ASTRUC & CO. was founded in 2020 by Mr. Romain Astruc. He initially specialized in criminal law, insolvency and international business law, and obtained a Master Degree from University Paris XI and a Certificate in the Practice of Criminology and Criminal Science from University Paris II.
However, over the last 10 years in the Middle East region in another law firm as associate and then as partner, he has developed a know-how, directly or on a management basis, on various other areas of law in the Gulf Cooperation Countries, in Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and kept a track of legal developments in France and the European Union in general.
He is also a business adviser in the field of building material, e-commerce and digital transformation.
He has in-depth experience in helping victims of criminal businesses, especially in the fields of healthcare, loan-finance, and real estate.
ASTRUC & CO. is a local law firm that operates alike an international firm with its own partners and associates, as well as with independent cooperation lawyers, advocates and consultants who are involved on your matters if their specific skill set is required.
Mr. Anthony Raftopol
Investment Fund and M&A Expert
As Managing Partner in the Ternir Group, Anthony Raftopol is an Amsterdam-based, United States-trained international lawyer focusing for almost 25 years on cross-border transactions for the benefit of corporate and institutional investors into a wide variety of post-conflict/post-transitional emerging markets in the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
His clients are engaged in a wide variety of fields, including transportation, infrastructure, construction, power generation, healthcare, applied sciences, oil & gas, agriculture, commercial real estate, leisure properties, consumer products, as well as banking and finance.
Mr. Raftopol is also Senior Legal Counsel and/or a member of the Board of Directors of several private equity funds located in the United States focusing on the healthcare sector, and is actively involved in several transactions that form the center of the U.S. government and private-sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also on the Board of Directors of several start-up and pre-IPO medical device and med-tech companies based in the United States.
Mr. Raftopol’s international contacts are strongest in the Middle East and the Western Balkans, as well as the banking, finance and legal industries located in the US, Europe, the Gulf States, the PRC, Hong Kong and several “off-shore” jurisdictions. As such, Mr. Raftopol maintains close contacts and formal relationships with numerous law and investment banking firms located in those markets.
Mr. Raftopol has been a member of the Bar of the State of New York (USA) since 1995, and is also a member of the Bar of Bucharest, Romania (status currently inactive). He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, USA as well as the Boston University School of Law.
In addition to his native English and Romanian, Mr. Raftopol also speaks and/or works in several other European languages.
Me. Brahim Ouhdi
Commercial and Contract Law Expert
Me Brahim OUHDI is an independent advocate registered at the Paris Bar since 2012.
He holds a Master in Business Law from one of the most prestigious university in France (Paris XI). He immediately focused on assisting startups and entrepreneurs as well as larger companies on their business and legal issue, with a strong practice-oriented mindset so to reach customized solutions.
Since 2012, he advises Middle East and North African companies and individuals for their investments and business ventures in France. He also advises various France based companies for their activities in North Africa and the Middle East.
His main field of expertise, for both advisory or litigation matters, are contract and corporate laws, distribution and anti-trust laws, construction laws, as well as real estate laws.
Me. Brahim Oudhi speaks and write French, English, Spanish, Arabic.
Me. Sabine Lacassagne
Family and Real Estate Laws Expert
Me. Sabine Lacassagne is an Advocate registered at the French bar since 2004. She is partner at Avocats Cabinet Conseil, a Paris based law firm.
She holds a Master in Private Law from one of the top Paris Universities, Paris-Nanterre and a PhD in private international laws.
Me. Sabine Lacassagne focuses her practice on individuals and entrepreneurs of small and medium size companies, for most of their legal issues, starting from commercial lease, through succession planning and family disputes, to construction contract management and corporate litigation. Her international clients are mostly based in Europe and in the United Arab Emirates.
Being an excellent legal technician from the early days of her carrier, she enhanced her practical experience so to offer her clients exceptional results when it comes to finding out result-oriented solutions and advantageous negotiated deals. Trained to the collaborative practice and alternative dispute resolution methods, she performed to the satisfaction of her clients, without exception and is reputed for a gentle but firm approach and for never giving up on what matters the most.
She speaks and write French and English.
Mr. Ghislain Omar Elgeddawy
Logistic and International trade Expert
Mr. Ghislain Omar ElGeddawy is French-Egyptian lawyer graduated from Ein Shams University in Cairo in 1988 and is Managing Partner of International Group Law Firm since 2009, which offer full legal services for all Egyptian based matters.
He obtained a Master Degree in Business law and Economics from Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris in 1991 and wrote a thesis on "Laws of Foreign Investments in Egypt". Omar embodies both cultures, which has helped him build a solid professional career from 1988 to this day with both the French business community and the Egyptian community, in both countries and in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Ghislain Omar ElGeddawy worked with several international law firms such as Backer & Mackenzie and Clifford Chance after invaluable experience in the banking and financial sector as head of credits at National Société Général and as portfolio manager at SCIB Investment.
Since the early days of his carrier, Mr. Ghislain Omar Elgeddawy focused on the tourism and trading sectors. As Executive Vice President of Orascom Group, in charge of large scale projects, or as Secretary General of ACCOR Egypt, managing a portfolio of 22 Hotels, he had the chance to deal with top Government officials and developed practice thereafter a practice as adviser to the Egyptian Government, whether for international trade and financial affairs or for drafting Egyptian Competition and Anti-Trust regulatory framework.
Lately, he ventured with Karl Gross International "German Freight Forwarder" and is able to offer his clients a one-stop-shop solution from set-up of business, legal assistance for all matters in Egypt and logistics solutions or optimization.
Me. Remi Castebert
Tax Law Expert
Me. Remi Castebert is an Advocate registered at the French bar since 2011. He joined JFA Souillac, an independent law firm based in France, in 2019 to manage and develop the tax department.
He obtained a Master Degree in tax law from University Paris I Sorbonne university and specializes in structuring business that have strong transnational aspects and requires in depth review of their corporate and tax organization.
Over the last 10 years, Me. Remi Castebert has developed a know-how, directly or on a management basis, about international complex operations (structuring, M&A, real estate portfolio management), in various EU countries, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
He is also a business adviser in the field of real estate investments in Western EU area.
He speaks French and English.
Me. Jose Ibanez
Real Estate and Construction Law Expert
José Ibanez, lawyer admitted to the Paris Bar, holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Law as well as a Master’s degree in Real Estate Construction and Promotion Law from the well-reputed University Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
Currently, José Ibanez is the director and founding partner of the Real Estate and Construction Law department of LVI , assisting his clients on their Real Estate investments and projects in France and abroad in the consultancy phase as well as the litigation phase. Moreover, he is the manager of the professional trainings within the firm.
José Ibanez is the founder and director of the International Desk, a special section created within LVI in order to assist its clients on their investments. The International Desk team provides permanent assistance to their clients on their professional and personal projects through all the administrative, legal and judicial phases throughout Spain, North America, Latin America and Middle East.
He speaks French, English and Spanish
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