• Andrew Ballheimer

    Partner, Allen & Overy London

    Andrew is Co-Head of the Global Corporate practice and has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate finance transactions. He 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. Andrew is based in the London office and has previously worked in New York for nine years and Tokyo for two years.

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  • Josh Bayliss

    CEO, Virgin Group

    Josh is CEO of the Virgin Group, based in Geneva.  Virgin Group’s principal activities are management, development and licensing of the Virgin brand globally, management of direct investments on behalf of the Branson family in various branded and unbranded companies around the world, and the incubation and development of new businesses.  The Group also funds the operations of its foundation, Virgin Unite.

    Virgin’s branded businesses operate in five consumer-facing industries: Travel & Transportation, Telecoms & Media, Leisure & Entertainment, Financial Services and Health & Wellness.  Josh has experience as a director in each of these industries, as well as acting on a variety of holding company boards and chairing the Group’s investment committee.

    During Josh’s tenure as CEO the Group has extended its branded investments into the Hotels and Cruise industries, and its non-branded investment portfolio into technology and space-related businesses.

    Josh joined the Group in London in 2005, becoming the Group’s first General Counsel.  In 2009 his efforts were recognised when he was named General Counsel of the Year at the British Legal Awards.

    Following his move to Geneva in 2010 to become more involved in the strategic management of the Group, Josh was named CEO in 2011.

    Josh was born in New Zealand, and holds both NZ and British citizenship.  He is married with two children.  His interests include cycling, skiing, wine, and reading.

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  • Lawson Caisley

    Partner, Allen & Overy London

    Lawson is a partner in the disputes and investigations group in London.  He advises leading FTSE companies and international groups, and has extensive experience of all aspects of complex commercial litigation and investigations, often with an international dimension.  Lawson is ranked as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in the legal directories where comments about him include “steers through investigatory work with aplomb” (Legal 500 2014); “a lawyer who inspires trust…clients know they can rely on him” (Chambers 2013); and “gives his clients a first-class response” (Legal 500 2011).”

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  • Annabelle Croker

    Partner, Allen & Overy London

    Annabelle is a Partner in the Corporate practice in London with extensive experience of advising on merger and acquisition transactions, including public takeovers (both recommended and hostile), private acquisitions and disposals including a number of complex cross-border transactions, joint ventures and equity capital markets transactions.  Annabelle has spent time on secondment to the Hong Kong office and also on secondment to the Investment Banking Division of a major U.S. investment bank.

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  • Samir Desai

    CEO and Co-Founder, Funding Circle

    Samir is responsible for driving the company strategy, overseeing the company’s finances and managing the day to day operations at Funding Circle, the leading marketplace for business loans. Samir has worked extensively in the financial services sector.  Before founding Funding Circle, Samir was an Executive at Olivant and a management consultant at BCG advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency. Investors at Funding Circle have now lent over $1.2 billion to 10,000 small businesses in the UK and US. In the UK, investors include 40,000 individuals, the British Business Bank, local councils, universities and financial institutions.

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  • Wim Dejonghe

    Global Managing Partner, Allen & Overy

    Wim was Managing Partner of the Belgian offices from 1996 until his election as Global Managing Partner in May 2008. Up to that date, he also 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. Wim co-wrote the book ‘M&A in Belgium’, the only in-depth and comprehensive legal guide to Belgian M&A transactions. He practised corporate law in Belgium and also practised law in the USA (New York and Washington) and Spain (Barcelona).

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  • Khurshid Fazel

    Partner, Allen & Overy Johannesburg

    Khurshid is a banking and finance partner based in our Johannesburg office. She has developed particular expertise in preference share funding, acquisition finance, asset-backed finance, leverage finance, debt restructuring, structured finance, project finance and formation of and advising private equity funds. She has significant experience in cross-border work including setting up PE finds in Mauritius and advising on finance transactions in sub-Saharan Africa including Uganda, DRC, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya.

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  • Zeyad Khoshaim

    Partner, Zeyad S. Khoshaim Law Firm in association with Allen & Overy LLP Associated Office, Riyadh

    Zeyad Khoshaim is a New York- and Saudi Arabia- qualified lawyer who specialises in advising corporate multinationals on structuring and financing major projects, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in Saudi Arabia. Since 2003, he has advised and led on some of Saudi Arabia’s highest profile energy-, petrochemical- and healthcare- related projects.

    Zeyad leads the capital markets team in Riyadh and has advised on landmark debt and equity capital markets transactions. He is also actively engaged in advising leading commercial and investment banking firms in Saudi Arabia.

    Zeyad has been invited to speak on various topics, including corporate governance matters and has participated in capital markets symposiums.

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  • David Kultgen

    General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Saudi Aramco

    David Kultgen manages the legal organization of the national oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company. He also serves as secretary to its board of directors.

    David’s career with Saudi Aramco has concentrated on transactional and trade law.

    David has held the positions of special counsel, general attorney, associate general counsel and deputy general counsel. He participated as a member of in-house teams responsible for establishing the company’s international oil marketing network, negotiating several of the company’s major downstream joint venture investments, both in Saudi Arabia and internationally in the United States, Europe, and the Far East and was part of a Saudi Aramco team that supported the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in the negotiation of energy related issues during the Kingdom’s successful accession to the World Trade Organization. As general counsel David has overseen the restructuring and expansion of the company’s global legal organization by more than 80% over the past three years.

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  • Allen Leuta

    Director, Allen & Overy Johannesburg

    Allen is a banking and finance counsel based in our Johannesburg office. He has significant experience in banking and finance transactions across a wide range of sectors with a focus on projects. Prior to returning to Allen & Overy, Allen was head of legal in the Africa region for Standard Bank Group where he was responsible for the global management of legal risk across all of the Standard Bank Group’s presence countries in Africa (excluding South Africa).

    Allen’s transactional experience includes advising Standard Bank and other group entities (as lead internal counsel) on various transactions.

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  • Cheri McGuire

    Vice-President, Global Government Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec Corporation

    With more twenty five years of government and industry experience, Ms. McGuire leads Symantec’s global public policy agenda and government engagement strategy that includes cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection (CIP), and privacy.  She currently serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, and on the boards of The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, the US Information Technology Office (USITO) in China, and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

    From 2010 to 2012, she served as Chair of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council – one of 16 critical sectors identified by the President and DHS to partner with the government on CIP and cybersecurity.  She also is a past board member of the IT-ISAC, and a former member of the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

    Ms. McGuire is a frequent presenter on technology policy issues, including testifying numerous times before Congress.  Past positions include:  Director for Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group; Acting Director and Deputy Director of the DHS National Cyber Security Division and US-CERT; program manager at Booz Allen Hamilton; and Congressional staffer.  She holds an MBA from The George Washington University and a BA from the University of California at Riverside.

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  • David Morley

    Senior Partner, Allen & Overy

    David is a banking lawyer with 25 years of transactional experience. In 1998 he became global head of the banking practice. He was elected worldwide Managing Partner, a role akin to CEO, in May 2003, elected worldwide Senior Partner in 2008 and re-elected for a further four year term in 2012.

    David is a member of the Mayor of London’s International Business Advisory Council and a member of the Best Lawyers Advisory Board. He is chairman of Prime, the UK legal profession-wide initiative to provide fair access to quality work experience. In 2012 he was listed as one of the 10 most influential lawyers in the UK by The Times newspaper. In 2013 he was recognised as one of The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer.

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  • Jason van der Poel

    Partner, Allen & Overy Johannesburg

    Jason is a project finance partner based in our Johannesburg office. He has expertise in all aspects of project finance, and has advised clients on limited recourse project financings (including energy, resources and infrastructure financings), public-private partnerships (PPPs), sovereign guarantees, partnerships and joint ventures, construction and operational contracts, power purchase agreements, procurement, syndicated and term loans, bond issues (including municipal debt) and securitisations (domestic and cross-border). Jason is a ranked lawyer in Projects and Energy by Chambers Global from 2012 – 2014 and a leading lawyer in Banking on IFLR1000 in 2011, as well as a legal expert in Projects and Infrastructure on the Legal 500 from 2013-2014.

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  • Tim Scales

    Partner, Allen & Overy Paris

    Head of A&O’s Africa group and Partner in the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure group

    Tim has considerable experience in the project finance sector, with a particular focus on energy and infrastructure projects. He advises sponsors, project companies and lenders in relation to the development and financing of a number of projects in Europe, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle-East.

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  • Sameh Shenouda

    Head of Infrastructure, CDC Group

    Sameh joined CDC in 2013 and is Head of Infrastructure. Prior to that he was Natural Gas Industries Director at Orascom Construction Industries for over 7 years where he headed the development of a $2.3 billion ammonia/urea fertilizers plant in Algeria (including a non-recourse financing of $1.5 billion).

    He also participated in the development of a $600m ammonia plant in Egypt. In 2001, Sameh joined CDC (later Actis) for 4 years and was one of the team members who started the CDC Cairo office. He also led the first Management Buyout in Egypt.  Sameh started his career in investment banking where he worked for Morgan Stanley’s Egypt affiliate for 5 years.

    Sameh attended the International Executive Program at INSEAD. He obtained an MBA from the University of Exeter, an MA in Development Studies and a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

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  • Simon Toms

    Partner, Allen & Overy London

    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 Barclays 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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  • Leen Zaza

    Associate, Zeyad S. Khoshaim Law Firm in association with Allen & Overy LLP Associated Office, Riyadh

    Leen has worked on a number of corporate transactions in the Middle East, including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and general corporate advisory work. She has worked on transactions in the shipping, chemical production, education and heavy equipments and machinery industries.

    Leen has worked with a variety of local Saudi entities on corporate matters and is familiar with a number of regional issues arising from such transactions.

    Prior to joining Allen & Overy as a trainee associate in 2012, Leen spent two months as a legal intern at DLA Piper Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.