Stephen M. Wilson KC

Leaders in Law endorses Stephen Wilson KC as our exclusively recommended Litigation and Disputes Resolution expert in the Turks and Caicos Islands (‘TCI’). If you wish to get in touch with Stephen, please use the contact information provided above.

Managing Partner, Stephen Wilson KC, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990 and practiced successfully from chambers in London for 11 years before moving to TCI in 2001.

At the London Bar he had a general civil and commercial practice, specialising in employment law, and developed a reputation as a fearsome cross-examiner with a voracious appetite for work.

In 2012, Stephen was asked to open the new Turks and Caicos Islands office of the long-established and highly regarded Bahamian law firm of GrahamThompson, the firm’s first office outside the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. For 11 years, he was a partner and head of that firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the TCI.

Stephen was appointed one of His Majesty’s Counsel, Learned in the Law (King’s Counsel) in 2013 and has served as a Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission since 2020.

Stephen has appeared in many of the TCI’s headline cases involving disputes in the tourism and hospitality, banking, real estate, insurance and construction/building sectors. He has a broad range of experience dealing with matters in the Banking and Finance, Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Labour, Insurance, Intellectual Property, and Property and Development sectors.

Stephen’s Corporate and Commercial dispute resolution work has included complex corporate and commercial disputes comprising multi-jurisdictional claims, multi-party actions, international and domestic arbitrations, liquidations involving local and international parties, shareholder disputes, and corporate reorganisations and restructurings.

Stephen is recognised by the prestigious London-based Chambers and Partners directory as a top ranked attorney in the Chambers Global, General Business Law – Dispute Resolution sector. He holds the distinction of a Band 1 ranking, which is the highest individual ranking and has done so for the past 12 years. He has also been recognised by Chambers Global with their rankings for “Foreign Expertise” and “Expertise Based Abroad” for his work in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Born in Liverpool, Stephen is a die-hard Liverpool F.C. fan, a passion that he shares with partner Christopher Wells. He also loves travelling and experiencing new foods and cultures.

Chambers Review: Stephen Wilson KC is a well-respected and formidable practitioner in the Turks & Caicos Islands. He is regarded as a stellar litigator with a broad-ranging practice. He regularly handles cases in the real estate and tourism sectors. He boasts further expertise in banking, corporate and employment disputes.

Recent engagements include:

  • Representing a Bahamian company that successfully obtained an order for the winding-up of a TCI company that is the majority shareholder of a Haitian company that owns the largest privately held commercial port in Haiti. This complex private international law dispute involves aspects of Bahamian and TCI law, as well as Haitian Civil Code that is based on the Napoleonic Code used in France.
  • Advising and representing equitable receivers appointed by the High Court of England & Wales in tandem with a team of English solicitors and barristers as part of enforcement proceedings to collect a judgment debt of over $300 million made in favour of an international bank against an ultra-high net worth individual, his TCI company and others.
  • Leading counsel for the liquidator and major creditors of a collapsed SMART Fund in proceedings before the Supreme Court of the Bahamas against the Fund’s administrator (well-known international bank) and nominee directors and officers.
  • Advising the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board in connection with its winding-down and transition to a new Destination Management and Marketing Organisation.
  • Counsel to the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority in connection with various matters.
  • Representing one of the TCI’s leading resort development and management groups in judicial review proceedings challenging the grant of outline development permission for a new luxury condominium development and resort.
  • Advising and representing one of the TCI’s largest homeowners’ associations in connection with the enforcement of restrictive covenants against a property owner.
  • Advising developers and operators of major hotels and resorts in Providenciales and representing them in commercial and labour disputes.
  • Advising the Canadian receivers of a bankrupt in connection with recovery of assets located in the TCI.
  • Representing a Turks and Caicos Islander in proceedings brought by the Attorney General of the TCI in connection with the purchase and sale of Crown land.
  • Leading counsel for the victim of an investment scam, and successfully recovering the majority of her losses after forcing the sale of property indirectly held by the defendant investment advisor.

Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Employment & Labour
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Education

  • University College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London, United Kingdom

Admissions

  • The Inner Bar (King’s Counsel), 2013
  • Bar of England and Wales, 1990
  • Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 2002

Awards and Recognitions

  • Appointed one of His Majesty’s Counsel (King’s Counsel)
  • Chambers and Partners, Chambers Global Band 1 Ranked Attorney, General Business: Dispute Resolution (2013 to 2024)

Firm Description:

Our team of experienced attorneys has a track record of delivering results for our clients, whether they are facing complex legal disputes, require comprehensive advice on resort and hotel planning development, navigating the intricacies of business law, or simply needing representation on a straightforward property transaction. We understand that the legal landscape can be daunting, and we’re committed to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients.

Instead of adopting the approach taken by most lawyers of addressing what they see as clients’ ‘legal issues’, we understand that our clients actually come to us with business or personal problems. As a result, we approach every case with a focus on finding practical, cost-effective solutions that meet our clients’ goals. We work closely with each client to understand their unique needs and tailor our approach accordingly. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their objectives in a way that minimizes risk and maximises value.

Whether you are looking for assistance with a one-time legal issue or ongoing legal counsel, we are here to provide the solutions you need. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

 

Shally Bhasin

Leaders in Law endorses Shally Bhasin as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in India. If you wish to get in touch with Shally, please use the contact information provided above.

Shally Bhasin is a Partner with our Firm and has over 26 years of experience in Litigation.

She graduated from Law Faculty, University of Delhi in 1996 and is an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India since 2004.

A veteran litigator, Shally has been involved in several impactful and consequential cases. She has been engaged in legal work across diverse sectors and industries, including – amongst others – Financial Services, Banking, Telecom, Construction, Energy, Heavy Industries, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, etc. She regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, various high courts and tribunals including Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (“TDSAT”), National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”), National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”), Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (“APTEL”), State Commissions, National Green Tribunal (“NGT”), etc.

In one of the land mark cases in the history of litigation in the telecom industry, Shally has represented the telecom companies right from the High Court of Kerala and TDSAT, uptill the Supreme Court of India,  involving the recovery of licence fees of around $ 7.8 billion by the Government of India.

She has also represented various clients in the Supreme Court of India; various High Courts, National Tribunals – including TDSAT, NCLAT, NCLT, and NGT – in matters related to financial services, bankruptcy, infrastructure, environment, white collar crime, tenders, breach of contract, damages, injunctions, breach of fundamental rights, notifications, taxation, winding up, amalgamation and de-merger.

In an endeavour to give back to the Society, Shally also represented certain individuals in their challenge to Section 377 IPC which resulted in decriminalization of homosexuality. She is also representing a batch of individuals and filed various writ petitions in the High Court of Delhi seeking legalization of same-sex marriage. Thereafter, the matter was transferred to the Supreme Court of India and is now pending for judgment.

Professional Memberships

  • Supreme Court Advocate on Record Association
  • Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Bar Council of Delhi

Education

  • B.A (Eng. Hons), St Mary’s College, Shillong
  • LLB from University of Delhi

Select Experience Statement

TELECOM SECTOR:
  • Represented telecom companies before the Supreme Court and the High Court of Kerala and TDSAT in one of the biggest telecommunications industry matters involving the recovery of licence fees of around $ 7.8 billion by the government. The Supreme Court has settled the definition of ‘adjusted gross revenue’ as provided in the license agreement between the service providers and DoT. This led to the Government of India prospectively amending the definition to make it more benign for the service providers.
  • Represented telecom companies in the Supreme Court against demands of One Time Spectrum Charge (OTSC) of INR 3500 crores and INR 2000 crores respectively. After the 2G judgment, DOT imposed a special charge namely OTSC on all operators for having spectrum above 4.2 MHz GSM/2.5 MHz CDMA, as the said spectrum was allocated to the operators bundled with the license.
  • Represented a telecom company before the TDSAT in its petition challenging the penalty of INR 2,000 crores Imposed by DoT for not providing/augmenting Points of Interconnections (PoIs) to another Telecom Company on time, which caused violation of Quality of Service Regulations, 2009. The said penalty has been stayed by the TDSAT. The appeal against this order is pending in the Supreme Court.
  • Represented a conglomerate before TDSAT against a demand of license fee of INR 1500 crores raised by DoT on financial services income of an NBFC holding an Internet Service Provider license for captive use. The said demand has been stayed by the TDSAT.

BANKING SECTOR:

  • Represented various companies in the Supreme Court challenging the Reserve Bank of India’s Circular dated 12.02.2018 which had changed the process of resolution of debt of corporate debtors. The Circular mandated compulsory resolution under Insolvency Code without recourse to out of court resolution mechanisms and debt re-structuring programs. The Supreme Court upheld challenges raised on the ground that the Impugned Circular was ultra vires the provisions of Banking Regulation Act.
  • Represented a leading bank before the Supreme Court against a challenge to the judgment of the High Court of Bombay which declared the actions of an Administrator to write down Additional Tier – 1 Bonds for an Amount of INR 8415 Crores, ultra vires. The Supreme Court has stayed the judgment of the High Court of Bombay.

INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE

  •  Represented personal guarantor in the Delhi High Court in a writ petition against whom a Public Sector Bank had initiated insolvency against the default of loan of INR 1600 Crores taken by debtor.
  • Represented Personal Guarantors before the Supreme Court of India in an challenge to the selective implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 against the Personal Guarantors of Corporate Debtors.
  • Represented the Resolution professional before the Supreme Court, NCLAT and NCLT in various applications seeking directions against operational creditors, for ensuring the survival of the Corporate Debtor as a going concern during the insolvency resolution process.

WHITE COLLAR:

  • Represented several individuals in the Supreme Court in a batch of over 240 matters concerning various issues including whether PMLA is ‘criminal law’ that creates a new offence called ‘money laundering’, defines the ingredients of the offence, provides for investigation and trial, and provides for punishment thereof.
  • Represented individuals and companies before the Trial Court in respect of various financial offences by the Enforcement Directorate, SFIO, FIU etc.
  • Represented individuals alleged of financial frauds before the High Court and Supreme Court to obtain regular bail, interim bai, etc.

ARBITRATION:

  • Represented the Government of India in two arbitrations against Foreign Défense Equipment Companies involving claims of over INR 25,000 crores each.
  • Represented an Wind Turbine Manufacturer before the Arbitral Tribunal claiming liquidated damages of INR 500 Crores for the breach of contract by the Independent Power Producer.
  • Advised Indian counterpart of a foreign company in an Arbitration initiated by the Foreign Investor against the Government of India for recovery of investment made in the Indian Company to the tune of INR 3000 Crores.

 

Michele Roma

Leaders in Law endorses Michele Roma as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in Italy. If you wish to get in touch Michele, please use the contact information provided above.

Michele Roma is the founder and managing partner of Roma Legal Partners.

In 1982 he graduated cum laude from the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, he is barrister of the Supreme Court of Cassation and he is registered at the bar of the bakruptcy trustees (“Albo dei Curatori Fallimentari”).

He is active in the field of business and insurance contracts in court and out of court and he assists companies and groups both at a national and international level.

Not only has he developed a solid expertise in the field of civil-commercial law and insurance law, but, together with the entire law firm, he works in close contact with the clients, constantly offering them the high-quality services that are typical of a “boutique firm”.

“I have always believed that the law firm should have a clear and well defined objective. Today, more than ever, some clients need the help of a professional in understanding the “big picture” behind every given problem. They need the ability to summarize and simplify that comes from years of experience in order to be able to choose wisely.

For this exact reason, I have decided to be always available in person and to aim at having a direct and transparent relationship with the client.”

Moreover, Michele Roma entertains scientific collaborations, as Adjunct Professor, with some Italian Universities.

Lastly, he is also the author of several publications concerning Civil Law, Insurance Law and Competition Law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil right
  • Commercial law, contracts and distribution
  • Insurance Law
  • Bankruptcy Law and Bankruptcy Procedures
  • Petroleum law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Administrative and regulatory law
  • Labor law

Firm Description

Roma Legal Partners (RLP) was created with the goal of serving business companies and private clients offering a high profile combination of extensive experience in handling litigation and giving legal advice in different areas. These two activities are increasingly connected and we believe that offering advice based on our litigation skills gives a pivotal added value to our clients. Our firm is a medium-sized structure: there is a core group of twelve lawyers in Rome and a “branch” in Milan.

We are able to assist our clients in litigation before the courts all over Italy through a network of local lawyers; we are well represented outside Italy through a network of law firms based in the main European countries. RLP provides dedicated assistance in close coordination with clients, this generates added value and results at affordable costs.

 

Dianne M. Nast

Leaders in Law endorses Dianne M. Nast as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in Pennsylvania, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Dianne, please use the contact information provided above.

Dianne M. Nast is a magna cum laude graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. She is the founder and senior member of NastLaw LLC in Philadelphia. For almost 20 years, she was a senior shareholder with the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Nast & Graf, P.C. (now Kohn, Swift & Graf, P.C.), and then a senior shareholder at RodaNast, P.C. from 1995 to 2012. Ms. Nast, an active member of the bar for over four decades, has extensive experience in complex litigation. She has a reputation for working cooperatively with co-counsel and facilitating resolution of disagreement.

Led by Dianne M. Nast, who has extensive experience in consumer litigation, NastLaw LLC is a nationally recognized law firm with a long track record of success in complex litigations.

Ms. Nast holds an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating. She has been selected to be listed in each edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Antitrust Law, Mass Tort Litigation, Class Actions, Personal Injury Lawyer) since 2003. The National Law Journal has selected Ms. Nast as one of the nation’s top fifty women litigators. Ms. Nast has also been repeatedly selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of Philadelphia’s Best Complex Litigation Lawyers. She has been named as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Fifty Women Lawyers. She has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2002. She appears in numerous Who’s Who publications. Ms. Nast is listed in Chambers US.

In April, 2015, the American Bar Association Tort and Trial Practice Section awarded Ms. Nast its Pursuit of Justice Award. In June 2016, Ms. Nast was selected by The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania’s leading legal newspaper, to receive its Life Time Achievement Award. In 2017, The Legal named Ms. Nast a recipient of its Professional Excellence Award.

Ms. Nast served as a Director of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation for eleven years. In 1998, then Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist named Ms. Nast Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

Judge Edward Becker, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, appointed Ms. Nast to serve as a member of the fifteen-member Third Circuit Task Force on Selection of Class Counsel. The Task Force issued a report, Selection of Class Counsel, 208 F.R.D. 340 (2002), which has been cited over 100 times in court opinions. Ms. Nast was also selected by The American Law Institute to serve on ALI’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation Project.

Ms. Nast chaired the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She served for eight years on the Third Circuit’s Committee on Revision of Judicial Conduct Rules of the Judicial Council, and on the Judicial Conference Long Range Planning Committee.

Ms. Nast has served as Lawyer Chair of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a member of the Historical Society of the Third Circuit, and chaired the Circuit’s Centennial Celebration.

She was appointed by the late Chief Judge Alfred L. Luongo to Chair the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Lawyers Advisory Committee, and served for four years in that position. She served for three years as President of The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and as Editor of the Society’s Annual Historical Calendar.

Ms. Nast is a current member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Nast is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedona Conference, and a member of the American Antitrust Institute and the Public Justice Foundation.

Ms. Nast is a member of the American Bar Association Litigation Section, where she has served on the Task Force on State Justice Initiatives, the Task Force on the State of the Justice System, and the Task Force on Strategic Planning. She served a three-year term on the Section’s Council, served as a Section Division Director, and co-chaired the Section’s Antitrust Committee. She served as a Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. On May 12, 2015, Ms. Nast received the Pursuit of Justice Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice section. Ms. Nast also served as a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors, and is a member of the Public Justice Foundation.

Ms. Nast served six years as a Director on the Board of the Public Defender’s Office of Philadelphia. Ms. Nast was selected as one of a small group of Philadelphia attorneys to be appointed Judge Pro Tempore, serving as presiding Judge in major civil jury cases in the Court of Common Pleas.

She has participated as a panelist on programs at the Judicial Conferences of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits. She frequently serves as a faculty member or panelist on legal educational programs, including programs for the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the National College of Advocacy, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law, Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and HarrisMartin Publishing.

She was a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Research on Women and Newborn Health and served as President of the Foundation’s Board for ten years.  She served on the Lancaster Catholic High School Board of Education and chaired a local elementary school board for four years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Antitrust
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical device
  • Vehicle recall
  • Civil litigation

Ms. Nast has been named as Lead Counsel or an Executive Committee member in scores of Consumer, Antitrust and Products Liability cases, most recently as co-Lead Counsel in the Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Litigation, MDL 2724 (E.D. Pa.), currently one of the largest MDLs in the United States. These include by way of example the representative cases that can be viewed on the website.

Firm Description:

Trusted Leadership

Lead by Dianne Nast, one of the country’s premier litigators, NastLaw attorneys combine over 90 years of complex civil litigation experience. We provide our clients with experienced, confident representation to guide them in the most difficult cases.

Ms. Nast is one of the most accomplished attorneys in the country and has been recognized by Courts across the country for her skill and leadership in complex litigation.

NastLaw attorneys are known for taking leadership roles in their cases, helping to ensure our clients’ needs are well represented in every situation.

Nationwide Representation

We represent clients across the country, and our lawyers are recognized as some of the top in the country for their dedication to their clients and track record of results.

Our offices are located in Philadelphia, one of the major centers of civil litigation in the United States. NastLaw attorneys work tirelessly to provide our clients with the best legal representation.

 

Ewelina Wętrys

Leaders in Law endorses Ewelina Wętrys as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in Poland. If you wish to get in touch with Ewelina please use the contact information provided above.

Ewelina advises and represents local and foreign clients in litigation and arbitration regarding diverse commercial disputes as well as in arbitration proceedings conducted under international investment treaties such as BITs or ECT (in the latter respect acting for both investors and states). She has substantial experience in the oil and gas, energy, aviation, real estate and construction sectors.

Ewelina supports Clients in a variety of high value matters, including cases involving contractual or statutory liability for non-performance or improper performance of the contract, unjust enrichment claims, and insurance claims. She also assists Clients already at the stage of structuring investments and drafting of dispute resolution clauses tailored to specific contracts.

Ewelina holds an LL.M. degree in International Commercial Arbitration Law (ICAL) from the Stockholm University. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on arbitration and she frequently speaks at international arbitration conferences. She also conducts lectures in International Commercial Arbitration Law and Investment Arbitration Law at International Summer Schools organized by Kozminski University.

Memberships

  • Advocate – The Warsaw Bar Association
  • ICAL Alumni Association, Young ITA, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Young ICCA

Testimonials

  • Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2021 – Future Leaders – Non-Partners
  • The Legal 500 – EMEA 2020 – Poland – Dispute Resolution (Tier 2)

Recent Cases

Investment Arbitration

  • Representing the European investor in the arbitration against the Central-European state in a dispute relating to renewable energy sector.
  • Member of a team advising Canadian investors in a dispute against a Central European state concerning a mining project.
  • Member of a team representing a Central European state in an ICSID(AF) investment dispute against U.S. investors related to fiscal measures.
  • Member of a team advising Polish investors in a dispute against a Central European state concerning a petrochemical project.

Commercial Arbitration

  • Representing a company from a construction sector in two ICC arbitral proceedings regarding disputes arising out of a joint-venture agreement concluded for a joint execution of construction works.
  • Representing a company from a mining sector in the arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce against a contractor responsible for expansion of a coal mechanical processing plant.
  • Representing a foreign supplier in the ICC arbitration proceedings concerning a dispute arising out of a contract for implementation of a modern system for production of highly complex-shaped castings.
  • Advising a foreign contractor from an oil and gas sector in the ICC arbitration proceedings concerning a dispute arising out of a contract for onshore drilling services.

Post-Arbitration Proceedings

  • Representing a company from the real estate sector in the proceedings for the setting aside of an arbitral award issued in a dispute with a contractor involved in the construction process of an exclusive department store.
  • Representing a company from the oil and gas sector in the proceedings for the enforcement of a favourable ICC arbitral award issued against a mother company of a main Kazakh debtor under a contract for onshore drilling services.
  • Representing a contractor from the construction sector in the enforcement proceedings of favourable ICC arbitral awards issued against a Macedonian company in disputes related to intra-JV settlements with respect to a highway construction contract.

Litigation

  • Representing a medical equipment supplier in a dispute for the anullment of several supply contracts commenced by the President of the Public Procurement Office.
  • Representing a company from the energy sector in proceedings against an external consultant responsible for carrying out environmental and localisation research for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in a Central European state.
  • Representing a company from the real estate sector in a dispute against the local government unit regarding compensation for the failure to timely issue a building permit.

Contract Management

  • Advising a leading Polish company from the oil and gas sector in the negotiation process of a large EPC contract.
  • Advising a company from the chemical sector on the process of handling tort claims relating to the company’s daily operations.
  • Serving on secondment to a world leader contractor in the development of major projects in the energy and infrastructures sectors and advising on a wide range of civil and corporate matters arising out of a contract for the construction of the first liquefied natural gas terminal in a Central European state.

Firm Description:

DWF is a leading global provider of integrated legal and business services.

We listen to our clients and there is a growing desire for legal and business services to be delivered in an easier and more efficient way. So, we’ve built our business and designed our range of services on this principle. We have three offerings – Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services. Our ability to seamlessly combine any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions for our clients is our key differentiator. Delivered through our global teams across eight core sectors, our Integrated Legal Management approach delivers greater efficiency, price certainty and transparency for our clients without compromising on quality or service.

 

Stefán Geir Þórisson

Leaders in Law endorses Stefán Geir Þórisson as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in Iceland. If you wish to get in touch with Stefán please use the contact information provided above.

Education

  • Lycee Pablo Neruda in Grenoble France, Higher Education 1979-1980
  • Mennraskólinn við Hamrahlíð, student 1982Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen, studying in German winter 1983-1984
  • University of Iceland, cand. jur. 1990
  • District Court Attorney 1992
  • Supreme Court Attorney 1998

Career

  • Housing Agency of the State Department of Law 1990 – 1991
  • Jón Steinar Gunnlaugsson Law Firm 1991 – January 1993
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority in Geneva and Brussels, from February 1993 to July 1995
  • Jón Steinar Gunnlaugsson lawyer from August 1995 – January 1998
  • Lawyers Klapparstíg from 1998 and Forum Lawyers from 2005
  • Lecturer and Examiner in European Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Iceland 1992 – 1997
  • Adjunct Attorney at the University of Reykjavík in 2005
  • Ad hoc-college member of the EFTA Surveillance Authority 1998 – 2002
  • In the Board of the European Law Institute of Reykjavík, Reykjavík, 2004
  • Board of Directors of Lögmannafélag Íslands from 2004-2007
  • District Court Attorney in October 1992
  • Supreme Court Attorney in February 1998

Practice Areas

  • European
  • Company law
  • Competition
  • Contract and Claim
  • Tort
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and contract law
  • Litigation

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Danish
  • German

Firm Description:

Forum lögmenn began its practice and partnership in 1989. Since then, our attorneys have provided comprehensive legal services to individuals, corporations, public institutions, and more.

Our law firm has grown rapidly in recent years which has given our attorneys an opportunity to specialize in specific areas of law. The partners at Forum Lögmenn emphasize quality service and will personally handle your case from beginning to end.

The partners at Forum lögmenn all have substantial litigation experience. They have argued over two thousand court cases before the district courts of Iceland and up to three hundred cases before the Supreme Court. The partners at the law firm have extensive legal knowledge and employ efficient attorneys, business professionals and support staff.

We at Forum lögmenn have emphasized maintaining a good relationship with the law departments of the Icelandic universities and the partners of Forum lögmenn have lectured in the areas of contract law, tort law and EU/EEU law at the law departments of the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University and Bifröst University.

Forum lögmenn practice areas include legal opinions, inheritance law, EU and EEA law, corporate law, custody cases, intellectual property law, pre-nuptial agreements, litigation, competition law, contract law, tort law, divorce cases, bankruptcy and estate law, administrative law, insurance law and labour- and contractor law.

 

Sakib Sikder

Leaders in Law endorses Sakib Sikder as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in Bangladesh. If you wish to get in touch with Sakib please use the contact information provided above.

Barrister of the Lincoln’s Inn

Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
LL.M (City University of London)
Pg.DL ( City University of London)
LL.B (Hons) (University of London)

Mr. Sakib Sikder is a seasoned commercial & corporate counsel having over 13 years of legal experiences. He developed his core expertise on Commercial, Indirect Taxation and Company Law. Later on his carrier.

Mr. Sakib developed expertise on telecommunication laws, intellectual property laws, indirect tax litigations. merger & acquisitions and regulatory licensing. Mr. Sakib is currently working for foreign and local investors on number of Greenfield projects.

Mr. Sakib has vast expertise in conducting litigations before the High Court Division, Customs and VAT Appellate Tribunal & Labour Tribunals in Bangladesh. He also participates in hearing before Magistrate Courts and District Courts in Bangladesh.

Mr. Sakib is a Member of the Lincoln’s Inn & an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Mr. Sakib completed his LL.M in International Business Law from City University of London & LL.B (Hons) from University of London. He has also undertaken number of professional courses including PGDL in Professional Studies from City University of London: Rethinking International Taxation from Leiden University, Sweden and Finance from Non Finance Professional from University of California. Irvine. Mr. Sakib is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. UK.

Firm Description:

Jural Acuity is a full-service law firm in Dhaka with a specialization in Corporate, Commercial, and Investment related legal practices. The main area of Practice of the Firm in Corporate Law, Commercial Documentations, Foreign Direct Investment, Labour Laws, Commercial Litigation, Energy Disputes, Taxation, Construction Adjudication & General Litigation. This Law Firm consists of experienced lawyers and consultants, providing one-stop solutions to the clients. The Firm also works with a number of Chartered Accountant Firms and Tax Advisors to provide one-stop solutions to the Client. The ability to appreciate the clients’ needs and deliver services that meet and, where possible, exceed their expectations is vital for the continued strength of the Firm’s business and growth. Jural Acuity is a member firm of IR Global in Bangladesh and is also the Member Firm (Bangladesh) for the Privacy Group. Jural Acuity also collaborates with tax practitioners and Chartered Accountants to provide additional services including corporate tax advisory services, company registration, business licensing services, HR dispute resolution, claim settlements, etc.

Foreign Direct Investment

Lawyers at Jural Acuity are experienced with Foreign Direct Investments as they regularly advices Clients on legal structuring, Tax Structuring & avoidance of double taxation, company & branch office registration, Joint Venture Agreements, local partner & company due diligence, forensic investigations, bank account support, FDI Reporting, Shareholders’ Loan, Profit Repatriation, Brach Office Closure, FDI reporting, Winding Up, TSA/ MSA/Franchisee/Royalty etc.

Business Licenses

Jural Acuity’s team has been recommended to provide support in relation to securing various business licenses for the Clients including Company Registration, ETIN, VAT Registration, Trade License, BIDA Registration, Work Permits, Foreign Loan Approvals, IRC & ERC, VAT Registration, Trademark & Patent Registration, Explosive License, Society Registration, Factory Registration, Planning Permits, Fire License, Boiler Registration, BSTI Registration,  Environmental Clearance GSP, BOND Licenses etc.

Local Firm with a Global Reach

Jural Acuity is part of IR Global, which has footprint in 108+ Jurisdictions and hence Clients can use our service for multi-jurisdictional disputes, foreign litigations & foreign jurisdiction advisory services. In addition, the foreign clients can also engage us through a member firm in their respective jurisdiction for better accountability and direct access.

One Stop Solutions

Jural Acuity though its partner firms provides variety of services including tax and vat accounting, annual tax return submission, RJSC related submissions, payroll management, virtual office support, employee sourcing, bank account opening & management, secretarial support, property acquisitions, travel assistance, translation services, notarization support, immigration, work permit & visa support etc.>
Commercial & Corporate matters

Counsels of Jural Acuity are experienced in variety of commercial matters including contract negotiation and drafting, infrastructure project documentations, tender document vetting, property documentation,  international trade advisory services, finance and baking documentations, loan restructuring, corporate financing, admiralty matters, corporate taxation, shareholders disputes, share purchase and subscription, mergers, telecom law, media law, IP law, data protection and privacy law etc.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Jural Acuity is a recommended litigation firm in Bangladesh by Global Law Expert. Jural Acuity has specialization dealing with NI Act, property disputes, family disputes, contractual disputes, licensing disputes, tax disputes, vat disputes, criminal defense services, company matters, appeals & revisions etc. Jural Acuity’s Partner is also experienced in ADR including family mediation, tax ADR, construction arbitrations and commercial arbitrations.

One of the best law firms in Bangladesh expertise in commercial and corporate law matters

Luming Chen

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Mr. Chen is based in the JunHe Shanghai office. Before that, Mr. Chen was a partner at Jones Day, and was associated with Debevoise & Plimpton and O’Melveny & Myers in the US.

Mr. Chen has broad experience in the resolution of complex international disputes through arbitration, litigation, mediation and negotiation. He has significant experience in project construction disputes, disputes arising under long-term purchase agreements, complex commercial, share and asset acquisition, and joint venture disputes, and disputes involving insurance and insolvency proceedings. In recent years, he has represented clients in a large number of disputes involving assets management contracts and PE investment contracts. Mr. Chen has helped foreign clients in the enforcement proceedings of foreign arbitral awards in Chinese courts under the New York Convention.

Mr. Chen has been on the CIETAC panel as an arbitrator since 1989. Over the years, he has heard a large number of disputes of a varied nature. He has represented clients in arbitration proceedings before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (KHIAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); and is also on the panels of arbitrators for the two arbitration institutions.

Mr. Chen is familiar with US law and litigation rules, and was a member of the defense team involved in the criminal investigation by the US Ministry of Justice on illegal trading of US treasury bonds by an employee of Daiwa Bank. He participated in the whole proceedings of document production in response to a subpoena by the US Ministry of Justice, and in the criminal defense proceedings of the bank employee in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Chen also has extensive experience in representing multinational companies in their investment projects in China on such matters as the establishment of joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and strategic alliances; real estate, venture capital, private equity, and securities transactions; and intellectual property protection. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, IT, entertainment, technology, chemicals, construction, and transportation. Mr. Chen also has extensive experience in energy projects, including power plants, natural gas pipelines, and wastewater treatment facilities. Mr. Chen advises Chinese companies on outbound investment projects in foreign jurisdictions. He has represented a PRC private company in acquiring a bauxite in Jamaica.

Mr. Chen is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chamber’s Asia-Pacific (Arbitration) and Who’s Who Legal (Litigation). He was selected as one of the “Top 20 client most-favored Lawyers” by ALB.

Education

JD, Harvard Law School, 1995

MA, Fudan University, 1986

BA, Fudan University, 1983

Professional Associations

Mr. Chen is a member of the All-China Bar Association. He is also a member of New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Chen is on the list of arbitrators of CIETAC, SHIAC and SCIA. He is also on the panels of arbitrators of HKIAC, SIAC, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the Vietnam International arbitration Centre (VIAC). He serves as the deputy director of international trade law committee of the Shanghai Bar Association.

Firm Description:

JunHe, founded in Beijing in 1989, is one of the first private partnership law firms in China. Since its establishment, JunHe has grown to become one of the largest and most recognised Chinese law firms. The firm has 12 offices around the world and a team comprising more than 800 professionals – including over 240 partners and legal counsel, as well as over 560 associates and legal translators.

A solid foundation of delivering premier legal services

JunHe is committed to providing top-tier legal services in commercial transactions and litigation. Our firm is well known as a pioneer, an innovator and a leader in the re-establishment and development of the modern legal profession in China.

Just as each industry requires specialised knowledge, our attorneys are arranged into multidisciplinary practice groups so that they are equipped with deep expertise in market-tailored legal fields and industry sectors. To meet the specific requirements of each client and project, we form project teams across different practice groups to combine the strengths of lawyers with the requisite skills to offer bespoke legal advice. By consistently providing exceptional representation, we have earned our reputation for excellence.

Our network growth is achieved through prudence and independence 

JunHe works towards its goals of independent development and strategic expansion. In addition to our head office in Beijing, the firm operates in offices throughout China – in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dalian, Haikou, Tianjin, Qingdao and Chengdu. Through our network of offices based in China’s political, economic and financial centres, as well as in the economic zones along the east and the south coasts, we serve our clients across the country.

In tandem with our domestic clients’ investments abroad, the firm has opened fully licensed offices in Hong Kong and New York – both international commercial centres – as well as in the high-tech mecca of Silicon Valley. By doing so, leaders in finance and technology have access to our cutting-edge representation in China and abroad.

Adhering to the principle of client-centred services, we are a true and genuine partnership law firm, with our domestic and overseas offices placed under common management and resources pooled and deployed in an integrated manner.

Our relentless power is sourced from attracting talented lawyers worldwide

At JunHe we are keenly aware that our core competitiveness lies in the strength of our collective intelligence. Our attorneys are primarily recruited from the world’s top law schools and law firms, and some have previously served as government officials, judges, accountants, tax analysts and scientists.

While most of our lawyers are licensed in China, many are qualified to practise law in multiple jurisdictions, such as the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Our attorneys are multilingual, with fluency in Chinese as well as English, German, Japanese and several other languages.

In addition to advising clients at JunHe, our lawyers often concurrently hold distinguished posts in international organisations, government agencies, trade associations and arbitration tribunals. They also devote their expertise to contributing to Chinese lawmaking, writing legal publications, organising academic research and seminars, and teaching as guest professors.

Our competitive edge is maintained through constant innovation

From the beginning, our firm has grown by virtue of innovation. At the forefront of great movements, JunHe continues to forge ahead of our peers and continuously innovate, whether by advising on unprecedented foreign investment projects during the initial period of China’s reform-and-open campaign; major transactions during the state-owned enterprise reform in the 1990s; comprehensive debt and equity operations, incorporating onshore and offshore capital markets in the new century; or the continuous development of novel services and products in the internet era.

JunHe is credited with many “firsts” in the Chinese market. Growing with our clients, we have not only been honoured with high praise, but have also achieved a leading position in the Chinese legal industry.

Our global strategy is devoted to collaborating with our peers     

In the context of globalisation, we augment our strengths by collaborating with leading law firms in other jurisdictions. By building such alliances, we overcome cultural differences and knowledge gaps. In turn, our clients benefit from a combination of rich local experience, smooth communication, the full spectrum of practice areas, global coordination and seamless representation in cross-border transactions.

Due to our outstanding client service and excellent reputation, we are the only Chinese law firm to be accepted for membership in Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two leading associations of independent law firms around the world. We have also established “best friend” relationships with many other preeminent local law firms. Through such alliances, we are able to extend our premier legal services efficiently and consistently to every corner of the globe.

 

Ghassan Moghabghab

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Managing Partner

Admitted to the Beirut Bar Association in 1975

At the Firm since 1978. Ghassan was previously the Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Lebanon from 1983 to 1988, he was as well the personal legal advisor to President Camille Chamoun. He also headed the Legal Department of the National Lebanese Party (130 Lawyers) from 1988 to 2000.

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Corporate
  • M&A
  • Energy
  • Private International Law

Education

  • DEA, Public Law, Universite Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France
  • LLB, Private Law, Universite Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon
  • La Sagesse High School, Lebanon

Firm Description:

Moghabghab & Associates is a global firm that was established in 1945. Headquartered today in Beirut, Lebanon, we serve our clients globally wherever they are, either directly or through our international partners. Our aim is to help companies and individuals solve their most complex legal issues. We strive to provide outstanding legal services and to deliver results.

Initially Chamoun & Moghabghab, the firm started when President Camille Chamoun and MP Naim Moghabghab formed a partnership in 1945. Ghassan N Moghabghab then re-established the firm under its current name in 1978. Headquartered today in Beirut Central District, Lebanon, we serve our clients globally wherever they are, either directly or through our international partners. Our aim is to help companies and individuals solve their most complex legal issues. We offer outstanding legal services and deliver results to our clients.

We encourage our lawyers to do pro bono work that is meaningful, impactful and supports those in need.
Our Lawyers provide pro bono legal assistance to support access to justice, social and economic development and sound legal institutions. Moreover, our firm undertakes to reduce the environmental footprint of its business activity, from recycling to reducing consumption.

Our Mission

We offer outstanding legal services for companies, financial institutions and individuals. We are committed to working according to the highest standards and professional responsibility. Our team assists clients seamlessly across all domestic and international operations, transactions or disputes. Deep knowledge of legal, regulatory and economic environments gives us familiarity with the intricate legal issues that our clients face, in an increasingly globalized marketplace. Our services meet the legal and business needs of all our clients.

 

Paul Gallagher S.C.

Paul Gallagher has been practicing in the Irish Bar for 40 years. He was appointed a senior counsel in 1991 and a Bencher of the King’s Inns in 2005. He is a former vice-chair of the Irish Bar Council. He has lectured and tutored in law in University College Dublin and the King’s Inns and lectures and writes on a range of legal issues. He has degrees in law (University College Dublin, King’s Inns, Cambridge University), and in history and economics (University College Dublin). He practices widely in the areas of commercial law, European law and public law. He is an adjunct professor of law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was Ireland’s nominee to the arbitration and conciliation panels of the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (1997–2007). He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group for the Future EU Justice Policy 2007–2008 representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta.

He is a director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International and European Affairs. Paul Gallagher was Attorney General of Ireland between 2007 and 2011 and during that period he had responsibility for advising the government on all legal issues and was responsible for the conduct of all litigation involving the state. He was responsible for all legislation passed during that period and was deeply involved in all legal aspects of the financial crisis.