Since 2016, Steven Howard has been Senior Legal Counsel, and from this year, Global Privacy Officer, for Sony Mobile Communications based in Tokyo, Japan. He is responsible in providing legal advice and support to several areas of Sony’s mobile business, including global sales & marketing, quality & customer service, hardware component procurement and software procurement, in addition to overseeing privacy and data protection compliance.
Before returning to Tokyo, Steven had been based in Singapore as Sony Mobile’s Asia Pacific General Counsel, responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory matters in the region (ex-Japan, ex-Greater China). Prior to this, he held in-house and private practice positions in Tokyo and Singapore for ten years.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law and is a member of the State Bars of Hawaii and California, as well as the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Gmeleen Tomboc works in Sidley Austin’s Singapore office specializing in energy, M&A and corporate finance. She has worked in law firms and in-house in Singapore, Tokyo and Manila, and was seconded as the counsel for Asia to The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy company. Currently, she acts as pro bono coordinator for Sidley’s Singapore and Sydney offices, and sits on the firm’s associates’ technology committee.
Having joined IPBA in 2013 as a scholar, she is now Vice-Chair of its Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In addition, she is Deputy Editor of the American Bar Association’s International Law News, and is the Singapore representative for the Harvard Law School’s Recent Graduate Network.
She received her LLM from Harvard Law School and her LLB from the University of the Philippines, and is admitted in New York, England and Wales, and Philippines.
Jihong Wang is a senior partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm and an experienced arbitrator of CIETAC. She co-chairs the firm’s construction and infrastructure department, and currently serves as the vice-chair of the IPBA Energy & Natural Resources Committee, deputy chair of the ICC China Committee on Environment and Energy, and an expert of HKIAC’s Belt and Road Committee.
As a renowned legal expert in the environmental, energy, and urban infrastructure fields, Ms. Wang provides services for the investment, EPC contracting, financing and acquisitions of, and the resolution of disputes relating to, numerous domestic and foreign energy and resource projects.
Jack Li (Zhiqiang Li) is the Founding Partner of Jin Mao Partners, the First-grade lawyer and Arbitrator. Jack commenced the legal practicing in 1990. Jack is the Vice President of Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Arbitrator of Asian International Arbitration Centre, Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Nanjing Arbitration Commission. Jack is the legal advisor of Administrative Reconsideration Committee of Shanghai Municipal Government, the “Shanghai Conference Ambassador” and the Executive Director of “One Belt One Road” legal Research and Service Center.
Jack has written or compiled more than thirty books such as “One Belt One Road” series of books, Arena of Lawyers, Legal Practice of Multinational M&A, Foreign Economy Law and Guide to Advising on Securities.
Jack was appraised as a model foreign legal advisor of Shanghai in 1993, outstanding young lawyer of Shanghai in 1996 and outstanding lawyer of Shanghai in 2001 and Top 10 Youth of Shanghai in 2001. Jack has been identified by an international legal grading agency as one of the Asia’s Leading Commercial Lawyers for successive nine years since 2003.
Kumar Kanagasabai is currently the Co-Head of SKRINE’s Employment Practice Group and is also the Head of the Shipping Practice Group. Kumar is named in Chambers Asia Pacific 2009 – 2018 as a leading practitioner in Employment law and named as a leading shipping lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific for 2014 – 2018.
Apart from shipping and employment, Kumar also has a broad commercial practice which has included acting in fraud recovery and breaches of confidentiality cases.
Head of TozziniFreire’s Compliance & Investigation practice group and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Shin focuses her practice on Compliance matters (structuring compliance programs, designing policies, risk assessments, etc) and independent corporate internal investigations. She has almost 30 years of experience in M&A and other transactional work, and advises investors from various countries in their inbound and outbound investments. She also counsels clients on their relationships with government bodies and government investigations. Member of the Board of Directors of the Compliance Certification Board. Consistently recommended as a leading lawyer in international publications such as Chambers and Legal 500. Shin is LACCA Approved: Best Lawyers to work with for Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Latin America.
AT NISHITH DESAI ASSOCIATES
Vivek Kathpalia heads the Singapore office of research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates, leading the firm’s various initiatives across East Asia including dynamic markets such as Japan and South Korea.
AREAS OF PROVEN EXPERTISE
Dividing his time between Singapore and India. Vivek co-leads the practices of Information Technology, Telecommunications, New Media and Education at NDA. Vivek has been advising clients in the complex cross-border transactions including technology deals, M&A, PE investments, regulatory & commercial matters across various industries. Drawing upon his foundational experiences as a litigator, Vivek brings valuable insights to the transactional and advisory practice.
Charandeep Kaur is a partner in the Delhi office of Trilegal. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, entry strategies and foreign direct investment. She has experience in various cross border transactions across sectors including energy, IT & ITES, automotives, education, healthcare, hospitality, foods and logistics. She is a trusted legal advisor to leading Fortune 500 companies.
Charandeep is engaged in diverse corporate practice advising clients on labour issues and enforcement issues, regulatory policy and requirements, prevailing government policies and regulations, statutory registrations, exchange control issues, investment structuring and corporate compliance.
Charandeep has been recognised as one of India’s 100 leading women leaders by the Indian National Bar Association in support with United Nations.
Charandeep is the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Women’s Interest Group and Co-Chair of the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Legal Practice Committee.
John is a partner of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he has practised for more than 20 years. His practice focuses on insolvency and commercial litigation and arbitration. In his insolvency practice, John has acted for licensors and licensees of intellectual property, insolvent companies, Monitors, trustees, receivers, and secured and unsecured creditors. Much of John’s work involved complex cross-border matters. In recent years, he has had roles in some of the largest restructurings in Canada, including Sears Canada Inc., Toys ‘R Us Canada and Target Canada. He also acts as General Counsel of his firm and is a member of the firm’s Audit & Risk Management Committee. John is currently a Chair of the Insolvency Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an organization with members coming from more than 65 countries. In recent years, he has been recognized in the Legal 500 Canada for dispute resolution and by the IFLR 1000 for financial restructuring. John formerly served several terms as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of his firm.
Fausto has been a corporate partner at Pérez-Llorca since January 2007. He currently heads one of the corporate teams at the Firm, as well as its Asian Desk. His main areas of practice are M&A, Real Estate and Funds. He advises on transactional work in Spain and on cross border transactions.
He features in various legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers®, having been very recently named the 2018 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law in Madrid.
QUAK Fi Ling is partner in WongPartnership LLP, a leading law firm in Singapore. Her main areas of practice are public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as other corporate and commercial transactions. She has advised private equity investors and founders of SGX-listed companies in many take-private transactions, including Asia’s largest private equity buyout of Global Logistic Properties Limited in 2018. She has also acted in M&A transactions and restructuring exercises involving assets and businesses in various sectors including real estate, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and hospitality. WongPartnership LLP is the first Singapore law firm to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions. It is part of the firm’s strategy to leverage on technology to optimise legal services for its clients.
Forrest G. Alogna is a partner at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, including litigious and hostile situations. He is admitted to practice in Paris and New York and began his career at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, prior to relocating to Paris in 2006.
Recent notable public matters include representing:
Gemalto in its successful defense against Atos and the recommended €4.8 billion tender offer by Thales;
Rhône Group in its strategic partnership with Eurazeo for a 30% interest in Rhône Group in exchange for €270 million in cash and Eurazeo stock;
Südzucker AG on its recent joint venture with ED&F MAN;
Airbus in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series aircraft line;
vente-privee.com in connection with its €500 million acquisition of the Spanish-based online-fashion outlet, Privalia.
After graduating summa cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, Mr. Alogna served as a law clerk on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He publishes and speaks regularly regarding corporate law matters. He is Vice Chairman of the board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris.
Gerhard’s practice focuses on corporate and M&A. He has an outstanding track record advising international clients in all aspects of complex cross-border M&A transactions. Furthermore Gerhard also participates regularly in international arbitration proceedings as both an arbitrator and a counsel in more than 135 actual cases.
After training as a bank clerk he studied at the Universities of Hamburg, Geneva/Switzerland, Tübingen and Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1981). Gerhard has been a partner at Gleiss Lutz since 1987. Gerhard was admitted in New York State and SDNY/EDNY 1983, to the US Ct. App. for the Federal District 2007, US Supreme Court 2009 and US Ct. App. for the Second Circuit 2010. He was also admitted as Foreign Attorney in Brussels/Belgium 1987. Gerhard has been a Professor at the University of Tübingen since 1997. He is a Life Fellow of The American Bar Foundation and Honorary Phi Delta Phi.
He is a member of the New York State (NYSBA), American (ABA), International (IBA) and Inter-Pacific (IPBA) Bar Associations (Council Member At-Large Europe), The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, German and American Societies of International Law, International Law Association (German Branch – International Securities Regulation Committee), German (DIS) and Swiss (ASA) Arbitration Associations, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCArb), AAA International – ICDR Panel of Arbitrators, SIAC (Singapore), DIAC (Dubai) International Arbitrator, KCAB (Korean) Panel of International Arbitrators, CIMA (Spain) International Arbitrator’s List, RCICA-Panel (Lagos), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur) Arbitrator and Mediator, Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) and Commercial Arbitration Court in Hungary.
Stephane Karolczuk is a Partner of Arendt & Medernach SA and the Head of the Hong Kong office. Stephane advises clients based in the Asia Pacific region regarding their European projects and their Luxembourg legal and regulatory questions.
As Partner in the Investment Management practice, Stephane advises international clients on all issues relating to Luxembourg investment funds (UCITS or other vehicles) including the structuring, setting-up and marketing of these funds (under UCITS or AIFMD), as well as strategies involving investments in the Asia Pacific region and questions relating to the distribution of funds in the region.
Stephane also specialises in questions relating to the internationalisation of the RMB and the opening of the PRC capital markets (QFII, RQFII, Stock Connect, QDII, QDII2, QDIE, QDLP, etc.) from a Luxembourg perspective.
In 2008, Stephane was seconded to Arendt & Medernach’s representative office in New York with a view to developing an Investment Management Helpdesk advising US clients in relation to Luxembourg investment funds questions.
Stephane has taken part in the activities of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry(ALFI), the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA), the Hong Kong Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (HKVCA) and he is regularly invited to speak on Luxembourg funds related topics at conferences in the region.
Stephane graduated from the University of Brussels (Belgium) and the University of Ghent (Belgium). He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong as a Registered Foreign Lawyer, as well as in Luxembourg and Brussels.
Catrina Luchsinger Gaehwiller is a Partner in the Swiss lawfirm Froriep Legal AG, based in the Zurich office since 2007.
She advises on regulatory issues and contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry and has a broad experience across acquisition and project-financing, transactions, general corporate work, M&A in the banking sector. She has also been working on Fintech and is an advisor to the Global Blockchain Business Council.
In addition, Catrina acts as a board member for banks, security dealers and fund management companies.
Kenji Kawahigashi specialises in corporate law and securities regulations with almost 30 years of experience. He previously worked as a senior in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley Japan, and also as an in-house counsel at Japan Financial Services Agency (“Japan FSA”) and Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (“SESC”). With his unique background, Mr. Kawahigashi provides legal advice on cross-border corporate and capital markets transactions, securities regulations, and corporate litigation.
Having acted as SESC inspector previously, Mr. Kawahigashi often provides advice and represents financial institutions registered with Japan FSA (such as brokers/dealers and asset managers) when those institutions are being inspected and/or investigated by Japan FSA and SESC.
Mr. Kawahigashi received his degrees from the University of Tokyo (LL.B. 1988) and the University of Illinois, Law School (LL.M. 1994). He is admitted to the Japanese Bar (1990) and the New York Bar (1997).
Due to his significant professional experience, Mr. Kawahigashi lectured at/for Duke University, Hosei University, Japan Securities Dealers Association, Tokyo Stock Exchange, and so on.
Mr. Kawahigashi’s recent publication includes “Funds and Financial Instruments and Exchange Law” (2010) and “Laws and legal practices on the financial business for HNWI” (2013). He is fluent in Japanese and English.
Dr. Thomas Zwissler is a partner at German law firm ZIRNGIBL, a full service business law firm with offices in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. His practice focuses on Corporate and Banking law as well as capital markets and corporate finance transactions.
He has extensive experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital financing, M&A-and Takeover-Transactions and Outsourcing-Projects. As a founder and leading member of the firms industry group Digital and “Industrie 4.0”, he also advises Fintech companies on regulatory and contractual issues and companies from different industries in connection with business-modelling and business-transformation projects.
Yap Wai Ming was the former Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (2013-2015) and was the chair of the organizing committee for the Singapore IPBA annual conference held in 2010. He is a director of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC. He counsels corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets (including Islamic finance), as well as gaming and leisure. He also acts as a sponsor to issuers on Catalist, the sponsor-supervised board of The Singapore Exchange.
Wai Ming’s dedicated and practical approach to guiding clients’ multifaceted corporate transactions has earned him recognition by legal industry publications. IFLR1000, Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Singapore, and Chambers Asia-Pacific have ranked him as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in Asia. Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific also recognized him as a leading lawyer in gaming and gambling law in the Asia-Pacific region. Chambers Global (2015) described him as “straightforward, eager to find solutions, and deeply involved;” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013) mentioned him as having “quick turnaround time and ability to provide clarity and solutions;” and IFLR 1000 (2014) noted that he is “dexterous, intelligent and easy going.”
Mr. Paolo R. Vergano is a partner at FratiniVergano – European Lawyers in Brussels, Belgium and Singapore (www.fratinivergano.eu).
His practice focuses on international trade law (WTO law, dispute settlement and trade negotiation in the areas of agriculture, services and non-tariff barriers such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade). Mr. Vergano has extensive experience in advising Governments and private parties on WTO matters and multilateral/regional/bilateral trade negotiations. He has actively participated in seven separate WTO dispute settlement proceedings and in countless EU proceedings (anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, duty suspension applications, TRQ establishment, etc.). Since 2007, he is legal advisor to the ASEAN Secretariat.
Prior to co-founding FratiniVergano in 2007, he worked in the international trade departments of law firms in both Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium and with the External Economic Relations (REX) Committee of the European Parliament. Mr. Vergano is admitted in Belgium and is a member of the Brussels’ bar (A list) and of the IPBA, of which he is a former Chair of the International Trade Committee.
Mr. Vergano is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Torino, Italy (1995), received a Diplôme Supérieur de Droit Comparé at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé in Strasbourg, France (1996) and holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Trade Law from the University of Fordham School of Law in New York, United States (1997). He teaches at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland since 2002, at the LUISS University in Rome, Italy and is a frequent lecturer and author on issues of WTO and EU law.
Raj is the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, a university-level chair, the highest scholarly accolade.
Raj practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, twice winning the President’s Award for Excellence for service as a United Nations Conference on International Trade Law delegate. He is Senior Advisor to Dentons U.S. LLP.
A Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude) graduate, Raj completed Master’s degrees at LSE, in Economics, and Oxford (Trinity College), in Management, as a Marshall Scholar. His undergraduate degree (in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) is from Duke, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar.
Raj is author of a top textbook, International Trade Law, first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law, and first major book on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write an Islamic law textbook, Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a). BloombergQuint (India) publishes his “On Point” column.
Raj has lived, worked, and/or played in nearly 50 countries across six continents. An avid runner, he has completed three of the “World’s Major Marathons” (Boston twice, Chicago, and New York). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Bhala.
Indrani Lahiri is a Partner and an employment law specialist with the New Delhi office of Kochhar & Co. which is a top tier, full service law firm having a pan India presence with a robust and dedicated employment law practice across India.
Indrani has been recognized as the Next Generation Lawyer from India by the Legal 500 (in 2018) for the Labour and Employment law field. She has advised domestic and multinational clients on a myriad of general to complex employment law matters including redundancies, terminations, social security, employee benefits, inquiries for misconduct, disciplinary issues, complex senior level exits, trade unions, employment contracts, workplace sexual harassment, reductions in workforce, closures, employee transfers, human resource manuals, due diligences, pre and post-employment restrictions and covenants, work conditions, maternity benefits, disability etc.
She is well known and regarded for conducting workshops, trainings and awareness programs on workplace sexual harassment and inclusiveness in the workplace (anti-discrimination laws) for various companies across industries. Indrani is currently the Vice-Chair of the Labour and Employment Law Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Indrani also advises multinational clients on acquisitions, joint ventures, entry and exit strategies under the FDI policy of the Government of India and has hands on experience in handling matters concerning day to day business operations and ensuring legal compliance of multinational companies. She is also a member of the Firm’s Telecom and Media Practice Desk.
She is an alumna of Faculty of Law, Delhi University and a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, India. She has worked at Trilegal before working with Kochhar.
Paul Key Q.C. is recognised as one of the leading QCs at the English Commercial Bar. He has particular expertise and specialism in arbitration, both international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration (including ICSID). He also regularly appears in arbitration-related Court matters, including appearing in the English Supreme Court in Jivraj v Hashwani.
He has been ranked in the top-tier (band 1) rankings for arbitration for over 10 years and has consistently been identified as one of the leading figures in that field (“a real arbitration expert”, “few can rival his expertise, ability and knowledge in the field of arbitration”, “the first port of call for important arbitration disputes”, “an arbitration guru”).
He has appeared as advocate in over 300 major international arbitrations worldwide, as well as appearing regularly before the English Courts (at all levels) and foreign Courts on arbitration matters. In addition to his extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, he is one of the very few English QCs to have real expertise in investment arbitration. He has been lead counsel in a very large number of BIT / investment arbitrations, acting both for and against States.
He is Visiting Professor in international arbitration law at King’s College, London, and has lectured and published widely in this field. He has been a long-standing representative of the UK on the ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee and is also a delegate for the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration.
Mahesh Rai is a Director at Drew & Napier LLC, one of Singapore’s top law firms and is the ICC’s Regional Representative for the Young Arbitrators Forum (Asia Pacific). He represents clients in disputes across a variety of industries including telecommunications, construction, information technology, oil and gas, shipping and commodities.
Mahesh has conducted both common law and civil law arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, VIAC, and UNCITRAL. In particular, he has represented several technology, telecommunication and construction companies as counsel in technically complex arbitrations. He has been recognised by the Global Arbitration Review, ranked as a Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution by Asialaw, listed as one of the most influential young lawyers under 40 in region by Asia Legal Business and in Singapore by the Singapore Business Review.
Wendy Lin is a Partner in the International Arbitration and Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practices at WongPartnership LLP. Wendy has an active practice in a wide-array of high-value, multi-jurisdictional, and complex disputes, both before the Singapore Courts as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules (including the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules). Amongst her many accolades, Wendy was selected as one of the four most highly-regarded litigation partners in Asia-Pacific under the age of 45 in the inaugural publication of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation – Future Leaders. She has also been recommended for her arbitration work by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, where she was praised for being “very analytical in her approach”, and having “an excellent grasp of the law” and “sharp analytical skills”. Wendy is a Contributing Editor of the Singapore “White Book” (Singapore Civil Procedure) as well as to the Annotated Acts for the International Arbitration Act (Chapter 143A) and Arbitration Act (Chapter 10).
Hermann began his professional career in late 1989 and he has 27 years of M&A experience in New York, Paris and Germany. He was one of the founders of what is today Luther, at the time the member firm of Andersen Legal in Germany, and has recently been a founding partner of Andersen Tax & Legal in Germany, the German member firm of Andersen Global.
Hermann‘s practice focuses on advising industrial and financial investors on buying and selling businesses in M&A transactions, in joint ventures and business restructurings. He advises on international infrastructure projects, most recently in Africa and Latin America. He is also involved in international arbitration on complex disputes between business partners.
Hermann can use his wide range of contacts he has established through his leadership roles in the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).
The industry focus of Hermann’s practice is on the logistics, services and manufacturing sectors.
Hermann is the editor of a highly reputed textbook on business acquisitions of which in 2019 the 6th edition will be published. He is also a frequent speaker on international conferences on topics relating to corporate law and the management of law firms.
Mr. Philippe Shin is a senior foreign attorney at Shin & Kim. Mr. Shin’s main areas of practice include crossborder investments, general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and labor law. Mr. Shin has been involved in many cross-border investments and joint ventures between Korean and foreign investors, as well as major acquisitions by foreign companies of Korean businesses.
Bin QI (Ben) is the Managing Partner of Jin Mao Partners, based in its Beijing Office. Ben has rich experience in Corporate Development Strategy, IT Industry, Merger & Acquisition, Anti-trust, Capital Markets, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Cross-border Transaction.
Ben represents many Fortune 500 clients in their China business developments and operations. He also represents many China domestic clients in some complex cross-border investment deals. He also advises many Private Equity funds and Chinese start-up companies in their fund-raising and pre-IPO investment or financings. Ben is also an expert in structuring and advising cross-border IP licensing deals. He has in-depth insights on how to manage a complicate M&A transaction as well as integration, particularly in TMT industry. In 2015, he was awarded by American Lawyer and China Law & Practice as “Deal of the Year in TMT Sector”.
Prior to joining Jin Mao Partners for his private practice, Ben worked for IBM and Siemens as in-house counsel.
He received his LL.B from East China Politics and Law Institute, Shanghai, his LL.M and Ph.D from Renmin University Law School, Beijing, and S.J.D. from School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Eriko Hayashi is a partner of Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. She was admitted in Japan in 2001 and in the State of New York in 2007. She graduated from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Law in 2000 and New York University‘s School of Law in 2006. She is a Co-Chair of the Cross Border Investment Committee of the IPBA. Her practice covers corporate, M&A and commercial contracts with a special focus on cross-border transactions. She also deals with cross-border dispute resolution and global compliance issues.
She regularly advises international clients, especially U.S., European and Chinese companies, on Japanese legal issues. In addition, given her experience of being the head of the firm’s Shanghai office for six years, Eriko advises Japanese companies on their business activities abroad with a particular focus on China and other Asian countries. After she returned to Japan in 2016, she began also actively assisting Japanese companies in their business activities in the U.S. and Europe.
She is highly regarded for her deep knowledge of a wide variety of industries, such as machinery manufacturing, electronics, real estate, energy (including renewable energy), life science and high-technology sectors, including innovative start-up businesses.
Heiko Wiechers is a corporate lawyer focussing on domestic and cross-border transactions and reorganisations. He advises his clients on foreign investments and on joint ventures, in particular with a focus on Asia.
Heiko’s clients include international groups as well medium-sized companies and family businesses. He has long-standing experience with shareholder disputes and advising family-owned companies on M&A transactions.
He joined CMS in 2002 and was made partner in 2009. In 2007/2008, he spent 10 months working with a leading law firm in New Delhi. Prior to becoming a lawyer in 2000 Heiko served as an officer in the German Air Force and was trained as a business administrator with Siemens AG.
Rohitashwa is a partner in J. Sagar Associates. His practice focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets & Securities laws, and General Corporate Commercial laws. Rohitashwa has significant experience in matters relating to FDI in India, overseas investments by Indian companies, the Indian Takeover Regulations, joint ventures, asset sales, and corporate reorganizations. He has represented financial and strategic investors and investee companies in a wide variety of investments. Rohitashwa has extensively represented underwriters and issuers in diverse industries in a wide variety of Capital Markets transactions, including IPOs, QIPs, GDRs, and FCCB offerings.
Prior to joining JSA, Rohitashwa worked with White & Case in their Singapore office. At White & Case, he represented various multinational businesses, state-owned entities, private equity and venture capital investors in S-E Asia.
Rohitashwa has practiced civil litigation for three years in the High Court of Patna and in the Supreme Court of India. Rohitashwa has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Mr. Wayne Wang specializes in China inbound and outbound M&A and energy and resources and practices in Zhong Lun Law Firm’s Guangzhou and Hong Kong offices.
Prior to joining Zhong Lun Law Firm as a partner in August 2014, he had worked with Allens Arthur Robinson, a top tier Australian law firm in their Shanghai and Hong Kong offices as a senior associate / senior consultant for 9 years (5 years in Shanghai and 4 years in Hong Kong).
In the past 13 years, he has advised innumerable multi-national companies from Australia, North America, Europe, Singapore or Japan on their investment or M&A projects in the PRC.
He is bilingual, admitted in mainland China, Hong Kong and Australia, and well understands the cultures of both China and the west. He is listed on the “Panel of Leading Lawyers for Belt and Road Projects” of All China Lawyers’ Association in 2016. He is experienced in helping international companies understand the complexity of PRC laws and business practice and delivering creative and practical solutions.
Christopher is a corporate/M&A lawyer at Gleiss Lutz, one of the leading law firms in Germany, and a member of the firm’s Asia practice. He specializes in cross-border M&A transactions with a focus on EU inbound transaction by Japanese and other Asian investors. In addition, he advises international corporations on general corporate matters. Christopher studied law in Passau, Germany, and Kyoto, Japan. He lived two years in Japan where he worked, among others, at the Japan Fair Trade Commission in Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt with a study on Japanese sureties’ law.
Ben is an experienced M&A expert and leads the Firm’s North Asia practice in Sydney. He is a hands-on transactional lawyer whose practice focusses on advising corporates from Australia and North Asia on their M&A transactions in the Asia Pacific.
Ben’s experience is across the full spectrum of corporate transactions including takeovers and schemes, restructures, joint ventures, strategic investments and private acquisitions & disposals. Ben brings this breadth of experience to add real value to the transactions he works on and has become a trusted adviser to his clients.
Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Practice
Oon & Bazul
With over 20 years of experience, Shiao Ning’s main area of practice is in public and private mergers and acquisitions covering domestic and cross-border transactions, across a broad range of industries. Her other expertise extends to capital markets covering initial public offerings, rights issues and private placements, as well as private equity and venture capital related matters, SGX compliance work and general corporate advisory.
She is a member of the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law and the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Singapore Management University’s Law Faculty.
Chambers Asia Pacific ranks Shiao Ning as a Recognised Practitioner and Asialaw Leading Lawyers recognises her as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Corporate/M&A. She is also listed as a recommended lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific where clients have commended her as being ”highly effective”, “responsive and helpful” with “expertise in private equity investments”.
Dr Markus Rasner is a German qualified corporate lawyer and partner with Oppenhoff & Partner where he co-heads the private equity practice and heads the China and ASEAN desks. Markus specialises in advising domestic and international corporate groups, family-run enterprises and financial investors on M&A and private equity transactions. He has extensive expertise in advising on all aspects of complex private and public corporate transactions and has built a significant track record in mid-cap (up to €500m) transactions. In addition, he has more than 15 years of experience in advising on M&A insurance matters for leading insurance providers. Markus regularly speaks and publishes on current topics in M&A and private equity. Prior to joining O&P, he was a partner with other German law firms and started his career in 2003 with the private equity team of a leading international law firm in Frankfurt. In 2008/09 he worked as a foreign attorney with one of the most renowned law firms in Singapore.
Taisuke Kimoto is a corporate partner at Pillsbury Law, and licensed to practice law in Japan and California. His advice on U.S. corporate laws takes into account the difference between U.S. and Japanese laws. Taisuke’s practice focuses on M&A transactions, including mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, and joint ventures; general corporate matters, including distribution and licensing arrangements, technology transfer agreements; employment matters, including employee policies, discrimination and wrongful discharge matters; and dispute resolution by advising the difference between the U.S. and Japanese legal systems, and any cultural differences often embedded in cross border deals.
Sharanya Ranga is a partner at Advaya Legal, a full service commercial law firm based out of Mumbai in India. She is a corporate lawyer having over 17 years’ experience in handling corporate and commercial transactions, cross-border M&A, joint ventures, investment transactions, India entry and exit strategies, foreign direct investments and general corporate advisory relating to doing business in India.
She advises tech/emerging tech companies on the myriad legal touch points for their businesses in the sharing economy, especially relating to technology transfers and data protection and data privacy. She also counsels companies on labour and employment issues, focusing on anti-harassment law and the complaint redressal/investigation process.
She writes and speaks regularly on aspects relating to doing business in India, entrepreneurship and technology.
Mr. Picharn Sukparangsee is the Managing Partner of Bangkok Global Law.
He graduated with his LLB from Thammasat University in Thailand and obtained his certificate from the Bar Association of Thailand. He furthered his studies and obtained his LLM from Warwick University and King’s College London, University of London respectively.
His expertise includes his legal and tax services regarding M&A transactions, securities law and taxation law of Thailand and double taxation agreements.
He renders his legal advice to Thai companies and multinational corporations doing business in Thailand, Thai government authorities and foreign government authorities.
He is an active member of a lot of international legal organizations and domestic organizations including the International Bar Association or the IBA, the International Fiscal Association or the IFA, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association or the IPBA, the Thai Chamber of Commerce or TCC, the American Chamber of Commerce of Thailand or AMCHAM of Thailand , the British Chamber of Commerce of Thailand or the BCCT , the European Association for Business and Commerce or EABC and the International Chamber of Commerce (Thailand) or ICC (T).
He is actively and regularly involved and is a speaker at domestic, regional and international legal conferences.
His contribution has been made to the surveys of Doing Business by the World Bank.
Susmit Pushkar is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group and is based out of the New Delhi office. Susmit has diverse and rich experience in advising Clients across industries and laws. He regularly appears before the trial courts, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.
Susmit advises corporate houses in relation to investigations by government agencies alleging bribery, money laundering, corporate fraud or other offences and other enforcement actions, including attachment of properties; representing Clients through trial in criminal courts and appellate proceedings. He assists clients in corporate investigations relating to fraud, harassment, competition, etc.
Susmit regularly handles high stake and complex litigation involving multiple stakeholders and regulatory bodies. He advises clients in relation to competition litigation, including cartel and abuse of dominance. Over the last 14 years, Susmit has represented clients across several industries in their commercial, corporate, shareholders and other disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals, including international commercial arbitrations.
Chambers & Partners notes Susmit as being “increasingly recognised in the market for “some stellar work” in the dispute resolution and white-collar crime spaces”. Susmit has been recommended by Legal 500 in the White Collar Practice. He has been noted as a competition lawyer by GCR 100 2018. He regularly speaks in seminars on legal issues impacting the industry.
Lim Koon Huan is the Head of Skrine’s Competition and Trade Remedies Practice Group. She also co-heads the Compliance Practice Group, focussing on anti-corruption practice.
She is listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners in The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers, through her wide range of experience in the international trade disputes and remedies work, as well as been involved in numerous trade petitions field with both Malaysian and overseas on the imposition of tariffs, anti-dumping and safeguards duties.
Koon also specialises in anti-corruption/compliance program work and is an experienced commercial litigator with a general practice focussing on conventional banking, Islamic banking and finance, insolvency, shareholders, corporate and civil disputes and acting for clients in various industries across multiple jurisdictions.
Daniel Yi is a senior foreign counsel at Yulchon LLC who specializes in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, overseas investments, projects, general corporate, insurance and mobility. Mr. Yi has substantial experience in representing multinational and Korean clients on complex cross-border corporate and finance transactions.
Immediately prior to joining Yulchon, he practiced at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in its Tokyo office. Mr. Yi graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. degree in economics/international area studies, and Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. degree. He is licensed to practice in New York.
Greg heads Winkler Partners corporate transactional practice. His practice spans capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate restructurings, and a variety of other general corporate transactions. Greg currently focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments in Greater China. Recently, he has begun assisting clients with blockchain and distributed ledger technology matters.
Greg has prior experience in New York and Hong Kong assisting global banks and other corporate clients execute public and private securities offerings as well as cross-border acquisitions. Greg is the co-founder of Asiad, a boutique investment company focused on online technology startups in Asia, where he maintains a board seat.
Greg is admitted in the State of New York and registered as an Attorney of Foreign Legal Affairs with Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice. Greg received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Matt Komatsu focuses his practice on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, formation of joint ventures and corporate law. After studying in the US, he was seconded to the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, where he worked on amendments to the Japanese Companies Act and the research of corporate laws in various jurisdictions. His expertise in the corporate law area enables him to advise on a wide-range of corporate governance issues involving Asian companies and to handle M&A transactions in multiple jurisdictions.
Shigehiko Ishimoto, an attorney-at-law admitted in Japan (1994) and New York (2001), is a partner of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, one of the leading law firms in Japan. As a core member of the firm’s China and Asia Practice Group and Trade law Practice Group, and chief representative of its Shanghai office, he has been dealing with a large number of investment and transaction cases related to China and other East Asian jurisdictions, and also has abundant experience in advising Japanese trade law issues to Japanese and foreign companies.
André Brunschweiler is a Partner with the Swiss law firm LALIVE and part of LALIVE’s dispute resolution team. In 2013/14 he was seconded to a leading Chinese law firm in Beijing, where he primarily worked on cross-border corporate and M&A matters. Back in Switzerland, he focuses on commercial and corporate dispute resolution (litigation) and dispute management, including shareholders’ disputes, where his commercial/corporate background is of great benefit.