Dr. Michael Scheele

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Michael Scheele as our exclusively recommended Business & Inheritance Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Michael Scheele, please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Michael Scheele was admitted to the bar in Munich in 1977, became member of the lawyer association in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 1991 and was licensed as legal consultant in Dubai (UAE) by the Ruler´s Court. He has advised numerous companies, which operate nationally and internationally in commercial issues as well as national and international artists in matters of media and press law. Dr. Scheele is also working as columnist for various newspapers and magazines and has published himself several popular scientific books as editor as well as author.

He studied law at the University of Munich (LMU) and Stetson University (Deland, Fla, USA) and was awarded Doctor of law 1978 (civil procedure law). From 1979 until 1989 he was accredited Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles (jurisdiction Germany). Also he founded the citizens` group “Fair Press” and acted as member of the constitutional committee of the Republic of Albania.

Dr. Michael Scheele about the Legal Alliance success story:

“A sophisticated, well thought-out strategy is often the key to success. Both in court and in negotiations. Our four decades of professional experience is a guarantor for competent strategic decisions…. for the good and the benefit of our clients.

It is for this reason, that we have received several awards, both nationally and internationally.”

Areas of Expertise


  • Private law
  • Company law
  • Press law
  • Commercial law
  • Criminal law


  • Incorporation of companies
  • Funds
  • Onshore and offshore in the UAE
  • Joint-venture contracts
  • Franchise
  • M&A

Track Record

  • consulting and representation of companies and artists in matters of media and press law
  • trusteeship for multinational corporate groups in Eastern Europe (Russian Federation, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Georgia)
  • counseling and contract design in matters of acquisition and shareholding during the process of privatisation in Eastern Europe
  • Legal Due Diligence opinion for various enterprises
  • incorporation of corporate enterprises in different sectors
  • foundation of funds and offshore companies
  • defense in matters of commercial criminal law
  • counseling in international tax law
  • franchise contracts, national and international
  • assistance and participation in elaboration of laws on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Albania


  • German
  • English (state approved translator for business English)
  • French

Firm Description:

LEGAL ALLIANCE is a firm of lawyers and tax counselors in Munich (headquarter) Berlin and Hamburg, specialized in business law, corporate and commercial law, mergers & acquisitions, media law, (intellectual property, copyright, press), tax planning, law of financial services, insolvency law and cross border transactions. To meet the self-determined high quality standard of professional service, LEGAL ALLIANCE employs and cooperates only with lawyers and accountants who have proved their qualifications by above average university degrees and/or doctors degree in law. All members of the professional staff speak at least one foreign language.

LEGAL ALLIANCE clients in Germany and abroad include publicly and privately held commercial enterprises, financial institutions, investment funds, trade associations, professional firms, manufactures, retailers, utilities, foundations, trusts, estates, artists, actors film-video-and television production companies as well as record companies, sportsmen and other individuals (in personal as well as business matters). Legal Alliance is involved in the broadest spectrum of industries; from banking to entertainment, from transportation to publishing, from real estate to cases of defamation.


Sofia Monge

Leaders in Law endorses Sofia Monge as our exclusively recommended Inheritance Law expert in Portugal. If you wish to get in touch Sofia, please use the contact information provided above.

Areas of Expertise

  • Inheritance Law
  • Labor Law
  • Criminal law


  • Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, in the field of legal sciences
  • Postgraduate course on “Legal Problems of Drugs and Drug Addiction”, organized by the Faculty of Law of Lisbon and the Portuguese Institute of Drugs and Drug Addiction.
  • Post-Graduation in Labor Law at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
  • Lawyer since 2005
  • Founding partner and President of the General Meeting of Carlos Pinto de Abreu e Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL
  • Professor of the professional course of Legal Services Technician, teaching the subjects of civil and criminal procedural practices and evidence at the Social Development Institute
  • Member of the Portuguese Bar Association as a Lawyer since 2005
  • Member of the Criminal Forum – Penal Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel of Fair Trials International since 2013
  • Member of the Committee on Human Rights, Social Affairs and Natural Affairs of the Bar Association from March 2017 to March 2020

Firm Description:


The utility of the exercise of Advocacy and the increased value of legal services is in the prompt response, in anticipation of problems, in the prevention of risks, in the utility of advice, in the minimization of damages, in the proactivity of the advice, in the quality of sponsorship and in the effectiveness of defense.

The work or activity of a Lawyer or a Lawyer is also a difficult and complex task, not just legal, but vision, strategy and management, always rich, innovative, exciting, unique and unrepeatable, because it generates more Significant value or risk minimization should not be neglected. The advocacy exercise is better than a simple and formal provision of a legal, traditional, concrete, watertight and ready to deliver service or the provision of simple, isolated, blind, aseptic, pre-prepared, repetitive, occasional and autonomous services .


The Legal Profession is not a mere provision of services or a business. It’s much more than that.
The act of the lawyer is useful and generates value, beyond the strictly economic. The rights of people, freedom, patrimonial rights, honor and values ​​are our concern.

The value of our services lies in the speed of response, in anticipating problems and in risk prevention. Our advice and proactivity will be aimed at minimizing damage, ensuring the quality of the sponsorship and the effectiveness of the defense.


The legal profession is a profession of social interest, essential and of a clear personal nature. In addition, the importance of the lawyer goes beyond the defense of personal interests, although they cannot be waived, and requires a special relationship of confidentiality, trust and proximity with the client, the reason for our noble role.

The lawyer is a liberal professional, and therefore independent, who, with the tools of law and law, will do everything necessary to achieve the legitimate and just claims of clients. No matter how difficult the case is, no matter how many obstacles the cause has, or no matter how much effort or difficulty there is in the study, in the preparation, and in the comprehensive monitoring of the process. We do not give up.


Dott. Francesco Senatore

Leaders in Law endorses Francesco Senatore as our exclusively recommended Inheritance Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Francesco please use the contact information provided above.

Expertise and Practice

Francesco heads the Italian desk at our offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Milan. He has lead the international practice of our German-Italian firm since 2006. With his knowledge of the German and Italian legal systems, both languages and the corresponding intercultural competence, he is in a position to represent successfully our clients in cross-border legal matters between Germany and Italy. He uses his admission to practice law in both countries and his special dual qualification in particular for commercial, real estate, and inheritance law matters.

The focus of Francesco’s German law practice is on labor and employment law. He advises on employment agreements and termination, including warnings and actions for unfair dismissal in the field of labor law.

Additional Background

Francesco, our Italian partner and head of our Milan office, was born in Calabria in southern Italy. He spent his youth not far from Milan where he completed his legal studies with the degree Dottore in Legge. While looking for another challenge, he moved to Germany, learned German, and studied law at the University of Kiel. After passing the first state law examination, he participated in the postgraduate commercial law program in Hamburg. He completed his legal clerkship in Hamburg at the Fiscal Authority and Unilever Germany among other places. After passing the second state exam in law, Francesco first gained experience as in-house counsel before becoming a founding partner of ROSE & PARTNER.




Ruth Dayan Wolfner

Ruth Dayan Law Firm is one of Israel’s leading firms specializing in family law. Our practice includes managing procedures and legal representation in cases of divorce, wills, and inheritances, and various aspects of family law as well as mediation. The firm was established in 1998 by Ruth Dayan Wolfner and has grown rapidly due to the sensitive approach, comprehensive understanding of the complex aspects of all areas of family law and effective results achieved in the various courts or through mediation. We offer the highest standard of legal representation in divorce cases, contesting wills, challenging inheritance, providing legal documents of all kinds, mediating, drawing up legal agreements, taking statements and investigating witnesses.

Practice Areas:

The firm specializes in all aspects of family law and has expertise in managing procedures in the Family Matters Courts including:

  • Wills and Inheritances: The firm’s expertise includes drawing up wills, contesting wills, drawing up requests for inheritance court orders, and submitting claims on various issues relating to bequests, acting as executors of inheritances and other issues concerning this field.
  • Division of Property: This specialization includes an equitable balance of resources, liquidating partnerships in assets and family companies, protecting rights and locating concealed assets.
  • Support Claims: The firm has extensive experience in claims for alimony and support for women and children, including claims for decreasing or increasing payments, verifying amounts of salary and income, and standard of living.
  • Child Custody: The Firm handles custody arrangements including claims for joint custody, changes in custody arrangements, protecting the rights of children regarding their relations to both parents and the extended family, and claims relating to abduction of children.
  • Abduction of Children: The firm handles legal procedures, as dictated by The Hague Convention, concerning the abduction of children to and from Israel.
  • Rabbinical Courts: The Firm is highly experienced in appearing before the Rabbinical Courts including an understanding of relevant Hebrew Law and matters related to receiving a Jewish divorce (“get”), obtaining alimony and child support payments, and the division of property according to Jewish Law (“Halacha”).
  • Drawing up Financial and Divorce Agreements including Mediation: Until reaching an agreement that is acceptable for both parties, the firm has special expertise in carrying out short and effective mediation procedures.
  • Common Law Marriage: Claims and protecting legal rights of cohabiting couples. These claims include property claims, inheritance rights, support payments, and recognition by various institutions and organizations.

Jana Fráňová

The Law Office JUDr. Jana Fráňová is a dynamic law firm based on long-term and wide-range experience of law application in national and supranational scale.

Our law office is focused on provision of legal services and legal advising in the field of classical branches of law. Primarily, we provide our clients with legal advising in the commercial law sector, with specific concentration on law of unfair competition, law of business organisations, including mergers, law of obligations etc., and, of course, corporate law, including foundation and management of corporations and – today also very topical – trademarks law. We are prepared to provide Czech and foreign entrepreneurs with a long-term comprehensive legal service, taking care of legal matters of the whole business, including labour-law issues, representation in tackling statutory matters before public authorities etc. Together with the cooperating office of tax advisors, we are able to supplement our legal services also with tax and accounting issues.

In the field of Civil Law, our law office has long-term experience in the law of personality protection and intangible values of corporations, law of contracts and obligations, legal relations to real estates and inheritance. We also provide comprehensive legal service in the sector of family law including the family law with an international element.

Our clients can also draw on our many-year experience in the sector of mass media law, in particular in the law of press media, including vast experience from practice in court in the field of Press Act.

Within the framework of our legal services, our clients are also provided with legal representation before courts of all instances, or arbitration bodies. We speak Czech, English and Italian. We can render legal services through specialised interpreters also in German, Spanish, French and Russian.

The founder and the main representative of the law office, JUDr. Jana Fráňová, is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague and has been working in advocacy uninterruptedly since 1993. She has also gained experience from her short-term study stays at Italian faculties of law in Perugia and in Catania. The topic of her university thesis was “Legal Regulation of Business Companies in Italian Law“. She also studied Italian language at the State Language School in Prague, in 1991 she successfully passed the state exam in Italian language and in 1995 she was appointed by the Regional Court in Prague as a certified sworn interpreter.

JUDr. Jana Fráňová, attorney-at-law, worked for more than ten years as a legal advisor for the supranational holding operating on the mass media market, gaining unique experience in the sector of press law, as well as corporate law, cooperating also with representatives of hotel chains and travel industry.

The attorney JUDr. Jana Fráňová is a renowned expert in the sector of sports law, with focus on utilisation of personality rights of sportsmen, advertising in sports and marketing law, statutory law of civil associations and business companies operating in the sector of sports. Since 1999, she has been closely cooperating with leading representatives of Czech football, with a renowned Czech football club, with a high-profile holding company conducting the activity of managers and agents in the field of sports ( especially football and ice hockey ) and sports marketing, and she has been representing also professional football players. Since 2001, she has been a member of regular advisory boards of the Football Association of the Czech Republic, in 2006 she was appointed to its legislative board. On a long-term basis, she renders legal services to foreign entities, predominantly Italian corporations and individuals, including legal representation before courts, and within the framework of cooperation with several Italian law offices she also provides legal service to Czech individuals or corporations in Italy, including not only the legal representation in civil-law matters, but also foundation and administration of business companies in Italy.