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DEEP & FAR
13th F1., No. 27, Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd.
Taipei 104, Taiwan, R.O.C.
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
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Golden Globe Awards 2021
Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year - UK
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
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
Patent Valuation Service Provider of the Year – Germany
Dynamic Advisory Firm of the Year – UK
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—
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
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.
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
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.
Deep & Far
Add: 13th Fl., 27 Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan
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.
Initial Public Offering – IPO
Financing IPO – Costs
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:
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.
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
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
We have been accompanying the following companies over the last year:
Intellectual Property Securitization (IPSE)
Eiffel International Corporation
Earth & Sky 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.
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
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
●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.
ARNECKE SIBETH, FRANKFURT
HAMBURGER ALLEE 4 (WESTENDGATE)
60486 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Tel.: +49 69 979885-0
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
firstname.lastname@example.org • 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
Fernando Messias Law Firm
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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:
Corporate Law and Business Law, Public Procurement
GÜRLICH & Co
Politickych veznu 19
110 00 Prague 1
tel.: +420 222 101 591
fax: +420 222 101 590
Asset Securitizations Law Firm of the Year –
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
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
Kalyan “Kal” Das
Head of the Global Bank and Institutional Finance & Restructuring Practice Group at
Seward & Kissel LLP
One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004
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
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
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
2715 Tuller Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017-2310
Direct: (614) 526-2160
FAX: (614) 526-2161
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.
7, Kapashera Estate
New Delhi - 110 037
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
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”.
Company: Cavendish Corporate Finance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Chander M. Lall
D - 17, South Extension II, New Delhi - 110 049, India
Ph: 91-11-4289 9999
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:
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
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
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 20 – 20122 Milano
tel. +39027222201/ fax +3902861375
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