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Our core strength and focus is compliance. We are the FCPA boutique law firm — highly specialized and internationally recognized with five decades of combined experience in anti-corruption work. We are nimble, responsive, creative, efficient, cost effective, and focused on your business objectives. We specialize in •

Conducting risk assessments.

Developing, implementing, and improving anti-corruption compliance programs.

Evaluating relationships with third parties, including sales agents, consultants, joint venture partners, customs brokers, offset advisors, and acquisition targets.

In addition, we help our clients when problems arise. Anti-corruption enforcement is at an all-time high, and we regularly assist our clients with internal investigations and dealing with enforcement agencies. While the internal review of potential corruption is a serious matter, we’re known for taking a calm, measured, and proportionate approach.

Steinman & Rodgers is your port in the storm.

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Anti-corruption compliance isn’t an academic exercise for our clients. Companies must balance their compliance obligations with the need to get business done. Compliance doesn’t mean saying ‘no’ to all risks. We consider ourselves business lawyers — that means helping our clients navigate through compliance challenges to fulfill their business goals.” Bill Steinman

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Honored to work with our clients Steinman & Rodgers have become a go-to FCPA firm for us because they consistently deliver practical, high-quality advice at a reasonable cost, helping us with everything from specific gifts and entertainment guidance to drafting policies to creating training materials.” Rachel Lei Chief Compliance Officer & Associate General Counsel GATX Corporation

“I worked closely for more than four years with Steinman & Rodgers, which served as the Company’s outside counsel in connection with compliance and anti-corruption matters under the FCPA and U.K. Anti-Bribery Act ... Brooke Rodgers is extraordinarily personable and the consummate professional. Always responsive and appreciative of the opportunity to do so, Brooke provided expertise and insight that was considerate not only of the legal implications of the various matters which we were obliged to address, but of the business concerns of the Company as well. In retrospect, I cannot imagine how I would have been able to administer and manage our applicable policies and programs and successfully navigate through the myriad of domestic and foreign statutes and regulations without her guidance and sound legal counsel.” Ed Wactlar Former Senior Vice President & General Counsel Aeroflex Holding Corp.

“Bill Steinman is an FCPA lawyer with street smarts. He does not give academic or theoretical advice. He is practical, calm and understands the real-world need to balance compliance and business requirements. Above all, he and his colleagues at S&R are there when I need them.”

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“Steinman & Rodgers has served as an invaluable resource in helping us to understand the requirements of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and how those requirements apply to our business. We first engaged the firm to help us to develop and implement an anti-corruption policy in light of our increasing international activity, and from the very start, Bill Steinman invested the time in getting to know the company — to provide strategic, proactive, and relevant advice. The anticorruption training he led for our staff was informative, meaningful, and engaging. Bill’s depth of experience and knowledge of anticorruption law is matched only by his passion for his practice. I would highly recommend Steinman & Rodgers to any company trying to navigate this complex area of the law.” Crystal M. Scialla General Counsel Delos Living LLC

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AT FLH, OUR LIFE’S WORK IS PROTECTING YOUR LIFE’S SCIENCE. Founded in 1997, Frommer Lawrence and Haug LLP is a full-service, national law rm that specializes in intellectual property, transactional, regulatory, and antitrust law. With o ces in New York and Washington, D.C., and through liaisons with rms spanning the globe—including in Germany, China, and Japan—FLH has the reach and technical expertise required to seamlessly address legal issues and business challenges through a multidisciplinary, integrated approach. 2016 ACQ Awards

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intersection of law and science.

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partners, associates, scienti c advisors, and sta . With advanced degrees in complex technical elds ranging from engineering and computer science to molecular genetics and pharmacology, the professionals at FLH stay on top of the ever-evolving

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58 degrees in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, or physics

Leading from the forefront of the intellectual property community allows our rm to deliver unparalleled service to clients in diverse technological elds. We work with clients in a range of industries, including computing and information technology, consumer electronics, e-commerce, nancial services, telecommunications, automotive, aerospace, chemicals, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, and sports.

version of the drug, had infringed two patents.

Court, vacateur of an adverse Federal Circuit opinion, and remand. FLH had previously obtained a judgment of infringement and an injunction against generic manufacturer Watson.

FLH secured summary judgment of no invalidity and infringement for innovator client Shire on four di erent patents protecting


US LIFE SCIENCES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FROMMER LAWRENCE & HAUG LLP LIFE SCIENCES LAWYER OF THE YEAR, ANGUS CHEN, PH.D., FROMMER LAWRENCE & HAUG LLP DIVERSITY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FROMMER LAWRENCE & HAUG LLP ANTITRUST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FROMMER LAWRENCE & HAUG LLP GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, (WILLIAM S. FROMMER / WILLIAM F. LAWRENCE / EDGAR H. HAUG), FROMMER LAWRENCE & HAUG LLP

OUR WORK Whether representing inventors, startups, or global brands such as Sony, Porsche, or Shire Pharmaceuticals, our goal remains the Litigation high-stakes intellectual property cases. We have tried cases in a wide array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, electronics, semiconductors, computers, and telecommunications.

young attorneys, scienti c advisors, and paralegals. Antitrust

distribution. implications of intellectual property acquisitions, settlements, licenses, and joint venture arrangements. We deliver collaborative, innovative, and cost-e ective advice given our strength in related legal areas such as trial advocacy, intellectual property, FDA, and life sciences. FDA/Regulatory

nies in the food, drug, biologic, medical device, cosmetic, and tobacco product industries.

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Not only are our attorneys experts in food and drug law, but they also have experience working on regulatory, enforcement, and Washington, D.C. o ce to the FDA enables us to form invaluable relationships with FDA o cials, attend FDA Advisory Committee meetings, and participate in public policy forums.

Corporate Transactions regulatory legal issues that pharmaceutical and biotech companies face; second, they gain the skills needed to counsel clients through the variety of agreements and partnerships they may enter. The FLH transactional team works hand in hand with our life science, prosecution, regulatory, and litigation teams to ensure that agreements address all the issues that companies currently face and those that could surface as they grow. Patent O ce Practice The FLH Patent Prosecution Group consists of highly experienced attorneys and scienti c advisors who possess an in-depth in the United States and around the world for our clients.

to clients on how to protect their technology.


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management in the areas of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and biotechnology. She specializes in counseling clients on how to obtain intellectual property protection for pharmaceuticals and biological products in the research stage and how to strengthen

participated on many panels addressing audiences in the United States as well as abroad.

Ph.D. in pharmacology from Yale University in 1989, and was a post-doctoral research associate with the Fox Chase Cancer Center. U.S. in the areas of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics while collaborating with Asian and European counterparts to coordinate worldwide regulatory submissions.

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Rosenbaum IP, P.C. …Ideal Outcomes for Your Ideas! Mission: To develop and safeguard intellectual property assets throughout our clients’ lifecycle events to maximize IP asset value by consistently ensuring alignment between required commercial outcomes and the IP assets. What: Since 1988 we have partnered with technology companies to assist them in developing intellectual property assets, formulating and executing strategic plans for achieving maximal value for our clients. Our clients have achieved over $1.6 Billion (USD) in market value, either this success, we combine professional and technical skills with level-headed business principles and experience. Our practice is devoted to supporting our client’s intellectual property asset development, commercialization and, when necessary, enforcement. Services we provide include: • Counseling to achieve desired scope of domestic and international IP protection and optimization of intellectual property asset value; • Clearance and patentability searching and monitoring competitive developments; • Opinions concerning patentability, patent infringement, patent validity, clearance for freedom to operate, and availability and registrability of marks to adopt as trademarks or service marks; applications; • Devising technology development strategies consistent with IP landscape opportunities; • Developing and implementing corporate intellectual property policies; • Identifying and evaluating design alternatives to avoid infringing third party patents or trademarks; • Identifying and exploring potential licensing opportunities or potential infringers of client intellectual property; • Providing competitive watch services to track competitor’s intellectual property activity;

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• Proactively and coherently managing intellectual property portfolios to obtain and exploit worldwide protection; • Negotiating and preparing licenses and other technology-transfer agreements in the U.S. and internationally; • Post-grant proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office and opposition procedures before the European Patent office to determine patent validity; and • Enforcing patent and other intellectual property rights, proceeding to dispute resolution or litigation with resolution either by verdict or negotiated settlement or alternative resolution. Planning: We unwaveringly focus on securing maximum value for your intellectual property plan is created together with implementation steps. Strategy: Once the IP asset development plan has been created it is pressure tested against development initiatives and the business outcomes desired is then challenged to identify potential problems and obstacles. The plan’s strategies are then revised to anticipate these potential problems and obstacles. Being dynamic, the plan is consistently and constantly presented or new challenges arise. Who: of technologies including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, therapeutics, diagnostics, nanotechnology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, agricultural chemicals, plant breeding, environmental protection systems, semiconductor processing, industrial and medical lasers, computer hardware and software, digital and analog clothing, motor vehicle assemblies and systems, and general mechanical and electrical technologies. Clientele: Our clients range from start-ups, small and mid-sized companies that either do not have or have insufficient in-house IP legal staff, universities and research institutions to Fortune 100 companies where we work closely with in-house IP counsel to effectuate IP asset portfolio building.

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GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKIN & HACHIGIAN, LLP CHINA - LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

ARSS LEGAL, ADVOCATES & ATTORNEYS INDIA - TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

HARRY RIGNEY AUSTRALIA - SUPERANNUATION/TRUSTS LAWYER OF THE YEAR

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HONG KONG MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION CENTRE CHINA - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BODY OF THE YEAR (ADR)

BANCO CHAMBERS AUSTRALIA - FULL SERVICE CHAMBERS OF THE YEAR

HSA ADVOCATES INDIA - PROJECTS, INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BANCO CHAMBERS AUSTRALIA - ENERGY LAWYER OF THE YEAR, RUTH C A HIGGINS

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CHINA PATENT AGENT (H.K.) LTD. HONG KONG - INTERNATIONAL PATENTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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CHINA PATENT AGENT (H.K.) LTD. CHINA - CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

JR MARRIOTT MIGRATION CONSULTANCY LIMITED AUSTRALIA - IMMIGRATION ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR

CHINA PATENT AGENT (H.K.) LTD. CHINA - PATENTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

KARANJAWALA & COMPANY INDIA - AVIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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LAW OFFICES OF WIRIADINATA & SALEH INDONESIA - LEADING PROJECT FINANCE LAWYER OF THE YEAR, TAMIZA SALEH

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OLN LAW FIRM HONG KONG - LABOUR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

LEE AND LI LEAVEN IPR AGENCY LTD CHINA - PATENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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OLN LAW FIRM HONG KONG - COMMERCIAL BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

LOWNDES NEW ZEALAND - LEADING LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MARK LOWNDES

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AUGUSTINE CLEMENT UK - CHARITY LAW SOLICITORS OF THE YEAR

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AFG LAW LIMITED UK – REGIONAL LEGAL AID LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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AFG LAW LIMITED UK – REGIONAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BARLOW ROBBINS LLP UK – OWNER MANAGED BUSINESS LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

AFG LAW LIMITED UK – REGIONAL MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR, ISOBEL GRAY

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AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM SWITZERLAND - TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BARLOW ROBBINS LLP UK - PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BARLOW ROBBINS LLP UK - COMMERCIAL MEDIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BARLOW ROBBINS LLP UK (SURREY) - DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BARNETT ALEXANDER CONWAY INGRAM LLP UK - PRIVATE EQUITY & JOINT VENTURES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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ALEKSEY PUKHA & PARTNERS UKRAINE - INTERNAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BATES WELLS BRAITHWAITE UK - GOVERNMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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ALISON MATTHEWS CONSULTING UK - MONEY LAUNDERING ADVISOR OF THE YEAR, ALISON MATTHEWS

BAWTREES LLP UK (ESSEX) - FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY GOLD SOLICITORS UK – REGIONAL MEDIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BAWTREES LLP UK (ESSEX) - LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BECK GREENER UK - MECHANICAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BECK GREENER UK - MERCHANDISING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

ANWALTSKANZLEI HILD & KOLLEGEN GERMANY - NATIONAL - IT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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ARFAN KHAN ENGLAND – COURT OF APPEAL BARRISTER OF THE YEAR

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BEECHAM PEACOCK LLP UK – REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

ARFAN KHAN ENGLAND – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BARRISTER OF THE YEAR

BEECHAM PEACOCK LLP UK – REGIONAL FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BEECHAM PEACOCK LLP UK – REGIONAL PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BLACKFORDS LLP UK - SERIOUS FRAUD LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BLACKFORDS LLP UK - BOUTIQUE FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

ARNOLD RECHTSANWAELTE GMBH AUSTRIA - TAX LAWYER OF THE YEAR, DR. NIKOLAUS ARNOLD

BLACKFORDS LLP UK - MOTORING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

ASH NORTON SOLICITORS UK - IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BOBBY DHANJAL LEGAL SERVICES LIMITED UK – REGIONAL TRUST AND ESTATE SOLICITORS OF THE YEAR

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ASTAPOVLAWYERS INTERNATIONAL LAW GROUP RUSSIA – COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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ASTAPOVLAWYERS INTERNATIONAL LAW GROUP RUSSIA – GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, ANDREY ASTAPOV

BOJORGE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM SPAIN - LEADING LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MARLA BOJORGE

ASTAPOVLAWYERS INTERNATIONAL LAW GROUP RUSSIA – LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BONELLI EREDE PAPPALARDO STUDIO LEGALE ITALY - EMPLOYMENT LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MARCELLO GIUSTINIANI

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BRYAN CAVE LLP UK - ACQ5 UBER LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MARTHA COLLINS ROLLE

CROCE & ASSOCIÉS SA SWITZERLAND - PRIVATE CLIENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BUDE NATHAN IWANIER UK - REGIONAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT)

CUATRECASAS GONCALVES PEREIRA PORTUGAL - IT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BUREAU VAN DIJK UK - M&A SOLUTIONS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR (LEGAL)

ÇUKUR & YILMAZ TURKEY - ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BUSE HEBERER FROMM GERMANY - ART LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CUNNINGHAMS SOLICITORS UK - REGIONAL FRAUD & BUSINESS CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BUSE HEBERER FROMM GERMANY - CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CURZON GREEN UK – REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BWSP GOBERT & PARTNERS HUNGARY - FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BWSP GOBERT & PARTNERS HUNGARY - BANKING & FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DABELSTEIN & PASSEHL GERMANY - TRANSPORT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

BWSP GOBERT & PARTNERS HUNGARY - ARBITRATION AND LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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BWSP GOBERT & PARTNERS HUNGARY - CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DABELSTEIN & PASSEHL GERMANY - AVIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FIRM OF THE YEAR

DALLA VERITA & PARTNERS ITALY - CORPORATE FINANCE ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - AVIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DANUBIA PATENT & LAW OFFICE LLC HUNGARY (BUDAPEST) - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DAVENPORT SOLICITORS UK – REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DAVENPORT SOLICITORS UK – REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAWYER OF THE YEAR, VANDANA DASS

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - COMPETITION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DAVID CONWAY & CO UK (WEST END) – NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (REAL ESTATE)

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - LAWYER OF THE YEAR, JOÃO CAIADO GUERREIRO

DBK PARTNERS CZECH REPUBLIC - COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - TMT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DBK PARTNERS CZECH REPUBLIC - TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DBK PARTNERS CZECH REPUBLIC - LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAIADO GUERREIRO & ASSOCIADOS, SOCIEDADE DE ADVOGADOS, R.L. PORTUGAL - DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DE GRAVE DE MONNINK SPLIET ADVOCATEN NETHERLANDS - FRANCHISE LAW LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES MACEDONIA - MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DE LUCA & PARTNERS ITALY - EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES MACEDONIA - LAWYER OF THE YEAR, BILJANA CAKMAKOVA

DEL POZO & DE LA CUADRA SPAIN - ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES MACEDONIA - FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DENNEMEYER & ASSOCIATES GERMANY - IP PROSECUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES MACEDONIA - CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DFMG SOLICITORS IRELAND - IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAMEIRA LEGAL ENGLAND - CROSS BORDER M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (BOUTIQUE)

DISTEFANO LAW OFFICE BELGIUM - ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAMEIRA LEGAL ENGLAND - CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DISTEFANO LAW OFFICE BELGIUM - NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (CHEMICALS)

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DIVJAK, TOPIC & BAHTIJAREVIC LAW FIRM CROATIA - ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CAMEIRA LEGAL PORTUGAL - BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DIVJAK, TOPIC & BAHTIJAREVIC LAW FIRM CROATIA - ENERGY LAWYER OF THE YEAR, EMIR BAHTIJAREVIĆ

CAMEIRA LEGAL PORTUGAL - CUSTOMER CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DIVJAK, TOPIC & BAHTIJAREVIC LAW FIRM CROATIA - FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CARLOS PINTO DE ABREU E ASSOCIADOS PORTUGAL - CRIMINAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DOMA´NSKI ZAKRZEWSKI PALINKA POLAND - LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CARNELUTTI STUDIO LEGALE ASSOCIATO ITALY - EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DONNELLY & ELLIOTT LTD UK – REGIONAL WILLS & INHERITANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CARNELUTTI STUDIO LEGALE ASSOCIATO ITALY - FEMALE LAWYER OF THE YEAR (TAX), RENATA RICOTTI

DONNELLY & ELLIOTT LTD UK – REGIONAL CONVEYANCING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

CARNELUTTI STUDIO LEGALE ASSOCIATO ITALY - CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

DOUGLAS SILAS SOLICITORS UK - NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (EDUCATION)

CHAMBERS OF JONATHAN LAIDLAW QC (2 HARE COURT) UK – WHITE-COLLAR CRIME & REGULATORY CHAMBERS OF THE YEAR

DOUGLAS SILAS SOLICITORS UK - EDUCATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, DOUGLAS SILAS

CHAMBERS OF JONATHAN LAIDLAW QC (2 HARE COURT) UK – WHITE-COLLAR CRIME & REGULATORY BARRISTER OF THE YEAR, CHRISTOPHER COLTART QC

EC3\LEGAL UK - NICHE SME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (INSURANCE)

CHAMBERS OF JONATHAN LAIDLAW QC (2 HARE COURT) UK – PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE BARRISTER OF THE YEAR, CHRISTOPHER COLTART QC

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The americas

U.S. The United States is the globe’s largest national economy, representing 22% of nominal global gross domestic product and currently 17% of global GDP. The Americas was estimated at just under $18 trillion as of 2015 - with a mixed economy, it maintains a stable overall GDP growth rate, a moderate unemployment rate and high levels of research and capital investment. In the United States, when the year commenced, activity stalled, partly as a result of another low-temperate winter, disruptions to port activity, and sharp cutbacks in capital expenditures in the oil and gas industry and residual calendar effects. These factors are forecasted to dissolve; resulting in a rebound in activity later in 2015, but a strong U.S. dollar will continue to weigh on exports. For example, the almost 15% dollar appreciation in trade-weighted terms between mid- 2014 and March 2015 has been estimated to reduce growth by as much as 3⁄4 percentage point by the end of the year. Driven predominantly by private consumption, growth strengthened to 2.7% in 2015 and predicted further to 2.8% in 2016, before slowing towards potential growth in 2017. The unemployment rate fell to almost 5.2% by end-2015, below the level at the start of the previous monetary tightening cycle in 2004 and close to estimates of its structural level. The labour force participation rate is predicted to remain broadly unchanged at cur- rent low levels, as a return of discouraged workers is offset by the ongoing retirement of the sizeable baby-boomer cohort. Sharply lower oil prices are supporting household purchasing power (especially in lower-income households). While household saving rates initially increased, real income gains from lower energy bills are expected to continue lifting consumption in 2016. This will help mitigate the cuts in capital expenditures in the energy sector that will dampen private sector investment in 2015 and continue into 2016.

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The anaemic post-recession recovery was characterised by a slow development in growth, high unemployment, a decrease in the number of residents seeking work, and a volume of uncertainty that has held back investment. Increases in tax and regulatory burdens, aggravated by favouritism toward entrenched interests, have undercut America’s historically dynamic entrepreneurial growth. Overall, policy in the United States is expected to remain accommodative. The fiscal stance should be broadly neutral, although unresolved discussions about legal caps on government borrowing and tax and entitlement reform are potential disruptions. As the economy closes in towards the employment and inflation objectives of the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate, a very gradual monetary tightening cycle is expected to begin. Long-term interest rates, however, would remain low. Falling oil prices and a strengthening U.S. dollar have pushed headline inflation temporarily below zero in the first quarter of 2015. Core inflation is projected to stay below the Fed’s 2% target until the end of 2015, but gradually increased towards it during 2016. The current account deficit is expected to widen modestly as the real dollar appreciation increasingly encourages imports and discourages exports. CENTRAL AMERICA Over the last decade, following a long period of political turmoil and civil conflict, most Central American countries achieved moderate economic growth, although with wide variations among them. Average yearly growth between 2000 and 2011 ranged from 6.4% in Panama, which was the best performer, to 1.9% in El Salvador. The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to begin to gradually raise policy interest rates in the near term. Given that it has been anticipated for some time and will take place against the backdrop of an ongoing U.S. recovery and highly accommodative monetary policy by other major central banks, the launch of a

series of U.S. rate increases (“liftoff”) is likely to proceed smoothly. The risk remains, however, that the liftoff or subsequent rate increases could lead to abrupt changes in market expectations regarding monetary conditions that could, in turn, prompt a spike in U.S. long-term interest rates, volatility in global financial markets, and a sharp increase in borrowing cost for emerging markets – similar to the way initial discussions of U.S. monetary policy normalisation triggered the “taper tantrum” of May-June 2013. The widely expected tightening of monetary conditions in the United States, along with monetary expansion by other major central banks, has contributed to broad-based appreciation in the U.S. dollar and is exerting downward pressure on capital flows to developing countries. Many developingcountry currencies have weakened against the U.S. dollar, particularly those of countries with weak growth prospects or elevated vulnerabilities. Past episodes of first rate increases in a U.S. monetary policy tightening cycle were often accompanied by a flattening U.S. yield curve, and currency depreciations and/or monetary policy rate increases in emerging markets. The close correlation with emerging market borrowing costs suggests that lift-off in 2015 will further increase global financing costs, especially for vulnerable countries. As bank balance sheets heal, regions that are more dependent on bank flows than bond flows may benefit. Currency depreciations against the U.S. dollar have raised concerns about U.S. dollar exposures in sovereign and corporate balance sheets in some countries, especially those with rapid post-crisis credit growth. Since trade exposures tend to be diversified, depreciations have been considerably more modest, if not negligible, in trade-weighted terms for most developing countries and may not deliver significant competitiveness gains. With the gradual tightening in U.S. monetary policy likely to start later in 2015, capital flows are expected to ease and overall

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financial conditions for developing countries to tighten modestly. As the Fed readies for its first policy rate hike after almost a decade, financial conditions are on the cusp of becoming more challenging for emerging market countries. Most likely, the lift- off will proceed smoothly given that the U.S. recovery appears well entrenched and financial markets are being bolstered by highly accommodative monetary policies in other major advanced countries.

sub-regions, with prospects for Central and North America and the Caribbean being relatively brighter than in South America. The balance of risks in LAC leans heavily towards the downside. The downside risks, which are both external and internal to the region, include insufficient macroeconomic adjustment among the largest economies, Financial Volatility, lower commodity prices, slower-than-expected recovery in the Euro Area and the hard landing in China.

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN Facing lower prices for oil and other commodities, challenging domestic business climates and widespread droughts, growth in Latin America and the Caribbean slowed to 0.9% in 2014 from 2.7% in 2013, with divergence among sub-regions. South America, deeply affected by the oil price decline, was also impacted by domestic macroeconomic challenges among its largest economies. In contrast, developing Central and North America, along with the Caribbean, benefited from the strengthening United States, and saw an acceleration of activity. The ongoing recovery among advanced countries is expected to support external demand in the medium-term, lifting growth to an average of 1.7% in 2015–17. Deeper and more protracted declines in commodity prices, or a slower-than-expected recovery of the Euro Area, represent major downside risks. Despite a strengthening recovery in the advanced economies, growth in the LAC region is expected weakens further to 0.4% in 2015. Low commodity prices, tepid investment growth in challenging business environments, and fiscal consolidation are the main negative factors. As economic activity in the United States, the Euro Area, and Japan picks up, commodity prices gradually strengthens, and investor sentiment improves on better policies, growth is expected to rebound to 2.0% in 2016, and to 2.8% in 2017. However, there is a divergence among the

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US FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ADLI LAW GROUP P.C. BUSINESS LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ADLI LAW GROUP P.C. GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, DR. DARIUSH G. ADLI, ADLI LAW GROUP P.C. LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ADLI LAW GROUP P.C.

D r. D a r i u s h G . A d l i P r e s i d e n t o f A D L I L a w G r o u p P. C . O ffi c e : ( 2 1 3 ) 6 2 3 - 6 5 4 6 Fa x : ( 2 1 3 ) 6 2 3 - 6 5 5 4 Email: adli@adlilaw.com

When you need the assistance of a lawyer skilled in providing strategic legal counsel or the ser vice of a leading litigation attorney, ADLI Law Group, P.C. is here to help. We are a full ser vice law firm specializing in Intellectual Proper ty, Business, Enter tainment, Real Estate, Products Liability, Tax Law,Labor and Employment Law, Family Law, and Construction Law. We are located in the hear t of the business district in Downtown Los Angeles, and we have satellite offices in Dallas, London, Tokyo, and Taipei. ADLI Law Group P.C. recruits only the highest caliber attorneys and professionals so as to provide our clients with the highest quality legal ser vices. We combine large law firm experience, credentials and work quality with cost-effectiveness and a unique level of personalized attention and care. At the cutting edge of law, we aid our clients in meeting the challenges of an increasingly complicated and thriving international marketplace. The cornerstone of our philosophy is personal attention to clients' needs and goals while ensuring that clients receive full value for the legal expenses they incur, along with the personal attention that they deser ve. Dr. Dariush Adli, our founder, is a veteran of large U.S. law firms as well as a highly experienced litigation lawyer. He brings the high quality practice of big law firms into the more congenial, value based, and client focused atmosphere of a boutique law firm. ADLI Law Group recognizes that litigation imposes significant burdens upon our business clients. We spend the time required to formulate strategies, investigate claims or defenses, review and verify pleadings and

respond to discover y requests so that clients can use their time to attend to the needs of their business. Our goal is not merely to provide outstanding outside counsel from a dedicated litigation attorney to our clients, but to understand each client ’s business needs and goals to help establish a long-term, client focused relationship. Our clients appreciate the high quality of the ser vices they receive at substantially lower hourly rates than those of our larger, national law firm competitors. As a nimble, friendly boutique firm, we can also offer cost-effective, alternative billing arrangements to help our clients manage their litigation expenses. Our focus on each client ’s business and intellectual proper ty needs allows ADLI Law Group to offer high-quality representation at reasonable rates. MAJOR PRAC TICE AREAS OF THE FIRM • • • • • • • • • • • •

PATENT LITIGATION AND COUNSELING BUSINESS LITIGATION AND COUNSELING BUSINESS TRANSAC TIONS TRADEMARK, TRADE SECRETS AND COPYRIGHT LITIGATION AND COUNSELING PRODUC T LIABILIT Y LITIGATION AND COUNSELING ENTERTAINMENT REPRESENTATION AND COUNSELING FAMILY LAW REPRESENTATION AND COUNSELING CONSTRUC TION LAW REPRESENTATION AND COUNSELING INTERNATIONAL TAX LITIGATION LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING AND LITIGATION REAL ESTATE AND BANKRUPTCY COUNSELING AND LITIGATION INTELLEC TUAL PROPERT Y LITIGATION AND COUNSELING

C O LO M B I A UP & COMING LAWYER OF THE YEAR (TRANSPORT - AVIATION), ALFONSO PLANA BODEN, ARI@CMC (CMC ABOGADOS)

Alfonso Plana Bodén aplana@cmclex.com Tel/: + (571) 466 1620-466 1621 Fax/: + (571) 611 0670 Dirección: Calle 90 #11-44 oficina 301 Bogotá, D.C., Colombia

Colombia based CMC ABOGADOS (“CMC”) is an international business law firm based in Colombia with offices in the cities of Bogotá, D.C., and Medellín. CMC’s core and renowned practice is in aviation law, spanning the full spectrum of the aviation industr y and thus, with an extra-edge in the aviation industr y ’s legal framework and business practices. The aviation law practice includes a merger with ARI Consulting Group based in Bogotá, D.C., which for aviation related matters trades under the name of CMC ABOGADOS. Firm’s Ser vices and Features CMC combines the energy and personal attention of a smaller law firm with the diversity and sophistication of a major international practice. CMC’s focus is on problem shielding and solving. Professional abilities include concise writing, conversation power, detailed enquirers and symptomatic analyzers, thus enabling a ser vice provided in an efficient, responsive, and executive yet complete manner. Practice Areas In addition to aviation law, CMC counts with lawyers specialized in several practice areas including administrative law (with a focus on licensing regimes and transpor tation infrastructure), antitrust, corporate, currency exchange, customs, labor, M&A, and taxation. CMC’s aviation industr y practice area includes ser vices such as carr ying out scheduled and unscheduled air ser vices applications, validation of operations specifications,

representation at air transpor t bilateral and multilateral consultation meetings involving Colombia, drafting of air transpor tation industr y related contracts with private par ties or the State, aircraft and engine cross-border leasing and financing transactions, aviation insurance and liability claims. In this area CMC represents and assists first line foreign and local air carriers as well as foreign aircraft lessors and financiers and in some events local air carrier lessees. Aviation Practice Area Members (“APAM”) The APAM is led by Catalina Arbelaez and Alfonso Plana. Ms. Arbelaez is a renowned and seasoned aviation and antitrust specialist having held posts at the Colombian Aviation Authority and Colombia’s largest air carriers. With PhD and post PhD studies in Germany focusing on air transpor tation issues from a liberalization and antitrust perspectives, Ms. Arbelaez has built a competitive practice which attracts aviation under takings for the complete, efficient and sound advice she provides. Mr. Plana is an aviation law specialist holding an LL.M. in air and space law from Leiden University, having built a reputation for his detailed knowledge in the aviation industr y with a recognized sub-practice in aircraft and engine leasing and financing as well as air carrier commercial contracting. In addition, Mr. Plana’s knowledge includes the ver y specific area of aircraft maintenance and operations for which his ser vices are sought after. Other members of CMC include Marcela Palacio, Camilo Trujillo, Mónica Arango and Jairo Fierro, all of whom par ticipate from their respective practice areas by way of suppor t to the APAM.


G U AT E M A L A INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CENTRAL LAW IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CENTRAL LAW DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CENTRAL LAW

Central Law Guatemala Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote Partner Te l : + 5 0 2 2 3 8 3 6 0 0 0 jpcarrasco@central-law.com w w w.central-law.com

CENTRAL LAW is the leading regional firm which under the premise "One region, one firm" provides comprehensive and innovative legal advice in all areas of law to its clients. Both the firm´s values -ethics, professionalism, innovation, responsibility and leadership- and the human talent of an experienced team of lawyers place CENTRAL LAW as the main strategic par tner of its clients in the region. CENTRAL LAW advises individuals, regional and foreign companies as well as organizations that require their legal ser vices. Since 2003 the firm provides legal ser vices regionally with the backup and exper tise of the lawyers that conform its 11 offices located in Central

America and the Caribbean specifically in Guatemala (Guatemala city), El Salvador (San Salvador), Honduras ( Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula), Nicaragua (Managua), Costa Rica (San José), Panama (Panama city), and the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Puer to Plata, Punta Cana, Samaná). CENTRAL LAW has a unique organizational identity in its offices with a culture focused in international business. Our mission: To offer our local and regional clients comprehensive and innovative solutions in different specialty areas of law, with human talent that is committed to the values of the firm. Our vision: To be the main strategic ally for our clients in the region.

CANADA TRADEMARK LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CLANCY PC + BRION RAFFOUL PATENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CLANCY PC + BRION RAFFOUL COPYRIGHT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CLANCY PC + BRION RAFFOUL GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, PAULA CLANCY, CLANCY PC + BRION RAFFOUL GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, NATALIE RAFFOUL, CLANCY PC + BRION RAFFOUL

Main address 289 Cyr Avenue Ottawa ON, K1L 7N6, Canada T +1 613 521 8844 F +1 866 334 1413 info@cbrcanada.com Professional contacts Paula Clancy Managing Attorney pclancy@cbrcanada.com www.cbrcanada.com Natalie Roffoul Managing Attorney - Patents nraffoul@cbrcanada.com

Clancy PC + Brion Raffoul is a premier Canadian IP boutique firm providing clients with a full range of trademark, patent and design procurement ser vices. Clancy PC is our law firm, specialising in trademark law. Brion Raffoul is the patent agency arm that provides ser vices relating to patents and industrial designs. Clancy PC + Brion Raffoul is committed to providing excellent quality ser vice in a transparent, cost-effective and timely manner. Clients and client relations We have a strong Canadian client base that includes local inventors and businesses, as well as multinational corporations, universities and Canadian government agencies. In addition to our Canadian clients, we represent a broad array of foreign clients seeking to protect their intellectual proper ty in Canada. Through our robust international network of associates, we can protect our clients’ IP assets throughout the world. Using a results-based approach that has provided us with an enviable track record of success for our clients, we have developed a solid reputation with our local clients and with foreign associates. Our competitive pricing model, which for the majority of our ser vices is based on fixed fees rather than billable hours, sets us apar t from other firms. Since we are not on a time -based billing model, we take as much time as necessar y to address our clients’ needs. As a testament to our high rate of client satisfaction and loyalty, our firm has grown exponentially through referrals and word of mouth.

Trademark services • Trademark branding strategies. • Canadian and international trademark clearance searches and opinions. • Canadian and international trademark filings, including prosecution and registration. • Trademark monitoring and watch ser vices. • Trademark licensing and assignments. • Full trademark maintenance ser vices, including renewals.

People

• Opposition and cancellation proceedings.

We are an energetic, bright and motivated group of professionals and staff who work closely together to deliver the best ser vice to all of our clients. Our team is led by three managing principals, with Paula Clancy (featured in the W TR 1000 from 2011 to 2016) managing our trademark practice, and Ar t Brion and Natalie Raffoul (featured in the IAM patent 1000) managing the patent and design practice.

• Pre -litigation analysis.

Each principal is a veteran IP practitioner. Our firm has been recognised as one of the top 50 most active trademark filers and one of the top 50 most active patent filers in Canada. Our par tners and firm are ranked as leading private practice patent professionals by the IAM Patent 1000 (2016), and one of Canada’s top trademark firms by W TR 1000 (2016). We can provide IP ser vices in English, French and Spanish. Premium legal service without premium legal fees We provide our clients with a premium personalised ser vice on a flat-fee basis. Our fee structure gives our clients cer tainty and clarity about cost, in advance. Because of this unique arrangement, there are no unpleasant surprises for our clients.

• Cease and desist letters. • Trademark por tfolio strategic analysis and management. Patent services • Patentability searches and opinions in the high-tech, software, bio, chemical and mechanical fields. • Patent drafting, filing and prosecution ser vices in the high-tech, software, bio, chemical and mechanical fields. • Access to our network of foreign associates for the procurement of patents worldwide.

• Patent Cooperation Treaty international and Canadian national phase patent application filing and prosecution. • Infringement assessments. • Patent validity reviews. • Freedom-to-operate reviews. • Due diligence reviews of patent por tfolios. • Invention mining advice for companies. • Advice and consultation on effective IP management and procurement strategies. • Full patent por tfolio maintenance over the lifetime of the patents. Design services • Industrial design searching of Canadian and international databases. • Industrial design application preparation, filing and prosecution for any industrial product. • Industrial designs registrability opinions. • Industrial design infringement assessments.


BAHAMAS INSOLVENCY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DELANEY PARTNERS COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DELANEY PARTNERS REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DELANEY PARTNERS PRIVATE CLIENT WEALTH & IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DELANEY PARTNERS GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, JOHN K F DELANEY QC, DELANEY PARTNERS

DELANEY PARTNERS Lyford Manor ( West Bldg), Western Road, Lyford Cay P. O. Box CB-13007, Nassau, The Bahamas T. (242) 702-4500 / 603-4500 F. (242) 702-4524 M. (242) 557-5738 www.delaneypar tners.com

A former Attorney-General of The Bahamas and one of Her Majesty ’s Queens Counsel, John’s areas of practice concentration are financial ser vices law and regulation, business restructuring and insolvency, commercial litigation, and corporate governance. Highly valued by industr y to navigate complexities and pitfalls to achieve strategic business objectives, John has held a range of non-executive directorships of financial institutions and has ser ved as member and chair of audit committees. He currently ser ves as a non-executive director and audit committee member of RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, the regional parent of the Royal Bank of Canada’s interests in the jurisdictions comprising the Caribbean region. John has a histor y of national contribution and previously ser ved on the Road Traffic Authority, National Insurance Board, Bahamas Financial Ser vices Board, and has chaired The Bahamas Trade Commission. In May 2012, John completed a stint (2009-2012) of public ser vice as Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, with por tfolio responsibility for liaising with, promoting and developing the financial ser vices sector. As Attorney-General, John coordinated the most comprehensive legislative action in suppor t of the countr y ’s financial ser vices industr y carried out in more than a decade. The reforms included the moderniza

tion of the laws relating to corporate insolvency, introduction of corporate governance requirements relating to accounting records, and the introduction of cutting-edge private wealth management legislation. Prior to ser ving as Attorney-General, John led a major Bahamian firm as it global managing par tner. Upon his return to the private sector in 2012, John founded the commercial law firm of Delaney Par tners. In November 2013, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Financial Ser vices Industr y of The Bahamas, John was named Executive of the Year 2013 in the Industr y ’s 13th Annual Excellence Awards. John’s practice engagements regularly include significant commercial, financial ser vices related and business restructuring matters. He is currently assisting Switzerland’s largest bank with the restructuring of its interests in The Bahamas ser ving as joint liquidator in the solvent voluntar y liquidation of its Bahamian bank subsidiar y. In his substantial cross-border insolvency practice, in highly contested legal proceedings during late 2015, John won cour t approval for a European (Bahamianresident) former billionaire to enter personal insolvency protection in The Bahamas. A member of INSOL International, under John’s leadership the business restructuring and insolvency practice of the firm is consistently recognized for top awards by international business and legal publications.

At 3 Verulam Buildings we offer exper tise in all areas of the law relating to Commercial Litigation. But don’t just take our word for it:

“first port of call for high-end commercial disputes” “first port of call for a number of magic circle firms” Legal 500 2013 /Chambers UK 2014

a For more information call us on 020 7831 8441or email chambers@3vb.com www.3vb.com


US GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, DEMOTECH, INC.

Joseph Petrelli | President D e m o te c h , I n c. | 2 7 1 5 Tu l l e r Pa r k w ay | D u b l i n , O h i o 4 3 0 1 7 - 2 3 1 0 M a i n : ( 8 0 0 ) 3 5 4 - 7 2 0 7 | D i r e c t : ( 6 1 4 ) 5 2 6 - 2 1 6 0 | FA X : ( 6 1 4 ) 5 2 6 - 2 1 6 1 JPetrelli@demotech.com | w w w.demotech.com

Demotech, Inc. is gratified to secure ACQ’s US - GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR for a second consecutive year. Since our incorporation in 1985, Demotech has responded to the challenges facing the insurance industr y. In the late 1980s, independent, regional insurers writing in the United States were unrated by the legacy rating agencies. In response, Demotech pioneered its rating ser vice. Today, we review, rate and follow more than 420 insurers operating in the USA. Our initial acceptance, secured subsequent to two independent due diligences, occurred in May 1989 when Demotech gained acceptance from the Federal National Mor tgage Association for our Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) of A or better. In 1990, subsequent to additional due diligences, we received acceptance from the Federal Home Loan Mor tgage Corporation. In 1993, the United States Depar tment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) memorialized its first of many acceptances of our FSRs. In the mid-1990s, legacy rating agencies abandoned the State of Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. To address the crisis in the marketplace, Demotech assigned FSRs to insurers domiciled in Florida to facilitate depopulation of Florida’s residual market mechanism. Today, 55% of the homeowners’ insurance written in Florida is provided by the 55+ carriers reviewed and rated by Demotech. In Januar y 2005, insurers earning FSRs of A or better were deemed acceptable to qualify to provide professional and general liability insurance to skilled nursing facilities under HUD’s Section 223(f ) and 232 Programs. In 2011, Florida State University ’s College of Business Risk Management and Insurance under took an independent study comparing our FSRs with ratings issued by A.M. Best, Standard and Poor ’s, Moody ’s and Fitch. Thousands of ratings issued over a nine year period were analyzed. The analysis, A Comprehensive Examination of Insurer Financial Strength Ratings, concluded there is general consistency in the firms (insurers) that each agency would categorize as financially secure and that Demotech ser ves the need of a unique group of insurers. In 2013, Fannie Mae Multi-Family revised its Selling and Ser vicing Guide, Par t IIIA to accept FSRs of A or better on captives and risk retention groups writing general or professional liability insurance on senior housing facilities.

In 2014, HUD expanded our acceptances to include its Section 241(a) program. Demotech earned an ACQ Global award as Niche Insurer Rating Ser vice – US. We were also nominated by Intelligent Insurer for its Global Award – Best Rating Agency. In 2015, Demotech celebrated its 30th Anniversar y, published the inaugural issue of The Demotech Difference and was again nominated by Intelligent Insurer for its Global Award – Best Rating Agency. In addition, we earned multiple awards and recognitions including the ACQ Global Awards 2015 – US – Niche Financial Analysis Provider of the Year (Insurance), the Corporate LiveWire – Innovation & Excellence Award 2015 – Excellence in Financial Analysis – USA, the ACQ Global Awards 2015 – US – Gamechanger of the Year (Financial Analysis), the Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards 2015 – Insurance Risk Management – Ohio, 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. We were runners-up in Reactions Magazine – Rating Agency of the Year. We were also honored with the Founder ’s Award from the Florida Association for Insurance Reform. We began 2016 by receiving Corporate Live Wire’s Excellence in Financial Analysis - USA award. Our recognition continues with the recent addition of ACQ’s US - NICHE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR (INSURANCE) for a third consecutive year. With more than 420 insurers reviewed and rated, an increasing number of umbrella insurance markets, premium finance companies, insurance agents’ errors and omissions insurers and other informed third par ties recognizing the value of FSRs of A or better, we will continue to do what we began in 1989 – level the playing field for financially stable insurers of all sizes, specialties and niches. Joe Petrelli, ACAS, ASA, MAAA, FCA (MBA) is the President and co-founder of Columbus, Ohio, USA based Demotech, Inc. He has a Bachelors Degree in Actuarial Science from The College of Insurance (currently par t of St. John’s University) and a Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to founding Demotech in 1985, he had been employed by Insurance Ser vice Office, Nationwide and Agway Insurance Company.

US NICHE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR (INSURANCE), DEMOTECH, INC.

Joseph Petrelli | President D e m o te c h , I n c. | 2 7 1 5 Tu l l e r Pa r k w ay | D u b l i n , O h i o 4 3 0 1 7 - 2 3 1 0 M a i n : ( 8 0 0 ) 3 5 4 - 7 2 0 7 | D i r e c t : ( 6 1 4 ) 5 2 6 - 2 1 6 0 | FA X : ( 6 1 4 ) 5 2 6 - 2 1 6 1 JPetrelli@demotech.com | w w w.demotech.com

Demotech, Inc. is gratified to secure ACQ’s US - NICHE FINANCIAL ANALYSIS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR (INSURANCE) for a third consecutive year. Since our incorporation in 1985, Demotech has responded to the challenges facing the insurance industr y. In the late 1980s, independent, regional insurers writing in the United States were unrated by the legacy rating agencies. In response, Demotech pioneered its rating ser vice. Today, we review, rate and follow more than 420 insurers operating in the USA. Our initial acceptance, secured subsequent to two independent due diligences, occurred in May 1989 when Demotech gained acceptance from the Federal National Mor tgage Association for our Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) of A or better. In 1990, subsequent to additional due diligences, we received acceptance from the Federal Home Loan Mor tgage Corporation. In 1993, the United States Depar tment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) memorialized its first of many acceptances of our FSRs. In the mid-1990s, legacy rating agencies abandoned the State of Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. To address the crisis in the marketplace, Demotech assigned FSRs to insurers domiciled in Florida to facilitate depopulation of Florida’s residual market mechanism. Today, 55% of the homeowners’ insurance written in Florida is provided by the 55+ carriers reviewed and rated by Demotech. In Januar y 2005, insurers earning FSRs of A or better were deemed acceptable to qualify to provide professional and general liability insurance to skilled nursing facilities under HUD’s Section 223(f ) and 232 Programs. In 2011, Florida State University ’s College of Business Risk Management and Insurance under took an independent study comparing our FSRs with ratings issued by A.M. Best, Standard and Poor ’s, Moody ’s and Fitch. Thousands of ratings issued over a nine year period were analyzed. The analysis, A Comprehensive Examination of Insurer Financial Strength Ratings, concluded there is general consistency in the firms (insurers) that each agency would categorize as financially secure and that Demotech ser ves the need of a unique group of insurers. In 2013, Fannie Mae Multi-Family revised its Selling and Ser vicing Guide, Par t IIIA to accept FSRs of A or better on captives and risk retention groups writing general or professional liability insurance on senior housing facilities.

In 2014, HUD expanded our acceptances to include its Section 241(a) program. Demotech earned an ACQ Global award as Niche Insurer Rating Ser vice – US. We were also nominated by Intelligent Insurer for its Global Award – Best Rating Agency. In 2015, Demotech celebrated its 30th Anniversar y, published the inaugural issue of The Demotech Difference and was again nominated by Intelligent Insurer for its Global Award – Best Rating Agency. In addition, we earned multiple awards and recognitions including the ACQ Global Awards 2015 – US – Niche Financial Analysis Provider of the Year (Insurance), the Corporate LiveWire – Innovation & Excellence Award 2015 – Excellence in Financial Analysis – USA, the ACQ Global Awards 2015 – US – Gamechanger of the Year (Financial Analysis), the Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards 2015 – Insurance Risk Management – Ohio, 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. We were runners-up in Reactions Magazine – Rating Agency of the Year. We were also honored with the Founder ’s Award from the Florida Association for Insurance Reform. We began 2016 by receiving Corporate Live Wire’s Excellence in Financial Analysis - USA award. Our recognition continues with the recent addition of ACQ’s US - GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR for a second consecutive year. With more than 420 insurers reviewed and rated, an increasing number of umbrella insurance markets, premium finance companies, insurance agents’ errors and omissions insurers and other informed third par ties recognizing the value of FSRs of A or better, we will continue to do what we began in 1989 – level the playing field for financially stable insurers of all sizes, specialties and niches. Joe Petrelli, ACAS, ASA, MAAA, FCA (MBA) is the President and co-founder of Columbus, Ohio, USA based Demotech, Inc. He has a Bachelors Degree in Actuarial Science from The College of Insurance (currently par t of St. John’s University) and a Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to founding Demotech in 1985, he had been employed by Insurance Ser vice Office, Nationwide and Agway Insurance Company.


US TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR (LEGAL), ELIJAH GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, ANDY REISMAN (LEGAL TECHNOLOGY), ELIJAH

For a free initial consultation contact info@elijaht.com or call 866-3545 2 4 0 . E l i j a h h a s o ffi c e s t h r o u g h o u t t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s , a n d i s h e a d q u a r t e r e d a t 2 0 5 W. Wa c k e r D r. S u i t e 1 9 5 0 , C h i c a g o I L 6 0 6 0 6 . A d d i t i o n a l infor mation can be found at w w w.elijaht.com.

Founded in 2003, Elijah is an industr y leader in providing legal technology, data security and information technology solutions. Elijah optimizes project management in all aspects of its ser vices, having developed its proprietar y BladeTM project management system to facilitate internal workflow and client coordination. Elijah’s Legal Technology division focuses on providing industr y-leading electronic discover y, data collection and computer forensic investigative ser vices, leveraging analytics to deliver efficient, focused results to clients. Elijah’s team of exper ts has substantial experience testifying in federal and state cour ts on issues relating to data misappropriation, evidence spoliation and eDiscover y propor tionality, among many other areas, and frequently is brought in to ser ve as a forensic neutral to facilitate the efficient discover y and production of data. In addition to its 2016 recognition by ACQ as “ Technology Solutions Provider of the Year (Legal)” for the United States region, Elijah was recognized in 2015 as the Best Overall E-Discover y Company in the Daily Business Review ’s “Best of 2015” sur vey, by the AI

2015 Legal Awards as a winner in the “Best for Computer Forensic Investigations – USA” and “Best for Legal Technology Solutions – USA” categories, and a 2015 Relativity Best in Ser vice provider. Elijah’s Data Security division is focused on providing cybersecurity and information security consulting ser vices to the small and medium sized business market, with an emphasis on legal and financial ser vices sector clientele. With ser vices including information security audits, penetration testing, social engineering and best practices consulting, Elijah helps its clients stay vigilant and protected in environments increasingly exposed to cyber threats. Elijah’s Information Technology division provides IT managed ser vices and consulting, ranging from traditional PC/ser ver environments to cloud-based enterprises. Elijah also helps clients to make prudent choices regarding what systems to maintain on site and what efficiently can be transitioned to the cloud.

US ECONOMIC SANCTIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FERRARI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FERRARI & ASSOCIATES, P.C.


US LEADING INDEPENDENT TRIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, GOODELL, DEVRIES, LEECH & DANN, LLP PHARMACEUTICAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, GOODELL, DEVRIES, LEECH & DANN, LLP MASS TORT LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, THOMAS J. CULLEN, JR, GOODELL, DEVRIES, LEECH & DANN, LLP

GOODELL, DEVRIES, LEECH & DANN, LLP One South Street, 20th Floor Baltimore, Maryland 21202, United States 410-783-7216 410-649-1379

Founded in 1988 by 16 attorneys, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP has grown to two offices and more the 60 attorneys on the strength of its high-quality, cost-effective representation. “ The firm has grown more through its reputation than through traditional marketing,” notes managing par tner Linda S. Woolf. Goodell DeVries handles a range of complex litigation matters on a local, regional, and national level. The firm’s clients include major pharmaceutical and medical device companies’ manufacturers; contractors and proper ty developers; technology companies and other businesses. The firm’s attorneys have represented major pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability, class action and mass tor t litigation since the 1970s. The firm has been responsible for developing successful defense strategies and nationally recognized exper ts in the fields of drug safety, biostatistics, health economics, epidemiology, engineering and metallurgy, protein biochemistr y, hematology, toxicology, regulator y affairs and labeling. Members of the firm have ser ved as national counsel in litigation involving pacemakers, pacemaker leads, defibrillators, HIV-tainted blood products, Hepatitis C, Cipro/Avelox and other mass tor t claims. They have ser ved as regional counsel in litigation involving the Dalkon Shield, Rezulin, hormone replacement therapy medications, ar tificial knees, hips, and spinal devices and HIV-tainted blood products. The firm’s attorneys have ser ved on national trial teams in litigation involving breast implants, the Dalkon Shield, hear t valves, Rezulin, hormone replacement therapy, Neurontin, Baycol and diet drugs.

Bayer in hundreds of claims filed by hemophiliacs claiming exposure to HIV and the contraction of AIDS and hepatitis from the administration of blood factor concentrates. The firm ser ved as national discover y and trial counsel and was responsible for all discover y matters, the formulation of legal and medical defenses, the development of exper ts, as well as trial preparation and trial. He has also represented Bayer as trial counsel in PPA litigation and actions involving alleged injuries due to the use of prescription antibiotics in jurisdictions throughout the countr y. Mr. Cullen continues to represent Bayer as trial counsel in the YAZ litigation and antibiotic litigation. Mr. Cullen represents Eisai Inc. as national trial counsel in product liability, qui tam and antitrust litigation. Mr. Cullen currently ser ves as trial counsel for Eisai in antitrust litigation pending in New Jersey as well as qui tam litigation pending in Florida. He has worked closely with Eisai in risk assessment and litigation management, as well as the defense of individual product liability actions. Mr. Cullen has also been involved for over 25 years in the defense of toxic tor t litigation. As national counsel for Vermont Talc, Mr. Cullen par ticipated in the defense of over 3,500 product liability actions alleging lung injur y from exposure to commercial talc in industrial settings. Mr. Cullen also ser ves as trial counsel for insurers providing coverage to landlords and proper ty management companies involved in litigation alleging permanent injur y to children exposed to lead paint. Mr. Cullen, as lead trial counsel, has taken numerous cases to verdict in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Cullen has also represented clients in cases alleging injurious exposure to carbon monoxide, various chemicals and pesticides.

Thomas J. Cullen, Jr. has been involved in mass tor t, pharmaceutical and product liability litigation since founding the firm in 1988. Mr. Cullen has tried cases to verdict in over 15 States across the countr y. Mr. Cullen has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in mass tor t litigation/class action, product liability litigation and personal injur y litigation, and as a Mar yland Super Lawyer in product liability and personal injur y defense since at least 2007. Mr. Cullen was also awarded the Mar yland Leadership in Law Award in 2008.

Mr. Cullen has taken several additional product liability actions to trial involving industrial products, mechanical equipment and medical devices. As national trial counsel for Crown Equipment Corporation, Mr. Cullen has tried catastrophic injur y actions in numerous states where the claimants alleged injur y due to an alleged defective design or inadequate warning.

Mr. Cullen has represented Bayer as local and national trial counsel for over 25 years. He has represented

Mr. Cullen provides guidance to clients in the assessment and management of product liability and litigation risk. He has par ticipated in a number of comprehensive product liability audits involving silicates, chemicals, medical devices and prescription drugs.

US CRIMINAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, HARRIS, ST. LAURENT & CHAUDHRY LLP

Andrew St. Laurent Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP T: 646-248-6010 w w w.sc -har r is.com andrew@sc-harris.com

Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhr y LLP is a twenty-five lawyer trial firm with a focus on trial advocacy and a reputation for excellence in civil and criminal trials and arbitrations. Par tners Priya Chaudhr y and Andrew St. Laurent win regular recognition for their formidable careers in criminal defense. Ms. Chaudhr y zealously, creatively, and intelligently defends her clients’ rights, regardless of the charges leveled against them. She has handled criminal matters from the most sophisticated white -collar cases to murder. She has over 30 jur y trials in her 16 years of practice in some of the nation’s most complicated and high-profile criminal cases. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer of New York in Criminal Defense (2012-2015), and as one of the twelve Super Lawyers “ Top Women” in Criminal Defense in New York (2012-2015). The National Trial Lawyers named Ms. Chaudhr y as one of the elite “ Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York,” and “ Top 40 Under 40,” in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel selected Ms. Chaudhr y as the “Nation’s Top One Percent ” (2015), and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Priya Chaudhry Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP T: 212-785-5550 w w w.sc -har r is.com priya@sc-harris.com

awarded Ms. Chaudhr y “10 Best Under 40” (2015). A deep thinker and legal scholar, Andrew St. Laurent offers more than 15 years of experience to the firm as a leading criminal defense and commercial litigation attorney. Mr. St. Laurent has tried over 15 cases to verdict as lead counsel; and has won full acquittals for clients charged with larceny, fraud, driving intoxicated, and numerous other offenses. Mr. St. Laurent was named to The National Trial Lawyers elite list of “ Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York ” (2013-2015); Super Lawyers, New York Metro (2013-2015); and was recognized by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel as a Member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent of Counsel” (2015). He is the author of Open Source & Free Software Licensing (O’Reilly 2004) and numerous ar ticles in the area of criminal law. His notable victories include recovering a $61 million award for the plaintiff in Aurum v. Societe Generale, and most recently winning a substantial award for the diversion of a commission earned on a private equity raise in a FINRA arbitration.


US GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR (LITIGATION), JONATHAN HARRIS, HARRIS, ST. LAURENT & CHAUDHRY LLP

Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP T: 646-395-3481 jon@sc-harris.com w w w.sc -har r is.com

Jonathan Harris is the founder and managing par tner of Harris, St. Laurent and Chaudhr y LLP, a premier litigation firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Nor thern Virginia.

• Winning a $61 million arbitration award for a hedge fund against a major internationl bank relating to the settlement of a complex hedge fund based derivative; the award is amongst the largest all-time granted by a FINRA panel;

Mr. Harris represents plaintiffs and defendants as lead counsel in litigations, arbitrations, negotiations and investigations, and specializes in going head-to-head against the U.S. Government, and in cases involving the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions.

• Winning a $20 million jur y award for the Learning Annex in federal cour t in New York, and then, after a new trial was awarded on damages, winning a larger verdict of $21.8 million on re -trial against one of New York ’s most prominent defense firms;

In addition, Mr. Harris regularly advises family offices, investment companies, founders, and executives in employment matters, litigation and business negotiations. Mr. Harris has been named a Super Lawyer for five consecutive years; American Lawyer’s Co-Litigator of the Week; has been rated as one of the Best Attorneys in America; and named as a two-time winner of ACQ Global Award’s Gamechanger of the Year for Litigation in New York; a two-time winner of Corporate LiveWire’s Global Award Winner for Investor Litigation; to The National Trial Lawyers list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York; and to the Nation’s Top One Percent list by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Mr. Harris’ recent trial victories and significant representations include: • The complete exoneration of a prominent financial advisor against all charges brought by the SEC following a multi-year investigation, a month long federal jur y trial and all appeals;

• Successfully resolving an international for feiture action brought by the United States Depar tment of Justice against the family of the former President of the Republic of China ( Taiwan); • Successfully resolving a Black Friday internet gambling action brought by the United States Depar tment of Justice against a world-renowned poker player; and • Negotiating a $50 million seed investment in a star t-up hedge fund for a family office. Mr. Harris is a 1984 graduate of Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, and a 1987 graduate of Stanford Law School, Order of the Coif. Prior to founding the firm, he worked closely with legendar y trial lawyer Peter Fleming, Jr. at Cur tis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Mr. Harris clerked for Federal Judge Thomas P. Griesa in the Southern District of New York, and is admitted to the bars of New York and California.

US INDEPENDENT IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS LLC

Micol Mion Esq. I mmigration S olutions LLC 585 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 Te l . 6 1 7 - 5 3 6 - 0 5 8 4 micol@immsolutionsllc.com

At Immigration Solutions LLC, we believe each case is unique and impor tant. Our attorneys have experience in all areas of US immigration law, and are fluent in over 15 languages (including English, Russian, Turkish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Por tuguese, Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Slovak and Czech). Our experience and our language skills enable us to provide exper t legal assistance to our clients in their native languages. We guide investors through the entire immigrant application process. We have a good business relationship and cooperation histor y with local business developers in the US and we aim to excel. Executives should be able to rely totally on their immigration attorney to anticipate the needs and the potential pitfalls of the case. The attorney must be always available for his clients. At Immigration Solutions LLC we offer a 24 hours por tal where a client can access the case, documents and review case processing times and progress. In addition, our attorneys speak more than 15 languages. At Immigration Solutions we cater to executives by obtaining work visas for foreign managers and skilled employers as well as advising and preparing executives for the Immigrant Investor Green Card also known as EB-5. An Investment can be a ver y attractive proposition for foreign investors who intend to obtain a green card through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, and this method of immigration can ultimately yield benefits to the wider US economy.

To use efficiently the EB5 program, an executive should make a choice based on his investment options that fits his managerial strength and long-term goals. An investor has four major options: investment in a new commercial enterprise, in an existing enterprise, in a Troubled Business and investment in a Regional Centers (RC). The general requirements for each categor y are as follow : • A minimum of $1,000,000 investment (or $500,000 in a “ Targeted Employment Area” with a RC). • Creation of a 10 full-time jobs directly (can be indirectly for RC). • Investor involvement in the daily management (not necessar y for RC). The optimal way to meet the EB-5 program’s job requirements is to invest in sectors that are known to create a significant number of jobs. The most popular investment path to satisfy these requirements is through a Regional Center located in a Targeted Employment Area. This is due to the Regional Centers’ ability to satisfy the job creation requirement through the creation of both direct jobs and indirect jobs. Indirect jobs include jobs that were created as a result of the economic impact made by the commercial enterprise. Statistics show that most EB-5 money is invested in real estate projects. Due to the credit crunch, it is difficult to find capital to finance projects, and EB-5 money ser ved as alternative financing mechanism with better and more flexible conditions. Real estate projects are a clearer and safer path to a return on investment. Unlike other projects, the collateral value of the proper ty provides a level of protection and it permits the investor to exit the project by selling or refinancing.


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US FOREIGN PATENT PROSECUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JORDAN IP LAW, LLC LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JORDAN IP LAW, LLC

Jordan IP Law, LLC 1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006 Te l : 2 0 2 . 6 8 3 . 9 3 1 7 Fa x : 2 0 2 . 6 8 3 . 6 7 8 3 t vaughn@jordaniplaw.com w w w.jordaniplaw.com

As one of the leading intellectual proper ty law boutique firms in metropolitan Washington, D.C., Jordan Intellectual Proper ty Law, LLC (“JIPL”) is focused exclusively to providing strategic guidance, counseling and por tfolio management in areas relating to intellectual proper ty law. With an office located in close proximity to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), JIPL has access to the extensive resources at the USPTO, and offers invaluable insight on USPTO practices and procedures. JIPL has been recognized not only as one of the leading foreign patent prosecution firms in the Washington DC area, but also as one of the leading intellectual proper ty firms in the U.S. Our client base spans across a wide range of industries, and includes U.S. and international for tune 500 companies, star t-ups, universities, government agencies, and research facilities. We help to extend the growth of our clients’ businesses by providing large firm patent experience with personal attention at a value that meets our clients’ bottom line.

At JIPL, we provide a broad spectrum of IP-related legal ser vices, with a par ticular emphasis on high quality, low overhead patent counseling and prosecution in the electrical, computer, software and mechanical ar ts. Our professionals have experience across a wide range of technologies, and real world professional experience. JIPL’s highly experienced team of patent and trademark professionals provide efficient, cost-effective solutions to help clients achieve their corporate objectives. Our patent and trademark professionals include former USPTO patent examiners, in house counsel, researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs. The most impor tant quality of a law firm is the people who work there. At JIPL, our talented group of professionals and administrative staff work diligently to provide our clients with high quality ser vice at a great value. At JIPL, we are truly committed to provide experience you can trust.


US ANTITRUST LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JOSEPH SAVERI LAW FIRM ANTITRUST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JOSEPH SAVERI LAW FIRM ANTITRUST LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, JOSEPH R. SAVERI, JOSEPH SAVERI LAW FIRM CLASS ACTIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JOSEPH SAVERI LAW FIRM COMPLEX BUSINESS DISPUTES LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JOSEPH SAVERI LAW FIRM

Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc. 555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1210 San Francisco, CA 94111 ( 4 1 5 ) 5 0 0 - 6 8 0 0 Te l e p h o n e ( 4 1 5 ) 3 9 5 - 9 9 4 0 Fa c s i m i l e j s a v e r i l a w fi r m . c o m w w w . s a v e r i l a w fi r m . c o m

Since its founding, the Joseph Saveri Law Firm has established a track record of excellence. The firm obtains successful resolutions of disputes for its clients and advances their litigation goals. Joseph Saveri founded the Joseph Saveri Law Firm Inc. in San Francisco, California in 2012. The firm specializes in antitrust law and complex civil and class action litigation in federal and state cour ts and before arbitral panels across the United States. With more than 25 years’ civil litigation experience, Mr. Saveri has handled all phases of litigation. His cases have involved numerous industries including banking and financial ser vices, insurance, energy, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, computer hardware, computer software, travel and transpor tation, paper products, cosmetics, and consumer electronics. Representing entrepreneurs, individuals, consumers, small business owners, public officials, and heads of corporations negatively affected by anticompetitive monopolistic business practices, Mr. Saveri has established himself as one of the countr y ’s top litigators in the antitrust field. Throughout these cases, Mr. Saveri has displayed the energy, vision and commitment that leadership requires.

He has ser ved as a cour t-appointed leader of complex cases—organizing litigation, setting strategy, establishing and directing teams of lawyers to ensure the efficient use of resources, and maximizing the talents of the litigation team to achieve results for his clients. As the firm has grown and expanded, it has continued to keep true to its core values. The firm continues to obtain successful resolutions for its clients at record levels. The firm has successfully prosecuted cases from inception, in trial cour ts and through the cour ts of appeal. It does so efficiently, in alignment with the needs of its clients. The firm continues to be acknowledged by its peers and others for its groundbreaking work and high quality advocacy. The firm ser ves or has ser ved as Lead Counsel in the In re Capacitor Antitrust Litigation, In re Titanium Dioxide Antitrust Litigation, California Cipro Cases and In re High Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation among others.

US PROBATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LAW OFFICE OF KATHY ROUX LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LAW OFFICE OF KATHY ROUX

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Originally from New Orleans, Kathy E. Roux graduated from Louisiana State University Paul M. Heber t Law Center. While in law school, she was elected Freshman Class Representative and appointed Ombudsman for LSU’s Student Government Association. She won 1st place for the Southern Region in the Frederick Douglass Moot Cour t competition, and was chosen to represent LSU in the National Moot Cour t competition. After graduation, she began working for Southeast Louisiana Legal Ser vices in New Orleans, practicing pover ty law. While there, her practice areas included Consumer Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection, Housing Law, and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. During this time, she co-authored the Consumer Chapter of the Louisiana Legal Ser vices & Pro Bono Desk Manual for 2001 and 2005. She ser ved on committees for the Louisiana State Bar Association, including Chair of the Taxation Section Pro Bono Committee and Co-Chair of the Health Directives Committee. She was also active in the Louis A. Mar tinet Society, and is currently a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. After Hurricane Katrina, she and her family permanently relocated to Texas. She obtained her Texas license in June, 2006, and now has a private practice in the areas of Consumer Protection, IRS Tax Controversies, Elder Law, Guardianship, and Wills/Probate/Trusts. For several years, she ser ved as an ad litem representing mentally ill clients in Tarrant County and gaining valuable litigation experience. She has appeared before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Cour t of Appeals, and is presenting preparing a petition for writ of cer tiorari to the U.S. Supreme Cour t. She is currently a member of the Dallas, Denton & Tarrant County Bar Associations. She previously chaired the DBA Bankruptcy & Commercial Section Pro Se Subcommittee, and wrote a profile ar ticle on the Honorable

Brenda Rhoades, as well as an ar ticle on the bankruptcy means test for DBA’s Headnotes. She presented a CLE in April, 2007 on IRS income tax issues, and prepared an ar ticle on taxpayers’ options for resolving a tax debt owed to the IRS for DBA’s Headnotes. She was awarded the Outstanding Solo Practitioner Award for 2007 by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. She has presented at three CLE’s on bankruptcy in Dallas in 2008 and 2010, and in Flower Mound in 2010. As a former board member of the Nor theast Tarrant County Bar Association, she presented on guardianship law in 2010, and on the intersection of bankruptcy and probate laws in 2011. As a former board member of the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association from 2007 to 2013, she held the position of Secretar y and Treasurer, and assisted with organizing successful CLE’s for attorneys. As a current member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, she ser ved on several committees and chaired their Diversity and Elder Law committees. She was a choice speaker at The People’s Law School. She has assisted with organizing successful CLE’s for attorneys. She is a continuous member of the College of the State Bar of Texas since 2006. Ms. Roux regularly volunteered at Legal Aid of Nor thwest Texas in Dallas and For t Wor th for the Bankruptcy and Wills Clinics. She was also a regular volunteer at Heritage Elementar y School in Grapevine, and Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Colleyville where she taught religious education class for several years.


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In 1998, Ricardo Elias Maluf and Naila Jacobucci Rodrigues Maluf, w i t h a g r o u p o f p a r t n e r s , f o r m e d t h e l a w fi r m , M A L U F E R O D R I G U E S ADVOGADOS. Ricardo and Naila are Lawyers formed in the year of 1983 at M ackenzie Universit y, one of the most traditional Law S chools in Brazil. Both professionals are members of OAB/SP (Brazilian BAR Association) s i n c e 1 9 8 4 a n d r e g u l a r p a r t i c i p a n t s i n I A T A , A LT A , A B E A R ( B r a z i l i a n A i r l i n e s ’s A s s o c i a t i o n ) a n d J U R C A I B ( I n t e r n a t i o n a l A i r l i n e s A s s o c i a t i o n in Brazil) discussion forums. Considering the several changes and advances in Brazilian civil, commercial and aviation law and due to recent changes in structure of Brazilian Aviation Authority and others Regulatory Agencies, recent instituted, the international companies established in Brazil started to demand more attention and dedication in the understanding and application of the inter nal law. S o, to provide to their clients a ser vice of excellenc y, RIC ARDO and NAILA star ted to dedicate more and more time in legal research and training, maintaining constant contact with associations and authorities to be always well prepared to attend the needs of foreign customers. Great investments in professionals and technology have been t h e p r i o r i t y o f b o t h p r o f e s s i o n a l s , b e s i d e s d e d i c a t i o n a n d e ff e c t i v e participation in conferences, meetings of professional associations, focusing to each client needs, and in updating courses and debates on advances and legislative changes. T h e r e b y , t h e l a w fi r m ’ s f o c u s i s t o p r o v i d e a c u s t o m i z e d a n d u n i q u e s e r v i c e t o e a c h d i ff e r e n t s i t u a t i o n p r e s e n t e d , a v o i d i n g t h e u s e o f intermediaries in the relation between our lawyers and our clients.

CANADA NICHE - FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, Martha McCarthy & Company LLP FAMILY LAWYER OF THE YEAR - MARTHA MCCARTHY, Martha McCarthy & Company LLP

Mar tha McCar thy Mar tha can be reached at: mar tha@mccar thyco.ca 416-862-6226

Mar tha McCar thy is the winner of the Ontario Bar Association 2007 Award of Excellence in Family Law. Mar tha was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1991, winning the Silver Medal and the Family Law and Advocacy Prizes. Mar tha has practised family law since her call, first in a large Bay Street firm, then the largest family law specialist boutique in Canada, and now with her own firm. Mar tha was counsel for M. in M. v. H. which after eight years and a decision from the Supreme Cour t of Canada resulted in widespread amendments to include same -sex couples as spouses in both federal and provincial legislation. In 2000, she commenced the equal marriage case Halpern, which resulted in the first decision in the countr y and internationally calling for immediate same -sex marriage, effective June 10, 2003. Mar tha later acted for the Hendricks couple in Quebec, and the Dunbar couple in the Yukon in cases that opened up equal marriage in those provinces as well. She was counsel to the Ontario and Quebec couples on the Supreme Cour t Marriage Reference and, just to complete the circle, was counsel to the applicant in the first same -sex

divorce in Canada. In 2006, Mar tha acted for lesbian families who won the right to immediately register both mothers as their children's parents, and inter vened on behalf of these families in AA v. BB v. CC, a case achieving legal recognition for a three parent family. Apar t from gay and lesbian equality issues, Mar tha's areas of specialty include the interaction of family issues with business organization and valuation, shareholders' remedies, marriage contracts, equality claims in family law, child representation and the effect of divorce on children. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mar tha was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2013. Mar tha is a frequent advocate, author and commentator on issues of gay and lesbian equality, and our evolving concept of family.


THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MEDINA GARRIGÓ ABOGADOS WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MEDINA GARRIGÓ ABOGADOS

In responsiveness to the impor tance of the arbitration in the commercial scope both national and international, the Dominican Republic adopted in a recent date a modern and updated legislation that provides an atmosphere characterized by a greater legal security in arbitration matter. In December 30 of 2008, was promulgated the Law No. 489-08 of Commercial Arbitration of the Dominican Republic (LCA), being totally countermanded the dispositions that governed the arbitration until then, that is to say, the ar ticles from 1003 to 1028 of the Civil Procedure Code . The LCA of the Dominican Republic, is based on the Law Model of Arbitration of the Commission of the United Nations for the International Commercial Law (CNUDMI), with some considerations that adjust them to the Dominican law. Cer tainly, one of the most impor tant adjustments in the Dominican Law is the implementation of a one -tier system that makes it applicable both domestically and internationally. The LCA states that all disputes on matters of free disposition and transaction can be summited to arbitration in accordance with the civil and commercial regulations in the countr y. In attention to the procedure rules, the arbitration can be ad-hoc or institutional, that is to say, the par ts can decide the rules of procedure applicable to the solution their controversies or conduct it under the rules of a cer tain institution. Also, it is possible to indicate that the inter vention of the ordinar y cour ts is limited exclusively to the cases established by the own Law, merely as judicial attendance. It is impor tant to mention that, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (“CRC”), created by Law 50-87 of the Chambers of Commerce, is the most renowned arbitral institution of the Dominican Republic. The arbitrations held at the CRC will be governed by the procedures of the institution and the par ties shall choose the arbitrators from the list of arbitrators approved by the same institution. Also, the par ties will be free to agree on the language and the place of the arbitration. In accordance with ar ticle 39.1 of LCA, arbitral awards are not subject to appeal in the Dominican Republic. They can be annulled, which has a different nature from an appeal in Dominican law, since it is a new and principal instance and is limited to ver y specific causes which are almost exactly the same criteria applicable to the refusal to acknowledge a foreign award. Foreign awards may be enforced after the exequatur has been granted by the Civil and Commercial Chamber of the Cour t of First Instance of the National District.

Fabiola Medina Founder Partner Medina Garrigo Abogados Address: Gustavo Mejia Ricart 102 Esq. Abraham Lincoln Edificio Corporativo 2010 Suite 904 Piantini Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Phone: 809 683 4422 www.mga.com.do


US - BOUTIQUE LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MOLOLAMKEN LLP US - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MOLOLAMKEN LLP US - COMPLEX LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MOLOLAMKEN LLP

US - SUPREME COURT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR MOLOLAMKEN LLP US (NY) - CROSSBORDER WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MOLOLAMKEN LLP US (NY) - LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, STEVEN MOLO, MOLOLAMKEN LLP

“All Star Litigation Shop.” —LAW360

NEW YORK 540 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10022 T: 212.607.8160

WASHINGTON, D.C. 600 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037 T: 202.556.2000

CHICAGO 300 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60654 T: 312.450.6700

www.mololamken.com

US BIOTECH AND PHARMACEUTICAL PATENTS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVRIVY PATENT LAW GROUP P.L.L.C. LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVRIVY PATENT LAW GROUP P.L.L.C.

C o m p a n y : N e v r i v y P a t e n t L a w G r o u p P. L . L . C . Name: Daniel J. Nevr iv y, Ph.D. Email: dnevr iv y@nevr iv ylaw.com Web Address: w w w.nevr iv ylaw.com A d d r e s s : 1 0 0 0 Po t o m a c S t r e e t , N W, S u i t e 2 0 0 Washington, D.C. 20007 Te l e p h o n e : 2 0 2 - 6 5 0 - 6 9 0 5

Nevrivy Patent Law Group P.L.L.C. is an intellectual proper ty (IP) law firm located in Washington, D.C. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal representation that is responsive, cost-effective, and aligned with their business goals. Our focus is mainly on patent procurement and strategic IP counselling, which includes advising clients regarding patentability, infringement, and validity of patent claims. We also represent clients in transactions involving intellectual proper ty, such as mergers and acquisitions, licensing and development agreements. Our firm represents a number of clients ranging from individual inventors, star t-ups and emerging firms to For tune 500 firms, located throughout the world. The majority of the firm’s work is in the biotech, pharmaceutical and energy fields, although the firm also represents a number of clients having mechanical device and consumer products related inventions. Our firm’s strengths lie in our extensive experience in IP law, the ver y high level of technical competence and knowledge shared by our attorneys, and our commitment to providing clients with the highest level of ser vice and value. Our attorneys are seasoned advocates, having received their degrees from leading law schools and training at some of the largest law firms in the United States. We’re passionate about the law and ser ving our clients. Our attorneys possess advanced degrees in the sciences and extensive experience in intellectual proper ty law, which gives us an edge in understanding the newest technologies and how they fit into the broader technological landscape. We truly view each client engagement and each matter we work on as an oppor tunity to showcase our knowledge and talent and demonstrate how hard we work for clients. That is our overriding philosophy for acquisition of new business – keeping clients ver y happy and impressing them with our work, so that they will give us new projects and tell others about us.

When we engage, we thoroughly analyze the technology and legal issues and focus our effor ts and exper tise to craft effective strategies that mesh with our clients’ business or commercialization plans. Our ser vices include: • Patent procurement including: o Preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and worldwide o Developing and managing domestic and global patent por tfolios • Strategic IP counseling • Patentability Assessments • Providing freedom to operate (FTO), patent invalidity, and non-infringement assessments • IP-related risk assessments for key business decisions such as: o developing/launching new products o licensing technology o acquiring or divesting technology • Patent oppositions • Post-grant patent proceedings, including o reissues o reexaminations o inter par ties reviews o post grant reviews o supplemental examinations • • • • • • •

Licensing Transferring technology Due diligence investigations Trade secret and proprietar y matters Preparing, filing, and prosecuting trademarks Drafting IP agreements Enforcing IP rights


CANADA FULL SERVICE PATENT ADVISORY OF THE YEAR, PATENTAXIS INC.

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

Awareness of patents and their benefits has steadily increased since the turn of the millennium as evidenced by markedly greater numbers of patent application filings. For example, annual filings in recent years are three -fold greater than annual filings in the 1990s and five -fold greater than annual filings in the 1980s.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 ser vices firm located in Toronto, specializing in patent filing and prosecution. For local clients, patent por tfolios and international filing strategies are managed and executed. International clients are represented for Canadian patent prosecution to achieve grant of a Canadian patent. A high premium is placed on client relationships. Whether the client is a local star t-up or a large international law firm, PatentAxis Inc. is committed to clear communication, transparent billing and steadfast pursuit of patent protection. PatentAxis Inc maintains a tremendous respect for innovators, but does not shy away from critical comments to provide practical patentability assessment of proposed inventions. Patentability searches and analyses provide pointed and direct comments as to potential weaknesses that may be challenged during pursuit of patent protection. The firm has found that innovators are receptive to critical comments and are capable of integrating assessments into their research and development programs. Fur thermore, innovators are often nimble and adaptable by nature and profit from clear and

explicit patentability assessments to develop fur ther inventive improvements to benefit chances of ultimately securing a patent. Accessibility and prompt and clear responses to clients wishing to discuss strategy or quer y a patent practice is a cornerstone of PatentAxis Inc.’s ser vice model. Ever y attempt is made to have calls directed to and answered by a relevant patent professional during business hours. Open communication channels provide clients with oppor tunities 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. A founding principle of PatentAxis Inc. is to treat ever y client as a premium client, with an emphasis on client communications and client satisfaction. Regardless of the size of the client a concer ted effor t is made to provide clear and practical advice at each decision point, and whenever relevant set out options with benefits and risks of each option. PatentAxis Inc is honoured to be counted among recipients of the ACQ Law Awards 2016. Awards ser ve ver y useful dual and complimentar y functions of increasing brand awareness and motivating fur ther effor ts to justify the recognition. As such, the firm is grateful to clients who have taken time out of busy schedules to cast favourable votes and fondly looks upon this award as a reflection of developing trusted and valued client relationships.

CANADA PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, TARA D. PIPELLA, PIPELLA LAW PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, PIPELLA LAW NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (MVA), PIPELLA LAW

Tara Pipella Barrister & Solicitor Pipella Law tpipella@pipellalaw.com +1.403.265.8733 (phone) +1.403.263.3153 (fax) After-hours phone number: (403) 660 - 9383

Tara Pipella has been continuously listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading practitioner in Alberta in the area of Personal Injury litigation. Tara carries on the family tradition of her late father, Edward S. Pipella, QC, practicing exclusively in the area of personal injury law and acting exclusively for Plaintiffs, successfully negotiating settlements and arguing cases that ensure proper compensation for her clients' catastrophic injuries. Tara received her Bachelor of Communications from the University of Calgary in 1989. Thereafter, she completed her Bachelor of Education in 1991 and taught with the Calgary Board of Education for one year. Tara then pursued her Bachelor of Laws (Honours with Distinction), from the University of Wales in Cardiff in 1997. Upon graduation, Tara articled with Pipella Law and Calgary Legal Guidance, where she acquired experience in family and criminal law. Following her admission to the Bar in 1999, Tara practiced solely at Pipella Law under the tutelage of her father, Edward S. Pipella, QC, repeatedly voted as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada for his accomplishments in the legal field, and who was proud that he never acted for an insurance company in his 56 year legal career.

Suite 200, Dorchester Square 1333 – 8th Street SW Calgar y, AB T2R 1M6 www.pipellalaw.com www.calgar y-personal-injur y.ca

Tara now operates Pipella Law which her father founded. She has developed a high level of expertise in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. Tara has volunteered with the Canadian Bar Association, Personal Injury Subsection. She held the positions of Secretary and Legislative Review Chair and was the acting Chairperson. She has also prepared papers for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, (LESA), and has presented seminars for Alberta physicians and the Occupational Therapy Association. In addition to dedicating time to her husband and children, Tara, has further volunteered for various community organizations for close to two decades including Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, (SCI), the Association for the Rehabilitation for the Brain Injured (ARBI), the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society (SABIS), Inn from the Cold, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Calgary Drop-in Centre. Ms. Pipella is a member in good standing with the Alberta Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors for SABIS.


MEXICO LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, RAMOS, RIPOLL & SCHUSTER INFRASTRUCTURE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, RAMOS, RIPOLL & SCHUSTER COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, RAMOS, RIPOLL & SCHUSTER IT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, RAMOS, RIPOLL & SCHUSTER

Ramos, Ripoll & Schuster is a full-ser vice law firm specialized in complex legal operations involving par ties from different nationalities and multiple jurisdictions. The firm offers legal ser vices with a distinctive added value. Even though it does not embrace the concept of a “boutique�, the firm has been distinguished for its customer ser vice policy and their attention to special requests and necessities, evincing commitment with the success of their clients’ endeavors. The firm shows sufficient flexibility to assist small, medium and large corporations, as well as governmental entities. They have a broad team of attorneys specialized in each one of their different practice areas, who have shown to be apt to provide integral, practical and professional legal solutions in diverse scenarios. Practices: Commercial Arbitration: Their arbitration specialists have experience in national and international arbitration procedures both ad hoc and institutional in a wide range of sectors. Corporate & Business: Experience of the firm in this area encompasses: capital markets, international contracts, commercialization operations, corporate governance, foreign trade, mergers & acquisitions, national & foreign investment, insolvency, restructuring and transformations. Employment and Social Security : Their practice team in this area stands out for implementing preventive measures to avoid possible

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US DIVERSITY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SULLIVAN & CROMWELL LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 125 Broad Street N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 0 0 4 - 2 4 9 8 T: 212-558-4000 F: 212-558-3588 W: w w w.sullcrom.com

S&C has a long and proud histor y as a diversity leader and innovator in the legal community. We value the unique abilities and perspectives of ever y individual, and we suppor t diversity and inclusion in its broadest sense, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability and religious affiliation. In seeking to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment, we put at the forefront maintaining an environment where each individual is valued for her or his unique perspective and insight. Our longstanding Diversity Committee is co-chaired by David Braff, a member of our Management Committee, and Tracy Richelle High, the Deputy Managing Par tner of the Firm’s Litigation depar tment, and is comprised of lawyers who hold positions of leadership and influence within the Firm. Members of the committee include the Firm’s senior chairman, members of the Firm’s Management Committee, practice group managing par tners, hiring par tners, assigning par tners, chairs of the Firm’s associate affinity networks, and a co-chair of the Women’s Initiative Committee. The Diversity Committee – in conjunction with our Diversity Management Depar tment – is charged with developing, implementing and coordinating the Firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Our multi-faceted approach encompasses recruiting and retention, diversity education and training, substantive and social internal programming, community outreach through our pipeline programs, as well as patronage of numerous diversity-related organizations. Through

our initiatives, our goal is to create an atmosphere of inclusion irrespective of perceived differences, and to train and develop our lawyers into trusted, effective and creative counselors who collaborate with each other, and our clients, to find sophisticated and creative solutions to our clients’ complex legal issues. Because the Firm understands that there is a direct and simple relationship between the diversity of our profession and the quality of ser vice we offer, we also maintain a number of active lawyer networks that meet regularly to facilitate the professional development and advancement of their members, and to enhance the inclusive environment at the Firm overall: the Asian Associates Network, the LGBT Network, the Network of Black & Latino Lawyers and the Women’s Initiative Committee. While each is unique, the networks are united in one overarching goal: to increase diversity and to promote inclusion within the S&C community. They accomplish this goal by (i) offering a candid forum for members to discuss topics of interest; (ii) hosting panel discussions and speakers on a variety of educational topics to enrich the Firm’s professional development initiatives; (iii) providing mentorship oppor tunities; and (iv) actively par ticipating in the law student recruiting process. We remain deeply committed to ensuring that diversity remains a critical focus for the Firm across all offices, and are honored to receive ACQ5’s recognition for our achievements for the second consecutive year.


US COMMUNICATIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR FOR A CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE COMMLAW GROUP TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MARASHLIAN & DONAHUE, PLLC

MAR ASHLIAN & DONAHUE, PLLC The CommLaw Group 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 401 McLean, Virginia 22102 O ffi c e T e l : 7 0 3 - 7 1 4 - 1 3 1 3 O ffi c e F a x : 7 0 3 - 5 6 3 - 6 2 2 2 E-Mail: jsm@commlawgroup.com Website: w w w.CommLawGroup.com

Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, is not your ordinar y law firm. Together with The Commpliance Group, its affiliated consultancy, The CommLaw Group is a professional ser vices “organization” that was specially designed and staffed to ser vice the full-range of legal, consulting and compliance needs of the telecommunications, broadcast, information technology, Internet of Things and equipment manufacturing industries. While specializing in federal (Federal Communications Commission / Federal Trade Commission) and state (Public Utility Commission / Attorney General) regulator y matters, The CommLaw Group’s practice is both deep and broad, covering ever ything from commercial law to complex litigation and the burgeoning Internet of Things, data privacy, and cyber-security fields. The CommLaw Group currently ser ves hundreds of clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. The firm’s loyal base includes clients of all shapes and sizes, from star t-ups to For tune 100 enterprises, and from practically ever y sector of the

communications and info tech industries.

The CommLaw Group is led by its founder and managing par tner, Jonathan S. Marashlian, an AV Preeminent Rated, nationally-recognized exper t in the areas of communications taxes, regulator y fees, regulator y litigation, audits, advocacy and defense. Winner of a Smar tCEO Executive Management Award for his innovation and leadership in the legal profession, Mr. Marashlian also earned multiple Client Choice Awards by Lexology/International Law Office; named overall winner in the Telecommunications Law – USA categor y. The CommLaw Group is the “go to” law firm for businesses ranging from star t-ups to For tune 100 corporations from around the globe and was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the Capital Region's Premier Law Firms. In an unprecedented era of change in the legal profession, The CommLaw Group is also well-recognized as an innovator and thought leader ( The Lawyer Who Connected the Dots a Decade before Anyone Else).

C AY M A N I S L A N D S ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, TRAVERS THORP ALBERGA

Harbour Place 103 South Church Street P O B o x 4 7 2 , G e o r g e To w n Grand Cayman KY1-1106 C AY M A N I S L A N D S w w w.traversthor palberga.com Te l : Fa x :

Anna Peccarino is an experienced litigation and alternative dispute resolution par tner with over 20 years’ experience gained under the relevant legal systems of London, Paris, Rome, the Cayman Islands and Jersey, Channel Islands. Anna’s litigation experience includes all aspects of trust disputes; breach of trust actions and breach of duties of trustees actions; corporate governance; director and trustee liability and shareholder disputes; all aspects of insolvency, including cross-border liquidations and restructurings, international asset tracing actions,; enforcement of foreign judgments, arbitral awards and injunctive relief ; insurance and reinsurance claims and engineering and construction disputes. Anna has conducted high-profile arbitrations and mediations under the auspices of most of the major ADR bodies, including the AAA, ICC, LCIA and LME, and has experience in drafting ADR agreements in accordance with the rules and regulations of those bodies.

+1 345 949 0699 +1 345 949 8171 cwhorms@tta.lawyer

She has acted in a number of high profile matters, notably representing the Italian government, the French, British and Belgian railways and multi-million dollar listed corporations and is currently working on establishing a dispute resolution and arbitration centre in the Cayman Islands. Before joining Travers Thorp Alberga in 2013, Anna practiced with Simmons and Simmons in London, Paris and Rome, Clifford Chance in London, Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands and Ogier in Jersey. Anna is admitted to practice in the Cayman Islands (since May 1996) and England and Wales (not currently practicing). Anna is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (MA Hons), the University of Naples (Jurisprudence), and the College of Law, London, United Kingdom. Anna is bilingual in English and Italian and speaks fluent French and basic Spanish.


US BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR, RICHARD H GOLUBOW, WINTHROP COUCHOT PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION BANKRUPTCY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, WINTHROP COUCHOT PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR (BANKRUPTCY), WINTHROP COUCHOT PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, WINTHROP COUCHOT PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

Winthrop Couchot Professional Corporation Richard H Golubow Founding Member Te l : + 1 9 4 9 7 2 0 4 1 3 5 rgolubow@winthropcouchot.com

Richard H Golubow is a founding member and the managing shareholder of Winthrop Couchot Professional Corporation, a premier bankruptcy, insolvency and financial restructuring law firm established in 1995 and located in Newpor t Beach, California. Devoting his practice to the areas of financial restructuring, insolvency law, complex bankruptcy and business reorganisations, litigation, liquidations and acquisitions, Mr Golubow ’s clients include debtors, creditors, creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, receivers and asset purchasers in a wide range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, distribution, impor ting, construction, enter tainment, education, non-profit institutions, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, automotive, golf and countr y club, biotech, transpor tation, telecommunications and Internet businesses. Mr. Golubow has been honored as the recipient of bankruptcy or financial restructuring attorney of the year awards by several leading international financial publications. The awards collectively recognize success and excellence, exper tise, ser vice, achievement and innovation as chosen by industr y peers. He has achieved an ‘AV Preeminent ’ (5 out of 5) Peer Rating, Mar tindale -Hubbell’s highest peer recognition, generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciar y for legal ability and ethical standards. He is also rated "superb" (10 out of 10) by the leading independent attorney rating ser vice, AVVO, and has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of practising attorneys in Southern California. Mr Golubow is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), an invitation only network of lawyers from single -discipline boutique law firms with the highest level of knowledge, experience, reputation and credentials comparable or superior to what can be found at the highest-ranking full-ser vice law firms.

Mr Golubow has lectured, written about, or been inter viewed on varied insolvency related topics including: as an author, Corporate Principles for Thriving and Avoiding Bankruptcy, Orange County Business Journal, November 2015; as a panellist, Bankruptcy in the Americas Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine, September 2015; as a panellist, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Annual Review 2015, Financier Worldwide Magazine, June 2015; as an author, Use of the Common Interest Doctrine in Bankruptcy Cases, Corporate LiveWire Bankruptcy & Restructuring Exper t Guide, March/April 2015; as a guest inter viewed on Your Money Talks radio show, host Jerr y Slusiewicz, a Bloomberg radio affiliated program, Januar y 5, 2015 about corporate bankruptcy and financial restructuring; as a moderator, Comparative Analysis of Receiverships, Bankruptcies and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, California Receivers Forum Loyola VI Conference, Januar y 23, 2015; as a panellist, Bankruptcy in the Americas Roundtable, Financier Worldwide Magazine, September 2014; as a guest inter viewed on Commercial Real Estate Radio (creradio.com) about Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy – What You Need to Know, on April 4, 2014 and Investing in Distressed Real Proper ty in Bankruptcy, on Februar y 13, 2014; as a panellist, ‘But I Thought We Were Safe: Are Priority Claims and Legacy Employee Liabilities at Risk in a 363 Sale?’ at the American Bankruptcy Institute's 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference in December 2013; and as a panellist, ‘ War of the Roses, The Impact of Divorce Proceedings on Business and Personal Bankruptcy Cases’ at the California Bankruptcy Forum’s 25th Annual Insolvency Conference in May 2013. Prior to entering private practice, Mr Golubow ser ved as judicial law clerk and judicial extern to the Honourable John J Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division.

BRAZIL PRIVATE CLIENT LAWYER OF THE YEAR, WILLIAM HEUSELER

Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 3500. São Paulo- Brazil. SP 04538-132 +55 11 3631 2180

William Heuseler, JD, LLM, TEP© Head of the Wealth Planning Team at Itaú Private Bank William Heuseler is the head of the Wealth Planning division of Itaú Private Bank. Graduated in Law at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and specialized in Trust Law by Kaplan-Hawksmere School, in London. Par ticipated of the LLM program in Banking, Corporate and Financial Law of Fordham Law School in New York, and is specialized in Deal Negotiation Law at Har vard Business and Law School. William has over 20 years of experience dealing with ultra-high net wor th clientele, with the exper tise on cross-border matters, tax and asset protection planning; family and corporate governance, among other Wealth Planning strategies. William is former President of the Brazilian branch of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), and author of numerous ar ticles on international wealth planning


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Regional growth eased further to 6.7% in 2015 as expected and has remained flat thereafter. This reflects a continued slowdown in China that is offset by a pickup in the rest of the region. As a net hydrocarbon importer, the region is expected to benefit from low fuel prices. In 2015, headwinds from tighter fiscal policy (Malaysia, Vietnam) and macro-prudential regulation (China, Malaysia, and Thailand) are expected to be largely offset by gradual recovery of investment and manufacturing exports associated with a global recovery and continued low financing cost. Softer commodity prices have affected commodity-exporting countries like the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Indonesia. Risks to this outlook remain tilted to the downside. Policy makers, especially in economies with a high share of U.S. dollar-denominated debt, will find it increasingly challenging to balance the needs of supporting growth and preserving export competitiveness against maintaining financial stability amidst an appreciating U.S. dollar and prospects of rising U.S. interest rates. The biggest beneficiaries from the commodity price slump are likely to be large energy-importing countries in Asia, most notably China and India. The recent fall in oil prices is expected to support consumption by raising real incomes, easing inflation, and by improving current account balances and reducing external vulnerabilities. In China, persistent deflation in producer prices suggests a build-up of overcapacity and loss of corporate pricing power, adding to balance sheet pressures of highly indebted corporates. A structural growth slowdown has been

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underway in many developing countries as the growth in working age populations, productivity, and investment has eased. Partly as a result of reforms to raise productivity, South Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific should continue to grow quite rapidly, although at a somewhat slower rate than in previous years. A sharp decline in oil prices was associated mostly with weakening demand as a result of the 1997 Asian crisis; the continued expansion of OPEC production until mid-1998 might have played a role as well. The global recovery remained tepid for most of 1998, partly as a result of financial market stress in the United States and major emerging markets. Among oil-importing countries, the drop in oil prices could generate substantial fiscal savings, particularly where fuel prices are subsidized. Not- withstanding significant cuts in 2014 and 2015, especially in East and South Asia, pre-tax subsidies, which allow energy consumers to pay below-cost prices, are high in several developing economies. This would help reverse some of the post-crisis spending increases made possible by rapid revenue growth. Weak global demand (including from China), U.S. dollar appreciation, and low oil prices have put pressure on non-oil commodity prices, in particular those for natural gas, fertilizers, and food. Natural gas. The prices in most contracts for liquefied natural gas deliveries to Asia are linked to oil prices, though with a considerable lag. As a result, liquefied natural gas prices have already declined substantially (in Japan, by more than 15% since June 2014) and are expected drop

further. In Europe, a natural gas market is slowly emerging such that a smaller share of gas contracts is directly linked to oil prices. Portfolio flows to developing countries remained subdued in 2015, but low bond yields, and ample liquidity continued to encourage investor interest in bond issuance, particularly in China and other East Asian countries. Growth in upper-middle-income countries has accounted for almost half of global growth since 2005, but may slow because of demographic factors. Over the past three decades, these countries have benefited from a rising share of the working age population. This has yielded an important “demographic dividend” for growth. China’s demographic dividend has been estimated to contribute one-quarter to the countries per capita GDP growth during 1982– 2000. The demographic dividend may have accounted for two-fifths of East Asia’s rapid growth during 1965–90 and for 1 percentage point of per capita GDP growth in Southeast Asia between 1975–90. Over the next few decades, however, the share of the working age population in middle-income countries is expected to decline and, with it, growth prospects, unless structural reforms. East Asia and Pacific Growth in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region slowed, as expected, by 0.2 percentage points to 6.9% in 2014. Fiscal and macro-prudential policy tightening in the major regional economies, political problems in Thailand, monetary tightening and election-related uncertainty in Indonesia, and budget execution bottlenecks in the


Philippines (World Bank 2015a) contributed to weaker economic activity. Investment continued to ease from the credit-fueled high rates of the post-crisis years. The main offset to these negatives came from consumption, on the back of tight labor markets and accommodative monetary policies. Risks, both external and internal to the region, remain tilted to the downside, but less so than in January although the probability is low, the risk of a hard landing in China remains since the region’s economies are very open, they are vulnerable to trading partner slowdowns and large exchange rate shifts, including further U.S. dollar appreciation.

end-2015 and increase to 7.4% in 2016–17 buoyed by a reinvigorated reform agenda in India and supported by strengthening demand in high-income countries. The decline in global oil prices has benefited the region, improving fiscal and current account balances, enabling subsidy reforms to proceed in India, and facilitating an easing of monetary policy (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka). In India, gradual implementation of reforms has supported business and investor confidence and encouraged capital inflows. However, credit growth remains modest, reflecting weak bank balance sheets (mainly in public sector banks). This is holding back credit-financed investment.

In China, the key policy challenge is to put growth on a sustainable path, while improving financial stability. The authorities have initiated several programs to implement the comprehensive structural reform agenda announced in November 2013. The objective is to increase the role of markets and to facilitate resource reallocation to sectors with high returns. The key policy challenge is to shift growth towards more sustainable sources in the medium-term, while avoiding a sharp slowdown, or financial distress, in the short-term.

Recent developments in emerging and developing country labor markets show participation rates show a more complex pattern, generally declining during the global recession, and rising afterwards (with the exception of East Asia). In other developing regions, unemployment rates increased more moderately and participation rates remained near pre-crisis levels. China’s relatively strong growth during the peak of the Great Recession helped support developing country exports, particularly in East Asia. Informal employment can account for 70% of total employment in Asia and the Pacific.

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Australia

Indonesia and Malaysia face pressures from lower global prices of oil, gas, coal, palm oil, and rubber and softer external demand, particularly from China. Lower energy prices will dampen oil and gas production, but should support the large non-oil sectors in both economies. In southern regions of Asia growth is expected to firm to 7.1% by

After 24 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia is finally experiencing the same difficulties as every other major developed country in the past decade.

whether Australia loses its remarkable record of continuous growth depends, as with almost everything else in the economy, on what happens in China. The slowdown in the world’s second biggest economy is now well and truly underway. Demand for Australia’s iron ore and coal has plummeted from a decade ago as Beijing seeks to scale back its huge building schemes and create a more consumer-led economy. The price of the steel-making commodity, Australia’s biggest export, has fallen from $130 at the start of 2014 to around $50. Coal has halved in price in the past four years.

Growth is still on target for a healthy at 2.8% for this year, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The question of

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AUSTRALIA LAWYER OF THE YEAR (COMPETITION LAW), RUTH C A HIGGINS, BANCO CHAMBERS FULL SERVICE CHAMBERS OF THE YEAR, BANCO CHAMBERS

Ruth C A Higgins Banco Chambers Level 9, Chifley Tower 2 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Ruth Higgins appears, principally as lead counsel, in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies ( Volkswagen, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolwor ths), energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia), media companies, ( Today FM, Seven) and government instrumentalities, including the ACCC and ASIC. She has appeared at various enquiries including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquir y, at private and public hearings of the ICAC and as counsel for Macquarie Generation at the Special Commission of Enquir y into Electricity Transactions. Ruth won the Glasgow University medal in law, after which she completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004) and three collections of essays co-edited with Justin Gleeson SC, through Federation Press. She has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 (currently, Litigation, ADR, and Bet-the -Company Litigation) and Chambers Global since 2011 (currently Bar, Dispute Resolution,

Band 1). In 2013, she won the inaugural Sheahan Lock Par tners Junior Barrister Award, at the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, and has since won several related awards through Lawyers Monthly UK, including awards for constitutional law in 2014, and for competition law and banking and finance law in 2015. In 2015, she won the ACQ5 Law Awards: Award for Best Female Competition Lawyer (Australia) and the Corporate Livewire, Annual Law Awards, Energy Lawyer of the Year, Australia. She is currently ranked in Doyle’s Guide as a leading barrister in competition law, insolvency law and commercial litigation (Australia and New South Wales). Ruth is Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal. In 2013, Ruth was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and in 2015, to the NSW Bar Association Bar Council, having previously been a director of the Bar Association between 2007 and 2009. Ruth has recently been awarded a Visiting Fellowship to New College, Oxford, during which she she plans to complete her current book project, a single -authored monograph entitled Law ’s Candour, concerning the relationship between truth and adversarial common law systems.


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INDIA BOUTIQUE M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES VENTURE CAPITAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES

Rahul R. Mahajan Managing Par tner Tel: +2249151100 rmahajan@for titude -law.com

FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES is a full-ser vice law firm where lawyers from diverse backgrounds have integrated their intellectual capital to provide clients with well-rounded and effective legal advice. The firm focuses on representing clients having business interests in India on all aspects of Indian laws and regulations affecting their industries and specializes in strategic legal and regulator y advice coupled with industr y exper tise in an integrated manner. FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES focuses on niche areas in which the firm provides significant value and is invariably involved in select highly complex, innovative transactions. Mr. Mahajan's practice focuses on the corporate and commercial laws of India with emphasis on cross-border transactions. Mr. Mahajan advises on mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, financing laws, telecommunications and IT regulations, investment regulations, entr y strategies for multinationals and general advice on corporate and commercial laws. Mr. Mahajan has negotiated and advised on multi-jurisdictional joint-venture and shareholder agreements, technology transfer agreements, financing documents, investment agreements, corporate due diligence matters, assisted on public tender offers, and advised on corporate and commercial laws. He has also represented companies in various industries, including aviation, banking, enter tainment media, software technology, satellite, telecommunications, textiles and venture capital funds. The year 2015 for FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES star ted as a ver y busy year with transactions simultaneously being closed in the education, hospitality, healthcare and infrastructure sectors.

Some of the transactions as already in the public domain include that of : Little’s - Represented the brand owner in the sale of “Little’s” brand to Piramal Healthcare Enterprises. Enabilon Learning Private Limited - Represented the company in its sale of 100% shares to Gateforum Educational Ser vices Private Limited. Zinc Hospitality - Represented the Company in acquiring 51% shares in an Indian company engaged in the hospitality sector. Ridgeback Capital (U.S.A) - Represented the fund in sale of 15% shares in a public listed company. Today, FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES key clients include marquee repeat For tune 500 clientele, of which more than 60% are US corporations. Another main strength of FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES is that it has strong relationships with various international law firms – which has enabled FORTITUDE LAW ASSOCIATES’ to provide legal counsel carefully nur tured to their clients’ global requirements. Mr. Mahajan has been ranked as a leading practitioner in the Corporate (Merger & Acquisition) area by Chambers Asia, 2009. Moreover, he was recognized as regulator y counsel in the Telecommunications, Information Technology and Media Industries, Who’s Who Legal, 2007, 2008 and 2009; as well as being noted as a Communications and Financial Ser vices specialist, Legal 500, 2008.

CHINA CORPORATE FORMATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, JERRY KU, GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKIN & HACHIGIAN, LLP LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKIN & HACHIGIAN, LLP

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP Suite 2101, Building C, Yintai Center #2 Jianguomenwai Ave., Chaoyang District Beijing 100022, China +86 10 5680 3900 Jerome J Ku jku@gunder.com

Jerr y Ku is a par tner in the Corporate and Securities Group of Gunderson Dettmer. Mr. Ku’s practice focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies and venture capital/private equity funds. Mr. Ku is broadly experienced with corporate formation and governance matters, venture capital financing transactions, public offerings and a variety of M&A transaction structures involvingcompanies based in the U.S., Europe and Asia with emphasis on the Silicon Valley and China. Mr. Ku represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer Internet, software, telecommunications, and enter tainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms. Mr. Ku is bilingual and bi-literate in English and Mandarin Chinese. Mr. Ku holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and received his B.S., double majoring in Biology and Philosophy, from Duke University. Gunderson Dettmer is the only business law firm of its kind—singularly focused on the global venture capital

and emerging technology marketplace with over 200 attorneys in seven offices—Silicon Valley, Beijing, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and San Francisco and represents more than 2,000 high-growth companies from a broad range of industries in ever y stage of development. Gunderson Dettmer provides clients with counsel on general corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, financings, intellectual proper ty and commercial agreements, strategic alliances, executive compensation, and tax matters. The Firm is a recognized international leader in the representation of venture capital and private equity investment funds. With extensive experience in Nor th America, China, the EU and Latin America, the Firm also routinely earns the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst ’s ranking as the most active law firm in the world in venture capital financing activity. We are consistently ranked the most active fund formation and transactional firm in the countr y and the firm and our par tners individually routinely earn highest industr y rankings from Chambers & Par tners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, PitchBook and others.


CHINA PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BODY OF THE YEAR (ADR), HONG KONG MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION CENTRE

Alber t So Email: mediation@hkmaac.org Web Address: www.hkmaac.org evel 12, Infinitus Plaza, 199 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3796 3366

Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre (HKMAAC) is a professional association in Asia Pacific region established in the year of 2009 by a group of professionals after the civil justice reform in Hong Kong. All of its members come from different jurisdictions with various professional backgrounds: solicitors, barristers, former prosecutors, regulators, government officers, accountants, university lecturers, medical doctors, nurses, bankers, senior management executives, engineers, sur veyors, social workers, counselors, psychologists and teachers etc. Ever since its establishment, HKMAAC aims to promote mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution ser vices through both efficient and cost effective ways. It is now one of the leading and most reputable Alternative Dispute Resolution Centres in the Asia Pacific region which has been dedicated to ser ve the development needs of Asia Pacific as a mediation and arbitration centre. To enhance the public awareness on mediation and Alternative Disputes Resolution, HKMAAC has been providing Pro Bono mediation and legal consultation ser vices to different organizations, NGOs and the general public. To demonstrate its dedication and commitment in educating the young future leaders, it has established scholarships (Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre Scholarship) and (Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre Professional Award Scheme) with 9 universities. In year 2013, HKMAAC organized the first Joint University Mediation Competition and had provided full sponsorship for the champion to receive fur ther education at Har vard University. Mr. Alber t So is the Chairman of Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre and the practicing solicitor of the High Cour t of Hong Kong.

Mr. So has over 10 years of professional experience in both Hong Kong and England legal industries. Star ting from 2003, he held the in-house legal position as the Team Head of Legal and Compliance section at an international banking group, responsible for handling its various legal, compliance and litigation issues. Later on, Mr. So had also been working at London and China, where he was responsible for global legal and regulator y matters. Upon the global financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers, he had been one of the senior investigation team members of Hong Kong Monetar y Authority, responsible for conducting investigations on banks’ suspicious fund movements, Know-YourClient procedures, handling prosecutions and disciplinar y-related professional proceedings. Throughout his professional time at regulator y authority, he had personally handled over 1,000 financial disputes and the relevant litigations. Recently, Mr. So had also been working as a consultant for one of the largest global investment banks, in-charging of the global legal/compliance team and being responsible for different regulator y legal projects across 12 jurisdictions (including Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, PRC, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong) in the Asia Pacific region. Save for professional activities, Mr. So has also devoted his time on education. He has been the Programme Leader of City University of Hong Kong (SCOPE), par t-time lecturer of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as well we the Open University of Hong Kong (LiPace), former lecturer of mediation at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (MBAAA), trainer of different governmental depar tments (including Hong Kong Police College, Hospital Authority, Correctional Ser vices Depar tment, Labour Depar tment, Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data etc.) and the Honorar y Advisor of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Outstanding Students' Union. To recognize his outstanding professional ser vices at the community, Mr. So has received Gold Awards from Social Welfare Depar tment in both 2014 and 2015.

AUSTRALIA IMMIGRATION ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, JR MARRIOTT MIGRATION CONSULTANCY LIMITED

JR Marriott Migration Consultancy Limited Address: Unit A, 29/F, CNT Tower, 338 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2325 9909 Fax: (852) 2331 8248 Email: info@jrmigration.com Website: www.jrmigration.com

JR Marriott Migration Consultancy Limited (JR Marriott) offers one -stopped immigration legal advice and professional visa processing ser vices for our clients from Hong Kong, China and other countries covering a wide area categories including investor, entrepreneur, skilled and any temporar y visas to Australia, NZ, US, Canada, UK, Taiwan and Europe (e.g. Bulgaria).

Education As the improvement of economic status, more and more parents willing to send their children to foreign countr y for education. They tr y their level-best to provide better career prospects and lifestyle to their children which they themselves might not have acquired in their lives.

Our immigration attorneys and consultants in the above countries have a wide range of successful experience and exper tise to provide customized ser vices to our clients.

Political Reason People emigrate to keep a global presence amongst various countries. Fur thermore, some think that they are not decked with enough political freedom, so they migrate to other countries in search of the same. Some change their citizenship to gain a new identity, some to get political rights and others for a better living conditions.

Led by Joseph Yau as the Managing Director, JR Marriott has ser ved many clients with full satisfaction in processing their permanent residence visa or temporar y visas to various countries. Joseph is a member of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and a member of Hong Kong Immigration Industrial And Commerce Joint Association Limited. He has many years of successful experience in business and global immigration consulting. Situated at the mouth of the Pearl River delta in southern China, Hong Kong had long been a city of migrants with massive outflow and inflow of people. There are numbers of reasons for a person to migrate from one countr y to another countr y. But most of them can be categorized into the three main reasons below. High standard of living it ’s easy for most people to feel the effects of cost-of-living increases in their daily, par ticularly the price of proper ty. With the same cost, people can enjoy more and get a better life in another countr y.

Working in par tnership with its global par tners, JR Marriott has been increasing its brand strength and sustaining its continuous business growth in the region. JR Marriott ’s strong market position as a leading immigration consulting firm has earned its distinguished reputation and customer satisfaction through its commitment and passion to provide its proactive customer care and suppor t for its clients. Your Dreams, Our Passion! JR Marriott has been nominated as the “Most Valuable Companies Leader in Migration Ser vices” in Hong Kong 2015. With our passion and professional knowledge, JR Marriott will continue to provide professional and high quality ser vice to our existing and potential clients and make their migration dreams come true step by step.


CHINA PATENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LEE AND LI LEAVEN IPR AGENCY LTD

Lee and Li - Leaven IPR Agency Ltd. Address: Unit 2202, Tower A, Marriott Center, No.7, Jian Guo Men South Avenue, Beijing 100005, PRC Telephone:(86)10 85187141 Fax: (86)10 85187145 E-mail: leaven@chinaleaven.com Website: www.chinaleaven.com

Lee and Li - Leaven IPR Agency Ltd. (“Leaven”), established in October 2003, is an intellectual proper ty firm designated by the State Intellectual Proper ty Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industr y and Commerce (C TMO). The company ’s main asset is its ability to provide complete, efficient, and quality intellectual proper ty ser vices throughout the entire Greater China Area. Leaven comprises a number of senior patent attorneys and trademark attorneys, as well as lawyers. Many of these employees were formerly patent agents, trademark agents, IP rights managers, or patent examiners at China’s main foreign intellectual proper ty rights institutions, IP depar tments of large corporations, and the examination depar tment of SIPO. They are familiar with handling trademarks, copyright cases, patents, drafting patents, IP management, IP counseling, and patent examination procedures. Our patent attorneys are composed of specialize in a broad range of fields including electronic communications, computers, integrated circuits, automation and control, aeronautical engineering, nautical engineering, mechanics, chemistr y, biology, pharmaceuticals, and other technical fields.

In light of the same ser vice concept and foresight regarding economic development in the Greater China area, Leaven has formed a close cooperative relationship with Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, the biggest law firm in Taiwan. Lee and Li and Leaven entered into a trademark license agreement to authorize Leaven to use its English mark and logo. Leaven and Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law closely cooperate and share resources to provide multi-international enterprises and other clients in the Greater China area with comprehensive legal ser vices relating to patent prosecutions, trademark prosecutions, IP management and protection, IP actions (including patent maintenance, infringement lawsuit, patent requests, etc.) as well as other IP areas. Leaven has been developing ver y quickly since its establishment and our future prospects haves caught the attention of the IP field. Fur thermore, our rigorous working style and excellent quality of ser vice has been highly praised by the IP field. We believe that the growth of the IP industr y in the Greater China area will provide Leaven with a ver y good oppor tunity for development.


INDIA GENERAL CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MANI CHENGAPPA & MATHUR

142, 3rd Main, Koramangala 1st Block, Bangalore 560034 Te l + 9 1 8 0 4 1 4 8 1 9 9 9 E m a i l : q u e r i e s @ m c m l a w. i n Website:w w w.mcmlaw.in

Mani Chengappa & Mathur is a boutique law firm with a focus on technology and general corporate matters. Most members of the firm have significant in-house experience in the technology area. We use our knowledge of the law and of business realities to provide advice and representation that is practical and relevant to their specific business needs. Our greatest advantage is that our advice enables our clients to make well informed decisions. Our experience and exper tise allows us to be efficient which helps clients manage their costs. Over the last 3 years, we have demonstrated that a focused firm can provide clients with high quality advice in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner. Our familiarity with the realities of business also means we can anticipate issues that clients have not thought about. For example, a client who is introducing a new product in multiple market may not have considered cer tain commercial issues that are specific to a par ticular market or segment. Since we have been working in this area for over a decade (both in-house and in private practice) we can not only identify these commercial issues but also suggest possible solutions.

We are known for our work in the technology, commercial, general corporate and employment law areas. We provide our larger clients with specific ser vices in each of these areas. A lot of our clients are entrepreneurs seeking to leverage India’s unique potential. These entrepreneurs have many demands on their time and they typically look for law firms that can ser vice all of their legal requirements. Our star t-up practice combines all of our practice exper tise to provide this one stop approach. We regularly advise our clients on early stage capital raising, technology licensing, employment law, intellectual proper ty strategy, ESOPs, privacy and data protection, distribution and franchising arrangements, outsourced product/content development and dispute resolution. We also provide pro-bono suppor t to an Indian technology focused think tank as it seeks to build an ecosystem in which technology entrepreneurship is encouraged and thrives.

SINGAPORE BOUTIQUE INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION AND LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, PROVIDENCE LAW ASIA LLC

Providence Law Asia LLC Abraham Vergis, Managing Direc tor Email: information@providencelawasia.com Web Address: http://w w w.providencelawasia.com A d d r e s s : 2 4 R a ffl e s P l a c e # 2 4 - 0 2 A , C l i ff o r d C e n t r e S i n g a p o r e 0 4 8 6 2 1 Te l e p h o n e : + 6 5 6 4 3 8 1 9 6 9

Providence Law Asia is a boutique dispute resolution practice providing independent counsel ser vices in international arbitrations across Asia and litigation before the Singapore Cour ts. As an autonomous counsel practice, we are conflict-free to accept substantial briefs against MNCs, financial institutions or governments, where other firms are unable to act. Providence Law Asia is often counsel of choice for global law firms and foreign law practices based in Singapore seeking to instruct an unaffiliated Singapore Counsel. Our free -standing nature gives us the freedom to act in any cause and to enter into creative collaborations with any foreign law firm. The Providence Law Asia Team Providence Law Asia is helmed by Managing Director Abraham Vergis. Before establishing Providence Law Asia, Abraham was a director at Singapore’s largest dispute resolution firm, where he practiced for 14 years. Providence Law Asia’s team of Counsel are from top-tier Singapore or international law firms and have extensive experience in dispute resolution. Notably, Counsel Mahdev Mohan, also a law professor, was recently appointed a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore. Rankings & Awards In 2015 / 2016, Providence Law Asia received the following awards: • The Legal 500 – Recommended Firms (Dispute Resolution) • Chambers & Par tners – Ranked Lawyers (Dispute Resolution / Litigation: Singapore) • The Best Lawyers in Singapore (International Arbitration) • Acquisition International – Best Specialist Dispute Practice - Singapore

Representative Cases Providence Law Asia has been instructed on a number of sizeable and complex briefs, which include: • Defending the Singapore holding companies of Jordanian principals against a US$2.6 billion claim brought against them by Motorola Credit Solutions; • Representing an Australian listed company in their S$250 million claim against a foreign government for the premature termination of a 20-year BOT contract to provide immigration and border control systems; • Representing a leading international contractor in making claims wor th over US$90 million following the abrupt termination of an infrastructure project in the Maldives; • Acting on behalf of the former Global Head of Citigroup’s private banking arm, in judicial review proceedings brought against the Law Society of Singapore; • Acting on behalf of a leading Malaysian infrastructure conglomerate in SIAC arbitration proceedings following the termination of the main contractor for a multi-million dollar infrastructure construction project; • Representing a high net wor th individual in respect of a Cayman Island family trust with assets valued at over US$133 million against civil lawsuits in Singapore and possible criminal prosecution initiated by third par ties in multiple jurisdictions; and • Acting for Yahoo! Singapore to launch judicial review proceedings to protect journalist ’s privilege not to disclose their sources of information in light of an order by the Singapore Police Force to disclose metadata on their communications with an internet hacker known as ‘ The Messiah’, which resulted in the withdrawal of the order.


INDIA IP LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SINGH & SINGH LALL & SETHI IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SINGH & SINGH LALL & SETHI

Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi D-17, South Extension II New Delhi – 110 049 India Te l : + 9 1 - 1 1 - 4 2 8 9 9 9 9 9 Fa x : + 9 1 - 1 1 - 4 2 8 9 9 0 0 W e b s i t e . w w w . I n d i a I P. c o m Email: info@indiaip.com

Co- founder of the previously reigning IP boutique, Lall & Sethi Advocates, Chander M. Lall is currently the Senior Par tner and spear-head of the merged entity ‘Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi’. An adventure spor ts enthusiast by hear t, Chander is a renaissance man, who has many firsts in his name in the profession. Chander is rated amongst the best IP litigators. Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi, as an organization of professionals passionately dedicated to IP laws including trade -marks, copyrights, designs, patents, confidential information & trade secrets, enter tainment and spor ts laws, information technology laws. The firm has bagged several awards and maintains highest rankings in many categories. `Managing Intellectual Proper ty` has ranked the firm in Tier 1 for Patent Contentious, Trade Mark Contentious and Copyright for 2016. `Chambers & Par tners` has ranked the firm as `Band 1 in Intellectual Proper ty` and Chander Lall `Band 1 Intellectual Proper ty Litigation Lawyer in India`. `Legal Era` positioned Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi as the `IP Law Firm of 2015` & ‘IT & TMT Law Firm of the Year 2016’. `Corporate INTL Magazine’ for the year 2016 declared Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi as the `IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year in India`. The firm

also bagged `W TR Gold award for Enforcement and Litigation` and Chander bagged the `Gold award` in individual categor y. The firm got the `Deal of the Year 2015` award for representing Glenmark Pharmaceuticals by India Business Law Journal besides the `2015 - Indian Law Firm Awards - Intellectual Proper ty`. The M&A magazine declared the firm as the Law Firm of the Year Intellectual Proper ty – India. `Professional Sector Network` has accolade the firm with `IP Law Firm of the Year – India`. WIPR choose Chander Lall as `Leaders 2016 in Patents & Trademark`, while Sudeep Chatterjee was chosen for Trademarks. SSL&S has a ver y wide list of clients from all over the world which include The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, GSK, Bayer, Merck KgaA, Monsanto, Citibank, Mondelez, KraftHeinz, Diageo, Warner Bros., Twentieth Centur y Fox, United Technologies Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, Lacoste, Gant, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Ebay, Cisco, Amazon, Samsung, Reckitt Benckiser, Panasonic, DuPont, to name a few International one with an equally impressive list of Indian clients which includes Zee, Marico, Havells, Woodland, HCL, CIPLA, NIIT, Essel, ITC, Eicher, HeroEco and Fabindia.

AUSTRALIA CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SYDNEY CRIMINAL LAWYERS CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SYDNEY CRIMINAL LAWYERS

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Museum Towers Suite 507, Level 5 267 Castlereagh Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Sydney Criminal Lawyers has been committed to delivering outstanding customer ser vice to our clients since we opened in 2001. We are Sydney ’s largest leading specialist criminal defence firm – currently comprising six experienced Senior Criminal Defence Lawyers and four Junior Criminal Defence Lawyers. We provide advice and representation for all types of criminal and traffic cases – including drug, assault, fraud, drink driving and homicide matters. We were the first criminal defence firm to introduce fixed fee structures for a range of cour t matters – meaning our clients are fully aware of how much their case is going to cost from star t to finish. Today, we continue to provide our clients with dedicated customer ser vice through our 24 hour call centre, social media network, and collection of legal blogs and videos available online and through our NSW Pocket Lawyer App. Since our inception, we have been dedicated to promoting exceptional results over profits – a factor that sets us apar t from many other law firms in the industr y. Our lawyers work together as a team and share their individual exper tise in order to ensure our clients benefit from our collective skills and experience.

Ph: 02 9261 8881 Fax: 02 9264 0880 info@criminallaw.com.au info@criminallaw.com.au www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au

We have more than doubled our caseload in the past 12 months – from 1000 annually last financial year to over 2000 this year. This reflects our strong focus on customer ser vice, communication and innovation – as exemplified through the publication of regular, topical legal blogs and videos on our website and social media channels. In addition to this, the release of our NSW Pocket Lawyer App; a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource for iPhone and iPad, has revolutionised the way legal information is delivered to the public – offering all of our blogs, videos and legal information pages in the one place. Our team is also proud of our commitment to social justice and community responsibility. In 2015, we launched the ‘SCL Help Fund.’ Funded solely by our firm, the Fund was launched with an initial deposit of $20,000 from our Principal, Ugur Nedim. Since then, we have contributed $1,000 per week to the Fund from our firm’s profits – money which is then donated to wor thy charities and causes; including those which provide suppor t to the homeless, educational initiatives, and assistance to animals in need. Sydney Criminal Lawyers is proud to be named ‘Customer Ser vice Law Firm of the Year - Australia’ and ‘Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – Australia.’


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The European Union has undergone a modest economic recovery since 2010 following the global economic crisis. A slowdown in the pace of structural reforms accompanied by economic volatility and political tensions affecting several countries may challenge the economic recovery of the region in the near future. 2015 was a productive year for the EU with European Commission launching European Year of Development, which will focus on raising awareness of development across Europe. European growth was expected to decelerate to 1.8% in 2015 from an already weak 2.4% in 2014. Plunging oil prices and geopolitical tensions, and related spillovers, including from the Russian Federation, are only partly offset by a moderate recovery and the benefits from low fuel prices to net fuel importers. Recently, confidence has improved slightly, reflecting the stabilization of oil prices, the peace agreement reached in Ukraine, and policy measures implemented in several economies. Growth is expected to strengthen to an average of 3.5% from 2016. Key risks include a deepening recession in the Russian Federation and Ukraine, declining oil prices, and abrupt tightening of global financial conditions. After slowing to 2.4% in 2014 from 3.7% in 2013, regional growth weakened further in early 2015. This reflected spillovers from the oil price decline and geopolitical tensions, which more than offset the benefits from the moderate recovery in Europe. Across eastern European countries growth slowed sharply to 1.5% in 2014 (one-fifth of the average in 2000–10), reflecting recessions in the Russian Federation and Ukraine, and downturns in oil-exporting economies. In contrast, growth accelerated modestly in the western part of the region, supported by tailwinds from recovering Europe.

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The recovery has progressed more rapidly than expected since late 2014, supported by a weakening Euro, declining oil prices, record- low interest rates, and an improvement in bank credit supply conditions. European growth is now projected to reach 1.5% this year, increasing to 1.7% in 2016-17. The depreciation of the Euro since June 2014 should contribute around 1⁄2 percentage point to growth in Europe in 2015, while lower oil prices should support consumer spending and corporate profits. Private investment should gradually pick up, but elevated corporate leverage, persistent financial fragmentation, significant slack in the labor markets of periphery countries, lingering sup- ply-side impediments, and weak demand continue to weigh on prospects for a swift recovery. Fiscal policy will be broadly neutral this year and next, following several years of significant consolidation efforts. The turmoil in Greece is having wide-ranging repercussions for the Greek economy itself, but has had thus far limited knock-on effects as a whole. However, the risk remains that a further deterioration affects broader European confidence. Growth in Russia continued to slide in 2015 (a 1.9% contraction 2015 Q1), following a modest 0.6% expansion in 2014. A plunge in export revenues, a sharp devaluation of the ruble, and trade restrictions on food imports in Russia lifted inflation into double-digits. The contraction of real incomes and purchasing power weighed on consumer spending, which had been the single largest contributor to growth since 2012. Investment also shrank on falling business confidence, tightened financing conditions, and restricted access to international capital markets as a result of sanctions.

A mix of supply and demand shocks in the aftermath of the crisis left lasting damage to output and employment across the region. Additional easing by the ECB in 2014–15, including the launch in March 2015 of a quantitative easing program, brought long-term interest rates to record lows in both core and periphery countries, even as concerns about Greece’s financial strains intensified. It also contributed to a 10% depreciation of the Euro in trade-weighted terms since mid-2014, which should support activity and gradually lift headline and core inflation from currently very low levels. Inflation was negative in the first quarter of 2015, but should rise gradually from mid-year onwards as the impact of declining oil prices wanes. A modest recovery is underway. European economy has diverged since the global financial crisis, with demand shocks in the core economies correlating more closely with each other, but not with those in the periphery. Import compression and improving competitiveness have turned current account deficits into surpluses. Substantial slack, together with low oil prices, should keep inflation to near zero in by the end of 2015 and into 2016. High government debt remains a burden. A number of major central banks in Europe have set key policy rates at negative levels in order to further encourage lending by making it costly for banks to hold excess reserves at their central banks. Amid negative policy rates, nominal yields on some bonds of highly rated European governments have also dropped below zero. A natural gas market is slowly emerging such that a smaller share of gas contracts is directly linked to oil prices. This share,


however, is sufficient to put downward pressure on European natural gas prices. The risk of a prolonged period of stagnation and deflation appears to have receded as inflation expectations have risen following the ECB’s quantitative easing program. Several months of negative inflation as a result of falling oil prices could yet de-anchor inflation expectations. Economic and financial stress in Greece presents a risk to the regional outlook, al- though the exposures of other parts of Europe have diminished since 2010. While the probability of a slide into prolonged period of stagnation and deflation is declining, the impact for the rest of the world could be more pronounced than that of Japan in the 1990s. Given greater gross domestic product and imports, a prolonged stagnation could have deeper global repercussions than Japan’s decade of slow growth did in the 1990s and early 2000s. Risks remain tilted to the downside, although somewhat less so than in January. Some pre-existing risks, especially of deflation in Europe, have receded somewhat but new financial stability and growth risks have emerged. Deteriorating prospects in some developing economies, especially commodity-exporting ones, are eroding their resilience. Quantitative easing will support activity and reduce deflation concerns, but a lasting recovery needs to be secured by appropriate fiscal policy support and growth-enhancing structural reforms. In 2015, fiscal policy is expected to be broadly neutral, although, under the Excessive Deficit Procedure, several countries (Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain) need to proceed with their fiscal consolidation plans. Activity in the European

Union may also be supported by a €315 billion (2.2% of GDP) investment program (the “Juncker Plan”) intended to stimulate growth and create jobs. The initiative should help better leverage the EU budget and European Investment Bank programs for greater private investment. However, long-term growth re- mains weighed down by rigid and fragmented labor, product, and services markets, hampering productivity and innovation. Notwithstanding significant consolidation and structural reform efforts are underway. The Great Recession had a relatively mild impact on the labor markets of developing countries. Since 2010 unemployment rates have generally been below pre-global financial crisis levels, and declining. This is in stark contrast to the steep rise, and sluggish decline, of unemployment rates in high-income economies. The resilience of developing-country labor markets reflects, in large part, stronger output growth during and after the crisis. As growth in developing economies slows from post-crisis peaks, labor markets may weaken. Since job creation plays a critical role in reducing poverty, and promoting shared prosperity, this risk heightens the importance of implementing reforms to support growth, and of removing structural constraints on labor markets.

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UK CRIMINAL DEFENCE BARRISTER OF THE YEAR, MICHAEL WOLKIND QC, 2 BEDFORD ROW CHAMBERS

2 Bedford Row chambers Michael Wolkind QC Email: mwolkind@2bedfordrow.co.uk Web Address: topqc.net Address: 2 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BU Telephone: 07473 053074

Michael Wolkind has acted as counsel of choice in a wide range of high-profile and notorious criminal cases. In par ticular, he has established a formidable reputation thanks to his per formances in a number of well-known murder and terrorism trials. Michael brings a sharpness and innovative approach to his representation of any defendant, whatever the charge. A 1000 years ago, or at least in the last Millennium, I was appointed Queen’s Counsel. I often stay up long into night working as I prepare to travel the countr y. Obviously it's my pleasure to argue in Cardiff, Preston and Doncaster, but sometimes I also have the burden of appearing in cour ts in places such as the Cayman Islands or Trinidad. Since I was called to the Bar in 1976, I have practised almost exclusively in crime. On the ver y rarest of occasions I have trespassed into the Family Division. In crime I only defend. I have never prosecuted in 40 years. When my daughter, Rikki recently graduated with a Double First from Cambridge, it was an extra special pleasure for me, as I do not have a degree. I am, however, saving up to buy one from the Internet. People are so kind with feedback. When a client wrote after acquittal that “there is no doubt that this exceptional and caring man has a ‘divine presence’ in cour t,” it would simply be rude to disagree. I have appeared in many high profile cases, winning the Tony Mar tin murder appeal, acting successfully for the main defendant in the 7/7 conspiracy and gaining the acquittal of a number of Greenpeace protesters who climbed a power station tower to daub anti-nuclear slogans. Satisfaction comes from success in little cases as well. My reward for the Not Guilty verdict for a Libyan accused of planting bombs across London, on behalf of Colonel Gadaffi, was the brief to act for an Embassy diplomat ’s wife. She went shopping in a supermarket and many items jumped off the shelf, unzipped her bag, jumped in and concealed themselves. The Magistrates could not resist the address that “if I hear it said one more time, that foreign persons cannot get a fair trial in front of Lay Justices, I shall scream”. Perhaps they did not fall in love with me personally but they acquitted. Memorable moments include when a jur y once refused to convict my client even after

he changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter in front of them. They saw the tragedy within the killing of his brother but also the fact that, by ordinar y standards, it was an accident and the ‘ordinar y ’ people are more impor tant than lawyers. This result, rejecting a defendant ’s own acceptance of guilt, remains unique. I am driven to give my ever ything in ever y single case: my hard work, my instincts and judgement, and my alleged humour. When I pick up a new set of papers, I immediately know ‘the way home’ or I can tell the closest that I will get to arriving there. Straight line thinking in this profession should be banned. I am on no search for novelty but the client deser ves a the best. What a privilege for a practitioner. I am not quite a fireman, but to hear clients or family members talking about you saving someone’s life is to be heard reflectively. When I meet people they must be in trouble. If I provide a happy ending that ’s the most I can do - but it would be better still if they had never needed my ser vices. I have defended in hundreds of murder trials. Long before family liaison officers appeared, it was my practice to talk to the bereaved family. Never once was my approach rejected. However tough the trial process may have been for them, they can always tell the difference between the ver y strongest defence style and anything which was gratuitous in presentation. I enjoyed a number of years as a bereavement counsellor in my non-existent spare time. I had the role of listening, and empathy not drama is centre stage. 2 Bedford Row is the leading set of criminal chambers. We are headed by the universally respected Bill Clegg QC and clerked by the best in the business, John Grimmer. From time to time I remind John that he owes me six weeks’ wor th of respect - the difference in our ages. The traditional structure of a solicitor instructing counsel is changing. The majority of my work now is Direct Access - the defendant finds me and funds me. The Bar has traditionally followed a cab rank principle but that does not apply to direct access instructions, so I can freely choose cases that interest me. This award is a wonder ful recognition of my per formance in the cases I select.

SWITZERLAND M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ABR AVOCATS LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ABR AVOCATS

Nicolas Béguin (Par tner) | Alexandre Richa (Par tner) nicolas.beguin@abrlegal.ch alexandre.richa@abrlegal.ch w w w.abr legal.ch 11 rue De-Beaumont, 1206 Geneva, Switzerland + 41 22 703 51 00

ABR Avocats is a business law firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. The firm has extensive experience and exper tise in dealing with sophisticated domestic and cross-border transactions. The firm regularly advises clients in the areas of business restructurings, mergers & acquisitions, financial reorganizations, corporate financing, corporate taxation and transfer pricing regulations and practices. Last year, ABR Avocats acted as lead counsel or co-counsel in several multi-million M&A, corporate restructurings, and corporate financing deals. ABR Avocats also benefits from a strong exper tise in regulator y matters involving financial institutions. The firm recently advised or represented major Swiss banks

and financial institutions in matters such as notification or enforcement procedures before the Swiss Financial Market Super visor y Authority (FINMA), compliance with rules of conduct and other capital market regulations, as well as anti-money laundering compliance. ABR Avocats regularly represents its clients before Swiss cour ts as well as in commercial arbitration proceedings in Switzerland and abroad. The firm’s par tners have acted as counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional, covering a wide range of matters, including banking and finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, shareholders agreements, joint ventures, licence and distribution agreements, sales of goods, maritime transpor t and construction projects.


UK REGIONAL FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ACORN SOLICITORS

Acorn Solicitors are a friendly, local, family run firm based in Taunton and Street. We are well known for our specialist knowledge and personal style of working. Our practice, rooted in the hear t of Somerset, aims to provide a ser vice where our clients and their families matter. Acorn has a team of exper ts all committed to offering our clients a personal, excellent ser vice in a range of legal ser vices. We have the local knowledge and the flexibility to help in all aspects affecting family life from moving house to making a Will to moving into care. The firm was established in 2009 and has grown considerably. There are now 5 Solicitors, a Conveyancing Manager and 9 other members of staff. The firm is committed to giving young people an oppor tunity to work in a law firm and has given three apprenticeships and had a trainee Solicitor Charlotte Mitchell who qualified last year and specialises in the law surrounding older and vulnerable clients especially NHS Continuing Care. Acorn Solicitors have given a staggering £50,000 for charities

Acorn House, 50 Upper High Street, Ta u n t o n , S o m e r s e t , TA 1 3 P Y D X 3 2 1 1 0 TA U N T O N TEL: 01823 273010 FA X : 0 1 8 2 3 2 7 3 0 1 9

126 High Street, Street Somerset, BA16 0ER Street: DX 45203 STREET TEL: 01458 888102

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through its work for Will Aid, St Margaret's Hospice and Hope for Tomorrow- one of the nation's best records. Recently their own Wills for Free scheme they have just completed they raised a whopping £5,542. The Par tners of the firm are David and Jill Sinclair. David is a father of three and is a national director for Solicitors for the Elderly. David has been a director of Solicitors for the Elderly for 9 years. Solicitors for the Elderly is a national organisation of over 1500 lawyers specialising in matters affecting older and vulnerable clients. In 2009 David was shor tlisted for young lawyer of the year in the UK. He is passionate about helping local people secure a top level legal ser vice that is good value for money. Jill Sinclair is David's mother and has 25 years of experience helping Somerset residents in legal issues. Jill is also a Notar y Public. Jill specialises in Proper ty Law, Wills and Probate. Her warm and friendly manner puts people at ease and she is able to explain complex legal issues in a friendly manner.

SWITZERLAND SWITZERLAND - TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM BELGIUM - LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MRS. MURIEL IGALSON, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM BELGIUM - TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM BELGIUM - INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM BELGIUM - PERSONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM BELGIUM - BUSINESS CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM

Thierry Afschrift A F S C H R I F T L AW F I R M Avenue Louise, 208 B-1050 Brussels BELGIQUE T +32 (0)2 646 46 36 F +32 (0)2 644 38 00 E avocats@afschrift.com w w w.afschr if t.com

AFSCHRIFT (Listed may times, among promeminent corporations and firms worldwide, in www.worldfinance100.com) is a multi-awarded boutique law firm established in the first place in Brussels in 1994.

The firm’s lawyers par ticipate actively to most of the conferences on tax topics organized either by Belgian or foreign universities, private companies or the Bar.

Strong of an immediate success, the firm established offices in Antwerp, Geneva, Fribourg, Luxembourg, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong.

The firm is famous for its creativity in the field of tax and estate planning for individuals; notwithstanding today ’s par ticularly difficult legal and economic environment, where governments through Europe constantly set new tax measures, AFSCHRIFT ’s lawyer help their clients to overcome difficulties and prepare the future in the most advantageous tax way.

The firm provides state -of-the -ar t tax legal ser vices to its clients, while respecting the highest standards of integrity and professional ethics. Thierr y AFSCHRIFT, professor at the Free University of Brussels, one of the most well-know tax lawyers in Europe, is the founding and Managing par tner of the firm. He is also, in Belgium, the founder and Chairman of the Tax Management School-Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and deputy Judge at the Cour t of Appeal in Brussels. Muriel Igalson, a lawyer and university professor, leads the firm’s real estate practice and is considered as one of the most prominent lawyers in her field. She has par ticipated in the most impor tant real estate transactions of the last years and also concentrates on complex planning of real estate assets and relevant tax litigation. AFSCHRIFT ’s lawyers engage in all matters (international) business law and more specifically tax and international law, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning and optimization, consultancy and litigation, as well as consultancy on taxation related to financial instruments .

The firm’s clientele also includes industrial and commercial companies, Luxembourgian, Swiss and Belgian banks, as well as companies established out of Belgium. Due to the par tners’ exper tise on European tax law, as well as their specific knowledge of Swiss, Belgian, Luxembourgian, Spanish, Israeli and Hong Kong companies and tax law, AFSCHRIFT ’s lawyers are in position to help companies to achieve the best optimization of their tax situation. Fur thermore, this allows the firm to achieve a high level of confidentiality and a highly personalized ser vice, and also to create a privileged client-attorney relationship, in order to provide ser vices tailored to the client ’s needs, personal/corporate/geographical situation and countr y of residence or establishment. This is ver y impor tant for the firm, as its main activity is tax consulting and patrimonial restructuring and planning, implicating the legal use of various foreign structures in order to achieve tax optimization, whether it concerns direct or indirect taxation (inheritance and gift taxes).


UKRAINE INTERNAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ALEKSEY PUKHA & PARTNERS FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ALEKSEY PUKHA & PARTNERS

Ukraine Aleksey Pukha and Par tners 21 Patrisa Lumumby, St., office 416, Kiev, Ukraine, 01042 +38 (044) 528 30 94 +38 (044) 528 30 54 office@puhaipar tner y.com.ua www.puhaipar tner y.com.ua/en/

Aleksey Pukha and Par tners Company is one of the leading Ukrainian law firms with worldwide business contacts. Company details are included in all official State Registries. The headquar ters of the Company is located in Kyiv, in the hear t of Ukrainian business. The Company is one of the most reputable organizations and professional associations, which include the Cour t of Arbitration, the Taxpayers Association of Ukraine, the Union of Lawyers of Ukraine, the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Ukrainian Bar Association. Aleksey Pukha and Par tners Сompany cooperates with USAID, the World Bank Group and IDLO within international research projects. Ever y day the Company provides legal ser vice to international companies and individuals in Europe, Nor th and South America, Asia, Australia and Nor th Africa. Annually, the Company contracts with clients worldwide and from all continents. The quality of the ser vices by Aleksey Pukha and Par tners is suppor ted by customer feedback. The Company is recommended as a trustwor thy

par tner by worldwide international firms and transnational corporations such as McDonald's restaurant chain (USA), WIS Trading distributor (UK ), Ipca Pharmaceutical Company (India), CLAAS manufacturer of agricultural machiner y (Germany), USAID Agency for International Development (USA) and Word Bank Group (USA). Aleksey Pukha and Par tners Company follows high standards of legal ser vices and has vast experience in a wide range of industries and legal practices including agriculture, pharmaceutics, real estate and construction, media and communication, insurance, intellectual proper ty, banking and finance, capital market, trade, energy and natural resources, automotive, oil and gas industr y, hotel and restaurant industr y, metallurgical industr y, primar y industr y, transpor t, chemical and spor t industr y, public and private par tnership. The Company also provides ser vices for private clients on family law, surrogacy, adoption, divorce, representation and protection of interests, business decisions, contracts, real estate, migration, inheritance, taxation, licensing and criminal and civil law. The Company has many publications in the fields of bank law, labor, corporate, litigation, immigration, criminal, investment, inheritance, customs, agricultural, medical, family law, arbitration, intellectual proper ty, M&A, patents and public private par tnership.

UK MONEY LAUNDERING ADVISOR OF THE YEAR, ALISON MATTHEWS, ALISON MATTHEWS CONSULTING

For fur ther information, please contact Alison Matthews at Alison Matthews Consulting Ltd, alm@alisonmatthewsconsulting.co.uk, 07803398146.

Alison Matthews Consulting Ltd provides practical, commercial and sensible compliance advice/training on a range of issues including anti money laundering (AML). The ser vices include training tailored to the needs of the organisation, (either for employees or for senior management/the MLRO), the review (or the provision) of policies and procedures, guidance on specific issues or individual problems. Alison Matthews Consulting Ltd helps organisations to understand and comply with their regulator y obligations, minimising the risk of being used by money launderers and/or facing disciplinar y action/fines from the regulators or law enforcement by embedding a culture of compliance. Alison has been voted the UK’s Money Laundering Adviser of the Year 2014/15 in the AQA Global Awards, ACQ Law Awards and Finance Monthly Awards. She has won similar awards in the M & A Awards and Innovation and Excellence Awards for 2015. She is renowned as one of the UK’s leading exper ts on money laundering and professional conduct and is seen as a well respected, trusted, pragmatic yet commercial compliance exper t with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant law/regulations Alison has been advising on anti money laundering for over 21 years, firstly at the Law Society in the Professional Ethics Unit advising solicitors. She was the MLRO at a top 20 law firm for over 10 years and is now MLRO at Shoosmiths LLP.

She chaired the highly respected Law Society ’s Money Laundering Taskforce having been an inaugural member and co-wrote the Law Society ’s guidance in 2000. She was a member of the Editorial Board for the Law Society ’s Money Laundering Practice Note between 2004 and 2012. She was a key commentator on the Second and Third European Directives and regularly writes and lectures on the proposed Four th Directive and its impact on those in the regulated sector. Alison was a key member of the Government ’s Money Laundering Advisor y Committee and SOCA’s SARs Regime Committee. She is well regarded in government and law enforcement circles and all echelons of the legal profession. Alison wrote the AML Toolkit (pub Law Society 2012) and the Data Protection Toolkit (pub Law Society 2014), containing practical advice and policies and procedures which can be adapted to fit the needs of the organisation. A member of the Editorial Board of the Legal Compliance Bulletin, she writes regularly in legal publications. Alison lectures for all the UK Law Societies, the Isle of Man Law Society, local law societies and Ark on AML and other compliance issues. Her lectures are well received by delegates, who find her practical, commercial and extremely knowledgeable.


UK UP & COMING LAWYER OF THE YEAR, ADAM RAMLUGON, BARGATE MURRAY SOLICITORS SHIPPING & MARITIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, BARGATE MURRAY SOLICITORS MARITIME LAWYER OF THE YEAR, QUENTIN BARGATE, BARGATE MURRAY SOLICITORS

Bargate Murray Solicitors Quentin Bargate info@bargatemurray.com www.bargatemurray.com Tel: +44 (0) 20 73751393 Fax: +44 (0) 20 73929529 44 Worship Street London, EC2A 2EA, United Kingdom

Bargate Murray is one of the world’s foremost super yacht law firms. Through drafting, negotiation and analysis, we facilitate the sale, maintenance, purchase, insurance, crewing and construction of large luxur y yachts, known as megayachts or super yachts. Assisting high net wor th individuals as well as yards, the advice we offer is always confidential, relevant, and often international in its scope. Over the course of many years, we have developed in-depth experience in this niche area, where confidentiality and personal ser vice are essential. We’ve developed an outstanding reputation among ultra high net wor th individuals, family offices and shipyards for not only the quality of our work, but also for the relationships we build with our clients and industr y peers. The past 20 years have seen steady growth in the number and size of pleasure yachts and other leisure crafts coupled with an explosion in the number of professionally crewed super yachts and megayachts, many of which are operated on a commercial basis for char ter by the wealthy. The super yacht industr y has, in recent years, evolved as a distinct and separate industr y alongside mainstream shipping, but with subtle differences of approach and traps for the non-specialist. To give more of an idea of what a super yacht lawyer does: With a new-build yacht project, we are heavily involved in negotiating the build contract and specification. There are key terms that must be addressed and which often involve lengthy negotiation. These terms include penalties for late deliver y, refund guarantees, payment schedules, permissible delay, class and flag, “variation to contract ” procedures and many, many others. With a second-hand yacht, much depends on whether we are acting for a buyer or a seller, but essentially, the focus is on ensuring both sides know exactly what they are getting. A sur vey is usually essential, as are the usual checks to ensure that any charges or encumbrances, such as mor tgage, are discharged before deliver y. Once a yacht has been purchased, there is often a lot more to do. Bargate

Murray are exper ts on Seafarer Employment Agreements, for example, and we also assist with insurances and handle disputes. If the intention is to char ter in Europe, we can assist with VAT impor tation structures. Our super yacht and shipping experience includes: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Yacht sale and purchase agreements Negotiating, drafting and reviewing yacht and ship construction agreements Conversion and repair agreements Crew agreements Contracts with professionals such as architects and designers Bank and other finance arrangements Per formance guarantees Project management agreements Choice of flag and registration Corporate issues and ownership structures Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and litigation Char terpar ty, bill of lading disputes and cargo claims Arrest of ships internationally and claims arising International sale of goods contracts Cargo shor tlanding and damage claims Joint ownership agreements Bulk and containerised cargos Marine Insurance Oil and its transpor tation

AUSTRIA COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, BECKER LAW LEADING DIVORCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, BECKER LAW CHINESE LAW LAWYER OF THE YEAR, ANTON BECKER, BECKER LAW

Sechskruegelgasse 12 1030 Vienna, Austria T +43 1 5337733 F +43 1 2533033 3936 M +43 650 3801218 E anton@becker-law.at W www.becker-law.at

From the formation of contracts to the enforcement of claims, from the foundation of a firm to its liquidation, from the takeover of a business to conflicts between its par tners: no matter the problem, I provide the solution. I go beyond the call of duty. Providing legal advice is where it star ts. However, it is not enough to achieve a satisfactor y legal result. A keen eye has at all times to be kept on its practicality and cost. It is essential that one should not lose sight of the bigger picture, par ticularly when the wood gets lost in a forest of complex legal detail. I stand proudly among the few young Austrian corporate lawyers who are experienced in practically all areas of commercial law. Clients enjoy a complete palette of ser vices that cover all conceivable needs. Moreover, thanks to my extensive work for some of the most renowned Austrian and international legal firms, I have become accustomed to working to the highest possible standards: nothing less is acceptable. This experience in a small practice translates into personalised, tailor-made and hands-on ser vice that achieves results. I am the only practicing Austrian attorney with a degree in

Chinese Law. After obtaining my Masters in Chinese Law at the National University of Singapore, I enjoyed the privilege of garnering invaluable professional experience at prestigious law firms and arbitration institutions in Singapore and Shanghai. One collateral benefit of this tutelage was the establishment of an extensive network. Living in Singapore and China broadened my horizons and honed my people skills. Exposure to Asian cultures, customs and legal systems enriched me immeasurably. These advantages are brought to bear in cour t and other legal processes and are indispensable for clients seeking to extend commercial operations in that geographical theatre. In 2009, I established my own law firm specialising in commercial law. Increasingly I found clients approaching me with questions relating also to their private lives. Commercial and private matters often inter twine, it seems. As a consequence, I successfully tackled divorce and alimony cases and developed my knowledge and skills in these areas of law, too. Now clients can additionally rely on my exper tise in such matters. Clients have come to appreciate and, indeed, expect an all-round ser vice that includes an admixture of fine negotiation skills, a diplomatic touch and dogged perseverance. They get what they expect.


FRANCE TRADEMARK ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR, JEAN-BAPTISTE DURANTON, BREVALEX LAW FIRM

Jean-Baptiste Duranton Chairman & CEO Tel: +33 1 53 83 94 00 brevets.patents@brevalex.com, marques.trademarks@brevalex.com www.brevalex.com

The BREVALEX law firm is one of the leading European IP firms, and among the largest in France. It has been providing specialised ser vices in all sectors of intellectual proper ty for more than 50 years. This includes: patents, trademarks, designs, domain names, copyright, software, contracts and other related areas. With its many years of experience and an outlook resolutely focusing on the future, the firm’s aim is to offer a quality ser vice in line with its clients’ financial constraints. It provides clients with a high level of reactivity and local advice, with the various technical and legal areas of exper tise represented on its three sites. BREVALEX is constantly adding to its staff, with more than 80 employees currently divided between its Paris, Grenoble, Toulouse, and Bordeaux offices. The diversity of the firm’s client base, made up of internationally renowned research institutes and

multinationals as well as small businesses and star t-ups, is an indication of its ability to adapt to each business’s specific requirements and provide suppor t at the various stages of their development. Fur ther, given the remarkably high propor tion of BREVALEX’s business obtained outside France, and its international network of foreign associates carefully selected for their exper tise, clients will be guaranteed effective protection and defence of their rights worldwide. At BREVALEX they believe that their clients’ business’ best asset in an increasingly competitive market lies in its ability to innovate on an ongoing basis, to protect the results of their innovation effectively and enhance their value actively. With this in mind and for this ver y reason, the firm will do its utmost to earn clients’ confidence ever y day.

UK REGIONAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT), BUDE NATHAN IWANIER

Bude Nathan Iwanier Solicitors 1-2 Temple For tune Parade Bridge Lane London NW11 0QN Tel: +44 (20) 8458 5656 Fax: +44 (20) 8458 5065

The winner of this year ’s award is a ‘hidden’ gem. You would expect to find this highly regarded niche real estate and litigation firm in the City or West End. While it cer tainly ranks alongside those firms in terms of its ability ; exper tise; level of ser vice and range of clients, it is based in the hear t of Golders Green – on the doorstep of the Hampstead Garden Suburb. The location of the firm, the residential and communal locale of the founding par tners – Mendy Bude and Nathan Iwanier, in no way limits the national and international reach of this proper ty powerhouse. The firm has also built up a ver y strong following in the Nor th and Nor th West London areas. Consequently, it has forged longstanding relationships with all the estate agents, sur veyors, accountants and other proper ty professionals in the local areas and beyond. Having specialised in real estate since its inception the firm has gained, and maintains, in depth knowledge of the state of the different markets in which its clients operate. Its longstanding commitment to this area of law means the firm’s lawyers are not just exper ts in their respective fields; they also appreciate and understand the commercial requirements and focus of their varied client base. Since the firm’s founding in 1989 by Messrs Bude and Iwanier it has grown steadily and now boasts a team of : ten specialised solicitors; five paralegals and conveyancers; and fifteen suppor t staff. It is evident the founding par tners were careful to choose highly talented individuals taking on only like -minded lawyers and suppor t staff who embody their ethos of excellence, technical ability and discretion. The par tners emphasise providing a modern, efficient and personal ser vice and this is reflected in the staff they have recruited. The result of this approach is a modern heavyweight firm that constantly strives to exceed its

clients’ expectations, providing legal ser vices to corporate UK, international and entrepreneurial clients including: PLCs; large proper ty companies; private individuals and investors. The clients are well ser viced with a comprehensive range of legal ser vices provided by the firm’s main depar tments: commercial and residential real estate; landlord and tenant law and practice; proper ty & general litigation and private client, While each of these depar tments is highly regarded it is the work of the firm’s dedicated Landlord and Tenant depar tment that has won the firm this year ’s accolade. The depar tment is ably led by Shimmie (Samuel) Pariente a, Consultant solicitor with the firm, who has been with Bude Nathan iwanier since 2004 following his training in a City firm. He has over 10 years’ experience of all the legal aspects of this area and is a widely acknowledged exper t on Lease Extensions, Enfranchisement and the Right to Manage. The depar tment acts for both landlords and institutional/investor tenants. The firm completes hundreds of Lease Extensions and Enfranchisement transactions each year – often high in value and of a technical nature. Due to its unique approach the firm offers the seamless conduct of each file, that is dealt with from star t to finish by a dedicated lawyer, exper t in both the conveyancing and litigious aspects of such claims. The firm is a member of The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). For all enquiries regarding the department and its areas of practice please contact Shimmie Pariente at sp@bnilaw.co.uk or on his direct dial 00 44 208 209 2481.


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GERMANY ART LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, BUSE HEBERER FROMM

Dr Hannes Har tung Equity Par tner har tung@buse.de Barer Straße 7, 80333 München Tel: +49 (89) 288 030 - 0 Fax: +49 (89) 288 030- 100 www.buse.de

Buse Heberer Fromm’s Art Law Team

Dr. Hannes Hartung Munich

Dr. Christina Berking Hamburg

Hartmut Fromm Berlin, Zurich

Buse Heberer Fromm’s Ar t Law Team consists of six members in five cities (See left) and also has one office in the impor tant ar t market Switzerland in Zurich. The field of ar ts and culture requires a par ticularly high degree of sector knowledge due to its broad range of legal aspects. With a team of specialists from a ver y wide range of disciplines we offer customized solutions at both the national and international level. We advise ar t collectors, ar t galleries, ar t dealers, ar t advisors, auction houses, ar tists, museums, private banks, family offices, insurance companies, and ar t investment funds. Our team frequently handles international ar t transactions and acts on behalf of clients purchasing and selling ar tworks and collections worldwide. We also have overseen complex restitution cases and were involved in complex cases concerning the authentication and inclusion of impor tant works in the relevant catalogues raisonnés of renowned ar tists. We naturally collaborate with ar t insurance companies, ar t historians, and ar t advisors on a continuous basis, thus, covering ever y aspect of ar t law, tax, and investment strategies. Our par tners frequently give lectures and workshops on ar t, cultural and media issues at universities, conferences and company trainings. We have represented clients in well-known ar t law cases including, but not limited to, the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt (so-called "Munich ar t trove"), the city of Munich in the discussion concerning "Swamp Legend" by Paul Klee in the Lenbachhaus, the former owner of the "most expensive carpet in the world" and East Side Galler y ar tists. Recently our par tner Dr. Har tung could prevent 524 drawings and prints by Otto Dix from the George Economou Collection (formerly Florian Karsch) from being listed in the German register of cultural proper ty of national significance. Dr. Har tung was named Global Law Exper t for Ar t Law in Germany (2016). Range of Ser vices

Alexander Herbert Zurich

Jasper Hagenberg Berlin

Dr. Alexander Otto Dusseldorf

• Authentication and Appraisal in the ar t market • Restitution (Holocaust and WW II looted ar t, illicit trade) • Transactions • Legal and tax structures for collections; contracts with museums and other institutions • Copyright and Media Law • Contracts of all kinds (inter alia ar t loans, ar t transactions) • Comprehensive advice for collectors and collections, especially for collection successions and tax issues • Advice for ar t dealers (auction houses and galleries) • Ar t loans • “Kunst am Bau” (ar t in architecture) • Foundation Law and Law of Succession - All of these include all tax-related issues.


MACEDONIA MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES LAWYER OF THE YEAR, BILJANA CAKMAKOVA, CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CAKMAKOVA ADVOCATES

CAKMAKOVA Advocates 8-ma Udarna Brigada no.43/3, 1000 Skopje Republic of Macedonia Phone: +389 2 3115 205 Fax: + 389 2 3111 521 info@cakmakova.com www.cakmakova.com

CAKMAKOVA Advocates is one of the leading Macedonian advocates’ par tnership which provides a full range of legal ser vices to commercial and private local and international clients. The founders of CAKMAKOVA Advocates (formerly MENS LEGIS CAKMAKOVA) have been present on the legal ser vices market in Macedonia for more than 25 years. It acted as local counsel to several clients in most of the significant domestic and cross-border transactions in Macedonia in the past 20 years. Its por tfolio has diverse roster of clients ranging from big corporations, mid-sized and small business companies to individuals to whom it dedicates the same level of exper tise and professionalism when dealing with their legal issues. Covers all areas of the law with par ticular exper tise in corporate law, business law, banking and finance, commercial law, telecommunications, labor and employment, foreign investments, litigation and dispute resolution, tax law, M&A, competition, IPR. Amongst other, it advises international and domestic clients on all corporate, business and commercial related matters ranging from incorporation of legal entities, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, shareholder and board meetings, internal acts, corporate compliance; negotiations and preparation of commercial contracts, representation in commercial disputes and regulator y proceedings. It is regarded as one of the leading law firms on all matters related to M&A and competition. It advises and assists its clients in all

matters including preparation of letters of intent, non-disclosure contracts, legal opinions, organizing data rooms, per formance of legal due diligence and a repor t thereof, drafting and/or negotiating sale and purchase contracts, as well as under taking all other activities necessar y for closing and realization of the transaction; advising and preparation of notifications on concentration to the competition authority, conducting the procedure until clearance of the transaction. The par tnership has actively par ticipated in many projects which involve substantial in depth analysis of existing laws and regulations across various fields of the law. Its role in creating a modern legal system by providing quality legal standards, both theoretical and practical aspects, has been recognized by state authorities and its clients. The par tnership’s team is composed of 15 highly trained and experienced attorneys at law, 1 associate (with passed bar exam) and 4 trainees, each dedicated to a specific area of the law to give the best legal assessment and assistance possible. The team members are characterized with high level of excellence, exper tise and commitment in vigorously representing and protecting their clients’ legal and business interests. Also, the team is strongly committed in providing the best legal ser vices to meet the clients' legal needs. The managing par tner Biljana Cakmakova is a member of the Presidency of the Permanent cour t of arbitration within the Economic chamber of Macedonia and appointed arbiter within the same institution along with the other two par tners Vesna Gavriloska and Olivera Grozdanovska.

UK CROSS BORDER M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (BOUTIQUE), CAMEIRA LEGAL ENGLAND - CUSTOMER CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CAMEIRA LEGAL ENGLAND - ANGLO-PORTUGUESE M&A LAWYER OF THE YEAR, MARIA ANTÓNIA CAMEIRA, CAMEIRA LEGAL PORTUGAL - BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CAMEIRA LEGAL PORTUGAL - CUSTOMER CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CAMEIRA LEGAL

Cameira Legal A d d r e s s : A v. E n g . D u a r t e P a c h e c o , To r r e 1 , 6 º P i s o 1070-101 Lisboa Por tugal Phone: +351 213 421 086 Email: lisbon@cameiralegal.com

Cameira Legal is a leading Por tuguese and Brazilian law firm with its roots in the City of London and Lisbon, a prestigious, international client base and a reputation for excellence.

Teamwork – with clients, other law firms and internally – is at the hear t of the firm’s work philosophy, recognising that their impact is greater when they work collaboratively.

Established over a decade ago, Cameira Legal is a full ser vice legal practice with offices spanning across two continents and three countries, with the necessar y exper tise to find innovative solutions to even the most complex of legal problems.

Insight, experience and commercial acumen are just some of the qualities that the company ’s professionals utilise in order to achieve success for clients.

The firm states that their objective is to create a unique legal bridge linking international investors carr ying out business through the UK’s financial centre to Por tugal and, par ticularly, Brazil, before the term BRIC was coined and before the big law firms recognised this demand. Always for ward-looking and ahead of the game, the firm continue this proud tradition of providing business-focused legal advice that goes beyond borders and narrow areas of exper tise. Committed to quality of ser vice and outcome, the company remain at the forefront of an evolving legal industr y as it adapts to the demands of an increasingly complex, faster moving, and more interconnected world. In order to achieve this the firm bring a creative, quality and business-aware approach to all of their work, no matter the complexity. The firm’s genuine commitment to understanding and suppor ting clients by building stronger, deeper, more mutually beneficial relationships brings about a straightfor ward commercial and dynamic approach. Additionally, the company enjoys close working relationships with leading law firms across the world, which enables them to stay ahead of emerging industr y trends and work collaboratively to ensure their clients receive the best quality legal ser vice. Alongside this the firm actively contributes to the cutting edge of knowledge as it develops in the legal industr y with our professionals regularly delivering high quality analyses and presentations of both cross-border and jurisdiction-specific legal issues currently facing businesses, to an international audience of lawyers and business figures. The firm also regularly publishes in leading academic journals.

Working closely with their clients is also key to achieving a successful outcome, and the firm understand what legal advice their clients want and how they want the firm to deliver their ser vices, cutting through complexity to provide clarity, precision and insightfulness. Constantly striving to find the best solutions, the firm always aim to build enduring relationships, and it is this that has helped the firm to achieve their success in the industr y. Offering a wide range of ser vices is also crucial to the firm’s mission to provide top quality, innovative legal assistance to their clients, and the firm specialises in cross-border work corporate work, offering client ’s advice with regard to the immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and corporate reorganizations. The firm’s knowledge of international legal, regulator y and policy issues allows them to provide their clients with strategic advice and effective and efficient immigration solutions to assist them in achieving and maintaining a competitive edge in the global marketplace. As with ever y aspect of their work, the firm place par ticular emphasis on par tnering with their clients to deliver highly personalized ser vice. They invest time and resources throughout the course of all of their relationships to truly understand our clients' business drivers and refine our ser vice model to meet their evolving needs and continuously evaluate and enhance their processes and technology to implement innovative solutions that improve efficiencies, add value and control the bottom line for their clients.


I T A LY FEMALE LAWYER OF THE YEAR, GIOVANNA CORRIAS LUCENTE, CORRIAS LUCENTE CRIMINAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CORRIAS LUCENTE IMEDIA LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CORRIAS LUCENTE PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CORRIAS LUCENTE

Studio Corrias Lucente Via Monte de’ Cenci, 21 – 00186 Roma Tel. +39 06 3210964 (r.a.) – Fax +39 06 3203451 E-mail: g.corrias@iol.it Skype: corriaslucente

Avv. Giovanna Corrias Lucente, enrolled in the register from 1980 and Supreme Cour t lawyer since 1997, she has gained over ten years’ experience at the law office. Adolfo Cats of Rome. Since 1991 he is owner of Studio Corrias Lucente, she fondato.Ha gained vast experience, judicial and consulting in economic criminal law, tax, corporate bankruptcy, banking, industr y, environment and urban planning, crimes against the public administration, public faith, public safety, Community fraud, computer crimes, crimes with the press and other mass media, telecommunications, crimes for the protection of ar tistic heritage, privacy, professional negligence, accident, crime militar y, disciplinar y responsibility, protection of trademarks and copyright law, food law, administrative liability, both in the advice that litigation.

Scientific Committee of the magazine "Media Lawyers" and is a member of the associations "isonomy" and "Freedom and Justice."

Cooperates and renders advice in proceedings before the Authorities and civil and protective measures for criminal injuries, protection of copyright and of classical and contemporar y works of ar t; EU criminal law, advocacy before the Cour t of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Recognized for its high levels of national competence in the treated subjects, the study Corrias operates in the areas of media, taxation, banking and finance, bankruptcy in the sector, that of administrative liability and professional negligence or the manufacturer, in environmental, industrial, building and construction, energy and food sectors, the copyright, the protection of the work of ar t and in the defense of civil ser vants, professionals and militar y.

He directs the criminal section of the magazine "The right of information and information technology", and is a member of the

She has published numerous essays on subjects of interest. She has par ticipated as a speaker at conferences on criminal law, mass communications, computing, telecommunications, criminal procedure and crimes against public administration, administrative liability and copyright. Founded in 1991 by Joan Corrias Lucente, the firm is active in criminal matters or the criminal law of economics and public administration.

SWITZERLAND PRIVATE CLIENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CROCE & ASSOCIÉS SA

CROCE & Associés SA rue des Alpes 7 1201 Geneva Switzerland Phone: +41 22 906 85 00 Fa x : + 4 1 2 2 9 0 6 8 5 0 1 E-mail: info@croce-associes.ch Website: w w w.croce -associes.ch

CROCE & Associés SA is a leading business law firm, with offices in Geneva, London, Shanghai and Singapore. The firm offers a wide range of legal ser vices to private individuals, financial institutions, industr y and commerce, placing a strong emphasis on providing clear, concise and practical advice. Since its establishment in 1981, CROCE & Associés SA has been committing itself to achieving and maintaining excellence, working hard at delivering the highest standards of ser vices possible. The company aims to distinguish itself through its capacity for innovation and its ability to assist its international clients in capturing the intricacies of the Swiss business. Throughout its structure and size, the firm assures ser vices combining professionalism, special attention to customers as well as files follow-up. CROCE & Associés SA covers all aspects of commercial and corporate law and more par ticularly in banking and securities, business litigation, international arbitration, cross-border transactions, contracts, taxes, trusts and foundations, employment and labor law, Swiss nationality,

real estate and constructions, bankruptcy and insolvency, administrative law, maritime law, white collar crimes and intellectual proper ty. The firm offers its private clients the full range of family office ser vices including wealth management, estate planning and legal advice on work and residence permits in Switzerland. CROCE & Associés SA also uses its vast experience in the areas of banking law and company law to assists corporations at all stages of their development (incorporation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, credit structuring, litigation, etc.). The firm puts ver y strong emphasis on promoting amicable settlements and alternative forms of dispute resolution. Additionally, our affiliated companies provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and financial ser vices in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. CROCE & Associés SA proposes its legal ser vices in different languages including French, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, German and Italian.


TURKEY

ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ÇUKUR & YILMAZ

Çukur & Yılmaz, established in 1993, is a dynamic, innovative, results-oriented, leading Turkish Law Firm. Çukur & Yılmaz is an independent law firm offering a full range of award-winning legal ser vices across a broad spectrum of local and international legal matters, rendering sophisticated transactional advisor y, legal consulting and dispute resolution ser vices, par ticularly on corporate, finance, projects and business law issues. Through the firm’s practices in Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Adana, Antalya and Trakya Regions, Çukur & Yılmaz is capable of rendering its full-ser vice practices in all

geographic regions of Turkey. This coverage brings us wide -spread, pioneering and integrated legal practices in order to meet the international and local clients’ legal expectations in an emerging countr y. MAIN AREAS OF PRAC TICE: Commercial Competition & Anti-Trust Corporate & Finance Dispute Resolution Employment & Labour Energy, Real Estate & Projects Governmental & Regulator y & Tax Intellectual Proper ty, Information Techonlogies & Communications

UK REGIONAL FRAUD & BUSINESS CRIME LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, CUNNINGHAMS SOLICITORS

St Andrew's House (2nd Floor) 62 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BW Te l : 0 1 6 1 - 8 3 3 1 6 0 0 Fa x : 0 1 6 1 8 3 3 1 0 6 0 Secure email address:- enquiries@cunninghamssolicitors.co.uk w w w. f r a u d s o l i c i t o r. c o. u k

“Cunninghams is a leading criminal practice specialising in the defence of allegations of serious fraud and corporate crime. The practice operates a nationwide ser vice from its head office in Manchester and its base in central London. All serious casework is par tner led suppor ted by a team of experienced criminal practitioners who have been involved in defending some of the countr y's most high profile allegations of fraud and business crime. The practice is a founding member of The Ver y High Cost Case Panel and Specialist Fraud Panel and continues to be one of an exclusive number of firms who are able to be publically funded to conduct the defence in the most serious and complicated cases. This work is complemented by a dedicated depar tment dealing exclusivelyå with proceedings relating to confiscation, restraint of assets in proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and associated legislation.

The firm advises suspects from the ver y outset of a criminal enquir y providing pre charge advice and negotiation, advice during inter view and the highest quality representation in cour t proceedings. It defends against allegations brought by, amongst others, The Complex Case Units of the Crown Prosecution Ser vice, The Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and the Serious and Economic Crime Units of the police. It recently successfully defended the largest prosecution ever brought by the Depar tment for Business Innovation and Skills in respect of fraudulent trading. The firm acts for businesses and individuals facing allegations of investment fraud, mor tgage fraud, banking fraud and fraud investigated by HMRC including missing trader and VAT fraud. It has been involved since the inception of the Briber y Act 2010 in defending high profile allegations of briber y and corruption and has extensive experience in dealing with the most serious allegations of large scale money laundering”.


GERMANY INSURANCE & REINSURANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DABELSTEIN & PASSEHL TRANSPORT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DABELSTEIN & PASSEHL SHIPPING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DABELSTEIN & PASSEHL AVIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, DABELSTEIN & PASSEHL

Dabelstein & Passehl Dr. Jan Dreyer/Dr. Marco Remiorz/ Prof. Dr. Dieter Schwampe/Esther Mallach Dr. Jan Dreyer/Dr. Marco Remiorz/ Prof. Dr. Dieter Schwampe/Esther Mallach 0049 40 31 77 97 0 j.dreyer@da-pa.com/m.remiorz@da-pa.com/ d.schwampe@da-pa.com/e.mallach@da-pa.com www.da-pa.com

Who we are

Ship Finance / Restrcuturing

We are an experienced and committed team of lawyers who carr y out their clients' instructions promptly and professionally.

Those wishing to operate in shipping must either build or buy boats. This inevitably involves the resolution of questions of ship finance, an independent and complicated area of the law. Our advice in this regard extends from draft sale and purchase contracts to their financing and to the registration of ships and mor tgages. We act for both banks as well as shipowners in this area.

Having been in business for more than 85 years, we have an absolute and sound understanding of the interests of our clients. Where necessar y, we litigate on their behalf, whilst seeking to avoid contentious proceedings where appropriate. Our German and foreign clients operate world-wide. Our daily work is international-based. We carr y this out in co-operation with our office in Leer, one of busiest shipping places in Germany. Background Dabelstein & Passehl was founded in 1930 by Dr. Hans Dabelstein. Within a shor t time, the Hamburg lawyer gained a reputation as a respected exper t in maritime law. With the arrival of Dr. Gerhard Passehl, master mariner, Hans Dabelstein gained a par tner who was not only an outstanding shipping lawyer but also a specialist in marine insurance law. Originally Dabelstein & Passehl worked almost exclusively in the field of traditional coastal shipping (Nor th and Baltic Seas). Since the 1970s, the firm has considerably expanded its field of activity. Today it is active world-wide. In line with the expansion of the firm's areas of practice, the client base has increased significantly. As a result, the firm itself has continued to grow over the years, whilst maintaining the qualities and principles appreciated by its clients, namely its exper tise and the individualised ser vice it has always been in a position to provide. There are currently 30 lawyers working for Dabelstein & Passehl in the Hamburg and Leer offices. What we do International shipping law, land and air transpor t law, freight for warding and insurance are the core areas of practice of Dabelstein & Passehl both in Hamburg and Leer. We are one of the largest and best known law firms in Germany practising these areas of law. Shipping Law Collisions, salvage/assistance, general average, groundings and loss - at sea and on inland water ways all form par t of the work we do. This includes disputes under contracts of affreightment, cargo damage and personal injur y, pilotage, maritime employment and public shipping law, por t law and inland water way law. We act for our clients not only in relation to cour t proceedings but we also give them comprehensive advice on contracts in the maritime field (e.g. contracts of affreight¬ment and crew employment contracts), including assistance in drawing up bill of lading terms and conditions.

Shipyard Law and Plant Construction Shipping, shipbuilding and ship repairs are inseparably linked together. Extensive experience as in-house lawyers enables our shipbuilding specialists to give comprehensive advice not only regarding the legal aspects of a case. We suppor t our clients in all respects relating to the conclusion and implementation of building, renovation and repair contracts. We also play an impor tant role in advising on cour t procedure including foreign cour ts and arbitration. We have for many years ver y successfully advised clients dealing in industrial plants and power station construction on the conclusion of international building, co-operation and consor tium contracts. Our many years of experience is also put into good use here with regard to ship machiner y construction. Aviation Whether it is the Warsaw Convention, the Montreal Convention or the European Air Passenger Rights Regulation (EC) No 261/2004: our specialists are best equipped to provide competent advice to airlines, freight for warders, airpor t operators and their insurers on contractual as well as tor tious claims and know exactly where responsibility begins and ends. Dabelstein & Passehl assists on negotiating and drafting of contracts (supply contracts, char ter agreements, ground handling contracts, slot agreements, etc.). In addition to advice on cargo claims, personal injur y and hull claim, we cover sale and purchase of aircraft and related financing, e.g. aircraft and engine leasing, and assist with registration of private and commercial planes. Insurance Law Ship hull insurance, P&I, loss of hire, goods transpor t insurance, cargo insurance, haulage insurance, CMR, personal liability insurance and re -insurance. Through our regular activity for insurance under takings, we can offer extensive experience in this area whether we are dealing with detailed advice on the law for the super vision of insurance companies, the drafting of comprehensive insurance conditions or the formulation of entirely new insurance concepts.

UK REGIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (EMPLOYMENT LAW), DAVENPORT SOLICITORS REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAWYER OF THE YEAR, VANDANA DASS, DAVENPORT SOLICITORS

Vandana Dass, Managing Director Davenpor t Solicitors Limited HR/Employment and Immigration Law Specialists St Clements House 27-28 Clements Lane London EC4N 7AE Tel: 0203 207 9430 Twitter: @davenpor tlegal Like us on www.facebook.com

Davenpor t Solicitors are a London based specialist HR, Employment and Business immigration law firm. We represent employees and employers on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Our highly experienced lawyers work with a range of clients ranging from individuals to multi-national companies. Our firm is committed to resolving employment issues in the best interest of our clients. Whether you are an employer or an employee, our comprehensive Employment law and HR ser vices will provide you with practical advice and assistance on all Employment Law and HR matters. Having an employment or HR issue hanging over you can cause many problems and will more than likely become stressful and time consuming. We tailor our ser vices and suppor t, to meet the specific needs of our clients and successfully guide them through the HR and employment law minefield, no matter what issue they face. At Davenpor t Solicitors, we believe that prevention is better than the cure. Our mantra, Prevent, Protect and Prosper echoes this! We strive to provide an exceptional level of ser vice to our clients and consistently offer straightfor ward practical legal advice and a personal, dedicated ser vice throughout. We aim to build strong, close and trustwor thy relationships with our clients so that they can feel at ease when working with us. We understand that employment and Immigration laws in the UK are continually changing, evolving and updating. This can make it extremely difficult for businesses to stay ahead of the current regulations that apply to them. We take great pride in providing a ser vice that will ensure that

you and your business can remain fully informed in respect of all employment and immigration matters that apply to your business so that this aspect of running a business is taken care of on your behalf. At Davenpor t Solicitors, we work hard to ensure that we cater to all of our client ’s needs, regardless of the size or stature of their business. As employment law specialists, we understand that we have a duty to our clients and we will always offer a fair and honest appraisal of any situation or circumstance that you find yourself in. Our team includes some of the most experienced lawyers within the industr y. Our staff members share the same passion and determination when striving for excellence and innovation. Our success has been built by our ability to understand our clients and to ensure that we are always able to ser ve their HR and employment law needs. We work closely with you to ensure that we know what your aims are, hopefully helping to provide you with a resolution that ends the matter as fairly and as amicably as possible, but also which allows you to move for ward with confidence. We are ver y proud to be named as the ‘UK law firm (employment law) of the Year.’ We believe that this success is due to the high level of ser vice that we offer to our clients at all times. We maintain a professional but approachable level of ser vice while practising both employment and business immigration law so that our clients can feel in a secure place when working with us.

PREVENT - PROTECT - PROSPER


UK NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (REAL ESTATE), DAVID CONWAY & CO

1 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7AL DX 41704 Mar ylebone 2 t: 020 7258 3000 f: 020 7258 3390 e: dconway@conwaylaw.co.uk

David Conway & Co of 1 Great Cumberland Place, London W1 are proud to accept the Award of West End Real Estate Niche Law Firm of the Year. The firm led by its Principal, David Conway, prides itself on providing a number of legal skills normally associated only with City and larger West End firms by a ser vice intended to be personal, attentive and focused. The firm's real estate niche has been a constant and prevalent feature in the firm's histor y, in carr ying through commercial and residential transactions of a size and complexity significantly beyond those which might normally be expected of a small firm. Highlights for 2015 included, acting for the seller of a Mayfair single family residential proper ty to the Qatari Royal family, as well repor ted in the press of circa £40m and a landmark transaction for listed clients in the leasing and development of what is likely to be the UK's first Proton Therapy Centre for cancer treatment in the UK. The buildings to house the Centre will be located in the prestigious Harley Street medical enclave, adjacent to the world renowned London Clinic.

The scope of the firm's transactions in 2015 have included, real estate development work with all associated project appointments, as well as contentious construction disputes. The firm presently continues to work on a major construction scheme for a new Academy, located the Nor th West London fringe in conjunction with a major residential real estate development. The firm's noted exper tise in leasehold enfranchisement work continues to be centred on prime Central London real estate in the freehold ownership of the Great London Estates for single house freehold purchase, flat lease extension and collective enfranchisement claims. This aspect of the firm's work has in the past involved them in a number of landmark decisions through the system of First Tier Tribunals, Upper Tribunals, Cour t of Appeal and House of Lords/Supreme Cour t. The firm has been able to step outside pure real estate transactions where they are formulated by corporate structuring such as joint venture arrangements and associated financing which was recognised by an industr y M&A award in 2014. The firm's financing experience has enabled them to operate as a one stop client shop without the need for clients to seek other legal exper tise not normally found in smaller real estate focused firms.

CYPRUS COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, EMILIANIDES KATSAROS LLC MID MARKET - FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, EMILIANIDES KATSAROS LLC LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, EMILIANIDES KATSAROS LLC CIVIL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, EMILIANIDES KATSAROS LLC EUROPEAN UNION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, EMILIANIDES KATSAROS LLC INSURANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, EMILIANIDES KATSAROS LLC A. & E. Emilianides, C. K atsaros & Associates LLC 1 9 2 L e d r a s , 3 r d Fl o o r, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus P. O . B o x 2 2 5 2 0 1522 Nicosia, Cyprus Te l e p h o n e : 0 0 3 5 7 2 2 6 7 6 7 5 2 Fa x : 0 0 3 5 7 2 2 6 7 6 7 5 4 Web: w w w.ek llc.eu Email: info@ekllc.eu

A. & E. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates LLC, is an established law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal ser vices. The Firm is built upon the extended legal experience of its par tners and has its foundations in a legal heritage ranging for over a centur y. The Firm’s headquar ters are located in a central point of the island’s capital, Nicosia. The Firm has a wide client por tfolio, from all branches of the private and public sector, as well as numerous international clients, both natural persons and legal entities. The Firm’s major international clients originate from Russia, the Middle East, China, the

UK, Greece and other countries. The principle activities of the Firm focus inter alia on civil litigation, corporate litigation, banking and finance, proper ty law, family law, administrative law, public procurement, corporate law and other areas. The Firm’s philosophy is to provide tailor made solutions to the needs of its clients with the utmost purpose of protecting and advancing their goals and benefits. The Firm’s highly trained and experienced personnel is per fectly suited to deal with the diverse legal and corporate issues that emerge in modern transactions, offering a full spectrum of legal ser vices both in the judicial and the extrajudicial field.


SWITZERLAND BUSINESS CRIME LAWYER OF THE YEAR CRIMINAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

Freymond, Tschumy & Associés is a reputable multi-ser vice law firm established in Lausanne/Switzerland since 1894. All par tners and associates are patented attorneys-at-law empowered to provide both counsel and cour t representation to swiss and international private or institutional clients in the areas of swiss and international law. Dr. Ludovic Tirelli joined the firm as a Par tner in 2008. His wide experience and achievements in criminal law contributed to the record of excellence of the criminal law section of the firm. Prior to joining the firm he worked several years for the Office of the Public Prosecutor. Ludovic Tirelli specialises in national and transnational Criminal law, Criminal procedure and White -collar crime (including insider trading, fraud, money laundering, corruption, criminal organisations, terrorism financing, industrial espionage and breach of trade secrecy). He is a recognized international exper t in cybercrime and IT law and has a solid practice in international mutual legal assistance, extradition and asset recover y high profile cases. Praised for his strategic and solution oriented thinking, his

Adress :

Lu d o v i c T i r e l l i , Fr e y m o n d , Ts c h u m y & Associés, 5 rue du Grand-Chêne, CP 6852, 1002 Lausanne / Switzerland

Phone : Fa x : e-mail :

+ 41 (0)21 213 24 30 + 41 (0)21 213 24 25 tirelli@grand-chene.ch

ability to act with the utmost diligence, efficiency and discretion, he is a much in demand attorney in highly sensitive political and cross-border complex cases. Fluent in french, italian, german and english, he provides consulting and legal representation before local and federal criminal cour ts in Switzerland as well as supranational cour ts and international law enforcement agencies monitoring bodies. Beside his cour troom activities Dr. Tirelli dedicates himself to legal research and teaching in the fields of Information technology law, Business crime law, International criminal law and Criminal procedure. He regularly publishes and lectures in these fields. He has taught Copyright law at the University of applied sciences in Geneva and is currently Lecturer for Criminal law and Business crime law at the University of applied sciences and Institute for Economic Crime Investigation in Neuchâtel. Ludovic Tirelli holds a Bachelor ’s Law degree from the University of Lausanne, a LL.M. in IT Law, Crime and Security from the University of Lausanne, a Ph.D. in Comparative criminal law from the University of Lausanne and a Master of advanced studies (MAS) in Economic crime investigation from the University of applied sciences of Neuchâtel.


NETHERLANDS

CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, FRUYTIER LAWYERS IN BUSINESS

WE HAVE THE GUTS TO DO THINGS DIFFERENT

Fruytier Lawyers in Business , located in the centre of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, advises and litigates for a select group of international clients. Our lawyers have excellent knowledge of your business. It goes without saying that we are experts in the areas of law we practise in. And on the off change that your challenge is originating from a different area, we know exactly those experts who can help you. In changing times our expertise helps organisations thrive.

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UK ENGLAND ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING CHAMBERS OF THE YEAR, FULCRUM CHAMBERS LTD BRIBERY & CORRUPTION LAW FIRM (CHAMBERS) OF THE YEAR, FULCRUM CHAMBERS LTD

CORPORATE BRIBERY & CORRUPTION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, IVAN PEARCE COMMERCIAL FRAUD LAW FIRM (CHAMBERS) OF THE YEAR, FULCRUM CHAMBERS LTD CORPORATE BRIBERY & CORRUPTION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION AND ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING LAWYER OF THE YEAR, DAVID HUW WILLIAMS QC, FULCRUM CHAMBERS LTD

Fu lcrum Ch am ber s Lt d Th e Sh ard, 25th Floor, 32 Lon don B ridge Street , SE1 9 SG T: +44 (0)20 7 1 8 6 0 4 2 0

www.fu am ber scompa .c om Fulcr um Chambers LLP is an innovative law fir m comprised of Ivan Pearce specialises inlcrumch advising and representing barristers, solicitors and other professionals. It has estabnies and individuals in relation to regulator y and potential lished itself as an award-winning fir m providing expert advice criminal wrongdoing. He has particular experience of dealing and representation for public, private and commercial clients. with prosecuting and regulator y authorities, including those Clients are drawn from many sectors, including: publishing, located abroad with regard to corr uption issues and money financial ser vices, oil & gas, extractive industr y, electronics, laundering. He is regarded as an expert on asset for feiture and constr uction, transport and infrastr ucture. The fir m provides confiscation issues. In addition to representing companies he recognised, experienced-backed expertise to assist corporates, has advised, draf ted and implemented systems to ensure individuals, development banks, regulators and national reputation and regulator y protection and compliance with the gover nments with their briber y and corr uption challenges. ter ms of the Briber y Act, the Foreign and Corr upt Practices Act Fulcr um has advised and appeared as trial advocates in a and the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation. He has represented number of the largest inter national prosecutor corr uption cases lead to date.investigations. companies in relation to their exposure to multi-lateral Fulcrum Chambers is an innovative law firm comprised of barristers, regulator Fulcrum appreciates that The fir m has particular experience in negotiating financial development bank sanctions regimes and conducted investigawith settlements through circumstances self -referrals in criminal cases demand tions and worldwide into issues arising across his practice area on solicitors and other professionals. It has established itself as an often quick pragmatic advice. regulators and prosecutors in the United States and with the behalf of companies. He has a proven track record having been award-winning firm providing expert advice and representation for public, multi-lateral development banks. The fir m has also conducted instr ucted and appearing in the most noteworthy cases in his wide ranging inter nal investigations on behalf of its corporate of practice. These include SFO v Macmillan Publishers private and commercial clients. Clients are drawn from many sectors, In and addition, firm has assistedfield corporate clients in confidential the development of clients, both in the UK in high-riskthe jurisdictions. Ltd, R v James Ibori, and other high profile intertraining nal investigations. He is recognised by Chambers including: publishing, financial services, oil & gas, extractive industry, Fulcr um lawyers have anti-money laundering strategies, and guidance toannually ensure particular expertise in advising and & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leader in the fields of asset in relation to money laundering issues. for feiture, serious fraud and money laundering. The nature of electronics, construction, transport and infrastructure. The firm provides representing clients compliance with professional obligations, national and international They of ten assist in commercial transactions, professional Ivan’s practice generally means that multiple jurisdictions and recognised, experienced-backed expertise to assist corporates, individuals, legislation. Fulcrum has many years of experience in the conduct of issues obligations, the regulated sector and regulator prosecutor lead legal regimes are engaged with both civil and criminal investigations. Fulcr um appreciates that circumstances of ten arising. His focus is to provide pragmatic business enabling development banks, regulators and national governments with their bribery complex fraud cases and has acted and advocates for as possible demand quick and pragmatic advice. adviceas to advisers resolve matters as quickly and efficiently and with an aim to avoid litigation if possible. Where appropriand corruption challenges. Fulcrum has a number of the largest organisations and individuals facing global fraud investigations. They have In addition, the fir m has assisted corporate clients in the ate, this has included self -referral routes in the United of anti-money laundering training and International Kingdom and abroad to seek the bestof possible resolution. Ivan international corruption cases to date. The firm has particular experiencedevelopment in also acted forstrategies, parties to the Commissions Enquiry, guidance to ensure compliance with professional obligations, has lectured worldwide on briber y and corr uption, commercial negotiating financial settlements through self-referrals in criminal cases national and inter national examining transactions allegations of civil and asset legislation.commercial Fulcr um has many years fraud,involving restraint and freezing orders, money laundering, of experience in the conduct of complex fraud cases and has for feiture and civil recover y. with regulators and prosecutors in the United States and with the criminal acted as advisers and advocates fraud. for organisations and individuals facing global fraud investigations. They have also multi-lateral development banks. The firm has also conducted wide ranging acted for parties to the Inter national Commissions of Enquir y, examining commercial transactions involving allegationsexpertise of internal investigations on behalf of its corporate clients, both in the UK and Fulcrum has significant in advising clients on corporate civil and criminal fraud. Fulcr um has significant expertise in in high-risk jurisdictions. governance, ranging from providing specialist guidance on the various advising clients on corporate gover nance, ranging from providing specialist guidance on the various regulator y regimes, regimes, to assistingregulatory in the development of robust to and assisting in the development of robust and effective compliancecompliance programs. The firprograms. m’s clients have The firm’s clients have included a number of large Fulcrum lawyers have particular expertise in advising and representing effective included a number of large corporations, including one of the UK’s largest retail and investment banks. including one of the UK’s largest retail and investment banks. clients in relation to money laundering issues. They often assist in corporations, commercial transactions, professional obligations, the regulated sector and

11 Old Square, Lincoln ’ s Inn,

Boutique Employment Law Firm of the Year GQ Employment Law A different approach to employment law

GQ is a specialist employment and partnership law firm based in the City of London, working across the UK and in a wide number of countries overseas.

Jon Gilligan, Managing Partner GQ Employment Law 21 Ironmonger Lane London, EC2V 8EY

We’re a dynamic and entrepreneurial team of market-leading lawyers with one focus: practical user-friendly solutions to all kinds of people issues and disputes, tailored to your risk appetite and values. In terms of size, experience and capacity, our team equals or exceeds the employment teams of many larger firms.

T : 0203 375 0330 E : gq@gqemploymentlaw.com

www.gqemploymentlaw.com

We specialise in resolving complex, highvalue people issues and have substantial

experience of advising on boardroom disputes, High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation, business restructures and sales/acquisitions, international assignments and preparing employment and partnership documentation. Our clients include major financial institutions, large corporates, partnerships and LLPs, and high net worth individuals. We can’t make employment law disappear, but we can deliver an approach that is focused on facilitating your business objectives in line with your vales and risk parameters, rather than telling you why you can’t do things and boring you with legal technicalities.


GERMANY TAX CONSULTING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JC KLING LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, JC KLING

DR. KLING ° HEUFELDER Wirtschaftsprüfer - Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Fischerstraße 11 - 67655 Kaiserslautern T +49 631 362 39 - 0 F +49 631 362 39 - 10

We are a society comprising char ted accountants, lawyers and tax consultants, which covers all the areas of consultation in legal, tax-related and economic environments. Besides the classical sectors we also offer asset management, consulting, mediation and coaching, and can thus assist with consultation for the entire scope of business management. Most of our clients are managed by their owners and par ticularly appreciate the individual assistance of consultants, who accompany them over many years. We also advice internationally globally operating stock-exchange listed companies. Moreover we are also active in the area of the public sector, par ticularly in the areas of non-profit organizations and research institutions. Our approach is to have an overall obser vation of the type of consultation required. It is not only the legal solution or consequence of a case that is presented, but rather a consideration of the overall economy. We in par ticular check the possibility of gaining advantages from the resulting problems and finding a solution without large legal disputes, which leads to the business basis remaining in place, and the clients and their opposing par ty can continue with their business relationships, which mostly have been in existence for many years. The major areas of activity of our company are tax configuration consultation, also with tax exper tises, the accompaniment of tax audits and representation in fiscal cour t proceedings, the complete suppor t of

companies, from foundation, purchase and sale, configuration and succession advice. In this context we of course also carr y out due diligence checks. Measurement of per formance is not always without problems and successful work is not always immediately recognisable to the clients. Success is visible, however, if we unlike the other statistics, manage to defend a number of fiscal cour t proceedings successfully. Also the fact that in the area of tax audits advantageous and shor t term solutions can be achieved can be assessed by the clients. Fur thermore, it should be mentioned that we have made successful turn-around consultations and returned companies that came to us as in need of restructuring back to the path of success. We differ from our competitors while in our understanding having the same broad specialist knowledge, but we can act at lower cost and shor ter processing times because of our structure. In par ticular medium sized companies value this ability, that we are not focussed on providing the maximum number of consultation hours, but focus on the goal in order to manage the mandate on the long term and in the best case be a companion and contact person for all legal, financial and tax matters for decades. For this purpose we have a matrix structure in the company which enables the client to get an appropriate contact par tner and fur ther employees in the team who can accordingly act for him.


UK A I M A D V I S O R Y L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P O I L & G A S L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P E N E R GY L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P S P O RT L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P C O M M E R C I A L L AW Y E R O F T H E Y E A R, M I C H A E L C O R C O R A N , K E R M A N & C O L L P C O R P O R AT E L AW Y E R O F T H E Y E A R, D A N I E L O ’ C O N N E L L , K E R M A N & C O L L P G A M E C H A N G E R O F T H E Y E A R, A N D Y K E R M A N , K E R M A N & C O L L P M I D - S I Z E D L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P R E TA I L & L E I S U R E L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P D I V E R S I T Y L AW F I R M O F T H E Y E A R, K E R M A N & C O L L P

Kerman & Co LLP is delighted to receive ten ACQ Law Awards in 2016, which reflects the busy and successful year the firm has enjoyed. About Kerman & Co Kerman & Co is a medium-sized firm with offices in the City of London and Dublin. We deliver high quality legal ser vices that are a match for those of larger City firms. Clients benefit from a highly tailored ser vice and guidance from experienced and commercially astute par tners. The firm has extensive international experience advising on international transactions and cross-border issues. Our membership of Alliuris, an international alliance of law firms, allows us to team up with lawyers from around the globe, to provide our clients with seamless, timely legal advice across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a long-standing reputation for successfully managing complex deals and disputes and is ranked in the leading legal directories.

Specialist areas of exper tise Corporate & Capital Markets We have a wealth of experience acting for issuers, investors, sponsors and NOMADs on pre IPO fundraising, flotations and secondar y offerings on AIM and other capital markets. We advise on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including public takeovers and public to private transactions. We also act for private equity investors, management teams and companies raising growth capital. Commercial Companies and entrepreneurs regularly come to us for help with developing their businesses. We advise on a range of commercial matters, including commercial contracts, intellectual proper ty rights and licenses, suppor t agreements, joint venture agreements, e -commerce matters, privacy and data protection issues. We also advise on all aspects of employment law. Dispute Resolution Our dispute resolution team advises clients on a variety of commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, injunctive relief, par tnership disputes, minority shareholder claims, professional negligence, intellectual proper ty and media-related cases, opposition and trade mark infringement proceedings, defamation, data scraping and proper ty disputes. We also advise on ad hoc arbitrations and arbitration under the LCIA, ICSID and ICC rules. Spor ts Law Our spor ts practice is recognised as being among the best in Europe. The team has led ground-breaking work involving complex litigation on issues such as competition, ticketing and doping. As a result of its dynamic and flexible approach, as well as its experience in advising on all aspects of spor ts law, the team has developed an outstanding list of clients, including some of the world’s greatest spor ts events and individuals. Commercial Proper ty Developers, landowners, investors, residential and commercial landlords, banks, retailers and other commercial tenants work with lawyers in our commercial proper ty team on matters including investment, acquisitions and disposals, all aspects of landlord and tenant (commercial and high end residential) development work and secured lending. Private Wealth Our private wealth team works closely with individuals and families to advise them on matters including cross border estate and succession planning, asset structuring, philanthropy, charities and foundations, tax and trust matters, succession and trust disputes, residential and landed estates and all aspects of family law including pre and post nuptial agreements. If we can help you, or your business, please contact us on +44(0)207 539 7272 or info@kermanco.com


UKRAINE FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LAW COMPANY APC FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (BOUTIQUE), LAW COMPANY APC CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LAW COMPANY APC

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O ffi c e 7 , 5 5 C h i g o r i n a S t r e e t , K i e v 0 1 0 4 2 , U k r a i n e tel. +38 (044) 221-12-14, +38 (068) 855-52-62, +38 (063) 101-81-83, E m a i l a d d r e s s : o ffi c e @ a p c - fi r m . c o m W e b s i t e : h t t p : / / a p c - fi r m . c o m /

The Law Firm APC is a leading company that provides ser vices to clients worldwide. The company is headquartered in Kiev - the capital of Ukraine. APC team of exper ts provides high quality ser vices in many areas of law. Lawyers of the company specialize in family law issues, surrogacy, adoption, marriage on foreigner, divorce, immigration, representation in cour t, agriculture and food, aviation, automotive, banking and finance, chemical industr y, energy and natural resources, hotels and restaurants industr y, insurance, intellectual proper ty, metallurgical industr y, oil and gas industr y, pharmaceutics, primar y industr y, real estate and construction, spor t industr y, media and communication, trade, transpor t. Over the years, APC clients are citizens of more than 100 countries: USA, Australia, Japan, EU, Iraq, Brazil and other countries.

The Company assists clients in matters of marriage on foreigners, a visa or an invitation execution for coming to another countr y, surrogacy, divorce, division of proper ty, inheritance, privatization, migration, various types of insurance for individuals and legal entities, sale and registration of immovable proper ty, banking, financial accounts and private investment. APC is working closely with the authorities and has many awards of international ratings company which noted company as a professional on the legal market. Areas of exper tise: family law, medical law, pharmaceutical, private investments funds, banking and finance, immigration, insurance, real estate, hotels and restaurant industr y, energy and natural resources, intellectual proper ty, trade.

LU X E M B O U R G CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (BOUTIQUE) - LEX THIELEN AND ASSOCIATES

Lex Thielen, Senior Par tner, THIELEN & ASSOCIES LAW OFFICE 10, rue Willy Goergen L-1636 Luxemburg TEL:(00352 ) 26 26 02 02 FAX:(00352 ) 26 26 02 02 www.LexThielen.com

Thielen & Partners is a medium sized exclusive boutique law firm. Established since 1990, we offer multi-lingual services on a whole range of legal fields. Without being exhaustive, our major activites are in the corporate, commercial, real estate, construction as well as the labour and civil law field. We also offer relocation advise on establishing in Luxembourg, family office and domicilation of companies services. One thing that makes our team different : our firm strives for each and every matter to find the best solution to achieve our client’s stated goals. Perhaps that should not set us apart - but clients over and over again tell us it does. While each attorney specializes in a particular area of law, our integrated team approach to client issues enables us to provide just superior client service. We carefully consider the staffing of matters and create a sensible cost structure, and we are willing to create fee structures that reflect the commitment to a long term client relationship.


UK REGIONAL LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LITIGAID LAW LIMITED UK - NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (COSMETIC NEGLIGENCE), LITIGAID LAW LIMITED UK - LEADING CUSTOMER CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, LITIGAID LAW LIMITED

Litigaid Law Limited are proud to announce their new Business Concierge Service There are multiple benefits afforded to clients by our service 24 hour service; FREE consultations on all new matters; 10% discount an ANY and ALL invoices raised; FREE annual “legal health check”; FREE business growth and development meeting; A single Personal/Company Profile Handler NO FEE for the first 12 months We have the expertise to meet your complicated business and personal needs and offer a plethora of legal services, including but not limited to: Contracts Due Diligence Commercial Property Wills and Probate Tax Family Medical Negligence Personal Injury Civil Disputes With our dedicated Concierge Service, Litigaid Law Limited can assist you in running a successful business in 2016! Call today for further information on Freephone 0800 840 9194 or 01704 503320 or website at www.litigaidlaw.co.uk

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UK SPORTS LAW BARRISTER OF THE YEAR, JOHN MEHRZAD, LITTLETON

Te l e p h o n e N u m b e r : 0 2 0 7 7 9 7 8 6 0 0 Email: jmehrzad@littletonchambers.com A d d r e s s : L i t t l e t o n , 3 K i n g ’s B e n c h W a l k N o r t h , Te m p l e , L o n d o n E C 4 Y 7 H R

John Mehrzad was called to the Bar of England a n d W a l e s ( I n n e r Te m p l e ) i n 2 0 0 5 . H e p r a c t i s e s f r o m L i t t l e t o n C h a m b e r s , Te m p l e , London. His practice areas encompass commercial, sports and employment disputes.

He represents and appears for clients before t h e FA , P r e m i e r L e a g u e , U E FA , F I FA a n d C A S . He also regularly appears in the High Court of E n g l a n d a n d Wa l e s.

In terms of appointments, he was an advocate at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; is a panellist for Sport Resolutions, the UK sports appeals, arbitration and mediation s e r v i c e ; i s a C h a i r m a n f o r t h e FA’s C o u n t y Anti-Discrimination Panels; is regularly a p p o i n t e d a s a n FA R u l e K A r b i t r a t o r ; i s a Director of the British Association of Sport and Law ; and is on the Executive Board at LawInSport.com.

He also won the ACQ Spor ts Law Barrister of t h e Ye a r a w a r d i n 2 0 1 5 ( U K , L o n d o n ) .

Legal issues he is involved in often involve contractual disputes about payment entitlements and terminations; regulatory breaches and sanctions; and challenges to or against decisions by governing bodies.

He is a former international rowing c o m p e t i t o r, h a v i n g w o n n a t i o n a l t i t l e s i n t h a t sport both in the UK and abroad. He is now a c o m p e t i t i v e r u n n e r, c u r r e n t l y t r a i n i n g f o r t h e London Marathon 2016.


GREECE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MARINOS & PARTNERS GREECE - IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MARINOS & PARTNERS

Marinos & Par tners 3 1 - 3 3 V o u l i s S t r . , 3 r d fl o o r 105 57 Athens Te l : + 3 0 2 1 0 3 6 0 0 6 8 0 Fa x : + 3 0 2 1 0 3 2 5 2 4 1 0

Our Firm focuses on ser ving its clients’ needs by providing high quality and efficient ser vices, as well as practical solutions with commercial flair, thus adding value to the clients’ business, even in the most complicated transactions and agreements. Our ser vices are characterized by a high degree of professionalism, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Our team, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Michael Theodoros Marinos, is comprised of lawyers specialized in the area of commercial, business and public law and possess of a multifaceted and long practical experience in all areas of commercial and public financial law. All par tners and associates in our Firm have completed post-graduate studies in Greece and/or abroad, while several have practiced law outside the boundaries of Greece. We place great emphasis on IP rights protection, including trademarks, patents, data bases, software and domain names, technology transfer, as well as intellectual proper ty litigation. It is to be noted that our experience and exper tise in these fields has contributed to our Firm’s recognition as one of the top IP Law Firms in Greece. The Firm has been declared IP Law Firm of

the Year in Greece by the renowned Corporate INTL magazine (Global Awards 2014), managing to be distinguished among many other law firms, as well as Most Trusted IP Law of the year 2015 and IP law firm of the year 2016. Other main practice areas of the Firm include contract and corporate law, as well as banking and capital market law. We are apt to handle even the most complicated cases concerning insolvency law and financial restructuring. The Firm also provides a wide range of ser vices in the fields of anti-unfair competition and antitrust law, energy and telecommunications law, as well as public law. The Firm’s client list contains both domestic (Greek) and international corporations, including companies involved in energy, telecommunications, food industr y, information technology and electronics, professional associations and public enterprises. Moreover, our Firm provides specialist legal advice to other Legal Firms or Groups of Lawyers both in Greece and abroad. Our Firm is a member of an international association of law firms (LEXWORK ) engaged in commercial and business law.

SERBIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MILOJEVIC, SEKULIC & ASSOCIATES LEADING CLIENT CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MILOJEVIC, SEKULIC & ASSOCIATES GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR (INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY), MILOJEVIC, SEKULIC & ASSOCIATES CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MILOJEVIC, SEKULIC & ASSOCIATES PATENT & TRADEMARK LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MILOJEVIC, SEKULIC & ASSOCIATES

MSA IP – Milojevic, Sekulic and Associates H e a d O ffi c e A d d r e s s : T e r a z i j e 2 9 , 1 1 0 0 0 B e l g r a d e , S e r b i a Phone: +381 11 785 68 20 Fa x : + 3 8 1 1 1 4 1 4 0 9 9 0 E-mail: tm@msa-iplaw.com

MSA IP specializes in prosecution and litigation of trademarks, patents and designs, as well as in enforcement of intellectual proper ty rights in the region of Southeastern Europe. From its head office in Belgrade, Serbia, MSA IP directs and coordinates the work of its local offices in other countries in the region. The impor tance of the region of Southeastern Europe for Intellectual Proper ty rights holders, par ticularly multi-national companies, lies in the fact that it represents a large and continuously growing market of, at present, approximately 80 million people. Moreover, being the “Southeastern gate into Europe”, it has become an impor tant por t of entr y of counter feit and pirated goods into the EU. MSA IP represents one of the major players on the regional IP scene. The firm’s many clients include leading international companies from various sectors, including luxur y goods, automotive, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, to name just a few. MSA IP receives phenomenal market feedback: „Its dynamic young team offers an excellent, well-rounded IP ser vice and appears to be growing rapidly in stature“ ( W TR 1000, 2015); „Formidable insight into the idiosyncrasies of the local trademark system results in premium, bespoke solutions to clients’ problems“ ( W TR 1000, 2016). Clients say that MSA IP ’s Milan Milojevic is a „highly active and well-respected market figure“ and that „peers praise his IP litigation skills“ (Chambers Europe 2014). He is lauded as „a doughty anti-counter feiting doyen“ ( W TR 1000, 2016). Vuk Sekulic is praised by clients as „fast, responsive and possessed of outstanding knowledge“ ( W TR 1000,

2016) and „a joy to work with“ ( W TR 1000,2014). MSA IP takes pride in its team of local attorneys and trademark agents across the region, who possess an in-depth knowledge of local Intellectual Proper ty laws and procedures, and are backed by an experienced team of administrative staff, which enables a quick and exper t response to its clients’ needs. Its exper tise encompasses all areas of intellectual proper ty law to include: • Providing opinions on the registrability of trademarks, patents and designs • Searches • Filing, prosecution and maintenance • Assignments and licensing • Enforcing intellectual proper ty rights through litigation, negotiation and arbitration • Anti-counter feiting activities • Domain name registrations and dispute resolution


I T A LY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, MPMLEGAL

Prof. Avv. Marco Mastracci, Par tner Tel: +39 06 9359161 m.mastracci@mpmlegal.it, info@mpmlegal.it www.mpmlegal.it

MPMLEGAL is a legal firm with over 20 years of practice, currently made up of about 15 lawyers specialized in commercial and corporate law. Our clients include small to medium-sized firms and companies in their initial phases of domestic and international development. As a matter of fact, MPMLEGAL also utilizes a network of legal firms in several foreign countries, which allows the firm to also extend to its clientele assistance beyond Italian borders.

In par ticular, Marco Mastracci has taken care of the drawing up of the recording agreement between the above mentioned Gianluca Grignani and Sony Music for the CD “A volte esagero”.

Thanks to the significant experience MPMLEGAL has matured in various fields of law over its 20 years of business, it is able to offer its clients (Italian, international and multinational companies) legal counsel and judicial assistance in many different areas of specialization. It is highly qualified to suppor t foreign companies that wish to create a business or branches in Italy. They assist them both for the distribution, licensing and franchising aspects (including trademarks and patents) and for the job-law ones. They can also execute merger and acquisition operations.

This is an implementation of Mr Mastracci’s way of working in order to better ser ve his clients, providing assistance on demand in New York to American clients who wish to receive assistance in the field of Italian law.

MPMLEGAL also runs the legal aspects of international companies in outsourcing manner. Among the recent cases MPMLEGAL has worked on there are: - the Legal diligence for the acquisition of an Italian company manufacturing refrigeration products at national level by a Spanish multinational company ;

September 2014 Marco Mastracci has been licensed as Foreign Legal Consultant for Italian legal matters in the State of New York (Supreme Cour t, Appellate Division, First Depar tment).

He is member of the ABA - American Bar Association (ID 02236115) (and Member of the board for International Commercial Transactions, Franchising & Distribution at the American Bar Association), the IBA – International Bar Association (membership number 1077763) and the New York State Bar Association. Marco Mastracci has a LL.M. in US Law for foreign lawyers ( Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Actually he is enrolled at University of Salford's LL.M - International Commercial Law programme at Rober t Kennedy College (Zurich, Switzerland) – end date: November 2016.

- company restructuring of some impor tant Italian companies

From Januar y 2016 Marco Mastracci is Contracted professor at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio /Uniclam/ (Italy) – Field: International law and hevwill be Visiting professor at the University of Havana (Cuba) – Field: International transactions between Italy and Cuba.

MPMLEGAL combines quality, professionalism and organization of large international law firms with fees that are more typical for law boutiques.

Among current projects, Marco Mastracci is assisting Italian and foreign companies that intend to develop their business in Cuba.

MPMLEGAL has been successfully chosen as the winner of the 2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award: ‘International Business Law Firm of the Year in Italy ’.

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This success has been granted by the sale of a famous Italian trademark to an American company and by the purchase of another impor tant trademark by another American company. Meanwhile, Mr Mastracci has provided Legal advice and counselling to a multinational company for an asset sale in Italy to another multinational company, helping the M&A operations. Moreover, Mr Mastracci has closed international agreements with foreign companies investing in Italy. Mr Mastracci has an exper tise in Intellectual Proper ty Law in Italy. His clients are large Italian and international companies and institutions. In par ticular, he assists public personalities, such as famous Italian singers (e.g. Ms Arisa, 2014 winner of Italian song festival “Sanremo”, the Italian famous musical director Adriano Pennino, late Franco Califano, Gianluca Grignani), so that he is also exper t in copyright law and authorship right issues.

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Books for the Italian editor Alber to Castelvecchi: - “Ar ticolo quinto” (2006), “Separarsi” (2012), “ Vittime delle Banche” (2014), “Potere e Per versione” (2014). “ The Contract in International Transactions” (2015). - Juridical and economic collection “Anticorpi“ (creator and editor) (2013 – present). Newspaper and magazine ar ticles: - “Il Trust è garanzia” (“ Trust is a guarantee”, n.d.T.) published on the magazine Trustee ed Attività Fiduciarie of Maurizio Lupoi - Many ar ticles published on the magazine “Italia Oggi” about labour law matters (2009 – present).

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UK ASSET IDENTFICATION AND RECOVERY ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVYAN INTEL, ASSOCIATE OF CNBI SOLUTIONS INTELLIGENCE GATHERING ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVYAN INTEL, ASSOCIATE OF CNBI SOLUTIONS LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVYAN INTEL, ASSOCIATE OF CNBI SOLUTIONS

Neyan Intel, associate of CNBI Solutions LLP Karen Alexander and Simon Sutton nevyanintel@hushmail.com w w w.nev yan-intel.com O n e H a r d w i c k S q u a r e , L o n d o n S W 1 8 4 AW 0203 194 4278

Question: Please tell me about your firm, the work you do and the types of clients with whom you work Nevyan is an award winning agency with over 20 years’ experience in the diverse field of asset identification and recover y for corporate and private clients. Using extensive contacts and resources throughout the world, we have the capability of identifying an individual or company's assets, specifically those that are hidden and protected by third par ty entities, such as Offshore Trusts or Foundations. We operate our business intelligence consultancy from offices based out of South-West London, and have affiliated offices in Amsterdam, Holland and Phoenix, United States. We have recently developed our own in-house database management system made up of public source information and our own in-house data and collated research and analysis over the last 10-years. This gives us an easy to navigate and highly targeted database system that enables us to accurately trace and track assets, in par ticular, in difficult offshore jurisdictions. We work mainly for the corporate sector and high net-wor th individuals who may have been the victim of an investment fraud or who may need evidence for Cour t in multiple jurisdictions. We recently worked for a South-African diamond company who had been the victim of a set of diamonds being stolen from them in a scammed meeting in London. The diamonds were wor th in excess of £5m. We worked with the metropolitan police in London to have the perpetrators arrested and questioned, and we worked with the direct access barrister scheme to obtain quick Cour t injunctions and freeze orders on the diamonds to prevent them being moved. This case had a successful outcome and the client recovered their monies. We work for many law firms and our role is predominantly in research and asset tracing for presentation to Cour t. Therefore we work in line with PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) and the Civil Act. Question: Please give me your views on the current state of the legal industry in your region at present. What major challenges does it face and what are the major outside influence factors. The legal industr y at present can be slow to react to complex fraud, especially when that fraud crosses multiplejurisdictions. Criminal Law Firms and barristers definitely have a much stronger grasp of the nature of international and high-level, sophisticated frauds, but civil fraud lawyers can sometimes struggle with the complexities and find it challenging to profile the mind of the high-level criminal. The challenge for us arrives when the client prefers a civil pursuit of the monies in the High Cour t, and the lawyers are slow to react. Monies get moved and transferred and liquidated by high-level criminals with alacrity and the law firms are sometimes heavy-set and slow to respond. Our clients would like to have access to legal teams on the civil side that are more streamlined and prepared for the mindset of high level crime, in order that their processes and evidences can get to Cour t faster and more accurately, chasing on the tail of the criminals with more asser tiveness. Question: In your view, what attributes should a company in your industry or sector possess in order to become truly successful and to be able to provide the best possible service to its clients. Our industr y faces many challenges, especially in light of the fact that there is no regulation. We are not a private investigation firm, we are a forensic intelligence firm, but we get lumped in with the less discerning element of our field. Nevyan would like to see some sor t of regulation come into the industr y and some sor t of accountability for those firms that do not have backgrounds in intelligence, the armed ser vices, a strong corporate background or the police. Therefore to become successful, it is essential to build trust and rappor t with the client. We have a strong background of results and whilst it is not always possible to introduce other clients to successful projects, due to our NDA agreements we sign, we do offer references from clients that have directly employed our ser vices, and we encourage a new client to call them and speak to them prior to engaging our firm. We also set out a Letter of Engagement, with the full project brief, timelines, deliverables and client expectations. We are ver y upfront about what we can achieve and what we cannot. Communication with the client is key to success and ensuring we are all on the same page when it comes to the brief. Our clients have often lost millions of pounds and they are already in a highly stressed situation. It is our job to deliver what we can whilst managing the client and their expectations realistically and professionally.


UK ASSET IDENTFICATION AND RECOVERY ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVYAN INTEL, ASSOCIATE OF CNBI SOLUTIONS INTELLIGENCE GATHERING ADVISORY FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVYAN INTEL, ASSOCIATE OF CNBI SOLUTIONS LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, NEVYAN INTEL, ASSOCIATE OF CNBI SOLUTIONS

Neyan Intel, associate of CNBI Solutions LLP Karen Alexander and Simon Sutton nevyanintel@hushmail.com w w w.nev yan-intel.com O n e H a r d w i c k S q u a r e , L o n d o n S W 1 8 4 AW 0203 194 4278

Question: Tell us specifically about your firm’s approach. What would be your overriding philosophy to areas such as client service and the acquisition of new business? Our firm’s approach is forensic and analytical. We are a consulting firm at hear t and we operate as such. We work within a strong legal framework with our preferred Barristers Chambers 7-9 Bells Yard, London. We only take on clients that work to an agreed brief, sign our Letter of Engagement, which sets out the working relationship. We do turn down clients that ask us to do anything that we consider inappropriate. We do sometimes get a backlash from clients that we refuse to work for, and one client posted untrue disparaging comments about our firm online, which we had to go to the High Cour t to have removed. However it is essential to us that we are careful about which clients we work for. It has proven in the past that the criminal has passed themselves off as a victim, and this clearly causes a conflict for us as an investigating firm that works for the legal sector and on occasion the authorities. Question: The legal industry is an incredibly diverse and fast-paced place to do business. How do you ensure that your firm’s remains on the cutting edge of new developments and how do you ensure that you are always best placed to meet client needs. Question: How do you benchmark your business? By what standards and criteria do you measure your success, both with regards to individual clients or projects, or as a business as whole? Nevyan benchmarks our business by ensuring we are offering a Best Practice solution to our clients and by listening to feedback and delivering our targets on time and with absolute discretion and professionalism. Our successes are not always published as the nature of the work we do is to protect the privacy of our clients and as such, much of our work is conducted under an NDA agreement. We take great pride in being the best in class in our field and work closely with larger firms such as Kroll Inc. We also work with the large accounting firms in the UK and work hand-in-hand with projects; this is a par ticularly exciting field and we have wide -ranging scopes to deliver. Question: What does the future hold for your business? Are there specific projects or major developments on the horizon that you would be willing to share with us? We cannot share specific projects due to our NDA agreements. However, we strongly believe the industr y is thriving as the level of high level international crime is growing on a global scale. Cross jurisdictional understanding and finding offshore structures is becoming ever more complex as the criminals strive to stay one step ahead of government proposals that lead to greater transparency and repor ting by international banks and offshore trusts. It is a ver y changing industr y at the moment and getting more opaque as the governments talk about greater transparency. Question: Also looking to the future, what oppor tunities and challenges face your business and the wider legal industr y as we head into 2016? The main challenge facing our business and the wider legal industr y is being able to keep up with sophisticated crime, par ticularly across multiple jurisdictions. The legal sector has a lot of power but often is slow to respond to intelligence and business analysis. By the time they go to Cour t the information is obsolete and the client has to star t over. We advise our clients to act fast on intelligence and there is much the legal teams can do in terms of quick injunctions and freeze orders on assets. But speed is of the essence in such matters. Once the monies have left the UK, it is ver y difficult for the client to get back their losses, which are often in the mutli-millions of pounds. Question: With regards to these oppor tunities and challenges how do you intend to tackle them? What in your view will be the most difficult challenge and the most exciting oppor tunity? The most exciting oppor tunity for our industr y is to work ever closer with the legal sector, the authorities and the financial institutions in a more preventative role of high-level financial crime. We are so close to the intelligence and data that we can react with speed and accuracy and really offer a pivotal role moving for wards to combat financial crimes.


UK COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, NICK HOWE, NICK HOWE SOLICITOR

Nick Howe Solicitor S t . M a r t i n ’s H o u s e 1 6 S t . M a r t i n ’s L e G r a n d London EC1A 4EN Te l : ( 4 4 ) ( 0 ) 2 0 7 3 9 7 8 4 3 2 E m a i l : N i c k H o w e @ n i c k h o w e s o l i c i t o r. c o m

Nick first set up on his own in 1998. In 2002 he was joined by some of his former par tners from the Shipping Depar tment of a large City firm to form Howe & Keates. He went back to practice on his own as Nick Howe Solicitor in 2008. Most of his work involves assisting clients involved in the exploration and production, refining, trading and shipping of oil and petroleum products, often in or to the sub-Saharan region of Africa. This in turn encompasses quite diverse commercial work areas, including sale of goods, finance, insurance and hedging. Inevitably his work entails a lot of “firefighting” for clients operating in such climates, seeking to resolve potential problems before they get out of hand. He is frequently involved with larger matters of a both contentious and non-contentious nature: the contentious work has involved acting for clients in a number of sizeable Cour t actions and arbitrations; whereas the more interesting non-contentious work has included documenting some quite complex arrange -

ments to supply the petroleum requirements of a number of countries, both coastal and land-locked. Nick ’s most notable litigation achievement to date was in representing the Government of St Vincent & the Grenadines as Agent and Counsel in bringing the first two cases before the 21 Judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg ( The “SAIGA” Case No’s 1 & 2). Most of his English Cour t work is before the Commercial Cour t, and he has also conducted numerous arbitrations before recognized bodies such as the ICC, LMAA and GAFTA, as well as on an “ad hoc” basis. He continues to do a lot of work involving sovereign governments and their depar tments / agencies. His work philosophy is to help his clients to understand, from a legal perspective, what they may realistically expect to achieve out of the situation they are in and then work with them in an effor t to obtain the best outcome in light of that.

UK FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, KATE WORMALD, OESA PARTNERS UK - NICHE CONSULTANCY FIRM OF THE YEAR (LEGAL AND REGULATORY), OESA PARTNERS

Company : Oesa Par tners Name: K ate Wormald Email: kate.wormald@oesa.co.uk Web Address: w w w.oesa.co.uk Address: 23 Hanover Square London W1S 1JB Te l : 0 2 0 3 6 9 3 6 0 8 5

Oesa Par tners are a bespoke niche consultancy who provide legal and regulator y advice and suppor t to alternative asset managers and their funds. Oesa Par tners has been in business since 2002 and have gained a reputation for innovation and excellence in the alternative asset management and hedge fund sector. We spoke to them to find out more about their company and what makes their ser vices unique. Our firm specialises in all trading documentation required to establish the fund’s relationships with their prime brokers, banks, dealers and brokers. We have a ver y hands on approach, and operate more like an in-house counsel as opposed to external advisers.

we can implement immediately for our clients. Perhaps our most distinguishing factor is that we pride ourselves on being commercial and pragmatic in our approach to the work we under take. We look for solutions not problems and deliver value add to all of our clients. We tailor our ser vices to our clients’ business model, and this allows us to mitigate inherent legal risks in the processes and the documentation that we negotiate. We have a strong presence and reputation in the industr y, so we have found that word of mouth is a ver y power ful marketing tool and most of our clients come to us as recommendations.

When it comes to working with our clients, our approach is to be flexible and responsive to their needs. Fur thermore, we provide a ser vice where we add some real value to our clients’ business, rather than being focused on how working with them will benefit our business.

Fur thermore, we strive for transparent and open fees charged for work done in our industr y, as opposed to having billable hours in ar tificial increments of time on a pyramid basis. Unlike other firms, we ensure that there are no unexpected surprises at the end of the work with huge overruns on the quotes originally provided.

As a company that works in a highly competitive industr y, we are constantly striving to keep abreast of any changes in our industr y. In order to achieve this, we research and review the proposed amendments or new regulations and best business practices prior to their implementation. This ensures that we understand them and any changes required to the trading documentation can be successfully built into the negotiations to future proof them. During this time, we work closely with the various bank counterpar ties to develop new templates, and once the changes go live,

Looking ahead, we expect there to be more regulation coming into force especially with the clearing obligations for OTC cleared products in Europe next summer. Therefore, we will gear up to ensure our clients are ready to meet these obligations in good order. As for the award, we are delighted to be acknowledged for our success for the second year in a row. Fur thermore, it is truly an honour to have the oppor tunity to represent our views and spread the word about our company.


GERMANY IP LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, PATENTSHIP PATENTANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH IP LAWYER OF THE YEAR, DR ROBERT KLINSKI, PATENTSHIP PATENTANWALTSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Dr. Rober t Klinski, Managing Director PATENTSHIP Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH Phone number with international prefix: +49-(0)89-75969869-0 Email address: mail@patentship.eu Web address: www.patentship.eu

Primary area of expertise: PATENTSHIP is headquartered in Munich and is specialized in patent prosecution and litigation in the fields of electrical engineering, telecommunications, software, mechanics, medical devices, chemistry and life sciences. PATENTSHIP’s team supports leading technology companies, universities and start-ups in Germany and worldwide. PATENTSHIP has a profound patent prosecution experience in Germany, EU, USA, China and Japan. Its team members have comprehensive scientific and industrial background, enabling the efficient prosecution and litigation of relating to most demanding technologies. PATENTSHIP further has a strong patent litigation experience resulting from national and international patent litigations, including US proceedings, which have been successfully handled by PATENTSHIP for years.

Dr. Robert Klinski studied electrical engineering and telecommunications at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg and received his doctorate with honors from the Munich Technical University in the field of mobile communication technologies. He also worked as researcher with the Fraunhofer Institute in Munich where he designed wired and wireless communication systems. Dr. Robert Klinski is the founder and managing director of PATENTSHIP. He has extensive experience in patent prosecution and litigation in particular in the area of telecommunication systems and communication networks. Dr. Robert Klinski has been successfully representing a globally operating network operator in a number of infringement lawsuits initiated by NPEs and corresponding nullity proceedings. He further successfully defended a major telecommunications enterprise in numerous nullity and infringement proceedings in the field of wireless communication networks.

PATENTSHIP’s further services include IP monetization and startup incubation services. As far as startup incubation is concerned, PATENTSHIP has founded its own startup incubator, IP Enterprises, see www.ip-enterprises.com.

I T A LY INSOLVENCY AND RESTRUCTURING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, PLUTA GMBH

Studio Legale PLUTA GmbH Via G.C. Merlo 1 20122 Milan e -mail: milano@pluta.net alessandro.scarso@pluta.net Tel: +39 02 76.113.100

«Studio Legale PLUTA GmbH» offers legal and advisor y ser vices to banks, financial institutions, companies and individuals on loan agreements, structured proper ty finance, debt restructuring arrangements, schemes of arrangement, distressed M&A, as well as on a broad range of corporate matters, including corporate liability and the liability of financial institutions and corporations as well as of directors and officers. PLUTA has attorneys in all specialist areas of law which are relevant in banking and finance as well as restructuring and insolvency, including labor law and tax law. We assist and represents - both in cour t and out of cour t or before cour ts of arbitration - a number of different par ties, including both secured and unsecured creditors as well as receivers and debtors. Our clients include banks and financial institutions, international firms, affiliated groups and capital market-oriented companies as well as national and international investors. Our clients benefit from a valuable combination of international insight and local knowledge that allows us to handle all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Being the Italian subsidiar y of one of the largest German law firm for insolvency law, «PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH», «Studio Legale PLUTA GmbH» also specializes in legal consulting in German-Italian proceedings. About Prof. Alessandro P. Scarso Prof. Alessandro P. Scarso counsels clients in contract planning, administration and dispute resolution matters nationally and internationally. His exper tise covers banking and finance (including real estate finance, asset and project finance and other secured, structured finance products, syndicated lending and debt por tfolio acquisitions), insolvency law and schemes of arrangement as well as general corporate law. Alessandro has extensive experience in both the litigation and commercial aspects of banking and finance as well as bankruptcies, receiverships, work-outs and enforcement of creditors’ rights and remedies. Alessandro is qualified both as a lawyer (Avvocato) and as a Char tered Accountant (Dottore Commercialista and Revisore contabile) in Italy, and is admitted to the bar as a foreign lawyer (Avvocato) at the Chambers of Lawyers of Frankfur t am Main.

Alessandro is tenured Professor of Civil Law at Bocconi University, Milan, and has taught at a plurality of both Italian and foreign universities. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of several books, ar ticles, and notes, published both in Italy and abroad, including «Proper ty Finance – An International Approach», Wiley, 2015 (editor of Par t II). REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE: • Successful lead counsel of a bank over a 20-month-period in the Euro 1 Billion restructuring process (pursuant to Sect. 182-bis ff. Italian Bankruptcy Act) of its borrower, a major real-estate group in Italy ; • Advising one of the largest German Banks with reference to insolvency law-related issues related to the Italian subsidiar y (having > 400 employees) of its borrower; • Successfully assisted a bank in the objection to a merger following a Judicial Composition with Creditors-proceedings (pursuant to Sect. 160 ff. Italian Bankruptcy Act) involving its borrower, and in the subsequent Judicial Composition with Creditors; • Advised a foreign bank in a purchase of a Syndicated-Loan related to a real estate development project; • Advised a bank acting as Lead Arranger and Agent in relation to a significant Syndicated Loan. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: • • • • • • •

Banking and finance Insolvency law and restructuring M&A Corporate law Construction law Litigation Tax Law


UK DOMESTIC - COMMERCIAL MEDIATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, PRINCE EVANS SOLICITORS LLP

rjennings@prince -evans.co.uk 020 8567 3477”

“Prince Evans is a leading West London law firm with a young, energetic outlook and approach. Our practice combines the best of ‘city ’ of London skills with an efficient, friendly ser vice for the individual, combined with outside -London charges. We offer our clients a broad-base of experience and are proud to hold a national reputation in a growing number of niche areas. We under take innovative and highly specialised work for housing and public sector clients, developers and residential/commercial landlords, businesses and the individual We have vast experience of all types of disputes and dispute resolution methods, whether before the Cour ts, in Arbitration or Mediation Our commercial dispute advice and representation includes: contractual disputes, tor tious and negligence claims including, professional negligence, company issues including, director/shareholder disputes and injunctions. We have one of the largest proper ty litigation teams in West London are at the forefront of landlord and tenant law and housing management advice for registered social landlords, par ticularly anti-social behavior remedies.

Contact Rober t Jennings, Head of Dispute Resolution

GERMANY DIVORCE LAWYER OF THE YEAR, ROLAND SPERLING, RECHTSANWALT ROLAND SPERLING DIVORCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, RECHTSANWALT ROLAND SPERLING

Königsallee 36 40212 Düsseldorf Altstadt / Stadtmitte Nordrhein-Westfalen Deutschland Te l e f o n : + 4 9 2 1 1 5 8 6 8 8 0 1 Te l e f a x : + 4 9 2 1 1 5 8 6 8 8 0 0

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Our law firm situated on one of the world's most famous Boulevards Königsallee ("Kö") in Düsseldor f - works as a specialist in national and international divorces, child suppor t and all matters regarding family law.

Ever y third marriage ends in divorce in Germany. Need help in a difficult situation? We specialize in legal inquiries in the area of divorce. You are right with us, because we ensure timely appointments and discretion. Financial uncer tainty and fear of a new beginning or fight for the children. Is that love happiness as the year ’s pass is only chaos, controversy and, at worst, children to their custody it goes. Here we stand as a counsellor you aside and take care of the process from lawyer pending the ruling.

We guide you through your divorce. To avoid mistakes and unnecessar y costs: • Detailed advice on all legal consequences of divorce • Simple procedure without additional costs • Ideal for consensual divorces • Over 20 years’ experience.

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PORTUGAL BUSINESS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ROGERIO ALVES & ASSOCIADOS - LAW FIRM LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ROGERIO ALVES & ASSOCIADOS - LAW FIRM ARBITRATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ROGERIO ALVES & ASSOCIADOS - LAW FIRM FAMILY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ROGERIO ALVES & ASSOCIADOS - LAW FIRM LITIGATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR, ROGÉRIO ALVES, ROGERIO ALVES & ASSOCIADOS - LAW FIRM

Av. Álvares Cabral, n.º 61 – 4º 1250-017 Lisbon – Por tugal Tel: + 351 21 391 10 40 Fax: + 351 21 391 10 41 Email: geral@raassociados.pt www.raassociados.pt

Rogério Alves & Associados is a full ser vice law firm, with a national and international reach, established in 2013 in Lisbon, Por tugal. Our law firm was born by joining together four individual lawyers: Rogério Alves, João Perr y da Câmara, Filipe Barata and João Pedro Varandas, bringing their love for the profession and their professional track-record. RA&A motto: Advise our Clients, throughout a competent and attentive manner, on how to best fulfil their rights and comply with their duties. To choose legal advice as better way to achieve results. This is one of the various aspects of our activity as a law firm. Seeking a strong and for thright defence of our Clients entrusted to us, wherever it matters. In RA&A, lawyers are those who assist, advise, defend and protect all those in need of assistance, counseling and protection. Our firm consists on several lawyers, each one with a love for the profession and track records of success. That ’s what we provide to our Clients.

Those are our main practice areas: litigation and arbitration, white -collar crime and criminal law, labour and family law, M&A, commercial and corporate, real estate and urban development, construction, tourism, finance, banking and projects, restructuring, tax law, media and information technologies, health and pharmaceutical law, spor ts law, environment law, public companies law, and regulation and administrative litigation. Litigation and Arbitration, Business Law and Public Law. The founding par tner of RA&A, Rogério Alves, is widely recognized by the Por tuguese market (both from a business and legal standpoint), as one of the leading individuals, and opinion makers, in criminal legal affairs, allowing us the diversification of its legal advice in all matters of the law and, in par ticular, with relation to more diverse matters within the criminal law area of exper tise. Such diversification has allowed RA&A to actively par ticipate in the major criminal legal issues arising in the Por tuguese jurisdiction, pursued, mainly from a defense standpoint, both strictly criminal cases as well as white -collar crimes.

SWEDEN ARBITRATION & ADR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, STOCKHOLM ARBITRATION & LITIGATION CENTER (SALC) LAWFIRM

Dan Engström Founding Par tner and MP at Biblioteksgatan 3 SE-111 46 Stockholm, SWEDEN Phone: + 46 8 678 97 70 Cell: + 46 738 25 25 20 Fa x : + 4 6 8 6 7 8 9 7 7 9 E-mail: dan.engstrom@salc.se

is practice focused on commercial litigation, commercial clients includes governmental agencies, foreign and domestic professional and industrial organizations, stock listed companies, close corporations and national and

representing clients in Swedish and international arbitration and in representing foreign and domestic clients in domestic litigation in Swedish cour ts including the Supreme Cour ts. Par tners have also represented clients in the European Cour t of Justice in Luxembourg. but also as mediators. The disputes involves, among other things, commercial contract disputes in general, IT/IP-related matters, franchise disputes and real-estate disputes.

Besides the main focus on commercial dispute resolutions in Sweden with a special focus on this area of law.

has also held the position as adjunct associate professor. Par tners also frequently contribute to leading legal publications in Sweden and abroad on various legal issues. Such publications include IBA Arbitration Newsletter, GAR, GTDT – Arbitration and other Swedish and foreign publications. Par tners are published authors within dispute resolution especially within ADR, where one of the par tners Swedish law on mediation; The Law on Mediation of Private various tasks of trust within the Swedish legal community, including directorship of the Swedish Bar Association. Dan Engstrom, MCIArb, is the Founding Par tner and the


UK LEADING CUSTOMER SERVICE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SZ LAW INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, SZ LAW GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, STEVEN ZIELINSKI, SZ LAW

Steven Zielinski CEO S Z L A W LT D 4 5 C l a r g e s S t r e e t , L o n d o n W 1 J 7 E P, U K t: +44 (0)20 7148 6920 e: steven@szlaw.co.uk w : w w w.szlaw.co.uk

Now in its seventh year, SZ Law is an independent international law firm ser ving the global deal community. SZ Law is an agile streamlined practice harnessing the best of traditional high-end legal advice and ser vices and marr ying this with evolving practice, new technology and dedicated personal ser vice. It is an innovative practice and one of the first law firms to adopt a corporate structure. SZ Law designs, builds and executes bespoke legal solutions for transactions and strategic matters from first principles, helping investors, entrepreneurs, businesses and institutions realise their most ambitious plans and achieve their most critical objectives. We offer corporate, commercial and finance advice and ser vices for people and businesses all over the world. This includes corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, disposals, takeovers, private equity, investments, restructurings and re -organisations; debt and equity financings; and strategic commercial matters. The pursuit of technical excellence, dedication to clients and client business objectives, and cultural and commercial awareness are the drivers at SZ Law. We strive for continuous improvement and development in all areas.

We make the client ’s business our business. The client ’s success is SZ Law ’s success. Our mission is to create maximum value for our clients’ business by delivering the highest levels of excellence in product and ser vice in the most appropriate, efficient and effective package. We build on the best elements of our exper tise and experience both in business and at some of the world’s biggest and best-known law firms. Where required, we combine this with hand-picked teams from our global networks of leading independent specialists and overseas counsel. We can also integrate other advisers to give clients a seamless, tailored solution. SZ Law always has a range of ambitious and exciting projects in the pipeline and looks for ward to realising these and developing more. In the next few years we look for ward to continued client success and growth of the SZ Law family with new adventures and relationships. In addition to this we hope to see one of our earliest clients, York Potash, begin construction and production of the world’s biggest polyhalite mine; and perhaps to see new businesses emerge from our incubator project.

I T A LY REAL ESTATE LAWYER OF THE YEAR, ALESSANDRO DE ROSA , TONUCCI & PARTNERS

00196 - Via Principessa Clotilde, 7, Rome Italy Tel: +39 06 362271 Fax: +39 06 3235161 Email: aderosa@tonucci.com Web: http://www.tonucci.it

Tonucci & Par tners is an international law firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Padua, Florence, Bucharest and Tirana. Tonucci & Par tners is one of the largest Italian independent firms. Founded in 1994 and headquar tered in Rome, the firm’s operations and practices are international. Tonucci & Par tners’s six offices in Italy, Romania and Albania ensure that domestic and foreign clients have access to prompt, reliable and customized legal ser vices for their Italian and Eastern European activities. Additionally, we have consolidated working relationships with leading foreign global law firms with offices in the most impor tant markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Through this network Tonucci & Par tners’s clients have direct access to local market exper tise on a truly global basis. Real Estate Law Practice: Tonucci & Par tners has acquired significant experience in the field of real estate law and regularly assists Italian and international investors, developers, construction companies and managers in the development, authorization, construction, sale and purchase, management and disposal of commercial, residential, industrial and leisure industr y estate. In par ticular, our firm assists real estate companies, real estate investment funds, banks and real estate management companies in all manner of real estate transactions. Tonucci & Par tners has consolidated experience in assisting private and public entities in relation to real estate management, disposal and optimization procedures. More specifically, our firm assists Clients in the real estate area with reference to the following: • Issues relating to town and area planning provisions, restrictions, permits, authorizations, licenses, confiscations and environmental law ; • Equity and debt financing through the issuance of financial instruments (including notes, mezzanine finance, project financing, mor tgage loans and land loans); • Tax law profiles • Formation and management of temporar y consor tia, joint ventures and permanent consor tia • Negotiation, execution and management of lease agreements, proper ty and facility management contracts, sales or rental agreements for business units and depar tments,

agency agreements, intermediation agreements, procurement contracts, supply agreement and engineering agreements • Establishment and management of asset management companies, real estate funds and listed real estate investment companies • Due diligence activities aimed at analyzing and assessing real estate development, purchase and sale transactions; • Project financing in accordance with the Italian procurement code; • Public evidence proceedings in relation to procurement contracts for public works, ser vices and supplies and public concessions; • Real estate litigation before civil and administrative cour ts at all levels and states of proceedings. Alessandro De Rosa PERSONAL DATA: Born in Perugia (Italy), on June 24, 1973 EDUCATION & ASSOCIATIONS: University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Law Degree; Luiss University – Master in International Tax Law Master in National Tax Law Admitted to the Italian Bar in Rome (2004); Vice -President of the Italian Russian Association; Migliore Professionista – Boutique d’Eccellenza, Premio Le Fonti (2014) Best Lawyer – IAIR Legal Awards (2014) Real Estate Lawyer of the Year in Italy – Five Star Lawyer(2015) LANGUAGES: Italian and English KEY QUALIFICATIONS: Real estate; Tax; Corporate; M&A; Contracts PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Founding Par tner Spadafora De Rosa Studio Legale e Tributario Founding Par tner Spadafora De Rosa (Oct 2004 – Oct 2014) Par tner Tonucci & Par tners (Nov 2014 – Present)


UK IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (CLEANTECH), VENNER SHIPLEY LLP GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR (IP), JAN WALASKI, VENNER SHIPLEY LLP IP LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (ENGINEERING / MECHANICAL), VENNER SHIPLEY LLP

Jan Walask i M a n a g i n g Pa r t n e r, Ve n n e r S h i p l e y T: 020 7600 4212 E: jwalask i@vennershipley.co.uk

Venner Shipley is a leading firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys, headquar tered in London, but with offices in Cambridge, Guildford and Manchester, as well as Munich. We are a modern and for ward thinking firm with a long histor y and a vast amount of experience in all aspects of intellectual proper ty. We represent a broad range of clients, from individual inventors to blue -chip corporations, for whom we draft and prosecute patent applications, as well as providing legal, commercial and strategic advice on exploiting and commercialising their inventions.

cant number of clients to work purely in this arena. Recently this work has also led to our successfully defending a client ’s patent in revocation proceedings before the UK Intellectual Proper ty Office and in subsequent related High Cour t proceedings. We also advise clients wishing to take action against infringers of IP rights in the United Kingdom, or where they have been threatened with legal action.

It is no longer enough for patent attorneys to just file and prosecute applications. We have found that the best results are obtained by fully engaging with businesses, creating IP through invention har vesting, and then advising on strategies for protecting and then commercialising those inventions. We aim to be as integrally involved as possible and currently have secondees within the IP depar tments of two of our major clients, to the benefit of both par ties.

As a firm, our biggest focus is on quality - employing and training the best people so that we can offer an outstanding ser vice. We teach all of our attorneys to think creatively while applying their technical exper tise to help our clients protect and exploit their ideas to full advantage. At the same time, we see ourselves as a bit different from our peers in the industr y, injecting an element of fun into an other wise serious profession. This is best illustrated by our website and branding, for which a representative of jelly London, a London-based production agency, commented: “Jelly takes its hat off to Venner Shipley for being pioneers, bold enough to make a statement with illustration, and stand out amongst a sea of dull, dr y corporate campaigns.”

We have an enviable track record of success in Oppositions and Appeals before the European Patent Office which continues to suppor t our reputation for work of this type. Our attorneys are retained by a signifi-

We are delighted to have been given these awards. We believe that they suppor t our reputation as a firm that is able to provide outstanding intellectual proper ty solutions for our clients.

AUSTRIA BANKING & FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE (1 trophy) GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, PROF. DR. WOLFGANG VÖLKL, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE INVESTMENT DISPUTES LAWYER OF THE YEAR, DR. CLEMENS VÖLKL, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE LABOR LAW MANAGEMENT LAWYER OF THE YEAR, KATHARINA VÖLKL, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE LIABILITY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE NICHE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, VÖLKL. RECHTSANWÄLTE

Völkl. Rechtsanwälte Web Address: www.ra-voelkl.at Nussdorferstraße 10-12, 1090 Vienna (Austria) Telephone: 0043 1 317 71 01 23

Völkl. Rechtsanwälte dates back to 1933. Quickly establishing

best tools from a range of fields.“ says partner Katharina Völkl-

itself as a market leader in (re-)insurance law and pharmacy &

Posch. To maintain the highest standards of service very much

life science law, the firm has expanded into a business law firm.

emphasis is placed on team culture within the firm as the firm

Today clients turn to Völkl. Rechtsanwälte in all business matters,

strives to live its core values and goals on the inside and the

especially concerning labour law, banking, capital markets and (re-)

outside. Every employee is encouraged to learn and better the

insurance law and pharmacy & life science law, compliance and public criminal law, real estate and construction, it-law, m&a and corporate law, investor- and asset protection issues. Still retaining the status of a boutique law firm, clients are treated as long term partners enabling the firm to better understand the goals and the business environment, clients are working in in the

firm and its identity. Over the last year, Völkl. Rechtsanwälte has seen many successful transactions, including: • reorganisation of a bank and their change of bankingassociation (including corporate, regulatory and labor law).

long run. The firms attorneys function in a broader role, promoting

• multi-million dollar litigations for directors of banks (regarding

client’s interests beyond legal considerations by establishing

liability or compensation/severance payment) representing

connections within the hetwork, assisting foreign clients with

either bank or manager.

market entry in Austria etc. Völkl. Rechtsanwälte also provides specialised consulting services, among others in conflict and postmerger situations. “Our lawyers have an academic background and can retain the

• various smaller m&a-deals in the pharmaceutical sector. • defense of a manager against postcontractual competition-claims.

broader view together with a set of specialised skills in one or more

• acting as monitoring counsel in an international D&O-case

areas. We can therefore provide services that match the needs and

(possible claims in excess of € 400 mio).

broader strategic goals of our clients as well as providing much specialised advice which is especially helpful in complex litigations/ ADRs and contract negotiations. Staying on the cutting edge of our industry our lawyers incorporate and refine the newest and

• negotiation of an IT-joint venture.


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Economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa is festering. The GDP growth is less than 3% for the third year running – at 2.8% for 2015. Low oil prices, conflicts, and the global economic slowdown make short-term prospects of recovery unlikely. Except for Egypt, Morocco and Iran, almost all MENA countries are growing slowly, but for different reasons. The GCC countries and Algeria are suffering from low oil prices and high fiscal spending. As a whole, GCC economies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) are expected to grow at 3.2% by end-2015 and into the following year, down from 3.9% a year earlier, as low oil prices have severely hit these economies. For the same reasons, growth in Algeria has remained at 2.8% in 2015. Groups of “developing oil exporters” have taken a double hit of low oil prices and civil war. Syria and Libya saw a drop of about 40% or more to their oil output, as a result of physical damage to the sector and a fall in production. The sabotage of oil fields may keep their GDP growth rates low. Overall growth for developing oil exporters may reach 1.3% in early 2016, up from 0.9% in late 2014, mostly due to the likelihood of a slow recovery in Libya and Iraq. After an easing in tensions in early 2014, it is again experiencing major-and increasingsecurity challenges. In addition, since mid-2014, it is also adjusting to the oil price drop. This is a particular challenge for oil-exporting countries, many of which also face severe security issues. For oil-importing countries, the potential positive effect of lower oil prices is partially offset by spillovers from within the region, including through lower remittances and security problems, and by long-standing constraints on growth potential. Growth is expected to average about 2.2% in

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the developing countries of the region in 2015, and to pick up modestly in 2016-17. Risks remain tilted to the downside, more so than in other regions. Policy makers face the challenges of adjusting to lower oil prices and coping with security risks in the short-run, and bolstering growth, employment, and fiscal positions in the long run. The expected growth rebound to 3.7% in 2016-17 is predicated on improving external demand, strengthening confidence that boosts investments in some oil-importing countries (Arab Republic of Egypt, Jordan), and an assumed gradual stabilisation of security. The plunge in oil prices is a particular challenge for oil-exporting countries, most of which have severe security challenges (Iraq, Libya, Republic of Yemen) or have limited buffers (Iran, Iraq). For oil-importing countries, the potential positive effects of lower oil prices are partially offset by spillover effects from more fragile countries in the region, including through lower remittances and security risks. Long-standing structural constraints present a chronic obstacle to faster growth in the region. Measures to address these include policies to narrow the gap between private and public employment, level the playing field between firms, and improving education. AFRICA In Sub-Saharan Africa low oil prices have considerably reduced growth in commodityexporting countries (Angola, Nigeria), where softening oil sectors have also slowed activity in non-oil sectors. Although South Africa is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of low oil prices, energy shortages, weak investor sentiment amid policy uncertainty, and by the anticipated tightening of monetary and fiscal policies continue to hold back activity. Growth in the region is forecast to slow to 4.2%, a

downward revision of 0.4 percentage point relative to the January 2015 forecasts. This mainly reflects a reassessment of prospects in Nigeria and Angola, following the sharp drop in oil prices, and in South Africa, because of ongoing difficulties in electricity supply. For 2016–17, growth is expected to be only marginally higher as these challenges partially offset higher trading partner growth and the continued expansion in the region’s low-income countries. Risks remain tilted to the downside, more so than in other regions, as a result of security challenges. The key risks remain an escalation of violence and oil price volatility. Policy makers face a dual challenge: adjusting to lower oil prices and dealing with security risks in the short run, and bolstering growth and employment in the long run. Fixed or heavily managed exchange-rate regimes, and the large role played by governments in these economies, make economic adjustment more difficult. Informal employment can account for over 60% in Africa. Large-scale underemployment of workers, in low-paid, low-productivity occupations that under-utilize their skills, means that the measured unemployment rate in developing economies cannot be interpreted in the same way as that in advanced economies, either as a cyclical indicator, or as a gauge of economic welfare. In Africa, which is home to most commodityexporting LiCs, mining investment alone amounted to $100 billion in 2011.4 Less is known about the scale of investment that flowed into agriculture, but private sector investment increased in agribusiness, in the development of value chains, and in farmland in Africa. An estimate of foreign direct invest-

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ment in agriculture and agribusiness in developing countries for 2006/07 suggests that it was a small fraction of that in mining. Since 2000, 120 “giant” oil and gas fields have been discovered worldwide, located in seven clusters; two of these clusters are in Africa, mostly offshore east and West Africa. In Tanzania alone there have been 13 giant oil and gas discoveries (alongside other major finds in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda), and six in West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. In mining, exploration in Sub-Saharan Africa was particularly attractive because of the region’s relatively unexplored potential and low cost. The value of known sub-soil assets per square kilometer in the region is estimated to be barely a quarter of that in advanced economies. The cost of exploration was lower than elsewhere, in part because African discoveries are occurring closer to the surface than anywhere else except Latin America. Africa had the largest discoveries per dollar of exploration cost during 2003–12: it accounted for 22% of discoveries but only 15% of global exploration expenditures.

1980s, government expenditure growth in countries dependent on primary commodities outpaced GDP growth, between 2000 and 2007 it was broadly in line or even significantly less (Eritrea, Guinea, Mozambique) since 2007 however, government spending has in- creased faster than GDP in some commodity ex-porters. In part this reflects fiscal stimulus employed by some (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) in the aftermath of the global crisis and greater spending on growth-enhancing infrastructure spending. Sharp commodity price declines have disrupted new foreign investments and in some cases production in extractive-based industries. The number of oilrigs for on-land oil drilling has already declined from its peak in the fourth quarter of 2014 by 11% in Africa. Projects considered to be most at risk include the expensive ultra-deepwater and pre-salt projects in West Africa, and the liquefied natural gas projects in east Africa.

Output and exports: Between 2000 and 2010, commodity production in Africa increased by about one-quarter, albeit with considerable variation across different metals and hydrocarbons. Separate data is not available for global LiC output; however exports can be used as a proxy for production given the limited domestic use. Metal and hydrocarbon exports of LiCs rose fifteen-fold during 2000–13; and the contribution of exports to growth doubled over this period. The cyclicality of fiscal policies, compared with earlier commodity price booms, macroeconomic policies in Sub-Saharan Africa were less pro-cyclical, during much of the 2000s. Whereas during the commodities boom in the

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LEBANON CORPORATE FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM CAPITAL MARKETS & STRUCTURED FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM ESTATE PLANNING AND FRANCHISING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR, CARLOS ABOU JAOUDE, ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM

Carlos Abou Jaoude Managing Par tner ABOU JAOUDE & ASSOCIATES Law Firm OMT Building 266 Sami El Solh Ave. P.O.Box 116-5079 Beirut Museum 1106-2010 Beirut – Lebanon Tel : +961 1 395555 c.aboujaoude@ajalawfirm.com www.ajalawfirm.com

Abou Jaoude & Associates (AJA) has established itself as a leading legal practice mirroring the ver y best in the industr y. The Firm maintains its position and market reputation as the single largest multi-practice law firm in Lebanon, with a talented team of for ty attorneys distinguished by an in-depth specialization and a sharp understanding of the commercial as well as the legal aspect of clients’ businesses. The Firm handles major local and cross-border deals and is renowned for advising on transactions of first impression in the region. The Firm regularly advises clients on complex private placements and other corporate finance transactions in a wide array of sectors including telecoms, real estate, retail and banking. The Firm’s recent representative experience includes the largest-ever asset backed issuance in Lebanon through the securitization of a large real estate

por tfolio, the acquisition of a listed bank in Europe, the acquisition of a real estate company through the issuance of conver tible bonds for the development of a first-of-its-kind wellness resor t, a ground-breaking multi-bank private placement initiative to finance the launch of a T V station, and the pioneer conversion of a financial company into an investment bank. AJA works closely with a number of correspondents in various jurisdictions and is a member of the Geneva Group International’s (GGI) global multidisciplinar y networks, allowing the firm to offer its clients reliable legal assistance on an international level. The Firm has been recognized as a market leader by reputable global legal directories, including Legal 500, Chambers & Par tners and IFLR, and has reaped many awards in recognition of its exper tise and achievements in the fields of M&A and banking.


ISRAEL BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, HOREV & CO. LAW FIRM TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, HOREV & CO. LAW FIRM COMMERCIAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, HOREV & CO. LAW FIRM GAMECHANGER OF THE YEAR (COMMERCIAL), HOREV KARIN, HOREV & CO. LAW FIRM LEADING CLIENT CARE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR, HOREV & CO. LAW FIRM

Karin Horev, Law Offices 3 Hamelacha St. Tel Aviv-Yafo 6721503 Israel Telephone: +972 - 3 - 6240110 Mobile: +972 - 54 - 4588002 Fax: +972 - 3 - 6240210 Web Site: karinhorev-law.co.il

Karin Horev & Co. Law Office is a boutique law firm offering its clients individually tailored legal ser vices in various commercial fields. The firm in the last years has grown to become an internationally recognized practice providing representation to a clientele of local and international individuals and business organizations. The firm was selected during 2014 and 2015 to be one of the leading firms in Israel for technology transactions. Our principal areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, primarily representing high-tech and international companies in all stages of operations and providing day-to-day consultation in various areas of the law. We par ticularly focus on international transactions representing both national and international companies in a vast scope of commercial agreements, licensing and intellectual proper ty, strategic alliances, private equity (representing the company, the founders and the investors), project finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, technology and other commercial and corporate matters.

rapidly-growing client base comprising of reputable international, high-tech and technology oriented companies, as private investors within their financial rounds. We view our relationship with star t-up companies as a long-term strategic par tnership, understanding the unique challenges for both companies, founders and investors, and are committed to our client ’s shor t-term and long-term success.

We assist our clients in all aspects of commercial activities by managing each transaction with a well considered balance of legal and commercial exper tise and business creativity. Our knowledge and experience extends over 17 years and includes a

The firm works at the highest professional standards, and the personal and direct involvement of the firm's par tners ensures the provision of high-quality, responsive, accessible, business oriented and effective legal ser vices.

We have extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law and have acted as lead counsels in a wide variety of complex transactions with ver y large international entities, including large supply contracts, channel contracts, business cooperation and joint ventures, strategic alliances and teaming arrangements, technology transactions (including without limitation outsourcing, cloud ser vices/ SAAS, system and software acquisitions, system development and implementation), licensing agreements and various ser vices agreements.

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CROSS BORDER LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ENERGY LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL TRADE & FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR ISLAMIC FINANCE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR MINING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

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Maalouf Ashford & Talbot is at the forefront of the legal profession, structuring complex international business transactions around the globe. Through their offices located in New York City, Dubai, Hong Kong, Riyadi, Shanghai, Beirut, Moscow and Sao Paulo, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot represents clients in numerous high-profile matters including: international trade & financial transactions, cross border mergers and acquisitions, oil & gas deals, international arbitrations, international banking, IPO’s, private equity, project finance, commodities, mining and cross-border transactions across the globe. Combining a dedication to excellence with a commitment to superior client ser vice, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot provides clients with a breadth of exper tise uniquely suited to their legal needs. In today ’s heavily regulated and competitive world, corporations are facing greater scrutiny and confronting more arduous challenges than ever before. At Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP they pride themselves on creating new and innovative ways to assist their clients in meeting those challenges, rather than explaining to them why “it can’t be done”. With a practice that offers unparalleled representation across a comprehensive range of legal areas, they have the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize oppor tunities and get the deal done, and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone. JOHN J. MAALOUF John J. Maalouf is ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States by the U.S. Lawyer Rankings, 2006 - 2015 Editions. In addition, John

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SOMETHING NEW ON THE HORIZON

Ethos extends Eazi’s reach

STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD Taking growth to the next level Exceptional opportunities never simply glide across the skyline. They have to be identified, cultivated and – most importantly – actualised. For a number of years, Ethos engaged with the management of The Eazi Group – Africa’s market leader in the rental, sale and servicing of mobile work-at-height and material handling solutions. We recognised that, in a little over a decade, Eazi’s visionary management had built a differentiated business; providing service excellence, enhanced safety and innovative cost-effective solutions for their customers. And in the process, they established a new industry. Crucially, we also identified that management would likely seek financial and strategic support to strengthen their business further.In a R1,6bn investment, Ethos has now acquired 65% of The Eazi Group. Buffet Investments and founding shareholders, comprising senior management, have reinvested alongside Ethos as part of the transaction. The Group—comprising Eazi Access Rentals, Eazi Sales & Services, Eazi Africa and other subsidiaries—boasts the largest and most diverse fleet of boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers and vertical personnel lifts on the African continent. With customers across multiple sectors of the economy (construction, shipping, manufacturing, FMCG, transport, entertainment and mining industries), Eazi stands out as deal with unique attributes. Accordingly, the Group is well positioned to capture additional growth by increasing market penetration. Sourcing and executing proprietary deals is paramount for long-term success in private equity. Such differentiation becomes an even greater competitive advantage in turbulent times. Ethos’ record of successful investing for over 30 years—across economic and political cycles—is testament to our proven ability to identify and elevate growth platforms. February 2016

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