Alexei Roudiak

Alexei Roudiak is our exclusively recommended Private Equity Law expert in the Russian Federation on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alexei directly using the contact details listed above.

Alexei advises Russian and international clients on all aspects of M&A projects, private equity deals and corporate restructurings. He is highly skilled in dealing with complex joint venture issues (both formation and breakup), defending against hostile take-overs (both structuring and litigation strategies) and advising on investments that involve state participants and offshore structuring issues. Alexei has developed a particular expertise in the energy and natural resources and real estate sectors.

Alexei graduated from the international law department of the Moscow State Institute (University) for International Relations (MGIMO) where he now teaches law. He joined the firm as partner in 2007 after more than a decade of working at the Moscow and Paris offices of an international law firm and with a leading consultancy firm.

Firm Overview:

From 1992 as Russia transitioned to a market economy, we were helping businesses on deals, disputes and projects in Russia, gaining an in-depth understanding of the legal issues that arise. We opened our Moscow office in 1999 to provide full-service Russian, English and US law capability.

We work with domestic and foreign investors and financial institutions on a range of complex matters across multiple sectors drawing on our multi-jurisdictional network of knowledge and experience to provide a seamless advice for Russian and international clients.

We offer a full service practice with tier one rankings in the leading legal directories for corporate / M&A, private equity, dispute resolution, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, PPP and energy.

We pride ourselves on consistently providing the highest quality service to our clients, which has been recognised by the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence – in particular, our Russian practice was honoured with a Client Service Award.

Rocky Lee

Rocky Lee is our exclusively recommended Private Equity Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rocky directly using the contact details above.

Rocky is a corporate lawyer with broad experience in China cross-border legal matters. He is widely recognised as one of the top legal advisors to founders, CEOs and directors on business and legal issues. He is also highly regarded for his knowledge of the complex regulations governing foreign investment into China.

Mr. Lee has particular expertise in China’s “restricted industries” such as banking, broadcasting, e-commerce, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, Internet, funds, media and entertainment, publishing and telecommunications.

Mr. Lee represents countless large investment banks, PE/VC funds and hedge funds in their cross-border and domestic investments, project finance and fund formation. Mr. Lee also has extensive experience in working for the TMT start-up companies on complicated structure establishment, and he also advised a number of overseas retail clients on their expansion and growth in Asia.

Mr. Lee splits his time between Beijing and Menlo Park and heads up the Firm’s U.S. Corporate Practice.

As the recipient of numerous high profile awards and honours, Mr. Lee has been recognised as one of the leading lawyers in Asia by the following organisations and ranking guides: China Business Law Journal, Top 100 Lawyers for China Practice in 2016; Financial Times, Top 10 Innovative Individuals of 2015; AsiaLaw, a Leading Lawyer in General Corporate Law in 2013, a Leading Lawyer in Venture Capital & Private Equity for seven consecutive years; Chambers Asia Pacific, Top-Tier Band 1 Lawyer in Private Equity & Venture Capital Investment for consecutive years; Legal 500, Leading Private Equity & Venture Capital Lawyer in Asia for consecutive years.

Shayla Harlev

Shayla Harlev is a partner in Weil’s Private Equity practice and is based in Boston. Ms. Harlev has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice with an emphasis on representing private equity sponsors in connection with acquisitions and dispositions and other complex transactions.

She has extensive experience with leveraged buyouts and dispositions of public and private companies, as well as going-private transactions, minority investments, and joint ventures. Ms. Harlev also counsels private equity sponsor portfolio companies on a variety of corporate and strategic matters.

Ms. Harlev has represented some of the world’s leading private equity firms, including Berkshire Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Advent International.

Ms. Harlev is recognized as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Private Equity: Buyouts in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, where she is described as “a highly thought-of and sought-after attorney” and a “very talented practitioner.” She was also named a “Rising Star” for Private Equity and M&A in the U.S. by IFLR1000 and is recommended for Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional by Legal 500 US. Ms. Harlev was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 “Top Women of Law.” Ms. Harlev is an Editor of Weil’s Global Private Equity Watch.

Ms. Harlev is highly involved in pro bono work and is the outside counsel for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), an organization that ensures that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems have access to legal information, advice, and representation and is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts. Ms. Harlev is also a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Ms. Harlev is fluent in English, Turkish, and Hebrew.

Marta Máñez

Marta Máñez is our exclusively recommended Private Equity Law expert in Spain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marta directly using the contact details listed above.

During her career, she has advised many companies on corporate and commercial law, and has drafted and negotiated all types of commercial contracts.

With extensive experience in the family business and private equity sectors, she has focused her practice on investment and joint ventures, company and asset sales, and corporate restructuring.

Marta worked in the Corporate Practice of British law firm Allen & Overy in its London and Madrid offices until January 2011.

In October 2002, the University of Edinburgh presented her with the John Hastie scholarship for the most distinguished law graduate of the academic year.

Marta has written several articles in the press and speaks in forums on mergers and acquisitions and international implementation.

Lucy (Qiong) Lu

Lucy (Qiong) Lu’s practice focuses on a broad range of PRC-related corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, private equity, corporate structuring and restructuring and general corporate matters. Ms. Lu also has extensive experiences in PRC real estate, employment and regulatory issues.

Ms. Lu regularly represents multinational corporations and global investment and commercial banking firms with cross-border transactions involving Chinese entities and assets. She has advised on some high-profile IPOs involving overseas listings for PRC companies and has recently represented a number of Chinese companies in their overseas investments and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Lu worked at a few other top-tier international law firms (mainly Hong Kong offices) for over ten years. She started her practice with one of the largest domestic law firms in Beijing.


– Peking University, LL.B., 1996
– Peking University, LL.M., 1999
– Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2001


– New York
– Hong Kong


– Mandarin
– Cantonese
– English

Law Firm:

We deliver deep legal expertise and practical commercial judgment for high-stakes matters in sectors with the greatest complexities, intricacies and regulatory demands.

Dechert is organized by practice area, not geography. Our 27 offices around the globe are seamlessly integrated.

This approach allows us to deliver a team responsive to unique project requirements and provide the resources needed to complete work with speed-to-market execution. Our lawyers understand the current marketplace, as well as rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory challenges, making us a preeminent full-service advisor.

We are a global, mobile workforce of diverse skills and areas of expertise. We use a project management approach to our workflow, enabling us to quickly adapt to changing client needs, maximize technology, drive efficiency and deliver value to our clients.

Our work is widely recognized within the legal industry, including top global-wide rankings for corporate investigations, international arbitration, investment funds and life sciences (Chambers Global, 2017).

Daniel Abercromby

Daniel Abercromby focuses on private equity driven cross-border leveraged finance transactions, both public and private, together with the refinancing and restructuring of such transactions – ranging from covenant resets to debt-for-equity swaps. Daniel has extensive experience acting on South-East and South Asian financings, having worked in both Hong Kong and, during part of the seven years he spent at a Magic Circle firm prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, in Singapore. Daniel acts for both borrowers (primarily private equity funds and their portfolio companies) and lenders (primarily direct-lending credit funds).

Daniel has spent time on secondment to two major international banks. In 2010/11 he spent 8 months working on the execution desk in the leveraged finance team at Goldman Sachs in London, while in 2013/14 he spent six months in the legal team supporting the leveraged and project finance teams at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore.

Prior Experience:

– Allen & Overy — Senior Associate, Singapore, 2011-2015
– Allen & Overy — Associate, London and Singapore, 2008-2011
– Mayne Wetherell — Solicitor, New Zealand, 2006-2007

Practice Areas:

– Corporate
– Debt Finance
– Leveraged Acquisitions
– Corporate Finance
– Mezzanine Finance
– Private Equity

Admissions & Qualifications:

– 2016, Law Society of Hong Kong, Registered Foreign Lawyer
– 2012, Law Society of England & Wales, Solicitor
– 2006, New Zealand Law Society, Barrister & Solicitor


– University of Auckland, New Zealand, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), 2006
– University of Auckland, New Zealand, Bachelor of Arts, 2006

Law Firm:

For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.