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LAWYERS WORLD

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GLOBAL AWARDS

Winners include: Basilio Advogados BRAZIL Maalouf Ashford & Talbot GLOBAL Tornaritis Law Firm CYPRUS

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WELCOME TO LAWYERS WORLD 2019 GLOBAL AWARDS 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 location and the sector that a business may operate within. Regulatory, compliance, property, environmental, fund formation, and employment law amongst others all rank high on the agenda. Recognising the experience and skills that many of the developed nations have, we know how important it is to be recognised as a leader in your field of expertise The LAWYERS WORLD 2019 GLOBAL AWARDS recognise a select number of leading professional firms, across the globe, for their individual areas of specialisation, within their geographical location. We recognise and salute the organisations and 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 specialisation, across the various geographical regions. Congratulations to all the winners from everyone at Lawyers World. Roger Black – Editor

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and the winners are.... A

E UK

5

E.Schaffer & Co.

Russia

6

EC3 Legal

Belgium

7

Echevarria Leunda & Echevarria Petit

ABR Solicitors Aerohelp Afschrift Al-Hashmi Law

Oman

UK

Hong Kong

Ella Cheong LLC

Malaysia

9

Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino

Singapore Caribbean

16

F The Netherlands

Basilio Advogados

Brazil

Berdeja Abogados SC

10

Mexico

BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

Germany

Bizlink Lawyers

Vietnam

Bojorge & Associates

Spain

Fakhoury Law Group PC

USA

Financial Marketing Ltd

UK

FMConsult UK Fredrikson & Byron Fulcrum International Ltd

UK

G

Boult Wade Tennant

UK

Gaggar & Associates

Broad & Bright

China

BTG Legal

India

C

Gardos Furedi Mosonyi Tomori

Candia Advocates and Legal Consultants

18

Cyprus Mexico

19

Turks & Caicos

13

Uganda

Carter Perry Bailey LLP

UK

Hungary

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

GrahamThompson UK

17

INDIA

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

Camden Associates

USA

12

Bonaccord

CR & F Rojas

Uraguay

Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu

8

B BarentsKrans

Israel

Nigeria

ARM Trustees Ltd Azmi & Associates

3

UK Bolivia

H Hechanova & Co., Inc. HFW Hobbs, Niles & Co

Philippines

20

Hong Kong Barbados

D Demotech, Inc. DIMAC Law Firm Donna J. Jackson & Associates

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USA

K

Vietnam

14

Kather Augenstein

Germany

USA

15

Knierim & Kollegen

Germany

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and the winners are.... L Law Office of Ramni Taneja

India

21

LIKAR Law Offices

Austria

Luke & Associates

Botswana

Global

22

Mediastic France Miller Thomson

Rodner, Martinez & Asociados

Canada

Sadis & Goldberg

Stewart Germann

The Netherlands

24

Finland

25

Osuya & Osuya Law Firm

Peru Nigeria

PatentAxis Inc. Patrizia La Rocca PPT Legal Preu Bohlig & Partner

Philippines

31

USA India

32

Middle East New Zealand

33

T Tornaritis Law Firm LLC Tuli & Co

UK Cyprus

34

India

V

P ParrisWhittaker

30

Taylor Hampton Solicitors

O OMC Abogados & Consultores

Canada

S

Simmons & Simmons

N Nordic Law

Venezuela

Rogerson Law Group

Samvad Partners

Nextius Legal

Nigeria

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

M Maalouf Ashford & Talbot

Roberts & Shoda Attorneys

Valente Associati GEB Partners

Bahamas

26

Canada

27

Italy Greece Germany

Italy

VCI Legal

Vietnam

Vellani & Vellani

Pakistan

Viboal FindEX

Romania

W Wintertons Zimbabwe

R Railas Finland RICH IP & Co. Richard L. Rosen

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Taiwan

28

USA

29

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Fraud Law Firm of the Year UK

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ABR SOLICITORS ABR solicitors is a nationally recognised criminal defence solicitors practice specialising in fraud, crime and regulatory defence. We 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.

ONE OF THE LEADING CRIMINAL PRACTICES IN THE COUNTRY

ABR SOLICITORS Britannia Chambers 4 Oxford Place Leeds LS1 3AX T: + 44 0333 600 9222 (National rates) M: + 44 07850 899 999 (Out of hours) E: enquiries@abrsolicitors.com

The highly regarded team has a longstanding reputation in all matters connected with criminal law. The leading criminal practice in Yorkshire, ABR Solicitors, is ranked in the top four practices nationwide and the top three in the North West. The fraud crime and regulatory team handles numerous high profile and complex cases all over the country. A highly regarded team of criminal defence solicitors; fraud and proceeds of crime act are recognised as a particular area of expertise. In Chambers UK sources said the ABR Solicitors team is noted for its work in complex and very high cost cases, and its practice is recognised nationwide. “The firm gives the highest possible level in terms of quality of instructions and legal ability.” The “team has real courage in the cases it takes”. We prepare all cases thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. As described by Chambers we “keep on digging”.

“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 and Legal 500 UK) Acting on fraud, regulatory and general crime cases we have won numerous awards 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. LW

ABOUT ABR SOLICITORS Sources regard the criminal law team as a “key player ”. “Although the team handles a large amount of regulatory and fraud work, it also continues to handle general criminal cases on a regular basis.”

+44 22 +41 0333 560600 60 9222 36 www.abrsolicitors.com www.afschrift.com WWW.LAWYERS-WORLD.COM

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Aviation Law, Law Firm of the Year RUSSIA

AEROHELP The main objective of the AEROHELP Law Office is the provision of legal services in the field of aviation. We work with Russian and foreign airlines, airports, providing legal support to the aviation business, as well as providing legal assistance to aviation personnel. AREOHELP LAW OFFICE Russia, 199004, St. Petersburg, 7-ya liniya V.O., 44, letter A T: +7 812 961 6196 +7 800 500 1766 E: info@aerohelp.ru W: www.aerohelp.ru

All lawyers and experts of the AEROHELP have higher legal education, and many of them are also active teachers of branch and legal universities of different countries. We provide services both in Russia and abroad. AEROHELP Law Office has offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in Tallinn, which allows us to provide legal services in the countries of the European Union both directly and through a partner network all over the world. We accompany international projects on the principle of "one stop shop", which means coordinating the work of lawyers working on projects in different countries.

AEROHELP - YOUR RELIABLE LEGAL PARTNER The logical continuation of the product line of the AEROHELP project is the provision of qualified legal assistance in the application and interpretation of acts of air legislation in Russia and other countries. To realize this task, we created the AEROHELP Law Office. The internal standard of AEROHELP is that the specialists have a master's or specialist degree in

law, a candidate or a doctor of science. Some have the status of a lawyer. An essentiall part of the AEROHELP project is the satisfaction of the needs of an unlimited number of people in obtaining new knowledge in the field of legal regulation of aviation relations, as well as providing qualified legal assistance in the application and interpretation of acts of air legislation in Russia, Ukraine and other countries. To realize this task, we have created the NonState Educational Private Institution of Additional Professional Education "Institute of Air and Space Law "AEROHELP", which is an association of lawyers specializing in the provision of services in the field of law to subjects of aviation activities, as well as to persons who entered into legal relations with them. LW

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Tax Lawyer of the Year & Tax Law Firm of the Year BELGIUM

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AFSCHRIFT LAW FIRM AFSCHRIFT Law Firm is specialised in domestic and international tax law and law relating to white collar crime. AFSCHRIFT Law Firm was established in Brussels in 1994 and over the years, has expanded its presence and activity in Antwerp, Geneva, Fribourg, Luxembourg, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. The firm advises all taxpayer, natural or legal persons, in order to organize at the best their personal, real property or professional patrimony. As a specialist, it helps its clients in performing transactions including by setting up international financial packages that minimize tax costs while remaining legally compliant. The firm gives preventive and rigorous advice in relation to the decisions and behavior clients plan to adopt, so as to avoid the application of fiscal and criminal laws. The firm’s practice and advises a significant number of major companies and banks, in reorganizations, tax planning and tax litigation. Furthermore, AFSCHRIFT Law Firm defends all taxpayers in all disputes concerning all taxes matters. The firm also defends assertively and effectively taxpayers undergoing criminal prosecution in tax and all other financial cases, notably to assure respect for their fundamental rights. The firm chose deliberately the “boutique” status as it dedicates its entire activity to the sphere of Tax Law and Financial Criminal Law. This situation allows the firm to gather real specialist lawyers. This grants also the firm a large independence. Moreover, the firm deliberately chooses not to create distinct departments for consultancy and litigation, in order for each lawyer to practice simultaneously in the two spheres of activities. As examples of application of these criterions in the developing fields of tax law, AFSCHRIFT often appeared as a “pioneer” in respect to the developed argumentation. Belgium is attractive for different reasons. For example, Belgian holding companies are very attractive for foreign investors. In fact, there are many tax considerations which warrant the establishment of a holding company in Belgium. The different preoccupations are for example: Tax

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treatment of income from shares, the Flat rate nonreimbursable tax credit for foreign source income and the deduction of interest paid by the holding company on loans used to finance the acquisition of shareholdings“. Foreign investors may also be interested by the Belgian system of the “deduction for notional interest”, a tax deduction for equity capital. LW

+32 2 646 4636 www.afschrift.com WWW.LAWYERS-WORLD.COM

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Private Trusts Law, Lawyer of the Year NIGERIA

ARM TRUSTEES LIMITED Folashade Adeloye is a qualified common law solicitor with extensive experience in corporate finance transactions. Her competence is cross border, spanning private equity, business combinations, private wealth and capital markets.

FOLASHADE ADELOYE ARM Trustees | 1, Mekunwen Road, Off Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos T: +234 0 80 3361 5766 E: folashade.adeloye@arm. com.ng W: www.armtrustees.com

Having worked in asset management for over seventeen years, Folashade has developed expertise in wealth transfer as it relates to gifting, estate planning, business succession planning, future family security and charitable giving. Over the years, she has rendered wealth management and transfer services to High Net Worth Individuals and affluent families across several jurisdictions, displaying a deep understanding of trust laws and gifting techniques. Folashade currently manages ARM Trustees Limited, a subsidiary of Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Limited “ARM Group”, the largest non-bank financial service Firm in Nigeria with over $3.3Billion Dollars Assets Under Management. She manages ARM Trustees book of business and operations, is responsible for driving strategy and profitability and ensuring employee engagement. ARM Trustees’ close alignment with ARM Group’s wealth and investment management business has led to achievement of 100% growth target in client base and AUM. Over a three year period, Folashade and her team of experienced trust advisors have propelled ARM Group’s trust

business’ appointment on high profile debt market transactions cumulatively valued at circa U$7bn, driving the business to profitability and achieving recognition as a strong player in the corporate trust industry. She is also seasoned in corporate governance and company secretarial practice. She holds an LL.B from Obafemi Awolowo University and an LL.M from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a qualified Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) UK, a Member of the Negotiation & Conflict Management Group (NCMG) and an INSEAD Alumni. She is a Member of the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and was also named the International Advisory Expert of the Year (Law) for Nigeria in 2018. LW

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Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year MALAYSIA

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AZMI & ASSOCIATES Azmi & Associates is a full-service Malaysian corporate law firm comprising close to 80 lawyers and 20 trainee lawyers with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Singapore.

Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali Senior Partner

Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip Managing Partner AZMI & ASSOCIATES 14th Floor, Menara Keck Seng, 203 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia T: +603 2118 5000 F: +603 2118 5111 E: general@azmilaw.com W: www.azmilaw.com

We act as a cost-effective one-stop center to provide legal support for our clients’ corporate objectives, from conception to completion of work. Our resources extend globally due to the strength of our international alliances. Azmi & Associates participates actively in the TerraLex network of law firms (based in USA). We are also a member of ASEAN Plus Group, a network initiated to promote regional cooperation amongst well-rated law firms in the region and a member of First Law International (based in Europe). With such wide network spanning around the globe and a robust team of highly qualified and internationally groomed lawyers, we are able to mobilise resources quickly and serve your business interests within and outside of Malaysia, seamlessly. Our trusted commercially savvy solutions over the decade have gained us global recognitions on various international legal directory listings and publications of global repute such as the Legal 500, Asian Legal Business, Chambers Global, AsiaLaw Profiles, Asian In-House Handbook and the International Financial Law Review 1000.

NETWORK MEMBERSHIPS: • TerraLex • Asean Plus Group • F irst Law International

ACHIEVEMENTS:

•2  016 - 2010 Employer of Choice – Asian Legal Business • 2016 Best Islamic Finance Law Firm - Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) • 2015 Law Firm of the Year for Islamic Finance category - ASEAN-MENA Counsel In-House Community •2  014 Malaysia Law Firm of the Year - Asian Legal Business • 2013 Top 10 Largest Law Firm in Malaysia – Asian Legal Business

NOTABLE ASSIGNMENTS 2018-2019: •A  Groupe’ Lactalis Advised and provided legal services to Groupe’ Lactalis, a French group (the 2nd largest dairy company in the world), on its acquisition of chilled dairy business and manufacturing business from Nestle. • S teris Corporation  Advised STERIS PLC, a public company listed in New York Stock Exchange on its 100% acquisition (through its subsidiary company in Malaysia) of a Malaysian company that is involved in sterilisation business. •F  oot Locker Retail Inc. Advised Foot Locker Retail Inc (a USA sportswear and footwear retailer) on its e-commerce laws and expansion structure for its market entry into Malaysia.LW

• Recognition Award for Company Advisory Firm in 2017 – The Malaysian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“MVCA”)

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Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year BRAZIL

BASILIO ADVOGADOS One of the great innovations of the new Brazilian Civil Procedure Code, published in 2015, is the system of judicial precedents, with binding effectiveness to bodies of the Judiciary Power. This is based on the primacy of legal security, fundamental value of the legal system (Federal Constitution - CF, article 5, caput) and the consistency of the judicial system with regard to its addressees, as provided by its art. 926.

Ana Tereza Basilio Partner BASILIO ADVOGADOS Av. Presidente Wilson, 210 – 12th and 13th floors Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20030-021 T: +  55 21 2277 4200 E: abasilio@basilioadvogados. com.br W: www.basilioadvogados. com.br

In this context, the judges must observe, in accordance with article 927 of the Civil Procedure Code, certain judicial precedents set in peculiar incidents and remedies destined to the uniformisation of the jurisprudence, at national level. And they are binding, according to the norm. This linkage must be acclaimed, even by the members of the Superior Courts, in their monocratic decisions or delivered in fractional bodies of a hierarchy inferior to the one that established the precedent to which the law assigns binding effects. Otherwise, in addition to violating legal certainty, a constitutional principle would establish a true judicial anarchy, which the new procedural law intended to curb. Thus, there arose a broad discussion in Brazilian doctrine if the aforementioned judicial precedents would also link the arbitrator's activity. Some premises set out to define the controversy. The first premise is that the parties must have established, in the arbitration clause, that the arbitration will be governed by Brazilian law; otherwise, civil procedural law will not apply tout court. The second premise is that the arbitrator exercises judicial power, according to good doctrine and under the terms of § 6 of article 13, article 14 and article 18 of the Arbitration Law, which grants them the same duties applicable to the judge. That is, the arbitrator, as well as the judge, must say the law applicable to the specific case and, in the exercise of his duty, it doesn’t matter the form of his investiture, as judge or arbiter. The procedural law itself equated the activity of the arbitrators with that of the judges by providing, in the same provision, the power-of-duty of the judges to exercise jurisdiction and the possibility of the parties to avail themselves of arbitration (article 3, caput, and paragraph 1). On the other hand, the Arbitration Law, subjects the arbitrators, in the exercise of their jurisdictional function, to answer for the practice of criminal types, similar to public officials (Law no. 9.307/96, article 17).

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It is not because the arbitrators exercise jurisdiction, that they would necessarily be tied to binding judicial precedents, since they do not exercise the same kind of state jurisdiction that is exclusive to judges. Judges must comply with the Civil Procedure Code as a legal instrument that regulates the state process. Arbitration already has its procedural rite regulated by the parties, in the arbitration agreement (article 21, Law no. 9307/96), respecting the constitutional principles, among which stand out those of ample defence and contradictory. This is without prejudice to the parties stipulating, together with the arbitrator(s), procedural legal transactions, as permitted by law, e.g. through the practice of negotiation acts with the stipulation of procedural rules, rights and obligations in the arbitration term or at a later date (Article 19, § 1, Law no. 9307/96). The parties' freedom in the arbitration proceedings is greater than that granted by the new Civil Procedure Code, although it admits, even more narrowly than in arbitration, the conclusion of legal business by the parties (article 190). The system of arbitration rules cannot be equated with the civil procedural system, although, under the law that instituted it, arbitration finds limits in its application. In addition to the need to provide adequate reasons for decisions, foreseen in Articles 32, III and 26, II, of Law no. 9307/96, which is a corollary of the constitutional principle of the motivation of judicial decisions (CF, article 93, IX), Arbitration Law establishes that the arbitration award must comply, as it could not be otherwise, with certain constitutional principles (article 21, § 2). However, in spite of the difference of the institutes, it would consist of a systemic pathology to admit the possibility, on one hand, of the judge in a judicial demand to be bound to the precedent and, on the other, the arbitrator in arbitration proceeding not, based on principles of isonomy and legal certainty. To support the contrary would be to admit a true split in Brazilian

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law, disagreeing on identical issues of merit, depending on who will judge the case (an arbitrator or a judge), which would eventually generate undesirable insecurity and make the institute of arbitration discredited. On the basis of the principle of legal certainty and of the integrity of the system, it must be concluded that arbitrators are linked to all kinds of judicial precedents on matters of substantive law, to which the legislature has given binding force as envisaged in article 927 of the new Civil Procedure Code. After all, once a binding decision has been issued on a substantive law issue, this command will have normative status and will give jurisdictions the hope that their command will guide the solution of litigation on the same subject. It does not seem, however, that the principle of equality is a sufficient basis for all the cases of precedents foreseen on the new Civil Procedural Code to apply, in totum, to arbitration proceedings, without verifying their suitability for arbitration, which has its own procedural rules and exempts, such as the application of civil procedural law. Thus, binding decisions regarding adjective or formal rules may only be applicable to claims submitted to the Judiciary and to the judicial process, whose rite is not compatible with arbitration and the freedom of choice of litigants in arbitration proceedings. It will be for the arbitrators, therefore, to analyse each hypothesis of precedent of binding merit, in order to verify its applicability in the concrete case. Thus, there is no doubt that, since arbitration is governed by Brazilian law, arbitrators cannot, for example, apply a rule that has been declared unconstitutional, in Direct Unconstitutionality Action (ADIN) judged by the Federal Supreme Court in control constitutionality. After all, this norm ceases to be valid in the legal system after the Supreme Court pronouncing its unconstitutionality, as emphasised by the specialised doctrine. In this context, compliance with this precedent does not follow strictly from the Civil Procedure Code, but rather from the absence of the legal norm in the legal system, given the erga omnes effectiveness of the declaration of merit of its unconstitutionality by the Supreme Court, as established by article 102, § 2, of the Constitution of the Republic. In relation to binding precedents, they are likewise of mandatory compliance by the arbitrators, since they

are, by constitutional provision (CF, article 103-A), a source of law and are effective against all. Therefore, the arbitrators could not disregard the binding precedents, in rendering decisions of merit in arbitration to be resolved by Brazilian law, since they would have the duty to observe this source of law, as an integral part of the legal system. It would be up to the arbitrators, therefore, to verify their effect on the specific case, under penalty of their decisions being challenged, by means of a complaint addressed to the Federal Supreme Court (CF, article 102, I, “l”). It is right to say, for example, that it would be contradictory to admit that the Public Administration – which may, by virtue of Laws no. 8.987/95 and 13.129/2015, participate in arbitrations – would be subject to the effectiveness of the binding precedent, on the Judiciary (article 103-A). However, this is not the case for arbitrations, since the arbitrators would not be obliged to observe their statements. Such an understanding would lead to the discrediting of arbitration and the loss of confidence in its use, which would be negative, since it is a commonly used mechanism in the business environment, requiring confidence to give it stability. It`s possible to conclude, therefore, that the arbitrators must observe the decisions that the legislator attributes binding effectiveness, both in terms of concentrated control of constitutionality, and in the case of the statements of binding judicial precedent. Although it is not necessarily based on procedural law, it must take into account the need to interpret every legal institute according to the Constitution. Forgive the undeniable truth, arbitration cannot neglect the influence of constitutional principles (Law no. 9307/96, article. 21), otherwise the unity of the legal system will be undermined, threatening its unity and permeating it with contradictions and casuism. LW

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Leading Spanish Immigration Law Firm SPAIN

BOJORGE & ASSOCIATES Primarily Bojorge & Associates practice immigration law and assist with Spain visas and travel, but we are diverse in capacity. 1.  We assist in proceedings and representation services mainly in Spanish immigration law. 2. We provide businesses, employees, foreign resident citizens and foreign non-resident citizens with legal and consulting services in the areas of visa, immigration and business resources for opportunity. 3. Purchase a property in Spain or investment projects. MARLA VANESSA BOJORGE ZUNIGA

BOJORGE & ASSOCIATES Sorolla Center Av. Cortes Valencianas, 58 5th 46015 Valencia SPAIN T: +34 96 045 1676 F: +34 96 112 5927 E: marla@visalawspain.com W: www.visalawspain.com

WHY CHOOSE SPAIN? Spain, the second largest country in Europe, is so diverse there is something for everyone. Spain is located in southwestern Europe in the Iberian Peninsula. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean to the east and to the south, Portugal to the west, the Atlantic to the southwest, and France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay to the north. The Balearic and Canary Islands are also part of Spain. Whether you enjoy the beach, mountains, dry plains, tropical climates, skiing, trekking, long sandy beaches, hidden rocky coves, crisp cold mornings, long warm evenings, sitting by a warm fire watching it snow or sitting on a deckchair in the sun, sleepy rural villages, or some of Europe’s most modern cities, it’s there for you. Modern and affordable public transportation make seeing the entire country comfortable and within reach of everyone. The Spanish people are fun loving and familyoriented. Bars open late, eating out is cheap and people are generally very relaxed. Spain is childfriendly too: on an ordinary Saturday night in most cities you’ll find everyone from young children to grandparents on the streets and in restaurants having a good time. Since the Spanish birthrate is low, children

are doted on and grow up in a caring, multi-cultural environment. There is a wide range of educational options, from Spanish public schools to British schools to completely bilingual schools. Children also have the opportunity to experience extended family life, since older folk in Spain usually remain in the family home, instead of moving into nursing homes. The cost of living in Spain is somewhat lower than the rest of the EU, and taxes are also lower. EU citizens have the same job rights and privileges as Spanish citizens, and they can work as freelancers or start their own companies in the same way as Spaniards do. Consultations are provided to corporations as well as individuals concerning the following aspects of Spanish Immigration law:Acquiring Spanish Nationality,Employment-Based Immigrant Visas,Tourist Visa and Letter of Invitation, Appication for self-employment visa,Business Visitor,European Union Citizen Permit. Marla Vanessa Bojorge Zuniga also participated as speaker in the International Bar Association for Lawyers (IBA) and Union International des Avocats (UIA). Bar: “Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Valencia” ICAV Nº 12.990 CCBE: “representación de Abogados de Europa Nº 883” “MB Marla Bojorge Zuñiga Abogado, servicios jurídicos MARCA NACIONAL Nº 3.666.588 , Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas 2017” LW

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Best Mid-Market Investment Advisory Boutique UK

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CAMDEN ASSOCIATES A privately-held advisory firm based in London, Camden Associates is a boutique investment banking firm that has built a solid reputation in international financing, having successfully represented clients all around the world

CAMDEN ASSOCIATES 27 Hill Street London W1J 5LP T: +44 207 290 9812 M (Europe): +336 7498 4104 W: www.camdenassociates.co.uk

Offering a range of services from pure advisory to financing to private and public company alike, Camden Associates was created in 2003 under the name Camden Partners. In 2006, after a change of shareholders, it was rebranded as Camden Associates. Initially focusing on Eastern Europe and on large groups such as Bouygues, Rosatom, Gazprom, Lukoil, and Rushydro, the firm changed its focus to smaller, more innovative deals and broadened its scope on a sectors basis including technology, biotech, and mining, all of which are worldwide sectors. “Our unique selling point is our experience of faraway countries and their business practices,” says founder Jean-Claude Gonneau. “After a traditional banking career spanning from M&A at BNP in France to First Boston in New York followed by London, some of us worked in a hedge fund at Duet, creating real estate and private equity funds in Russia and India. “We helped oligarchs monetise their wealth, and also helped create the first Sub-Saharan fund. We are essentially project driven and believe that behind the specifics of a sector there is a unique management with unique abilities and specific problems. “We strive to help them solve the particular problem they have at one point in time.” Camden Associates’ overall mission is to get deals done and it prides on its ability to take the necessary action to make those deals a success. “We start from ensuring we fully understand the client’s story as well as understand what the client wants to do. At this stage we like to analyse and see if we can help. We never feel pressure in doing a deal we do not believe in. Once we decide to do the deal, we then try and see how the market will react to the story and act accordingly.” Gonneau believes what sets his firm apart is its adaptability to client needs. “We are not claiming we are better than our competitors. We are simply more adapted to some of our clients and do not believe two deals are the same.” Acknowledging the challenges of the industry, Gonneau believes quality and talent can always deliver and Camden Associates will continue to move further on its success journey.

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“I would say yes the recent times has been challenging when you see the new rules and regulations being introduced. MIFID II, for instance, has damaged the industry a great deal in the name of more transparency. “The result is that a number of small to midsize firms are giving up. For Camden, too, the result is mostly positive but it definitely is a problem to have legislation made by people who do not understand the basic rules of the financial markets.” In order to be in touch with new developments happening in their areas of specialisation, the team at Camden Associates tries and read the market and the new trends evolving. States Gonneau: “Clearly some powerful new trends are developing in North America including the revival of resources and the brand new cannabis planet . In Continental Europe, new oil saving technologies are all the rage alongside blockchain and healthtec. So we are active in those fields.” For instance, the team is currently working with a company which developed the ‘passcare’ the first portable patient record. “Crypted by blockchain, it will empower patients to control their medical record and their data – and it has attracted the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is very encouraging.” Camden Associates is at the finalising stage of arranging finance for a company using hydrogenbased techniques to reduce car consumption and pollution drastically – which would mean 30 percent for consumption and up to 70 per cent for pollution.” In the mining sector, the firm has a number of very profitable small-size mining deals with a notable one being in Zimbabwe. LW

+44 207 290 9812 www.camdenassociates.co.uk LAWYERS WORLD 2019 GLOBAL AWARDS


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Best New M&A Law Firm of the Year VIETNAM

DIMAC LAW FIRM

DIMAC Law Firm was found on 11 March 2015. Our partners have several years of top-tier experience with domestic and international law firms. HEAD OFFICE Dimac Law, Suite 304, Capital Place, 6 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City T: + 84 28 3822 4860 F: + 84 28 3822 4864 E: clientcare@dimac-law.com W: dimac-law.com

HA NOI OFFICE Suite 509, DMC Tower, 535 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi T: +84 24 6274 1625 F: +84 24 6274 1622 E: clientcare@dimac-law.com

DA NANG OFFICE 3rd Floor, Indochina Riverside Tower, 74 Bach Dang, Danang City T: +84 236 3664 680 F: +84 236 3664 666 E: clientcare@dimac-law.com

After four years from its establishment, with a team of over 30 lawyers and professional staff lead by five partners, DIMAC has the resources and expertise to serve in all areas of the law. We offer international investors and local corporations a wide variety of legal matters in the practice areas of Foreign Investment, Corporate & M&A, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, and Telecommunications, Media and Technology. With offices conveniently located in Ho Chi Minh City, the capital of Hanoi and Da Nang, we have the opportunity to service the clients across Vietnam. Our lawyers have extensive experience in foreign investment laws and provide legal and advisory services to institutional and individual investors coming from United States, Europe, Asia and other regions seeking to do business in Vietnam. We provide legal advice to both Vietnamese and international clients on a variety of corporate matters and M&A transactions. We are a dedicated group of lawyers who have demonstrated the ability to manage and advise on complex, cross-border transactions and we regularly advise buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions. We are market leaders in dispute resolution and are able to advise our clients on the full range of disputes they may encounter. We advise our clients on the alternative ways to resolve disputes, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration and tailor our service to the size and complexity of each case. In addition, we offer a full commercial litigation and dispute resolution service, from pre-litigation case assessment of the merits of a case, representation through to bringing legal action through the court hearings. We adopt a robust yet pragmatic approach to litigation and offer practical and commercially advantageous advice, along with prompt and

effective action to achieve full and final solutions quickly and cost effectively. We advise real estate and property developers, property investors, government agencies, landlords, property managers and tenants right across the country. We provide a comprehensive range of commercial real estate services across Vietnam, with in-depth knowledge of government institutions, local laws, regulations (and their application). Our team advises land and property developers, property investors, landlords, property managers and tenants. We have recently developed telecommunications, media and technology practice and offer advice on telecommunications law and related areas, with a special emphasis on IT and legal issues concerning digital platforms. We have deep technical knowledge of telecommunications and internet technologies. We pride ourselves that we flourished from our modest beginnings into a professional environment that thrived on diligence and thoroughness to provide the highest quality of legal services. We are committed to be trustworthy and ethical in our actions and self-motivated to maintain the highest professional standards and a superior work dedication. We are honored to be acknowledged by Legal 500 in the latest rankings for Corporate and M&A and Dispute Resolution practices, which demonstrates the trust that clients place on us and the excellent feedbacks we have received from clients.

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Estate Planning Law, Law Firm of the Year USA

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DONNA J. JACKSON & ASSOCIATES Donna J. Jackson & Associates, PLLC is a law firm dedicated to providing the best estate planning services including revocable, irrevocable, special needs, (d)(4)(A), veteran asset protection, and Medicaid asset protection trusts that are customized to fit every client’s needs.

Donna J. Jackson Attorney at Law DONNA J. JACKSON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC 10404 Vineyard Blvd, Ste E Oklahoma City, Ok 73120 T: + 1 405 840 1874 F: + 1 405 840 1880 E: donnajacksonlaw@ outlook.com W: www.okcestatelawyer.com

Comprised of attorneys who work together to put together the best estate plan for you and your family. Our firm has a team of lawyers who all have different strengths and backgrounds who will collaborate to get the results you seek. We’ve been practicing business law for over 25 years and we’ve found that our clients truly appreciate the time and effort we put into every aspect of their business. We’re here to help you succeed and that’s something we don’t take lightly. At Donna J. Jackson, Attorney at Law, PC we are here to listen to your needs and help you accomplish your business goals in any way we can. We know that starting a business can be tough on your wallet, and we’ve got a number of different options that you and your company can review to keep costs as low as possible.

PRACTICE AREAS Estate Planning Do you want to specify exactly where your assets will go after you pass away? Do you want to avoid the probate process? Do you want to make certain that assets won’t be given outright to a minor or that your young children are responsibly taken care of – money wise? Then it is time to start considering estate planning. Whether you are single, married, have children, or have fur children, our goal is to make sure your surviving spouse, surviving children, and/or surviving animals are provided for as you see fit. This can be done with an array of estate planning techniques. Please call the office, ask to speak with Linda, and schedule an appointment with our team to help you accomplish your estate planning wishes. Trusts No, the rumor is not true – you do not need a million dollars in assets to have a Trust. You may want to make sure minor children, pets, a person with special needs, or your family, in general, are taken care of and are able to avoid the probate process with the help of a Trust. There are many different types of Trusts, including: Special Needs Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts, Veterans Asset Protection Trusts, Charitable Trusts, etc.

Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, HIPAA Authorization & Advance Directive (a/k/a Living Will) These are all helpful tools to have in your estate planning toolbox. Who can write checks on your behalf, who can doctors talk to and ask medical questions, who can get access to your medical records. These documents help instruct others of your desires on who you have selected to act in your stead and in your best interest. Probate It is always difficult when a loved one dies, but the situation can become even more complicated when assets are left in that person’s name and need to be transferred to others. For example, if a mother passed away and left a house in her name, then that asset is stuck and has nowhere to go. A probate attorney can help you (the heirs) to get the Judge to allow those assets to be transferred to the rightful people. If a person dies with a valid will, that person is said to have died testate. If someone dies without a will or without a valid will, then the person is said to have died intestate. With either situation, it is advisable to speak with an attorney to determine is any assets need to be probated or if there is another way to get a small asset transferred out of the decedent’s name and into the rightful heir’s name. Guardianship When it is necessary or convenient, a guardianship may be appointed over a minor or an adult and over the person or the person’s property. A judge will determine what is in the best interest of the individual potentially needing the guardianship over him or herself. There are several reasons why one might needs a guardianship, e.g., enrolling a minor into school or daycare, allowing the guardian to obtain medical treatment, etc. The petition to obtain guardianship should be filed in the county court where either the potential ward lives or where the proposed guardian lives. Guardianships can be temporary or long-term. We all want what is in the best interest of the potential ward (adult or minor needing the guardianship). Please contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss the matter further! LW

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Caribbean’s Estate & Trusts Lawyer of the Year SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY

EMMANUEL JACQUES ALMOSNINO The Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino law firm is comprised of highly skilled international attorneys involved with tax, financing, real property and wealth management. EMMANUEL JACQUES ALMOSNINO 3 rue Lafayette Gustavia - BP 656 97099 Saint-Barthélemy French West Indies T: +590 590 297 110 E: contact@eja-lawfirm.com W: www.eja-lawfirm.com

With a very particular knowledge of the law, the attorneys at the Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino law firm take great pride in establishing long-lasting relationships with clients and their representatives, and maintaining a work ethic that consists of going above and beyond the usual scope of work to ensure a client’s needs are met. Major international financial institutions and law firms from throughout the world refer clients to the Firm. Such institutions understand that the personalized service and advice, which the Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino law firm provides, brings great value to the transactions the firm handles on their behalf and the resolution of many complex situations. With a team of dedicated and experienced multilingual professionals, the law firm of Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino is widely accepted as one of the leading law firm in the Caribbean and one of the top boutique law firms among the world in the field of international wealth management for high net worth international private clients. Recognizing that every action has the potential for global financial repercussions, Mr. Jacques is one of a select few attorneys who is well versed in International Finance, International Relations, and

Management. Indeed, Mr. Jacques attended Paris University of Law and graduated at the age of 23 then studied Management at the HEC Paris, the highestranked business school in Europe; received his diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy at CEDS; and earned his Master’s degree in Corporate Finance. It is this unique combination of legal practice and corporate financial knowledge, which has distinguished Mr. Jacques as a truly exceptional talent in international advocacy. When it comes to foreign investment advice and/ or representation, you deserve someone who can afford you the legal expertise you deserve. The skilled and experienced attorneys at the Emmanuel Jacques Almosnino law firm have dedicated their careers to serving those involved and interested in the beautiful island of St. Barths. Trust those who know the island, the people, the secrets, the most valuable information and best serve your interests thanks to their highly recognized expertise. LW

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Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year USA

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FREDRIKSON & BYRON Thomas has practiced Property Tax and Real Estate Law since 1978 and has been a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law since the inception of that designation.

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Thomas Wilhelmy FREDRIKSON & BYRON 200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 Minneapolis, Mn 55402-1425 T: +  1 612 492 7000 +1 612 492 7632 E: twilhelmy@fredlaw.com W: www.fredlaw.com

Thomas is highly acclaimed for his expertise in real property valuation and property tax appeals, including retail, office, industrial, apartment and redevelopment properties. He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and was named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015, 2016 and again in 2017. Thomas has received numerous honors, awards and accolades: (with Fredrikson & Byron) “Best Corporate Tax Law Firm” for the USA for 2016 and 2017 by Lawyer’s World; America’s Most Honored Professional by American Registry; “Minnesota Top Rated Lawyer” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.; “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine; Best Lawyers in Minnesota; (with Fredrikson & Byron) Legal Comprehensive Golden Globe Award - Tax Law Firm of the Year – U.S.A.; Corporate USA Today – Best Corporate Tax Law Firm – USA; “Corporate Tax Lawyer of the Year” for the USA by Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards; (with Fredrikson & Byron) named “Tax Law Firm of the Year” for the USA by Finance Monthly ; “M&A Today Global - Best Corporate Tax Lawyer of the Year” for the USA; Legal Award for “Excellence in Tax Litigation – Minnesota” from the International Association of Lawyers and Swissport; “Leading Lawyer Global 250 for 2014” by Lawyer Monthly; “Lawyer International – Legal 100 Award Corporate

Tax Law Firm of the Year” for the USA; and (with Fredrikson & Byron) Dealmakers Best Corporate Law Firm – USA. LW

SCOPE OF LEGAL SERVICES: • American Bar Association, Real Property, Urban, State and Local Law and Tax Sections, State and Local Taxation Committee • National Association of Property Tax Attorneys, Board of Directors and Member • ABA/IPT Advanced Property Tax Seminar Committee Co-Chair, 2010 to present • Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property and Tax Sections • Minnesota Corporate Counsel Association • Institute for Professionals in Taxation • Institute for Professionals in Taxation – Retail Committee • Minneapolis and St. Paul Building Owners and Managers Association • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties • Minnesota Shopping Center Association • Hennepin County Bar Association

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Bribery & Corruption Firm of the Year UK

FULCRUM INTERNATIONAL Fulcrum International Ltd is a highly specialised niche legal business focusing on high level strategic advice to multinational corporates in the area of risk management across a range of regulatory issues including anti-bribery and corruption. FULCRUM INTERNATIONAL LTD The Shard 32 London Bridge Street London SE1 9SG W: fulcruminternational.com

Established by barristers David Williams QC and Ivan Pearce and solicitor Warren Foot, and based in the Shard in London, FIL boasts a truly international client base, operating in any jurisdiction and advising businesses on how best to avoid coming under the scrutiny of prosecutors and regulatory agencies. Much of our work is confidential, and we exercise the highest levels of discretion in relation to the clients we act for. It is a matter of public record, however, that our David Williams and Ivan Pearce have been involved (both as trial counsel and advisors) in some of the most prominent international bribery & corruption investigations and prosecutions in recent years, including BAE Systems, Macmillan Publishers Ltd, Alstom, and ENRC. We advise banks, hedge funds, supply chain financiers and other financial institutions in connection with regulatory issues affecting their own reputation and how they conduct their business. We have particular experience in the extractive, construction and engineering sectors and have worked on large projects within the offices of a number of our clients around the globe. We have operated in a range of African countries including CAR, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia, South Sudan, Uganda and South Africa. Our work there has included advising how to avoid the regulatory pitfalls that organisations can come across when doing business in Africa. We help them investigate problems and then work with

them to put in place solutions to overcome those problems in a way that minimises reputational risk and enhances business opportunities. We work at the very highest levels in organisations, providing Board level support and strategic advice on matters that can create existential threats. Our unique insight and commercial acumen mean that we can significantly reduce risk to the business. Our aim is always to keep our clients out of the courtroom and out of the regulatory spotlight so we work discretely and without seeking publicity ourselves. With our connections, we can quickly construct a team of expert professionals of any size to deal with issues around the world and we operate on fixed fees to provide certainty on cost on even the largest matters. As well as strategic advice, we can call upon investigative expertise to help get to the bottom of seemingly intractable problems and our access to due diligence specialists mean that we can provide clients with empowering information that reduces risk, facilitates business decisions. We believe our business is unique and provides unique solutions to some of the most challenging issues a business can face. LW

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Industrial & Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year MEXICO

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GOODRICH, RIQUELME Y ASOCIADOS With 85 years of experience, Goodrich has a long tradition of standing alongside its clients when helping them make their business objectives a reality. GLEN CH WILSON FCIS TEP. Group President and Managing Director Paseo de la Reforma 265 Mexico City, 06500 Mexico T: +52 55 5533 0040 F: +52 55 5525 1227 W: www.goodrichriquelme.com

By means of a cross-practice among service areas and industry teams, our carefully trained lawyers achieve an innovative approach towards the rendering of contemporary legal services tailored to the demanding business community worldwide. We pride ourselves in knowing what drives key industry sectors and are able to provide on a daily basis, the best creative and cost-effective business solutions beforehand. Our clients are medium-size, as well as leading global companies of numerous nationalities and economic sectors. We ensure that our clients are competently represented wherever their businesses take them. This is why, in addition to our network of correspondents in Mexico and our own office in Paris (since 1971), Goodrich actively participates as founder firm of the Bomchil Group, an association of independent law firms with offices in practically every Latin American country. Today, Goodrich has a professional and administrative staff of over 250. Professional ethics and effective teamwork, leading to solid solutions and constant innovation are embedded throughout our firm. In addition to

sponsoring and encouraging training programs for our lawyers both nationally and internationally, we encourage the participation of our partners as parttime lecturers and research fellows in high-ranking law schools in Mexico. Goodrich actively participates in trade associations, local and international bars. Some of our members are frequently invited to speak at both, domestic and foreign conferences, as well as to hold leadership positions in sections of bar associations and industry organizations. Last but not least, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, pro bono work, broad-mindedness, and gender equality are also essential elements of our existence. In our firm we are constantly striving to renew ourselves and in being prepared to face the everchanging legal challenges that lie ahead. We are a firm of young lawyers with the highest professional and ethical standards. LW

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Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year PHILIPPINES

HECHANOVA & CO., INC. The HECHANOVA Group, comprising of four companies, serves the IP requirements of owners and users interested to protect their IP rights in the Philippines. HECHANOVA & CO. INC. Ground Floor Salustiana D. Ty Tower, 104 Paseo de Roxas Avenue, 1229, Philippines T. + 632 888 4293 + 632 812 5445 F. + 632 888 4290 E: mail@hechanova.com.ph

HECHANOVA & 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 non-contentious 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 Philippines. HECHANOVA & CO., INC. has rose to #1 position as top patent filer for 20152017 as informed by the IPOPHL. LW

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Civil Litigation Lawyer of the Year INDIA

LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA Ramni Taneja, [born on 4th December 1955], is a citizen of India, having been educated in Mumbai, India, and London, England.

RAMNI TANEJA Advocate and Notary A-34 Defence Colony New Delhi 110 024 India Enrolment No: D-336A/1980 T: +91 11 4155 2051 +91 11 4155 2052 F: +91 11 4155 2053 E: ramni@ramnitaneja.com W: www.ramnitaneja.com

She enrolled as an Advocate on 17th October 1980, on the Roll of the Bar Council of Maharashtra, [Mumbai], India; subsequently transferred to the Bar Council of Delhi, India, on 20th October 1997. On 3rd March 1997, she was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, [now known as the Senior Courts of England and Wales]. In 1999, she was appointed as a Notary by the Government of India, New Delhi, India. Since 1997, Ramni Taneja practises in New Delhi, India, as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi, apart from various other tribunals and courts in Delhi and in India. From 1980 till 1982 she practised as an Advocate with Little & Co., Advocates and Solicitors, Mumbai, India; she headed the office of Little & Co., Advocates, in New Delhi, India, from 2002 till 2006. From 1983 till 1997, Ramni Taneja was licensed and practised as a Legal Consultant with A.R. Hilal & Associates, Advocates and Legal Consultants, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her law firm, Law Office of Ramni Taneja, began in New Delhi, India in August 2006. Ramni Taneja completed her school education in the United Kingdom [UK] at Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster, London, England, UK, as a consequence of which she obtained the University of London, General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Levels and Advanced Levels, between 1972-1974. She obtained her BA Honours [First Class Honours] Degree in English Literature [Major] French Literature [Subsidiary] in 1977 from Elphinstone College,

University of Bombay, India. She obtained her LLB Degree [First Class] in 1980 from Government Law College, University of Bombay, India. She was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Françaises Modernes in 1975 by l’Alliance Française, Paris, France, [Mention Tres Honorable: i.e. Distinction] and was ranked first in the examination in 1975 in India and Asia. Ramni Taneja is the author of Foreign Direct Investment and Globalisation, published by Eastern Book Company, 2014; Ramni Taneja has written legal articles that have been published in international and Indian legal journals on various legal issues Ramni Taneja’s areas of legal practice covering litigation and transactional legal work inter alia are: all areas of commercial law, civil law, corporate law, constitutional law and criminal law. Other areas of legal practice covering litigation and transactional law inter alia are: Arbitration [international and domestic], air law, banking law, consumer protection law, due diligence, direct and indirect taxation and international taxation, extradition law, laws relating to asylum, family law, foreign direct investment, comprising inter alia foreign exchange law, insurance law, initial public offerings, intellectual property law, infrastructure law, employment law, laws which affect the media, mergers and acquisitions, immigration and nationality law, maritime law, succession law, private international law, public international law and property law. LW

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Multi-Award Winners WORLDWIDE

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. Maalouf 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 arduouschallenges 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 13 consecutive years by the United States Lawyer Rankings – 2006 - 2019 Editions. LW

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

AMERICAS United States Canada Mexico Brazil Argentina Columbia Chile Venezuela ASIA China India Pakistan S. Korea Japan Thailand

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EUROPE United Kingdom France Germany Russia Spain Italy Belgium Austria Switzerland Greece Poland

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AREAS OF PRACTICE: • International Trade & Finance • Corporate Law • Energy, Oil & Gas Law • Mergers and Acquisitions • International Arbitration • Securities Law • Regulatory Practice • Middle-East Practice • China Practice • Investment Funds • Structured & Project Finance • Renewable Energy Law • Shipping & Maritime Law • Space & Satellite Law • Aviation Law • Intellectual Property • Entrepreneurial Services • Tax Law • Banking Law • Venture Capital • Compliance • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology • Technology Media & Telecommunications

Maalouf Ashford & Talbot are proud Law Firm of the Year winners in the following countries & categories: USA Arbitration & Litigation Banking & Finance Capital Markets Compliance Corporate Energy Environmental Full Service Islamic Finance International Trade & Finance M&A Oil & Gas Shipping & Maritime Tax DUBAI Arbitration & Litigation Banking & Finance Compliance Corporate Intellectual Property Oil & Gas Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Real Estate Shipping & Maritime Technology, Media & Telecommunications SAUDI ARABIA Arbitration & Litigation Corporate Compliance Intellectual Property M&A Oil & Gas Regulatory EGYPT Arbitration & Litigation Corporate Compliance Intellectual Property Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Regulatory Technology, Media & Telecommunications BAHRAIN Arbitration & Litigation Banking & Finance Compliance Corporate Oil & Gas Regulatory

QATAR Arbitration and Litigation International Finance Intellectual Property & Technology M&A Media and Telecommunications LEBANON Arbitration & Litigation Banking & Finance Compliance Corporate M&A Oil & Gas Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Regulatory JORDAN Arbitration & Litigation Compliance Corporate International Trade & Finance Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Regulatory IRAQ Arbitration & Litigation Compliance Corporate International Trade & Finance Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Regulatory MOROCCO Arbitration & Litigation Compliance Corporate International Trade & Finance Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Regulatory UK International Finance M&A CHINA Banking & Finance Corporate M&A Oil & Gas BRAZIL Corporate M&A Oil & Gas

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Corporate Law, Lawyer of the Year THE NETHERLANDS

NEXTIUS LEGAL Nextius Legal is an innovative Dutch law firm, founded by Antoine Endtz. Due to our extensive experience in law practice, we know, like no other, how to organize the legal business of our clients in a practical and efficient way.

Antoine Endtz Founder NEXTIUS LEGAL Johannes Verhulststraat 163 1075 GX Amsterdam T: +31 020 237 4900 E: info@nextius.nl W: www.nextius.nl

With our firm there are no expensive offices, high overhead costs or long communication lines. We offer no-nonsense services, direct contacts and high quality work at a competitive price. We aim to manage the legal concerns of our clients and to organize their legal affairs on a cost efficient basis. We call it Legal Management and with our proposition, we take a unique and innovative position in the Dutch legal landscape. Besides, we also specialize in mergers and acquisitions as well as in litigation and conflict management. Our clients are mainly active in food, retail, ict and industry.

ANTOINE ENDTZ Antoine Endtz is the founder of Nextius Legal. With more than 30 years of lawfirm experience, Antoine has seen it all, without loosing his passion. He is a modern attorney who remains dedicated to his clients on a daily basis. Antoine Endtz is entrepreneur and entrepreneurial.The fact that Antoine Endtz likes to contribute to innovations in law practice is not only visible in his work as a a lawyer but also in his other activities. In addition to various advisory functions in the corporate world, Antoine has spent 8 years

as chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Besides running Nextius Legal, Antoine Endtz is also the founder of Mendtz & Co.This foundation provides free of charge legal advice to charitable organizations. Antoine is for example actively involved with the work of the Free a Girl foundation, which is dedicated to freeing young girls from forced prostitution and prosecuting the offenders (www.freeagirl.nl). Antoine was awarded in 2018 as Dutch Leading Corporate Law Adviser of the Year by Acquisition International as well as Best Corporate Lawyer (Netherlands) 2019 by International Advisory Experts. Antoine Endtz follows his ideals, in his work and beyond. LW

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Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year FINLAND

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NORDIC LAW It has been said that it is better to be a big client at a small firm rather than a large firm’s small client. With a smaller firm you pay less for marginal costs and do not have a burdensome bureaucracy to deal with. Nordic Law offers client’s diverse legal expertise from all fields within corporate law. NORDIC LAW Erottajankatu 5 A 6 00130 Helsinki T: +358 9 682 9340 E: info@Wnordiclaw.fi W: www.nordiclaw.fi

Founded in the 1970s, Nordic Law has undoubtedly established itself within the Finnish judicial culture. We pride ourselves upon our strong emphasis on professional competence which has entailed the staff to easily identify the specific needs of our clients, and thus also to act accordingly. The core of the operational foundation in Nordic Law is the trust of our clients, which has to be earned. Trust is gained through honesty, transparency and an uncompromising work ethic. We cater for each client with individually orientated service, no matter the size of the case. The core values of our business are without a doubt mutual respect, confidentiality, quality and customer-oriented service. Our core values are without exception imprinted on our daily business operations. Our staff will identify the needs of your organization and offer you service with professionalism and in a costeffective manner. We will by use of expert knowledge create solutions for your specific needs without inflationary billing, which is an unfortunate occurrence within the modern market for legal services. No matter the size of your company, our allencompassing service combined with individually orientated solutions will surely appeal to even the most discerning clients. Specific assignments are always taken care of by the most competent member of the

staff within the area of expertise with the assistance of our supporting staff consisting of law students. Besides offering our services in the two domestic languages we are equally comfortable to engage with clients in English as well. Nordic Law is an agile law firm specialized in assisting early- and growth-stage startups as well as rapidly growing SMEs. Our aim is to provide extraordinary surplus value for clients by using innovative solutions combined with specialized knowledge and fixed priced service packages. By making use of our services you will be able to concentrate on more important things as you can rest assure that the tasks entrusted to Nordic Law will be handled with the utmost professionalism. At Nordic Law we aim to assist you in your daily entrepreneurial endeavors in a constantly changing judicial and increasingly globalized market. We are a committed, dynamic and trustworthy partner in mundane business matters, dispute resolution and other fields within corporate law. The cornerstone of our services is our client’s trust, which has to be earned. Trust is gained through honesty, transparency and an unconditional work ethic. LW

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Shipping & Maritime Law Firm of the Year BAHAMAS

PARRISWHITTAKER World-Class Service to World-Wide Clients Our practice was engineered to provide custom solutions for our clients, with fees designed to give you value over boosting our bottom line. Whether local or international, businesses interested in keen local insight, solid community connections and a 24/7 results-oriented relationship will find that here with us. While our suite of services is extensive, real estate, banking and litigation are what we do best.

A. KENRA PARRIS-WHITTAKER A seasoned young litigator, Kenra believes that justice prevails. She also believes that justice is on her side–regardless of superficial facts, and even of prior governmental rulings. This gives rise to tremendous confidence—short of an actual guarantee. The Nassau-born, Canadian-educated litigator attributes her success to thinking a few steps ahead of her opponent. She has a strong sense of moral values—and operates nimbly on surprisingly little sleep. The daughter of Bahamas-real estate guru Arthur Parris, Kenra always knew she would be an attorney. She enrolled in law school (University of Buckingham, 2001, and later Inns of Court School of Law, 2004), then joined Callenders & Co., where she became a senior associate litigating commercial, probate and maritime cases Now, as an admiralty, maritime, personal injury and commercial litigator, Kenra frequently represents crew members, vessel repair shops, shipyard owners, injured plaintiffs, and others wronged without recourse. She has obtained millions on her clients’ behalf—through judgment or settlement. She also represents clients who are seeking or defending a judicial review (in the Supreme Court) on governmental rulings such as a Port Authority license granted or denied. She has been uncannily successful in all these endeavors. Kenra has a thriving probate practice as well. As an attorney for executors and executrices, she can often halve the waiting time for hearings, particularly for large estates. LW

PRACTICE AREAS • Vessel Lease Agreements • Maritime Disputes and Litigation • Shipping and Aircraft

A. Kenra Parris-Whittaker

• Commercial, Civil & Trust Litigation • Estates, Probates, Wills and Trusts • Estate Litigation • Trusts Litigation • Shareholder Disputes • Fatal Accident Claims • Personal Injury Litigation • Construction Disputes and Litigation • Property Disputes and Litigation • Employment and Immigration • Company Law • Commercial/Contractual Disputes • Contentious Probate Issues • Insurance Litigation • Corporate Services

QUALIFICATIONS • Inns of Court School of Law, 2005 • University of Buckingham, LLB (Hons), 2004 • University of Western Ontario, History, BA, 2002

MEMBERSHIPS • England & Wales, Barrister (2005) • The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law (2005) • Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (“BVI”) (2013) PARRISWHITTAKER Suite 10 Seventeen Centre Bank Lane Freeport Grand Bahama T: +242 352 6110 E: kw@parriswhittaker.com W: www.parriswhittaker.com

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Patent Services Firm of the Year CANADA

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PATENTAXIS INC. PatentAxis Inc. aims to provide clients with a competitive advantage in relation to patents. Typically, this means successfully obtaining a patent for a client. But, sometimes providing a patent analysis or strategy tailored to a client’s commercialization goals can be significant. By striving to help clients achieve success the firm has developed enduring client relationships. Contact Jai Chatterjee PATENTAXIS INC. 67 Yonge Street, Suite 602, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1J8 Canada. T: +1 416 556 2999 E: mail@patentaxis.com

PatentAxis Inc. provides patent services that include search, analysis, filing and prosecution for both Canadian clients as well as international clients seeking patent protection in Canada. A major emphasis is placed on prompt communication with clients and providing clients with clear and practical advice to allow clients to make informed and educated decisions. Clear and consistent communications are established from the beginning of the patent protection and/or patent analysis process starting at the initial client consultation with a thorough discussion of a client’s proposed idea or invention, pending patent applications, existing patent portfolio, target consumer and production markets, potential public disclosures, commercialization time line, etc. so as to achieve an understanding of client budget and patenting goals and expectations. Furthermore, throughout the patenting process every attempt is made to communicate complex arguments of patent law raised by a patent office examiner in concise, practical and relevant terms to the client. PatentAxis Inc. places a high value on client relationships and more generally holds a tremendous respect for entrepreneurial and inventive activity. PatentAxis Inc. is fortunate to count a number of serial entrepreneurs among its clients; individuals that have sustained success in multiple companies, and sometimes in very different industries. The firm appreciates the uncommon courage and dedication needed to take multiple start-ups to a successful and

profitable level. On a broad overview, the firm`s clients are small to medium sized businesses, government funded organisations, or law firms. The firm`s practice tends to attract highly motivated individuals with an enthusiasm for research and development and/or technology commercialization. A unique feature provided by PatentAxis Inc. is a fixed price option for all Canadian patent work. As clients have gravitated towards fixed price options over hourly rates, fixed price options have been expanded to cover all Canadian patent work, including patent application filings and prosecution. The firm also provides a unique contribution with its emphasis on clear communications, which may be leveraged not only in client communication, but also in patent office correspondence and telephone interviews with patent examiners. An ongoing challenge is staying current with patent law and patent procedure developments in countries other than Canada, particularly European and Asian jurisdictions. This challenge is addressed by attending international conferences and regular communication with a trusted cohort of international colleagues. In this respect, the firm is always happy to foster new relationships with patent professionals in foreign jurisdictions. PatentAxis Inc is honoured to keep company among winners in the Lawyer`s World 2019 Global Awards. The firm enthusiastically accepts this accolade and is keen to redeem this compliment by dedicating further efforts to deliver motivated client service and a competitive advantage in patents to its clients. LW

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Patent & Trademark Law Firm of the Year TAIWAN

RICH IP & CO. Rich IP & Co. (RichIP) consists of a team of attorneys and engineers with deep, varied educational and experiential backgrounds, providing professional patent and trademark law services in Taiwan, the Chinese Area and worldwide.

Clarice Chen Managing Partner/ Patent Attorney RICH IP & CO 6F, No. 261, Sec. 3, Nan-king E. Rd, Taipei, Taiwan, T: +886 2 2713 1060 # 328 E: clarice.chen@richip.com W: www.richip.com

All co-founders of RichIP were from the largest firm in Taiwan, and all the managing staff of RichIP are in IP field for more than twenty-five (25) years. Operating as one of the leading IP firms within Taiwan, RichIP is unique in IP field and especially specialized in patent and trademark dispute matters. The team of RichIP stands out from its competitors thanks to its excellent response rate, detail-orientated approach, and disciplined nature in which it produces outstanding results for the clients. Throughout the area, there are only a handful of IP firms which are equipped with a full-fledged chemical and biochemical team, and RichIP has been recognised by clients as an excellent company. The

technical fields covered by the unique chemical/ biotech team of RichIP include, but not limited to, chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, agricultural, life science and biotechnology. As the slogan of RichIP, we always do our best to match the clients’ needs. LW

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Franchise Attorney of the Year USA

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RICHARD L. ROSEN Richard L. Rosen, the founding member of The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC, has been actively engaged in the practice of franchise law in New York City for over 40 years, during which time he has represented countless franchisors and franchisees, both as counsel and as a business adviser.

THE RICHARD L. ROSEN LAW FIRM PLLC 110 E. 59th Street, 23rd Floor New York, NY 10022 T: +1 212 644 6644 T: +1 212 644 3344 (fax) E: rlr@rosenlawpllc.com W: www.richardrosenlaw.com

Richard Rosen has been engaged in virtually all aspects of franchising during his career. He has counselled and represented franchisors in the setting up of franchising systems and programs; formed franchising entities; drafted and negotiated franchise agreements, multi-unit area development agreements, master franchise agreements, registration statements, disclosure and other ancillary franchise documents; represented franchisees and franchisee associations; litigated in both state and federal courts; and mediated, arbitrated and litigated matters on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees. He has represented franchisors and franchisees in virtually every field, including: fast food, fitness, education, senior care, clothing sales, real estate brokerage, eyewear, auto care, party planning, health care, coffee shops, ice cream shops, fitness and gyms, employee staffing, nutrition centers, child care and learning, tanning salons, yogurt shops, gas and service stations, and sign design. Mr. Rosen is a founding member and immediate past chairman of the Franchise, Distribution and Licensing Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program, The CPR Institute For Dispute Resolution, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals and a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is the chairman of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers’ Fair Franchising Standards Committee and a member of the AAFD’s board of directors. In 2008 he received the AAFD’s Total Quality Franchising Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of franchising. Richard Rosen and his firm have earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and integrity, and Richard is rated amongst Martindale Hubbell’s list of Preeminent Attorneys. Richard has frequently lectured on a variety of franchise topics before various groups and organizations, including the American Bar

Association, the International Franchise Association, the New York State Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers. He has been interviewed on both television and radio, the American Bar Association Journal, the Franchise Times and Forbes Magazine, regarding franchising. Mr. Rosen is a contributor to “Franchising 101, The Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business” compiled by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and has written many articles on the legal and business aspects of franchising. Mr. Rosen and his firm are the authors of the sections on Franchise Law in the United States which appear in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Editions of the (International) Franchise Law Review, as well as the US Franchise Law Analysis which appears in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise, in 2017, 2018, and 2019 Editions. Mr. Rosen is listed in: Who’s Who in America and has recently been chosen to receive the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award; Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in the World; Best Lawyers in America; “101 Best Franchise Lawyers in America” (the Franchise Times); is a charter member of the Franchise Times’ “Hall of Fame” of Franchise Attorneys; Best Lawyers in the US, Franchise Attorney of the Year, New York, 2015; America’s Super Lawyers, Best Attorneys In America; Who’s Who Legal: Franchise; and International Who’s Who Legal (compendium edition), and is a recipient of the Global Award for Franchise Law. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Richard Rosen was named Franchise Attorney of the Year for the United States by Lawyer Monthly. He received the Global 100 Award as Franchise Attorney of the Year in the USA in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2018 and 2019, Richard was named one of the 100 Best Attorneys in the World by LegalComprehensive.com. LW

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Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year PHILIPPINES

ROMULO Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles (“Romulo”) is widely known as one of the top law firms in the Philippines. It traces its roots to the law firm established by Allison D. ROMULO Manila Office 21st floor, Philamlife Tower, 8767 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City Philippines 1226 T: +63 2 555 9687 (Direct) | T: +63 2 555 9555 (Trunk) E: Mirasol@Romulo.com W: www.Romulo.com

Gibbs and Charles McDonough in Manila in 1902. Today, Romulo is considered a top-tier firm and one of very few Band 1 Philippine firms in banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance by reputable law reviews.

Romulo’s Corporate Banking & Finance Group (the “Group”) is particularly regarded as the firm’s expert center for financial law matters. The Group itself is composed of six full-time members and draws on the resources and expertise of the firm’s other departments, notably for tax, litigation, and labor matters. With the Group, Romulo is preferred Philippine counsel in finance and mergers and acquisition by multilateral institutions, multinational banks, foreign funds and private equity, and large Philippine banks. It is also frequently engaged as issuer’s, arranger’s, or underwriter’s counsel in ROP issuances, Basel III compliant securities, and corporate notes and bonds, and has a formidable power and PPP practice and advises numerous electric power industry participants and infrastructure project investors. The Group’s primary contact is Zaldy Mirasol (Mirasol@Romulo.com), Senior Partner of the firm and head of the Group. Mr. Mirasol specializes in corporation, investment, securities, contract, and regulatory law as these apply to the fields of banks and financial intermediaries, government contracts, energy and natural resources, and real estate. Aside from being a commercial law lecturer at the Supreme Court’s Judicial Academy, he is a member of the faculty of the University of the Philippines College of Law. LW

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Asset Protection Law Firm of the Year CANADA

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ROGERSON LAW GROUP Based in Toronto, Canada, and with years of onshore and offshore experience, Rogerson Law Group focuses on national and international cross border litigation and asset protection.

Andrew Rogerson Partner ROGERSON LAW GROUP TD Canada Trust Tower 161 Bay Street, 27th Floor Toronto, ON M5J 2S1 T: + 1 416 504 2259 E: andrew@rogersonlaw.com W: www.torontoestatelawyers.ca W: www.rogersonlaw.com

Established in 2006 in Canada’s largest city, Rogerson Law Group was founded after 25 years in practice by UK-qualified asset protection specialist barrister Andrew Rogerson, who has developed an international reputation for his formidable experience, having practiced as far afield as South Africa, Australia, London, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Jersey in the Channel Islands. “If you are looking for an asset protection lawyer, or estate litigation lawyers, particularly with an international element, we are the go-to firm,” says Rogerson. “We have a robust team of experienced solicitors including asset protection lawyers, cross border litigators, estate planning lawyers, and tax lawyers with backgrounds including commerce and central government. In addition, we have experienced estate planning lawyers and estate litigation lawyers available. “Our lawyers are adept at identifying out-of-the-box solutions for clients, and we have a successful track record in high profile, ground-breaking cases. Our list of successful cases is indicative of our expertise and experience in our chosen areas of service.” Rogerson’s practice at the firm focuses on asset protection, using offshore tax havens, and the law of tax residency and cross border estate litigation. An experienced cross-border advocate, he is considered a leading authority in Canada on asset protection structures and litigating trust issues having spent 11 of his 38 years of practice in offshore tax havens. Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981 by Middle Temple, Rogerson served his pupilage in the insolvency chambers of Michael Crystal QC, at 3-4 South Square, Gray’s Inn, London. Since then, his extensive international legal experience includes practicing in South Africa, Australia, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey (Channel Islands), Ontario,

Alberta, and as a barrister in London. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). In demand with high net worth individuals in Canada, UK, and Dubai, he also frequently lectures on profession development courses for lawyers and other professionals and has written many published articles on the subject of asset protection. Rogerson’s team of 11 lawyers advise on, and litigate, domestic and cross-border trust and estates matters; undertake asset protection for high and ultra high net worth individuals and assist inbound clients with taxresidency issues. As a result of their delivery on promises and quality work in the area of asset protection, the firm has won several awards over the years. “We are an award-winning asset protection team. Our clients will benefit from the unrivalled experience and reputation of our ground-breaking asset protection and cross border lawyers. With our expertise, we will help identify the best asset and wealth protection model that best suits our clients’ unique needs and goals.” Rogerson feels the success of the niche asset protection practice at Rogerson Law Group is built on years of solid international legal experience in both offshore and onshore jurisdictions. “Our service in this area has been well-recognised so much so that we have been awarded with the asset protection law firm of the year for the second year in a row. “Indeed, establishing offshore trusts in exotic locations, protecting our client’s assets and safeguarding against bankruptcy are just some of our forte areas.” The firm has seen a steady expansion, which, according to Rogerson, is a reflection of the increasing internationalisation of businesses and commerce. “The vast international nature of Canadian society comprising individuals of different nationalities owning assets in other jurisdictions means a growing need for the best cross border legal assistance available. The lawyers at our firm have the international skills and experience to meet those needs so moving across the world comes easy.” With 3 offices across Canada, the firm today serves clients as far away as London, Dubai, and Tokyo, with regular overseas visits from its team. LW

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Private Equity Law Firm of the Year INDIA

SAMVAD PARTNERS Samvad: Partners is a full-service Indian law firm with offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. SAMVAD PARTNERS Mumbai Free Press House, Free Press Marg, 4th Floor, Office No, 41/215. Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021 T: +91 226104 4000 Bengaluru 62/1, Palace Road, Vasanthnagar, Bengaluru 560 001, India T: +91 804268 6000 New Delhi 10, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi 110013, India T: +91 11 4172 6200 Hyderabad Spaces and More Business Centre, B2, Second Floor, Road No.36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033, India T: + 91 40 6721 6500 Chennai 11/6, Railway Colony 3rd Street, II Floor, Nelson Manickam Road, Aminjikarai, Chennai 600029 T: +91 44 4306 3208

The Firm is committed to providing innovative and quality legal advice to our clients; maintaining the highest levels of professional integrity; and nurturing our lawyers in a work environment that motivates them to achieve and maintain the highest standards.

particular category. In accordance with the rules of the Bar Council of India, we are providing this information to share the professional credentials of our lawyers and, most importantly, please note that prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes in the future.

The majority of our Partners have a rich mix of domestic and international experience – having worked in several international financial centres outside India, including Hong Kong, London, New York and Singapore. We strive to provide our clients with innovative simple solutions to their most complex legal and business challenges in India.

Corporate • Banking & Finance • Corporate Governance • Mergers & Acquisitions • Private Equity and Venture Capital • Real Estate

EXPERTISE Our commercially savvy lawyers regularly lead corporate transactions (domestic and cross border) and complex disputes for our clients in a variety of industries and regions. Below is a list of our major practice areas. Please feel to contact us at expertise@ samvadpartners.com for a list of our matters in any

Dispute Resolution • Anti-Corruption • Arbitration • Litigation Employment & Human Resources Insolvency & Restructuring Intellectual Property LW

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Franchise Lawyer of the Year NEW ZEALAND

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STEWART GERMANN LAW OFFICE Stewart Germann is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading franchising lawyer and has over 38 years’ experience in this area.

Stewart Germann B.Com, LLB, FCIS, CFInstD Notary Public, Partner STEWART GERMANN LAW OFFICE Lawyers and Notary Public Ground Floor, Princes Court, 2 Princes Street, PO Box 1542, Auckland, New Zealand T: +64 9 308 9925 F: +64 9 308 9922 E: stewart@germann.co.nz W: www.germann.co.nz

Stewart Germann Law Office is New Zealand’s longest established specialist franchising law firm and has won multiple Franchising Awards and accolades over the years in franchise law both nationally and internationally. Mr Germann is a recognised national and international guest speaker at franchise conferences (New Zealand, Australia, USA) and he has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers every year since 2003. Stewart has published many articles and New Zealand chapters on franchising both locally and worldwide including the International Journal of Franchising Law, Franchise Law Review, Getting the Deal Through – Franchise 2019, Getting the Deal Through – Licensing 2019 and Franchising – A Global Guide from Practical Law. Clients include many of New Zealand’s best known national and international franchise brands and Mr Germann has extensive franchising contacts worldwide and locally. He is regularly called upon to offer his ‘expert opinion’ in either dispute matters or for advice by other professionals within New Zealand and is acknowledged as a franchise and commercial law expert. Stewart Germann has extensive expertise in drafting franchise agreements, master franchise agreements, development agreements and

distribution agreements both nationally and internationally. Mr Germann was instrumental in the formation of the Franchise Association of New Zealand in 1996 and he wrote the original rules, as well as being a Past Chairman and a current member. He was awarded Life Membership of the Franchise Association of New Zealand in recognition of his significant contribution. He was also a board member of the supplier forum of the International Franchise Association (IFA) from 2001 to 2007. He belongs to the Franchise Association of New Zealand, the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) and the International Franchise Association (USA). In 2018 Mr Germann was acknowledged with an award by the Franchise Council of Australia for his “outstanding contribution to franchising for over 30 years” in Australia. Stewart Germann is a Notary Public and can witness documents for use in overseas jurisdictions and is also a qualified mediator. He regularly advises international clients on legal issues relating to franchising in New Zealand and welcomes any enquiries from overseas. LW

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Highly Recommended Banking & Finance Law Firm CYPRUS

TORNARITIS LAW TORNARITIS & CO LLC is a dynamic law firm specialising in the provision of legal services to a wide range of local and international clientele from all over the globe. Our knowledge and experience together with our international network provide us with the tools to provide our clients with solutions to their business needs. Our team together with our associates is comprised of professionals who are experts in the fields of law, tax planning and business advisory. We further offer our clients with a wide range of corporate administration services including but not limited to company formation, company administration, banking, trust administration, virtual office, fiduciary, corporate secretarial, legal and business consulting. We maintain strong internal control systems to ensure confidentiality and delivery of value added services to our clients. We treat every engagement we undertake with strict professionalism and integrity. Our relationship with clients is our tool to success. We believe that we grow along with our clients and for this reason, we provide our clients with personalized attention for their currents needs and future plans.

BRIEF HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT From 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 civil society. Our practice and character are deeply rooted in the firm’s history, as exemplified in the historical profiles of our lawyers and services below:

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•C  riton G. Tornaritis QC., started back in 1924 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 libraries around the globe. Among the numerous 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. • He was followed by his son George C. Tornaritis, who was registered as advocate in 1959 with the Supreme Court of Cyprus. Since then he was a practicing advocate having defended many famous cases. George C. Tornaritis founded the Tornaritis Marine Life Foundation, back in 1992, being its first President. • The Managing Partner today is George C. Tornaritis’ son, Criton G. Tornaritis, registered as advocate in 1989. With long experience of the Eastern European Market and especially the Romanian Jurisdiction.

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FIRM LLC He is the founder and Managing Partner of Tornaritis & Co LLC which was formed in 2009, together with co-founders and Senior Partners Alexandros A. Alexandrou and Marios L. Panayiotou. Today, the firm includes lawyers who have the experience, maturity, and legal skills to handle a wide range of legal problems and issues. 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, principles and visions of its founders. We strive to maintain that people working in a professional environment must have a sound knowledge of the principles of their area of specialisation and its allied subjects, together with practical experience in their day-to-day application. We believe that the only way to achieve this is through hard work. There is no substitute for this and it cannot be stressed too strongly that success for members of staff depends upon continuous and consistent application of this principle. The firm takes pride in the high standard of its work. 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. We continuously update and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing global market and economy. 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 take pride in providing our legal services to a number of the most important “players” both locally and internationally. We have been dealing with the new resolution of credit institutions law and subsequently we have been dealing and advising on such matters as the purchase and transfer of credit institutions mainly in the Eastern European market, and in general we have been providing legal advice and services to the Special Administrator of the Cyprus Popular Bank. We have also been providing advice to one of the biggest corporate receiverships in Cyprus regarding the Orphanides chain of supermarkets. We provide services to banks and have lately been associated with merger and acquisition processes in the pharmaceutical markets. We are close associates with international firms and are continuing our expansion both in Cyprus and abroad. We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisers, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve. Our firm has been highly commented by legal rating organizations, such as Legal 500. 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. LW

Criton Tornaritis TORNARITIS LAW FIRM 16 Stasikratous Nicosia 1065 - Cyprus criton@tornaritislaw.com www.tornaritislaw.com T: +357 2245 6056 F: +357 2266 4056

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