Mohamed ZAANOUNI

Memberships: Member of the Tunisian Bar Association and MERITAS. Experience: Attorney at the Tunisian Court of Cassation. Author: “Foreign Investments in Tunisia “, “Settlement of Conflicts in case of Multiple Assignment of Receivables”. Practice Areas: Business Law, Company Law, Insurance Law, Maritime Law, Arbitration, Merger & Acquisitions. Languages: Arabic, French, English and Italian.

Firm Overview:

Zaanouni Law Firm is established in 1970 by Taoufik Zaanouni. It has evolved to become one of the leading commercial law firms in Tunisia.

This law firm has acted in most important part of commercial, property, touristic, industrial financial and shipping transactions for over its 30 years of professional activity, establishing important international relations and acquiring an unparalleled investment expertise both in relation to Tunisian clients in the international market as well as to foreign clients in Tunisia.

The firm also represents many national and multinational corporations in business sectors such as tourism, manufacturing, shipping, air transportation and services.

The law firm has played an important part in the founding and growth of several major Tunisian companies and has also played an active role in assisting foreign investors in their ventures with Tunisian partners.

Ryan John Wrobel

Our Managing Partner Ryan John Wrobel was born in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. Spending his formative years in Western New York, Mr. Wrobel often travelled over the international border to nearby Ontario, Canada and took an early interest in International travel, culture and affairs.

After completing high school, he began the pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Pre-Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). During his time in University, Mr. Wrobel was nominated for the 1999 Robert H. Stern Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Political Science relating to a research paper he wrote entitled “Human Rights Conditions in Jamaica.”

Upon graduation from University, Mr. Wrobel immediately entered the Law School at SUNY-Buffalo where he concentrated on international law. He enriched his law school experience by taking part in two international study abroad programs during the summers, first in Barbados with the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, and later at University College London in the United Kingdom.

While at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados, our Managing Partner was introduced to foreign investment and international financial services law in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The introduction to West Indian culture proved to have a lasting effect on Mr. Wrobel and from that point forward he became interested in the opportunity to someday live and practice in the region.

Rather than immediately entering the practice of law upon graduation from law school, Mr. Wrobel instead decided to continue his legal education at an institution that he had been introduced to earlier, University College London. The pursuit of a Masters of Laws at UCL was an enriching experience for him. He not only was able to gain knowledge of the law from an English perspective at a distinguished institution with graduates such as Mahatma Gandhi, but he was also able to interact with colleagues from around the world. Spending over a year in educationally and culturally enhancing environment of cosmopolitan London, Mr. Wrobel was also availed the opportunity visit numerous countries in Continental Europe. The time in London solidified Mr. Wrobel’s resolve to pursue a career outside of his birth nation and persevere to follow the path to achieve his global goals and interests. During his time at University College London, he was a recipient of the UCL Faculty’s Bentham Award for exceptionally well qualified overseas graduates, and also had an article on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute published in the American Bar Association’s International Law News journal.

After returning to the United States with a Master’s Degree in Law from UCL, Mr. Wrobel sat for and passed the New York State Bar Exam and was called to the New York State Bar in 2004. He started his career as a sole practitioner in Buffalo, New York. In order to serve his clients, Mr. Wrobel was called to the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, both for the Western District of New York State. Although the practice of law in New York proved to be a good experience, it did not satisfy Mr. Wrobel’s desire to work within the realm of international law, thus in 2005 he made the decision to migrate to Belize. Belize is a country that he had visited numerous times since 1999 and had a great interest and involvement in since 1996.

Upon moving to Belize, our Managing Partner enrolled in the Belize Tourism Board’s Tour Guide Training Course in order to learn more about his new home. Mr. Wrobel also began consulting for the Big Four professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche Belize in Belize City, where he began to manage Deloitte’s Corporate & Legal Department. Over the years Mr. Wrobel has gained a wealth of experience relating to the legal system in Belize, with a special focus on real estate transactions and company law. He has travelled throughout the nation and has developed a strong bond with its culture, people and way of life. Mr. Wrobel sits on the Board of Trustees of the Scouts Endowment Fund, a trust fund which raises money to support the Scout Association of Belize and was elected as the Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce of Belize (AMCHAM-Belize). He is also a member of the Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize (AREBB), Belize International Financial Services Association (BISFA), and the Belize Museum of History. Mr. Wrobel is also a Welfare Committee Member of the Royal British Legion – Belize Branch. Recently Mr. Wrobel was also elected as Director and Committee Member of the Belize Rifle Club. He was appointed as a Notary Public in New York State in 2004, as well as being appointed by the Attorney General of Belize as a Justice of the Peace in 2008.

In order to further his dream to practice law and further his career in Belize, Mr. Wrobel entered Norman Manley Law School’s Six Month Programme in Kingston, Jamaica. The time spent at Norman Manley Law School was extremely beneficial to him, as he was not only able to learn more about the practise of law in the Commonwealth Caribbean, but also able to establish solid contacts with legal practitioners from across the region. Ryan J. Wrobel was called to the Belize Bar in September 2009 and opened the law firm of Wrobel & Co., as well as the corporate service firm of British Honduras Professionals Ltd. shortly thereafter. He was subsequently called to the Jamaican Bar in 2010 and admitted to the United States District Courts for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York in 2011.

Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law has quickly gained the trust and appreciation of numerous clients under the direction of Mr. Wrobel. The firm continues to provide services to an international client base from the main office in Belize City, as well as from affiliate offices in New York City and Kingston, Jamaica.

Firm Overview:

Wrobel & Co., Attorneys-at-Law, began more than a decade ago as a boutique law firm focusing on real estate and business law in Belize.

During the past 12 years, as we’ve responded to additional clients’ needs, our competent, established team has branched out into other legal services, which include international financial services, retirement services, and intellectual property law, among others. Please visit our Legal Services page to explore everything we offer.

As we’ve grown from a small customer-focused firm to a larger customer-focused firm with an international reach, our focus has never wavered. We’ve always aimed to make Belize home for our clients and their investments.

Our office in Belize City (and now in San Pedro) is part of the Belizean community. We are at home here, and we want to make you feel at home as well.

Wrobel & Co, Attorneys-at-Law, has quickly gained the trust and appreciation of numerous clients under the direction of Mr. Wrobel.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We’d love to learn more about you. Contact us today.

Pam Webster

The Honourable Pam Webster, Managing Partner, Leader of the Opposition in the Anguilla house of Assembly.

Born Anguilla, British West Indies. Admitted: 1986, Anguilla; 1992, British Virgin Islands; 1998, Grenada; 2000, St. Kitts-Nevis. Notary Public. Commissioner for Oaths.

Professional Education:

University of the West Indies (LL.B Hons., 1984); Norman Manley Law School (Legal Education Certificate, 1986); International Development Law Institute, Rome Italy, 1989; International Tax Academy, Holland, 1990.

Experience:

Crown Counsel, Government of Anguilla 1986-1987.

Memberships:

Anguilla Bar Association, Anguilla Financial Services Association (Chairman, Marketing Committee 1995-1996, President 2001- present), Anguilla Finance Limited (Chair); International Tax Planning Association, International Fiscal Association, International Bar Association, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Languages:

English and French.

Practice Areas:

Bankruptcy, Company Law, Construction Law, Government Relations, Real Estate and Property Insurance.

Firm History:

Pam Webster began practicing as a lawyer in 1986 as Crown Counsel for the Anguilla Government. Following a two year tour of office in the Attorney General’s chambers, she established the firm that subsequently became Webster Dyrud, when John Dyrud joined her in partnership, and which became Webster Dyrud Mitchell when the firm acquired Mitchell’s Chamber’s, on the elevation to the bench of now Lord Justice of Appeal I.D. (Don) Mitchell. From January 2013, Pam Webster became sole principal and the firm changed its name to WEBSTER and embarked upon a new phase of its successful development.

Vladimir Penkov

Mr. Vladimir Penkov is Chairman and Senior Partner of Penkov, Markov & Partners – international law firm which has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Banking and Finance legal advices and consultations.

Mr. Penkov has extensive experience in negotiations, researches, drafting of legal documents and representing clients in various areas of commercial law, such as Banking and Finance, Corporate Law and Commercial Contracts, Competition, Privatization and Foreign Investments, Investment Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Public Procurement, Licensing and Know-How Agreements, Tax Law, Telecommunications, Media & IT, Energy Law and Renewable Energy Sources.

As a leading banking law practitioner and as part of his track-record Vladimir Penkov has led negotiations, represented and provided legal advice to: EBRD in connection with debt financing of Cellhart AD, debt financing of Balkanpharma Holding AD, Astera Holding AD and Aroma AD, Crédit Suisse AG, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, PAC Doverie, Bulstrad Life (Vienna Insurance Group), Innimmo Investments, Industrialen Holding – Doverie, HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank, International Finance Corporation, Industrial Capital Holding as well as the preparation of the business and legal scheme in connection with the extension of large credit amount to Domain Boyar AD by EBRD.

As a leader of PM&P’s team Mr.Penkov has personally showed resourcefulness and proactivity in the consulting of UBB by EBRD and Oppenheimer & Co and by National Bank of Greece, of Kardan by the acquisition of NLB Banka. He has also advised the Austrian banking consortia, led by Bank Austria, in the successful negotiation of the terms with the Minister of Finance, on the repayment of the extended credit for the modernization of Kremikovtzi.

The Chairman and Senior Partner of  PM&P is specialising in the area of Banking and Financial Law and Capital markets and has participated in the legal team providing  advice to Ferratum Group in terms of establishment and structuring of their business as the first company of in Bulgaria providing distant financial services, legal advice and consultation to Gumiz AD and Micro Credit regarding providing of micro credits and consumer credits; Preparation of legal analysis for Sofia municipality pursuant to the “Law of the public finances“ in relation to Contracts for financing contract concluded between the European Investment Bank and Sofia municipality for  financing of “The Project of Sofia municipality for treating of waste matter” etc.

Mr.Vladimir Penkov has given legal advices in the process of reorganization of the Bulgarian subsidiaries of Kardan N.V., Kardan Financial Services B.V, TBIH Financial Services Group N.V. and TBIF Financial Services B.V. being active in insurance, additional pension insurance, voluntarily health insurance, financial services such as investment intermediary and asset management company, leasing services and consumer financing.

The Chairman and Senior Partner of PM&P advise the full spectrum of bank related transactions and have advised the establishment of one of the first asset management companies in Bulgaria while currently the PM&P team provide regular services to some of the major non-banking financial institutions in Bulgaria and their branches.

Successfully assisted one of the largest non-banking financial institutions in Europe to set foot in Bulgaria, filling the niche on online consumer loans.

Constantly expanding including legal consulting for investment companies, mutual and pension funds, asset management companies, investment mediators and ventures.

Comprehensive consulting on the structuring, financing and applicable regulatory framework in that field. Of special value for clients is the possibility for PM&P to expand at a very short notice the designated team including experts from other fields to give a helping hand in this highly specific area, should the case so require.

Mr.Penkov assisted the first foreign bank branch to register in the country after the democratic changes (Landesbank) and the structuring of the first capital investment by a foreign bank (Raiffeisen Bank) in a local bank under the conditions of a missing detailed legal framework and practical experience in this sphere.

Under the conditions of a rigidly regulated market and a strictly limited number of banking licenses, the team of PM&P leaded by the Managing Partner Vladimir Penkov has consulted, over the years, the EBRD, Oppenheimer & Co., the National Bank of Greece, Alpha bank – Bulgarian Branch, United Bulgarian Bank, Piraeus Bank and Kardan in the acquisition of three of the largest Bulgarian banks, including the merger of a bank branch into a bank (Piraeus Bank).

Mr. Penkov and the team of PM&P are acting as legal counsel to the buyer with regard to the contemplated purchase of 99.53 % of the shares owned by International Hospital Service Co, Japan in Tokuda Bank. The project refers to the acquisition of a medium-sized commercial bank and has passed through legal, financial and tax due diligence, negotiations and signing of Share Purchase Agreement, Escrow Agreement and is now in the stage of obtaining the respective regulatory approvals from the Bulgarian National Bank and the Competition Protection Commission.

The Chairman and Senior Partner of PM&P represented UBB as bond emission trustee, providing the overall defence of creditors’ rights over the bond emission, incl. legal representation in the event of bankruptcy proceedings against Bross Holding, but also overall representation in all other enforcement proceedings initiated under the Registered Pledges Act and other legal issues related to the case.

Mr.Vladimir Penkov and PM&P’s team also were a consultant of Piraeus Bank Bulgaria AD as collateral agent to the bank syndicate including also United Bulgarian Bank, Unicredit Bulbank and Alpha Bank – Bulgaria Branch.

Another client of the law firm is HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG, Austria.  Mr.Penkov’s involvement has included among others: due diligence review of the two companies that operate the photovoltaic plants (Kompania za Energetika I Razvitie EOOD and Green Energy Park AD); preparation of preliminary legal opinions for the purpose of participation of the client as co-lender together with Société Générale Expressbank AD and PV Investments ЕAD; review and revision of the respective Club Loan Agreements and all securities agreements; review of the certificates issued by the Commercial Register, the Central Register of Special Pledges and the Property Register evidencing the granting of the securities by the borrowers, co-debtors and mortgage debtor; issuance of final legal opinions re legal compliance of the transaction

Career:

·         Penkov, Markov & Partners – Founder and Managing Partner 1990-2017; Chairman and Senior Partner since 2017;

·         Bulgarian Telecommunications Company AD – Member of the Managing Board, 2007-2008, Chairman of the Supevisory Board, 2008 – 2013 and reelected as Chairman since 2014-2017;

·         NIKAS Bulgaria AD – Member of the Board of Directors, 2009 – 2012;

·         Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)  – Arbitrator since 1999;

·         BCCI – Member of Managing Board since 1993 and Vice President, 1999 – 2006;

·         Zagorka AD – Member of the Board of Directors,1998 – 2006 and Executive Director, 2000 – 2002;

·         Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations – Head of Division „Austria and Switzerland“, 1989 – 1990;

·         Technica Foreign Trade Organization – Chief Legal Counsel, 1987 – 1989;

·         Sofia City Court – Intership as a judge, 1976 – 1977;

Education

·         Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski – Master in Law, 1976

·         Economic University, Karlshorst, Germany 1970 – 1972

Languages:

·         Bulgarian, German, English

Christiana Petrou

We, at Christiana Petrou MILIS LLC, are totally focused on building trusting relationships with you, by providing you with honest, achievable and profitable advises.

Since our inception, Christiana Petrou MILIS LLC has been developed rapidly. Our team consists of young and energetic teams of lawyers and company administration specialists. We aim to provide tailor made solutions in a speedy and confidential manner.

We built long-term relationships with our clients because we are offering quality legal support, profitable business solutions and an on-going contact and communication because we understand the needs of our clients.

Provision of legal advice and support in the following practice areas:

  • formation and buyouts of companies in Cyprus and abroad
  • shareholder agreements and corporate governance issues
  • regulatory compliance (banking and financial services regulation)
  • corporate finance transactions
  • public and private offerings of securities and securities law compliance
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • corporate management and domiciliation services
  • cross-border transactions and joint ventures
  • insolvency advice and restructurings
  • domestic and cross-border loan and security transactions
  • loan documentation for single-lender and syndicated loans
  • security documentation including charges over assets and undertakings of companies, debentures, pledges of share certificates, security assignments of rights
  • restructuring of existing loans and collateral
  • refinancing of existing debts
  • project finance and asset finance
  • construction and project financing
  • indemnities and guaranteescompliance with perfection requirements and registrations of charges
  • legal opinions and legal due diligence exercises

We undertake the incorporation of companies with standard as well as tailor made Objects and Articles in various jurisdictions all around the world utilising our network of legal and corporate service associates.

Daniel Angualia

LL.M (KIU), LL.B (Hons), MUK, PG Dip. LP (LDC)

Mr. Angualia is an advocate, a commissioner for oaths and a notary public. He holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degree of Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice of Law Development Centre and a Master of laws degree of Kampala International University.

Before co-founding the law firm of Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates, Mr. Angualia worked with Micro Enterprises Development Network Limited as its Legal Manager. He also worked as an advocate with the prestigious law firms of; M/s Musinguzi & Co. Advocates and later M/s Madiinah & Co. Advocates wherein he acquired vast experience in trademarks law, company law and family law.

Until recently, Mr. Angualia was a lecturer of company law and trademarks law in the School of law of Kampala International University. He practises; Company law, trademarks and family law.

He is a member of; Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity, Uganda Law Society, East Africa Law Society, International Trademarks Association, contributing member of the World Bank Doing Business Project for Uganda (www.doingbusiness.org/contributors/doing-business/Uganda).

Law Firm:

Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates (Registration Number 179893) is a law firm which is comprised of lawyers with previous experience in government service, corporate institutions and law firms. We believe in practicing few areas of law but with several years of experience. This kind of legal practice significantly reduces on turnaround time for completing instructions given to us by our clients. The highly specialized nature of our practice has helped our clients to succeed in their business and personal legal matters at affordable rates. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and to discuss how we may be of service to you.

Our Vision:

To be a leading provider of efficient and cost effective specialized legal services in the region.

Our Mission:

To provide high quality and affordable legal services to our clients in a transparent and timely manner.