Manuela António

Manuela António is a well-known lawyer and private notary in Macau and the founding partner of the firm. Involved in every instance of all cases, she is the heart and soul of the firm since it opened in 1986.

Highly regarded for her consistent legal knowledge as well as pragmatic approach, Manuela has been involved in the major legal challenges that have been taking place in Macau, such as the public tender for the gaming concessions (acting for a tenderer) in 2002 and the listing abroad of several companies with subsidiaries operating in Macau.

Having a comprehensive insight of the law in Macau, Manuela is also particularly praised for her legal knowledge on Real Estate and Construction, Banking & Finance and Public and Administrative Law. She is also a very able litigator and supervises directly all cases related to dispute resolution, being often commended for her practical and balanced solutions.

More than benefiting from Manuela’s legal skills, clients also tend to compliment her business savvy and unique perspective of the Region and its culture. In fact, her experience in Macau dates back to 1982, after being invited to act as legal advisor at the Macau Finance Department and later as Chief of the Taxation and Excise Services of Macau. Around that time she was also appointed Magistrate of the Tax Enforcement Court and member of the Supervisory Board of the Monetary Institute of Macau (presently, Monetary Authority of Macao) by the Macau Government.

Before that, besides practicing as lawyer (having joined the Portuguese Bar in 1975) and acting as arbitrator in several arbitrations, Manuela’s experience is centered at the Ministry of Finance of Portugal, as legal advisor, assistant, and later chief of staff for the Minister. She also represented the Portuguese Government in several international negotiations for external financing arrangements for the public sector. Manuela also gained exposure to the private sector by being appointed member of the Supervisory Board of TAP Air Portugal and legal consultant of major Portuguese jointly-owned companies (by the Government and private individuals), such as the largest highway concessionaire in Portugal and banks. She was also Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon.

Professional Qualifications:

– Registered Lawyer with the Portuguese Bar Association
– Registered Lawyer with the Macau Lawyers’ Association (since its foundation in 1991)
– Founding member of the Macau Corporate Governance Institute (MCGI)

Academic Qualifications:

– Course for Private Notaries, Macau SAR (1991)
– Postgraduate studies in Economical Sciences, Law School, University of Lisbon, Portugal (1979)
– Law Degree (LLB), Law School, University of Coimbra, Portugal (1973)

Professional Experience:

– 1991 to date: Private Notary, Macau SAR
– 1986 to date: Lawyer (founding partner), Manuela António – Lawyers and Notaries, Macau SAR
– 1984 to 1986: Chief of the Taxation and Excise Services, Macau SAR
– 1982 to 1986: Member of the Supervisory Board of the Monetary Institute (presently, Monetary Authority of Macao), Macau SAR
– 1982 to 1986: Magistrate of the Tax Enforcement Court, Macau SAR
– 1982 to 1984: Legal advisor at the Macau Finance Department, Macau SAR
– 1978 to 1982: Assistant Professor at the Law School of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
– 1980 to 1982: Lawyer and consultant of Banco Borges & Irmão, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1978 to 1982: Lawyer and consultant of Brisa Auto-Estradas de Portugal S.A., Lisbon, Portugal
– 1981 to 1982: Legal advisor of the Secretary of State of the Treasury, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1979: Advisor to the Secretary of State of the Treasury, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1977 to 1982: Representative of the Ministry of Finance at several international negotiations for external financing agreements in favour of the Portuguese Government and state-owned companies with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Investment Bank, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1977 to 1978: Chief of staff of the Finance Minister, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1976: Advisor to the Finance Minister, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1976: Scholarship from the Agency for International Development, having completed an internship in the USA on the methods of preparation and negotiation of international financing agreements, USA
– 1975 to 1978: Representative of the Portuguese Government, as a member of the governing bodies, in several public companies and Government jointly owned companies, such as in the Supervisory Board of TAP Air Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
– 1974 to 1982: Legal advisor of the Public Finance Department of the Ministry of Finance, Lisbon, Portugal

Publications:

“O Sector Empresarial do Estado em Portugal e nos Países da C.E.E.” (“The Public Companies in Portugal and in the E.E.C. countries”) – Co-author of the book, jointly published by the Portuguese Center of Studies for Public and Social Economics and the Government Press Services

Firm Overview:

Large enough to handle complex cases, yet being able to maintain a close personal relationship with its clients, the firm is well suited to provide legal services of any kind as well as to represent both local and foreign individuals and corporations.

A large portion of our clients are companies based in other jurisdictions. We work on a day-to-day basis with companies and individuals based in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, the U.S.A., Great Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, among many others.

Our goal is to provide legal services of the highest quality in a timely and efficient manner, always keeping in mind the actual needs of our clients. The firm is known for adopting an efficient and pragmatic approach, in order to give a technically accurate and swift response to its clients.

Nikos Papachristopoulos

Nikos Papachristopoulos joined the Firm in 1995 and is Joint Head of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A Groups. He is a recognised expert in primary listings and secondary offerings of securities and acquisitions and takeovers of listed companies.

He has been heavily involved in numerous privatizations of State-owned companies and the recapitalization of the Greek systemic banks since 2012.

Nikos has vast experience advising on the structuring and financing of mergers and acquisitions, including take-over bids, corporate reorganisations and restructurings.

Recognitions:

– Top Tier recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Europe Guide 2018
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2018
– Top Tier rankings in The IFLR 1000 2018
– Top Tier recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2017
– Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe Guide 2017
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2017
– Top Tier Rankings in The IFLR 1000 2017
– Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe Guide 2016
– Top Tier recognition in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2016
– Top Tier Rankings in The IFLR 1000 2016

A History Of Excellence:

Bernitsas Law was founded in 1946 by Marinos Bernitsas and over the years, under the leadership of Panayotis Bernitsas, became a frontrunner in the Greek legal market. Its history of involvement in major events which shaped Greece’s legal and regulatory framework have cemented the Firm’s prominence. These include the accession of Greece to the European Community, the liberalization of the main industries, privatization of the major State-owned operators, establishment of global brands in Greece and foreign direct investment in the banking, capital markets, project finance and real estate sectors. We continue to be at the forefront of shaping of Greece’s legislative and regulatory framework.

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya

Inara V. Blagopoluchnaya focuses on corporate finance transactions, including debt and equity offerings, and M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. She also has practiced law in Skadden’s New York office, advising U.S. companies and other clients on a number of financings and investments.

Ms. Blagopoluchnaya’s experience includes advising:

– JSC Gazprom in its listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange effected by the introduction of up to 4 billion global depositary shares, representing up to 8 billion ordinary shares of JSC Gazprom. This was the first listing “by introduction” of depositary receipts on the Singapore Exchange and the first listing by a Russian company on the Singapore Stock Exchange;

– Endo International plc in connection with its US$8.1 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc., which included the related acquisition financing, including a US$2.3 billion offering of ordinary shares, and a US$1.64 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S high-yield offering of 6% senior notes;

– the joint bookrunning managers in the initial public offering of Class A ordinary shares and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of Luxoft Holding, Inc., a provider of software development services and information technology solutions in Russia;

– SIBUR, the largest integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company in Russia/CIS/CEE, in connection with its debut five-year US$1 billion 3.914% Rule 144A/Reg S bond issue listed on the regulated market of the Irish Stock Exchange;

– the lead managers in an offering of senior unsecured notes in three tranches by VimpelCom Ltd.: US$600 million of 5.2% senior unsecured notes due 2019, US$1 billion of 5.95% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and RUB12 billion of 9% senior unsecured notes due 2018;

– Tele2 Russia in its merger with the mobile operations unit of Rostelecom OAO. This deal received the M&A Deal of the Year award from Mergers.ru in 2014;

– VimpelCom Limited in its US$30 billion exchange offer for OJSC VimpelCom and its business combination with CJSC Kiyvstar G.S.M., a Ukrainian telecommunications company; and

– Renault in its US$1 billion strategic acquisition of a 25 percent plus one share share stake in the leading Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ.

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Ms. Blagopoluchnaya worked for another major U.S. law firm.

Education:

– Law Degree, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2005

Admissions:

– Russian Federation

Languages:

– Russian
– English

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Nicolas Richard

Nicolas Richard is a Managing Partner at Juristconsult Chambers. Prior to joining Juristconsult Chambers, Nicolas was an associate / director of the local office of an international law firm for 4–years. He also worked as Legal Affairs Manager at Ireland Blyth Limited, one of the largest conglomerate in Mauritius where he was involved in a number of important projects including the financing and construction of the island’s largest dockyard, the launch of the first private airline of the country (including financing and leasing of related aircrafts) and several cross-border financing transactions using Mauritius special purposes vehicles.

Nicolas’ practice covers all aspects of corporate and commercial law with particular focus on banking and finance, aircraft and shipping financing. Nicolas advises leading international banks and multinational companies on financing / investment structures and collaterals involving Mauritius vehicles.

He has been involved in several high profile transactions including the first ever listing of a Mauritius company on NASDAQ and the operating lease of 4 Airbus A330-200 aircraft delivered to a major African airline.

Nicolas was sworn in as an Attorney at law in February 2005 after ranking 1st at the Attorney’s examination organised by the Mauritius Council of Legal Education in 2003. He has been named as a Rising Star in the 2013 IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial law firms.

Education:

– Professional Course for Prospective Attorneys. Council of Legal Education, Mauritius
– D.E.S.S. Transports maritimes et aériens, Université d’Aix en Provence, France
– Maîtrise en droit privé, Université  de la Réunion, France
– Licence en droit privé, Université  de la Réunion, France

Areas Of Expertise:

– Banking and Finance
– Corporate and Commercial
– Aircraft & Shipping
– Capital Markets

Positions & Recognitions:

Nicolas ranked 1st at the Attorneys examination organised by the Mauritius Council of Legal Education in 2003.

Nicolas was named as a Rising Star in the 2013 IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial law firms.

Memberships:

– Mauritius Law Society
– International Bar Association
– Mauritius Institute of Directors

Law Firm Overview:

Juristconsult Chambers is a leading law firm in Mauritius and the region. For over twenty four years, our local and international clients, whether individuals or corporate, have entrusted us with their legal challenges. We also advise clients who wish to invest in Mauritius or in the Global Business sector. To meet these challenges we combine intellectual rigour, extensive industry insight, hands-on regulatory experience and high performance to provide them with legal solutions – more importantly, to help them adapt to the challenging legal and regulatory environments in which they operate and to succeed.

Our members come from various legal backgrounds, having been educated and professionally trained both in Mauritius and in other jurisdictions such as France and the United Kingdom. They are all well versed in the Mauritian legal and business environment and most of them practise at the Mauritian Bar. All the work entrusted to the firm can be made alternately in French and English, which are the working languages of the firm and we all speak Creole.

Cristián Novales Schlesinger

As part of his professional experience, he has attended and represented international and local clients in their investment activities. He has advised on complex financial structures, including the review of financial schemes through capital markets. He has worked in the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts for infrastructure projects under schemes “turnkey”. He also participated in the creation of methodology for effective legal management of EPC (“Engineering, Procurement and Construction”), which has allowed projects to be developed in time, at the lowest possible cost, and in compliance levels performance offered by the contractors. He has worked in the leadership and direction of greater due diligence to project feasibility assessments. He has also provided advice for the prevention of conflicts, multimillion legal disputes related to the sector of infrastructure and logistics, and in the direction and coordination of a litigation team in driving several thousand lawsuits.

Cristián Novales is Advocate and Notary graduated Magna Cum Laude from the  Francisco Marroquín University, and has three master’s degrees: one in Banking and Financial Regulation, Boston University (USA), another in Business Law and Management, Francisco Marroquín University and an additional in Finance from the School of Business at the  Francisco Marroquín University.

National Coverage:

In Novales Abogados, we have legal and administrative coverage in 47 municipalities of the Guatemalan territory, allowing us to be present throughout the region to meet timely all the needs of our customers. In Central America we have presence in El Salvador.

Hannes Arnold

Hannes Arnold is a Senior Partner at Gasser Partner Rechtsanwälte.

Gasser Partner is an independent full service law firm in Liechtenstein. Being one of the leading law firms reaching from the beautiful and small country of Liechtenstein to international clients, the firm advises and represents national and international clients in all legal fields, in particular corporate and commercial law, banking law and dispute resolution cases and white collar crime. The expertise is built upon long-standing experience with fiduciary transactions (foundations, establishments, trusts, securing of assets) and legal representation of international clients in all legal fields. With offices and representations in Vaduz, Zurich and Vienna, the law firm has a big footprint in the region and excellent global links and regularly collaborates with other international law firms.

Education:

University of Innsbruck, Mag.  iur. (2000)
University of Innsbruck, Dr.  iur. (2003)
M.B.L.-HSG, University St. Gallen (2004)

Memberships:

Liechtenstein Bar Association
AIJA Association International des Jeunes Avocats
ELS European Law Society
Member of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association

Languages:

German, English

Hannes Arnoldʼs Publications:

Hannes Arnold, Pia Summer, Christina Preiner 2018
Getting the Deal Through – Private Banking & Wealth Management 2018