Lawyer Of The Year 2021









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Lawyer of the Year 2021

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Lawyer of the Year 2021


ABR Solicitors

Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – UK

Arnecke Sibeth

Entertainment Law Firm of the Year - Germany

Deep & Far

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan

Donna J. Jackson & Associates PLLC

Estate Planning Law Firm of the Year – USA

Entwistle & Cappucci LLP

Securities Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA

Esquível Advogados

Government Contracts Law Firm of the Year – Portugal

Fernando Messias Law Firm

Tourism Law Firm of the Year - Portugal


Compliance Consulting Firm of the Year – UK

Francis Scarpulla

Competition: US Plaintiff Law Firm of the Year

Gillbanks Family Law

Family Law Firm of the Year – UK

Gurlich & Co

Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

Karanjawala & Company Advocates

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – India

Rajinder Narain & Co

Aviation Law Firm of the Year – India

Rustem Guardian LLP

Business Crime Law Firm of the Year - UK

Seward & Kissel LLP

Asset Securitizations Law Firm of the Year - USA

Spadafora De Rosa Law

Tax Law Firm of the Year - Italy

Stegmanns Incorporated

Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa

The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC

Franchising Law Firm of the Year - USA

Trust Chambers

Criminal Defence Barrister of the Year – Australia

Warren-Tangney Attorneys Inc

Insurance Law Firm of the Year – South Africa

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



Compliance Consulting Firm of the Year – UK


Established in 2004, FMConsult is a specialist compliance, collective investment schemes,

and operational and investment risk management consultancy that services a whole host of

global financial services firms. We have made it our mission to provide solutions to our clients

so that they can continually meet regulatory requirements. Headquartered in London,

FMConsult has offices in Ireland and USA, with an associate in Italy. Our highly experienced

team have first-hand experience in asset management, wealth management, financial

regulations and operational / investment risk which provides the all-round expertise you

would require from a consultancy. To learn more about our senior team, please refer to

FMConsult is an independent regulatory consultancy committed to assisting clients in

aligning financial services processes with regulatory requirements. We provide risk and

compliance solutions that enable senior management of financial services firm’s to

demonstrate that they and their firm are currently, and will continue to be, aligned with

regulatory requirements.

We major on the wholesale firms and the funds (UCITS & AIF) industry but also have the

capacity and experience to assist retail and market infrastructure companies.

We recently undertook a 4th Money Laundering Directive documentation remediation project

for a large asset management firm that involved up to eleven employees for ten months in

total. Other examples of work performed for our clients include:

• Corporate Authorisation

• Compliance Outsourcing and Interim Resources’ including suitable SMF16 &

SMF17 Officers

• Due diligence & expert witness assignments

• Fund establishment & authorisation

• Compliance Monitoring and in-depth investigations

Dallas J McGillivray

Group Managing Director

Experienced international regulatory and business manager. Previous Global Head of

Compliance and Operational Risk at a major asset management company for all business

outside of the Americas with circa 30 years experience in UK and global regulatory issues,

covering both retail and institutional. Over 8 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in

four different countries covering audit, accounting services, insolvency and regulation.

Specialist in providing corporate governance and operational risk services to asset

management and investment companies.


Andrew J Hicks

Group Director

More than 10 years of experience as a compliance manager for a major international asset

management company, covering compliance monitoring/advisory, internal audit and

operational risk roles. This role primarily covered the UK market place but also extended to

US, Irish, Luxembourg, German, French and Italian regulated businesses covering both retail

and institutional clients. Also a further 8 years as a financial and regulatory auditor for a

medium size audit and accountancy firm based in London. Specialist in providing

accountancy, audit, compliance monitoring, regulatory, advice and operational risk services

to asset management and investment companies.


Ross Revell


Ross is an experienced regulatory professional who has held the Compliance Officer and

MLRO roles at both a leading Insurer and separately at an IFA Network, and has also worked

at two of the Big Four Consultancy firms and the FSA. He started his career in financial

services in the Banking sector 28 years ago. His experience covers Banking, Mortgages, Life

& Pensions, General Insurance, Wealth Management, Private Banking and Stock Broking.


Colette Panebianco

Director FMConsult USA

Colette is an experienced financial services executive. With over 20 years of experience in the

financial services industry. Colette has a detailed knowledge of the US asset management

industry from working with high-level investment advisers, hedge funds, broker-dealers and

family offices both domestic and offshore. Colette specialises in designing the compliance

infrastructure for start-up and established registered and unregistered US and non-US

funds, investment advisors and private equity firms. Colette has proven to bring personalised

and assured quality services tailored to meet a firms compliance needs. Colette is a Certified

Investment Advisory Compliance Specialist.


John Clare

General Manager – FMConsult Ireland

John is an experienced financial services executive and has a detailed knowledge of the Irish

Financial Services Industry with over 22 years of proven business experience. John has been

registered with the Central bank since 1996 and is a member of the Association of Compliance

Officers Ireland.


Contact Details:

Isabel Mortimer


2nd Floor, 10 Arthur Street



0207 220 9071


Criminal Defense Barrister of the Year – Australia

Jehane commenced her university studies in 1988, graduating in 1991 with a

Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Psychology. In 1992 she completed a Post-

Graduate Honours Degree in Psychology, graduating with Class 1 Honours.

With a keen interest in the rights of individuals and the human psyche, Jehane

commenced a law degree in 1993, graduating in 1995. She graduated with a

Bachelor of Law with Class 1 Honours. Her thesis was on the place of psychopathy

in criminal law.

After graduating, Jehane commenced her career as a solicitor in 1995 at Sparke

Helmore (in Local Government law and property law). Later that year, she

completed the College of Law Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, with Distinction.

In 1996, Jehane was admitted as a solicitor and continued her work at Sparke

Helmore, before moving to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW

in 1998.

In 2002 Jehane became a Professional Assistant to the Director of Public

Prosecutions for NSW at that time, Mr Nicholas Cowdery AM QC. In this role she

gave legal and policy advice on a number of serious and complex areas of criminal

law, practice and procedure. She was also instrumental in achieving legislative

changes to the Traffic Licensing laws and the law on Dangerous Navigation.

When the opportunity arose in 2003 to become counsel assisting to Mr Peter Bodor

QC in an inquiry for the then Commissioner of Police, she took up the role with

enthusiasm. After being admitted to the roll of Barristers in 2004, she continued in

that role until the inquiry report was tabled in Parliament.

Jehane has since practised as a barrister since 2004 in all areas of criminal

defence (in relation to State, National and International crime). In that time, Jehane

has also worked on matters for and with the British Ministry of Defence and the

Australian Securities and Investment Commission (eg, in the One-Tel Investigation)

and prosecuted matters on behalf of the Executive Director of the NSW Food

Authority, the NSW Department of Primary Industries

in relation to biosecurity, and the NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading. She is also

on the panel of lawyers for the British Consulate General in Australia.

In February 2015, Jehane joined the International Society for the Reform of

Criminal Law as a Young Justice Professional Member. The Society is an

international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers,

academics, and governmental officials who work actively on the administration of

criminal justice both in their own jurisdiction and internationally. It participates as

a professional organization in the work of the United Nations Crime Prevention and

Criminal Justice Program.

Jehane appears as a regular judge in various prestigious national and international

inter-university mooting competitions over the last few years.

Not only is Jehane an accomplished and experienced lawyer and advocate, she is

also an official Huffington Post Blogger and an Author known as Gigi G. Her first

book “The Glass Is Full: The secrets to being happy and staying happy” was

published in the USA. Jehane also appeared on Australian national television in

the ABC “On Trial” series and has been a guest speaker and host on live radio in

the USA, Canada and Australia in relation to her practice as a criminal defence

lawyer and also in relation to her inspirational work.

Jehane is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association and is entitled to

appear in all States and Territories of Australia.


T: (02) 9264 9444

F: (02) 9264 9449



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

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



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 •

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:

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

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


Francis Scarpulla

Competition: US Plaintiff Law Firm of the Year

The Scarpulla Law Firm handles antitrust and other competition claims in the United

States, Canada, the European Union, and Taiwan. We profiled the firm as we gained an

insight into the success and strategy of the business from Francis O. Scarpulla.

Based in California, the Scarpulla Law Firm works with a variety of clients, including

Fortune 500 companies, government entities, small businesses, and natural-person

consumers. The team operates with an overall mission of recovering the highest amount of

damages for clients, and it achieves this by prosecuting their claims to the fullest extent of

the law.

Operating exclusively as a litigation boutique, the firm only accepts cases which it believes

are winnable, either because there has already been a governmental-entity investigation, or

because the client has inside information which is sufficient to support the claims.

After taking on the case, the firm’s team works alongside the client every step of the way to

ensure that the desired outcome is achieved. Taking an individual interest in each client,

staff consult with them on a regular basis and involve them in all major decisions. If the

client is not interested in pre-trial resolution of claims, then the team are always prepared

to try their cases.

Ensuring that the firm can adapt to daily developments within the legal industry, attorneys

read all new case-law precedent, the rules of procedure, and statutes in the

competition/antitrust discipline, including how these substantive laws relate to class action


Ensuring that the best result is reached, the law firm’s attorneys consult with each other,

as well as with staff daily to ensure that there is no important information overlooked.

In addition to being admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, Francis is

admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Expanding

its international competition practice in addition to its Canadian and EU competition cases,

the firm will consider the viability of cartel claims in China and India.

Francis has been the recipient of a number of accolades, including: The California State Bar

Antitrust Lawyer of the Year; AI – Most Outstanding Law Firm of the Year; Global Leading

Lawyers – Competition – US Plaintiffs Law Firm of the Year; and Lawyers of Distinction –

Civil Litigation – Top 10% in USA to name a few.

Ultimately, building on the success of its achievements, there are exciting times ahead for

the Scarpulla Law Firm. Francis and the team believe that for EU member states to protect

their citizen-consumers from price-fixing cartels, these states should adopt uniform

competition damage statutes, permit cross-border service of process and discovery, and

enact uniform opt-out class action procedures, as well as permitting contingent fee


Contact Details:

Company: Scarpulla Law Firm

Address: 456 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA

Contact: Francis O. Scarpulla

Phone: 001 (415) 788-7210


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


Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

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

the firm are experienced lawyers possessing outstanding professional expertise in

various branches of law.

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

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

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

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

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

outcome for our clients.

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

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

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

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

services in compliance with law, professionally and independently.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

provides prevailingly advisory services in selecting the most suitable procedure with

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

preparation of opinions and legal analyses.

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

into account forthcoming legal amendments, detailed continuous study of

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

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

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

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

records of our performance.

Scope of Legal Services:

Business Transactions

Civil Law

Intellectual Property

Corporate Law and Business Law, Public Procurement

Labour Law

Real Estate


Contact details:


Politickych veznu 19

110 00 Prague 1

Czech Republic

tel.: +420 222 101 591

fax: +420 222 101 590



Franchising Law Firm of the Year – USA

The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC and its predecessors have been providing

high quality legal services for over 40 years. While the firm is located in New York

City, at 110 East 59th Street, and services many clients in the tri-state area, it also

represents franchise clients nationwide. The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm has earned

Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and integrity, listed by US News

and World Report as being among the best franchise law firms in the United States

and Richard Rosen is rated amongst Martindale Hubbell’s list of Preeminent

Attorneys. In 2018 and 2019 The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC was named one

of the 50 Best Law Firms in the World by

The Firm is familiar with virtually every franchise related issue that its clients may

face, whether it be buying or selling a franchise, negotiating a lease for a new

restaurant, setting up a franchise program and preparing the necessary

agreements and disclosure documents, forming or counseling a franchisee

association or litigating, arbitrating, mediating (or negotiating) a dispute. The

Firms experience, gained in hundreds of transactions, enables it to guide and

counsel its clients effectively and efficiently wherever they are located.

Richard L. Rosen, the founding member of The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm, PLLC,

has been actively engaged in the practice of franchise law in New York City for over

40 years, during which time he has represented countless franchisors and

franchisees, both as counsel and as a business adviser. Richard Rosen has been

engaged in virtually all aspects of franchising during his career. He has counselled

and represented franchisors in the setting up of franchising systems and programs;

formed franchising entities; drafted and negotiated franchise agreements, multiunit

area development agreements, master franchise agreements, registration

statements, disclosure and other ancillary franchise documents; represented

franchisees and franchisee associations; litigated in both state and federal courts;

and mediated, arbitrated and litigated matters on behalf of both franchisors and

franchisees. He has represented franchisors and franchisees in virtually every

field, including: fast food, fitness, education, senior care, clothing sales, real estate

brokerage, eyewear, auto care, party planning, health care, coffee shops, ice cream

shops, fitness and gyms, employee staffing, nutrition centers, child care and

learning, tanning salons, yogurt shops, gas and service stations, sign design and


Mr. Rosen is a founding member and immediate past chairman of the Franchise,

Distribution and Licensing Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, a

member of the Steering Committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program,

The CPR Institute For Dispute Resolution, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals and a

member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the New York

State Bar Association. He is the chairman of the American Association of

Franchisees and Dealers’ Fair Franchising Standards Committee and a member of

the AAFD’s board of directors. In 2008 he received the AAFD’s Total Quality

Franchising Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of

franchising. Richard Rosen and his firm have earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest

rating for legal ability and integrity, and Richard is rated amongst Martindale

Hubbell’s list of Preeminent Attorneys. Richard has frequently lectured on a variety

of franchise topics before various groups and organizations, including the American

Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, the New York State Bar

Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American

Association of Franchisees and Dealers. He has been interviewed on both television

and radio, the American Bar Association Journal, the Franchise Times and Forbes

Magazine, regarding franchising. Mr. Rosen is a contributor to “Franchising 101,

The Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business”

compiled by the Association of Small Business Development Centers and has

written many articles on the legal and business aspects of franchising. Mr. Rosen

and his firm are the authors of the sections on Franchise Law in the United States

which appear in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Editions of the (International)

Franchise Law Review, as well as the US Franchise Law Analysis which appears in

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Franchise, in 2017, 2018 and 2019


Mr. Rosen is listed in: Who’s Who in America; and recently received the Marquis

Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award; Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who

in the World; Best Lawyers in America; “101 Best Franchise Lawyers in America”

(the Franchise Times); the Franchise Times’ “Hall of Fame” of Franchise Attorneys

(a charter member); Best Lawyers in the US; Franchise Attorney of the Year, New

York, 2015; America’s Super Lawyers; Chambers; Best Attorneys In America; Who’s

Who Legal: Franchise; and International Who’s Who Legal (compendium edition),

and is a recipient of the Global Award for Franchise Law. In 2016, 2017 and 2018,

Richard Rosen was named Franchise Attorney of the Year for the United States by

Lawyer Monthly. He received the Global 100 Award as Franchise Attorney of the

Year in the USA in 2017. Richard was named Franchise Lawyer of the Year in the

United States by Intercontinental Finance and Law in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 and

2019, Richard was named one of the 100 Best Attorneys in the World by

Richard L. Rosen and his firm are engaged in a general, commercial practice

which includes active involvement in the fields of franchising, corporate, real estate

and trust and estates law. Mr. Rosen has been a real estate developer for many

years and has represented many commercial clients in their real estate

development, acquisition and leasing endeavors. The firm also maintains an active

state and federal court litigation practice and regularly engages in other forms of

Alternative Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Contact Details:

The Richard L. Rosen Law Firm PLLC

110 E. 59th Street, 23rd Floor

New York, NY 10022


212-644-3344 (fax)

Business Crime Law Firm of the Year – UK

Rustem Guardian was founded in 2005 by Managing Partner, Mr. Timur Rustem,

after a very successful and high profile career based in the City of London. Just ten

years on, Rustem Guardian has established itself as a formidable niche criminal

defense law firm in London with a reputation associated with high profile and high

complex criminal cases. The firm's reputation means that Timur is regularly invited

to comment in the media.

Timur Rustem, founder and Managing Partner comments:

"We have a small but dedicated team with an enviable reputation for meticulous

case preparation and tenacity in defending its clients. We take pride in being a

multi-cultural firm with a team of solicitors and paralegals that speak a range of

languages. We are a leader in criminal defense work as Rustem Guardian uniquely

houses both solicitors and barristers, placing ourselves above other standard

practicing law firms.

Clients choose Rustem Guardian as the firm is known for its discreet and sensitive

approach to what can be complex and life destroying allegations.

We appreciate that the law is complex and challenging and we strive to give every

client the advice and support they are entitled to. We also recognize that problems

can arise at inconvenient times. We are therefore available to help 24 hours a day,

7 days a week."

Mr. Rustem is a highly sought after Serious Crime Solicitor with over twenty years'

experience in the City of London and the highest level of media exposure appearing

on Sky, the BBC, Channel 5 and ITV to name a few. Mr. Rustem was named

‘Recommended Lawyer, 2014’ by Legal 500 and has many accolades under his belt

including the prestigious ‘Super Lawyer’ award. Mr. Rustem is called upon

specifically for his focused specialist areas Sexual Offences, Fraud and Appeals and

has built a multi-award winning firm which is now one of the top criminal law firms

in the UK. Tim built his reputation in Terrorism Law and is often invited to

comment in the media on terrorism legislation. Most recently Rustem Guardian

was named ‘Niche Terrorism Law Firm of the Year 2014’ by ACQ5. His tenacious

and formidable approach was founded in his representation of a defendant in the

Airline Bombing (Terrorism) case in 2006, which won him the ‘Lawyer of the Year’,

presented at the House of Lords. His legal expertise covers, but is not restricted to:

• Serious Sexual Offences including Historical Sexual Offences, Rape, Sexual

Offences Against Children, Child Pornography, Indecent Exposure, Downloading

Indecent Images, Voyeurism, Trafficking and Sex Offenders Register

• Serious Fraud including VHCC, Boiler Room Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Mortgage

Fraud and Money Laundering

• Appeals against Conviction and Sentencing

• Serious Violent Offences including Murder

• Drug trafficking

• Terrorism

• Private Investigations and Private Prosecutions

• Private Immigration

• Blackmail

• Drug trafficking

• Motoring Offences

Sexual Offences

Since founding Rustem Guardian ten years ago, Mr. Rustem has an unrivalled

reputation in representing those accused of the most serious Sexual Offences and

is a sought-after legal expert often invited to comment in the media (please see

below). Mr. Rustem holds long-term and trusted relationships with his clients,

offering them sophisticated, practical and supportive legal advice. His depth of

experience means that he is well accustomed with media attention and is well

equipped to keep potentially high profile cases out of the public eye. His high

success rate coupled with his media profile is recognized; recently Rustem

Guardian was awarded ‘Niche Sexual Offences Law Firm of the Year, 2014’ by

ACQ5 in conjunction with the


Under Mr. Rustem’s leadership, Rustem Guardian was one of few UK criminal law

firms awarded prestigious status to deal with VHCC cases. Mr. Rustem was

recently awarded the accolade ‘Super Lawyer, 2013’ for his White Collar Fraud

work and ‘Business Crime Lawyer of the Year’, 2014 by Lawyer Monthly. Under Mr.

Rustem’s leadership of the Fraud department the firm has built a reputation for

taking on the most complex of Fraud cases which is widely recognized. Most

recently Rustem Guardian was awarded ‘Business Crime Law Firm of the Year

2014’ by Finance Monthly.


Mr. Rustem is quickly establishing Rustem Guardian as the go-to firm for private

Appeals as his case load is growing in number and Mr. Rustem is realising more

wins. Mr. Rustem is passionate about fighting for justice and believes there are

many falsely accused individuals who have been sentenced unjustly, taking on

Appeals at any stage. He understands that in these cases it is the wider family and

friends that also victims of convictions, and Mr. Rustem approaches cases with the

utmost sensitivity and care.

Contact Details:

Rustem Guardian LLP

5 Chancery Lane

4th floor



Entertainment Law Firm of the Year – Germany

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

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

legal service providers in Germany.

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

approach focused full service.

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

the locations and are working together closely as a team.

●Corporate / M&A / Tax

●Real Estate

●Public Law


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

●Transportation / aviation / logistics

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

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

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

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

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

enjoys high acclaim internationally.

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

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

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

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

services and meet the high expectations of our clients.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Details:




Tel.: +49 69 979885-0






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