Category Archive: 2016

Andrew Grossmann

Andrew Grossmann concentrates on business planning, M&A, securities and general corporate matters, with an emphasis on:

• Strategic transactions, including M&A, dispositions and joint ventures
• Capital raising and financing transactions, including public offerings, private equity transactions, venture capital investments and debt financings
• General corporate counsel, including contract negotiations, licensing agreements, corporate governance, employment and IP issues
• Corporate formation matters for emerging businesses, including shareholder control and buy-sell arrangements
• International business transactions

In addition to extensive experience representing companies in the fashion, luxury and retail industry, Andrew counsels clients in industries such as technology, energy and manufacturing, financial services and real estate.

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Suzanne E. Turcotte

SuzanneTurcottejoined Alex and Anion June 19, 2013 as General Counsel&SVP of Human Resources reporting to Carolyn Rafaelian, Creative Director and CEO. Ms. Turcotte brings a rare combination of depth and breadth of professional accomplishment to her position.She leads corporate strategic and tactical legal and human resource initiatives by applying more than 17 years of experience in regulatory compliance, new product and business initiative development, business and financial transactions, risk management, corporate governance, employment law, intellectual property, national and international litigation and a host of related endeavors.

Ms. Turcotte has extensive experience in the jewelry and precious metals industries as Corporate Counsel for Cookson where she worked on the sale of its precious metal and jewelry division to the Richline Group, A Berkshire Hathaway Company. She has also overseen the creation and launch of a gourmet food and cooking lifestyle line sold in, among other retail channels, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Marshall Fields and Target.

Ms. Turcotte previously held the position of Corporate Counsel and President for OGC/KAP, Inc.She has been involved with the execution of media and merchandising ventures with Tory Burch, Philippe Stark and Michael Graves. Ms. Turcotte served as Assistant General Counsel for A.T. Cross Company and as Corporate Counsel and President for Ming East-West, LLC, where she produced and provided legal counsel to television productions:“Simply Ming” (PBS) and “East Meets West”, an Emmy Award winning show on the Food Network. Ms. Turcotte holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. in International Political Economies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Federal Bar.

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Sarah Aziz

Sarah Aziz is Senior Legal Counsel for L’Oréal UK & Ireland. This is a generalist role that involves advising various business units across a range of legal practice areas such as dispute resolution, digital, e-commerce and IT, IP and sponsorship, contracts, competition law, advertising and marketing. Sarah has been at L’Oréal for 8 years, prior to which she was an associate in the Corporate department at Clifford Chance LLP.

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Ruth Burstall

Ruth is a Senior Associate in Baker & McKenzie’s London IP team. Ruth’s practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property with a particular focus on enforcement of trade mark and design rights, online enforcement and assignment and licensing of IP rights. Ruth manages a number of global anti-counterfeiting programs and has represented clients in IP litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

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Alexander Stepanovski

Qualified in 1992. In 2007 founded Attorneys at Law Stepanovski, Papakul and partners where he became Managing Partner.

Practice areas: Family and Matrimonial Law, Partnership Agreements, Insolvency and Alternative dispute resolution.

Alexander’s professional experience incorporates legal assistance in relation to the entry of a Russian gas trader into Belarusian gas market in 1996 as well as representation of one of the largest Russian oil transporters in the Economic court in a dispute with the Belarusian tax authorities in 2003-2004.

He advises the representatives of a number of Russian companies on the matters of economic legislation of the Republic of Belarus. As an anti-crises manger he also participated in regulation of numerous insolvency cases.

Alexander is among the lawyers who are recommended for cooperation in the territory of the Republic of Belarus by such international legal guides as Chambers Europe 2008-2016, Chambers Global 2008-2016 & LexisNexis, IFLR1000.

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Timur Bondaryev

Timur Bondaryev is an Attorney, Managing Partner and Head of the Real Estate and Construction, Antitrust and Competition, IP, Advertisement and Promotion practices at Arzinger. Besides, he heads Automotive, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Food and Beverages, as well as Retail industrial practices.

He has extensive experience in working at state authorities and large corporations. He was Head of Division in the Legal Department at the State Property Fund of Ukraine and Head of the Legal Department at Ukrainian Aluminium, a subsidiary of Russian Aluminium Company.

Timur Bondaryev is a highly respected law practitioner enjoying an excellent reputation in the local and international market.

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Joel Benjamin

Joel Benjamin,the managing partner of the Almaty office of Kinstellar, an international law firm, has been living and working in Kazakhstan since 1993. Prior to opening Kinstellar’s Almaty office, Joel practiced law in Kazakhstan with two well-known international law firms. Joel advises international and local clients in various industries, including oil and gas, mining, banking, telecommunications and media. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance and capital markets transactions. Joel is highly recommended by Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

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