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Daniela Horvitz

Daniela Horvitz has specialized in different subjects: Diploma in “ISL S-DAY” from Harvard University, 2001; Diploma in “Criminal Procedure Reform” of the University of Chile, 2003; Graduated in “Introduction to the Law of the United States” of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, year 2004; Graduated in “Oral Litigation” from California Western School of Law, year 2011; among others.

She is a member of Chile bar association, since the year 1999; Of the family commission of the Chilean Bar Association, since 2009; Founder and former president of the Family Lawyers Association of Chile, 2009; Member UIA (International Union of Lawyers), since 2011; Member ABA (American Bar Association), since 2012; Member of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, since 2012; Member of honor of IBDFAM (Brazilian Institute of Family Duty), since 2012; And founding member of the Ibero-American Academy of Family Law in 2014.

She has participated in various exhibitions and publications at national and international level: Exhibitor with “Family businesses and insolvencies”, insolvency commission UIA Zaragoza-Spain year 2012; “Compensation for damages in family relations”, family commission UIA and FACA Buenos Aires-Argentina year 2012; “The Economic Compensation”, Congress of the Argentine Nation year 2012; “Children facing the change of domicile and regulations of patrimonial regulation in the old age”, Annual Congress UIA Dresden-Germany year 2012; “Surrogate paternity in Mercosur”, annual IBDFAM Gramado-Brazil year 2012; “The Hague Convention in Chile”, symposium organized by IAML Buenos Aires-Argentina in 2013; “Collaborative Law in Chile”, XXI Day of AEAFA Family Law Madrid-Spain year 2014.

She has been honored to be pro bono as a curator ad litem in cases of children in violation, at the request of the Family Courts. In addition, her activity in the field of Bankruptcy and Insolvency was worth incorporating into the Societé de Legislation Comparee the year 2013.

Areas of Practice:

Appeals, Arbitration, Child Care/Public Law, Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Insolvency, Finance: Pensions/Superannuation/Retirement and Employment Benefits, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Trusts, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, Mediation, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony

Horvitz & Horvitz Abogados:

Horvitz and Company Lawyers was founded in 1964 by Mr. Gustavo Horvitz. Since then, the prestige and reputation gained in the national legal field, are based on our vast experience, high standards in legal services rendered, total adherence to professional ethics and efficiency in fulfilling professional duties.

Thanks to our seriousness, experience, dedication, since we are a multidisciplinary team and of no big size, we can offer and deliver to our clients a personalized and integral service, with due respect for the ethical principles that govern the practice of the profession. more >>

Soma Kölcsényi

Dr. Soma Kölcsényi is a family lawyer specialised in cases involving non-Hungarian clients having family legal issues under Hungarian jurisdiction. Enlisted in the official Hungarian registry of certified family law mediators. Graduated at the Janus Pannonius University of Pecs, Hungary. Experienced lawyer in Family Law, founder and partner at the Kolcsenyi & Nemethi Lawfirm. Former lecturer at the Eotvos Lorand University Faculty of Social Sciences.

  • Member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
  • Member of the Hungarian and the Budapest Bar Associations (HBA & BBA)
  • Delegated expert of the HBA to the European Judicial Network

His practice areas embraces a wide range of marital and divorce law related matters. Out of personal conviction primarily focuses on child custody and visitation issues by providing attentive representation to clients facing contested divorce, as well as to those able to seek a more amicable settling through uncontested divorce.

Kölcsényi & Némethi Law Firm:

Kölcsényi and Némethi Law Firm specialises in cases involving non-Hungarian clients with family law issues under Hungarian jurisdiction and family law matters involving cross-border elements. The vast majority of our clients are non-Hungarian individuals facing marital legal difficulties in Hungary.

Practice areas include: adoption, appeals, child care/public law, child custody/residence/visitation/contact, child support, cohabitation, divorce, domestic abuse/violence/protection orders, emergency procedures/injunctions, enforcement: child custody, enforcement: child support, enforcement: spousal support, Hague Convention/Child Abduction, modification/variation: child custody, modification/variation: child support, modification/variation: property division, modification/variation: spousal support, parentage/paternity, pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements, relocation/removal from jurisdiction, spousal support/maintenance/alimony. more >>

Anton Becker

In 2009, I established my own law firm specialising in commercial law. Increasingly I found clients approaching me with questions relating also to their private lives. Commercial and private matters often intertwine, it seems. As a consequence, I successfully tackled divorce and alimony cases and developed my knowledge and skills in these areas of law, too.

Now clients can additionally rely on my expertise in such matters. Clients have come to appreciate and, indeed, expect an all-round service that includes an admixture of fine negotiation skills, a diplomatic touch and dogged perseverance. They get what they expect.

I go beyond the call of duty. Providing legal advice is where it starts. However, it is not enough to achieve a satisfactory legal result. A keen eye has at all times to be kept on its practicality and cost. It is essential that one should not lose sight of the bigger picture, particularly when the wood gets lost in a forest of complex legal detail.

Moreover, thanks to my extensive work for some of the most renowned Austrian and international legal firms, I have become accustomed to working to the highest possible standards: nothing less is acceptable. This experience in a small practice translates into personalised, tailor-made and hands-on service that achieves results.

Prior to founding BECKER LAW in 2009, Anton held the following positions:

  • Partner, bpv Huegel Rechtsanwaelte OEG, Vienna
  • Partner, Lansky, Ganzger & Partner, Vienna
  • Head of Asian Desk, Partner, Binder Groesswang Rechtsanwaelte OG, Vienna
  • Visiting Attorney, King & Wood, PRC Lawyers, Shanghai
  • Associate, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwaelte GmbH, Vienna
  • Research Associate, China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Shanghai
  • Part Time Associate, EY Law Luther Menold, Singapore
  • Associate, Neudorfer Rechtsanwaelte OEG, Vienna more >>

Joao Perry da Camara

João Perry da Câmara began his professional career, in 1984, as legal advisor of Nestlé Portugal, S.A..

Lawyer for over 25 (twenty five) years, João Perry da Câmara has a wide experience in different practice areas such as Family and Inheritance Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Commercial Law, Companies Law and Insolvency Law.

Notwithstanding his involvement within the Litigation and Arbitration areas of practice, João Perry da Câmara has a vast experience in the Portuguese financial, economic and industrial sector, representing several Portuguese and international companies looking to invest in Portugal.

João Perry da Câmara is also considered by his peers as a leading figure in all matters related with Family and Inheritance Law and is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

In 1987, he was counsel to the Youth Secretary of the XI Portuguese Government.

In between 1994 and 1999, he was founding partner of the law firm Perry da Câmara & Resina da Silva – Sociedade de Advogados, being the responsible for the Family and Inheritance Law and Litigation practice areas.

In between 1999 and 2013, he joined the law firm PMBGR – Sociedade de Advogados, being responsible for several practice areas such as Insolvency and Pharmaceutical Law, as well as becoming a legal reference in all Family and Inheritance Law issues.

In between 2001 and 2004, he was Vice-Chairman of the Lisbon District Counsel of the Portuguese Bar Association.

In between 2004 and 2007, he was active member of the General Counsel of the Portuguese Bar Association.

As of 2013, João Perry da Câmara is partner of Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., being in charge of the Family and Inheritance Law practice area and of the Litigation and Arbitration practice area of the law firm.

The Family Law Practice:

ROGÉRIO ALVES & ASSOCIADOS – LAW FIRM has a particular focus on the patronage of legal actions related to Family Law and Inheritance Law.

These are legal areas that require, at the same time, high sensitivity and accurate sense, but also a lot of determination and commitment. All problems related to marriage and divorce, paternity and parental responsibilities are treated in great detail and followed-up with the relevance they generally require.

We also provide legal advice regarding all matters related to Inheritance Law.

Rogério Alves & Associados:

Rogério Alves & Associados is a full-service law firm, located in Lisbon, Portugal. The firm motto is ‘The strong and determined defence of our clients’ rights’.

At Rogério Alves & Associados, their highly skilled teams provide legal advice to clients in a competent, permanent and attentive manner, in order to best fulfil their rights and comply with their duties. Rogério Alves & Associados’ practice areas are litigation and arbitration, business law and public law, with a main focus on criminal law, headed by Rogério Alves, the law firm founding partner, a key individual in criminal law in Portugal. more >>

Frances Hughes

Frances Hughes is chair of the board of Hughes Fowler Carruthers. She is a very senior and highly respected family lawyer, Governor at Large of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

She specialises in family law work, including divorce and complex children’s cases. She is also a senior mediator. She has been a starred lawyer in the Chambers directory and a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 for many years. Chambers 2015 says Frances is “probably untouchable in terms of her abilities; she’s dynamic, she’s highly skilled and she brings a lot to a case,” and Legal 500 2014 describes her as “a grandee of the family law world who commands utmost respect”. Chambers 2014 describes her as “the best of all solicitors out there for matrimonial finance work – incredibly bright and thorough” and Legal 500 2013 describes her as “an outstanding tactician and a fearless litigator”. Chambers 2012 says that “she is regarded as one of the most powerful lawyers in the market” and that “according to sources, ‘she is a phenomenal lawyer with great tactical nous and brilliant client-handling skills'”. Chambers 2008 describes her as “famously determined in her client’s cause”. Legal 500 2009 rates Frances for her “intelligence and balanced reasonableness blended with toughness when necessary”. Legal 500 2011 says she “has a superb reputation” and is “kind and forthright, but a formidable adversary”.

Frances studied English at Oxford University before qualifying as a solicitor in 1981. She set up the family law department at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite in the City in 1983. She has been a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) since its inception and also of the Family Mediators Association. Frances regularly writes and broadcasts on family law issues nationally and internationally. She is a member of The Times law panel.
She has a keen interest in the arts and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. more >>

Paula Duprat

Admitted to the Buenos Aires Bar in 1985; Province of Buenos Aires Bar in 1987. Mediator (Admitted to the Registry of Mediators of Buenos Aires in 1996). Legal Education: University of Buenos Aires (Lawyer).

Postgraduate Studies:

The Faculty of the Mc Gregor School of Antioch University – International Mediation Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America (Intermediate/ Advanced Mediation) (1995); Universidad Austral (Tax Law Program).


Public Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires; Bar Association of the City of San Isidro, Buenos Aires Province; Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires.


English, French, Italian and Portuguese

About Bazan, Cambre & Orts

Bazán Cambré & Orts was established in 1969 as a result of the merger of the Bazán and Cambré law firms, each of which existed individually since 1953. The goal of its founders was to provide high quality general corporate and litigation counsel.

We have always maintained close relations with our clients, with the aim of rendering cost-effective comprehensive legal counseling, combining our commitment to quality and tradition of customized attention with the latest developments in legal practice. The firm features a significant practice in most of the major commercial fields, including corporate law, international business transactions, oil and gas, mining, public offering of securities, e-commerce, litigation, banking, real estate, labor law, trusts and estates. Our scope of services is largely transaction-oriented, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

“Chambers and Partners”, the world´s leading guide of the legal profession, said that our firm “has a strong track record of representing both foreign and domestic investors in Argentine oil and gas ventures. The team regularly handles a number of disputes and contract renegotiations”. Who´s Who Legal also includes our lawyers in its annual publication of Oil & Gas.

The firm has a diverse clientele, which includes publicly and privately-held local and multinational corporations, oil companies, mining corporations, agricultural ventures, cultural associations, construction companies and individual entrepreneurs. Approximately two thirds of the firm´s practice involves representation of international clients.

Bazán, Cambré & Orts advises domestic and international companies and financial institutions. Our advice includes all legal aspects of syndicate loans, bonds issuances, securitizations and derivatives. Our firm also delivers legal advice for infrastructure and project financing transactions.

Additionally, our firm provides advice on foreign exchange regulations, assisting our clients in all matters relating to foreign trade and exchange transactions.

Bazan, Cambre & Orts provides tax advice, particularly with regard to domestic and international tax planning in business structures, tax audits, determination of tax contingencies and tax-free reorganizations. The Tax Department of Bazan, Cambre & Orts is known for its expertise in participating in complex tax litigation processes, either for national, provincial or municipal taxes.

Bazan, Cambre & Orts is a consultant in customs matters, particularly assisting importers and exporters on matters relating to tax classification, customs valuation, import restrictions, perception of rebates and other incentives to the export of goods; investigations of dumping, subsidies, quotas, safeguards. It also assumes the defense and representation in disputes arising from the General Direction of Customs (AFIP-DGA), including infringement summaries and court cases connected to customs offenses.

In addition, our firm currently has a permanent correspondence relationship with Law Firms in different cities of the world, with which we share a common philosophy in the interpretation of the services expected by our clients and the way of attending them. more >>

Mohammed Hassan Tawakalna

A Graduate from the University of Damascus, Hassan joined the Galadari dispute resolution team in 2003.

With over 20 years experience of which 10 were spent as a lawyer in Syria, Hassan offers a well rounded perspective on dispute resolution, often referred to as “a very safe pair of hands”.

His experience in the UAE is broad, successfully handling cases before both Federal and local courts.

He is particularly recognised for his civil dispute practice but also has a strong reputation for Corporate, Commercial, Medical, Insurance, Trademark, Family, Sharia, and Arbitration.

He is considered one of the firms most experienced associates and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, discretion and diligence to both his work with clients and employees alike.

Languages:Arabic, English.

Galadari Advocates :

Galadari, Advocates & Legal Consultants a leading regional legal practice with an increasingly international presence offering a full business law service from our offices in Dubai, in JAFZA and Abu Dhabi, with our partners in the Middle East and through our international desks that include China, Africa and India.

Knowing our region, capitalising on our connections and understanding our clients businesses and what drives their industries is at the centre of our mutual success. Our task is to provide our clients with the best possible regional partner, advisor and ally who is culturally savvy at all times and in all circumstances.

With lawyers from more than 22 countries, and the industry knowledge that they share, we provide sector expertise across borders enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world. Described by Chambers as having a “genuinely impressive level of local knowledge with an international level of service” and a firm with a “sold execution capability”, year on year Galadari, Advocates & Legal Consultants continues to remain at the forefront of the region’s most critical and landmark initiatives undertaken. more >>

Diane Stewart

Diane Stewart is an experienced litigation partner, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, whose areas of expertise include Commercial and Civil Litigation, Liquidations, Banking, Trusts, Insurance and Family Law.

Following her education at York University in Toronto, Canada and the University of the West Indies, Mrs. Stewart entered articles of clerkship with Mr. Winston Saunders and was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1985.

Mrs. Stewart regularly advises the firm’s institutional as well as individual clients in domestic and cross border disputes and on administrative and public law matter. She has frequently appeared before the Courts of first instance and the Bahamian Appellate courts in a broad range of commercial and civil matters. Mrs. Stewart also has an extensive family law practice.

Mrs. Stewart is an Associate Lecturer and Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. Further she has regularly been throughout her career the guest speaker and presenter of papers on varied public and private law issues.

She currently serves as a Director of FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited and FirstCaribbean Finance Corporation and is a former member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission of the Bahamas.

Family Law Practice:

The practice of family law at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes covers the spectrum of family matters from uncontested divorces to full trials involving complex property division and/or contested child custody disputes.

We recognize that family law matters can be stressful and are committed to serving our clients best interests through the provision of quality legal services. We represent individuals in a variety of domestic relations matters including legal separations, divorce, spousal & child maintenance, property settlements, enforcement of court orders and agreements, adoptions and guardianships. As family law matters often involve other issues concerning real property and business division, bankruptcy and pensions our family attorneys routinely consult with other practitioners throughout the firm to ensure that our family law clients receive not only quality representation but benefit from the breadth of experience that exists within the firm.

About McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes:

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport.

Each client of the firm is the responsibility of an individual lawyer, through whom the collective expertise and resources of the firm become available. While each client’s work is handled on a personal basis, the high degree of interchange of information and cooperation between individual attorneys ensures that the client’s work is effectively supervised and guided within the firm to the appropriate areas of expertise.

The firm is The Bahamas member of Lex Mundi, a Global Association of 118 Independent Law Firms that represent over 60 countries. High professional standards of performance and quality representation are the main membership selection criteria. Through the effective and efficient professional association of Lex Mundi, the firm is able to respond to requirements for legal services throughout the markets of the world and virtually every country.

The firm is engaged in the General Practice of Law and is well equipped to advise on and deal with the widest range of legal matters and services. more >>

Sandrine Egloff

Sandrine has a Masters in European Business Law (“Magistère Juriste d’Affaires Européen”) from the University of Nancy in France as well as having studied a year at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Sandrine was admitted to the Luxembourg Bar in 2011 and qualified as an “Avocat à la Cour” in 2014.

Prior to joining MMS, she gained a wide-range of legal experience having done several internships in law firms in both Guadeloupe and Luxembourg.

At MMS, Sandrine covers a wide-scope of cases, including dispute resolution, employment, criminal, civil, administrative and family law.

Sandrine speaks French, German and English, and is currently learning Luxembourgish.

MMS Avocats :

MMS Avocats is an independent Luxembourg law firm that has matured into an established key firm in Luxembourg since its foundation in 2010. We pride ourselves in combining the quality and expertise of the leading commercial law firms while delivering individually-tailored services adapted to the specific needs of our clients.

The firm is made up of a well-coordinated team of multi-lingual lawyers and jurists, with international backgrounds and broad legal experience in Luxembourg and wider Europe. MMS caters a full range of clients, from individuals to multinational companies, from start-up companies and private business persons to reputable stock corporations.

MMS’s formidable services have been recognized in the legal community, both recommended by the Legal 500 for M&A and Corporate law as well as having won the practice award for Best Corporate Law Firm of the Year from Global Law Experts in 2013.

‘Very pleasant to deal with’, MMS Avocats fields the popular Joram Moyal, who demonstrates ‘strong commitment and extensive industry knowledge’ and ‘gets the job done’, while Philipp Simon ‘is strong on strategy and negotiation’. The team often acts on €50m-plus deals. more >>

Louise Zambartas

Louise holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from Birmingham University. She passed the Law Society Finals in Newcastle and was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 1991. She was granted a Cyprus Bar License in 2004. She has previously worked at Varley Hibbs and Co Solicitors, Martineau Johnson Solicitors and Wright Hassell and Co Solicitors in the UK. She established the Law Offices of Louise Zambartas (now L.G. Zambartas LLC) after she relocated permanently to Cyprus.

Louise is one of the leading sale and purchase property lawyers in Cyprus acting for both individual and corporate clients in Cyprus and abroad. Louise has also handled a number of large scale “off-plan” projects involving many of the major Cypriot property developers. With experience of property work, comes inevitable experience of property disputes. Louise is currently handling a large number of such cases, including several important class actions.

She is also an expert on Cypriot Wills & Probate Law. Louise has developed an excellent reputation in her areas of expertise by offering quality legal advice and high professional standards combined with a strong emphasis on client care and attention.

Family Law Practice:

Family Law consists of legal principles that define relationships, right and duties within family units such as those created by marriage. Marriage is a legal entity that comprises by certain rights and obligations usually regardless of what both spouses agree to do. The legal aid of a family lawyer is exciting and varied. Family law affords great scope for helping people in a very vital change in their lives. Divorce is not the only area covered in family law; visitation rights, adoption, child custody, spouse abuse etc.

Divorce: Dissolution of marriage. A court order that terminates the marriage. The basic procedure begins when one spouse files the divorce petition by filling the necessary form to the court.

Visitation: After a divorce or custody action, a leave is given by the court to the noncustodial parent to visit his or her child or children. Visitation rights may be decided by the agreement between the parties/parents or by a court order. If the court concludes that the parents will be cooperative, it may not proceed to issue court order with a detailed visitation schedule. If parents are not cooperative, the court will proceed to issue a detailed schedule including the days and times of pick up and return, and holiday and vacation schedules.

Adoption: Has been described as a legal method of “creating” between the child and one adult who is not the natural parent of the child, an artificial family, relationship similar to that of parent and child. The adopter is the one who precedes the act of the adoption. It is the voluntary acceptance of the responsibility to protect, look after and promote the development of the child of another until adulthood. Adoption it is an act which the child is becoming part of the artificial family with all the implication with common family name, home assets and kinship relationships which are thereby entailed.

Child Custody: The care of, look after and protection of child, which a court may award to one of the parties/parents following a divorce or dissolution of the marriage. After the divorce of the parent a child custody petition is filed to the court and a court order is issued named the parent with whom the child will live, how visitation right will be handled, and how both parents will afford financial support and disciplinary guidelines for their child.

Spouse abuse: Spouse abuse, or domestic violence, consists of pattern of behaviours that may comprise by repeated rough treatment, sexual violence, social isolation, psychological abuse, deprivation and intimidation of a victim by an intimate partner. A wide range of cases has been described by the victims of spouse abuse, including fatal and nonfatal injury, a range of medical complaints, drug and alcohol abuse, attempted suicide and other mental illnesses, and miscarriages. The most common civil actions is defending abused victims by protective order, restraining order, or injunction. The court may have the power to order the abuser to leave the home, receive counselling, or proceed with other actions. Police may have the power to arrest abusers who breach protective orders. more >>