Sam Orji

Sam Orji leads Ikeyi Shittu & Co’s Labour practice. He also co-leads the Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice of the firm. He routinely advises employers on issues arising from engagement, discipline or disengagement of employees. He also advises on a wide range of issues arising from the structuring, implementation and or failure of commercial transactions.

Sam has advised on the acquisition and transfer of mineral rights, as well as the setting up of mining operations, in Nigeria. He also assists with structuring and documentation of investment in the solid minerals industry.

He has represented various clients, including state governments, multinational companies and political parties and their candidates, in the prosecution and defence of lawsuits bordering on labour and employment matters, commercial transactions, and election-related matters. He has successfully litigated several high-profile cases before the Nigerian superior courts of record, including the Supreme Court.

Professional Experience:

  • Leading multinational retail company: advisory support on various labour and employment issues arising from its day to day operations.
  • Leading multinational retailer: representation in labour-related disputes before the Industrial Arbitration Panel and the National Industrial Court.
  • South-eastern state government: prosecution of several labour-related lawsuits.
  • Chinese conglomerate; advisory support on acquisition of mineral rights and operation of its mining business in Nigeria.
  • Mining company: advisory support on transfer of existing mineral rights under the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007.
  • Holder of a Nigerian mining licence: advisory and transaction support on start-up and operation of mining asset in Ebonyi State of Nigeria.
  • State government: representation in high-profile suit filed by the Attorney-General of Lagos State challenging the validity of the Value Added Tax Act .
  • Three Nigerian leading banks: representation in various litigation including disputes with former employees and disputes with customers – at both courts of first instance and appellate courts.
  • Multinational consortium investing in the Nigerian power sector: defence of two multi-million dollar commercial lawsuits for alleged breach of contract.
  • Political party and its candidates: representation (at both tribunal and appellate levels) in twenty-one (21) election petitions relating to the 2015 general elections.
  • Enugu State Government: drafting of ten executive bills on sundry matters, which were eventually passed into law between 2007 and 2011.

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)

Education:

  • 2001
    University of Nigeria (UNN): LL.B.
  • 2004
    Nigerian Law School: BL.
  • 2010
    Nnamdi Azikwe University: LL.M

David C. Indiano

David C. Indiano was born in Euclid, Ohio in 1955 and grew up on Cleveland’s east side. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As an undergraduate, Dave also studied in Madrid, Spain at the Institute of European Studies. He graduated from Miami University with honors in 1976 with a major in International Studies.

During the past decade, Dave has become a Fellow in several peer-review organizations. Most recently he became a Fellow at the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2013). In 2008, he was inducted as a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and is currently Puerto Rico’s State Chair. In 2005, Dave became a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Dave taught high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Colegio San José before beginning law school at Western Reserve (“Case”) School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1981. While at Case, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law School’s Journal of International Law and the Canada-United States Law Journal. He published articles dealing with the then-recent U.S. Supreme Court law on the territorial status of Puerto Rico and on how Federal Court in Puerto Rico dealt with civil law issues in diversity litigation.

After passing the Ohio bar in 1981, Dave commenced his legal career in litigation in Puerto Rico. His early practice was highlighted by his appointment by the Federal Court to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Dupont Plaza Fire Litigation.

Dave is an active member of the Federal Bar Association. He served on the Puerto Rico Chapter’s Board of Directors from 1990-1996, culminating his Presidency of that Chapter in 1995. Also in 1995, Dave became Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning newsletter of the Federal Bar Association Puerto Rico Chapter, From the Bar, and served in that capacity for ten years. From 1997-2001, he served as Vice President for the First Circuit of the Federal Bar Association.

In 1991, Dave and his partner, Jeff Williams, started Indiano & Williams. The firm was designed to fill the need in Puerto Rico for clients requiring attorneys in Federal Court. Though their practice now embraces a wide range of state court matters, the focus of the firm has always been federal; owing in large part to the fact that both Dave and Jeff, as well as the associates in the firm, have feet firmly planted in two cultures: American and Hispanic.

Dave is admitted to practice in Ohio, Puerto Rico, the Northern District of Ohio and the District of Puerto Rico as well as the First and Third Circuits. He is a Proctor in Admiralty, experienced in complex litigation, tort, subrogation and fire litigation and has been involved in patent trial litigation as well. He is also a certified mediator for the District Court of Puerto Rico.

Firm Overview:

Indiano & Williams, P.S.C., is a small firm specializing in practice before the Federal Court in Puerto Rico. The firm also handles litigation in the local courts of Puerto Rico. Indiano & Williams also features a respected appellate practice before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the appellate courts of Puerto Rico.

The firm of Indiano & Williams represents a wide range of clients from Puerto Rico, the mainland United States and the rest of the world. The firm’s practice includes both plaintiff and defense work. On the plaintiff side, Indiano & Williams maintains a thriving subrogation practice, as well as a select array of federal general litigation actions, including medical malpractice, general diversity tort practice and other actions brought under federal law. The defense side of the firm’s practice is equally diverse, representing clients in a broad spectrum of disputes ranging from defenses of general negligence allegations to complex class action defenses. Indiano & Williams, P.S.C. also prides itself on its distinguished employment law practice.

Indiano & Williams, P.S.C. is committed to providing each client, whether an individual plaintiff or a multinational corporation, the individualized support that only a relatively small firm can offer. The attorneys of the Indiano & Williams family give each of our clients personal attention and work with the client to help develop a specialized litigation strategy in every case. And of course, through the accumulated experiences of the firm, we work with the greatest level of efficiency to help the client maximize returns while minimizing the hours spent in litigation. At Indiano & Williams, P.S.C., the needs of the client are always the driving consideration in any litigation strategy decision.

Ziad G. Alhussairi

Ziad Alhussairi has substantial experience in litigating on behalf of international oil exploration and production companies, oilfield services companies, foreign investors and aviation companies.

Ziad’s practice focuses on representing foreign companies before Libyan courts in civil, commercial, intellectual property, tax and labour disputes, as well as advising on various labour and social security law issues and the incorporation and registration of Libyan companies, branches of foreign companies and representative offices.

Firm Overview:

The Libyan law firm Mukhtar, Kelbash and Elgharabli MKE was established in the early 1990’s by the three named partners, Mahmud Mukhtar, Bahloul Kelbash and Abdudayem Elgharabli, following liberalization of private legal practice in Libya.

Mahmud Mukhtar was the initial founder of the firm in 1988, following a long career as General Counsel of American Overseas Petroleum Ltd, Umm Al Jawaby Petroluem Ltd and Oasis Oil Company (a joint venture between Marathon Oil, Conoco, Amerada Hess and the National Oil Corporation of Libya). Mr Mukhtar was later joined by Bahloul Kelbashin 1991, who developed experience and expertise in litigation, labour matters and oil and gas from positions as legal advisor to the Ministry of Labour, Senior Attorney at the Supreme Court of Libya, legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice and as legal adviser to the National Oil Corporation of Libya. The firm’s partnership was completed with the addition of Abdudayem Elgharabli in 1992, following a career as Senior Advisor and later General Counsel of the National Oil Corporation of Libya.

The firm initially focused on the oil and gas sector, being the biggest sector of the Libyan economy, advising international exploration and production companies and oilfield services companies on various aspects of the Libyan Petroleum Laws, corporate and labour laws and regulations as well as representing them before various Libyan courts and tribunals. The firm also developed a comprehensive construction practice, advising international contractors on major projects of the time.

With the continued growth and liberalization of the Libyan economy, highlighted by new emerging sectors in various commercial and corporate fields, as well as banking and finance, telecoms and tourism, the firm further developed its expertise in these areas by expanding its focus to cover foreign investment, banking and finance and corporate laws, amongst others.

As well as continuing to advise some of the biggest names in the Libyan and international oil and gas sector, the firm has developed a solid client base which include major international contractors, telecoms firms, commercial and investment banks and private equity funds, defense companies and others. The firm has also developed strong working relationships with international law firms based in the Middle East, the US, the UK and Europe.

The firm has grown in size to meet the demands of its clients and growing interest in the Libyan market, with three partners, two senior associates and two associates as well as a team of support staff, based in new modern office facilities located in Dahara business district in the heart of the City of Tripoli.

Azzam Zalloum

Managing Partner Azzam Zalloum is renowned for his litigation experience and successful track record working on multi-million dollar law suits. His clientele ranges from governmental agencies to local and international professionals. His most recent cases include a dispute over the financing of a pipeline from Russia to Italy with a capital of one hundred million dollars, as well as a ten million dollar lawsuit against three Sudanese banks over gas and seed exports. Azzam Zalloum has also contributed to legislative reviews in Jordan, partnering with prominent international organizations committed to change and development, most notably with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to enhance the insolvency legal framework in Jordan and commence capacity building for insolvency practitioners.

– Admitted to the Jordanian Bar: 1992
– LLB in Law from University of Mutah, Jordan

Why Choose Us?

At Zalloum and Laswi we pride ourselves on our client oriented and personalised approach. Every case is overseen by one of the law firm’s Partners, from the gravest to the most trivial concerns. Our law firm is exceptional in the cooperation and collaboration of our world class litigation and corporate teams, enabling us to provide our clients with a truly comprehensive legal service every step of the way

Our Story:

Zalloum & Laswi Law Firm was initially established as a law office in Jordan in 1993 by Managing Partner Azzam Zalloum and later became a full-fledged law firm, welcoming additional Partners and Associates to its team. Over the last ten years, Zalloum & Laswi has experienced significant growth locally and internationally by maintaining a comprehensive understanding of local Jordanian laws and regulations, as well as providing local and international clients with quality legal services compatible with today’s economic challenges.

We pride ourselves on our team’s ability to provide in-depth knowledge on a wide range of legal issues, from dispute resolution and international trade to criminal law and banking and finance. Our insight on the Jordanian judicial system grows each year, with the addition of new staff and specialized training that enables us to cater to the needs of our clients.

While we take on various types of clients, our typical client is a mid-sized to large Jordanian corporation or foreign corporation that requires representation in Jordan. Our clients choose to work with us because of our vast experience in commercial litigation and transactions. The litigation team is headed by Azzam Zalloum, who brings over 20 years of experience as a litigator in Jordan and has developed a reputation as an exceptional commercial litigator. The transactional team is headed by Rasha Laswi, who has been legal advisor to Orange Telecom and Jordan Dubai Capital, and participated in the IPO for Hikma Pharmaceuticals on the London Stock Exchange. The experience that these partners bring is matched by the energy that they and their associates deliver to each case or transaction.

Some of our prominent international and local clients include the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), DarHold Limited (majority shareholder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC / HIK.L), Orange Jordan (Affiliate of France Telecom and Aspenta International.

Estevan A. Perera, BSc. (Hons), LL.B (Hons), C.L.E.

Estevan Perera is the managing partner at the law firm of Estevan Perera & Company LLP. We are a firm of lawyers qualified to practice law in Belize. Although our firm is a general practice law firm, we have experience and expertise in such areas as commercial and corporate law, litigation, mergers, private acquisitions, investment incentives, banking, intellectual property and belize real estate. We provide effective legal solutions to local regional and international clients including financial institutions and major corporations.

We specialize in providing expert business legal advice to international companies and businesses operating or doing business in Belize.

We are involved in setting up companies limited by shares and advising on buying and selling businesses. We also advise on amendments and implications of memoranda of association and articles of association; shareholders agreements and directors’ and trustees’ responsibilities. We prepare shareholders agreements by reviewing and considering the articles of association to ensure that shareholders’ interests are properly protected.

We work along with all major professionals in Belize including, but not limited to, bankers, engineers, architects, custom brokers, and real estate agents. We also work closely with all Government Departments in this country.

Education:

– St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Criminology)
– University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (Bachelors of Law 2007)
– Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad & Tobago (Certificate of Legal Education 2009)

Experience:

– Partner, Glenn D. Godfrey & Co. LLP, Attorneys at Law
– Legal Assistant at the law firm of Fred Lumor & Co.
– Legal Intern at Belize Legal Advice and Services Center
– Director of the National Institute of Culture and Heritage
– Director of the Inspiration Centre of Belize
– Former Director of Social Security Board of Belize
– Former Director of Belize Water Services Limited
– Former Member of the Belize Liquor License Board

Appointments:

– Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Belize
– Appointed Tempoary Senator in Belize on the 11th of May 2012

Membership:

– AREBB – Association of Real Estate Brokers of Belize
– Belize Offshore Practitioner’s Association
– Trademark and Patent Agents
– Belize Chamber of Commerce
– Sunrise Rotary Club of Belize

About Belize:

Belize is located in the Northern Hemisphere, within Central America.

Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174 mile coastline to the East.

Geographically we’re located between 15° 52′ 9″ and 18° 29′ 55″ North Latitude, and 87° 28″ and 89° 13′ 67″ West Longitude with an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.

Alla Hakhnazaryan

Alla Hakhnazaryan specializes in Litigation, Tax Law, Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law. She has graduated from Yerevan State University where she obtained her Master’s degree in jurisprudence. She is a practicing advocate.

Ms. Hakhnzaryan leads Legelata’s team of lawyers providing tax/customs consulting and litigation services to our permanent clients, such as the Armenian Representation of Samsung Electronics Central Eurasia, the All Armenian Fund (a charity founded by the Government of the Republic of Armenia), LC Waikiki AR LLC, local subsidiaries of the Al-Hokair Group etc. She has provided labor law advice to companies such as Huawei, Kapan-Energie and individuals. She is representing various credit organizations in Armenian courts, including Express Credit UCO, SEF International UCO and has acted as a local legal counsel (through Legelata) for foreign law firms (Beiten Burkhardt Moscow; Ivanyan & Partners etc.) on Armenian laws and regulations in the field corporate law, banking and finances. Ms. Hakhnazaryan has acted as an intellectual property counsel in trademark related issues for such brands as Burberry, Flormar, Financial Times and others.

Alla Hakhnazaryan is a patent attorney in the Republic of Armenia since 2016.

Her professional experience was obtained in Court of First Instance of Vayots Dzor and Ararat districts, Human rights Defender office of the Republic of Armenia. Her practice areas include Finances, Corporate and Tax, International Trade, Litigation and Arbitration.

Ms. Hakhnazaryan fluently speaks Armenian, Russian and English.

Education:

– Yerevan State University, Bachelor’s Degree of Jurisprudence, 2006-2010
– Yerevan State University, Master’s Degree of Jurisprudence, 2010-2012
– School Of Advocates of The Republic of Armenia, 2012-2013

Professional Experience:

Court of First Instance of Vayots Dzor and Ararat districts, intern
February-March, 2010

Human Rights Defender office of the Republic of Armenia, intern
February-April, 2012

Languages:

– Armenian
– Russian
– English

Who We Are:

LEGELATA is a law firm operating in Armenia which has a rich history of providing exceptional services to clients across a wide range of industries. We act as consultants for businesses involved in banking and finance, trade and logistics. We advise over highly complex issues connected with competition and intellectual property, foreign investments, tax and corporate matters. LEGELATA represents clients in litigation and arbitration involving most vital issues.

We encourage our lawyers to choose the practice area, which they prefer to work on.