Heather J. Oden

Heather Oden serves as Chief Operating Officer of Ball Janik LLP. Ms. Oden oversees firm operations and the day-to-day management of its offices. She is responsible for ensuring that the operations run smoothly for Ball Janik’s attorneys and staff. Ms. Oden’s leadership skills include employee engagement and accountability, finance, management, training, benefits administration, and streamlining operations to maximise efficiencies. She oversees the firm’s information technology, marketing, business development, accounting and finance, human resources, and facilities functions.

“Our employees are the foundation of our success. They are critical to delivering high-quality legal services, and ensuring that our clients’ needs are being met.”

Firm Overview:

Ball Janik LLP is defined by its people. We have a long tradition of hiring and retaining the most qualified candidates who share a passion for excellent work in service of clients. Dedicated attorneys, paralegals and staff work together to achieve the goals of our clients and the firm. We are always looking for enthusiastic, motivated, and talented individuals ready to advance our clients’ objectives and enhance our reputation as one of Oregon’s “Most Admired Professional Firms” (according to the Portland Business Journal’s survey results of CEOs throughout the region).

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson provides innovative solutions for complex legal problems in Barbados. If you require Shane’s services, please use the contact details which are listed above.

Experience:

Principle Attorney
Self employed (Capital Law Chambers)
March 2017 – Present

Attorney at Law
Holder & Co
June 2009 – March 2017 (7 years 10 months)

Education:

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Bachelor of Laws – LLB, Legal Studies, General
2004 – 2007

Queen’s College, Barbados
CAPE Spanish, Literature, History
1997 – 2004

About Barbados:

Barbados is a sovereign island country located in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is known around the world for having a strong educational system and a literacy rate near 100 percent, one of the top in the world. It is one of the leading tourist stops in the Caribbean and is one of the region’s most developed islands, so it is no wonder that this is the island of choice for those looking to pursue legal training who want to enjoy the island lifestyle.

The legal system in Barbados follows the British common law legal system. It has a Supreme Court of Judicature as its highest court, and under the Supreme Courts sit magistrate courts. The courts ensure due process is followed in criminal proceedings and help enforce civil rights for the people of Barbados.

Dr. Connell Wise

Dr. Connell Wise is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council, National Association of Executive Coaching, and the American Association of Business Consultants. Throughout the past decade, he has served in various positions in both government and management.

A lifelong learner, he holds three degrees and is also currently working on his Executive MBA at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He is also currently pursuing a PSYD in Industrial-Organisational Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a focus on Coaching and Consulting.

Firm Overview:

Connell Wise & Associates, LLC, based in Washington D.C., is a boutique advisory firm that focuses on international Equitable Economic Development, Business, Industrial Organisational and Public Affairs. The company works with government and commercial clients around the world to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Connell Wise, to initially help Youth & under-represented business owners and entrepreneurs start profitable and fully licensed businesses in the District of Columbia.

CW&A provides a wide range of full services to our clients including but not limited to: business technical assistance, referral services, entrepreneurship training, access to capital, bookkeeping, policy research, information technology (IT) services, and government relations. CW&A strives to offer diverse services that help grow our clients’ wealth and assets personally and business-wise.

Andria Andreou

Andria Andreou is our exclusively recommended Business Services expert in Cyprus on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Andria directly using the contact details listed above.

Andria is a partner in our Cyprus office. She is a UK qualified and registered lawyer with many years experience gained both in London as well as Cyprus law firms. She was admitted to the Law Society of England & Wales in 1990 and the Cyprus Bar Association in 2005. Except for her specialised knowledge in corporate and commercial law, she is well versed in establishing and supporting tax planning structures, providing proactive added value directorship, management and corporate trust services for all types of cross-border corporate vehicles, structured finance vehicles, and corporate holding structures on behalf of institutional and private clients. Andria has held a number of leadership positions during the last few years in Cyprus including head of the corporate team at a top five law firm and most recently as chief executive officer of an international corporate services provider. She is well known and recognised for her analytical, pragmatic and solution driven approach.

Firm Overview:

Athos Group is a highly regarded provider of trust and corporate services, specialising in multi-jurisdictional tax planning, asset protection and tax-efficient exit structures for private clients, entrepreneurs and family owned businesses.

The firm is an international trust boutique with offices in key locations worldwide, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Malta, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Estonia, United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

The partners and senior staff of the Athos Group consist of highly experienced tax advisors, lawyers and accountants with a broad knowledge of international tax planning, asset protection structures and the fiduciary services industry. By co-designing and implementing effective and creative solutions, Athos Group attracts clients who are accustomed to Expect Success.

Serge Yablonsky

French CPA and statutory auditor, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, Serge founded the audit firm Moorestephens Syc in 1987 after a 9 years period with PWC.

Serge is presently partner at Syc Consultants. He focuses mainly on specific audit and corporate change projects.

Serge is president of honor of the French audit and IT counsulting association (AFAI), the ISACA French chapter. He leads finance and IT workshops at the Chartered accountants French chapter, Academy of the financial and accounting sciences and techniques, or AFAI. Workshop subjects are governance of corporations, personal data governance, governance of outsourced services or VDD.

Practice:

An experienced team with detailed knowledge of organizations, business processes, financial information and information technologies. Responsive people led by a true team spirit with a real commitment to improve your performance. The knowledge of SYC Consultants is nowadays recognized by many customers from different business sectors such as:

– Industry (manufacturing, energy, fashion, etc)
– Trade and retailing (farm-produce, IT, etc)
– Health (pharmaceutical research, hospitals, etc)
– Banking
– Leasing
– Insurance
– IT and Telecom
– Financial investors
– Service providers
– Non profit organizations
– Start-ups

Based on our extensive experience in small and middle-sized companies as well as in listed companies, and on our multiple fields of expertise we aim at:

– being a key actor in the development and in the performance of companies.
– guaranteing the compliance with the principles of corporate governance and with regulations.
– ensuring the quality of financial information.
– helping and comforting Corporate Officers through the decision making process.

Andrew To

Andrew K. H. To, AICPA, CGMA graduated with bachelor and master degree. He began his career at Value Plus+ since 2009. Mr. To quickly rose in the firm to the status of Chief Executive Officer. It was there he met Billy Cheung and the two soon decided to strike out on their own. Mr. To specializes in accounting and tax planning, as well as consulting for strategic business development and management.

Credentials:

Certified Public Accountant (Washington State Board of Accountancy)
Accredited in Business Valuation (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
Chartered Global Management Accountant (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
Certified Fraud Examiner (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners)
Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors)
International Affiliate (Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants)

Practice:

Value Plus CPA helps businesses achieve their financial goals through skilled and mindful accounting and tax planning. While global economic landscape has changed dramatically, our dedication to providing integrated professional public accounting, tax and business knowledge to small and medium-sized enterprises, their owners, key management and investors have remained the cornerstone of our practice.

Today, we’ve expanded our practice to include focused service teams to better serve our clients, while retaining the personal service, responsiveness and timeliness that are our hallmark. So whether you’re a family-owned business, a start-up, a charitable organization or a multinational consumer products company, Value Plus CPA has a professional that knows the challenges you face, your economic and regulatory landscape, and that is equipped to provide you and your business with the knowledge and business solutions that will help you achieve your financial goals.