Mohamed Abayazid

Leaders in Law endorses Mohamed Abayazid as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Djibouti. If you wish to get in touch with Mohamed, please use the contact information provided above.

Mohamed Abayazid is the founding partner of the company Civil Professional – firm Lawyers & Associates Abayazid and Abdourahman (SCP CAA Law Firm). He was previously a teacher looking at the Faculty of Law of the University of Djibouti. This academic experience makes him an exceptional practitioner.

It assists public companies and foreign investors in the design, negotiation, and realization of investment projects in the field of infrastructure. Many of its missions are done through online consultations for foreign investors.

He is registered with the Bar of Djibouti. He is Vice President of the Africa Business Legal Expertise Pan-African Network (ABLE-CLUB 54) and a member of the International Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Economic Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Transport Law
  • Law of the Sea Energy Law
  • New Technologies Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Tax Law
  • Banking Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Public Investment Law
  • Public Contracts Law – Public Private Partnership (PPP) etc.

Firm Description:

Founded by Maître MOHAMED ABAYAZID and Maître AHMED ABDOURAHMAN, Lawyers at the Court, CAA Law Firm is one of the leading law firms in Djibouti, multidisciplinary, specializing mainly in Business and Investment Law. Structure on a human scale comprising two associate lawyers registered with the Bar of Djibouti and three associates, the firm AVOCATS & ASSOCIES CAA Law Firm maintains a rich and constructive exchange with each of its clients to implement personalized solutions.

With its Pan-African Africa Business Legal Expertise network (ABLE Network – Club 54) and its network of international law firms with solid experience, our firm is able to meet the demands of its clients both in terms of advice and disputes with the requirements of speed, spontaneity and innovation required by the business world.

Succeeding Mr. Abdoulkader DILEITA MOHAMED appointed in 2016 Executive Secretary of the Administrative Tribunal of the African Development Bank, Me MOHAMED ABAYAZID and Me AHMED ABDOURAHMAN CHEIK officially created the Cabinet d’Avocats & Associés – CAA in 2016. To date, our firm has two (2) associate lawyers – founders, graduates of Master 2 Business Law, trained in the traditions of the French and Anglo-Saxon bars and three assistants.

Our firm is recognized as one of the leading Djiboutian law firms in consulting in areas of activity such as bank financing and structured financing, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure financing, public sector legal reforms, mining, oil, taxation and litigation. Knowledge of Djiboutian law and sub-regional regulations (IGAD countries, EAC, COMESA) allows our firm to develop specializations within it and thus offer companies, public administrations, communities and individuals global expertise. multidisciplinary legal and judicial advice and assistance.

Our firm has the reputation of being a particularly proactive firm, combining working methods corresponding to quality requirements close to the standards of major European firms and an ethical and deontological approach in the processing and management of cases. The firm maintains partnerships with many foreign law firms from the bars of Romano-Germanic traditions and Common Law, especially through the Pan-African Network of which it is a founding member – called Africa Business Legal Expertise (ABLE Net Work Club 54 ).


Liliane Mubanga

Leaders in Law endorses Liliane Mubanga as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Democratic Republic of the Congo. If you wish to get in touch with Liliane, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Banking
  • General Trade
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Hotel Industry


  • 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 (1999 to present).


French, English and Swahili

Avocat , Senior Executive

Liliane is mining and quarrying agent; she has a Masters in International Commercial Law from Robert Kennedy College/University of Salford Manchester.

Liliane Mubanga has also had a 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 :Jill arrange for settlement where viable, and present motions and arguments before courts if the case proceeds into litigation.

Under standing a clients 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.

Firm Description:

Our law firm with a human face combines the ability to imprint a personal mark in the relationship with the client, and the professionalism in the handling of business.

Mindful of the ever-growing complexity of legal matters with the globalisation of markets and business, which require an ever-increasing specialization of lawyers, our members keep on deepening consistently their knowledge of preferential matters, thus maintaining its multidisciplinary vocation.

The synergy of the skills of the members, reinforced by those of external consultants recognized in their specialties, enables the law firm to master a broad range of areas of law.

The law firm naturally remains well equipped to offer the traditional services that any lawyer is likely to providing from his study.

Practice Areas

  • Labour and Social Security Law
  • Business and Company Law (OHADA)
  • Mining
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Gas and Energy law
  • Tax Law
  • Insurance Policies
  • Real Estate Law (commercial, professional and residential leases, real estate development and construction, ownership, co-ownership, management and real estate transaction)
  • Family law (inheritance, divorce, adoption, affiliation and recognition of children)
  • Criminal Law
  • Banking Law
  • Consultancy, Negotiations & investment support and drafting of legal documents.


Lusungu Gondwe

Leaders in Law endorses Lusungu Gondwe as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Malawi. If you wish to get in touch with Lusungu please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law

Managing Partner

Lusungu founded our Firm in 2013. He is the Managing Partner. Generally he focuses on corporate and commercial law. In particular, he is renowned for his banking, finance and fintech experience. His main areas of interest are project finance, infrastructure finance, securities listings and general trading, corporate finance, investment financing, foreign direct investments and all manner of development financing. His advice areas include but are not limited to drafting commercial contracts and associated instruments, litigation, mediation, arbitration, regulatory compliance and general consultancy services in banking, finance and fintech. His clients include leading banks and corporates, start-ups, investors, insurers, money remitters, and credit providers.

As banking, finance and fintech [the field] continues to evolve at an unprecedented speed, there are not only a host of opportunities but also risks in the field. To fully exploit these opportunities and proactively and effectively manage these risks, Lusungu regularly partners with specialists across our Firm [in areas such as tax, corporate transactions, employment, insolvency, business rescue, debt recovery and mergers and acquisitions] to deliver best quality service.

Lusungu graduated from University of Malawi in 2008. He earned admission to practice in Malawi the same year. He has the right to practice in the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, the High Court of Malawi and all Courts subordinate thereto. He subsequently attended Harvard Law School – Executive Education program for Accelerated Leadership Program. He arbitration qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Firm Description:

Ritz Attorneys-at-Law (the Firm) is a leading law firm in Malawi with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers specialising in various service sectors and practice areas.  Since 2013, the Firm has rapidly grown into the largest law firm in Malawi by headcount with a combined practice experience of individual lawyers spanning over 40 years.

We are thought leaders in key aspects of local and international business, including, but not limited to, corporate and commercial law, domestic and international taxation (i.e. corporate, individual and charities/INGOs), transfer pricing, BEPS and taxation of MNOs, customs and excise tax and procedure, tax dispute resolution, tax advisory and planning, tax treaties and international taxation, banking, finance and fintech, insurance, labour and pensions, contracts, international trade law, IT and communications law, (international) human rights law and business law.


João Moraes Sarmento

Leaders in Law endorses João Moraes Sarmento as our exclusively recommended Unfair Commercial Law Expert in Portugal. If you wish to get in touch with João, please use the contact information provided above.

João Moraes Sarmento is one of the founding partners of Machado Sarmento & Associados and a lawyer with over 20 years of experience. His professional background is strongly related to the financial area, having worked for Banco de Portugal and Morgan Stanley at the beginning of his career, and working, as a lawyer, with a variety of national and international clients, SMEs and large companies to whom he advises and provides day-to-day legal support mainly in the corporate, financial and litigation areas.

Moreover, João is a member of the supervisory board of several companies with a presence in Portugal.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Financial
  • Civil
  • Commercial and Corporate
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Marítime
  • Restructuring and Insolvency


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Firm Description:

Our Law Firm prides itself in establishing a consistent relationship based on dialogue, mutual trust, and the sharing of goals with its clients. Considering the ties we create in the various areas of law, we deem no cause is too small, and all causes are important.

We believe that law expertise and legal counsel is a commitment: honouring this means practising law with ample knowledge, but also with willingness, loyalty and complete motivation, thus applying our know-how, and experience through personalized proximity, focused 100% on the client and defending their interests, whether they are personal, business or institutional.

In a case-by-case approach, we develop isolated or integrated strategies, which show solutions, surpass expectations. In devising these paths of success, we count on a tradition to fulfil with excellence, ethics, and sobriety, as well as the capacity to innovate, taking the disruptive way of thinking and creativity to the field of justice.

With a law office in Porto bridging across the world, MSAd is an independent company. Consequently, at the end of the day we like to know that conducting business responsibly and in liberty, we serve well and by the Law. Ultimately, this is what the client expects of us and this is our mission.

Commercial Law Practice

The world of business requires the capacity of anticipation and adaptation. With integrated vision and strategy, we are present, for example in training, restructuring or the dissolution of companies; the establishment, acquisition sale or fusion of companies; in the processes of financing and investment; elaborating agreements and contracts.

Machado Sarmento & Associados also have a office located in Lisbon:

Tomás Ribeiro, nº 111
1050-228 Lisboa . Portugal


Kabo Motswagole

Leaders in Law endorses Kabo Motswagole as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Botswana. If you wish to get in touch with Kabo, please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Motswagole has received legal training both in Botswana, at the University of Botswana and in the United States at Fordham University Graduate School of Law in New York City. He is also an Admitted and Practicing Attorney of the High Court of Botswana and other courts of the Republic of Botswana; he is a Member in good standing of Botswana’s only Bar Association, The Law Society of Botswana. He also serves as the current Chairperson of the Botswana Press Council Media Complaints Committee. Mr. Motswagole is also a Member of the Architects Registration Council Professional Practice and Disciplinary Committee. In addition to the above he is also a certified Conveyancer, Republic of Botswana and a Notary Public, Republic of Botswana.

Prior to his employment at Motswagole & Company Mr. Motswagole was a Senior Associate Attorney at Monthe Marumo & Company (Incorporating Molatlhegi & Associates). In the summer of 2012 up until 2013, he was a Research Assistant at the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice (New York) where he worked on projects at the Centre which included sustainable development projects, energy law and policy behavior, mining beneficiation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Foreign Domestic Investment and Aid and Development. Mr. Motswagole and his team of international graduate students in Accra, Ghana oversaw these projects.

Mr. Motswagole was a lead Team Member in Mining Beneficiation and Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Companies in Ghana on behalf of Anglo Gold Ashanti (Formerly Ashanti Goldfields), still under the Leitner Program on Africa, Accra Ghana.

In 2011 before heading to the United States Kabo did some local legal work. He was an Attorney at Law and Conveyancer at Mosojane Legal Consultancy; a lawfirm he helped create. At this firm he was a team leader in the general Litigation and Conveyancing Department. Where he worked alongside a former judge, the Honourable Justice John Z Mosojane. He took up the role after a stint as a Research Assistant for The Hon Justice M T Motswagole in the year 2010.

Firm Description:

Motswagole & Company is a Boutique Lawfirm located in Gaborone, Botswana. It was established in 2014 by Mr Kabo Godfrey Motswagole, a former Senior Associate at a Top 3 Botswana Lawfirm, Monthe Marumo & Company.

Motswagole & Company aspires to be recognized as a highly professional, dynamic, citizen-owned and managed, and socially responsible law firm in Botswana. We aim to establish an unrivalled reputation for our utmost integrity and efficient service delivery. Our primary goal is to exceed clients’ expectations.

Our Vision

Motswagole & Company aspires to be recognized as a highly professional, dynamic, citizen-owned and managed, and socially responsible law firm in Botswana.

We aim to establish an unrivalled reputation for our utmost integrity and efficient service delivery. Our primary goal is to exceed clients’ expectations.

Our Mission

Our mission is to establish trust and confidence in our clients by committing ourselves to providing timeous and quality services to our clients.

We focus on a result-oriented approach whilst ensuring that clients receive fair value at all times.

Our People

Motswagole & Company promotes enthusiasm and commitment in its beneficiaries and stakeholders.

We encourage individuals who are prepared to go the extra mile on behalf of our clients.


In a high challenging and changing legal environment, Motswagole & Company appreciates the importance of secured accessibility to a wide range of resources for the development of our business and the improvement of our service delivery to our clients.

In this regard Motswagole & Company maintains its own regularly updated law (database) library comprising pleadings, legal texts on various law subjects, law reports, legal periodicals and other publications.


Our investment in technology has put us a step ahead in our service delivery on a number of key areas. We have since installed an improved computer systems link within our offices thus guaranteeing easy access to information to our professional staff at all times. We have also provided access to the Internet at all times, guaranteeing a greater research bandwidth.

Motswagole & Company has laptop computers for each of their professionals and a Desktop for their Receptionist. All printing is done wirelessly, including from mobile gadgets and devices.


Harikrishnan Ravindran

Leaders in Law endorses Harikrishnan Ravindran as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in the UAE. If you wish to get in touch with Harikrishnan, please use the contact information provided above.

Harikrishnan is a legal consultant with Lutfi & Co since June 2009.  His background prior to joining Lutfi & Co was in counsel practice. Harikrishnan’s expertise and practice focus are in the areas of corporate and commercial law as well as commercial dispute resolution.  He is a key member of both the transactional and the dispute resolution teams.  This experience has assisted him in developing a deeper understanding of the practical implications of specific contractual terms in the context of potential dispute resolution proceedings.  He has considerable expertise and experience in International Trade law particularly pertaining to dispute resolution proceedings.

Harikrishnan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has expertise in Domestic commercial and real estate arbitrations in the UAE and in International Commercial Arbitration. He has inter alia advised clients in domestic arbitrations administered by DIAC and Ad Hoc arbitrations in the UAE supervised by the Courts.  He has also advised parties to International Commercial Arbitrations under the ICC rules and UNCITRAL rules.  He is familiar with arbitration rules and procedures of most major arbitration institutions.

In addition to the above, Harikrishnan has recently advised clients in transactional matters and dispute resolution proceedings in the following areas of law:

  • Real Estate (Advising on real estate projects, representing both purchasers and developers in arbitration and litigation)
  • Employment law (UAE Federal Law and DIFC Law representing both employer and employee)
  • Civil law ( claims of compensation for harm, construction claims between contractors, employers and sub contractors)
  • Commercial law (commercial transactions, commercial disputes and claims)
  • Company law (dispute resolution between shareholders of companies – civil, on shore and free zone)

Firm Description:

Lutfi & Co is located in Business Bay and is regulated by the DLAD.  Lutfi & Co is providing a professional and highly experienced service to national and international clients throughout the UAE.  Lutfi & Co also relies on the services of highly experienced and skilled external counsel who work with us closely on matters that fall within their area of expertise.

The skill and experience of the lawyers ensures that Lutfi & Co is able to meet the critical business needs and demands of clients in a flexible and responsive way. Our team is committed to providing high value added service and on achieving client satisfaction. Establishing long term relationships with clients is a priority.

Practice focus

  • Arbitration
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law

Services provided by Lutfi & Co include:

  • UAE corporate and regulatory matters
  • Litigation in the UAE courts
  • Domestic arbitration in the UAE
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Construction and engineering
  • Facilities management
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Property development
  • Project and structured finance.
  • DIFC Wills and probate
  • Representation before the DIFC Courts
  • DIFC Corporate and company practice

Philip Lopatka

Leaders in Law endorses Philip Lopatka as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Canada. If you wish to get in touch with Philip please use the contact information provided above.

Philip has been a practising Lawyer since 2005, providing expertise, advice and legal services clients can trust in a cost-effective manner for over 16 years of practice.

Philip’s practice has concentrated on:

  • Commercial Matters –  Contract preparation and negotiation, commercial transactions, business purchases and sales;
  • Corporate Matters – Corporate purchases and sales, unanimous shareholders agreements and corporate restructuring, and corporate re-organizations [key employees and succession planning];
  • Real Estate Matters-  Residential, commercial and construction contracts and transactions;
  • Wills and Estate Planning Matters – Wills, enduring power of attorneys etc.;
  • Probate and Estate Administration Matters;
  • Employment Law Matters;
  • Civil Litigation in his areas of practice.

Philip has a diverse clientele with an expansive range of legal transactions, documentation, issues and disputes, and in part due to the breadth of his practice, he is fortunate to have had the time and opportunity to forge long lasting relationships with many of his clients.

Philip has also seen the Laws and practice of Law evolve, and he continues to strive to provide expertise, advice and service his clients can trust that is cost-effective, and this challenge has also helped to make the practice of Law engaging and enjoyable throughout his 16 years of practice.

When Philip is not at work he likes to spend time with his friends and family enjoying the fun and variety of activities that Edmonton has to offer.

Memberships & Associations

Law Society of Alberta – 2005


University of Alberta – LL.B. [Batchelor of Laws] – 2004

From time to time we get asked why Philip has a LL.B. [Batchelor of Laws] and not a J.D. [Juris Doctorate]. In Canada the LL.B. and J.D. are equivalent, and when Philip graduated in 2004, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law granted  the LL.B. designation. Several years after Philip graduated, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, amongst many other Canadian Universities, changed the designation they provided from the LL.B. to the J.D., and Philip has chosen to keep his LL.B.

We also from time to time we get asked why Philip does not have an undergraduate degree before he obtained his LL.B. [Batchelor of Laws], and that is because Philip was accepted into the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta early before he had finished obtaining his Bachelor in Science degree, and chose to pursue his legal career as soon as he could.

Firm Description:

We are an Edmonton law firm with over 16 years of providing experience, advice and service our clients can trust to a wide variety of clients in different stages of their respective lives, businesses and industries.

We provide legal services for commercial matters, business law matters, corporate matters, real estate [commercial and residential] matters, wills and estate planning matters, probate and estate administration matters, employment matters, and civil litigation services.

We offer flexible legal services from full retainers to limited retainers, and flexible fees arrangements including flat fee services, hourly rate services, and contingency fee services.

We offer remote and video conference meetings with a variety of service providers, can be contacted by phone, text, email, fax, or via instant message [Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Line etc.] all available through our website.


Vanja Mugoša

Leaders in Law endorses Vanja Mugoša as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Montenegro. If you wish to get in touch with Vanja please use the contact information provided above.

Experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Commercial Law, Negotiation, Business Planning, Legal Writing, Corporate Law, and Intellectual Property. Strong business development professional graduated from University of Montenegro, Law Faculty Podgorica.

Commercial Law

Commercial law, also known as trade law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade and sales.

It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law.

Commercial law includes within its compass such titles as:

  • Domestic and international trade
  • Relationship between the principal and agent
  • Carriage by land and sea
  • Merchant shipping
  • Guarantee
  • Marine, fire, life and accident insurance
  • Security interests (collaterals)
  • Negotiable instruments
  • Contracts, Partnerships etc.

Many of these categories fall within financial law, an aspect of commercial law pertaining specifically to financing and the financial markets.

It can also be understood to regulate corporate contracts, hiring practices, and the manufacture and sales of consumer goods.

In Montenegro, various regulatory schemes control how commerce is conducted, particularly vis-à-vis customers.

We provide portfolio of commercial law services to both domestic and foreign companies and entrepreneurs.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Tax Law
  • M & A
  • Financing
  • Restructuring
  • Civil Law
  • Administration Law

Firm Description:

We have been operating as a new entity in the legal advisory market of FR Yugoslavia since 1984, when we were founded by the attorney-at-law Novica Jovović.

From the very beginning we have been recognized as a successful and highly respected law office, with diverse portfolio of legal services and also as a reliable, loyal and competent partner of our clients. Between 1992 and 2009 we had worked in Montenegro and Serbia under the name law firm Jovović & partners, and since January 2010 we are working under the name law firm Jovović, Mugoša & Vuković.

If one measure success of a law firm by the size of workforce, then our law firm is the biggest in Montenegro. In addition to that, our law firm shall be between three biggest legal services providers in Montenegro, if one apply criterion of size of client database and annually generated revenues.

Eventually, if one perform benchmarking on the ground of quality of IT sector, internal procedures, case management, client care etc., our law firm again needs to be envisaged as indisputable market leader. With bespoke approach to our clients we have assured a leading position and good reputation.

Our operative results yielded a possibility to participate in process of privatization and restructuring of ex state-owned property, resolving strategic economic controversies and other high value disputes, protection of human rights and intellectual property and the disputes that were of particular media and public interest.

From the beginning of our work, the law firm has been reinforced with young staff, with talented lawyers that are capable to resolve diverse problems with energy and knowledge.

Important moment in the life of the firm was in 2016, when we had moved to the new 1000 sq.m building on the present downtown address.

We sincerely believe that services based on proficiency and qualifications are the pillars of success. In year to come, our objectives shall remain the same – to provide a service of precision and high quality, and we will do that only if we stay current with the legal environment in Western Balkans.

In order to be capable to propose complex legal solutions, we need to cooperate with reputable business, tax, financial and accounting advisors in Montenegro and abroad. In addition to that, from time to time, we have cooperated with other specialists in areas that require specific non-legal qualifications and knowledge.


Anthony O. Maceira Zayas

Leaders in Law endorses Anthony Maceira as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Puerto Rico. If you wish to get in touch with Anthony please use the contact information provided above.

Maceira is the Founding Member of MZLS. With a decade of experience in Government Services, Maceira has been involved in major reforms implemented in Puerto Rico since 2010 when he started as advisor to the Majority Leader of the Senate. Serving mainly as full service/external legal counsel to foreign companies doing business in Puerto Rico, Maceira has developed a robust commercial law practice, including but not limited to: civil litigation, appellate, corporate law and government services practice. Specializing in commercial law and privatization of services, Maceira’s experience in the Private Sector includes defense attorney in high profile cases such as: environmental cases, gambling industry cases, tax litigation, insurance litigation, banking cases, protesting and defending bid awards challenged in court and others. In addition, his private experience includes the negotiation of privatization services in areas such as mass transit, public safety and energy. In addition, Maceira has served as legal counsel and advisor to the former President of the Senate, the Minority Delegation of the Senate, Telecommunications Bureau, Energy Bureau, the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency, amongst others.

Anthony obtained his JD from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Magna Cum Laude, graduated from the International Legislative Drafting Institute of Tulane Law School and from the Project Management Course at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

Prior to founding MZLS, Anthony served as Secretary for Public Affairs and Ports Authority Director for the Government of Puerto Rico. In addition, Maceira served in the Senate of Puerto Rico, as advisor to the Majority Leader 16th Assembly, Minority Leader 17th Assembly and President of the 18th Assembly.

During Anthony’s time as Secretary for Public Affairs he was the Government’s main spokesperson, oversaw all the communication efforts of the Administration and coordinated intergovernmental initiatives and efforts. During his tenure, Anthony worked with approving key legislation including amongst others: (1) the Puerto Rico Incentives Code (Law 60-2019); (2) the Puerto Rico GSA and Procurement Reform Act (Law 73-2019) which created a new Governmental body in charge of the procurement and acquisition of non-professional services and goods, and uniformed government procurement into a single set of rules; (3) the Energy Public Policy Act (Law 17-2019); (4) the Gaming Commission Act (Law 81-2019) which authorized sports betting in Puerto Rico, and centralized into a new single government entity the regulation of gambling, horse racing and other gaming industries and (5) the Puerto Rico Freedom of Information Act (Law 141-2019), creating the first set of rules to manage public information and promote transparency in Puerto Rico.

As Ports Authority Director, Anthony spearheaded several major privatization projects including a P3 concession for the Cruise Terminals in San Juan, P3 concession for ferry transportation system and a contract to externalize all operation and maintenance for nine regional airports. In addition, Maceira conducted the five-year compliance audit for the Airport P3 Concession at SJU, managed to close several multimillion development contracts for private investment in public infrastructure and the monetization of unused assets.

Maceira has also served in different government directive and advisory bodies such as: Governor’s Infrastructure Council, Governor’s Disaster Recovery Council, Governor’s Economic Development Council, Maritime Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors and the Puerto Rico Trade and Export Company’s Board of Directors.

Maceira’s experience has allowed him to attend as panelist and spokesperson related to Public Private Partnerships, to various conferences around the globe, including but not limited to: Global Airport Leaders Forum (Dubai-2019); Latin America Airport & Aviation Expansion Summit (Mexico-2018); Latin America Airport & Aviation Expansion Summit (Panamá-2019)The Airport P3 Summit (San Diego, USA- 2018).

Firm Description:

About Us

MZLS LLC is a boutique law firm located in San Juan Puerto Rico, that brings many years of distinguished experience from different backgrounds. Our sophisticated team of attorneys come from different backgrounds including the executive and legislative branches of government, public and private corporations as well as major local law firms. We combine substantive experience and detailed knowledge of Puerto Rico’s tax laws, insurance laws, labor laws, corporate laws, governmental structures and business climate. As well as being a general practice, the firm has wide experience in the design, procurement, negotiation of Public Private Partnership Agreements and other privatization contracts.

Client Focus

We focus on clients from abroad doing business in Puerto Rico, which is a challenging but rewarding US jurisdiction. As our client, you can expect a personal, one-on-one relationship, with a down-to-earth, practical, and integrated approach. Because your success matters to us. Whether through litigation, procurement, contract negotiation or strategic alliance/team building we serve as general outside counsel to cover the core business-related practice areas and public private partnerships.


Robert B. Groseclose

Leaders in Law endorses Robert Groseclose as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Alaska, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Robert please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Law
  • Probate
  • Tort Liability
  • Litigation Labor Law
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • International Law

Bar Memberships

  • Admitted to Practice, Alaska Bar 1976
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Tanana Valley Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys


  • Hofstra University and Catholic University, Juris Doctorate, 1975
  • International School of Business, Breukelen, Netherlands, 1969-1970
  • University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1971

Legal Experience

  • Of Counsel, CSG, Inc., 2021-present
  • Shareholder, CSG, Inc. f/k/a Cook Schuhmann & Groseclose, Inc., 1980-present
  • Associate, Staley, DeLisio & Cook, Inc., 1977-1980
  • Associate, Birch, Jermain, Horton & Bittner, Inc., 1976-1977
  • Law Clerk, Judges Van Hoomissen, Taylor and Hepp, Alaska Superior Court, 1974
  • Staff, U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, 1971-1973

Professional & Community Activities/Awards

  • Commissioner, Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2012-2016.
  • Representative Lawyer Member, Alaska Judicial Council 2nd and 4th Judicial Districts, term: 2000-2006.
  • Member, Alaska Court System Civil Rules Committee, 1993-2000.
  • Member, Alaska Bar Association Employment Law Section.
  • Fairbanks Estate Planning Council.
  • Advancement Committee Chair, Boy Scouts of America.
  • Catholic Schools of Fairbanks, board member.
  • Junior Nordic Coach, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.

Firm Description:

Welcome to CSG, Inc.! CSG, Inc. (“CSG”) has been serving clients throughout Alaska, and nationwide, for more than 40 years. Originally founded in 1957 by Robert J. McNealy and Edward A. Merdes, in July 1966 the firm became a partnership between Edward Merdes, Grace Berg Schaible, Howard Staley, and Stephen S. DeLisio, operating under the name of Merdes, Schaible, Staley & DeLisio. The firm opened an Anchorage office in 1971, and became a professional corporation in 1972.

As elsewhere, the 1980’s were years of change within the firm. In 1982, Edward Merdes withdrew from the firm, and the name changed to Schaible, Staley, DeLisio & Cook, Inc. Upon the retirement of Grace Berg Schaible from full-time practice in 1986, the firm’s name again changed, this time to Staley, DeLisio, Cook & Sherry, Inc. The firm later became Staley DeLisio & Cook, P.C.

Staley DeLisio & Cook, P.C. was dissolved in 1993. At that time, Cook Schuhmann & Groselose, Inc. was created to represent clients via the Fairbanks offices, and DeLisio, Moran, Geraghty & Zobel, P.C. organized to operate the existing Anchorage office.  In July, 2015, the firm simplified the name to CSG, Inc.

CSG is pleased to offer our services as the preeminent full-service law firm in Interior Alaska. CSG currently has nine attorneys and an extensive support staff. All told, our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience in a variety of fields.  We are the largest law firm in Interior Alaska.  Our team is able to serve clients in diverse areas such as commercial transactions, contracts, corporations, employment law, environmental law, estate planning, family law, intellectual property, personal injury litigation, real estate, taxation, trusts, wills, and probate.

The attorneys and staff at CSG bring a wide variety of education, experience, and personal history to the firm and to our clients. Our varied backgrounds increase our ability to provide legal representation and possible solutions in a wide variety of circumstances. CSG takes pride in our ability to deliver top-quality legal services tailored to meet specific client needs.  Over the history of the firm we have developed the experience, resources, technology, and personnel to meet and exceed our clients’ legal needs and expectations.

Our clients range from individuals in “bush” Alaska to Fortune 500 companies in the “lower 48” states. We have traveled statewide, nationwide, and even worldwide to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients.

It is our goal to provide excellent legal representation with the flexibility to meet individual needs. The entire CSG team strives to exceed expectations, and to use our experience to protect our clients’ interests.

We hope that you will consider CSG when you next require legal representation in Alaska.