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Innovative Lawyers 2022
Overall Tax Law Firm of the Year – Belgium
Barrett & Farahany
Employment Law Firm of the Year – USA
Mid-Market Investment Advisory Boutique Firm of the Year – UK
Foreign Trade Law Firm of the Year - Germany
Deep & Far
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan
Desai & Diwanji
Infrastructure Finance Law Firm of the Year - India
Ernst & Young
Tax Advisory Firm of the Year – Venezuela
Fenton, Smith Barristers
Business Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year - Canada
Hechanova & Co
Trademark Law Firm of the Year - Philippines
Highgate Hill Solicitors
Probate Law Firm of the Year – UK
L.C. Hull & Co
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year - Bahamas
MBMG Investment Advisory
Tax Structuring Advisory Firm of the Year – Asia
Meilin International Law Firm
Wealth Management Law Firm of the Year – Japan
MK Legal Law Firm
Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year - Greece
PRK Partners s.r.o. attorneys at law
Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic
SMTD Law LLP
Construction Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA
Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year - Australia
The Goldstein Law Firm
Complex Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year – USA
The Juhasz Law Firm
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - USA
Tuli & Co
Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year – India
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
David A. Katz, Esq.
Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Taiwan
Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws with a focus
on the practice in separate or in combination of all aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs)
including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and/or licensing,
counselling, litigation and/or transaction thereof.
Yu-Li Tsai: Partner & Patent Attorney
Practice area/industry focus: Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Litigation
Career highlights: Mr Tsai is a patent attorney who holds a degree from the Department of Electrical
Engineering and Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, both
awarded from the National Taiwan University.
His practice covers patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, licensing and
Mr Tsai also studied and gained a Master’s degree from the Law School, University of New Hampshire,
also known as Franklin Pierce Centre for Intellectual Property. Upon graduation, he worked for
InterDigital, Inc. in Delaware for a short period and later studied and passed the US Patent
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 60% of the patent-experienced
companies in that park have ever entrusted their IPR works to this firm. Certainly, we must also
represent international giants, e.g. InterDigital, MPS, Schott Glas, Toyo Ink, Motorola, Armani…
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 wellbelieved
that such properties are key factors for peoples to properly and competently behave
Deep & Far (D&F) is willing to take challenges to prove that it is the best IP firm, and to verify its
supreme competence by e.g.:
1) Sending to D&F a pending or granted patent for its comments about how it can improve the
2) Sending to D&F a pending patent specification without the claims for it to draft the claims for
comparison with the original claims; or
3) Sending to D&F and the firm the client is currently using at the same time an initial disclosure so
that the client can compare and find out where better claims are.
Deep & Far assures the clients that no competitors can escape from the patent rights D&F safeguards
for the clients at reasonable service fees.
Because the tough economic downturn we are encountering in Taiwan, we are also encountering
severe price competition. This situation also leads to that there are too many poor quality patents
being granted because most enterprises do not have proper knowledge of the importance of patents.
For example, they might only want to spend lower cost to file a patent application without
considering the quality, or could not be alerted timely that narrow claims can protect their products
of the current version only although there are reduced fees in responding to office actions. Therefore,
the patent agents or firms of the enterprises sometimes cannot help but sacrificing the quality to keep
profits under the limited budgets of the clients. Under such social environment, it is very hard to
anticipate that the clients have strong patents, or the patent firms or attorneys can nurture the ability
of drafting wonderful scope of the claims.
Accordingly, it will not be surprised to find that there are some patent firms which cannot provide
competent services but offer extreme low price to attract clients only caring about the price of filing
a patent. This does also explain that there are poor quality patents being granted
We persist in providing quality service rather than participating into the price war because we believe
the Client will finally find the quality is the most important thing for intellectual property. If you
sacrifice the quality and surrender to the price, you actually get negative return because .a poor
quality IP is valueless. We did suffer a little last year in view of the reduced local generated works,
but we see the situation began to change this year.
This firm is used to focusing on IPR, and takes deliberate steps to practice in all fields of law. In recent
year, we make progress in either general civil law, business law or criminal law fields.
13th Fl., 27 Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd., Taipei 104, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Highgate Hill Solicitors
Probate Law Firm of the Year – UK
Highgate Hill Solicitors are based in the Highgate Hill area of North London,
serving the local community, as well as clients throughout the United
Kingdom and overseas. They have offices in Nicosia and an associated office in
Highgate Hill Solicitors provide friendly, professional advice in wide variety of
legal areas. In a busy world they try and make themselves available at times
convenient to you.
There are no hidden costs or hidden fees. Highgate Hill Solicitors will tell you
the price of our services up-front and keep you updated.
Planning & Environment
Wills & Probate
Katherine Alexander-Theodotou was born in Cyprus where she completed her
secondary education. Her father was also a barrister of distinction. She studied
in Athens, Belgium (Ghent) and London and she has distinguished herself as a
researcher having obtained two PhDs with Distinction.
She has written a special report on the Multiple Fibre Agreement and its
relationship with GATT and the European External Trade with special
reference to small clothing industry in London.
She is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a registered
member of the Nicosia Bar. Katherine is the principal of Highgate Hill
solicitors, and of Alexander Theodotou practice in Nicosia. In addition, she is
an associate of A. Lionis and Associates at Palaio Faliron, Athens. She has
enormous experience in Litigation, Commercial Litigation and all other areas.
She has distinguished herself in prominent cases of bi-lateral jurisdiction and
she is a high expert on Property in Cyprus. She has won several cases relating
to Purchase Agreements of properties in Cyprus and she is presently involved
with two major actions of the above area of law.
Katherine has been very active as a Human Rights activist in Iraq during the
war. She has stayed there for over three months working voluntarily to
protect the rights of arrested persons and others. She is the Chair of Anglo-
Hellenic and Cypriot Law Association and she has organised many seminars
with the legal professions of the three countries. She has founded the
European Institute in Cyprus which is funded by the European Union and the
Cypriot government. Katherine is presently involved with developing English
Law seminars for practising lawyers in Cyprus and especially seminars which
affect the conduct of lawyers.
Katherine is also an artist and she distinguished herself in painting
competitions. She has written two books on Classical Greek Literature of the
Third Century BC and she travels extensively. She enlightens the community
on law and for this reason she organises community seminars to inform the
public on several areas of law. Her hard work and experience has been noted
in several newspaper articles in Cyprus.
Highgate Hill Solicitors
98 Dresden Road
Tel: 020-7263 6445
Fax: 020-7281 7016
Overall Tax Law Firm of the Year – Belgium
The Afschrift Law Firm is more than just an association of tax lawyers. All our members share the
same vision of our profession and support the same commitment to advise and defend taxpayers, be
they individuals or businesses, both in Belgium and abroad.
Created in 1994 by Thierry Afschrift, this law firm brings together lawyers with extensive knowledge
in every field of tax law in the widest sense of the term.
All our lawyers share the same values values. They fully understand the importance of adopting a
global vision in every situation, in response to queries from our clients on the management of their
professional businesses or their private assets. They also know that the success of their interventions
depends upon speed, efficiency and confidentiality.
Aware of the increasing internationalisation of our clients’ private and professional activities and of
the complex nature of their taxation matters, we have opened offices at Antwerp, Madrid, Geneva,
Luxembourg, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. Clients who would like face-to-face meetings with our
lawyers, may make appointments in any of these offices.
Lawyers in the Afschrift Law Firm advise, in equal measure, private individuals, companies and legal
entities on every aspect of their business.
When it comes to taxation questions, these days it is vital to be versatile. The vast majority of business
transactions carried out by taxpayers, whatever their nature and legal status, have some sort of tax
implications. Our lawyers stand ready to provide assistance, from planning to the execution of these
transactions, and to defend your interests when confronted by tax authorities, both in Belgium and
abroad. To find out more, please click on the links below to see in detail the whole range of our
Avenue Louise, 208
T +32 2 646 46 36
F +32 2 644 38 00
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Mid-Market Investment Advisory Boutique Firm of the Year
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.
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.
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. It goes from a US cannabis
fund to a new Alzheimer company and a massive gold discovery in Mexico. We are not
visionaries we just try and stay focused.
It is a competitive world. We 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.
Camden Associates Ltd.
27 Hill Street
London W1J 5LP
Tel.: +44 207 290 9812
Cell Europe: +336 7498 4104
Complex Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year – USA
The Goldstein Law Firm is a boutique national law firm that represents exclusively
franchisees and dealers, not franchisors, suppliers or manufacturers. There are only a
handful of franchisee lawyer specialists remaining in the country, as most have begun
representing both franchisors and franchisees.
Franchise law is a multifaceted area of law that requires specialization. Any franchise
attorney can tell you about a variety of cases where franchise agreements have gone
Here at Goldstein, our attorneys have as much as 30 years of experience handling all
aspects of franchise litigation throughout the county.
We also specialize in franchise agreement assistance, bringing you the latest developments
in franchise and distribution law. With the publishing of our Franchise Trends newsletter, we
can help franchisees stay updated on developments concerning different legal aspects of
Dealing with the complexities and challenges of franchise law requires focus and
specialization, which is why we represent dealers and franchisees exclusively. Unlike other
firms, we at Goldstein are on the side of the franchisee. We can help you decipher the fine
print of your franchise agreement and single out details your franchisor may not want you
Without a knowledgeable and competent franchise consultant, you may be vulnerable to
the pitfalls of franchise law. Simply walking away is not a viable solution if you’re looking
to protect your assets and yourself from financially damaging consequences. For those who
have already signed an agreement and are struggling with franchisor difficulties, our
franchise law firm also provides legal assistance through its franchise attorneys.
Jeffrey Goldstein, the Founder and Chairman of the Franchise Litigation Department, has
over three decades of litigation experience in complex commercial litigation, with a
specialization in distribution and franchise law. Jeff Goldstein’s reputation relies upon not
only his unique ability to construct and devise winning legal and business strategies, but
also on his exceptional talent to regularly cut through the legalese to achieve great business
win-win results for his franchisee and dealer clients. Our firm has litigated against or
consulted regarding probably the top few hundred franchise systems in the country over
Jeffrey Goldstein has been working as a franchise attorney in the franchise and distribution
niche for over three decades. During that time, he and the Attorneys at the Goldstein Law
Firm have received unrivaled accolades for their talented, skillful, shrewd, insightful and
compelling efforts on behalf of their winning franchisee and dealer clients. Goldstein’s clients
from around the world benefit from Goldstein’s skills in both litigation and strategy. Here
are some of the reasons why the Goldstein Law Firm puts Jeff Goldstein and the lawyers at
Goldstein Law Firm at the top of national franchise attorneys.
There are very few franchisee lawyer specialists practicing in the country. Almost every
franchisee-only lawyer has begun representing both franchisors and franchisees, although
they do not fully disclose this to the franchisee community. This is because it is clear which
side of the aisle has greater funds and resources to fund their law offices.
Many times these franchise lawyers try to argue either that they were only lending minimal
assistance to the franchisor on its case and were not acting officially as the lead lawyer;
however, this excuse rings hollow when you realize that these lawyers’ names are part of
the law firm’s name itself – these very apologist lawyers make the final decisions regarding
representing both franchisees and franchisors at the same time.
This joint representation of franchisors and franchisees, especially in the litigation context, is
directly harmful to your status and position as a franchisee or dealer, despite any fast-talk
otherwise. When shopping for advice, and seeking legal counsel, make sure to include this
important factor in your review process — you want a franchisee lawyer looking out
exclusively only for your interests; not a franchise lawyer, no matter how charming, that
rides both sides of the fence.
Goldstein Law Firm, PLLC
1629 K St. NW, Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20006
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – USA
Guiding Your Patent Beyond the Horizon
The Juhasz Law Firm provides intellectual property legal services to leading technology, software
and clinical diagnostic companies.
Combining deep IP experience, broad IP capabilities across a wide spectrum of industries and
technologies, and extensive experience in IP strategies, The Juhasz Law Firm collaborates with
clients to help them see, understand and capitalize on the potential strategic value of their
Aligning IP Strategy to Business Strategy
Juhasz Law aligns our lawyering approach to the business strategy of our clients. We take the time
to understand each client’s needs and provide unique solutions that match their business and
The Juhasz Law Path to Value ℠ suite of intellectual property legal services encompasses a ninestage,
multi-disciplinary approach to growing a company’s IP portfolio value. Path to Value
integrates patent management with business strategy and technical innovation so organizations
can leverage intellectual property assets to drive technology leadership, market position, and
competitive advantage resulting in increased economic value.
Juhasz Law Firm patent lawyers have an average more than 15 years of IP legal experience with
deep technical understanding and a tough, litigation-minded approach to patenting. We bring
lessons learned in the courtroom to our patent strategic counseling. Our clients include both industry
leaders and new venture start-ups. Every organization deserves IP and Patent Law representation
that encompasses counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation expertise to optimize the strategic
value of their intellectual property.
Comprehensive IP Counseling and Services
Juhasz Law encompasses the full scope of IP counseling, protection, licensing and litigation for
patents, designs, trademarks, and copyrights, including drafting patent applications, patent
licensing, patent litigation and more.
Paul R. Juhasz
Paul R. Juhasz, J.D. is a leading patent attorney specializing in strategic preparation, prosecution,
counseling, monetization, and litigation with degrees in electrical engineering and chemical
engineering. He is an adjunct professor at the New Hampshire School of Law, is extensively
published, and an expert on Alice and 101 Bilski patent eligible subject matter and patent
exhaustion. He has submitted amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court in several patent
cases. As Director IP Nokia, he lead the protection and enforcement of Nokia IP throughout North
and South America. As assistant general counsel and chief IP counsel at Symbol, he chaired a joint
defense group of companies in defeating the Lemelson patents.
+1 713 260-9643
+1 425 943-7619
Trademark Law Firm of the Year – Philippines
The Hechanova Group – Hechanova & Co. and Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio – is
based in Manila, where the former firm focuses on prosecution matters and the latter on litigation
work. The group advises on matters related to trademarks, patents, copyright, domain names,
utility models, designs, litigation, licensing and franchising. The Hechanova Group is very strong in its
patent and trademark practice. The law firm has been recognized by ASIA IP Magazine as winner
for 2017 for trademarks, and copyright in 2019. The total complement of the HECHANOVA Group
is 48 with 12 lawyers, and 22 engineers/science professionals. Partners/Principals Editha R
Hechanova, Maria Gladys Vilchez, Brenda Rivera, Noemi Rivera, Chrissie Ann Barredo and Joy
Marie Gabor-Tolentino concentrate on IP. All its 5 senior associate lawyers can lead enforcement
actions and have an average of 8 years in IP litigation work. In September, 2020, Hechanova
Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio was able to prevail in a landmark trademark infringement case
Zuneca vs. Natrpharm (G.R. No. 211850) by proving Zuneca as a prior trademark user in good faith,
and hence, non-infringing. Just recently this June, 2021, despite the pandemic, the law firm was
able to conduct a raid action led by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and seized about
168,000 pairs of counterfeit Havaianas slippers and its colorable imitations with estimated value of
Atty. Editha R. Hechanova
Editha R. Hechanova is the President and CEO of Hechanova & Co., Inc., member of the
HECHANOVA Group is an IP consulting firm handling patent and trademark prosecution,
copyright, domain name, plant variety, product registrations, consulting on IP creation and
protection, and all other non-contentious IP services. Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-
Racadio is a full service law firm offering a complete range of legal services such as general
counseling, commercial transactions and special projects, corporate/M&A; intellectual property
enforcement, litigation and other contentious IP matters; regulatory compliance, corporate
governance; litigation and dispute resolution, tax advisory and tax compliance, labor and
employment, immigration, commercial disputes including civil, criminal, administrative, and
regulatory issues; dispute resolution and arbitration matters, corporate secretary and directorship
Editha R. Hechanova, Esq.
Ground Floor Salustiana D. Ty Tower
104 Paseo de Roxas Avenue
Makati City 1229
Tel. Nos. (632) 8888-4293;
Fax Nos. (632) 8888-4290;
Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – Australia
Our firm has been running for the past 20 years and we specialise in criminal and traffic
We are a specialist criminal defence law firm based in Sydney.
We work as a team in order to provide different level of experience and skills to our client
cases with a strong focus on getting excellent results.
We have worked with many clients that have had high profile cases in the media, we
cannot however disclose their names due to the nature of work we do.
We try to provide Fixed Fees were possible and a strong focus on getting the best possible
results for our clients.
Due to the current world health situation, we have had to focus on changing the way we
are accessible to clients and we have turned it around to be more efficient as we provide
conferences not just face to face anymore but via zoom or skype. We have also made sure
that each lawyer has more electronic equipment options so that they do not need to meet
client’s face to face and set up new systems to manage diaries and calendars. We also now
do a lot more prison conferences via iPad which is also much more cost efficient for our
Our future aspirations are to continue what we are doing as it is working well for us.
Suite 503, Level 5
267 Castlereagh Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9261 8881 | Fax: 02 9264 0880
Wealth Management Law firm of the Year – Japan
Masatoshi Tanaka is an Attorney at Law (registered in 1999), Patent Attorney (registered
in 2001), Managing Partner/ Founder of Meilin International Law Firm
Expertise: Cross-Border Investment, Intellectual Property, Contracts, M&A, Corporate. Have
extensive experiences of International Arbitrations and Cross-Border Disputes.
I have been practicing on international business-related matters and providing full-legal
services to approximately 200 companies including public companies each year.
Meilin International Law Firm has its main office in Fukuoka, Japan with other domestic
branch offices in Tokyo and Nagoya, overseas in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and
Vietnam. We are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
With regard to businesses between Asia, EU, USA and Japan, we provide a wide range of
full-service to companies on, including but not limited to, cross-border disputes resolution
and business expansions.
Established in Fukuoka, Japan in 2010. Currently we have 22 lawyers in our firm.
Areas of Expertise:
Corporate: Contracts, Start-ups, Support for Structure of Internal Control and Compliance,
Business Consulting, Finance, IPO and Capital Markets, M&A, Labor and Employment,
Debt Collections, Tax, Entertainment and Sports, Antitrust, Corporate Crises Management,
Restructuring, Insolvency, Venture
International Matters: Research on Overseas Laws and Regulations, International business
expansion consulting, Contracts, Comply with Administrative Agency, Cross-Border M&A,
Intellectual Property: IP Prosecution, Drafting and Negotiation for IP Agreements,
Protection of Trade Secret, Dispute Resolution, Strategic Exploitation
For Individual: Inheritance and Will, Wealth Management, Traffic Accident, Divorce and
other Family Law Matters, Parent-Child Relationship, Real Estate and Construction-related
disputes, Medical Malpractice, Debt-related disputes, Consumer Law, Labor and
Employment, Workers’ Compensation, Insurance claim, Criminal Cases and Juvenile Cases.
We are proud of our professional teams specialized in each practice area to deliver highskilled
legal services such as on International Business Legal issues, Contracts, Incorporation,
Intellectual Property, M&A, Corporate and Individual Asset Management.
We have been delivering premier quality legal services for the large enterprises and public
companies in Japan, EU, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Singapore in relation to
international business issues.
We are eager to expand and improve our overseas branch offices as well as our domestic
offices, and based on delivering legal services by introducing IT, we are willing to improve
our legal services with a wide range of our expertise and geographical coverage as well.
Additionally, We are targeting to successfully resolve diverse legal needs mainly in the
areas of Content Business (Content Marketing), Business related to AI, Big Data Use
Business and Intellectual Property.
We have grown significantly and passionately to deepen our knowledge and expertise. We
are here for our clients to deliver truly reliable services for their businesses in Japan and
other countries as well.
Meilin International Law Firm
Address: Tenjin Twin Building 7F,
1-6-8 Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka JAPAN
TEL: +81 92-736-1550
FAX: +81 92-736-1560
Construction Litigation Law Firm of the Year – USA
Ali Salamirad founded the firm ten or so years ago and, then, in 2014, SMTD Law LLP was created. SMTD
Law is a boutique law firm concentrating in construction, surety and business litigation. The Firm’s attorneys
are highly experienced in handling disputes unique to the construction and surety industries and they
understand the rigors and challenges of litigation. Because of the Firm’s experience, our attorneys are well
prepared to work with our clients to achieve their goals. We take pride in knowing that our clients trust us to
handle all of their legal needs, and, as a result, we do everything in our power to help our clients succeed.
The firm’s managing partners are Ali Salimirad and Jonathon Dunn. The firm overall is managed by six
partners. The two managing partners, Chris Morrow, one of the founding partners, and the managing
partners for Oakland, Michael Timpane, Phoenix, Bob Berens, and Los Angeles, Marilyn Klinger. All of the six
partners are construction law experts who do both transactional work and litigation including trials and
Ms. Klinger serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of
construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry,
from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Ms. Klinger’s practice includes time-related claims and
litigation (e.g., delay/impact), legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process (e.g., bidding and
contract disputes/performance bond claims), payment enforcement/defense (e.g. payment bonds/mechanics
liens/stop payment notices), administrative and scope claims and litigation (e.g., differing site conditions,
change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications and subcontractor substitutions) and
counseling and transactional services to the construction industry (e.g., general advice and counsel, including
contract preparation, evaluation and negotiation). In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute
resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.
Ms. Klinger is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law,
being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male-dominated field. Through her
passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of
construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions. She is recognized as an
innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and soughtafter
speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organizations. Marilyn
loves humor and thinks everyone is way too serious. Chambers USA 2019 ranked Ms. Klinger one of the top
Construction lawyers in California. Recently, she has been selected as Top Attorney of the Year in
Construction Law by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding
leadership and commitment to the profession.
SMTD Law LLP
355 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 943-1425 main
(213) 943-1427 direct
(213) 268-8105 cell
Tax Advisory Firm of the Year – Venezuela
At EY, our purpose is Building a better working world. The insights and quality services we
provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world
over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all our
stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our
people, for our clients and for our communities.
Through our four integrated service lines — Assurance, Consulting, Strategy and
Transactions, and Tax — and our deep sector knowledge, we help our clients to capitalize
on new opportunities and assess and manage risk to deliver responsible growth. Our highperforming,
multidisciplinary teams help them fulfill regulatory requirements, keep
investors informed and meet stakeholder needs.
We believe a better working world is one where economic growth is sustainable and
inclusive. We work continuously to improve the quality of all our services, investing in our
people and innovation. And we’re proud to work with others – from our clients to wider
stakeholders – to use our knowledge, skills and experience to help fulfill our purpose and
create positive change.
We work with more than 200,000 clients in 150 countries, from start-ups to multinationals
across all sectors, helping them meet their most pressing challenges.
Our clients include 84% of the Fortune Global 500 and 73% of the Forbes Global 2000. We
have a long legacy of working with owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs leading private and
family enterprises. We’re world leaders in recognizing and supporting entrepreneurs and
help them bring their products and ideas to market through tailored services and
programs, such as Entrepreneur of The Year®. We also advise government and publicsector
organizations worldwide. Our work focuses on helping them increase their resilience,
strengthen their economies and communities, and improve the lives of their citizens.
Saul Medina | Socio / Partner | Asesoría Tributaria / Tax Advisory
EY VENEZUELA - Mendoza, Delgado, Labrador & Asociados
Av. Francisco de Miranda. Centro Lido. Piso 13. Torre A. Ofic. 131-A Caracas, Venezuela
Office: +58 212 905 6716 | Cell: +58 424 162 0836 | email@example.com
Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year – Greece
MK Legal (www.mklegal.gr) was established in 2015 by Dr George S. Mavraganis lawyer –
former Deputy Finance Minister and Dr Stylianos Koutnatzis, lecturer in Law at Democritus
University of Thrace Law Schools, the latter suspending his professional activity after his
appointment as General Secretary of the Cabinet in July 2019 and therefore the law firm
continues its business as “G. Mavraganis Law Firm” and the brand name MK legal. The firm
specializes in providing high quality legal and consulting services to businesses with respect
to all their activities and transactions.
MK legal specializes in providing high quality legal and consulting services to businesses
with respect to all their activities and transactions. We combine knowledge and
international best practices on transactions with great practical experience in both the
private sector and public administration, aiming to provide tailor-made solutions in close
cooperation with our customers.
In order to address specific issues, we cooperate with experts in Greece and abroad, where
necessary, thus ensuring an integrated approach to all the issues arising in modern
Beyond the usual legal support before courts that often requires disproportionate time and
resources, we focus, instead, on proactive means of legal support, such as providing
consulting services and legal opinions on the interpretation of legal documents, assistance in
negotiations and extrajudicial settlement of disputes, or proceedings before independent
The firm specializes in corporate and individual income tax, VAT, accounting law, tax
audits and tax litigation. It also places particular emphasis on business law and especially
on providing assistance to negotiations and drafting of contracts for business transactions,
including financial transactions, acquisitions, mergers, restructuring (including cross-border),
GDPR, real estate projects, privatizations and projects of public and private partnership,
insurance and banking/finance law.
MK legal deals with all issues of contract law, ranging from effective negotiation to legal
protection in case of violation of contractual terms.
An additional area of specialization due to the great knowledge and long experience is
that of constitutional and international law, also including EU law. MK legal’s lawyers
effectively invoke arguments on fundamental rights, where required, before national and
European courts and document issues of incompatibility between national law on the one
hand, European and international law on the other hand, including also agreements for
the avoidance of double taxation.
George S. Mavraganis is Lawyer to the Supreme Court, President of the Tax Academy an
institution set up by the European Public Law Organization, former Deputy Minister of
Finance of the Hellenic Republic (2012-2015) and former KPMG Partner in Charge of Legal
Tax and Bookkeeping. He was Partner in Charge of KPMG Greece Tax Bookkeeping and
Legal (2007-2012) and Member of the Management Board of KPMG Greece, Visiting
Assistant Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Business
Administration Department (2008-2011 and 2015-2017) and Accounting and Finance
Department (2016). He holds a Ph.D. (1992, awarded scholarship from the Ministry of
Finance’s NATO program) and an LL.M. degree (1989) from the University College London
(UCL) and is a graduate of the Athens Law School (1987).
He started his career in 1992 as a lawyer and tax counsel to corporations and cooperated
with consulting companies Deloitte (until 1995) and KPMG (until 2001). He was a founding
member and then partner of the KPMG Law Firm "C. Papacostopoulos & Associates" until
2005 and subsequently provided services to companies until the end of 2006 when he
returned to KPMG where he worked until 2012. He was then appointed Deputy Finance
Minister introducing the new Income Tax Code (2013), the first Code of Tax Procedure
(2013) and the innovative Greek Accounting Code (2014). He also modernized tax
administration and managed to apply electronic transactions and payments in tax
administration. After his term as Deputy Minister of Finance (June 2012 - January 2015) he
returned to business with a new law office as a lawyer - consultant to Greek and
multinational businesses and to teaching at Master's class at the Athens University of
Economics and Business.
Member of the Athens Bar Association since 1990 and various professional organizations, he
has also served as a research associate of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation
(IBFD) contributing with publications related to taxation in Greece (The Taxation of
Companies in Europe, European Tax Handbook, European Corporate Tax Law, Transfer
Pricing Database). He has extensive experience in tax law (corporate taxation,
international tax law, EU tax law, tax litigation etc.) and commercial law (mergers,
acquisitions, privatizations, concession and construction projects, capital markets, financial
aspects etc.). He has participated in consulting projects involving large investments and
companies’ restructuring in Greece and has published several articles in international
taxation journals (European Taxation, Intertax, Bulletin for International Taxation/Fiscal
Documentation, International Transfer Pricing Journal).
MK legal Law Firm
9 Dim. Soutsou Str., Mavili Sq.
11521 Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 210 6456 731
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mklegal.gr
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – Bahamas
L.C. Hull & Co. - a unique and specialized Conveyancing Firm with its Head Office in
Abaco, Bahamas. The Principal of the Firm is Rhonda L.C. Hull, Attorney, LLB, MBA.
L.C. Hull & Co. is the largest Firm in the Bahamian Out Islands and is celebrating its 20th
year assisting the needs of International Persons purchasing property in the Out Islands.
L.C. Hull & Co. has consistently been recognized as one of the top Bahamian Real Estate
Firms in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, on September 1st, 2019, Hurricane Dorian destroyed
the Island of Abaco. There was some 5 feet of seawater throughout the Head Office of L.C.
Hull & Co. Over 90% of the populace in Abaco were removed from the Island
immediately. Most of them remain displaced 2 years later.
Rhonda and her Team managed to salvage almost all of their client files and immediately
built a special purpose Storage Building to dry out the files and save Client documents.
As there were no utility services on the Island for about 18 months, L.C. Hull & Co. was not
able to operate. In January 2021 - Rhonda and her Team began rebuilding the Firm -
building, files and employees.
While there remain many challenges to commerce efficiency in Abaco - L.C. Hull & Co. has
re-opened, our offices have been rebuilt, some Staff members have returned to the island
and new Staff members have joined the Firm.
L.C. Hull & Co. is very proud to formally announce the beginning of the Second Chapter of
Internationally recognized as one of the top Bahamian Real Estate Attorneys, Rhonda now
continues to manage complex Bahamian property purchases, sales, leases and finance
transactions, joint-ownership, and fractional interests. She is knowledgeable in structuring
the most efficient holding of real property assets in the Bahamas.
Rhonda is also a Property Developer / Manager with interests on a national and
international scale. She has built, renovated, and managed multi-level commercial and
residential properties in the Bahamas, as well as in the United States and Mexico.
Rhonda is a true Bahamian, born and raised in Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point, Abaco.
She attended school in Nassau, graduating from Queen's College High School in 1984.
Rhonda then began her international life at University in Switzerland, then her Law
Degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and her Legal Certificate from
the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. She later obtained her Master’s in Business
Administration with a concentration in Residential Real Estate from Akelius University in
Sweden. Rhonda is a member of both the Bahamas Bar and the Law Society of Upper
Rhonda has 4 children and spends her spare time hiking/biking in Central Europe and
South America. She has also kayaked all over the Abacos and is an accomplished runner
who has completed numerous full and half marathons internationally. Many early
mornings you can find Rhonda putting in her training around Marsh Harbour, Treasure
Cay and beyond before heading into the office. Rhonda loves to travel and enjoys golf,
tennis and "welcoming people to the magical Island of Abaco, Bahamas".
L.C. Hull & Co.
1100 East Bay Street
P.O. Box AB-20415
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Foreign Trade Law Firm of the Year – Germany
As a boutique law firm, we advise you on all questions of foreign trade law. Be it for export
controls, customs, sanctions, other compliance matters or company organization.
We are set up in an interdisciplinary manner. In addition to our four lawyers, our team consists of
highly qualified advisors from other disciplines and training. Everyone in our team not only has a
legal background in foreign trade law, but also practical Corporal experience. That is why we know
that theory and practice have to go together. Comprehensive advice is just as important as
Our expertise and practical focus have made us one of the leading law firms in foreign trade law in
Attorney Dr. Matthias Creydt is founder of the law firm CREYDT LAW.
He advises clients on all aspects of export control law as well as on preventive activities to prevent
violations (export compliance) and on measures to be taken in the event of violations as well as on
sanctions and embargoes. Another focus of Matthias Creydt's advice lies in the area of US re-export
Based on his experience and career, Matthias Creydt advises companies in various industries, in
particular on setting up and optimizing internal export compliance programs (ICP) and export
control management for difficult and complex plans and projects. Matthias Creydt also has
extensive experience with export control audits, the definition and implementation of export
control strategies and the implementation of export control-related due diligence reviews.
Matthias Creydt is the author of several articles and book chapters on export control law and coauthor
of a compliance handbook. Furthermore, Dr. Creydt is a regular speaker at control events
and gives lectures on export control issues and questions of export compliance.
Before founding CREYDT LAW, Matthias Creydt was a founding partner of Billig & Creydt
Rechtsanwälte. Further stages of his professional career were: Managing Director of a law firm also
specializing in the field of foreign trade law, Senior Manager at a leading European aerospace
company, where he was responsible for export control in a division in Germany, in-house counsel
and export control officer in one medium-sized companies operating around the world and
working as a lawyer at the German Aerospace Center.
Matthias Creydt studied law at the Universities of Kiel, Cologne and the University of Guildford,
(Surrey, UK). As part of his doctorate, he was also a Generic Visiting Scholar at Tulane University,
New Orleans (USA). Before his studies, Matthias Creydt completed an apprenticeship as a banker
at a leading German bank.
+49 (0) 89 38 88 87-12
Business Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year – Canada
Fenton, Smith Barristers* is one of Canada’s leading criminal law firms with offices based in
downtown Toronto. Our firm provides best-in-class professional legal advice and legal services to
individuals, corporations, and governmental clients in a broad range of criminal, quasi-criminal,
regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. Our professional services range from private
consultative and advisory retainers to attending on all forms of criminal, quasi-criminal, and
regulatory trials, tribunal proceedings, reviews and appeals.
Fenton, Smith Barristers* Practice Areas:
•Corruption of foreign public officials
•White collar crime
•Professional discipline matters
•Securities enforcement litigation
•Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Law, and other Regulatory matters
Scott Fenton is a senior criminal defence lawyer experienced in criminal, quasi-criminal,
constitutional and special prosecution matters. He has appeared as counsel on numerous trials,
argued many appeals in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has had multiple appearances in the
Supreme Court of Canada, including R. v. Stillman, R. v. Goldhart, R. v. Silviera, R. v. Farinacci, R. v.
Jarvis, R.v. Ling, R. v. Harrison, and R. v. Wallace.
Scott Fenton is experienced in all types of criminal cases, including individual representations and
corporate/commercial crime, white collar crime, cross-border investigations, foreign corruption, tax
evasion, anti-trust/competition, securities, Elections Act, administrative monetary penalties (AMPs),
policing (Special Investigations and Police Service Act matters), internet gaming, professional
disciplinary matters, proceeds of crime and provincial regulatory prosecutions.
Fenton, Smith Barristers*
Registered business name of Scott Fenton Professional Corporation
Address: 235 King Street East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5A 1J9
Tel: 416-955-1611 | Fax: 416-955-1237
Infrastructure Finance Law Firm of the Year – India
Founded in 1935, Desai & Diwanji is one of India's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their
goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. With offices in Mumbai,
Gurgaon, and New Delhi, Desai & Diwanji is also among the largest law firms in the country.
Vishwang Desai is the managing partner of the firm and heads its corporate commercial practice.
He has consistently advised large multinational corporations and Indian business groups,
governments, multilateral agencies, lenders, PE funds, as well as financial investors in some of the
largest M&A, PE and financing transactions in India / involving Indian companies. He has been
named “lawyer of the year” by various global publications and is regularly included in several top
business lawyer lists compiled by global publications.
Banking & Finance
Infrastructure & Project Finance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate & Construction
Technology, Media & Telecoms
Address: LENTIN CHAMBERS, DALAL STREET, FORT, MUMBAI 400 001, INDIA
Tel: +91 22 3984 1000
Fax: +91 22 2265 8245
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