We are delighted to invite you to upcoming European Lawyers Annual 2016 Conference which will take place in Berlin, capital of Germany on 04-05 June.

This year, we have arranged a fantastic programme for our attendants. Primarily focusing on Private Equity, M&A Transactions in Europe, and Investment law and International Dispute Resolution, 2016 Berlin Event will build upon the strong foundation of success established by our prior events in recent years. In addition to high-quality seminars led by talented speakers, the Berlin event will provide attendees with robust opportunities to network as well as to build contacts with lawyers from all across the world in a relaxed setting. Informative and joyous, the Berlin event will also feature a Berlin city tour and the opportunity to spend a very special weekend in one of Europe’s “hot spots” with the company of other lawyers from across the globe.


On Berlin Event

As President of European Lawyers, I am delighted to invite you to the European Lawyers’ 2016 Annual Conference taking place in Berlin during the weekend of 04-05 June 2016.

We are very pleased to see the continuous growth of European Lawyers on a global scale and on social media over the past year. With more than 20,000 lawyers now following us on Facebook, European Lawyers is by far the largest lawyer network on a global scale on social media.

Since our founding, European Lawyers has taken great pride in its promotion of the rule of law and its strong advocacy of relationship building between European lawyers. In these challenging times and in light of recent development, we continue to maintain our firm support for our founding ideals. As we continue to grow, we further look forward to new and exciting developments in the group’s bright future including our first event in the United States planned for the Fall of 2016.

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting some new friends soon.

With warm regards for a wonderful weekend in Berlin,

Güvenç Ketenci
European Lawyers Founder & President

Event Schedule


EUROPEAN LAWYERS BERLIN EVENT - Crowne Plaza Berlin - Potsdamer Platz



04 JUNE 2016, SATURDAY  
08.30 am Registrations
09.00 am Introductions
09:15 am Welcome Remarks
Güvenç Ketenci European Lawyers President
Owner, Ketenci&Ketenci, Istanbul

09.30 am EU Investment: Cross-Border Transactions, M&A Outlook Europe in 2016
Richard Crowe Senior Legal Counsel, EU Parliament, Brussels
Leo Graffi Partner, White&Case, Milan
Stephane Broquet Owner, Broquet Avocats, Paris
Paolo Zagami Owner, Zagamilaw, Rome
Kristina Gogic Legal Counsel, Ombudsman Office, Zagreb
11.00 am 1st Networking Break

11.30 am International Dispute Resolution
Ruzin Dağlı Senior Counsel, Withers, London
Sibylle Schumacher Partner at Pinsen Masons, München
Sebastian Kneisel Partner at Borris Hennecke Kneisel, Cologne
Tudor Chiuariu Owner, Chiuariu & Associates, Bucharest
Jan Spangenberg Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Hamburg
01.00 pm LUNCH BREAK

02.00 pm Islamic Finance in Europe
Ashley Freeman Head of Islamic Finance, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, London
Laurent Marliere President, ISFIN, Brussels
Osman Sacarcelik Associate, Norton Rose LLP, Frankfurt
03.00 pm 2nd Networking Break
03.30 pm Election of European Lawyers Advisory Board &Selection of Next Annual Event Venue
03.45 pm Closing Remarks
Dress Code: Black Tie (Tuxedos)

05 JUNE 2016, SUNDAY
11.00 am BERLIN BOAT TOUR (EXTRA) For those who would be staying in Berlin on Sunday, we will have a joyful boat cruise in Berlin. The whole tour usually takes around 1.30 hours.
James Barney Assoc.Prof., American Public University System, New Jersey
Herdem Gültekin Director, Ketenci&Ketenci ILP, Istanbul
Arife Yıldız Public Affairs Consultant at Allison+Partners, Paris
Fatih Keles Event Organisation, Berlin

Rome Video


Tudor Chiuariu is the Senior Partner of ”Chiuariu & Associates” Attorneys-at-Law, a leading Romanian law firm specialized in International Litigation/Arbitration, EU Law and Sports Law. Tudor holds a PhD magna cum laude in law and he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, his research work concentrating on procedural law. His later career as practicing lawyer focuses mainly on international cases and he often pleads before international courts and tribunals, as Court of Justice of European Union (CJUE), European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS/TAS). From 2005 he has held different public positions, being a member of Government and, from 2008, a member of Parliament.
Tudor Chiuariu

Senior Partner at Chiuariu & Associates, Bucharest

Richard Crowe is an Irish lawyer working at the Legal Service of the European Parliament, where he specialises in matters of EU institutional and budgetary law.
Richard Crowe

Legal Counsel at EU Parliament, Brussels

Ruzin is a member of the litigation and arbitration team in Withers’ London offices. Having previously practised in Paris and Istanbul, she has particular expertise in international arbitration, including disputes resolved under ICC, SCC and DIAC rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings under UNCITRAL rules. Ruzin also has experience in investment arbitrations, and has worked on numerous proceedings conducted under ICSID rules.
Ruzin Dagli

Associate at Withersworldwide, London

Recognised as one of the world’s most influential Islamic finance lawyers, Ashley Freeman’s involvement in the industry goes back over 20 years. He is perhaps best known for his lengthy tenure as General Counsel of the Central Bank of Bahrain, regulator of the world’s foremost Islamic banking jurisdiction. Much of his work is international in character and includes significant input into financial services regulation, banking industry policy and financial sector design. He was a member of the small working parties that designed the global bodies IFSB and IIFM, personally drafting their founding articles. He has served (and continues to serve) on various committees responsible for developing the industry. Mr Freeman’s transactional experience extends across all the debt and equity techniques including murabaha, istisna’a, salam, ijara, mudaraba, musharakha and he regularly advises on concepts such as wakala, rahn, kafala, arboun, waqf, takaful.
Ashley Freeman

Head of Islamic Finance, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, London

Kristina Gogić is Croatian Lawyer/Attorney at Law working at Croatian Ombudsman's office. Hers professional practice is focused on Human Rights and International Law. She is a member of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis and making researchs from that domain. Having combined experience as researcher, practitioner, lecturer, counsel, author and public interest lawyer.
Kristina Gogic

Legal Counsel at Ombudsman Office, Zagreb

Leo Graffi is a partner at White&Case Milan office. He is a highly regarded corporate and M&A lawyer and also has extensive experience in the private equity sector. He regularly advises clients on the full spectrum of M&A transactions including joint venture, cross-border and Italian public and private M&A deals. In addition, Leonardo has advised strategic and private equity clients on several acquisitions/disposals of companies He is Italian and US law qualified (New York State Bar)
Leonardo Graffi

Partner at White&Case, Milan

Güvenç Ketenci is the Managing Partner of the firm. He advises on corporate, commercial, real estate and energy law related matters. He has a wide expertise on cross-border transactions and dispute resolution. He represents top-tier corporations in relation to their Turkish law related matters. Formerly, he worked as a visiting solicitor in the UK and gained experience on international law. Güvenç Ketenci is also the Founder of European Lawyers, and currently stands as the Chairman of this organization. European Lawyers have more than 10,000 lawyers as members at present, and aims to gather lawyers and promotes the rule of law on a global scale. In 2013 he was listed as the leading commercial lawyer in Turkey by Global Law Experts publication.
Güvenç Ketenci

Managing Partner at Ketenci&Ketenci, Istanbul

Sebastian is a partner at the independent dispute resolution boutique Borris Hennecke Kneisel and a lecturer on “Leading Cases in International Dispute Resolution" at the Europa-Institute of Saarland University, Germany. Sebastian’s practice encompasses the entire bandwidth of international commercial disputes. He has been involved as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations under the arbitration rules of, inter alia, the ICC, DIS, and UNCITRAL. The inaugural LMG Rising Stars 2015 guide has nominated Sebastian as a “Rising Star” in commercial arbitration.
Dr. Sebastian Kneisel

Partner at Borris Hennecke Kneisel, Cologne

Laurent Marliere is an expert in management of complex organizations and international networks. Laurent Marliere is the CEO of ISFIN. With an ambitious and entrepreneurial mindset, he founded the premier worldwide advisory vehicle in 75 countries specialized in Islamic Markets. In 2012, Marliere’s strategy was recognized by the FINANCIAL TIMES FT INNOVATIVE LAWYERS AWARDS for innovative corporate strategy. On the academic side, Marliere lectures on strategic marketing and marketing for the Islamic markets. He authored several books, and he published some 400 articles on marketing for professional firms. As a recognized worldwide expert on strategic marketing, he is regular speaker to global conferences.
Laurent Marliere

President, ISFIN, Brussels

Sibylle is a Partner in the Litigation & Regulatory Group of Pinsen&Masons.  Sibylle has profound expertise representing clients in the field of international and domestic arbitration as well as corporate and commercial litigation.  She has an extensive industry experience in the automotive industry as well as the TMT and financial sector.  Sibylle is ranked by Chambers Global for Arbitration and by Best Lawyers for Litigation.
Sibylle Schumacher

Partner at Pinsen Masons, München

Arife is an Affairs Consultant at Allison+Partners, France. Having Masters degrees including the fields of law, administration and politics, she took charge in associations and parliamentary groups and built a career on project management, public relations, coordination and development of business relations. She is currently providing strategic positioning advisory, including branding and positioning, and carries out media and government relations for clients.
Arife Yıldız

Affairs Consultant at Allison+Partners, Lyon

Mr. Zagami is the founder of and a partner at Zagamilaw which is an international law firm based in Rome, Italy. Mr. Zagami’s practice is focused on Real Estate law. He is also the founder of Real: Real Estate Attorneys at Law and the co-founder of CESDI-Research Center for International Private Law.
Paolo Zagami

Owner at Zagamilaw, Rome

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