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Introductions

Paul Lee, shareholder engagement manager

Hermes Investment Management

Paul Lee is a former editor and managing editor of International Financial Law Review. He joined the governance team at Hermes nearly four years ago, and now divides his time between the core index tracking portfolios and the two Hermes Focus Funds in the UK. His role in each case is the same, involving board-level discussions with companies about which Hermes has concerns, and encouraging change in order to preserve and enhance long-term shareholder value. He continues to write, including a case study chapter for the latest edition of Exploring Corporate Strategy. He won the PricewaterhouseCoopers European Shareholder Value Award 2001 for his article 'Not badly paid but paid badly'.


Paul Coombes

McKinsey & Company

Paul Coombes leads the Corporate Governance Practice within McKinsey & Company. Over the last twenty-five years he has served clients in Europe, North America and Japan on a wide variety of strategic and organizational issues. He has a particular interest in the management of financial institutions, and was for many years a leader of McKinsey's Insurance and Asset Management Practice. More recently, his consulting focus has been on strengthening the interface between corporate management, boards and institutional investors. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics of governance and corporate responsibility.


Stilpon Nestor

Nestor Advisors Ltd

Stilpon Nestor is the principal of Nestor Advisors Ltd, a consultancy focusing exclusively on corporate governance advice to companies, governments and international financial institutions, established in London. In this capacity he is advising several European corporations and has also been a senior adviser on financial market issues to the EU Council Presidency. Until March 2002, he was the head of the Corporate Affairs Division at the OECD, in charge of corporate governance, privatization, insolvency and corporate restructuring. His team produced the global corporate governance benchmark, the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. Mr Nestor has worked around the world, including in all major emerging markets, to have these Principles understood and to see them implemented in local environments. He has interacted with international institutional investors, governments and stock exchanges in more than 30 countries. In addition, he has advised several emerging market governments in designing privatization and insolvency reform policies. He has published numerous articles on these issues and has edited several books. Prior to the OECD, Mr Nestor practised corporate and antitrust law in Greece. He has also represented the Greek government to the OECD and before the European Court of Justice. He has studied at the University of Thessaloniki Law School, Institute of European Studies in Brussels, Harvard Law School (LL.M 1982) and Sorbonne (University of Paris I).


Australia

John Williamson-Noble

Gilbert + Tobin

Legal Profiles 2001/2002 described John Williamson-Noble as: "professional, with an impressive style and commercial approach" he is praised for his "negotiation skills and response times and action".

John has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law and privatizations, advising on many of Australia's high-profile transactions.

John was one of the lead partners advising the Commonwealth Bank on its privatization, AGL on its acquisition of the Moomba-Sydney pipeline and Qantas on the trade sale to British Airways. He was also the lead partner advising Qantas on its privatization.

Since joining Gilbert + Tobin John has continued to advise on large transactions including: Phase 1 Federal Airports, Yallourn power station and coal mine, Riverland water treatment plant, Axiom Funds Management and the Australian Property Group. He also advised the federal government on its A$650 million privatization of the National Transmission Network.

John's publications include The Corporate Governance Implementation Plan, The Float Guide, The Company Directors' Checklist, The Company Secretary Checklist (for both listed and proprietary companies), The Guide for Directors of Government Bodies and The Institute of Directors module on Board Performance.

Email: jwilliamson-noble@gtlaw.com.au


Karen Haynes

Gilbert + Tobin

Karen Haynes graduated with Honours in both her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. Karen joined Gilbert + Tobin in July 2001 as a graduate lawyer and practices as a solicitor in the Corporate Group. She is involved in a broad range of transactional work, including advising on:

  • the sale and acquisition of companies and businesses;
  • directors duties and disclosure obligations; and
  • partnerships and shareholder arrangements.

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Karen worked in a commercial firm in the ACT, primarily in administrative and privacy law.

Karen's publications include The Corporate Governance Implementation Plan.

E-mail: khaynes@gtlaw.com.au


Austria

Dr Albert Birkner

Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (Vienna, Austria)

Albert Birkner has been with Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati since 1995. His main areas of practice are mergers & acquisitions, in particular takeovers, as well as corporate restructurings. Albert Birkner has represented numerous national and international clients in takeover proceedings and general M&A matters before the Austrian Takeover Commission. He has also advised on company law issues since the first corporate governance discussions in Austria, in particular on corporate governance related questions.

Albert Birkner graduated from the University of Vienna (Mag iur 1992, Dr iur 1995) and from University of Cambridge (LLM 1995). He worked as an academic assistant at the University of Vienna, Institute for Tax Law (1991/92). Among other publications in his areas of expertise, he is the co-author of a standard publication on commercial precedents under Austrian law. Albert Birkner also is a university lecturer.


Canada

Carol Hansell

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Carol Hansell is a transaction lawyer and internationally recognized expert in corporate governance. She is a senior partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto. She is the author of What Directors Need to Know: Corporate Governance and Directors and Officers in Canada: Law and Practice. Ms Hansell regularly advises boards, their committees and management on their governance practices generally and in the context of transactions. Ms Hansell also advises Canadian companies, both public and private, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, financings, and reorganizations.


Chile

Cristián Eyzaguirre S

Claro & Cía

Cristián Eyzaguirre S, partner at Claro & Cía, was born in 1952. Education: University of Chile (LLB.), admitted 1976. Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chile, 1982 - 2000. He joined the firm in 1971 and has been a partner since 1983. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, including banking and corporate finance, project financing, securities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, insurance and antitrust.

Claro y Cia, a leading full-service law firm, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious law firms in Chile.

The international practice concentrates mainly on representing multinational clients doing business in Chile. The planning, structuring and implementation of foreign investments in Chile both equity and financial, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project finance and full due diligence services, are an integral part of this practice. The banking and financial practice includes the design and structuring of complex financial transactions comprising multilateral financing and cross-border flows. The firm has intervened actively in the development of domestic laws and regulations governing new financial products and has innovated banking transactions that are now standard in the domestic market.

E-mail: ceyzaguirre@claro.cl


Estonia

Raino Paron

Raidla & Partners

Raino Paron is a partner at Raidla & Partners, the largest Estonian law firm located in Tallinn. Raino is in charge of the finance and securities, banking and competition practises of the firm.

After graduating from the University of Tartu in 1990 and obtaining his LLM degree from the Georgetown University Law School in Washington DC in 1993 Raino worked two years at the World Bank before joining Raidla & Partners in 1995.

Raino is a member of the Estonian Bar since 1996. He has been the Chairman of the Council of the Arbitration Court of the Tallinn Stock Exchange since 1996.

Raino has participated in drafting of a number of Estonian laws, including the Law on Credit Institutions, the Securities Markets Act, the Estonian Central Registry of Securities Act, the Bankruptcy Act and the Single Financial Supervisory Authority Act.


Ants Nõmper

Raidla & Partners

Ants Nõmper is an Attorney at Law at Raidla & Partners Law Firm.

Ants Nõmper is a cum laude graduate of the University of Tartu Faculty of Law and has a LLM from the University of Göttingen in Germany. Before joining Raidla & Partners in

1999 Mr Nõmper worked as an in-house lawyer of the largest Estonian real estate company Arco Vara.

Ants Nõmper is a member of the Estonian Bar since 1999. At present his membership is suspended due to PhD studies at the Central European University.

Finland

Jan Waselius

Waselius & Wist

Jan Waselius is a partner at Waselius & Wist. He graduated from the law faculty of the University of Helsinki in 1968 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 1972. Before the establishment of Waselius & Wist, Jan Waselius was a partner at Roschier-Holmberg & Waselius from 1970 to 1995 (head of corporate and finance law practice group; senior partner 1986-1995; of counsel 1996-1997). Jan Waselius is renowned for his knowledge in the areas of corporate law, finance law, securities law, banking law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, industrial property rights, labour law and litigation and arbitration. Throughout his career he has gained broad experience of international financial transactions and regulatory matters. He has acted for a large number of listed and unlisted Finnish and foreign companies, banks, securities brokers and other financial institutions as well as, for governments. Jan Waselius is also honorary Finnish legal adviser to several foreign governments as well as a board member of several Anglo-American and Nordic subsidiaries in Finland.


Toni Siimes

Waselius & Wist

Toni Siimes joined Waselius & Wist as an associate in 1999. He obtained his LLM from the University of Turku in 1998 and was admitted to the Finnish Bar in 2002. Before joining Waselius & Wist, Toni Siimes worked for Instrum Justitia as a development manager in the Debt Restructuring Department (1998-1999). Toni Siimes' main areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, labour law, mergers and acquisitions, real property and venture capital.


France

W Paul Bishop

Winston & Strawn LLP

Paul Bishop is a partner in Winston & Strawn's Paris office who concentrates his practice in international corporate law. He has extensive experience representing US, European, and other multinational companies in a range of corporate, commercial, and contractual transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, investment strategies, international arbitration, and European Union law. He also provides advice and counseling on corporate governance matters.

Mr Bishop currently counsels clients in a variety of fields, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, hotels and tourism, computer technologies, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, and distribution.

He received a BA from the University of Virginia in 1970; a JD from the University of Georgia in 1974, where he was an editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law; and an MSA in international commerce from George Washington University in 1977. He is a member of the Paris Bar Association (Avocat au Barreau de Paris) and the Bar of Washington, DC


Germany

Klaus Riehmer

Haarmann Hemmelrath

Klaus Riehmer has advised in several milestone M&A transactions in Germany. In 1999/2000 he represented Vodafone in its acquisition of Mannesmann, the largest ever M&A transaction worldwide, and the first successful hostile takeover in Germany.

Klaus Riehmer is a partner of Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partners. The firm has a strong background in M&A, corporate tax and telecommunications.

In general, Klaus Riehmer acts for multinational and national companies as well as investment banks and financial institutions. In particular, he advises in the field of public and private M&A transactions as well as in corporate law.

Dr Riehmer is the author of numerous articles on takeovers and corporate law and has spoken at many conferences and seminars. In May 2002 he published a commentary on the new German Takeover Act.

E-mail: klaus.riehmer@haarmannhemmelrath.com


Greece

Claire A Pavlou

Kyriakides-Georgopoulos Law Firm

Claire A Pavlou, was born in Athens on December 20 1963. She studied Law at the University of Athens and has been a member of the Athens Bar Association since 1989. Claire specializes in corporate law and is experienced in the incorporation of Greek legal entities, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and demergers, corporate restructuring and reorganization. She has been involved in many local and cross-border deals and has negotiated and drafted agreements concerning stock buy-outs and acquisitions, joint ventures and various business transactions. She advises clients on all aspects of company and commercial law and has great experience in drafting and negotiating all kind of commercial agreements such as loan agreements, syndicated loans, licensing agreements and so on. She has been actively involved in real estate projects and provides expertise to real estate development companies. She has coordinated the legal due diligences of companies in the process of stock acquisitions or listings on the Athens Stock Exchange. Claire has useful experience in franchising agreements and represents the firm in the Greek Franchise Association. In the field of aviation law, Claire has advised clients on the acquisition, financing and leasing of aircrafts.


Ioanna I Bokorou

Kyriakides-Georgopoulos Law Firm

Ioanna I Bokorou, was born in Athens on June 14 1972. She studied Law at the University of Athens and obtained her postgraduate degree (LLM) in Commercial Law at the University of Bristol (1999). Ioanna has been a member of the Athens Bar Association since 2000 and speaks English, French and German. Her practice areas include: corporate and commercial law, banking law, maritime law, competition law, public law (administrative, environmental).


Indonesia

Syarif Bastaman

Bastaman & Partners

Syarif Bastaman has had 16-years' experience in legal practice since graduating from the Law Faculty of a state university, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, in 1987. He also teaches Law at the same university and on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law at Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Jakarta. He specializes in the following areas of law: corporate/commercial law, capital markets, investment, intellectual property rights, banking and finance, construction, plantation, mining and infrastructure projects. The licences he holds include a permit to practise as a legal consultant to capital market activities issued by BAPEPAM (the Indonesian Supervisory Board for the Capital Market) No 65/STTD-KH/PM/1996 dated February 26 1996 and as a receiver registered at the Department of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia No C-HT05.14-05 th.2000. Professional memberships include the Association of Legal Consultants to the Capital Market (HKPM) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) among others.


Junaidi

Bastaman & Partners

Junaidi joined the firm in 1994 after working in a private national financing institution in Jakarta. He completed his studies in Law, specializing in Economic Law at the state-university, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, and obtained a master's degree from the School of Law, Melbourne University, Australia in 1998. His experience and areas of specialization cover corporate finance, foreign and domestic investment and civil law procedure. He is also registered as a receiver and administrator at the Department of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia No CHT.05.14-06 th 2001. He is also member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the Indonesian Receiver and Administrator Association.


Ari Wahyudi Hertanto

Bastaman & Partners

Ari Wahyudi Hertanto joining the firm in 2000. He completed his law degree with the local curriculum in civil law, at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Depok, West Java in 1998 and he spent two years and eight months worked as a legal consultant at Soebagjo, Roosdiono, Jatim and Djarot (SRJD). He teaches General State Science and Philosophy of Indonesian Ideology Pancasila at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia. He is also a member of the Indonesian Judicial Watch Society, a non-government organization. He is a affiliate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Indonesia and is active on Continuing Legal Education Program for Magistrate Program.


Italy

Filippo Emanuele

Clifford Chance, Milan

e-mail filippo.emanuele@cliffordchance.com

Filippo Emanuele has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1998 and has worked in the firm's London, Rome and Milan offices. He is now based in the Milan office where he specializes in corporate finance, capital markets (debt and equity) and mergers and acquisitions.

Filippo has worked on a large number of IPOs and privatizations of Italian companies, the majority of which have included public offerings and private placements of securities coupled with listings on the Italian Stock Exchange. These have included Banca di Roma, Mediolanum, Ducati, Brembo and Saeco as well as the Milan, Rome, Genoa and Trieste multi-utility companies.

He has advised Italian and foreign companies and investment banks on issues relating to continuing obligations of Italian-listed companies and shareholders rights and on aspects of corporate governance.

He is an Italian qualified lawyer and an English solicitor.

Filippo was featured in the Italy section of the Euromoney's 2003 Guide to the World's Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers.


Massimo La Torre

Clifford Chance, Milan

e-mail: massimo.latorre@cliffordchance.com

Massimo La Torre is an Italian qualified lawyer and has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 2002. Practising in the Milan office, he specializes in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and matters involving financial institutions.

He advises Italian and foreign commerical banks, investment banks and companies on issues relating to corporate and commercial law, including aspects of corporate governance.

Massimo has worked on a number of privatizations of Italian companies (Autostrade, AEM Milano, Aeroporti di Roma), on a large number of bank acquisitions and privatizations (including Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto, Cassa di Risparmio di Trieste, Bulbank, Zagrebacka Banka) and a number of private equity deals (among others, Hopa, Vitaminic, Zanussi Metallurgica).


Japan

Mitsuru Tanaka

Jones Day Showa

Mitsuru Tanaka is an associate at Jones Day Showa (a registered associated office of Jones Day), practising in the areas of corporate law, intellectual property law and litigation. He was admitted to the Japanese Bar in 2002. He was educated at the University of Tsukuba (Bachelor of International Relations 1996) and the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2002).

He has been translating an article by attorneys at Jones Day's Shanghai office on China's implementation of its WTO commitment. The translation is running serially in Kokusai Shoji Homu (International Business Law and Practice), a journal published by the Japanese Institute of International Business Law.


Korea

Kyung Taek JUNG

Kim & Chang

Kyung Taek Jung is a senior partner of Kim & Chang Law Offices. With more than twenty years in corporate practice with the firm, he has extensive experience in the areas of corporate structure and governance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, antitrust, and commercial contracts. He is currently the head of the firm's corporate department and chairs the firm's fair-trade practice group and pharmaceutical and food practice group. He is a standing adviser to the Korean government on fair trade and antitrust issues.

Mr Jung received his BA in law from Seoul National University and his LLM from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Korean bar and the bar of the State of New York. Apart from his career at Kim & Chang, Mr Jung was a visiting associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City from 1986 to 1987. He speaks Korean and English.

E-mail: ktjung@kimchang.com


Hwa Soo CHUNG

Kim & Chang

Hwa Soo Chung is a foreign legal consultant at Kim & Chang Law Offices, which she joined in 1992. She has a broad-based corporate and commercial law practice, which includes commercial contracts, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate structure and governance, and has extensive experience representing multinational clients in the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic sectors.

Ms Chung received her AB from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She is a member of the California bar. Ms Chung speaks English and Korean and is proficient in French.

E-mail: hschung@kimchang.com


Latvia

Raymond Slaidins

Klavins & Slaidins

Raymond Slaidins - a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Clara University Law Faculty and a founding partner of Klavins & Slaidins. After practicing law in California for several years, Mr Slaidins returned to Latvia after it regained its independence and became a Latvian sworn advocate in 1992. He specializes in inbound foreign investment work, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactional work. He is now serving as the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia and legal adviser to the British Ambassador.


Mikus Buls

Klavins & Slaidins

Mikus Buls - a graduate of the University of Latvia Law Faculty, now pursuing his LLM degree. As an associate with Klavins & Slaidins, Mr Buls works in the areas of corporate law, pharmaceutical law, and merger and acquisitions work.


The Netherlands

Hans Sachse

Boekel De Nerée

Admitted: 1982
Education: University of Leiden, LLM University of Pennsylvania
Languages spoken: Dutch, English

Areas of practice: banking and securities law, corporate finance, company and commercial law, takeovers, mergers and joint-ventures

Extra Information

Hans J Sachse has been a partner at Boekel De Nerée since 1991, where he heads the banking and securities practice, one of the three practice groups in the Corporate and Commercial Department. His areas of practice include financial supervisory legislation in the widest sense, that is, legislation regarding banks, stock markets, securities institutions, investment institutions, insurers and pension funds. Along with advising and litigating in matters involving financial regulations laid down by or on behalf of the government, including the supervision of public bids, he often acts within the framework of private financial transactions.

Hans Sachse's articles are regularly published in various trade journals. In 1999 he was one of the pre-advisers for the Securities Law Association. He is also the author of several articles in the field of banking and securities issues and contributes regularly to the Journal of Securities Law.

Hans Sachse is a speaker at various conferences and has written several articles on securities and banking issues in legal and financial journals including TVVS and Bank-en Effectenbedrijf.


New Zealand

Cathy Quinn

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

LLB Victoria University of Wellington, 1986

Cathy is a commercial corporate partner specialising in mergers, acquisitions, securities and competition law.

She is the author of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts' White Paper on Corporate Governance published in May 2003.

Cathy has written and led a number of seminars throughout New Zealand on securities, corporate and competition law issues. She is co-author of Morison's Company and Securities Law.

Cathy is a member of the New Zealand Securities Commission, and the Subcommittee of the Legal Education Committee of the New Zealand Law Society.


Peter Rowe

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

LLM University of Auckland, 1966

JD (Chicago), 1968

Peter is a corporate and commercial lawyer who specialises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, government law, shipping and aviation law, and Maori issues and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Peter has been involved in many major corporate acquisitions in New Zealand and has acted as adviser to some of New Zealand's leading corporations and international organisations.

He also provides extensive advice on governance and general corporate matters to the boards of numerous NZ and international companies and has acted as a director of a number of companies, including Union Shipping Group Ltd, and Coles Myer New Zealand Holdings Ltd.


Chris Linton

LLB (Hons) Victoria University of Wellington, 1982

Chris is an experienced corporate/commercial, information technology and venture capital lawyer, undertaking corporate/commercial transactions for New Zealand and international corporates and New Zealand public sector bodies.

She also provides extensive advice on corporate governance issues to the boards of numerous New Zealand and international companies.

From 1985 to 1990, Chris practised in London with (now) Linklaters & Alliance, advising on mergers and acquisitions, financing and offshore investment funds.


Portugal

Manuel P Barrocas

Barrocas & Alves Pereira

Founding partner of Barrocas & Alves Pereira, a leading law firm in Portugal. Council member of the IBA (SBL) 1994 -1998. Main areas of work are corporate law, corporate finance law, M & A, general contracts and arbitration. He has handled acquisitions of companies and undertakings of varying kinds, including some of the largest M & A transactions in Portugal in energy, telecommunications and other sectors. Speaker in several international conferences and seminars on legal matters. Publications: author of numerous articles and participation in various books on comparative law, including "Business Law in Europe", "Acquisition of Shares in a Foreign Country", "International Business Acquisitions", "Structuring International Contracts", "Security on Movable Property and Receivables in Europe", "International Conflicts of Law". Member of the Portuguese Bar since 1968. Member of the American Bar Association (Section of International Practice), The Law Society of England and Wales and the Advisory Board of The American and International Law Centre.


Switzerland

Dr Michel Haymann

Haymann & Baldi

Education: University of Zurich, Dr iur 1973. Admitted: 1975, Zurich.

Areas of practice: Corporate and commercial law, banking, finance and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, international arbitration, international commercial litigation, corporate taxation and international tax planning, and antitrust and competition.

Languages: German, English, French and Italian.

Professional associations: Zurich and Swiss Bar Association, IBA (antitrust and banking section), Union Internationale des Avocats (mergers and acquisitions section), Swiss Arbitration Association, and American Society for International Law.

Publications:
Extraterritoriale Wirkung des EWG-Wettbewerbsrechtes, Diss, Zurich (1973);

"Extraterritorial Application of Antitrust Law, the Swiss Approach" 12 Revue Suisse du Droit, International de la Concurrence (May 1981);

"Contract Drafting Problems in the Light of the Lugano Convention, the Lugano Convention and the European Communities" Bar European News No 27 (May 1990);

"Contract Drafting Problems in the Light of the Lugano Convention" Current EC Legal Developments Series, The Lugano- and San Sebastian Conventions, Butterworths (1990);

"Joint Ventures and Mergers as a Test-Mark for an European Competition Law between EEC and EFTA: Switzerland as an Example" World Competition Law and Economics Review Vol 14 No 1 (September 1990);

Contribution on Switzerland in Cromie, Merger Control in Europe, IFR Publishing Limited (1991);

"Approaching Europe: Swiss Perspectives and Dilemmas" Legal Issues of European Integration (1992/1);

Contribution on Switzerland in Cromie, International Commercial Litigation, Butterworths (1997);

"Swiss Aspects of Corporate Governance: Between True Standards and Prescribed Good Conduct" International Legal Forum Vol 3/4 (1999).


Turkey

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Founded in 1988, Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is one of Turkey's largest law firms, with five partners, 27 associates, one paralegal and over 20 support staff. Located in Istanbul, the firm represents and provides legal services to both foreign and Turkish national and multinational companies and financial institutions. It also provides government agencies and state-owned entities with legal representation and service on a variety of subjects.

The majority of the firm's clients are foreign companies doing business in Turkey or Turkish affiliates of multinational companies. Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises clients in connection with local and cross-border deals and also assists Turkish companies doing business outside of Turkey. The firm has an extensive practice including the following areas: foreign investment, contracts, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, telecommunications, oil and gas, energy, project finance, banking, securities and capital markets, privatization and government procurement, intellectual property, employment related issues, and litigation and arbitration.


United Kingdom

Charles Mayo

Simmons & Simmons

Charles Mayo is a partner who specializes in privatizations, public/private partnerships, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions. He acts for a wide range of leading listed UK, US and other overseas companies, financial institutions and investment banks.

Charles managed the Simmons & Simmons team on the privatization of Railtrack and on its participation in the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. He also advised:

  • The Ministry of Defence - public/private partnership options for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and QinetiQ
  • One of the bidders in the public/private partnership of the National Air Traffic Services
  • GKN on aspects of the AgustaWestland joint venture with Finmeccanica
  • Inhale Therapeutic's $200m bid for Bradford Particle Design
  • Guernsey Telecoms in relation to its privatization by the States of Guernsey through its sale to Cable & Wireless.

He is a member of the Primary Markets Group of the London Stock Exchange and of the Confederation of British Industry Companies Committee (including its working groups on company law reform and on corporate governance). He was appointed to a specialist working group of The Department of Trade and Industry on the reform of the law on capital maintenance. As part of its full review of the Listing Rules, he has been appointed by the UK Listing Authority to the team reviewing the corporate governance aspects.

Charles was recognized as one of the 100 most prominent lawyers in the UK in the 1990s, has received recommendations in the legal directories for transport, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals and is named as one of the leading European M&A lawyers.

He is also a regular contributor to the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Recent articles can be viewed via www.elexica.com.


United States

Robert E Bostrom

Winston & Strawn LLP

Bob Bostrom is the managing partner of Winston & Strawn's New York office, a member of the executive committee and heads the firm's financial institutions practice. He has extensive experience with legal, regulatory and compliance affairs, corporate governance, and Sarbanes-Oxley issues. MrBostrom advises and counsels clients in connection with the structuring of compliance and enterprise-wide risk management programmes and internal controls. He also represents various financial institutions in connection with federal and state supervisory actions and internal investigations involving compliance problems and potential violations of law. Mr Bostrom provides advice and counseling on corporate governance matters.

He rejoined Winston & Strawn in 1996 after the acquisition of National Westminster Bancorp by Fleet Financial Group for $3.6 billion. While at NatWest Mr Bostrom served as executive vice president, legal and regulatory, and general counsel and was responsible for legal, regulatory, and compliance affairs, including regulatory examinations and supervisory relationships, and corporate governance matters. He was a member of the office of the chief executive, the management committee and the risk policy committee. He also served on the board of directors of NatWest Bank (Delaware) and Coutts International. In addition, he was responsible for the legal, regulatory, and compliance affairs of National Westminster Bank, Coutts & Co and NatWest Markets in the US.