Sir Trevor Carmichael KA, LVO, QC

Founded in 1977, Chancery Chambers is one of the more diversified law firms in the Caribbean. Based in Barbados, it provides a full complement of legal services to national and international clients. Its’ pillars of practice are international business law, environmental law, real estate law and the law relating to charities domestically and internationally. Although independently focused on their particular areas of expertise, the firm’s professionals work collectively in cross-disciplinary practice groups to access information and advice to the advantage of clients and the development of the firm’s expertise. The firm’s stature is enhanced by its substantial public and private sector experience at the national and international level, and its own very strong charitable focus.

International Expertise:

The firm has developed substantial experience internationally and its’ Chairman serves as a Panel Member for the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank. It has provided legislative support and drafting to jurisdictions in the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent and has also been engaged as a member of Joint Ventures Model Contracts Committee of the International Trade Centre of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The firm’s client base includes large companies, banks, insurance companies, public and supranational institutions conducting cross-border business, as well as some national governments. Its’ founder sits on the Legal Affairs Committee of the International Council of Museums in Paris, France.

Juan Javier Negri

Juan Javier Negri is a founding member of the firm (1990). He specializes in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. As an avid art collector, he now devotes part of his time to art law.

He has acted as Adjunct Professor of Commercial Law (1977-1992) and Professor of Law at the Graduate Course on Banking Law of the Argentine Catholic University (1987). He also was Associate Professor of Banking Institutions at the Graduate School of Economy and Business Administration, (1986-1993); Guest Lecturer on Foreign Trade and Exchange Control Laws at the Graduate Course on Legal Aspects of Financial Activities, Escuela de Abogacía de Buenos Aires (1990); Professor, Commercial Law Continuing Education, (Legal Aspects of Capital Markets Law) School of Law, University of Buenos Aires (1992). Professor, Corporate Conflicts, Austral University, since 1993. He also currently teaches Mergers and Acquisitions, at the Universidad di Tella Law School (Buenos Aires) and Universidad Siglo XXI (Córdoba) 2000. He was Lecturer on Latin American Law at the University of Illinois, (1979). He also taught Legal Aspects of International Financing at the Center of Comparative Studies, Buenos Aires, (1981); at the Bank of Boston Foundation’s School of Export Trade (1987-1990); at the Mar del Plata Stock Exchange (1988); at the Córdoba Seminar on Risk Investments (1988); Santa Cruz (Bolivia) Bar Association, 1989; Center for Macroeconomic Studies (CEMA), Buenos Aires. He is a Member of the Board of Advisors, Universidad Torcuato di Tella Law School. He was a Speaker on “Corporate Governance” as representative of the Instituto Argentino para el Gobierno de las Organizaciones, to discuss the White Paper on Corporate Governance, organized by the OECD in Cartagena, Colombia, May 2004.

Javier was a contributor to “Product Liability: a Manual on Practice-Argentina,” Oceana Publications, New York, 1981; “Business Operations in Argentina,” Washington, D.C., 1988, and has authored “Restructuring of Public Banks: A Proposal for Change” (1990) which won him the Argentine Banks’ Association 1990 Award. He also received the “Argentine Legal Profession Award” granted by the Argentine Press Association and Argentine Federation of Bar Associations (1990). He is also author of various law review articles on corporate mergers, joint ventures, voting arrangements, exchange controls and other corporate matters, and was a former columnist of the Buenos Aires daily “La Prensa”. He has contributed with several editorial notes to “La Nación”, a leading Argentine newspaper.

Other publications include several books and articles about Argentine law in general and corporate and banking law both in Argentina and abroad, such as “Bank Crisis in Argentina” (International Financial Law Review IV:6, 1985); “Unincorporated Joint Ventures in the Argentine Companies Law” (New York Institute of Finance, 1992); “Las Ofertas Públicas de Adquisición en el Derecho Argentino” (El Derecho, July 2002); “Reporting Requirements for Banks” (Latin America Law and Business Report, September 2004); “The Argentine Banking System” in Doing Business in Argentina (American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice, 2000); “Validity and Enforcement of Shareholders’ Agreements and Other Voting Arrangements Under Argentine Law” (International Bar Association, Cancún, Mexico, October 2001); “Argentine Decrees Halt Reorganization and Bankruptcy of Public Utilities” (Latin American Law & Business Report and Latin American Finance & Capital Markets, U.S.A., 2002); “Collecting Debt in Argentina: Worth the Effort?” (Latin American Law and Business Report, Latin American Finance & Capital Markets and International Finance and Treasury, 2002); “Security Finance 2005” (contributor of the Argentine chapter, Law Business Research). He has recently published articles about the legal problems of art in the daily newspaper Página/12 and in Noticias magazine.

He has been identified as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate Governance, by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2003-2006), leading Argentine lawyer in Corporate Governance, by The Law Business Research, London (2004). He was elected as one of the three best Argentine lawyers in the field of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions by Practical Law Company, London (2006); he was elected as one of the best Argentine lawyers in the field of Capital Markets by Who’s Who Legal, London (2006); Chambers & Partners ranked him as one of the best Argentine lawyers in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law, London (2006); he was elected as a leader in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2007); he was selected as one of the best Argentine lawyers in the Banking field by The Banking Expert Guide, London (2007); he was elected as one of the three best Argentine lawyers in Corporate Governance by Law Business Research Ltd., London (2007). Practical Law Company ranked him as one of the best Argentine lawyers in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions (2008). He was elected as a leader in Mergers & Acquisitions by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2008). Chambers Latin America ranked him as one of the best Argentine lawyers in Mergers & Acquisitions (2008). He was elected as a leader in Corporate Governance by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2009). He was elected as a leader in Mergers & Acquisitions by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2009). He was elected as a leader in Corporate Governance by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2010). He was elected as a leader in Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Lawyers by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2010). Euromoney ranked him as one of the best world lawyers in the field of Emerging Markets, London (2010). He was elected by The World’s Leading Banking Lawyers, London, as one of the best Argentine lawyers in the field of Banking (2011). He was elected by Finance Monthly Law Awards, London, as one of the best Argentine lawyers in Mergers & Acquisitions (2011). He was elected as leader in Mergers & Acquisitions by The International Who’s Who Legal, London (2011). World Finance Legal Awards ranked him as one of the best lawyers of Argentina in 2011. The International Who’s Who Legal, London, selected him as one of the best Argentine lawyers in the field of Corporate Governance (2011).

Javier has also been a consultant for The World Bank (1993), and a trustee and Member of the Board of Governors of the Northlands School, 2000-. He is a member of the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires (where he sat at the Board of Directors, from 1989 to 1991 and was its Treasurer from 1990 to 1992); of the Committee of Bank Lawyers of the Argentine Republic (where he was Member of the Board of Directors, from 1987 to 1991).

Javier is also a member of the International Bar Association (of which he was Deputy Secretary General for America-South, 1992-1998 and is member of several standing committees); the American Society of International Law; the Argentine Association of Comparative Law; the Institute of Legislative Studies (Member of the Board, Commercial Law Section, 1987-1988); the Associazione Giuristi di Lingua Italiana, Milano; the Argentine-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (Board Member, 1998-2000); PENT Foundation -Fundación para la integración de la Argentina en el mundo- (Member, Board of Directors, 2002-). He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fundación Sur since 2003; Treasurer Pro-tem of the Board of Trustees of Fundación Konex, since 2004, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of PlaNet Finance until 2013.

Abdullah Mutawi

Abdullah Mutawi is a bi-lingual partner in the firm’s Dubai office with over 20 years’ experience practicing in London and the Middle East. Abdullah’s primary area of practice is corporate finance and cross-border M&A with particularly substantial experience in Telecom and Technology investments at all levels of the value chain. In addition to leading the firm’s technology practice in the Middle East, Abdullah has also undertaken many transactions in the energy, infrastructure, transportation, industrial and retail sectors. Abdullah’s clients include public and private companies, sovereign wealth funds, banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms and family offices and the M&A transactions on which he has led have involved assets in 28 developed and emerging markets and with an aggregate value of US$20 billion.

An integral part of Abdullah’s technology focus is cyber-security and Abdullah regularly advises on information-security, cyber-crime and cyber-risk in transactional, pre-emptive and risk-reallocation contexts as well as in relation to incident-response situations.

In addition to his technology experience, Abdullah has also represented clients in a number of high profile insolvency and re-structuring mandates and has developed strong experience in advising on financial distress situations arising from fraud and white collar crime. His experience includes advising regulators, banks, debtors, creditors and shareholders in connection with insolvency, distress and restructuring mandates involving aggregate liabilities of US$7 billion and assets in Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and East and West sub-Saharan Africa.

Firm Overview:

Baker Botts is a full-service, leading global law firm, recognized for our understanding of the industries we serve.

Our firm has a long, distinguished tradition of service to our clients, tracing our history back to the 1840s. During the earliest days of Houston, Baker Botts represented the burgeoning industries of cotton merchants, brokers and railroads.

Today, Baker Botts has offices around the world. Since the 1840s, we have served leading industries, organizations and individuals, while staying at the forefront of emerging technologies.

We have the experience, the knowledge and the people to solve our clients’ most significant legal challenges. For more than 175 years, we have demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to excellence.

As a result of the firm’s long history of international practice, Baker Botts has developed an extensive network of correspondent counsel at the most prestigious firms in virtually all commercial centers of the world. Our relationship with these firms enables Baker Botts to provide our clients with facilities and legal capabilities on a global basis.

Lex Mundi is an international association of 160 independent, premier law firms worldwide. Our membership in this prestigious group helps us to better serve our clients by providing immediate access to many of the leading law firms around the world. Baker Botts proudly serves as the Lex Mundi firm for the state of Texas.

The Pacific Rim Advisory Council is an international law firm association with a unique strategic alliance within the global legal community providing for the exchange of professional information among its 30 top tier independent member law firms. Baker Botts proudly serves as the PRAC firm for the state of Texas.

Frank Lucente

Frank is a Partner in the Corporate Commercial practice of the Qatar office having previously worked in this field in Australia for some 20 years. Frank has had a wide exposure to all manner of corporate commercial transactions as well as having had experience in trusts and revenues fields.

Frank advises clients on most aspects of Corporate Commercial law and provides practical advice on business structures. He has dealt with all manner of business establishments and is quick to recognise particular concerns of clients and provide practical solutions in a timely manne

Corporate Governance Law Practice:

We are one of the few law firms in the region with a dedicated Corporate Governance Practice. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis our clients recognised the need to embrace Corporate Governance as an essential component in guiding management strategy and make it a key element of their daily business operations. This is particularly true in the current UAE business environment where the Government has taken steps to increase and improve the regulatory framework for corporate governance over recent years.

Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of international corporate governance protocol combined with the knowledge of the local aspects applicable to firms operating in the region. We maintain constant communication with regulators within the region, ensuring we remain on top of corporate governance requirements.

We advise banks, family businesses and public and private companies on their corporate governance practices. Providing more than just advice, our clients receive a tailored manual specific to their needs in light of new regulations and policies

Al Tamimi & Co:

The largest and most dynamic non-affiliated law firm in the Middle East with 14 offices across 8 countries and comprising 305 Fee Earners lawyer (partners are included).

Over the years we have advised, and continue to support, government, government-owned entities, local, regional and international companies, banks and financial institutions along with both international and regional law firms.

Our core strength is our people and the diversity of their experience and local knowledge. Our reputation for excellence and regional experience extends beyond our network of offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Bahrain. As a firm, our ability to practice local law in each of these jurisdictions – and the ability of each of our licensed litigators to have rights of audience before local courts – is a unique strength that truly sets us apart from our competitors.

But more importantly, our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will give them the quality of service that they deserve. It’s our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for you.