Serkan Çatalpınar

After completing his bachelor study (LLB) at the Başkent Universitiy Faculty of Law in 2005, Serkan Çatalpınar served as an intern lawyer then as a lawyer at the Kasaroğlu Law Offices until 2007, before settling in Brussels in 2007 and serving for the PECO desk at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe as a representative of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations. After practising as a self-employed lawyer, he later served as a contract specialist at Aydın Yazılım ve Elektronik Sanayi Ltd, which is partnership of the American L3 Communications and Vestel Holding, and as a lawyer at the Yazıcı Law Offices. Since 2012, he has served as the Chief Contract Administrator of the FIDIC-based Cairo International Airport Project, of which Limak Construction Industry and Trading Co. is the main contractor. As of July 2015, he has been working at the Kurucu Law Offices, of which he is a founding partner.

His specialities are particularly concentrated on the fields of Construction Law (primarily FIDIC), International Commerce, Defence Industry, and Companies Law. Since the beginning of his professional life, Mr Çatalpınar has provided legal support to many local and foreign clients.

Professional Memberships:

  • 2008 – 2010 President of the Ankara Bar European Union Centre
  • Ankara Bar International Law Congress, 2010 Regulatory Board Member
  • TED Ankara College Alumni Association (2010)
  • Member of Draft Advocacy Law Commission of Ankara Bar (2009)
  • The European Law Students’ Association Ankara Member (2009)
  • Free-Visa Europe Association Member (2009)
  • Ankara Bar (2007)

Languages:

  • Turkish (mother-tongue)
  • English (advanced level)
  • Portuguese (intermediate level)
  • Arabic (beginner)

Professional Experience:

Mr. Çatalpınar has specialised in the field of FIDIC-based construction law, both in the law offices he has worked and in the Cairo International Airport Project. He has been involved personally in the relevant legal processes of a construction project, gaining experience from the tender stage all the way up to the final acceptance of the project. Being a lawyer who has worked on a construction site, he offers clients not just legal but also operational experience.

During his construction site experience, he has conducted all the correspondence that the client carries out with the employer, engineer, sub-contractors and suppliers, managed claim sand variations,and conducted the defence of claims submitted by the employer and sub-contractors. Mr. Çatalpınar has personally represented, with his team consisting of lawyers and engineers, the client for preparing, negotiating, executing, and solving disputes related to the contracts that the client has signed with sub-contractors, suppliers, and service providers.

He gained experience in the field of Project Management by establishing the coordination between the Contracts Department, of which he was the manager, and the project technical teams and international consultants.

In the aforementioned Project, he served as the team leader of the client’s site team in the Dispute Board case that the client brought against the employer, and carried out the coordination with the international consultancy firm which was composed of engineer. In the aforementioned case, all of the client’s demands were accepted by the Dispute Board.

His field of speciality has been concentrated on construction law, and has worked for many years on the administration of contracts, particularly those of the FIDIC and FAR form. While managing FIDIC projects, he has had experience in correspondences which are of vital importance, claim management, contract management, meeting follow-ups, document management, and the management of variation, and has worked on the preparation, negotiation, follow-up, and termination of sub-contracts. Mr. Çatalpınar provides consultation to clients, particularly on FIDIC projects, starting with the bid preparation for tenders until the provisional acceptance and final acceptance processes, for setting up contracts, claim, DCC, planning, technical office, and cost control teams and support, supervision, and management of the same.

Alongside construction law, he has also been involved in many international projects:

  • He was the head of the Turkish legal team managing the Gentaş Group of Companies’ acquisition of the Italian company SAFON S.r.l.. He also provides legal support for the projects of local and foreign companies both in Turkey and abroad, the establishment of business partnerships, and preparation, negotiation, and execution of technical agreements within the scope of the projects. Alongside this, he also works in the fields of companies’ law and international commerce.
  • He has also served in the preparation and negotiations for the Sikorsky S-70i Contract, the Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle (Catapult/Parachute) Project, the Aselsan ADOP-2000 Project 2nd Phase, the Aselsan Link-11B and ACO/ATO Library of the Air Defense Early Warning and Command and Control System Project, the Aselsan Developing Rugged Laser Printer and Rugged DVD Writer Project, and the Landing Platform Dock Project contracts in the Defence Industry with the title of Contract Specialist for Aydın Yazılım ve Elektronik Sanayi Ltd.
  • He was a member of the legal team that worked for bringing the Formula 1 brand to Turkey.
  • Alongside his legal work, he served as the president of the Ankara Bar European Union Centre between 2008 and 2010, worked on many international projects, implemented the intern exchange program with the German IRZ Foundation and the Madrid Bar, and with this, he enabled Turkish intern lawyers to be sent abroad. He was also one of the members of the Ankara Bar 2010 International Law Congress Regulatory Board.
  • In 2009, he took on the position of Moderator of the Working Group on “Cooperation among Lawyers: A Network of Bar Associations in the Region “within the Project on “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings through Legal Assistance to Trafficked Persons and Enhanced Judicial Cooperation” by International Organization of Migration. and Chairman of the session on “Legal Assistance to Victims of Trafficking: Law and Practice” within the Project on “Combating Trafficking in Human Beings through Legal Assistance to Trafficked Persons and Enhanced Judicial Cooperation” by International Organization of Migration. Also in 2009, he represented the Ankara Bar Association on the International Workshop on “Court Management” within the Project on “Support to the Court Management System in Turkey”, implemented by the European Commission, Council of Europe and Ministry of Justice of Turkey. In 2007, during his works at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, he carried out coordination between the 32-member European Bars in various international projects, and due to this, he was able to bring to KURUCU an international professional network that encompasses the whole Europe.
  • He spent 2000-2001 as an AFS exchange student in Brazil, and learned Portuguese while there.

Firm Overview:

Kurucu Law Offices (“KURUCU”) has been established in Ankara at the beginning of 2015 by three founding partners, each specialised in their own practice area. KURUCU is an Ankara-based law firm which provides services with its team of lawyers who can speak English at high level and are specialised in their fields, being primarily energy law, construction law and infrastructure law, FIDIC and FAR contracts and agreements law, mergers and acquisitions, project financing, international commerce, international arbitration and commercial cases. KURUCU has a liaison office in Istanbul, Turkey.

KURUCU provides legal consultation and advocacy services based on the principles of high quality, sincerity and honesty, in conjunction with various law offices and specialist technical service providers in its network, to local and foreign clientele in their projects and activities both in Turkey and abroad.

In provision of its services, KURUCU aims to provide assistance in all aspects of clients’ needs from the very start of the relevant project and/or legal process until they are completed, to be available at all times, and treat the needs of the clients as if they are KURUCU’s own needs, and to keep these aims in the foreground at every stage of KURUCU’s services.

While carrying out services, in addition to their viewpoint as lawyers, KURUCU team make a point of conducting them as a businessman by benefiting from their past experience and technical-specialist staff.

NJ Ayuk JD, MBA

NJ Ayuk is the Chief Executive Officer of Centurion. His experience includes advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatisation, licensing and related tax, OHADA, Equatorial Guinea law, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters. He also frequently advises International oil companies, governments, oil service companies, financial institutions, development banks and construction firms in Equatorial Guinea and Sub Saharan Africa.

He is particularly active in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of petroleum, mining, LNG, and other natural resource projects in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Chad, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Congo and other Sub-Saharan countries. His experience has included PSCs, JOA, service agreements, concessions, oil-field service and drilling contracts, licensing and pipeline and marine transportation issues, including the sale and transportation of LNG.

Drawing from his past experience from his job with the United Nations, he continuously advises governments on judicial modernization, rule of law issues, training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Equatorial Guinea, Chad, South Sudan, Uganda and Niger on a pro bono basis.

He regularly participates in industry-specific conferences and seminars as speaker and moderator. He graduated from University of Maryland College Park and earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States. He further holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).

He is recognized as a leading oil & gas lawyer by the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, and chambers and partners, recognized him as “important player” and a “tremendous resource” an acknowledgement bestowed upon him by his peers in the industry.

Firm Overview:

Centurion Law Group is a pan-African corporate law conglomerate. Operating at the cutting edge of business practices today, Centurion stands ready to provide outsourced legal representation and a full suite of legal services to new, expanding and established corporations.

From our headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, and from our offices in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; Accra, Ghana; and Douala, Cameroon, we specialise in assisting clients that are starting or growing a business on the continent. We navigate the regulatory environments of Africa’s different legal jurisdictions to make sure that you can do business efficiently and successfully.

Across Africa, Centurion provides a service tailored to your operating environment, the nature and structure of your business, your level of risk tolerance, and your overall objectives. Our alternative billing arrangements provide our clients with a greater degree of certainty about their legal costs.

Centurion is committed to the highest ethical standards and we recognize that our firm must take a leadership role in the legal profession in Africa. Wherever we work, we strive to be actively involved in business and community organizations and to maintain our visibility as lawyers and as members of our communities. Our personal and corporate charitable activities contribute meaningfully to our communities.

David Hudson

David Hudson, born 1941, British, an Australian-qualified, lawyer, admitted in 1965, and practising in Vanuatu since 1971. He has written articles, for or contributed to Kime’s International Law Directory, Greiter’s “How to Get Your Money in Foreign Countries”, The Offshore Trust Yearbook, Barclays’ “Arresting Ships in Asia”, the Offshore Finance Yearbook, the London Society of Chartered Accountants’ Guide to International Finance Centres, the FT Law & Tax “Trade Marks: World Law & Practice”, the World Bank Survey on Business Start-up Regulation, and “Offshore Finance Canada”.

Fields of Practice: Commercial, company, construction, estates, government, intellectual property, international tax, civil and criminal litigation, real property, tourism, transport and trusts.

Clients Lists: Clients include banks, trust and insurance companies, accountants, lawyers, commercial and industrial firms, and private individuals.

Firm Overview:

Hudson & Co offers a full range of legal services.

Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries based in Port Vila, Vanuatu a south pacific financial centre.

Established in 1974.

Walied Abdeldayem

Walied is a managing director at Intellect Dispute Experts Advisory (IDEA). He is a qualified civil engineer and has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industries. He is a planning and scheduling expert with extensive experience in prospective day to day planning and project controls, as well as delay analysis and forensic planning and scheduling. In addition, Walied has significant experience in assessing and quantifying delay damages.

Walied has provided expert advice and expert witness services to contractors, subcontractors and project owners on various complex construction projects in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. He has been involved in various arbitration and litigation cases, has given oral evidence, and has solid cross-examination and hot-tubbing experience.

Walied is a certified project management professional, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a certified cost estimator by the CIQS, accredited by the Academy of Experts, and a RICS-accredited expert witness.

Walied holds an MBA degree from the University of Manchester; in his dissertation, he developed a practical and proactive enterprise-wide model for managing claims and disputes in construction projects through the projects life cycle. Walied also holds an LLM in construction law and arbitration from Robert Gordon University; in his LLM dissertation, Walied researched uncertainties in time-related disputes and established guidelines to help reduce such uncertainties when deciding on and/or performing delay analyses.

Walied is a frequent public speaker and has published various articles. Some of his talks include “Schedules Strategies to Promote Collaboration & Avoid Disputes” (OGCA Conference); “the roles of experts in arbitration” (ICC Conference) and “project management execution plan” (CIQS Seminar).

Intellect Dispute Experts Advisory (IDEA):

IDEA is a scheduling and claims management practice provides specialized services in scheduling, project and costs controls, dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and expert services, in live and completed projects. IDEA’s business model is focused on optimizing the services delivery, to achieve excellence through providing non-compromised quality service. IDEA is committed to improving the customer experience through convenience, accuracy and timely delivery.

IDEA adopts a quality driven business model that honors commitments to the clients and only accepts assignments where it believes it has the capacity to deliver exceptional services and being fully attentive to the clients’ requirements and business. Right at the core of IDEA’s value is its integrity and the accuracy of its advice.

IDEA has extensive experience on wide range of construction projects and across various sectors in the industry, including but not limited to infrastructure, transportation, buildings, healthcare and oil & gas projects. IDEA prides itself that despite being newly established, it has been involved on number of the region’s largest construction projects delivering wide range of services to its clients.

Victor Borzillo

Victor Borzillo has extensive experience in the construction and major projects industries and provides tailored and commercially focused advice in relation to structuring projects, preparing, negotiating and administering contracts and resolving complex disputes and claims through a range of court proceedings, arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations and general commercial negotiations.

As well as many years of private practice experience, Victor has considerable in-house experience as an independent consultant providing both legal and project management services. As well as providing external advice, he has also worked internally as part of large project teams responsible for the delivery and commissioning of major marine, mining, manufacturing and water infrastructure projects.

Victor is regularly called upon by national and international senior executives and boards across a range of business sectors to provide advice on commercial and project related issues.

Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Master of Laws (majoring in alternative dispute resolution).

Area of Expertise:

– Commercial contracts and advice
– Construction and engineering
– Construction disputes
– Construction project procurement, risk management and contract administration
– Infrastructure, major projects and PPPs
– Project structuring

Memberships:

– Society of Construction Law Australia
– Australian Water Association
– Queensland Law Society

Our History:

JUDr. Monika Rutland

Ms. Monika Rutland founded rutland ježek in January 2010, after almost 19 years of practice in White & Case Prague office. Ms. Rutland has been providing legal services since 1991 especially in the field of commercial law, corporate law, real estate law, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and litigation and arbitration. During her long practice Ms. Rutland was heading the White & Cases Prague office’s Litigation and Arbitration Group and Real Estate Practice Group.

Real Estate, Construction Law

Ms. Rutland has extensive experience with legal and financial aspects of development, financing and operation of all kinds of commercial real estates (shopping malls, office blocks, logistic centers) and development of residential projects in all stages of the projects (preparatory phase, including due diligence, construction phase, operation phase and sale of the project).

Within the standard operation of the projects Ms. Rutland provides legal counseling to the owners of the projects, in particular the real estate funds, including the issues regarding the project management, lease of office buildings and shopping malls. She is also involved in hospitality and leisure industry legal matters in the Czech Republic.

Significant part of Ms. Rutland’s work in the field of real estate law has been devoted to legal counseling in the phase of purchase/sale of real estate projects, including leading of the team carrying out due diligence of the project and preparation of the transaction documents.

Mergers, Acquisitions, Privatization

During the 90’s Ms. Rutland has been involved in many prestigious privatization projects carried out in the Czech Republic. Ms. Rutland has also been during her practice involved in a number of influential acquisitions and sales of companies in the Czech Republic. Her clients comprise particularly of international group of investors in the field of business, car industry, telecommunications and real estate. Currently, Ms. Rutland provides legal services to numerous Private Equity funds regarding their transactions in the Czech Republic.

Financing

The clients of Ms. Rutland comprise of both Czech and foreign financial institutions, to whom Ms. Rutland provided legal counseling in connection with financing and refinancing of various real estate projects in the Czech Republic, including legal services regarding the export of financing of the development projects.

Litigation

Monika Rutland has been providing legal services to numerous prestigious clients in proceedings before courts and arbitrations, including ICSID and ICC arbitrations. Her clients comprise mostly of prominent Czech banks and investment funds.

Professional Experience:

rutland ježek, attorneys at law
January 2010

White & Case, Prague
1991 – December 2009

Recommendations:

In 2007, Ms. Rutland was named by the independent publication Chambers Global as one of the leading lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of real estate and dispute resolutions.

Ms. Rutland was named among the highly recommended lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of corporate real estate by the publication PLC Which Lawyer (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), Chambers Global (2007), Chambers Europe (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) or IFLR1000 (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 Ms. Rutland was also named by the publication The Legal 500 as one of the leading lawyers in the Czech Republic in the area of real estate and construction law.

Bars and Courts:

  • Czech Bar Association
  • Bar of the State of Connecticut

Education:

M.C.J., University of Texas School of Law, USA, 1987J.D. Charles University Faculty of Law, Czech Republic, 1982

Language Skills:

English, Czech, Russian