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Welcome to Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Excellence Awards 2014 Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards selects the best professional & financial institutions from around the world and showcases there work ethic and skills within their area of expertise. The Awards Magazine is aimed at not just the large corporations but the smaller companies of the advisory business sector. Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards is currently being read by Lawyers, Advisers, Consultants and corporate executives. Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards publishes magazines reporting on legal advisory and consulting firms all over the world. Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards selects the best professional & financial institutions from around the world and showcases there work ethic and skills within their area of expertise. Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards has an audience of public and private companies, many of them across the world are listed as the top law firms, private equity companies, investment officers, financiers and entrepreneurs, some are also listed on stock exchanges. The Excellence Awards 2014 are for the best advisors all over the globe in a variety of different practice areas, the advisors are selected by the readers of our magazine on the Voting Page of our website. The advisors selected are the people that go above and beyond for their clients to help them as best they can.

Index – 2014 Excellence Awards Winners

Akugur Law Office

Gagrats Advocates & Solicitors

Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

Aviation Law Firm of the Year - India

Aleksey Pukha & Partners


Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year Ukraine

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Austria

ANK Law Firm

Hadromi & Partners Law Firm

Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year Ukraine

Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Indonesia

AZB & Partners Arbitration Law Firm of the Year - India Basilio Advogados Commercial Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Brazil Basilio Advogados Arbitration Law Firm of the Year - Brazil Bezen & Partners

Intercorp Group International Tax Law Firm of the Year - Brazil KB Associates Offshore Fund Consulting Firm of the Year UK Kilburn & Strode LLP Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - UK KPMG

Law Firm of the Year - Turkey

Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor of the Year Turkey

Cabinet Ratheaux

L&E Global

Corporate Law Firm of the Year - France

Cross Border Law Firm of the Year - Belgium


Lorenz International Lawyers

Insolvancy & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year – Cayman Islands

Law Firm of the Year - Kyrgyzstan

Deep & Far Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year Taiwan Doralt Seist Csoklich RechtsanwaltsPartnerschaft Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year Austria Gagrats Advocates & Solicitors Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year - India

Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo Arbitration & Litigation Law Firm of the Year Indonesia Mundkur Law Partners Mergers & Acquisition Law Firm of the Year India Mundkur Law Partners Overall Corporate Law Firm of the Year - India

PWC Global Sustainability Private Equity Advisor of the Year - UK Raposo Bernardo Full Service Law Firm of the Year - Portugal Richard Todd QC Family Law Firm of the Year - UK Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera Bankruptcy Law Firm of the Year - Mexico Rogerson Law Asset Protection Law Firm of the Year – Canada Sadis & Goldberg Overall Law Firm of the Year - USA Sadis & Goldberg Law Firm of the Year - USA Thomas & Thomas Partners Most Trusted Licensing Solicitors of the Year UK Transfer Pricing Romanian Transfer Pricing Advisory Firm of the Year Yav & Associates Corporate Law Firm of the Year - The Democratic Republic of Congo

Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year – Ukraine Aleksey Pukha & Partners is a full - service law firm headquarted in Kiev consisted of lawyers, attorneys, accountants and auditors. The company provides legal services in Kiev, other Ukrainian towns and abroad. Our experts may decide legal matters in any area. Aleksey Pukha & Partners employs the highly qualified professionals with experience in legal matters, deep knowledge’s, strong business and social position. We take part in public legal organizations, professional associations, stay in touch with the state and local authorities. The firm provides legal support for business on adequate price that is one of our advantages. They offer extensive legal assistance and solutions regardless of its complexity, introduce new practical approaches in order to be more experienced, more influential, more quickly. Their clients are residents of Ukraine and non-residents. Among the firm’s clients there are representatives of the international and local business in agricultural, transport, construction sector, insurance, pharmaceutical and another areas. Our partners and clients testify our reputation and high qualification. Firm propose all possible variants for communication including on-line help services, legal consultation in written or electronic form and another services. You may apply for legal advice or ask the price of services in chat window. Areas of Practice: Corporate Law, Corporate Relations & Management Licensing, Permits & Certification Corporate Services Representation and Protection of Interests Tax Migration Relations Property, Building & Land Law Contracts & Documents Business Solutions Legal Support for Marriage and Divorce Contact Details 416, 21 Patrisa Lymumby St., 4th Floor, 01042, Kyiv, Ukraine +38 093 540 90 07

Arbitration & Litigation Law Firm of the Year Indonesia Mohamed Idwan (‘Kiki’) Ganie is the Managing Partner of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS). He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Hamburg. Dr. Ganie is a Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Anti-Trust Lawyers, a member of the Regional Panel of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), a fellow (FSIarb) of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and a Panellist of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KRLCA). Dr. Ganie has more than 30 years of legal experience, and specializes in commercial transactions and commercial litigation, including alternative dispute resolution and has acted as an expert in a number court and arbitration proceedings. His expertise covers general corporate/company law, banking law, finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, mining, investment, acquisitions, infrastructure projects/project finance, antitrust, and shipping/aviation, with a particular focus on corporate governance and compliance. Dr. Ganie’s international commercial transactions and litigation clients include: Goldman Sachs (US), Temasek Holdings (Singapore), Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong), and Mitsui (Japan). In the course of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo’s more than 29 years of service, they have secured their position as the premier Indonesian corporate transaction and commercial litigation law firm. This combination of commercial law experience and litigation uniquely positions LGS to deal with the full range of commercial issues faced by their clients, who include domestic and multinational corporations, public and private companies, Government instrumentalities and State Owned Enterprises. LGS have recently entered into an association with Clyde & Co., an international law firm based in the United Kingdom with offices throughout the world. The goal of the association is to serve the firms’ clients throughout Indonesia and to cater to Indonesian businesses that conduct business abroad, some of their clients are: Adaro Indonesia; American Bureau of Shipping; Astra International; Astratel Nusantara; Bank Mandiri; Charoen Pokphand Indonesia; DBS Bank Ltd; Goldman Sachs; Hitachi; Hutchison (Hong Kong); Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund; Indonesian State Electricity Company (PLN); Japan Tobacco International Indonesia; Krakatau Steel; Liga Primer Indonesia (LPI); Medco Energi International; Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia; Mitsui & Co., Ltd; Mitsui Banking Corporation; Mitsui Indonesia; Pamapersada Nusantara; Sampoerna Strategic; Sime Darby (Malaysia); Simpson, Spence & Young (SSY); Standard Chartered Bank; Sumitomo; Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited; and Unilever Indonesia. LGS’ Founding Partners: Timbul Thomas Lubis heads the Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo litigation section. Mr. Lubis specialises in commercial transactions and company law, as well as labour, property and real estate law.

Mohamed Idwan Ganie is the Managing Partner of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo. Dr. Ganie specializes in commercial transactions and commercial dispute resolution, and has a focus on corporate governance. Arief Tarunakarya Surowidjojo specializes in corporate law and has acted as the lead lawyer in hundreds of IPOs, rights issues and other capital market transactions, and more than 100 M&A deals. Partners: Abdul Haris Muhammad Rum’s field of expertise includes general corporate, restructuring, capital markets, M&A, project finance, syariah, and oil and gas law. Harjon Sinaga has a strong general corporate background and specializes in commercial litigation, concentrating in the fields of bankruptcy and antitrust. Arisia A. Pusponegoro specializes in M&A, banking and finance and more recently, infrastructure and public private partnerships. Rofik Sungkar’s practice focuses on litigation, debt restructuring and general corporate law. One of their unique selling points is the combination of long-standing commercial law practice and our premier litigation department that has extensive experience in dealing with commercial disputes in the context of alternative dispute resolution as well as litigation in the Indonesian courts. This allows their corporate transaction departments to benefit from such litigation experience to ensure that any transactions handled by the firm are carried out with a view to the potential for future disputes and any existing risks.

Contact Details:

Dr. Mohamed Idwan (‘Kiki’) Ganie Managing Partner Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo Address: Menara Imperium 30th Floor Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said Kav. 1 Kuningan Jakarta 12980, Indonesia Tel: +62 21 831-5005, 831-5025 Fax: +62 21 831-5015, 831-5018 Email: Website:

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About LGS In our more than 29 years of service, we have secured our position as the premier Indonesian corporate transaction and commercial litigation law firm. We have over a hundred lawyers and 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 their problems, determine their needs, and arrive at practical solutions that are both cost-effective and viable over the long term. Representative Clients Adaro Indonesia; American Bureau of Shipping; Astra International; Astratel Nusantara; Bank Mandiri; Charoen Pokphand Indonesia; DBS Bank Ltd; Goldman Sachs; Hitachi; Hutchison (Hong Kong); Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund; Indonesian State Electricity Company (PLN); Japan Tobacco International Indonesia; Krakatau Steel; Liga Primer Indonesia (LPI); Medco Energi International; Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia; Mitsui & Co., Ltd; Mitsui Banking Corporation; Mitsui Indonesia; Pamapersada Nusantara; Sampoerna Strategic; Sime Darby (Malaysia); Simpson, Spence & Young (SSY); Standard Chartered Bank; Sumitomo; Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited; and Unilever Indonesia. ISO LGS has obtained Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance certifications of ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management systems and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management systems to ensure that all aspects of the firm’s operations and the quality of services are on par with the most well managed companies and organizations in the world.

Our Practice Areas • ADR and Arbitration • Antitrust • Bank and Debt Restructuring • Banking and Secured Transactions • Bankruptcy • Capital Markets • Construction • Consumer Protection Defence Litigation • Corporate Finance • Distribution of Goods and Services • E-commerce

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

• Energy • Foreign and Domestic Investment • Forestry and Plantations • General Corporate • Information Technology • Infrastructure • Insurance • Intellectual Property Rights • International Trade • Labour • Maritime and Shipping

• Mergers and Acquisitions • Mining, Oil and Gas • Privatization • Project Finance • Property and Real Estate • Refinancing and Bank Lending • Shariah Transactions • Structured Finance • Telecommunications • US Representative Offices and Strategic Investment for Residency

Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year – Ukraine The ANK Law Firm founded in 1996 in the port city of Odessa, provides for complex legal support of citizens and enterprises whose personal and commercial interests in some way concern the Odessa region. Taking into account the special nature of the Odessa region ANK Law Firm, since the moment of its foundation, pays special attention to the sea law. Without prejudice to others, legal support of merchant shipping activity is still one of our most valuable and favorite practices. At the same time, ANK doesn't restrain itself to the area of sea practice. Any issues of real estate, tax, corporate, civil, labour and many other "overland" branches of law are equally close to us. Professional resources of the ANK Law Firm allow us to function as a self-sufficient mechanism able to provide for exhaustive legal evaluation of the business entity's activity, to work out individual strategy of protection of client's interests and, actually, to realize such strategy by means of complex legal support. From the point of view of organization the ANK follows the principle of internal specialization: the firm personnel includes qualified specialists, whose sphere of interests was defined in the course of their professional development and experience in different branches of law practice. The client may be sure of the competence of our lawyers advice. Any services rendered by the firm are available in four languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian, and German. The ANK maintains close contacts with lawyers from Austria, Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, the Russian Federation, the USA, Turkey and other countries that allows to react promptly and engage foreign colleagues when it is required for the protection of our clients interests. The ANK Law Firm supports numerous non-commercial projects. They include the assistance to bodies of state authority and local government by consulting and independent legal analysis of legal acts. The ANK renders complex legal assistance to the Honourable consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Odessa. Contact Details 9, Lanzheronovskaya Str., Odessa, 65026, Ukraine. +38 (0482) 348 716

Asset Protection Law Firm of the Year Canada Rogerson Law Group is led by asset protection specialist barrister Andrew Rogerson who has an international reputation for his cross-border experience. The firm, based in Toronto and Ottawa, was established in 2006 and has grown rapidly to its current team of eight lawyers. Andrew’s expertise is founded on an impressive career practicing in various jurisdictions as diverse as South Africa, Australia, London, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey (Channel Islands). Andrew practiced for 11 years solely in offshore tax havens establishing asset protection structures and litigating trust issues. Andrew, a Fellow of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), writes many articles on legal developments ranging from offshore trust and tax issues, to bankruptcy and asset protection. He is praised by clients as “a competent and outstanding lawyer” who “brings a lot of international knowledge and experience to the table”. The firm’s civil litigation practice includes Robert A. Rastorp who clients praise for his “calm demeanor, candor and assertiveness” both in the boardroom and in the courtroom; and Arash Jazayeri, who has an engineering degree and has worked both in small businesses and large, multinationals companies. He has advocacy experience in a variety of administrative boards and tribunals. Joseph Gyverson, also a litigator, has substantial experience in cross-border matrimonial matters and is currently instructed in relation to an Australian deceased estate. For litigator Ian McLean, arbitration is an increasingly important focus of his practice. Recent arbitrations include resolution of lease valuations, land valuations, labor arbitrations and expropriation. His specialisms include professional misconduct. Ellen Lee leads the firm’s specialist immigration and citizenship practice, providing advice and representation on both business and personal migration to Canada. Notable experience

In a ground breaking development in Cayman Islands law, Andrew and his team successfully applied for a ‘free-standing’ Mareva injunction in Gillies-Smith v Smith (Cause #0173/2011), having previously obtained a Mareva Injunction in Ontario. The freezing order was granted by the Cayman Island Grand Court, following arguments fashioned on basic principles set out by Lord Denning in the very first Mareva injunction - even though there were no substantive proceedings in the jurisdiction. Critically, the judge refused to follow an earlier authority of the court. As a result of the ruling, the free-standing Mareva enables assets located in Cayman to be frozen, in aid of overseas proceedings - even though there is no separate cause of action in Cayman. The firm has acted in other important cases including a cross-border family dispute in which the team secured two freezing orders in two jurisdictions in respect of the husband’s foreign assets. Areas of Expertise: Asset protection, offshore trusts and corporations Cross border litigation Commercial law Bankruptcy and Insolvency Estates and tax Arbitration Family property disputes Professional misconduct Criminal defense Business and personal migration Contact: One Dundas Street West, Suite 2500 Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3 Telephone (416) 504 2259 Fax (416) 504 2249 Email

Commercial Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Brazil Founded by well-known lawyers in Brazil, coming from the main law offices in the country, Basilio Advogados acts in the corporate field, based on services to great companies from several sectors, such as utilities concessionaires, mining companies, banks, construction companies, shopping malls, as well as individuals. The Firm counts on a multidisciplinary team, which performs in several corporate sectors, prioritizing ethics in their relations, and the ongoing search for excellence. Along with the constant evolution of the social demands, and aligned to technological resources, the office has as its main purpose and institutional compromise the provision of services of legal excellence, the hand-made execution and a performance of the works like no other offices, lined on a client's customized treatment policy, we always seek for most objective, fast and adequate solution for every issue. The Office currently counts, in its chart of employees, on lawyers strictly selected from the disputed legal market. They are professionals of proven competence, who bring together the consistent ethical-professional vocation and team spirit with an extent and well succeeded performance experience before several courts of the country. The team is also comprised by Mr. Frederico José Leite Gueiros, former President of the TRF of the 2nd Region and the prestigious Professor Carlos Roberto Barbosa Moreira, legal advisors of the firm. Most of the members of Basilio Advogados have concluded specialization and post graduation courses in the most prestigious universities of Brazil, United States and Europe. The stimulus to the studies is another differential of the team's culture of formation. Area of Practice

Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Real Estate Law Succession Law Consumer Corporate Reorganization Administrative-regulatory Environmental Law Constitutional Law Corporate Law Contact Details Av. Presidente Wilson, 210 – 12th and 13th floors Centro – Rio de Janeiro – RJ Postal Code: 20030-021 Telephone: 55 21 2277-4200 Fax: 55 21 2210-6316

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan Lu-Fa Tsai earned his LLB and LLM from National Taiwan University, which is the nation’s top university and the most widely-known College of Law in Taiwan. Following graduation, he worked at the CSP law firm, where he gained experiences involving various types of legal cases, including civil cases, criminal cases, administrative cases and I provided services and advice to clients. After he joined Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law, he was encouraged to expand the legal departments of the firm with the goal of helping Deep & Far become a more comprehensive law firm. His areas of expertise include Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law and Corporation Law.Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws with a heavy percentage now on the practices in separate or in combination of all aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and/or licensing, counseling, litigation and/or transaction thereof. Nevertheless, company establishment, debt collection, civil or business laws and criminal law are also daily practices of this firm. Deep and Far’s most significant clients are the Hi-Tech companies in the science-based industrial park located at Hsin Chu had ever played the most important role in booming the economy of this country. About one half of them has experiences in seeking patented their techniques, and out of more than 50% of the patent-experienced companies in that park have ever entrusted their IPR works to this firm. Certainly, we must also represent international giants, e.g. InterDigital, MPS, Schott Glas, Toyo Ink, Motorola, Cypress. Contact details Deep & Far Lu-Fa Tsai Tel: 886-2-25856688#900 Fax: 886-2-25989900//886-2-25978989 Add: 13th Fl., 27 Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan Web: Email:

DEEP & FAR Attorneys-at-Law 13th F1., No. 27, Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd. Taipei 104, Taiwan, R.O.C. Tel: +886-2-2585-6688 Fax: +886-2-25989900/25978989 Deep & Far was founded in 1992 and is one of the largest law firms in this country. The firm is presently focused on the practice in separate or in combination of all aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and/or licensing, counseling, litigation and/ or transaction thereof. Since this firm edges itself into the IPRs field, the firm quickly comes to fame. As an illustration, this firm often is one of the largest sources from which foreign filing orders originate. The fascinating rise of this firm begins from the founder of Deep & Far attorneysat-law, C. F. Tsai, who is the one first patent practitioner in this country who both has technological and law backgrounds and is qualified as a local attorney-at-law. The patent attorneys and patent engineers in this firm normally hold outstanding and advanced degrees and are generally graduated from the top five universities in this country and/or the university in the US. Our prominent staffs are dedicated to provide the best quality service in IPRs. As a proof, about one half of top 100 incorporations in this country have experiences of seeking patented their techniques, but more than one fifth of the top 100 incorporations are/were clients of this firm. Furthermore, Hi-Tech companies in the science-based industrial park located at Hsin Chu play an important role in booming the economy of this country. About one half of which have experiences in seeking patented their techniques, and out of more than 60% of the patent-experienced companies in that park have ever entrusted their IPR works to this firm. We have experienced in seeking IPR-protections for our clients in more than 100 territories all over the world. We have thousands of IPR-cases respectively prosecuted before official Patent Offices of major industrialized countries. This firm not only is the most competent in IPR-related matters in this country but also is very familiar with IPR-practices in major industrialized countries. As a matter of fact, this firm oftentimes tries and makes precedents of new claim-drafting styles. While we might have become wonderfully famed locally with remarkable appreciation and respects, we would like to extend our services for internationalized or quality service-requiring foreign conglomerated giants, corporations or individuals. We strongly believe that we will win more

Corporate Law Firm of the Year – France Founded in 1920, Cabinet Ratheaux has, over the years, taken part in the creation and development of a considerable number of large corporations in Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes region, and still continues to help its clients in their National and International development. Cabinet Ratheaux has strong expertise in the field of business law covering company, tax and labour law, law of contract, economic law, securities and regulation law, venture capital law, Intellectual property law and acts either as a legal advisor or takes care of litigation matters. The companies which have chosen Cabinet Ratheaux come from large retail, industrial chemical, metallurgical, plastics and the pharmaceutical industries, as well as automobile manufacturing suppliers, IT and software services or venture-capital companies. Cabinet Ratheaux also regularly advises a variety of national and International groups. Cabinet Ratheaux main Lyon office consists of about fifty diversely specialized professionals and is managed by ten partners. It is recognized as one of the leading business law firms in France. Awarded best French full service law firm. Areas of Practice Tax Law Corporate Law Labour Law Contracts Competition – Sales Litigation Law Company Financial Reorganization – Debt Collection Intellectual Property New Technology International Relations Contact Details Cité Internationale 34 Quai Charles de Gaulle 69463 Lyon Cedex 06 E-mail : Phone: +33 (0)4 72 61 75 75 Fax: +33 (0)4 78 60 00 09

Hadromi & Partners Law Firm Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Indonesia Hadromi & Partners was established in 1999 in the midst of the South East Asian financial crisis. This monetary crisis set into motion dramatic changes in Indonesia’s political, economic as well as legal environment. The demand for legal services due to these dramatic changes allows the firm to provide legal services to a broad clientele. Hadromi & Partners, located in the central business district of Jakarta, is now an established law firm, well-known for its expertise in foreign and local investment matters, joint ventures, corporate law, shipping, finance and banking, intellectual property, tax and litigation. Most of their clients are foreign companies and high net-worth individuals with business interests in Indonesia as well as overseas. They serve a wide variety of clients from the UK, the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Germany, France, and Italy. While maintaining their independence, they maintain close relationships with major foreign law firms to better provide multi and cross-national client services for their clients. Haromi & Partners provide real value services through the efficient and timely delivery of legal services and counsel in a manner which help clients achieve their objectives by adopting a practical business approach. They are committed to adherence to the highest international ethical and professional standards. Towards this end, the firm is currently supported by a team of highly qualified attorneys and consultants, consisting of Indonesian trained nationals with overseas education and/or experience as well as foreign American and Japanese counsel along with a competent technical staff to support its tax practice. They endeavor to deliver high quality results regardless of legal complexity, language barriers, cultural differences, and budgetary and time limitations. They believe these attributes in conjunction with our network of contacts, the accessibility of our senior partners and foreign consultants as well as our experience in many legal areas to be of the utmost importance in the offering of our legal services. Contact Details Setiabudi Atrium, 2nd Floor, Suite 209A Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 62, Jakarta 12920, Indonesia Telephone : (62-21) 520 7040 (hunting) Email: • •

Bankruptcy Law Firm of the Year – Mexico Alonso Rivera Gaxiola is a Mexican attorney with more than 20 years of experience. He is a specialist in civil, commercial, corporate and administrative litigation, in bankruptcy proceedings, in national and international financial restructuring, as well as in national and international commercial arbitration. He is founder and directing partner of Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera, S.C. (indistinctly “RGCyB”) Throughout his career, Alonso has faced the most complex cases with tremendous challenges and superb success. Given the complexity and sophistication of international commerce, relations and transactions, financial restructures regularly involve more than one judicial system and culture. This implies that Alonso must exercise great understanding and abilities, as well as a great deal of creativity. When dealing with shareholder disputes, Alonso’s greatest challenge is to avoid a negative effect on the company’s operations and business while the shareholders resolve their differences and the courts adjudicate claims. The cases Alonso takes on regularly require complex strategies focused on solutions that meet his clients’ goals and objectives. Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera (formerly Rivera Gaxiola y Asociados) is a law firm dedicated to litigation, made up of professionals who have the highest level of responsibility and care for its clients. Our main office is located in Mexico City and we have an office in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Our firm has practice throughout Mexico, through our own staff, and by strategic alliances with the most prestigious local firms. Rivera Gaxiola Carrasco y Barrera’s practices include: civil, commercial and administrative litigation in its vast areas, such as bankruptcy proceedings, financial restructuring, shareholder disputes, national and international commercial arbitration, telecommunications, anti-trust, aviation and maritime law, amongst others. “Our firm specializes in civil, commercial and administrative litigation and our practice covers each and every type of litigation in those areas. The added individual experience of our members is incomparable. Some of our partners have more than 20 years of experience litigating at the most diverse courts, both local and federal, in Mexico, in addition to participating in countless disputes that involve bi-national and multi-national litigation. Also, Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the best firms specialized in litigation and in bankruptcy proceedings. Our practice includes the defense of companies under court supervised restructuring proceedings, as well as creditors and government agencies. We have participated not only in countless national proceedings, but the most relevant ones in Mexico, as well as in parallel proceedings in other jurisdictions. Our practice includes counsel and representation to national, international and multi-national entities, governments and governmental agencies. We continuously and very specifically face conflicts between shareholders and their by-laws and regulations, both in public and in privately-owned companies. We know which situation could lead to a

potential dispute, and we either pave the road to mitigate it, or we identify the moment when it is convenient to take actions for our clients. Additionally, we counsel our clients on how to face actions when they are brought up by antagonist groups. In our practice we have represented multiple companies in procedures and amparos (constitutional challenge) against laws, regulations and several general rules. We also provide representation against different administrative actions like those related to public bids and administrative rescission proceedings, for instance. We have great ability and experience in arbitration, having participated in several national and international proceedings, in accordance with the ICC and AAA rules, among others. We have the experience necessary to counsel any operator in the aeronautic, maritime and port industries. Our counsel is not only limited to administrative proceedings directly related to the industry, but includes any other related conflict and dispute, be it against authorities or between individuals.” Despite the economic recession being experienced globally and locally, the biggest challenge for Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera was to ensure that the economic downturn would not affect our customers in the way that is happening in the rest of the world, by ensuring the effective completion of those procedures entrusted to this firm. In addition, today's world requires professionals prepared to face the new challenges that society increasingly demands. The market has become competitive with professional degree in law being graduated by thousands each year, and that is why RGCyB believes on added values of an attorney to stand out from the crowd professionals. Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera has always pursued excellence and success from rigorous recruitment processes for paralegals, lawyers and other professionals involved in the firm in order to maintain the highest levels of competitiveness, with full commitment of all our members with the objectives of this law firm and our clients. We have a large capacity network and its success largely depends increasingly on our ability to interact with other law firms and potential customers. Rivera Gaxiola, Carrasco y Barrera is a law firm that can overcome any obstacle given the strength and solidarity of our team work, effort, knowledge and effectiveness, in costumer benefits. We are professionals able to innovate, to generate favorable results for our clients, and be a trusted agent that transmits honesty, solidarity and confidence. We are increasing our number of of-counsels and making strategic alliances with other professionals that potentially complement our development as a leading law firm in México. Contact Details •Boulevard Manuel Ávila Camacho 32, 11th floor Torre Esmeralda III, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México, CP 11000 Distrito Federal, México. • Telephone: +52 55 1084 1230 •

FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR PORTUGAL Raposo Bernardo is full service international law firm born 20 years ago, with offices in 9 countries, two continents (Portugal, Spain, Poland, Romania, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe). Our 70 lawyers are specialized in the structural economic sectors such as Banking and Financial Markets, Energy and Infrastructure, Construction and Real Estate, Health and Pharmaceutical, Insurance, Tourism or Transports. The firm has been consistently recommended by Legal500 EMEA, Chambers and Partners and IFLR1000 in all the relevant practice areas covered for the jurisdictions where it acts. Furthermore, Raposo Bernardo has been recognized by its performance by Finance Monthly, Corporate INTL, ACQ, and many other specialized legal publications. The firm stands for delivering top quality in every operation performed, wherever its jurisdiction, thus enhancing the sharing of relevant knowledge and local experience and transforming it into something useful by all our lawyers in their daily work. We believe this award is further evidence our firm makes a valuable long-term difference in our clients’ businesses. Areas of expertise: Corporate and M&A Banking and Finance Capital Markets Energy and Natural Resources EU and Competition Employment Tax Dispute Resolution Arbitration Public Law Real Estate Intellectual Property Raposo Bernardo managing partners are strong technically, academically best reputable lecturers, and experimented lawyers in complex and innovative international operations. The managing skills are clearly identified by the hierarchy of managing global partners and country managers, who are able to produce a sustainable decision making process to respond to the needs of the international network, in real time. Nelson Raposo Bernardo is the global managing partner of Raposo Bernardo. His reference practice areas are banking and finance, capital markets, corporate law, M&A, project finance and private equity.

He advises national and multinational leading players in operations concerning debt, equity, structured finance and securitisation, M&A, project finance, private equity, restructuring and regulation. He is also strongly experienced and reputed in legislating, being co-author of the present Portuguese Securities Code and has led several legislative reform committees, in several countries, in banking, financial, real estate and construction areas. He has published books and articles on corporate law, banking and contract law, and participated as a speaker in seminars and conferences in Portugal and abroad. He was a member of a commission of the Conselho Superior da Magistratura (Supreme Judicial Council), for the approval of ad-hoc judges (2000) and consultant for Capital Markets of the Portuguese Auditors Association (1998-2006). He holds a degree in Law from the Law School of the University of Lisbon, a Masters in Juridical Sciences (Corporate Law) from the same School, where is he is also presently working on his doctorate in Corporate Law. Assistant Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at Law School of the University of Lisbon and in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Start-Up and Management courses at INDEG/ISCTE (Audax) (2005-present), one of the best reputed business schools in Portugal. He is chairman of boards of general meetings of several companies and associations. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. Joana Andrade Correia co-heads Raposo Bernardo’s corporate and M&A department. For over ten years, she has dedicated her work to this area, building a solid experience and notable reputation. Throughout her career, she was involved in numerous relevant domestic and international operations, concerning corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions for reference players of different sectors, like pharmaceutical, banking and finance, tourism and energy, among others. Outside the Portuguese jurisdiction, Joana has also participated in elaborating several legislative packages, by invitation of different governments and of the World Bank. She holds a degree in Law from the University of the Lisbon Law School and is a post-graduate in Business and Corporate Law (by the Catholic University of Lisbon), in Legistics (by the University of Lisbon Law School) and in Tourism Law (by the Estoril Tourism School). She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.

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Recommended by THE LEGAL500 EMEA 2013 in Portugal

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International Tax Law Firm of the Year – Brazil Intercorp Group is a high level consulting firm specializing in Tax, Estate Planning and Fiduciary structures. Our team consists of professionals with extensive experience. With this, we operate in a very unique way in addressing issues of taxation, accounting and international transactions. Once we have assisted our clients in determining their needs, our primary purpose is to facilitate and coordinate the development and implementation of the steps involved in their project. Intercorp Group was established under the guidance of Leonardo Braune with the purpose of becoming one of the few truly international tax consulting boutiques, providing high quality tax services as well as estate planning and fiduciary structuring services, delivering to its clients only the most efficient, practical and customized solutions. Our initial step is to assign one of our qualified coordinators, who will act throughout the entire advisory and consulting process. Our coordinators have access to an international network of professionals and specialists in many areas and are responsible for "playing the role of the client", being therefore extremely capable of clarifying questions and giving suggestions and practical solutions to their issues. Commitment, creativity, technicality, quality and reliability are our core strengths. At Intercorp Group, our clients can have direct or indirect access to a unique global network of specialists and professionals who will work in a simple, clear and objective manner. Our goal is to make our clients feel confident and comfortable that we are handling their matters properly and efficiently. For over 20 years, Leonardo Braune has acted as a tax consultant in the areas of international tax, real estate planning, wealth preservation, fiduciary advice, implementation and management of international structures and project management. He began his career as a trainee at Arthur Andersen where he quickly became Senior Manager of the tax consulting area, acting significantly in many segments there and working very closely with several international offices on significant global projects. With a vast experience in tax, an extremely diversified client base and a very strong global network of top specialists in many different business related areas, Leonardo Braune has been a part of a large number of successful projects in several industries such as oil and gas, telecommunications, real estate, international services, investment funds and asset management. Contact Details Rio de Janeiro T + 55 21 3282 5288

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Excellence awards 2014  
Excellence awards 2014