Dr. Moustafa Sayed

Born: Aleppo, Syria, September, 1928; admitted, 1974, Syria.

Education: University of Damascus; University of Geneva (Dr. of Law Degree). Former Professor, Public and Private International Law, University of Damascus School of Law. Former Minister: Foreign Affairs and Higher Education. Judge, Court of Organization, Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Member: Syrian Bar Association; American Society of International Law.

Languages: Arabic, French and English.

Practice Areas: International Arbitrations; International Contracts; International Franchising; Foreign Investment Regulation; International Oil and Gas.

Firm Overview:

Sayed & Sayed is an international law firm based in Damascus, Syria. Founded in 1974, the firm has accumulated a specialty in diverse practice areas combining quality legal services with expertise in many legal disciplines allowing our lawyers to offer a reliable representation.

Our firm’s general practice encompasses a wide-range of areas including corporate law, banking and finance, intellectual property, contracts, international transaction, administrative law and public regulations.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in international litigation and in international commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce and other local, regional and international arbitration centres. Our lawyers are all trained as internationalists with a sophisticated sense of the different types of legal systems and the special character of transnational legal practice.

Sotiris Yanakakis

Sotiris Yanakakis attended the Law School of the Democrition University of Thrace (LL.B., Summa cum Laude, 1982) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1984). His LL.M. Thesis was : “Comparative study between the Hague and Hamburg Rules in the Carriage of Goods by Sea”. He was admitted to the Athens Bar in 1985 and transferred to the Piraeus Bar in 1987. He was worked as a associate with Bingham, Danna & Gould, Boston (1984) and has been associated with Piraeus Law Firms (1984 – 1993).

He is a co-author of the section on Greek Aviation Law in Longman’s “Capital Taxes and Estate Planning in Europe”(1992) and has published an article on the “Time Bar of Claims for Contribution to General Average” (Maritime Law Review, Dec. 1991). He has also publishes an Article on the “Legal Status and Practice of Franchising Agreement in Greece” Business and Company Law (1997).

S. Yanakakis speaks English. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Greece, Harvard Law Association of Europe, member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the franchise Association of Greece, member of American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and President of the Franchising Law and other Distribution Systems Association (Greek Franchising Law Association)

S. C. YANAKAKIS Law Offices:

S Yanakakis A Kalogeropoulou Law Offices is a Greek law firm with its offices in Athens established in 1985, whose attorneys have been engaged in broad spectrum of international practice and have acquired considerable experience in serving an international clientele (Greece, Europe, United States). The firm has established an international network of correspondent relationships with local law offices which enables it to act fast and efficiently handling client matters.

Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles is a corporate and commercial partner based in Melbourne and Sydney, but with extensive international experience.  He leads the Australian Consumer Markets Group, and is global leader of our International Franchising Business Group.

Stephen’s particular proficiency includes the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial agreements and the application of competition laws to product distribution, pricing and supply issues faced by manufacturers, franchisors and suppliers.  This includes recent amendments to the law in relation to good faith and unfair contract terms, where he has been intimately involved in the legislative process.  He also has extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and international commercial negotiations, and in providing legal and strategic advice for companies seeking to leverage their brands and expand internationally.

Stephen’s client list features many leading international brands, including 7-Eleven, ANZ Bank, Australia Post, BMW, Bounce, Caltex, Honda, Grill’d, helloworld, Kia, Luxottica, McDonald’s Australia, Nando’s, Nestle, Pandora, Quest, Retail Food Group, Steinhoff Asia Pacific, Stihl, Tempur Sealy International, Yum Brands. He has represented over 200 retailers and franchisors, and has pre-eminent connections into most major retail networks as well as at the highest levels with Government and regulators.

Stephen has served for almost 20 years on the board of the peak industry body, the Franchise Council of Australia, handling industry regulation and government relations and serving 5 terms as national chairman.  He has written numerous publications on franchising and competition and consumer law, including the authoritative text Franchising Law & Practice, and is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia, Asia and the US. In 2009 he was inducted into the Australian Franchising Hall of Fame, and was ranked in the top 10 most respected international franchise lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers. He is currently a member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee.

Practice:

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Rupert M. Barkoff

Rupert Barkoff has been practicing franchise, distribution and corporate law since 1973. His franchise practice emphasizes solutions to registration and structuring issues and developing individual and collective solutions to franchisor-franchisee relationship problems.

During the course of his career, Mr. Barkoff has represented numerous start-up, national and regional franchisors in establishment and operation of their franchise systems. He has negotiated encroachment policies, counseled clients on the establishment and operation of purchasing cooperatives, and acted as mediator and arbitrator in the resolution of franchisor-franchisee disputes. He is also the Founder of the Franchise Law Institute, a newly formed group whose purpose is to study franchise law throughout the world.

Mr. Barkoff was recognized as one of the country’s leading franchise attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 and the 17 years immediately preceding, as well as the 2011 and 2016 Franchising Attorney of the Year in Atlanta. In 2010, he received the prestigious Lew Rudnick Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising. He received top ranking nationally in the 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Franchising, and he was listed as Tier 1 in the 2011 and 2012 editions. Mr. Barkoff was ranked as a leading practitioner for franchising globally by Chambers Global 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was named a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the area of Franchise/Dealership in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and again in 2017 and the five years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Barkoff was named a “Most Highly Regarded Individual for Franchise” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for 2006, ranking #9 globally. This peer-nominated distinction is based upon a comprehensive and independent survey of both general counsel and private practice attorneys worldwide. He was also named to The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Franchise in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Barkoff has been named a “Legal Eagle” for 14 consecutive years by Franchise Times and in 2013, he was inducted into its Legal Eagles Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the 2016 Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the Franchising category for Georgia from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO). Mr. Barkoff is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.* He was recently referred to in the Chambers Global as the “godfather of franchise law.”

Mr. Barkoff has published over 300 articles, columns, and books on franchise law, and is the creator and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fundamentals in Franchising, which is used to teach novices about the intricacies of franchise law. He has testified before Congress on franchise law issues and is a columnist for the New York Law Journal. Mr. Barkoff is an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and has spoken at major franchise law seminars for over 30 years, as well as at numerous colleges and law schools. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising for three years and was a member of its governing committee for nine years.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure’s standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities:

– American Bar Association, Business Law, Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections, Member, Past Chair of Forum on Franchising, and Past Member of Governing Committee
– International Bar Association, Member
– North American Securities Administrators Franchise and Business Opportunities Task Force, Advisory Committee, Former Member
– Southeast Franchise Forum, Director, Secretary and General Counsel
– State Bar of Georgia, Franchise Section, Chair
– ToolBank USA, Board of Directors, Member
– Second Wind Dreams, Director

Education:

University of Michigan, J.D. (1973)
magna cum laude
University of Michigan, B.S. (1970)
high distinction

Bar Admissions:

Georgia (1973)