Johann Spies

To complement his experience as a practicing attorney, Johann Spies has experience as an in-house legal counsel for a company in the credit provision and insurance markets which operates in a number of jurisdictions.

Johann began his career at Webber Wentzel (the South African Linklaters associate and one of the largest firms in Africa) and has practiced in Yangon, Myanmar, where he specialised in cross-border transactions, commercial arrangements and the regulatory framework in the South East Asian markets. Prior to joining Arion Legal, Johann practiced as a partner at Clyde & Co, Johannesburg, in the corporate and commercial department. Johann prides himself on delivering legally sound advice which is commercially minded and reflects an understanding of clients’ businesses.

Firm Overview:

Arion Legal (formerly McDonald Steed McGrath Lawyers) has been operating in Lao PDR since 2008 and is the only Australian law firm registered in Lao PDR.

Our Vientiane office provides international standard Lao legal and tax advice and documentation for foreign investors operating in, or looking to invest in, Lao PDR. Our approach is commercially focused and adapted to suit changing economic and regulatory conditions.

We have represented foreign and local clients across a broad range of commercial issues concerning foreign investment into Lao PDR. We have participated in several mining projects and acted as Lao Counsel to the Government of Lao PDR and lenders on numerous large-scale hydropower projects including:

– Nam Sim Hydropower Project (USD17.6M investment)
– Nam Lik 1 and 2 Hydropower Project (USD 150M investment)
– Nam Ou (USD 700M investment)

Arion Legal has been appointed as Honorary Counsel to the British Embassy and has also acted as Lao Counsel to the Singapore and Australian Embassies.

Our firm has strong links to the local and international business community and actively participates in community events. Arion Legal holds membership with numerous organisations including Australian Chamber of Commerce (AUSTCHAM) and the British Business Group.

Our Lawyers In Lao PDR:

Johann Spies, our Country Manager, is based in Vientiane and is supported by a talented team of foreign and Lao lawyers and tax advisors. The firm’s directors, as well as a team of specialist lawyers and consultants, provide additional expertise and support to the Vientiane office. Our team also travels within Lao PDR and internationally in response to client and project demands.

Daniel Braun

Daniel Braun is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daniel directly using the contact details listed above.

Daniel’s focus is on criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation, often involving allegations of market misconduct, foreign bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions violations, fraud and anticompetitive activity.

With more than 15 years working for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Daniel has extensive experience in cross-border investigations, interagency cooperation and market enforcement. Most recently he was Deputy Chief for Litigation in the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, where he managed a number of the department’s most significant cases.

Daniel Braun ran the DOJ’s global investigations focusing on LIBOR, foreign exchange and other benchmarks, and took the lead in coordinating with United States and international regulators and law enforcement agencies. He has also worked closely with the DOJ’s antitrust division and other authorities on cartel investigations.

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Malcolm Moller

Malcolm Moller is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Mauritius on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Malcolm directly using the contact details listed above.

Malcolm is Managing Partner of the Mauritius, Seychelles and Shanghai offices. He is a member of the Corporate department and both the Insurance and Structured Finance teams. He specialises in advising financial institutions on financial regulation, regulatory capital issues, financial institution mergers and acquisitions, and insurance-related transactions. He advises on private equity funds, hedge funds, derivatives transactions and securities offerings, as well as a range of corporate and corporate finance transactions.

Malcolm has extensive experience representing corporations, financial institutions and other entities. His experience spans public and private mergers and acquisitions, credit, restructuring, bankruptcy, capital markets, fund formation and winding-up, a variety of strategic and advisory corporate assignments.

Malcolm experience in credit transactions has included representing both banks and borrowers in multi-billion-dollar secured, unsecured and commercial paper facilities for companies. In addition, his experience has included advising on strategic, regulatory, corporate governance, and director and officer liability issues for clients.

Malcolm Moller was admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1998, solicitor and barrister of the High Court of Australia in 1999, a solicitor of England and Wales in January 2003, and solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Bermuda in 2004. He was registered as a foreign lawyer in Mauritius in 2009 in accordance with the provisions of the Law Practitioners Regulations. Malcolm also obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Firm Overview:

We are an offshore law firm with around 470 people, including 60 partners, operating from 10 offices around the globe. We advise global public and private companies, financial institutions, and high net worth individuals, working with them and their advisers to achieve practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions.

Appleby represents combined ingenuity and talent taken from all of the most significant international offshore financial centres, and is focused on the development of new products and the provision of effective service to its many international clients.

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details listed above.

Kevin is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department focusing on Financial Regulation matters. He specialises in compliance, regulatory law and corporate governance. He has particular expertise in financial services law and advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of financial regulation and compliance and related matters. Kevin draws together all aspects of the firm’s expertise relating to regulation and compliance and offers comprehensive compliance and regulatory advice to businesses generally. He also has over 17 years’ experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law.

Kevin is a regular speaker at conferences on regulation and compliance and corporate governance issues and is on the Irish Institute of Directors Legal Panel. He currently chairs the Asset Management Working Group of the Irish Funds Industry Association.

Our Pro Bono Practice:

Pro bono is a fundamental part of A&L Goodbody. We were the first Irish law firm to establish a formal pro bono practice; appoint a full time pro bono associate; offer a trainee rotation; sign up to the UK Collaborative Plan and publicly commit to a target of 25 pro bono hours per lawyer by 2021.

Access to justice lies at the heart of our pro bono practice. It informs the partnerships we develop and the organisations we work with. We believe we can make the most impact by using our legal skills to respond to unmet legal need in our community.

We work in partnership with domestic and international “clearing houses”, including the Public Interest Law Alliance, Business in the Community and Thomson Reuters Trustlaw Foundation. They match our expertise with specific legal needs in non-governmental organisations, community organisations and law centres.

Diversity & Inclusion:

At ALG, Diversity & Inclusion is about respecting, valuing and leveraging the differences that exist in our employee base and the domestic and international markets in which we do business.

Mutual respect and collaboration amongst our colleagues is key to the culture of our firm and we are committed to ensuring that that everyone is treated with respect, fairness and integrity.

Every one of our employees bring a set of special talents and perspectives to the table. We celebrate diverse thinking by creating a culture where all of our people are encouraged to draw upon their unique backgrounds, interests and viewpoints.

This diverse and inclusive approach benefits our people and our clients and therefore our business. As the diversity of our client base continues to grow it is imperative that we have a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect that client basis. Different options, perspectives and cultures are powerful in international business.

Marisa Vella

Marisa Vella is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Malta on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marisa directly using the contact details above.

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Marisa is a partner within the EU, Competition & Regulatory practice group and is responsible for a considerable number of litigation and arbitration cases at the firm.

She handles commercial, corporate and civil law disputes as well as corporate insolvency matters.

Marisa represents local and international clients at court, in tribunals and arbitration panels in a wide range of areas. These disputes include shareholder disputes and minority rights, insolvency, intellectual property, transport, insurance, labour law, property-related disputes and banking.

Marisa Vella is a lecturer and an examiner at the University of Malta within the Civil Law department.

Firm Overview:

Camilleri Preziosi – Technical Excellence, Practical Solutions

Camilleri Preziosi is a leading Maltese law firm with a commitment to deliver an efficient service to clients by combining technical excellence with a solution driven approach to the practice of law.

The firm is a specialised practice focusing on domestic and international transactions in the field of corporate and commercial law and in the financial services sector. Now headed by partners Henri Mizzi, Louis de Gabriele, Marisa Vella, Malcolm Falzon, Ron Galea Cavallazzi and Donald Vella, Camilleri Preziosi is at the forefront of local practitioners specialising in these areas.

We pride ourselves on recruiting and training the best lawyers and on embracing a work ethic founded on the core values of honesty, integrity and quality of service: there can be no compromise on striving for excellence.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our practice and all our lawyers advise across a broad range of areas. Each lawyer within the firm will have a specific area or areas of practice that indicates a particular competence and experience in that sector, but he or she does not practice exclusively in that area.

Our clients work with lawyers they know well, and who understand their business needs. The close relationships we develop and the keen interest we take in our clients’ businesses enable us to give practical and effective advice.

In other words, advice that adds value.