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Leading Lawyers Worldwide 2021


ABR Solicitors

Criminal Defense Law Firm of the Year - UK


Tax Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland

Ambition Legal Consultancy FZE

Corporate Law Firm of the Year – United Arab Emirates

Baker & McKenzie Zurich

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – Switzerland

Basilio Advogados

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year – Brazil

Basilio Advogados

Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Brazil

Camden Associates

Mid-Market Investmant Advisory Boutique Firm of the Year – UK

Cavendish Corporate Finance

Business Advisory Firm of the Year - UK

Deep & Far

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan

Donna J Jackson & Associates PLLC

Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year – USA

E.Morace & Co

Professional Liability Law Firm of the Year - Italy

Estudio Grispo & Asociados

Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Argentina

Fernando Messias Law Firm

Tourism Law Firm of the Year - Portugal


Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Slovenia

Law Office of Ramni Taneja

Constitutional Law Firm of the Year - India


Business Law Firm of the Year – USA


Tax Advisory Firm of the Year - Portugal

Rajinder Narain & Company

Aviation Law Firm of the Year – India


IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Philippines

Seward & Kissel LLP

Asset Securitizations Law Firm of the Year – USA

Spadafora De Rosa Law

Tax Law Firm of the Year - Italy

Studio Legale Brusa Spagnolo Tosoni Carelli

Criminal Law Firm of the Year - Italy

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year –


At Baker McKenzie, our reputation is our most valuable asset. We earn it every day

with the choices we make – for our clients, our Firm, our communities and


For generations, our lawyers found direction in our culture of integrity. When

something didn't seem right, they drew on the Firm's collective wisdom to guide

their choices. But that's no longer enough. Our clients have a right to know what

we stand for and how we ensure compliance in a complex and changing world.

So we have created a Code of Business Conduct to be certain that all of our people

– lawyers and non-lawyers alike – understand our policies, and the values and

principles that are expected to guide our choices. The Code is required reading for

every partner and employee worldwide. And we offer it here for others to review.

The Code spells out our policies, legal and ethical obligations and responsibilities in

a number of areas. It provides guidance on how to act when specific, clear policies

are not available. And it reflects our commitment as a signatory to the UN Global

Compact to align our policies and operations with the Compact's principles in the

areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Prof. Joachim G. Frick

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick, LL.M./J.S.D. practices mainly in the areas of dispute

resolution, insurance and corporate law and became a partner in 2001. He

regularly represents clients as a party counsel in litigation and arbitration

proceedings with special emphasis on corporate, insurance, and M&A disputes. He

heads the insurance practice of the Zurich office and co-heads the European

Financial Services & Insurance Group as a steering committee member. He advises

Swiss and international insurance and reinsurance clients in litigious and nonlitigious

insurance matters and was named one of the leading insurance lawyers in

Switzerland by Who is Who' Legal and the IBA's Who is Who of Business Lawyers.

In addition to practicing as a lawyer, Joachim Frick regularly teaches as a

professor of law at Zurich University (Titularprofessor). He is a member and regular

speaker in various professional organizations concerning his areas of practice. He

is a graduate of Zurich University (Dr. iur. 1992) and Yale Law School (LL.M. 1996,

J.S.D. 2000) and has practiced with Baker McKenzie Taipei and Chicago.

Practice Areas:

Commercial Litigation

Compliance & Investigations

Dispute Resolution

Financial Institutions


International Arbitration

Mergers & Acquisitions

Private M&A

Practice Focus

Prof. Frick represents clients as a party counsel in litigation and arbitration

proceedings with special emphasis on insurance, corporate and post-M&A

disputes. In addition, Prof. Frick advises insurance and reinsurance companies on

regulatory, corporate and compliance matters and represents them in transactions

as well as in front of regulator, courts and arbitral tribunals. He also regularly

advises clients in aviation and aircraft financing transactions.

Contact Details:

Joachim Frick

Baker & McKenzie Zurich

Holbeinstrasse 30, P.O. Box

8034 Zürich


+41 44 384 14 14


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

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

Mid-Market Investment Advisory Boutique Firm of the

Year – UK

Camden Associates is a boutique investment banking firm. We specialise in

international financing. The market has changed a great deal in the last few

years and a number of transactions just do not get done because market

segmentation does not permit it This is where we operate.

We offer various services from pure advisory to financing to private and

public company alike. The firm started in 2003 under the name Camden

Partners. In 2006 after a change of shareholders we became Camden

Associates. Initially focusing on Eastern Europe and on large groups

(Bouygues, Rosatom, Gazprom, Lukoil, Rushydro), we changed our focus to

smaller, more innovative deals and broadened our scope on a sectors basis.

Technology and biotech are worldwide sectors. So is mining.

It is a competitive world. I would not know what other firms should do. As

far as we are concerned, we are essentially project driven and believe that

behind the specifics of a sector there is a unique management with unique

abilities and specific problems.

We strive to help them solve the particular problem they have at one point in

time. As such we do not depend upon sector specialisation and market

conditions. We get more deals coming our way when market conditions are


The overall mission is to get deals done, and then we take all the necessary

steps to make the deal a success. As such it does not make us « leaders in

innovation » but it keeps us focused on what the latest technologies can

bring to a particular deal. We are working beyond usual boundaries most

firms focus on.

Contact Details:

Camden Associates Ltd.

27 Hill Street

London W1J 5LP

Tel.: +44 207 290 9812


Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Argentina

We are a leading corporate law firm that provides innovative and effective legal

solutions to companies of various specialties and fields.

We foster a pioneering culture based on high performance, teamwork and results

orientation, aligning legal advice with the objectives of our clients.

JORGE DANIEL GRISPO born in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires on

December 10, 1965, is a nationally recognized lawyer specialized in corporate law,

advising and representing companies of various specialties and fields, with a

profuse academic and professional activity.

He is a member of the Argentine Institute of Commercial Law and publishes

periodic publications in the main legal media in the country, such as La Ley, El

Derecho, Abogados.com, Errepar, Rubinzal-Culzoni, among the most prominent.

He is a lecturer and has participated as an exhibitor in numerous academic events

of his specialty.

He began his law studies at the Universidad del Salvador School of Law, obtaining

the title of lawyer on September 28, 1993. Later, he completed a master's degree in

Business Law at the Austral University, obtaining the title of “Magister in Business

Law”, the December 18, 1995, University in which, later did a Postmaster with

specialization in Corporate Law.

In October 2002, he graduated as a “Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Legal

Studies” from Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, California. Later he

continued his studies obtaining a master’s degree in Business Administration at

the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). In 2008 he completed a specialization in

Small and Medium Business Management (DPME) at the IAE (Institute of High

Business Studies of the Austral University).

His academic career led him to be a professor of Commercial Law, Bankruptcy Law,

Commercial Societies, Strategy of the Loyal Department and Corporate Dynamics,

both in undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Buenos Aires, at

the Austral University, at the Catholic University. Argentina and in other

prestigious private universities in the Argentine Republic.

Contact Details:

Tucumán 637, 3 ° (CABA)

Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year –


KETNER®, Legal Consultancy, Representation and Protection, Ltd., PATENT ATTORNEY, is

a Slovenian law firm, founded in 2008 by Meti Ketner, an excellent lawyer with extensive

practice in the field of intellectual property and beyond.

Slovenia, as KETNER® Ltd.’s home country, was in the year 2020 classified as part of the

advanced economies group by the International Monetary Fund. It is a country with brilliant,

inventive people possessing top-notch knowledge in all fields of activity, which is the winning

and forward-looking base for a bright future in which KETNER® Ltd. proudly ranks.

KETNER® Ltd. brings together the best experts in the field of Intellectual property law (IP).

Some of the experts have been active in intellectual property for more than 20 years, which

enables the company to achieve the best results in obtaining protection with patents,

registered trademarks, and industrial designs… The key strengths of KETNER® Ltd. are many

years of experience, and personal approach to each client, a great collaboration with partner

patent and law firms globally, enabling its clients to acquire intellectual property rights in

most countries around the world.

KETNER® Ltd. offers:

- Patent protection for inventions in Slovenia, in Europe and around the world:

consultation, preparation, and filing of patent applications and client’s representation

in patent protection procedures in Slovenia, in the PCT international patent protection

procedure for 153 countries and other countries worldwide;

- Trademark protection in Slovenia, Europe and worldwide: consultation, preparation,

and filing of trademark applications and client’s representation in trademark

registration procedures in Slovenia, throughout the European Union, in the

international trademark registration procedure for 125 countries and other countries

around the world;

- Industrial design protection in Slovenia, in Europe and around the world:

consultation, preparation, and filing of industrial design applications and client’s

representation in industrial design protection procedures in Slovenia, throughout the

European Union, in the international industrial design registration procedures for 92

countries and other countries around the world;

- Consultation and preparation of IP contracts: IP rights transfer agreements, license

agreements, copyright agreements and other agreements in the field of IP;

- IP appraisals: partners are court appraisers and specialized in inventive activity. IP

Appraisal may include knowledge gained by experience or by accidental events,

knowledge, and skills gained outside traditional work, know-how, innovations,

trademarks and/or service marks, patents, industrial designs… Court appraised IP

can be, in accordance to the Slovenian law, used as the share capital of the company;

- Preparation and filing of opposition in IP protection procedures;

- IP monitoring;

- Legal consultation, negotiations, representation, protection and enforcement of

intellectual property rights in the field of IP in Slovenia and worldwide;

- Registration of copyright works with the Copyright Agency of Slovenia;

- Representation in domain name alternative dispute resolution procedures;

- Professional translations of legal texts.

KETNER® Ltd. is a member of AIPF (https://aipf.com/), an Association of Intellectual

Property Firms based in New York, USA, international associations of independent specialized

firms that most of their practice dedicates to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and boasts

a team of established experts, both at the national level, as well as worldwide. KETNER® is

also a member of the AEA International Lawyers Network (AEA) (aeuropea.com). The AEA,

which aims to offer customers the best services around the world, is one of the largest legal

networks in the world in what relates to the number of countries covered.

Meti Ketner, the CEO, Director, and Owner of KETNER® Ltd. is a passionate and innovative

lawyer and a businesswoman, European Trademark and Design Attorney. She takes care

that KETNER® Ltd. is constantly progressing, expanding, and providing services on which

clients can rely on. Before practicing law in her own company, Meti Ketner worked for the

larger Slovenian professional legal offices and institutions of public importance, participating

in international projects of great importance for Slovenia. Meti Ketner is a member of the

FICM (Federation of Integrated Conflict Management) based in New Delhi, India

https://mediationhub.org/) and is a member of the Global Law Expert

(https://www.globallawexperts.com/), based in London, UK. She is also a recommended

member of ADVISORY EXCELLENCE (Meti Ketner - Advisory Excellence) in the field of

intellectual property for the Republic of Slovenia.

KETNER® Ltd., with a wide range of highly qualified experts through the network of its

intellectual property experts, patent attorneys, trademark and design attorneys, and lawyers

worldwide, has developed into a successfully growing modern company open to current and

future challenges to provide its clients with the best protection of their IP rights standing the

test of times.

KETNER® Ltd… For Strong, Secure and Reliable future…

Contact Details:

Practice Areas:

Intellectual Property

Industrial Property



Industrial designs

Geographical indications

Domain names

IP appraisals

ZEBRA® - sound trademarks

TEMPELJ®-translation of texts from the field of IP

KETNER®, Legal Consultancy, Representation and Protection, Ltd., PATENT ATTORNEY

Tržaška cesta 134, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

T: +386 (0) 51 344 655, F: +386 (0) 599 42 142, E: info@ketner.si

Web: www.zascita.si , www.zebra.expert

Meti Ketner, CEO, director, owner

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


Contact Details

Fernando Messias Law Firm

E-mail addresses: secretariado@fernandomessias.pt


Criminal Law Firm of the Year – Italy

The law firm provides legal assistance in criminal matters all over the Italian

territory, also making use of a capillary and established network of

correspondents, as well as through the support of technical expertise.

It actively participates and collaborates in judicial activities forward the

judicial authorities of foreign countries, Europe and beyond.

The competence of the law firm is mainly focused on commercial criminal

law (corporate crimes, financial crimes and bankruptcy), environmental

criminal law, crimes against property, Public Administration crimes, medical

professional negligence, job security, intellectual property crimes and related



Mario Brusa

Sergio Spagnolo

Paolo Tosoni

Mauro Carelli

The main purpose of legal advice on criminal law given to private citizens,

public entities and firms concerns the risk management related to the

activity of the criminal enterprise, in the several field of economic criminal


The law firm offers, systematically, advice and assistance regarding

‘Corporate administrative liability’ (D.lgs 231/01), prevention of accidents,

environmental protection, ‘Voluntary Disclosure’ and ‘privacy’.

Contact Details:

Studio Legale

Brusa Spagnolo Tosoni Carelli

Viale Piave, 11 - 20129 Milano

Tel: 02/796498

Fax: 02/76000670

E-mail studio@studiobst.com

Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year – USA

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Senor Law Section Publications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of Law.

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

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

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


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

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

Contact Details:

Donna J. Jackson

Attorney at Law

10404 Vineyard Blvd, Ste E

Oklahoma City, Ok 73120


Fax (405)840-1880

Criminal Défense Law Firm of the Year – UK

ABR Solicitors is a nationally recognised criminal defence solicitors practice

specialising in fraud, crime, and regulatory defence. Our mental health and prison

law teams are highly regarded throughout the North of England. We have offices in

Leeds, Liverpool, and London.

Rob Rode

Practice Areas:

Criminal Defence

Business Defence


Regulatory Solicitors

Professional Discipline

Military Law

Mental Health

Prison Law Advice and Representation


Private Prosecution

Rob is a nationally and internationally recognised specialist criminal defence

solicitor. He is an acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory

defence solicitor. He is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as

“like a terrier that never stops digging”. Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist Fraud

Panel set up by the Legal Aid Agency. He is a higher court advocate.

He is described in Chambers 2019 as “a very good lawyer” and a “fearsome

advocate” and recognised as a leading individual in crime fraud and financial crime

by the most recent Legal 500 and Chambers editions, both nationally and locally.

He represents individuals and companies in the UK and abroad facing

investigation/prosecution under the Bribery Act or multijurisdictional legislation

including FCPA. He has experience of dealing with prosecution authorities across

several jurisdictions.

Rob undertakes fraud defence, regulatory defence, white collar defence involving

international/cross-jurisdictional issues, defence of tax /VAT fraud, motoring, and

general criminal matters with (again, according to a leading independent guide) “a

certain panache”.

Rob undertakes private prosecutions on behalf of individuals and companies.

Rob has acted as defence solicitor successfully in numerous cases defending

historic and present-day sexual offence allegations. He also has a particular

interest in defending allegations of serious violence and murder.

He is tactically astute and will ensure that when appropriate a pro-active defence is

pursued in all cases.

Rob trained at Irwin Mitchell and joined the firm in 1998 becoming a partner in

2002 and senior/managing partner in 2013. He was chairman of the Serious Fraud

Association and is a member of SAHCA,POCLA,CLSA the International Criminal

Bar, The American Bar Association, and a member of the criminal duty solicitor

defence scheme.

Contact Details:

81 Chancery Lane



0333 009 8181


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

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



Tel: +91.11.4122.5000


Email: ravi.nath@rnclegal.com


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

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


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

Seward & Kissel LLP

One Battery Park Plaza

New York, NY 10004



Professional Liability Law Firm of the Year – Italy

E.Morace&Co. is the product of an old tradition based on the principles of passion,

competence, hard work, and client satisfaction since 1938.

They work with passion and take full care of the Clients’ position, interests and targets

suggesting the best solution to their needs. Working internationally, E.Morace&Co. team is

composed by lawyers with foreign experiences and different specializations who speak

Italian, English, Spanish, French and German.

The Law Firm has always been operating mainly in Maritime, Insurance and Transport Law

but over the years, the practice gradually expanded now including: Accident & Personal

Injury; Administrative & Antitrust; Banking & Finance; Professional Liability; Tax; Civil

Law; Collections & Asset Recovery; Marine Insurance; Yacht & Superyacht; Litigation and

Dispute Resolution; Criminal Law & Defence; Employment & Labour; Commercial &

Corporate; Insurance & Reinsurance; Family Law; Intellectual Property; Shipping &

Offshore; Real Estate.

Marco Morace is a Partner and head of the insurance and reinsurance team at

E.Morace&Co. He graduated in Law from the University of Naples "Federico II" and joined

the firm in 2003. Prior to this he worked for the legal department of P&G in Rome, had an

internship with a leading London insurer and was a visiting lawyer with international law

firms in London.

Marco’s areas of expertise are: accident and personal injury, insurance counter-fraud,

reinsurance, insurance and commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual

property, marine insurance, professional liability, shipping and offshore, yachts &


Our Firm is a legal boutique of excellence and we work every day to maintain high

standards of quality and care in the services we offer. This is a very demanding challenge,

especially considering that we have to compete with mega firms.

In order to better assist our international clients with interests in Italy, we opened our new

office in Milan on 1st April 2019.

Our future target is to develop the insurance as well as the corporate and M&A practice

thanks also to our Milan office, headed by our local partner Mr. De Biasi who is a Professor

of Corporate and Capital Markets Law.

We trust we will have another excellent business season.

We always try to achieve the best result for the Client and build with him a strong business


Our Clients love our:

Care – we work hard to advise our Clients as soon as possible within the same day from our

instruction or within 1 business day at latest with a preliminary advice;

Flexibility – we are keen to discuss with our Clients on fees considering that the reason of

our instruction is always to achieve the best result for the Client, not the best opportunity

for the Firm;

Transparency – any Client wants to keep legal costs and budgets under control especially in

litigation; we always keep our Clients up to date on case developments and costs so that

they can check their budget needs are met;

Update - working internationally, with Clients based around the world we are aware of the

absolute importance of comprehensively updating the Client promptly as soon as there is a

development on its case / file.

We have recently acted on behalf of an extra-EU shipping company in a dispute against the

Italian Customs Authority successfully so far. The dispute referred to the exemption on

excise duties in relation to a supply of bunker made by our Client, whose ship was moored

at an operational dock with the crew on board. Specifically, the Customs Authority first

granted the exemption and then revoked the previous permit, by requesting the payment of

the excise duties.

Additionally, we have recently assisted an Italian company specialised in providing software

solutions for booking and ticketing online in the negotiation of a software agreement with

an international shipping company.

We are regularly appointed by leading international insurers and reinsurers to protect their

interests in professional liability claims in Italy.

Recently, we have been appointed to represent Lloyd’s Underwriters in a 60 ML claim

brought by the Receivership of one of the most famous Italian fashion group that went

bankrupt in 2016.

Contact Details:


Office: +39 081 0145 607

Website: www.morace.com

IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Philippines

Romulo traces its roots to the law firm of Gibbs, McDonough and Ozaeta, which

practiced law in the Philippines in the early 1900s. Allison D Gibbs was a wellknown

tax and corporate lawyer and Charles A McDonough was a name in criminal

law practice. Roman A Ozaeta, who later became a distinguished justice of the

Supreme Court, and his son, Herminio, an outstanding corporate lawyer in his own

right, re-established the firm in 1957. The firm underwent several name changes

because of a rule limiting the partnership name to living and active partners (a rule

which was subsequently abolished), and eventually acquired its present name.

The current partners are Ricardo J Romulo and Jose F Buenaventura. One partner,

Exequiel B Javier, is on leave, having been elected as governor of Antique province.

In addition, the firm currently has 98 lawyers.

Romulo is the only Philippine firm with an office in Hong Kong. It provides

international investors with advice on Philippine law and advises Philippine clients

on international transactions. However, it is not permitted to practice Hong Kong


Practice Areas:

Banking & Finance


Intellectual Property

Labour & Immigration

Litigation & Arbitration

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Project Development & Finance

Real Estate & Natural Resources




Contact Details:



Tel: +63 2 848 0114 Fax: +63 2 810 3110


Tax Advisory Firm of the Year – Portugal

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

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

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

services in auditing, consulting and taxation.

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

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

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

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

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

academic training, and often receive specific professional training.

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

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

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

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


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

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

and family businesses, including family offices .

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

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

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

University of Lisbon, INSEAD and IMD.

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

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

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

in Portugal and abroad.

Throughout his career he has been distinguished with several nominations and

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

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

following areas: Corporate Tax 2017 and Consulting Experts 2017.

Contact Details:

Tel: +351 213 599 601

Email: jaime.esteves@pt.pwc.com

Tax Law Firm of the Year – Italy

Spadafora De Rosa Law has more than 15 years of history and can provide a full

range of services through its professionals and/or its broad international network.

Alessandro De Rosa has more than 20 years of experience in Contracts, Civil Law,

International Deals, Real Estate, Soccer, Aviation, Fashion, Hotels, VIP Properties,

Apps, etc.

He has a 24/7 problem solving attitude for any emergency of his clients.

Spadafora De Rosa Law has more than 15 years of history and can provide a full

range of services through its professionals and/or its broad international network.

The level of experience reached and the creativity of its professionals represent a

tremendous added value for its clients.

Practice Areas:

- Real estate transactions for VIP properties

- Hotels transactions

- Aviation Global business project start up

- Football deals closed in EU

- App contracts for a new international platform

- Distribution agreements for an international consortium

“Our work and commitments remain the same since our foundation 15 years ago. We

to work hard every single day, the success is proportional to the hours dedicated to

Your structure and clients.”

Contact Details:

Sede di Roma

Via di Trasone, 52 00199

Tel. 06 858221

Fax. 06 8582250

Email: a.derosa@spadaforaderosa.com

G. E. Ehrlich (1995) Ltd.

The Rogovin-Tidhar Tower, 15th Floor

11 Menachem Begin Road

Ramat-Gan, 5286104, Israel

Tel.: 972-73-791-9199

Fax.: 972-73-791-9100



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