ACT Turkmenistan Law Firm

ACT is one of the leading law firms in Turkmenistan. Having comprehensive experience and practice in Turkmenistan, ACT is recognized as being in the top tier of Turkmenistan law firms. Located in Ashgabat, ACT engages qualified attorneys and lawyers who are of local origin and yet with international education.

ACT mainly specializes in oil and gas law, tax regulations and foreign investments in Turkmenistan. The firm has substantial transactional and corporate practice with extensive client base. It provides advice to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governmental entities, and it maintains leading clients from a number of industries and business sectors, including banking, real estate, telecommunications, shipping, oil, construction, and others. Our lawyers’ working languages are English, Russian and Turkmen.

ACT is one of the founders of CIS Leading Counsel Network (LCN) a professional network expanding possibilities of rendering legal and consulting services in markets of rapidly developing CIS region and allowing participating firms to provide effective service for their clients beyond national jurisdictions.

ACT is a member of Nextlaw Global Referral Network – the largest legal referral network in the world, with more than 550 member firms, 27,000 lawyers covering 200+ countries., enabling to connect its clients to high quality lawyers around the world.

Juan Federico Fischer

Juan Federico Fischer is the managing partner of Fischer & Schickendantz, one of Uruguay’s leading law firms. Both a lawyer and an M.B.A., he manages the firm’s foreign investment consulting unit, advising multinationals and individual investors in foreign direct investments in real estate developments, acquisition of local companies, agricultural enterprises and privatizations.

Education:

– Catholic University of Uruguay, School of Law, J.D., 1995
– Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, M.B.A., 2002

Memberships:

– Uruguay Bar Association
– International Bar Association
– Center for International Legal Studies

Firm Overview:

Fischer & Schickendantz is recognized as one of Uruguay’s leading law firms by companies and individuals doing business and investing in Uruguay. With a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, conveyance attorneys, MBAs, and tax accountants, Fischer & Schickendantz prizes its focus on providing a one-stop solution to corporate leaders, both local and from overseas.

A full service law firm, Fischer & Schickendantz’s practice is divided into six core units: Corporate, Real Estate, Litigation, Tax & Incorporation, Immigration Law and Agribusiness.

The firm’s Corporate division serves some of the main companies in Uruguay, including the largest private investment venture in the country’s history an iron-ore mine and port, leading agribusiness enterprises and global construction companies engaged in Uruguay’s privatization and infrastructure projects. Our Real Estate practice has the largest department of its kind in the market, with a vast team of bilingual conveyance attorneys, assisting businesses and individuals purchasing properties, developing commercial and residential real estate, and structuring farmland purchases and operations. Global publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The New York Times, have repeatedly singled out the firm’s expertise in this area and relied on us as a source on market trends and investment regulation.

Our Litigation division handles complex cases, involving local and cross-border issues, and among many recognitions, Fischer & Schickendantz’s litigation team obtained the first ruling by a Uruguayan court on international lis pendens in 2013, a leading case on behalf of a Fortune 100 corporation, and a significant landmark on behalf of foreign investment. Our arbitration experience extends beyond borders, with our main litigators having past and current multi-million dollar engagements in arbitration processes locally and in foreign venues, including London. The firm’s Tax and Incorporation department manages hundreds of local and offshore corporations, advises foreign investors setting up operations in Uruguay’s dozen tax-free trade zones, and our partners regularly speak at global seminars, including the leading global Offhsore Investment Conference. The firm boasts the country’s largest Residency and Immigration practice, to provide companies and individuals relocating to Uruguay a comprehensive service.

This department is linked to some of the world’s largest service providers in the field, to ensure seamless assistance on corporate immigration cases.

Finally, Fischer & Schickendantz has a specialized Farmland Investment Advisory Unit, dedicated to assisting investors in Uruguay’s thriving farmland sector: in agriculture, forestry, livestock and meat processing activities. Our team has helped set up agricultural enterprises of all sizes, and has been engaged by multinational companies to structure both the purchase and sale of land, not only handling the legal aspect, but also the search for targets.

Fischer & Schickendantz is proud to have a culture of commitment to service and multi-disciplinary collaboration, setting up advisory teams with cross-discipline knowledge from the onset, to ensure our clients have all their needs met, in an effective and innovative way. Many of our attorneys are members of Uruguay’s academic field, and regularly contribute to local and global legal publications, including The International Encyclopedia of Laws, the World Bank’s Doing Business annual report and The Corporate Immigration Review to name a few.

To learn more about our firm, we invite you to explore this site, where you will be able to read about our main practice areas, see a list of representative clients, visit international press articles which distinguish our practice, contact our members, and acquire valuable information on doing business in Uruguay: on the right hand side of our site you’ll find a handful of presentations explaining the rules on some of the favored issues for foreign companies and individuals doing business in Uruguay.

Husnu Al Suood

For the past two decades, Mr. Husnu Al-Suood has been one of the mainstays of the Maldivian legal environment. With an illustrative career in both public service as well as private practice, Mr Al-Suood in widely regarded as one of the best legal minds of his generation. In the past, he has served in such distinguished capacities as the Chief Judge of the Civil Court of the Maldives and the Attorney General of the Maldives. He has also served as Chairman of the National Law Reform Commission, President of the Clemency Board, Member of the Judicial Services Commission and Member of the Human Rights Commission. He is also founding member of the National Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and the Maldives Law Institute.

Mr Suood was a key member of the Maldivian democratic movement that culminated in the first ever democratic elections held in the country and was for a time an elected Member of Parliament for Addu Constituency of the Special Majlis, which drew up the current Constitution of the Maldives.

He is a well published author and his legal opinions are held in high regard both nationally as well as regionally. Some of his key publications include Maldivian Legal System, Our Rights Our Country, International Human Rights and Understanding Maldivian Company Law (which is used widely by practitioners, students and judges locally).

Education:

– Bachelor of Law (Hons), International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
– Master of Laws, University of Queensland, Australia

Special Positions Held:

– Chief Judge, Civil Court of Maldives (1997 to 1999)
– Attorney General of the Maldives (2009 – 2010)
– Member of the Judicial Services Commission (2008-2010)
– President of the Clemency Board (2010)
– Chairman, National Law Reform Commission (2009-2010)
– Member, Special Majlis (Constitutional Assembly), (2005 – 2008)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships:

– President, Bar Association of Maldives
– President, Maldives Law Institute
– Advocate of the Supreme Court of Maldives
– Member, Law Society of Maldives
– Principle Referee, Maldives Law Review
– Founder, Maldives Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

Awards:

On December 2011, Suood was awarded the National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Services in the field of law/legal services by the Government of the Republic of Maldives.

Asia Law Profiles recognizes him as a leading individual in the field in their 2014 edition.

Firm Overview:

Welcome to Suood & Anwar LLP, the Maldives’ premier law firm.

Established in the year 1994, Suood, Anwar and Co. has, over the last decade, earned renown for excellence and service nonpareil. Our lawyers are consistently ranked amongst the top tier of the Maldives and, today, we have as our clientele key government agencies, international financial institutions, several multinational corporations and some of the biggest corporations in Maldivian business.

Please browse through our website to find more information about us and our practice, and please feel free to contact us if you require any guidance or assistance.

Firm Rankings:

Chambers & Partners UK ranks Suood & Anwar LLP as a top tier (Band A) business law firm in the Maldives.

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Luis Filipe Carvalho is the managing partner of ADCA Advogados.

“Technically excellent and strong in negotiations.” ~ Chambers and Partners

Academic Qualifications:

– Lisbon University School of Law, Law Degree, 1990

Professional Qualifications:

– Lawyer admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association
– Admitted to the Angolan Bar Association
– Member of the Criminal Forum Direction – Association of Criminal Lawyers, 2012-2014
– Member of the Leonino Council, Sporting Clube de Portugal, 2011-2013
– Vice President of the Sporting Clube de Portugal Foundation, 2011-2013
– CJLP – Community of Portuguese language Lawyers – Founding Member, 2010
– Member of the Board of ASSOFT – Portuguese Software Association, 2007-2012
– Member of the General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association, 2005-2007
– Member of the Lisbon Council of the Bar Association, 2002-2004
– Permanent Representative in UALP – Union of Lawyers of Portuguese Language, 2005-2007

Professional Experience:

– Partner of DLA Piper ABBC
– Lecturer in ESA
– Lecturer of Post Graduation Courses in ISLA, 2006-2012
– Regular speaker in Post Graduation Courses in Real Estate at the Lisbon Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, 2004-2007
– Assistant Professor at the Lisbon University Law Faculty, 1990-1997
– Lecturer of Post Graduation Course in Court of Auditors, 1994
– Participated as Portuguese Bar Association representative regarding revision of legislation regarding Real Estate Leases in September of 2004 (in XV Government) and in May and July of 2005 (XVI Government)

Languages:

– Portuguese
– English
– Spanish

About Us:

ADCA is a law firm based in Angola with strong links across the globe, ensuring we are well-positioned to respond to the most sophisticated client needs. We work closely with our clients and pride ourselves on a deep understanding of their business, allowing us to work together in partnership with them.

ADCA is a member of DLA Piper Africa, whose members are comprised of independent African law firms which work in conjunction with DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms.

We provide legal services across a wide range of specialist fields in which we have gathered experience, with a focus on deal-making and corporate advisory services. We tailor our legal practice to the changing face and vitality of the Angolan economy and to our clients international standing and aspirations. Everything we do reflects our complete dedication and strict compliance with professional standards.

ADCA works closely with DLA Piper ABBC in Portugal, allowing us to respond effectively to the growing importance of the Angolan market for foreign corporations and investors.

Dang Duong Anh

Dang Duong Anh (Mr.) has been a Partner at VILAF since 2004 and become Managing Partner of VILAF Hanoi since January 2015. To many clients and peers, Dang Duong Anh is one of the most reliable and result-oriented Vietnamese lawyers. Dang Duong Anh’s broad experience covers foreign direct investment, corporate and M&A, infrastructure & energy projects, project finance, tax, real estate and property, mining, automobile and telecommunications.

His highlighted M&A transactions include advising Siam Cement Group in acquiring group of cement production companies valued at US$440 million and in acquiring Prime Group valued at about US$240 million; advising Showa Aluminum Can Corporation in acquiring 90% share capital in Hanacans, valued at about US$110 million; advising J-Power in acquiring in and divesting later from Nhon Trach 2 Power Plant; advising Bao Minh Company and SCIC in selling entire equity capital in Bao Minh-CMG to Daiichi Life Insurance, acquisition of a large automobile manufacturer in Hanoi, and other large-scale M&A transactions. His highlighted transactions in infrastructure and project finances include Vinh Tan 1 BOT project which won “Project Finance Deal for Asia 2016” awarded by IFLR, Phu My 3 BOT power project, Kien Luong 1 BOO power project, Ban Phuc nickel mining financing, Thu Duc BOT water project, Oxbow and Enron’s power plants and a large telecommunications project in Hanoi.

Chambers and Partners commented him: “Clients rate him for his “substantial knowledge and experience of complex transactions,” which stems from his international background.” IFLR 1000 of the year 2012 comments: “Dang Duong Anh is held in high regard by peers and clients alike: “Partner Dang Duong Anh has knowledge and expertise in relation to the international practice in infrastructure projects,” says a client who “highly recommends” Dang Duong Anh.” Market sources described Dang Duong Anh as “very skilled and responsive,” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

Recently, Dang Duong Anh is awarded by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Financial and Corporate in 2016, 2017 and 2018, for Energy & Infrastructure in 2014, 2015 and  2017; and a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A by AsiaLaw in four successive years from 2014 to 2017.

Bar admission   Hanoi Bar

Education Hanoi Law University, LLB

Fordham University, School of Law, U.S., LLM

General training course at Freshfields, Hong Kong

Practice areas    Corporate and M&A, Infrastructure & Energy Projects, Project Finance, Commercial

Others  Award of Fulbright Scholarship

Award of Best Law Students from Ministry of Education and Training in 1993

7-year experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining VILAF in 2003

Firm short introduction:

VILAF was formed during the dawn of Vietnam’s foreign investment laws and has ever since worked alongside with the development of Vietnam’s system of business and investment laws, with the growth of the Government’s experience in handling business legal matters and most importantly with the growth of our clients’ Vietnam business.

With 24 years of experience, VILAF continues to be one of the preeminent business law firms in Vietnam.  VILAF is a full-serviced law firm, dedicating to many clients who have been working with us for many years, among Ford, Philip Morris, Bunge, Shell, BNP Paribas, Citibank, SMBC, SCB, ANZ, Mizuho, BTMU, SCG, Marubeni, etc.

With a team of senior lawyers who have worked with the Government in the development of Vietnamese business and investment laws for years, VILAF has the insights to the interpretation of the laws and policies.  We also have lawyers qualified to practice laws in other countries, including UK, US, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Extensive international experience and in-depth knowledge of Vietnam’s political culture and legal development have put our lawyers in the best position to advise clients on the laws and the practice of Vietnam and to help them assessing risks and developing solutions. Our approach is client-focus and solution-oriented. We cut through complexity to provide clear and insightful answers.

We have been consistently ranked as a first tier law firm by reputable legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Legal 500, ALB and Asia Law in all key legal practices including Corporate and M&A, Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Real Property, and Dispute Resolution.

José Alejandro Abusaid

Lawyer from Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (1999). Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University (FL, U.S.A), (2004). Certificates in international tax planning and management.

Professional Experience:

Large national and international work experience in Foreign Investment, Commercial and Corporate Law, Commercial Contracts, Free Zone regime, foreign law and international tax planning.

He has participated in planning, training and development of many foreign investment projects in the country, in sectors such as oil services, engineering, construction, food, pharmaceutical, software development, education, real estate and others.

Publications & Credentials:

Founding member of the Sociedad Colombiana de Derecho Internacional, member of the Colombo American Chamber of Commerce, member of the International Bar Association (IBA). Currently he serves as Professor of Private International Law at the Universidad del Rosario. He has also been Professor of the Master of Law Sergio Arboleda University and is the author of numerous articles on interna- tional law published by the Universidad del Rosario.

Author of the books: Negocios Exitosos, TLC Colombia-Estados Unidos e Inversión Extranjera en Estados Unidos.

Investing In Colombia:

Before you invest in Colombia, an integral planning stage is required. Our firm does a Tax and corporate planning to decide the best way to incorporate and do transactions, in order to operate with efficiency and to achieve the real interests of the stakeholders.

Once planning is done, our firm takes care of the incorporation of the elected vehicle(s) in one or more jurisdictions, for you to make wise decisions before you invest in Colombia. Sometimes the planning indicates the necessity to implement different commercial agreements between the companies of the group.

Our firm can help drafting the different contracts, looking always to satisfy the technical requirements of those agreements, in order to achieve the tax and corporate effects desired, before or after you invest in Colombia.

Colombia has a system of currency control based on informing the central bank of any currency movement. These regulations are present, for instance, in operations involved in investing, Import and export, services, and foreign loans. Our firm takes care of the compliance with these regulations, which ensures the avoidance of penalties.

Once this set up phase is completed and after you invest in Colombia, our firm takes care of the corporate and commercial law work associated to the operation of the business.