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CONTINENT AWARDS 2021


Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine

Continent Awards 2021

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Index

Arnecke Sibeth

Entertainment Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Boddy Matthews Solicitors

Arbitration & Litigation Law Firm of the Year – UK

Cruz Marcello & Tenefrancia

Alternative Dispute Resolutions Law Firm of the Year - Philippines

Deep & Far

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan

Donna J. Jackson & Associates

Estate Planning Firm of the Year - USA

Fernando Messias Law Office

Tourism Law Firm of the Year – Portugal

Gambit Corporate Finance LLP

Debt Advisory Firm of the Year – UK

Gillbanks Family Law

Family Law Firm of the Year – UK

Gurlich & Co

Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

Infinity Partnership Limited

Accountancy Business Services Firm of the Year – UK

InTraCoM GmbH

Patent Valuation Service Provider of the Year – Germany

Kanzlei von Hase

Family Law Firm of the Year – Germany

Law Office of Ramni Taneja

Constitutional Law Firm of the Year – India

LOOBY LAW, PLLC

Business Law Firm of the Year – USA


PrimeLex

Alberto Ziliani

Sports Lawyer of the Year - Italy

PWC

Tax Advisory Firm of the Year – Portugal

Radostová & Co

Criminal Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

Rajinder Narain & Company

Aviation Law Firm of the Year - India

Romulo

IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Philippines

Sturgeon Ventures LLP

Start Up Compliance Consultancy Firm of the year – UK

Swiss Financiers Inc

Private Equity Financial Firm of the Year – Switzerland

Swiss Financiers Inc

Initial Public Offering Firm of the Year – USA

Tuli & Co

Insurance Law Firm of the Year – India

Warren-Tangney Attorneys Inc

Insurance Law Firm of the Year – South Africa


Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year—

Taiwan

Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws

with a focus on the practice in separate or in combination of all aspects of intellectual

property rights (IPRs) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair

competition, and/or licensing, counselling, litigation and/or transaction thereof.

Area of Practice: Intellectual Property, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade

secret.

The patent attorneys and patent engineers in Deep & Far normally hold outstanding and

advanced degrees and are generally graduated from the top five universities in this country.

Our prominent staffs are dedicated to provide the best quality service in IPRs in this

country. As a proof, about one half of top 100 incorporations in this country have

experiences of seeking patented their techniques, but more than one fifth of the top 100

incorporations has ever used services of this firm. Furthermore, Hi-Tech companies in the

science-based industrial park located at Hsin Chu had ever played the most important role

in booming the economy of this country. About one half of them has experiences in seeking

patented their techniques, and out of more than 50% of the patent-experienced companies

in that park have ever entrusted their IPR works to this firm.

Experiences:

Mr. Yu-Li Tsai, a patent attorney graduated from Department of Electrical Engineering of

National Taiwan University (NTUEE), which is the best engineering school in Taiwan.

Because of interest in communication system, he then attended in the Graduate Institute of

Communication Engineering (GICE) of NTU. During his research life in GICE, he also

started to get involved in knowledge and skills of patent-related matters for taking and

receiving the qualification of patent attorney. Mr. Tsai also attended to receive an IP master

from Law School of University of New Hampshire, also known as Franklin Pierce Center for

Intellectual Property, had an internship with InterDigital, Inc., and passed the U.S. Patent

Bar Examination. Currently, Mr. Tsai is working for Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law as a

patent attorney.

It is our philosophy to provide competent legal services that other firm cannot comparably

provide. The necessitated ensuing problem is how we can so provide? Deep & Far so

achieve by selecting, edifying and nurturing peoples who have the following personalities:

learned in expertise, morally earnest and sincerely behaved in mind and strictly disciplined

between give and take. It is well-believed that such properties are key factors for peoples to

properly and competently behave themselves. Because the clients become more understood

in the knowledge of IP and more budget-sensitive, they usually want to select an agent who

can more efficiently and effectively deal with their IP matters. They often invite bids, set out

tenders and call for interview before they decide to entrust a service provider. Taking


patent for example, they gather information of costs for patent prosecution, previous works,

and firm introduction materials in a preliminary choice stage, and hold an interview to

obtain further details of the firm which has passed the preliminary choice stage. We

represent international giants, e.g. InterDigital, MPS, Schott Glas, Toyo Ink, Motorola,

Cypress, Google, Armani.

We always keep updating the newest state of this firm, recruiting elite patent engineers and

strictly training them the essential skills, improving the efficiency and quality of service,

and developing new strategies that can assist the clients effectively protecting their

intellectual property rights. This firm believes that if the efficiency, quality, and enthusiasm

of the services can be consistently monitored and maintained, overcoming complexities,

challenges or changes is just a result rather than an issue.

Our aspiration and directions would be developing more potential clients either in domestic

or foreign countries, and expanding the size of this firm to assist more clients in pursuing

most satisfactory IP protection. Although the domestic IP market, especially in the patent

field in 2013 shrank a little, we expect this situation may finally change because there is a

phenomenon that the gross economy is starting to recover in 2014.

Contact Details:

Deep & Far

Yu-Li. Tsai

Tel: 886-2-25856688#900

Fax: 886-2-25989900//886-2-25978989

Add: 13th Fl., 27 Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan

Web: www.deepnfar.com.tw

Email: lawtsai@deepnfar.com.tw


Fernando Messias Law Firm / Fernando Messias Advogados

Tourism Law Firm of the Year – Portugal

The Fernando Messias Law Firm was established in 1998 by attorney Fernando Messias.

The Algarve Office and the Lisbon Office works with several attorneys and two administrative

assistants. We work with various attorneys in the country.

“Know the company’s client as well as you know the company” has been our mission.

The growing demand over recent years from companies, essentially companies linked to the

tourism and hotel industries, has led to the creation of partnerships in several areas of

knowledge, from Law to Management of Tourism Companies, and including Architecture,

Design and Engineering of Real Estate Projects, and Corporate and Tourism Company Taxes.

These national and international partnerships allow us to respond in an expedient and

effective manner to our clients' greatest demands.

From 2005 to present we experienced a decisive period for establishing and strengthening

these partnerships. In the future, we want to grow in other areas that have already been

developed but require more attention, such as Knowledge Management and Corporate

Identity, essential areas for Tourism Law and Tourism Marketing. All this professional

dynamism is founded on the premise that constitutes our motto: “Preventing, foreseeing and

planning legal actions and behaviours have been the foundations for an up-to-date and highly

responsible attorney practice”.

The law firm’s areas of practice

Companies occupy a privileged position within the scope of action of this Law Office.

Given the professional and academic background and professional practice of Attorney

Fernando Messias – International Arbitration, Intellectual Property Law, European Consumer

Law and litigation associated with Property Rights and Temporary Housing, Public Economy

and Public, Administrative and Local Autarchy Law, Organizational and Strategic Behaviour

of Companies – this office naturally developed a specialty in Tourism Law, more precisely in

the area that is the object of scientific study of Tourism, Small and Medium-sized Companies

in the Tourism, Hotel and Tourism Development sectors.

Thus, the main areas of professional practice are the following:

- International Arbitration

- Administrative & Tax Law

- Tourism Law (International and Community Law for Tourism, Tourism Developments, and

the Hotel Sector).

- Civil, Commercial and Corporate Law

- Litigation – (Civil Law, Public Law, Commercial Law and Criminal Law)

- Real Estate and Property Law - (Estates in land, Immovable Property, Property Law, Property

Right, Real Estate).

Dr. Fernando Messias, LL.M, PhD

Lisbon, Portugal • +351 934205633

fernandobrasmessias@gmail.com • https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-fernando-messiasmciarb-63186615b


European Lawyer, Mediator, & Arbitrator

European Qualified Commercial Counsel specialising in the areas of international

competition and arbitration, spearheading complex business negotiations centred on the

purchase of real estate, M&As, and hotel purchases. Deliver authoritative, impartial

decisions, bringing resolution to disputes ranging in complexity. Champion for the

sustainability of market competition and passionate about regulating anti-competitive

conduct amongst organisations.

He is a Lisbon and London based independent arbitrator. European Qualified lawyer and

international arbitrator, being a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb,

London) and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC, Lisbon).

His qualifications include - Licentiate in Laws (LLL), Postgraduate Diploma in Regional

Economics and Local Development (PgDip), Postgraduate Diploma in Law of the Territory,

Urbanism and Tourism (PgDip), Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies on Tourism

(PgDip), Postgraduate Diploma in International Arbitration (PGDip), Master of Laws in

International Trade Law (LLM), legal consultant, doctorate on Tourism (PhD) with the doctoral

thesis entitled “Leadership and well-being: the case of five-star hotels in the Algarve”.

Since 2009 he has been a facilitator in creative problem solving (Certified Basadur Facilitator

- Simplexity System, US, and Canada).

Fernando Messias is also the author of several publications on Law & Business.

Fernando Messias Advogados, Lisbon, Portugal

Head Lawyer, 1998 to Present

Compliment firm’s success with speciality in international arbitration and international

trade law, domestic law, international public law, and company / competition law.

Demonstrate expertise in four main areas of Portuguese domestic law, including litigation /

arbitration, civil law / administrative law, real estate law / administrative law, and taxation

/ business law. Optimise day-to-day operations of two locations, one in Lisbon, the other in

Faro, by co-ordinating workflow of both offices with a total of six employees, ensuring delivery

of competent, quality services. Spearhead business negotiations, mainly for M&As and real

estate, securing mutually beneficial agreements. Firm earned appearances in Legal 500

EMEA, a professional law magazine, based on success as lawyer and facilitator during various

business real estate / hotel purchases and M&As.

▪ International Arbitration Case (2019 to Present): Appointed sole arbitrator by Chairman of

hotel group (Brazil / Singapore) to arbitrate HR-related mismanagement case. Arbitration

seated in Singapore; lead ad hoc arbitration.

▪ International Arbitration Case (2017 to 2018): Appointed arbitrator by UAE real estate

property / hotel owners during breach of contract during hotel construction in Dubai;

German construction company retained Suisse lawyer and third arbitrator appointed as

Chairman of panel of arbitrators. Arbitration seat in London; ad hoc arbitration.

Additional experience as Legal Advisor for the Algarve Regional Directorate of Agriculture &

Fisheries; administered legal advice to senior management, whilst co-ordinating day-to-day

workflow.

Contact Details

Fernando Messias Law Firm

E-mail addresses: secretariado@fernandomessias.pt

fm@fernandomessias.pt


Private Equity Financial Firm of the Year –

Switzerland

Swiss Financiers, Inc., is a FinTech that incubates and orchestrates IPOs

from financing to listing. They are dealmakers between incubated

companies, industry leaders and executives worldwide, fast tracking

successful transactions with investment banks, institutional investors, and

debt lenders. Collectively, the team came to the same conclusion that

business and investment banks’ approaches were too complex and too

expensive to correctly serve the majority of companies in need of support.

Swiss Financiers is particularly designed to support entrepreneur-driven

companies.

Their unique market position as a dealmaker is at the crossroads of

advisory, debt and investment banking, without competing with them.

Practice Area’s:

Initial Public Offering – IPO

Financing IPO – Costs

SPACs

Swiss Financiers is managed by a group of entrepreneurs and experts that

have a proven track record in finance, innovation, start-up funding,

governance, management and leadership. Its team has a vast historic

experience in financial affairs and banking. Each of the founding partners

has a distinctive background from specialized yet complimentary sectors of

the industry. Swiss Financiers has expertise in areas such as: investments,

venture capital, private equity, debt, securities and investment banking.

Collectively, the team came to the same conclusion that business and

investment banks approach were too complex and too expensive to correctly

serve the majority of companies in need of support. The team is committed

to innovative IPO financing solutions supporting companies when they need

it and not when they are successful.

IPO Cost Financing is one of the key building blocks of Swiss Financiers

Taking a company public demands a certain amount of disposable cash that

is often considered a high barrier to entry.


At Swiss Financiers they have the experience to drive and manage the

financing requirements to go public on securities markets through

transaction financing.

Their team is committed to innovative Initial Public Offering (IPO) financing

solutions supporting companies when they need it and not when they are

already successful. Their team has decades of experience in IPOs (170+

IPOs) and one of our founding partners, Marc Deschenaux recently wrote an

article on IPO Financing Investments and was nominated in the Who’s Who

Legal.

Christian Frampton is a hands-on financier that work closely with

technologists, scientists & entrepreneurs. Historically he has helped earlystage

companies get to the next stage of their business development. He has

supported ventures by helping them achieve a strong operational backbone

whilst simultaneously organizing and structuring these businesses in-order

to ensure that they attract the right foundation capital & partners. He

helped establish business plans & organize fund raising and marketing

strategies. Allowing entrepreneurs to focus on their inventions and products.

PERSONAL OBJECTIVES for the firm:

• To be part of an entrepreneurial & forward-looking asset firm.

• To implement best of breed process & investor nurturing.

• To lead business development & growth strategies.

• To build a long-term sustainable portfolio of impact investments.

• To build on over twenty-five years of expertise in business

development, marketing & establishing networks & investment.

• Contribute to the financial success of our financial partners & clients.

• To dynamically manage teams & projects from inceptions to closings.

The firm’s Unique Business Proposal consists of decades of our team’s

experience in successfully accompanying companies through their Private

Equity needs – and then listing their businesses on the public security

markets. For its diverse client base, Swiss Financiers orchestrates the

processes of going public and improves cost efficiency at all times. Their firm

has developed an extensive international network, notably amongst

international financial institutions, licensed brokers, law firms, auditors,

and various additional stakeholders from around the globe. Developing

bridges across businesses, regions, people, cultures is one of the ingredients

of our “secret sauce”. These bridges are also one of the reasons we have

offices in the United States and in Switzerland and are planning to expand

in the next years in Asia.


Their Unique Business Proposal consists in several patent pending methods

and decades of experience of successfully listing businesses on the public

security markets.

Their disruptive platform is designed to offer double digit returns due to the

value created by the shift from early stage to public securities markets.

They modernize the processes to improve cost efficiency, notably on the

Nasdaq. It allows stock options holders to sell their shares on the public

market to interested institutional and retail buyers with improved ease.

SFI’s IPO Incubator structure is the foundation on which Swiss Financiers is

built.

Their Fin-Tech platform accompanies selected businesses by funding IPO

costs through Mezzanine Debt and/or Equity Capital. Furthermore, SFI

orchestrates the process of taking private security issuing companies to the

public securities markets.

SFI offers an all-in service covering the complex IPO process of quoting

businesses on securities market.

Taking a company public demands a certain amount of disposable cash that

often is considered a high barrier to entry.

By using Swiss Financiers proprietary Incremental Business Method, they

are able to manage a fundraising process effectively to finance the costs of

an IPO.

They have a proven track record of using our method to raise capital

effectively. Up until 1995 there was only the funding rounds method to sell

shares of a non-listed company. This method was exclusively used each time

a company needed to distribute securities. The price was fixed according to

the current state and valuation of the issuing company.

The Swiss Financiers Team has a proven history of taking companies public,

ensuring a transparent and accretive value proposal along the entire

process. Their unique platform streamlines and fast track an IPO process

through a time/cost-effective patent pending business method to

successfully raise capital on the public security markets.

Their major challenge has been filtering the sheer volume of companies that

approach us and selecting the right business to work with. There is a lot of

demand to take companies to the public markets and this demand is

accelerating.

They have been affected by the current economy and the events from around

the world currently but not necessarily in a negative way. Entrepreneurs are

increasingly interested in exploring the route of the public security markets

as this crisis has only accelerated the amount of unprecedented liquidity.

This liquidity is eager to find new companies and they position themselves


as one of the privileged routes of gaining access to the public markets. So,

the number of companies looking to engage with us has increased during

the Pandemic.

They have been accompanying the following companies over the last year.

MobiGroup

Intellectual Property Securitization (IPSE)

Eiffel International Corporation

Earth & Sky Corporation

Adreal Corporation

European Press Agency

The IPO Institute

Wild News Corporation

Swiss Financiers has an active deal flow of 6 companies ready to go public.

Our aim is to orchestrate approximately 4 IPOs per year. Swiss Financiers

aims also to organize and implement its own listing on the NASDAQ in a 24-

month period.

Contact Details:

Geneva Office

Swiss Financiers S.A.

Operations & Administration

Rue du Rhône 84

1204 Genève,

Switzerland

Email: info@SwissFinanciers.com


Initial Public Offering Firm of the Year – USA

Swiss Financiers, Inc., is a FinTech that incubates and orchestrates IPOs

from financing to listing. They are dealmakers between issuing companies,

industry leaders and executives worldwide, fast tracking successful

transactions with investment banks, institutional investors, and debt

lenders. Collectively, the team came to the same conclusion that business

and investment banks’ approaches were too complex and too expensive to

correctly serve the majority of companies in need of support.

Swiss Financiers is particularly designed to support entrepreneur-driven

companies.

Their unique market position as a dealmaker is at the crossroads of

advisory, debt and investment banking, without competing with them.

Practice Area’s:

Initial Public Offering – IPO

Financing IPO – Costs

SPACs

Swiss Financiers is managed by a group of entrepreneurs and experts that

have a proven track record in finance, innovation, start-up funding,

governance, management and leadership. Its team has a vast historic

experience in financial affairs and banking. Each of the founding partners

has a distinctive background from specialized yet complimentary sectors of

the industry. Swiss Financiers has expertise in areas such as: investments,

venture capital, private equity, debt, securities and investment banking.

Collectively, the team came to the same conclusion that business and

investment banks approach were too complex and too expensive to correctly

serve the majority of companies in need of support. The team is committed

to innovative IPO financing solutions supporting companies when they need

it and not when they are successful.

IPO Cost Financing is one of the key building blocks of Swiss Financiers

Taking a company public demands a certain amount of disposable cash that

is often considered a high barrier to entry.

At Swiss Financiers we have the experience to drive and manage the

financing requirements to go public on securities markets through

transaction financing.


Swiss Financiers Partners:

Glenn Proellochs

Christian Frampton

Alex Kumemerman

Marc Deschenaux

Maxime Lagane

Hayet Bouzid

Their team holds decades of experience in successfully accompanying

companies through their Private Equity needs – and then listing their

businesses on the public security markets. For its diverse client base, Swiss

Financiers orchestrates the processes of going public and improves cost

efficiency at all times. Their firm is committed to innovative Initial Public

Offering (IPO) financing solutions supporting companies when they need it

and not when they are already successful. Their team has decades of

experience in IPOs (170+ IPOs) and they recently wrote an article on IPO

Financing Investments and was nominated in the Who’s Who Legal.

They are able to fast-track the process by which companies gain access to

funding in a two-step exercise: They start by transaction financing in order

to support the costs of an IPO and then, once configured for market

acceptance, accompany our clients to raise funds on the securities market

with an Initial Public Offering.

Marc Deschenaux is a world-renowned expert in Corporate & National

Finance, including Private Equity, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and

Corporate Secondary Offerings. He has raised Private and Public Equity for

companies and debt governments internationally. He is the Founder of the

leading academic authority on Initial Public Offerings, The IPO Institute, and

of The Experts Without Borders Federation, a non-governmental

organisation in process of recognition by the United Nations.

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They are highly specialized in Initial Public Offerings.

With a strong focus on the NASDAQ and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Undertaking an initial public offering can project your company to the next

level. Swiss Financiers will help and support you with the right insights to

make the right moves & at the right times to leverage your business to its

full potential.

With them, access the right capital to fuel the future of your business.


If you’re considering taking your company public, this important decision

will truly transform the way you are currently doing business. While a

public company faces greater public scrutiny and regulations, it also

secures access to more and deeper sources of capital.

Their dedicated team of IPO professionals will advise you during this

reflexion as you weight through the pros and cons of the additional

requirements and obligations of going public. They will provide you with an

appropriate plan and method to help ensure you’re on the path to success at

every steps of the way.

Swiss Financiers clear proprietary framework for going public services your

organization and strengthens your strategy to raise awareness and capital.

Swiss Financiers IPO services brings together an integrated set of

capabilities to help you as you prepare your company for your listing on the

public markets.

Swiss Financiers provides a wide range of services to manage clients as they

progress towards their IPO and organize themselves to become a listed

company:

• Extensive knowledge and experience of capital markets requirements

• Extensive connections with established financial institutions around

the world

• Extensive experience in corporate governance matters.

• Perform a thorough review of your company

• Decide on the corporate and management structures needed

• Assemble the teams: internal and external

• Develop a timeline and framework for an efficient IPO

Their unique market position, as a dealmaker, is at the crossroads of

advisory, debt and investment banking.

We have been accompanying the following companies over the last year:

MobiGroup

Intellectual Property Securitization (IPSE)

Eiffel International Corporation

Earth & Sky Corporation

Adreal Corporation

European Press Agency

The IPO Institute

Wild News Corporation


Their major challenge has been filtering the sheer volume of companies that

approach us and selecting the right business to work with. There is a lot of

demand to take companies to the public markets and this demand is

accelerating.

They overcame these issues but making our selection process even stricter.

Their future aspirations are for Our fund lab, Swiss Financiers Inc. will go

public on the NASDAQ in 2022.

Contact Details:

Wall Street Headquarters

Swiss Financiers Inc.

99 Wall Street Suite 3890

10005 New York City, New York

United States of America

Phone: +1 212 220 9304

Email: info@SwissFinanciers.com


Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year –

Philippines

Mr. Simeon V. Marcelo, in 1979, graduated among the top of his law class in

University of the Philippines and placed No. 5 in the bar examinations. With big

corporations, then President Ramos and other prominent individuals as clients, he

had distinguished himself as a topnotch litigator after twenty years of private

practice of law. He caught national public attention during the 2000 impeachment

proceedings against President Estrada when he was selected to present the

prosecution’s star witness. In February 2001, he was appointed as Solicitor

General. Having won all of his major cases, he is considered one of the most

successful Solicitors General. This led to his appointment in October 2002 as the

youngest head of the country’s independent anti-corruption body. Despite severe

lack of resources, he was able to pursue an effective crusade against corruption,

earning praises from local and foreign media. The Washington Post stated that Mr.

Marcelo actively pursued a crusade “taking on the most powerful vested and

entrenched interests in a country that perennially ranks among the worlds’ most

corrupt xxx”; “targeting the most corrupt agencies, daring to prosecute even

members of the historically untouchable military.” (10 June 2005, at page A14) He

led the prosecution team that secured the historical first-ever criminal conviction of

a President.

In January 2008, he returned to private practice with two publications describing

him as “perhaps the country’s best litigator”. Immediately, he was engaged as

counsel of top corporations and even by the Central Bank to prosecute the persons

responsible for the biggest bank fraud case in the country’s history. Since then, he

won many major legal victories, particularly at the Supreme Court. Just last year,

he again led his team in winning a multi-billion case in the Supreme Court.

In 2013-2014, he served with an ICC Arbitral Tribunal that resolved two related

disputes that arose from allegations of corruption. The following year, he headed

the panel that secured a favorable award in an important construction arbitration

dispute. Subsequently, he became the Chairman of the Tribunal that handled a

very significant international arbitration case. Incidentally, he handled his first

arbitration case in 1984 and was a founding trustee of the Philippine Dispute

Resolution Center, Inc. in 1996.

From 2008-2014, he served as a member of the World Bank’s highly-prominent

Independent Advisory Board.

He was President of the Philippine Bar Association from 2009-2010, the oldest,

largest voluntary organization of lawyers. The University of the Philippines Alumni

Association conferred upon him the 2013 Centennial Year’s Distinguished Alumni

Award in Public Service.


Currently, he serves as legal counsel in high-profile cases in various courts,

including the Supreme Court, aside from being active in arbitration and the

crusade for good governance.

Fifteen partners led by former Presidential Legal Counsel/Secretary of National

Defense Avelino J. Cruz, Jr. and former Solicitor General/Ombudsman Simeon V.

Marcelo, name partners of their former law office, founded Cruz Marcelo &

Tenefrancia (CMTLAW) to establish a lasting legal institution anchored on

professionalism, meritocracy, excellence, innovation and mutual respect. Its

leadership is rich in experience in the public/private sectors as well as in

international organizations (e.g., World Bank and Asian Development Bank).

Consequently, CMTLaw is deeply committed to delivering the best legal services to

help its clients attain optimum business success, as well as contribute to national

building. Now, CMTLaw has twenty partners.

CMTLaw’s lawyers have three decades of experience in Litigation & Alternative

Dispute Resolution, Corporation & Special Projects, Mining & Natural Resources,

Energy, Infrastructure Transportation & Public Utilities, Intellectual Property, and

Taxation. By matching arduous training with expansive experience (which also

enables it to attract top legal talents), CMTLaw delivers tailored solutions to its

broad spectrum of clients that includes established conglomerates, leading banking

and financial institutions, multinational corporations and even entire industries

and government regulatory institutions like the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Apart from what was just mentioned above, the Firm has unmatched experience in

all aspects of the Philippine legal system, including court litigation, alternative

dispute resolution, government and infrastructure programs, intellectual property,

corporate structures and anti-corruption initiatives. This experience comes from

almost thirty years in legal practice of the Firm’s lawyers. Our founding partners

also have the unique distinction of having served in the highest position of

government with Atty. Avelino J. Cruz, Jr. as Secretary of Defense and Chief

Presidential Legal Counsel, Simeon V. Marcelo as Ombudsman and Solicitor

General, and Joe Nathan P. Tenefrancia as the Head of the Legal department of the

Office of the President. Other Partners have also served in top positions in

government. This experience, which has been imparted to other members of the

Firm, has allowed us a unique understanding of the Philippine legal system and

allows our Firm to serve our clients most effectively.

The Firm is managed by its Management Committee headed by the Managing

Partner and Chairman, Mr. Joe Nathan P. Tenefrancia (a Name Partner); Mr.

Manuel L. Manaligod, Jr., Vice-Chairman; Chief Finance Officer, Ms. Susan D.

Villanueva; Secretary, Ms. Aida Araceli G. Roxas-Rivera and three (3) Members, Ms.

Patricia A. O. Bunye (Senior Partner), Mr. Rodel A. Cruz (Senior Partner) and Mr.

Pancho G. Umali (representative of the Junior Partners). The different practice

groups of the Firm are supervised by their respective Department Heads.

Contact Details:

CRUZ MARCELO & TENEFRANCIA

Simeon V. Marcelo – Founding Partner

9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Floor, One Orion Tower

11th Avenue corner University Parkway

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines


Law Office of Ramni Taneja

Constitutional Law Firm of the Year – India

Born on 4th December 1955 in New Delhi, Ramni Taneja is a citizen of

India, having been educated in Mumbai, India, and London, England. She

enrolled as an Advocate on 17th October 1980, on the Roll of the Bar

Council of Maharashtra, [Mumbai], India; subsequently transferred to the

Bar Council of Delhi, India, on 20th October 1997. On 3rd March 1997,

she was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and

Wales, [now known as the Senior Courts of England and Wales]. In 1999,

she was appointed as a Notary by the Government of India, New Delhi,

India.

Since 1997, Ramni Taneja practises in New Delhi, India, as an Advocate in

the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi, apart from various

other tribunals and courts in Delhi and in India. From 1980 till 1982 she

practised as an Advocate with Little & Co., Advocates and Solicitors,

Mumbai, India; she headed the office of Little & Co., Advocates, in New

Delhi, India, from 2002 till 2006. From 1983 till 1997, Ramni Taneja was

licensed and practised as a Legal Consultant with A.R. Hilal & Associates,

Advocates and Legal Consultants, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her law

firm, Law Office of Ramni Taneja, began in New Delhi, India in August 2006.

Ramni Taneja completed her school education in the United Kingdom [UK]

at Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster, London, England, UK, as a

consequence of which she obtained the University of London, General

Certificate of Education, Ordinary Levels and Advanced Levels, between

1972-1974. She obtained her BA Honours [First Class Honours] Degree in

English Literature [Major] French Literature [Subsidiary] in 1977 from

Elphinstone College, University of Bombay, India. She obtained her LLB

Degree [First Class] in 1980 from Government Law College, University of

Bombay, India. She was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes

Françaises Modernes in 1975 by l’Alliance Française, Paris, France,

[Mention Tres Honorable: i.e. Distinction] and was ranked first in the

examination in 1975 in India and Asia.

Ramni Taneja is the author of Foreign Direct Investment and Globalisation,

published by Eastern Book Company, 2014. She has written legal articles

that have been published in international and Indian legal journals on

various legal issues

Ramni Taneja’s principal areas of legal practice covering litigation and

transactional legal work are: all areas of commercial law, civil law,

corporate law, constitutional law and criminal law.


Other areas of legal practice covering litigation and transactional law inter

alia are:

Arbitration [international and domestic], air law, banking law, consumer

protection law, due diligence, direct and indirect taxation and international

taxation, extradition law, laws relating to asylum, family law, foreign direct

investment, including foreign exchange law, insurance law, initial public

offerings, intellectual property law, infrastructure law, employment law,

laws governing the media, mergers and acquisitions, immigration and

nationality law, maritime law, succession law, private international law,

public international law and property law.

Contact Details:

Address:

A 34 DEFENCE COLONY

NEW DELHI 110024, INDIA

Telephones: +91 11 4155 2051; +91 4155 2052

Fax: +91 11 4155 2053

email id: ramni@ramnitaneja.com

http://www.ramnitaneja.com/


Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year – USA

Donna J. Jackson began the practice in 1988 and has been in practice for over 30

years.

Donna J. Jackson is the managing member of the firm. She is a CPA and attorney.

Donna is a CPA, nationally recognized attorney, speaker, and educator in estate

planning. She focuses on estate planning with an emphasis on Medicaid, VA

Benefits, wills, durable power of attorneys, living wills, special needs planning and

trusts.

She is actively involved in the Oklahoma Bar, American Bar Association, NAELA,

Oklahoma State Society of CPAs, SHINE Foundation, Voice of Experience and

Senor Law Section Publications.

Ms. Jackson has extensive speaking experience including keynote speaker for the

Oklahoma Bar, Strafford, and National Business Institute and has presented

hundreds of seminars on estate, tax and related topics. She’s received numerous

awards including Five Star Wealth Managers in Estate Planning, Earl Sneed Award

from the Oklahoma Bar, Lawyer of Distinction, and Super Lawyer in Elder Law.

She obtained a BS and Master’s in Accounting from Oklahoma State, JD from

Oklahoma City University School of Law and LLM, Elder Law, from Stetson College

of Law.

Donna limits her practice to Elder Law, including long-term care planning,

Medicaid, VA Benefits; Special Needs Planning; Probate; Guardianships; estate

planning, including wills, trusts, and power of attorneys; tax; and life care

planning.

The firm works with families and people who want to prepare of incapacity and the

death of a loved one. Their mission is to provide clients with peace of mind.

Contact Details:

Donna J. Jackson

Attorney at Law

10404 Vineyard Blvd, Ste E

Oklahoma City, Ok 73120

(405)840-1874

Fax (405)840-1880


Alberto Ziliani – PrimeLex - Sports Lawyer the Year – Italy

PrimeLex is a law firm that offers customers a wide range of legal services, ranging

from listing on regulated markets to restructuring of groups, from any kind and

degree of litigation, to the protection of family assets to the valuation of companies.

PrimeLex operates in the main sectors of law and economics, including corporate

and M&A, sports law, real estate, labour law, bankruptcy law, criminal law,

litigation, in Milan, Lecco, Como and Rome. PrimeLex offers qualified assistance in

the extrajudicial and Judicial fields.

PrimeLex has 3 partners:

Alberto Ziliani,

Giacomo Micheletti is an expert in real estate.

Massimo Campa is an expert in company law and litigation.

Alberto Ziliani is a partner of PrimeLex, and is an expert in sports law and company

law

The experience he has gained allowed him to become a point of reference for any

legal requirements related to sports law, both for client’s contractual needs and for

litigations. Over the years he has been involved in several international transfers of

football top players and has been appointed lawyer in important disputes before the

TAS/CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).

His skills and expertise enable him to assist champions of the world of cycling and

motorcycling, and deal with international sportsmen for the management of their

contracts and disciplinary disputes before arbitration proceedings.

His expertise in company law mainly concerns M&A transactions and the drafting

of commercial contracts. He is a member of the board of directors of the most

important private security employers’ associations in Europe (COESS) and Italy

(Federsicurezza).

Contact Details:

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20 – 20122 Milano

tel. +39027222201/ fax +3902861375

www.primelex.it

email: milano@primelex.it


Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

The law office GÜRLICH & Co was founded on 1st February 2002. All members of

the firm are experienced lawyers possessing outstanding professional expertise in

various branches of law.

Skilled lawyers, qualified office staff and a lot of experience – that’s our law firm.

We are fully capable of offering legal Services to both individuals and legal entities

in almost all fields of civil and commercial law, all over the territory of the Czech

Republic, both in Czech and English language. We also cooperate with a number of

external lawyers, all experts in their respective fields, to ensure the best possible

outcome for our clients.

In the event of cross-border transactions and litigation, this office hires its

cooperating international law offices as well as external foreign lawyers. Still, this

Law Firm remains a purely Czech legal office free of any financial or other influence

exerted by foreign and/or local nationals. This allows the firm to provide its

services in compliance with law, professionally and independently.

Our law firm focuses mainly on the following areas of law: Civil law, Corporate and

business law, Real Estate law, Intellectual property, Labor law and Litigation.

Above all we deal with, among the advisory on real estate property transactions

(e.g. sale, purchase or lease of apartments and commercial property), drafting all

documents relating to real estate financing, drafting all security related documents

(mortgages, lien over property and other assets including sets of movable assets,

lien over IP or a business or part thereof, security / collateral agreements relating

to banking accounts, shares and ownership interests, as well as numerous

fiduciary assignments of rights demanded by banks), arranging registration and all

other related steps, including advice on governing law. Moreover, we focus on

advisory to developers, on investment in real estate, lease and sublease

agreements, liens on real estate, creation of easements, building law.

Our law firm provides its services at a high professional level, quickly and with

complete independence. Two of our key values that help to drive businesses of our

clients are flexibility and personal approach that we manage to maintain through

the hard work of our young but skilled colleagues who are at all times prepared to

offer tailor-made solutions. Within the scope of legal assistance, our law firm

provides prevailingly advisory services in selecting the most suitable procedure with

a view to client’s needs, prepares various documents and arranges for the

preparation of opinions and legal analyses.


The highest level of professionalism that we try to maintain encompasses taking

into account forthcoming legal amendments, detailed continuous study of

judicature of both the national and European courts. However, while focusing on

professionalism we never forget that it goes hand in hand with a personal approach

which ensures that clients can always rely on our services and we provide our best

in the shortest possible time with a broad level of transparency and detailed

records of our performance.

Scope of Legal Services:

Business Transactions

Civil Law

Intellectual Property

Corporate Law and Business Law, Public Procurement

Labour Law

Real Estate

Litigation

Contact details:

GÜRLICH & Co

Politickych veznu 19

110 00 Prague 1

Czech Republic

tel.: +420 222 101 591

fax: +420 222 101 590

email: info@akrg.cz

web: www.akrg.cz


Tax Advisory Firm of the Year – Portugal

PwC firms collaborate with organizations and individuals to create the value they

seek. PwC, a network of independent firms, is present in 157 countries and has

approximately 223,000 employees who share the objective of providing quality

services in auditing, consulting and taxation.

PwC in Portugal, Angola and Cape Verde has 34 partners, of which 21 are in the

Lisbon office, 9 in Porto and 4 in Luanda, and some 1,300 permanent employees in

the Lisbon, Porto, Luanda and Praia offices. The vast majority of professionals are

licensed in business management, finance, economics, accounting, law,

engineering or social sciences, all being offered the chance to complement their

academic training, and often receive specific professional training.

Jaime Carvalho Esteves, is Partner of PwC and heads the taxation department of

PwC in Angola, Cape Verde and Portugal. He is also the leader of the Government

and Public Sector area of PwC. He is a referee of the Administrative Arbitration

Center (CAAD) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum for

Competitiveness.

He specializes in national and international tax planning, transfer pricing, mergers

and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, ultra and high net worth individuals

and family businesses, including family offices .

He holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Porto. Postgraduate in

European Studies from the Catholic University of Lisbon and in Commercial Law

from the same University. Executive training at the New Forum of the New

University of Lisbon, INSEAD and IMD.

He collaborates regularly with several institutions of higher education and with the

media, and has published several studies in the area of taxation. He frequently

participates as a speaker in courses, seminars and conferences related to taxation

in Portugal and abroad.

Throughout his career he has been distinguished with several nominations and

awards attributed by entities of reference in the area of taxation. Recently he was

recommended by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading practitioners in the

following areas: Corporate Tax 2017 and Consulting Experts 2017.

Contact Details:

Tel: +351 213 599 601

Email: jaime.esteves@pt.pwc.com


Entertainment Law Firm of the Year – Germany

ARNECKE SIBETH is an independent law firm with 35 partners and more than 100

attorneys at four locations: Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Dresden. It ranks among the top

legal service providers in Germany.

We offer comprehensive legal services in selected practice areas and sectors. We call this

approach focused full service.

Our specialists are organised in six strong practice groups which are fully integrated across

the locations and are working together closely as a team.

●Corporate / M&A / Tax

●Real Estate

●Public Law

●Employment

●IP/IT/Commercial (with sports + media)

●Transportation / aviation / logistics

Our Corporate/M&A Practice is highly valued both domestically and in cross-border

transactions. In the area of Real Estate and Construction/Engineering we can boast one of

the most successful and largest teams in Germany. Many of our professionals working in

the areas of Public Law and IP/IT/Commercial have received multiple awards. We are

leading experts in the Law of Transportation, Aviation and Logistics and our TAL practice

enjoys high acclaim internationally.

We advise multinational groups as well as medium-sized enterprises in various industry

sectors, both domestically and in cross border matters. We have an excellent international

network. Our carefully selected partners Meritas and Interlaw offer access to first class

attorneys in all important legal systems who share our comprehensive approach to legal

services and meet the high expectations of our clients.

At our firm you will deal with partners directly – throughout the entire project. Teams will

be set up in the size as required. We can also handle complex matters with

multidisciplinary and well integrated teams. Always under the clear leadership of a partner

who keeps a watchful eye on the matter and stays in close contact with the client.

We take pride in providing services. It takes more than just legal considerations to find the

right entrepreneurial decision. Therefore we offer “more than law”. It is our ambition to take

a 360-degree look at the picture and thus to have a clear view of all facets of a topic.

Contact Details:

ARNECKE SIBETH, FRANKFURT

HAMBURGER ALLEE 4 (WESTENDGATE)

60486 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Tel.: +49 69 979885-0

E-Mail: Frankfurt@ArneckeSibeth.com


Aviation Law Firm of the Year – India

Rajinder Narain & Company is one of the oldest solicitors and advocates firm in Delhi, having

come into existence in the year 1950. The firm was the first to be registered with the newly

formed Supreme Court of India and was allotted Chamber No. 1 in Supreme Court precincts.

It operates out of a well-equipped and technologically advanced offices in New Delhi, and has

associate lawyers in all commercially significant cities of India.

The firm has the unique distinction of having two of its founding partners elevated as chief

justices and two others elected as President and the Honorary Secretary of the High Court

and Supreme Court Bar Association. Mr. P. L. Vohra the founding partners was the president

of Delhi High Court Bar Association for a continuous period of 3 years. The firm now has

about 25 lawyers including partners and associates at various levels. As it gazes back at the

last 50 years of its existence, the firm has a reason to feel pride in its lineage and satisfaction

at its work and reputation. Today the firm’s legacy is upheld by a dedicated team of lawyers

who excel in their fields of practice and are so recognised and who have at their command,

the state of art technology, office facilities and an extensive library.

Ravi Nath, managing partner, was the first Indian to be the president of the Inter-Pacific Bar

Association and chair of the IBA aviation committee. He is on the legal advisory panel to the

Aviation Working Group and on IBA’s credentials committee. He has a BCom and an LLB in

international and competition law from King’s College London, and a PIL from Harvard.

He frequently advise major, leading lessors, manufacturers and others concerned with

aviation finance and structuring transactions. Almost all major banks and lessors are clients

including the Exim Bank of the USA, Canada and Japan; export credit agencies in Europe;

Aercap; Avolon; Apollo; BBAM; Aircastle; Orix and equipment manufacturers such as Boeing,

Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, CFM, Rolls-Royce and so on.

A second area of advice is the regulatory aspect of civil aviation: cross-border taxation and

matters relating to aviation authority; the Cape Town Convention; Aircraft Protocol and the

International Registry, and others.

The third and final area of practice in aviation law is litigation/dispute resolution:

enforcement proceedings in Indian and foreign courts, and before the regulatory authorities.

Contact Details:

Maulseri House

7, Kapashera Estate

New Delhi - 110 037

India

Cell:+91.9811027193

Tel: +91.11.4122.5000

Fax:+91.11.4122.5001

Email: ravi.nath@rnclegal.com

www.rnclegal.com


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About LGS

In our more than 29 years of service, we have secured our

position as the premier Indonesian corporate transaction and

commercial litigation law firm. We have over a hundred

lawyers and experience representing a diverse range of

clients, including domestic and multinational corporations,

public and private companies, Government instrumentalities

and State Owned Enterprises. We work closely with our

clients to understand their problems, determine their needs,

and arrive at practical solutions that are both cost-effective

and viable over the long term.

Representative Clients

Adaro Indonesia; American Bureau of Shipping; Astra

International; Astratel Nusantara; Bank Mandiri; Charoen

Pokphand Indonesia; DBS Bank Ltd; Goldman Sachs;

Hitachi; Hutchison (Hong Kong); Indonesia Infrastructure

Guarantee Fund; Indonesian State Electricity Company

(PLN); Japan Tobacco International Indonesia; Krakatau

Steel; Liga Primer Indonesia (LPI); Medco Energi

International; Ministry of Finance of the Republic of

Indonesia; Mitsui & Co., Ltd; Mitsui Banking Corporation;

Mitsui Indonesia; Pamapersada Nusantara; Sampoerna

Strategic; Sime Darby (Malaysia); Simpson, Spence & Young

(SSY); Standard Chartered Bank; Sumitomo; Temasek

Holdings (Private) Limited; and Unilever Indonesia.

ISO

LGS has obtained Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance

certifications of ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management

systems and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental

Management systems to ensure that all aspects of the firm’s

operations and the quality of services are on par with the

most well managed companies and organizations in the

world.

Our Practice Areas

• ADR and Arbitration

• Antitrust

• Bank and Debt Restructuring

• Banking and Secured Transactions

• Bankruptcy

• Capital Markets

• Construction

• Consumer Protection Defence Litigation

• Corporate Finance

• Distribution of Goods and Services

• E-commerce

• Energy

• Foreign and Domestic Investment

• Forestry and Plantations

• General Corporate

• Information Technology

• Infrastructure

• Insurance

• Intellectual Property Rights

• International Trade

• Labour

• Maritime and Shipping

• Mergers and Acquisitions

• Mining, Oil and Gas

• Privatization

• Project Finance

• Property and Real Estate

• Refinancing and Bank Lending

• Shariah Transactions

• Structured Finance

• Telecommunications

• US Representative Offices and

Strategic Investment for Residency

Menara Imperium 30th Floor

Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. 1 Kuningan

Jakarta 12980, Indonesia

Tel: +62 21 831 5005

Fax: +62 21 831 5015

lgs@lgslaw.co.id

www.lgsonline.com


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