Kristine Torres

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

Practice Areas: Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets, Securities, Corporate and Commercial Law, Technology Media & Telecommunications, Project Finance.

Kristine T. Torres is a Partner of the Firm, and a member of the Corporate and Technology Media and Telecommunications departments. Kristine specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate and business law, banking, finance, and securities law, technology, media, and telecommunications, as well as project finance. She has led a number of complex and significant mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, and regularly advises clients on the entry of foreign investments to the Philippines, various cross-border and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, capital markets, legal and regulatory compliance, technology law, as well as equity and debt capital raising transactions, corporate restructuring and tech licensing agreements.

Kristine’s legal expertise has been recognized by various international organizations. She was awarded with the prestigious Young Lawyer of the Year award by the Asian Legal Business in the 2023 Philippine Law Awards. She has been shortlisted for two consecutive years for the same category at the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards. She was also recognized by the Legal 500 as Next Generation Partner in Technology, Media and Telecommunications, and as a Recommended Lawyer in other practice areas – Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Projects and Energy. Kristine was also recognized as a Rising Star Partner in M&A by the IFLR 1000 in 2023, and one of the Asia’s 40 under 40 list of most accomplished lawyers in Asia by the Asian Legal Business.

Kristine handled significant and highly complex transactions where she:

  1. Acted as transaction counsel for issuers and underwriters in the Philippines in connection with initial public offerings and capital markets transactions.
  2. Acted as legal counsel for sellers and buyers in various mergers and acquisitions and asset purchase transactions. assisted clients in intellectual property acquisition and tech licensing transactions.
  3. Acted as Philippine counsel in various corporate and commercial transactions such as the formation of joint ventures, foreign investments, cross-border transactions, project development, and infrastructure projects.
  4. Advised clients on the legal, regulatory, and licensing requirements for electronic money issuer, virtual currency exchange, merchant acquirer license, and other applications with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Kristine was admitted to the Philippine bar in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda University of Law in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in LegalManagement from the University of Sto. Tomas, where she graduated cum laude. She is a member of the Manila chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Kristine also holds a Certification in Finance from the Asian Institute of Management and attended certificate coursesand a masterclass in mergers and acquisitions at the University of Hong Kong, as well as in Singapore. She alsoobtained her Certification in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Mergers and Acquisitions from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Firm Description

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra is a top-tier full-service law firm in the Philippines, internationally ranked and recognized for its excellent legal services. The Firm is positioned to be the Philippines’ leading law firm and takes pride in delivering exceptional, solutions-based, innovative, and efficient legal services. We are highly recognized for our client-centric approach in providing our services through having an unparalleled understanding of our client’s needs for proactive management of business matters, seeking collaborative partnerships to maximize the provision of workable legal solutions by observing the highest professional standards, delivering personalized and solutions-based service that efficiently meets every client’s needs, and nurturing long-term relationships founded on mutual respect and integrity.

Through our team’s combined expertise, competence, and commitment to excellence, the Firm creates value-adding legal representation for our clients, aimed at supporting their growth and success.


Júlia Szarvas

Leaders in Law endorses Júlia Szarvas as our exclusively recommended expert in Hungary. If you wish to get in touch with Júlia, please use the contact information provided above.

Júlia Szarvas has spent 16 years of her professional career at law firms working in association with different BIG4 firms and one of the largest accounting firms in Hungary. She has broad experience in transactions when legal, tax and accounting aspects need to be considered parallel.

She understands the tax and accounting requirements and knows the legal answer. Julia has advised clients in different M&A transactions and setup of joint venture structures.

Julia advises several international clients holding investment in Hungary and provides day-to day advice for their legal compliance in corporate, commercial and HR matters. She is specialized in certain special regulated areas, including data privacy law and legal aspects of electronic signatures.

Areas of Expertise

  • M&A Law
  • Joint Venture
  • Real Estate
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Privacy Law

Firm Description:

Szarvas and Partners Law Firm is a small boutique firm with international clientele. We focus on legal support of foreign INVESTMENTS IN HUNGARY and on legal compliance of clients DOING BUSINESS IN HUNGARY.

The firm specializes on complex advisory and transactional services, when legal support needs to be provided in consideration of tax and accounting aspects and in cooperation with professionals of such areas. We are an independent law firm, having smooth cooperation with several independent financial and tax advisors and accounting firms, as well as with law firms in numerous European countries.


Nada Abdelsater‐Abusamra

Leaders in Law endorses Nada Abdelsater‐Abusamra as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Lebanon. If you wish to get in touch with Nada, please use the contact information provided above.

Nada Abdelsater‐Abusamra is an international lawyer admitted to the Courts of New York and Beirut and in the Hague (Netherlands) where she acts as the legal representative of victims at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon looking into the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.

She is the founding partner of ASAS Law, a Lebanese law firm with activities across the Middle East and extending to Europe, USA and commonwealth countries. She has a strong practice in international cross border transactions, litigation, and arbitration including notably white‐collar crimes, as well as complex commercial litigation, confiscation, freezing orders and cross border enforcement of judgements and arbitral awards.

Her clients includes high profile individuals and multinationals. She leads multi‐ faceted investigation processes and asset recovery proceedings across several jurisdictions according to rigorous and high professional standards.

She advises clients on tracing and seizing or freezing funds and assets located in Lebanon or deposited in Lebanese Bank Accounts. She acts for clients in liberating funds that were unduly frozen by international or national regulatory authorities. She is distinctly respected by high ranked regulators (notably in the banking sector) who solicit her insight on legal matters.

As part of her practice, she handles complex transactions including financial engineering, M&A, oil and gas, PPP, corporate and financial transactions and corporate governance restructuring.

She was named more than once as “Leading Lawyer” by reputed international guides. She earned international recognition for her work in corporate governance and ethics. She is the recipient of the Corporate Governance Rising Star Award, 2009, Yale University (School of Management, the Millstein Center) and has received other medals and decorations.

Areas of Expertise

  • M&A
  • International cross border transactions
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • White‐collar crimes
  • Commercial litigation


  • Masters in Law from Harvard Law School (LL.M 1999)
  • Lebanese and French Master Law degree from University Saint Joseph in Beirut (1998), a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Beirut (1994)
  • Completed the M.A coursework in International Affairs at the Lebanese American University (1994).
  • Nada has also taught law and corporate governance at the American University of Beirut, Business School.

Firm Description:

ASAS LAW is a specialist law firm headquartered in Beirut with activities across the Middle East and extending to Europe, USA, Africa and commonwealth countries, gathering a team of highly experienced lawyers admitted to practice in New York, The Hague and Beirut. ASAS LAW is top ranked by Chambers Global as a “distinctive firm best known for its practice in banking and finance, particularly with regard to cross-border transactions.

The firm’s specialisms include project finance, Islamic finance, securitisation and public-private partnerships”​. ASAS LAW is also top ranked in Litigation and Arbitration and in Corporate and Finance by the major international legal ranking guides including Chambers, the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), Who’s Who Legal (WWL) and Global Investigations Review (GIR) who rank ASAS LAW lawyers as Thought Leader in Asset Recovery, Business Crime Defense and Investigation and recognised for “great Negotiations skills and cross border laws expertise”. ASAS LAW is the exclusive representative of ICC-FraudNet in Lebanon and takes pride in having the highest professional and ethical values.


Barbara R.C. Doherty

Leaders in Law endorses Barbara R.C. Doherty as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Canada. If you wish to get in touch with Barbara, please use the contact information provided above.

Barbara has a broad corporate/commercial practice with specialties in securities, capital markets, corporate finance, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Barbara has acted for issuers, controlling shareholders, independent committees, and registrants. She has experience with transactions relating to corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations with securities, regulatory, competition, and Investment Canada implications.

Barbara has a wealth of experience in mergers and acquisitions. Barb’s strength is her ability to help clients plan, orchestrate, and successfully implement complex transactions within time-sensitive, regulated environments.

Barbara has acted on private placements and prospectus offerings for both foreign and domestic registrants and issuers including investment funds and government agencies. These offerings consist of various equity and debt instruments. She has also acted on exempt and non-exempt takeover bids for offerors, targets, controlling shareholders, and dealers.

She is actively involved in dispute resolution, settling, and providing support including providing expert opinions in prosecuting litigious matters. She works with both Canadian and international clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business and Corporate Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities, Corporate Finance and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance


  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1980
  • B.Ed, McGill University, 1970

Bar Admission

Ontario, 1982

Firm Description:

In an ever-changing business world, Gardiner Roberts LLP enjoys a distinctive edge. With origins traced back to 1920s, Gardiner Roberts has evolved with Canada’s legal needs, providing the client-centric benefits of a full-service law firm with the dexterity of a mid-sized one. This effective combination has yielded a diversified client base that relies on us to provide in-depth, progressive advice to address complex business issues.

A focused, finely-tuned group of legal experts capitalizing on a cross-disciplinary, one-team approach, we’re committed to immersing ourselves into your business to help you capitalize on each and every opportunity.

And we listen – before providing strategic expertise in line with your short and long-term goals. The net result is a balance of wisdom, relevant experience and immediacy that, when combined with accessibility and overall cost-effectiveness, larger firms can’t touch.

Providing Canadians with over 90 years of legal expertise, Gardiner Roberts knows what works best. It’s why we prefer to remain a mid-sized, fiercely independent powerhouse, enabling us to provide you with timely, custom-tailored solutions to address your legal needs while propelling your business forward.


Shunsuke Inoue

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

Shunsuke Inoue is a partner at Hibiya-Nakata with extensive experience and expertise in competition law, merger filings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate governance, regulatory compliance. Shunsuke has advised many major global companies, banks, funds as well as small tech startups. Prior to joining Hibiya-Nakata, Shunsuke worked at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Areas of Expertise

  • M&A (Out-bound and in-bound cross border M&A, Domestic M&A transactions)
  • Competition Law
  • Financial Regulations
  • IT/Information Law and Compliance


  • Waseda University (B.A. in 2005)
  • The University of Tokyo School of Law (J.D. in 2008)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M. in 2016)

Professional Career

  • Certified Nonprofit Corporation 3keys (2022-current, Director)
  • The University of Tokyo School of Law (2018-current, Advisory Lecturer for Students without Prior Legal Education)
  • Hibiya-Nakata (2016-current, Partner since January 2020)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2012-2016, Associate)
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (2009-2012, Associate)

Bar Association

Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association (admitted in 2009)

Firm Description:

Hibiya-Nakata is a new type of law firm founded by Nobuo Nakata in 2012 to respond to the new market trend and demands. Hibiya-Nakata is a small M&A boutique law firm with global network and international standard of practice and quality. Mr. Nakata had participated in the global management of the corporate practice of Allen & Overy as a board member of the Global Corporate Board, and had established and led the M&A practice in Tokyo Office. Making use of all these experiences, Mr. Nakata started Hibiya-Nakata in such unique setup.

Hibiya-Nakata specializes in advising Japanese companies on their Japanese out-bound M&A transactions and international companies on their Japanese in-bound M&A transactions with close cooperation with affiliated foreign local firms in plural global networks, which cover more than 100 countries worldwide. Our selected small number of Japanese Bengoshi team manages the overall transaction by effectively collaborating with excellent foreign local team fully in accordance with the client’s strategic plan and intention. As a result, the client could enjoy the most efficient and smooth execution of the transaction as if he were moving his own arms and legs. Hibiya-Nakata is highly recognized by International media including Chambers, Legal 500, ALB, IFLR1000 etc.


Vivian Desmonts

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

Partner & Head of Guangzhou office at Gowling WLG

Vivian will focuses on building relationships with Chinese businesses entering or expanding in international markets, as well as international companies looking to do business in China. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Guangzhou office.

Vivian previously joined from DS Avocats after serving for a number of years as the firm’s Chief Representative in Guangzhou, having been instrumental in establishing the office there in 2007. He worked as an associate lawyer in the Paris office of DS Avocats and spent some time with the firm in Shanghai.

Licensed as a French attorney at law admitted to the Paris Bar, he is also a registered foreign lawyer with the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Justice and arbitrator at the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.

Vivian broad expertise ranges from legal services and particular experience in advising clients on the establishment, acquisition, operations and restructuring of joint venture companies and wholly foreign owned enterprises in China. He has extensive knowledge of the Chinese market and wider region, and has worked with national and international clients from all sectors.

Practice Areas

In charge of advising European and Canadian groups in their acquisition of Chinese companies (small & mid-cap deals), for example:

    • Advising a major European Group in the food industry for the acquisition of a €60 million factory in the bakery industry, with management earn-out and multi-jurisdictional elements (Hong Kong common law and Chinese continental law);
    • Advising a global leader in plant-based ingredients for the acquisition of a factory manufacturing pharmaceutical products in South China, driving the client through the public tender process for acquisition of Chinese State-Owned assets and securing the pharma licenses with the local FDA;
    • Advising European SMEs and Groups in their dealings with difficult Chinese partners in Sino-Foreign Joint Venture Companies, including implementation of buyout or exit strategies;
    • Advising a Fortune 500 in the sale of its Chinese subsidiary in the nuclear industry to another Fortune 500, with legal and tax aspects in China related to the earnout paid abroad;
    • Advising PE funds for acquisition or sale of shares in Chinese companies, including a Canadian PE fund investing over CAD 20 million in a paint and coating factory near Shanghai;
    • Advising jointly with lawyers of different jurisdictions a global manufacturer of aluminum alloys in a multijurisdictional transaction including a factory in North China, which was finally carved out because of pollution concerns and potential joint and several liabilities.
  • Corporate & commercial
    • Working for over 15 years in China, Vivian has participated in the establishment or restructuring of numerous foreign invested enterprises in China, including for operators in regulated industries such as nuclear, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, alcohol beverages, inspection & certification services, finance, logistics.
    • Advising foreign investors for structuring their operations in mainland China, whether with or without a holding company in Hong Kong or in Singapore; for example Joint-Venture companies in Hong Kong with Chinese partners and legal challenges on round-trip investment back to China;
    • Advising on different legal aspects when moving factories in China (issues related mainly to corporate, employment, tax, environmental remediation), for example the move of a 50,000 sqm factory from Shenzhen to Huizhou for a large European Group in electrical equipments;
    • Advising a European shareholder when its Chinese partner in a sino-joint Venture was about to sell their 120,000 sqm site in Guangxi province with a price premium for the land to be paid directly to the Chinese party instead of the Joint-Venture;
    • Drafting employment contracts, employee handbooks, EHS guidelines for Chinese subsidiaries in consideration of international Group policies, for example a manufacturer of glass containers with over 900 employees and reinforced work safety measures;
    • Drafting purchase contracts and codes of conduct for a Global company selling sorting and recycling equipments to Chinese State-Owned Enterprises;
    • Advising a global leader in cosmetic products when negotiating with the Chinese Customs on the assessment of imported samples and testers for the previous year;
    • Cooperation with business advisory firms, Consulates and Trade Councils as well as European authorities for the protection of foreign investments in China, including theft of company assets by Chinese partners, criminal offence by employees, pressure by local government to move industrial sites, etc.

Career / Qualifications

  • November 2019 – Gowling WLG (UK), Partner
  • 2012 – Member of the panel of arbitrators, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
  • 2007 – DS Avocats, Expatriate Partner, Chief Representative Guangzhou office
  • 2007 – Registered foreign lawyer, Guangdong Bureau of Justice
  • 2004 – Admitted to the Bar, Paris
  • 2004 – DS Avocats, Associate
  • 1999 – University of Paris II Assas, Master in Business and taxation law (Maitrise de droit des affaires et fiscalité)
  • 1998 – DS Avocats, Paralegal/Intern


    • 2000 – University of Paris II Assas, Postgraduate degree in Comparative law (DEA de droit comparé)
    • 1998 – University of Le Havre Normandy, Bachelor in private law


      English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese

      Firm Description:

      Gowling WLG represents a natural evolution for its founding firms – Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co – who, throughout their histories, have continually adapted to better serve their clients’ needs.

      With roots tracing back to 1887, Gowlings has grown to become one of the largest and most respected law firms in Canada, with a reputation for innovation in client-focused service delivery.

      Building on its early strength in intellectual property, Gowlings has diversified to offer a full suite of business law, litigation and intellectual property services in all of Canada’s key industries, including energy, mining, financial services, government, infrastructure, manufacturing, life sciences and technology. Gowlings ranks among the busiest law firms in the world for Canadian M&A, and is known for its deep experience in client advocacy before courts, tribunals, regulatory bodies and governments in Canada.

      Becoming a founding member of an international law firm is a natural progression for Gowlings, which has always operated with an international mindset, forming strong partnerships globally to better serve the needs of its clients. Prior to the combination with Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Gowlings was home to 2,000 people in 10 offices across Canada and in London, Moscow and Beijing.

      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG) was formed by the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in May 2014.

      The move introduced a new firm to the UK legal market, giving clients access to a broader range of services, increased capability in London and the UK, and enhanced international coverage. WLG is synonymous with outstanding client service and sector knowledge providing advice and solutions based on understanding the commercial issues, challenges and opportunities clients face. The merger created one of the UK’s largest real estate practices – a broad-based practice acting for institutions, investors, developers and occupiers – and the UK’s number one AIM firm; a position further enhanced through WLG’s combination with Gowlings.

      WLG has a strong financial services pedigree thanks to its market-leading investment funds practice, award-winning pensions experts and a highly rated private capital team, which advises UK and international high-net-worth individuals. In dispute resolution, WLG brought together Wragge & Co’s strengths in intellectual property, construction and commercial litigation with Lawrence Graham’s focus on international disputes, particularly in the areas of fraud and asset tracing, contentious trusts and insurance/reinsurance.

      WLG can trace its roots back to 1730, when Lawrence Graham became one of the first law firms to register in the City of London. Wragge & Co was founded in 1834. Since then, both have established themselves as major UK firms before embarking on international growth. Wragge & Co opened offices in Germany and China in 2008, a full service office in Paris in 2010 and in Dubai in 2011. Lawrence Graham opened its first overseas office in 2003 in Monaco, followed by Dubai, Singapore and Moscow (the latter by joint venture).

      Forming WLG was the first step towards creating a new international law firm. As a founding member of Gowling WLG, the firm offers clients increased international capability, connections and coverage.

      Around the world, our member firms operate and provide legal services to clients as separate legal entities under the common brand of Gowling WLG.

      Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP are members of Gowling WLG International Limited, a company limited by guarantee registered in England.  Gowling WLG is the name and brand under which the members of Gowling WLG International Limited and their respective affiliates provide services around the world.  However, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP operate and carry on business as independent and autonomous entities.  They are not one international partnership and the members of Gowling WLG International Limited are not legal partners with each other. Gowling WLG International Limited does not provide legal or other services to clients. Rather, its purpose is to act as a coordinating entity for its members.  Our structure is explained in more detail on our Legal Information page.



      Miguel Valdés

      Leaders in Law endorses Miguel Valdés as our exclusively recommended Real Estate and M&A Law expert in Mexico. If you wish to get in touch with Miguel, please use the contact information provided above.

      Corporate Law, Foreign Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions, Contracts, Environmental Law, special in bond regimes, Intellectual Property and Immigration. He was an international partner at Thompson & Knight from 2003 to 2011; a partner at Rojas, González, de la Garza, Maldonado & Valdés from 1995 – 2003; Margáin, Santos, Rojas, González, Vargas, S.C. from 1991 to 1995; and as in house counsel in Dicex, S.A. de C.V. from 1989 to 1990.


      • Law degree from the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, A.C., and LLM degree from the University of Illinois and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
      • Diplomas from Georgetown University in 1990, Harvard Law School in 2002.
      • He has been a professor of International Private Law at the Universidad de Monterrey and Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.


      Spanish and English.

      Firm Description:

      AV&M was founded in Monterrey, Mexico on January 2001. Our goal is to provide legal services that exceed the expectations of the business community. We devote our efforts to help our clients achieve their objectives, embracing their challenges as our own. We aim to build long term relationships based on mutual trust and excellence.

      The partners of AV&M offer experience and a practical legal approach to the needs of our clients.

      AV&M We have been ranked since 2016 is currently ranked under the section Mexico General Business Law: Monterrey, of the Chambers Latin America 2022 Guide.

      Our Vision

      We aspire to boost the integral development of all of the people we relationship with so we can create value and transcend.

      Our Mission

      We create fraternal bonds through our chain of values generating certainty, security and long-term relationships.

      Our Core Values

      • Respect: Treat people with dignity.
      • Caring: We care about our people, together we will move forward.
      • Accountability: Turn our promises into reality.
      • Integrity: Make the right thing for our clients and associates.
      • Resilience: Take adversity like an opportunity to grow.
      • Innovation: Find new ways to improve and make them work.
      • Excellence: Make things right t once.

      Practice Areas:


      We advise both domestic and foreign companies, individuals and entities on topics relevant to the structure, setting up and day-to-day business affairs of their commercial and/or industrial operations, including assistance with all types of business agreements, transactions and negotiations, to secure both their business objectives and their legal position. On behalf of our clients, we incorporate, organize and structure all types of business entities, including corporations, trusts, limited liability companies and specific purpose legal vehicles.

      Mergers & Acquisitions

      Our mergers and acquisitions practice allows us to assist our clients in determining the most beneficial structure of a transaction from the operational, and tax perspectives; in negotiating and drafting the transaction al documents, as well as solving the contingencies and meeting the closing conditions as efficiently as possible. We closely review all relevant aspects of the transactions from the different legal disciplines in our Firm, including tax, labor, litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, real estate and environmental law, to provide our clients with the most efficient and legally secured advice.

      Our firm is a leading advisor to both public and private companies on all types of merger and acquisition transactions, including private equity investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions of subsidiaries and other assets.

      Foreign Investment, Manufacturing Incentives, Special Programs and Benefits for Exporters )Immex Prosec and Vat Certification)

      We advise our global clients in their process to establish operations in Mexico, from their incorporation, real estate purchase or lease, and assist them in their day-to-day operations. Additionally, we go hand in hand with them during the process to obtain the major benefits provided by the special programs for exporters, such as the IMMEX Program, PROSEC Program and Certification Process for Fast Credit/Reimbursement of Value Added Tax, among others.

      Corporate Finance and Securities Law

      Through our Firm’s corporate finance and securities practice, we advise and represent issuers, creditors, private equity funds, underwriters and obligors on a wide range of public and private debt and equity transactions, including:

      • Commercial Secured and unsecured loans
      • Initial and secondary public offerings
      • Debt Restructurings
      • Commercial Paper Offerings
      • Syndicated Loans

      Real Estate

      We advise our clients on real estate planning on a national scale and we review that the real estate property to be acquired or leased by our clients has a clear historic property chain, assuring a legally secured transaction. Our real estate practice frequently involves our environmental, corporate, finance and tax attorneys, which enables us to handle all aspects of a real estate property transaction.

      Probate and Estate Planning

      We have broad experience advising our clients on how to arrange their property, money and assets, for distribution among their family and loved ones after they have passed away, including the setting up of preemptive plans in case they are ever unable to care for themselves due to serious injury or illness. We go hand-in-hand with our clients on every step of this process, in order to ensure our clients are satisfied with how their estate will be distributed after their passing away, such as the drafting of all relevant documents, including trusts, wills and powers of attorney.

      Furthermore, we also assist our clients in probate proceedings, whether in our out of a court of law, in order to secure the distribution of the deceased’s estate with the least burden and strain for both our clients and their families. This includes the filing of any necessary documentation before the proper authorities, to recognize our clients as beneficiaries to the corresponding estates.


      Our Firm handles relevant antitrust matters, including issues involving M&A’s, cartels, unilateral conduct, market investigations and antitrust litigation, as we work with a broad range of industries that are under constant scrutiny from the Mexican Federal Trade Commission.

      Additionally, we act as an independent third party for our clients before the Mexican Federal Trade Commission, for certifying compliance of commitments made with such authority and the members of the relevant industrial or commercial sectors. We also assist our clients in designing and implementing antitrust compliance programs.


      Our Environmental Law regulatory work is robust and includes thorough environmental due diligence, permits and environmental compliance. Our practice is highly experienced and recognized, due to our proactive approach to prevent our clients from environmental contingencies, which includes:

      (i) Assessment of environmental compliance and status of both companies and real estate properties, including strategies and remediation actions required to reach full environmental compliance;

      (ii) Design and implementation of environmental strategies, compliance management and approval of permits and/or authorizations for our clients’ various activities and operations, or for a specific real estate property; and

      (iii) Structure, negotiation and monitoring of remediation proposals for contaminated real estate properties.

      Furthermore, we also assist our clients in probate proceedings, whether in our out of a court of law, in order to secure the distribution of the deceased’s estate with the least burden and strain for both our clients and their families. This includes the filing of any necessary documentation before the proper authorities, to recognize our clients as beneficiaries to the corresponding estates.

      Tax Strategy and Disputes

      Our Firm provides a full range of federal, state, municipal and international tax planning, as well as the representation of our clients before government agencies and courts in tax disputes. Our services include leading-edge, innovative and creative types of transactions, within the framework of applicable laws, that allow for an efficient management of our clients’ tax burden.


      We have developed a special and successful practice on Civil, Commercial, Administrative, Labor, Environmental and Tax Litigation. Our litigation practice combines thorough analysis, strategy, practical skills and vast experience, to effectively represent our clients before both federal and state courts and arbitration panels, throughout Mexico. If a favorable pre-litigation solution cannot be reached, we litigate our cases vigorously to reach the desired outcome.

      Immigation Law

      We provide a full range of immigration and legal services to our international clients, which are carefully crafted out by our attorneys to acchieve each client’s goals. Our immigration services practice includes the representation of our clients in work and residence visa applications, as well as in procedures regarding immigration compliance audits.

      Oil and Gas Law

      Our Firm has been involved in operations pertaining to the oil and gas industry, particularly with clients whose main corporate purpose involves the storage, transportation and marketing of oil and gas.


      Rossana Chu

      Leaders in Law endorses Rossana Chu as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in Hong Kong. If you wish to get in touch with Rossana please use the contact information provided above.
      • Corporate Finance
      • Corporate and Commercial
      • Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
      • Fund & Private Equity
      • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
      • Restructuring & Insolvency


      • University of Hong Kong, LL.M.
      • City University of Hong Kong, PCLL
      • University of London, LL.B. (Hons.)
      • City University of Hong Kong, B.A. (Accountancy)


      • Hong Kong
      • England and Wales (non-practising)


      English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


      Rossana Chu has more than 26 years of legal experience with deep knowledge and skills. She is best known for her expertise in M&As including takeovers and privatisations of Hong Kong listed companies, capital markets, corporate financing, asset management, corporate restructuring, private equity/venture investments, trusts and family offices, ESG and sustainability, technology law as well as employment legal issues. She advises multi-national and Chinese corporations, securities firms, investment banks, funds, non-profit making organisations, families and individuals in respect of their domestic and overseas legal matters.

      Rossana Chu is an award-winning lawyer, international accolades include: “Leading Individual” by Chambers Greater China Region (2024); “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2023-2024); “Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer” by IFLR1000 (2015-2023); “asialaw Distinguished Practitioner” by asialaw (2023-24); “A-List: Visionaries (International)” by China Business Law Journal (2023-24); “A-List – China’s Elite Lawyers (Foreign Firms)” by China Business Law Journal (2020-2022); “Winner in M&A Law Expert of the Year in Hong Kong” at Global Law Experts Annual Awards (2022-2023), “Winner in M&A Law Expert of the Year in Hong Kong” at Leaders in Law Global Awards (2022-2023); “Winner in M&A Law Expert of the Year in Hong Kong” at The Lawyers Network Annual Awards (2022); “The Highest Rated Lawyer to work with of the Year” by asialaw Client Service Excellence (2021); “Ranked Lawyer” by Legal Media 360 (2021, 2023), “Commended External Counsel of the Year” by In-House Community (2017, 2021 and 2022-23); “Winner in Capital Markets for Hong Kong” at Lexology Client Choice Awards (2019); “Takeover Deal of the Year 2016 Award” by Lawyer Monthly (2016).

      As a thought leader in the legal industry, Rossana has been recognised as a #Lexology Legal Influencer (Individual Expert) respectively in “Future of legal services – Cross-border” and “Corporate – Asia-Pacific” for Q1 2021, “Employment – Asia Pacific” for Q2 2021, and “Infrastructure – Asia-Pacific” for Q1 2022.

      Rossana has been a partner in international law firms since 2008. From 2018 to early 2024, she was the Managing Partner of a Hong Kong law firm as a member of the global network of a Big Four accounting firm.  She is a co-founder of the Association of Retired Elderly Limited, a non-profit-making organisation with a focus on improving the welfare of the elderly in Hong Kong. She is also an affiliate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom.

      Firm Description:

      YYC Legal LLP (formerly known as Yang & Yang Solicitors LLP) is a Hong Kong law firm dedicated to providing comprehensive and efficient legal services to a wide variety of clients including corporations, financial institutions, funds, governmental and official authorities, family offices, individuals, charities and non-profit-making organizations.  With rich experience, extensive professional knowledge, and licenses in multiple jurisdictions, such as USA, Canada, England and Wales, the lawyers of YYC Legal LLP have established a global vision, diversified layout and license in Hong Kong.  A comprehensive law firm with first-class service capabilities.

      YYC Legal LLP is familiar with Hong Kong’s legal system and business environment. It has been in Association with East & Concord Partners (Hong Kong) Law Firm which is the Hong Kong office of a PRC-based law firm, East & Concord Partners.  Our alliance with East & Concord Partners which enables YYC Legal LLP to provide clients with a wide range of legal services in the Greater Bay Area (Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong), including 7 other offices (Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing and Xi’an) in mainland China, as well as an office in Vancouver of Canada and help the clients handle complex cross-border matters.


      Mr. Alexis Coffi AQUEREBURU

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

      Member of the Lomé Bar since 28th November 1985, Mr. Alexis Coffi AQUEREBURU is a highly influential Counsel with a wealth of experience that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of the legal profession.

      Managing Partner of the AQUEREBURU & PARTNERS Law Firm, he was successively Secretary and President of the Togolese Bar Association from 2006 to 2010.

      A pioneer in the fight against counterfeit goods and trademarks in Togo, a specialist in intellectual property and an authorised agent for the AIPO (African Organisation of Intellectual Propety), he is very active in the promotion of the Law in Togo and the sub-region.

      He has published a number of articles over the course of his rich career on a variety of relevant and topical legal issues. He is a member of the OHADA national commission and arbitrator at the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) and is well-known among them and within the profession. He is also well versed in environmental issues, having obtained a postgraduate degree in this forward-looking field.

      He has been :

      • Provisional Administrator for the SIAB, Société Interafricaine de Banque;
      • Vice-Chairman of the  CCIT, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo ;
      • Administrator of the ARMP, Autorité de Régulation des Marchés Publics;
      • Chairman of the CIB, Conférence Internationale des Barreaux de tradition juridique commune;
      • Vice-Chairman of the HAAC, High Authority for Audiovisual and Communications
      • Chairman of the Commission Nationale ad-hoc de réflexion sur la question foncière;

      He has been involved in setting up a number of key projects in the transport, energy, infrastructure and banking sectors, and is regularly called upon by institutional and private organisers to lead seminars, debates, conferences and workshops, both in the sub-region and in Europe, on OHADA law and WAEMU legislation, in the drafting of which he has already participated on several occasions.

      Practice areas

      • Business Law
      • Environmental Law
      • Intellectual property Law

      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:

      • LDP PAYROLL SRL-SOCIETA’ TRA PROFESSIONISTI – Director since 30/12/2015

      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.