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Luca Cuomo

Luca Cuomo is a Counsel based in Milan of Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. He focuses upon the representation of domestic and international corporate clients, private equity funds and commercial banks and their private equity affiliates in public and private, domestic and cross-border, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, “going privateˮ transactions and private equity investments. He has a specific knowledge of the energy sector and he is frequently involved in energy transactions, assisting both investors and banks in complex structures.

He has written many articles in the area of his expertise and has lectured at various courses and seminars, in particular at the masters of Business School of “Il Sole 24 ore”. Luca is quoted in Chambers Global 2012 and 2013 and receives exceptional client feedback for his “speed, dedication and patience.

Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale:

In Italy , PAVIA e ANSALDO’s principal offices are in Milan and Rome , which enable the Firm to efficiently cover the territory of Italy .

Pavia e Ansaldo is, and has been for years, one of the largest and highly qualified firms in Italy and a constant presence in the most important and complex “Italian transactions” on the international market.

Partners of the firm are sometimes members of the Board of Directors of Companies, on behalf and in representation of international corporate clients and in close contact with their internal legal and auditing functions, without being granted operational powers.

The Firm maintains close correspondence relationships with attorneys in most important Italian cities, which enables it to provide clients with effective capillary assistance on the entire Italian territory.

The Firm has always operated on an international platform, maintaining close connections with top ranking law firms in other jurisdictions and has established non-exclusive working relationships in the major cities of the world, thereby creating a network of experienced correspondents.

The firm has opened and operates a branch office in Moscow and St. Petersburg so as to provide closer on-site assistance to its Italian and foreign clients.

In November 2007 Pavia e Ansaldo has opened a new office also in Brussels.

The foreign language commonly used by the members of the firm is English. Many members are fluent in at least another language, particularly French, German, Spanish, Dutch; other languages (such as Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese) are known on a working-ability level by individuals.

The full-time presence of lawyers resident in Italy admitted to practice in foreign jurisdictions and of lawyers experienced in specific geographic areas (U.S., Germany, Spain, England; Central-Eastern Europe, Russia and the Far East) enables the Firm to offer services in a wide range of legal fields covering the most important world markets.

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Vitelio Mejía

Vitelio Mejía joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2012 and became a senior counsel in 2013. He has ten years of experience practicing law, concentrating his practice in the areas of civil, commercial, administrative and employment litigation, alternative dispute resolution and corporate law.

Vitelio is experienced in the area of mergers and acquisitions as well as project financing, having participated as part of the advisors in the first leveraged buy-out in the Dominican Republic,, assisting the sellers in the acquisition of the managing entity of the largest international airports in the Dominican Republic. This transaction was recognized as “Private Equity Deal of the Year 2009” by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR).

Vitelio received his Doctorate in Law, summa cum laude, from Universidad Iberoamericana in 2005. In 2007, he obtained a Master’s in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Vitelio received the “Civil Merit Medal” from the president of the Dominican Republic for his outstanding academic performance in his undergraduate studies. He is a member of the Dominican Bar Association and is fluent in Spanish and English, with advanced knowledge of French.

Pellerano & Herrera:

Since 1952, when our firm began, Pellerano & Herrera has participated in the most important business and legal milestones in the Dominican Republic. Our pioneering and innovative nature is a direct result of the vitality and dynamism that characterizes our corporate DNA.

The original charters of many prominent Dominican and international companies have been drafted in our firm. Not only were leading companies created here, but for half a century we have been the cradle of different industries that remain vigorous today.

Our team also has served as counsel in the largest purchases and sales, international commerce deals, and foreign investment transactions that ever have taken place in the history of the Dominican Republic.

Throughout our institutional life, we always have been at the forefront of legal, technological, and entrepreneurial matters, without our team of lawyers and advisers losing sight of the principal beneficiaries of our work: our clients.

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Jens Bengtsson

Jens Bengtsson heads Roschier’s Stockholm office, as well as its internationally recognized Private Equity practice. He is specialized in complex cross-border M&A transactions and has extensive experience in leading negotiations and projects for major international private equity sponsors and corporate investors.

Both Jens’s long experience as one of the most sought-after advisors in the market and his previous experience at McKinsey as a business consultant give him a deep understanding of deal economics and key value drivers.

Private Equity Law Practice:

Roschier’s Private Equity practice boasts the largest and strongest private equity team in the Nordic region. No other firm provides the same level of high-quality and tailor-made services for structuring and executing private equity transactions.

Our services are built on relationships with the client that go beyond the deal process. We add value to the clients’ business in all phases of a private equity transaction through a deeper understanding of their business. We are constantly staying at the frontline of development with a full range of transactional services, new concepts and cutting-edge solutions.

Roschier:

Roschier was founded in 1936. Since then the world has seen a lot of changes, and so has the firm. Today, Roschier is no longer a domestic operation, but an international one with a leading presence also in Sweden. Despite the firm’s vast expansion and growth during the past few decades, its core values remain the same and are as strong as ever.

1936 was a year of great achievements: the first regular television service from the BBC, the completion of the Hoover Dam, the publication of Gone with the Wind, the first edition of Life magazine, to name a few.

At the time, Åke Roschier-Holmberg, the founding Partner, was a young lawyer working at the law offices of a fellow lawyer. When the other lawyer accepted a job at the City Court of Helsinki, Roschier-Holmberg took over his book of business, adding to it in October 1936 the business of pioneering female lawyer and campaigner for women’s rights Agnes Lundell.

From the start, the law firm that Roschier-Holmberg created benefited from a strong set of values. Foremost among these was an absolute commitment to professional ethics and to the wider role of the lawyer in society. Also important from the start were “the Roschier thumbprint” – a relentless focus on the highest qualities of product and of client service – and a commitment to teamwork and respect for one’s colleagues.

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Karine Kodde

Karine specialises in corporte law with a strong focus on private equity. Karine represents a number of private equity providers on a regular basis, such as 3i, EQT, Advent and NPM. Karine was voted best M&A lawyer of the Netherlands 2008. Before becoming a partner at Allen & Overy, she spent one year at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett in New York.

The 2014 edition of Chambers Global describes Karine as follows: “Karine Kodde is highly respected for her private equity expertise, and is described by a client as “very experienced and talented. Her key strength is her ability to deal with very difficult negotiations in a friendly manner – she keeps cool and focuses on getting the deal done.”

The 2014 edition of Chambers Europe ranks Karine a star individual for private equity and describes her as follows: “Karine Kodde is described as “the best” when it comes to her expertise and experience in private equity deals. Clients sum Kodde up as “a skilled legal expert, a good negotiator and hands-on to work with.”

Private Equity Law Practice:

With the increasing sophistication and complexity of private equity transactions, the role of specialist advisers has become increasingly important in this field.

Allen & Overy is a market leader in the private equity sector, with extensive experience advising private equity investors, arranging banks, management teams and investee companies on the full cycle of private equity matters. We regularly advise a number of the leading private equity houses in the world.

Our comprehensive approach to private equity has seen us work on everything from structured acquisitions and financings and some of the largest cross-border buy-outs seen in the market, to the provision of venture capital to start-up businesses. The combination of our multi-jurisdictional corporate, leveraged finance, high yield, securitisation and investment funds expertise and full range of complimentary practices such as tax, employment and benefits and real estate makes us stand out in the market.

This offering is truly global. Our spread of offices covers each of the key financial markets across the world, enabling us to work on private equity transactions and give specialist advice to clients wherever and whenever it is required. As such, our Private Equity group exhibits the market knowledge, timeliness and efficiency we as a firm take pride in.

Allen & Overy:

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

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David Dederick

David Dederick is the Managing Partner of Weil’s Budapest office. He has been practicing in Central and Eastern Europe for over two decades. Mr. Dederick specializes in international and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity and real estate transactions, and has particular expertise in the energy, health care and communications sectors. He is consistently recognized and ranked as a leading lawyer in his main practice areas by leading law firm ratings guides, including Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000, as well as Best Lawyers.

Chambers Global describes Mr. Dederick as “admired for his long-standing presence and reputation in the region: ‘He possesses great legal and market knowledge and is not afraid to tackle big decisions or give advice in difficult situations.'”, while Chambers Europe refers to him as “a celebrated figure for private equity work across the region. Clients describe him as thorough, focused and extremely commercial.” IFLR 1000 identify Mr. Dederick as the Budapest office’s “M&A talisman” whose “experience has given the firm an esteemed track record”. In addition, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Private Equity Law by Best Lawyers’ 2014-15 edition.

Private Equity Law Practice:

Weil’s global private equity practice is recognized by the industry as being one of only a very small number of elite, market leaders in this field. Our clients include the majority of the largest and highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors. Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including more than 80% of the world’s top 25 funds, as ranked by PEI 300, 2014. Our advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges:

Founded in 1931, Weil has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years. Widely recognized by those covering the legal profession as best in class, Weil’s lawyers regularly advise clients globally on their most complex Litigation, Corporate, Restructuring, and Tax and Benefits matters. With 20 offices worldwide – 9 in the United States and 11 outside the United States – Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.

With approximately 1,100 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing us to bring the right mix of firm-wide skill and local-market presence to deliver the coordinated legal advice necessary to help our clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives

Weil has also been named one of the “Most Innovative Law Firms” by the Financial Times in both the United Kingdom and the United States. And Weil is regularly included among The American Lawyer’s prestigious A-List of the top 10 U.S. law firms, and ranked 6th on its “10-Year A-List”.

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Michal Smrek

Michal Smrek is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions and Telecommunications, Media and Technology.

Head of the Prague office’s Private Equity practice, he offers clients the benefit of his extensive track record in leading complex private equity transactions in the Czech Republic and throughout CEE. The broad array of related deals to which he brings insight and experience include structuring, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and buy-ins, as well as growth capital transactions.

Valued for his ability to execute challenging deals, regardless of their scale or cross-border complexity, Michal has attracted a portfolio of domestic and multinational companies from a wide range of industries, as well as major private equity funds. He also has significant experience in advising founders and shareholders regarding the sale of their companies to private equity funds in succession-driven transactions throughout the CEE region. Michal has also been called upon to counsel private equity portfolio companies regarding add-on acquisitions and a variety of issues relating to the operation of portfolio companies and their preparation for exit.

In addition to his private equity work, a significant portion of Michal’s practice is devoted to supporting institutional investors and financial groups with major M&A deals. He has advised on a number of strategic acquisitions and disposals of industrial assets, and regularly advises large Czech financial and industrial groups, such as PPF Group, rubber producer Ceska gumarenska spolecnost (“CGS”), textile producer PEGAS Nonwovens, and IT company Avast Software, on their Czech and foreign direct equity investments or disposals.

Private Equity Law Practice:

The time it takes to structure a private equity transaction can make or break a deal. When the stakes are high and time is short, private equity leaders turn to White & Case to quickly develop a focused and effective strategy to complete the deal. From groundbreaking, monumental acquisitions to smaller strategic deals, our Private Equity practice has implemented innovative transactions with precision and care for established institutions, entrepreneurs and smaller visionaries alike.

Adding Value to Your Deal From Start to Finish
When structuring a transaction, the private equity team begins by thoroughly evaluating the investment under consideration and acquisition proposals with value-add in mind. Our lawyers advise you on structuring and presenting bids and negotiating and drafting acquisition and financing agreements, right through to the completion of the transaction.

White & Case:

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border expertise and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our expertise in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

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Somasekhar Sundaresan

Somasekhar heads the Securities Law and Financial Sector regulatory practice at JSA, a national Indian law firm. He has been in practice for the past 16 years.
While his commercial transactional practice covers M&A of listed businesses and regulatory advisory work for market intermediaries, his contentious practice covers securities regulatory litigation, acting as counsel before the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the Securities Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India.

He has also been actively involved in regulatory policy and legislative drafting. He has been:

• Member of the Working Group on Foreign Investment in India under the chairmanship of Mr. U.K. Sinha, which submitted its report in July 2010.

• Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s Takeover Regulations Advisory Committee, and drafted Takeover Regulations, which has been substantially implemented.

• Consultant to the Financial Sector Legislative Reform Commission, which submitted its report in 2013, containing the draft Indian Financial Code, which contains new financial sector legislation for India.

• Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s High-Level Committee to review and draft new regulations governing insider trading in India.

• Member of a committee of the Ministry of Finance to write new policy for issuance of global depository receipts, foreign currency convertible bonds and external commercial borrowings.

• Member of a committee of the Reserve Bank of India to review corporate governance in the Indian banking sector.

He is currently serving on a Task Force of the Ministry of Finance to set up a Financial Sector Appellate Tribunal in India.
Somasekhar is an invitee to FICCI’s Steering Committee and an active member of its Capital Markets Committee. He serves as a director of rights-based NGO Oxfam India.

Somasekhar authors a fortnightly column titled Without Contempt on investment law and policy in the Business Standard, a national business newspaper in India, and a weekly column on mainstream law and justice in the mainstream Mirror newspaper. He is a guest contributor to the Indian Corporate Law Blog.

Private Equity Law Practice:

We provide legal services to Private Equity and Venture Capital funds across the full range of their operations and activities.

The areas in which we provide legal advice include (i) Fund formation; (ii) Onshore & Offshore structuring; (iii) Drafting offer documents for the raising of funds; (iv) Tax & Securities registration issues in India; (v) Registration with regulatory authorities in India; (vi) Due Diligence of prospective investee companies; (vii) Negotiation assistance from term sheet stage till closing; (viii) Documentation & overall transactional support, including working closely with regulators like the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Foreign Investment Promotion Board of India (FIPB) and the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI); and (ix) Structuring incentives and sharing of the ‘carry’ for fund managers & research analysts.

We are also familiar with the other side of the equation as we represent Investee Companies in diverse sectors.

We are actively involved in policy issues affecting Private Equity & Venture Capital industry on a national level, including legislative & regulatory matters.

We provide ongoing support, advice and views to the various committees of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Our Partners are also on Capital Market committees of leading National Chambers of Commerce, and on an ongoing basis, interact with regulators in the evolution of regulations in the Capital Market.

J. Sagar Associates:

J. Sagar Associates (JSA) is a leading national law firm in India comprising over 350 professionals, with offices in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. For over two decades, we have provided legal advice and services to international & domestic clients.

Our mission is to provide outstanding legal solutions, in our chosen practice areas with a strong emphasis on ethics. Our clients benefit from our expertise & experience as a large firm while still enjoying the privilege of personal attention and responsiveness of a small firm.

Our advice is delivered by well-informed, accessible, partner-led teams, which strive to provide the highest quality of service to our clients, by listening, understanding their needs, responding promptly and living up to the commitments that we make. We use plain English to communicate verbally and in our documentation.
JSA’s practice extends across diverse sectors of industry and services, such as Consumer & Industrial Products, Consumer Durables, Financial Services & Banking, Infrastructure, and Energy & Transportation. We understand and appreciate the different challenges that our clients face in the current business environment as a result of technological changes, evolving government regulations, and competitive pressures in the marketplace. We provide a diverse set of legal services to our clients and assist them to meet these challenges successfully.

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John (Jack) E. Lange

Jack’s practice is concentrated principally on mergers and acquisitions. He is highly experienced in the representation of private equity funds and other financial investors in connection with their activities in Asia, including investment activities and portfolio company financing and acquisition activities. Jack has represented major private equity funds, as well as leading strategic investors in the technology, communications and media fields, in connection with complex and highly structured investments and fund raisings in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. He has completed numerous transactions for clients including KKR, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Oaktree Capital Management, Apollo Global Management, General Atlantic, The Carlyle Group and CDH.

Jack and the Paul, Weiss Asian private equity practice have been consistently recognized as market leaders. Jack was named in 2013 by Private Equity International to its first “Legal Power 30,” a list of 30 private equity lawyers globally identified by the industry and by their own peers as “the best of the best.” Chambers Asia 2014 ranks Jack as the sole “Star Individual” for private equity/buyouts in China among international firms. The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 lists Jack as a leading private equity lawyer in Hong Kong, describing him as “immensely experienced” with “a magnificent reputation” and IFLR 1000 2014 recognizes him as a “Leading Lawyer” in Hong Kong for mergers & acquisitions and private equity. He was also named in 2011 to Asian Legal Business magazine’s “HOT 100” list, which recognizes the leaders and practitioners who have had the greatest impact on the legal market in Asia.

In assisting investors throughout the region, Jack draws on broad experience in corporate and project finance. He has assisted issuers and underwriters in connection with public offerings and private placements of equity and debt by companies based throughout the region.

In the project finance area, Jack has represented lenders and project developers in relation to a wide range of power, telecommunications, oil and gas, and industrial projects in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, India, Korea and elsewhere in Asia.

Private Equity Law Practice:

The world’s largest multinational corporations, top-tier international investment banks, private equity and hedge funds and entrepreneurs all rely on Paul, Weiss’s Corporate Department to resolve their thorniest legal and business challenges. Our lawyers have earned high praise for their innovative approach to complex transactions and are recognized internationally as leaders in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, finance and investment funds. Our clients tap us for advice that resists conventional approaches and value the insight and imagination that we offer.

Paul Weiss:

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 800 lawyers who collaborate with clients to help them solve their most challenging legal problems and achieve their business goals. Widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The firm has an unwavering dedication to representing those in need, and its pro bono efforts continue to benefit individuals and society.

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Mark McNamara

Mark is the leader of the King & Wood Mallesons Private Equity team. His area of expertise lies across the full range of M&A transactions for private equity clients – MBOs / LBOs, public takeovers, private M&A and securities offerings.

Mark’s client list boasts a number of leading Australian and global private equity players, including KKR, TDR Capital, CHAMP, Ironbridge Capital, CHAMP Ventures, Quadrant Private Equity, Archer Capital, Pacific Equity Partners and many others. He has represented clients with interests in a wide range of industries, including media, health, manufacturing, education, food & beverages and transport.

Mark is regarded as one of Australia’s leading private equity lawyers, with clients praising him as “a well-rounded practitioner: very strong legally whilst also having the business smarts to navigate the grey areas”. “He thinks creatively about the situation and looks at the broader picture and all of our options” – Chambers Global, 2012. The 2013 edition Chambers Global quoted a client saying that “he is one of the best lawyers that I have ever come across, world class”, while others add that “he has a brilliant handle on the Asia-Pacific region” and he “brings a huge amount of gravitas to the table” – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012. Mark has also been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Sydney Private Equity “Lawyer of the Year”.

Practice leader Mark McNamara is singled out as “the best private equity lawyer in Australia” and an insightful and commercial practitioner who “cuts through the chaff to get us to the point where we want to be.” He is active across a broad range of industry sectors, and acted as lead partner for CHAMP Private Equity in the Shelf Drilling buyout.

Private Equity Law Practice:

Leading private equity firms and industry participants across Australia and Asia look to Mallesons to help execute their strategy through superior, commercially focused and solution-orientated legal advice. Our sector focused, full service team works closely with clients on each stage of the private equity fundraising, buy, build and exit lifecycle.

Private equity in Australia and Asia fared relatively well during the last two years, and remains a strong focus of international and local investors. Having reaped the benefits of the private equity boom in the US and elsewhere, international private equity firms are looking further afield for new opportunities and Australian private equity firms are increasingly looking at opportunities across Asia.

Australia is a leader in the Asia Pacific region with over $25bn under management, and recently, the consumer goods & retail, financial services, health, mining services and energy & environment sectors have been the largest recipients of this investment.

As a key advisor to the private equity industry since its inception, Mallesons’ Private Equity team understands the dynamics of the industry, its central players, their needs and unique challenges. We have strong relationships with private equity sponsors across the market, as well as investment banks and other institutional investors, which we leverage for the benefit of our clients.

Reflecting the unique structure and wide-ranging needs of private equity firms, our Private Equity team brings together market-leading experts across M&A, banking, tax, competition, employment, intellectual property, informational technology, funds and equity capital markets.

King & Wood Mallesons:

Strategically positioned in the world’s growth markets, financial capitals and the home of information technology – we’re on the ground where our clients need us most. We offer them unrestricted legal capability and capacity across the region’s most dynamic economies, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Clients benefit from our extensive network of legal advisors with the right expertise, sector insights and relationships to help them realise the opportunities and navigate the region’s complex web of regulators.

This game-changing combination is powered by more than 550 partners and 2700 lawyers and is the only firm that can practice Australian, PRC, Hong Kong and UK law which enables us to provide strategic advice on the ground in these must win markets.

Across 30 international locations we are delivering industry expertise across the full spectrum of commercial, financial and specialist legal services.

We’re opening doors and unlocking opportunities for business. We ask the right questions, listen hard and focus not just on what clients want, but how they want it.

We use this to help our clients recognise where they are, where they want to be, and where they could be.

We are also committed to delivering real value for our people – empowering them to grow and to achieve great things in a flexible, dynamic and supportive environment.

We’re already achieving great things together and this is just the beginning.

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