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WINNERS INCLUDE: Drake Star Partners Hechanova & Co., Inc. Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP




GLO BAL AWA R D S | 2 019 Welcome to DealMakers Global Awards 2019 The world’s leading professional firms are called upon to assist with transactional matters throughout the deal process. Helping the corporate team on matters of vital importance in areas associated with the geographical location and the sector that a business may operate within. Regulatory, compliance, property, environmental, fund formation, technology and employment law amongst others all rank high on the agenda. Recognizing the experience and skills that many of the developed nations have, we know how important it is to be recognized as a leader in your field of expertise. The DealMakers Global Awards 2019 recognize a select number of leading professional firms, across the globe, for their individual areas of specialization, within their geographical location. The DealMakers Global Awards 2019 are presented across all geographical locations that the Monthly Magazine penetrates. We recognize and salute the organizations & advisers that have performed to exceptional levels during the most difficult period that the global economy has experienced for decades. The poll represents who the readership believes are the leading professional firms, within the various areas of specialization, across the various geographical regions. These firms are represented within this, the DealMakers Global Awards 2019 – Special Edition. Congratulations to all the winners from everyone at DealMakers Monthly!

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“Congratulations to all the winners of DealMakers GLOBAL AWARDS 2019”




Congratulations to all the winners AUSTRIA


Herbst Kinsky

Chadha & Co. Tuli & Co. Veritas Legal




Luke & Associates

E.Schaffer & Co. Luthi & Co.



Costa Tavares Paes

CANADA Miller Thomson


CHILE Estudio Juridico Otero

CYPRUS Lellos P. Demetriades Law Office LLC Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC Tornaritis Law Firm.......................................6

CZECH REPUBLIC Gürlich & Co................................................7

DENMARK Kromann Reumert

FRANCE Frenkel & Partners Frieh Associes Jasmin Capital Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin Mediastic

GERMANY Drake Star Partners......................................8 Preu Bohlig & Partner

HONG KONG Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu, Solicitors & Notaries

HUNGARY Gardos Furedi Mosonyi Tomori


DViuris...........................................................10 LawFed Studio Legale e Tributario BRSA Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati..................................................11 Vitale & Partners

MALAYSIA Azmi & Associates

MEXICO Berdeja Abogados SC Natividad Abogados

NEPAL Pradhan & Associates.....................................12

NICARAGUA Guy Jose Bendana-Guerrero & Asociados

NIGERIA Strachan Partners...........................................13

NORWAY Bryn Aarflot

PAKISTAN Vellani & Vellani


PERU OMC Abogados & Consultores

PHILIPPINES Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices Federis & Associates Law Offices....................14 Hechanova & Co., Inc.....................................15




ROMANIA Tanasescu, Gavrila & Associates

SPAIN Ramon y Cajal

SWITZERLAND ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG

THAILAND Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd


TURKEY Gun + Partners


UAE Simmons & Simmons

UNITED KINGDOM ABR Solicitors.................................................16 Bonaccord Boult Wade Tennant Camden Associates........................................18 Carter Perry Bailey LLP Financial Marketing Limited FMConsult......................................................17 Rosenblatt Taylor Hampton Solicitors The Khan Partnership.................................... 20

USA Demotech, Inc. Donna J. Jackson & Associates........................21 DRRT SMTD Law LLP Williams Montgomery & John Ltd


WORLDWIDE Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP....................... 22

ZIMBABWE Wintertons


CALL FOR ENTRIES Our researchers have already started the selection process. If you feel you or your firm should be considered, send in your entry now.

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Highly Recommended Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year From it’s founding in 1924 to its present day status as a leading law firm Tornaritis Law Firm has demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence in the practice of law, public service and a civil society.


ur practice and character are deeply rooted in the firm’s history, as exemplified in these historical profiles of our lawyers and services Criton G. Tornaritis QC., started as a young lawyer from Limassol. Among many accomplishments, he came to be the first Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus. He wrote 65 complete books and more than 5,000 essays, the contents of which were mainly legal. His work is found at universities and in libraries around the globe. Among the tens of honours and distinctions which were bestowed upon him were those of the Queen’s Counsel (QC) and the Athens Academy Prize for his outstanding literary work. A fact which is worthy of note is that he became known worldwide for his shrewd legal mind, his sobriety and for always being down-to-earth. Followed by his son George C. Tornaritis, registered as advocate in 1959 with the Supreme Court of Cyprus. Since then practicing advocate having defended many famous cases. Founded in 1992 the Tornaritis Marine Life Foundation being its first President. Managing partner today is his grandson Criton G. Tornaritis, registered as advocate in 1989. With long experience of the Eastern European Market and especially the Romanian Jurisdiction. Today, the firm includes lawyers who have the experience, maturity, and legal skills to handle a wide range of legal problems. Although the firm has matured from its beginnings in the early part of the twentieth century, the character of the firm is still true to the dreams and visions of its founders.

Firm Overview Our breadth of experience enables us to offer a wide range of skills to suit the individual needs and demands of each one of our clients. We conduct our work with a high degree of professionalism and dedication, and provide an expert, sensitive service for all of our clients.

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The firm has a uniquely flexible and entrepreneurial culture that fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law is not enough. We understand our clients’ business objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with the “big picture.” We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisers, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve.

We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisers, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve. Reflecting the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit with associated offices around the world, we are ready to help you wherever your business takes you. Tornaritis Law Firm aim is to provide quality legal services to clients around the world operating under the highest ethical standards with the principles of time and cost-efficiency in mind. Tornaritis Law Firm works with a number of the major international law firms on a regular basis and, in particular, with DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest global business law firms, with respect to disputes, regulatory and compliance, and insolvency and restructuring matters in the financial services sector. Tornaritis Law Firm 16 Stasikratous, 1065 Nicosia, Cyprus Tel: +357 2245 6056 Fax: +357 2266 4056 Email: criton@tornaritislaw.com www.tornaritislaw.com






Law Firm of the Year

GÜRLICH & Co law firm was established on 1st February 2002. All members of the firm are experienced lawyers possessing outstanding professional expertise in various branches of law.


he firm is part of AEA International Lawyer Network represented in all countries of the world. Thus, we are in a position to provide our legal services throughout this network worldwide. The trust of our clients and the quality of our services brought us a prestigious award for our services in 2019: • Deal Makers named us the winner of “Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Czech Republic” for a second year in a row. We take adequate pride in this award, making 2019 a successful year that saw the merger of two leading law firms: GÜRLICH & Co and ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS. ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS has groomed a team of experienced lawyers to provide legal services since 2003. It has received a number of awards, too, over the years; e.g. it was ranked among highly recommended law firms in the “Law Firm of 2015” ranking by EPRAVO.CZ in the telecommunications and media category. It received this award also in 2018 in the categories of telecommunications and media, public procurement, and information technology law. The merged law firm ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS moved into new, grade-A office space at the Delta Haus in Vinohrady, Prague. We trust that by merging our two reputable law firms, we will be providing our clients with complex services in various areas on a high and professional level, hand in hand with a personal approach. Our law firm delivers complex legal advisory services to Czech, Slovak and international clients, and also small and medium enterprises, sole proprietors, housing associations and cooperatives. The primary focus of our advisory services is on real estate transactions: the sale, purchase, or lease of real estate, housing and commercial property, including any documentation related to real estate financing and/or collaterisation. As part of collateralization, we process mortgages, pledges on real estate and other assets, including aggregate immovable assets, pledges on intellectual property, on an enterprise or a part

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thereof, security arrangements, mortgaging any related bank accounts, shares, shareholdings, and assignments of rights as required by banks. Naturally, we also process the registrations and any other related steps, including advice on governing law. We also focus on advisory services to IT developers. We provide our services on a highly professional level, quickly, and completely independently. Two of our core values that help our clients manage their businesses are flexibility and a personal approach, which we uphold through the hard work of our young but qualified colleagues, who are absolutely ready to offer a tailor-made solution. In providing legal services, our law firm chooses the most suitable solution to achieve the goal as defined by the client, delivering legal opinions and analysis. The highest level of professionalism which we strive to preserve includes the consideration of legislative changes in progress, and a detailed and ongoing analysis of court judgements, both Czech and European. While focused on professionalism, we never forget that it goes hand in hand with a personal approach to ensure that clients can always rely on our services and the provision of the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time period, maintaining a high level of transparency and detailed records of our performance.

Areas of law we specialize in: • Civil Law • Commercial Law • Intellectual Property • Corporate Law and Commercial Law, Public Procurement

• Labour Law • Real Estate • Litigation • Cryptocurrencies • IT Law • Media and Advertising

Erhartová Gürlich Vítek & Partners Šafaříkova 201/17, 120 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic Tel: +420 224 409 920 Email: info@akegv.cz www.akegv.cz






Best Corporate Finance Firm of the Year

Drake Star Partners is a global investment banking firm serving the technology, media and communications (TMC) sectors. The firm focuses on M&A and corporate finance for its clients worldwide. Drake Star Partners completed over 300 transactions since 2004, 70% of which are cross-border.


ith offices in New York, London, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Amsterdam, Geneva and Tokyo, we help our clients maximize the value of their businesses. We have an international network of entrepreneurs, fast growing businesses, large corporations, venture capital and private equity firms, family offices and debt providers. Since 2003, we have worked with myriad important clients and counterparties, such as Accel Partners, Amdocs, Axel Springer, Balderton Capital, Bertelsmann, Capgemini, CA Technologies, Carlyle Group, Cathay Capital, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Index Ventures, Informa, Kion Group, La Poste, Lexis-Nexis, Marlin Equity Partners, Manpower, Nokia, Omnicom Media Group, Onex, Oracle, Orange, ProSiebenSat.1, Rakuten, Strรถer, Thomson Reuters, WPP, among many others. Our team of over 90 senior professionals offers unequaled understanding of the business models and buyer/investor universes within the TMC sectors. We have a specific focus on the Enterprise Software, IT/Business Services, Fintech, Martech & Adtech, Digital Media, Consumer & Retail Tech, Industrial


Tech, Mobility & Smart Cities, Communications verticals. This domain expertise, along with the technical know-how of bulge bracket investment banks uniquely positions us to achieve desired results for our clients worldwide.

Contact Ralf Philipp Hofmann Co-founder, Managing Partner & Member of the Global Executive Committee Tel: +49 89 1490 265 10 Email: ralf.hofmann@drakestar.com Julian Ostertag Co-founder, Managing Partner & Member of the Global Executive Committee Tel: +49 89 1490 265 20 Email: julian.ostertag@drakestar.com




Selected Transactions

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Highly Recommended Corporate Law Firm

The international focus and solid experience gained in Italian law are the main characteristics of DViuris Law Firm since its inception in the early ‘90s – a time when the European integration process was constantly evolving.


oday the firm, founded by Senior Partners. Riccardo E. Di Vizio and Maurizia Venezia, together with an excellent network of professionals, are able to offer multi¬lingual, legal expertise in all aspects of Italian and European law and provide its customers with the best strategic options relative to their specific needs. Riccardo Ernesto Di Vizio DViuris specializes in Administrative Civil and Corporate Law, with a profound grasp of Procedural Law, Real Estate Law and Cross-Border Succession Law. The Firm has benefited greatly from the strong partnerships fostered with specialists in Industrial Law, Intellectual Property Law, European Corporate Law and Road Traffic Accidents. The firm boasts partners in London, Tirana and Ontario and is a member of Carpe Jus based in Zurich. Founder, Riccardo Di Vizio, who was born in England, is an advisor as well as a corporate lawyer, for both public and private sectors, with fluency in Italian, English and French. Husband and wife team, Riccardo Di Vizio and Maurizia Venezia, launched the DViuris Law Firm in 1994 and the Firm has rightly established an enviable reputation for its wealth of experience and international outlook. Rapid expansion over the years bears testimony to the high calibre of advice and professionalism they offer their clients. The firm has also represented its corporate clients’ interests before the European Commission, with whom the firm is registered. DViuris’ vast client base includes major multinational industrial, banking, insurance and financial groups; the firm also advises Italian national and local public administration bodies.

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The excellent high standards achieved by the Firm have ensured continued and constant growth over the years, enabling the firm to represent the interests of their corporate clients before the European Commission, being registered with the EU Transparency Register.

Registrations, Accreditations & Awards • Special Register of Lawyers allowed in “Cassazione” and Higher Courts • Register of Bankruptcy Trustees and Judicial Commissioners • Lawyers to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg • European Patent Lawyer to the European Patent Office • Accreditation by the register of lawyers of the European Parliament • Registered with the EU Transparency Register of the European Commission number 71545657751¬38 • Member of Carpe Jus based in Zurich • Member of the short list of legal advisers to the European Commission – Ispra • Member of the Arbitration Board of the Frosinone Chamber of Commerce • Member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Brussels • Member of the Business Group of the Italian Embassy in Dublin • Consultant for European tenders to the Univerde Foundation • Consultant for the online magazine Foro Europa DVIURIS Studio Legale Piazza G. Marconi 20, 03043 Cassino






Administrative Law Firm of the Year

At Studio Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati, our primary objective is to meet the growing demand for specialist advice from public and private clients operating in the various sectors governed by Administrative Law. The Firm Having provided legal counsel across all areas of our expertise over the years, our extensive judicial and extrajudicial experience has shaped the Studio as a key consultancy in the current legal framework. We operate within the ever-strengthening relationship between the Administrative and Civil law sectors, and specialise particularly in Corporate and Financial law. The importance of this relationship has now extended across both national and international markets, particularly due to the influence of key independent authorities that regulate areas such as antitrust material, the Stock Exchange and financial brokerage, as well as other entities operating in the field of public utilities (e.g. energy, water, telecommunications and transport). We consider one of our fundamental strengths to be our ability to continually update and evolve our practice in order to accommodate for a constantly developing legal system. The Studio’s dynamic structure means that our lawyers spread across Milan, Rome and Bologna can satisfy our clients’ every need quickly and efficiently.

Our clients The firm offers assistance to a wide range of entities (public or private, listed or not, national or foreign, enterprises, agencies, public bodies, etc.). However, we adopt a strict privacy policy in our practice and therefore cannot disclose details of our clients or information relating to the nature of the assistance provided. Therefore, we are only able to provide a list detailing the types of client we work with most regularly. They are as follows: • Listed and unlisted, Italian and international (mostly multinational) associations, as well as medium and small-size companies • Lending institutions • Insurance companies

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• Petroleum agencies • Clients operating in the Energy, Telecommunications or Public Transport sectors • Associations owning shopping centres • Construction companies • Care homes and medical diagnostic institutions • Hotel chains and tourist accommodation facilities • Professional Guilds (such as the Guilds for architects, surveyors, engineers or doctors) and the independent professionals that belong to them • Local Public Administrations, and so on. Through frequent collaboration with other Italian or international law firms, we are able to offer our clientele an integrated and extensive legal service that will satisfy their every need.

Milano – 20122 Via San Barnaba, 30 
 Tel. +39 02 54 92 951 Fax: +39 02 54 62 107 Email: a.degliesposti@vilde.it Roma – 00198 Via G. Caccini, 1 Tel.+39 06 48 90 67 66 Fax +39 06 47 82 16 84 Bologna – 40122 Galleria G. Marconi, 1 Tel.+39 051 23 11 56 Fax +39 051 04 20 547 Padova – 35131 Corso del Popolo, 1 Tel.+39 049 83 60 677






Banking & Finance, M&A & Trademark Law Firm of the Year Pradhan & Associates is a top-tier full service commercial law firm in Nepal. Since its establishment, our Firm stands out from the crowd and is widely recognized as Nepal’s premier commercial law firm.


he Firm is well known for its expertise in commercial transactional work as well as in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. We are a law firm predominantly engaged in international practice. Our Firm is recognized as a leader in cross-border transactions. The Firm has set the standard for excellence in legal services in Nepal. Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 recognize our Firm as “the highly respected firm”. Our Firm is committed to excellence in every aspect of commercial law that we practice. Our Firm has been involved in some of Devendra P.N. Pradhan the most high-profile and ground breaking transactions in Nepal and continues to be a part of major headline transactions in the commercial law field. Chambers Global 2014 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 stated “[Pradhan & Associates] regularly undertakes a wide range of high-profile, high value matters ...”. We have collective expertise in handling sophisticated transactions. We offer professional services primarily to foreign companies and international institutions as well as individual clients. Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 stated “This well-established firm advises primarily on commercial law, with a particular focus on representing foreign clients on cross-border transactions.” Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 stated “[Pradhan, Ghimire & Associates] has an impressive base of overseas clients, and often works alongside international law firms on cross-border transactions.” Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 stated “This commercial law firm’s forte lies in advising foreign companies on Nepali law, in which it has vast experience”. Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 also stated “This group acts primarily for international companies in transactional matters”. Our objective is to provide a comprehensive legal services in the area of commercial and

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business laws to foreign companies and business entities as well as individual clients. We advise on the matters arising under Nepalese laws and regulations as well as on international matters that touch and interact with Nepalese laws and regulations. We are dedicated to maintain the highest standard of professionalism. Through our internationally educated and trained lawyers, we have broad expertise in all aspects of domestic and international commercial and business laws. We are confident that the combination of our experience, resource and well-rounded reputation enable us to deliver the highest quality services. We are dedicated to make contribution to client services, innovation and commitment to excellence. The Firm prides in its capability in advising the world’s leading companies. The Firm has been advising foreign governments, supranational bodies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, Fortune 500 companies, etc. Our Firm has strong ties and working relationship with many foreign law firms and frequently acts as a local counsel for major large international law firms in Nepal. Our Firm has become the most preferred choice for large international law firms and multinational companies while doing business in Nepal. The Firm has earned several international awards and honors in the area of commercial law, such as: Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year in Nepal, Law Firm of the Year in Nepal, Overall Law Firm of the Year in Nepal, Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Nepal, One of the Top 250 Law Firms in the World, etc. for several years in a row and numerous practice area awards for its outstanding works. Major international legal directories have ranked the firm as the top ranked law firm in Nepal and members of the firm amongst the leading lawyers in Nepal as well as amongst the world’s pre-eminent lawyers in various areas of practice.






Highly Recommended Litigation Law Firm

Strachan Partners is a leading commercial law firm offering a full range of legal services to a wide range of local and international clients who range from banking, insurance, petroleum exploration, construction, hospitality, international trade and other high value commercial interests.


e have offices in the commercial centre of Lagos and in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. Since it was established in 1991, Strachan Partners has been providing sophisticated and innovative legal solutions for the most challenging commercial transactions and disputes. In over two decades of experience, Strachan Partners has become a legal resource due to the wealth of in-depth knowledge and industry know-how it has garnered in numerous facets of the Nigerian economy. We challenge industry norms and deliver customised quality service to our clients which is grounded on a cost transparency policy. As a full-service commercial law firm, we organize under the following groups: • Dispute Resolution Practice • Corporate and Commercial Law Practice • Intellectual Property Law Practice • Company Secretarial (Strachan Nominees) In addition to our legal advisory work, we have a dedicated company secretarial arm, Strachan Nominees Limited (“Strachan Nominees”), which provides company secretarial services to several Nigerian companies, ensuring that all retained clients are aware of and comply with their respective reporting and record-keeping obligations under Nigerian law. In addition to this, Strachan Nominees acts as process agent to some foreign clients of the firm for service of processes in Nigeria. The award-winning dispute resolution team has maintained a record of resolving disputes with quick, efficient and practical solutions. Our highly-skilled lawyers are consistently devoted to resolving complex and high-profile matters in International and Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation and Admiralty Disputes/Claims. Strachan partners has been ranked and listed locally and globally, to mention a few: • A leading firm in Dispute Resolution in Nigeria in Chambers Global Law Firm Rankings for 2019 • Acquisition International’s Most Outstanding Commercial Law Firm in Nigeria 2018 • The World’s Leading Lawyers 2018 • Acquisition International’s Leading Advisor of the Year (Nigeria) 2016

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• A Leading Nigerian firm in The Legal 500 Series: Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 • Recommended law firm in the IFLR1000 series • Corporate International Global Awards Winner 2014 • A Leading Nigerian law firm in both Litigation and Arbitration in the “Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012” Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson San is the senior partner at Strachan Partners. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1984 after obtaining his LLM degree (University of London) in the year 1985. He worked for six years with the pre-eminent Jon B. Majiyagbe SAN before founding Strachan Partners in Lagos. He was appointed as notary public for Nigeria in 1988 and was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2003. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of England (FCIArb) an approved examiner for the same institute and an honorary fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria. He is a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association. He is a past Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Section on Business Law, the President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration and chairman of the Board of Directors, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company. Yemi is an author of several scholarly papers, he co-authored the book Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria, a significant and substantial contribution to arbitration practice in Nigeria and West Africa. He is continuously engaged as leading counsel in on-going major and high profile commercial and public policy litigation across the courts in Nigeria and has been either counsel or arbitrator in several domestic and international commercial arbitrations in the maritime, petroleum, banking and construction industries. Yemi has chaired or sat as co-arbitrator in a number of arbitration proceedings including the subjects of banking, finance, construction, petroleum and manufacturing joint ventures. He advised the international consortium in the billion-dollar reclamation and development of Eko Atlantic City, Lagos- a historic Nigerian development. Yemi also successfully claimed against and defended government entities in different highprofile disputes on a range of subject.






Trademark Practitioner of the Year

Mila Federis is the co-founder and managing partner of Federis & Associates Law Offices, a boutique law firm in the Philippines, one of just a handful in the country whose practice is exclusively focused on intellectual property law.


he firm consistently ranks among the top trademark and patent filers at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL). Ms. Federis leads the firm’s very active litigation team which represents clients in cases involving difficult issues in trademark infringement and unfair competition, trademark registrability, trade dress rights and problems with parallel importation. Through her skillful and dedicated leadership, the Mila Federis firm has successfully obtained decisions declaring the fame of SCRABBLE, BRIDGESTONE, YAHOO, PAUL FRANK, PHILIPS, and MARLBORO trademarks. It also scored a recent win for PHILIPS in the Supreme Court. Ms. Federis works with clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, hotel, leisure, electronics, automotive, telecommunications and IT. Her extensive experience in an IP-focused practice involves litigation of highly contensted disputes over a wide range of patent and trademark issues, enabling her clients to assert rights from product shapes and configurations, trade dress and trade secrets. She assists clients in trademark portfolio management, provides counsel on trademark clearance, registrability, ownership, product advertising and labeling. She also assists in the filing and prosecution of patent applications. Ms. Federis obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of the Philippines. She started her IP-intensive legal practice at her first job after law school. That initial foray in IP practice was supplemented by working for several years in an IP firm in the United States where she gained experience in trademark filing in the US Patents & Trademarks Office (USPTO) and in other foreign countries; she counseled clients on their foreign filing program, and supervised the handling of inter partes cases in different countries. Ms. Federis has received awards as an outstanding lawyer in surveys conducted among peers and clients. She is in Who’s

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Who Legal Trademark 2017, IP Stars 2017, Who’s Who Legal Patents 2018, World’s Leading Lawyer, and 2018 Top 100 Lawyer. Ms. Federis is active in many professional organizations - INTA, APAA, AIPLA, AIPPI, ECTA, MARQUES, and AIPA. She volunteers in INTA committees and panel discussions, and represented INTA at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation IP Rights Experts’ Group consultation. She is a regular contributor in these INTA publications: Anti-Counterfeiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim, International Oppositions Guide, Country Guides, Madrid Practitioner’s Guide, and Enforcement Guide. She is also a regular contributor in Getting the Deal Through: Patents and Getting the Deal Through: Trademarks. In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Federis works on pro bono cases. She acted as defense counsel for students accused in anti-subversion cases, and defended seven women, environmental activists, who were brought to court by an influential political family who was harvesting fishes from a lake declared as a fish sanctuary. Ms. Federis is a passionate supporter of the University of the Philippines College of Law’s Office of Legal Aid; she provides financial aid to educate poor students, and is a regular donor to a non-governmental organization working to rescue and rehabilitate street children. Mila Federis Federis & Associates Law Offices Suites 2004 & 2005, 88 Corporate Center Valero corner Sedeño Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227 Philippines Tel: +632 8896197 Fax: +632 8896132 Email:mfederis@federislaw.com.ph www.federislaw.com.ph






Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year The HECHANOVA Group, comprising of four companies, serves the IP requirements of owners and users interested to protect their IP rights in the Philippines.


ECHANOVA & CO., INC., member of the HECHANOVA Group is an IP consulting firm handling patent and trademark prosecution, copyright, domain name, plant variety, product registrations, all types of searches, freedom to operate searches, patent drafting, maintenance services for patents and trademarks, valuation services for trademarks and food technologies, advising on labeling, product registration requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), plant variety registration, advising on advertising materials and registration with the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI), consulting on IP creation and protection, and other noncontentious IP services. Founded on Dec. 12, 2005, the company has now grown to thirty-one (31) professionals and support staff. The legal, business, technical and management experience of the professionals comprising the Company, coupled with in-depth knowledge of relevant local, regional and international laws and IP practices allows it to understand and give better advise. True to its slogan of “passion for service, service with integrity�, it has established itself as a reliable IP service provider and has been awarded by the IPOPHL as Top Patent Filer (rank #2) for the years 2010-2014, and Top Trademark Filer (within top 20) for the years 2010-2014 by the Intellectual Property Office of the

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Philippines. HECHANOVA & CO., INC. has risen to #1 position as top patent filer for 2015-2018 as informed by the IPOPHL. HECHANOVA & CO. INC. Ground Floor Salustiana D. Ty Tower, 104 Paseo de Roxas Avenue, 1229, Philippines Tel: + 632 8888 4293 / 8812 5445 Fax: + 632 8888 4290 Email: mail@hechanova.com.ph






Fraud Law Firm of the Year

Specialist Criminal Defence Mental Health and Prison Law Solicitors ABR solicitors is a nationally recognised criminal defence solicitors practice specialising in fraud, crime and regulatory defence. Our mental health team are highly regarded throughout the North of England. We have offices in Leeds, Liverpool, Harrogate and York.


e believe in ensuring that people and companies are properly represented in their case. We treat you as individual and know that every case is different. To do so we always fully assess and challenge evidence. We are committed to fighting for all our clients, both publicly and privately funded.

About ABR Solicitors Sources regard the criminal law team as a “key player in the Leeds market”. Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis. “This is a very ambitious firm with a bright future ahead of it,” according to observers. With expertise in fraud and general crime, partner in charge Rob Rode is “exceptionally approachable and easy to work with.” (Chambers UK 2011)

Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation. Prosecutions and investigations of all kinds are defended at all stages of their progress by our experienced team of criminal defence lawyers. We are a progressive practice ensuring independent representation for all our clients. We maintain excellent professional relationships with others barristers, solicitors and expert witnesses seeking justice for our clients. The team uses its immense experience of investigations and prosecutions to advise personal and commercial clients in a tactically astute matter. Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we are ranked highly in leading independent research publications and our discerning clientele reflect our reputation.

We can help you with: • Crime and Police Station Advice • Serious Fraud and Business Crime • Confiscation/Proceeds of Crime • Motoring and Transport Law • Tax Investigations and Prosecutions • Product Safety and Trading Standards • Health and Safety Investigations and Prosecutions • Money Laundering Prosecutions and Procedures Advice • Tribunals and Public Enquiry • Environment Agency Investigations and Prosecutions • Financial Conduct Authority Investigations and Prosecutions • Regulatory and Professional Discipline ABR Solicitors Britannia Chambers 4 Oxford Place Leeds LS1 3AX

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UK’s Compliance Consulting Adviser of the Year

Established in 2004, FMConsult is a specialist compliance, collective investment schemes, and operational and investment risk management consultancy that services a whole host of global financial services firms.


e have made it our mission to provide solutions to our clients so that they can continually meet regulatory requirements. Headquartered in London, FMConsult has offices in Ireland and USA, with an associate in Italy. Our highly experienced team have first-hand experience in asset management, wealth management, financial regulations and investment risk which provides us with the all-round expertise you would require from a consultancy. To learn more about our senior team, please refer to www.fmconsult.co.uk FMConsult is an independent regulatory, product development and operational risk consultancy committed to assisting clients in aligning financial services processes with regulatory requirements. We provide risk and compliance solutions that enable senior management of financial services firm’s to demonstrate that they and their firm are currently, and will continue to be, aligned with regulatory requirements. We major on the wholesale firms and funds industry but also have the capacity and experience to assist retail and market infrastructure companies. Examples of the types of work performed for our clients to date include • Corporate Authorisation • Compliance Outsourcing and Interim Resources • Due diligence & expert witness assignments

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• Fund establishment & authorisation • Consumer Credit • Compliance Monitoring and in-depth investigations Dallas J McGillivray Group Managing Director Experienced international regulatory and business manager. Previous Global Head of Compliance and Operational Risk at a major asset management company for all business outside of the Americas with circa 30 years experience in UK and global regulatory issues, covering both retail and institutional. Over 8 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in four different countries covering audit, accounting services, insolvency and regulation. Specialist in providing corporate governance and operational risk services to asset management and investment companies. Contact: dmcgillivray@fmconsult.co.uk Fleming Mcgillivray & Co Compliance Solutions
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Mid-Market Investment Advisory Boutique of the Year

Camden is a corporate finance house with a particular specialty in international financing and a special emphasis on the following sectors: biotech, tech, real estate as well as junior mining and exploration companies. Listed Companies

Secondary Issues

We provide a full range of corporate finance advisory services thanks to our team of professionals with many years’ experience in the quoted markets. We serve our listed clients as their financial adviser.

Whether a secondary fundraising is planned in order to fund an acquisition, provide greater working capital for organic expansion or to reduce debt, we will try to identify good quality, long-term investors to support the issue. Our recognized experience in placings, and rights issues means we are well placed to advise and ensure funds are raised from the highest quality investors.

Private Companies Our understanding of the particular challenges that private companies, their management and shareholders face mean that we can help at all stages of the growth cycle of a business from raising capital by way of private placement through to an exit event. Whether institutionally owned or not, Camden has been advising private companies and their investors for many years. We combine the experience of our professionals to advise shareholders of private companies on weighing up alternative exit strategies: trade sale, buy out or IPO.

Private Placements Working effectively with businesses throughout their growth cycle is one of Camden’s key strengths. It enables us to support our clients from the early stages of their businesses’ development right through to their chosen exit event. Based on your business plan, we advise on financing structures and prepare information materials. We will solicit offers from suitable sources and manage the negotiation process. Securing optimal terms from the most appropriate financing partners is our goal. The process of raising money is always time-consuming and can be especially daunting for entrepreneurs. Camden aims to ensure that the relationship between the management and its long-term financing partners remains productive. Balanced long term relationships are what we strive to deliver. 18 GLOBAL AWARDS 2019

Private Equity Camden has advised on more than 10 transactions involving private equity investors across Europe since 2006.

Mining Advisory Services Increased demand for resources globally has prompted a new wave of investment in mining, particularly in resource-rich Africa. The mining and metals industries face many challenges. They must be adequately managed to deal with volatile commodity prices, fluctuating currencies, new technologies, operating and capital cost pressures. A broad range of funding alternatives must address environmental pressures, constantly changing political and strategic options. Camden’s mining and metals finance and advisory team based in London, are uniquely positioned to assist and advise clients in securing financing in mining-related transactions.

Cleantech and Renewables The global economy faces unprecedented challenges: climate change, pollution and a shortage of natural resources, whilst the demand for energy is ever increasing. Our strong links with specialist financing and investment partners enable us to provide our clients with a full range of financing and strategic options. WWW.DEALMAKERS-MONTHLY.COM



Working throughout Europe & North America our network of relationships and execution expertise make Camden a partner of choice and a leading source of advice.

Internet & e-Commerce The internet is the biggest revolution in industrial history, and its commercial impact is immense. Camden views e-Commerce as a powerful and dynamic sector, with key players becoming increasingly profitable. Smaller and more innovative businesses are now acquisition targets and the growing profitability of e-Commerce and Internet businesses makes the sector more attractive for leveraged buy-outs and private equity. As a consequence, we expect this sector to be the scene of high levels of M&A activity.

Our expertise Internet & e-Commerce business models are highly differentiate. In addition, technological evolution is extremely rapid and often ‘game changing’. Camden’s dedicated team has been active in this sector since its inception and consequently has a detailed understanding of the market dynamics – essential knowledge for an advisor in this area. Our long-standing experience has resulted in the development of strong relationships with some of Europe’s key players, investors and potential buyers..

involvement into areas once considered the sole preserve of the public sector and fuel a wave of consolidation.

Retail Always dynamic and high profile, the retail sector is constantly evolving in keeping with changing consumer trends. Retailers worldwide are having to adapt their business models in response to the rapid growth of the internet. Multi-channel retailing and brand and estate optimization are set to be key drivers of change in the sector in the years to come. Camden is focused on developing strong, long-term relationships across the sector. Our relationships range from individual entrepreneurs to private equity-backed brands. We provide access to international investors and buyers across Europe.

Real Estate Camden acts as a capital placement and real estate finance advisory firm. Camden represents commercial real estate owners seeking to invest in real estate opportunities or need to divest due to a challenging economic environment. Our primary focus is helping clients across all property types access investors at all levels of the capital stack, matching the specific need with the appropriate capital providers. Our strategies are proven successes because we treat each project as if it were our own.

Healthcare & Biotech Many issues continue to face the healthcare sector, offering opportunities as well as potential pitfalls for investors. Healthcare provision will always be subject to political considerations, while regulatory and structural reform can present serious challenges. The financial turmoil of the last few years will constrain healthcare expenditure. This, in turn, will drive private sector

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Camden Associates Ltd. 27 Hill Street London W1J 5LP Tel: +44 207 290 9812 Mobile: +336 7498 4104 Email: jcg@camdenassociates.co.uk www.camdenassociates.co.uk






Boutique Tax Litigation Law Firm of the Year The Khan Partnership LLP is a leading London-based international specialist law firm.


ounded in 2004, our expertise includes commercial litigation, tax disputes and investigations, international arbitration, civil fraud, financial crime and asset tracing and recovery. We have an outstanding track record of achieving excellent outcomes for our clients which include large multinational corporates, high net worth individuals, governments, royal family members and political figures. The majority of our work involves conducting and managing high value and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. We are acknowledged experts in our field, and provide a fast, proactive partner led service making us a compelling alternative to City of London and international law firms.

About us The Khan Partnership advises multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and influential figures involved in large scale, high value disputes and litigation across multiple jurisdictions. We are a true international practice and have regular conduct of multiparty, cross-border cases across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and USA. Our lawyers are fluent in multiple languages. Clients value our highly bespoke and discreet advice. Superb and pro-active client service is at the centre of everything we do. Clients benefit from a skilled and experienced partner managing all matters. Commercial and legal objectives are paramount and we work collaboratively to achieve client commercial and reputational goals and secure the best outcome. We are available 24 hours

Rao Hassan Khan Senior partner and founder

a day, 365 days a year, wherever clients are in the world, whenever our services are required. The lawyers in our team include former senior government employees, and are recognised as leaders in their fields. Our aim is to pursue proactive, tactical, and assertive partner led case strategies from the outset of each case. We actively promote resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including mediation and international arbitration where such approaches are likely to achieve our clients’ objectives. When litigation is the only option, we have an excellent track record in pursuing and defending cases through the courts including the English Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. We regularly act against City of London and international law firms in high profile cases, and have an excellent reputation for winning disputes. Our lawyers are tenacious, highly skilled and will vigorously defend and promote clients’ best interests and their reputations. Our expertise includes: • Dispute Resolution • Tax Advisory, Disputes & Litigation • Corporate & Financial Crime • Corporate Services

Location 48-49 Russell Square London WC1B 4JP Telephone: +44 020 7612 2530 Fax: +44 020 7612 2531 Email: info@thekhanpartnership.com www.thekhanpartnership.com

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Estate Planning Law, Law Firm of the Year

Our mission is to help our clients achieve their estate planning goals Thy will be done is our motto. Our firm comprises attorneys who work together to create the best estate plan for you and your family.


t Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC, our team of lawyers use their different strengths and backgrounds to collaborate with you to get the results you seek. We draw from over 30 years of experience helping clients with individualized, innovative estate planning.

Our Estate Planning includes providing for your pets Our firm helps clients from all walks of life establish a sound estate plan to protect their assets and secure their wishes to provide for their family when they are no longer around to do so. Your estate plan does not end with your human family. We understand the important place your furry four-legged “children” occupy in your family. We can help you draft a pet trust to care for them long after you are gone.

Meet our team We’ve been practicing for over 25 years and we continue to find that our clients truly appreciate the time and effort we put into every aspect of their legal matter. We are here to help you succeed and that’s something we don’t take lightly. At Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC, our team is here to listen to your needs and help you accomplish your goals in any way we can. We know that estate planning matters can be a tough conversation for many people, but we have many options to help you achieve peace of mind. Our founding attorney, Donna J. Jackson, is a nationally renowned elder law and estate planning attorney. Along with attorney Stephanie M. Alleman and the support staff of legal intern Chantelle Hickman-Ladd, legal assistants Jeremy Ledford and Linda, and chief canine officers Rico and Zoe, we provide state-of-the-art estate planning shaped to your unique needs.

We care about providing your best future There are not many things in life that you can control. However, with the proper estate planning, you can develop peace of mind that you are taking those matters you are able to control in hand. With your financial power of attorney document, for example, you assign an agent to handle your financial and business affairs for you in case you are suddenly incapacitated and cannot handle matters on your own.

Contact Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC 10404 Vineyard Blvd Ste. E, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 Phone: +1 405 767 0333 / 405 840 1874 Fax: +1 405 840 1880

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MAALOUF ASHFORD & TALBOT Maalouf Ashford & Talbot is among the world’s leading international law firms with offices in New York City, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Al Khoper, Al Qatif, Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad, Erbil, Amman, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and affiliated offices in over 40 different countries worldwide.


aalouf Ashford & Talbot’s lawyers are internationally recognized as leading experts in the areas of International Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Oil & Gas Law, Energy Law, Private Equity Law, Project Finance Law, Asset Finance Law, Banking Law, Capital Markets Law, Corporate Law, Cross Border Law, Shipping & Maritime Law, Antitrust Law, Sharia Law, Compliance Law, Technology Media & Telecommunications Law, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Law and Tax Law. Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, LLP has a worldwide reputation for quality of advice and breadth of expertise. Their attorneys have delivered results in complex matters involving international trade and finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, energy, oil & gas transactions, IPO’s, private placements, and international arbitrations around the globe.In today’s heavily regulated and competitive world, corporations are facing greater scrutiny and confronting more arduous challenges than ever before. Maalouf Ashford & Talbot lawyers are world leaders in creating new and innovative ways to assist their

clients in meeting those challenges, rather than explaining to them why a deal “can’t be done”. With a practice that offers unparalleled representation across a comprehensive range of legal areas, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot’s lawyers have the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the deal done, and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone.

John J. Maalouf John J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of Maalouf Ashford & Talbot, is one of America’s top lawyers and is a globally recognized expert in the areas of International Trade & Finance Law, Corporate Law, Banking Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Telecommunications Law, Oil & Gas Law and International Arbitration. Mr. Maalouf has been ranked as one of the Top 10 International Trade & Finance Lawyers in the United States for the past 14 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 - 2019 Editions.

Geographic Scope

Maalouf Ashford has offices and affiliates worldwide, and they represent clients in connection with their legal needs in the following countries: MIDDLE EAST United Arab Emirates Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Egypt Qatar Lebanon Turkey Iraq Libya Syria Jordan Bahrain Kuwait Oman Yemen Afghanistan 22 GLOBAL AWARDS 2019

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AFRICA Algeria Morocco Tunisia Sudan Angola South Africa Nigeria Malawi Cameroon Sierra Leone Gambia Senegal Mali Cameroon Kenya Gabon Ghana

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• International Trade & Finance • Corporate Law • Energy, Oil & Gas Law • Mergers and Acquisitions • International Arbitration • Securities Law • Regulatory Practice • Middle-East Practice

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