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Helene Rebholz

Helene Rebholz is a founding partner of König Rebholz Zechberger. Her key areas of practice cover investment law and corporate law.

Before joining the office she was managing partner of one of the oldest law offices in Liechtenstein. She studied law at the University of Innsbruck (Mag.iur. 2000, Dr.iur. 2006). She holds an LL.M. degree in European Law (Schloss Hofen 2002). She is admitted to the Liechtenstein (2004) and Austrian Bar (2005).

Her areas of practice are investment law, corporate law as well as banking and insurance, M&A, civil law and litigation.

She has co-authored a number of publications on litigation and arbitration in Liechtenstein and is the author of several articles on foundations and trusts was well as regulatory law developments.

Helene Rebholz is fluent in English and German and speaks French.

Investment Funds, Banking and Insurance Practice:

Providers are faced with a huge number of recent and forthcoming regulatory requirements. We advise on and assist in implementing structures and processes and assist in structuring funds on the basis of Liechtenstein’s somewhat unique regulatory landscape.

We also offer advice with regard to the impact these new rules may have on your relationship with customers, business partners and service providers. We deal with the regulatory authorities on your behalf and represent your interests in court.

Anwaltskanzlei König Rebholz Zechberger:

König Rebholz Zechberger Attorneys at law were founded as a spin-off of another Liechtenstein law office in January 2015. The desire to work on a more independent and client-focused basis led to the decision of the three founding partners to set up their own office. In contrast to many other law offices, König Rebholz Zechberger are not associated or indirectly connected with a trust-service provider or another financial intermediary.

Many years of practice in Liechtenstein with national and international clients, a well-established network together with the flexibility of a boutique office drive their desire to shape the perfect solution for each and every client.

Together the partners cover all major aspects of Liechtenstein law, with a clear focus on forensic matters (private client litigation) and regulatory law (banking, investment funds, etc.). Being specialists in their fields of material law and their experience in litigation and arbitration form the basis of their everyday work.

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Olivier Hance

Olivier Hance is an international attorney specialized in funds, finance and international business, member of the Bars of Luxembourg, Paris and Brussels. He is the Founding and Managing Partner of Hance Law.

He has launched and managed various companies, sat in boards, been partner with Deloitte & Touche (with offices at Brussels, New York & Johannesburg) and served EU institutions.

Olivier holds a Master in Laws (UCL, Belgium), a Ph.D. in Law (Aix-Marseille, France), a two-year Executive MBA from Louvain School of Management (Belgium), Antai (Shanghai, China), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Corvinius (Budapest, Hungary). Dr. Hance also graduated from numerous executive masters and programmes (INSEAD, Solvay, HEC Brussels, Tulane, etc.) in finance, real estate, wealth management, corporate governance and entrepreneurship.

He has been teaching management and law in many universities over the past 20 years, notably the courses of “International Business Law” and an international seminar on “Private Equity as an Asset Class.”
Olivier is the author of three books translated in many languages and the author of numerous papers. Olivier speaks French, English and Italian.

Olivier is a notably a proud member of the prestigious STEP network, the IBA, International Referral, Legal Finest & Prae Legal.

Hance Law Avocats

Hance Law is a business, funds and finance law firm niche boutique with an international spirit, international reach and international networks, which offers complete 24/7 service to clients in pursuit of their projects at the level of Luxembourg as well as the international level.

Our offices are in Luxembourg, Brussels, Paris with affiliate offices in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Brazil. We cooperate with a broad network of professionals, whom we know on a personal and professional basis, across Europe, the CEE region countries, Russia, Malta, Cyprus, Hong-Kong, Singapore and the United States. We provide our services in 8 languages.

Our partners and cooperation partners have long years of working experience either with the ‘big four’ advisory auditing international companies and/or large international companies as well as small service boutiques, therefore combining legal experience and knowledge accumulated across a diverse range of industries and business functions.
We offer fully dedicated, complete, personal, responsive service targeted towards completion of all your business and legal needs – at one spot, in full respect of integrity at all times, with an outlook for new and creative legal solutions.

Hance Law also believes that a global reach is only made stronger by a passionate local community investment, and we are proud to develop our pro bono activities in a diverse range of matters including immigration and refugee law, recovery of maintenance claims, and criminal law.

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Ulf Söderholm

Ulf Söderholm is partner and one of the founders of Andulf Advokat AB, the leading private equity law firm in the Nordic area and the only Nordic firm dedicated exclusively to private equity. The firm focuses on advice to clients in establishing on and offshore funds with management in the Nordic region and elsewhere; acquiring and disposing portfolio companies; and making investments in private equity funds around the world.

Mr Söderholm was born in 1955. He holds a Masters degree in law and an MBA from the University of Stockholm. Mr Söderholm is involved in European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) and is the past chairman of their tax and legal committee (2006–2008), where he has been a member for over a decade.

Mr Söderholm was appointed as an expert to the European Commission Expert Group on alternative investment funds advising in private equity, 2006, and as an expert to the European Commission Expert Group on removing tax obstacles to cross-border venture capital, permanent establishment, 2007–2010.

Mr Söderholm was a partner at Vinge from 1991 to 1999 and at Mannheimer Swartling until 2003; he founded the private equity groups at both law firms with the same team that works at Andulf today. Prior to his work at Vinge he was a co-founder of Göran Grosskopf Tax Consultants.

Andulf Advokat AB:

Andulf Advokat was founded 2004 and is the only Nordic lawfirm specialised on private equity. The firm’s lawyers have for a long time, in some instances over two decades, been occupied by advising on private equity related matters. The firm has a unique experience and competence and an extensive international network. The firm’s lawyers have previously built similar practices at the two largest Swedish lawfirms, Mannheimer Swartling and Vinge. The competence and experience within private equity form the basis for Andulf’s business.

Andulf Advokat is specialised on private equity and has a profound experience from fund establishment and transactions involving private equity funds. The specialisation allows us to follow the continous change of the private equity market. We also contribute to the development within private equity, through for example the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

During recent years we have participated in several hundred transactions with values ranging from 1 to 5,000 million SEK, most of which include private equity funds. In addition we have participated in more than hundred establishments and investments in private equity funds (including funds for most of the investment teams focusing on investment in the Nordic region). We have also extensive experience from indirect investments in other assets such as timberland and real estate.

Andulf’s employees have deep insights in the various issues that need to be considered in connection with providing advice relating to private equty.

Together we have a unique experience from all relevant areas of the law such as corporate law, contract law, securities law, tax law, structural issues and mergers and acquisitions.

We have a extensive network of specialists that has been built over a long period of time, a functioning network and a well developed and valuable knowledge base. It comprises commercial terms as well as specific solutions to problems related to private equity globally, but primarily the Nordic region, the rest of Europe and the U.S.

Our clients are, among others, private equity funds with varying size and investment focus, Swedish and foreign asset managers investing globally and entrepreneurs with a new idea seeking capital.

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Yudianta Medio N Simbolon

Founded Simbolon & Partners Law Firm after his departure from one of Indonesia’s fast growing law firm. Obtained his law degree from Padjajaran University, Bandung. Holder of a postgraduate degree from Gadjahmada University, Jogjakarta.

Before opening Simbolon & Partners, to complete his experiences and expertise, Mr. Simbolon joined The Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). In this Agency, Mr Simbolon has faced various type of legal matters with respect to the bank recapitalizations and asset resolutions. With almost a decade of experience in the field of law, his practice areas include general corporate and commercial law, intelectual property law, bankruptcy, land & property law, insurance, banking and finance, environmental law, alternative dispute resolution and debt recovery, capital market law as well as as well as litigation.

Mr. Simbolon is a member of the Indonesian Bar Association and holds a license to practice in Indonesian courts, BAPEPAM Registered Capital Market Legal Consultant and he is also member of several law organizations international, ie: International Bar Association, American Bar Association. Mr. Simbolon has been practicing law for more than 10 years. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia and English.

Investment Law Practice:

Simbolon & Partners provides legal services in establishing a limited liability company (PT), domestic capital investment and foreign capital investment (PT PMA), partnership, foundations,International Non Government Organization and cooperatives.

Simbolon & Partners:

Simbolon & Partners is Indonesian Law Firm with a high profile team of professionals which renders comprehensive legal services to Clients, both domestic and foreign to meet their interests.

Simbolon & Partners always maintain a good cooperation with our correspondence firm in other countries to obtain our Clients’ need when they are in need of legal services outside of Indonesia,. Therefore our Firm is becoming member of several international legal organizations.

Our Clients choose us because we are skilled practitioners who understand their goals, interests and their businesses as well as partnering with them to achieve the best solutions.

We are looking forward to welcome you to the Firm, highlighting a few features about our legal services and we hope sharing ideas for partnering with you.

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Andre Scheerer

Andre Scheerer advises both financial institutions, funds, initiators and investors in treasury, traded products, capital markets transactions, investments, lenders and borrowers in bilateral, syndicated, project and asset-based lending, structuring and restructuring, repackaging and work-outs. During his years of practice as in-house legal counsel with internationally operating investment and commercial banks in New York, London, Munich and Doha, Mr. Scheerer has served in specialist, senior legal counsel and legal managerial capacities and roles and has gained substantial transactional and legal & documentation experience across jurisdictions with a rich understanding of relevant financial, corporate, commercial law and governance aspects ranging from Common Law to Civil Law. While serving as group head of legal for Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C. from 2008 through 2012, Mr. Scheerer has developed a proven expertise in banking and financial legal practice and the Civil, Corporate and Commercial laws of the State of Qatar and the Gulf region.

Prior to practicing corporate, banking and financial law in-house, Mr. Scheerer gained expert experience in associate roles with leading US law firms in their Frankfurt and New York offices specializing in structured finance, including project and asset finance, securitization and financial derivatives and traded products.

In his various in-house legal capacities, Mr. Scheerer has advised international banking groups in their merger and acquisition projects both in Europe and the Gulf. Mr. Scheerer has authored various articles and treatises on financial law matters including on financial derivatives and securitization and has been a presenter in international law conferences.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
  • Group Head of Legal, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C., Doha Head Office.
  • Senior Legal Counsel and Director, UniCredit Bank, Munich Office.
  • Senior Legal Counsel and Director, HypoVereinsbank, London Branch.
  • In-house Legal Counsel, Westdeutsche Landesbank (WestLB), New York Branch.
  • Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP – Attorneys at Law, New York Head Office.
  • Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP – Attorneys at Law, Frankfurt Office.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).
  • Fordham University School of Law Alumnae Association, New York.

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Nigel Farr

Nigel advises clients on fund launches, secondary money raisings and reconstructions, primarily in relation to closed ended investment vehicles. He also advises on structured and alternative investments products, including hedge funds and real estate funds and has extensive general corporate finance, regulatory and M&A experience.

EXPERIENCE
  • BAML, Deutsche Bank, J & E Davy and Bank of Ireland in their role as joint bookrunners on the initial public offering of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc, a newly incorporated closed-ended collective investment fund (the “Company”) raising over £1 billion
  • CVC Credit Partners European Opportunities Limited and Goldman Sachs International on the placing of shares and admission to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange
  • JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited on the launch and IPO of a closed ended fund investing in a portfolio of global convertible securities
  • advising asset managers and investment funds in relation to a wide range of regulatory issues, most recently the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, the Retail Distribution Review and the Solvency II Directive

Herbert Smith Freehills:

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. Our clients trust us with their most important transactions, disputes and projects because of our ability to cut through complexity and mitigate risk.

We can help you thrive in the global economy. Operating from over 20 offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, we can deliver whatever expertise you need, wherever you need it.

Because technical ability alone is not enough, we seek to build exceptional working relationships with our clients. By doing so, we are able to develop a deeper understanding of our clients’ businesses, provide commercially astute, innovative advice and create better business outcomes for our clients.

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Werner Schubiger

The activities of Werner Schubiger (1954) focus on financial services and include collective investment schemes, asset management, banking and stock exchange regulations. Core activities include the structuring, establishment and registrations of domestic and foreign collective investment schemes, investment and financial services companies, banks, asset managers and brokers, and other financial products, as well as listings of ETFs and investment schemes. His other significant areas of activity and preference are M&A, corporate law and contract law and.

Due to his longstanding involvement in this field, Werner has a particular affection for investment vehicles. His experience and in this area allow him to quickly determine proper solutions in complex cases. Werner has accumulated an extensive knowledge beyond sheer judicial aspects in financial services. His professional leadership has been noted favourably by Chambers Europe for years, in particular his economic understanding and his ability to achieve creative solutions.

Kellerhals:

Being lawyers with a pragmatic and business-minded approach to the issues, we understand the pressures and opportunities facing individuals and companies in the current market. At Kellerhals we combine our technical expertise with considerable practical knowledge to help our clients create and sustain value, resolve issues and fulfil their objectives.

We want all clients’ experience with us to be rewarding and productive. Clients appreciate us not only for the quality of our work, but also for the way we handle their cases. We share the opinion that teamwork, mutual respect and good communication are essential to successful business relationships.

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Han Ming Ho

Han Ming Ho is a partner in Sidley’s Singapore office and co-head of the Asia Investment Funds practice. He focuses on fund formation and related regulatory matters and regularly advises fund managers on the establishment of business operations in Singapore, as well as the establishment, structuring and registration of investment funds in Singapore and various other Asian jurisdictions. In addition, Han Ming’s regulatory experience includes advising compliance and licensing issues relating to Singapore securities and financial advisory law as well as liaising regularly with the Singapore regulators.

Han Ming has extensive experience counseling clients on the structuring and formation of a broad range of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, exchange traded funds and other structured financial products. He has advised leading fund sponsors and managers, investment banks, financial institutions, venture capitalists and institutional investors.

Han Ming is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as one of Asia’s leading lawyers in investment funds for many consecutive years. He is ranked as Band 1 by Chambers Asia Pacific in the Singapore market rankings from 2008 to 2014. He is recognized as a leading authority in the funds area in Asia, having been involved in various significant landmark deals in the region over the last few years.

In Chambers Asia Pacific, Han Ming was described as “a premier name for real estate and private equity funds work and his wide range of expertise makes him a top choice for establishing, structuring and registering funds.” and he was also praised as one who “knows the market very well” and is a “terrific hedge funds lawyer.”

He was also recently recognized in the sixth edition of “Best Lawyers”, for the areas of Investment Funds and Mutual Funds in Singapore.

Sidley Austin LLP:

Sidley provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. The strategic establishment of our offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled us to represent a broad range of clients that includes multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions.

Sidley has a broad transactional practice. Major practice disciplines include corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, securitization, intellectual property, funds and other pooled investments, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bank and commercial lending, public finance, real estate, project finance, tax and employee benefits, as well as trusts and estates.

We offer clients extensive litigation experience in trial, appellate and arbitration matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Main practice areas include general and commercial litigation, regulatory and financial litigation, antitrust, white collar criminal defense, environmental, life sciences, patent and other intellectual property litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, and international trade law.

Sidley’s regulatory practice in Washington, D.C., Brussels and elsewhere provides communications, energy, environmental, food, drug and device, healthcare, insurance, financial institutions and securities regulatory services to our clients in virtually every major industry, especially those industries that have been strictly regulated worldwide, such as the life sciences, energy, telecommunications and financial industries.

We are one of only a few US law firms with a continuous presence in Asia for the past 30 years. During that time, we have earned a reputation among our clients and industry publications as a leading law firm in the Asia Pacific region.

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Bretton G. Sciaroni

Bretton G. Sciaroni has been a lawyer and investment adviser in Phnom Penh since 1993, making him one of the first foreign lawyers in Cambodia in the modern era.

For over twenty years, Mr. Sciaroni has advised national and international clients with investments and/or operations in Cambodia and has been a leading contributor to the development of the Cambodian economy and private sector.

Focusing principally on commercial law, Mr. Sciaroni negotiated the first foreign investment in Cambodia under the 1994 foreign investment law. The firm has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s ministries. Mr. Sciaroni has made significant contributions to legal development programs assisting Cambodian governmental institutions in drafting laws and regulations.

In 1995, he entered into a partnership with Tilleke & Gibbins International, the oldest law firm in Thailand, opening an office in Phnom Penh. In 1994 he negotiated the first investment made under the Law on Investment. In 2004, the firm became independent, and now operates as Sciaroni & Associates.

In 1996, Mr. Sciaroni was named a Legal Adviser to the Royal Government in a decree signed by King Norodom Sihanouk. He has been reappointed to this position by Royal Decree in successive governments from 1999. The position carries with it the rank of minister.

In addition to a number of other assignments, Mr. Sciaroni served on the Cambodian government delegation that traveled to Quebec City, Canada in 2008 to attend the 32nd Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which inscribed the Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site. He served in a similar capacity in successive Cambodian delegations since 2008. Most recently, the firm provided invaluable research on Colonial Property and Cultural Protection laws and drafted expert witness documentation for the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in support of the successful return of a 10th century warrior statue of a stolen from the temple at Koh Ker.

Mr. Sciaroni continues to serve the private sector business community in key leadership positions. Since 1998 and 2002, he has served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (AmCham Cambodia) and Chairman of the International Business Chamber of Cambodia, respectively. Mr. Sciaroni was named vice chairman representing the ASEAN region for the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) in 2012. Mr. Sciaroni serves on the Boards of Directors of a number of entities, including banks, commercial enterprises and non­ governmental institutions.

Mr. Sciaroni served as the Co-Chairman of the Working Group on Law, Tax and Good Governance comprised of private sector and government delegates to seek resolution of issues of concern in the business community. In recent years, Mr. Sciaroni was the head of the private sector delegation to successive meetings of the Consultative Group, held by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the donor community.

Prior to coming to Cambodia, Mr. Sciaroni was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he continues to be a member of both the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association. He has served in the U.S. Government, including positions at the White House and in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Sciaroni is a graduate of the U.C.L.A. School of Law and earned degrees from Georgetown University and Claremont McKenna College.

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Protase Rwezahura Ishengoma

PRACTICE AREAS:

Investment; Conveyancing; General Corporate; Infrastructure; Insurance; Social Security; Banking and Finance; Intellectual Property; Business Formation; Mergers and Acquisitons, Company Law; Energy & Gas, Telecommunications; Real Estate; Labour and Employment; Legislative drafting

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Born in Bukoba , Tanzania , August 31, 1960.tted, 1994, Tanzania .

EDUCATION:

University of Dar Es Salaam (LL.B., Hons., 1986); Birmingham University (M.B.A., International Banking and Finance, 1999).

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Mr. Protase R. G. Ishengoma is rated by Chamber’s Global in band 1 as one of the top 3 General Business lawyers in Tanzania. Mr. Ishengoma is an active member of the Tanganyika Law Society and the East African Law Society and currently Managing Partner of the Firm.

State Attorney, 1986.
Senior Legal Counsel, National Development Corporation, 1986-1994.
Chief Legal Counsel & Fund Secretary, Parastatal Pensions Fund, 1994-1997.

MEMBER:

Tanganyika Law Society ( Past Council Member);
East African Law Society.

LANGUAGES:

English and Swahili.

Ishengoma, Karume, Masha & Magai Advocates:

IMMMA is part of DLA Piper Group, an alliance of legal practices, with offices in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

IMMMA is a medium sized corporate law firm with 20 lawyers, including 7 partners, 1 senior associate, 6 associates and 6 legal consultants providing a wide range of legal services, including banking and finance, project finance, securities, natural resources law, privatization and acquisition of parastatal corporations, infrastructure development, telecommunication and transport divestiture, privatization, mergers and acquisitions, security documentation, insurance and social security matters, employment as well as admiralty law, taxation matters and energy and gas.

In addition to the above areas, the Firm has one of the leading litigation departments in Tanzania and actively supports its corporate clients in their legal needs.

IMMMA has a wide range of corporate clients, from big banking and insurance corporations to well known mining conglomerates in Tanzania . IMMMA has played a key role in the privatization of a number of key parastatals, both as Counsel for Government and on behalf of investors and have participated in a number of merger and acquisition transactions.

In 2008, the Firm was ranked as number one General Business Law Firm by Chambers and Partners Global. In 2007 and 2008 respectively, the Firm was ranked number two Financial and Corporate law firm by the international Financial Law Review (IFLR1000). The Firm’s commitment to clients service and delivery is paramount and IMMMA is selective in its acceptance of new corporate clients to maintain this excellent reputation.

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