Dr. iur. Michael Oberhuber, LL.M.

Michael Oberhuber is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Liechtenstein on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

A special focus of our work is put on issues of the capital market regarding public and private law. We advise and represent banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers in all aspects of their activities and in all corporate processes, in particular, in compliance matters and in matters relating to insider trading and the prevention of money laundering. This includes helping with the formation and obtaining the necessary licenses. We have in-depth experience in transactions involving investments in financial service companies.

Firm Overview:

Marxer & Partner – The Oldest and Largest Law Firm in the Principality of Liechtenstein

Founded in 1925, the law firm Marxer & Partner with thirteen partners, a permanent consultant, twelve legal staff, four of counsels and another approximately fifty professionals provides comprehensive legal advice and support in all areas of private law and public law, including tax and criminal law.

Shunsuke Aoki

Shunsuke Aoki is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Shunsuke directly using the contact details listed above.

Shunsuke has been engaged in a broad range of matters including equity and debt offerings in both domestic and international capital markets, FinTech matters, financial regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, capital and business alliances, and other general corporate matters.

Capitalising on his two-year stint with one of Japan’s leading securities houses, Shunsuke regularly advises on matters relating to offerings of traditional securities as well as financial instruments using innovative technologies such as blockchain, with recent particular focus on security token offerings (STOs).

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has one of the premier capital markets practices in Japan, encompassing all aspects of global and domestic debt and equity offerings by Japanese issuers and offerings into the Japanese market by international issuers. We also provide consultation, advice, and continuous disclosure services in relation to capital markets.

Firm Overview:

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a full-service law firm formed by the winning combination of three leading law firms in Japan: Anderson Mori, one of the largest international firms in Japan which was best known for serving overseas companies doing business in Japan since the early 1950s; Tomotsune & Kimura, particularly well-known for its expertise in international finance transactions; and Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa, a premier international insolvency/restructuring and crisis-management firm.

Our combined firm provides an extraordinarily powerful value proposition. Housing all of these synergistic practices under one roof, and further increasing our resource scale, we have the capability to: (1) serve a multinational client base, (2) on in-bound, out-bound and domestic projects, (3) by providing expert, timely and cost-efficient advice, (4) across a full range of legal issues, and (5) in the largest, most complex, cross-sector transactions.

We are proud of our long tradition of serving international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction, including those related to M&A, finance, capital markets and restructuring/insolvency, and litigation/arbitration. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together.

We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.

Valerie Ford Jacob

Valerie Ford Jacob is co-head of our global financial institutions sector group and co-head of our global capital markets practice. Valerie focuses on capital raising, including both debt and equity in the public and private markets, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She also counsels corporations and special committees on corporate governance, securities regulation and investigations.

Before joining Freshfields, Valerie was the Chairperson at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

She is a frequent contributor to legal and other periodicals on securities laws and financing topics. Valerie is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, IFLR, The Legal 500 United States and Best Lawyers.

Valerie co-led the Freshfields team that was honored as Transatlantic Private Equity Team of the Year by Legal Week and The American Lawyer for its cross-border work advising Formula One (F1) and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of F1 to Liberty Media. She was named to the Law Dragon 500 Hall of Fame in 2017. She was also honored as a Woman Worth Watching in the 2016 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal and the 2017 Expert Guide to Women in Business Law, a peer-ranked list of female experts in various divisions of business law.

Described by clients as “a legend in the business,” Valerie was named Finance Lawyer of the Year at Chambers USA’s 2012 Women in Law Awards.

She also is a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders. IFLR 1000 recently named Valerie a Leading Lawyer.

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Dr. Najem Alzaid

Najem Alzaid has vast experience advising both private and public entities on capital markets, corporate law, regulations, legislation, and public policy.

Najem sits on the board of the National Centre for Privatization & PPP (representing the private sector) and the Saudi Electricity Company (representing the Public Investment Fund). He is also a member of the Tadawul regulatory policies and oversight committee.

Prior to joining Z.S&R, Najem served as a commissioner and board member of the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) for two and a half years following his appointment by a Royal Order.

As commissioner of the Capital Markets Authority, Najem chaired a number of committees including the steering committee for the Application of the New Companies Law; Chairmen (or equivalent) of Securities Authorities in the Gulf Cooperation Council Committee (2016); working group for the development of the Committee for the Resolution of Securities Disputes; and Working Group for the Classification of the Capital Market Law and its Implementing Regulations Violations.

Firm Overview:

Building a prosperous and sustainable economic future is a global priority. From increasing foreign direct investment to re-focusing international interests, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is an aspirational strategic plan to ensure the continued development of the country and the international community.

Working together with our associated office in Riyadh, ZS&R Law Firm, we are investing in the long-term through providing a robust and cohesive legal service to match the objectives of the Kingdom and our clients.

Providing you with a balanced team of national and international, multilingual lawyers, we are proud to be from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We have the right knowledge and experience to understand your commercial drivers. We will navigate Saudi laws and regulations, drive your cross-border transactions and cement strong foundations for growth.

Jan Bellens

As the EY Global Banking & Capital Markets Sector Leader, Jan Bellens counsels banks in defining their strategies and supports their implementation with investments, acquisitions and ambitious organic growth initiatives.

He has been supporting leading banks’ executive teams with their growth opportunities and multi-year business transformations for the last two decades. He has worked with clients in over 20 countries.

Before joining EY, Jan Bellens was in management consulting for 17 years. He has an MBA from INSEAD.

Our Purpose:

At EY, our purpose is Building a better working world. The insights and quality services we provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

In a world that’s changing faster than ever, our purpose acts as our ‘North Star’ guiding our more than 280,000 people — providing the context and meaning for the work we do every day. We help digital pioneers fight data piracy; guide governments through cash-flow crises; unlock new medical treatments with data analytics; and pursue high quality audits to build trust in financial markets and business. In other words, working with entrepreneurs, companies, and entire countries to solve their most pressing challenges.

Through our four integrated service lines — Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transaction Advisory Services — and our deep sector knowledge, we help our clients to capitalize on new opportunities and assess and manage risk to deliver responsible growth. Our high-performing, multidisciplinary teams help them fulfill regulatory requirements, keep investors informed and meet stakeholder needs.

We believe a better working world is one where economic growth is sustainable and inclusive. We work continuously to improve the quality of all of our services, investing in our people and innovation. And we’re proud to work with others – from our clients to wider stakeholders – to use our knowledge, skills and experience to help fulfill our purpose and create positive change.

John C. Kang

John C. Kang is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office. John represents private sector clients, including property developers, owners, and financial institutions. John’s practice involves a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including finance, leasing and purchase and sale transactions. With skills gained at prominent national and international law firms during the first ten years of his career, John has extensive experience in secured lending, project development, real estate joint venture and equity fund formation, and equity- and asset-based property acquisitions and dispositions. John’s experience also includes representing both landlords and tenants on a variety of leasing matters, including negotiating leases for office space, industrial warehouses, retail, medical office buildings and data centers, as well as build-to-suit construction leases and ground leases. John also represents lenders in the negotiation and documentation of loan sale transactions, deed in lieu transactions, forbearance transactions, and loan modifications.

After founding his own law firm after the first decade of practice, John’s practice has expanded to include capital markets, franchise, and corporate matters, such as private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

John’s goal is to provide legal services to clients that are efficient, comprehensive and well-analyzed to meet and exceed their expectations.

Firm Overview:

Gordinier Kang & Kim LLP (“GKK”) is a premier boutique business law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Our goal is to provide the highest caliber legal services in an efficient and comfortable boutique setting to provide better value for our clients. GKK has recruited top lawyers in their respective practices who were formerly partners and associates at international and national, highly respected law firms and/or as corporate counsel at large private companies.

At our firm, you get “big firm” talent and quality work product, coupled with the more personalized service and responsiveness of a smaller firm. We have the flexibility to efficiently handle matters of all sizes, and the business knowledge and trial experience to handle the most complex and important cases.

Our experience advising on legal issues affecting businesses of all shapes and sizes across a wide array of industries helps us provide a broader perspective on key decisions that matter to our clients. Whether you are an entrepreneur starting a new business, a real estate investor wanting responsive advice, a mid-sized company in the midst of contentious litigation or a public company with a shareholder dispute, we have a proactive and efficient approach to ensure your success.

In every matter we take in, we collaborate so each client gets the best thinking our entire firm has to offer. We assemble teams of the most skilled attorneys, at every level of experience, to develop a winning strategy.

We understand the financial pressures our clients face when they are seeking legal advice. Accordingly, we develop a fee structure with each client upfront, based on the demands of the particular case. This fee approach thoughtfully aligns us and our clients.