Katia Manhaeve

Katia Manhaeve is a partner at Allen & Overy in Luxembourg where she heads the intellectual property and technology department with more than 20 years of experience.

She focuses on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She has important experience in trademark, copyright and patent issues, including litigation before the courts of the European Union.

Katia also specialises in distribution law, advertising, trade practices, e-commerce and TMT law, including data protection.

Katia is active in several working groups related to her fields of specialisation and is a regular speaker at conferences.

She is the president of the Luxembourg Chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), of the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM) and of the MARQUES Trademark Law and Practice Team. Katia is also an appointed member and Luxembourg representative of the Benelux Council of Intellectual Property. She served as the former president of the BMM and was a longstanding member of this association’s board and legislative committee.

Katia is ranked as a Notable Practitioner in Band 1 by Chambers Europe 2017, as an IP star by Managing Intellectual Property 2017 and as a World Leading Trademark Professional by World Trademark Review 2017.

Law Firm Overview:

At a time of significant change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 88-year history. We will do this by ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s leading businesses on transactions that have changed their industries. These include advising: HSBC globally on the project to restructure its legal and business structure to meet the post-crisis regulatory reform agenda and is the single largest project undertaken by the UK financial services industry to date; 21st Century Fox on its proposed acquisition by The Walt Disney Company; the second restructuring of Edcon Holdings Ltd and Edcon Ltd, one of the market’s most significant restructurings, which brought together experts advising on South African law, English law and New York law; and Worldpay on its merger with Vantiv, which involved lawyers from 20 A&O offices.

Building on our long heritage enables us to attract the most talented people and continue to deliver this level of innovation with and for our clients.

To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network makes us one of the largest and most connected law firms in the world, with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

Paul Lanois

Paul is a global privacy, data protection and information security expert and is an attorney admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia (DC-USA), New York (NY-USA) and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). He regularly publishes articles on technology law and is frequently invited to speak on such topics. He has spoken at conferences in the United States and across Europe. His views have been noted in diverse publications and media outlets in relation to privacy, data protection and technology-related matters. In 2016, he was named a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and an “Innovative Corporate Counsel” by Law 360. He was recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist and received the Information Governance Expert Of The Year Finalist award at the 2016 Information Governance Conference.

He has been recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with concentrations in Asian law (CIPP/A), US law (CIPP/US), European law (CIPP/E) and Canadian law (CIPP/C). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).  He was an Associate Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France and an associate at major international law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Linklaters). He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) with a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate degree in Private and Public Economic Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA) and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Robert A. Hager

Robert Hager represents clients in a wide range of infrastructure and technology matters, including telecommunication ventures, transportation infrastructure development, real estate development, privatizations, and public-private partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and the United States

Robert has served as counsel to governments, private companies, developers, lenders, borrowers, suppliers, engineering, and construction firms in projects and transactions finance supported by the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and other international lending institutions.

As part of his regular responsibilities, Robert has prepared and negotiated joint venture agreements, financing documents, sponsor guarantees, engineering and procurement contracts, construction and consulting agreements, technical services agreements, supply agreements, operations and maintenance agreements, and host country enabling decrees.

In addition to his international experience, Robert has worked on a wide range of U.S. transactions including the private placement of equity and debt securities, mergers, acquisitions, the formation of new companies, and complex transactions involving the sales of good and services, technology transfer, and the protection of intellectual property.

Robert is the founding chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar.

 

Squire Patton Boggs:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus

Clients expect knowledge of their business as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders

With offices in 21 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value

We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.