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DEEP & FAR

Attorneys-at-Law

13th F1., No. 27, Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd.

Taipei 104, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Tel: +886-2-2585-6688

Fax: +886-2-25989900/25978989

email@deepnfar.com.tw

Deep & Far was founded in 1992 and is one of the largest law firms in this country.

The firm is presently focused 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, counseling, litigation and/

or transaction thereof. Since this firm edges itself into the IPRs field,

the firm quickly comes to fame. As an illustration, this firm often is one of

the largest sources from which foreign filing orders originate.

The fascinating rise of this firm begins from the founder of Deep & Far attorneysat-law,

C. F. Tsai, who is the one first patent practitioner in this country who both

has technological and law backgrounds and is qualified as a local attorney-at-law.

The patent attorneys and patent engineers in this firm normally hold outstanding

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

this country and/or the university in the US. Our prominent staffs are dedicated to

provide the best quality service in IPRs. 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 are/were clients of this firm.

Furthermore, Hi-Tech companies in the science-based industrial park located at

Hsin Chu play an important role in booming the economy of this country. About

one half of which have experiences in seeking patented their techniques, and out

of more than 60% of the patent-experienced companies in that park have ever

entrusted their IPR works to this firm.

We have experienced in seeking IPR-protections for our clients in more than

100 territories all over the world. We have thousands of IPR-cases respectively

prosecuted before official Patent Offices of major industrialized countries.

This firm not only is the most competent in IPR-related matters in this

country but also is very familiar with IPR-practices in major industrialized

countries. As a matter of fact, this firm oftentimes tries and makes precedents

of new claim-drafting styles. While we might have become wonderfully

famed locally with remarkable appreciation and respects, we would like to

extend our services for internationalized or quality service-requiring foreign

conglomerated giants, corporations or individuals. We strongly believe that

we will win more

www.deepnfar.com.tw


Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine

Golden Globe Awards 2021

Index

ABR Solicitors

Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year - UK

Arnecke Sibeth

Entertainment Law Firm of the Year – Germany

Cavendish Corporate Finance

Business Advisory Firm of the Year - UK

Deep & Far

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan

Demotech Inc

Financial Analysis Firm of the Year – USA

Donna J Jackson & Associates

Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year - USA

Fernando Messias Law Firm

Tourism Law Firm of the Year - Portugal

Gillbanks Family Law Firm

Family Law Firm of the Year – UK

Gurlich & Co

Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

InTraCoM GmbH

Patent Valuation Service Provider of the Year – Germany

Lamont Pridmore

Dynamic Advisory Firm of the Year – UK

PrimeLex

Alberto Ziliani

Sports Lawyer of the Year - Italy

Rajinder Narain & Company

Aviation Law Firm of the Year - India

Seward & Kissel LLP

Asset Securitizations Law Firm of the Year – USA

Singh & Singh

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - India

Swiss Financiers Inc

Initial Public Offering Law Firm of the Year - USA


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


Initial Public Offering Firm of the Year – USA

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

listing. We 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 Kummerman

Marc Deschenaux

Maxime Lagane

Hayet Bouzid


Our 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. Our firm is committed to innovative Initial

Public Offering (IPO) financing solutions supporting companies when they need it and not

when they are already successful. Our team has decades of experience in IPOs (170+ IPOs)

and I recently wrote an article on IPO Financing Investments and was nominated in the

Who’s Who Legal.

We are able to fast-track the process by which companies gain access to funding in a twostep

exercise: We 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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We 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 us, 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.

Our 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.

We 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

Our 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

Our 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.

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

Our 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


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


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


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


Asset Securitizations Law Firm of the Year –

USA

Founded in 1890, with offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and London, Seward & Kissel

is internationally recognized as a leading law firm in the areas of securitization and

structured finance, leveraged finance, hedge funds, private equity, maritime, energy, and

transportation finance. The Firm advises both domestic and international banks in the

Americas, Europe and Asia in various roles in connection with a broad range of domestic

and cross-border financing transactions, secured and unsecured, asset-based, and cash

flow transactions. In addition to representing the full range of participants in the finance

industry, the Firm is one of the largest providers of corporate trust legal services, with

extensive experience representing indenture trustees, security trustees, master servicers,

collateral agents, paying agents, and depositaries.

Seward & Kissel is at the forefront of asset securitization transactions, backed by virtually

every type of asset. In particular, as one of the leading law firms in structuring assetbacked

transactions and CLO structures, the Firm has a unique perspective regarding the

various approaches to credit and liquidity enhancement.

With a long history of developing innovative structures in the asset securitization area,

beginning in 1979 with the establishment of some of the earliest transactions which utilized

bankruptcy remote special purpose vehicles, Seward & Kissel has substantial experience in

transforming new ideas into workable financing vehicles and adapting existing deal

structures to new situations. Our expertise extends to all areas of law associated with the

issuance of asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, including corporate, regulatory,

insurance, bankruptcy, real estate, tax, and derivatives. Seward & Kissel is committed to

providing each client with the highest quality legal services in the most efficient and

responsive manner.

Kalyan (“Kal”) Das is the head of the Global Bank and Institutional Finance & Restructuring

Practice Group at Seward & Kissel. He maintains offices in New York City and London,

England, although he spends most of his time in the Firm’s New York office.

Kal focuses primarily in the areas of structured finance, asset-backed and mortgage-backed

securities transactions, domestic and international banking transactions, project finance,

capital markets, distressed debt trading, second lien financing, institutional finance and

private placements. He represents numerous domestic and international banks, hedge

funds, investors, trustees, servicers and other institutions in all types of domestic and

cross-border financing transactions, including structured financing, CLOs, asset based

lending, fintech lending, ADR/GDR and corporate trust transactions.

Kal is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the New York University

Law School Alumni Association. Kal is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Skidmore

College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In addition, Kal is the President of FISH (London)

Inc., a not-for-profit organization that works with SOAS, London University and ISH

(London) with respect to higher education for deserving students.

Kal is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of

New York, the New York Bar Association and The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn,

London, England. He has served as a co-chair of the Annual Meeting of the American

College of Investment Counsel (“ACIC”), and as a panel member for The American

Securitization Forum (ASF), and American Bankers Association (ABA) and Strategic


Research Institute (SRI) conferences and the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Seminar. He is a

Fellow of the ACIC and was on the Board of Trustees of ACIC until 2007. He has also

conducted numerous in-house training seminars for banks and financial institutions.

Kal is admitted to practice law in New York, the United Kingdom (England & Wales),

Australia and India. He received a Barrister-at-Law degree from The Lincoln’s Inn in 1979

and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 1989.

Seward & Kissel provides a one-stop-shop for all of our clients’ banking & finance needs,

and represents many of the world’s leading banks, financial institutions and companies.

The firm represents numerous banks and financial institutions including Deutsche Bank,

US Bank, Citibank, BNY Mellon, Wells Fargo, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, M&T

Bank/Wilmington Trust, HSBC, CIM and SST in numerous matters involving structured

transactions, loan transactions, restructurings/bankruptcies, litigations, new products and

regulatory matters.

Contact Details:

Kalyan “Kal” Das

Partner

Head of the Global Bank and Institutional Finance & Restructuring Practice Group at

Seward & Kissel LLP

One Battery Park Plaza

New York, NY 10004

212.574.1391

das@sewkis.com


Financial Analysis Firm of the Year - USA

Demotech, Inc. is a financial analysis firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1985, Demotech

has been serving the insurance industry by providing actuarial consulting as well as accurate

and proven Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) for Property & Casualty insurance companies

and Title underwriters. FSRs are a leading indicator of the financial stability of an insurer. In

1989 Demotech became the first insurer rating services in the United States to review and rate

independent, regional and specialty insurers based upon the company’s execution of its

business model and not its size. The rating process provides an objective baseline as well as

insight as to the financial stability of an insurer. Demotech levels the playing field by offering

FSRs to insurers of all sizes.

Demotech distinguishes itself from other rating services in many ways. Four distinguishing

characteristics are the industry experience of our analysts, long tenure of our analysts, our

focus on an insurer’s business model rather than its size, and the transparency of our analysis

process. In total, our four primary analysts average more than 30 years of progressively

responsible insurance experience. Furthermore, the same four primary analysts average more

than twenty years of tenure with Demotech. As a result, carriers that contact Demotech can be

assured of comparable treatment, institutional memory and consistent outcomes due to the

professionalism and tenure of our staff.

As noted, our analysts, including myself, are experienced professionals. I am an actuary with

forty years of insurance and financial analysis experience. Sharon Romano Petrelli, co-founder

of Demotech, has earned the designations of CPCU, AIAF, CCP and ARC. She has served on the

board of an insurer as well as the board of governors of the CPCU Society. She has thirty years

of insurance experience. Barry J. Koestler, II, Chief Ratings Officer, a Chartered Financial

Analyst, has more than twenty years of insurance and financial analysis experience including

rate filings, loss and loss adjustment expense reserving and financial analysis. He has

coordinated the development and monitoring of FSRs since 1996. Robert M. Warren, CPCU, CPA,

Client Services Manager, has served as the chief financial officer of several insurers. His forty

years of experience includes more than ten years with Demotech.

Although other rating agencies seem fascinated by the size of an insurer and its diversification,

neither size nor diversification has kept insurers out of liquidation. In fact, some of the largest

insolvencies in the history of insurance were substantial publicly traded carriers that touted

their diversification. As such, Demotech focuses on a carrier’s business model and its execution

of that model. In 2007 we introduced our Company Classification System to initiate dialogue on

business models.

A Comment from Joseph Petrelli:

“I am the President and Founder of Demotech, Inc. Organized in 1985, Demotech is a Columbus,

Ohio based financial analysis company. Demotech reviews and rates more than 420 carriers

domiciled in the United States. Our clients include larger, publicly traded carriers as well as

regional insurance companies, title underwriters, risk retention groups and specialty insurance

markets. Financial Stability Ratings® of A or better are accepted by the secondary mortgage

marketplace, virtually all mortgage lenders and an increasing number of umbrella insurance

markets, insurance agents errors and omissions insurance carriers, reinsurance carriers and

other informed third parties.

Prior to forming Demotech, I was employed by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company,

Countryway Insurance and ISO. I am a member in good standing of the Casualty Actuarial

Society, American Academy of Actuaries,


The Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and the Society of Actuaries. I graduated from The

College of Insurance and have an MBA from The Ohio State University.”

In addition to our efforts reviewing and rating insurance carriers, two of our clients during

2015 were the State of Ohio Office of Risk Management and State of Iowa Title Guaranty

Division. When these public entities needed experienced, credentialed actuaries to assist

them with the pricing and evaluation of their casualty insurance exposure and title guaranty

exposure, respectively, our actuaries were the first choice. Recent acknowledgements of our

insurer rating capabilities include HUD’s re-affirmation of our acceptance in its Section 232

Handbook and expanding our acceptance to its Section 241(a) program, Fannie Mae

Multifamily acceptance of risk retention groups and captive insurers rated A or better, our

nomination for Intelligent Insurer’s Global Award – Best Rating Agency (2014 and 2015) and

securing the ACQ5 award for US – Niche Financial Analysis Provider – Insurance, two

consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. In addition Demotech was nominated for the Rating

Agency of the Year at the fall 2015 Reactions North America Gala. We were also honored with

the Florida Association for Insurance Reform’s Founder’s Award at its 2015 annual meeting.

More recently we secured the Financial Monthly – M&A Awards 2015 – Financial Analysis

Firm of the Year – USA and the Corporate Vision – Corporate Excellence Award 2015 – Best

Evaluator of US Regional and Specialty Insurers & Sustained Excellence in Insurer Financial

Analysis.

Our clients operate in an environment dominated by low interest rates and the pressure that

places on earnings from an underwriting profit. Emerging coverages, such as cyber liability,

data breach, or gap coverages associated with addressing the need to supplement personal

automobile insurance policies for commercial use associated with transportation network

companies focus our experienced, professional analysts on a collaborative role with clients.

Our analysts are well versed in the traditional aspects of insurance and reinsurance.

Concurrently, as educated professionals they are comfortable with the development or

analysis of creative strategies and products to address emerging consumer needs. Our

experienced and credentialed analysts often provided clients with peer review and

independent feedback on aspects of the client’s current and future operations.

Demotech is focused on continuing to grow and serve our current and our future clients.

With a team of experienced, credentialed professionals, we are uniquely positioned to address

the current as well as the emerging issues that must be addressed. In May 2016, we will host

a seminar addressing the needs of regional and specialty carriers in the important areas of

product development, client retention, and the identification and response to emerging

issues.

Contact Details:

Joseph Petrelli

Demotech, Inc.

2715 Tuller Parkway

Dublin, Ohio 43017-2310

Main: (800)354-7207

Direct: (614) 526-2160

FAX: (614) 526-2161

JPetrelli@demotech.com

www.demotech.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


Business Advisory Firm of the Year – UK

For nearly 30 years, Cavendish has only acted for business owners. In the last past year,

we have advised on the sale of 19 businesses, helping proprietors achieve the best possible

price for their companies, finding new owners who can take those businesses forward and

accelerate their growth and performance.

Understanding the range of businesses and technologies to a micro level is the challenge we

at Cavendish have set ourselves. Helping us achieve this objective are our specialist team

led by experts with backgrounds in fields such as engineering and finance together with

years spent in corporate finance.

Our entrenched expertise in so many subsectors is matched by unrivalled contacts with

leading UK and multinationals. In addition, we can leverage centres of excellence within

Oaklins such as the oil and gas team in Dallas, our aerospace team in Seattle or the

automotive and aerospace hub in Germany.

Oaklins is the world’s most experience mid-market M&A advisor. Over the last 5 years,

Oaklins specialists have closed over 1,500 deals involving industry specialists, taking a

global view and leveraging our deep local connections.

The relationships across the alliance underpin our commitment to continuous investment

in innovation, leadership and the incorporation of best practices from across all of our

business activities.

To achieve such success, in a challenging market wrestling with the challenges of Brexit, we

have developed an unrivalled knowledge of potential buyer pools and established teams of

sector specialists, who are recognised authorities in their areas offering business owners

expert advice on the best preparation, strategy and likely buyers to ensure a successful

sale. Utilising our international network of M&A advisors we have continued to source

overseas buyers, who typically pay a premium for UK businesses – about half of the

companies we sold last year were to international buyers.

There are almost no other firms that operate in the corporate finance arena that have the

sole purpose of selling businesses; most represent buyers as well and this invariably begs

the question by astute owners of business, are our advisors completely aligned with us?

For nearly 30 years, Cavendish’s answer has been unequivocally “yes”.

Contact Details:

Company: Cavendish Corporate Finance

Email: info@cavendish.com

Web Address: www.cavendish.com

Address: 40 Portland Place, London W1B 1NB

Telephone: 020 7908 600


Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – India

The Firm Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi (SSL&S) is a merger of two highly acclaimed IP

Law Firms of the country. The merger took place in April 2015. The merger

brought professionals passionately dedicated to create perfect synergy with

specialist IP practitioners and litigators in different fields of intellectual property

law. The firm serves as a one stop solution for IP, Telecom, Competition laws,

Information Technology and related aspects, as also technology, media and

telecommunication laws with a wide bandwidth to handle large portfolios and

litigation across all areas.

The firm also handles a large number of non-IP matters especially in the field of

pharma regulatory, arbitrations, policy making in IP and Telecom Sectors,

including Compulsory Licensing and Copyright Amendment Act 2012.

The firm not only represents a large volume of Patent and Trademark litigation

cases in India, but also provides unrivalled IP services, including but not limited to

domestic and international filing and prosecution.

The firm currently has offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Colombo and Kathmandu.

The Founders and Partners

The founders are four of the most prolific litigators of the country. Mr. Sandeep

Sethi, Mr. Maninder Singh and Ms. Prathiba M. Singh are all designated Senior

Advocates. Mr. Chander M. Lall took over the mantle from the founders and is the

Founding and Managing Partner of the merged firm. SSL&S is a professionally

managed firm with 9 partners, over 40 attorneys and patent agents and a total

strength of over 120 personnel. Out of the 9 partners in the Firm, the Managing

Partner and two other Partners are involved in Patent litigation. One Partner heads

the Patent Prosecution. Four Partners are heading IP Prosecution and Enforcement

teams and one partner is involved in Telecom & Broadcasting. There is an entire

team of lawyers and patent agents working under each Partner.

Patents

The patent professionals of SSL&S have wide ranged experience in drafting

applications of various technologies and liaising with inventors, technical experts

and in-house patent counsels in the preparation of specifications. Because of its

day to day experience in patent litigation, SSL&S is able to provide assistance in

strategizing complex innovation related issues, enforcement of patents, and

analysing strength of patents prior to enforceability, streamline prosecution etc.

SSL&S is estimated to be engaged in over 70% of the patent litigations currently

pending in the country concerning technologies like pharmaceuticals, bio-similar,

medical devices, mechanical engineering, chemicals, electrical and electronics, to

name a few. In the area of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), the firm is engaged


in virtually all pending cases in India and is instrumental in assisting development

of the law in this field.

Trademarks

On the trademarks front, SSL&S has been instrumental in laying down the law in

several areas such as comparative advertising, trade dress protection and a wide

variety of internet and IT law related issues. The firm has been involved in many

civil and criminal anti-counterfeiting actions. The firm currently represents 7 of

the top 25 of the world renowned trademarks listed by Interbrand. SSL&S is the

preferred firm not just in India but the entire South Asian region, including Sri

Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives and Bhutan.

Telecom and Broadcasting

SSL&S practices extend beyond core IP. It has a strong presence in the area of

telecom and broadcasting representing a large number of broadcasters in different

forums including the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Telecom

Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

Bespoke IP Management Software

All the work is carried out on a unique bespoke IP management software platform

ClickIPR. The software has IP law engines for all jurisdictions around the world

ensuring automated docketing of files worldwide and populating of forms. The use

of the software system, which is far superior to any known IP software system,

ensures that deadlines are never missed and costs are kept low. The firm was

perhaps the first in the world to maintain all its files in electronic form.

Clients

SSL&S has a very wide list of clients from all over the world which include The

Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, GSK, Bayer, Merck

KgaA, Monsanto, Citibank, Mondelez, KraftHeinz, Diageo, Warner Bros., Twentieth

Century Fox, United Technologies Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, Lacoste, Gant,

Hewlett Packard, Nike, Ebay, Cisco, Amazon, Samsung, Reckitt Benckiser,

Panasonic, DuPont, to name a few International one with an equally impressive list

of Indian clients which includes Zee, Marico, Havells, Woodland, HCL, NIIT, Essel,

ITC, Eicher, HeroEco and Fabindia.

Awards

SSL&S is the more extensive awarded firm of 2016 being acknowledged as a leader

in IP law. The firm has bagged several awards and maintains highest rankings in

many categories. The `Managing Intellectual Property` has ranked Singh & Singh

Lall & Sethi as Tier 1 for Patent Contentious, Trade Mark Contentious and

Copyright respectively for 2016. The `Chambers & Partners` has ranked the firm as

`Band 1 in Intellectual Property` and Chander Lall as `Band 1 Intellectual Property

Litigation Lawyer in India`. `Legal Era` positioned Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi as the

`IP Law Firm of 2015`. The firm also bagged `WTR Gold award for Enforcement and

Litigation` and Chander bagged the `Gold award` in individual category. The firm

shot the `Deal of the Year 2015` award for representing Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

in Merck Sharp & Dohme and Sun Pharma v Glenmark Pharmaceuticals by India

Business Law Journal besides bagging the `2015 - Indian Law Firm Awards -

Intellectual Property`. The M&A magazine declared the firm as the Law Firm of the

Year - Intellectual Property – India. `Professional Sector Network` has accolade the

firm with `IP Law Firm of the Year – India`. WIPR chose Chander Lall as `Leaders

2016 in Patents & Trademark`, while Sudeep Chatterjee was chosen for

Trademarks.


CHANDER M. LALL- FOUNDER & SENIOR PARTNER

Co- founder of the previously reigning IP boutique, Lall & Sethi Advocates, Mr.

Chander M. Lall is currently the Managing Partner and spear-head of the merged

entity ‘Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi’ (Singh & Singh is India’s leading IP litigation firm

– the two firms merged to form this IP Powerhouse since April 2015).

An adventure sports enthusiast by heart and a successful Advocate by profession,

Mr. Lall is a renaissance man, who has many firsts in his name in the legal

profession. He was the first to have the foresight to commence patent drafting

outsourcing to India in the year 2002, when the concept was relatively unknown.

Under his mentoring and leadership, in the year 2007, his firm developed one of the

world’s first proprietary IP Management Software (Click IPR) for international filing

and management. His firm went completely paperless as long back as in the year

2010, perhaps one of the first, internationally. He argued his first case with the

complete file on a tablet in that year itself.

In court, Mr. Lall is rated amongst the best IP litigators. He was counsel for a winning

cause in two of the lead decisions (whirlpool and Ocuflox) of the Supreme Court of

India on well-known and famous marks – decisions which were path-breaking not

just in India, but internationally. His litigation and enforcement foresight is

legendary when one considers the impact his strategies had on bringing down film

piracy levels in India whilst representing a consortium consisting of the Motion

Pictures Association of America, the leading Hollywood studios and many leading

Indian film producers. The Supreme Court decision on curtailing cable piracy stands

at the forefront of this initiative. He is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the

field of copyright and copyright litigation.

Post his graduation, Mr. Lall enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of India

in 1989. He has been practicing in various forums including the Supreme Court of

India, Delhi High Court, in addition to other High Courts around the country for over

25 years. He was also a part of the Core Group to make amendments in the

copyright laws of India. Mr. Lall is a leading member of the Pharmaceutical Trade

Marks Group and advises and represents many leading pharmaceutical companies

including Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bayer and Merck on various IP issues. His firms protects

8 of the top 30 brands of the world listed in the Interbrand 2014 Rankings.

Besides having an illustrious career as a litigator, Mr. Lall is also a proud member of

various globally renowned network and associations. He was perhaps the youngest,

and the first Indian and south Asian member to be on the Board of Directors of the

International Trademarks Association (INTA), a world-wide association of trademark

owners & professionals from the year 1998 to 2000. He was also the Chairperson of

the World-Wide Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement Committee at INTA for a two

year term and also serves as the President of the Intellectual Property Rights Attorney

Association. Besides his exceptional litigating skills, Mr. Lall demonstrated his

outstanding writing abilities by being the contributing Author and Editor for the

publication entitled "Trademark Anti-Counterfeiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim". He

has also authored the chapter on Indian law in both the editions of the publication

of INTA entitled "Trademark Law and the Internet".

Mr. Lall has is consistently listed as one of the leading IP practitioners in India by

virtually all leading international publications. He frequently attends and speaks at


national and international IP conferences and is on the WIPO Panel of speakers and

resource persons for their Training of Trainers (TOT) Programs. He has participated

in well over 20 TOT programs in over 3 continents including Africa, South America

and Asia.

In addition to being a distinguished lawyer, Mr. Lall is an advanced certified scuba

diver, a fervent mountaineer, an avid and former national lever cyclist, a bold bungee

jumper, a one-time sky diver, a wanna-be Harley Davidson Hog and a passionate

water and alpine skier.

Contact Details

Chander M. Lall

cmlall@indiaip.com

D - 17, South Extension II, New Delhi - 110 049, India

Ph: 91-11-4289 9999

Website


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


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