William Wylie Clarke

William Wylie Clarke is a graduate in law of the Australian National University. He also has an honours degree in Government from the University of Sydney. He was admitted to the High Court of the Australian Capital Territory in 1995 and subsequently to the Fiji bar in 1996. He has lived in various countries including Western Samoa, Vanuatu, Australia and Fiji. He was a Prosecutor with the Director of Public Prosecutions Office from 1996 until 1998.

Wylie joined Howards in December 2001 and is the firm’s representative to the Fiji-Australia Business Council. He is the former President and currently Immediate Past President. Wylie is also a former President of and serving Honorary Member of the Fiji Red Cross. He has previously lectured in taxation law at the University of the South Pacific.

Wylie’s portfolio includes mining, natural resources and related activities and projects, aircraft leasing and finance (before and after Fiji’s accession to the Cape Town Convention and its Protocol), foreign investment, banking and finance, asset protection, trusts, corporate governance and structuring, corporate and business acquisitions & sale as well as the structuring of these acquisitions both within Fiji and the South Pacific. Wylie was lead Pacific legal advisor for the acquisition of BP (South West Pacific) Limited that involved businesses and assets in American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Fiji. He also acted for a syndicate of ECA Lenders in the financing of Air Pacific’s acquisition of 3 Airbus A330-200 aircraft: this transaction utilized the mechanisms and structures provided for under the Cape Town Convention and its Protocol. He also has a great deal of experience in complex finance and security documentation, contracts and due diligence. He advises a range of clients in resort development, particularly in the area of property acquisition and sale, rationalisation, sub-division and strata title: he has played a significant role using these structures to facilitate property and tourist developments. Wylie is also very experienced in providing legal services and advice in respect of company receiverships and liquidation.

Firm Overview:

Howards is a dynamic and specialist practice. Our name is synonymous with high quality legal services. Our expertise has been developed over our 22 years’ plus existence to meet the ever-changing demands of our clients in a highly competitive and increasingly regulated world. Our multi-disciplinary approach to complex legal issues – whether domestic or international – has become a profession-wide benchmark.

Our lawyers have tackled some of the most novel and demanding legal problems of the recent past. We find practical and commercial solutions to complex issues of law and jurisdiction often involving the interplay between government agencies and commercial organizations, national and international. Constantly striving to be innovative, we remain at the cutting edge of legal developments. To this end, we focus on providing tailor made solutions and outcomes that achieve our clients’ objectives and needs.

Howards is also unique in its constant focus and commitment to investing resources in its people and practice to ensure that we maintain international standards and remain the first port of call for our clients looking at doing business in Fiji or the region.

We also understand that our clients’ need for legal services extend beyond Fiji. As a result, Howards has developed and continues to develop a very strong and extensive network of associated firms throughout the South Pacific that share our values and objectives. Our aim is to provide seamless high quality service that extends throughout the South Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand.

Lorraine M. Brennan, Esq.

Lorraine M. Brennan, Esq. is an accomplished national and international dispute resolution professional. She is recognized and respected for her broad range of professional experience involving complex commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration and mediation, and her service as a distinguished global member of law school faculties from the United States to China. Ms. Brennan was selected to the 2017 Experts Guide for Commercial Arbitration.

Lorraine is a highly sought-after speaker and frequent lecturer on complex commercial dispute resolution. She maintains leadership roles in multiple organizations, including ArbitralWomen, the International and Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (Advisory Board Member). Ms. Brennan is one of only eight members appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve on the NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. She is proficient in French and has a working knowledge in Spanish.

Ms. Brennan serves as an adjunct Professor teaching International Commercial Arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center, and taught International Business Transactions at Cornell Law School and Shantou Law School, Guangdong, China.

ADR Experience & Qualifications:

Ms. Brennan has served as Sole Arbitrator, Co-Arbitrator, Chair of the Tribunal, Secretary to the Tribunal, and counsel in a number of cases under different institutional rules, including JAMS, UNCITRAL, ICC, AAA, and Ad Hoc proceedings. Recent Cases include:

– Chair of the Tribunal in UNCITRAL Case (international) involving breach of contract between bio-tech companies
– Chair of the Tribunal in breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract matter between various LLCs and partners in multi-million dollar commercial property transaction
– Co-arbitrator in patent litigation dispute between technology companies
– Emergency Arbitrator in matter between Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company and top executive regarding breach of separation agreement
– Sole Arbitrator in multiple breach of business commercial contact disputes
– Sole Arbitrator in shareholder dispute involving valuation of a stock put, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty
– Co-arbitrator in Broker/Dealer dispute
– Sole Arbitrator in multiple financial services dispute
– Sole Arbitrator on multiple breach of services agreement matters
– Mediated and settled two multi-million dollar wrongful termination suits brought against multi-national financial institution
– Successfully mediated FLSA and racial discrimination case involving 16 plaintiffs and multi-national clothing manufacturer
– Mediated numerous disputes under Asbestos Trust Agreement
– Neutral reviewer on numerous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claims related to SuperStorm Sandy
– As Partner and Director of the International Arbitration Practice Group for Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP she advised clients on all phases of arbitration, both domestic and international, and worked on international and domestic arbitration matters
– As Managing Director of JAMS International she was responsible for the opening of the JAMS International office in London and the strategic growth and development of JAMS International and the International panel including the development of partner relationships with foreign licensees
– As Director of Arbitration and ADR, North America, for the ICC International Court of Arbitration, she advised North American companies, law firms and parties on all phases of ICC arbitration, including negotiating and drafting arbitration clauses, substantive and procedural rules for filing requests for arbitration before the ICC Court, and enforcement of arbitration awards
– As Senior Vice President of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, she worked with the corporate Board of Directors on international development projects including the creation of an Asia/Pacific Advisory Committee to develop CPR’s work in Asia/Pacific and develop a mediation platform in Brazil. She managed a grant from General Electric to execute international projects in Asia and Eastern Europe; coordinated European Advisory Committee and European projects to develop mediation and arbitration in Europe, drafted a survey on the use of mediation in the Asia/Pacific region and met with leading Asian institutions including CIETAC, BAC, HKIAC, VIAC and AMCHAM Beijing and Shanghai to promote CPR’s work in Asia/Pacific
– As an Associate for the firm of Killarney, Brody and Fabiani, Choate, Hall & Stewart, and the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy she litigated complex commercial cases in both State and Federal Courts including bankruptcy litigation, shareholder derivative cases, insurance and reinsurance matters, breach of contract, lender liability, trusts and estates, and conducted numerous due diligence reviews. She served as counsel on numerous arbitrations, both domestic and international, as well as counsel on mediations
– One of eight members appointed by US State Department to the NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes

Honors, Memberships & Professional Activities:

– Listed in the 2017 Experts Guide (Commercial Arbitration)
– Member, City Bar of New York
– JAMS Liaison to the ABA Section of International Law
– Vice-Chair, ABA International Section Committee on Mediation
– Vice-Chair, ABA International Section Committee on Arbitration
– Co-Chair, ABA Dispute Resolution Section International Committee
– Member of the Steering Group for the International Litigation Committee
– Sits on Public Panel at FINRA
– Member, NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes (1999-present)
– President, Arbitral Women (2008-2010); Board Member and Founding Member; Current Advisory Member to the Board
– Former Chair, Women’s Interest Network, Section of International Law, American Bar Association
– Former Co-Chair, Commercial Dispute Resolution Committee, American Bar Association Section of International Law
– Former Co-Chair, International Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2000-2002
– Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
– Adjunct Professor of Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Georgetown University Law Centre, 2006-present
– Visiting Professor of Law, International Business Transactions, Shantou University Law School (Guangdong, China), 2006-2010

Publications:

– “International Arbitration and E-Discovery: Rising to the Challenge”, The New York Law Journal, October 6, 2014
– “When Mediation Makes Sense: A Win for Employers and Employees,” Law.com, May 6, 2014
– “The PEMEX Case: The Ghost of Chromalloy Past?” Law.com, March 4, 2014
– “High Court Declines to Address Arbitrator Bias Standard,” The New York Law Journal, October 1, 2007
– Co- Author, “Negotiating The Maze of IP Protection,” The National Law Journal, April 9, 2007
– Served as a Consultant for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) and contributed to “Privacy Online: OECD Guidance on Policy and Practice,” 2003
– “The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about ICC Arbitration,” The International Litigation Quarterly, Vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 30-31, Fall 2002, The Litigation Section of the American Bar Association
– Co-Author, “The Practice of Law in the EEC by New York Litigators after 1992,” International Law Practicum, Vol. 4, no. 2, p. 38, Autumn 1991, The International Law Section of the New York State Bar Association

Experience:

– Managing Director, JAMS International, 2011-2013
– Senior Vice President, Programs and International, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, 2008-2011
– Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, 2006-2008
– Director of Arbitration and ADR, North America, ICC International Court of Arbitration, 2000-2006
– Director, Arbitration and Intellectual Property and Legal Counsel, USCIB (ICC National Committee), 1997-2000
– Associate, Choate, Hall & Stewart, 1992-1994
– Associate, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 1989-1992
– Senior Law Clerk, The Honorable Irving Ben Cooper, U.S. District Court SDNY, 1987-1989
– Associate, Killarney, Fabiani & Brody, 1985-1987

Education:

– Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Co-Administered by Harvard and Tufts Universities, 1997
– Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures en Droit: Mention: European Studies, Institut Universitaire De Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva, Switzerland, 1997
– J.D., Suffolk University Law School (Dean’s List), 1984
– B.A., French Literature, Cornell University (Dean’s List), 1981

Languages:

Proficient in French, working knowledge of Spanish.

Counsel Comments:

“Ms. Brennan is tenacious, fair, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable in the ADR field, both domestic and international. She is always prepared and works diligently to achieve a good result for the parties.”

Roland Abeng

Managing Partner, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Cameroon since 1994.

Languages: English and French

Areas Of Practice: Company creation and FDI support services, Drafting and Advice on loan and Finance Agreements in partnership with law firms, Land law and Land Tenure counselling under Cameroonian law, Evidence Admissibility, Oath-examination, International Law, Business law and Company creation, Intellectual property (Trademark and patent protection and litigation), Corporate Criminal Responsibility, Civil Law, and Administrative Law.

Professional Affiliations:

– Cameroon Bar Association
– American Bar Association (Vice Chair African Committee)
– International Criminal Bar
– Board Member: Pan African Lawyers Union
– Board Member: American Chamber of Commerce
– National Coordinator-Coalition for the ICC
– World Economic Forum (Founding Curator GS Douala Hub)
– Common Law Society – Douala
– Anglophone Law Society – Douala
– London Court of International Arbitration 1994 – 1996
– OHADA / UNIDA GROUP Unitar Arbitration Group
– Law Society of England and Wales
– Partner of IFC/World Bank for Cameroon Doing business Project since 2002
– Local Partner of FIAS(World Bank) FDI indicators
– Local Partner of GLOBAL INTEGRITY CORRUPTION INDICATORS
– Local Partner of World Justice Forum Rule of Law Index
– Local Partner of Global Integrity Report

Professional Publications:

– Euro-money Banking and the Law 1995 (co-editor) Euro-money
– Africa Invest 1997 (contributed for Cameroon Common Law Report (Quarterly)contributor
– Absolute majority: Synopsis of the Municipal and Legislative Elections in Cameroon (2002)
– THE ICC; Doing the work of a failed African Judiciary(April 2009)
– Editor-in-Chief of ABA Section of international law Africa committee newsletter
– Article on OHADA and Legal integration in Africa CD rom of ABA-SIL spring meeting
– Consultant/reviewer – GLOBAL INTEGRITY 2008 publication on Governance and Corruption

Roland Abeng is holder of a certificate on Mediation and Arbitration from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and a host of other training certificates related to the legal profession.

He has held and still holds various leadership positions within the local and international communities. Some of these include being the Project Coordinator of the Douala Street Children’s Project, a Patron of the Congregational Choir of Presbyterian Church Bonamoussadi Douala, the Moderator of the Cameroon Advocates Online Forum, and the President of the Bonaberi – Douala Civil Society Club amongst others.

Eva Knipschild

Eva Knipschild has been working as an attorney for more than 15 years. Her practice covers all aspects of employment law. She advises and litigates in various matters, for example concerning (collective) redundancy, privacy/data protection and employee co-governance law. Eva also regularly offers strategic advice in complex matters and international projects. The rights and obligations in flexible employment relations are an area of special interest to her. As a partner, Eva heads the Employment Law Team together with Chris Nekeman. Besides, she is head of the group of internationally operating employment-law attorneys.

Eva is also an MfN-registered mediator in the field of employment and employee co-governance law. The mediations she handles mainly concern individual and collective employment-law issues and disputes in the field of employee co-governance. Eva is a member of the ZuidAs mediators, a group of experienced attorneys/ buparsiness mediators.

Besides her work as an attorney and mediator Eva regularly publishes and lectures about employment-law topics in the Netherlands and abroad. Eva is editor of the employment law journal JAR. In October 2016 the third edition of her book ‘Arbeidsrecht en mediation’ (Employment Law and Mediation) (Sdu 2016) was published. In addition, Eva writes a monthly column about developments in employment law on MT.nl and she gives lectures on the Work and Security Act that entered into force in 2015. Eva is also a lecturer at JAR Verklaard.

Kennedy Van der Laan:

We are a full-service law firm based in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and active around the world. We have proven our worth as a trusted legal partner in the fields of technology, finance & insurance, media, fashion & retail, health care & the public sector and real estate & construction. Within these markets, we have a broad clientele and we serve the full spectrum from start-up to multinational. With around 100 attorneys, Kennedy Van der Laan has been a prominent independent law firm in the Netherlands for decades.

Steve Thomas

Steve’s Practice is Insolvency, Commercial litigation and Corporate restructuring.

Steve qualified in 1991 and is an Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial disputes (CEDR). For more information about Steve’s mediation, please click here.

Steve has previously been a partner and head of Corporate Recovery in Leeds at a top 100 law firm.

Steve has acted for Insolvency Practitioners, financial institutions, funders and also directors and shareholders in all types of financial disputes.

Steve’s practice has particular emphasis on asset recovery, guarantees and Indemnities and directors liabilities including cross border insolvency and litigation in other jurisdictions.

Steve receives regular instructions from Insolvency practitioners in respect of all matters including contentious and non-contentious insolvency, corporate or personal.

Steve also receives regular instructions from directors in respect of guarantees, and defending directors from disqualification and personal claims from HMRC.

Steve’s practice focuses on finding the best solution for the client in the most efficient way.

Steve is noted and recommended in the Legal 500 by his clients and peers as an “intuitive” and “inventive “lawyer.

Experience:

Acting for an overseas purchaser of a business from the Administrator in the electrical retail business and to include advice for the new corporate entity in the new multi- million pound business.

Acting for a Bankrupt in a multimillion pound asset recovery case with alleged assets worldwide.

Acting for liquidator in complex misfeasance and asset recovery concerning multi-million claims abroad.

Acting for directors of an Insolvent Company in respect of alleged loans in the Court of Appeal and personal claims from the HMRC.

Acting for directors in Directors Disqualification proceedings and seeking leave applications for disqualified directors when the director had been disqualified for in excess of 10 years.

Qualified:

1991

Qualifications:

  • LLB ( Hons)
  • Chester College Of Law- Solicitors exams
  • Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial Disputes ( CEDR)

External Roles:

Director of Leeds Law Society
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Interests:

Steve is married and has a young family and is a keen follower of all sports but in particular, Football, Golf and Tennis. Steve is a season ticket holder at Leeds United.

Dr. Ulrich Sick

The law firm Professor Dr. Sick Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH with its domicile at Dorsten is specialized in

– Business consulting mandates
– Contract law, drafting and negotiation of contracts
– Consulting for major national and international projects
– Corporate law
– Labour law
– Real estate law
– Law related to capital investments
– General trade and business law
– Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR, i.e. mediation and arbitration)
– Interim management
– Activity as member of a supervisory board or an advisory board
– Job trainings and workshops (externally as well as for the specific needs of an enterprise)

Languages:

– German
– English

Education:

Study of law and PhD at the university of Tubingen

– First Examination (final university degree) 1981
– PhD (Dr. iur.) 1984

Training as Junior Barrister at the District Court of Ulm/Donau

– Second Examination (final degree after the training at the District Court) 1985

Career Development:

1986-1991 Counselor in the legal department of Ferrostaal AG, Essen
1991 Admission to the Bar
1991-1993 Head of the Legal Department and member of the Management of Krupp Industrietechnik GmbH, Duisburg (also responsible for the patent and the insurance departments)
1994-2004 Member of the Management of Ericsson GmbH, Düsseldorf (as Head of the Legal Department, partially with international responsibility and additional areas of business responsibility)
2004-2006 President of Ericsson GmbH, Düsseldorf
since 1st July 2006 Owner of the Law Firm Dr. Sick, Dorsten (founded already 1991)
since 2009 Managing Partner of Professor Dr. Sick Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

In addition to the above functions several mandates as member of the Supervisory Board, member of the Board of Directors of a benevolent fund for an enterprise related pension scheme, member of the Board of Directors of BITKOM e.V., member of the Board of Trustees of a non profit making limited company and member of the Board of Directors of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Business Travels:

Extensive business travels for contract negotiations to and within

– Europe
– Africa
– North and South America
– Australia
– Near and Middle East
– Asia

Teaching Appointments:

Honorary Professor in the faculty of Business Law at Westfälische Hochschule (Universitiy of Applied Sciences) with teaching activities related to the subjects drafting of contracts, negotiation technique, mediation and corporate law.

Imprint / Legal Provisions:

http://www.ra-dr-sick.de/en/impressum/