Mona Zulficar

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Ms. Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of the Firm’s six departments; specialized in assisting our clients in various practice areas. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt. Involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and is particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions, such as the largest transaction in the history of the Middle East relating to the sale of Orascom Building Materials Holding SAE to Lafarge, for approximately USD13 billion in addition to USD2 billion of assumed debt, and most recently, she lead the team responsible for the first successful PPP Project in Egypt.

She has played and continues to play a key role in drafting new legislation and developing existing economic legislation as adviser to the various governmental entities and as member of the national drafting committees on many important laws, such as the new Telecom Law, the new Capital Market Regulations, the new Special Economic Zones Law and the new Banking Law regulations. She has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt and is directly involved in the ambitious Egyptian institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking and finance sector. Complementing her professional activities with a commitment to community activism, she has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has recently been elected member and Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and she is also a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt. In 2009, she received la legion d’honneur from the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy for her significant professional role in concluding landmark commercial and financial transactions between Egypt and France and for her achievements in the field of human rights.

Ms. Zulficar obtained her political science and law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zurich. Her working languages are Arabic, English and French.

Daniël Van der Mosen

Daniel obtained his Law Degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1983 and in 1995 a degree in Corporate Finance, Department of Applied Economics at the same university; he is registered with the Brussels Bar since 1983.

Daniel Van der Mosen specializes in banking & finance.

Whether companies are facing litigation or setting up transactions, his main focus is to assist clients from a risk management perspective with the design and the implementation of a comprehensive cost-efficient strategy with the goal to achieve the client’s targets in the most optimal way. His approach is hands-on, based on an in-depth understanding of the client’s needs.

While working with major Belgian, Dutch, German, French and US banks and financial institutions, Daniel gained a vast experience with litigation and transactional work in banking and financial matters e.g. company loan restructuring, payment systems, clearing and settlement, documentary credits, standby letters of credit, asset based finance including leasing and factoring, conflicts with other banks concerning insolvency, litigation concerning private banking and stock exchange transactions.

Daniel has a significant track record in transactional work involving corporate and structured finance, including M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, project financing, private and retail banking.

During almost 20 years, Daniel gained substantial management expertise: he has been a member of the board of Philippe & Partners, buyle legal and Law Europe International. He actually is the managing partner of buyle legal and he served as the chairman of Law Europe International during almost 10 years.

As a Dutch native speaker, he is also fluent in English, French and German.

Law Firm Overview:

Our law firm provides a quality service to private and public enterprises, to traders and to individuals.

We offer more than just an expertise focused solely on legal aspects. Throughout the management of a case we combine rigour with a pragmatic approach.

Our first priority is to meet our clients’ expectations and help them take the best decisions and make cost efficient choices.

We consider our practice as an art, driven by imagination, experience and rigour. The Art of Law is our motto.

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.

 

Thanyaporn Achariyawong

Thanyaporn Achariyawong assists clients in banking and finance transactions as well as in corporate and regulatory compliance. Her experience also includes advising on substantial transactions in capital markets and securities and mergers and acquisitions, and assisting both Thai and foreign companies in various corporate and commercial matters.

Firm Overview:

At Hunton Andrews Kurth (Thailand) Limited, we provide our clients with experience and advice in virtually every discipline of the law. The firm’s pan-Asia domestic and international cross-border southeast Asia practice is centered in Bangkok. We coordinate multifaceted teams in negotiation, dispute resolution and transactions for the protection of our clients’ interests. With lawyers in Bangkok and around the globe, we can respond knowledgeably, effectively and quickly, whether the issue is local, regional, national or international.

Established in 1997, our Bangkok office comprises more than 30 attorneys. Clients here will find both local and international attorneys prepared to offer transactional advice to domestic and international companies for both inbound and outbound investments for Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and the Philippines, and to and from North and South Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States. Our lawyers have significant experience representing clients in all types of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other foreign direct investment, commercial and institutional lending and regulatory work, project development and privatization, project and structured finance and securitizations, rehabilitation and restructuring, investment and trade agreements, capital markets and other commercial transactions. Hunton Andrews Kurth lawyers also represent clients in contentious dispute matters.

Effective 2 April 2018 with the merger of our US parent firm, Hunton & Williams LLP and the US firm, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP with the surviving partnership being known as Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP our registered name will change to Hunton Andrews Kurth (Thailand) Limited.

Alison Baxter

Alison Baxter is a partner in our global banking and finance team based in São Paulo. She has worked in our London, Paris and Rio de Janeiro offices and her practice focuses on Latin America.

Alison has over 20 years’ experience of representing banks, export credit agencies and other financial institutions on the full range of cross-border financing structures, products and issues, as well as restructurings and work-outs, across numerous jurisdictions. In the energy and transport sectors, Alison has in recent years worked on many complex transactions and structures, including combined project, corporate and bond facilities, acquisition finance, challenging inter-creditor arrangements, portfolio projects and off-balance sheet products.

During the Global Financial Crisis, Alison was co-head of our New Finance Group, which supported our financial institution clients in exploring and developing alternative financing options and structures across all main asset classes.

Alison is fluent in English and proficient in French.

Firm Overview:

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

Joakim Falkner

Joakim Falkner is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Securities Practice Group in Stockholm. He is listed as a leading lawyer for capital markets in Chambers Europe and IFLR1000 and is recognized by several other legal directories. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked at another global law firm. In 2008, he was appointed national representative of Sweden by the International Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee. Mr. Falkner is qualified to practice in Sweden, England and Wales and has a US LLM from Boston, United States of America.

Practice Focus:

Mr. Falkner practices mainly in the fields of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and corporate governance. He represents clients in a wide range of transactions, including debt and equity capital markets transactions as well as public mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Falkner has advised clients in securities transactions under Swedish, US and English law.

The New Lawyers for the New World:

Volatility and uncertainty are the new norm. With events like Brexit in the UK and the new administration in the US just two examples of recent geopolitical upheaval, we need to be able to help our clients navigate a constantly changing and challenging market. And it requires a new type of thinking and a different mindset.

It requires lawyers who collaborate unusually well across borders, markets and industries around the globe. Lawyers who embrace new ideas and emerging technologies to give businesses confidence in these uncertain times.

We are The New Lawyers.

We are Baker McKenzie.

Angela Itzikowitz

Professor Angela Itzikowitz is an executive in ENSafrica’s banking and finance department. She specialises in banking and financial market regulation, including finance and regulatory reform, card and related electronic payment instruments, derivatives, loan agreements, collective investment schemes, insurance, money laundering and debt origination and securitisation.

She has done a significant amount of work in South African Development Community (“SADC”) countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Zambia including regulatory law reform through capacity building projects. More recently, she drafted and advised on the Finance and Development Protocol for SADC in her capacity as a senior legal expert. She has also advised the World Bank on deposit insurance and bank insolvencies.

Angela has participated in a number of financial market initiatives in Asia in collaboration with colleagues from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and India. She also acts for a number of European banks, asset managers and investment advisors.

In addition, she has been recognised as a leading Fintech lawyer, advising banks and start ups and has authored the South African chapter in a number of international publications on the subject.  

Angela is a professor in banking and financial markets law at the University of the Witwatersrand and she teaches at Queen Mary College, the University of London, on legal aspects of international finance. She is the author of the Law of South Africa Banking and Financial Markets, has co-authored a number of books and has published numerous articles in local and foreign journals.

She is a member of the Board of International Scholars, London Institute of Banking and Finance, and is a Professorial Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong. She is also a visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Peking University, and is the recipient of a number of international fellowships and awards and sits on a number of advisory committees and company boards.

Angela is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

·         Chambers Global Guide 2018, 2017 – Banking and Finance: Regulatory; 2015 – Banking and Finance (South Africa)

·         Who’s Who 2018 – Banking, FinTech (South Africa)

·         Best Lawyers® 2018, 2017, 2016 – Banking and Finance (South Africa)

Angela has been described by Who’s Who Legal 2018 as ”among the very elite of practitioners in our research thanks to her ‘great regulatory mind’. She is a client favourite thanks to her ability to ‘provide practical solutions that are legally sound’’’.

Angela is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German and speaks South Sotho and Mandarin.

ENSAFRICA’S BANKING AND FINANCE PRACTICE:

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department of over 40 practitioners differentiates itself through high levels of specialisation across the full spectrum of banking and finance work, including financial services regulation, leveraged finance, asset finance, debt finance and trade finance.

The key to the Banking and Finance Department’s success is its large number of senior practitioners who are each dedicated to, and have deep expertise in, specific areas of banking and finance. In addition, the team has competence in English law, with qualified English law practitioners at executive level, as well as practitioners who are qualified to practise French law.

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department works closely with the firm’s other market-leading departments and business areas, including tax, corporate commercial, insolvency and debt recovery, and employment.

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across-region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The firm also has a dedicated Asia practice group.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Key types of work

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department has significant experience in all areas of banking and finance, including:

  • asset finance, including aircraft finance
  • collective investment schemes and private instrument funds
  • debt capital markets
  • derivatives, swaps, repurchase transactions and securities lending
  • distressed debt and workouts
  • financial products and asset management
  • financial services regulation
  • general debt
  • hybrid debt
  • insurance, including export credits
  • Islamic finance
  • leveraged finance and private equity
  • pension funds
  • property finance
  • securitisations
  • structuring and financing of BEE transactions
  • structured finance
  • trade and commodity finance

ENSAFRICA FIRM PROFILE:

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, a dedicated Asia practice group, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including

Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

 

Xavier de Kergommeaux

Partner Xavier de Kergommeaux specialises in asset-backed financing, securitisations, building societies (sociétés de crédit foncier) and public sector loan companies and covered bonds, structured finance, trusts and defeasance transactions, acting for arrangers in major financing transactions. 

He regularly advises building societies (sociétés de crédit foncier) active in France. He notably advised the shareholder banks of the Société de Financement de l’Economie (SFEF), a refinancing vehicle set up in October 2008 to support French credit institutions, on their equity participation, and assisted the SFEF with the implementation of loans and financing to credit institutions.

Managing partner of the firm from January 2004 to December 2009, he handled all management-related issues alongside senior partners Gérard Tavernier, then Pierre Raoul-Duval.

Member of the Paris Bar Council (Jan. 2016)

 

Genc Boga

Genc Boga is the founder and Managing Partner of Boga & Associates, which operates in both jurisdictions of Albania and Kosovo. Mr. Boga’s fields of expertise include business and company law, concession law, energy law, corporate law, banking and finance, taxation, litigation, competition law, real estate, environment protection law etc.

Mr. Boga has solid expertise as advisor to banks, financial institutions and international investors operating in major projects in energy, infrastructure and real estate. Thanks to his experience, Boga & Associates is retained as legal advisor on regular basis by the most important financial institutions and foreign investors.

He regularly advises EBRD, IFC and World Bank in various investment projects in Albania and Kosovo.

Mr. Boga is continuously ranked as leading lawyer in Albania by Chambers and Partners and IFLR 1000.

Boga & Associates:

Boga & Associates, established in 1994, has emerged as one of the premiere law firms in Albania, earning a reputation for providing the highest quality legal services to its clients.  The practice maintains its commitment to quality through the skills and determination of a team of attorneys and other professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. The extensive foreign language capabilities of the team help to ensure that its international clientele have easy access to the expanding Albanian business environment.

Boga & Associates represents a broad spectrum of high-profile clients, including financial institutions, airlines, industrial complexes, mining and petroleum concerns, non-profit organizations, embassies, public utilities, commercial companies, international and governmental agencies. The firm has also an outstanding litigation practice, representing clients on all levels of Albanian courts. This same know-how and experience has been drawn upon by the Legislature in the drafting of new laws and regulations.

The firm offers to its clients all the legal, tax and accounting services required to conduct business in Albania. Over the years the firm has advised in the areas of privatization of national resources and enterprises, concessions, real estate transactions, setting up businesses, credit facilities and custom and tax issues, all with a keen sensitivity to the rapid changes in the Albanian business environment.

Boga & Associates serves as World Bank’s local partner on yearly publication of Doing Business that benchmarks Albanian’s business regulation. The firm is also an exclusive contributor for Albania to International Law Office, a global source of analysis and legal developments to lawyers worldwide, and a correspondent of International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) that operates on authoritative expertise on cross-border taxation.

 

Jehremiah Asis

Jehremiah “Jehri” Asis has acted as the lead local and international counsel of various corporate and finance transactions. His work is focused on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investment, real estate, infrastructure and general corporate work. Jehri is one of the trusted projects lawyers in the Philippines and is sought after because of his keen ability to combine sound legal advice with strategic business thinking. He was the most senior associate of the Banking & Finance Practice Group in Quisumbing Torres prior to forming Abuda Asis & Associates.

Jehri graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of the Philippines and became a member of Phi Kappa Pi and Pi Gamma Mu societies.  He obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1998 where he was an awardee for Best Legal Paper.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year. Jehri is a co-author of the Philippine chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance 2014 and 2015 (third and fourth editions) and was a lecturer of Business Law in the University of the Philippines (2002) and of Tax Law at Ateneo de Manila University (2003-2004).  He is a product of the Philippine Science High School, where he ranked in the top 10 of his class.

Jehri is concurrently the President of Equi-Parco Holdings Corporation, an investment, holding, and management company of various businesses that are engaged in the power, water, and agricultural sector.  In that capacity, he also acts as president of other special purpose companies. He holds directorship positions in several renewable energy companies.

Areas of Practice:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Loans and Other Credit Facilities
  • Project Finance
  • Acquisition Finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Power and Infrastructure Development and Other Special Projects
  • Real Estate Project Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Compliance