Oyinkan Alakija Esq

Oyinkan Alakija Esq is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Oyinkan directly using the contact details listed above.

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Our Vision:

To be Africa’s foremost contemporary law firm and a global force that is passionate about your success and will partner with you at every stage of your development.

Our Mission:

1) To provide innovative legal solutions to our Client that reduce vulnerability and exposure to legal risk through the adoption of contemporary solutions to legal problems;

2) To ensure a strong understanding of cross jurisdictional and cross border laws and apply it to protect our Clients whether individuals or multinational organizations in the process of international business with the aim of maximising profit and ensure compliance through an empowered team of highly vibrant and technologically savvy professionals;

3) To promote the growth and success of our Clients’ vision in a dynamic business environment by adopting supportive mien whilst doggedly and tenaciously protecting their rights and interests.

Our Core Values:

Empowered team

In continuously improving in our areas of practice, our goals will be easier to attain

Pursuit of excellence

With our eyes fixed on our goals and its impact, challenges will become successes because we would not back down in our pursuit

Indefatigable attitude

Knowledge without the right attitude will only slow us down. Our attitude would not only be of reckon but consistent and strong to pull through challenges

Christian values

Christ is at the centre of our work and walk. We would be His disciples everywhere we go and at our duty post as a team

Contemporary world

We would tirelessly work at making our contemporary world better

(Acronym – EPICC – An empowered team in the pursuit of excellence with an indefatigable attitude and Christian value in a contemporary world)

Rajaratnam Selvaskandan

Rajaratnam Selvaskandan is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Sri Lanka on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rajaratnam directly using the contact details listed above.

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Rajaratnam Selvaskandan is a Senior Partner at Varners. Raj, as he is known in the industry, was called to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1982. After a brief stint in private practice, he was invited to join the prestigious Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka as a State Counsel. Raj is one of Sri Lanka’s leading M&A lawyers with a wealth of experience and industry insight, and is highly regarded for his strategic vision and multidimensional expertise.

Current Practice

Raj advises and assists both corporate and private clients alike in relation to a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions, restructuring of corporate entities, mergers & acquisitions, corporate due diligence, corporate takeovers, investment structuring, banking & finance, large-scale project finance and construction.

He draws on his extensive experience in multiple jurisdictions to provide practical solutions to the intricate technical and legal issues, which arise at various stages of a transaction. In providing strategic advice on project development and management, his approach is focused on assisting clients in circumventing risks in a cost-effective manner. Where disputes are unavoidable, Raj has also been involved in the conduct of formal and informal dispute resolution proceedings.

Raj is acclaimed in the Sri Lankan business sector for his knack of bringing divisive business entities together, and uses his negotiation skills for getting the best deals for his clients. He brings value to any transaction and strongly believes that for a transaction to be successful it should be equitable to all parties.

He provides legal advice to numerous large-scale developments and construction projects in Sri Lanka. Raj is currently engaged in advising and assisting in the development of a major Public Private Partnership land reclamation and development project adjacent to the Central Business District of Colombo.

He is also currently a key legal advisor to one of the largest foreign banks in the country, and has substantial experience in a variety of financing including syndicated loans, leveraged finance, and acquisition finance.

Other Relevant Experience

Raj previously served as a Partner in an established law firm in Hong Kong for over 20 years. His main areas of practice were mergers & acquisitions, large- scale project development, project finance, and real estate / construction, with a particular focus on large-scale residential, commercial and mixed development projects.

While in Hong Kong, Raj worked closely with numerous tier-one banks and conglomerates in the South East Asian region. In addition, he served as Legal Consultant to a major hotel cum casino development project in Macau. He has also advised and assisted numerous clients in relation to major loan transactions, project finance, and on the drafting and execution of financial security documents.

He has also served as a nominated member of The Incorporated Council of Legal Education, which is the governing body for legal education in Sri Lanka.

Practice Areas

  • Attorney-at-Law, Sri Lanka
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong, England and Wales
  • Barrister, High Court of Australia


Bar Association of Sri Lanka

Firm Overview:

Varners is a leading law firm in Sri Lanka that serves a large and varied clientele inclusive of blue chip companies, multinational enterprises, major financial institutions, and private clients. Our established history as a full-service firm means we are uniquely positioned, to help both our domestic and international clients, resolve their most complex legal challenges in a cost effective, efficient and timely manner. We have dedicated and specialised attorneys and support staff focusing on our core practice areas. Our Firm culture is built on developing long-lasting relationships externally and internally through collaboration, communication, integrity and trust.

Nauriin Ahmed

Nauriin Ahmed is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Bangladesh on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nauriin directly using the contact details listed above.

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Nauriin is a highly accomplished senior associate with a proven track record of success at her firm, the Legal Circle in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she has been an invaluable member since 2015. Admitted to practice law in Bangladesh and an active member of the prestigious Dhaka Bar Association, Nauriin possesses a wealth of legal expertise and experience

Nauriin’s educational background is exceptional. She holds an LL.B. (Hons) degree from BRAC University, Dhaka, earned in 2015. In pursuit of her passion for corporate law, she went on to obtain a Master of Corporate Law (MCL) degree from the University of Cambridge in 2017. Her academic excellence was recognized and celebrated through the receipt of both the Herbert Smith Freehills African-Asian Bursary by the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge and the Christ’s College Scriven Graduate Bursary.

Nauriin’s legal acumen extends across diverse practice areas, reflecting her versatility and ability to excel in various domains. She consistently provides invaluable assistance to clients on matters such as business/non-profit entity structuring and formation, governance and regulatory compliance, licensing and permissions, termination and employment benefits, ESOPs, and the drafting of compliant employment/service contracts and commercial agreements. Her comprehensive experience also encompasses competition and anti-trust matters, where she advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, exclusivity clauses, resale price maintenance, and market dominance. Moreover, Nauriin’s expertise in data privacy and protection laws enables her to assist clients in developing compliant programs and ensuring adherence to relevant regulations. She has also advised on defence procurement processes, including contract negotiations and compliance with defence and security regulations. In the dynamic technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) sector, her proficiency makes her exceptionally adept at guiding clients through legal issues related to emerging technologies and telecommunications law, including in Fintech.

Throughout her tenure as a senior associate at the Legal Circle, Nauriin has consistently demonstrated her deep legal knowledge, professionalism, and meticulous attention to detail. Her exceptional ability to identify and mitigate potential risks has enabled her clients to avoid costly disputes and regulatory penalties. Nauriin’s commitment to delivering exceptional service and achieving outstanding results is unwavering, and she is dedicated to understanding each client’s unique needs and goals. Colleagues and clients alike recognize her for her strong work ethic, exceptional attention to detail, and innovative problem-solving skills.

With Nauriin’s extensive experience, exceptional academic background, and outstanding professional qualities, she is an invaluable asset to any organization seeking a highly capable and dedicated senior associate with a proven ability to navigate complex legal matters and deliver exceptional results.

Areas of Expertise

  • Competition and Anti-Trust
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Defence Supply
  • Employment
  • Fintech
  • Customs & Logistics
  • M&A
  • NGOs and Non-Profit
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT)

Firm Description:

The Legal Circle is a leading law firm in Bangladesh with a team of experienced barristers, advocates, and legal consultants. The firm is committed to providing client-focused and solutions-oriented legal services which are tailored to the individual needs of its clients.

The firm has made a name for itself in the legal industry in Bangladesh by providing high-quality legal services across a broad range of practice areas. The firm has a team of lawyers who have worked at leading law firms in Bangladesh and internationally, giving them the expertise and knowledge required to deliver exceptional legal services to clients. They have received numerous accolades and awards for their outstanding services. The firm has been recognized as a leading law firm in Bangladesh for Corporate and Finance by Chambers and Partners since 2011. It is also the exclusive member firm in Bangladesh for Lex Mundi.

The Legal Circle provides a range of services to assist clients with legal matters, especially in the venture capital investments and startups arena. In addition, the Legal Circle is also known for its work in other practice areas, such as business formation, competition and anti-trust, data privacy and protection, defence supply, distribution and agency, employment, intellectual property, M&A, NGOs and non-profit, property & real estate, as well as technology, media & telecommunication (TMT). The firm also provides general and specialised corporate & commercial legal and regulatory advisory services.

The firm’s clients come from diverse backgrounds and industries, ranging from early-stage startups to multinational corporations and investors, and it is equipped to handle legal matters of varying complexity and scale. The Legal Circle takes a client-focused approach to its services and tailors legal solutions to the unique needs and goals of each client in order to provide comprehensive legal solutions. Whether it’s advising on regulatory compliance, drafting legal documents, or representing clients in legal proceedings, the firm is committed to providing clients with high-quality legal services that deliver results. The firm’s lawyers are dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest legal developments and leverage their expertise to help clients navigate the regulatory landscape and achieve their business objectives.

The Legal Circle’s expertise gives the firm a notable advantage when working on an international level. Its lawyers have extensive experience working with international clients, including multinational corporations, and are familiar with the legal frameworks and business practices in various jurisdictions, as well as possessing the skills to manage the challenges that come with cross-border transactions. The firm’s membership with Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, further enhances its ability to provide clients with access to high-quality legal services across diverse jurisdictions. Its expertise, combined with its experience and global network, enables the Legal Circle to provide comprehensive solutions to clients with international needs.


Akihiro Terai

Akihiro Terai is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Akihiro directly using the contact details listed above.

Akihiro is a partner at Midosuji LPC. He is an Attorney-at Law admitted in Japan and New York. His practice focuses on commercial transactions, corporate governance and compliance. He also has considerable experience on and expertise in dispute resolution, antitrust and competition law, and restructuring and bankruptcy. He has handled various competition law cases, including international cartel investigations and merger controls regarding cross-border M&A. In addition to provision of general corporate and commercial advice, his practice in the field of corporate governance and compliance covers specific legal issues such as those of FCPA and GDPR. He has also handled a variety of dispute resolutions including actions for damages under the Montreal Convention 1999 on behalf of overseas airlines. Further, he has served for many years as a bankruptcy trustee appointed by the bankruptcy court in Japan.

Practice Areas:

  • Corporate Business Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration, Conciliation)


  • New York – United States (2011)
  • Japan (2003)


  • The University of Michigan Law School (LLM, 2010)
  • Legal Research & Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan (2003)
  • Keio University (LLB, 2001)


  • Japanese
  • English

Firm Overview:

Midosuji LPC is a leading law firm established in 1963 and it currently has multiple offices in Osaka, Tokyo and Hiroshima. Midosuji has worked for a wide variety of corporations, and its practice covers a wide range of legal areas from general corporate matters to more complicated and specialised fields, as follows:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Construction and Real Estate
  • Labour and Employment
  • Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Inheritance and Business Succession
  • Intellectual Property
  • Crisis Management
  • Criminal/Corporate Crime Cases
  • Tax
  • Tourism
  • International Practice
  • PFI and PPP Projects
  • Healthcare and Life Science
  • Start-Ups
  • Digital Technology
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Personal Information and Privacy

Roberto Ríos Espinosa

Roberto Ríos Espinosa is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Mexico on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Roberto directly using the contact details listed above.

Ríos Espinosa Abogados, S.C. (the Firm) is a law firm founded in 1999, with main offices in Mexico City, that offers advisory and legal services regarding corporate law, securities exchange markets, financial, banking, corporate governance, compliance, industrial property and copyright matters to international and domestic companies and financial intermediaries, in domestic, international and cross-border transactions.

The Firm has developed a widely renowned experience in specialty matters, such as corporate and compliance advisory, audits regarding legal risk management and antimony laundering and terrorism financing (AML/CFT), as well as, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and intellectual property, among others.

Its founding partner, an experienced attorney, as well as, all the associates in the Firm, have advised a number of individuals and corporations in and outside Mexico in connection with a wide variety of legal matters, and each of them has accumulated knowledge and experience in such topics, while their familiarity with other languages helps to cross cultural barriers and provides assuredness while clients carry out their transactions in Mexico.

The Firm maintains a policy committed to a client–attorney relationship at a personal level. The partners are aware of the fact that the ideal relationship is based upon strong personal understanding and mutual respect.

Being aware of the scope and importance of legal matters, the Firm maintains a network relationship with other independent lawyers, through which it can meet the needs of its clients in specific areas, such as labour, insurance, environmental, energy, litigation and arbitration.

Jessamy Gallagher

Jessamy Gallagher is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jeassamy directly using the contact details listed above.

Jessamy is the Global Co-Chair of the Paul Hastings Corporate Department and is a partner in the Energy and Infrastructure practice, based in the London office.

Jessamy focuses her practice on international public and private M&A in the infrastructure, energy, and real assets markets. She also has extensive experience counselling on business-critical corporate governance matters.

Jessamy regularly advises a wide range of global pension, infrastructure, and fund manager clients, as well as a number of FTSE listed clients.

Jessamy Gallagher London Office:

Jessamy Gallagher is a member of the Australian-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce.

The London office has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, and continues to grow as we invest in building our practices in key areas such as finance and technology. Matching the strength of our U.S. offices, and drawing on the resources of our European and Asian network, enables us to offer our clients a unique mix of innovative legal strategies and advice on the full range of financial products.

Strategies For Growth:

Our lawyers provide the legal solutions and business insights necessary to help our clients navigate new paths to growth. We have advised on numerous complex domestic and cross-border deals and financings, as well as defended our clients’ interests in a wide range of disputes.

Over the past several years, we have significantly expanded our team to better serve our clients’ evolving needs.