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Our Team

Dr. Alexander Brexendorff

Managing Partner | Counselor at Law

Dr. Alexander Brexendorff is an entrepreneur / owner and managing director of various legal, business and Fintech consulting companies in Europe and the Middle East. He is as well the founder and head of the board of the Swiss and UAE based international business and legal Swiss Association Brexendorff & Associates.

Christopher Blazynski

Senior Lawyer

Christopher Blazynski is a german qualified lawyer and has international experience in business consulting, legal and Fintech services.


He advises primarily within the EU and the Middle East region especially on corporate laws and business setup and is part of the fintech group of MENA Legal. He also gained experience in the insolvency and restructuring department of White & Case LLP in Berlin, Germany.

Céline Farhat

Partner

Celine Farhat has been a part of the MENA Legal team since 2012. She completed her Masters in Business Law from the University of Law, Rennes, France. Celine specializes in International Trade and Business Law in Middle East and Africa, Corporate Laws, Labor Law,
and Real Estate Regulations in the Middle East. She regularly participates in seminars held in Dubai on relevant topics.

Francesca Romana Valeri

Legal and Business Association consultant

Francesca Romana Valeri was born in province of Rome (Italy) and graduated in Law in the University LUMSA of Rome in 2013.

Based in UAE, she is active in Europe and in the Middle East as Legal Counsel since 2018 with a prior knowledge in legal advice & consultation in Corporate Law, Commercial law and Italian Civil Law and with a strong experience in the International Construction Contracts and Contract Negotiation.

Aurélien de Barnier

Legal and Business Association consultant

Aurelien de Barnier is a French jurist originally from the city of Nice in the south of France. Having grown up and living in the UAE since 2001, he graduated from the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi with a Bachelor in law & political sciences in 2014 and a Master in Business law, International law and Sustainable Development law in 2016.

Mr. de Barnier is advising French and other international clients on all legal and business aspects on doing business in the Middle East.

Alexander Kababgi

Partner | Attorney at Law

Alexander Kababgi completed his Law Studies from Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and University of Granada, Spain. His specialities include European Law, International Commercial Law and Visa Regulations, and International Contract Law. He is proficient in German, English, Arabic and Spanish. Alexander takes great interest in Arabic Language, history and culture.

Markus Winter

Partner | Attorney at Law

Markus Winter obtained degrees in Law Studies from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt and New York University. He specializes in M & A, Law of Succession, Inheritance Law, Family Law, and International Contract Law. He is fluent in German, English, and French.

Christian Schaefer

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Before establishing Asia Counsel, Christian headed the Vietnam projects and infrastructure, and M&A and transactional practice of one of the world’s leading international law firms. Christian has led a broad range of investment projects in Vietnam up to completion, including greenfield investments and M&A transactions in wind and solar projects, as well as various infrastructure projects. Christian has worked in Vietnam for 10+ years.

Ross Macleod

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

He is a Senior Associate at Asia Counsel Vietnam. Before joining Asia Counsel, Ross worked as an associate at a UK law firm in the corporate and commercial department.  Ross has extensive experience in M&A, and commercial transactions in the UK and Vietnam across a broad range of industries.  Ross has also advised on renewable projects in the UK, including the development of a number of wind power projects.

Dr. Gunter Denk

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Dr. Gunter Denk has a degree in law and business science from The Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg. He is a seasoned business lawyer and manufacturing entrepreneur. He has served in many important positions including as the Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Board at
Peaktop International Inc, and Chairman of the Board at Heissner AG. He has over 25 years of comprehensive business experience in four continents. In 2004, he founded Sanet, the Strategic Alliance Network.

Turki Al-Fadhel

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law & Private Notary

Mr. Turki Al-Fadhel is a versatile Saudi and U.S. educated business attorney and private notary who has been practicing law for over twenty years as outside counsel, general counsel and practicing lawyer for a wide range of privately-owned domestic and international companies and venture capital, private equity and investment funds and Saudi and international law firms, before he opened his own Riyadh based law firm, Mashora Law Firm.

Mohammed Jelani

Partner | Judge

Mohammed Jelani obtained his Masters in Construction law and dispute resolution from King’s College London. He has over 19 years of solid legal experience as Judge, Co-Founding Partner, Arbitrator, Head Of legal department & Senior Lawyer. He is a
Member of Jordan Bar Association since 1999. His core practice competencies include Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative dispute resolution in Commercial and Civil Disputes.

Antonello Martinez

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Professor Antonello Martinez was born in Oristano in 1954 and graduated in Law from the University of Cagliari in 1978.

Formerly Magnificent Rector of the University L.U.de.S. He has been awarded several prestigious honors for his professional merits, among which the gold medal awarded by the Province of Milan in 2009 and the 2014 Agape National Award.

Giorgio Giorgi

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Giorgi Giorgi was born in Genova in 1958. He graduated in Law with honors and with dissertation recommended for publication, from the University of Studies of Genova.

For over thirty years he has been carrying out his professional practice in the interdisciplinary area between administrative law (mostly urban real estate) and business law (mostly in the field of real estate finance and corporate private equity)

Ali Yousef Al Ali

Partner | Attorney at Law

Ali’s professional experience spans over a period of 18 years, working in the field at several well-acknowledged institutions, during which he gained deep experience in various legal, economic, political and technological aspects of business development.

Reinhard Häckl

Partner | International Tax

Reinhard Häckl is specialised in international taxation. His knowledge is as well in inbound as also in outbound activities, he advises in Germany clients from everywhere in the world with their activities in investments in real estates and companies.  A lot of international companies trust him with all his experience to set up a company in Germany.

Susanne Schmidkonz

Senior Tax Consultant

Ms. Schmidkonz studied in Munich and Passau. She is expelled expert in international tax law. From 1995 till 1998 she was tax manager for national and international taxation with Price Waterhouse AG, Berlin.
From 1998 till 2007 she was tax senior expert with Ernst & Young in Düsseldorf, Chicago and Munich.

Dr. Ernest Geid Makram

Senior Consultant

Dr. Ernest Makram has spent the last 22 years in the Healthcare Industry, where he has developed a strong understanding of changing market dynamics, global trends, health economics, and built a solid expertise in business development, brand maximization and strategic planning.

Eckhard Schaffitzel

Senior Consultant

Graduated as business engineer at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Experienced in business development and business process modelling in corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises for several years, among other Daimler AG. General manager for various German companies,

Edward Bernhard

Partner | Attorney at Law

Mr. Bernhard is a versatile, seasoned business and securities attorney who has been practicing law for over twenty years as outside counsel, general counsel and a financial executive for a wide range of privately-owned domestic and international companies and venture capital, private equity and angel investment funds.  Mr. Bernhard holds particular expertise in deal syndication and the corporate, securities and tax aspects of private equity and debt financings. 

Raad Al Kelani

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

His core practice competencies include: Litigation: criminal, commercial. Arbitration and Alternative dispute resolution in Commercial and Civil Disputes. Full commercial legal services.  Draft and update legal documents such as contracts, JV, MOU.

Scott Henderson

Partner | Attorney at Law

Scott is a US-trained lawyer based in the State of Arizona in the United States and is a Founding Member of NewLAWu.s., which works with MENA Legal on projects for clients based in North America.  He has extensive regional experience in sophisticated real estate and commercial business transactions, and has also served in leadership positions with U.S.-based national organizations, focused on economic and community development.

Mohanad al Mallah

Partner | Atorney at Law

Mohanad al Mallah has over 18 years of solid legal experience in advising local and international companies and individuals in Jordan.

In recent years, he has become very active on all regional refugee related legal matters and is working closely with international organizations in this field.

Hamdan Al Khaabia

Associate Partner I UAE Advocate

Hussain Hussain obtained his Bachelors of Laws (LLB) with honours from the University of Azerbaijan ‘1981, he also obtains a Master degree in international Law; Hussain Practiced law in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1983, he is admitted to practice law before the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court of Bahrain, Hussain Al Nahash draws on over three decades of experience in legal consultation, and litigation; represented various legal/natural persons in and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. Member at the Bahraini Bar Association administration. Plead and represented in several public interest cases, and carried on due diligence on Bahraini Family law, Labour law, Consumer Law.

Hussain Jaffar Al Nahash

Associate Partner I Attorney at law

Hussain obtained his Bachelors of Laws (LLB) with honours from the University of Azerbaijan ‘1981, he also obtains a Master degree in international Law; Hussain Practiced law in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1983, he is admitted to practice law before the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court of Bahrain, Hussain Al Nahash draws on over three decades of experience in legal consultation, and litigation; represented various legal/natural persons in and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. Member at the Bahraini Bar Association administration. Plead and represented in several public interest cases, and carried on due diligence on Bahraini Family law, Labour law, Consumer Law.

Dr. Alexander Brexendorff

Managing Partner | Counselor at Law

Offices:

Dubai | Zurich

Dr. Alexander Brexendorff is an entrepreneur / owner and managing director of various legal, business and Fintech consulting companies in Europe and the Middle East. He is as well the founder and head of the board of the Swiss and UAE based international business and legal Swiss Association Brexendorff & Associates.

He has over twenty years of international experience in business consulting, legal and Fintech services with a deep and comprehensive legal and practical knowledge of Europe, the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East and beyond.

Holding an honors Ph.D. in hydrocarbon public international law, he started his career during the DOTCOM boom at the financial markets department of Shearman & Sterling LLP in Frankfurt, moved on to the international energy agency, Energy Charter Secretariat, in Brussels, joined later the Coudert Brothers LLP Middle East Practice Group before he founded one of the most prestigious European-Middle East Boutique Legal, Business, Renewable Energy and Fintech consultancies.

Areas of Concentration

  • Business Set Up in Europe, the Middle East
  • Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Transfer
  • International Trade, Business and Labour Law in the Middle East
  • International and Middle Eastern corporate laws and contracts
  • Renewable Energies
  • Construction contracts (F.I.D.I.C.)
  • Engineering and Architectural offices law
  • Blockchain, Fintech, Cryptocurrency
  • Security and Defense industries
  • Oil & Gas
  • Compliance and Sanctions  
  • Risk Management
  • Foreign Direct Investment consultation for Middle East Region
  • Public International Law
  • International Environmental Law

Professional Education & Qualification

  • Oxford Fintech Programme, University of Oxford, 2020
  • Certificate in DIFC Courts’ Laws and Procedures, DIFC Courts, Dubai, 2014
  • Certificate in F.I.D.I.C. Contracts – Middle East, Dubai, 2009
  • Project Management for Renewable Energy, Berlin, 2008
  • Counselor-at-law, U.A.E., since 2006
  • Juris Doctor, University of Würzburg, Germany, 2006
  • Doctoral Thesis: Extraction and Transit of Oil & Gas in Central Asia: A Business, Public International and Environmental Law perspective, 1999-2005
  • Legal Practitioner training, Germany, 2002-04
  • Center for Energy and Mineral Law and Policy (Dundee, Scotland), 2000
  • Lawyers Diploma (1. State Exam), University of Frankfurt / Main, Germany, 1999
  • Studies of Law and Slavic Studies (Russicum), University of Würzburg, Germany, 1995-97
  • Studies of Common Law, International Business & Environmental Law at University of Essex (UK), 1993-94
  • Studies of Business Management and Law in Kiel, 1991-93

Career

  • Board member of various International companies
  • Brexendorff & Associates Swiss Association, Zurich, since 2016, Founder, President
  • MENA LEGAL, since 2004, Founding Partner
  • Coudert Brothers LLP, Frankfurt/Main, (Middle East Practice Group), 2002 – 2004
  • ILF Consulting Engineers, Munich (pipeline projects in the Middle East), 2002
  • E.ON, Duesseldorf, Legal Department, 2001 – 2002
  • Energy Charter Secretariat, Bruxelles, 2001
  • Shearman & Sterling, Frankfurt/Main and Düsseldorf (Corporate Law & Finance, M&A), 1999 – 2001
  • Dr. Frühbeck Abogados y Economistas, Barcelona, 1999
  • Dr. Eckstein & Partners, Moscow, 1997 – 1998
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Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Global Business Owners, Dubai (President), GCC (Ambassador)
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Dubai
  • German Emirates Club, Dubai
  • German Arab Chamber of Commerce, Dubai
  • German Arab Friendship Association e.V., Berlin
  • German-Arab Association e.V., Berlin
  • Association for German-Russian Business Law, Hamburg

Languages

Fluent in: German, English, Russian

Basic knowledge in: Spanish, French, Arabic

Publications

Dr. Brexendorff regularly publishes articles and gives seminars with practical advice on European, Middle Eastern business laws, in particular on Renewable Energies, Fintech, Blockchain related regulations.

Christopher Blazynski

Senior Lawyer

Offices:

UAE | Dubai

Christopher Blazynski is a german qualified lawyer and has international experience in business consulting, legal and Fintech services.
He advises primarily within the EU and the Middle East region especially on corporate laws and business setup and is part of the fintech group of MENA Legal. He also gained experience in the insolvency and restructuring department of White & Case LLP in Berlin, Germany.

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Corporate Laws, especially business set up in the UAE
  • Labor Law in Middle East
  • Trademark Law
  • Fintech & Cryptocurrencies
  • Sports Consultancy

Education

  • Second State Exam in Law – Higher Regional Court of Berlin, 2017 
  • First State Exam in Law, Emphasis on international civil law – University of Potsdam – Germany, 2011

Career

  • MENA Legal, since 2018
  • Law firm SWS – Berlin – Germany, 2017
  • Law firm White & Case LLP – Berlin – Germany, 2015-2017

Languages

  • English, German, Spanish (basic)

Céline Farhat

Partner

Offices:

UAE

Areas of Concentration

  • International Trade and Business Law in Middle East and Africa
  • Corporate Laws and Business set up in Middle East
  • Labor Law in Middle East, support for litigation between Employer/Employee
  • Real Estate Regulations in Dubai– Review and advise on buying and leasing
  • Tax Analyst – Transfer pricing

Education

  • Master 2 in Business law (D.J.C.E) – Corporate, commercial law, tax, work law, industrial property law, contracts – University of Law Rennes 1, 2010
  • Certificate of specialization in Tax law – University of Law Montpellier, 2010

Career

  • MENA Legal, since 2012
  • Sodexo – Head office – Paris – In house, 2011
  • National Income Tax Service – Rennes – France, 2010
  • Business law firm GBA – Rennes – France, 2009
  • Business law firm Deschamps – Rennes – France, 2008
  • Law firm Rouzeaud-Leboeuf – Rennes – France, 2007

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • French Business Council – Dubai,
  • Women in Networking – Dubai
  • German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK) – Dubai
  • JCI (Jeune Chambre Economique – France)
  • Seminars held in Dubai on Tenders, Debt collection, Set-up of companies, Free Zones
  • Participation on media programs (TV5 Monde, Radio France International)

Languages

French, English, Arabic

Publications

Investment Guide for French companies in Egypt

Francesca Romana Valeri

Legal and Business Association consultant

Offices:

UAE | Dubai

Francesca Romana Valeri was born in province of Rome (Italy) and graduated in Law in the University LUMSA of Rome in 2013.

Based in UAE, she is active in Europe and in the Middle East as Legal Counsel since 2018 with a prior knowledge in legal advice & consultation in Corporate Law, Commercial law and Italian Civil Law and with a strong experience in the International Construction Contracts and Contract Negotiation.

Over the last 7 years she dedicated herself in deepening the knowledge of international contracts’ field also by actively taking part to contract negotiations all over the world.

Areas of Concentration

  • Corporate transactions and international contracts;
  • Construction Contracts in Europe and in Middle East (F.I.D.I.C.);
  • Management of quantity surveying activities and International Bid.
  • International Bank Guarantees and Letter of Credit Regulations;
  • Assistance in commercial disputes.

Education

  • Master Degree (II Level) in Sanitary and Pharmaceutical Law, Italy – 2018.
  • Law Degree, Italy – 2013.
  • BAR Exam, Court of Rome- Italy- 2018.

Career

  • Mena Legal – current
  • Corporate Legal Counsel, Clax Italia Srl – 2018/2021
  • Lawyer in Law Firm Biaggi-Benedetti in Italy – 2018
  • Stage in Italian Public Parliament XII Health Department – 2017
  • Trainee Solicitor – Italy 2013/2018

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Global Business Owners, Dubai (President), GCC (Ambassador)
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Dubai
  • German Emirates Club, Dubai
  • German Arab Chamber of Commerce, Dubai
  • German Arab Friendship Association e.V., Berlin
  • German-Arab Association e.V., Berlin
  • Association for German-Russian Business Law, Hamburg

Languages

Italian (Native Languages), English (Fluent), French and Spanish (basic knowledge)

Aurélien de Barnier

Legal and Business Association consultant

Offices:

UAE | Dubai

Aurelien de Barnier is a French jurist originally from the city of Nice in the south of France. Having grown up and living in the UAE since 2001, he graduated from the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi with a Bachelor in law & political sciences in 2014 and a Master in Business law, International law and Sustainable Development law in 2016.

Mr. de Barnier is advising French and other international clients on all legal and business aspects on doing business in the Middle East.

Areas of Concentration

  • French, UAE and Saudi Civil and Corporate Law
  • International Environmental Law & Sustainable Development
  • International law
  • Comparative law

Professional Education & Qualification

  • French civil Business law and Corporate law formation, Paris (2019-2020)
  • Master in Sustainable Development law, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (2015-2016)
  • Master in Business law, International law & Diplomacy, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (2014-2015)
  • Bachelor in French law & Political Sciences, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (2010-2014)

Career

  • MENA LEGAL law firm, Dubai, since 2021
  • Al Suwaiket & Al Busaies law firm KSA, external counsel, 2017-2020
  • ENGIE Middle-East, Dubai, 2018-2019
  • MASDAR, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, part of Mubadala Investment Company, Abu Dhabi, 2017-2018
  • Eversheds Sutherland law firm, Dubai, 2017
  • AIRBUS Group Defence & Space, Abu Dhabi, 2014-2015

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Participation as speaker for the “International Water Reuse and Recycling Conference”, organized by the International Desalination Association, Nice Côte d’Azur, 2016

Languages

French (Native Languages), English (Fluent), Spanish (Intermediate),  Arabic(basic knowledge)

Publications

  • Academic Publication: “A Desalination Plant Project in Oman, how contracts mitigate risks”, as part of the novel ‘Fresh Water: Law and Stakes in the Arab States of the GCC”, under supervision of Pr. Anthony Chamboredon, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, the MENA collection, LEXIS NEXIS, January 2018

Alexander Kababgi

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Munich

Areas of Concentration

  • European Law, International Commercial Law and Visa Regulations, International Contract Law

Bar Admission

Germany, since 1999

Qualifications

  • Law Studies, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg
  • Law Studies, University of  Granada, Spain
  • Arabic Language, History and Culture

Languages

German, English, Spanish and Arabic

Markus Winter

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Munich

Areas of Concentration

  • M & A, Law of Succession, Inheritance Law, Family Law, International Contract Law

Bar Admission

Germany, since 2002

Qualification

Law Studies, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University of Frankfurt
Law Studies, New York University

Languages

 German, English, French

Christian Schaefer

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

HANOI

Before establishing Asia Counsel, Christian headed the Vietnam projects and infrastructure, and M&A and transactional practice of one of the world’s leading international law firms. Christian has led a broad range of investment projects in Vietnam up to completion, including greenfield investments and M&A transactions in wind and solar projects, as well as various infrastructure projects. Christian has worked in Vietnam for 10+ years.

Areas of Concentration

  • Renewable Energy
    • Solar power
    • Wind power
    • Renewable power

Professional Education & Qualification

  • German qualified lawyer (hons)
  • Registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam

Languages

Fluent in: English, German, French (intermediate)

Ross Macleod

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

HANOI

He is a Senior Associate at Asia Counsel Vietnam. Before joining Asia Counsel, Ross worked as an associate at a UK law firm in the corporate and commercial department.  Ross has extensive experience in M&A, and commercial transactions in the UK and Vietnam across a broad range of industries.  Ross has also advised on renewable projects in the UK, including the development of a number of wind power projects.

Areas of Concentration

  • Renewable Energy
    • Solar power projects
    • Wind power projects
    • EPC contracts in renewable power projects

Professional Education & Qualification

  • Scottish qualified lawyer
  • Registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam
  • PGDipl LP and LLB from University of Edinburgh
  • MA (Hons) History from University of Aberdeen

Languages

Fluent in: English

Turki Al-Fadhel

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law & Private Notary

Offices:

Riyadh

Mr. Turki Al-Fadhel is a versatile Saudi and U.S. educated business attorney and private notary who has been practicing law for over twenty years as outside counsel, general counsel and practicing lawyer for a wide range of privately-owned domestic and international companies and venture capital, private equity and investment funds and Saudi and international law firms, before he opened his own Riyadh based law firm, Mashora Law Firm.

He is closely cooperating with MENA LEGAL since 2013 and main trusted Saudi based attorney for all B&A – MENA LEGAL offices and their clients.

Mr. Turki Al-Fadhel holds expertise in deal syndication and the corporate and tax aspects of private equity, investment funds and numerous international and regional companies, in particular in the energy and renewable energy sector.

One of the milestones in Mr. Turki’s vast experience was his position as legal counsel, board secretary and compliance officer at ACWA Power, of the largest Middle Eastern power plant and renewable energy investment funds and operators, from 2009 till 2017.

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Structuring and organizing privately or state-owned business entities and investment funds
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate taxation
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Government relations
  • Technology licensing and strategic partnerships and joint ventures
  • Contract law

Professional Education & Qualification

  • L.L.M August 2008, Valparaiso University, School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA 

Recent Legal Regional Projects

  • Saudi: ACWA POWER, Rabigh IPP, Rabigh2 IPP, Bowarege IWP, Shuaibah IWP, Qurrayah IPP, Shuqaiq IWPP, Shuaibah Expansion IWP.
  • UAE: DEWA, Noor, Shuaa, Hassyan.
  • Morocco: Noor, Khalladi.
  • Oman: Barka, Sohar.
  • Turkey: Kirikkale.
  • South Africa: Bokpoort
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Languages

Fluent in: English, Arabic

Mohammed Jelani

Partner | Judge

Offices:

UAE | Jordan

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative dispute resolution in Commercial and Civil Disputes.
  • Real Estate, Construction, Contracting legal services.
  • Draft and update legal documents such as contracts, JV, MOU.
  • Legal advice on commercial and civil laws. 

Qualifications Summary

  • Mohammed Jelani has over 19 years of Solid Legal Experience as:
    Judge, Co-Founding Partner, Arbitrator, Head Of legal department & Senior Lawyer.

Bar Admission

  • Member of Jordan Bar Association since 1999.

Education

  • Oct 2013 – till now         King’s College London /by British University in Dubai:

            Masters in Construction law and dispute resolution (dissertation left)

  • Oct 2007 – Jun 2008      Robert Gordon University – UK- Aberdeen –  www.rgu.ac.uk:

                                       Oil and Gas Contracts, one year online learning                               

  • Oct 1994 – Jun 1998      UNIVERSTITY of JORDAN- www.ju.edu.jo:
  • B. A. in Law

Courses

    • March 2013        
      • Penn State Univ- USA / by Dubai Judicial Institute.
      • Law & Energy Symposium – Dubai Judicial Institute in collaboration with         
      • Penn State Univ- USA by 24 training hours.
    • 2011
      • Training at the NATURAL RESOURCES AUTHORITY of JORDAN – PETROLEUM DEPARTMET
    • Sep 2010
      • Train the Trainer.
      • PKF ProGroup Consulting
    • Sep 2010
      • Performance Management
      • PKF ProGroup Consulting
    • October 2009
      • UNHCR ( United Nations High Commission For Refugees)
      • Course in the refugee’s rights and obligations 
    • Feb 2007
      • American Bar Association, ABA center for continuing legal education
      • Counseling the Start-up Franchisor – online course

Researches & Studies

  • Research in Intellectual Property and commercial marks laws (105 pages).
  • Research in personal affaires law in Jordanian law.
  • A Paper in methods of approving and excluding of experts.    

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Arbitrator at Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre

Languages

Fluent in: German, English, Russian

Basic knowledge in: Spanish, French, Arabic

Antonello Martinez

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Milano

Professor Antonello Martinez was born in Oristano in 1954 and graduated in Law from the University of Cagliari in 1978.

Areas of Concentration

  • Formerly Magnificent Rector of the University L.U.de.S.

  • He has been awarded several prestigious honors for his professional merits, among which the gold medal awarded by the Province of Milan in 2009 and the 2014 Agape National Award.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • He has been a member of the Bar Association since 1985 and he is admitted to practice in the Italian highest court (Court of Cassation).

  • Since 1999, he has been the President of the Italian Association of Business Lawyers.

  • Since 2010, he has been the official representative of the Department of Economy and Investment of the Government of Dubai in Europe.

  • He is also a member of the Technical and Scientific Support Committee of ANSDIPP.

Publications

  • Author of many law books and papers, he is a member of the scientific committee of Mimesis, a well-established legal publishing house.  

Languages

Italian (Native Speaker),  English

Giorgio Giorgi

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Genova

Giorgi Giorgi was born in Genova in 1958. He graduated in Law with honors and with dissertation recommended for publication, from the University of Studies of Genova.

Areas of Concentration

  • For over thirty years he has been carrying out his professional practice in the interdisciplinary area between administrative law (mostly urban real estate) and business law (mostly in the field of real estate finance and corporate private equity)

  • Lawyer at the Supreme Court, he is qualified to practice before the Higher Jurisdictions.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member of the Bar Association of Genova since 1985

  • Member of the boards of directors and boards of Statutory Auditors of leading listed and unlisted national and multinational companies.

Languages

Italian (Native Speaker), English

Ali Bin Yousef Bin Jassim Al-Ali

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Doha

Ali’s professional experience spans over a period of 18 years, working in the field at several well-acknowledged institutions, during which he gained deep experience in various legal, economic, political and technological aspects of business development.


His academic background is as diverse and solid as his professional one. Al-Ali holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Law and commerce, a Diploma in International and Commercial Contracts, Leadership certification from Harvard Business School, Duke and Chicago University, an MBA from Hull University, UK. As well as Master Science of Strategic Project Management from Heriot Watt University, UK.  Al-Ali is also currently preparing for a DBA in Foreign Direct Investment. As a leader, Al-Ali has been selected as an affiliate of Qatar Leadership Centre.
Prior to joining QSTP, Al-Ali worked as Legal Advisor and at Qatar National Bank. Al-Ali was responsible for dealing with all legal operations between the bank and authorities, including managing civil cases and drafting contracts and business agreements, as well as dealing with Letters of credits and Letters of Guarantees.


In his role as Acting Head of Newgathering at Aljazeera Satellite Channel, he gained first-hand experience in media contract law, reviewing and validating contracts from major media corporations. Al-Ali was also responsible for helping to establish foreign office departments for Aljazeera in Kenya, Malaysia and Yemen.


A former partner of the International Law Firm Office in Qatar, in partnership with Sheikh Ahmed Al Thani and Dr. Yousef Al Naema, Al-Ali is also the founder and chairman of the Law Academy for Research, Training and Studies in Alexandria, Egypt.


An active spokesperson, he has taken part in many conferences in Qatar, speaking on issues of International Contracts, Banking Laws, International Foreign Trade and knowledge-based economies.

Reinhard Häckl

Partner | International Tax

Offices:

Munich

Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater Rechtsbeistand

Fachberater für internationales Steuerrecht

Zusatzqualifikation

Fachberater für Unternehmensnachfolge (DSTV.e.v.)

Handelsrichter am Landgericht Augsburg

 

Reinhard Häckl is specialised in international taxation. His knowledge is as well in inbound as also in outbound activities, he advises in Germany clients from everywhere in the world with their activities in investments in real estates and companies.  A lot of international companies trust him with all his experience to set up a company in Germany.
 

Also he is specialised to advise German Companies to find the right way in investing and setting up a company abroad.

 
He works together with colleagues from all over the world and is member of Inpact an international alliance of CPA s and Tax Consultants (there he is in the international taxation committee).
Also he is member of IR an alliance of consultants where he is member of the accounting committee.

Susanne Schmidkonz

Senior Tax Consultant

Offices:

Germany | Munich

Ms. Schmidkonz studied in Munich and Passau.
She is expelled expert in international tax law.
From 1995 till 1998 she was tax manager for national and international taxation with Price Waterhouse AG, Berlin.
From 1998 till 2007 she was tax senior expert with Ernst & Young in Düsseldorf, Chicago and Munich.

Languages

German, English

Dr. Ernest Geid Makram

Senior Consultant

Offices:

UAE | Egypt | canada

Dr. Ernest Makram has spent the last 22 years in the Healthcare Industry, where he has developed a strong understanding of changing market dynamics, global trends, health economics, and built a solid expertise in business development, brand maximization and strategic planning.
Throughout his different leadership positions in Pharma companies as Business Development Head, Strategic Planning Head, Marketing Head and Commercial Operation Head, Dr. Ernest has demonstrated excellence in managing markets across different countries in the MENA region. Through a wide range of therapeutic areas, he is creating new business models and developing long term strategic plans. 

 

The legal and compliance experience he gained through negotiating and developing different agreements in the industry was substantial, Dr. Ernest developed more than 25 partnering, local manufacturing, dual branding agreements with local and international partners. Also, he was involved in developing different compliance SOPs.
Having such long experience in Middle East and Africa, he established a strong network with distributors, agents and some key persons working in the MENA region. This has enabled him to provide a wide range of Pharma consultancy services and develop a strategic plan to new companies/new portfolios, speeding up the growth in such markets.
In 2016, Dr. Ernest joined our international consultancy Swiss Association ISKANDER & ASSOCIATES / MENA LEGAL, to support with his vast Pharma experience the MENA LEGAL business and legal consultancy. 

 

Working throughout the MENA region Dr. Ernest is providing  legal, compliance and business development consultancy services to our Pharma clients. Among his many talents, he is also providing business development, compliance and legal consultation to various joint ventures between Arab and North American investment and Pharma companies, with the objective to introduce their portfolio to the MENA Region.

Professional Activities

  • Head of Novartis BD&L and Strategic Planning (UAE) January 2013 – January 2015
  • Business Franchise Head Novartis (UAE) January 2012 – December 2012 
  • Head Commercial Operations Novartis – Middle East Cluster (Dubai based) November 2009 – December2011
  • Head of Marketing Crew- Novartis Region AMAC (Dubai based) January 2007 – December 2010
  • Regional Group Brand Manager Novartis, Middle East (Dubai based) June 2007 -October 2009
  • Brand Manager for New Strategic Products of Novartis (Egypt) January 2004 – May 2007
  • Market Research Manager Novartis (Egypt) January 2000 – December 2003
  • Representative and Business Analyst for Ciba-Geigy / Novartis (Egypt) January 1993 -December 1999
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Rewards & Memberships

  • Commercial Excellence – Middle East – January 2012
  • Leadership Excellence-Marketing in Middle East Cluster- February 2010
  • Best Initiative in EGM for Flotac re-branding – Istanbul, November 2006
  • Best Performance in Novartis/Marketing for year 2006 – Cairo, January 2007
  • Diamond Award for Marketing Best Practice from “the Global Marketer“in 2007 for promo campaign
  • Developed Smart Branding model – launched in EphMRA – Barcelona 26th June 2007
  • Council Member for GLG-Gerson Lehrman Group 
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Education

  • Dr. Ernest Makram is a medical doctor, he holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands. 
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery- Cairo University-1991
  • Master of Science in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Medicine- 1997
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Languages

English, Arabic

Eckhard Schaffitzel

Senior Consultant

Offices:

Germnay | Karlshrue

Professional Activities

  • Graduated as business engineer at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Experienced in business development and business process modelling in corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises for several years, among other Daimler AG
  • General manager for various German companies,
  • Know-how in market research, sales, sales controlling and IT and company establishments in the Middle East​
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Languages

German, English and French

Edward A. Bernhard

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Portland | Oregon | United States

Mr. Bernhard is a versatile, seasoned business and securities attorney who has been practicing law for over twenty years as outside counsel, general counsel and a financial executive for a wide range of privately-owned domestic and international companies and venture capital, private equity and angel investment funds.  Mr. Bernhard holds particular expertise in deal syndication and the corporate, securities and tax aspects of private equity and debt financings.   For nearly a decade before entering private law practice, Mr. Bernhard was the managing partner of four public/private venture capital funds that made investments in over 100 high technology companies and lead over 200 rounds of private equity and debt financings.

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Structuring and organizing privately-owned business entities and investment funds
  • Private equity, venture capital angel and debt financings
  • Federal and state securities law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate and partnership taxation
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Government relations
  • Technology licensing and strategic partnerships
  • Contract law

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Oregon State Bar Association Member

Education

  • Active Member of the Oregon State Bar Association since 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1995, law review member, president of tax law society
  • Princeton University, B.A. economics, magna cum laude 

Languages

English, French

Raad Al Kelani

Assoc. Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Jordan

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Litigation: criminal, commercial.
  • Arbitration and Alternative dispute resolution in Commercial and Civil Disputes.
  • Full commercial legal services.
  • Draft and update legal documents such as contracts, JV, MOU.

Qualifications Summary

Mr Raad Al Kilani has over 20 years of Solid Legal Experience as:

  • Managing Partner of Kilani law firm.
  • Legal advisor for UNHCR, taking care and represent refugees (women, juveniles, men) in front of courts, police stations, juvenile centers, since 2014.
  • Contributing expert for WJP rule of law, for the year 2014.
  • Litigations and management of court cases (civil, construction, banking, criminal and other procedures and aspects in court.
  • Negotiations & drafting of legal contracts and agreements, citations & close up arguments of banking & commercial Cases.
  • Arbitrator
  • Labor Law  practice.
  • undertaking administrative law issues (enforcement of ruling and registration procedures)

Bar Admission

  • Member of Jordan Bar Association since 1998

Education

  • UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN – BA Degree in Law, Graduate of 1998

Researches and Studies

  • Research in Administrative law
  • Juvenile law

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member of the Jordan Cultural Association for Development Law (JADEL) the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) Alumni Association in Jordan (www.jadellaw.org ).
  • Participated in the Legal Protection for Journalists, organized by Center of defending the Freedom of Journalists on Amman–Dead Sea 16–19 Dec. 2003.
  • Participated in the first Arab workshop about International Criminal Court, organized by Adaleh Center for Human Rights Studies in Amman-15-16 May.2004.
  • Participated in workshop on a Constituency for Freedom and Democracy, organized by Center of Defending Freedom of Journalists in Amman-Dead Sea 21-24Sep 2004.
  • Mediation Training, organized by American Bar Association-Jordan (2007).
  • Participated in the Eighteenth Annual International Law and Religion Symposium,
    • “Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age: Trends, Challenges, and Practices,” 2-4 October
    • 2011, organized by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of the J. Reuben
    • Clark Law School, BYU, Unites States of America 2011.
  • Participated in International Refugees Law training workshop, organized by UNHCR in Amman-Jordan, 22March 2011.
  • Participated in International Refugees Law training workshop, organized by UNHCR in Amman-Jordan 21Augaust 2014.
  • Participated in International Refugees Law training workshop, organized by UNHCR in Aqaba –Jordan September 29-30 2014.
  • Participated in International Refugees Law training workshop, organized by UNHCR in Aqaba –Jordan April 26-27-2017
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Languages

Arabic, English

Scott K. Henderson

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Scottsdale | Arizona | United States

Scott is a US-trained lawyer based in the State of Arizona in the United States and is a Founding Member of New LAW u.s., which works with MENA Legal on projects for clients based in North America.  He has extensive regional experience in sophisticated real estate and commercial business transactions, and has also served in leadership positions with U.S.-based national organisations, focused on economic and community development.  Scott has enjoyed a sterling career which has earned him an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell. 

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Commercial Transactions
  • Real Estate Development and Finance
  • Residential (single-family, and multi-family developments)
  • Commercial development (both industrial and retail)
  • Resort, hospitality and leisure
  • Mining, Oil & Gas
  • Water management
  • Major National/International Sporting Events; Organization, Management and Operation

Bar Admission

  • Board Certified in Arizona since 1985

Education

  • DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana; B.A., Economics and English Composition
  • Hellenic-American University, Athens, Greece
  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana; J.D. 

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • NewLAWu.s., Founding Attorney
  • Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., Partner
  • Polsinelli Shughart, Equity Partner
  • The Henderson Law Firm, PLC, Founding Partner
  • Squire Sanders, Equity Partner
  • Streich Lang (nka Quarles & Brady), Equity Partner
  • Winston & Strawn, Associate, 1984 – 1986

Previsouly and Currently Recognized in:

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers US, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Southwest Super Lawyers
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • The Best of the Bar
  • Who’s Who of American Lawyers
  • Top People to Know in Commercial Real Estate

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • The Thunderbirds (host of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the world’s largest professional golf tournament).
  • Thunderbirds Charities (have provided over $93 million to local charities)
  • PGA Tour Tournament Advisory Council
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council (“GPEC”)
  • Boards of Various Charitable Organizations, e.g., Stand for Children, Special Olympics of Arizona, Homeward Bound, Crossroads

Languages

English

Mohanad al Mallah

Partner | Atorney at Law

Offices:

Jordan | Amman

Qualifications Summary

Mohanad al Mallah has over 18 years of solid legal experience in advising local and international companies and individuals in Jordan.

In recent years, he has become very active on all regional refugee related legal matters and is working closely with international organizations in this field.

Areas of Concentration

His core practice competencies include:

  • Litigation: criminal, commercial
  • Arbitration and Alternative dispute resolution in Commercial and Civil Disputes
  • Full commercial legal services
  • Draft and update legal documents such as contracts, JV, MOU
  • Advise on set up in special economic and free zones
  • International refugee legal matters

Bar Admission

  • Member of Jordan Bar Association since 1999

Education

  • Oct 1993 – Jun 1997     Amman private University, B. A. in Law

Researches & Studies

  • Research in banking laws
  • Currently involved in a research related to economic crimes and their effects on the society
  • Currently involved in a research related to insurance laws
  • Research in the field of intellectual property in trademarks

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member of Arab Human Rights Society
  • Member of Lawyers without Borders

Languages

Arabic & English 

Hussain Jaffar Al Nahash

Counselor-at-law

Offices:

Manama

Hussain obtained his Bachelors of Laws (LLB) with honours from the University of Azerbaijan ‘1981, he also obtains a Master degree in international Law; Hussain Practiced law in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1983, he is admitted to practice law before the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court of Bahrain, Hussain Al Nahash draws on over three decades of experience in legal consultation, and litigation; represented various legal/natural persons in and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. Member at the Bahraini Bar Association administration. Plead and represented in several public interest cases, and carried on due diligence on Bahraini Family law, Labour law, Consumer Law.

Areas of Concentration

  • Civil

  • Labour

  • Administrative

  • Criminal

  • Family/Shari’a law

Languages

Arabic, English

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