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Tom McDonald

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Tom McDonald

Tom is the Regional Managing Director, Australia for Vannin Capital. With a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry, he is a strong legal professional skilled in Trial Practice, Dispute Resolution, Contract Law, Legal Writing, and Corporate Law. He is a solicitor of the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Before joining Vannin, Tom was a Senior Associate in the Sydney office of Ashurst in their market leading insolvency team.
 

Claudia Thomson

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Claudia Thomson

Claudia is a Paralegal at Vannin Capital and a Practical Legal Trainee at Refugee Advice & Casework Service. She is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.
 

Ashley Messick

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Ashley Messick

Ashley Messick, Managing Partner, GPW Sovereign Debt Advisors – Partner, Dispute Consulting GPW Group Ashley runs GPW’s Dispute Consulting practice based out of London.  She has led a number of high-profile investigations involving debtors originating from Africa, Latin America and Russia/Central Asia. She has tracked down assets and gathered intelligence in some of the world’s most difficult frontier markets, including recent fieldwork in West and Central Africa, the Middle East and Russia.  Her work has included cases against former government officials charged with embezzling state funds; multi-year investigations into attachable foreign assets of sovereigns and state-owned companies; unravelling complex fraudulent schemes; and tracing the assets of individual debtors. Ashley founded and leads GPW’s market-leading business line – GPW Sovereign Debt Advisors – which provides support for sovereign award holders and investors in distressed sovereign debt. SDA provides advisory services and asset assessments, and coordinates syndicated investment for award purchase and enforcement funding. Ashley is a graduate of McGill University in Canada and has a Masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She studied Arabic in Damascus.
 

Nicolas Richier

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Nicolas Richier

Nicolas Richier, Analyst, Dispute Consulting, GPW Group Prior to joining GPW, Nicolas worked within a corporate communications and public affairs consultancy in Paris, where he advised clients in the fields of shareholder activism, asset management, private equity, credit rating and political communication. Nicolas specialises in multi-jurisdictional asset tracing and pre-transactional in-depth due diligence work, with a particular focus on Switzerland, France and Francophone Africa. Nicolas also regularly conducts sovereign debt advisory work identifying the assets of sovereign states or state owned entities in support of arbitration or disputes. Nicolas also undertakes due diligence and political risk assignments across Eastern Europe and Africa.

Michael Moradzadeh

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Michael Moradzadeh

Michael is a founding partner and CEO of Rimon, and represents technology companies in corporate and securities transactions. He has presented on innovations in law firm management and business models at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley Law School and UC Hastings College of the Law. His innovations with Rimon have received awards from the Financial Times and the American Bar Association Journal and have appeared in a variety of international publications, including the Economist, the American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. Mr.Moradzadeh can be reached at Michael.morad@rimonlaw.com To know more about Michael Moradzadeh visit the link.

Luke Tucker Harrison

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Luke Tucker Harrison

Luke co-founded Keidan Harrison LLP in May 2020, having formerly led a substantial and esteemed team at a mid-sized firm. He is recognised by the leading legal directories as a “very commercial litigator with a real eye for detail” and “especially adept at insolvency-related commercial disputes” (Chambers 2019). Luke’s practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, but he has particular expertise in contentious insolvency and restructuring advisory, fraud and asset recovery, banking and financial services, company and partnership, professional negligence claims and technology disputes. He also has substantial expertise in media, data protection and defamation claims. Luke has acted for large corporates as well as for small- to medium-sized enterprises and office holders (directors, trustees and insolvency practitioners). He works across all sectors, but has particular experience in recruitment, litigation funding, alternative lending, technology, construction and private equity. Luke is a Solicitor Advocate having gained his Higher Rights of Audience. He has extensive litigation and arbitration experience both as an instructing solicitor and as an advocate. He also regularly represents clients in other forms of dispute resolution, including mediations, and develops bespoke dispute resolution mechanisms for clients. Luke is known for his innovative approach to value engineering dispute resolution and his outcomes focus. Luke is a past Chairman of the Commercial Litigation Association. He was a winner of the M&A Adviser, Emerging Leader Awards 2017, and in 2019 was named as a member of the prestigious TRI 250, an exclusive group of professionals across the Turnaround, Restructuring and Insolvency profession.

What the legal directories say

Chambers and Partners Guide 2018 describe Luke as “a very down-to-earth, roll-up-your-sleeves type of litigator who has a good eye for detail and for the outcome of a case.” He is credited for his entrepreneurial flair and ability to think outside of the box. Chambers 2017 describe him as being a “very sharp and focussed guy” who “thinks creatively about cases”. In Chambers 2016, clients praise his “very sound, straightforward advice”. Chambers 2015 describe him as “an entrepreneurial sort of solicitor”, having “certain finesse” that “makes clients feel relaxed”, as well as taking a “very collaborative” approach by bringing in other specialist lawyers from the firm and ensuring litigation is project managed to ensure best value for clients. Legal 500 2018 credits his “high success rate in obtaining settlements” and calls him “a savvy and experienced litigator that you want on your side in a fight”. He is noted for his expertise in contentious insolvency matters, financial services and boardroom disputes. Legal 500 2017 describe him as “a high-quality and experienced commercial litigator”. Legal 500 2015 credit him with an “acute sense of tactics” and for building “a solid practice with a growing reputation”.

Prateek Bagaraia

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Prateek Bagaraia

Prateek Bagaria is a partner with Singularity and an international disputes specialist with a decade of experience in complex commercial cross-border disputes. Legal 500 describes him as “responsive and dynamic” and “a very driven individual and a good lawyer who handles clients well”. He possesses the domain expertise in advising funders and litigants seeking litigation finance. Client Testimonial: Prateek Bagaria leads an exceptional up and coming team with a commercial and highly strategic approach to complex international disputes. One of the best international disputes offerings in India. - Mr. Tom Glasgow, CIO (Asia) of Omni Bridgeway Sanchit Suri is a counsel at Singularity Legal. He specialises in advising shipping and insurance, sports and entertainment and energy and infrastructure companies, in their shareholder and joint venture disputes, operational disputes and sovereign disputes. He also represents athletes and sports federations in anti-doping and other sports disputes. His range of experience includes advising clients in international arbitrations under various rules like SIAC; and in cross-border disputes before courts in India, Singapore and United Kingdom.

Rayne Handley

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Rayne Handley

She is the Head of Research & Analytics at GRM Intelligence Rayne Handley is the Head of Research and Analytics for GRM Intelligence (division of GRM). She has worked across the African continent offering research, advisory and business intelligence to clients. Rayne's passion and expertise lies in the nexus of commerce, human capital and Africa. She has been published in international peer-reviewed journals, presented research at conferences, symposiums, and colloquiums, and regularly contributes to industry publications and regularly lectures in qualitative data analysis.

Nnedinma (Nnedi) Ifudu Nweke

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Nnedinma (Nnedi) Ifudu Nweke

She counsels U.S. and non-U.S. clients on U.S. laws and policy affecting cross border transactions, including export control laws, economic sanctions and trade embargoes, antiboycott laws, anti-corruption laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-money laundering laws. Nnedi represents clients in trade matters before U.S. government departments and agencies, including the departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury. She has helped clients in various industries to effectively manage due diligence investigations in connection with investment fund formation, mergers, acquisitions and other transactions.    Nnedi advises clients on how to respond to U.S. government investigations, develop and implement compliance policies and procedures, prepare voluntary self-disclosures, and conduct internal reviews, audits and investigations. Her practice extends to drafting license applications, OFAC sanctions lists delisting petitions, advisory opinion requests and other submissions to relevant U.S. government agencies.

Namita Shetty

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Namita Shetty

  Namita is a Principal Associate in Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, specializing in dispute resolution. Namita’s practice covers complex commercial litigation in a wide variety of disputes, including in relation to company law issues, securities law issues and writ jurisdiction.

Alex Bevan

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Alex Bevan

Alex Bevan is a partner in the International Arbitration practice and Head of the Abu Dhabi office. He leads the Firm’s Construction practice. He is also a member of the Firm’s 9-member Policy Committee. Alex specializes in complex international arbitration proceedings arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. These disputes arise in a range of industries, in particular infrastructure, power, oil and gas and telecoms. He also regularly serves as Arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. Chambers Global notes that clients and peers have described Alex as “extremely able” a “go-to guy for major international arbitrations,” and “a strategic thinker and a persuasive advocate” with “excellent relationship-building skills.” Chambers UK further noted that he is a “clinical cross-examiner” with “invaluable strategic thinking.” He has also been described as “outstanding – shrewd, hardworking and able.” Alex is recommended in Legal 500 EMEA and Legal 500 UK. Alex Bevan is also recommended in Who’s Who Legal – Construction 2019, which reports that “Alex Bevan ranks as one of the go-to construction lawyers in the UAE. Market commentators laud him as ‘a top-tier lawyer’ and ‘one of the premier practitioners in international construction arbitration’”. Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2020 recognizes him as a Global Leader, the publication notes that he “enjoys ‘a very good reputation’ in the international arbitration market. One peer says, ‘He gets some of the biggest instructions and is experienced beyond his years in mega-project disputes’”. Previous editions note that Alex Bevan is “‘an outstanding lawyer’ who is recognised as ‘a top name’ for construction related arbitration” (2019), and that “Peers widely regard Alex Bevan as ‘one of the best construction arbitration specialists’ in the space who they consider ‘a natural born leader’” (2018).

Dr. Adli Hammad

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Dr. Adli Hammad

From 1979 to 1981 Dr. Hammad worked as a legal advisor with Saudi ARAMCO. In 1981 he began working in private practice, and since 1984 has been the Managing Partner of Hammad & Al-Mehdar. In addition to his extensive knowledge in Islamic Banking and Finance, Dr. Hammad also has significant experience in Arbitration, having been appointed as arbitrator in several arbitrations. Dr. Adli earned his LLM from Southern Methodist University, Texas, and his PhD from the International Islamic University Malaysia where he specialized in Islamic Investment Funds.