Lukas Witsenburg

Lukas Witsenburg started his legal career at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. After a few years he decided to go international and he built up a cross-border commercial practice as a lawyer at the legal firm HBN Law in Curacao.

On returning to the Netherlands, Lukas successfully completed the M&A specialisation course at the VU University Amsterdam Law Academy. In 2009, Lukas co-founded the legal firm Penrose with Frans Beishuizen.

Lukas concentrates entirely on his own specialisations: corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, and commercial contracting. He is involved in the organisation of enterprises, corporate governance and control structures, joint ventures, share transactions and asset transfers. Lukas also specialises in customised commercial contracts. Thanks to the large number of clients, start-ups and transactions in the IT-sector, Lukas has amassed a great deal of specific knowledge in that field.


The Netherlands Bar

Krzysztof Weremczuk

Krzysztof is specializing in issues related to banking law, commercial and corporate law as well as capital markets. He is also experienced in labor law; is representing Clients in court trials.

  • Member of Regional Chamber of Legal Advisors in Poland and International Bar Association
  • Speaks native Polish, fluent English and intermediate German
  • Advisor and an attorney in fact for a number of European banks in cross-border investments financing transactions
  • Advisor to borrowers with regard to negotiations and conclusion of loan facilities
  • Advisor to companies with regard to labor law disputes
  • Advisor to companies in relation to capital market issues
  • A member of supervisory board of a production company held by an international capital group

Weremczuk Bobeł & Partners:

Weremczuk Bobeł & Partners holds a well established position on the legal market. We are one of the most rapidly developing law firms in Poland. Our vast experience allow us to provide legal services to both Polish and foreign entrepreneurs.

Our law firm has offices in and operates from two venues – Poznań and Warsaw – where the core of our business is located. Using modern means of communication we provide day-to-day legal advice to Clients located in other cities in Poland or – if our Clients so wish – abroad.

The partners and our lawyers have vast experience in advising on complicated cross-border transactions as well as in providing legal assistance to international Clients, cooperating in this field with major international law firms.
Weremczuk Bobeł & Partners is a member of the network of independent law firms with a global reach, thanks to which we can ensure legal support also in all European jurisdictions, in North America, South America, Africa, Australia, China and the Middle East.

Our legal services are provided in Polish, English, German or French, according to our Clients’ needs.


Steve Cooke

Steve is the Senior Partner of the firm. He headed our Mergers and Acquisitions practice from 2001 to 2016. He has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in takeover bids and other Stock Exchange related work.

Steve acts for a number of listed companies including FTSE 100 clients Aviva, Barratt Developments, BAT, Centrica, Diageo, International Airlines Group and Rolls-Royce and FTSE 250 clients Aggreko, Big Yellow Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Advanced Materials and Spectris.

Firm Overview:

Our London office is based in One Bunhill Row.

Our practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Dispute Resolution, Competition, Tax, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Sovereign Debt and Eurozone, Information Technology and Intellectual Property. We also have expertise across all industry sectors.

Our building provides us with optimum working conditions and houses all of our London employees under one roof.

Shivani Agarwal

Shivani Agarwal practices corporate law with a focus on emerging companies across a broad spectrum of industries and stages of development. She has experience with corporate formation, venture capital financings, M&A, capital markets and general counselling.


  • Harvard Law School
    JD, cum laude, 2017
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    BS, Brain and Cognitive Science and Political Science, 2013

Firm Overview:

Cooley LLP is an American international law firm, headquartered in Palo Alto, California. The firm has offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Seattle, Colorado, Virginia, London, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Caroline Abbar

With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices around the world, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing us to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver the coordinated legal advice necessary to help our clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.


Founded in 1931, Weil has provided legal services to the largest public companies, private equity firms and financial institutions for more than 85 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

Our attention to client service rests upon a few core values:

  • A comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and culture
  • A thorough focus on our clients’ objectives, both short-term and long-term
  • An unwavering commitment to helping clients solve problems in the most efficient, cost-effective way

María Luisa Cánovas

María Luisa Cánovas has more than 20 years of experience in a diverse corporate practice focused on cross-border M&A, infrastructure M&A, joint ventures, private equity, and financings. She has worked on transactions in the energy, infrastructure, media, and hospitality sectors, representing clients in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

María Luisa has worked on substantial matters with public companies such as News Corporation and PepsiCo; private equity funds such as Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and Playa Hotels & Resorts; and Latin American-based companies such as Betesh International and Livsmart Américas. She routinely negotiates matters in Spanish, Portuguese, and French and drafts agreements in English governed by New York law.

Prior to joining Jones Day, María Luisa’s representative experience included advising News Corporation in a series of transactions with DirecTV, Globo, Grupo Televisa, and Liberty Media that restructured by means of divestitures, mergers, and liquidations, the platforms of DirecTV and News Corporation in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia.

María Luisa is a regular speaker at international legal conferences and a frequent author on articles on cross-border M&A. She is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and the Latin America Council of the New York State Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

All law firms seek to serve clients effectively. Some do it more consistently than others. Jones Day ranked #1 in the BTI Consulting Group’s 2018 “Client Service A-Team” report, which identifies the top 30 law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. Recognizing the Firm’s attention to every facet of client service, Jones Day was awarded “Best of the Best” status in all 17 activities that drive superior client service. Jones Day is the only firm in the history of the BTI survey to achieve that distinction for two consecutive years.

Alexey V. Kiyashko

Alexey Kiyashko has practiced law in Skadden’s Moscow, New York and Paris offices and is currently a co-head of the Moscow office.

Firm Overview:

With 22 offices, more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice areas, Skadden advises businesses, financial institutions and governmental entities around the world on their most complex, high-profile matters, providing the guidance they need to compete in today’s business environment.

Ramy Torbey

Prac­tice Ar­eas:

Bank­ing & Fi­­nance, In­­­for­­ma­­tion Tech­nol­o­­gy, Merg­er­s& Ac­qui­si­­tions, Pro­­ject Fi­­nance, Tax­a­tion

Ex­pe­ri­ence:Ramy is a foun­der of Ep­talex and the ma­n­ag­ing part­n­er of the Beirut Ep­talex of­fice of Az­iz Tor­bey Law Firm. He is a bank­ing and fi­nan­cial mar­kets ex­pert, with sub­s­tan­tial M&A, Cor­po­rate and In­ter­na­tio­n­al Tax­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ramy’s prac­tice en­com­pass­es a broad ar­ray of cor­po­rate tax is­sues, struc­tured fi­nance tran­s­ac­tions, joint ven­tures and cross bor­der tran­s­ac­tions; his tran­s­ac­tio­n­al ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes high-pro­file ac­qui­si­tions and re­or­gani­za­tions of banks, an oil deri­va­tives plant, a ce­ment fac­to­ry, tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies, touris­tic ven­tures, and sev­er­al busi­ness/resi­den­tial land­marks in the Mid­dle East and in Eu­rope. Fur­ther­more, he has been ad­vis­ing banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions on their day-to-day reg­u­la­to­ry and com­pliance mat­ters, and on their ac­qui­si­tion and use of the most re­cent plas­tic card and mo­bile pay­ment tech­nol­o­gy.

His clients’ list in­clude lo­cal and in­ter­na­tio­n­al banks, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, cred­it card com­pa­nies, pay­ment gate­ways, loy­al­ty pro­grams, pri­vate equi­ty firms, hold­ing com­pa­nies, man­u­fac­tur­ers, com­mer­cial dis­trib­u­tors, IT ser­vice providers, en­er­gy com­pa­nies, con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, and hos­pi­tal­i­ty ven­tures…

Ramy has pub­­lished ar­ti­­cles about sev­er­al le­­gal sub­­­jects, in­­­clud­ing se­cu­ri­ties, hedge funds, cor­po­rate fi­­nanc­ing, in­­­for­­ma­­tion tech­nol­o­­gy and Al­ter­­na­­tive Dis­­­pute Re­s­o­lu­­tion (ADR). He gave lec­­tures and train­ings on var­i­ous top­ics in­­­clud­ing busi­­ness reg­is­­tra­­tion and pro­tec­­tion, Sharia com­­pliant pro­­jects (Is­lam­ic fi­­nance), and ADR in Beirut, Gene­­va and Rome. He served as the Le­ba­­nese Le­­gal Ex­pert for a Eu­­ro­­pean Com­mis­­sion ADR pro­­ject in the Mid­­dle-East and North Afri­­ca, im­­ple­­men­t­ed by an in­­ter­­na­­tio­n­al con­­sor­ti­um led by the ADR Cen­ter in Ita­­ly from 2005 un­til 2008.

Ramy is cur­ren­t­­ly serv­ing as board mem­ber and le­­gal ad­vi­­sor to a num­ber of lo­­cal and in­­ter­­na­­tio­n­al groups, com­­pa­nies and NGOs. He is a mem­ber of the Beirut Bar As­­so­­ci­a­­tion since 2002, a past mem­ber of its IT Com­mit­­tee and a cur­rent mem­ber of its oil and gas com­mit­­tee.


Saint Joseph Uni­ver­si­­ty (Le­banon) and Uni­ver­si­­ty Paris II-Pan­théon-As­sas (France), Mas­ter of Ad­­vanced Studies (DEA) in Bank­ing and Fi­­nan­­cial Mar­kets Law, 2003. Th­e­­sis: “Le­­gal As­pects of De­­posi­­tary Re­­ceipts in Com­­par­a­­tive Law”.

Ecole Supérieure des Af­­faires (Le­banon) and Ecole Su­perieure de Com­merce de Paris (ESCP) Eu­­rope (France), MBA, 2002. Th­e­­sis: “Fi­­nanc­ing the De­vel­op­­ment of SMEs in Le­banon”.

Saint Joseph Uni­ver­si­­ty (Le­banon), Mas­ters in Pri­­vate& Public Law, 2001.
Saint Joseph Uni­ver­si­­ty (Le­banon) and Mon­t­pel­li­er I Uni­ver­si­­ty (France), Di­­plo­­ma in IT/IP Law, 2000.


Ara­bic, French , and En­glish



With 22 years of practice and research, Ngoc Anh is a business lawyer with international expertise and local experience on M&A, foreign direct investment, corporate restructure, contract law, employment, market access, customs and WTO. He has advised clients on various complicated deals in a wide range of heavily regulated industries, such as automobile, telecom, oil and gas, real estate, trade, securities, manufacturing and services in Vietnam. Ngoc Anh was honoured and raised in the Client Choice International 2014. He is a recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015.

Ngoc Anh’s notable deals include: advising SMBC Nikko Cordial Securities Company in acquiring shares of PSI, a securities broker under PetroVietnam; advising a Japanese manufacturer in relation to acquisition of a paper manufacturing company; advising a Japanese internet company in acquiring a Vietnamese software company; advising a local distribution company with various electronic stores in issuing new shares to its foreign strategic investors; advising a Japanese wiring company in acquiring 100% equity in a current manufacturing company in Vietnam; advising a Singaporean company in acquiring TD Plaza and setting up a new company to operate the serviced apartment; advising a giant Korean investor in the USD 1.5 billion new investment project in Vietnam; advising foreign investors and joint venture companies in automobile, telecom, real estate, manufacturing and services.

Most recently, Ngoc Anh advised a Japanese investor in acquiring 8% equity in Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex) to become Petrolimex’s strategic foreign investor in May 2016. Petrolimex is a giant equitized SOE on petroleum distribution, which was originally a State trading corporation and was first IPO in 2011.

Ngoc Anh also advised a Japanese investor in acquiring 8.771% equity in Vietnam Airlines JSC (Vietnam Airlines), to become Vietnam Airlines’ strategic foreign investor in July 2016. Vietnam Airlines is the flag carrier of Vietnam, which was a giant equitized SOE, and first IPO in 2014, and first listed on 03 January 2017.

Ngoc Anh also assisted the Vietnamese steel exporters selected as compulsory respondents in two AD and CVD cases initiated by US DOC against the Vietnamese pipe and steel nails or initiated by Vietnam Competition Authority.

Ngoc Anh concluded his doctoral degree, with distinction, on international trade law at Georgetown University Law Center in 2007. During his time in Washington DC, he worked for Steptoe & Johnson for one and a half years on international trade and foreign investment in Vietnam. Before his study in the US, Ngoc Anh worked for the USVTC in Hanoi on various technical assistance programs on Vietnam’s WTO accession negotiation and Vietnam’s implementation of the 2000 US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement.

Bar admission
Hanoi Bar


Georgetown University Law Center, S.J.D./Doctor of Judicial Science, with distinction, 2007; Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, 2004-2006

Institute for State and Law Studies, Hanoi, LLM, 2001

Institute of Social Studies, the Netherland, Post-graduate Diploma, 1999

Hanoi Law University, LLB, 1995

Practice areas:
Corporate and M&A, Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Restructure, Contract Law, Employment, Market Access, Customs and WTO


Kavitha Vijay

Kavitha Vijay has been associated with the Chennai office ever since the commencement of its operations in July 2006.

She works primarily on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. She has also been a key player in starting the micro-finance practice in the Firm and has been actively engaged in advising many non-banking financial companies and micro finance companies with regulatory compliances, structuring of loan documentations, besides assisting them raise capital. Her other practice areas involve infrastructure and media & entertainment, besides general corporate law and advisory services. Her portfolio of clients include Saksoft Limited, , Emerging Markets Investment Fund 1A, The Midland Rubber and Produce Company Limited, CR Caterers India Private Limited, Eucare Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, MM Forgings Limited, Amrish Oncology Private Limited, Muthu Pharma Private Limited, , Bioserve Clinical Research Private Limited amongst others.

She is an independent woman director on the Board of a listed company, besides directorships in other public and private limited companies. She is also a trustee in an NGO Foundation “The Interface” which is involved with implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility related activities for corporate organizations. She has been involved with The Indus Entrepreneurs, Chennai Chapter, the Round Table of India and the Rotary Club for many years.

She holds a graduate degree in science from Madras University and a graduate degree in law from the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai.

Mergers & Acquisitions Law Practice:

Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) being synonymous with efficient and effective growth strategy to various corporations, we have gained significant expertise in this field by successfully leveraging our experience and specialization in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. We combine our rich experience and expertise with laws / regulations and research capabilities to devise innovative structures for M&A and have developed a successful domestic and international M&A practice.

Our Joint Ventures (“JV”) practice is an innovative and unique blend of expertise arising from a thorough understanding of domestic and international laws. We are geared to advise clients on all facets of joint ventures be it investment strategies, corporate and tax structures, investment documentation, compliances, IP licensing and strategy, franchising and exits including any third party sales. We represent clients that seek to utilize advantages of competitive operating costs in India in order to leverage their technologies and to take advantage of the burgeoning Indian domestic market and have been engaged as counsel across industries. Our structures for investment and operations from both regulatory and tax perspectives, including the extraction of technology payments are some of the most innovative ones in the JV space.

Our domain and sector focused teams across the country and our complementary practice areas enable us to deal with and advice on complex legal, regulatory and strategic issues involved in any M&A and JV transactions efficiently and cost effectively.

We assist our clients with:

  • Efficient structuring of M&A and JV transactions from a legal, regulatory and tax perspective and resolving complex legal and exchange control considerations through innovative structures.
  • Seeking regulatory approvals and liaising with the regulators as may be mandated by the transaction structure.
  • Leveraged buy-outs, sale and purchase of distressed assets, restructurings, including capital and debt restructuring, buy-back of securities and reduction of capital.
  • Undertaking legal and corporate due diligence with an industry specific focus across various sectors and industries and inter alia advising from a strategic perspective.
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of transaction documents such as term-sheet, scheme of arrangement to be filed with National Company Law Tribunal, various forms of agreements in relation to any given transaction, including but not limited to, share purchase agreements, share subscription agreements, stock swap agreement, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, asset transfer agreements, business transfer agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, escrow agreements, intellectual property agreements, employment agreements and other ancillary documents.
  • Preparation of disclosure schedule/letter.
  • Closing and post-closing assistance including but not limited to filing of requisite forms with regulatory authorities.