Rezart Spahia
Name: Rezart Spahia
Firm Name: Frost & Fire Consulting
Jurisdiction: Albania
Practice Area: M&A Law


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Professional Biography:

Rezart Spahia is a founding member and managing partner of Frost & Fire Consulting. Primarily a lawyer by training and experience, he has advised international and local clients on a broad range of corporate transactions for close to twenty years.

Prior to founding Frost & Fire Consulting, Mr. Spahia spent almost a decade as a corporate finance lawyer with the premiere American law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, both in its New York and London offices. While at Cravath, Mr. Spahia worked with clients across industries on a multitude of matters including in: (i) the mergers and acquisition practice group, assisting sellers and buyers with acquisitions, dispositions or investments; (ii) the underwriting practice group, assisting underwriters and issuers with IPOs and other securities offerings; (iii) the private equity practice group, assisting investors with strategic acquisitions and investments including real estate; (iv) the banking practice group, assisting banking clients with setting up credit facilities; (v) the London office group, working with international clients on various cross-border transactions; and (vi) the general corporate practice group, advising corporate clients’ boards on a broad array of corporate governance best practices. Representative clients included IBM, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Time Warner Inc., AOL, Goldman Sachs, WebMD Health Corporation, Manpower Inc., Credit Suisse, Aramark Corporation, Readers Digest, Banco Santander, Grupo Modelo, Ripplewood Holdings, Lindsay Goldberg, On Semiconductor Corporation, Enel Group, etc.

Upon his return to Albania and the founding of Frost & Fire Consulting, apart from his continued involvement with U.S. and international clients interested in the region, Mr. Spahia assists many of the most important Albanian businesses with their corporate and project financing matters, investors with joint ventures and investments across various industries, land owners and developers with real estate development transactions, clients involved in the tourism and energy sector, as well as promising start ups with their structuring and other important matters. Soon after entering legal guide directories covering Albania, Mr. Spahia has been ranked as a Leading Individual from Legal 500 and a Highly Regarded Lawyer for Corporate, M&A and Project Finance from IFLR 1000. Furthermore, Mr. Spahia contributes pro bono on the board of various not for profits, including being a trustee of the board of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT/AUK) in Kosova, a trustee of the Ivanaj Foundations, vice-president of the Albanian Karate Federation and member of Albania’s High Council of Sports.

Mr. Spahia was born in Tirana, Albania. He received a BA in history, graduating as class valedictorian and was awarded the Gold Medal from the Albanian Ministry of Education, the highest academic honor of the time. In 2000, Mr. Spahia graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he accomplished various academic achievements, including being selected as member of the Cornelious Honor Society and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society on the basis of superior scholarship and leadership. Mr. Spahia was also the only student in the school’s history to graduate with two specialty certificates in Business Law and Environmental Law. Pursuant to his JD studies, Mr. Spahia received a master of laws (LL.M.) degree in International Legal Studies with concentration in international economic law from New York University School of Law, graduating with a magna cum laude GPA equivalent, where he was also a graduate editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Prior to embarking on his legal path, Mr. Spahia was an underwater archaeologist at the Academy of Sciences in Albania and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University.

Firm Description

Frost & Fire Consulting was created with one goal in mind: to offer unparalleled legal, organization development, human resources as well as other business services to clients who operate or wish to explore opportunities in the Albanian or regional market. Our commitment to this goal is rooted in our members’ extended and distinguished experience in the private, public and international organization sectors.

We pride ourselves not only in having deep insight into the existing issues and intricacies of the local business climate, but also in being intimately familiar with the expectations and mind-sets of our clients, whether they are foreign investors, multinational corporations, or governmental and international donor agencies. We have succeeded in merging the unique experiences of our members to serve Frost & Fire Consulting’s number one priority – superior quality.

Whether you need to use our legal services, human resource management capabilities, or other business or financial-related expertise, we aim to be your consulting firm of choice in Albania and the region.

 

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