Carole Basri is the Corporate Compliance Advisor at Fordham Law School, as well as an adjunct professor at Fordham, and the President of the Corporate Lawyering Group, LLC., which advises on corporate compliance programs, and has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations including The Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. Previously, Professor Basri taught Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, at NY University Law School, and others. She has also lectured abroad, including at Hebrew University Law School; the Iraq Studies Institute in Beirut, Lebanon; at Cairo University School of Law, and at Tsinghua Law School in China. She is also on the Academic Committee of the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy. Earlier in her career, Carole Basri worked as in-house counsel for N.W. Ayer, Inc.; Maidenform, Inc.; and China-On-Line, Inc, and consulted for the Perrier Group, Inc. and Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where she helped to create their ethics and compliance practice. For ten years, she served as a member of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Corporate General Counsel Advisory Committee, and co-chair of the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) Conferences on Corporate Compliance and on Advanced Corporate Compliance. In addition, she has served on numerous committees and lawyers’ associations in New York and internationally, dedicated to corporate counsel and compliance issues. She has also authored several books including Corporate Legal Departments, and International Corporate Practice published by the Practicing Law Institute; E-Discovery for Corporate Counsel, published by West Publishing; and Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance, published by Lexis Nexis. Professor Basri is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and NYU School of Law.
Blake Bailey obtained his Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School in 1973. He is a prominent Texas attorney with over 35 years of practice experience, between 150-200 jury trials and over 40 appellate cases tried. He has received verdicts on subjects ranging from medical malpractice, consumer protection, environmental protection, product liability, industrial disease, to automobile accidents. Professor Bailey has been listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in America. He was also featured on the television series "America's Premier Lawyers." He has authored several professional articles on topics related to workers compensation, sexual abuse law and more, plus, for pleasure he authored three published novels. In the course of his career, he has taught guest lectures and seminars at Baylor Law School, South Texas College of Law, and Houston Law School, as well as giving short courses in American law and dispute resolution at law schools in Udmurtia and Perm. In 2010, Blake Bailey limited his private practice to run as a candidate for the Supreme Court of Texas. Although he didn't win, his loss is Pericles' gain, because this freed his time to spend a whole semester in Russia. At Pericles taught Professional Responsibility and other topics as a visiting professor in the Fall Semester of 2011. He is also continuing his practice as "Of Counsel" with the Martin Walker Law Firm in Texas. For a link to Professor Bailey’s work on a code of ethics for Russian lawyers, please see: http://www.bailey-law.com/rusian-litigation/
Bruce Bean has a B.A. in international relations from Brown University and his J.D. from Columbia. Bruce practiced law for over 20 years in New York and California before moving to Moscow in 1995 to be managing partner of Coudert Brothers' Moscow office. Between 1998 and 2002, Bruce was the Head of the Corporate Department for Clifford Chance in Moscow. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2003 and was a founding director of the Institute of Corporate Law and Governance. Bruce taught the Business Organizations course in the spring 2003 semester and returned to Moscow in 2005 to teach International Business Transactions, and in 2010 to teach Emerging Markets in the University of San Diego summer program. Now a Professor in Residence at Michigan State College of Law, when in Moscow Bruce continues to teach at Pericles on a visiting professor basis.
Anatoly Beresnevich was educated at Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages (Now Moscow State Linguistic University) in the 1980s and at the Columbia School of Journalism (1995). Starting professional life as an Intourist Guide in the 1980s, Anatoly found nothing but opportunity in the opening up of the U.S.S.R. to the West. He soon became a translator for U.S. News & World Report, then for the American Bar Association, and finally went freelance in 1996. Since then his career has taken him to simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and translating for the U.S. Embassy and multiple departments of the U.S. government, the British Embassy, the American Bar Association, the Ford Foundation, the Soros Foundation, the WTO, and the G8, as well as for private law firms. He became a specialist in simultaneously interpreting court sessions in Russia and America. He has interpreted at the Supreme Court and Constitutional Courts of Russia, as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also interpreted speeches at the World Bank (Washington, D.C.) the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Congress. He has worked for numerous ambassadors and statesmen, including such U.S. luminaries as Condoleeza Rice, and Dr. Henry Kissinger. And in all his work, Anatoly keeps a sense of humor and irony that engages and entertains. At Pericles, Anatoly teaches 'Approaching Legal English course' designed for the low-intermediate and intermediate English level students.
Samuel A. Bleicher is currently Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law School and the Principal of The Strategic Path LLC, through which he consults on strategic decision making. Since 2007 he has taught law and lectured at various law schools in Russia and China on a wide variety of topics, mostly to foreign students, including Chinese judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. From 1981 to 2001, he was a Principal in Miles & Stockbridge P.C. and other law firms, where he worked on legislative and regulatory matters. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Bleicher was a State Department official responsible for developing and implementing strategic funding initiatives to build and maintain US diplomatic facilities. From 1977 to 1981, he held various positions in the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, including Deputy General Counsel. He served as Deputy Director for Regulation & Enforcement in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency from 1972 to 1975. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Rosemary Bointon has a wide range of experience in financial and corporate transactions. Qualified as an English solicitor, she now works in Moscow but has worked in London, Brussels, Kyiv, Tbilisi and Vienna. She has advised the British and Czech governments on public private partnerships as well as advising banks and companies on their projects. She has worked on projects with a number of international development agencies. She has taught courses on legal issues in Tanzania and at MGU in Moscow. She was editor of the DLA Piper European PPP Report published with the European PPP Expertise Centre (based in the European Investment Bank) in November 2009. She advises on off shore transactions, restructuring, project finance, infrastructure, and other concessions. Rosemary has two grown up children. She enjoys living in new countries and learning about their culture and languages. She is keen on skiing and passionate about sailing. She taught PPP Project Finance at Pericles as an adjunct professor.
Michael Bott is the head of the banking and finance practice group at Linklaters in Moscow. Prior to Linklaters, he worked for Allen & Overy in London and for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York. Professor Bott has a general debt finance practice which encompasses a broad mix of acquisition financings, sovereign lending, real estate financings, private placements, syndicated loans, project financings, securitizations, trade finance and restructuring & insolvency. Recently, he advised 30 international banks on their restructuring of various syndicated debt facilities for Mechel, as well as lenders and borrowers on various financings for Gazprom, VimpelCom, Evraz, LUKoil and Norilsk Nickel. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He is dual-qualified as both a New York and English lawyer.
Patrick J. Brooks is a Senior Associate at the law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey's Moscow office. He has a diverse corporate practice focused on cross-border transactions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance in Russia. He has represented both US and Russian companies in numerous M&A and investment ventures. Mr. Brooks focused the first 7 years of his legal career on corporate restructuring matters and U.S. bankruptcy law and has extensive experience in providing strategic counsel to distressed businesses, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers and investors in connection with the restructuring and reorganization of distressed companies and the acquisition and divestiture and their assets. Mr. Brooks served as lead associate for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Enron Corp. in litigation seeking to avoid billions of dollars in transfers related to highly complex financing structures involving Enron and one of its tier-one banks. He leads the Mergers & Acquisitions Master Class at Pericles and team teaches Business Organizations with Professor Webb.
Peter Brophy is a British lawyer who graduated in Modern Languages from Cambridge University in 1991 before studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University. He then obtained postgraduate qualifications in EU law and sports law from King's College, London. Mr. Brophy was admitted as a solicitor in 1995, and has worked for law firms in London and Manchester as well as undertaking placements in the Paris and Brussels offices of two of his employers. He also spent six years as a UK government lawyer. He has worked as a lawyer for major firms in Russia, handling knowledge management and training as well as client matters. He is currently employed by Pepeliaev Group, where he helps to draft legal documents in English and is responsible for advising on English law issues. Peter also runs the popular Blog Legal-English-Russia to discuss matters of interest to Russian speakers who work with and draft legal documents in English.
Sergey Budylin is a senior lawyer at Roche & Duffay, where he has been advising on tax issues since 1993. He taught tax planning at the Higher School of Economics from 2005-2009. Mr. Budylin got his LLM, with honors, from Pericles in 2007, where he was the valedictorian of his class. Many of you I’m sure will remember him, as he still enjoys attending Pericles classes from time-to-time to expand his areas of knowledge. In addition to his Pericles degree, Mr. Budylin also holds a Candidate of Science in Physics from Moscow State University, a Diploma in business from Russian American Independent University (American University in Moscow), and a first law degree from the Russian Academy of Investment Specialists (GASIS). He is the author of numerous articles on tax and intellectual property issues, including several well-read English language articles on various topics of Russian law and comparative Russian-US law that have been published in prestigious US law journals.
Donald Cannon graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle. He began his professional life working first as translator for business concerns involved in commerce with the USSR, soon acting as negotiator and commercial representative as East-West trade increased. During this time, he also participated enthusiastically in citizen diplomacy and the Sister Cities Program. After the dissolution of the USSR, Donald embraced the economic changes taking place in Russia and, following the then-popular trend, he helped create several joint ventures. In the 1990s, he also established and managed a new business venture in Russia and was responsible for all of its operations, including complex technical issues. Donald ardently supports cultural diversity and has always advocated for pinpointing and interpreting societal differences and their underlying realities; he believes this to be as important as interpreting words and ideas. Operating on this conviction, he has supplied in-depth Russian company profiles to Western investors, mediated in contract negotiations and edited English-language website for Russian businesses. Wherever Donald has been throughout his career, he has always taught English, also using the principle that experiencing cultural differences is the root of language acquisition. To grasp English fully, we need to perceive its culture from the inside out. Traditional instruction in Russia, however, typically explains English and its culture from the outside in. Donald’s approach is to restore the inside-out flow and to give students a sudden “Aha!” experience uniting both language and culture.
Dustin Chaviano is from Chicago, Illinois. He spent ten years working in finance at the Chicago Board of Trade as a commodities broker, moving through various companies and positions on the busy trading floor. After the 2008 financial crisis, he left finance and decided to pursue an early love of teaching. He retrained as a teacher and then took a first teaching position Wuxi, China, teaching children from a very young age through high school. He recently moved to Moscow to work with a new, private school here, and to round out his schedule and keep a little bit of adult contact and business communication into the mix, he has agreed to teach TOEFL listening and speaking here at Pericles. Dustin holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Loyola University, Chicago, as well as various certificates in futures and options, and trading strategies. His personal interests are in American sports and movies.
David Collins is a senior lecturer at City Law School of City University, London, where he teaches international economic law specializing in the law of the World Trade Organization and international investment law. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation at Maastricht University, a frequent Visiting Professor at the ESADE Law School in Barcelona and a Current Development Editor for the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law. He has been a Visiting Fellow at a number of academic institutions including the Institute of International Economic Law of Georgetown University, the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, the University of Sydney Law School, the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, and most recently Columbia Law School in New York. He holds a B.A. and a J.D.from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc. and a BCL (Master of Laws) from Oxford, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in law from Maastricht University. Apart from academic qualifications, David Collins has been a practicing attorney and a Crown Prosecutor in Canada, is a U.K. solicitor and is admitted to the Bars of Ontario and New York. He will be visiting at Pericles in Summer 2012 and teaching W.T.O. law while he works on a book on foreign direct investment from emerging markets in services. In July of 2012 Professor Collins was asked to write an article for the Economist’s Forum on Russia’s Accession to the WTO.
Robert W. Courtney is an American lawyer and business executive with over 25 years’ experience as a principal in or advisor to the development and management of new ventures in Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, China, Taiwan, and Japan, together with 10 years’ experience as a practicing American lawyer. His international business and legal experience includes franchising, cross-border joint ventures, retail, real estate, healthcare services, travel, and information technology. Russia and franchise-specific experience includes: Retail Profile Russia, the first outsource provider of commercialization services to the retail industry in Russia, and licensee of LSE-listed Space and People PLC. Founder, US Dental Care, market-leading operator of dental clinics in Russia. Co-founder, Century 21 Real Estate, owner and developer of the Century 21 master franchise for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Co-founder, Newbridge Group, a transaction advisory, partner search, and market entry consulting firm representing global brands and franshisors in establishing their businesses in Russia; representative clients included Burger King, Yum! Brands, Thomas Pink, Tally Weijl, Carls Jr., Lee Cooper, Le Pain Quotidien, Peek & Cloppenburg, Maredo, and Nuskin. Advisory Board member, Le Pain Quotidien restaurants in Russia, master licensee and developer of the popular French café concept in the former Soviet Union.He has an international MBA from Thunderbird Global School of Management, a JD from Stetson University College of Law, and a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He is a Board and Executive Committee member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. He speaks fluent Russian and has elementary or working proficiencies in Spanish, French, and Chinese. https://ru.linkedin.com/in/robertcourtney
Sergei Danilov obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia). A native of St.Petersburg, Russia, he spent past 25 years in various parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, and Central America, and speaks several languages. Currently he heads international practice at FPI Legal, a boutique law firm in Moscow with a network of partners around the globe, where he assists start-ups in entering international markets and raising capital (including via crowdfunding and ICOs) and provides advice to mature companies concerning negotiations, contract performance, dispute resolution, due diligence, and pre-IPO procedures. At Pericles he teaches Transactional Lawyering.
Marian Dent is the Dean of Pericles Center for International Legal Education, which runs an LLM program as well as legal skills programs for Russian practicing lawyers. Dean Dent teaches courses in legal writing, international business transactions, contract law and economic sanctions law. In addition to teaching law and directing the program, she also created Pericles’ texts on legal writing and legal English, helped develop materials for GMAT and TOEFL preparation, and occasionally teaches the logic section of the GMAT. Professor Dent obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1988. After graduating Ms. Dent joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, and worked there for four years in the fields of East-West and international trade, securities and general business law. She moved to Moscow in 1992 to direct the Moscow office of the American Bar Association, CEELI Project. After leaving CEELI, she taught legal writing, and intro to American Law, at the Russian Law Academy of the Russian Ministry of Justice from 1995-1998, and started the first Russian Jessup International Moot Court competition. She has also taught from time to time at Moscow University Touro, the American Institute of Business & Economics, and for ten years taught an introductory course in Russian Law for visiting students from the University of San Diego Law School. She was one of the founders of Pericles, and became Dean in 2002.
Edward Donovan graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and then received his J.D. from Southwestern University and in 1989, he began practicing with the Intellectual Property firm of Sheldon & Mak, before eventually forming his own firm with others. Mr. Donovan has spent many hours in U.S. Federal Courts litigating intellectual property claims for clients and representing their interests before the USPTO. Mr. Donovan has also represented various clients in general business affairs and U.S. Customs law, particularly in the international fashion and accessories industry. Mr. Donovan also teaches skiing and is a strong outdoor enthusiast. Mr. Donovan is teaching Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law at Pericles. He is a member of the Colorado Bar.
Eric Engle is an academic with a B.A., Queen's (Canada), J.D. St. Louis, (U.S.A.), D.E.A. Paris II, D.E.A. Paris X (France), LL.M., Dr.Jur. Bremen, (Germany). Dr. Engle has over sixty law review publications as well as several books in print. He works as a research aid and legal translator at Harvard Law School. Dr. Engle has taught law at the Creapole-ESDI, France, Universitaet Bremen, Germany, and Tartu University, Estonia. Eric Engle taught European Union Law, Law and Economics, Advanced Legal Reasoning and Legal English in the 2010-11 academic year.
Engelke, Paul Richard
Paul Richard Engelke is an advocate practicing at the Pretoria Bar in South Africa. He graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1991 with a B-Juris and immediately started working as a Public Prosecutor.
In 1995 the Department of Justice relocated him to Pretoria. While in Pretoria he enrolled at the University of Pretoria where he graduated with a LLB. He completed the Law School for attorneys in 2001 and practiced as an attorney for a year. In 2002 he was admitted as an Advocate to the High Court of SA. In 2003 he worked for the Special Investigation Unit of the National Prosecution Authority where he spent 12 years specializing in the investigation and prosecution of Fraud, Corruption and Serious Commercial Crimes. He also headed up the Anti-Money Laundering unit of the SIU, it was during his time at the SIU that he was invited and attended a Forensic Investigation Course at the Russian Federal Detectives Collage, in Moscow.
From 2015 he shared his time between his advocate duties and giving lectures to students in Criminal law and Forensic Investigations in Pretoria. Mr Engelke also completed the CELTA course and teaches English as a foreign language.
Floudas, Demetrius A. M.-Alexander
Demetrius Floudas obtained his LL.B. from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Diploma in European Legal Practice from the University in Hannover and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, where he is a Senior Associate in European and International Law at Hughes Hall College, delivering lectures on European Law and supervising Cambridge graduate students in International Law and International Relations. Professor Floudas has also taught at the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). In addition to teaching, Demetrius is Senior Manager of IKRP Rokas & Partners Law Firm office. For three years he was the Team Leader for the EU Project assisting in Russia's entry into the WTO. He taught European Union Law and Legal English at Pericles on an adjunct Professor basis until moving back to Athens to take a position advising the government on privatisation issues. He has subsequently continued his International Legal Counsel role, with a number of appointments advising governments, public authorities and private clients in various countries. Prof. Floudas is a Visiting Professor at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University & Deputy Director of the Annual Legal Skills Summer School in Kaliningrad. He also teaches the course on 'European Law of Finance' for the Masters in International Financial Law at MGIMO. He returns to Pericles to lecture a few times a year, including directing the Oral Skills & Advocacy section of the Jessup Summer School.
Art Franczek is the president of the American Institute of Business & Economics (AIBEc), a top ranked Western style MBA program in Russia. He holds an MBA, a CPA and a Masters of Science in Taxation from DePaul University in Chicago, and worked as Corporate Tax Manager for seven years with a Fortune 1000 company dealing with federal and international tax issues involving 25 countries. He has several published articles on taxation issues, and has taught tax accounting, tax policy, comparative taxation and similar courses to business students for the past 20 years. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Tax Committee, and Co-Chair of the Customs Committee, and in between teaching for AIBEc he is a frequently conference speaker on comparative taxation and tax accounting issues at various institutions and businesses around the world. He teaches Intro to U.S. Tax Law at Pericles.
Robert ("Rob") Hawkins is a Senior Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Hunton & Williams, a multi-national law firm with over 800 lawyers in the U.S. and in London, Brussels, Bangkok, Beijing and Tokyo. Mr. Hawkins has devoted the bulk of his time over the past two decades to international arbitration proceedings in London, Paris, Washington, and Singapore, representing state-owned companies, private investors, and commercial entities from East Africa, the Balkans, China, and the United States in proceedings before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID"), the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC"), and the Singapore International Arbitration Center ("SIAC"). He has also had extensive experience as a trial and appellate litigator in U.S. federal and state courts. Mr. Hawkins obtained his B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College (1971), an LLB from Cambridge University (1973), and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law (1976). He has taught International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Richmond (Virginia) School of Law and has also been a visiting lecturer at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania (2012) and at FAMA College in Pristina, Kosovo. Mr. Hawkins is married to Rebecca Carr, a teacher of philosophy at George Washington University and at American University , both located in Washington, DC. They have three grown children and one grand-daughter. Hr. Hawkins is a full-time visiting Professor at Pericles in the Spring of 2014, where is teaching International Commercial Arbitration and other courses.
Roger Hiatt is the Principal of Hiatt, LLC where he practices International Business and Trade. He has practiced in the area of international business since 1984 and assists clients in a variety of situations, including structuring international business transactions; drafting international agreements; compliance with international trade laws, including U.S. import and export regulations; organizing international trade finance, including EXIM Bank financing, letter of credit agreements and related matters; handling business-related immigration issues; and establishing and maintaining offshore financial entities. Roger is a frequent speaker and writer, and conducts seminars and presentations on international business and international law issues for other professional, business, and community groups. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law from 1996-2002, and an adjunct professor at the same university’s Bloch School of Business from 2003 through the present. Additionally, he has been a visiting professor at the European Teaching University Law Faculty in Tbilisi, and at Sapientia University in Romania. He has judged in the VIS and in both regional and international rounds of the Jessup. He holds a J.D. from Washburn University, and LL.M. degrees from Columbia University and Boston University.
Tom Humpage graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Southampton in 2000. Upon graduation he worked in the Technology Media and Telecoms department of Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) in the City of London. After a year Tom decided that the life of a full time City lawyer was not for him. He retrained as a teacher of English as a foreign language and moved to Genoa in Italy where he combined teaching English and working as an in house legal consultant for Alsaldo Energia, a power plant producer. On his return to London, Tom spent several years teaching intensive business and legal English courses to foreign executives, lawyers and other professionals. This led him to develop an interest in business and managing people which inspired him to do a postgraduate in Human Resources Management. In July 2013, Tom moved abroad again, this time to Moscow, and he's been here ever since. Tom taught Legal English & English Law at Pericles in the 2014-15 academic year, and is teaching Introduction to English Law at Pericles again in Spring 2017.
Jennifer Josefson is a member of King & Spalding's Global Transactions Practice Group. She specializes in Russian and international transactions in the energy and natural resources sector, regularly advising clients on M&A and joint venture arrangements, joint operating agreements (JOAs), concessions, PSAs, farm-ins, supply and service agreements and international arbitration in the subsoil and energy sectors. She is ranked as one of the top energy and natural resource lawyers in Russia by Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer, and the Who's Who of International Oil and Gas Lawyers. Ms. Josefson is a Vice President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and was the founding regional director of AIPN's CIS Chapter, from 2005 to 2008.
Soroush Kafiabadi graduated with an LL.B. from King's College London and LL.M. from University of London. He has since been practicing in a mediation-arbitration capacity at the Financial Ombudsman Service based in London, UK. The Financial Ombudsman Service is an entity established by parliament to mediate financial disputes between financial institutions and their clients. Mr. Kafiabadi's work involves seeking resolution to all financial disputes (from banking, investment and insurance sectors) without recourse to formal legal proceeding before the courts. In his spare time Mr. Kafiabadi coaches UK law students in international law and mooting skills for the Jessup, and has come to Russia several times to judge the Russian regional Jessup competition. Mr. Kafiabadi will be coming again to Russia in November 2011 to teach a short course in Mediation Skills at Pericles.
Demos Katsis is a Corporate Counsel, Partner and Managing Director of KATSIS LLC, Law Firm based in Cyprus. He was a partner at Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. before establishing in Limassol the innovative law firm KATSIS LLC, consisted of experienced Greek and Russian persons. He specialises in contractual drafting and consulting on corporate and tax strategies. His main areas of practice are contractual and company matters, construction, trusts and estate planning, tax, and intellectual property matters. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Bristol, an LLM degree from the University of Bristol, a Diploma in Professional Legal Skills from City University and MA from the University of Malta. He was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2003 and is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association. He is the author of several articles and a regular speaker in tax conferences, intellectual property conferences and immovable property conferences organised by various organisations. Mr Katsis was assistant National Rapporteur for Cyprus for the EU Project on Unfair Commercial Practices in the new Member States for the year 2005-2006 undertaken by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and he was also assistant National Rapporteur for Cyprus for the EU Project on Legalization of Public Documents undertaken by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a visiting professor at Pericles, engaged to teach Anglo Saxon and International Trust law, and also an occassional guest seminar presenter on issues related to offshore and Cyprus business planning.
Steffen Kaufmann is a corporate partner at DLA Piper's Moscow office and has been working in the Russian legal market for over 13 years. Steffen studied in Freie Universität Berlin, University of Cape Town and BPP Law School in London. He is a German-qualified lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Steffen has extensive experience advising international and Russian clients on a wide range of M&A transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and group reorganisations. Steffen is recommended for corporate and real estate by the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 guides. His client portfolio includes companies from various industry sectors including manufacturing, natural resources, banks, retail, transportation, pharmaceutics as well as real estate developers and investors. Steffen speaks German, English and Russian.
Michael Kosnitzky is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, in charge of its Tax and Middle Market Practice Group. He is listed in Chambers USA as a leader in the field of tax law, in the publication the Best Lawyers in America in Tax Law and in the Florida and New York-Metro editions of Super Lawyers in Tax. Mr. Kosnitzky's practice includes representation of both domestic and foreign high net worth individuals and companies. He has represented many international clients in both taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, business combinations, equity and debt financing, corporate joint ventures and other strategic alliances. He is not only a lawyer but a former practicing certified public accountant with a national accounting firm. He is currently the Chair of the American Bar Association's National Conference of Lawyers and CPA's. Mr. Kosnitzky has authored numerous articles in U.S. tax journals. He has been a member of the Adjunct Tax Faculty at the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Tax Program, and is a frequent lecturer for the University of Miami, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and numerous other organizations.
Robert G. Levy is a retired lecturer in antitrust law from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Levy obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and immediately began his specialty as a prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. After cutting his teeth with the government, he entered private practice in antitrust, where he quickly became partner with Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman in Baltimore, and later with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C. In 1990, Mr. Levy took up a part time academic career, teaching Anti-Trust Law & Economics at Yale University, and then at John’s Hopkins University, where he remained until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Levy has been a frequent lecturer and panelist at numerous antitrust conferences, including seminars for the American Bar Association and for New York Law Journal. He is also interested in intellectual property law and litigation. Mr. Levy is visiting with Pericles to teach Antitrust Law in conjunction with Torsten Syrbe for the fall semester of 2011.
Vladimir Lissniak is president of Pericles, has extensive experience in public, private and NGO sectors, diplomatic service, law practice, and academic activity. He has worked as a consultant in the Moscow Mayor’s Office, the Administration of the Moscow Oblast, and the State and Law Department of the RF President’s Administration. He has been practicing law privately for the last 30 years in human rights, real estate, land law, family law, citizenship law, commercial law for Russian and foreign clients in courts of general and special jurisdiction in a number of countries and Strasbourg court of human rights. Mr. Lissniak has taught American Business Law, Banking Law, Negotiations for Lawyers, Negotiations for Businesspeople and other courses in the Institute of International Law of the Russian Ministry of Justice, MGIMO, Higher School of Economics, University of San Diego (California), the American Institute of Business and Economics (AIBEC), Moscow University Touro, Immanuel Kant Baltic State University. He was chief editor of the Russian edition of “The Banking Law” by prof. Gavalda and prof. Stoufflet (France).
James Mandel is a graduate of Yale Law School and has a Ph.D. in Russian history from Columbia University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. For the last twenty years his practice has been devoted entirely to Russia. In 1990 he opened the Moscow office of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (now Dewey & LeBoeuf ) and was its managing partner during the period 1992-1994. He advised foreign investors on all aspects of doing business in post-Soviet Russia, particularly in the areas of real estate and natural resources. In 2003, shortly after leaving LeBoeuf, he joined Ernst & Young in Moscow, first as the head of EY Law’s M&A practice and then as general counsel to Ernst & Young in the CIS. In January 2010, he retired from the position of general counsel and remains employed at Ernst & Young in a consulting capacity.
Marshall, Christina M. Pan
Christina M. Pan Marshall has worked as a securities lawyer since 1998. She began her practice as a litigator for Sidley Austin LLP in New York where she represented large financial services companies in complex federal and state litigation and in connection with inquires by regulators. In 2005, she joined the United States Securities and Exchange Commission as a Senior Attorney in the Enforcement Division where she was responsible for investigating violations of the U.S. securities laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ms. Marshall was responsible for successfully investigating several high profile cases, including the Commission's action in 2011 against Fannie Mae in connection with its role in the financial crisis of 2008. Ms. Marshall received her B.A. from Skidmore College in 1994 and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1998. She teaches Securities Regulation Law at Pericles.
Victor Matchekhin heads the tax practice of Linklaters, in Moscow, and also teaches tax and financial law at Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy (MGUA). He has extensive experience advising international investors on taxation issues relating to setting up and structuring of their operations in Russia, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, M&As, IPOs and other corporate and financial operations. Professor Matchekhin also advises Western investors on the application of double tax treaties in Russia and on tax litigation. He serves as the Executive Secretary of the Russian Branch of the International Fiscal Association, and is a frequent organizer and speaker at IFA events. Professor Matchekhin holds degrees from the Plehkanov Institute and from MGUA, and a Candidate degree from the Russian School of Private Law. Professor Matchekhin is going to be co-teaching the International Tax Planning course at Pericles this Spring with his colleague, Stafford Smiley.
Thomas McDonald is a recently retired partner from White & Case with over 30 years' experience in international financial transactions. He has been with White & Case for many years, mainly in the Paris office, and with three years in the Moscow office from 2011 through 2013. Mr. McDonald has been instrumental in organizing a legal ethics seminar for Russian law students in Moscow, co-sponsored by White &Case, DLA Piper, Moscow State University and PILnet. It is now in its sixth year. He also recently led the efforts of White & Case to set up a similar program in Ghana in conjunction with Fordham University and the judicial service of Ghana. During his years in the practice of law, Mr. McDonald specialized in asset and equipment finance. He acted for commercial banks, lessors, lessees and equity participants in cross-border transactions with respect to aircraft, vessels and other equipment. He is experienced in all aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting such transactions. He holds a J.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans and a BCL from Oxford University. He is a member of the bar in Louisiana, New York and Paris. Pericles is proud to have Mr. McDonald visiting for the fall of 2016 and teaching the Introduction to American Law course and the Professional Responsibility course.
McNeely, Hugh E.
Hugh E. McNeely is an American lawyer with a wealth of business, legal and trial experience spanning more than 37 years. After graduating from Louisiana State University Law School in 1979, McNeely honed his legal writing skills with a one-year clerkship for a Louisiana appellate court judge before entering the private practice of law in south Louisiana in 1980. McNeely‘s practice included a wide array of legal fields: corporate, banking, finance, property and business transactions, as well as a robust civil trial and appellate practice in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. McNeely represented the State of Texas against the tobacco companies in the late 1990s that resulted in a multi-billion dollar settlement in favor of the state. McNeely has represented individuals and states in mass tort, class actions and complex litigation in many different venues and jurisdictions involving claims in numerous industries: construction, automotive manufacturing, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical pricing practices, product liability and contract litigation/arbitration. For the past five years, McNeely has been travelling and living abroad, teaching and researching differing cultures for a variety of writing projects. He is joining Pericles in 2017 as a full time professor, teaching various courses related to legal English, legal writing, contract drafting, litigation and arbitration. In his spare time, Hugh enjoys scuba diving and lives an active life, and last year he was even tapped as a food critique and American hamburger expert for Life News Ëó÷øèé ìîñêîâñêèé áóðãåð ïî âåðñèè àìåðèêàíöà.
Moritz Näf is a senior attorney at law at BodmerFischer AG (www.bodmerfischer.ch), a reputable business oriented law firm in Zurich. His practice focuses on commercial and corporate law, and he regularly advises Russian and other foreign clients in relation to their international business activities. Moreover, Moritz has a wide experience in commercial and banking litigation and has represented numerous domestic and international clients in complex disputes before state courts. Moritz holds a law degree (licentiatus iuris utriusque) from the University of Basel, Switzerland (1999), and an LL.M. in European Law from the University of Lund, Sweden (2002), and was admitted to the bar in 2001. Before joining BodmerFischer AG, he worked as a litigator at Bär & Karrer in Zurich (2002-2007), as legal counsel at Swiss bank UBS AG (2007-2011) and as senior associate at Umbricht Attorneys at Law (2011-2014). Moritz is a native German speaker, but is also fluent in English, French, Swedish and Norwegian and has a good working knowledge of Russian. At Pericles, he teaches Introduction to EU law.
Thomas D. Nastas is founder of Innovative Ventures, Inc., with offices in Lansing, Michigan and Moscow, Russia. With this company, he has helped to organize venture capital funds in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the CIS. He is also currently an independent director on several boards of directors, including those of Sotsgorbank, the Independent Directors Association, and BPOcom (Moscow), and Suntyco, the Cyprus SPV investment of Tata Coffee (Mumbai) and the EBRD in Grand Tea & Coffee (Moscow). Additionally, he is a member of the global advisory/investment committees of the Larta Institute (Los Angeles) and Softline Venture Partners (Moscow). At Pericles, Mr. Nastas has been an MBA advisor since 2001, helping students gain admission to Berkeley, LSE, Michigan, Chicago, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Wharton, and INSEAD, among others. He also teaches courses in Marketing, Sales Management, and Venture Capital at AIBEC. Professor Nastas holds a B.A., cum laude and an M.B.A., cum laude, both from Michigan State University. To learn more about him, please click on the following link: www.InnovativeVenturesInc.com. You can also see his biography and interview on Russia Today, or read a translated article in Vedomosti.
Len Nebons is the CEO of NebonsLewin Int’l (www.nebonslewin.com), a Moscow based HR consultancy firm. He is also a partner in 4 Entertainment (www.4entertainment.biz), a Hollywood based marketing company for the entertainment industry. A native New Yorker, he spent 20 years on Wall Street with Major Firms before coming to Russia. In Russia he served as Vice Chairman of 3 banks, and as a fund manager. He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and is an ambassador to Russia under Columbia’s Ambassador Program, interviewing and recommending candidates. He also holds a BS degree in Engineering.
Christopher Osakwe holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford, a J.D. from the University of Illinois and a Candidate of Law from Moscow State University. He is a retired professor of comparative law at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he comes to Moscow every Spring to teach and research. Professor Osakwe teaches contract law and tort law at Pericles, and teaching courses on comparative civil law at Moscow State Institute for International Relations and the Higher School of Economics. Professor Osakwe is the co-author of the most popular American textbook on comparative law, is the author of numerous articles on Russian and comparative law, and is the editor of a popular English translation and commentary on the Russian Civil Code. See a synopsis of Professor Osakwe's guest lecture on Comparative Law here.
Antonio Parenti is currently working with the WTO in Geneva. Previously he was a Senior Manager at Severstal and before that was First Secretary at the Delegation of the European Commission in Moscow where he followed the process of accession of Russia to the WTO as well as the macroeconomic and energy questions. He has also worked in the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission, where he was the European negotiator for the accession of various countries to the WTO, including Ukraine, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, and responsible for WTO institutional matters. Mr. Parenti holds a MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C. ( USA ), a LL.M in European Law and a Law Degree both from the University of Bologna ( Italy ). He regularly lectures and writes on WTO issues and he is lecturer of International Trade Law at the University of Bologna. He taught WTO Law and European Law at Pericles before leaving for Geneva in 2009. We hope that he will return from time-to-time to lecture.
Frank Petruzzi practiced law in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1994 and was chief of financial crimes investigation and head of the legal department for an Ohio State agency. Later in private practice, he focussed on business, tax and family law. In 1994, he moved to Russia with the Peace Corps. Since then, working in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg Mr. Petruzzi managed the establishment or reorganization of several complicated projects for clients including the U.S. Government and the UNDP. Now he works worldwide with several Russian and multinational private entities, and specializes in crisis management. He divides his time between Moscow, Madrid and London. At Pericles, Mr. Petruzzi taught Introduction to American Law, Contract Law and Drafting and Secured Transactions until late 2007, and he has returned in 2013 to teach M&A and possibly Legal English. He holds a J.D. from the University of Akron, Ohio.
Karen Porter worked for over 20 years for the Insurance Institute of America (Malvern, PA), where she authored the textbook, The Legal Environment of Insurance, edited another text, Insurance Regulation; worked with a Swiss reinsurer on a special education project; and served as intellectual property and employment law counsel. She was also a Director of Legal Services at Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia. She taught legal writing at Villanova University School of Law (Villanova, PA), where she coauthored the textbook, Introduction to Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy. Founding editor of the weekly Pennsylvania Law Journal, she was also the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies and External Programs, Temple University School of Law (Philadelphia). She has taught law students at the Murom Institute and Srednerrusky University, Russian Federation, and taught visiting lawyers from several countries at the University of Delaware's English Language Institute and at Widener University. A member of the Pennsylvania bar, Ms. Porter obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA, and pursued post-J.D. Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (Philadelphia), focusing on health law and economics. Since 2012, Ms. Porter has become a permanent visiting at Pericles each fall semester, where she teaches Legal English, Legal Writing, Contract Drafting, Intro to U.S. Law, and Professional Responsibility. In September 2013 Professor Porter was an invited speaker at the European Legal English Teachers Association annual conference in The Netherlands, on Plain English in Legal Writing.”
Dan Repko started working with Pericles in 1999 as a Listening Comprehension professor. Soon after starting at Pericles he was promoted to Marketing and Sales Director and later to Vice-Dean where he stayed for 3 years. Since then he moved on to become an Independent Financial Advisor helping individuals save and invest money for their future. He worked as an investment advisor for some time until becoming our favorite D.J. on Moscow F.M. 105.2. Always a friend of Pericles, he frequently returns as a guest lecturer and substitute professor for GMAT grammar and TOEFL preparation. Dan holds a B.A. from Kudstown University in Pennsylvania, and undertook graduate studies in Russian language at the University of Maryland.
Jackie Rodriguez has taught
Business English, Business Writing, and sections of the GMAT, GRE and
TOEFL preparation courses at Pericles. Prior to moving to Moscow, Jackie was Director
of Publications for Technomic, Inc., a consulting company based in Chicago,
IL, USA. Jackie also worked as a senior editor at Restaurants and Institutions,
a trade magazine covering the food industry. Jackie began her career
at a Chicago newspaper, where she worked as a reporter, copy editor
and as food and dining editor. She received her degree
in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University. Jackie left Moscow in 2008 to accompany her husband, an international correspondent, on his assignment in the Middle-East.
Jack Russo is the managing partner of the Computer Law Group, located in Silicon Valley, California. Jack is one of the pioneers of Cyberlaw, a field in which he has practiced since graduating with honors from U.C.L.A. law school in 1980. He started his career as a specialist in copyright protection of software, and he career developed and expanded along with the growth and sophistication of the internet and internet law in general. Jack is a frequent speaker on computer law issues and has given presentations to the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Computer Law Association, and the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, as well as a seminar on Intellectual Property and Creative Freedoms at Stanford University. He has written numerous articles including a dozen on software copyright protection, and more recent articles entitled “Recent Developments in E-Commerce Law,” "Trade Secrets on the Internet and in Cyberspace" “Legal Basics for Software CEOs” and “The Law of Virtual Reality.” Mr. Russo also serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator for the U.S. District Court (N.D. California), the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and the American Arbitration Association, as well as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He is also the founder and Chairman of the non-profit Foundation for Creativity in Dispute Resolution (www.ffcdr.com) an organization which promotes resolution of national and international business disputes through voluntary mediation using advanced methods for finding common grounds and improved solutions.He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.B.A. from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley and an L.L.M. with highest honors from Lazurski University and the Center for International Legal Studies (www.cils.org) where he is a Fellow and a Member of their Academy of International Legal Scholars. He is teaching a one credit seminar in Cyberlaw at Pericles during early September 2016.
Bijan Samie is a native Canadian who has recently moved to Moscow to teach at Cambridge International School and is also teaching the GMAT grammar section at Pericles. As a professional educator, before coming to Moscow he taught English as a foreign language for several years in Canada. Bijan holds an honors B.Sc. in biochemistry with a minor in macroeconomics from McMaster University, in Ontario. (McMaster is the 4th ranked university in Canada.) Bijan also holds a CELTA certificate and a specialized certificate for teaching the IELTS exam. At the Cambridge International School he teaches biology and chemistry to high school students, and in his spare time he undertakes freelance translation and editing projects in Russian and English.
Dr. Lawrence Schäfer holds B.A., LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Rhodes University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He was called to the Bar in South Africa in1998 and has spent the past ten years lecturing in England. His research interests draw on the impact of international and international human rights law on domestic legal systems. Teaching specialisations include Land Law, Equity and Trusts and Public International Law. He is currently engaged in research on diplomatic protection and the extent to which human rights law might be used to compel a state to assist its citizens. His first book was published in 2006; a second, entitled Child Law in South Africa: Domestic and International Perspectives, is forthcoming in July 2011. Dr. Schäfer has been involved with the Russian National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition for the past three years and has visited Moscow on many occasions. Dr. Schäfer is visiting Pericles in the summer of 2011 to teach the Introduction to English Law course and the international law portion of the Jessup summer school.
Trina Sen is lead in-house international commercial dispute resolution counsel at the global headquarters of Kaspersky Lab, an international software security group with over 3,000 employees across over 30 countries and with sales operations in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Ms. Sen worked in the international commercial dispute resolution practice group in the St. Petersburg office of Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, the leading law firm in Russia and the CIS. Ms. Sen has represented companies and government agencies in international arbitration proceedings heard before the ICC (Paris), LCIA (London), SCC (Stockholm), ICAC (Moscow) as well as ad hoc proceedings in India, in a range of disputes, for example, involving an acquisition of manufacturing facilities in Turkey, a shareholder dispute between Russian and Indian partners in a joint venture on a metals manufacturing facility in India, and a complex vendor-distributor dispute spanning across five jurisdictions. Ms. Sen obtained her B.A. in Political Science from The University of Chicago (2004) and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law - Newark (2007), and was admitted to the New York State bar as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She knows four languages, including Russian.
Ali Shajahan teaches the mathematics portion of Pericles' GMAT Preparation program. He holds an M.S. in Mathematics from Peoples' Friendship University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Computing Center, Academy of Sciences, Russia. Moreover, he is certified as a math teacher in Secondary and Higher Secondary schools. In addition to teaching mathematics, Mr. Ali has also edited books on topics such as Math, Physics, and Statistics that were translated from Russian into English. Mr. Ali is a fluent speaker of English, Russian and his native tongue, Bengali.
Stafford Smiley is Senior Counsel in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office and Faculty Director and a Professor in the Graduate Tax LL.M. Program at Georgetown University Law Center. He specializes in the taxation of corporate and noncorporate business entities, and international transactions. Professor Smiley has extensive experience as tax counsel in international financing, leveraged lease, and other transactional settings. He also represents a number of international finance organizations, for whom he does international tax planning work, primarily in the areas of international structured finance and transfer pricing matters, in particular advanced pricing agreements. In his teaching career, he has been a visiting Professor in graduate tax law programs in Poland, Austria, Australia and Brazil. On his visit to Russia this Spring he is going to be co-teaching the International Tax Planning course at Pericles with his colleague, Victor Matchenkhin, as well as teaching in MGIMO’s graduate tax program. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard.
William Spiegelberger is Head of the International Practice Unit at Rusal Global Management B.V. in Moscow (since 2007), where he manages, among other things, the corporate group’s major litigations and arbitrations outside the CIS states. He was formerly Counsel and Head of the Disputes Group at White & Case LLC in Moscow (2003-7); associate in the litigation department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York (1998-2003); and associate in the arbitration and litigation group of White & Case LLP in New York and Paris (1994-1997). He received a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He also received an M.A. and M. Phil. in Russian literature from Columbia University and Certificate from the Harriman Institute.
Natalya Stöber (Marriott) is a business skills trainer and a fluent English speaker with many years of living in The US and Sweden. Natalya has extensive experience in business gained through many years of working for the US Government and a number of major Russian industrial holding companies. She is a Bachelor of Linguistics and a holder of MBA degree with highest honors from American Institute of Business and Economics. At present she is teaching a wide range of Business courses including Finance, Marketing and general Business Communication Skills. She is passionate about training and sharing with others. At Pericles Ms. Stoeber is teaching Business Communications Skills Workshops, which assist students in career preparation by assuring familiarity with the language and customs used for cross-cultural meetings, interviews, presentations, networking events and other business activities.
Leanne Striegel is a litigator from Iowa and has litigated for 12 years. She received her J.D. with Honors, from Chicago Kent Law School, where she participated in the International Law Moot Court team and received a certificate in International and Comparative Law. Ms. Striegel was invited by the Iowa Supreme Court Commission to grade bar exam essays, which she did for several years. (Being asked to grade the bar exam is an honor usually reserved for the best bar exam scorers.) She also was an attorney-coach for two years, and thereafter, a judge for the National Moot Court Competitions, which are hosted in Iowa. Ms. Striegel began practicing law as a prosecutor and then went into private practice specializing in criminal, family, juvenile, and immigration law. She developed a specialty protecting and defending battered women, which are some of the toughest cases to handle. In addition, Ms. Striegel was quite successful in writing appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court. She obtained reversals in a juvenile law and a mental health law case, which are almost never reversed. Throughout her career, Ms. Striegel also taught legal writing and research and business law to paralegal students. In 2013, she decided to take a sabbatical from full-time law practice and explore her love of Russia and of teaching. First, she traveled to Ukraine to brush up on her Russian and then relocated to Thailand to teach for a while. Last fall she moved to Moscow to teach regular legal skills development courses as a full-time Pericles professor. Ms. Striegel is fluent in Russian, and formerly visited Pericles when it was first formed in 1998. At that time, Ms. Striegel was a visiting student from the University of San Diego program in Moscow.
Vasilisa Strizh is a partner in business and finance practice of Morgan Lewis, in Moscow. Ms. Strizh has represented clients in cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments and joint ventures, and capital markets transactions, including public and private equity securities offerings. She also advises clients on related corporate, securities law, compliance, and reporting. Ms. Strizh advises in a variety of industries, including power, oil and gas, insurance and other financial services, and telecommunications. She has led complex cross-border corporate transactions, projects involving issuance and listing of securities, structured settlements, and various forms of financing. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Strizh was a partner in the corporate practice of Dewey & LeBoeuf, Moscow. Ms. Strizh earned her law degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992. She is teaching Transactional Lawyering at Pericles.
Recently made Partner at Clifford Chance, Torsten Syrbe heads the Russian competition practice. Torsten studied law at the universities of Erlangen and Jena in Germany and Nottingham in the UK. He is a German-qualified Rechtsanwalt and has an LL.M. in European competition and international business law from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Before moving to Moscow in 2002, Torsten worked in Brussels and Düsseldorf with Clifford Chance's EU competition department and in the German antitrust group. Torsten is the author of numerous articles on Russian corporate, competition and real estate law. He has also been the editor of various publications, including the book Russian Business Law - The Current Issues published by Wolters Kluwer. Torsten is regularly asked to speak at conferences on Russian and EU law and antitrust topics. At Pericles he teaches the antitrust law course.
Charles Szymanski is a professor of law and Vice-Dean of International Relations at the Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Law in Kaunas, Lithuania. He also serves an adjunct professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Szymanski received his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. Prior to coming to Europe, he practiced labor and employment law in Michigan and Philadelphia in the U.S. for more than 12 years, representing employees and labor organizations, and still is an active attorney in Michigan. His main research interests are international and comparative labor law and discrimination law. Professor Szymanski is a frequent speaker on labor law and other topics, having given presentations in the United States, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Croatia, Russia and Israel. Professor Szymanski also serves as an arbitrator with the Vilnius Commercial Court of Arbitration. He is teaching a special course in international aspects of labor and employment law at Pericles in fall 2012.
Saverio Tedesco is qualified as an Italian lawyer (avvocato). He earned his Italian Law Degree from the LUISS University of Rome in 2006. Then he furthered his legal education by completing a LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law at the Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2008. In 2009 Saverio widened his perspective of international law as an intern at UNIDROIT in Rome. From 2009 to 2011, Saverio was an associate in a renowned Italian law firm headquartered in Rome; the firm also sent him to Russia on behalf of clients. In Moscow he presented at international law seminars at the PFUR University.
From 2011 to 2013, Saverio worked in the legal department of Siirtec Nigi SpA, in Milan as the Legal & Contract Administrator. In the company he dealt mainly with the managing, drafting and negotiating international contracts, as well as compliance issues, corporate law matters and litigation monitoring. Saverio joined the International Department of the firm Di Francia Law Firm in 2016. His primary practice area is international Private Law with a focus on commercial law, contracting, corporate matters, and Real Estate. He is teaching International Business Transactions at Pericles.
Robert Teets has been an active member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars for 30 plus years and formally qualified as a Russian lawyer for 7 years. With a B.S. in physics (Syracuse University), J.D. (UC-Hastings), and a LL.M. (Institute of State & Law, Russian Academy of Sciences), he has lectured on several University of California faculties (Berkeley, Davis , and San Francisco) and has been an associate law professor at Hastings, and a visiting professor at his Russian alma mater. Professor Teets has held numerous public sector posts, been in private practice for 10 years in San Francisco, and for 7 years has served as Chief Legal Officer for the International Science & Technology Center, a Moscow-based intergovernmental organization dealing with nonproliferation and defense conversion. Currently, Professor Teets is the International Bar Association's observer to the Khodorkovsky trial. He teaches Legal English at Pericles and runs the popular free Saturday "Vocabulary klatch."
Terry Thomson obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He grew up on the West Coast (California, Oregon, and Washington), before completing his formal education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an active member of the Washington State and New York Bars, and has been engaged in the private practice of law since graduating from law school. He is a founding partner of top rated boutique law firm in Seattle, Washington, where he practices to this day. His lengthy and diverse background in business, real estate, tort, employment, and Civil Rights law, as a trial attorney, appellate attorney, counselor for entrepreneurs and small businesses, mediator, and arbitrator, gives him some valuable insights into the American legal system. He has litigated a variety of cases in federal and state courts, such as: successfully defending subcontractors in one of the largest construction lawsuits in the State of Washington's history (relating to defective welding of a nuclear containment vessel at Hanford, Washington); successfully representing 19 members of a Rom family in a Civil Rights suit based on an illegal search and seizure (one of the first Civil Rights lawsuits brought by the Rom against a law enforcement agency in U.S.); and, obtaining a leading decision in the State of Washington recognizing the differential impact of a hostile work environment on women in the workplace. He has visited Russia, principally Moscow, more than a dozen times, and greatly looks forward to each new visit."
Philip Webb is a senior associate at the Moscow office of Debevoise & Plimpton where he practices corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Prior to that he worked for the Moscow office of White & Case and for the New York office of Chadbourne & Parke. Throughout his legal career, Philip has been active in teaching various seminars, including on issues of corporate governance and professional responsibility for lawyers. Philip received his J.D. and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and has a B.A. from Middlebury College. Philip teaches Professional Responsibility and Business Organizations for Pericles.
John Walsh is a 23-year veteran of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He played a key role in creating the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), which administers examinations of U.S. registered securities entities. In 2009, he served as OCIE’s acting director and led a massive retraining of examination staff on antifraud techniques. He also worked as chief of a branch of the SEC Division of Enforcement and served as special counsel to a former SEC Chairman. In 2011, Professor Walsh left the SEC and joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, a top Washington, D.C., law firm, where he represents securities firms and other clients in compliance and regulatory issues, handling examinations and defending administrative enforcement proceedings. Professor Walsh is a frequent public speaker, lecturing at numerous professional conferences around the United States, and he has also lectured at Georgetown University Law Center, Michigan State University Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, so we are very proud to have him as a visiting professor at Pericles this summer.
Leslie Welter IV graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a Master of Liberal Arts degree. He has taught English and Literature in the United States and has been teaching English in Moscow since 2013. Besides teaching at Pericles, Professor Welter is the ESL Program Coordinator at the Cambridge International School and tutor for TOEFL, IELTS, and BEC examinations. He loves teaching and strives to make learning as interesting and engaging as possible.