Masato Suzuki

Masato Suzuki is a Partner at Inaba and Partners.

Inaba and Partners was established with the aim of providing high-quality legal services tailored to client needs through the flexible handling of professional lawyers. In order to achieve such goal, our firm, while taking advantage of our expertise, strives not to be arbitrary, but to provide the legal services required in a timely manner based on the needs of clients. Lawyers who belong to our firm work together to achieve this by sharing the same philosophy.

Harry Chawla

Mr. Harry Chawla has extensive experience in the areas of Banking & Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Real Estate. Harry has advised clients in the banking and financial services sector, real estate sector, hospitality, health care, automobile, aviation, telecom, IT, ITES, consumer goods etc.

He has advised and represented clients on issues pertaining to corporate finance, both domestic and cross border, debt restructuring and refinancing, securitization, acquisition finance, structured finance, bonds and similar instruments. He has acted for both lenders and borrowers and been involved in complex transactions involving multiple lenders across jurisdictions.

Harry has extensive experience in the real estate sector, and represents some of the largest players in the Indian real estate market, including several Indian companies as well as foreign investors. He has also assisted Government of India and a few State Government(s) in the drafting of legislations in this sector.

Harry also has wide experience in general corporate and commercial laws. He has worked closely with a large number of international and domestic corporations with respect to their business in India and outside India, in the areas of general commercial advice, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, fund raising and commercial contracts, etc.

He has also participated in business strategy evolution and formulation process with several clients, vis-à-vis their new ventures and business initiatives and has advised in establishing, operationalization and implementation of the business strategies of the clients. He has also advised several clients on strategizing in dispute resolution, negotiation and settlement etc.

Harry has been ranked for his work in Corporate M&A by Asia Law Leading Lawyers in 2018. He has also been ranked in IBLJ’s A-list of Top 100 lawyers in 2016-17.

Harry is also a guest faculty at the IIM Lucknow and conducts interactive sessions with the students on a regular basis. He is also a regular contributor to numerous publications including inter alia PLI handbook on Doing Business in India and co-author of the International Joint Venture Law – an authoritative insider’s perspective on joint venture transactions.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, 1987
  • Bachelor of Law, 1990

Awards and Recognition

  • Atlas Law Partners is also an Exclusive Expert for the Banking & Finance and Real Estate practices with the Advisory Excellence Network – 2019, and Harry Chawla is listed as a recognized Partner.
  • Awarded the Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in India – 2019 by Global Law Experts
  • Harry Chawla, Co-Founder and Senior Partner at the Firm was ranked for his work in Corporate M&A by Asia Law Leading Lawyers in 2018
  • Harry Chawla ranked in India Business Law Journal’s A-list of Top 100 lawyers in 2016-17
  • Atlas Law Partners is also an Exclusive India Expert for Banking & Finance with the IR Global Network and Harry Chawla is listed as a recognized practitioner.

Admissions

  • Admitted to the Bar in 1990

Memberships

  • Delhi Bar Council
  • Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • New York Bar Association

Contact Details

  • 250, 3rd Floor, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi – 110 020, India
  • Tel: +91-11-4054 2305; +91-9811320461
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Atlas Law Partners

Atlas Law Partners is a boutique corporate and transactional advisory law firm, with expertise in corporate commercial laws, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, banking & finance, private client practice matters, regulatory matters, antitrust/competition laws and dispute resolution. The Firm is head quartered in New Delhi and has a pan India practice.

The Firm was established in November 2016. The Attorneys at Atlas Law Partners comprise of legal practitioners with varied experience across diverse practice areas and expertise across multiple industries, including banking & financial services, real estate, e-commerce, oil and gas, hospitality, health care, media, technology & entertainment, retail trade, education, steel and power, shipping, aviation, infrastructure, projects and more.

The Attorneys at the Firm have worked with leading Indian and multinational corporations, financial institutions, start-ups, small and medium sized businesses and governments/government corporations in India and abroad.

Some of the key practice areas of the Firm are General Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy, Antitrust / Competition Laws, Labour & Employment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insolvency & Bankruptcy and Private Client & Family Office.

In just two years of its establishment, the Firm has received several awards and accolades. Atlas Law Partners has been awarded Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in India – 2019 by Global Law Experts. It has been named as the Rising Star of India’s legal profession, by India Business Law Journal for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018, and featured as the Rising Star by Practise League in 2018. The firm’s Senior Partners’ – Mr. Harry Chawla and Ms. Niti Paul, have been ranked and recommended for their work by various reputed platforms.

Khaled Abou El Houda

Khaled Abou El Houda has been registered with the Senegalese Bar Association since 1999. He is an Honorary Member of the Senegal Mining Chamber, the General Secretary of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (ICM) Senegal, and the General Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Senegal.

Houda holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Aix-Marseille University (France) and a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance Business Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). As a mediator and conciliator in OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) law, he is a chartered arbitrator at the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the Center of Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation (CAMC) in Dakar, Senegal. Houda is also a member of the African Business Law Firms Association (ABLFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Houda is an outstanding practitioner in business law and has developed proven strengths and qualifications in banking, restructuration, major infrastructure financing, and energy projects. He has been involved in the establishment of numerous mining, oil, and gas projects in Senegal and the sub region. He also co-authored the book “The Register of Trade OHADA” and “Retour sur l”Exequatur des Sentences CIRDI.” Additionally, he is involved in the drafting of the book “Doing Business” published annually by the World Bank. Most recently, Houda was the contributing editor of the Senegal country chapter for the 2017 African Law and Business Special Report on Investment in Africa.

Due to his linguistic (fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Wolof) and multicultural aptitudes, Houda has worked with clients from Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Togo), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands), North America (United States, Canada), Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, China), and Australia.

Due to his strengths and qualifications, Houda has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Global Chambers & Partners, and the International Financial Law Review.

Firm Overview:

Houda Law Firm is a full-service Senegalese law firm based in the capital Dakar that specializes in all forms of corporate and general business, intellectual property, international trade, investment fund, and banking and financial service practice law. The firm is well known for its work with mergers and acquisitions and project finance in several key sectors such as banking, industry, new technologies, mining, energy, oil, gas, and infrastructure. Founded in 1977 by Mohamed Salim Kanjo, the firm has extensive experience in establishing foreign companies in Senegal and the sub-region and providing counsel, legal advice and assistance, and litigation representation in court.

The firm assists clients such as private companies, public entities, and individuals with all of their legal needs in Senegal and WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) member states. It also represents local and foreign clients that include international institutions, multinational corporations or their subsidiaries, investment funds, credit brokers, and commercial companies.

The firm regularly works with high-profile international law firms. Such entities frequently appoint the firm to provide general overview reports and opinions about Senegalese law for international investors in private equity and derivatives finance.

Under the leadership of attorney-at-law and current managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda, the firm assigns and entrusts every case to a dedicated and competent team in order to ensure excellence and client satisfaction.

Today, Houda Law Firm is ranked as a leading firm for general business law by Chambers and Partners Global 2018, recognized as a mining expert by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and rated as a financial and corporate recommended firm by the 2018 International Finance Law Review.

The Firm is an Exclusive contributor of « Doing Business in Senegal » in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA and featured in Hogan Lovell’s African Law and Business 2018 special report on investment in Africa based on its competence in providing legal support and counsel in litigation in Senegal and throughout WAEMU.

The firm has opened a second office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which will make it the very first foreign law firm from the WAEMU region established in the country.

Alberto Campo Caballero

Alberto Campo is a co-founder and managing partner of Evergreen Legal and is the partner responsible for our areas of commercial-financial (banking & finance) and restructuring and insolvency (restructuring & insolvency).

He has 16 years of experience in financing operations and debt restructuring, including among his clients the main financial entities that operate in Spain as well as institutional investors and large corporate clients from diverse sectors, both Spanish and foreign.

During all the years since 2011, Alberto’s career has been distinguished by Best Lawyers® in the practices of Projects, Public Finance and Banking & Finance, including the honor of being distinguished as “2014 Best Lawyer of the Year” in Spain for the practice of Projects, and as “2015 Best Lawyer of the Year” for the practice of Public Finance

Specialties

Alberto develops his practice in all types of financing operations, especially with an international component, advising both companies and financiers in operations of:

– Real estate finance, in particular of shopping centers, hotels and logistics centers.

– project financing, in particular energy and infrastructure projects.

– corporate financing and acquisitions (corporate finance).

– asset financing.

– asset securitizations.

– OTC financial derivatives.

In recent years, in addition to his advice on origination operations, Alberto has advised Sareb, financial institutions and institutional investors in debt refinancing and restructuring operations, as well as in distressed investment strategies (eg purchase of NPLs and financing lines). in pre-insolvency and insolvency offices of accredited companies).

During all the years since 2011, Alberto’s career has been distinguished by Best Lawyers® in the practices of Projects, Public Finance and Banking & Finance, including the honor of being distinguished as “2014 Best Lawyer of the Year” in Spain for the practice of Projects, and as “2015 Best Lawyer of the Year” for the practice of Public Finance.

Latest Projects

– Advice to MásMóvil Ibercom in the different acquisition financing operations (leveraged finance) of 100% of the share capital of Yoigo (fourth mobile telecommunications operator in Spain), and of the Pepephone group (largest independent virtual mobile operator or MVNO in the market) Spanish, only behind Grupo MásMóvil), including the subscription of a syndicated loan with national and international financial institutions of reference and the issuance of a convertible bond with one of the largest private equity funds in the US (since June 2016).

– Advice to Sareb in the sale of several portfolios of NPLs and PLs granted to important companies in the real estate sector (Project Vega – December 2015, Proyect Dreamland – January 2015, and Proyect Olivia – December 2014), as well as in the purchase and sale of individual loans.

– Advice to several Spanish and foreign sponsors in the refinancing of syndicated bank debt granted for the construction and operation of a 20 MW photovoltaic park (December 2015).

– Advice to Hayfin Capital Management in several debt restructuring operations with real estate developers (May-July 2015).

– Advice to Sareb on the debt restructuring of Riofisa Este (Grupo Asentia) (June 2015).

– Advice to PIMCO Europe Ltd in the purchase of a portfolio of NPLs, both with mortgage (secured) and unsecured (May 2015).

Previous Experience

– Hernández-Echevarría Abogados (HEYD), responsible partner of banking & finance (2014-2015).

– Deloitte Abogados, director in the Financial Services Group (FSI) and head of the banking & finance team (2013).

– Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira (2000-2012), member of the Pro International Advocacy Program (PPAI), senior associate and team leader of the financial department since 2011, including secondments in the following offices:

– Sidley Austin, LLP, on the International Finance Group team (London, 2007).

– Machado, Meyer, Sendacz and Opice, in the banking law team (Sao Paulo, 2002).

– Clifford Chance, lawyer in practices (trainee), department of Banking & Finance (Madrid, 1999).

Training and Languages

– Master of Laws (M.) in Securities & Financial Regulation, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, 2004.

– Licensed in Admon. and Business Administration, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE E-3, Madrid, 2000.

– Law degree, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE E-3, Madrid, 1999.

Languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Sahe Da Silva

Sahe Da Silva acts for financial institutions, the Government of Timor-Leste, State owned corporations, foreign governments, Timorese and international NGOs and Timorese and international investors on a wide range of matters including banking and finance law, commercial contracts, corporate law, land and property law, labour law and the sovereign wealth fund.

Prior to founding Da Silva Teixeira & Associados, Sahe was a corporate, banking and finance lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia’s leading law firms. At Corrs Sahe advised major banks, non bank financial institutions and private sector borrowers across a variety of finance transactions including acquisition financing, property development financing, syndicated lending, corporate restructuring and securitisation.

Sahe holds a Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sahe speaks English, Tetum, Portuguese and Spanish.

Firm Overview:

Da Silva Teixeira & Associados is a leading Timorese law firm based in Dili, Timor-Leste.

The firm advises international investors, start ups, established operators, government authorities and non governmental organisations by combining the top tier legal excellence of its lawyers with its extensive knowledge of the unique economic, political, historical and cultural factors that shape Timor-Leste.

The lawyers which form part of the Da Silva Teixeira & Associados team are multi-lingual and have obtained legal experience both in Timor-Leste and internationally in leading law firms operating throughout the Asia Pacific Region, allowing the team to deliver high quality legal services to clients.

With its team of Australian trained and qualified Timorese lawyers who have extensive experience working with overseas corporations and in-house legal teams on Timorese legal issues, Da Silva Teixeira & Associados has established itself as the go to firm for Australian, South East Asian and Pacific based clients operating in Timor-Leste.

Angela Itzikowitz

Professor Angela Itzikowitz is an executive in ENSafrica’s banking and finance department. She specialises in banking and financial market regulation, including finance and regulatory reform, card and related electronic payment instruments, derivatives, loan agreements, collective investment schemes, insurance, money laundering and debt origination and securitisation.

She has done a significant amount of work in South African Development Community (“SADC”) countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Zambia including regulatory law reform through capacity building projects. More recently, she drafted and advised on the Finance and Development Protocol for SADC in her capacity as a senior legal expert. She has also advised the World Bank on deposit insurance and bank insolvencies.

Angela has participated in a number of financial market initiatives in Asia in collaboration with colleagues from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and India. She also acts for a number of European banks, asset managers and investment advisors.

In addition, she has been recognised as a leading Fintech lawyer, advising banks and start ups and has authored the South African chapter in a number of international publications on the subject.  

Angela is a professor in banking and financial markets law at the University of the Witwatersrand and she teaches at Queen Mary College, the University of London, on legal aspects of international finance. She is the author of the Law of South Africa Banking and Financial Markets, has co-authored a number of books and has published numerous articles in local and foreign journals.

She is a member of the Board of International Scholars, London Institute of Banking and Finance, and is a Professorial Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong. She is also a visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Peking University, and is the recipient of a number of international fellowships and awards and sits on a number of advisory committees and company boards.

Angela is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

·         Chambers Global Guide 2018, 2017 – Banking and Finance: Regulatory; 2015 – Banking and Finance (South Africa)

·         Who’s Who 2018 – Banking, FinTech (South Africa)

·         Best Lawyers® 2018, 2017, 2016 – Banking and Finance (South Africa)

Angela has been described by Who’s Who Legal 2018 as ”among the very elite of practitioners in our research thanks to her ‘great regulatory mind’. She is a client favourite thanks to her ability to ‘provide practical solutions that are legally sound’’’.

Angela is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German and speaks South Sotho and Mandarin.

ENSAFRICA’S BANKING AND FINANCE PRACTICE:

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department of over 40 practitioners differentiates itself through high levels of specialisation across the full spectrum of banking and finance work, including financial services regulation, leveraged finance, asset finance, debt finance and trade finance.

The key to the Banking and Finance Department’s success is its large number of senior practitioners who are each dedicated to, and have deep expertise in, specific areas of banking and finance. In addition, the team has competence in English law, with qualified English law practitioners at executive level, as well as practitioners who are qualified to practise French law.

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department works closely with the firm’s other market-leading departments and business areas, including tax, corporate commercial, insolvency and debt recovery, and employment.

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across-region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The firm also has a dedicated Asia practice group.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Key types of work

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department has significant experience in all areas of banking and finance, including:

  • asset finance, including aircraft finance
  • collective investment schemes and private instrument funds
  • debt capital markets
  • derivatives, swaps, repurchase transactions and securities lending
  • distressed debt and workouts
  • financial products and asset management
  • financial services regulation
  • general debt
  • hybrid debt
  • insurance, including export credits
  • Islamic finance
  • leveraged finance and private equity
  • pension funds
  • property finance
  • securitisations
  • structuring and financing of BEE transactions
  • structured finance
  • trade and commodity finance

ENSAFRICA FIRM PROFILE:

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, a dedicated Asia practice group, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including

Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.