Fernanda Lopes

Fernanda Lopes is from Maputo, Mozambique and graduated in 1986 from Universidade Católica, Portugal. Since 1987, Fernanda Lopes has practiced mainly in the areas of company law, contract law and litigation. She speaks Portuguese and English.

Firm Overview:

Founded in Maputo in 1995, Fernanda Lopes & Associados-Advogados has a long and strong presence in the Mozambique market. The founding partners, Fernanda Lopes and Teodato Hunguana, bring extensive experience to the firm and the activity.

FL&A is a full service corporate and commercial law firm, assisting companies in its activity needs and legal areas related to the activity of companies (law of contracts, labour law, property, real estate and land laws, industrial property and litigation).

FL&A regularly advises major international corporations seeking to operate in Mozambique’s investment climate.

The firm has built strong knowledge and expertise in natural resources, energy, transport and infrastructure matters.

In the firm, we believe that understanding our clients allows us to assist and advice pragmatically and solution-oriented. Competent and ethical professional behaviour, commitment and technical excellence, both to clients and to the profession, approaching the client priorities with a pragmatic and solution oriented perspective, offering an in depth knowledge of the market and quality legal services with efficiency.


Alberto Vargas Pareja

Alberto is a founding partner of the firm Vargas Pareja Abogados & Consultores and leader in the areas of mining, corporate and taxation with more than 20 years of experience advising his clients. Alberto is always totally focused on his clients and provides cutting-edge technical advice to every issue in which he works, with a proven ability to keep his eyes on “the whole picture”.

Alberto is a lawyer from the University of Lima (1998), graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) with specialization courses on Mining Law, Taxation, Finance and Corporate Law at Universidad del Pacífico (2011), Universidad de Lima (2004), and ESAN (2002) respectively. University Professor in subjects related to Mining and Corporate Law. Arbitrator before diverse entities like Center of Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima and National Institute of Mining, Petroleum and Energy. Ability to analyze, make decisions and manage personnel.

Prior to Vargas Pareja Abogados & Consultores, Alberto advised companies and investors in the areas of Civil Law, Contracts, Property and Investment Negotiations, specializing in the Mining and Infrastructure sectors, in national, foreign and multinational companies, including Minera Barrick Misquichilca SA, leader in exploration, exploitation and marketing of gold, with successful results through leadership in the Headquarters in charge with close coordination with Legal Management and General Management in order to clearly establish the ways to carry out corporate objectives . Ability to analyze, make decisions and manage personnel.

Then, negotiator on behalf of Perupetro (Peruvian State) to enter into Exploration License and Oil Exploration contracts, taking into account contingencies in environmental matters.

Subsequently, Legal Manager of Activos Mineros SAC, company responsible for the remediation of environmental liabilities and contribute to the actions of Proinversión in the process of promotion of private investment, in charge of the preparation of transfer of surface land, assignments of contractual position and transfer of mining concessions. Also, in charge of organizing the legal department of Assets Miners S.A.C

His professional approach includes topics specifically related to general practice with a concentration in corporate law, socio-environmental negotiations, property and investment, tax law, arbitration and mining.

Practice Areas:

  • Arbitration.
  • Legal Audits.
  • Contractual Law.
  • Corporate Financial Law.
  • Tax Law.
  • Mining Law.
  • Rights in Property and infrastructure.

Anastasia Fomicheva

Anastasia Fomicheva is a Partner at LEGAL PRO heading Corporate/M&A practice.

Anastasia advises clients on different complex business transactions including  mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on Corporate and Antitrust law.

Anastasia has over 13 years of experience in advising clients on  Corporate and Commercial law.

Together with her team she works on M&A projects which usually includes dealing with  various Corporate, Employment, Antitrust, Commercial, Tax, Civil, Intellectual  Property and Real Estate law issues.

Anastasia thinks that her experience in such projects give her team and herself a room for  permanent self – development. In its turn this allows her to help her clients in any  complicated situations and suggest effective solutions.

Anastasia also advises clients on Corporate law, including day-to-day corporate  compliance advice, corporate governance, facilitating start-ups, restructuring,  reorganization and liquidation.

In my view, it is vital for the lawyer to carefully listen to his client, act in his best  interests in developing any process or solution, talk to the client to understand his needs and  aspirations. For me any project is an interesting and thorough work with the client including  getting deep understanding of the company’s internal processes. My clients work in  absolutely different industries from arrangements of exhibitions to construction, engineering and  shipping. All of them share true interest to their business which inspires me to use my best  efforts helping them to succeed

Areas of Expertise:

  • Corporate law
  • Labor and Employment law
  • Employees Benefits law
  • Immigration law
  • Corporate governance/compliance
  • Insolvency and Reorganization
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Competition/ Antitrust law
  • Environmental law.


  • Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A law practice, LLC LEGAL PRO, St. Petersburg, 2018 – present
  • Associate/ Senior associate, Capital Legal Services, St. Petersburg, 2011-2018
  • Associate, Mannheimer Swartling Ryssland Advokataktiebolag, St. Petersburg,  Russia, 2008-2011
  • Specialist on securities/ Corporate Lawyer, Baltika Breweries, St. Petersburg, 2006- 2008
  • Senior specialist of legal department, OJSC VENA, St. Petersburg, 2004-2006


  • St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law, Master’s Degree in Commercial Law, 2011,  Russia
  • St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law, Bachelor’s Degree in law, 2005, Russia
  • University of Culture and Art, department of Culture by the name of Krupskaya N.K., 2000,  Russia


  • Russian
  • English
  • Italian
  • Swedish

Firm Description

LEGAL PRO is a boutique law firm based in St. Petersburg Russia specializing on advising international and Russian companies on all aspects of Corporate/ M&A, Employment, Commercial and Antitrust law.

Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin

Me Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin is registered in the Paris Bar as a Business lawyer (predominantly activity). The experience of Ludovic comes from magic circle law firms.

In 2018, he won the Business Lawyer Global Award for France (CorporateLiveWire).

He joined in August 2018 the AE (Advisory Excellence) legal network as the exclusive Business Lawyer and the exclusive Corporate Lawyer member.

His practice includes:

–         business law (commercial contracts, advice of traders in their activities);

–         corporate law (setting-up, running and dissolution);

–         commercial criminal law;

–         commercial instruments (promissory notes, cheques, bills of exchange);

–         capital markets (debt instruments, shares, derivatives);

–         tax law;

–         bankruptcy law;

–         law of security;

–         international trade (including EU law); and

–         commercial litigation, arbitration and settlement agreements.

Ludovic holds a master’s degree in business law, a master’s degree in International and European law (both from the University of Paris X – Nanterre) and a master’s degree in contract law (DEA) from the University of Paris XI – Sud. He also holds a diploma of professional English from the University of London (British Institute in Paris).

Ludovic is on the list of speakers of the Master 2 (professional) in business and tax law from Sorbonne University (Paris I). He holds a certificate in private law and contract enforcement in the United – States of America and in France (contracts and arbitration) from Yale University / Paris II – Panthéon – Assas. He is authorized to plead before English courts under the 1977 Directive.

He was sent to London in secondment within the framework of a specific programme, the European Associate Programme. Ludovic is generally praised from peers for his well-developed general legal background (both in private and public law) and, in some areas, his extensive knowledge. He is described as having an undeniable technical expertise with strong technical and drafting skills (French and English). A team member stresses a strong capability to convey complex topics in engaging and accessible ways.

As a transactional lawyer, clients observe that he can make a real difference in getting things done efficiently and properly, overcoming obstacles when needed be. Clients and team members converge to say that he is an asset to a legal team, being in addition nice to work with. A client notes its outstanding negotiation skills and a team member emphasizes his organizational deal skills. Ludovic has been nominated several times for market distinctions as Deal Maker of the Year in 2013, for a Global Award and a Law Award in 2014 by the Anglo-Saxon Finance Monthly magazine.

In 2015, Ludovic created his own law firm. For a more personal presentation, he belongs to a family of jurists for two centuries: magistrate, professor of law (Professor Timbal at the University of Paris II – Panthéon – Assas), lawyer (bâtonniers, secretary of the conference) and notary.

He supports economic empowerment. He is described as a very dynamic lawyer, open minded, and very contact friendly.

Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley is the managing partner of ACS Legal and focuses on foreign direct investment into Southeast Asia. Before establishing ACS Legal, he worked at large international law firms in London, Singapore, the Middle East and Vietnam.

Mark has advised multinational clients on various international transactions involving private equity, structured finance, M&A, joint ventures, acquisition finance and commercial agreements. He has been advising clients from different industries such fitness and wellness, technology, entertainment and F&B, hotel development, retailers and manufacturing companies.


English and German


Mark is a 2001 graduate of the College of Law and a 1999 graduate of the University of Surrey and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2003. Mark is a registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam.

Burçin Barlas

Burçin Barlas is the founding partner of Barlas Law Firm. He has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law, foreign investment law, contracts and real estate. Besides his membership to Istanbul Bar association, Burçin is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, American Chamber of Commerce and he is enlisted in the reference list of Australian Consulate in Turkey.

Prior incorporating Barlas Law Firm, he has worked in many due diligence projects, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and international structuring projects in a variety of sectors, including energy, health, finance, construction, insurance and real estate. Burçin assists his clients with the establishment of all types of business entities, limited liability companies, Joint Stock Companies and REICs (Real Estate Investment Companies).

He has extensive experience handling all aspects of corporate liquidations, insolvencies, restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings as well as protecting his clients’ rights with debt recovery and other remedies when faced with insolvency. Burçin’s articles have been published at Oxford University Press and the World Report of the World Bank including reputable legal web sites such as mondaq.com. He also organizes lectures to corporations regarding the amendments in the new Turkish Commercial Code that was promulgated in July 2012.

Prior incorporating Barlas Law Firm, Burçin worked as a Consultant Lawyer at the legal department of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Following graduation from Feyziye Mektepleri Vakfı Private Işık High School on full scholarship, Burçin took his LL.B degree from Marmara University Law School and completed his LL.M (master’s degree) at Stockholm University, with full scholarship granted from the Swedish Government, specializing in European Union Law.

English and German are the foreign languages that Burçin is capable of speaking.

About Barlas Law Firm:

In a world where both business risks and opportunities are continuously evolving, Barlas Law Firm sees the whole picture and is dedicated and equipped to help clients across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues.

To be at the forefront of the legal profession requires foresight, a desire to share ideas and a willingness to have a voice on issues of importance. We have the confidence to challenge existing thinking and to push boundaries.

We provide legal services based on the principles of teamwork, collaboration, and commitment to client service. We take time to understand our clients’ businesses so we can work as an extension of their team. We help them navigate a challenging landscape through focused, innovative, and high quality service.