Rita Branco

Leaders in Law endorses Rita Branco as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Portugal. If you wish to get in touch with Rita, please use the contact information provided above.

Rita Branco, post-graduate degree in Tax, Urban Planning and Construction Law, President of the Loulé Delegation of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2011, practices in the fields of property conveyancing and tax law, family and matrimonial, wills, gifts and probates, commercial law and litigation.

Educational Qualifications

  • Law Degree, from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
  • Specialization course in Planning Law , Environment and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon;
  • Post-graduation and Specialization in Taxation from the ESGHT, University of Algarve
  • Post-graduation in Urban Planning and Construction Law , from the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.

Preferred Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Real estate contracts and transactions
  • Urban Planning and Construction Law
  • Tax Law and Criminal Tax
  • Family Law and Estates (Divorce, Parental Responsibilities Regulations, legacies, Probate)
  • Wills, gifts and probates
  • Law of Registries and Notaries
  • Labour Law
  • Litigation
  • Full legal advice to companies and individuals

Professional Experience

  • Co-founder of “Allawyers- Escritório de Advogados”- Law office- (2010 to date)
  • Associate and then Partner (2005) of “Nélia Faisca, Eurico Alves & Associados”, Law Office, Almancil (2002/2010)
  • Trainee lawyer at “José Teixeira & Manuel Fernandes Barros”, Law Office Faro (2000-2002)

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2000, Professional Card Number: 296 F issued by the District Council of Faro.
  • Councillor of the National Youth Portuguese Bar Association by the Faro District (ANJAP) (2001/ 2010)
  • Treasurer of the Delegation of Loulé of the Portuguese Bar Association (2008/2010)
  • President of the Delegation of Loulé of the Portuguese Bar Association (2011/2013 and 2014-2016)
  • Member of the Council and national Board of the Portuguese Law Society

Languages

  • English
  • French

Firm Description:

The ALLAWYERS project was born in 2010, in Almancil, created by the lawyers Tiago Felizardo and Rita Branco. After working a number of years in different traditional law firms, they felt the market needed a different type of law firm, geared towards the client and his needs, with a professional and dynamic team capable of responding quickly and efficiently.

Currently, ALLAWYERS has collaboration with UK and Irish law offices and consists of a team of lawyers with over 15 years of experience in a broad range of legal fields, all registered with the Portuguese Bar Association and fluent in English.

 

Christopher Wells

Leaders in Law endorses Christopher Wells as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Turks & Caicos Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Christopher, please use the contact information provided above.

Christopher Wells specializes in real estate transactions and conveyancing, sales and structuring for both high-end and private client matters and large commercial transactions.

His practice covers mortgage-backed financing and loans, property title due diligence and opinions, title insurance, subdivision, resort and hotel planning development and operation, commercial and residential leases and related tax matters and issues and in advising on and applying for all governmental and requisite approvals. He is based in the firms Turks and Caicos islands office and works on both Turks and Caicos and Bahamas based matters.

Christopher Wells is recognised by the prestigious London-based Chambers and Partners with their Chambers Global 2020 “Up and Coming” rankings distinction, in the area of General Business Law.

Recent engagements include:

  • Representing the developer of a planned residential gated community (258 lots and 80 townhouses) in all matters of master planning and sales.
  • Representing a major international debt fund as local counsel in a debt-for-equity swap of approximately US$ 170 million, concerning a major Bahamian resort property and related joint venture interests, which included obtaining requisite multi-departmental Bahamian Government approvals for the acquisition, the assumption of casino management licenses, and a numerous relevant operating licenses.
  • Advising investors and developers on the acquisition and sale of exclusive developments throughout the Bahamas.
  • Providing advice to global financial institutions on commercial loan transactions, including numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions involving groups of international banks.

Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Property Development

Education

  • University of Kent Law School, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • The College of Law, Guildford, United Kingdom

Admissions

  • Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 2016
  • Bar of England and Wales, 2005
  • The Bahamas Bar, 2005

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners, Band 3 Attorney, Chambers Global – General Business Law: Real Estate (2023)
  • Chambers Global “Up and Coming” ranking, General Business Law (2022, 2021 and 2020)
  • Named to Citywealth Magazine‘s “Bahamas Future Leaders” List, 2014

Community Involvement

  • Avid martial arts enthusiast holding instructor certificates in both Krav Maga and Kali

Memberships

  • The Turks and Caicos Bar Association
  • The Bahamas Bar Association

Firm Description:

Our team of experienced attorneys has a track record of delivering results for our clients, whether they are facing complex legal disputes, require comprehensive advice on resort and hotel planning development, navigating the intricacies of business law, or simply needing representation on a straightforward property transaction. We understand that the legal landscape can be daunting, and we’re committed to making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients.

Instead of adopting the approach taken by most lawyers of addressing what they see as clients’ ‘legal issues’, we understand that our clients actually come to us with business or personal problems. As a result, we approach every case with a focus on finding practical, cost-effective solutions that meet our clients’ goals. We work closely with each client to understand their unique needs and tailor our approach accordingly. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their objectives in a way that minimizes risk and maximises value.

Whether you are looking for assistance with a one-time legal issue or ongoing legal counsel, we are here to provide the solutions you need. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

 

Pam Webster

Leaders in Law endorses Pam Webster as our exclusively recommended Compliance Services expert in Anguilla. If you wish to get in touch with Pam, please use the contact information provided above.

Pam Webster, Managing Partner began practicing as a lawyer in 1986 as Crown Counsel for the Anguilla Government. Following a two year tour of office in the Attorney General’s chambers, she established the firm that subsequently became Webster Dyrud, when John Dyrud joined her in partnership, and which became Webster Dyrud Mitchell when the firm acquired Mitchell’s Chamber’s, on the elevation to the bench of now Lord Justice of Appeal I.D. (Don) Mitchell.   From January 2013, Pam Webster became sole principal and the firm changed its name to WEBSTER and embarked upon a new phase of its successful development

Born Anguilla, British West Indies. Admitted: 1986, Anguilla; 1992, British Virgin Islands; 1998, Grenada; 2000, St. Kitts-Nevis. Notary Public. Commissioner for Oaths.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Company Law
  • Construction Law
  • Government Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Property Insurance

Education

  • University of the West Indies (LL.B Hons., 1984)
  • Norman Manley Law School (Legal Education Certificate, 1986)
  • International Development Law Institute, Rome Italy, 1989
  • International Tax Academy, Holland, 1990.

Experience

  • Crown Counsel, Government of Anguilla 1986-1987.

Memberships

  • Anguilla Bar Association
  • Anguilla Financial Services Association (Chairman, Marketing Committee 1995-1996, President 2001- present)
  • Anguilla Finance Limited (Chair)
  • International Tax Planning Association
  • International Fiscal Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Languages

English and French

Firm Description:

WEBSTER is one of the top law firms in the Caribbean with areas of specialisation in Real Estate, Property, Estate & Tax Planning, Family Offices, International Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Commercial law, Governmental and Constitutional Affairs, Intellectual Property, Employment Law, Offshore Finance and Registered Office Facilities.

Our objectives

  • To be the leading law firm in Anguilla and Nevis, providing true global reach through quality networks worldwide
  • To be one of the top law firms in the Caribbean
  • To deliver the highest standards of advice and service
  • To understand client needs
  • To understand the commercial environment in Anguilla and Nevis
  • To help clients achieve the right commercial outcomes
  • To provide cross-border advice to Anguillian, Nevisian and international clients

We aim to be the first choice law firm in both Anguilla and Nevis for clients seeking a creative approach to problem solving and strategic planning. Some already view us in that light, but in order to retain and enhance that reputation we must give our total and sustained commitment to satisfying clients’ needs.

We take our corporate social responsibility extremely seriously and we value equality and diversity.

WEBSTER is praised by clients as a responsive and “thorough” team that is “knowledgeable about Anguilla real estate law: they know the regulations and how to secure your interests.” The firm is frequently engaged on high-profile international work, including trusts and estates mandates, class action disputes and high-value corporate matters. In addition to its work on Anguilla, the firm also maintains a dedicated Nevis practice, which has noteworthy experience in banking regulatory matters and intellectual property.

Philosophy

The firm aims to be the first choice law firm in both Anguilla and Nevis for clients and staff seeking a creative approach to problem solving and strategic planning. Our aim is to provide a service that is best attuned the needs and objectives of our clients and is delivered efficiently and effectively.

It places what some might regard as a disproportionate value on integrity, both towards its clients and towards the community. We take our corporate social responsibility extremely seriously and we value equality and diversity. Pam Webster personally is committed to nurturing the future of Anguilla and has made and will continue to make a heavy personal commitment towards that end.

Involvement in Legislative Projects in Anguilla

We maintain a consistent and proactive involvement in the ongoing development of Anguilla’s financial services legislation. Pam Webster plays a leading role in this function, as the current President of the Anguilla Financial Services Association and as the Chair of Anguilla Finance Limited. Others within the firm play an active part in the development of specific areas of legislation.

 

Urvashi Bissoonauth

Leaders in Law endorses Urvashi Bissoonauth as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Mauritius. If you wish to get in touch with Urvashi, please use the contact information provided above.

Mrs Urvashi Bissoonauth is a sworn Law Practitioner and Counsellor, duly commissioned to practise as Notary in Mauritius.

She holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Mauritius. After collaborating with the Notarial Chambers of Mr Jerome Koenig since 2014, she set up her own notarial practice and developed extensive experience in a broad spectrum of local and international areas of law including: real estate, family law, landlord and tenant matters, trusts. Trained both in English common law and French civil law, Mrs Bissoonauth is fully conversant with both jurisdictions.

She has worked on diverse real estate RES and PDS projects and collaborated on two Smart City restructuring transactions. Her forte lies in drafting of notarial documents including sui generis agreements to satisfy clients demands, security agreements, accompanying deeds of sale and pre-sale agreements, in meticulous compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

 

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.

Education

  • 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.

Languages

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:

Corporate

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.

Antitrust

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.

Environmental

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.

Litigation

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.

 

Vasiliki Papaloi

Leaders in Law endorses Vasiliki Papaloi as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Greece. If you wish to get in touch with Vasiliki, please use the contact information provided above.

A skilled litigator, trial lawyer, and arbiter with experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating complex civil and criminal disputes. Ms. Papaloi specializes in civil and criminal cases, also has great experience in bank, commercial and corporate issues. She successfully consults many corporate and individual entities. She is also involved in great number of immigration and golden visa cases.

Ms. Papaloi represents clients in negotiations, all corporate, tax, compliance and others formalities, providing high quality services and protecting clients’ interests. Among her clients are high net worth individuals, foreign governments and their officials and financial institutions.

She takes everything into consideration working to give the best solution to clients and focus on them being legally and financially safe. She involves in complex cases, providing the high quality services and completes all levels of law cases through various methods.

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Law
  • Immigration
  • International Law
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • White Collar Crime

Professional Experience

  • Legal Department of Piraeus Bank
  • Traineeship, Appeal Court of Athens

Education

  • LLM in Finance and Corporate Law
  • Athens Law University

Languages

Papaloi is fluent in Greek, English and French, and has good knowledge of Spanish and German.

Firm Description:

About us

Papalois & Associates Law Office was founded in 1980 by Periklis Papalois in Athens and has established since then a circle of well-respected Greek and International clientele. The office has a great history and has handled complex cases in every field of law. We are advising individuals, Greek and International Companies, resolving problems and promoting investments in Greece and around the World.  We cooperate with international Law Firms for the best serve of our clients interest. We create strong ties of commitment, trust and effectiveness with our clients, who have been with us for more than 30 years.

Who we are

The Leading Partner Periklis Papalois and his team of lawyers and other experts have been working together hard to provide high- standard legal services to our clients. Our team consists of highly qualified lawyers with specialization in several fields of law, who always deliver the best resolution in complex legal cases. We have advised and represented before the Judicial and Administrative Authorities large and well-known corporations such as Hotel Companies, well –known Companies in the Automotive Industry, Cotton Manufacturing and Marketing Companies, Real Estate and Ship Manufacturing Companies, Film and Television Producers and other leading companies in their domain.
The Office collaborates with international Law Firms,  large offices of engineers, manufacturers, surveyors, certified auditors – accountants – tax consultants, notaries and, in general, experts of various specialties in order to best handle each client’s affairs.

 

Dr. Benno A. Packi

Leaders in Law endorses Benno Packi as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Benno please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Benno A. Packi advises clients on corporate and real estate transactions, project developments and from a legal perspective on financing. Dr. Packi advises stock corporations as well as medium-sized companies and successful start-ups on corporate and capital market law, restructuring measures including group law and transformation law, as well as foreign investors entering the German and European market.

In addition, Dr. Packi advises wealthy private individuals on corporate and asset succession, including foundation solutions.

Dr. Packi represents clients in litigation including arbitration, in particular in post-M&A disputes and in liability matters of managing directors.

His professional experience includes advising companies in the real estate, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, IT, energy, trade and logistics sectors.

Dr. Packi speaks German and English.

Practice Areas

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions
  • Financing and capital market law
  • Company law
  • Company and asset succession
  • Litigation and arbitration

Firm Description:

Adesse Anwälte is an independent law firm for German and international business law.

We help companies and institutions from Germany and abroad to solve complex legal challenges.

We advise successful companies, wealthy private individuals as well as start-ups, inter alia with the legal structuring of their company groups, legal structuring of investments or financing, development of brand strategies as well as all other legal matters with respect to the management and growth of a company.

Our clients have one thing in common: they move people, goods and services on a daily basis — on a regional, national or international level. In addition to legal precision, our clients expect their legal advisors to have industry- and subject-specific know-how, and the ability to think and act economically

Consistently aligned to these standards, we offer legal advice and representation with a personal touch.

According to the meaning of the Latin term adesse (sic. “to assist”) we strive for forward-looking as well as proactive services. We attach great importance to early investigation and evaluation of interactions between legal fields and legal systems. Each of us thinks and works in a network — pigeonhole thinking is not our way of thinking.

In this way, we can provide the best possible support for time-sensitive projects.
 

Not only do we have a strong understanding of the economic framework of the specific business, but it is also of importance to us to establish a stable, personal relationship of trust with our clients.

We think in a cross-disciplinary way: Our client’s request does not have to fit into a specific field of law. Many legal matters overlap different fields of law. Corporate law matters depend on the structure of the financing and vice versa. Contract law matters, for example, coincide with the enforcement of rights based of creative work resulting from trademark rights. Competition law also covers online competition, which in turn entails elements of general online law.

Our clients have a very specific goal. We advise them in a committed and comprehensive manner.

 

Satoru Hasumoto

Leaders in Law endorses Satoru Hasumoto as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Japan. If you wish to get in touch with Satoru please use the contact information provided above.

Satoru has considerable experience in a wide range of real estate work. He advises corporates, investors and financial institutions on all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisition, disposals, development, planning, leasing and financing. His practice also includes advising multinational companies on their outbound and inbound investments from and to Japan. These includes data centre facilities, hotels, logistic facilities, offices, residentials and other types of real properties. His extensive practice also covers structured finance, leveraged buyout finance and project finance.

Background

  • Keio University (LL.B., 2007)
  • seconded to the IB Products Group of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. (2013-2014)
  • The University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M., Wharton Business and Law Certificate, 2015)
  • with Slaughter and May, London (2015-2016)

Bar Admissions

Admitted in Japan, 2008
Daini Tokyo Bar Association

Firm Overview:

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a full service law firm that has served clients with distinction since its establishment, in December 2002, by the merger of Mori Sogo and Hamada & Matsumoto. Even as business conditions have rapidly shifted both within Japan and internationally, the firm’s goal has been to grow with our clients through tireless effort and constant innovation.

Led by top-rated lawyers across a wide array of practice areas, our large team of legal professionals and support staff offer the firm their experience, expertise and hard work to bring our clients the best results in every matter we handle. Our team strives to build new frameworks to tackle cutting-edge problems, to break down barriers on tough cases, and to find a common resolution in matters with many conflicting interests.

Based on this solid foundation of experience, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto also contributes significantly to the constant evolution and improvement of the Japanese legal system, and to the creation of a legal infrastructure that will enable our clients to excel.

 

Alexander Cools-Lartigue

Leaders in Law endorses Alexander Cools-Lartigue as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Jamaica. If you wish to get in touch with Alexander please use the contact information provided above.

Alexander is a Partner and the Head of our Probate and Conveyancing Department. He was admitted to practise law in 1988 and has considerable experience acting in real estate transactions, mortgages, leases, land registration and estate administration.

He possesses a wealth of knowledge especially in the area of real estate developments, having played a material role in the implementation of several projects across the island. Alexander also acts on behalf of clients requiring the modification of restrictive covenants and has a significant amount of experience in making applications to the Supreme Court for the modification and discharge of these covenants.

He is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association (JAMBAR) and sits on the association’s Conveyancing Committee.

Firm Description:

Our Team

Our experienced team consists of over 25 attorneys-at-law qualified to practice under the laws of Jamaica who are dedicated to bringing world class services from an island in the Caribbean. We strive to be specialists in our respective practice areas by leveraging our legal knowledge, decades of networks within industries and street smarts.

Who We Are

Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co. is the successor partnership to Judah, Desnoes, Lake, Nunes, Scholefield & Co. The firm’s predecessors can be traced from as far back as 1929 making it one of the oldest law firms in Jamaica if not the Caribbean. We offer a comprehensive range of quality legal services. Our firm is equipped with the latest information technology and client care practices and we are constantly striving to improve.The firm and its attorneys-at-law have been recognized by the IFLR 1000, Chambers & Partners and the World Trademark Review as leaders in our fields of specialization. We have decades of linkages within significant local organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Jamaica, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica. Attorneys-at-law sit on various sub-committees of these local organizations to keep abreast of industry concerns and to provide advocacy for legal reform.

Glimpses of the Past

In 1929, two young lawyers, Douglas Joseph Judah, and Charles Harry Randall joined forces to establish the firm, Judah & Randall. This was the beginning of a partnership that was to develop into one of Jamaica’s outstanding law firms. They were later joined by another young lawyer, Noel N. Nethersole, who was admitted to practice in 1931. He joined as a partner, and the firm came to be known as Judah, Randall & Nethersole, carrying on practice at 11, Duke Street in Kingston.

 

Kaido Loor

Leaders in Law endorses Kaido Loor as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Estonia. If you wish to get in touch with Kaido, please use the contact information above.

Kaido Loor has extensive experience in real estate and construction work, advising major institutional and private investors on sales and acquisitions of undeveloped land and all types of commercial real estate, both in asset and share deals, in due diligence, leases, sale-leasebacks, portfolio transactions, property related disputes, financing, shareholder’s agreements, property and facility management, third party rights to land, planning, design, construction matters and day-to-day issues of property investors and owners.

Kaido’s clients in real estate work in recent years have included Hepsor, SEB, Baltic Property Trust (now Northern Horizon Capital), Citycon, Trigon, ABB, Aberdeen, Baltic Investment Holdings (now Broadgate Capital), Bristol and Stone, Catella, Citycon, DHL, ECE Capital, Eastern Europe Real Estate Investment Fund, various embassies, Emerging Europe Property Opportunities Fund, Estectus, FIM Forestry, G4S, Helios, Hesburger, Itella, Kemivesi, NCC, Nord Stream, Olympic Casino, Tolaram, Regions Timberland, Regus, Statoil, Zenith Capital, Vaasan, Vicus, YIT, etc. Kaido’s experience in tax law ensures that tax aspects are not only taken into account but that business substance of transactions can be utilised to reach optimal tax outcomes.

Kaido Loor has advised clients in almost all types of tax issues, including income tax issues of corporates and investment funds, tax aspects of restructuring and refinancing, tax planning and (re)structuring of local and multinational groups, cross-border mergers, taxes related to profit repatriation, option plans, workforce rentals, withholding taxes, double-taxation, non-residents, transfer pricing, permanent and fixed establishments, constitutionality of local taxes, management fees, thin capitalisation issues, social taxes, personal taxes, fringe benefits, payroll taxes, VAT-ability of domestic and cross-border services and transactions with movables, immovables and special types of assets, recovery of VAT, assignment of VAT refund claims in real estate transfers, VAT in business transfers. Kaido has represented clients in in-court and out-of-court disputes with the Tax Office.

Kaido was the partner that managed Sorainen Estonia tax work from 1996 to 2014 and lead a team of Sorainen tax lawyers from 2004. Kaido has written numbers of locally and internationally published articles on tax issues (including to IFA Cahiers on Practical Protection of Taxpayers’ Fundamental Rights in 2015) and taken part of tax committee of the Estonian Bar Association. Kaido is a board member of IFA branch in Estonia. Clients that have consented to their disclosure include Alstom, Södra, Toyota, Statoil, 3 Step, MarkIT, SEB, Northern Horizon, Catella, DHL, YIT, Trigon, AON, Hepsor, Energomontaj.

Recognition (International Directories)

Kaido Loor is and has been recommended practitioner in many publications, including in the Legal 500 (‘wide experience of real estate and construction matters’; ‘sees the broader picture [in tax matters]’), Chambers Europe (’warm praise for his personable manner and in-depth knowledge of real estate matters’; ‘he always brings a fresh angle to the table and offers a variety of solutions’), Best Lawyers, Tax Directors Handbook, European Legal Experts.

Education

1992-1996 University of Tartu (now equivalent to Mag.iur.)

1999-2002 Helsinki University

Admissions

International Fiscal Association

Firm Description:

Different from most law firms, we are mainly focused to real estate and construction, including:

  • Real Estate Development (residential, office, retail)
  • Joint Ventures
  • Bank and Mezzanine financing
  • Leasing
  • Planning
  • Permitting
  • Sales and Acquisitions
  • Investment Management
  • Tax planning
  • Disputes.

Additionally, we do tax and general corporate work, including shareholders’ agreements for professional services firms, tax advisory and planning (excluding compliance), but not much else.

In all areas, we believe we are innovative, pioneering in Estonia eg. VAT refund assignments in real estate transactions, investment agreements, and other non-standard solutions to (sometimes even standard) investment and transaction structures.

Kaido Loor worked in Sorainen from 1996 to 2014, was partner of Sorainen from 2006 to 2014 (real estate, tax, and many other areas during early years of the office, plus heading IT and Knowledge Management departments).