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 a partner in our white collar litigation and global investigations practices.

Dan’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 US Department of Justice (DOJ), Dan 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.

Dan ran the DOJ’s global investigations focusing on LIBOR, foreign exchange and other benchmarks, and took the lead in coordinating with US and international regulators and law enforcement agencies.

He has also worked closely with the DOJ’s antitrust division and other authorities on cartel investigations.

Qualifications:

Education:

– JD, Yale Law School.
– AB, with honors, Princeton University, Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional:

– Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
– In private practice for several years at a litigation boutique firm in Washington, DC.
– Served at the Department of Justice as Deputy Chief for Litigation in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division, and previously as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
– Served as a law clerk for judges on the federal district and appellate courts.

About Us:

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 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 M&A, 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.

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

Malcolm has worked on a number of transactions for financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund clients, including Corsair, Wellington Management Company, LLP, Brevan Howard, Monsoon Capital, Black River Group, LaCrosse Global Fund Services, Platinum Equity, LLC, Goldman Sachs, Avago Technologies, Calyon Financial SNC, Commscope, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, AIG Group, New York Life International, LLC, DAMAC Holdings Co., LLC, Kerzner International Group, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Bank of New York, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, UBS A.G, Fortress Investment Group, Swiss Re, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Axis Bank Limited, ICICI Bank Limited, Macquarie Bank Ltd, National Australia Bank Limited, Westpac Banking Corporation, Standard Bank Group, General Motors Corporation, Lehman Brothers Group, Intelsat Corporation, The Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company, Nedbank Group, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, Altirah Telecoms (the common investment vehicle of Altirah Capital and the Oppenheimer family´s private equity portfolio), Standard Chartered Bank Group, China Development Bank and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ.

His 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.

Prior to joining Appleby in January 2003, Malcolm worked for Hardings Solicitors, Sydney, Australia, and Heath International Holdings Insurance Ltd (HIH Insurance Limited, formerly Winterthur International Insurance Ltd). He also worked at the London office of Clifford Chance, where he gained significant experience in corporate and insurance-related transactions.

He 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 (non-practising) 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 (2008). Malcolm also obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Malcolm was noted as a ´Leading Lawyer´ for Financial & Corporate and Energy & Infrastructure in IFLR1000 2017. Chambers Global 2015 noted his “ability to combine commercial expertise with legal understanding.” IFLR1000 named Malcolm as a ´Leading Individual´ in the 2014 edition for his Banking & Asset Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency work. He is described by clients as “efficient and proactive” in Chambers Global 2014.

Malcolm is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (non-practising), the Bermuda Bar Association and the Law Society of Australia.

As a regular contributor on Mauritius-related articles, Malcolm’s writings have featured in numerous publications, including The Lawyer, The American Lawyer International Investment and Investor Services Journal. He also provides commentary to publications, including Legal Business and The Lawyer. He also regularly speaks at conferences and events. In addition, Malcolm recently contributed the Seychelles chapter to the Chambers and Partners’ “Fintech 2018” guide.

Recognition:

“Malcolm is a very well-regarded practitioner with extensive experience in representing private equity funds, hedge funds and numerous financial institutions. He is very knowledgeable about Mauritius law but more importantly he is commercial and good at giving succinct advice.” — Chambers Global

Education:

– Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia)
– University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia)

Law Firm:

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 a Partner in the Corporate Department and 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.

Experience:

He is Head of the Firm’s Business Regulation and Corporate Governance Group and the Firm’s Financial Services Regulation and Compliance Group. 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.

Market Recommendations:

“Leading lawyer.” (IFLR1000 2010-2017)
Recommended by Who’s Who Legal. (The Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers 2010 – 2013)
“A true expert.” (PLC Which Lawyer? 2010, 2011)

Education:

BA, NUI Galway, 1981
LLB, NUI Galway, 1983
Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland,1988

Professional Activities:

Kevin is a regular speaker at conferences on compliance and corporate governance issues and is on the Irish Institute of Directors Legal Panel.

Marisa Vella

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

Professional Memberships:

Interlaw
Chamber of Advocates
International Bar Association
Member – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

Recognition:

“Extremely efficient in court.” – Dispute Resolution Chambers Europe, 2012

“One of the best litigators of the younger generation.” – Dispute Resolution Chambers Europe, 2013

“She has a very good reputation – she is diligent and organised and her research is extremely detailed. No follow-ups are required as she is very prompt.” – Dispute Resolution Chambers Europe, 2015

“Meticulous and detailed.” – Dispute Resolution Chambers Europe, 2016

“Excellent court presence.” – Dispute Resolution Chambers Europe, 2016

“She is a very thorough and approachable lawyer who seeks to understand the objectives of her clients and dedicates the necessary time and attention in order to achieve them. She also goes the extra mile and her attention to detail and work ethic set her apart.” – Dispute Resolution Chambers Europe, 2017

Practice:

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.