Francesco Isolabella

Francesco Isolabella is a Criminal Lawyer, Partner in the law firm Studio Legale Isolabella, founded in the 1960’s by his father Lodovico.

He specialises in corporate criminal law and focuses specifically on defence in and out of court and consultancy for Italian and foreign companies and physical persons, in connection with financial, banking, bankruptcy, tax, and environmental offences, as well as in publishing and medical liability.

He has acted as defence counsel for directors and officers of foreign banks and rating agencies in several nationally-relevant cases of market manipulation and bankruptcy, as well as for other financial and corporate crimes.

Francesco has also gained significant experience in the field of criminal liability for legal entities (pursuant to Law 231/01): he defended primary international Groups under trial in connection with Law 231/01 (in cases focusing, for example, on financial, corporate and international corruption offences). He is a consultant in drafting “231 Models”, in internal investigation activities, and in the implementation of Compliance Programmes, also under emergency conditions.

In assisting foreign clients, he has been busy in the international implementation of criminal corporate liability regulations in their various forms (for example, USFCPA, UK Bribery Act, Italian Law 231/01, Ley Organica in Spain, etc.), drafting 231 Organisational Models applicable to foreign companies and aimed at the prevention of the risk of crime in connection with cross-border operations.

Francesco Isolabella has often lectured as keynote speaker in conferences and seminars. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the specialisation course “Criminal Liability for Collective Entities pursuant to Law 231/01” organised by the University of Milan. He is also teaches the specialisation course “Financial Markets Law” at the University of Milan, and the Law & Business Master at the Il Sole 24 Ore Business School.

Francesco Isolabella is registered with the International Bar Association and with the American Bar Association.

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Natalya V. Morozova

Natalya V. Morozova is the Managing Partner of the Moscow office. She joined Vinson & Elkins in 1991, when the firm opened its Moscow office, and became a partner in 2000. She has extensive experience in, and has worked on, a significant number of complex international mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities, general corporate practice, and other corporate and project development transactions, principally focused on the energy/natural resources sector.

Her practice has involved many of the high-profile issues shaping Russia’s corporate environment in recent years, including protection of minority shareholders, creating joint ventures, and structuring corporate relationships between Russian and non-Russian shareholders. She has recently worked on significant projects involving Russia-destined joint ventures of major Chinese companies, including oil and gas upstream, mining, and petrochemical projects.

Firm Overview:

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers worldwide headquartered in the First City Tower in Downtown Houston, Texas. Vault’s 2018 and 2019 rankings placed V&E as the most prestigious firm in Texas and the #1 firm in the U.S. for Energy, Oil and Gas Law.

Emily Reber

Emily Reber is a litigation associate in the Portland office. Emily’s practice focuses on civil litigation and counseling in the fields of employment and business law. Emily has experience litigating and advising clients on a wide range of employment matters such as breach of restrictive covenant, harassment and discrimination, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Emily also represents clients in disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud claims.

Firm Overview:

The Portland office serves local, national and international clients in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on utilities and independent power producers. The experience of lawyers practicing in the Portland office includes federal and state energy regulatory, reliability compliance and renewable resource integration; utility mergers and acquisitions; utility and partnership tax; and the development, purchase, sale and finance of renewable and conventional power projects. In addition, lawyers represent clients in matters involving US-Canada cross-border securities and real estate development and acquisitions.

Portland office lawyers are committed to serving their local community by volunteering and supporting organizations such as the Oregon Food Bank, Youth Progress Association, The Freshwater Trust, The Dougy Center, Girls, Inc., the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Portland Center Stage.

Sean M. Quinn

Sean Quinn is an associate at Williams & Connolly and focuses his practice on general commercial litigation, white collar defense, and pro bono matters.

Sean graduated from Duke University in 2010 and received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015. During law school, he served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal and was a finalist in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. He clerked for Judge Robert H. Cleland of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, before joining Williams & Connolly in 2016.

Firm Overview:

Williams & Connolly is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier litigation firms. Our lawyers routinely handle significant and complex civil, criminal, and administrative cases across the United States and around the globe. The firm maintains a strong tradition of hiring the best and the brightest and training and promoting its lawyers from within, producing closely knit and collaborative teams dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for our clients.

The firm was founded in 1967 by legendary trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams. In the tradition of our founder, we share a passionate and principled dedication to excellence and success in all that we do. Over the last five decades, many of the world’s most prominent organizations and individuals have trusted us with their most important and complex litigation, investigation, and arbitration matters.

The firm’s clients include major global companies from virtually every sector, including Pfizer, Disney, Samsung, Sprint, Intel, Bank of America, Google, The Carlyle Group, Medtronic, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Eli Lilly, 21st Century Fox, and HSBC. In addition, our lawyers have represented numerous law and accounting firms in professional liability and other matters, one reason why the Washington Post has recognized Williams & Connolly as the firm that other professional firms “turn to when they’re in trouble.”

The firm’s robust intellectual property practice successfully represents clients in patent litigation matters worth billions of dollars. In the healthcare and consumer industries, Williams & Connolly serves as national coordinating, trial, and/or resolution counsel for major pharmaceutical, medical device, pharmacy, technology, and consumer products companies in mass torts, multi-district litigation, and class actions. Our lawyers litigate cross-border commercial and other disputes in wide-ranging international litigation and arbitrations. We have handled many of the most complex corporate, financial, and securities disputes stemming from the global financial crisis. We represent companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions of all types, including allegations of fraud, corruption, and FCPA violations. Our lawyers also regularly appear before the Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeals.

Known for our ability to take cases to trial, and the deep bench of lawyers at the firm who have tried civil and criminal matters in courts across the country and internationally, Williams & Connolly is described by Chambers USA as “offering unmatched strength in depth and top-level trial capabilities,” and “[a] class act: a delight to litigate with, and fearsome to litigate against.” In addition, Washingtonian magazine has highlighted the firm’s “uncompromising emphasis on victory.”

Our distinctive approach to litigation has earned the firm top marks from leading publications and ranking services, such as Chambers, Legal 500, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Benchmark Litigation, both for overall litigation prowess as well as for many practice- or industry-specific types of litigation. We hire the top graduates from the best law schools and provide a collaborative training ground for young litigators, providing clients with the highest-quality representation at every level of seniority and with a cohesive team always working to advance their interests. Vault has ranked Williams & Connolly as one of the top law firms for selectivity, partner-associate relations, career outlook, satisfaction, quality of work, and business outlook. Williams & Connolly maintains a nearly one-to-one partner-to-associate ratio, ensuring that matters are leanly staffed and that our associates gain significant hands-on experience. Our approach to hiring and advancement from within fosters a unique culture that focuses on teamwork, preparation, and tenacity designed to deliver results.

Malcolm Bates Ph.D.

Malcolm Bates is a partner in the IP/IT group and heads the Life Sciences group in the UK. He has specialised expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors in particular on the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. Malcolm advises on transactions, including licences, collaborations, distribution, and manufacturing, outsourcing and R&D projects, as well as regulatory matters, contract and patent disputes, fundraisings, M&A transactions and IPOs.

Firm Overview:

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. We take a single-minded approach to advising our clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues. We support clients wherever they want to do business. Our 33 offices around the world blend the best of local business, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide astutely commercial solutions for our clients.

Mary Beth Buckley

Mary Beth Buckley counsels national and international food and beverage, retail and health care companies, along with their advertising and promotion agencies, on a wide variety of advertising, marketing, social media, pricing practices and e-commerce issues. In addition to counselling, Mary Beth regularly represents clients in connection with federal and state governmental agency inquiries and investigations and also represents clients in self-regulatory proceedings.

Mary Beth’s practice also includes defending clients in complex commercial and class action litigation, including consumer fraud, warranty, products liability and mass tort litigation. She has played a key role in defending food and beverage, life sciences, retail, and other consumer products companies in high-profile litigation throughout the country.

Firm Overview:

Built on the strength of our commercial, intellectual property, and white-collar litigation practices, our Chicago office serves clients in courts throughout the United States. Our professionals include nationally prominent lawyers in those fields, as well as leading products, environmental, and mass tort trial lawyers and litigators who joined the firm in 2015. With trial experience in over half of the jurisdictions in the United States and a broad array of clients, our Chicago lawyers work closely with their counterparts in all of Steptoe’s offices.

Examples of recent matters include Steptoe successfully moving to dismiss all claims in a data breach class action filed against VTech and successfully resolving all claims against RR Donnelley in a complex patent infringement matter involving 10 patents related to web-to-print and variable-data printing products and services.

Publications including Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, The National Law Journal, and Law360 recognize the practices represented in the Chicago office for their work, and many of the lawyers are leaders in legal and professional organizations.

Christine E. White

Christine White is an associate in Venable’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group where she assists with document review, legal research, and witness, deposition, and trial preparation. Chrissy lends her legal counsel pro bono to the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that helps immigrant women and children escaping gender-based violence obtain asylum in the United States. Ms. White recently won an application for asylum for a client who was referred by Tahirih.

Chrissy graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Venable, Chrissy served a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Activities:

Chrissy is active in the Greater Baltimore community. She serves as a volunteer for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) and participates in the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, which coordinates and conducts interviews for first-year and transfer applicants.

Prior to law school, Chrissy worked for a non-profit organization in Washington, DC where she helped organize and administer educational seminars for judges and legal professionals.

Firm Overview:

History of Client Service

For over a century, we have built our firm based on a simple and enduring premise: We see the world through the eyes of our clients. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ businesses to fully understand the context of their legal issues. Our clients know that our every decision – from hiring, to shaping our service areas, to expanding our global reach – is informed by our desire to better serve their needs.

Comprehensive Solutions to Today’s Complex Issues

Today, Venable is an American Lawyer 100 law firm. With more than 700 attorneys across the country, we are strategically positioned to advance our clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and abroad. Our clients rely on Venable’s proven capabilities in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory and government affairs.

Our attorneys have an excellent understanding of their practice areas and bring a wealth of firsthand experience to the challenges and opportunities our clients face. In this era of ever-increasing scrutiny by the government, our clients benefit from Venable’s Washington know-how. Our attorneys, many of whom are former Members of Congress, regulators and senior government staffers, have the experience to provide solutions when government creates regulatory roadblocks.

Culture of Commitment

Each year, Venable attorneys and staff devote thousands of hours of their own time, money and talent to helping the communities in which they live and work. Venable’s commitment to social responsibility includes financial support through The Venable Foundation. In 2014, we provided more than $2 million in support to charities and organizations. This placed us in the top five law firms nationally with regard to charitable donations.

The Venable Edge

Venable aims to deliver the highest quality legal services for our clients, and we pride ourselves on identifying, recruiting and retaining the best and brightest attorneys and legal staff from all walks of life. Our clients profit from a diverse set of perspectives that, paired with more than a century of proven experience, is unique to Venable.

Marianna B. Ofosu

Marianna B. Ofosu joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Corporate Department as an associate in 2013. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities laws matters and has co-authored the firm’s Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Guide. Marianna received a B.A. summa cum laude from Howard University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to receive a M. Phil from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. During law school, Marianna was the co-president of the Yale Law & Business Society and a senior editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. After law school, Marianna clerked on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Barrington D. Parker.

Prior to law school, Marianna advised international investors and African presidencies and ministries of finance on investment and economic policy issues as a managing director at GoodWorks International and the chief of staff and senior policy analyst of the African Center for Economic Transformation.

Marianna currently serves on the boards of the Yale Law and Business Alumni Association and Comp-Sci High, and on an advisory board of the Rhodes Trust. Previously, she served as a trustee of the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.

Marianna provides counsel on a pro bono basis to several non-profit organizations focused on economic empowerment, reproductive health and international development.

Firm Overview:

Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders – a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients’ most important problems.

We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. We counsel both public and private acquirers and targets. We also handle sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and counsel boards of directors and senior management in critical situations. We have a track record of original and ground-breaking solutions and innovations that have had a dramatic impact on business and law. We are thought leaders.

Our distinctive structure defines our approach. We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms. We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners. We limit the number and type of matters we undertake. Our system of lock-step compensation promotes a careful selection of matters as well as the flexibility to bring the right expertise to bear without regard to factors extrinsic to providing the best service and advice. We work together on a task-force basis on all of our matters, bringing to bear the requisite mix of people and expertise across practice areas. Our structure and approach attract talented and entrepreneurial lawyers, who enable us to achieve excellent results for our clients in complex and critical matters.

Steve Cooke

Steve is the Senior Partner of the firm. He headed our Mergers and Acquisitions practice from 2001 to 2016. He has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in takeover bids and other Stock Exchange related work.

Steve acts for a number of listed companies including FTSE 100 clients Aviva, Barratt Developments, BAT, Centrica, Diageo, International Airlines Group and Rolls-Royce and FTSE 250 clients Aggreko, Big Yellow Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Advanced Materials and Spectris.

Firm Overview:

Our London office is based in One Bunhill Row.

Our practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Dispute Resolution, Competition, Tax, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Sovereign Debt and Eurozone, Information Technology and Intellectual Property. We also have expertise across all industry sectors.

Our building provides us with optimum working conditions and houses all of our London employees under one roof.