Annual review 2017

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Shruti Ajitsaria

Head of Fuse and Counsel,
Allen & Overy

Shruti specialises in credit derivatives and has been heavily involved in drafting almost all of the standard documentation in this area over the last decade (including, most recently, the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions). She also advises on credit events and deliverability questions under consideration by the ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees. Shruti is the Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation space. Shruti has recently completed the FT Diploma in Non-Executive Directorships, the Section 9(4) Judicial Support Scheme and the Google Campus Startup School.

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ANDREW BALLHEIMER

Managing Partner,
Allen & Overy

Andrew is Global Managing Partner of Allen & Overy LLP. Prior to his appointment, he was the Global Co-Head of the Corporate practice from 2010 to 2016. Andrew specialises in public and private M&A and ECM transactions and has broad experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Asia. In 2013, Legal 500 UK said he is “one of the smartest and most resourceful M&A lawyers around”.

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Jonathan Brayne

Chairman of Fuse and Head of A&O’s Innovation Panel,
Allen & Overy

Partner and early career, Allen & Overy
Founding Chairman, Innovation Panel
Founding Chairman, aosphere, a pioneering provider of alternative solutions for legal risk management
Chairman, India Group
Founding partner of Allen & Overy’s New York and Hong Kong offices
Lawyer in the fields of international finance, energy and infrastructure
Elected non-executive member of Allen & Overy Global Board
Chairman, Global Banking group
Founding Director, docGenix, a documents-to-data company
Member, Advisory Board, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
MA, Law, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

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Tim Conduit

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Tim is a partner in the ICM group based in the London office. He advises across a broad range of projects and infrastructure-related work in the bond, bank and institutional debt markets. Tim has also been involved in the recent development of innovative project bond structures to promote capital market financing of PPPs.

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Sachin Davé

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Sachin (Sach) is a U.S. qualified partner in the ICM department of Allen & Overy in London. Sach specialises in advising foreign governments, issuers and investment banks in connection with equity and debt offerings, including Rule 144A, Regulation S and other private placement transactions as well as U.S. SEC-registered offerings. Sach is an active member of our EMEA practice and has played a key role in a number of equity and debt transactions within developed and emerging markets in the region. Sach is a recommended lawyer in the latest edition of Legal 500 in the areas of debt capital markets and emerging markets and has been ranked by Chambers for his capital markets work in Turkey. Sach worked in New York for eight years before joining Allen & Overy in 2008 and has been a partner since 2011.

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WIM DEJONGHE

Senior Partner,
Allen & Overy

Wim is Senior Partner of Allen & Overy LLP, having been Global Managing Partner from 1 May 2008 until 1 May 2016. Previously, he co-headed A&O’s global Corporate practice. Wim joined Allen & Overy as a partner in 2001 having previously been a partner at Loeff Claeys Verbeke since 1993. He co-wrote the book M&A in Belgium, the only in-depth and comprehensive legal guide to Belgian M&A transactions. He received his law degree from the University of Louvain (KUL).

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Marc Döring

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Marc leads the IP Litigation practice in London. He is an intellectual property litigator with a particular focus on patent litigation who has a wide experience of litigating patents in the life sciences, FMCG, high-tech and chemical industries. Marc graduated with a degree in biotechnology before going on to study law. He is recommended as a Leading Individual for IP/Patent Litigation by The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, MIP’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners, MIP Stars Handbook, IAM Patent 1000 and London Super Lawyers. In 2016, Marc received the International Law Office Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property – Patents in the UK. Marc writes and speaks on intellectual property issues and is a co-author of Patents on Biotechnological Inventions: The EC Directive, a book published by Sweet & Maxwell. He is also a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship.

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Brendan Hannigan

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Brendan is a Singapore-based ASEAN corporate partner. His practice concentrates on ASEAN M&A transactions, with a particular focus on Indonesia. He has experience in a wide range of commercial and corporate finance matters, including public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, strategic investments, restructurings and general corporate work. He acts for a range of clients including large listed corporations, family owned companies and financial sponsors.

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Sasha Hardman

Global HR Director,
Allen & Overy

Sasha is Global Director of HR at Allen & Overy. She began her career as a corporate tax advisor at PwC before moving into HR. She has more than 20 years of HR experience in professional services firms. Sasha has a wide range of experience advising and supporting business leaders, including outsourcing, near-shoring, new business development and merger integration. She is passionate about talent development and diversity. She leads a global team across the firm’s more than 40 offices.

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Daniel Lim

Senior Associate,
Allen & Overy

Daniel is a senior associate in Allen & Overy’s International IP group. He has experience across the breadth of intellectual property litigation, with a particular focus on patent litigation in the life sciences industry. Daniel graduated with honours degrees in both law and science (biochemistry). He regularly advises clients in relation to matters involving highly complex questions of both a legal and technical nature as well as providing strategic advice and coordination on large multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. More recently, Daniel has been closely following industry and legal developments in CRISPR technology and is an active writer on the topic.

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Connell O’Neill

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Connell is a corporate lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial transactions with a particular focus on the information technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Connell regularly advises emerging and established businesses on major transformative transactions in relation to the challenges presented by contemporary laws on the disruptive business models of the future. Connell has been a key adviser on many major transactions in the Asia Pacific region and has provided strategic commercially sensitive advice to clients on a range of complex and emerging topics. Connell’s clients value his commercial and analytical approach to solving problems and his technical background in computer science.

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Sugianto Osman

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Sugianto is an experienced practitioner in M&A, corporate, capital markets and securities transactions with a strong track record in the private equity, TMT, FIG and natural resources sectors. He previously worked in-house as the head of legal of a telecommunications company in Indonesia. Sugianto is lauded as “one of the best lawyers in South-East Asia” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 (Corporate/M&A – Indonesia). Clients also describe Sugianto as “great, very commercial and calm in his approach” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 (Corporate/M&A – Indonesia). Other sources say Sugianto has “strong legal analysis with a good commercial sense and an awareness of our particular needs” – IFLR 1000 2016.

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Amit Singh

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Amit is a New York, English and Hong Kong law qualified partner in the ICM department in Hong Kong. He advises on a broad range of capital market transactions across Asia Pacific and has extensive experience of advising issuers and underwriters on capital raisings and general corporate advice. He has advised on some of the most significant transactions in Asia Pacific recently. These include the landmark sovereign bond issuances by Fiji and Sri Lanka as well as the substantial majority of debt capital markets transactions from India in recent years, including high yield, investment grade, masala and green issuances.

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Philip Smith

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Philip advises both lead managers and issuers on international debt capital markets transactions across a wide range of issuer types (bank, corporate, sovereign, utilities, transport), regions and industry sectors and his practice covers straight debt (Regulation S and Rule 144A standalone issues, private placements, LPNs, MTN programmes, CP and CDs), covered bonds and structured products. His practice includes investment grade and non-investment grade issues in the public and the private markets, combining work in the mature markets with a focus on emerging market transactions with deals recently completed for issuers and sovereigns in Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic and in the CEE and the CIS more generally. Philip is a regular speaker at the Euromoney Summer and Winter Schools of International Financial Law held at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

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Simon Toms

Partner,
Allen & Overy

Simon has experience of a wide range of cross-border public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and equity capital markets transactions. In 2011, Simon was recognised by Mergermarket as a Young Deal Maker of the year. Simon is a member of the firm’s TMT Steering Group. Simon served as interim General Counsel at News International (now News UK) from August 2011 to April 2012. He completed a secondment at a global financial services group as part of the bank’s corporate legal team, where he worked on the integration of the bank’s African business with Absa Bank.

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Jim Adler

Managing Director, Toyota AI Ventures

Jim is managing director and a board member of Toyota AI Ventures, and vice-president at Toyota Research Institute (TRI). He also serves on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Most recently, Jim was vice-president of products and marketing at Metanautix, a big data analytics start-up funded by Sequoia Capital and Workday that was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, he was vice-president of data systems and chief privacy officer at Intelius, which was acquired by H.I.G. Capital. Intelius also spun off Talentwise, which was acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions. In addition, he founded VoteHere, a pioneer in cryptographic secure and secret online voting for public elections that was funded by Cisco and HP. Jim started his career as a rocket engineer for Lockheed Martin. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with high honours from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Laurel Hurst

Managing Director,
Head of Transaction Management,
CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets, JP Morgan

Laurel has 25 years’ experience in debt capital markets, joining the Legal Department at JP Morgan in 1992. While in DCM Legal, Laurel headed the firm’s high-yield practice and worked with two high yield practice committees for the industry group AFME. She also worked on frequent borrower, developed market investment grade, emerging market and structured product transactions. Since moving to her present role in CEEMEA DCM in 2011, Laurel has led and managed a wide array of debt transactions across CEEMEA sovereigns, corporates and financial institutions. Laurel is a member of JP Morgan’s Women’s MD Forum and EMEA Diversity Forum. She graduated with honours in Economics from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and attended Pepperdine Law School.

Professor Mitchell O’Connell

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics,
University of Rochester

Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester and a member of the Center for RNA Biology. After obtaining his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Sydney, Mitchell was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, where he made a number of discoveries related to the ability for CRISPR systems to target RNA. Most notably, Mitchell discovered that the well-known gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 is also able to target RNA and can be harnessed as a tool to study RNA biology in humans and other organisms. In 2017, he moved to Rochester and set up his own laboratory, which focuses on understanding the biochemical mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation, and on the development of new CRISPR-based tools to study these processes. The lab is particularly interested in how RNA processing is involved in the control and dynamics of fundamental biological processes (such as cell fate decision and maintenance, and neuronal function) and how these processes are dysregulated in cancer and neurological disease.

Avtar Sehra

CEO, Nivaura

Avtar is a theoretical physicist turned financial engineer and risk technology architect. He has expertise in pricing, market and credit risk model development, financial regulation and operational optimisation. At Nivaura, Avtar is the CEO and Product Architect. In addition, Avtar leads the Nivaura R&D work that spans across finance, technology and legal.

Andre Soelistyo

President, GO-JEK

Andre is the President of GO-JEK, a technology company that offers various services such as motorcycle taxis, goods delivery, food and order delivery and shopping. GO-JEK is the first start-up of Indonesia origin to be classified as a Unicorn. GO-JEK’s fleet today exceeds 200,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks. Previously, Andre worked in Kartuku as a Chairman, Northstar Group as a Director, PT Delta Dunia Makmur Tbk as a Head of Finance, and Triputra Group. Andre holds a BSc. from University of Technology, Sydney.

Sam Sternberg

Scientist and Group Leader at Caribou Biosciences, Inc

Sam received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Columbia University in 2007, graduating summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral research in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Dr. Jennifer Doudna focused on the mechanism of DNA targeting by RNA-guided bacterial immune systems (CRISPR—Cas9) and on the development of these systems for genome engineering applications. Sam was a featured TEDMED 2015 speaker on the transformative potential of CRISPR-Cas9, and is actively involved in public discussions on the ethical issues surrounding genome editing of human cells.
He was a co-author of an article in Science that proposed a moratorium on editing the human germline until safety and societal implications are broadly discussed. Sam recently co-authored a popular science trade book called A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, together with Jennifer Doudna, about the discovery, development, and applications of CRISPR gene editing technology. Currently, Sam works as a Scientist and Group Leader at Caribou Biosciences, Inc., a start-up biotechnology company that develops genome engineering technologies. He will start his own laboratory at Columbia University, as assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, beginning in 2018.

Yousuf Syed

Head of International Debt Capital Markets,
Axis Bank Limited

Yousuf is a banker with over 15 years of experience, primarily in financial markets. Yousuf has worked across almost all areas of financial markets business, including sales, structuring, trading, capital markets, resource raising, coverage and both onshore and offshore markets. He joined Axis Bank in 2010 and worked in the Financial Institutions Coverage team. He subsequently moved from that coverage role to setting up a dedicated Fixed Income Investor relationship team. Since 2015, he has been leading the Bank’s initiatives in ICM and was responsible for incubating and building its offshore debt capital markets franchise – his team has led several marquee transactions, including the first-ever masala bond from India for HDFC Limited and the first ever green masala bond for NTPC. Yousuf is an accomplished footballer and has played at university, state and national levels. He was captain of the Kerala Youth Team and vice-captain of the Calicut University team that won the national championships.

Stefan Weiler

Head of CEEMEA DCM, JP Morgan

Stefan is responsible for JP Morgan’s debt capital markets coverage of sovereign, corporate and financial institutions in the CEEMEA region. In 2016, JP Morgan topped the league table for bringing borrowers from the CEEMEA region to the international debt capital markets, executing 73 transactions and raising over USD83bn of funding. This included Saudi Arabia’s USD17.5bn sovereign transaction, which marks the largest-ever offering from an emerging markets borrower. The International Finance Review magazine recognised the market leadership of Stefan’s team by crowning it “the CEEMEA Bond House of the Year for 2016”. Stefan has been recognised by Global Capital Magazine as “The Best EM Origination Banker”. He joined JP Morgan in 1999 after receiving an MBA from Thunderbird, The American School of International Management.

Dr Brian Zambrowicz

Vice President, Functional Genomics, Regeneron

Brian is Vice-President of Functional Genomics and Chief of VelociGene® Operations at Regeneron. VelociGene is Regeneron’s large-scale genomic modification platform that creates genetically humanised models for target discovery and drug development purposes with unparalleled speed, volume and precision. He was previously at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his PhD from the University of Washington. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is an inventor on over 150 patents.