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Richard Corley

Richard Corley is a partner at Goodmans and leads the firm’s Outsourcing practice group. Combining his legal expertise with a unique background in engineering, mathematics, computer science and business, Richard’s practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology. Richard has over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A, joint ventures, cleantech and technology-related competition law matters. With technology at its core, Richard’s practice is focused on the growing information technology and cleantech sectors.

Richard’s practice complements his personal interest and involvement in energy conservation and energy alternatives. He is currently involved with the Canadian implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution initiative, which integrates distributed renewable energy, low-energy buildings, intelligent power distribution and management, and energy storage systems.

Richard is recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in numerous publications including: The Legal 500 Canada – Leading Individual, Technology, Media and Telecoms 2014, Chambers Global’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 (Information Technology: Band 1 ranking), The Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in the areas of Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection.

He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and seminars on outsourcing and technology-related topics and was retained by the Competition Bureau of Canada to help develop competition guidelines for intellectual property and the Internet.

Richard obtained an LLM from Yale Law School in 1991, his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989 (Silver Medallist) and clerked for Chief Justice McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Goodmans LLP:

Goodmans LLP is recognized internationally as one of Canada’s premier transaction law firms because our lawyers and clients are industry leaders. Our lawyers excel in their fields to help clients excel in theirs – both ensuring ever-higher levels of service and business success. Further, we offer a unique combination of skills – spanning business law and litigation; public and private; tradition and innovation.

With a strategic entrepreneurial history and deal-making mindset, Goodmans lawyers deliver intelligent solutions, responsiveness, energy, talent, and determination to get the deal done. It’s more than just legal services; it’s strategic business advice.

Clients appreciate our dedication to exceptional service, community partnership and mutual respect. That’s why so many clients have been with the firm since their businesses began – for over 30 years in some cases. Even now, with clients among Canada’s largest corporations, financial institutions and multinationals, the firm honours its roots – in client service and in community service.

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Eugenio J. Torres-Oyola

Mr. Torres-Oyola is a Capital Member of Ferraiuoli and the Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice Group. As such, he concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology, and entertainment law.

Prior to becoming one of the founders of Ferraiuoli in 2003, Mr. Torres-Oyola was an associate at McConnell Valdés, where he was member of the Environmental Law Practice Group and the Intellectual Property Law Practice Group as well as a founding member of the Internet and Patent Law Practice Group. In addition, following his time in McConnell Valdés he was the proprietor of Torres-Oyola Law Offices and concentrated his practice in intellectual property law.

Since 2001, Mr. Torres-Oyola is an adjunct professor of the University of Puerto Rico School of Law where he has taught elective courses in Patent Law Practice, Cyber Law, and International Patent Law Practice. He is currently teaching an Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic course and heads the University of Puerto Rico Law School’s Intellectual Property Institute.

He has published multiple articles relating to Intellectual Property and/or Internet Law and is a frequent and prominent speaker at events and seminars relating to Intellectual Property, Technology, and Internet Law. As a result of his widely recognized knowledge and experience in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Mr. Torres-Oyola is actively involved in leadership positions in several associations or groups promoting the development of the technology industry in Puerto Rico. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Society of Puerto Rico and of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation.

Mr. Torres-Oyola is an active promoter of high impact entrepreneurship and angel investing in Puerto Rico. He has collaborated for many years with Grupo Guayacán as well as other non-profit entities such as the Puerto Rico Science and Technology Trust, Small Business Technology Development Center Puerto Rico Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, and the Young Entrepreneurship Education System in furthering entrepreneurship in the island. He also assisted Governor Luis Fortuño in his Innovation and Entrepreneurship platform for 2012, and is a part of the steering committee for Startup Puerto Rico, the local effort of Startup America.

Chambers Latin America for 2010, 2011, and 2012 ranked Mr. Torres-Oyola as a Band 1 attorney in Intellectual Property for Puerto Rico. He was also selected as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2010 by the Puerto Rico Sales and Marketing Executives Association.

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Esther Miriam Flesch

Esther Flesch joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. Ms. Flesch is the head of the Brazilian Compliance group.

Ms. Flesch has significant experience in FCPA related projects, including internal investigations, cooperation with US colleagues for DOJ/SEC disclosures and dealing with crisis upon local management arrests and indictment.

Ms. Flesch also has significant experience in the preventive practice related to the FCPA and Brazilian anti-corruption law, such as due diligence of third parties and implementation of compliance programs.

Information Technology Law Practice:

If speed is key to your business, don’t let legal baggage slow you down.

IT and communications companies need to be innovative and agile. But a lot of things can slow you down. Operating your business in non-strategic areas. Pricing your products without building in applicable taxes. Partnering with resellers who disregard your trademark rights.

Sorting through Brazil’s 50-plus tax types, understanding complex labor policies and forecasting environmental risks can also slow your progress. For all these commercial and legal matters, you need a partner who knows the rules – and the industry – inside and out.

Trench, Rossi e Watanabe can help you respond to these issues and anticipate them. We have been assisting IT and communications companies ever since technology protection began in Brazil. We even helped write the law. We were involved in one of the first commercial transactions over the Internet, as well as major cases that have established rights for industry players. We’ve helped many global companies set up offshore operations in Brazil.

We can help you properly structure your business to avoid unnecessary speed bumps. We can protect your assets and interests, help you get the best tax treatment, and avoid technology disputes. Every measure to keep you nimble and free to do what you do best: innovate.

Trench Rossi e Watanabe:

Considered one of the largest law firms in Brazil, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados has a comprehensive and cutting edge operation, with expertise in all areas of law. Founded in 1959, the firm provides legal services to national and international clients across several markets, helping them to manage their business in an ethical and efficient way.

Through our strategic cooperation with Baker & McKenzie, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe offers its clients access to a global perspective through one of the most extensive and solid networks of the legal market, working collaboratively with lawyers with deep knowledge in several jurisdictions, supporting and providing “insights” to our client′s operations, wherever and however they need it.

Trench, Rossi and Watanabe is over half a century old. We have extensive experience in complex and pioneering aspects of transactions and have developed skills that transcend borders, but always maintaining the accuracy in relation to technical quality, ethics and efficiency. With over 200 lawyers in São Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, we offer the knowledge and confidence needed to deal with the Brazilian law and unique business practices.

We emphasize the professional development of our lawyers, constantly investing in their professional improvement through specialized courses and the most diverse and innovative forms of training in Brazil and abroad. In addition to solid legal experience, our professionals accumulate fluency in several languages and knowledge of various cultures and legal systems in an effort to ensure service of the highest quality is provided to our international clients.

We have a dynamic corporative organization, dedicated to monitoring the changes in the legal field and anticipating solutions to our customers. We have an integrated and cutting edge administrative and technological infrastructure, in order to provide adequate support to our services. We are committed to responsive, efficient and reliable service, seeking to develop strong and lasting relationships with our clients.

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René Thornfeldt

René Thornfeldt has broad legal experience with proprietary projects in the fields of technology law (IT, telecommunications and technology-driven contracts) and life science.

He advises a number of companies on a regular basis, including multinational groups and organisations in the IT, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries. He is very commercially focused and is known, in particular, as an experienced strategic advisor, and he provides risk analysis advice as well as advice relating to the drafting and negotiation of complex agreements.

René’s special experience and qualifications within the IT and telecommunications industry extends to system acquisitions, outsourcing/BPO, tenders and licence agreements.

In the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, René advises in relation to R&D, contract drafting, including in particular OEM and development agreements, as well as regulatory issues. René also assists a number of funds on the acquisition of and investment in life science companies.

René Thornfeldt is a certified IT attorney. René is listed in Legal 500 as a Leading Individual within IT law in Denmark.

René graduated in law from the University of Copenhagen. Moreover, he holds a BSc in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School and Utah Valley University in the USA.

Accura Advokatpartnerselskab:

Accura is not a traditional law firm. For us, the law is not an end unto itself, but a means to ensure added business value for our clients. We also have a deep and detailed understanding of the business of each of our clients, which means that we always find effective solutions that add value to the clients’ business.

We have built our own business up around providing services for the Danish and international business community; among our clients are a large number of major national and multinational business clients, financial institutions, private equity funds, government investment funds, utility companies, public authorities, governments as well as private companies and their owners.

How do we work?

All our work processes are anchored firmly in the needs of our clients and aimed at creating effective and value-added solutions. We select a special group of key staff to work together with each client so that each of our clients has a team of employees to draw on in all important advisory areas.

Some assignments require larger teams to be involved. Exactly who is on these teams will be decided from assignment to assignment in consultation with the client and with a strict focus on the nature of the work to be done. At Accura, we always select the staff best suited to handle the assignment at hand. The pay that our employees and partners receive encourages specialisation and putting client interests ahead of personal ones.

Our clients are often only interested in a telephone consultation or a short reply by e-mail. At other times, a formal response in the form of a memorandum or an actual legal opinion is necessary. Accura supplies useful and timely value-added legal services, however our clients wish to receive them.

There is always one partner responsible for ensuring that an assignment is handled to the highest professional standards in the field and in a cost-efficient way.

International perspective

Many of Accura’s clients either have activities outside Denmark or are part of a foreign group of companies. As a result, international matters and considerations are an important part of many of our cases, and Accura’s staff have vast experience in handling cross-border issues.

Accura has built up an extensive network of leading law firms in many European countries and in the rest of the world. These are connections we often work together with, connections who can step in and lend a hand on very short notice.

We have one or more different collaboration partners in all major jurisdictions, which allows us to select exactly the foreign partner with the best skills to serve the client and handle the assignment in question.

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Robby Coelho

Robby Coelho is a Partner at Webber Wentzel. He heads the Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Practice within the firm’s Commercial Business Unit.

He obtained his BA, LLB and LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand and was admitted as an attorney in 2001.

Prior to joining Webber Wentzel, Robby was Legal Manager for EDS (the leading global technology services company which subsequently merged with Hewlett Packard) and was primarily responsible for overseeing the activities of EDS in Middle East and Africa. During this time, he was involved in several significant transactions in the Middle East and Africa, including the multi-billion Dollar global applications outsourcing transaction with Vodafone. In addition to being involved in the establishment and oversight of various joint ventures in the region, Robby was involved in advising on various transactions involving the following countries:

Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Morocco, Egypt, Benin, Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Benin, Kenya and Guinea

Middle East: Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Webber Wentzel:

Webber Wentzel is one of South Africa’s leading law firms providing clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal issues.

With a staff of approximately 800 people, including over 400 lawyers, and offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, our market-leading position is reinforced by a number of accolades and achievements

Through our collaborative alliance with Linklaters, our clients have access to a leading Africa practice (Linklaters was named Africa Law Firm of the Year 2013 by Chambers Global) and international expertise including Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and New York law capability.

Our offering is enhanced by our network of best friend law firms across sub-Saharan Africa, and our associate membership of the ALN, an integrated network of 13 African law firms.

Together we provide clients with local capability coupled with market leading experience and expertise.

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Tugrul Sevim

Mr. Sevim advises businesses on how to strategically manage their privacy, security, electronic workplace, and e-business legal risks both domestically and globally. He has assisted a wide range of business in a variety of industries by developing a privacy strategy that yields practical solutions in a rapidly evolving area and that weighs costs and benefits in a light of a company’s risk profile and culture.

Mr. Tugrul Sevim is also part-time lecturer at Bilgi University Economy Law Master Program. Currently he gives a lecture on information security law.

Mr. Tuğrul Sevim is one of the partners of BTS & Partners. He specializes in complex IT and telecommunication contracts (development, licensing, integration, outsourcing), electronic commerce and internet legal issues, privacy law and complex IT litigation (Expert proceedings, alternative dispute resolution). He assists clients in the management of their Intellectual Property portfolios and in negotiating and drafting complex contracts withstrong Intellectual Property content. Mr. Tugrul Sevim’s client include consultancy management, technology services and outsourcing companies, telecommunication companies, software and hardware suppliers and other information society service providers.

BTS & Partners:

BTS & Partners was founded by Attn. Ruşen Türkekul in the 1950s under the name ‘Türkekul Law Office’. When Attn Erdem Türkekul joined the firm in the early 1990s, the focus of the practice was directed into intellectual property rights.

By the beginning of the millienium, when Attn Yasin Beceni joined the team, Türkekul Law Office had become a well-established legal practice specialising in intellectual property rights (IPR), entertainment, media, performing arts and cinema industries.

Attn Yasin Beceni spearheaded the firm’s expansion into information and communication technologies (ICT). The firm reinforced its team with the addition of Attn Tuğrul Sevim in the mid-2000s, and continued to focus its practice on technology.

In 2010, the firm went through a period of transformation. Erdem Türkekul left the firm and continued his private practice under the name of Türkekul Law Office. Yasin Beceni and Tuğrul Sevim began rendering their services under the name of Beceni Türkekul Sevim Attorney Partnership (BTS & Partners).

BTS & Partners continues to cooperate with Erdem Türkekul as a cooperative partnership, in which Mr Türkekul’s expertise and experience in the field of IPR guides BTS & Partners’ practice in this field.

Having expanded its capacity with the addition of a further 12 attorneys, the highly academic and specialised staff has led BTS & Partners to become one of the market leading legal boutique services in the Turkish ICT sector.

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