Ahsan Zahir Rizvi

Mr. Rizvi is one of the leading corporate lawyers of Asia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law and non-contentious legal matters including contract negotiations, corporate and financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, energy sector, Islamic modes of financing and project finance.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has assisted the Asian Development Bank in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the securities and corporate sector of Pakistan. He is considered an authority in the fields of project finance, energy and telecommunications due to his experience and involvement in several major projects in these sectors.

Mr. Rizvi completed his LL.B. (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1979, was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in 1980, and completed his LL.M. from the University of London in 1981. He has been practicing corporate law in Pakistan, UAE, England and Afghanistan. Mr. Rizvi is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Rizvi is the recipient of the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan and the Leading Corporate Lawyer Award 2006 to-date by AsiaLaw.

Mr. Rizvi has represented clients in the superior judiciary in more than two hundred matters and has undertaken international arbitration work in London, Brussels and Singapore.

RIAALAW:

RIAALAW in association with Barker Gillette LLP, brings together English law expertise in, inter alia, corporate & commercial, property, employment, dispute resolution with a team of UK and US qualified lawyers specializing in corporate finance, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy, petroleum, natural resources, telecommunications and trade law disputes.

The association of RIAALAW with Barker Gillette LLP enables the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette to avail the benefits of the combined strengths of both law firms. Due to RIAALAW’s affiliation with Lex Mundi, clients of Barker Gillette are able to have immediate access to the premier law firms of 160 jurisdictions across the globe. RIAALAW’s associated offices in Afghanistan, UAE and China, are available to provide the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette LLP with ready access to experienced legal acumen of international repute.

With the combined experience of more than two hundred years in legal practice in several practice areas the RIAALAW association with Barker Gillette LLP is able to provide its clients pragmatic, practical and cost effective legal services.

Sumit K. Arora

Sam Arora focuses his practice on construction and infrastructure projects, commercial litigation, government contracting, consumer finance, and financial institution regulations. He is a highly accomplished lawyer with extensive experience preparing contract documents for financial institutions, contract documents for large scale construction projects, handling commercial and construction disputes, insurance defense and coverage disputes, and overseeing litigation in both state and federal courts.

Sam also does extensive work in regulatory compliance on the local, state, and federal level for his consumer financial institution clients.

Sam has represented sureties, financial service and lending institutions, governmental entities, contractors, homebuilders, corporations, and individuals in various corporate disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Sam was of counsel in the Houston, Texas office of a well-established law firm in its litigation, construction, and surety practice sections. Previously, he concentrated his work in mergers and acquisitions and corporate and partnership taxation.

Sam participated in Oral Argument before the Texas Supreme Court in September 2017 in a matter relating to the enforceability and waiver of arbitration provisions.

Sam is a contributing lecturer with the Texas Organization of Financial Service Centers. He has lectured and authored “Good Funds Gone Bad – Legal and Practical Perspectives Regarding Funds Control in the Modern Surety Industry” for the Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference. He has also served as an editor to the Defense Research Institute’s publication The Business Suit.

While attending law school, Sam was a finalist in the Tulane Moot Court Competition. He was also honoured as the Team Coach for the National Pace Moot Court Competition in New York City.

Firm Overview:

Counsel to innovative companies and brands around the world

We help leaders create, expand, and protect the value of their companies and most prized assets by bringing an equal balance of business acumen, technical skill, and creative thinking to the opportunities and challenges they face.

Our attorneys and staff are committed to our clients’ success. We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses, and work collaboratively with them to achieve their business goals — whether managing complex transactions, tackling global compliance, succeeding in litigation, or protecting their intellectual property. By investing in their success, we have helped clients make their businesses better, smarter, and more protected.

Rafael Jiménez-Vecino

JVecino Abogados was born, thanks to Rafael Jiménez Vecino, fruit of the accumulated baggage after years of continuous practice as a senior lawyer in one of the most important offices in Continental Europe. The accumulated experience makes of this young firm a bet for the individualized treatment to the client, the quality of the service and the technical excellence, pursuing the integral advice as a tool to minimize and prevent future lawsuits.

SERVICES:

The inspiring principle of the firm is based on the work ethic and respect for the Deontological Code of Spanish Law.

All work is preceded by a free initial consultation, where the service will be established, after analyzing the feasibility of the matter.

If the matter is accepted, the agreement of both parties is reflected in the proposal of fees, prepared taking as a point of reference and maximum limit the Guiding Criteria of the Cáceres Bar Association, without forgetting the social reality in which we live, a which the exercise of the law can not be foreign.

The proposal of fees makes it possible for the client to know from the outset both the service contracted and the price that must be paid for it.

Among the services offered by JVecino Abogados, the following stand out:

PRE-JUDICIAL COUNSELING:

– Drafting and review of contracts.
– Resolution of contracts and sending letters to the counterpart on behalf of the client.
– Estate planning.
– Tax settlement.
– Subsidies and processing of files.

DEFENSE IN COURTS:

– Civil.
– Criminal.
– Labor
– Administrative Litigation.
– Ecclesiastical Court.

SUBJECTS / SPECIALITIES:

Banking Law: constitution of real and personal guarantees, foreclosures and pledges, land clauses, preferential and subordinated obligations, claims before the Bank of Spain, commission claims, recovery and claim of debts.

Professional experience as a lawyer for Credit Institutions, Companies and individuals.

– Probate Law: patrimonial advice, wills, inheritance division, probate trial.
– Civil law:
– Royal Rights: advice on the sale of rural and urban real estate, rents, declarative actions of the domain, demarcation actions, property claims, domain files.
– Right Obligations: review and drafting of contracts, exercise of legal actions based on compliance or breach thereof.
– Family Law: separations, divorces, food due to children, incapacitation.

Maria Cristina Pantoja

Maria Cristina Pantoja has been working at Bichara e Motta Advogados since 2015 as a partner of the corporate and business department with her team. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ) and has over 15 years of experience in business law, that encompasses corporate law, financial market, real estate, contracts in general and also inheritance planning.

She has worked for many years for two of the largest corporate law firms nationwide, in Rio de Janeiro and in Sao Paulo. Maria Cristina Pantoja has extensive experience in international negotiations, from the formation and structuring corporations in Brazil and abroad, national and international financing, and even the construction of ships, EPC contracts, international service contract, etc

The Business & Contract Law Practice:

Bichara e Motta Advogados provides legal advice in all aspects of business law, especially in the corporate, contract, commercial and compliance areas.

Experience, efficiency and objectivity together with a careful analysis of the risks involved contribute to the success of the services provided to our clients.

The firm offers the following services, among others, in the business field:

  • consulting, negotiating and closing of local or international contracts, including supply, distribution, commercial representation, provision of services, loans and guarantees, factoring and franchising, turn key contracts, among others;
  • advising on the purchase and sale of equity interests, assets and commercial establishments; incorporation and liquidation of corporations and limited liability companies;
  • monitoring corporate activities and routines, shareholder meetings, board of directors’ meetings, organization of corporate books, etc.;
  • planning and implementing corporate reorganizations, including negotiation of shareholders’ agreements, acquisitions, spin-offs, mergers, joint ventures, consortia, incorporation of shares, conversion of shares, transformation of corporate format, liquidation, divestments and other business deals and management duties;
  • estate and/or family planning;
  • real estate property contracts;
  • representing clients before state and federal regulatory agencies on contracts with the Public Administration, advising them on public bids and administrative and judicial processes related to issues of Administrative Law; and
  • compliance.
  • Our client portfolio is diverse and includes private equity funds and companies of large, medium and small sizes, as well as individuals (athletes, celebrities and others). Among our corporate clients, we highlight those who work in the areas of navigation and in the oil and gas sector, salt producers and food distributors.
Bichara e Motta Advogados:

Bichara e Motta Advogados was the first firm in Latin America to create a team dedicated exclusively to Sports and Entertainment Law and is still known as a highly specialized firm focused on its clients’ satisfaction.

Acting in these innovative areas of law, also with an emphasis in the audiovisual, fashion, luxury, music, and arts markets, the firm has extensive experience in various legal areas that interact with these practices such as corporate, business, labour, contracts and civil law including commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Irrespective of its complexity, Bichara e Motta Advogados is equipped with a team of specialists prepared to apply its multidisciplinary practice and up-to-date expertise in these areas to fully satisfy its clients’ needs with flexibility and the necessary approach to provide tailor-made and innovative services.

 

Jalilova Ummi

Education:
  • Ummi Jalilova received her LL.B and Master of Civil and Commercial law degrees from Baku State University.
  • She graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with LL.M. degree in December 2011.
Practice:
  • Labour Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Law
  • Administrative Law
  • International Law
Practice Focus:
  • Ummi has extensive experience in matters of labour law, corporate law, commercial law, contract law, administrative law and international law. Ummi has a significant experience in establishing international cooperation as well as analyzing and reporting on the implementation of international human rights standards.
Membership:
  • American Bar Association

Languages:

  • Azeri
  • Russian
  • English
  • Turkish

Gjergji Gjika

Drakopoulos Law Firm has been providing consulting and legal services to businesses since 1992. The Firm possesses all necessary resources and know-how to cover a wide range of services and handle substantial transactions; the Firm’s highly skilled lawyers provide their professional experience and legal expertise, serving the interests of both domestic and international clientele.

Drakopoulos Law Firm’s lawyers respond efficiently to complex legal problems with flexible commercial solutions, helping clients to achieve their business objectives. Amongst the Firm’s clients are major national and international businesses, including multinational companies, and companies listed on major stock exchange markets, active in the areas of Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Health and Medical, Real Estate & Construction, Tourism, Energy and Environment, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Publishing, Media & Advertising, Sports, Entertainment, Capital Markets, Consulting, Logistics, Automotive, Defence, Manufacturing, Local Authorities, Foundations and NGOs.

The Firm provides turnkey solutions to businesses from incorporation to liquidation, always keeping in mind that what clients need is not lawyers who know the law and tell them what they cannot do, but rather lawyers who know the law, understand their business vision and assist them materialize their objectives in a secure, effective and sustainable way.

Drakopoulos Law Firm is involved in all aspects of corporate life, by offering advice in the fields of Corporate, Commercial, Tax, Labour, EU and Competition, Industrial and Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Contracts and Transactions, Public Procurement and PPPs and related Litigation before Arbitration panels, Courts of all instances, as well as and before the European Courts in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Drakopoulos Law Firm is currently offering legal services in 11 countries throughout Southeast Europe, out of three main offices in Athens, Bucharest and Tirana.

Gjergji Gjika graduated from the Law School of the University of Tirana in 2004. Following graduation he joined in 2004 as an associate a well known Albanian law firm. Mr. Gjika became a member of the Albanian Bar Association in 2006, and in 2010 he became an authorized trademark agent as well as an authorized representative of the European Patent Office. In 2008, Mr. Gjika joined Drakopoulos Law Firm as an associate and in 2010 he became a partner. His experience includes assistance and consultation of different businesses operating in Albania, whether local or foreign, as well as multinational companies. He has several years of experience in commercial law, IP law, corporate law, public law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, competition law, commercial law, etc.

 

Gerasimos Gasparinatos

Founded in the early 20th Century, Gasparinatos & Associates is one of the long established and distinguished law firms in Greece. Our firm’s steady goal has been throughout the years to provide high quality legal services, tailored to meet the individual needs of our Greek and international Clientele. Our people, together with our network of associate lawyers across the country, can effectively address any legal matter within the Greek territory. To us our Clients, whether a medium local business or a large multinational corporation are equally important. Each and every Client may expect no less than our full attention, resources and services.
Regarding in particular our foreign clients with business interests in Greece, our goal is to provide comprehensive legal advice and services and to assist our clients understand the specificities of the Greek business and legal environment.
Our attorneys and notaries advise clients on the selection of the optimal legal vehicle for their operations from a corporate and tax point of view fitting their particular requirements. We assist multinational and Greek clients form subsidiaries, branches or joint ventures in Greece, draft by-laws for all forms of Greek legal entities both in English and in Greek and provide detailed advice with respect to all relevant issues, such as the incorporation and operation of the legal entity, capital requirements, registration of corporate name, shareholders’ and directors’ rights, duties and liabilities, etc. We arrange for all legal and tax issues relevant to the incorporation and operation of any legal entity, such as obtaining tax numbers for the founders and for the directors, drafting the lease agreements for the premises of the new company, etc.
Once a company is established, we render our services and advice on all corporate matters, such as drafting of the necessary corporate resolutions and BoD minutes, the appointment and removal of directors, share capital increases or decreases, amendments of Articles of Association, etc.
Our people, attorneys and notaries, assisted by our paralegals and secretaries, combine a unique experience and expertise, which cover a wide array of practice areas and industries. Combined, our professional staff can interact in several languages, including English, German and French.

Diego Botana

He obtained his law degree from the “Universidad de Buenos Aires” in 1994, and a Masters in Law (LL.M.) from Duke University in 1997. He is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the “Universidad de Buenos Aires” (admitted in 2007).

He has been practicing law as a partner of the firm since 2000. Before that, he worked as an Associate of the firm since he obtained his law degree.

He specializes in general corporate practice, with special focus on commercial law, restructurings and shareholders litigation, mergers and acquisitions, cross border contracts, debt workouts and bankruptcy and reorganization, entertainment and gaming law.

He acted as expert witness in the Bankruptcy Courts of the City of New York, in matters involving argentine bankruptcy law.

He teaches courses related to Constitutional Law in the “Universidad de San Andrés”.

He has been invited as lecturer in conferences and courses both in local and foreign universities, and has published articles and comments on law journals and other publications.

He is a member of the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires and Banking Lawyers Committee.

He has been cited as a leading practitioner in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions law by, among others, Latin Lawyer 250.

He has been invited as lecturer in conferences and courses both in local and foreign universities, and has published articles and comments on law journals and other publications.