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Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine

SUPER LAWYERS 2017


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Lawyers Worldwide Awards 2017 Lawyers Worldwide Awards is recognised all over the world for our comprehensive awards programs we run, taking votes from countries all over the world to recognise the most prestigious professionals in their specialised areas of practice. The 2017 Awards recognises a select number of leading professional firms around the world working both nationally and internationally in their field of expertise. Lawyers Worldwide 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. Lawyers Worldwide Awards is currently being read by Lawyers, Advisers, Consultants and corporate executives. We aim to showcase every company individually and to its full potential.


Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Super Lawyers 2017 Afschrift Tax Law Firm of the Year – Belgium Arias SLP Arbitration Lawyers – Law Firm of the Year Axis Legal Counsel Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – USA Basilio Advogados Arbitration Law Firm of the Year – Brazil Cavendish Corporate Finance Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year – UK Kather Augenstein Rechtsanwälte Intellectual Property Law Advisor of the Year Deep & Far Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan Demotech Inc Financial Analysis Firm of the Year – USA Dillon Eustace Maritime Law Firm of the Year – Ireland Douglas Silas Solicitors Education Law Firm of the Year – UK EagleBank Bank of the Year – USA Fakhoury Global Immigration Immigration Law Firm of the Year – USA Fenton, Smith Barristers Business Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – Canada FLEMING MCGILLIVRAY & Co Compliance Consulting Firm of the Year – UK Immigration Solutions Lawyers Pty Ltd Immigration Law Firm of the Year – Australia Kancelaria Adwokacka Kowalik Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – Poland


Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Sovereign Representation & Government Affairs - Belgium Labour Rights Law Office / S. Anderson Prof. Law Corp. Labour & Employment Law Firm of the Year – Canada Linklaters Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Belgium Mathys & Squire Technology Law Firm of the year – UK Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Christopher Young IP Law Firm of the Year – New Zealand Overtons Cost Consultancy Firm of the Year – UK PatentAxis Inc Full Service Patent Advisory Firm of the Year – Canada Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de Los Angeles IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Philippines Sadis & Goldberg Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year – USA Scott & Scott, LLP Technology Law Firm of the Year – USA Silva e Sousa & Associados Insurance Law Firm of the Year – Portugal Simeonov & Dermenjiev Law Firm Domestic & International Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – Bulgaria Spier Harben Child Abduction Lawyer of the Year – Canada Squire Patton Boggs Moscow LLC Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Russia


Bert Theeuwes Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP

Government Relations & Public Affairs  EU/Brussels

Newcomer Bert Theeuwes adds unique EU perspective to Kelley Drye’s established US based government relations practice Having had a stable presence in Brussels for over 25 years, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has made some strong new hires in 2016 with partner Bert Theeuwes and counsel Frederic Dopagne. This year’s Super Lawyer has a truly unique practice representing international organizations, governments and heads of state as well as advising corporate clients on legislative developments and EU policy initiatives. “Kelley Drye was an obvious choice” comments Theeuwes, “the impeccable reputation of one of oldest NY law firms and their wellestablished DC government relations practice is an exceptional combination”. The team integrated flawlessly and “the transition was easy by the presence of resident partner Laura van der Meer who has decades of experience advising clients on government relations on both sides of the Atlantic”. Kelley Drye has 5 legal professionals in its Brussels office.

Super lawyer of the year 2017 Bert Theeuwes Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP Marie de Bourgogne 52 1000 Brussels +32.2.899.2930 btheeuwes@kelleydrye.com


Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year – UK For nearly 30 years, Cavendish has only acted for business owners. In the last twelve months, we have advised on the sale of 13 businesses, helping proprietors achieve the best possible price for their companies, in what remains a tough economic environment, and finding new owners who can take those businesses forward and accelerate their growth and performance. Understanding the range of businesses and technologies to a micro level is the challenge we at Cavendish have set ourselves. Helping us achieve this objective are our specialist team led by experts with backgrounds in fields such as engineering and finance together with years spent in corporate finance. Our entrenched expertise in so many subsectors is matched by unrivalled contacts with leading UK and multinationals. In addition, we can leverage centres of excellence within Oaklins such as the oil and gas team in Dallas, our aerospace team in Seattle or the automotive and aerospace hub in Germany. Oaklins is the world’s most experience mid-market M&A advisor. Over the last 5 years, Oaklins specialists have closed over 1,500 deals involving industry specialists, taking a global view and leveraging our deep local connections. The relationships across the alliance underpin our commitment to continuous investment in innovation, leadership and the incorporation of best practices from across all of our business activities. The Exit Review is an essential component of the Cavendish approach to marketing businesses because it is the most effective way to achieve the highest value for your business. This detailed, stringently conducted, strategic process can be concluded within two months at any time from 6 months to 3 years before sale – in corporate terms not a long period but it can yield disproportionately enormous benefits. To achieve such success, against such a difficult market backdrop, we have developed an unrivalled knowledge of potential buyer pools and established teams of sector specialists, who are recognised authorities in their areas offering business owners expert advice on the best preparation, strategy and likely buyers to ensure a successful sale. Utilising our international network of M&A advisors we have continued to source overseas buyers, who typically pay a premium for UK businesses – about half of the companies we sold last year were to international buyers. There are almost no other firms that operate in the corporate finance arena that have the sole purpose of selling businesses; most represent buyers as well and this invariably begs the question by astute owners of business, are our advisors completely aligned with us? For over 25 years, Cavendish’s answer has been unequivocally “yes”. Contact Details: Company: Cavendish Corporate Finance Email: info@cavendish.com Web Address: www.cavendish.com Address: 40 Portland Place, London W1B 1NB Telephone: 020 7908 6000


Immigration Law Firm of the Year – USA FGI was founded as Fakhoury Law Group in 1997 exclusively serving U.S. businesses’ immigration needs. In 2006, FGI was formed as a separate entity to offer immigration services to a global clientele. The two entities are currently in the process of merging under the FGI namesake with global operations taking the name of Fakhoury Global Professional Services, Inc. Starting with Mumbai, India, FGI rapidly opened a series of branch offices in California, New York, and Florida. We achieved ISO certificated in 2005 and were ranked as an AV Preeminent law firm by Martindale Hubbell in 2012. As we have grown, FGI has acquired a global staff of over 100 attorneys, paralegals and specialized staff with expertise in all major U.S. visa classifications (H-1Bs, L-1s, EBs, O, TN, etc.) as well as those from foreign countries due to our extensive network Alliance Partner Network. FGI has grown to become Michigan’s largest independently-owned immigration law firm. Fakhoury Global Immigration (FGI) specializes in U.S. and global business-based immigration. Our client list comprises some of the world's most innovative brands in the automotive, engineering, healthcare, and IT industries. FGI is a leading service provider to high volume visa filers and have served clients in over 100 countries. What makes FGI unique is our three-part service approach. First, we have a single point-ofcontact case management system so that clients always know who is in charge of these cases. Second, we feature Six Sigma-certified streamlined and technology-driven petition processing that maximizes efficiency, shortens time-to-filing, and has enabled us to achieve 98-99% success rates in many visa categories. Finally, we offer a competitive flat fee structure that enables our clients to plan and budget their immigration-related activities effectively and confidently. A prospective client asked if we could develop a central case management repository into which four of their globally based immigration law consuls could input and update case information. We modified our existing case management system to capture seamlessly and to report each case that the external immigration providers processed. Currently, our firm’s managing director is Rami D. Fakhoury, who is also founder of the firm. Carmen Fakhoury is President of FGI’s global arm, Fakhoury Global Professional Services, Inc. The firm’s attorneys control client teams that manage specific client accounts and serve as single-point-of-contacts for their assigned clients. Their teams generally consist of a paralegal and a support staff member (such as a technical writer). Our attorneys specialize in multiple visa categories. Our firm and attorneys have received multiple awards such as our inclusion in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms for 2016 and 2017, Corporate NTL’s Global Immigration Law Firm of the Year, and Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration for 2016 and 2017, among others. These awards testify to our thought leadership, high ethical standards, and mastery of the domain of immigration law.


Now more than ever, immigration has emerged as a national concern and firms like FGI have an important role to play both for our clients and for the broader public. With the increasingly likelihood of statutory and regulatory changes in the near future, we think it vital to help our clients navigate this changing terrain as smoothly and effectively as possible. To that end, we recently launched our revamped and interactive website: www.fakhouryglobal.com. It features multiple resources including Immigration Alerts which provide real-time updates of immigration law changes in over 140 countries, Global Webinars which provide in-depth analysis on immigration trends, and a Global Immigration Resource Map that links to digital process maps that provide updated procedures for securing work permits and visas worldwide. More broadly, we believe we have an educative role to play as thought leaders to the larger public. FGI participates in many initiatives such as Global Detroit and the Forum for Expatriate Management that inform the public on the positive impact that immigration has on the U.S. economy. For more information about our services, please visit www.fakhouryglobal.com or contact us at info@fakhouryglobal.com. Contact Details:


Compliance Consulting Firm of the Year – UK Established in 2004, FMConsult is a specialist compliance, collective investment schemes, and operational and investment risk management consultancy that services a whole host of global financial services firms. We have made it our mission to provide solutions to our clients so that they can continually meet regulatory requirements. Headquartered in London, FMConsult has offices in Ireland and USA, with an associate in Italy. Our highly experienced team have first-hand experience in asset management, wealth management, financial regulations and investment risk which provides us with the all-round expertise you would require from a consultancy. To learn more about our senior team, please refer to the Consultant Profiles brochure. FMConsult is an independent regulatory, product development and operational and investment risk consultancy committed to assisting clients in aligning financial services processes with regulatory requirements. We provide risk and compliance solutions that enable senior management of financial services firm’s to demonstrate that they and their firm are currently, and will continue to be, aligned with regulatory requirements. FMConsult major on the wholesale firms and funds industry but also have the capacity and experience to assist retail and market infrastructure companies. Examples of the types of work performed for our clients to date include •

Corporate Authorisation

Compliance Outsourcing and Interim Resources

Due diligence & expert witness assignments

Fund establishment & authorisation

Consumer Credit

Dallas is an experienced international regulatory and business manager. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant, Member of Institute of Directors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment. He has extensive regulatory experience in senior management roles including as a Director and Trustee. Dallas is the Managing Director, FMConsult: providing compliance, regulatory, product development and risk management services to a range of large international and start-up financial services companies since 2004. Prior to FMConsult he was Global Compliance and Operational Risk Director at a major asset management company for all business outside the Americas for 17 years with experience in global regulatory issues, covering both retail and institutional. He managed an internationally based compliance team of circa 35 employees. Prior to the front line of compliance he had over 8 years with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) in four different countries covering audit, accounting services, insolvency and regulation. The team is very experienced in financial services regulation, operational and investment risk. FMConsult has offices in London, New York and Dublin with associates in Milan. The Team: Dallas J McGillivray Group Managing Director


Experienced international regulatory and business manager. Previous Global Head of Compliance and Operational Risk at a major asset management company for all business outside of the Americas with circa 30 years’ experience in UK and global regulatory issues, covering both retail and institutional. Over 8 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in four different countries covering audit, accounting services, insolvency and regulation. Specialist in providing corporate governance and operational risk services to asset management and investment companies. Contact: dmcgillivray@fmconsult.co.uk Andrew J Hicks Group Director More than 10 years’ experience as a manager for a major international asset management company, covering compliance monitoring/advisory, internal audit and operational risk roles. This role primarily covered the UK market place but also extended to US, Irish, Luxembourg, German, French and Italian regulated businesses covering both retail and institutional clients. Also a further 8 years as a financial and regulatory auditor for a medium size audit and accountancy firm based in London. Specialist in providing accountancy, audit, compliance monitoring, regulatory, advice and operational risk services to asset management and investment companies. Contact: ahicks@fmconsult.co.uk Ross Revell Director - UK Ross is an experienced regulatory professional who has held CF10 and CF11 roles at both a leading Insurer and separately at an IFA Network, and has also worked at two of the Big Four Consultancy firms. He has previously worked at the FSA, and started his career in financial services in the Banking sector 28 years ago. His experience covers Banking, Mortgages, Life & Pensions, General Insurance, Wealth Management, Private Banking, and Stock Broking. Colette Panebianco Director FMConsult USA Colette is an experienced financial services executive. With circa 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Colette has a detailed knowledge of the US asset management industry from working with high-level investment advisers, hedge funds, broker-dealers and family offices both domestic and offshore. Colette specialises in designing the compliance infrastructure for start-up and established registered and unregistered US and non-US funds, investment advisors and private equity firms. Colette has proven to bring personalised and assured quality services tailored to meet a firms compliance needs. Colette is a Certified Investment Advisory Compliance Specialist. Contact: cpanebianco@fmconsult.us John Clare General Manager – FMConsult Ireland John is an experienced financial services executive and has a detailed knowledge of the Irish Financial Services Industry with over 22 years of proven business experience. John has been registered with the Central bank since 1996 and is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers Ireland. Contact: jclare@fmconsult.ie Contact Details: Dallas J. McGillivray Tel: 020 7220 9073 Email: dmcgillivray@fmconsult.co.uk Address: 2nd Floor + 10 Arthur Street + London EC4R 9AY www.fmconsult.co.uk


Full Service Patent Advisory Firm of the Year – Canada Pursuit of benefits of patent ownership continues to steadily increase among market participants and is particularly prevalent among small and medium sized innovator companies. With the increased global recognition has come an increased competition for developing new and useful technologies and filing patent applications to protect the fruits of inventive investigation. Patentaxis Inc. stands ready to help entrepreneurs and innovators protect their technological advances by providing patent analysis, patent filing and patent prosecution solutions. PatentAxis Inc. is a Canadian patent services firm located in Toronto, specializing in patent filing and prosecution. For local clients, patent portfolios and international filing strategies are managed and executed. International clients are represented for Canadian patent prosecution to achieve grant of a Canadian patent. A major emphasis is placed on prompt communication with clients and providing clients with clear and practical advice to allow clients to make informed and educated decisions. The firm endeavours to provide clients with a competitive advantage in relation to patents. Typically, this means successfully obtaining a patent for a client. But, sometimes providing a patent analysis or strategy tailored to a client’s commercialization goals can be significant. Accessibility and direct responses to clients wishing to discuss strategy or query a patent practice is a cornerstone of PatentAxis Inc.’s service model. Open communication channels provide clients with opportunities to make informed decisions when considering multiple parallel options that can arise during filing and prosecution and ultimately obtain patents that are better correlated with client goals. Billing models can be either based on hourly rates or fixed fees. Historically, a majority of clients provided with both options have chosen fixed fees. Responding to client demand a fixed fee structure has been developed for full Canadian prosecution from filing to grant. PatentAxis Inc. is dedicated to explicit and plain billing, so that invoices are aligned with expectations. PatentAxis Inc. is delighted by the accolade received from the Super Lawyers 2017 edition of the Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine. Undoubtedly, this recognition will inspire even greater efforts to provide clients with a competitive advantage that comes from successful patent prosecution and analysis. These awards are useful indicators of being on the right track, and provide a validation from existing clients without having to impose on these same clients with requests to answer surveys or submit testimonials. PatentAxis Inc., is thrilled to celebrate this award as a reflection of a roster of trusted client relationships and sends heartfelt thanks to those who took time out of their schedules to cast favourable votes and make this win possible. CONTACT DETAILS Company: PatentAxis Inc. Name: Jai Chatterjee Email: mail@patentaxis.com Web Address: www.patentaxis.com Address: 10 King Street East, suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1C3 Canada Telephone: +1-416-556-2999


Business Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – Canada Fenton, Smith Barristers* is one of Canada’s leading criminal law firms with offices based in downtown Toronto. Our firm provides best-in-class professional legal advice and legal services to individuals, corporations, and governmental clients in a broad range of criminal, quasi-criminal, regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. Our professional services range from private consultative and advisory retainers to attending on all forms of criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory trials, tribunal proceedings, reviews and appeals. Fenton, Smith Barristers* Practice Areas: •Criminal litigation •Competition law •Corruption of foreign public officials •White collar crime •Professional discipline matters •Appeals •Judicial Review •Securities enforcement litigation •Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Law, and other Regulatory matters Scott Fenton is a senior criminal defence lawyer experienced in criminal, quasi-criminal, constitutional and special prosecution matters. He has appeared as counsel on numerous trials, argued many appeals in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has had multiple appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada, including R. v. Stillman, R. v. Goldhart, R. v. Silviera, R. v. Farinacci, R. v. Jarvis, R.v. Ling, R. v. Harrison, and R. v. Wallace. Scott Fenton is experienced in all types of criminal cases, including individual representations and corporate/commercial crime, white collar crime, cross-border investigations, foreign corruption, tax evasion, anti-trust/competition, securities, Elections Act, administrative monetary penalties (AMPs), policing (Special Investigations and Police Service Act matters), internet gaming, professional disciplinary matters, proceeds of crime and provincial regulatory prosecutions. Contact Details: Fenton, Smith Barristers* Registered business name of Scott Fenton Professional Corporation Address: 235 King Street East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5A 1J9 Tel: 416-955-1611 | Fax: 416-955-1237


IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Philippines Romulo traces its roots to the law firm of Gibbs, McDonough and Ozaeta, which practiced law in the Philippines in the early 1900s. Allison D Gibbs was a well-known tax and corporate lawyer and Charles A McDonough was a name in criminal law practice. Roman A Ozaeta, who later became a distinguished justice of the Supreme Court, and his son, Herminio, an outstanding corporate lawyer in his own right, re-established the firm in 1957. The firm underwent several name changes because of a rule limiting the partnership name to living and active partners (a rule which was subsequently abolished), and eventually acquired its present name. The current partners are Ricardo J Romulo and Jose F Buenaventura. One partner, Exequiel B Javier, is on leave, having been elected as governor of Antique province. In addition, the firm currently has 98 lawyers. Romulo is the only Philippine firm with an office in Hong Kong. It provides international investors with advice on Philippine law and advises Philippine clients on international transactions. However, it is not permitted to practice Hong Kong law. Practice Areas: Banking & Finance Corporate Intellectual Property Labour & Immigration Litigation & Arbitration Technology, Media & Telecommunications Project Development & Finance Real Estate & Natural Resources Securities Taxation Transportation Contact Details: 21st FLOOR, PHILAMLIFE TOWER, 8767 PASEO DE ROXAS, MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES Tel: +63 2 848 0114 Fax: +63 2 810 3110 www.romulo.com


Technology Law Firm of the Year – USA Scott & Scott, LLP is a boutique intellectual property and technology law firm with an emphasis on software licensing and disputes, technology transactions, and software copyright litigation. At Scott & Scott, LLP legal and technology professionals strive to deliver superior service with the highest level of integrity and honesty. The firm is founded on the premise that collaboration between legal and technology professionals is necessary to solve complex business problems. By combining these resources in one firm, Scott & Scott, LLP strives to serve clients' needs better than law firms or technology services firms working independently. Today, legal and technology market forces are ever changing, and they are committed to monitoring the developing technology and emerging law in order to provide highly-focused representation.

Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, represents mid-market and large enterprise companies in software license transactions and disputes with major software publishers such as Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. He has defended over 225 software audit matters initiated by software piracy trade groups such as the BSA and SIIA. He is counsel to some of the world's largest corporations on information technology matters including intellectual property licensing, risk management, data privacy, and outsourcing. He is regularly called upon by his peers and the media to share his expertise. His work has been published in Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property, Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property, The Licensing Journal, and Texas Lawyer among others.


Julie Machal-Fulks, Partner, leads a team of attorneys in representing and defending clients in legal matters relating to information technology. Her practice focuses on complex litigation ranging from privacy and network security, data breach notification and crisis management, intellectual property disputes, service provider negligence claims, and content-based injuries such as copyright and trademark infringement in software, the Internet, and all forms of tangible media.

Her focused practice has made Julie a trusted resource in her field. She is often invited to submit papers and present on topics including data breach notification, security incident response, software licensing and defense against regulatory and consumer class actions. Texas Lawyer, The Licensing Journal, Texas Wesleyan Law Institute, American Bar Association, and the IT Compliance Institute are a few of the publications that have published Julie’s work. Scott & Scott, LLP was counsel on over $150,000,000 of software licensing transactions and disputes in 2016. They represented users in some of the world’s largest cloud services contracts with Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM. The keys to delivering value for Scott & Scott LLP are:

1) Only accept engagements that require their core competencies 2) Leverage technology and continuous process improvements to insure efficiency 3) Retain staff and associates so clients always deal with a team with deep expertise Scott & Scott, LLP continuously evolves to deliver their services faster and cheaper to meet client’s business needs. They have learned to say no to engagements if they have any concern about their ability to deliver great value for the money clients are willing to spend. Every day Scott & Scott, LLP is working on the cutting edge of IT and law. Their clients rely on them to do the legal work for the transactions that are driving the IT industry forward. Scott & Scott LLP plans to continue serving clients with the high standards they have become known for. As technology evolves Scott & Scott, LLP will continue to adapt by staying on the forefront of these changes. Contact Details: Scott & Scott, LLP, 1256 Main Street, Suite 200, Southlake, Texas 76092 (P) 214.999.0080

(F) 214.999.0333

www.scottandscottllp.com


Sebastien Anderson, Barrister & Solicitor LL.B., Labour College of Canada ’83 Labour & Employment Law Firm of the Year – Canada My informal legal education commenced in 1980 when I became a shop-steward responsible for interpreting and applying the collective agreement and related statutes in the workplace. In 1983, I successfully completed the CLC’s Labour College of Canada residential program at the University of Ottawa. In 1983, I was employed as a union staff representative for a large provincial trade union in Alberta, where I worked as servicing representative, a negotiator and a unioneducator. I presented my first arbitration case in 1987, and shortly thereafter began representing the union and its members full-time in hearings before provincial and federal labour boards, arbitration boards, and human rights tribunals. Between 1995 and 2001, I was on education leave to attend to my undergraduate and law school studies. During law school, I worked for the union and a union-side labour law firm in Alberta. In 2001, I was an articling student at a union-side law firm in Vancouver, BC, and was called to the Bar in BC in 2002 and in Alberta in 2004. As an associate, partner, and managing partner of a Vancouver labour-side law firm, I have gained experience in a surprisingly broad range of intersecting fields of law including: employment law, labour law, human rights law, administrative law,, bankruptcy & insolvency, defamation, disability, torts, and police law, to name a few. My personal interest in computers and technology has led me to develop a highly automated and self-sufficient approach to the practice of law. As a result, we introduced to the Canadian legal marketplace one of the first virtual employment, labour and human rights law offices in Canada: Labour Rights Law Office. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Law Society of British Columbia Law Society of Alberta Trial Lawyers Association of BC Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers American Bar Association Contact Sebastien: Phone: 604-475-0041; or Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350 Extension: 101


Sebastien Anderson, Barrister & Solicitor LL.B., Labour College of Canada ’83 Firm Biography In August 2013, Sebastien Anderson founded the Labour Rights Law Office, one of the first virtual employment, labour law and human rights firms in Canada. We incur lower overhead costs due to our innovative web-based virtual environment and that allowed us to reduce our lawyers’ hourly-billing rates, which has had the net affect of increasing “access to justice.” We are able to provide our clients with timely legal advice via web conference in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. The only things our clients need is an e-mail account and either a computer equipped with a web camera or a smartphone. If necessary, or if our clients prefer to meet in person, we can arrange an appointment to meet our clients in a business centre office or boardroom. Our firm sends correspondence digitally and we share our digital files with our clients via a secure file-sharing facility. We send digital copies of our invoices, which clients can pay on-line conveniently using their credit or debt cards. At the same time, our lawyers enjoy “work-life balance” provided by flexible hours of work and being able to work from home. We conduct conferences between our lawyers or firm meetings via web conference with only a few mouse clicks. As a means to increase lawyer self-sufficiency, and to minimize the demands placed on our administrative staff, we utilize automation provided by various applications. Our firm’s model is also environmentally conscious, since none of our firm members have to drive a vehicle to commute to work, and all our files are digital. The success of our innovative approach to the delivery of legal services is demonstrated by the growth of our client-base across Canada and by the consistent gradual growth of our legal team. The following is a list of the types of disputes we are involved in: Wrongful Dismissal Discrimination Worksite Bullying and Harassment Grievances Arbitrations Judicial Review Strikes/Lockouts Non-Compete Non-Solicitation The following are our "Fields of Practice": Labour Law Employment Law Civil Litigation Administrative Law Human Rights Legal Advice Royal Canadian Mounted Police Police Fair Representation Judicial Review Additional "Areas of Specialization": Accommodations of Addictions Bankruptcy & Insolvency Defamation


Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Russia Squire Patton Boggs combines the strength, influence and resources of Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs to create a new law firm with global influence through local connections. We have more than 2,600 lawyers and support staff in 46 offices across 21 countries. Together we collaborate effectively across a diverse range of local, regional and international markets, business models and practice areas. Our team serves public and private organizations, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, public-private partnerships and local and national governments. Our strong local and regional positions in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America, together with deep-rooted connections on the ground, mean we can focus on the needs of individual clients in all the countries and cities we call home. Alongside this, we have long-established relationships with regulators in Washington DC, Brussels and beyond. All of this gives our clients: •

Access to new knowledge, new markets and new expertise.

Greater global influence and reach, combined with powerful local insight.

Stronger connectivity between government, law and business.

A deeper bench of lawyers in more key places.

Our Moscow office has long been at the forefront of legal and business developments in the Russian legal market. Our lawyers bring decades of experience serving clients in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and we can trace our involvement back to major trade and investment projects during the détente period of the late 1970s and the early days of perestroika in 1990s. We opened in Moscow in 1995 as one of the first international law firms to provide legal advice in Russia. Vast experience and highly skilled staff ensure that we still hold a leading position in the Russian legal market today. Clients include the largest Russian and international corporations across a variety of different sectors. Russian and foreign individuals place confidence in our professional team to provide legal support for all of their business projects. Whatever project we undertake, our Moscow-based lawyers liaise with governmental agencies of the Russian Federation to overcome any potential challenges our clients may face, to ensure that their businesses enjoy sustainable, yet dynamic, growth. The practice's full-service approach makes it possible for our clients to achieve their goals and objectives in the most cost-effective way.


Core practices of the Moscow office include: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Competition – Antitrust Intellectual Property & Technology Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Energy & Natural Resources (including oil and gas, mining industry) Environmental, Safety & Health International Dispute Resolution Labour & Employment Litigation Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Private Investment Funds Public Policy Real Estate Corporate

Olga Bezrukova has been involved in the intellectual property area since 1989, including her experience as a Russian Patent Attorney since 1993 and a Eurasian Patent Attorney since 1996. She is a member of INTA international organizations and the International Licensing Association. Olga has unique experience and expertise in protecting the rights to patented inventions in life sciences. Olga focuses on matters associated with the acquisition and protection of rights to inventions, trademarks and utility models, including drafting related applications and obtaining documents of title. She provides advisory services for clients with regard to protection of their IP rights for IP in court and represents clients at the court proceedings. Olga also represents clients at the Chamber for the Patent Disputes of the Rospatent. Our company's Moscow office employs a dedicated team of intellectual property professionals, including associates and three registered patent agents. We are one of just a few legal firms in Russia with a focus on patenting inventions in areas such as biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceuticals etc. We are uniquely experienced in IT patenting. Also, we have gained unique experience in successfully defending patent rights in legal proceedings. As a forward-looking pathway for 2017-2018, we perceive developing areas such as judicial practice, in particular litigation, further protection of copyright, in particular IT-related copyright; protection of personal data; and protection of confidential information. Contact Details: Olga M. Bezrukova Squire Patton Boggs Moscow LLC 2, bld. 1 Romanov pereulok 125009, Moscow Russian Federation O +7 495 258 5250 F +7 495 258 5251 olga.bezrukova@squirepb.com | squirepattonboggs.com


Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws with a focus 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, counselling, litigation and/or transaction thereof. Yu-Li Tsai: Partner & Patent Attorney Practice area/industry focus: Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Litigation Career highlights: Mr Tsai is a patent attorney who holds a degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, both awarded from the National Taiwan University. His practice covers patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, licensing and litigation. Mr Tsai also studied and gained a Master’s degree from the Law School, University of New Hampshire, also known as Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property. Upon graduation, he worked for InterDigital, Inc. in Delaware for a short period and later studied and passed the US Patent Registration Examination. The patent attorneys and patent engineers in Deep & Far normally hold outstanding and advanced degrees and are generally graduated from the top five universities in this country. Our prominent staffs are dedicated to provide the best quality service in IPRs in this country. 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 has ever used services of this firm. Furthermore, 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 60% of the patentexperienced 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, Armani… It is our philosophy to provide competent legal services that other firm cannot comparably provide. The necessitated ensuing problem is how we can so provide? Deep & Far so achieve by selecting, edifying and nurturing peoples who have the following personalities: learned in expertise, morally earnest and sincerely behaved in mind and strictly disciplined between give and take. It is wellbelieved that such properties are key factors for peoples to properly and competently behave themselves. Deep & Far (D&F) is willing to take challenges to prove that it is the best IP firm, and to verify its supreme competence by e.g.: 1) Sending to D&F a pending or granted patent for its comments about how it can improve the claims;


2) Sending to D&F a pending patent specification without the claims for it to draft the claims for comparison with the original claims; or 3) Sending to D&F and the firm the client is currently using at the same time an initial disclosure so that the client can compare and find out where better claims are. Deep & Far assures the clients that no competitors can escape from the patent rights D&F safeguards for the clients at reasonable service fees. Because the tough economic downturn we are encountering in Taiwan, we are also encountering severe price competition. This situation also leads to that there are too many poor quality patents being granted because most enterprises do not have proper knowledge of the importance of patents. For example, they might only want to spend lower cost to file a patent application without considering the quality, or could not be alerted timely that narrow claims can protect their products of the current version only although there are reduced fees in responding to office actions. Therefore, the patent agents or firms of the enterprises sometimes cannot help but sacrificing the quality to keep profits under the limited budgets of the clients. Under such social environment, it is very hard to anticipate that the clients have strong patents, or the patent firms or attorneys can nurture the ability of drafting wonderful scope of the claims. Accordingly, it will not be surprised to find that there are some patent firms which cannot provide competent services but offer extreme low price to attract clients only caring about the price of filing a patent. This does also explain that there are poor quality patents being granted We persist in providing quality service rather than participating into the price war because we believe the Client will finally find the quality is the most important thing for intellectual property. If you sacrifice the quality and surrender to the price, you actually get negative return because .a poor quality IP is valueless. We did suffer a little last year in view of the reduced local generated works, but we see the situation began to change this year. This firm is used to focusing on IPR, and takes deliberate steps to practice in all fields of law. In recent year, we make progress in either general civil law, business law or criminal law fields.

Contact Details 13th Fl., 27 Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd., Taipei 104, Taiwan, R.O.C. -2-25856688 -2-25989900/25978989 Email: email@deepnfar.com.tw www.deepnfar.com.tw


Financial Analysis Firm of the Year - USA Demotech, Inc. is a financial analysis firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1985, Demotech has been serving the insurance industry by providing actuarial consulting as well as accurate and proven Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) for Property & Casualty insurance companies and Title underwriters. FSRs are a leading indicator of the financial stability of an insurer. In 1989 Demotech became the first insurer rating services in the United States to review and rate independent, regional and specialty insurers based upon the company’s execution of its business model and not its size. The rating process provides an objective baseline as well as insight as to the financial stability of an insurer. Demotech levels the playing field by offering FSRs to insurers of all sizes. Demotech distinguishes itself from other rating services in many ways. Four distinguishing characteristics are the industry experience of our analysts, long tenure of our analysts, our focus on an insurer’s business model rather than its size, and the transparency of our analysis process. In total, our four primary analysts average more than 30 years of progressively responsible insurance experience. Furthermore, the same four primary analysts average more than twenty years of tenure with Demotech. As a result, carriers that contact Demotech can be assured of comparable treatment, institutional memory and consistent outcomes due to the professionalism and tenure of our staff. As noted, our analysts, including myself, are experienced professionals. I am an actuary with forty years of insurance and financial analysis experience. Sharon Romano Petrelli, co-founder of Demotech, has earned the designations of CPCU, AIAF, CCP and ARC. She has served on the board of an insurer as well as the board of governors of the CPCU Society. She has thirty years of insurance experience. Barry J. Koestler, II, Chief Ratings Officer, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has more than twenty years of insurance and financial analysis experience including rate filings, loss and loss adjustment expense reserving and financial analysis. He has coordinated the development and monitoring of FSRs since 1996. Robert M. Warren, CPCU, CPA, Client Services Manager, has served as the chief financial officer of several insurers. His forty years of experience includes more than ten years with Demotech. Although other rating agencies seem fascinated by the size of an insurer and its diversification, neither size nor diversification has kept insurers out of liquidation. In fact, some of the largest insolvencies in the history of insurance were substantial publicly traded carriers that touted their diversification. As such, Demotech focuses on a carrier’s business model and its execution of that model. In 2007 we introduced our Company Classification System to initiate dialogue on business models. A Comment from Joseph Petrelli: “I am the President and Founder of Demotech, Inc. Organized in 1985, Demotech is a Columbus, Ohio based financial analysis company. Demotech reviews and rates more than 420 carriers domiciled in the United States. Our clients include larger, publicly traded carriers as well as regional insurance companies, title underwriters, risk retention groups and specialty insurance markets. Financial Stability Ratings® of A or better are accepted by the secondary mortgage marketplace, virtually all mortgage lenders and an increasing number of umbrella insurance markets, insurance agents errors and omissions insurance carriers, reinsurance carriers and other informed third parties. Prior to forming Demotech, I was employed by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Countryway Insurance and ISO. I am a member in good standing of the Casualty Actuarial Society, American Academy of Actuaries,


the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries. I graduated from The College of Insurance and have an MBA from The Ohio State University.” In addition to our efforts reviewing and rating insurance carriers, two of our clients during 2015 were the State of Ohio Office of Risk Management and State of Iowa Title Guaranty Division. When these public entities needed experienced, credentialed actuaries to assist them with the pricing and evaluation of their casualty insurance exposure and title guaranty exposure, respectively, our actuaries were the first choice. Recent acknowledgements of our insurer rating capabilities include HUD’s re-affirmation of our acceptance in its Section 232 Handbook and expanding our acceptance to its Section 241(a) program, Fannie Mae Multifamily acceptance of risk retention groups and captive insurers rated A or better, our nomination for Intelligent Insurer’s Global Award – Best Rating Agency (2014 and 2015) and securing the ACQ5 award for US – Niche Financial Analysis Provider – Insurance, two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. In addition Demotech was nominated for the Rating Agency of the Year at the fall 2015 Reactions North America Gala. We were also honoured with the Florida Association for Insurance Reform’s Founder’s Award at its 2015 annual meeting. More recently we secured the Financial Monthly – M&A Awards 2015 – Financial Analysis Firm of the Year – USA and the Corporate Vision – Corporate Excellence Award 2015 – Best Evaluator of US Regional and Specialty Insurers & Sustained Excellence in Insurer Financial Analysis. Our clients operate in an environment dominated by low interest rates and the pressure of same on earnings yet many of our insurer clients benefit from alternatives to insurance and reinsurance. Additional coverages, such as cyber liability, data breach, and gap coverages associated with addressing the need to supplement personal automobile insurance policies for commercial use associated with transportation network companies focused our experienced, professional insurance company analysts on a collaborative role with clients. Our analysts are well versed in the traditional aspects of insurance and reinsurance. Concurrently, as educated professionals they were comfortable with the development or analysis of creative strategies and products to address emerging consumer needs. Our experienced and credentialed analysts often provided clients with peer review and independent feedback on several aspects of the client’s current and future operations. Demotech is focused on continuing to grow and serve our current and our future clients. With a team of experienced, credentialed professionals, we are uniquely positioned to address the current as well as the emerging issues that must be addressed. In May 2016, we will host a seminar addressing the needs of regional and specialty carriers in the important areas of product development, client retention, and the identification and response to emerging issues.

Contact Details: Joseph Petrelli Demotech, Inc. 2715 Tuller Parkway Dublin, Ohio 43017-2310 Main: (800) 354-7207 Direct: (614) 526-2160 FAX: (614) 526-2161 JPetrelli@demotech.com www.demotech.com


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), and a fellow (FSIarb) of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. 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. Founding Partners: Mr. 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. Dr. 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. Mr. 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: Mr. Abdul Haris Muhammad Rum’s field of expertise includes general corporate, restructuring, capital markets, M&A, project finance, syariah, and oil and gas law. Mr. Harjon Sinaga has a strong general corporate background and specializes in commercial litigation, concentrating in the fields of bankruptcy and antitrust. Mr. Rofik Sungkar’s practice focuses on litigation, debt restructuring and general corporate law. Ms. Dini Retnoningsih specialises in corporate transactions. Mr. Mochamad Fajar Syamsualdi specialises in M&A. Mr. Ahmad Jamal Assegaf specialises in restructuring, investment, M&A, and telecommunications.


LGS has 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. Dr. Ganie’s international commercial transaction and litigation clients include: Goldman Sachs (US), Temasek Holdings (Singapore), Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong) and Mitsui (Japan). Our unique selling point is the combination of our 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 our 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. Particularly in the natural resources sector the recovery expectations were at times too optimistic, which stymied activity due to a mismatch in expectations, and therefore prospects and valuations between sellers and buyers. This situation is starting to correct itself and we are in fact seeing more activity, including in distressed situations. In other sectors there has been concern over potential for a more significant downturn that would also significantly affect the Indonesian market, and specifically hesitation regarding the 2014 elections, which have now passed without upheaval. The market is working through these issues, and with the elimination of the election uncertainty and the eventual stabilization of the world economy we expect to see growth in 2016. For transactions to be successfully agreed, and even more importantly to be successfully implemented, in current circumstances it is important to design transaction structures in such a way so as to reflect the parties’ expectations. This may mean structuring a deal in such a way that a party with an optimistic view will be able to benefit should such hopes materialize, while the more conservative party’s costs are kept low in the event that the more pessimistic view becomes the reality. Ultimately, the key is managing expectations and making sure the parties’ interests are accurately reflected. Contact Details: Dr. Mohamed Idwan (‘Kiki’) Ganie Managing Partner Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo Address: Menara Imperium, 30th Fl. Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 1 Jakarta 12980, Indonesia Tel: (62-21) 831-5005, 831-5025 Fax: (62-21) 831-5015, 831-5018 Email: ganie@lgslaw.co.id Website: www.lgsonline.com


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