Yiannos Georgiades

Education

Ealing College of Higher Education (LL.B. Hons.) (1989), Inns of Court School of Law, Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London (Barrister-at-Law) (1990). He gained hands-on experience working at a City of London solicitor’s firm prior to moving to Cyprus. In 1995, he also worked as a visiting attorney at Corboy & Demetrio in Chicago and Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C. in the United States.

Member

Cyprus Bar Association, Bar of England and Wales (Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn), President of the Cyprus Chapter of the European Court of Arbitration, Vice President of the AEA International Lawyers Network.

Practice Areas

Corporate and commercial law, international tax planning, international trade, cross-border disputes – private international law, real estate, investments, alternative dispute resolution, medical negligence, intellectual property law, franchise law, Internet and media law, litigation.

Firm Description

The firm is now a thriving concern. It is essentially international in outlook with approximately three-quarters of the clientele of international origin. It also has a firm foothold in the domestic market, providing an extensive range of legal consultancy services to both Cypriot and multinational clients. The firm has established a network of legal contacts and associates in many countries around the world. The main focus is on providing a first-class service to its clients, and it has acquired a very good reputation and a wealth of experience across the major practice areas, inter alia, corporate and commercial law, medical law, real estate law, intellectual property law, dispute resolution and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance, IT law, media law, and entertainment law.

Over the years, the firm has grown and developed and now offers the diverse professional skills of qualified lawyers, legal consultants and legal assistants. These skills and attributes combine to provide flexible and viable solutions to meet the requirements of clients both in Cyprus itself and worldwide. Our staff can collectively speak a number of different languages, including English, Russian and Greek.

The firm consists of a dedicated professional team of employees who are proud to continue to provide high quality services.

The firm’s clients range from private individuals to banks, property developers, real estate agents and investors, property fund managers, hotels, corporate clients, financial companies, media companies, medical practitioners, trustee companies, accountancy firms, charitable foundations and associations, municipalities, international airlines, TV channels, trademark and patent offices.

The law firm is also registered as a Nominated Advisor (NOMAD) of the Cyprus Stock Exchange for the Emerging Companies Market. Mr Yiannos Georgiades, the Managing Partner of our law firm, is the President of the European Court of Arbitration and Mediation for Commercial Disputes, Cyprus Chapter, and co-founder of Kinisis Ventures Limited, a business accelerator company which promotes start-ups and other innovative companies and assists them in scaling up in the US.

The firm has branches in the United Kingdom and Greece, and associates’ offices in many other countries of the world.

 

Francisco Paredes

Francisco Paredes is a partner at Laudenlaw. He is a specialist in dispute resolution, with a high profile in investment, international law, commercial and international arbitration. He has a strong background in international law and negotiation, with a particular focus on cases involving Sovereign States and transnational investment. Francisco has also extensive experience in the intellectual property field.

He has represented parties in large disputes, as well as investors in Ecuador to help structuring investments in the country. Francisco has also represented clients in disputes arising out natural resources contracts, construction, mining and distribution. He has experience in cases involving multiple jurisdictions and rules (ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL).

Francisco worked for several years in prestigious law firms in France and in the United States. Also, he worked for the Attorney General’s Office in Ecuador, where he gained significant experience in international investment arbitration.

Experience

Relevant experience:

  • Representing a Latin-American country in a commercial arbitration brought by a former concessionaire in the oil sector (UNCITRAL).
  • Representing a Latin-American country in a negotiation with a transnational company regarding corruption allegations.
  • Representing a Latin-American State and a State Owned Company in two commercial cases brought by two power-generation companies (ICC).
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the investment arbitration brought by Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company (ICSID).
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the investment arbitration brought by Murphy Exploration and Production Company International (ICSID).
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the investment arbitration brought by Burlington Resources, Inc. and others (ICSID).
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the investment arbitration brought by Perenco Ecuador Limited (ICSID).
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in two cases before the Court of Justice of the Andean Community related to commercial measures.
  • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the negotiation of two international financial agreements.

Education

  • Sorbonne University (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Ph.D. candidate.
  • Sorbonne University (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Master in International Economic Law, 2013 (Magna Cum Laude).
  • Sorbonne University (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Master in International Law, 2012.
  • Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Bachelor in Law, 2006.

Admissions

  • Ecuador
  • Special Legal Consultant (Washington D.C.)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Publications

  • La Ley para el Fomento Productivo fortalece el arbitraje internacional en el
  • Ecuador, Revistra de arbitraje comercial y de inversiones, vol XI n°3, 2018.
  • Ecuador flexibiliza sus reglas de arbitraje internacional para atraer inversiones, Revista de Arbitraje de la Comunidad Iberoamericana CIAR, October 2018.
  • Derecho Internacional Privado, Capítulo Ecuador, with A. Galindo, 2018.
  • Arbitraje internacional en el Ecuador y las condiciones de arbitrabilidad, Los 20 años de la Ley ecuatoriana del arbitraje, ICC, with A. Galindo, 2017.
  • La conformité de l’investissement au droit national, condition de sa protection internationale, ICSID Review – Foreign Investments Law Journal, 2014.
  • Cour de Cassation quashes decision that disregarded ICC rule on time limits to arbitrator challenges – 2 takeaways, International Arbitration Newsletter, DLA Piper, September 2014, con M. Ostrove y M. Desplats.

Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • American Bar Association

Terry Budd

Terry Budd has spent over 35 years as a First Chair trial lawyer and litigator prosecuting and defending a wide range of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, Internet, First Amendment/Libel, and Complex Commercial litigation claims for corporations across the US and abroad. Typically advocating a counter-intuitive approach, yet one solidly grounded in well-established legal principles, Mr. Budd’s practice has included a large number of high-profile cases, involving, for example, Playboy Enterprises, Turner Broadcasting, WWE, Coca-Cola, AOL, CBS Network, Goldie Hawn, NFL players, Westinghouse, Alcoa, BNY Mellon Bank, PPG, F**ckedcompany.com, Malwarebytes, and Bleepingcomputer.com. Mr. Budd has personally handled trial cases in NYC, LA, San Fran, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Paris, Hamburg, and London. 

He has repeatedly received The Best Lawyers in America Award and is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers (ATLAC). He has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Rated Lawyers and has consistently achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent – AV Rating plus its 5.0 Highest Ethical Standards Award. Budd Law has also earned the US News Best Law Firms Award – and has been recognized as a Top Rated Intellectual Property Lawyer in the National Law Journal and The American Lawyer.

After decades as an equity partner serving an array of Fortune 500 companies at the International law firm K&L Gates, Mr. Budd decided to custom tailor his practice to serve a small number of select clients through a boutique firm model in the special role as First Chair Trial Counsel and strategic outside General Counsel in matters across the globe from the US to the European Union to the Asian markets. Focusing his practice on the businesses of a select number of clients – while utilizing large International law firms as his special Litigation Teams – has enabled Mr. Budd to bring a new level of excellence to his clients’ cases. Expanding his International practice for clients across the European Union, Mr. Budd actively participates in a number of International Law associations and High Tech organizations. 

Mr. Budd’s practice primarily focuses on Cybersecurity, Software Litigation, AI/Machine Learning Developments, Blockchain Legal Disputes, and Intellectual Property matters. Mr. Budd has lectured extensively on Trial Tactics, developing and examining expert trial witnesses, jury psychology/jury selection, Cybersecurity, and Intellectual Property law – as well as effective strategic business planning for avoiding costly litigation. He has also authored and served as an Editor for a number of books and articles on Trial Tactics and legal strategies. Mr. Budd has been a contributor/commentator in various media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, NBC News, and the ABA Journal.

When not fighting for his clients, Mr. Budd enjoys traveling with his wife, son, and daughter – as well as shooting clays and motocross racing. Mr. Budd has been honored to gain a reputation given to him by his peers as “a lawyer’s lawyer”, who approaches litigation as a chess match and who’s always ready for a bare-knuckled fight.

REPRESENTATIVE TRIALS/CASES

Below are examples of different types of trials and cases that Terry Budd has handled over the course of his career.

Enigma Software Group USA, LLC vs. Bleeping Computer, (S.D.N.Y.)

Prosecuted Lanham Act, libel/defamation, business tort, and Intellectual Property infringement claims against a website to a successful business resolution after securing a Federal Court Opinion defining the limitations of the scope of protections afforded under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and establishing the scope of liabilities of website owners.

Enigma Software Group USA, LLC vs. ESET, (Hamburg, Germany Trial Court)

Successfully obtained an initial stage Preliminary Injunction against ESET for wrongfully blocking and interfering with Enigma’s customers’ use and access to Enigma’s software system optimization products and for unfair business competition under German law. The prosecution of Enigma’s comprehensive claims is proceeding.

Enigma Software Group USA, LLC vs. Malwarebytes, Inc., (Paris Business Court)

Prosecution of claims under French law for unfair competition and tortious interference with Enigma’s customer relationships for Malwarebytes’ unlawful blocking of Enigma’s anti-malware software products. (Case pending).

WWE vs. Playboy Entertainment, Inc., (S.D.N.Y.)

Successfully prosecuted emergency suit in NYC Federal Court and secured Preliminary Injunction against Playboy Magazine for Intellectual Property infringement claims for unauthorized use of WWE’s characters and trademark/copyright materials.

WWE vs. Brent Bozell and Parents Teachers Council, (S.D.N.Y.)

Prosecuted to successful resolution extended litigation for claims for disparagement, trade libel, and tortious interference against an activist group to protect WWE TV Programming and Intellectual Property rights from unlawful campaign of attacks.

Print Café Software vs. F*#^cked Company.Com, (Pa. Ct of Common Pleas)

Prosecuted one of the earlier original cases for defamation/libel and theft of proprietary information against anonymous Internet posters through pursuit of litigation against ISPs for disclosure of true identity of the defendant posters.

Turner Broadcasting Corporation (TBS) vs. WWE, CBS, et al, (Delaware Chancery Ct)

Successfully defended through trial, verdict, and appeal alleged claims for breach of TV Programming contracts to enable WWE to pursue new TV Programming deals with alternative TV stations.

Mellon Bank, N.A. vs. Arthur A. Gillis, Goldie Hawn, Quincy Jones, et al., (Los Angeles Superior Ct)

Successfully investigated and prosecuted to resolution claims for millions of dollars due Mellon Bank under real estate tax shelters and real estate partnership notes.

United Technologies, Inc. vs. AIG, et al., (Mass. Superior Ct)

Prosecuted to a wining jury verdict UTC’s claims for insurance coverage against dozens of insurance carriers for reimbursement of millions of dollars for cleanup costs for environmental remediation and for breach of insurance contracts and wrongful denial of insurance coverage.

Jeannette Glass, Inc. vs. Coca Cola, Inc., Security Pacific Bank, N.A., et al, (W.D. Pa)

Successfully defended and conducted forensic accounting investigation in a protracted litigation concerning alleged financial fraud and accounting improprieties with damages alleged in excess of $50 Million in connection with a leveraged buyout – and obtained winning defense verdict after a full trial.

Alcoa, Inc. vs. Liberty Mutual et al. (Washington Superior Court)

Developed and prosecuted complex insurance coverage claims for environmental clean-up costs against 100 + insurance companies and won 8 figure jury verdict for Alcoa after 3 month trial.

 

Ranjit Prakash

Ranjit founded Archeus Law, a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Project Advisory and Mining,  in October 2016. Prior to launching Archeus, Ranjit headed the Dispute Resolution, Project Advisory and Corporate Law Divisions and was a Senior Partner with other leading law firms in India. He has been practicing law since 1991 and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi.

He has been advising on the infrastructure projects in particular the energy, highways and mining sectors over the past more than 25 years. He also has substantial experience in several international and domestic commercial arbitrations involving large infrastructure and manufacturing companies.

He has advised clients on several high pro le matters like representing SEPCO in the cases relating to the industrial accident which arose after the collapse of a chimney at the BALCO site, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) on a very high stake arbitration proceeding in the wind energy sector in India, Moser` Baer Electric Power Limited in an arbitration proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with respect to a dispute arising out of an agreement entered for development Hydro Power Project, Visa Steel Limited in defending arbitration proceedings before London Court of International Arbitration, London.

Ranjit has extensive experience in representing clients before key institutions of arbitration in the world including Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) & International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Ranjit has featured in the Chambers Asia-Pacific list of leading lawyers under the following categories:

·         Highly Recommended leading lawyer under the head Projects, Infrastructure & Energy space 2011 & 2012.

·         Noted Practitioner under the head Disputes Resolution – Arbitration- India 2016.