Thomas Willet Donovan

Thomas W. Donovan is Managing Partner and founder of the Iraq Law Alliance, PLLC. He divides his time between the firm’s offices in Basrah, Baghdad and Erbil – Kurdistan Region. His experience centers on petroleum and natural gas law and the surrounding corporate, employment, immigration and customs issues. He also has considerable amount of experience in public international law, litigation and structured project finance. Mr. Donovan has published extensively on the development of the domestic Iraqi economy and issues associated with petroleum production and exploration.

Iraq Law Alliance:

.Iraq Law Alliance, PLLC (‘ILA’) is a law firm which represents national and multinational companies. We advise on all legal matters related to corporate and reconstruction activities in Iraq. Our practice spans a broad spectrum and includes general corporate and commercial, contract, projects and finance construction, regulatory, licensing, labor, intellectual property, and tax issues.

ILA, through its attorneys and consultants, maintains privileged relationships with prominent international law firms around the world without any formal relationship with any of them.

ILA seeks to constantly solidify these relationships by participating in international seminars and forums on Iraq, and by seeking to periodically offer its members training in international law firms. Further, ILA has, among its members, lawyers who have experience working with international law firms and in the Middle East, including Iraq.

ILA maintains contacts, and cooperates with, numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the reconstruction of Iraq, and the development and growth of the legal infrastructure in Iraq.

Lourdes Caposso Fernandes

Lourdes Caposso Fernandes is the founder and President of the LCF-Legal Counsel Firm Group. This Group is comprised of three units: a law firm she founded in 2008 called LCF- Legal Counsel Firm, a nonprofit unit called Associação Lei com Força and on the 1st October 2013 she founded a consultancy in the United States of America called Local Content Focus LLC.

She founded the units of the LCF Group on a patriotic premise with a mission to contribute towards the sustainable development of our country by valuing Angolan human resources. Dr. Lourdes wrote a book entitled ` Valuing Human Capital, Angolanization for Petroleum´.

Lourdes is an international speaker, having spoken at various international forums and roundtable discussions. She is a qualified lawyer, has a law degree from the University of Lisbon, a masters degree in International Commercial Law and an LLM from the University of Lisbon. She is a registered attorney at the bar association of Angola and Portugal.

Her areas of specialization include Oil & Gas law, Foreign Investment law, Labour law, Banking, Finance, Contracts, Ethics and Compliance. She is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and a founding member of the Ethics institute of Angola. She and her firm are the exclusive representatives of FRAUDNET in Angola.

Natural Resources Law Practice:

The complexities of oil and gas law are magnified when crossing international borders. It can be critical to put together a team that is well-versed in international energy and business law to ensure that overseas operations are not only profitable, but compliant with the laws of the countries involved. At LCF Group, we have developed extensive skills in helping our clients navigate the differing challenges of various international markets.

From our law offices in Luanda, Angola, and Houston, Texas, we represent U.S. oil and gas companies operating in African countries like Angola and Nigeria, and South American countries like Brazil, as well as in other oil-producing countries around the globe. We also assist European, Asian and other worldwide interests in their international oil and gas endeavors.

Our lawyers provide representation in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. We have served leading oil and gas corporations, oil rig manufacturers, telecommunications providers for oil and gas corporations, and a full array of other services ancillary to but dependent upon oil and gas. From resolving conflicts for multinational corporations that have found themselves in violation of international ethics and anti-corruption laws to providing guidance to pipe-fitting businesses and other businesses interested in getting contracts for work in African or other international petroleum drilling operations, we have proven that our experience and knowledge are invaluable resources.

LCF Group:

The international LCF Group is centered in Luanda, Angola, and Houston, Texas. Currently one of the largest law firms in sub-Saharan Africa, we are an international leader in the transnational energy law, and oil and gas law sectors.

Our commitment to client-centered service is embodied by our motto, “Working Together Works,” and we have centered our full range of practice areas around timely and effective attention to meeting our clients’ needs and expectations.

LCF Group was founded by Lourdes Caposso Fernandes after a successful career representing an international oil and gas corporation. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Lisbon, where she also received a master’s degree in international commercial law. Attorney Fernandes has since become an author as well as an internationally sought-after speaker on ethical practices and compliance.

With lawyers hailing from Africa, the far east, Europe and the United States, our law firm has continued to build an internationally recognized team, including many selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list.

Alexander Paykin, Esq.

We are a general litigation practice, focusing on the everyday needs of New York residents and small business owners.  While we would like to be able to assist you with all of your legal matters, we will only take on what we know.  However, if we are not able to represent you with the utmost confidence, we will help you find the correct attorney for your needs, and will charge you nothing for the search.

Real Estate Practice:

Real estate refers to any property consisting of the land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources, such as rivers, trees, crop fields, etc.  Whether you are buying, selling, renting, or refinancing your house, our experienced legal team will strongly advocate for you at each and every step of the process.  Our attorneys will defend you against foreclosures, acquire loan modifications, negotiate short sales, challenge zoning, town and county

 

Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote

Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote is head of the Foreign Investment Department of the firm.

Advised clients and lead the local strategy to invest in multiple mining and energy projects which include Nickel, Silver, Gold, Antimony and Petroleum in Guatemala and Central America.

Advised and lead as local counsel international arbitrations including the first ever DR-CAFTA Investor vs State dispute in Washington DC., which was ruled on behalf of the investor.

Team leader in multiple strategic and large real estate transactions, involving natural resources companies, government, and multinationals.

Team leader in multiple complex commercial transactions between multinationals and national entities and individuals.

PRACTICE AREAS:
  • Foreign Investment
  • Natural Resources (Mining and Energy)
  • Acquisition of strategic Real Estate Assets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law
  • International Arbitration and Mediation
EDUCATION
  • Bachelors of Law (LL.B.), (Guatemala, 1998) – Universidad Francisco Marroquin.
  • Specialization in Arbitration Law and Alternate Dispute Resolutions (U.S.A., 1998) – Loyola University.
  • Certificate if Digital Economy and E-Business (Guatemala, 2002) – Central American Institute of Public Administration -ICAP / Ministry of Economy.
  • Specialization in International Mergers & Acquisitions (England, 2003) – College of Law of England & Wales.
  • Executive Program in Legal Issues of International Business Law, (2003) – Georgetown University Law Center/ INCAE.
  • Specialization in Advanced Negotiation, Deal Design & Implementation (U.S.A., 2005) – Harvard Law School.
  • Magister Science (LL.M), Mercantile Law & Competitiveness (Guatemala, 2008) – CIG /USAC.
  • Attorney at Law – Public Notary (Guatemala, 1998)
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Central Law Guatemala
  • AMCHAM Guatemala
  • ASCABI
  • Guatemalan Bar Association
  • Mexican Chamber of Commerce
  • German Chamber of Commerce
  • Guatemalan Chamber of Industry
  • American Bar Association – ABA
  • Chambers & Partners, Latin America.
Natural Resources Law Practice:

CENTRAL LAW has established a solid reputation thanks to its counseling services in the regulatory scope and due diligences on the main hydrocarbon and electricity industries.

Investment in these fields is considered of high-growth in the CAFTA-DR region. Our firm has been providing counsel to the principal investment projects in Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic.

At CENTRAL LAW we promote Renewable Energy Projects and Infrastructure, caring for the environmental management of all the operations involved.

Our firm offers a comprehensive service that covers all necessary stages to ensure the success of the whole project from prefeasibility, feasibility and Implementation, setting out the critical routes within the legal, technical and financial frameworks and supported by a team of experts in the matter.

CENTRAL LAW:

CENTRAL LAW is the leading regional law firm advising clients on corporate law and in Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure in Central America, Panama and the Caribbean.

With 11 offices in the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic, CENTRAL LAW has advised domestic and foreign corporations as well as individuals and international organizations in different projects in their business development in the countries where the firm’s offices are located.

International directories such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000 have recognized CENTRAL LAW´s lawyers as prominent professionals in the fields of Corporate Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Finance, Corporate M&A, Energy & Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment, Real Estate & Tourism, Shipping and Tax.