Raffaele G. Rizzi

Raffaele G. Rizzi is a co-founder of RDR law firm. Raffaele is qualified to practice in Italy, New York, England & Wales. 

Raffaele’s practice concentrates in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, finance and securities matters. Raffaele has advised purchasers and sellers in a wide variety of transactions, including private acquistions and divestitures, cross-border joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Raffaele also advises on a full range of corporate governance matters, including compliance with Italian corporate governance provisions and Consob/Bank of Italy regulations. Before founding RDR, Raffaele was Group General Counsel of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, managing 100 lawyers throughout the Group. Previously he was head of the Italian legal department at Credit Suisse and a partner of the law firm Baker & McKenzie.

Raffaele graduated summa cum laude from Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome (LUISS) and earned his LLM from George Washington University. In November 2011 Raffaele was awarded Best Banking Lawyer of the Year by Top Legal. He was also placed in the Top 10 Most Innovative Legal Teams in Europe by the Financial Times in 2010.

Raffaele has been a member on different Boards of Directors within the Monte dei Paschi Group, a member of the joint venture committee between Banca Monte dei Paschi and AXA, and President of the Board of Directors of Fabrica Sgr (one of the major real estate asset management companies). He is the author of several articles on specialised international law reviews, he has been a speaker in several Italian and international conferences.


Bernard Beerens

Bernard Beerens is a founding partner with Ober & Beerens, specializing in corporate law, corporate finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, transactional business law and banking and finance matters. He holds a Master’s degree in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). He has also studied at the Universita Degli Studi di Milano (Italy).

Prior to establishing Ober & Beerens, he worked for a major UK-based law firm then at the Luxembourg office of a leading Dutch law firm, advising clients on various corporate and finance transactions. During 2008 and 2009, he headed the Luxembourg desk of the corporate and finance department of the same firm in New York, mainly serving US and Canadian clients on Luxembourg legal matters.

He advises multinational clients, including major private equity firms, hedge funds and non-regulated real estate funds, on structuring and financing of international transactions, formation of joint venture and special purpose vehicles, corporate organizations and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies and corporate governance matters.

He further provides expert advice on complex financing activities with a focus on financial, banking, securitization and restructuring transactions. He extensively represents lenders and borrowers in all types of financing transactions and advises on collateral arrangements, financial instruments and related transactional documents.

He is fluent in English, French, German and Luxembourgish


Ray Soudah

MilleniumAssociates AG is an independent international M&A and Corporate Finance Advisory firm based in Switzerland and the UK. Founded in 2000 and owned by its partners and management, it is uniquely positioned to offer independent and non-conflicting advice to its clients. Its Corporates & Entrepreneurs Practice specialises in supporting corporates and entrepreneurial business owners all over the world for their M&A needs, while its Financial Services Practice focuses on transactions for the global financial services industry, in particular the global wealth, asset management, private banking and private equity sectors.
The company’s fully dedicated team of M&A and Corporate Finance specialists are currently involved in variety of advisory assignments, supporting a number of international, regional and domestic clients with their global expansion or divestment strategies, as well as consulting for organisations seeking to determine their ideal strategic options including partnerships, alliances and IPO or debt raising plans and arrangements .
MilleniumAssociates is proud to have one of the broadest professional networks worldwide, including institutional and private investors.  Over recent years they have augmented this with a number of similarly independent and unconflicted global strategic partnerships in the key growth regions of the world which strengthens their coverage locally and regionally and complements its service offering.
MilleniumAssociates is exceptional in the market place, in that that the company leverages its expertise, global reach and investors’ network enabling it to manage the most complex assignments, whilst its independence and lack of conflicts allows it to offer totally impartial advice allowing its professional network and nimble approach to be responsive to clients’ needs and creative in finding the most appropriate strategic solutions.

Christoph Moser

Christoph Moser is a partner / attorney-at-law at WEBER & CO., one of the leading Austrian corporate finance law firms. Christoph specializes on Corporate Finance, Banking, Capital Markets and M&A/Corporate. He regularly advises financial institutions and corporates on large financings and refinancings, including secured and unsecured bond issuances, rights issues, IPOs and syndicated loans. Further, in addition, Christoph also deals with M&A transactions with a particular focus on stock exchange listed companies and on Banking regulatory aspects.


– Johannes Kepler University Linz (Mag. iur. 2004)

– University Linz, law clerk for Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Dolinar (2003-2005)

– Associate/Senior Associate, Vienna (2005-2006; 2008-2011)

– Attorney-at-law, Vienna (since 2011)

Practice Areas

Corporate Finance, Capital Markets Law, Banking Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions


German, English


Author of numerous publications on capital markets and takeover law Austrian bar exam (2009)

The Firm

WEBER & CO.  assists companies, entrepreneurs as well as governments in developing and implementing their objectives and strategies. We offer custom-made and pragmatic legal solutions based on our knowledge of the client’s business as well as the economic and political environments.

We work closely together with our clients to create strategy implementation options that meet the highest legal standards, produce optimal economic benefits, and are workable. Our clients receive a detailed assessment of the risks inherent in the structure or transaction and an assessment of the interests involved.

WEBER & CO. offers the highest standards of legal service and proficiency with the flexibility and discretion of individually formed teams. Our lawyers have practised, studied and worked abroad. The consequent and permanent education of our lawyers guarantees the sustainability of our expertise.

Lawyers of the firm have authored numerous articles and books on domestic and international business law and teach at leading European law schools. They are regularly consulted by the Austrian legislature on legislative matters. WEBER & CO. substantially influences legal developments and implements new laws immediately.

The hallmarks of our firm are absolute discretion and the personal relationship of our lawyers to our clients. We place special emphasis on providing our clients with individual and personal advice from legal teams while maintaining continuity with the client throughout the service relationship. Corresponding to the requirements of each mandate individual teams are formed. A balanced mix of partners and associates adapted to the respective mandate guarantees fast and efficient teamwork under the close management of the responsible partner.

WEBER & CO. operates internationally. Our lawyers have extensive experience with cross-border transactions and with the management of cross-border projects either outbound or inbound. In foreign jurisdictions, following our best experts strategy, we cooperate with local law firms and lawyers chosen through a careful selection process. Our clients enjoy the advantage of being served by the best specialists who are familiar with the local situation as well as a “one-stop” shop.

WEBER & CO. advises Austrian and foreign companies and entrepreneurs in all business related legal matters. Our comprehensive services range from day-to-day legal assistance to the handling of complex national and international transactions and the development of innovative legal structures. Through our close co-operation with other advisory services, such as accountants, tax advisors, banks, and corporate finance experts we are in the position to present entrepreneurial solutions efficiently and on short notice.


Chloé Thieblemont

Since March 2014, Partner, Lefèvre Pelletier & associés

From January 2009 to February 2014, founding partner of Godet Gaillard Solle Maraux et Associés

2007, Partner, JeantetAssociés2003-2007, Associate, JeantetAssociés

2000-2003, Associate, Hogan Lovells

1999-2000, Associate, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Areas of expertise:
  • Real Estate Finance (acquisition finance, sale before completion transaction (VEFA), charia, works, OPCI, SPIIC). Restructuring.
  •  Corporate Finance
  • Structured Finance.

Representation of major financial institutions (banks/insurance companies/debt funds) in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of documentation, in connection with structured financings of real-estate assets.

  • Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1999
  • Graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) of Grenoble, Public Service section,
  • Postgraduate (DEA) in business law, University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne
Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés:

Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés was created over 30 years ago and is now one of France’s leading business law firms.
Boasting a team of 130 lawyers, including 32 partners, and a position of undisputed leader in the property market, our firm offers French and foreign clients a fully comprehensive service in all the main fields of business law. Aware of the challenges facing our clients, Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has, since the very start, incorporated an ambitious international dimension as demonstrated by the successive openings of 6 offices abroad (Algiers, Casablanca, Hong Kong, Munich, Shanghai and Tokyo).

In 2014, the firm joined the cooperative network, Broadlaw Group, which is a major step forward in its international strategy. The Broadlaw Group is a global network of five law firms, each of them a leader on its local market, sharing the same corporate aim of technical excellence and total commitment to their clients’ interests and independence.
Together, we represent an alternative force for intervention, with over 1,000 barristers (avocats) and in-house legal specialists (juristes) working in 28 offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, in the main fields of business law.

Lefèvre Pelletier & associés and CGR Legal have announced their merger the 11th January 2016 to form a new entity that will bring their lawyers headcount to 160, in 7 offices (1 in France and 6 abroad), to become one of the top 10 French independent law firms.

Douglas Okojie

Douglas is a Legal Practitioner, Associate Partner and head of the finance practice group of Advocaat Law Practice a commercial law firm in Lagos. He has close to a decade experience in funding raising, deal structuring and investment. His experience cuts across several industries and sectors of the Nigerian economy including but not limited to the oil and gas, power, health and construction sectors.
He started his legal career as an Associate in the firm Marine Partners. He thereafter joined PanAfrican Capital Plc as a Legal Analyst where he garnered considerable experience in fund raising, deal structuring and investment.
Douglas was legal adviser to the local fund arranger that handled the acquisition of 5 out of the 6 electricity distribution company. He also advised the private equity firm that established the Amber Residence Limited (a 3 star hotel managed by the African Sun brand).
Areas of Focus
Corporate and Commercial Law with special focus on : Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Structured finance, Banking and Secured credit.
Ambrose Ali University, Nigeria (LL.B)
Nigerian Law School (BL)