Michael Siebold, Chair
ARNECKE SIBETH Partnerschaftsgesellschaft MbB , Frankfurt
Michael Siebold is Chair of Interlaw and a member of the management team of top German independent law firm ARNECKE SIBETH. He was admitted to the bar in 1987. He was appointed to the Interlaw Board of Directors in December 2006 and appointed Chair in 2012. He studied at Ruhruniversität Bochum, L-M-U München, London School of Economics, London, the University of Toronto, Toronto (LL.M. 1986) and articled at courts in Munich and Landshut. He writes and lectures in English and German and is an authority on legal project management, financing and investment in domestic and international infrastructure as well as mergers and acquisitions, sports law and stadium management. Strongly linked to North America’s business world for many years, Michael is in charge of several national and international mandates and projects in the cultural and entertainment sector, particularly in the sports area and the innovative building of arenas and other international property projects. He is a Vice-President of WALA (World Airport Lawyers Association) and sits on several boards of NGOs.
Dominique Blommaert, Chair EMEA
Janson Baugniet, Brussels
Dominique Blommaert heads the banking and finance department at Janson Baugniet, advising financial institutions on banking and financial law. He is a recognized expert in credit law, including consumer and mortgage credit law. He advises on the legal aspects of the creation of new financial and banking products, asset management, finance structures (often related to collaterals) and relating contractual aspects. His department regularly publishes articles on these topics. Dominique has been recognized in global publications for his expertise in banking and finance, litigation, arbitration and insolvency. Mr. Blommaert graduated in law in 1988 and in history in 1987 from the University of Leuven and obtained a degree in economic law from the University of Brussels in 1989. He is scientific collaborator of the Financial Law Institute at the Ghent University since 1990. Dominique won the distinction of Interlawyer of the Year, the network’s highest individual honor for hosting innovative business development and practice expertise summits at the firm’s Brussels office.
Glenn M. Cunningham, Vice-Chair
Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford
Glenn M. Cunningham is a partner at Interlaw member firm Shipman & Goodwin, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is the Chair of Shipman & Goodwin’s Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Glenn represents publicly traded and privately held companies in intellectual property and technology cases throughout the United States. Glenn’s trial practice includes the prosecution and defence of unfair competition, non-competition agreement, trade secret, trademark, patent and copyright cases. Glenn was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law teaching Trial Advocacy for nearly a decade. Glenn is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Technology Council as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Interlaw.
Alan Frydenlund Q.C., Chair North America
Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Mr. Frydenlund practices commercial law with a specialty in security realization and perfection. He acts for clients on various aspects of lending transactions with particular emphasis on representing lenders and borrowers on syndicated secured debt financings as well as realizations pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Alan has conducted litigation in Courts in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Yukon Territory. Since his call to the bar in 1983, Alan has been involved in some of British Columbia’s more significant financings and Canada’s more significant security realizations both involving assets in real estate development (including construction), resorts (including hotels and time shares), the forest industry, marine industry, manufacturing and knowledge-based industries. He is also a Director of a number of private companies, including a Mortgage Investment Company and is a former Director of Glacier National Life Insurance Company.
Shuichi Namba, Chair Asia Pacific
Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba, Tokyo
Shuichi Namba is a leading corporate lawyer in Japan, with a practice focused on M&A, insolvency law and dispute resolution. He graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (LL.B.) and is a member of the Japanese Bar, Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association. Following a couple of years of practice in Japan, he attended Columbia University Law School, New York, USA, where he earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and was admitted to both the New York and California Bars. Mr. Namba practiced law in New York at a leading global law firm then spent one year in-house with a New York bank before returning to Tokyo, becoming a founding partner of Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba.
Lisa Theng, Director
Colin Ng & Partners LLP, Singapore
Lisa Theng is the Managing Partner at Interlaw member firm, Colin Ng & Partners LLP, a leading law firm in Singapore. She has been in practice since 1991 and has vast experience in corporate and litigation prior to focusing her practice in the areas of M&A, Corporate Advisory and Corporate Commercial services. She has advised oil and gas, manufacturing, exhibition, publishing, food and leisure and entertainment companies on a range of issues. These issues include restructurings, investments, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance, and acquisitions. Ms Theng is a recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A and Dispute Resolution practices in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016 publication. She is also a notable practitioner for Corporate and M&A in the Chambers and Partner Asia Pacific 2015 publication.
Enrique Ramírez Ramírez, Chair Latin America
Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado, S.C., Mexico City
Enrique Manuel Ramírez Ramírez is a senior partner of RGRH, Interlaw’s member firm in Mexico City. A world-class corporate lawyer, he is well known for his work in international banking and business transactions, real estate, antitrust and corporate finance matters. Enrique has been active with Interlaw for many years, having been an early participant in the secondment program as a young lawyer, and most recently hosting the 20th North American Real Estate group. Mr. Ramírez was educated at Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, and later attended the University of Florida in Gainesville to study an introduction to U.S. law. His post – graduate studies were completed at the University of Houston, Texas, (LLM International Law, 1994). Further studies were completed at Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City (Commercial Law, 1995); International Practice Diploma Program, The College of Law of England and Wales and the International Bar Association (International Joint Ventures and Human Rights Law and Practice, 2002). Enrique has participated in course given by the Mexican Stock Exchange and has taught commercial law at the Mexican Legal Studies Program, University of Houston, Texas, and foreign investment law and contracts at the Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City and Universidad del Mayab, Yucatan, Merida, among other courses at other universities.
Thelma Rivera, Director
Goldman Antonetti & Córdova LLC, Puerto Rico
Thelma Rivera is a Capital Member of Goldman Antonetti & Córdova LLC, a full service law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thelma chairs the Corporate and Banking Law Department of the Firm. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, asset securitization, commercial lending transactions and real estate law. Her work has led her to deal with transactions involving shopping centers, hotels and related tourism facilities, public utilities and infrastructure (including public private partnerships), pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing facilities, residential and commercial construction projects, and sales and distribution companies, among others.