Liliane Mubanga

Liliane Mubanga has a Degree in Law, with a specialisation in Private and Judicial Law from the University of Lubumbashi.

Career History:

  • Senior Executive of Thambwe-Mwamba & Associés.
  • Member of the International Criminal Bar.
  • Member of the Bar Council of Kinshasa/Gombe from 2011 to 2015.
  • Lawyer at the Bar of Kinshasa/Gombe (1998 to Present).

Has had training in: OHADA; Hydrocarbons; Public Procurement; and Insurance, among others.

Commercial Law Practice:

Commercial law disputes deal primarily with contract and/or tort laws. It involves issues that arise in the course of running a business at any stage of the commercial cycle.

Such disputes are brought before courts for legal restitution when other methods of resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, have failed to provide a solution acceptable to all interested parties.

Why is commercial law important?

Commerce is at the core of a democratic society and, in order to be strong economically, it must be attractive to businesses.

One way of doing this is to have a strong set of laws and regulations protecting businesses that enter into agreements with others and providing resolutions when things don’t go to plan. Commercial law provides that platform.

Most commercial disputes are heard in Commercial Court or in county business courts when the dispute relates to that particular jurisdiction.

They can also be brought before the Queen’s Bench or Chancery divisions of the High Court, or the Technology & Construction Court (TCC).

Break it down for me a little bit!

A commercial lawyer’s work begins with obtaining necessary instructions and supporting information and documents from the clients. The case is reviewed thoroughly and the important facts and data are picked out.

Lawyers then research case law and former precedents, prepare pleadings and arguments, and attend regular briefing sessions with clients.

They will arrange for settlement where viable, and present motions and arguments before courts if the case proceeds into litigation.

Understanding a client’s needs is an important quality for those involved in commercial law. Other skills and talents required are: negotiation, commercial awareness and time and people management.

Commercial lawyers need to keep up to speed with the current business and commercial climate, changes and amendments in legislation, and regulations in all jurisdictions that are involved.

Commercial lawyers are normally required to have: a top-class degree, experience of participation in extra-curricular activities whilst at school or university, experience in debating, public speaking and moot court trials.

Work experience in a non-legal commercial sector will be an added advantage.

Adriana Posada

A&C LEGAL is a Law Firm incorporated in Bogotá, Colombia in 2009, as a solution for organizations that require high quality legal services, and also paralegal support at a reasonable cost, provided with opportunity, with qualified staff always available.

A&C LEGAL commitment is to minimize the risk inherent in the operations of its clients and assist with the implementation of safe practices for the benefit of the shareholders, employees and the community in general. The Firm is also committed to the integral development of its employees; whose purpose and focus is costumer service.

Under the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) model, A&C LEGAL functions as a law firm in the Client’s offices, for which a team of lawyers and paralegals is assigned to attend, in an integral manner, the day-to-day legal requirements of the clients, in areas such as corporate, contractual, commercial, labor, administrative, litigation, and policy and procedure support. The Firm also takes care of legal filing, answering of communications and procedures before different entities, and in general, of the administration of the legal area of the companies.

Areas of Expertise:

  • BPO LEGAL
  • LABOR AND MIGRATORY LAW
  • CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW
  • MERGERS & AQUISTIONS
  • COMPETITION LAW
  • PHARMACEUTICAL LAW
  • DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTIC MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS
  • CREDIT AGREEMENT

A&C Legal:

We are a solution for the requirement of legal services and paralegal support tailored to meet the needs of our clients, provided with opportunity and high quality, at a reasonable cost, with qualified personnel always available.

Our compromise is to minimize the inherent risks of your operations and to collaborate with the implementation of safe practices in benefit of your shareholders, collaborators and of the community in general.

We are also committed to the integral development of our collaborators; whose focus and purpose is to provide the best customer service.

Erik Gotfredsen

Erik Gotfredsen is an equity shareholder of Wakefield Quin and has been internationally recognized by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 as one of Bermuda’s leading corporate lawyers.  Erik’s practice spans a broad range of sophisticated finance and capital market transactions with an emphasis on debt and equity offerings, banking and financial services, structured and project finance, secured lending, mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations.  Erik has significant experience advising on joint ventures, partnerships, asset and fund management and regulatory compliance.  In addition, Erik has an active general corporate practice, including advising on the establishment of companies in Bermuda, and is routinely instructed by a large number of leading international banks, financial institutions, public companies, private equity firms and onshore law firms.

Before joining Wakefield Quin Limited in May 2014, Erik worked in the Corporate Department of Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited in Bermuda from 2008 to 2014.  Prior to arriving in Bermuda in 2008, Erik worked in the Real Estate Finance Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Tokyo, Japan and, before relocating to Tokyo, worked in the Corporate and Commercial Group at DLA Piper (Canada) in Vancouver, Canada.

Erik is admitted as a solicitor in British Columbia, England and Wales, Ontario and Bermuda and has received his B.Com. and J.D. from the University of Victoria, Canada and his LL.M. from Kyushu University, Japan after being awarded a prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship by the Japanese government to study in Japan.

Erik is an active member of the Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association of Bermuda.

Publications:

Erik has written extensively on various corporate finance matters including contributing the Bermuda Chapter for Lending & Secured Finance in the International Comparative Legal Guide.

Wakefield Quin Limited:

Wakefield Quin is one of Bermuda’s leading law firms. Our professionals are dedicated to providing our clients with timely, sophisticated and solution-driven legal advice.  We are a full-service firm with a history of advising both local and international clients in the areas of banking, corporate and commercial, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, trusts, private client and litigation. Wakefield Quin, through its affiliates, also provides a full range of fund and trust administration, corporate secretarial, accounting, directorship and management services.

 

Yuliya Barabash

Using our international experience combined with knowledge of national conditions, the international legal firm SBSB provides high-end services to customers who are willing to conduct business outside of CIS countries.

Within five years we have been consulting our clients in the field of corporate law, international tax planning, finance, international licensing and complex business support in more than 40 countries.

SBSB monitors the latest trends and legal provisionsin the field of operations with crypto currency and the use of electronic money in general, the organization of stock exchanges and online currency exchange systems, the maintenance of the ICO procedure (initial coin offer).

Partnership with leading international companies enables us to provide services to our customers all over the world, including Great Britain, Czech Republic, Malta, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Baltic countries, the USA and the Southeast Asian countries.

The head office of SBSB is located in Kiev, where the main practitioners of the firm are concentrated, legal support is provided by more than 10 lawyers.

OUR ADVANTAGES

The key facts is that we:

  • Believe in the future of electronic money, support the development of IT products and implementing of processing solutions (e-commerce)
  • Provide qualified legal assistance in international tax planning.
  • Obtain financial services licenses (Forex Licenses, hedge funds and PSP and EMI licenses).
  • Professionally advice start-up companies and IT giants on how to receive payments via the e-commerce.
  • Advice on establishing and developing business outside the CIS.

WHY TO TRUST US?

  • Over 4 years of experience.
  • Effective pricing policy.
  • Highly qualified personnel.
  • Clients satisfaction is vital princip for SBSB.
  • Clear understanding of Russian and Ukrainian business systems.
  • We are happy to discuss all the issues in our Kiev office.
  • SBSB is committed to comply with the rules of confidentiality.

 

Edith Nordmann

Edith Nordmann has recently made managing partner at ACG International. Prior to that she has worked for fifteen years as an attorney for international clients. In this interview we meet her.

New as managing partner at ACG International. What is your specialization?

I practice employment law as well as commercial and corporate law and litigation. I have built up fifteen years of expertise in cross-border business transactions. People often think that cross border business transactions only apply to transactions with business partners far away from home, but any transaction involving parties that are not located in the same country is a “cross-border” transaction. Therefore also transactions with countries nearby, such as Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom need utmost diligence and attention in order to avoid unexpected expensive mistakes.

I focus on long-term relationships with clients. Building and maintaining a relationship is important for best serving the interests of a client. In practice, I find that clients appreciate this and I feel very lucky to have been working for many of them for a long time. Particularly in Asian countries, earning the trust of your potential business partner comes before engaging in actual business.

It is important to realize that not only regulations are different in each country, there is often also a significant difference in mentality and expectations. For example, in France, everybody knows that a tenant can not be removed from his house between October and April. Not even if the tenant does not pay his rent. As of April tenants may be evicted, which means that in France April and May is generally a busy time with a lot of evictions. Here in the Netherlands we do not know this principle, but in France, every child knows this figuratively speaking. If you consider to invest in residential property in France, this is important to know. Another example: in the Netherlands we love conviviality and a joke, even during business transactions. The German business partner however, is very serious in his approach and sees the jokes of the Dutch as rude and as a sign of not being serious about the transaction at hand. If you are not aware of this, closing your deal will be at serious danger. I once witnessed this looming situation and could luckily intervene on both sides on time.

ACG International positions itself as a modern and cost-effective law firm. How does ACG differ from the competitors?

The ‘billable hour’ in law is outdated and does no longer fit the client’s needs and expectations. The entrepreneur wants to know where he stands, including the budget for his legal costs.

The traditional lawyer sells time. A lawyer at a large law firm must make 1600 billable hours per year. These are hours to be paid by clients. Large offices employ dozens of lawyers who all have to make sure that they reach the amount of billable hours according to the firm’stargets. At ACG we keep the fixed core small for a purpose. We look at the current needs of the client and look for the appropriate solution. We add specialists to the team where they are needed. Entrepreneurs are well aware that the complexity of regulations in international transactions is increasing. That’s why they want a trusted legal advisor who helps them avoid pitfalls and shows them the legal challenges without slowing down their business. ACG provides their clients with those trusted legal advisors. ACG does not employ dozens of lawyers who all have to turn their sales. Instead we provide tailor made solutions to fit the needs of the client. This means that our clients can concentrate on their core business while being assured that ACG’s specialist cover their legal challenges and pitfalls. In addition, we not only focus on specialization but also on complexity and costs. In some cases a super specialist – or even multiple – is needed and sometimes a cheap simple solution is enough or even preferable. We discuss these options with our clients. As we don’t have to sell the hours of dozens of lawyers, ACG can adapt quickly to deliver the perfect fit to the differing needs of our clients. We know all the specialists that we engage personally and know how they work, both nationally and internationally.

Do you notice that clients appreciate this approach? And how do you notice this?

They appreciate that for several reasons: budgets are considered in advance, so the invoice is never a surprise. In addition, they appreciate that they get a specialist for their problem and not someone who happens to work with us. We do however always remain the direct contact point for the convenience of our clients.

Why do other offices not use the same approach? is this solely due to the earnings? Or is a culture change what is mostly necessary?

Both; All employees at a large law firm need to earn themselves back.

In addition, culture plays a major role. Until 2008 charging clients based on billable hours was normal in the legal profession. Because this was known to and accepted by most companies, there was no need for adjustment. However, nowadayscompanies are critically considering their expenses, including the costs of their lawyer. And they are absolutely right in doing so! In the past, companies sent anything that was somewhat legal to their lawyer. As of 2008, companies took care of their legal matters themselves as far as possible; due to the financial crisis it was important to take heed of costs. Since the financial crisis has lasted a considerable time, this changed approach has currently been adapted bymany companies. Clients want to know upfront how much the legal service is going to cost. At ACG we give that clarity.

Apart from the clarity of costs, how do I know if ACG International’s work brings added value to my company?

A good (personal) match between the client and his legal service provider is very important. Therefore I hereby gladly invite entrepreneurs locally and abroad to present their challenges to us by means of a short (telephone) conversation without any obligation. This allows them to assess whether ACG International can offer what they are looking for. We can be reached on +31 20 800 64 00 or info@acginter.com.

 

António Paula Varela

ABV ADVOGADOS is traditionally a Law Firm dedicated to business law. We are privileged partners of a large number of portuguese and foreign companies, on a wide range of activities, in their operations both in Portugal and overseas.

In addition to legal consultancy, the firm activity is also highlighted for its area of litigation, ensuring the uncompromising defence of Clients interests also in this field.

Considering the increasing demand for legal services by individuals and families, including foreigners who choose Portugal as a living or working destination, we recently develop a specific area of Private Client, focused specially on residence, citizenship, family, inheritance and tax matters.

International Reach:

Apart from the activity in Portugal, the firm actively supports Portuguese and foreign individuals and companies in international projects, particularly in Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique, jurisdictions where the firm has established local partnerships and has extensive experience.

Furthermore, the firm is the exclusive member for legal matters in Portugal of the Alliott Group, a prestigious international network of law, accounting and consultancy firms present in 70 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, America and the Asia and Pacific regions. This alliance allows us to better serve our clients not only in Portugal and in the other jurisdictions where we normally operate, but also in all the other countries where there are Alliott Group members.

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial and Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Debt Recovery
  • Real Estate
  • Banking and Financial
  • Labor
  • Oil and Gas
  • Intellectual property
  • Private Client, including “Golden Visa program ” and “Tax Regime for Non-Habitual Residents”

Values:

At ABV ADVOGADOS, we work focused on the Client.We truly believe that only a proximity relationship and thorough understanding of our Clients allows us to efficiently represent and defend their interests.

Furthermore, we always want to be a constructive partner to our Clients, providing pragmatic and objective legal solutions which result in fact in an added value to their activity.

Finally, we are committed to working in Portugal and in the other jurisdiction in which we operate, always following out the highest possible standard and fulfilling scrupulously the ethical and deontological rules governing the practice of the Law.

 

Leslie M. Apple

Les Apple has been a partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna since joining the Firm in 1995 and is co-chair of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Practice Group. Mr. Apple primarily concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, investment advisor and broker-dealer compliance, and banking and finance, including de novo bank formation. He also regularly engages as strategy counsel to financial institutions and as lead counsel on project financings. Mr. Apple’s clients include and have included public and private companies, registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, banks and investment funds.

Representative Accomplishments

  • Lead counsel on the sale of a 1,100-employee company to a private equity fund.
  • Lead counsel on a $60 million management buyout of a 175-employee division of a multinational company.
  • Lead counsel to a North American manufacturer in connection with a series of acquisitions totaling $200 million and involving more than 1200 employees.
  • Lead counsel on de novo bank formations.
  • Lead counsel to an U.S. – Austrian joint venture in the sale of the constituent companies.
  • Lead counsel on going-private transactions.
  • Special counsel on bank merger and acquisition transactions.
  • Strategy counsel on hostile takeovers and takeover defense.
  • General corporate counsel to a number of privately owned businesses on banking and business strategy matters.
  • Special counsel to Boards of Directors on governance matters.
  • Lead counsel on an $100 million bank and partnership fraud investigation and litigation proceedings

Affiliations

Mr. Apple is a member of the American Bar Association’s Business, Banking and Taxation Sections. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law and Taxation Sections and a member of the Albany County Bar Association. Mr. Apple was named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Corporate Law and selected to Super Lawyers® Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney.

 

Peter Ruggle

We are fully committed to you. We think and act as entrepreneurs. Whether in legal advice, in a mediation or in a court representation we consider conflicts as an engine of development. Our core expertise is the handling of the disturbance factor conflict.

Our aim is the binding and viable agreement, the adequate contract, the satisfactory judgment, a high communication quality as well as restored relations among the participants.

Vita:

  • Lawyer and partner in economic chancery in Zurich, since 1988
  • Lawyer patron of the Canton of Zurich, 1998
  • Legal Secretary, Chairman of the Arbitration Board, Substitute Judge at District Court Meilen, 1994-1998
  • Assistant to the Institute of Finance and Financial Law at the University of St. Gallen 1994
  • Lizentiat in Legal Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 1994

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Corporate finance
  • Banking and financial market law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Mediation

Languages: German, English, French

Publications: (selection)

  • Comment on the Swiss Code of Obligations, Basel 2014, Commentary on Art. 852 – 908
  • Basel Commentary on the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure, Basel 2013, Commentary on Articles 14, 70-72, 213-216, 218, 400, 401.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, ed.), Confidentiality in Mediation – the Civil Law Tradition.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, Ed.), After Mediation.
  • Cash Management under Swiss Law, French Association of Cash Managers (AFTE) 2003 Technical Guide on Centralized Cash Management in Europe, published by the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) (Co-Author), Paris September 2004

Memberships: (selection)

  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association

Hasan G. Nasibov

Professional legal practice is started with one of the most reputable law firms in Azerbaijan.

Further held the positions: Vice-President (at the largest local Law Firm); Chief of Legal Department (of the major onshore oil company); Chief of Legal Division (of the Holding oil company); Chief Legal Counsel (of Gold Mining Company), etc.

Was involved and has extensive experience in large number of company acquisitions, foundation, re-organization, privatization, transfer into management and other projects. Has a broad knowledge and experience of Azeri and International Commercial Law.

Participated in acquisition of major oil companies in Azerbaijan (including negotiations with different State authorities and performance of all legal actions related to the acquisition process)

Broad experience in preparation and revision of different legal documents; control over compliance of documents and actions with the applicable legislation; supervision over the legal staff consisting of 28 experienced lawyers; protection of the company’ rights and interests in the relevant courts; taking over all other legal issues of the companies.

Experienced in transfer of State property into management of foreign and local private companies.

Reorganization, foundation, liquidation and privatization of a huge number of companies.

High litigation score. No any lost case as of the date.

Participated in a large number of conferences and other meetings as an Independent Expert in certain area of legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan (including the conference in USA Washington D.C. in 2002)

Extensive experience in representation at high level negotiations.

EDUCATION

  University of Azerbaijan, Baku

  Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

  Odessa Legal Academy

  Master of Laws (LLM)

Azerbaijan Bar – Member since 2007

 

Dang Duong Anh

Dang Duong Anh (Mr.) has been a Partner at VILAF since 2004 and become Managing Partner of VILAF Hanoi since January 2015. To many clients and peers, Dang Duong Anh is one of the most reliable and result-oriented Vietnamese lawyers. Dang Duong Anh’s broad experience covers foreign direct investment, corporate and M&A, infrastructure & energy projects, project finance, tax, real estate and property, mining, automobile and telecommunications.

His highlighted M&A transactions include advising Siam Cement Group in acquiring group of cement production companies valued at US$440 mil and in acquiring Prime Group valued at about US$240 mil; advising Showa Aluminum Can Corporation in acquiring 90% share capital in Hanacans, valued at about US$110 mil; advising J-Power in acquiring in and divesting later from Nhon Trach 2 Power Plant; advising Bao Minh Company and SCIC in selling entire equity capital in Bao Minh-CMG to Daiichi Life Insurance, acquisition of a large automobile manufacturer in Hanoi, and other large-scale M&A transactions. His highlighted transactions in infrastructure and project finances include Vinh Tan 1 BOT project which won “Project Finance Deal for Asia 2016” awarded by IFLR and ALB, Phu My 3 BOT power project, Kien Luong 1 BOO power project, Ban Phuc nickel mining financing, Thu Duc BOT water project, Oxbow and Enron’s power plants and a large telecommunications project in Hanoi.

Chambers and Partners commented him: “Clients rate him for his “substantial knowledge and experience of complex transactions,” which stems from his international background.” IFLR 1000 of the year 2012 comments: “Dang Duong Anh is held in high regard by peers and clients alike: “Partner Dang Duong Anh has knowledge and expertise in relation to the international practice in infrastructure projects,” says a client who “highly recommends” Dang Duong Anh.” Market sources described Dang Duong Anh as “very skilled and responsive,” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Recently, Dang Duong Anh is awarded by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Financial and Corporate in 2016 and 2017, Energy & Infrastructure in two successive years of 2014 and 2015 and a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A by AsiaLaw in four successive years from 2014 to 2017.

Bar admission

  • Vietnam

Education

  • Fordham University (US), LL.M., 2005
  • Hanoi Law University, LL.B., 1995
  • General training course at Freshfields, Hong Kong

Practices

  • Corporate/M&A, Real estate, Infrastructure & Energy Projects, Project Finance, Commercial

Others

  • Award of Fulbright Scholarship
  • Award of Best Law Students from Ministry of Education and Training in 1993
  • 7-year experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining VILAF in 2003

VILAF:

VILAF was formed during the dawn of Vietnam’s foreign investment laws and has ever since worked alongside with the development of Vietnam’s system of business and investment laws, with the growth of the Government’s experience in handling business legal matters and most importantly with the growth of our clients’ Vietnam business.

With 24 years of experience, VILAF continues to be one of the preeminent business law firms in Vietnam.  VILAF is a full-serviced law firm, dedicating to many clients who have been working with us for many years, among Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, Shell, BNP Paribas, Citibank, SMBC, SCB, ANZ, Mizuho, BTMU, SCG, Marubeni, etc.

With a team of senior lawyers who have worked with the Government in the development of Vietnamese business and investment laws for years, VILAF has the insights to the interpretation of the laws and policies.  We also have lawyers qualified to practice laws in other countries, including UK, US, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s political culture and legal development have put our lawyers in the best position to advise clients on the laws and the practice of Vietnam and to help them assessing risks and developing solutions. Our approach is client-focus and solution-oriented.  We cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers.

We have been consistently ranked as a first tier law firm by reputable legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500, ALB and Asia Law in all key legal practices including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Real Property, and Dispute Resolution.