Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan

Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Cambridge from where she holds a BA/MA (Law Tripos). Maria was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Lincoln’s Inn and was a recipient of the Hardwicke Award. Subsequently she has worked in leading international law firms in both London and New York.

Maria is a Senior Partner at UTMPS and spends most of her time at the firm’s offices in the UAE. Her practice focuses on patent and trade mark work, with a special interest in litigation and regional portfolio management for her clients. Maria is a member of INTA, AIPLA, ECTA and other leading IP associations. She has spoken at IACC and other international conferences, as well as authoring papers in various IP publications.

Maria is also an Adjunct Professor at LUMS (SAHSOL), where she introduced a course on Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law.

Maria holds a Patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London and enjoys baking and travelling in her spare time.

Firm Overview:

United Trademark & Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialised in intellectual property (IP) rights and issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients with quality services that have won us the leading position we hold today in this specialised field of law.

With a heritage dating back 70 years, we are one of the leading firms in the Middle East, Asia and Africa specialised in intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.

Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counselling.

Since 1949, United Trademark & Patent Services has protected clients’ intellectual property with an unwavering focus on client satisfaction; providing legal opinions to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in relation to their intellectual property rights in South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Over the years, our services have been recognised in numerous instances by both international and local organisations and publications.

Sarmad Hasan Manto

Sarmad Hasan Manto started his legal career in 1998 as a law student and was admitted to the Bar in the year 2000. Currently he is a lifetime member of two Bar Associations.

Sarmad’s specialisation includes trade mark prosecution, negotiations, anti-counterfeiting, litigation, due diligence, franchising, licensing, corporate and regulatory affairs. He has extensive experience in advising brand owners on portfolio development, management, franchising, licensing and enforcement strategies in the tobacco, information technology, electronics, cosmetics, luxury goods, pharmaceutical, foodstuff and auto industries. He also provides advice on a wide range of legal and compliance issues.

Sarmad was instrumental in setting up an ISP in North Africa, and was part of one of the biggest seizures of counterfeit medicines in the Middle East. He has successfully overseen the prosecution of over 20,000 trade mark and patent applications in almost 180 jurisdictions worldwide. On behalf of the firm, he actively advises over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies on contentious and non-contentious issues. He frequently writes about intellectual property issues and is a regular contributor to the INTA Country Guides.

Sarmad’s accolades include the ILO Client Choice Award in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014; and being recognised in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 WTR 1000 as one of the leading Trademark Professionals in the UAE.

Firm Overview:

United Trademark & Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialised in intellectual property (IP) rights and issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients with quality services that have won us the leading position we hold today in this specialised field of law.

With a heritage dating back 70 years, we are one of the leading firms in the Middle East, Asia and Africa specialised in intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.

Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counselling.

Since 1949, United Trademark & Patent Services has protected clients’ intellectual property with an unwavering focus on client satisfaction; providing legal opinions to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in relation to their intellectual property rights in South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Over the years, our services have been recognised in numerous instances by both international and local organisations and publications.

Mick Todd

Mick Todd is the leader and founder of 2b Limitless. For the past 15 years he has tirelessly made it his mission to help individuals to succeed, to improve their quality of life and help define and achieve their goals.

Mick has worked with a vast array of amazing individuals and high profile regional and global organisations to help them employ proven tools and techniques to unlock their potential and empower them to define their true purpose.

The rituals of sustainable success are his focus. With his support, encouragement and guidance, his clients have expanded their self-awareness and leveraged their innate gifts and talents quickly, effectively and sustainably.

Mick works extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Asia giving individuals, leaders and organisations the tools they need to achieve clarity, direction and success.

Certificates/Qualifications:

  • Gallup Strengthfinders® Practitioner
  • Gallup High Performance Management
  • Gallup Strength Based Leadership Practitioner
  • Changewise Leadership Agility Licensed Practitioner
  • SEI – Emotional Intelligence Professional
  • SEI – Organisational Practitioner
  • SEI – Emotional Intelligence Assessor
  • Professional Coaching Certification (Mindbridge NLP Institute, North Carolina)
  • Bachelor of Psychology [1st Hons] (Central Queensland Uni. Australia)
  • Bachelor of Org Behaviour [1st Hons] (Central Queensland Uni. Australia)
  • ICF – International Coach Federation
  • Bates Executive Presence Practitioner BATES ExPP™

Awards:

Company

  • International Business Awards 2018 – Professional Coaching & Training Provider of the Year – 2018
  • Global 100 2018 Winner – Best Multi-Award Winning Professional Coaching & Training Organisation of the Year – UAE
  • ACQ5 Global Awards 2017 – UAE Strategic Business Development of the Year
  • AI 2017 Global Excellence Awards – Most Trusted for Coaching, Training & Leadership Development – Middle East

Personal

  • Corporate Excellence Awards 2018 – Most Influential Executive Coach of the Year 2018
  • International Advisory Experts Award – 2017 Executive Coach the Year – UAE
  • AI 2016 Executive Coach of the Year

About Us:

2bLimitless is a global coaching and training company with offices in Dubai, Phuket and Brisbane. Led by Mick Todd (Acquisition International UAE Executive Coach of the Year 2016) our team consists of exceptional coaches and trainers with both regional and global experience.

Rima Mrad

Rima Mrad is a Partner with the Corporate and M&A practice, based in our DIFC offices in Dubai. She is an experienced corporate and insurance lawyer who has practiced in the UAE for over eight years. Rima specializes in advising insurance companies, corporate organizations, financial institutions, energy companies and private equity funds on a wide range of legal issues including M&A transactions, due diligence, commercial agreements, commercial related disputes, IT-related transactions and various regulatory matters.

Rima has also advised and assisted international clients in developing their business throughout the GCC, particularly in relation to regulatory and compliance matters and provides employment advice to companies in relation to policies, structuring and breach of contract.

Firm Overview:

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP is a law firm originally founded in Dubai with the primary mission of delivering top-tier legal services based on our comprehensive knowledge of the local, national and international law.

Since our inception as a Dubai law firm in 2001, we have rapidly expanded to a leading full-service international law firm, with offices throughout the Middle East and France. Our lawyers are internationally educated and dual-qualified in both regional and international jurisdictions, having rights of audience in every country within which we operate. Our lawyers, advocates, and legal consultants come from a diverse range of backgrounds with the majority being bi-lingual in languages such as English, Arabic, and French.

Areas of Strength Include:

– Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
– Banking & Finance
– Commercial
– Construction
– Corporate and M&A
– Employment
– Energy
– Insurance and Reinsurance
– Intellectual Property
– Litigation
– Real Estate
– Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
– Tax and VAT

Our clients range from public and private sector companies, local businesses and multinationals from a variety of industries, government-owned entities, and other law firms. We regularly represent and collaborate with international law firms, assisting with the delivery of high-end legal services.

BSA is a law firm that truly reflects the energy and ambition of the Middle East.

Clotilde Iaia Polak

Clotilde Iaia Polak focuses on Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property Law and Real Estate Law. She is a corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in the fields of intellectual property as well as real estate, she is currently the Managing Partner of Yungo Legal overlooking all aspects of the firm and its international network.

Clotilde is an Italian qualified lawyer and has been practicing law in the United Arab Emirates since 2004. Before setting up Yungo, she worked as a Consultant at Taylor Wessing and, prior to that, she was a Partner at Eversheds KSLG (now Eversheds Sutherland) in Dubai.

Clotilde obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Law defending a multidisciplinary thesis on “The Producer’s Liability for damages created by GMO products” and a Master’s Degree in Corporate, Commercial and Banking Law in Arab Countries from the University of Bologna. Clotilde master’s thesis focused on “The Free Zones of the United Arab Emirates”. She regularly publishes articles on various matters on specialized legal publications and web-sites and is often invited to speak at conferences and workshops in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Firm Overview:

The firm was established by Clotilde’s great grandfather in 1895 in Italy. Based on Clotilde’s experience in the Middle East, the firm decided to expand internationally with the opening of two offices in the United Arab Emirates, one in Ras Al Khaimah with full legal license and an office in Dubai for para-legal and corporate secretarial services. Yungo is committed to provide its clients with bespoke world-class services, accountability and professionalism. Yungo understands its clients business challenges and has at heart its customer experience. Yungo believes that its success depends on creating a safe and trustworthy environment for its stakeholders, clients, employees and the communities where it operates. To achieve that, Yungo maintains high standards of ethics, professional values and risk management. Yungo actively sustains the financial empowerment of women and support women’ aspirations and ambitions by creating the best possible work environment and providing flexible career solutions and paths.

Yungo areas of expertise are Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Employment Law, Family Law, Inheritance Law, Intellectual Property Law and Procurement Law.

“Our expertise has been shaped by clients working in different industries: logistics and transport, technology, media and telecommunication, real estate, fashion, oil and gas, tourism, big events management and government authorities. Our Team speaks ten different languages: Arabic, Chinese (Hainan), English, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, and Sinhala.”

Clotilde Iaia Polak

Clotilde Iaia Polak focuses on Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property Law and Real Estate Law. She is a corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in the fields of intellectual property as well as real estate, she is currently the Managing Partner of Yungo Legal overlooking all aspects of the firm and its international network.

Clotilde is an Italian qualified lawyer and has been practicing law in the United Arab Emirates since 2004. Before setting up Yungo, she worked as a Consultant at Taylor Wessing and, prior to that, she was a Partner at Eversheds KSLG (now Eversheds Sutherland) in Dubai.

Clotilde obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Law defending a multidisciplinary thesis on “The Producer’s Liability for damages created by GMO products” and a Master’s Degree in Corporate, Commercial and Banking Law in Arab Countries from the University of Bologna. Clotilde master’s thesis focused on “The Free Zones of the United Arab Emirates”. She regularly publishes articles on various matters on specialized legal publications and web-sites and is often invited to speak at conferences and workshops in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Firm Overview:

The firm was established by Clotilde’s great grandfather in 1895 in Italy. Based on Clotilde’s experience in the Middle East, the firm decided to expand internationally with the opening of two offices in the United Arab Emirates, one in Ras Al Khaimah with full legal license and an office in Dubai for para-legal and corporate secretarial services. Yungo is committed to provide its clients with bespoke world-class services, accountability and professionalism. Yungo understands its clients business challenges and has at heart its customer experience. Yungo believes that its success depends on creating a safe and trustworthy environment for its stakeholders, clients, employees and the communities where it operates. To achieve that, Yungo maintains high standards of ethics, professional values and risk management. Yungo actively sustains the financial empowerment of women and support women’ aspirations and ambitions by creating the best possible work environment and providing flexible career solutions and paths.

Yungo areas of expertise are Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Employment Law, Family Law, Inheritance Law, Intellectual Property Law and Procurement Law.

“Our expertise has been shaped by clients working in different industries: logistics and transport, technology, media and telecommunication, real estate, fashion, oil and gas, tourism, big events management and government authorities. Our Team speaks ten different languages: Arabic, Chinese (Hainan), English, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, and Sinhala.”