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”


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


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

  • I am a partner in a Law Firm: Ruggle Partner
  • 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, 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 2017, 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 attorneys’ association, head of the mediation department
  • Swiss lawyers’ association
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association / 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.


  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


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


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


  • 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 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.


Carlton Fon Akkum

Cameroon / African Intellectual Property Organization, (OAPI)

Carlton is the Managing Partner of the firm with more than fifteen years of outstanding practice. He studied Law and Economics and has many qualifications. Admitted to the Cameroon Bar Association in 1996, he advices local and international clients in all aspects of corporate transactions and corporate Law as well as venture capital investments. He also has extensive experience in Intellectual Property Law, Mining and Hydro-carbons, Civil Aviation and Labour and Trade Relations. He is currently advising Rodeo Resources and Grynberg Petroleum Company, United States based Corporation, on the Exploration, Exploitation, Development and Marketing of the on-shore Logbaba natural Gas/Condensate Field project in Cameroon. He has advised Ansette World Wide Aviation and G.E. Capital Aviation Ltd., with respect to five (5) Air-Craft Lease Transactions contracted with the Cameroon Airlines. Carlton has also handled other highly complex structured finance transactions.

The firm is a full-service IP firm, accredited before the 17 Memberstate Countries of the  African Intellectual Property Organization,(OAPI). 

Prior to joining AKKUM, AKKUM & Associates LLP, he constituted one of the two (2) partners in the Nico Halle & Co Law Firm and was the Assistant Managing Partner for several years. Carlton has a well established practice and is proficient in both English and French.


Anton Becker

In 2009, I established my own law firm specialising in commercial law. Increasingly I found clients approaching me with questions relating also to their private lives. Commercial and private matters often intertwine, it seems. As a consequence, I successfully tackled divorce and alimony cases and developed my knowledge and skills in these areas of law, too.

Now clients can additionally rely on my expertise in such matters. Clients have come to appreciate and, indeed, expect an all-round service that includes an admixture of fine negotiation skills, a diplomatic touch and dogged perseverance. They get what they expect.

I go beyond the call of duty. Providing legal advice is where it starts. However, it is not enough to achieve a satisfactory legal result. A keen eye has at all times to be kept on its practicality and cost. It is essential that one should not lose sight of the bigger picture, particularly when the wood gets lost in a forest of complex legal detail.

Moreover, thanks to my extensive work for some of the most renowned Austrian and international legal firms, I have become accustomed to working to the highest possible standards: nothing less is acceptable. This experience in a small practice translates into personalised, tailor-made and hands-on service that achieves results.

Professional and Academic Qualifications / Membership

– Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, 2007
– Attorney at Law, Vienna Chamber of Attorneys, 2006
– LL.M. (Chinese Law), National University of Singapore, 2005
– Magister iuris, University of Vienna, 1998

Professional Career

– Founded BECKER LAW in 2009.
– Held the following positions between 2000 and 2009
– Partner, bpv Huegel Rechtsanwaelte, Vienna
– Partner, Lansky, Ganzger & Partner Rechtsanwaelte, Vienna
– Head of Asian Desk & Partner, Binder Groesswang Rechtsanwaelte, Vienna
– Visiting Attorney, King & Wood, PRC Lawyers, Shanghai
– Associate, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwaelte, Vienna
– Research Associate, China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Shanghai
– Part Time Associate, EY Law Luther Menold, Singapore

Becker Law: 

Clients rely on my expertise in divorce and alimony cases. They have come to appreciate and, indeed, expect an all-round service that includes an admixture of fine negotiation skills, a diplomatic touch and dogged perseverance. They get what they expect.


Arief Nursatrio

Arief is the founding partner of HNP. He obtained his law degree (SH) from Trisakti University and his master of laws (LL.M) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA. He is a licensed advocate and a member of Indonesian Advocate Association (Peradi). His areas of expertise include corporate commercial, debt and corporate restructuring, merger & acquisition, agribusiness and media.

Arief has represented clients in major corporate and commercial transactions involving private and public listed companies. Prior to founding HNP, Arief worked both in-house counsel for several multi-national and domestic companies in plantation and media industry and private practice at one of the leading commercial law firms in Jakarta where he was mainly involved in corporate commercial and merger & acquisition projects.

Haryanto Nursatrio & Partners (HNP):

Haryanto Nursatrio & Partners (HNP) was established by a number of Indonesian corporate lawyers who have extensive experience working for more than fifteen years both as in-house counsel for several multi-national and domestic companies and in private practice for one of the leading commercial law firms in Jakarta.

This valuable combination of expertise will enable us to sense and understand the client’s legal needs and expectations and to provide the best innovative, strategic and practical solutions to achieve our client’s business objectives.

HNP provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. Our major practice disciplines include the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial / M&A
  • Agribusiness
  • Debt and Corporate Restructuring
  • Foreign Investment
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Litigation & Commercial Dispute


Stelios Gregoriou

Stelios H. Grigoriou – Senior Partner & Managing Director.

Stelios H. Gregoriou Law Offices & Associates is an Athens-based law firm, established since 1986, providing full legal services under the highest standards of quality and ethics in the most critical aspects of contemporary Law.

Though we are focused in the key corporate and commercial areas of Greek and EU Law , we do not underestimate the needs of a client regarding various aspects of civil and penal law and we definitely cover its needs.

We have been working and providing advices to all types of clients that include Greek and foreign corporations and institutions, governments, international law firms and individuals on their cross-border transactions, investments and regulatory matters. A strong network of quality Law Offices has an open cooperation with us, mostly for local litigation issues, all over the Greek territory. We are practising all aspects of Commercial and Business Law, Corporate Law and governance, including company formation and regulatory compliance, Distribution and Agency/Franchising Agreements, EU Competition Law, cross-border transactions, international joint ventures and M&As.

We are specialized in proceeding cases and waging the complex litigation with the European Court of Human Rights with some remarkable results.

Our firm has built a strong reputation about its excellent litigation experience in all aspects of Greek and EU Law and we can provide a high caliber assistance in front of all Instances of Greek Courts and Tribunals (including mostly Supreme Court of Greece and Council of State) as far as it is concerned all types of contentious cases and disputes of our clients of civil, commercial, administrative and penal character. Needless to say, we have a high track record of successful Court Orders for Reliefs, Provisional measures and injunctions in case of emergency.

We are one of the few Greek Law Offices that represent clients before Greek Competition Authority in a successful way and we have contributed to the suppression of anticompetitive practices, like vertical restraints in the distribution sector, having as a result the highest fines ever imposed in the Greek market. At the same time, we have assisted some important multinational enterprises that were envisaging some hard core accusations for violations of cartel collusion.

We also provide successfully our services to contentious cases that are subject to Alternative Dispute Resolution, equally to Arbitration and Mediation. Our most notorious case is the successful Mediation in USA (Mediator Fed. Judge Ed. Cahn) attained with adversaries such as Boeing etc. pertaining to a Chinook crash at Aegean sea on the 9.11.2004 with 17 victims represented by us, one of the them having the VIP status of Head of State, Patriarch of Alexandria Peter Z.

In addition to our successful practice on ADR level, we have been working intensively as counsels that mediation should become one equally important part of our judicial system.

In order to achieve effectively our goals we often use services of external auditors, accountants, tax consultants, economists, recruiters and marketers for those clients who wish to be rendered a full range of corporate services.

We have advised as legal counsels many times the Greek Government-Ministry of Labor on the legal and regulatory aspects regarding the introduction of flexibility in the domestic labor market and we have drafted many legislative texts on this issue.

We have also contributed as legal counsels in the transposition of some important environmental Directives of EU for the Ministry of Environment.

We have also worked for the Ministry of Education for the Greek Presidency of 1994 and myself was presiding the Committee of Education during Greek Term.


Maher Milad Iskander

Maher Milad Iskander is specialized in commercial Law: drafting commercial contracts, merger and acquisition transactions, sale and purchase of companies’ assets, Economical crimes related to commercial issues, such as crimes of commercial deceit, infringement of patents and intellectual property rights, unlawful competition and money laundry and allegation of fraud crimes.

He has scientific researches in:

Bankruptcy and its consequences,

Bankruptcy crimes in light of the Egyptian Trading Law,

Commercial sale and provisions,

Crimes of bribery and prejudice of job obligations,

Imitation of commercial signs in the Egyptian law (the crime and the punishment)

Terms of arbitration clause in contracts and their consequences.


– A member of the international Bar Association.

– A member of the Arab Lawyers Union.

– A member of the Egyptian Law Organization.

Maher Milad Iskander is the Managing Partner of Maher Milad Iskander & Co. law firm.

And here is a brief about the firm: Maher Milad Iskander & Co. “Lawyers & Counselors” is a law firm that was established in 1985 in the most prestigious areas of Cairo, Egypt by the Managing Partner Mr. Maher Milad Iskander. Our Firm is specialized in the commercial matters in general, besides a number of relating criminal issues.

The Firm provides its high quality legal services with the prompt optimal and effective assistance, and renders consultation to its clients through 14 specialized consultants and lawyers and fifty professional assistants.

Throughout our history, we have successfully achieved numerous lawsuits filed before courts related to commercial disputes. We have provided numerous advices to institutions by successful opinions in more complicated transactions. We always endeavor to achieve added value to the trade of our clients in the biggest challenges that they face.

We are proud to be among the best law firms in Egypt. We enjoy the appreciation of clients, other lawyers and decision-makers. We are on our way to add more in the fields that earn additional dimension to serve our clients. Find our listings in the international law firm network directories of Legal 500, Martindale and