Ravi Nath

Ravi Nath has 24 years of experience in aviation-related laws, including aircraft equipment & facility financing, regulatory and litigation. His clients include major manufacturers, leading banks and financial institutions, lessors and export credit agencies, such as: ABN Amro, AerCap, Airbus, Aircastle, Airlease, Apollo Aviation Management Limited, Avions de Transport Regional GIE, Avolon, AWAS, Bank of America, Bank of China Aviation Limited, BBAM, BNP Paribas, Boeing, Bombardier, China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited, China Development Bank, China Ex-Im Bank, Citibank, COFACE, Dassault, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Aero Space, DVB, ECGD, EDC, ELFC, Embraer, Euler Hermes, GECAS, HKAC, ICBC, ILFC, JP Morgan Chase, Macquarie, Natixis, Standard Chartered, US Ex-Im, Willis Lease Finance Corporation.

His practice includes government regulations, companies, cross-border financing and securitisation.

Mr Nath is a partner at one of India’s oldest legal firms, RNClegal / Rajinder Narain & Co. He was also the president of Inter Pacific Bar Association in 2004. Two of the firm’s other partners were chief justices of the Delhi High Court, and one a president of The High Court Bar Association.

During the last 10 years, Mr Nath has advised on transactions in excess of $15 billion. The Legal 500 stated: “Ravi Nath’s esteemed reputation as an aviation expert puts clear blue water between Rajinder Narain & Co. and its rivals…”

In addition, Who’s Who Legal 2013 has identified him as one of the world’s 10 highly reputed aviation lawyers. He is a frequent speaker at various International conferences and serves on the Legal Advisory Panel of Aviation Working Group.

Mr Nath served as the chair of the Aviation Committee of the International Bar Association and is the editor and author of various books and papers on aviation laws. He regularly advises on major aviation transactions and issues.
Moreover, the Bar Association of India has conferred its highest honour on him. He was invited, along with India’s former finance minister, Mr P Chidambaram, and president of the Bar Association, Mr Nariman, to be a co-author on a book relating to legal aspects of doing business in India.

Mr Nath received his B. Com (Hons) and his LLB in International and Competition Law at King’s College London and in Public International Law at Harvard University. He completed an apprenticeship at erstwhile Sinclair Roche, London.

 

Martin Klemm

Dr. Martin Klemm, LL.M. worked for several recognised corporate law firms before founding Brenner & Klemm Attorneys in 2012.

Besides a general specialisation in corporate law, including company law, projects & finance, data protection and real estate law, he has a strong focus on all aspects of aviation law and aviation finance. This includes specific issues of aviation law, damages or liability claims pursuant to the Montreal Convention, financing/leasing of aircraft as well as regulatory issues and passenger rights.

Martin Klemm is founder of LawAir, an online news portal regarding aviation law specific issues and member of the Austrian Aviation Association.

Specialties: Copyright law, IP, IT law, Media law, Aviation law, Real Estate law, Projects & Finance, Data Protection law

 

Daniel Aquilina

Dr. Daniel Aquilina is the partner heading GANADO Advocates’ Banking Ship Finance team and Aviation team, assisting leading international Banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of Maltese registered vessels and aircraft by perfecting the registration of Mortgages and Security Interests.

In recent years Daniel has also focused on the firm’s Aviation Practice and has advised various financiers, lessors, owners and operators. He was part of the team engaged to develop and draft Malta’s Aircraft Registration Act and was instrumental in Malta’s decision to accede to the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol.

GANADO Advocates:

GANADO has a long heritage. Founded originally in Valletta – Malta’s capital city – we trace our roots back to the early 1900′s. Today, we are one of Malta’s foremost law practices.

Having contributed directly over several decades towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services, we make it our business to provide high standards of legal advisory services in a wide spectrum of international commercial and corporate activities.

The Firm has grown and adapted itself over the years to meet the changing and challenging needs of the international business and legal community. With a team of over sixty lawyers and professionals from other disciplines, supported by a growing complement of committed managerial, administrative and clerical assistants, we are confident of our ability to continue offering excellent client service and legal analysis, pragmatic solutions and attention to detail.

We pursue a philosophy which emphasises both study and pro-activity. We seek to identify trends in the international commercial and financial markets leading to opportunities for Malta once translated into tangible form. It is no surprise that we have been consistently at the forefront of local legislative initiatives and have provoked on several occasions over the years major legislative change in many fields, not least in maritime, ship finance, banking, aviation, trusts and investment services.

We are proud of our strong commitment to fostering education in law and academia. Several of our lawyers lecture regularly at various educational institutions, such as the University of Malta, and are often asked to attend as guest speakers in foreign and local fora. Our “Institute of Legal Studies” organises training sessions and courses for internal and external participants on a regular footing, and all aspiring associates are expected to take up post-graduate studies in pursuit of academic merit.

While we also provide corporate administration and related governance services, we have purposely avoided venturing into non-core legal areas and, particularly, from providing non-legal support services.

 

James P. Kreindler

James P. Kreindler joined Kreindler & Kreindler LLP in 1983 and became a partner in 1987. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, 1977. He received his J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1980, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorneys’ Office.

A specialist in aviation accident and terrorist litigation, Mr. Kreindler took the lead role as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Committee in the Pan Am 103 families’ suit against Libya, which produced $2.7 billion in additional compensation for the families of the Lockerbie victims. Mr. Kreindler played a major role in the litigation against Pan Am arising from the Flight 103 disaster over Lockerbie, Scotland as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Trial Team.

He has played a major role in many notable airline disaster cases, including:

  • the EgyptAir 990 crash on October 31, 1990 (as a member of the Executive Committee of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee);
  • the Swissair Flight 111 disaster near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998 (serving as a Plaintiffs’ Committee member);
  • and the TWA Flight 800 disaster off Long Island, New York (appointed a member of the Plaintiffs’ Committee).

He is now co-chair of the Plaintiffs’ Committee in the 9/11 Litigation proceeding against financiers and sponsors of al-Qaeda. He currently serves as Chairman of the Plaintiffs’ Committee in the February 12, 2009 Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Kreindler is a frequent lecturer on Aviation Accident Litigation and Terrorism Litigation throughout North and South America and Europe. He is the only Plaintiffs’ attorney, other than Lee Kreindler, asked to lecture at International Airline Transportation Association meetings.

Mr. Kreindler is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He also has been recently selected by Lawdragon for their latest 500 Leading Litigators in America’s list.

Law Practice:

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP was founded in 1950, and just two years later the late Lee Kreindler was hard at work for the plaintiffs on his first airplane accident case. Kreindler has been at the forefront of aviation law ever since.

Kreindler partners and associates continue the tradition of excellence that has been the firm’s hallmark. We’re best known for our achievements in national and international aviation accident litigation, and the breadth and depth of Kreindler’s experience represents a significant advantage for anyone who needs answers about the causes of an accident or compensation for the resulting losses.

Our firm represents victims of aviation accidents against airlines, manufacturers, maintenance contractors, component suppliers or any other party responsible for the catastrophic consequences of an airplane or helicopter crash.

 

Dr. Mahnaz Mehrinfar

Education

University of Tehran

BA at Political Science, Faculty of Law

LLM at Int. Relations

American University of Human Science

Doctor in Philosophy in Law.

Areas of practice

Extensive experience in Foreign Investment, International Relations, Airline Affairs, Oil & Gas, Joint Venture Agreements, Mining & Telecommunication Projects, Supply Agreements, International Commercial Contracts, Commercial Agency and Distributorship Agreements.

Author

Ph. D thesis in Private Law “Foreign Investment in Iran” with consideration of Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Act and its implementing regulation. It is under publication in the Yearbook International Business Law Consortium in Austria.

Various articles published in the Iranian & Foreign Journals.

Experience

Iran Air Former Head of Foreign Legal Claims 1975 – 2000.

International law Office 2000 to date.

Lecturer of Aviation Law in Azad University

Firm Overview:

ILO is a full-service law firm providing multi-lingual (Persian, French, English and Arabic) legal and paralegal services to clients internationally. The firm has extensive expertise in most areas of the law including intellectual property, high technology, business restructuring, corporations, employment, international trade, foreign investment, oil and gas, taxation, work permits, commercial litigation and arbitration.

Background

Apart from our expertise in transactional work, our strong litigation team is well-versed in legal disputes involving commercial affairs, international commercial contacts, international trade, shareholder and joint venture agreements, construction, business restructuring, bankruptcy and other commercial and arbitration cases. ILO also provides English- Persian and Persian-English certified translations.

The ILO was established in 1979. For over 30 years the ILO has been providing quality service to all of its clients. Currently ILO has employed 15 persons while number of employees differ based on the volume of foreign and local commercial activities within the country.

 

Hiromi Hayashi

Hiromi Hayashi is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, which she joined in 2001.  She specialises in communications law and regulation and authored the Japanese section of Telecommunication in Asia in 2005.  Her other areas of practice are international and domestic transactions, takeover bids and corporate restructuring.  She was admitted to the Bar in 2001 in Japan and in 2007 in New York.  She worked at Mizuho Corporate Bank from 1989 to 1994, and at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York from 2006 to 2007.
Hiromi Hayashi is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, which she joined in 2001.  She specialises in communications law and regulation and authored the Japanese section of Telecommunication in Asia in 2005.  Her other areas of practice are international and domestic transactions, takeover bids and corporate restructuring.  She was admitted to the Bar in 2001 in Japan and in 2007 in New York.  She worked at Mizuho Corporate Bank from 1989 to 1994, and at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York from 2006 to 2007.

Mia Wouters

Mia Wouters graduated in law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven), obtained a special degree in Maritime and Air Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.), a Certificate of Port Sciences from the Universiteit Gent and holds a Masters Degree (LLM) from the Institute of Air and Space Law of the McGill University, Montreal.

 

Mia is a Director of the European Aviation Club, and serves on the Committee of the UK based Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Brussels Branch. She also serves as an Officer of the Aviation Committee – International Bar Association (I.B.A.).

 

She is one of the founding members of the International Aviation Women’apos;s Association (I.A.W.A.) and a member of various air law associations. In 2006 she was appointed to serve as the Belgian judge to the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal in Paris under the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency.

 

Mia has broadly published on aviation and aviation related matters such as ground-handling, CRS and passenger rights and has been involved in several reports drawn up for the European Commission.

 

She is regularly requested to be a guest lecturer on aviation law and has addressed several conferences worldwide on air transportation. Subsequent to having been in charge of the practical courses in air law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) and the Universiteit Antwerpen (ITTMA) Mia is currently an invited professor in Air Law at the Universiteit Gent.

 

Dutch-speaking, Mia also handles files in English and French.

 

In the aviation sector, Mia’s practice revolves around the representation and advising of airlines, insurance companies and loss adjusters, a Computer Reservation System, ground-handlers and other transportation-related businesses before the Belgian courts and the European Commission. She is thus actively involved in the full range of legal issues arising in the commercial, contractual or regulatory field, while focusing on aviation, tourism, competition and e-commerce.

 

Llewellyn V. Boyer-Cartwright

Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright joined the firm as a Senior Associate in 2010. A former commercial airline pilot who combined a passion for flying with advanced legal training including a Master’s degree in Aviation Science, he specializes in Aviation Law (aircraft financing, registration and licensing), Property Law involving private residential and commercial acquisitions and Estate Planning and Administration. Mr. Boyer-Cartwright has acted on behalf of numerous high-net-worth private clients in respect of their acquisition of private residences and commercial properties and has been involved in negotiations with The Bahamas Government relating to project proposals and concessions under the Hotels Encouragement Act, The Nassau Revitalization Act and the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Act.

 

Mr. Boyer-Cartwright was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States and holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB. (Hons)) from The University of Buckingham and a Masters in Aviation Science (MSc.) (including Aviation Safety and Airport Planning & Design) from Everglades University. In 1994 Mr. Boyer-Cartwright was admitted into the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London, England (England & Wales) and The Bahamas Bar. He is a member of Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, The Bahamas Bar Association’s Real Estate Section, and was a finalist in the Bahamas Financial Services Board awards 2012.

Robert J.D. Briant

Robert Briant is Partner and Head of the British Virgin Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman, overseeing the corporate and finance teams. Robert joined Conyers in 1994 and is highly regarded for his extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Robert is considered one of the most senior corporate lawyers in the BVI and focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture companies and investment vehicles. He provides specialist advice to hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as advising on a broad range of financing transactions. His clients include Diageo, Burger King, the Virgin Group, Denham Capital, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Commerzbank and others.

Robert sat on the Premier’s Financial Services Task Force (the only private sector lawyer to do so), a task force established by the head of the BVI Government to oversee the entirety of the financial services industry. He also sits on the Securities, Investment Business and Mutual Funds Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Joint Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee of the BVI. Robert was also responsible for forming and chairs a consortium of the largest law firms in the BVI to make recommendations to Government on issues affecting financial services in the BVI. He is also regular contributor to the media on matters of BVI law.

Robert is consistently recognized in the top tier in Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Robert holds a BA from McGill University, an LLB from University of Toronto and an LLM from Cambridge University.

Conyers Dill & Pearman:

Founded in 1928, Conyers Dill & Pearman is an international law firm advising on the laws of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. With a global network that includes 140 lawyers spanning eight offices worldwide, Conyers provides responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven legal advice to clients seeking specialised expertise on corporate and commercial, litigation, restructuring and insolvency, and trust and private client matters. Conyers is affiliated with the Codan group of companies, which provide a range of trust, corporate secretarial, accounting and management services.

John Pate

John Pate has been a member of De Sola Pate & Brown since 1981 where he chairs the international corporate and business transactions practice. His principal areas of expertise are in negotiating international business transactions, commercial and corporate law, foreign investment, licensing, franchising, international banking, project finance, commercial aviation and secured transactions.

John is the liaison of the firm with the International Business Law Consortium (IBLC) and L2B Aviation Group, two of the law firm networks of which De Sola Pate & Brown is a member.
John is registered as an International Advisor in Corporate Finance with the Bar Association of Caracas. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts (1969) and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

● Education : John received an A.B. from Brown University (1966) and his J.D. from Boston University (1969). He has also received an M.A. and an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (1971 and 1972, respectively).

● Professional Affiliations: John is a member of the Bar of Massachusetts. He is active in the International (in which he is Vice Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Law Committee) and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Inter-American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law (in which he is Corresponding Editor of International Legal Materials), the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Advisory Committee of the Tulane Latin American Law Institute. John is a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria), a Director of the Entrepreneurial Center for Conciliation and Arbitration – CEDCA, Director and Secretary of the Venezuelan-American Friendship Association – AVAA, Director of the Centro Venezolano Americano – CVA, a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of VenAmCham, and Director and Secretary of the Valle Arriba Golf Club.

● Previous Affiliations (in Caracas): Before joining the firm John was a professor of International Business and Latin American Integration at the Institute for Higher Administration Studies (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración – IESA, 1974-1977), manager of the Andean Integration Department at KPMG (previously Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., from 1977-1978), and director of GRANLAW Consultores (1978-1981).

● Publications : Since the 1970’s John has authored a number of articles and given conferences mainly on Venezuelan and Andean business topics. Among some of his more recent publications are the following: “Venezuela: The Law on Secured Transactions” (co-author), in Secured Transactions in International Practice (Oceana) and as “Venezuela: Normas Sobre Transacciones con Garantía” en Trabajos Jurídicos (VenAmCham, Vol. I); “Venezuela: Real Property Security” (co-author) in Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, 2006 (Kluwer); chapters on Venezuela in Aircraft Finance: Registration, Security and Enforcement, and in Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights (Sweet & Maxwell); and the Venezuelan section in “International Legal Developments in Review: 2005” in The International Lawyer. He is also a regular contributor to Latin American Legal Developments, a monthly electronic newsletter published by the Latin American and Caribbean Law Committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association.

● Languages: English and Spanish.