Paolo is a partner in the Hong Kong office. He focuses on technology agreements and transactions, e-commerce, telecommunications regulatory matters, and data privacy.
Paolo advises clients on IT contracts/outsourcing, privacy/data protection, e-commerce, and telecommunications/internet regulatory issues. He has recently advised a number of companies on establishing comprehensive data governance frameworks across the region. Other recent experience includes assisting clients with the establishment of e-commerce platforms in Asia and related technology agreements and privacy compliance. He has extensive experience in commercial issues and agreements and regularly assists clients with licensing, franchise, supply, agency and distribution agreements and compliance with consumer laws.
Christi is a US attorney and Head of US Practice in the London office of Laura Devine Solicitors. She advises clients on all aspects of US business and family-based immigration and represents clients ranging from high net worth individuals to large, multinational corporations covering a variety of sectors. Her expertise includes all categories of nonimmigrant and immigrant matters and she also regularly assists US citizens with passport-related matters. Christi has appeared on television to discuss a variety of US immigration hot topics for channels such as BBC News and CNN and she regularly writes articles on business immigration and the US political landscape. She is recognised by legal directories for her outstanding client service and has been praised for being “extremely flexible and attentive in all cases she deals with”.
Natasha is a solicitor and the risk and compliance partner in London, with 15 years’ experience in UK immigration law, nationality and EU free movement. She is recognised in the Legal 500 as an ‘expert’ in her field and in Who’s Who Legal 2017 as having ‘extensive knowledge of immigration law” with her key strength being her “ability to think of creative solutions”. Natasha recently appeared on the BBC discussing Brexit and the position of EU nationals.
Natasha has particular expertise in prevention of illegal working strategies and working with employers providing solutions focussed immigration advice essential in a fast based business environment. Natasha acts for high profile clients from major multinationals to start-up businesses and individuals in a broad range of sectors including exclusive fashion, retail and entertainment organisations.
Natasha has won Silver at the Powerwomen Awards 2017 for business services.
Adrian Whitehead is the General Counsel for HotelServices UK &Ireland at AccorHotels. He joined the company in 2016 after a 30-year career in legal counsel and private practice roles.
Before joining Accor, Adrian spent 12 years as Group Legal Director and Company Secretary at Brakes, a leading supplier to the catering industry in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden. Prior to that Adrian worked for 8 years in various legal roles at Nestle UK Ltd. He has also enjoyed spells as a corporate solicitor at Woolwich Building Society and Trafalgar House plcafter beginning his career at Clifford Chance LLP.
A highly experienced legal leader, Adrian’s experience includes M&A, corporate financing and restructuring, contract review and negotiation, outsourcing, anti-trust, dispute resolution, insolvency, IP, IT, data protection and privacy.
Ava Farshidi is Assistant General Counsel at David Yurman. Prior to that, she served in the same role at Rebecca Minkoff. She also spent time at Stuart Weitzman and at a law firm focusing on intellectual property and advertising issues for several fashion brands.
She has several publications on emerging issues in the fashion law industry and is the author of The New Retail Experience and Its Unaddressed Privacy Concerns: How RFID and Mobile Location Analytics are Collecting Customer Information and China’s Role in Well-Known Marks Protection: It’s Now or Never…or Dilution. Ava is involved with numerous organisations and committees including the New York City Bar’s Fashion Law Committee and volunteers at God’s Love We Deliver. She is an avid vintage collector and considers a vintage Bill Blass coat and Christian Dior sunglasses her greatest finds.
As a well-known sports media commentator and pundit for Sky and ITV, Matt is the perfect addition to Mackrell Turner Garrett’s multi-discipline luxury law team. Clubs and sporting organisations maintain extensive brands, which have values in the billions of pounds. With this background, he is ideally placed to provide practical comment on image rights, trademark infringement, intellectual property and a range of other practical issues.