Alexander Metallinos

Admitted: 1992, Supreme Court. Education: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LL.B. in Hellenic Law); Yale University (LL.M.); Westfälische Universität Münster (LL.M. in European Union Law; Doctorate in European Union Law). Publications: “International Aspects of Company Recruiting,” in Greek, 2001; “The Capital Market Commission Decision on Tender Offers,” in Greek, 2001; “Legal Aspects of the Conclusion of Derivatives Contracts Pursuant to the ISDA Master Agreement by Local Entities Incorporated or Established in Greece,” in Greek, 2002; “Commentary on Article 6 of the Greek Company Law (Conflict of Laws) in the Law of Societies Anonymes,” collective work edited, E. Perakis, 2002; “Die europarechtskonforme Auslegung, Münster,” 1994; Insurance Contracts in Private International Law, Athens 1997. Member: Athens Bar Association; Greek Commercial Law Association. Languages: Greek, English, German and French.

Ranking & Awards:

In view of our leading position in the Greek legal market, we are routinely rated by such legal directories as Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 as a first-tier firm, and our partners among the top lawyers in Greece.

Our firm has received the American Lawyer Global Legal Awards Global Finance Deal of the Year for 2013 for Greece’s Debt Restructuring and the Grand Prize 2013 for Global Finance, the Greek law firm of the year award by Chambers Europe in 2011, 2015 and 2018, the International Financial Law Review award for best Greek law firm in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, the International Financial Law Review debt and equity-linked deal of the year in 2013, the International Financial Law Review European M&A deal of the year 2016 as well as the International Financial Law Review Europe Women in Business Law award for best Greek law firm in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Our managing partner, Catherine Karatzas, was awarded the pan-European award in the category of financial regulation in the International Financial Law Review Europe Women in Business Law awards in 2015.

Firm Overview:

Our law firm was established in 1963, and has since grown and expanded steadily. The firm offers legal services and advice as regards the entire spectrum of commercial and financial law, including banking and finance law, capital markets law, general corporate and commercial law, competition law/anti- trust, energy law, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, project finance law, real estate law and telecommunications law. Our litigation department represents clients in litigation before courts and arbitral tribunals touching upon all the above areas of law.

Aviv Avidan-Shalit

Aviv Avidan-Shalit is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group.

Aviv has extensive experience in providing clients with professional legal services, in all phases of corporate growth, from concept through exit, in a myriad of fields of technology including diagnostics, medical devices pharmaceuticals, operation analytics, Internet, software, digital printing, communications and homeland security.

Aviv represents entrepreneurs, investors and companies in financing transactions. Additionally, Aviv provides legal services to both her publicly traded and privately held clients in connection with a range of commercial transactions.

Aviv is deeply involved in the day-to-day legal operational and business activities of her clients, including in analyzing their strategic and legal needs and requirements with a view towards providing the clients with a superior legal solution which be well balanced against the commercial needs. Aviv assists clients in choosing and implementing financing solutions (including through private and public offerings), in handling their international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, in structuring distribution, licensing and marketing arrangements, in addressing tax structure issues, in considering relevant IP strategies, bonus and benefits plans.

Education:

– Tel Aviv University, Israel (LL.B., 1995);
– Tel Aviv University, Israel (B.A., School of Business Administration, 1995)

Admitted:

– Israel, 1996

Main Practice Areas:

– Corporate Finance, Securities and Capital Markets
– Mergers and Acquisitions
– Joint Ventures, Spin Offs and Corporate Restructurings
– Venture Capital
– Commercial Transactions
– Life Sciences
– Medical Devices and Biotechnology

Firm Profile:

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal is the largest law firm in Israel, and Israel’s leading international law firm. The firm represents some of the world’s largest multinational corporations in corporate, commercial and litigation matters, in Israel and abroad.

Meitar is a full-service firm, representing clients in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic capital markets, banking, finance and derivatives, corporate and commercial litigation, licensing, hi-tech, energy and infrastructure, real estate, antitrust and taxation and other regulatory matters. Meitar has represented clients in Israel’s largest corporate and finance transactions and international public offerings, and has represented some of the world’s leading companies and banks in corporate and class-action litigation. Meitar consistently receives the highest rankings from international independent guides, such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and from local guides in Israel such as Dun’s 100 and BDI.

Meitar is unique among Israel’s largest law firms in the number of partners who have worked for major international law firms in the US and elsewhere. In addition, many of our partners obtained law degrees at leading universities in the US and UK. Our firm’s goal is to provide our international and Israeli clients with the same level of service and quality they are accustomed to receiving from law firms in the US, UK and Europe.

The firm has a strong team of over 280 attorneys and 50 articled clerks, all of whom are committed to maintaining our high standards of excellence and service.

Fernando Hernández Gómez

Graduated with honors in 1994 Education: Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara (Class of, 1994), Masters in Business Administration (MEDEX, Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas, 2005). Graduate in Economic and Corporate Law in 1996, Contract Law in 1997 and Tax Law in 1999 by Universidad Panamericana. Commercial Notary Public in 2001.

He became Notary Public in 1987.

Expert Translator of English – Spanish and vice versa by the Supreme Court of the State of Jalisco, Vice President of Consulegis, EEIG, Secretary of the Board of Directors of several Corporations, Member of the Board of Colegio de Corredores Públicos del Estado de Jalisco, A.C., Member of the International Union of Lawyers, member of the National Association of Corporate Counsels, A.C. Guest speaker for the international section of the Bar of New York and the International Union of Lawyers.

Vázquez Aldana, Hernández Gómez & Associates:

Operates in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico VAHG consolidating more than 50 years of legal practice.

VAHG is formed as a result of the prestige, experience, reputation, business approach, high ethical values and professional standards, responsiveness, accountability and trust of its Partners.

VAHG is now recognized as a leading legal firm in M&A, Contract Law, Banking and Securities Law, Real Estate Law as well as corporate transactions in general, including Notary Public and Commercial Notary Public services, within its geographic area in Mexico.

As a result of its non-stop search for high added value, VAHG is proud of having the trust of worldwide known Mexican and multinational companies as a result of the adoption of its professional service model. We have immediate access different local jurisdictions around the world through Consulegis, EEIG, an international network of independent law firms to which we are members.

VAHG represents an invaluable sum of prestige and reputation with strengths and capabilities to conduct international transactions, operating under the highest standards of services and quality, together with a singular personal approach, developing a unique strategic competitive factor and high appreciation of its clients.
In VAHG we value each of our members, the human and professional capabilities of our team allows us to be able to know each and every one of our clients. We develop long term relationships with our clients as a result of our quality and personal treatment.

Our mission is to be the leading firm in providing services in each of its areas of expertise to ensure legal certainty and strategic legal counsel under the highest quality standards in the transactions engaged in by our clients, working professionally in their decision making processes and preventing conflicts and resolving them only when needed, thereby facilitating the conduct of their business.

In VAHG, we know we could not achieve our goals without our client’s’ trust and we think believe that in having partners and associates with extensive experience, ethical values, continuous updating and attitude of service and teamwork skills we can offer unique added value to our customers.