Alfonso Venegas Medina

Attorney Universidad del Rosario. Specialist in Business Law from the Universidad de los Andes. Latin American Law Institute. Tulane University Law School. 2002. It is currently pursuing Masters in Commercial Law International’s National University of Distance Education of Spain (UNED) and University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) since September 2009. It has experience in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, International Law Private, Aviation Law, Energy Law and Contract Law. Professor of the Chair of Securities at the University of Rosario from 2009. Languages: English and French.

Firm Overview:

We are a boutique law firm with modern and traditional focus that dedicates to render legal advice in the area of Corporate and Business Area in Colombia. To develop this activity, we seek being jurists and not simply lawyers to go in depth in the study of statutes that are applicable in each case.

Our professional practice focus on having a personalized treatment to our clients base on an broad experience, creativity and resourcefulness to the solutions required by our clients in the matters entrusted.

We have a team of qualified professionals that transmits highly specialized knowledge to solve their matters so that we can become a strategic ally.

Liliane Mubanga

Liliane Mubanga has a Degree in Law, with a specialisation in Private and Judicial Law from the University of Lubumbashi.

Career History:

  • Senior Executive of Thambwe-Mwamba & Associés.
  • Member of the International Criminal Bar.
  • Member of the Bar Council of Kinshasa/Gombe from 2011 to 2015.
  • Lawyer at the Bar of Kinshasa/Gombe (1998 to Present).

Has had training in: OHADA; Hydrocarbons; Public Procurement; and Insurance, among others.

Commercial Law Practice:

Commercial law disputes deal primarily with contract and/or tort laws. It involves issues that arise in the course of running a business at any stage of the commercial cycle.

Such disputes are brought before courts for legal restitution when other methods of resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, have failed to provide a solution acceptable to all interested parties.

Why is commercial law important?

Commerce is at the core of a democratic society and, in order to be strong economically, it must be attractive to businesses.

One way of doing this is to have a strong set of laws and regulations protecting businesses that enter into agreements with others and providing resolutions when things don’t go to plan. Commercial law provides that platform.

Most commercial disputes are heard in Commercial Court or in county business courts when the dispute relates to that particular jurisdiction.

They can also be brought before the Queen’s Bench or Chancery divisions of the High Court, or the Technology & Construction Court (TCC).

Break it down for me a little bit!

A commercial lawyer’s work begins with obtaining necessary instructions and supporting information and documents from the clients. The case is reviewed thoroughly and the important facts and data are picked out.

Lawyers then research case law and former precedents, prepare pleadings and arguments, and attend regular briefing sessions with clients.

They will arrange for settlement where viable, and present motions and arguments before courts if the case proceeds into litigation.

Understanding a client’s needs is an important quality for those involved in commercial law. Other skills and talents required are: negotiation, commercial awareness and time and people management.

Commercial lawyers need to keep up to speed with the current business and commercial climate, changes and amendments in legislation, and regulations in all jurisdictions that are involved.

Commercial lawyers are normally required to have: a top-class degree, experience of participation in extra-curricular activities whilst at school or university, experience in debating, public speaking and moot court trials.

Work experience in a non-legal commercial sector will be an added advantage.

Devendra P.N. Pradhan

Devendra P.N. Pradhan is the founder and managing partner of the firm. Devendra has more than 27 years’ seasoned experience in commercial and international matter. Devendra has been honoured by the Supreme Court of Nepal with the designation and title of “Senior Advocate”. Devendra also worked with various law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. In addition to Nepal, Devendra is also admitted as an attorney-at-law in New York, District of Columbia and various Federal Courts in the United States of America.

Devendra focuses his practice on advising and representing foreign companies primarily in the area of aviation, banking and finance, commercial, energy, hydroelectricity, infrastructure project development, telecommunications, technology, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, intellectual property, international franchising, commercial arbitration, cross-border and international transactions, etc.

Devendra has worked in various innovative, high-profile and high-value projects in various areas of commercial law, such as, aviation, banking and finance, hydroelectricity and infrastructure project development, telecommunications, mergers & acquisitions which are among the largest and high-profile projects in the country. Devendra has been advising foreign governments, supranational bodies, bilateral agencies, Fortune 500 multinational companies, international organizations, financial institutions, international agencies, etc.

Devendra has been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia, Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guides, Lawyers World Magazine, ACQ Magazine, InterContinental Finance Magazine, etc. Who’s Who Legal has recognized him amongst the world’s leading lawyers in aviation, M&A, project finance and trademark field for the last several years. Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides has recognized him amongst the world’s pre-eminent lawyers in aviation, M&A and trademark field. InterContinental Finance Magazine has recognized him as- One of the top 500 Lawyers in the World.

Devendra regularly contributes scholarly articles on various topics of Nepalese commercial laws and on key issues of international laws in various national publications as well as in international law journals and international publications.

Devendra is a member of various national and international professional associations.

Education:

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., USA, LL.M. in International Business Law, 2001
  • Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Bachelor’s Degree in Law, 1990

Professional Training:

  • Centre for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, U.S.A, “Academy of American and International Law”, 1999
  • The University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law, Brisbane, Australia, “Training Courses on Project Finance, Construction Law, and International Trade and Finance Law”, 1998

Bar Admission:

  • Nepal, 1991
  • New York, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2009
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2008
  • United States Court of International Trade, 2003
  • United States Tax Court, 2003

Firm Overview:

Pradhan & Associates (formerly Pradhan, Ghimire & Associates) is a top-tier full service commercial law firm in Nepal. Founded in 1997 by Senior Advocate, Devendra P.N. Pradhan as a sole proprietorship firm and later converted into a limited liability company, in its 20-year journey, the firm stands out from the crowd and is widely recognized as Nepal’s premier commercial law firm. The firm is well known for its expertise in commercial transactional work as well as in complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

We do not strive to be the largest law firm measured by number of lawyers. Rather, we are a Firm predominantly engaged in international practice. The Firm has set the standard for excellence in legal services in Nepal. The Firm is committed to excellence in every aspect of commercial law that we practice. The Firm has been involved in some of the most high-profile and ground breaking transactions in Nepal and continues to be a part of major headline transactions in the field of commercial law. We have a large array of collective expertise in handling sophisticated transactions.

We offer professional services primarily to foreign companies and international institutions as well as individual clients. Our objective is to provide comprehensive legal services to foreign companies and business entities in the area of commercial and business laws in Nepal. We advise on the matters arising under Nepalese laws and regulations as well as on international matters that touch and interact with Nepalese laws and regulations.

We pride in our capability in advising the world’s leading companies. The firm has been advising foreign governments, supranational bodies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, Fortune 500 companies, etc. The firm has strong ties and working relationship with many foreign law firms and frequently acts as a local counsel for major large international law firms.

The firm has earned several international awards and honours in the area of commercial law, such as: Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year in Nepal, Law Firm of the Year in Nepal, Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Nepal for several years in a row and numerous practice area awards for its outstanding works. Major international legal directories have ranked the firm as the top ranked law firm in Nepal and members of the firm amongst the leading lawyers in Nepal as well as amongst the world’s pre-eminent lawyers in various areas of practice.

Hekuran Haxhimusa

Cognitive and perennial practitioner of the Commercial Law, particularly for the corporations. An analyst of misleading and evasive deviations that occurred and occur in international trade, including the measures of the European Union in the field of prevention of smuggling, informal economy and corruption. He worked successfully several years as a Senior Representative of the Kosova Customs in the cases of representation before all Courts in Kosova, whether Criminal or Civil, concerning commercial disputes estimated in several millions Euro. Due to his managing skills, he has offered specific solutions to the Department of Human Resources and Legal Department in Kosova Customs.

Mr. Haxhimusa has successfully represented before the Courts and other competent authorities some well-known corporations, in the protection of the rights deriving from industrial property and has provided acceptable legislative options, considering that this area is not sufficiently examined and practiced in the Kosovar circumstances. As the legal representative of some of the known local corporations, has arrived to successfully affirm the European business standards which promote the full freedom of business out of the state paternalism and has in continuation attacked the trends of the customs bureaucracy, inherited from the previous system for “gripping” the private business and putting barriers to the development of free trade under the Market Laws. He has successfully defended the interests of some corporations with a rich background in the field of prevention of tax evasion, for what possesses affinity and deep knowledge, in view of the fact that his expertise has been many times required and welcomed by special Governmental Agencies. With his emphasized sense and affinity, he focused the essential issues of Commercial Law in cases where the rights of importers are infringed, without any vacillation to address them to the Supreme Court.

Firm Overview:

SCLR Partners is a law firm specialized in Commercial Law, Customs Law in particular for the functioning of customs procedures with economic impact, Intellectual Property Law, Bank issues, etc. Three of the four partners of the firm, were senior officials of the Kosova Customs and due to their professional expertise, they have been continually engaged by business and governmental associations and from different companies that develop activities of foreign trade. Besides local companies, its clients are also international companies conducting business activities in Kosova, especially those which before the access to investments are interested for the legal infrastructure, climate and business conditions as well as other circumstances affecting the development of a stable business.

SCLR Partners was founded in 2007 by Hekuran Haxhimusa, Mr.sc, Master of Legal Sciences promoted at the University of Prishtina. Initially acted as an independent advocacy, wheres in 2008 the Company has joined two current partners and in 2011 another one, each of them with specific affinities for certain commercial areas. At the same time, the firm engages in its business other partners among its group of experts from the energetics, industrial, telecommunications, construction, etc., both within Kosova and the countries of the region, including Tirana, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica and Skopje. Its correspondence with clients our firm conducts in English, Albanian and Serbian-Crotian.

On the basis of individual expertise and competence, with the ambition to interweaving the experiences gained and the average new age of the team, with the contemporary European orientation and approach towards the development of commercial law, SCLR Partners intends to acquire the full confidence of actual and future clients and with the level of offered services to be identified as a serious and irreplaceable partner of corporates which aim the Kosovar market.

Prem Lata Narayan

Prem Lata Narayan is a Civil and Commercial Practitioner for over 20 years and counting. She excels in high strategic planning and offers the finest solution to all your legal worries.

Background:

I graduated from the Victoria University of Wellington in 1996. I was admitted on the 7 February at the High Court of New Zealand and subsequently on 4th July at the High Court of Fiji

Almost everything we do is affected by the Law – purchasing a car, driving a vehicle, purchasing a house, getting divorced, preparing a will. Therefore good lawyers is retained.

I set up my office on the 28 February 2002 which is in the heart of Suva City.

My vision was to be a Techno Savvy Law Firm that was branded for its confidence and finesse

Every relationship is based on trust. Without trust, the relationship cannot develop. The relationship between the solicitor and the client is one of Trust.

What is disclosed to the solicitor is protected by solicitor-client privilege and remains confidential for time indefinite-that is until the solicitor is no longer living. It is Important that you know that the information that you disclose is confidential and remains so for the rest of my life.

The role of the Advocate is to protect the interest of the client within the confines of the law. It is important that you are aware of the issues that would arise and be able to form a strategy to deal with them now rather than later – being prepared in advance is half the battle won and litigation is a costly battle.

Gold is a currency and we all know how expensive gold is. A good architect designs your house once for no one likes an architect who keeps changing the plan it is a costly exercise. Competent legal advice is important and invaluable as it keeps all life simple and stress free. I ensure that you are aware of the costs likely to incur and be prepared to budget for your legal expenses.

Simeon A. Moses

Simeon A. Moses is an astute and accomplished lawyer with a vast amount of experience which he has acquired over the years. He has represented clients in various courts and his analytic approach to matters has garnered him the respect of his peers. He has significant experience in the resolution of complex commercial and business disputes and is well versed in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Practice Areas:

– Taxation
– Corporate Commercial Law
– Real Estate

About Us:

Johnson Bryant is a full service Commercial Law firm with a tradition for excellence in the perfection of its client’s instructions. Our client base is exceptionally diverse due to our extraordinary capacity to tailor work to meet specific client needs.

The firm places emphasis on understanding clients’ objectives, challenges, priorities and requirements to meet their needs in the most pragmatic and cost effective way.

Our commitment to providing and maintaining the highest levels of client service and quality legal counsel is reinforced by continuous and dynamic measures to support and boost the valued relationship.

The firm is managed by a team of legal practitioners who pool together their expertise and resources to achieve Clients’ desired objectives.