Gratian B. Mali

Gratian B. Mali is a long-serving legal practitioner and academician with experience dating back to 2002. Before he established Ardean Law Chambers in 2011, Mr. Mali has, at different times, worked for a number of reputable offices including the Attorney General’s Office (2002), Mauggo & Co. Advocate (2003) and TGG Legal Consultants and Attorneys (2006-2008). Mr. Mali has also served as Legal Advisor and Company Secretary in various Firms including Roots General Agency Ltd., JCDecaux Tanzania Limited; Avanti Industries Limited; Golden Agricultural Commodities Pty, Doshi Hardware (TZ) Ltd, Agiribal International Limited; Kastipharm Limited, Yemensoft Solutions Ltd, IDV Technologies Africa Limited. He is also the legal advisor of an international organizations namely “Mission Africa-Tanzania” and Youth Challenge International (Canada Word Youth -Tanzania). Mr. Mali has also worked with government institutions such as the Institute of Accountancy Arusha and Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) where he served as a Senior Corporate Counsel and Head of Legal Unit.

Mr. Mali is experienced in corporate management, public procurement, taxation, insurance, banking, employment and labour relations, real estate and intellectual property. He also has proven experience in debt recovery management and strategies, litigation, mediation and arbitration. Mr. Mali is a member of Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators, Tanganyika Law Society and the East African Law Society. In the academic arena, Mr. Mali is serving as a Lecturer in law at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College and Kampala International University-Dar es Salaam. Mali a seasoned publisher and has published in areas of Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Sale of Goods, Insurance and Tax Law.

Mr. Mali possess a Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M) of the University of Dar es Salaam majoring in Intellectual Property, Insurance and Tax law. He a Managing Partner at ARDEAN Law Chambers. Mr. Mali is an exclusive representative of Atradius Collection and Credilex Global Recovery SLP in Tanzania.

Khalifa Hamed Al Yaqout

Khalifah H. Al-Yaqout, is an Attorney licensed to appear before all levels of courts. He is appearing in many high-profile cases both in Kuwait and UAE.

Khalifa Al-Yaqout is a qualified Graduate of Laws from Ajman University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates. He is registered attorney with the Kuwait Bar Association.

He is a Constitutional Member of Committee of National Union in Kuwait which a working in different countries like US, UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada and Egypt;

Khalifah is a member in International Bar Association (IBA) which is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners.

He is a member of Arab Lawyers Union (ALU);

Khalifah currently is Member of various Committees of Kuwait Lawyers Society like: (i) Legal Claims and Grievances; (ii) Intellectual Property Rights; & (iii) Social Affairs Committee.

Khalifah very actively engages with Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of United States Department of which organizes various legal events around the globe for improving the legal environment for business.

Khalifah was the Ex-President of National Students Union of UAE.

He was the President of the Social Committee of the Kuwait Lawyers’ Association as well.

Firm Overview:

AYGL was established in 2003 by its founder, the late advocate/ Hamed Mohamed Al-Yaqout. Being a pioneer in the legal sector of the State of Kuwait, AYLG is well-reputed for its excellence and prudence. We ensure quality legal services focused to the clients’ needs.

AYLG has cross-border footprints in countries like Qatar, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, London and Italy but AYLG is just not about the size. Being a progressive specialized law firm we deliver impeccable services knowing the needs and requirements of clients. At AYLG, we understand the language, culture and the requirements of our multi-domiciled clients.

Olusola Jegede

Olusola Jegede is a Partner at RESOLUTION LAW FIRM.

Olusola holds the Bachelor of Laws, LL.B at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He later attended Nigeria Law School and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar

Olusola is well respected for his in-depth expertise and analysis of corporate & commercial and real estate law. Olusola is also responsible for various aspects of Shipping and International Trade Law activities in the law firm.

As an experienced lawyer, with a demonstrated history and knowledge, Olusola’s responsibilities include Researching, Negotiating, Advising, Management, and Consulting.

Olusola is an accredited Trademark Lawyer and a front line Corporate Lawyer with a vast experience in international business.

The other areas of legal practice Olusola frequently engages in at the firm include Immigration Law, Family Law, Litigation and other forms of Disputes Resolution.

Olusola also frequently participates in litigation and other forms of ADR.

Olusola has attended several legal related conferences within and outside Nigeria.

Education:

  • University Of Bradford (LL.B)
  • Nigerian Law School (B.L)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • IBA Committee On Oil & Gas Law
  • IBA Committee On Power
  • International Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association For Energy Economics

Wossen Bokan

Based in Addis Ababa, Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan Metasebia provides a full range of general consultancy services in connection with business and investment in Ethiopia. All legal services provided are rendered by registered and licensed Ethiopian lawyers retained for the purpose by this Firm, in accordance with the laws of Ethiopia.

This Consultancy Firm is named after Mr. Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan under whom the Managing Director, Wossen Bokan, has been trained for over a decade. An impressive leading Ethiopian lawyer who also happens to be the first Attorney

General of Ethiopia under Emperor Haile-Selassie, Teshome was a prominent figure and passionate lover of Ethiopia. He is the father of the Managing Director.

Wossen Teshome Bokan Plc and its registered lawyers have built up a substantial practice in corporate matters, commercial transactions, intellectual property and employment law.

Main Areas of Practice:

The Firm is involved in various areas of practice including international finance, joint ventures, commercial transactions (including the international sale of goods), investment, arbitration and litigation.

The Firm has represented international organisations and corporate entities, with a well-developed practice that assists corporate clients.

We also work in aviation matters particularly with foreign financiers and leasing companies where various entities have leased or bought aircrafts, aircraft engines and other spare parts advising on lease, loan and security documents and assisting in the registration of aircrafts and other relevant services with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.

We assist companies in all facets of corporate activities, from formation of a company under local laws to advising corporate clients on labour, tax, banking and other similar issues.

Foreign Investment:

Ethiopia has become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa attracting major foreign investment. We assist companies, interested investors with registration of their companies, whether as a branch, subsidiary, a representative office, an international contractor or subcontractor.

The Firm is specialising in all aspects of intellectual property matters. We have a qualified team dealing with prosecution of trademarks, industrial designs and patents, before the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office. We also have experienced litigation lawyers, should there be any infringement of your intellectual property rights in Ethiopia. In addition to being an Intellectual Property Firm, we provide a range of services to new and existing foreign companies, or individuals, investing in any business sector in Ethiopia. We assist in forming and registering new companies but we also assist in winding-up and deregistration of those companies that wish not to operate in Ethiopia anymore. For this, we have a selected team of lawyers each specialising in particular laws of Ethiopia.

Junayed Chowdhury

Qualifications:
Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court LL.M, University of Chicago Law School Barrister at Law, of Lincoln’s Inn (2003) LL.B (Hons.), University of London
Practice Areas:
Aviation, Construction, Energy, Environment, Corporate, Finance, Private Equity, International Law, Telecommunication, Taxation, Media and Entertainment, IP and IT,Commercial, Litigation and ADR
Membership:
Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association Bangladesh Bar Council General Council of the Bar of England and Wales International Association of Managing Partners
Appointments:
  • Visiting Research Fellow, the University of Connecticut Law School, May 2015, faculty presentation on Taxation of Islamic Finance Products, a Comparative Study.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London September-October 2015, research on comparative international finance taxation with a focus on Islamic Finance
  • Visiting Faculty, Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, 2014, lectured on Structuring Private Equity Transactions, Laws and Documentation.
  • Visiting Faculty, Chittagong Independent University, 2016, lecturing on Structuring Private Equity Transactions-Legal issues.
Publication and Seminar:
  • Corporate Tax Law & Practice | February 2015 |Mullick Brothers | ISBN 984-8272-68-2
  • Employee Share Ownership and Financial Assistance by the Company – Turning the Searchlight Within | Bangladesh Journal of Law | Vol. 10, Nos.1 & 2, June-December 2006, pp. 53-68
  • Thou shalt not break promise- searching for intention in Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent | Bangladesh Journal of Law | Vol. 12, No.1, June 2010
  • To indict or not to indict | The Forum (The Daily Star) | Vol. 3 Issue 12, December 2009
  • Structuring Equitable IT Contracts: Some Selected Issues | Paper presented at the SoftExpo 2009 organized by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS)
Appointments:
T: +88 02 9891037
F: +88 02 9897085
E: [email protected]

Paris M. Spanos

Paris M. Spanos was born in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 7 August 1963.

He graduated from the University Of East Anglia (LL.B) in 1987. He then obtained his Masters Degree (LL.M) in International Law at the University of Cambridge, England in 1988. He has been a member of the Cyprus Bar Association since 1989.

Paris M. Spanos was also a member of the Committee of the Cyprus Industrial Relations and Personnel Management Association (1991- 93). During the same period he also served as a Prosecutor in the Sports Tribunal of the Cyprus Football Association.

He was also member of the Sports Tribunal of the Cyprus Handball Association and of the Nicosia Amateurs Football Association (1992 – 95). Furthermore he served as Assistant. Gen. Secretary and Spokesman (1994 – 96) and as Vice President and Spokesman of APOEL Football Club, of Nicosia (1998 – 2000).

He was also at one period appointed by the Government as a member of the Committee of Loan Commissioners (1998-2001). He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors in EUROCYPRIA AIRLINES (2001 – 2003), Cyprus Airways (Duty-Free Shops) Ltd (2004 -2005), Cyprus Development Bank (2005 – 2008).

He is the legal Adviser of the Cyprus Olympic Committee since 1991.

Paris M. Spanos is also the Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Cyprus since the 4th of March 2004. 

He specializes in the formation of companies and corporate law. During his professional career he dealt with many cases involving re-organization of companies, relocation of companies, mergers, acquisitions and various other complicated corporate matters.”  

Markos Spanos & Co:

We are a modern and progressive firm which nonetheless honours and respects the foundations and traditions of the legal profession.

Our firm’s philosophy is to constantly strive for excellence in our work, maintain the highest professional standards, treat our clients with the utmost respect and loyalty, communicate with them on a human and personal level and exercise maximum effort in assisting them to achieve their individual goals and objectives in a prompt and cost effective way.

We believe that our firm’s greatest asset lies in our human resources. All our lawyers have excellent academic qualifications. They keep up with the developments of the law in their chosen field of specialisation.

Their high standard of knowledge, technical capability, professional integrity and dedication to their work, make them extremely capable professionals who can successfully complete any work they undertake.