Emmanuel Ekpenyong Esq.

Leaders in Law endorses Emmanuel Ekpenyong as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Emmanuel please use the contact information provided above.

Emmanuel joined Strachan Partners, a leading commercial law firm in Lagos, Nigeria in September 2009. In October 2011, he moved from Lagos to Abuja to establish and manage the Abuja practice of the firm. In 2014, he joined other partners to establish Fred-Young & Evans LP, a full service commercial law firm and Fred-Young Recoveries, an international debt collection firm.

Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as Counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He is involved in several public interest litigations like the suit by some Federal law makers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account and the action to compel the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to promulgate an Order to bring Part I of the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act, CAP, F35, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 into operation.

In 2020, Emmanuel commenced an action to challenge the legality of some provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 which infringe the Constitutional fundamental human rights of citizens and other provisions of the Constitution. He also instituted an action for the Court to interpret the extent of the Right to Life under Section 33 of the Constitution and the duty of the Nigerian State to protect and preserve human life. In 2021, he instituted an action for the Court to interpret whether the National Assembly which is Nigerian legislative arm of Government has Constitutional powers under its oversight functions in Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution, to summon the President of Nigeria to answer questions on security of lives and properties in Nigeria.

Emmanuel is exposed to Nigeria’s Constitutional, corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on the legal regime in doing business in Nigeria. He is listed as a foreign associate with James Ling Attorney at Law, China. He is the sole commercial litigation expert in IR Global, Leaders in Law, Advisory Excellence and World Law Alliance networks. He is a Debt Collection Expert in Global law Experts and The Lawyer’s Network. He is the sole Nigerian Partner in International Credit Exchange and the Nigerian Legal Expert on Start-up Overseas.

Emmanuel is profiled as a National Expert by Getting the Deal Through. He received a Certificate of Excellence and Fred-Young & Evans was listed amongst the “50 Smartest Companies of the Year” by Silicon Review, 2020 (thesiliconreview.com) . Fred-Young & Evans was listed amongst the “50 Best Companies to Watch, 2021” by CIO Bulletin 2021 (50 Best Companies to Watch 2021 (ciobulletin.com) He is also listed amongst the “The 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders Making Difference in 2021” by the INC Magazine.

Emmanuel has authored several scholarly articles on family law, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, debt collection and insolvency, company law and practice, enforcement of local and foreign judgments and arbitral awards, telecommunications,  real estate and construction, due diligence and legal audit compliance on Mondaq, Getting the Deal Through, Lexology, Corporate LiveWire, Virtual RoundTable, Finance Monthly, Lexology, Financial Worldwide, Start-up Overseas.

Emmanuel’s recent books are “Impact of Nigeria’s Legislations and Business Practices on Foreign Investments” available on www.morebooks.com. He also wrote as a specialist contributor on the topic “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Foreign Judgments in Nigeria” to the book “Contemporary Issues in Law and Society: Legal Essays in Tribute to Hon. Justice Chinwe E. Iyizoba JCA” of the Court of Appeal. He wrote a dissertation on “Arbitration! A Bane to Prompt Resolution of International Commercial Disputes; A Case of Nigeria” in partial fulfilment towards an award of LLM Degree by the University of Liverpool, England.

Emmanuel studied law at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and graduated in 2006 with a Second Class Upper Division LLB Degree in Civil Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he also graduated with a Second Class Upper Division and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. He holds a Pass with Merit LLM Degree in International Business Law from the University of Liverpool, England.

Emmanuel is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, U.K. He is a practicing Nigerian Lawyer with vast international business advisory and public interest litigation experience.

Firm Description:

At Fred-Young & Evans LP, we offer an array of legal services in support of our Clients. We consistently proffer commercially focused, time and cost effective as well as result oriented legal advice to challenging commercial transaction and disputes.

We combine industry-leading insight with responsiveness in a way that promotes our Clients’ interests. Our wide range of practical corporate practice and litigation experience has positioned our firm to offer effective solutions to complex disputes and problems.

We integrate innovation into every aspect of our work by identifying international best legal practice and recent decisions of Nigerian superior courts and other commonwealth countries on our practice areas. We attempt to improve Nigerian law and practice through research on developments in other jurisdictions.

We are members to many reputable international networks including International Credit Exchange, IR Global, The Lawyers Network, Leaders in Law, The Legal 500, Advisory Excellence, STARTUPOverseas, Global Law Experts, International Advisory Experts. From our offices in Abuja, we have established a working relationship with attorneys in major cities in Nigeria and throughout Africa.


E. Powell Miller

Leaders in Law endorses Powell Miller as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Michigan, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Powell please use the contact information provided above.

Powell Miller has been named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Michigan for eleven consecutive years, from 2009-2021, by Super Lawyers Magazine, and was ranked the number one attorney in Michigan in 2020. In 2010, 2015, 2019 and 2020 he was the recipient of the Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year in the category of Bet-The-Company Litigation. In 2017, Mr. Miller was the recipient of the Judge Friedman and Cook Civility Award, which is awarded to only one lawyer each year. He has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2005. Mr. Miller has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV® Preeminent 5/5.0 for legal ethics and ability and a 10/10 from AVVO a public rating system. Mr. Miller is also ranked as only one of eight in Michigan to receive the highest Band 1 rating by Chambers USA, describing Mr. Miller as a “Superb trial lawyer” who “routinely acts for high-profile clients based across the [United] states.”

Mr. Miller focuses his practice on all aspects of litigation. He has been retained by many Fortune 500 and other clients to represent them in litigation throughout the United States, including in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, California, Colorado, Indiana, and Illinois.Mr. Miller recently won an arbitration against Jimmy Johns in the amount of $4.8 million including a $1 million attorney fee award. He has never lost a trial, including verdicts in excess of $5 million, $10 million and $23 million.  Mr. Miller has also obtained in excess of $3 billion in settlements. These settlements are regularly among the top ten in Michigan each year, including a high-profile verdict in May, 2016 for 100% liability.

Mr. Miller has previously served as Co-President of the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Antitrust and Securities Committees. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Wayne State University Law School Board of Visitors and has served a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Procedures Subcommittee on class actions and multi-district litigation.  He lectures regularly on securities litigation at the University of Michigan School of Law.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Law School teaching trial practice. In addition, Mr. Miller regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on securities fraud class actions. Mr. Miller also serves as a Master member of The Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court.

Mr. Miller graduated third in his class from Wayne State University Law School, magna cum laude, in 1986. He was named to the honor society, Order of the Coif and he was an Editor of the Wayne Law Review. In 1986, Mr. Miller joined the Detroit law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, where he was elected partner in 1990. In 1994, he formed his own firm.

Mr. Miller has been recognized as a top debater in the United States. He won first place at the Harvard University National Debate Tournament as a freshman at Georgetown University. He also represented Georgetown in a special international debating exhibition against the Oxford Debating Union of Great Britain.

Mr. Miller is a proud supporter of the Detroit Urban Debate League, a nonprofit that supports the creation of debate programs in under-served high schools; the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy; The Joe Niekro Foundation, which is committed to aiding in the research and treatment of aneurysm patients and families; and Charlotte’s Wings, a nonprofit that is dedicated to supporting ailing children in Southeast Michigan through donations of new books to the children and their families in hospital and hospice care.

Firm Description:

The Miller Law Firm began as a 3-person law firm in 1996, and has grown into a 26-lawyer, nationally recognized litigation boutique. In that time, our firm has been entrusted with our clients’ most important matters, handling litigation throughout the country.


The Miller Law Firm is committed to supporting the local and regional communities in which we work and live.

Attorneys and staff members of The Miller Law Firm are actively engaged in a wide variety of programs, non-profit charities, organizations, and service on boards and committee — giving back to the broader community on many levels.


Our firm has successfully litigated cases ranging from the low six figures to hundreds of millions of dollars — from the most basic disputes to the most complex and arcane. We handle a wide range of disputes, including automotive supply chain and warranty disputes, real estate litigation, investor rights and partnership disputes, shareholder oppression and fiduciary duty cases, securities fraud, and breach of contract cases.

Leaders in Complex Commercial Litigation

The Miller Law Firm, P.C. represents businesses of all sizes, ranging from small sole proprietorships to large Fortune 500 companies and non-profit entities, and in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Our firm represents clients in both trial and appellate levels and in arbitration. The complexity of commercial litigation requires seasoned commercial litigation attorneys. Our knowledge and experience in business and commercial law litigation has contributed to our record of success.


Neil McLarnon

Leaders in Law endorses Neil McLarnon as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the Cayman Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Neil, please use the contact information provided above.

Neil McLarnon joins us having spent 12 years practising as a Barrister in London’s leading offshore commercial chancery Chambers. Before that Neil spent 2 years in the London litigation department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Neil has specialised in complex international commercial litigation and arbitration involving disputes up to the value of US$50 billion.

As sole Counsel, Neil McLarnon has represented clients at every level of the English civil law court structure, from tribunals and county courts, through the High Court, the Court of Appeal to the UK Supreme Court. He has represented clients in ICC, LCIA, DIAC and ad hocarbitrations. He also regularly appeared before the Dubai International Financial Centre Court. As Junior Counsel, he has worked alongside Senior Counsel for hearings and trials taking place before the High Court and the Courts of the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance
  • Civil Fraud
  • Commercial Litigation Law
  • Company Law
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Funds Law
  • Injunctions
  • Insolvency Law
  • Partnership Law
  • Private International Law
  • Trusts and Estates Law.


  • England and Wales 2004 (Lincoln’s Inn) (currently non-practising)
  • Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) 2006, Dubai International Financial Centre ,Registered Legal Practitioner (2012-2016)
  • Cayman Islands (Full admission) 2016


  • Jurisprudence, New College, University of Oxford Bar Vocational Course (BPP)
  • Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn), Sir Thomas More Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn), Cholmeley Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)

Firm Description:

Travers Thorp Alberga is a boutique Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law firm comprised only of the most experienced lawyers from both jurisdictions and modelled for the post financial crisis environment. We specialize in highly technical structuring involving complex securities and regulatory issues. Our partners provide incisive and highly effective advice to a higher standard on all types of offshore entities including hedge funds, private equity, corporate and partnership vehicles, asset and structured finances, cryptocurrencies and ICO’s, capital markets, general corporate and commercial matters, and private client. We advise from our offices in Grand Cayman, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong and Australia. The firm also has a highly experienced four-partner litigation team specializing in all forms of complex cross border dispute resolution and insolvency.

In March 2020, the firm expanded by establishing a matrimonial department to provide full service advice in relation to family law including divorce, financial provision, child custody and cross border asset tracing.

We advise exclusively in relation to matters of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law and not in relation to the laws of any other jurisdiction. Our structures, however, are designed to conform with legislation, taxation and regulation of all other relevant and applicable jurisdictions.

Our Philosophy

Our business model is different in a way that is relevant to client needs in a changed offshore legal and economic environment:

  • Our clients rely on the constant direct involvement of a highly experienced partner with a proven track record. With an average of at least twenty years relevant experience many of our partners were formerly heads of department at the largest Cayman Islands law firms. Clients receive intuitive and incisive legal advice without internal layering and duplication.
  • With no affiliated fiduciary service company, our legal advice is free of the conflicts of interest that necessarily otherwise arise.
  • Our streamlined operating structure provides our clients with highly competitive and flexible fee arrangements that are compelling, do not rely on hourly rate billing and may be based on the client’s assessment of value added.


The firm was originally established in the Cayman Islands in 1978 as a partnership between James McDonald and Darryl Myers. Bryan Ashenheim and Michael Alberga joined the partnership shortly after. On James McDonald’s retirement in 1985, the firm changed its name to Myers & Alberga.

In March 2009, Darryl Myers (who remains a consultant to the firm) and Bryan Ashenheim retired from the partnership and Richard Thorp, Melanie Myers-Khouri joined the firm which was renamed Thorp Alberga.

The firm opened its Hong Kong office in 2009.

In 2012, when Anthony Travers joined as Senior Partner, the firm was renamed Travers Thorp Alberga. The firm has since expanded steadily through mergers and by attracting former heads of department and partners from major offshore law firms.

In 2014, the firm merged with long standing Cayman Islands law firm, Paget-Brown and Company and in 2015, merged with boutique British Virgin Islands law firm Orion-Law thereby acquiring a fully staffed office in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.


Jacy Whittaker

Leaders in Law endorses Jacy Whittaker as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the Bahamas. If you wish to get in touch with Jacy, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Maritime
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Asset Tracing
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
  • Divorce, Immigration
  • Estate Disputes


English (fluent), Spanish (Conversational), Dutch (Conversational)


For Jacy Whittaker, the key to winning cases is being abundantly overprepared. As an attorney, Jacy gears up for war on everything. The litigator never walks into a courtroom without more research, more evidence, and more potential angles than warranted. This over-preparation allows him to think on his feet, building confidence—and the court’s regard—through each winning application, writ, submission, and hearing. Rather than being exhausted by sheer volume, the youthful lawyer becomes even more invigorated. After all, he lives to argue—and win.

Jacy got his start in 2000, working as a legal assistant for Frederick R.M. Smith, QC, a legendary attorney in the Bahamas. Mr. Smith had been intrigued by a brand of intelligence that has since served Jacy well in the courtroom. Even then, a talent analysis showed Jacy’s strengths as a future litigator.

Jacy enrolled in law school (University of Buckingham, 2001 and later Inns of Court School of Law, 2005), then joined Callenders & Co., where he worked side-by-side with Mr. Smith on multiple matters—including one of the Bahamas’ most monumental matters. Six years later, he and partner Arthur K. Parris, Jr left to form ParrisWhittaker. Jacy has since added admiralty law, probate law, commercial transactions, corporate structuring, restructuring, and formation to his list of capabilities, He acts as local counsel for a handful of Fortune 500 companies and numerous international companies.

In addition to his legal practice, Jacy is one of the most active members of the Grand Bahama business community. He is/was a director, advisor, or committee chair for numerous boards, including the Bahamas Bar Council, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Freeport Law Society, and Salvation Army. He is also a member of the Bahamas Bar Association and a member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Bar.

Firm Description:

ParrisWhittaker is a local law firm founded by two top lawyers: Arthur Parris, real estate/commercial expert, and Jacy Whittaker, a litigator with extraordinary energy and an outstanding track record. With the addition of partner Kenra Parris-Whittaker, the firm has a combined 60 years of experience, and brings a new level of energy and commitment to the Bahamian legal market.

Commercial & Trust Litigation

Litigation in the Bahamas can feel like a game.

Win the game, and enforce your agreements, you collect your debts, and get your attorneys’ fees covered in the process. But to do so, you need a lawyer who is well versed in the rules, and has the willingness, talent, and wherewithal to strategize intelligently—and over-prepare.

That’s why you should bring the matter to us. We are in the courts on a weekly basis, and there’s nothing we love more than the rhythm, energy, and thrill of the fighting for our clients. We have experience with virtually all the rules of law, and excel in research, oral argument, and thinking on our feet. We’re so experienced that we can frequently offer beneficial billing arrangements driven by an informed estimate of the time and resources required to prevail.

In short, we love fighting for clients—and we love to win. ParrisWhittaker’s litigation services include, but are not limited to, :

  • Vigorous debt collection and recovery
  • Rigorous enforcement of contracts
  • Negotiation of favorable settlements
  • Value-driven fixed billing arrangement
  • Enforcement and Registration of Foreign Judgments
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Contested Probates
  • Defamation
  • Admiralty & Maritime matters
  • Employee & Labour Issues
  • Administrative Issues
  • Personal Injury
  • Trademark disputes
  • Condominium Association & Homeowners Association matters
  • Fatal Accidents
  • Construction Disputes & Litigation
  • Insurance & Reinsurance

If you’d like to enforce your rights and put the court system on your side, schedule a consultation with ParrisWhittaker today.


Nelcia St. Jean

Leaders in Law endorses Nelcia St. Jean as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the British Virgin Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Nelcia, please use the contact information provided above.

Nelcia is originally from the Commonwealth of Dominica. She resided in the BVI for over 24 years and has been practising in the BVI since 2005. With over fifteen (15) years experience in law, as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).

Nelcia has appeared in the Commercial Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) and has had conduct of many matters in the Civil Division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) in matters in respect of companies and company disputes. In addition to trials her work at Court featured Interim applications and applications for injunctive relief; applications for the appointments of liquidators; applications for the restoration of BVI companies and rectification of share registers; and applications for a range of other relief available to directors and shareholders under the BVI Business Companies & Insolvency Acts.

Member of BVI Bar Association, Lincoln’s Inn, President of the Rotary Club of Central Tortola and Former President of the Rotary Club of Central Tortola.

Notary Public & Commissioner of Oaths.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Insolvency Law
  • Corporate Governance; Corporate Restructuring: Plans of Arrangement, Schemes of Arrangement and Mergers
  • Property Law

Bar Admissions

  • Bar of England and Wales (non-practising) 2005
  • Admitted to the Bar of British Virgin Islands 2005

Firm Description:

McW. Todman & Co is a small legal firm founded by the late Dr. McWelling Todman CBE, QC in 1969. The late Dr. Todman was the first native British Virgin Islands to operate a law firm in these islands. Despite his untimely passing, the firm has retained its roots in the community of the Virgin Islands while continuing to grow and strive in the fast paced international legal environment that characterizes the Virgin Islands.

The firm is ranked as one of the top litigation practices in the Virgin Islands and specializes in corporate/ commercial law, real estate, family matters, intellectual property, Conveyancing, Family Law and Estate Planning and Probate and offers discreet service to clients in corporate formation and management through its wholly owned subsidiary McNamara Corporate Services Limited.

We provide legal services in our selected practice areas commensurate with the quality and expertise of the big firms but in a personalized client-sensitive manner, with an unwavering commitment to responsiveness, efficiency and professionalism. We serve a wide range of clientele, and value every client relationship greatly. Each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of our expertise. We approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding.


Edith Nordmann

Leaders in Law endorses Edith Nordmann as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Edith please use the contact information provided above.

Edith Nordmann is Managing Partner at ACG International in Amsterdam where she also heads the corporate & commercial litigation department.

She is a highly experienced corporate and commercial litigator, who has been representing both companies and private individuals in highly complex matters.

Edith has a vast expertise in cross-border business transactions, contract disputes, and national and international litigation. In addition, Edith is a certified mediator, who assists her clients in finding amicable resolution of their disputes.

For more than twenty years Edith has been working with international clients from all over the world. Being fluent in German (native speaker), English, Dutch, French and Italian, Edith is not only able to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue, but also to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. Through her deep-seated local knowledge and international networks across practice areas and borders, Edith uses her business minded strategic approach to assists her clients in getting deals done and finding solutions that achieve the best results for their actual needs.

As a seasoned litigator Edith was invited in February 2019 by the New York International Arbitration Center to give a presentation and inform New York attorneys about the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC). The NCC is a unique attractive European alternative to cross-border litigation and arbitration with highly specialized judges in which international matters can be argued entirely in English, which has the great advantage that foreign councils can actively work together with the Dutch lawyers on these matters. It is much cheaper than arbitration, swift and highly reliable and effective. Edith very much enjoys working with lawyers around the world on these cases in front of the NCC.

Next to her professional career Edith engages in many charitable and social organizations using her professional expertise, not only helping others but also empowering them in their endeavors.

Edith was awarded “Women of the Decade in Law & Social change” by the Women Economic Forum in 2017.

You can read an interview with Edith here: https://acginter.com/pages/EN/interview-managing-director-edith-nordmann


Dutch Bar Association

Certified Mediator in Mediators Federation in the Netherlands

Professional affiliations

Chairman of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade

Vice Chairman Supervisory Board of Rochdale

Member of the European American Lawyers Group

Member of ADAM Global

Firm Description:

ACG International : A full service law firm

Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and is active around the globe. ACG’s Dutch and international attorneys and lawyers are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs. On top of that we strongly believe in a partner-lead approach meaning you always have a partner level lawyer dealing with your case.

How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. Our team consists of such professionals. Each of the professionals that will support you is a highly qualified with diverse legal background, experience in different jurisdictions and a strong client-oriented mindset. We use our professional and cultural differences to achieve one common goal, which is to serve our clients in achieving the most beneficial results. Our constant international exposure and expertise enabled us to create a worldwide network of professionals, which gives us access to have all the experience, knowledge and the people to resolve our clients’ most complicated challenges and legal disputes.

Our clients work internationally, and so do we.

We provide comprehensive legal support in commercial, corporate, employment, litigation, mediation, arbitration, data protection and privacy. Apart from the main focus areas, we are specialized in international trade and cross-border transactions, business in German-speaking countries, starting a project in Switzerland, entering a European market and other.

Why ACG International?

Our clients are our main priority. In our experience, the most beneficial results come from an open, transparent and collaborative relationships with our clients. For this reason, we heavily invest in understanding our clients’ values and needs, maintaining constant dialogue with them and always keeping them involved and updated on their cases. Such collaboration is fundamental to our success, as it helps us build long-term relationships with each of our clients based on trust and loyalty.

Our diverse experience and cultural background allow us to speak your language. Even though English is a universal business language and we can communicate real time with our business partners around the globe, cultural differences are often crucial in the outcome of negotiations and the success of your cross-border business relations. Our attorneys come from the most culturally diverse countries with different mentalities and sets of values. Combining our in-depth legal insights with innate knowledge of foreign cultures and their expectations, allows us to guide you through your cross-border business relations in the most effective, cautious and favorable way. In addition, we speak English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian.

Our broad international network provides global legal supportACG International goes beyond a conventional team of attorneys. While our law firm consists of highly experienced practitioners, ACG International also provides each of our clients with a unique access to a broader network of professionals. We work side-by-side with attorneys from across the world, specialized in different jurisdictions, legal systems and areas of law, which allows us to assist our clients in the most profound way.


Richard Schmidt LL.M

Leaders in Law endorses Richard Schmidt as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Hungary. If you wish to get in touch with Richard please use the contact information provided above.

Richard is recognised as a skilled and solution-driven attorney who provides clients with a prompt and efficient legal advice.

Besides seeing all the pieces of a legal puzzle, he has the ability to focus only on those things that really count, without wasting time on the unimportant. Familiar with both the courtroom and the boardroom, his advice represents added value to any discussion.

Richard is graduated from the Faculty of Law of Budapest, Hungary, and acquired his LL.M degree in International and European Business Law in Belgium.

His hobbies include, playing the piano, he is also fond of classic and contemporary jazz.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law


  • Hungarian
  • English
  • German
  • French


  • HCCI – Arbitrator listed by the Permanent Arbitration Court of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • VIAC – Arbitrator listed by the Vienna International Arbitration Court
  • HAA – Board Member of Hungarian Arbitration Association
  • ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association
  • ECAM – European Centre of Arbitration and Mediation
  • ILF – Board Member of International Law Firms network

Firm Description:

SMARTLegal/Schmidt & Partners is located in Budapest, Hungary and serves international corporate clients and individual entrepreneurs doing business in Hungary. Practices include corporate and commercial law, drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements, intellectual property, information and technology, employment law, real property, litigation, arbitration and part-time general counsel services.

Managing Partner, Dr. Richard Schmidt, LL.M., graduated from the Faculty of Law of Budapest, Hungary and acquired his LL.M degree in International and European Business Law in Belgium. With more than a decade of professional experience, he is comfortable in both the courtroom and the boardroom.

The firm is comprised of a team of business and litigation lawyers who are solutions-driven and offer meaningful advice. SMARTLegal brings a multi-faceted approach to complex cases, while offering value-based pricing along with skilled and knowledgeable representation.


John Carrington QC

Leaders in Law endorses John Carrington as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in British Virgin Islands. If you wish to get in touch with John please use the contact information provided above.

John Carrington QC is a native of Trinidad and Tobago who has practiced law for 30 years, his last 16 years of practice being at the Bar in the Virgin Islands.

John practices generally as an advocate before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and has appeared before the Privy Council in civil and commercial matters. He has had conduct of matters in several islands of the Eastern Caribbean and as far as Turks and Caicos Islands.

He has advised and prepared written briefs for Privy Council matters and has provided expert evidence on BVI law in proceedings in foreign courts. He has also served as an Acting Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

John has been counsel in two landmark cases in recent times: the Black Swan case in the BVI High Court where he persuaded the court that it had jurisdiction to make certain orders to prevent the dealing with assets in a way that could frustrate a future foreign judgment and the Judges Pension case where he acted for the High Court judges of the entire Eastern Caribbean region on questions regarding the interpretation of legislation governing their pension rights.

Firm Overview:

The Sabals Team Motto summarises the principles that govern our practice – Integrity. Commitment. Results.

Our experienced team of lawyers is well known in the legal field in the BVI and throughout the Eastern Caribbean. Over the years we have successfully represented and advised both individual and corporate clients and assisted them in the accomplishment of their goals.

We are committed to understanding and meeting our clients’ needs in a timely and cost effective manner, and to working closely with them to achieve this.

The Sabals Team is committed to offering quality legal service and also quality personal service to our clients.

Our Service First Policy guarantees accessibility, responsiveness, and ensures that all client needs are met in respect of all aspects of our legal service.

Our Service First Policy is implemented by the entire Sabals Team.


Mark A.C. Diel

Leaders in Law endorses Mark Diel as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Bermuda. If you wish to get in touch with Mark, please use the contact information provided above.

Mark is a Director of Marshall Diel & Myers Limited with over 30 years of experience. After completing his pupillage in London, Mark started his practice in Bermuda in 1987 gaining a broad experience in criminal, civil, constitutional and administrative litigation.  Mark and fellow director Ronald Myers formed their law partnership in 1998 bearing the name Diel & Myers Limited. Diel & Myers quickly established a reputation as one of the top litigation firms in Bermuda.  In 2002, Marshall and Aicardi joined with Diel & Myers to become Marshall Diel & Myers Limited.


Mark is widely regarded as one of the top commercial litigators in Bermuda and he has developed his reputation as a tenacious and no-nonsense advocate.  He has appeared as advocate in all level of courts in Bermuda and has appeared before the Privy Council.  When necessary he works as part of an international team of commercial litigation attorneys and works closely with Queen’s Counsel and instructing attorneys from major firms in England, Canada and United States.

Mark has a wealth of litigation and corporate experience, and specialises in contentious commercial litigation.  He has appeared as counsel in most of the significant insolvency cases in Bermuda over the past 15 years across a number of business fields including funds, insurance and telecommunications. He was involved in the Focus case which developed ground breaking law in concerning the liability of Bermuda directors in relation to acts of negligence in an insolvent company.  His other significant cases have made new law and practice in relation to applicability and enforceability of RICO statutes, the roles of liquidators in litigation generally, the enforcement of overseas arbitrations and company compliance with anti-money laundering provisions.

While Mark’s current practice focuses on commercial litigation with particular emphasis on corporate insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy, Mark has also been involved in some of the most important constitutional cases in Bermuda which assisted in defining the right to a fair trial and the right to protection from deprivation of property.

Mark also has extensive experience in administrative law in particular telecommunications law having been involved in litigation representing major service providers including the Bermuda Telephone Company, Logic Communications and Telebermuda International.

Mark’s clients benefit from their breadth of his ligation experience and knowledge. They appreciate his focused approach that keeps an eye on the realities of commercial litigation.  Mark is highly regarded by his clients for his thoroughness, litigation savvy and practical advice.

Notable Cases

  • Appeared for the company and the Bermuda Registrar of Companies in the IPOC liquidation
  • Appeared for a third party defendant in the Mentor liquidation
  • Appeared for the directors in the Apex Liquidation
  • Acted for a creditor in the Manhattan liquidation
  • Appeared for a creditor of the long term account in the matter of Lehman Re
  • Appeared for the liquidators of Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund
  • Appeared for the Petitioner in the Renaissance Capital Holdings proceedings
  • Appeared as counsel in the restructuring of Highland Crusader Fund
  • Acts for the Corporation of Hamilton in numerous legal and administrative actions
  • Capital Partners Securities Co Ltd v Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund Ltd [Court of Appeal] [2018] CA (Bda) 5 Civ
  • St. John’s Trust Company (PVT) Limited v James Watlington et al [2020] SC (Bda) 19 Civ (26 March 2020)


  • Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada (B.A., Psychology, 1982)
  • University of Buckingham (LL.B., 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1984
  • Bermuda, 1985

Industry Associations

  • Member, Bermuda Bar Association
  • Former member, Bermuda Bar Council
  • Standing Member, Fees Complaints Committee, Bermuda Bar Council
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Notary Public
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Director, Bermuda Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Bermuda Employees Assistance Program

Firm Description:

Whatever your legal needs may be, Marshall Diel & Myers Limited can clear the way to achieve your goals.  Our team of talented and dynamic lawyers is committed to satisfying the needs and objectives of our clients by providing practical, innovative and effective legal solutions. Our goal is to become trusted legal advisors to our clients. Our clients recognize and value this.

Marshall Diel & Myers Limited was selected as a finalist for “Offshore Firm of the Year” by the   prestigious “The Lawyer Awards 2019, in association with Travelers”. This nomination is a recognition of the firm’s legal excellence, hard work, breadth of experience, client service, and commercial strength.

Client Focused

Understanding, anticipating and satisfying our client’s legal needs is our top priority. We believe we set ourselves apart by our versatility and our willingness and ability to adapt to our client’s objectives. We approach matters in a collaborative manner working alongside clients and their advisors to devise and implement custom-designed legal solutions for their commercial, business or personal needs.

Creative Solutions

Our lawyers are multi-specialists and are equipped to handle a broad range of legal matters. We are versatile and can tailor our approach to bring together a unique blend of expertise, functional skills and practical experience. What distinguishes us is our ability to mobilise the resources of the firm to deliver timely, creative and cost effective solutions.

Exceptional Service

Our attorneys’ in-depth knowledge and vast experience in their practice areas allows us to deliver the highest level of service. We are renowned for our commitment to excellence, and our lawyers pride themselves on building their reputations for professionalism and integrity.

As an Employer

Our company prides itself on being an attractive, pleasant and enjoyable place to work, with employees who feel they are part of a family atmosphere.

The company was ranked first in the Top Ten Employers of the year for 2016 by business magazine The Bottom Line, a sister publication of The Royal Gazette. The award recognises that support, respect and consideration are at the forefront of the ethos of the Company, both in relation to our staff and our clients.

Working in an environment where we are motivated and content enables us to go above and beyond the ordinary so that we may provide the exemplary client service required to meet and surpass the individual needs of each case.


Eleazar Leslie Sajogo

Leaders in Law endorses E.L. Sajogo as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Indonesia. If you wish to get in touch with E.L. Sajogo please use the contact information provided above.

E.L. Sajogo, S.H., MCIArb. graduated from the University of Surabaya and joined Markus Sajogo & Associates (“MS&A”) in 1998. He started to pursue his career under direct mentorship of Markus Sajogo and other senior partners of the firm. First started as a paralegal in a full service law firm, his path as a counselor was filled by vast variety of cases ranging from both litigation and non-litigation cases.

He was admitted to the bar on April, 2000 as the youngest lawyer in East Java having passed to the bar at that moment and later became the Managing Partner of the firm in 2008.

Having almost 20 years of legal experience in his portfolio, his practice now primarily involves a broad range of domestic and international dispute settlement and business transaction cases.

His work focuses in corporate and commercial matters such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate agreements, intellectual property rights, and ADR cases as well as international arbitration. During his years of practice, he has been engaged by clients not only for legal matters in Indonesia but also across the Asia Pacific region such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia and has been trusted as counsel for major national and international corporations.

In early 2011, upon his completion in IP specialization held by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia and the University of Airlangga, E.L. Sajogo created Sajogo MarksTM as the firm’s intellectual property rights centre, catering the need of clients on IP related matters, specifically on IP protection, dispute settlement, and worldwide IP registration for its domestic and international clients.

For his focus in Alternative Dispute Resolution, he has completed the special course in International Arbitration in 2013 from the University of New South Wales, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and has been granted the status of “Member” by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. Additionally, he has completed the course to become a certified Mediator accredited by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia and listed in Supreme Court’s list of registered mediators.

As the Managing Partner of the firm, he is known for his direct and on-point trouble shooting decisions where his honest reputation as a problem solver makes him a trusted partner for justice seeking clients. Under his management, MS&A has been featured as a recommended firm in Asialaw Profiles (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), AEA International Lawyers Network (the European Lawyers Association), JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), International Advisory Experts, and several consulate generals and foreign embassies in Surabaya and Indonesia.

E.L. Sajogo is a member of Indonesian Bar Association (PERADI), Indonesian Advocates Association (AAI), International Bar Association (IBA), Indonesian Intellectual Property Rights Consultant Association (AKHKI), Centre for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (PMRK), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

E.L. Sajogo is a Licensed Advocate, registered IPR Consultant, certified Mediator, Arbitrator, and Panelist for Indonesia’s domain name dispute resolution centre (PPND).

He speaks fluent English and Indonesian.

Practice Areas

  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • General Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights Consultant (as licensed IP Consultant)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) (Member of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators)
  • Domain Name Disputes (Panelist of PPND)
  • Mediation (registered Mediator at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia and a certified trainer of Indonesian Mediators)
  • Capital Market Law (registered at the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK))
  • Company Liquidation (as Certified Liquidator of Indonesia – CLI)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • Corporate Agreements and Joint Venture
  • Hospitality Agreement Projects
  • Construction Law
  • Cross-border Dispute Resolution


  • Indonesian Bar Association (PERADI)
  • Indonesian Advocates Association (AAI)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution (PPND)
  • Indonesian Intellectual Property Rights Consultant Association (AKHKI)
  • Mediation and Conflict Resolution Centre (PMRK)
  • Association of Indonesian Liquidators Profession (PPLI)
  • IR Global Lawyers
  • AEA (Asociación Europa de Abogados)

Firm Description:

The law firm of Markus Sajogo (MS&A) was established in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia in 1967. MS&A is a full-service law firm that focuses in corporate and commercial matters such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate transactions, capital market, intellectual property rights, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) cases both domestic and international arbitration.

Having the office in Surabaya, MS&A has a unique geographical presence for clients entering into ventures or disputes in Indonesia. Being the second largest city in Indonesia and the capital of East Java, Surabaya is known as the hub for service providers to support the nation’s development in the eastern region. It is the focus of main developments by the Indonesian central government. For more than 50 years in the legal world, MS&A has had a positive reputation and track record not only for its success in handling legal matters throughout many regions in Indonesia, but also in the Asia-Pacific, representing clients from major national and international corporations.

Understanding significant updates in Intellectual Property (IP) law and the increasing concern in IP disputes, the partners of MS&A established Sajogo Marks in 2011 to become the centre of the firm’s IP service management, either in dispute settlements or worldwide IP registration for its domestic and international clients.

For the focus in ADR, MS&A has been known to promote settlement of disputes through mediation and arbitration rather than settlement through ordinary court proceedings. In line with the founder’s legacy to promote win-win solution as a result in a dispute settlement. The firm’s cases now primarily involve a broad range of international and domestic dispute settlement. We believe in the powers that lawyers have over disputed matters and that client’s business interest should be the priority aim, and thus settlements, should be encouraged by the extension of good faith.

In 2015, MS&A entered into a strategic alliance with another law firm in Indonesia, Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (“LGS”), a prominent and reputable full-service law firm in Indonesia, recognized in international arbitration, commercial litigation, and capital market law. With regards to Capital Market matters, MS&A and LGS provide integrated legal services to advice, prepare and planning of client’s public expose in the stock exchange. The strategic alliance grows not only in the friendship between the partners of the two firms but also in the spirit of extending the reach of services while catering the need of legal services for clients of the two firms.

Being one of the most senior law firms in Indonesia, MS&A has been featured in many survey organizations such as Asialaw Profiles (2015-2020), Leaders in law and Global Law Expert. In Asialaw 2020, MS&A is featured as a notable law firm in Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution of the year. MS&A partners and associates are recognized members of Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), International Bar Association (IBA), AEA International Lawyers Network (AEA/Asociación Europea de Abogados), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and several consulate generals and foreign embassies in Surabaya and Jakarta.