Abdulhakim Binherz

Abdulhakim Binherz is a graduate (LLM) in International Commercial Laws from University of Northumbria, and has left his imprint as one of the most prominent personalities in banking and legal sector. Prior to founding this firm, he was general counsel of Emirates NBD Legal Affairs, fraud investigation, prevention and compliance.

Binherz has extensive experience in banking and legal field as he has overseen various multi-billion dollar projects in the region. He was actively involved in establishing the region’s first real estate funds managed by Emirates International Bank to grant loans to UAE nationals free of interest. He was also council to the first high-profile merger in the Middle-East between Emirates Bank and National Bank of Dubai, and managed the legal acquisition of Dubai Bank, and BNP Paribas.

In 2013, Mr. Binherz was honored by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, for excellence in service among UAE nationals in higher management positions in the banking industry.

Mr. Binherz is a registered advocate licensed to practice in the Dubai Courts, UAE Federal Courts and the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Courts. He is the principal legal consultant and chief litigation section, has a significant and diverse practice includes criminal, civil, family and labour, commercial in addition to other general litigation.

Firm Overview:

At Abdulhakin Binherz Advocates & Legal Consultants, founding principle combined with our values defines us and inspire the way we work and behave. As one of the preferred regional law firm for our many clients, we make sure they compete successfully in the UAE and around the world by offering them commercially superior comprehensive legal services, with an aim to develop lasting relationships with our clients. we work in close partnership with them to deliver innovative, result-oriented and prompt legal services.

Our team of expert local and international lawyers give you the highest global quality standards with unparalleled local expertise.

Genrikh Padva

Genrikh Padva is one of the most renowned Russian attorneys. Currently he is a member of the Central Council of the Russian Lawyers Association, member of the Academic Council of the Federal Chamber of Advocates of Russia, Board member of the Moscow Bar. He has broad experience in acting before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Russia.

He defends clients in criminal cases, both in preliminary investigation and in court; represents clients before Russian arbitrazh and general courts on a variety of matters, including anti-libel suits, shareholder rights and inheritance disputes; advises on a broad range of matters arising in corporate relations, including protection of investments, ownership rights, antimonopoly issues etc.

Genrikh Padva is the author of numerous publications on various legal topics and in particular, on advocacy in Russia. He is awarded the title of “The Honoured Lawyer of Russia”, is a laureate of the Badge of Honour “Public Recognition” and the Plevako Gold Medal. Genrikh Padva’s name has been listed many times at the top of Russian ratings of lawyers and in the international “Who’s Who of Professionals”. In 2001 Genrikh Padva was voted “Man of the Year” in the category “Law” by a Rambler poll.

Genrikh Padva has practiced as an advocate since 1953, having graduated in 1953 from the Moscow Law Institute with a law degree, and from the Kalinin Pedagogical Institute in 1961 with a degree in history. In 1971 he became a member of the Moscow Bar. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Padva and Partners

Law Firm Overview:

Padva and Partners is one of the oldest and most renowned attorneys’ offices in Russia.

Padva and Partners deservedly occupies a leading position among attorneys’ offices in Russia, representing clients before Russian arbitrazh and general courts of all levels, including the Constitutional Court of Russia, and before arbitration tribunals. The efforts of our attorneys have been instrumental in achieving judgments in the Higher Arbitrazh Court, Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Russia that made a significant impact on law enforcement practices. Many attorneys of the Law Office have been rated best lawyers in various practice areas.

Many times our attorneys have been invited as Russian law experts, in particular, their opinions have been accepted by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, LCIA, International Court of Arbitration in Paris, Arbitration Tribunal of Zurich Chamber of Commerce, the Bermuda Supreme Court, district courts of the State of New York and Illinois, and other judiciary bodies abroad.

The Law Office practices in a wide variety of areas, including transaction support and advice on civil, land, tax, employment, administrative, corporate, customs law, real estate and construction, as well as subsoil use and energy, antimonopoly, banking, financial law and intellectual property. Professionals of the Law Office perform due diligence exercises, including compliance and anticorruption due diligence, and provide legal support in developing appropriate internal corporate policies.

The Law Office offers legal services on anti-libel suits and on all matters of family and inheritance law; our attorneys represent parties in cases involving the rights and interests of children of spouses of different nationalities and in disputes involving marital community property located in different jurisdictions.

Our attorneys represent individuals and legal entities in all stages of criminal proceedings involving all types and categories of charges, and in the course of pre-trial checks and special investigative measures performed by law enforcement authorities. Our attorneys have gained large experience in representing clients in extradition cases and before the European Court for Human Rights.

Rogério Alves

Rogério Alves has over 25 years experience and is a former chairman of the Portuguese Bar Association. Mr. Alves has a long and solid legal career, having a widely known public profile in all matters related with the Law.

During his career, Rogério has established himself in the legal market as a prestigious and independent attorney, actively pursuing major social and legal causes in Portugal and abroad, granting him national and international reputation.

Rogério Alves is known for his relevant participation before the general public, in defence of all fundamental rights and, in particular, the citizens’ civil rights, in order for an ethics based legal practice is able to ensure the pursuit of Justice and the defence of the legal rights of all citizens. His professional activity ranges from General Litigation, with particular emphasis with Criminal and White Collar Criminal Law and Financial Regulations Infringements. Rogério Alves also acts in regard with Commercial and Corporate Litigation.

Rogério Alves has been an attorney with own practice since 1987, pursuing its legal activity mainly in the areas of Litigation, Commercial and Corporate Law and Real Estate Law

Firm Overview:

Rogério Alves & Associados is a full-service law firm, located in Lisbon, Portugal. The firm motto is ‘The strong and determined defence of our clients’ rights’.

At Rogério Alves & Associados, their highly skilled teams provide legal advice to clients in a competent, permanent and attentive manner, in order to best fulfil their rights and comply with their duties. Rogério Alves & Associados’ practice areas are litigation and arbitration, business law and public law, with a main focus on criminal law, headed by Rogério Alves, the law firm founding partner, a key individual in criminal law in Portugal.

Scott K. Fenton, B.A., LL.B.

Scott was called to the bar in 1988. He is a Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers (Chair, Ontario Provincial Committee), a Fellow of International Society of Barristers, and recognized in  Best Lawyers in Canada®, Criminal Defence.  He is a Faculty Member and Regional Planner, National Criminal Law Program and is a former Director, Advocates’ Society.

Scott is a senior criminal defence lawyer experienced in criminal, quasi-criminal, constitutional and special prosecution matters. He has appeared as counsel on numerous trials, argued many appeals in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has had multiple appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada, including R. v. Stillman, R. v. Goldhart, R. v. Silviera, R. v. Farinacci, R. v. Jarvis, R.v. Ling, R. v. Harrison, and R. v. Wallace.

Scott is experienced in all types of criminal cases, including individual representations and corporate/commercial crime, white collar crime, cross-border investigations, foreign corruption, tax evasion, anti-trust/competition, securities, Elections Act, administrative monetary penalties (AMPs), policing (Special Investigations and Police Service Act matters), internet gaming, professional disciplinary matters, proceeds of crime and provincial regulatory prosecutions.

Routinely advises boards and special committees of public and private corporations and has been repeatedly retained to act for various government agencies, including several police defendants, government ministries, and regulatory bodies, often as a Special Prosecutor.


Fenton, Smith Barristers is one of Canada’s leading criminal law firms with offices based in downtown Toronto. Our firm provides best-in-class professional legal advice and legal services to individuals, corporations, and governmental clients in a broad range of criminal, quasi-criminal, regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. Our professional services range from private consultative and advisory retainers to attending on all forms of criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory trials, tribunal proceedings, reviews and appeals.

David Benowitz

David Benowitz is an experienced attorney with a successful track record of fighting for his clients. As a criminal defense lawyer in Washington, DC, Mr. Benowitz is committed to providing the highest level criminal defense at affordable prices.

Mr. Benowitz is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has earned a perfect 10 rating by AVVO, and is a member of the National College of DUI Defense. He is also the only Washington, DC-based criminal defense attorney who has been board-certified as a criminal advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Benowitz is also a faculty member at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

David Benowitz – Attorney at Law:

For 22 years, David Benowitz has served his clients as a high-profile criminal defense attorney with a comprehensive practice founded on thorough and aggressive representation. As the founding partner of Price Benowitz LLP, he has experience in both local and federal courts and vigorously defends his clients in white collar and high-profile cases around the country in local and federal courts.

David obtained his Juris Doctor from George Washington Law School, where he was involved in the D.C. Law Students in Court Program.  He was also a member of the George Washington Law Review and Moot Court Board.  David went on to Temple University, where he received an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy in 2006.  Upon graduation from school in 1995, he worked as a Staff Attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia recognized as the top public defender’s office in the nation, until 2001.

The National Board of Trial Advocacy has certified David as a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate, which indicates that he meets their exceptionally high standards of professionalism and experience. He is currently the only attorney in the Washington, D.C., area to carry this distinction.  David is a faculty member at Harvard Law School’s renowned Trial Advocacy Workshop and NITA’s Building Trial Skills Seminar at Georgetown Law School, and he has been interviewed on national television regarding high-profile cases.

Additionally, the National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers has honored David as one of the top trial lawyers in the area, and he has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell of AV-Preeminent*, which is a peer review rating that recognizes his knowledge, integrity, and professionalism in the field.

Whether David is handling a felony case in local court in Washington, DC or a white collar matter in federal court around the country, he is passionate about providing his clients with great service and an aggressive defense.

Dirk Daamen

During and after his studies Daamen worked as a legal assistant for the criminal defense lawyers Serge Weening, Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen and David Moszkowicz. Working for Moszkowicz Advocaten in Maastricht, he was admitted to the bar in 2007. He continued to work there for almost five years. During this period, Daamen focused on criminal cases, including the bigger, complex and controversial ones.

Dirk studied Dutch law at Maastricht University and graduated in 2007 in criminal law and in European law and language studies. He also studied in Italy for a year. In 2015, Dirk completed the Specialisation Criminal Law Programme at the Willem Pompe Institute, therefore he may call himself a criminal law specialist.

Dirk Daamen is a member of the Association of Criminal Cassation Lawyers (VCAS) and a member of the Dutch Association of Defence Counsel (NVSA), the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) and the Maastricht Criminologists Club. He is also one of the initiators of the Criminal Law Working Group, affiliated to the Association of Young Lawyers of Maastricht. This working group meets monthly to discuss the latest developments in the field of criminal law. Because he also provides legal assistance to prisoners undergoing life imprisonment, Daamen has joined the ‘Forum Levenslang’ (Life imprisonment Forum).