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Caterina Calia

Caterina earned her law degree from the University of Bari, magna cum laude and qualified as a lawyer in 1994.

From 1990 to 1993 she studied German law at University of Ferrara.

In 1994 she earned the LL.M. (Magister Legum in Jura) in German law at the Law School of the University of Munich, under the guidance of Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c.mult C.W. Canaris.

In 1995 she practiced as a lawyer at p Munich law firms Campanella Kohwagner & Partners and Nachmann and in the in-house legal office of Hypo-Bank Hypoteken-und Wechsel Bank, in Munich.

In 1996 she came back to Italy where she worked in leading Italian law firms, in particular at Pavia & Ansaldo, Milan office and at Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, Milan and Rome offices.

In 2006 she became a partner of Lexjius – Sinacta, Bari office, following starting a collaboration with Prof. Giuseppe Tucci, Professor at the Law School of Bari.

Caterina assists both Italian and foreign companies and she specializes in international business law, franchising, industrial sub-supply, intellectual property, unfair competition, transportation law and renewable energies.

Finally, on 1 October 2011 she has been appointed Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany for Apulia Region and on 1 November 2011 she has been appointed as representative for the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce of Milan for Apulia Region. Since 1994, she has been partner of the Association of Italian-German Jurists and since 2002 she has been part of the related Executive Body headed by Prof. Fausto Pocar.

She has been included in the list of trusted lawyers of German Embassy in Italy.

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Dr. Sok Siphana

Dr. Sok is a practicing attorney and the Principal at SokSiphana&associates, a law and consulting firm specialized in international trade and corporate law in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Sok has unique experiences and insights related to the development of the Cambodian legal system, the business environment and the intricacy of the commercial and investment law evolution in Cambodia. His vast hands on experiences as a former Commerce Secretary of State (Vice Minister) in the Cambodian Government, where he worked extensively on issues related to commercial and investment legal framework, trade promotion, trade policies, trade development, and economic intégration, gives him a unique perspective on both the macro and micro needs of businesses and foreign investors alike. In the area of policy formulation and policy mainstreaming he was responsible for leading a large multidisciplinary inter-agency task force to prepare complex action plans (including the National Legislative and Regulatory Agenda) and to negotiate successfully Cambodia’s accession to the WTO. He was also instrumental in initiating the development of the first ever trade Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for Cambodia.

He was responsible not only for the preparation of the various commercial laws currently in force in Cambodia, but also for their defense in front of the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly and the Senate.

Career

Previously from 1999 to 2005, Dr Sok served as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce, where he worked extensively on issues related to trade policies and development, commercial legal framework and economic integration. During his service at the Ministry, he was also a negotiator in Cambodia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). From October 2005 to July 2009 he served as Director at the International Trade Center (ITC) a joint technical agency of the UNCTAD and the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was appointed by Prime Minister Samdech Decho Hun Sen as Advisor of the Royal Government of Cambodia and Advisor to the Supreme National Economic Council with rank of Minister in August 2009 and November 2011 respectively. He is the Chairman of the Board of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI), Cambodia’s oldest and prominent independent research institute. He resumed legal practice in 2009.

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Luis Alonso García Muñoz-Nájar

Expert in Intellectual Property with extensive experience in Commercial Negotiations at international level. Mr. Garcia has been Vice Minister of Foreign Trade in Peru, leading the processes for market opening with the U.S., Chile, Mexico, Singapore, EFTA, Canada and the European Union, as well as the promotion of Peruvian exports.

He was in charge of the negotiation of Intellectual Property in the FTA between Peru and the United States, as well as negotiations of the Andean Community and ALCA. He has successfully led the offices for Peru’s Trademarks and Patents and has chaired the Court for Intellectual Property in INDECOPI. Mr. Garcia is international consultant and has carried out several works on Intellectual Property, Development and Competitiveness. About his work, Chamber & Partners says “former head of INDECOPI Luis Alonso García Muñoz-Nájar is the driving force behind the firm’s growth in the sector. He is described by sources as “intelligent, reliable and 100% dedicated.” He wins praise from clients for “always coming up with creative solutions to complex issues”. Likewise, Latin Lawyer stated “Demonstrating the firm’s strong connections to the public sector is Luis Alonso García Muñoz-Najar, who works on foreign trade and IP matters, and has been a vice-minister of foreign trade and chair of the court of Peru’s competition and trademark authority INDECOPI as well as heading its trademark and patent offices. Consequently, many clients retain him for disputes before the regulator”.

Trade Law Practice:

We count on a professional team highly qualified and with extensive experience in the area, which allow us to provide specialized service on several Foreign Trade transactions.

We advise on agreements concerning international transactions, transportations, and means of payment, among others.

Estudio Echecopar:

With more of 64 years of uninterrupted professional practice, Estudio Echecopar is recognized as one of the most prestigious law firms in Peru.

Throughout time, we have remained at the forefront, excelling in specific practice areas such as Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, Foreign Investment, Privatization, Financing, Capital Markets and Project Finance, and the development of investment projects, among others.

Our team is formed by around 300 professionals, comprised by lawyers, trainees and administrative staff, who dedicate their efforts to provide legal consulting services to local and foreign clients in the different areas of law.

Our lawyers are highly skilled with legal training from the most prestigious colleges and law schools in Peru, the United States, and Europe. Some of our lawyers have worked in the most prestigious law firms in Washington D.C., New York and Dallas.

Our global vision, experience, professionalism, multi-disciplinary approach, and teamwork assure comprehensive solutions for our clients according to their business needs, with creativity and innovation playing a paramount role.

We are committed to our clients, with whom we look forward to establishing long-lasting working relationships, providing the support their businesses require at competitive rates.

We are always committed to the changes and the evolution of different markets, tailoring to them and to the new trends for obtaining better results for the benefit of our clients.

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Scott D. Andersen

SCOTT D. ANDERSEN helped establish Sidley’s Geneva office in 2000 and is the current co-managing partner. His practice focuses on the use of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to resolve international trade disputes. He works closely with key WTO member governments, leading companies and trade associations on a wide variety of trade disputes, including agricultural and industrial actionable and prohibited subsidies, anti-dumping and other trade remedy measures, sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, technical regulations and standards, and various forms of trade discrimination.
In 2012, Scott co-founded and now manages Sidley’s innovative Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Pro Bono program which provides free legal advice to small and mid-sized agricultural enterprises and NGOs providing assistance to the poorest farmers. The program has expanded rapidly with more than 150 Sidley lawyers providing free legal services to over 50 clients in more than 20 countries.

Scott features prominently in the international trade and WTO rankings of the leading bar publications such as Chambers, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He is recognized in The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 as a leading individual and is described by clients as “very knowledgeable and outstanding.”

Trade Law Practice:

Companies and trade associations from a wide cross-section of industries and governments come to our lawyers with important questions regarding the many challenges inherent in doing business globally. Our international trade lawyers work with our clients to ensure they understand, apply and make the most of the national and trans-national rules that shape the flow of capital, investment, goods, technology and services around the world. We advise clients regarding the legal and regulatory landscape, helping them harness opportunities and mitigate the risks in conducting global business. And we use international law to make a difference in the world. Read what others are saying about us.

Sidley Austin:

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 U.S. 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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János Zafír

János Zafir, Head of the firm, born in 1949 and graduated from ELTE University’s Faculty of Law in 1975. Following his graduation hewas working as a company lawyer, later as Head of the Legal Department at one of the biggest international freight forwarding companies in Budapest. He founded his law firm in 1987 with three of his colleagues. Mr. Zafir is a lawyer specialised in international trade; his areas of expertise are International Freight Forwarding Law and International Insurance Law. He has published several books and articles in these fields, was a lecturer at the Institute of Post-graduate Legal Studies as well as at the College of International Management and Business in Budapest.

Trade Law Practice:

We prepare national and international contracts of sale and contracting agreements; we provide legal assistance in Corporate Law cases and represent our clients in legal proceedings before the Courts and Arbitration. Our main areas of expertise are International Freight Forwarding-Transport Law and International Insurance Law; our firm being one of the most prominent ones in these areas in Hungary.

Zafir Law Office:

Zafir Law Office was established in 1987 as one of the first law firms specialising in Economic Law cases. Besides possessing a Juris Doctor masters, our members all have specialised post-graduate qualifications in International Trade Law, Insurance Law or Company Law and gained professional experience at the legal departments of big corporations. Our firm cooperates with well-known Western European, Asian and American law firms. We have been working with a number of prestigious Hungarian and international corporations.

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Osamu Umejima

Osamu Umejima rejoined White & Case in October 2003 after a two-year hiatus working at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese Government. He assists clients with international trade matters, including WTO rules and dispute settlements, and antidumping, countervailing and other trade-related measures in the United States, EC, Japan, and other trading partners. He also advises on FTA and other custom issues, including country of origins, custom duties and classification, and import and export regulations. His experience in the government also enabled him to have successfully lobbied Japanese government agencies on regulatory issues on behalf of corporations and trade associations. These governmental agencies include the METI, the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transportation, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery.

He started practicing international trade and corporate law at White & Case in 1992 in Tokyo, but his first experience on international trade matters goes back to 1989. Upon joining White & Case, the practice areas he worked in were corporate, contracts, antitrust, labor, and intellectual property. He moved to the Washington, DC office of White & Case in 1995, where he practiced U.S. trade laws, including the antidumping law, countervailing law, and Section 337. Mr. Umejima led various antidumping cases on behalf of Asian respondents, and appeared before the US Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, the Court of International Trade, and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. In 2000, Mr. Umejima returned to the Tokyo office of White & Case, where he continued practicing international trade and corporate laws, until he joined to METI in 2001.

Before rejoining White & Case, he assumed the position of Director – Antidumping and Related Rules in Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau at METI. He coordinated and argued in various antidumping and countervailing duty cases before the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization on behalf of the Japanese government, including disputes on US – CRS Sunset Review, US – CDSOA (“Byrd Amendment”), and other disputes in which Japan participated as a complaining party or as a third party. He has also handled negotiations for the Antidumping Agreement under the Doha Development Agenda of the WTO.

Trade Law Practice:

Government actions increasingly affect companies involved in the global trade of goods and services. Whether they’re negotiating multilateral, regional or bilateral trade agreements, or revising national laws and regulations, the involvement of governments frequently has a direct and profound impact on the rules governing international trade. While the ultimate goal may be a more liberalized trading system, the immediate result is just as likely to be a thicket of rules, procedures and exceptions. This can mean an even more difficult business environment.

The International Trade Group of White & Case helps clients manage the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with the increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services. Our practice, centered in Washington, DC but extending throughout the globe, provides a range of services designed to match the scope of global trade regulation and to answer the needs of our clients wherever and whenever they arise. White & Case also has one of the leading WTO practices in the world, which is led by the Geneva office.

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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Joseph Wira Koesnaidi

Mr. Koesnaidi is a prominent trade lawyer with over 10 years experience in Indonesian and International Trade Law. His primary area of expertise focuses on WTO Trade Remedies, WTO Dispute Settlement, IPR, Customs and Competition Law. He has extensive experience defending foreign and domestic clients throughout various stages of Indonesian anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguards proceedings. Not only has he successfully representing a wide range of sectors in multiple jurisdictions (Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Indiaand the United States) Mr. Koesnaidi has also worked as a top advisor to the Indonesian Ministries of Trade, Industry, AND Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

Trade Law Practice:

Global trade compliance is the process undertaken by international businesses seeking to abide by country rules and regulations governing the movement of goods across international borders. These complex rules apply to importers, exporters, and domestic producers and vary across different sectors of the economy. Identifying, understanding, and complying with the full range of ever-changing trade, investment, and customs related regulations is crucial for businesses looking to succeed in the Indonesian marketplace.

JWK Law Office has a long history working with clients to achieve compliance with prevailing Indonesian laws and customs regulations. Our primary focus is on trade-related issues including Import/Export Licensing for Sugar, Smartphones and Electronic Water Heaters; Foreign Food (ML) Labeling; Electronic Product Labeling; Manual and Warranty Registration; Goods Declaration Certificate (SPB), Halal Certificate, and Goods Declaration Number (NPB). The firm has extensive experience preparing country reports for multinational organizations looking to penetrate new markets including identification of trade-related regulations effecting market access for specific products as well as assistance in complying with changing regulations.

JWK Law Office:

JWK Law Office is a Jakarta-based boutique law firm specializing in trade defense instruments and WTO law. The firm’s main aim is to serve its clients’ need for reliable and cost-effective legal services in their daily business activities, both across the globe and within the complex and constantly evolving Indonesian legal landscape. The firm personalizes its premier legal services according to each client’s needs and budget in order to achieve their strategic objectives.

as well as other market access barriers. With its global network, in-depth knowledge of national and international regulations, and sophistication in handling complex matters involving antidumping, countervailing and safeguard measures in Indonesia and abroad, JWK has developed a strong record of successfully defending both domestic and multinational clients, as well as governments, in worldwide WTO trade defense proceedings.

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Daniel Moulis

Daniel Moulis is the founder and principal of Moulis Legal. He has a varied practice which typifies the commercial + international philosophy of the firm.

Daniel pioneered the study and practice of international trade law in Australia by private lawyers outside the public sector and academia. He has practiced for three decades across the full spectrum of cross-border business and trade regulation. This has included advice and representation in cross-border contractual and commercial matters, customs law, WTO trade “rules” and other WTO disciplines, free trade agreements, international investment and arbitration.

According to legal ranking agency Who’s Who Legal, Daniel is one of the most highly regarded international trade lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer outside the EU and the US to be ranked in its “top ten”. He has been called upon by the WTO as a Dispute Settlement Body panellist on four occasions: in Egypt –Steel Rebar; United States – Upland Cotton; Japan – DRAMS (Korea); and Canada – Renewable Energy/Feed in Tariff Program.

Daniel has served clients in their international trade affairs across many industries, including the agricultural, building products, chemical, energy, food processing, footwear, medical, mining, paper, steel and retail goods industries. He has been particularly active in the fields of anti-dumping, countervailing, safeguard measures, quarantine and intellectual property rights. He has advised clients in relation to assistance measures, tariff classification/valuation, concession orders, effective transaction structuring, contract documentation for export/import, “country of origin” and border security.

Trade Law Practice:

The formation of trade blocs; the difficulties in concluding the Doha Development Round; and heightened world security fears are factors which have been symptomatic of a stronger self-interest of countries in their international affairs.

Many governments are under pressure to open foreign markets but at the same time are looking to preserve the competitive position of their own industries. The potential for disputes in the “free trade” environment of the 21st century, criss-crossed by treaties, national laws, and administrative discretions, is high.

Our key practice areas are in regulatory advice, subsidies and countervailing, anti-dumping, safeguard measures and quarantine. The depth of our experience is evident from the steady and continuous representation of clients in trade matters by our principal Daniel Moulis over three decades of practice.

Our clients are major Australian companies and NGOs, large multinationals, foreign exporters and foreign governments and their agencies. We have handled court and administrative review procedures not only in Australia but also in Argentina, Brazil, Luxembourg, the European Union, the United States and China.

Moulis Legal:

Moulis Legal is a progressive modern legal business handling commercial and international matters.

It is our mission to deliver legal services at the highest level, on a personal basis, and with understanding and commitment. We are careful in our acceptance of instructions, so that we can be sure of our ability to effectively and directly commit our time and resources to the representation of our valued clients. We strive to deliver the best value to our clients in their purchase of legal services, and to help them to achieve the outcomes they want.

Our particular focus areas are international trade and investment, energy and resources, property acquisition and development, and major commercial projects. We have special knowledge and experience of business and investment between Australia and China, spanning both cultures and their legal systems.

Moulis Legal was founded by our principal Daniel Moulis on his return to Canberra from the Sydney office of the Australasian law firm Freehills, now Herbert Smith Freehills. He was with Freehills for 21 years, 14 of those as a partner. He headed the Freehills’ Canberra office between 1995 and 2001.

Moulis Legal has offices in Canberra and Brisbane.

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Frederick Burke

Frederick Burke has over 20 years experience practicing in the area of corporate law. He served as the Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Global WTO & International Trade Practice Group from 2006 to 2007, and has been ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in both Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions and International Trade for three successive years. Mr. Burke has also been recommended in more categories than any other lawyer in Vietnam by PLC Which Laywer? in 2008. He is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Administrative Reform in Vietnam.

Mr. Burke is highly regarded for his work on foreign investment projects in Vietnam and China for key players in the property development, trade, IT/C, and project finance areas. He provides practical advice in the related issues of securities, finance, tax, labor, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. Mr. Burke also has extensive experience in working closely with Vietnamese legislators and law drafters on the many new laws and decrees that have been introduced to integrate Vietnam into the global economy.

Trade Law Practice:

We have a long history in advising a diverse range of clients on customs, trade and supply chain operations across Vietnam. Our dedicated team of lawyers offers advice on a comprehensive range of regulatory, customs and tax issues relating to trade, sourcing, contract manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution, franchising, direct sales, after-sales and reverse logistics operations.

We also advise on a wide range of WTO issues, such as optimizing cross-border trade in goods and services through regional and bilateral free trade agreements, export controls on strategic goods and technologies, trade remedies and trade sanctions, and local legislation compliance with WTO commitments.

Baker & Mckenzie:

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

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

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

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

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Doo-Sik Kim

Mr. Doo-Sik Kim is a senior partner of Shin & Kim, and is qualified in Korea and New York. Mr. Kim’s main areas of practice include cross-border investments, general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, construction and other projects, WTO/GATT & international trade law, and international litigation & arbitration.

Mr. Kim has conducted a number of international and domestic arbitrations as advocate and as arbitrator. Mr. Kim has also participated in many governmental negotiations and international trade disputes as a government lawyer or, sometimes, as a member of the Korean government delegation. He received the National Service Medal from the government of the Republic of Korea in 2007.

Mr. Kim has taught international economic law as an adjunct professor at Dong-Kuk University, Graduate School of International Information and at Seoul National University Law School. He has also written extensively on topics related to securities and M&A law, international trade law and corporate law.

Trade Law Practice:

We have high-level experience and in-depth expertise in the many trade and customs issues facing the government and private sector today. Our particular strength is in responding to international trade disputes. We have a proven track record of successfully resolved disputes through participation in WTO dispute settlement procedures and successful counteractions against the anti-dumping investigations of foreign governments. We take a unique ‘selection and concentration’ approach in resolving issues, enabling our clients to achieve their desired results in a cost-effective manner. We also extensively advise on preventive measures for risk management.

Shin & Kim:

Established in 1981, Shin & Kim has grown in close partnership with its clients.

We have more than 300 Korean and foreign lawyers admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions around the world and over 50 other professionals, including accountants, tax accountants, patent attorneys and customs specialists. We provide legal services in a broad range of practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, arbitration, taxation, intellectual property and labor, to a diverse clientele ranging from domestic and multinational corporations, financial institutions and small-medium enterprises to state-owned corporations and governments and their agencies.

Shin & Kim considers our clients’ value realization our top priority. We make sure we’re clear on the value that each client is seeking to realize, and then provide the best legal solutions for realizing that value.

Our solutions don’t stop at one-off quick fixes of the immediate problem at hand, but go deeper to resolve the root causes and achieve lasting results; our advice is never one-size-fits-all, but tailored to our clients’ specific needs. We serve our clients with the mind-set that we want to see them again, and devote all of our efforts toward our clients’ ultimate satisfaction. This is why our clients seek us out and stay with us. We do our best to make them want us by their side.

Shin & Kim’s greatest pride is our people. Our lawyers and professionals have proven track records and are leading experts in their respective fields. With the utmost of professionalism, expertise and an in-depth understanding of our clients’ businesses and commercial interests that can only be gained through years of experience, Shin & Kim functions as a one-stop legal service hub, providing industry-specific advice and expertise in a multi-disciplined manner across all aspects of our practice.

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