A.S.A Bari

A.S.A Bari, Barrister-at-Law, is the Managing Partner of A.S & Associater and is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Mr. Bari is a Legal 500 and Global Law Experts recommended, lawyer and has been ranked as a ‘Recognized’ practitioner by Chambers & Partners, as “Leading Practitioner” by AsiaLaw and as “Highly Regarded” Practitioner by IFLR1000. He leads Corporate Advisory, Corporate Financing & Capital Market, Energy & Power Sector, Banking & Financial Institutes and Taxation related practices of the Firm. 

He is known as one of the leading legal experts in the fields of Corporate and Project Finance, Foreign Exchange, Capital Market, Banking & Non-Banking Financial Institutions and Income Tax. In a jurisdiction where legal professional is still heavily dominated by litigation lawyers, Mr. Bari is one of the handful few lawyers in Bangladesh who has expertise in the financial and investment sectors and has working experience with some of the leading Banking and Financial Institutions operating in the country. Mr. Bari has represented local and international sponsors, investors, banks and financial institutions, and power generation companies with project financing matters in some of the most prominent infrastructure projects in Bangladesh, including the most tax efficient structure for such investments. 

He has also assisted other clients with complex financial transactions, e.g. M&A, Issuance of Commercial Papers, Cumulative Redeemable Preference Share, Bond Documentation and Syndicated financing, ensuring such transactions are most beneficial for the Clients in respect of taxation. In recognition of his expertise in the field of foreign investment, he has been appointed as one of the Legal Advisers of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, working towards legislative and G2B Process reform for increasing foreign investment in the country.

Mr. Bari completed his legal studies from University of London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn of United Kingdom. Mr. Bari completed his LL.M and PGDL from ICSL of UK. He is member of the Lincoln’s Inn (UK), Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association, International Bar Association, Dhaka Bar Association and Taxes Bar Association.

Firm Description

Bangladesh is a booming economy, recently making the list of low-middle income countries as per the World Bank. According to the IMF, the Bangladeshi economy is projected to grow from $180 billion to $322 billion by 2021. The rate of GDP in 2015 was $195.1 Billion and the gradually escalating growth rate was 6.6%. High-growth domestic markets, government support, lower valuations of takeover targets and ready access to capital have provided unprecedented opportunities for investors all across the world to explore new market in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is already one of the leading FDI targets in the Asia Pacific.

In the last six years, net FDI inflows into Bangladesh have grown enormously, hitting $2.2 billion in 2015. China alone, as per the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, is planning to increase the Chinese FDI in Bangladesh by 50% in the coming years. The Government has taken initiatives for developing the infrastructure of the country through Public Private Partnership (PPP) to sustain the growth in the economy. Bangladesh has the third largest capital market of South Asia with two full-fledged automated stock exchanges, hosted on computer based trading system. Consequently, the country is seeing more and more of direct foreign and local investments in different corporate sectors and in the capital market.

The increased need of investment is facilitated by various legislations, development of infrastructure through Public Private Partnership and supported by multiple commercial banks, financing corporations and NBFIs (As per Bangladesh Bank’s report, there are 56 scheduled banks, 4 non-scheduled banks and 31 Financial Institutions and 9 Foreign Commercial Banks are operating in Bangladesh). Furthermore, tax holiday for new businesses has been given and special Economic Zones (EZs) have been established to facilitate the business growth.

Bangladesh has 1, 66,000 sq. km area of sea, abundance with living and non-living resources and has more than 200 rivers all around the country, with a total length of about 22,155 km, which occupy about 11% of total area of the country. Major export and import of Bangladesh (about 85%) depends on the ports. To facilitate the process, the Government has installed a new Deep Sea Port on the Bay of Bengal, in addition to the two previous Ports.

The Government has given highest priority to the power sector development in Bangladesh and is committed to make electricity available to all citizens by 2021. The Government has initiated implementing reform measures in the power sector, including significant development programs. As of April 2016, total installed generation capacity was 12,339 Megawatt (MW) including 6,440 MW in the public sector and 5899 Megawatt in the private sector. According to the Power Sector Master Plan, installed capacity will rise to 30,000 MW by the year 2021. To reach this goal, the Government is facilitating establishment of multiple LNG, Coal, Solar and Wind based power plants on BOT or BOO basis.

In the Real Estate Sector, the number of registered members of Real Estate & Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB), an association for the real estate developers, have increased from 11 in 1991 to 1151 in 2016. Each year approximately 9,000 to 10,000 units of apartments and approximately 5,000 to 6,000 units of plot are being delivered by these Real Estate ventures. Hand in hand, the Tourism and Hospitality sector is growing as well. International brands are opening their hotels and resorts in Bangladesh. Telecom sector has seen mobile penetration growth that has exceeded all expectations and gradually brining the Government’s vision of DIGITAL BANGLADESH into reality. In recent years, the Telecommunication Sector of Bangladesh has seen some bold moves from the operators and the regulators, including merger of two of the leading providers and takeover of one operator by a foreign operator. 

Telecom sector is having transformative impact on the economy in terms of aggregate investment, Foreign Direct Investment and productivity levels. The Government of Bangladesh has revisited its taxation policy for mobile telecommunication industry for creating opportunity for them to reach out to poor population of rural Bangladesh. Such decision will surely attract more investment by the telecommunications operators. The government is planning to accelerate the process of introducing new telecommunication technologies (e.g., 4G, LTE) in the telecom sector through transparent licensing system within shortest possible time. Within the Health Sector, Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical industry was valued at about $1.5 billion in 2013, expected to grow at more than 3 times the rate of GDP growth. Based on IMF World Economic Outlook GDP projections and a GDP/Pharmaceutical ratio of 3.3 percent the pharmaceutical industry growth rate is expected to be 23% for the next 10 years, with revenues reaching $4 billion in 2016 and $9 billion by 2020. In 2015, to expand the horizon of this sector, the Government issued permission for establishing the first ever Clinical Research Organization in Bangladesh.

Pornpan Chayasuntorn

Pornpan Chayasuntorn mainly advises underwriters and issuers on equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs, private placements, secondary offerings, convertible issues and delisting’s, and has in-depth knowledge of securities, stock exchange and banking-related regulatory requirements. She also acts for domestic and international corporates on M&As (including share and business acquisitions), corporate restructuring, joint ventures and legal due diligence.

Firm Overview:

Our clients want a law firm they can trust, one that stands out for a commitment to investing in them and empowering our teams. We want to stand out for our distinctive Linklaters mind-set so our clients want to work with us above all others.

Delivering excellent client service and using our global capabilities to help them pursue the right opportunities means they benefit from long and lasting relationships.

To put clients at the heart of all we do, we recruit and develop exceptional people empowering them to do and think differently. We serve our clients as a team, with a common focus on innovation, efficiency and agility.

Charin Satchayan

Areas of Practices and Expertise

Charin’s practices focus mainly on capital markets, Public Private Partnerships, project and project finance, financial regulations, mergers and acquisitions and real estate, both in Thailand and the regions (including Laos and Myanmar).

He also has expertise in the infrastructure sector (in particular, airport and power project), financial and insurance sector, airport and aviation and also property sector.

Experiences in Selected Transactions

He has represented clients in establishment of several property funds for public offering or so called Real Estate Investment Trusts that raised funds from local and international investors to invest in real estate projects in various categories, which include shopping malls, factories, office buildings, residential buildings and hotels.

Infrastructure

He has also represented clients in establishment of infrastructure fund to invest in infrastructure assets, including the power plants and airport.

Projects and Project Finance

He has represented client in several projects and project finance both in Thailand and Laos, which include project finance for power plants, a refinancing of oil refinery, a project finance of ethanol plant.

Banking

He has represented major commercial banks in Thailand in raising funds from domestic and international capital markets. He has also represented commercial banks in establishing asset management companies and the sales of non-performing loans.

Public Private Partnerships and Privatization

Charin has been retained as a National Consultant in Thailand by Asian Development Bank to work with other international consultants to advise the Thai Government on the Public Private Partnerships for the Government projects (including motorways nationwide). He has also represented clients in several BOT and BTO projects.

Airport and Aviation

He has represented the fund manager and the sponsor in setting up the Samui Airport Property Fund, the first property fund in Thailand that invested in the airport, and has offered investment units to international and domestic investors.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, 1998

LL.M., Cornell University (under patronage of Fulbright Scholarship), 1993

Post Graduate Diploma in Business Law, Thammasart University, 1989

LL.B. (Honours), Ramkhamhaeng University, 1988

Lawyer License from Law Society of Thailand

 

Cornel B Juniarto

Cornel B. Juniarto is a senior partner at Hermawan Juniarto where he leads the dispute practice group. He regularly advises clients on general corporate law regulatory issues. He has worked on numerous corporate commercial transactions involving both domestic and international clients. Cornel has strong experience in M&A and corporate/commercial related matters. In the capital markets sector, he has extensive experience in various capital markets transactions, including rights issue and initial public offerings, as well as acquisition of public company, particularly mandatory tender offers.

Cornel was the youngest Receiver when he passed the exam in 2000 at the age of 29. He has also advised various companies on the debt settlement of insolvent companies, either during formal insolvency proceedings or through out-of-court proceedings. 

Cornel is contributor to various publications on foreign investment and corporate/commercial matters and also actively involved in promoting the development of best practices of labour outsourcing in various seminars and international publications. He is the author of Indonesia chapter in the International Labour and Employment Laws (fourth edition) and Workplace Data Law and Litigation, both published by Bloomberg BNA. He is also a contributor to the publication of Construction Dispute published by International Finance Law Review (IFLR), Indonesian Corporate Governance Manual published by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Indonesia Financial Services Authority. Currently, IFC and HJ offer corporate governance advisory service to wide range of companies in cross sector business.

Bar and Courts:

·         Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI)

·         Receiver and Administrator registered with the Department of Legal and Human Rights under No. AHU.AH.04.03-117, since 2000

·         International Bar Association Membership No. 1051467

·         Capital Market Legal Consultant registered with the Authority Financial Services  under No. 13/PM.2.5/STTD-KH/2013

Membership in Professional Societies:

·         Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), Deputy Chairman of Permanent Committee on Regional Investment Promotion

·         Lecturer at University of Tarumanagara

·         Alumni Association of National Resilience Institute of Republic of Indonesia (LEMHANNAS RI), Regular Education Program Class of 53 (2015).

Capital Markets Law:

Our Corporate Commercial and Capital Market Practice Group has assisted clients from diverse business sectors. We also have extensive experience in dealing with complex issues arising during the course of corporate restructuring. In addition, our capital market team has earned considerable reputation advising clients on initial public offerings of equity and non-equity instruments (such as bonds, medium term note, convertible and exchange bonds), rights issues, asset securitization, and other issues of securities both nationally and internationally.

We offer our clients with one stop solution service which includes deal structuring, preparation and negotiation of transaction documents until the completion of the transaction as well as advise on equity and non-equity instruments issues.

To accommodate the legal advisory related to client’s business, our practice group’s areas of focus cover the following:

·         Foreign Investment

·         Mergers and Acquisitions

·         Corporate Restructuring

·         Joint Ventures

·         Commerce and Trade

·         Real Estate

·         Licensing Services

·         Corporate Secretarial

·         Insurance

·         Telecommunication and Information Technology (IT)

·         Labor

Representative samples of our experience include:

·         advising PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) on the establishment of PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance, the first infrastructure financing company in Indonesian with initial committed capitalization of USD140 million;

·         advising PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk and PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk on the proposed transaction of acquisition of PT Solo Ngawi Jaya and PT Ngawi Kertosono Jaya relating to the toll road project;

·         advising PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) on the proposed spin-off of certain business units and developing certain structures in respect of the proposed corporate restructuring;

·         advising  PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk on the establishment of a joint venture company with Osaka Steel Ltd;

·         advising PT Bank Mayapada Internasional Tbk on IDR300 billion right issuance and on IDR700 billion bond issuance in 2013;

·         advising on the liquidation of a mutual fund issued by PT Danareksa Investment Management;

·         advising on IDR103 billion rights issue of PT Hotel Mandarine Regency Tbk;

·         advising PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) on IDR1 trillion bond issuance; and

·         advising PT Krakatau Industrial Estate Cilegon on the pre-IPO restructuring.

 

Truong Nhat Quang

Truong Nhat Quang, the Managing Partner of YKVN, heads a well-recognised, top tier corporate practice focused on banking, capital markets and M&A transactions. He has successfully handled landmark deals in Vietnam, regularly advising on complex lending and borrowing issues as well as representing government agencies and multilateral organisations on nation-shaping industrial projects. Quang’s clients include top Vietnamese banks and corporates, global investment banks, banks active in Vietnam and global private equity funds.

Listed by Chambers Asia as a Band 1 (the highest band) lawyer in banking and finance as well as projects in Vietnam for the past three years, Quang is also regarded as one of Vietnam’s finest capital markets practitioners (Chambers Asia, 2009). He is not just “excellent at understanding the issues facing foreign investors” (Chambers Asia, 2010), but is also valued for his “international client-friendly deal management skills” (Chambers Asia, 2009).

YKVN Lawyers:

YKVN is a full service Vietnamese law firm with a diversified national and international practice. With two closely-integrated offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, YKVN recently opened a new office in Singapore where it continues the expansion of its cross-border practice.

Law Practice:

YKVN has a pre-eminent M&A practice in Vietnam and our lawyers are able to handle complex transactions with precision and speed. We have the knowledge, infrastructure, technical capability and strategic perspective that are invaluable in helping clients select, implement and coordinate their strategies in Vietnam. Our extensive experience in M&A and critical mass of lawyers in our offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City ensure local legal advice at standards essential for such transactions, and the economies that result from experienced, coordinated transaction management.

We are a recognized leader in M&A and the firm has advised on many landmark deals in Vietnam. We are advising Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam on its strategic sale of shares as part of its equitization process. This is the first equitization of a Vietnamese State-owned bank and will set a template for future large bank M&A transactions in Vietnam. We have also advised Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and Industrial and Commercial Bank of Vietnam on the selection of financial advisors for their equitization process and are continuing to advise them on their strategic sales of shares. We are advising PetroVietnam Finance Company (PVFC) on its strategic sale of shares as part of its equitization process. This is the first equitization of a Vietnamese State-owned finance company and will set a template for future large finance company M&A transactions in Vietnam.

 

Paul Price

Price Sierakowski is a boutique corporate law firm established in 1999 in Perth, Western Australia.

Our expertise is in high level corporate work including capital raisings, merger and acquisitions, resources and energy, reconstruction and litigation.

Our corporate experience includes advice on Corporations Law and ASX Listing Rules, both debt and equity raisings, corporate restructuring, initial public offerings (IPOs), rights issues, placements,  share purchase plans, employee share and option plans, due diligence, corporate governance, board and shareholder meetings: issues and documentation, tenure, land access and native title, preparation and negotiation of transaction documents (including acquisition and sale agreements), joint venture agreements, farm-in agreements, financing facilities, sales and off-take agreements, takeover bids and defences, schemes of arrangement, business acquisition and disposals, and corporate mergers including reverse takeovers, advice on structuring the transaction and negotiation of commercial terms from both the buy and sell sides, negotiation and preparation of reconstruction agreements, deeds of company arrangement and creditor’s trust deeds, and representation at creditor and shareholder meetings.

Our clients include Australian and international companies involved in a multitude of industries, including manufacturing, property, telecommunications, fashion, building materials, construction, mineral resources, oil and gas, exploration, both listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions, venture capitalists, accounting practices, underwriters, and we give advice to boards and individual directors on transactions, both domestically and abroad.

We are a law firm that provides better experiences through strong connections with clients and staff.  Price Sierakowski is “Allied to your interests”.

“Allied to your interests”.  To clients, this statement is a promise that an enduring relationship with Price Sierakowski will also achieve real commercial results.  Why do we know this to be true?  Because only a strong, on-going connection between lawyer and client can lead to the deep understanding needed to offer truly valuable counsel, counsel that delves beyond top-of-mind thinking into insightful, proactive advice.

“Allied to your interests”. To staff, this statement is a promise and challenge… it is a promise that the firm will act as a partner with them in their professional and personal development.  The three directors, who work closely within the team, nurture and reward staff to assist them in reaching new career and life goals.

But is also a challenge to staff, in that they must personally invest in the outcomes to their clients.  They must commit to hold the interests of the client in the same regard as their own individual and professional interests.

The firm has lived by its positioning statement, Allied to your interests, since inception.

 

Maximilian A. Jacob

Expertise

University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2007, Dr. iur. 2012)

Associate, Vienna (2009-2013)

Attorney-at-law, Vienna (since 2013)

Practice Areas

Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law,

Banking and Capital Markets Law,

Corporate Finance Law

Languages

German, English

Various

Publications on Corporate and Capital Markets Law

Associate in major, global law firms

Austrian bar exam (2012)

Firm Overview:

WEBER & CO. is one of the leading Austrian law firms. Its lawyers are highly specialised and committed to the highest standards of legal service and proficiency. On the basis of its long-standing tradition, WEBER & CO. offers legal services in all areas relevant to businesses, with a focus on corporate, finance and mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s approach is creative and pragmatic, helping its clients to assess and effectively manage legal risks and to find practical solutions in the relevant legal, business and, when necessary, political environments.

WEBER & CO. has extensive experience in the legal management of projects in Austria and in foreign jurisdiction. Partners of the firm have authored numerous articles and books on domestic and international business law and they teach in leading European law schools. They are regularly consulted by the Austrian legislature on legislative matters.

 

Christos Mavrellis

Christos is the Head of the Company & Commercial Department. He specialises in general corporate work, banking, capital markets and private equity transactions, as well as the tax aspects of such transactions. Christos has also acted domestically and internationally for many companies involved in debt restructuring and recapitalisation as well as working for administrators and liquidators on several high profile insolvencies.

Christos has been the Secretary of the International Tax Planning Association (I.T.P.A.), is a member of the Offshore Institute, founding member of the Mediterranean Maritime Arbitrators Association and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He has published numerous articles in international magazines and has presented various legal issues at international conferences and seminars. He is a member of the board of directors of Cypriot and foreign public companies as well as of many private limited liability companies.

 

Chrysses Demetriades & Co:

Chrysses Demetriades & Co. LLC is a Cyprus law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services to local and international clients.We have been instrumental to the development of Cyprus as an offshore and international financial centre and are widely acknowledged as one of the leading law firms in Cyprus in the key areas of corporate activity.

We have long established relationships with many of the world’s leading international financial institutions, professional advisers and regulatory bodies, are consistently highly rated in independent research studies and regularly lead offshore league tables.

Our success is founded on our ability to provide practical, creative and cost-effective advice, combined with an uncompromising service commitment to our clients and a strong dedication to our lawyers, staff and the communities in which we practice.

 

 

 

 

Dr Harald Glander

Harald is involved in transactional, advisory and regulatory work for financial institutions, asset managers and other businesses operating in the financial services sector.

He is a capital markets, financial services and investment funds specialist advising on the establishment and distribution of open-ended and closed-ended funds, Master-KAG structures, hedge fund regulation and ETFs. He also advises on all other aspects of capital markets, financial services regulation, for instance on derivatives and structured financial instruments, cross-border licences, the registration of EU branches, compliance issues, brokerage and securities trading.

Harald has extensive experience in advising on the regulatory aspects of international M&A and outsourcing transactions.

Simmons & Simmons:

From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management and investment funds, energy and infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

For our clients this means they benefit from a law firm fully focused on their sector, wholly understanding of the challenges that they face and completely tuned in to their needs.

Over the decades we have been careful to build our international presence using a combination of local lawyers with demonstrable local knowledge and fully integrated teams acting together at a global level.

Bernadette Chen

Bernadette Chen is a Partner in the Corporate department in the Hong Kong office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Bernadette joined Conyers in 1997 and became a partner in 2012.

Bernadette’s practice includes all aspects of corporate law with particular focus on corporate finance. Bernadette advises clients on private equity transactions, joint ventures, initial public offerings matters including pre-IPO financings and listings of shares of Bermuda and Cayman companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States of America. Bernadette also has experience in privatization and corporate restructuring matters.

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.