Romain Gerardin-Fresse

Romain Gerardin-Fresse is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Romain directly using the contact details listed above.

Romain is considered one of the top 10 legal experts in Europe. A former political and diplomatic advisor, Romain advises large fortunes, celebrities, certain governments and the leaders of large international groups. Several times decorated by the authorities for the quality of his legal work, Romain founded the firm GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS, which was elected “Best Luxury Multi-Family Office and Business Law Firm” 2019 and 2020 by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards, Luxury Crisis Management Firm of the Year 2019 by European Magazine with 40000 votes and “Best Reputational Consultancy and Business Law Firm 2020” by Executive Global Magazine. Romain has been on the cover of the Winter 2020 edition of Executive Global Magazine and the Spring edition of Business Worldwide Magazine. Romain appears regularly on television and in newspapers to give his analysis of the news. Romain contributes to the Agenda of the World Economic Forum and has just joined the Financial Council of Forbes in March 2020. Romain has just been elected Strategist of the Year 2020 by the EBM Institute and “Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year” by Business Worldwide Magazine.

Firm Overview:

GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS supports large groups and individuals with high profiles, in order to assist them in defining their strategies, resolving disputes of concern to them, and defining the best tax scheme.

Specialised in crisis management, audit and arbitration, the Firm coordinates all the due diligence to be carried out. Through constant legal monitoring, the strategies developed are refined and adapted in real time.

Many times awarded for the quality of its work, the firm GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS was elected “Best Luxury Multi-Family Office and Business Law Firm” 2019 and 2020 by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards, “Luxury Crisis Management Firm of the Year 2019” by European Business Magazine with 40,000 votes, and “Best Reputational Consultancy and Business Law Firm 2020” by Executive Global Magazine. Also crowned “Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year 2020” by Business Worldwide Magazine, and “Strategist of the Year 2020” by the EBM Institute, GFK CONSEILS-JURIDIS offices beyond borders, in New York where he has taken up residence on Park Avenue, and in Dubai where the firm is located on the famous Sheikh Zayed Road.


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Vanja Mugoša

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

Experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Commercial Law, Negotiation, Business Planning, Legal Writing, Corporate Law, and Intellectual Property. Strong business development professional graduated from University of Montenegro, Law Faculty Podgorica.

Corporate Law Practice:

  • Currently the main legal advisor to the largest retail chain “VOLI TRADE” d.o.o. Podgoric
  • Currently the main legal advisor to a large number of commercial retail and wholesale companies
  • Currently the main legal advisor to two Montenegrin companies that are distributors of BMW and Renault vehicles
  • Currently the main legal advisor and court representative of the largest Montenegrin Hotel Group “Budvanska Rivijera” AD Budva
  • Currently the main legal representative of the number of healthcare institutions (private and state-owned)

Main Practice Areas:

  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law

Practice Areas:

  • Privatization, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Banking and finance
  • Energy, utilities, and infrastructure
  • Bidding (competition)
  • Insurance
  • Labour law
  • Tax law
  • Construction
  • Capital markets and securities
  • Intellectual property
  • Real estate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Criminal law


  • Legal advisor for Public-Private Partnership in Montenegro
  • Legal advisor to numerous foreign and domestic companies in mergers and acquisitions, privatization procedures, award of concessions, etc.
  • Legal advisor to numerous construction and investment companies in Montenegro

Firm Overview:

We have been operating as a new entity in the legal advisory market of FR Yugoslavia since 1984, when we were founded by the Attorney-at-Law Novica Jovović.

From the very beginning we have been recognised as a successful and highly respected law office, with diverse portfolio of legal services and also as a reliable, loyal and competent partner of our clients. Between 1992 and 2009 we had worked in Montenegro and Serbia under the name law firm Jovović & partners, and since January 2010 we are working under the name law firm Jovović, Mugoša & Vuković.

If one measure success of a law firm by the size of workforce, then our law firm is the biggest in Montenegro. In addition to that, our law firm shall be between three biggest legal services providers in Montenegro, if one apply criterion of size of client database and annually generated revenues.

Eventually, if one perform benchmarking on the ground of quality of IT sector, internal procedures, case management, client care etc., our law firm again needs to be envisaged as indisputable market leader. With bespoke approach to our clients we have assured a leading position and good reputation.

Our operative results yielded a possibility to participate in process of privatisation and restructuring of ex state-owned property, resolving strategic economic controversies and other high value disputes, protection of human rights and intellectual property and the disputes that were of particular media and public interest.

From the beginning of our work, the law firm has been reinforced with young staff, with talented lawyers that are capable to resolve diverse problems with energy and knowledge.

Important moment in the life of the firm was in 2016, when we had moved to the new 1000 sq.m building on the present downtown address.

We sincerely believe that services based on proficiency and qualifications are the pillars of success. In year to come, our objectives shall remain the same – to provide a service of precision and high quality, and we will do that only if we stay current with the legal environment in Western Balkans.

In order to be capable to propose complex legal solutions, we need to cooperate with reputable business, tax, financial and accounting advisors in Montenegro and abroad. In addition to that, from time to time, we have cooperated with other specialists in areas that require specific non-legal qualifications and knowledge.

Dr Robert Lewandowski, M.A.

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

Study of mathematics and German Philology at the University of Warsaw, Master’s Degree (M.A.) 1989.

Study of law at the University of Mainz / Germany along with apprenticeship in Land Rheinland – Pfalz and participation in research projects at the Concordia University / Canada.

PhD at the University of Mainz / Germany and at the University of Cracow (Kraków).

Project leader at the German Foundation for International Cooperation (IRZ) e.V. in Bonn/ Germany 1999.

Enrollment onto the list of German attorneys at law at the German Bar Associations in Frankfurt am Main (2000) and onto the List of Polish Attorneys at Law at the Polish Bar Association in Warsaw (2009).

Language for correspondence: Polish, German and English.

Firm Overview:

Dr Lewandowski & Partners have been providing advice to our clients for over 15 years in all areas of business law and we offer a comprehensive range of legal services at the highest level. Our law firm focuses especially on providing legal advice to entrepreneurs and individuals within the business sector with key fields of our expertise encompassing: Mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, financing, insurance law, real estate law, insolvency and restructuring law. Dr. Lewandowski & Partners advise national and foreign entrepreneurs within local and cross-border transactions built on co-operation with alliance of international legal firms through established existing networks.

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Rizwan Desai

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

Rizwan – LL.B (Hons.) (Edin.), DIP.LP (Edin.), LL.M (Harvard) – is the Founding Partner of Desai Law Group and Head of Corporate. He is qualified as an Attorney in Botswana. He also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and in Scotland and as an Attorney in New York. Rizwan practised at a major UK law firm before returning to Botswana in 1999, at which time he joined another Botswana law firm where he was one of the senior partners for 16 years. He specialises in high end corporate and structured finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking, financial services, telecommunications, private equity and regulatory work.

Rizwan has been the lead lawyer on many ground-breaking corporate transactions in Botswana and represents many blue chip companies.  After decades of experience, he formed Desai Law Group in 2016 to realise his vision of a new brand of law firm in Botswana, designed to operate in line with the best practices of major international law firms.

Rizwan Desai is widely regarded as first tier and one of the leading corporate and transactional lawyers in Botswana.

Firm Overview:

Desai Law Group is a group of talented individuals who have formed a unique, dedicated law firm with one of Botswana’s leading corporate lawyers at the helm, Founding Partner, Rizwan Desai. Additional current partners include Eleng Mugabe, Walter Mushi and Bruno Williams. Together, our primary participants have decades of proven experience.

Our aim at Desai Law Group is to be refreshingly and reassuringly different. We do not see ourselves solely as lawyers, but as problem solvers. Our goal is to add value to our clients with our signature approach.

We offer flexibility in our services depending on client needs and our understanding of their organisation. We give practical, meaningful advice, reflecting the changing and increasingly competitive environment within which clients operate.

We are results focused and committed to service excellence for our clients. We do this by providing a depth and breadth of legal knowledge and expertise which is both effective and efficient.

We want our clients to see us not just as a source of legal advice and counsel, but as an integral and ongoing part of achieving, and maintaining, their success.


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

Safaa is the founder and the managing partner of IBFL Consulting. She is both a Moroccan and a French national.

Prior to founding IBFL Consulting, Safaa spent several years working at top-tier international business law firms in Paris, France, and Casablanca, Morocco, as a full-fledged member of high level teams on a sheer range of legal and taxation issues, in such diverse sectors as infrastructures, renewable energies, aeronautics, biotechnologies, the banking industry, the insurance industry, the petrochemical industry, the pharmaceutical sector and the media industry.

Safaa has been used to dealing with legal systems and regulatory frameworks as different as those implemented in France, Morocco, at the European Union level or the level of the Organization for the Harmonization of Corporate Law in Africa (OHADA) for more than ten years. ​

Alongside acting as the managing partner of IBFL Consulting, Safaa also acts as a legal advisor (consultant) in Morocco to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

Safaa is admitted to the bar of Paris, France. She is also a graduate from Columbia Business School, HEC Paris and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (amongst others).

Safaa was awarded various academic honours and distinctions, namely the Allen & Overy LLP – HEC Paris Awards for the Best Master Thesis in Corporate and Tax Law (Third Prize).

Safaa Lorabi is fluent in French, English and Moroccan Arabic. She also has a good command of Spanish and Classical Arabic.

Firm Overview:

International Business & Financial Law Consulting

IBFL Consulting is an independent multidisciplinary boutique law firm based in Morocco, which offers services in all the main areas of business law, by providing its clients with the most effective and best suited legal solutions tailored to their business requests.

We bring together a combination of wealthy and relevant experiences acquired in the most prestigious international law firms in Europe and Africa.

The quality of our expertise has been shaped through a large amount of cross-border transactions, alongside our in-depth local, regional and international market knowledge and know-how.

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Robin Cheok Van Kee

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

Robin obtained a II.i Honours Law Degree from the University of Essex in 1993. In 1994, Robin attended seminars on Advocacy conducted by Jonathan Goldberg, Q.C. covering Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In that year, he also attended a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Negotiation, Techniques in Advocacy conducted by Professor John Warwick Montgomery M Phil In Law (Essex), Ph.D. (Chicago), Th.D. (Strasbourg), Barrister at Law of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, Member of the CA, WA, VA, DC and US Supreme Court Bars, Principle Lecturer in Law, Advocate (Angleterre, Pays de Galles Et Les E-u) Professor De Droit. He became a member of the Inner Temple and was called therein as a Barrister-at-Law, England and Wales in 1995. He was also called to the Brunei Bar in 1995. In 1996 he attended a seminar on Overview on Islamic Banking and Finance by Dato Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Rahman, Managing Director, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad and Shariah Decision Making Process by Mohd. Bakir Hj. Mansor, Shariah Coordinator of BIMB Institute of Research and Training Sdn Bhd (BIMB).

Robin was made a Commissioner for Oaths in Brunei in 2000. In the same year Robin attended a seminar on Legal Framework of Islamic Banking conducted by Fadzil Yusof, GM, Legal and Secretarial Division (BIMB).

In 2003, Robin attended a seminar on Corporate Governance conducted by Eur Ing Professor Andrew D Chambers, BA, FFCA, FCA, CEng, FBCS, FRSA, FIIA, Chartered Information Systems Engineer, covering issues on Director Duties & Responsibilities, Effective internal auditing, Developments in corporate governance, Development in audit committee practices, the effective board and the effective director, serving boards well. Difficulties in observing the best practice for small/family owned conducted by Mr Kaka Singh, Directors Duties and Responsibilities conducted by Ahmad Basuni Bin Hj Abas.

In 2005, Robin attended the Euromoney Legal Training – course on Due Diligence Course – Expert Course Director, Jorge Guira and also the Euromoney Legal Training, Private Equity and Venture Capital Course conducted by the Course Director, Dr. Jorge Guira. In 2006 Robin became a Euromoney Legal Training Trainer and Speaker on Brunei Asset and Fund Management – Securities Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Issues and has remained an annual trainer for the course.

In 2008 Robin attended a Workshop on Islamic Financing and Contracts conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid. Robin is also the author for the Brunei chapter of the international directory “Getting the Deal Through – Mergers and Acquisitions 2008 and 2009”, the first editions of the Brunei chapter.

In 2010 whilst in active practice, Robin obtained his Masters in Islamic Banking, Finance and Management and Finance from the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management, University of Brunei Darussalam.

Robin was a panel speaker for Redmoney Group in their Islamic Finance News road show in Brunei for 2008, 2009, 2010 a moderator for Singapore 2010.

Robin is one of the youngest Brunei lawyers to be first ranked in Brunei by Chambers and Partners since 2009. The Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific guide describes that Robin “advises on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, and is identified for his experience in Islamic finance”. In 2010, the Chambers Asia Pacific reported that Robin is specialise mainly in corporate and finance work, as well as in funds and financial services regulatory advice. Robin was reported as respected as an expert in corporate law, and in addition handles conveyancing work in the Chambers Asia Pacific, 2011. Market commentators recognise Robin for his handling of corporate matters, while he is also active on real estate. Additionally, he has considerable expertise relating to Islamic finance as mentioned by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020.

Robin is ranked on Asialaw Profiles as one of the Leading Lawyers for Banking and Finance in Brunei, where his specialist areas and expertise are also described in an analysis by Asialaw Profiles.

Robin Cheok is being awarded as the ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020. He is also ranked as the ‘Top Tier’ 2020 of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Robin is also formally trained as an international and national arbitration lawyer in July 2016, where he attended a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) accredited course in International Commercial Arbitration conducted by the ASEAN Legal Alliance and Arbitration and the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. In 2019, Robin was invited by the Bali International Arbitration & Medication Centre (BIAMC) to attend the “Advanced International Arbitration Certification Course”. The five-days training course is strategically designed to address advanced topics in arbitration from the perspectives of arbitrators and counsel, including litigators and in-house counsel. It delivered a sophisticated understanding of the most challenging and recurrent issues in international commercial arbitration. Robin having passed the examination after the course is now qualified to apply for fellowship status.