Ingibjörg Ólöf Vilhjálmsdóttir

Leaders in Law endorses Ingibjörg Ólöf Vilhjálmsdóttir as our exclusively recommended International Trade Law expert in Iceland. If you wish to get in touch with Ingibjörg please use the contact information provided above.
  • 2012- Co-founder and Partner, Land Lögmenn/Icelandlaw International Legal Services.
  • 2011- 2012 – Founder, International Legal Consulting.
  • 2008- 2010 – Head of Legal, Inventages Venture Capital, Switzerland.
  • 2006- 2008 – Officer, Trade Relations Division, European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1999- 2006 – Lawyer, Head of Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Iceland.
  • 1998- 1999 – Officer, District Commissioner at Seyðisfjorður, East Iceland.


  • 2003 – LL.M in international and comparative law, George Washington University (GWU).
  • 2000 – Bar Exam, Attorney at Law.
  • 1998 – Cand. juris, University of Iceland.

Teaching, Lectures and Publications

  • 2006- 2008 – Lectured at export promotion seminars for EFTA in Indonesia, Colombia, Peru and Lebanon. Also a Part-time lecturer in international trade law, University of Bifrost, Iceland.
  • 1999- 2007 – Various lectures and publications on agriculture, administrative law, legislation on access to information, directives, regulations and policies pertaining to the European economic area and the main principles of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • 1998/2003 – Theses: „Trade Remedies“, GWU; and „An introduction to air law, wet and dry leasing of airplaines“, University of Iceland.

Other positions of responsibility:

  • 2014 – Ad-Hoc College member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
  • 2013 – Chair of the Board of Directors of the Icelandic Housing Financing Fund.
  • 2012 – Member of the Icelandic Association of Professional and Business Women (FKA).
  • 2011 – 2012 – Member of the Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), Geneva.
  • 1999 – Chairman of the Livestock Marking Committee, Iceland.
  • 1999 – 2014    Chairmanship/membership of various government committees working on legislation and policy.
  • 1993 – Treasurer of the Icelandic branch of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA).

Areas of practice:

  • Arbitration
  • Administrative law
  • Agricultural legislation
  • Contracts
  • Corporate law
  • Custody cases
  • Customs rules
  • Debt collection
  • Defamation law
  • Free trade agreements
  • Foreign exchange legislation
  • International trade
  • nternational transactions
  • International investments
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Litigation
  • Rules of origin
  • Venture capital investments
  • Tort law


  • Icelandic
  • English
  • Reads Danish
  • Norwegian
  • French
  • German

Firm Description:

International experience

The founding partners at LAND have lived in seven countries and dealt with over 50 countries. Through these multinational and multicultural dealings we have gathered a solid understanding of our client’s specific needs and we work hand in hand with our clients to provide culturally sensitive solutions.

We pride ourselves to have a solid reputation as efficient, trustworthy and innovative lawyers and are always reachable by our clients.

Ideally located

Our unique location, between North America and Europe, our international experience, our broad areas of expertise and our determination to deliver make us the ideal partner for international legal services.


Dahmane Ben Abderrahmane, PhD

Leaders in Law endorses Dahmane Ben Abderrahmane as our exclusively recommended International Trade Law expert in Algeria. If you wish to get in touch with Dahmane please use the contact information provided above.


  • University of Lyon (France)
  • University of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) Germanistikstudium
  • University of Saarbrucken (Germany) Degree in German Literature and study in the french section of the Law school.
  • University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas, France), Master in Law (Maitrise en Droit) and Post Graduation in Private Law, Doctorat d’Etat en Droit.
  • University of Munich (Germany)
  • Max Plank Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg (Germany): preparation of a PhD in Comparative Law.


  • Attorney at law
  • Former Senior Lecturer at the law schoolof the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
  • International Arbitrator.


  • French
  • English
  • German
  • Arabic


  • International Bar Association
  • Independant member of the Geneva Group International

Firm Description:

The law firm distinguishes itself by the in-depth knowledge that its members have of Algerian law as well as the cultural specificities of Algeria. It is thus able to provide its customers, through personalized assistance of quality, practical and innovative advice. As part of this approach, the firm conceives the Algerian law as an instrument of the strategy of the company and creation of value.30 years of experience in Algerian law

The firm has a recognized competence acquired nearly thirty years of practice of Algerian law. This established expertise enables it to intervene in a pragmatic and efficient way in operations of increasing complexity, within the framework of evolving legal and fiscal frameworks, and with an availability and responsiveness commensurate with the expectations of its clients. customers.Responsiveness and availability tailored to customer expectations

The firm handles with absolute confidentiality all files entrusted to it by clients belonging to various sectors of industry and services.Excellent relations with the Algerian administrative and economic authorities

The firm frequently cooperates with the most respected international law firms in the legal and tax structuring of international trade transactions involving the consideration of Algerian law. Finally, the firm provides its clients with excellent relations with the Algerian administrative and economic authorities.


Osamu Umejima

Osamu Umejima rejoined White & Case in October 2003 after a two-year hiatus working at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese Government. He assists clients with international trade matters, including WTO rules and dispute settlements, and antidumping, countervailing and other trade-related measures in the United States, EC, Japan, and other trading partners. He also advises on FTA and other custom issues, including country of origins, custom duties and classification, and import and export regulations. His experience in the government also enabled him to have successfully lobbied Japanese government agencies on regulatory issues on behalf of corporations and trade associations. These governmental agencies include the METI, the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transportation, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery.

He started practicing international trade and corporate law at White & Case in 1992 in Tokyo, but his first experience on international trade matters goes back to 1989. Upon joining White & Case, the practice areas he worked in were corporate, contracts, antitrust, labor, and intellectual property. He moved to the Washington, DC office of White & Case in 1995, where he practiced U.S. trade laws, including the antidumping law, countervailing law, and Section 337. Mr. Umejima led various antidumping cases on behalf of Asian respondents, and appeared before the US Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, the Court of International Trade, and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. In 2000, Mr. Umejima returned to the Tokyo office of White & Case, where he continued practicing international trade and corporate laws, until he joined to METI in 2001.

Before rejoining White & Case, he assumed the position of Director – Antidumping and Related Rules in Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau at METI. He coordinated and argued in various antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization on behalf of the Japanese government, including disputes on US – CRS Sunset Review, US – CDSOA (“Byrd Amendment”), and other disputes in which Japan participated as a complaining party or as a third party. He has also handled negotiations for the Antidumping Agreement under the Doha Development Agenda of the WTO.

Trade Law Practice:

Government actions increasingly affect companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. Whether they’re negotiating multilateral, regional or bilateral trade agreements, or revising national laws and regulations, the involvement of governments frequently has a direct and profound impact on the rules governing international trade. While the ultimate goal may be a more liberalized trading system, the immediate result is just as likely to be a thicket of rules, procedures and exceptions. This can mean an even more difficult business environment.

The International Trade Group of White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. Our practice, centered in Washington, DC but extending throughout the globe, provides a range of services designed to match the scope of global trade regulation and to answer the needs of our clients wherever and whenever they arise. White & Case also has one of the leading WTO practices in the world, which is led by the Geneva office.

White & Case:

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border expertise and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our expertise in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Roland Abeng

The Abeng Law Firm is a firm of lawyers offering a wide spectrum of legal, advisory and litigation services. Established by Barrister Abeng Roland in January 1998 the firm has evolved to become one the foremost Law Firms in Cameroon in the fields of Trade and Investment, Intellectual property law, general commercial law and debt recovery.

Supported by a team of lawyers and consultants from diverse backgrounds, Roland Abeng and the Abeng Law Firm excels in the areas of private client work, commerce and industry. For more than 7 years the Abeng Law Firm has been successfully providing legal advice to both French and English speaking clients.

Being first and foremost a local entity, the Abeng Law Firm offers a number of advantages which includes an intimate understanding of the immediate legal environment, the market and governing laws and customs. The firm has successfully developed a dynamic trade promotion department that serves as a one-stop-shop for all those wishing to invest or trade in Cameroon or with Cameroonians. Our international clientele are always satisfied.

John F. McKenzie

John McKenzie joined Baker McKenzie in 1976 and has since worked in Baker McKenzie offices in Caracas, Venezuela and Taipei, Taiwan. He is a member of the International Section of the American Bar Association, the Legislative Council of the California Council for International Trade and the District Export Council for Northern California. Mr. McKenzie also serves as an associate member of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers.

Practice Focus

Mr. McKenzie’s practice is focused on cross-border transactions and international trade regulation. His practice also covers planning and structuring international investments, international mergers, acquisitions, consolidation and reorganization transactions, international commercial and technology development and transfer transactions, as well as customs and import regulations, export controls and international corporate compliance.

Professional Honors

Exclusive winner, Lexology Client Choice Award for International Trade (California), 2013-2014

Exclusive winner, Lexology Client Choice Award for General Corporate (United States), 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

California Council for International Trade – Legislative Council

American Bar Association – Section on International Law

Association of Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers – Associate Member

State Bar of California

District Export Council for Northern California

Santa Clara Valley World Trade Association

Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Member of the Practice Counsel at NYU law School for the International LL.M Program


U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit~United States (1984)

California~United States (1976)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California~United States (1976)

Court of International Trade~United States


Harvard University (J.D. cum laude) (1976)

Williams College (B.A. magna cum laude) (1969)





Riikka Kuoppamäki

Riikka Kuoppamäki is an associate in the international trade practice. Ms. Kuoppamäki focuses on the area of international trade policy at World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes.

Before joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat as a junior dispute settlement lawyer. During her time at the Secretariat, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked on several appeals and advised the members of the Appellate Body on procedural and substantive issues.

Prior to her experience at the WTO, Ms. Kuoppamäki completed her LL.B. and LL.M. studies at the University of Helsinki, specializing in public international law and WTO law. During her studies, Ms. Kuoppamäki worked as a trainee in two Helsinki-based law firms. She also participated in the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) moot court competition on WTO law, where she was head coach of the Helsinki team. After completing her LL.M. in Helsinki, Ms. Kuoppamäki undertook a second LL.M. at the University of Barcelona, focusing on international economic law and policy.

Ms. Kuoppamäki is an ELSA scholarship recipient and was a member of ELSA’s delegation in the 47th session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Firm Overview:

Akin Gump has, in the span of a single generation, grown to become one of the world’s largest firms, with more than 900 lawyers practicing in an array of practices and industries in offices around the globe.