Timothy W. Gregg

Tim is a Shareholder and Chair of the Securities Regulation & Corporate Finance Practice at Maynard Cooper. He is also a member of several other practice groups in the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Tax Section, including the Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Compliance, and Private Equity and Venture Capital practices.

With his practice focused in the areas of corporate and securities law, Tim represents both private and publicly held companies from a wide range of industries in public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and general corporate representation. He also counsels both new and established public companies regarding their public reporting obligations, corporate governance matters and other issues related to their public company status, including compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards.

Tim assists and advises publicly traded companies in preparing periodic reports and other filings under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. He also counsels clients on corporate governance and public company disclosure in response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related rulemaking by the SEC and the national securities exchanges.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has distinguished Tim as a leading corporate attorney every year since 2013, and he was most recently recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law.


Maynard Cooper & Gale

Maynard Cooper & Gale is a nationally recognized law firm with more than 270 lawyers. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as three additional offices throughout Alabama located in Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery. Our record and reputation confirm that we deliver desired results for our clients. We solve tough, complex legal problems for many of the world’s leading companies, including over 60 listed on the Fortune 500 with 32 of those in the top 100. We make it our priority to fully understand each client’s business and the climate in which it operates so that we can help them navigate challenges and prepare for what lies ahead. Our keen knowledge of the vast industries and dynamic legal environment equips us to provide paramount service with seamless attention to detail.

Clients

Maynard Cooper represents a broad and diverse client base, including international, national, state and local business entities. We also represent new business ventures, non-profit organizations, and mid-sized companies in emerging and established industries. In response to today’s global economy, the firm represents numerous clients who are based outside of the United States and clients who are actively engaged in various business capacities in jurisdictions outside the United States.

We recognize that our clients expect us to not only know the law, but also the industry in which they operate. Our attorneys serve a wide range of industries, including banking and financial services, health care, insurance, natural resources, manufacturing, education, government, real estate, construction, consumer products, retail, food and hospitality, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, maritime and commercial transportation.

Services

Maynard Cooper is a full-service business law firm. The depth and breadth of the firm’s legal services include litigation, corporate law, banking and commercial law, real estate law, securities law, labor and employment, antitrust, public finance, trusts and estates, government contracts and bid protests, governmental affairs and relations, international trade regulation, admiralty and maritime, state and federal tax, intellectual property, health care, environmental law and bankruptcy law.

Value

Maynard Cooper is dedicated to providing the highest quality professional service; remembering that service to our clients is the main reason for the existence of our firm. We strategically tailor the firm’s resources to meet each client’s needs and provide solutions that produce successful, efficient and economical results.

Reputation

Maynard Cooper is recognized as a leader in government, the community and the legal profession. Maynard Cooper shareholders and associates can be found in key leadership positions in many professional organizations.

Our firm is driven by a deep sense of obligation to our community. Maynard Cooper has been recognized repeatedly as Alabama’s top firm in per-lawyer Pro Bono service, supporting a myriad of civic, charitable, religious and social causes and organizations.

The firm’s attorneys serve in leadership positions at the national, state and local government levels. One member of the Firm is a former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Two members of Maynard Cooper are past-presidents of the American Bar Association, and one is a recent past-president of the Alabama State Bar. At the local level, two of Maynard Cooper’s attorneys have served as president of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Fortune Magazine named Maynard Cooper one of the “Top Ranked Law Firms” in the country, and Corporate Counsel magazine named the Firm one of the top 500 “Go To” law firms. Over 100 Maynard Cooper shareholders are named Leading Lawyers in their practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America©, along with numerous practice areas recognized in the U.S. News “Best Law Firms” rankings. A substantial number of Maynard Cooper attorneys are ranked as leading lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, along with practice areas that are ranked in Top Bands by Chambers.

Petri Nevalainen

Petri has about 20 years of experience in business law. His broad experience is in domestic and international M&A and private equity transactions with both Finnish and foreign clients. He has advised clients in a large number of M&A transactions and acquisitions, including complex cross-border transactions.

In addition, Petri has advised many technology companies in their acquisitions, joint ventures, and licensing transactions in domestic and cross-border transactions.

Further, he provides legal advice to numerous start-up companies, especially in the technology sector, in relation to their business operations such as shareholder-, financing-, and technology license agreements.

Petri is also a frequent speaker in seminars and events relating to mergers and acquisitions.

CV

Education:
Member of the Bar 2005
University of Turku, Law School, LL.M. 1999
Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, M.Sc. 2001

Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, German

Work experience:
Applex Attorneys Ltd, Partner 2011 –
Bützow Attorneys Ltd, Partner 2010 – 2011
Attorneys at Law Procopé & Hornborg Ltd, Partner 2007 – 2010
Attorneys at Law Procopé & Hornborg Ltd, Attorney 2007
Attorneys at Law Prudentum Ltd, Attorney 2003 – 2007
Attorneys at Law Mäkitalo Rämö Virolainen Oy, Associate Lawyer 2002 – 2003
Song Group Finland Oy, Visiting Lawyer 2002
Attorneys at Law Castrén & Snellman Oy, Trainee 2001

Studies and experience abroad:
Holland & Knight LLP, New York, Visiting Lawyer 2006
University of Central England, Birmingham, UK, 2000

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Applex is a premier business law firm with experienced attorneys that provide legal services of the highest standard. The firm’s clients include domestic and international corporations, financial service and insurance institutions, investors and growth and other private companies.

Our services cover all fields of corporate and business law, with a strong focus on transactions and M&A, corporate law, dispute resolution and real estate transactions.

We are committed to providing our clients with high-quality legal services. We combine a solid knowledge of Finnish law with a business-minded and practical approach to develop legal solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of our clients in their domestic and international business operations. This way and by using our extensive international law firm network we will ensure that our clients always get the best possible legal service in Finland and abroad.

International Business Law

Applex Attorneys has joined the international Ally Law Network. Applex will be an exclusive Ally Law member in Finland.

Ally Law consists of leading business law experts globally. The service network includes 61 independent law firms and over 2000 lawyers worldwide. By joining Ally Law Applex will provide even more high quality and cost-efficient legal services globally.

Members of Ally Law are independent law firms with robust knowledge of business law and significant stature in each country with broad expertise in international business matters.

Applex’s staff is excited about Ally Law membership and the new contact network that Ally Law brings to our clients. The extensive global network ensures that we can provide our customers with even higher quality expertise all over the world.

 

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is a Finance & Projects and M&A practitioner, qualified in Austria, England and Wales, New York and Slovenia.

Her practice covers the entire financial services and infrastructure sector as well as a broad range of additional industrial sectors.

She advises commercial and investment banks, Fin-Techs, mezzanine financiers and private equity providers, and corporates on a wide range of financing and M&A transactions as well as debt restructurings. The second area of Jasna’s practice are infrastructure and energy projects, including private partnership transactions, and privatisations, often with a cross-border context.

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is also ISDA counsel for Austria and advises as third pillar in her practice on a broad range of regulatory aspects.

Jasna’s experience includes:

  • Advice to Governments/advisory arms of international institutions on various infrastructure projects in Europe, Asia and Latin America in the airport, road, and energy sector, including recent advice on the concession/PPP model relating to the Sofia Airport and the Beirut Airport
  • Advice to a number of Sponsors on PPP transactions
  • Advice as lenders counsel on a variety of project financings in various sectors (roads, energy, optical fibre)
  • Advice as lenders and borrower’s counsel on real estate, acquisition and structured finance transactions and debt restructurings
  • Advice on a number of cross-border M&A transactions, with a focus on CEE and SEE, in various sectors – banks, hospitality, energy, construction, industrial
  • Advice on a number of cross-border arbitration and investigation mandates relating to infrastructure projects
  • Advice on a wide range of regulatory aspects, specifically in the financial services sector

Professional Qualifications

  • Rechtsanwältin registered with Rechtsanwaltskammer Wien
  • Attorney-at-law admitted with the Supreme Court of New York
  • Tuja odvetnica registered with the Odvetniška zbornica Slovenije
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Prior Experience

Before cooperation with DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Jasna worked at another reputable law firm in Vienna.

Recognitions

“Sources say: “I can rely on the fact that in very complex contracts there is nothing missing.” She is particularly active on deals involving CEE jurisdictions.”(Chambers 2018); Interviewees say that she is “precise and reliable.” (Chambers 2019)

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, LL.M. in Corporate Law, 1999
  • University of Salzburg, Dr.iur., 1997
  • Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France (Research for thesis and followed courses for the Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in business law), 1996
  • University of Salzburg, Mag.iur., 1996
  • Lycée N-D de Kerbertrand, Quimperlé, France, Baccalauréat with concentration on sciences (with distinction), 1993

Additional publications

  • Material Adverse Change – article published in “LexisNexis in ZFR 2017/2”, 27 January 2017
  • Der Notleidende Kredit (“The distressed loan”)
  • Asset allocation and state succession in the Former Yugoslavia (together with Thomas Podlesak, published in eastlex 2005, 68)

Shaun O’Shea

Shaun O’Shea is a partner and head of our corporate & commercial team. Shaun works closely with Irish and international business clients across a wide spectrum of industry sectors – including technology, healthcare & life sciences, retail, and hospitality – advising on the full range of business law issues that arise.

Shaun has broad expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, inward investment and general commercial matters.

In addition to his practise as a corporate lawyer, Shaun is a registered Chartered Tax Advisor and CEDR Accredited Mediator.

From 2008 to 2011, Shaun served as Beauchamps’ Managing Partner.

Recent Experience:

  • Owners of Fastway Couriers in its sale to senior management and Irish and multinational-backed investor MML
  • Inventum on its purchase of the majority stake in Dublin-based company, Joule Group Limited
  • Arachas on the buyout of its Irish business by its senior management
  • Ergo on its acquisition of Micromail (software licensing specialist), the sale of its investment in Fenergo and separately on its newest venture, Flowforma
  • BDO Development Capital Fund on its €10 million investment in Blueface, the leading Unified Communications-as-a-Service Provider to businesses, enterprises and carriers, and in Cavan-headquartered Obelisk Group
  • Angelo Gordon on the sale of the landmark Temple Bar hotel in Dublin to a Singapore fund, having previously advised this client on the purchase of the hotel in 2015
  • Elder Healthcare on the sale of Comfort Keepers to Sodexo
  • SIMS IVF on the sale of healthcare business to Australian quoted entity, Virtus Health
  • PREM Group on the acquisition and financing of three hotels in separate transactions – Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Blessington Lake, Blessington, Co. Wicklow; Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry; and Leopold Hotel, Sheffield, England
  • Vistapointe on its sale to Brocade – a three jurisdiction transaction led out of Dublin as the business had operations in Ireland, US and India

Firm Overview:

Working side by side with our clients to achieve more.

Beauchamps is one of Ireland’s top full service commercial law firms. We are growing, creative and ambitious with 190 people in our Dublin headquarters.

Beauchamps has been part of the fabric of Irish business for over 200 years. We are proud of our heritage, our culture and our client base, made up of international and domestic companies fuelling Ireland’s economy.

At A Glance:

  • Founded: 1803
  • Full service commercial law firm
  • Based in Dublin, Ireland
  • 190 professional staff, 100 lawyers
  • 30 practice & sector areas
  • At the centre of business in Ireland
  • Strong international business networks

Our Approach:

We believe clients get better commercial outcomes when their lawyers work alongside them, rather than a step removed. We work hard to understand a client’s commercial priorities, because the best advice and solutions come from knowing what really drives a business.

This hands on, pragmatic approach allows us to see and deliver solutions quickly, driving down costs for our clients.

Full Service:

We are a full-service commercial law firm with over 30 practice and sector areas including corporate & commercial, commercial property, banking and financial services, litigation and dispute resolution, M&A & private equity, energy & natural resources, construction, employment, insolvency & corporate restructuring, intellectual property and inward investment. This breadth of services gives us a rounded view of our clients’ business and legal requirements.

Market Recognition:

We are recognised as a leading Irish law firm by the top legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, and a number of our practices have been consistently awarded as the best in Ireland by the Irish Law Awards.

Ideal Size & Experience:

We believe our size is ideal for Irish business because we are large enough to provide a full range of legal services, while making sure clients work with a consistent and experienced team. Our cross-disciplinary team is respected for taking complex assignments with enthusiasm and creativity. Our continuing growth and practice range ensures our capacity to cover all legal issues for our clients.

Side by side with our clients… We achieve more.

Michael J. Fritz

Michael Fritz practices in the area of business, finance and real estate.

Michael’s business and corporate practice consists of representing private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other business entities in connection with a variety of commercial transactions, including, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, distressed investments and private placements.  Michael also represents clients in the capacity as “outside general counsel”, advising on matters such as business formation, corporate governance, business operations, commercial contracting and other general corporate matters.  His clients are in a broad range of industries including real estate, healthcare, technology, financial services and manufacturing.

In his finance practice, Michael represents borrowers, commercial banks, mezzanine lenders, and other lending institutions in connection with structuring, negotiating, and closing complex commercial, asset-based, and acquisition financing transactions.  He also has experience representing senior and junior lenders in connection with drafting and negotiating intercreditor and subordination arrangements.

Michael’s real estate practice focuses on transactional commercial real estate matters, including the purchase, development and disposition of real estate assets, mortgage and mezzanine financings, preferred equity investments, and the formation of joint ventures. Michael also has significant experience representing borrowers and lenders in connection with working out and restructuring distressed real estate loans and investments.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer RISING STAR®: Business/Corporate, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut

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FIRM DESCRIPTION

Shipman & Goodwin’s value lies in our commitment — to our clients, to the law and to the community.

We have one goal: to help our clients achieve their goals. How we accomplish it is simple: we devote our considerable experience and depth of knowledge to understand each client’s unique needs, business and industry, and then we develop solutions to meet those needs.

For more than 90 years, clients have turned to us when they need a trusted advisor. With our invaluable awareness of each client’s challenges, we can counsel them at every step — to keep their operations running smoothly, help them navigate complex business transactions, position them for future growth, or resolve business disputes. We handle the most sophisticated assignments while being responsive and attentive to each client.  The success of our clients is of primary importance to us and our attorneys are skilled in the practice areas and industry sectors critical to that success.

With more than 175 attorneys in offices throughout Connecticut, New York and in Washington, DC, we serve the needs of local, regional, national and international clients. Our clients include public and private companies, institutions, government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi

Mr. Rizvi is one of the leading corporate lawyers of Asia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law and non-contentious legal matters including contract negotiations, corporate and financial restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, energy sector, Islamic modes of financing and project finance.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has assisted the Asian Development Bank in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the securities and corporate sector of Pakistan. He is considered an authority in the fields of project finance, energy and telecommunications due to his experience and involvement in several major projects in these sectors.

Mr. Rizvi completed his LL.B. (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1979, was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in 1980, and completed his LL.M. from the University of London in 1981. He has been practicing corporate law in Pakistan, UAE, England and Afghanistan. Mr. Rizvi is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Rizvi is the recipient of the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) from the President of Pakistan and the Leading Corporate Lawyer Award 2006 to-date by AsiaLaw.

Mr. Rizvi has represented clients in the superior judiciary in more than two hundred matters and has undertaken international arbitration work in London, Brussels and Singapore.

RIAALAW:

RIAALAW in association with Barker Gillette LLP, brings together English law expertise in, inter alia, corporate & commercial, property, employment, dispute resolution with a team of UK and US qualified lawyers specializing in corporate finance, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, energy, petroleum, natural resources, telecommunications and trade law disputes.

The association of RIAALAW with Barker Gillette LLP enables the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette to avail the benefits of the combined strengths of both law firms. Due to RIAALAW’s affiliation with Lex Mundi, clients of Barker Gillette are able to have immediate access to the premier law firms of 160 jurisdictions across the globe. RIAALAW’s associated offices in Afghanistan, UAE and China, are available to provide the clients of both RIAALAW and Barker Gillette LLP with ready access to experienced legal acumen of international repute.

With the combined experience of more than two hundred years in legal practice in several practice areas the RIAALAW association with Barker Gillette LLP is able to provide its clients pragmatic, practical and cost effective legal services.

Krishna Ramachandra

Krishna Ramachandra is head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s Corporate Finance and Investment and Private Client Practice Groups. His practice expertise includes M&A and capital markets, investments funds/private equity and Islamic finance law.

Mr. Ramachandra has many years of experience in advising issuers, funds, investment banks, listed and private companies and high net worth individuals in Asia, Europe and the U.S. on a wide range of equity and debt securities issuances, compliance and regulatory matters. His extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and take-overs, private equity participation and exit strategies has led to his being regularly cited by various publications as a leading lawyer.

He is regarded as one of the most highly recommended lawyers in the practice areas of Capital Markets and Corporate Finance by Asialaw Leading Lawyers. Chambers Asia Pacific and the Asia Pacific Legal 500 regularly refer to his creative yet practical and client-focused approach and the IFLR1000 recognises him as an expert in the area of Islamic Finance in Singapore.

Mr. Ramachandra graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with an LL.M. in Corporate Finance on a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“Freshfields”) scholarship. He articled and qualified with Freshfields in London prior to relocating to Singapore with Clifford Chance. He subsequently joined Selvam LLC and is now Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP.

Mr. Ramachandra is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales. He previously sat on The Singapore Law Society’s Corporate Practice Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters, and Listing Matters. He speaks regularly on a wide range of topics relating to M&A, corporate governance, listings, fund raising and establishment of an Asian presence at venues around the world.

M&A Law Practice:

Non-lawyers in the business community often view mergers and acquisitions as straightforward affairs but in fact, major corporate transactions have far-reaching consequences for companies. Transactional lawyers are charged with the responsibility for an ever-increasing number of regulatory and legal issues that must be resolved in order to fully protect their clients.

We recently advised:-

  • Robinson and Company Limited (“Robinson”) in relation to divestment of controlling stake in Robinson by Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd and Great Eastern Holding Ltd (on-going)
  • Creative Technologies Limited on certain overseas acquisition and on a restructuring carried out by them

Our multi-specialist lawyers lead every stage of the transaction to ensure that clients receive a seamless delivery of legal services that is effectively and efficiently integrated and managed.

Duane Morris & Selvam:

Duane Morris & Selvam is an international joint law venture firm of Duane Morris LLP and Singapore-based Selvam LLC. It serves clients throughout Asia, as well as companies based in the Americas and Europe that are conducting business in Asia and Asian entities and individuals doing business in the Americas and the United Kingdom. With headquarters in the Raffles Place area of Singapore on Collyer Quay, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is the first U.S.–Singapore joint venture to be approved by Singapore as part of the recent enhanced liberalization of its legal services market.

Duane Morris & Selvam attorneys focus on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, corporate finance, banking and securities, corporate restructuring, financial services, international joint ventures and Islamic finance. They represent publicly listed companies, investment banks, individuals and numerous large and small private companies from around the world.

Alexandra Kontos

Alexandra Kontos is one of the founding members of Walker Kontos and is currently the Senior Partner of the Firm. She has qualified as an Advocate in three jurisdictions and has practised in Kenya as a corporate and commercial lawyer since 1979. Alexandra is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya) Chapter as well as a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.

Alexandra specialises in corporate and commercial work with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions including transnational acquisitions and in banking and corporate finance. She has led the legal teams involved in the establishment of joint ventures, as well as in mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructuring, and management buy-outs in Kenya, the East Africa region and Ghana. She has also variously advised on all kinds of banking and financial transactions. Alexandra is also an experienced property and insurance lawyer.

Alexandra is fluent in English, Greek, French, Italian and Amharic, all of which she reads and writes and has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR and Legal 500.

M&A Law Practice:

The firm has been involved in some of the largest M&A transactions in the region. We have acted in M&A transactions across a number of sectors as diverse as advertising, aviation, banking, horticulture, the hospital ity sector, mortgage finance, pharmaceuticals, insurance and insurance brokering as well as edible oils manufacturing.

We have also acted in most of the recent transactions involving banks and financial institutions in Kenya. Our M&A work extends to advising on joint ventures, partnerships, management buy-outs and equity participations. The growth and importance of Kenya as a regional hub has seen the firm extend its wings by undertaking large acquisitons in East, Central and West Africa.An expanding portfolio of PE-type investment over the last few years has evolved into more strategic acquisitions into sectors that service retail demand in particular. The firm’s role in such transactions is frequently independent, although we have also worked with most of the well-known international firms as local counsel.

Walker Kontos :

Founded in 1988 and based in Nairobi, the firm offers a full range of corporate and commercial legal services in Kenya and East Africa. Walker Kontos and its advocates are consistently ranked amongst the leaders in their fields by international publications Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

Walker Kontos has grown to comprise 9 partners and 11 associates. We pride ourselves in identifying and nurturing home-grown talent with impressive local and international qualifications in law and finance.

The firm strives to be a one-stop-shop for its clients, with client-care and client satisfaction being our primary objective. The firm’s clients represent a broad spectrum of industries at home and abroad and include some of the more recognised blue-chip brands. The growth in importance of Kenya as both a hub and an investment destination has seen the firm extend its services to transactions in East, Central and West Africa, particularly in the fields of M&A in regulated sectors. While independent and with offices only in Nairobi, Walker Kontos maintains strong professional ties with like-minded practices in Africa, the UK and the USA that allow us to give a range and quality of services expected of the top legal brands. Walker Kontos has acted in milestone and some of the largest M&A and corporate finance transactions in East Africa. In addition, the firm has a solid reputation in civil litigation, particularly in the fields of banking, finance and administrative law.

The firm operates from its own premises in the Upper Hill area of Nairobi, with easy access to the CBD and the wider business hubs of the City.

Mona Zulficar

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Ms. Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of the Firm’s six departments; specialized in assisting our clients in various practice areas. A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt. Involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and is particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions, such as the largest transaction in the history of the Middle East relating to the sale of Orascom Building Materials Holding SAE to Lafarge, for approximately USD13 billion in addition to USD2 billion of assumed debt, and most recently, she lead the team responsible for the first successful PPP Project in Egypt.

She has played and continues to play a key role in drafting new legislation and developing existing economic legislation as adviser to the various governmental entities and as member of the national drafting committees on many important laws, such as the new Telecom Law, the new Capital Market Regulations, the new Special Economic Zones Law and the new Banking Law regulations. She has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt and is directly involved in the ambitious Egyptian institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking and finance sector. Complementing her professional activities with a commitment to community activism, she has been an active advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has recently been elected member and Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and she is also a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt. In 2009, she received la legion d’honneur from the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy for her significant professional role in concluding landmark commercial and financial transactions between Egypt and France and for her achievements in the field of human rights.

Ms. Zulficar obtained her political science and law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Zurich. Her working languages are Arabic, English and French.

Douglas N. Cogen

Doug Cogen concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and commercial transactions, corporate counseling and financings. His practice also includes advising publicly traded and privately held companies with respect to corporate, securities, commercial and intellectual property licensing matters generally. He serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Doug’s transactional experience includes over $95 billion of completed mergers, acquisitions and divestitures including cross-border transactions in the networking, software, life sciences, medical devices, telecommunications, semiconductor, internet, computer hardware and consumer products industries; public company tender offers; and private placements of equity and debt securities. Doug also counsels companies on corporate governance matters, takeover defenses and strategic partnering arrangements.

Doug received his B.A., magna cum laude, with Academic Honors, in architecture and society from Brown University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, receiving his J.D. cum laude. Doug has also served as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the New York City Planning Commission. Doug has lectured on transactional law at Columbia University Law School, Stanford University Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the state bars of California and New York.​

The M&A Law Practice:

Fenwick & West is one of the premier technology mergers and acquisitions practices in the nation, recently ranked by Bloomberg as one of the Top 10 M&A legal advisors in the U.S. – across all industries.

Our M&A group provides customized transaction services to meet each client’s unique business needs, communications preferences and technology infrastructure requirements. We have an extensive group of experienced attorneys available for deals of any size and complexity. ​Our team includes attorneys specializing in technology transactions, patents and IP litigation. In addition, our attorneys have a broad range of expertise in domestic and international tax issues.

In recent years, the firm has completed more than $400 billion worth of transactions, including significant acquisition programs for leading serial acquirers.

Fenwick & West:

For more than four decades, Fenwick & West has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.

Having worked alongside such progressive and cutting edge companies for so long, our culture has come to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of our client base. Unlike traditional law firms, we move at our clients’ speed and have earned the reputation as a go-to law firm for growing companies that need insightful, strategic counsel to help tackle the challenging issues that arise when the law cannot keep up with their pace of innovation.

With the same passion for excellence and innovation reflected in our client base, our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes. Our clients demand—and deserve—new ways to receive best-in-class legal services more effectively. At Fenwick, we are proud to be shaping our legal services to do just that.​​