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.
and Criminal Law Expert
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.
He is also highly experienced in mediation for business or family matters.
Investment Fund and
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.
Criminal and Real Estate Lawyer
Since then, he represents various clients in their defence and specializes with victims of financial and real estate frauds. He is managing partner of Al Ansari Lawyers and Legal Consultants in Dubai.
He has also strong knowledge and expertise in UAE virtual assets regulations, financial services and banking regulations.
He speaks English, Urdu and Arabic.
Corporate Law – Special Projects
Under his supervision and within the firm, a CSP team of 25 employees work for special licenses issuance such as military business, medical and pharmaceutic licenses to manufacture or market, oil, gas or gold licenses for trading these commodities, engineering and construction licenses and other technical and complex licenses or business/permits/authorizations. The CSP team also works for standard but necessary visas applications, licenses, permits, documents clearance, legalisations, and other PRO issues that our clients need assistance for.
He speaks English, Urdu, Indi and Arabic.
Generalist and Litigation Lawyer
In his leadership positions, he has consistently promoted the benefits of collaboration, innovation and diversity. He leads the firm with an inclusive approach and sets an example of dedication and commitment.
He speaks English and Arabic.
Banking and Finance
He focuses on accompanying his or the firms' clients for all their banking transactions and provide compliance/regulatory advises.
His clients are also banks and financial institutions for which he provides high-level advisory services for major transactions or compliance issues.
He practices fluently French, English, and Arabic.
She speaks and writes French and English.
Civil Law and Contract
Initially, for more than 10 years, she worked in various areas of notarial field such as Real Estate Law, loans and securities, Family Law and Company Law. Then, she joined CRIDON Lyon, a prestigious notarial organisation, where she specialised in Family Law, particularly in marriage contract, divorce, estate planning and inheritance agreements. Her mission was to address complex legal issues arising in notarial law firms and to give lectures to notaries.
Since 4 years, she has been teaching French Civil Law in Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University.
She speaks and writes French and English.
Family and Real Estate
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.
Tax Law Expert
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 has a strong knowledge and expertise of international banking and financial laws and regulations from various jurisdictions (France, Luxembourg and APAC) and has worked with renowned financial firms such as Rothschild, AIA, Swiss Life International, BNP Paribas.
He speaks French, English, Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi and Mauritian creole.
He has a special focus on challenges raised by cryptocurrencies as to compliance and business opportunities. He is the co-author of the first French-speaking book about crypto-assets and sanctions from a European Union perspective with practical guidelines for companies.
He intervenes on a regular basis, as a speaker, in seminars pertaining to compliance of trade and investments with sanctions.
Paul-Arthur speaks English, French and Farsi.
Contract Law Expert
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.
Logistic and International
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.
Mr. Ghislain Omar ElGeddawy speaks French, English and Arabic.
Real Estate and
Construction Law Expert
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
Real Estate and
He specializes in wealth management, business development and venture capital in the Middle East and CIS countries. He speaks French and English and manages the Astruc & Co. Luxembourg office.
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