Abdul Rahman Hamad Al Twaem

Abdul Rahman Al Twaem is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Saudi Arabia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Abdul Rahman directly using the contact details listed above.

Full Service lawyers are an elite group in legal practice. If you work in this area of law, no doors will be closed to you.

The practice of full service law involves general corporate matters, such as the incorporation of companies, directors’ and shareholders’ rights, articles of association, board meetings, secretarial matters and the public listing or delisting of companies.

No two corporate transactions or deals are the same. The differences can depend upon several factors, such as the type of industry, whether it involves single or multimarket businesses, and the size of the companies involved.

Clients in this area range from multinational corporations, investment banks and privately-held companies, to small and medium scale businesses, regulatory bodies and governments.

Carlton Fon Akkum

Carlton Fon Akkum is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Carlton directly using the contact details above.

Carlton is a founding member and the Senior Managing Partner of Akkum, Akkum & Associates LLP. With 23 years of hands-on experience as a legal practitioner, he is highly specialised in his craft. He has amassed quite a great deal of finesse in the legal practice and advised on several complex and cutting-edge transactions in the areas of Intellectual Property Rights, Securities, corporate restructurings like mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate governance, due diligence and corporate finance, real estate, regulatory advisory services, labour and employment, competition and commercial litigation.

His expertise spans through the African Market. He has the ability to guide his team towards meeting deadlines without sacrificing quality. Carlton has advised many local and international based corporations on aviation, mining and technological deals.

Firm Overview:

At Akkum, Akkum & Associates LLP, we are unwavering in our commitment to deliver on our promises to clients. Our culture of excellence is intrinsic to all aspects of our business and helps us constantly redefine what it means to be a leading law firm in a fast paced commercial environment. Hence, we continually seek to improve ourselves. As long as we work together, there are no limits to what we can achieve. Because we are passionate for results, we show pride, enthusiasm and dedication in everything that we do. We are committed to delivering high quality services and providing exceptional results.

Above all, our three core values are excellence, relationships and enterprise.

Christoph Schmitz-Schunken

Christoph Schmitz-Schunken is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Christoph directly using the contact details listed above.

Christoph is a lawyer as well as a certified tax adviser. His clients commission him on the one hand as General Counsel with wide expertise and on the other hand as an experienced corporate and tax lawyer to accompany them in their national and international challenges.

Firm Overview:

Getting started in Europe can be a windy road with all kind of barriers and unexpected costs. Since 2001, DHK has helped international businesses and individuals achieve their goals in an efficient and practical manner.

Today, we are a leading law firm with offices in the triangular area of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, with lawyers that practice in more than 20 areas of law.

Our clients range from individuals to multi-national corporations. To meet the needs of this diverse client base, our attorneys dedicate themselves to understanding the unique issues facing each of our clients. As a full-service firm with multiple practice groups, we can address virtually any legal challenge.

Our extensive relationships, a network we have established throughout Europe, continue to be an advantage to our clients. Since 2017 DHK is a member of LEGUS – International Network Of Law Firms. LEGUS is an international network of high quality law firms organised to provide client referrals in specific substantive and/or geographic areas and to provide education on effective law firm and law practice management techniques and strategies for enhanced client services. Member firms reside in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, with more than 70 firms in over 35 countries.

Njoroge Regeru

NJOROGE REGERU is the founder of the Firm. Mr. Regeru graduated from the University of Nairobi in November, 1985 with a Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours – Upper Division) and, thereafter undertook postgraduate studies at the Kenya School of Law where he qualified in September, 1986 with a Diploma in Law. On 13th October, 1986 he was admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. For his Masters in Law programme, Mr. Regeru specialised in Company Law, International Economic Law, the Law of Finance and the Law of International Institutions.

Immediately after enrollment as an Advocate, Mr. Regeru went into private legal practice, concentrating on litigation and commercial matters. Over the years, Mr. Regeru has honed his legal skills in practice and gained wide-ranging experience and expertise in different areas of legal practice including Commercial Transactions, Corporate Matters, Arbitration, ADR and Commercial Litigation. During that time, Mr. Regeru has been involved in very substantial precedent-setting commercial litigation at the highest levels of the Kenyan Court system, namely: the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Mr. Regeru is recognized as a seasoned practitioner in constitutional matters and election petitions. In connection with the latter, Mr. Regeru has been in the legal teams that defended successfully presidential election petitions in 2013 and 2017.

In 1995 Mr. Regeru was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators headquartered in London, UK and over the years has been intimately involved in diverse aspects of arbitration either as Arbitrator or counsel to parties. Related to this is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and mediation which are growth areas of dispute resolution and which Mr. Regeru has been closely involved with over the years. As a consequence of the foregoing, Mr. Regeru is associated with the local branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has been honoured to serve on its governing committee for two consecutive terms.

In 2005, Mr. Regeru undertook an extensive course in International Commercial Arbitration in Hong Kong under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom. Upon conclusion of the same, Mr. Regeru was awarded a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. In addition, Mr. Regeru is a Chartered Arbitrator empanelled as such by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.

Mr. Regeru deals on an ongoing basis with top-level government officers and officers of major business and banking institutions in the various spheres in which he has acted for them. Through the local, regional and international clientele that he serves, Mr. Regeru has developed a close network of professional contacts.

Mr. Regeru sits on the Board of Directors of several Companies and also serves as Company Secretary for a number of reputable companies.

Firm Overview:

The law firm of Njoroge Regeru & Company Advocates (hereinafter referred to as “the Firm”) is a reputable medium-sized legal practice based in serene, pleasant and quiet premises located on the outskirts of the City of Nairobi, Kenya. The firm has distinguished itself as a premier law firm rendering sterling legal services, in amongst other fields herein-after listed, Corporate and Commercial Law, Banking and Financial Services Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Constitutional and Judicial Review Litigation, Public Interest Litigation, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including mediation and expert adjudication, Conveyancing and Securities Law, Corporate Restructuring including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, to a wide spectrum of clients in Kenya, the region and internationally.

As a consequence, the Firm has gained wide recognition as a prestigious and effective purveyor of legal services in a timely, competent and efficient manner. It is a mark of such recognition that the Firm is listed in such prestigious and internationally acclaimed directories as, Chambers Global and IFLR 1000. In addition, the firm is a member of the international society of Primerus Law Firms, an organisation that brings together about 200 member firms in 40 countries. The members of the Firm have wide and varied experience and exposure in the practice of law. Over the years, they have been privileged to represent the diverse legal interests of a wide cross-section of valued clientele ranging from individual persons and small businesses to large multinational corporations, governmental institutions and statutory corporations, international organizations, local and international banks and development institutions.

In the process, the members of the Firm have gained invaluable experience in diverse fields of law as set out below.

Fields of Practice:

  • Incorporation of companies and other business organizations including advice as to the choice of the ideal business organization to be registered, capitalization, structuring and re-structuring, guidance on relevant legislation affecting the new business venture including repatriation of profits and capital, remittances, consultancy fees, import/export laws, immigration law, labour and taxation.
  • Commercial practice includes: acting for banking and corporate clients, both public and private in structuring credit facilities, advising on the law pertaining thereto, creation, registration and perfection of a wide range of securities, re-structuring of loans, realization of securities and assisting in the recovery of debts.
  • Negotiating, drafting and implementing agreements for licensing, distribution, shareholders, stock sales, asset sales, merger and acquisition agreements and assisting in the establishment of joint ventures.
  • Preparation of a wide range of commercial documents including merger agreements, contracts, leases, licences and other related documents.
  • Advising and representing various banks and financial institutions in the establishment of banking business in Kenya including advising and guiding them on local banking laws and regulations, maintaining branches under foreign jurisdictions, capitalizing, repatriation of profits and capital remittance of debt in the light of local cultural, political and legal environments.
  • Participation in privatisation, transfer of ownership of assorted business interests to local interests, disposal of foreign assets and investments and project financing.
  • Representation of major commercial banks in syndicated and single bank loans to governments, international organizations and private borrowers.
  • Representation of locally established branches and affiliates of major international and locally incorporated banks in their day-to-day operations including rendering legal opinions and advice, reviewing security documentation and advising generally on compliance with various legal requirements.
  • Intellectual property matters including trademarks, copyrights and patents resulting in a close and beneficial working relationship with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).
  • Commercial litigation before various trial and appellate Courts on a wide range of matters including enforcement/realization of diverse securities such as Charges, Debentures, Guarantees, Bonds etc, Receiverships, Liquidations and bankruptcies.
  • Extensive trial practice at all levels of the Kenyan Court system ranging from administrative tribunals to the Supreme Court on an extremely wide range of civil cases, criminal cases, public interest litigation, election petitions, debt collection, labour matters, judicial review proceedings, contractual claims, inquests, immigration cases, land cases, probate and succession and so on.
  • Extensive experience in Constitutional matters including regular appearance in Constitutional References for assorted clients both private and public.
  • Election petitions at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Levels.
  • Participation in investigative and fact-finding tribunals and commissions such as the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg Affair.
  • International and domestic arbitration for local and international clients on a diverse range of disputes mainly of a commercial nature.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on various commercial and non-commercial maters.
  • Telecommunications in which connection the Firm acts for leading operators in Kenya and in the region.
  • Public Procurement matters including advising clients on the legislation attendant thereto and involvement in the proceedings instituted in the Public Procurement Complaints, Review and Appeals Board.
  • Voluntary, no-charge legal services usually extended to charitable, humanitarian or professional not-for-profit organisations. In the course of rendering the various legal services as summarised herein above, the members of the Firm have acted for and on behalf of a good number of reputable and prestigious institutions, both locally and internationally, public and private.

Andrés de la Cruz

Andrés de la Cruz’s practice focuses on advising private and public sector clients in connection with cross-border corporate and financial matters, including debt restructurings, securities offerings, structured financing, as well as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Andrés has worked on numerous transactions in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He regularly advises the governments of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, as well as numerous sub-sovereign entities in Latin America, in a wide range of financing, liability management and restructuring transactions.

He received the “Dealmaker of the Year” award from the American Lawyer in 2017 for his leading role as counsel to Argentina in its historic $16.5 billion debt offering in 2016, the largest sale of debt by any developing nation.

Andrés joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1998. He was resident in the Brussels office from 1988 through 1992, in the New York office from 1992 through 2004 and in the Frankfurt office from 2005 through 2008. In 2009 Andrés moved to Buenos Aires to open Cleary’s office in Argentina.

Partnership & Firm Culture:

Our firm’s organization and governance emphasize democratic and participatory ideals. To promote the full application of Cleary’s resources in the best service of our clients’ needs, we operate on a seniority-based compensation system for all of our lawyers and we expect each partner to contribute equally to the firm’s success.

We strive to admit to our partnership lawyers with demonstrated qualities of character, leadership and intelligence, who have the proven legal skills that will enable them to contribute significantly to our practice over the long term.

  • Over 40 percent of our partners are based outside of the United States.
  • More than one-third of our partners have served in two or more Cleary offices.
  • Approximately 90 percent of our current partners joined the firm as associates.
  • Our partnership as a whole decides all important firm matters, including considering candidates for partnership, while committees of partners and counsel under the guidance of the managing partner conduct the day-to-day management of the firm.

Our associates also actively participate in a number of important committees in various offices on a range of issues, including diversity, professional development and recruiting.

Consistent with the vision of our founders, Cleary remains committed to building a community focused on openness, diversity, individuality and collegiality. Learn more about our firm’s diversity initiatives here.

The essence of the firm’s culture is represented by our lawyers: talented and intellectually accomplished people of all nationalities, races and interests, who believe that the practice of law is a privilege that carries responsibility. Together we apply our legal knowledge for the benefit of those in need, dedicating a substantial amount of time and resources to pro bono legal work and other community activities. Learn more about Cleary’s pro bono program here.

Emilie Akossiwavi Mélégna AZIBLI-WOLOU

Master AZIBLI-WOLOU holds a DESS in Business Law. She joined the Bar of Togo in 2002. She is the Human Resources Officer of the CPS and is responsible for civil, commercial and social affairs.

Very committed to the issue of women’s rights, she is a founding member and President of the Association of Women Lawyers in Togo.

She is also a member of the Office of the Togolese League of Human Rights (LTDH).

Firm Overview:

SCP Toble & Associates is a dynamic and experienced group of lawyers, tax experts and legal graduates.

Our experts have a long experience of over 30 years in our various fields of expertise and continue to benefit from a high level of professional training with our partners. They also teach tax law in schools and universities. Discover below the exceptional profiles that make up our team.