Category Archive: 2020

Martin Von Haller

Martin is a partner in Bird & Bird’s Tech, Corporate and Fintech teams, based in Copenhagen. He is a leading expert on open source software, licensing and strategy with respect to open innovation. Over the past 20 years he has been advising on emerging technology from Internet to blockchain and DLT. Recently he has advised a Chinese tech start-up on the strategic and legal issues surrounding the use of blockchain technologies to create a platform for telecoms to provide IoT services over their 5G networks. Martin is the co-founder and -organiser of the Copenhagen Hyperledger and Ethereum/web3 meet-ups.

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Lara Nathans

Lara Nathans is a Partner and Leader of the National Retail & Consumer Markets Group at McCarthy Tétrault. She has a distinguished practice, solely focused on retail- and consumer markets-sector clients, and this unique position is evidenced by her global reputation in the market. Players in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. seek out her strategic, well-informed advice when looking to establish or grow their businesses in Canada. Lara is a sought-after expert in the industry, speaking regularly on business and legal issues affecting luxury brands. She is also the only lawyer in Canada ranked Band 1: Retail in Chambers Canada.

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Miranda Lam

Miranda Lam is the Retail Sector Lead of the National Retail & Consumer Markets Group at McCarthy Tétrault. A litigator and trusted legal and business advisor to retail and consumer-facing organizations, Miranda combines business acumen with finely-honed advocacy experience to achieve success for her clients. She is recognized for her strategic and problem-solving approach, regularly advising luxury brands on litigation claims, claims prevention, consumer protection, internet and e-commerce issues, as well as on their plans for expanding into or operating in Canada. Highly regarded by clients and counsel alike, her strength lies in looking at problems holistically and bringing together integrated teams to address critical issues.

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Julien Dudouit

Julien Dudouit is Global IP Sr. Brand Manager for eBay, responsible for supporting Rights Owners in protecting their Trademarks and Copyrights by managing the Verified Rights Owner program (VeRO) on eBay and Classifieds platforms globally.  Prior to this, Julien was closely involved in implementing eBay’s anti-counterfeit operational strategy.  Julien holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management and has been working on anti-piracy matters for the past fifteen years.

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Annasara Purcell

Annasara Purcell is corporate counsel for brand protection at Amazon. In that role Annasara works closely with brands to ensure that their intellectual property is protected on Amazon, and provides legal support to Amazon’s brand protection programs such as Brand Registry, Project Zero, and Transparency. Prior to joining Amazon Annasara was a litigation associate at Fenwick & West, LLP, where she focused on intellectual property litigation.

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Liam Stefanov

Liam Stefanov holds the current position in the International Division of Fortune International Group for the last 6 years, being one of its initial members. Main line of work is managing a number of partnerships with foreign agencies and their clients and overseeing Fortune’s operations in Italy. Liam is proactively selling and marketing Fortune’s new construction portfolio through events & webinars globally.

Fortune International Group is a full-service, fully integrated real estate organization, specialized both in general real estate and new construction. Its unique position in the South Florida marketplace is a result of a track record of successful development projects and exclusive on-site sales and marketing representations. Among current projects: MISSONI Baia & Ritz Carlton Residences Sunny Isles.

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Craig Robins

Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and art collector based in Miami, Florida. As the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company he founded in 1987, Robins focuses on developing creative communities that integrate art, design and architecture to accelerate asset value creation and enrich urban life. Dacra has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential and mixed-use projects in Miami’s history, including South Beach, the Lincoln Road area, Allison Island and currently, the Miami Design District. The latter is an 18-square block neighborhood dedicated to fashion, design and art that incorporates the work of emerging and established architects, site-specific public art and the stores by the world’s most significant luxury brands.


In the late 80’s through the early 1990s, Robins played an integral role in the repositioning and revitalization of Miami’s South Beach through Dacra’s restoration of Art Deco landmarks, and the creation of new commercial and cultural opportunities. He realized that creative public programming would rapidly foster a sense of community, and his projects were defined in part by performances, public art and dynamic events that were inclusive of residents and visitors to the area. In parallel, Dacra also developed mixed-use projects throughout South Beach including Lincoln Road and Espanola Way, and later acquired an 8.5 acre parcel of land on Allison Island where they created a New Urbanist residential community, AQUA featuring contemporary art and modern architecture. The rapid appreciation of the asset value of the Miami Beach properties was attributable in part to Robins’ strategy of defining Dacra’s projects as destinations in the national and international conversation, a strategy he continues to employ today.


Robins began acquiring property in the once-abandoned Miami Design District almost twenty years ago, and in 2000 set about transforming the neighborhood into one of the most important global centers for cutting-edge design, fashion, food and art – a position it occupies today. In 2010, Dacra entered into a partnership with L Real Estate to further develop the Miami Design District by forming Miami Design District Associates (MDDA), a partnership between Dacra and L Real Estate, a private equity fund focused on luxury retail globally sponsored by LVMH. In 2014, a minority percentage of MDDA was sold to a joint venture between real estate companies GGP and AAC, who are adding their additional acumen and resources to the project.


In 2005, the neighborhood’s rapid renewal inspired the creation of Design Miami/ and subsequently Design Miami/ Basel, design fairs that have evolved into the world’s premier global forum for collectible design. Robins is the Chairman of the show, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel. Both Design Miami/ events occur concurrently with Art Basel and are cross promoted.


An avid collector and supporter of the arts and architecture, Mr. Robins is also the Founder and Chairman of the Anaphiel Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education. Among other initiatives, Anaphiel created the Miami Design District Performance Series presented by the Knight Foundation. The live event series is produced by 19-time Grammy© Award winning producer Emilio Estefan in collaboration with Maestro Eduardo Marturet (Miami Symphony Orchestra) and offers free concerts in the Miami Design District; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Perez Art Museum Miami; an active supporter of ICA Miami; and a member of the University of Miami School of Architecture Master in Real Estate Development and Urbanism Advisory Board. Robins’ long-term commitment to design earned him the 2006 Design Patron award presented at the White House by the First Lady, which recognizes an individual’s patronage of design within the business and civic sectors from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.


Robins was born in Miami Beach in 1963. He attended the University of Barcelona in 1982, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1984, and graduated from the University of Miami law school in 1987. Fluent in Spanish, he and his wife Jackie Soffer are the parents of six children.

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Federica Pietrogrande

As Managing Director, Federica Pietrogrande has both a business and legal role.

Federica is a member of the Investment & Finance team with a focus on the development of Gordon Brothers’ special situations strategy across Europe, which utilises a highly flexible and opportunistic approach for alternative debt and equity investments, involving companies in distress or in need of capital solutions.  Federica’s focus is on structuring the deal and is committed to the entire lifecycle of the investment from origination through exit.

Federica also manages Gordon Brothers’ legal strategy in Europe – and supports the international business.  She works with the business divisions, across all jurisdictions, to structure and manage deals, addressing specific legal issues, qualifying, quantifying and mitigating the relevant risks involved.

Before joining Gordon Brothers in early 2018, Federica practiced law for 15 years in major international law firms in Italy and abroad, specialising in corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, with a focus on distressed investing and cross-border transactions. She now brings her experience to unlock opportunities in different jurisdictions.

Federica has a law degree from Rome Universita’ La Sapienza and an LL.M in Banking, Corporate and Finance from New York Fordham Law School. She is also a member of the International Insolvency Institute.

Federica is a native Italian speaker and fluent in English.

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Bojana Sentaler

Born in Belgrade, Bojana Sentaler moved to Toronto at the age of eight. While sketching fashion designs from a young age was her passion, Bojana decided to obtain a university degree in Marketing and Finance.

After graduating from the prestigious Schulich School of Business, her fast-paced career led her to travel the globe, ultimately resulting in an influential encounter with late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.

Inspired by his wisdom and the diverse vibrancy and beauty of her journeys, Bojana went back to exploring her true passion for fashion and design. While living in Peru, Bojana discovered the beautiful alpaca fibre and fell in love with its lightweight and warm features.

In 2009 she launched the luxury outerwear brand, SENTALER.

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