Avv. Gabriele Fava

Gabriele Fava is Founder and Chairman of Fava & Associati law firm. He is well known as one of the top experts in the Italian labor law landscape and is appreciated for his distinctive ability to provide quality legal assistance as a truly strategic partner for the client.

He currently holds several positions within multinational companies and organizations. Among the most important, we may list the followings:

  • Confederal arbitrator of Confindustria (the Italian Employers Association) for the four-year period 2015-2019 and member of the Technical Group;
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mediamarket S.p.A.,
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Milan College Foundation;
  • National Representative of “Centesimus Annus Pro Pontiff Foundation”;
  • Elected by the Italian Parliament to the Council of Presidency of the Italian Court of Auditors for the four-year period 2018-2022;
  • Lecturer and consultant of the main national associations of personnel management and speaker at academic courses, conferences and seminars organized by the most renowned training schools.

Gabriele Fava is the author of several publications concerning labor law issues and he is columnist on IlSole24Ore, the most important Italian business-related newspaper. Here, we report his most recent publications:

  • Privacy and worker control following the Jobs Act., Ed. Guerini (Milan), 2016.
  • Jobs Act e-book: the new rules on remote control and privacy, Fava & Associati and Confcommercio, 2016.
  • Jobs Act e-book completed – regulatory framework and company FAQs, Fava & Associati, 2015.
  • Labour Law, Ipsoa (Milan), editions 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009.
  • Notes on Labour Law (Bergamo Confindustria), editions 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.
  • Corporate Labour Law 2013, 2012, 2011.
  • Employee value proposition & flexible benefits, Franco Angeli (Milano), 2012.
  • Human Resource Management, Studio Guerini (Milan), 2011.
  • Master24. Management and Leadership, IlSole24ore (Milan), 2010.
  • Labour law and practice. New forms of labour mobility, Ipsoa (Milan), 2008.
  • Individual dismissals, Ipsoa (Milan), 2007.
  • Disciplinary powers, Ipsoa (Milan), 2007.

Firm Overview:

Fava & Associati is one of the most successful Italian firms specialized in Labour Law. Since its foundation in 2003, the Law Firm has been assisting Italian and multinational leader companies in Banking, Financial, Food & Beverage, Industry, Construction, Commercial, Transportation, Infrastructure, Media and Trade Associations.

Holly Silver

Holly Silver, Esq. is President of Holly A. Silver, P.C., a U.S. and global employment law consulting company. Prior to founding the firm, Ms. Silver was Senior Employment Law Counsel for Philip Morris International in Switzerland, where she created and managed a global employment law practice involving 75,000 employees in 160 countries.

Ms. Silver’s experience also includes working with companies such as Nestlé USA, Inc., McDonnell-Douglas Corporation and Marriott Corporation, providing overall management of the U.S. employment law function, including human resource counseling, executive advice, training, reorganizations, policy implementation and litigation.

Ms. Silver earned her J.D. degree at Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. at Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated magna cum laude. A member of the New York, California and District of Columbia Bars, she has held membership and officer positions in numerous professional organizations, including Chairperson of the Equal Employment Advisory Council (Legal/HR Representatives from more than 300 corporations) and 2012-2013 Vice-Chair of the International Corporate Counsel Committee of the American Bar Association of International Law.  She has also presented on various topics at the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meetings and prepared/delivered over 200 HR and management training programs throughout her career.

With over 30 years of in-house employment law experience, which includes a unique blend of U.S. and international labor law, Ms. Silver and her company provide a rare corporate employment law perspective.

Ms. Silver’s accomplishments includes:

  • Fellow of the American Bar Association (limited to less than 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each state
  • Recent recipient of Lawyer Monthly’s Women in Law Award for 2018 Labor and Employment Lawyer in the U.S.
  • One of the first attorneys worldwide to establish a global in-house employment law practice
  • Creation of a U.S. and global corporate employment reorganization process, and handling of numerous corporate employee restructurings worldwide
  • Publication of recent article “Preventing Sexual Harassment Before the Storm”

With over 30 years of in-house employment law experience, which includes a unique blend of a U.S. and international background, Ms. Silver and her firm provide a rare corporate employment law perspective.

Firm Profile:

Holly A. Silver, P.C., is a U.S. and global employment law firm based in New York City which advises companies on all types of U.S. and international employment law issues, including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, performance management, corporate restructuring, hiring and terminations.


  • Advice on all global and U.S. employment law issues
  • Investigations of executive and other sensitive human resources matters, including sexual harassment
  • Analysis of employment law issues and due diligence in corporate acquisitions, divestitures and restructuring
  • Training of management and human resources on a variety of global employment law topics, including sexual harassment, discrimination, management of employment law mistakes and other compliance issues
  • Cross-border employment law projects such as preparation and roll-out of multiple-country policies
  • U.S. and international employment law audits to assess whether the minimum employment law standards are being met and providing recommendations for appropriate solutions to minimize legal risk and assist with implementing the solutions
  • Interpretation of local laws of other countries into terms U.S. corporate management can apply to business discussions
  • Assistance with the selection of law firms internationally to maximize global synergy, and working with the firms on specific issues to ensure that the company is getting the most realistic and practical legal advice

Dr. Donato E. Tagliavia

Location: MADRID

Place of Birth: Santander, 1957

Languages: Spanish, Italian


  • Studies at the Universities of Deusto (Bilbao), Madrid and León
  • Dissertation at the University Complutense Madrid

Bar Councils

  • Madrid since 1985 (Number 25,544)
  • Toledo, Bilbao and Burgos

Other Activities

  • Professor of Employment Law and Social Security at the University Complutense Madrid
  • Lecturer for postgraduate courses on European Employment Law and Sports Law


  • Award from the Employment and Social Security Ministry for the best dissertation (1986)
  • CAJA MADRID Award for dissertations

Recent publications:

  • Business Reorganization and Restructuring after the Bankruptcy Law (Employment Aspects)
  • Legal Regimen of the Work Contract. U.C.M School of Law Publications Service (1986)
  • Business and Disciplinary Firings. Basic Legal Encyclopedia. Civitas (1995)
  1. Numerous publications and contributions in the principle Spanish Employment and Social Security Law magazines

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Litigation

Hung-Wen Chiu

Hung-Wen Chiu, Esq. finished his education at National Taiwan University (Taiwan’s top university) and amassed plentiful experience in criminal investigation before joining the Firm. Hung-Wen Chiu mainly takes charge of e-commerce and labor law consultations and ordinary civil and criminal litigations.


Attorney at Law, Brain Trust International Law Firm


LLB, National Taiwan University


Attorney Internship, Primordial Law Firm

Assistant Voluntary Attorney for Sunflower Movement, Judicial Reform Foundation

Investigator, Hsinchu Military Police Squad

Representative Matters

Counsel for Hyundai Steel Company in an antidumping investigation by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Finance with respect to a carbon steel plate importation

Counsel for LCFC Taiwan Branch, a multinational company formed by Lenovo and Compal, in numerous employment related matters

Counsel for Findata Finance Technology Corp. to set up the iParking app in compliance with the Taiwanese electronic commerce laws

Defending the defendant in the ATM heist with regard to the First Bank


Admitted to ROC Bar


Electronic commerce laws

Labor laws

Ordinary civil and criminal litigations

Brain Trust International Law Firm:

Brain Trust International Law Firm (“Brain Trust” or the “Firm”) is an international law firm located in Taipei, Taiwan and comprised of highly educated and experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Brain Trust can deal with transnational disputes in relation to Taiwan laws, China laws, US laws, and Australia laws. Both of Legal 500 and Asialaw Profiles recommend Brain Trust for the area of dispute resolution in Taiwan because of client satisfaction and outstanding performance.

For better quality services, Brain Trust has already joined LEGUS, a leading international law firm networking for transnational dispute. Brain Trust is also a member of Roxin Alliance which provides specialist advocacy and advisory in matters of international white collar criminal defence and compliance. Our practices include litigation, multijurisdictional joint venture dispute, arbitration, compliance, corporate internal investigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, international inheritance, and wealth transfer for private clients.

Brain Trust provides the highest quality legal opinions on the most complex issues challenging clients, whether in litigation, transactions, or regulatory compliance. Our clients include individuals and business entities achieving success globally and locally. Many are at the top of their market fields, ranging from small companies to multinational corporations in all major industries, including manufacturing, consumer services, and technology, as well as government entities.

This firm has always been dedicated in every respect to the pursuit of justice and ultimate victory in every case and for every client with which we have had the honor of working. The equality and justice of the judicial system stand both as the foundations upon which this firm is built, and also as the ideals that drive this firm to work tirelessly year after year to put into these ideals into practice in our unending efforts to achieve equality and justice for every one of our clients.

Our firm values not only the learned consideration of experienced professionals; at the same time, we emphasize the ultimate satisfaction of our clients. We invest considerable time and effort into every case we take, and we value the participation of our clients. To ensure that our clients receive the service they deserve, our firm emphasizes that laws around the world governing corporate liability are changing. Top multinational corporations understand that these continuous changes are both important and create hard-to-manage complexities. This firm has long been devoted to tracking and analyzing these changes in order to provide the very best service to our clients.

Arpita Dutt

Arpita is a founding partner of City of London leading employment firm, BDBF.

Reputed for its highly personal service and excellent outcomes in advising senior executives and businesses on employment law and HR, BDBF has consistently been top-ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners publications. This specialist employment law team comprises 7 partners, 7 lawyers and a 6 person practice team.

Arpita has been described in Chambers & Partners as “one of the best negotiators around because she routinely gets settlements that are worth more than the cases”; the Legal 500 mirrored this by describing Arpita as an “excellent negotiator“. She has consistently been ranked as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

She was recognised as a “Hot 100” lawyer by “The Lawyer” magazine for her employment whistleblowing cases, who said that “Word-of-mouth has made her the go-to lawyer for consultant surgeons dismissed after unveiling cases of mismanagement affecting patient care“. Opponents have described her as the ”person they would least want to be against”.

In July 2018, Arpita chaired the UK Employment Lawyers Association’s consultation response to the European Commission’s proposed Whistleblowing Directive.

Arpita is a trusted and seasoned employment litigator for individuals and businesses.

Career highlights include:

  • Advising several CEOs and managing directors from banks and hedge funds, law firm and private equity LLP members in successful severance negotiations involving complex issues and remuneration packages
  • Advising NHS Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Consultant, Mr Weerasinghe, in his successful career-loss dismissal, disability discrimination and whistleblowing claim against an NHS Trust, reported by BBC News and The Sunday Times leading to a 7 figure award.
  • Advising Professors and Clinical Academics facing career destabilising disciplinary allegations against leading Universities, some involving #MeToo allegations.
  • Advising businesses on managing complex negotiated exits and defending high-profile litigation

Arpita is a regular speaker at conferences and training events on employment law and diversity and inclusion, and a commentator on high profile whistleblowing and employment issues on the BBC, City AM, FT Ignites, The Times and in other publications.

She launched www.sackedinthecity.co.uk in October 2013 – a website aimed at informing and improving the working lives of senior executives in the City, and is currently its editor.

She is a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association’s Legislative and Policy Committee and Brexit Sub-committees, the Industrial Law Society, Womens’ Executive Network, and is a Freeman of the City of London through her membership of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

Sanja Došen

Sanja Došen is an associate at SOG / Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović. Her practice areas include corporate/M&A, labor and litigation.

Prior to joining SOG, Sanja worked in a reputable international law firm in Belgrade, focusing on the area of corporate law. She completed summer internships in Vip mobile, department of regulatory affairs, and in Law office Moravčević, Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr.

Sanja obtained her LL.B. degree at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law.

During her studies, Sanja was a member of Belgrade team in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which triumphed in the All Munich Rounds Tournament . She also completed a portion of her master studies at LUMSA University in Palermo, Italy as a scholarship recipient.

She was awarded with scholarships from the Dositeja fund for the best students in Serbia by the Ministry of Education Republic of Serbia in 2012/13 and 2014/2015, and University of Belgrade Endowment Scholarship in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She was awarded two scholarships by the Kingdom of Denmark, and spent two months in 2014 and 2015 in Denmark studying Danish language, law and politics.

Sanja is fluent in Serbian and English, and posseses a working knowlegde of Italian language.

Firm Overview:

Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović (SOG) was founded by a group of accomplished, internationally-trained lawyers who discovered that they shared a common fresh vision on how law can be best practiced to most effectively serve clients in the contemporary regional and global environment. Among other things, this included designing a firm that would totally align its lawyers with the client’s interest and be able to offer an integrated collaboration of specialists to address all aspects of the client’s needs at the same time.

SOG is firmly committed to providing advice at the highest level and achieving lasting results for our clients. We pride ourselves in having one of the strongest internationally trained teams currently available on the market, including graduates from Cambridge, Oxford, Georgetown, Chicago Booth School of Business, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Lumsa University. Members of our team have benefited from practicing in some of the leading global law firms and legal centers. This, combined with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the local legal, business, and political environment, puts us in a position to provide unique and comprehensive advice to international clients with business interests in the Western Balkans.

We have rigorously implemented a business management model similar to that of some of the most prominent U.S. and U.K. law firms. At SOG, we maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms. We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophisticated know-how of our partners. Hence, the number and type of cases that we handle is capped. This model fosters a culture in which teamwork and putting the interests of our clients first are paramount.

We are firmly committed to a philosophy in which each associate is valued, given clear prominence in front of clients and on the market, and is not considered replaceable. In that regard, SOG was founded with the aim of not being a simple collection of counsels and associates who work under several named partners, rather as a reputable and team-driven organization that should stand the test of time, and in which every junior associate can expect to make partner, equal among peers. The invaluableness of our people and team is reflected precisely in the fact that we guarantee them a clear and equitable career path and future within the firm.

SOG is strongly committed to organic growth. We hire only the top students from the finest regional and foreign law schools and entrust their training only to ourselves. Our goal is not to be the largest firm by number of offices, lawyers or practice groups. Instead, we are first and foremost focused on providing seamless service to our clients. At SOG, we believe that a true and equal general partnership of the finest trained lawyers is the single, most important element in ensuring that we are optimally aligned to deal with our clients’ most demanding legal issues, largest corporate transactions and most serious disputes.