Alexander Turcan

Managing partner Alexander Turcan founded the firm in 1999. Alexander’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of corporate and commercial, banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, real estate, tax and non-profit law, as well as dispute management. He is recognized as the leading lawyer for business and investment in Moldova by clients, peers and international market researchers (Chambers Global/Europe, Legal 500, IFLR1000, PLC Which Lawyer?, Who’s Who Legal in M&A, etc.). The legal team managed by Alexander is described by researchers as “clearly the best” firm in Moldova, “a clear leader in the Moldovan market”, and “leading law practice in the country”. Alexander has been involved in some of the most complex projects in Moldova, acting as legal advisor for international finance organizations, foreign governmental agencies, transnational corporations, regional investors in such sectors as energy, telecommunication, banking and finance, food processing, retail and distribution, as well as the traditional Moldovan wine and brandy industry. Alexander Turcan is also involved in the development of Moldovan legislation and is an active member of the country’s business community.

Since 2011 Alexander is co-founder and Member of the Board of Directors of the European Business Association in Moldova (www.eba.md). Since 2015 Alexander is Member of the Board of Directors of the East Europe Foundation (www.eef.md). Alexander’s past community leadership positions include: member of the Board of Directors (2006-2012) of the American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova (www.amcham.md); member of the Board (2010-2015) of the non-profit CIS Competition Support Association; member of the Advisory Council under the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Moldova (2010-2014); member of the Board of the Moldovan Bar (2011-2015); representative of the Moldovan Bar (2013-2015; 2016-present) at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (www.ccbe.eu).

Trained in PMI Project Management. Fluent in English, Russian and Romanian.

Trophies:

Firm Overview:

Turcan Cazac is the leading business law firm in the Republic of Moldova. The firm’s client portfolio includes over 400 foreign companies operating in Moldova.

Since 2001 Turcan Cazac has been recognized as the leading commercial/corporate law firm in Moldova by reputable market research publications (Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, IFLR1000, PLC Which Lawyer?, Who’s Who Legal in M&A, Who’s Who Legal in CIS and Best Lawyers). Researchers describe the team as “clearly the best” in Moldova, “a clear leader in the Moldovan market” and the “leading law practice in the country”, while both clients and researchers refer to the level of service as superb.

The firm is a member of the CIS Leading Counsel Network (CIS LCN) along with the top national law firms from Almaty, Ashgabat, Baku, Bishkek, Kyiv, Moscow, Minsk, St. Petersburg and Yerevan. Turcan Cazac has also developed a bilateral “best friends” relationship with the leading Bucharest-based law firm Tuca Zbarcea & Associates.

Turcan Cazac is an advocate of reform and improvement of the legal environment for doing business and an active member of the Moldovan business community.

Abdoul Mtoka

Abdoul Mtoka has rich and varied experiences on legal matters in Belgium, France, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi including:

– Advising an international NGO in a real estate project (commercial complex) as a sustainable investment for financing its own activities and programs in Burundi.

– Participating in a commercial litigation regarding a real estate project of over EUR 1 billion in Belgium and Turkey.

– Advising a distribution company established in Algeria and dealing with a Belgian company operating in steel industry in a commercial litigation (European protection mandatory rules for commercial agents on termination of their agency agreements).

– Participating on drafting and negotiation of a loan agreement of EUR 500 million for a construction company.

– Advising a minority shareholder in recovering his investments (EUR 12 million) in a French group of companies.

– Participating in a commercial litigation on abusive termination of agreement and infringement of a noncompetition clause between a multinational aerospace and transportation service provider and a Belgian electrical system builder company.

– Advising an international group of companies based in France on acquisition of 3 pharmaceutical Burundian companies.

– Participating in negotiation and drafting of PPP agreements and PPA in several African Francophone countries.

– Drafting a legal opinion on assets transferring of USD 20 million for a leading local telecommunications company.

– Participating on restructuring of a telecommunications company and establishing a Mobile Virtual Network Operator company.

– Advising a company in a mixed use development project in down tow of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

– Drafting a legal opinion on restructuring of the Board management, between a local petroleum company and an International petroleum company based in South Africa.

– Drafting a policy note on “Costs of registering collaterals in francophone Africa: the case of Burundi”, for the IFC of the World Bank.

– Drafting a legal opinion on “International Expansion of an international company.

– Cross jurisdictional survey”, for a major International computer company based in California in the USA.

– Participating in legislative drafting and follow-up of the bill of law relating to the Credit Bureau of Burundi.

– Contributing to the Doing Business Annual Report, 2015, World Bank.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

– LL.M. in International Business Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
– Master of Laws (LL.M), Private Law, Aix-Marseille University, France
– Master of Laws (LL.M), Business Law, Aix-Marseille University, France
– Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Aix-Marseille University, France

Areas of Practice:

– International Business Law
– Corporate and Commercial
– Telecommunications, Technology and Media

Firm Overview:

Trust Juris Chambers is a full service corporate and business law firm with a variety of clients including corporations, private businesses, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and individuals.

In meeting the diverse goals and expectations of its client base, the firm provide creative, timely and practical legal solutions in an effective manner. Our aim is to provide consistently high quality advice understanding of the commercial environment in which our clients operate.

We offer in-depth local knowledge and regional and international perspectives.

Our law firm has more than great physical reach. It is an enterprise of outstanding capabilities, keen intellects, unyielding integrity and an extraordinary desire to understand and serve clients. We are not just commercially-minded; we are entrepreneurial and results-minded.

Our approach is to get deep inside our clients’ businesses and the industries they work in. It’s this depth that gives us an extra edge in tailoring the most effective solutions. The scope of our practice is broad. Our domestic and international clients range from privately owned to publicly listed companies.

However, Trust Juris Chambers is not just a law firm; it also takes pride in partnering with its clients in relation to their business opportunities, challenges and obstacles. In doing so, we provide creative, timely and practical solutions specifically tailored to meet its clients’ requirements and deadlines.

Andrea Bonnet López

With more than 9 years of experience principally delivering legal advice on Intellectual property, technology and innovation, privacy rights and telecommunications in private and public sector in Colombia and Europe. Author of articles on Data Protection issues, as well as of a book on IP & Public Health published in France and speaker of the same topics in national universities. Andrea received her JD from the Sabana University and holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law from University of Strasbourg, France at the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI). She also holds a master’s degree in Human Rights protection from Alcala University in Spain.

Educational Background:

University: Strasbourg University (CEIPI)
Program: Intellectual Property and Commerce
Degree: Master in Intellectual Property and Commerce
Year: 2011

University: Alcalá University
Program: Human’s Rights protection
Degree: Master Human’s Rights protection
Year: 2006

University: Universidad de la Sabana
Program: Law
Degree: Attorney
Year: 2004

Law Firm Overview:

Founded in 1934 and with 80 years of experience, Brigard & Urrutia is recognized as a leading law firm in Colombia and one of the most prestigious in Latin America.

We are committed to our clients and we provide them with professional and specialized counseling. We have a multidisciplinary team of more than 140 attorneys in different practice areas of the Business Law. Our lawyers work within the most rigorous ethical principles and the highest standards to reach professional excellence. We also have a management team that is constantly innovating in finding solutions, following best practices in order to give our clients a very pleasant customer experience.

We are known for making a careful selection of the professionals working in our firm because we know that the trust that we get from our clients is very important for us. Therefore, we seek to maintain high standards in all areas of our counseling.

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis is Senior International Counsel of Zhong Lun Law Firm based in Beijing. He was licensed to practice law in California in 1985, and has worked continuously in China since 1993. His practice focuses on in-bound and out-bound cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on M&A, telecoms/IT transactions, and infrastructure projects, as well as clean energy and strategic partnering arrangements generally.

He was the first senior foreign lawyer to join a top Chinese law firm. Prior to joining Zhong Lun in Beijing he served as managing partner of the Beijing office of Lovells – now Hogan Lovells – for nine years and, prior to his stint with Lovells, he was Asia General Counsel for Nortel Networks. He worked in Los Angeles for seven years early in his career, principally with Sidley & Austin.

Education:

1985  J.D. (cum laude), Brigham Young University, School of Law, Provo, Utah, USA
1982  B.A. English Literature, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

Bar Admission:

California, USA, 1985

Practice:

Zhong Lun Law Firm is a multinational law firm headquartered in Beijing, China. It was founded in 1993 as one of the first private law firms approved by the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China.

Javier Marzo Cosculluela

Javier Marzo is a partner of the Corporate Department since 2004 and co-responsible of the Telecommunications & Media Industry.

His area of expertise is corporate law. He has participated in a number of M&A, reorganizations and private equity transactions particularly in technology, telecoms and media companies, energy and infrastructure, as well as privatizations and cross-border transactions in the some of the mentioned sectors. He also advises clients on general corporate matters on a regular basis.

In the telecoms and media sector, Javier Marzo has been involved in many of the most relevant and complex transactions that took place in the last years in Spain, including IPOs. He has also wide experience in regulatory and contractual matters where he is recognized in the market as an expert. Javier Marzo advises telecom operators and other clients in start-ups, public tenders, special projects (such as fiber deployment or MVNOs), state aids and other proceedings before the telecommunications and media authorities.

He was international associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. He is co-responsible of the US Desk in Garrigues.

Javier Marzo is included in several directories such as PLC Which Lawyer, Best Lawyers or Chambers&Partners, in the practice area of Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT), both in Chambers Global and in Chambers Europe´s editions. Also, Mr. Marzo was awarded with the ILO Client Choice Award 2010 in M&A, Spain.

He lectures Communications Law at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE E-1 and E-3) since 2006. He also collaborates with the Centro de Estudios Garrigues within the International Business Law Program and he has lectured Telecommunications and Media Law in different postgraduate programs (Instituto de Empresa, ICADE, Carlos III, CEU, Universidad Europea de Madrid). He has been speaker at seminars and conferences in different institutions.

Mr. Marzo is a member of the Madrid Bar Association

Telecoms Law Practice:

The Corporate/Commercial Department includes various groups of professionals specializing in telecommunications law, widely held to be among the most prestigious and renowned practitioners on the Iberian market.

Our multidisciplinary approach and expertise enables us to provide specialist integral advisory services to the telecommunications and audiovisual sectors, providing added value to clients.

We have taken part in some of the most high-profile, complex and largest deals on the Iberian market.

Garrigues boasts a team of lawyers specializing in the telecommunications industry with a wealth of experience in providing legal advice to investors, operators and public authorities in the industry, whether on commercial transactions and privatizations, or on industry contracts and compliance.

Moreover, as regards infrastructure, the Firm has provided integral legal support in projects for the construction and laying of networks, rights of way, infrastructure sharing and equipment supply.

Garrigues:

Garrigues is the Iberian Peninsula’s leading tax and legal services firm in terms of professional headcount and billings. We know the industry inside out and provide value added to each and every one of our clients.

Our history dates back to 1941, when brothers Joaquín and Antonio Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate founded the law firm J&A Garrigues, which went on to amass enormous prestige in the second half of the 20th century. Following the merger with Arthur Andersen, Asesores Legales y Tributarios (ALT) in 1997, the Firm took its place among Europe’s largest and most influential practices. In 2002, in the wake of the disappearance of the Andersen Worldwide network, Garrigues opted to continue as an independent concern and embarked on a new phase, marked by the business-first approach and global vision that have made the Firm the market leader.

Christian Teo

Christian Teo is a Legal Counsel and Advocate for the purposes of Indonesian law. He is also a Receiver and Administrator registered with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights as well as being registered with the Indonesian Financial Institutions & Capital Market Supervisory Board as a Capital Market Legal Consultant. Previously a partner with the Indonesian correspondent of an international law firm, he left in 2004 to set up his own firm.

Christian advises on the Indonesian legal and commercial aspects of foreign and domestic investment, information technology, telecommunication projects, real estate and hotel transactions; franchising; structuring and drafting joint venture, corporate, and corporate-transaction documentation; and corporate re-structuring.

Christian has been heavily involved in IT/Telecommunications projects and transactions, which include, among others, assisting clients in various Indonesian Government contracts, establishing operating entities to undertake projects, advising on pioneering joint venture telecommunications companies, drafting documentation for the operating entities, drafting and reviewing various IT/telecommunications-related commercial contracts, and steering licensing approval documentation through government agencies.

Bar Admittance & Education:

Christian Teo is admitted to practice in Indonesia (1990). He graduated from University of Sydney, Faculty of Law, LLM (1997) and University of Indonesia, Faculty of Law, SH (1990).

Career History:

1990 – 2004
Joined Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a correspondent of international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Last position held: Partner (from 1997)

2004
Founded CHRISTIAN TEO & Associates (now CHRISTIAN TEO & PARTNERS)

Practice:

CHRISTIAN TEO & PARTNERS is a dynamic corporate and commercial law firm founded by Christian Teo (SH, LL.M), in 2004, as CHRISTIAN TEO & Associates. Christian Teo was previously a partner with the Indonesian correspondent of an international law firm and has been recognized as the “leading individual” in the IT/Telecoms/Media industry.

The Firm is staffed by dynamic and energetic lawyers, who are recognized in the marketplace for their professional service as well as for their technical expertise and professional achievements. The quality of our lawyers ensures that the Firm is well-equipped and prepared to both respond to the fast changing landscape of legal developments in Indonesia and to provide the best possible legal services to our clients.

Since its establishment, the Firm has received acknowledgements from the Asia Pacific Legal 500 – The Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms as one of Indonesia’s leading corporate and commercial law firms, and from Chambers Asia – on Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading and highly recommended firm in telecommunications and real estate transactions.

The Firm practice was strengthened in 2005 with the arrival of Bill Sullivan (B.Com, LL.B, LL.M, M.Com, MBA, SJD), a former international equity partner of a global law firm. Bill speaks and writes regularly on various aspects of the 2009 Mining Law and, as a licensed foreign advocate, Bill has been instrumental in the continuous development of the Firm’s mining and natural resources practice. The Firm is now a leader in advising on the 2009 Mining Law and its implementing regulations.

In January 2011, the Firm adopted its current name when Dini S. Purwono (SH, LL.M), a former partner of a well regarded local law firm, came on board to establish the Firm’s securities and capital markets practice.

Commencing in November 2011, the Firm has entered into an association with Stephenson Harwood, an international law firm, which provides a platform to the Firm to launch its international practice.

The Firm’s history is still in the making and will ensure that its future with our clients is long lasting.