Ximena Solano Suarez

Ximena Solano Suarez specializes in patent and trademark protection and enforcement. She has worked on numerous patent and trademark litigation matters, including serving as co-counsel for a trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement case before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

She also advises clients on a variety of trademark issues, including U.S. and foreign intellectual property portfolio management, brand strategy, and licensing. She has particular expertise in the apparel, beauty, fashion, food and beverage, sporting goods and retail industries.

Ms. Suarez has considerable experience in drafting and negotiating contracts, such as distribution, franchise, joint venture, manufacturing, marketing, non-disclosure, private label agreements, sales, services, sponsorship and supply agreements.

Ms. Suarez also has experience as in-house counsel, as well as outside general counsel for companies in the food and beverage, beauty and apparel industries.

In addition, Ms. Suarez maintains an active pro bono practice. She is currently representing two clients in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status proceedings, and another client in an Asylum proceeding.

Firm Overview:

Sheppard Mullin is a full service Global 100 firm handling corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. From our 16 offices in North America, Europe and Asia, we offer global solutions to our clients around the world, providing seamless representation in multiple jurisdictions.

Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Dr. Sultan Almasoud is the Head of the Riyadh office. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, IPOs, joint ventures, capital market transactions, private placements and all aspects of corporate and commercial legal matters.

Dr. Almasoud represents corporate and private equity clients including Swicorp, NBK Capital, Jabal Omar Development Company and Takween Advanced Industries.

Firm Overview:

One of the first global law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East, Shearman & Sterling has extensive regional experience and an integrated global network of offices providing top-tier legal services. We have represented clients on ground-breaking deals and precedent-setting projects that have led to the emergence of the region as a dynamic financial center. We have also represented clients on some of the most complex disputes arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.

We provide exceptional service to both regionally based clients and foreign investors seeking opportunities in the Middle East, including multinational companies, government ministries, state-owned companies, banks, contractors, investment agencies and financial sponsors. These clients turn to us because of our distinguished record in M&A, project development, finance, financial regulation, capital markets, private equity and dispute resolution, as well as our deep experience in the construction, energy and infrastructure industries.

A pioneer in the field of financing in the region, we have advised on two of the largest project bond financings in the Middle East and on groundbreaking Shari’ah-compliant financings, such as the first power project in the Middle East that included financing from Islamic banks and the largest-ever oil and gas Islamic financing. Our track record also includes successfully representing Dow Chemical in an ICC arbitration arising from the failed joint venture with Petrochemical Industries of Kuwait, in which a $2.47 billion award was rendered in Dow’s favor — the largest commercial arbitration award ever.

In addition, we have worked closely with governments to draft new laws and regulations. We also worked with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1971 to create the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), helping them establish a new era in Abu Dhabi’s economy. We established an office in Abu Dhabi in 1975 to assist our clients in transforming Abu Dhabi into one of the world’s most important energy centers. More recently, we have been advising Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on its establishment as an international financial center in the United Arab Emirates and the UAE government on reforming its financial regulatory framework.

With the success of our longstanding presence in Abu Dhabi, we opened an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre in 2015. From our hubs in the UAE, we continue to represent clients on some of the region’s largest projects, premium domestic and foreign investment transactions, and major international arbitrations.

The economies of the Middle East have continued to diversify in recent years, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To support the Kingdom and its domestic clients, Shearman & Sterling formed an association with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners in Saudi Arabia in 2015 to create a top-tier Saudi law practice with an office in Riyadh. The association harnesses the firm’s global network with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners’ Saudi experience to provide legal support on local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, corporate reorganizations, foreign investments, project development, dispute resolution and regulatory matters.

Amy A. Abeloff

Amy Abeloff is an associate in the Los Angeles-Century City office and is located within the litigation department. Ms. Abeloff works on various aspects of intellectual property law including trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement, and litigation, as well as trade secrets litigation.

She is a previous member of the ABA Law Student Division Board of Governors. Ms. Abeloff interned at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the trademark department of a well-known sports apparel company. Ms. Abeloff has also served as temporary counsel on secondment for an international, Fortune 10 health insurance company.

Ms. Abeloff interned at Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office before joining the Los Angeles-Century City office.

Firm Overview:

At Seyfarth Shaw, we are leading the way to deliver legal services more effectively, more efficiently, more transparently.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 850 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.

We have gained acclaim for our innovative SeyfarthLean client service model, which incorporates the core principles of Lean Six Sigma to the delivery of legal services, and we continue to develop new reporting and project management tools for greater transparency and collaboration with our clients.

Our efforts have contributed to our recognition by in-house counsel as ‘Best of the Best’ for client service within the BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service A-Team and being named by the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report among the most innovative law firms.

Seyfarth Shaw. The difference is clear.

Debra R. Anisman

Debra R. Anisman counsels on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxation, estate planning, and administration of trusts and estates, and the creation, administration and taxation of charitable organizations.

Memberships:

  • Board of Trustees of Temple Shaaray Tefila
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm with international clientele. Over time, we have become known for two things: doing great work in the financial services sector — and many related industries — and doing things a little differently than many of our peers.

For one, our philosophy is distinct, and our specialties more finely honed. Instead of trying to be everything to everybody, we’ve grown organically and in ways that make sense for our clients’ industry demands and evolving needs. Today, we regularly advise clients on investment management, corporate, and transactional matters. We also provide counsel on securities regulatory compliance, enforcement, and investigative issues, as well as targeted specialty areas that we have developed over time.

Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams is a senior associate in the Real Estate Litigation team, leading the Birmingham offering. She is experienced in a broad range of property-related disputes for financial institutions, retail, media and logistics clients in the management of their English and Welsh property portfolios. She also has particular telecommunications expertise in a property context.

Michelle has several years’ experience advising on litigious commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant issues such as lease renewals, rent reviews, breaches of covenant (e.g. alienation, user), break rights and vacant possession strategy; nuisance and possession queries; debt recovery and insolvency; dilapidations during and at the end of the lease term; covenant interpretation; and service charge issues. She is responsible for organising and presenting the Development and Tenancy from Hell workshops, part of the Birmingham Real Estate Property CPD programme. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Firm Overview:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus

Clients expect knowledge of their business, as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders

With offices in 20 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value

We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.

Adil Idrissov

Adil Idrissov is a counsel in the Astana Office. He advises members of EME Corporate Group and Commercial Dispute Group on the matter related to Kazakh law.

Adil was playing a key role in Reed Smith Kazakh team being its representative in Kazakhstan for more than 15 years until the firm opened the office in Astana in 2012.

Adil has extensive experience in working on different projects related to the subsoil use and energy sector of the Kazakh economy.

Firm is also benefiting from his strong knowledge and understanding of the governmental processes and procedures as well as from Adil’s public procurement expertise.

Firm Overview:

Reed Smith’s team of Kazakh, Russian, UK and U.S. qualified lawyers has been providing high quality legal and commercial advice to the Kazakhstan market for more than 15 years. Now located in Astana, our team acts as a guide for clients ranging from government ministries and state-owned entities to domestic and international corporations and individuals.

Our Kazakhstan team is fluent in both Russian and English and has served clients across a range of industries. Our extensive experience in the region has provided us with an acute understanding of business practices and challenges in Central Asia and the Greater Caspian Region, particularly those challenges faced by state and state-owned entities. That knowledge has bolstered the efficacy of Reed Smith’s global network and has earned our Kazakhstan team key-player reputation in arbitration and disputes regarding cross-border M&A, energy and natural resources, nuclear project, financing, banking and capital market matters in the region.

Meagan Bertolatti

Meagan Bertolatti graduated from University of Notre Dame, Sydney with an LLB (First Class Honours) and a BA in Politics and Journalism. She joined Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office in 2016 as an associate. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Meagan worked at one of Australia’s largest plaintiff’s class action firms, where she focused primarily on plaintiff law and commercial litigation. Meagan also has prior experience as a legal researcher at universities in both New South Wales and Western Australia.

Firm Overview:

The Sydney office opened with two of Australia’s “finest litigators,” Michael Mills and Michelle Fox, who joined the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills. They were then joined in 2014 by Beau Deleuil, former worldwide head of litigation at King & Wood Mallesons and in 2015 by Damian Scattini, who was a Principal at the largest Australian plaintiff’s class action firm and head of its Queensland class actions practice. The promotion to partnership in 2016 of senior associate Duncan Watson, took Sydney to a five partner office.

Quinn Emanuel’s global reputation is built on doing only one thing—business litigation—and doing it better than anyone else. The Australian offices are no different. We have no corporate practice. We filled a void in the Australian legal market for a high-end specialist litigation practice not saddled with the conflicts that plague the big, full-service firms. We are not committed to any one industry or side, and therefore we represent our clients without fear or favor—whether as defendants or plaintiffs. The Sydney office is backed by the resources, experience, and reputation of the largest litigation-only firm in the world.

We have hired our lawyers one by one, with a strict policy of hiring some of the best and the brightest in the country. We have former judges’ associates, honours graduates from Australia’s premier law schools, internationally recognized LLMs and attorneys admitted in multiple states and countries. They bring with them a wealth of litigation and trial experience from all over the world. Because we only employ the best lawyers, our clients receive the best work and resolution outcomes.

The lawyers in the Sydney office have deep experience representing companies in a broad array of complex commercial business disputes, in Australia and internationally and on both sides of the bar table. These include transactional disputes, directors and officers litigation, class actions for plaintiffs and defendants, insolvency and restructuring, mass torts, white collar crime, insurance (both coverage disputes and risk solutions for policy holders), competition law, products liability, financial services and various other kinds of business disputes.

Our Sydney partners have represented clients in some of Australia’s largest and most complex corporate collapses, crises, disasters, and class actions, including HIH, World Trade Center litigation, Ensham Resources, Babcock & Brown liquidation proceedings, the James Hardie Royal Commission, a shareholder class action against Shine Corporate Limited, and currently running seven class actions in the Supreme Court of NSW against vehicle manufacturers arising out of the Takata airbags recalls; as well as presently (as a matter of public record): Arup Pty Ltd, Aurizon, Forge Group, ICICI Bank, NuCoal Ltd, South32, Macquarie Bank, Deloitte, and Viva Energy (amongst others).

We also offer our clients an array of dispute resolution alternatives and expertise, including successfully negotiating creative ways to resolve commercial disputes by arbitration, mediation and early neutral evaluation. We have extensive experience acting as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under all major arbitral rules, seated in Australia and around the world.

Our Sydney Partners are highly regarded by the top publications including Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Expert Guides, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Who’s Who Legal, and Australian Financial Review. Recently, Michelle Fox, Michael Mills, and Beau Deleuil were named in the 2019 “Best Lawyers in Australia” list by Best Lawyers. Michael Mills was also named “Product Liability Lawyer of the Year”. In the Global Arbitration Review 100 2016, we were noted as one of the highest ranked arbitration practices operating in Australia.

Vivian W. Ho

Vivian Ho is an associate in the Corporate Department. Vivian’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions with broad experience in corporate reorganizations, asset and share acquisitions and dispositions, financing, partnerships and joint ventures. Her experience also includes working on numerous hotel, resorts and tourism projects.

Firm Overview:

Our Hong Kong office provides clients with high-value advice on the laws of Hong Kong, the U.S. and the UK, and has extensive and in-depth understanding of People’s Republic of China laws.

Our client base spans a number of industries from finance and private equity to hospitality and real estate, and we provide guidance to multinational clients on investing and doing business in Asia, as well as Asian companies investing and doing business around the world.

Having deep ties to our community, our office won The Asia Legal Awards 2015’s Pro Bono Citizenship Prize for its work on behalf of the Angkor Hospital for Children, Cambodia’s first teaching hospital.

Dr. Bettina Bokeloh

Bettina Bokeloh is a national partner in the Tax Department, focusing on advising private equity firms and strategic investors on national and international M&A transactions. She also has significant experience in advising multinational corporations on corporate tax matters, including cross-border tax planning and reorganizations, and regularly advises on capital markets transactions.

Bettina is fluent in German (native) and English.

Firm Overview:

Willkie is an elite international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers located in nine offices in six countries. For more than 125 years, we have represented companies across a wide spectrum of businesses and industries, most notably financial services. The firm is comprised of attorneys who are recognized as some of the world’s foremost practitioners in their respective areas.

Client Service

Willkie’s collaborative approach is entrepreneurially inspired and client focused. Clients grow with us over time. They hire us because of our reputation and our experience, and then build longstanding allegiances based on results and the collegial process by which they are achieved. Our focus on client service includes:

  • A pragmatic approach to the practice of law that puts the client first and forms the basis for longstanding relationships
  • Best-in-class practices that are frequently recognized by peers, clients and independent review publications
  • An attention to successful collaboration that encourages our bright and energetic lawyers to serve clients’ needs while maintaining high ethical standards and treating others with respect
  • Lawyers who possess the legal knowledge and experience to handle any transaction and the ability to communicate effectively with clients

Our International Reach

Willkie’s international experience—including the representation of U.S. and international corporations throughout all regions of the world—is both deep and broad. Located in key business centers throughout the world, Willkie is comprised of the best local market talent in shared strategic areas of practice. Each of our European offices is ranked and recognized within its country as a top local firm. This is an extraordinary distinction and speaks to our specific focus on having the best local talent in each office. Our ability to provide sound judgment and sophisticated legal advice, coupled with significant knowledge of a region’s particular rules and regulations, financial and political regimes, and customs and culture, ensures that clients seeking to conduct cross-border business get the maximum benefit from our vast experience.

Strategically Focused Areas of Practice

Our firm’s shared areas of concentration and services are aligned to ensure high quality and consistently responsive counsel across our international network of offices. Our continuous focus on the synergies within our firm is supported by a firm culture that values collaboration and cooperation.

Jay Guiliano

Jay Guiliano has spent more than 11,000 hours challenging patents in his 15+ years in the legal profession.

With a concentration on patent litigation and reexaminations, Jay’s extensive experience involves a variety of technologies, including cellular telephones, player tracking devices for gaming systems, interactive voice response systems, electronic payment systems, aeronautical oxygen systems, fuel injection control systems, parking brake systems, medical devices, and tire pressure monitoring systems.

Jay also has extensive advocacy experience. He has been involved in more than 50 post-grant proceedings and has successfully represented multiple clients in multidistrict patent litigation.

Jay cofounded Patdek Software, which is cloud-based patent analysis software that allows users to manage, mark-up and share their research.

Firm Overview:

Polsinelli chose to locate its Washington, D.C. office in the heart of the city with close proximity to the White House, the Capitol and the United States Congress, as well as to federal departments, regulatory agencies and the federal courts. The expansion to Washington in 2005 was part of the firm’s strategy to provide its clients with access to the resources of the federal government. Since our inception, we have grown to become a recognized and well-known office with deep capabilities in the areas of:

  • Public Policy
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Securities and Corporate Finance
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Antitrust
  • Real Estate

The firm’s Washington, D.C. clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major national trade associations, coalitions of corporations and associations, and state/local and foreign governments.

By recruiting highly respected professionals, the D.C. office has established a strong reputation for achieving solutions for our clients that often exceed their expectations. The Washington office is the center of its federal public policy practice that has grown in national recognition for the work of its highly skilled professionals including prominent former Members of Congress and chiefs of staff to Members and to congressional committees. Additionally, our health care and energy practice professionals in our Washington office are extensively involved in implementation of the Affordable Care Act and a range of health and energy policy issues.

Our respected litigation team has also played a central role in significant disputes, from complex litigation to high stakes transactions. The professionals in our government contracts practice group have a national reputation for successfully helping domestic and international clients navigate through the complex legal issues involved in government contracting.

The Washington, D.C. office offers the full resources of lawyers and professionals around the nation with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. The fusion of our government policy, business and legal experience has produced successes for our clients over several decades. Our approach is to understand our client’s legal, policy and business issues and combine credibility, access and advocacy.