Ryan John Wrobel

Our Managing Partner Ryan John Wrobel was born in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. Spending his formative years in Western New York, Mr. Wrobel often travelled over the international border to nearby Ontario, Canada and took an early interest in International travel, culture and affairs.

After completing high school, he began the pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). During his time in University, Mr. Wrobel was nominated for the 1999 Robert H. Stern Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Political Science relating to a research paper he wrote entitled “Human Rights Conditions in Jamaica.”

Upon graduation from University, Mr. Wrobel immediately entered the Law School at SUNY-Buffalo where he concentrated on international law. He enriched his law school experience by taking part in two international study abroad programs during the summers, first in Barbados with the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, and later at University College London in the United Kingdom.

While at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados, our Managing Partner was introduced to foreign investment and international financial services law in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The introduction to West Indian culture proved to have a lasting effect on Mr. Wrobel and from that point forward he became interested in the opportunity to someday live and practice in the region.

Rather than immediately entering the practice of law upon graduation from law school, Mr. Wrobel instead decided to continue his legal education at an institution that he had been introduced to earlier, University College London. The pursuit of a Masters of Laws at UCL was an enriching experience for him. He not only was able to gain knowledge of the law from an English perspective at a distinguished institution with graduates such as Mahatma Gandhi, but he was also able to interact with colleagues from around the world. Spending over a year in educationally and culturally enhancing environment of cosmopolitan London, Mr. Wrobel was also availed the opportunity visit numerous countries in Continental Europe. The time in London solidified Mr. Wrobel’s resolve to pursue a career outside of his birth nation and persevere to follow the path to achieve his global goals and interests. During his time at University College London, he was a recipient of the UCL Faculty’s Bentham Award for exceptionally well qualified overseas graduates, and also had an article on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute published in the American Bar Association’s International Law News journal.

After returning to the United States with a Master’s Degree in Law from UCL, Mr. Wrobel sat for and passed the New York State Bar Exam and was called to the New York State Bar in 2004. He started his career as a sole practitioner in Buffalo, New York. In order to serve his clients, Mr. Wrobel was called to the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, both for the Western District of New York State. Although the practice of law in New York proved to be a good experience, it did not satisfy Mr. Wrobel’s desire to work within the realm of international law, thus in 2005 he made the decision to migrate to Belize. Belize is a country that he had visited numerous times since 1999 and had a great interest and involvement in since 1996.

Upon moving to Belize, our Managing Partner enrolled in the Belize Tourism Board’s Tour Guide Training Course in order to learn more about his new home. Mr. Wrobel also began consulting for the Big Four professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche Belize in Belize City, where he began to manage Deloitte’s Corporate & Legal Department. Over the years Mr. Wrobel has gained a wealth of experience relating to the legal system in Belize, with a special focus on real estate transactions and company law. He has travelled throughout the nation and has developed a strong bond with its culture, people and way of life. Mr. Wrobel sits on the Board of Trustees of the Scouts Endowment Fund, a trust fund which raises money to support the Scout Association of Belize and was elected as the Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce of Belize (AMCHAM-Belize). He is also a member of the Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize (AREBB), Belize International Financial Services Association (BISFA), and the Belize Museum of History. Mr. Wrobel is also a Welfare Committee Member of the Royal British Legion – Belize Branch. Recently Mr. Wrobel was also elected as Director and Committee Member of the Belize Rifle Club. He was appointed as a Notary Public in New York State in 2004, as well as being appointed by the Attorney General of Belize as a Justice of the Peace in 2008.

In order to further his dream to practice law and further his career in Belize, Mr. Wrobel entered Norman Manley Law School’s Six Month Programme in Kingston, Jamaica. The time spent at Norman Manley Law School was extremely beneficial to him, as he was not only able to learn more about the practise of law in the Commonwealth Caribbean, but also able to establish solid contacts with legal practitioners from across the region. Ryan J. Wrobel was called to the Belize Bar in September 2009 and opened the law firm of Wrobel & Co., as well as the corporate service firm of British Honduras Professionals Ltd. shortly thereafter. He was subsequently called to the Jamaican Bar in 2010 and admitted to the United States District Courts for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in 2011.

Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law has quickly gained the trust and appreciation of numerous clients under the direction of Mr. Wrobel. The firm continues to provide services to an international client base from the main office in Belize City, as well as from affiliate offices in New York City and Kingston, Jamaica.

Firm Overview:

Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law, began more than a decade ago as a boutique law firm focusing on real estate and business law in Belize.

During the past 12 years, as we’ve responded to additional clients’ needs, our competent, established team has branched out into other legal services, which include international financial services, retirement services, and intellectual property law, among others. Please visit our Legal Services page to explore everything we offer.

As we’ve grown from a small customer-focused firm to a larger customer-focused firm with an international reach, our focus has never wavered. We’ve always aimed to make Belize home for our clients and their investments.

Our office in Belize City (and now in San Pedro) is part of the Belizean community. We are at home here, and we want to make you feel at home as well.

Wrobel & Co, Attorneys-at-Law, has quickly gained the trust and appreciation of numerous clients under the direction of Mr. Wrobel.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We’d love to learn more about you. Contact us today.

 

Ronald Myers

Ronald Myers is a director of Marshall Diel & Myers Limited and manages the firm’s commercial law practice. Ronald is also the principal source of knowledge support for the Litigation and Advice Team. He has over 30 years of legal experience specializing in constitutional and administrative law, statutory and regulatory law, contract drafting and interpretation and general commercial litigation and advice. Ronald is one of the senior regulatory lawyers in Bermuda.

Ronald began his career in litigation, moved to parliamentary drafting and then obtained his postgraduate qualifications in 1987. He spent the next seven years as parliamentary counsel and legal advisor to various Governments in the Caribbean, as well as in Bermuda, returning to private practice in 1994. In 1998, he and fellow director Mark Diel formed their law partnership, Diel & Myers. In 2002 Marshall and Aicardi joined with Diel & Myers to become Marshall Diel & Myers.

Expertise

Ronald is the firm’s leading knowledge resource on a broad range of legal matters. In his role as expert advisor to the Litigation and Advice Group, he has prepared or assisted in the preparation of cases at every level and played a significant part in many of the firm’s major successes. Ronald has extensive experience in handling a range of legal matters relating to disputes between employers and employees; companies and shareholders; and trustees and beneficiaries.  He regularly drafts and reviews commercial contracts and advises on complex public law, statutory and contract enforcement and interpretation matters.

Ronald spends much of his time as an expert advisor to attorneys engaged in large and complex civil litigation matters. He is a seasoned specialist in public law litigation, including commercial judicial review matters touching on constitutional and administrative law issues, as well as issues of statutory interpretation.  He is also well versed in litigation turning on issues of contractual interpretation and enforcement, as well as directorial duties and powers. As a skilled legal draftsman, he regularly advises clients on contract drafting issues. He often works with international teams of commercial litigation attorneys and Queen’s Counsel. Ronald has been involved in some of the most important constitutional cases in Bermuda and has appeared before the Privy Council.

Ronald has significant experience serving the telecommunications, oil & gas, technology, financial services and public sectors. He has represented many of the leading telecommunications companies advising on new regulatory landscapes and regulatory reform and has been lead counsel to two major energy companies. As the firm’s public law specialist he has frequently represented clients at numerous regulatory hearings and in relation to numerous regulatory matters. Ronald also continues to advise the Government in various matters at varying levels of complexity, having previously been the principal advisor to the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Immigration and the Bermuda Monetary Authority when he was engaged by the Attorney General.

Ronald has served as a member of the Law Reform Committee and the National Training Board, and while engaged by the Attorney General, acted as his representative on the Insurance Advisory Committee.

Education

University of the West Indies (at Cave Hill), Barbados, West Indies (LL.B (Hons.), 1983)

Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies (LEC, 1985)

University of the West Indies (at Cave Hill), Barbados, West Indies (Dip. Leg., 1987)

Bar Admissions

Trinidad, 1985

Bermuda, 1994

Industry Associations

Member, Bermuda Bar Association

Commissioner for Oaths

Notable Matters

Litigation through to the Privy Council, concerning the constitutional rights of business startups, and questions as to freedom of association and deprivation of property in the face of restrictive Governmental legislation.

Litigation concerning the constitutional rights of telecommunications providers to freedom of association within the marketplace.

Litigation concerning the privacy rights of employees.

Drafting of the instructions for the first version of the Government’s insurance regulations first creating different classes of insurers and drafting of the commentary on the employment legislation in its formative phases on behalf of industry groups.

Part of a team engaged to represent one of Bermuda’s most prominent re-insurers, in its groundbreaking efforts to own property in Bermuda which culminated in the drafting of an historic private Act of the Bermuda Legislature.

 

Armando Bode

Leaders in Law endorses Armando Bode as our exclusively recommended Public Law expert in Albania. If you wish to get in touch with Armando please use the contact information provided above.

Armando Bode is an Associate at Boga & Associates, which he joined in 2015.  He assists foreign investors (including Fortune 500 companies) on various business law aspects, including corporate, compliance and regulatory implications.  Armando is also a licensed Trademark Attorney and regularly advises clients operating in technology, fashion and food industries in IP, IT and data protection law assignments.

In addition to his client-related work, Armando is continuously publishing for various law journals and magazines within his areas of expertise and also assists different business associations with pro bono advice.

Armando holds a Bachelor of Laws (2014) and a Master of Science in Public Law (2016) from the University of Tirana.

In addition to Albanian, he speaks fluent English and Italian.

Firm Description

Boga & Associates, established in 1994, has emerged as one of the premiere law firms in Albania, earning a reputation for providing the highest quality legal services to its clients.  The practice maintains its commitment to quality through the skills and determination of a team of attorneys and other professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. The extensive foreign language capabilities of the team help to ensure that its international clientele have easy access to the expanding Albanian business environment.

Boga & Associates represents a broad spectrum of high-profile clients, including financial institutions, airlines, industrial complexes, mining and petroleum concerns, non-profit organizations, embassies, public utilities, commercial companies, international and governmental agencies. The firm has also an outstanding litigation practice, representing clients on all levels of Albanian courts. This same know-how and experience has been drawn upon by the Legislature in the drafting of new laws and regulations.

The firm offers to its clients all the legal, tax and accounting services required to conduct business in Albania. Over the years the firm has advised in the areas of privatization of national resources and enterprises, concessions, real estate transactions, setting up businesses, credit facilities and custom and tax issues, all with a keen sensitivity to the rapid changes in the Albanian business environment.

Boga & Associates serves as World Bank’s local partner on yearly publication of Doing Business that benchmarks Albanian’s business regulation. The firm is also an exclusive contributor for Albania to International Law Office, a global source of analysis and legal developments to lawyers worldwide, and a correspondent of International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) that operates on authoritative expertise on cross-border taxation.

 

Soma Kölcsényi

Dr. Soma Kölcsényi is a family lawyer specialised in cases involving non-Hungarian clients having family legal issues under Hungarian jurisdiction. Enlisted in the official Hungarian registry of certified family law mediators. Graduated at the Janus Pannonius University of Pecs, Hungary. Experienced lawyer in Family Law, founder and partner at the Kolcsenyi & Nemethi Lawfirm. Former lecturer at the Eotvos Lorand University Faculty of Social Sciences.

  • Member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
  • Member of the Hungarian and the Budapest Bar Associations (HBA & BBA)
  • Delegated expert of the HBA to the European Judicial Network

His practice areas embraces a wide range of marital and divorce law related matters. Out of personal conviction primarily focuses on child custody and visitation issues by providing attentive representation to clients facing contested divorce, as well as to those able to seek a more amicable settling through uncontested divorce.

Kölcsényi & Némethi Law Firm:

Kölcsényi and Némethi Law Firm specialises in cases involving non-Hungarian clients with family law issues under Hungarian jurisdiction and family law matters involving cross-border elements. The vast majority of our clients are non-Hungarian individuals facing marital legal difficulties in Hungary.

Practice areas include: adoption, appeals, child care/public law, child custody/residence/visitation/contact, child support, cohabitation, divorce, domestic abuse/violence/protection orders, emergency procedures/injunctions, enforcement: child custody, enforcement: child support, enforcement: spousal support, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, modification/variation: child custody, modification/variation: child support, modification/variation: property division, modification/variation: spousal support, parentage/paternity, pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements, relocation/removal from jurisdiction, spousal support/maintenance/alimony.

Andreina Degli Esposti

Leaders in Law endorses Andreina Degli Esposti as our exclusively recommended Public Law expert in Italy. If you wish to get in touch with Andreina please use the contact information provided above.

Born in Bologna in June 1960, she graduated magna cum laude in Law from the University of Bologna in February 1984. She also studied at the University of Münster and was admitted to the bar in 1986. She has been involved in research and lecturing in the department of Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna and the departments of Administrative Law at the Universities of Milan and Pavia, publishing various essays and contributing entries to legal encyclopedias.

Throughout the course of her practice – which covers both judicial (predominantly before the Regional Administrative Tribunals and the Consiglio di Stato) and extrajudicial (stipulating agreements with Public Administrations and providing counsel in the administrative areas of M&A and joint ventures) work – she has gained expertise in the sectors of procurement (also concerning the German legal system), environment, telecommunications and town-planning. She also has extensive experience as a member of the Board of Arbitrators.

Currently, she is involved in the professional network of the online administrative law review “GiustAmm.it” and is a member of the Lombardy Association for Administrative Lawyers.

Chambers Europe and Legal 500 place her among the most prominent Italian lawyers in the field of public law.

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati:

At Studio Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati, our primary objective is to meet the growing demand for specialist advice from public and private clients operating in the various sectors governed by Administrative Law. Having provided legal counsel across all areas of our expertise over the years, our extensive judicial and extrajudicial experience has shaped the Studio as a key consultancy in the current legal framework. We operate within the ever-strengthening relationship between the Administrative and Civil law sectors, and specialise particularly in Corporate and Financial law. The importance of this relationship has now extended across both national and international markets, particularly due to the influence of key independent authorities that regulate areas such as antitrust material, the Stock Exchange and financial brokerage, as well as other entities operating in the field of public utilities (e.g. energy, water, telecommunications and transport).

The Firm’s practice covers all areas of Public Law, either in courts of law (besides before civil and administrative courts, also in criminal proceedings involving public aspects and before Corte di Conti) or extra-judicially. In particular, the Firm is specialized in: Public tenders and Project financing, Real estate and Building Regulation (Commerce, Industrial sites, Malls, Stores and Infrastructures), Environment, Mergers and Acquisitions (i.e. Due Diligence activity), Energy, Public Utilities, Independent Authorities,  Oil and Gas, Waste, Privatisation;

We consider one of our fundamental strengths to be our ability to continually update and evolve our practice in order to accommodate for a constantly developing legal system. The Studio’s dynamic structure means that our lawyers spread across Milan, Rome and Bologna can satisfy our clients’ every need quickly and efficiently.

The Firm is located also in Rome (00198, Via G. Caccini, 1, Tel.+39 06 48 90 67 66 – Fax +39 06 47 82 16 84) and in Bologna (40122, Galleria G. Marconi, 1, Tel.+39 051 23 11 56 – Fax +39 051 04 20 457).