Ghassan Moghabghab

Ghassan Moghabghab was previously the Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Lebanon from 1983 to 1988, he was as well the personal legal advisor to President Camille Chamoun. He also headed the Legal Department of the National Lebanese Party (130 Lawyers) from 1988 to 2000. His main areas of practice are Arbitration & Litigation, Corporate and M&A, Energy as well as Private International Law.

Firm Overview:

Moghabghab & Associates is a global firm that was established in 1945. Initially Chamoun & Moghabghab, the firm started when President Camille Chamoun and MP Naim Moghabghab formed a partnership in 1945. Ghassan N Moghabghab then re-established the firm under its current name in 1978.

Headquartered today in Beirut Central District, Lebanon, we serve our clients globally wherever they are, either directly or through our international partners. Our aim is to help companies and individuals solve their most complex legal issues. We offer outstanding legal services and deliver results to our clients.

Our team is formed by the following attorneys:

Ghassan Moghabghab, Simon Karam, Elias Abdelnour, Omar Hamade, Ighar Bejjani, Georges Moussally, Tarek Moghabghab, and Georges Assaf.

Zweli Jele

Zwelethu Desmond Jele is the Head of the Litigation Department specializing in all court and arbitration claims, providing advice and opinions on legal suits, labour related matters including strikes, disciplinary process and other employer-employee matters, environmental matters and general commercial litigation. Has acted and advised most parastatals in Eswatini in both regulatory and litigation spheres. He has also been involved in litigation for the majority of parastatals in the country and is also considered an expert.

Relevant Legal Experience:

  • Practitioner Industrial Court and Industrial Court of Appeal of Eswatini since 1992
  • Practitioner in High and Supreme Court of Eswatini since 1993
  • Contributed to the drafting of amendments to the Industrial Relations Act in 1996, 2000 and 2005
  • Contributed to the drafting of amendments to the Employment Act in 1997
  • Conducted extensive labour law training for Federation of Employers / Chamber of Commerce in Eswatini as well as individual employer organizations
  • Conducted commercial and labour law arbitrations in Eswatini and South Africa

Firm Overview:

RB is a Swati indigenously owned Legal Firm. Since its formation, the firm has been involved in helping both the private and public sectors with wealth creation and improved delivery of public services by Governmental and Non Governmental organizations. Further, the firm has contributed significantly to sustainable economic development through institutional and infrastructure development.

Stephen J. Immelt

Steve Immelt is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hogan Lovells. He is responsible for developing and driving our vision as a “bold and distinctive law firm creating valuable solutions for clients.”

Steve spends his time focused on achieving the firm’s strategy and supporting partners in building their relationships with clients and each other around the world. He has introduced into Hogan Lovells a major global initiative known as “Project Redefine,” which seeks to improve the way we do things for the benefit of our clients in a rapidly changing and evolving market.

He is also passionate about leadership behavior, taking the view that everyone at Hogan Lovells should be clear about what is expected of them, whether partners, associates, or members of the business services teams.

Before taking up the role of CEO in 2014, Steve was the global co-head of our Litigation and Arbitration practice and a long-standing member of our International Management Committee. He has decades of experience working across markets and cultures in these roles and in his client work.

A litigator by background, in the early stages of his career Steve was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland prosecuting political corruption, fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy charges.

He then joined the firm in 1989 and built up a very successful practice dealing with complicated litigation in the health care sector. Clients have included pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, academic health centers and medical schools, clinical laboratories, and other providers of health care. Steve has particular experience in off-label and financial relationship cases as well as the Anti-Kickback Act, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the False Claims Act.

Luming Chen

Luming Chen is based in the JunHe Shanghai office. Before that, Mr. Chen was a partner at Jones Day, and was associated with Debevoise & Plimpton and O’Melveny & Myers in the US.

Mr. Chen has broad experience in the resolution of complex international disputes through arbitration, litigation, mediation and negotiation. He has significant experience in project construction disputes, disputes arising under long-term purchase agreements, complex commercial, share and asset acquisition, and joint venture disputes, and disputes involving insurance and insolvency proceedings. In recent years, he has represented clients in a large number of disputes involving assets management contracts and PE investment contracts. Mr. Chen has helped foreign clients in the enforcement proceedings of foreign arbitral awards in Chinese courts under the New York Convention.

Mr. Chen has been on the CIETAC panel as an arbitrator since 1989. Over the years, he has heard a large number of disputes of a varied nature. He has represented clients in arbitration proceedings before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (KHIAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC); and is also on the panels of arbitrators for the two arbitration institutions.

Mr. Chen is familiar with US law and litigation rules, and was a member of the defense team involved in the criminal investigation by the US Ministry of Justice on illegal trading of US treasury bonds by an employee of Daiwa Bank. He participated in the whole proceedings of document production in response to a subpoena by the US Ministry of Justice, and in the criminal defense proceedings of the bank employee in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Chen also has extensive experience in representing multinational companies in their investment projects in China on such matters as the establishment of joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and strategic alliances; real estate, venture capital, private equity, and securities transactions; and intellectual property protection. His experience covers a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, IT, entertainment, technology, chemicals, construction, and transportation. Mr. Chen also has extensive experience in energy projects, including power plants, natural gas pipelines, and wastewater treatment facilities. Mr. Chen advises Chinese companies on outbound investment projects in foreign jurisdictions. He has represented a PRC private company in acquiring a bauxite in Jamaica.

Mr. Chen is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chamber’s Asia-Pacific (Arbitration) and Who’s Who Legal (Litigation). He was selected as one of the “Top 20 client most-favored Lawyers” by ALB.

Firm Overview:

JunHe, founded in Beijing in 1989, is one of the first private partnership law firms in China. Since its establishment, JunHe has grown to become one of the largest and most recognised Chinese law firms. The firm has 12 offices around the world and a team comprising more than 800 professionals – including over 240 partners and legal counsel, as well as over 560 associates and legal translators.

A solid foundation of delivering premier legal services

JunHe is committed to providing top-tier legal services in commercial transactions and litigation. Our firm is well known as a pioneer, an innovator and a leader in the re-establishment and development of the modern legal profession in China.

Just as each industry requires specialised knowledge, our attorneys are arranged into multidisciplinary practice groups so that they are equipped with deep expertise in market-tailored legal fields and industry sectors. To meet the specific requirements of each client and project, we form project teams across different practice groups to combine the strengths of lawyers with the requisite skills to offer bespoke legal advice. By consistently providing exceptional representation, we have earned our reputation for excellence.

Our network growth is achieved through prudence and independence

JunHe works towards its goals of independent development and strategic expansion. In addition to our head office in Beijing, the firm operates in offices throughout China – in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dalian, Haikou, Tianjin, Qingdao and Chengdu. Through our network of offices based in China’s political, economic and financial centres, as well as in the economic zones along the east and the south coasts, we serve our clients across the country.

In tandem with our domestic clients’ investments abroad, the firm has opened fully licensed offices in Hong Kong and New York – both international commercial centres – as well as in the high-tech mecca of Silicon Valley. By doing so, leaders in finance and technology have access to our cutting-edge representation in China and abroad.

Adhering to the principle of client-centred services, we are a true and genuine partnership law firm, with our domestic and overseas offices placed under common management and resources pooled and deployed in an integrated manner.

Our relentless power is sourced from attracting talented lawyers worldwide

At JunHe we are keenly aware that our core competitiveness lies in the strength of our collective intelligence. Our attorneys are primarily recruited from the world’s top law schools and law firms, and some have previously served as government officials, judges, accountants, tax analysts and scientists.

While most of our lawyers are licensed in China, many are qualified to practise law in multiple jurisdictions, such as the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Our attorneys are multilingual, with fluency in Chinese as well as English, German, Japanese and several other languages.

In addition to advising clients at JunHe, our lawyers often concurrently hold distinguished posts in international organisations, government agencies, trade associations and arbitration tribunals. They also devote their expertise to contributing to Chinese lawmaking, writing legal publications, organising academic research and seminars, and teaching as guest professors.

Our competitive edge is maintained through constant innovation

From the beginning, our firm has grown by virtue of innovation. At the forefront of great movements, JunHe continues to forge ahead of our peers and continuously innovate, whether by advising on unprecedented foreign investment projects during the initial period of China’s reform-and-open campaign; major transactions during the state-owned enterprise reform in the 1990s; comprehensive debt and equity operations, incorporating onshore and offshore capital markets in the new century; or the continuous development of novel services and products in the internet era.

JunHe is credited with many “firsts” in the Chinese market. Growing with our clients, we have not only been honoured with high praise, but have also achieved a leading position in the Chinese legal industry.

Our global strategy is devoted to collaborating with our peers

In the context of globalisation, we augment our strengths by collaborating with leading law firms in other jurisdictions. By building such alliances, we overcome cultural differences and knowledge gaps. In turn, our clients benefit from a combination of rich local experience, smooth communication, the full spectrum of practice areas, global coordination and seamless representation in cross-border transactions.

Due to our outstanding client service and excellent reputation, we are the only Chinese law firm to be accepted for membership in Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two leading associations of independent law firms around the world. We have also established “best friend” relationships with many other preeminent local law firms. Through such alliances, we are able to extend our premier legal services efficiently and consistently to every corner of the globe.

Paul Gallagher S.C.

Paul Gallagher has been practicing in the Irish Bar for 40 years. He was appointed a senior counsel in 1991 and a Bencher of the King’s Inns in 2005. He is a former vice-chair of the Irish Bar Council. He has lectured and tutored in law in University College Dublin and the King’s Inns and lectures and writes on a range of legal issues. He has degrees in law (University College Dublin, King’s Inns, Cambridge University), and in history and economics (University College Dublin). He practices widely in the areas of commercial law, European law and public law. He is an adjunct professor of law at University College Dublin, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He was Ireland’s nominee to the arbitration and conciliation panels of the International Centre of Settlement of Investment Disputes (1997–2007). He served as an observer on the High-Level Advisory Group for the Future EU Justice Policy 2007–2008 representing the UK, Cyprus and Malta.

He is a director of the Irish Centre for European Law and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International and European Affairs. Paul Gallagher was Attorney General of Ireland between 2007 and 2011 and during that period he had responsibility for advising the government on all legal issues and was responsible for the conduct of all litigation involving the state. He was responsible for all legislation passed during that period and was deeply involved in all legal aspects of the financial crisis.

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