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Alexandrine Armstrong-Cerfontaine

Alexandrine’s practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors on their investments, corporate finance, syndicated financings and fund formation, including leveraged financing and restructurings. She acts for a wide range of investment houses in the private equity, real estate and leveraged finance sectors.


Recommended in Legal 500 (Luxembourg) which states that she is “a standout lawyer with an exceptional ability to grasp complex projects and respond to clients’ requirements and needs”.

  • Contributor, ‘Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents’: vol. 9(1), Companies, 2009, and vol. 10(1), Companies (Butterworths, 2011)
  • Co-author, ‘Business Start Up in Europe’ (Certified Accountants’ Educational Trust, 1998)
  • Author of various articles on insolvency law, company law and restitution.
  • Speaking engagements
  • Regularly invited to lecture in France.
  • Luxembourg Bar
  • Paris Bar Association
  • Law Society (England & Wales)

Masters in Business Law of the University of Nancy II 1992, Magistère Juriste d’Affaires in 1993 and a DEA in Private Law in 1994.

King & Wood Mallesons:

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We open doors and unlock opportunities for businesses looking to win in the Asian Century. In turn, this approach is helping clients to re-shape the future world for global business.

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets and financial capitals, and powered by more than 2,700 lawyers, we are connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia. more >>

Koen V. Vanhaerents

Koen Vanhaerents joined Baker & McKenzie in 1987 and was admitted to the Brussels’ bar in the same year. He was made partner in 1994. Koen Vanhaerents has an extensive Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities and Corporate Finance practice. Koen Vanhaerents is a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Committee and chairs the Firm’s Regional Council. He leads the Corporate Finance Practice Group in Belgium and is a member of the steering committees of the European Venture Capital Group and the Global Securities Practice Group. Mr. Vanhaerents chaired Baker & McKenzie’s Policy Committee (2005-2008) and has also served as managing partner of the Belgium offices (2000-2009).

Koen Vanhaerents advises Belgian and foreign clients on a wide range of corporate finance operations (both public and private) and complex corporate law issues. As head of the Belgian corporate finance practice group, he is closely involved in numerous operations and take-overs on the Belgian capital markets, private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions. In the context of the financial crisis, he has been involved in a number of rescue operations for Belgian financial institutions since 2008.

Corporate Finance Practice:

Our Corporate Practice Group is one of the largest and leading legal corporate finance teams in Belgium. We help clients with day-to-day corporate governance and corporate maintenance as well as complex corporate finance issues such as mergers, acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, and buyouts.

With our broad experience and global network, we represent clients in large-scale mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, both in Belgium and abroad. We also have a leading capital markets expertise and have advised issuers, underwriters and investors in numerous capital market transactions such as IPOs, secondary offerings and public takeover bids in and outside Belgium.

Baker & McKenzie:

Baker & McKenzie defined the global law firm in the 20th century, and we are redefining it to meet the challenges of the global economy in the 21st .

We bring to matters the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 11,000 people in 77 offices worldwide. We have a distinctive global way of thinking, working and behaving – “fluency” – across borders, issues and practices.

We understand the challenges of the global economy because we have been at the forefront of its evolution. Since 1949, we have advised leading corporations on the issues of today’s integrated world market. We have cultivated the culture, commercial pragmatism and technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver world-class service tailored to the preferences of world-class clients worldwide.

Ours is a passionately collaborative community of 60 nationalities. We have the deep roots and knowledge of the language and culture of business required to address the nuances of local markets worldwide. And our culture of friendship and broad scope of practice enable us to navigate complexity across issues, practices and borders with ease. more >>

Katarína Čechová

Katarína Čechová is a senior partner in Čechová & Partners. During her 29 years of continuous legal practice she advised and represented clients in a wide range of transactions and legal cases, and has gained the most extensive experience and expertise in M&A work, reorganizations and restructurings, domestic and cross border mergers, corporate finance, project financing, financial restructurings, bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. She is a recognized expert in business dispute resolution and active as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.

Katarína graduated from the Law Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and received her Dr. Jur. in 1984. She was the founding partner of the law firm Čechová & Partners. Katarína is a Slovak national and is fluent in English, Russian and Czech. She served as the guest professor of commercial and financial law at the Law Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava since 1996 to 1998. Since 1997, she serves as the arbitrator for international disputes of the Arbitration Court of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Katarína is an active member of the International Bar Association; she served as the Co-Chair of the European Forum of the International Bar Association since October 2000 till November 2002 and since 1996 is the permanent representative of the Slovak Bar Association in the IBA Council.

Active language skills: Slovak, English, Russian, Czech

Čechová & Partners:

Čechová & Partners is one of the leading and largest commercial law firms in Slovakia with considerable international experience. It provides its services to foreign as well as domestic clients since its establishment in 1990. Čechová & Partners regularly ranks as top tier in most legal surveys of the Slovak legal market.

Čechová & Partners is one of the first law firms established after the democratic changes in the Slovak Republic in the beginning of the 90-ties. It had become very soon one of the leading commercial law firms, advising international and domestic clients on number of commercial transactions varying from standard deals to complicated transactional structures. It remains a major law firm to date, expanding its practice based on the demands of its clients and market development.

Čechová & Partners is committed to being a truly independent local law firm, offering precise legal expertise, the best qualified knowledge of Slovak laws, deep experience in the Slovak local market and service of recognised international standards. While remaining independent, the law firm continues building excellent relations with co-operating law firms and major law firm associations around the world and in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. As native Slovak speakers, the firm’s lawyers are fluent in English and speak a number of other foreign languages. more >>

John Gosling

John Gosling is based in Walkers’ British Virgin Islands office where he is a partner in the firm’s Global Finance and Corporate Groups. He is also a member of Walkers’ Global Latin America Group.

John advises clients on public and private M&A (including BVI statutory mergers and schemes of arrangement), private equity and joint ventures, IPOs, debt and equity capital raisings, restructurings, partnerships, project and acquisition finance. John also has extensive knowledge in general banking, security and regulatory matters. ​

John practised in London for twelve years with Freshfields, Ashurst and Norton Rose. Subsequently, he practised for four years in the Bermuda and Cayman Islands offices of another leading international offshore firm before joining Walkers’ British Virgin Islands office in 2008.​


Walkers is a leading International Financial Centre law firm and a member of the International Financial Centres Forum (IFC Forum). From our offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore, we provide legal services to FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and middle market companies.

Our global presence means we are always accessible to our clients in all time zones. more >>

Paul Sheridan

Paul specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, however his practice is wide-ranging and extends to most aspects of the corporate and commercial world in the Sultanate of Oman and the wider Gulf region. He has practiced in, or been involved with, the Gulf region and Turkey since 1983.

Paul’s client base includes various different bodies of the Oman Government, multi-nationals in many sectors including energy, infrastructure, hotels and leisure/sport, telecommunications and transport, private equity, investment and sovereign wealth funds, companies listed on the Muscat Securities Market and many of the most significant family owned trading groups in Oman.

Paul has previously lived and worked in London, Chicago, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi and is currently based, for the third time in his career, in Muscat where he is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Oman office which currently has 5 partners and a further 25 lawyers.

Dentons in Oman:

For more than 30 years, Dentons’ Muscat office has provided legal advice and support for a wide range of projects and transactions. Teaming with Dentons’ Muscat office means you gain access to unparalleled experience and capability in a country and region that has undergone rapid changes over the past 40 years.

Our multinational, multilingual team is drawn from a variety of locations around the globe, including Oman, the UK, the US, Australia, India and Sudan. Our professionals offer deep experience in areas such as inward investment and joint ventures, banking and finance, dispute resolution, energy, construction, intellectual property, information technology and telecommunications, and provide a full range of both Omani and English law advice. We also work closely with our other offices across the Middle East to provide you with an integrated service in Oman and throughout the region.

Dentons’ Muscat office is committed to providing a responsive, straightforward and quality service. Our focus is on understanding your requirements and then working with you as a team to achieve them. With diligent, thorough and carefully constructed advice, we can help you execute your corporate and commercial strategies with confidence. more >>

Carol D. Pennycook

Carol Pennycook is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Infrastructure, Banking and Energy practices. Her practice includes corporate finance, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganization transactions. Carol is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Carol has acted as counsel in major complex corporate reorganizations, plans of arrangement and going private transactions, reorganization of companies in connection with proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, private and public negotiated merger transactions, transactions involving the acquisition of both public and private companies and public-private partnership transactions. A significant portion of Carol’s practice involves financing transactions. She has acted as counsel to borrowers, arrangers and banking syndicates in numerous project financings, medium and long-term debt offerings in the capital markets by public and private corporations, income trusts and government agencies, domestic and international syndicated bank financings, mortgage backed and other securitized financings, various structured finance transactions and credit and equity derivative transactions. She has been involved in a number of infrastructure financing transactions, including financings of public-private partnership transactions and renewable energy project finance. She has acted as counsel to the lenders and bond dealers in bank and capital markets bond and medium term note offerings by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and by 407 International Inc. She was lead counsel to the successful consortium for financing of the Port of Miami Tunnel Project and has advised both the sponsor side and lender side for several public-private partnership transactions. She is a director on the board of PPP Canada (P3C), a federal Crown corporation.

Carol was the Chair of the Advisory Committee appointed by the Government of Ontario to review Ontario’s Commodity Futures Act, which in 2007 delivered a report on recommendations with respect to regulation of commodities and derivatives markets in Ontario. She also practised with the Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission during a secondment program in 1984.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP:

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is an integrated firm of approximately 240 lawyers with offices in Toronto, Montréal and New York. The firm is focused on business law and is consistently at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial matters on behalf of its clients, regardless of borders.

Davies is a market leader in each of its core practice areas. The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ranks Davies as the leading firm in corporate transactions in Toronto.

We act for a wide range of leading industrial and commercial companies and financial institutions, both public and private, in Canada, the United States and abroad. As well, our clients include governments, regulatory bodies, charitable organizations, international agencies, educational institutions, individuals and trusts and estates. Many clients are directed to us for special-purpose engagements by other North American and international law firms.

All law firms are not created equal. The difference at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is that we consistently produce superior results for our clients. more >>

Warren Drue

Warren Drue is head of the commercial and corporate department at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg. He specialises in corporate and commercial law with specific emphasis on corporate finance, capital raising, black economic empowerment transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, mining transactions, venture capital and cross border transactions.

Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues globally and locally. We have over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Hogan Lovells offers:

  • an exceptional, high quality transatlantic capability, with extensive reach into the world’s commercial and financial centers;
  • particular and distinctive strengths in the areas of government regulatory, litigation and arbitration, corporate, finance, and intellectual property; and
  • access to a significant depth of knowledge and resource in many major industry sectors including hotels and leisure, telecommunications, media and technology, energy and natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, consumer, and real estate.

Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enable us to provide high quality business-oriented legal advice to assist them in achieving their commercial goals.

Hogan Lovells is distinguished by a highly collaborative culture which values the contribution of our diverse team both within Hogan Lovells and in the wider community. Our style is open, service focused, and friendly. We believe that our commitment to client service, commerciality, and teamwork provides benefits to our clients and enhances effective business relationships. more >>