Wayne Barnes

Wayne Barnes is our exclusively recommended Due Diligence Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Wayne directly using the contact details listed above.

Wayne has appeared regularly for the defence in cases involving commercial fraud and money laundering, including confiscation hearings under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Wayne was a member of the Fulcrum team representing Macmillan Publishers Limited in reaching settlements with the Serious Fraud Office and the World Bank Group. As part of this process, Wayne conducted complex internal company investigations in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia as part of an anti-corruption compliance initiative.

Firm Overview:

Fulcrum Chambers Ltd is a highly specialised legal advisory and consultancy business comprising barristers, solicitors, investigators and other high calibre professionals.

We have established ourselves as an award winning firm providing strategic legal advice for corporates, public bodies, and private individuals in the field of bribery and corruption, fraud, investigations, due diligence and regulatory and compliance issues and compliance.

We have been involved in, and continue to be involved in, the most significant and high-profile international corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions of the past decade.

Ibrahim Abunameh

Ibrahim Abunameh is our exclusively recommended Due Diligence Services expert in Jordan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ibrahim directly using the contact details listed above.

Abunameh & Partners is a leading law firm that was established in 1980 to provide the business community with full legal services in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Due to the expertise, professionalism, and capability of the firm and its lawyers, Abunameh & Partners is now the preferred choice to many Multi-national organisation and Fortune 500 companies when it comes to their legal requirements in the Middle East and North Africa. The firm operates through its offices and affiliate offices in Jordan, Iraq, Libya and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

We assisted many companies in establishing a presence for them in Jordan, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Libya and other Middle East and North Africa countries, we have handled major transactions and deals on their behalf, we provided them with the local laws advice and we represented them successfully in disputes.

Dr Klaus Mittermair MBA

In my role as Head of Deal Advisory, I am responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence and Corporate Assessment. I am a competent partner for our clients with more than 25 years of experience in national and international corporate transactions for mergers & acquisitions, corporate valuation, due diligence, financing advice, stock market launches and the preparation and assessment of business plans.

My main areas of focus are automotive, industry, healthcare and real estate. In addition, I am a university lecturer and author of various specialist publications.

Firm Overview:

KPMG International Cooperative is a multinational professional services network, and one of the Big Four accounting organisations. Seated in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, KPMG is a network of firms in 147 countries, with over 219,000 employees and has three lines of services: financial audit, tax, and advisory.

Mika Reiner Mayer

Mika Reiner Mayer is one of the most sought-after lawyers in patent prosecution and strategic portfolio management for life sciences startups and established companies alike. Widely known for her strategic insights and deep understanding of business, she is the go-to diligence counsel in Silicon Valley for life science companies and their investors.

Due Diligence:

Mika has extensive experience with investor-side and company-side patent due diligence. She has led hundreds of patent due diligence reviews, ranging in size from small seed investments to multibilliondollar acquisitions in the medical device, drug delivery and pharmaceutical fields. On the company-side, her clients include Gilead Sciences, W.L. Gore & Associates, Alcon, Magic Leap and Astellas Pharma. On the investor-side, she has represented clients such as Vivo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, Vertex Healthcare Ventures and Canaan Partners. Clients rely on her ability to translate IP risks into business risks with ease, and to provide strategic guidance. As Intellectual Asset Management’s Guide to the Leading Patent Professionals notes, “Mika Mayer is a touchstone IP due diligence lawyer for life sciences companies and their investors.”

Strategic Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Management:

Because of her extensive due diligence experience, Mika is very effective in anticipating and mitigating risks for her clients. She has served as lead patent prosecution counsel to companies such as Gilead Sciences, Novadaq Technologies, Intersect ENT, Intuity Medical, Freedom Innovations, Sight Sciences and Gauss Surgical. Her strategic planning and name recognition help guide her clients to commercial success with many of them going public or being acquired. As one of Mika’s competitors said to LMG Life Sciences Magazine in 2013, “Mika’s prosecution and advice counseling is some of the best I have ever seen.”

Post-Grant Review Proceedings & Patent Litigation:

Whether representing patent owners or petitioners, plaintiffs or defendants, Mika is engaged for her technical and legal knowledge in post-grant review proceedings and patent litigation. In both post-grant review proceedings and in patent litigation, she works synergistically with litigation counsel to find efficient, creative and business-oriented solutions for her clients.

Professional & Community Work:

Mika guest lectures for Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Class and regularly speaks at industry events on topics including leadership, patent strategy and inclusion and diversity. She is a current member of the Science Accelerator Committee of the American Heart Association and a board member of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. She was previously a board member of the Equal Rights Association and the Center For WorkLife Law.