Julia Watkins

Julia Watkins has been a member of the Bucharest Bar Association since 2006, having graduated from the University of Bucharest Law School, as well as from the University Paris-Panthéon Assas, Paris Nanterre and Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne, in partnership with Paris Sud.

Julia has relevant experience in drafting, review and negotiation of contracts, with a particular focus on IT and SaaS contacts.

Julia also has extensive knowledge and experience in personal data and privacy issues, including GDPR compliance.

Julia is fluent in English and French.

Firm Overview:

We are a team of experienced lawyers always striving to meet and exceed our client’s expectations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, combining the Firm’s standards and values with in-depth sectorial expertise.

Our practice is focused on our client’s needs. We combine teamwork, effectiveness, and value added, tailor–made legal services. We invest in having a complete knowledge of our client’s business and organisation, their activity sector and the numerous challenges they confront with.

Our approach is professional, open and business oriented, always handling efficiently the matters submitted by our clients.

Dubravko Mar

Attorney-partner. Graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in 1999. Listed in the list of attorneys since 2002, while from 2009 has operated an independent office until the founding of the current law firm. Post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Zagreb – MBA business management. Actively speaks and writes English, French and Slovenian, and has a passive knowledge of German.

Firm Overview:

The Law firm Čerin, Mar & Partners Ltd., Zagreb, Croatia, cooperates with a wide network of professionally capable associates both in the Republic of Croatia and abroad (Germany, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, USA), which also includes a complementary network of associates in the areas of law, public notarisation, tax consultations, auditing companies and scientific institutions. It is due to the abovementioned, however primarily due to the organisation of business operations and the experience of their attorneys, that the company is capable of providing a whole series of legal services in a quality and professional manner.

Raphaël JAKOBA

Diploma in International Business law from the University of Paris. Former Special Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, 1989-1999.

Former General Secretary of the Malagasy Arbitration and Mediation Center (CAMM).

Practice Areas:

  • Arbitration
  • International Business Law
  • Contracts Law

Firm Overview:

MCI is the first international law firm based in Madagascar whose fields of activities are mainly oriented towards international areas.

Maher Iskander

Specializations:

Reviewing and executing all aspects of merger & acquisition transactions including: drafting and reviewing purchase agreements, drafting and reviewing non-compete agreements, conducting legal due diligence and coordinating with other relevant specialists.

Negotiating, drafting and executing commercial contracts.

Advising and representing clients before court –including the supreme courts- in commercial disputes and economic disputes such as bribery, corruption and embezzlement crimes, information technology crimes, commercial fraud and illegitimate competition.

Researches:

– Bankruptcy & its effects.
– Bankruptcy crimes in Egyptian Trade Law.
– Commercial Sale Provisions.
– Money Utilization Crimes in Egyptian Law.
– Public Hearings in Egyptian Law.
– Principle of Judicial Neutrality in Egyptian Law.
– Crimes of Bribery and Breaching Employment Duties.
– Criminal Defense & its Correlation to Public Order.
– Imitation of Trademarks in Egyptian Law (Crime & Punishment).
– Arbitration Clause in Contracts &its Effects.

Memberships:

– Egyptian bar Association.
– International bar Association.
– Arab Lawyers Union.
– Egyptian Law Organization.
– British Egyptian Business Association.
– Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.
– German-Arab chamber of Industry & Commerce.

Saeeq Shajjan

Saeeq Shajjan is a licensed attorney in Afghanistan, who graduated with a law degree from Kabul University and who earned a L.L.M degree from Harvard Law School. He has a license to practice law in Afghanistan from the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (License No. 153). This license allows him to appear before all courts in Afghanistan. Mr. Shajjan has over 10 years of experience in counseling and litigation.

Mr. Shajjan has far-reaching experience in working on rule of law projects and capacity building in the legal profession. Mr. Shajjan has been involved in training judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and young graduates of Afghan law schools throughout Afghanistan. Mr. Shajjan has also worked with the Government of Afghanistan; as Senior Advisor on Policies and Legislation with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).

During 2009–2010, while pursuing his LL.M degree at Harvard Law School, Mr. Shajjan distinguished himself by speaking on numerous academic panels across the United States on different issues, particularly on the rule of law in Afghanistan. He spoke at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston University Law School, La Verne College of Law, Williams College, Simmons College and Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.

In 2011, Mr. Shajjan started his own law firm, Shajjan & Associates. His area of practice is corporate services, contract law, criminal law, banking law, tax law, labor law, property law, citizenship law, traffic law, constitutional law, Islamic law and human rights. A substantial portion of his practice involves representation of and provision of legal counselling to international contractors, international organizations and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. He has also represented clients in international arbitration in different cases.

Mr. Shajjan has written various reports and legal opinions for private international clients and law firms on application of Afghan law and procedures and has assisted different foreign courts by appearing as a subject matter expert on issues of Afghan law. He also has experience serving on legal drafting committee, through which he has been involved in drafting laws and regulations in Afghanistan.

Mr. Shajjan has been an active voice on Afghanistan legal and political issues and has been interviewed and quoted by numerous local and western media outlets. Mr. Shajjan also teaches in private law schools on a part time basis.

Shajjan & Associates:

Legal services and the legal profession have a long history in Afghanistan. Indeed the right to counsel was first enacted into law in 1964 when the then Afghan Constitution for the first time included the right to defense counsel. Since then the profession has developed and evolved being affected by a number of laws enacted through 1999 while defense lawyers and legal services were heavily controlled by the governments in power.

Against this background, the post-Taliban era started with an enormous need for legal reform in the judiciary and for strengthening the rule of law in the country. This prepared the impetus for quick growth of legal services and development of the law as a profession. Since then, the number of defense lawyers has jumped from approximately 400 to over thousands today. Now independent legal services and defense attorneys are well understood and appreciated as an essential and integral part of the rule of law in Afghanistan.

However, the development of professional associations to monitor and ensure the qualifications and professionalism of law practitioners has not kept pace with this rapid jump in the number of legal service providers causing concerns among both local and international clients. In response to this vital concern, Shajjan & Associates has established itself as a prominent independent law firm throughout the country since 2011. Our practice includes provision of services in legal counseling, strategic planning, litigation, legal drafting, capacity building as well as pro-bono legal work. We are dedicated to providing prompt, efficient, ethical and professional advice and representation to our clients.

Attorneys at Shajjan & Associates possess excellent legal knowledge and outstanding professional skills that have been enhanced by involvement in a variety of legal matters in national and international venues. Our attorneys hold degrees from leading Afghan and U.S. law schools which have given them a deeper understanding of the legal profession and the attorney-client relationships, consistent with the experiences and expectations of our sophisticated international and domestic clients. Our attorneys are licensed by the
Afghanistan Independent Bar Association and have prior professional experience with prestigious national and international entities in the judicial sector. These unique qualifications and experiences of our team place Shajjan & Associates among the most trusted names in the legal services industry in Afghanistan and around the region.