Umut Güneş

Born in 1973, Umut Güneş graduated from Ankara University Law Faculty in 1996. After completing his legal internship, he co-founded Güneş &Güneş Law Firm in Kemer/Turkey in 1999 together with his wife and colleague Ebru Güneş.

In his legal career exceeding 20 years, he handled cases in almost all legal specialties, though he mostly specialized in commercial law, criminal law, contract law, debt restructuring, construction and real estate law, administrative law, tourism law and litigation.

In 2018 he co-founded a second branch named Güneş&Çelebi Law Firm together with his colleague Barış Erkan Çelebi who specializes in maritime law, commercial law, transport law, contract law and insurance&reinsurance.

Throughout his career Umut Güneş has handled numerous high-profile cases that resonated with the members of Turkey’s legal community as well as the press. He successfully litigated against and on behalf of major corporations, hotel chains, banks, business tycoons, insurance companies and tourism firms.

Umut Güneş has also actively involved in politics. He ran several campaigns in Antalya and achieved various successes in his political life.

In addition to his legal and political careers, Umut Güneş has always pursued academics and is currently studying sociology as a second major.

Antoine Endtz

Antoine Endtz is the founder of Nextius Legal. With more than 30 years of law firm experience, Antoine has seen it all, without losing his passion. He is a modern attorney who remains dedicated to his clients on a daily basis. Antoine is an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial. The fact that Antoine likes to contribute to innovations in law practice is not only visible in his work as a lawyer, but also in his other activities. In addition to various advisory functions in the corporate world, Antoine has spent 8 years as chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Besides running Nextius Legal, Antoine is also the founder of Mendtz & Co. This foundation provides free of charge legal advice to charitable organisations. Antoine is for example actively involved with the work of the Free a Girl foundation, which is dedicated to freeing young girls from forced prostitution and prosecuting the offenders (https://www.freeagirl.nl/). Antoine was awarded in 2018 as Dutch Leading Corporate Law Adviser of the Year by Acquisition International as well as Best Corporate Lawyer (Netherlands) 2019 by International Advisory Experts.

Antoine Endtz follows his ideals, in his work and beyond.

Firm Overview:

Nextius Legal is an innovative Dutch law firm, founded by Antoine Endtz. Due to our extensive experience in law practice, we know, like no other, how to organise the legal business of our clients in a practical and efficient way. We aim to manage the legal concerns of our clients and to organise their legal affairs on a cost efficient basis. We call it Legal Management and with our proposition, we take a unique and innovative position in the Dutch legal landscape. Besides, we also specialise in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in litigation and conflict management. Our clients are mainly active in food, retail, ICT and industry.

Celina Ling Lee (李湘漪)

Celina worked as a staff of the Notary Office, assisting in drafting all types of notarized documents and accompany the registration procedures on real estate transactions, financing and mortgages, alterations of company’s shareholding and articles of association; and completed the traineeship of Lawyer in August 2014. She is a registered lawyer in Macau and Legal Advisor for various public institutions and  private companies in Macao SAR, especially involving in aviation, medicine, telecommunications, real-estate development, finance, innovative technology and other industries.

Professional Memberships:

Lawyer of Macau Lawyers Association

Cross-border Macau Lawyer recognized by the Justice Department of Guangdong

Member of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb)

Accredited Mediator of the World Trade Center Macau Arbitration Center

Practice Areas:

Commercial and Corporate, Contracts, Financing, Real Estate, Labor, Intellectual Property, litigation, Arbitration and Administrative Law

Languages:

Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Portuguese and English

Firm Overview:

Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados (Lektou) is a Macau SAR based law firm with more than 30 years’ experience of legal practice in Macau.  Services regularly provided by the firm include issuing legal opinions and advising on Macau Law, helping international companies to start their businesses in Macau and assisting in the reorganisation of economic groups with connections to Macau. As a general business law firm, all partners are involved in different areas of practice, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Banking and Insurance, Real Estate and Construction Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Administrative and Gaming, Labour, Tax, Intellectual Property.

In 2016, Lektou partnered with Zhong Yin Law Firm, in the People’s Republic of China, and Fongs, in Hong Kong, to establish a new office in Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, PRC – ZLF Law Firm.  This is the first law office that unites firms from the two Special Administrative Regions and Mainland China.  In 2017, Lektou established an office in Lisbon, Portugal, as a part of its internationalisation strategy to position itself as a legal player in the platform between the PRC and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The permanent update and specialization of our Lawyers, combined with the proven professional practice in the different areas of Law, allow us to offer a prompt, effective and efficient response to our Clients, from the intervention in negotiations, disputes and alternative dispute resolutions hearings to regular and continuous legal advice in the various aspects of Law. With more than 30 years of legal practice in Macau, the strong academic and professional background, the update and specialisation, together with the experience of the lawyers of Lektou, are the key to answering the increasing demands of the firm’s worldwide Clients and the guarantee of our services quality.

Paula Hsião Yun Ling (林笑雲)

Paula Ling is a Senior Partner of Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados (Lektou), where she has been since 1993, holding the same position for ZLF Law Office, a first partnership-like joint law firm in Hengqin, Guangdong Province, formed by law firms from Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. She is also a Private Notary and China Attesting Officer and a cross-border Macau Lawyer recognized by the Justice Department of Guangdong.

Paula is an appointed member of the National People’s Congress of People’s Republic of China since 2008. She is also a Member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the Macau S.A.R. since 1999, under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Paula is an Arbitrator for the Zhuhai Arbitration Committee, the Commission on International Commercial Arbitration of the South of China and of the Arbitration Center of the Macau World Trade Center.

Other activities include being a member of the Selection Committee of the Chief Executive of the Macau S.A.R., Vice-president of the Advisory Council on Legal Reform and a member of the Monitoring Committee on Discipline of the Macau Commission against Corruption.

Professional Memberships:

Lawyer of Macau Lawyers Association

Cross-border Macau Lawyer recognized by the Justice Department of Guangdong

Arbitrator of the World Trade Center Macau Arbitration Center, Zhuhai Arbitration Committee and the Commission on International Commercial Arbitration of the South of China

Other Professional and Institutional Activities:

Member of the National People’s Congress of People’s Republic of China since 2008

Member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the Macau S.A.R. since 1999, under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress

Former Member of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese People Political Consultative Conference

Former President of the Macau Lawyers Superior Council (2007 to 2009)

Former Member of the Macau Lawyers Association Directors Board

Former Member of the Preparatory Committee for the Macau Special Administrative Region

Former Member of the Scientific Council of the Law Faculty of University of Macau

Practice Areas:

Commercial and Corporate, Real Estate, Family, Labour, Intellectual Property law

Languages:

Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Portuguese and English

Firm Overview:

Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados (Lektou) is a Macau SAR based law firm with more than 30 years’ experience of legal practice in Macau.  Services regularly provided by the firm include issuing legal opinions and advising on Macau Law, helping international companies to start their businesses in Macau and assisting in the reorganisation of economic groups with connections to Macau. As a general business law firm, all partners are involved in different areas of practice, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Banking and Insurance, Real Estate and Construction Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Administrative and Gaming, Labour, Tax, Intellectual Property.

In 2016, Lektou partnered with Zhong Yin Law Firm, in the People’s Republic of China, and Fongs, in Hong Kong, to establish a new office in Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, PRC – ZLF Law Firm.  This is the first law office that unites firms from the two Special Administrative Regions and Mainland China.  In 2017, Lektou established an office in Lisbon, Portugal, as a part of its internationalisation strategy to position itself as a legal player in the platform between the PRC and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The permanent update and specialization of our Lawyers, combined with the proven professional practice in the different areas of Law, allow us to offer a prompt, effective and efficient response to our Clients, from the intervention in negotiations, disputes and alternative dispute resolutions hearings to regular and continuous legal advice in the various aspects of Law. With more than 30 years of legal practice in Macau, the strong academic and professional background, the update and specialisation, together with the experience of the lawyers of Lektou, are the key to answering the increasing demands of the firm’s worldwide Clients and the guarantee of our services quality.

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). It has experience in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, International Law Private, Aviation Law, Energy Law and Contract Law. Professor of Negotiable Instruments at the University of Rosario since 2009 up to now. Languages: English, French besides Spanish.

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.