Stephen Kitts

Stephen Kitts is the Managing Partner for Eversheds Sutherland in Asia. He is responsible for the offices in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Stephen also is a member of Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Board and its International Leadership team. Key to Stephen’s responsibilities is the development of the firm’s strategy in Asia with particular reference to client development and alignment with the global business.

Stephen has over 30 years of corporate finance expertise in providing advice to a diverse group of clients from entrepreneurs to financial institutions to international corporate. He has a particular specialism in international M&A transactions where he has successfully acted for clients on cross border acquisitions and disposals. Stephen uses his project management skills to ensure that his clients get the best deal done on the best terms – on time and on budget.

Stephen also focuses on private equity work acting for institutions on new investments, portfolio work and exits. He also has wide experience of acting for management teams as they work with private equity houses on new investment opportunities.

Recent deals include:

  • CKI on its bid to acquire London City Airport
  • Joy Global Inc, the NYSE list mining equipment manufacturer, in its US$1.1 billion acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies Inc
  • Rolls-Royce plc, the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, in its $160m joint venture with Temasek to establish Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems to carry out research and development into hi-tech fuel cell technology
  • Caudwell Group, the Phones4U mobile telephone retail and distribution business, in its £1.46 billion sale to Providence Equity Partners and Doughty Hanson
  • Management on £180m MBO of Wiggle funded by Bridgepoint Capital

Stephen is recognised as a leading corporate lawyer by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He is renowned for delivering pragmatic and commercial advice. Chambers describes him as “tenacious, good at solving problems and possesses tons of commercial nous” and “leads the team from the front”.

Paris M. Spanos

Paris Spanos was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 1989 and joined the firm upon qualification. Paris is an expert in the field of Employment law having represented a considerable number clients over the course of his career, including international corporations. He also has extensive experience in Corporate and M&A, Litigation, Sports law, Commercial law and Real Estate. He has advised clients and international law firms on various complex, multi-jurisdictional matters involving Cyprus law.

Paris was recognised as one of Cyprus’s most distinguished lawyers by the ‘International Who’s Who of Professionals’ in 2005.

Paris has been the Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Cyprus since 2004. In March 2016, he was elected as the Secretary of the Committee of the Honorary Consular Corps of Cyprus.

Throughout his career, Paris has held multiple positions in various organisations, some of which are:

  • Member of the Committee of the Cyprus Industrial Relations and Personnel Management Association
  • Prosecutor in the Sports Tribunal of the Cyprus Football Association
  • Member of the Sports Tribunal of the Cyprus Handball Association and of the Nicosia Amateurs Football Association
  • Assistant General Secretary, Vice President and Spokesman of APOEL Football Club, Nicosia
  • Member of the Committee of Loan Commissioners
  • Member of the Board of Directors of EUROCYPRIA AIRLINES
  • Member of Cyprus Airways (Duty-Free Shops) Ltd
  • Member of the Cyprus Development Bank

His pro bono work includes acting as the Legal Advisor of the Cyprus Olympic Committee since 1991.

Edith N. Nordmann

Edith Nordmann is our exclusively recommended International Law expert in the Netherlands on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Edith directly using the contact details above.

I practice employment law as well as commercial and corporate law and litigation. I have built up fifteen years of expertise in cross-border business transactions. People often think that cross border business transactions only apply to transactions with business partners far away from home, but any transaction involving parties that are not located in the same country is a “cross-border” transaction. Therefore also transactions with countries nearby, such as Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom need utmost diligence and attention in order to avoid unexpected expensive mistakes.

I focus on long-term relationships with clients. Building and maintaining a relationship is important for best serving the interests of a client. In practice, I find that clients appreciate this and I feel very lucky to have been working for many of them for a long time. Particularly in Asian countries, earning the trust of your potential business partner comes before engaging in actual business.

It is important to realise that not only regulations are different in each country, there is often also a significant difference in mentality and expectations. For example, in France, everybody knows that a tenant cannot be removed from his house between October and April. Not even if the tenant does not pay his rent. As of April tenants may be evicted, which means that in France April and May is generally a busy time with a lot of evictions. Here in the Netherlands we do not know this principle, but in France, every child knows this figuratively speaking. If you consider to invest in residential property in France, this is important to know. Another example: in the Netherlands we love conviviality and a joke, even during business transactions. The German business partner however, is very serious in his approach and sees the jokes of the Dutch as rude and as a sign of not being serious about the transaction at hand. If you are not aware of this, closing your deal will be at serious danger. I once witnessed his looming situation and could luckily intervene on both sides on time.

Firm Overview:

ACG International is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG is based in Amsterdam, and active around the globe. ACG’s attorneys are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs.

Clarence Antony Nigel Hughes

Hughes, Fields & Stoby is one of the largest law firm in Guyana and was established in 1972 by founder Clarence Albert Fitzgerald Hughes.

Differences among Guyanese could be exploited:

We strive to provide our clients, local or international, corporate, or individual with the highest quality legal services available. We focus on the unique needs of each client.

The firm has been consistently ranked as #1 law firm in Guyana by Chambers and Partners Global.

Our clients are the driving force behind our long-term success!

Jean-Philippe Heim

During his postgraduate studies, Jean-Philippe Heim worked for just under a year at Findinter SA, where he had the opportunity to develop specific knowledge of accounting and auditing. After his admission to the Bar (brevet d’avocat), he spent six months working at the London law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP, followed by two months at the New York law firm Moynahan & Minella LLP to perfect his mastery of the English language and get to know the foundations of Anglo-Saxon law. Subsequently, as part of an exchange programme with the law firm, he spent three months working in Tax and Legal Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers SA in Lausanne and Geneva. He has since continued to work closely with said company, with a particular focus on the appointment of Directors.

Practice:

The T&CO Group is composed of a law firm in Switzerland (Lausanne and Geneva) and a law firm in the United States of America (Austin, Texas). Its advises businesses, public authorities and individuals  in the achievement of their national and international projects.

Philosophy:

Because each client is different, T&CO offers a personalised service tailored to the situation and issues specific to each individual case.

T&CO believes in innovation, interaction and freedom. It fosters professionalism, an entrepreneurial mind-set, and team spirit.