Giovanni Carlo Pisacane

Leaders in Law endorses Giovanni Pisacane as our exclusively recommended International Arbitration Law expert in China. If you wish to get in touch with Giovanni, please use the contact information provided above.

Founder

Giovanni Pisacane is a business lawyer specializing in international practice. He has been practicing as a business lawyer since 1996 and has extensive experience in China’s civil and commercial law in arbitration and mediation. He completed a Masters in Private International Law at The Hague Academy in the Netherlands.

In 2004 he founded GWA, an international legal and tax consulting firm, in Shanghai. He was appointed as a Special Advisor for Italy-China business relations by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. Giovanni Pisacane has gained an extensive experience in assisting foreign investors with the set-up of Foreign-Invested Enterprises of which he has often been appointed as Supervisor or as member of the board of Supervisors.

Additionally, Giovanni Pisacane is a member of the panel of arbitrators of SHIAC (Shanghai International Arbitration Center) and VIAC (Vienna International Arbitral Centre), and is also a member of the ECLS (European China Law Studies Association), the IBA Arbitration Committee (International Bar Association) and the ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration).

Firm Description:

We are an international consulting firm. We are a consulting firm that has been established in China in 2004, with headquarters located in downtown Shanghai, near People’s Square. We provide comprehensive legal and tax solutions to both multinational and Chinese companies in a wide range of cross-border and domestic transactions.

We are focused on our clients’ wishes and requirements and we support them using a step-by-step approach, providing high level consulting services, which focus on efficiently and effectively reaching solutions. Our International Team is committed to excellence and our Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants have strong professional backgrounds with specific expertise in law, tax and accounting. This specialization in practice areas guarantees the high quality of the service we provide.

We operate in China Mainland and Hong Kong, in the Middle East in cooperation with Izadi Law Firm, in Switzerland in cooperation with FLD Law Firm, in India in cooperation with Neeraj Bhagat & Co. and also in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and some further emerging countries in cooperation with DFDL

What We Do

Greatway Advisory (GWA) provides a wide range of professional services and support in the following areas:

Law

With our multicultural team of Chinese, Italian and European lawyers we are committed to provide legal advices, professional opinions and prompt solutions to our clients in order to help them to achieve their goals. We provide our tailored services to assist our clients to face the complexities of the Chinese, European and Italian legal systems in order to allow them to better focus on their business operations.

The significant experience of our Partners with more than 15 years in China and of our staff, along with a deep knowledge of the laws, allows us to handle all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate operations.

Tax

We support companies helping them in tax and compliance requirements in the Chinese landscape. Our team is composed by local and foreign professional with a deep understanding of China’s complex tax environments, as well as in-depth industry knowledge and experience. Our experienced team of accountants, tax advisors and CPA (Certified Public Accountants), can help on a wide spectrum of tax service areas across all major industries.

We assist clients in structuring a wide range of transactions, from international taxation to income taxes, transfer pricing, VAT, M&A as well as identify the best tax strategy and deal with the tax authorities.

Accounting

We support companies in the Chinese landscape and we help them in meeting accounting and reporting requirements. Our team is composed by local and foreign professional with a deep understanding of China’s Accounting principles.

 

Francis Xavier

Leaders in Law endorses Francis Xavier as our exclusively recommended International Arbitration Law expert in Singapore. If you wish to get in touch with Francis please use the contact information provided above.

Francis is Regional Head, Disputes Practices of Rajah & Tann and was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009. He practises in the areas of international and treaty arbitration and cross-border commercial litigation.

He specialises in corporate and commercial disputes especially in the areas of corporate, banking, property and financial and investment related claims. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight in Indonesia in 1997 and the Taiwan SIA crash.

He is currently sitting as party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the Government of India. He has also been appointed as counsel for an Asean government in an ICSID arbitration involving a European state investor.

Francis has recently been appointed as Chairman of the Listings Appeals Committee, an independent committee set up by the Singapore Exchange, to which parties can appeal against disciplinary actions taken.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. He is the current Chairman, Singapore Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore Academy of Law and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration; Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Rwanda; Japan Commercial Arbitration Association; and the Indian Council of Arbitrators.

Firm Description:

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a leading full-service law firm in Singapore and one of the largest in South East Asia, having worked on many of the biggest and highest profile cases in the region.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest regional networks that brings together leading law firms and over 700 fee earners in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam; with each offering the highest standards of service to locally based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region.  Our firm’s geographical reach includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Japan and South Asia.  Further, as the Singapore member firm of the Lex Mundi Network, we offer our clients access to excellent legal support in more than 100 countries globally.

 

Michelle Bannister

MICHELLE BANNISTER focuses her work on international commercial arbitration, particularly cross-border disputes before major arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Michelle has been involved in all phases of international arbitrations, from filing of the claim to hearing and award, and is particularly experienced in complex cross-border disputes involving large multi national companies.

Firm Overview:

Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is a general practice law firm based in the United States, with a focus on expertise in transactional and litigation matters.

Piotr Nowaczyk

Citizenship: Polish
Education:

 

 

Master of laws, Poznań (1976), postgraduate study in business law,

Bar Research Center at the Polish Bar Council, Warsaw (1988),

Ecole de Formation du Barreau, Paris (1992)

Professional

Experience:

 

 

 

admitted as advocate, Poznań (1984); avocat, Paris (1993), advocate, Warsaw (1994), ex-partner 大成 Dentons, former Salans (1998-2014), ICC Court member (2003-2015), Delegate to the United Nations at the Working Group Arbitration & Conciliation (UNCITRAL),  President of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (2006-2009), Chartered Arbitrator (2010), DAB/DRB member/chairman. FIDIC Accredited Adjudicator (2015)

 

Areas of
Specialization: 
Agency, aviation, banking, commercial contracts, competition, consortia, construction, corporate, defense, distributorships, energy, engineering, environment, fashion, FIDIC, franchising, investments, infrastructure, insurance, IP, IT, joint ventures, licenses, media, mergers & acquisition, oil & gas, personal injuries, privatization, sales & purchases, sport, technology, telecoms, transportation.
Languages:  

English, French, German, Polish, Russian, some Italian.

 

Professional
Associations: 

 

 

Chartered Arbitrator, fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); life time member of Indian Arbitration Council, member of: VIAC International Advisory Board; Danish Arbitration Institute, Law Society of England & Wales; IBA Arbitration Committee (Sub-Committee on Conflicts of Interest 2008-2010); member: ASA, CEA, CEPANI, DIS, ICA, ICCA, ITA, ÖVS, PSSP, SAA, UIA, expert WIPO, FIDIC independent consultant, dispute board adjudicator;

Dispute Board Federation (DBF) and International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)

Arbitration
Experience:
 

Chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or counsel in over 300 arbitrations, handled in English, French, German, Czech, Polish and Russian.

 

Arbitration Seats: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and U.S.A.

 

Rules Applied: AAA-ICDR, BCCI, CAC, CAC-ADR.eu, CACI, CAS, CCIR, CCP, CIETAC, DIA, ECCI, FAI, HCCI, IAA, IAC, IACA, ICAC Kyiv, ICAC Moscow, ICANN, ICC, IHK, Lewiatan, LME, NAF, PBA, PCC, PIIT, PKOL, RCA, SANIG, SCC, Swiss Rules, VCCA, VIAC, WIPO, UNCITRAL and other ad hoc.

 

Parties from: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Chanel Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong-Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Ile of Man, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, U.K., U.S.A.

 

Laws Applied: Austria, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Florida, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Minnesota, Moldova, Panama, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, USA (American Federal Law).

 

Co-arbitrators from: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, U.K., U.S.A.

 

Panels of
Arbitrators: 

 

 

VIAC, AAA-ICDR, WIPO, INTA, ACICA, Tribunal Arbitral du Sport, ICAC Kyiv, ICAC Moscow, IHK, KLRCA Malaysia, CEPANI, HKIAC, KCAB, SIAC, The Cairo Regional Centre, Dubai International Arbitration Center, CIETAC, Teheran Regional Arbitration Centre, Polish Bank Association, Polish Chamber of Information Technology; major courts of arbitration in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republik, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia.
Recognition:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“United Nations for a Better World” – Medaille, 1985

 

Particularly recommended in the field of intellectual property law and recognized as an expert in court dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration by Legalease (European Legal Experts catalogue, since 2001), nominated as one of the leading practitioners by Who’s Who Legal – Commercial Arbitration, since 2007, named as leading individual in Practical Law Company Yearbook 2008 and 2009, highly recommended for dispute resolution by Global Chambers Report.

Rated “as the best arbitrator and counsel” in Poland by Who’s Who Legal – Commercial Arbitration, 2008 (p. 4, 2nd column).

PLC Which Lawyer? has listed the name as Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution since 13th edition (2008).

Selected to be included since the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in Poland in the specialty of Arbitration and Mediation.

Gold Cross of Merit granted by the President of the Republic of Poland for services rendered to arbitration and to the promotion of Poland as an arbitration venue.

Exclusive winner of the Arbitration category for Poland of the ILO (International Law Office) Client Choice Award 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2014 decided on the individual nomination to the list of The World’s Leading Lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution (Poland), arbitration international (Europe-wide) and Most in Demand Arbitrators (Europe-wide) and listed the name in the Chambers Legal Directories.

Publications:

 

Founder Editor in Chief of Biuletyn Arbitrażowy, co-author of UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules Commentary, more than 100 articles on arbitration and mediation.