Mr Claude Folly ADAMA

Leaders in Law endorses Mr Claude Folly as our exclusively recommended M&A expert in Togo. If you wish to get in touch with Claude please use the contact information provided above.

He is a Lawyer registered at the Bar since 28 October 1999, holder of a Master’s degree in Business Laws, Diploma of Inspector of Taxes at the National School of Administration (ENA) and a Post-Graduate diploma in Law and Taxation of environment.

He is one of the members of the Council of the Bar Association of Togo and of the International Union of Lawyers (UIA) and an Arbitrator at the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA).

He has a professional experience of twenty (20) years of practice and is the Head of the “Banking-Finance and Taxation” Department and Human Resources Manager

Practice Areas

    • Legal Area
    • Tax matters
    • Environmental Law
    • Trainings

Firm Description:

AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS, is a Legal and Tax Law Firm, located at 777 Avenue Kleber DADJO (Immeuble ALICE) located in the heart of the commercial area on the outskirts of the administrative district. As a multidisciplinary Law Firm, it has a rich and solid base, thanks to the professional experience of its team.

Indeed, AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS is the result of the transformation of the Firm of Mr. Alexis Coffi AQUEREBURU, created since 1985. The Firm was listed on the Registry of the Bar Association of Togo since April 04th, 2007 and includes besides seven (07) Lawyers, one (01) senior solicitor and tax expert, four (04) solicitors, one (1) legal assistant and translator and more than twenty other staff members.

It puts its know-how at the disposal of its Clients both in the sub-region and in Europe, relying, if necessary, on a network of correspondents and confirmed consultants.

In order to better achieve our goal of total satisfaction of our Clients, the Firm has been committed since August 12th, 2005 in the process of ISO certification which ended on May 18th, 2010 with its certification to ISO 9001:2008 renewed on April 30th, 2015. On May 25th, 2018 it successfully migrated from the 2008 version to the 2015 version of ISO 9001 certification.

AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS is also the laureate of Quality Excellence Awards of TOGO and UEMOA   in 2010. Its commitment to the Quality approach allows it to aspire and to claim a high level of satisfaction from its national, regional and international clients. That is what made it earn the distinction of the winner of the prestigious Award “WORD QUALITY COMMITMENT” Gold category that it was awarded in October 2016 in Paris by the International Business Initiative Directions Organization (BID).

The Firm has nine (09) different departments namely   :

  1. Department of Bank-Finance and Taxation
  2. Department of Civil and Commercial Law and Arbitration
  3. Department of Social Law
  4. Department of Criminal Law
  5. Department of Maritime Law and Intellectual Property
  6. Department of Applications and Administrative Procedures
  7. Department of Sport and Health Law
  8. Real Estate Department
  9. Training Department

The Firm’s activities cover a wide range of areas of Law: 

  • Taxation and Business Law,
  • Commercial Law,
  • Maritime Law,
  • Real Estate Law,
  • Transport Law,
  • Corporate Law,
  • Banking Law,
  • Insurance Law,
  • Community law,
  • Social Law,
  • Criminal law,
  • Public freedoms,
  • Intellectual Property Law,
  • Telecommunications Law,
  • Health Law,
  • Legal, fiscal and environmental audit …


Monica Di Oronzo

Leaders in Law endorses Monica Di Oronzo as our exclusively recommended M&A expert in Italy. If you wish to get in touch with Monica, please use the contact information provided above.

Thanks to my solid experience in tax and company law, with more than 25 years as Managing Partner at LDP, member of the Italian institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the Italian Official Auditors Bar, I have extensive experience in providing tax advice in favour of branches and affiliated companies based in Italy and belonging to multinational group domiciled all over the world.

In 1996, I proudly contributed to the foundation of LDP, with Giuseppe La Naia, a multidisciplinary professional Firm based in Milan with more than 27 years of experience in providing Tax, Legal and Payroll services to multinational companies.

For my Firm, I enforce the compliance to the best practices of the Italian legal framework. Along my career, as chartered accountant, I truly engaged and empowered the members of my Firm to support and develop the best expertise.

I provide assistance to listed and non-listed multinational groups and companies in tax, corporate and contractual matters. The main strong points of my work are:

  • advising new businesses on investments in Italy
  • M&A transactions and private equity deals
  • corporate finance
  • tax claim supporting
  • transfer pricing matters
  • application of International Treaty against double taxation
  • tax and financial due diligence


Assignments carried out for companies of the ENI group from 1999 to date:

  • liquidator of several consortia
  • fiscal representation
  • support in the preparation of tax returns of controlled companies
  • appraisals
  • assistance with tax disputes (appeals, tax settlements)
  • assistance with expatriates

Appointments to the Board of Statutory Auditors in companies of the ENI group

  • INDUSTRIA SICILIANA ACIDO FOSFORICO ISAF SPA IN LIQ. – Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors since 04/04/2019
  • HEA S.P.A. (ENI Rewind Spa – Herambiente Servizi Industriali Srl) – Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors since 03/03/2021

Appointment to the Board of Statutory Auditors in other companies:

  • DECATHLON PRODUZIONE ITALIA SRL – Statutory Auditor since 30/04/2018
  • PLATI ELETTROFORNITURE S.P.A. Statutory Auditor since 07/06/2019
  • BRW SPA. Statutory Auditor since 08/07/2020

Other assignments:


Education and Training:

– 2007 Registration to the Order of Statutory Auditors

– 2000 Registration to the Order of Chartered Accountants of Milan

– 1995 UNIVERSITY DEGREE IN BUSINESS ECONOMICS – 110 Summa cum Laude Faculty of Economics and Business, Bocconi University of Milan

– 1988 HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTANCY – Vote 60/60 Technical Institute E. MATTEI Rho (Milan)

Firm description:

LDP is multidisciplinary professional Firm established in 1993 and offering a full range of professional services – Tax, Legal, Payroll, M&A, Transfer Pricing and Global Mobility – to companies based in Italy. At LDP, we work with a number of Clients from different industries, mainly multinational groups, which include 20 listed companies. As a Managing Partner and Founding member of LDP, my mission is to support my team – which counts more than 40 professionals – in helping foreign companies to step into the Italian business and guarantee them a professional support in Tax, Legal and Payroll compliance. Our services are delivered by three legal entities: LDP Tax & Law, LDP Payroll, and LDP Lab. LDP is also quality certified ISO 9001-2015.

At LDP, we strongly believe in the importance of constantly providing fast and professional feedback to Clients. That’s our mission towards our Clients: provide them with high quality services and ensure constant proximity. Moreover, we work constantly in the name of innovation thanks to Robot Process Automation.

LDP offices are located in Milan, Via Michelangelo Buonarroti 39, close to the City Life district area. The 1600square meter building hosts our different professional divisions and includes a co-working area dedicated to innovative start-ups, a meeting room and an amphitheatre. LDP has also offices in Bologna, Rome, Florence, and soon in Turin.

Giuseppe La Naia

Leaders in Law endorses Giuseppe La Naia as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Italy. If you wish to get in touch with Giuseppe’s please use the contact information provided above.

As a Managing Partner at LDP, that I founded in 1993, I am on a mission to help multinational companies step into Italian Business and guarantee them a professional support in tax, legal and payroll compliance.

My feedback is always fast and proactive and I work with a varied range of Clients from different industries, from 1 million to 10 billion revenue, and what remains constant and efficient is the high quality of services that we at LDP offered to multinational groups, where about 20 are listed companies.Â
I support the clients in the application of Transfer Pricing Policy, I coordinate my staff to M&A operations, which include Due Diligence, the drafting of Share Purchase Agreement and I also support in negotiation phase.

Through international network LEA I can provide professional consultancy in over 100 Countries.

I am involved in attracting top talented professionals, to build a great and competitive organization motivated and working with passion and innovation.



Managing Partner specialized in M&A

Dates Employed: 1993 – Present

Location: Milan, Italy

LA NAIA, DI ORONZO & PARTNERS is a tax & law firm established in 1993 offering a full range of professional services for multinational companies based in Italy. These services include M&A, Tax Compliance, Accounting and Reporting, Legal Services, Payroll and TP compliance.


Dates Employed: 2008 – 2017

Location: USA

The Leading Edge Alliance is the second largest alliance of major independently CPA Firms with more than 600 Offices in 110 Countries.


Investment Advisory Board Member

Dates Employed: Sep 2015 – Dec 2016

Business assessment of potential disruptive or leading edge startup investments to be presented to the investors of the fund.


Milan University

Degree NameEconomic Degree

Univerisit Cattolica di Miliano

Degree NameEconomia e Commercio





LDP offices are based in Milan via Buonarroti 39, close to City Life district area. The building of 1600 sm host the different professional’s division and includes a co-working area dedicated to  “innovative start-up”,  meetings room and one amphitheater at Client disposal.

LDP has more than 27 years of experience in providing  Tax,  Legal, Payroll, M&A, Transfer Pricing and Global Mobility services. These services are delivered by three legal entities: LDP Tax & Law, LDP Payroll, and LDP Lab which provide Robot Process Automation consultancy.

LDP provides multi Countries services thanks to LEA Global, the second-largest international association in the world that operates in 110 different countries with 607 offices, 2.321 Partners and 17.116 Staff.

LDP is quality certified ISO 9001-2015


Omar Bassiouny

Leaders in Law endorses Omar Bassiouny as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Egypt. If you wish to get in touch with Omar please use the contact information provided above.

Founding Partner & Head of Corporate M&A

Omar S. Bassiouny is Partner of Matouk Bassiouny in both offices: Dubai and Cairo. He is consistently ranked in top tiers and bands by legal periodicals in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions for his considerable expertise in setting-up joint ventures and new projects in Egypt and Dubai, as well as ensuring compliance with local laws and corporate governance.

Omar is also recognized for his negotiations skills and business sense, which enabled Matouk Bassiouny’s reputation to float globally and maintained a substantial degree of efficiency and ethics.

Practice Focus

Omar focuses on all corporate matters including M&A, public takeovers, restructuring and cross-borders transactions. In addition to corporate, Omar has significant experience on all aspects of investing and doing business in Egypt.

Recent Rankings

  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Chambers Global, 2018
  • Ranked in Band 1 – Chambers Global, 2018
  • Ranked as Leading Lawyer: Highly Regarded – IFLR 1000 for 2018
  • Financial and Corporate Leading Lawyer for 2017 – IFLR 1000
  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner – Chambers Global, 2017
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Legal 500 EMEA, 2016.

Select Recent Experience

  • Representation of Development Partners International “DPI”, a leading pan African private equity firm on it’s acquisition of ADP fund from GB Capital Holding for Financial Investments which constituted 25% from Mashroey and 25% from Tasaheel, forming Mashroey and Tasaheel company “MNT”. Instructions included an extensive due diligence and a full legal due diligence report as each company had more than 100 branches and the report had to be in line with the most updated regulatory framework in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Transaction Value: (Closed in August 2018).
  • Representation of Tag El Melouk ( a market leader in the production of baking powder, Vanilla and salt, among other products) as local counsel in connection with selling 100% of its shares to Dr. Oetker. Instructions included conducting a vendor legal due diligence, deal structuring, preparation of transaction documents and managing the deal closing process. Transaction Value: USD 86 million (Closed in July 2018).
  • Representation of EFG Hermes in its acquisition of a New Cairo-based elementary schools’ portfolio from Talaat Moustafa Group Holding (TMG Holding), Egypt’s largest listed real estate developer. Instructions included conducting a legal due diligence, deal structuring, preparation of transaction document and managing the deal closure process. Transaction value: EGP 1 billion (closed in May 2018).
  • Representation of Arabian Holding Company on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Arab Company for Services and Trading S.A.E, the affiliate of Qalaa Holdings managing the supermarket chain operating under the “Dina Farms” brand. The instructions included legal due diligence, preparing the transaction documents and negotiating the transaction terms with the sellers. Transaction value: Confidential (closed in May 2018).
  • Representation of Mubadala Petroleum as local counsel in connection with the acquisition of 10 percent stake in the Shorouk concession in Egypt’s Zohr gas field. The instructions included providing legal advices conducting legal due diligence on the Egyptian entities and review the transaction documentation. Transaction value: USD 934 million (closed in March 2018).
  • Representation of Hassan Allam Holding in their acquisition of 60% of the shares of Power Generation Engineering and Services Company S.A.E. being the largest consultancy firm in the region the field of power generation. The instructions included providing legal advices conducting legal due diligence and review the transaction documentation. The transaction value: EGP 420 million (closed in March 2018).
  • Representation of Cairo 3A in connection with the public takeover of the National Company for Maize Products (NCMP). Transaction value EGP 1.47 Billion (closed December 2017).
  • Advising SPE Capital on the exit of its investment in Orchidia Pharmaceutical Industries – a leading Egyptian ophthalmic generic medicine manufacturer and one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Egypt – through the sale of its entire stake to the American Enterprise Fund. Matter value: Confidential (closed in December 2017).
  • Representation of Maersk Drilling in divestment of its stake in the Egyptian Drilling Company – with market share of 68% – to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) in an all-cash transaction valued at USD 100 Million. (Closed December 2017).
  • Representation of in connection with the acquisition of The instructions included providing legal advices with respect to the nature of the Egyptian subsidiaries of Souq, conducting legal due diligence on the Egyptian entities and review the transaction documentation. Transaction value: Confidential. (Closed March 2017).
  • Representation of Neptune Energy Group as local counsel (transaction internationally led by Freshfields Bruckhaus Derigner) in the acquisition of Engie E&P. Significant business acquired by Neptune includes operations in the North Sea of Norway. Matter value: USD 3.9 billion (closed in October 2017).
  • Representation of Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Amoun Pharmaceutical S.A.E. The instructions included transaction structuring, legal due diligence and drafting the transaction documentation. Transaction value: USD 800 Million plus deferred payment.
  • Representation of Abraaj Group in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in Tiba Educational Group. The instructions included transaction structuring, legal due diligence and drafting the transaction documentation. Transaction value: USD 100 Million plus deferred payment.
  • Representation of AXA Insurance in connection with the acquisition of Commercial International Life S.A.E. The instructions included transaction structuring, legal due diligence and drafting the transaction documentation. Transaction value: EGP 763 Million.


  • Egypt, “The Legal 500: Mergers & Acquisitions Country Comparative Guide” with Mariam Auda, 2nd edition, 2018, Legal 500.
  • Egypt, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions 2016”, 10th Edition, Global Legal Group, 2016, pp. 161-165.
  • Egypt, “Mergers & Acquisitions Report”, International Financial Law Review, 2016, pp.55-58.
  • Egypt, “Equity Capital Markets Global Guide”, Thomson Reuters, 2016.
  • Egypt, “Mergers & Acquisitions Report”, International Financial Law Review, 2015, pp.55-58.
  • Egypt, “Equity Capital Markets Global Guide”, Thomson Reuters, 2015.
  • Egypt Chapter, Mergers & Acquisitions, 7th Edition, the Law reviews, 2013.
  • “Venture Capital Investment in Egypt – Legal and Regulatory Issues”, International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2004/2005, Euromoney Publications 2004.
  • “An Insight on Doing Business in Egypt”, BCA, November 2004 Issue.
  • “Equity Transactions in Egypt – Legal Regulatory Issues Faced by Inward Investors”, International Mergers & Acquisitions Review 2003/2004, Euromoney Publications, 2003.


  • Cairo University: License en Droit – 1999
  • American University Cairo: Bachelors of Art in Public and International Law – 1998


  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association – Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce – Member
  • Egyptian Malaysian Business Council – Member
  • Egyptian Private Equity Association – Member
  • British Egyptian Business Association – Member
  • Egyptian Junior Business Association – Member

Firm Description

Matouk Bassiouny is a leading, full-service MENA region law firm with offices in Cairo, Egypt (Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Matouk Bassiouny), Khartoum, Sudan (Matouk Bassiouny in association with AIH Law Firm), and Algiers, Algeria (Matouk Bassiouny in association with SH-Avocats), as well as a country desk covering our Libya Practice.

The Firm prides itself on its in-depth understanding of cross-border cultural and business practices and on providing a commercial problem-solving approach to its legal services in supporting its clients in the region. Matouk Bassiouny is fully committed to understanding our clients’ businesses and needs.

Our attorneys specialize in advising multinationals, corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities on all legal aspects of investing and doing business in Egypt and the region.

Trained both locally and internationally in both civil and common law systems, our attorneys are fully conversant in English, Arabic and French. We are ideally placed to advise on high-profile, high-value complex matters and routinely handle cross-border and international transactions, projects and disputes in the MENA region.


Our current regional headquarters, our Cairo office was established in 2005 and has developed into a premier full-service business law firm in Egypt.

With over 150 lawyers, we pride ourselves in our people as well as in the strong and long-lasting relationships we have built with our corporate and institutional clients over the years.

We also deeply value the bonds and synergies we have formed with numerous tier-one international law firms with whom we routinely team up with in providing the highest level of service to our clients in the most significant, high-value and sensitive transactions, projects and disputes in Egypt and the region.


Dr. Johannes Hochleitner

Leaders in Law endorses Johannes Hochleitner as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Austria.  If you wish to get in touch with Johannes please use the contact information provided above.

The practice of Dr. Johannes Hochleitner focuses on corporate law and the areas of the law related with it. In particular, Dr Johannes Hochleitner is an expert regarding group reorganisations, mergers & acquisitions, and other complex transactions.

Johannes Hochleitner is also supporting shareholder meetings and consulting advisory boards as well as management boards on sophisticated legal questions. Moreover, Johannes is an expert in corporate litigation.

Career History:

Johannes Hochleitner has been an independent attorney in Eferding since September 1986.

Johannes Hochleitner graduated from the University of Salzburg law school in July 1981. After his practical training at the Eferding district court and the Wels regional court from August 1981 to April 1982, Johannes Hochleitner worked in his father’s law firm as an associate from May 1982 to August 1986.

Besides his activity as a lawyer Johannes Hochleitner was a member of the community board of the city of Eferding as a city councillor from 1989 to 1999, where he was responsible for the building department and the department of real estate.

In 2002 and 2007 Johannes Hochleitner contributed to the further development of the law firm by establishing its offices in Perg and Linz.

In 2002, Johannes Hochleitner has been appointed as examination commissioner at the Linz Higher Regional Court for bar examinations.

Firm Overview:

Hochleitner Rechtsanwälte is connecting tradition with innovation. Our law firm is able to look back on many years of experience, but does not hesitate going new ways with our clients.

What makes us special is our expertise and skills in connection with individual care. This is made possible by our lawyers and employees, distributed on multiple locations in the whole economic region of Upper Austria.


David Blachly

Leaders in Law endorses David Blachly our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Indiana, USA. If you wish to get in touch with David please use the contact information provided above.

David Blachly is an experienced business lawyer who represents middle-market and growth companies, their owners and management, entrepreneurs and investors. His areas of expertise include business organization, capitalizations, acquisitions and sales of businesses, succession planning and joint ventures. His clients come from diverse industries, including IT consulting, software development and distribution, internet-based businesses, manufacturing and professional services.

David has also been involved in the insurance industry for nearly forty years, representing insurance companies, agents and brokers, third-party administrators and others in transactional, corporate and regulatory matters.

David is a graduate of Villanova University and Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine and a Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. He is a past chairman for the Business Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.


  • Villanova University – (B.S., Accounting, 1980)
  • Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 1986)


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Indiana Super Lawyers
  • Past Chairman, Business Law Section, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Metropolitan School District of Washington Township
  • Natatorium Task Force (2003-2004), Facilities Task Force (2004-2005),Fiscal Review Task Force (2004-2005), Bond Steering Committee (2006-2008) District Improvement/Strategic Planning Committee (2007-2008)
  • Neighbors for Continued (Educational) Excellence, Inc.
  • Founder, Board Member (2005)
  • Washington Township Educational Foundation
  • Board Member (2006-2012), Vice President/Development (2009, 2010)
  • American, Indiana, Indianapolis Bar Associations

Bar Admissions 

  • Indiana

Firm Description:

Densborn Blachly LLP is a boutique firm of respected business, real estate, intellectual property and litigation lawyers. The firm is designed and driven to achieve desired client outcomes with practicality, economy and differentiating skill. Densborn Blachy has been recognized as a Best Lawyers® Best Law Firm in 11 practice areas. The firm concentrates its practice on the following:

  • Corporate and Business Organizations Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Securities Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Patent Law

Densborn Blachly’s mission is to address the legal needs of its clients with energy, effectiveness, creativity and a high sense of honor, integrity and respect. Learn more at


Charles Vernon

Leaders in Law endorses Charles Vernon as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Romania. If you wish to get in touch with Charles please use the contact information provided above.

Charles specializes in mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and corporate finance.  He has extensive experience in M&A matters and during the last several years has completed billions of dollars in such transactions in Eastern Europe.  He has represented major oil companies, retail firms, port operators, hotel and telecommunication companies in relation to a series of mergers and divestiture projects including acquisitions, project financings, competition matters, privatizations, concession agreements, deal structuring, litigation, and post-acquisition operations and activities.

Charles has also advised a variety of borrowers and banks in lending transactions including syndications and bonds.  He has represented some of world’s largest banks and financial institutions in lending and investing matters in Romania, Slovakia and the Middle East.

A Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP-I), Charles has worked on numerous compliance matters as well as on fraud and employee malfeasance cases, including investigations of possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and matters before the Romanian anti-corruption authority (the DNA).  He regularly advises companies and investors on corporate best practices and the “do’s and don’ts” of good corporate governance and behavior.

Education & Certifications:

  • J.D., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • M.A. (Honours), St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Accounting (non-degree professional studies), University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP-I)


  • 1991 (Virginia)
  • 2008 (Register Foreign Lawyer, Bucharest Bar)

Firm Description

Vernon | David is a boutique law firm specializing in complex commercial transactions and disputes, regulatory matters and compliance issues. We provide high-end bespoke legal advice to a wide array of domestic and international clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies and foreign governments.  Currently, we have offices in Bucharest, Romania and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Our law firm is structured to provide comprehensive, high-quality legal services to serve the domestic and international needs of our clients drawing on the combined resources and varied expertise of our lawyers.  Our goal is to accomplish the client’s objectives in a succinct and efficient manner.

The law firm has worked on some of the largest deals and transactions in Romanian history, including advising TMK with its acquisition of Resita Steel (currently the largest steel producer in Romania), assisting Iulius Mall with the Palas Mall (one of the Romania’s largest retail centers) as well as representing Xannat (former Anglo-American group company and Romania’s largest aggregates mining company) with its management buy-out.

Our Chisinau-based team of American and Moldovan attorneys works closely with our Bucharest office in advising clients on a range of investment-related matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate issues, labor matters, tax, IP, environmental regulations and general commercial transactions.  We also have a dynamic commercial litigation practice.

As active members of the local and foreign business community, we have been involved in a variety of business and legislative initiatives, including drafting the leasing laws of Moldova and taking a leading role in the reform of the Moldovan labor legislation.  In addition, members of our firm act on various local boards and charities, including being board members of the American Chamber of Commerce and the European Business Association (EBA).

Vernon│David today has 5 partners (Charles Vernon, Daniela David, Maria Nica, Corina Tiganas and Diana Neagu) and over 25 associates and staff in both Bucharest and Chisinau.

Our Vision

Honesty, integrity, hard work.  Many say it, few live it.

We are a boutique law firm that provides our clients with close one-on-one attention, in a collaborative and business-focused setting.  This allows us to offer highly skilled representation on a broad range of legal topics.  To deliver high quality cost effective services, we place a premium on common sense, creativity and experience.

We bring enthusiasm, passion, innovation, entrepreneurial zeal, and commitment to advancing the interest of our clients.  We are results oriented and goal focused.  Honesty, integrity and hard work are core values; not just a line on a website.

We will strive to maintain a firm culture that reflects our shared, and sometimes colorful, personalities and styles.  Our goal is to create a collegial environment in which our team members can flourish and enjoy the practice of law, while managing our clients’ matters in an efficient, caring and proactive manner.  We believe that the client’s success is our success.

We want to continue to enhance our image as informal, collegial, hardworking and principled lawyers.

Our Evolution

With over 19 years on the Romanian market, Vernon | David has grown to be become a leading international commercial law firm with offices in Bucharest, Romania and Chisinau, Moldova.

Originally established to be the associated law firm of Ernst & Young, the firm became independent in 2004.  Daniela David, a founding partner of the firm in 2001, was joined by Charles Vernon (an American lawyer working in Romania since 1997) in 2008 to form Vernon | David.

Although active in Moldova since 2001, Vernon | David opened a full-fledged office in Chisinau in 2009.  Since then, we have become one of Moldova’s leading commercial law firms, and in 2010 we had the honor to be recognized in the Legal 500 directory as one of Moldova’s 1st tier law practices.

Our logo suggests our strong values.  With a Scottish legacy by his mother, Charles learned from his childhood the legend of the family’s crest, a lion holding a sword with the words “fide et fortitudine” (Latin for “faith and fortitude”).  The story inspired the logo of the company as well as the firm’s ideals:  honesty, integrity and hard work.


Radu Catalin Pavel

Leaders in Law endorses Radu Paval as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Romania. If you wish to get in touch with Radu please use the contact information provided above.

Radu Catalin Pavel is the Managing Partner and Founder of Pavel, Margarit & Associates Romanian Law Firm.

Within more than 13 years of sophisticated and diverse business practice, Radu gained an extensive expertise especially in M&A, Corporate and Commercial field, assisting and providing world-class legal services to the firm’s top clients.
Radu enhanced his knowledge and experience through working with major international and local clients. After graduating university, he started his own practice, working in Real estate, Insolvency and Corporate Commercial and M&A. His integrity, determination, and result-oriented approach, has driven him as the founder and Managing Partner of the law firm. He has grown his business practice through recommendations, his clients following him through the years. The practice grew steadily alongside a young and dedicated team of professionals.
Being a PhDc in public law, an author of numerous legal books, scientific legal articles and studies, internationally recognized by the most prestigious legal guides and publications in the world, Radu serves his clients with high dedication and commitment.

Radu is recognized as Leading Lawyer by Legal500 in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 edition. He is also the only attorney recommended for Romania on Dispute Resolution area of practice, by Global Law Experts directory from London, UK.
International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 has ranked Radu as Leading Lawyer in Romania, in Restructuring and Insolvency, Real Estate and Banking Practice Areas, in the Financial and Corporate 2017, 2018 and 2019 Guide.


  • English, Italian, French


  • Bucharest Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Romanian Forensic Association (ACR)
  • Romanian Association of Penal Sciences (ASRP)


  • Master’s Degree in Law and PHD candidate in Law
  • Member of the Bucharest Bar in Romania, since 2005
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Insolvency practitioner (2018-present)
  • Associate teacher in the Law School of Spiru Haret University (2011-2012)
  • Author of numerous books and scientific articles in the Administrative & Public Law field

Firm Description

Who we are

  • We are specialized business lawyers committed to deliver excellence
  • We are young and ambitious professionals eager to make a difference

What we do

  • We serve our clients’ business interests worldwide
  • We engage in challenging legal issues in diversified industries
  • We provide high-end legal services on a vast range of complex projects

How we do it

  • We understand our clients’ needs and industries and the dynamics of the legal field
  • We identify problems and propose viable legal solutions
  • We combine thorough knowledge with a business oriented approach
  • We use experienced professionals and are passionate about recruiting talent
  • We build solid and long-term relationships with our clients and colleagues
  • We have positive interactions in a team and with clients

Why we do it

  • We are passionate about the legal profession
  • We are enthusiastic about meaningful work and interesting projects
  • We want to achieve challenging goals and successful results
  • We are motivated by generous compensations
  • We enjoy working and learning alongside exceptional people


Okan Or

Leaders in Law endorses Okan Or as our exclusively recommended Competition and M&A Law expert in Turkey. If you wish to get in touch with Okan please use the contact information provided above.

Prior to founding SEOR Law Firm, Okan was a partner in Pekin & Pekin Law Firm.

Okan advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions. He has extensive experience on various forms of merger & acquisition transactions, including formation of joint ventures, asset transfers, privatizations and various types of public private partnerships. Okan advises a number of multinational corporations, private equities and local entities at all phases of merger & acquisition transactions.

Having made 10s of filings before the Turkish Competition Board, Okan is among the leading attorneys of the jurisdiction in the Competition Law area, assisting his clients in investigation processes, implementation of pre-emptive measures and training programs as well as merger control filings.

In addition, Okan advises his clients in matters concerning real property development, sale and mortgages. He has assisted structuring and implementation of various high ticket and complex real property transactions involving construction right, mortgages, right of first refusal and promise to sell arrangements.

Okan also leads personal data protection practice of the firm and has led numerous compliance projects on privacy matters.

Practice Areas: Merger & Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial Law, Competition, Real Property, Data Protection,

Education: Istanbul Bilgi University (LL.B. 2007)

Bar Admissions: Istanbul Bar Association (2008)

Languages: English

Firm Description:

SEOR Law Firm is a full service Turkish law firm established in Istanbul. We have a highly experienced and dynamic team of legal experts dedicated and well capable of distinguishing SEOR Law Firm through the quality of its legal services, responsiveness, reliability and strict compliance with high ethical and professional standards.

Our diverse practice areas mainly include all aspects of corporate and commercial law, mergers & acquisitions, banking and finance, competition, real estate and construction, dispute resolution and capital markets.

Our team has in depth knowledge across many sectors and assists publicly traded and privately owned multinational companies, private equities, financial institutions, local entities, startups and individuals.

Our lawyers leverage their long-term work experience in advising on and handling cross-border transactions and disputes within their respective areas of specialization and work as a team in order to offer commercially focused and top quality legal services that are tailored to the particular needs of the client.

We aim to act as a business partner of our clients providing services that add value to their businesses and proactively supporting them in an efficient manner.

All lawyers in the firm are bilingual and are qualified to practice law in Turkey.


Nick Watson

Leaders in Law endorses Nick Watson as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Oman. If you wish to get in touch with Nick please use the contact information provided above.

Nick is a partner in our International corporate team. Nick has 25 years’ experience advising on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital markets transactions and general corporate and corporate governance issues. Nick has advised clients on transactions in jurisdictions throughout the GCC and the wider Middle East region for over 10 years.

In addition to his time in private practice Nick has worked as Deputy General Counsel of a London listed reinsurance group and as a consultant to Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division. Nick is a founder member of the Oxford Blockchain Foundation.

Firm Description

We are an international law firm with over 150 partners and more than 900 people located across the UK, Middle East and Asia. During our long history, we have held fast to the values and characteristics – such as service, quality, integrity and innovation – that have made us not only a leading law firm, but an inclusive and exciting place to work and establish a career. Some 240 years on, these attributes remain solidly embedded in our culture and our ways of working.

Our clients rely on us for our responsive and commercial advice and every day we strive to provide the best possible service, legal expertise and support that we can, building on our firm foundations. In short, we constantly aim to do what we do even better.

I invite you to explore our website or to visit our offices to learn more about how we may be able to assist you. We hope you find what you are looking for here, and if not, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or any of my partners.