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Stelian Mic

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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 Expertise

  • 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.

Partner

Offices:

UAE

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

Artem Pylaev

Association Partner

Offices:

Dubai

Artem has hands on corporate, litigation and arbitration experience since over two decades in particular in the segments of construction and oil and gas industry. He is an association partner of MENA LEGAL since 2015 advising international clients on their business activities in the FSU and the Middle East.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Set Up FSU Countries and Middle East
  • Joint Ventures, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Transfer
  • International Trade, Business and Labor Law
  • International and Russian corporate laws and contracts
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contract Management
  • Due Diligence
  • Construction contracts
  • Foreign Direct Investment consultation
  • International and Russian Public Law
  • International and Russian Environmental Law
  • Compliance and Sanctions (Russia)
  • Risk Management
  • Arbitration

Career

  • MENA LEGAL, Partner (Dubai), since 2022
  • MENA LEGAL, Association Partner (Moscow), since 2015
  • OJSС Central Ring Road (Moscow), 2013 – 2015
    Deputy CEO (Highway construction in Moscow Region)
  • Private Law Practice (Moscow) 2010 – 2013
  • Moscow Oil & Gas Company (group of Sibir Energy Plc (LSE:SBE)) 2006 – 2010
    Head of Legal Department (Upstream & Downstream, Corporate Law & Finance, M&A, Arbitration)
  • OJSC Augur Estate, 2002 – 2006
    Head of Legal Department (Building Development in Russia)
  • Legal Intelligence Group (Moscow Office), 2000 – 2002
    Legal Counsel, Senior Legal Counsel (Corporate Law & Finance, M&A, Arbitration)
  • Institute of Tax System Development, Moscow, 2000, Legal Counsel

Education

  • Postgraduate studies
    Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), 2003 –2007

  • Lawyer Diploma
  • Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), 1996–2002

Supplementary Education

  • Studies of Law Firm Management, Berlin, Germany, 2010
  • New School of English, Cambridge, UK, 2005
  • Studies of Investment Contracts in Building Development. Land Titles, Registration of titles to construction objects at “Statut” Business school, Moscow, 2005
  • Studies of Real Estate transactions at “Statut” Business school, Moscow, 2003
  • Studies of Media Law at Media Law Institute, Moscow, 2002

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Association of Lawyers of Russia
  • Russian Business Council Middle East & Africa
  • American Business Council Dubai

Languages

Fluent: English
Native: Russian

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 Expertise

  • 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)

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 Expertise

  • 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

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 Expertise

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

Christian Nel

Associate

Offices:

Dubai

Christian was born in Pretoria, South Africa and after traveling the world and attending school in 7 different countries he ultimately graduated with a British law degree in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Based in the Emirates for the past 6 years, Christian previously worked as a legal officer at an upcoming digital bank with a wide range of responsibilities from regulatory, compliance, contractual to intellectual property and anti-money laundering aspects.
Christian’s experience and knowledge of the financial sphere in particular in fintech, blockchain, and traditional banking allows for a prominent understanding of all aspects that surround company set-up, operations and transactions in particular in the new segments of crypto, NFT, Metaverse and challenger banks.

Areas of Expertise

  • Data Protection law (both in Europe and the MENA region)
  • Blockchain and Crypto
  • Banking and Finance law
  • Commercial Contract law
  • Labor Law and Employment Contracts

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE – 2020
  • BA Political Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa – 2016

Career

  • MENA LEGAL 2022 – current
  • Zand bank – 2020-2022
  • Hammad Al Mehdar, 2019

Languages

Afrikaans (Native Language), English (bilingual, first language)

Association Partner

Offices:

Basel / Switzerland

Sven Röthlingshöfer is a German business attorney (Rechtsanwalt) by profession and a real estate and hospitality project development specialist with over 25 years of international experience. He has been practicing as a foreign Legal Consultant in the Emirate of Dubai since 1998.

Sven was involved in the development and delivery of several of Dubai’s well-known real estate and hospitality projects. 

During his initial 9 years in private practice at Ja’afar Alwan, Al Jaziri & Associates, one of Dubai’s leading National Law Firms, he advised European companies on their business ventures and investments throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Key areas of specialty include foreign direct investments, cross-border joint-ventures, re-structuring, distribution and industrial projects, real estate projects, hospitality projects as well as international litigation and arbitration. 

Since the opening of the real estate market in Dubai to foreign investors, Sven has been advising international property developers on residential, commercial and hospitality projects in the Emirate of Dubai.

Sven also acted as an Arbitrator and Expert Witness and as a Board Member of an Owners’ Association of a large hybrid project. From 2007 until 2021 he accepted assignments as General Counsel of two privately owned property development companies in the Emirate of Dubai. Their project portfolio included the development, completion and hand-over of a large commercial property in Dubai Downtown, the Kempinski Residences & Hotel Apartments Palm Jumeirah and the hotels of EPG Hotels & Resorts, which are now rebranded as the “Raffles the Palm Dubai” and the “Hyde Hotel Business Bay”.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hospitality projects
  • Hotel management agreements
  • Restaurant operating and management agreements
  • Project development related cross-border joint ventures
  • Mixed-use real estate projects
  • Related fields
  • International litigation and arbitration

Bar Admission

Germany, since 1996

Markus Winter

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Munich

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

Partner | Attorney at Law

Offices:

Munich

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

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 Expertise

  • 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

Stelian Mic

Association Partner

Offices:

Bucharest

Stelian is a Romanian and English law qualified lawyer, being a member of the Bucharest Bar Association since 2008, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales since 2011 and a member of the Global Blockchain Consortium since 2018.

Stelian holds a law degree from the University of Bucharest, an LL.M. degree in Banking and Financial Regulations from University College London, as well as a Business Administration degree from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

Lately due to his dual academic background, Stelian tends to be more and more involved in structuring and restructuring work as well as online commerce and digital assets regulatory matters, being significantly involved in  a series of projects from the technology, blockchain and fintech area, both as a direct partner and a consulting attorney.

Prior to establishing Mic Ilie & Asociatii, Stelian was a senior associate with Eversheds Sutherland in the finance and energy departments, an associate with Kinstellar SPARL (the Linklaters spinoff in Central and Eastern Europe) in the finance and real estate department and acted as general counsel in Romania for Socar Petroleum Group between 2013 and 2015.

Barna Bolonyi

Association Partner

Offices:

Bucharest

Barna is a Romanian law qualified lawyer, having a significant experience in dispute resolution and litigation. As part of his day-to-day activity within the firm Barna focuses mainly on assisting clients in civil and commercial disputes, administrative litigations, labor disputes, public procurement related disputes, enforcement proceedings and insolvency

He is appreciated by our clients for his out of the box solutions and hands on approach being a real support to our client’s daily business.

Prior to joining us, Barna was a counsel with one of the major local German law firms and a managing associate with the top Romanian law firm.

Barna holds a law degree from the Law Faculty of the Babes – Bolyai University, as well as of the LL.M degree from the Law Faculty of the Babes – Bolyai University.

Barna is a member of the Bucharest Bar Association since 2008.

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.

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 Expertise

  • 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)

Partner | Judge

Offices:

UAE | Jordan

Areas of Expertise

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

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 Expertise

  • 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

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 Expertise

  • 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

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

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 pra