquisitions – Poland

Group Law Firm

Project Finance Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

HAGER & PARTNERS

Italian Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year Energy Sector Advisory Firm of the Year – Italy

Hauser Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance – Austria Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions – Austria Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance – Austria

Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o.

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Slovakia

Heinkelein | Voigt Rechtsanwälte

Format Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Helvetia Insurance

Company of the Year - Switzerland

Herfurth & Partner

Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year - Germany International Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Heuking Kuehn Luer Wojtek

Law Firm of the Year - Advertising - Germany

Heymann & Partner

Law Firm of the Year – Private Equity – Germany

Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance

ABL Product of the Year - Inspired Cashflow

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Insurance - United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year - Transport - United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year - Energy - United Kingdom

ICON Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year - United Kingdom

Id Est Lawyers

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - Finance - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Switzerland

DR. IHLAS GMBH

Best German Insurance Broker

Infinity Partnership Limited

Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year - Scotland

ING Belgium SA

Leveraged Finance Provider of the Year and Bank of the Year - Belgium

Inter-Tax Consultants GmbH

Tax Advisory Firm of the Year – Switzerland

Intralinks

VDR Provider of the Year - Worldwide

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Leumi ABL

Asset Based Lender of the Year - United Kingdom

Joelson Wilson LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate Finance – United Kingdom

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate and Commercial – United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year – M&A – United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year – AIM – United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year – Licensing – United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year – Gaming and Betting – United Kingdom

Jones Day

Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year - Belgium

KallioLaw

Law Firm of the Year - Biotechnology - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Mining - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Finance and Capital Markets - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property Rights - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity - Finland Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Finland Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Finland International Business Law Firm of the Year – Finland

KB Associates

Advisory Firm of the Year - Offshore - United Kingdom

Kellerhals Carrard

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Switzerland

Kirk Larsen Ascanius

Law Firm of the Year - Transportation - Denmark

KLC Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year - Privatization - Greece

Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants

Accountancy Firm of the Year - Greece

Konecna & Zacha

Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic Law Firm of the Year - Commercial, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance, M&A and Arbitration - Czech Republic

Kotiranta & Co

Law Firm of the Year - Dispute Resolution – Finland

KPMG Advisors

Corporate Finance Accountancy Firm of the Year - Greece

KPMG

Tax Advisory Firm of the Year - Iberia

KPMG Turkey

Advisory Firm of the Year - Turkey

Kubas Kos Gaertner

Client Choice Law Firm of the Year - Poland

Lamont Pridmore

Dynamic Advisory Firm of the Year - England

Landwell & Associés

Law Firm of the Year - Taxation - France Law Firm of the Year - Business - France Law Firm of the Year - Employment - France

Langham Hall UK LLP

Private Equity Fund Administrator of the Year - United Kingdom

Langham Hall UK LLP

Real Estate Fund Administrator of the Year - United Kingdom

La Torre Morgese Cesàro Rio Studio Legale Associato

International Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Italy

La Torre Morgese Cesàro Rio Studio Legale Associato

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Italy

Law Offices of Grechkivsky

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial - Ukraine

Lawfed Studio Legale E Tributario Brsa

Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - Italy

Legis Fund Services Limited

Hedge Fund Administrator of the Year – Channel Islands Fund Administration Specialist of the Year – Guernsey Fund Administrator of the Year – Offshore

Leitner Leitner

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Tax - Austria

Lexence

Law Firm of the Year - M&A – The Netherlands

LexField

Law Firm of the Year – Investments Funds – Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year – Tax – Luxembourg

Linkage & Mind LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Kazakhstan

Liquidity Services Inc. - GoIndustry DoveBid Asset Valuation & Appraisal Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

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Litmus Advisory Limited

Firm of the Year - Debt Advisory - United Kingdom

Lorenz

Law Firm of the Year - Labour and Employment - Belgium

Macesic & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Croatia

Macesic & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Croatia Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime - Croatia Law Firm of the Year - Insurance - Croatia Law Firm of the Year - Energy - Croatia

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Law Firm of the Year - Dispute Resolution - Croatia

Mackrell Turner Garrett Solicitors

Law Firm of the Year - Full Service - United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year – Arbitration – United Kingdom

Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors Limited

Professional Liability Law Firm of the Year - England

MCE - Avocats - Attorneys at Law

Will & Estates Lawyer of the Year - Switzerland

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year - Belgium

Mannheimer Swartling

Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year - Sweden

Marinos - Katsas - Liaskos & Associates

IP Law Firm of the Year - Greece

Marriott Harrison

Law Firm of the Year - Venture Capital - United Kingdom

McEvoy Partners

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Ireland

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Investment Funds - Belgium

meyerlustenberger lachenal

Real Estate Lawyer of the Year - Switzerland

MGRA

Law Firm of the Year - Administrative, EU, Corporate Finance, Tax, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Employment, Litigation and Insolvency & Restructuring - Portugal

Midaxo

M&A Software Solution of the Year - Global

CABINET M. OPROIU

IP Law Firm of the Year - Romania

Motieka & Audzevicius

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Lithuania Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year - Lithuania

Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Russia

Norton Rose LLP

Safety Law Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

O’Gradys, Solicitors

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate, Commercial, Wealth Management, Property, Litigation Services, Bankruptcy and Taxation - Ireland

Oliver Wyman

Advisory Firm of the Year – Financial Services Industries – United Kingdom

Oppenheim

Competition Law Firm of the Year - Hungary

Cabinet M. Oproiu

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - Romania

Osborne Clarke

Energy and Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Ospelt & Partner Attorneys at Law

Law Firm of the Year - International - Liechtenstein

Osprey Capital Limited

Seed Investor Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Oxford Consulting Associates LLP

Consultancy of the Year - Healthcare - United Kingdom

P+P Pöllath & Partners

Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year - Germany

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PATENTSHIP Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Telecommunications Patents Law Firm of the Year - Germany Law Firm of the Year - Patents - Germany IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year / IP Lawyer of the Year - Germany Pavia E Ansaldo

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation - Italy Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - Italy

Penev LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Telecoms and Media - Bulgaria

Penkov, Markov & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Bulgaria Law Firm of the Year - Company - Bulgaria

Pekin & Pekin

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

Platinum Partners GmbH

Cross-Border M&A Advisory Firm of the Year - Germany

Poledna Boss Kurer AG

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Switzerland

Pollyanna Capital Partners Prager Dreifuss Ltd

Firm of the Year - Mergers, Acquisitions & Disposals - Russia Firm of the Year - Debt Financing - Russia Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sustainability Private Equity Adviser of the Year - Global

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Business Continuity Management Consulting Firm of the Year - England

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year - Germany

Quadriga Capital

Private Equity Firm of the Year - Germany

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Large Tier - IP Law Firm of the Year - Germany Intellectual Property & Patents Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Cabinet Ratheaux

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate, M&A, Tax and Labour Law - France

ROCG

Profit Enhancement Consulting Firm of the Year - Ireland

Rojs, Peljhan, Prelesnik & partners, o.p., d.o.o.

Full Service Lawyer of the Year - Slovenia - ALEŠ ROJS

Ruben Peeters

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - Belgium

Russell Advocaten

Medium-Sized Law Firm of the Year - M&A - The Netherlands Medium-Sized Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - The Netherlands Medium-Sized Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - The Netherlands

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Law Firm of the Year – Mergers & Acquisitions – Austria Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Austria Law Firm of the Year – Banking & Finance – Austria Law Firm of the Year – Real Estate – Austria Law Firm of the Year – Corporate – Austria Law Firm of the Year - Environmental - Austria Law Firm of the Year – Anti-Corruption - Austria Law Firm of the Year – PPP – Austria

Schalast Schmidt Rechtsanwälte

Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Germany Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity - Germany

Schindhelm Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate - Germany

schmid-ip

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property and Trademarks - Austria

Sensimed AG

Company of the Year - Switzerland

SIA Group

Asset Disposal Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom

Smart HR Solutions Limited

HR Consultancy of the Year - Isle of Man

Sorainen

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Baltic Region

Soteris Pittas & Co LLC

Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Corporate & Commercial - Cyprus

Squire Sanders LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Mining - Russia

SRS Advogados

Law Firm of the Year - Company & Commercial - Portugal

SRS Advogados

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Governance - Portugal

Stelios Americanos & Co

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Cyprus Law Firm of the Year - Commercial - Cyprus

Sterling X-AG

VDR Provider of the Year - Global

Studio Legale Sutti

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Litigation - Italy International Commercial Litigation Advisory Firm of the Year - Italy

Szabó Kelemen & Partners Law Office

Corporate Lawyer of the Year - Hungary Dynamic Law Firm of the Year - Hungary

Tavernier Tschanz

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Finance - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Switzerland Law Firm of the Year - Banking - Switzerland

Thomas & Thomas Partners LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Licensing - United Kingdom

Tomov & Tomov

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria

Transfer Pricing Services

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year - Central Europe

Tughans

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Northern Ireland

ÜNLÜ & Co

Investment Bank of the Year - Turkey

Valente Associati Studio Legale Tributario GEB Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Transfer Pricing - Italy Tax Firm of the Year - Italy

Valteq GmbH

Consultancy Firm of the Year - Corporate Finance - Germany Consultancy Firm of the Year - Due Diligence - Germany Consultancy Firm of the Year - Asset Management - Germany

Versus lögmenn

Law Firm of the Year - Criminal - Iceland

Vilau and Mitel

Law Firm of the Year - Romania

VVGB Advocaten

Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Belgium

Rechtsanwalt Wamser

Law Firm of the Year - Criminal - Germany

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Sports Lawyer of the Year - United Kingdom

Welcome Real Time SAS

Niche Solutions Provider of the Year - Retail Banking - Global

White & Black

Law Firm of the Year - Venture Capital - United Kingdom

Wildgen, Partners in Law

Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year - Luxembourg

Willheim Müller Rechtsanwälte

Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Austria Law Firm of the Year - Competition Intellectual Property - Austria Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Austria

Wollen Michelmore Solicitors

Regional Law Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

Yehuda Raveh & Co

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Europe Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Europe

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year – Greece

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Fund Management Firm of the Year - Canada

Arias, Meurinne, y Rodríguez, S.C.

Tax Litigator of the Year - Mexico

Arifa

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance – Panama

Arochi, Marroquín & Lindner

Law Firm of the Year - Advertising - Mexico

AT&T

Company of the Year - North America

Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Tax - Mexico

Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP

Collaborative Law Firm of the Year - California, USA

Bennett Jones SLP

Law Firm of the Year - Full Service - Canada

Bennett Jones LLP

Internet & E-Commerce Law Firm of the Year

Law Firm of the Year -Banking Litigation - North America Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency - North America Law Firm of the Year - Debt Capital Markets - North America Law Firm of the Year - Securitization - North America

Brito Anderson

Mexico - Administrative Law Firm of the Year

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Product Liability - Canada

Cervantes Sainz

Law Firm of the Year - Employment - Mexico

Chapman Tripp

M&A Law Firm of the Year - North America

Consortium Centro América Abogados

Law Firm of the Year - Due Diligence - El Salvador

DIAZ REUS, LLP

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year - Florida - USA

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Gaming Law Advisory Firm of the Year - USA

Dobrusin Thennisch PC

Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - United States of America

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C.

Trademark Lawyer of the Year - Mexico

Ernst & Young LLP

Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - USA Transaction Risk Advisory Firm of the Year - USA Advisor of the Year (Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services) - USA Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Global

Fitzpatrick & Co

Law Firm of the Year - Mediation - Canada

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Fragomen Worldwide

Business Immigration Lawyer of the Year - Canada

Fund Tax Services

US Alternative Investment Tax Firm of the Year

Goodrich Riquelme Asociados

IP Law Firm of the Year - Mexico

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Corporate and Securities – North America Law Firm of the Year – Real Estate – North America Law Firm of the Year – Mergers & Acquisitions – Mexico

GTCR LLC

Private Equity Firm of the Year - Information Services & Technology - North America

HANDLER THAYER, LLP

Large Tier - Estate Law Firm of the Year - Illinois, USA

Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP

Bankruptcy Litigation Law Firm of the Year - California, USA

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Merchant & Gould P.C.

Lawyer of the Year - Intellectual Property Litigation - USA

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Asset Management - United States of America

J.A. Treviño Abogados

Law Firm of the Year - Financing - Mexico

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Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - International Business - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Mexico

Jennifer Jones & Partners

Best Communications Firm - Venture Capital - North America Best Communications Firm - Private Equity Industries - North America

Kawa Capital Management

US Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund of the Year

KSi Mexico

Accountancy Firm of the Year - Mexico Corporate Recovery Accountancy Firm of the Year - Mexico

Ladas & Parry LLP

US - Patents Law Firm of the Year in New York

Law Office Of NiaLena Caravasos, LLC

US - White Collar Law Firm of the Year in Pennsylvania

Law Office of Paul W. Reidl

Law Firm of the Year - Trademark Law - United States of America

Lisiten Associates Business Brokers

Business Broker of the Year - North America

Maalouf Ashford & Talbot LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Venture Capital – United States of America Law Firm of the Year - M&A - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Asset Management - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Antitrust - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Banking - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Capital Markets - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Cross Border - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Energy - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Taxation - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - International Finance - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Securities - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Oil & Gas - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - International Arbitration - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Renewable Energy - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Real Estate - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Mining - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property - United States of America

McColl Partners

Independent Investment Bank of the Year - North America

McKool Smith

Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year - North America

MOI Solicitors | McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity – Canada

Molo Lamken LLP

Supreme Court Law Firm of the Year - Washington DC, USA Cross-Border White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year - New York, USA

Ogier

Law Firm of the Year - Investment Funds - Cayman Islands

Oscós Abogados

Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - Cross Border - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - Energy - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - Mexico Law Firm of the Year - International Litigation - Mexico

Osha Liang LLP

Intellectual Property Advisory Firm of the Year - Texas - USA

Pardini & Asociados

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate and Litigation - Panama

ParrisWhittaker

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - The Bahamas

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ParrisWhittaker

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation - The Bahamas

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ParrisWhittaker

Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime - The Bahamas

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PC Capital

Firm of the Year - Private Equity - Mexico Firm of the Year - Investment Banking - Mexico

Pegasus Intellectual Capital Solutions

Investment Banking Boutique of the Year - North America

Phalanx Capital Management, LLC

US Multi-Strategy Firm of the Year

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Portilla Ruy-Díaz y Aguilar S.C Abogados

Mexico Company Formations Law Firm of the Year

Rivera Gaxiola y Asociados, S.C.

Law Firm of the Year - Civil Litigation - Mexico

Sadis & Goldberg LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Private Funds - North America

Seward & Kissel LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Shipping and Maritime - North America

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Employment Law Firm of the Year - Global

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Lawyer of the Year - Employment - United States of America

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SorinRand LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Life Sciences - North America

Vazquez, Sierra & Garcia, S.C.

Law Firm of the Year - Mining - Mexico

Viscogliosi Bros. LLC

Medical Merchant Banking Firm of the Year - Global

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Walker & Peskind, PLLC

Law Firm of the Year - Labour and Employment - United States of America

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Wells Fargo & Company

Best Bank of the Year - Insurance Trust - Global

Willis Global Energy

Energy Risk Management Consulting Firm of the Year - Canada

South America A. Pizarro & Cia. Abogados

Law Firm of the Year - Labour & Employment Law - Chile

Bufete Aguirre Law Firm

Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Bolivia Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Bolivia Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Bolivia Law Firm of the Year - Intellectual Property - Bolivia Law Firm of the Year - Litigation & Arbitration - Bolivia

Bustamante & Bustamante Law Firm

Ecuador Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year - Ecuador

Dantas, Lee, Brock & Camargo Advogados Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Brazil David Do Nascimento

Patents Law Firm of the Year - Brazil

Di Blasi Parente & Associados

Law Firm of the Year - PCT - Brazil

Estudio Jurídico Otero

Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Chile Law Firm of the Year - Labour - Chile Law Firm of the Year - Employment - Chile

EY Brazil

Human Capital Advisory Firm of the Year - Brazil

Koury Lopes Advogados

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate Tax - Brazil Law Firm of the Year - M&A - Brazil Law Firm of the Year - Regulatory Communications - Brazil

Lobo & de Rizzo Advogados

Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - Brazil

Moraes Pitombo Advogados

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year - Brazil

Quiñones Cruz Ltda

Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Colombia

Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera, S.C.

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation - Mexico

Zancaner Costa, Bastos e Spiewak Advogados

Law Firm of the Year - Life Sciences - Brazil

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Offshore & International Bedell Group Services Limited

Legal and Fiduciary Services Provider of the Year – Offshore

Campbells

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - Cayman Islands

Campbells

Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring - Cayman Islands

Edison Investment Research Limited

Advisory Firm of the Year - Investment Research - International

Graf & Pitkowitz

International Banking Firm of the Year

KB Associates

Advisory Firm of the Year - Offshore - United Kingdom

Legis Fund Services Limited

Hedge Fund Administrator of the Year – Channel Islands Fund Administration Specialist of the Year – Guernsey Fund Administrator of the Year – Offshore

Maples and Calder

Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity - Offshore

Walkers

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation & Arbitration - Offshore Law Firm of the Year - Banking & Finance - Offshore Law Firm of the Year - Real Estate - Offshore Law Firm of the Year - Construction - Offshore Law Firm of the Year - Private Funds - Offshore

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Centum Investment Company Ltd

Investment Business of the Year - East Africa

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Ernst & Young (Ethiopia) Plc

Advisory Firm of the Year - Ethiopia

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KPMG

Business Auditing - Firm of the Year - Zambia

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Transaction Risk Advisory Firm of the Year / Advisor of the Year (Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services) / Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year – USA / Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Global

Africa

Firm Profile

Advisory Firm of the Year

Ethiopia Ethiopia

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. We help build confidence in capital markets and economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who work together to serve all of our stakeholders and thereby help build a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. EY refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving EY member firm operating in the US.

Advisory Firm of the Year

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EY Ethiopia, the premier transaction advisory firm in Eastern Africa, is very honored that we have been selected as “Advisory Firm of the Year” by “Global - 100”, commented Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner and Head of Transaction Advisory Services for Ernst & Young Ethiopia. Zemedeneh further commented by saying “this win further validates our caliber and reputation as a leading provider of sophisticated and complex M&A services to our clients across Africa”. In the past few years EY Ethiopia has advised numerous high profile clients ranging from multinationals such as Diageo plc of the UK on their successful acquisition of Meta Brewery for $225 million to the transformation of Ethiopian Airlines from a relatively small African airline in the mid-nineties to become the second largest and more profitable than all African airlines combined and the first to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In July 2013, EY Ethiopia successfully advised the government of Malawi on the establishment of the new national flag carrier – Malawi Airlines, Ltd, a unique PPP joint venture. Commenting on the positive economic trends in Africa and how his firm is contributing, Zemedeneh said “we have invested heavily in our firm’s transactional capacity in Ethiopia and across Africa and as a result, we are now the “go to firm” for virtually all major transaction advisory projects especially the ones which focus on what we call the “Capital Agenda” whereby we closely work with our clients on raising financing, both debt and equity, structuring deals end to end and much more”.

one of the world’s largest consumer products companies in an acquisition of a well know African based FMCG company. All these transactions require high capacity world-class support which we have been able to provide from our base in Africa”. Risk is a great

In addition to the “Globalmotivator. 100”But awards, EY let it distract you, and Ethiopia has recently wonyounumerous risk everything. other global awards in recognition of its client focused worldclass services including: “Advisory firm of the Year” and “Deal of the Year”. Furthmore, the firm’s Managing Partner, Zemedeneh Negatu recently won as “Managing Partner of the Year – 2013” from a top UK based global finance and M&A magazine. Zemedeneh was also the winner as “Pioneer Ethiopian-American Diaspora Businessman of Year” in Washington, D.C. in 2012 for the innovative work his firm is doing in Africa and the positive, fact-based transformational thought leadership reports which have been featured by the global media including CNBC, BBC and CNN. It’s getting tougher out there. Risks of fraud, bribery and corruption are up, and pressure on regulatory compliance is rising. But we can help you handle sensitive kalmYlagfkYf\Õf\oYqklg reduce risk — so you can get back to business. D]Yjf`goYl]q&[ge'mk'Õ\k&

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Mumbai Office (Head Office)

Continuing his comments, Zemedeneh said, “for example we are currently the transaction advisors for one of the world’s largest private equity funds on a major investment in Africa worth over a billion dollars. We are also advising

“ We have invested heavily in our firm ’ s transactional ca pacity in Ethiopia and across Zemedeneh Negatu Branches MUMBAI | PUNE | DELHI | CHENNAI | KOLKATA A frica and as aat:result, we are now the “ go to firm ” for virtually all m ajor transaction advisory projects especially the ones w hich focus on w hat we call the “ Capital A genda” .

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Africa Business Auditing - Firm of the Year

Zambia

With over 60 years of operating in Zambia, we provide Audit, Tax and Advisory services, delivering a globally consistent set of multidisciplinary finance and accounting skills and capabilities based on deep industry knowledge. Our industry specialisation helps KPMG people to develop a rich understanding of clients’ businesses, acquire insight, skills and resources required to address industry-specific issues and opportunities. Audit services Our Audit services include: Ŷ Financial statement audit Ŷ Financial statement reviews Ŷ Agreed upon procedures Tax services Our Tax services include: Ŷ Corporate Tax Ŷ International Executive Services Ŷ Indirect Tax Ŷ Company Statutory Services Contact us: Advisory services Our Advisory services include amongst First Floor, Elunda Two others: Addis Ababa Roundabout Ŷ Transactions and Restructuring Rhodes Park Ŷ Risk and Compliance Lusaka Ŷ Internal Audit Co-sourcing Unit 14 Lyness House Ŷ Performance and Technology Freedom Avenue Ŷ Forensic Kitwe. Ŷ IT Advisory Telephone: +260 211 372 900 Email: zm-fmzambia@kpmg.com.

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Africa International - Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

Kenya

Tedd Moya tedd@wawerugatonye.co.ke

Firm Overview Waweru Gatonye & Co is a full service firm with a great reputation and experience in important fields including dispute resolution civil and commercial litigation, tax, judicial review, and constitutional cases. The firm has made an impression in alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis on arbitration. Having established the firm in May, 1985, Charles Waweru Gatonye leads the litigation team with the assistance of Munyalo Nthuli. Mary Imende heads the Commercial department together with Tedd Moya who is also astute in Commercial Litigation. While maintaining a very good team of litigators, the 4 partners, associates and legal assistants make a 14 lawyer team at the forefront of significant legal development. Waweru Gatonye & Co is client, rather than product, focused. This commitment, combined with in-depth knowledge and experience in each diverse industries, allows the firm to deliver the highest level of service. The lawyers are multi-specialists, equipped to handle a broad range of legal matters. The firm has an excellent track record in dispute resolution with a client base spanning from national and county governments, regulators, parastatals and private entities as well as international organisations.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Dispute Resolution & Litigation: WG & Co. has a great reputation and experience in diverse fields of dispute resolution. The firm offers litigation services at all levels of the Court System and covering a diverse range of areas including commercial and tax disputes, Constitutional and Judicial Review, Property building & Construction claims, Banking, Insurance claims, medical negligence cases, defamation and other forms of claims including civil and commercial litigation, tax, judicial review, and constitutional cases. he firm has made an impression in alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis on arbitration. Partners: Charles W. Gatonye (charles@wawerugatonye.co.ke) Munyalo Nthuli (munyalo@wawerugatonye.co.ke) Tedd Moya (tedd@wawerugatonye.co.ke) Banking & Finance: WG & Co. advises on securitization documents- to wit -various forms of agreements, charges, mortgages and debentures. The key partners in this department are Mary Imende and Tedd Moya who advise and draft documentation on corporate finance and project finance from inception to conclusion for both local and foreign corporate clients in their establishment, documentation and regulatory compliance in Kenya. The firm has the Banking Regulator as well as most of the major financial institutions in the client portfolio. Partners: Mary Imende imende@wawerugatonye.co.ke

Conveyancing, Real Estate/ Development: WG & Co. advises on real estate acquisition, sale and planning as well property development and financing. on securitization documents to wit various forms of agreements, charges, mortgages, debentures, acquisition among many others. Her work encompasses advising and drafting documentation for other various commercial related transactions including, among others:- contract negotiation and drafting, assisting and providing strategic legal and commercial advice to both local and foreign corporate clients in their establishment, documentation and regulatory compliance in Kenya. Partners: Mary Imende imende@wawerugatonye.co.ke Tedd Moya tedd@wawerugatonye.co.ke Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas & Infrastructure: WG & Co. advises on the extractives, aviation, maritime, rail and transport projects, power generation, mining and infrastructure projects. Partner: Tedd Moya tedd@wawerugatonye.co.ke

CLIENTELE OVERVIEW The Client Portfolio is diverse. Including banks: Central Bank of Kenya, Bank of Africa (K) Ltd., African Banking Corporation Ltd, Deposit Protection Fund (D.P.F.), Consolidated Bank, Cooperative Bank Limited, Development Bank of Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank Limited. Family bank Limited, African Banking Corporation NIC Bank, Chase Bank and GT Bank. Insurance companies: ICEA Lion Group, Madison Insurance Company Limited, Kenya Alliance Insurance Company Limited, Trident Insurance Company Limited and Corporate Insurance Company Limited. Parastatals: Kenya Revenue Authority, Central Bank of Kenya, Kenya Reinsurance Corporation, National Social Security Fund, Kenya Oil Refineries, New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Ltd., Agricultural Finance Corporation., Kenya Civil Aviation Authority., Kenya Airports Authority, Insurance Regulatory Authority and Kenya Sugar Board, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Maritime Authority, Capital Markets Authority, Retirement Benefits Authority, Chevron Kenya Ltd, National Hospital Insurance Fund, National Social Security Fund, Kenya Tea Development Agencies among others. Contractors and manufacturers: Vishva Builders, N.K. Brothers, EPCO Builders, China Wu Yi, Sinohydro Corporation, and Premier Bag and Cordage Limited.

Address:

Web: wawerugatonye.com Timau Plaza, 4th Floor Argwings Kodhek-timau Road Tel: +254 -20 –2428452/3/4 P.O. Box 55207-00200 Fax: +254 -20 –2428450 Nairobi

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Deep & Far

IP Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan

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Edelman

Financial PR Firm of the Year - Indonesia

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Divina Law

Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year - The Philippines 28 - 29

Gloria James-Civetta & Co

Family Law Firm of the Year - Singapore Lawyer of the Year - Singapore

Group Law Firm

Project Finance Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

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KAP Razikun Tarkosunaryo (KAP RTS)

Auditor of the Year - Indonesia

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Lee and Li - Leaven IPR Agency Ltd. Law Firm of the Year - Patents - China

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Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year - Indonesia

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Samuel Seow Law Corporation

Law Firm of the Year - Media & Entertainment - Singapore

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Singhania & Co. LLP

Maritime Law Firm of the Year - India

Yuasa and Hara

Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year - Japan

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Intellectual Property

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886-2-25989900/25978989 Email: email@deepnfar.com.tw

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Asia and The Middle East Financial PR Firm of the Year

Indonesia

PRAGMATISM, POLICY & POWER Indonesia has completed an incredible season of democracy. The largest economy in the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015 now has a new government. There has never been a more important time to understand the politics and policies of Indonesia: economic sovereignty versus regional free trade; agricultural development versus environmental sustainability; growth in financial services versus consumer rights and regulation; public health and Universal Healthcare. Edelman Indonesia offers the largest public affairs consultancy in the country, deeply-integrated with our practices in Brand Communications and Public Relations; Employee Engagement; Digital Campaigning and Research. We also offer specialists in ASEAN; free trade and EU-Asia issues; development aid and NGOs; energy and extractive industries; financial services; healthcare; infrastructure; and technology and telecommunications. Learn more at www.edelman.id Follow us on Twitter @EdelmanID Call CEO, Indonesia & Southeast Asia Head of Public Affairs, Stephen Lock on +62 21 721 59000 or stephen.lock@edelman.com

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Asia and The Middle East The Philippines

Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year Special Projects

The Firm’s expertise includes advising on and negotiating the documentation of complex corporate business ventures, leveraged and management buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the initiation or thwarting of corporate take-overs. It likewise provides competent representation in corporate workouts, corporate rehabilitation and debt restructurings. The Firm also handles joint venture transactions and debt and equity public offerings.

(History of DivinaLaw)

(Challenges)

DivinaLaw was founded 2007 by the noted expert in Commercial Law, a banking lawyer, Law Professor and now Dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law, Nilo T. Divina. Armed with his vision of establishing a dynamic law firm that will blaze trails in the legal field, he partnered with former Congressman Edwin C. Uy to organize the firm and recruited six young, smart and ambitious lawyers from the legal department of a bank that he used to head. As soon as the Firm was put up, clients consisting of banks, conglomerates, Top 500 companies and high profile individuals, began coming in. Thus from an initial modest office space in the Pacific Star Building in Makati City, the firm has fast expanded and now boasts of forty-four (44) legal practitioners who each have their core competence in every aspect of the practice of law, making it one of the country’s most multi-faceted, dynamic, and fastest-growing law firm.

(What sets DivinaLaw apart from its competitors) DivinaLaw is dynamic lawyering. Unlike many institutional firms which are already set in their ways and tend to adhere to traditional or conventional thinking, DivinaLaw strives to be creative and provide its clients with the most comprehensive and holistic solutions that take into consideration not just the legal milieu but all other relevant factors. DivinaLaw recognizes the fact that today’s legal challenges are evolving, requiring legal professionals not just to solve the clients’ problems but to help them prevent the problems from arising in the first place.

(Drivers of growth) There can be no better driver for growth than excellent and reliable legal service. Clients who are satisfied with the Firm’s performance are the best marketing tools. By word of mouth, much goodwill is generated. The Firm also puts a premium on expanding its network, cognizant of the reality that in providing solutions to its clients, it will need to coordinate with both private and public agencies.

(Main Thrust) The Firm’s main thrust is to become the country’s law firm of choice in delivering superior results for its clients as well as to leave a lasting legacy as the dynamic game-changer in the legal profession. As stated by the Firm’s Founder and Managing Partner, Nilo T. Divina, “our client’s problems or challenges are our own. We push ourselves beyond the limit to give them peace of mind. We innovate, we think out of the box, we explore unchartered territory, we open doors and we find ways. For at DivinaLaw, we adhere to a basic credo – client satisfaction is our burning passion.”

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The Firm has not really met serious challenges in its nearly ten years of existence. It has adapted to changes in the political and policy environment. It has also weathered competition provided by old and new players in the field. Its growth is a testament to the fact that it has overcome the challenged that have come its way.

(What’s next) Bearing in mind its commitment to be the country’s law firm of choice, with the knowledge, competence and ability to provide excellent legal services and deliver superior results to its client, DivinaLaw is currently expanding, not just in the number of its lawyers, but in the spectrum of its services, as well. Seizing the opportunity of being a game changer and recognizing the ever changing demands and needs of its clients, DivinaLaw is currently setting up separate teams specializing in risk and crisis management. With an emerging and challenging market like the Philippines, DivinaLaw is looking at its immediate future of growing its members to seventy (70) lawyers who are most qualified and experienced in their respective fields.

(Services Offered by DivinaLaw) DivinaLaw’s practice areas in Corporate and Special Projects-

Banking and Finance The Firm has extensive experience in Banking and Finance transactions and has worked on various Securitizations, Structure and Project Financing. In addition to structuring and negotiating Treasury and Trust products, the Firm also assists institutional investors in their investment management mandates and securities-lending programs. Its comprehensive expertise in this field of practice ensures clients of output and results that are efficient and custom tailored to suit each client’s peculiar needs. The Firm is likewise engaged in advisory work for corporate trustees and agency service providers in relation to the general exercise of trustee powers and discretions. It has represented both creditors and borrowers in complex and simple loan and facility syndications.

General Corporate Services Formation of business entities, contract drafting, review and negotiations as well as the provision of corporate secretarial and director-nominee services are some of the corporate legal services offered by the Firm. The Firm’s active participation in various legal and regulatory corporate matters enables it to provide pin-point legal advice to its corporate clientele.

The Firm assists clients throughout all stages of a project; providing legal advice and strategies which are practical and cost-efficient. The Firm also performs extensive due diligence and suggests constructive ways to adequately protect the interests of the clients. The Firm provides innovative approaches to ensure that the clients’ desired results and objectives are attained without violating the requirements laid down by law.

Mergers and Acquisition The Firm’s merger and acquisition team has the experience and expertise in acting as counsel for either the surviving or absorbed corporation in a merger. It has assisted clients in negotiating the terms of the merger, drafting the plan and articles of the merger, obtaining regulatory approvals, securing BIR rulings on tax-free exchanges and carrying our post-merger implementation. The Firm also advises on full range of deal structures from initiating and thwarting take-overs, leveraged and management buy-outs, proxy solicitations, tender offers and divestments.

Corporate Rehabilitation and Insolvency The Firm is skilled in providing practical and commercial advice on how to deal with corporate rehabilitation and insolvency. It has also been involved in major litigations representing the creditor or the financially distressed debtor. A significant number of cases which resulted in success for the firm’s clients now form part of Philippine jurisprudence.

Foreign Investment The Firm’s vast experience in structuring foreign investments stems from Its involvement in various transactions for different industries, e.g., power, financial, retail, steel, and realty. The Firm’s investment services include setting up offshore companies; the documentation of fixed rate corporate notes, fixed rate note sub-participations, and asset-backed securities, convertible bonds, trade finance facilities an debt assignments; international swaps and derivatives (schedule and transactions); registration, incorporation and capitalization of representative and branch offices.

Power Generation and Energy (Oil, Gas and Petroleum) The Firm caters to the different legal and regulatory needs of various oil and gas industry players by providing the necessary legal assistance and advice on various regulatory requirements, pricing matters, energy project development, tax-related issues, as well as securing government permits, approvals and endorsements.

Estate Planning The Firm has been involved in all aspects of estate planning including the drafting of wills, the appointment of executors and the distribution of process to the beneficiaries. In this regard, the Firm always endeavors to provide the most cost efficient advice that would inure to the benefit of the estate and its beneficiaries.

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Asia and The Middle East Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year Tax The Firm assists in ensuring compliance with tax laws and minimizing tax implications, and renders tax planning advice and opinions on various commercial and financial matters. The Firm likewise assists clients in securing tax rulings, opinions and clearances from the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other appropriate agencies and handles tax litigation before Philippine Courts. In addition, the Firm handles tax assessments, tax protests, and claims for refund.

Information Technology The Firm is well versed in the legal developments pertaining to the Philippine information technology sector. Hence, it is able to provide advice on the implementation of Electronic Commercial Transactions. It has been involved in the negotiation and drafting of Information Technology Contracts and Technology Transfer Arrangements. The Firm likewise acts as adviser to many leading IT companies and interconnection service providers in the country.

Environmental Law The Firm’s environmental law practice embraces the fields in environmental management and regulations, securing permits clearances and licenses; special liaisons with state regulatory agencies and local government units; land use and title, and exploration of natural resources.

Intellectual Property The Firm provides a wide array of legal services for the registration protection and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights. It facilitates application and registration of intellectual property rights and extends legal assistance and support in the prosecution of copyright infringement, counterfeiting, unfair competition and other forms of intellectual property rights’ violations. In this regard, the Firm regularly appears before lower and appellate courts, as well as the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

Real Estate The Firm advises and assists clients on land acquisition, registration and reclassification as well as land use, and planning. The Firm also provides assistance with respect to compliance with real estate development rules and regulations, local ordinances and environmental laws. The Firm also provides legal assistance in respect of drafting or review of construction contracts as well as the conduct of full-blown arbitration cases.

Understanding the impact of major litigation, the firm strategizes and determines the best course of action to fully protect the clients’ interests or to contain the risks and minimize its effects. It has won landmark cases which eventually found their way in the annals of Philippine jurisprudence:

Criminal Prosecution and Defense The Firm also maintains an active criminal prosecution and defense practice. It counsels clients undergoing preliminary investigation or facing other governmental inquiries. Retired members of the judiciary, who serve as counsels to the firm, are ready to assist in trials, appeals and other court proceedings of various criminal offenses.

Alternative Dispute resolution and Arbitration The Firm advocates that an early settlement of disputes is preferred over a prolonged legal war of attrition. Where appropriate and to reduce the costs and delays often associated with litigation, the Firm recommends the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques to bring about prompt and efficient resolution to complex legal disputes. With respect to Arbitration, it is able to assist in two ways: 1) help determine whether arbitration is a time and cost-efficient way of setting a dispute; and 2) providing the expertise and resources necessary toconduct a full-fledged arbitration proceeding.

Labor The Firm’s lawyers have cutting edge experience in dealing with various labor issues including matters relative to human resources development, conditions of employment, labor organization, unfair labor practices, collective bargaining agreement, strikes and lockouts as well as post-employment issues. The Firm helps companies draft as well as implement personnel policies and procedures which are tailor fitted to suit the client’s business objectives and compliant with labor laws. Likewise, the Firm guides clients in complying with various government regulations pertaining to occupational safety and health standards and social security as well as help clients cope with labor andemployment issues presented by mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions.

From small businesses to large multinationals, the Firm negotiates, and if necessary litigates, on both life and non-life insurance claims, including the preparation and review of various insurance contracts.

The Firm actively assists in maintaining industrial peace in the workplace. Its lawyers are adept at negotiating fair, just and reasonable collective bargaining agreements and effectively implementing such agreements. In all of these areas, the Firm makes every effort to meet the clients’ needs in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Transportation and Maritime Law

Family Law

The Firm handles negotiations and litigation work involving loss of cargo and property, bills of lading claims, general and particular average claims, arrest of vessels and cargo, insurance claims involving partial or total loss, liability for repairs, salvage, towage, collision, and claims of employees and crew members against the vessel and other maritime accidents. The Firm also assists in the preparation of regulatory documentation of vessels, including registration and licensing, as well as various maritime contracts such as bills of lading, charter parties, and contracts for the purchase, sale, charter, financing and construction of ocean-going vessels.

The Firm’s practice extends to providing legal assistance on issues involving family and domestic relations, and advising them on the proper and the most judicious remedies in every given situation. The Firm has in its roster lawyers who have in-depth knowledge of family law and are equipped with strong people skills and the ability to handle stressful family situations, whose expertise and experience are crucial in assisting clients of their various concerns which include domestic violence, petition for temporary and permanent protective orders, legal separation, annulment and declaration of nullity of marriage, property settlements, adoption, matters of paternity an filiation, custody and other related cases.

Insurance

The Philippines Local Government, Election and Administrative Law The Firm’s lawyers have had extensive dealings with various local governments in the country, such as negotiations involving local and community taxation, processing of local government permits and licenses, and real property assessment and taxation. Also, the Firm has seasoned election lawyers who have planned and handled successfulelection strategies for hopeful and incumbent elective officials during the campaign period and elections. These services include conducting seminars for watchers and campaign staff, pre-election, counting of ballots, canvassing, representation in pre-proclamation controversies and election protests.

Naturalization and Immigration The Firm provides general legal immigration and alien registration services. It also represents foreigners who desire to be granted Filipino citizenship through judicial naturalization proceedings or the Administrative Naturalization Law of 2000. It also provides legal assistance to former natural-born Filipino citizens planning to re –acquire their citizenship under the Retention and Re-acquisition Act.

Entertainment Law The Firm also has a roster of lawyers adept at protecting artists and talents in the creation and intellectual property of their music, art, movie, television show or other forms of entertainment. The firm provides counselling to address the legal needs of individuals and companies working in the entertainment industry, music, literature and the fine arts. Some of the services that the Firm competently provides include drafting and reviewing contracts and agreements, assisting with copyright and trademark protection and safeguarding the welfare of minor and other young talents and artists who are entering the industry.

(Notable Awards) In 2014, ACQ Global, a leading Mergers and Acquisitions Magazine serving the finance sector since 2003, awarded DivinaLaw as the “Leading Independent Firm of the Year for 2014.” Atty. Nilo Divina was likewise named “ Managing Partner of the year for 2014 by the same Magazine. In the same year, the Professional Sector Network has awarded DivinaLaw as the “Dynamic Law Firm of the Year.” These awards were bestowed upon the Firm for its innovative approach to ensure its clients’ desired results and to set an emerging and dynamic legal practice in the Philippines. For 2015, DivinaLaw has received citation from Legals Finest 200 “Client Choice- Commercial Law Litigation Award in the Philippines “

Contact Nilo T. Divina Managing Partner Office number: (632) 822-0808 loc. 220 Fax number: (632) 822-7878 Email address: nilo.divina@divinalaw.com Website: www.divinalaw.com

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Asia and The Middle East Singapore Family Law Firm of the Year Lawyer of the Year

Firm Profile Gloria James-Civetta

Gloria James-Civetta is a Singapore born lawyer of Sri Lankan heritage. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin and has 20 years of legal experience. She is an advocate & solicitor, barrister, mediator and collaborative practice lawyer.

with Regent’s University of London under the guidance of Paul Randolph and his team in the area of mediation coupled with psychotherapy and psychology. With this training, she is capable of managing high conflict personalities in an intensive, emotional and volatile background. She is also able to provide the emotional understanding to clients.

Qualifications:

Collaborative Family Practitioner

Head Lawyer and Principal Partner

- Notary Public (Singapore) - Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore) 1996 - Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn – UK) 1995 - LL.B (Hons) (University of Wolverhampton – UK) 1993 - Associate Mediator – Singapore Mediation Centre - Associate Mediator – Primary Dispute Resolution Centre, State Courts of Singapore - Primary Justice Lawyer (State Courts of Singapore) - Collaborative Family Practice Lawyer - Certificate-in-Mediating Disputes (Harvard Law School) - Certificate-in-Mediation Skills ADR (Regent’s University of London)

Training and Pupillage Experience in UK: - Law degree and foundation in UK - Barrister-at-Law from one of the 4 inns’ of Courts in UK - Pupilage under the guidance of Lawrence Jones, presently of 33 Bedford Row Barristers’ Chambers, London, UK - Her sponsor at Lincoln’s Inn was Sir Nicholas Bratza, the former President of the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR). - She also did an understudy with the late Sir Eric Crowther OBE, a Crown Court Judge.

Gloria’s Experience Gloria has been in practice for 20 years. In the course of her legal career, she has gained considerable experience and knowledge in diverse areas of the law pertaining to Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil, Corporate and Commercial Law. She has acquired skill sets in Mediation, Collaborative Practice and Litigation.

Mediator Being a certified Associate Mediator at the State Courts of Singapore and the Singapore Mediation Centre, Gloria is able to assist the clients to achieve settlement even in acrimonious matters. In 2014, Ms James attained certification in Mediating Disputes from the Harvard Mediation Program, under the guidance of Professor Robert H. Mnookin, a leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution. She also trained

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Gloria is one of the first batch of 19 family lawyers in Singapore, who received specialist training and is qualified to practice Collaborative Family work. She is also a Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners.

Litigation Lawyer Over the period of 20 years, Gloria has represented clients in the Civil, Criminal and Family Courts, from suits to appeal. She constantly undergoes training workshops and attends seminars in order to be herself updated with the ever-changing legal landscape.

Areas of Law Practice Representing clients both local and international clients, Gloria has been involved in various types of litigation court matters, as follows:

Family Law - High Net Worth (millions of dollars) for both Local and Expat contested divorces in Singapore - Cross-border Divorces involving various jurisdictions – UK, Australia, USA, Europe, Indonesia, China, S.E. Asian Countries - Child Custody battles - Child Abduction matters - Stay Proceedings - Relocation Issues - Injunction of Assets - Personal Protection Applications & Trials - Interim Maintenance Applications & Trials - Contested Ancillary Issues at the Family Court, High Court, Court of Appeal - Contested Divorce Hearings - Contested Nullity Hearings - Adoption matters - Mental Capacity matters - Lasting Power of Attorney matters - Presumption of Death matters

Civil, Commercial, Corporate Law - Civil matters involving actions commenced in the State Court and High Court

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Asia and The Middle East Singapore Family Law Firm of the Year Lawyer of the Year

- Defamation Suits - E-Commerce matters - Employment Disputes - Company Matters - Arbitration matters - Tort Actions - Negligence Actions - Contested Probate and Estate matters

Criminal Law - Criminal Representations Trials Appeals – Magistrates’ Courts, District Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal - Blue Collar and White Collar Crimes - Private Summons Prosecutions / Magistrate’s Complaints - Prevention of Harassment Act (POHA)

Coroner’s Inquiry Gloria was in a team of five lawyers that had conduct of the Coroner’s Inquiry into the death of an American scientist (Shane Todd), a highly publicised international matter, in 2013.The case received intensive coverage with Channel News Asia, Channel 5 News, BBC, CNN, CBS, 48hours, Financial Times, AFP (Associated Foreign Press), Straits Times, The New Papers, etc. Gloria was also a part of a team that was in the Coroner’s Inquiry to determine the cause of death of an American woman who fell off from the tallest hotel in Singapore, the Swisshotel.

Media Coverage Gloria is often quoted in the local newspapers, The Straits Times, The New Paper, Today, My Paper; and local magazines ie Her World and Singapore’s Women’s Weekly. She has also appeared in televisions news ie Channel News Asia, Channel 5, and BBC. She also appeared in live

tv talk shows.

Awards She is endorsed by Global Law Experts for her expertise in the area of Family law, M&A for Family Law Firm of 2014, ACQ for Family Lawyer of 2014. The Law Society of Singapore award for Sole Proprietor of 2012.

Membership: - Member of the Law Society of Singapore - Member of the Singapore Academy of Law - Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore - Member of the Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore - Member of the Small Firms Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore - Associate Mediator of the PDRC, State Courts of Singapore - Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre - Collaborative Family Practice Lawyer - Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners

Contact Details Gloria James-Civetta & Co Address:

25 North Bridge Road 5 Coleman St. #03-06 #03-02 Bank Building Centre ExcelsiorEFG Hotel Shopping Singapore Singapore179104 179805 Singapore

Email : consult@gjclaw.com.sg Tel: +65 6337 0469 Fax: +65 6337 0463

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Asia and The Middle East Turkey

Project Finance Law Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Group Law Firm team renders full range of legal services in Turkish, English, German and French languages, and cooperates with a wide range of international network of well-known law firms. Since the beginning The Firm have rendered a full range of legal services in m&a, real estate, corporate law, commercial contracts, intellectual property law, competition law, PPPs, privatization, public procurement, project finance, energy law, banking and other transactions. Group Law Firm do not only possess the command to apply the existing laws, but also contribute to formulate the future of law of the country by its scholarly Jurists. The Firm assist the clients in achieving their goals and have proved to be highly reliable partner in Istanbul-Ankara and beyond. Today with highly qualified team members offering a first-class service, the Firm fully committed to the success of the clients advising and ensuring the defence of their interests in all types of files. Group Law Firm regularly represent various multinational companies, as well as a wide variety of closely and publicly held corporations, partnerships, emerging businesses and individuals, investment (mutual) funds, private equity houses as well as leading banking and financial institutions and leading infrastructure and construction organizations. Besides the industrial discipline and organized and intense follow-up work of the Firm, Group Law Firm reputed for the commercial approach to transactions and for understanding clients' commercial goal. The Firm focus on bringing value-added legal services, aimed to bring progress to clients' business.

Recent Awards of Group Law Firm: Legal500: Recommended Law Firm in Turkey Acquisition International: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey Finance Monthly: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey CorporateINTL: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey

He is one of the leading corporate lawyers in Turkey due to his extensive experience in all aspects of PPPs, privatization, public procurement, corporate law, contentious and non-contentious legal matters. He advises corporations, financial institutions, central and local authorities including self-regulatory organization, on strategic business issues, complex legal matters and legislative options. Dr. KE_LI is also considered an authority in the field of Project Finance and PPPs in Turkey on account of his scholarly approach on law and considerable experience and involvement in several major national and International projects. His expertise is renowned in Turkey and beyond. He is currently advising to the Largest ever project of the Republic of Turkey, the project is in the energy sector. He has been member to various statutory and regulatory commissions including Vice-Chairman of United Nations International PPP Centre of Excellence, and member of the UNECE Team of Specialist on PPP, member of the board drafted 'National Policy of Financing Environmental Projects through PPPS, chairman of the board conducted Civil Dialogue Process of Draft PPP Law in Turkey, chairman of the sub-committee on financing projects in National Transport Summit 2013. Dr.KE_LI has obtained Master of Law (LL.M.) and Doctorate of Law (LL.D.) from Marmara University, and Graduated from Istanbul University, the largest Universities of the Country.

Dr. Ahmet T.KEŞLİ (LL.M., LL.D.) Founding Partner, Group Law Firm Contact Details

ACQ5: Overal Law Firm of the Year in Turkey

Address:

Corporate LiveWire: Innovation & Excellence in Turkey

Pekintaş Plaza Kat:9 Büyükdere Cad. No:32 Mecidiyeköy-İSTANBUL/TURKEY

M & A Today: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey Dr. Ahmet T. KE_LI is the Founding Partner of Group Law Firm and the Founding President of International PPP Platform Turkey, Vice-Chairman of United Nations (UNECE) International PPP Centre of Excellence , Dr of Commercial

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Law at the Faculty of Law and Expert Witness in Commercial & Intellectual Property Courts.

Email: info@GroupLaw.com.tr / info@GroupLaw.com.tr Tel: +90(212) 211 66 11 (Pbx) Fax: +90(212) 211 55 75

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Asia and The Middle East Indonesia

Auditors of the Year

Firm Profile

Who we are KAP Razikun Tarkosunaryo (KAP RTS) is a registered public accounting firm that was established by Dr. Muhammad Razikun, CPA, CertIFR – who is also known as the founder of MUC Consulting group-, and Tarkosunaryo, CPA - the Chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (IICPA). KAP RTS recognizes the importance of wider perspective in providing services to clients. Thus, KAP RTS collaborates with MSI Global Alliance, a worldwide association of independent legal and accounting firms with over 250 carefully selected member firms in 105 countries. This is to meet the demands of our clients that are mainly multi-national companies with cross-border business activities. What we do / Services We provide various services, among others:

• General Audit • Internal Audit • Special Audit • Review and Compilation • Other Assurance Services

• Attestation IFRS Services IFRS Conversion Project Evaluation of the Impact of Transition IFRS Due Diligence Audit on IFRS Financial Statement Reconciliation between IFRS and PSAK Tailored IFRS Training

Key people Dr. Muhammad Razikun, CPA, CertIFR (Managing Partner) Tarkosunaryo, MBA, CPA (Partner) Adi Rasidi, CPA, CA (Partner) Suhardi, CPA, CA (Partner) Recent projects Currently we are handling services for multinational companies from various sectors of industries. Most of our clients are Japanese companies. Expectations for 2015 / 2016 We expect business growth of 20% in 2015/2016.

KAP Razikun Tarkosunaryo MUC Building 6th Floor Jl. TB Simatupang No. 15 Tanjung Barat, Jakarta INDONESIA 12530

Tel: +6221 788 37 111 (hunting) Fax: +6221 788 37 666 Email: razikun@mucglobal.com Website: www.rts.co.id

Contact: Dr. Muhammad Razikun, CPA, CertIFR, Managing Partner

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Asia and The Middle East China

Law Firm of the Year - Patents

Indonesia

Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year

In Association With

In our more than three decades of service we have secured our position as the premier Indonesian corporate transaction and commercial litigation law firm. We have experience representing a diverse range of clients, including domestic and multinational corporations, public and private companies, Government instrumentalities and State Owned Enterprises. We work closely with our clients to understand the challenges they face, determine their needs, and arrive at practical solutions that are both cost-effective and viable over the long term. We approach assignments with a pragmatic view that is driven by a deep understanding of business needs and of the surrounding practicalities of the legal and business landscape. Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance certifications of ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management systems and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management systems ensure the quality of all aspects of our operations and services. Menara Imperium 30th Floor Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 1 Kuningan Jakarta 12980, Indonesia Tel: +62 21 831 5005 Fax: +62 21 831 5015 Email: lgs@lgslaw.co.id Web: www.lgsonline.com

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Asia and The Middle East Firm of Entertainment Law Firm ofthe theYear Year- -Media Media& & Entertainment

Singapore

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Asia and The Middle East India

Maritime Law Firm of the Year

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Jain Partner, Singhania & Co. Shri. Pradeep Kumar Jain joined Singhania & Co. in 2002. He brought good corporate experience in the organization. Singhania & Co. rewarded him with partnership in 2004 for his excellent work in the corporate laws. He has been instrumental in number of big joint ventures and corporate takeovers. Achievements (Experience): • Drafting of shareholders agreement, joint venture agreement, technical collaboration agreement etc, • Reserve Bank of India in the matters related to Liaison Office/ Branch Office etc., Transfer of Immovable Property, Issue of Security to Person Resident outside India, Transfer of Shares from Resident to Non-resident and vice-versa, External Commercial Borrowings. • Foreign Investors Promotion Board (FIPB)/ Secretariat for Industrial Assistance (SIA) in the matters related to Transfer of Shares from Resident to Non-resident, Foreign Technical Collaboration, and Technical Collaboration Agreement etc. • Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI)- filing various form or Report in the matters related to Takeover, Mutual Fund, Assets Management Companies, Trusteeship, Custodian, Foreign Institutional Investors etc.

• Legal Due Diligence De-merger, Merger & Acquisition and Financial Restructuring. • Rich experience of Real Estate Sector advising on the matters relating to the Development and Control Regulations, MHADA etc for the development of land, shopping mall, etc. • Rich experience in drafting of Joint Development Agreement, negotiation on behalf of the clients, Joint Mining Development • Pradeep is the director of many multinational companies advising them on legal matters. Member: • Member, Mumbai and Goa High Court Bar Association. • Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi • Member, Bar Association of India Education: • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) • Master of Science in Mathematics (M.Sc.) • Bachelor of Laws (Hon’s) [LL.B. (Hon’s)] • Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), New Delhi. Languages:

SINGHANIA & CO. is a full service Indian law firm, providing an array of legal services in an environment that encourages collaboration among the lawyers to advance the business goals of the firm’s clients worldwide. The firm is truly international in vision, scope, experience and capability, and boasts innovative legal services and commitment to excellence in their business dealings on a daily basis. The firm partners have decades of experience advising on various aspects of Indian law. The partners have worked on an array of legal issues across numerous sectors including Corporate and Commercial, Utlgatlon and Arbitration, Energy and Power and Infrastructure Projects, Admiralty & Maritime. Several members of Singhania & Co. are recognised leading experts in their respective practice areas, and have been acknowledged by indust.Iy peers for their in-depth expertise and know-how. The firm offers its service pan-India, Europe, USA, Australia, Gulf Countries, and also in select parts of South Africa through its worldwide network TeraLex, LexMundi, Lex:Work International, and Asia Pacific 500.

English, Marathi and Hindi

Mergers and amalgamations • International Maritime Law • Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR). • Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI). • Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority of India (IRDA).

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Asia and The Middle East Maritime Law Firm of the Year

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Asia and The Middle East Japan

Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year

Firm Profile Our firm was established by Judge Toyotaro Yuasa in 1902. After undergoing several name changes, our firm was named YUASA and HARA in 1972. Since the early days of the firm, provision of an international service for both Japanese and foreign clients has been at the core of our legal and intellectual property practice. YUASA and HARA is organized into four divisions: Law, Patent, Trademark & Design and Accounting & Auditing. YUASA and HARA has unprecedented expertise across all relevant legal and technical fields, and provides seamless integration of intellectual property protection, business law, and accounting.

Mr. Yamamoto has represented a variety of companies in the fields of food and beverages, diagnostics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He is experienced in patent prosecution, invalidation trials, and infringement lawsuits. Moreover, he also has wide experience in working in close strategic alliance with Japanese and US companies in the launch of new drugs in the US and EP. Mr. Yamamoto was chosen by Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2014 as “Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year,” and chosen by Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2015 as “Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year”.

Chemical Section The firm's Patent Division is organized into three sections: Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical. The Chemical Section consists in all of 31 patent attorneys, and covers all areas of chemistry. The Chemical Section includes a strong core contingent of biotechnology and pharmaceutical experts, consisting of around 20 exceptionally experienced patent attorneys, each of whom has extensive background experience in biotechnology and/or pharmaceuticals; with a number of the attorneys holding higher degrees such as Ph.Ds in their field.

Osamu Yamamoto Patent Attorney Partner: Chief of the Chemical Section Contact Details Address:

Osamu Yamamoto Mr. Yamamoto is a patent attorney, and a partner of YUASA and HARA, and is the acting Chief of the Chemical Section. Mr. Yamamoto has experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and worked in the field of development at a chemical company for a period of around ten years before specializing in intellectual property. In particular, Mr. Yamamoto has worked in the research and development of bacterial production of a macromolecular sodium hyaluronate, and application thereof in injectable form for the treatment of knee joint pain arising from osteoarthritis. It has been successfully marketed under the brand name “Suvenyl.” As a result of such research and development activities, Mr. Yamamoto is well aware of the necessity for a patent strategy that is congruent with key commercial requirements; and in his work as a patent attorney Mr. Yamamoto strives not simply to obtain a grant of patent for a client’s invention, but to obtain patent protection that will afford the invention a strong footing with innate resilience to potential litigation in a globally competitive market.

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Section 206, New-Ohtemachi Building, 2-1, Ohtemachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan

Email: yamamoto-ch@yuasa-hara.co.jp Tel: +81-3-3270-6641 Fax: +81-3-3246-0233 Website: http://www.yuasa-hara.co.jp/english/

Our firm’s Areas of expertise - Intellectual Property - Patent - Utility model - Trademark - Design - Copyright

- Unfair Competition - Trade Secret - Corporate / M&A - Transaction / Contract

Unparalleled Legal, IP and Accounting Services Tailored To Meet Your Requirements

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Australasia

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Australasia

Champ Private Equity

Private Equity Firm of the Year - Australia

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Australia

DLA Piper

Law Firm of the Year - Dispute Resolution - Australia

Law Firm of the Year - Insurance - Australia

Law Firm of the Year - Risk - Australia

FTI Consulting

Communications Consultancy of the Year - Australia

Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd

Financial Advisory Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Financial Advisory Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity, Competition and M&A - Australia

Lowndes Associates

Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Meredith Connell

Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Property - New Zealand

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Lawyers

Full Service Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

Moulis Legal

Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Australia

Pacific Equity Partners

Australia - Private Equity Firm of the Year

Russell McVeagh

Law Firm of the Year - Competition - New Zealand

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AECOM Environmental Advisory Firm of the Year - United Kingdom 44 Afschrift Law Firm Tax Law Firm of the Year – Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year – Corporate Tax – Luxembourg Tax Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland 45 Arthur D Little Management Consultancy Firm of the Year - Worldwide Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Worldwide 46, 47, 48 & 49 Avondale Corporate Limited Mergers & Acquisitions - Advisor of the Year - UK 51 Buse Heberer Fromm Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB Law Firm of the Year - Employment - Germany 52 - 53 Benedikt Law Firm Law Firm of the Year - Start-ups – Austria 54 Carlton Strategy Advisors Advisory Firm of the Year - Commercial Due Diligence United Kingdom 55 Dalla Verità & Associati Financial Planning Advisory Firm of the Year - Italy 56 Fulcrum Chambers LLP Chambers of the Year - Anti-Corruption - United Kingdom 57 Group Law Firm Project Finance Law Firm of the Year - Turkey 58 DR. IHLAS GMBH Best German Insurance Broker 59 Intralinks VDR Provider of the Year - Worldwide 60 Leumi ABL Asset Based Lender of the Year - United Kingdom 61 Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants Accountancy Firm of the Year - Greece 62 - 63

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Liquidity Services Inc. - GoIndustry DoveBid Asset Valuation & Appraisal Firm of the Year - United Kingdom 64 Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors Limited Professional Liability Law Firm of the Year - England 65 Marinos - Katsas - Liaskos & Associates IP Law Firm of the Year - Greece 67 CABINET M. OPROIU IP Law Firm of the Year - Romania 68 Oxford Consulting Associates LLP Consultancy of the Year - Healthcare - United Kingdom 69 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Sustainability Private Equity Adviser of the Year - Global 70 PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftspr端fungsgesellschaft Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year - Germany 71 Schindhelm Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Law Firm of the Year Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate - Germany 72 SIA Group Asset Disposal Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom 74 - 75 Studio Legale Sutti Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Litigation - Italy International Commercial Litigation Advisory Firm of the Year - Italy 76 Tomov & Tomov Arbitration Law Firm of the Year - Bulgaria 78

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United Kingdom

Environmental Advisory Firm of the Year

BIG ON DETAIL

A successful transaction is all about the detail. It always will be. URS is now part of AECOM. We give our clients the confidence they need to buy and sell, by enhancing value and minimising risks associated with environmental, safety, social and technical performance. nick.howard@aecom.com aecom.com

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Europe Luxembourg and Switzerland

Tax Law Firm of the Year – Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year – Corporate Tax – Luxembourg Tax Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland

AFSCHRIFT Law firm (Listed several times in www.worldfinance100.com and 3 times recipient of the Belgian legal awards) is a multi-awarded 25 lawyers boutique law firm established in Brussels, Antwerp, Geneva, Fribourg, Luxembourg, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong.

Swiss, Belgian, Luxembourgian, Spanish, Israeli and Hong Kong tax law, AFSCHRIFT’s lawyers are in position to help companies to achieve the best optimization of their tax situation and individuals to optimize the planning of their estate.

Managing partner and founder Thierry Afschrift, professor to the Free University of Brussels, referred as Best Tax Lawyer in Belgium by several international publications is admitted, to the Brussels, Antwerp and Madrid Bar, while being member of Luxembourg, Geneva, Fribourg and Hong Kong bars.

Actually, if acting in compliance with the tax legislation of their country, taxpayers can benefit f the advantages granted by foreign jurisdictions, since there is no law, whether in Belgium or on a EU or international level, prohibiting to use foreign structures or vehicles for purposes of tax reorganisation or planning: the only limit to such operations is the imagination of the counsel and the respect of all concerned national laws and regulations. In this frame, Afschrift is famous for its creativity in the fields of tax planning and reorganisation.

AFSCHRIFT is a niche tax boutique: its lawyers, most of which teach at the University, practice almost exclusively tax cases. Services are highly personalized and confidentiality is jealously preserved. The firm provides personalized consultancy services on the fields of direct and indirect taxation, especially (international) tax optimization and (corporate, estate and real estate) planning. The firm has participated in the major tax trials of the past 20 years; its clientele includes individuals, industrial and commercial companies, Luxembourgian, Swiss and Belgian banks, as well as companies established out of Belgium.

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Europe Worldwide Management Consultancy Firm of the Year Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Who we are Arthur D. Little has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. It is an acknowledged thought leader in linking strategy, innovation and transformation in technology-intensive and converging industries. The firm helps its clients to navigate changing business ecosystems to uncover new growth opportunities; in so doing, the company enables clients to build innovation capabilities and to transform their organization. Arthur D. Little puts emphasis on not only strong analytical skills, client orientation and teaming, but also on creativity, entrepreneurial attitude, and communication. Arthur D. Little is present in the most important business centers around the world. We are proud to serve most of the Fortune 1000 companies, in addition to other leading firms and public sector organizations. Founded in Boston in 1886, Arthur D. Little lays claim to the dual titles of first and oldest management consulting firm in the world

Making you successful in the new era of innovation Innovating business – since 1886 Anticipating megatrends, building innovation capabilities and transforming organizations is our everyday business.

Linking strategy, innovation, and transformation in technology intensive and converging industries We combine strategic insight, innovation expertise, deep industry knowledge and technology understanding to help our clients grow and transform.

Working uniquely, differently Our side-by-side approach integrates latest knowledge and next level thinking seamlessly into your business.

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Europe Worldwide Management Consultancy Firm of the Year Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year

Firm Profile

Arthur D. Little – Consultancy of choice for the investor community Founded in 1886 as the world’s first management consultancy, Arthur D. Little has continually transformed business thinking and practice by applying its expertise in linking strategy, innovation and transformation. Today, Arthur D. Little helps investors and private equity firms achieve superior returns, while guiding companies to create growth, overcome challenges, and increase their efficiency and competitiveness in a globalized marketplace. The Arthur D. Little brand is synonymous with technological ingenuity, innovative thinking and problem solving, a reputation that stems from its involvement in some of the modern world’s greatest achievements and most important breakthroughs – these include putting the first man on the moon, the synthesis of penicillin, the development of electronic ticketing, and the creation of the NASDAQ stock exchange. The company remains at the cutting edge of developments affecting both the future of business and society, with recent studies examining M2M communication, changes to pharma business models and China’s urban mobility challenges. Arthur D. Little transaction teams provide independent, impartial and expert advice to ensure that good deals get done, preparing and reviewing business plans for both vendors and acquirers. Our work focuses on the mid-term (rather than on forecasts for the current financial year) and is differentiated by our understanding of the commercial and technological environment, and by our aim to provide a quantitative assessment of identified risks and opportunities. We can also provide technical due diligence services in sectors where our strategy activities require us to have such operational expertise. ”Arthur D. Little is committed to deliver the best value-for-money and the most innovative transaction services. We are proud to be recognized for our skills by investors worldwide and by M&A Today as the provider of choice to due diligence assignments as well as for our traditional management consultancy services” says Petter Kilefors, Arthur D. Little Nordic’s Managing Partner

Contact: Arthur D. Little AB Kungsgatan 12-14 107 25 Stockholm Sweden

Tel: +46 8 50 30 65 00 Fax: +46 8 50 30 65 02 Website: www.adlittle.com

Petter Kilefors

Jonas Fagerlund

Rebecka Axelsson Wadman

Tel: +46 708 83 00 42 Email: kilefors.petter@adlittle.com

Tel: +46 709 47 46 00 Email: Fagerlund.jonas@adlittle.com

Tel: +46 708 83 00 04 Email: Axelsson-wadman.rebecka@adlittle.com

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Europe Worldwide What we do The consultants it employs today are operating in Europe, Asia and the Americas offering tailored services to clients in in a range of industries across three main functional practice areas. INDUSTRY PRACTICE AREAS • Private equity • Automotive and Manufacturing • Chemical • Energy and Utilities • Health Care • Telecom, Information, Media, Electronics • Travel and Transportation FUNCTIONAL PRACTICE AREAS • Strategy & Organization • Corporate Finance • Technology & Innovation Management • Operations Management In depth: Corporate Finance Arthur D. Little’s transaction team provides independent, impartial and expert advice to ensure the good deals get done. We achieve this by leveraging our firm’s global strengths in dealing with strategic, operational and financial issues in technology-intensive industries. How we can help Arthur D. Little offers specific technical expertise in corporate finance areas including: • Valuation (for commercial and accounting purposes) • Acquisition targeting • Synergy assessment Following a successful transaction, we can co-ordinate support from within Arthur D. Little to ensure effective post-merger integration, to confirm and realize synergies and to release working capital. With our industry-specific knowledge and business planning skills, we are also well placed to help financiers identify businesses’ defensible cash-generation potentials in restructuring situations. We support our clients throughout the transaction process by offering tailored services that build on our strategy consulting heritage. Typically our engagements involve one or more of the following activities: Investment/divestment targeting and appraisal Working with management, we identify the key criteria for target/buyer selection based on the clients’ strategy and the dynamics of the target industry. Activities involve scanning for potential targets/buyers, profiling and screening those entities and then performing more detailed analysis to identify potential synergies in support of valuation discussions. Business plan creation for buyers and vendors We assist vendors and buyers to develop quantified plans that reflect current industry conditions and target value growth opportunities. We assist our clients to communicate the opportunities effectively to ensure that good deals are completed for maximum shareholder value creation. Commercial due diligence Business plan review for both sellers and buyers, giving our assessment of • The ability of the organization to deliver its financial forecasts based on our understanding of the demand and competitive conditions in targeted markets; • The uniqueness of the strategy set out by management; and • The resources to be used to support its implementation. Our work focuses on the mid-term (rather than on forecasts for the current financial year) and is differentiated by our understanding of the commercial and technology environment and by our aim to provide a numerical assessment of identified risks and opportunities. We can also provide technical due diligence services in sectors where our strategy activities require us to have such operational expertise.

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Europe Worldwide Valuation Our advice is sought after in a variety of situations to assist with strategic decisions, in support of mergers and acquisition negotiations, for accounts preparation (e.g. goodwill impairment testing), or in support of litigation. We employ the valuation techniques most appropriate to the specific situation (multiple comparisons, discounted cash flow analysis, option pricing, etc.). Post-transaction support: post merger integration Post-transaction activities to secure value are extremely complex to handle and can potentially frustrate top management, the investment community and - most importantly - the companies' employees, who have to take the role of integrators and change agents. To achieve long-term success, stringent leadership throughout the post-transaction process is essential, stressing each single issue carefully but pragmatically. With Arthur D. Little's long history of successfully supporting companies in mergers, acquisitions and alliances, we can help our clients to manage post-transaction integration activities to meet specific industry and company priorities. Post-transaction support: working capital release Working capital release can be an important generator of returns to owners or a source of funding for growth. We have experience in assisting companies, particularly those with multiple business units spread across many geographies, to identify opportunities to release cash and then successfully execute the working capital release plan. Restructurings and work-outs This entails assisting owners and management to identify opportunities so they can streamline businesses and stabilize cash flows. Activities include preparation and review of cash flow projections following market and operational reviews, support for restructuring, and assistance with divestment activities. Strategic financial modeling Arthur D. Little has developed a robust, flexible methodology to enable efficient development of financial models that reflect the underlying economics of the business in question. These skills are often employed to support both our corporate finance and our strategy assignments.

Contact: Arthur D. Little AB Kungsgatan 12-14 107 25 Stockholm Sweden

Tel: +46 8 50 30 65 00 Fax: +46 8 50 30 65 02 Website: www.adlittle.com

Petter Kilefors

Jonas Fagerlund

Rebecka Axelsson Wadman

Tel: +46 708 83 00 42 Email: kilefors.petter@adlittle.com

Tel: +46 709 47 46 00 Email: Fagerlund.jonas@adlittle.com

Tel: +46 708 83 00 04 Email: Axelsson-wadman.rebecka@adlittle.com

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Europe Mergers & Acquisitions - Advisor of the Year

United Kingdom

Firm Profile For nearly 25 years Avondale has created and maximised sales, acquisitions and shareholder value, exceeding projected targets time and time again. Avondale have genuine business acumen and are not only able to provide outstanding transactions but also practical solutions and guidance to achieve, if not exceed their clients' expectations. Their work is predominately obtained via recommendation, a reflection of our technical abilities, strong service ethos and principles led approach. Providing trusted advice is a key part of Avondale’s culture and also crucial to their success. Avondale’s advisors have a wealth of commercial experience and work closely with clients to ensure they achieve if not exceed their objectives. The Institute of Directors recently appointed them as their preferred provider of business sales and acquisitions following an intense selection process involving key players in the industry, taking nearly half a year. This is a genuine reflection of Avondale’s reputation as trusted advisor in the industry which was additionally highlighted by winning 5 industry M&A awards in 2014 and most recently “Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor of the Year” by M&A Today. Tim Hardman, Managing Director of Avondale, commented “We are absolutely thrilled with this award; it is a reflection of our reputation in the industry, our professionalism and ability to consistently exceed projected transaction values. The past year has been an outstanding year for us with exceptional deal values and values and second to none success rates. We would like to thank M&A Today for their recognition as “Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor of the Year”.

Call out box: Innovation has always been key to Avondale in providing the ultimate M&A service to clients. Some of their key milestones include: • 1991 – First M&A specialist in SME sector • 1997 – First M&A online portal • 1999 – International specialist research & partners • 2007 – Value BuilderTM – coaching, significantly increasing exit value • 2013 – Highest success rate in the industry – 81.6% • 2014 – Won 5 industry M&A awards • 2015 - Appointed by IoD as their preferred provider of business sales and acquisitions.

Contact: Tim Hardman, Managing Director of Avondale Tel: + 44 1737 240888 Email: av@avondale.co.uk

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Europe Law Firm of the Year - Employment

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Hamburg Hamburg Harvestehuder Harvestehuder Weg 23 Weg 23 20149 Hamburg20149 Hamburg Tel. +49 40 41999-0 Tel. +49 40 41999-0 Fax +49 40 41999-169 Fax +49 40 41999-169 E-mail hamburg@buse.de E-mail hamburg@buse.de

Brussels Brussels Chaussée de Boondael Chaussée 6 de Boondael 6 1050 Brussels 1050 Brussels Tel. +32 2 64692-44 Tel. +32 2 64692-44 Fax +32 2 64425-79 Fax +32 2 64425-79 E-mail bruessel@buse.de E-mail bruessel@buse.de

London London 52 Bedford Row52 Bedford Row London WC1R 4LR London WC1R 4LR Tel. +44 20 7395-3000 Tel. +44 20 7395-3000 Fax +44 20 7395-3001 Fax +44 20 7395-3001 E-mail london@buse.de E-mail london@buse.de

Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Buse Heberer Fromm Buse Heberer Abogados Fromm S.L.P.Abogados S.L.P. C/Constitución,C/Constitución, n°1, 3° izq. n°1, 3° izq. (Esq. Passeig des (Esq. Born) Passeig des Born) 07001 Palma de07001 Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Tel. +34 971 425740 Tel. +34 971 425740 Fax +34 971 727056 Fax +34 971 727056 E-mail palma@buse.es E-mail palma@buse.es

Paris Paris 30 place de la Madeleine 30 place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris 75008 Paris Tel. +33 1 533090-88 Tel. +33 1 533090-88 Fax +33 1 533090-81 Fax +33 1 533090-81 Dusseldorf Dusseldorf Milan Milan E-mail paris@buse.de E-mail paris@buse.de Königsallee 100Königsallee 100 Via Visconti di Modrone Via Visconti n. 8/10 di Modrone n. 8/10 Sydney Sydney 40215 Dusseldorf 40215 Dusseldorf 20122 Milan 20122 Milan Tel. +49 211 38800-0 Tel. +49 211 38800-0 Tel. +39 02 7947-65 Tel. +39 02 7947-65 Buse Heberer Fromm Buse Heberer Proprietary Fromm Limited Proprietary Limited Fax +49 211 373678 Fax +49 211 373678 Fax +39 02 7844-97 Fax +39 02 7844-97 123 Pitt Street, 123 LVL Pitt 8 Street, LVL 8 Sydney, NSW 2000 Sydney, NSW 2000 E-mail duesseldorf@buse.de E-mail duesseldorf@buse.de E-mail mailand@buse.de E-mail mailand@buse.de Tel. +61 2 8233 Tel. 9694+61 2 8233 9694 Essen Essen Munich Munich Fax +61 2 8233 Fax 9555+61 2 8233 9555 Huyssenallee 86–88 Huyssenallee 86–88 ResidenzstraßeResidenzstraße 27 27 E-mail sydney@buse.de E-mail sydney@buse.de 45128 Essen 45128 Essen Preysing PalaisPreysing Palais Tel. +49 201 1758-0 Tel. +49 201 1758-0 80333 Munich 80333 Munich Zurich Zurich Buse Heberer Fromm Buse Heberer · Rechtsanwälte Fromm · Rechtsanwälte AG AG Fax +49 201 1758-400 Fax +49 201 1758-400 Tel. +49 89 379110-75 Tel. +49 89 379110-75 E-mail essen@buse.de E-mail essen@buse.de Fax +49 89 379110-76 Fax +49 89 379110-76 Rämistrasse 5 Rämistrasse 5 E-mail muenchen@buse.de E-mail muenchen@buse.de 8001 Zurich 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 43 34461-90 Tel. +41 43 34461-90 Frankfurt / MainFrankfurt / Main Fax +41 43 34461-99 Fax +41 43 34461-99 Bockenheimer Bockenheimer Landstraße 101Landstraße 101New York New York 60325 Frankfurt60325 / MainFrankfurt / Main 100 Wall Street,100 10th Wall Floor Street, 10th Floor E-mail zuerich@buse.ch E-mail zuerich@buse.ch Tel. +49 69 9897235-0 Tel. +49 69 9897235-0 New York, NY 10005 New York, NY 10005 Fax +49 69 9897235-99 Fax +49 69 9897235-99 Tel. +1 212 480-1931 Tel. +1 212 480-1931 E-mail frankfurt@buse.de E-mail frankfurt@buse.de Fax +1 212 480-3478 Fax +1 212 480-3478 E-mail newyork@buse.de E-mail newyork@buse.de

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Law Firm of the Year – Start-ups

Firm Profile Jumpstart your business with Benedikt law firm. We provide your start-up with high-end legal services by choosing and implementing the right legal and financing structure. We protect your ideas, support you in your seed and sub-sequent financing rounds and will also advise you on a successful exit. But our services go beyond pure legal advice. Benefit from our international network of business angels and VCs that will support you in making your start-up successful.

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Contact: Robert Benedikt Address: Office Vienna: Bäckerstraße 6 A-1010 Wien

Office Graz: Hofgasse 3 A-8010 Graz

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Europe Advisory Firm of the Year - Commercial Due Diligence

United Kingdom

Firm Profile Carlton Strategy Advisors is a commercial due diligence advisory services firm with clients across the Private Equity and Corporate Banking communities. David McClelland, Director, comments: “As reporting consultants, CSA’s services in the field of corporate finance transaction services are focused primarily on the lower-middle market. Within this space, SMEs laying claim to strong business IP and a differentiated commercial proposition can be highly attractive to equity investors and debt lenders given their potential ability to generate solid earnings growth. Growth and risk are often close bedfellows. Consequently, the sole objective of CSA’s work ethic is to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the health and character of a potential investee business or new-to-bank customer which will enable our clients to navigate the transaction process successfully. Our approach is scoped to provide an overview of the main sources of commercial risk and opportunity, assessing the target SME as a business entity trading in its chosen marketplace and providing our judgement on that company’s overall potential and specific ability to meet its revenue and profit objectives in line with stated business plans. CSA’s services are differentiated by being director-led and with a skills base that incorporates big-four professional services and international corporate management experience. As we enter out sixth year as an independent consulting firm, we have recorded client project work in a great number of industry sectors, ranging from nanotechnology surface science and sailing jackets to motorway traffic bollards and spent nuclear fuel storage - demonstrating how CSA’s approach to commercial due diligence is process driven in line with our clients’ particular requirements and therefore sector agnostic. As 2015 unfolds, we see strength returning to the corporate finance deal environment. More importantly, we are pleased to see a high level of returning private equity and corporate banking clients in the pattern of ongoing project advisory work which, all told, bodes well for a positive year in the making for CSA and the M&A sector in general.”

Contact: Carlton Strategy Advisors Limited London, SW20 8AG

Website: www.carlton-advisors.co.uk

David McClelland, Director

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Boutique Advisory Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Dalla Verità & Partners, founded by Gianluca M. Dalla Verità, is a team of experienced professionals who provide specialist services to international businesses and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). The team combines longstanding experience with in-depth knowledge of corporate law and international taxation. The firm is a young, innovative company that combines legal expertise with the ongoing analysis of global economics, and regularly takes part in international events, forums and studies. Our extensive, worldwide network of fellow professionals and organisations ensures a friendly, tailored approach to the client across a range of technical fields. This not only makes Dalla Verità & Partners the ideal investment advisor, but also an invaluable partner for the optimisation and restructuring of existing entities from the legal, tax and financial perspectives. Mr Dalla Verità, a chartered public accountant, auditor and published writer, is the founding member of Dalla Verità & Partners, with branches in Bologna, Milan and London, specialized in advisory, M&A (advisor and originator) and cross-border taxation. He is experienced in financial instruments and securitisation vehicles in compliance with EU legislation, and has a longstanding and successful track record in the Far East and African markets. He is a member of various international bodies in the field of international tax law, as well as a member of STEP, the London-based Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Mr Dalla Verità works with HNWI in areas such as tax structures for managers and sportsmen, real estate tax planning and regulations, and the arts. The forthcoming revised regulatory framework in England and Wales will allow him to apply his considerable experience in trusts and probate proceedings in these countries.

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He is a regular contributor to leading publishers such as WOLTERS KLUWER and has written more than a hundred publications on taxation and corporate, trust and business law. He regularly lectures on these subjects for private entities and associations. Mr Dalla Verità has been studying worldwide trends and habits for decades. His analyses are marked by an insatiable curiosity as to the individual motivations and behaviours that underlie macroeconomic phenomena. He is equally at ease whether exchanging ideas with shopkeepers and scholars, or Nobel laureates and leading entrepreneurs. His desire to understand the “stories behind the story” underpins astute strategic analyses of future events, insights which he greatly enjoys sharing with clients and friends alike.

Contact: Gianluca M. Dalla Verità Founder Tel: : +39 051 269900 Email: gianluca.maria@dallaverita.it Website: www.dallaverita.it

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Ivan Pearce

Tel: +44 (0)20 7186 0420 Email address: ivanpearce@fulcrumchambers.com

Joint Managing Director

Europe Website: www.fulcrumchambers.com

United Kingdom

Chambers of the Year - Anti-Corruption

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Firm Profile Fulcrum Chambers LTD is an innovative law firm comprised of barristers, solicitors and other professionals. It has established itself as an awardwinning firm providing expert advice and representation for public, private and commercial clients. Clients are drawn from many sectors, including: publishing, financial services, oil & gas, extractive industry, electronics, construction, transport and infrastructure. The firm provides recognised, experienced-backed expertise to assist corporates, individuals, development banks, regulators and national governments with their bribery and corruption challenges. Fulcrum has advised and appeared as trial advocates in a number of the largest international corruption cases to date. The firm has particular EUROPE experience in negotiating financial settlements through self-referrals in criminal cases with regulators and prosecutors in the United States and with the multi-lateral development banks. The firm has also conducted wide ranging internal investigations on behalf of its corporate clients, both in the UK and in high-risk jurisdictions.

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Fulcrum lawyers have particular expertise in advising and representing clients in relation to money laundering issues. They often assist in commercial transactions, professional obligations, the regulated sector and regulator prosecutor lead investigations. Fulcrum appreciates that circumstances often demand quick and pragmatic advice.

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In addition, the firm has assisted corporate clients in the development of anti-money laundering strategies, training and guidance to ensure compliance with professional obligations, national and international legislation. Fulcrum has many years of experience in the conduct of complex fraud cases and has acted as advisers and advocates for organisations and individuals facing global fraud investigations. They have also acted for parties to the International Commissions of Enquiry, examining commercial transactions involving allegations of civil and criminal fraud. Fulcrum has significant expertise in advising clients on corporate governance, ranging from providing specialist guidance on the various regulatory regimes, to assisting in the development of robust and effective compliance programs. The firm’s clients have included a number of large corporations, including one of the UK’s largest retail and investment banks. Ivan Pearce specialises in advising and representing companies and individuals in relation to regulatory and potential criminal wrongdoing. He has particular experience of dealing with prosecuting and regulatory authorities, including those located abroad with regard to corruption issues and money laundering. He is regarded as an expert on asset forfeiture and confiscation issues. In addition to representing companies he has advised, drafted and implemented systems to ensure reputation and regulatory protection and compliance with the terms of the Bribery Act, the Foreign and Corrupt Practices

Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation. He has represented companies in relation to their exposure to multi-lateral David Huw Williams worldwide into issues arising across his practice area 0)20 7186 0420 development bank sanctions regimes and conducted investigations on behalf of companies. He has a proven Joint track Managing record having been instructed and appearing in the most noteworthy cases dress: davidwilliams@fulcrumchambers.com Director in his field of practice. These include SFO v Macmillan Publishers Ltd, R v James Ibori, and other confidential high profile www.fulcrumchambers.com internal investigations. He is recognised annually by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leader in the fields of asset forfeiture, serious fraud and money laundering. The nature of Ivan’s practice generally means that multiple jurisdictions and legal regimes are engaged with both civil and criminal issues arising. His focus is to provide pragmatic business enabling advice to resolve matters as quickly and efficiently as possible and with an aim to avoid litigation if possible. Where appropriate, this has included self-referral routes in the United Kingdom and abroad to seek the best possible resolution. Ivan has lectured worldwide on bribery and corruption, commercial fraud, restraint and freezing orders, money laundering, asset forfeiture and civil recovery.

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Europe Turkey

Project Finance Law Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Group Law Firm team renders full range of legal services in Turkish, English, German and French languages, and cooperates with a wide range of international network of well-known law firms. Since the beginning The Firm have rendered a full range of legal services in m&a, real estate, corporate law, commercial contracts, intellectual property law, competition law, PPPs, privatization, public procurement, project finance, energy law, banking and other transactions. Group Law Firm do not only possess the command to apply the existing laws, but also contribute to formulate the future of law of the country by its scholarly Jurists. The Firm assist the clients in achieving their goals and have proved to be highly reliable partner in Istanbul-Ankara and beyond. Today with highly qualified team members offering a first-class service, the Firm fully committed to the success of the clients advising and ensuring the defence of their interests in all types of files. Group Law Firm regularly represent various multinational companies, as well as a wide variety of closely and publicly held corporations, partnerships, emerging businesses and individuals, investment (mutual) funds, private equity houses as well as leading banking and financial institutions and leading infrastructure and construction organizations. Besides the industrial discipline and organized and intense follow-up work of the Firm, Group Law Firm reputed for the commercial approach to transactions and for understanding clients' commercial goal. The Firm focus on bringing value-added legal services, aimed to bring progress to clients' business.

Recent Awards of Group Law Firm: Legal500: Recommended Law Firm in Turkey Acquisition International: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey Finance Monthly: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey CorporateINTL: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey

He is one of the leading corporate lawyers in Turkey due to his extensive experience in all aspects of PPPs, privatization, public procurement, corporate law, contentious and non-contentious legal matters. He advises corporations, financial institutions, central and local authorities including self-regulatory organization, on strategic business issues, complex legal matters and legislative options. Dr. KE_LI is also considered an authority in the field of Project Finance and PPPs in Turkey on account of his scholarly approach on law and considerable experience and involvement in several major national and International projects. His expertise is renowned in Turkey and beyond. He is currently advising to the Largest ever project of the Republic of Turkey, the project is in the energy sector. He has been member to various statutory and regulatory commissions including Vice-Chairman of United Nations International PPP Centre of Excellence, and member of the UNECE Team of Specialist on PPP, member of the board drafted 'National Policy of Financing Environmental Projects through PPPS, chairman of the board conducted Civil Dialogue Process of Draft PPP Law in Turkey, chairman of the sub-committee on financing projects in National Transport Summit 2013. Dr.KE_LI has obtained Master of Law (LL.M.) and Doctorate of Law (LL.D.) from Marmara University, and Graduated from Istanbul University, the largest Universities of the Country.

Dr. Ahmet T.KEŞLİ (LL.M., LL.D.) Founding Partner, Group Law Firm Contact Details

ACQ5: Overal Law Firm of the Year in Turkey

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Pekintaş Plaza Kat:9 Büyükdere Cad. No:32 Mecidiyeköy-İSTANBUL/TURKEY

M & A Today: Law Firm of the Year in Turkey Dr. Ahmet T. KE_LI is the Founding Partner of Group Law Firm and the Founding President of International PPP Platform Turkey, Vice-Chairman of United Nations (UNECE) International PPP Centre of Excellence , Dr of Commercial

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Law at the Faculty of Law and Expert Witness in Commercial & Intellectual Property Courts.

Email: info@GroupLaw.com.tr / info@GroupLaw.com.tr Tel: +90(212) 211 66 11 (Pbx) Fax: +90(212) 211 55 75

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Europe Germany

Best German Insurance Broker - 2015

Firm Profile Real appreciation is rare and the best reason to celebrate! We are very proud of this recognition! Thank you! We are a Specialties Broker. Our niche is called Financial Lines. Since 25 years we care about D&O. In 1994 our first scientific article was published in a journal about corporate law. Since then we published more than 2000 pages in a couple of books, follow up editions and articles. Within a flood of information our role as experts is to keep our head above. Our customers should not get confused or mislead. The Director & Officers (D&O) product stays in the center of Financial Lines. It is surrounded by Employment Practices (EPL), Pension Trust (PTL, Fiduciary), Criminal Legal Defence Cost Coverage (StrafRS), Commercial Crime (VSV), Cyber, Representations & Warranties (W&I, R&W), Initial and Secondary Public Offering (POSI, IPO, SPO) and Package Policies. Most of these lines are very young and started slowly within the last three decades. As a dedicated Specialty Broker we did focus on all Financial Lines from the beginning. The pick and choose strategy of insuring named perils but not insuring all types of financial losses and costs requires a combination of several policies. Losses nearly always trigger many policies at the same time. The best advice is to avoid gaps as well as overlaps. The current upswing in M&A activities raised the interest for Warranty and Indemnity Insurance (W&I). Good companies are difficult to find because money became too cheap. Insuring and underwriting those deals needs a lot of expertise. Good and old relationships to law firms are critical. W&I has been known for more than 20 years. It takes a long time to change buying patterns and to create understanding for such lines of insurance. Today leading German insurers start to allocate resources to these new lines. We are convinced, that there is a lot of room left for growth in the local M&A insurance market. Financial Lines are Insurance Policies covering financial losses and costs. This exposure is close to entrepreneurial risk. Business success and failure is measured in percent of profit and loss compared to revenues. On the other hand insurance premiums are calculated and purchased only in per mil of insured sum. The strategy for insurers therefore is to pick and choose. That requires intensive labor, communication and research on all sides and the careful management of expectations of the insured.

the same time produce unique solutions made for one customer only. Policyholder´s don´t want to be mentioned. The DAX Companies are sophisticated buyers. During the last decade we were proud to always have been trusted by a couple of them. We try to find the right clients and people and then we let it go with know-how and passion. Research and development combined with long lasting answers that sometimes could take time are our approach. Old basic values guide us rather than short-term management slogans or mere number crunching. We practice hands-off management, open communication, fun at work, appreciation for clients and their needs and trust. Our unique selling point is 25 years of experience with the Financial Lines of publicly traded large global companies. Our company offers a list with more than 100 references ranging from A to Z about awards, memberships, publications, speaker activities at conferences and from various kinds of journals and universities: http://www.dr-ihlas.com/referenzen.html. We support the insurance experts working for large and global corporations. The insurance market is softer than ever before. The question is, where is the lowest bottom and how long is that sustainable? Buyers in a long lasting buyers` market get used to this sense of an illness. Financial lines premiums are no longer a calculation of risk. Short term premiums are disproportioned to long term risks. It is a unique situation. Every Award results in the past. We are motivated and encouraged for the future.

Contact: Address: Burgmauer 68, 50667 Cologne, Germany Name: Dr. Horst Ihlas, CEO Email: Ihlas@dr-ihlas.com Web: www.dr-ihlas.com Tel: 0049 221 99 383 111

We are providing a B2B concept. We service Risk Managers, In-house Brokers, Procurement and Legal Departments. We operate as a Wholesale Broker and at

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Europe Worldwide

VDR Provider of the Year

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Europe United Kingdom

Asset Based Lender of the Year Firm Profile Leumi ABL is delighted to have won the title of Asset Based Lender of the Year for the United Kingdom in the M&A Global Awards 2015.

In another deal, Cooper Callas, importer of bathrooms and bathroom furniture was supported by Leumi ABL with an £8.5m asset based lending facility.

Leumi ABL is the specialist asset based lending subsidiary of Bank Leumi (UK) plc. Providing funding from £1m to £30m, Leumi ABL provides a full range of asset based lending facilities, including invoice discounting, term loans, stock finance, and plant and machinery finance, real differentiators in today’s market. This is supported by trade finance and property finance facilities via Bank Leumi (UK).

The ABL facility includes invoice discounting, stock, loan and trade finance. The funding replaces the client’s previous invoice discounting facility and will help improve working capital as well as support the acquisition.

Leumi ABL continues to work closely with businesses and their advisors to ensure that financing facilities are structured creatively so as to maximise growth opportunities. During 2014 a number of notable deals were completed.

We recognise the ever more challenging needs of our clients and the Leumi ABL offering continues to evolve whilst retaining the same personal and flexible approach in managing all of our client relationships. As always, we are keen to work closely with professional introducers, building new and existing relationships, and we look forward to discussing any new opportunities.

Leumi ABL provided a structured funding facility to support the management-led buyout of market leading visual merchandise manufacturer, Proportion London Ltd, based in North London.

Contact: Phil Woodward Managing Director, Leumi ABL

The ABL facility includes invoice discounting, stock finance, plant and machinery finance and an amortising term loan to help facilitate headroom on the transaction.

Leumi ABL Limited 126 Dyke Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 3TE

Leumi ABL was introduced to the buyout team at an early stage of negotiations, allowing a detailed understanding of the trading dynamics to be gained. The Leumi ABL facility funds both UK and worldwide export debts, alongside term facilities against the value of existing plant and stock.

Tel: 01273 716200 Mobile: 07900 802774 Website: www.leumiabl.co.uk

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Europe Greece

Accountancy Firm of the Year

We Secure Your Business Future Firm Profile

Experience and Knowledge… next to your business needs! Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants’ journey, started back in 1990 in Athens, aiming at high level Accounting and Tax coverage of its clients. Just 2 years later, in 1992, is accepted as a full member of Alliott Group, a Worldwide Alliance of Independent Accounting, Law and Consulting Firms. The following years and with the catalytic contribution of high expertise executives who were added to the firm’s resources, Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants, has evolved into an organization providing services with stability, accuracy, and consistency, ensuring business sustainability and full statutory compliance. The firm is offering a full range of services with an entrepreneurial, commercial, and focused on success approach. Main areas are: The Services Accounting Financial Statements Bookkeeping IFRS Management Reports

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Taxation Tax Compliance Corporate & VAT Tax Planning Payroll Payroll calculation Compliance Start up business Company formation Registry Process Auditing Statutory audits Due diligence Corporate finance Evaluations M&A Philosophy Regardless the size and the sector of the business, our job is to provide with reliability, discretion and in full line with the laws, every task we undertake.

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Accountancy Firm of the Year

Vision Through our knowledge, experience and expertise we offer unlimited opportunities for our clients, to ensure the development of their businesses. Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants is not just selling services. It is providing clients with Benefits, aiming to be chosen as partner of client’s business, not as a services supplier. International experience - Local expertise Thorough knowledge of Greek reality, combined with the experience and ongoing training of our staff, we provide an unparalleled quality service. Furthermore, long term cooperation with international organizations of recognized value, enables us to support business in more than 80 countries worldwide. Assurance The longstanding experience enables us to ensure the necessary statutory compliance, the relevant procedures and the protection of tax risks. Work Load Management Thanks to our modern time management method, we have full flexibility to fit to the changes in the volume of assignments. Quality Improvement Working with us, protects against errors and omissions on issues related to your business.

The firm enthusiastically support a variety of organizations that help children, the elderly and the environment. We are actively participating in the Alliott Group “Giving Something Back” program to support people around the world. A few words about the Founder John Kleopas is a graduate of the University of Piraeus with postgraduate studies in business administration. He has attended dozens of seminars, both in the area of Accounting, Auditing & Taxation, as well as in International Business Management and has participated as lecturer in many seminars, international conferences, symposiums and workshops. He is chief executive of the British Alliott Group for over a decade and recently elected Worldwide Chairman of the Alliott Group, having already served as Worldwide Deputy Chairman and Head of EMEA region. In Greece he began his career, before establishing his own firms, as an accountant in Greek companies.

Contact:

Athens: 179 Sygrou Ave., 171 21, Athens Tel: +30 210 9579050 Fax: + 30 210 9579456

Mykonos: We Secure Your Business Future Drafaki,

Social Responsibility We Profile take our commitment to the society seriously, Firm participating in Knowledge… a number of programs to make the needs! Experience and next to your business community a better place for all.

Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants’ journey, started back in 1990 in Athens, aiming at high level Accounting and Tax coverage of its clients. Just 2 years later, in 1992, is accepted as a full member of Alliott Group, a Worldwide Alliance of Independent Accounting, Law and Consulting Firms. The following years and with the catalytic contribution of high expertise executives who were added to the firm’s resources, Kleopas Alliott Business Consultants, has evolved into an organization providing services with stability, accuracy, and consistency, ensuring business sustainability and full statutory compliance. The firm is offering a full range of services with an entrepreneurial, commercial, and focused on success approach. Main areas are: The Services Accounting Financial Statements Bookkeeping IFRS Management Reports

846 00, Mykonos Tel: +30 22890 29223 Fax: + 30 22890 29222 Taxation Website: www.alliott.gr Tax Compliance Email: Kleopas@alliott.gr Corporate & VAT Tax Planning

John Kleopas

Payroll Payroll calculation Compliance Start up business Company formation Registry Process Auditing Statutory audits Due diligence Corporate finance Evaluations M&A Philosophy Regardless the size and the sector of the business, our job is to provide with reliability, discretion and in full line with the laws, every task we undertake.

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Europe Asset Valuation & Appraisal Firm Of The Year

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Europe England

Professional Liability Law Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Legal Awards Article Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors specialise in Professional Negligence claims against Solicitors and other lawyers and have a vast amount of experience in obtaining substantial compensation for those that have suffered from professional negligence by their previous Solicitor or other lawyer. Matthew Wilkinson has over 25 years experience in pursuing Solicitors Negligence claims and heads a team of professional negligence lawyers in their niche practice. Taking on Solicitors and Barristers might seem an odd choice for a lawyer but although it might seem to be a difficult task best avoided it can be incredibly interesting and rewarding. Matthew is as enthusiastic today as he was as a young law student about the law and how it can be used to help people and organisations. When he set up his own law firm in 1991 he worked mainly on commercial property, commercial litigation and company law but had already developed an interest in professional negligence work. Professional negligence claims against lawyers provided the right mix of legal complexity and the pursuit of just causes which Matthew was looking for and he specialised more and more in this line of work, eventually leading the whole firm into concentrating on this practice area. Matthew and his team gain incredible satisfaction from seeing the justice in a case and finding and winning the legal arguments to succeed with a worthwhile settlement or Judgement. Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors Limited has been accredited with the Law Society Practice Management Standard (Lexcel). The obtaining by Matthew Wilkinson of the prestigious Lexcel standard is proof that our cases will be handled with a high level of service. The award is re-assessed on an annual basis, which means that we are continually seeking to maintain and improve our standards and that we have passed an independent assessment by Lexcel. The audit is carried out to ensure that our service standards, the way we work and the Management of the firm all meet the highest standards required by Lexcel. Maintaining high practice standards enables us to provide our legal services in the best way possible. The Lexcel accreditation is only awarded to law practices, which have achieved and can maintain these high standards. We are located in Middlesbrough in the North East of England and deal with cases against lawyers from all around England and Wales. At the end of 2011 we opened an office in London to help service our Professional negligence clients. We continue to run our cases from Middlesbrough due to the lower cost base which enables us to keep our fee rates down compared to firms solely or mainly based in the Capital. There have recently been many significant changes to litigation practice and funding and although these changes are having a huge impact on working practices we regard them as a challenge and not an obstacle. We continue to receive a substantial number of new case enquiries and have recruited a further team member to help cope with the assessment process. There is still a market place for good legal advice and representation at a reasonable cost and we aim to use our skill and experience and our work ethos to expand our business and increase our professional negligence work by delivering results for our Clients. Matthew Wilkinson BA Solicitor MPNLA is the owner of Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors Limited.

Contact: Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors Limited (Company Number 7496907) 39 Albert Road Middlesbrough TS1 1NS (DX 60574 Middlesbrough)

Tel: 01642 218888 Fax: 01642 221222 Email: mwilkinson@matthewwilkinson.co.uk Website: www.matthewwilkinson.co.uk

Matthew Wilkinson, BA Solicitor MPNLA

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Europe Greece

IP Law Firm of the Year

Firm Profile The law firm ‘Marinos-Katsas-Liaskos & Partners’, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Michael-Theodoros Marinos, are specialized in the area of commercial, business and public law and possess of a multifaceted and long practical experience in all areas of commercial and financial law. The law firm provides a wide range of legal services covering all areas of commercial and business law. The firm’s client list contain both domestic (Greek) and international corporations, including companies involved in energy, telecommunications, food industry and information technology and electronics, professional associations and public enterprises as well as high net worth individuals. Moreover, the firm provides specialist legal advice to other Legal Firms or Groups of Lawyers both in Greece and abroad. Other areas of expertise include intellectual property law, insolvency law, company law, banking and capital market law, competition law, contract law, energy law, aviation law as well as the law of privatizations. We place great emphasis on IP rights protection, including trademarks, patents, data bases, software and domain names, technology transfer, as well as intellectual property litigation especially before the Greek Supreme Court. It is to be noted that our experience and expertise in these fields has contributed to our Firm’s recognition as one of the top IP Law Firms in Greece.

Contact: 31-33 Voulis str., 105 57, Athens, Greece Tel: (+30) 210 3600680 Fax: (+30) 210 3252410 Website: www.mklpartners.gr

Prof. Dr. Michael Marinos Managing Partner

Dr. Evaggelos M. Liaskos Partner of the firm

Email: m.marinos@mklpartners.gr

Email: v.liaskos@mklpartners.gr

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Europe Romania

Romania IP Law Firm of the Year Firm Profile SERVICES Patents Our experienced team of patent attorneys and scientists can advise and guide you through the entire pre-patenting and patenting process whatever your area of technology: • Acquiring national patents, including revocation and cancellation proceedings before each competent authority;

• Acquiring European Patents, opposition procedures in front of the EPO, and validation of the granted patents;

• Assistance in procedure of obtaining and defending Supplementary Protection Certificate;

• Portfolio administration, including annuity payments; • Qualified technical and juridical translations; • Patent searches with or without opinion as to the patentability;

• Licensing Issues. Trade Marks and Industrial Design At Cabinet M. Oproiu we have the experience to advise and guide the Client during all stages of registration and enforcement. • Registration of Romanian marks and designs;

• Registration of Community Trade Marks and Community Designs with OHIM;

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• Filing with WIPO trademark applications under Madrid Agreement or Protocol;

• Opposition, appeal proceedings; • Portfolio administration, including renewals; • Qualified juridical translations; • Trade mark searches, design searches, watching services;

• Registering Internet Domain Names, including full assistance in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings;

• Licensing issues. Enforcement and Litigation Based on our experience, we offer advice in matters of IP that extend beyond the traditional fields or combine two or more such fields: • Litigation in Romania related to infringement and or counterfeit and nullity of patents, trademarks or designs, unfair competition;

• Representation before Romanian Custom Authorities and Police for infringement or counterfeit matters;

• Enforcement of IP Rights in the pharmaceutical field, including but not limited to advice on validity and infringement prior to a litigation, SPC matters and data exclusivity.

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Europe United Kingdom

Consultancy of the Year - Healthcare

Firm Profile Most commercial due diligence reports are ‘bland’, ‘lack useful insight’, and ‘do not help generate real value’ during the transaction. These are comments that a number of private equity and strategic investor firms have made to us in recent years, about some other commercial due diligence providers – both big global players and small niche boutiques – that they have used. From a due diligence provider’s perspective, some of the reasons driving the production of bland or insipid reports are clear. Painful memories of over-optimistic projections prior to 2007, the desire to be cautious when offering full reliance to investors, and the complexity of the target’s operating environment can all conspire to create a situation where most due diligence firms are not prepared to offer clear, unambiguous conclusions. Too many due diligence reports end up being little more than a re-hash of publicly available information, data from industry reports put into complex charts, and summaries of interviews with a limited number of leading figures. Although some of these due diligence reports might give a good background to the industry, the key drivers and the competitive landscape, they usually offer neither strategic insights, nor a clear view of what the acquisition target needs to do to be successful over the next five-to-ten years. The report might validate key assumptions in the Information Memorandum, but does it identify opportunities and issues that management hadn’t even considered? Investors are finding that due diligence providers often fail to give them the real clarity and the

actionable insights that they need to help them decide how much to bid. Without clear findings and recommendations from due diligence providers, potential investors find themselves losing deals – or worse: overpaying for an acquisition. These outcomes lead, in turn, to escalating costs at investment firms, and acquisitions that struggle to deliver a decent return on exit. Obviously, in order to offer commercial and operational due diligence support to investors, a consulting firm has to be able to demonstrate capabilities such as in-depth experience in the sector, flexibility, a fact-based analysis approach, an ability to deliver to tight timescales, and the skills to synthesize a lot of information into a clear picture. However, these are just the minimum requirements. Oxford Consulting believes that all due diligence providers need to step up to match the real needs of investor firms, rather than just deliver ‘bland’ analyses with a series of caveats and provisos. Investors want clear and meaningful recommendations, backed up by detailed, fact-based analysis and deep expertise in the target’s industry. Investors need due diligence providers that have demonstrated time and again their ability to give meaningful advice. Our clients tell us that it is the clarity of the rock-solid advice that we provide that makes Oxford Consulting stand out amongst all other UK consulting firms. We deliver detailed analysis for complex acquisitions, generating unambiguous recommendations and conclusions. Moreover; we have a reputation for getting it right!

Providing consulting support for some of the world’s most successful businesses .

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Europe Global

Sustainability Private Equity Adviser of the Year

Firm Profile Phil Case, director, PwC, examines how sustainability issues have risen up the private equity agenda and are driving opportunities of their own. Managing ESG issues to protect and create value Our 2013 Global Survey of Private Equity (PE) House views on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues (Putting a Price on Value) canvassed the views of 103 Houses in 18 countries. One of the findings was that a key driver for action on ESG issues was pressure from Limited Partners (LPs). Over the autumn and winter of 2014/15, we therefore conducted a dialogue with a variety of LPs internationally (60 LPs in 14 countries) to understand their perspectives. As with the PE Survey, almost all LP participants (97%) believed that the importance of ESG issues would continue to rise over the next 2 years. Most (83%) already have a Responsible Investment Policy, and many (71%) indicated that they would turn down an investment on ESG grounds, or impose ESG terms as a condition of investment. It’s clear from our work that many LPs see ESG issues as important to value protection and enhancement – and therefore as part of their fiduciary duty to investors. Equally, that many GPs are working to integrate consideration of ESG issues throughout the investment life cycle, from pre-acquisition, through the hold period, to preparation for exit. Challenges remain for both GPs and LPs – for example, in prioritising scarce resources on managing only material ESG issues, in setting realistic KPIs and reporting progress effectively, and in capturing the precise value of ESG initiatives. Nevertheless, the need for, and broad benefits of, a responsible investment approach are now doubted by few, and the direction of travel for this agenda seems clear.

environmental, social and governance (ESG) or Responsible Investment issues faced by our PE clients. From pre-acquisition sustainability assessments, through portfolio company ESG reviews during the “hold” period, to sustainability advice at exit, we identify the value that can be protected and created, and that can be monetised, through focusing on ESG issues at all stages. “PwC’s global sustainability and climate change team works with public and private sector clients, NGOs, private entrepreneurs, policy makers and think tanks to make business and economic sense of sustainability and climate change. The team are part of the global PwC network of over 180,000 people and 158 countries.” For PwC, innovation is the key to bold business. As the leading professional services firm, it is important that we are a catalyst for change whilst doing the right thing for our clients, our people and our communities. We are helping our clients measure environmental and social impacts with our award winning Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) methodology to bring fresh insight and greater resilience to their businesses. Sustainability is core to our values demonstrated by our award winning 'Think Sustainability' training. We value diversity in our people and our longstanding programmes, including the award-winning ‘Open Mind’, help us to nurture talent. We have pioneered ways of supporting communities through our investment in the social enterprise hub The Fire Station including our restaurant, Brigade.

How we can help your business Our global sustainability and climate change team works with public and private sector clients, NGOs, private entrepreneurs, policy makers and think tanks to make business and economic sense of sustainability and climate change. Our global sustainability and climate change team of around 800, is led by the firm in the UK (100). Specialists work across the complete range of sustainability impacts and business opportunities including environmental science, economics, carbon reporting and trading, corporate CSR strategy, Private Equity / M&A, resource planning and supply chain, reporting and measurement, biodiversity, financing, environmental tax and regulation, renewables and cleantech. We use our strong industry experience to provide specialist support in financing and financial services. A multi award winning specialist Private Equity team focuses on

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Contact: Phil Case Director PwC Sustainability & Climate Change

Tel: : +44 (0) 207 212 4166 Email: Philip.v.case@uk.pwc.com Website: www.pwc.co.uk The Sustainability Private Equity Adviser of the Year – Global Award from readers of M&A Today is recognition of PwC’s ongoing commitment to and expertise in sustainability in the Financial Services sector. To find out more see www.pwc.com/sustainability.

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Europe Private Equity Advisory Firm of the Year

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Europe Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate

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Firm Profile SCWP AND SCHINDHELM: ALLIANCE OF EUROPEAN COMMERCIAL LAW FIRMS The German business law firm Schindhelm Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, which has its offices in Osnabrück, Hamburg and Hanover, and Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP), which has its registered office in Austria, have merged forces under the umbrella brand Schindhelm. Everything remains the same as before: Proven quality on the domestic market, whereas the growth markets in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Asia are the international focus. The alliance epitomizes customized solutions for companies of all sizes and from all sectors. The members of the Schindhelm Alliance do not only advise European companies which are active or aspire to be active on the Eastern European and Asian markets. In turn, they also advise Eastern European and Asian companies which are interested in entering European markets. The present offices of the Schindhelm Alliance are in Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Graz, Hamburg, Hanover, Istanbul, Linz, Osnabrück, Plzen, Prague, Shanghai, Vienna, Warsaw, Wels, Wroclaw and the alliance is still expanding.

CAPITALISING ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES From Prague to Budapest, from Istanbul to Warsaw and from Shanghai to Bratislava, the Eastern European and Asian region offers superb prospects, and not only for SMEs. The globalization of the markets means that cross border investments are growing in importance. Are you planning a transaction with a Hungarian partner? Do you want to conclude contracts with a Chinese company? Schindhelm assists you with international and experienced teams on this path, opens doors for you and helps with the avoidance or stumbling blocks, with 150 lawyers’ expertise, commitment and valuable experience on site in 11 countries and 17 offices. WHEREVER – WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE As an entrepreneur, the firm’s clients are responsible for a broad range of tasks. From product development and production, investment and financing, customer and supplier support, to personnel management and organization the firm’s clients are the hub for all activities. At the same time, it is expected that the clients maintain an overview in tax and law issues. To allow that the firm’s clients can concentrate on their core business, they need a partner who supports them in their tasks. A partner who understands them, speaks their language, knows the respective industries, thinks in an entrepreneurial way and retains an overview. Therefore, Schindhelm whenever taken on board, be it on domestic or foreign soil, will deliver solutions for every entrepreneurial issue, tailor-made and from one source – at all locations in a language you understand, at least German and English.

THE WINNER – GERMAN M&A TEAM The German M&A practice, lead by Dr. Christoph Bottermann, LL.M. and Matthias Kirsch, LL.M. (USA), now has won the Law Firm of the Year – Mergers & Acquisitions and Coporate Award – Germany. Such M&A team has shown strong experience in national and cross border M&A transactions and advises in the entire range of legal transaction services in all phases of complex transactions, financial restructurings or recapitalizations. Insofar the Osnabrück Schindhelm M&A team has advised on several notable transactions, e.g. recently the insolvency administrator of German and Czech ICT Automotive Group in the sale process to a Korean purchaser or the the managing partner of 7days Marc Staperfeld GmbH in connection with the participation of the financial advisor Odewald KMU as investor and a management buy-out of a managing director.

Contact: Schindhelm Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Dr. Christoph Bottermann, LL.M. Email: christoph.bottermann@schindhelm.com

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Matthias Kirsch, LL.M. (USA) Email: matthias.kirsch@schindhelm.com

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Europe United Kingdom Asset Disposal Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom

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Europe United Kingdom Asset Disposal Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom

SIA Group approach every asset appraisal with a lifetime of experience in appraising and disposing of assets.

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Our incisive reports allow our clients to make informed decisions within tight time-scales to avoid execution risk. Discover why SIA Group is consistently voted the asset appraiser of choice for the UK’s leading Contact us on +44 (0)20 7498 4900 or email london@sia-group.co.uk

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Europe Italy Law Firm of the Year - Commercial Litigation - Italy Italy - International Commercial Litigation Advisory Firm of the Year

Studio Legale Sutti, established in 1953 by Dr. Angelo Sutti, KIR, a leading commercial litigator of his generation, is today one of the largest full-service business law firms in Italy, with a strong emphasis on excellence in contentious and para-contentious work throughout the Italian and Balkanian jurisdictions, and is routinely instructed as a consequence by its clients, their in-house counsel and their solicitors, to assist in all kinds of litigation, arbitration and mediation, namely in civil, commercial and criminal courts; in appeals; before tax, antitrust and trade authorities; before administrative, regulatory and disciplinary tribunals; and in mock trials for demonstrative or educational purposes. The typical matters concerned include complex corporate disputes, commercial litigation and arbitrations, ADR, administrative proceedings, procedures before local and European patent and trademark offices, tax disputes, competition issues, white-collar criminal defence and prosecution, internal investigations, anticounterfeiting, debt recovery, creditors' rights in insolvency-related matters, local discovery and deposition of witnesses and, last by not least, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Several of Studio Legale Sutti's members are admitted in multiple jurisdictions, are heard before local Supreme Courts, and are recognised scholars and authors in the fields of advocacy, civil procedure, litigation strategy, law of evidence, etc., and/or generally recommended by specialised international media and directories, besides

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undergoing strict internal training and continuing education programmes on subjects ranging from advocacy to theory of games to presentation techniques, from Harvard risk-tree analysis to rhetorics to neuro-linguistic programming. Studio Legale Sutti's services in this area are rendered, under flexible and negotiable terms, in strict cooperation with final clients and their personnel and consultants. The firm is capable to communicate with them in most European languages, and profits from its contemporary nature of a multidisciplinary practice that includes in its human resources forensic accountants, patent attorneys, ITC specialists, investigators and tax advisors.

Contact: Studio Legale Sutti Headquarters: Via Montenapoleone 8, 20121 Milan, Italy. Also in Rome, Genoa, Venice, Bergamo, Monza, Abbiategrasso, Sofia, Bucharest, Belgrade, Zagreb, London and Tokyo.

Tel: : +39 02 762041 Email: maildesk@sutti.com Website: www.sutti.com

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Europe Bulgarian Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Bulgaria

Firm Profile Tomov & Tomov is a Bulgarian boutique law firm that provides services to Bulgarian and foreign clients in the fields of • Arbitration and litigation, • Complex commercial, corporate and financial transactions, and • European Union Law and Public International Law. Tomov & Tomov handles arbitration matters on a regular basis, and has a preeminent national practice in the field. The lawyers of the firm have experience with arbitrations under the rules of arbitration of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL. The firm conducts arbitration proceedings with true dedication to the interests of its clients, devising optimal trial strategy, presenting powerful oral and written advocacy and bringing a proven ability to organize and handle complex evidentiary records. Notable arbitration experience includes:

• As co-counsel with White & Case LLP, the firm successfully represented Bulgaria in Plama Consortium Limited v. the Republic of Bulgaria. All claims amounting to more than USD 300 million were rejected.

• As co-counsel with White & Case LLP, the firm represents Bulgaria in Novera Properties N.V. et al. v. the Republic of Bulgaria. The case involves a dispute arising out of waste management concession.

• As co-counsel with White & Case LLP, the firm represents Bulgaria in EVN AG v. the Republic of Bulgaria. The case involves a dispute related to electricity distribution and supply.

• As co-counsel with Sidley Austin LLP, the firm successfully represented Bulgaria in ST-AD GmbH v. the Republic of Bulgaria in a UNCITRAL arbitration where the claim amounted to more than EUR 50 million.

• As co-counsel, the firm won an ICC arbitration involving a dispute arising out of the privatization of a telecommunications company where the claim amounted to more than EUR 78 million.

• As co-counsel, the firm successfully represented the respondent in an ICC arbitration involving a dispute relating to chemical manufacturing facility where the claims amounted to more than EUR 21 million.

• As co-counsel, the firm represented a foreign company in successful recognition and enforcement proceedings of an arbitral award of more than USD 1.5 million.

Contact: Lazar Tomov Partner 4, Svetoslav Terter street Sofia 1124, Bulgaria

Tel: + 359 888 21 61 35 Email: l.tomov@tomov.com

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North America

Arias, Meurinne, y Rodríguez, S.C.

Tax Litigator of the Year - Mexico

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C. Trademark Lawyer of the Year - Mexico

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Ernst & Young LLP

Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - USA Transaction Risk Advisory Firm of the Year - USA Advisor of the Year (Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services) - USA Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Global 84 - 85

Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP

Bankruptcy Litigation Law Firm of the Year - California, USA

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Merchant & Gould P.C.

Lawyer of the Year - Intellectual Property Litigation - USA

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Maalouf Ashford & Talbot LLP

Law Firm of the Year – Venture Capital – United States of America Law Firm of the Year - M&A - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Private Equity - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Asset Management - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Antitrust - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Banking - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Capital Markets - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Cross Border - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Energy - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Taxation - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - International Finance United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Securities - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - Oil & Gas - United States of America Law Firm of the Year - International Arbitration United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Renewable Energy United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Real Estate - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Mining - United States of America Law Firm of the Year – Intellectual Property United States of America 88 - 89

Molo Lamken LLP

Supreme Court Law Firm of the Year - Washington DC, USA Cross-Border White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year New York, USA 90 - 91

Osha Liang LLP

Intellectual Property Advisory Firm of the Year - Texas - USA

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ParrisWhittaker

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate - The Bahamas

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ParrisWhittaker

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation - The Bahamas

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ParrisWhittaker

Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime - The Bahamas

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Employment Law Firm of the Year - Global

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Lawyer of the Year - Employment - United States of America

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Viscogliosi Bros. LLC

Medical Merchant Banking Firm of the Year - Global

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Walker & Peskind, PLLC

Law Firm of the Year - Labour and Employment United States of America

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diplomas in Tax Law, Administrative Law and Constitutional Proceedings, Universidad Laura Collada has been the managing partner of Dumont Bergman Bider & Co, S.C. (DBB)Panamericana, since 2008, andMexico has worked (1997-1999), honours. Comparative Diploma, there since 2000. The firm is an IP boutique established 74 years ago and is awith traditional key player on IP Law issues. Escuelade Libre de Derecho, Mexico (1997). Law Degree, She graduated with honours from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo México (ITAM). She has law specialisations in IP, Universidad Anahuac, Mexico (1995). corporate, civil, constitutional and environmental law from Universidad Panamericana (UP) and a legal specialisation in Other activities: Professor of International Tax Law, Master of contracts from the ITAM, all of them with honours. Firm Profile Laws, Universidad Anahuac. Professor of International Tax Unique solutions, for in unique legal Law, Postgraduate LibreOffice de Derecho. Ms Collada started the field in problems a renowned IP firm and then moved to work at theDiploma, MexicanEscuela Trademark where she Co-author of five books on International Taxreturned Law matters was the Sub-director for the Prevention of Unfair Competition in charge of all administrative infractions. She to In Arias, practice Meurinneiny2000, Rodríguez provide original, dozens of articles relating Tax issues, private joiningwe DBB in which she was in chargeand of the litigation department. MstoCollada hasmany beenof them straightforward and solid solutions to the most complex focused on International Tax Law. Mexico's for teaching IP litigation as well as copyrights at several colleges and universities including ITAM, UP and ITESM.co-reporter She has also litigation and consultation problems regarding Tax, the 2010 International Fiscal Association Rome Congress written about IP for national newspapers and international IP magazines. Administrative and Constitutional Law trusted to us by our (Cahier's de droit fiscal international, Volume 95a, Tax international national Clientele. Chambers and Treaties andactively Tax Avoidance: Application Anti-Avoidance She speaks atand conferences organised by various organisations. Ms Collada participates in AMPPIof(Mexican Partners of the Firm recently: Provisions, IFA, 2010), Member of the Precedents Committee Chapterexpresed of AIPPI, Former Chair of the Trademark Committee). She is also involved in other organisations such as INTA, AIPPI and the Transfer Pricing Committee the International (Member of Geographical Indications Committee), MARQUES (Chair of the Madrid Protocol Team); of PTMG, ASIPI (for which "These lawyers particularly stand(member out for their taxboard), litigationECTA and Fiscal Mexican Branch. she is National Delegate), AIPF of the BMAAssociation, (Mexican Bar). practice. Arias, Meurinne, Orendain y Rodriguez is a competitive in the market." ii. from Luis E.consultancy, Meurinne strategies, filing and prosecution, to Ms Collada’splayer practice includes the complete lifecycle of IP rights, resolving disputes involving these rights through litigation as welllem@amyr.com.mx as negotiating settlements. Under her supervision, DBB Furthermore, Law Firmcertification has been recognized with several Education: LLMmanagement in International Tax Law (1997) Georgetown achieved ISOthe 9001:2008 (by TUV Rheinland®) for having a quality system. awards during the past two years. University, Washington, D.C. Paper/Thesis: Comparative study the Mexican Anti-Deferral Regime with other DBB is the first IP firm in Mexico that has been certified in all areas. Ms of Collada has recruited a) Acquisition International, peer reviewed Countries CFCher legislation. several lawyers and engineering leaders inprocess, the fieldgranted to support and enhance team in Postgraduate diploma in Tax to the Firm the legal award of Sustained Law. Universidad Mexico (1994). Law order to provide services relatedExcellence to IP such in asTax regulatory, corporate, IT, dataPanamericana, protection, Litigation Mexico 2014 inMs theCollada Tax Awards. Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and valuation of IP assets. is alsoIBFD in charge of client Degree, relationsInstituto and travels Amsterdam was sponsor of the Awards. Mexico (1992). and Spanish. worldwide attending conferences and/or visiting clients. She is fluent in English b) Acquisition International, peer reviewed process, granted Other activities: Author of the publication “International to the Firm the award of Tax Litigator of the Year 2014 in Taxation of Low-Tax Transactions - Mexico” CILS, Austria;. the Legal Awards. Professor of the Mexican tax Regime and International Tax Laura Collada c) Finance Monthly (Finance Monthly Law Awards) granted Law (ITAM); Mexico's co-reporter for the 2008 International Managing Partner the Firm the status of Tax Litigator the Year11:07 2015AM DumontPrintHeroeHor01.pdf 1 of 4/24/14 Fiscal Association Brussels Congress (Cahier's de droit fiscal international, Volume 93a, “Non Discrimination at the cross The Law Firm's Tax, Administrative and Constitutional roads of international taxation” IFA, 2008); Member of the litigation practice, is built around four partners each of them Board of the International Fiscal Association, Mexican with at least 20 plus years of experience in Court and who Branch; President of the Tax Committee of the Spanish personally develop and implement the best possible legal Chamber of Commerce; Author of several articles. strategies in order to increase our Clients possibilities of success. Since we participate in an average of 400 plus iii. Humberto Rodriguez Guevara high-profile Tax, Administrative and Constitutional cases hrg@amyr.com.mx every year, some of them making even headline news, we Education: Postgraduate diplomas in Tax Law and have accumulated the experience to deal with the most Constitutional Proceedings, Universidad Panamericana wide array of problems, including and excelling in matters (1996-1997), Law Degree Universidad Anahuac, Mexico that involve International Tax issues, such as Double Taxation (1993) Conventions and national provisions with international Other activities: Author of several articles relating of Tax Law effect. We make it our business to understand the business and Constitutional Proceedings. Member of the Tax of each of our Clients, their goals and needs, tailoring Committee of the Public Accountant College (Colegio de individual solutions for each one of them. Contadores Públicos, A.C.). Being fully aware of how Courts interpret the Law, we are able to provide the soundest legal counsel on consultation and planning matters, including counselling before Tax Authorities during audits. In Arias, Meurinne y Rodriguez we create unique solutions, for unique legal problems. PARTNERS i. Pedro Arias Garrido pag@amyr.com.mx Education: LLM in International Tax Law with merit (2000) Queen Mary, University of London, England. Postgraduate

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iv. Salvador Eugenio Gonzalez Escamilla sege@amyr.com.mx Education: Law Degree, Universidad Panamericana (1995). Other Activities: Co-author of the Book Entitled: Double Taxation Treaties and their Interaction in the Application of Anti Avoidance Provisions (IFA-Themis 2011). Address: Prol. Paseo de la Reforma #1236, 5 Piso. Col. Santa Fe, 05348 México, D.F. Tel. 52 55 52 80 52 40

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Trademark Lawyer of the Year

Laura Collada has been the managing partner of Dumont Bergman Bider & Co, S.C. (DBB) since 2008, and has worked there since 2000. The firm is an IP boutique established 74 years ago and is a traditional key player on IP issues. She graduated with honours from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She has law specialisations in IP, corporate, civil, constitutional and environmental law from Universidad Panamericana (UP) and a legal specialisation in contracts from the ITAM, all of them with honours. Ms Collada started in the field in a renowned IP firm and then moved to work at the Mexican Trademark Office where she was the Sub-director for the Prevention of Unfair Competition in charge of all administrative infractions. She returned to private practice in 2000, joining DBB in which she was in charge of the litigation department. Ms Collada has been teaching IP litigation as well as copyrights at several colleges and universities including ITAM, UP and ITESM. She has also written about IP for national newspapers and international IP magazines. She speaks at conferences organised by various organisations. Ms Collada actively participates in AMPPI (Mexican Chapter of AIPPI, Former Chair of the Trademark Committee). She is also involved in other organisations such as INTA, AIPPI (Member of Geographical Indications Committee), MARQUES (Chair of the Madrid Protocol Team); PTMG, ASIPI (for which she is National Delegate), AIPF (member of the board), ECTA and BMA (Mexican Bar). Ms Collada’s practice includes the complete lifecycle of IP rights, from consultancy, strategies, filing and prosecution, to resolving disputes involving these rights through litigation as well as negotiating settlements. Under her supervision, DBB achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification (by TUV Rheinland®) for having a quality management system. DBB is the first IP firm in Mexico that has been certified in all areas. Ms Collada has recruited several lawyers and engineering leaders in the field to support and enhance her team in order to provide legal services related to IP such as regulatory, corporate, IT, data protection, and valuation of IP assets. Ms Collada is also in charge of client relations and travels worldwide attending conferences and/or visiting clients. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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North America USA & Global

Transaction Risk Advisory Firm of the Year / Advisor of the Year (Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services) / Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year – USA / Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Global

Firm Profile EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. We help build confidence in capital markets and economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who work together to serve all of our stakeholders and thereby help build a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. EY refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving EY member firm operating in the US.

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Transaction Risk Advisory Firm of the Year / Advisor of the Year (Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services) / Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year – USA / Forensic Due Diligence Advisory Firm of the Year - Global

About EY’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS): Dealing with complex fraud issues, regulatory compliance and business disputes can distract you from efforts to succeed. Managing your fraud and compliance risks is a critical business priority — no matter the industry sector. With more than 3,000 EY FIDS professionals around the world, we can assemble the right multi-disciplinary teams to work with you and your legal advisors. We can give you the benefit of broad sector experience, deep subject matter knowledge and the latest insights from work worldwide. Transaction Forensics, part of EY’s FIDS practice, provides dispute-related services for proposed or completed mergers or acquisitions, as well as services in connection with investigations stemming from transactions and due diligence services relating to anti–corruption and other forensic issues. These services include assisting companies in pre-closing contractual language assessments and pre-arbitration dispute analysis, performance of forensic and accounting transactional due diligence, and post-acquisition assistance with preparation of accounting mechanisms and post-closing arbitration and dispute services. When focusing on potential issues with cross-border transactions, our global teams provide knowledge of local business culture, language, and geographically distinct areas of heightened compliance risk. Additionally, our solutions are tailored to industry and geography specific risks to assist an acquirer in its management of compliance

based risks. Post-close disputes that involve accounting and financial reporting issues often relate to the purchase price adjustment mechanism contemplated in the purchase agreement or the buyer’s claim of a violation of the seller’s representation or warranty – both of which can be challenging to navigate and very complex. Our professionals work with our clients and their legal advisors to bring them deep subject matter knowledge, the benefit of significant and broad post-close dispute experience and insights from our work worldwide.

Contact: Gregory E. Wolski, Partner Ernst & Young LLP – Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services 155 North Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60606

Tel: : +1 312 879 3383 Email: gregory.wolski@ey.com Website: www.ey.com/us/fids

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North America California, USA

Bankruptcy Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Daniel J. McCarthy, Hill Farrer partner, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from University of Michigan Law School. He joined Hill Farrer out of law school in 1981 and has been a partner there since 1991. By its nature, the practice of bankruptcy law is compromise-oriented, but not every dispute can be settled. When bankruptcy matters are contentious and need to be litigated, other attorneys frequently refer their clients to Mr. McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy specializes in litigating disputes in bankruptcy court and related matters in state and other federal courts. That includes fully preparing cases for trial and then trying the cases, as well as handling subsequent appeals. Mr. McCarthy has acted as appellate counsel for clients in appeals leading to numerous published and unpublished opinions. His expertise extends internationally to cross-border insolvencies. While Mr. McCarthy’s bankruptcy litigation experience is extensive, recent examples are representative. In 2013, he prevailed in two bankruptcy court trials. In one case, Mr. McCarthy successfully defended corporate clients against fraudulent transfer claims for approximately $10 million, which was affirmed on appeal in 2014, and in another case he successfully defended an individual client against fraud claims. In January 2014, he represented two clients in acquiring critical assets in separate chapter 7 cases in order to eliminate litigation claims by the debtors against his clients. In a two month trial in late 2014, he also successfully defended a purchaser’s acquisition of an eight-unit condominium building at a foreclosure sale in an action brought to avoid the sale. In a recent written order awarding sanctions against an opposing party, one bankruptcy judge described Mr. McCarthy as follows: “the Court is aware that, although all of his written communications show extreme patience and courtesy, Mr. McCarthy is an aggressive litigator.” Mr. McCarthy has held Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV” highest possible rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards since 1999. In 2014 and 2015, as well as in past years, he was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine for recognition as a top attorney in the area of Business Bankruptcy in Southern California. Mr. McCarthy has published articles on bankruptcy law, and he is an editorial consultant for the two volume practice guide California Debt Collection and Enforcement of Judgments. Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP was founded in Los Angeles in 1923. It is a full-service business law firm, providing representation in litigation, appellate, bankruptcy, labor and employment, corporate, real estate and tax matters. It is a member of Globalaw, a prestigious worldwide network of independent law firms, with more than 100 members in 165 cities, and is represented on Globalaw’s governing board. Hill Farrer attorneys have successfully handled thousands of transactions and won thousands of cases. Hill Farrer lawyers are respected by the courts and their peers for their solid understanding of the law and aggressive advocacy for their clients.

Contact: Daniel J. McCarthy Partner Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP, One California Plaza 300 So. Grand Ave., 37th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Tel: 213.621.0802 Fax: 213.624.4840 Cell: 310.709.2421 Email: dmccarthy@hillfarrer.com Website: www.hillfarrer.com

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North America Lawyer of the Year - Intellectual Property Litigation

United States of America

The team at Merchant & Gould congratulates our colleague, Dan McDonald, on being selected M&A Today’s Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year – USA for its 2015 Global Awards. Dan has been practicing IP law for more than 30 years and represents clients in patent litigation, copyright litigation, trademark/trade dress litigation, and trade secret litigation with an emphasis on electronics, software, and Internet issues. He has represented clients ranging from individual inventors to the British Post Office, in cases involving a broad spectrum of technologies from software, digital imaging, telecommunications, and electronics to kitchen and home products, apparel, aerospace, printing, and materials handling. He has obtained an "exceptional" case finding after trying a patent case to verdict, obtaining attorneys' fees and punitive damages affirmed on appeal. He also has successfully obtained findings of contempt and obtained a multi-million dollar award for a client wrongfully accused of infringement. In addition, it could be said that Dan has written the book on intellectual property litigation, literally. His book, titled Protecting Your Company from the New Era of Patent Infringement Suits, is intended for executives without a legal background and helps them to understand how to fight back against Non Practicing Entities (NPEs) suits, reduce both costs and risks and employ cutting edge strategies to turn the tables on NPEs and make counterclaims. His book is available on Amazon.com for Kindle. Once again, congratulations to you, Dan. We are proud to count you as part of our team.

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North America United States of America

Firm Profile Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP remains at the forefront of the legal profession, year after year, structuring complex international business transactions worldwide. The Firm represents clients in numerous high-profile matters involving mergers & acquisitions, oil & gas transactions, banking, IPO’s, private equity, project finance, arbitration, commodities, mining and cross-border transactions across the globe. At Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, the Firm’s Senior Partner, John J. Maalouf is personally involved in every large transaction the firm handles. Mr. Maalouf is ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States by the U.S. Lawyer Rankings for the past 9 years in a row. John is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of international trade and finance law, mergers and acquisitions, business and corporate law, oil & gas law, energy law, banking law, cross-border

transactions and project finance. John is also co-author of the book: "Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Mergers & Acquisitions in China", published by Thomson West, the world's most respected name in legal publishing. Mr. Maalouf has represented clients throughout the world, including the U.S., China, Middle-East, EU, Japan, India, Australia, Russia, Africa and South America in complex matters involving international trade & finance, mergers & acquisitions, public offerings, international banking, project finance, capital markets, private equity, international oil & gas, mining and energy transactions. Maalouf Ashford’s reputation for excellence and breadth of expertise has made it the law firm of choice for many of the worlds leading corporations as they address the diverse legal and business challenges which they face.

Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP Tel: 212.537.5035 Fax: 212.537.9268 Email: john.maalouf@maaloufashford.com Website: www.maaloufashford.com 40 Wall Street, 28th Floor, New York, New York 10005 New York | Hong Kong | Riyadh | Shanghai | São Paulo | Beirut | Moscow

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North America United States of America

Oil & Gas – United States of America Venture Capital - United States of America M&A - United States of America Private Equity - United States of America Asset Management - United States of America Antitrust - United States of America Banking - United States of America Capital Markets - United States of America Corporate - United States of America Cross Border - United States of America Energy - United States of America Project Finance - United States of America Shipping & Maritime - United States of America Taxation - United States of America International Finance - United States of America Securities - United States of America International Arbitration - United States of America Renewable Energy - United States of America Real Estate - United States of America Mining - United States of America Intellectual Property - United States of America

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North America United States of America

Firm Profile MoloLamken LLP is a law firm focused exclusively on representing clients in complex litigation. We handle civil as well as criminal and regulatory matters across the United States. Our clients are across the globe. Our founding partners, Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken, developed national reputations based on their courtroom successes while partners at large full-service firms where they held leadership positions. With an abiding belief that complex litigation is most effectively handled by smaller teams comprised of smart, highly experienced lawyers focused on results rather than process, they formed the firm in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We provide experienced advocacy before judges, juries, and courts of appeal, including the Supreme Court of the United States. We also represent clients in regulatory and criminal investigations and conduct internal investigations. We favor sharing risk with our clients and look to understand their goals in a matter, then structure a fee arrangement that is fair and that recognizes the value in achieving those goals. There are many ways in which such fee arrangements can be structured. Flat fees, percentage holdbacks, milestone payments, and partial contingencies are just some of the ways to achieve a fair and predictable fee. While we will enter into hourly billing arrangements with clients, our strong preference is to find a way to reach a professional commercial arrangement centered on value rather than time spent on a matter. Our lawyers are courtroom advocates, not merely paper litigators. We possess years of collective experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes disputes. Our strength lies in the intellect, creativity, and tenacity of our lawyers and our experience in applying those traits to achieve great results for clients in serious matters.

Contact: Steven F.Molo 540 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 Tel: 212.607.8160

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North America United States of America

Supreme Court Law Firm of the Year - Washington DC, USA Cross-Border White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year - New York, USA

Contact: New York 540 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10022 Tel: 212.607.8160 Fax: 212.607.8161

Washington, D.C. 600 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037 Tel: 202.556.2000 Fax: 202.566.2001

Chicago 300 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60654 Tel: 312.450.6700 Fax: 312.450.6701

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North America Intellectual Property Advisory Firm of the Year - Texas

USA

Firm Profile Founded in 1998, Osha Liang is an intellectual property law firm with a global presence. With offices in Texas, California, Washington, D.C., France, China and Japan, our goal is to assist our clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property interests worldwide. The firm prides itself in being one of the most technically and legally proficient IP firms in the world, delivering to our clients the highest level of quality and customer service. Osha Liang has expertise in a wide range of IP-related fields, including patent and trademark procurement, global IP portfolio management, IP litigation and licensing, due diligence, opinions of counsel, and strategic IP counseling. We are recognized as one of the top 50 IP firms in the nation based on the number of patents issued. Our extensive experience, international business acumen, and in-depth technical knowledge uniquely position our firm to advocate for company’s innovations ensuring your intellectual property rights are properly secured, maintained, and protected. We believe in a team approach when servicing our clients. At Osha Liang, no partner “owns” a client. Through open discussion with each client, an appropriate team is assembled within the firm based upon experience, technical backgrounds to meet the needs of the client in each particular matter. Although a single lawyer may be appointed as a primary point of contact, each project is staffed within the firm to yield the highest quality work product. Osha Liang is a Houston-based firm with an international presence. We represent clients throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, file patent applications in every industrialized country in the world, and conduct business in a variety of languages, including: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese. We are particularly proud of the broad range of technical skills possessed by our firm’s professionals. One of the many unique and forward-looking aspects of the firm’s practice, which is designed to enhance the technical skill level while providing first-rate legal services, is the firm’s Patent Agent program. The firm’s Patent Agent program is unique and extremely effective in developing a technically and legally savvy

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team. Unlike most firms that recruit solely from law schools, Osha Liang actively recruits science and engineering graduates from universities and industry. These individuals are then apprenticed in the art of patent practice through the use of practical on-the-job training and weekly lectures. Eventually, these Patent Engineers are encouraged to sit for the United States Patent and Trademark Office registration exam to become licensed Patent Agents. Under supervision, these patent engineers and Patent Agents provide exceptional value to clients in terms of both technical knowledge and cost effectiveness. Graduates of the program have the option to attend local law schools on a part-time basis with tuition assistance provided by the firm. Our Patent Agent program, multilingual staff, foreign-licensed attorneys, worldwide network of foreign associates, as well as our in-depth knowledge of international rules and foreign business cultures make our firm one of the most diverse and uniquely experienced intellectual property practices in the world.

Contact: Jonathan P. Osha Managing Partner 909 Fannin Street, Suite 3500 Houston, TX 77010 Tel: : 713.228.8600 Fax: 713.228.8778 Email: osha@oshaliang.com Website: www.oshaliang.com

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North America The Bahamas

Law Firm of the Year - Corporate

Global Experience. Local Knowledge. We’ve designed our practice to accommodate both non-Bahamas businesses that need sharp local expertise, and local/regional businesses that want a trusted hand and 24/7 attention. That’s why our array of services is broad. As real estate, banking, and litigation experts, we’ve built legal specialties around our strengths and your needs. What’s more, we often price our services based on your value—not maximizing our fees.

Suite 10, Seventeen Centre, Bank Lane, P.O. Box F43018, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas

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North America The Bahamas

Law Firm of the Year - Litigation

Global Experience. Local Knowledge. We’ve designed our practice to accommodate both non-Bahamas businesses that need sharp local expertise, and local/regional businesses that want a trusted hand and 24/7 attention. That’s why our array of services is broad. As real estate, banking, and litigation experts, we’ve built legal specialties around our strengths and your needs. What’s more, we often price our services based on your value—not maximizing our fees.

Buse Heberer Fromm is one of Germany‘s large independent law firms. More than 100 qualified attorneys and tax consultants advise national and international clients in all areas of commercial and tax law from six locations throughout Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich), and at international offices (Brussels, London, Milan, New York, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Sydney and Zurich). By pooling core competencies in company-wide integrated Practice Groups, Buse Heberer Fromm guarantees optimum, customised solutions for the implementation of projects and transactions of all sizes. As a law firm focusing on medium-sized companies, Buse Heberer Fromm attaches great importance to the individual support of its clients, personal advisory services, and continuity in its client relationships.

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www.buse.de · Berlin · Dusseldorf · Essen · Frankfurt am Main · Hamburg · Munich www.buseinternational.com · Brussels London Freeport, · Milan · New · Palma Mallorca · Paris Suite 10, Seventeen Centre, Bank Lane, P.O. Box· F43018, GrandYork Bahama, ThedeBahamas Sydney · Zurich

Buse Heberer Fromm · Rechtsanwälte · Steuerberater PartG mbB

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North America The Bahamas

Law Firm of the Year - Shipping & Maritime

Global Experience. Local Knowledge. We’ve designed our practice to accommodate both non-Bahamas businesses that need sharp local expertise, and local/regional businesses that want a trusted hand and 24/7 attention. That’s why our array of services is broad. As real estate, banking, and litigation experts, we’ve built legal specialties around our strengths and your needs. What’s more, we often price our services based on your value—not maximizing our fees.

Suite 10, Seventeen Centre, Bank Lane, P.O. Box F43018, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas

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North America Employment Law Firm of the Year

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Firm Profile Seyfarth Shaw LLP is an 800+ lawyer firm with global reach and unparalleled capabilities in international employment law. The firm’s team of specialist international employment lawyers is the largest of its type globally, and its practice is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading practices in the area. All the partners in the international practice are internationally-trained, and each has assisted many of the world’s largest companies with numerous complex and high-profile global employment-related strategic, compliance and transactional projects across a wide range of industries. The team has experience across more than 170 countries, often working on projects covering up to 150 countries at one time. Seyfarth’s international employment law team has assisted in more than 100 international acquisitions/workforce integrations. In each of these transactions, our team was appointed by the client to provide specialist international employment advice where other firms were the client's appointed transactional counsel. This is a testament to the profile and capability of our international employment practice. The experience and credentials of Seyfarth’s international practice have led to our reputation as global leaders in the practice of international employment law and have positioned the team as ‘go to’ advisors for large multinational companies requiring strategic employment advice covering their global operations. Key areas of experience and expertise include: • • • • • • • • • • •

Employment and labour issues arising from international mergers and acquisitions International outsourcing arrangements Multi-jurisdictional privacy/data protection and employment law compliance issues Terminations - individual and large scale reductions in force Employment and contingent workforce arrangements and documentation Employment-related privacy and data protection Protection of employers' proprietary and confidential information Structuring and implementing employment related strategic initiatives on a multi-jurisdictional basis Workplace harassment, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law matters Workplace policies and handbooks International workplace investigations

Seyfarth’s international employment team is located in key global locations and provides a true cross-border expertise. Our success is the result of a constant, unrelenting focus on the needs of our clients and a commitment to excellence using the strength of an integrated team-based approach to deliver international employment law services in a creative, innovative and commercial way.

Darren Gardner Chairman, International Practice Tel: +1 (415) 544-1018 Email: dgardner@seyfarth.com Web: www.seyfarth.com

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North America Lawyer of the Year - Employment

United States of America

William C. Martucci

Firm Profile Bill practices nationally in business and employment litigation, with a focus on complex class action (employment discrimination and wage & hour) litigation. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business notes “Bill Martucci is worth having on any dream team for employment litigation and policy issues.” Bill is widely regarded as an exceptional trial lawyer and innovative policy strategist. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in both Business Litigation and Employment Litigation, Guide to the World’s Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. His jury work has been featured in The National Law Journal. He teaches Multinational Business Policy and the Global Workplace at Georgetown. Bill was highlighted in the debut edition of Chambers USA as one of the highest-rated corporate litigation lawyers. According to Chambers, the SHB national employment practice group has been "lauded for both its class action work and its effective advice to employers on federal compliancy issues. Bill Martucci is highly esteemed as an employment litigator." The Chambers analysis notes: "Bill Martucci garners the admiration and respect of peers and clients for his 'tenacious' litigation skills and 'breadth of knowledge' on employment policy issues. His ability to 'effectively' communicate an employer's point of view to a jury has impressed many interviewees, who also point to his success in establishing a client base that contains a number of Fortune 500 names." More recently, Chambers USA described Bill as "'a phenomenal litigator and a great lawyer'... lauded for his comprehensive knowledge of employment law and expertise in class action litigation." Previous editions noted: "A whirlwind of an attorney, Bill Martucci is a practitioner of great national prominence. Praised as 'the most formidable attorney,' his courtroom style is subtle yet winning. Clients say: 'His trial skills and work ethic are second to none.' . . . Outside the courtroom, he is also an authoritative advisor and educator for his clients. Bill Martucci operates in a league of his own when it comes to employment law." Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive named Bill as one of America's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers.

“A Powerhouse. Truly one off the best firms in the nation.” - Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Contact: Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP 1155 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 Tel: (202) 783-8400 Fax: (202) 783-421 Email: wmartucci@shb.com

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North America Global

Medical Merchant Banking Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Viscogliosi Bros. LLC Approaches $2 Billion in Medical Device M&A Transactions New York-based Anthony G. Viscogliosi, Principal of Viscogliosi Bros. LLC (VB) was the first merchant banker to identify and help realize the global market growth potential for innovative orthopedic device technologies. Viscogliosi’s pioneering work during a 20-year career in the field has contributed to consistent advances in sales and innovations estimated at $43 billion in 2014. Thirty percent of the market has been generated by private equity or venture capital funds founded by firms such as VB. As an analyst on Wall Street in the early 1990s, Viscogliosi first identified orthopaedic devices as a distinct segment of the medical instruments market. In 1999 his confidence in the potential of this market led him to create the boutique merchant banking firm of Viscogliosi Bros. LLC, (VB) (with brothers John and Marc). The mission was to develop and fund innovative technologies that had shown proven potential to restore the functionality of diseased or traumatized bones and joints – especially hips, knees and spin treatments. Most of the existing market was in technologies that mitigated the pain of osteoarthritis but sacrificed some of the mechanical integrity of joints. VB has completed numerous, ground-breaking transactions in orthopaedics, notably Small Bone Innovations, Inc., a start-up specializing in devices for the upper and lower limbs. This company was acquired by Stryker Corp. in June, 2014 for an announced price of $375 mm. Just prior to this the firm’s investment in Knee Creations LLC was acquired by Zimmer Holdings, while VB investors also benefitted from the sale of Ascent Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a company that VB helped to create, to Stryker for $525 million. Since its inception VB-led investments have so far yielded a total of more than $1.8 billion in proceeds from all transactions. The firm’s first major transaction came with the sale for $350 million by VB of Spine Solutions Inc. a spinal disk replacement developer to Johnson & Johnson’s orthopaedics arm.

These investments derived from VB’s success in its fundraising efforts with a range of international institutions including several sovereign wealth funds and mainstream banks and investment firms such as UK’s 3i, Goldman Sachs, Khazanah Nasional Berhad and NGN Corp. These investors were among many others who participated in a series of equity and debt rounds worth more than $620 mm. The firm’s current portfolio includes Paradigm Spine Inc., Centinel Spine and Woven Orthopedics LLC. Overall, investments in 2014 in the Life Sciences sector (Biotechnology and Medical Devices combined) rose to the highest level since 2008 with $8.6 billion invested into 789 deals, a 29 percent increase in dollars but a 3 percent drop in deals compared 2013. In Q4, the Life Sciences sector captured $2.8 billion going into 202 deals, a 62 percent increase in dollars invested while deal volume remained relatively flat compared to Q3 2014. Dollars invested into Life Sciences companies accounted for 18 percent of total venture capital investments in 2014.

Anthony G. Viscogliosi, Principal, Viscogliosi Bros. LLC Contact Details Address: 505 Park Avenue, 14th floor, New York NY 10022

Email: aviscogliosi@vbllc.com Tel: +1.212.583.9700 Website: www.vbllc.com

Another exit in the spine business was VB’s investment in Spine Next LLC - an $80 mm transaction with Abbott Laboratories and, in 2005, the sale of VB investments in Cortek Inc. to Alphatec Spine Inc. VB’s investment in Soteira , a spinout from the firm’s portfolio, was acquired in 2012 by Globus Medical, Inc., and its investment in another spine-related company, K2M Inc., was realized in a $200 mm acquisition of K2M by Welsh, Carson in 2010.

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North America United States of America

Law Firm of the Year - Labour and Employment

Firm Profile Walker & Peskind puts experience, expertise, and efficiency together to form a new model of the premier law firm. The firm’s attorneys bring decades of experience, knowledge, and extraordinary innovation to the matters they handle on behalf of their clients. Richard Walker, Chairman and founding Partner of the firm, is a nationally known litigation labor and employment lawyer and a former law professor. He is among the attorneys in the Southwestern United States most highly rated by their peers, and he sets the standard for the firm’s attorneys with regard to commitment to client service, exceptional quality of work, the highest integrity, and creative approaches to finding solutions for client problems. Mr. Walker’s philosophy is that exceptional legal services can and should be provided to clients more cost effectively than what is typically encountered with most of the highly reputable large law firms. Mr. Walker has advised and represented corporate clients including numerous Fortune 500 corporations on a national basis for more than 40 years. He has litigated commercial and employment related matters, including several class actions, in the federal courts, the courts of several States, and before administrative agencies including the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor. As a partner in some of the most prominent national firms with offices in Washington, D.C. and Arizona, he has earned a sterling reputation for adept handling of complex litigation, including cases with highly complex technological issues and class action suits, and for his penetrating analyses and innovative strategies. Mr. Walker has also successfully represented employers in the full range of labor and employment law matters and is well-known for defending employers against claims brought under whistleblower protection laws. In Arizona, he is one of only a small handful of lawyers with significant experience and expertise in handling claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ("RICO") Act. In the international arena, Mr. Walker has substantial experience with issues relating to the enforcement of judgments issued by foreign courts in the United States, and he has assisted clients with transactions involving interests in Asia, the European Union, and South America. His areas of special expertise include theft of trade secrets and proprietary information, employee criminal misconduct, whistleblower protection law, collective bargaining, union campaigns, and employment discrimination class actions. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Labor & Employment, 2005 - ) Americas Finest Lawyers and Southwest Super Lawyers (Labor & Employment, 2005-2008; Business Litigation, 2009- ), he has been AV® Preeminent peer review rated for over a

decade, and he is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, the trial lawyer honorary society. The practice areas in which the firm’s current attorneys have acquired experience and expertise include: complex civil litigation, class actions, business fraud and racketeering, civil rights, corporate & commercial law, commercial transactions, executive employment agreements, business planning & exit strategies, labor & employment law, collective bargaining and labor arbitration, international business transactions and commerce. In summing up Walker & Peskind’s approach to client relationships, Mr. Walker has said: “There are many law firms that claim to approach their relationships with their clients as if they were business partners. At Walker & Peskind, when we say we consider our firm to be in partnership with our clients, however, these are not just words. We are committed to doing whatever we can to help our clients be more successful. We recognize that our clients' success not only benefits them, but also us. We consider it very important that we know our clients’ business well enough to be in a position to recognize opportunities that can help them reach or exceed their business objectives. We remain constantly on the alert for such opportunities, even when they are not related to the range of services we have been retained to provide, and are only too pleased when we can help our clients take advantage of them.” Walker & Peskind strives to give clients better value while continuing to provide legal services that are in every way equal to or better than those provided by the large, national law firms.

RICHARD K. WALKER Contact Details Address: WALKER & PESKIND, PLLC 16100 N. 71st Street, Ste. 140 Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Phone: 480-483-6336 Email: rkw@azlawpartner.com Web: www.azlawpartner.com

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Di Blasi Parente & Associados

Law Firm of the Year - PCT - Brazil

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Moraes Pitombo Advogados

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year - Brazil

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South America Brazil

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year

Firm Profile Moraes Pitombo Advogados was founded in 2001, with the scope of harmonically combining two different qualities of contemporary legal practice: personally tailored client service – which is characteristic of small Law Firms – and the cutting-edge technology and organization of big law Firms. The firm provides expert legal services in litigation, mainly in the criminal area, focusing on white-collar crimes, money laundering and corporate-related issues. It is also specialized in international cooperation, having dealt with several cases involving international mutual legal assistance, working with top firms from the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Luxembourg, among others. The office is based in Sao Paulo, the financial capital of Brazil. It has also offices in Rio de Janeiro and in Brasilia, where all the Superior Courts are located, providing a much closer follow-up of the procedures. In the past 14 years, the firm earned a reputation as a leading practice in the field, working in high profile and mediatic cases, and being recognized for dedication, best knowledge of the cases and skilled performance. Moraes Pitombo Advogados’ attorneys are recruited from the best law schools in Brazil and are also encouraged to engage an international experiences, such as LLM courses and interships abroad. The founder Antonio Pitombo has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Law with the dissertation “The Specificity of the Predicate Crime in Money Laudering”, and a PhD degree in Criminal Law with the thesis “The Specificity of the Criminal Organization” at Law School of the University of Sao Paulo. He also concluded his Post-doctoral studies in Democracy and Human Rights at Coimbra University, in 2013, with the dissertation entitled “The impartiality of the jurisdiction: current criminal procedure issues.” He is the author of several newspaper articles, magazines and compilations specialized in Law and criminal procedure. He is also a member of the Brazilian Institute of

Criminal Science (IBCCRIM); of the Institute Manoel Pedro Pimentel; of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; of the Association Internacionale de Dróit Pénal; and the Association Internationale des Avocats de la Défense.

Moraes Pitombo Advogados Antônio Sérgio A. de Moraes Pitombo Partner/Founder

Contact Details Address: SÃO PAULO Rua Pequetita, 215 - 8º andar Cep: 04552-060 - São Paulo - SP Tel: +55 11 30473131

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