Ricardo Ugarte is managing partner of the firm’s Geneva office and serves as head of litigation for the firm’s Geneva office. Mr. Ugarte is a multi-lingual partner who focuses his practice on international arbitration, international litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He has advised a wide variety of clients, including oil and energy companies, financial institutions, telecom concerns, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, construction companies, manufacturers, and foreign sovereigns in a broad range of international disputes.
During the course of Mr. Ugarte’s practice, he has counseled clients in international arbitrations and lawsuits filed in various fora in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe (including Austria, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).
He has tried high-profile arbitrations, some with stakes well in excess of U.S. $1 billion, and has appeared as counsel in UNCITRAL arbitrations and arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, ICSID, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He has counseled clients in several areas of law, such as contract and commercial law, fraud, product liability, insurance coverage, and issues of criminal law that arise in civil disputes.
He is currently counsel of record in numerous investment arbitrations filed before ICSID, the ICC, and under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, including a recently filed arbitration where $27 billion is at stake. In light of his investment treaty experience, Mr. Ugarte was recommended by the U.S. Council for International Business, and elected to serve by the ICC, on the ICC’s Task Force on Investor-State Arbitrations. He represents clients in six of the largest treaty and contract arbitrations listed in the 2013 Arbitration Scorecard published by The American Lawyer.
Mr. Ugarte received a B.A., with general and special honors, from the University of Chicago in 1990 and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1993.
HONORS & AWARDS:
Among Mr. Ugarte's recognitions is his inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in International Arbitration and his recognition for International Arbitration in Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2013 Edition and Legal 500 Latin America 2013 Edition. In addition, he served as lead counsel in an international arbitration that was recognized as one of the “Biggest Defense Wins, 2011-2013” by The American Lawyer.
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Eser Cevahir gained his professional and business experience as a member of Board of Director of leading Turkish construction company Cevahir Holding, which operated over 50 years in Turkey, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and most recently in Macedonia.
He completed high school and study law in Belgrade. He graduated in 1963 and in 1967 he became the youngest lawyer in Yugoslavia. He was the Secretary of the Bar Association, a member of Council of the Faculty of Law and in the seventies he was a member of the Collegium of Editors of many professional journals, and since January 2009 he works as an advisor of Prime Minister of Republic of Serbia – Ivica Dačić.
He became well known in public as an advocate of people accused of the most serious crimes, including a large number of people charged with offences which were punishable by harshest punishment; defended ten of them, only one was punished. Also, he defended many politicians and other public figures, including: Jovanka Broz, Slobodan Milosevic, Zarko Lausevic, for a while also represented Goran Hadzic, etc.
Toma Fila is the first attorney from Serbia hired by the Hague Tribunal immediately after its constitution, which had not stop him to criticizes the work of Hague Tribunal.
Matt joined BLP in 2011, having previously been responsible for global risk, reporting and knowledge management projects at a global financial institution. He now runs our Legal Risk & Transformation group, helping key clients to identify and mitigate legal risks, report value to their boards and implement strategic transformation programmes.
Chris Brown is a finance lawyer based in London. He specialises in advising on innovative projects in a wide range of sectors, including, infrastructure, nuclear, mining, energy and natural resources in emerging as well as developed markets around the world.
Chris is global head of our Financial Investors group which focuses on sovereign, retail, institutional and hedge funds as well as private equity.
Tim specialises in big and often high-profile projects.
He has more than 30 years’ experience of large-scale re-organisations in industries ranging from nuclear power and telecoms to postal services and dairy. He also advises clients in challenging legal environments such as online gaming.
His breadth of experience and ability to perform under pressure earned him the job of lead partner responsible for the firm’s role as official legal services provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He co-ordinates all aspects of Freshfields’ involvement, bringing together expertise from all the firm’s practice groups to deliver a range of multi-faceted services.
Tim has extensive international experience. He spent six years in the firm’s Madrid office, where he experienced at first hand the internationalisation of Spanish business. He worked on several high-profile cross-border M&A and ECM deals as Spanish businesses developed their international ambitions.
He is also country partner for Greece, where he has more than 20 years’ experience. Clients will benefit from his knowledge of this market and close working relationships with the leading Greek law firms.
Tim has also held a variety of management and leadership roles within the firm, including London managing partner and co-head of the Capital Markets group. This has equipped him with a good understanding of the governance challenges of business, something many clients appreciate.
He chairs the London Steering Group of Business Action on Homelessness and in 2010 was appointed HRH the Prince of Wales’s Ambassador for London.
Advising Quinenco on its acquisition of Shell’s downstream business in Chile. Advising the Shareholder Executive in relation to Royal Mail. Advising two major international businesses on their investments in India.
Career to date
Tim joined the firm in 1981 from university. He became a partner in 1990.
Qualifications and education
MA and BCL Wadham College, University of Oxford
The key incentive in his professional career is the challenge to plan, establish, manage and develop the first direct investment of the big IT company in Macedonia – Microsoft Macedonia.
Since May 2002 to July 2004, he worked as a business development manager in Microsoft Macedonia, creating an important market ground that led Microsoft to adopt a decision on opening its branch office in Macedonia in July 2004 when he was appointed as its general manager.
In 2008, he worked on the creation and the establishment of Microsoft in Albania, which meant regional expansion of his engagement in the IT industry.
In 2000 he held the position of a marketing and sales manager in a local IT company, a dealer of Microsoft and several other well-known IT brands.
Georgi Dimitrov became a member of the Bar Chamber of the Republic of Macedonia in 1996. He is an authorized representative for protection of industrial property rights. In 1997, he established the Georgi Dimitrov Attorneys which, at the moment, is one of the leading law offices at the local and regional market with a long list of international clients having, at this moment, an investment portfolio of over one billion Euros at the Macedonian market.
Georgi has an extensive experience in the field of corporate and commercial law at the Macedonian and the regional market. His work includes services in the field of tax law, labour law, banking and finance. He also has experience in complex legal disputes related to corporate management. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Lawyers of Macedonia, a member of the Bar Chamber of Macedonia, the British Business Group, the Rotary Club Skopje – Centre.
In 2007 he published a paper on immovable properties in Macedonia. He participated in the drafting of the Law on Water Communities in 2000 and the Law on Water Organizations in 2001. He published a paper on the Statement of Safety in accordance with the Law on Labour Relations in the Business Law journal. Dimitrov was a head lawyer of the clinical program in civil law at the Faculty of Law Justinian I – Skopje.
Anto has studied and commpleted legal studies in Zagreb, Croatia. In the late seveneties he started working as a trainee at the Disrtict Prosecutor's Office, and then worked for 4 years as a prosecutor at the Disrtict Public Prosecutor's Office in Donja Stubica. In the mid eighties he worked at the Zagreb District Prosecutor's Office, and from 1986 he worked as Deputy District Attorney. He was prosecutor in the proceeding of Andrej Artukovic. Anto is known to Croatian and regional public about misdemeanor charge to Franjo Tudjman, also about procecutor in the trial against Zeljko Raznatovic – Arkan, in the trial against Goran Hadzic, and worked on the case of “Labrador group” – agents of KOS were included. In addition, Anto was Attorney General until 1992, after which he opened a low office.
He was direct participant in the biggest court cases in Croatia, as: Brodosplit, case of Petrac, affair Labrador, Pakracka Poljana, the family Zec, Zlocinacka organizacija, case Tisak and Miroslav Kutla, etc. He has represented many public figures, as: Ena Begovic, Miroslav Kutla, Hrvoje Petrac, Damir Polancec, Sima Nimc, Jasmina Bilonic, Josip Perkovic, and others.
At the Hague Tribunal he represented general Tihomir Blaskic.
Besides advocacy, Anto actively and professionally engaged taekwondo. From 1973 to 1981 he played for the Yugoslavian national team, and was ten times champion of Yugoslavia, in 1974 at the World Championships in Montreal had won the silver medal, at the European Championships in Stuttgart he won gold medal, etc. He was also a selector and coach of Yugoslavia from 1978 to 1990. He has a black belt 8th dan.
Marija Bojovic has developed her legal expertise in corporate and commercial law in Serbia and Montenegro. She particularly focuses on banking & finance, dispute resolution, M&A, tax, intellectual property, real estate and healthcare & pharmaceuticals.
Prior to the establishment Bojovic & Partners, Marija was a senior partner at BDK and prior to that she led the associated legal practice of PWC.
Marija is the firm’s managing partner and is recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading corporate and commercial lawyer in Serbia.
Aleksandar Ickovski is Head of Legal in ONE, a telecommunication company part of Telekom Slovenia group in Macedonia. Previously, Aleksandar was engaged in Ohridska Banka part of the Societe Generale group in Macedonia as Head of Legal as well as consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Within his 10 years of legal experience he covered the corporate world through the management of the legal risk both in the telecom and the banking industry. As legal consultant he practiced law mostly in the field of foreign investments, corporate and tax structuring, investment in economic zones, corporate, commercial and finance law. Aleksandar has considerable experience in privatization of Macedonia’s energy sector, acquisitions and bankinsurance projects in the banking sector, as well as dozens of legal due projects.
As consultant among others he worked for the following clients: Macedonian Telecom, Rigips – Saint Gobain, Fructal, GEE Norway, Johnson Controls, Johnson Matthey, HSBC France, Societe Generale etc. covering various corporate areas.
Aleksandar has graduated law in 2003 at University Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje.