Llinks ends 3-year HK association with Vivien Teu & Co

Shanghai law firm Llinks Law Offices has ended its three-year-long association with boutique Hong Kong law firm Vivien Teu & Co, and entered into a new tie-up with Dennis Fong & Co.

Following a string of departures, Vivien Teu, which had 14 lawyers in April, now has just two: Founding partner Vivien Teu and senior associate Christina Suen.  Llinks and Vivien Teu established their association in April 2015, shortly after the Hong Kong firm was launched.

Llinks said that back then the two firms had the same vision of offering specialist and one-stop China and Hong Kong legal services with a focus on funds, asset management, IPOs and M&A.  “However, we decided to terminate the association as we found we no longer shared the same vision,” said David Yu, managing partner of Llinks.

Dennis Fong, the new alliance firm, was formed after a five-lawyer team led by Fong left Viven Teu & Co. Fong specializes in IPOs, M&A and general corporate finance and commercial matters, which is in line with Llinks’ main areas of practice in Hong Kong.  The firm now has nine lawyers, including two partners.

Managing partner David Yu said Dennis Fong was on the lookout for partner and associate-level hires in four practice areas: Corporate/M&A, capital markets, asset management and dispute resolution.

Ashurst celebrates the ‘First 100 Years of Women in Law’

International law firm Ashurst marks the centenary of women in law, in support of the First 100 Years initiative, with a photomosaic portrait of Ada Evans, the first Australian woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws.

The First 100 Years is an inspirational history project, supported by the Law Society of NSW and Women Lawyers Association of NSW, charting the journey of women in law since enactment of enabling legislation throughout Australia in the early 1900s.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW) which allowed women to practise as lawyers and to stand for parliament for the first time in NSW. Laws were changing throughout Australia from the early 1900s onwards. Victoria was the first state to allow women to practice law in 1903, with other states following soon after.

Commenting on the project and the launch of the photomosaic, Ashurst partner Sarah Dulhunty said:

“We are delighted to have partnered with the First 100 Years project team on this initiative to recognise and celebrate the contribution women have made to the legal profession. The photomosaic initiative has been a great way to mark this significant centenary and reflects our continued support for progressing gender equality within the profession. Thank you to all our staff, clients and affiliates who participated in this fantastic initiative.”

S M Zillur Rahman

Rahman IP Solutions is an Intellectual Property (IP) law firm in Bangladesh committed to provide all of its clients, associates the best service in a cost effective manner. It has been providing Intellectual Property related legal services in Bangladesh and abroad for its valued clients and associates with all its expertise and competence.

Now-a-days Intellectual property is a great concern throughout the world and being a part of the globalised society Bangladesh is also emphasizing to develop the awareness and trying with the best effort to cope with the global trend. The consciousness for the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) and its importance are gradually developing in the business community and IP is being considered more significantly day by day. The regularity authority of the IP in Bangladesh (Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks and Copyright office) has been playing a precious role in protecting the well known trademarks in Bangladesh. They have taken a bunch of initiatives to improve the existing system of filing application, registration, maintenance, keeping records, automation etc. The IP issue has got further significance in Bangladesh with the provision of the latest Import Policy Order (2012-15) that for all the branded importing goods the IP registration certificates of the concerned countries have to be submitted to the Customs Authority for clearance.

In the emergence of such a situation Rahman IP Solutions is promised to take the privilege to provide the benefits to the inventors, clients, associates by helping them in the process of taking protection of their Intellectual Property rights in Bangladesh and abroad as well. Because “We believe IP really matters.”

It is our motivation to follow the business ethics and provide the sincere and best services to the valued clients and associates. We believe and it is our confidence that we can meet our commitment for the utmost satisfaction of our esteemed clients and associates. We strongly believe that service comes first and the reward is the logical consequence.

Luciano Castelli

Luciano has experience spanning more than sixteen years in civil, business and bankruptcy consulting and litigation.

He has followed large national disputes, assisting Italian and international firms, and is often appointed arbitrator by his colleagues and institutional bodies, including the President of the Court of Milan, the National and International Chamber of Arbitration of Milan, and the President of the Council of Chartered Accountants and Tax Experts of Milan.

Professional Experience:

Before becoming a partner of LCA in 2018, Luciano was a partner of SeAS – Sanzo e Associati and, prior to this, was the founding partner of the Mariconda e Associati Law Firm, together with Attorney Vincenzo Mariconda. Before this, he practiced law in the Gramellini Leonelli Law Firm, and, earlier, he worked in the legal department of Banque Safdié (formerly known as Multi-Commercial Bank) in Geneva.

Associations, seminars, media and other activities:

Luciano Castelli was educated at the Instituto Gonzago di Milano dei Fratelli delle Scuole Cristiane. There he commenced his studies in 1981, graduating from the Liceo Scientifico (Scientific High School). While he attended the Instituto Gonzaga he also had the opportunity to become involved in voluntary work for several years, coordinating the activities of the Aquilone Association, both in Milan and in Haiti, where he was sent on a mission in 1993.

From 2009 to 2016 he was an honorary fellow in Private Law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and since 2014 he has been an honorary fellow in Civil Procedural Law at the Università degli Studi di Milano. He is the author of a number of publications in the field of Civil and Procedural Law, and since 2012 he has been working with the Ipsoa Group – Wolters Kluwer in the updating of the ‘I Contratti’ databank, and in the editing of the Commentated Civil Code, written by Guido Alpa and Vincenzo Mariconda.

He is a member of the arbitration society Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato, where he is listed as the only Italian contact person in the field of Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution, by Global Law Expert, Leaders in Law, and Five Star Law.

 

Liliane Mubanga

Liliane Mubanga has a Degree in Law, with a specialisation in Private and Judicial Law from the University of Lubumbashi.

Career History:

  • Senior Executive of Thambwe-Mwamba & Associés.
  • Member of the International Criminal Bar.
  • Member of the Bar Council of Kinshasa/Gombe from 2011 to 2015.
  • Lawyer at the Bar of Kinshasa/Gombe (1998 to Present).

Has had training in: OHADA; Hydrocarbons; Public Procurement; and Insurance, among others.

Commercial Law Practice:

Commercial law disputes deal primarily with contract and/or tort laws. It involves issues that arise in the course of running a business at any stage of the commercial cycle.

Such disputes are brought before courts for legal restitution when other methods of resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, have failed to provide a solution acceptable to all interested parties.

Why is commercial law important?

Commerce is at the core of a democratic society and, in order to be strong economically, it must be attractive to businesses.

One way of doing this is to have a strong set of laws and regulations protecting businesses that enter into agreements with others and providing resolutions when things don’t go to plan. Commercial law provides that platform.

Most commercial disputes are heard in Commercial Court or in county business courts when the dispute relates to that particular jurisdiction.

They can also be brought before the Queen’s Bench or Chancery divisions of the High Court, or the Technology & Construction Court (TCC).

Break it down for me a little bit!

A commercial lawyer’s work begins with obtaining necessary instructions and supporting information and documents from the clients. The case is reviewed thoroughly and the important facts and data are picked out.

Lawyers then research case law and former precedents, prepare pleadings and arguments, and attend regular briefing sessions with clients.

They will arrange for settlement where viable, and present motions and arguments before courts if the case proceeds into litigation.

Understanding a client’s needs is an important quality for those involved in commercial law. Other skills and talents required are: negotiation, commercial awareness and time and people management.

Commercial lawyers need to keep up to speed with the current business and commercial climate, changes and amendments in legislation, and regulations in all jurisdictions that are involved.

Commercial lawyers are normally required to have: a top-class degree, experience of participation in extra-curricular activities whilst at school or university, experience in debating, public speaking and moot court trials.

Work experience in a non-legal commercial sector will be an added advantage.

Dr. Xu Guojian

Born in Jiangsu Province, China,1962. Dr. Xu Guojian studied law at Southwest China University of Politics and Law, Chongqing, China and Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, consecutively, before going to Europe in 1988 to pursue further legal education.

Dr. Xu has pursued advanced studies at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Academy of International Law, International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands; the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany; and Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg i.Br., Germany. He concluded his doctoral studies at Hamburg University, and was awarded the title Dr. Juris in 1994.

Dr. Xu also has extensive experience as a practicing attorney. In 1989 he worked as an assistant lawyer in Dusseldorf, Germany, and from 1991 until 1994 was employed at a firm in Hamburg. At the beginning of 1995 he returned to China to establish a representative office for a German law firm, where he subsequently worked until the end of 1997. During this period, he provided legal services for many foreign enterprises, especially enterprises from Germany or other German-speaking countries, for their investments in and trade with China. From January to December 1998 he practiced at a Chinese law firm in Shanghai, China. At the end of 1998, he initiated the establishment of Boss & Young.

In recent years, Dr. Xu has led and been responsible for the completion of a number of projects that have had significant impact in legal circles, both domestically as well as internationally. For example, in 2001, he successfully completed a RMB4 billion RMB-USD joint bank loan project for SMIC, and in mid-2001, he successfully completed the legal service relating to first open fund in China.

In addition, in 2003, he led the team to completed the acquisition of Shandong Airlines by Air China Group. Further, in 2004, he has been involved in many significant projects such as The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporations purchase of shares in the Bank of Communications, the issue of RMB12 billion subordinate debt by the Bank of Communications, as well as the establishment of two Sino-foreign joint venture life insurance companies in Beijing and Chongqing respectively. Early in 2006, he was appointed by Chinas Securities Regulatory Commission, as Consolidation Work Group leader and the legal representative of Hebei Securities Corporation.

Dr. Xu has been appointed a legislative and consultative expert to the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Shanghai. He is also the Vice Chairman of the China International Private Law Association, and an initiating member of the WTO Sub-committee of the National Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the China Law Association and the Sino-German Jurists Association. Further, he has been appointed an arbitrator of CIETAC, the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and the Nantong Arbitration Commission. He is also a guest professor of law at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Hunan Normal University, and other institutions of higher learning.

Dr. Xus main fields of practice include foreign direct investment in China, overseas investment by Chinese companies, corporate law, international trading law, insurance law, international merger & acquisition, real estate law, international commercial and financial law, technology transfer, intellectual property law, construction law, international arbitration and maritime law.

Dr. Xu is fluent in German and English, as well as having a grounding in French and Japanese. He is a member of the Shanghai Interpreters’ Association and is a qualified translator of both English and German.

 

Georg Sapiano

Georg has been practicing law for the past twenty years. Throughout much of that time he was also deeply involved in mass media and public affairs. In 1998, he founded Sapiano & Associates which was later re-branded into Aequitas Legal and which is now one of the principal providers of legal services in Malta. He is best known for combining legal expertise with a keen sense of strategy.

Georg started his career by leading clients in a number of monopoly-busting actions starting with the deregulation of the insurance market in Malta in 1992. In other fields, principally corporate law, he has represented a number of the largest Maltese and International businesses and government agencies including banks, insurances and all the major car manufacturers.

He and his team have attracted a number of large internet-based businesses to Malta, where they have incorporated and set up operations. He sits on the board of a number of funds and has advised clients seeking to be regulated by the Maltese Financial Services Authority. He is the contact partner for Malta within Multilaw and has developed an extensive network of relationships with leading lawfirms in Europe, North America and Asia. The common theme of the service he has provided throughout is an ability to place the tools of Maltese law within the commercial and strategic context in which it is to be applied

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Aequitas Legal

Corporations and individuals who seek to enforce a claim or assert a right often find that they are encountering too many misty legal terms and concepts. This is the very opposite of the concrete results they seek. The experience turns out to be alien and numbing.

We have tried to build our business on the clarification of the abstract by always endeavouring to put forward practical and sensible legal options which we discuss with clients.

We are aware that knowledge and understanding of the law is what you require from us, but we also know that you want our legal work to respect your business strategies as far as possible.

Working together on a legal transaction can be far removed from one’s comfort zone but clear thinking can produce great results.

We invite you to engage with us and be part of the process.

 

António Pinto Duarte

Lawyer since 1975.

Law degree, by the University of Lisbon School of Law (1972).

Assistant teacher in the University of Lisbon School of Law (October 1977 – November 1986, with the regency of Real Estate Law and General Theory of Civil Law.

Consultant and attorney-at-law of several financial institutions, since 1985.

Practice in arbitrations (as an arbitrator and as an attorney).

Experience in public tenders (as a member of the jury and as an attorney-at-law).

Part of the list of arbitrators of the Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Experience in the elaboration of public contracts, namely concession contracts.

Participation in several legislative studies and, among them, one related to the legal regime of the State Owned Enterprises sector, and other on the subject of the environmental recovery of mining areas.

Executive Director of a banking institution since 2004.

Preferred Areas: Civil, Commerce, Banking, Financial, Labour, Mining, Real Estate Law, Litigation, Arbitration (national and international).

Languages: English, French and Spanish.

Firm Overview:

FDR was founded on 1st May 2004, resulting of the integration of two teams of professionals, one lead by António Pinto Duarte, already at that time with a long and recognised practice in the areas of Public and Private Law, together with its ramifications.

Nowadays, as FDR – Pinto Duarte, Côrte-Real, Casado Neves & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., the firm follows and keeps up with the dynamics and the ongoing legal complexity of today’s society, in its different areas, with a group of lawyers of consolidated and multidisciplinary expertise and, at the same time, highly qualified and specialised in the various branches of the Law.

 

Marc R. Lieberman

A Board Certified Real Estate Specialist (State Bar of Arizona), Marc Lieberman handles much of the legal work attendant to the extensive and varied investments of many institutions. As Chair of Kutak Rock’s Institutional Investments Group, Mr. Lieberman and his team have negotiated and documented more than $5 billion in alternative investments for institutional investors, and his trial record is equally impressive: in January of 2017, he and his team obtained the largest defense trial verdict in the United States for the past year, defeating a $200 million claim and securing a $4.9 million defense award.

The transactions documented by Mr. Lieberman and his team have involved a wide variety of commercial real estate projects (office towers, hotels, golf courses, residential subdivisions, multi-family developments, retail centers, historic renovations, land banks, resorts), as well as private equity, hedge and commingled real estate transactions covering a wide variety of asset classes (credit opportunities, commodities, real assets, GTAA, infrastructure, venture capital, timber, tax or environmental credits, drug licensing, currencies or TIPS) and strategies (portable alpha, beta overlay, secondary acquisitions, co-investments, long/short and other  derivatives).

Mr. Lieberman has documented many other key contracts for institutional investors, including custody agreements, securities lending agreements, consultant and adviser agreements, brokerage agreements, and lender acknowledgments. He regularly issues enforceability opinions in connection with fund lender cash collateral agreements, and has drafted investment policies for several institutions, as well as their ethics and fiduciary standards.

As an “AV”-rated Super Lawyer® and Best Lawyers in America®, Mr. Lieberman serves as investment counsel to banks, insurers, public pension plans and sovereign wealth funds, including the Arkansas Teachers’ Retirement System, the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, the Indiana Public Retirement System, the City of Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Plan, the Illinois Pre-paid Tuition Trust Fund, Pinnacol Assurance and the Texas Municipal Retirement System.  He is a former Chair of the Arizona Appellate Practice Section, former Chair of the Editorial Board of Arizona Attorney Magazine, a former Judge Pro Tem for Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals, and currently serves as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. Mr. Lieberman is a frequent lecturer and author on investment related topics, and is also a member of the SEC Working Committee of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

Real Estate Law Practice:

Kutak Rock LLP’s team of more than 70 real estate attorneys across the country represent national, regional and local clients in all areas of the industry, including owners, developers, lenders, servicers, sponsors and investors. Our offices are uniquely positioned across the United States to provide a high level of expertise in all types of real estate and related transactions, including multi-faceted, multi-state transactions, at a more reasonable cost structure than many of our national competitors. In addition to our broad capabilities, we have distinct practice groups with expertise in lender representation, REIT representation, tax credit transactions, affordable housing, military housing, senior living, health care, medical campus developments, and loan workouts and restructuring.

With every real estate project involving multiple parties, including brokers, title companies, engineers, surveyors and architects, we believe one of our greatest strengths is leading the project team. We efficiently coordinate and organize project information and communicate the facts and options so our clients can quickly understand and use that information in their decision-making process. By understanding the intricate balance between the business and legal aspects of each real estate matter, our attorneys offer a common-sense, business-minded approach that allows us to facilitate a smooth transaction, always mindful of working efficiently, creatively and within budget.

We build trusted and long-lasting relationships with our clients by responding quickly to their requests and anticipating their needs, enabling us to adapt easily as these needs may grow or change. We provide these services with national teams of experts in the areas of tax, public finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, environmental law, workouts and reorganization, bankruptcy, litigation and many other ancillary areas of the law. These diversified practice groups work together quickly and seamlessly to deliver creative and proactive solutions to our clients.

Kutak Rock LLP:

Kutak Rock LLP is a national law firm of more than 550 lawyers with 18 offices from coast to coast. The firm serves local, regional and national clients in a practice that spans a wide range of disciplines. We encourage our attorneys to take advantage of the national resources and broad range of expertise the firm offers in order to provide the best legal services possible to our clients.

Our firm’s primary practice concentrations are securities, business, finance and corporate law, as well as public finance, litigation and real estate law, with numerous areas of specialization. Kutak Rock attorneys work together in well-integrated, national practice groups to maintain and enhance their technical expertise and to reinforce and support one another in achieving client objectives.

We have represented hundreds of state and local governmental units, a substantial number of Fortune 500 corporations, every major investment banking firm in the United States, major European, Asian and domestic money-center banks, insurance companies, national real estate investors and developers, major national franchising enterprises and numerous other financial institutions and businesses.

Several members of Kutak Rock have served as government officials on the federal and state levels. The attorney ranks in our various offices include a former United States Attorney, a former United States Senator and former officials of the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Communications Commission and Department of Defense.

We have earned a national reputation for finding creative solutions to complex legal issues and for providing excellent legal services in a practical, cost-conscious manner. We maintain that reputation by actively communicating with our clients at the initial stages of each engagement to gain a complete and clear understanding of our clients’ desired objectives.

Kutak Rock LLP is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell—the highest rating that independent organization confers on a law firm.

White Case advises JBIC on loan for acquisition of Shire plc

Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in relation to its loan agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda), amounting up to US$3.7 billion (JBIC’s portion), to finance part of the funds required for acquiring Shire plc (Shire) in Ireland.

The total amount required for acquisition is approximately £46 billion. The loan is co-financed by private financial institutions, bringing the total co-financing amount to US$15.7 billion equivalent. The loan supports the overseas business deployment of Takeda by providing necessary long-term foreign currency funds for M&A by the Japanese company, assisting its overseas expansion of existing business, as well as new business deployment, and contributing to maintaining and strengthening the international competitiveness of Japanese industries.

Through the acquisition of Shire, Takeda aims to strengthen two focus areas – gastroenterology and neuroscience – as well as establishing a leading position in pharmaceuticals for rare diseases and plasma-derived therapies, which can accelerate transformation to a global R&D-driven pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan. In addition, Shire has a large sales proportion in the US market, which is the largest market in the world and projected to continue to grow at a high rate. The acquisition will therefore drive further growth overseas and is expected to make Takeda one of the top ten pharmaceutical companies in the world based on sales.

The White & Case team which advised on the transaction was led by partners Toshio Dokei and Simon Collins (both Tokyo), and included partners Philip Broke and Jacqueline Evans (both London), supported by associates Keisuke Nishimura (Tokyo) and Christopher Beardmore (London).