Mandisa Regrello

Mandisa Regrello was admitted to practice in 2003 and began her legal career in the Firm’s Litigation Department in that same year. She acted as instructing attorney and as advocate in various matters, including debt collection, mortgagee actions, insurance subrogation claims, securities regulation and enforcement proceedings such as bankruptcy.

Upon her return from securing a Masters Degree in Law (commercial designation) from Cambridge University in 2008, Mandisa joined the Firm’s Corporate/Commercial Department and became a Partner in 2011. Mandisa now focuses on Banking and Finance and her primary clients are domestic and international financial institutions, lenders and other significant investors.

She regularly acts for borrowers and lenders in preparing documentation and advising on matters involving debt restructuring, new financings, syndicated loans, bond and equity financing and other associated regulatory issues arising from such transactions. She also advises on events of default, crystallization and enforcement, creditor priorities and on the regulations relating to the securities, financial and insurance industries.

Mandisa is able to combine her initial practical experience in litigation with the business knowledge obtained in her Masters Degree (which involved courses on International Commercial Litigation, the Law of International Disputes, Commercial Equity and International Banking and Financial Law) to provide her clients with well-rounded and insightful advice.

Admissions:

  • Trinidad and Tobago – 2003

Education:

  • University of West Indies – LL.B.
  • Hugh Wooding Law School – LEC
  • Cambridge University – LL.M.

Professional Memberships:

  • Trinidad and Tobago Law Association

Firm Overview:

The Firm is one of the oldest and largest commercial law firms in Trinidad and Tobago and traces its origins to the practice of Oliver Fitzwilliam who first started practicing in 1912 after a gift of $5000 was bestowed upon him by his great uncle, Jules Larry.

Oliver Fitzwilliam was later joined by Stanley Stone in 1919 after the end of World War I and this two man operation began carrying on their practice as “Solicitors and Conveyancers” under the name “Oliver Fitzwilliam & Co”. Their practice was one of the first firms in Trinidad and Tobago to formally register its business name in 1923 (its business name certificate is numbered forty four), pursuant to the passage into law of the then Registration of Business Ordinance in that same year.

Oliver Fitzwilliam & Co. was later succeeded by “Fitzwilliam, Stone & Alcazar” which, in 1979, was then renamed “Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan”. The Firm has steadily grown both in size and expertise over the course of its existence and today enjoys a well-established and enviable reputation in the legal profession.

The Firm has a large client base which includes numerous international corporations and financial institutions, as well as domestic clientele across multiple sectors. It is a full service commercial firm with expert capabilities in all major commercial areas of practice and is broadly organized into five practice areas, these being, Commercial, Real Estate and Land Development, Advocacy and Litigation, Intellectual Property and Estates and Trusts.

The Firm’s departments and internal administration is generally overseen by its Managing Partner, which position is currently held by Kurt Miller, with each department having a further specific Partner head.

The Commercial Department is also headed up by Kurt Miller and perhaps covers the widest range of practice areas. It has extensive resource centres in banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, downstream industries, foreign investment, non-contentious tax, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment and labour, marine and other general commercial areas of law.

Tara Allum heads up the Real Estate and Land Development Department which addresses a variety of real property matters ranging from traditional conveyancing and trustee work to complex property development, finance and condominium schemes.

The Advocacy, Litigation and ADR Department, which is supervised by Mark Morgan, encompasses all types of commercial matters, from significant money claims, personal injury and fatal accident insurance claims to complex commercial disputes (including contentious tax, employment and admiralty matters) before the courts, specialist tribunals, arbitrators and mediators for international and domestic clients.

Olive Ramchand heads the Intellectual Property Department which advises on all areas of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, industrial designs, geographical indications and copyright.

Our Estates and Trust Department, also led by Olive Ramchand, advises generally on estate planning, trusts, applications for grants of representation and the administration of estates.

The Firm’s deep commercial know-how and commitment to quality service has led to its being consistently listed in Band 1 of “Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” since 2003.

Over the years, the Firm’s clients have consistently commended the quality of its legal services and client reviews published in Chambers Global praise the Firm for its “highly commercial approach”, “extremely efficient advice”, its “promptness of response, thoroughness and attention to detail, legal acumen and good business sense” as well as its “unparalleled expertise in navigating clients through complex business issues in Trinidad”.

Clients have also cited the Firm as being a “local powerhouse” that is “the go-to firm for clients in the energy sector and has excellent experience in upstream and downstream mandates” and also as having “outstanding finance and commercial practices with expertise in large-scale projects”. The 2017 edition of Chambers Global notes the Firm as “a stellar law firm” and a leader in commercial and corporate law. It cited the Firm especially for its prowess in financing arrangements and syndicated loan deals.

Yalí Molina Palacios

Yalí Molina Palacios is a Partner at CENTRAL LAW in Nicaragua with a JD from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) as a Doctor of Law in 1969.

Molina counsels both local and foreign companies. He stands out in the areas of Corporate Law, Commerce, Real Estate, Energy, Telecommunications, Insurance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Public Acquisition Offers, Free Trade Zones, Tax Law, Labor Law, Administrative Rights, Civil Procedural Law, and Civil, Administrative, and Labor Litigation.

In the past, he served at the President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua during two consecutive periods, and he is present in the rankings of legal directories like Chambers and Partners as a leader in his fields.

Your International Central American Firm:

We are a full service law firm born in 2003 which under the premise “Your international Central American firm” is focused in the future of Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic advising individuals and companies in the development of their business in the region.

Our MISSION is to provide our clients with comprehensive legal advice in all areas of law through our team of expert lawyers and administrative staff which are committed with the firm´s values.

Our VISION is to be a strategic ally of our clients.

Our VALUES: ethics, commitment, specialization, team work and social responsibility.

We provide comprehensive legal advice in Guatemala (City of Guatemala), El Salvador (San Salvador), Honduras (Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula), Nicaragua (Managua), Costa Rica (San José), Panama (City of Panama) and Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo).

Prominent international directories such as Best Lawyers, IFLR 1000, Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer 250, Legal 500 and Who´s Who Legal among others, recognize the legal services provided by CENTRAL LAW through our team of expert lawyers in all areas of law positioning us in the first places of the rankings and being the Central American firm with more accolades in corporate law.

Our Firm Is Proud To Celebrate 15 Years:

– 15 years supporting our clients in their business development.
– 15 years with the same partnership.
– 15 years of experience, efficiency and effectiveness.

Thanks for being with us!

Rita Taliba

– Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – PUC-SP (1988)
– Mestre em Direito das Relações de Consumo pela PUC/SP (2002)
– Membro Efetivo da Comissão de Direito Aeronáutico da OAB/SP

Languages:

– English
– Spanish

Aviation Law Practice:

– Full legal advice service to the aviation segment including airlines, airports, aircraft owners, ground handling companies and other participants of air transportation supply chain;
– Drafting and review of contracts regarding passenger and cargo air transport, airport concession, aircraft and aeronautics suppliers, ground handling, aircraft leasing and finance, and all other related contracts;
– Civil litigation (airlines, private owners aircraft owners and manufacturers’ civil liability);
– Legal advice for schedule and non-schedule airlines constitution;
– Legal representation for foreign companies to operate in Brazil;
– Advising companies on regulatory issues to obtain authorizations and approvals from national agencies;
– Representation of companies before Civil Air National Aviation – ANAC, INFRAERO, Civil Aviation Secretary ??’ SAC, and others government institutions and regulatory agencies;
– Legal support for companies in full integration with consumer, labor, tax and infrastructure departments.

Stelios Stylianou

Stelios Stylianou, senior partner of Stylianou & Stylianou, has been practising aviation law for the past 43 years. His firm has acted for major airlines and aviation insurers in all fields of aviation including, but not limited to, air accidents, passenger and cargo claims, litigation of aviation disputes and settlement negotiations.

Among other matters, the firm has been involved in litigation and settlement negotiations in respect of claims arising from: the Swissair accident at Athens airport (1979); the EgyptAir aircraft hijacking on a flight from Athens (1985); the Olympic Airways accident at Samos Island (1989); the Greek Dassault Falcon 900 accident near Bucharest (1999); the EKAB/Helitalia helicopter accidents (2001 and 2002); the fatal air accident of Helios B737-300 near Athens (14 August 2005); the fatal accident of a Greek Army Chinook helicopter (11 September 2004); the crash of an Olympic Aviation Schweizer helicopter near Athens (22 April 2008); the crash of a Bell 206B helicopter in the area of Crete Island (5 August 2010), the crash of an Apache military helicopter near Athens (30 July 2010); the Tatarstan Airlines accident of B737-53A in Kazan, Russia (17 November 2013); and the fatal accident to military NATO F-16 aircraft in Albacete, Spain (26 January 2015).

Stelios Stylianou has been a member of the Bar Association of Piraeus since 1972 and is admitted before all courts of Greece, including the Greek Supreme Court (Areopagus) and the Council of State (the supreme administrative court of Greece).

The firm’s aviation law team comprises Dina Dousca-Stylianou, Mara Stylianou, Ariana Stylianou and Petros Blessios.

Stylianou & Stylianou have legal correspondents in all major Greek cities and in the Republic of Cyprus. They are also liaising with several well-known aviation law firms worldwide.

Tonio Fenech LL.M (Lond), LLD

Tonio’s areas of legal practice and study have evolved in line with the development and diversification of the Maltese economy since the early 1990’s, encompassing such areas as corporate commercial law, corporate finance, investment funds and the financial services industry. His central areas of professional interest and specialization, however, are subjects which he also regularly teaches at the University of Malta, being various aspects of aviation law, maritime law and fiduciary relationships, including trusts and foundations.

Tonio is moreover among the few individuals who pioneered a more effective organization for legal services in Malta in the 1990’s, and after developing the infrastructure in what is now one of the larger practices in Malta, he established Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal in January 2009, together with Dr. Christian Farrugia and tax expert Dr. Antoine Fiott (now a consultant with the firm, following retirement).

FFF Legal is a full service firm that has adopted resource access methods that allow it to take on large transnational matters and issues. The firm is principally active in the corporate commercial, asset finance and financial services fields, besides particular niche industries such as the aviation and maritime industries, the investment and pension funds industry, remote gaming and pharmaceuticals. The firm also includes particular expertise in the private clients area, encompassing residence and immigration issues, estate planning, trusts and foundation design, etc.

The firm is also very active in the field of real estate development law, and has a wide ranging commercial and civil litigation department.

FFF Legal forms part of A|R|Q Group, a multi-disciplinary consulting group developed as a joint venture initiative with the Maltese mid-tier audit and accounting firm Capstone Group. A|R|Q Group is a specialist provider of trust & corporate services, as well as management, accounting and infrastructural support services. It represents a truly integrated, seamless approach in which clients’ best interests are kept at heart in a collaborative and professional manner.

Maritime & Aviation Law Practice:

The Maltese Islands have become a hub for the maritime and shipping industry, due in part to its strategic location between Europe and North Africa, as well as its favourable business environment and a range of incentives for ship owners, financiers and other shipping service providers. Malta’s harbours have historically offered a sheltered and secure berthing location in close proximity to some of the world’s busiest trade routes, furthermore,  the Maltese flag has become the largest registry in Europe and one of the most respected in the world.

The countries success as an international maritime centre has been recently complemented by the growth of the aviation field, with Malta being one of the first EU countries to ratify the Cape Town Convention which allows for the registration of assets on the international register. This combined with Malta’s flexible taxation framework and corporate legal systems mean that increasing numbers of air transport operations have chosen to base themselves here.

Malta has also proven to be an attractive jurisdiction for the operation of MRO facilities for the aviation industry and perhaps the most well-known of these is Lufthansa Technic Malta Limited who established themselves here several years ago with the assistance of our lawyers.

Whether you are looking to register a super-yacht, finance a new fleet aircraft, find out more about the nuances of Maltese maritime law or you have questions about the yacht and aircraft leasing scheme- please contact Dr Tonio Fenech to find out more.

Dr Behrooz Akhlaghi

Associate Prof., Faculty of Law, University of Tehran 1970 to 2006, International Law Office 1979 to date.

Services:

Extensive experience in Commercial Affairs and International Trade Law, International Commercial Contracts, Financing, Foreign Investment, Joint Venture Agreements, Oil & Gas, Mining and Telecommunication Projects.

Author:

“Commercial Law: Negotiable Instruments- Commercial Contracts”, International Trade Law, Air Law, Published by the Faculty of Law, University of Tehran, 1989. Doing Business with Iran, Contribution relating to the Iranian Legal System and Intellectual Property Law; Consultant Editor: Philip Dew, Middle East Series
Editor: Anthony Shoult
Various Articles published in the different Iranian and foreign law Journals.

Translator:

Schmitthoff’s Export Trade:” The Law & Practice of International Trade”, By Clive M. Schmitthoff, Stevens & Sons, London 2000, with the cooperation of some law students;
Principles of International Commercial Contracts; Institut International pour l’ Unification du Droit Privé(Unidroit – Rome) with the cooperation of Mr. Farhad Emam;
European Union Law, Nutshells by Mike Cuthbert Sweet & Maxwell, London 2000 with the cooperation of Dr. Parviz Parvizian and Dr. Vahid Eshtiagh.

Practice:

The International Law Office (ILO) renders legal services in the areas of international trade law, foreign investment, banking, finance, corporations, taxation, intellectual property, telecommunication, arbitration and litigation. Our strong litigation team is well-versed in disputes on debt collection, contracts of employment, international trade, shareholder agreements, business restructuring and other commercial cases.

ILO presently employs fifteen lawyers and two paralegals, most of whom have an excellent command of the English language and have obtained law degrees from top universities in Iran and overseas. Dr. Behrooz Akhlaghi, the founder of the firm received his LL.B. from Law Faculty of Tehran University, Iran, and PhD from Aix-en-Provence Aix- Marseilles University, France. He has also followed some specialized courses in International Trade Law in Oxford Law Faculty in United Kingdom. He taught business law, international trade law, air law and other relevant subjects at the Law Faculty of Tehran University and other universities and is an attorney-at-law and having certificate from Iranian Central Bar Association. He has 35 years of experience in corporate law, international trade law and commercial affairs.